What to Do This Weekend: September 30-October 2, 2016

With only three days between now and that dreadful “next Monday,” we wholeheartedly recommend you start planning how you’re going to de-stress soon as you can. Hopefully, one of the below five activities can help provide some peace of mind this coming weekend.


For Hands-On Fun

Neuberger Fall Family Day, Purchase

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Between 1-4 pm, visitors can paint murals alongside El Taller Latino Americano, a New York City-based arts education nonprofit, and Giannina Gutierrez, Neuberger’s muralist teacher and a live art performer. Kids and grown-ups can also experiment artistically while building valuable tech skills at the stop-motion animation station led by Magic Box Productions, whose projects are inspired by South African artist Robin Rhodes, winner of the 2014 Roy R. Neuberger Exhibition Prize and a current exhibitioner at the museum. Rounding out the day’s events will be a Colombian jazz and Salsa performance from Encuentro NYC founder Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano Orchestra. 


For a Spiritual Awakening

Blessing of the Animals, White Plains

How come we never get the chance to bring our pets to church? Do their souls not need salvation every once in a while? At First Baptist Church of White Plains this Sunday, each pet gets its own blessing courtesy of Reverend Tim Dalton. That, and attention from other animals lovers. Plus, the church is partnering with, and accepting donations for, the Humane Society, offering one more reason to gift your loyal four-legged friends with a fun day out. 


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For a Taste of Culture

ConTrastes Danza, Valhalla

Photo Courtesy of WCC’s Office of Cultural Affairs

Music and dance often accomplish what language only strives to, whether that be through storytelling or pure displays of emotion. Case in point: Westchester Community College’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ staging of Contrastes Danza, which will feature performances of traditional Spanish music and dance, like sword dancing and txalaparta originating from the pre-Indo-European Basques. Modern audiences can absorb classic tales of mountain villages celebrating birth, baptism, and weddings. A choreographed flamenco dance will feature dancers flaunting traditional dancing skirts known as bata de cola, alongside Hernan Romero’s flamenco-gypsy infused guitar playing. Romero, who has worked alongside the Mahavishnu Orchestra’s John McLaughlin, reached number six on Billboard’s World Music charts with his Duende album, providing reason enough to check out this exotic and colorful event.


Photo Courtesy of Irvington Town Hall Theater

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For a Remarkable Tale

The Starfish Throwers, Irvington

Stop by the Irvington Town Hall Theater on Friday to catch a screening of The Starfish Throwers, winner of two 2014 Myrtle Beach Film Festival awards and the 2015 Sedona International Film Festival Best Environmental Film award. The movie, presented by the Irvington Farmer’s Market and the All Shorts Irvington Film Festival, follows three individuals committed to fighting hunger in their local communities, reflecting efforts to raise awareness of hungry populations here in Westchester. A discussion will follow to help attendees learn how to help the food-insecure in their own neighborhoods. 


For Family Bonding

Family Times in Cuba, Rye

The Rye Arts Center put together the Family Times in Cuba event to “allow kids and family to play together and build a closer relationship involving the kids’ point of view,” according to the event’s host and award-winning Cuban playwright Hanoi Perez. The day will be highlighted by hands-on games and theatrical dances, like acting out scenes from El Camaron Encantado, a classic French children’s tale re-adapted by Cuban national hero José Martí that’s typically performed as a ballet starring children. It’s a great opportunity for kids to step out of their comfort zone, and Perez assures they’ll have a blast performing “La Cucuracha” together.   

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