Westchester County Arts and Culture Events for December 2012


Morning Glory


With nine albums to draw from, My Morning Jacket is not at a loss for material when it comes to putting together a set list. That’s why, for the band’s three-night stand at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester from December 27 to December 29, the musicians have vowed not to repeat any song from night to night. (They call it the “Spontaneous Curation Series.”) The opening bands switch out nightly as well, with Deer Tick, Antibalas, and Floating Action supporting in rotation. Go for the three-day pass to give yourself the best chance of hearing all your favorites. 


It's Good to Be Free

Robert DeGaetano

It’s December, so chances are all your disposable cash is going towards holiday gifts, end-of-year tips, teacher-appreciation presents, and the just-a-little-something you have to pick up for the dog-walker. Still, just because the ATM is tapped out, it doesn’t mean you have to resort to spending your weekends at home. ArtsWestchester once again hosts its Free Arts Day on December 2, meaning you can pack up the family and explore the county without spending a dime on admission tickets. Make jewelry at the Arts Exchange in White Plains, get a Diwali-inspired henna tattoo at the Pelham Art Center, watch A Christmas Story at the Jacob Burns Film Center, check out the Peekskill Project at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, or take part in any of the 50 free events going on around the county that day. For a complete list of venues and schedules, visit artsw.org/freeartsday.


Cross Your Mind

Jenny Rosenstrach Photo by Johnny Miller

You still have one chance to catch “Crosstalk,” the discussion series that pairs up two seemingly incongruous speakers and challenges them to find common ground. The last entry, taking place on December 13 at the Katonah Museum of Art, is titled “Sound Bytes and Tasty Bites,” and features news executive Fred Silverman (NewsLook) and cookbook author Jenny Rosenstrach (Dinner: A Love Story). Afterwards, you’ll think differently about sitting in front of the TV and watching CNN while you’re eating.


10 Jazzy Years

The Westchester Jazz Orchestra hits its double-digit anniversary this year, and, to celebrate a decade of making music in the county, it’s trotting out its greatest hits—and some special guests. Grammy-winning arranger Alan Broadbent takes up the baton for the group, and radio personality Gary Walker acts as the evening’s host. See the Orchestra perform its most acclaimed works at the Irvington Town Hall Theater on December 1.


Rent It Again

Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp

We have no shame in admitting that we often give in to full-blown Rent nostalgia—after all, the musical’s author, Jonathan Larson, grew up in White Plains. Now that the show is no longer Off-Broadway, how can you get your Rent fix? On December 6, see two of the original stars—Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal (a one-time Mount Vernon resident), who played Mark and Roger—at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Connecticut, where they’ll perform songs from Rent, other shows they’ve been in, and recordings they’ve made. Plaid pants and striped scarves are not required.



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