Events: Polly’s Editor’s Picks in November 2013

Senior Editor Polly Sparling lists her top event picks for November 2013

Peekskill photographer Joseph Squillante has been aiming his camera at Valley landscapes for more than 30 years. The majority of his images — of snow-covered trees, babbling brooks, the river at sunset — are classic interpretations of the region’s beauty, which have been favorably compared to the paintings of the Hudson River School. The lensman goes in a new direction with A Closer Look: The Hudson River, the exhibit of his most recent work currently on view at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries. More abstract in nature, these photos highlight the interplay of lines, shapes, and textures; shown alongside his earlier works, the new images impart Squillante’s personal interpretation of the subject at hand. Gallery open daily through March 2; call or visit Web site for hours. 199 Main St., Beacon. 845-838-1600, ext. 10 or 

roomful of teeth

One of the Valley’s cultural gems, Vassar College’s fall concert series offers performances by musicians more frequently found on a Manhattan stage. Case in point: this month’s appearance by Roomful of Teeth. This cutting-edge a cappella group revels in producing vocal sounds common in countries from across the globe — everything from Inuit throat singing to yodeling; they are best known for Partita, a Pulitzer Prize-winning piece composed by group member Caroline Shaw. Catch them at the college’s Skinner Hall of Music — for free. Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-7294 or 

kiss me kate

Trivia question: Which Cole Porter show won Broadway’s first-ever Tony for Best Musical? Answer: Kiss Me, Kate. In fact, the original 1948 production took home five statuettes. A reworking of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, the musical-theater masterpiece includes a score full of Porter’s classic songs, including “Why Can’t You Behave?” and “Always True to You in My Fashion.” Fri.-Sat. 6:15 p.m., Sun. 11:45 a.m. through Nov. 3. Call or visit Web site for ticket information. Westchester Broadway Theater. 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford. 914-592-2222 or

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ryan gosling

“After Dark,” the Jacob Burns Film Center’s series that offers late-night screenings of offbeat films, features Only God Forgives this month. Shot on location in Thailand, this violent crime thriller was nominated for the Palme d’Or, the top honor given at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas star as expatriates who are sucked into the brutal Thai underworld. Nov. 7. Call or visit Web site for time and ticket information. 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville. 914-747-5555 or 

blue man group

The Blue Man Group heads to West Point this month. Described by the L.A. Times as “category-resistant entertainment,” these unique performances feature three men in bald caps and blue makeup who seem to be from some planet other than Earth. Using elements of vaudeville-style comedy, music, and technology — but not a single spoken word — the Blue Men offer a multisensory show that is outrageous, hilarious — and just can’t be pigeonholed into any genre that Earthlings are familiar with. Nov. 16-17. Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $45. Eisenhower Hall Theatre. U.S.M.A. campus. 655 Pitcher Rd., West Point. 845-938-6769 or

edgar allan poe

Extend your Halloween celebration by spending An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe. The 19th-century writer, poet, and master of the macabre returns from the grave to pay a visit to Boscobel, where he entertains guests by answering questions about his turbulent life and reading from some of his classic works, like “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” A wine and cheese reception follows the show, which is the artistic brainchild of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s Terrence O’Brien. Nov. 1-2 at 7 p.m. $50. Boscobel House & Gardens. 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison. 845-265-9575 or

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