Westchester’s Best July Events
Our favorite reasons to get out of the house in July.
It’s good to be weird. So good, in fact, that “Weird Al” Yankovic can count three Grammys and more than a dozen nominations among his successes. After the release of his album, Mandatory Fun, last year, the comic musician is hitting the road and making a stop at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. On his website, Yankovic warned fans to prepare for “the greatest musical spectacle the world has ever seen.” While we can’t promise that the show will hold up to those lofty ambitions, it’s a safe bet that there will plenty of parodies, music, and laughs to go around.
July 19 - October 18
Sin and Tonic
By now, you probably know about The Seven Deadly Sins—a seven-part exhibition about those naughty vices that’s on view at various museums in Westchester and Connecticut. This month, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, is fully tackling sloth by allowing visitors to give in to their inner laziness. Get comfy in one of the reclining armchairs scattered throughout the museum, and take a virtual tour of the other six exhibits through immersive videos and discussions with curators at each museum. There will also be quotes from literature and famous people about the power of the sin. We even hear rumor there will be a mini-fridge full of gin and tonic.
Short and Sweet
Chances are you didn’t make the trip to Utah for this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Even though the panels and parties are long over, you can still enjoy a little piece of the festival with a special showing of the 2015 award-winning shorts at The Avon in Stamford, Connecticut. The event will showcase winning shorts in categories including non-fiction, comedy, animation, and even a special prize for poetic license, all with a strong sense of artistry and storytelling. The Best of Fest is in there too—World of Tomorrow, about a young girl who gets a glimpse of the distant future. Best of all, the diverse program only lasts about 90 minutes—shorter than a flight to Utah.
The free concerts in the outdoor amphitheater at the Hudson River Museum are the perfect way to discover a new artist to play on repeat. There are a lot of great acts this summer, but you’d be remiss not to check out a performance by Crystal Monee Hall later this month. Right away, you’ll be captivated by her soulful, gospel-inspired folk music and original, bluesy covers of popular songs by artists like Sia, Hozier, and Taylor Swift. So settle into your seat, and let the warm summer air mingle with her rich voice for a relaxing Friday night.