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Guitar Talk with John Leventhal (SHS 1970): Manhattan Address, Southern Sound

Like many Baby Boomers, guitarist, songwriter, and record producer John Leventhal (SHS 1960) reflects the musical influences he heard growing up. The Beatles, Doc Watson, Chet Atkins, Howlin’ Wolf, Curtis Mayfield, Clarence White, and many others color his playing and musical sensibilities. He’s a lifelong New Yorker, yet his guitar work has a rootsy sound and feel that seems to hark back to another place and time. 

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Elizabeth F. Fideler's (SHS 1960) "Margaret Pearmain Welch (1893-1984): Activist, Pacifist, Reformer, Preservationist"

In a bygone era when twentieth-century Proper Bostonians mixed Beacon Hill formalities with countryside pleasures, Margaret Pearmain Welch (1893-1984) defied the mores of her social set and got away with it. She was the epitome of everything expected and much that was scandalous. Known as a debutante, dancer, world traveler, and hostess, she was also an indefatigable activist, writer, lecturer, lobbyist, fundraiser, and opinion shaper--grande dame as well as proverbial little old lady in combat boots (footwear more appropriate to confrontation than tennis shoes).

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Grids : A selection of Paintings by Lynne Golob Gelfman (SHS 1962) at Perez Art Museum

Grids
Lynne Golob Gelfman 
Perez Art Museum Miami 
On view until April 21, 2019 

Driving to the Perez Art Museum Miami over the Venetian Causeway may resemble a clip from Grand Theft Auto but inside the museum Lynne Golob Gelfman's artwork quietly occupies space on its own terms within the skyscraper skyline. 

 

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Pam Allyn (SHS 1980) Joins Scholastic Education as Senior Vice President, Innovation & Development

Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, announced today that Pam Allyn is joining the Company as Senior Vice President, Innovation & Development, Scholastic Education. 

In this newly created role, Pam will serve as a key expert for Scholastic Education, providing ideas and feedback to editorial, publishing, and marketing staff based on best practices and insights from classrooms around the world. She will also partner with school districts to support literacy initiatives and speak at events—from professional development trainings to industry conferences—where she will share the importance of a focused approached to reading and writing instruction that brings joy to student learning while supporting educators.

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The Five Best Tovah Feldshuh (SHS '66) Movies of Her Career

Having been a Broadway star for more than four decades Tovah Feldshuh, real name Terri Sue, obviously knows what it takes to get along and work her way through the business. She’s been acting for so long that you would think that most people would know who she is without fail. But unless you watch anything she’s been in such as The Walking Dead where she played the leader of Alexandria up until her death, then you might be at a loss. She’s done a great deal with her career throughout the years and has managed to establish a legacy that includes a great many credits. 

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Nicole Eisenman (SHS '83) Wins the 2020 Suzanne Deal Booth/FLAG Art Foundation Prize

Artist Nicole Eisenman has been selected as the winner of the 2020 Suzanne Deal Booth/FLAG Art Foundation Prize, which includes a $200,000 cash award, a catalog and a solo exhibition at the Contemporary Austin and at FLAG in New York.

“I would describe her as being one of the most important painters of our generation,” said Louis Grachos, the executive director and chief executive of the Contemporary Austin, in a telephone interview. “Part of the excitement we have for this prize is it’s so focused on the artist’s ability to create new work.”

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Carolyn Strauss (SHS '81), ‘Game Of Thrones’ Reclaims Crown With Emmy Best Drama Win

HBO’s powerhouse Game of Thrones returned to the Primetime Emmy Awards after a year away and picked up where it left off, scoring its third Outstanding Drama Series win in four years. The victory came for the fantasy series’ Season 7. It is wrapping its run with Season 8 beginning in 2019.

The win in the night’s final and biggest category helped HBO tie Netflix with 23 total awards this Emmy season, after Netflix had topped HBO in total noms for the first time.

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Are you the next President of the Scarsdale Alumni Association?

The SAA is looking for its next leader.

Ten years ago my mom walked up to a booth at the Scarsdale Village fair. The booth was attended by Page Bramley (SHS ‘38) and a couple of other volunteers. Page was the founder of the Scarsdale Alumni Association, she had started it 20 years earlier from Boca Raton, FL. She was 85 years-old but had the energy of a 30 year-old. She shared the mission of the organization with my mom, and hours following their exchange I learned that I had been volunteered on the spot.

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Astronomer and former astronaut Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman's (SHS '62) career

Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman, a Brooklyn-born astronomer and former astronaut who has flown to space five times, joins forces with seven elite astronaut storytellers in National Geographic’s ONE STRANGE ROCK, executive produced by Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures and Jane Root’s Nutopia. Sharing his unique observations of Earth from space, Dr. Hoffman ponders the magical twists of fate that have allowed life to emerge, survive and thrive only on Earth, as we know it.

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Is TV moving away from antiheroes? Game of Thrones producer, Carolyn Strauss (SHS '81), speaks out

An antihero is a central character in a story who lacks traditional heroic characteristics, and Game of Thrones is full of them. Jaime Lannister, Arya Stark, the Hound, Theon Greyjoy…maybe even Cersei if you squint a little; all of them are major players in our favorite drama, and all of them have done some very questionable things.

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