Celebrating the liberation of enslaved individuals following the end of the Civil War, the Juneteenth holiday is recognized each year by communities across the county. Uniting these many events is the 2022 Countywide Juneteenth Kickoff Program, which includes several flag raisings throughout Rockland and Westchester, and numerous other events celebrating Juneteenth’s recognition as an official public holiday. Go to artsw.org for a list of goings-on that stretch all the way from Peekskill to Pelham.
It’s difficult to overstate the impact of women on the world of art, as evidenced by this historically minded exhibit on show from June 6 to January 23. 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone marks the 51st anniversary of a significant exhibition, titled Twenty-Six Contemporary Women Artists, which was presented at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in 1971. This exhibition, also on show at the Aldrich, features the work of artists included in the original show, alongside new works by female-identifying or nonbinary emerging creators.
With 15 Grammy nominations and two wins, as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and an Academy Award to her name, Melissa Etheridge has made quite an impact over her 30-plus-year career. This month, take some time out to see the multi-Platinum “Come to My Window” rocker in the flesh when she hits Tarrytown Music Hall.
For two nights, famed TV personality, comedian, and author Chelsea Handler will be cracking wise on The Capitol Theatre stage. Widely known for her seven-year stint at the helm of her hit E! show, Chelsea Lately, Handler has since started her own podcast, published a New York Times best-selling book, and recently released an HBO standup special.
Relive the Golden Age of Hollywood during a screening of a Billy Wilder gem starring Academy Award winners Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. The Fortune Cookie features Lemon as a sports cameraman who is convinced by his ne’er-do-well brother (Matthau) to fake an injury. What ensues makes for a timeless and enduringly funny comedy.
This month, pay honor to African American history and the holiday of Juneteenth during this joyous performance at Mamaroneck’s Emelin Theatre. The Music from Copland House Residency: “Magic Charm… Up My Sleeve” features musicians from The Copland House performing a host of songs harking back to 19th-century spirituals and works of the Harlem Renaissance through the words of writers like Langston Hughes, Dudley Randall, and Walt Whitman.
During this vibrant exhibition, Port Chester’s Clay Art Center will celebrate its three current resident artists and their deeply varied work. The Center’s Artists in Residence will feature pieces by ceramicist and BKLN CLAY studio tech Anny Chen, noted multimedia artist Able Broyles, and the Clay Art Center’s Westchester Community Foundation’s Young Artist Fellow, Breana Hendricks.
Art lovers across the region are invited to Bedford Playhouse this month for a forward-thinking film fest. The Urbanite Arts & Film Festival features work by creators from age 14 to 20, shedding light on new voices, including people of color, the LGBT community, women, and neurodiverse communities. The festival encompasses short film, short-screenplay writing, photography, and spoken-word poetry captured on video.
Spend a day soaking up top tunes on the grounds of Katonah’s Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts during its annual American Roots Festival. Featuring major names in Americana, folk, bluegrass, and blues, like Black Opry Revue and Kevin Burt, this beloved fest stretches into the evening hours with a finale performance by Molly Tuttle.
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