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A Coming Together of Body and Soul

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The Rivertowns are a hotbed of dancers.  I have that from a reliable source. Maxine Sherman, a former principal dancer with Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater and Martha Graham Dance Company told me so…and she should know.  With the drop of a tiara, Maxine can reel off the names of dozens of well known ballet […]

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Star of Stage…and Now Screen

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Auntie Mame has nothing on Mamie Duncan-Gibbs.  In fact, our Mamie is every bit as talented as the lady who made famous the name Mame.  Mamie Duncan-Gibbs is the Executive/Artistic Director of Youth Theatre Interactions (YTI), an organization dedicated to teaching children the importance of discipline, confidence and creativity through the performing arts. She is […]

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Saving the Rockaways

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Perhaps I am dating myself…BUT…When I was just a kid growing up in the Rockaways, my mother and I would board the Long Island Railroad every Saturday for an hour trip into Manhattan for ballet classes and for Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s concerts at Carnegie Hall.  The closest thing we had to culture was the […]

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The Nutcracker: A Holiday Tradition

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What is there about The Nutcracker that makes it such an endearing classic? For one thing, it’s a party. Beautiful people in elegant attire gather around a magnificently decorated tree, along with little boys in knickers, girls with starched white dresses, and magic in the air as toy soldiers and flowers come to life. But […]

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Going global

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Going global.  That’s the plan for the fall season at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) (www.artscenter.org) at SUNY Purchase.  I have this from a reliable source… Wiley Hausam, PAC Executive Director.  “Our season is more robust than last year  with 35 performances and more international programs, including those from Brazil, Venezuela, Spain, Hungary, Germany, Australia […]

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The Arts in Ossining

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The Village of Ossining seems to be on the move, thanks to Mayor Bill Hanauer. He’s an artsy guy. I first met him at the MTA of all places where he and I were panelists on a committee selecting artwork for the Ossining train station. He was shaking hands and loving it this particular Sunday […]

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Albany and the Arts

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There we were in Albany, us hearty few who care deeply about the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). It was cold. The streets were icy. The halls were full of advocates for many causes. We were there to talk to legislators about the importance of the arts to New York State. Our […]

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