Familiar Sculpture Now in Union Square



PURCHASE– If you venture up to Purchase College much, you know graduate Malcolm D. MacDougall III’s Microscopic Landscape 2010, a recognizable landmark at the entrance to the SUNY Campus. You can see it now in Manhattan’s Union Square. The 24-foot-long by 11-foot-tall sculpture will be on view in New York through January, 2013. MacDougall, who grew up in Ardsley, attended Purchase’s School of Art+Design. While there, he received the college’s first President’s Award for Student Public Art on Campus.

Coming Up This Weekend

A few events from theLoop events calendar:

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

E-CYCLE @ Mamaroneck Library
10:00am – 2:00pm | FREE! In the Emelin Theater Parking Lot
Green Solutions Group Ltd. Will be on hand to collect and recycle your unwanted electronic waste products
What is Electronic Waste? E-waste can encompass a variety of equipment including, but not limited to comput… MORE INFO

Rolling in the Deep
10:00am – Sat 5:30pm | FREE!

Coming Up: Branford Marsalis with Westchester Philharmonic

from the Westchester Philharmonic:
The Westchester Philharmonic’s 2011-12 season at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College comes to a close with a member of the jazz world’s “first family,” saxophone superstar Branford Marsalis, on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 8 pm and Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 3 pm. Marsalis’ accessibility and virtuosity transcend genre: He has toured with rock/pop star Sting, was the leader of the Tonight Show Band, and has performed with symphony orchestras around the world.  Marsalis will debut with the Philharmonic in Glazunov’s not often heard Concerto for Saxophone. Conductor George Manahan reunites with the Philharmonic to guide Marsalis and the orchestra in the May performances. Former Music Director of New York City Opera, the wide-ranging and versatile Manahan has had an esteemed career embracing everything from opera to the concert stage, the traditional to the contemporary. He was hailed for his leadership at City Opera, where he “gets from his players the kind of heartfelt involvement unthinkable in the City Opera orchestra pit 20 years ago…these musicians operate with such consistent energy and involvement.” (The New York Times)

The concert opens with an audience favorite, Mozart’s Symphony No.

Where to Park, as in County Parks, this Summer


WESTCHESTER COUNTY– Park it this summer- Passes for over 50 county parks go on sale today. Passes are available at the Westchester County Center and the Parks Department on 450 Saw Mill River Road, Ardsley on Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations:

Rye Playland
Dunwoodie and Sprain Lake Golf Course in Yonkers
Hudson Hills Golf Course in Ossining
Maple Moore Golf Course in White Plains
Saxon Woods Golf Course in Scarsdale
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Golf Course in Cross River
Glen Island Park in New Rochelle (tickets go on sale here May 26)

Some of the County Parks include not only those above, but Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers, Saxon Woods Pool in White Plains and Willson’s Waves in Mount Vernon. Beginning June 16 passes will be available daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Brook at Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers, Saxon Woods Pool in White Plains and Willson’s Waves in Mount Vernon. More information here.

School Elections Today: Info You Need




New Rochelle


Rye Brook

Rye Neck


White Plains

for those not listed above:

Ardsley | Bedford | Briarcliff Manor | Bronxville | Byram Hills | Chappaqua | Croton-Harmon | Dobbs Ferry | Eastchester | Edgemont | Elmsford | Greenburgh 7 | Harrison | Hastings | Hendrick Hudson | Irvington | Katonah-Lewisboro | Lakeland | Mount Pleasant | Mount Vernon |  North Salem | Ossining | Peekskill | Pelham | Pleasantville | Pocantico Hills | Port Chester | Somers | Tarrytowns | Tuckahoe | Valhalla |  Yorktown |

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


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

Paper Jam 2012 Art Auction at the Neuberger, April 28


from the Neuberger Museum, Purchase:

An opportunity for collectors to buy world-class art at less than gallery prices… Paper Jam 2012, an annual auction and dinner party to benefit the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, will be held at the museum on Saturday evening, April 28. This popular event is an art collector’s joy.  Whether you are a seasoned or beginning collector, you can acquire work during the Silent and Live auctions by some of the hottest contemporary artists, at some of the coolest prices. This year, among the over fifty works made of paper, or that incorporate paper, will be paintings, prints, photographs, drawings, collages, and sculptures by such artists as: Nancy Azara, Nancy Chunn, Rafael Ferrer, Tom Goldenberg, Wosene Worke Kosrof, Barbara Kruger, Fabian Marcaccio, Dana Melamed, Jerry Pinkney, Faith Ringgold, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Dana Schutz, Kiki Smith, Leslie Wayne, Joyce Wenglowski, and Murray jZimiles.  All works will be displayed on the Museum’s website at www.neubeger.org and be on view at the Museum beginning April 16 and continuing through the event. Funds raised provide essential support for the Neuberger Museum of Art’s education, outreach, public programs, and exhibitions.

Coming Up: Purchase Spring Dance Concert April 27-29

The Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY presents its 2012 Spring Dance Concert — a rare opportunity for audiences to enjoy an unparalleled performance and the choreography of four distinguished artists in a single program.  From April 27 – 29, 2012, the Purchase Dance Company will perform pieces by Lar Lubovitch, Stephen Petronio, Mark Morris and Jessica Lang.   All performances will be held on campus at The Performing Arts Center. The four major pieces to be performed are:
·      Lar Lubovitch’s Dvorak Serenade (2007).  This dance has been described as a “lush and sweeping ensemble work” which the Chicago Tribune called “flowing and transcendent.”  Lar Lubovitch has been singled out by the New York Times as “one of the best ten choreographers in the world.”

·      Stephen Petronio’s Lareigne (1995).  The Observer of London called this piece  “sharply modern, but its broken curves and ornate flourishes have a formal, late-baroque quality, too.   It could be set to the music of Rameau as easily as to the Stranglers.”  Petronio is widely regarded as one of the leading dance-makes of his generation. ·      Mark Morris’s Polka (1992) has been described by one enthusiastic theater blogger for Saturday Matinee in San Francisco as a “communal dance reflecting a peasant dance of sorts, with dancers in a circle stomping to the music and throwing their hands up in the air, every second packed with something different to see.  It is a delightful romp, masterfully constructed and an absolute joy.”

·      In Jessica Lang’s Prayers, set to excerpts from Pergolesi’s ‘Stabat Mater,’ the choreographer “sets nine women in flowing, counterpointed groups around lines or circles of wooden chairs,” according to a review in The New York Times.  Ms. Lang has been described as creating dances that are “artfully crafted, emotionally engaging works.”

The concerts are being performed at Purchase on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 8 PM; Saturday, April 28 at 2 PM and 8 PM; and Sunday April 29, 2 PM.   For additional information and tickets please visit www.purchase.edu  or call 914.251.6200.

While You Were Away…and Even if you Weren’t…

A selective local news roundup:

Westchester County Airport reopens after cops clear suspicious item
Westchester County Airport reopened to travel Sunday evening after a closure of nearly an hour and a half that was blamed on a security threat. [lohud]

The Battle for a Comic Empire That Archie Built in Mamaroneck
What was long a beloved company run amiably by two families has become the stage for a bitter legal war. [NY Times]Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. autopsy released; shows blood alcohol level of .11 percent
An autopsy report from the Westchester Medical Examiner’s Office shows that Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. [lohud]

Mamaroneck school board candidates endorsed by selection committee  The School Board Selection Committee serving  the Larchmont/Mamaroneck community has nominated three candidates for the three open positions on next year’s Mamaroneck School Board of Education. [Sound Shore]

After More Than 30 Years, Almarc Drugs Will Close in Downtown New Rochelle; CVS Buys Out Community Pharmacist

Purchase College students, preachers clash over comments on homosexuality
Three street preachers on their way to Philadelphia took a detour to Purchase College, SUNY, on Friday, spending nearly five hours on the Great Lawn, bringing students their interpretation of the Bible’s views of homosexuality. Students called it something else: hate speech.

Coming Up: Paris a la PAC, Purchase


Focus on French Cinema 2012, the 8th annual festival of French language film, opens at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College this weekend. 12 recently released critically acclaimed French films ( all subtitled in English) will be shown. Meet directors and actors,  attend the “talk of the town” Opening Night Gala hosted by Les Maitres Cuisiniers de France and L’Academie Culinaire de France, wine and dine on French fare in between films at the “Rue des Restaurants” and journey through the French speaking world of France, Zaire, Belgium, Quebec and beyond with an all day, ongoing, selection of court metrages. For more information: www.focusonfrenchcinema.org



At the Neuberger: The Fashion Moda Stores

from the Neuberger:

The Neuberger Museum of Art  at Purchase College is presenting The Fashion Moda Stores, 1982, Selections from Documenta 7. This is an exhibition of approximately thirty of the small sculptures, wearable art, and ephemera that were made in multiples and sold in the Fashion Moda “stores” at Documenta 7, the modern and contemporary art exhibition held periodically in Kassel, Germany. The objects are drawn from the museum’s permanent collection. Included in the show are works by sixteen artists, among them Richard Armijo, Marc Blane, Stefan Eins, Jenny Holzer, Kiki Smith and Tom Otterness. The exhibition will be on view through May 6, 2012.

Closing Photo: Totem

Harmon McAllister sent in this detail of Robert Davidson’s Totems from the PepsiCo Sculpture Garden in Purchase, in empathy for the recently laid off employees there.  

Pepsico Layoffs to Hit Westchester

Diet Coke, anyone? Layoffs PepsiCo started earlier this month are about to hit people working at company HQ in Purchase and throughout  Westchester County. Lohud is reporting that 145 local employees of Pepsico, which is based in Purchase, will be among the 8,700 pepsi workers worldwide who will lose their jobs. Those people represent about 5% of the company’s 3,000 Westchester employees. The layoffs will hit 80 workers at corporate headquarters, 50 at a bottling center in Somers and 15 at a research facility in Valhalla.

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

Westchester at the Oscars, cont’d

When we wrote about the local filmmaker nominated for an Oscar, for Best Documentary (see the trailer in the link- very powerful) we didn’t realize there were more! Westchester Mag writes, “One of the nominees, God Is the Bigger Elvis, is directed by Rebecca Cammisa of Tarrytown, produced by Julie Anderson of Scarsdale, and centers around Bethlehem, Connecticut, native Dolores Hart. Hart was a successful actress, with a claim to fame that she received Elvis Presley’s first on-screen kiss in the movie Loving You. ”

photo: miheco on Flickr



Local Filmmaker’s Documentary Nominated for Oscar

“Incident in New Baghdad,” a short documentary film depicting the psychological toll of the Iraq War on American troops, is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Subject. The nominee is James Spione, Purchase College School of the Arts alum and resident of Katonah. “Incident in New Baghdad” won the award for Best Documentary Short at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Purchase graduates are often honored at international film festivals. Most recently Conservatory of Music alum Dan Romer composed the score for the film “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” which took home the top prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

What Do We Do for the Next 9 Days?

If you’re sticking around, there’s plenty to do. Here are some suggestions from the Journal News to do with kids, and as always, watch our Coming Up column.  

If you’re leaving for the break, listen up:  In light of a marked increase in local break-ins, police say prep the house to make it look like you’re not away. Speaking at a crime prevention workshop last week, Town of Mamaroneck police urged residents to create a “vacation plan” that includes steps like putting house lights on timers and stopping mail and newspapers. Alerting neighbors to your departure is another wise move, they said.

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.

Coming Up: American Modernism at the Neuberger

An important American Art exhibit  has begun a year-long national tour at the Neuberger.  American Vanguards showcases work of Stuart Davis, Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock,  Adolph Gottlieb and their circle. Says the announcement, “On view will be the work of many of the most important American artists who played a critical role in developing and defining American modernism during this vital period between two world wars.” Through April 29 at the Neuberger Museum at Purchase College, Purchase.  

Hansel and Gretel Opera at Purchase

Four performances of the fairy tale opera Hansel and Gretel from the Purchase Opera company of the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, SUNY.

Philharmonic at the PAC

Audiences will have a rare opportunity to experience the exquisite technique and electrifying podium presence of 41-year-old Japanese maestra Tomomi Nishimoto

A Lifetime of Learning (for $44…)

On a few Sunday mornings the Doral in Rye Brook brings a renown professor from a top school to discuss either Music Art, or Film with a class of 100 adults who want to be students again for a few hours.

Mariano’s Latest Save

Mariano Rivera, Yankees Pitcher and New Rochelle booster, has found (another) religion (besides baseball), or at least, preserved it.

At the Neuberger: African Sculpture

Art in Cameroon: Sculptural Dialogues at the Neuberger Museum at Purchase College offers sculpture with a storyline about the African nation of Cameroon. Marie-Thérèse Brincard, the curator of the exhibition, has chosen to present a wide diversity of African culture; for example,  iconic sculptures from the Bangwa Fontem Kingdom, Kedjom-Kitingu Kingdom (also known as the Babanki Tungo Kingdom)  in the Cameroon Grassfields of Africa. The Neuberger exhibition demonstrates how the sculpture interconnects.  Works include small figurines, bowls and stools, masks, tusks, beaded calabashes, and pipes, clearly illustrating the interacting influences among the different regions in Cameroon. What is  popular in Cameroonian art is the representation of the “human icon”.   Hats, calabashes, among others, are symbols of power and dignity in Cameroonian villages. Portuguese explorers inhabited the country in the fifteenth century.

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.