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Rehearsals have begun for the Bronx Concert Singers’ holiday concert, An English Christmas. BCS will host Community Open Rehearsals, two great opportunities to hear excerpts from the upcoming program and to participate in the arts, on the following Tuesday evenings; Oct. 13 and 20, from 7:30 to 10 pm at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1891 McGraw Avenue. All are welcome to this free event and refreshments will be served. For more information call (917) 743-4641.

At open rehearsal guest singers will experience first hand the fun and challenge of preparing the music for this upcoming holiday program, which includes works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten and excerpts from Handel’s Messiah. BCS will provide scores. Visitors who prefer not to sing can just relax and enjoy an evening of wonderful music. For those interested in performing with the chorus this season, BCS seeks singers with note-reading and sight-singing skills, but beginners who learn music quickly and are willing to work hard are always welcome.

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The Bruce Museum’s 28th Annual Outdoor Arts Festival takes place on Sat., Oct. 10 and Sunday, Oct. 11, from 10 am to 5 pm each day, on the grounds of the Museum at 1 Museum Drive in Greenwich, CT. The festival is a juried event featuring more than 90 artists selected from across the country. Their paintings, photography, drawings, prints, sculptures, and mixed media pieces are all available for purchase. The Festival also features live music on both days as well as a variety of food choices. Many fun, educational family activities are on hand, including a children’s drawing contest and entertainment geared towards a younger audience.

Exhibitors compete for cash prizes in six categories: oils and acrylic on canvas; watercolor and acrylic on paper and under glass; graphics and drawings; mixed media; sculpture; and photography. In addition to individual category prizes, there are two major awards given: “Museum’s Choice Award” and the top prize of “Best in Show.”

For information call (203) 869-0376.

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Live jazz every Friday night from 8 to 11 pm at the Euro Café, 274 City Island Avenue. Call (718) 885-0806 for more details. A $10 cover charge is required.

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