Wall Street Theater of Norwalk: Exciting concerts, Tae Bo and more coming soon!

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The Wall Street Theater, of Norwalk Ct. which recently opened its doors after undergoing a $10 million-dollar renovation, has released its schedule of upcoming events at the historic theater located at 71 Wall Street in Norwalk, Connecticut.  There are some fun musical events coming in the next month to this great venue.    The renovated theater is a real treasure and part of the rich history of the area.

Saturday, January 20 at 7:00pm

Norwalk Band & Brew Night will present five local acts, including Brian Larney of The Town Hall, Casey Schroeder of The Burroughs, James Darling of The Nuclear Heartbreak and Crown Colony.  The show is 21+, and includes one complimentary beer with each ticket purchased.

Saturday, January 27 at 7:30pm

The Wall Street Theater hosts the Norwalk Now City Limit Concert Series, featuring local musicians Tom the Suit Forst, Jason Gidder Band and The Doug Wahlberg Band.

Sunday, January 28 at 12:00pm

Fitness legend Billy Blanks will lead a Tae Bo Fitness Event, inviting guests to participate in a master’s fitness class.

Sunday, January 28 at 7:00pm

Improv in the Lob, presented by Yes & Company, presents some of the most ridiculous improvisers around to entertain.

Thursday, February 8 at 7:30pm

Funk Rock band The Werks will perform original songs from their four highly acclaimed studio albums. Connecticut up-and-coming band Cabin Fever will serve as the opening act.

Friday, February 9 at 8:00pm

Reggae musician and former singer of Tom Tom Club Mystic Bowie will be returning to The Wall Street Theater for his Annual Birthday Bash, featuring special guest performers and a performance from the soulful and legendary Freddie McGregor.

Saturday, February 10 at 6:00pm

The music of The Delfonics – an R&B/Soul vocal group made famous in the late 60s/early 70s for such hits as “La La Means I Love You” and “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind” – is brought to the stage by Gary Stevens, who partnered with original member (and Norwalk native) Major Harris before his death to continue to share the soulful style of the historic group. The evening will begin with a performance by Tim Currie’s Motown Review Band.

Saturday, February 17 at 8:00pm

Allman Brothers Band  and Grammy award winning artist Johnny Neel performs with Screamin Eagle Band, a modern southern rock band. *This show is 21 and over.

 

Wall Street Theater Norwalk

71 Wall Street Norwalk Ct 

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Patio 3 Restaurant: Authentic and Modern Mexican menu in Mt. Kisco

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I recently had the opportunity to dine at Patio 3, located in the heart of Mt.Kisco.  Patio 3 is a Mexican restaurant which features a menu of authentic and modern Mexican cuisine.  While  the typical Tex Mex style offerings are present, they are not as heavy and saturated in cheese and sauce.  The eatery offers a refreshing selection of healthy dishes and features  wide variety of items with fresh ingredients as well as emphasis on modern interpretations of traditional dishes. Vegetarian dishes are also available with veggie  fajitas, quesadillas, and burritos on the menu. The soft muted colors of the restaurant with tile floors and wood pergolas created a warm inviting space.

We started our meal with a bowl of fresh guacamole that was prepared tableside and served in a  stone bowl.  The fresh avocados, onion and spices served with chips made for a nice beginning to our meal.  Drink selection is excellent and we enjoyed  Mango margaritas on the rocks with fresh juices and fine tequila. One of the best margaritas I have enjoyed in some time.  There is also a selection of beer and at our table one of our party enjoyed the Bull Dog Margarita which features a bottle of Corona inverted into the frozen margarita.  The drink is a real crowd pleaser and you must be thirsty to take on the challenge of this large drink.

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Our main courses included traditional and some lighter, healthier fare.   A special on the menu was the Squash Quesadillas which was made with Butternut Squash, goat cheese, black beans and red onions, served on soft tortillas with guacamole, sour cream, and pico de gallo. A unique and healthy dish that was light and delicious.

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Squash Quesadilla

Also enjoyed was Camerones Al Tequila, a nice seafood dish made with tequila jumbo shrimp with garlic, chili powder, red onions, and  lime juice served with squash, zucchini and Mexican rice.  A well executed dish that was tasty as it was healthy.

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Camarones Al Tequila

The Paella Mariscada was a delicious take on the traditional Spanish dish with shrimp, scallops, clams, mussles, red snapper, chorizo, calamari, saffron rice and mixed vegetables.  This is a seafood lovers delight.  I ordered mine without the chorizo and all their dishes can be made to order if you wish.

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Seafood Paella

For something more traditional, the Chicken Chimichangas, crispy rolled flour tortillas with chicken, cheese, and served with a mild sauce, sour cream and guac.  Gone was the typical dish saturated in sauce and cheese and instead a dish where you can truly enjoy the crispness of the tortilla and the fresh ingredients.

Do not leave without tasting the fine after dinner coffees as well as the desserts.  We sampled the Bonelo Berry Tower, and the churros.  The desserts are delicious and worth sharing .  Patio 3 is a delightful restaurant that will make you want to return to again.

The Patio 3 Restaurant

222 Main Street Mount Kisco NY     tel. 914-864-2600

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New Year, New You. Open House January 18th at Advanced Rejuvenation Centers

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A fun and informative evening is coming up at Advance Rejuvenation Centers on Thursday January 18th 2018 from 5 to 8pm.   Here you can learn and ask questions about rejuvenating your skin, body and hair.   Learn about the exciting procedures such as tru Sculpt 3D and SculpSure.

The event is free, and attendees will be able take advantages of discounts that are available for these procedures.  There will be a raffle, door prizes and refreshments served.

Looking to get a jump start on the swim suit season?  This is a great way to your body started to a new look for 2018.

RSVPs are appreciated.     tel 914.500.9594

ADVANCED REJUVENATION CENTERS

3020 Westchester Ave  Suite 306      Purchase New York   (right off I-287)

web: http://www.advancedrejuvenationcenters.com/

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Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woodie Guthrie at the Westport Country Playhouse. A musical that strikes a chord.

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A wonderful musical, “Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie” is now on stage at the Westport Country Playhouse.  This is a very limited engagement that runs until January  20th 2018 and is not to be missed. The show ran off Broadway in the summer of 2017.

Woody Guthrie is an icon in American music and culture.  The play follows the arc of his life from his humble roots growing up in Oklahoma, to his days as a wandering musician who traveled the nation during the depths of the Great Depression.  This era of grinding poverty, dust bowls and unrest in our country made a  tremendous impression on Guthrie and influenced his music.  Most American music up until his time was polite and trivial fare with little awareness for reality.  Guthrie’s experience with the Dust Bowl of the Mid West, the foreclosure of farms, the vast migration of poor farmers to California all became the subjects of his songs.   The fact that the police in California blocked the migration of Americans into California, or that many were huddled into impoverished camps became his subjects and he their champion.  These Americans had no voice and Woody gave them one by way of his music.  He would become pro-union, anti-fascist and even serve in World War II.  Although he would later be blacklisted in the post war era, his message and his music would influence a generation of singer/songwriters from Pete Seeger, to Bob Dylan and  the protest singers of the 1960s.

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The play is composed of mostly songs and is linked by Guthrie’s own words as his story is brilliantly told by David M.Lutken who devised the play and portrays Woody.  Lutken brings charm, gritty realism and humor to this famous musician.  Much of the Guthrie songbook is presented in the two act play.   Rousing renditions of This Train is Bound for Glory, This Land is Your Land, The Ballad of Tom Joad,  Jolly Banker and Pastures of Plenty were complimented by the moving  Deportees (about the death of deported migrant workers), Sinking of the Reuben James,   Vigilante Man, and I Ain’t Got No Home. 

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The cast includes Lutken as Woody(Broadway: Inherit the Wind, Ring of Fire, The Will Rogers Follies)  David Finch (Broadway credits: Cabaret) , Katie Barton (regional theater) and Leenya Rideout (Broadway credits: War Horse, Cyrano De Bergerac, Cabaret).  The cast sings, acts and plays numerous instruments during the performance including, guitar, banjo, dulicimer, mandolin, stand up bass, harmonica, jaw harp, and fiddle.  The performance was directed by Nick Corley.  The set design was simple but effective. And like Guthrie himself, it was all about the music and the message.

The opening night audience gave the actors a standing ovation for a great performance.  Do not miss this special musical.  A truly wonderful and fast paced evening of talented musicians, great music and subject matter is so relevant in today’s national economic and political climate.

Tickets are $35, $45, $50

for more info and tickets: http://www.westportplayhouse.org

Westport Country Playhouse

25 Powers Court  Westport Ct      tel. 888.927.7529

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Killer B’s SoNo: A new year and new expanded menu at this hip eatery

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In December 2017 Killer B’s of SoNo  (South Norwalk,Ct.) celebrated its first anniversary with a new menu which truly expands its traditional offerings.  The B’s in the name stand for Beer, Burgers, Bacon and Bourbon, and while those pillars of the menu remain, the chef has made a bold move to be more inclusive by adding vegan and vegetarian items to the menu which give everyone in your party a chance to enjoy this cool eatery.

Located on Washington Street in the hip SoNo section of Norwalk Ct., Killer B’s new menu, cocktails, and wide selection of craft beers and bourbons make this a must visit.  The interior blends the traditional architecture of SoNo with a modern industrial look that creates a fun atmosphere.  The crowd that night included singles, groups of friends of all ages and families.

Having built its brand with burgers and a variety of bacon, Killer B’s  has expanded its menu to attract a wider audience with delicious and healthy options.  The night our party dined we sampled a number of the new items.

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Buffalo Veggie Wings

We started with the Veggie Wings ($14) made with seitan (wheat gluten) and is a nice meat substitute and available in a number of flavors including Buffalo which we sampled.  A spicy an interesting alternative to meat.

Next up we tried both the Beef Sliders($10)  and the Eggplant Sliders ($9).  The Eggplant Sliders were delicious and  were panko breaded and pan fried and served with a tomato onion jam.

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Eggplant Sliders

 

For seafood lovers we tried the delicious Bourbon Brown Sugar Shrimp Skewers ($11) served on a bed of spinach and tomato.  Sweet and tasty.   The Seared Ahi Tuna Flatbread ($12) was by far my favorite and was fresh and served with avocado, tomato and a wasabi drizzle.   We also sampled the healthy Pear and Goat Cheese flatbread ($10) which satisfied with its contrasting tastes of sweet pear offset by the goat cheese.  These are just some of the wide variety of  dishes I did not expect from an eatery specializing in beef and bacon.

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SoNo Sunrise Burger

For our entree we chose the Salmon ($14) with spinach, red pepper and a drizzle of lemon cream which was fresh and a good alternative to the large selection of burgers.  The SoNo Sunrise Burger ($14), a larger beef burger topped with a fried egg, avocado and special sauce is true to the restaurant’s faithful customer who craves a filling burger.

A real pleasant surprise was the  Beet Burger ($12) which was a great meat alternative.  I love beets but was skeptical how this would translate into a burger patty.  It was delicious and full of flavor with eggplant bacon, lettuce, sriracha ketchup and served on a pretzel bun.

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Ahi Tuna Flatbread

Killer B’s still delivers its fan favorites, but the new menu really adds a new dimension to this hip eatery.  With its extensive craft beer list , bourbons, and signature cocktails, you should start off the new year with a visit.

Killer B’s SoNo 

80 Washington Street Norwalk, Ct.     tel 203.853.2326

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Ring in the New Year with a special evening of food, drink and live music at the Winery At St. George.

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Still looking for a way to ring in the New Year?  Right in Northern Westchester the fabulous Winery at St. George Restaurant and Lounge will be hosting a great night of great food, drink and live music.  This is a great way to ring in the New Year in one of the most unique and fun venues in the Hudson Valley.

The Winery will open its doors at 8pm for a memorable evening with live music provided by the talented Emily Surtees and her band.   I had the opportunity to attend one her shows early this year and was blown away by her amazing vocal performance as she sang from a musical catalog that included such vocalists as Tina Turner, Ann Wilson of Heart and Stevie Nicks.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception from 8pm to 9pm.  There will also be a five course sit down dinner and a preview of the menu online looks delicious.  Their will be an open bar from 8 pm to 1am.  Champagne will be provided, there will be a ball drop at midnight, and party favors for all attendees.  Show time kicks off at 9:30 pm and goes on throughout the evening.  Tickets are $165 per person for the entire evening of festivities.

If you are looking for a unique and fantastic way to ring in 2018, then come in from the bitter cold and into the wonderful Winery at St. George Restaurant and Lounge.

Happy New Year!!

For more information:  http://www.thewineryatstgeorge.com

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The Winery at St. George Restaurant and Lounge

1715 East Main Street  (Route 6) Mohegan Lake NY   near the Taconic Parkway

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Bedford Playhouse screens “Christmas Vacation” with special guest Chevy Chase. A preview of great things to come.

 

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Actor Chevy Chase being interviewed by Bedford Playhouse President John Farr

Located in the heart of Bedford Village since 1947, the Bedford Playhouse which served the community for decades closed in 2015.  In order to save this landmark, a small grass roots movement was started led by Bedford resident John Farr.   The vision was not just to reopen the playhouse but to create a special place that would indeed become the heart of the  community, and transform the playhouse into a cinema, cafe, meeting place, and a host for speakers, art exhibits, live music and so much more.

In the lead up to its reopening planned for 2018 the Playhouse has been hosting a number of  events that remind the community  that we live in an area of rich artistic talent.  On December 19th 2017 I had the pleasure to attend a screening of  the comedy classic “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”  starring Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid and Beverly D’Angelo . After the showing of this hysterical film, the sold out audience which filled the Bedford Historical Hall (steps away from the Playhouse) was treated to a live interview with movie legend and Bedford resident, Chevy Chase.  John Farr who is the President and Founder of the Playhouse interviewed Chevy and then opened the interview  to questions from the audience.  It was quite fascinating to learn about the making of the film, and the great cast of actors in the film.  The audience also learned from Chevy some of his favorite roles (Ty Webb from Caddyshack and Clark Griswold) as well as some of his favorite bits from his stint on SNL.   Chevy and his wife are  also  members of the Cultural Advisory Council for the theater.

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Chevy Chase at the screening of Christmas Vacation

It was a fascinating discussion and evenings like this are just part of the many wonderful and  interesting events we can expect from the Playhouse in the future.

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Screening of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at the Bedford Historical  Hall

The Playhouse will be screening first run movies, classics, indie and family films.   The new theater will feature three theaters.  The main theater will retain the elegance of  a classic movie house with 21st Century upgrades that theater goers expect.  Two smaller theaters will host a variety of cinema including documentaries, indie, foreign films and more.    Add to this transformation an all day cafe open to all, and the Playhouse will truly be not only a local treasure, but a magnet for the community .

The main theater is planned to open in the Spring 2018, with the remainder planned to be open by Summer 2018.  The amazing transformation of this landmark has been done by donations from the community. Learn more and to help meet the fundraising goals of the Playhouse please visit:

http://www.bedfordplayhouse.org

See you at the Playhouse !

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Bedford Playhouse

633 Old Post Rd, Bedford, NY 10506

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A Speakeasy Christmas! Party like the Roaring 20s at the Winery at St. George on December 23rd

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It is no secret that the Winery at St. George Restaurant and Lounge is one of very favorite places in Westchester County.  It combines a unique space inside a former stone church, great wine and food, events and music.  There is nothing like it in the area.

On December 23rd, the Winery will be hosting a cool event to get you in the Christmas spirit.  The Roaring 20s Speakeasy Christmas.  This is a special one night theme celebration with Flappers, gangster, champagne, singers, Santa Claus (of course) and live music!   Come dressed in your best 1920s era attire, or just come and have a great time.

Doors open at 6pm .

For tickets to the event and more information   http://www.thewineryatstgeorge.com/

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please also see restrictions on ticket page

The Winery at St. George Restaurant and Lounge

1715 East Main Street  (US Route 6) Mohegan Lake New York  (Northern Westchester County -right off the Taconic Parkway)

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The Christmas Voyager: a fun filled Holiday musical for everyone at the Westchester Broadway Theater

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Add one part timeless Holiday music, one part science fiction fantasy, and one part journey through history and you have the recipe for a delightful Holiday musical,  The Christmas Voyager, now at the Westchester Broadway Theater.  A fun music and dance filled performance that will put you and your family in the holiday spirit.

The story involves a starman named Noel from another galaxy who has been following a bright star across the universe.  The same light as seen 2000 years ago on Earth at the time of the first Christmas.  To his dismay he finds that he is 2017 years too late.  With the computer X as his unseen guide he travels through time to find the meaning of the mysterious star, and how the modern holiday of Christmas has evolved.  His journey takes him from modern time, to the time of Charles Dickens, to the writing of the Nutcracker, to the North Pole and finally to Bethlehem itself.   In his journey of discovery, Noel learns the meaning of Christmas and its impact on the world.   The story is fun and light hearted and filled with music.  There are even parts where the house lights are raised and the audience is asked to sing along.

The book of The Christmas Voyager was written by Robert Fitzsimmons and Kathy Wheeler .  Fitzsimmons wrote Christmas Inn, the  2016 Holiday production at the WBT.   Direction is by Richard Stafford  who directed the wonderful recent production of Annie Get Your Gun at the WBT.

The talented ensemble cast includes many veteran actors including Zach Trimmer as Noel, Katie Scarlett Brunson, the wonderful  Bonnie Fraser, Joseph Cullinane, Lily Lewis,  Gary Lynch, Tony Triano, Allyson Tucker, and Daniel Scott Walton.  The role of the child played by both Molly Lyons and Haylie Shea Cristiano.

All actors are professionals  and members of Actors Equity.  Show runs through December 23rd 2017

Your ticket includes a three course dinner and a professionally produced show .  Parking is free

For Ticket information and prices (includes your dinner)

Westchester Broadway Theatre

1 Broadway Plaza

Elmsford NY

914 592-2268

http://www.broadwaytheatre.com

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An evening of Holiday music and more with Andrea McArdle at the Winery at St.George on December 9th

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A  musical Holiday Celebration!  Andrea McArdle (the Original Annie from Broadway) sings holiday tunes and more at the Winery At St George on Saturday December 9th.

Take a break from shopping and head to the Winery at St. George Restaurant and Lounge for a special night of music with the amazing Andrea McArdle.  Andrea is the Tony Award nominated actress who originated the role of Annie on Broadway.  In this special performance this talented performer will be singing holiday songs,  songs from the 1970s, and Broadway standards.   This is a very special evening of music in a fantastic and unique venue.

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The beautiful interior of the Winery. There is no place like it in the region.

While you are at the show make sure to take advantage of the menu from the new chef, and enjoy tapas or an entree.   You  can of course partake of some of the wonderful wines from their extensive wine list.  There are 40 different varieties available by glass alone.

The Winery which is housed in a former church features  seating at the beautiful bar, at tables, and at the intimate lounge area with couches.   This is a venue to be experienced and is unlike any other in the Hudson Valley.

Tickets are available on line and are $35 general admission, and $45 for bar or table seating.  See website for other restrictions.    Doors open at 6pm and show time is at 8pm.  See you there for this very special evening!

For more information:    http://www.thewineryatstgeorge.com

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Winery At St George

1715   East Main Street Mohegan Lake New York    tel: 914.455.4272

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