Top 5 In-Person & Virtual Arts Picks: August 7-13

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 SAT, AUG. 15: Like The Summer Sun: The Bard Meets the Beatles

The LawnChair Theatre, in collaboration with The Rye Arts Center, will bring its 2020 summer production, Like The Summer Sun: The Bard Meets the Beatles, to various outdoor parks this August. The live production will feature sonnets and soliloquies by Shakespeare, along with a curated collection of timeless tunes from the Beatles. Performances are held Fridays through Sundays through August 15. Begins at 6pm. 



FRI, AUG. 7: A Lunchtime Zoom Matinee

The Schoolhouse Theater will host a “Lunchtime Zoom Matinee“, featuring live readings of two one-act plays on Friday. The event will begin with performer Ginger Grace, who will read Molly Bloom’s Night Dreams, a soliloquy in James Joyce’s 1922 novel Ulysses. For the second performance, the theater’s Pandemic Players ensemble will read Sean O’Casey’s Bedtime Story, a play about a young man with a crisis of conscience. Begins at 1pm. 

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SUN, AUG. 9: Historic Landscape Tour at John Jay Homestead

John Jay Homestead offers a Historic Landscape tour this Sunday. During the guided tour, guests will walk around the property and discover many features developed by the different generations of the John Jay family. Jay, who was a statesman and the first Chief Justice of the United States, began developing approximately 750 acres of land in the Bedford area as a farm in 1787.  It later became his retirement home and his descendants lived on the historical site into the 1950s. Begins at 10am.

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TUES, AUG. 11: Origami as a Therapy for Mind and Body

Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden will host an Origami class on Zoom this Thursday.  Led by  Yoshimi Arai​, the class will include music and physical exercises with origami teaching. Participants will learn the logic of origami patterns while they improve their focus during this therapeutic exercise. Begins at 4pm.

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THURS, AUG. 13: Live Demo with Ceramist Don Reynolds

On Thursday, Clay Art Center will host a virtual demonstration with ceramist Don Reynolds via Zoom. Reynolds will demonstrate how to decorate bone dry ceramic wares with underglaze and wax. The teaching artist will also show various stages of progress to demonstrate each step for the attendees. The topics will include: underglaze composition, brands, color mixing, application techniques, decoration and design element techniques. Begins at 7pm. 

For a full list of arts groups presenting virtual events, click here.

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