June Highlights in the Region

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A Marriage of Art

The art world is full of married couples: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock. But surrealist painters Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy—who were married for 15 years until Tanguy’s death—are unique in that no museum has exhibited the two together. The Katonah Museum of Art corrects that oversight with its newest exhibition, Double Solitaire: The Surreal Worlds of Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy. The museum will show about 25 paintings from each of them, dating from 1937 to 1958, in addition to selected photographs. Some of the paintings have never been shown in public before this exhibition.

Miss Independent

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Described by the All Music Guide as “a folkie in punk’s clothing,” musician Ani DiFranco has maintained a fiercely independent career, producing herself and putting her records out on Righteous Babe Records, her own record label. Hear songs that haven’t been tinkered with by corporate suits when DiFranco visits the Tarrytown Music Hall on June 5—one of only a handful of concert dates she has scheduled this summer. Her most recent album is Red Letter Year, which Paste magazine called “a dazzling folk/punk/jazz hybrid.”


Michael Boriskin and Michael Barrett
Dueling Pianos

Two pianists, two Michaels, two leaders of local cultural institutions. On one bench, you have Michael Barrett, the chief executive and general director of Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. On the other bench, you have Michael Boriskin, the artistic and executive director of Copland House. The pair will hit the keys at the barn at Merestead on June 5 to perform works that only two nimble-fingered collaborators can team up to do. The centerpiece of the program is a two-piano version of Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” For more with Barrett and Carmoor’s summer music festival, see page 220.

Alive Again

Peter Frampton released his landmark double-live album, Frampton Comes Alive, 35 years ago. What better way for the guitar great and one-time golden boy of rock to celebrate than by performing at a venue that also reached a milestone recently? He’ll be performing at the Paramount Center for the Arts—which, last June, had its 80th anniversary—on June 18, where he will headline its Red Carpet Night Gala Fundraising Concert. He’ll play Frampton Comes Alive in its entirety, in addition to some of his other hits. Tickets are also available for a pre-concert gala reception, which will include a meet-and-greet with Frampton.

Wilson’s Waves

Much of this issue is a dedicated celebration of summer, but it just isn’t summer until you hear a Beach Boys song. It doesn’t matter if it’s “Surfer Girl,” “Good Vibrations,” or “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.” This summer, you can hear them straight from a Beach Boy himself (and one of the good ones, too). Brian Wilson, the band’s legendary songwriter, performs at the Ridgefield Playhouse on June 8. He’ll do a variety of Beach Boys tunes, in addition to songs from his most recent album, Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin, on which he tackles standards like “They Can’t Take That Away from Me.” Surfboard not required.

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Experiments in genre

True Grit
DVD Release Date: June 7, Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment
Don’t think of it as a remake of The Duke’s classic; think of it as another take on the novel by Charles Portis. The result is a Western that only the Coen Brothers could have come up with, about the hard-drinking, eye-patch-wearing Rooster Cogburn and his agreement with a fast-talking, no-nonsense teenager to go after the man who killed her pa. Mix in some of the Coens’ flair for mixing seriousness and silliness, and the result is a film that was nominated for 10 Academy Awards this year.

The Adjustment Bureau
DVD Release Date: June 21, Universal Studios Home Video
The work of sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick has been adapted into some of the greatest science fiction movies of all time, including Blade Runner and Minority Report. (Okay, there are some not-so-great ones in there, too, like Next and Paycheck.) His short story, “Adjustment Team,” became The Adjustment Bureau, in which a politician, played by Matt Damon, rails against a fedora-wearing cabal that secretly controls the paths of everyone on Earth. Fans of Mad Men’s Roger Sterling can spot John Slattery under one of those fedoras.

Kiss Me Deadly
DVD Release Date: June 21, The Criterion Collection
This noir masterpiece, based on the novel by Mickey Spillane, is so well regarded by cinephiles that it’s inspired homages in everything from Pulp Fiction to Repo Man (not to mention the song by Lita Ford). The Criterion Collection, known for its superb DVDs, is releasing Kiss Me Deadly with audio commentary by film noir specialists Alain Silver and James Ursini, a new video tribute from director Alex Cox, and the film’s controversial altered ending.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Extended Edition
DVD Release Date: June 28, New Line Home Entertainment
Since the release of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, between single-disc takes and extended editions, there have been so many different DVD versions. Consider this Blu-ray boxed set the One Edition to Rule Them All. The 15-disc set includes the extended versions of all three films, plus more than 26 hours—more than a full day—of extras, from MTV spoof footage to the Costa Botes documentaries

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