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The Hottest Things to Do in Westchester This January

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Our favorite reasons to get out of the house in Westchester this month include jazz music, art displays, and museum exhibitions.

Jan 12

Art Lovers

Art lovers can go big or go home when two pieces of large-scale sculpture overtake Ridgefield’s Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum from January 12 to May 14. Kathleen Ryan: Head and Heart consists of two monumental pieces by the New Jersey-based artist. These include Daisy Chain, a giant string of plastic daisies forming a huge ornamental wreath, and Pearls, a massive grouping of the eponymous gems constructed from multicolored bowling balls.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Kathleen Ryan, Daisy Chain, 2021, Plastics, Dimensions Variable: Courtesy of The Artist and Karma, New York/ Photo Courtesy of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Jan 22

The Write Stuff

Penning a book is no easy feat; just ask David Means and Lauren Acampora. Author of The Hundred Waters — which Vogue named one of the best novels of the year — Acampora will be joined for a conversation about the craft of writing at Sleepy Hollow’s Hudson Valley Writers Center by short-story impresario and Los Angeles Book Prize winner David Means.

Hudson Valley Writers Center

Photo courtesy of Laura Acampora/ Hudson Valley Writers Center

Hudson Valley Writers Center

Photo courtesy of Laura Acampora/ Hudson Valley Writers Center

Jan 21

Hare Raising

Kids and adults alike are invited to learn how Aesop’s eternal fable still pertains to modern-day issues during this eye-popping performance at Mamaroneck’s Emelin Theatre. Lightwire Theater: The Adventures of Tortoise and Hare employs the dazzling use of light and darkness to tell the tale of the now aged duo and their families dealing with a host of 21st-century problems.

Lightwire Theater: The Adventures of Tortoise and Hare

Courtesy the Emelin Theater

Jan 26

Dead Air

Famous for its trippy renditions of Grateful Dead’s mind-bending melodies, the lauded all-star instrumental ensemble Jazz Is Dead is stepping on up to Tarrytown Music Hall for an evening of psychedelic song. Celebrating their 25th anniversary on the road, the concert also marks the reunion of two longtime staples of the jam-band scene, Alphonso Johnson and Steve Kimock.

Jazz is Dead

Don’t miss this musical event in January. Courtesy Tarrytown Music Hall

Jan 16 thru Feb 15

Generation Next

Wondering what the next generation of artists is currently cooking up? Wonder no more when Port Chester’s Clay Art Center holds its annual student exhibition, Rising Stars. Presenting the work of Clay’s adult and youth students, along with pieces from their Community Arts Program, the show features truly cutting-edge works of functional and sculptural ceramic art.

Clay Art Center

Head to the Clay Art Center this January. Photo courtesy of Clay Art Center

Jan 20–21

The Real McGee

With a quarter of a century spent bringing their electric improvisational rock to venues across the globe, Umphrey’s McGee are making their way back to Westchester for two shows at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. Celebrating their 25th Birthday Bash, the band will be touring upon the recent release of their new album, Asking for a Friend, which continues in their tradition of infectious and creative tunes.

Jan 14 thru Mar 11

Needle Work

This month, Peekskill’s Hudson Valley MOCA is home to an exhibit that tests the very bounds of contemporary art. The museum’s Third Annual Juried Exhibition: Through the Eye of a Needle, explores the use of handcrafting to reflect on regional art, cultural diversity, and environmental issues, with works ranging from paintings of Peru to pieces investigating digital detritus and even the ongoing tradition of medieval tapestry.

Jan 29

Garden of Eder

Linda Eder is a one-of-a-kind musician and actress, famous for originating the role of Lucy in Broadway’s Jekyll and Hyde. A bestselling recording artist and award-winning siren of the stage, Eder boasts fourteen solo albums and will be bringing her wide-ranging repertoire of Broadway standards, country, pop, and jazz hits to The Ridgefield Playhouse this month.

garden of eder

Linda Eder will perform this January. Courtesy of the Ridgefield Playhouse

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