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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN WESTCHESTER ON MAY 2

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by Daily Kids Events Editor May 2, 2014

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Find fun things to do today with kids in the NYC area in our Calendar of Events

free and low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester today, May 2, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Westchester's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening May 2. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Westchester, check out our complete calendar of events.

First Friday at the Hudson River Museum - Hudson River Museum
May 02, 2014 - Yonkers

Celebrating "The Art of Video Games," the museum presents dance parties and video game discussions by video curators, extending its closing hours specially for the event. Tonight: "Video Games Connect." Discussion at 7pm; Dance Party at 8pm for ages 18 and older, hosted by Chiptune enthusiast, DJ Cutman. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Where are video games going? Frank Lantz, director of New York University Game Center, knows. Meet him and explore video games as a cultural form and game design as creative practice. "Video games open worlds...and the Game Center is the place to go to incubate new ideas that explore the many directions of video-game development." All ages.

The East Coast National Baseball Card Show - Spring Fever - Westchester County Center
May 02, 2014 - White Plains

Sports memorabilia, collectibles, and autograph signings. Free pack of cards to every child under 12 years old.

Applause Afterschool Show - Murray Avenue Elementary School Auditorium
May 02, 2014 - Larchmont

See the K-5th grade performance classes act, sing, and dance at this end-of-semester show, with a special performance by the 5th-12th Grade Applause Weekend Performance Workshop Cast. Email [email protected] for more information.

Tales for Tots @ The Field - The Field Library
May 02, 2014 - Peekskill

Stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun. Interactive, drop-in storytime for tots ages 2 and older with a caregiver.

Musical: 'A Little Princess' - Irvington Town Hall Theater
May 02, 2014 - Irvington

Broadway Training Center of Westchester Junior Ensemble presents the Westchester premier of the classic children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, brought to musical life. Written by Tony-nominated composer and lyricist Andrew Lippa ("The Addams Family," "Big Fish") and award-winning book writer and lyricist Brian Crawley ("Violet"), "A Little Princess" is the story of a little girl with a great big imagination. Separated from her father, and the open-hearted Africans who have helped him raise her, young Sara Crewe is sent to boarding school in London. When things go badly for her there, her imaginative powers come to the rescue - helping to transform a drab institution into a place of magic and mystery. Appropriate for all ages. Book and Lyrics by Brian Crawley. Music by Andrew Lippa. Directors: Jason Brantman and Fiona Santos. Reserved discount seating available online at broadwaytraining.com or by calling the ITHT box office 914-591-6602.

Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst - Lyndhurst
May 02, 2014 - Tarrytown

With Mother's Day, wedding season, and graduation just around the corner, Crafts at Lyndhurst, a Festival of Fine Craft, Food, and Fun, offers shoppers the chance to find unique gifts for that graduating senior, the bride-to-be, or to show mom just how special she is. The show includes one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry, for mom's luxurious side and to make the bride sparkle; fashion and accessories for her glamorous side; furniture and home decor pieces, and functional and sculptural work in ceramics, glass, metal, painting, photography, wood, and mixed media for the mom who keeps a beautiful home. More than 275 leading artists and craftspeople will be displaying and selling their contemporary works. Collectors, art enthusiasts, and discerning shoppers will enjoy the rare opportunity to meet these visionary artists and purchase their latest works. Despite its name, the fair offers more than just crafts. Visitors can also eat in the expanded food court, purchase specialty foods, hear live folk music from Tribes Hill, and participate in children's activities like an interactive, hands-on exhibition of instruments by Todd Crowley. All-weekend passes are available for $3 more. Convenient free on- and off-site parking available with free shuttle buses directly to ticket booth. Cash and checks only for admission.

Movie Night Under the Stars at the Wolf Conservation Center - Wolf Conservation Center
May 02, 2014 - South Salem

The Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) is pleased to present "The Rise of Black Wolf" by Emmy award-winning wildlife cinematographer and friend of the WCC, Bob Landis. Guests will enjoy a screening of Landis' wild film under the stars alongside WCC's resident black wolf, Ambassador wolf Zephyr, and his sister Alawa. Bleacher seating will be available, but it is recommended that guests bring beach/camping chairs of their own for more a comfortable experience. Following the one hour film, guests will have the opportunity to visit Atka as well as the WCC's critically endangered wolves. Please bring flashlights. Pre-registration is required. Information and registration are available at nywolf.org.

Stroller Tour - Katonah Museum of Art
May 02, 2014 - Katonah

Refresh your spirit and expand your mind! Join in a special before-hours gallery tour just for new moms, dads, grandparents, and caregivers with babies in tow. Explore different aspects of the current exhibition ("Jasper Johns & John Lund: Masters in the Print Studio") through interactive tours, discussions, and artistic activities. For adults with children under 18 months. Breakfast snacks provided by Tazza Cafe. No RSVP required and crying babies are welcome!

"Mary Poppins" - Archbishop Stepinac High School
May 02, 2014 - White Plains

The beloved story of the Banks family and a mysterious young woman who appears at their doorstep. The family finds she's the answer to their prayers, but in the most peculiar way. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but the children are not the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "anything can happen if you let it." For tickets and more information, call 914-946-4800. The Stepinac Drama Club is one from only six high schools in the country granted permission from Walt Disney Theatricals to produce "Mary Poppins," the 2007 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical.

'Ragtime - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through May 04, 2014 - Elmsford

E.L. Doctorow's novel comes vividly to life in this Tony Award-winning musical, set against the backdrop of the ragtime craze in New York City and New Rochelle. The production intertwines the stories of three families as they confront timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in turn-of-the-century America. Musical styles range from the ragtime rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley to the klezmer of the Lower East Side, from bold brass band marches to delicate waltzes, from up-tempo banjo tunes to period parlor songs and expansive anthems. Featured are such show stopping songs as "Getting Ready Rag," "Your Daddy's Son," "Wheels of a Dream," "Till We Reach That Day," "Back To Before," and "Make Them Hear You." It won 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book, and Orchestrations, and won both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score. A Standing Ovation Studios Production.

Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through May 18, 2014 - Purchase

Self-described "visionary" artist Forrest Bess (1911-1977) is a unique figure in the history of American art. He eked a meager living fishing and selling bait by day in Bay City Texas, while, in his free time, he read, wrote, and painted prolifically. He created an extraordinary body of mostly small-scale canvases rich with enigmatic symbolism based on symbols he saw in his dreams. Bess drew meaning for these symbols from various disciplines such as medicine, psychology, anthropology, and philosophy, eventually formulating a theory, which he referred to as his "thesis," that the unification of male and female within one's body could produce immortality. Despite his remote location, Bess gained recognition in the New York art community, showing his work between 1950 and 1967 with the prominent artist and dealer Betty Parsons. "Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible" is organized by the Menil Collection, curated by Assistant Curator, Clare Elliott, in collaboration with contemporary artist Robert Gober, expanding on a project he created for the 2012 Whitney Biennial. It will feature a selection of over 40 paintings, along with rare works on paper and selected letters, and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. At the Neuberger Museum the exhibition is organized by Chief Curator Tracy Fitzpatrick. Through May 14.

The Art of Video Games - Hudson River Museum
Through May 18, 2014 - Yonkers

One of the first major exhibitions to explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, "The Art of Video Games" focuses on the medium's striking graphics, creative storytelling, and player interactivity. Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the exhibition travels to the Hudson River Museum for its only appearance in the New York Metro area, from Feb. 15-May 18. "The Art of Video Games" features the most influential artists and designers across five eras of game development, from early pioneers to the contemporary artists, who created some of the best games for 20 gaming systems that range from the Atari VCS to PlayStation 3. Video games - a compelling and influential form of narrative art - use player participation to tell stories and engage audiences in the same way as film, animation, and performance. The exhibition features 80 video games selected with the help of the public to demonstrate the evolution of the medium. The games are presented through still images, video footage, and video interviews with developers and artists, historic game consoles, and large prints of in-game screen shots. Five featured games are available for visitors to play (Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, and Flower), which show how players interact with the virtual worlds, highlighting the innovative techniques that set the standard for many subsequent games. "Video games are a prevalent and increasingly expressive medium within modern society," said Chris Melissinos, former chief gaming officer for Sun Microsystems, founder of Past Pixels, and guest curator of the exhibition. "In the 40 years since the introduction of the first home video game, the field has attracted exceptional artistic talent. Video games, which include classic components of art, offer designers a previously unprecedented method of communicating with and engaging audiences by including a new element, the player, who completes the vivid, experiential art form by personally interacting with the game elements." Visitors to the exhibition are greeted by excerpts from selected games projected 12 feet high, accompanied by a chipmusic soundtrack by 8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer, including "The Art of Video Games Anthem," recorded by 8 Bit Weapon specifically for the exhibition. An interior gallery includes a series of short videos showing the range of emotional responses players have while interacting with games. The Smithsonian invited the public to help select the video games in the exhibition. A pool of 240 games was selected by Melissinos and an advisory group consisting of game developers, designers, industry pioneers, and journalists. More than 3.7 million votes were cast by 119,000 people in 175 countries. "The Art of Video Games" is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from the Entertainment Software Association Foundation; Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins; Shelby and Frederick Gans; Mark Lamia; Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk; Rose Family Foundation; Betty and Lloyd Schermer; and Neil Young. Promotional support is provided by the Entertainment Consumers Association. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum's traveling exhibition program, "Treasures to Go." On view through May 18, 2014.

Hudson River Museum Video Arcade - Hudson River Museum
Through May 18, 2014 - Yonkers

Every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm through May 18, the Hudson River Museum's Video Arcade hosts the best gaming in the world from XBox 1 and Wii U to PS 3 and arcade machines. Visitors are invited to go solo, challenge a friend, or play games on their own handheld devices. Games list: Wii U: Super Mario 3D World, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Rayman: Legends; Xbox One: Lego Marvel SuperHeroes, Angry Birds Star Wars; PS3: Little Big Planet, Worms: Armageddon, Flower.

BLACK-WHITE-COLOR-LIGHT: The Art of Rick Shaefer & The Sun as Art: NASA Photographs - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through May 27, 2014 - Stamford

The science behind the perception of color is explored in this two-part exhibition. Colossal black charcoal drawings on white velum capture the intricate details of two precious natural resources: bison and trees. Artist Rick Shaefer, from Fairfield, juxtaposes the majesty and frailty of nature in his life-size renditions with an injection of humor from his crows: a cast of characters atop a fence. The second part of this exhibition involves twenty stunning, full-color, high-resolution images of the sun demonstrates the color spectrum of light. QR codes allow visitors to scan and learn more about the dramatic images captured by NASA scientists ? some of which have been "modified" to suggest familiar forms and images. The brainchild of Dr. Steele Hill, a media specialist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland; the images showcase the incredible details of the sun in a unique way. An interactive light box allows visitors to mix color shadows with body movement to experience the range of color in the light spectrum. Our world is awash in color and light, highlighted by the nuances of shadow, contrast and darkness. How does the light from the sun influence the way we perceive color? How is our imagination challenged by black and white imagery? These questions are explored in our exhibition, Black, White, Color, Light. March 22-May 27, 2014.

Family Fondue Sundays - The Melting Pot of White Plains
Through May 31, 2014 - White Plains

Fondue dining allows everyone to enjoy good conversation, eat slowly, and savor each bite. Parents can enjoy three-course meal (salad, entree, and chocolate), and kids under 14 can have two courses (entree and chocolate), all for a fixed price every Sunday in May from 12-4pm. Visit meltingpot.com/white-plains/specials for details.

Teacher in the Library @ The Field - The Field Library
Through May 31, 2014 - Peekskill

Mystified by math? Puzzled by a project? Homework help is here! Stop in and see a certified teacher. Homework help is available May 1, 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 22, 27, and 29 from 4-6pm. Check out the library's FROG BLOG for more programs and information at fieldkids.wordpress.com.

Family Studio: Arts and Science Projects - Hudson River Museum
Through May 31, 2014 - Yonkers

Family Studio offers families ways to participate in the Arts and Science Projects offered on weekends at the Museum. Creative activities are inspired by the Museum's exhibition, "The Art of Video Games," and are led by Junior Docents. Saturdays and Sundays, May 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18, 1-4pm.

Extreme Habitats: Into the Deep Sea - Bruce Museum
Through May 31, 2014 - Greenwich

This exhibition explores the vast and extraordinary deep sea by examining both the highly adapted survival strategies utilized by creatures of the deep and the technology that enables researchers to record ground-breaking observations. Museum visitors are encouraged to view bioluminescent inhabitants of the twilight zone of the sea, discover the extremophiles that inhabit a hydrothermal vent, witness the bizarre appearances and adaptations of deep-sea species, and learn about the technology that makes deep-sea explorations possible.

Playland Pre-Season - Rye Playland
Through May 31, 2014 - Rye

Get ready to zoom, spin, splash, swing, and soar your way through acres of amusement park rides from the cooling log flume, to the famous Dragon Coaster, and all your other favorites, as Playland Amusement Park in Rye hosts its opening day, Saturday, May 10. Special opening day admission is $15, which is good for unlimited rides until the park closes at 7pm. Admission Prices (May 11-23): - $15 Pre-Season Weekends: May 10, 11, 17, 18, and 23: $15 unlimited rides; $15 Junior (under 48"). - Starting Saturday, May 24: $30 unlimited rides; $20 Junior (under 48"); Spectator admission (no rides) is free for Westchester County residents and $10 for non-residents. Season Passes: - $95 for unlimited rides all season, with a $15 discount for Westchester residents. - $35 for spectator admission all season (no rides), for non-residents of Westchester County. Acceptable proof of Westchester residency is a Westchester County Park Pass; New York State driver's license or non-driver ID; or a photo ID or report card from a Westchester County school. Playland's pre-season schedule is 12-7pm, Saturdays and Sundays until Memorial Day weekend, after which the spring schedule begins. For the season schedule go to ryeplayland.org or call the park at 914-813-7000. Use the website link to join the Playland E-Club and receive valuable discounts all season long. Note: In a piece of great news, the boardwalk, which suffered major damage during Hurricane Sandy, is open again. Construction continues on the Ice Casino. A scheduled reopening date for the Ice Casino has not been announced.

The Katonah Museum of Art presents Jasper Johns & John Lund: Masters in the Print Studio - Katonah Museum of Art
Through June 15, 2014 - Katonah

The Katonah Museum of Art presents "Jasper Johns & John Lund: Masters in the Print Studio," the first in-depth exhibition to focus on the collaboration between the iconic American artist and his master printer. An extraordinary, little-known story unfolds in the exhibition "Jasper Johns & John Lund: Masters in the Print Studio" Over the past 30 years Johns and Lund have forged a rare artistic collaboration: side-by-side, master printer Lund has helped one of America's foremost living artists achieve precisely the desired effect he seeks in his prints, 47 of which are featured in the exhibition. This is the first museum exhibition to explore these two masters' working relationship. Johns is one of the most prominent and prolific printmakers of the 20th and 21st centuries. While he has collaborated with several master printers during his long career, his relationship with Lund is unique due to the exclusive nature of their working process. Johns and Lund first worked together in 1973 at Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE), the fine art print publisher, where Lund was a lithography printer, working with art world luminaries including Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, and James Rosenquist. A decade later Lund became integral to Johns's printmaking process as the sole printer to work on the artist's intaglio prints. In 1996 Lund and his family moved into a home on Johns's rural Connecticut property, establishing a private print studio and becoming his on-site master printer. Together they have created over 70 editions, the vast majority of which are made with intaglio techniques, including etching and aquatint. The imagery in the prints is often related to paintings Johns is in the process of creating, or has just completed. There are two layers of singular ability involved in making these prints - the technical and the artistic. Lund's expert skill is a means by which Johns achieves his creative vision. The exhibition's chronological installation includes the seminal series The Seasons (1987); Flag on Orange (1998), the first edition published under Johns's own Low Road Studio imprint; and the Shrinky Dink series (2011-12), which references elements from The Seasons while featuring new imagery. This one-on-one relationship is uncommon in the print world. Says Lund, "It's more solitary and concentrated but, hopefully, the result is an instinctual feel for the intention of the artist, knowing what the artist is looking at, and what I can do to make it all happen." The luxury of having his own print studio permits Johns the freedom of extended experimentation and exploration. Says Lund, "We've made spontaneous monoprints, worked out 'what if' issues, used printmaking elements that end up as drawings, used equipment and/or print techniques in his paintings - it can be very fluid since I'm just down the hall. In between projects or even in the middle of a print, I never know what Jasper might walk in and ask for..." Johns' print and painting studios are housed in the same converted carriage barn; their proximity permits the artists' effortless movement between the different techniques. The exhibition offers an exclusive glimpse into Johns' private print studio through a selection of recent photographs. "This is a story that's never been publicly told," says exhibition curator Ellen Keiter. While many of the works featured in "Jasper Johns & John Lund: Masters in the Print Studio" have been included in other museum and gallery exhibitions, they have not been viewed through the lens of these two masters' working relationship. Process is explored in proofs and plates, and Lund's personal photographs of Johns at work are also on display. "Mr. Johns is a famously private person," says Keiter. "I believe it is out of respect for Lund and his untold contributions that Mr. Johns has granted us open access to his print studio." Interim executive director, Belinda Roth, adds: "We are delighted to bring this new perspective to Jasper Johns' scholarship. The works on display form a telling representation of the second half of his printmaking career. We're equally proud to recognize John Lund and his singular role in contemporary printmaking." The exhibition "Jasper Johns & John Lund: Masters in the Print Studio" will be on view at the Katonah Museum through June 15, 2014. In connection with the exhibition, the Museum will publish an illustrated catalogue with an essay by Wendy Weitman, former curator in the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books at MoMA, and now an independent curator.

Pasture to Pond: Connecticut Impressionism - Bruce Museum
Through June 21, 2014 - Greenwich

Drawn from the permanent collection of the Bruce Museum, private collectors, area museums, and the trade, this exhibition speaks to the quality and beauty of this perennially popular art and celebrates Connecticut's role as the birthplace of American Impressionism. Tour Connecticut's landscapes through the canvases of American Impressionist artists including Childe Hassam, J. Alden Weir, John Henry Twachtman, Leonard Ochtman and others. March 22- June 21, 2014.

Big, Fat & Juicy: Exuberant Painting - Pelham Art Center
Through June 27, 2014 - Pelham

Pelham Art Center is pleased to announce "Big, Fat & Juicy," a group show of large-scale abstraction that pushes the boundaries of the physicality of paint. Paintings and sculptures by four New York-based artists, Emily Noelle Lambert, Dorothy Robinson, Josette Urso, and Deborah Zlotsky, combine the deliberate spontaneity found in abstract painting and the inventive possibilities of paint itself in lush and expressive ways. "Big Fat & Juicy" will be on view from May 2-June 27, with a free opening reception, and all-age hands-on workshop on Friday, May 2 from 6:30-8pm. Be sure to arrive on time to hear the Artist Talk at 7pm. Admission is free and open to the public. Curated by Alexi Rutsch-Brock and Elizabeth Saperstein, the title of the show comes from the exuberant qualities that get people excited about painting: large-scale canvases, spirited brushwork, and tactile surfaces that stimulate all the senses. From a distance, a viewer can discern geometric shapes and topographies, connected by a bounty of colors. Up close, it gets even better, and links the physical with the personal. The three-dimensionality of the paint comes into focus - bumps, clumps and all - and reveals how each artist handles paint very differently, but to similar conclusions. Paint moves around the surface as the weather moves across the earth, which these artists embrace as a metaphor for the peaks, valleys, storms, and myriad barometric terms used to describe life's journey. "The exhibit examines how paint is approached, either as a spontaneous action or something that looks like a mistake, but is actually constructed," says Alexi-Rutsch Brock, a visual artist and educator, and co-curator of the exhibit. "The works show everything that paint can do." Dorothy Robinson creates landscapes that are on the verge of imploding or exploding; sky and water merge, the earth cracks open and the stage is set, invoking the journey to the center of the earth. Or is the soul? The swirling and shifting of tectonic plates give way to Josette Urso's idiosyncratic, acrobatically-infused surfaces that weave, smear and spin, a kind of visual mountaineering that feels like you are traveling with the artist's brush in short, fast leaps of color and shapes. Deborah Zlotsky's jewel-like dangling rocks deliver us to the sedimentary layer of the earth, all chunky cave-crystals or Mexican salt mines, prehistoric, amorphous – closer to the rock. If the journey starts with Robinson, perhaps it ends with Emily Noelle Lambert. Here, among the found wood, objects, detritus, and paint that the artist intuitively transforms into totemic sculptures and vibrant paintings, is an extraordinary resting place, absolutely personal, and entirely hopeful. "Accidents and change are showing in the work, and that is the evidence of the process and journey," says Rutsch-Brock of the work included in the show. "You can’t always tell where it starts and ends, but all this substance peeking through gives you a sense of a time before." Related Programming Friday, May 2 6:30-8pm: Opening Reception and All-Age Art Workshop 7pm: Artist talk About the Artists EMILY NOELLE LAMBERT Emily Noelle Lambert received her MFA from Hunter College, New York and her BA in Visual Art from Antioch College, Ohio. Lambert has shown nationally and internationally, including past solo exhibitions in New York, Chicago, and IMART in South Korea. She has also been included in numerous group shows in New York, Weekend Space in LA, and RH+Gallery in Istanbul. Emily was born and raised in Pittsburgh, and now lives and works in New York City. She has been a Keyholder Resident artist with the Lower East Side Printshop, and was recently awarded a 2014 residency with the Dieu Donne Workspace. DOROTHY ROBINSON Dorothy Robinson is a Brooklyn-based artist; she has exhibited her work at Slate Gallery in Williamsburg and Edward Thorp Gallery in Manhattan. She studied geography as an undergraduate and received an MFA in painting in 1993 from UC Berkeley. She has been awarded residencies at Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation and Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and a grant from the Pollock Krasner Foundation. JOSETTE URSO Josette Urso received her MFA in Painting from the University of South Florida and currently works in New York City. Urso has had numerous grants and residencies, including, a Gottlieb Foundation Award in 2013, Yaddo in 2009 and a second Pollock-Krasner Foundation award and residency at the Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Germany, both in 2008. She traveled to Taiwan for a residency at STOCK20 in 2006, and to Cambodia with the AIEP American Artists Abroad program in 2004. Other awards include those from Basil H. Alkazzi, the NEA, and Art Matters, and she was a participant in the Bronx Museum for the Arts' AIM program. In New York City, she has shown at the Drawing Center, Storefront, Norte Maar, DFN Gallery, Markel Fine Arts, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Metaphor Contemporary, and the New York Public Library. DEBORAH ZLOTSKY Deborah Zlotsky is a 2012 recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in painting, and is represented by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York. She has exhibited her work in exhibitions across the country, and her drawings are in the curated flat files of Pierogi Gallery and The Boston Drawing Project at Joseph Carroll and Sons Gallery, as well as the online-curated registry at The Drawing Center. A selected list of public collections includes Nordstrom, Progressive Insurance, Rutgers University, the Waldorf Astoria, the New York Palace Hotel, and the Albany Institute of History and Art. Over the past 10 years, she has received residency fellowships at Yaddo, VCCA, Ox-Bow, Millay Colony for the Arts, Ragdale Foundation, the Weir Farm Art Center and the Kimmel-Harding-Nelson Center for the Arts. About the Curators "Big, Fat & Juicy" is organized by Alexi Rutsch-Brock, a visual artist and art educator, and Elizabeth Saperstein, an independent curator. Involved with the Art Center since childhood, Rutsch-Brock has served on the Art Center's Gallery Advisory Committee, and has organized exhibits throughout the metropolitan area since 1989, most recently "Legitimate Vagina" at Miranda Fine Arts in Port Chester, NY. She received her MS from the College of New Rochelle and her BFA from the School of Visual Arts, and is an art teacher at New Rochelle High School. Saperstein has served on the Art Center's Gallery Advisory Committee since 2004, where she has organized several thematic group exhibits including still life, landscape, comics, and cartography; most recently, she organized "Horizon Variations," at the Camera Club of New York. She is a former professor of multimedia studies at the University of the Arts and program manager at the Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop. She received her MA from Purchase College and BS from Emerson College. These events and programs are made possible, in part, by the ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government. Pelham Art Center also receives funding from: New York State Council on the Arts, A State Agency; Westchester Jewish Community Services; hibu; Nurses Network of America; Town of Pelham; New Rochelle Campership Fund; Bistro Rollin; Robin's Art+Giving; Nycon; Junior League of Pelham, Prospect Hill Lunchtime Enrichment; Strypemonde Foundation; Mark Link Insurance; Broadway Electric, Owen Berkowitz; Members; and Annual Fund Donors.

Great White Shark - Maritime Aquarium - IMAX
Through June 30, 2014 - Norwalk

No other modern animal may command both fear and fascination as much as the great white shark ? but The Maritime Aquarium's new IMAX?film suggests, instead, that these predators mainly need help and respect. This film unravels the mystery of the creature by telling the true story of its role atop the oceanic food chain. "Our mission is to change people's attitudes toward the great white," said Steve McNicholas, co-director of the film. "It's not the menacing, evil predator it's made out to be. It's simply performing its crucial role at the top of the ocean's food chain. Great whites are not monsters any more than the polar bears or lions that we revere." The 40-minute film takes viewers around the world to great-white hotspots and examines the animals through the eyes of several people whose lives and work have become inextricably linked to the great white, including shark expert Michael Rutzen, who openly scuba dives among them. Through June 30,2014.

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar - Maritime Aquarium - IMAX Theater
Through June 30, 2014 - Norwalk

The creative forces behind the popular IMAX movie "Born to Be Wild" come together again. Writer-producer Drew Fellman, filmmaker David Douglas and narrator Morgan Freeman team up again for a whirlwind romp through the island nation off Africa's eastern coast. Lemurs are a unique line of primates that have been bounding around on the island paradise – and only on that single island paradise – after arriving there millions of years ago. But now habitat destruction is a serious threat to lemurs' existence. The film follows Dr. Patricia Wright, a professor of biological anthropology whose lifelong mission is to help these unusual creatures survive in the modern world. April 4-June 30, 2014.

'Art at the Core' - Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
Through July 27, 2014 - Peekskill

HVCCA's 2013-2014 exhibition features works that lend themselves to narrative interpretations. The selected artists employ traditional art materials as well as new technology, video, and performance to look to art as addressing the very core of our everyday lives, our "weltanschauung." In an increasingly fast-moving era, and as explored in "Art at the Core," the world of art and culture bridge artistic disciplines - painting folds into sculpture, sound, light, video, and performance. Performance, enhanced by installation and often video, asserts itself as an art form, not in the narrative traditions of opera with its stage design, but in a contemporary format that defies traditional descriptions. The eclectic selections from the works of the 23 artists exhibited at HVCCA, bring about a show that is riddled with complexities, manifesting diverse approaches to identity, society, culture, and materiality, and dedicated to the intersection and melding of life and art. See more at hvcca.org/current-exhibitions/#sthash.R8DPX2vt.dpuf. On view through July 27, 2014.

Marine Life Study Cruises - Maritime Aquarium
Through August 31, 2014 - Norwalk

Cruise out for close encounters with crabs, fish, squid and always a few surprises when you come aboard The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk's research vessel for a new season of Marine Life Study Cruises. These outings reveal what is, to many, a surprising diversity of marine life just off the shores of Long Island Sound. Aquarium educators put participants to work in collecting and examining animals from all levels of the water column: tiny wriggly plankton gathered at the surface (and viewed with a videomicroscope), little crabs and worms grabbed from the muddy bottom, and an always-unique variety of fish, crabs, squid, lobsters and surprises brought up in the Oceanic's trawl net. Aquarium Study Cruises are good for ages 8 and older. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting. April 26-August 31, 2014.

Jiggle A Jelly - Maritime Aquarium
Through August 31, 2014 - Norwalk

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is turning conventional beach wisdom upside down by inviting its visitors to do something they�ve been told not to do all their lives: touch a jellyfish. The �Jiggle A Jelly� touch tank lets visitors safely touch live moon jellyfish, one of the most common species in Long Island Sound. The special exhibit will be open near the Aquarium�s Jellyfish Culture Lab on weekends and holidays in May and June, and daily in July and August. May 1- August 31, 2014.

Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed - Bronx Zoo
Through November 02, 2014 - Bronx

Dinos are back at the Zoo, bigger and badder! The attraction includes a ride through the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods with more than two-dozen animatronic dinosaurs up to 40 feet long which move, snarl, roar, and spit. Board a paleontologist's wagon for a trip back in time. Dig for fossils at a field site and explore artifacts. Take a tour through the pre-historic world at Erth's Dinosaur Zoo. Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed includes a ride through a two-acre area of the zoo, and highlights the physical or behavioral adaptations many share with species that are alive today. This limited engagement runs through November 2, and will be included in the Total Experience Ticket. Special events will take place all spring and summer. Tickets can be purchased in advance at bronxzoo.com.

Meerkats - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2014 - Norwalk

Meerkats are members of the mongoose family that live in social ?mobs? in the Kalahari Desert, in the southern African nations of Botswana and South Africa. No mere cats, meerkats are fascinating for living in structured but cooperative societies, including a foraging strategy where adults take turns standing guard upright on their hind feet, watching for predators, while the others eat. The meerkats? exhibit offers opportunities for climbing, digging and exploring, with several feeding locations to keep them on the alert for incoming crickets. A viewing bubble lets visitors pop up right among the meerkats. February 1-December 31, 2014.

Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2015 - Norwalk

Visit the toy boat-making area on weekends for a fun 20-minute boat-building project. Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home as a special keepsake of your visit. Saturdays and Sundays year-round.

Africa: From the Desert to the Sea - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2015 - Norwalk

Explore the aquatic wonders of Africa, including amazing fish from the Nile River, the lakes of Africa's Great Rift Valley and the Red Sea. Species highlighted include exotic air-breathing lungfish that can survive for a year if their waterhole goes dry, and colorful cichlids and coral reef species that shine in shimmering rainbows. January 1 2014 - December 31, 2015.

Born to Be Wild - Maritime Aquarium
Through June 30, 2024 - Norwalk

Academy-Award winner Morgan Freeman lends his voice to this film which follows orphaned baby orangutans and elephants, and the people who rescue and raise them for eventual release back into the wild. Through June 30,2014.

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