Westchester Magazine's Guide to Fall 2011 Events and Activities in Westchester County, NY: Readings, Lectures, Comedy, Poetry, and More



Karen Russell photo by Michael Lionstar

❯❯❯ Spoken Interludes

September 13
We love going to author readings, but we hate having to choose between them. Spoken Interludes makes it easy for us by having a few authors tag-team it on a single night. For the season’s debut, the evening hosts John Burnham Schwartz (Northwest Corner), Karen Russell (Swamplandia!), and Elissa Schappell (Blueprints for Building Better Girls). As always, the evening begins with cocktails and a buffet dinner, and the series recently moved to the Riverview, a venue with a perfect Hudson-side location. Pleasantville’s Village Bookstore will sell copies of the books for the authors to sign.

❯❯❯ Susie Essman

September 17
The Ridgefield Playhouse
Curb Your Enthusiasm came back for an eighth season this July, and once again Susie Essman stole the show with her caustic humor (and language). Watch what comes out of her mouth when she doesn’t have to worry about being on TV (even if it is the permissive HBO). She inspired the Los Angeles Times to write that she’s, “The most lyrical purveyor of profanity on television. She makes the entire cast of The Sopranos look like rank amateurs.”

❯❯❯ Cake Boss

Cake Boss Buddy Valastro

September 25
The Tarrytown Music Hall
Sure, he’s from Hoboken, not Westchester, but who doesn’t love Buddy Valastro of Carlo’s Bake Shop? The star of TLC’s Cake Boss will cross the GWB to tell stories about his business and his family that didn’t make it to air. But, while we like the anecdotes, we’re really in it for the cake. Valastro will demonstrate the techniques used to decorate his mind-blowing creations—and maybe even get a couple of audience members in on the act, too. (If you’re called up, swipe us a slice.)

❯❯❯ Girlesque Poets

October 14
The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center
Nobody ever makes enough time for poetry. The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center makes it easy to reverse the sad trend. It’s brought two acclaimed poets in for a reading—and admission is just $5, making it cheaper than a brain-melting movie in a multiplex. Go and hear recent work by Jennifer Franklin, who’s been in the Paris Review, and Monica de la Torre, author of the collection Public Domain.

Also Consider: Archeologist Eugene Boesch uses physical and human history to give a talk, titled “Where Did Anne Hutchinson Live?” for St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site (September 10). The Rye Arts Center celebrates the witty lines of Ogden Nash with NASH-ional Treasure (September 25). Joan Rivers is still talking, and will do so at the Tarrytown Music Hall (October 14). The Late Show with David Letterman regular Wendy Liebman performs her stand-up at the Emelin Theatre (October 22). Last Comic Standing runner-up Ralphie May brings his stand-up to the Tarrytown Music Hall (November 5). The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center pairs Korean War veteran and author Daniel Wolfe with author/poet and Vietnam veteran Ricahrd Levine for its sixth annual Poets and Writers on War and Peace (November 11).



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