Polly's Picks

Senior Editor Polly Sparling lists her top picks for November 2009

Thru Nov. 15 Ah, relationships – can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. Get a new — and uniquely artistic — perspective on relationships of all types at the Tivoli Gallery. Members of the Tivoli Artists Co-op present a group show of works that express the various dimensions of our connections to each other. Fri. 5-9 p.m., Sat. 1-9 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m. • 69 Broadway, Tivoli. 518-757-2667

yves montand

Nov. 6-25: Popular in the 1960s, French film actor Yves Montand is perhaps best remembered for his numerous affairs with beautiful women (including Marilyn Monroe, above with Montand). But the actor made 39 films during his 46-year career; it’s said that he died of a heart attack on the set of a film in which he starred as an old man who, in the last scene, dies of a heart attack. See nine of Montand’s best screen efforts during this month’s Yves Montand Retrospective at the Jacob Burns Film Center. Call for schedule and tickets. • 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville. 914-747-5555

george li

Nov. 14: Child’s play: For its second concert of the season, the Albany Symphony welcomes George Li. At the tender age of 14, this piano virtuoso has already earned his classical music stripes with performances on The Martha Stewart Show and From the Top. He performs the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2, his signature piece. A tone poem by Chicago composer Stacy Garrop and the Brahms second symphony are also on the bill. 7:30 p.m. Call for tickets. • Palace Theatre. 19 Clinton Ave., Albany. 518-465-4663

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The 39 Steps

Nov. 17-22: What do you get when you mix an Alfred Hitchcock thriller, a Raymond Chandler spy novel, and a Monty Python skit? Give up? It’s The 39 Steps, a rollicking theater piece featuring 150 characters (played by just four actors), an on-stage plane crash (yes, really), murder, mayhem — and plenty of good old-fashioned romance. The Tony and Drama Desk award-winner comes to Proctors as part of its Broadway Series. Call for times and ticket information. • 432 State St., Schenectady. 518-346-6204

mid-hudson chapter of the adirondack mountain club

November is here, and you know what that means — the snow will be flying before long. Better get out and enjoy the Valley’s beauty while you can. The Mid-Hudson Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club offers a laundry list of hikes this month, from easy jaunts at Poet’s Walk (Nov. 7) and Locust Grove (shown above, Nov. 14), to a “moderate” tour around Vanderbilt Mansion (Nov. 29), to hikes on the Shawangunk Ridge (Nov. 7) and Adirondack Trail (Nov. 14) that will definitely get your heart rate up. For more info, visit www.midhudsonadk.org.

gregg allman

It’s a busy month at Peekskill’s Paramount Center for the Performing Arts. First up: Grammy-winner Rick Springfield, soap-opera heartthrob and singer of the ’80s pop hit, “Jessie’s Girl” (Nov. 7). Gregg Allman (above) — a founder of the iconic Allman Brothers Band — brings his Southern rock sound northward on Nov. 14. And vocalist Linda Eder comes to town with “All of Me,” a concert of Broadway classics and vocal standards (Nov. 20). All shows at 8 p.m., call for tickets. • 1008 Brown St., Peekskill. 914-739-2333


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