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While Passover is a joyous holiday, the Seders— the two consecutive dinners during which the story of the Jews’ liberation from slavery is retold — have their fair share of somber moments. Jews gather for one or two evenings to eat, drink, pray and read from a Haggadah, a text that guides th…

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It takes more than a pandemic to stop some local venues from serving up original entertainment. Even deprived of an actual stage for an entire year, the Irvington Theater, for example, has been seeking out new material, with offerings such as the Arts Incubator Film Series that premiered on …

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Local game show fans may have spotted a familiar face on TV last Sunday night — a young woman flying through the air in a harness, and later getting dropped down a chute into a pile of giant foam cubes. The contestant in question was Laura McDonald, an Edgemont High School grad, class of 200…

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Some fundraisers strike the perfect note — a local virtual concert, scheduled for next weekend, will certainly fit the bill. On Sunday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m., Emily Hansen, a Fox Meadow resident and mezzo-soprano, will perform “Music That Matters,” a selection of classical and contemporary …

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“Border Cantos/Sonic Border,” a multisensory exhibition featuring the collaboration between photographer Richard Misrach and sculptor and composer Guillermo Galindo, presents a haunting view of the complex issues along the U.S./Mexico border.

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In writing “Westchester: History of an Iconic Suburb,” journalist Robert Marchant of Croton-on-Hudson sought to tell the story of American history in a particular place. “I’m continually fascinated by the way suburbs differentiate themselves from the city … how the wealthy want to be perceiv…

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The COVID pandemic has, by and large, been a time of sorrow. But Brooke Diamond, a Scarsdale High School 10th grader and Fox Meadow resident, has distilled her experiences over the past year into something extraordinary: a beautiful — and now prizewinning — poem. Her composition, “Movement o…

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In music circles, Rebecca Angel has long been known as a talented singer. But now, the 25-year-old can add “award-winning” to that descriptor: Angel, a former Edgemont resident, recently received a nod from the Independent Music Network (IMN) for New Artist Breakout Single. Her jazzy recordi…

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The present, as we know all too well, is a scary time to be living in. But what will the future be like? Gish Jen, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based author and Scarsdale High School distinguished alumnae, Class of ’74, explores the possibilities in her latest novel, “The Resisters.” The paper…

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Caramoor has announced two special holiday programs, the latest in the Katonah-based arts center’s ongoing efforts to remain connected with its audience and offer inspiration to the community during the COVID-19 health crisis.

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Leslie Kimmelman’s latest book, “The Eight Knights of Hanukkah,” tells the story of a diverse group of children — mounted on steeds and clad in armor — who save the Jewish holiday that marks a miracle: a menorah burning for eight days and nights on a single night’s worth of lamp oil.

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Maria Ciampi’s birthday is Dec. 25 so it’s no coincidence, said the Hartsdale resident, that someday she’d write the original book for “Kris Kringle, the Musical,” an off-Broadway show about Christmas.

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The Scarsdale rec department held a Sketch the ’Dale contest for all artists in the village, whether a beginner, advanced or professional, to sketch a favorite building or location, view or image, and submit it for all to see. The winners were announced via Zoom Nov. 24. There were 19 submis…

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The award-winning New Choral Society, under the direction of Dr. John T. King, opens its 27th season with a virtual production of the beloved holiday favorite, Handel’s Messiah, Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. This audience favorite was recorded live in early November under strict safety protocols …

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Singer Mariah Carey is known and loved the world over. But whom does the idol herself idolize? Fans learned the answer when the diva’s bestselling memoir, “The Meaning of Mariah Carey,” was published last month. In it, she gives a shout-out to Carole Demas and Paula Janis from “The Magic Gar…

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Writers, it’s often said, draw inspiration from the most random of sources. For Scarsdale’s Brooke Lea Foster, lightning struck while she was vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard and saw a magazine ad for a rental property called The Swindle. Something about the charming three-bedroom cottage, s…

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Festivity in the Hudson Valley usually shifts into high gear around Halloween, with local historic sites such as Washington Irving’s Sunnyside and Van Cortlandt Manor hosting themed events. But this year, owing to pandemic-related restrictions, many of this region’s beloved seasonal attracti…

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She didn’t get the bird she was looking for, but Scarsdale High School senior Anastasia Stefanou made the most of her time standing out in the cold on a blustery day at Jones Beach. The result was an award-winning photograph that Stefanou entered in the Audubon national photography contest. …

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Given everything 2020 has thrown at us so far, who among us wouldn’t like to escape — if not from the year itself, at least from the monotony of staying home? A getaway is, sadly, rather difficult to arrange right now. But crack open “The Bluebell Girls,” the third novel by Scarsdale residen…

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Scarsdale High School graduate Sam Friedman (’20) and SHS junior Jake Lubin are the recipients of the 2020 Best Shorts Film Competition Award of Merit for their production, “Boy on the Moon,” a 10-minute dramatic vignette about three teenagers in a dicey situation and facing feelings of frie…

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Scarsdale resident Jill Krutick, a contemporary abstract expressionist who uses texture, form and color to suggest the intense beauty and constant flux of nature — galaxies, skies, blossoms and tides — was one of the artists selected for the MvVO Ad Art Show taking place in New York City dur…

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When St. George’s Choral Society kicks off its first performance on Nov. 21, choir members — anywhere from 25 to 250 of them — will sing their hearts out individually and remotely. Joining their prerecorded portions will be four soloists and a seven-member chamber ensemble performing live. W…

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For music lovers eager to put live performances back into their datebooks, Caramoor in Katonah is offering “Beginner’s Ear,” a unique series designed to bring mindfulness to the concert experience. Caramoor’s Sunken Garden provides a fitting setting to clear the mind and nourish the spirit w…

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Scarsdale resident Diane Cherr will be a featured artist with “Painting on a Day in May" on Climbing the Walls, a virtual collaboration between Studio Theater in Exile, an innovative theater company serving the artist and public communities while partnering with libraries, museums, galleries…

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Donna Rubin cried the day American Legends was forced to close its doors in March due to growing concerns over COVID-19. From the time the cards, comics and collectibles store on Central Avenue reopened June 9 through Topps National Baseball Card Day (NBCD) on Saturday, Aug. 8, she hasn’t st…

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An annual exhibition of sound art marks the continuing expansion of Caramoor’s programming. For the current exhibition, artists have worked with sonic materials outside the traditions of concert music, and each artist draws inspiration from their chosen location.

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Like all cultural institutions, the Katonah Museum of Art has struggled to continue to function during the coronavirus crisis. But even being unable to allow visitors into the building or to hold its big annual spring fundraiser, KMA has managed to remain a vital community resource through a…

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There’s probably not a soul in America unfamiliar with the refrain, “We Shall Overcome,” but it’s doubtful anyone has heard the wealth of songs RiverArts is offering in a three-part series, “Songs of Protest: a Survey from the Mid-Twentieth Century to the Black Lives Matter Movement.”

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Clocktower Players, the resident theater company of the Irvington Theater, can’t stage productions in its historic auditorium anytime soon. But the pandemic isn’t stopping the company from engaging the community through online acting classes, dance and vocal lessons and improvisation worksho…

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While most of us have found little more than monotony in quarantine, some have discovered opportunity — a chance to clean out a long-neglected attic, for example, or start a new exercise routine. For Hanna Eisenstein, 20, of Quaker Ridge, the pandemic has given her a chance to achieve a drea…

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