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Out & About in December 2010


Tap into 2011

Looking for a toe-tapping way to spend New Year’s Eve? Dancer and choreographer Savion Glover — who has strutted his stuff everywhere from Sesame Street to Broadway — presents the world premiere of his latest show, Savion Glover’s All Funk’d Up at the Egg. The star of Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk, Glover is credited with “saving” tap dance as an art form and bringing its energetic charm to a whole new generation of fans. The evening begins with music by Daniel Bernard Roumain (aka DBR), a hip-hop violinist whose latest CD, Woodbox Beats and Balladry, melds elements of classical music with rock and funk. Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. $34.50-$39.50. Empire State Plaza, Albany. 518-473-1845 or www.theegg.org

A Shoe-in

Whether you’re sporting Jimmy Choo’s latest design or a pair of scuffed-up Keds, your footwear says more about you than you might think. The ancient Egyptians began wearing sandals around 3500 B.C.; but it was the Romans who turned shoes into a social status symbol. In The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories — now on view at the Albany Institute of History and Art — you can see more than 120 different shoes created by contemporary artists between 2004 and 2008. Constructed from all types of unusual materials, from clay and metal to glass and paper, these pieces offer a commentary on issues of gender, sexuality, history, class, and culture. A companion exhibit, Old Soles, showcases the AIHA’s collection of shoes, pattens, silver buckles, and other shoe-related items made (and worn) by ordinary folks between the 18th and the 20th centuries. Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 12-5 p.m. through Jan. 2. $10, $8 seniors & students, $6 children 6-12, under 6 free. 125 Washington Ave., Albany. 518-463-4478 or www.albanyinstitute.org

Music makers

Along with its lineup of holiday programming, the Tarrytown Music Hall hosts several marquee performers this month. The Dave Brubeck Quartet celebrates its leader’s 90th birthday with a concert on Dec. 3. Vocalist and musician Rickie Lee Jones plays “Chuck E’s in Love” and other early hits as part of her “Old School” tour on Dec. 5. Another rock/pop chanteuse, the irrepressible Cyndi Lauper (“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “True Colors”), comes to town on the 15th. And a pair of legendary guitarists — Johnny Winter and Hubert Sumlin — team up for an evening of blues on the 16th. All shows begin at 8 p.m., call or visit Web site for ticket information. 13 Main St., Tarrytown. 914-631-3390 or www.tarrytownmusichall.org

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Art assortment

There’s lots to see at the Carrie Haddad Gallery over the next few weeks. The current show — a retrospective of works by Richard Merkin, whose paintings can be found in the permanent collections at MoMA and the Smithsonian — runs through Dec. 12. On the 13th, two new exhibits begin. Mark Beard — whose portraits of young athletes are often credited to “Bruce Sargeant,” one of several of the painter’s artistic alter egos — shows his paintings in the front room. A group show of contemporary still lifes — with works by Carolou Kristofik, Dale Payson, and Craig Johns, among others — is on view in the back gallery. An opening reception for both exhibits takes place on Dec. 18; the shows run through Jan. 23. Gallery hours Thurs.-Mon. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 622 Warren St., Hudson. 518-828-1915 or www.carriehaddadgallery.com

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