This weekend’s top Hudson Valley entertainment events include performances by a former Thin Lizzy guitarist and a theatrical company aiming to prove that it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
Saturday-Sunday: ‘The Elephant Man’ at Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck
Perhaps best known for the declaration that all but sums up the narrative (“I am not an animal!”), “The Elephant Man” has seen David Bowie, Mark Hamill, Bradley Cooper and other famous faces portray the title character since the production’s first Broadway staging in 1979. Based on the life of Joseph Merrick, who tried to live in the Victorian era without letting his deformities define him, the CENTERstage production in Rhinebeck stars John Adair, Deborah Coconis, Johnny Dell, Michael Frohnhoefer, Jim Merriman and Thomas Webb.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12; 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13; additional performances Jan. 18-20
Info: The Center for Performing Arts, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; 845-876-3080; www.centerforperformingarts.org; $20-$22
Saturday: Midge Ure at Bearsville Theatre
Despite the gold and platinum records, Grammy recognition, the chart-topping single “If I Was,” and the classic rock cred that comes with being a former member of Thin Lizzy, guitarist Midge Ure’s greatest contribution transcends music alone. Teaming up with Bob Geldof to raise money for Ethiopian charities, Ure helped found the one-off supergroup Band Aid, whose 1984 single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” featured an A-list lineup that included Sting, George Michael and a particularly impassioned Bono.
When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12
Info: Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock; 845-679-4406; www.bearsvilletheater.com; $25