A local art exhibition, a production of Hair, and a freestyle concert are among our art and stage ornaments for April
by Jessica Jones-Gorman
LET THE SUN SHINE
Wagner College Theatre will celebrate the ’60s counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, bell-bottomed and fringed glory from April 19-29, with its presentation of the Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. To an infectiously energetic rock beat (music by Staten Island’s own Galt MacDermot), the show features popular anthems like “Aquarius,” “Good Morning, Starshine,” “Hair,” and “Let the Sun Shine.” Promoting the ideals of peace, love and acceptance—and we have never, never needed them more—the show will be directed and choreographed by Darren Lee with music direction by David Sisco.
1 Campus Road, wagner.edu/theatre
the shaolin way
A group exhibition, curated by local artist Jahtiek Long, will pay homage to Staten Island’s culture and cultural identity, highlighting the work of more than 15 artists from all corners of the borough. Located in the Commons Galleries of the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor, Shaolin: Into the 36 Chambers plays on the name given to Staten Island by the Wu-Tang Clan, and runs from March 10 to May 6. A curator talk with Long on Shaolin Narratives: The Power of Representation will take place on April 19 from 7 to 9 P.M. The event is free with gallery admission, which is $5. 1000 Richmond Terrace, snug-harbor.org
Hosted by Joe Causi of WCBS 101.1 FM and Sal Abbatiello of Fever Records, the Ultimate ’80s Explosion will bring the best in freestyle to the St. George Theatre on Saturday, April 21. Featuring some of the decade’s top stars, like George Lamond and Judy Torres, the show, which begins at 8 P.M., will cover hits like “Bad of the Heart” and “No Reason to Cry.” Tickets range from $49 to $79 and can be purchased online at stgeorgetheatre.org. 35 Hyatt Street