Which of these March events will you attend? Photo by Shervin Lainez, courtesy of The Capitol Theatre
Regina Spektor at The Capitol, Junie B. Jones in Mamaroneck, and more make our top picks for the month in Westchester.
A Grammy-nominated anti-folk vanguard, Regina Spektor will be touching down in our county for one night of her hypnotic music on March 16. A Purchase College grad famous for hits that include “Samson” and “Better,” Spektor will take the stage at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester to sing celebrated songs that the Gold-certified artist has performed all the way from The White House to Radio City Music Hall.
Nearly every kid has wished they owned a survival guide to school at some point. In this musical adventure onstage at Mamaroneck’s Emelin Theatre, Junie B. Jones sets out to write just that, offering all the tips, tricks, and secrets she’s gleaned over a whole year and a half in class. Gather the kids and head to Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School for a lighthearted musical aimed at showing young ones that education can sometimes be scary but is always well worth the trouble.
Known for her breakout performances on American Idol, Haley Reinhart’s star has only risen since that splashy intro. Now boasting four solo albums, acclaimed performances alongside the band Postmodern Jukebox, and a very viral cover of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” that has more than 14 million views on YouTube alone, Reinhart and her sultry songs are likely worth the trip to the White Plains Performing Arts Center this month.
Through striking dance and powerful music, this inventive performance at Tarrytown’s David Rockefeller Creative Arts Center investigates the damaging impact of racism and racial violence on public health. Presented during artistic director and Presidential Scholar for the Arts recipient Roderick George’s residency, The Missing Fruit — inspired by Billie Holiday’s haunting 1939 song “Strange Fruit” — sets moving interdisciplinary dance to an original score by musical duo Slowdanger.
Three-time Grammy Award winner Mavis Staples has long been a major force in music. An inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as well as the Blues Hall of Fame, the singer, actress, and civil rights activist is also the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and was named one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone. Head to The Ridgefield Playhouse this month to see this icon live onstage, doing what she does best.
It’s difficult to be cross when cracking up to a comedian of this caliber. Known for his long-running stint on the cult-classic sitcom Arrested Development, David Cross is a Primetime Emmy Award winner and two-time Grammy nominee who has appeared in such films as Men in Black, Men in Black II, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Ghost World, and Steven Spielberg’s The Post. This month, catch the funnyman in the flesh, onstage at Tarrytown Music Hall.
Mar 3–Apr 10
A Way to Remember
This spring, Port Chester’s Clay Art Center holds a heartfelt exhibition. Homage to Henry offers a retrospective of the work of Clay Art Center’s cofounder, Henry Okamoto, featuring his boundary-pushing ceramic work gathered from a number of private collections. A passionate advocate for the arts, Okamoto dedicated his life to realizing Katherine Choy’s dream of creating a nationally renowned ceramics center after her sudden death in 1958. This exhibition, and the center itself, is a testament to his hard work.
A constituent of the largest performing-arts complex in the world, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center bills itself as drawing more people to chamber music than any other organization of its kind. This month, The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College will present CMS of Lincoln Center: Delight & Drama, which pairs two composers deeply rooted in their respective Russian and Viennese cultures. Expect deft performances of Arensky’s miniatures for children and Brahms’ famed Hungarian Dances.