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Top 5 Arts Picks: December 1-7

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NOW THROUGH SUN, JAN. 7: Two Artists Reassemble Everyday Objects

Katonah Museum of Art’s current exhibition, Object Out Loud: Arman and Nick Cave, presents works of art by two renowned artists who absorb, reassemble, and spectacularize what already exists in the world. These works by Arman (1928-2005) and Nick Cave (b. 1959) embody the sculptural process of accumulation: the assembling of numerous found objects, often scavenged from everyday sources. Gallery hours: Tues-Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: 12-5pm.

NOW THROUGH SUN, JAN. 21: Walks with Artists: The Hudson Valley and Beyond

Hudson River Museum presents Walks with Artists: The Hudson Valley and Beyond, an exhibition that examines the way in which landscape art impacts how people view nature. Forty paintings and prints from the Museum’s permanent collection, spanning the 19th century to today, reflect the importance of landscape art. Gallery hours: Wed-Sun: 12–5pm.


FRI, DEC. 1 THROUGH SUN, DEC. 3: Local Groups Present Handel’s Messiah 

This weekend, several groups will present Handel’s Messiah. On Friday, December 1, New Choral Society will open its season with Part I of Messiah and Durante’s Magnificat at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale. On Saturday, December 2, Westchester Oratorio Society celebrates its 20th anniversary with a performance of the renowned composition, accompanied by its Festival Orchestra, at South Salem Presbyterian Church. On December 3, the audience will become the choir at the New Westchester Symphony Orchestra’s “Messiah Sing-Along” event at Briarcliff Congregational Church. Times vary.

SUN, DEC. 3: A Choreography Showcase

This Sunday, Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Steffi Nossen School of Dance with its annual “Choreography Showcase.” The program will feature the works of established and emerging choreographers, each performed by different companies. The afternoon will conclude with a post-performance Q&A between the choreographers, dancers and audience. Begins at 4pm at Emelin Theatre.

THURS, DEC. 7: The True Story of A WWII Spy

On Thursday, Hamm & Clov Stage Company will present a free performance of Noor, an original dance theater work by Sasha Spielvogel, which has received international acclaim. Noor tells the true story of a young female pacifist named Noor-un-nisa Inayat Khan, who was the first Morse code operator from Great Britain to infiltrate Nazi-occupied France during WWII. Begins at 8pm at Sarah Lawrence College.

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