Top 5 Arts Picks: November 8-14

FRI, NOV. 8: Alt-Pop Musician Gina Chavez at Purchase College

This Friday, the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College continues its ‘Spotlight on Mexico’ series with the music of bilingual, alt-pop musician Gina Chavez. Chavez’s music has a diverse sound that includes influences of cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton and folk. Chavez describes the challenges she and her wife have faced as openly Catholic, Latinx women. Begins at 8pm. Read more about the ‘Spotlight on Mexico’ series here.

SUN, NOV. 10: Lecture by Philippe de Montebello

This Sunday, Katonah Museum of Art (KMA) will award its 2019 Himmel Award and Lecture to Philippe de Montebello, the longest-serving director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This annual event is held in recognition of “creators, conceivers, radical thinkers and risk-takers that provoke new thinking in art and design.” During the event, de Montebello and KMA’s Executive Director Michael Gitlitz will discuss the changing world of museums and art. Begins at 6pm at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center.

WED, NOV. 13: Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 4” in White Plains

On Wednesday, Downtown Music at Grace presents “Reimagining II,” the second in a series of three concerts that focus on the art of transcription. The Downtown Sinfonietta Chamber Players, along with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and pianist Larry Weng will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, as transcribed for flute, violin, cello and piano by Johann Nepomuk Hummel. A pre-concert talk will place the music in a historical context. Begins at 12pm.

THURS, NOV. 14: Buddy Guy at Tarrytown Music Hall 

Tarrytown Music Hall will present a concert from legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy next Thursday. Guy is known for his electric solos that have inspired fellow guitarists Keith Richards and Jeff Beck, who are both featured on his new album, The Blues Is Alive and Well. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has received six Grammy Awards and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Begins at 8pm. This concert is one of Frank’s Picks for the month of November.

THURS, NOV. 14 AND SAT, NOV. 16: Studio Visits with Engels the Artist  

Next Thursday and Saturday, Neuberger Museum of Art will host public studio visits with Engels the Artist, the Museum’s Fall 2019 artist-in-residence. Guests will meet the Haitian-born artist, who is known for sculptural paintings that deconstruct the typical composition of a canvas frame. His work is the subject of the Museum’s Art Got into Me: The Work of Engels the Artist exhibition, on view through December 22. Begins at 12:30pm.

Remembering Ralph Martinelli

There are many ways to remember Ralph Martinelli.  As an entrepreneur, Ralph purchased Spotlight Magazine from Susan Meadows and turned it into Westchester’s version of New York Magazine, a monthly compendium of everything Westchester. But that’s not all.

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