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Best Winter Events 2018: Here’s the best 49 (Mostly) Local Winter Events for high brows and low brows, foodies and movie buffs, hoopsters and valentines.

January

American 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)

Walks with Artists: The Hudson Valley and Beyond, Hudson River Museum – Wed-Sun: 12-5pm thru 1/21. Forty paintings and prints from the Museum’s permanent collection from the 19th century to today, more than half recent acquisitions on view for the first time, underscore the centrality of landscape in Hudson Valley art. Featured artists include Thomas Cole, George Inness, Fanny Palmer,  Ralph Fasanella and Jack Stuppin. Pictured here: Untitled Landscape by Joseph DiGiorgio.  (511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers;  www.hrm.org)

Trey Burke Alert! Westchester Knicks, County Center – 1/2, 1/7, 1/17, 1/23 & 1/27: 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. Tues, 1/2: 7pm vs. Grand Rapids; Sun, 1/7: 5pm vs Austin Spurs; Wed, 1/17: 7pm vs. LI Nets; Tues, 1/23: 11am vs. Canton; Sat, 1/27: 5pm vs. Erie. (198 Central Ave., White Plains; Westchester Knicks)

Hot ticket alert! The Post, Jacob Burns – Fri-Thurs, 1/5-11: Steven Spielberg’s political thriller about the publishing of The Pentagon Papers starring Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as Kay Graham takes over all screens at J. Burns for a week. Named one of the best Films of 2017 by Time and AFI, The Post received six Golden Globe nominations including Best Motion Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay. (364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville; www.burmsfilmcenter.org)

Local! Friday Night Films with Professor Valerie Franco, North Castle Public Library: View and chat as LIU Professor Valerie Franco screens gems from past and present: Bandwagon: 1953 musical masterpiece, from Vincente Minelli, stars Cyd Charisse, Fred Astaire, Nanette Fabray and numerous recognizable musical numbers including “That’s Entertainment. Fri, 1/5: 7pm. Yoo Hoo Mrs. Goldberg: A look at the life and times of radio and television powerhouse Gertrude Berg, one of the first women writer/producers in broadcast history. Fri, 1/12: 7pm. Neruda: An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party. Fri, 1/19: 7pm. Whiplash: With 3 Oscar wins including Best Supporting Actor for JK Simmons, this 2014 drama about an obsessed jazz student and his svengali-like professor is a must see! Fri, 1/26: 7pm. (19 Whippoorwill Rd., East, Armonk; www.northcastlelibrary.org)

Local! The Glass Castle, Chappaqua Library – Sat, 1/6: 2pm: Film historian and Chappaqua librarian Phillip Harwood screens Destin Daniel Cretton’s 2017 film adaptation of Jeannette Wall’s 2005 memoir, The Glass Castle, about a young girl’s coming of age in a dysfunctional family of non-conformists. The book spent 261 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list and the film stars Brie Larson, Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson. (195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua)

Local! John Jay Lecture Series: Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom – Thurs, 1/11: 6:30pm:  Russell Shorto’s new book tells a story of the American Revolution through six very different lives:  British, African, Seneca, colonial; men and women; famous and obscure. A master in the field of “narrative history,” he is also the author of six other award-winning books, including The Island at the Center of the World, and is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine. (John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay St., Katonah; www.johnjayhomestead.org)

Local! The Resolutions, A Capella Concert, Chappaqua Library – Sun, 1/14 3pm. Colgate University co-ed group sings pop, indie and classic rock. (Chappaqua Library, 195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua)

Local! Special Conservatory Tour, Lasdon Park and Arboretum – Sun, 1/14 & 28: 3pm: Join Lasdon’s horticulturist on a special Conservatory tour of the Tropical Rainforest exhibit. Learn about rainforests as well as tropical plants. The usual weekend fee applies of $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the Shop at Lasdon, where the tour will meet. (2610 Amawalk Rd., Katonah; www.lasdonpark.org)

Local! Author Talk: The Mindful Way to a Good Night’s Sleep – Fri, 1/19: 7pm: Author Tzivia Gover, Director of the Institute for Dream Studies, presents natural ways to cultivate deep, restful sleep. (195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua)

Top Local Event! 45th Annual Art Show Bedford – Fri-Sun, 1/19-21 & 26-28: The show kicks off with a preview party on 1/19: 6:30-9pm with catering from Happiness Is and music from Dogbone and continues for five days featuring the works of 42 contemporary artists working in oils, water colors, sculpture and photography, unique jewelry, glass and pottery items. The show, sponsored by the Women of St. Matthew’s and hosted by the Bedford Historical Society, is judged by Darsie Alexander of the Katonah Museum of Art and Peter MacGill of the Pace/Macgill gallery. Pictured here: Tulips Growing in Grass by Pam Stoddart. (Bedford Historical Hall, 608 Old Post Rd., www.artshowbedford.org)

Patriotic 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)

Hot Ticket Alert! Marc Black, History of the 50s & 60s in Song, Schoolhouse Theater, Croton Falls – Sat, 1/20: 8pm: This one sold out last year! Marc Black, NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee and high school pop sensation who toured with The Doors, takes a tour of mid-century America in song ranging freely from “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Blowin’ in the Wind” to “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”. (3 Owens Rd., North Salem; www.schoolhousetheater.org)

Local! 35th Annual Young Artists Exhibition, Katonah Museum of Art – Tues-Sat: 1/21-2/11: 10am-5pm & Sun: 12-5pm: More than 400 artworks by high school students from 40 schools across Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, and Fairfield counties fill the KMA galleries. This unique program gives teens the opportunity to work behind-the-scenes and assume the roles of graphic designer, curator, exhibition designer, art installer, and artist to produce a museum exhibition with KMA staff. (134 Jay St., Katonah; www.katonahmuseum.org)

Houston Person 30th Annual Jazz Concert, Schoolhouse Theater, Croton Falls – Sun, 1/21: 7pm: Houston Person, tenor saxophone master of hard bop and swing is best known for his soul jazz. He received the Eubie Blake Jazz Award in 1982. Check him out at the 125 seat Schoolhouse Theatre. (3 Owens Rd., North Salem; www.schoolhousetheater.org)

Local! A Celebration of Korean Culture, Chappaqua Library – Sun, 1/21:3pm: Learn about Korea’s rich history, the spirit of its people and cultural values. Korean food will be served. Register at the Information Desk. (195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua)

One of 2017’s Top Films! Academy Award Non-Winners, The Lost City of Z, Chappaqua Library – Fri, 1/26: 7pm: Film buff Carol Durst screens noteworthy Oscar snubs with this 2016 biographical adventure drama about Percy Fawcett’s Bolivian exploration in the Amazon. A flop at the box office, Time magazine listed it as one of its Top 10 Films of 2017. (195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua)

Local! LoHud Comedy, Schoolhouse Theatre Croton Falls – Fri, 1/26: 8pm: Comics from Letterman, The Tonight Show, Comedy Central and The Late Late Show perform an evening of stand-up at the intimate Schoolhouse Theatre in Croton Falls.(3 Owens Rd., North Salem; www.schoolhousetheatre.org)

Hot 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)

Hudson Chorale, Haydn’s Die Schopfung (The Creation) – Sat-Sun 1/27-28: 3pm: Ira Spaulding conducts The Hudson Chorale in Franz Joseph Haydn’s masterpiece, Die Schöpfung (The Creation) in its original German with full orchestra and professional soloists. Including Soprano Sarah Brailey who The New York Times hailed for her “radiant, liquid tone” that is “sweetly dazzling.”. (Queen of the Apostles Chapel at Maryknoll, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining;  www.HudsonChorale.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)

February

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)

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)

Local! 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)

The Songs of James Taylor and Joni Mitchell, Schoolhouse Theater, Croton Falls – Sat, 2/10: 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)

The 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)

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)

Local! 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)

35 (Mostly) Local Winter Events 20177 For 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) 

events_nybg_orchid-show 35 (Mostly) Local Winter Events 2017New York Botanical Garden, The Orchid Show: coming in mid-February. The Orchid Show celebrates its 16th year at The New York Botanical Garden. Details on this show that typically runs through mid-April should be coming soon, so check back. Last year’s show paid  homage to the orchids of Thailand – home to more than 1,200 native orchid species. On select nights, NYBG offers after-hours viewings of the exhibition featuring cocktails, dance, and music. Open Tues-Sun, 10am-6pm. (New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx; www.nybg.org)

One of 2017’s Best Films! Academy Award Non-Winners, The Florida Project – 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)

March 

Sloane 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)

A 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.)

Caractères 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)

John 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)

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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