How to spend game day when you don’t care about ‘the game’
Have you heard about that big football game being played around here Feb. 2?
Yes, on Groundhog Day.
And yes, we are being facetious. Super Bowl XLVIII (who uses Roman numerals anymore?) at MetLife Stadium will certainly have its fans, some more fanatic than others.
But for those whose tastes run far, far away from the gridiron, that Sunday offers the perfect chance to spend a leisurely afternoon-into-evening in a decidedly non-sporting manner.
Here are just a few options to fill your own non-Super Bowl playbook:
MAN THE LIFEBOATS!
Sure, there might be drama on the football field, but can it match the magnitude of the story of the Titanic? A musical version of “Titanic,” which brings you onboard the (spoiler alert) doomed ship in the early hours of April 15, 1912, will captivate audiences with two performances Feb. 2 at the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford. The production is based on a new adaptation of Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s lushly scored musical about the ocean liner and wayward iceberg. Don Stephenson, an original cast member from the 1997 Broadway production, directs this new staging which features sweeping numbers, a cast of 20 and projections that help tell the tale. Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford. Broadwaytheatre.com or (914) 592-2222.
LAUGH, REPEAT …
Feb. 2 is indeed Groundhog Day. After the real Punxsutawney Phil lets us know if we can expect an early spring, you can settle in for a comical escape with the furry fellow on the silver screen. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Yonkers will be screening Harold Ramis’ classic “Groundhog Day.” The 1993 Bill Murray hit, which the theater says is a “sweet fable about humanity,” follows the tale of a Pittsburgh weatherman who hates the day that he has to live over and over and over… Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 2548 Central Park Ave., Yonkers. Drafthouse.com or (914) 226-3082.
TAKE A SEAT
When the football fans are squirming in their cold, uncomfortable seats, you can instead be touring a virtual library of comfy – and oh-so-cool – chairs at the Silvermine Arts Center. “The Answer is Risom” at the New Canaan center puts the spotlight on Jens Risom with its Lifetime Member show that runs Jan. 8 through Feb. 16. The show will feature signature Mid-Century Modern furniture designs from his 70-year career. A highlight will be a selection of the ads he created for his simple-yet-elegant work in the 1960s that were a collaboration with famed fashion photographer Richard Avedon. And be sure to stop in to catch the “New Members’ Show” and “Selections from the Gabor Peterdi International Print Collection.” Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan. Silvermineart.org or (203) 966-9700.
THE EYES HAVE IT
Artist and educator Anne-Marie McIntyre will offer her own play-by-play at the Katonah Museum of Art with a 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. workshop. “Drawing the Face” is a hands-on session designed to study and draw the human face. Participants will be encouraged to look at the face as an abstract form and create work with dark and light charcoal. Beginners, as well as more experienced artists, are invited. Bring lunch – and be sure to register in advance, as space is limited. And when on-site, be sure to check out the exhibition “Eye to I… 3,000 Years of Portraits,” which continues through Feb. 16. Katonah Museum of Art, 124 Jay St., Katonah. Katonahmuseum.org or (914) 232-9555.
For those who simply have to have even a bit of sports on their Super Bowl Sunday, we offer one option. In addition to its usual lineup of cutting-edge cinema, the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville will have a touch of the sporting life on its screening schedule Feb. 2. “The Art of Flight,” to be shown in 3-D at noon, is part of the “We Got Game: Sports on Film” series. The action-packed adventure film follows professional snowboarder Travis Rice and friends as they break barriers on the slopes, exploring and testing themselves on some of the world’s most rugged, remote and beautiful mountains. Jacob Burn Film Center, 364 Manville Road, Pleasantville. Burnsfilmcenter.org or (914) 747-5555.
A SHELL OF A TIME
If you want to spend the day outdoors, why not learn something besides how loud your section-mates can yell? The Bruce Museum will offer “Oyster Fishing Family Day” from 1:30 to 4 p.m. as its series First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center continues. Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome to the free event that offers hands-on oyster fishing. Instructors will share information about the habitat and natural history of the oyster with an in-depth exploration. It’s being held at the Seaside Center on Greenwich Point (no park pass needed) in Old Greenwich in partnership with the Greenwich Shellfish Commission and the Town of Greenwich Health Department. For details, contact the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich. Brucemuseum.org or (203) 413-6740.