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What to Do in White Plains This Weekend

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- A 25th anniversary bash for the Music Therapy Institute, a lecture by pop collage artist Michael Albert and a free "Rio" showing at the Trove are just some of the events planned for this weekend:

Friday

- The library's Galaxy Hall will hold a "Five Green & Speckled Frogs" event for 20- to 29-month-olds and their caregivers. Tickets will be given out 30 minutes before the 1 p.m. event.

- The Music Conservatory of Westchester will celebrate its Music Therapy Institute's 25th anniversary with a 6:30 p.m. “Dance the Night Away” evening of dinner and dancing. Bill Evans, a meteorologist for ABC-TV, will host the event. Don DuPont Big Band and alumni from the Music Therapy Institute will perform at the C.V. Rich Mansion at 305 Ridgeway. The conservatory will honor Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester, and Alan Katz, a conservatory board member, for their commitment to the arts community.

- The White Plains Performing Arts Center will perform Ken Ludwig's "Lend Me a Tenor" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The comedy follows Italian superstar Tito Merelli to Cleveland, Ohio in 1930s, where the singer is supposed to join the local opera, but winds up missing. Tickets are $35 or $25 for children.

- Fort Hill Players will perform "National Pastime," a romantic comedy that portrays a small town radio station broadcasting a baseball team's 1930's successes, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday. General admission to the Rochambeau School Theater is $17. Tickets are $14 for seniors and students and $8 for those 12 and under. Call (914) 623-5207 for additional information.

Saturday

- The library Trove will host a blocks toy session for families with children from 1 to 4 p.m.

- Michael Albert, a pop collage artist, will discuss his techniques and pieces being shown at the library's museum gallery from 3 to 4 p.m.

- ArtsWestchester will host the finale of its New Urban Jazz series with a performance from the John Patitucci Trio. Patitucci, a Grammy-winning bassist for Chick Corea and Wayne Shorter, will be accompanied by Jon Cowherd on the piano and Adam Cruz on the drums. Doors at 31 Mamaroneck Ave. open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 or $15 for students, seniors and ArtsWestchester members.

Sunday

- The Center for Aging in Place, a Westchester-based non-profit helping seniors age in their homes, has teamed up with the White Plains Hospital to hold a lecture on what seniors can learn from the Brooke Astor Case. Joel Seidemann, the lead prosecutor for the late philanthropist Brooke Astor, will give an overview of the case at the hospital from 2 to 4 p.m. Besides offering a peek inside the lives of the rich and famous, Seidemann will talk about what to avoid when making real estate and elder care decisions. Admission is $20 per person. Contact Rose Cappa at (914) 747-0519 for additional information.

- The library will show "Rio," an animated comedy about a domesticated macaw who believes he's the last of his kind until he meets a fellow parrot, for families with children from 2 to 3:45 p.m.

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