8 of the Coolest Things to Do in Westchester This February
Our favorite reasons to get out of the house this month.
Now widely accepted as a masterpiece of modern sci-fi, John Carpenter’s The Thing is a rare treat for local film buffs. Starring Kurt Russell and T.K. Carter, the horror-tinged thriller tells the story of a group of research scientists who face off against a shape-shifting creature in Antarctica. With special effects that remain impressive to this day, as well as a heart-pounding plot, this 1982 gem is well worth a visit to Pleasantville’s Jacob Burns Film Center.
Those seeking a more irreverent side to the lovey-dovey occasion that is Valentine’s Day need look no further than this standup show aimed squarely at adults. Taking place at The White Plains Performing Arts Center, the Pre Valentine’s Comedy Massacre features a host of sidesplitting comics including fan-favorite Anthony Rodia, along with Darren Rivera and Tara Cannistraci, all waxing wise on romance.
This lighthearted afternoon event provides the perfect opportunity to introduce your children to The Fab Four. Music of The Beatles for Kids is combination dance party, story-time, and sing-along for music lovers of all ages. Stop by Port Chester’s The Capitol Theatre this month to set your little one off on a lifetime of love for John, Paul, George, and Ringo.
One of the most underappreciated groups still touring, the iconic Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been honored with no fewer than five Grammy Awards over the course of their nearly 60-year career. This month, the world-famous African-inspired choral group famous for their work with Paul Simon will take the stage at Mamaroneck’s Emelin Theatre for a night of astonishing song.
Xaviar j. Barile, 42nd street nocturne, 1953, courtesy of the smithsonian american art museum and the hudson river museum
February 8 - May 12
Take an intergalactic journey by means of some truly amazing paintings. Featuring more than 50 works, the Hudson River Museum’s new exhibit, The Color of the Moon: Lunar Painting in American Art, brings together a wealth of pieces depicting our only cosmic satellite. With works by artistic legends like Norman Rockwell and Thomas Cole, the expansive exhibition provides an engaging examination of the moon and its outsize impact on modern American art.
Catch Broadway sensation Savion Glover in the flesh during this special performance at Purchase College’s Performing Arts Center. Westchester Philharmonic: Family and Friends features Glover, a renowned tap artist and choreographer known for creating and starring in Bring in Da’ Noise Bring in Da’ Funk, performing alongside celebrated conductor Rachel Worby for a night of eye-popping dance infused with classical song.
Hiroshima 2008 Vagina Monologues Poster by Nicky Fernandes
It’s a Woman’s World
Time to enjoy an evening of female empowerment all in the name of a virtuous cause. This special performance of Eve Ensler’s beloved play The Vagina Monologues at The Tarrytown Music Hall will help raise money for Westchester-based nonprofit organizations Hope’s Door and My Sisters’ Place. Explore a range of topics through the lens of women from several ages and walks of life during this deeply significant production.
February 13, 16, & 23
Art meets alcohol during this series of events at Ossining’s popular Sing Sing Kill Brewery. In collaboration with the Bethany Arts Community, Sing Sing will hold an interactive exhibit kicking off with a February 13 gallery opening of works by acclaimed artist R. Wayne Reynolds. On February 16 and 23, visitors to the brewery will be able to help Reynolds create new works by moving him through space, suspended by a harness and guided by a pulley system above a giant canvas.