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 FRI, DEC. 4: Virtual Jewelry Show and Sale

Audiences at home will be able to discover and purchase unique wearable works of art online during Katonah Museum of Art’s Jewelry Show. The virtual show encompasses a diverse array of contemporary jewelry by a selection of 16 international artisans. These handmade pieces are constructed with a variety of techniques, and materials, including gold, silver, acrylic, glass, steel, porcelain and diamonds. Read about more cultural organizations you can support with your holiday shopping in the new issue of ArtsNews.

2_Virtual Performance Handel's Messiah

FRI, DEC. 4: Virtual Performance of Handel’s Messiah

The New Choral Society will present its 27th annual Messiah (Part 1), which was recorded live in November, complete with the refined acoustics of the Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale. This concert will feature Handel’s uplifting oratorio and conclude with a performance of Hallelujah Chorus. The recording will debut this Friday and remain available for viewing throughout December. Begins at 7pm. Click here for a listing of more virtual holiday events featured in the Dec 20/Jan 21 issue of ArtsNews.

3_Image_Virtual Concert of Holiday Hits

FRI, DEC. 4: Virtual Concert of Holiday Hits

This Friday, Irvington Theater will stream a recording of last year’s sold-out Holiday Celebration concert for audiences to enjoy while they wrap stocking stuffers and decorate their homes. Musicians Parker Reilly and the Electric Stories, known for their lively renditions of songs from the 1960s and ‘70s, will perform lesser-known holiday rock tunes and classic seasonal songs from Chuck Berry, Darlene Love and more. Begins at 7:30pm. Click here for a listing of more virtual holiday events featured in the Dec 20/Jan 21 issue of ArtsNews.

4_Image Zoom Kids Art Workshop

WED, DEC. 9: Zoom Kids Art Workshop: Drawing Doodles

On Wednesday, ArtsWestchester’s ArtsMobile program presents a virtual “Drawing Doodles” workshop for youth aged 7-12 years. Ambidextrous artist Donna Mikkelsen will teach participants how to use both hands to draw simultaneously and symmetrically. No drawing experience is necessary to participate. To register, email Jessica Cioffoletti at [email protected]. Begins at 4pm via Zoom.

5_Image Livestream Concert Jomion and the Uklos

WED, DEC. 9: Livestream Concert: Jomion & The Uklos

Downtown Music at Grace will host a live-streamed concert with Jomion & the Uklos, a family band from Benin in West Africa. The group’s music experiments with reggae, salsa and jazz while drawing on the band’s vast knowledge of traditional African music and culture. The program will premiere live on the organization’s YouTube page at 12:15pm.

6_Image You May ALso Enjoy LuninoCity Festival

You May Also Enjoy: LuminoCity Festival

Beginning on Friday, LuminoCity Festival will be offering a new holiday spectacular with outdoor light sculptures and immersive art installations on Randall’s Island in New York City. Guests will enjoy a 45-minute tour of LED sculptures, including fairy palaces, mystical mushrooms and more. LuminoCity will run through January 10. A limited number of tickets will be available to keep to a strict capacity. Tickets must be purchased in advance online here.

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

This and That Blog by Janet Langsam

A Way of Life to Go Back To

When I was a girl growing up in Far Rockaway, it was wartime. My parents worried that German submarines would be coming across the Atlantic Ocean to our beaches. They would sit for hours in front of the living room radio, hanging on every word from the frontline. Now it is wartime again in America. Only this time, it’s a war against an invisible enemy that we can’t see, but we know can kill us.

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