March Highlights in the Region

PLUS: Home Theater and Broadway Box Office

The JokerYou may be a child of the ‘50s, but comedian Robert Klein is the child of the ‘50s—a distinction he often returns to in his stand-up comedy, which is influenced by his life growing up in the Bronx. Today, more than 40 years into his comedy career, the Second City alum (and Briarcliff Manor resident) is still hosting comedy specials, acting on stage and in movies, and—lucky for us—doing stand-up. If you want to hear what the child of the ‘50s thinks of the new century, head to the Emelin Theatre on March 20, when he’ll appear as part of the Theatre’s comedy series.
   For Girl Groupies
Ronnie Spector has come a long way from crooning “Be My Baby” with the Ronettes. After a bad marriage to “Wall of Sound” record producer (and now convicted murderer) Phil Spector, a brief comeback in the mid-‘80s when she sang on Edie Money’s chart-topper “Take Me Home Tonight,” and a subsequent string of unsuccessful solo albums in the 1990s, Spector stopped recording and wrote a tell-all book about her raucous rock ‘n’ roll life. Today, however, the “bad girl” is back on the road supporting her most recent album, The Last of the Rock Stars, which she re-released in 2009 on her own record label. For the album, she teamed up with musical inspirations, old (Keith Richards, Patti Smith) and new (the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Nick Zinner, the Raconteur’s Patrick Keeler). Hear the results of those collaborations—as well as some of her old hits—when the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer comes to the Irvington Town Hall Theater on March 6.

Continue reading for our Home Theater and Broadway Box Office sections. Home TheaterKeep these kids’ movies on-hand to stave off the “I’m bored” blues.

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Broadway Box Office     Lend Me a Tenor Nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a SAG Award for his chilling portrayal of the creepy serial-killer-from-down-the-block in the recent film The Lovely Bones, our own neighbor Stanley Tucci has chosen a decidedly less gloomy subject for his next gig. The veteran stage and film actor, whose film-directing credits include Big Night and The Impostors, will make his Broadway directing debut with the comedic play Lend Me a Tenor. The revival of this light-hearted romp set in the opera circles of 1930s Cleveland—it premiered on Broadway in 1989, winning two Tony Awards—opens April 4 at the Music Box Theatre.
// Laurie Yarnell

  Rollins on The River

 

You might think that Henry Rollins (the former frontman of the hardcore band Black Flag), with all his muscles and tattoos, would be the last person to play a gig out in the ’burbs. Then again, Rollins never has done what’s expected of him. His post-Black Flag career has seen him as a solo act, a TV and radio host, an activist, and even a spoken-word artist. Hear his hilarious and blistering take on current events and everyday life when he comes to the Tarrytown Music Hall on March 14.

 Bolton of Energy

Yes, it’s true—the wavy mane of blond hair is gone, probably for good. But soft-rock singer Michael Bolton’s pipes are still intact, and that’s really what’s important. In fact, he’s got a new album, One World, One Love, which recently was released in the UK and should be hitting our shelves in the spring. (Check out “Murder My Heart,” a song he co-wrote with none other than Lady Gaga.) See Bolton perform at the Paramount Center for the Arts on March 17—VIP ticketholders get access to a meet-and-greet, so you can ask him why he chopped his locks.

 Martha My Dear

If you’ve never been exposed to the choreography of Martha Graham, who was considered the “Mother of Modern Dance,” your opportunity awaits at the Ridgefield Playhouse. There, the Martha Graham Dance Company will perform a program titled “Essential Graham,” featuring the choreographer’s best-known and best-loved pieces. Narration and visual projections between the dances put them in the context of Graham’s career, which was noted for its sharp, direct choreography style. (Graham and her company are also credited with launching the careers of other dance superstars, including Merce Cunningham and Twyla Tharp.) The performance takes place on March 5.

 Photo by Debra Greenfield

Where the Wild Things Are
DVD Release Date: March 2, Warner Home Video
Who hasn’t looked at their kids and thought they were a hoard of wild things? Spike Jonze captures the overtired, easily bruised, rougher-around-the-edges parts of childhood that escape most children’s entertainment. Of course, Jonze had help from other friends revered by post-grads: Dave Eggers co-wrote the script, and Yeah Yeah Yeah’s frontwoman Karen O. created the score and music.
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
DVD Release Date: March 23, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Forget slick graphics. If you dig the retro stop-motion animation of the old Rankin & Bass television specials, this Roald Dahl adaptation will be right up your alley. Director Wes Anderson brings back that style for a tale of one fox’s mid-life crisis and his attempts to save his woodland creature friends from three evil farmers.
Ponyo
DVD Release Date: March 2, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Introduce your kids to world cinema early. Though dubbed in English, Ponyo comes from acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle). The story, which is loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid, is about a goldfish who wants to become human, and the film features voice acting by Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson, and other stars.

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