Westchester County Arts and Culture Events for April 2012: Bob Saget, Jeff Garlin, Guster, and More



Comedy Grown Up

Comedian Bob Saget is best known for the wholesome laughs he got as Danny Tanner, the thoroughly vanilla patriarch on the family sitcom Full House. In reality, his comic persona is not quite so squeaky-clean. See for yourself when he heads to the Paramount Center for the Arts on April 15. There, he’ll perform “Rated R-ish” stand-up billed as “Comedy for Adults…and People with Really Good Fake IDs.” Danny Tanner would never approve.


Guster & Garlin

Music and comedy go together like PB&J, and the Tarrytown Music Hall supports this kind of creative combo on April 19 when it hosts a double-bill of Jeff Garlin and Guster. The two don’t seem like a natural match, with Guster famous for its easy brand of alternative rock, and Garlin being best known for his stint on the far pricklier Curb Your Enthusiasm, but, afterwards, you’ll see that both acts imbue their performances with their unique senses of humor. To distinguish the occasion even further, Guster will perform an all-acoustic set.

Guster

Lyndhurst in Lego

Hip to Be Square

Lego blocks: How could something that’s so, well, square entertain us for so long? Even though they’re the epitome of simplicity, all right angles and primary colors, Lego sets have held the interest of imaginative builders for generations. Lyndhurst gets in on the action when it hosts its Lego Fun days on April 21 and April 22. Kids and enthusiasts can enjoy seeing incredible Lego creations, including portraits of Darth Maul and Anakin Skywalker, models of local landmarks (including Lyndhurst), a moving train display, and wacky race cars. Then, they can head to a free-play area and see what they can build themselves.

 

Fundamental Reads

You don’t need to wait until summer to get a jump on your summer reading. Haven’t compiled your summer reading list yet? We have a few suggestions for you: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie; The Last Storyteller: A Novel of Ireland by Frank Delaney; and The Anti-Romantic Child: A Story of Unexpected Joy by Priscilla Gilman. We know they’re good because their authors were selected by Spoken Interludes’ DeLauné Michel—one of the county’s biggest bookworms—to participate in the next Spoken Interludes reading, which takes place on April 25 at the Riverview in Hastings-on-Hudson. Head out to see the writers read from their new works—and, if you like what you hear, you can pick up a copy for yourself at the event, courtesy of The Village Bookstore.

Frank Delaney

Priscilla Gilman

Robert K. Massie

 

Setting the Ballet Bar

Madrid’s Ángel Corella, who came to prominence at the American Ballet Theatre, has been a known proponent of classical ballet, celebrating the art form everywhere from the Royal Opera House to Sesame Street. In 2008, he decided to bring ballet to a new location—his native Spain, where he founded his own company, Corella Ballet Castilla y León. The company will perform stateside on April 21 at the Performing Arts Center. The program includes classical, neoclassical, and contemporary dance, including works by choreographers Stanton Welch, Clark Tippet, and Christopher Wheeldon.