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Events in Westchester January 26 – February 2, 2023

Looking for arts events in Westchester this week? Here’s our curated guide to in-person and virtual arts happenings. Want more arts news? Read this month’s issue of ArtsNews here.

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THURS., JAN 26: A Music and Dance Show About Climate Issues

Next Thursday, The Pocantico Center will present a work-in-process showing of Nightbirds, a music and dance show by Amanda+James that dives into climate-related issues through the music of 20th century composer Olivier Messiaen. After the show, guests can attend a Q&A and reception. From 6:30-7:30pm.

FRI. & SAT., Jan 27 & 28: Buster Williams & Something More Quartet

The Jazz Forum Club will be hosting Buster Williams & Something More this Friday and Saturday. Williams is best known for his time in Herbie Hancock’s band in the early 1970s, but has also enjoyed an illustrious career of his own. The Grammy Award-winning bassist will be performing with his jazz quartet, which features Lenny White (drums), Brandon McCune (piano) and Bruce Williams (saxophone). The group will perform four concerts during their two days of performances, 7pm and 9:30pm on both days.

SAT., Jan 28: Opening Reception at Urban Studio Unbound in Yonkers

Urban Studio Unbound and Warburton Galerie presents the opening reception for its Winter Exhibition this weekend. Visitors will view a wide variety of art compiled by guest co-curator and featured artist Tommy the Animator and co-director Roddy Wildeman. The exhibition will feature 20 artists, including Rafael Rodriguez, Amanda Ioco and Melissa Starke. Refreshments will be served. From 6-9pm.

SAT., Jan 28: Opening Reception: Rarely Seen Works by Edward Gorey at Rye Arts Center

This Saturday, Rye Arts Center presents the opening reception of its new exhibition, Artists of the Night: Gothic Literature Scenes, Songs and Stories, on view through March 25. The show displays nearly 50 works inspired by Gothic literature, including artworks by Charles Addams, known for his Addams Family characters, and rarely exhibited art by illustrator Edward Gorey. The reception includes original music that will accompany a debut dance performance, a mini gothic dance drama by choreographer Megan Williams, a performance reading by John Kiste of works by Edgar Allan Poe, and more. 5-8pm.

THROUGH JAN. 28: An Ode to New York City

This month, Lincoln Glenn Gallery’s current exhibition, The City That Never Sleepscontinues in Larchmont. The show surveys a century of American artworks, from 1860-1960. All of the exhibited works depict scenes of New York City – beginning with paintings from Hudson River School artists and continuing on with works from the Gilded Age, Great Depression and more. On view through January 28.

You May Also Enjoy: a Virtual Play with Actress Blythe Danner

This Saturday, Jan. 28, The Schoolhouse Theater will present a virtual production of What Keeps Us Going, starring well-known actress Blythe Danner. The funny-yet-touching play follows two women who are each trying to reclaim their lives. One is a veteran actress who can no longer remember her lines. The other is a woman who sacrificed her creative life to secure her marriage only to be left by her husband. Begins at 3pm on Zoom.

THURS., Feb. 2: Copland House Presents Virtual World Premiere

Copland House continues its six-part virtual series, Cultivated Spaces 3.0 this month. Each show features the world premiere of a different Composer Fellow from the organization’s CULTIVATE 2022 program, a weeklong residency that encourages discussion, rehearsals and innovation between a selected group of young composers. This Thursday, composer Paul Frucht will debut his commissioned What a Time, which will be performed live by Music From Copland House Ensemble and followed by a post-performance discussion. Two more premieres will take place, on Feb. 9 & 16. Begins at 5pm

THROUGH FEB. 15: Student Clay Exhibition

Clay Art Center presents Rising Stars: Annual Student Exhibition with Concurrent Youth & Community Arts Exhibitions. The exhibition will feature a variety of clay artworks made by students of the Center. An opening reception will take place on January 21 from 1:30-3:30pm. From 10am-5pm.

Fostering a Love of Jazz in Teens

Who are the John Coltranes, Miles Davises and Dave Brubecks of tomorrow? One might find them in a new teen jazz ensemble offered by Jazz Forum Arts in Tarrytown beginning this February.

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The Dec. 2022/Jan. 2023 issue of ArtsNews includes local holiday arts picks, 10 years of YoFiFest, Jazz Forum Arts launches a teen ensemble program, where to shop local to support the arts this season, and more! Be sure to share this issue and its content with fellow arts lovers: