8 of the Coolest Things to Do in Westchester This December
Our favorite reasons to get out of the house this month.
Photo by Tatiana Wills
A graduate of Purchase College, Kyle Abraham has since founded his own award-winning dance company, A.I.M., and been dubbed a MacArthur “genius.” In a holiday homecoming of sorts, Abraham and his company will be returning to The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College for a performance of his newest dance program, An Untitled Love, inspired by D’Angelo’s 1995 debut album, Brown Sugar.
Photo by Mark Kiwatek
Tired of the same old Christmas songs? If so, give these incredibly talented ladies a listen. ModernMedieval Voices are an acclaimed, all-female vocal trio known for their singular takes on classical works. This month, the trio will be stopping by Katonah’s Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, where they will perform a selection of midwinter music from the British Isles.
Take a step back in time, to Christmas past, with It’s a Wonderful Life. This beloved 1945 classic, directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, tells the story of a down-on-his-luck businessman who is given a new lease on life after encountering a well-intentioned angel. This discounted screening at The Tarrytown Music Hall only costs $5, making for a lot of holiday bang for your buck.
What a Gas
Maybe it’s been a few years since you’ve seen SNL alum Ana Gasteyer cracking wise, but the comedian and actress hasn’t lost any of her punch. Stopping by The Ridgefield Playhouse this month on her Sugar & Booze tour, the costar of Netflix’s Wine Country presents an evening of festive seasonal songs, both classic and original, with a nod to the holidays of yesteryear.
Photo courtesy of White Plains Performing Arts Center
Dec 20 - Jan 12
Fit to Print
This just in: Newsies is making its way to Westchester. Featuring a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, this lightearted musical is based on the eponymous 1992 film and was inspired by a true story about a group of young men speaking truth to power. Hum along to toe-tapping tunes like “Seize the Day” and “Carrying the Banner” this season at the White Plains Performing Arts Center.
Through December 22
Live and Let Dye
A veritable feast of multimedia work has descended upon Purchase’s Neuberger Museum of Art through Dec 22. In Yto Barrada: The Dye Garden, the winner of the 2019 Roy R. Neuberger Prize will display a compelling collection of film, photography, video, sculpture, and hand-dyed textiles that investigate Barrada’s heritage, Islamic traditions, and the impact of Western colonialism.
Dec 25 - 27
A cultural treasure in its own right, Shen Yun presents the song and dance of China on a truly grand scale. With dozens of performers taking the stage before interactive backdrops and original orchestral compositions at Stamford’s Palace Theatre for three evenings, this awe-inspiring stage show offers a glimpse at classical Chinese dance on a level rarely seen around Westchester.
Nam June Paik, Global Encoder, 1994
photo by maksim akelin
Through July 19
Experience works by several notables in Contemporary art during this forward-thinking exhibition at Peekskill’s Hudson Valley MOCA. With sculpture and video amassed from the collection of Marc and Livia Straus, How We Live investigates the concept of human production, both artistic and economic, through works by acclaimed artists like Dan Flavin, Claes Oldenburg, and Yu Honglei.