Westchester Fall Arts Preview: Lectures, Readings, And Comedy

Find the best in spoken word, book readings, and hilarious standup routines (we recomend Amy Schumer’s).

September 9, October 8, and November 3

Spoken Interludes

The Riverview, Hastings-on-Hudson

(914) 307-1683; www.spokeninterludes.com

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If ever there’s good reason to ditch the summer beach reads and pick up something more substantial, it’s Spoken Interludes’ reading series. Curator DeLauné Michel brings together a delicious dinner from Irvington’s Chutney Masala, drinks, and short readings by three authors. This season, find Jane Green (Tempting Fate), Michael Korda (Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee), and Jenny Rosenstrach (Dinner: The Playbook) on September 9; Wally Lamb (We Are Water), Vanessa Manko (The Invention of Exile), and Peggy Rambach (The Lons) on October 8; and Dan Harris (10% Happier), Dana Cowin (Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen), and Kathryn Harrison (Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured) on November 3.

October 12

An Afternoon with
David Sedaris

The Performing Arts Center Purchase 

(914) 251-6200; www.artscenter.org

In a recent review of David Sedaris’ latest book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, the New York Times wrote, “Sedaris makes coming-of-age, in this case in Raleigh, NC, seem ever new and ever remarkable, not because his life was so very different from that of any of our own, but because he brings fresh eyes to common experience.” Even though we’re far from Raleigh, you’ll be surprised at how much you relate when Sedaris gives a talk at The Performing Arts Center. Bring your copies of Me Talk Pretty One Day and Naked, as Sedaris will stick around for a book signing afterward.

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October 2

Mike Birbiglia

The Performing Arts Center, Purchase 

(914) 251-6200; www.artscenter.org

Mike Birbiglia has always been a respected touring comic, but he burst into the mainstream with his 2012 movie Sleepwalk With Me, where he candidly discusses his unusual sleep issue: rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder, which causes him to act out his dreams—and, one time, to jump out a two-story hotel window. (Somehow, when he talks about it, it’s funny.) At The Performing Arts Center, the frequent This American Life contributor presents his new stand-up show, titled “Thank God for Jokes,” in which he recalls the ways that jokes have gotten him in hot water over the years.

October 18

Amy Schumer

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The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester

(914) 937-4126; www.thecapitoltheatre.com

Chances are, that viral sketch clip your friend just uploaded to her Facebook feed has come from Inside Amy Schumer, the exceedingly viral Comedy Central sketch show created by the Manhattan-born comedian. (And you probably stopped to actually watch it, too.) Next summer, her profile will be raised yet again when she appears in Judd Apatow’s movie, Trainwreck—which she also wrote—but you can see her while she’s still on the upswing when she does stand-up at The
Capitol Theatre.  

Fire Up the Kindle

When Jane Green of Westport, Connecticut, stops by Spoken Interludes on September 9, she’ll be reading from her new novel, Tempting Fate. But what has she been reading for fun? 

“I’m almost finished with Emma Straub’s The Vacationers, which has been such a huge joy. It truly is the perfect summer novel, with flawed characters you care about intensely, even as you worry about their behaviors. It also has the best title I have heard in years. I’m crawling through these last pages in a bid to drag it out as long as possible.”

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