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Find Waldo in Bronxville in July PDF Print Email

By Staff 

Jul. 13, 2016:  Waldo, of the popular children's book series Where's Waldo, is back, once again, hiding in 24 Bronxville businesses throughout the whole month of July. 

Local businesses in Bronxville will again participate in "Where's Waldo," a game sponsored by Womrath Bookshop, by hiding a little cardboard statue of Waldo somewhere in their stores. Young sleuths must inspect each store to find Waldo, sometimes not an easy thing to do.

On July 28 at 3:00 pm, there will be a big party at Womrath Bookshop, including prizes, for all the detectives.

Register at Womrath to get the passport that local merchants will stamp when sleuths spot Waldo.

For more information, call Womrath Bookshop at 914-337-0199 or stop by the store at 76 Pondfield Road.

Pictured here: Waldo display in the window of Womrath Bookshop from a previous year.

Photo by A. Warner

Bronxville Pops Concert Band to Present Music Under the Stars on Wednesdays in July PDF Print Email

By Carol P. Bartold

Jun. 29, 2016:  July in Bronxville means the return of the Bronxville Pops Concert Band's evening programs on the steps of The Bronxville School. This year the group, under the baton of Al Mingrone, will offer live music under the stars on July 6, July 13, July 20, and July 27, all Wednesdays, with the downbeat at 8:00 pm. All concerts are free. 

This summer's season will be the band's forty-first. A familiar figure on the local scene, Mingrone taught at The Bronxville School for twenty-eight years and was an adjunct professor at Concordia College. He is a Logan, West Virginia, native and a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University. 

The Bronxville Pops Concert Band formed in 1974 with six professional musicians and has grown into a full-fledged symphonic band with over sixty members, some of them former Bronxville students. Concert patrons can expect to hear a wide repertoire that includes classic marches, Broadway and film tunes, and international favorites, as well as American standards and compositions for concert band. 

From time to time, Mingrone has been known to showcase the conducting talents of some of his friends in the music business. 

"This is all for the love of music," Mingrone said a few years ago. "Many of these musicians are local and regional music teachers, and others are longtime players." 

Formerly sponsored by the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce, the live summer band concerts must now rely on financial support from donations from the public as well as from local businesses. 

As Mingrone says, "Bring a blanket, bring a chair, and enjoy live music under the stars."

Pictured here:  Al Mingrone, conductor of The Bronxville Pops Concert Band.

Photo by A. Warner

James Lettiere, Art Critic: Exhibition of Philip Guston's Paintings and Drawings from 1957 to 1967 PDF Print Email

Philip Guston, Painter, 1957-1967
April 26 to July 29, 2016


By James Lettiere, Art Critic 

Jun. 22, 2016:  This fascinating exhibition at the gallery Hauser & Wirth represents a pivotal period in the artistic growth of artist Philip Guston. The gallery's website describes the exhibition as follows: "Featuring 36 paintings and 53 drawings, many on loan from major museums and private collections, the exhibition draws together a compelling body of work that reveals the artist grappling to reconcile gestural and field painting, figuration and abstraction."   

Philip Guston was a boyhood friend of Jackson Pollack's and a high school dropout. During his artistic career he was able to paint images that are both attractive and darkly portentous. He progressed through a number of stylistic changes; his choices have a wide range, from the social realism of WPA murals, to abstract expressionism of the 1950s and '60s, to the powerful symbolism that he is well known for today.  

The exhibition has a large number of dramatic paintings. The highlight in my mind, however, was the room dedicated to smaller-format drawings that are hung together in a salon style.  

Gallery website: "The exhibition extends across four dedicated rooms, tracing the evolution of Guston's forms through the 1960s until they are reduced to 'the isolation of the single image.'"  

Hauser & Wirth 
511 West 18th Street
New York 10011

Summer opening hours
20 June – 29 July
Monday – Friday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm    

Pictured here:  Drawings by Philip Guston at the Hauser & Wirth art gallery.

Photo by James Lettiere

Concordia Conservatory to Host Award-Winning Author Andrea Davis Pinkney Monday, June 13 PDF Print Email

By Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory 

Jun. 8, 2016:  Concordia Conservatory will host a Musical Adventures at the Library concert on Monday, June 13, at 4:00 pm at the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the campus of Concordia College featuring New York Times best-selling author Andrea Davis Pinkney with guitarist Rami Vamos 

The performance will include book readings by Pinkney of her recent releases with musical accompaniment by Vamos. The event is sponsored by The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe in collaboration with the public libraries of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe. 

This program has brought local community awareness of the arts and literature to the southern Westchester County community at large. Erin Schirota, the children's librarian of the Bronxville Library, Theresa Chang, the children's librarian of the Eastchester Library, and Ellen Tannenbaum, the children's librarian of the Tuckahoe Library, are partners in this program. 

Andrea Davis Pinkney's literary repertoire encompasses a wide variety of styles, including picture books, novels, and works of historical fiction and nonfiction. Some of her notable titles are Bird in a Box and With the Might of Angels. Andrea has also written the illustrated books Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down, a Parents' Choice Award winner; Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride, a 2010 Jane Addams Honor Book and School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, which also won the Carter G. Woodson Award for historical works for young people; Duke Ellington, a Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor Book; and Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation, a featured selection on Oprah and Friends radio. 

In addition to being a talented author, she has also been a publishing executive, having worked at several publishing services. She was named one of the "25 Most Influential Black Women in Business" by the Network Journal and was selected as one of the "25 Most Influential People in Our Children's Lives" by Children's Health Magazine.   

Rami Vamos is a performer, educator, writer, and composer with a varied creative output, including chamber music and children's musicals. He writes and hosts for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Beginnings series and teaches K-5 music in the Pelham School District. Vamos holds degrees from Yale, Oberlin, and Queens College and is currently string department head at Concordia Conservatory. 

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 914-395-4507.

Pictured here:  Author Andrea Davis Pinkney.

Photo courtesy Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory

James Lettiere: Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World at The Metropolitan Museum of Art PDF Print Email

By James Lettiere, Art Specialist 

Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World
Through July 17, 2016 

May 25, 2016:  If you have enjoyed visiting the Pergamon Museum in Berlin or seeing the Elgin Marbles at The British Museum, I think you will react similarly to the Pergamon exhibit at the Met, Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World. The Met’s presentation has both depth and breadth, thanks to the cooperation of the Pergamon Museum, various museums in Italy, Greece, Tunisia, and Morocco, among other countries, and the Met.

The wide range of media with which these ancient artisans and artists expressed themselves is intellectually stimulating as well as entertaining. Marble, terra-cotta, precious metals--all were employed to great effect.

According to the Met’s website, there over 265 objects in the exhibition, with most originating from the permanent collections of the Met and the Pergamon.

The ancient city of Pergamon (now known as Bergama, in present-day Turkey) was the capital of the Attalid Dynasty, which ruled over large parts of Asia Minor. These works were highly influential on Roman art.

The time line of the period encompassed by the exhibit extends the three centuries from Alexander's death in 323 BC to the establishment of the Roman Empire in the first century BC.

The show is somewhat of a challenge in the sense that it is big with many objects to study and informational plaques to read. The effort is worth it.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028

Phone: 212-535-7710


Sunday to Thursday: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Pictured here:  James Lettiere.

Photo by A. Warner 

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