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Haven’t booked a ticket for this Sunday’s screening and post-film chat about “My Fair Lady” at the Bedford Playhouse? Well, get a move on (or, as the film’s title character might say in her Cockney English accent, “Move your bloomin’ arse!”). Not only is the legendary Lerner and Loewe musica…

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 Beauty isn’t only skin-deep, it turns out, but exerts an irresistible primal force. New research suggests a person’s attractiveness signals to our brains that he or she is also likely to be healthy, with greater survival potential. We feel good about this: someone’s not just handsome, but h…

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Barbecue love goes way back. Archeologists have dug up 30,000-year-old “earth ovens” in Europe, which were basically hollowed-out soil, carefully lined with stones and filled with hot coals. The better to slow roast and tenderize notoriously tough-to-chew bison (yes, the same humongous-horne…

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 “Poetry” and “pop culture” are words that rarely co-exist in a given conversation — with a few notable exceptions. There’s National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, who recited at President Joseph Biden’s inauguration and appeared on last spring’s cover of Vogue magazine; and the Levi’s c…

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“The Spaniards have a most wonderful way of saying ‘OK’ or ‘All good,’” photojournalist Lisl Steiner mused.  “They use one word — ‘vale’ — which translates as ‘There’s value here, value in whatever’s happening right now.’ We should all adopt this expression.”

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A lazy walk on the beach for decoupage artist Audrey Zinman inevitably becomes a tenacious, esthetic beach patrol. “I’m forever searching for shells that are broken and weathered,” she acknowledged, “ones most people would overlook.”

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Caramoor’s 2022 spring season, presented in the Rosen House Music Room, kicks off Sunday, March 13, with the annual Schwab Vocal Rising Stars concert. Rising Stars is Caramoor’s mentorship program which serves as an incubator for exceptional young talent.

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It should come as no surprise that Pablo Picasso blew everyone away at the prestigious Exhibition of Fine Arts in Barcelona, Spain, in 1896. He was, after all, Picasso. But wait, this was his debut in the art world and his painting, “First Communion,” was created when he was just 15 years old.

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Of all the apostles, Matthew, patron saint of tax collectors and accountants, likely would be the first to give Art Show: Bedford 2022 his blessing. In just the last three years, the annual exhibit at the Bedford church that bears his name raised over $100,00 for local charities. Even holy m…

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 “I make a mean matcha” artist David Hutchinson acknowledged as he prepared three cups in the kitchen of his Pound Ridge house in the woods. Using a meticulously handmade Japanese bamboo whisk — from a Kyoto tea company that dates to 1717 — he deftly whips the vivid green tea powder into a m…

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Dec. 3 marks two enticing milestones in food history. On that day in 2017, the first “pizza party in space” was held by astronauts of the International Space Station. And this year on that day, acclaimed chef Matt Safarowic, previously of The Whitlock and Jay Street Café in Katonah, assumed …

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Louis XIV was on to something. The 17th century Sun King may have been guilty of government overreach (that whole “L’etat, c’est moi/I am the state” thing), but he could always be counted on to break out the bubbly for special occasions — royal weddings, Christmas, New Years. Sparkling champ…

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In any outdoor sport, extreme cold or heat, or a sudden gust of wind, can act like Greek gods whimsically inserting themselves into the game, favoring some mortals over others to win. Yet, despite the elements, the contestants carry on. 

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That the word “museum” derives from the original Greek meaning, “shrine of the muses” suggests that museums today are doing more than ever to fulfill that original promise. It’s no longer just come and be inspired by the art you see on the walls, but rather, come, be inspired and create some…

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The proverbial “hit the ground running” was a given when Stephanie Bell started her new job as principal of Pound Ridge Elementary School in September. Knowing that in her “free time” she is a running coach who pace-leads marathon training groups, it’s safe to say her tenure at PRES is never…

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When folk and alt-rocker, Alex Cano, takes the stage at Oktoberfest in the Park in Lewisboro next Saturday, he’ll be rocking a 200-year-old tradition with a 21st century American spin. Mr. Cano is already a local hero — winning the Pound Ridge Pride Day Battle of the Bands — and earning a sp…

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Can an art exhibition shine a light on America’s shadowy and complex history of immigration issues? Can works of imagination get closer to the truth of the countless colorful, sometimes excruciating real-life narratives of those who arrived on these shores the last 500 years? 

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Donald C. Spaulding, a 59-year resident of Pound Ridge and a nationally renowned painter of the American West who created works for the Pound Ridge Historical Society, died at home Sept. 25. He was 95. Only a month earlier, he celebrated his milestone birthday with family and friends, remark…

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As the 20th anniversary approaches, everyone remembers and relives the painful emotions felt on that terrible day, Sept. 11, 2001. Vivid images captured that day will haunt us forever, always reminding us to remember and never forget. But few people saw what happened behind the scenes the wa…

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“I’m in,” you think, as you pick up Sara Arnell’s memoir, “There Will Be Lobster,” assured you’ve been invited to a saucy summer romp of a book. Sunny graphics and ginormous lobster claws on the cover seem to promise glam parties and plenty of A-lister “dish.” But while Ms. Arnell — a living…

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Jeffrey Haydon, the outgoing CEO of Caramoor, is leaving for Chicago, Illinois, at the end of this month for a new opportunity. He knows that the great tradition of Caramoor existed when he arrived and will continue long after his departure. But he also knows the Caramoor he is leaving behin…

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Bedford Corners resident, Carol B. Allen, seems to have hit a nerve with her young adult novel, “One If: A Virago Fantasy.” The book, released in December, has generated enthusiastic responses, not only among its targeted audience — early teens — but with parents, teachers, librarians and pr…

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When Mindy Yanish, owner of Offerings Gallery in Katonah, announced in June that she was closing the store’s brick-and-mortar incarnation after some 30 years in business, she hinted that she was working on a new idea that would open up “the possibility of reinvigorating, not just the busines…

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An annual exhibition of sound art marks the continuing expansion of Caramoor’s programming. For the current exhibition, artists have worked with sonic materials outside the traditions of concert music, and each artist draws inspiration from their chosen location. 

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Like all cultural institutions, the Katonah Museum of Art has struggled to continue to function during the coronavirus crisis. But even being unable to allow visitors into the building or to hold their big annual spring fundraiser, KMA is managing to remain a vital community resource.

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Caramoor has had to pivot quickly from the full summer season that was originally planned, to finding new ways of inspiring audiences safely in light of pandemic restrictions. The Katonah cultural arts destination, with more than 80 acres of woodlands, gardens, sound art and outdoor performa…

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“We are bobbing and weaving, but doing fine,” was how Caramoor CEO Jeff Haydon began a phone interview with The Record-Review on Tuesday morning when asked how he and others at Caramoor were doing in light of necessary programming changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A piece of music hailed at its 1905 world premiere in Vienna as a “beautiful, engrossing work with an appealing lyricism,” and composed by one of the city’s rising musical stars, has never been played in the United States. This Sunday, March 8, however, the internationally acclaimed Music fr…

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The Katonah Village Library is known, among its many cultural offerings, for its Worlds of Music series. On Saturday, March 14, thanks to a grant from the American Indonesian Cultural & Educational Foundation, the library will present a special performance of Javanese wayang (shadow pupp…

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Westchester could use a little more drama. That’s the notion that went through the mind of Trent Dawson when he moved here from New York City four years ago.