One of the works from the exhibit The Emotional Animal on view at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester July 27-Sept. 14. See “Exhibits” for details.
One of the works from the exhibit The Emotional Animal on view at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester July 27-Sept. 14. See “Exhibits” for details.

Classes

Wednesdays thru Aug. 7

SKETCH CLASS. Mamaroneck Artist Guild, 126 Larchmont Ave., Larchmont. 6:3-8:30 p.m. Monitor: Sarah Coble. $12 per session for non-members. Sign up at 914/834-1117.

Tues., July 30-Aug. 27

SUMMER 2019 LANGUAGE—BEGINNER. Westchester Italian Cultural Center, 1 Generoso Pope Pl., Tuckahoe. 6:30-8 p.m. In this language course, students will be introduced to basic Italian language structure and develop listening, reading, writing and speaking skills through major themes of Italian culture and language. Students will learn basic greetings and introductions and acquire language to communicate about everyday situations. Students will develop vocabulary, grammar structures, fluency, and conversational skills. $40 trial class; $300 non-members. www.wiccny.org.

Wed., July 31-Aug. 28

SUMMER 2019 LANGUAGE—INTERMEDIATE. Westchester Italian Cultural Center, 1 Generoso Pope Pl., Tuckahoe. 6:30-8 p.m. In this language course, students will advance previous language knowledge by enriching vocabulary and focus on developing conversational skills. Language skills will develop through various topics and cultural themes. Students will be introduced to more complex language structures by means of thematic contexts. $300. www.wiccny.org.

Comedy

Thru Sun., July 28

YONKERS COMEDY CLUB. 257 Market St., Yonkers. Every Thurs.: Comedy Night. 8 p.m. $10. Every Friday: 8 & 10 p.m. $20. July 26: Jay Nog. 8 & 10 p.m. $20. July 27: Joselito Da Puppet. 8 & 10 p.m. $25; $35 VIP. July 28: Boruga. 6 p.m. This show is in Spanish. $30; $45 VIP. Ages 16 + over unless noted otherwise. For ticket information call 914/358-9260 or go to www.yonkerscomedyclub.com.

Thru Sat., Aug. 3

LUCY’S LAUGH LOUNGE. 446 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville. $20. Ages 16+; 13+ with parent. Sat., July 27 & Aug. 3: Empire State Stand-Up Showdown: Second Round. 6 p.m. $25. Mon.; July 29: Open Mic Comedy. 7:30 p.m. Free. Sat., Aug. 3: Mike Marino. 8 p.m. $20. www.lucyslaughlounge.com; 914/200-4812.

Concerts/Music

Thru Sun., Aug. 4

JAZZ FORUM ARTS. 1 Dixon La., Tarrytown. July 26 & 27: Sherma Andrews at 7 & 9:30 p.m. $20-$25. July 28: Charnett Moffett Trio. 4 & 6 p.m. $15-$20. Aug. 2 & 3: NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen Trio. 7 & 9:30 p.m. $20-$25. Aug. 4: Maggie Gould Brazilian Jazz with Full Band & Special Guests. 4 & 6 p.m. $15-$20. www.jazzforumarts.org; 914/631-1000.

Fri., July 26 & Aug. 2

MUSIC IN THE PARK. Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial, Rte. 35, Somers. 7-9 p.m. Food and beverages for sale. July 26: “Chamomile & Whiskey. Aug. 2: Deni Bonet. Tickets are $10 & $25. 914/864-7268.

DANIIL TRIFONOV. Venetian Theater, Caramoor, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah. 8 p.m. The Russian born pianist performs Beethoven’s Andante in F Major, WoO 57 (“Andante favori” and Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-Flat Major, Op. 31 No. 3; Schumann’s “Bunte Blatter. Op. 99 and Presto Passionato WoO 5 and Prokofiev’s Pinao Sonata No. 8 in B flat Major, Op. 84. $30-$103 for adults; $15-$103 for children. www.caramoor.org.

CHARLIE LAGOND & FRIENDS. Hudson River Museum Amphitheater, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 8 p.m. Free. They will serenade you with peace, love and other grooves. 914/963-4550.

Sat., July 27

BÉLA FLECK AND ABIGAIL WASHBURN. Spanish Courtyard, Caramoor, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah. 8 p.m. The king  and queen of the banjo perform American roots music. $42-$81 for adults; $21-$81 for children. www.caramoor.org.

INTERNATIONAL ORANGE: JAZZ FUSION. The Schoolhouse Theater, 3 Owens Rd., N. Salem. 8 p.m. Their original music marries the slide guitar of the American South to the sensibilities of India, Africa and Brazil. $25. 914/277-8477.

Sun., July 28

42ND INFANTRY DIVISION BAND. Mt. Pleasant. 1 p.m. The band will appear at the NYS Medal of Honor ceremony being held in the town. Free and open to the public; no tickets required. Multiple groups will be performing. Classical music, marches, patriotic selections, jazz, rock and popular music are all within the band’s repertoire.

ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S SUMMER SEASON FINALE. Venetian Theater, Caramoor, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah. 4 p.m. Program: Mendelssohn’s “The Hebrides,” Op. 26 (“Fingal’s Cave”) and Violin Concerto in E. Minor, Op. 64 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21. $30-$91 for adults; $15-$91 for children From 2-3 p.m. there will be musicians from the National Youth Orchestra of the U.S. performing chamber music throughout the grounds. Free. 3 p.m.: Pre-concert conversation with Bernard Labadie, principal conductor and Christian Tetzlaf, violinist. Garden listening: $10 for adults; free for children. www.caramoor.org.

Thurs., Aug. 1

JAZZ BAND CONCERT. Rye Town Park, 95 Dearborn Ave., Rye. 7:30 p.m. Free. Bruce Harris Bebop Band. Regular parking rates apply. 914/967-0965.

Thurs., Aug. 1; Sat., Aug. 10, Thurs., Aug. 22 & Sat., Sept. 14

KATONAH MUSEUM OF ART BLOCK PARTY. 134 Jay St., Katonah. 6-8 p.m. Tonight: Sami Stevens Trio, R&B. Aug. 10: Peter & The Four26, “Fan Favorites.” Aug. 22: Foxanne, Indie Singer Songwriter. Sept. 14: Mark Morganelli & The Jazz All-Stars—American Popular Songbook. $25 for non-members. www.katonahmuseumofart.org/programs-and-events/blockparty.

Crafts, Fairs & Festivals

Sun., July 28

IRISH-AMERICAN FESTIVAL. Ridge Road Park, Hartsdale. Cultural performances, cuisine, merchandise and art, as well as children’s arts and crafts. $5; free for ages 13 & under.

Sun., Aug. 4

HERITAGE OF INDIA FESTIVAL. Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla. 12:30-6:30 p.m. Cultural performances, cuisine, merchandise and art, as well as children’s arts & crafts. Free admission and parking. 914/231-4033.

Films

Thru Aug. 31

SUMMER LATE NIGHTS. Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville. July 27: “Audition.” Recent widower Shigeharu is advised by his son to find a new wife. On the advice of a film company colleague, they stage “auditions” for a new girlfriend that masquerade as an acting job. Shigeharu becomes enchanted with Asami: a spooky 20-something responsive to his charms. But this is no ordinary Fatal Attraction-style thriller, for it carefully pulls the audience through a wrenching exploration of deep male fears and the stereotype of submissive Japanese women. Aug 3: “Aliens.” On their long journey back to Earth, the crew of the Nostromo are brought out of hyper-sleep early when their ship detects what is believed to be a distress signal coming from a nearby planet. While investigating the source of the distress call, one of the crew is attacked by a creature that latches to—or “hugs,” wink, wink—his face. While rushing back to the ship for medical attention, Ripley warns that her injured colleague shouldn’t be brought back on board due to quarantine regulations. Her orders are ignored, inadvertently bringing the Nostromo under threat from a mysterious extraterrestrial life form with violent and lethal survival instincts. All films are shown at 9:15 p.m. and are $15 unless noted otherwise. Additional films will be listed in upcoming issues. www.burnsfilmcenter.org.

Thru Aug. 21

SOUNDS OF SUMMER 2019: MUSIC FILMS OLD AND NEW. Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Rd. Pleasantville. July 29: “Echo in the Canyon.” 1 & 7:15 p.m. Conversation with Dennis Elsas 7/29 at 7:15 p.m. A celebration of the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in 1965–67, as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound.  Film explores the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene, with Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Michelle Phillips, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Graham Nash, and Jackson Browne and also includes younger musicians they influenced, from Tom Petty to Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Beck, Regina Spektor and Norah Jones. July 30: “Bad Reputation.” 1 & 7:30 p.m. Joan Jett is so much more than “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll.” She became mega-famous from that number-one hit, and that fame intensified with the music video’s endless play on MTV. But Jett had put in hard work long before then, ripping it up onstage as the backbone of the hard-rock legends The Runaways, influencing both her cohort of punk rockers and generations of younger bands with her badass style. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, with whom she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles. July 31: “Nortena: Two Short Films by Les Blank. 1 & 7:30 p.m.—“Chulas Fronteras.: A spirited and humane introduction to Norteña, a fusion of traditional Mexican harmonies and German dancehall rhythms, with a little something extra and “Del Mero Corazon,” a lyrical journey through the heart of Chicano culture as reflected in the love songs of the Norteña music tradition. Aug. 1: “Grateful Dead Meet-Up 2019.” 8:30 p.m. This can’t-miss event—happening on what would have been Jerry Garcia’s 77th birthday. Features the previously unreleased complete June 17, 1991 concert from Giant Stadium. All films are $15 unless noted otherwise. Additional films will be listed in upcoming issues. www.burnsfilmcenter.org.

Fri.-Thurs., July 26-Aug. 1

“ALL IS TRUE.” The Picture House, 175 Wolfs La., Pelham. The year is 1613. Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground and devastated. Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war. For showtimes and prices go to www.thepicturehouse.org.

Wed., July 31 & Aug. 7

SUMMER FILM CLUB. Emelin Theatre, 153 Library La., Mamaroneck. 7:30 p.m. Critically acclaimed independent films prior to their release. Join in a Q&A with film programmer, David Schwartz and special guest(s) and enjoy a complimentary beverage of your choice (beer, wine or soft drink) at each screening. $22.50. www.emelin.org; 914/698-0098.

Wed., July 31

FAMILY FUN FRENZY SERIES: “LEGO MOVIE 2.” Tibbetts Brook Park, Yonkers. 7 p.m. $5 per person over age 5. Rain date: Aug. 1. 914/231-2865.

Thurs. Aug. 1

RETRO REVIVAL. Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville. “The Cranes are Flying.” 1 & 7:30 p.m. Veronica and Boris are blissfully in love, but World War II erupts, Boris is sent to the front lines, and Veronica never hears from him again. She tries to accept the inevitable and ward off the advances of Boris’s draft-dodging cousin. $14. www.burnsfilmcenter.org.

Fri., Aug. 2

“HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3: THE HIDDEN WORLD.” Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla. An Entergy Screening Under the Stars. Entertainment begins at 6 p.m.; movie starts at dusk. Admission and parking are free; refreshments are available to buy, In the event of rain, the movie will be canceled. In this PG-rated comedy, Hiccup discovers that Toothless isn’t the only Night Fury. Hiccup must then seek “The Hidden World”—a secret Drago Utopia—before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first. www.parks.westchester.com or 914/974-PARK.

Readings

Thurs. & Fri., Aug. 1 & 2

“STARTER PISTOL.” Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Ct., Westport. Somewhere in the dying small town Midwest of our Brave New America, Karen James—wife, mother and breadwinner—has enough venison chili to survive the approaching winter but is being pushed to the edge by her husband’s work injury and her son’s misbehavior. A visit from a stranger promises relief but only if Karen and her family can survive secrets from the past and the buried conflicts they reveal. For times and prices go to www.westportplayhouse.org.

Talks

Fri., July 26

ARTIST TALK. Rye Town Park, 95 Dearborn Ave., Rye. 5:30-6:30 p.m. All are invited to learn about artist Natsuki Takauji and her work “Window II.” This new work of art is a functioning swing surrounded by colorful windows. Made of stainless steel, steel, paint, fabric, and acrylic, Window II stands 10’ tall and overlooks Long Island Sound. Visitors are encouraged to climb aboard and enjoy the swing. Directly following the artist talk there will be a performance of “Much Ado About Nothing” by LawnChair Theatre beginning at 6:30 p.m. (See “Theater” below). For a coupon for $2 parking in the Rye Town Park lot, go to www.ryeartcenter.com.

Theater

Thru Aug. 4

ON YOUR FEET.” Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford. Wed., Fri. & some Fri. matinees—11:30 a.m. lunch; 1 p.m. show; Sun. matinee 12 p.m. lunch; 1:30 p.m. show. Thurs-Sat. 6:30 p.m. dinner; 8 p.m. show. Sun. 5:30 p.m. dinner; 7 p.m. show. From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, On Your Feet takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and the groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. $59-$89 plus tax depending on performance chosen. Beverage service and gratuities are not included in ticket price. Check website for special offers.  www.broadwaytheatre.com.

Thru Aug. 3

HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN. Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Ct., Westport. Tues. at 7 p.m., Wed. at 2 & 8 p.m., Thurs. & Fri. at 8 p.m., Sat. at 3 & 8 p.m. and Sun. at 3 p.m. Special Events: July 28: Open Captions. July 31: Backstage Pass. Aug. 1: Happy Hour and Thursday Talk Backs. Show is a one-man musical tribute to Irving Berlin. It celebrates him  and reveals the inspiration for his countless hit songs. Berlin’s uplifting immigrant story, from Czarist Russia to NY’s Lower East Side to Broadway, epitomizes the American dream. Tickets start at $30. www.westporplayhouse.org, 203/227-4177 or 888/927-7529.

Fri. & Sat., July 26 & 27

LAWNCHAIR THEATRE: “MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.” Tonight & tomorrow: Rye Town Park, 95 Dearborn Ave., Rye. 6:30 p.m. Director: Rachel Schulte. Executive Producer: Carin Zakes of Port Chester. Artistic Director: Peter Green of Port Chester. Cast includes Port Chester residents Julie Thaxter-Gourlay as Beatrice, Peter Green as Antonio and Bob Johnson as a watchman. Anthony Tedesco of Port Chester is on the production team. Amy Simmons of Port Chester is on the marketing/PR team. Set in post WWII France against the backdrop of a changing world, LawnChair Theatre players seek out love, understanding…and laughter. Bring your lawn chair and come for a live and fun production under the stars. www.lawnchairtheatre.org.

Fri., July 26-Aug. 3

“MATILDA THE MUSICAL.” Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St., Tarrytown.  Presented by Random Farms Kids Theater. $20 & $25. For times go to www.tarrytownmusichall.org.

Fri.-Sun., July 26-28

“BRIGADOON.” Grinton I. Will Library, 1500 Central Park Ave., Yonkers. Fri. at 7 p.m.; Sat. at 7:30 p.m. and matinees Sat. & Sun. at 2 p.m. The musical is about a Scottish village that appears every 100 years and features American songbook classics. The cast features 32 actors between the ages of 12 and 77 from all over Westchester County. Among the featured actors is Taylor Quinn of Rye Brook. Presented by Little Radical Theatrics. $20 for kids/students/seniors; $25 regular admission. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4255949 or call 800/838-3006.

Sat., July 27

DANCING DREAM: THE BEST OF ABBA. Westchester Broadway Theater, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford. 6:15 p.m. dinner; 8 p.m. show. $91 plus tax per person for dinner and show. Beverages and gratuities are not included.  $57 plus tax for show only. 914/592-2222; www.westchesterbroadwaytheatre.com.

Thurs.-Sat., Aug. 1-10

“MATILDA THE MUSICAL.” Curtain Call Inc., 1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford. Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. at 2 p.m. This is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. This is Curtain Call’s Summer Youth Theatre production, packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs. $35 for adults; $25 senior citizens and $17.50 for children. Thrifty Thursday tickets are $27.50. www.curtaincallinc.com; 203/461-6358 x36.

Fri.-Sun., Aug. 2-11

“TUCK EVERLASTING.” White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Pl., White Plains. Aug. 2, 3 9 & 10 at 8 p.m., Aug. 4 & 11 at 2 p.m. This is a heartwarming, evocative musical about living life to the fullest. $27 & $37. 914/328-1600; www.wppac.com.

Exhibits

THE EMOTIONAL ANIMAL. Clay Art Center, 40 Beech St., Port Chester. Sat., July 27-Sept. 14. There will be an opening reception Sat., July 27, 6-8 p.m. The exhibit explores how animals can be a metaphor for our human nature. Animals are often used anthropomorphically to reveal, reflect and elaborate upon our own human nature. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for by appointment. www.clayartcenter.org.

ART OF WOODSTOCK: 30 DAYS OF PEACE, LOVE AND ARTWORK. C. Parker Gallery, 409 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich. Thurs., Aug. 1-Aug. 30. Exhibit brings the “art” back to the Festival with 30 days of love featuring works from many of the original Woodstock performers such as Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, Santana and The Who, plus an original painting from Graham Nash. Exhibit also includes a special collection of fine art photographs from Woodstock official photographer Baron Wolman who documented the festival for Rolling Stone magazine. All works are available for purchase. www.cparkergallery.com. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., 12-4 p.m.

ART SHOW: WORKS BY THE NORTHERN WESTCHESTER WATERCOLOR SOCIETY. Muscoot Farm, Rte. 100, Somers. Weekends during August. 12-4 p.m. 914/864-7282.

JOSEPH FAMA LANDSCAPES. Nathaniel Witherell Gallery, 70 Parsonage Rd., Greenwich. 16 paintings by this Rye Brook resident are on display through the month of July.

ARTS IN PARKS. WPA Gallery, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Rtes. 35 & 121 S., Cross River. Thru Aug. 18, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The exhibition showcases art in a variety of media by local artists Joanne D. Ponzo and Sally Franklin, who have been painting together for the past eight years. Admission to the gallery is free. Parking is $5 with a Westchester County Park Pass; $10 without a pass. www.parks.westchestergov.com.

COOL & COLLECTED ’19. Kenise Barnes Fine Art, 1947 Palmer Ave., Larchmont. Thru Sept. 8. This is a group show features contemporary artwork, painting, photography, sculpture and work on paper in a multitude of media by six artists. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and by appointment.  914/834-8077; www.KBFA.com.

STUDENT SHOWCASE EXHIBITION. Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Ave., Pelham. Thru Aug. 11. Features new work in a variety of media by the Art Center’s students. Exhibited works range from charcoal to oils, photographs to collage and ceramics to animation project reels. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. www.pelhamartcenter.org.

THE EDGE EFFECT. Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St., Katonah. Thru Sept. 22. Exhibit describes an ecological phenomenon in the border area between disparate habitats, such as a meadow and forest, which results in exponentially greater biodiversity. Exhibition includes works in all media and subject matter submitted by artists from all over the U.S. and 13 countries around the world. katonahmuseum.org.

ILLUSTRATED ANIMALS IN CONVERSATION. Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St., Katonah. Thru Sept. 22. Original picture book art is on display in the Learning Center, highlighting animal characters in conversation with each other and inspiring conversations with the viewer. A variety of styles are on view from books written and illustrated by Nick Bruel, Eric Carle, Carson Ellis, Jerry Pinkney, Giselle Potter, Marisabina Russo and Mo Williams. www.katonahmuseum.org.

SUMMER WITH THE AVERYS. Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich. Thru Sept. 1. Features landscapes, seascapes, beach scenes and figural compositions as well as rarely seen travel sketchbooks. The exhibition takes an innovative approach to the work produced by the Avery family. Hours: Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 for adults; $8 seniors and students with ID; free for members and children under age 5. Individual admission is free on Tuesdays. www.brucemuseum.org.

HILDRETH MEIÈRE: THE ART OF COMMERCE. Fairfield University Art Museum, 1073 N. Benson Rd., Fairfield, Ct. Thru Sept. 21. Meière was a prolific naturalist who discovered the frescoes and mosaics in Florence, Italy that were to inform her craft. www.fairfield.edu/museum.

SHARKS! Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich. Thru Sept. 1. Visitors to this interactive science exhibition will get up close and personal with life-sized models of a great white, hammerhead and some of their living and extinct cousins. Watch live sharks developing within eggs and compare and contrast jaws from nearly 20 different species. Exhibit will also address climate change. Museum hours: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 adults; $8 seniors and students with ID; free for members and children under 5. Individual admission is free on Tuesdays. 203/869-0376; www.brucemuseum.org.

FROM BUTTERFLIES TO BATTLESHIPS: SELECTIONS FROM THE MUSEUM’S PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION. Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich. Thru Sept. 1. The exhibition showcases the diversity of artistic and documentary approaches taken by photographers in the 20th century and demonstrate how they expanded on earlier experiments in portraiture, scientific record and photomontage. Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 adults; $8 seniors and students with ID; free to all on Tuesdays. www.brucemuseum.org.

A SPECIAL ROLE: ST. PAUL’S CHURCH AND WORLD WAR II. St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site, 897 S. Columbus Ave., Mt. Vernon. Free. Thru Jan. 2021. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The exhibit uses original artifacts, documents, images, sound recordings and photographs to explore the story of World War II, in the context of the history of the church and the local community. At the time, the historic significance of St. Paul’s as an originating point of America’s most prized national values, enshrined in the Bill of Rights, gave the church a special role in the broader struggles of the war. 914/667-4116.

HISTORY IS…SEVEN WAYS WE CONNECT TO HISTORY. Greenwich Historical Society, 47 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob. Thru Sept. 7. Exhibit encourages visitors to reflect on the role history plays at different stages in their lives and explores the ways individuals look at, define and interpret history. Hours: Wed.-Sun., 12-4 p.m. $10 adults; $8 seniors & students; free for members, children under 18 and for all on the first Wednesday each month. www.hstg.org; 203/869-6899.

BRETT SLAVIN EXHIBITION AND SALE. Slavin Studios, The Mariner, 21 Willett Ave., Port Chester. Ongoing. Ceramic sculpture and functional wares.  914/671-4252. www.slavinstudios.com.

COASTAL SCENE. Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich. Permanent. The Bruce Museum has acquired and installed this painting by Alfred Thomas Bricher, a well-known 19th century American landscape artist. The painting, which currently hangs behind the information desk in the front lobby of the Museum, is a fine example of luminist painting. www.brucemuseum.org.

CHINESE FOLKTALE: KAI AND THE DRAGON. Rye Town Park Administration Building, 95 Dearborn Ave., Rye. Permanent installation. Clay Art Center invites individuals and families of all ages to celebrate this mural installed on the wall surrounding the historic buildings in Rye Town Park. This mural project was created and installed during the summer of 2009 by local ceramic artist Sarah Coble who created the clay tiles with elements sculpted in relief so that the mural seems to move and flow like the waterfront it faces. The tiles narrate a folktale about a young boy named Kai who fights against adversity to save his town and outwit a fearsome dragon. The vibrant tiles also reference the historic Dragon Coaster of Playland amusement park and the inspiring waters of Long Island Sound. It was created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Rye Town Park. It was made possible by ArtsWestchester’s Municipal Challenge Grant, funded by Verizon and in partnership with the Rye Town Park Commission and the Clay Art Center. www.clayartcenter.org or 914/937-2047.

HOPE MURAL. Café Brazil Courtyard, North Main Street between Westchester Avenue and Adee Street, Port Chester. Sponsored by Hope House and the Westchester Arts Council.

SCULPTURE FOR PERMANENT EXHIBIT. Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich. The Museum has acquired a                                                                 major sculpture by the French/American artist Gaston Lachaise titled “Man Walking (Portrait of Lincoln Kirstein).” Lachaise was one of the pioneers of modern art in the early decades of the 20th century. The sculpture depicts author, impresario and patron of the arts, Lincoln Kirstein, who with George Balanchine established the School of American Ballet which later became the NYC Ballet. “Man Walking” is the finest piece of 20th century sculpture in the Bruce collection and is currently on view in the entrance rotunda of the Museum. Admission is $7 for adults; $6 for seniors and students and free for children under 5 and members. Free admission to all on Tuesdays. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., 1-5 p.m. 203/869-0376 or www.brucemuseum.org.

CHANGES IN OUR LAND. Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich. Permanent exhibit. Exhibition addresses environmental history from global to local perspectives and from ancient times to the present. This visual display of the environmental and historical development of the area includes a mineral gallery, wigwam, life-size woodland habitat and a live-animal marine tank. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., 1-5 p.m. Admission: $7 for adults; $6 for seniors and students and free for children under 5 and members. Free admission to all on Tuesdays. www.brucemuseumorg; 203/869-0376.