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The Dream Team

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I always admire people who remember where they came from. Take Farooq Kathwari: ArtsWestchester board member, 50th Anniversary Gala Chair, and chair and CEO of Ethan Allen Interiors. He never hesitates to acknowledge his roots. He came here from Kashmir in 1965 and while studying for an NYU degree, began importing native basketry from his homeland. […]

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A Westchester Icon

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In a world where few people agree about anything, I took pleasure in the news that most people including President Obama and New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson agree that EL Doctorow, who passed away last month, was a national treasure.  His parents named him Edgar after Poe. EL reminded his mother frequently that she misfired […]

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Words… Words… Wonderful Words

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To me, words are quite wonderful. Some are even paintings in the sense that you look at the words and get an immediate visual. So the sadness and unintended consequences conveyed by the words “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) are quite visceral to me. Now Congress is transforming this NCLB legislation into the inspirational “Every […]

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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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