Events: Polly’s Editor’s Picks in October 2014

Senior Editor Polly Sparling lists her top event picks for October 2014

Musician/singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin is best known for “Sunny Came Home,” her 1996 single that garnered two Grammys (for both Record and Song of the Year); her first statuette was picked up for 1989’s Steady On, which was named Best Contemporary Folk Recording. A South Dakota native, Colvin has shared the stage — or the recording studio — with artists ranging from Jackson Browne to Jakob Dylan; her 2012 LP, All Fall Down, was released on the same day that her memoir, Diamond in the Rough, was published (both received positive reviews). Catch Colvin live at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center. Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. $37-$57. • 1351 Kings Highway, Sugar Loaf, 845-610-5900;

in the women's room exhibit

In The Women’s Room, currently on view at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, seven female artists exhibit video works that explore questions relating to gender, relationships, and politics. These wide-ranging films include Kate Hampel’s examination of the “women seeking men” listings on the Craigslist Web site; and “Audrey Superhero” (above), Amy Jenkins’s documentation of her six-year-old daughter’s desire to be a boy. Oct. 12-Dec. 7. Opening reception Oct. 12, 5-7 p.m. Gallery hours Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 12-6 p.m. $5, $4 seniors, $2 students & children 8 and up. • 1701 Main St., Peekskill, 914-788-0100;

peter pan

If you are a baby boomer of a “certain age,” you might well remember watching Peter Pan (aka actress Mary Martin) flying around the Darling family nursery when that beloved Broadway musical was shown on TV in the 1950s. Nearly 60 years later, and the story of the boy who refused to grow up continues to enchant audiences — with help from the show’s memorable score, which composer Jule Styne, and lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green all had a hand in creating. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck production runs from Oct. 24-Nov. 9. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 3 p.m. $24-$26 evenings, $20 matinees. • 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck, 845-876-3080;

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manon ballet

At the Jacob Burns Film Center this month: A performance of Manon, the Royal Ballet’s signature work created by esteemed choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan, is broadcast live from London’s Royal Opera House as part of the center’s “World Stage on Screen” series. Principal dancers Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli portray a pair of innocent — but ultimately doomed — lovers in turn-of-the-20th-century Paris. Oct. 16 at 2:15 p.m. $20. • 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville, 914-747-5555;

postmodern jukebox

Scott Bradlee is an interesting guy. Proclaiming that he wants to create “an alternate universe of popular song,” the pianist reworks well-known pieces of music in a variety of vintage styles. His group of musical buddies — dubbed Postmodern Jukebox — performs his arrangements in a series of YouTube videos that have gone viral with a vengeance. Some examples: Bradlee’s version of Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” gets a ’50s style doo wop treatment, while Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” becomes a traditional jazz ballad. Bradlee and Company take to the road this fall, making a stop at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. $29. • 30 Second St., Troy, 518-273-0038; 

vanderbilt plant sale

When it comes to flora and fauna, the changing leaves of autumn naturally get top billing. But fall plants like chrysanthemums and asters are pretty spectacular in their own right. Jazz up your landscape by adding some budding beauties from the Fall Festival Plant Sale at Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. Now in its second year, this rain-or-shine event offers a wide variety of perennials for fall planting; the proceeds benefit the all-volunteer Vanderbilt Garden Association, which maintains the site’s stunning formal gardens — and which you’ll want to visit once you’ve loaded all those new plants into your car. Oct. 4 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. • Rte. 9, Hyde Park, 845-229-6432;

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