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April 30, 2012


Just Published: Read my theater column with coverage of The City Club which is now playing at The Minetta Lane Theater.


New York Cool Tip:

PEN WORLD VOICES FESTIVAL 2012
April 30 - May 6th
Various Venues in New York City


Renowned writers from around the world — including Margaret Atwood, Jennifer Egan, Herta Muller, Giannina Braschi, Tony Kushner, Michael Cunningham and Colson Whitehead — will head to New York City in the coming months to take part in the eighth annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature. The festival, founded by Salman Rushdie, aims to use creative and unexpected methods to engage people in literature, according to the festival’s website. It will take place at venues across the city from April 30 to May 6. "In an era of ever-expanding 'screen-time,' live/in-person readings, conversations and literary performances have never been more radical or more necessary," Rushdie said in a statement. "These live events break down the invisible walls that separate us into our own solitary computer pods and re-assert the importance of dialogue, activism and community without borders."

A full roster of festival events will be available on March 15, but several highlights include a performance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that will pair the Kronos Quartet with writers Tony Kushner, Marjane Satrapi and Rula Jebreal to explore the boundaries between music and literature. The festival has partnered with the Museum of Modern Art to present a rarely seen original recording of a 1970 slide presentation by the late photographer Diane Arbus in which she speaks about photography using her own work and other pieces from her collection. The theater ensemble Elevator Repair Service, which is known for adapting novels to the stage, will present a public performance developed exclusively for the festival.
Festival-goers will be invited on a so-called "literary safari," trolling through the halls of Westbeth, a West Village artists' community, where they will be treated to readings by a range of authors, including Elias Khoury, Giannina Braschi and Peter Schneider. Processional Arts Workshop, the official pageant puppeteers of New York’s Village Halloween parade, will present a procession of puppets, illuminated objects and projections on the High Line at sundown.

"As always, the festival will amplify world voices," festival director Laszlo Jakab Orsos said in a statement. "But this year, there is increasing emphasis on how we amplify them. We are exploring new and unconventional ways for writers to be heard above the din — whether by pairing literature with other art forms, or by inviting greater audience participation." For a full listing of events, dates and venues, visit the PEN festival website.

Read more: http://www.dnainfo.com/20120301/manhattan/salman-rushdies-pen-festival-draws-writers-from-across-globe#ixzz1nvFVcJsa

Various Venues in New York City


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

BOMB’s 31st Anniversary Gala and Silent Auction
Monday, April 30
Capitale

Honorees:
Klaus Biesenbach Marsha Norman Richard Serra

Toasters:
Patti Smith Theresa Rebeck Hal Foster

One of the most respected voices in contemporary art and literature, BOMB will celebrate its 31st anniversary with a gala benefit dinner and auction of important contemporary artworks on Monday, April 30, 2012 at Capitale, 130 Bowery (at Grand Street), New York City.

This year the annual benefit will honor Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator at Large at the Museum of Modern Art; Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer-prize winning playwright, and the renowned sculptor Richard Serra. Each will be given a Pink BOMB by Tom Otterness, which will be presented after a rousing toast to each honoree by Patti Smith, Theresa Rebeck, and Hal Foster respectively.

Of the honorees, Betsy Sussler remarked: “We recognize their vision and courage as manifested by their accomplishments—all of which enrich our culture.”

Chairman of BOMB’s Board of Trustees, Klaus Kertess, will be joined by Co-Chairs Dana Farouki, Eric Fischl, Agnes Gund, Dorothy Lichtenstein, and Diana Widmaier Picasso.

This elegant evening begins with cocktails and a preview of the silent auction. Dinner and the Toasts to the Honorees follow. Décor is by Madeline Weinrib, music supplied by David Humphrey, select frames provided by Minagawa Art Lines. The web design is by Fred Krugoff and Rick Frankel. BOMB also acknowledges the generous contribution of their sponsor, Tito’s Vodka.

Intimate. Intellectual. Interviews that change the way we think about the arts by the people who make the arts—that’s what you’ll find in the Archive, in BOMB, and at BOMBsite.com.

You may purchase tickets and tables online at BOMBsite.com/gala

To view the art for the silent auction and place absentee bids go to:
paddle8.com/forgood/bomb

Capitale | 130 Bowery | New York City



Another New York Cool Tip:

CABARET GOURMET 2012
Monday, April 30th @ 7PM
American Airlines Theatre Penthouse

Off-Broadway's The Play Company will feature a cornucopia of food prepared by some of NYC's top chefs at its 9th annual benefit gala CABARET GOURMET 2012, set for Monday, April 30th at 7PM at the American Airlines Theatre Penthouse (227 West 42nd Street). Lauren Worsham, who most recently appeared as Amy in the City Center Encores! production of Where's Charley, will perform. Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”) will serve as emcee for the event.

CABARET GOURMET 2012 offers theatergoers and gourmet-food aficionados alike the opportunity to mingle and taste epicurean dishes prepared by well-known chefs from around the city. Participating chefs in CABARET GOURMET 2012 come from such notable restaurants as Alison 18, Gramercy Tavern, Mehtaphor, Four & Twenty Blackbirds, Tacombi and Salumè, and the evening also features delicacies by Valrhona Chocolate and Guss' Pickles.
Official sponsors of CABARET GOURMET 2012 include lead sponsor Verdura, along with Brooklyn Brewery, Red Tail Ridge Winery, and La Colombe Torrefaction coffee. CABARET GOURMET 2012 also includes a silent auction offering tickets to Broadway's hottest shows, exclusive dining and spa packages, behind the scenes fashion experiences and much more.

Victoria Reese and Greg Kennedy are Gala Chairs with the Gala Committee comprised of Eric Case, Trip Cullman, Warren Fraser, Phillip Guttmann, Christine McNamara, Marianne Mills, Samira Nanda and Lela Rose.

Tickets to CABARET GOURMET 2012 are $150 and $275 and can be reserved by calling The Play Company at 212/398-2977 or via email at cabaretgourmet@playco.org. Tables are also available for $5,000-$10,000.
For additional information visit the company’s website at www.playco.org or call 212/ 398 2977.


American Airlines Theatre Penthouse | 227 West 42nd Street


 

April 29, 2012

New York Cool Tip: Today is the last day that the second book of the The Big Apple Posse Trilogy titled The Big Apple Posse: Escape From New Orleans will be part of a free promotion at Amazon.com. Click here to get your free Kindle copy: amazon.com

The Big Apple Posse Trilogy is written by Wendy R. Williams and illustrated by Sophie Escabasse.


New York Cool Tip:

Jazz Knights
Sunday, April 29th at 2pm
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2011-2012 season with a presentation of West Point Band’s Jazz Knights on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 2pm. This event is FREE. Official ambassadors of the United States Military Academy, West Point Band’s Jazz Knights present the best in big band favorites, popular music, and original compositions and arrangements for jazz ensemble. Their performances recreate the sounds of the greatest jazz ensembles and the innovative styles of today through their original compositions and arrangements.

This is a free event; no tickets will be issued. More information can be found at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org or by calling the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts box office at 718-951-4500.


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts | 2900 Campus Road, Brooklyn, NY 11210


Another New York Cool Tip:

Attack of the 50-ft Chica, New York City
Sunday, April 29 @ 7pm
Pianos

When an artist with a big sound comes to town for the first time you throw a fiesta. And you invite your friends. And there’s music and drink and dancing girls. In the case of this Argentinean artist, there are singing girls and guitar-slinging ladies with flowers in their hair.

Cordero (5/3, Nublu)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkXNiYdrdEU&feature=related
Utopians (all shows)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRGLTLUWH1g
Tisra Dewitt (4/29, Pianos)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZOEIxeEsy0
Madison Cano (4/29 and 5/3)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQUemjHg6aY
Redheadphone (5/3 and 5/8)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx2_lOl-lYM

Pianos | 158 Ludlow, LES
Upstairs Lounge
Pianosnyc.com



 

Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of Malgoska Szumowska's Elles, which opened this weekend in New York City.


 

April 28, 2012

New York Cool Tip: The second book of the The Big Apple Posse Trilogy titled The Big Apple Posse: Escape From New Orleans will be part of a free promotion at Amazon.com this weekend - Saturday and Sunday April 28 - 29. Click here to get your free Kindle copy: amazon.com

The Big Apple Posse Trilogy is written by Wendy R. Williams and illustrated by Sophie Escabasse.

 


Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's reivew of Richard Linklater's Bernie, which opened this weekend in New York City.


New York Cool Tip:

YOUTH AMERICA GRAND PRIX’S
“Legends of Dance” Gala
April 28, 2012 at 7pm
David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center

Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) presents “Ballerina Assoluta: A Tribute to Natalia Makarova” on Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 PM at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. This historic evening of dance will illustrate the incomparable Natalia Makarova’s contribution to the art of ballet by presenting some of her most iconic roles performed by today’s leading dancers. Performers include Marcelo Gomes (American Ballet Theatre), Natalia Osipova (American Ballet Theatre/Mikhailovsky Theatre St. Petersburg), Sergei Polunin (formally of The Royal Ballet), Tamara Rojo (The Royal Ballet), Yuan Yuan Tan (San Francisco Ballet), Ivan Vasiliev (American Ballet Theatre/Mikhailovsky Theatre St. Petersburg) and Diana Vishneva (American Ballet Theatre/Mariinsky Ballet). Ms. Makarova will narrate the program, reflecting on her experiences as a dancer. In addition, rare photos and archival footage will be shared. A buffet reception catered by Brasserie Pushkin will follow in the David H. Koch Theater Promenade. There will also be a live auction with items including mementos and experiences with Ms. Makarova and the evening’s performers.

The sponsors of the evening are NTV, Pushkin Brasseries and Russian Standard Vodka.

For more information, visit www.YAGP.org.

Gala tickets are $750 (Patron ticket) and $1,500 (Benefactor Ticket).
Available at the David H. Koch Theater Box Office or
at www.davidhkochtheater.com, or by calling 212.496.0600

David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center


Another New York Cool Tip:

ARIF LOHAR
New Sufi music of Pakistan Punjab (Pakistan)
Saturday, April 28, 8:00p.m.
Asia Society’s Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium


One of Pakistan’s music stars, Arif Lohar comes from a small village in the province of Punjab and followed the footsteps of his father, the famous Pakistani folk singer, Alam Lohar. In 2010, his album Jugni Coke Studio became a smash hit in Pakistan, leading him to be hailed as a top Punjabi folk and pop artists. Lohar captures the sights and sounds of modern Pakistani culture through contemporized versions of traditional Punjabi songs which mix pop and folk styles. For his NY performance he will perform on his beloved chimia (a traditional percussion instrument resembling tongs) and be backed by an ensemble of talented Pakistani musicians.

Major support for “Creative Voices of Muslim Asia” has been provided from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, with additional support from the Malaysian Government, Sapura, and Sime Darby.
Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is a nonprofit nonpartisan educational institution. Through exhibitions and public programs, Asia Society provides a forum for the issues and viewpoints reflected in the work of Asian and Asian American artists, and in both traditional and contemporary Asian art and in Asia today. Asia Society is located at 725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street), New York City. www.AsiaSociety.org
$22 members; $26 seniors/students with ID; $30 non-members

Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium on Asia Society | 725 Park Avenue
At 70th Street, New York City


Another New York Cool Tip:

ARIF LOHAR
New Sufi music of Pakistan Punjab (Pakistan)
Saturday, April 28, 8:00p.m.
Asia Society’s Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium


One of Pakistan’s music stars, Arif Lohar comes from a small village in the province of Punjab and followed the footsteps of his father, the famous Pakistani folk singer, Alam Lohar. In 2010, his album Jugni Coke Studio became a smash hit in Pakistan, leading him to be hailed as a top Punjabi folk and pop artists. Lohar captures the sights and sounds of modern Pakistani culture through contemporized versions of traditional Punjabi songs which mix pop and folk styles. For his NY performance he will perform on his beloved chimia (a traditional percussion instrument resembling tongs) and be backed by an ensemble of talented Pakistani musicians.

Major support for “Creative Voices of Muslim Asia” has been provided from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, with additional support from the Malaysian Government, Sapura, and Sime Darby.
Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is a nonprofit nonpartisan educational institution. Through exhibitions and public programs, Asia Society provides a forum for the issues and viewpoints reflected in the work of Asian and Asian American artists, and in both traditional and contemporary Asian art and in Asia today. Asia Society is located at 725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street), New York City. www.AsiaSociety.org
$22 members; $26 seniors/students with ID; $30 non-members

Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium on Asia Society | 725 Park Avenue
At 70th Street, New York City




 

April 27, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Youth America Grand Prix
Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow
Friday, April 27, 2012 at 7pm
David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center


Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) presents “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” on Friday, April 27 at 7:00 PM at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. This annual gala has become synonymous with the discovery of new dancers, choreographers, and companies, featuring the performances of international ballet stars and introducing the world’s brightest young dance talent -- finalists from the 2012 competition. The evening’s program includes world premieres choreographed by Jirí Bubenlcek, Marcelo Gomes, and Justin Peck, and NYC debuts by Yonah Acosta and Friedemann Vogel, and performances by a select group of 2012 YAGP finalists, plus celebrity masters of ceremonies Ana Gasteyer (SNL) and Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek the Musical, Next to Normal, Smash). A three-course dinner and dancing with the performers will follow in the David H. Koch Theater Promenade. Gala tickets are $500, $1000, $1,500, $2,500 for individual tickets, and $10,000, $15,000, $25,000, $50,000 for tables of ten.

The evening’s Honorary Chairs are Susan Jaffe, Benjamin Millepied, and Nigel Lythgoe. The gala’s Chairs are Barbara & Gary Brandt and Sir Thomas Moore. The Stars of Tomorrow Circle include Gregory Abel, Elizabeth Frenchman & Kenneth E. Gordon. The gala’s Vice Chairs are Arlene C. Cooper, Linda & Martin Fell, Brian and Darlene Heidtke, Olga & Eric Jorgensen, Judith M. Hoffman, Margot & Allen London, and Linda & Edward Morse.

YAGP 2012 Season is sponsored by Bloch, Capezio, Chacott, Dance Magazine, Dance Europe Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine, Discount Dance Supply, Freed, Grishko, Pointe Magazine, Russian Pointe, SoDanca, and Sylvia Co. The “Emerging Choreographer Series “is sponsored in part by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

For more information, visit www.YAGP.org.

Gala tickets are $500, $1000, $15,000 for individual tickets
$10,000, $15,000, $25,000, $50,000 for tables of ten.
To purchase tickets, contact:
Kaylen Ratto, 646.370.3764
Yagp.externalaffairs@gmail.com

David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center


Another New York Cool Tip:

Matt Yee’s Outrageous Adult Sing Along Show hits 42nd Street
Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10 p.m.
The Laurie Beechman Theater

Back by popular demand after his sold-out, first-ever NYC show, Matt Yee, that wonderfully funny entertainer, artist and comedian from Hawaii, returns for an encore performance of his Outrageous Adult Sing Along Show. Described by The San Francisco Chronicle as "Elton John meets Margaret Cho", Matt's performance incorporates fabulous costumes, humor, and, of course, piano playing and singing to make for a fun-filled evening.
Matt’s shows are infamous on the Atlantis All Gay Cruises, where he’s been a star for over 10 years. He recently sang with Glee and Wicked star Idina Menzel (find it at www.mattyee.com) and has been featured in several national magazine articles. Don't miss the show the Chicago Tribune described as a "flash of Liberace with the warmth of a Hawaiian Luau."

All proceeds will benefit scholarships for LGBT-identified students at Matt's alma mater, Dartmouth College.
Order $35 general seating, or $50 VIP seating now:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/236097
$15 food/drink minimum per person plus tax/service, adults only.

The Laurie Beechman Theatre| |West Bank Café
407 West 42nd St. (between 9th and 10th avenues)
NYC, NY 10036
Tel: 212-695-6909


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance
New York Theatrical Premiere
Friday, April 27, 2012
Cinema Village

Hybrid Cinema is pleased to announce the New York premiere of the feature length documentary Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance at New York’s Cinema Village on Friday, April 27, 2012 for a one week engagement with regular show times. The premiere weekend will include several engaging Q&As with the filmmakers and others immediately following the screenings. Panelists TBD.

The film had its world premiere in NYC in late January, at the Lincoln Center Dance on Camera Festival and is currently touring the US with stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit, Seattle, Dallas, Denver, and other cities. It will premiere on VOD/DVD/digital release in June of 2012 through New Video.
Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance, directed by Bob Hercules, is the first film to chronicle how the legendary Joffrey Ballet revolutionized American ballet by daringly combining modern dance with traditional ballet at a time when it was not routinely accepted. This insightful documentary, executive produced by Harold Ramis and Jay Alix and produced by Una Jackman and Erica Mann Ramis, examines the dynamic trajectory of the groundbreaking company by weaving a wealth of archival footage, behind-the-scene photos and interviews with former and current Joffrey star dancers.

Director Bob Hercules (Bill T. Jones: A Good Man) documents the struggles and achievements of the Joffrey from its newfound beginnings in 1956 to the Company’s present international success. The film features rare excerpts from many seminal Joffrey works including Astarte, Trinity and Billboards, as well as its breakthrough collaborations with choreographers Twyla Tharp, Leonid Massine, Laura Dean, and Kurt Jooss. Founders Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino and a host of ballet notables, including Gary Chryst, Trinette Singleton, Helgi Tomasson, Kevin McKenzie and more are featured in the film. Narrated by Tony® and Emmy® Award winner Mandy Patinkin, the film is a rich chronicle of a ballet company that continues to reinvent itself, raise the bar and invigorate audiences worldwide.

Key Links –
Official Movie Site – www.joffreymovie.com
Movie YouTube Channel – www.youtube.com/user/JoffreyMovie
Movie Facebook – www.facebook.com/JoffreyBalletMovie
Movie Twitter – www.twitter.com/#!/joffreyMovie
Joffrey Ballet Site – joffrey.org

For more information please call 212-924-3363 or visit http://www.cinemavillage.com. For more information on the film please visit http://www.joffreymovie.com.

Cinema Village | 22 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003..


Another New York Cool Tip:

Preachermann and The Revival at Shrine
Friday, April 27th, 2012 8:00 PM.
Shrine

On Friday, April 27, Preachermann and The Revival will join rock and roll group Bandroidz in the world music venue, Shrine for a night of rock and roll music mixed with atomic soul. Preachermann and The Revival is a New York based group with a history of performances in local venues like CBGB, The Knitting Factory and The Kitchen. The band has also previously performed at Joe's Pub. In addition to performing original favorites like 'Preachermann' and 'Careful What You Wish For', Preachermann and The Revival will treat the crowd to an atomic soul rendition of the classic Allman Brothers track 'Whipping Post'. As all events at Shrine, admission is free. For more information about Preachermann and The Revival, visit us on facebook ( http://facebook.com/preachermannmusic ) and take a listen to our music (reverbnation.com/preachermann ).

Admission is FREE. AGES: 21+. For more information go to www.shrinenyc.com

Shrine | 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, Harlem
Shrinenyc.com



 

 

April 26, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Maria Pessino Performance and Demo Release
Thursday April 26th, 6:30PM
Keyes Art Projects

Maria Pessino is a Cuban-born French American singer, actress and artist who will perform traditional Cuban ballads in the "Bolero-Filin" style, with live musical accompaniment of David Oquendo on guitar and Onel Mulet on saxophone. Maria steps out of her role in theater as the beloved founder of Oddfellows Playhouse in East Hampton and an active member of Robert Wilson's Watermill Center to perform these songs from her forthcoming debut EP release entitled, Deseo, which means "Desire" in English. This live performance will be held on April 26th at 6:30 pm and coincides with Maria's solo exhibition, "Karma Kit Kaboodle", currently on view at Keyes Art Projects through April 29th.

Cost is free but RSVP is essential to info@aopublic.com.

Keyes Art Projects | 551 West 21st Street, Studio 410A
(and 11th ave)


 

April 25, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Jewish Hip-Hop Artists to Perform
Beat Box, Poetry Slam, and Improvisations
Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m
Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

On Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m., Lower Manhattan’s Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will present some of New York’s leading Jewish hip-hop artists who will perform soulful narrations featuring poetry slam, beat box, and incredible improvisations. Hip-Hop Reflections will feature Rabbi Darkside, Dyalekt, Jessica Fleitman, Grey Matter, Doron Lev, Michelle Slonim, and Tranquill.

The performance coincides with the period of the Jewish calendar known as the Omer, the seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot. The cast will create seven unique stories of the modern Jewish American experience under the theme Meditations of the Modern World. Told through the medium of acoustic improvised hip-hop, the cast will tell their own stories of exodus and liberation, as well as those of audience members.

Tickets are $10, $7 for students and seniors, and $5 members. Tickets are available online at www.mjhnyc.org or by calling the Museum box office at 646.437.4202.


Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust | Edmond J. Safra Plaza
36 Battery Place | New York, NY 10280
ph: 646.437.4337
fax: 646.437.4341


 

April 24, 2012

The Tribeca Film Festival is in full swing, running April 19-29th at various venues throughout New York City. New York Cool Film Writer Frank J. Avella has been in attendance and we will be posting his reviews in our 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Review Section.


Just Published: Read Frank J. Avella's review of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival selection Jay Gammill’s Free Samples.


Also Just Published: Read Frank J. Avella's review of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival selection Lee Kirk’s The Giant Mechanical Man.


Also Just Published: Read Frank J. Avella's review of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival selection Daniel Schechter’s Supporting Characters.


Also Just Published: Read Frank J. Avella's review of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival selection Lynn Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister.


New York Cool Tip:

AMERICAN TAP DANCE FOUNDATION
Evening of Fun, Film & Fancy Footwork
Tuesday, APRIL 24, 6:30pm
Peter Norton SYMPHONY SPACE

The American Tap Dance Foundation presents the Spring Gala 2012 at the Peter Norton Symphony Space – Leonard Nimoy Thalia, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC on Tuesday, April 24th at 6:30 pm. The evening of Fun, Film and Fancy Footwook will be honoring the Tap Dance Faculty of the organziation. This benefit supports the Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund. The evening begins with a reception, and ther will be a silent acution and a live auction and of course the show. See some of the best in tap dance and entertainment.

The American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF) is a non-profit organization committed to establishing and legitimizing Tap Dance as a vital component of American Dance through creation, presentation, education and preservation.

The American Tap Dance Center and the American Tap Dance Foundation, Inc. are located at 154 Christopher Street #2B NYC, NY 10014. For information contact: 646-230-9564 and Fax 646-230-7777; Email: info@atdf.org or visit the website at http://atdf.org/
Tickets for the Spring Gala are: Benefactor $1,000; Patron: $500; Partner: $250; Friend: $125. Sponsorship Packages are available please contact: twaag@atdf.org. For tickets you can Call: (646) 230-9564 or buy at http://www.atdf.org/ATDFSpringGala2012.html

The American Tap Dance Center and the American Tap Dance Foundation, Inc. |
154 Christopher Street #2B NYC, NY 10014


Another New York Cool Tip:

University Settlement’s
Annual Fine Wine Dinner & Auction
with cuisine by
Master Chef Jacques Pepin
Master Pastry Chef Jacques Torres
April 24, 2012
82Mercer

University Settlement celebrates its 8th Annual Fine Wine Dinner & Auction on April 24, 2012, at 82Mercer (between Spring and Broome) in New York City. A champagne reception will start off the evening at 6pm followed by dinner and live auction at 7pm. Master Chef Jacques Pepin and Master Pastry Chef Jacques Torres will prepare the five-course meal, which will be paired with unforgettable wines selected by Master Sommelier Scott Carney.

Master Chef Jacques Pépin’s exceptional experience includes being chef to Charles de Gaulle, working in top restaurants in Paris and New York City, co-hosting an Emmy Award-winning TV series with Julia Child, and writing more than 30 books and numerous articles to great acclaim in the industry. A true culinary icon, Chef Pépin has received three of France’s highest honors: Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Chevalier de L’Ordre du Mérite Agricole and the Légion d’honneur.

Chef Jacques Torres, fondly referred to as Mr. Chocolate, is a master pastry chef and an authority on all things related to chocolate. In 2000, he fulfilled his American dream, opening his first chocolate factory, Jacques Torres Chocolate, to critical acclaim. Chef Torres has been recognized with numerous awards, including the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France Pâtissier medal, becoming the youngest chef to earn this distinction.

Scott Carney has distinguished himself as one of only 118 Master Sommeliers in North America. His passion for wine led him to positions with a number of prestigious restaurants including Gotham Bar and Grill, The Jean-Georges organization, Picholine, Tocqueville, the Russian Tea Room, and Junoon. He currently serves as the Director of Wine Education at the International Culinary Center of New York and California.

University Settlement has improved America — one family at a time — over its 125 years and our work continues. Our comprehensive social service programs help low-income families and immigrants improve their lives through quality education, decent housing, physical and emotional well being, and opportunities to prosper economically. Each year, over 25,000 New Yorkers find the support they need at University Settlement programs taking place at 21 locations across New York City. Whether it is a high quality day care program so parents can go to work, an after-school program that turns empty hours into some of the most exciting and nurturing of a child’s day, an English class that opens the door to a good job, or an understanding case worker with the know-how to navigate government red tape to secure available housing — these small but critical steps together have real impact. As the benefits ripple across the family, they amplify and create a brighter future for our whole community. And that makes all the difference.

Tickets for the evening are $3,000, $10,000, $25,000, $30,000 and $50,000.
skim@universitysettlement.org, 212-453-0213 and the website is: http://www.universitysettlement.org

82 Mercer | New York City

 


 

April 23, 2012

Just Published: Read Frank J. Avella's review of Peter Quilter's End of the Rainbow which is now playing at Broadway's Belasco Theater.


New York Cool Tip:

Theatre Communications Group 50th Anniversary Gala
MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012
Cocktails @ 6PM
Dinner @ 7PM
ESPACE - NEW YORK CITY

HONORING: KENNY LEON, JUDITH O. RUBIN and THE SHUBERT FOUNDATION

The Evening will feature two performances:

HANDS ON A HARDBODY with a book by Doug Wright, lyrics by Amanda Green and music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green. Based on the acclaimed documentary, this La Jolla Playhouse commissioned musical follows ten strangers who enter an endurance contest to win a brand new truck—the key to their own individual American dream.

GIANT is a sprawling, epic love story with larger-than-life characters and Texas-size musical numbers. Co-produced by Dallas Theater Center and The Public Theater with a 2009 World Premiere at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, this classic tale of ambition and romance comes to the stage with song after memorable song by Michael John LaChiusa.

CHAIRS: Ralph Bryan & Heather Randall

HONORARY GALA CHAIRS: Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance, Louise Kerz Hirschfeld

HONORARY GALA COMMITTEE: F. Murray Abraham, Douglas Carter Beane, Beau Bridges, James Bundy, Kate Burton, Charles Busch, Michael Cerveris, Rick Elice, Philip Himberg, Rachel Kraft, Patti LuPone, David Hyde Pierce, Phylicia Rashad, Roger Rees, Tim Robbins, Olga Sanchez, Roche Schulfer, Stephen Sondheim, Ben Vereen, Doug Wright

Theatre Communications Group is the national service organization for the American theatre. Founded in 1961 with a grant from the Ford Foundation, it has grown to include more than 500 member theatres and over 12,000 affiliate organizations and individual members nationwide. In all of its endeavors, TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of its member theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field and promote a larger public understanding of, and appreciation for, the theatre. In addition, TCG is the nation's largest independent publisher of dramatic literature, with 10 Pulitzer Prizes for Best Play on their booklist; it also publishes the award-winning AMERICAN THEATRE magazine and ARTSEARCH, the essential source for a career in the arts.

For more information please contact:¨TCG 50th Anniversary Gala c/o JKS Events 212.725.2960 or TCG@Jksevents.com

Festive Atire

Espace | 635 West 42nd Street


Another New York Cool Tip:

We Three Productions Readings
Monday, April 23
Bar 82

The Edgars are presented each year in NYC to the best mystery writers in books, short stories, plays, and TV teleplays. The Edgars are considered ‘the Oscars’ of mystery writing, and an Edgar is a coveted and prestigious prize. The week of April 22 – May 2 is traditionally hailed as Mystery Week in New York, this year commemorating the 66th anniversary of the Edgar® Awards in New York! To launch mystery week the public is invited to two free nights of mystery readings with NYC mystery/crime authors who will entertain us with mystery, murder, and mayhem.

Authors: Henry Chan, Jim Fusilli, Hilary Davidson, Lauren Willig

Bar 82 | 136 2nd Avenue, NYC 10003
(near St. Marks @ 10th Street) @ 8pm


 



April 22, 2012



Just Published: Read Frank J. Avella's review of Bruce Norris's Clybourne Park which is playing now at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theater.


New York Cool Tip:

National Grid Earth Day Celebration
April 22, 2012 at 3pm
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) commemorates Earth Day with its fifth annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration, which will take place on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 3pm. Open to the public, this free family event will take place adjacent to the Walt Whitman Theatre on the Brooklyn College campus immediately following a performance of the family musical Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters – An African Tale, the fifth production of Brooklyn Center’s 2011-2012 Target FamilyFun series.
This event is free and open to the public. More information can be found at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts | 2900 Campus Road
Brooklyn, NY 11210
2/5 trains to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue


 

April 21, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Ballet Hispanico
Apr 17-29
The Joyce Theater

Ballet Hispanico pays tribute to the richness and range of its Latino roots—and the diverse talents of the company's dancers—with a Joyce season that features African and indigenous influences. Highlights include the world premiere of Espiritu Vivo, created especially for Ballet Hispanico by Ronald K. Brown and set to music by Afro-Peruvian singing sensation Susana Baca; and the Joyce premiere of Asuka, Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro's first work for the company, an exuberant homage to salsa legend Celia Cruz.

Company website:
http://www.ballethispanico.org/

performance schedule
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Apr 18

ticket price
Tickets start at $10!
(Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)
www.joyce.org

The Joyce Theater | 175 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10011


Another New York Cool Tip:

BRIDEZILLA STRIKES BACK!
Saturdays at 7:30pm.
April 21 - May 19
The Laurie Beechman Theater

"In the irresistible cautionary tale BRIDEZILLA STRIKES BACK!, Cynthia Silver comes off as kind of an American Bridget Jones...it's sure fun to watch." -- The New York Times

"From it’s laugh-out-loud opening to its unexpectedly sweet ending, BRIDEZILLA STRIKES BACK! is a delight." -- Broadway.com

"Affable, funny, and sparkling… we are happy to share in her horror.” – nytheatre.com

Cynthia Silver, the unwitting star of the inaugural season of FOX TV and WE Network's hit series "Bridezillas", returns to the stage with her award-winning Reality TV expose BRIDEZILLA STRIKES BACK! Co-written by Kenny Finkle, this cautionary tale was awarded Outstanding Solo Show at the 2005 New York International Fringe Festival. This newly updated version, directed by Paul Urcioli, begins previews April 21 with opening slated for April 28.

BRIDEZILLA STRIKES BACK! chronicles stage actress Cynthia Silver’s naïve foray into the unreal world of Reality TV, as well as her struggles in navigating the mercenary New York bridal industry. In 2002, Silver allowed a British camera crew to film the preparations for her lavish wedding for what she was told would be a documentary series called "Manhattan Brides." Silver was shocked to discover that the footage had been sold to FOX and WE and turned into a reality TV show tellingly called "Bridezillas." Suddenly an unwitting traveler in a demoralizing landscape, Silver found herself mocked on TV and pilloried in the press and chat rooms, her wedding ridiculed in re-runs and countless promos. And now it is her turn to strike back and set the record straight!

Tickets are $18 plus a $15 food/drink minimum. To purchase tickets, call 212-352-3101 or visit www.SpinCycleNYC.com.

The Laurie Beechman Theater | Inside West Bank Cafe | 407 West 42nd Street
At Ninth Avenue, Accessible from the A,C,E,N,R,V,F,1,2 & 3 trains at 42nd Street


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

Eccentric Motions Dance
Pooh Kaye & Michael Suchorsky, Mr. Bears Furniture Testing Center
Saturday, April 21, 8pm
Roulette

Roulette presents Eccentric Motions Dance Companies Mr. Bear’s Furniture Testing Center, an exuberant encounter with dangerous objects and debris, directed by choreographer and film-maker Pooh Kaye with music composed by percussionist Michael Suchorsky. Kaye will also be joined by performers Victoria Lundell, Colleen and Sabrina Blacklock, and Gloria McClain. In addition to this program, choreographers Pooh Kaye and Sally Silver will also present a heroic effort to deconstruct an impossibly difficult improvisational performance of theirs circa 1984. Pooh Kaye and Ms. Silvers will be joined by percussionist, Michael Suchorsky and guest artists, Shelley Hirsch, John Kilgore & Colleen Blacklock.

Tickets: $10
www.roulette.org / 917.267.0368

Roulette | 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn,
2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR


 

April 20, 2012

Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of Lawrence Kasdan's Darling Companion, which opens today, April 20, 2012.


New York Cool Tip:

Ballet Hispanico
Apr 17-29
The Joyce Theater

Ballet Hispanico pays tribute to the richness and range of its Latino roots—and the diverse talents of the company's dancers—with a Joyce season that features African and indigenous influences. Highlights include the world premiere of Espiritu Vivo, created especially for Ballet Hispanico by Ronald K. Brown and set to music by Afro-Peruvian singing sensation Susana Baca; and the Joyce premiere of Asuka, Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro's first work for the company, an exuberant homage to salsa legend Celia Cruz.

Company website:
http://www.ballethispanico.org/

performance schedule
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Apr 18

ticket price
Tickets start at $10!
(Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)
www.joyce.org

The Joyce Theater | 175 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10011


Another New York Cool Tip:

The City Club
In Previews
Opens April 23, 2012
Minetta Lane Theatre

The City Club is a twisting noir morality tale of intrigue, murder, corruption, and sex, supported by a seductive blues and jazz score. It is the story of Charles "Chaz" Davenport, a young privileged scion of a spectacularly corrupt family whose vice grip on their city is as tight as it is inescapable.

All preview tickets $39.50 | Regular $55-72 | Premium $90
Student Rush $25 (day of box office sale only with valid student ID)
For tickets: thecityclubbroadway.com/en-us/default.aspx

Minetta Lane Theatre | 18 Minetta Ln | New York, NY 10014


 

April 19, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Edith Piaf Alive and Living in New York
Saturday/Mar 17 at 9:30
Thursday, April 19/May 17/Jun 21 at 9:30
The Metropolitan Room


French actress and singer Flo Ankah recounts the Piaf story. This authentic ‘chanteuse’ and farm girl opens the door to her culture, by taking a closer look at the legendary ‘Little Sparrow’ —with that husky, mournful voice so popular in the 1940’ and 50’s. The performance is a culturally rich and moving presentation that will make you smile, with tunes transporting you to other times and places.

Yes, both Floanne and Edith Piaf will be attending the rendez-vous in a medley of vintage tunes from their native France… with a modern twist. She will embody the legend, interpreting the melodies from her point of view as a child, imagining Piaf’s characters coming to life. Down to earth, sensual and bohemian as her beloved Edith, Floanne will make you discover her poignant music and share her unconventional life.

Introducing French chanteuse Floanne
Written by Floanne & Alice Jankell
Directed by Alice Jankell
Band: Piano/Accordion/Percussion
(212) 206-0440, www.metropolitanroom.com
www.floanne.com

Tickets $20.00, 2 drinks minimum

The Metropolitan Room | 34 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

Another New York Cool Tip:

Green Stop Start - Jazz meets Arab music
Thursday April 19th 9-10pm
Nublu

"Green Stop Start" performs original compositions that fall somewhere along the continuum that spans across Jazz and Arab musical styles. This sound includes Middle Eastern grooves, melodies that echo Arab maqamat (modes), and Jazz harmonies that form the foundation for improvised solos. The group is led by Lety ElNaggar on soprano saxophone and nay (Arab reed flute) and will feature Amir ElSaffar on trumpet and santur, Billy Test on keyboard, Chris Castro on bass, and Philip Mayer on drums.

Cover $10. To listen to Green Stop Start visit http://lety.bandcamp.com

Nublu | 62 Ave C (between 4/5th street, East Village)


 

April 18, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Turnaround Impact Awards Dinner
Wednesday, April 18 2012
6:30 pm Cocktails - 7:30 pm Dinner
The Plaza Hotel

Event Description: On April 18, 2012, at New York's Plaza, Turnaround for Children will celebrate its tenth anniversary and will recognize this achievement at their third annual Turnaround Impact Awards Dinner. Each year, the event recognizes leaders in education and philanthropy whose work contributes to reforming public education and opportunity for all children. This year's honorees are RUSS CARSON, philanthropist and entrepreneur; KIMBERLY DAVIS, President of the JP Morgan Chase Foundation; and Academy Award-winner and philanthropist GOLDIE HAWN, Founder of the Hawn Foundation. All of these leaders have taken active steps to support education reform and healthy child development. Honorary chairs include former New York City Schools Chancellor JOEL KLEIN and NICOLE SELIGMAN, and JUDY and JAMIE DIMON.

Over the past two years, Turnaround's Impact Awards Dinner has become a great success, raising over $1.1 million in each consecutive year. Hosted by ABC News' Chris Cuomo, the 2012 event will include a performance by students from a Turnaround school, and introductions by students of all the honorees. Dr. Pamela Cantor, Founder and President of Turnaround, will also make a presentation to the audience about the organization's inspiring work to transform high-poverty, low-performing schools throughout the northeast.

· Co-Chairs and Honorees (when applicable):Dinner Chairs: Jes Staley, Simone Levinson, Jeff Walker; Co-Chairs: Dr. Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber, Cecily Carson, Alex Stern

Price: From $750-$50,000
http://turnaroundusa.org/

The Plaza New York City | 5th Avenue and Central Park South ·


Another New York Cool Tip:

ALVIN AILEY 2012 NEW YORK SEASON
Week 1
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8pm – Modern Moves
Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 8pm – Contemporary Choices
Friday, April 20, 2012 at 8pm – Modern Moves
Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 3pm – Contemporary Choices
Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 8pm – Modern Moves
Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 3pm – Modern Moves
Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 7pm – Contemporary Choices
Week 2
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 8pm – Contemporary Choices
Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 8pm – Modern Moves
Friday, April 27, 2012 at 8pm – Contemporary Choices
Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 3pm – Modern Moves
Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 8pm – Contemporary Choices
Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 3pm – Modern Moves
Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 7pm – Modern Moves
APRIL 18-APRIL 29, 2012
Ailey Citigroup Theater

Led by one of the dance world’s most deeply admired figures in her final season as Artistic Director, Ailey II’s 12 rising stars will take the stage in their home theater April 18- 29 for 14 exciting performances of new works and repertory favorites. For almost four decades, Artistic Director Sylvia Waters has groomed and nurtured the world’s most talented young dancers as members of Ailey II. To lead the company forward, Ms. Waters named Troy Powell, the veteran Ailey dancer, teacher, choreographer and Ailey II Associate Artistic Director since 2003, as her successor. Sylvia Waters will retire June 30, 2012.

Ailey II is at the peak of its popularity, winning rave reviews and regularly selling out performances all over the world. The Company’s New York season will feature two diverse programs: Modern Moves & Contemporary Choices. Premieres include Artistic Director Designate Troy Powell’s Reference Point, Mina Yoo’s Boulevard and Stephanie Batten Bland’s The Legacy of Inheritance.

The Company’s two-week New York season will also feature three repertory favorites: Shards by Donald Byrd, Echoes by Thang Dao and The Corner by Kyle Abraham.

Modern Moves:
ECHOES / BOULEVARD / REFERENCE POINT (running time: 1hr. 48mins)

Contemporary Choices:
THE CORNER / THE LEGACY OF INHERITANCE / SHARDS (running time: 1hr. 4mins)

Tickets $49.00For more information and for tickets, visit www.alvinailey.org or www.ovationtix.com or call 866-811-4111.

The Ailey Citigroup Theater | 405 W. 55th Street
(at 9th Ave)
New York, NY 10019


 



April 17, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Theater Benefit - Gore Vidal's The Best Man
Tuesday April 17, 7:00pm-11:00pm
Schoenfeld Theater

On Tuesday April 17, ELEM/Youth in Distress in Israel will host its Spring Theater Benefit, of Gore Vidal's The Best Man. The revival will star James Earl Jones, John Larroquette, Candice Bergen, Angela Lansbury. Following the performance, ELEM will host a dessert reception at the New York Marriott Marquis.

All proceeds will benefit ELEM, the premier volunteer organization in Israel benefiting abused, neglected, and adjudicated Jewish and Arab youth in Israel. ELEM operates drop-in counseling centers, vocational mentoring programs, temporary apartments, and a website offering virtual counseling and support. For more information on ELEM, visit www.elem.org.

Tickets start at $275. For reservations visit www.elem.org/news or call (212)787-3337.

Schoenfeld Theater | 236 West 45 St (Broadway/8th Ave)




Another New York Cool Tip:

Great Taste: A Delicious and Fun Way to Support Symphony Space
Tuesday, April 3 & 10 at 7pm. Tuesday, April 17 at 8pm.
The Thalia Studio at Symphony Space

Experience Gertrude’s Paris with your palate this spring. Great Taste is part of Symphony Space’s Gertrude’s Paris Festival (April 1-May 5) celebrating great art and great friendships. Discover your favorite French wines in this introductory course led by French wine lecturer and author John Bandman. Each evening will feature 6-8 different varieties with explanations on flavors, techniques, and appropriate food pairings. Bring your friends for this informal and lively event. For more information, please visit www.symphonyspace.org/greattaste

April 3, White Wines of France is $65. April 10, Red Wines of France is $75. April 17, Brandies and Liqueurs of France is $95. Series Tickets are only $200. To purchase tickets, please visit www.symphonyspace.org/greattaste

The Thalia Studio at Symphony Space | 2537 Broadway at 95th Street


 

April 16, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Partial Comfort presents 8th Annual
WELCOME MAT READING SERIES
April 16 - May 7
Atlantic Theater Company’s Studio Theater

Partial Comfort Productions will present its 8th annual WELCOME MAT
READING SERIES of new plays. The four-week series will be staged at Atlantic Theater Company’s Studio Theater (330 W 16th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues) beginning April 16.

The schedule for the WELCOME MAT READING SERIES is:

Monday, April 16 @ 7:30 pm
TREVOR
Written by Nick Jones (The Coward, Jollyship the Whiz-Bang, and The
Nosemaker's Apprentice with Rachel Shukert). Directed by Lila
Neugebauer (The Aliens - West Coast Premiere, SF Playhouse), Nick
Jones' Grizzly at Joe's Pub).

Monday, April 23 @ 7:30 pm
THE OLD MASTERS
Written by Sam Marks (The Old Masters--Steppenwolf's First Look, The
Joke--Studio Dante, Nelson--Partial Comfort). Directed by Daniel Aukin
(4000 Miles at Lincoln Center, The Ugly One at Soho Rep and THIS at
Center Theatre Group).

Sunday, April 29 @ 7:30 pm
THE WHAT?
Written by Chad Beckim (After., The Maine Play, nami). Directed by
Davis McCallum (A Bright New Boise - Drama Desk Nominations for Best
Play and Best Director; Upcoming: February House at Public Theater and
Sam Hunter’s The Whale at Playwrights Horizons.)

Monday, May 7 @ 7:30 pm
THE MORNING THE SUN FELL DOWN
Written by Jonathan Caren (The Recommendation - Old Globe; 2011-12
Dramatist Guild Fellow, The 2011 New York Stage and Film Founder’s
Award Winner; Most Outstanding Play, 2007 New York Fringe Fest for
Catch the Fish.) Directed by Mia Rovegno (We Play For The Gods at The
Women’s Project; Burnt Umber by Erik Ehn at LaMaMa); Underland by
Alexandra Collier (The New Ohio).

Admission is free. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis with no advance reservation required.

For more information visit www.partialcomfort.org.

Atlantic Theater Company’s Studio Theater | 330 W 16th Street
Between 8th and 9th Avenues



Another New York Cool Tip:

Parsons Dance – 2012 Annual Spring Gala PAINT IT RED
Monday, April 16, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Espace


Parsons Dance and Gala Chair Linda Stocknoff announce the company’s 2012 Annual spring Gala, Paint it Red, honoring Nancy Browne, Parsons Dance friend and co-commissioner of 2011 premiere work Portinari, on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at Espace, 635 W. 42nd Street, NYC. The evening will begin with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and silent auction at 7:30 p.m., followed by a dinner, live auction, and performance by Parsons Dance at 8:30 p.m., then a full night of social dancing. Festive cocktail attire with a splash of red requested. Tickets begin at $700 and are available by calling 212-869-9275, by emailing sandy@parsonsdance.org, or online at www.parsonsdance.org/gala.

Tickets begin at $700; 212-869-9275, sandy@parsonsdance.org

Espace | 635 W. 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036



Another New York Cool Tip:

Drambuie Nail or Fail
Monday April 16th 7PM – 10PM
1920 Bunker Club
Tuesday April 17th 7PM – 10PM
Antarctica


The Drambuie Nail or Fail competition is returning to New York this year on April 16th and April 17th. The Nail or Fail is a contest in which we invite some the best undiscovered bartenders in six U.S. cities to try their hand at creating great Drambuie cocktails. In each city, a trio of judges will choose one bartender as the local winner and at the end of the six-city tour, one overall winner will be chosen. Additionally, each night awards a People’s Choice Winner—which you can help crown by attending and voting on your favorite drink. All drinks during the event are free of charge!

Kindly RSVP by visiting the Facebook event page:
http://www.facebook.com/DrambuieUS
RSVP on the Nail or Fail tab by selecting New York on the map and choosing your preferred date.


1920 Bunker Club | 22 ½ 9th Avenue at 13th Street

Antarctica | 287 Hudson Street (at Spring)




April 15, 2012

It's tax day and if you are like almost everyone I know, you need to file an extension (you have until tomorrow becuase the 15th is a Sunday).

Here are links for extension forms for Federal and New York State.

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4868.pdf

http://www.irs.gov/file/article/0,,id=104561,00.html

https://www8.tax.ny.gov/PEXT/pextHome

As they macabrely say in The Hunger Games, "May the odds be in your favor."


New York Cool Tip:

GISELLE
Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 2:00pm
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2011-2012 World Stages series with the Moscow Festival Ballet’s production of Giselle on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 2:00pm. Haunted forests, quaint mountain villages, mystic legends of fairies and ghostly visitors, forces of nature, love overcoming death – these images and themes are interwoven into the two-act ballet Giselle, considered by many to be one of the greatest romantic ballets of all time. First presented in 1841 by the Ballet du Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique at the Salle Le Peletier in Paris, this masterpiece tells the story of a peasant girl named Giselle whose ghost, after her premature death, protects her lover from the vengeance of a group of evil female spirits called Wilis. The original production was choreographed by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, with music by Adolphe Adam and a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-George and Théophile Gautier. The choreography in modern productions generally derives from the 1884 revival by Marius Petipa for the Imperial Russian Ballet (now the Kirov/Mariinsky Ballet). The role of Giselle is one of the most sought-after in the ballet repertoire, requiring that the ballerina have impeccable technique to execute the physical demands of the role, while masking the difficulty with strong dramatic skills and outstanding grace. For the Moscow Festival Ballet’s 2012 U.S. tour, the title role will be danced by Ekaterina Egorova and Maria Sokolnikova. Dmitry Shchemelinin and Aidos Zakan share the role of Count Albrecht, Giselle’s lover.

Tickets: $45/$36
Online orders: www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org
Box Office: (718) 951-4500, Tuesday – Saturday, 1pm – 6pm
Groups of 15 or more: (718) 951-4600, ext. 3326

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College | 2900 Campus Road
Brooklyn, NY 11210


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

In Rep: Alexandra Beller/Dances
Apr 4, 8*, 13, 19* & 21 at 7:30pm
Apr 7 & 15* at 2pm (*Indicates post-performance discussion)
Joyce SoHo

Alexandra Beller/Dances will celebrate their 10th anniversary with the New York premiere of other stories during Joyce SoHo’s “In Rep” series, in which three companies rotate performances over a three-week season. At its core, other stories is a collection of vignettes that expose the boundaries between physical and verbal communication and how human efforts reveal information to succeed or fail. Beller, who will join her dancers for the first time since 2001, and her dancers weave in and out of intimate conversations on stage, conveying the friction between stories. Other stories, created in collaboration with legendary rock musician/composer Robert Poss and celebrated dramaturg Katherine Profeta, features short films by Martijn Hart, live music, and improvisation by a new esteemed guest artist each night. For more information on the company visit www.alexandrabellerdances.org.

$20 adult; $15 student/senior
Purchase tickets in advance online at joyce.org, by calling 212-242-0800 or on site one half-hour before curtain.

Joyce Soho | 155 Mercer Street
Between Houston and Prince streets), New York, NY 10012


 

April 14, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

 

SONG OF RETURN & PHAMIE GOW
Saturday April 14th, 7.30pm
Mercury Lounge


SONG OF RETURN - winner of the BIG APPLE TARTAN CLEF AWARD for the Best New Band from Scotland - have achieved wide acclaim for their live shows and albums “Limits” and “Trajectory”. The band describe their sound as “a here and now collection of unsettling dark sounds matched against light to dark vocals, sweeping harmonies & carved melodies.”

PHAMIE GOW is a multi-talented, instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer with 6 solo albums under her belt, and her 7th album, entitled The Edinburgh Suite is due for release this year. This charming artiste will entertain you with her ground breaking celtic-electric harp compositions, and beautiful celtic ballads self accompanied on the piano.

Tickets $15. For more information or advance purchase visit www.mercuryloungenyc.com

Mercury Lounge | 6 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002


Another New York Cool Tip:

Erasing Borders-DanceFEST India 2012
April 9th - April 15th
NYC - various venues

The Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) and Trinayan Dance Theater collaborate to present Erasing Borders-DanceFEST India 2012 April 9th - April 15th in NYC, a seven-day festival showcasing the exquisite dance styles of India and featuring internationally renowned performers and choreographers. Presented at various venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn including the Asia Society and the Brooklyn Children's Museum, highlights include elaborate dance performances, dance workshops and panel discussions. For more information about the performances, activities, venues and tickets please visit:

iaac.us/IAAC_dance_fest2012/index.htm

trinayan.org/festival-schedule/

NYC - various venues


 

April 13, 2012

Happy Friday the 13th: Please observe the usual precautions regarding ladders, black cats and Fox News.


 


Crystal Renn, Zac Posen, Coco Rocha
9th Annual New Yorkers for Children Spring Dinner Dance
"New Year's in April: A Fool's Fete"
Mandarin Oriental Hotel / New York City
April 10, 2012
Photo Credit: Janet Mayer / PRPhotos.com

Check Out: The just updated Celebrities Out and About in New York City for photos from galas, premieres and openings.


New York Cool Tip:

IL SOGNO DI SCIPIONE
April 11-21, 2012
Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

Ten years ago, Gotham Chamber Opera burst onto New York’s opera scene with Mozart’s Il sogno di Scipione (Scipio’s Dream). To commemorate the anniversary of that debut production, Gotham Chamber Opera will revive Il sogno di Scipione in April 2012, reuniting its original creative team of director Christopher Alden, scenic designer Andrew Cavanaugh Holland, costume designer Fabio Toblini, and lighting designer Allen Hahn. The production will be conducted by Gotham Chamber Opera’s Founding Artistic Director Neal Goren. The cast will include Michele Angelini, Marie-Ève Munger, Susannah Biller, Rachel Willis-Sørenson, Arthur Espiritu, and Chad A. Johnson.

The highly-virtuosic one-act opera tells the story of the Roman Emperor Scipio Africanus, who, in a dream, awakens to find two goddesses before him: Fortune and Constancy. He must choose one or the other to guide him through life. Dazed by their enticements and threats, Scipio calls up his dead forebears for guidance in making this important and dangerous choice.

Performances: Wednesday, April 11 at 7:30pm (Opening Night); Friday, April 13 at 8pm; Sunday, April 15 at 3pm; Tuesday, April 17 at 8pm; Thursday, April 19 at 8pm; and Saturday, April 21 at 8pm. Tickets are $30-$125 and are available online at www.ticketcentral.com or by phone at 212-279-4200.

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue, NYC 10019


Another New York Cool Tip:

KRAFTJERKS: You Are Waiting In The Queue...
Thursday April 12th & Friday April 13th, 8pm
Big Sky Works

For those who missed out on the MOMA Kraftwerk shows! ANNOUNCING A SHUT-OUT FEST FOR THE REST OF US!!! Over TWO consecutive nights, Anna Copa Cabanna, Joe McGinty & BAMiAM.tv present a chronological exploration of the sonic and visual experiments of Kraftwerk with a live presentation of their SEMI-complete repertoire.

THURSDAY, APRIL 12. Autobahn (1974)- Cosmicide (members of The Secret Machines)
Radio-Activity (1975) - Gavin Russom (DFA Records, Black Meteoric Star, The Crystal Ark)
Trans-Europe Express (1977)- Dead Mofo (members of The Kills, A Place to Bury Strangers) Projections by Spencer Bewley!

FRIDAY, APRIL 13. The Man-Machine (1978) - Anna Copa Cabanna. Computer World (1981) -Joe McGinty's Circuit Parade, featuring Mike McGinnis (woodwinds), Leon Dewan (Dewanatron) and Dorit Chrysler (Theremin).
Techno Pop (1986) - The Dirty Boogaloo + DJ URSULA1000.

Tickets $10. For more information, please visit http://bigskyworksbrooklyn.com/


BIG SKY WORKS | 29 Wythe Ave. Brooklyn NY


 

April 12, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

New York 20th Century Art and Design Fair (NYC20) Preview/Benefit
April 12-15, 2012
Tent at Lincoln Center in Damrosch Park, at 62nd Street.

Many of the leading names in the field of 20th century design will showcase a cross-section of iconic material including furniture, lighting, sculpture, paintings, jewelry, silver, glass, ceramics, photography, textiles, prints, and vintage clothing and accessories. Among the participants from the United States are: Bridges Over Time; Camilla Dietz Bergeron Ltd.; Christopher Anthony; Collage-20th Century Classics; Donzella; Downtown; Dragonette Ltd.; Fat Chance; Framont Fine Art; Good Design; Joyce Groussman; Katy Kane Vintage & Couture Clothing; Le Lampade; Lillian Nassau LLC; Liz O’Brien; Lobel Modern; Mark McDonald; Modernism Gallery; Neil Marrs; R 20th Century; Reform; Sally Rosen 20th Century Collections; Steve Newman Fine Arts; The Silver Fund; Todd Merrill & Associates; and Vojtech Blau. Here from England will be Trinity House and Caira Mandaglio. www.nyc20.net.

It is open to the public and the daily admission is $20. RThe hours are Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 8 pm; and Sunday, 11 am-5pm. If you want to include the preview on April 12 which Benefits Bard; the ticket prices are as follows:
Hours: 6-9 PM

$500 for the 6 PM preview
$250 for the 6:30 PM entrance
$150 for the 7 PM entrance

General admission is $20.00
Hours: Fri+Sat. 11AM-8 PM
Sunday 11AM-5 PM

Tent at Lincoln Center in Damrosch Park | at 62nd Street.


Another New York Cool Tip:

Avery*Sunshine Brings Her Light to NYC
Thursday, April 12th @ 8pm
Drom


Bursting from an array of musical brilliance, singer, songwriter, and pianist AVERY*Sunshine emerges onto the Soul music scene with her soon to be released self-titled debut album. Rooted in gospel, she reaches deep into that cornucopia of style and sound, singing songs which articulate the complexities of life with luminous insight. Fluent in many languages from soul and house to classical and hip hop, AVERY*Sunshine expresses with a voice that speaks boldly and tells a uniquely familiar story about love, loss and healing. While making her mark on the Atlanta-soul music world, AVERY lent her voice to the soundtrack for Paramount Pictures’ The Fighting Temptations, and in 2005, she was hired as lead keyboardist for Tyler Perry’s stage play Meet the Browns. In 2007 she was also sought out by feted vocal performer Jennifer Holiday to be choral director for the theatrical production of Dream Girls during the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta. To top it off, AVERY*Sunshine made history with daily performances at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO and four private events during the 2009 Inauguration of President Barack Obama. With vocals and lyrics that are thick and strong yet jazzy and smooth, AVERY*Sunshine is intent on shining by sharing her song with the world

More Information>>

Drom | 85 Avenue A | Between Fifth and Sixth


 

April 11, 2012

Eve Butler
Ghost Stories
Wednesday April 11th and Thursday April 12th. 8PM – 9:15PM
Stage Left Studio

Ghost Stories is a solo show about belief, skepticism, and ghosts. Tour guide Valerie Snopes shares stories from the haunted cities of Savannah, Georgia and Wilmington, North Carolina, as well as the story of her own journey from gullibility to cynicism and beyond. Written and performed by Eve Butler.

Tickets $10. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/333950326642483/ or go to Facebook and search "Ghost Stories" under "Events."

Stage Left Studio | 214 W 30th Street, 6th floor, NY, NY
Between 7th and 8th Avenues


Another New York Cool Tip:

The Actors Studio Drama School MFA Program at Pace University Announces Its Spring 2012 Repertory Season
Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m.
March 28 through April 28.
The Theater at Dance New Amsterdam

15 Productions in Five Weeks; Acted and Directed by Our 36 MFA Candidates; World Premiere of Playwright Sean Michael Welch's "All An Act" Selected Plays, Scenes, Books by: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, Lewis John Carlino, Anton Chekhov (translated by Paul Schmidt), Noël Coward, Darlene Craviotto, Cindy Lou Johnson, George S. Kaufman and Leueen MacGrath, John Kolvenbach, William Mastrosimone, Suzan-Lori Parks, Adam Rapp, Christopher Shinn, Nicky Silver, John Van Druten, Craig Wright.

Admission is free, but reservations must be made in advance by phone or e-mail as seating is limited. The 24-hour reservation line is: (212) 501-2099 and email is ASDSRep@pace.edu
The full schedule and information about plays, actors, directors and playwrights can be found online at www.Pace.edu/ASDSRep

The Theater at Dance New Amsterdam | 53 Chambers Street.
New York, NY 10007 (North of City Hall)


 

April 10, 2012


Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady


Just Published: Read Frank J. Avella's version of the BLU/RAY DVD relaase of Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady. The BLU/RAY DVD version is released today, Tuesday, April 10th.


New York Cool Tip:

Great Taste: A Delicious and Fun Way to Support Symphony Space
Tuesday, April 3 & 10 at 7pm. Tuesday, April 17 at 8pm.
The Thalia Studio at Symphony Space

Experience Gertrude’s Paris with your palate this spring. Great Taste is part of Symphony Space’s Gertrude’s Paris Festival (April 1-May 5) celebrating great art and great friendships. Discover your favorite French wines in this introductory course led by French wine lecturer and author John Bandman. Each evening will feature 6-8 different varieties with explanations on flavors, techniques, and appropriate food pairings. Bring your friends for this informal and lively event. For more information, please visit www.symphonyspace.org/greattaste

April 3, White Wines of France is $65. April 10, Red Wines of France is $75. April 17, Brandies and Liqueurs of France is $95. Series Tickets are only $200. To purchase tickets, please visit www.symphonyspace.org/greattaste

The Thalia Studio at Symphony Space | 2537 Broadway at 95th Street


Another New York Cool Tip:

THE MIKADO
April 10, 2012 at 6:30pm
Carnegie Hall


The Collegiate Chorale presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado on April 10, 2012 at 6:30pm at Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Avenue, NYC. The performance features Victoria Clark, Chuck Cooper, Jason Danieley, Christopher Fitzgerald, Amy Justman, Kelli O'Hara, Lauren Worsham, and the American Symphony Orchestra, directed and conducted by Ted Sperling. Single tickets start at $25 and are available online at carnegiehall.org, by phone through Carnegie Charge at (212) 247-7800 or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office. One of the most frequently produced musical theatre pieces in history, The Mikado is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W.S. Gilbert. Debuted by the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company at the Savoy Theatre in London on March 14, 1885, The Mikado was Gilbert and Sullivan’s ninth collaborative work. Set in Japan, the opera explores the exotic, macabre, and humorous while satirizing British politics and institutions in the fictionalized foreign town of Titipu.

Tickets start at $25; carnegiehall.org or (212) 247-7800

Carnegie Hall | 881 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019


April 9, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Rich Orloff’s
HA!
Monday & Thursday at 7pm
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Saturday, April 7 & 14 at 3pm
Sunday, April 8 & 15 at 3pm
March 30 – April 15, 2012
WorkShop Theater

Mom's your wife! Serf's up! God gets graded! HA! is NYC premiere of three internationally acclaimed comedies! OEDI is a farcical retelling of the Oedipus Rex story, faces the overlooked fact that if Oedipus married his mother, she had to be old enough to be his mother. THE NEWS FROM ST. PETERSBURG is
a Chekhovian spoof set in 1905 Russia, examines the effect of a rumor on an aristocratic couple, their doctor, and an overworked and temporarily overjoyed serf. THE WHOLE SHEBANG is the play that asks the question, “What if the entire universe was just some nerd’s science project?”

Tickets $18 ($15 students/seniors). For more information or advance purchase visit www.workshoptheater.org

WorkShop Theater | 312 W 36th St., 3rd Floor
Between 8th & 9th Ave.; Subway: A/C/E to 42nd


Another New York Cool Tip:

AVI SCHER & DANCERS
Saturday, April 7th at 8pm
Sunday, April 8th at 3pm
Monday, April 9th at 8pm
Ailey Citigroup Theater

Avi Scher & Dancers pro vides audiences with the unique opportunity to see brand new works by choreographer Avichai Scher in intimate venues at affordable ticket prices. Guest artists from the world’s most celebrated ballet companies will be featured in each performance. The World Premieres include an as-yet-untitled pas de deux, featuring Herman Cornejo, a principal with American Ballet Theatre, and Misa Kuranaga, a principal with the Boston Ballet. The two stars have danced together in many galas and festivals and have formed a celebrated partnership. This is the first work created specifically for the pair and will mark their first performance together in New York City. The piece is set to music written for the guitar by Heitor Villa-Lobos, and will be performed live onstage by Guitarist Nate Brown. A second pas de deux is performed with music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and has a contemporary, humorous touch. The third Premiere features ten dancers, including six corps members from American Ballet Theatre, and is set to an electronic score by various composers. An excerpt from Scher’s 2010 work, Touch, including Joffrey Ballet dancer Derrick Agnoletti, will complete the evening.

Tickets are $29 ($16 for students) and are available starting March 7, 2012 at www.smarttix.com or by phone at 212-868-4444.

Ailey Citigroup Theater | 405 W. 55th Street
New York, NY 10019



April 8, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

AVI SCHER & DANCERS
Saturday, April 7th at 8pm
Sunday, April 8th at 3pm
Monday, April 9th at 8pm
Ailey Citigroup Theater

Avi Scher & Dancers pro vides audiences with the unique opportunity to see brand new works by choreographer Avichai Scher in intimate venues at affordable ticket prices. Guest artists from the world’s most celebrated ballet companies will be featured in each performance. The World Premieres include an as-yet-untitled pas de deux, featuring Herman Cornejo, a principal with American Ballet Theatre, and Misa Kuranaga, a principal with the Boston Ballet. The two stars have danced together in many galas and festivals and have formed a celebrated partnership. This is the first work created specifically for the pair and will mark their first performance together in New York City. The piece is set to music written for the guitar by Heitor Villa-Lobos, and will be performed live onstage by Guitarist Nate Brown. A second pas de deux is performed with music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and has a contemporary, humorous touch. The third Premiere features ten dancers, including six corps members from American Ballet Theatre, and is set to an electronic score by various composers. An excerpt from Scher’s 2010 work, Touch, including Joffrey Ballet dancer Derrick Agnoletti, will complete the evening.

Tickets are $29 ($16 for students) and are available starting March 7, 2012 at www.smarttix.com or by phone at 212-868-4444.

Ailey Citigroup Theater | 405 W. 55th Street
New York, NY 10019


Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg's American Reunion , which opened this weekend in New York City.


 

April 7, 2012

Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress, which opened this weekend in New York City.


New York Cool Tip:

Sylvie Guillem
6000 miles away
Wed Apr 4 at 7pm
Thu Apr 5 at 8pm
Sat Apr 7 at 8pm
The David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center

For three nights only, The Joyce Theater Foundation is proud to present the Sadler's Wells London/Sylvie Guillem production of 6000 miles away, featuring internationally acclaimed Sylvie Guillem. "The most brilliant ballerina of her generation" (The Guardian), Guillem makes a rare American visit for the U.S. premiere of this evening of works by three of today's most important choreographers. William Forsythe's, Rearray, created especially for Guillem, is a duet performed with Teatro alla Scala Ballet's Massimo Murru. Swedish choreographer Mats Ek's new solo for her, Bye, is set to Beethoven's final piano sonata. Also on the program--a duet from Jirí Kylián's work, 27'52", performed by dancers handpicked by him. Experience this memorable event, a highlight of New York's cultural season.

For information on The Joyce 2012 Spring Gala performance on Wednesday, April 4, and to purchase tickets, www.joyce.org/about/special_events.php

For tickets: www.davidhkochtheater.com or 212-496-0600.
*A Sadler's Wells London / Sylvie Guillem Production co-produced by the Holland Dance Festival, Les Nuits de Fourvière/Département du Rhône, Athens Festival and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.

The David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center | Broadway and 63rd Street, New York, NY


 

April 6, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

The Magdalene Laundries
Friday, April 6 & Saturday, April 7, 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center

Artist Cheryl Parry collaborates with choreographer/dancer Mary-Clare McKenna, and playwright/actor and performance artist LuLu LoLo for an art exhibition/installation, film, dance and monologue to explore the lesser-known history of the Magdalene Laundries. Over a period of 150 years, an estimated 30,000 women were forced to work in the Catholic convent-run laundries in Ireland, doing penance through the symbolic labor of laundering to repent for their "sins." Unwed mothers were forced to give their child up for adoption, many of whom were sent to the U.S. for adoption. The evening performance includes dancers Janet Aisawa, Kristin Hatleberg, Muriel Ote, and Emily Winkler-Morey. Funding has been made possible by the Puffin Foundation.

Admission is free. For more information, visit CSVCENTER.ORG

Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center | 107 Suffolk St.
Between Rivington & Delancey Streets


Another New York Cool Tip:

IN THE BLACK
A group exhibition
March 15 – May 9, 2012
Fountain Gallery

This group exhibition spotlights artists’ use of Black in their work and showcases nearly 40 pieces in mediums ranging from acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings and mixed media works to digital photographs and video.

Curator David Manilow said, “Technically, Black is the color that does not emit or reflect light in any part of the visible spectrum, but this description conveys none of its range. Symbolically, perhaps no color evokes more loaded associations. In drawing, an illusion of form may be created through modeling black. But Black may also consume, eclipse or flatten. In this exhibition, the artists of Fountain Gallery evidence a dynamic range of expression in their use of Black.”

Fountain Gallery is the premier venue in New York City representing artists with mental illness. Founded by Fountain House in 2000 as a not-for-profit exhibition space for its member-artists living and working with mental illness, the Gallery sells original artworks and collaborates with a wide network of artists, curators and cultural institutions. Embracing artists who are emerging or established, trained or self-taught, Fountain Gallery cultivates artistic growth and makes a vital contribution to the New York arts community.

Admission is free at all times.

Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat. 11-7; Sun. 1-5
www.fountaingallerynyc.com


Fountain Gallery | 702 Ninth Avenue (at 48th Street)


 

April 5, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Tribeca Film Festival Artists Awards Exhibition
Sponsored by CHANEL
April 5-25, 2012 (closed on April 8 for Easter) 11am-7pm
New York Academy of Art

Free Public Exhibition of Work by Cindy Sherman, JR, Kara Walker, Stanley Whitney, Peter Dayton, Walton Ford, Stephen Hannock, Kim Keever, Clifford Ross, Nathan Sawaya and Hugo Tillman, Sponsored by Chanel

Artwork from eleven major contemporary artists, which will be given as prizes to winning filmmakers at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, will be on view April 5-25, 2012 (closed on April 8 for Easter), at the New York Academy of Art, 111 Franklin Street, Manhattan. Peter Dayton, Walton Ford, Stephen Hannock, JR, Kim Keever, Clifford Ross, Nathan Sawaya, Cindy Sherman, Hugo Tillman, Kara Walker, and Stanley Whitney have all donated work, consisting of paintings, photographs, etchings, prints and sculptures, to the Artists Awards program. The exhibition will be free and open to the public.

The Tribeca Film Festival Artist Awards Program awards original artwork to winning filmmakers at the annual Festival. The program was created by TFF co-founder Jane Rosenthal to celebrate New York artists. This year’s TFF will run April 18-29, 2012.

New York Academy of Art | 111 Franklin Street, Manhattan


 

April 4, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

DanceBrazil
Tue-Wed 7:30pm
Thu-Fri 8pm
Sat 2pm (April 7 only) & 8pm
Sun 2pm & 7:30pm (April 1 only)
Dance Chat: Wed, Mar 28
Mar 27-Apr 8
The Joyce Theater

Applauded for its "high-octane, high-flying" (The New York Times) fusion of African dance forms, modern dance and capoeira, the company performs Dance like a Fight - Fight like a Dance, a sensuous, fast-paced new work by Artistic Director Jelon Vieira that draws upon the ongoing dialogue of a capoeira roda, (the circle where capoeira lives). Also on the program—the revival of last season's hit Batuke, a hard-driving piece exploding with the rhythms created by smooth samba steps, capoeira lethal kicks, and the stick dance Maculelé.

Company website:
http://dancebrazil.org/

Tickets start at $10!
(Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)
www.joyce.org

The Joyce Theater | 175 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10011


 

April 3, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Great Taste: A Delicious and Fun Way to Support Symphony Space
Tuesday, April 3 & 10 at 7pm. Tuesday, April 17 at 8pm.
The Thalia Studio at Symphony Space

Experience Gertrude’s Paris with your palate this spring. Great Taste is part of Symphony Space’s Gertrude’s Paris Festival (April 1-May 5) celebrating great art and great friendships. Discover your favorite French wines in this introductory course led by French wine lecturer and author John Bandman. Each evening will feature 6-8 different varieties with explanations on flavors, techniques, and appropriate food pairings. Bring your friends for this informal and lively event. For more information, please visit www.symphonyspace.org/greattaste

April 3, White Wines of France is $65. April 10, Red Wines of France is $75. April 17, Brandies and Liqueurs of France is $95. Series Tickets are only $200. To purchase tickets, please visit www.symphonyspace.org/greattaste

The Thalia Studio at Symphony Space | 2537 Broadway at 95th Street


 

April 2, 2012

Just Published: Read Frank J. Avella's review of Lee Hirsch’s Bully, which opened this weekend in New York City.


 

Also Just Published: Read Frank J. Avella's review of Matt Charman's Regrets, which is now playing at City Center Stage 1 | 131 West 55th Street | Manhattan.


New York Cool Tip:

Silence! The Musical
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 8 PM
Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM
Sunday at 5 PM
Beginning January 12, 2012
Performance Space 122

SILENCE! The Musical, the unauthorized parody of The Silence of the Lambs, with book by Hunter Bell, music & lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan, and direction & choreography by Christopher Gattelli, is set to begin a new winter playing schedule beginning January 12th at The 9th Space Theatre at Performance Space 122, 150 First Avenue (at 9th St.) SILENCE! The Musical opened July 9, 2011 to unanimous rave reviews, led by David Cote of Time Out and New York 1 News who said, “Pungent, punchy and raunchy, with a sheepish chorus to boot, the consummately silly SILENCE! will leave you stuffed and wanting mutton more.” The show immediately became a sold-out smash hit and was just selected by Time Magazine as one of the year’s Top 10 Plays and Musicals along with such lofty company as The Book of Mormon and War Horse.

Originally announced as an eight-week limited engagement, the show’s producers extended the run four times to accommodate the overwhelming demand for tickets. SILENCE! The Musical recently celebrated its 100th New York performance.

The original cast recording of SILENCE! The Musical has been released by Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records online at iTunes, Amazon.com for digital download, and is available at www.sh-k-boom.com. Finally, musical comedy fans outside of New York are now able to enjoy the critically acclaimed score, including such song selections as “If I Could Smell Her C---” and “Put the F--king Lotion in the Basket.”

In the Academy Award-winning film The Silence of the Lambs, rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, to catch the serial killer known only as Buffalo Bill. Clarice must face her own demons and race the clock to unlock Lecter’s clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned by Bill. It’s a hair-raising thriller that’s kept countless millions on the edge of their seats and permeated the pop lexicon with delightfully creepy quotes like “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti” and of course “It places the lotion in the basket.” And now, at last, this delicate symphony of suspense has been turned on its ear and retold in the only way it can be – as a musical. A singing chorus of floppy eared lambs narrates the action; Buffalo Bill gleefully dances a hoedown while kidnapping hapless Catherine Martin; and even Dr. Lecter, scary as ever, sings about the life he’d like to lead someday outside the prison walls.

The running time is 89 minutes with no intermission. Tickets are $25 - $79 and are available by calling 212-352-3101 or through www.SilenceTheMusical.com.

Performance Space 122 | 150 First Avenue (at 9th St.)

 


 

April 1, 2012

New York Cool Tip:


MY MOTHER'S ITALIAN, MY FATHER'S JEWISH AND I'M IN THERAPY
Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 2pm
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2011-2012 Solo Sensations series on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 2pm with funnyman Steve Solomon in his award-winning Off-Broadway hit My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy! Written and performed by Mr. Solomon, the show brings to life more than 30 characters inspired by his multiethnic upbringing in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Described by the author as “one part lasagna, one part kreplach and two parts Prozac,” this solo tour-de-force combines comic voices, sound effects, and astounding characterizations to tell stories of the wacky side of the human condition. Among the characters Mr. Solomon portrays are his beloved bubbe, his stuttering cousin Bob, his therapist Cousin Sal and, naturally, his Palermo-born mother and his Minsk-born American father, who met in Italy at the tail end of World War II. Despite the intimation of his show’s title, Solomon says he adores his family, according to a 2007 interview with jweekly.com. “To this day, they’re great people and a lot of laughs,” he notes.

Tickets: $30; Online orders: BrooklynCenterOnline.org, Box Office: (718) 951-4500, Tuesday – Saturday, 1pm – 6pm, Groups of 15 or more: (718) 951-4600, ext. 3326

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College | 2900 Campus Road
Brooklyn, NY 11210


Another New York Cool Tip:

DanceBrazil
Tue-Wed 7:30pm
Thu-Fri 8pm
Sat 2pm (April 7 only) & 8pm
Sun 2pm & 7:30pm (April 1 only)
Dance Chat: Wed, Mar 28
Mar 27-Apr 8
The Joyce Theater

Applauded for its "high-octane, high-flying" (The New York Times) fusion of African dance forms, modern dance and capoeira, the company performs Dance like a Fight - Fight like a Dance, a sensuous, fast-paced new work by Artistic Director Jelon Vieira that draws upon the ongoing dialogue of a capoeira roda, (the circle where capoeira lives). Also on the program—the revival of last season's hit Batuke, a hard-driving piece exploding with the rhythms created by smooth samba steps, capoeira lethal kicks, and the stick dance Maculelé.

Company website:
http://dancebrazil.org/

Tickets start at $10!
(Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)
www.joyce.org

The Joyce Theater | 175 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10011


 

March 31, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Rubulad: Party Monsters' Ball
Saturday March 31 10PM – 4am
Rubulad Church

An evening in which we hearken back to New York Nightlife’s days of
yore of and shake what God gave us in a Victorian Gothic Church. Live
music curated by Spanglish Fly; honey and King Coyote with Victor
Sheely and Jonah Larrama. Your Rubulad DJs $mall ¢hange (WFMU), Rusty
Laser (New Orleans Sissy Bounce of Big Freedia fame) and Repo Man.
Plus Norm Francoeur’s Light Circus Extraordinaire, G. Scopitronic’s
Non-Stop Film Fest, delicious sustenance by Hot ***ing Tamales! Dress
like a 1980’s club kid, psychotic clown, blundering buffoon, Limelight
VIP room denizen, platform sneakers, neon and loud prints, candy
raver, cigarette girl and all other looks to kill!

10 beans before 11pm or way late
15 in costume all night
20 otherwise

Rubulad Church | 626 Bushwick Avenue
Take the J, M, Z to Myrtle Avenue stop and walk one block north to
Bushwick Ave. on Jefferson St.


Another New York Cool Tip:

Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl
Saturdays- 2pm recurring
White Horse Tavern

Local actors will take you on a fascinating walking tour of several Greenwich Village bars that are rich with literary history. Crawls take place every Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. at the White Horse Tavern, 567 Hudson St. For information & reservations call (212) 613-5796 or visit our website: www.literarypubcrawl.com

Tickets $20 Adults, $15 Students/Seniors
www.literarypubcrawl.com

White Horse Tavern | 567 Hudson Street and 11th Street


Another New York Cool Tip:

Quintet of the America’s The Heavens – The Cosmos Concert
Saturday, March 31 – 2:00 PM
Flushing Library

Quintet of the Americas woodwind ensemble will present The Heavens – The
Cosmos. Repertoire for this concert includes the premiere of Winter
Music by Adam Schoenberg, who was commissioned by Quintet of the
Americas for this program.

The program will also include Queens composers Xinyan Li’s Mo Suo's
Burial Ceremony and Dylan Glatthorn’s The Stuff of Comets commissioned
by Quintet of the Americas, Chicagoan Yao Chen’s Sfumato, a wind quintet
arrangement of Jupiter from The Planets by Gustav Holst and tangos and
dances from Colombia, Mexico and Argentina.

The March 31 concert is free and open to the public. For more
information, call 718-661-1200, or visit
http://www.quintet.org/concerts.html. Visit the Quintet at
http://www.quintet.org and become their friend at
http://www.facebook.com/groups/325982319921/.

Flushing Library | 41-17 Main Street in Flushing, Queens


Another New York Cool Tip:

The Vanishing City
Saturday March 31st, 7:30 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.
Dixon Place Theater

The award winning documentary, “The Vanishing City,” directed by by Fiore Derosa And Jen Senko, will be screening at Dixon Place. "Told through the eyes of city planners, developers, politicians, small business owners,landlords and tenants, this documentary exposes and explains the policies and economic philosophy behind New York's finance dominated economy, the concentration of wealth,and the process that has jeopardized the social fabric and neighborhoods that have always made New York unique. Issues of class formation, land use, rezoning decisions and the upheaval of longstanding neighborhoods combine to provide a critical look into the deeply rooted policies of one of the world’s most iconic cities.

You can either purchase tickets at the door, or online by clicking on the event on the event calendar for Dixon Place, using the following link below: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/171
( admission is $10.00)

Dixon Place Theater | 161 Chrystie Street
(betw. Delancey & Rivington Streets).


 

March 30, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Muse Presents: Hoy Como Ayer - Yesterday's Like Today (Graffiti Show)
Friday, March 30th 2012 - 7pm- 12am
Sapphire Lounge and Gallery

Once a month we gather to showcase and celebrate all that moves and inspires us. Dance, Art, Music, Spoken Word, Film and Everything in Between.

Graffiti has been an important urban art form since its inception in New York City in the 60's and 70's. It is only fitting we pay homage with 4 amazing artists that have been making their stamp in this world through various decades.

MUSE Presents: Hoy Como Ayer (Yesterday's Like Today).

Hosted by: Audrey Aybar & Sen-Pei Hsia
Music By: DJ AnaMated, DJ T-wreXX & Rage Johnson

Featuring The Art Of:

Chris Cortez
Optimo NYC - (Joshua Pacheco)
Antonio Kel
Erotica 67

HIP HOP USA

Treats by: Batter Sweet

Photography by: Teddy Adolphe

$3 Donation; $4 Beer; $5 Drinks

Sapphire Lounge/Gallery | 249 Eldridge St
Between E. Houston & Stanton Street


Another New York Cool Tip:

Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin:
a small world...
Video Installation
March 30 - August 26th
Barbara and E. Robert Goodkind Media Center
The Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum is presenting Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin: a small world..., a video installation, from March 30 through August 26, 2012 in the Museum's Barbara and E. Robert Goodkind Media Center. In this video (1999-2001, 6 min. 30 sec.), Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin juxtapose home movies of their families - one African American and one Jewish American - to explore the commonalities of middle-class life across racial lines. The silent footage was shot during the childhood of the artists in the 1970s, Biggers in California and Zackin in New York. The similarities in both family narratives are striking, and the tone is playful. The Biggerses and the Zackins celebrate birthdays, travel to Disneyland, and entertain at indoor and outdoor gatherings. Yet the split screen sets up two clearly delineated and nonintersecting worlds - black America and white America. As a whole, the artwork leaves open the question of whether a bridge exists between these two universes.

Museum admission is $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for senior citizens, $7.50 for students, free for children under 12 and Jewish Museum members. Admission is free on Saturdays. For information on The Jewish Museum, the public may call 212.423.3200 or visit the website at http://www.thejewishmuseum.org.


The Jewish Museum | 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street,
M useum hours are Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, 11am to 5:45pm; Thursday, 11am to 8pm; and Friday, 11am to 4pm.


 

March 29, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

New York City Center Encores! Presents
Pipe Dream
Wed 7:30pm
Thu-Fri 8pm
Sat 2 & 8pm
Sun 2 & 7pm
March 28 - April 1, 2012
New York City Center

Outcasts yearning for a better life populate the bordellos and
flophouses of a 1950's California seaside town in Rodgers and
Hammerstein's Pipe Dream. At the heart of the story is the unlikely
romance between Doc, a marine biologist, and Suzy, a vagrant who has
recently taken up residence at a local brothel. This rare Rodgers and
Hammerstein gem, not seen on the American stage in more than two
decades, includes "All at Once You Love Her," "The Next Time It
Happens" and the wistful ballad "Everybody's Got a Home but Me." The
original production opened at the Shubert Theatre on November 30,
1955, and ran for 246 performances.

Tickets start at $25 Box office: 212.581.1212

New York City Center | 131 West 55th St
NYCityCenter.org


March 28, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Aron Quartett from Vienna
March 28 at 7:30 pm
Austrian Cultural Forum New York

The Aron Quartett from Vienna makes a special trip to New York to perform a free concert at the Austrian Cultural Forum, March 28 at 7:30 pm. The program features a brand new work by Kurt Schwertsik commissioned by the ACFNY. Schwertsik will be at the concert for the premiere. Also on the program, Erich Korngold’s lush String Quartet No. 3 and music by Austrian-born Jewish American composer Erich Zeisl, known for his Hollywood film scores including Lassie Come Home. Complete program details are at the end of this press release.
Vienna-based Aron Quartett (aronquartett.at) was founded in 1998 by Ludwig Müller, Barna Kobori, Georg Hamann, and Christophe Pantillon with the mission to perform both classical repertoire and music from the second Viennese school, including Schoenberg, Berg and Webern. The Quartett has performed at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, and many other major venues and festivals around the world, and their concert performances and CDs consistently receive critical praise.
The Austrian Cultural Forum’s 10th anniversary season continues with free concerts this spring and fall. All concerts are free, and reservations are required. Program and season information is below, with further details, artist and composer bios and reservation information at www.acfny.org.

Admission is free, reservations are required.
Visit www.acfny.org or call (212) 319-5300 ext. 222 for reservations
For tickets, please visit www.acfny.org or call 212 319 5300 ext. 222

Austrian Cultural Forum New York | 11 E. 52nd St., New York


Another New York Cool Tip:

Speed Connecting NYC
Wednesday, March 28th, 7p-10p
General Assembly

Meet New York’s brightest minds in media, tech, marketing, art, design and business development. Join us for an evening of inspiration, professional networking and collaborative entrepreneurship. The right conversation may lead to your next business venture, career opportunity, freelance gig or collaborative project. A pre-panel mixer will kick off the event with beverages and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a brief panel discussion “Thriving in the Entrepreneurial Age” featuring leaders in entrepreneurship and collaboration from some of NYC’s most innovative companies and organizations. The fun begins with Speed Connecting…a facilitated networking opportunity to meet fellow entrepreneurs and discuss your projects and share ideas.

Tickets $39 For more information or advance purchase visit
diybusinessassociation.com/speedconnect


General Assembly | 902 Broadway, New York, NY


Another New York Cool Tip:

The Punch Bowl - Free Comedy in Park Slope
Wednesday March 28th @ 8pm
Belleville Lounge

The Punch Bowl is a new monthly show hosted by Rachael Mason (UCB) and Jen Bloodsworth (ex-WWE Writer) featuring standup, stories, and characters from the best comedians in NYC.
This month featuring:
Ilana Glazer (Broad City)
Adam Conover (ONN, Olde English)
Bethany Hall (30 Rock, The Chris Gethard Show)
Becky Yamamoto (Ars Nova, UCB)
Kara Klenk (If you Build It)
Katey Healy-Wurzburg (The Fascinator)

Ticket price: FREE
Closest trains: F or G to 4th Ave or R to 9th Street
http://bellevillebistro.com/location-direction/

Belleville Lounge | 332 5th Street @ 5th Avenue
Park Slope!


March 27, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

DanceBrazil
Tue-Wed 7:30pm
Thu-Fri 8pm
Sat 2pm (April 7 only) & 8pm
Sun 2pm & 7:30pm (April 1 only)
Dance Chat: Wed, Mar 28
Mar 27-Apr 8
The Joyce Theater

Applauded for its "high-octane, high-flying" (The New York Times) fusion of African dance forms, modern dance and capoeira, the company performs Dance like a Fight - Fight like a Dance, a sensuous, fast-paced new work by Artistic Director Jelon Vieira that draws upon the ongoing dialogue of a capoeira roda, (the circle where capoeira lives). Also on the program—the revival of last season's hit Batuke, a hard-driving piece exploding with the rhythms created by smooth samba steps, capoeira lethal kicks, and the stick dance Maculelé.

Company website:
http://dancebrazil.org/

Tickets start at $10!
(Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)
www.joyce.org

The Joyce Theater | 175 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10011


Another New York Cool Tip:

Tibetan Tapestries – Dream Weaves from the Himalayas
Designs by José Sanint
Monday through Friday from 12 to 5 p.m.
February 28–April 18, 2012
Tibet House US Gallery

Tibet House US is delighted to present its next magnificent art exhibition entitled Tibetan Tapestries – Dream Weaves from the Himalayas. Featuring contemporary designs by Colombian architect José Sanint, beautiful textiles have been hand-woven by Tibetan artisans using carefully restored antique ceremonial garbs and an ancient Tibetan-Himalayan-Buddhist weaving tradition. Tibetan Tapestries – Dream Weaves from the Himalayas will be on display from February 28, 2011 through April 18, 2012 at the Tibet House US Gallery with a special opening reception on March 2, 2012 from 6-8pm at the gallery. These great works of artisanship will be made available for sale, supporting the work of the Tibet House US and that of the Akrabhala Foundation, which was founded by José Sanint to protect and preserve the endangered art and culture of Tibet.

P. 212.807.0563

Tibet House US Gallery | 22 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011


 

March 26, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

THE DEEPEST PLAY EVER: THE CATHARSIS OF PATHOS
Monday & Wednesday - Friday at 7:30pm
Saturday at 7pm & 10pm.
March 9 - 25
New Ohio Theater

CollaborationTown (The Play About My Dad, The Momentum) presents the World Premiere of THE DEEPEST PLAY EVER: THE CATHARSIS OF PATHOS by Geoffrey Decas O’Donnell with music by Michael Wells. Directed by Lee Sunday Evans and Jordan Seavey, previews begin March 9 at the New Ohio Theatre. An acclaimed 2006 production of this Brecht satire won an Outstanding Playwrighting Award at FringeNYC; this newly revised, reworked production is slated for opening on Wednesday, March 14.

Before Mother Courage there was Mother LaMadre. In THE DEEPEST PLAY EVER, an unrivaled masterpiece of modern dramatic writing, our antiheroine Mother LaMadre and her rag-tag crew drag their wagon through the Fifth World War and the post-post-apocalyptic wasteland that is New Europe. Together they must navigate all the pitfalls (and rewards) of the dramatic art of drama to find the few remaining books the art-abolishing Evil Empire have yet to destroy and maybe, just maybe, find a way to replace violence with art. If the zombies don't eat them first, that is.

The production stars Jordan Barbour, Carly Cioffi, Nick Choksi, John Halbach, Boo Killebrew, Geoffrey Decas O’Donnell, Chinasa Obuagu, Phillip Taratula, Emily Walton and TJ Witham with set and props by Deb O, costumes by Nikki Moody, lighting by Nick Houfek, sound by Brandon Wolcott and Daniel Kluger, music direction by Michael Wells, associate music direction by Nicholas Williams, stage management by Kaitlin Nemeth, and assistant stage management by Shelby Hibbs.

Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by calling Smarttix at 212 868 4444 or online at www.smarttix.com. For more information visit www.sohothinktank.org or www.collaborationtown.org.

The New Ohio Theatre | 154 Christopher Street
Accessible from the 1 train to Christopher Street or the A, C, E, B, D, F, or M trains at West 4th Street.


 

March 25, 2012

Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of Susan Seidelman's Musical Chairs, which opened this weekend in New York City.


New York Cool Tip:

Chef Daniel Boulud's
Sunday Supper
Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 5:30 p.m
Daniel


On Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 5:30 p.m., Chef Daniel Boulud will continue his more than decade-long support of Citymeals-on-Wheels with his famed Sunday Supper. This year, the evening should prove particularly festive, as it coincides with the chef's March 25th birthday celebration. Joining him as co-hosts this year are Mr. & Mrs. Thierry Gardinier of Paris's legendary restaurant, Taillevent. 150 privileged guests will savor the opportunity to indulge at DANIEL, one of New York’s most elegant dining destinations, as they are served a sumptuous four-course black truffle laden dinner, prepared by Chef Daniel Boulud and special guest chef, Alain Solivérès of Taillevent, Paris. Wine Chair Daniel Johnnes will serve the fine wine selections he is renowned for, in particular this year, Château Phélan Segur, as well as Champagne Taillevent for the pre-dinner reception. The evening will also include silent and live auctions. Attire is “Casual Chic.” Robert S. Grimes will serve as Co-Chair. 5:30 PM: Cocktail reception and silent auction; 6:30 PM: Seated dinner and live auction.

Individual seats for the event are $1,250 per person. “Gourmand” tables for ten guests are $25,000 per table, inclusive of prestige wine pairings. The silent auction will include rare and large format wines and specialty gourmet selections. The live auction will feature one-of-a-kind travel and dining experiences. To purchase tickets or donate an auction item(s), please contact the Special Events Department at Citymeals-on-Wheels: Charlotte@CITYMEALS.ORG, or 212-687-1290.

DANIEL | 60 East 65 Street | New York City


Another New York Cool Tip:

NATIONAL DANCE THEATRE COMPANY OF JAMAICA
Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 8pm
Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 3pm
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2011-2012 World Stages series with the much-anticipated return of the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC). The company will perform two programs of dance and music celebrating West Indian culture and the 50th Anniversary of the company on Saturday, March 24 at 8pm and Sunday, March 25 at 3pm. A biennial visitor to Brooklyn Center for more than two decades, NDTC celebrates its Golden Anniversary with two special programs featuring repertoire highlighting the company’s 50 year history. The repertoire for the company’s 2012 Brooklyn appearance includes:

Drumscore (1979), choreography by Rex Nettleford, featuring the NDTC singers
… minutes and seconds (2010), choreography by Kerry-Ann Henry and Momo Sanno
Cry of the Spirit (1996), choreography by Gene Carson
Sweet in the Morning (1992), choreography by Leni Wylliams
Urban Fissure (2004), choreography by Chris Walker
Sulkari (1980), choreography by Eduardo Rivero-Walker
Gerrehbenta (1983), choreography by Rex Nettleford, featuring the NDTC singers
Kumina (1971), choreography by Rex Nettleford, featuring the NDTC singers

Tickets: $45 orchestra, $36 mezzanine; Online orders: BrooklynCenterOnline.org, Box Office: (718) 951-4500, Tuesday – Saturday, 1pm – 6pm, Groups of 15 or more: 718) 951-5000, ext. 3326


Brooklyn Center for the Perfo rming Arts at Brooklyn College | 2900 Campus Rd.
Brooklyn, NY 11210


 



March 24, 2012

Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of Terence Davies's The Deep Blue Sea, which opened this weekend in New York City.


New York Cool Tip:

white road Dance Media
Night Thing
Thu-Sat 8pm
Dance Chat: Sat, Mar 24
Mar 24-26
Triskelion Arts


Triskelion Arts is proud to present Night Thing, a new evening length work from choreographer Marisa Gruneberg and her Brooklyn-based company, white road Dance Media. Follow seven performers through an unhinged world in full tilt—a deeply colored, surreal environment where everyone has a secret, illusions and delusions abound, and whatever mysterious force moves in the night is fast approaching! A driving, dynamic original score by musician and composer Justin Sherburn (Okkervil River) supports the active investigation of limits, both physical and psychological, by the talented cast.
Company website: http://www.whiteroaddancemedia.com

Tickets for performances are $15 general admission and $12 students/seniors.
To reserve tickets, email info@triskelionarts.org or call 718-599-3577

Triskelion Arts | 118 N 11th St 3rd Floor, Brooklyn NY 11211


 

March 23, 2012

Just Published: Read my article and see Eka Halim's photographs of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012 Zang Toi Show.


New York Cool Tip:

Instrumentals
Friday–Saturday, March 23–24, 8pm
Program 1, March 23:
William Basinski - Vivian & Ondine
Tristan Perich - Dual Synthesis
Program 2, March 24:
Arthur Russell: Instrumentals directed by Peter Gordon
Mary Halvorson: Septet Nos. 30-33
Thje Kitchen

Curated by Nick Hallett
Co-presented with Carnegie Hall as part of the 2012 American Mavericks Festival
The Kitchen dips into the Music Program archive and extends its envelope-pushing legacy to a new generation with this weekend of shared double bills. Launching the event is William Basinski’s ambient electronic opus Vivian & Ondine, which identifies the haunting materiality of sound through the physical process of tape loop manipulation. Sharing the evening, Tristan Perich—in his Kitchen debut—demonstrates his unique 1-Bit universe, mixing custom-built microchips and acoustic instruments.

The second evening begins with a new septet convened by Brooklyn–based guitarist Mary Halvorson, who effortlessly connects jazz, pop, and experimental strategies. The weekend culminates with work by Arthur Russell, former Kitchen Music Director and protean composer who set the contemporary standard for fluidity between musical genres as he moved freely among avant-garde composition, traditional songwriting, and commercial disco. His Instrumentals, which played at The Kitchen in 1975, and was described by The New York Times as “full of stirring melody, part Copland and part western movie soundtrack,” will be given a new reading directed by composer Peter Gordon, a friend and collaborator of Russell’s.

Music programs at The Kitchen are made possible with generous support from The Amphion Foundation, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Tickets: $15

The Kitchen | 512 West 19th Street


Another New York Cool Tip:

ReGroup Dance Presents: Evening Two
March 23rd & March 24th at 7:30pm
Center for Performance Research

Featuring works by: Paula Aarons, Sophie Schapiro, Meg Weeks, guest Annie Malcolm. ReGroup Dance and guest choreographer Annie Malcolm will present an intimate program consisting of four pieces. Sophie’s contribution to the program questions the arbitrary data that identifies a human being, in turn making space for the performers to present themselves in other ways. Paula will perform a solo that articulates questions of how one risks change. She seeks to highlight the way in which we navigate the processes of letting go and moving on without losing our ability to recognize the non-negotiable “self”. Meg’s work focuses on the physical act of walking as an abstraction, and will include multimedia elements and original music. Annie’s piece, “Never Going Back Again”, is based on the solo “Weird Lunch”, which she performed in 2010 at the CSV Center in her grandmother’s trousseau. This series of performances, while grounded in its original mission, is the company’s first appearance before a New York audience.

Tickets: $12 (cash only at the door), reserve tickets by emailing regroupdance@gmail.com

Center for Performance Research | 361 Manhattan Avenue, Unit 1
Brooklyn, NY 11211. www.cprnyc.org


 

March 22, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Pepper 'N Sam: Whatever Possessed Them?
March 15, 16, 22, 23 @ 8pm
Ars Nova

Pepper Mills (Salty Brine) and Play-it-Again Sam (Justin Levine) are Pepper 'N Sam, the virtuosic rock n' roll-vaudeville act that was semi-famous before their tragic demise in a blazing theater fire. Stuck playing the purgatory circuit for over 80 years, these two lost souls have toured Heaven and tempted Hell, and now they're back from the grave with new music, new bodies, and a new outlook on life. And death. Backed by their paranormal partners, The Dead Poets Society, prepare to be haunted by the ghosts with the most! The ghouls with the goods! The apparitions from Prohibition! Pepper 'N Sam!

Tickets $15. For tickets and more info: arsnovanyc.com

Ars Nova | 511 West 54th Street
(and 10th Avenue)


Another New York Cool Tip:

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble
Tue-Wed 7:30pm
Thu-Sat 8pm
Sun 2pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Mar 21
Mar 20-25
The Joyce Theater

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble takes the stage with a mesmerizing new work choreographed by Artistic Director Surupa Sen. Devoted to popularizing Odissi, an ancient Indian sacred ritual that celebrates the beauty of curved body lines, the company joins forces with Srilanka's Chitrasena Dance Company to explore the meeting point between the sensuality of Odissi and the masculine dynamism of Chitrasena's Kandyan dance, a shamanic ritual undertaken to purify and invoke divine energy.

Company website:
http://www.nrityagram.org/

Tickets start at $10!
(Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)
www.joyce.org

The Joyce Theater | 175 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10011


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

Brandt Johnson’s
Just Se[x]
March 22nd- April 15th 8pm-9:30pm
Theater For the New City

Following its sold-out run at last summer's Dream Up Festival, Just Se[x] returns on March 22nd for a limited engagement! Katherine and William are in lust — with other people. But they are also married — to each other. Unwilling to cheat, they open their marriage, test their limits, and confront hilarious reminders that extramarital escapades can lead to much more than just…What begins as an online exercise in physical release becomes a real-life challenge to the couple’s notions of normalcy, love, and fidelity. For more show information visit JSthePlay.com.

SPECIAL OFFER:Tickets only $20! (reg. price $25)

HOW TO PURCHASE:

Click here or visit JSthePlay.com and use code RRMGEN
Call 212-868-4444 and use code RRMGEN

RESTRICTIONS: Offer may be revoked at anytime and is subject to availability. Not valid on prior purchase. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions; blackout dates and restrictions may apply.

Theater for the New City | 155 First Avenue (btwn 9th St. and 10th St.)


 

March 21, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Evening of Witness, Hosted by Amy Goodman
March 21st at 7 pm
Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York.

Voice of Witness is a nonprofit book series co-founded by Dave Eggers that illuminates contemporary human rights crises through oral history storytelling.
Hosted by Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman, this event features narratives from the Voice of Witness series read by noted writers and activists with visual interventions from Magnum Foundation photographers and artists. Together, they offer vivid portrayals of “water” through the experiences of Zimbabwean refugees, undocumented immigrants in the U.S., Burmese migrants forced into the illegal fishing industry, and of men and women who lived through Hurricane Katrina.

Phone: 212-316-7490
http://www.stjohndivine.org/EOW.html


Cathedral of St. John the Divine | 1047 Amsterdam Ave at W. 112 St.


Another New York Cool Tip:


“EDITH WHARTON’S NEW YORK CITY: A BACKWARD GLANCE”
March 15, 2012 - December 31, 2012
THE NEW YORK SOCIETY LIBRARY

EDITH WHARTON’S NEW YORK CITY: A BACKWARD GLANCE: An exhibition that reveals the intimate links between the world of Edith Wharton, who would have turned 150 on January 24 of this year, and the New York Society Library, the city’s oldest library, sheds new light on this famous writer’s family as true New Yorkers.

Fascinating family memorabilia – recently discovered by the library – along with historic charging ledgers recording the borrowing of Edith's father and Library shareholder George Frederic Jones, family photographs from private collections and books Wharton read as a child lend new understanding of a prominent New York family whose wealth and social standing inspired the popular expression “Keeping Up with the Joneses.”

This exhibition, which is free and open to the public, is on view at the New York Society Library, 53 East 79th Street in Manhattan.

The New York Society Library is open every day: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat: 9am - 5pm; Tues & Thurs until 7pm; Sun: 1-5pm. Closed weekends from mid-June to mid-September.


The New York Society Library, Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | 53 East 79th Street
Between Madison and Park Avenues, New York, NY, Subways: 4, 5, 6
http://www.nysoclib.org/



 

March 20, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

The News Quiz USA with Lewis Black
Tuesday March 20th
7pm - 9.30pm
The Greene Space


Join Lewis Black (The Daily Show, Root of All Evil) as he challenges comedian panellists Andy Borowitz, Hannibal Buress, Kathleen Madigan and Ted Alexandro to dissect the week’s news, in a special panel show recording for BBC Radio 4. The BBC hit topical comedy show from the UK, ‘The News Quiz’, is coming Stateside: be there as this hilarious panel show tries to see the funny side in everything that’s on America’s mind (and front pages), from Primary fever to the next outbreak of Linsanity...

To apply for FREE tickets, email:
newsquizusa@bbc.co.uk
with your name, address and zip code. Maximum 2 tickets per applicant.

The Greene Space | 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY 10014.


Another New York Cool Tip:

Tom Vaughn "Trail of Cheers"
Tuesday, March 20 - 7:00 pm
Friday, March 30 - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, April 11 - 7:0 pm
Laurie Beechman Theatre

Tom Vaughn debuts at the Laurie Beechman Theatre after debuting “Trail of Cheers” at the Metropolitan Room in January 2012. Joe Regan Jr. of the Times Square Chronicles said: “Tom Vaughn has a powerful legitimate voice ...this show was a celebration that I hope will be repeated soon.” The evening features Tom’s original music and arrangements as well as standards, Broadway classics and folk/pop music. Joining Tom is special guest, B’way actress and MAC and Bistro Award winner, Raissa Katona Bennett. Musical Direction is by Jeff Cubeta, associated with the critically acclaimed Cast of Thousands, The Songs of Craig Carnelia. The band also features guitarist Chris Conly, Jacob Silver on bass and Mary Rodriguez on drums. Joining Tom is special guest, B’way actress and MAC and Bistro Award winner, Raissa Katona Bennett. Tom’s background vocals can also be heard on the recent release of the Lucie Arnaz CD “Latin Roots” musically produced by Ron Abel and Lucie Arnaz. For more information about the artist and the show visit
www.tomvaughnmusic.com.

$25 Cover - $15 Food/Beverage Minimum
Reservations: 212-695-6909

Laurie Beechman Theatre | 407 W. 42nd St.
NYC 10036


 

March 19, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

THE DEEPEST PLAY EVER: THE CATHARSIS OF PATHOS
Monday & Wednesday - Friday at 7:30pm
Saturday at 7pm & 10pm.
March 9 - 25
New Ohio Theater

CollaborationTown (The Play About My Dad, The Momentum) presents the World Premiere of THE DEEPEST PLAY EVER: THE CATHARSIS OF PATHOS by Geoffrey Decas O’Donnell with music by Michael Wells. Directed by Lee Sunday Evans and Jordan Seavey, previews begin March 9 at the New Ohio Theatre. An acclaimed 2006 production of this Brecht satire won an Outstanding Playwrighting Award at FringeNYC; this newly revised, reworked production is slated for opening on Wednesday, March 14.

Before Mother Courage there was Mother LaMadre. In THE DEEPEST PLAY EVER, an unrivaled masterpiece of modern dramatic writing, our antiheroine Mother LaMadre and her rag-tag crew drag their wagon through the Fifth World War and the post-post-apocalyptic wasteland that is New Europe. Together they must navigate all the pitfalls (and rewards) of the dramatic art of drama to find the few remaining books the art-abolishing Evil Empire have yet to destroy and maybe, just maybe, find a way to replace violence with art. If the zombies don't eat them first, that is.

The production stars Jordan Barbour, Carly Cioffi, Nick Choksi, John Halbach, Boo Killebrew, Geoffrey Decas O’Donnell, Chinasa Obuagu, Phillip Taratula, Emily Walton and TJ Witham with set and props by Deb O, costumes by Nikki Moody, lighting by Nick Houfek, sound by Brandon Wolcott and Daniel Kluger, music direction by Michael Wells, associate music direction by Nicholas Williams, stage management by Kaitlin Nemeth, and assistant stage management by Shelby Hibbs.

Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by calling Smarttix at 212 868 4444 or online at www.smarttix.com. For more information visit www.sohothinktank.org or www.collaborationtown.org.

The New Ohio Theatre | 154 Christopher Street
Accessible from the 1 train to Christopher Street or the A, C, E, B, D, F, or M trains at West 4th Street.





March 18, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

The International Street Cannibals present "Latitude/Longitude"
Sunday, March 18, 7:30 PM, 2012
St Mark's in-the-Bowery

NYC's multi-genre ensemble, The International Street Cannibals (ISC), announce "Latitude/Longitude", the spring concert of their 2011-2012 season, on Sunday, March 18, 7:30 PM, at the main space of the historic venue, St. Mark's in-the-Bowery, 131 East 10th St., New York City.

"Latitude/Longitude" is an evening of works based on geographic locations across the globe. The concert brings together internationally acclaimed classical soloists, as well as NYC's most dexterous players and performer/composers. In this event, the topic of particularity of place becomes the thematic basis for a shifting into various styles - traditional, non-Western, and contemporary.

The evening begins with pianist Matt Herskowitz as he presents his own work, "Jerusalem Trilogy". He will also give the world premiere of Gene Pritsker's new work for solo piano, entitled "NYC".

Megan Sipe's autobiographical and psychological dance collage, "Ahy-duh-hoh-uhn", will feature acoustic and electronic music composed by ISC resident composers Dan Barrett, Charles Coleman, Dan Cooper, Milica Paranosic, Dan Palkowski, and Gene Pritsker. As centerpiece of this event, it is a work that fairly "defines" the ISC modus: a manner of treatment in which various facets of performance - instrumental, choreographic, improvisational, spatial, dramatic, and electronic - are harmonized.

The ensemble will then present two brief chamber works of Jill Jaffe; an ensemble work by Dan Cooper entitled "Beaugency" will follow; and our finale will be Dan Barrett's rendering of the popular song "En Mi Viejo San Juan", which will incorporate the full instrumental ensemble, the work of tap dance/singer Max Pollak, of stilt walker Silvia Brodi, and of our dancers.

ISC performers for the evening's event will be: Lisa Arkis - flute, Dan Barrett - cello/conductor, Jill Jaffe and Chala Yancey - violas, Taka Kigawa - piano, Max Pollak - tap and body percussion, and Troy Rinker - bass. The featured boxer is Chala Yancey; Dan Barrett will be "working" the boxer's training mitts. The evening's featured soloist is Matt Herskowitz - piano.

The evening's dancer/actor will be ISC Dance Director Megan Sipe (Director of Dancing Fish Productions). Our tap dancer/vocalist is Max Pollak; the stilt walker is Silvia Brodi.

Stage Management and Direction will be done by Tyler Learned.

Admission is 10 dollars and 7 dollars for students and seniors. For reservations, call 212-961-0357 or 646-431-2818. Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the performance. For more information, please contact ISC at streetcannibals@gmail.com , or call 646-431-2818.

St Mark's in-the-Bowery | 131 E 10th St, NYC


New York Cool Tip:

EUPHORIC: A Celebration of the Drum Master Chico Hamilton
Sunday, March 18th @ 7pm
Drom


Legendary drummer Chico Hamilton continues his monthly concert series, with his handpicked, long-time touring band and special featured guests. The program for the night includes tracks from his latest recording Revelation (Joyous Shout!), ranging from the samba-ish gem “Footprints in the Sand” to the ballad “Every Time I Smile.” Chico has a resume that encompasses scores for film, original compositions, commercial jingles, 60+ albums as a bandleader, and countless international tours. Engagements comprising a slew of various artists like Lionel Hampton, T-Bone Walker, Lester Young, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Billie Holiday, and six years with Lena Horne, established Chico in his early days as a young jazz drummer prodigy. Since then, Chico has become instrumental in developing the West Coast's cool jazz sound. Recently, Chico was saluted by the Kennedy Center as a "Living Jazz Legend" and appointed to the President’s Council on the Arts. This NEA Jazz Master is considered one of the most important living jazz artists and composers, and as evidenced on Revelation, the 90 year-old drummer and bandleader is still creating vivid, positive, uplifting, and relevant music.

More Information>>

Drom | 85 Avenue A | Between Fifth and Sixth


 

March 17, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Asia Week New York
March 16–24, 2012
Various Locations in New York City

Asia Week New York —the collaboration of 33 top international Asian art specialists, five major auction houses, and 17 museums and Asian cultural institutions— will take place March 16–24, 2012, throughout metropolitan New York.

The week-long celebration is filled with a non-stop schedule of simultaneous gallery open houses, Asian art auctions (including Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, iGavel, and Sotheby’s), as well as numerous museum exhibitions, lectures, and special events. Participants from England, France, Italy, Japan, Thailand, and the United States unveil an extraordinary array of treasures, which they set aside for their Asia Week New York debut. To help visitors easily navigate the week’s myriad activities, a comprehensive 88-page guide with maps, will be available at the galleries, auction houses, and cultural institutions, starting February 2012 and on www.AsiaWeekNewYork.com.


Another New York Cool Tip:

An Afternoon with Composer Joel Feigin
Saturday, March 17 at 2:30 PM
Bruno Walter Auditorium

An Afternoon with Composer Joel Feigin will feature the composer’s
Variations on Empty Space (2008) and Four Meditations from Dogen (1994),
performed by pianist Margaret Mills. Variations on Empty Space was
commissioned, and premiered by Margaret Mills at Weill Hall at Carnegie
Hall in 2008. Mr. Feigin will perform his Four Elegies for piano (1980)
and he will be interviewed about his creative process and the pieces
performed.

This concert is presented in celebration of the opening of the Archive
of Joel Feigin's manuscripts, sketches, and other documents housed in
the Special Collections for American Music of the New York Public
Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

The March 17 event is free and open to the public. For more information,
visit http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/55/calendar.

Bruno Walter Auditorium of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
At Amsterdam Ave. and 65th St. in Manhattan

 


 

March 16, 2012

Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of Phil Lord and Chris Miller's 21 Jump Street, which opens today, Friday, March 16, 2012.


 

March 15, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

SWELL
Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30pm
March 15-16, 22-23, 29-30, April 5-6
The Living Theatre


When Emmeline’s sister unexpectedly dies, her family enters a tailspin of despair. Adapted from the acclaimed graphic novel, Swell explores the kaleidoscopic journey of grief, immersing the audience in a lush visual landscape as Emmeline confronts her fears, dreams and imagination. ($18)

Based on the graphic novel by Juliacks, Adapted by Juliacks, Kathleen Amshoff, and The Company, Directed by Kathleen Amshoff

Culture Project (Allan Buchman, Artistic Director) will present Women Center Stage 2012 Festival beginning March 8 and continuing through April 7 at The Living Theatre (21 Clinton Street at East Houston Street). A highlight of the Festival will be Swell, a theatrical adaptation of the graphic novel adapted by Juliacks, Kathleen Amshoff, and the company, having its World Premiere. The production will combine the novel's narrative with sound, video, architecture, and performance art, resulting in a spectacular, character-driven reflection of loss.
The cast features Emma Galvin (seen in Our Town, Lidless Off-Broadway), Eija Ranta, Katey Parker and Dan Vidor and has Set and Prop Design by Taryn Humphrey and Damon Pelletier, Video Design by Jared Mezzocchi, Sound Design by Sam Kusnetz, and Lighting Design by Jeanette Yew.

Individual tickets ($10-$18) and Festival Passes ($45 for a 3-show pass or $165 for an all-show pass) may be purchased at WomenCenterStage.org or by calling 866/811-4111. For more information, visit WomenCenterStage.org

The Living Theatre | 21 Clinton Street at East Houston Street


Another New York Cool Tip:

Ben Wolf . Fresh Hordes
Thursday, March 15th, 7-9pm
KESTING/RAY

KESTING/RAY is pleased to present Brooklyn-based artist Ben Wolf’s first Manhattan solo exhibition, Fresh Hordes. Wolf’s sculptures, or “architectural collages,” rescue beauty from the chaos of forgotten, industrial wreckage to create a spirited new aesthetics expressing the transformative power of scavenging, collecting, and rebuilding found material. The exhibition opens on March 8th and runs through April 1st. A reception will be held on Thursday, March 15th, 7–9pm at KESTING/RAY, located at 30 Grand Street, New York. Please note that the reception takes place one week after the exhibition opens.

Free. For more information or advance purchase call 212-334-0204 or visit http://kestingray.com/2012/02/exhibitions-2012-wolf/

KESTING/RAY | 30 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013


 

March 14, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

2012 Martha Graham Dance Company Gala
March 14 2012 @ 7pm
New York City Center
Dinner and Dancing Follow at the Russian Tea Room

The Martha Graham Dance Company will honor Lee and Marvin Traub at their annual gala on March 14. The evening will include a performance at New York City Center (131 West 55 Street) with dinner and dancing following at The Russian Tea Room (150 West 57 Street).

The program features international ballet superstar Diana Vishneva’s New York debut of Errand into the Maze. Also performing, for the first time in two years with the Graham Company, is the brilliant Fang-Yi Sheu in the powerful lead role in Chronicle

The event’s honorary chairs include Khalid Al Tayer, Arnold Aronson, Jim Gold, Michael Gould, Lester Gribetz, Brendan Hoffman, Leonard Lauder, Ralph Lauren, Scott and Laura Malkin, Dawn Mello, Ira Neimark, Steve Sadove, Mortimer Singer, Burt Tansky and Diane Von Furstenberg.

“The Friends of Vishneva Committee” is chaired by Princess Kristina Kovalenko and includes Joan T. Ades, Theresa Khawly, Andrew D. Stone.

The Gala Committee includes LaRue & Archibald Allen, Peter Allstrom, Helen & Bob Bernstein, Edward & Magda Bleier, Amy & Philip Blumenthal, Audra & Eric Cohen, Janet Eilber & John Warren, Neila Fortino, Beau Gage, Edythe & Mike Gladstein, Inga & Frank Golay, Patricia & Bernard Goldstein, Laura Gordon & Michael Mishik, Sharon King Hoge, John & Bernice Keller, Adam & Lindsay Klein, Deborah Kramm-Baiz, Peggy Lyman Hayes & Richard Hayes, Mr. & Mrs. Richard LeFrak, Judy Lerner, Lorraine & John Oler, Judith & Herbert Schlosser, Margaret Sharkey, Paul Szilard, Ronald Windisch & Janice Stanton, Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Traub, James Traub & Elizabeth Easton, Lee & Marvin Traub, Peggy Traub & Phyllis Dicker and Inger K. Witter.

Individual tickets are $600, $800, $1,200 and $2,500. Tables (of 10) are $8,000, $12,000, and $25,000.

Please contact Suzanne Flanagan at sflanagan@marthagraham.org for tickets and gala information.

New York City Center | 131 West 55 Street
The Russian Tea Room | 150 West 57 Street


Another New York Cool Tip:

THE DEEPEST PLAY EVER: THE CATHARSIS OF PATHOS
Monday & Wednesday - Friday at 7:30pm
Saturday at 7pm & 10pm.
March 9 - 25
New Ohio Theater

CollaborationTown (The Play About My Dad, The Momentum) presents the World Premiere of THE DEEPEST PLAY EVER: THE CATHARSIS OF PATHOS by Geoffrey Decas O’Donnell with music by Michael Wells. Directed by Lee Sunday Evans and Jordan Seavey, previews begin March 9 at the New Ohio Theatre. An acclaimed 2006 production of this Brecht satire won an Outstanding Playwrighting Award at FringeNYC; this newly revised, reworked production is slated for opening on Wednesday, March 14.

Before Mother Courage there was Mother LaMadre. In THE DEEPEST PLAY EVER, an unrivaled masterpiece of modern dramatic writing, our antiheroine Mother LaMadre and her rag-tag crew drag their wagon through the Fifth World War and the post-post-apocalyptic wasteland that is New Europe. Together they must navigate all the pitfalls (and rewards) of the dramatic art of drama to find the few remaining books the art-abolishing Evil Empire have yet to destroy and maybe, just maybe, find a way to replace violence with art. If the zombies don't eat them first, that is.

The production stars Jordan Barbour, Carly Cioffi, Nick Choksi, John Halbach, Boo Killebrew, Geoffrey Decas O’Donnell, Chinasa Obuagu, Phillip Taratula, Emily Walton and TJ Witham with set and props by Deb O, costumes by Nikki Moody, lighting by Nick Houfek, sound by Brandon Wolcott and Daniel Kluger, music direction by Michael Wells, associate music direction by Nicholas Williams, stage management by Kaitlin Nemeth, and assistant stage management by Shelby Hibbs.

Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by calling Smarttix at 212 868 4444 or online at www.smarttix.com. For more information visit www.sohothinktank.org or www.collaborationtown.org.

The New Ohio Theatre | 154 Christopher Street
Accessible from the 1 train to Christopher Street or the A, C, E, B, D, F, or M trains at West 4th Street.



 


 

March 13, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

The Martha Graham Dance Company
March 13-18, 2012
The Joyce Theater


The Martha Graham Dance Company (Janet Eilber, Artistic Director; LaRue Allen, Executive Director) will have a special engagement at The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street) NYC; March 13-18, 2012. Inner Landscape, the latest offering in the company's innovative series of thematic performances including contextual media and narration, features the acclaimed Graham psychological works in which she laid bare the human psyche. There will be two programs (A & B tba) presented by the company as well as a Family matinee show. New works by Lar Lubovitch and Yvonne Rainer premiere on March 13 and 15. Program A: Tuesday-March 13 at 7:30pm, Friday-March 16 at 8:00pm, Sunday-March 18 at 7:30pm; Program B: Thursday-March 15 at 8:00pm, Saturday-March 17 at 8:00pm, Sunday-March 18 at 2:00pm; and the Family Matinee: on Saturday-March 17 at 2:00pm. Complete programs to be announced soon.
As part of the Graham Company’s annual commissioning of new work, these renowned choreographers will each create a Lamentation variation for the Company. The Lamentation Variations is a project started by the Company in 2007 in order to honor the victims of 9/11. Choreographers are invited to create a short work in their own style inspired by a film of Graham dancing her signature solo, Lamentation. Each artists is given specific guidelines and limited rehearsal time. The Lubovitch and Rainer Variations will join variations by Richard Move, Larry Keigwin, Aszure Barton, all created in 2007, and by Bulareyaung Pagarlava created in 2009. A different combination of three variations will be performed on each program at the Joyce. The Rainer Variation is a duet titled “Lamentable.” Lubovitch will create his variations for the Company in late February.

Ticket prices at The Joyce: $19, $35 and $59 (Prices subject to change based on demand) through JoyceCharge (212) 242-0800 and www.joyce.org.

The Joyce Theater | 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street) NYC


March 12, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Funk and Afro Beat
March 12th
Doors at 6PM, Show at 8PM
Brooklyn Bowl

On March 12th Underground Horns, Turkuaz and The Funk Arc (Washington, DC) will share the stage at Brooklyn Bowl for an evening of Funk and Afro Beat.

8pm: The Funk Ark (www.facebook.com/funkark)
The Funk Ark is the creation of Will Rast, the band’s composer, pianist, and spokesperson, fulfilling his lifelong desire of turning his soul over to The Funk. “I decided to become a musician in high school,” he recalls. “I played my first gigs when I was 15, in bars and jazz clubs around Washington, DC.” Rast worked as a freelance jazz session player and made a name for himself as a stylistically versatile sideman with various R&B and world music
artists. With The Funk Ark, he gets to play an amalgamation of all the sounds he loves with some of the best musicians in the DC area. “To me, funk is the universal connection linking all music - people like James Brown and the JBs, The Meters, Santana, Fela Kuti, Medeski,
Martin and Wood and The Fania Allstars. The Funk Ark is my shot at making the music that I love to listen to.”

9pm: Underground Horns http://undergroundhorns.com

10pm: Turkuaz http://turkuazband.com
The Brooklyn-based funk army known as Turkuaz (pronounced tur-kwahz) temporarily postpones their invasion of the country to return home to Brooklyn Bowl for their second weekly residency every Monday in March. Following a sold-out record release at Mercury Lounge in October for their latest album, Zerbert, two blowout performances at Bear Creek Music Festival, and tours spanning the east and west coasts, the band is ready to bring their unique brand of high energy funk back to their home-court for some real March madness Mondays at Brooklyn's premier venue.

The group's previous residency in June of 2011 was a blend of sights and sounds not to be forgotten. Among other things, the band performed along with a local Brooklyn drumline on stage, as well as teaming up with friends Zongo Junction to form a 22-piece sound explosion to close things out in the final week. This year's residency will follow up with more surprises, and a great concoction of opening acts including Wolf!, Fredericks Brown, The Funk Ark, Underground Horns, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band and EMEFE. And for a very special event on Monday the 19th, Turkuaz will open up for the well-known British band, Gomez. Monday is the new Friday, and this March with Turkuaz at Brooklyn Bowl will prove it!

Tickets: $8, http://brooklynbowl.com

Brooklyn Bowl | 61 Wythe Ave | Brooklyn


 

March 11, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

SHINSAI: Theaters for Japan
Sunday, March 11, at 3pm + 8pm
The Great Hall at Cooper Union

Patti LuPone, Sab Shimono, Richard Thomas, Ann Harada and Mary Beth Hurt
join an award-winning group of American and Japanese artists in a series of ten-minute plays and musical selections benefitting Japanese theater artists devastated by last year’s Tohoku earthquake

SHINSAI will feature a selection from the 1976 musical Pacific Overtures, revised especially for this occasion by original creators John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim!

And work from: Naomi Iizuka, Edward Albee, Shoji Kokami, Tony Kushner & Jeanine Tesori, Oriza Hirata, Suzan-Lori Parks, John Guare, Kumiko Shinohara, John Kander, Fred Ebb & Joseph Stein, Nen Ishihara, Toshiki Okada, Toshiro Suzue, Yoji Sakate, Philip Kan Gotanda, Richard Greenberg and Doug Wright

Directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher

The SHINSAI Cast Includes:

3PM – Michi Barall, Cindy Cheung, Mary Beth Hurt, Jennifer Ikeda, Peter Kim, Jennifer Lim, Angela Lin, Paolo Montalban, Olivia Oguma, Jay O. Sanders, Jon Norman Schneider, Thom Sesma, Sab Shimono, Richard Thomas, Jade Wu, James Yaegashi and Stacey Yen

8PM – Michi Barall, Joel de la Fuente, Angel Desai, Ann Harada, Paul Juhn, Li Jun Li, Patti LuPone, Paolo Montalban, Olivia Oguma, Thom Sesma, Sab Shimono, Henry Stram, Richard Thomas and Johnny Wu

Ticket prices:
$25 General Admission
$250 Reserved Center Seating

Purchase Tickets: Online at publictheater.org
By phone at 212-967-7555

In person at Public Theater Box Office
(425 Lafayette St; Tues-Sat 1PM-7:30PM, Sun & Mon 1PM-6PM)


The Great Hall at Cooper Union | (3rd Ave at E. 7th St.)


SHINSAI: The Conversation
Monday, March 12, at 7pm
Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, NYC

On the heels of Sunday's two-performance bill SHINSAI: Theatres for Japan, we provide a Monday evening forum for reflection on the disaster in Japan, the status of the theatre community there, and the SHINSAI project itself. Japanese and American playwrights and actors will share their responses to the previous day’s proceedings and engage in a conversation about how artists can band together to support Japan. Moderated by Anne Cattaneo, Director of the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab. The program will also be streamed live, allowing viewers nationwide to ask questions via Twitter. Reception to follow.

Tickets for this event are $14/$10 Japan Society members/ Seniors/Students. Online ticketing is available at www.japansociety.org or by calling the box office at 212-715-1258. This event will support the SHINSAI project. Presented by Japan Society in association with The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center CUNY.

Japan Society | 333 East 47th Street, NYC


Another New York Cool Tip:

Agamemnon:Redux A Modern Adaptation by Robert Auletta
February 23-March 18
Wednesday-Sunday at 8pm
The Penthouse, 16th floor at The Roger Smith Hotel

THE LAB is pleased to announce the upcoming production of Robert Auletta's AGAMEMNON:REDUX, a modern adaptation of Aeschalus' Agamemnon. Staged in the penthouse of the Roger Smith Hotel, this play will be performed to an exclusive audience of 40 people a night for a limited run of 16 performances only.

Experiential theater in its most raw form, this famous Greek tragedy will unfold around audience members in the hotel's intimate penthouse. One of the most unusual and private spots in the city, this space is most notable for its domed ceiling that inspired the famed architect Buckminster Fuller to design his Geodesic Dome. The distinctive room provides for a dramatic staging of the play as actors unexpectedly emerge from side rooms, back rooms and even exterior balconies, sharing the close space with the audience, bringing a fresh immediacy to this re-telling of an ancient classic. For more information visit www.agamemnonredux.com

Tickets: $18 and can be purchased at http://agamemnonredux.eventbrite.com/
Contact: 212.339.2092 or email rogersmitharts@rogersmith.com
www.thelabgallery.com
www.rogersmithlife.com
www.facebook.com/thelabgallery
www.twitter.com/TheLABGallery

The Roger Smith Hotel | 501 Lexington Ave New York NY 10017
Subway: E, 6, V to 53rd and Lexington or 4, 5, 6, 7 to Grand Central


Another New York Cool Tip:

Jewish Tales from Wales:
A Welsh Jewish Film Festival at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
Sunday, March 11th at 11am and 2:30pm
Wednesday, March 14th at 7pm
The Museum of Jewish Heritage

Celebrating extraordinary parallels in worship, language, community
ties and humor between the Welsh and Jewish communities in the great
South Wales Valleys. Jews came to Wales because of economic
opportunities and to better themselves. Many found Cardiff a more
accommodating city than London. The city of Merthyr Tydfil, which had
huge reserves of coal and iron, was one of the largest towns in the
Great Britain during the Industrial Revolution and was a magnet for
Jewish entrepreneurs. The communities of the Welsh valleys who
worshipped in chapels were steeped in the Old Testament and their
congregations had much in common with Jewish traditional life.

Sunday, March 11

11 A.M. - Solomon and Gaenor
(105 min., English with Welsh and Yiddish subtitles)
Written and directed by Paul Morrison
Series introduction by the Rt. Hon. Carwyn Jones, AM, First Minister of Wales
Post-screening discussion with film historian Dr. Nathan Abrams,
Bangor University, U.K.

A Romeo and Juliet story set in South Wales in the early 20th century,
this period drama depicts the ill-fated romance between a young Jewish
peddler (Ioann Gruffudd) and a Welsh miner's daughter.

2:30 P.M. - Sleep Furiously
(94 min.)
Directed by Gideon Koppel
Post-screening discussion with the director and Dr. Nathan Abrams
In this poetic documentary, Koppel explores the remote Welsh farming
community where his parents found refuge from the Nazis.

Wednesday, March 14, 7 P.M.
Very Annie Mary
(104 min.)
Written and directed by Sara Sugarman
Post-screening discussion with the director and Dr. Nathan Abrams
Quirky 33-year-old Annie Mary (Rachel Griffiths) lives under the
shadow of her strict baker father (Jonathan Pryce), yearning to break
free.

Tickets $5-$15. For more information or advance purchase visit www.mjhnyc.org

The Museum of Jewish Heritage | 36 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280


 

March 10, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Last Touch First
Apr 10-15
The Joyce Theater


Last Touch First, one of the most intriguing productions on the Joyce spring roster, was created by world-renowned choreographer Jiøí Kylián and dancer Michael Schumacher for the 2008 Holland Dance Festival. Based on Kylián's Last Touch, created for Nederlands Dans Theater in 2003, this haunting hour-long work, performed in profoundly slow motion, "eschews physical virtuosity for control, subtlety and timing." (The Guardian,) as it penetrates the desperation, madness, and isolation involved in the "persistent pursuit of the hopeless." Ballettanz

performance schedule
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Apr 11 Dance Talks:Mon, Apr 2
ticket price

Tickets start at $10!
(Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)
www.joyce.org


The Joyce Theater | 175 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10011




Another New York Cool Tip:

La Terrine Bridal Showcase Event
March 10, 2012 12:00 - 5:00 PM
La Terrine

la Terrine, known for exceptional tableware and dinnerware, Italian hand-crafted ceramics, and online wedding registry--premieres its Bridal Showcase Event. Bridal showcase attendees will have the opportunity to meet and speak with representatives from top bridal tableware manufacturers, including VIETRI, L'Objet, Match, Arte Italica, Gien, and Simon Pearce. la Terrine Bridal Specialist Caroline Baroody will be on hand to personalize and customize bridal registries. Everyone attending the event will be entered in a raffle to win one of five prizes, including products from Match, Arte Italica, Laguiole, Simon Pearce, and Mariposa. A Vietri Incanto dinnerware collection consisting of an eight 5-piece place-setting valued at $1,648 will be given as a Grand Prize to a bride attending the event. A free L'Objet bowl valued at $75 will be given to the first twenty-five brides attending the event.

For more information or advance purchase visit www.laterrinedirect.com

La Terrine | 280 Columbus Avenue


Another New York Cool Tip:


KESTING/RAY at Fountain Art Fair
March 9-11, 1 - 7pm
69th Regiment Armory

KESTING/RAY is pleased to participate in the 7th Annual Fountain New York Art Fair taking place March 09–11, 2011 at the historic 69th Regiment Armory located at Lexington Avenue and 25th Street. The gallery will exhibit new work by artists including Alyssa Dennis, Stephanie Dotson, Beka Goedde, Heather L. Johnson, Brian Leo, Roberto Mollá, Danni Rash, Swoon and Ben Wolf. For the full fair schedule and details please visit http://fountainartfair.com.

For more information visit http://fountainartfair.com

69th Regiment Armory |Lexington Ave and 25th St.,




Another New York Cool Tip:

Aaron OBLVN "100 Paintings"
Saturday March 10th 6PM – 10PM
Through April 1st
Klughaus Gallery


Klughaus Gallery is proud to announce the debut of “100 Paintings,” a solo exhibition of brand new, one-of-a-kind illustrated works by Portland, Oregon-based artist and cartoonist Aaron OBLVN. In honor of his first ever east coast show, OBLVN has been hard at work for months preparing one hundred illustrations exclusively for Klughaus; highlights of the character and cartoon-heavy exhibit include contemporary, tongue-in-cheek remixes of classic cartoon characters like 'Felix The Cat' as an art thief and 'Dennis the Menace' as a vandal, as well as many original works, from mischievous spray can characters to runaway inkwells.

FREE Event. The opening will be on March 10, 2012 from 6-10pm and the show will run through April 1, 2012. For more information please visit www.klughaus.net

Klughaus Gallery | 47 Monroe Street
New York, NY 10002




March 9, 2012


Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of Lasse Hallström's
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
, which opens today, Friday, March 9, 2012.


Also Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of Roger Donaldson's Seeking Justice, which opens today, Friday, March 9, 2012.



New York Cool Tip:

Mark de Clive Lowe’s CHURCH with DJ Spinna + Jose James
Friday, March 9th @ 10pm

Drom

Mark de Clive-Lowe continues to build on the success of his new CHURCH monthly series in New York City with its whirlwind mix of live jazz, sampling and a DJ set. This edition of CHURCH includes a special guest performance by José James who was recently heralded by The New York Times as “a romantic baritone with a deep-funk band, stretching out songs, evoking both the ’70s of Roberta Flack and Gil Scott-Heron and the ’90s and oughts of J. Dilla.” Also making a special appearance is DJ Spinna, a cornerstone of Hip-Hop's Golden era who became a go-to producer and key remixer for numerous high profile artists. Miraculously, even while garnering his production pedigree, DJ Spinna managed to carve out a reputation as a world-class DJ. At CHURCH, he will flood the dance floor with soulful, deep house music, which he also left an indelible mark on throughout the years. This month, be prepared for sparks to fly as Mark de Clive-Lowe goes head-to-head with the legendary DJ Spinna.

More Information>>

Drom | 85 Avenue A | Between Fifth and Sixth



Another New York Cool Tip:

RISA JAROSLOW & DANCERS PRESENT ANNIVERSARY SEASON
Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10 at 8pm
Sunday, March 11 at 3pm.
ABRONS ARTS CENTER

Risa Jaroslow & Dancers is pleased to present its 25th anniversary season with a riveting program that includes a world premiere and the highly anticipated revival of Resist/Surrender at the Abrons Arts Center, from March 9 through March 11, 2012. Known for her rich and compassionate choreography that is rooted in the everyday, Risa Jaroslow is presenting two works that explore the complex and emotional nature of human connections.
In the critically acclaimed Resist/Surrender (2006), Jaroslow unites the virtuosity of trained dancers with the contributions of non-trained dancers to create a highly visceral and daring work. In addition to four company dancers, Resist/Surrender features a chorus of twelve men from diverse backgrounds including an occupational therapist, a stock analyst, an adult literacy professional, and a young Guyanese artist with a day job at Banana Republic, among others. Praised by Deborah Jowitt of The Village Voice as a work that “burns itself into your brain, into your gut,” Resist/Surrender peels back the veneer of our culture's assumptions about maleness and masculinity, exposing an explosive physicality. Visual artist Perry Gunther has created a wall that the performers move against and over. By both supporting and impeding movement, it becomes a metaphor for the barriers we meet with either resistance or surrender.

Tickets are $20 and $15 for seniors and students and can be purchased at abronsartscenter.org or 212.352.3101

Abrons Art Center | 466 Grand Street (at Pitt).


Another New York Cool Tip:

Summation Dance’s Second Annual New York City Season
March 8-10, 2012 at 7:30pm
Baryshnikov Arts Center

Deep End casts its audience into the depths of a fishbowl, imagined anew and harboring the illustrious, yet formidable, New York City. Drawing upon this metaphor, the work explores the ideas of confinement, self-awareness, co-habitation in an environment constantly in flux, and the insatiable quest to achieve. Seen through the female perspective, ten women transform the stage into a myriad world in which failure and success are fundamentally equal in a place whose inhabitants seem to ignore the futility of it all.

Tickets are $20 ($12 for students) and are available at www.SmartTix.com or by phone at 212-868-4444. For more information, please visit www.summationdance.org.

Baryshnikov Arts Center | 450 West 37th Street, NYC, 10018



March 8, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

AFTER-HOURS EVENTS SERIES
KALKIDAN AND DJ SPOOKY
MARCH 8 @ 8PM
THE JEWISH MUSEUM

The Jewish Museum presents a performance by Ethiopian-Israeli hip-hop artist Kalkidan Mashasha, and composer-multimedia artist and writer Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, on Thursday, March 8 at 8 pm. Kalkidan will sing and rap his own unique Hebrew-language compositions. DJ Spooky will accompany Kalkidan with tracks from the rapper's repertoire, and will offer selections from his own material. The two will also premiere collaborative work created for this concert.

Kalkidan Mashasha
This program is part of The Wind Up, a new series of after-hours events with varying combinations of art, music, performance, drinks, socializing and more. Complimentary snacks will be served, and there will be a cash bar. The Jewish Museum is located at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, Manhattan. This event is offered in conjunction with the new exhibition, Kehinde Wiley/The World Stage: Israel. Kalkidan Mashasha is one of the subjects of a Kehinde Wiley painting in the exhibition. Attendees will be able to preview the exhibition, which opens to the public on March 9.

Tickets for the performance are $12 in advance; $15 day of event. Visit http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/TheWindUp to purchase online tickets. For additional information, the public may call 212.423.3337.

The Jewish Museum | 1109 5th Ave at 92nd St


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

Bach In Jeans
Thursday March 8 7:30PM - 9:30
WMP Concert Hall


This is not your typical classical music concert! Pianist and host
Chip Miller shares stories and music in this informal presentation of
the life and compositional styles of J. S. Bach. Beer and wine to be served.

Visit bachinjeans.com to purchase tickets ($20). After purchasing, we
will contact you for your beverage preferences.

WMP Concert Hall | 31 East 28th Street
New York, NY 10016


Another New York Cool Tip:

"Pray for Japan" - Japan Benefit Silent Auction Art Show
March 8 - 11, 2012
Opening Reception on March 8, 8pm-Late
Closing Event on March 11, 3pm-8pm
March 9, 10 by appointment
Con Artist Gallery

In commemoration of the disastrous events in Northeastern Japan last year, [Beau·ti·fied Ta·boo] and Con Artist Gallery, team up to raise funds at the Japan Benefit Silent Auction Art Show. All proceeds will be donated to Japan Society's Earthquake Relief Fund (http://www.japansociety.org/page/system/earthquake)
Artworks donated by emerging and established artists from Japan, China, US, France, UK, Germany, can be bid on and purchased. Furthermore, the visitors are encouraged to create parts of a mobile installation, which will be donated to a school in Tohoku, Japan.

We are also excited to announce two special live performance acts on Sunday, March 11: New York-based Butoh performance artist Ximena Garnica and composer Jeremy Slater on the guitar & New York-based dancer / singer, Hitomi Nozawa and drummer, Arei Sekiguchi

Free Admission. For more information, see http://beautified-taboo.com or http://conartistnyc.com

Con Artist Gallery | 157 Suffolk Street @ East Houston, New York, NY 10002
5 minutes from the Delancey/Essex Subway F-J-M-Z


March 7, 2012

New York Cool Tip:


Árpád Schilling/Krétakör with Andrea Tompa (Hungary):
Theatre as Civic Response
Wednesday, March 7, 3pm (Screening) + 6:30pm (Discussion)
Martin E. Segal Theatre, The Graduate Center, CUNY

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center's Spring 2012 season of programs kicks off with a day with Árpád Schilling, Hungarian director of the internationally renowned Krétakör company, and leading Hungarian theatre critic Andrea Tompa. Schilling will present his oeuvre, including traditional theatre—like seminal productions Woyzeck and BLACKland—and the communally constructed performances his company has been devising since 2008. Schilling and Tompa (head of the Hungarian Theatre Critics Union) will discuss how today’s Hungary—with its creeping radicalism, rewritten constitution and diminishing artistic freedoms—cries out for new forms.

Film screenings at 3pm: BLACKland (Krétakör performance, 2004); Urbanrabbits (cirque collaboration, 2009); New Spectator (community project by Krétakör)
Discussion with Schilling & Tompa at 6:30pm
Presented with assistance from the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Free! First come, first served.

Martin E. Segal Theatre, The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Ave at 34th St.



Another New York Cool Tip:

Stephen Petronio Company
Tue-Wed 7:30pm
Thu-Sat 8pm
Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Mar 7
Mar 6-11
The Joyce Theater

The celebrated Stephen Petronio Company unveils the world premiere of The Architecture of Loss, a work dedicated to the shifting grounds we navigate in a rapidly morphing world. This international collaboration melds Petronio's searing, high octane language with the music of Valgeir Sigurdsson (Iceland) along with the contribution of composer Nico Muhly (New York), visual elements by Rannva Kunoy (the Faroe Islands/London), the fashion designs of Gudrun & Gudrun (the Faroe Islands), and the lighting of Ken Tabachnick (New York). The evening also includes City of Twist, a 2002 collaboration with the legendary artist/composer Laurie Anderson and fashion provocateur Tara Subkoff. This wildly kinetic yet disarmingly subtle work paints a series of archetypal urban portraits, a love letter to New York City in the aftermath of 9/11. The program also includes Ethersketch I,* performed by New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan, and a historic first revival of Intravenous Lecture (1970), conceived by Judson legend Steve Paxton and performed by Stephen Petronio.

*Please note: this piece will only be performed Tuesday through Friday.
PROGRAM A: Mar 6-9
Intravenous Lecture, City of Twist, Ethersketch, Architecture of Loss
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours (one intermission)

PROGRAM B: Mar 10-11
Intravenous Lecture, City of Twist, Architecture of Loss
Approximate Running Time: 1 hour 50 min (one intermission)

Company website:
http://stephenpetronio.com/
Tickets start at $10!
(Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)
www.joyce.org

The Joyce Theater | 175 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10011



Another New York Cool Tip:


SHOP ALL NON SALE ITEMS FOR 30% OFF!
FROM 12 - 2PM EST!!!!


March 6, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Robert Johnson at 100- Concert at the Apollo
March 6, 2012 8pm
The Apollo Theatre

Jeffrey Wright as Robert Johnson, The Roots, Keb Mo, Taj Mahal, Savion Glover, and now Macy Gray + other magnificent musicians.

Check out the link: www.robertjohnson100.com and buy your tickets now for Tuesday's show - tickets are running out!

The Apollo Theatre | 253 West 125th Street




Another New York Cool Tip:

Housing Works’ Geek Week
March 6-12
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe


Housing Works' Geek Week NYC is a booksale (30% off sci fi, fantasy, comics, vintage vinyl, science and math books all week) and geeky event extravaganza. Dragons in Space is TUESDAY, MARCH 6TH, 2012 at 7pm. Explore the past, present, and future of fantasy and science fiction with authors Myke Cole (Control Point), Hillary Jordan (When She Woke), and Naomi Novik (Crucible of Gold), in discussion with Tor.com staff writer Ryan Britt. They’ll discuss dragons in the Napoleonic Wars, elves in the Pentagon, criminals of (literally) a different color, and the state of SF/F, as well as sign books and take questions from the audience. Co-sponsored by Housing Works and WORD in a team-up of epic proportions. Plus complimentary wine! Adult Education Presents “Science: Fact & Fiction” on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7TH, 2012 at 7pm. Adult Education’s contribution to “Geek Week” will feature useless lectures on the topic “Science: Fact & Fiction.” Featuring The Science of Battlestar Galactica author Patrick Di Justo, Story Collider co-founder Ben Lillie, and host Charles Star. The Williamsburg Spelling Bee comes to Housing Works’ Soho location on THURSDAY, MARCH 8TH, 2012 at 7pm. A real, grown up spelling bee hosted by Jennifer Dziura and bobbyblue. From “broccoli” to “triskaidekaphobia,” relive or redeem your grade school humiliations, but with beer! Geek Week Trivia Happy Hour is FRIDAY, MARCH 9TH, 2012 at 9pm. Drink and mingle with other geeks and nerds as Jen and Kevin pipe in every 20 minutes or so with quiz questions. Play alone or as a team. Hosted by Kevin Harrington of Boston’s Geek Week Comedy and Jennifer Dziura.

This is a free event. For more information visit www.geekweeknyc.com

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe | 126 Crosby Street, New York NY


March 5, 2012

New York Cool Tip: Read Frank J Avella's review of the BLU-Ray version os Simon Curtis's My Week With Marilyn.


New York Cool Tip:

Lovon at Lincoln Center
Monday, March 5th, 6:00 p.m.
Lincoln Center New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Singer Lovon makes his New York debut March 5th at the New York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. The ninety-minute performance begins at 6:00 p.m. and is free to the public. “This is the most unusual and listenable voice I have heard in twenty years of producing artists,” says Kevin Johnston, partner and co-producer with Liz Herrera of The Plan A Project (www.theplanaproject.com). Ms. Herrera adds, “You’ll be at once shocked and surprised. Listeners will ask themselves why no one has sung like this before.”

Tickets: FREE
For more information: http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2012/03/05/songwriting-stardom

Lincoln Center New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center Plaze
(Broadway at 65th)




Another New York Cool Tip:

John Feffer
Monday March 5th @ 7pm |
Bluestockings Bookstore

John Feffer, noted author and foreign policy expert, talks about the recent surge in anti-Islamic sentiment in the United States and Europe. His new book Crusade 2.0 looks at how the Crusades, the Cold War, and the Global War on Terror have all contributed to how Islam is portrayed -- and denigrated -- in the West. He'll talk about recent controversies over Park51, All-American Muslim, and the government surveillance of Muslim citizens.

Free event

Bluestockings Bookstore | 172 Allen Street (between Stanton & Rivington)
New York, NY
212-777-6028



 

March 4, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

MYB 2012 SUMMER INTENSIVE AUDITIONS
Sunday, March 4, 2012, 1–5pm
Manhattan Movement & Arts Center

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center announces auditions for Manhattan Youth Ballet’s Summer Intensive at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center at 248 W. 60th Street, NYC (between Amsterdam and West End Avenues) in the Lincoln Center area. Auditions will take place on Sunday, March 4, 2012 from 1pm to 5pm. Auditions for ages 8-10 are from 1:30-2:15pm, ages 10-13 are from 2:30-3:30pm and ages 14 & up are from 3:30-5:00. Registration will take place beginning at 1pm in person. Video auditions will also be accepted. Please visit http://www.manhattanyouthballet.org/a/intensives for details.

$40

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center | 248 W. 60th Street
New York, NY 10023


Another New York Cool Tip:

Lotus Music and Dance presents 'I'm iN series'
Carnatic vocal music workshops and performance by Shobana Raghavan
Sundays, March 4th & March 11th , 3-5pm
Lecture demonstration performance on Sunday March 18th, 3-5pm
Lotus Music and Dance Studios


This workshop is meant for singers, dancers, and lovers of Carnatic music of all ages, who are interested in beginning or furthering their knowledge of this beautiful, ancient art. The first session will give an introduction to Carnatic music and introduce the fundamental concepts of Ragam and thalam. The second session will focus on song structures and styles of vocal ornamentation, and students will learn to perform a short piece. You could sing or bring your instrument to play along.

Students are encouraged to attend the culminating performance on March 18th at Lotus as well.

$60 for 2 sessions prepaid OR $35 per session. $75 for both sessions and the performance on March 18th.

Tickets available online. http://www.lotusmusicanddance.org/store/index.php/cPath/28

Lotus Membership ($15 annual fee) is required for discounted prepaid rate. All sales are final, no refunds will be issued.

Lotus Music and Dance Studios | 109 West 27th street (between 6th and 7th avenues)
8th floor, New York, NY 10001 phone: 212-627-1076


Another New York Cool Tip:

 

Musical Olympus Foundation presents
The 6th Annual International Musical Olympus Festival Concert
Sunday, March 4th, 3PM
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

On March 4 at 3PM, the Musical Olympus Foundation will introduce this year’s young international classical superstars in the International Musical Olympus Festival Concert, taking place in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. Under the direction of President Irina Nikitina, Musical Olympus provides a rare opportunity to listen to winners and laureates of international competitions. This year’s program features saxophonist Ashu, 2008 First Prize winner, “The International Salon de Virtuosi Career”, New York, performing Ibert and Piazzolla; cellist Christoph Croisé, 2010 winner of Grand Prix, The IBLA Foundation Grand Prize Competition, Ragusa, Sicily, performing Tchaikovsky; tenor Mario Chang, 2011 First Prize winner of The Francisco Vinas International Singing Competition, Barcelona, Spain, performing Puccini and Verdi; and pianist Alexej Gorlatch, 2011 First Prize winner, The ARD International Music Competition, Munich Germany, performing Beethoven, with Stilian Kirov conducting the Musical Olympus Orchestra.

TICKETS: $30-$60. Tickets may be purchased at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and 7th Avenue) or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800. Visit carnegiehall.org for more information.

Carnegie Hall / 881 7th Avenue


 

 

March 3, 2012

Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of Don Argott and Demian Fento's Last Days Here, which opened this weekend in New York City.


New York Cool Tip:


“Moonlight in Marrakesh”
The New York Junior League 60th Annual Winter Ball
Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 7:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
The Pierre Hotel

The New York Junior League will celebrate 111 years of community service and honor seven members during its 60th annual Winter Ball, “Moonlight in Marrakesh,” to be held at The Pierre Hotel in New York City on Saturday, March 3, 2012. The evening will honor the substantial body of volunteer work done by Outstanding Sustainers Linda Fraser and Caroline Williamson and Outstanding Volunteers Maureen Brady Atinsky, Megan Karessa Hodes, Stacey Lawrence Lee, Patricia T. Miranda and Justine Varrichio Oddo while enjoying dinner and dancing at The Pierre Hotel in New York City. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) returns for a second year as Mistress of Ceremonies. First elected to Congress in 1992, Carolyn B. Maloney is recognized as a national leader with extensive accomplishments on financial services, national security, the economy and women’s issues. An exciting live auction will feature items from the Biltmore Hotel, Bloomingdales, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Fresh, Kate Spade, Moet Hennessey, New York Philharmonic and Sephora. Trump International also has provided packages to bid on from both their hotel and golf course properties.

Harriman Circle Tickets are $750 and include preferred seating and a VIP gift bag.
Friend Dinner Tickets are $475 and include reserved seating.
Dancing Only Tickets are $250 and include cocktails and dessert from 9:30pm to 12:30am.
Tickets may be purchased at http://www.nyjl.org/winterball

The Pierre Hotel | 5th Ave & 61st Street – Central Park


Another New York Cool Tip:

THE DESSOFF CHOIRS CONCLUDE REFRACTED BACH:
MID-WINTER FESTIVAL WITH J. S. BACH’S MASS IN B MINOR
Saturday March 3rd. 8PM – Late
Church of St. Mary the Virgin

J. S. Bach’s monumental and beloved masterpiece, the Mass in B Minor, will be performed by the combined forces of The Dessoff Choirs and the Arcadia Players, led by Dessoff’s Music Director Christopher Shepard, on Saturday, March 3 at 8pm at The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 West 46th Street. They will be
joined by vocal soloists Susan Consoli and Sabrina Learman, sopranos; Sarah Rose Taylor, mezzo-soprano; Matthew Anderson, tenor; and Thomas Jones, baritone. The concert is the culmination of Dessoff’s first-ever Midwinter Festival entitled Refracted Bach.

TICKETS: $20-55, children under 12 free. For discounted festival packages and individual tickets, please visit
dessoff.org, or call (212) 831-8224.

Church of St. Mary the Virgin | 145 West 46th Street, New York City



 

March 2, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève
Tue-Wed 7:30pm
Thu-Fri 8pm
Sat 2pm & 8pm
Sun 2pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Feb 29
Dance Talks: Mon, Feb 20
Feb 28-Mar 4
The Joyce Theater

"Exceptionally supple ballet-trained dancers" (The New York Times) are at the core of this acclaimed Swiss company. The ensemble performs an enchanting evening length work by Israeli born choreographer Emanuel Gat, a powerful new voice in contemporary dance, who uses the music of J.S. Bach as inspiration for this mesmerizing piece. "It is with profound humility, gratitude and love for the music of Bach, that I embarked on this project," says Gat. "His ability to transform structure and form, into music which holds fundamental truths, is to me unmatched."

Company website:
http://www.geneveopera.com/home

Tickets start at $10!
(Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)
www.joyce.org

The Joyce Theater | 175 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10011


Just Published: Read Arlene McKanic's review of Clifford Odets Awake and Sing! which play through March 3rd at the Zion Episcopal Church in Douglaston, Queens.


 

March 1, 2012

New York Cool Tip:


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

The Three Seagulls, or MASHAMASHAMASHA!
Directed by John Kurzynowski
Tuesday-Saturday 7PM
Saturday-Sunday 2PM
March 1-10, 2012.
HERE Arts


Theater Reconstruction Ensemble present's a new mash-up of Chekhov's works The Seagull & The Three Sisters by Jaclyn Backhaus, and directed by John Kurzynowski. TRE seeks to explore the foundation of modern theatrics by forcing twenty-four of Chekhov’s most exciting characters into one world. And with twenty-four actors inhabiting the depths of New York’s iconic HERE Arts Center, this is one Chekhovian experiment that’s not to be missed!

Tickets $18. For more information, or advance purchase visit www.reconstructionensemble.org or www.here.org

HERE Arts Center | 145 6th Ave
(Entrance on Dominick, 1 block south of Spring)

 


Another New York Cool Tip:

Agamemnon:Redux A Modern Adaptation by Robert Auletta
February 23-March 18
Wednesday-Sunday at 8pm
The Penthouse, 16th floor at The Roger Smith Hotel

THE LAB is pleased to announce the upcoming production of Robert Auletta's AGAMEMNON:REDUX, a modern adaptation of Aeschalus' Agamemnon. Staged in the penthouse of the Roger Smith Hotel, this play will be performed to an exclusive audience of 40 people a night for a limited run of 16 performances only.

Experiential theater in its most raw form, this famous Greek tragedy will unfold around audience members in the hotel's intimate penthouse. One of the most unusual and private spots in the city, this space is most notable for its domed ceiling that inspired the famed architect Buckminster Fuller to design his Geodesic Dome. The distinctive room provides for a dramatic staging of the play as actors unexpectedly emerge from side rooms, back rooms and even exterior balconies, sharing the close space with the audience, bringing a fresh immediacy to this re-telling of an ancient classic. For more information visit www.agamemnonredux.com

Tickets: $18 and can be purchased at http://agamemnonredux.eventbrite.com/
Contact: 212.339.2092 or email rogersmitharts@rogersmith.com
www.thelabgallery.com
www.rogersmithlife.com
www.facebook.com/thelabgallery
www.twitter.com/TheLABGallery

The Roger Smith Hotel | 501 Lexington Ave New York NY 10017
Subway: E, 6, V to 53rd and Lexington or 4, 5, 6, 7 to Grand Central




February 29, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

The Paul Peress Project
Wednesday, February 29th @ 8pm
Drom

Paul Peress' long foray into divergent musical styles has unearthed a combination of Jazz, Rock, Brazilian, and Funk influences in his eclectic yet powerful works. Peress has taken this musical experiment one step further and has fashioned The Paul Peress Project with celebrity musicians Tommy McDonnell, Clifford Carter, Neil Jason, and Glenn Alexander. Members of The Paul Peress Project have worked with the likes of the Blues Brothers, James Taylor, Paul McCartney, and Regina Bell. They have performed in over 20 countries and at festivals including the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, where they opened for Maroon 5, and BET's Jazz St. Lucia Festival. With themes of peace, longing, and lost love driving the vocal tunes, and honest, from-the-heart melodies giving life to the instrumental compositions, Paul Peress’ selection of original compositions are geared towards capturing the magic of this group's musical gifts.

More Information>>

Drom | 85 Avenue A | Between Fifth and Sixth


Another New York Cool Tip:

JULIEN FUNK & The PAINTED THIEF
Wednesday, February 29th, 9pm
Bar East

JULIEN FUNK & The PAINTED THIEF are a New York-based band creating a gritty, soulful mix of folk-rock and melodic-pop. The lineup consists of songwriter Julien Funk on lead vocals & guitar, Maya Shanker with her violin, Tom Wyman plays fretless bass guitar and Archelao Macrillo puts out on the drums. The band is building considerable momentum following the release of the ‘Painted Thief’ EP. Since joining forces in New York from abroad (Canada, Italy, Singapore), the band was off to a fast start - playing their first show at CMJ 2011.

Ticket Price: $10 For more information visit: http://julienfunk.com

Bar East | 1733 1st Ave. (between 89th & 90th), Closest Subways [4,5,6,6X]




February 28, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

ROSLYN KIND IN CONCERT
April 28, 2012 at 8pm
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College concludes its 2011-2012 Solo Sensations series with Roslyn Kind in concert on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 8pm. A dynamic, multi-talented entertainer and a native Brooklynite, she has forged a successful career in all facets of entertainment from critically acclaimed recordings to sold-out performances on Broadway and in top concert venues and nightclubs the world over. The New York Post summed it up best: “She’s so good on so many levels; it’s difficult to categorize her. This elegant, beautiful, petite, dynamo delight rules the stage with a royal command that demands adoration from every seat in the house.”

Tickets: $35
Online orders: www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org
Box Office: (718) 951-4500, Tuesday – Saturday, 1pm – 6pm
Groups of 15 or more: (718) 951-5000, ext. 3326

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts | Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College
2900 Campus Road
Brooklyn, NY 11210


 

February 27, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

SITI Company Mondays @ New York Live Arts
January 23 and February 27 @ 7PM
New York Live Arts

In addition to the January performances of Bob, SITI will present four public talks offering a window into different aspects of the company’s creative process and methods, SITI Company Mondays @ New York Live Arts on December 12, January 23 and February 27.

January 23, 2012, 7 pm
Conversations with Anne
A one-on-one interview between Anne Bogart and Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Executive Producer, Joseph V. Melillo. Melillo combines global entrepreneurship with a deep commitment to the artists he believes in. Bogart and Melillo will unpack the phenomenon of Bob and art making in the 21st Century.

February 27, 2012, 7 pm
Convergence: From Training to Stage
Featuring SITI’s Advanced Winter Training participants who, together with SITI Company members, will be contributing to the build of a future SITI production.

Tickets only $15, on sale now at New York Live Arts
Box Office Phone: (212) 924-0077, or online at www.newyorklivearts.org

For more information on SITI, visit: www.siti.org.

New York Live Arts | 219 West 19th Street, NYC
(btw. 7th and 8th Avenues)


 

February 26, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Ballet Arizona
Play
Wed 7:30pm
Thu-Fri 8pm
Sat 2pm & 8pm
Sun 2pm
Dance Chat: Thu, Feb 23
Feb 22-26
The Joyce Theater

The company makes its Joyce debut with Play "a masterful ballet" by Ib Andersen, "a deeply gifted choreographer" (Dance Magazine). Described by Andersen as a "seven-course meal," Play is an evening length work composed of seven ballets set to the rich music of Mozart, Schubert, Britten, and Stravinsky. With its style and mood changing from passionate to playful, from evocative to elegant, the piece virtually plays with "constant changes of tone and musical attentiveness" to reveal "remarkably skilled dance-making." The New York Times

Company website:
http://www.balletaz.org/

Tickets start at $10!
(Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)
www.joyce.org

The Joyce Theater | 175 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10011


Another New York Cool Tip:

Sundae Sermon at El Museo
Sunday, February 26, 2012 3:00pm - 7:00pm
El Museo del Barrio

Sundae Sermon is an uplifting free afternoon of dancing to soulful deep house, disco and afro beats with a feel-good vibe. Its mission is to strengthen the Harlem community by providing a platform to promote environmental, educational and recreational activities in a family-friendly environment. Dj Stormin' Norman, Dj Qool Marv and other guest dj's will be your music maestros with live Painters, and face painting for kids. Click here to learn more.

Admission: Free

El Museo | Fifth Avenue at 104th Street


 

February 25, 2012

Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy's The Fairy (La Fée), which opened this weekend in New York City.



Helen Joyce, Raphael Sacks, Andrew Broaddus
Photo Credit: Ben Sozanski

Just Published: Read Lisa Lewis's review of the play, Erosion: A Fable, which plays at La Mama through Sunday, February 26th.

LoomEnsemble.com


New York Cool Tip:

 

357 Lover's Spectacular Showtime Show
Saturday, February 25 9PM
Big Sky Works

On Saturday, February 25th, .357 Lover accompanies Brooklyn aerialists Una Mimnagh, Kristine Petrucione, Tyler Visar Shaqiri, Jean Loscalzo, Tess Emerson and Sarah Brodsky at Big Sky Works. They will also perform with Angela Harriel's Love Show dancers. Originally from Denton, TX, .357 Lover found themselves as a backing band for both John Cameron Mitchell of Hedwig and Andrew WK respectively. In addition to supporting They Might Be Giants and Ben Folds, frontman, Corn Mo, recorded a song with each. .357 Lover’s dynamics include power chord riffs and densely packed narrative structures, a homunculus of Queen and Tiny Tim. Also, performing is Amy Miles. Video stylings provided by BAMiAM.tv. Hosted by Corn Mo.

For more information on .357 Lover visit: http://www.357Lover.com.
Tickets $10

Big Sky Works| 29 Wythe Ave (@N. 14th) in Williamsburg, NY


 

February 24, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Teen Council
Applications due Friday, February 24, 2012
El Museo del Barrio

El Museo is preparing for the Spring 2012 launch of our Teen Council, and we need your help identifying teen super-estrellas. During this 14 week program, Teen Council members will meet on a weekly basis for 2 hour sessions beginning March 8, where they will learn about the inner workings of a museum in New York City and what cultural programming involves; work alongside arts administrators, artists and partners; participate in El Museo’s programs and explore other museums.

Applications are due Friday, February 24th 2012. Contact Mairelys Alberto at malberto@elmuseo.org for applications forms and details.

El Museo del Barrio | 1230 5th Avenue New York, NY 10029
(212) 831-7272


February 23, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

 

New York City Center Encores! Presents
Pipe Dream
Wed 7:30pm
Thu-Fri 8pm
Sat 2 & 8pm
Sun 2 & 7pm
March 28 - April 1, 2012
New York City Center

Outcasts yearning for a better life populate the bordellos and
flophouses of a 1950's California seaside town in Rodgers and
Hammerstein's Pipe Dream. At the heart of the story is the unlikely
romance between Doc, a marine biologist, and Suzy, a vagrant who has
recently taken up residence at a local brothel. This rare Rodgers and
Hammerstein gem, not seen on the American stage in more than two
decades, includes "All at Once You Love Her," "The Next Time It
Happens" and the wistful ballad "Everybody's Got a Home but Me." The
original production opened at the Shubert Theatre on November 30,
1955, and ran for 246 performances.

Tickets start at $25 Box office: 212.581.1212

New York City Center | 131 West 55th St
NYCityCenter.org



February 22, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Ballet Arizona
Play
Wed 7:30pm
Thu-Fri 8pm
Sat 2pm & 8pm
Sun 2pm
Dance Chat: Thu, Feb 23
Feb 22-26
The Joyce Theater

The company makes its Joyce debut with Play "a masterful ballet" by Ib Andersen, "a deeply gifted choreographer" (Dance Magazine). Described by Andersen as a "seven-course meal," Play is an evening length work composed of seven ballets set to the rich music of Mozart, Schubert, Britten, and Stravinsky. With its style and mood changing from passionate to playful, from evocative to elegant, the piece virtually plays with "constant changes of tone and musical attentiveness" to reveal "remarkably skilled dance-making." The New York Times

Company website:
http://www.balletaz.org/

Tickets start at $10!
(Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)
www.joyce.org

The Joyce Theater | 175 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10011


 

February 21, 2012




The Big Apple Posse
Illustration by Sophie Escabasse

New York Cool Tip: The Big Apple Posse is part of a free promotion at Amazon.com through midnight Wednesday, February 22nd. Click on the link to download to your Kindle, Computer, Smart Phone, Just About Anything etc. etc.


 

Happy Mardi Gras From New York Cool:

Fat Tuesday at The Kitchen NYC
Tuesday February 21st. 7 p.m-11 p.m
The Kitchen

Beads, Masks, and Mardi Gras Madness! Bourbon Street comes to The Kitchen NYC!

Join us for a night of indulgence with Chef Patrick Connolly, DJ Structure, a live jazz band, and authentic New Orleans cuisine and cocktails.

Tickets are $100.00 per person and can be purchased from the link below.
Contact: 212-682-4700
Check out the website listed below for more information - you do not want to miss out on this party!
http://www.thekitchennyc.com/fattuesday

The Kitchen | 146 East 44th Street
NY, NY 10017


MARDI GRAS DAY | FAT TUESDAY
February 21 @ 8pm
FEATURING THE HUNGRY MARCH BAND, The UNDERGROUND HORNS
And DJ PETER GUNN
The Bell House

Roaring out of Brooklyn comes the Hungry March Band, NYC's legendary street brass march band in the anarchic style that has become their trademark . Put on your dancing shoes and break out the fancy threads because they've got a party going on - a blazing parade of flesh, blood, steel, brass and wood. They are the music of the people!

The Hungry March Band has earned a reputation for mythical revelry having performed at a huge variety of fine venues and celebrated events. Such planned and spontaneous performances have included guerilla art events, mermaid parades, rural raves, subway parties, eccentric weddings, community affairs, protests, high art events, the Staten Island Ferry, Brighton Beach Boardwalks, MOMA, Lincoln Center, steps of the NYC Post Office, playing themselves in the final scene of John Cameron Mitchell's recent film "Shortbus and many other forays into the territories of free spirit

Underground Horns
“we are cooking audio gumbo…our special recipe includes some funk, jazz, hip hop mixed with brass band traditions spiced up with African and other world rhythms…MUSIC FOR THE PEOPLE!"

Underground Horns is a Brooklyn based brass band playing Afro Funk Bhangra New Orleans grooves and beyond. AllAboutJazz called their 2009 debut record FUNK MONK "kick-ass dance music…that brushes up against psychedelia…with shots of funky brass juice."

In 2010 they recorded their second album BIG BEAT which was reviewed by Ken Waxman in The New York Jazz Record calling them "an unapologetic party band with brains...with tonal inflections from the Big Easy, central Africa, the Maghreb and the Baltic states."

Underground Horns performed at the 2011 NYC Winter Jazz Festival and internationally in Egypt and Germany.
In the big city they made people dance in subway stations, parks and at their numerous club dates at nublu, barbes and BAM Cafe, among others. They also have been playing as a marching band, namely at the spectacular NYC Village Halloween Parade.

PLUS DJ PETER GUNN
(Viva-Radio) spinning pure New Orleans jams from Pops to Cash Money

TUE 2/21 8pm Doors / $8 at the door

The Bell House | 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY
http://thebellhouseny.com
http://undergroundhorns.com
http://hungrymarchband.com




February 20, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Silence! The Musical
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 8 PM
Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM
Sunday at 5 PM
Beginning January 12, 2012
Performance Space 122

SILENCE! The Musical, the unauthorized parody of The Silence of the Lambs, with book by Hunter Bell, music & lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan, and direction & choreography by Christopher Gattelli, is set to begin a new winter playing schedule beginning January 12th at The 9th Space Theatre at Performance Space 122, 150 First Avenue (at 9th St.) SILENCE! The Musical opened July 9, 2011 to unanimous rave reviews, led by David Cote of Time Out and New York 1 News who said, “Pungent, punchy and raunchy, with a sheepish chorus to boot, the consummately silly SILENCE! will leave you stuffed and wanting mutton more.” The show immediately became a sold-out smash hit and was just selected by Time Magazine as one of the year’s Top 10 Plays and Musicals along with such lofty company as The Book of Mormon and War Horse.

Originally announced as an eight-week limited engagement, the show’s producers extended the run four times to accommodate the overwhelming demand for tickets. SILENCE! The Musical recently celebrated its 100th New York performance.

The original cast recording of SILENCE! The Musical has been released by Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records online at iTunes, Amazon.com for digital download, and is available at www.sh-k-boom.com. Finally, musical comedy fans outside of New York are now able to enjoy the critically acclaimed score, including such song selections as “If I Could Smell Her C---” and “Put the F--king Lotion in the Basket.”

In the Academy Award-winning film The Silence of the Lambs, rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, to catch the serial killer known only as Buffalo Bill. Clarice must face her own demons and race the clock to unlock Lecter’s clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned by Bill. It’s a hair-raising thriller that’s kept countless millions on the edge of their seats and permeated the pop lexicon with delightfully creepy quotes like “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti” and of course “It places the lotion in the basket.” And now, at last, this delicate symphony of suspense has been turned on its ear and retold in the only way it can be – as a musical. A singing chorus of floppy eared lambs narrates the action; Buffalo Bill gleefully dances a hoedown while kidnapping hapless Catherine Martin; and even Dr. Lecter, scary as ever, sings about the life he’d like to lead someday outside the prison walls.

The running time is 89 minutes with no intermission. Tickets are $25 - $79 and are available by calling 212-352-3101 or through www.SilenceTheMusical.com.

Performance Space 122 | 150 First Avenue (at 9th St.)

 


 

February 19, 2012


Fabiola Arias Design
Omilu Oms Hat
Photo Credit: Isabella De Yurre

Just Published: Check out the Fashion News page for the Youtube Video of the Fabiola Arias Fashion Show.


New York Cool Tip:

THESE SEVEN SICKNESSES
Wednesday - Saturday at 6:30pm
Sunday at 4:30pm.
January 19 – March 4th

The Flea Theater

The Flea Theater is proud to present the New York Premiere of THESE SEVEN SICKNESSES, a 5-hour marathon of all seven of Sophocles’ plays re-envisioned by playwright Sean Graney, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, and starring The Bats. Standout Tribeca dining destination Macao Trading Co. will provide a complimentary Asian fusion feast at all performances. Previews begin January 19 for this special limited engagement, with opening night slated for Sunday, January 29.

In THESE SEVEN SICKNESSES, Sophocles’ seven surviving plays—Oedipus, In Trachis, Philoktetes, In Colonus, Ajax, Elektra & Antigone—combine to create a stunning portrait of the human condition, where the intermingling of chance & fate yields disquieting results. A witty & relevant interpretation of the classics, THESE SEVEN SICKNESSES is an epic examination of the past & a window on the present.

Tickets (including dinner) are $40 and are available by calling 212-352-3101 or online at www.theflea.org.

The Flea | 41 White Street
Between Church and Broadway
Three blocks south of Canal
Close to the A/C/E, N/R/Q, 6, J/M/Z and 1 subway lines.


February 18, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Couture Fashion Week
Friday- Sunday February 17-19, 2012
Waldorf Astoria

Now in its 15th season, Couture Fashion Week presents a series of couture and luxury fashion shows multiple times each year in New York City and other selected cities. The venue for Couture Fashion Week New York is the world-famous Waldorf-Astoria, a name synonymous with elegance and luxury.

Featuring:
Fine designers from around the world presenting exquisite garments and accessories
World class entertainment, receptions and after parties

Exhibits of art and luxury products and services
18-27 collections presented in 3 days.

Ticket information: http://www.couturefashionweek.com/tickets.htm

Waldorf Astoria | 301 Park Ave., NYC
http://www.couturefashionweek.com


Another New York Cool Tip:

The Anna Copa Cabanna Show- Love In Space
Saturday February 18th, 11 pm-1am
Joe's Pub, Public Theater

Australian showgirl Anna Copa Cabanna’s Rock and Roll Variety Show draws inspiration from Solid Gold, The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, and The Carol Burnett Show!.THE ANNA COPA CABANNA SHOW’s primary goal is transporting the audience to a world of glamor, humor, overly earnest but beautiful dancing, and classic rock and roll!

Along with her lounge/punk band The MG5, Anna reflects on New York City's politics, small dogs, F trains, and malnourished boys with her little xylophone and voracious voice.The audience will be entertained with Prizes! The Wheel of Wonderment! Australian Trivia! Hot Aliens! And out-of-this-world tributes to DAVID BOWIE, PLANET VENUS and PRINCESS LEIA!!

Guests include Hula Hoop Harlot Melissa- Anne, and Superstar NYC Singers: JOY DRAGLAND (Escort), DALILA PASOTTI (Other Crimes), MEREDITH MEYER (Loser's Lounge), and ZOHRA ATASH (Religious To Damn)

Tickets $15. For more information, please visit www.myspace.com/annacopacabanna
Tickets and Table reservations 212 967 7555 or www.joespub.com

Joe's Pub, Public Theater | 425 Lafayette at Astor Place


 

February 17, 2012

Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of Jill Sprecher's Thin Ice, which opens today, Friday, January 17, 2012.


 

Also Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of Hiromasa Yonebayashi's
(English version by Gary Rydstrom) The Secret World of Arrietty
, which opens today, Friday, January 17, 2012.


February 16, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Couture Fashion Week
Friday- Sunday February 17-19, 2012
Waldorf Astoria

Now in its 15th season, Couture Fashion Week presents a series of couture and luxury fashion shows multiple times each year in New York City and other selected cities. The venue for Couture Fashion Week New York is the world-famous Waldorf-Astoria, a name synonymous with elegance and luxury.
Featuring:
Fine designers from around the world presenting exquisite garments and accessories
World class entertainment, receptions and after parties

Exhibits of art and luxury products and services
18-27 collections presented in 3 days.

Ticket information: http://www.couturefashionweek.com/tickets.htm

Waldorf Astoria | 301 Park Ave., NYC
http://www.couturefashionweek.com


Another New York Cool Tip:

Visual Artist Charly Palmer in Solo Exhibition at Aloft Harlem Hotel Feb. 16
Thursday, February 16, 2012. 6PM - 9PM
Aloft Harlem Hotel


On Thursday February 16, Aloft Harlem and Avisca Fine Art Gallery will present the second in a series of monthly art exhibition at the stylish and modern Aloft Harlem Hotel with Charly Palmer’s “High Notes, Blue Notes and Honky Tonk”. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 6:00 — 9:00 p.m. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public with a cash bar available. The exhibition features 15 paintings of seminal figures that have shaped music history and have inspired the artist. Palmer brings together on canvas his transformative interpretation of some of the most respected music icons of our time celebrating the marriage between music and visual art and the influence both have on each other. The exhibition series at Aloft Harlem features an exhibition by a solo artist each month and is a collaboration between Atlanta-based Avisca Fine Art Gallery and Aloft Harlem hotel with major sponsorship provided by MobiXpay, the mobile loyalty rewards app developer.

Free. For more information visit www.aviscafineart.com

Aloft Harlem Hotel | 2296 Frederick Douglass Blvd
(and 123rd Street)


 

February 15, 2012



Just Published: Read Frank J. Avella's review of McG’s This Means War, which will open on Friday, February 17, 2012.




New York Cool Tip:

DIEGO AMADOR: Gypsy Flamenco Jazz from Seville
Exclusive NY Show
Wed, February 15th @ 7:00pm
Drom


A globalFest alumnus (he played the festival when it first launched in 2004), Diego Amador approaches his music with nonchalance and without complexities or without resigning his Andalusian Gypsy Flamenco. With a voice that reveals his art in feelings, Diego Amador brings together his Gypsy and Flamenco roots with jazz and classical music through richly inspired improvisation on his universal piano and opens the door for a new world. He has collaborated and shared the stage with musicians such as Chick Corea, Birelli Lagreene, Luis Salinas, Jorge Pardo, Carles Benavent, Alex Acuña, Abrahan Laboriell, Larry Coriel, and Jerry Gonzalez, amongst others.

More Information>>

Drom | 85 Avenue A (b/w 5th & 6th)


 

February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

New York Cool Tip:

It's Gonna Be A Dirty Valentine's Day - Mike Edison Show and Revue
Tues, Feb 14th, 7 pm
Manitoba’s

What: Gonzo raconteur and local author Mike Edison returns to the scene of his latest outrage for a special Valentine’s Day performance as part of the ongoing DIRTY! DIRTY! DIRTY! tour, celebrating his controversial new book, DIRTY! DIRTY! DIRTY!: Of Playboys, Pigs, and Penthouse Paupers, An American Tale of Sex and Wonder.

As always, expect X-rated comedy, literary mayhem, dirty blues, high-minded hijinks and low-brow kicks, as well as excerpts from Mike Edison's legendary Penthouse letters, Hustler features, and more to celebrate the day of love.

Providing a live soundtrack of beatnick bop and greasy R&B, Edison’s Rocket Train Micro Arkestra will feature The World’s Greatest Piano Player MICKEY FINN (the Left Banke, the Miracles) and legendary drummer DEE POP (Bush Tetras, Gun Club, the Contortions). And of course Edison will be blowing minds with his super-fuzz Theremin invention.

For more info, visit: http://www.mikeedison.com
This is a FREE event.
(212) 982-2511

Manitoba’s | 99 Ave B


 

February 13, 2012

New York Cool Tip: The Flea Announces 2nd Extension for 5-Hour Sophocles-Inspired Epic THESE SEVEN SICKNESSES Extended thru March 4

THESE SEVEN SICKNESSES
Wednesday - Saturday at 6:30pm
Sunday at 4:30pm.
January 19 – March 4th
The Flea Theater

The Flea Theater is proud to present the New York Premiere of THESE SEVEN SICKNESSES, a 5-hour marathon of all seven of Sophocles’ plays re-envisioned by playwright Sean Graney, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, and starring The Bats. Standout Tribeca dining destination Macao Trading Co. will provide a complimentary Asian fusion feast at all performances. Previews begin January 19 for this special limited engagement, with opening night slated for Sunday, January 29.

In THESE SEVEN SICKNESSES, Sophocles’ seven surviving plays—Oedipus, In Trachis, Philoktetes, In Colonus, Ajax, Elektra & Antigone—combine to create a stunning portrait of the human condition, where the intermingling of chance & fate yields disquieting results. A witty & relevant interpretation of the classics, THESE SEVEN SICKNESSES is an epic examination of the past & a window on the present.

Tickets (including dinner) are $40 and are available by calling 212-352-3101 or online at www.theflea.org.

The Flea | 41 White Street
Between Church and Broadway
Three blocks south of Canal
Close to the A/C/E, N/R/Q, 6, J/M/Z and 1 subway lines.


 

February 12, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Broadway's Robert Creighton: Debut Album Concerts for "Ain't We Got Fun!"
Sunday February 12, Monday February 13 9:30pm
The Metropolitan Room

Robert Creighton, one of the busiest character actors working on Broadway today, will celebrate the release of his smashing debut recording, "Ain't We Got Fun!" with two concerts at The Metropolitan Room in February. Creighton will be accompanied by a five piece ensemble and will welcome special guest performers each night. “Ain’t We Got Fun!” features music primarily from the first three decades of the 20th C., along with two Creighton originals from his award winning, original musical CAGNEY! He and Producer/Arranger Georgia Stitt, have created a good time, vintage sounding album with authenticity and some of the most beautiful American melodies ever. As icing on the cake, Creighton's cast mate from Anything Goes, Mr. Joel Grey, sings on the disc and Kate Baldwin, Heidi Blickenstaff and Tituss Burgess also make delightful appearances.

Tickets are $20, plus a two drink minimum. There is a light snack menu available. Reservations are highly recommended by phone or web. Phone 212-206-0440 or visit: http://www.metropolitanroom.com

The Metropolitan Room | 34 West 22nd Street
Between 5th and 6th Avenues.


 

February 11, 2012

Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of Daniel Espinosa's Safe House, which opened this weekend in New York City.


Also Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of Oren Moverman's Rampart, which opened this weekend in New York City.


New York Cool Tip:

Small Boutique Fashion Week 2012 Show & Market
Saturday Feb. 11th, 2012
Doors Open: 8pm
Show Starts: 9pm (Sharp)
After Party Networking/Vending Function Begins: 10:30pm
Zanger Hall


The Premiere Fashion Week Event For Handmade Goods, Custom Made Clothing, Independent Designers, Stylists, Boutique Owners, & The Small Scale Buying Community.

We invite you and your guests to join us for a night filled with glamour, fashion, vending, and networking as 19 of the fashion industries emerging designers share their collections. The once completely exclusive show (Small Boutique Fashion Week Show & Market) has finally opened its door to the public for the very first time during NYC February, 2012 Fashion Week!

General Admission Tickets $20
VIP Tickets $40
To purchase tickets: http://smallboutiquefw.ticketbud.com/sbfw
Website: www.smallboutiquefw.com/

Zanger Hall | (347 W 34th St., New York, NY
Between 8th and 9th Ave.
www.smallboutiquefw.com
Twitter: @SBFashionWeek
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SmallBoutiqueFW


February 10, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

PACE PRESENTS:
Ana Moura
Friday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts

On February 10, Pace University’s inaugural Pace Presents season at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts in Lower Manhattan continues with a performance by Portuguese singer Ana Moura. Moura has gained international recognition for her part in the revival of the fado singing tradition. Fado has been a staple of Portuguese culture for centuries, but today contemporary fado singers are bringing an innovative approach to the music.

Fado, which means “fate” in Portuguese, has historically been characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, but Moura approaches the tradition with a brighter, more contemporary attitude. Her most recent album incorporates songs from rock bands such as the Rolling Stones and Joy Division, and she’s performed on stage with the Rolling Stones and Prince. Moura’s appearance at Pace Presents is curated by Isabel Soffer and Livesounds.org.

Orchestra Pit & Center Orchestra $50
Orchestra & Balcony Center $35
Balcony $25
All tickets are available to purchase online at schimmel.pace.edu or over the phone by calling the Ovationtix Call Center at (866) 811-4111. Patrons may also stop by the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts Box Office, which is open Monday–Friday from 1:00–6:00 p.m.
(212-346-1715) or two hours before curtain on show days.

Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts | 3 Spruce Street
New York, New York 10038
2/3 TO PARK PLACE/BROADWAY or R/W TO CITY HALL—Exit subway and walk south on Park Place, turn left onto Park Row, follow Park Row north up the side of City Hall Park to Spruce Street, turn right on Spruce. Walk east on Spruce, past Nassau. Theater entrance is approx. 1/3 of the way down the block on the left.
J/M/Z TO FULTON STREET—Exit subway and walk north on Nassau Street, past Ann St and Beekman St, turn right on Spruce. Walk east on Spruce, past Nassau. Theater entrance is approx. 1/3 of the way down the block on the left.
4/5/6 TO BROOKLYN BRIDGE/CITY HALL—Exit subway and walk south on Park Row, along the side of City Hall Park, turn left onto Spruce Street. Walk east on Spruce, past Nassau. Theater entrance is approx. 1/3 of the way down the block on the left.


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

Gaetano Donizetti's
L'Elisir d'Amore
Friday February 10th 7:30pm, 2012
Benzaquen Hall in the DiMenna Center for Classical Music

Can a secret love potion turn a country bumpkin into a Romeo? So says the town quack, Dr. Dulcamara (Dr. “Sweet and Sour”) as he sells a presumably magical elixir to the hero of our next opera. His name is Nemorino, and he is love-struck for the beautiful but fickle Adina. Will the potion work? Find out the answers to all of these questions and more as you join Opera Company of Brooklyn for our next event, Gaetano Donizetti’s brilliant comic opera, L’Elisir d’Amore (Elixir of Love), at the new, intimate and acoustically rich Benzaquen Hall in The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Please join us on Friday, February 10 th at 7:30 PM for this special production. See you there! Elixir of Love will be conducted by OCB’s Artistic Director, Jay Meetze. “Maestro Jay Meetze has been lauded by Opera News for his passionate and undeniably impressive command of performance and sympathetic leadership.” Featured singers for Elixir of Love include : Ivan Rivera as Nemorino, Bengi Tasci as Adina, Ivan Amaro as Dulcamara, Courtney Carey as Belcore and Winnie Nip as Gianetta.

Tickets $30 in advance and $35 at the door. For more information or advance purchase visit www.operabrooklyn.org

Benzaquen Hall in the DiMenna Center for Classical Music | 450 West 37th street
Between 9th and 10th avenue


 

February 9, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Chef Johnny Iuzzini
Johnny Iuzzini Cooking Demonstration
Thursday, February 9, 2012, 1PM
Cellar Kitchen Macy's Herald Square

Planning a romantic meal with your special someone? Let Chef Johnny Iuzzini show you how to sweeten the deal with some of his favorite pastry recipes, perfect to woo the taste buds of your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day!

Head judge of Bravo’s culinary competition series “Top Chef; Just Desserts” – and author of Dessert Fourplay: Sweet Quartets From a Four-Star Pastry Chef- Chef Iuzzini spent the past seven years as Executive Pastry Chef at Jean-Georges.
Don’t miss your chance to meet the man who Forbes Magazine listed as one of the “10 Mist Influential Pastry Chefs in America,” “Best New Pastry Chef” by New York Magazine and one of the “Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America” two years running by Pastry Arts and Design Magazine!

Price: Free
http://bit.ly/MacysValentinesDay

Macy's Cellar Kitchen Herald Square | 151 West 34th Street


 

February 8, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

New York City Center Encores!
Merrily We Roll Along
Tue 7pm, Wed 7:30pm
Thu-Fri 8pm
Sat 2 and 8pm
Sun 2 and 7pm
(Exception: Wed 2/15 7pm)
February 8-19. 2012
New York City Center

Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's legendary musical runs backwards
in time from 1980 to 1955, examines the lives of three people whose
friendship is tested by time, ambition and fate. It includes some of
Sondheim's most brilliant and bruising songs, including “Not a Day
Goes By,” “Old Friends” and “Our Time.” Frequent Sondheim collaborator
James Lapine, who directed the show's 1985 run, returns to direct the
Encores! production.

Tickets start at $25
Citytix@nycitycenter.org
212.581.1212

NYCityCenter.org

New York City Center | 130 West 56th Street


Another New York Cool Tip:

Voice of Witness Presents:
Inside This Place, Not Of It: Narratives from Women's Prisons:
A Discussion With the Editor and Narrator
Feb 8, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor, IPK Main Conference Room

According to the Justice Department, the United States has the highest documented incarceration rate of any country in the world. People in U.S. prisons are routinely subjected to physical, sexual and mental abuse. While this has been documented in male prisons, women in prison often suffer in relative anonymity. Voice of Witness’ new book, Inside This Place, Not Of It, illuminates the experiences of incarcerated women in the US in an effort to address this critical social justice issue. The book is a forum for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women to share the stories that have previously been silenced. Please join Inside This Place, Not of It editor Robin Levi and narrator Francesca Salavieri for a reading and talk at NYU.

URL with event details:
https://www.nyu.edu/ipk/events/221

20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor, IPK Main Conference Room


 

 

February 7, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

StyleCaster and 92YTribeca Presents
February 7, 2012, 10 am – 5:30 pm EST
State of Style Summit

StyleCaster Media Group, the vertical media channel for style enthusiasts, as well as 92nd Street Y, the world-class nonprofit community and cultural center that connects people at every stage of life to the worlds of education, the arts, health and wellness, and Jewish life.

Kicking off New York Fashion Week, the summit will unite industry leaders and tastemakers to discuss the relationship between style, consumers and brands in the digital age. Style and new media will collide to advance the discussion and create meaningful consumer insights.

The State of Style, which 92Y will host at its downtown location, 92YTribeca, on February 7, 2012, will bring together a dynamic community of style, retail and beauty industry top-level executives with one shared goal: to unlock the marketing, communication and design potential of new media. All proceeds from the Summit will benefit the 92nd Street Y.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

· Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Co-Founder and CMO, Gilt Groupe, GiltAlexandra

· Lauren Bush, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, FEED, @LaurenBushTweet

· Neil Blumenthal, Founder, Warby Parker, @NeilBlumenthal

· Sean Carasso, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Falling Whistles, @FallingWhistles

· Simon Isaacs, Founder and CEO, TaskForce, @simonisaacs

· Scott Lipps, E! Scouted, ONE Model Management

· Brent Poer, EVP, MediaVest

· Darren Herman, Chief Digital Media Officer, The Media Kitchen

· Aliza Licht, SVP Global Comm, Donna Karan International, @DKNY

· More speakers to be announced

· Limited number of tickets to the conference is available for $99 at StyleCaster.com/state-of-style.

92Y Tribeca | 200 Hudson Street,
Via live stream at StyleCaster.com/State-of-style.
· Twitter: #StateOfStyle, @92YTribeca, @StyleCaster


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates
Tuesday, February 7
Reception 5:45-6:30
Debate 6:45-8:30 PM
"Obesity Is the Government's Business"
NYU's Skirball Center

On February 7, Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) will take on one of America’s biggest problems when they host the debate: “Obesity Is the Government’s Business.” Obesity costs our health care system nearly $150 billion a year and is a major risk factor for expensive, chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Should the government intervene, or is this a matter of individual rights and personal responsibility?

In support of the motion are Dr. Pamela Peeke, WebMD’s Chief Lifestyle Expert, and former U.S. Surgeon General, David Satcher. Against the motion are Paul Campos, Author, The Obesity Myth & Law Professor at the University of Colorado, and John Stossel, of Fox Business News.

Moderated by ABC News correspondent John Donvan, Intelligence Squared U.S.'s spring season will be presented in partnership with Slate with live webcasts on Fora.tv. Debates will air on more than 220 NPR stations nationwide and be televised in the New York area on PBS Channel Thirteen, WNET, WLIW, and NJTV.

Stream via Fora.TV:
http://fora.tv/live/intelligencesquared_us/obesity
Tickets: $40 ($12 for students w/ID) To purchase, visit www.iq2us.org.

The debate will take place in front of a live audience at NYU Skirball Center in New York City. Audience members will vote to decide the winning team of this significant debate.


NYU’s Skirball Center | 566 Laguardia Place, New York, NY 10012


 

February 6, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

EXPLORERS CLUB PUBLIC LECTURE
February 6th @ 7PM
The Explorers Club

The crew of Tara Oceans, a 118-foot schooner visiting New York’s East River from February 5 to 11, will be the focus of a public lecture at The Explorers Club, 46th East 70th Street, at 7 p.m., Monday, February 6, 2012. Tara Oceans is dedicated to diagnosing the health of the worlds’ oceans, and providing crucial information for future generations.
Inspired by Darwin’s legendary 1820 expedition of the HMS Beagle, Tara’s team of international scientists and explorers have spent the last few years collecting and categorizing plankton (responsible for half the oxygen on the planet) in order to discover the oceans’ relationship to climate change.

The schooner is owned by French fashion designer and activist agne`s b. and Etienne Bourgois, her son and Tara’s visionary leader. The boat, designed to work as an ice breaker in Polar regions, has also sailed in temperate waters and equatorial zones throughout the planet for the past two and a half years.

The evening, which will emphasize the critical importance the oceans play in the health of the planet, includes lectures from Tara Ocean’s chief scientist and mastermind Eric Karsenti, and Romain Trouble´, French sailor and chairman of Tara Foundation for Marine Research USA.

In addition, Explorers Club Member Mara G. Haseltine, an artist and environmentalist, will unveil La Boheme: A Portrait of Today’s Ocean’s in Peril, her latest sculpture based on her discoveries on board Tara Oceans. She received the honor of returning the Club’s flag number 75 at the 2011 Explorers Club Annual Dinner for her voyage on Tara Oceans off the coast of Chile.

Tickets are $20 ($5 students with valid i.d.) and seating is limited. Advance reservations are required by calling 212 628 8383.

For more information on Tara Oceans, please visit www.taraexpeditions.org. For information on The Explorers Club, log onto www.explorers.org. The website for artist Mara Haseltine is www.calamara.com.

The Explorers Club | 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021


February 5, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

The African American Spiritual – A Black History Month Tribute Concert
Sunday, February 5, 2012 3:30 pm
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center

The concert features the talents of Broadway powerhouses Sherry Boone and Harriett D. Foy and newcomer Brandie Sutton. Darius Fowler serves as music director and accompanies the singers on piano. The words of beloved poets including Langston Hughes and additional text by award-winning playwright Marcus Gardley are woven throughout an inspirational afternoon of music that remains a vital and vibrant part of America's cultural landscape. Presented by B Arts Presenter.
Use code: SPIRITUAL to get the discount which is based on availability and cannot be used in association with other offers. The offer is not available online.

All Seats: $75
Discount Offer: $49
Call 212.501.3330 and mention code SPIRITUAL or mention it at the Kaufman Center Box Office.

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center | 129 W 67th Street @ Broadway
www.kaufman-center.org


 

 

February 4, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Good Peoples presents NEXTAH with Cubic Zirconia
Sat, February 4th @ 11:00pm
Drom

After winning "Best Dance Party At A Dive" by The Village Voice last year, Good People's Nextah party moves to Manhattan. The first show of the year features a live performance by the Cubic Zirconia band, who has not-so-secretly established themselves as one of the most dynamic bands in New York. Tiombe Lockhart, Nick Hook and Daoud Sturdivant have blended elements of house, R&B and experimental electronics to make what Dazed & Confused calls, "hyped-up, sexually-charged club music that is raw, unblinkered and very fresh…the real deal." Join Cubic Zirconia as they shoot a music video on site at the event. Plus special guest from Mexico Andrea Balency, who has been making waves internationally with her multi-layered instrumental/pop tunes.

More Information>>

Drom | 85 Avenue A (b/w 5th & 6th)


Another New York Cool Tip:

The Wild Finish
Jan. 25, 26, 27, 28
Feb. 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11
All shows at 8pm except Sat. at 9pm
ABC NO RIO

On a snowy Easter Sunday, Monica embarked on a bicycle journey across the vodka-soaked roads of Poland in search of the man who haunts her–a man of power, genius, fame and violence–her grandfather. Along her path, she squats and pogos with anarchist punks in old factories, barely escapes a knifing by Neo-Nazis, hides in churches and is hypnotized in a para-theatrical workshop. You will be led by many eccentric guides through this surreal landscape; a mohawked bike messenger, Ingrid Bergman, a girl with a third eye and your bewildered hostess, Monica Dudarov Ossetynska Hunken, heiress to cult and Slavic royalty.

Written and Performed by Monica Hunken
Directed by Melissa Chambers

http://www.monicahunken.com/thewildfinish.html
or
http://www.polishculture-nyc.org/index.cfm?eventId=1901
Tickets $10-$15. For more information or advance purchase visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/216219.

ABC NO RIO | 156 Rivington St.
(between Clinton and Suffolk)


 

February 3, 2012

Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of Ken Kwapis's Big Miracle, which opens today, Friday, February 3, 2012.


New York Cool Tip:

A Child of Our Time and Te Deum
February 3, 2012 at 7PM
Carnegie Hall

Sir Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time (1941) is a unique oratorio, structured in three parts to emulate Handel’s Messiah and using traditional African-American spirituals in a form similar to Bach’s use of the chorale in his Passions, all with a decidedly twentieth-century musical language. The text of this stirring work reflects Tippett's pacifism and belief that people contain both "shadow and light." Soprano Nicole Cabell has performed this work to great critical acclaim and has made it a signature piece. She will be joined by Marietta Simpson, mezzo-soprano, Russell Thomas, tenor, and John Relyea, bass-baritone. Paired with this riveting work will be the powerful Te Deum by Anton Bruckner. Conducted by James Bagwell with Nicole Cabell, Marietta Simpson, Russell Thomas, John Relyea, and the American Symphony Orchestra.

Single tickets start at $10 and are available online at carnegiehall.org, by phone through Carnegie Charge at (212) 247-7800 or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office.

Carnegie Hall | 881 Seventh Avenue


 

February 2, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

"SLINGS & ARROWS" The fetish HAMLET
Part of the CineKink Film Festival
Premiering Thursday, February 2 at 9:00 p.m.
Anthology Film Archives

Genesis Repertory begins its 13th year in operation with the opening of a film division called Genesis Pictures. The mission of this arm is to commit Shakespeare and his contemporaries to film – in new and unique ways. The division will also be fostering new works.

Slings & Arrows synopsis
Hamlet is now “the Dane,” a dark prince among his “subjects,” in a leather family. While he has everything, his inner turmoil can only be quelled by strong means.
Ophelia – or just O – hounded by the ghost of her father, follows her reluctant lover to his own private dungeon and – in an attempt to exorcise their demons – meets her own private hell.

Anthology Film Archives| 32 Second Avenue (at Second Street) • New York City


Another New York Cool Tip:

JULIEN FUNK & The PAINTED THIEF
Thursday, February 2nd, 9:30pm
Fatbaby Bar & Lounge

JULIEN FUNK & The PAINTED THIEF are a New York-based band creating a
gritty, soulful mix of folk-rock and melodic-pop. The lineup consists
of songwriter Julien Funk on lead vocals & guitar, Maya Shanker with
her violin, Tom Wyman plays fretless bass guitar and Archelao Macrillo
puts out on the drums. The band is building considerable momentum
following the release of the ?Painted Thief? EP. Since joining forces
in New York from abroad (Canada, Italy, Singapore), the band was off
to a fast start - playing their first show at CMJ 2011.

Ticket Price: $10 For more information visit: http://julienfunk.tumblr.com

Fatbaby| 112 Rivington Street New York, NY 10002
Near the corner of Essex and Rivington
Closest Subways : [F, J, M, Z]


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

TWO ORIGINAL CHAMBER OPERAS BY MARTIN HALPERN
Thurs-Sat at 8 PM
Sunday at 3 PM
February 2-5
Shetler Studios


Two chamber operas with music and libretti by Martin Halpern: "Constancy," freely based on Anton Chekhov's The Bear; and "The Lower Drawer," story by Halpern about a man who succeeds in freeing himself from living in the past.

$20; $10 for students.
Reservations: 718-858-1549


Shetler Studios| 244 West 54 Street, 12th floor
Between Broadway & 8th Avenue



February 1, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

THESE SEVEN SICKNESSES
Wednesday - Saturday at 6:30pm
Sunday at 4:30pm.
January 19 – February 12
The Flea Theater

The Flea Theater is proud to present the New York Premiere of THESE SEVEN SICKNESSES, a 5-hour marathon of all seven of Sophocles’ plays re-envisioned by playwright Sean Graney, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, and starring The Bats. Standout Tribeca dining destination Macao Trading Co. will provide a complimentary Asian fusion feast at all performances. Previews begin January 19 for this special limited engagement, with opening night slated for Sunday, January 29.

In THESE SEVEN SICKNESSES, Sophocles’ seven surviving plays—Oedipus, In Trachis, Philoktetes, In Colonus, Ajax, Elektra & Antigone—combine to create a stunning portrait of the human condition, where the intermingling of chance & fate yields disquieting results. A witty & relevant interpretation of the classics, THESE SEVEN SICKNESSES is an epic examination of the past & a window on the present.

Tickets (including dinner) are $40 and are available by calling 212-352-3101 or online at www.theflea.org.

The Flea | 41 White Street
Between Church and Broadway
Three blocks south of Canal
Close to the A/C/E, N/R/Q, 6, J/M/Z and 1 subway lines.


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

Rare Document, On Loan from Collector David Rubenstein
To Be Unveiled at Ceremony
February 1st @ 12PM
On Display Through April 1st
New York Historical Society

As Black History Month begins and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday approaches, the New-York Historical Society is pleased to add to its displays a rare handwritten copy of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution—the measure that abolished slavery—signed by Lincoln himself. The document, which was recently acquired by David Rubenstein, managing director of The Carlyle Group, will be on view at New-York Historical in the new Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History.

Mr. Rubenstein will participate in the unveiling ceremony at noon with a group of eighth-grade American history students from IS 259 in Brooklyn and KIPP Academy in Manhattan. The ceremony will be held at 12:00 PM at New-York Historical on February 1, the 147th anniversary of the signing of the Thirteenth Amendment. It will then be on public display through April 1.

Other extremely rare documents currently on view at New-York Historical include the Stamp Act of 1765 (which set off riots that ultimately led to the American Revolution), on loan from the Parliamentary Archives, London, and the only known surviving copy of the first printing of the Haitian Declaration of Independence (1804, National Archives, London). These two documents, exhibited to the U.S. public for the first time, are part of the current exhibition Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn.

Also currently on view at New-York Historical is Freedom Now: Photographs by Platon, an exhibition of large-scale, present-day images of figures who were engaged in the Civil Rights struggle of the 1950s and '60s.

Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History | New York Historical Society | 170 Central Park West


 


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