What’s happening in October

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


In Laura Eason’s “Sex with Strangers,” about the unexpected twists and turns of modern relationships, ambitions turn dark and self-reinvention is just a click away. 3 p.m. Sundays, 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court; 203-227-4177, westportplayhouse.org/sex-with-strangers


The exhibit “Memory of Place: Thomas Doyle & Frank Poor” explores the meaning of a place, its influence on our memories and our imagination and the unsettling effect of displacement.  Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Library, 101 W. Putnam Ave. Second Floor; 203-622-7947, flinngallery.com


Historic Hudson Valley presents “The Great Jack-O’-Lantern Blaze,” a walk-through experience adorned with more than 7,000 illuminated, hand-carved lantern sculptures. The annual event features large-scale installations, including a Headless Horseman and a new 30-foot-tall replica of the Statue of Liberty, complete with sound effects, synchronized lighting and original music. Times vary, Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 S. Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson; 914-631-8200, hudsonvalley.org


The Neuberger Museum of Art considers Romare Bearden’s often-overlooked period of abstracted watercolors, mixed-media collages and the stain paintings that led to the collages he is most known for in “Romare Bearden: Abstraction.” Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase; 914-251-6100, neuberger.org

OCT. 3

Smart Arts presents LADO: National Folk-Dance Ensemble of Croatia, which offers a new program of Croatian folk songs, including contemporary musical and dance works based on traditional motifs. 8 p.m., The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, 914-251-6200; croexpo.com

OCT. 5

“GoForPink!” brings the local community together for a special day of shopping, dining and educational forums in Greenwich to raise awareness and critical funds for eradicating breast cancer and supporting the mission of the Breast Cancer Alliance – the funding of innovative research and education as well as affordable screening for underserved women. The fun starts at 9 a.m. with the flag-raising at Greenwich Town Hall. 203-861-0014, BCAgoforpink.org

Heart’s bassist Steve Fossen and drummer Michael Derosier are back together with Heart By Heart, a new band featuring vocalist Somar Macek, guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Lizzy Daymont, and Seattle guitarist Randy Hansen. 8 p.m., The Palace, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford; 203-325-4466, palacestamford.org

New York School for the Deaf celebrates its 200th anniversary with a Black and White Gala. The event, which will be attended by Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin, will also honor school alumna Tina Jo Breindel a tireless advocate for literacy rights for deaf children, and Andrew Roffe  a longtime adviser and pro bono counsel. Black-and-white attire is encouraged. 6:45 p.m., Tappan Hill Mansion, 200 Gunpowder Lane, Tarrytown: 914-481-8209, nysd.net/the-black-and-white-gala.html

OCT. 6

“When do you sleep?” “What do you eat?” “Can you talk to each other?” These are some of the questions you might ask during “Cocktails & Conversation with architect Alex Schweder and artist Ward Shelley, while they are living in/on their 23-foot-high structure – sharing a bed, desk, kitchen and more. 6:30 p.m., Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, 258 Main St., Ridgefield; 203-438-4519×125, aldrichart.org.  


New Rochelle ArtsFest, a celebration of the arts in New Rochelle and Pelham. The three-day festival will feature exhibitions, open studios, live music, films, performances and more at different venues throughout both towns. 5 p.m., locations vary, 914-654-8356; newrochellearts.org

OCT. 7

ArtsWestchester offers a sneak peek of its upcoming “Give Us The Vote” exhibit (Oct. 10-Jan. 27). A preview reception follows a lecture by historian Louise Bernikow, “The Suffragists of Westchester County.” Inspired by the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York state, this contemporary art exhibition examines the state of voting rights in America today. 3 to 6 p.m., 31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains; 914-428-4220, artsw.org/giveusthevote

OCT. 10

The New York State Building Officials Conference Westchester Chapter hosts its fourth annual Golf Outing, with proceeds benefitting Cerebral Palsy of Westchester. Corporate sponsors and individual players will enjoy a day of golf, followed by dinner, a silent auction, a raffle and a presentation of the tournament winners. 8:30 a.m., Westchester Hills Golf Club, 401 Ridgeway, White Plains; 914-937-3800, cpwestchester.org

OCT. 12 AND 15

Citizen Jane Film Festival on the arts, urban regeneration and community preservation features,  a presentation of the documentary “Citizen Jane” on Oct. 12, with a reception and guided walking tours. Oct. 15’s program includes “Survival of a Small City,” about urban redevelopment in Norwalk, a program of short films and a reprise showing of “Citizen Jane.” 2 p.m., Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport; 203-296-9605; bridgeportcitizenjane.eventbrite.com.

OCT. 12

Fairfield University Bookstore presents Kate DiCamillo, award-winning author of “Because of Winn-Dixie,” “The Tiger Rising” and “The Tale of Despereaux,” discussing her newest book, “La La La: A Story of Hope.” It follows a little girl in search of a friend and features illustrations by Jaime Kim. 7 p.m., Roger Ludlowe Middle School Auditorium, 689 Unquowa Road, Fairfield; 203-255-7756, Fairfield.edu/DiCamillo

Produced by Westport-based JIB Productions, “SHORT CUTS“ screens award-winning short films selected from the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, known for its discovery of emerging international directors. Coffee and cookies will be served at 7 p.m., followed by the films and discussion. 7:30 p.m., Norwalk Garden Cinemas, 26 Isaac St.; 203-293-8729, jibproductions.org/shortcuts

OCT. 13 AND 14

Westchester Open Studios presents the work of eight fine artists in the town of Mamaroneck. Arranged as an “Art Walk,” this event displays the work of the participating artists, including paintings, sculptures and photography, in four designer homes that are a short distance from one another. 10 a.m., locations vary, westchesteropenstudios.com


White Plains Performing Arts Center presents “Ghost,” a musical adaptation of the Oscar Award-winning film. 8 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays, 11 City Place, 3rd Floor. 914-328-1600, wppac.com

OCT. 14

Norwalk’s Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s Gilded Age Gala will include cocktails, a black-tie dinner, live and silent auctions, a preview of “The Gilded Age Redux” by the Rowayton Arts Center, and a special presentation by comedian Brian Grossi, a veteran of the New York comedy club scene. 7 p.m., 295 West Ave., 203-838-9799, lockwoodmathewsmansion.com/event/gilded-age-gala/

The Stamford Symphony kicks off its new season with an all-Russian program by Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky. At The Prelude Gala, benefitting the orchestra and its education programs, the symphony will honor Barbara Smith-Soroca’s 39 years of service as CEO and president. Gala at 5:15 p.m., 203-325-1407, ext.10 for tickets. Performance at 8 The Palace, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford; 203-325-4466, stamfordsymphony.org

OCT. 15

Abilis, the nonprofit that provides services and support for more than 700 individuals with special needs and their families throughout Fairfield and Westchester counties, presents its annual Walk/Run for Abilis. The event includes a 5K run, a one-mile accessible walk, family-friendly activities, food, a kid’s activity tent with arts and crafts, face-painting, a bouncy castle, a “Bubble Bus” and a fire truck that children and parents can explore. The fun begins at 9 a.m., Greenwich Point Park (Tod’s Point) in Old Greenwich, abilis.us/walk.

OCT. 15 AND 16

The Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony perform “Something In the Winds,” music by Ligeti, Glinka, Klughardt, Ibert and Smit. 7:30 p.m., Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive  Greenwich; 203-637-4725, greenwichsymphony.org/october-15-16-2017

OCT. 17

Denise Wiles Adams, ornamental plant and garden historian, will offer a lecture on “American Arts & Crafts Gardens, 1890-1920: Simplicity, Harmony And Utility,” discussing the decorative gardens popular in America during the Cos Cob art colony era. 6:30 p.m., Greenwich Historical Society, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob; 203-869-6899, greenwichhistory.org/adult.php#landscape

OCT. 20

Sidra Bell Dance NY presents a Community Movement Module, an inclusive workshop conducted by Bell and the company’s dancers. The free workshop, which takes place at the Purchase College PC4 Center for Community and Culture, is suitable for all levels and focuses on conditioning, movement and dialogue. 6 p.m., 16 Warburton Ave., 212-567-0411; sidrabelldanceny.org

OCT. 21

The White Plains Library holds its annual Fall Gala, featuring author Sloane Crosley (“The Clasp”). Festivities take place at The Hub, the library’s newly renovated first floor, 7 p.m., 100 Martine Ave., 914-422-1495, foundation.whiteplainslibrary.org

OCT. 21 AND 22

Taconic Opera presents the world premiere of “In Bocca al Lupo” (“Break a Leg”), a fully-staged, comedic opera composed by founder Dan Montez. The Rossini-inspired opera will take audiences behind-the-scenes of an opera company – holding auditions, the backstage chaos during a show and figuring out what to do when the show begins to fall apart. 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Yorktown Stage, 1974 Commerce St., Yorktown Heights; taconicopera.org

OCT. 26

The Breast Cancer Alliance’s 22nd annual Luncheon & Fashion Show features silent and live auctions, luncheon with guest speaker Amy Rohrback, news anchor for ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and two runway shows — the Oscar de la Renta collection preview and the Survivor Celebration Fashion Show. 11 a.m., Hyatt Regency Greenwich, 1800 W. Putnam Ave., Old Greenwich; 203-861-0014, breastcanceralliance.org

At “Designers Celebrate the Arts,” join designers, artists, business leaders, innovators, media makers to support the Cultural Alliance and Fairfield County’s rich creative community. Enjoy cocktails and appetizers, mix and mingle and be inspired. 6 p.m., The Antique & Artisan Gallery, 69 Jefferson St., Stamford; 203-256-2329, 203-327-6022, cafcdesignerscelebratethearts.eventbrite.com


Blue Door Art Center presents “100 Words of Wisdom,” a photography exhibition that stems from an intergenerational community-based art project by Evan Bishop and Katori Walker. Bishop asked 100 seniors to share one word of wisdom with younger audiences. That word was then painted on the participant’s body and photographed. This project is supported by an ArtsWestchester Arts Alive grant. 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m., Saturdays, 13 Riverdale Ave., Yonkers; 914-375-5100; bluedoorartcenter.org

OCT. 27

The SPCA of Westchester’s Top Hat and Cocktails Gala is set for Oct. 27 in White Plains.

The SPCA of Westchester’s Top Hat and Cocktails Gala.  Bring your beloved canine companion to celebrate the accomplishments of the SPCA and to raise funds for the nearly 2,000 rescue animals cared for and adopted each year. This special event includes music, food and drink, an auction, a canine ice cream bar and professional pet portraits. 7 p.m., The Ritz-Carton New York, Westchester, 3 Renaissance Square, White Plains; 914-941-2896, SPCA914.org

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