Polly's Picks

Senior Editor Polly Sparling lists her top event picks for December 2010

Internationally renowned pianist (and Bard College Conservatory of Music faculty member) Peter Serkin joins the Hudson Valley Philharmonic for the ensemble’s third concert of the season. Serkin is soloist for Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3; other compositions on the program include Glazunov’s “Winter” from the ballet The Seasons, and Brahms’ Serenade no. 1 in D major. Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. Call or visit Web site for ticket information. • The Bardavon 1869 Opera House. 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-5288 or www.bardavon.org

jekyll and hyde

Jekyll & Hyde — a musical version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novel of the same name — explores the dual nature of good and evil that is present in us all. After drinking a mysterious potion of his own concoction, the respected Dr. Jekyll is transformed into the villainous Mr. Hyde, who proceeds to wreck havoc on London society. Dec. 29-Feb. 5. Call for exact schedule and ticket information. • Westchester Broadway Theatre. 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford. 914-592-2222 or www.broadwaytheatre.com

it's a wonderful life

Albany’s Palace Theatre is the place to be for movie buffs this month. On the 13th, catch six of Moe, Larry, and Curly’s funniest flicks during the Three Stooges Film Festival. Of the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time, Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life (shown) ranks number 11; see it on the Palace’s big screen on Dec. 17. And A Christmas Story, the film version of humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of a Midwestern holiday circa 1940, tickles funnybones on Dec. 20. Call or visit Web site for exact schedule and ticket information. • 19 Clinton Ave., Albany. 518-465-3334 or www.palacealbany.com

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harlem gospel choir

With 65 members ranging in age from 17 to 70, the Harlem Gospel Choir is composed of the most accomplished singers and musicians from African American churches in Harlem and throughout the tristate area. Founded in 1986 on the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., the choir performs a medley of musical selections, including blues, jazz, and gospel spirituals. The choir’s rich and joyous harmonies are sure to offer audiences a foot-stomping, hand-clapping evening of inspiration. Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. $42.50-$52.50. • The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College. 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase. 914-251-6200 or www.artscenter.org

Two intriguing — and very different — exhibits currently are on view at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. Binary Visions showcases 30 19th-century coverlets selected from Historic Huguenot Street’s textile collection. Produced in small Valley factories on water-powered looms, these utilitarian works are rife with imagery, both representational and geometric. Culled from the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s permanent collection, Thoughts of Home features images of various domestic digs, each of which comments on history, culture, nature, or ideology. Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through Dec. 12. $5 suggested donation. • 1 Hawk Dr., New Paltz. 845-257-3844 or www.newpaltz.edu/museum

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