Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. From concerts and comedy events to the Big Gay Hudson Valleys pride festivities, theres no shortage of things to do locally. Heres a list of prominent events to consider when planning your three-day weekend.
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An Alzheimers disease diagnosis might prompt many performers to retreat to family, but the Rhinestone Cowboy has decided to go out singing. Following a triumphant performance at this years Grammy Awards ceremony, the 76-year-old is taking his Goodbye Tour on the road on the strength of his most recent album, Ghost on the Canvas. Instant People is slated to open the show.
Info: Paramount Center for the Arts, 1008 Brown St., Peekskill; 914-739-2333; paramountcenter.org; $40-$60
Friday-Sunday: Dean Edwards at Levity Live
After two seasons on Saturday Night Live and appearances on Showtime at the Apollo and Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam, Dean Edwards has upped his game with spots on late-night talk programs and stand-up comedy shows, the latter of which was recently featured in Showtimes Comics Without Borders series. His performances are open to adults 21 and older.
When: 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Friday, May 25; 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Saturday, May 26; 7 p.m., Sunday, May 27
Info: Levity Live, 4210 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack; 845-353-5400; levitylive.com; $20 plus two-item minimum per person
Andrew Jackson at The Westchester Sandbox Theatre
Mamaronecks Sandbox Theatre hosts the Hudson Valley debut of the critically acclaimed rock musical that interprets the countrys seventh president and populist icon as an emo rocker. Although the show lasted only 120 performances on Broadway (from Oct. 13, 2010, to Jan. 2, 2011), it won Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for its book and overall production, respectively.
When: 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, May 25-26; 7 p.m., Sunday, May 27; additional performances at 8 p.m. June 1-2 and 8 p.m. June 2.
Friday-Sunday: "Hairspray" at Westchester Broadway Theatre
Set in Baltimore during the civil rights movement, Hairspray follows the fictional musical journey of the bubbly Tracy Turnblad, whose quest to appear on The Corny Collins Show angers some of the programs prickly authority figures.
When: 6:15 p.m., Friday, May 25; 6:15 p.m., Saturday, May 26; 11:45 a.m. and 5:15 p.m., Sunday, May 27; additional performances through June 3
Info: Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford; 914-592-2222; broadwaytheatre.com; $52-$75
Friday-Sunday: Big Gay Hudson Valleys Pride Preview Weekend
Gay pride will be celebrated throughout the holiday weekend in Poughkeepsie, kicking off with a Friday night party at The Out Bar (206 Main St.), where there will be food, drinks, and no cover charge. On Saturday, a sold-out cruise will begin with cocktails on the docks of Waryas Park (29 N. Front St.) before Empire Cruise Lines M/V Mystere sets sail on the Hudson to float by the Culinary Institute of America, Walkway Over the Hudson and the Vanderbilt Mansion while Superior Sounds and DJ Prephab provide the soundtrack; after the boat ride, the party will return to The Out Bar. And on Sunday, the Locust Grove Estate (2683 South Rd.) will host a rain-or-shine picnic party that welcomes all ages (and dogs on leashes) to celebrate with DJ music and Drag Bingo Cabaret.
When: 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Friday, May 25; 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday, May 26; 5 p.m.-midnight, Sunday, May 27
Info: 845-926-0652; biggayhudsonvalley.com; no cover for events at The Out Bar; cruise is sold out; $10 for May 27 event at Locust Grove Estate
Saturday: Dark Star Orchestra at Tarrytown Music Hall
With what Rolling Stone has called a fanatical attention to detail, this tribute band has been known to perform entire set lists from the Grateful Deads touring days. Dark Star Orchestra has logged more than 1,800 shows in the past decade and has won the inherent blessing of five of the Deads original members, who have played along with the band at one point or another.
Saturday-Monday: Memorial Day Weekend at Rye Playland
In addition to all the usual rides, shows and attractions at the Hudson Valleys most famous amusement park, Rye Playland will celebrate Memorial Day weekend with events by Six Stories Told, shows by Eriks Reptiles Adventures, a ceremony honoring military veterans, a Marine helicopter raid demonstration, a craft fair with more than 40 vendors and performances by students from the Lagond Music School in Elmsford.
When: Noon-11 p.m., Saturday, May 26; noon-11 p.m., Sunday, May 27; Noon-10 p.m., Monday, May 28
Info: Rye Playland, 1 Playland Parkway, Rye; 914-813-7000; ryeplayland.org; $10-$30 for daily passes; $80-$95 for seasonal passes; free spectator admission for Westchester County residents with proof of residency; parking: $5 weekdays, $7 weekends, $10 holidays