Culture, Etc.

This month’s highlights

Culture, Etc.

By Marisa LaScala


One Of Us



Most people know Joan Osborne from her sort-of-folky radio hit, “What If God (Was One of Us),” which was inescapably on mainstream radio during the mid-‘90s. Few realize that the singer/songwriter actually got her start in the soul and R&B mold of Dusty Springfield and Etta James. Her most recent album, 2007’s Breakfast in Bed, showcases this side of her vocal chops, and features 16 yearning songs including covers of Gladys Knight’s “Midnight Train to Georgia” and Jimmy Ruffin’s “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted.” Hear Osborne belt out these tunes—along with some of her own—at the Tarrytown Music Hall on May 16.



Masters of Arts


Arts patrons need to clear their calendars for the month of May, as three of our biggest local institutions are holding benefits this month. The Neuberger kicks things off on May 3 with its “Paper Ball,” an auction at which you can buy works fittingly produced on paper. The Westchester Arts Council then hosts a weekend of activities with its “Arts Bash” on May 16 and 17. Friday begins with a party, complete with food from local chefs and a chance to check out the new Locally Grown art exhibition. On Saturday, there’s a family-friendly open house with planned activities all day. The Katonah Museum rounds out the month on May 31 with its “Artful Event,” which features an evening of music, dancing, food, cocktails, and a photography auction in Yonkers’s gorgeous Roosevelt Ballroom.



About the Authors



It’s only May, but there’s still time to get a jump on your summer reading. Find inspiration at the May 8th Spoken Interludes, which features a stylish buffet dinner at the Trinity Grill in Harrison before readings by some seriously buzzed-about authors. On deck for reading are Esquire editor AJ Jacobs (The Year of Living Biblically), blockbuster debut novelist Charles Bock (Beautiful Children), Details editor and Generation Xer Jeff Gordinier (X Saves the World), and the award-winning Elizabeth Stout (Abide with Me). If they can’t get you to put down the Stephen King and Jackie Collins, no one will. For more information, visit


Meet Your Master



Before World War II, Jacques Goudstikker was the preeminent dealer of Old Master paintings in Amsterdam. When the Netherlands were invaded, he was forced to leave 1,400 priceless works of art behind in his gallery in an attempt to flee the Nazis. Unfortunately, he died during the escape, and all the art was looted. Only recently was Goudstikker’s heir able to reclaim 200 paintings, 40 of which will be on display at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, from May 10 to September 7. See the exhibit before it travels to the Jewish Museum in New York City.









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