What’s Going on in New Rochelle 2-14-2014

New Rochelle Public Library events

Free family African dance workshops at library

A series of seven free African dance workshops for children ages 7 and up and their parents and grandparents, will be held at the New Rochelle Public Library on Saturday mornings, from 11 a.m. to noon, beginning Jan. 11 and continuing through Feb. 22. The popular workshops are led by Anthony Wooden of the Bokandeye African-American Dance Theater, who provides instruction of native African dances while also exploring their meanings and the occasions on which they’re performed. The workshops help participants gain an understanding of African village life and the role of the extended family. Bokandeye is celebrating its 20th year in 2014.

Following the series of workshops, the students will be joined by members of the Bokandeye Troupe for a culminating performance in the Ossie Davis Theater on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m.

Enrollment is limited. Interested participants are asked to register at the first class. The African Dance The workshops are made possible with funds from the Friends of the Library.

New Rochelle Opera presents Operatic Love Fest

Feb. 15, 2014 at 3 p.m. The Fountainhead, 55 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle

New Rochelle Opera celebrates Valentine’s Day with Operatic Love Fest, on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at 3 p.m. The concert will be held in the wedding chapel at The Fountainhead in New Rochelle. Tickets are $50 and include a reception of wine and hors d’oeuvres.

The fundraiser concert will feature arias, duets and ensemble pieces that embrace the theme of love performed by the some of the company’s most popular soloists: soprano Kelli Butler, mezzo-soprano Sara Petrocelli, tenor Joshua Benevento and baritone Chad Armstrong. The singers will be accompanied by Renee Guerrero, and NRO Artistic Director Camille Coppola will narrate the program.

Tickets are limited and can be purchased online at nropera.org, or by sending a check to New Rochelle Opera, P.O. Box 55, New Rochelle, NY 10804. All tickets will be held at the door. For more information, please call 914-576-1617 or 914-576-0365.

New Rochelle Opera Company was formed for the purpose of presenting imaginative and appealing operatic productions to the Westchester community. It serves to create a deeper understanding and appreciation of live opera and make it accessible and affordable to a diverse audience. The company presents the art form in various capacities‑fully staged performances, concert, school programs, workshops and demonstrations‑engaging aspiring young artists as well as experienced professionals. nropera.org.


Pelham Arts Center Events

Winter classes

Pelham Art Center’s Winter 2014 semester is scheduled for Jan. 6 to March 22. Registration for classes and workshops is ongoing throughout the term. Families, adults and children can choose from a variety of classes and workshops running morning, afternoon, evening and on weekends. Pelham Art Center Members receive 10 percent off classes. Need-based scholarships and payment plans are available. The winter catalog can be found on the art center’s website, pelhamartcenter.org/education, or call 914-738-2525 x111 to request one by mail or email. Students may register online, in person, by mail, email, phone or fax. Pelham Art Center administrative hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

While your kids are having fun, they are also improving social and motor skills, personal expression, visual communication and application for digital skills. Statistics show that children involved in the arts improve academically. PAC instructors are great teachers, as well as professional artists in their associated mediums–so inspiring children, youth and adults alike comes naturally. Learn about some of examples of classes:

New youth classes include:

Art Around the World, flash animation, comics, digital photography, rainbow loom, making “reality TV” and Performing Poets

Popular youth classes include:

Music recording, ceramics (pottery/wheel throwing) and sculpture, cartooning, mixed media, game design, industrial design, digital fashion design, creative writing and much, much more.

New continuing courses for adults include:

Collage, millinery workshop, iMovie, writers circle, Explore and Enhance Your Creativity Workshop, pointed pen calligraphy corkshop

Popular continuing courses for adults include:

Ceramics in the a.m. or p.m., collage, memoir writing, digital photography and Simply Watercolor, just to name a few.

For more information, or to register for our summer workshops and classes, stop by the office, or call 914-738-2525 x111. You can visit our website www.pelhamartcenter.org. Need-based scholarships are available to all students who qualify.

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