What’s happening in May 2019

WAG’s list of local happenings for the month of May.

Through May 15

Bedford Playhouse will host a “Game of Thrones” party series for the eighth and final season of the HBO hit of fantasy royal intrigue. The viewing parties, which span six Sundays, will screen new episodes up until the series finale with costume contests and cocktail drinks. 8 p.m., 633 Old Post Road, Bedford; 914-234-6704, bedfordplayhouse.org.

Through July 12

The Gordon Parks Foundation presents “Jamel Shabazz: Honor and Dignity,” a solo exhibition of the work of documentary photographer. For the past 40 years, Shabazz has documented the cultural vibrance of New York City’s communities of color. This exhibition offers a concise view of Shabazz’s wide-ranging work, from photographs of musicians and teenagers with hip-hop style to members of the military and participants in religious and political gatherings. Times vary, 48 Wheeler Ave., Pleasantville; 914-238-2619, gordonparksfoundation.org.

May 2 through Aug 15

“Gay Gatherings: Philip Johnson, David Whitney and the Modern Arts,” an exhibit at the Philip
Johnson-designed Glass House that explores the interactions among eight gay men who profoundly shaped 20th-century artistic culture. 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays through Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. Sundays, The Glass House, 199 Elm St., New Canaan; 203-275-7565, theglasshouse.org.

May 2

Opening reception for “Uncovered: What She Hides,” a monthlong pop-up exhibit by nine women artists that exposes works frequently hidden and the creative responses and expressions that are often kept at bay. Opening reception starts at 6 p.m., Exhibition runs through June 1. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, Former Calypso Space, 1 Main St., Westport; 203-247-3910, uncoveredwestport.com. 

Greenwich Arts Council’s annual “Art to the Avenue” successfully mixes art and commerce, turning Greenwich Avenue and adjacent streets into a strolling gallery. Musicians and performers entertain visitors, while stores host receptions. All art is for sale and remains in place through Memorial Day. An after-party at the Greenwich Arts Council features music by Yuri Juarez, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich; 203-862-6750, greenwichartscouncil.org.

May 3, 4, 10, 11 and 12

Stepinac Theatre’s national high school premiere of the Broadway musical, “A Bronx Tale.” Set on the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, a young man, Calogero, is caught between Lorenzo, the father he loves, and Sonny, the mob boss he’d love to be. Gabriella Palminteri — the daughter of Chazz Palminteri, who wrote the book for the musical version of his original play —stars in a leading role. All performances are at 7 p.m. except May 12, which is a special Mother’s Day matinee at 2 p.m. Stepinac High School’s Major Bowes Auditorium, 950 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains; 914-946-4800, ext. 200, theatre@stepinac.org.

May 3

The Westport Arts Center presents Trio Solisti. Violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach, and pianist Fabio Bidini perform Beethoven, Brahms, Copland and Bernstein. 8 p.m., 51 Riverside Ave., Westport; 203-222-7070, westportartscenter.org.

Heather Gaudio Fine Art hosts an opening reception for “Valeria Nascimento: BLOOM.” Running through June 22, the exhibition combines the artist’s delicate porcelain sculptures, which capture the beauty, essence and ephemerality of nature, with two large-scale installations. Reception starts at 5 p.m., exhibit runs 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays, 66 Elm St., New Canaan; 203-801-9590, heathergaudiofineart.com.

May 3 and 5

Legendary singer, songwriter, activist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Baez will end her “Fare Thee Well” tour with two nights at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. Baez will perform songs from her new studio album, “Whistle Down the Wind,” as well as a selection of longtime audience favorites. 8 p.m., 149 Westchester Ave.; 877-987-6487, capitoltheater.com.

May 3 through 5

“Crafts at Lyndhurst” will showcase more than 275 artists and artisans from across the country who will be selling their contemporary creations. This weekend will be filled with art and shopping experiences for the entire family, including interactive kid’s activities, gourmet foods, hands-on demonstrations and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown; 845-331-7900, lyndhurst.org.

May 4

Emelin Theatre’s “Dance Off the Grid” program presents an evening of multiple performances showcasing the diversity of today’s dance landscape, followed by a Q&A with the artists about what inspires their work. The event features the contemporary ballet of Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance and the abstract dance of Keigwin & Company, as well as Mamaroneck dancer, choreographer and teacher Megan Williams. 8 p.m., 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck; 914-698-0098, emelin.org.

May 4 and 5

The Taghkanic Chorale presents Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” under the baton of Jason Tramm with 75 singers, two pianos, a children’s choir, and full array of percussion. The program also includes Norman Dello Joio’s “A Jubilant Song,” Charles Ives’ “Psalm 90” and Samuel Barber’s “Reincarnations.” Reception immediately following, 8 pm Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, The Holy Name of Mary Church, 114 Grand St., Croton-on-Hudson; 800-838-3006, taghkanicchorale.org. 

May 4 through 19

Axial Theatre presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “August: Osage County.” This dark comedy tells what happens when three sisters return to the home of their acid-tongued, pill-popping, cancer patient mother to attend the funeral of their father and spend time there for several weeks thereafter. Times vary, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 8 Sunnyside Ave., Pleasantville; 914-286-7680, axialtheatre.org.

May 5

Beechwood Arts and Innovation holds its latest Arts Immersion Salon on the theme of journeys. The salon will explore journeys through music, visual art, sculpture, performance, film and culinary arts. 3 p.m., 52 Weston Road, Westport; 203-226-9462, beechwoodarts.org.

Pelham Art Center’s “Celebrate Ghana!” Folk Art Festival will introduce audiences to Ghanaian culture through traditional folklore, song, dance and hands-on art activities. The event will feature storytelling by award-winning performer Therese Folkes Plair, followed by a traditional drum and dance performance by Dani Criss and workshops exploring Adinkra symbols with teaching artist Becky Mills. 1:30 to 4 p.m., 155 Fifth Ave.; 914-738-2525, pelhamartcenter.org.

May 5 and 12

The Play Group Theatre presents Roald Dahl’s
“Matilda,” a musical about a little girl with extraordinary gifts. Based on Dahl’s novel of the same name, this new musical put imagination, wit and heart at the forefront of this story. 2 and 7 p.m., 1 N. Broadway, Suite 111, White Plains; 914-946-4433, playgroup.org.

May 9

Gilles Clement Gallery hosts an opening reception for a solo exhibit “Robert Mars: These Important Years,” which celebrates the commonplace objects, brands and icons of an America long passed, in a thoroughly modern constructed manner. Reception starts at 7 p.m., exhibition continues through June 6. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 45 East Putnam Ave., Greenwich; 203-489-3556, gclementgallery.com.

May 10

Westchester Photographic Society presents “Alfred Fayemi – On the Road: Life on the Streets in Africa,” featuring images from his documentary work there. 8 p.m., at Westchester Community College, Technology Building, Room 107, Parking Lot 11, Valhalla; 914-827-5353, wpsphoto.org.

May 11

The Garden Club of Irvington, Hudson Valley Rock Garden Society, Care of Trees and Homegrown Nurseries present their annual Pre-Mother’s Day Garden Fair and Plant Sale Unique plants for your garden and containers, including vegetables and native plants, deer-resistant and shade plants and expert advice. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lyndhurst Greenhouses, 635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown; 914-589-5589, gcirvington.org.

May 11 

The Bruce Museum’s “Summer with the Averys [Milton | Sally | March]” exhibition focuses on a moment of heightened creativity for the family, as they escaped from their hectic lives in New York and were inspired by the bucolic and sometimes unfamiliar settings they encountered on their frequent travels. The exhibition runs through Sept. 1. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich; 203-413-6537, brucemuseum.org. 

Connecticut Ballet presents its spring production of “Old, New, Borrowed & Blue!,” curated by artistic director Brett Raphael. Pre-show reception starts at 6:30 p.m., show begins at 7:30 p.m., Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford; 203-325-4466, palacestamford.org.

Baroque chamber ensemble REBEL will offer a tribute to Mother’s Day and spring with music by Telemann, Vivaldi, Van Eyck, Schwartzkopff and Schmelzer performed on period instruments at the Bedford Presbyterian Church, 4 p.m., Village Green (routes 22 and 172); 914-734-9537, rebelbaroque.com.

The 32nd annual Bruce Museum Gala, “An Evening in the Enchanted Garden,” is the museum’s signature event of the year, a black-tie event featuring cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions and dancing to the sounds of the popular New York City-based “On the Move” band. The evening raises critical funds that support the Bruce’s ongoing art and science exhibitions and educational programs. 6 p.m., Greenwich Country Club, 19 Doubling Road; 203-413-6745, brucemuseum.org.

May 15

In “Anka Sings Sinatra — His Songs, My Songs, My Way,” Paul Anka blends Anka favorites (“Diana,” “Puppy Love,” “Put Your Head on my Shoulder”) as well as songs from his inspiration, Frank Sinatra.  Tickets include a pre-show cocktail party with wine tasting and appetizers. 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 E. Ridge Road; 203-438-5795, ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

May 16 

ArtsWestchester invites audiences to its annual ArtsBash party. The evening features cocktails and tastings from more than 20 restaurants, open artist studios and “Modern Families,“ a photography exhibit exploring the diverse faces and relationships that represent “family” from the points of view of 11 regional photographers. 6 to 9 p.m., 31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains; 914-428-4220, artsw.org.

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum celebrates the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution with its exhibition, “From Corsets to Suffrage: Victorian Women Trailblazers,” showing local, regional, and national efforts to win the vote for women. Opening reception starts at 5:30 p.m., Exhibit runs through Nov. 3. Noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays, 295 West Avenue, Norwalk; 203-838-9799, lockwoodmathewsmansion.com.

May 18

The Norwalk Symphony closes its 79th season with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. The orchestra will be joined by guest soloists and the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut under the direction of Carole Ann Maxwell. 8 p.m., Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Ave.; 203-956-6771, norwalksymphony.org.

BluePath Service Dogs’ third annual Walkathon — Join the “BluePath” to unlocking life’s potential for children and families touched by autism. The Walkathon will raise funds in support of the nonprofit’s mission to provide those in need with autism service dogs, offering safety, companionship and opportunities for independence. Food, games and fun. Friendly dogs welcomed. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lot 4 of FDR State Park, 2957 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights; 845-377-0477, bluepathservicedogs.org/walkathon.

The Stamford Museum and Nature Center hosts its annual spring benefit, “An Evening with Jacques Pépin,” which includes the opportunity to meet the noted French culinary icon and enjoy a Pépin-inspired four-course dinner, paired with superb wines, prepared by chef Timothy LaBant of the Schoolhouse at Cannondale in Wilton. 6 p.m. 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford; 203-977-6523, stamfordmuseum.org.

Presented by ArtsWestchester and The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.

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