Top 5 Arts Picks: April 20-26

FRI, APR. 20 THROUGH SAT, MAY 5: New Thriller Premieres in Armonk

Hudson Stage Company will present the New York premiere of Joanna Murray-Smith’s Switzerland this Friday at North Castle Public Library’s Whippoorwill Theatre in Armonk. Set in the Swiss Alps, the play follows writer Patricia Highsmith, who wrote the “The Talented Mr. Ripley” book series.  In a fictional imagining of Highsmith’s life, Murray-Smith introduces Edward, who was sent by Highsmith’s publishing agency to convince her to write one last Ripley novel. Click here for an “Arts Deal” that offers a reduced admission price on this performance. Times vary.

Cheech & Chong Perform in Port Chester

The Capitol Theatre presents award-winning comedy duo Cheech and Chong this Friday. The duo, consisting of Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong, will bring two performances of their “Up in Smoke” tour in celebration of the 40th anniversary of their hit film of the same name. The performance includes sketches, original songs and stand-up comedy. Cheech and Chong are also recognized for their hit music and comedy routines, which are based on the hippie era and counterculture movement. Begins at 4:30pm and 8pm.

SAT, APR. 21: Family Bands Perform at ArtsWestchester

This Saturday, audiences are invited to celebrate the bonds of music with four family bands at ArtsWestchester’s “Performing Families” event. Representing a selection of diverse styles – from Jewish folk and choral songs of inclusion to classical Southern Indian singing and Mexican mariachi – each band will perform and discuss the meaning of kinship, music and tradition. Performing groups include Sruli & Lisa’s Family Klezmer Band, the LOFT’s Pride Chorus, Mariachi Sol Mixteco, and Kiruba and Shaaranya Pillai. Begins at 7pm at ArtsWestchester’s gallery.

SAT, APR. 21: The Westchester Poetry Festival Discusses Social Justice

Social justice is the theme of this year’s annual Westchester Poetry Festival, presented by Hudson Valley Writers’ Center and The Masters School. The Saturday event will showcase keynote reader Reginald Dwayne Betts, along with four other acclaimed poets. Each author will address the theme of social change in a way that is relevant to their body of work. Begins at 12pm at Estherwood Mansion on The Master’s School campus in Dobbs Ferry.

WED, APR. 25: Ballet des Amériques at Tarrytown Music Hall

The acclaimed Ballet des Amériques brings its next performance to the Tarrytown Music Hall on Wednesday. The company will perform a varied repertoire that is choreographed by Carole Alexis to the music of artists such as Mario Canonge and Maurice Ravel. Ballet des Amériques, The Music Hall’s resident dance company, is composed of classically trained dancers of diverse backgrounds. Begins at 7pm.

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