The Magic of Photography

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Back in the day, my dad, Irving, thought of himself as a cross between Irving Penn and Ansel Adams. As a photographer, his signature mark was cutting off people’s heads… in the photos, that is. My brother Charles and I were his subjects. We would stand for hours in a bow, curtsy or other ridiculous […]

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Half Time Pours Local Craft Beers For the Arts

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During the past few years, we’ve worked hard to inspire new arts & business partnerships. And, as I mentioned in last week’s blog — ArtsWestchester recently announced a new collaboration with Half Time stores and New York craft breweries.  Art and Craft Beer. What’s a better pairing than that? As both the arts and craft beer industries look to diversify and grow its audiences, we saw […]

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“I like beer!”

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“I like beer!,” Tom T. Hall sang in the seventies. “It makes me a jolly good fellow.” As a country music fan, I sang along. And so, back in the day I learned one or two things about beer.  There were not too many choices back then… Bud, Schlitz, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Pilsner. Did […]

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My Mother, My Teacher

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Long after my mother passed away at the age of 96, I still think about calling her on the phone to tell her about something that happened to me that day. The urge, the habit, the fulfillment of reporting a success, a regret, a stumble, a gift, has not left me, nor do I think […]

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When Doves Cry: A Salute to Prince

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The world and the music world lost its Prince. He was an original… a one of a kind… an innovator who spanned many generations. We salute his legacy with some quotes from our multi-generational staff.  He touched them all with his brilliance. “The profound impact of Prince’s influence on the entertainment industry is deeper than […]

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Without the Groundhog

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Spring… Finally! My mother taught me how to tell when a cake is done. You pull out a straw from a broom, insert it slowly into the cake and then pull it out quickly. If it comes out without wet batter, the cake is done. The tricky part, of course, is finding a broom in […]

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Guerrilla Tactics Call for Gorilla Masks

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This week’s post is by guest blogger Mary Alice Franklin, Communications Manager & ArtsNews Editor at ArtsWestchester.  Her article about ArtsWestchester’s recent Guerrilla Girls event was originally published in The Huffington Post:  The art protest group Guerrilla Girls​ recently performed in front of a packed, yet intimate, crowd in Westchester, NY. A stage sat in ArtsWestchester’s gallery, appropriately surrounded by its SHE: Deconstructing […]

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When Is a Cook a Chef?

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My grandmother could have been a famous chef. But that wasn’t happening in the early 1900s when Margit landed at Ellis Island with a head filled with Hungarian recipes. These weren’t recipes she memorized from a cookbook, but recipes she devised from the memory of the taste of her mother’s cooking. When she married my grandfather, […]

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