You know when you’re having one of those really productive days, and you sit back and marvel at how much you can accomplish in a short time? Songwriter Patterson Hood, guitarist Mike Cooley, and their Southern rock band, Drive-By Truckers, had two weeks of days like that. With the exception of one song, the band wrote and recorded almost all of their most recent album, English Oceans, over a 13-day stretch in August 2013. The result? “English Oceans is a triumph for the Drive-By Truckers,” writes Paste, adding that it “capitalizes on Hood and Cooley’s strengths as songwriters and also gives them something to sing for.” Hear for yourself when the band performs at the Tarrytown Music Hall.
You might’ve known a neat freak or two in your life, but they’re probably nothing like Frank, the main character obsessed with cleanliness and order in The Pigeoning. Frank is so fastidious, he begins to believe that the pigeons are against him, bringing filth and chaos into his world. Creator/director Robin Frohardt lets the story unfold in an unusual way, blending Japanese bunraku-style puppetry, live music, and low-tech special effects into a darkly comic tale. If you’re not already suspicious of pigeons, see it at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck.
Shana Tucker isn’t your typical cellist. She describes herself as a “ChamberSoul” cellist, one who blends a soulful sound with acoustic pop and contemporary folk. Need further proof she wasn’t made in the typical classical mold? She’s been onstage as a music performer in Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ in Las Vegas. To hear her unconventional music, visit the Quick Center for the Arts on the campus of Fairfield University.
In our increasingly electronic world, things like notecards and pamphlets are becoming endangered species—unless you know where to look for them. The International Vintage Paper Fair & Conference, taking place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Old Greenwich, presents a treasure trove of collectible paper items for purchase, including posters, postcards, broadsides, tickets, autographs, sheet music, political propaganda, and more. There will also be an exhibit, The Sporting Life, which showcases historic athletic ephemera. Once you browse the vintage paper goods, you’ll think twice before you dash off that next quick text.
There’s no question that Bong Joon-Ho is one of the most creative directors out there, deftly putting his personal twist on genres like crime films (Memories of Murder), thrillers (Mother), monster movies (The Host), and others. The South Korean director is currently in residence at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville for a month while he works on his next movie—no better time to host a retrospective of his films, right? The Center will present a series of his films—including last year’s much-talked-about sci-fi dystopia, Snowpiercer—and the director will be on-hand at select screenings to introduce or discuss the movies. For a complete schedule, visit www.burnsfilmcenter.org.
When Natalie Merchant gives a concert at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, her backing musicians might look eerily familiar. Turns out, they’re the Purchase Symphony Orchestra, made up of students from Purchase College’s Conservatory of Music. The frontwoman for 10,000 Maniacs is putting aside her pop leanings (for now) and touring behind songs she’s specifically arranged for orchestras. But, if you’re a fan of 10,000 Maniacs, don’t feel disheartened—some of those songs get the orchestral treatment, too.
Northern Westchester neighbor David Letterman isn’t the only one handing over the reins of his late-night talk show this year. Fellow CBS personality Craig Ferguson—who hosted The Late Late Show, which airs right after Letterman’s—passed along his show to Into the Woods star James Corden. That means Ferguson is available to tour again—which he will—and, when he does, he’ll be making a stop at the Paramount Hudson Valley in Peekskill. We’re not sure what to expect from his stand-up, having not seen it for so long, but we can get an idea from what he decided to name his tour: He called it the “Hot and Grumpy” tour.