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Saving the Rockaways

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

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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Snow in October?

Snow in October?  I pooh-poohed the reports to myself and those around me.  I even promised Leah Emery, Neuberger Museum Acting Director, that it would never happen.  She seemed momentarily relieved since the museum’s big gala with the Performing Arts Center was much anticipated for that Saturday evening.  Then the unthinkable happened.  Yes.  Snow in […]

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Why do the arts matter

Ever ask yourself why the arts matter? Here at ArtsWestchester, we ask everyone we meet that question all the time.  It’s not because we don’t know the answer, but more importantly, it helps us frame the importance of the arts in a very personal way. Beyond the answers we’ve received, here are a some responses […]

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Life (and the arts) in America – where is it heading?

There is nothing quite like live theater.  Being there beats the remote version any day of the week.  Saturday night was no exception watching and hearing Bernadette Peters belting out one Sondheim song after another, with a smattering of Rogers and Hanmerstein  in the mix.  Well, take it from me, “There is Nothing Like a […]

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Albany and the Arts

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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Theater in Westchester

I first met the Tony award-winning actress LaChanze in her hometown of Mt. Vernon.  I was taken in that this star of the Broadway musical “The Color Purple” had chosen Westchester as her home and that she was so devoted to this community.  It was 2007, the year of the Triple Hill Music Festival in […]

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Theatre: Pulling off Slick Production in Westchester

Welcome, This is a Neighborhood Watch Community” at Axial Theatre

Westchester’s theatre community offers outstanding production on shoestring operations. Janet relived her teenage years at the Axial Theatre seeing the play “Welcome, This is a Neighborhood Watch Community,” written by former actor, director, now playwright, Howard Meyer.

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