Polly's Picks

Senior Editor Polly Sparling lists her top picks in December 2009

Thru Jan. 24: Both history buffs and literature lovers are sure to flock to Bold, Cautious, True: Walt Whitman and American Art of the Civil War Era, now on view at the Katonah Museum of Art. Excerpts from Whitman’s writings are paired with works by artists such as Winslow Homer, Frederic Church, and Eastman Johnson. Taken together, the two art forms illuminate the major themes of the war — secession, death, emancipation, and a young country’s uncertain future. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 12-5 p.m. $5, $3 seniors & students; no admission charged between 10 a.m.-noon. • 134 Jay St. (Rte. 22), Katonah. 914-232-9555

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klezmer conservatory band(Left) Winslow Homer’s works illustrate writings by Walt Whitman at the Katonah Museum of Art, while the Klezmer Conservatory Band (right) plays in Purchase

Dec. 13: Two musical ensembles, each with a very different style, grace the stages at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College on the same day (Dec. 13) and at the same time (3 p.m.). The Grammy-nominated Imani Winds (above) — whose repertoire includes European as well as African, Latin American, and American music — performs as part of the center’s Chamber Sundays series (Recital Hall. $52.50). The Boston-based Klezmer Conservatory Band (right) — which is noted for melding traditional Eastern European music with jazz — plays a family-friendly concert in the nearby PepsiCo Theatre ($42.50-$52.50; $22.50-$27.50 children). • 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase. 914-251-6200

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