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Tough Choices


  It’s going to be a tough choice no matter how you slice it. No, I’m not talking about the election. I’m talking about the weekend. Jazz Fest is sizzling this weekend in White Plains with a terrific line-up of musicians from Brazil, Africa and New Orleans. Two outstanding evenings are Friday with the Gary Smulyan […]

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Sad News From The New York Times


We are deeply saddened by this announcement from The New York Times: “As of August 29th, The Times will discontinue the regional editions of the Metropolitan section of The New York Times, which includes Connecticut, Westchester, Long Island and New Jersey. Those areas will receive the Metropolitan edition that currently circulates in the five boroughs.” This news hit arts organizations in the […]

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Lefties Rock


Some folks say lefties have more fun. With that in mind, and, because I had rotator cuff surgery on my right arm yesterday, I tested out that theory.  In between ice packs and Advil, I dusted off my best left-handed hunt and peck and soothed my anxiety about spending the next six weeks in a […]

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The Art of Listening


Caramoor is truly a garden of sonic delights. It is a place where music fills our senses all summer long. Most of those delights are scheduled performances. But, what if we could have sonic delights at Caramoor every day, at any hour?  Well, now we can with the introduction of sound art, not to be […]

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Animating the Everyday


Carefree. Playful. Insightful. Charming. A romp. Clever. Inventive. These are the words that came to mind seeing the work of Robin Rhode at the Neuberger Museum.  What a joy it was to viscerally connect with a fresh, new body of work that explores imagination with a piece of chalk and an urban street as a […]

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Queens Museum Reimagined


“Yes, you’ve come a long way baby.” The baby in this case is the Queens Museum. It reopened last month to rave reviews, following a $69 million renovation that doubled the museum’s footprint to 105,000 square feet. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I walked in the door, remembering vividly how it all began in […]

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A Children’s Museum in Westchester


Is Westchester a “bedroom community”?  I struggled with this question when I first came to Westchester from Boston some twenty years ago.  Naysayers told me I was coming to a bedroom community.  Obviously, a bedroom community is where you sleep…that’s all. What would I do at night or on weekends?   The search committee at ArtsWestchester, […]

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The Moor Unhinged


Jealousy, racism, deception and betrayal. Sounds like a recipe for the latest HBO series…sort of like The Borgias…only steamier. No, it’s not that at all. It’s The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice, written perhaps in 1603, and now given a new spin at a 90-minute performance at the new amphitheater at the Hudson River Museum […]

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