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Best February Events 2018: Here’s the best (Mostly) Local Winter Events for high brows and low brows, foodies and movie buffs, hoopsters and valentines.

February

Best February Events 2018American Abstraction: The Print Revival of the 1960s & 70s: Bruce Museum – Tues-Sun, 10am-5pm, thru 3/1: From vibrant biomorphic forms and primitive marks to lively calligraphic gestures and bold color-field patterning, the works in American Abstraction suggest the evolution of abstract art in printmaking during two exciting decades of the post-war moment. (1 Museum Dr., Greenwich; www.brucemuseum.org)

Neon, Neuberger Museum, Purchase College – Wed-Sun, 1/28-6/24: 12-5pm: Stephen Antonakos: Proscenium, a large-scale, site-specific work animates darkened space (pictured here) with saturated color, glowing light and calligraphic line. Bending Light: Neon Art 1965 to Now offers a survey of 60 years of neon including Chryssa’s Ampersand V (1965), Otto Piene’s Neon Medusa (1969), and Cerith Wyn Evans’ TIX3 (1994). The exhibit focuses on the blurred lines between light and chemistry, commercial and fine art. (735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase; www.neuberger.org)

Best February Events 2018Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War, Bruce Museum – – Tues-Sun, 1/20-6/3: 10am-5pm:This exhibit of WWI posters showcases the artistry and strategies US government agencies used to encourage participation in the war effort. From this poster by Howard Chandler Christie of a young woman seductively proclaiming, “I WANT YOU FOR THE NAVY,” to the iconic wartime poster from Joseph Pennell that powerfully imagined a partially destroyed Statue of Liberty and New York City aflame with the plea, “That Liberty Shall Not Perish from the Earth/Buy Liberty Bonds/Fourth Liberty Loan.” (1 Museum Dr., Greenwich; www.brucemuseum.org)

Best February Events 2018Hot Art in a Cold War: Intersections of Art and Science in the Soviet Era, Bruce Museum: Tues-Sun, 1/27-5/20: 10am-5pm: 40 works from 17 artists, from the 1960s-80s, reflect on the Cold War era when the nuclear arms and space race turned scientific accomplishments into expressions of the anxious realities and utopian fantasies of Soviet life. The exhibit features a variety of media, from photographs and surrealist abstractions to hyperrealist paintings and kinetic sculptures. (1 Museum Dr., Greenwich; www.brucemuseum.org)

Trey Burke Alert! Westchester Knicks, County Center – 2/2, 2/8, 2/10, 2/21 & 2/24: Former University of  Michigan star Trey Burke, averaging 26.9 points per game, leads the 15-8 Westchester Knicks as they battle the LI Nets for the Atlantic G-League division championship. Fri, 2/2: 7pm vs. Greensboro; Thurs, 2/8: 7pm vs. Delaware: Sat, 2/10: 5pm vs. Delaware; Wed, 2/21: 7pm vs. Iowa; Sat, 2/24: 3pm vs. Raptors. (198 Central Ave., White Plains; Westchester Knicks)

Local! Every Brilliant Thing, Arc Stages Pleasantville – Fri-Sat, 2/2-24: The Next Stage, an Actors Equity theatre company, presents Duncan Macmillan’s play about a six year old who makes a list of everything brilliant about the world to help his mother fight depression. (147 Wheeler Ave., Pleasantville; www.arcstages.org)

Local! The Songs of James Taylor and Joni Mitchell, Schoolhouse Theater, Croton Falls – Sat, 2/3: 8pm: Peter Calo and Anne Carpenter play the songs of James Taylor and Joni Mitchell in the intimate Schoolhouse Theater. Peter Calo has performed with Carly Simon, Queen Latifah, Hall and Oates and Leonard Bernstein. His guitar playing was featured in the Grammy-winning musical and movie, Hairspray and the film Across the Universe. (3 Owens Rd., North Salem; www.schoolhousetheater.org)

Best February Events 2018Local! Bedford 2020 Climate Action Summit, Fox Lane HS – Sat, 2/3: 9am-2pm. This new event from Bedford 2020 addresses the urgent need for immediate, local and regional action to create and implement solutions to Climate Change. Over 15 speakers, featuring David Gelber, the creator and Executive Producer of Years of Living Dangerously, the award-winning television series on climate changes. (632 South Bedford Road, Bedford; www.bedford2020.org)

Best February Events 2018Local! Lost Empire, Ars-Antiqua, Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Chappaqua – Sat, 2/3: 8pm: Mark Kramer (viola da gamba) leads a consort of antique viols, Baroque violin and harpsichord in a performance of late 18th-century French music – followed by a buffet of French pastries and coffee. The program features Telemann’s Quartet for Violin & Three Bass Viols and Jean-Marie Leclair’s Trio for Violin, Viola da gamba & Continuo. (26 N. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua: www.ars-antiqua.org)

Local! John Jay Lecture Series: This African American Life: A Memoir – Tues, 2/6: 6:30pm: In his new memoir, Hugh B. Price traces his descent from soldiers at Valley Forge, enslaved people, songwriters and inventors; and his own dramatic story, from boyhood in segregated Washington, D.C., to positions as an editorial writer for The New York Times, head of production at WNET/Thirteen, Vice President of the Rockefeller Foundation, and President and CEO of the National Urban League. (John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay St., Katonah; www.johnjayhomestead.org)

Local! Twisted Valentines, Axial Theatre Pleasantville – Thurs-Sat, 2/9-11 & 16-18: The Axial Theatre’s Twisted Valentines returns after a sold out run in 2017 with 6 original one-act plays, each with it’s own take on the modern relationship. Expect to laugh and cry. (St. John’s Episcopal Church, 8 Sunnyside Avenue, Pleasantville, 914.286.7680; www.axialtheatre.org)

Best February Events 2018The Neo-Victorians: Contemporary Artists Revive Gilded-Age Glamour, Hudson River Museum – Wed-Sun: 2/10-5/13: 12-5pm: The Neo-Victorians explores a recent resurgence of interest in ornamental lushness that conceals pointed social commentary on gender roles and social tensions beneath a seductive surface technique. The exhibition looks at three themes: artist as naturalist, artist as purveyor of the fantastical, and the artist as explorer of domesticity. Pictured here: Man and his Bird by Chet Morrison. (511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers; www.hrm.org)

Local! Klezmer Music, Chappaqua Library – Sun, 2/11: 3pm: Director Kenny Green of the Westchester Klezmer Program brings together kids, teens and adults to learn and share this joyful traditional Jewish dance music. (195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua)

Best February Events 2018

From Motherwell to Hoffman: The Samuel Kootz Gallery, 1945-1966, Neuberger Museum – Wed-Sun, 2/11-5/20: 12-5pm: This exhibit examines the role Kootz’s gallery played in establishing American Modern Art as an international force from the end of WWII to 1966. It focuses on several important Kootz Gallery exhibits, including a 1946 show of the collection of Roy R. Neuberger, of the works of Abstract Expressionists Robert Motherwell, Hans Hoffman, William Baziotes and Adolph Gottlieb. (735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase; www.neuberger.org)

35 (Mostly) Local Winter Events 2017 Best February Events 2018For lovers only! Valentines Weekend at The New York Botanical Garden – Sat-Sun, 2/10-11: 10am-6pm. Stroll through the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, talk to guides about the aphrodisiac plants at the Garden, and have a love poem written by a professional poet —all included with an All-Garden Pass. The Hudson Garden Grill will feature a special prix fixe menu alongside its seasonal winter menu. Have your very own personal love poem written by a professional poet to remember this special day. (New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx; www.nybg.org) 

Best February Events 2018Local! Bedford Chamber Concerts, Misha & Cipa Dichter (piano) – Wed, 2/14: 8pm: In a warm-up for their recital at Carnegie Hall on 2/21, Misha & Cipa perform Schubert’s Fantasie in F minor for piano four-hands, Copland’s El Salón México and works by Schubert and Scriabin at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Bedford Village on Valentine’s Day 2/14. How cool is that? Same program in your back yard or take the schlep. Your choice. (St, Matthews Church, 382 Cantitoe St., Bedford; www.bedfordchamberconcerts.org)

New! Orchid Dreams, Lasdon Conservatory – Tues-Sun, 2/17-3/18: 10am-4pm: Northern Westchester has its own orchid show. Landon Park will assemble over 200 orchids in their new glass house conservatory in this new display of flowering tropical orchids. It’s easier to get to than NYBG and tickets are just $5 for adults and $2 for kids. (Lasdon Park, 2610 Amawalk Rd., Katonah; www.lasdonpark.org)

Best February Events 2018One of 2017’s Best Films! Academy Award Non-Winners, The Florida Project, Chappaqua Library – Fri, 2/23: 7pm: Film buff Carol Durst screens noteworthy Oscar shoulda-woulda-couldas with this 2017 drama from Sean Baker starring Willem Dafoe about a 6 year-old girl living in an Orlando motel with her rebellious mother. It was named one of the 10 Best Films of 2017 by AFI. Dafoe earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor and the film received a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer. (195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua)

Local! Long, Winding Journeys: Contemporary Art and the Islamic Tradition, Katonah Museum of ArtTues-Sat: 2/25-6/17: 10am-5pm & Sun: 12-5pm: KMA’s new exhibit focuses on a group of Middle Eastern and South Asian artists who work in calligraphy, miniature painting, geometric patterning, textiles, and architecture. Their engages diverse forms of Islamic visual tradition to explore religion, culture and socio-political issues.  (134 Jay St., Katonah; www.katonahmuseum.org)

Best February Events 2018Local! Carter Brey in Recital, The Sanctuary Series, South Salem – Sun, 2/25: 4pm: South Salem native, Carter Brey was appointed Principal Cellist of the New York Philharmonic in 1996. He appears with the orchestra as soloist almost every season, and has appeared as soloist with virtually all of the major orchestras in the United States. He is a member of the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, and has made regular appearances with the Tokyo and Emerson string quartets as well as The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. (South Salem Presbyterian Church, 111 Spring St., S. Salem; www.thesanctuaryseries.org)

Best February Events 2018Editors Choice! Monterey Pop, Jacob Burns Film Center – Wed, 2/28: 7pm: Yes, it’s a Wednesday night but if you’ve never seen Monterey Pop – leave work early! This 1968 concert film of the three day festival in Monterey, CA predates Woodstock by two years. The film features performances by The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Ravi Shankar, Simon & Garfunkel, The Mamas and the Papas and Jimi Hendrix, who famously lit his guitar on fire, then smashed it and threw it into the crowd at the end of “Wild Thing.” Doesn’t get better than this. (364 Manville, Rd., Pleasantville; www.burnsfilmcenter.com)

March 

Best February Events 2018Crafting the Future of Beer, Stone Barns Center – Thurs, 3/1: 6:30-9pm: Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture and Blue Hill at Stone Barns present leading brewmasters to discuss their cutting-edge work. This event features a festive beer tasting and a reception of hors d’oeuvres and small plates from Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Featured brewers include Captain Lawrence, Kent Fall Brewing Co., Newburgh Brewing Co., Industrial Arts Brewing Co. and Valley Malt. (630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills; TKTS)

New York Botanical Garden, The Orchid Show: Sat, 3/3- Sun, 4/22. The Orchid Show celebrates its 16th year at The New York Botanical Garden. The Orchid Show celebrates its 16th year at The New York Botanical Garden with this display of thousands of orchids featuring a series of installations by Daniel Ost, the international star of flower arrange. Hailed as the ”Picasso of flower arranging”, his large-scale flower displays have been compared to the work of sculptors Claes Oldenburg, Anish Kapoor, and Andy Goldsworthy. Open Tues-Sun, 10am-6pm. (New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx; www.nybg.org)

Best February Events 2018Sloane Wainwright, Schoolhouse Theater, Croton Falls – Sat, 3/3: 8pm: Katonah resident and singer/songwriter Sloane Wainwright returns to the Schoolhouse for an evening of folk, rock, jazz and blues. Sister of Loudon Wainwright II and aunt to Rufus Wainwright, Sloane, a mainstay on the local music scene, has released 8 albums of mostly original works with notable covers of U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name”, Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and Neil Young’s “After the Goldrush”. P.S. she does house concerts for 25-50! (3 Owens Rd., North Salem; www.schoolhousetheater.org)

TCO Octet Chamber Series, First Congregational Church Chappaqua – Sun, 3/4: 3pm: The Chappaqua Orchestra’s Chamber Players and guests perform classical, contemporary and jazz favorites. (210 Orchard Ridge Rd, Chappaqua; www.chappaquaorchestra.org)

Best February Events 2018A Taste of Westchester, Peter Pratt’s Inn, Spring Lamb – Wed, 3/7: 6-8pm. In this colonial homestead from 1780, Executive Chef and Owner Jon Pratt, tells stories of the Inn’s history and culinary past that dates back to 1926. And prepares an all lamb menu with wine pairings including house-made lamb merguez sausage with gigante beans and fresh herbs; crispy lamb confit served over mint fusilli pasta with leeks and pan-roasted lamb loin with bacon and braised red cabbage. (673 Croton Heights Road, Yorktown Heights 914-962-4090; register here.)

Best February Events 2018Caractères De La Danse, REBEL Baroque, Bedford Presbyterian Church – Sun, 3/11: 4pm: REBEL Baroque, one of the most aired American Baroque ensembles in the US, and one of our area’s most noteworthy regular players, join up with baroque dancers in this performance of works by Rebel, Leclair, Lully, Handel and Vivaldi. (Village Green, Bedford Village; www.rebelbaroque.com)

Best February Events 2018John Jay Lecture Series, Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution – Tues, 3/13: 6:30pm:  In his new book, Nathaniel Philbrick, gives a challenging and sympathetic interpretation of the relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold, who was a hero, brilliant general, and close confidant before he became a traitor. Valiant Ambition has won the George Washington Book Prize; Philbrick is also the author of 10 other books, and winner of a National Book Award (In the Heart of the Sea), and Pulitzer Prize finalist (Mayflower).(John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay St., Katonah; www.johnjayhomestead.org)

Westchester Knicks, County Center – 3/8 & 3/23: Former University of  Michigan star Trey Burke, averaging 26.9 points per game, leads the 15-8 Westchester Knicks as they battle the LI Nets for the Atlantic G-League division championship. Thurs, 3/8: 7pm vs. Long Island Nets; Fri, 3/23: 7pm vs. Erie. (198 Central Ave., White Plains; Westchester Knicks)

Local! Edwin McCain, Chappaqua Performing Arts Center – Fri, 3/9: 8pm: Soulful Greenville, South Carolina-based singer/songwriter with roots in folk, pop, and Americana, Edwin McCain rose to fame with his hit song “I’ll Be”. Edwin comes to the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center this March. TKTS

Local! From Lute Songs to the Beatles, Songs of the British Isles, Schwab Vocal Rising Stars, Caramoor – Sun, 3/11: 3pm: Artistic Director Steven Blier selects four young voices and a pianist for a week-long residency, culminating in a Music Room performance to bring these songs to life. Assisted by Michael Barrett, Associate Artistic Director of the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS), this bracing survey of British song offers four centuries of musical elegance, razor-sharp wit, and refined sentiment.(149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah; www.caramoor.org)

Local! Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund Spring Gala – Fri, 3/16: 7pm: The Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund will honor Seven Bridges Middle School teacher Brian O’Connor and Chappaqua School Foundation board member Ellen Miller at its Spring Gala. Dinner and drinks will be served. The event will include a live auction and a raffle for a 14 karat gold diamond pendant necklace and an iPhone X. RSVP by February 27. (Mt. Kisco Country Club, 12 Taylor Rd., Mt. Kisco; www.hgsf.org)

Bedford Chamber Concerts, Vladimir Feltsman (piano) – Wed, 3/21: 8pm: Vladimir Feltsman returns as guest soloist for this recital of works by Bach and Brahms. Feltsman, known for his devotion to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach debuted with the Moscow Philharmonic at the age of 11. About when most kids are learning how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. (St, Matthews Church, 382 Cantitoe St., Bedford; www.bedfordchamberconcerts.org)

Local! Rickie Lee Jones, Chappaqua Performing Arts Center – Fri, 3/23: 8pm: Rickie Lee Jones, a two-time Grammy Award-winning singer (for Best New Artist 1980 and Best Jazz Vocal Collaboration in 1989), musician, songwriter, and producer comes to ChappPac this spring. Over the course of a three-decade career, Jones has recorded in various musical styles including R&B, blues, pop, soul, and jazz standards. TKTS

Colin Jacobsen, Nicholas Cords, Edward Arron, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Rosen House Music Room, Caramoor – Thurs, 3/29: 7:30pm. Caramoor favorites Colin Jacobsen (The Knights and Brooklyn Rider) and Evnin Rising Star alumni Nicolas Cords and Edward Arron join forces for a special performance of Bach’s iconic and beloved Goldberg Variations, arranged for string trio. Opening the program will be Biber’s haunting Passacaglia from his Mystery Sonatas, for solo violin.(149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah; www.caramoor.org)

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