Best Bets, June 2017
Our favorite reasons to get out of the house this month
Ongoing through July 15
Street art never seems to get the credit it deserves, but with the rise of megastars like Banksy and a growing appreciation for graffiti, the tide is starting to change. On the heels of its recent rise in cred comews ArtsWestchester’s daring new exhibition From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art. The show, which chronicles the rise and development of street art, includes such groundbreaking artists as Damon Johnson, Lady Pink, Logan Hicks, and Sage. ArtsWestchester will also hold several community programs that dovetail with the exhibit, such as a discussion and live musical performance, as well as a dance performance and panel.
Goddess of Giggles
Whether she is cracking jokes on NPR’s hit quiz show Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me, writing bestselling books or taking the stage for evenings of standup, Paula Poundstone is one of the hardest-working women in comedy. This month, the Emmy Award-winning jokester will be taking the stage at Connecticut’s Ridgefield Playhouse, where she will deliver her classic brand of biting humor. A voice on Academy Award winner Inside Out and the first comic to take the lectern at the White House Correspondents’ dinner, Poundstone and her pioneering act is well worth the trip.
A Moveable Feast
The region’s most anticipated food fiesta descends upon the county this month in the form of Westchester Magazine’s Wine & Food Festival. This five-day blowout features a wealth of dinners, tastings, seminars, and demos, all selected by this magazine’s discerning panel of veteran editors. Events include a June 6 Wine Tasting Tour of Italy, a June 7 Taste & Style event at Savor Westchester, and the ultra-popular Burger & Beer Blast at Kensico Dam Plaza on June 8. The festival closes with a June 9 Evening With Westchester’s Tastemakers and the long-awaited Grand Tasting Village on June 10.
For a tongue-in-cheek evening featuring a risqué one-act play, head to The Schoolhouse Theatre in North Salem, where writer-actress Lois Robbins will present L.O.V.E.R. Following a woman’s development from naïve child to world-weary adult, this side-splitting production brings all the foibles and follies of young love to life onstage. A recurring presence on Schoolhouse’s stage, Robbins is a celebrated actress and writer whose work has been called “sophisticated” and “very funny” by the New York Times.
June 13- 15
Song & Dance Man
There’s a reason Bob Dylan’s five-plus-decade life on the road is known by fans as “The Never-Ending Tour.” Clearly, he was right to eschew the “Voice of His Generation” epithet early on, since, with a few brief hiatuses since 1962, Dylan has been on the road almost continuously. From fresh-faced folkie to rock poet laureate to elder (now elderly) statesman, Dylan continues to enthrall audiences, whether changing up the lyrics and melodies of his many iconic songs, singing new originals, or covering Frank Sinatra. Don’t miss Bob Dylan and His Band at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester
When it comes to crowd-pleasing classical, it is hard to beat Katonah’s Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. With acclaimed acts and picturesque grounds, the center is always worth a stop for any music lover. Their opening evening concert, titled A Night of Italian Opera, is the perfect chance to see why Caramoor remains one of the top spots for classical music in the county. Artist-in-residence soprano Angela Meade will perform classic overtures, arias, choral numbers, and a duet.
Good, Clear Fun
With seven stages of diverse music, awe-inspiring dance, storytelling for all ages, and a wealth of other activities, Croton Point Park’s Clearwater Festival is the place to enjoy live music this month. Featuring a juried Handcrafters’ Village, the Artisanal Food & Farm Market, the Green Living Expo, a family stage, face painting, and much more, this two-day festival truly offers something for everyone. This year’s performers include award-winning rock band Los Lobos, singer Josh Ritter, and folk legend Arlo Guthrie.