The Prince of Parody
Although it may seem unlikely, Weird Al Yankovic has gone from a quirky side act to one of the biggest names in humor-tinged rock. A prime proponent of parody, Yankovic satirized countless hits and racked up four Grammys, four Gold records, and six Platinum records in the process. His 14th and most recent album, Mandatory Fun, even went No. 1 on the Billboard charts. This month, Yankovic will be hitting the stage at the Tarrytown Music Hall, where the eminently silly singer-songwriter will demonstrate why he is just getting started.
March 9 – May 27
Nyack’s Edward Hopper House is known for outstanding exhibitions, and their new show, Sean Scully: No Words, is no exception. Scully creates mind-bending abstract paintings with thick applications of multicolored stripes vaguely referencing the natural world. The Irish-born painter is a Turner Prize nominee and is widely considered one of the most enduring names in abstract art. His works have been collected everywhere from The Metropolitan Museum of Art to London’s Tate Modern. This month, check out Scully’s eye-popping creations in-person.
Having performed alongside the likes of Elvis Presley, Marvin Gaye, and Bruce Springsteen, it’s safe to say Darlene Love has earned a place among music’s most respected songstresses. Love’s No. 1 smash-hit, “He’s a Rebel,” led her to be included among Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Singers, and the multitalented performer has even appeared in a handful of films. This month, local audiences will have the rare opportunity to see Love in the flesh when she hits the stage at the Tarrytown Music Hall. With a career stretching back more than 50 years, now is the time to fall in love with Darlene.
The most popular musicals of the Great White Way are spoofed during the 35th anniversary tour of this long-running New York tradition. On show this month at the White Plains Performing Arts Center, Forbidden Broadway satirizes productions ranging from Phantom of the Opera to Wicked, with an extra dash of tongue-in-cheek sass. The laughs have even been recently updated with the addition of Hamilton and Once to the lineup of 30 Broadway gems receiving their comeuppances. Now is your chance to finally poke a little fun at some of the plays that make Broadway great.
Nowadays, Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking and darkly funny 1964 film no longer seems so far-fetched. A hit in its day, Dr. Strangelove played on Cold War fears and simultaneously ushered Kubrick into the upper echelon of 20th-century filmmakers. This month, local audiences can see the acclaimed comedy at Mamaroneck’s Emelin Theatre, where Emelin Film Club programmer David Schwartz will introduce the morbidly funny movie. Take a seat and check out the sillier side of wartime worries.
Ballet of the Ball
Believe it or not, Westchester is home to one of the most accomplished young ballet companies in the country. Ballet Des Amériques, which was founded in 2011 by acclaimed choreographer Carole Alexis, includes both a professional company and pre-professional ballet conservatory. This month, Alexis’ talented troupe will take to the stage for an evening of dance at the company’s Port Chester home, where they will display the fancy footwork that has placed them among the most celebrated companies in the region.
Glowing Back in Time
Kids of all ages are invited to follow a curious dinosaur on the loose during this event composed of equal parts light show and puppetry performance. DINO Light is a glow-in-the-dark adventure created by Lighthouse Theatre, the same Jim Henson Foundation Grant-winning company that produced Moonmouse and The Ugly Duckling. Those with a soft spot for giant reptiles should head to The Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck for a truly unique family-friendly performance.
Just because artwork seems to be everywhere doesn’t mean every artist has an equal chance of hitting it big. The Clay Art Center’s powerful new show, They, features the work of marginalized and historically underrepresented artists who deserve a closer look. From March 31 to May 26, issues including class, race, gender, and religion are broached in this exhibition, which features works by Lauren Sandler, Kahlil Irving, Christina Erives, and Robert Lugo, among many others.