Culture & The Arts

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Huaxia New York Central Chinese School
in collaboration with Westchester Community College
Huaxia New York Central Chinese School (HXNYC), the longest continuous-running Chinese school in greater Westchester County, offers classes for kids and teens in Pinyin, the Chinese system of phonetics and simplified Chinese characters. In keeping with its mission of providing a multi-lingual environment for learning Chinese language and culture, the school offers a curriculum spanning from Pre-K to AP Chinese. Cultural enrichment classes include Chinese paper-cutting, martial arts, and folk dancing. The school also offers Chinese as Second Language (CSL) classes to parents who are non-native speakers. Continuing education and parent clubs are available as well. / 914-517-0028


Mary Cassatt in France
Join us for a compelling presentation about Mary Cassatt’s journey to becoming a professional artist in France. Share her struggles to balance family obligations with career goals as well as your instructor’s own journey in researching Cassatt’s life for her play, Girl in Blue Armchair. Includes images of Cassatt’s work and those of her contemporaries, as well as her residences in France and the present-day Cassatt family in Maine.
CE-ART 2187VA, 1 Fri., Feb. 19, 12:00 noon-2:00 pm, KNC-3, $25. S Courtney. #12800

History of Painting: The Modern Period
Be introduced to the various important movements and most influential artists of the fine art of painting from 1900-1950. Emphasis will be on the stylistics and aesthetic changes that occurred during this period, and that separated the Modern Art world from the past.
CE-ART 2188VA, 5 Mon., Feb. 8-Mar. 7, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-3, $100. J Coppola. #12814

Fred Astaire and His Dancin’ Dames
Join us for a fun and informative look at the life of Fred Astaire and his dancing partners. We’ll look first at his early life, from 1899-1940, as well as the life of Ginger Rogers, and then on to his later years, from 1940-1987, with his work with Cyd Charisse. Finally, we’ll take a look at the lives of Ann Miller, Jane Powell and Vera Ellen, all of Astaire’s dancing partners. Video selections will be shown at each lecture.
CE-FILM 2032VA, 3 Mon., Apr. 25-May 9, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-2, $60. E Glass. #12687

The Birth of the Beatles
Discover the individual lives of each of the Fab Four. Follow the Beatles’ rise to success while intertwining that success with the events of the 1960’s in an attempt to grasp their incredible significance on the cultural changes in the U.S. and around the world.
CE-MUSIC 2064, 2 Tues., Jan. 12 & 19, 6:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $60. D Fruci. #12679

The Music of Lennon and McCartney
Examine the genius of the songs written by the Beatles; follow the songs from their early years over time as their songs and music grew in complexity. Stories and quotes from the Beatles themselves about how or why each song was written will be a primary source of information.
CE-MUSIC 2063, 2 Tues., Feb. 2 & 9, 6:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $60. D Fruci. #12680

Drama of Life in Opera
Life’s challenges as depicted in opera, with its magnificent music, enhance our human experience. This rich art form is shared in class by learning what to listen for in the music, reflecting upon personal experiences, live demonstrations on instruments, and recorded performances. As these works never get “old”, anyone who already is an opera fan or wants to experience it for the first time will enjoy the time spent here. Operas discussed include Coronation of Poppea by Montiverdi, Madam Butterfly by Puccini, Die Meistersinger by Wagner, Otello by Verdi, Turn of the Screw by Britten, The Nightingale by Stravinsky, and Doctor Atomic by John Adams.
CE-MUSIC 2039VA, 6 Thurs., Mar. 3-Apr. 7, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, KNC-2, $120. R Hallman. #12792