Most movie theaters are just that – movie theaters. But The Bedford Playhouse is so much more. They host lectures, live theatrical performances, indoor concerts during the colder months and on their lawn during the summer, some excellent trivia nights and a lot more. In our opinion, The Playhouse is one of the main cultural centers in our community. So for 2023, we’re looking forward to attending even more intimate concerts, fascinating lectures and engaging community events.

One of the regular events that caught our eye is their “First Friday” music series (which, appropriately, occurs on the first Friday of each month) that features a diverse lineup of musicians. In January, check out The Four Horseman Songwriters, and in February we’re looking forward to the smooth sounds of Carlos Jimenez Jazz Quartet. The concerts take place in their cafe, which makes for a comfortable and convenient spot to relax. (Pro tip: get there early to grab a table so you can enjoy a few snacks and drinks during the performance.)

In March, we are excited for “Hammerstein’s Broadway: An Enchanting Evening of Stories and Song,” which will feature a talk by artist and South Salem resident Andy Hammerstein a.k.a. Oscar Hammerstein, III. (Yes, his grandfather was Oscar Hammerstein Jr. of Rodgers & Hammerstein fame – the family name skips a generation.) His renowned lecture, which he gives throughout the country, tells the story of his family’s history, beginning with the original Oscar Hammerstein who was mainly responsible for building Times Square.

And then there’s the plethora of thoughtful, captivating and informative documentaries at The Playhouse. We’re interested in January’s “Let’s Talk: Music Vets,” which shares an inside look at how military veterans are managing PTSD and mental health struggles through music. Because The Playhouse regularly goes the extra mile, the screening will be followed by a Q&A. In February, check out “Uninvited,” which discusses invasive species in New York State and how we can combat this challenge.

And, of course, don’t forget the movies (and the popcorn)! See you soon.

This article was published in the January/February 2023 print edition of Katonah Connect.

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Justin is an award-winning designer and photographer. He was the owner and creative director at Future Boy Design, producing work for clients such as National Parks Service, Vintage Cinemas, The Tarrytown Music Hall, and others. His work has appeared in Bloomberg TV, South by Southwest (SXSW), Edible Magazine, Westchester Magazine, Refinery 29, the Art Directors Club, AIGA and more.

Justin is a two-time winner of the International Design Awards, American Photography and Latin America Fotografia. Vice News has called Justin Negard as “one of the best artists working today.”

He is the author of two books, On Design, which discusses principles and the business of design, and Bogotà which is a photographic journey through the Colombian capital.

Additionally, Justin has served as Creative Director at CityMouse Inc., an NYC-based design firm which provides accessible design for people with disabilities, and has been awarded by the City of New York, MIT Media Lab and South By Southwest.

He lives in Katonah with his wonderfully patient wife, son and daughter.