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Like many authors, Lisa Tognola couldn’t help but see a reflection of herself in the characters of her first book. Tognola’s debut novel “As Long As It’s Perfect,” to be released Oct. 15, follows a stay-at-home mom — like the author — as she takes on the role of assistant contractor in nearb…

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Walking into a bar and seeing a poster announcing a cover band show can elicit one of two reactions: an excited request for a glam rock song of bygone years or a groan of mild dread. Not many bands will proudly announce they are more of a “wild jukebox” than a deep and brooding ensemble with…

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The Scarsdale Business Alliance has announced a final list of musical guests and food trucks for a music festival dubbed Scarchella, slated for Sept. 14 in Scarsdale Village.

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Unlike other programs in the area, the Westchester School of Speech and Drama doesn’t just focus on staging plays and reciting lines. The school, run by Shahnaz Shroff, was founded in 2015 with the goal of taking some of the focus of the performing arts off the dramatic and putting more emph…

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The Scarsdale Village Board of Trustees voted on July 9 to allow the Scarsdale Business Alliance to host Scarchella, a music festival in Chase Park. The name Scarchella comes from the uber-cool California music festival, Coachella, which features top name artists and attracts more than a qua…

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Theater has long been a place that welcomes and represents colorful members of society. Shows like “Hair” and “RENT” brought countercultures front and center and foundations like Broadway Cares addressed issues like the AIDs crisis in a time when the LGBTQ+ community was left largely to suff…

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Though folk art may not be mainstream, White Plains-based ArtsWestchester considers folk traditions more than worthy of having their own department and a full-time program director. Aaron Paige, an ethnomusicologist with a knack for acting “like glue” between community members, heads up folk…

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The music of vocalist, violinist, composer and producer Caroline Shaw is being heard on six separate programs during this summer season at Caramoor in Katonah. Shaw, the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music — when she was just 30 — has as recent commissions new works for Renee …

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“Stars and Stripes,” “American Overture” and selections from “West Side Story” filled the air as fireworks lit the sky over the Scarsdale Pool Complex Tuesday night. A week earlier the Pink Panther theme, classical tunes and a Les Mis medley drifted through the open windows of buildings surr…

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Keeping with the goal of their name, which translates to “New Theater,” the opera group Teatro Nuovo will present a semi-staged production of Gioachino Rossini’s “La Gazza Ladra” (The Thieving Magpie) on July 14 at Purchase College. The company was created as an ensemble dedicated to classic…

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The halls of many art museums and galleries have heard the comment, “I could do that,” or maybe even “My kid could draw that.” Westchester artist Adam Handler’s work in an upcoming exhibition at the Madelyn Jordon Fine Art Gallery takes that perception and challenges it head on.

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While political tensions over immigration flare, Westchester Broadway Theatre presents “On Your Feet,” the biographical musical about Cuban-American artists Gloria and Emilio Estefan. The Tony-nominated show, which premiered on Broadway in 2015, tracks the couple’s journey from lovesick Miam…

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Chill Bucket, a new theater company based in Scarsdale, is debuting its first staged reading of “You Can’t Take It With You” on June 22 at 8 p.m. The reading, taking place in the chapel of the Church of St. James the Less, will serve as a fundraising event for the newly formed group. Co-prod…

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Dominique Morisseau’s “Skeleton Crew,” now playing at Westport Country Playhouse, is unlike anything you’re likely to have seen on stage before. Born in Detroit, Morisseau longed to give voice to the African Americans who struggle to make a living there, as Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright …

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Every house has ghosts as long as every family has secrets. This is something Westchester native and author Diana Altman knows well. Her newest novel, “We Never Told,” examines her family’s own truths in a painfully honest way that shows Altman’s ability to craft artful stories in the sweet …

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For fans of hit The CW comedy series “My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” the name Pete Gardner will conjure images of the beloved bisexual character Darryl Whitefeather. Some residents of Scarsdale, however, might remember Gardner better as the class clown who was sometimes in the ensemble of Scarsdal…

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Most Scarsdale High School seniors are taking part in Senior Options, internships that take them away from the tedium of high school life. Yet every day about 50 students return to the high school to practice for the class play, a performance produced entirely by the seniors.

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NASA launched the twin Voyager spacecrafts into the cosmos in 1977. In 2012, Voyager 1 became the first vessel to explore interstellar space, or the region between stars, and today, both probes float through the Milky Way Galaxy, collecting data for the agency’s Deep Space Network.

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In 25 years, the New Choral Society has become a community staple and one of the premier choral ensembles in Westchester County. Comprised of a robust choir and professional orchestra, its reputation has drawn top-tier musicians and singers in the classical voice vein, including renowned sop…

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Whether we found it in the pages of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, on screen or on stage, many of us know the story. Matilda is a young bookworm, fiercely brilliant and neglected by her peabrain parents. She returns their apathy with a series of pranks, but soon meets a greater advers…

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While studying art at Purchase College in the 1970s, Larry Horowitz discovered en plein air, or painting outdoors. Under luminaries like Paul Resika, he mastered “painting the moment in time, painting quickly and capturing something ... some middle ground between what is seen in a photograph…

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The title of the Scarsdale Woman’s Club program, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists,” is adopted from the landmark essay of the same name, written by art historian Linda Nochlin in 1971. Eileen Costello, Ph.D., explained the project’s origins before a crowd of about 55 people at the…

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When Linda Fairstein started her writing career, she was still head of the sex crimes unit at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, a position she held from 1976 to 2002. Despite the long hours, Fairstein wrote dutifully in the early mornings before work. “I didn’t have time for writer’s…

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Ogres, donkeys and dragons will appear in the Edgemont Junior/Senior High School production of “Shrek: The Musical,” the staged adaptation of the beloved anti-fairytale. Based on the picture book by William Steig, Dreamworks released an animated version in 2001, which narrates the story of S…

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Last Valentine’s Day, a gunman stormed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in one of the deadliest mass shootings in the nation’s history. Among those scrambling to flee the attack was Rebecca Angel’s cousin, then a freshman, who survived.

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Last month, prizewinning author Jacob Appel received a letter from Nancy Krim — his 12th-grade English teacher at Scarsdale High School — and a copy of one of his old creative writing assignments.

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Of their many early influences, friends and authors Sheela Chari, Veera Hiranandani and Sayantani DasGupta cited Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time” as one of their favorite childhood reads. Other titles that topped the list included western classics like “Nancy Drew” and “Little Women.”

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It was around 6 a.m. CT when Rodney Rothman and his wife learned his film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” was a 2019 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature. The pair sat in the dark and in bed quietly celebrating, hoping not to wake their 4-year-old son and 4-month-old daughter.

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In 2012, when Amanda Anne Platt and The Honeycutters performed at South Presbyterian Church in Dobbs Ferry as part of the Common Ground Coffeehouse concert series, Platt described the band’s sound as “Appalachian honky-tonk.” That same year, the group, based in Asheville, North Carolina, beg…

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This weekend, Scarsdale High School Drama Club will mount two contemporary one acts captained by young thespians turned directors — “Property Rites,” directed by Drama Club president Matthew Kutzin and “Show and Spell,” directed by VP Jamie Robelen.

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Scarsdale High School senior Abigail Nishiwaki spends Friday afternoons with third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at Edward Williams Elementary School in Mount Vernon, violin in hand. She is participating in the SHS Music Education initiative, through which Scarsdale volunteers teach students t…

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While teaching a level four ballet class, Kristen McGrew extended students’ arms and squared their hips while the accompanying pianist drifted from Chopin to “The Wizard of Oz.”

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Before his father Erich died, Scarsdale resident Ted Rosenthal said he discussed his experience fleeing the Holocaust “very little and only when asked.” He knew his father lost most of his family in Nazi Germany, which he left in 1938 with a fellowship to the University of Chicago.

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Playwright/poet Dan O’Brien was 33 when his parents, without any explanation, severed all ties with him. Their estrangement left O’Brien confused and hungry for answers, leading him on a yearlong journey of research into his family history, unearthing many long-held secrets.

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The mastermind behind Operation Fonz was Andrea McArdle. The actress/singer, who originated the title role in the original production of “Annie” the musical, recruited her fellow orphans to pose with the signature Fonzi thumbs-up in the number “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile.”

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The first steps into Biagio Civale’s art studio are like a peek into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Expressionist paintings, assemblages, prints and woodcuts — sharing little overlap from size to subject matter — somehow become characters in the same play, with Civale as director.

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Less than a year ago, 10-year-old actress Alyssa Marvin got a call from her agent. “Do you have a lot of suitcases?” the agent asked.