Countering with culture

Tomorrow marks the start of Inauguration Weekend. Here are some great activities you can enjoy as well:

For art lovers, one of the must-see shows of the year opens Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich and runs through May 21. “Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master” tells the story of one of the lesser-known members of the French Impressionist movement, whose mastery of the landscape and such effects as the play of light on snow, seen here, was second to none. This is one of the most important exhibits to come to WAG country in a long time. We’ll be reporting on Friday, Jan. 20’s press event and offering an in-depth look at Sisley in March WAG, but why wait? 203-869-0376, brucemuseum.org.

Families and film fans: The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) in Pleasantville will hold a free open house on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Families are invited to join the Burns for hands-on arts and media activities and a selection of short films, which will screen at 11 a.m. and 12:05 p.m. No tickets are needed to enter the theater and watch the shorts program. For more, click on https://burnsfilmcenter.org/jbfc-kids/.

As previously reported in WAG Weekly, music lovers can savor an evening with Pat Metheny, who has won countless polls as “Best Jazz Guitarist” as well as three gold records and 20 Grammy Awards. He performs 8 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road. 203-438-5795, ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

It’s also a good weekend for music and dance lovers to get their inner Debbie Reynolds (rest in peace) on with the Clocktower Players’ Jr. Teen Troupe Jan. 20 and 21 as it presents “Singin’ in the Rain Jr.,” a musical comedy based on the classic film. The production captures the waning days of the silent screen era as it gives way to the new “talkies.” The performances are at 7:30 p.m., Irvington Town Hall Theater, 85 Main St. 914-591-6602, clocktowerplayers.com.

Stay on your toes with Ballet des Amériques and director-choreographer Carole Alexis as they present “Evenings of Dance in Port Chester.” 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Ballet des Amériques School & Company Inc., 16 King St. 646-753-0457, balletdesameriques.company.

Also Jan. 21, the Greenwich Choral Society will join the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra to perform Franz Schubert’s “Mass in G Major,” with guest soloists Halley Gilbert, soprano; Elliott Deasy, tenor; and Jonathan Rohr, baritone. The concert takes place at 8 p.m., Greenwich High School Performing Arts Center, 10 Hillside Road. 203-869-2664, greenwichsymphony.org.

Trending this weekend: Women’s Nights Out in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, which starts Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. We’ll be out with our girlfriends, celebrating sisterhood. But why limit it to women or a few activities? Pick up a paintbrush or your journal. Volunteer at a shelter. Help an elderly neighbor.

Celebrate yourself by expressing that self and serving others.

– Georgette Gouveia

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