This week Westchester plays host to visiting comedians, musical acts, visual artists, and reality TV stars, among others.
The works of acclaimed photographer Raymond Smith are a rare treat for local audiences, despite the fact that he operates right in our backyard. Inspired by his Yale mentor — the famed Southern photographer Walker Evans — Smith captured mid-century American life through his powerful black-and-white shots. From April 7 to June 3, Greenwich’s Bruce Museum will hold the exhibition In Time We Shall Know Ourselves: Photographs by Raymond Smith, which features a wide range of Smith’s evocative work. The New Haven-based photographer will also join the museum for a lecture and Q&A session during an April 15 reception.
Photo by Ingrid Christie
When bestselling author and essayist David Sedaris speaks, people listen. Author of Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked, and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, Sedaris is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and has been called “a minor phenomenon” by the New York Times for his wildly popular nonfiction. This month, the humorist will be stopping by the Tarrytown Music Hall for an evening of sardonic wit and show-stopping social critiques. Buy a ticket and remind yourself what all the fuss is about.
Oceana Chef Bill Telepan Pop-Up Dinner at Moderne Barn
From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Bill Telepan, Executive Chef at NYC’s Oceana will join Moderne Barn‘s Executive Chef Ethan Kostbar for a one-night-only collaborative dinner menu in Armonk. Dishes will include Oceana specialties such as ceviche duo, lobster bolognese, and pan-seared halibut, alongside Chef Kostbar’s signature Barn fare. A portion of the night’s proceeds will also benefit nonprofit Wellness in the Schools. Cost ranges between $15 and $50 per person.
Stone Rose, the new sit-down steakhouse and sushi restaurant recently opened amidst the Jefferson Valley Mall’s renovations and rebranding, is hosting a viewing party for A Jersey Shore Family Vacation. Music will be provided by Beatbreaker and DJ Stevie G, with Ario Armani. Passed hors d’oeuvres and carved meats will be available from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the premier at 8 p.m. sharp. All this will be hosted by housemate Deena Cortese, who will be on-hand for a meet-and-greet as well. Tickets are $50.
A FUNdraiser for Continuing Education
The Center for Continuing Education will be hosting a FUNdraiser comedy night at Molly Spillane’s in Mamaroneck featuring the comedy stylings of Charles McBee, Dan Altano, Frank Favia, Josh Hyman, and Robyn Shall, along with host Ron Nobles. Money raised goes directly to the Center. The evening is 21 and over only, with tickets starting at $99.
Lady Got Chops!
The Mala Waldron Quartet will be performing at The Beanrunner Cafe in Peekskill from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. as part of the Lady Got Chops Women’s Music Festival.Pianist, vocalist, and songwriter, Waldron’s work has been voted one of the “Top 20 Jazz CDs of 2006” by JazzUSA.
April 13 also sees the kick-off of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester’s latest 4-D cinema ride, Master the 4th Dimension. Young master builders can enjoy the film in all it’d four-dimensional glory, then test their ninjutsu at the LEGO Ninjago City Adventure, a two-story interactive play area that is absolutely open to adults and you should really trust us on this. There will also be a ninja-themed Miniland scavenger hunt, builds, giveaways, and the chance to win a family four-pack of annual passes! Kickoff is 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, while ongoing activities will be held Saturdays and Sundays on the 14th/15th and 21st/22nd.
A closing reception will be held for Andrea Kantrowitz’s exhibition Anti-Pareidolia at Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont. The series of oil paintings explores the phenomenon of pareidolia, or perceiving familiar forms in everyday things: a face in the shape of a chair or detailed shapes in the movements of clouds. The gallery showing is free and open to the public.
For sports fans with a soft spot for film, it doesn’t get much better than this two-day-long fest. The Silver Screen Sports Festival kicks off this month at the Tarrytown Music Hall, where hit films featuring various athletic pursuits are on the docket, as well as Q&A sessions with some of the inspirations and stars of each flick. A screening of Slap Shot includes a Q&A with the Hanson brothers, while Rudy will be followed by a talk with the real Rudy Ruettiger. Rocky, Caddyshack, and Major League will also feature Q&As with various supporting actors, making for one can’t-miss film fest.