Exciting Things to do in Westchester New York
Arts Events in Westchester February 16 – 25 , 2023
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Through February 28: Clay Art Center Exhibition Celebrates Black History Month
Clay Art Center presents Perspectives: Earlene Cox and Gloria Nixon-Crunch through February 28. The invitational exhibition celebrates Black History Month with two sculptors whose works reflect on their experiences as Black women through themes of human pain, fragility and resiliency. A meet-the-artists event will take place on February 16. Gallery hours: Mon. & Thurs. 10-2:30pm & Tues., Wed., Fri. & Sat. from 10-5pm. Read more about upcoming Black History Month events in ArtsNews.
February 16 Through 25: Theater Production Recounts Real Life Murder
Beginning this weekend, Bethany Arts Community presents The Execution of Helen Ray Fowler in honor of Black History Month. Based on true events, the play tells the story about the only Black woman legally executed in New York. Fowler’s husband was drafted during WWII and, during that time, she ran a boarding house and raised five children. Fowler’s already difficult situation is worsened when she becomes involved with boarder George Knight. The series of events that take place led to a man’s death and her execution. BAC also has a Black History Month exhibition on view through March 8. Various times.
February 16: Concert by New York Blues Hall of Famer in New Rochelle
New Rochelle Public Library hosts The Ray Blue Ensemble this Friday. Blue is a New York-based tenor saxophonist whose sound is simultaneously energetic and soulful. Blue’s ensemble includes guitarist Jeff Barone, pianist Nat Adderley, Jr., bassist Belden Bullock and drummer Alvester Garnett. The award-winning musician was inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame in 2013. From 7-8:30pm.
February 17: Beginner Watercolor Workshop in Montrose
Hendrick Hudson Free Library and KinoSaito hosts a beginner watercolors class taught by multi-disciplinary artist Lily Gummerson. The class will delve into the different techniques that can be utilized when using watercolors. Participants will leave the workshop with a finished still-life painting. At Hendrick Hudson Free Library from 1-3pm.
February 20 Through March 19: Film Screening: Harry Belafonte Documentary
His Song: A Harry Belafonte Retrospective surveys the career of acclaimed actor, singer and producer Harry Belafonte, who died last spring. The film looks at his singing and movie career, from the 1950s through his last role (BlacKkKlansman) in 2018, as well as his impact on the Civil Rights Movement and Black rights in the movie industry. To honor his career, Jacob Burns Film Center is also hosting a series of film screenings from Belafonte’s career, which spanned over half a century. Various times. Read about more ways to celebrate Black History Month in Westchester in ArtsNews.
February 24: Acclaimed Folk-Rock Duo Come to Pound Ridge
Pound Ridge Library will host a performance by folk-rock duo Deni Bonet and Chris Flynn, who are also getting ready to release an album early this year. The duo has performed in iconic venues such as Carnegie Hall and the White House and have shared the stage with acts such as REM, Cyndi Lauper and Sarah McLachlan. From 3-4pm.
February 24: Afghanistan Arts & Culture Day + Concert
ArtsWestchester presents Afghanistan Arts & Culture Day in its White Plains gallery as part of its Westchester Roots series. The afternoon will be filled with activities that celebrate Afghanistan’s culture, including music, dance, craft, henna, poetry and more. Following the free event will be a ticketed concert by Heart of Afghanistan, featuring the Fanoos ensemble. Arts & Culture Day takes place from 2-5pm, followed by the concert at 8pm.
February 24: Urban Bush Women Take the Stage at Purchase
The Performance Art Center (PAC) at Purchase College presents Urban Bush Women, a group of performers who mesh together dancing, singing and acting. The group uses its repertoire as a way to use their platform to promote social change and express the perspective of Black women. From 8-9:30pm.