Top 5 Arts Picks: October 18-24

NOW THROUGH SUN, OCT. 20: The Amish Project at The Schoolhouse Theatre

The Schoolhouse Theatre presents Jessica Dickey’s thought-provoking play, The Amish Project. This production is a fictional account of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community in Lancaster, PA in 2006. The gunman took hostages and shot eight students, killing five. Dickey’s play focuses on the community’s response of forgiveness and reconciliation. Performances are held at 8pm and 3pm.

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SAT, OCT. 19: Westchester Collaborative Theater presents Roots Trio Low Lily

This Saturday, Westchester Collaborative Theatre presents the Vermont-based roots trio Low Lily. The ensemble’s blend of Americana and folk is crafted through a tidy mosaic of fiddle, mandolin, guitar and joint vocals. Low Lily delivers an intimate, contemporary roots showcase with its own take on styles ranging from bluegrass to old Appalachian. Begins at 7:30.

SAT, OCT. 19: Smart Arts presents The National Dance Company of Siberia

The Smart Arts program at Westchester Community College presents a live performance by the National Dance Company of Siberia this Saturday. This production sets a new artistic gold bearing standard with intricate folk dance choreography, athleticism, costumes and energetic music. Begins at 8pm.

SAT, OCT. 19 AND SUN, OCT. 20: Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio

The Taconic Opera will present its rendition of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio at the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center this weekend. This seminal piece from the Austrian composer tells the story of two men attempting to rescue two kidnaped women from a Turkish harem. The spoken dialogue will be presented in English and the songs will be sung in the original German, with subtitles. Begins at 3pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday.

SUN, OCT. 20: Classical Music Concert by The Frisson Ensemble

On Sunday, Westchester Chamber Music Society will host a concert by the Frisson Ensemble, which is composed by nine musicians who showcase a myriad of rarely-performed masterworks. Based in New York City, Frisson features some of classical music’s rising stars drawn from major music schools including Juilliard, Curtis and Yale. The program will include works by J.C. Bach, Louis Spohr and Brahms. Begins at 4pm.

How Does a Chair Become a Work of Art?

Sitting here in my office on my ergonomic Aeron chair, I couldn’t help but wonder: How does a chair become a work of art?  Or does it ever? One criteria might be that it has a name like the Eames chair, named after its designers Charles and Ray Eames and produced by the Herman Miller company. I remember lusting after one of those soft leather beauties, with its own ottoman, for my first home. Later in life, I was dazzled by the Diamond chair, named by the designer Harry Bertoia for the Knoll company.

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