What’s happening in December 2018


Madelyn Jordon Fine Art presents “All Aflutter,” a solo exhibit of sculptural mixed-media paintings by artist Barbara Hirsch, who incorporates textural encaustic infused with oils to create repeating motifs that are inspired by nature. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 37 Popham Road, Scarsdale; 914-723-8738. madelynjordonfineart.com


Clay Holiday Annual Sale and Studio Tour, featuring hundreds of pieces of functional pottery and ceramic sculpture by local and nationally recognized artists. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, Clay Art Center, 40 Beech St., Port Chester; 914-937-2047. clayartcenter.org


The Fairfield Museum and History Center’s “Holiday Express Train Show” has become a beloved annual Fairfield County tradition. Train-themed items and other holiday gifts are on sale in the museum shop. Events, including story times and candy house workshops, take place all month long. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays,  370 Beach Road; 203-259-1598. fairfieldhistory.org


“Outrageous Ornament: Extreme Jewelry in the 21st Century,” an exhibit of provocative work by internationally renowned artists, who expand the boundaries of personal adornment. It features 50 experimental jewelry pieces made in various media. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St.; 914 232-9555. katonahmuseum.org

DEC. 1

Smart Arts at Westchester Community College presents “David Seebach’s Merry Magic Holiday Show.” 8 p.m., Academic Arts Building Theatre, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla; 914-606-6262. sunywcc.edu/smartarts

The opening reception for “Take the Time,” featuring the artwork of Sarah Chapman, Charles Hall and Michele Hubler at the Fairfield Public Library’s Kershner Gallery, will include a talk by the artists. 4:30 p.m., 1080 Old Post Road; 203-246-9065. fairfieldpubliclibrary.org

The Schubert Club of Fairfield County presents the sixth annual Wendy Tisch Memorial Concert, featuring guest pianist George Li. 7:30 p.m., Greenwich Library’s Cole Auditorium, 101 W. Putnam Ave. brownpapertickets.com

DEC. 1 and 2

The Taghkanic Chorale presents “Rejoice: Music Both Ancient and Modern,” a joyful blend of music ranging from the masters of centuries past to works of recent greats of choral writing. 8 p.m. Dec. 1, United Methodist Church, 200 Columbus Ave., Valhalla, and 4 p.m. Dec 2, Trinity Church, 7 S. Highland Ave., Ossining; 914-440-3596. tagkanicchorale.org

DEC. 2

Enjoy jazz arrangements of holiday favorites and music from stage and film at the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras Pops Concert. 2 p.m., Fairfield University, Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 N. Benson Road; 203-254-4010. gbyo.tix.com

Tony Award-winning actor Ben Vereen performs “Steppin’ Out for the Holidays,” an evening of song and dance to celebrate the season. 4 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 E. Ridge Road; 203-438-5795. ridgefieldplayhouse.org

DEC. 4

The opening reception for an exhibit of paintings by Kristen Ambrosi and Katya Lebrijais, artists known for their hue-saturated pieces. 5 p.m., Gallery at Pearl, Longshore Restaurant & Bar, 260 Compo Road South, Westport; 203-557-6260. pearlatlongshore.com

DEC. 5

James W. Pardew, an American diplomat, international negotiator, military officer and former U.S. ambassador to Bulgaria, speaks on “The Balkans: Historic Powder Keg,” at the World Affairs Forum’s Ambassadors’ Roundtable Breakfast. 7 a.m., Stamford Yacht Club, 97 Ocean Drive West; 203-356-0340. worldaffairsforum.org

“Cherish The Ladies: Celtic Christmas” — Cherish The Ladies has shared timeless Irish traditions with audiences worldwide for more than 30 years. In its Celtic Christmas program, the group puts its signature on classic carols in arrangements that highlight its Celtic instrumentation, harmonies and step dancing. 7:30 p.m., Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts, 5151 Park Ave., Fairfield; 203-371-7908. edgertoncenter.org

DEC. 6

“African Patterns, Paper and Paint” is a free collage workshop that celebrates African ceremonial textiles in honor of Kwanzaa. Children will paint individual paper pieces, using geometric and organic patterns that will be combined to create a large collaborative art piece. 3:30 p.m., Mount Vernon Public Library, 28 S. First Ave.; 914-668-1840. mountvernonpubliclibrary.org

ArtsWestchester’s “Gallery Nite Out: Holiday Networking Mixer” is a seasonal happy hour. This event will kick off the holiday season with a do-it-yourself holiday gift-making activity, cocktails, dancing and live music by DJ Claffmatic. 7 to 9:30 p.m., ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains; 914-428-4220. artsw.org

DEC. 8

Violinist YooJin Jang will perform with Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s Festival Orchestra during its Young Masters Winter Concert. The program, led by conductor Jun Nakabayashi, will feature works by Schubert, Mendelssohn and Bizet. 7 p.m., Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 468 Rosedale Ave., White Plains; 914-723-1169. hbms.org

DEC. 9

Immerse yourself in the Christmas sound of four trumpets, two French horns, three  trombones, one tuba, two percussionists, and a 4,026-pipe organ in a Brass and Organ Christmas Concert, featuring the New York Symphonic Brass and Jennifer Pascual. 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Stamford, 1101 Bedford St.; 203-324-9522. fishchurch.org

DEC. 14 through 30

“Mr. Dickens Tells ‘A Christmas Carol’” — Actor Michael Muldoon will recreate Charles Dickens’ own performances of his timeless novel “A Christmas Carol” amid the period splendor of Lyndhurst Mansion, which will be decorated for the holiday season. 7:30 to 9 p.m., 635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown; 914-631-4481.

DEC. 15

The dancers of the Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet take you on a magical journey in their version of  Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” Both performances will be accompanied by a live orchestra, the Connecticut Chamber Players. 1 and 6 p.m., Fairfield University, Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 N. Benson Road; 203-254-4010. quickcenter.fairfield.edu

DEC. 15 and 16

New England Ballet Company presents its 27th annual production of “The Nutcracker,” under the artistic direction of Victor Trevino. Noon and 5 p.m. Dec. 15, 1 p.m. Dec. 16, Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport; 800-424-0160. theklein.org

DEC. 16

Westchester Philharmonic’s “Winter Pops!” will feature a performance by string trio Time for Three, led by Rachael Worby. The program for this annual celebration includes selections from the American Songbook and holiday favorites. 3 p.m., The Performing Arts Center, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase; 914-251-6200. artscenter.org

Play With Your Food presents “Season’s Readings,” a laughter-filled literary afternoon of short stories and plays performed by professional actors in celebration of the holiday season. 4 p.m., The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Ave., Norwalk; 203-838-9799. lockwoodmathewsmansion.com

Violinist Alexander Abayev will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”  with the Symphony of Westchester. The all-Baroque program also includes J.S. Bach’s “Air from Suite No. 3 in D major” and “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major.” 3 p.m., Iona College Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium, 715 North Ave., New Rochelle; 914-654-4926. thesymphonyofwestchester.org

Presented by ArtsWestchester and the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.

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