Now that we’re firmly into 2019 and the hectic bustle of the holidays is waning, you might be looking into the weekend with an uneasy mix of elation and trepidation at the prospect of not having any major plans. Sleeping in is fantastic, but it’s better to wean yourself off of busy schedules than to try going full taciturn cold turkey.
To that end, here are five local events across a wide array of interests that should sufficiently entertain you and keep you from feeling bored during one of your first weekends back in the land of normalcy.
Friday, January 11
For a good time, call Jesse’s Girl: 867-5309
Head to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester for “Turn Back the Cap: 1980s,” a celebration of all things sonically rad. The evening features Jesse’s Girl, a long-touring rock band full of talented performers paying tribute to the greatest rock, pop, and hair-band legends from the age of Aqua Net. If you love rocking out to Bon Jovi, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince, and tons more, you’ll want to snatch up tickets now. ($25/$40 advance; $30/$45 day-of.)
Saturday, January 12
Does three of a kind beat a triple deke?
Westchester’s sports fans are in for a real treat this week, as Empire City Casino hosts four New York legends: Mike Richter, Adam Graves, Stéphane Matteau, and Mike Hartman of the historic 1994 New York Rangers championship run. The players will be present to meet fans and sign autographs, and will then stick around to cheer on the Rangers as they take on the Islanders during Empire City’s Casino Night Pre-Party. The pre-party is free to attend (you just have to RSVP in advance), and will boast some dynamite free eats, games, and giveaways throughout the evening. (Even Islander fans are welcome!)
Yer a wizard, Harry!
For younger residents (and Potterheads of all ages, truthfully), the Jacob Burns Film Center is screening the original Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at 2 p.m. in Pleasantville. The film is running as a special one-day event in the center’s JBFC Kids program, and will include a “Reel Talk” open discussion after the film led by JBFC Kids Film Programmer Emily Ohaha. Tickets are $14, but film center members can snag them at a discounted price of just $9!
What do you do with a B.A. in English?
Adult fan of less … wholesome kids productions might try their hand at joining one. ARC Stages’ community theater will be holding open auditions from 2 to 5 p.m. for its April production of the multiple-Tony-winning Avenue Q. If you love irreverent comedy, the juxtaposition of kid-friendly puppets and adult-oriented lyrical content like “The Internet is for Porn,” and “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist,” then head on down with your heart on your sleeve and at least one song from contemporary musical theater in your repertoire. No appointment is necessary, but performers will have to be 18 or older, because, well, adult content.
Saturday night, live
Night owls can still snag one of the few remaining tickets for the 10 p.m. performance of SNL cast member Pete Davidson at Tarrytown Music Hall this Saturday. The comic, writer, ‘90s baby, and certified platinum Ariana Grande muse will grace the stage as part of his “Pete Davidson & Friends” pop-up tour. The native New Yorker’s 7:30 p.m. show is already sold out, but with a handful of seats left for the later performance, you could be the ones rolling in the aisles after every joke saying, “Thank U, Next.”