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8 Hot Happenings to Check out in Westchester in February

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Karen Provost, My Frida, 2017 mixed-media collage on wood panel, 30″ × 24″ | Photo courtesy of the Hudson River Museum

A Frida Kahlo-focused exhibit in Yonkers, a Broadway spectacular in White Plains, and more are top picks throughout the month.

February 4 to May 22

Frida and Liberty

In her brief, 47-year life, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo forever changed the worlds of art and female representation. Her outsized impact is evidenced by the expansive exhibition at Yonkers’ Hudson River Museum, The World of Frida, running from February 4 to May 22. Featuring works by 73 international and nationally recognized artists working in a variety of media, the show is singularly focused on Kahlo. The painter and feminist icon’s artwork, biography, and home life are spied through the lens of Mexican culture, fashion, and artistic movements in this stirring exhibition.

Karen Provost, My Frida, 2017 mixed-media collage on wood panel, 30″ × 24″

Karen Provost, My Frida, 2017 mixed-media collage on wood panel, 30″ × 24″ | Photo courtesy of the Hudson River Museum

Feb 18, 19, 20

Weening

Remember Ween? These rockers surfed the ’90s and early aughts with a career spanning 11 studio albums, six live albums, and numerous self-released cassettes and EPs. With a style that flirts with prog-rock, low-fi, soul, country, punk rock, and several other genres, Ween have defied easy classification since their 1984 founding. Stop by Port Chester’s The Capitol Theatre this month to catch these rockers in the flesh during a rare three-day set of performances.

Ween

Photo by Dana Distortion, provided by the Capitol Theatre

Feb 6–27

New Blood

Experience the next generation of daring artists during this popular annual exhibition. Celebrating its 39th year, the Katonah Museum of Art’s Young Artists features the work of creators hailing from area high schools who also participate in their pieces’ installations, curations, and marketing. Visitors will find works of various media with a wide array of scales, concepts, and processes that reflect our region’s diversity.

Feb 12

The Art of Music

One-half of the legendary folk duo Simon & Garfunkel, Art Garfunkel is a lauded musician, known for hits like “Mrs. Robinson” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” A poet as well as an actor (Catch-22, Boxing Helena), Garfunkel is a six-time Grammy-winning Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee who is stopping by our neck of the woods for a rare performance at The Ridgefield Playhouse.

Art Garfunkel

Photo courtesy of ICM Partner, provided by The Ridgefield Playhouse

Ongoing thru Feb 22

Beauty Blurred

Drop by Tarrytown’s Canfin Gallery this month to spy a French-born artist who employs images from social media to create truly incredible artwork. Blurring the line between physical reality and online existence, Irene Mamiye: New Works utilizes photography, video, and digital imaging techniques to play with concepts of movement, color, and light. Mamiye questions the very nature of public imagery, with sharp humor and playful compositions that illuminate the lives we live both in front of and away from screens.

Irene Mamiye, Homage 7428 30″ × 60″ Dye sublimation on aluminum

Irene Mamiye, Homage 7428 30″ × 60″ Dye sublimation on aluminum | Image by Irene Mamiye, provided by the Canfin Gallery

Feb 3

American Made

Part of The Avon Theatre’s Black Lens Film Series, Why Is We Americans?, invites viewers to become part of Newark’s famous Baraka family, known for their exhaustive social activism, music, poetry, art, and political influence. Featuring a post-film Q&A with producer and assistant director Ayana Stafford-Morris, this involving documentary employs both personal testimony and rare archival footage to tell the story of this inspiring, and utterly American, family.

Why Is We Americans?

Photo courtesy of The Avon Theatre

Feb 5

Stagecraft

Longing for the days of waltzing down the Great White Way? You aren’t alone. Wistful theater buffs and romantics at heart will likely find much to enjoy during this evening showcasing some of stage’s greatest love songs, performed by six Broadway vets — three of whom are real-life couples. Get in the spirit of the season with From Broadway With Love, featuring musical tales ranging from star-crossed tragedy to joyous exultations of romance at the White Plains Performing Arts Center this month.

Feb 12

Time for Valentines

Lisa Fisher is a name that should ring a bell. With 40 years singing background vocals for legends like The Rolling Stones, Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan, Nine Inch Nails, and Tina Turner, Fisher is a Grammy-winning artist who gained national attention after a 2013 Best Documentary Oscar-winning film, Twenty Feet From Stardom, told her incredible tale. This month, catch the admired yet underappreciated singer when she takes the stage at Mamaroneck’s Emelin Theatre for a night of moving music during Be My Valentine: An Evening of Love Songs With Ms. Lisa Fisher.


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