Photo by Tatiana Daubek
A concert from Caramoor, a virtual poetry reading from The Hudson Valley Writers Center, and more make the month unforgettable.
A Dash of Music
As the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts ramps up to in-person concerts, music lovers can still enjoy the venue’s acclaimed artists via the internet. World-renowned bass-baritone and original member of the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, Dashon Burton will perform online alongside pianist Lindsay Garritson. The duo will creatively combine Schumann’s Dichterliebe with works by Charles Brown, Ernest Charles, and John Dowland, among others.
Poetry in Motion
This month, enjoy the work of three acclaimed poets and writers courtesy of The Hudson Valley Writers Center. Kazim Ali, Jill Bialosky, and Mark Wunderlich will take to Zoom for a virtual reading of their selected works. The winner of the Ohiona Book Award in Poetry and the author of four lauded novels, Ali is one of the brightest lights in contemporary literature. He will be joined by Jill Bialosky, the author of five books of poetry and a New York Times bestselling memoir, as well as Mark Wunderlich, a widely acclaimed poet who has been awarded both a Stegner Fellowship and the Jack Kerouac Prize.
Hit the Rodia
*This has been postponed until later in the season.*
Few recognize Westchester as a starting point for some of the nation’s top comics, but it undoubtedly is. Case in point: Westchester-born-and-bred Anthony Rodia, who has drawn laughs and plenty of attention on social media, where his videos have been viewed more than 10 million times. Known for his sidesplitting skits, song parodies, humorous characters, and for selling out local venues, Rodia will be taking the stage at Peekskill’s Paramount Hudson Valley for a night of major mirth.
Ring the Bell
Those longing for a fun night of song may want to head to Paramount Hudson Valley in Peekskill for a show aimed at bringing audiences back to the heyday of rock. The Bell Bottom Blues: A Tribute to Eric Clapton, will feature the eponymous band recreating Clapton’s performances in such groups as Cream, The Yardbirds, Derek and the Dominos, and Blind Faith, as well as works from his illustrious solo career. Having already played in countless area theaters, casinos, and outdoor venues, The Bell Bottom Blues strive to faithfully recreate both the unique guitar work and voice of the iconic British rocker.
Thru April 12
Gone to Pottery
As ceramics gain traction in museums, Port Chester’s Clay Art Center is contributing to the trend with a fascinating new exhibit. Balanced Beauty features a host of porcelain works by Maine-based artist Martha Grover, whose delicate art echoes the color and form of orchids, as well as the vases that contain them, referencing concepts of nature, beauty, and love.
Thru June 27
Room for Ruminating
Mark Rothko remains among our country’s most heralded artists, and now locals have the chance to experience two masterpieces by the late New York City-based painter at The Katonah Museum of Art. The Rothko Room will feature two works, Untitled and Untitled (Still-life with Clock and Vase), both of which demonstrate the abstract genius’s concept of “chapels,” where travelers could stop to contemplate these enigmatic, rectangular works.
Thru Oct 27
Experience an unlikely two-part solo exhibition by Connecticut-based artist Tim Prentice on show this month at Ridgefield’s Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Featuring five outdoor works, 20 indoor pieces, and a video installation, Tim Prentice: After the Mobile presents a wide-ranging show for an area artist whose work references both Alexander Calder’s famous mobiles and the kinetic sculptures of George Rickey. Prentice employs wire, metal, and plastic to form undulating, entrancing works that move with the wind.