Top 5 Arts Picks: September 21-27

FRI, SEPT. 21: A Jazz Concert in Rye

This Friday, Rye Arts Center presents a live jazz concert by John Fumasoli and The Jones Factor, featuring Chiele Minucci. The Jones Factor is a 10-piece funk, fusion and jazz ensemble that draws its players from diverse musical backgrounds. Minucci, an award-winning guitarist, composer and arranger, has recorded and performed with Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez and others. Begins at 8pm.

SAT, SEPT. 22: Renowned Spanish Dance Company Performs

This Saturday, Smart Arts at Westchester Community College presents a live performance by Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater. This world-renowned Spanish dance company shares rich traditions of the dance, music, literature and culture of Spain through contemporary and classical Spanish dance and music, accompanied by live guitar and percussion. Begins at 8pm.

SAT, SEPT. 22: Exploring Human Impact on the Environment

This weekend, Clay Art Center will hold an opening reception for its new exhibition, ALL. Works from two artists, on view through November 10, explore the human impact on the natural environment and how it connects humans across borders. Artist Novie Trump’s installation of ceramic insect specimens references migration, evolution and extinction. Artist Trisha Coates offers objects and installations of ceramic detritus, looking at the human impact on environment by including themes of collection, decomposition and natural ecosystems. Begins at 6pm.

SAT, SEPT. 22: The Dover Quartet Performs Classical Works

Friends of Music Concerts, Inc. presents a classical performance by the Dover Quartet on Saturday. The string quartet serves as the quartet-in-residence for the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, Chamber Music Northwest and Peoples’ Symphony in New York. Its program will include Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 3 in E-flat nor, Op. 30; Mason Bates’s From Amber Frozen; and Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, Op. D.887. Begins at 8pm.

SAT, SEPT. 22: Children’s Writing Program in Greenburgh

Greenburgh Arts & Culture Committee will host its Kids Short Story Connection program at the Greenburgh Town Hall this Saturday. This ongoing writing program for children aged 9-12 provides participants with a safe place to share their feelings, thoughts and ideas through writing and thinking exercises, writing prompts and valuable critiques.  Classes will be held every other Saturday through December 1. Begins at 10am.

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