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Lectures and Movies at the Bronxville Library in February PDF Print Email

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By Staff


Feb. 8, 2017:  The Basics of Alzheimer's:  On Thursday, February 9, at 1:30 pm, a program will be presented at the library that covers topics on Alzheimer's disease, such as warning signs, differences in dementias, how to get a proper diagnosis, stages of the disease, treatment options, research, and services to help. Registration is required (914-337-7680).

Sitting Better: The Feldenkrais Method of Movement:  On Tuesday, February 14, at 1:30 pm, Patricia Wahl, certified Feldenkrais practitioner, will hold an informative workshop on the Feldenkrais Method for anyone who wants to reconnect with their natural abilities to move, think, and feel.

Whether you want to be more comfortable sitting at your computer, playing with your children or grandchildren, performing a favorite pastime, or healing from an injury, these gentle lessons can improve your overall wellbeing. Registration is required (914-337-7680).

Author Talk:  On Saturday, February 18, at 2:00 pm, Westchester author Jacqueline Goldstein will read excerpts from her book Ms. Murphy's Makeover.  A Q&A session will follow.

Learn to Paint Like Georgia O'Keeffe:  On Friday, February 24, at 10:30 am, a workshop will be held on learning to paint in the style of Georgia O'Keeffe and learning more about the artist and her style of painting. No artistic experience necessary. Space is limited. Registration is required (914-337-7680).

The Adult Book Discussion Group:  On Tuesday, February 21, the Adult Book Discussion Group will meet in the library boardroom from 7:00 to 8:30 pm to discuss Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. "Powerful and passionate . . . profoundly moving . . . a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times. 

Don't forget to check out our Adult Coloring Group, which meets every Monday at 1:30 pm, and our Social Needlers knitting and crochet group, which meets every Wednesday at 11:00 am.

Movies in February:

Thurs. 2/16:  The Hollars, 1:30 pm, PG-13, 88 minutes.

Wed. 2/22:  Wild Oats, 1:30 pm, PG-13, 86 minutes.

Tues. 2/28:  Miracles from Heaven, 6:30 pm, PG-13, 109 minutes. 

Pictured here:  The Bronxville Public Library.

Photo by A. Warner

 
Opening Reception for 'Dreams & Reality: Vision of Urban Architecture' by Richard Haas to Be Held at OSilas Gallery Thursday, February 2 PDF Print Email

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By Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery


Feb. 1, 2017:  An opening reception will be held at OSilas Gallery, on the campus of Concordia College, on Thursday, February 2, at 7:00 pm for an exhibition of works of art by noted American muralist Richard HaasDreams & Reality: Vision of Urban Architecture. Haas's art focuses on architecture.  

The reception is free and open to the public and will feature a brief talk by the artist. Free and ample parking is available on the campus of the college.

This exhibition was curated by Charles T. Little, curator emeritus of medieval art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Over the years, many of Haas's murals have been destroyed either by the elements or by building developers. There are blessings and curses that come with urban reform.

The exhibition features a variety of architectural drawings, maquettes, paintings, and prints.

Gallery hours:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: noon to 5:00 pm; Thursdays, noon to 7:00 pm; and Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

To arrange a group tour of this exhibition outside normal gallery hours, please contact Executive Director Elizabeth Vranka at 914-337-9300, ext. 2173.

Pictured here:  American muralist Richard Haas.

Photo courtesy Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery

 
Concordia College and Conservatory Announce Two Endowments in Memory of Mary C. Hoch PDF Print Email

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By Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory


Jan. 25, 2017:   Concordia Conservatory is pleased to announce it has established two endowment funds in memory of Mary C. Hoch: the Mary C. Hoch Endowed Scholarship Fund and the Hoch Chamber Music Endowed Fund. 

These funds will, respectively, assist need-based music students of all ages and ensure world-class chamber music at Concordia College. The endowment funds were donated by over 200 families and friends to Concordia College in Mary's memory.

Mary passed away from traumatic brain injury in August of 2016. Her influence on Concordia and the greater Bronxville community was extensive and profound. 

Mary and her husband, Jim, founded the Hoch Chamber Music Series in 2001, a premiere music series that has become one of the true treasures of the community and Concordia College. 

Mary's passion for providing high-level musical experiences for children and adults and cultivating the next generation of chamber music lovers is realized through these endowments. Mary's love for and dedication to music education will continue to enrich the lives of Concordia Conservatory students and audiences for generations to come.

Said Executive Director Kathleen Suss, "These two endowment funds empower the core of the Conservatory's mission to inspire, instruct, and enrich lives through music offering excellence in education and performance. Mary's profound impact will influence countless students and concert goers for many years to come. On a personal and professional level, I am so grateful for all that Mary has done on behalf of Concordia Conservatory and the community. As her devoted partner in these endeavors, Jim Hoch continues his dedication to outstanding music education and world-class performances at Concordia."

Pictured here (L to R): At the endowment signing are Jim Hoch, Kathleen Suss, executive director of Concordia Conservatory, Heather McGuiness, vice president for advancement, and Concordia College’s President Dr. John Nunes.

Photo courtesy Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory

 
Hit Movie 'Sing' Inspires Mud Week Camp at The Picture House in Pelham PDF Print Email

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By Amy Cole, Director of Communications, The Picture House Regional Film Center 


Jan. 25, 2017:  Whether your child likes to belt it out in front of a camera or prefers to shine behind the scenes, creative opportunities await at The Picture House (TPH) Regional Film Center's Mud Week camps taking place Monday, February 20, through Thursday, February 23.

Using the hit movie Sing as their inspiration, students will create a new music-themed video for each day of camp. After camp week has concluded, TPH's panel of experts will choose a winning video from each age group, which will play on the main screen before the run of Lego: Batman at The Picture House this spring.

Winners will be announced at our student showcase on March 25, where all student films from fall and winter semesters will have their moment to shine on the big screen. Parents will also receive a link to each video to share and download at their convenience.

Mud Week camp at TPH is open to students in grades K through 5. Camp will run from 9:00 am to noon with an extended day option available. With the extended day option, students may bring their lunch, have some popcorn on us, and enjoy watching Sing in our main hall or another fantastic children's movie in our screening room.

Lunch and movie are fully supervised, extended day hours are from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. Mud Week camp is $65/student per day, extended day is $90/student per day. Picture House members at the Family Level and above receive a 10% discount.

All classes meet at our theater at 175 Wolfs Lane. Registration is available at http://www.thepicturehouse.org/education/camps-tph/ or by emailing  CLOAKING  or calling 914-738-3161.

About The Picture House Regional Film Center:  Since 1921, The Picture House Regional Film Center (TPH) has served as a cultural center and community hub and is the oldest continuously running movie theater in Westchester County. Thanks to an extensive renovation and the addition of state of the art technology, TPH is also a thriving regional film center providing dynamic film and education programs to a diverse and multi-generational audience in Westchester County and beyond. In the 300-seat main hall and the luxurious 14-seat screening room, audiences see the best in new, independent, and classic cinema. TPH education programs provide students of all ages with the opportunity to learn about the art, science, and business of film. A community-based, mission-driven nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, The Picture House is located at 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, New York 10803. Contact it at www.thepicturehouse.orgCLOAKING  or 914-738-3161.

Photo courtesy Amy Cole, Director of Communications, The Picture House Regional Film Center 

 
James Lettiere, Art Critic: 'A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde' at MoMA PDF Print Email

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By James Letterie, Art Critic


Jan. 11, 2017:  To say the least, Russia is in the news these days. With that in mind, I visited the exhibition A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde at MoMA, and it contained a lot to like, especially if you favor photography and prints. 

I recognized many of their names, but I have to admit, I had much to learn about their work.This exhibition is fairly large and is very visually stimulating.The artists of the so-call Russian Avant-Garde, essentially Socialist Realism, embraced mechanical methods for creating their work. They eschewed artists' techniques in favor photography, print making, and, most important, film, which Lenin endorsed as vital to the revolution's success.

Aleksandr Rodchenko is well represented through a substantial number of his photographs as well as revolutionary propaganda posters. There were excerpts of Sergei Eisenstein films, also designed to inspire the people's belief in the Bolshevik Revolution.

Someone whose work I was unfamiliar with before my visit is an artist named El Lissitzky. Much of the excitement over this exhibition is generated by his works. Examples of his paintings, prints, photography, and drawings are often the best representations of a particular medium. He also appears in another exhibition at the museum that includes a collection of photo collages by Joseph Albers that feature family, friends, and Bauhaus colleagues.

The Museum of Modern Art
10:30 am–5:30 pm daily, until 8:00 pm on Fridays
Member early hours begin at 9:30 am.

Pictured here:  James Lettiere.

Photo courtesy the author

 
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