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5 of the Hottest Things to Do in Westchester This January

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Photo courtesy of Ridgefield Playhouse

A magic man at The Ridgefield Playhouse, a unique exhibit at The Katonah Museum of Art, and more add color to the region this month.

January 1

The Fame Game

Winner of an Oscar, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe, Cameron Crowe’s semiautobiographical Almost Famous made quite a splash when it revealed the rock underworld after hitting theaters in 2000. Starring Billy Crudup and Kate Hudson, the coming-of-age film provides a frank look at the 1970s music scene as viewed through the eyes of an impressionable young man. Suffused with both lighthearted fun and heartrending moments, this cult-favorite film will screen twice in one day at The Ridgefield Playhouse.

Photo courtesy of Ridgefield Playhouse

January 10

Magic Man

Ever wonder what would happen if someone combined a rock show and a magic act? Reza is here to show you, as he mixes concert-level lighting and production with some truly eye-popping illusions. Having already appeared on A&E, MTV, PBS, and The CW’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Reza has made a name for himself with his high-octane magic tricks and unique comedic elements, both of which will likely be on display this month at The Ridgefield Playhouse.

Kishimoto Kennin (b. 1932) Uzukumaru; Crouching, 2012 Iga-glazed stoneware 7 5/8 x 8 1/8 inches, Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz Collection Image: © Kishimoto Kennin, photograph by Richard Goodbody, courtesy Joan B. Mirviss JC2017.002

January 24

Clay Time

Explore the culture of Japan through some of the country’s most acclaimed ceramic works during this unique exhibition on show through Jan 24 at The Katonah Museum of Art. Hands & Earth: Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary Ceramics gathers 41 elegant pieces drawn from the lauded collection of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz. Never before exhibited in the state, the priceless works constitute a comprehensive and compelling survey of Japan’s ceramic tradition over the past 80 years.

Photos courtesy of Hudson Valley Writers Center

January 31

Reading Rainbow

Sleepy Hollow’s Hudson Valley Writers Center is set to open their Winter/Spring 2021 Reading Series on Zoom with two incredibly accomplished poets. Log on this month to catch Jane Hirshfield and Rachel Eliza Griffiths reading selections from their moving works. The author of nine books, a Guggenheim fellow, and a finalist for the 2001 Book Critics Circle Awards, Hirshfield is a leading American poet who has taught at renowned colleges, including Stanford and UC Berkeley. Griffiths is a poetic powerhouse in her own right, also known for her standout multimedia work and fiction.

Photo by Mary Hardiman

Through June 27

River King

Looking to shake off the winter blues? Why not start with this vibrant exhibition of colorful paintings on show at Yonkers’ Hudson River Museum through June 27. Librado Romero: From the Desert to the River features a selection of eight acrylic paintings and two watercolors by Bronx-based artist Romero, who produces his work from a studio in Yonkers. Full of bright jewel tones depicting the shimmering waterways of Calexico, Romero’s breezy work provides a welcome respite from all the snow and sleet.