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Documentary Film 'Fed Up' Playing in Bronxville on June 12 PDF Print Email

Jun. 11, 2014:  The film Fed Up is playing at the Bronxville Cinemas on Thursday, June 12, at 2:15 pm and 4:30 pm. This is a documentary that claims that most of what we have been told about food and exercise is wrong. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar-winning producer of An Inconvenient Truth) and director Stephanie Soechtig, Fed Up may make you question everything you think you know about what you are eating and change the way you eat.

Click here if you want to take "The Fed Up Challenge"--10 days to be sugar free:

Nearly 70 Bronxville Middle School Students to Put On the Musical '13' PDF Print Email

May 28, 2014:  Bronxville Middle School will present the musical 13, by Jason Robert Brown, on Saturday, May 31, at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm and Sunday, June 1, at 3:00 pm. The musical will be performed in the Wright Theater at Sarah Lawrence College, 1 Mead Way, and tickets are $10 at the door.

13 is about a kid named Evan who lives in New York City and has the perfect life until his parents get divorced and he is forced to move with his mother to Appleton, Indiana. He feels all is hopeless until he meets a girl named Patrice, who befriends Evan the moment he arrives in Appleton. He then has but one mission: to get all the cool kids in school to come to his bar mitzvah or else spend the rest of his academic career banished to the land of the geeks. 13 is about finding out who you are, finding out what you need, and finding out what's really important. It's about friendship and the turmoil of being thirteen.

Director Lindsey Blackhurst, who has directed several middle school productions and is one of the middle school chorus and drama teachers at Bronxville Middle School, said of 13: "This music is incredibly difficult . . . there are a lot of tricky rhythms and intervals in the score." Natalie Arenzon (10th grade) is assistant director for the second year in a row, having assisted Ms. Blackhurst with last year's production of Guys and Dolls.

While the students have to learn to put themselves into their characters' shoes and learn all the music, they also have to incorporate dance steps and staging--especially challenging this year, as the students won't get to practice in the actual space until the four days of production week.

Sarah Jane Johnson, choreographer and a former college classmate of Blackhurst's, has risen to the challenge. Her amazing talents have helped the middle school students learn not only about the power of words and music, but also about dancing and movement of the body. Alexa Shephard (9th grade) is assistant choreographer.

As a special treat this year, singers and dancers will be accompanied live by professional musicians: Dr. Jonathan Faiman, who is also the rehearsal pianist, will play keyboard; Bill Reeve, drums; and Oren Fader, guitar. Bronxville senior Josh Bothwell will play bass guitar.

In addition to the normal excitement that accompanies a production, there was added stress this year because a stage had to be found, since the school's auditorium is unavailable while it is undergoing renovations. Sarah Lawrence College generously stepped up and donated space. Judith Schwartzstein, director of public affairs at Sarah Lawrence College, said, "As neighbors and friends, Sarah Lawrence College is so pleased to be able to provide the venue for the middle school theater production this year." She emphasized that "strong connections between the school and the college are important to us and the vigor of our Bronxville community."

The Bronxville School and students are grateful for the generosity of Sarah Lawrence and are looking forward to performing in the intimate Wright Theater, with its thrust stage surrounded on three sides by audience.

With a cast of over 50 and student crew of 15, this lively musical in the professional Wright Theater is sure to be a sold-out crowd pleaser for all ages. Don't miss it!

Evan: Griffin Garbarini (Saturday afternoon, Ryan Staunton); Patrice: Claire Kraemer (Saturday afternoon, Sarah Billings); Brett: Max Laval; Malcolm: Jack Moore; Eddie: Tomas Gibbons; Kendra: Alice O'Connell (Saturday afternoon: Norah Foley); Archie: Matthew Pytosh; Lucy: Jamie Brusco (Saturday afternoon: Catie Burnell); Cassie: Nicole Torres; Charlotte: Anna Torres; Molly: Andrea Shephard; Trio of Girls joining in "It Can't Be True": Hana Eddib, Lily Monahan, and Kat Ungvary; Richie: Jimmy Hennessey; Simon: Isak Davydov; Rabbis/Kids: Allison Barker, Rachel Billings, Hana Eddib, Margaux Frohlich, Katie Gordon, Lily Monahan, Kara Regan, Kat Ungvary, and Ariana Velez; Cheerleaders/Kids: Hayley Berry, Libby Bishop, Ella Crawford, Ella Crystal, Eva Dani, Jadyn Horin, Sunday Ladas, Keiko Mitsui, Sofia Ricciarini, Viktoria Schmuck, Holly Ungvary, and Frances Whyte; Kids: Charlie Ambrose, Eve Balseiro, Michelle Coppola, Jackie Coquillette, Isak Davydov, Sofia Fenner, Larkin Flanagan, Arisa Hara, Sam Huss, Graana Khan, Patrick Krall, Gaby Laval, Naoko Mitsui, Anna Normand, Nastja Popkova, Jack Ruhanen, Juliet Stills, and Mia Stills.

Stage manager/props/run crew: Maddie Hanley; tech director/lighting board: Kenny Taylor; sound board operator: Leo Gretzinger; stage manager/calling: Lilly Martin; run crew head: Luke Redman; run crew: Emma Estes, Jacoby Goodson, Ben Hanley, Aiden Hiller, Xavier Layton, and Gabriella Pacitto; follow spot: Roberto Gandara; projector: Alex Swenson; props/costumes: Erin Kaye and Nora Triandis.

Note:  Managing logistics of the production are drama mama Cira Marmolejos and a host of parent volunteers. For information about ticket availability, please email Trish Burnell at CLOAKING .

13 is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684; fax: 212-397-4684

Greenburgh Players with Local Cellist Eugene Briskin to Perform at Bronxville Library Friday, May 30 PDF Print Email

May 28, 2014:  The Greenburgh Chamber Players, which includes Bronxville resident Eugene Briskin on cello, will perform at the Bronxville Public Library on Friday, May 30, at 7:00 pm.

The concert, sponsored by the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library, will be held in the library's Yeager Room. It is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow the performance.

The trio, which in addition to Briskin includes Junah Chung on viola and Ragga Petursdottir on violin, will perform works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Dohnányi.

Russian-born Briskin received his musical training at the Leningrad Conservatory. At the age of fourteen, he was a member of a winning string quartet at the Prague International Competition. The quartet later performed at all the major concert halls in Leningrad as well as on radio and television.

Since moving to New York in 1979, Briskin has continued to perform in the US and Europe. He lives with his family in Bronxville and teaches cello at The Bronxville School.

Briskin has also performed with popular stars including Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, and Sammy Davis Jr. He was a cellist in the Broadway productions of Kiss of the Spider Women and Titanic.

One music critic wrote that "through his personality and playing, cellist Eugene Briskin imbued this performance with life and vitality."

Pictured here:  Cellist Eugene Briskin.

Photo courtesy Friends of the Bronxville Public Library

David Allen Nichols to Present Special Piano Recital at West Center Church Sunday, June 1 PDF Print Email

May 28, 2014: Pianist and composer David Allen Nichols will present a recital at West Center Congregational Church, 101 Pondfield Road West, on Sunday, June 1, at 2:00 pm.

Worlds in Collision--A Musical Journey Through Time and Space features works by Franz Liszt and original works by Mr. Nichols that were influenced by Liszt. He describes the program as "very powerful, virtuosic, and emotionally intense and dramatic."

The original pieces are Exo, "a contemporary . . . minimalist-inspired work of epic virtuosity and power" and The Alchemist's Puzzle Garden, "cinematic in effect and drama." The works by Franz Liszt are from his late mystical period and his middle period of dramatic works--"Orage" and "Sursum Corda" from Années de pèlerinage, Unstern, In festo transfigurationis Domini nostri Jesu Christi, La lugubre gondola, and Nuages gris.

David Allen Nichols's playing has been praised by New York's Creations Magazine as "powerful" and "soul searching." Metaphysical Reviews has written that his "masterful piano artistry leads the listener to a place deep within."

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Mr. Nichols received his bachelor of music degree from The University of Texas at Austin and pursued graduate studies in piano performance and composition. His reputation as a versatile artist and improvisational pianist led him to a number of collaborative works for dance, film, theater, and television.

He has worked with the American Ballet Theater, the New York City Ballet, and the Dance Theater of Harlem and has had jazz projects at Manhattan's Eighty-Eights. For the past twelve years, he has been the music director of the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Ballet and pianist for the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. Mr. Nichols is also a teacher; he gives master classes and maintains a private teaching studio in Bronxville at West Center Congregational Church.

There is a suggested donation of $10. The sanctuary is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers and there is parking available on the street. For further information, please call the church office in the morning at 914- 337-3829, send an email to CLOAKING , or go to its website at

Pictured here: Concert pianist David Allen Nichols.

Photo courtesy Susan Reisinger, Publicity, West Center Congregational Church

Meals on Wheels to Hold Annual Bargemusic Concert Fundraiser Sunday, June 8 PDF Print Email

May 28, 2014:  Meals on Wheels 10708, Inc. will once again host the Bargemusic Trio for a fundraising event to be held on June 8 at St. Joseph's Church at 2:30 pm.

"This is our only fundraising event for the year," said Meals on Wheels 10708 director, Pat Weinheimer, "and we look forward to a significant attendance in support of our organization."

Bargemusic comes to Bronxville from New York City. The trio will be led by Mark Peskanov, president and artistic director of Bargemusic, New York City's renowned floating concert hall, moored in Brooklyn near the Brooklyn Bridge. Mr. Peskanov on violin will be accompanied by Adrian Daurov on cello and Olga Vinokur on piano. They will play selections from Beethoven and Schubert.

The proceeds from this concert will benefit Meals on Wheels 10708, Inc. and will greatly assist the organization in providing a 365-day-a-year meal-delivery program to its clients.

Tickets are $25 and $20 for students and seniors. They may be obtained in advance by calling 914-787-3027 and may also be purchased at the door on the day of the concert.

Pictured here:  Members of the Bargemusic Trio and friends.

Photo courtesy Pat Weinheimer, Director, Meals on Wheels 10708, Inc.

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