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Summer’s Here – Inside and Outside

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Fifteen artists are showing contemporary landscapes at the ArtsWestchester galleries in our new exhibition, Revisiting Arcadia. Step into the woods or poppy fields at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains where the sun will be shining through the trees through August 29th. Share: Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Share with Stumblers Tweet about it […]

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What Happened, Miss Simone?

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Summer TV re-runs give me the ho-hums. They drive me to Netflix for excitement. That’s how I happened upon “What Happened, Miss Simone?” Nina Simone was a jazz, blues, folk, gospel and pop artist, as well as a song writer and activist. She was famous in the sixties for her sultry voice, piano prowess and soulful […]

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Amazing Grace

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Larry Salley, our ArtsWestchester board member since 2004, not surprisingly was trying to get a plane ticket to Charleston, South Carolina when we sat down to lunch one Friday. While we perused the menu, Larry paused to explain that his cousins were elders in the Emanuel A.M.E. Church, the scene of the unspeakable massacre of nine […]

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Seeding a Generation of Music Lovers

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Celebrating the Westchester Philharmonic one night, I found myself breaking bread with Jamie Bernstein, daughter of the late and great composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. Jamie is a narrator, writer and broadcaster, all of which reflect her lifetime devotion to music and her family legacy. We reminisced about the Young People’s concerts led by Bernstein […]

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Treasure Island

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Touring Ridge Hill, an oasis on a hill in Yonkers, is a shopper’s delight.  But it also has some hidden treasures (besides H&M, Lord & Taylor and The Limited).  Smack dab in the middle of this elegant island of retail is a Tom Otterness playground for children.  It’s huge feet have little people in between […]

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An Uncommon Man

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Alfred B. DelBello was an uncommon man. Most people remember him as a public servant – Mayor of Yonkers, Westchester County Executive and Lieutenant Governor in the Mario Cuomo Administration. In recent years, as attorney, strategist, County Association president, deal maker and influencer, he left an indelible mark on Westchester’s landscape.  In the arts community, we […]

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Them Thar Woods

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The sound of a jackhammer is as unmistakable as Beethoven’s Fifth. At least, so I thought. Lolling around one morning, I felt my bed shaking with a rat-a-tat. I knew the sound well. It was the sound of a jackhammer. Years ago, when I bought my home in the woods of Armonk, I hired a […]

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Here’s to the Ladies

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It was all about the women, according to George Christian Newlin, first president of ArtsWestchester, which 50 years ago was inaugurated as the Council for the Arts in Westchester.  The women were, starting with his wife Jean Newlin, Mrs. Walter Thayer (also known as Jeanne) whose husband headed the Herald Tribune; Helene Trotsky, an accomplished […]

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