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You wont get hurt. Have a look at the rich offerings of ArtsWestchester this season!

 

 

 

 

 

 

submitted to theLoop by ArtsWestchester 

Beginning this September, ArtsWestchester kicks off a series featuring Westchester’s talented visual, performing and literary artists and the jewels of the county’s arts organizations, all taking place at The Arts Exchange,  ArtsWestchester’s historic 1929 venue in downtown White Plains – a place where ideas, discussion and the arts go hand-in-hand. ArtsWestchester connects people to the arts in this and other magnificent spaces, creating a place where the arts are available, affordable and accessible, offering diverse programs to challenge a wide range of artistic tastes – a place where the program is up close and the intimate setting is a work of art in itself.

 

The thirteen events taking place between September 24th and January 29th highlight a variety of artistic experiences, including performances by local musicians in our popular NewUrbanJazz series; theater programs such as the Red Monkey Theater’s presentation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on the evening of January 14th; and the highly-anticipated opening of sculptor Vinnie Bagwell’s Enslaved Africans’ Rain Garden exhibition on Friday, September 24th.

 

“We see this showcase as offering a venue for our affiliated arts organizations and artists in the vibrant White Plains downtown area,” says Janet T. Langsam, CEO of ArtsWestchester. “This essential foundation for success ensures that White Plains will continue to be at the center of a busy and growing crossroads of culture.”

 

List of Performances:

 

Friday, September 24 @ 6pm

Opening Reception: Enslaved Africans’ Rain Garden

On View 9/25 – 10/23

An urban heritage sculpture garden to honor the legacy of the first enslaved Africans to be manumitted (freed) by law in the United States of America, 76 years before the Emancipation Proclamation. New works by Vinnie Bagwell will be on display, as well as background information on slavery in Westchester. Sponsored by Con Edison.
Free Admission

For tickets and information, visit www.artswestchester.org, or call us at 914.428.4220 ext. 223

 

Saturday, September 25 @ 6pm
Artist Talk with Sculptor Vinnie Bagwell
Including a performance of slave narratives with author, actor, activist playwright and poet Ty Gray-EL.
Free Admission
For tickets and information, visit
www.artswestchester.org, or call us at 914.428.4220 ext. 223

 

 

Friday, October 15 @ 8pm

Panel Discussion: Slavery in Westchester

A panel discussion with historian Linda Tarrant-Reid, educator and re-enactor Jim Taylor and educator, and author and Historic Hudson Valley advisor Phyllis Murray. Sponsored by Con Edison.

Free Admission
For tickets and information, visit
www.artswestchester.org, or call us at 914.428.4220 ext. 223

 

 

Friday, October 29 @ 6pm

Opening Reception: Papalotes y Obras en Papel / Latin American Paper Arts

On View

An exhibition of folk and contemporary works in and on paper from across Westchester’s Latin American communities, presented by the Folk Arts Program of ArtsWestchester. Opening performance by Grupo Hermanos y Amigos de Guatemala.

Free Admission
For tickets and information, visit
www.artswestchester.org, or call us at 914.428.4220 ext. 223

 

 

Friday, November 5 @ 8pm

World Fusion: Latin Jazz by Carlos Jimenez

Get your feet moving to the sounds of Carlos Jimenez, the next generation of extraordinary flute players following the work of Dave Valentin & Nestor Torres. He performs with Fidel Cuellar, piano; Pete Nater, trumpet; Lloyd Nilsen, bass; and Craig Holiday Haynes, drums.

Admission: $20 / $15
For tickets and information, visit
www.artswestchester.org, or call us at 914.428.4220 ext. 223

 


Wednesday, November 17 @ 7pm
One Word / Many Voices
Join poet Annecy Baez for an evening of bilingual (English/Spanish) poetry in tribute to the annual Port Chester Fest Poetry program, hosted by Brenda Connor-Bey, Poet Laureate of Greenburgh, NY.
Admission: $10
For tickets and information, visit
www.artswestchester.org, or call us at 914.428.4220 ext. 223

 

 

Friday, November 19 @ 8pm
World Fusion: Pablo Mayor & Folklore Urbano
Experience acclaimed composer, arranger and pianist Pablo Mayor’s blend of Colombian folklore and contemporary Latin jazz with a powerful 12-piece band.

Admission: $20 / $15
For tickets and information, visit
www.artswestchester.org, or call us at 914.428.4220 ext. 223

 

 

Saturday, December 4
Mostly Orthros: Byzantine Chant & Folk Music Festival
A day of workshops and an evening concert presenting Greek sacred and folk music traditions. Workshops on Byzantine music; lecture by musicologist Peter Jeffery; concert of Medieval Byzantine music with soloists Eleftherios Eleftheriadis & Demetrios Kehagias and folk music by the Elias Sarkar Ensemble with the William Spyropoulos School Choir / St. Nicholas Church, Flushing, NY. Presented in collaboration with the Axion Estin Foundation.
Admission: Workshops free with advance registration. Concert: $15 / $10
For tickets and information, visit
www.artswestchester.org, or call us at 914.428.4220 ext. 223

 

 

Sunday, December 5
Kinetic Sculpture: Artist Curt Coble and the P.A.M. Band

Part of Free Arts Week at ArtsWestchester
Advancing the arts into new landscapes of entertainment through the innovative use of robotic technology, the P.A.M. (Partially Artificial Musicians) Band is accompanied by live musicians, dancers and storytellers. Event includes workshops, performances and demonstrations from 1-5pm, and a 6pm screening of director Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent film classic, Metropolis, accompanied by the sounds of the P.A.M. Band.
Admission: Free
For tickets and information, visit
www.artswestchester.org, or call us at 914.428.4220 ext. 223


Saturday, December 11 @ 8pm

World Fusion: Music of the Middle East
Yonkers-based vocalist Gaida Hinnawi will wow you with her original and highly personal style marked by great emotional intensity. The “Syrian Nightingale” evokes the emotional storminess of legendary singers like Warda and Om Kalthoum, but her remarkable abilities to improvise and expand on traditional Arabic maqams suggest all-new exotic possibilities.
Performing with Gaida: Amir Elsaffar, trumpet and santoor; Zafer Tawil, oud; Tony de Vivo, congas and bongos; George Dulin, piano; Jennifer Vincent, bass; Arturo Martinez, guitar.
Admission: $20 / $15
For tickets and information, visit
www.artswestchester.org, or call us at 914.428.4220 ext. 223

 

Friday, January 14 @ 8pm
Red Monkey Theater Presents: Twelfth Night
Welcome the New Year with an abridged production of Twelfth Night, directed by Tal Aviezer. Shakespeare’s last comedy, while frequently hilarious, also carries with it the desperate lingering and bittersweet sense of a grand celebration winding down. It is a fitting farewell to the holiday season, as a cast of unforgettable characters indulge in a final big blowout before examining themselves in the cool gray light of day. The illuminating sunlight in this case is provided by Viola (Keri Seymour), one of the Bard’s most beloved comic heroines. Featuring original live music composed and performed by Lauren Anker.
Admission $15 / $10
For tickets and information, visit
www.artswestchester.org, or call us at 914.428.4220 ext. 223

Saturday, January 22 @ 8pm
NewUrbanJazz: Lynette Washington / Dennis Bell Jazz NY
Lynette returns after a sold out engagement last season, with stunning gospel-inspired original songs and renditions of a wide jazz repertoire that are matched with impeccable arrangements by pianist and composer Dennis Bell and an all-star band. Admission: $25 / $20
For tickets and information, visit www.artswestchester.org, or call us at 914.428.4220 ext. 223


Saturday, January 29 @ 8pm
NewUrbanJazz: Bob Baldwin and Friends
Bob will celebrate his birthday with the music he grew up living with, which will include salutes to the music of Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and others.
Admission: $25 / $20
For tickets and information, visit
www.artswestchester.org, or call us at 914.428.4220 ext. 223

 

 

ArtsWestchester is your connection to the arts. Founded in 1965, it is the largest, private, not-for-profit arts council in New York State; its mission is to provide leadership, vision, and support, to ensure the availability, accessibility, and diversity of the arts.  ArtsWestchester provides programs and services that enrich Westchester: our grants help fund concerts, exhibitions and plays; we bring artists into schools and community centers; we advocate for the arts and build audiences through our marketing initiatives. In 1998, ArtsWestchester purchased the nine-story neo-classical bank building at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue which has since been transformed into the Arts Exchange, a multi-use resource for artists, cultural organizations, and the community.

 

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