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Bronxville and Ossining Win Big at Battle of the Books Tournament PDF Print Email

Written by Erin Schirota, Head of Youth Services, Bronxville Public Library

Oct. 29, 2014: The Bronxville Public Library's "Bright Broncos" and the Ossining Public Library's "Erudites" took home first-place trophies at the Westchester Library System's 1st annual Battle of the Books Tournament, which was held on Saturday, October 18. Teams composed of students in either the grade 4-6 or 6-9 bracket entered the competition from libraries throughout Westchester County.

Similar book-based trivia tournaments have been held throughout New York State and the country, but the Battle of the Books is new for Westchester youth. Organizer Liz Anastasi, young adult librarian at the Field Library, worked seemingly tirelessly to oversee the event.

Equally hardworking were the youth participants, who labored diligently throughout the summer and into the school year, reading five pre-selected books, memorizing facts and plots, and attending team practices. The first-place teams in each age group earned bragging rights at the inaugural battle and a trophy to display at their library until new winners are crowned in 2015.

The double-elimination-style tournament allowed for each team to play at least two matches during the competition. Each match was composed of two teams, and each team could enter between three and six players per match. The teams rang in their answers using a Jeopardy-like electronic buzzer system, while an emcee read questions and a judge monitored responses and game play.

With twenty-five questions per match drawn from five different books, the amount of trivia the students needed to readily recall was astounding. Bronxville's Bright Broncos team quickly discovered a tactic that worked well for them—lightning-fast buzzing. The Broncos often rang in even before the question was finished, a risky tactic that paid off well for the team and resulted in an undefeated win.

Team coaches Erin Schirota, head of youth services at the Bronxville Public Library, and Heather Norman, Bronxville Elementary School librarian, beamed with pride throughout the competition. "Our practices were not just about memorizing facts. The kids played games based on the books and completed scavenger hunts to further enrich the experience. Win or not, we wanted the kids to realize that there is a great deal of fun to be had with reading!"

Coach Schirota remarked that she anxiously chewed on her pen throughout the battle and noted that Team Bronxville had nerves of steel throughout. "I was truly amazed by the ease with which they played and the level of skill they displayed," said Schirota.

In the final matches, not only were the stakes high, but the question content was extremely difficult. Team Bronxville faced Team Ardsley and edged out the other team with a win of eleven points to seven points (seven questions were unanswered). In the grade 6-9 bracket, Team Briarcliff and Team Ossining created a dramatic finish for the competition. Ending in tie score, their first match led to a sudden-death victory for Team Briarcliff. As Team Ossining had been undefeated until this loss, another match needed to be played in order to declare a winner. Amazingly, this match, too, ended in a tie. In a highly intense finish, Team Ossining won the tie-breaker question and took home the trophy.

Planning for the 2015 Battle of the Books will begin in January of 2015, with the announcement of book titles expected in late spring. Area youth are encouraged to talk to their local public librarians about forming teams and entering the competition. "This is a competition we hope to continue for many years to come," said Schirota.

Pictured here: Bronxville and Ossining teams, winners of the 2014 Battle of the Books Tournament.

Photo courtesy Erin Schirota, Head of Youth Services, Bronxville Public Library

Singers Invited to Join Reformed Church Chancel Choir to Perform Mozart's Requiem Sunday, November 23 PDF Print Email

Written by Staff, The Reformed Church of Bronxville

Oct. 29, 2014: The Reformed Church of Bronxville and its chancel choir extend an open invitation to anyone interested in singing in its performance of Mozart's Requiem on Sunday, November 2, at 3:00 pm.

Please join the choir in singing this last masterwork of W.A. Mozart's!

Under the inspirational leadership of Dr. Sándor Szabó, you will appreciate even more of this sublime choral gem of Western culture. Singers of all levels welcome!

Choir rehearsals began on October 23 and continue on Thursdays from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm until the performance.

For more information, please call 914-337-6776, ext. 126, or email CLOAKING .

Pictured here: Members of The Reformed Church Chancel Choir.

Photo by A. Warner

Trade in Used Books at Bronxville Public Library PDF Print Email

Written by Staff, Bronxville Public Library

Oct. 29, 2014: Trade in your used books at the Bronxville Public Library. For each used book you bring in to swap, trade it for a different book brought in by someone else.

The library is accepting gently used books for children, teens, and adults.

Book Drop-Off Dates: Sunday, November 2, 1:00-4:00 pm; Monday, November 3, 9:30 am-5:00 pm; Tuesday, November 4, 1:00-8:30 pm. Drop off books in the Yeager Room on the lower level.

Book Swap Dates: Thursday, November 6, 1:00-8:30 pm; Friday, November 7, 9:30 am-5:00 pm; Saturday, November 8, 9:30 am-3:00 pm.

Pictured here: The Bronxville Public Library.

Photo by A. Warner

John Corry: Modern Artists and Old Masters: Four Exhibitions to Enjoy PDF Print Email

Written by John A. Corry

Oct. 22, 2014: Once fall arrives, Bronxville-area art lovers anticipate the opening of special exhibitions. In some years the choices may be more interesting than in others. This year's offerings are especially enticing.

Most impressive is the just-opened Metropolitan Museum's presentation of the Lauder Collection of Cubist art, consisting of eighty-one paintings, collages, drawings, and sculptures by Picasso (34 works), Braque, Leger, and Gris. Promised last year as a gift by cosmetics mogul Leonard A. Lauder and valued at more than $1 billion, it will, as then reported by Carol Vogel in the New York Times, "fill a glaring gap in the Met's collection." The promised gift was undoubtedly instrumental in the museum's decision earlier this year to reconstruct its modern art galleries.

Initiated by Picasso and Braque, Cubism was an early twentieth-century art movement that is generally recognized as having in a few years revolutionized the European approach to painting. During my visit at a preview for museum members, I especially enjoyed a special gallery filled with Picassos. The first gallery displays three Braques, one of which, Trees at L'Estaque, the New York Times's Roberta Smith describes as "perhaps the most powerful Braque in a New York museum." (I had the benefit of reading her very helpful review in last Friday's edition and suggest that it might also benefit others before their visits.)

Probably because of the relatively small size of most of the pictures, the Met chose to display the collection in the exhibition space just off the Greek and Roman hall on the first floor rather than in the larger second-floor galleries. Based on the attendance at my Saturday late afternoon for-members-only visit, this is likely to make the rooms seem even more crowded. Also, the subject matter of a Cubist painting may often be less obvious and require closer inspection than that of a traditional picture such as Picasso's The Old Mill and Winslow Homer's depiction of a similar subject that hangs in the Yale Art Gallery and that I mentioned in my article on my visit there. So try to visit the show on a less crowded weekday morning.

Early next month, the Met will also commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Spanish painter El Greco with an exhibition of its entire collection of nine paintings by him, the largest of any outside Spain, together with the six owned by the Hispanic Society of America. The timing of these two shows is especially appropriate since art experts regard El Greco's twisted forms as having had a major influence on Cubism. In fact, an article in the Met's Cubism exhibition catalogue calls his Vision of Saint John "a critical inspiration" for Picasso's famous Les demoiselles d'Avignon, which hangs in the Museum of Modern Art, two studies for which are shown in the exhibition's Picasso gallery.

El Greco was born on the Eastern Mediterranean island of Crete with the Greek name Domenikos Theotokopoulos, but after moving to Spain he acquired the shorter name by which he always has been known. My favorite El Greco painting is the Met's View of Toledo, showing that old Spanish city set on a high hill above the River Tagus. I also especially enjoy his Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind and Christ Carrying the Cross. Of the six paintings from the Hispanic Society, the Pietà is especially lovely.

This Spanish master is also being celebrated by the Frick. By the terms of their acquisition, its three El Grecos may not be shown outside its walls. But, starting early next month, they will be displayed together on a wall in the East Gallery. My longtime favorite is the dramatic Purification of the Temple.

Beginning November 5, another El Greco will be on view at the Frick. I can personally attest that a visit to the wonderful collection of European, British, and even American paintings at the National Gallery of Scotland is a high spot of any trip to Edinburgh. On November 5, the Frick will open an exhibition of ten of its masterpieces from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. Included is El Greco's mysterious Allegory, picturing a boy lighting a candle in the presence of a man and a monkey. The exhibition will also include Botticelli's Virgin and Sleeping Christ Child, never shown before in the United States, Velázquez's An Old Woman Cooking Eggs, Sargent's portrait of Lady Agnew, and Constable's Vale of Dedham, which won him admission to the Royal Academy.

After the Frick show closes on February 1, the ten paintings will join 45 others from the National Gallery for exhibition at San Francisco's de Young Museum and Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum. They will include works by Rembrandt, Titian, Vermeer, Gauguin, and Frederic Church's Niagara Falls, from the American Side, which is the one painting from the National Gallery that I can still recall from my last visit there more than twenty years ago.

Lack of exhibition space presumably is the reason why local viewers will be able to see only a portion of the whole show. The Frick recently proposed erecting a six-storey structure that, among other things, would add exhibition space. It is being opposed by preservationists and others, and the outcome is months if not years away. But the exhibition that the Frick is presenting is well worth the visit.

Finally, through February 8, MoMA is showing what New York Times critic Holland Cotter calls a "marvelous" show of colorful paper cut-outs by French master Henri Matisse. They were created by him during the last ten years of his life, when he had become largely chair- and bed-ridden. The simplicity of their design is sharply in contrast to the complexity of the Cubist works being displayed at the Met. A smaller version of the show drew more than 500,000 visitors at London's Tate Modern this summer, so that non-MoMA members would be well advised to order well in advance the timed admission tickets that are available to them.

Bronxville High School Drama Department to Present Anouilh's 'Antigone' and Odets's 'Waiting for Lefty' on October 23, 24, and 25 PDF Print Email

Written by Performing Arts Parent Committee, Bronxville High School

Oct. 22, 2014: Love, death, duty, fate, obedience, rebellion, power. Anouilh's Antigone, a modernization of Sophocles's play by the same name, often considered his masterpiece, will be the first of two one-act plays in Power Plays, presented by the Bronxville High School Drama Department, on Thursday, October 23, at 5:00 pm and Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25, at 7:00 pm in the Black Box Theater on the fourth floor of the high school (Director Peter Royal's classroom). Seating is limited to the first 50 people each night, and tickets are $10 at the door.

Waiting for Lefty, Clifford Odets's play based loosely on the 1934 New York City taxi strike, is the second performance. It garnered 28 curtain calls when it premiered in 1935.

Come experience the intensity of these plays within the intimacy of the Black Box Theater!

Antigone Cast List
Chorus: Sarah Carbonaro, Nicolette Petnuch, Lauren Gray, and Amy Kwok
Antigone: Michelle Moriarty
Nurse: Ariana Sher
Creon: John George Brakatselos
Haemon: Will Tague
Ismene: Natalie Arenzon
First Guard: Griffin Garbarini
Second Guard/Messenger: Max Clark
Third Guard: Alex Swenson

Waiting for Lefty Cast List
Fatt: Tomas Gibbons
Joe: Andrew Walter-McNeill
Edna: Kendall Beach
Mr. Fayette: Griffin Garbarini
Miller: Lauren Gray
Sid: Will Tague
Florrie: Morgan Taylor
Sylvia: Ariana Sher
Dr. Barnes: Liam Smyth
Benjamin: Roberto Gandara
Keller: Sarah Carbonaro

Pictured here: Poster for Power Plays.

Photo courtesy Performing Arts Parent Committee, Bronxville High School

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