Westchester County, NY, Event Highlights for October 2011
Chuck Close, 2011 Photography by Marius Bugge
Perhaps you’ve been a longtime admirer of artist Chuck Close’s large-scale, photography-inspired portraits, but you so rarely get a chance to hear what’s behind them. The Katonah Museum of Art changes that on October 16, when it invites Close to deliver the 2011 Himmel Lecture (named in honor of Museum trustee emeritus Betty Himmel). The event starts with a wine reception in the museum’s sculpture garden. Then, Close will receive the Himmel Award and discuss his life and career. Those who buy supporter-level tickets also will be invited to a post-awards dinner at Crabtree’s Kittle House.
Halloween—with all that black and orange—can start to feel a little drab. Add some real color to the season by celebrating El Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. The annual holiday is marked in Mexico with colorful altars offering marigolds, food, candles, and candy in honor of those who have departed. Sound good? Try it out at the Pelham Art Center on October 29 when it hosts a Day of the Dead celebration and all-ages art workshop. There, folk artists Zafiro Romero-Acevedo and Aurelia Fernandez Marure, a mother-daughter team, will lead participants in making Mexican paper crafts.
Comedian Joan Rivers has been in show business for more than four decades—and, in that time, she’s done everything from writing gags for Candid Camera to hawking jewelry on QVC. Even as a septuagenarian, she shows no signs of slowing down. In addition to all of the red-carpet and late-night talk show appearances, Rivers recently was the subject of a documentary, 2010’s Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, as well as the target at a Comedy Central roast. Through it all, the Brooklyn native and one-time Larchmont resident has proven that she’s no less brassy now than when she first caught the nation’s attention on The Tonight Show in the mid ’60s. See her perform her tough-as-nails standup at the Tarrytown Music Hall on October 14.
When you picture a garden visit, you probably imagine an outing in the springtime or summer, when pastel-colored blooms are at their peak. But make sure you don’t miss out on the show that gardens put on in autumn, when the colors are richer, deeper, and just as0 impressive. On October 22, the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program hosts self-guided tours of Rocky Hills, William and Henriette Suhr’s Mount Kisco oasis, whichonly opens to the public occasionally. There, you can see fall foliage on specimen trees that include black walnut, ash, weeping beech, dawn redwood, dogwood, and magnolia. For more information, visit opendaysprogram.org.