What’s happening in January 2018

WAG’s listing of local happenings and events in the month of January.


“Elements: Fire & Ice,” a photography exhibition featuring Heidi Fuhrman’s and Michael Washburn’s contrasting works, including abstract aerial images of Namibian dunes and close-up images of layered ice. Times vary, Harrison Public Library, 2 Bruce Ave.; 914-835-0324, harrisonpl.org


Nina Buxenbaum speaks about her lush, Impressionistic paintings at the opening reception for “Topsy-Turvy,in which she challenges viewers to question the desire for definition, particularly in connection to our society’s depiction of women of color. The Jan. 4 talk starts at 6 p.m. The exhibit runs through Feb. 18, times vary, New Canaan Library, 151 Main St.; 203-594-5000, newcanaanlibrary.org

JAN. 5

“Turn Back the Cap: 1980s” — Featuring Jessie’s Girl, a 1980s tribute band that will perform favorite tunes by such artists as Bon Jovi, Prince and Journey. 8 p.m., The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester; 914-937-4126, thecapitoltheatre.com

JAN. 6

Becca Lowry, Lauren Mabry, and Alyse Rosner talk about their art exhibit, “Venus Fly, a show of new, abstract large-scale paintings, mixed-media wood carvings and ceramics. 2 p.m., The Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Library, second floor, 101 W. Putnam Ave.; 203-622-7947, flinngallery.com

JAN. 7

“Impromptu! Classical Music Recital” features Stamford-born composer David Bruce’s “Gumboots,” a homage to the slaves of South Africa’s goldmines; South African pianist Megan-Geoffrey Prins playing Frederic Rzewski’s “Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues”; and a celebration of Russian Christmas works by Liadov, Lyapunov and

“Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie” opens Jan.9 in Westport.

Drozdoff. 3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Stamford, 1101 Bedford St.; 203-324-9522, fishchurch.org


“Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie” offers a portrait of the folk icon. 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 8 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court.; 203-227-4177, westportplayhouse.org

JAN. 13

Families can enjoy an afternoon of fun at The Rye Arts Center’s “Free Arts Day” with activities that include an improv workshop, drum circle, ceramics, 3-D printing and more. Noon to 3 p.m., 51 Milton Road, Rye; 914-967-0700, ryeartscenter.org

JAN. 14

The PJS Jazz Society presents an evening with acclaimed trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, who performs his hard-swinging, straight-ahead style of jazz. 5:15 p.m.,199 N. Columbus Ave., Mount Vernon; 914-667-0823, pjsjazz.org

JAN. 17

Downtown Music at Grace Church presents a trio of musicians from the Westchester Philharmonic — percussionists William Trigg and Barry Centanni and vocalist Mary Wilkinson Trigg — who will perform the music of Bach, Cage, Gershwin and Trigg in a free afternoon concert. Noon to 1:15 p.m., 33 Church St., White Plains; 914-949-0384, dtmusic.org

JAN. 18

ArtsWestchester offers a freestyle poetry workshop with hip-hop poet Toni Blackman as a companion to its “Give Us The Vote” exhibition, which examines the state of voting rights in America today. All-day voter registration will be made possible through Rock the Vote, 5 to 7 p.m., 31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains; 914-428-4220, artswestchester.org

JAN. 20

New Canaan’s Carriage Barn Arts Center celebrates the opening of its 38th annual Photography Show, this year curated by The Brant Foundation’s Allison Brant and Carl Fuldner, the Marcia Brady Tucker Fellow in the Department of Photography at the Yale University Art Gallery. 4 p.m., 681 South Ave., New Canaan; 203-972-1895, carriagebarn.org

The Westport Arts Center presents the Juilliard String Quartet performing a program of music by Beethoven, Haydn and MacMillan. 8 p.m., 51 Riverside Ave., Westport, 203-222-7070, westportartscenter.org

JAN. 21

New Haven Symphony Orchestra pianist William Braun plays Francis Poulenc’s whimsical “L’Histoire de Babar, while Really Inventive Stuff’s vaudeville actor, Michael Boudewyns narrates the tale of the “King of the Elephants.” 2 p.m., Shelton Intermediate School, 675 Constitution Blvd. N.; 203-865-0831, newhavensymphony.org

Strangefolk — jam-oriented rock band, or rock-oriented jam band? You decide at this concert featuring clean guitar hooks, tight, earnest harmonies and contemplative lyrics, which are Strangefolk’s stock-in-trade. 8 p.m., The Warehouse at FTC, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield; 203-259-1036, fairfieldtheatre.org

RiverArts presents En-Garde Arts’ “Wilderness,” a multimedia stage production about troubled teens and their parents. A panel discussion with the creator, cast members and others will follow. 3 p.m., Irvington Town Hall Theater, 85 Main St.; 914-412-5120, riverarts.org

JAN. 25

One of Nashville’s best-kept secrets is coming to Ridgefield — six-time Grammy Award nominee Brandy Clark, best known for her hit “Stripes” and her first album, “12 Stories.” 8 p.m., The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 E. Ridge Road; 203-438-5795, ridgefieldplayhouse.org

Wine at The Klein, a wine-tasting to benefit The Klein Auditorium and Klein Theatre Arts. Sample more than  30 distinctive wines from local distributors. The evening includes an exclusive backstage tour of The Klein Auditorium and its rich history. 7 p.m., 910 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport; 800-424-0160, theklein.org

JAN. 26

The Paul Taylor Dance Company returns to Fairfield with a program that features a roster of classic works and audience favorites by an icon of America’s indigenous art form of modern dance. 8 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 N. Benson Road, Fairfield; 203-254-4010, quickcenter.fairfield.edu

“SkateTacular: Dreams on Ice” will be presented Jan. 27 in Valhalla.

JAN. 27

Smart Arts presents a full-length musical on ice, “SkateTacular: Dreams on Ice,” bringing professional skaters to a wintry wonderland that fuses theater and figure skating. 8 p.m., Westchester Community College Academic Arts Theatre, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla; 914-606-6262, sunywcc.edu/about/smartarts

In conjunction with the exhibit “Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War,” the Bruce Museum will host a World War I Digitization Day. It’s organized by the Connecticut State Library as part of “Remembering World War One: Sharing History/Preserving Memory,” a collaborative project to create an archive of stories related to the Great War. Connecticut residents can bring their photos, letters and other keepsakes from World War I for digitization and they will be added to the State Library’s online archive. (Original materials will be returned.) Noon to 4 p.m., The Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich; 203-869-0376, brucemuseum.org


The Clay Art Center presents an opening reception for “Me, Myself and I, a national juried exhibition featuring vessel-based work that explores issues of identity and how people see themselves within the context of society, family and relationships. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 40 Beech St., Port Chester; 914-937-2047, clayartcenter.org

Presented by ArtsWestchester and Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.

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