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EARTH DAY BENEFIT CONCERT: Celebrating Woody Guthrie's 100th Birthday at Tarrytown Music Hall
One hundred years after his birth, Woody Guthrie is still revered for both his music and his ability to shape the social consciousness of American cul- ture during the World Wars. On April 22, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. will celebrate the singer-songwriter with a concert in honor of what would have been his 100th birthday. The Earth Day benefit concert at Tarrytown Music Hall will bring together an impressive lineup of 9+ musicians, including Janis Ian and Tom Paxton, who will all perform Woody Guthrie songs as well as their own.
Guthrie became a spokesperson for the struggling American working-class man. Folk music of the time had an undeniable purpose—it told stories of hope, sacrifice and inequality. With songs like “This Land is Your Land,” Guthrie sang in protest about social
injustices and his unapologetic oppo- sition of fascism during WWII. In doing so, he ushered into American culture a voice for its working-class citizens who, in many ways, had no voice of their own. This is the same conviction that influenced new protest musicians, like Bob Dylan, who carried on Guthrie’s legacy to new genera- tions.
Proceeds from the concert will benefit Clearwater’s Environmental Education and Camp programs. The organiza- tion, founded by legendary musician and Guthrie’s friend Pete Seeger, is a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and protecting the Hudson River, as well as preparing it for a sustainable future.
Featured performers include Janis Ian, Tom Paxton, The Klezmatics, Tom
WINFRED REMBERT: Amazing Grace at the Hudson River Museum
Rembert, a Georgian native, grew up in the rural south just as the Civil Rights struggle was getting under way. Working in the cotton fields and on a chain gang, surviving a near-lynching and being arrested at a protest march, which led to 7 years of jail time all serve as emotional fodder for his work.
The Hudson River Museum’s cur- rent exhibition features hand-tooled leather patterns arranged to tell a narrative of artist Winfred Rembert’s experiences during the Civil Rights movement. On display through Monday, May 6, Winfred Rembert: Amazing Grace offers over 50 art- works, all painstakingly hand carved and etched on leather.
It was in jail that Rembert learned his craft and began working with leather. He eventually developed the shapes into stories from his youth. The dramatic images that resulted give us a tangible record of the art- ist’s experiences which he gracious- ly shares with his viewers.
Winifred Rembert: Amazing Grace on display through May 6 during gallery hours (Wednesday - Sunday from 12 - 5 pm) at Hudson River Museum. This exhibition is free with museum admission. For information, visit: www.hrm.org
TALLEY’S FOLLY at Hudson Stage Company
Hudson Stage Company will present Talley’s Folly, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Lanford Wilson that peers into the lives of two individuals during the end of WWII as they stumble toward unlikely love. This romantic comedy runs from April 28 through May 12 at Woodward Hall Theater at Pace University in Briarcliff Manor.
The affect of the world’s events trickle down into Matt and Sally’s small rural town. Matt escaped German authorities and came to America, while Sally’s family was greatly affected by the Great Depression and illness. The bittersweet love story highlights the humanity of these characters who, after experiencing the true effects of the war, are marginalized by society.
This classic one-act play, directed by Dan Foster and featuring Danton Stone and Margot White, starts previews on April 27. Talley's
Folly will run for three weekends with 3pm matinee and 8pm evening performances. For ticket information, visit: www.hudsonstage.com
Chapin, Toshi Reagon, David Amram, Lucy Kaplansky, Garland Jeffreys and Cheryl Wheeler. Tickets for the concert range from $48-$125.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit: www. tarrytownmusichall.org
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