11 Exciting Events to Hit in Westchester This Week
We find you the best ways to spend your nights and weekends.
Rent fans especially will enjoy this week's staged reading of La Bohème.
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Welcome back, Westchester! As always, we’re running down the best entertainment in the county this week so you can maximize your fun time and minimize time wasted on the couch desperately scrolling through Facebook events pages saying, “I dunno, what do you want to do??”
Tuesday, August 20
Musical theater aficionados are in for a real treat this week, as the Taconic Opera’s New York Opera Conservatory introduces Westchester to its latest cohort of talented young performers. Guests can enjoy a free semi-staged performance of Puccini’s La Bohéme at the Croton Free Library at 7 p.m., with repeat performances and all-new casts on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!
Wednesday, August 21
Love music history? Can’t get enough of those deep-dive podcasts obsessing over the minutiae of lore and liner notes? The Jacob Burns Film Center has heard you, and their resident “Beatlesologist” Scott Freiman has answered the call. Freiman’s ongoing series Deconstructing The Beatles continues this Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m., going deep on Side 2 of the band’s seminal Abbey Road. Go track-by-track through hits like “Here Comes the Sun” and “Come Together” as the local expert breaks down the recording, history, and background of one of the most iconic records of all time. Tickets are $10 for JBFC members and $15 for non-members.
Thursday, August 22
For the very first time, Putnam’s VOB Film Festival is making its way south to Westchester, at the Bedford Playhouse. Locals can enjoy the Brewster-based film fest’s selections for the evening — four shorts and one feature spanning genres from lighthearted animated to noir and dark comedy — starting at 7 p.m. for just $14.
Pop over to Pelham at 9 p.m. to The Picture House for a 40th Anniversary screening of Apocalypse Now: Final Cut. The never-before-seen cut, lovingly restored by director Francis Ford Coppola, touts the highest audio and visual fidelity, and realism heightened to its utmost potential to help audiences feel the absolute madness in this Conradian nightmare of war.
If you can’t make the Thursday premier, screenings are available daily through Sunday. Tickets are $12 ($10 senior/student).
Friday, August 23
Up-and-coming comedian Jesus Trejo will perform live this weekend at Yonkers Comedy Club Friday and Saturday nights. Fans ill recognize Trejo from his appearances on James Corden and Adam Devine’s House Party, and recurring role on Sullivan & Son. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows are available, with tickets starting at $30.
Saturday, August 24
Yonkers’ own indie rockers American Pinup return for a glorious gig at Port Chester’s Garcia’s at The Capitol Theater. Already sounding like alt rock royalty with pop-punk parallels and a pinch of rockabilly style, frontwoman Lauren West’s vocals drive listeners as hard as the rhythm. For a guaranteed good time, head on down to Garcia’s where doors open at 7 p.m. and the rocking kicks in an hour later. Tickets are just $10 online or $15 at the door.
Sunday, August 25
Sunday is our big day, this week! First up, Westchester County’s ongoing heritage festival series continues at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla with our Muslim Heritage Festival all day from noon until 7 p.m. As always, enjoy music, delicious food, crafts, history and science exhibits, activities, and plenty of live entertainment!
Also running all day is the kick-off celebration for the Walter’s Hot Dogs 100th Anniversary Celebration. We’ve already covered the details in depth at the link, but suffice it to say there will be fun and games, prizes, a hot dog eating contest, and plenty of cool Walter’s anniversary swag (that you can score free hot dogs for wearing throughout the celebration!).
Cinephiles will also be ecstatic for Sunday with a duo of classics making a one-day-only appearance at White Plains’ Showcase Cinemas. For kids (and just fans of joy in general), drop by at 12:55 p.m. for a screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s fundamental work, My Neighbor Totoro. (Tickets are $14.) Fans of more mature viewing can also treat themselves to a showing of Martin Scorsese’s iconic Taxi Driver at 7:30 p.m. (Tickets are $13.50.)
Last up, alt-rock legends Toad the Wet Sprocket will grace the stage at Ridgefield Playhouse, just over the border at 8 p.m. The oft-aired band with one of the coolest names in rock history is marking the 25th anniversary of platinum-selling album Dulcinea and the 30th anniversary of its debut Bread & Circus. Tickets start at $69.50, but they’re going fast!