The 8 Best Things To Do in Westchester This January
Our favorite reasons to get out of the house this month.
Generation Next • January 21 - Feb 11
Big-name artists seem to get all the ink, but one of this month’s most interesting exhibitions features some entirely new ones. Now in its 35th year, the Katonah Museum of Art’s Young Artists 2018 features more than 400 works by students hailing from 40 regional high schools stretching across Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, and Fairfield Counties. The students organize, curate, mount, and publicize their own exhibition, providing a glimpse into future of art, from Jan 21 to Feb 11.
Plain Ride • January 12
Among pop-punk’s pioneers, few managed to match the airtime of the Plain White T’s. Their angsty anthem “Hey There Delilah” reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts, earning the band two Grammy nominations and millions of devoted fans. This month, the masters of emo are making their way to Peekskill’s Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, where they will demonstrate why their music can still be heard in almost every mall from San Diego to Staten Island.
Paper Boy • January 14
When it comes to sheer imagination, puppeteer Brad Shur is tough to top. The Rhode Island School of Design grad utilizes everyday materials, like cardboard and paper, to create a host of utterly outlandish and seriously silly characters aimed at delighting kids. His new show, Cardboard Explosion, tells five original stories using only cardboard and Shur’s zany narration. This month, stop by The Palace Theatre in Stamford for a truly unique night out with the whole family.
Hot Stuff • January 29
With hilarious hijinks, a story about two guys on the run from the Mob, and a heaping helping of cross-dressing, who wouldn’t love Some Like It Hot? No surprise this celebrated film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Tony Curtis is considered one of the greatest comedies ever made. Luckily, local film buffs finally have a chance to see this silly tale on the silver screen during the Jacob Burns Film Center’s showing of the 1959 gem.
Case the Joint • January 17
Over the last 25 years, it seems that Neko Case has dipped her toes into virtually every facet of rock. The two-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter has released everything from somber ballads to riotous indie hits with her former band, The New Pornographers. Eight solo albums later, Case will be taking the stage at Port Chester’s Capitol Theatre, providing attendees a glimpse into why she has remained a driving force in modern rock since the late ’90s.
Broadway Breakouts • January 11 - April 1
With a Pulitzer Prize, nine Tony Awards, and more than 40 years of performances under its belt, A Chorus Line is one seriously popular musical. The Westchester Broadway Theatre will present this lighthearted play about a pack of Broadway hopefuls attending dance auditions, now through the spring. Make sure to buy a ticket to this beloved Marvin Hamlisch musical known for songs like “I Can Do That” and “One.”
Twin Sillies • January 27
Two of comedy’s most enduring personalities take the stage together this month when Bruce Vilanch and Judy Gold join forces for a night of laughs. A six-time Emmy award-winning comic and familiar face from the hit game show Hollywood Squares, Vilanch is known for his razor-sharp writing and approachable standup act. Gold is comedic royalty in her own right, with appearances on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, two successful one-woman shows, and an Emmy win. Don’t miss this rare chance to see two comedy pioneers on a single night at The Ridgefield Playhouse.
Chamber Made • January 27
For those who adore classical music, it doesn’t get much better than one of the world’s most heralded repertory companies performing works by two composers who were among the greatest of their century, as well as close friends. This month, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will perform a selection of works by Brahms and Dvorák, two European masters who worked closely together during their lifetime. Purchase College’s Performing Arts Center will host the renowned company in a performance led by award-winning pianist Wu Han and acclaimed cellist David Finckel.