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APRIL 2012 feature

EXPLORING OTHER CULTURES By Alison Kattleman exploring…Thailand

“Shake loose all your preconceived ideas about how and why movies make meaning and just plunge in,” says the New York Times of Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The acclaimed Thai filmmaker is the newest International Filmmaker in Residence at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville.

In addition to working on his projects at the JBFC’s innovative Media Arts Lab, a series of his dreamlike films has been screening at the center’s theater through April 8, 2012.

The Weerasethakul series starts off the month with two programs presenting his short films on April 2, at 5pm and 7:30pm, and continues with his feature Mysterious Object at Noon on April 5, at 7:30pm. An imaginative unscripted documentary, the film plays with the concept of an old Surrealist word game via interviews of people across Thailand, asking each to add their own words to a continuing story.

The series ends on April 8, at 7:30pm with a screening of Weerasethakul’s feature Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, an enchanting story about a man on his final days surrounded by loved ones— both human and nonhuman—which took home the Palme d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. For more info and tickets, visit:

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exploring… Japan

The Spring season blooms at the Pelham Art Center (PAC) on Saturday, April 21 with a special Cherry Blossom Festival, featuring workshops and activities in the traditional arts of Japan, from 1:30 – 3:30pm.

A beautiful cherry blossom tree provided by Greener by Design will be on view during the event. Interactive demonstrations

will include lessons in Japanese classical

dance, fan movements and Japanese flower arranging, along with a video presentation of a Japanese tea ceremony. Visitors can contribute to a community “wish tree” throughout the afternoon, and have their own written messages of hope become part of a greater project organized by renowned artist Yoko Ono.

exploring… The Caribbean

Experience the vivid global tapestry of Caribbean culture when Carnival comes to ArtsWestchester’s beautiful new 9th floor gallery space April 13-27. Part of the A’Vitar Foundation’s and A Fe We Culture Inc.’s Carib Gold visual and performing arts series, the show will pay tribute to 50 years of independence for Jamaica

and the twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago. The exhibition inaugurates the newest gallery space at ArtsWestchester’s Arts Exchange building.

Carnival, in conjunction with Carib Gold, is meant to serve as a tribute to Caribbean Arts and Culture, through the eye of the people. It highlights the expansive

exploring… China

In celebration of the Chinese Year of the Dragon, the Katonah Museum of Art presents Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography. The exhibition, which runs March 25 - September 2, features work produced by Chinese photographers over the past decade. Curated by Miles Barth, many of the 80 works in Rising Dragon have never been seen in the United States.

“I see it as organized chaos,” says Barth of the work on display. “It’s like China itself; a

mass of humanity going in every direction at the speed of light.”

The eclectic array of subject matter includes landscapes, portraits, architecture and explorations of daily life. Tableaus reference religion, politics, sexual identity and the radically changing attitudes towards these societal pillars.

Programs accompanying the exhibition include a Chinese calligraphy workshop

on April 2, 10am-3pm, and a lecture by distinguished U.S.-China relations insider Nicholas Platt on April 26, 7:30pm. On April 22, visitors can enjoy Chinese Culture Family Day: a day of fun activities introducing families to fascinating parts of traditional Chinese culture, including fan dancing, healing arts, traditional musical instruments and more. For more info, visit

work of talented, multi-national artists to create a platform that promotes multi- cultural consciousness and awareness. An opening reception is set for the evening of Friday, April 13. For updates, check in at:

In Japan, the delicate and captivating cherry blossom has long symbolized the arrival of spring, and is celebrated as a herald of hope. This free festival, open to the public, is the perfect way to welcome Spring to Westchester. For more info on the festival, visit

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