In the great Late Night wars of 2010, it was really comedian George Lopez who got the short end of the stick. Jay Leno pushed Conan O’Brien out of The Tonight Show, then O’Brien pushed Lopez Tonight out of his time slot on TBS—and then TBS canceled it altogether. TBS’ loss is our gain, though, because it frees Lopez up for touring. See him do his standup at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, and then decide for yourself who is most worthy of the late-night comedy crown.
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October 3 – December 6
Looks Good on Paper
Some artists get pigeonholed as sculptors or painters, when really there’s a lot of crossover between the two. For Drawing Line into Form: Works on Paper by Sculptors From the Collection of BNY Mellon, ArtsWestchester in White Plains will showcase 2D works by noted sculptors, including Richard Artschwager, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Mark di Suvero, Olafur Eliasson, and Maya Lin.
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For girls of a certain age, a cassette copy of Different Light by The Bangles was a prized possession, and the rocker chicks in the band were the cool older sisters of daydreams. Now, the teased hair and chunky jewelry may be gone, but The Bangles are still enviably stylish and still know how to command a stage. They’ll reach back to their ’80s hits when they perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse—on a Thursday, not a manic Monday.
Classic With a Twist
Is it classical? Is it hip-hop? It’s both. Violinist Kev Marcus and violist Wil B, aka Black Violin, are classically trained musicians who mix classical music with hip-hop, rock, and R&B. (They also do a pretty excellent cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.”) It might be hard to get what “Brandenburg with a backbeat” sounds like until you hear it, so catch Black Violin at The Performing Arts Center in Purchase.
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For those who have seen singer/songwriter Brett Dennen perform—perhaps opening for John Mayer or Michael Franti—the first instinct is to compare his music to Paul Simon. His most recent album, Smoke and Mirrors, has that same kind of folky-but-upbeat vibe. In keeping with the folkier side of his sound, when he comes to the Tarrytown Music Hall, he’ll be playing an entirely acoustic show. It might have that kind of coffeehouse atmosphere, but you’ll still want to dance.
A Cut Above
Oktoberfest may be mainly about beer, but it’s not only about beer. The Pelham Art Center will host an ARToberfest, where visitors can try their hand at some German folk arts. Start by making a Tyrolean felt hat to wear at the festivities, then move on to scherenschnitte, or the German art of paper-cutting, which is not advisable to attempt if you’ve had a lot of Oktoberfest beer.
October 24 – 30
Moviegoing is usually a sedentary experience, but the Dance on Film series at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville will make you want to get up and boogie. The series features films about all different styles of dance, from ballet to break to some kind of extreme contemporary style that’s been described as the “Evel Knievel of dance.” Films include Upaj: Improvise, Flex Is Kings, Dancing Is Living: Benjamin Millepied, Lads Go Dancing, Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity, and Swag n’ Bach: A Path To Choreography. The opening-night selection, the newly restored All That Jazz, will be followed by a reception and Q&A with Glenn Berger, who worked with dance legend Bob Fosse.