Focus on Greenpeace at Jacob Burns Film Center

An inspiring documentary on the early years of Greenpeace

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Coming Up: Nature Film Series Starts Oct.3

The 2012 Focus on Nature Film Series at the Jacob Burns Film Center  in Pleasantville will run from Wednesday, Oct. 3, to Wednesday, Oct. 24 and features five film screenings, each combined with Q & A discussions about the natural environment and the passion and poetry it inspires. The Oct. 3 opening night includes a screening of Birders: The Central Park Effect, a Q&A with filmmaker Jeffrey Kimball and author Jonathan Rosen, and a light reception.

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Cool Finds: Rockefeller State Park Preserve

PLEASANTVILLE–The Rockefeller State Park Preserve is a wonderful place. Conveniently located, with entrances in Pleasantville and Tarrytown it has an extensive network of trails, originally for carriage use.  It’s an ideal location for a morning run, afternoon hike or evening stroll. The trail is open to equestrians; horses are often on the trails and are fun to spot. The preserve is highly popular with the film and photography industry for it’s scenic beauty, with HBO’s Boardwalk Empire shot there recently.  

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Cool Finds: 450 Summer Movies

 

MOUNT PLEASANT– Feel like you’re watching the same summer movie (just with a different title) over and over again? No need to fear! The Jacob Burns Film Center and Media Arts Lab has curated a collection of 450 DVDs, which are housed at the Mount Pleasant Public Library. All library card-holders in the county are welcome to enjoy the collection.  With classic, foreign and new releases, the assortment doesn’t fall short. The set was just awarded the “Coolest Library Collection” award from Westchester Magazine.

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Farmers Markets are Back this Weekend

The Community Markets summer Farmers Markets return Saturday May 26! This will be the organization’s  21 st season of managing local farmers markets in   Croton-on-Hudson,  Larchmont, Mamaroneck Indoor (closed for season), New Rochelle (opens June 22), Ossining, Pleasantville, Rye,  and Tarrytown. “Since 1991, when we started our first farmers market in Ossining, the goal has always been to connect people directly with farmers.” says founder said Miriam Haas. “Even with our artisanal producers, we make sure that they source their ingredients from area farms. We’re doing our job when we’re able to help keep farms and local businesses healthy.”

In Larchmont, The vendors returning for the 2012 season include: Thornwood Farm, Sugar & Spice Catering , Kontoulis Family Olive Oil , Orwashers Bakery , Orchards of Concklin , Flourish Baking Company , Calcutta Kitchens , Kiernan Farm , Christiane’s Backstube, Tierra Farm , Doc Pickle , Migliorelli Farm , Bombay Emerald Chutney Company , Plates , Coach Farm , Gaia’s Breath Farm , Newgate Farms, Lani’s Farm, and Trotta Pasta.

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Hollywood on Hugenot- Movies in New Rochelle

 

 

NEW ROCHELLE– Nice piece in New Rochelle Now about 4 modern movies about, or filmed in, New Rochelle:  Catch Me if You Can,  Michael Clayton,  Good Fellas and City Slickers 2. Let’s not forget the Thanhouser Film Studios of 1909-1918 was one of the first movie studios in the country, The studio is noted for filming the first serial in motion pictures, named The Million Dollar Mystery, as well as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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This Weekend

 

A selection of Friday- Sunday events from theLoop Events Calendar:

Shelter Cats Photographs @ Mamaroneck Library

Infini String Quartet @ Mamaroneck Library

Light Matter” Exhibition and Opening Reception

SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY AND THE POOR FOOLS

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson NY Regional Premiere

Needlework Workshops

Pet Rescue

Job Interview Skills 

Love Makes the World Go Round Concert by Songcatchers

Ballet at The Picture House: La Fille Mal GardeeOpera at The Picture House: Rigoletto

JCC Film Club – The Cinema of Alfred Hitchcock 

Riverdale Festival of the Arts

A Taste of Mamaroneck… Wine Trail

Glowtown Art Workshop

Mary Lorson and The Soubrettes

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Commuter Bragging Rights: Will Larchmo Win Again?

 

Trainjotting once again is commissioning the Unofficial Best Commuting Town on Metro North poll. Last time’s winner? Larchmont, USA. This year’s winner? You decide, here.

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Charges Grow for ‘Commuter Robber’

 

There’s a growing rap sheet against the “commuter robber.” Olivier Fanby, 19,  will be charged by Harrison police in two robberies, and one each in the village and town of Mamaroneck, and in New Rochelle. Famby is being held without bail. He was expected to be in Mamaroneck Town Court on Monday and in Harrision Town Court today.  As LoHud reports:
Famby reportedly  told Pelham detectives that he had planned to rob someone at the Larchmont station around 5 a.m. Friday, but didn’t see anybody who looked promising, so he drove to Pelham. He parked on Corlies Avenue, in a no-overnight parking zone.

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Cool Finds: Rye Beverage

submitted by Loop reader Mark Lane:

There are people who think I am knowledgeable about beer.   Probably because I drink a lot of it.  And because much of the time, no one has ever heard of the strange brands they find me with.  So the topic comes up a lot.  I try to steer people towards a good American-made craft beer, particularly India Pale Ales, which have become an art form in this country in the last decade. I now have a fairly narrow range of IPA’s that I will drink.  Has to be a strict IPA, not some “chocolate IPA” or something.  I prefer “American style” IPA: basic stuff, not the “San Diego” or “Belgian” style IPA’s, which I regard as abominations and insults to an intelligent palate. Anyway…you may have noticed, Stop-n-Shop doesn’t stock a wide selection of American craft beers, never mind the elite, high-end IPA’s that I, with my refined tastes, now require.  In fact, I’m hard pressed to find one bottle in the entire selection at any local grocery store, or even “gourmet food store”, that I would consider worth the electricity required to bring it to a proper temperature. So…where does one get these Most Excellent Beers?   Rye Beverage.   You may have passed this place without much noticing.  It’s on the Post Road, on the left as you are heading into Rye, next to the Gulf station with all the Corvettes.  From the outside, it looks unremarkable. Go inside, it’s a different story.  Owner Michael Bergenfeld is a true beer enthusiast, who knows his product and will gladly engage you in a discussion of which beer might best suit your tastes.

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Barley and the Chocolate Factory

Notes from the Tasting Room at Capt. Lawrence Brewery in Elmsford

The beauty of the brewery tour, whether it’s Guinness in Dublin or Heineken in Amsterdam, or Captain Lawrence right here in Westchester, is that it’s a day at the brewery–plus an education. You walk out not only having sampled some of the freshest beer you’ll ever taste, but you’ve nourished your intellectual curiosity as well. It is, in modern business parlance, a win-win. And so I embarked on my first guided tour of the Captain Lawrence brewery, with a special wingman in tow. Every time I visit the place, with its silos and tubes and mouth-watering smell all around, I come back to reading about Willy Wonka’s beloved chocolate facility as a kid.

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this weekend

 

Check theLoop Events Listings

Collect eggs at Stone Barns

What’s at Jacob Burns

What’s at the Emelin

What’s at the Picture House

What’s at Paramount Center for the Arts

What’s at Tarrytown Music Hall  (Joan Osborne April 7)

Some ideas from Found in Yonkers:

Benjamin Manry and the Crimson Journal by Owen Palmiotti Signing B&N Central Plaza Apr 7
Easter Bunny Photos @TheWestchester through April 7
City of Yonkers FREE Easter Egg Hunt April 7

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Coming Up: Jewish Film Fest at JBC

33 Films in this year’s Jewish Film Festival at Jacob Burns. Beginning April 11:

My Lovely Sister   Apr. 11, 13, 15
Free Men   Apr. 12, 14, 15, May. 12
Remembrance   Apr.

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Loop Lit: Coming Up, Spoken Interludes Literary Salon

Spoken Interludes literary salon kicks off its 2012 season on Tuesday, March 27th at 6 pm with a great line-up of three critically-acclaimed best-selling authors. We wrote about Spoken Interludes back in January. Kathryn Harrison will read from her new novel, Enchantments. Lucette Lagnado will read from her new memoir, The Arrogant Years: One Girl’s Search for Her Lost Youth, from Cairo to Brooklyn, and
Ben Marcus will read from his new novel, The Flame Alphabet. Praise for Enchantments:

“Ask yourself who, in all the world, would be the best novelist to imagine being Rasputin’s daughter.

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Vegetarians Can Find Lots to Like

Vegetarians and Vegans have more and more options when dining in restaurants in Westchester. Our friends at StacyKnows have compiled a list you should have if you don’t eat meat. And if you know any more, please add them in the comments section. Their Up County picks are:

Moderne Barn
Cheesecake Factory
Haven
North
Fig and Olive
Blue Hill

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Coming Up: Lots of Cool Stuff To Do

 

Some upcoming Westchester events posted by Found in Yonkers:

“The Kid with a Bike” Screening Jacob Burns Film Center March 23-29 ~Pleasantville~
SOURCE: http://www.burnsfilmcenter.org Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Rosetta, L’Enfant) are acclaimed for their intense portrayals of people at the gritty fringes of society. They reveal a more hopeful face in this new drama about a sensitive but uncontrollable 11-year-old and a woman who believes in him. Winner of a raft of festival honors, including […]

The LOFT Open Mic Nite March 24 ~White Plains~
SOURCE: http://www.loftgaycenter.org Time: 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Cost: $10.00 includes snacks, finger foods, and beverages Each person or group will have seven minutes to do a stand-up comedy act, a song sung, played, or karaoke, a poem or story, a song or dance, just about anything. Come share yourself and your talent at the […]

REI FREE Bike Maintenance Workshop March 27 ~Yonkers~
SOURCE: http://www.rei.com This class is an informative presentation that will teach you how to lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time, and make other minor adjustments to your bicycle. No experience necessary!

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Neighbors Win Fight Against Saw Mill Towers

As of last night, the Saw Mill River Parkway will remain one of the nicer Westchester roadways, and Pleasantville will be free of gigantic surveillance towers. Neighbors have won their battle against the State’s proposal to install seven, hulking traffic-watching towers along the parkway from Hawthorne to Chappaqua. The Department of Transportation officially nixed their plans on Tuesday after Pleasantville Mayor Peter Scherer, Mount Pleasant Town Supervisor Joan Maybury and New Castle Supervisor Susan Carpenter led an effort to get concerns from the community heard in Albany. More than 1,000 residents petitioned against the project. The DOT towers, which stand 125-feet tall and have a camera on top, watch for heavy congestion and accidents. “At this point in time, NYSDOT has decided not to install communications towers along the Saw Mill River Parkway,” state transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald said in a statement.

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The Westchester Bucket List

 
If you spend any time following #westchester on twitter, you may know the chatty girls at the Chat Shop. We think of it as a virtual talk-fest where no one yells and you can come and go as you please. Readers have come up with a Westchester “bucket list,” each making a list of some of the local treats they’d like to experience before they well, you know. Have a peek. photo: Jacqueline Silberbush

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Cool Finds: Rye Beverage

submitted by Loop reader Mark Lane:

There are people who think I am knowledgeable about beer.   Probably because I drink a lot of it.  And because much of the time, no one has ever heard of the strange brands they find me with.  So the topic comes up a lot.  I try to steer people towards a good American-made craft beer, particularly India Pale Ales, which have become an art form in this country in the last decade. I now have a fairly narrow range of IPA’s that I will drink.  Has to be a strict IPA, not some “chocolate IPA” or something.  I prefer “American style” IPA: basic stuff, not the “San Diego” or “Belgian” style IPA’s, which I regard as abominations and insults to an intelligent palate. Anyway…you may have noticed, Stop-n-Shop doesn’t stock a wide selection of American craft beers, never mind the elite, high-end IPA’s that I, with my refined tastes, now require.  In fact, I’m hard pressed to find one bottle in the entire selection at any local grocery store, or even “gourmet food store”, that I would consider worth the electricity required to bring it to a proper temperature. So…where does one get these Most Excellent Beers?   Rye Beverage.   You may have passed this place without much noticing.  It’s on the Post Road, on the left as you are heading into Rye, next to the Gulf station with all the Corvettes.  From the outside, it looks unremarkable. Go inside, it’s a different story.  Owner Michael Bergenfeld is a true beer enthusiast, who knows his product and will gladly engage you in a discussion of which beer might best suit your tastes.

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Metro-North Platform Smoking Ban Starts Wednesday

 

Cold turkey commute. Don’t even think about lighting up while waiting for your Metro-North train. Doing so could get you kicked off the platform, up to $50 in fines or a trip to jail. The MTA’s new ban on outdoor smoking starts today, following a months-long grace period the agency gave smokers to get used to the idea. The ban, which had a soft launch in November, prohibits smoking on Metro-North and Long Island Railroad outdoor platforms, as well as ticketing and boarding areas.

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Double Take: It Smells Rather… Pleasant

Pleasantville is the 2nd best smelling city in the world. Or so says GQ. Wedged in there between #1 sweet smeller Los Angeles (what?) and #3 New Orleans (probably the beignets) Pleasantville is getting some olifactory acclaim. The magazine’s “scent critic” Chandler Burr compared it to a Norman Rockwell painting, saying “if Rockwell’s paintings emitted a scent, this is what it would be.” He cited the “Maple, oak, and pine smell cyclically different as the seasons turn.”

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Tweet or Chat on Facebook with Nita Lowey & Students During State of the Union

Congresswoman Lowey visited New Rochelle High School Monday and invited kids to chat further online Tuesday night.

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Coming Up: This Weekend

Brrrrr…there’s a Winter Storm Watch in effect from tonight to Saturday afternoon… We assembled some warm picks this weekend.

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Coming Up: Films by Purchase Students at Jacob Burns

See the work of up-and-coming young filmmakers from one of the country’s most esteemed programs, Purchase College’s School of Film and Media Studies.

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A Mighty Wind

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Westchester County.

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Coming Up: Westchester Day of Service

 

In honor of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. the Volunteer Center of United Way has organized a day of service projects at the organizations below on January 14. Interested? sign up here! Or call 914-948-4452 for more information. Volunteers can choose from 29 service projects at Academic Pathways (New Rochelle), Charles Brieant Community Center (Ossining), Children’s Creative Response to Conflict (Nyack), Family Services of Westchester (Yonkers), Ferncliff Manor(Yonkers),  FSW Sharing Shelf (Port Chester), Green Chimneys (Carmel), Groundwork Hudson Valley (Hastings), Institute of Applied Human Dynamics (Tarrytown), Mount Vernon YMCA, My Sister’s Place (Yonkers), Nepperhan Community Center (Yonkers), New Rochelle Public Library, Richmond Community Services (Yonkers), Rockland Country Day School (Valley Cottage) , Somers Manor, Therapeutic Equestrian Center (Cold Spring), Wartburg Adult Center (Mount Vernon), White Plains Youth Bureau, White Plains YMCA, White Plains Public Library, WJCS Kid’s Kloset (White Plains), and Yonkers Public Library – Will Branch.

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Jacob Burns: Fun & Affordable Kids’ Flicks

The Jacob Burns Film Center is showing an array of kids’ movies.

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Learn about the NY Tax Cap

Come learn everything about the new tax cap, and what it means for schools.

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Thick Snow Cover

Garden Now? Are you Kidding?

For those of us who can’t wait for Spring (uh…everyone…?), we’ve compiled a garden checklist to help combat winter blues, indoors and out. Plan ahead
Now’s a great time to assess your garden. Perhaps you want to add some plantings or move things around. Some people keep a notebook or take photos during the growing season. These are really helpful when staring out at your snowy white canvas.

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