Review of “Weird Al” at The Capitol Theatre

This review was written by Michael Greenberg.

"Weird Al" Yankovic will be at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.  Photo courtesy of: tvtropes.org
“Weird Al” Yankovic will be at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.
Photo courtesy of: tvtropes.org

You knew it was going to be an odd concert right from the start.

As the lights dimmed at showtime, the large video screen behind the stage at the Capitol Theatre came to life. There was the night’s headliner, “Weird Al” Yankovic, out and about in the streets of Port Chester, singing the opening number. His attire, which included a garish multicolored jacket, suited the song choice: “Tacky,” a parody of the Pharrell Williams hit, “Happy.” The camera followed him as he entered a side entrance, passed through backstage areas, and strolled into the seating area, where he was greeted by his adoring fans.

With hits that have spanned four decades, Weird Al’s fan base is as diverse as his wardrobe. People of all ages filled the theatre for the two hour set, as Yankovic and his band played selections from throughout his career. And with each new tune came a different costume. From an octopus with an ice cream hat (“Perform This Way”), to a Devo-style jumpsuit and goggles (“Dare to Be Stupid”), to his famous “Fat” suit, audience members expecting a comedian set to music were also treated to a visual feast.

But costume changes take time, and audiences can be impatient. This is where the video screen once again came in handy, broadcasting snippets of Yankovic appearances and mentions throughout television and film history. In case you haven’t been paying attention, there are a ton of them. Also thrown in were a couple of comedy shorts. To get a taste, search for Yankovic’s “duet” opposite the Academy Award winning performance of J.K. Simmons in Whiplash.

With a song catalog in the hundreds, this night’s concert was barely going to scratch the surface, so Weird Al utilized the medley format to cram as much variety into the show as possible. During once such aggregate, he and his band met at center stage to perform acoustic, lounge-style versions of “Eat It,” “I Lost on Jeopardy” (complete with the Don Pardo voiceover), “I Love Rocky Road,” and the ultimate lounge-singer song, “Like a Surgeon.”

Each of Yankovic’s albums have contained a polka medley of current radio hits, and his latest collection, Mandatory Fun, is no exception. Performed against a backdrop of the original videos, “NOW That’s What I Call Polka!” included versions of “Gangnam Style,” “Call Me Maybe,” “Timber,” and “Sexy and I Know It.”

As the night approached its conclusion, some more recognizable tracks made their appearance. “White and Nerdy,” “Amish Paradise,” and “Word Crimes” were all crowd favorites, the most recent gaining popularity by way of viral video.

For his encore, Yankovic capped off an entertaining night by bringing out a cast of Stormtroopers, Jedis, and Darth Vader himself to accompany him during his two Star Wars tributes: “The Saga Begins,” and “Yoda.”

And as that venerable film franchise continues to churn out installments, so does Weird Al, bridging generations with ever-evolving material.

Learning Express Now Open In Rye Brook

Learning Express is now open in the Rye Ridge Plaza. Photo courtesy of: Rye Ridge Plaza
Learning Express is now open in the Rye Ridge Plaza.
Photo courtesy of: Rye Ridge Plaza

Rye Ridge Plaza is happy to inform everyone that Learning Express is now open!

Learning Express Toys are known for their  dazzling array of specialty toys, games galore, children’s books, mind blowing science kits, lots of Lego, Melissa & Doug, and all things kids love to play with.

Always free gift wrapping & free personalizing, awesome goody bags, and birthday gift registry.

Your neighborhood toy store is now open at its new location!

Now is the time to come by and check out what’s new at Learning Express!

Lester’s Boys and Men Now Open at Rye Ridge Plaza

Lester's is now open in the Rye Ridge Plaza. Photo courtesy of: Lester's
Lester’s is now open in the Rye Ridge Plaza.
Photo courtesy of: Lester’s

Rye Ridge is happy to announce that Lester’s, the fashion retailer known for more than 65 years has opened a brand new space dedicated to boys sizes 8-20 and men’s clothing, footwear and accessories, on August 4th.

The new Lester’s Boys & Men’s store will be adjacent to Lester’s 11,000 square foot Rye Brook location at 18 Rye Ridge Plaza which opened one year ago.

“The opening of our new Boys and Men’s store emerged out of a dialogue with our customers about how better to meet the specific style profile of under-served, style-conscious high school through twenty-something young men,” says Perry Schorr , Lester’s Owner and CEO. “We applied what has been a successful model for our kids, juniors and women’s contemporary business and created a unique and dynamic environment all their own with the all latest styles and brands they seek from everyday casual cool to well-tailored styles forgoing out.”

There  was a ‘soft’ opening on August 4th, & the grand opening celebration is timed with their kick-off of the back-to-school shopping season on Thursday, August 20 and will feature entertainment, raffles, food and more. Come on over and stop by!

Swim Across America’s Success in Rye

Swim Across America Photo By: Pamela Stern
Swim Across America
Photo By: Pamela Stern

Swim Across America Inc., [SAA] is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events.

Swim Across America held two events in Rye. The first one took place on July 11th at the Westchester County Club. There were 28 swimmers and they raised $15,000. This is a huge success. Beautiful weather was a key factor in making the day a success.

The second event was held on Thursday July 23rd at the Coveleigh Club.  This event was exclusively for Coveleigh members and their guests.

Theft at the Rye YMCA

City of Rye Police Department Photo courtesy of: local.nixle.com
City of Rye Police Department
Photo courtesy of: local.nixle.com

The Rye City Police Department is investigating a theft that occurred at the Rye YMCA and led to grand larceny.

The victim’s credit cards were taken out of a locker at the Rye YMCA and were used on a shopping spree that included purchases of Cannon camera, Xbox, Movado men’s wrist watch, clothing and sneakers. These purchases were made at: Best Buy in Hartsdale, Macy’s and Foot  Action in the Galleria Mall in White Plains.

If anyone has any information please contact the Rye Police Detectives at 914-967-1234.

 

Westchester Magazine’s Grand Tasting at The Kensico Dam

Rye’s very own Westchester Magazine held their Grand Tasting as part of their Wine & Food Week.
Approximately 85 dining options were available for patrons to “try” This Grand Tasting allowed people to taste the many different dining and beverage options that beautiful Westchester County has to offer it’s residents and tourists.

Attendees of the Grand Tasting Village came out to the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla to check out some new options for them, This event allowed people to get a “taste” of what Westchester has to offer to its residents.

Peter X. Kelly with Inside Rye's AnnMarie Carretta. Photo By: Pamela Stern
Peter X. Kelly with Inside Rye’s AnnMarie Carretta.
Photo By: Pamela Stern

Foodies were also treated to demonstrations by some local chefs. Peter X, Kelly of X2O in Yonkers did a demo for everyone and so did Rafeael Palomino of Sonora’s in Port Chester.

If you haven’t been to the Ridge Hill Shopping Center in Yonkers, then you might not know about it’s best kept secret, Texas de Brazil.
Other hidden treasurers are Polpettina, which has two locations; one in Eastchester and the other in Larchmont. Great Italian hidden treasurers.

Rye House is the quintessential pub/ restaurant. This is an opportunity to acquaint yourself with some brand new spots in your hometown.

This was an event that should not have been missed.

 

 

 

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