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8 Awesome August Events to Check out in Westchester

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A Grammy Award winner in Ridgefield, a musical showstopper at Caramoor, and more make our top picks this month.

Aug 2

Regal Rocker

Step back in time to the ’70s with Grammy Award winner Boz Scaggs. Since launching his solo career in 1968, Scaggs has released iconic hits like “Lido Shuffle” and “Lowdown.” His new album, Out of the Blues, unites vintage material and new compositions. See this seminal performer in the flesh as he stops by The Ridgefield Playhouse during a rollicking countrywide tour.

Aug 6

Being named “Africa’s premier diva” by TIME and one of the Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World by The Guardian is no easy feat, unless you are Angélique Kidjo. Stop by Katonah’s Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts on August 6 for a night of dancing to authentic music from Benin and other West African regions. For those who like casual concert vibes, this picnic-style event takes place on Caramoor’s Friends Field.

Angélique Kidjo

Photo by Fabrice Mabillo/ Courtesy of Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts

Aug 17

Going Brown

New York’s own Hollis Brown takes over Lanza Field at Harbor Island Park this month as part of the Village of Mamaroneck’s free Concerts in the Park series. Boasting a name derived from Bob Dylan’s “Ballad of Hollis Brown,” the group is dedicated to melding signature American beats with finessed songcraft. The band’s most recent album, In the Aftermath, arose from playing a backyard party during the pandemic, which inspired them to record a number of Rolling Stones covers that form the album.

HOllis Brown

By Watermark Studios/ Courtesy of the Emelin Theatre

Aug 10, 12

Steel Yourself

This month, Port Chester’s Capitol Theatre is welcoming the Grammy-winning rock legends Steely Dan for two nights of classic hits like “Reelin’ in the Years” and “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number.” These Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees might have said you Can’t Buy a Thrill back in 1972, but their upcoming area performance may convince you otherwise.

Aug 12

Toon In

Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira altered the landscape of motion picture animation when it was released in 1988, ushering in an era of anime, dystopian sci-fi, and cyberpunk aesthetics that continue to today. Its effect can still be felt in video games, music videos, and white-hot TV series, like Netflix’s Stranger Things. Visit the KinoSaito Arts Center in Verplanck this month to catch the groundbreaking flick onscreen, to be followed by a discussion led by Vassar College professor Dr. Hiromi Tsuchiya Dollase.

A movie screening at Kinosaito

Courtesy of Kinosaito

Aug 13

Sheep of Faith

Are you in the mood for a family-friendly matinee? Grab your loved ones and head to the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville for an 11 a.m. showing of Shaun the Sheep Movie, as part of the JBFC Kids series. The movie, by Wallace & Gromit creators Aardman Studios, follows a spunky, young sheep who decides to venture out from the farm he calls home and finds a bit more adventure than he bargained for.

Shaun the Sheep Movie

By Lionsgate/ Courtesy of Jacob Burns Film Center

Aug 31

Big Ben

An enduring indie darling known for infectious earworms like “Brick” and “Rockin’ the Suburbs,” Ben Folds is much more than a celebrated ’90s rocker. The New York Times bestselling author, actor, host of popular podcast Lightning Bugs: Conversations with Ben Folds, and widely acclaimed photographer will be dropping by The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester this month for an evening of his celebrated songs.

Ben Folds concert is a top august event

Courtesy of The Capitol Theatre

Ongoing thru Sept 26

Women of the House

Tarrytown’s opulent Lyndhurst is home through September 26 to a forward-thinking exhibition that celebrates the continuing influence of historic female domestic craft. Through both antique and contemporary pieces, including a woven wool flower wreath, silhouette paintings, and an inventive video, Women’s Work traces the history of domestic female creativity as well as the current position of women in the art world.

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