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Top 5 Arts Picks: April 6-12

SAT, APR. 7: Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival

Pelham Arts Center’s annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival this Saturday is a celebration of Japanese culture and tradition. Guests will learn about Japanese percussion traditions in an interactive music performance by a Taiko drumming group. They will also create traditional Japanese flower arrangements (ikebana) and origami dimensional shapes during guided workshops for all ages. Begins at 1:30pm.

SAT, APR. 7: Clay Works Give a Voice to Marginalized Groups

This Saturday, Clay Art Center presents an opening reception for its current exhibition THEY, featuring eight ceramic artists whose works, by examining social topics like race, religion and legal status, give a voice to marginalized groups. The Center worked with artist and activist Robert Lugo, whose ceramic vessels incorporate elements of hip-hop, history and politics, and asked him to invite seven other artists to create ceramics that employ accountability while bringing awareness to oppression. Begins at 6pm.

SUN, APR. 8: Husband and Wife Violin Duo in Greenburgh

Greenburgh Public Library presents a free concert by Black Marble this Sunday. The husband-and-wife violin duo are formed by Karen Marmer and Jörg-Michael Schwarz, who are also the co-directors of the internationally acclaimed baroque ensemble, REBEL. The musicians will perform “The Italian Muse,” featuring virtuosic works for violins by Boccherini, Leclair and Locatelli. Begins at 2pm.

SUN, APR. 8: Celebrating A-List Talent in Katonah

On Sunday, Katonah Museum of Art’s annual Himmel Award and Lecture will celebrate husband and wife Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly at the Harvey School in Katonah. Spiegelman, who is best known for elevating the role of graphic novels and comics to the realm of literature, won the Pulitzer Prize for his graphic novel Maus. Mouly serves as art editor for The New Yorker. Together, they founded RAW, the acclaimed avant-garde comics magazine in 1980. The Himmel event will include a discussion rooted in how artful text and image can raise social consciousness. Begins at 5pm.

THURS, APR. 12: Celebrity Photographs by Veteran Paparazzo

Next Thursday, Atelier 811 Gallery will host an opening reception for Celebrities: A Look at the Beautiful People, an exhibition that features more than 100 celebrity photographs taken by veteran paparazzo Ron Galella. The prolific photographer, who is known for capturing celebrities from a new perspective, will showcase the most renowned people he photographed, from Frank Sinatra and Robert Redford to Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren. Begins at 6:30pm.

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