Top 5 In-Person & Virtual Arts Picks: November 20-26

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 this month’s issue of ArtsNews here.

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NOW THROUGH SUN, NOV. 22: Music by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons

White Plains Performing Arts Center offers a virtual concert by the Four C Notes, a nationally-recognized group that recreates the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Formed by New Rochelle native John Michael Coppola, the Four C Notes performs hit songs, including Sherry, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You and more. The concert is available on-demand on the Center’s website through Sunday.

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NOW THROUGH DEC. 31: Concepts in Clay: Exploring the Black Experience

Through December 31, Clay Art Center presents Concepts in Clay, a virtual exhibition that features the works of celebrated Black ceramic artists from across the US. The artists depict their thoughts on what present-day America means to each of them through their diverse works. This collection also investigates a variety of themes unique to the Black experience in America, such as the image of self, social justice and activism.

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SAT, NOV. 21: ArtsW’s Virtual Maskquerade Gala

This Saturday, ArtsWestchester invites audiences to its virtual Maskquerade Gala, during which the organization will salute Entergy for its legacy of support for the arts. Along with Entergy, the event will honor Kenneth Jenkins, Kevin J. Plunkett and Jeffrey P. Haydon for their significant leadership in the cultural community. The evening will include two performances by legendary jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, who will also deliver a personal message on the importance of the arts. Begins at 6pm. To purchase tickets, click here.

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SAT, NOV. 21: An Evening of Dance Films

Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation (SNDF) will host an evening of dance films this Saturday. The virtual event will highlight five short dances that are inspired by the current pandemic and racial justice movements. Each performance will include a discussion about the work with its creator and SNDF’s Artistic Director Jessica DiMauro Marks. The evening will also premiere  Marks’ new dance, Behind the Silence. Begins at 6pm.

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MON, NOV. 23 THROUGH TUES, DEC. 1: Online Artisan Boutique 

Beginning on Monday, Rye Arts Center will host its annual Artisan Boutique, which will be online this year. This curated shopping experience will feature hand-crafted jewelry, functional ceramics, wearable art, and chic clothing and accessories by more than 30 vendors. A portion of proceeds will support the Center’s outreach activities.

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

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​When we are reeling with uncertainty personally and culturally, it is hard to express ourselves. Where is the Hallmark card for pandemic ennui or election stress?
​Fear not. There is still the tried and true medicine that we have turned to for millennia in times of inner or outer turmoil. That medicine is the sweet elixir of poetry.

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