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Let’s Do the Time Warp Again - October 26
Follow two unwitting newlyweds as they stumble into what might be the weirdest laboratory of all time during this area screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. A piece of midnight-movie gold, showings of the 1975 comedy starring Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon have become interactive events, replete with hokey props and eye-popping costumes. Whether you want to wear plain pants or sequin pumps, hop on over to The Avon Theatre in Stamford to get a good look at this crowning achievement of camp.
Mouse in the House - October 13-14
Anyone with a radio in the early aughts likely heard the hit song “Float On” by the indie-rock powerhouses Modest Mouse. After their breakthrough debut album, Good News for People Who Love Bad News, sold more than 1.5 million copies, this Washington-based band garnered two Grammy nominations and received a wave of critical acclaim. This month, the group will touch down at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester during a tour behind their most recent record, Strangers to Themselves.
Book It - October 14
Whether your inner child or your actual child has a soft spot for literature, the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival is the place to be this month. This daylong event at Robert Bell Middle School in downtown Chappaqua features more than 70 children’s-book authors and illustrators signing and selling their wordy wares. There will also be arts and crafts, food from local vendors, and food trucks so that young and old can make a day out of this annual literary wonderland.
Rising Stars - October 29-29
Katonah’s Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts hosts plenty of big names, but its liveliest fall show features some entirely new ones. What is usually a stop for classical prodigies on their way to stardom, the center’s Evnin Rising Stars program is composed of a fleet of young up-and-coming musicians hailing from across the globe. Led by Avery Fisher Award-winning violinist Pamela Frank, this performance of works by Haydn, Mozart, Prokofiev, and Schoenberg will introduce audiences to the next generation of classical music.
The Wright Stuff - October 6
An influential comic and Academy Award-winning film producer, Steven Wright has altered the face of comedy over the course of his lengthy career. Ranked No. 23 on Comedy Central’s list of the “100 Greatest Standups of All Time,” Wright’s lethargic brand of absurdist humor will be coming to Connecticut’s The Ridgefield Playhouse this month. A presence in films including Coffee and Cigarettes, Half Baked, and The Aristocrats, as well a producer and actor on the hit show Louie, Wright has plenty to offer when it comes to cracking wise.
Going Greek - October 25-29
When acclaimed poet Anne Carson translated Sophocles’ monumental work Antigone in 2012, it birthed a dialogue on how the 2,000-year-old play interacts with modern womanhood. Now, Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts is using Carson’s singular interpretation of the classic work as the basis for a new production of the eponymous play. The production, directed by Dr. Martha S. Lomanaco, will present the story of a young lady torn between obeying her imperious uncle and honoring her deceased brother, touching on themes of loyalty, love, and suicide.
Picture-Perfect - October 10-30
Croton-on-Hudson resident Daniel Oppenheim is known for his sharp eye. The Israeli-born photographer has pictures on show up and down the Hudson Valley, as well as at the Hotel Allegro in Vienna, and in a wealth of international collections. Now, the local shutterbug is bringing his new show, Daniel Oppenheim: Where Words End…, to the Ossining Public Library. The show features work produced during a recent trip to Austria, in which he departs from his usual subject matter of nature and formal portraiture.