Polly’s Picks

Senior Editor Polly Sparling lists her top picks this month

Known as the “grandfather of the New Jersey sound,” Southside Johnny Lyon — along with his band, The Asbury Jukes — was the second act from the Garden State’s shore area to make it big in the mid-1970s. (The first, of course, was Lyon’s friend and sometime collaborator, Bruce Springsteen.) Although the group has had an up-and-down history, their live show — featuring horn-heavy R&B favorites like “We’re Having a Party” and “I Don’t Want to Go Home” — continues to draw fanatic crowds, especially in the metro-New York area. Hear them at Tarrytown Music Hall.

â–º Apr. 17 at 8 p.m. $55-$60
13 Main St., Tarrytown. 877-840-0457 or


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Marlene Wiedenbaum painting

Sacred Ground, an exhibit of landscapes by Hudson Valley artist Marlene Wiedenbaum, kicks off spring at the Carrie Haddad Gallery. Wiedenbaum’s pastels often depict well-known Valley locations which various nonprofit groups have saved from development. This show pays tribute to these places and the people who care so deeply about them.
â–º Apr. 2-May 10. Call for hours
622 Warren St., Hudson. 518-828-1915 or

Denise Wilbanks

Set in the South during the 1960s, Sue Monk Kidd’s best-seller The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of a young girl’s search for the real meaning of family. The American Place Theatre has adapted the novel into a one-woman theatrical piece, performed by Denise Wilbanks.
â–º Apr. 2 at 7:30 p.m. $15, $10 students
Recital Hall, University at Albany Performing Arts Center. 1400 Washington Ave., Albany. 518-442-3997 or

Jo Dee Messina

A musical one-two punch comes to the Ulster Performing Arts Center this month. Country music’s Jo Dee Messina (right) takes the stage on Apr. 24 for an intimate concert showcasing her nine number-one singles (8 p.m. $38-$50). The next evening, multi-Grammy winner k.d. lang — who has recorded duets with both Roy Orbison and Tony Bennett — brings her smooth but smoky voice to Ulster County (Apr. 25 at 8 p.m. $56-$86).
â–º 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088 or www.upac.org

The Graduate

Author Mark Harris’s book, Pictures at a Revolution, looks at the five movies nominated for the Best Picture Oscar in 1967. In the book, Harris — an Entertainment Weekly columnist — examines the ins and outs of how each film came to be. Catch four of these classic flicks — Dr. Doolittle, The Graduate, Bonnie and Clyde, and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? — at the Jacob Burns Film Center (Apr. 11, 15, 22, and 23, respectively). Harris answers questions from New York Times critic Janet Maslin at The Graduate screening.
Call for exact schedule and ticket information.
â–º 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville. 914-747-5555 or www.burnsfilmcenter.org


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