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5 of the Best Things to Do in Westchester This February

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Mary Tooley Parker: Nettie Young in Klimnt, 2017.
Photo courtesy of the Pelham Art Center

A fiber arts exhibit at the Pelham Art Center, a country rock concert at the Ridgefield Playhouse, and more add color to the region.

High Fiber

February 6 – April 3

Explore the inventive world of cutting-edge fiber arts courtesy of Brooklyn-based curator Anki King. The pioneering exhibit With Every Fiber, will be on show from February 6 through April 3 at the Pelham Art Center and will feature the work of seven acclaimed artists, including Joy Curtis, Mary Tooley Parker, and Lit Whitney Quisgard. The varied pieces are united by the unique ways in which their respective creators manipulate fiber and textiles to produce unlikely, thought-provoking works.

JP Howard, left, photo courtesy of Hudson Valley Writers Center; Marilyn Nelson, right, photo by Curt Richter

Writers’ Delight

February 10

Believe it or not, Zoom isn’t simply for holding boring workday meetings. This month, Sleepy Hollow’s Hudson Valley Writers Center presents a reading by two incredibly acclaimed poets on the ubiquitous app. An Evening with JP Howard and Marilyn Nelson features Nelson, the former poet laureate of Connecticut and former chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, reading moving works online alongside Howard, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, as well as an educator, essayist, activist, and literary-magazine editor.

Raul Malo. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield Playhouse

A Little Bit Country  

February 20

If you miss the swinging sounds of live music, why not step out and enjoy the country-and-rock-influenced jams of Mavericks frontman Raul Malo during two socially distanced, limited-capacity performances at the Ridgefield Playhouse. Known for such Mavericks hits as “Here Comes the Rain,” “Dance the Night Away,” and “What a Crying Shame,” Malo’s performance represents a rare treat for local music lovers looking to experience an acclaimed performer in the flesh.

Mommy Dearest

Thru June 27

Are you in need of a good laugh? You’re not alone. Luckily, the Paramount Hudson Valley Theatre in Peekskill is holding a standup comedy show likely to crack more than a few chuckles. Scary Mommy Live! features noted comedians Nicole Blaine, Aminah Imani, Tim Krompier, and Tacarra Williams waxing wise on a host of hilariously relatable issues.

Pieces by Lucia Hierro. Photos courtesy of Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

On the Margin

Thru January 2, 2022

Consumerism, culture, and capitalism take center stage in this eye-popping exhibition of truly unique sculptural works on show this month at Ridgefield’s Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Lucia Hierro: Marginal Costs features work from the boundary-pushing artist’s series Mercado, Bodegon, and Glass. The groupings range from unlikely soft sculptures to a startling installation, all of which attest to the breadth of the NYC-born Hierro’s singular, creative talents.