R5 October Highlights

 


Hopping Rad

What do you do when you want to see an art exhibition, a dance performance, and an opera all in one day? If you’re in New Rochelle, you try to hail the trolley. On October 2 and 3, for the annual Arts Fest, the city will run a free, hop-on-hop-off trolley to various cultural destinations and restaurants. You can tour the studio of 3D artist Charles Fazzino, watch the Dance Theatre of Harlem (one member of which is pictured here) show off its moves, see circus perfomers at the library, and tour countless other galleries and work spaces. For a complete schedule of events, visit newrochellearts.org.

 

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West Fest

Like the grasshopper in Aesop’s fable, we spend the summer singing and dancing—but we still want to celebrate the harvest, despite having planted nothing of our own. Luckily, this county is not as harsh as Aesop’s world. On October 2, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture lets you revel in the bounty of the season at its annual Harvest Fest. There will be live music, hayrides, and farm workshops and demonstrations—but we know you’re there for the food. Head straight for the Berkshire pig roast, but be sure to leave room for a treat from the seasonal pie bake-off. When you’ve had your fill, stop by the farmer’s market to get something to take home for later. See—there’s nothing wrong with being a grasshopper.

Amram Jam

Unquestionably, the most famous jazz French horn player in the known universe is Hudson Valley fixture David Amram, who’s collaborated with such diverse talents as Jack Kerouac, Leonard Bernstein, and Charlie Parker. Amram celebrates a huge, round birthday this month: the big 8-0. Even as an octogenarian, the man is busy; he’s currently composing a new orchestral work, writing a book, and acting as the subject of a documentary film. Phew! Celebrate his achievements at the digs of the organization looking to spawn the next Amram: Copland House at Merestead in Mount Kisco. There, on October 24, acclaimed ensemble Music from Copland House performs a program of Amram’s chamber pieces—just a slice (but a satisfying one) of the 100 works he’s created.

Story Time

Sure, on the last season of Dexter, the home life of John Lithgow’s character, the creepy “Trinity Killer,” was so rough, it started him off on his spree of serial killings. In reality, the actor’s family history is far more touching and poignant, and instead of forcing him into a life of crime, his father and grandmother influenced him to become an actor. Lithgow will present a one-man theatrical memoir, titled Stories by Heart, about three generations of his family, and the role that storytelling played in their lives. The one-night-only performance will take place on October 14 at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill. Grab a ticket and you’ll see why he is a multiple Tony winner.

MapQuest

With GPS everywhere, from your car dashboard to your phone, you’re never really at a loss for directions. So, what’s missing? The pleasure of unfolding the crinkled-up, scribbled-on map as you take it out of your glove compartment and try to figure out where the heck you are. The Katonah Museum of Art recognizes that mapmaking is becoming a lost art and is hosting a new exhibition, Mapping: Memory and Motion in Contemporary Art, in response. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, video, and even a live web broadcast—all that deal with maps to chart stars, land, buildings, and imaginary places. The exhibition runs from October 3 to January 9.

 

Home Theater

Our favorite frights to your Halloween movie queue
The Exorcist Extended Director’s Cut
DVD Release Date: October 5, Warner Home Video
Your favorite devil-possession film just got 12 minutes scarier. With technological advances, The Exorcist director William Friedkin was able to restore 12 minutes of footage that didn’t work in the original 1973 version of the film. (Just be glad that 3D home televisions aren’t the norm yet—you wouldn’t want that stuff flying at you.) You can watch the restored version of the film, along with outtakes and making-of features that you also missed the first time around.

Splice
DVD Release Date: October 5, Warner Home Video
What’s scarier than devil possession? I dunno—try human ambition. In this film, two geneticists push past the boundaries of acceptable science for personal gain—then have to deal with the creature they created. (And you thought your kids were a handful.)

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A Nightmare on Elm Street
DVD Release Date: October 5, New Line Cinema
Freddy Krueger—now there’s a villain with some personality. (Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers are scary, but they’re lacking in the wisecrack department.) See the new spin on the baddie—new twisted face, new creepy performance from Jackie Earle Haley—with this 2010 remake. Then spend Halloween debating whether the movies were better when they had the dubious charm of lower-budget special effects.

Alien Anthology
DVD Release Date: October 26, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Across the four Alien movies, you can find every kind of scare you could possibly want, from quiet, pure-suspense jumps to nonstop-action-adrenaline thrills (and the creepy feeling that the cloned Ripley gives you in the last one). Revisit them all in one Blu-ray set, which includes the special editions of all the films plus an extra disc of bonus material on every aspect of these movies you could ever be curious about. (A gallery of the movies’ patches and logos, anyone?)

 

 

 

Broadway Box Office

Chanteuse Jennifer Sheehan

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 If you were lucky enough to snag a couple of tickets to hear cabaret star Andrea Marcovicci sing Johnny Mercer tunes at Copland House at Merestead several weeks ago, you were doubly fortunate. That night you not only learned all about Mercer (Did you know that the love of his life was Judy Garland? Or that he lived right by…Moon River?), but were introduced to a young, bright, and very talented singer, Jennifer Sheehan. Want to hear more from Sheehan? On October 3, she will be performing on her own the “American Songbook”—a century’s worth of it—at Merestead, of course. For more information: (914) 788-4659 or coplandhouse.org.

 

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