She’s always been a rule-breaker and trail-blazer, and remains a bold and distinctive artist both on stage and on records. Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo offer up an unforgettable acoustic evening in the Hudson Valley. After more than three decades in rock & roll, Benatar is as unforgettable now as she was at the dawn of MTV, when she emerged, fearless, fighting, and forging a path for other female rock stars around the world. Neil “Spyder” James Giraldo is an explosive steel bending guitar player creating a career as a producer, arranger, and songwriter for more than four decades — changing the face of pop charts with Benatar, his collaborator, muse, and wife.
Mar 2, 8 p.m. $68-$98. Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St, Tarrytown, 914.631.3390; www.tarrytownmusichall.org
The Chant a la Terre exhibit showcases stripped-down landscapes using a broad spectrum of colors.
Simplicity equates clarity, and for Jean Duquoc’s Chant a la Terre exhibit, his recent works are synonymous with this very purpose. They offer an honest and more direct distillation of the landscape, the subject of his life’s work. They are grounded by a stripped-down and freer hand, evidenced by the immediacy and maturation of an assured brush work. One can readily sense a renewed vitality. His palettes, too, are evolved — less reliant solely on primaries, they instead offer a broader and most satisfactory spectrum. There exists a definite purity, as well, to his sumptuous color choices.
Ongoing March 11 – April 2. Canfin Gallery, 39 Main St, Tarrytown. 914.332.4554; www.canfingallery.com
The Russian Seasons Dance company returns to the United States to celebrate world heritage culture with authenticity and virtuosic brilliance in “Celebration of World Dance.” This breathtaking display of dance and music highlights the intricate footwork of Irish dance, dazzling Broadway choreography, the athleticism of Cossack folk dances, the exuberance of Gypsy dance, the sensuality of Argentinian tango, and the intensity of Spanish flamenco.
March 17. 8–10 p.m. Westchester Community College Academic Arts Theatre, 75 Grasslands Rd., Valhalla. 914.606.6262; www.sunywcc.edu/smartarts
For the past 40 years comedian Robert Klein has been making people laugh: as a stand-up comedian, on Broadway, on television, and in film. Versatility, Klein said in a New York Times interview, has kept him “interested and working.” But stand-up is his passion, and he is credited by many with helping invent the genre. “Robert Klein’s style and brilliance changed the face of stand-up,” according to Ray Romano. Best known for his unique brand of observational humor, he has a gift for satirical social criticism. Honest, self-questioning and always contagiously funny, Klein has never spared directing his rapier and scathing wit on himself, not just inspiring laughs but an entire generation of headliners like Jay Leno. Jerry Seinfeld, who considers Klein his mentor and hero, says, “Klein has always been the funniest, most intelligent, coolest comedian.”
March 4. 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $55/$47/$40. Emelin Theatre for the Performing Arts, 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck, 914.698.0098; www.emelin.org/event
In celebration of all things Irish this month comes Rhythm of the Dance, a dance and music extravaganza containing a wealth of Irish talent. It’s an inspiring epic, reliving the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history and marrying modern art forms with a richly costumed presentation. The show is a thousand-year-old story, executed with all the advantages of today’s performances. This dance troupe heralds a new era in Irish entertainment, and is internationally rated as one of the most popular and busiest Irish step-dance shows in the world.
March 5. 3 p.m. Tickets: $38-$50. West Point Military Academy, Eisenhower Hall Theatre, 655 Pitcher Rd., West Point. 845.938.4159; www.ikehall.com
A day of family fun at the peak of maple sugaring season! Featured events include sap-collecting demonstrations, depictions of Native American and Colonial style sugaring sites, candymaking and porridge-making, crafts, and maple sugar tastings. March 5. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Registration, before March 5: $5 members, $10 non-members. Day of event registration: $8 members, $15 non-members.
Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale. 914.723.3470; www.greenburghnaturecenter.org
No matter where you’re from or where you’ve been, everyone is special — so join in! Sesame Street Live! Make a New Friend includes a new face in the neighborhood. Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies!
Mar 3, 10:30 a.m.**; Mar 4, 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m.; Mar 5, 1 p.m. Tickets: $18, $25, $35, $65. **Kids’ Matinee Seats $8. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. 1.800.745.3000; www.ticketmaster.com