Out of Here — Activities Outside Rye



Bringing the Arts Outdoors

The Bruce Museum hosts its 36th Annual Outdoor Arts Festival from 10-5 this weekend. More than 85 new and returning artists from across the country will showcase their work.

“What makes this juried show so special is the caliber of the exhibitors,” says Festival organizer Sue Brown Gordon. “They choose the Bruce Museum because of its ‘originals only’ policy.”

Admission of $10 includes admission to the Museum, whose current exhibits include “Toulouse-Lautrec Portraits from the Herakleidon Museum.”

For a preview of the Festival, visit

October 7

Studies in Black

The Harrison Council for the Arts presents “Pre-Columbian Mexican Pottery” sumi ink paintings by Jim Maciel at the Harrison Public Library on view until October 28 

The black ink works in the show were inspired by a visit to the Anthropological Museum in Mexico City. “Sumi ink is used in calligraphy. I work from photos I take in my travels,” explained Maciel. “I do a detailed drawing first then paint from light to dark. My influence is Chiura Obata, who created remarkable paintings of the Yosemite Valley.”

Call 835-0324 or visit for library hours.


The Neighborhood Tiger

Daniel Tiger purrs his way to The Palace Theatre in Stamford with an all-new show at 4. The musical is based on the No. 1 PBS KIDS TV series.

During an adventure in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Daniel learns what it takes to be king.

The show is a mix of roaring fun and valuable lessons of kindness, helping others, and being a friend.

Tickets start at $25. Call the box office at 203-325-4466 or visit



Rick Abramson, aka the Railroad Man, a 44-year veteran of the Connecticut railways, returns to Greenwich Library at 2 to discuss the streamlined trains of the 1930s and their designers.

Like any business, railroad management wanted to increase business and revenue by providing clean, modern passenger cars. They employed professional designers to achieve this goal. Abramson’s talk will cover the evolution of streamlining trains from as early as the 1860s to its high point in the 1930s. There will also be models on display of some of the locomotives.

Abramson has been fascinated with train since age 6, both real and model. His dream of working for the railroad came true in February of 1968 when he was as hired by the New Haven Railroad, holding a variety of positions over the years — freight agent, station supervisor, locomotive engineer, train dispatcher, and superintendent. He recently retired as Superintendent of Operations for the Housatonic Railroad in Canaan, Conn.
Rick is an avid model railroad hobbyist. His models are known for their detail and accuracy.

The presentation is open to all at no charge and will be held in the Library Meeting Room. Registration is strongly recommended. Register using the Library’s online calendar or contact Carl White, Local History Librarian, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 203-622-7948.

Winter scene by Pat Wagner

Michele Sobel, <Modern Mother>

Christine Teter, <Ripple> watercolor

Rock art by Laurie McAllister




The Port Chester Council for the Arts presents the seventh annual ART10573, a fine art exhibition and sale featuring the work of local professional visual artists. The show takes place at Crawford Park Mansion on N. Ridge Street in Rye Brook, from 11-5. Admission is free and open to the public.

The participating artists will present work in a variety of mediums, including watercolor, acrylic, pen and ink, colored pen, colored pencil, oil, figurative art, mixed media, cartooning, photography, pebbles and driftwood, fabric, fiber landscapes, gold leaf, and Swarovski crystal.

Among the artists are Port Chester residents Ileana Hernandez Carafas, April Dessereau, Laurie MacAllister, Gregory Maggi, Grace Mora, Christine Morgan Teter, Patrice Pelissier and Paul M. Rively Jr.; Rye Brook residents Joyce Askanasi, Michele Sobel, and Pat Wagner; and Yonkers resident Steven Rossi.

A selection of work by student artists from local high schools will also be on view. Donna Cribari will provide musical accompaniment throughout the day.

An hourly raffle will feature small pieces donated by each artist, with proceeds benefiting the Council’s Summer ArtsCamp scholarship fund.

The Port Chester Council for the Arts, founded in 1981, is committed to providing high-quality, innovative programs that build and encourage cooperation and community. For more information about ART10573, call the PCCFA office at 939-3183 or visit



By Noah Gittell

There are certain unalienable truths about Tom Cruise. His smile always works. He always gets the girl. He doesn’t die (except in “Collateral” when he played the villain). These qualities made Cruise the most infallible movie star of the last 35 years, but nothing lasts forever, especially in Hollywood. In his latest, Doug Liman’s “American Made,” he inhabits the same type of hero he has perfected in the past – the cocksure American winner - but for the first time there are chinks in his shiny armor. His smile is now a salesman’s smile, and it hides a deeper fear. His girl threatens to leave him constantly, and for the first time, we sense the possibility that he might not make it out alive. In a few scenes, he is actually missing a tooth, which turns that movie star grin into a comedic prop.

His character in “American Made” plays like a subversion of role that launched his movie star career: Maverick in “Top Gun.” Here, Cruise is Barry Seal, a commercial airline pilot with the skill to be much more. First in his class at the Naval Academy, he now supplements his modest income for his wife (Sarah Wright) and child by smuggling Cuban cigars in from Canada. The CIA, represented only by the smarmy, mysterious Schafer (Domhnall Gleeson) use the cigars for leverage to get him engaged in more serious flying. It’s 1979, and they want him to take surveillance photos of the Communist rebels in Latin America. It’s a dangerous job, but Seal is so bored he would have done it for free.

Structurally, the story is framed by a series of videos made by Seal in a cheap motel room, putting his story down on tape in case something happens to him. It’s a well-worn technique, but it allows Cruise to speak directly to the audience, using his charisma to anchor the film’s wildly scattered plot. When he looks out at us from beneath his still-brown bangs, it remains unthinkable to look away. “It gets crazy from here,” he says at one point, and it does indeed, but we’re willing to follow him into any situation.

After winning praise for his photos of the rebels, the CIA asks him to start smuggling – first cash, then guns, then eventually the Contras themselves. His charisma, which includes a spotty Southern accent, serves him well as he befriends Pablo Escobar, who is so charmed that he starts paying him to smuggle his product back into the U.S. Soon, Seal is running missions for every side, and making money faster than he and his family can spend it.

It’s a thrilling real-life story (although highly fictionalized), even if the telling is a little too familiar. With its fast pace, electric photography, and classic rock songs on the soundtrack, director Doug Liman is working from the playbook created by Martin Scorsese in “Goodfellas.” There are also hints of “Blow” and “American Hustle.” It’s the classic rise and fall of an American outlaw — an irresistible story — but these films increasingly favor style over substance, relying on energetic editing and evocative rock songs to make up for a lack of characterization or a predictable script.

For “American Made,” it works but just barely. The formulaic script by Gary Spinelli never conjures any real drama, but Liman keeps the pedal to the floor, moving so quickly through Seal’s real-life adventures that there is no time to stop and ask what it all means. Like one of Seal’s planes, it flies through the air at record speeds, and while it’s hard to keep track of the cargo, we’re there mostly just for the thrill.

Only Cruise – the star, the performer, and the actor – brings any real significance to “American Made.” If the character is a revision of the unbeatable, exceptional Cruise persona, it could be a harbinger of a next phase in his career that is long overdue. If not, Barry Seal represents only the type of character he should be playing, those who know that American exceptionalism is just a dream and every winning streak must come to an end.

My Rating: See it in the Theater

By Paul Hicks

The summer before senior year in college, I worked the night shift with a classmate at a cannery across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco. Sleeping through the cool foggy mornings, we devoted our afternoons to discovering the charms of the city and environs that Herb Caen, a noted local reporter, called “Baghdad by the Bay.”

Spending a week in the Bay area recently, my wife and I were delighted to find that accolades such as these still hold true:

<The Bay Area is so beautiful, I hesitate to preach about heaven while I’m here.”>  Billy Graham

<You wouldn’t think such a place as San Francisco could exist. The wonderful sunlight here, the hills, the great bridges, the Pacific at your shoes. Beautiful Chinatown. Every race in the world. The sardine fleets sailing out. The little cable-cars whizzing down The City hills... And all the people are open and friendly.”> Dylan Thomas

<San Francisco is one of the great cultural plateaus of the world — one of the really urbane communities in the United States — one of the truly cosmopolitan places and for many, many years, it always has had a warm welcome for human beings from all over the world.”> Duke Ellington

We stayed in Sausalito, just over the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, at The Inn Above Tide, a small hotel with a panoramic view from our balcony of the San Francisco skyline and all around the bay. Located next to the ferry dock and marina, we could watch the flow of maritime traffic, including sailors, rowers, and paddle boarders, as well as many birds and an occasional seal.


Elephant Seals soaking up the sun


One of many highlights of our weeklong stay was a visit to the Point Reyes National Seashore, which is located less than an hour’s drive north of San Francisco. Within the park’s 100 square miles are vast stretches of undeveloped shoreline, wetlands, forests, and grasslands, but it is also one of the few national parks to allow long-established ranching families to lease grazing land from the government.

Guided by Daniel Dietrich (Point Reyes Safaris), a naturalist and wildlife photographer, we watched and listened to a multitude of noisy elephant seals sprawled upon a beach, waiting for the pups to grow strong enough to resume their semiannual migration northward and back. Among other memorable sightings were a herd of native Tule elk and a badger, plus many of the birds that make Point Reyes a birding hotspot.

Among our favorite places in the Bay area is Muir Woods National Monument, one of the last stands of old-growth redwood forest on Earth. In 1905, the forest property was given to the federal government in order to save it from logging and named in honor of John Muir, a pioneering naturalist. Because of its popularity as a tourist attraction, we got there just as it opened and were able to enjoy the tranquility of the forest following the easy trail along Redwood Creek.

One other outdoor adventure took us on a drive through miles of Napa County vineyards to the city of Napa. Passing up numerous wine-tasting offerings along the way, we enjoyed a delicious lunch and local wine at an excellent restaurant called Angele, one of a number that are located along the Napa River in the heart of the city. 

Our badger

There were three very good restaurants in Sausalito within easy walking distance of our hotel, but our favorite was one in Chinatown, despite its name (R and B Lounge). It was only a 20-minute drive from our hotel with little commuter traffic and very good directions from the GPS in our rental car.

We had equally good luck the two other times we drove into the city. One was to see a fascinating exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, exploring the influence of Henri Matisse on Richard Diebenkorn, who lived and worked for many years in the Bay area. It featured 40 Matisse paintings and drawings and 60 by Richard Diebenkorn. As explained by one reviewer: “Because Diebenkorn painted in both abstract and representational styles and wasn’t involved in the New York art scene, he is not as well-known as other American painters of his generation.

A return visit to the Bay area is back on our wish list. In the meantime, we have joined the company of its many admirers, including:

Rudyard Kipling: <San Francisco has only one drawback – ’tis hard to leave.”>

O. Henry: <“East is East, and West is San Francisco.”>

Paul Kantner: <San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality.”>  

Photos courtesy of Daniel Dietrich Photography

The Point Reyes coastline


Out of Here — Activities Outside of Rye

Compiled by Robin Jovanovich


Go Native

Head to Rosedale Nurseries in Hawthorne this weekend, from 9-5:30, to stock up on native plants, and, while you’re there, learn more about them at free talks. The talks include: Hot Plants for Butterflies, Native Plants for Shady Areas, Trees That Attract Wildlife, and Plants and Best Practices for the Fall Native Garden.

A percentage of sales will go to The Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College. Members receive a 10% discount at Rosedale. Not a member? Stop by the Native Plant Center information table and join for same-day rewards.

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Romare Bearden, <River Mist,> 1962, mixed media

Courtesy of DC Moore Gallery, NY


The Other Romare Bearden

Largely unknown abstract works by Romare Bearden are the focus of an exhibit that opens today at the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase. The 20th-century artist is best known for his uniquely textured collages evoking the history, culture, richness and tension of the African-American experience, which are found in every major museum collection in the country.

The Neuberger show reveals a startling body of work he produced throughout the 1950s and early 1960s comprised of exquisite, fully-abstract watercolors, oil paintings, and mixed media collages. Most of that work is largely unknown; that is about to change. 

“Romare Bearden: Abstraction” runs through December 22. The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12-5.


Food for Thought

Manhattanville College in Purchase is hosting a Food Justice Festival, complete with workshops, panel discussions, and garden demonstrations, from 9-5. Be inspired by chef/writer/advocate Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, learn how to create an edible garden, and hear experts on food policy and action.

For more information, call 323-5239 or visit


Art with Heart

Yolanda Sánchez, <A Verdant Heart>, 2017, oil on canvas

A solo show of new paintings by Cuban-born artist Yolanda Sánchez opens at Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont, with a reception from 6:30-8. “A Verdant Heart” features seven new large-scale paintings from the artist’s Miami studio.

“Sánchez continues the legacy of painters such as Franz Kline, Brice Marden, and Cy Twombly,” notes director Kenise Barnes. “The expert cadence of her brushstroke communicates unheard rhythms and the harmonies of opposing forces.”

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10-5:30. For information, visit


Puttin’ on the Dog

Pets, and the people who love them, won’t want to miss the 30th annual Adopt a Dog festival at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich from 10-4:30. In addition to fun canine competitions, families will be able to find the perfect pup to adopt, as well as enjoy exciting demonstrations, lots of food truck delights, and activities to keep the kids busy.


Library Lion

Greenwich Library is pleased to announce the return of Dr. Mark Schenker with a new Playwrights Lecture Series, which begins tonight from 7-8 in the Library Meeting Room. In his first lecture, he will give patrons insight into one of Shakespeare’s early plays, “The Comedy of Errors.” In this tale of two sets of twins accidently separated at birth, mistaken identity, puns, and word plays rule.

The series continues with a discussion of “Much Ado About Nothing” October 19, and Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” November 16.

A dean at Yale College, Schenker has lectured on literature and film for over 25 years and has led book discussion series in more than 100 venues in Connecticut, including public libraries, museums, and cultural centers. In 2001, he received the Wilbur Cross Award from the Connecticut Humanities Council.

The series is open to all at no charge. Register using the Library’s online calendar at

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Jonathan Spector, Surf Photographer


The Artful Weekend

The 56th annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show will be held from 10-5, rain or shine. Rated one of the top 50 fine art and craft fairs in the country, the show continues its long tradition of showcasing fresh and diverse art. The works of over 189 artists from 29 states, Israel, and Canada, will be featured.

In addition, there will be fun under a big-top tent for the kids: interactive programs courtesy of The Harvey School, creative exploration inspired by the Neuberger Museum’s permanent collection, and more.

Admission is $12, $10 for seniors, free for children. For more information, visit

Compiled by Robin Jovanovich


Wagging the Trails

Westchester Parks Foundation is holding its 2nd Annual Mutts on the Mountain Race at Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill from 8-12.

Bring your pup to what promises to be the largest dog gathering in the area this year.

Sign up for the 5K Trail race — 3.1 miles of steep climbs and rock scrambles. Check in at 8, the race begins at 9:15.

For those looking for an easier romp, the Lazy Dog 1M Fun Run is just the ticket. You’ll be able to explore a portion of Blee Mountain’s extensive trail system and take in views of the lake. Check in at 8, the race begins at 9:30.

The fee is $50 for each human-canine entry in the 5K, and $25 in the 1M Fun Run. All teams will receive dry-fit T-shirts and “Mutts” bandanas. Proceeds will go to support the Foundation’s mission to engage the public to advocate for investment in the preservation, conservation, use, and enjoyment of the 18,000 acres of parks, trails, and open space within the County Parks system.

To register, call 231-4600 or visit

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Rita Wilson and Chukwudi Iwuji in “Hedda Gabler”


National Theatre Live

Experience the best of British theater, recorded live and rebroadcast in digital HD on the big screen of the Purchase Performing Arts Center’s PepsiCo Theatre. Ruth Wilson (“Luther”, “The Affair,” “Jane Eyre”) stars in Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler,” directed by Ivo van Hove, at 8.

On May 6, watch a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity, “Twelfth Night,” also at 8.

For tickets, call 251-6200.

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Let’s Dance

Ballroom Extravaganza: Dancing in New York returns to the Emelin Theatre at 7. Many of the routines will feature paired professionals and talented students from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio, much like the partnerships on “Dancing With the Stars.” The Broadway-style spectacular offers two acts of specially choreographed Ballroom and Latin numbers, dynamic ensembles, and dazzling costumes.

For tickets, call 698-3045 or visit


Small Can Be Beautiful

The Mamaroneck Artists Guild is hosting its 13th Annual Small Works Exhibition from May 3-24. An opening reception is set for May 6 from 3 to 5.

Charles Ray, accomplished oil painter and director of the Silvermine School of Art, has selected paintings, sculpture, drawings, and mixed media. All of the works in this juried exhibition demonstrate remarkable skill, as they are 15 inches or smaller.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 12-5. Call 834-1117 for more information.


Gardener’s Delight

The Garden Education Center of Greenwich is holding its 56th annual May Gardeners Market from 9-2, rain or shine, in the Montgomery Pinetum. Over 20 dealers will be on hand with a wide variety of plants, horticulturally- inspired accessories, and organic food products.

Many of the dealers have been exhibiting year after year. Perennial favorite Bruce McCue specializes in wildflowers and native plants; Moorefield Farm with herbs and interesting succulents; Gazy Brothers Farm with fabulous hanging baskets; and Birdhouse Broker with handmade bird houses.

The fundraiser supports the Center’s educational and senior outreach programs. No on-site parking. A shuttle will be available at Cos Cob School. For further information, call 203-869-9242 or visit

Another Openin’, Another Show

The Port Chester Council for the Arts, in cooperation with the Port Chester Recreation Department, presents two musicals this month. Wear your blue suede shows to “All Shook Up”, set in 1955 in a Midwest town, and in rides a guitar-playing roustabout. The Elvis Presley music and the book by Joe DiPeitro, based on “Twelfth Night”, will have you on your feet. The show dates are July 21 and 22.

The following weekend, on July 28 and 29, journey to the African savannah for Disney’s “The Lion King Jr.” Join Simba, Rafiki, and an unforgettable cast of characters in this inspiring coming-of-age tale.

Both productions will be performed at 7:30 at School of the Holy Child, 2225 Westchester Avenue, Rye. Advance tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and children under 12. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tickets are also available at the door for $18 and $15, respectively.

Another View Into Thoreau’s World

This month marks the bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau’s birth, and a month-long display at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich offers insight into this celebrated American thinker, naturalist, and champion of social justice, who inspired Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many more. In addition to items from its own collection, the exhibit includes pieces loaned by a local Thoreau enthusiast.

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As part of its 60th anniversary celebration, Clay Art Center is resurrecting one of its most memorable exhibits, “Transformations 6x6”, which featured six-inch tiles now in the Center’s shop.

Over 180 artists are participating in “Redux: Transformations 6x6”, some 750 ceramic tiles transformed from three dimensions into two will fill the gallery walls. Executive Director Leigh Taylor Mickelson notes that many of the artists were in the first exhibit. I am excited to see how they will reimagine their work as a 6x6-inch tile nine years later.”

The opening reception is Saturday, July 22 from 6-8. Clay Art Center is located at 40 Beech Street in Port Chester.

The Sands of Summer

Tops on the calendar of fun for Westchester County residents is the Sand Castle Contest, August 5 from 11-4 at Glen Island Park in New Rochelle. Registration and rules can be found on The rain date is August 6.

By Georgetta L. Morque

I hadn’t been to Miami in years and had never visited trendy South Beach. Given the wicked weather here, a trip there seemed long overdue.

South Beach, known as SoBe and sometimes called the American Riviera, is the neighborhood in Miami between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. A long boardwalk, which attracts a steady stream of walkers, runners and meanderers, showcases gorgeous beaches with aquamarine waters and chic hotels with balconies offering ocean views. These high rises and renovated historic and art deco treasures feature large-free form pools surrounded by inviting lounge areas plus open-air bars and restaurants that transform into a happening scene by sundown and beyond. Inside are stunning Hollywood set-worthy lobbies ideal for people watching.

A cosmopolitan city, Miami is filled with international residents and visitors, who aside from the beach, enjoy arts, culture, shopping, fine dining, and night life. We explored by Uber and headed downtown to the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), which features international modern and contemporary art in a 200,000 square-foot-facility designed by award-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron. A large veranda welcomes visitors to view Biscayne Bay while rocking on hammock-like swings designed by Konstantin Grcic, and entitled, “Netscape.” We enjoyed the sculpture garden and kinetic artist Julio Le Parc’s amazing large-scale interactive installations exploring light, movement and perceptions.

Our next stop was the not-to-be-missed Wynwood Walls, an entire block of giant outdoor murals by international street artists plus indoor studios and galleries. The Wynwood Arts District, north of downtown, is somewhat reminiscent of Manhattan’s SoHo but with a tropical feel with its small restaurants and bars offering innovative cuisine and fresh local seafood and unique boutiques tucked along the side streets.

We also explored the Art Deco District and popped in the Wolfsonian Museum to view some of its vast collection of American and European decorative and fine arts from the 1850s to the 1950s. There’s never time to do everything, but that’s a reason to return. An excursion to the Everglades and the famous Cuban Sandwich is on the list for the next visit, perhaps during the renowned art show, Art Basel.


Miami’s long stretch of beach is a welcome oasis from the cold at home

One of many creative murals of the Wynwood Walls


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