As the weather cools down, the arts scene heats up around the county. Here’s our guide to dancing, singing, laughing,
gasping, and ooh-ahhing your way through this fall’s cultural offerings.
By Laura Joseph Mogil
Innovative. Cutting Edge. Groundbreaking. Westchester’s fall arts calendar is chock full of exciting art exhibitions, plays, dance performances, musical events, and book readings that will make you open your eyes, perk up your ears, and sit on the edge of your seat. There’s no need to tax your EZ Pass when you can experience some of the best au courant visual and performing arts right here in
November 11, 2007 – February 24, 2008
Forget the glass slipper:
Karen LaMonte’s sculpture, Dress Impression with Train, is a whole glass gown.
Don’t expect to find traditional glass bowls or vases at the
“We’re pretty much knocking things off the pedestal,” says museum director Neil Watson (a former chief curator at the
Among the eye-catching, site-specific artwork is Sharon Louden’s 12-foot-high installation made of black, white, and clear tubes of “flamework” glass. The tubes, which have been heated, bent, and twisted, look like giant squiggles; they dart in and out of the walls and ceiling. Another must-see is Dante Marioni’s eight-foot-long wall piece made of more than 100 clear, hand-blown glass vessels with black outlines, which look like line drawings that seem to, says Watson, “dance across the wall.” Beth Lipman’s table-top still life, composed of plates, glasses, silverware, food, and fabrics created entirely out of glass, is another show-stopper, as are the two translucent and ethereal, cast glass figurative sculptures featuring empty dresses with the ghost of a figure within by Karen LaMonte.
In Continuum: Current Work
by Past Members
September 5 – 29 (opening reception is September 8 from 6 to 8 pm)
It’s a blast from the past at the
Size Matters: XXL
Recent Large-Scale Paintings
September 16, 2007 – Spring 2008
The bigger the better in this exhibition that showcases works in which size plays a major role. The second in a two-part series that looks at issues of scale in contemporary painting, the show features monumental works by some of today’s most influential artists. Don’t miss Richard Jackson’s “performative painting” featuring a living room set splattered in paint, or Jonathan Meese’s 20-foot-wide by 12-foot-high mixed-media work with photos collaged onto the canvas.
Twist & Shout: The New Needle Arts
September 21 – November 2
A far cry from Grandma’s stitching sampler, this show gives a refreshing perspective on the five time-honored needle art techniques: embroidery, needlepoint, cross stitch, knitting, and crocheting. Among the 14 contemporary fiber artists to produce provocative, concept-driven art are PatÃ© Conaway, whose 15-foot mittens are the product of four-foot knitting needles and upholstery, and Donna Rosenthal, whose crocheted steel-wire miniature clothing conveys gender-related messages.
Tzedakah: The Path to Righteousness
Westchester Arts Council’s Arts Exchange
September 24 – October 27
The more than 40 tzedakah (charity) boxes on exhibit here not only are visually stunning but also explore the significance of charity in all religions and cultures. From the collections of five local lenders, the breathtaking boxes range in time period from the early 19th century to the present and are created from a variety of products, including silver, brass, and wood.
The Studio: An Alternative Space for Contemporary Art, Armonk
September 29 – November 11
You’ll not only have to open your eyes, you’ll also have to listen very closely at this exhibition by sonic artist and philosopher Bruce Odland, who takes the sounds of the environment to create music. Expect to hear Westchester like you’ve never heard it before, from a harp played by a snow-and-ice storm to a one-string fiddle bowed by the flooding
At The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in
Looking for a charming watercolor, beautifully crafted ceramic vase, or handsome hand-blown glass bowl? You’re in luck because
The Insights & Revelations Performance Series
Rosenthal JCC of
Want to feel like a real theater insider? Then pay a visit to the Rosenthal JCC, home to Insights & Revelations, which recently won this magazine’s “Best of Westchester” award for best new per-formance series.
Producer Anna Becker says this fall, theatergoers can get a “behind-the-scenes look at bringing Shakespeare from the page to the stage” when the Classic Stage Company holds an open rehearsal of the Bard’s Richard III before bringing it Off Broadway later in the year.
This is a great chance to see major Shakespearean actors up close, including Obie Award winner Michael Cumpsty (see Datebook, page 219), who’ll be tackling the leading role of Richard III, Western literature’s grandest villain. Talking about Cumpsty, the Wall Street Journal asks rhetorically, “Is there a better Shakespearean actor in
According to Becker, the audience will get a chance to see “the creative process in motion,” as director Brian Kulick has the cast repeat scenes and try them in different ways during the rehearsal. He’ll also speak openly with the audience about what he’s trying to accomplish and discuss different acting approaches and directorial interpretations. Really, what better way is there to get the inside theater scoop?
The Actors’ Gang
The Performing Arts Center at
October 5 and 6
The mission of The Actors’ Gang, founded in 1981 in
Evermoreâ€¦Murder and Mystery
by Edgar Allan Poe
Prepare for Halloween with an afternoon of scary tales, featuring a haunting performance of three of Edgar Allan Poe’s works by actor/director Tony Tsendas. Other featured guests include Jeff Jerome, curator of
NBC’s Last Comic Standing Live Tour
What could be funnier than watching NBC’s smash hit Last Comic Standing? The answer is seeing the comedians live on stage when the official “NBC’s Last Comic Standing Live Tour” comes to
Blueberry Pond Theatre Ensemble,
Directed by Southern playwright Lloyd Pace, Hong Kong was developed inside Blueberry Pond’s theatre labs as part of the center’s efforts to bring cutting-edge performances to
Co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish-Christian-Muslim Understanding, this heavy-hitting program promises to be “an event that provokes thought and discussion through the power of the written and spoken word,” says Jerri Lynn Fields, executive director of the Writers’ Center. Sharing the mike are Israeli poet and translator Peter Cole and Muslim poet and translator Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
MASKED AND ANONYMOUS: Robert Cuccioli and Glory
Crampton in Phantom, to be performed this
season at the Westchester Broadway Theatre.
Come enjoy some theater classics: Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford presents Phantom from October 4 to November 25 and December 27 to January 27, 2008. The Sound of Music is at the Irvington Town Hall Theater on November 3 to 4 and 9 to 11, and the White Plains Performing Arts Center puts on Man of La Mancha from November 29 to December 16.
Mark Morris Dance Group
The Performing Arts Center at
Calling all lovers of modern dance: Mark Morris, who’s considered one of the greatest choreographers of our time, is bringing his dance company to Purchase this fall. Formed in 1980, the Mark Morris Dance Group gave its first performance in
Paul Taylor has been called a genius, a legend, and a cultural icon, and you’ll be able to see why when
Steffi Nossen School of Dance presents An Afternoon of Dance: A Choreography Showcase
Purchase College Dance Theater Laboratory, Purchase
Grab the opportunity to see the work of
The Performing Arts Center at