Westchester County Arts and Culture Events for October 2012: Bob Saget, Jeff Garlin, Guster, and More



Photo by Tom Freitag

Piano Man

For a certain type of ’90s music fan, Ben Folds Five was a small rebellion: a band that could make angry, noisy rock music without a lead guitar—just a bass, a drum, and a piano. It all ended in 2000, though, when Ben Folds Five broke up and Ben Folds went on to record solo music and judge The Sing-Off. But the band recently reunited and released a new album, The Sound of the Life of the Mind, on September 18. You can see the trio perform their first new songs in 13 years at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester on October 9.

 

Photo by Stuart Mullenberg

Ira Glass

Radio Head

It’s a common misconception that working in radio is easy—that, since you don’t have to worry about how you look, you can just show up whenever and start blabbing into a microphone. Such is not the case, as This American Life creator Ira Glass will prove on October 14 at The Ridgefield Playhouse. The host, producer, and radio personality will give a talk about what it takes to bring an episode of This American Life to the airwaves, from sniffing out a great story to staying innovative in the world of broadcast journalism. Afterward, you can play host and ask him a question or two for a change.

 

Photo by Joanna Eldredge Morrissey

Paul Moravec

Music, Moody Food

We usually associate Shakespeare with the summer, since that’s when The Public Theater offers its Shakespeare in the Park and the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival takes up residence at Boscobel. But there’s no reason our love of the Bard should go into hiding as the days get shorter. If you’re looking for a fix, check out Copland House at Merestead’s Sounds and Sweet Airs: Shakespeare in Music program on October 14. There, you’ll be able to hear Paul Moravec’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Tempest Fantasy,” Copland House resident Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s “Food of Love,” and music composed by David Amram for Shakespeare in the Park productions. After such a nice performance, parting from the place will certainly be sweet sorrow.

 

 

Photo by Bryan Haeffele

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

Blazing the Halloween Trail

If there’s one thing  Westchester does right,  it’s owning Halloween. With the county being home to Sleepy Hollow (and the Old Dutch Church, and Washington Irving’s Sunnyside…), you can’t do the festivities halfway. That’s where Historic Hudson Valley steps in, offering haunted happenings for everyone in your family. The littlest ones can go to Sunnyside in the daytime, where they can hear ghost stories and see magic shows. Teens and thrill-seekers will find things more intense at the Horseman’s Hollow at Philipsburg Manor, where they can walk through horrific scenes inspired by the Headless Horseman. Those looking to go back to basics can see master storyteller Jonathan Kruk tell The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at the Old Dutch Church. And, once the sun sets, everyone can head to the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze to see more than 4,000 carved pumpkins unite to create scenes of skeletons, fish, and even dinosaurs. Events take place throughout October; visit hudsonvalley.org for more information.

 

Instant Classic

As your kids are finally settling into their new school routines, remind them that the student/teacher relationship is never really over. Case in point: Conductor Jaime Laredo and his star pupil/violinist Jennifer Koh, who still make time to perform together. Lucky for us, one of those concerts is happening here with the Westchester Philharmonic. The two will take the stage together for Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins” before Laredo picks up the conductor’s baton for the remainder of the evening. The performance will open the Westchester Philharmonic’s season on October 6 and 7 at The Performing Arts Center
at Purchase College.