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Top 5 Arts Picks: October 20-26

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NOW THROUGH TUES, OCT. 31: Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities

Lyndhurst invites guests to experience its Gothic mansion at night, with eerie lighting and Halloween decorations, during its Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities events.  Inspired by classic murder mysteries, this theatrical performance features a cast of spooky characters that lead guests through the basement and first floor of the Lyndhurst mansion, revealing clues to the unsolved mystery. Performances take place on select days through October 31. Begins at 6pm.

NOW THROUGH SAT, NOV. 11: Martin Luther & The Reformation

OSilas Gallery at Concordia College presents Martin Luther and The Reformation, on view through November 11. In 1517, Augustinian monk Martin Luther posted a document known as “The Ninety-Five Theses,” on the doors of the Chapel Church in Germany. The theses called for reform in the Western Church and, due to the invention of the printing press, his message spread far and wide. This exhibition explores Luther’s life, what he stood for, and how innovations in printing enabled his ideas for reform to spread. Times vary.

SAT, OCT. 21: All Shorts Irvington Film Festival

This Saturday, the All Shorts Irvington Film Festival (As iFF) presents a juried screening of nine award-winning short films, from Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Syria and the United States. Each film will reflect a diverse culture, story and cinematic style. The event will be followed by an after-party at Red Hat on the River in Irvington. Begins at 7:30pm at the Irvington Town Hall Theater.


SAT, OCT. 21 AND SUN, OCT. 22: Taconic Opera Premieres In Bocca al Lupo

This weekend, Taconic Opera will kick off its 20th season with the premiere of a new opera buffa, In bocca al lupo (“Break a Leg”). The comedy, which incorporates both English and Italian (with subtitles), was written by the company’s General and Artistic Director, Dan Montez. The story takes audiences behind the scenes of an opera company as it prepares for a production – from the chaos of holding auditions to backstage disasters. Begins at 3:30pm and 2pm.

THURS, OCT. 26: Opening Reception: 100 Words of Wisdom

On Thursday, Blue Door Art Center presents the opening reception for 100 Words of Wisdom, a community-based art project by Evan Bishop and Katori Walker in which seniors were asked to share a single word of wisdom for younger generations. That word was then painted on their body by Bishop and photographed by Walker. The photos of all 100+ participants will be on view through November 4. This program is supported by ArtsWestchester’s Arts Alive Grant. Begins at 1pm.

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