Arts & Entertainment
This month's highlights
From the timeless classics to the downright strange, here are nine different ways to celebrate the holidays in Westchester.
If you’re driving along Route 22 and pass the Katonah Museum of Art, you might be tempted to reach out and try to touch the cold water cascading from the museum’s new waterfall. But throw a penny in this fountain and it’s likely to bounce right back at you. The “waterfall” is really a photographic trompe l’oeil image by New York-based artist Michael Krondl, who painstakingly pieced together digital images taken at the Amawalk Reservoir. Commissioned specifically for the museum, the piece, titled “Rising Water, Falling Water,” will be on view through April 8, 2007.
Sure, this month our area has four different productions of The Nutcracker, but what if ballet just isn’t your taste? Dance fans need not fear: the contemporary Paul Taylor Dance Company comes prancing into The Performing Arts Center in Purchase on December 9. Taylor’s choreography puts vigor, athleticism, and strength at the forefront of his ultra-modern routines. And, apparently, his style has turned some heads: the Times of London once wrote, “If Paul Taylor is not the best choreographer to emerge in any style anywhere in the world in the past quarter century, who is?”
Sometimes, the best things in life really are free. Take, for instance, Free Arts Day on December 10, when arts and historical organizations open their doors free-of-charge for one day only. In addition to complimentary admission, there’s a full roster of live music performances, puppet shows, workshops, and movie screenings that don’t cost a dime. Participants include the Westchester Arts Council’s Arts Exchange, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Historic Hudson Valley, the Hudson River Museum, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, the Jacob Burns Film Center, the Katonah Museum of Art, Lyndhurst, the Neuberger Museum of Art, and the Pelham Art Center. For a full schedule of events, visit www.westarts.com.