Best Bets: 7 Events Not To Miss In February

Our favorite reasons to get out of the house this month.

Feb 4-28

Behind one of the most tragic deaths in the history of country music lies one of its most enduring friendships. The play Always… Patsy Cline, onstage at the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford, tells the true story of the country-music legend’s lengthy friendship with her fan Louise Seger. Over the course of the fun-loving and touching production, Seger and Cline share tales of love and loss that brought together two very different women. The hit musical, created by Ted Swindley and directed and staged by Amiee Turner, features some of Cline’s biggest hits, including “Crazy,” “Sweet Dreams,” and “Walkin’ After Midnight.” Cline, who died in a plane crash at age 30, is brought to vivid life by actor Erin McCracken in this play that weaves laughter and loss into one incredible production.

Westchester Broadway Theatre
75 Clearbrook Road
Elmsford
(914) 592-2222
www.broadwaytheatre.com/


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Feb 2, 3 

Few groups have pushed alternative music into the 21st century quite like Wilco. With more than 15 years spent almost continuously on the road, the band’s signature fusion of rock, folk, country, and low-fi sound has earned them a large and eminently devoted fanbase. This month, the alt darlings will take the stage at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester for two nights of boundary-pushing music. Having released nine studio albums—including 2005’s A Ghost Is Born, which won a Grammy—the band has collaborated with some of rock’s biggest names and is credited with breathing new life into the alt-country genre. Touring on their new record, Star Wars, Wilco will show off their new, grittier sound along with some of the hits that made them true musical pioneers. 

Capitol Theatre 
149 Westchester Ave 
Port Chester 
(914) 937-4126
www.thecapitoltheatre.com/

 

Feb 6

One of Westchester’s biggest outdoor events will land in Croton Point Park this month with the arrival of Eaglefest. The product of a collaboration between the Teatown Lake Reservation and several local companies and organizations, Eaglefest provides a chance for the public to view the amazing return of bald eagles and other birds of prey to the region at multiple viewing sites along the Hudson River. Eaglefest also features performances by local music acts, including Grammy Award winner Tom Chapin, as well as children’s activities and storytelling, bus rides to viewing sites, heated tents, and food offerings by local restaurants. Taking place from 9 am to 4 pm, this daylong event offers a rare chance for the whole family to see some of the planet’s most breathtaking creatures in their natural habitat.

Teatown Lake Reservation
1600 Spring Valley Rd #1
Ossining
(914) 762-2912​
www.teatown.org/

 

Feb 13

Life is difficult for Marvin the Mouse, who faces a bevvy of schoolhouse bullies each and every day. Kids can learn a great deal about overcoming adversity and the power of imagination from Marvin during Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey, a theatrical production onstage at the Emelin Theater in Mamaroneck. Follow along as Marvin struggles to find popularity in school and instead retreats into his science-fiction books and a world of fantasy, where he lands on the moon in a homemade rocket, meets a wealth of strange creatures and discovers both amazing beauty and the power to transcend his troubles. Aimed at children ages 5 through 10, this production presented by Lightwire Theatre blends equal parts incredible visuals and heartwarming inspiration to great effect.

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Emelin Theater
153 Library Ln
Mamaroneck
(914) 698-3045
www.emelin.org/

 

Feb 14

Is there a film more romantic than Rob Reiner’s ode to friendship, lust, and enduring love? Starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, When Harry Met Sally remains one of Hollywood’s most monumental romantic comedies. Enjoy what is probably the world’s greatest date-night movie, when The Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville screens the classic rom-com on Valentine’s Day, offering viewers another chance to live vicariously through Ryan as she enjoys the best pastrami sandwich on the planet, much to the fascination of a crowded NYC deli. Written by Nora Ephron, the film that launched a thousand relationships will undoubtedly make for one enjoyable Valentine’s Day event. 

Jacob Burns Film Center
364 Manville Road
Pleasantville
(914) 564-5267
burnsfilmcenter.org/

 

Feb 14

Hibernophiles everywhere will want to fall in line this Valentine’s Day, when the Celtic music-and-dance sensations Stepcrew burst to life at Westchester Community College. Featuring an all-star cast, including four touring members of the lauded traditional Irish megagroup The Chieftans, a number of Canadian fiddle champions, and the outstanding vocals of Scottish recoding artist Alyth McCormack, this show boasts a truly unmatched selection of unique musicians. These performers serve as the backdrop for three styles of awe-inspiring percussive dance: Irish stepdance, tap, and Ottawa Valley Stepdance. Don’t be surprised if the inspiring music and high-energy movement of this midwinter event puts a little spring in your step on the way out the door.

Hankin Academic Arts Theater
75 Grasslands Road
Valhalla

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Feb 22

Rarely can a group boast of giving more than 2,500 performances in 51 different countries, all with a single instrument. The Yamato Drummers of Japan can do just that, as their signature brand of traditional Japanese Taiko drumming has taken the world by storm over the last three decades. Performing at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts, the drummers provide a truly unique spectacle for the eyes and ears. This month, the drummers will be presenting a new act, Bakuon: Legend of the Heartbeat, which features several drummers in amazing costumes performing a pulse-pounding series of percussive feats. Explore Japan’s rich musical heritage in this singular performance blending culture, history, costume, and incredible talent.

Quick Center For The Performing Arts
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield
(203) 254-4010
quickcenter.fairfield.edu/

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