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These Are the Best Arts Events in Westchester This October

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Our favorite reasons to get out of the house this month.

Image courtesy of the Katonah Museum of Art

October 3
KMA Virtual Gala
Just because the pandemic has put a damper on countless cultural events doesn’t mean there aren’t great opportunities to support the arts organizations we love. Enter the Katonah Museum of Art’s KMA Virtual Gala, which will feature a virtual silent and live auction helmed by Christy Williams Coombs of the renowned Sotheby’s auction house. Along with entertainment and heartfelt messages from the KMA staff, the event will include fun activities and Zoom rooms for those who turn out to support this truly worthy cause.

Lacey McKinney, Obscenely Loved, 2018, Oil and Acrylic on Yupo, 30×20

Through November 7
Women Rising
Touching on concepts of beauty, identity, and society, a striking all-women group show at The Pelham Art Center is being held to mark the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. On view through November 7, Domestic Brutes features sculpture, prints, paintings, and installations by 15 acclaimed women artists, including Aisha Tandiwe Bell, Lacey McKinney, and Manju Shandler. The works comprise a frank look at what it means to be a woman in modern America and how things have, and haven’t, changed.

October 11
Enter the Haggis
Steep yourself in Scotland’s iconic sound with a heaping helping of rock & roll thrown in during this lighthearted show at Peekskill’s Paramount Hudson Valley Theater. Enter the Haggis combines bagpipes and fiddles with uniquely American rock to create a singular sound that has been praised by several critics. Sing along to signature tunes like “One Last Drink,” “Gasoline,” and “Down With the Ship” during this evening of fiddles and Fenders.

Gil Scullion, Voter 2019-2020, Spray paint on corrugated cardboard, 80 x 104 inches. Photo courtesy of Gil Scullion

October 11 – March 14
Perfect Vision
Those craving something slow in this world of breakneck news and round-the-clock tweets may want to head to Ridgefield’s Aldrich Contemporary Art for an exhibition that truly takes its time. Twenty Twenty will feature several works on paper by seven artists who produce drawings based on photographs to be released sequentially over six months. The slow-paced exhibition questions whether a gradual rollout of painstakingly produced drawings can hold a mirror up to our lightning-quick world.