The NEA and Its Impact

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    The year 1965 was a mixed bag. “The Sound of Music” played to crowds.  The Beatles released “Help.” Music legend Jerry Garcia came on the scene. More troops were sent to Vietnam.  Women hiked up their hemlines to don the mini skirt. The civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery rocked the country. […]

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It’s Worth Remembering

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Hard to believe that tonight is the 18th year ArtsWestchester is hosting its popular ArtsBash. But, it’s worth remembering that in 1998, we had just purchased a nine story old bank in “as is” condition. For the uninitiated, “as is” means everything is on its last legs in a building that has been vacant for […]

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Arts Champion of Mount Vernon

It was The New York Drama Critics’ Circles best play of 1959. In 1961, it became a film starring Westchester’s Ruby Dee and Sidney Portier. Then it became a Broadway musical in 1973 and ever since, it has been revisited, revived and acclaimed.  This weekend (Friday and Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 3pm), the […]

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Jonathan Demme (1944-2017)

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Jonathan Demme was known to the world as the Oscar Award-winning American filmmaker whose 1991 film “The Silence of the Lambs” was one of only three films to win awards in all of the major categories – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Actress. In Westchester, he was known as a […]

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Thank You Brian Williams

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    Thank you Brian Williams for reminding me (and the MSNBC world at large) about the death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on April 12, 1945 at the height of World War II. As a child, I heard this news when it happened from the bigger kids on the street, where I got most of […]

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From Outlaw to Cultural Trendsetter

Not much was working between the city and the community when John Lindsay became mayor of New York in 1965. He wanted the city to be known as “fun city.” Yet, it was a tough lift at the time, even for the popular Lindsay. Working for the Mayor in the early 70s, I saw the […]

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The NEA at Its Best

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When I think of Romare Bearden, I can actually reproduce in my mind colorful depictions of African American factory workers going about their laborious routines. I am less familiar with the artist’s abstract works, which are at the root of his vision. Now, in part through a $45,000 grant from National Endowment for the Arts […]

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The Blessings of Snow

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Whenever there’s a blizzard, a hurricane or a squall of one kind or another, it sends a shiver down many a spine, including my own. I worry about a tree falling. I fret about a possible power failure. I double-check our stash of batteries and Duralogs. I rehearse a long list of “what ifs.”  At […]

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