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Compiled by Robin Jovanovich

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Elizabeth de Bethune, <Slievemore, Achill Island> 2017, acrylic gouache with pastel on paper. Photo by John Maggiotto

FEBRUARY 4

Taking the Long View

The Harrison Council for the Arts presents “Horizon Lines,” a series of (mostly) long landscape paintings by Elizabeth de Bethune at the Harrison Public Library. The exhibit is on view February 4 to 24. Meet the artist at a reception February 10 from 2 to 4.   

“These landscapes primarily depict places I’ve traveled to recently, and as such are a kind of love poem, or homage, to the enchantment of being in a new place, and a way to understand and communicate how it feels,” writes de Bethune. “As a New Yorker who loves the Hudson Valley, I appreciate magnificent landscapes but long for open spaces. Images of Alaska, the Southwest, and the West Coast of Ireland address that desired feeling of expansiveness.”

Ms. de Bethune studied painting at Yale, and received an MFA in Drawing and Painting from SUNY Purchase. She has also worked extensively with monotype printing, especially at fellowships at Women’s Studio Workshop and workshops at Center for Contemporary Printmaking and Vermont Studio Center.

For more information, visit harrisonpl.org or call 835-0324.

Hemna, can you get a screenshot from Belle?

FEBRUARY 9

Friday Night at the Movies

The Greenwich Library’s Friends Friday Film Series will present three films in recognition of Black History Month. All screenings begin at 8.

On February 9 the Library will screen “Belle” (Great Britain 2013) in which the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a British admiral plays an important role in the campaign to abolish slavery in 18th Century England.

On February 16, see the Oscar-nominated “Loving” (2016), a drama about an interracial couple who married in a small, integrated Virginia town in 1958 and were then jailed and banished from the state.

On February 23, watch “Fences” (2016), a film based on the play by August Wilson about an embittered Pittsburgh sanitation worker who missed his chance at playing major league baseball and now tries to squash his son's similar ambitions.

The Friday Film Series is open to all at no charge. Doors of the Cole Auditorium open at 7:40.

With pix of C.J. Chenier courtesy of The Emelin Theatre

FEBRUARY 10

Red Hot Music

C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band offer up a mix of rock, blues, country, and R&B at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck at 8. C.J. has performed alongside such artists as his father, Clifton Chenier (“The King of Zydeco”), Paul Simon, and John Mayall, and the band is a regular at large music festivals across the country.

Tickets start at $32. Visit www.emelin.org.

FEBRUARY 11

A Symphony of Sounds

The Westchester Philharmonic, under the baton of Ted Sperling, presents a Friends & Family Concert at 3. On the program are Mendelssohn’s Overture to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”; Beethoven’s <Romance No. 2> for violin and orchestra; Saint-Saëns <Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28>; and Beethoven’s <Symphony No. 3>.

Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, soloist in the acclaimed Broadway revival of “Fiddler on the Roof” and Naumburg Competition winner and Concert Artists Guild Grant recipient, is the featured performer.

Before the concert, at 2, children are invited to an Instrument Petting Zoo. Children, if accompanied by a paid adult, are admitted free.

Tickets start at $36. Go to www.artscenter.org or call 251-6200.

 

FEBRUARY 22

Step Into the Garden

  • Next up at the 18th Annual Winter Lecture Series at The New York Botanical Garden Winter Lecture Series is Arne Maynard, a gold medal winner at the Chelsea Flower Show, who has created beautiful and sympathetic gardens for private houses around the world. He will give guests a visual tour of the grounds of Allt y bela, his home in Monmouthshire, Wales.

The talk begins at 10 in the in the Botanical Garden’s Ross Hall. Admission is $32 for members, $35 non-members. To register, visit nybg.org/AdultEd or call 718-817-8747.

 

 

 

DECEMBER 2

A Great Estate Sale

You’ll find something for nearly everyone on your list at the Junior League of Westchester-on-Hudson’s Holiday Boutique at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown today and tomorrow from 10-4 and Sunday from 10-3.

Daily admission is $10, free for children 16 and under. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Open Door Family Medical Center and Nyack Hospital.

With pix

DECEMBER 3

Till the Cows Come Home to Type!

The Friends of Greenwich Library present a musical for young audiences, “Click, Clack, Moo”, based on the Caldecott Honor book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin at 3.

When Farmer Brown’s granddaughter comes for a visit, he declares the farm a “tech-free zone”, and puts her laptop in the chilly barn. The shivering cows use her computer to type messages requesting blankets.

The cows go on strike and are joined by the chickens. Will Farmer Brown give in to their demands? Will Jenny get her computer back?

Find out in this “moo-ving” new musical about negotiation and compromise staged by Theatreworks USA. The production is geared for grades K-4.

Doors open at 2:30. Admission is free. Register in advance at www.greenwichlibrary.org.

DECEMBER 8

New Take on a Dickens Classic

The whole family will enjoy a modern and abridged production of “A Christmas Carol” at Muscoot Farm from 5-8. Scrooge still has to change his greedy ways and discover the good things in life. In the process, audiences are taken in and out of different character’s homes.

Dress warmly, as the performance will be held indoors and outdoors. Registration is required as seating is limited. The show will also go on Dec. 9, 15 and 16, same time. Muscoot, an early 20th-century interpretative farm, is located in Katonah. Call 864-7282 for tickets.

DECEMBER 8

Haydn for the Holidays

The Village Singers of Westchester will present their annual Holiday Concert at the Crawford Park Mansion in Rye Brook at 8. The highlight of the program is Franz Joseph Haydn’s Petite Organ Mass.

Tickets are $15, $10 for students. Refreshments will be served. Call 937-5212.

DECEMBER 13

Bach in Bedford

The Bedford Chamber Ensemble, conducted by Anthony Newman, will perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos at St. Matthew’s Church at 8. Mr. Newman, a renowned Bach expert and keyboard phenomenon, has performed the Concerti 21 times throughout his musical career.

Tickets are $40, which includes refreshments during the intermission. Visit www.bedfordchamberconcerts.org or call 522-5150. St. Matthew’s is located at 382 Cantitoe Street (Route 22) in Bedford.

DECEMBER 26

It’s in the Bag

Join in an Emelin holiday tradition and enjoy the latest fun-filled production from The Paper Bag Players, “That’s Quite Absurd”, at 11 or 1:30. The show will also be performed Dec. 27, same times.

This talented and creative troupe packs their shows with stories, songs, freewheeling dances, audience participation, and paper bag costumes and scenery. Perfect for ages 4 and up.

For tickets, go to emelin.org or call 698-0098.

 

 

JANUARY 20

Patriotism on Display

While the United States involvement in World War I was relatively brief, we helped win the war. Part of the credit belongs to the wartime posters that urged Americans to participate in the war effort.

Opening today, more than a 100 years after the end of that war, is “Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War” at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich.

The show was assembled by Elizabeth D. Smith, Resident Fellow, in conjunction with Ken Silver, Adjunct Curator and author of “Esprit de Corps: The Art of the Parisian Avant-garde and the First World War, 1914-1925.”

 

Howard Chandler Christy (1873-1952), <I Want You for the Navy,> 1917

JANUARY 27

Message in a Bottle

A national juried exhibit, “Me, Myself, and I”, featuring vessel-based work opens at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester with a reception from 6-8. Artists took the opportunity to express how they see themselves within

society, family, relationships, and under their own skin.

The show runs through March 4. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10-5.

JANUARY 28

Choral Classics for Kids

The Greenwich Choral Society takes children on a journey through the ABC’s of music, demonstrating through live performance and audience participation in a concert at the Greenwich Library from 3-4. The concert is appropriate for any child who can enjoy an hour of music.

Revel in the joy of more than 30 voices presenting highlights from some of the great choral classics, led by music director Paul Mueller. 

All donations will be given to the Greenwich Choral Society. Reserve tickets at www.curiosityconcerts.com.

JANUARY 29

Art in the Service of Humanity

Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester is holding a special art exhibit and event, “Cartoonists Against the Holocaust”, with the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center from 7:15-8:30 p.m. All are welcome.

A small number of American political cartoonists used their art to cry out against injustice; they cajoled, embarrassed, and pilloried the politicians in London and Washington who failed to save Jewish lives when they had the opportunity, and moved the public to demand the rescue of Hitler’s victims.

The synagogue is located on the border of Rye and Harrison, near School of the Holy Child on Westchester Avenue East.

For more information, contact Jane Dubro at 967-4382, ext. 21 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

FEBRUARY 2

With a Latin Beat

A new golden age of Latin music dawns at the Purchase Performing Arts Center with performances by the indie mambo band Orkesta Mendoza and the alternative Chicano band Las Cafeteras at 8.

Their music knows no boundaries.

For tickets, call 251-6200 or visit www.artscenter.org.

 

 

 

Compiled by Robin Jovanovich

NOVEMBER 17

Handmade for the Holidays

Pelham Art Center opens its annual Craft Marketplace with a reception from 6:30-8. You’ll find a dynamic collection of high-quality and affordable ceramics, jewelry, and silver works from local and national artists. All ages are invited to take part in a free workshop on wire jewelry.

The exhibition and sale run through December 30. For more information, visit www.pelhamartcenter.org.


NOVEMBER 18

Clay for the Holidays

The opening reception for the Clay Art Center Annual Holiday Sale and Studio Tour will be held from 6-8. Featured are hundreds of pieces of fine, functional pottery and ceramic sculpture by locally and nationally recognized artists. Meet the artists and enjoy food and drinks. The sale runs through December 22, Monday through Saturday from 10-5.

On December 2 and 9, drop the kids (ages 6-15) at an Ornament Making Clay Class at 1:30 or 3:30 and shop for gifts for yourself or others. The fee is $20 per child. For more information, visit www.clayartcenter.org.

NOVEMBER 24

Hilarious Hijinks

To kick off the holiday season, The White Plains Performing Arts Center presents “Junie B. in Jingle Bells Batman Smells” at 11 and 2. Take a rest from Christmas shopping and enjoy a fun-filled show about everyone’s favorite first grader.

Junie B. Jones is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of her fun, until Junie B. draws May's name for Secret Santa.

Created for young audiences and performed by adults, “Junie B. in Jingle Bells Batman Smells” is based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park.

Tickets start at $16. Call 328-1600 or visit wppac.com.

DECEMBER 3

Sacred Shopping

The region’s finest vendors will offer exquisite gifts at the Sacred Heart Greenwich Holiday Boutique from 12-4 at the school’s athletic center at 1177 King Street. Children can shop at Santa’s Workshop, guided by Sacred Heart student volunteers, for reduced-priced gifts for the whole family.

To learn more, go to www.cshgreenwich.org/comehomeforchristmas.

 

DECEMBER 2

A Music Man

Acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley, the host of NPR’s “From the Top,” will perform a wide-ranging repertoire from classical sonatas to his own arrangements of songs by bands such as Radiohead and The Smiths, at the Emelin Theatre at 8.

Now in his 17th year on-air, O’Riley introduces the next generation of classical music stars to almost a million listeners each week, broadcast by 250 stations across the United States.

Join the Emelin for a glass of wine as well as a discussion with the artist after the concert. Tickets start at $32. Go to emelin.org.

 

 

 

JANUARY 6

Talented Triumvirate

Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont opens its 2018 season with “Revivify — Susan English, Catherine Latson, Janna Watson”. The public is invited to a reception from 6:30-8. This three-person exhibition will be on view in Gallery II through February 17.

Boundless curiosity and close observation are manifest in the work of Catherine Latson. Her “Specimen Series” is inspired by sea anemones and the motion of the water-bound world.

Susan English creates evocative surfaces by pouring layers of tinted polymer on wood panel.

A young artist who has quickly made an impression on the contemporary art scene, Janna Watson’s abstract compositions possess an elegant and powerful vitality.

With pix of

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin

JANUARY 7

On the Beat

Greenwich Library’s Peterson Concert Series hosts saxophonist Donny McCaslin and keyboard player Jason Linder at 3:30 in the Cole Auditorium.

Donny McCaslin and Jason Lindner comprise half of the Donny McCaslin Quartet, the ensemble that backed David Bowie on the pop icon’s final album, “Blackstar”, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s album chart in 2016. 

Together, they bring their well-honed jazz sensibilities to bear on free-form explorations that evolve in ways that reflect the players’ telepathic interaction and the musical logic peculiar to the spontaneous composition in which they are involved.

McCaslin is one of the most highly acclaimed saxophonists on the scene today and has received several Grammy nominations. Pianist Linder, a recording artist in his own right, has been characterized by Ben Ratliff in The New York Times as “robust, kinetic, and mature with muscular, beat-centric arrangements.”  

The Peterson Concert Series is open to all at no charge through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and generous donors. Doors open at 3. For more information, call 203-622-7917.

JANUARY 12

Play It Again

The Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck once again presents its annual Oscar Contender Series, giving movie lovers an opportunity to see some of the best films of 2017 just before the 90th Academy Awards. The theatre is equipped with stadium seating and state-of-the-art digital projection.

This year’s picks include Best Picture hopeful, “The Big Sick”, the rom-com summer box office hit and film festival darling starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Ray Romano, and Holly Hunter; and “Dunkirk”, Christopher Nolan’s World War II film which scored big with critics and at the box office, and is a potential nominee across several Oscar categories.

The films will be shown Friday nights at 8. For a complete schedule and to buy tickets, visit emelin.org.

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Andy Pitz

Adam Oliensis

JANUARY 20

Comedy Tonight!

Music at the Mansion is changing its name — for one night only — to Comedy at the Mansion, when Adam Oliensis and his LoHud Comedy tour take over the Crawford Mansion in Rye Brook.

The laughs begin at 8. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Go to www.musicatthemansion.org. Proceeds will go toward beautification of 36-acre Crawford Park.

Andy Pitz is the evening’s headliner. He’s been doing standup for 20 years. He zeroes in on the everyday things he’s obsessed with — his marriage, fatherhood, technology, and social networking.

Host Adam Oliensis, Rockland’s King of Comedy, explores the lessons in humility he’s learning from his wife and especially from his children, along with the adjustments forced on him by genuine adulthood.

This is the last program at Crawford Mansion for the next year. Starting February 1, it will be closed for renovation. The Music at the Mansion concert series will resume in 2019.

Catherine Latson, <Specimen 5>, 2017, hand-dyed cotton thread, cotton, wire

Photo by Catherine Latson

Compiled by Robin Jovanovich

OCTOBER 21

A COLLAGIAL GROUP

The Art Society of Old Greenwich will sponsor a Collage Workshop from 10:30 to 12:30 at the Old Greenwich Civic Center. Award-winning artists Carol Nipomnich Dixon, Mary Fike Dowling, and Kathryn Shorts will present samples of their art before leading attendees in creating their own.

Bring found papers, photographs, and fabrics from home. The event is free and open to the public.

Joseph Fama, <Rye Shore Afternoon>

OCTOBER 22

FOR LOVERS OF LANDSCAPES

Fresh from the Rye Arts Center’s En Plein Air Exhibit, a one-man show of Joseph Fama’s landscape paintings opens with a reception from 2-4 at Les Beaux Arts Gallery, located in the Round Hill Community Church in Greenwich.

OCTOBER 26

RANT, WHITE & BLUE

Lewis Black, one of the most prolific and popular performers working today, brings his cutting-edge comedy to The Palace Theatre in Stamford at 8. More enraged optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon, his live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience.

He came to national prominence with his appearances on “The Daily Show” in 1996. Those appearances led to comedy specials on HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, and Epix. In 2001, he won Best Male Stand-Up at the American Comedy Awards. Black has released eight comedy albums, including the 2007 GRAMMY award-winning Carnegie Hall performance, and is the author of three bestselling books.

Tickets are $45-$75. Visit palacestamford.org or call 203-325-4466.

Natalie Weiss stars as Molly

OCTOBER 27-29

A GHOSTLY ROMANCE

Get ready to fall in love all over again. Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg made “Ghost” one of the biggest hit films of all time. Now the Oscar-winning film comes alive on stage in the smart, suspenseful, and romantic “Ghost the Musical.” It’s a great date night choice and at the White Plains Performing Arts Center all weekend long.

With a fresh pop/rock score by Grammy winners Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror,” Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know”), the musical follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.

For a complete schedule and to buy tickets, go to wppac.com or call 328-1600.

NOVEMBER 1

WATCHFUL WEDNESDAYS

The Bruce Museum in Greenwich highlights the Post-Impressionists in a new film series from 10:30-11:30. Learn about the work, artistic techniques, and lives of Paul Gaugin (Nov. 1), Vincent van Gogh (Nov. 8), and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (Nov. 15).

Admission is free for members, $10 for non-members. Registration is required. Visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376.

NOVEMBER 4

Pure Country Rock

Experience the country-rock music band that brought such classics as “Amie” and “Let Me Love You Tonight” live at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck at 8. Whether Pure Prairie League is “Pickin’ To Beat the Devil,” or taking you riding down a “Two Lane Highway,” expect a sure-fire good time.

The American band’s longevity is a testament of the timelessness of the music. Its rich history goes back to 1969 in the Southern Ohio area where a group of young musicians who initially played cover tunes at local bars, went on to create memorable classics.

Tickets start at $30. Visit emelin.org.

 

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