What’s happening in May 2018

WAG’s listing of local happenings and events in the month of May.


Rye Arts Center’s new exhibition features a brief history of comic books. “Turn the Page: The Evolution of Cartoon and Comic Art” looks at a spectrum of comic art, from humorous cartoons to social satire. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 51 Milton Road, Rye; 914-967-0700, ryeartscenter.org


“Itzhak” — A film portrait of violin virtuoso and former Westchester Philharmonic artistic director Itzhak Perlman and a conversation with director Alison Chernick. 7:30 p.m., Avon Theatre Film Center, 272 Bedford St., Stamford; 203-661-0321, avontheatre.org


The 21st annual “Art to the Avenue” turns downtown Greenwich into a strolling art gallery, bringing works of art to store windows throughout the month of May. Special opening night festivities on May 3 start at 5:30 p.m., Greenwich Avenue; 203-862-6750, greenwichartscouncil.org


The Symphony of Westchester closes its season with an “All-Romantic Concert” that features violinist Tessa Lark, below. The program includes works by Rossini, Tchaikovsky and Elgar. 8 p.m., Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium, 715 North Ave., New Rochelle; 914-654-4926, thesymphonyofwestchester.org

The Stamford Symphony presents Steven Hough, concert pianist, writer, composer and painter, playing works by Beethoven, Schumann and Debussy. 8 p.m., Stamford’s Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St.; 203-325-4466, stamfordsymphony.org


The Music for Youth benefit concert includes the Brahms Piano Trio, Gershwin Preludes and the Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata to support scholarship and outreach programs in the Bridgeport schools. A wine reception follows. 5 p.m., Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Road, Westport; 203-254-0123, musicforyouth.net

The Connecticut Chamber Choir presents its 40th anniversary gala concert, “Lux Aeterna,” with new works and 20th-century favorites. St. Theresa Church, 5301 Main St., Trumbull; 203-261-3676, ctchamberchoir.org

The Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley hosts a “Walk Over the Hudson” at the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge, spanning 1.28 miles. 1 p.m., 61 Parker Ave., Poughkeepsie; 914-493-6455, rmh-ghv.org


The Purchase College Conservatory of Music’s Purchase Chorus will explore the music of war and peace going back to the 15th century in “Voices of War and Peace.” The concert will feature instrumental as well as vocal soloists from the conservatory. 7:30 p.m., 735 Anderson Hill Road; 914-251-6700, purchase.edu/music

The second annual St. Christopher’s Got Talent Fundraiser will honor Robert Maher and raise money for improvements needed to the Recreational Center of the nonprofit’s Dobbs Ferry Campus. 6 p.m., The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road; 914-693-3030, ext. 2265, stchristophersinc.org


Las Vegas comes to the Hudson Valley when the Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation hosts its “Viva Las Vegas Gala.” The evening will be a glitzy, glamorous show featuring Elvis tribute artist Cody Ray Slaughter; aerialists pouring Champagne; black jack, poker, roulette and more. Proceeds will benefit Hudson Valley charities and nonprofits. 6 p.m., Glen Island Harbour Club, 50 Glen Island Park, New Rochelle; 914-681-0833, HGAR.com

MAY 10

Country Dancers of Westchester presents an “English Country Dance,” accompanied by live music from its house band, Serendipity. CDW faculty member Judi Rivkin will provide basic dance instruction to guests of all dance levels. 7:30 p.m., The Church in the Highlands, 35 Bryant Ave., White Plains; 914-762-3619, bit.ly/countrydancersofwestchester

Family Services of Westchester presents its annual Star Gala. Every year, the Star Gala brings together more than 300 people, including a roster of community and sports all-stars, for a night of fun and philanthropy. 6 p.m., Glen Island Harbour Club, 50 Glen Island Park, New Ro-chelle; 914-305-6836, fsw.org/stargala

May 11

Pelham Art Center will host the opening reception for its “A Rose is a Screen is a Rose” exhibition. The group show, which will be on view through June 30, will explore artists’ responses to a consuming digital world. It also investigates the effects that this digital world has on the relationship humans have with the natural world. 6:30 p.m., 155 Fifth Ave.; 914-738-2525, pelhamartcenter.org

MAY 12

The Emelin Theatre continues the fifth season of its “Dance Off the Grid” series. Each event offers multiple performances by dance companies that are redefining the genre. The May 12 performance includes Felipe Galganni, Nélida Tirado and Gaspard & Dancers. A Q&A with the artists will follow. 8 p.m., 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck; 914-698-0098, emelin.org

Westchester Symphonic Winds presents its 30th anniversary concert, which features guest conductors Jack Stamp, Tom McCauley and Shelley Axelson in works for the 60-piece, community-based wind and percussion ensemble. 8 p.m., Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St.; 914-281-1976, westchestersymphonicwinds.org

Join Audubon Greenwich on its World Migratory Bird Day annual Early Morning Bird Walk and Breakfast, celebrating the incredible journeys of neotropical migratory birds. Expert ornithologists guide visitors in seeing the colorful migrant birds as they visit Audubon on their way northward. Followed by the breakfast and activities for all bird lovers and families. 6:30 a.m., Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road; 203-930-1353, greenwich.audubon.org

Smart Arts at Westchester Community College presents the National Players’ production of “The Great Gatsby.” 8 p.m., Westchester Community College Academic Arts Theatre, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla; 914-606-6262, sunywcc.edu/smartarts

Connecticut Ballet’s annual Spring Gala, below, following the performance of a triple-bill, “Russian Classics!,” featuring three one-act ballets. Members of the company join guests onstage for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and mingling, while bidding on auction items. Proceeds support programming and educational outreach statewide. 7:30 p.m. (performance), 9:30 (cocktails), Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford; 203-325-4466, connecticutballet.org

Formerly known as the Renaissance Ball, the 31st annual Bruce Museum Gala will be themed “Jewels of the Jungle.” This annual benefit raises critical funds that support the Bruce’s ongoing art and science initiatives. The evening features cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions and dancing. 6 p.m., Greenwich Country Club, 19 Doubling Road; 203-413-6761, brucemuseum.org

MAY 16

Five-time Grammy Award winner and Grand Ole Opry member Marty Stuart in concert with his Fabulous Superlatives. 8 p.m., The Warehouse at Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford St.; 203-259-1036, fairfieldtheatre.org

MAY 17

This year ArtsWestchester’s annual ArtsBash event will celebrate 20 years of the arts council being in its current landmark building in downtown White Plains. Featuring tastings from 30-plus restaurants, open artist studios and “ArtsWestchester’s Triennial,” an art exhibition that highlights what’s new and what’s next in the contemporary Hudson Valley art scene. 6 p.m., ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Ave. 914-428-4220, artsw.org

MAY 19 AND 20

More than 70 artisans gather to share their talents and crafts at the 33rd annual Bruce Museum Outdoor Crafts Festival. Juried exhibitors specialize in ceramics, wearable and decorative fiber, glassware, wood kitchenwares, furniture, jewelry and more. The festival also includes demonstrations, activities for children and international cuisine on both days. 10 a.m., Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich; 203-869-0376, brucemuseum.org

MAY 19

The Norwalk Symphony’s season finale is a concert performance of “The Marriage of Figaro,” conducted by Jonathan Yates. 8 p.m., Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Ave.; 203-956-6771, norwalksymphony.org

The Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden presents a hands-on ikebana workshop led by instructor Shoko Iwata. Participants will learn how to create a Japanese flower arrangement in the Sogetsu style. 1 p.m., 28 Deveau Road, North Salem; 914-669-5033, hammondmuseum.org

MAY 20

The opening of two exhibitions on the theme of the domestic environment — “The Domestic Plane: New Perspectives on Tabletop Art Objects,” a meta-group exhibition of more than 70 artists, and “contra la pared,” Argentinian artist Analia Segal’s first solo museum exhibition, 3 p.m., Aldrich Museum, 258 Main St., Ridgefield; 203-438-4519; aldrichart.org

The international chamber ensemble REBEL offers a program of classical chamber music by Mozart, Haydn and their contemporaries performed on period instruments at Bedford Presbyterian Church in Bedford. A catered reception follows the concert, at which the audience can meet the artists. 4 p.m., Village Green (Routes 22 and 172); 914-734-9537, rebelbaroque.com

Presented by ArtsWestchester (www.artswestchester.org) and the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County (www.fcbuzz.org).

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