Top 5 In-Person & Virtual Arts Picks: October 23-29

We’ve rounded up our weekly guide to in-person and virtual arts happenings in Westchester. The list below includes children’s activities, livestreamed concerts, recorded performances, artist workshops and more! Want more arts news? Read the full July issue of ArtsNews here.

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NOW THROUGH JAN. 24: Hands & Earth: Perspectives on Japanese Ceramics

Through January 24, Katonah Museum of Art presents Hands & Earth: Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary Ceramics, an exhibition that features 41 ceramic works by some of Japan’s most notable artists. The exhibition also provides a comprehensive survey of Japan’s ceramic tradition over the past 80 years, from the Mingei Folk Craft Movement of the 1930s to contemporary ceramic sculpture. All visitors are required to purchase timed-entry tickets and make reservations in advance. Gallery hours: Tues-Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: 12-5pm.

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FRI, OCT. 23 THROUGH SAT, NOV. 21: Virtual Film Festival

The eighth annual Yonkers Film Festival (YoFiFest) is taking place online this year. Beginning this Friday, audiences will be able to browse this year’s line-up of films from around the world. The films will include features, shorts, documentaries, animation, dance films, student work and more, and they will all be available on-demand. Ticket and pass holders can screen the films until November 20th. Filmmaker Q&As and workshops will also take place.

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SAT, OCT. 24: & SUN, OCT. 25: Westchester Craft Crawl

This Saturday, Westchester’s 1st annual outdoor artist-organized craft tour will open the studios of 28 regional professional craft artists from Westchester and the Hudson Valley region. The Crawl features seven studio stops between Tarrytown, Ossining and Cortlandt Manor, with each stop hosting 3–5 artists working in clay, wood, fiber, metal, jewelry and mixed media. Visitors should wear masks. Begins at 11am.

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TUES, OCT. 27: Virtual Artist Talk: Donté Hayes

Clay Art Center will host a virtual artist talk with Donté Hayes. Hayes’ utilizes printmaking, installation and performance to elevate the importance of his ceramic sculptures as a historical and creative base material to inform memories of the past. He pulls from his interest in hip-hop culture, history and science fiction in his practice and references visual traditions from the Southern United States, the Caribbean, South America and the African continent.  Begins at 7pm via Zoom.

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THURS, OCT. 29: “The Art of Voting”: A Virtual Discussion 

On Thursday, ArtsWestchester and the Bronx Music Heritage Center will host a virtual program, “The Art of Voting,” as part of ArtsWestchester’s upcoming online Give Us the Vote exhibition, which will explore the ongoing history of voting rights in America. The event will consist of four artists who will share and discuss new creative works that honor the centennial of women’s suffrage and pay homage to civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. Jazz vocalist Antoinette Montague, singer-songwriter Francesca Savoy Lamantia and visual artists Carla Rae Johnson and Laurel Garcia Colvin will also perform during the program. Begins at 6pm on ArtsWestchester’s Facebook page.

For a full list of arts groups presenting virtual and in-person events, click here.

This and That Blog by Janet Langsam

COVID and Me and the Flu of 1918

The flu epidemic of 1918 was not a story that was taught in every classroom in America. But for me, it was personal. I was named Janet Frances after my father’s mother Frances, my grandmother whom I never met because she died tragically in the flu epidemic of 1918, long before I was born. Perhaps that is why I know almost nothing about her other than what, for me, was the scary part.

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