These Are the Best Things to Do in Westchester the First Week of June
The start of a new month means tons of new arts exhibits opening all over Westchester County!
Fans of the arts are in luck this week, with new exhibits and performances by locally and nationally-acclaimed artists running the gamut from digital to traditional, classical to punk, still life to live performance.
6/5-6/10 — Westchester Magazine's Wine & Food Fest!
You'll have to excuse the bit of self-indulgence, but W&FF is truly one of the nicest things you can ever do for your tummy. Dozens of local chefs, vintners, restaurants, retailers, and food trucks will come together you bring your taste buds hundreds of wines and an uncountable number of flavor combinations.
Tuesday kicks things off with Salute! A Wine Tasting Tour of Italy at the Westchester Italian Cultural Center. Wednesday is Taste & Style at Savor Westchester, featuring a bartender shake-off! Thursday is one of our biggest events of the year, the Burger and Beer Blast which will crown this year's Best Burger in the county! Friday will be An Evening with Westchester's Tastemakers at the Ritz-Carlton New York Westchester in White Plains (tickets only sold in advance!) and Saturday is the Grand Tasting Village, where you can nibble and sip until you (figuratively) burst! Sunday closes things out with the Jr. Chef Experience back at Savor, and a Beefsteak Brunch with Nick Solares at Kanopi atop the Ritz-Carlton. Tickets are still available, so get yours while they last!
6/5 — No Day But Today
Calling all thespians! The Westchester Sandbox Theatre is holding open auditions for all three of its summer repertory theatre productions: RENT, Hair, and Green Day’s American Idiot. Open to performers aged 16-23, a single registration of $300 for cast actors covers all three productions (typically $470 per production). Auditions will be any time between 7 and 9 p.m. Performances will be held from July 13 through August 12.
6/7 — A Global Celebration
As part of First Thursday Gallery Hop, The Yonkers Public Library Riverfront Art Gallery is debuting this month’s new exhibit, Covered: Celebrating Muslim Women. Yonkers artist Yusef Abdul Jaleel is an African-Amaerican Muslim revert, whose work in digital vector art is designed to celebrate the beauty, faith, modesty, and individuality of Muslim women from around the world, dispelling negative connotations put upon the variety of hijabs, niqabs, and burqas worn by Muslim women in different cultures. An opening reception will be held at 5:30 p.m., and the exhibit will run until June 24.
6/7 RFK Remembered
The Bedford Playhouse will host a screening of the Academy Award-winning documentary, Robert Kennedy Remembered. This 1968 documentary was filmed in only four weeks, two months after Kennedy’s assassination. Following the screening will be an audience discussion and Q&A, including an introduction to Kerry Kennedy’s new book Robert F. Kennedy: Ripples of Hope. Published by Center Street, Ripples of Hope explores Kennedy’s influence and includes interviews with Barack Obama, George Clooney, Gloria Steinem, and more.
6/8 — Shock & Awe
Hollywood legend Rob Reiner will be at The Picture House this week, giving Pelham a special advance screening of his new film Shock and Awe. The film, staring Woody Harrelson, James Marsden, Tommy Lee Jones, and Reiner, tells the true story of the journalists who first investigated the second Bush administration’s spurious claims tying Saddam Hussein to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Reiner will then take part in a Q&A session following the film.
6/8-9 — Vintage Sound
St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site in Mount Vernon will be holding some unique musical acts this Friday and Saturday. Starting at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon, enjoy the eclectic stylings of Intuition Quartet, including blues, bossa nova, and pop on flute, harmonica, bass, and guitar. Saturday, learn all about colonial life along the waterfront from doctoral student Kathryn Lasdow at 1 p.m., along with interactive crafts like rope making and signboard carving. At 2:30, organist Kathryn Jones will perform on a re-conditioned 1830 Erban organ, one of the oldest working pipe organs in the country!
6/10 — Do Walk Into the Light
BTH (Break the Hold) is holding sunrise 2.5-mile walk at 4:30 a.m. at Pleasantville High School to benefit the program’s goal of providing resources and education related to mental health to parents and kids. The event, titled “Into the Light” is the first of a planned annual fundraiser by BTH, an organization founded after the tragic suicide of Pleasantville student Brian T. Halloran earlier this year. Registrations run $10-$30 depending on participant age. All participants receive a t-shirt, and anyone can add a donation online as well.
Westchester Magazine Event:
Over the span of this week, Westchester Magazine host seven events to showcase the best of the best in Westchester’s food and drink scene. Join thousands of guests as they meet and mingle with the region’s top chefs, sommeliers, and food experts. If you are a foodie or a vino enthusiast, you need to stop by one (or more) of these events.
June 5 – Salute! A Wine Tasting Tour of Italy
June 6 – Taste & Style at Savor Westchester
June 7 – Burger & Beer Blast
June 8 – An Evening With Westchester’s Tastemakers
June 9 – Grand Tasting Village
June 10 – Jr. Chef Experience / Beefsteak Brunch With Nick Solares