By Paul Adler
No comedian is able to craft hilarity from sheer awkwardness quite like David Cross. The Emmy Award-winning actor and comedian famous for his portrayal of the eccentric and absurd Dr. Tobias Fünke on the hit show Arrested Development will bring his standup performance, Making America Great Again!, to the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. An alum of the wildly popular HBO smash hit Mr. Show and star of the white-hot new Netflix series W/ Bob and David, Cross sets out on his first standup tour in nearly a decade with this act that will be as awkward, sidesplitting, and utterly singular as anyone who has ever witnessed any of his work would expect.
In the world of classical music, there are few duos as beloved as David Finckel and Wu Han. Two of the country’s most esteemed classical musicians, Finckel and Han were named Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year and have performed in some of the world’s most notable venues and events, including Lincoln Center and The Aspen Music Festival. In their performance at Mamaroneck’s Emelin Theatre, the duo will bring works by Strauss, Chopin, Messiaen, Albeniz, and Glazunov to life onstage. Spend an evening listening to the Han and Finckel, who married in 1985, and you too may join the legions of fans that the creative couple already boasts.
It’s not a stretch to say that Belinda Carlisle helped make pop rock what it is today. Ushering in a new era of empowered, female-driven bands, Carlisle helped redefine what women could achieve in music as front of the hit-heavy group The Go-Go’s. The first all-female band to play their own instruments and write all their own songs, The Go-Go’s debut album, Beauty and the Beat, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1981 and sold more than 3 million copies. Since, Carlisle has made a major name for herself as a solo artist with hits that include “I Get Weak” and “Circle in the Sand.” The revelatory rocker will undoubtedly bring all her musical achievements to bear when she takes the stage at the Paramount Hudson Valley in Peekskill this month.
The plight of racial prejudice continues to be a challenge to our country to this day, and few films highlight this enduring issue more than John Singleton’s celebrated film Rosewood (1997). Inspired by true events, this groundbreaking movie, showing at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, follows a group of African American townspeople besieged by a lynch mob from a neighboring community. The film stars Ving Rhames as an outsider who joins the townspeople to help them defend themselves, as well as Jon Voight, who portrays a sympathetic shop owner working to spare women and children from harm. The result is a stirring film that both tackles a wealth of trying issues and provides abundant cause for hope.
April 16, 17
It’s not every day that one of the most majestic mansions in Westchester becomes home to dozens of eye-popping LEGO sculptures. Yet just this will happen on Lyndhurst Family Fun Day: Design Build Weekend, when families are invited to view amazing LEGO sculptures, created by area children, peppered throughout the grounds. There will be a number of visually impressive pieces and demonstrations by several Hudson Valley LEGO leagues. The event will also include a petting zoo, Bricks 4 Kidz event, Seek and Find activity, and LEGO sets offered for sale. Be sure to bring the kids along to this truly unique experience in one of the region’s most cherished architectural sites.
Ever seen a Juilliard-trained concert pianist, who also happens to be a Harvard-educated psychiatrist, both discuss and perform instrumental music? Never? Well, head down to this combination lecture and concert at Caramoor in Katonah, when Dr. Richard Kogan explores the ragtime music of Scott Joplin through the lens of mental illness during The Mind and Music of Scott Joplin with Richard Kogan, MD. Celebrated by The New York Times for his exquisite piano work, Kogan applies his knowledge as a psychiatrist to discuss the ways in which psychological disorders and suffering impact, enliven, and define works of genius. Joplin, who died in a psychiatric hospital and is widely considered the greatest ragtime pianist in history, receives a new and insightful look during this lecture and performance.
Whether it is Mozart or Madonna, some musicians never go out of style. After more than two decades of touring and a fleet of major hits, it’s safe to say that folk-rock superstar Paula Cole can be added to that list. The Grammy Award winner and seven-time Grammy nominee who has released six solo albums over an 18-year career will be hitting the stage this month at the Towne Crier Café in Beacon. Famous for her Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten single “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” and smash hit song “I Don’t Want to Wait,” Cole will be bringing her unique blend of folk, indie and piano-infused music to the stage. Get ready to see just why Cole has remained at the forefront of adult-contemporary music for the last 20 years.