Top arts picks in Westchester: Livestream Carnaval concert, artist Rich Brown talks

Editor’s note: This press release was provided by County Legislator Terry Clements.

SAT, FEB. 20: Livestream Concert Celebrates Brazilian Carnaval

Jazz Forum will present a livestream concert that will celebrate Brazil’s Carnaval and jazz this Saturday. Mark Morganelli & The Jazz Forum All-Stars will perform sambas, bossa novas and Carnaval favorites, complete with dancing by Miss Brazil America Natalie De Ferrari. Begins at 8pm via the Forum’s Facebook page.

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SAT, FEB. 20:  Virtual Concert: Ted Daniel 

This Saturday, Bethany Arts Community will present a virtual performance by jazz trumpeter and composer Ted Daniel. Daniel began his professional career playing local gigs with his childhood friend, legendary guitarist Sonny Sharrock. Since then, Daniel has participated in more than 30 published recordings with  Archie Shepp, Dewey Redman and other artists. Begins at 5pm.

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TUES, FEB. 23: Virtual Artist Talk: Rich Brown

Clay Art Center will host a virtual artist talk with ceramic artist Rich Brown, an exhibiting artist in the Center’s online exhibition Concepts In Clay: Artists of Color. Brown will discuss his journey toward discovering ceramics and how working with clay has shaped the direction of his life. Begins at 7pm via Zoom. Read more about this exhibition in the February issue of ArtsNews.

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WED, FEB. 24: Virtual Concert: Jazz and Broadway Standards 

Downtown Music at Grace (DTM)’s “Wednesday Concert” series returns with a virtual concert that will celebrate the works of Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein. Vocalist Kimberly Hawkey and pianist David Budway will bring their cabaret style to a selection of jazz and Broadway standards, such as Blue MoonIt Might as Well Be Spring and more.  The livestream begins at 12:15pm via the DTM’s YouTube page.

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THURS, FEB. 25: Virtual Freestyle Drawing Workshop 

Next Thursday, youth aged 12-17 can join artist Lance Johnson for a virtual freestyle drawing workshop, as part of ArtsWestchester’s Teen Tuesdays & Thursdays program. Participants will learn the techniques behind this unique art form using paper, markers and pencils. To register, email Jessica Cioffoletti at [email protected]org. Begins at 4:30 via Zoom.

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You May Also Enjoy: Dance Workshops Explore the African Diaspora

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Extension is exploring a range of dance techniques from across the African diaspora for Black History Month with in-person and virtual workshops and weekly classes throughout February. There is an in-person Afro-Cuban class with Danys “La Mora” Pérez on February 20 at 1pm. Dancers of all levels can also opt for the Afro-Cuban class on-demand version that will be made available from February 21 through the end of the month.

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