Photo by Ellis Parrinder
Release The Star
One of the best things about living in Westchester is that there is no shortage of concerts featuring one member (or more) of the über-talented Wainwright family. This month, it’s Rufus: the singer/songwriter and pianist whom Elton John called “the greatest songwriter on the planet.” Rufus will headline an intimate performance at the Paramount Center for the Arts on November 22. He’ll be playing songs from his most recent album, the self-produced Release the Stars. If that isn’t enough for you, you’ll have to hold off only until December 11, when Rufus’s father, Loudon Wainwright III, performs at the Tarrytown Music Hall.
A Few to Tango
Who says history can’t be sexy? It can be—especially if you’re talking about the history of the tango. In the show Tango Fire, dance company Estampas Porteñas traces the dance from its sultry roots in Buenos Aires to the ballroom powerhouse it’s become today. Lead by Argentine ballerina and choreographer Carolina Soler, this is one history lesson that’s sure to raise your heart rate. Tango Fire will be at the Performing Arts Center in Purchase on November 14.
With all of the belt-tightening going on in this tough financial climate, it’s good to know that we don’t have to give up on live theater. Broadway may be too much of an expense—and a hassle to get to—so, if you haven’t already, it’s time to check out the theater companies in our backyard, where tickets frequently cost half as much as they do on the Great White Way. Start with the Hudson Stage Company, which celebrates the start of its 10th anniversary season with a production of Mary’s Wedding. Written by Canadian playwright Stephen Massicotte, the play tells the heart-rending story of a relationship between a man and a woman living through World War I. Performances take place weekends between October 31 and November 15 at the Woodward Hall Theatre on Pace University’s Briarcliff campus; call (877) 238-5596 for tickets.
Russia looms large in the mind right now—and not always for the best reasons. Remember some of the great things that have come out of the country when the Moscow Ballet performs at Westchester Community College on November 22. The internationally acclaimed company, under Diaghilev Award-winning choreographer Anatoly Emelianov, will perform selections from some of the most beloved ballets: Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, and others. For more information, call (914) 606-6262.