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Top 5 Arts Picks: October 6-12

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FRI, OCT. 6 THROUGH SUN, OCT. 7: A Weekend-Long Arts Festival

ArtsFest returns to New Rochelle and Pelham this weekend with a full calendar of arts events and activities. Organized by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, this family-friendly festival will celebrate the variety of arts throughout these two towns, with art exhibits, open artists’ studios, live music, children’s activities and more at more than two dozen venues. Begins at 12pm.

SAT, OCT. 7: Give Us The Vote: Preview Reception & Opening

This Saturday, ArtsWestchester presents two preview events for its Give Us The Vote exhibition. Inspired by the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State, this exhibition examines the state of voting rights in America today. The afternoon will kick off with a talk by historian Louise Bernikow, who will reveal stories of local characters who propelled women’s voting rights in New York State (3pm). A 4pm Preview Reception will give guests the opportunity to meet exhibiting artists and get a sneak peek before the show opens to the public (4-6pm).  Give Us The Vote will be on view from October 10 through January 27. To RSVP, please click here.

SAT, OCT. 7: An Evening with Third Eye Blind

Alternative rock band Third Eye Blind will make The Capitol Theatre the next stop on its Fall of the Summer Gods tour this Saturday. The live concert will span two decades of the band’s music, including their latest releases, “Dopamine” and “We Are Drugs.” The band is formed by Stephan Jenkins, Alex LeCavalier, Kryz Reid and Brad Hargreaves. Begins at 8pm.

SAT, OCT. 7: Songs & Stories by John Hall and Laurel Massé

Musician and former Congressman John Hall and jazz vocalist Laurel Massé will perform songs and stories at the Schoolhouse Theater & Arts Center in North Salem this Saturday. Hall, a singer-songwriter, is best known for his collaboration with rock band Orleans. Massé was a founding member of The Manhattan Transfer.  The two reunite after meeting very early in their careers. Begins at 8pm.

SUN, OCT. 8: Celebrating the Work and Life of Poet Max Ritvo

On Sunday, Hudson Valley Writers’ Center will present a tribute to acclaimed poet Max Ritvo, who passed away last year at the age of 25 from a public battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare pediatric cancer. His poetry will be read by his mother, Ariella Ritvo-Silfka, award-winning poet Kaveh Akbar and award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl. Ruhl will also read from her upcoming book Letters From Max, which includes letters of correspondence between her and Ritvo as she became his mentor and friend. Begins at 4:30pm.

 For the full calendar of arts events, click here