Events: Out & About in March 2013

Thoro-ly good blues, video art in Catskill, backstage Broadway in the spotlight

Hard drivin’ man

Blues/rock guitarist and singer George Thorogood exploded onto the music scene in 1976 with his cover of “Move It On Over,” a tune first recorded by Hank Williams, Jr. Over the ensuing 37 years, Thorogood — along with his band, the Destroyers — has had two platinum and six gold albums that contained a string of raucous hits including “Bad to the Bone” and “Who Do You Love?” The Delaware native makes two appearances in the Valley this month: March 16 at 8 p.m. $40 in advance, $45 at the door at the Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, 914-937-4126 or; March 19 at 8 p.m. $49 at the Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston, 845-339-6088 or

vassar dance

Dance card

A tradition for more than 30 years, the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre’s gala performances of classical ballets, as well as modern and jazz works, grace the stage at the Bardavon Opera House this month. The wide-ranging program includes “Nurse,” a new piece by noted choreographer Brian Reeder; and a restaged excerpt from Zvi Gotheiner’s “Chairs,” which was specially designed for the company by the artist himself. Dances created by students and faculty members are also on the bill. March 2-3. Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $11, $9 seniors & students. 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or

“One” of the best

It’s hard to talk about A Chorus Line without using superlatives. Opening on Broadway in 1975, the musical was nominated for an unprecedented 12 Tonys — and won nine, including Best Musical. It garnered the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and its 6,137 performances rank it as the Great White Way’s sixth-longest running show ever. Marvin Hamlisch — one of only 11 people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony award — composed the score for this popular and critical triumph, which introduces the audience to 17 young dancers auditioning for a job in an upcoming Broadway musical. Eisenhower Hall Theatre hosts the national touring production of the show on March 3 at 3 p.m. Call or visit Web site for ticket information. U.S. Military Academy campus, West Point. 845-938-4159 or

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Moving pictures

Masters on Main Street, an ongoing arts project in Catskill, offers a pair of video-based events. The outdoor “Glow Show” uses sidewalks, shop windows, and building walls as projection screens for video works and installations created by local and regional artists; on view through April, the self-guided tour of the sites is best taken after dark (maps are available at the Web site below). On March 3, Catskill’s third annual Film and Video Festival presents short works by experienced filmmakers as well as students and other fresh faces. 12-6 p.m. $5. Community Theater, 373 Main St., Catskill. 518-943-3400 or

String along

The annual Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition is known as a launching pad for classical music careers; more than a handful of previous winners have gone on to become members of highly regarded ensembles such as the Eroica Trio. Three top-shelf conservatory players vie for the competition’s $3,000 first prize — which comes along with an invitation to play with the HVP at a future concert. Hear the three finalists for this year’s laurels perform in recital at Vassar College’s Skinner Hall — for free — and meet them afterwards at a post-concert reception. March 10 at 3 p.m. 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or

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