Events: Polly’s Editor’s Picks in April 2012

Senior Editor Polly Sparling lists her top event picks for April 2012

The waterfront areas of Beacon and Newburgh are the subject of the current exhibit at Mill Street Loft Arts. Newburgh & Beacon, Yesterday and Today showcases paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs of these two Hudson River communities dating from the 1860s to the present. Historic works hang side-by-side with contemporary pieces executed by local artists (many of which are for sale). Tues.-Thurs. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. through Apr. 29. • Scenic Hudson’s River Center. 8 Long Dock Rd., Beacon. 845-471-7477


Daughtry has been tearing up the rock and roll scene since its debut in 2006. The quintet — formed by lead singer and American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry — has scored four number-one hits (including “It’s Not Over” and “Home”) as well as four Grammy nominations. Break the Spell, the band’s third album, debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard charts last November. See what all the fuss is about when the group visits Albany’s Palace Theatre. Apr. 29 at 8 p.m. $30.50-$50.50. • 19 Clinton Ave., Albany. 518-465-3334 or


Inspired by a true story, Broadway’s Memphis took home four Tonys in 2010 (including Best Musical). Set in the city’s underground dance clubs of the 1950s, the show concerns a white radio deejay — one of the first to play music recorded by African Americans — and his relationship with a black female singer looking for her chance to make it big. Their love story — and rise to the top of the music charts — is played out amid the prejudices and fear that existed between both races at the time. The national touring production thunders into Proctors this month. Apr. 17-22, call for times. $20-$70. • 432 State St., Schenectady. 518-346-6204 or

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who's afraid of virginia woolf

Trivia question: Can you name the only film ever to be nominated for an Oscar in every category for which it was eligible? If you guessed Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolff?, consider trying out for Jeopardy! This searing 1966 drama ended up taking five statuettes; it stars real-life husband and wife Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as a married couple whose psychological and emotional baggage overwhelms their relationship. Adapted from the Edward Albee play, the film broke ground for its use of (mild) profanity and depiction of sexually-charged situations. Catch it at the Bardavon. Apr. 13 at 7:30 p.m. $5. • 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or

colin mochrie and brad sherwood

Comedy commands the spotlight when Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood — those improv impresarios from TV’s Whose Line Is It Anyway? — visit the Ulster Performing Arts Center. Armed with nothing other than their quick (and razor-sharp) wits, the duo takes audience suggestions and turns them into original (and side-splitting) comedy skits. And if you’re in the crowd, beware: You could be called up onstage to be part of the fun. Apr. 14 at 8 p.m. $30.75-$44.75. • 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088 or

greg lake

Fans of the ’70s British progressive rock bands King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer will no doubt flock to Tarrytown to see a rare performance by Greg Lake. The guitarist and vocalist is in the midst of his world tour, “Songs of a Lifetime,” in which he not only plays many of the tracks (“Lucky Man” and “From the Beginning”) that brought him fame, but also offers commentary on his musical career and answers questions from the audience. Apr. 20 at 8 p.m. $49-$85. • Tarrytown Music Hall. 13 Main St., Tarrytown. 877-840-0457 or


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