But there are others of us who remember Garfunkel giving a terrific sad-sack performance in Mike Nichols’ emotionally charged 1971 film, Carnal Knowledge (getting a Golden Globe nom and winning Candace Bergen away from Jack Nicholson—who ended up with Ann-Margret, so we’ll call it even); he also had a string of top 40 hits on his own, and his delicate, haunting vocals are what made “Scarborough Fair” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” international sensations. (Big props as well for his gorgeous 1978 UK hit, “Bright Eyes,” featured in the animated film, Watership Down).
In 2003, Garfunkel released another solo album after a dry spell, this time of mostly self-penned material based on his poems, and the tour that followed (which I saw) proved to critics and fans alike that he not only still had “it,” but is a charming and though-provoking entertainer. If you missed those shows, don’t miss this one—an evening with Art Garfunkel is magic you’ll never forget. (Stacy Davies)
Art Garfunkel at the Lewis Family Playhouse, Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, (909) 477-2752; www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com. Sat. Jan. 10, 8PM; $86.50