These Are the 8 Best Things to Do in Westchester This Month

Our favorite reasons to get out of the house in August.


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August 2

Six-String King

While Keith Richards is known worldwide for his role as lead guitarist and all-around bad boy in the groundbreaking rock band The Rolling Stones, he also happens to be the subject of an award-winning documentary. In Keith Richards: Under the Influence, the renowned rocker opens up about his incredible past and enduring legacy. Directed by Academy Award winner Morgan Neville, the documentary hits the Jacob Burns Film Center on August 2.

 


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August 3

Grand Ole Opera

Classical connoisseurs are in for a treat when the innovative Teatro Nuovo presents a special performance of Rossini’s monumental opera Tancredi at Purchase’s Performing Arts Center. Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford will headline the semi-staged performance, alongside soprano Sydney Mancasola and famed tenor Santiago Ballerini. This special evening will also include pre-performance events.

 


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August 3

Less is Mohr

With a pedigree that includes a stint on Saturday Night Live, a popular podcast, and acting credits in a fleet of films, Jay Mohr is undoubtably worth a watch. Catch the Jerry Maguire star this month at The Ridgefield Playhouse, where Mohr will perform the sidesplitting standup that earned him spots in more than 200 network shows and 25 feature films.

 

August 3-12

Love During Wartime

Get a little taste of the Great White Way during this rollicking production that features a mix of community performers and professional actors. This month, the Tony-winning romance Cabaret will hit the White Plains Performing Arts Center. The saucy musical tells the tale of Cliff Bradshaw, an American author working on a novel in Berlin, who runs into a singer at the Kit Kat Klub at the dawn of World War II.

 


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August 4

Word Smyth

This month, stop by the Ridgefield Playhouse to see a true musical mainstay in the flesh. Known for her hits “The Warrior” and “Look What Love Has Done,” Patty Smyth is a Grammy- and Academy Award-nominated rocker who regularly cracked the Billboard Top 10 with her powerful anthems. Smyth performs alongside her long-running band, Scandal, with whom she made her name as one of the most enduring women in rock.

 

August 4

Poppin’ Off

Grab your favorite flying umbrella and return to your childhood during Mary Poppins Jr. Presented by Random Farms Kids’ Theater, this family-friendly show at Tarrytown Music Hall tells the story of the Bank family, who are in desperate need of a new nanny. When an enigmatic young woman named Mary Poppins appears on their doorstep, the kids embark on some truly entertaining adventures.

 


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August 17

Raising the Rufus

With eight studio albums, three live albums, three DVDs, a Grammy nomination, and two Juno Awards, Rufus Wainright is one seriously respected musician. This month, Wainwright will be stopping by The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, fresh off the multitalented musician’s second opera, which premiered earlier this year in Canada. Take a seat and see why Wainwright’s rare area shows regularly sell out.

 

August 18

Get in the Groove

Any flower child with a hankering for the days of the 1960s need look no further than Peekskill’s Hippie Fest 2018. Featuring a host of groovy acts, including Vanilla Fudge, Rick Derringer, and Badfinger, this evening event offers locals a prime opportunity to make like Jerry Garcia, and get truckin’ to the Paramount Hudson Valley Theatre.

 

 

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