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Top 5 Arts Picks: June 22-28

SAT, JUNE 23: American Roots Music Festival

This Saturday, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts presents its annual American Roots Music Festival. The day-long celebration of folk, country, bluegrass, gospel, blues, and old-time music will include live performances held throughout Caramoor’s lawns and gardens. The festival will feature headliner and singer-songwriter Aimee Mann and blues-folk artist Valerie June, along with a diverse line-up of emerging artists. Begins at 11am.

SAT, JUNE 23: Outdoor Screening of The Princess Bride

Audiences can celebrate the start of summer vacation with an outdoor film screening at the John Jay Homestead this Saturday. The family-friendly event will present The Princess Bride, a 1987 fantasy-romance film about a farmhand who must rescue his true love, Princess Buttercup, from the odious Prince Humperdinck. Begins at 8:30pm.

SAT, JUNE 23: Summer Reading Kick-Off in New Rochelle

On Saturday, the New Rochelle Public Library will celebrate the kick-off of its annual summer reading program with an outdoor event. Tents in Ruby Dee Park at Library Green will offer activities such as rock painting and other crafts, and a performance by Shinbone Alley Stilt Band. Children in grades Pre-K through five will be encouraged to register for the summer reading program inside the Library. Begins at 11am.

SUN, JUNE 24: Summer Solstice Concert 

On Sunday, Bethany Arts Community welcomes the summer season with a Summer Solstice concert performed by the Cassatt String Quartet. The award-winning quartet has toured internationally and was the first group chosen for Juilliard’s Young Artists Quartet Program. Their program will include Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2 in D major and Haydn’s String Quartet Op 76 No 4 Sunrise. Begins at 5:30pm.

TUES, JULY 26 THROUGH JULY 14: Putting a Spotlight on Two Artists

Beginning on Tuesday, Mamaroneck Artists Guild will present Spotlight Show, featuring works by Don Sexton and Ira Hara. Sexton will display his ink and oil pastel works on paper, which capture his memories of a variety of places including New York City, Paris and Shanghai. Hara will exhibit his gouache and mixed-media pieces, which are influenced by forms found in nature. Gallery hours: Tues-Sat: 12-5pm.

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