Westchester County Arts and Culture Events for November 2012: The Parsons School of Dance, Fountains of Wayne, and Maya Lin



Photo by Lois Greenfield

The Parsons School of Dance

There’s no doubt that choreographer David Parsons, founder and artistic director of the Parsons Dance Company, has an impressive CV. Awards? He’s got a stack of them, including the American Choreography Award and the Dance Magazine Award. Festivals? He’s been everywhere, from the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival to Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam. TV? He’s on it, including the Italian reality show Amici. Of course, it all comes back to the dance—he’s created more than 80 works for his eponymous group. You can see some of them at the Emelin Theater on November 3.


Catchy If You Can

Fountains of Wayne is a rock band of an increasingly rare breed: As more and more bands attempt to be edgy, they stay content making straight-up pop music. (Remember how often “Stacy’s Mom” got stuck in your head in 2003?) But while their songs are often (extremely) catchy, there’s also a depth to them that might go overlooked on a first listen. See for yourself when Fountains of Wayne play at the Tarrytown Music Hall on November 9. There, they’ll perform songs from their most recent album, Sky Full of Holes.

Photo by Violeta Alvarezn

Photo by Walter Smith


Linspiration

Architectural designer Maya Lin is, of course, best known for the simple yet profound Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. Closer to home, though, she’s responsible for the Storm King Art Center’s Storm King Wavefield, a series of undulating grassy hills that blend seamlessly into the Hudson Valley landscape. If you’ve ever wondered about the intersection between art and architecture, watch Lin receive the Himmel Award and deliver the Himmel Lecture for the Katonah Museum of Art on November 4. Maybe she’ll shed some light on her most recent memorial, What Is Missing? a multi-venue installation that addresses the problem of mass extinction of animals. The lecture will be held at the Chappaqua Crossing auditorium (formerly Reader’s Digest); contact the Katonah Museum of Art for more information (914-232-9555; katonahmuseum.org). 


To Purchase

Twice a year, we love heading to Crafts at Lyndhurst to see (and buy) one-of-a-kind objets d’art at a unique location with Hudson River views. In November, though, we might appreciate warmth more than the scenery. Lucky for us, the folks behind Crafts at Lyndhurst are heading to a new venue—The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College—for Crafts at Purchase, a new, indoor, fall-weather-friendly event. You can browse through the accessories, clothing, home décor items, and fine art from more than 110 juried artists, happy with the knowledge that proceeds from ticket sales benefit The Performing Arts Center. The event takes place November 2 to November 4.

 

Food for Thought

We enjoy cultural events for their own sakes, but we really love them when they come paired with food. If you’re like us and like thinking about food, reading about food, preparing food, and eating food, head to Spoken Interludes at The Riverview in Hastings-on-Hudson on November 13. There, Scarsdale native Alex Witchel will read from her book, All Gone: A Memoir of My Mother’s Dementia, with Refreshments, about delving into her family recipes (which, yes, are reproduced) to help deal with her mother’s illness. Of course, Spoken Interludes won’t ever leave you hungry, and Chutney Masala Indian Bistro will provide a dinner buffet. New Yorker critic David Denby (Do Movies Have a Future?) and author Nell Freudenberger (The Newlyweds) will also read. You’ll leave feeling sated.

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