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4 Hot Westchester Happenings to Bookmark in May

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Left to right: Clarity Haynes, Birth Altar, 2020–21, 2021; Altar for Femme Joy, 2020. Photo by Tom Powel Imaging, provided by The Aldrich Museum, courtesy of Clarity Haynes and New Discretions

Colorful art exhibitions, engaging online concerts, and more are top picks for things to do in Westchester County this spring.

"Bedford Stuyvesant" by Matthew Cole / Courtesy of Pelham Art Center

“Bedford Stuyvesant” by Matthew Cole / Courtesy of Pelham Art Center

Dreamy interiors, subconscious spaces, and reality superimposed with fantasy all populate the intriguing art found in the 11th Biennial Rutsch Award Winner Matthew Cole Solo Exhibition. The collection of layered, printmaking-inspired paintings will be on show from May 15 through June 26 at The Pelham Art Center. The winner of the center’s biennial award for painting, Cole has already exhibited works in Paris, New York City, and Philadelphia, and was the 2020 Artist in Residence at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson, AZ.

Left to right: Clarity Haynes, Birth Altar, 2020–21, 2021; Altar for Femme Joy, 2020. Photo by Tom Powel Imaging, provided by The Aldrich Museum, courtesy of Clarity Haynes and New Discretions

Left to right: Clarity Haynes, Birth Altar, 2020–21, 2021; Altar for Femme Joy, 2020. Photo by Tom Powel Imaging, provided by The Aldrich Museum, courtesy of Clarity Haynes and New Discretions

Ongoing thru Sept 6

Honoring Womanhood

First in The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum’s single-artist spotlight series, Aldrich Projects, Clarity Haynes: Collective Transmission tackles subjects like womanhood, femininity, and joy with pure creative glee. The show will feature two new paintings by Haynes, Birth Altar and Altar for Femme Joy, both of which continue the artist’s celebrated Altar series, exploring what she views as queer feminist spaces liberated from patriarchy and conceived in the vein of masters like Judy Chicago and Ana Mendieta.

May 8

String Theory

Ever hoped to see a top-tier classical concert but didn’t want to foot the bill? Good news, this month, the Stamford Symphony is hosting a free live-streamed event from the orchestra’s home stage. Featuring renowned violinist Elena Urioste, Times Change comprises a moving combination of works by both Mozart and Haydn. Event subscribers will also have access to a post-concert Q&A with the conductor and Stamford Symphony musicians.

Alex Dimitrov

Alex Dimitrov. Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff, provided by Hudson Valley Writers Center

May 19

Writer’s Room

After Amanda Gorman’s inspiring Inauguration and Super Bowl recitations, poetry is a hot topic around the country. Get in on the action this month, as Sleepy Hollow’s Hudson Valley Writers Center presents a Zoom reading by two acclaimed authors. An Evening with Alex Dimitrov and Donika Kelly will feature Dimitrov, whose poetry has appeared in both The New Yorker and The New York Times, reading alongside Cave Canem fellow and University of Iowa professor Donika Kelly.

Donika Kelly

Donika Kelly. Photo courtesy of Hudson Valley Writers Center

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