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July 30, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

SHOW IT!
July 30, 2012 11pm
Ace Hotel


Presented by the Breslin’s FUNDERDROME, World-reknowned burlesque star, Peekaboo Pointe, is pleased to present a new edge to the world of burlesque with her producing debut, “SHOW IT!” LIVE MUSIC AND LIVE GIRLS! as an integral part of the Ace Hotel's new, weekly burlesque series at their New York City location.
Peekaboo, known as "The Fastest Tassel Twirler From East To West", will be gathering burlesque's wildest, most infamous women, and men, including Peekaboo Pointe, Gal Friday, Go-Go Harder, and the legendary DIRTY MARTINI, together to unleash their not-so-inner bad girls to the live rock music of The Liberace of the Electric Guitar, Viva DeConcini. Host Miss Astrid will attempt to keep the vixens under control with the help of boylesque star Mr. Gorgeous.

SHOW IT! Monday July 30th. Join Peekaboo for a hard rocking, sexy, bad girls gone wild-good time on last Monday of every month at the Ace Hotel's Liberty Hall (20 West 29th Street, NYC). Tickets are $15 and doors open at 10:30pm with the show starting at 11.
http://peekaboopointe.com/
$15 at the door

Ace Hotel | 20 W.29th St. New York City


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

“PIHOS: A MOVING BIOGRAPHY”
Monday, July 30, 2012 @ 7:00 p.m.
VIP Reception @ 6PM
The Ailey Citigroup Theater

DOCUMENTARY DANCE/FILM PERFORMANCE FOCUSES ON THE LIFE OF FORMER PHILADELPHIA EAGLE
AND PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAMER, PETE PIHOS AND HIS BATTLE WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE


On Monday, July 30, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., members of the Alzheimer’s, dance, and sports communities will gather for a special documentary dance/film performance that will focus on the life of former Philadelphia Eagle and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Pete Pihos and his battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The performance, created and performed by his daughter, Melissa Pihos, will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter. “Pihos: A Moving Biography” will take place at The Ailey Citigroup Theater.

Melissa Pihos and a dozen other dancers will help tell the life story—both personal and professional—of Pete Pihos, who succumbed to Alzheimer’s last year. The award-winning short documentary film, “Dear Dad,” also created by Melissa Pihos, will be shown at the end of the performance. All proceeds will benefit research efforts and the New York City Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and its vast array of programs.

Tickets are $30. VIP tickets are $50 and include a 6:00 p.m. pre-performance VIP reception with complimentary wine, hors d'oeuvres and silent auction of sports memorabilia. To purchase a ticket that will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, visit www.alz.org/nyc and scroll down until you see “Pihos: A Moving Biography” and click on the “Purchase tickets online” link or contact Danielle Robitaille at 646-744-2936 or drobitaille@alznyc.org. Tickets, pending availability, can be purchased at the door.

The Ailey Citigroup Theater| 405 West 55th Street in Manhattan


 

 

July 29, 2012

New York Cool Tip:


Another New York Cool Tip:

NYMF Closing Night Awards Celebration
Sunday, July 29th at 8:00pm
Hudson Terrace (621 West 46th Street)

As the curtains close on another successful season of NYMF, what better way to honor the achievements of these productions and the teams that made them happen, than to have a fabulous party? Come and celebrate with the cast and crew members from NYMF's 2012 shows - it's a party not to be missed!

Tickets for the Closing Night Awards Celebration are $25. Admission includes free tequila and wine, courtesy of our sponsors. To purchase tickets, no later than noon on Sunday, July 29, click here.


Hudson Terrace | 621 West 46th Street)

 

Another New York Cool Tip:

Star & Micey & Carolina Story
Sunday, July 29th. 9 PM - Late
Rockwood Music Hall

Best known for the unique blend of soul, folk and pop found on their debut record, Star & Micey is part of the historic Ardent Music label based here in Memphis and home to power pop icons, Big Star. The trio recently finished recording their new EP "I Can't Wait" in Oxford MS at Sweet Tea Studios with Dennis Herring (Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse, Buddy Guy, Counting Crows). Star & Micey have been compared to the Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons while Carolina Story http://carolinastory.com is a great folk/ americana duo from Nashville who's recent release Home, spent 2 weeks at the number 2 position on the iTunes Singer Songwriter chart with no label and no management!! Over the last 3 years, Carolina Story and Star & Micey have played nearly 800 shows in over 32 states around the country and they show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

No Cover


Rockwood Music Hall | 196 Allen Street New York, NY 10002


 

July 28, 2012



Yossi
Newfest at Lincoln Center
July 27 - 29th

Just Published: Read Frank J. Avella's Newfest reviews. Newfest runs July 27-29th at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater.

 



New York Cool Tip:

Catalpa NYC Festival
Saturday July 28th - Sunday July 29th
Randall's Island, NY

Catalpa Music Festival is lining up to be New York City's best summer
event! Held over July 28th+29th on Randalls Island, Catalpa will
feature some of the world's hottest artists including The Black Keys,
Snoop Dogg with special guests, TV On The Radio, A$AP Rocky, Girl
Talk, Felix da Housecat, Cold War Kids, Zola Jesus, Araabmuzik,
Matisyahu and many more. Catalpa also plays host to a number of
entertaining and incredibly unique features such as The High Times
Magazine Reggae Stage, The Inflatable Church of Sham Marriages, Huge
Art Installations, A Silent Disco and even a choice from some of the
best and quirkiest New York eateries on-site! This is New York City's
Music Festival!
For more information visit www.catalpanyc.com

Tickets $139.99. For more info visit www.catalpanyc.com/#ticketsTarget

Randall's Island, NY


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July 27, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Animation Block Party
Friday, July 27
8:00PM: Doors open
8:30PM: Live music
9:00PM: Film
11:30PM-1:00AM: After-Party
On the Lawn at Automotive High School

Some call it punk rock, some call it grass roots, but labels aside, NYC-based Animation Block Party is the premier animation festival of the East Coast. Film selection will be announced in July, and it’s sure to be a blast.

Tickets and more info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/animation-block/

On the Lawn at Automotive High School | 50 Bedford Ave.
At North 3th St. Williamsburg Brooklyn, L to Bedford Ave. or G to Nassau Ave.



July 26, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Rooftop Films
Thursday, July 26
7:30PM Doors open
8:30PM Films begin
The Natural
(Barry Levinson | USA | 134 min.)
Richmond County Bank Ballpark

A beautifully filmed movie about baseball as myth. Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford), a young man whose gift for baseball sets him apart, finds that trouble dogs him, particularly when it comes to women. In time, as an aging rookie, Roy must fight against his past to lead his team to the World Series and win the woman of his dreams.

Free Screening:

Richmond County Bank Ballpark | 75 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
Take the 4 or 5 to Bowling Green, the R or W to Whitehall Station, or the 1 to South Ferry, then take 25-minute ride on the historic Staten Island Ferry



Another New York Cool Tip

Jonathan Demme
Filmwax Film Series and POV Present I'M CAROLYN PARKER
Thursday, July 26th. 7PM – 9PM
The Brooklyn Museum

Carolyn Parker was the last to leave her neighborhood when a mandatory evacuation order was decreed as Hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans in the summer of 2005. After the flood waters subsided, Mrs. Parker was the first resident to return to her now flood-devastated community with what many thought was the "impossible dream" of bringing her ruined home back to life.

I'M CAROLYN PARKER: THE GOOD, THE MAD, AND THE BEAUTIFUL unfolds as an inspiring portrait of an extraordinary woman. Mrs. Parker takes us deep inside her personal biography as a child born in the 40's, raised in segregated New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, who became a teen-ager joining the front lines in the Civil Rights movement of the 60's, who worked for thirty years as a cook-turned-chef in the hotel industry, and became one of the most outspoken voices in the fight for every New Orleanian's right to return home after the devastation of the floods that followed Katrina. That Carolyn faced these odds with unbridled wit, spirituality and an abiding sense of social justice borne of her life in New Orleans makes for a unique cinematic tale of personal triumph.

I'M CAROLYN PARKER: THE GOOD, THE MAD, AND THE BEAUTIFUL is the portrait of an "ordinary family" who banded together under extraordinary circumstances, and reclaimed their home.

Tickets:
Members = FREE, All others = $12 + $2 service fee
For more information visit http://http://schedule.filmwax.com/filmwax/schedule/im-carolyn-parker-a-pov-event/

The Brooklyn Museum | 200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

The Shades of Gray Remounts
STERNTALER on a NYC Rooftop
Thursday, July 26 @ 9:30 PM
Rooftop @ 43 Avenue C (between 3rd and 4th Street), New York, NY 10009

Based on a short fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm collection, first published exactly 200 years ago, Sterntaler - The Star Money tells the story of an orphan girl who was so poor, she had nothing left besides her clothing and a piece of bread. One day, while walking down a path, she gives the bread to an old hungry man, her jacket to a freezing child, and her cap, her dress and her last shirt to other begging children. As she stands in a dark forest with nothing left, the stars turn into golden pennies and fall down from heaven.

Sterntaler is directed by Miriam Ibrahim, stars Nao Dobashi as Sterntaler-girl, David Salazar as Violinist and Zebedee Row as narrator.

On this special rooftop performance, we would like to invite you to experience the ambience of traditional fairy-tale narration in the midst of New York City. The atmosphere will be cosy and communal. With the smell of orange and cinnamon in the air, everybody will drink tea and sit in a circle. Celebrating the vast diversity of humankind, there is the use of different languages (English, Japanese, German) in this production. The improvisational and collaborative rehearsal process between the director, the performer and the musician created a refreshing theatrical composition. Performing outdoors in this unconventional setting, the actress will break down the traditional 'Fourth Wall' and interact with the audience. While the narrator's soothing voice carries us through the plot, the performer's movements intensify and simultaneously the sounds of the violin crescendo. Sterntaler portrays with brutal honesty this young girl's difficult, yet apprehensive journey.

Join us on this special night and let's all together delve into the magic world of Sterntaler - The Star Money.
For more information: http://www.theshadesofgray.org/8.html

Buy tickets now @ https://www.artfullyhq.com/store/events/297
Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Shades-Of-Gray/309950379017031
Check out our recommendation by the German Consulate: http://www.germany.info/Vertretung/usa/en/__events/GKs/NEWY/2012/07/24
__Sterntaler.html?archive=2010496


Rooftop @ 43 Avenue C (between 3rd and 4th Street), New York, NY 10009



July 25, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Filmwax Film Series Presents MY BROOKLYN
Wednesday, July 25th 7PM – 9PM
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

With the screening of Kelly Anderson & Allison Lirish Dean's MY BROOKLYN, Filmwax launches its new monthly series entitled BROOKLYN RECONSTRUCTED. Each film in the series, to be screened at The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, will deal with the themes of gentrification & development in Brooklyn. Within those themes is a conversation about race & class in a city undergoing a startling transformation.

Join us for a screening & panel discussion with the filmmakers and representatives from Families United for Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE).

FREE EVENT. For more information or advance purchase visit:
http://schedule.filmwax.com/filmwax/schedule/my-brooklyn/

Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY, 11215
(718) 768-2972


 

July 24, 2012

Just Published: Read my recap of True Blood Season V, Episode7.


New York Cool Tip:

SUMMER ON THE ROOF
Film screenings on the Rooftop of the Bohemian National Hall
Czech Center New York | 321 East 73rd Street, NYC

GRAPES (Bobule)
Directed by Tomas Barina, 2008, 90 min.
Tuesday, July 10 at dusk

LONERS (Samotari)
Directed by David Ondricek, 2000, 103 min.
Tuesday, July 24 at dusk

I’M ALL GOOD (U me dobry)
Directed by Jan Hrebejk, 2008, 102 min.
Tuesday, July 31 at dusk

YOU ARE A WIDOW, SIR (Pane, vy jste vdova!)
Directed by Vaclav Vorlicek, 1971, 97 min.
Tuesday, August 7 at dusk

MEN`S NOVEL (Roman pro muze)
Directed by Tomas Barina, 2010, 95 min.
Tuesday, August 14 at dusk

IF A THOUSAND CLARINETS (Kdyby tisic klarinetu)
Directed by Jan Rohac and Vladimir Svitacek, 1965, 130 min.
Tuesday, August 21 at dusk

THE END OF AUGUST AT THE HOTEL OZONE (Konec srpna v hotelu Ozon)
Directed by Jan Schmidt, 1966, 77 min.
Tuesday, August 28 at dusk
Admission: $10
Screening starts at dusk
The rooftop is open from 7pm

Films are in Czech with English subtitles
In case of bad weather films will be screened at the indoor cinema
Tickets are not refundable
Program is subject to change.
Tickets and more info at www.czechcenter.c
om

Czech Center New York | 321 East 73rd Street, NYC


Another New York Cool Tip:

TRU presents Maybe There’s Still Hope: Redefining the Off-Broadway Model
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 7:30pm
Players Theatre

Contrary to the discouraging word on the street, off-Broadway’s not dead yet. Not if you find new ways of doing things. Because of rising costs and modest ticket pricing, the traditional off-Broadway model of producing seems to be no longer financially feasible. Sure, suddenly a producer can take branded Broadway shows and extend their lives in smaller theaters, but what about new works? Some producers are facing down the odds and exploring new ways of doing things. This crucial TRU panel will look at cost-effective measures like split week rentals, low-cost marketing strategies and other money-saving tactics, as well creative partnerships and slow and steady development paths that can lead to success.

Panelists will include Brenda Bell, artistic director of Literally Alive Productions; Ed Gaynes, manager of St. Luke’s Theatre and Actors Temple Theatre, producer (The Rise of Dorothy Hale, The Big Voice: God or Merman?, A Brush With Georgia O’Keeffe, Picon Pie); Jeremy Handelman, producer (F#@king Up Everything, White’s Lies); Philip Katz, producing director Broadway Theatrical, LLC (John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean); Michael Sgouros, owner/manager of The Players Theatre; Jack Thomas, producer (Triassic Parq, Freud’s Last Session, Almost Maine, Colin Quinn: Long Story Short).

Admission is $12 (free for TRU members). Please RSVP by email to trustaff1@gmail.com or by phone at (212) 714-7628 at least a day in advance. Doors open at 7:00pm for networking and refreshments, panel starts promptly at 7:30pm.

Players Theatre | 115 MacDougal Street


 

July 23, 2012

New York Cool Tip:


Rooftop Films
The Muppets (James Bobin | USA | 98 min.)
Monday, July 23
7:00PM: Music and dancing with the Coney Island Dancers
8:30PM: Films begin
On the Beach at Coney Island

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary and Mary from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets' former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10-million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit the Frog reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways.

Free Screening: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/the-muppets/

On the beach at Coney Island | 3059 West 12th Street, Brooklyn
Take the D, F, N or Q train to Coney Island, walk to the beach and make a left.

 


New York Cool Tip:

Pilobolus
Jul 17-Aug 11
The Joyce Theater

A fungus that grew into an international dance phenomenon, Pilobolus performs a season full of "stunning physical feats and visual surprises, a peek or two into the crannies of the heart, and lots of humor, both awful and sublime." (The New York Times). Highlights include premieres created in collaboration with Michael Moschen and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, two artists whose work takes the very definition of dance to new frontiers. The collaboration with physicist, juggler, dancer Moschen unites the underlying spirit of Pilobolus's work--support, humanity, connection—with an artist similarly fascinated with the emotional and physical properties governing human interaction. And the collaboration with Cherkaoui, a "bright young star of contemporary European dance," (Los Angeles Times), equally promises to defy the established boundaries of visual and kinetic artistry. Sandwiched in between are audience favorites gleaned from Pilobolus' repertory, a bag of tricks embracing forty-one years of fun.

PROGRAM 1: Michael Moschen premiere
Jul 16-17, 20, 21 at 2pm, 25-26, 28 at 8pm, 30-31, Aug 3, 4 at 2pm, 8-9, 11 at 8pm

PROGRAM 2: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui premiere
Jul 18-19, 21 at 8pm, 23-24, 27, 28 at 2pm, Aug 1-2, 4 at 8pm, 6-7, 10, 11 at 2pm

Company website:
http://www.pilobolus.org/home.jsp

performance schedule
Mon-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm

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

Joyce SoHo | 155 Mercer Street
(between Houston & Prince)
New York, NY 10012


 

July 22, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Matt Yee’s Outrageous Adult Sing Along Show hits 42nd Street
Sunday July 22, 2012. 10pm
The Laurie Beechman Theater


Matt Yee, that wonderfully funny Entertainer, Artist, Comedian from Hawaii, & evidence that "Asian Men Are Huge" brings his Outrageous Adult Sing Along Show to the Laurie Beechman Theater on 42nd Street. Matt’s last 2 engagements were sold out, and his 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). He’s also been featured in several national magazine articles recently and will be performing August 6 at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London during the Olympics.

Order $25 advance tickets now (save $10) at
www.brownpapertickets.com/event/250444
$25 in advance plus $15 food/drink minimum per person plus tax/service, adults only.
$35 at the door if any seats are available then.
Doors will open at 9pm for dinner.


The Laurie Beechman Theatre | West Bank Café
407 West 42nd St. (between 9th and 10th avenues)
NYC, NY 10036
Tel: 212-695-6909
For more info, please visit www.mattyee.com


Another New York Cool Tip:

TRU Writer-Producer Speed Date
Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 5:30pm
Players Theatre

Writing is a great talent, but talking effectively about one’s work is a completely different skill. Learn the difference when Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the TRU Writer-Producer Speed Date on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 5:30pm at the Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, NYC. This is a great opportunity for writers to meet over a dozen serious producers - from beginner to Broadway level - and practice those all-important pitching skills. The deadline to apply for this event is Friday, July 13, 2012 at 2pm.

This is a chance for writers to practice their pitching with real producers who are open to and looking for new work, preceded by an hour of coaching and prep from experts Bailie Slevin and Michael Ian Cedar. It’s a great networking opportunity that uses the fun, fast-paced speed dating format, so every writer gets two minutes of feedback from every producer. And there’s a wine and cheese reception afterwards so everyone can meet and mingle.

To attend, email an application to TRUnltd@aol.com. The evening will be limited to 22 writers and costs $75 if accepted ($65 for TRU members). For more information about the evening, visit http://www.truonline.org/WriterSpeedDateJul12.htm.

Players Theatre | 115 MacDougal Street


Another New York Cool Tip:

Ballet Hispanico at Fire Island Dance Festival
July 20-22, 2012
Fire Island Pines, NY

Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the preeminent Latino dance institution in the United States, will perform as part of the 18th edition of Fire Island Dance Festival. The company will present A Verme, a World Premiere piece, developed with acclaimed choreographer Edwaard Liang.

Edwaard Liang’s first work for Ballet Hispanico, a duet set to the lush music of Ezio Bosso, explores the concept of intimacy and the push and pull of energy that connects two individuals as A Verme or "Into Me See". The piece follows the tension and release of a timeless attraction between two lovers outside of time and space.

The piece will be danced by Ballet Hispanico Company members Vanessa Valecillos and Jamal Rashann Callender.

Tickets for Fire Island Dance Festival 18 are available online at dradance.org or by phone at 212.840.0770, ext. 268. Tickets are also available in person on weekends in the Fire Island Pines harbor. Ticket buyers are offered a choice of performances: opening performance on Saturday, July 21 at 5pm (cocktails at 4pm); Leadership Sunset Performance on Saturday, July 21 at 7 pm (cocktails following); closing performance on Sunday, July 22 at 5 pm (cocktails following). The highly anticipated weekend-long festival is produced by and benefits Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Fire Island Pines, NY


 

July 21, 2012

The writers and photographer at New York Cool are devastated by what happened at the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Colorado. We extended our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and wounded and to the victims who survived the attack and are now struggling to stay alive.


New York Cool Tip:

Art for Progress Presents:
"Mixed Greens" Multimedia Event
Saturday July 21st. 8pm-2am
The Paper Box, Brooklyn, NY

AFP returns to The Paper Box for a new monthly multimedia experience
showcasing some of the finest emerging talent NYC has to offer.

Join AFP on July 21st as we feature:live music from Morning Fuzz, Thunda Vida and Mariami; performance art from Caridad Sola and Sindy Butz;video installation from Cat Del Buono; DJ sets from Gatto and special guest Andy Slate.

Cover $8. Visit www.artforprogress.org for more info.

The Paper Box | 17 Meadow Street, Brooklyn, NY
Directions: L train to Grand Street Stop (4 blocks from the subway)


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

Rooftop Films
Brooklyn Castle Presented by Rooftop Films and Kickstarter
(Katie Dellamaggiore | USA | 101 min.)
Saturday, July 21
7:30PM: Doors open
8:00PM: Mini chess tournament
8:30PM: Live music by Katie Mullins
9:00PM: Films begin
The Old American Can Factory

Brooklyn Castle tells the uplifting story of the unbelievably talented chess team at IS 318 in Williamsburg. With rankings higher than Albert Einstein and mostly from low-income and immigrant homes, this dedicated and naturally talented chess team has won over 26 national chess titles, more than any other junior high school in the US. The film focuses on five extraordinary players, Justus, Rochelle, Patrick, Pobo, and Alexis, as they experience the highs and lows of achieving their dreams.

Facing budget cuts and the threat of losing the chess after-school program, the instructors Mr. Galvin and Ms. Vicary, students, staff, family, and friends band together to help save the program. The students’ level of understanding and involvement with the budget crisis is unprecedented and unfortunately a sign of the times as childhood ignorance of real world problems fades.

Brimming with positivity and optimism, Brooklyn Castle achieves what is difficult for most documentaries; it’s inspirational without being preachy and leaves no feeling of sympathy but rather a sense of pride for everyone in the film. We laugh with them, cry with them, and praise their accomplishments and achievements as if they are our own.

“An absolutely wonderfully-produced feature documentary filled with touching, inspirational stories of hope, ambition and perseverance,” (Tambay Obenson, indieWIRE Shadow and Act) Brooklyn Castle was funded with the assistance of Kickstarter, IFP Independent Film Week 2010, Chicken & Egg Films, and the Fledgling Fund.
Tix: $12

Tickets and more info:
http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/brooklyn-castle/

The Old American Can Factory | 232 Third St. @ 3rd Ave (Gowanus, Brooklyn)


 

July 20, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

 

Check It Out: Read my recaps of True Blood Season V, Episodes 1-6. This season is bloody good fun.



The 3rd Benefit
Haitian Art & Handcraft Sale
Friday July 20 5 – 8 pm
Opening Reception in Upper Parish Hall, 5 pm
Saturday July 21 10am – 4 pm
Sunday July 22 9am – 2 pm
Christ Episcopal Church – Sag Harbor

Christ Episcopal Church – Sag Harbor hosts its 3rd Benefit Haitian Art & Handcraft Sale featuring 200 original paintings, unique gifts, silk scarves, jewelry, & iron sculpture. Sale proceeds will support initiatives in the village of Chermaitre, Haiti in partnership with the Vassar Haiti Project, which operates under the auspices of Haiti Project, Inc., a registered U.S. 501(c)3 non-profit organization.. All purchases are 50% tax deductible. For more information, please call 631.725.0128, email haitiproject@vassar.edu or visit http://thehaitiproject.org

Christ Episcopal Church | Hampton and East Union Street Sag Habor, NY


Another New York Cool Tip:


Coming Home Shorts Program (100 min.)
Friday, July 20
8:00PM: Doors open
8:30PM: Live music by Shenandoah and the Night
9:00PM: Films
Outdoors at Metrotech Commons

It’s never easy to go home, but this program of spirited black comedies, fraught animations and intimate documentaries offers hope for reconciliation.
Tix: Free show

More info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/coming-home/

Outdoors at Metrotech Commons
Bridge St & Johnson St. Brooklyn, A, C, F or R Train to Jay Street Metrotech or 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall or B, Q or R to DeKalb


July 19, 2012

New York Cool Tip:




Another New York Cool Tip:

Dan's Taste of Two Forks
Opening Night Party
July 19th
Evening Preview 6PM
Opening Night Party 7:30
Bridgehampton Historical Society

Reason #1: A complimentary VIP Pass to artMRKT Hamptons taking place July 19-22, 2012 at the Bridgehampton Historical Society.

As a Taste of Two Forks ticket holder, you are entitled to a complimentary VIP Pass, which allows access to the Opening Night Party Thursday, July 19th beginning at 7:30pm. You will also receive admission to the fair and VIP Lounge during all regular fair hours, Friday, July 20th through Sunday, July 22nd. artMRKT Hamptons, a contemporary and modern art fair, will feature 40 leading galleries from across the U.S. showcasing a tightly focused selection of work, creating an ideal context for the exploration and acquisition of art.

Guests attending the Evening Preview, benefiting the Parrish Art Museum at the Bridgehampton Historical Society, Thursday, July 19th from 6pm-7:30pm, will enjoy noted chef Leon Gunn’s refined take on the classic Summer Barbecue. The Opening Night Party will continue Thursday, July 19th from 7:30pm-10pm. So purchase tickets to Dan's Taste of Two Forks today to receive a special link to download your complimentary VIP Pass for artMRKT! Hamptons.

Reason #2: The Dan's Taste Of Two Forks After Party at GEORGICA!

When you purchase a Dan's Taste Of Two Forks VIP ticket you receive...

A.) Admission into the most anticipated event of the summer an hour before the general public to peruse and graze freely.

B.) A special champagne toast given by iconic Chef Jean George Vongerichten and Nicole Miller, courtesy of Champagne Paul Goerg.

C.) Complimentary admission to The Dan's Taste of Two Forks After-Party hosted by Dan's Paper's David Rattiner, son of "Dans Papers," founder Dan Rattiner at GEORGICA!

We strongly recommend that you get tickets now for Saturday, July 14 in Sayre Park, Bridgehampton, N.Y. Last year this event sold out and we had to turn away more than a few food and wine enthusiasts.

Additional mouth watering event info below:
This delectable celebration falls on Bastille Day this year, and we are proud to have award-winning chef and French native Jean-Georges Vongerichten host the festivities with true French flare. Alongside him we’ll have Nicole Miller, the famous Paris-trained apparel designer, to serve as ambassador of "TASTE." Chef Gerry Hayden of North Fork Table & Inn will be honored this year for his dedication to the local community and commitment to native Long Island produce and ingredients with a "Two Forks Outstanding Achievement Award."

Forty East End chefs and over fifteen vineyards will be on tap, from villages such as Sag Harbor, Montauk, Amagansett and Greenport. Participating restaurants include the North Fork Table & Inn, Luce & Hawkins, The Lobster Roll, Babette’s, 1770 House and Nick & Toni’s, to name just a few. Vineyards from the Long Island Wine Council include Comtesse Therese, Wolffer Estate Vineyards and Lieb Cellars among many others. Local fave purveyors such as North Fork Potato Chips, Joe and Liza's Ice Cream and Amagansett Sea Salt will also make the scene. For the most up-to-date list of participants, check out our listings online.

Dan's Taste of Two Forks is an annual fundraiser for the Have a Heart Community Trust, an important East End charity.

And remember to wear your comfy shoes, because our all-star line up of guests will leave you floored, and there’s sure to be lots of dancing with DJ PHRESH on the turntables!

You can purchase your TOTF tickets and find much more information at tasteoftwoforks.com

Bridgehamton Historical Society


 

July 18, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Daniel Auteuil
Sneak Preview: The Well-Digger’s Daughter
Wednesday, July 18th 7 and 9:15PM
Tinker Auditorium- French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)

Actor-turned-director Daniel Auteuil presents a star-studded remake of Marcel Pagnol’s 1940 film as his directorial debut. Set around the First World War, the film follows 18-year-old Patricia, the oldest and favorite daughter of well-digger Pascal Amoretti (Auteuil), who is romanced by the handsome and wealthier young Jacques (Nicolas Duvauchelle), the son of prosperous shopkeepers. Their relationship blossoms quickly, only to end suddenly when Jacques is sent to the front leaving Patricia to deal with the consequences of their brief moment of passion.

FIAF Members Free* ($2 advance tickets), Non-Members $10, Students with ID $7. (*Free Member tickets distributed day-of. Show your Membership card at Box Office.) For more information call us at 212 355 6100 or visit http://www.fiaf.org/french%20film/spring2012/2012-07-18-well-diggers-daughter.shtml. For advance purchase visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/1740868.

Tinker Auditorium- French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) | 55 East 59th Street


 

July 17, 2012

 

Just Published: Read my recap of True Blood Season V, Episode 6.


New York Cool Tip:

Pilobolus
Jul 17-Aug 11
The Joyce Theater

A fungus that grew into an international dance phenomenon, Pilobolus performs a season full of "stunning physical feats and visual surprises, a peek or two into the crannies of the heart, and lots of humor, both awful and sublime." (The New York Times). Highlights include premieres created in collaboration with Michael Moschen and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, two artists whose work takes the very definition of dance to new frontiers. The collaboration with physicist, juggler, dancer Moschen unites the underlying spirit of Pilobolus's work--support, humanity, connection—with an artist similarly fascinated with the emotional and physical properties governing human interaction. And the collaboration with Cherkaoui, a "bright young star of contemporary European dance," (Los Angeles Times), equally promises to defy the established boundaries of visual and kinetic artistry. Sandwiched in between are audience favorites gleaned from Pilobolus' repertory, a bag of tricks embracing forty-one years of fun.

PROGRAM 1: Michael Moschen premiere
Jul 16-17, 20, 21 at 2pm, 25-26, 28 at 8pm, 30-31, Aug 3, 4 at 2pm, 8-9, 11 at 8pm

PROGRAM 2: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui premiere
Jul 18-19, 21 at 8pm, 23-24, 27, 28 at 2pm, Aug 1-2, 4 at 8pm, 6-7, 10, 11 at 2pm

Company website:
http://www.pilobolus.org/home.jsp

performance schedule
Mon-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm

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

Joyce SoHo | 155 Mercer Street
(between Houston & Prince)
New York, NY 10012


 

 

Another New York Cool Tip:

Fresh Blood: Staged Horror by La Petite Morgue
Tuesday July 17. 8PM
The Grand Theatre

La Petite Morgue presents an evening of live horror like you've never seen before - our first ever Fresh Blood event. Featuring the collective talents of numerous twisted minds, FRESH BLOOD has something for everyone: The guts and gore of a haunted house, and the psychological suspense of live theatre. Let us terrify you with ghosts, stalkers, monsters of all shapes and sizes, urban legends, cannibalism, and lots and lots of gruesome murder. Ticket sales will help to fund La Petite Morgue's inaugural season.

Toe tags start at $12 per person.
Buy online: http://lapetitemorgue.eventbrite.com

The Grand Theatre at the Producers Club | 358 W. 44th Street


 

 

July 16, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

SOAR Nation Present: SPOTLIGHT:
Pharoahe Monch + More Than Me
July 16, 2012 @ 6:00PM
Venue: Brooklyn Bowl

July 15th at 6 p.m. EST, Pharoahe Monch, the socially conscious hip-hop veteran, with Olamide and J Ross Parrelli, will perform at Brooklyn Bowl at SOAR Nation’s SPOTLIGHT event. The concert is to raise awareness and support for the non-profit organization More Than Me.
Best known for his songs Simon Says, When The Gun Draws and My Life, Pharoahe Monch has always been seen as a paragon of both technical mastery and lyrical passion on the microphone. His music promotes the kind of change and social awareness SOAR Nation looks for in the world, and by featuring this unique hip-hop artist, SOAR is hoping to introduce its mission to broader audiences. The event will also be a platform for Katie Meyler, founder of More Than Me, and her crew to give out more information about their organization and meet with those who wish to support.

Tickets are now on sale at SOAR Nation; please visit the company’s website or call 201-413-9600 for more information. There will be a SPOTLIGHT event every month through Spring 2013, please stay tuned for the events to come.

About More Than Me
The non-profit organization More Than Me was founded by Katie Meyler who spent a year living and working in post-war Liberia, where she learned that education was desirable but not achievable for the orphaned kids that she worked with. The mission of More Than Me is to take young girls off the street and provide them with an education and a saf e haven, which essentially gives them a chance to embrace a brighter future.

About SOAR Nation
Founded by a group of passionate entrepreneurs, SOAR Nation is a fast-growing retail company that seeks to promote positive change in society. Following its mission “Get To Give”, SOAR donates 10% of every sale to non-profits. The company provides an opportunity for brands, musicians, artisans, and ticket vendors to sell their products through its marketplace while simultaneously helping the greater good.

Tickets: $17. For more information click: http://www.soarnation.com//catalog/product/view/id/638/s/spotlight-pharoahe-monch-more-than-me/category/5/

Brooklyn Bowl | 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

 


Another New York Cool Tip:

Rooftop Films
Manhattan
(Woody Allen | USA | 96 min.)
Monday, July 16
7:00PM: Music
8:30PM: Films
On the Beach at Coney Island

A delightful comedy and a passionate and gentle love song to New York City and its inhabitants. Filtering his unique wit through impeccable black and white cinematography, Woody Allen tells the story of his search for the ideal relationship, a search that includes an ex-wife who has left him for another woman, a neurotic intellectual, and a high school senior.

Tix: Free show

More info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/manhattan/

On the Beach at Coney Island
3059 West 12th Street, Brooklyn, Take the D, F, N or Q train to Coney Island
Walk to the beach and make a left.


 

July 15, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Bastille Day on 60th Street
Sunday July 15 12PM – 5PM
60th Street between Fifth Avenue and Lexington


Bonjour, New York! On Sunday, July 15, 2012, New Yorkers celebrate French culture at NYC’s annual three-block fête on 60th Street from 12-5pm!

Each year, Bastille Day on 60th Street brings the best of France to New York for an afternoon of activities and delights for the entire family. Kids can play a round of pétanque or get their faces painted at the Kids Corner booth. From tasting delicious treats to listening to music at our day-long concert, everyone will enjoy the myriad attractions provided by artists and artisans from various regions of France, as well as other French-speaking countries. For more than ten years, Bastille Day on 60th Street has been the largest public celebration of the historic friendship between France and the United States commemorating France’s own Independence Day on July 14, 1789. Shop the French-themed market stalls, try your luck at the raffle, and stop by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) at 22 East 60th Street for wine and cheese tastings. Vive la France!

Entrance to Bastille Day on 60th Street is free and open to the public! For more information feel free to check out our website (www.bastilledayny.org) or contact our Public Relations Director Natascha Bodemann at nbodemann@fiaf.org.


French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) |60th Street between Fifth and Lexington Avenues


Another New York Cool Tip:

Summer on the Hudson's Amplified Sundays
Every Sunday in July, 7 pm
Pier I @ 70th Street, Manhattan

Vibrantly danceable live music accompanied by spectacular sunsets over the Hudson River!
July 8 - Soul Understated feat. Mavis 'SWAN' Poole, a musical "mother ship"
July 15 - Jose Conde, digging deep into Latin music
July 22 - Shenandoah and the Night, a noir indie pop group
July 29 - Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band performs danceable and original big band jams

Pier I @ 70th Street, Manhattan


 

July 14, 2012

New York Cool Tip: Clare Cook Dance Theater and the New York Musical Theater Festival Present
SHOW ME REAL
Wednesday July 11, 2012 8:00 PM
Saturday July 14, 2012 7:00PM and 10:00PM
The PTC Performance Space

As part of the 2012 New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF), Clare Cook dance theater will present Show Me Real – The only dance theater piece included in the festival this year. Show Me Real glorifies the everyday girl who dreams of "making it" as a performer - whether it's 1920 or 2012. The lives of three present-day modern dancers intersect and collide with those of a coterie of 1920s Ziegfeld Follies-era chorus girls in this original dance-theater piece. From learning those tricky tap steps as a child to leaving her small town to move to the Big Apple, hustling from job to job, some things have not changed much for a girl trying to 'make it' as a performer. Contemporary dance, original song, narrative, and video projection combine to reveal how much past is in our present.

Tickets: $25. For More information or advance purchase visit www.nymf.org or purchase by phone at 212-352-3101.


The PTC Performance Space | 555 W. 42nd Street NYC


Another New York Cool Tip:

Midsummer Party
Saturday, July 14, 2012. 6:30PM – Late.
Parrish Art Museum

Summer in the Hamptons is like no other time or place in the world, and there is no occasion like the Parrish Art Museum's Midsummer Party. The highlight of the summer season, the Midsummer Party is also the Parrish Art Museum’s most important fundraising event of the year. This year's event honors the “creative spirit of the East End,” including director/choreographer Patricia Birch, visual artist Chuck Close, author/historian Barbara Goldsmith, interior designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, musician G.E. Smith, and dancer/choreographer Paul Taylor. 6:30pm: Cocktails and viewing of exhibits. 7:30pm: Dinner by Glorious Food and Music by DJ Tom Finn. 10:00pm-1:00am: Dessert and Dancing with DJ Tom Finn.

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.parrishart.org/detail.asp?id=56&pid=53 or at
specialevents@parrishart.org /
631-283-2118 x 42

Parrish Art Museum | 25 Jobs Lane
Southampton, New York


Another New York Cool Tip:

Rooftop Films
The Argentinean Lesson
(Wojciech Staron | Poland | 56 min.)
Saturday, July 14
8:00PM: Doors open
8:30PM: Live music
9:00PM: Films
11:00PM-12:30AM: Reception in the courtyard
On the roof at The Old American Can Factory

Captured in breathtaking 16mm film, an eight-year-old traveling from Poland to Argentina meets Marcia, a beautiful and brave young girl, 11 going on 30. Q and A with filmmaker Wojciech Staron.

Tickets and more info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/the-argentinean-lesson/

Twitter.com/RooftopFilms
Facebook.com/RooftopFilms
www.rooftopfilms.com

On the roof at The Old American Can Factory | 232 Third St. at 3rd Ave. Brooklyn, F/G to Carroll St. or R to Union


Another New York Cool Tip:

BALASOLE DANCE COMPANY
July 14 & 15 (Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM)
Ailey Citigroup Theater

Roberto Villanueva, Founder/Artistic Director, presents "Contrasts," a new program of ten dancer/choreographers in a broad range of styles, music choices and artistic voices, representing their varied backgrounds with such organizations as The Tulsa Ballet, Kirov Academy of Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Sokolow Dance Ensemble, and Las Vegas spectacles! The July participants, all presented and mentored by Villanueva, are Emily Aiken, Musashi Alvarez, Ann Sterling Dale, Jenny Efremova, Stephanie Flackman, Sunday Shannon Jackson, Ricardo Mateo Rique-Sanchez, Alexzndra Sarmiento, Yvanhova Sylva, and Villanueva.

Tickets: $25; $18 for students & seniors
Reservations: 212.868.4444 or www.smarttix.com


Ailey Citigroup Theater | 405 West 55 Street
(corner of 55th St. & Ninth Avenue)


 

July 13, 2012



Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of the BLU/Ray DVD version of Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret which was released this week.


New York Cool Tip:

 

William Shakespeare
"The Merry Wives of Windsor Towers"
Thursdays through Saturdays. 8PM – 10:30PM
July 12 - 28.
Municipal Parking Lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets, Manhattan.

Look around at the SPURA controversy and you will see the same characters and class clashes as Shakespeare portrayed in "The Merry Wives of Windsor." That's the idea behind "The Merry Wives of Windsor Towers," the first production of The Drilling Company's Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot series, to be presented July 12 to 28 in the Municipal Parking Lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets. Hamilton Clancy directs. This adaptation is set in an imaginary Windsor Towers, a condo which has just gone up on the Lower East Side. (Although it's a fabrication, you can interview Lower East Siders about it and eight out of ten will tell you they know where it is.) Masters Ford and Page are two businessmen urging the passage of SPURA through the City Council (and standing to profit from it). Their eponymous wives are both active in the community. The comic hero, John Falstaff, is a classic Lower East real estate man always looking for the next big score. In this case, the real estate he's angling for are the estates of Ford and Page. The production is partly an homage to the last time "Merry Wives of Windsor" was presented in the Parking Lot in 2001, Then, it was set on the Upper East side. In the last ten years the Upper East Side has moved downtown and now the Lower East Side is filled with many of the same characters and class clashes that happen on a regular basis in Shakespeare's original "Merry Wives."

FREE admission. For more information, call 212-873-9050 or visit www.shakespeareintheparkinglot.com.

Municipal Parking Lot | At the corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets, Manhattan.
(Subways: F to Delancey Street, walk one block south.)


Another New York Cool Tip:

Troll 2
Wasted Cinema Presents a Bad Movie Bar Night
Friday, July 13th
Doors are at 7:00pm
Movie starts at 9:00pm
Legends

Come celebrate Friday the 13th with a free screening of the
horrendously bad movie "Troll 2" at Legends in NYC. We're bringing you
this event in a way only Wasted Cinema can.

Because with Wasted Cinema, we do more than just watch awesomely bad
movies. You're encouraged to interact and take part in our
"toastworthy moments" - movie cues that tell you when to drink along
with the absurdity on screen. Movie themed-drinks and drink specials
should add to your enjoyment of this already thoroughly enjoyable
film.

Plus a live Twitter stream where you can share your commentary, and a
raffle to win a DVD of not only "Troll 2," but also of "Best Worst
Movie," a documentary about the phenomenon this terrible movie has
become.

Legends has been kind enough to sponsor this event, and are giving us
a private room with 13 screens. The environment makes this a social
event you won't get at any theater.

A full dinner menu is available all night. So come early to get a
seat, eat, and start bracing yourself for what truly is the best worst
movie ever.

Spread the word! Anyone who mentions that New York Cool brought you
there receives a free raffle ticket!

Price: FREE

RSVP and register via the Facebook Event Page
https://www.facebook.com/events/448439495175066/

Legends | 6W. 33rd St (between 6th and 5th Ave)


Another New York Cool Tip:

Rooftop Films
Clermont-Ferrand Short Films
Friday, July 13
8:00PM: Doors open
8:30PM: Live music
9:00PM: Films
11:00PM-12:30AM: After-Party
Dekalb Market

As long-time supporters of the short as its own distinct medium, Rooftop is proud once again to collaborate with Clermont-Ferrand on a program of genre-bending animation, documentary and experimentations.
Tickets and more info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/clermontferrand-short-films-1/

Twitter.com/RooftopFilms
Facebook.com/RooftopFilms
www.rooftopfilms.com

Dekalb Market | 138 Willoughby St. at Flatbush Ave. Brooklyn, B, Q, R to Dekalb Ave


July 12, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

SUMMERNIGHTS CONCERT SERIES
Thursdays at 7:30PM
JULY 12 - July 26th
The Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum's popular SummerNights program returns, presenting live world music in a concert setting on three Thursdays in July. Each concert begins at 7:30 pm. Howard Fishman and Band kick off SummerNights on July 12 with an exuberant blend of jazz, soul, country, blues, gospel and experimental music. This cosmopolitan concert series features critically acclaimed musicians offering innovative interpretations of music from all over the world. Other scheduled bands include Slavic Soul Party!, mixing Balkan, Gypsy, Mexican and Asian sounds with American jazz and soul; and One Ring Zero, featuring unique Balkan-inspired sounds, including songs with lyrics by Paul Auster, Margaret Atwood, and other writers. Each event also features an open bar with beer and wine, and free ice cream courtesy of Chozen. The Jewish Museum is located at Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, Manhattan.

Tickets for each concert are $15 for the general public; $12 for students and seniors; and $10 for Jewish Museum members. Visit http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/summernights to purchase online tickets. For additional information, the public may call 212.423.3337. Please note that digital images are available upon request.

Museum hours are Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, 11am to 5:45pm; Thursday, 11am to 8pm; and Friday, 11am to 4pm. 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 general information on The Jewish Museum, the public may visit the Museum's website at http://www.thejewishmuseum.org or call 212.423.3200.

The Jewish Museum | 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, Manhattan.


 

July 11, 2012

New York Cool Tip:


Summer on the Hudson's Movies Under the Stars
Every Wednesday from July 11 - August 15, dusk (~8:30 pm)
Riverside Park South


Pack a picnic, bring a friend and settle in for a night of premier Hollywood movies. Open Captioned.
July 11 - Cinema Paradiso (1988)
July 18 - Flying Scotsman (2006)
July 25 - Quicksilver (1986)
August 1 - Amelie ( 2001)
August 8 - Pee Wee's Big Adventure (1985)
August 15 - Triplets of Bellville (2003)

Free to the public. For information on weather cancellations please visit www.nyc.gov/parks/soh the day of the event.


Pier I @ 70th Street, Manhattan


Just Published:

City Noir: John Adams Conducts the Juilliard and Royal Academy of Music Orchestras
Wednesday, July 11th. 7:30PM
Avery Fisher Hall

Imogen Cooper, piano
RESPIGHI Feste Romane
RAVEL Piano Concerto in G
ADAMS City Noir
The Juilliard School’s renowned student orchestra, composed of some of the best players of the next generation, is joined by student players from London’s Royal Academy of Music in a lively program led by John Adams, a giant among contemporary composers, whose own jazz-inflected symphony City Noir closes the evening. The performers are joined by English piano virtuoso Imogen Cooper, whose passagework the Times of London has described as “exquisite—impeccably even yet full of life.” Part of The Lincoln Center Festival; this concert is a BBC Proms preview

Tickets $30 (Orchestra and First Tier); $15 (Second and Third Tier) by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, or online
http://events.juilliard.edu/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D37602826

Avery Fisher Hall | 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023


 

July 10, 2012

Just Published: Read my recap of True Blood Season V, Episode 5.


New York Cool Tip:

 

SUMMER ON THE ROOF
Film screenings on the Rooftop of the Bohemian National Hall
Czech Center New York | 321 East 73rd Street, NYC

GRAPES (Bobule)
Directed by Tomas Barina, 2008, 90 min.
Tuesday, July 10 at dusk

LONERS (Samotari)
Directed by David Ondricek, 2000, 103 min.
Tuesday, July 24 at dusk

I’M ALL GOOD (U me dobry)
Directed by Jan Hrebejk, 2008, 102 min.
Tuesday, July 31 at dusk

YOU ARE A WIDOW, SIR (Pane, vy jste vdova!)
Directed by Vaclav Vorlicek, 1971, 97 min.
Tuesday, August 7 at dusk

MEN`S NOVEL (Roman pro muze)
Directed by Tomas Barina, 2010, 95 min.
Tuesday, August 14 at dusk

IF A THOUSAND CLARINETS (Kdyby tisic klarinetu)
Directed by Jan Rohac and Vladimir Svitacek, 1965, 130 min.
Tuesday, August 21 at dusk

THE END OF AUGUST AT THE HOTEL OZONE (Konec srpna v hotelu Ozon)
Directed by Jan Schmidt, 1966, 77 min.
Tuesday, August 28 at dusk
Admission: $10
Screening starts at dusk
The rooftop is open from 7pm

Films are in Czech with English subtitles
In case of bad weather films will be screened at the indoor cinema
Tickets are not refundable
Program is subject to change.
Tickets and more info at www.czechcenter.c
om

Czech Center New York | 321 East 73rd Street, NYC


 

July 9, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Rooftop Films
Coney Island Flicks on the Beach
Edge of the City: Underground NY Shorts by the Sea
Monday, July 9
7:00PM: Music
8:30PM: Films
On the Beach at Coney Island

Coney Island Flicks on the Beach continues with a free screening select underground short films from New York. Join Rooftop Films, NYC & Company, and the Coney Island Development Corp. every Monday for amazing films, music and more on the beach.

No charge for admission

More info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/edge-of-the-city-underground-ny-shorts-by-the-sea/

On the Beach at Coney Island | 3059 West 12th Street, Brooklyn, Take the D, F, N or Q train to Coney Island, walk to the beach and make a left.


Another New York Cool Tip:

Victoria Bond, Composer
Mrs. President, the opera at Symphony Space
Monday, July 9, 7:30 PM
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space


In 19th century America, women didn't have the right to vote, much less run for president. But in 1872, Victoria Woodhull did just that, and, much more recently, has inspired an opera based on her life. In the opera Mrs. President, composer Victoria Bond has crafted a seething drama of ambition and betrayal, which tells the story of Woodhull's visionary struggle to defy history and become the first female President of the United States. Information about Anchorage Opera, including details of their 50th anniversary season, is at www.AnchorageOpera.org. Full synopsis of Mrs. President, the opera, bios of composer Victoria Bond and librettist Hilary Bell, hi-resolution photos and details about the New York and Anchorage productions are at www.MrsPresidentTheOpera.com.

Tickets: $20
Call Symphony Space box office 212-864-5400
Or visit SymphonySpace.org


Peter Norton Symphony Space | 2537 Broadway at 95th St., NY, NY


 

July 8, 2012

Just Published:

New Juilliard Ensemble at MoMA’s Summergarden
Sunday, July 8. 8PM-10PM
MoMA: The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden

Members of The New Juilliard Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Joel Sachs, perform this first of two distinctive programs featuring contemporary works by composers from Finland, Japan, Korea, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United States
Sukhi KANG (Korea) The Myth (2004)*
Henrik STRINDBERG (Sweden) Timeline (2008)**
Toshio HOSOKAWA (Japan) Drawing (2004)**
Roberto SIERRA (Puerto Rico/United States) Concierto de Camara (2008)***
* North America premiere
** Western Hemisphere premiere
*** New York premiere
Gates open at 7:00pm. In the event of rain, concerts are held in The Agnes Gund Garden Lobby; Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis
Entrance to Summergarden is through the Sculpture Garden gate on West 54th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues

Summergarden is FREE; no tickets required

MoMA: The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden | 11 W 53rd Street, NY, NY 10019


Another New York Cool Tip:

Summer on the Hudson's Amplified Sundays
Every Sunday in July, 7 pm
Pier I @ 70th Street, Manhattan

Vibrantly danceable live music accompanied by spectacular sunsets over the Hudson River!
July 8 - Soul Understated feat. Mavis 'SWAN' Poole, a musical "mother ship"
July 15 - Jose Conde, digging deep into Latin music
July 22 - Shenandoah and the Night, a noir indie pop group
July 29 - Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band performs danceable and original big band jams

Pier I @ 70th Street, Manhattan




July 7, 2012



Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of Rob Reiner's The Magic of Belle Isle, which opened this weekend in New York City.


 

The first two books of The Big Apple Posse Trilogy - The Big Apple Posse and The Big Apple Posse: Escape from New Orleans are on sale for 99 cents at both Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. They will be on sale until late August when the final book - The Big Apple Posse: Escape From Los Angeles is published and the price returns to $3.99 per book.

The Big Apple Posse Trilogy is an action adventure saga for kids of all ages. The books tell the story of some very ordinary people, ranging in age from nine to sixty-five, who are trapped in New York when terrorista bomb the city. They are witnesses in the "terror trial of the century," but if they want to live to testify, they must hide from the terrorists who are trying kill them and figure out out what really happened that day.

Read the first chapters for free:
The Big Apple Posse
The Big Apple Posse: Escape from New Orleans

Like The Big Apple Posse on Facebook


 

New York Cool Tip:

Rooftop Films
The Madness of Production
Saturday, July 7
8:00PM: Doors Open
8:30PM: Live Music
9:00PM: Films
11:30PM-12:30AM: Reception in courtyard
The Old American Can Factory (Gowanus, Brooklyn)


Rooftop Films and XO Projects’ annual INDUSTRIANCE™ show presents visually astonishing and intellectually stimulating films that examine the changing landscape in industry and architecture and the way these changes affect individuals around the world.

Tickets and more information: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/the-madness-of-production/

The Old American Can Factory (Gowanus, Brooklyn) |232 Third St at 3rd Ave


July 6, 2012

Just Published: Read Frank J. Avella's review of Oliver Stone’s Savages, which openes today, Friday, July 6th.


New York Cool Tip:

Films on the Green Festival Schedule- Screenings at dusk
July 6 - 8:30pm Tell No One, Riverside Park Pier I (at 70th St)
July 13 - 8:30pm Persepolis, Riverside Park Pier I (at 70th St)
Sept 6- 7:30pm Jules and Jim, Columbia University Low Library Steps"

"The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the City of New York Parks &
Recreation announce the return of its popular free outdoor series of
French screenings. For the fifth consecutive year,Films on the Green
will present French films in New York City parks in June and July, as
well as a special screeningat Columbia University in September.


Various Venues


Another New York Cool Tip:

Scott Lyons
The Private Life of Chickens
July 6-7. 8PM-10PM
Dance New Amsterdam

The end of the world is about to get dirty in the new dance-theatre extravaganza by Scott Lyons and Company, The Private Life of Chickens. Loosely based upon the fear-mongering tale of Chicken Little, The Private Life of Chickens follows the lives of four, feisty fowls as they struggle with the end of the world. Narrated by a cocky British news anchor, the chickens go to great extremes to win this battle on the sky as fear and hysteria build. With a Julia Childs inspired cooking show, a drunken dance off, a hallucinogenic trip to the underworld, the mania unfolds as the chickens battle with an unknown foe in this hysterical adventure- served sunny-side up! Created by Scott Lyons, in collaboration with the cast, Chickens’ first workshop production will take place at Dance New Amsterdam. Prior to performances both nights, audiences are invited to join the cast and friends of the Company to celebrate Scott Lyons’ birthday in style with drinks and snacks! The Private Life of Chickens stars Scott Lyons and Company collaborating artists, Lindsay Gilmour, Amii LeGendre, Anne Bloom, and Bradford Scobie, in addition to creator and founder, Scott Lyons.

Tickets: $15 at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/249657.

Dance New Amsterdam | 280 Broadway, New York, NY


 

July 5, 2012


BearCity2: The Proposal

Just Published: Read Frank J. Avella's article about the Qfest Festival which runs July 12 - 23rd in Philadelphia. Also, check out his first Qfest review and check back in the next few days for more reviews.


 

July 4, 2012



Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man, which just opened in New York City.


New York Cool Tip:

NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
JULY 4 HOLIDAY 10 am – 6 pm

Celebrate the nation’s birthday at the New-York Historical Society and DiMenna Children’s History Museum, with free admission for visitors 18 and under!

On Wednesday, July 4, history comes alive for the entire family! Do you want to know what life was like in 1776? Speak with Benjamin Franklin firsthand about his experiments with lightning and electricity, his inventions, his involvement with Congress in drafting the Declaration of Independence, and more! Learn what life was like for soldiers during the battles of the American Revolution from members of the 2nd New York Provincial Battalion. Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk and balladeer Rich Bala will talk about the pivotal role the Hudson River played in the War for Independence in the eighteenth century.
Enjoy fun-filled arts and crafts activities including:

New-York Historical is offering free admission on July 4 to those 18 and under.
For visitors 21 and older, Empire Brewing Company will be hosting half-hour beer tastings at 2pm and 4pm in the beer hall of Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History. Held by president David Katleski and Assistant Brewer Olivia Cerio, the tasting will feature a selection of the brewery’s beer and a discussion on the process of making and selling beer. Tickets are $35 (members $20)

NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM & LIBRARY
170 Central Park West
New York, N.Y. 10024


 

July 3, 2012

Just Published: Read my recap of True Blood Season V, Episode 4.


New York Cool Tip:

MOTOWN SPECIAL: Music & Dance Event
Tuesday, July 3rd – 7:00PM
Iguana Cafe

Join us for a Motown Music & Dance event!
Playing great music from The Temptations, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Martha and The Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and many other wonderful tunes! We attract an ethnically diverse group of all ages. Full bar and food available.

Admission $15
which includes coupon for free house liquor, or wine/beer, or 2 sodas, or $5 off of any food

Questions? Comments? Email sockhopsundays@gmail.com or call Eric at 212.486.9517
www.SOCKHOPSUNDAYS.com


Iguana Cafe | 240 West 54th Street
(between 8th Ave & Broadway)


 

July 2, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Patrick Droney
Monday, July 2 @ 7:30 p.m.
Highline Ballroom


PATRICK DRONEY has become one of America’s most phenomenal young guitar players and talented young songwriters. He made his national recording debut at the age of 16 with The Other Side (Reform/ADA), a 12 song album that showcased his ability to write rock songs with impressive guitar solos that are rhythmically and lyrically heartfelt, while exuding a sense of isolation that defies his age. Droney first came to national attention in 2006 after winning the Robert Johnson Star Award as one of the country’s most promising young musicians, but in actuality he has been turning heads since picking up the guitar at the age of 7.

One of 38 kids worldwide to be accepted in 2010 into the prestigious NYU Tisch School for the Arts:Clive Davis School of Recorded Music, critics have compared his talent to one that fuses elements of Stevie Raye Vaughan, Robert Johnson and John Mayer while adding his own original style. Patrick posses a textural smoothness and warm fluidity that connotes a visceral connection between his fingers and the fret board, belying his age. His songwriting and guitar style have allowed him the opportunity to play to a variety of audiences and cross generational lines- he has shared the stage and performed with Mitch Mitchell (drums) and Billy Cox (bass), the same Jimi Hendrix Experience rhythm section that played behind Hendrix at Woodstock as part of the Jimi Hendrix Experience Tour and yet has co-written tunes with more contemporary artists including Ben Burnley of Breaking Benjamin “Alive” and Chris Henderson of the multi platinum rock band 3 Doors Down, “Everything.”

Tickets: $10 at the door

Highline Ballroom | 431 W. 16th Street


Another New York Cool Tip:

Two Girls, Three Cups and a Guy
Monday, July 2 8PM – 10 PM
Three of Cups


Remember when things used to happen in basements in this town? Well, we sure as hell do! Introducing Two Girls, Three Cups (and a Guy), a weekly comedy show at Three of Cups every Monday night at 8pm, with the best and brightest comedians NYC has to offer. Featuring free trivia shots and happy hour drink specials served by the fiercely fun Kelly. Hosted by the incomparable Jen Mutascio (credits) and featuring Hilary Schwartz (credits) Aaron Sweeney (credits) and the funniest comedians around town. Free shots, cheap drinks, and good laughs in a dimly lit basement: what more could you possibly want? Free

Three of Cups | 83 1st Avenue (@5th Street)


July 1, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Shantala Shivalingappa
Namasya
Wed 7:30pm
Thu-Sat 8pm
Sun 2pm
Jun 27-Jul 1
The Joyce Theater

Born in India and raised in Paris, the "divinely gifted" (The New York Times) Shantala Shivalingappa combines elements from the Southern Indian traditional dance characterized by flowing lines and intricate footwork with a western contemporary dance sensibility. For her Joyce debut, Shantala performs Namasya<.i>, a work celebrating her diverse choreographic influences that consists of four solos including one created by Ushio Amagatsu, Sankai Juku's renowned artistic director, and another choreographed during her residency with Pina Bausch. Filled with elegant movement that sheds light on interior thoughts, Namasya clearly establishes Shantala Shivalingappa as one of the most intriguing artists on the international scene.

Company website:
http://www.shantalashivalingappa.com/

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

Joyce SoHo | 155 Mercer Street
(between Houston & Prince)
New York, NY 10012


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

VOCES Y VISIONES: Gran Caribe
On view now through December 9, 2012
Tuesday - Saturday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Las Galerías El Museo del Barrio

Catch a glimpse of works from our Permanent Collection that revolve around the themes of race and ethnicity, language and dialogue, along with affinities and differences throughout the Caribbean.

VOCES Y VISIONES: Gran Caribe is on view in anticipation of this summer's blockbuster exhibition CARIBBEAN: Crossroads of the World, organized by El Museo del Barrio in collaboration with The Studio Museum in Harlem and Queens Museum of Art.
Fees Vary

El Museo del Barrio | 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street


 

June 30, 2012

 

The first two books of The Big Apple Posse Trilogy - The Big Apple Posse and The Big Apple Posse: Escape from New Orleans are on sale for 99 cents at both Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. They will be on sale until late August when the final book - The Big Apple Posse: Escape From Los Angeles is published and the price returns to $3.99 per book.

The Big Apple Posse Trilogy is an action adventure saga for kids of all ages. The books tell the story of some very ordinary people, ranging in age from nine to sixty-five, who are trapped in New York when terrorista bomb the city. They are witnesses in the "terror trial of the century," but if they want to live to testify, they must hide from the terrorists who are trying kill them and figure out out what really happened that day.

Read the first chapters for free:
The Big Apple Posse
The Big Apple Posse: Escape from New Orleans

Like The Big Apple Posse on Facebook


Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of Seth MacFarlane's Ted, which opened this weekend in New York City.


New York Cool Tip:

The Agency With Maayan Sheleff
Saturday June 30th 3 – 5pm
ICI Curatorial Hub

Independent Curators International (ICI) invites you to join us for The Agency with Maayan Sheleff. Speakers will engage with the idea of “the agency” through various projects, debating the possibility of art as a vehicle for social change, and the shift in the roles of both artist and curator on the border between art and activism. Participants include Maayan Sheleff, Curator, CCA Tel Aviv, recipient of ISCP’s 2012 Curator Award, and Chelsea Haines, Public Programs Manager, ICI, amongst others.
Cost: Free

RSVP to the event to rsvp@curatorsintl.org with “Maayan Sheleff” in the subject field. For more information, contact Chelsea Haines at chelsea@curatorsintl.org.
For more information visit: http://curatorsintl.org/events/the_agency_with_maayan_sheleff.


Independent Curators International | 401 Broadway Suite 1620, New York, NY 10013


Another New York Cool Tip:

Fishing Festival
Saturday, June 30, 11 am - 3 pm
West Harlem Piers Park


NYC Urban Park Rangers connect you to the life living within the Hudson River. Equipment provided, but bring enthusiasm, luck and a friend. Come for the fishing, stay for river-related activities, including fishy arts & crafts.

Free to the public, event details at www.nyc.gov/parks/soh


West Harlem Piers Park | West 125 Street, Manhattan


 


June 29, 2012


Just Published: Read Frank J. Avella's review of Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, which opens today, Friday, June 29, 2012.


New York Cool Tip:

Films on the Green Festival Schedule- Screenings at dusk
June 29 - 8:30pm Donkey Skin, Tompkins Square Park
July 6 - 8:30pm Tell No One, Riverside Park Pier I (at 70th St)
July 13 - 8:30pm Persepolis, Riverside Park Pier I (at 70th St)
Sept 6- 7:30pm Jules and Jim, Columbia University Low Library Steps"

"The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the City of New York Parks &
Recreation announce the return of its popular free outdoor series of
French screenings. For the fifth consecutive year,Films on the Green
will present French films in New York City parks in June and July, as
well as a special screeningat Columbia University in September.


Various Venues


Another New York Cool Tip:

357 Lover's Spectacular Showtime Show
Friday, June 29 9PM
Big Sky Works

On Friday, June 29, .357 Lover accompanies Brooklyn aerialists Tanya Gagne, Kristine Petrucione, Jason Mejias and Jean Loscalo 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 Gabrielle Sterbenz and Root Hub. 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 | t 29 Wythe Ave (@N. 14th) in Williamsburg, NY


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance Presents its 9th Annual Season at
Danspace Project
June 28-30. 8pm--10pm
Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church in the Bowery

Contemporary ballet company Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance will usher in the warmth and richness of summer with its 9th annual season, part of the DANCE: Access series at Danspace Project, featuring the world premiere of the much anticipated Triptych as well as a restaging of the ballet Ménage. The Season will feature choreography by Cherylyn Lavagnino, original scores by composer Scott Killian, and live performances by acclaimed musicians Kenneth Hamrick, Nicholas Tamagna, and Jane Chung, as well as a photo installation by artist Betsy Weis. The performances will be Thursday through Saturday, June 28-30 at 8:00pm at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery: 131 E 10th St at 2nd Ave. Tickets will be available at the door, or can be purchased in advance by phone (866) 811-4111 or at www.danspaceproject.org

Tickets: $18 Gen. Adm. / $12 for Students and Members. Available at the door, or in advance at (866) 811-4111 or at www.danspaceproject.org

Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church in the Bowery | 131 E. 10th St,
New York, NY 10003


 

June 28, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Ballet Hispanico - Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival
Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 8pm
Prospect Park Bandshell

Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the preeminent Latino dance institution in the United States, will perform as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival, which is presented by Google Play, in a free performance at the Prospect Park Bandshell on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 8pm. The dynamic program for Celebrate Brooklyn! highlights the extraordinary athleticism and playfulness of the company and includes Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro’s first piece for the company, Asuka, a celebration of the music of Celia Cruz, along with Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s flamenco-inspired Nube Blanco and Pedro Ruiz’s high-spirited Club Havana.

The Prospect Park Bandshell is located inside Prospect Park at Prospect Park West and 9th Street. Admission is free with a suggested $3.00 donation. Gates open at 7:00pm. The evening will begin at 8pm with a free salsa lesson led by Eduardo Vilaro and Latin Social Dance prior to the performance.

Prospect Park Bandshell | Prospect Park West and 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215


Another New York Cool Tip:

R. Kelly
Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me
THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2012 • 6PM-8PM
Barnes and Noble, Tribeca


Who is R. Kelly? Three-time Grammy winner, who has sold more than 35 million records worldwide. Legendary writer and producer, who collaborated with such music icons as Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Jay-Z, and Aretha Franklin. Visionary cultural messenger, who created the hip hopera phenomenon Trapped in the Closet. Creative genius. Sex symbol. The man who puts the “R” in R&B.

Through the iconic anthem “I Believe I Can Fly” and such sexy R&B mega-hits as “Bump N’ Grind,” “Ignition,” and “When a Woman’s Fed Up,” R. Kelly has proven to be one of the greatest musical talents of his generation. Yet his rollercoaster ride to the top has been as perilous as it has been exhilarating. In Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me, Kelly shares his life story through episodic tales and exclusive color photographs, exploring his meteoric rises and sudden falls.

Barnes and Noble, Tribeca | 97 Warren Street
New York, NY 10007


June 27, 2012

Just Published: Read my recap of True Blood Season V, Episode 3. And check back late every Tuesday night for the most recent recap.


New York Cool Tip:

CORSET PORTRAITS
Reception/Talk with the Artist
Saturday June 23 at 4:00pm
Exhibit open June through September
Wednesday through Sunday, 10am – 4pm
The Morris Jumel Mansion

A group exhibition co-sponsored by The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) and The Morris Jumel Mansion exhibiting Northern Manhattan Artist’s work within the period rooms of the storied Morris-Jumel Mansion.

Camilla Huey’s evolving installation of corsets as a work-in-progress captures the dreams and uncertainty of the women most influential to the exceptional and oft forgotten legacy of Aaron Burr. The corsets are created and inspired by traditional corset making and book binding materials and techniques that reflect the diversity of the women, as well as the nuances and titillating details that brought them to infamy. The portrait of each woman is comprised of her “body of work” representing the written works by the sheer bulk she accomplished bound within a corset appropriate to her time and nature. Among the completed pieces is the voluminous corset representing Theodosia Burr, Aaron's first wife and great love. That binding is literal and physical in books, corsets and word is implicit.
The exhibit is open from June through September. June is the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) Uptown Arts Stroll. The exhibit may be viewed at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Wednesday through Sunday, 10am – 4pm

Morris-Jumel Mansion| 65 Jumel Terrace New York NY
Manhattan's oldest house and General Washington's
Headquarters during the Revolutionary War


 

July 26, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship
Book Launch
Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, the Graduate Center CUNY

Join art historian Claire Bishop and Carrie Lambert-Beatty in conversation at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, the Graduate Center CUNY to celebrate the launch of Bishop's new book, Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship. The discussion will be followed by a book signing and wine reception.
Claire Bishop is Associate Professor in the PhD Program in Art History at CUNY Graduate Center, New York. Her publications include Installation Art: A Critical History (Tate/Routledge, 2005) and the edited anthology Participation (Whitechapel/MIT Press, 2006), as well as numerous essays on performance and socially-engaged art. Her curatorial projects include the exhibition Double Agent at the ICA, London (2008) and the PRELUDE.11 performance festival at CUNY Graduate Center (2011). She is a regular contributor to Artforum.

Carrie Lambert-Beatty is Associate Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, and her research focuses on art since 1960, especially performance and video. Her writing on performance art, postmodern dance, and minimalism has been published in exhibition catalogs and in journals such as Trans, Art Journal, and October magazine, of which she has been an editor since 2008. Her book Being Watched: Yvonne Rainer and the 1960s (MIT Press, 2008) was the 2008 winner of the de la Torre prize for scholarship on dance. Her latest research is on recent intersections of art and activism.

Seating is limited. RSVP to verso@versobooks.com.

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


June 25, 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.)


Another New York Cool Tip:

THIS IS FICTION
Previews begin June 12
Opening June 15
Mondays, Wednesdays - Saturdays at 7PM
Added performance on Tuesday, June 26th at 7PM to benefit happydoll.org
Cherry Lane Studio Theatre

Richard Masur Stars in New Jersey Family Dramedy

InViolet Repertory Theater presents the World Premiere of THIS IS FICTION by Megan Hart. Richard Masur stars in this dramedy directed by Shelley Butler. Previews begin June 12 at Cherry Lane Studio Theatre. Press opening is set for Saturday, June 15.

THIS IS FICTION centers on Amy, an aspiring young writer. Amy is on the verge of having her first novel published, but before she does, she has to break the news to her family that it's not entirely fiction. When she shows up at her childhood home in New Jersey, it's time to tell the truth. Fiction is easy. Life is hard.

In addition to Richard Masur, THIS IS FICTION also stars Bernardo Cubria, Aubyn Philabaum, and Michelle David with a production team that includes Obie and Lucille Lortel Award winner Lauren Helpern (set), Les Dickert (lighting), Leon Rothenberg (sound), Hillary Poirier (stage manager), and Michael Henry Harris (producer).

Tickets are $18, available at 212-352-3101 or www.InVioletRep.com.

Cherry Lane Studio Theatre | 38 Commerce Street
Between 7th Avenue & Hudson Streets
Accessible from the 1 train at Christopher Street-Sheridan Square


 

June 24, 2012


Pants: Designer Jose Castro
Top: Designer Vanessa González

Photo Credit: Katherin Wermke

Just Published: Read my article and see Katherin Wermke's photographs in Barcelona Style.


I Love Bob
July 20-29, 2012 at 7:30pm
Joyce SoHo


New York City’s Drama Desk-nominated Parallel Exit returns to the Joyce SoHo for the third time, to present the world premiere of I LOVE BOB, an evening-length comic ballet, from July 20-29, 2012 at 7:30pm at Joyce SoHo, 155 Mercer Street (between Houston & Prince). Tickets are $25 general admission ($15 student/senior) and are available by phone at JoyceCharge 212-242-0800 or online at joyce.org. The performance on Saturday, July 28 is a benefit and tickets are $150. Inspired by the films City Lights and An American In Paris, the original dance musical I LOVE BOB follows the story of two desperately lonely characters attempting to connect within the speed and chaos of 21st century New York City. This new work was created by director Mark Lonergan, choreographer Ray Hesselink, and composer Wayne Barker, and features a live original score played by Barker.

$25 general admission ($15 student/senior); 212-242-0800 or www.joyce.org

Joyce SoHo | 155 Mercer Street
(between Houston & Prince)
New York, NY 10012


June 23, 2012

 

The first two books of The Big Apple Posse Trilogy - The Big Apple Posse and The Big Apple Posse: Escape from New Orleans are on sale for 99 cents at both Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. They will be on sale until late August when the final book - The Big Apple Posse: Escape From Los Angeles is published and the price returns to $3.99 per book.

The Big Apple Posse Trilogy is an action adventure saga for kids of all ages. The books tell the story of some very ordinary people, ranging in age from nine to sixty-five, who are trapped in New York when terrorista bomb the city. They are witnesses in the "terror trial of the century," but if they want to live to testify, they must hide from the terrorists who are trying kill them and figure out out what really happened that day.

Read the first chapters for free:
The Big Apple Posse
The Big Apple Posse: Escape from New Orleans

Like The Big Apple Posse on Facebook


Another New York Cool Tip:

Films on the Green Festival Schedule- Screenings at dusk
June 22 - 8:30pm The Axe, Tompkins Square Park
June 29 - 8:30pm Donkey Skin, Tompkins Square Park
July 6 - 8:30pm Tell No One, Riverside Park Pier I (at 70th St)
July 13 - 8:30pm Persepolis, Riverside Park Pier I (at 70th St)
Sept 6- 7:30pm Jules and Jim, Columbia University Low Library Steps"

"The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the City of New York Parks &
Recreation announce the return of its popular free outdoor series of
French screenings. For the fifth consecutive year,Films on the Green
will present French films in New York City parks in June and July, as
well as a special screeningat Columbia University in September.


Various Venues


 

New York Cool Tip:

THE PHILHALLMONIC SOCIETY
“SWINGIN’ ON A STAR a musical celebration of the 1940’s”
SATURDAY, JUNE 23rd at 2:30 FREE Concert
Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center

SINGING SO OTHERS CAN SOAR

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (Lincoln Center) and The Philhallmonic Society present "Swingin' On A Star"--a musical celebration of the 1940s on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012, 2:30 p.m. at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center (entrance on 65th and Amsterdam Avenue). The concert is free with general seating. Get on board the A-train as The Philhallmonic Society delight you with the magical songs of the era that still captivates with such song classics as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “The Fleet’s In,” “Jukebox Saturday Night,” “In The Mood,” “Laura,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and "La Vie En Rose.” For additional information, visit www.thephilhallmonicsociety.org or on Facebook--The Philhallmonic Society
.
The Philhallmonic Society is made up of professional Broadway, cabaret and classical singers including Karen Arlington, Mary Lou Barber, Dolly Ellen Friedman, Lenore Fuerstman, Jani Gerard, Valerie Lemon, Linda Sue Moshier, Rachael Robbins and Diana Silva. The production is musically staged by Broadway dancer and choreographer Sharon Halley. Musicians Phil Hall (arranger and pianist), Keith Crupi (drums) and Paul Nowinski (bass) will raise the roof with this exuberant music.

Free Concert

Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center | Entrance on 65th and Amsterdam Avenue


 

June 22, 2012

Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of Woody Allen's To Rome With Love, which opens today, Friday, June 22nd.


New York Cool Tip:


Rooftop Films
Is It Love? Romance Shorts
Friday, June 22
8:00PM: Doors Open
8:30PM: Live Music
9:00PM: Films
11:30PM-1:00AM: After-party at R Bar (218 Bowery @ Rivington)
Courtesy of Radeberger Pilsner
Open Roads Rooftop


Romantic short films about the unusual nature of love in the modern world.
Tickets and more information: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/is-it-love-romance-shorts/


Open Road Rooftop (Lower East Side, Manhattan) | Address: 350 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002


Another New York Cool Tip:

 

CRAIC GAY & LESBAN FILM FESTIVAL
Friday, June 22nd
Open bar reception from 6:30-8:00pm
Films run from 8:00-9:30pm.
Irish Arts Center

The 2nd annual Craic Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (CGLFF) is scheduled for Friday, June 22nd at the Irish Arts Center (553 W. 51st) during PRIDE week in Manhattan. Craic is partnering with Belong To for this festival. BeLonG To is an organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) young people, aged between 14 and 23. Presented by Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey.
The CGLFF is a 1-night festival of films by Irish Gay & Lesbian filmmakers based in the New York City area well as award winning short films from Ireland as well. The program will be a combination of short documentaries and live action comedy shorts. Open bar reception from 6:30-8:00pm. The films run from 8:00-9:30pm. Reception by Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey.

Special guests scheduled to attend are Speaker Christine C. Quinn. A free event with a suggested $ 15 donation at the door.

For further information contact 646-549-1349 or www.Thecraicfest.com
www.thecraicfest.com

Irish Arts Center | 553 W. 51st


Another New York Cool Tip:

Le Grand Continental by Sylvain Émard Danse
June 22 & 23, 7PM; June 24, 2PM
Pier 16 & 17, The Seaport

The River To River Festival and The Joyce Theater join forces to present the U.S. Premiere of Montréal-based choreographer Sylvain Emard’s Le Grand Continental. Combining festive line dancing with the fluidity and expressiveness of contemporary dance, Le Grand Continental has garnered enthusiastic audience responses in Montreal to Mexico City. For its U.S. premiere, Le Grand Continental brings together 200 individuals of all ages and backgrounds—dancers and non-dancers alike—to perform this joyful blend of line dancing and contemporary dance.

Each performance will be followed by a DJ dance party on Pier 17:
June 22—The Miracles Club
June 23—Chico Mann
June 24—Body Language

Presented by River To River Festival and The Joyce Theater.

Pier 16 & 17, The Seaport


Another New York Cool Tip:

John Gay's
The Beggar's Opera
Thursday, June 21 at 7:30 pm
Friday, June 22 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 24 at 5:00 pm
Congregation Beth Elohim

The Manhattan-based Village Light Opera Group is bringing their talented troupe to Brooklyn with their performances of The Beggar’s Opera. Inspired by Irish satirist Jonathan Swift (Gulliver’s Travels), author John Gay cunningly fashioned England’s first musical theatre sensation as he waggishly wove ballads, folk tunes, and church hymns into his bawdy tale of thieves, swindlers, and wenches. An uproarious love triangle unfolds between the cheating scoundrel Macheath, his mistress Lucy Lockit, and his secret wife Polly Peachum. When Polly’s and Lucy’s parents plot to send Macheath to the gallows, Polly turns to Lucy to help save the man they love.

20 General Admission
May be purchased directly from the VLOG website: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/30165 or from VLOG members. Also visit our website at http://villagelightopera.org

Congregation Beth Elohim | 274 Garfield Place (& Eighth Ave)



June 21, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Films on the Green Festival Schedule- Screenings at dusk
June 22 - 8:30pm The Axe, Tompkins Square Park
June 29 - 8:30pm Donkey Skin, Tompkins Square Park
July 6 - 8:30pm Tell No One, Riverside Park Pier I (at 70th St)
July 13 - 8:30pm Persepolis, Riverside Park Pier I (at 70th St)
Sept 6- 7:30pm Jules and Jim, Columbia University Low Library Steps"

"The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the City of New York Parks &
Recreation announce the return of its popular free outdoor series of
French screenings. For the fifth consecutive year,Films on the Green
will present French films in New York City parks in June and July, as
well as a special screeningat Columbia University in September.


Various Venues


Another New York Cool Tip:

Rooftop Films
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
(Terence Nance| 95min.)
Thursday, June 21
8:00PM: Doors open
8:30PM: Live music by Terence Nance
9:00PM: Film
11:00PM-12:30AM: After-party
Outdoors at Dekalb Market

Nance’s explosively creative debut feature documents the relationship between Terence and a woman as they teeter on the divide between platonic and romantic.

Co-presented by NYC & Co and the Soul of Brooklyn Week presented by MoCADA.
Tickets and more info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/an-oversimplification-of-her-beauty/

Outdoors at Dekalb Market | 138 Willoughby St. @ Flatbush Ave.
(Ft. Greene/Downtown Brooklyn) B, Q, R to Dekalb Ave


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

DETOUR
Thursday –Saturday at 7:30pm
June 21-23, 2012
New York Live Arts

Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre announces its 2012 Season, the Twelfth Annual Performance Season from Thursday –Saturday, June 21-23, 2012 at 7:30pm at New York Live Arts, 219 W. 19th Street, NYC. The season will feature the World Premiere of Detour. Tickets are $24 in advance and $30 at the door ($22 in advance and $27 at the door for Live Arts members, students, and seniors) and are available at www.newyorklivearts.org or by phone at (212) 924-0077. Detour, an evening-length dance theatre work, shifts perspective and perception. The choreography challenges the ways in which the mind acts to narrow our scope – creating unnecessary pain and false judgment. A moment on stage that looks one way will transform, thereby challenging the way we originally experienced that image or moment. By veering off course and getting out of our own way, we are able to experience the present more fully. Through physical dynamics, luscious movement, and theatrical elements, Detour will continually shift the experience of perception. The piece will subvert expectations; just as momentum builds onstage, the energy will shrink. Likewise, just as something appears small, it will grow to feel massive, vast, and timeless. Turning movement inside out, Detour will play with timing and musicality, stillness and repetition, spatial design and direction. It is in these moments of detour, when the possibilities for change reveal themselves.

Tickets are $24 in advance and $30 at the door; www.newyorklivearts.org, (212) 924-0077

New York Live Arts | 219 W. 19th Street
New York, NY 10011


 

June 20, 2012

Just Published: Read my recap of Episode 1 of Season V of True Blood. And check back late every Tuesday night for the recap of the Sunday show.


New York Cool Tip:

Limón Dance Company
Tue-Wed 7:30pm
Thu-Fri 8pm
Sat 2pm & 8pm
Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
Jun 19-24
The Joyce Theater

As part of its 65th anniversary celebration, Limón Dance Company, under the direction of Carla Maxwell, will perform a world premiere pairing world renowned Cuban composer/performer Paquito D'Rivera with Rodrigo Pederneiras, the principal choreographer of Grupo Corpo, Brazil's leading contemporary dance company. This full-company work, Paquito's first dance commission and Rodrigo's first commission for a US dance company, will stretch the boundaries of Limón's legacy by uniting extraordinary music and dance. The program will also include a revival of Limón's 1956 masterwork The Emperor Jones, based on the powerful Eugene O'Neill play and set to the resonant music of Heitor Villa-Lobos.

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

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

Joyce SoHo | 155 Mercer Street
(between Houston & Prince)
New York, NY 10012


 

June 19, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Hello World: Readings from the Anne Frank Prison Diary Project
Tuesday June 19, 7:00pm
Museum Of Tolerance New York

Join us for an evening of readings in which educators, actors, writers,
students and ex-prisoners will read from a dozen diaries by U.S
Prisoners. The Prison Diary Writing Project, started in 2008 offers
prisoners the opportunity to read The Diary of Anne Frank and to
write their own personal diaries with the goal of promoting the values
expressed by Anne in her diary. Following the reading, writer and activist
Cindy Cooper will lead a Q&A discussion.

For info: Melissa Hooper: 212-697-1180 ex. 102 or mhooper@wiesenthal.com
Register Online:
www.museumoftolerancenewyork.com/prisondiaries

Admission: $15

Presented in partnership with The Anne Frank Center USA and the Museum of Tolerance New York

Museum Of Tolerance New York | 226 East 42nd Street
(Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)


 

June 18, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Pilobolus
Jul 17-Aug 11
The Joyce Theater

A fungus that grew into an international dance phenomenon, Pilobolus performs a season full of "stunning physical feats and visual surprises, a peek or two into the crannies of the heart, and lots of humor, both awful and sublime." (The New York Times). Highlights include premieres created in collaboration with Michael Moschen and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, two artists whose work takes the very definition of dance to new frontiers. The collaboration with physicist, juggler, dancer Moschen unites the underlying spirit of Pilobolus's work--support, humanity, connection—with an artist similarly fascinated with the emotional and physical properties governing human interaction. And the collaboration with Cherkaoui, a "bright young star of contemporary European dance," (Los Angeles Times), equally promises to defy the established boundaries of visual and kinetic artistry. Sandwiched in between are audience favorites gleaned from Pilobolus' repertory, a bag of tricks embracing forty-one years of fun.

PROGRAM 1: Michael Moschen premiere
Jul 16-17, 20, 21 at 2pm, 25-26, 28 at 8pm, 30-31, Aug 3, 4 at 2pm, 8-9, 11 at 8pm

PROGRAM 2: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui premiere
Jul 18-19, 21 at 8pm, 23-24, 27, 28 at 2pm, Aug 1-2, 4 at 8pm, 6-7, 10, 11 at 2pm

Company website:
http://www.pilobolus.org/home.jsp

performance schedule
Mon-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm

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

Joyce SoHo | 155 Mercer Street
(between Houston & Prince)
New York, NY 10012


Another New York Cool Tip:

THIS IS FICTION
Previews begin June 12
Opening June 15
Mondays, Wednesdays - Saturdays at 7PM
Added performance on Tuesday, June 26th at 7PM to benefit happydoll.org
Cherry Lane Studio Theatre

Richard Masur Stars in New Jersey Family Dramedy

InViolet Repertory Theater presents the World Premiere of THIS IS FICTION by Megan Hart. Richard Masur stars in this dramedy directed by Shelley Butler. Previews begin June 12 at Cherry Lane Studio Theatre. Press opening is set for Saturday, June 15.

THIS IS FICTION centers on Amy, an aspiring young writer. Amy is on the verge of having her first novel published, but before she does, she has to break the news to her family that it's not entirely fiction. When she shows up at her childhood home in New Jersey, it's time to tell the truth. Fiction is easy. Life is hard.

In addition to Richard Masur, THIS IS FICTION also stars Bernardo Cubria, Aubyn Philabaum, and Michelle David with a production team that includes Obie and Lucille Lortel Award winner Lauren Helpern (set), Les Dickert (lighting), Leon Rothenberg (sound), Hillary Poirier (stage manager), and Michael Henry Harris (producer).

Tickets are $18, available at 212-352-3101 or www.InVioletRep.com.

Cherry Lane Studio Theatre | 38 Commerce Street
Between 7th Avenue & Hudson Streets
Accessible from the 1 train at Christopher Street-Sheridan Square


 

June 17, 2012

Quintet of the Americas in Concert at Queens Botanical Garden
Sunday, June 17 – 2:30 PM
Queens Botanical Garden

The Quintet of the Americas will be in concert, presented in cooperation
with the Latin American Cultural Center of Queens, Nayibe Berger, Director.

The program will feature Ann McMillan's Cloud Forest with recorded crane
songs, Judah Adashi's Song of the Birds from Songs and Dances of
Macondo, Jack Gottlieb's Twilight Crane with narrator, James Cohn's
Goldfinch Variations, Elliott Schwartz's Bird Bath, Charlie Parker’s
Yardbird Suite, songs by Gaudencio Thiago de Mello, Heitor Villa-Lobos'
Song of the Dove, Jose Barros' El Picaflor and music from Ecuador and
Colombia.

Special guest artist will be organic percussionist Gaudencio Thiago de
Mello, native of the Brazilian Amazon. The program will also include
projected images of birds, recorded bird songs and audience interaction.

The June 17 concert is included with Garden admission. For more
information, call the Queens Botanical Garden at 718-886-3800 or visit
the Quintet at http://quintet.org/concerts.html.

Queens Botanical Garden | 43-50 Main Street in Flushing


Another New York Cool Tip:

Let's Dance!
Sundays, June 3-24, 6-9 p.m.
Pier I @ 70th St.


Every Sunday in June learn to dance like a pro at these salsa, cha-cha and bachata lessons and group dances led by master teachers from the Piel Canela Dance and Music School.

Free to the public. For information on weather cancellations please visit www.nyc.gov/parks/soh the day of the event.


Riverside Park South, Pier I @ 70th St.


 

June 16, 2012

Just Published: Read Frank J. Avella's review of Lynn Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister, which opened this weekend in New York City.


New York Cool Tip:

Cirene: Multimedia Fairytales. Tales from the Arab Lands.
Saturday, June 16th. 3PM – 5PM
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Violinist Colin Jacobsen, cellist Eric Jacobsen, dancer Maile Okamura, percussionist Shane Shanahan, and painter/animator Kevork Mourad reimagine timeless tales from the Arab lands and craft them into presentations of dance, music, live painting, and animation. Magical images are projected behind the performers and spring to life in unexpected ways.

This event is held in conjunction with the New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia.

Tickets $15. For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/concerts-and-performances/ticketed-performances/cirène?eid=3482 or call 212 570 3949.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | 1000 Fifth Avenue
New York | NY, 10028


New York Cool Tip:

KEIGWIN + COMPANY
June 12 – 17, 2012
The Joyce Theater

Pop culture fuses with high art in KEIGWIN + COMPANY’s electrifying brand of contemporary dance. K+C returns to The Joyce in 2012 with three World Premieres that combine Larry Keigwin’s theatricality and wit, ranging from a work for 12 dancers set to a score by electronic composer Jonathan Pratt, to a quartet for the company’s male dancers and a solo danced by Artistic Director Larry Keigwin. With a cast of 12 dancers, 12 Chairs will explore rejection and survival with driving physicality, using the game “musical chairs” as an inspirational launching point. Keigwin’s solo, titled Panic, will mark his first solo in nearly a decade and will investigate the sensations of fear and anxiety. The quartet for four men, Contact Sport, will utilize highly athletic and vigorous movement to examine the ever-evolving relationships between four brothers, accompanied by the iconic sounds of Eartha Kitt. Celebrated by The New York Times as “divinely well-structured,” Megalopolis will round out the program. This dazzling work blends a futuristic urban vision with nightclub camp to a mash up of minimalism and hip-hop.

Performances: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm; Thursday through Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm & 7:30pm. Tickets are $10-$49 and can be purchased at JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 or joyce.org. Prices subject to change.

The Joyce Theater | 175 Eighth Avenue, NYC


Another New York Cool Tip:

Rooftop Films
I Think It’s Raining
(Joshua Moore | 92min.)
Saturday, June 16
8:00PM: Doors open
8:30PM: Live music by Alexandra Clayton
9:00PM: Film
11:30PM-1:00AM: After-party at Fontana’s (105 Eldridge St. @ Grand)
Open Road Rooftop above New Design High School

Starring and featuring original songs by Alexandra Clayton, I Think It’s Raining is a music-infused San Francisco portrait of a woman at odds with who she once was and who she will become.

Tickets and more info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/i-think-its-raining/

Open Road Rooftop above New Design High School | 350 Grand St.
@ Essex (Lower East Side, Manhattan)
F, J, M, Z to Delancey Street-Essex Street; B, D, Q to Grand Street


 

June 15, 2012

New York Cool Tip:


Sundance Film Festival Shorts
8:00PM: Doors open
8:30PM: Live music by Howth
9:00PM: Film
11:30PM-1:00AM: After-party at R Bar
(218 Bowery @ Rivington) courtesy of Radeberger Pilsner
Friday, June 15
Open Road Rooftop above New Design High School

On June 16, Sundance Institute returns to BAM to host the ShortsLab NYC, an all-day educational workshop. The Sundance-organized seminar of screenings and panels offer filmmakers insight and access into story development, production, and exhibition of narrative short-form storytelling. Rooftop has long been a champion of the short film as its own artistic medium, so to kick off the weekend, Rooftop is proud to co-present an evening of amazing shorts from Sundance’s acclaimed programming.

Tickets and more info:
http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/sundance-film-festival-shorts-1/
@RooftopFilms
Facebook.com/RooftopFilms
www.rooftopfilms.com

Open Road Rooftop above New Design High School | 350 Grand St.
@ Essex (Lower East Side, Manhattan)
Subway: F, J, M, Z to Delancey Street-Essex Street; B, D, Q to Grand Street



Another New York Cool Tip:

Little House on The Prairie’s Nellie Oleson -- Alison Arngrim's
CONFESSIONS OF A PRAIRIE BITCH"
Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 PM.
The Laurie Beechman Theatre

Comic, former child star, outspoken activist, author and TV Land Award winner ALISON ARNGRIM makes her annual return to New York with CONFESSIONS OF A PRAIRIE BITCH for two shows only, June 15 & 16 at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Best known as acid-tongued, pre-Midol meanie Nellie Oleson from "Little House on the Prairie", Alison Arngrim presents an uproarious evening of storytelling, stand-up, and multi media about life as everyone's favorite toxic pre-teen brat, complete with petticoats and ringlets.

Never afraid to dish the dirt on TV land, she let all the secrets loose of "Little House on the Prairie", Hollywood and much. Recalling her life and career as bitchy Nellie Oleson, Arngrim startles audiences internationally with off-color jokes about child stars and TV icons of the 1970’s and 80s.

Tickets are $20 with a $15 per person food or drink minimum. For reservations call 212-352-3101 or visit www.SpinCycleNYC.com.

CONFESSIONS OF A PRAIRIE BITCH premiered at Fez in 2002, has now become a worldwide phenomenon. It has been performed to packed houses in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Maui and an extended run in France, where Alison performed entirely in French to a standing room only crowd at the "Palais des Congres." The all-French version is titled: "Confessions d’une Garce de La Prairie."

The Laurie Beechman Theatre | Inside West Bank Café |407 West 42nd Street
At Ninth Avenue


Another New York Cool Tip:

Harlem Dances
Friday June 15, 6-7 pm
West Harlem Piers Park

Every third Friday of the month, as part of NYC Parks annual Summer on the Hudson series, come see local dance companies demonstrate their moves and maybe learn a move or two! Friday, June 15th come see Groove With Me, a youth development organization that uses free dance classes and performance opportunities as a tool to instill in young woman, leadership, pride and the spirit of cooperation. The program nutures youth and helps build self-confidence. Groove With Me's vision is to provide a dance studio as a safe space where girls can express themselves and discover their capacities in a stable environment.

Summer on the Hudson programming is free to the public. For full event information please visit www.nyc.gov/parks/soh


West Harlem Piers Park | Enter at 125th St.



June 14, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Rooftop Films
Kid-Thing
(David Zellner | 83min.)
Thursday, June 14
8:00PM: Doors open
8:30PM: Live music by Yellow Dogs
9:00PM: Film
11:30PM-1:00AM: After-party at Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave. @ Driggs)
Lawn of Automotive High School

The always-loony Zellner brothers churn out a bizarre southern-fried tale of a young girl who finds a mysterious woman trapped in a hole in the forest.

Tickets and more info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/kidthing/

@RooftopFilms
Facebook.com/RooftopFilms
www.rooftopfilms.com

Lawn of Automotive High School | 50 Bedford Ave.
@ North 13th St. (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Subway: L to Bedford Ave. or G to Nassau Ave.




Another New York Cool Tip:

Roi Escudero's
B=Essence
Thurs June 14th @ 4:00 PM
Sun June 17th @ 5:00 PM
Mon June 18th @ 6:00 PM
Tues June 19th @ 10:30 PM
Wed June 20th @ 8:00 PM
Sat June 23rd @ 5:30 PM
Culture Project

Roi Escudero mingles commedia dramática, vérité and fantasy with a touch of Lacan and Poe’s poetry to create an intriguing expressionist tale. This make-believe, based on true events, happens in a theatrical installation of performance-art, multimedia-video, dance, music, tango and other haunting sounds performed and choreographed by Rubén Celiberti.

Tickets $18. For more information or advance purchase visit
http://planetconnections.org/b-essence

Culture Project at 45 Bleecker Street
New York, NY


Another New York Cool Tip:


Tibet House US Presents:
Mystic Nostalgia
Paintings by Tiffani Gyatso
Open June 14-August 29, 2012
Opening Reception - Thursday, June 14, 2012 from 6-8 PM
Tibet House US Gallery

Tibet House US will present its next art exhibition entitled Mystic
Nostalgia, featuring the gorgeous and imaginative paintings of
Brazilian artist Tiffani Gyatso. This incredible body of work will be
on display at the Tibet House US Gallery from June 14 – August 29,
2012, beginning with a special opening reception on June 14, 2012,
from 6-8pm. Gyatso’s colorful and emotive paintings fuse traditional
Tibetan imagery with her own contemporary style inspired by her own
spiritual search. Mystic Nostalgia reflects the internal process to
understand those things in life that we do not yet have answers for,
and sometimes cannot even articulate or name – the mystic unknown.
Captivating in its beauty and imagination, the exhibition reflects the
spiritual journey and its pilgrimages through the inner places of
love, heartbreak, fortitude and trust.

Tibet House US Gallery | 22 West 15th Street, New York NY 10011
Open Monday through Friday from 12 to 5 PM


Another New York Cool Tip:

Rebecca Allan
"Kindred: Portraits of Couples in the Arts"
Opening reception with the artist
Thursday June 14th. 6-8pm
2/20 Gallery

Rebecca Allan, widely known for her vibrant and lyrical abstract paintings inspired by the watershed landscape, revisits her relationship to figurative work in Kindred: Portraits of Couples in the Arts, an upcoming solo exhibition of paintings and drawings, June 12–30, 2012, at 2/20 Gallery in Chelsea. Inspired by the tradition of Dutch pendant portraits, the exhibition focuses on accomplished couples in the fields of visual art, music, literature, dance, theater, television and philanthropy, including: choreographer/performance artist Ralph Lemon + dancer Jimena Paz; jazz vocalistGregory Generet + actor Tamara Tunie; opera singers Sasha Cooke + Kelly Markgraf; cellistRoberta Cooper + violinist Eugene Drucker; pianists Arturo O'Farrill + Alison Deane; craft scholar/dealer Helen W. Drutt English + Storm King Art Center co-founder H. Peter Stern; composers John Corigliano + Mark Adamo; writer Heather MacIsaac + designer Eve Ashcraft; singer/composer Theo Bleckmann + event designer Preston Bailey; milliner Rodney Keenan + decorative arts historian Philip Hewat-Jaboor; art collectors Janet Y. Larose + Lawrence A. Larose; architect Lindsay Stamm Shapiro + poet David Shapiro, among others. Allan chose couples whose relationships contain a special strength—characterized by pleasure in each other's company and a shared understanding of the demands of a life dedicated to the creative process.

Free. www.220gallery.net

2/20 Gallery | 220 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011


 

June 13, 2012

Just Published: Read my recap of Episode I, Season V of True Blood. And check back late (very late) Tuesday nights for more recaps.


New York Cool Tip:

BBT's 25th Anniversary Gala Concert at Kingsborough
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 6:30pm
Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center
Kingsborough Community College.

Brighton Ballet Theater Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Gala Concert featuring excerpts from the ballets "Swan Lake", "Paquita", "Aria", and a roster of exciting classical ballet, contemporary dance, and folk dance selections.

About BBT/School of Russian American Ballet
BBT is dedicated to providing the highest quality dance education for children and adults. It is a well-established cultural center that has been in existence for 25 years with more than 400 students attending each year. BBT's curriculum includes classical ballet (Russian method), character dance, Latin and ballroom dance, folk dance, modern and popular dance. BBT provides all children with a unique opportunity to perform full-scale ballets, with costumes and scenery.

School of Russian American Ballet has been recognized as New York's Premier institution for teaching classical ballet using the Russian Method based on the Vaganova Technique. BBT's Russian American Kids Ballet received the Neighborhood Development Award by Mayor Michael Bloomberg for its Theater of the Young Audience program in 2005.

Please Check out BBT's Official Blog with news, upcoming events information, images, and videos at http://www.RussianBallet.us

Event's website link: http://www.brightonballet.org

Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center. Kingsborough Community College. 2001 Oriental Blvd., Brooklyn, NY 11235


Another New York Cool Tip:

ANT Fest: Mysterious Delights
Wednesday June 13th. 8pm - 10pm
Ars Nova

Created & Performed by Vinny DePonto

This performance comes to you as part of ANT Fest, Ars Nova's month-long Festival of All New Talent! Award-winning magician Vinny DePonto goes beyond illusion to serve up mysterious delights in this transporting evening of charming deceptions. A taste of 19th century wonder awaits in this delectable night of magic and mystery.

Tickets $10. For more information or advance purchase visit www.arsnovanyc.com/antfest/


Ars Nova | 511 W 54th St.


 

June 12, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

THE 34TH ANNUAL MUSEUM MILE FESTIVAL
TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012 6 PM TO 9 PM
FREE MUSEUM ADMISSIONS,
OUTDOOR ART ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN
Museum Mile

Now celebrating its 34th year, the annual Museum Mile Festival (www.museummilefestival.org ) takes place rain or shine on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Over 1.5 million people have taken part in this annual celebration since its inception. Festival attendees can walk the Mile between 82nd Street and 105th Street while visiting nine of New York City's finest cultural institutions which are open free to the public throughout the evening, as well as to 110th Street, the site of Museum Mile's newest museum, the Museum for African Art, where they will be greeted by music and outdoor art activities. Several other participating museums will also offer outdoor art activities for children.
The Museum Mile Festival's opening ceremony takes place at 5:45 pm at National Academy Museum & School (Fifth Avenue at 89th Street). Traditionally, the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs and other city and state dignitaries open the Festival.

Established in 1978 to increase public awareness of its member institutions and promote public support of the arts, the Museum Mile Festival serves as a model for similar events across the country. For further information, the public may call 212-606-2296 or visit the festival Web site at MuseumMileFestival.org.


Another New Yhork Cool Tip:

Jordi Savall - La Lira D’Esperia
Tuesday, June 12th. 7PM – 9PM
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

One of today's most prominent interpreters of early music, Jordi Savall performs on the rebab, vielle, and lira in a presentation of dances, lamentos, and stampitte with influences from Arabic, Moorish, and Mediterranean cultures, accompanied by Dimitri Psonis on santur and morisca, and David Mayoral on percussion.

30 and Under Rush. $15 tickets subject to availability at the box office 1 hour prior to the start of the event.

Bring the Kids! Selected concerts have $1 tickets available for children ages 7–16 when accompanied by an adult with a full-price ticket. Available by phone (212-570-3949) or at the box office.

Tickets $55. For More information and to purchase visit http://www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/concerts-and-performances/ticketed-performances/jordi-savall?eid=3480 or call 212 570 3949.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | 1000 Fifth Avenue
New York | NY, 10028


 

 

Another New York Cool Tip:

American Groove - Exponential Ensemble
Tuesday, June 12 @ 7pm
St. Peters Church in Chelsea

This last concert of season 2011-12 will feature exciting chamber music works by American composers including "Working Together" a WORLD PREMIERE by the young Kimberly Osberg along with works by Mellits, Foss, Heins and Muczynski. Our musicians Pascal Archer (clarinet & artistic director), Arash Amini (cello), Ingrid Gordon (percussion) and Molly Morkoski (piano) will get you in the groove!

$20 adults/$10 students & seniors (tickets sold at the door)
www.exponentialensemble.com


St. Peters Church in Chelsea | 346 West 20th Street, New York City


 

June 11, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Bideawee Ball 2012
June 11, 2012 6:30 – 10:30 pm
Gotham Hall

Join DJ Miss Guy for the Bideawee Ball 2012. Celebrate pets with Bideawee and 300 socially active animal lovers from New York City's business, social, and celebrity communities at the 2012 Bideawee Ball. The Ball which features cocktails, seated dinner, dancing, and awards to those who have made a difference in the lives of pets, is the premier social event of the year that celebrates pets and Bideawee's mission to cultivate and support lifelong relationships between pets and the people that love them. The Bideawee Ballwill be held at Gotham Hall NYC on Broadway from 6:30 to 10:30 pm. A Silent Auction and Live Auction of special and unique offerings will be conducted.

General Seating Tickets are $500.00; Junior Tickets (under the age of 35) are available for $300.00; Canine Companion Tickets are $50.00. For additional information and tickets, visit http://www.bideawee.org/Bideawee-Ball-2012.


Gotham Hall | 1356 Broadway @ 36th Street
New York, NY 10018


Another New York Cool Tip:

City Noir: John Adams Conducts the Juilliard and Royal Academy of Music Orchestras
Wednesday, July 11th. 7:30PM
Avery Fisher Hall

Imogen Cooper, piano
RESPIGHI Feste Romane
RAVEL Piano Concerto in G
ADAMS City Noir
The Juilliard School’s renowned student orchestra, composed of some of the best players of the next generation, is joined by student players from London’s Royal Academy of Music in a lively program led by John Adams, a giant among contemporary composers, whose own jazz-inflected symphony City Noir closes the evening. The performers are joined by English piano virtuoso Imogen Cooper, whose passagework the Times of London has described as “exquisite—impeccably even yet full of life.” Part of The Lincoln Center Festival; this concert is a BBC Proms preview

Tickets $30 (Orchestra and First Tier); $15 (Second and Third Tier) by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, or online
http://events.juilliard.edu/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D37602826

Avery Fisher Hall | 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023




June 10, 2012

Just Published: The first installment of our coverage of the Fifth Season of True Blood - New York Cool Drinks True Blood. Check back every Tuesday night this summer for the week's recap.


 

New York Cool Tip:

Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival
SUNDAY, JUNE 10 FROM 12-4PM
Eldridge Street between Canal and Division Streets

Mark your calendars for New York City’s most unique and joyous block party, the Museum’s Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival. East meets Eastern Europe at this cross-cultural celebration of the Jewish and Chinese communities of our neighborhood. Enjoy klezmer, Peking Opera, cantorial and Chinese folk music, mah jongg, Hebrew and Chinese scribal art, Yiddish and Mandarin language lessons, food and folk art demos and much, much more.

The Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival takes place on Eldridge Street between Canal and Division Streets with the Eldridge Street Synagogue, our magnificent National Historic Landmark, as its centerpiece.

This event is free. All food is kosher.

The Museum at Eldridge Street’s Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival is supported, in part, by the Center for Children's Initiatives, Manhattan Borough President’s Office, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department for the Aging, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, NYC & Co Foundation and WABC-TV.

A special thank you to Cool Culture for their participation and to Fox’s U-Bet, Zabar’s and Zaro’s Bakery for their generous food donations.

Eldridge Street between Canal and Division Streets


Another New York Cool Tip:

Let's Dance!
Sundays, June 3-24, 6-9 p.m.
Pier I @ 70th St.


Every Sunday in June learn to dance like a pro at these salsa, cha-cha and bachata lessons and group dances led by master teachers from the Piel Canela Dance and Music School.
Free to the public. For information on weather cancellations please visit www.nyc.gov/parks/soh the day of the event.


Riverside Park South, Pier I @ 70th St.


Another New York Cool Tip:

Tony Viewing Party
Sunday June 10th, 2012. 6 pm-12am
Bounce Sporting Club

Come mix and mingle with friends of Back Stage and watch the Tony awards live - hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

Entry is free. Food and drinks are available to purchase à la carte.

Please RSVP at events@backstage.com

One lucky Back Stage Tony's viewing party attendee will win a 1-year online subscription to Backstage.com


Bounce Sporting Club | 55 West 21st Street New York, NY 10010


 

June 9, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

36th Annual American Crafts Festival
Saturday June 9th. noon-9pm
Sunday June 10th. 10am-9pm
Saturday June 16th. noon-9pm
Sunday June 17th. 10am-9pm
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Three hundred and eighty master artisans from every region of the United States selected on the basis of quality of workmanship and uniqueness of design, will be at their displays at the 36th Annual American Crafts Festival at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, in addition to continuous entertainment and a host of craft demonstrations including more than 35,000 one-of-a-kind uniquely designed and handcrafted original creations. The Festival's food and dessert concessions are healthful, delicious and exceptionally moderately priced wholesome fare and will feature authentic Mediterranean Cuisine and a full array of authentic savory and sweet crepes, by French chef, Michael Tuma. This event spans two weekends, is outdoors and will take place rain or shine.

Free Admission
For more information and directions please visit www.craftsatlincoln.org

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts | 64th St. and Columbus Ave., Manhattan


Another New York Cool Tip:

Rooftop Films
Sun Don’t Shine (Amy Seimetz | 90 min.)
Saturday, June 9
8:00PM: Doors open
8:30PM: Live music by Behavior
9:00PM: Film
11:30PM-1:00AM: After-party at Fontana’s (105 Eldridge St. @ Grand)
Open Road Rooftop, 350 Grand Street (at Essex),


Co-Presented by Rooftop Films & SXSW

The sun is blaring white. The air is thick as water. Behind the mangroves and swamp grass, a man and a woman fight like animals. There’s trouble in the trunk. The cause of the commotion is unclear. The woman (rising indie star Kate Lyn Sheil) passes out in the muck and the man (Kentucker Audley) sets to driving shirtless before they reveal anything. With the heat so palpable and the landscape a teeming jungle that’s creepily calm, the whole thing could be a fever dream. Many moments in Sun Don’t Shine have an ethereal quality—a shirt flutters away from a car window, the sounds of the world melt into noise. But this is the danger-tinged dreaminess of Badlands, and the film truly grips you by carving vivid details out of an authentic Southern locale.

Tickets and more information: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/sun-dont-shine/

Open Road Rooftop, 350 Grand Street (at Essex), Lower East Side, New York, NY 10002
Subway: F, J, M, Z to Delancey Street-Essex Street; B, D, Q to Grand Street


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

"Enduring Traditions"
Saturday June 9th at 8:00PM
Alvin Ailey-Joan Weill Center for Dance

The Anamika-Navatman Project presents "Enduring Traditions"
a solo Bharatanatyam dance performance choreographed and performed
by Ramya Ramnarayan artistic director of the Nrithyanjali Institute of Dance
Live music by an Indian mini orchestra.

$20.00
www.navatman.org/tickets

Alvin Ailey-Joan Weill Center for Dance | 405 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019


Another New York Cool Tip:

Manhattan Youth Ballet June Shows and Gala
June 8, 9, 10, 2012 at 7pm
Manhattan Movement & Arts Center


Manhattan Movement & Arts Center presents Manhattan Youth Ballet’s June Show from June 8 - 9, 2012. Performances: Friday and Saturday at 7pm. The performance program will include an excerpt from Balanchine’s Divertimento #15, Robbins Interplay, a World Premiere choreographed by Lar Lubovitch Dance Company’s Attila Joey Csiki, and a World Premiere choreographed by Manhattan Youth Ballet faculty member Marina Stavitskaya.

On Sunday, June 10, 2012, Manhattan Youth Ballet presents Balanchine, Robbins & Beyond…A Gala Benefit. This special gala performance will be performed at 7pm. A reception will follow the performance. The evening will feature the students of MYB with Daniel Ulbricht and Lauren Lovette from New York City Ballet; Nicole Graniero from American Ballet Theatre; and Attila Joey Csiki from the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company.

The performances will take place at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center at 248 W. 60th Street, NYC (between Amsterdam and West End Avenues) in the Lincoln Center area. Tickets are $25 ($15 for students) and are available at www.manhattanmovement.com/event/myb-june-show-and-gala/. For the gala, tickets are $100 ($50 for students).

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center | 248 W. 60th Street, NYC


 

June 8, 2012


Ivan Cotroneo’s
Kryptonite! (La Kryptonite Nella Borsa)

Just Published: Read Frank J. Avella's reviews of five of the films that will play at the Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 12th Annual Festival which runs June 09, 2012 – June 14, 2012 at Lincoln Center.

filmlinc.com/films/open-roads-new-italian-cinema-2012/2012/6/9


New York Cool Tip:

CONTACT! The New York Philharmonic’s New Music Series
Friday, June 8th. 7PM – 9PM
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Since the 2009–10 season, CONTACT!, the New York Philharmonic's new-music series, has presented ten world-premiere New York Philharmonic commissions and one U.S. premiere. CONTACT! connects you with some of the most interesting, innovative, and engaging music of our time, performed by ensembles of New York Philharmonic musicians in more intimate and less formal settings. "A dynamic addition to the Philharmonic's offerings beyond Avery Fisher Hall," writes the New York Times; "listeners of all ages filled the hall."
Mix and mingle with the artists at a post-concert reception with beer provided by Brooklyn Brewery.

Elliot Carter—Two Controversies and a Conversation (World Premiere; New York Philharmonic co-commission with Aldeburgh Festival and Radio France)
Michael Jarrell—NACHLESE Vb: Liederzyklus (U.S. Premiere – New York Philharmonic co-commission with Ensemble Contrechamps)
Pierre Boulez—...explosante-fixe... (New York Philharmonic premiere)

30 and Under Rush. $15 tickets subject to availability at the box office 1 hour prior to the start of the event.

Bring the Kids! Selected concerts have $1 tickets available for children ages 7–16 when accompanied by an adult with a full-price ticket. Available by phone (212-570-3949) or at the box office.

Tickets $20. For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/concerts-and-performances/ticketed-performances/contact-68?eid=3510 or call 212 570 3949.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | 1000 Fifth Avenue
New York | NY, 10028

 


June 7, 2012

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New York Cool Tip:

Rooftop Films
Thursday, June 7
The Sheik and I
(Caveh Zahedi | 108 min.)
8:00PM: Doors open
8:30PM: Live music
9:00PM: Film
11:30PM-1:00AM:
After-party at Matchless -57 Manhattan Ave. @ Driggs
Lawn of Automotive High School


Co-Presented by Rooftop Films & SXSW

Caveh Zahedi built a reputation as a naughty provocateur with surreal docu-comedies like A Little Stiff and I Am a Sex Addict, but his latest effort rises above self-interest and takes a stab at instigating change. And he might be facing a fatwah for it. The Sheik and I, a diary film about Zahedi's messy experience working on commission in the United Arab Emirates, certainly contains a mischievous edge. However, Zahedi has also made an alarming testament to the challenges of sincere expression in societies opposed to its function. It's a daring work made with reckless abandon -- in other words, both irresponsible and necessary. Q&A with Caveh Zahedi following the screening.

Tickets and more information: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/the-sheik-and-i/

On the lawn of Automotive High School, 50 Bedford Ave. @ North 13th St. Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Subway: L to Bedford Ave. or G to Nassau Ave.


 

June 6, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

JASA Annual Benefit at MoMA
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
The Museum of Modern Art


Emmy and Golden Globe Award-Winning Actress Jessica Walter and Emmy and Tony Award-Winning Actor Ron Leibman will be honored at a
Cocktail Reception and private viewing of MoMA’s selected exhibition.
Since 1968, JASA (www.jasa.org) and its affiliates with its 3,000 staff and volunteers, have provided social, recreational, health, housing, cultural and educational programs for older adults -- regardless of their race, religion, or ethnicity -- to help sustain them in their homes and communities and to offer opportunities for a better quality of life. Services are available in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Tickets: $500 each; $250 (35 Years Old and Younger); Sponsorship packages from $2,500 to $50,000
For more information, contact 212.273.5301 or lmedalie@jasa.org


The Museum of Modern Art | 11 West 53rd Street, NYC


 

June 5, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

USA Network and Necessary Roughness
End Zone Dance Moves
June 5th 11AM - 7PM
Union Square

USA Network and Necessary Roughness are perfecting their end zone dance moves for the upcoming Season 2 premiere of Necessary Roughness. What better time to fine-tune your skills than during the summer for a chance to win big prizes?

Network invites you and your readers to show us your best end zone dance moves at a special event in Union Square Park for a chance to win big….. to the tune of $25,000 and a featured promo spot airing on USA.

Your moves might even impress Callie Throne (star of Necessary Roughness) who will be making an appearance at the event.

There will be satellite events happening throughout the US in Boston, San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles. And for those unable to attend, they can still show off their dance moves at home and enter the contest digitally by submitting their video on Facebook at http://facebook.com/necessaryroughness

Necessary Roughness returns to USA on Wednesday, June 6th at 10pm.


Another New York Cool Tip:

“SPIRIT OF THE DREAM” 2012 SPRING GALA HONORS
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
6:30 PM – Cocktails
7:30 PM – Sit Down Dinner and Awards Presentation
583 Park Avenue


Since its founding in 1981, the “I Have A Dream” FOUNDATION (IHAD) has worked to change a critical reality: in our nation today, only 10% of students in low-income communities are expected to earn a college degree. The IHAD vision is that one day, every student in every neighborhood will have the opportunity to achieve higher education and capitalize fully on their talents and passions. IHAD has impacted the lives of more than 14,000 students in urban and rural communities, sponsoring entire cohorts of students from elementary school through high school. Upon graduation, each ‘Dreamer’ receives guaranteed tuition assistance for higher education. Today, more than 3,000 Dreamers are working their way to college in 17 states, Washington, D.C., and New Zealand, following the 11,000 alumni who came before them. In many sites, Dreamers are graduating from high school at twice or even triple the rate of their peers. Many Dreamers will be the first in their families to earn a college degree. As IHAD looks to the future, it is building on its legacy to launch an ambitious new model to work with some of the nation’s top school reformers to enable many more students to reach and graduate from college on a large and sustainable scale.

Sue Herera, Co-Anchor of Power Lunch, CNBC and former CNN and MSNBC Anchor Carlos Watson to Host
WHO: Kelsey Grammer; Kevin Navayne; “I Have A Dream” Foundation Founder Eugene Lang; Honorees – Bob and Suzanne Wright; Sue Herrara; Carlos Watson; Sharon Bush; Paula Froehlich; Bevy Smith; Nicole Young; Veronica de la Cruz; Wendy Diamond; and others.

(www.ihaveadreamfoundation.org)

583 Park Avenue | 63rd Street and Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065


June 4, 2012

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June 3, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

DAYLIFE: Your Urban Backyard
Sunday, June 3rd 2012
12pm-5pm
Orchard between Houston and Delancey Streets

Brandsway Creative & the Lower East Side BID is transforming Orchard Street into an "urban backyard", a three block special event designed in partnership Dub Studios. This one-day event will be open to all, to shop and experience the vibrant culture, food, art, music, and entertainment that defines the LES.

FOOD VENDORS - RETAIL VENDORS - DJ's - PERFORMANCES - PING PONG - SKATEBOARDING

FOOD VENDORS:
A Casa Fox, Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya, Brooklyn Taco, Casa Mezcal, Cocktail Bodega, Georgia’s East Side BBQ, Goodfellas Brick Oven Pizza, ‘inoteca, Christian Vautier Le Concept, The Meatball Shop, Melt Bakery, Mexicue, Mission Chinese, Pushcart Coffee, Roasting Plant, Russ and Daughters, SHI Eurasia, Sons of Essex

RETAIL VENDORS:
Any Old Iron, Ben Freedman Gents, By Robert James, Cohen’s Fashion Optical, Corrente, Daha Vintage, David Owens Vintage, Epaulet, Feltraiger, Lisa Fiorentino Hair & Vintage, The Hoodie Shop, MatsihaShop, MissInna, Nick & Sons Clothing, Shankar Trading, Skunkfunk, Victor Osborne, Volang

DJ's:
DJ Cougarskin, DJ Equal, DJ Kalkutta, DJ Krunk Pony, DJ Louie XIV, Silver Medallion

PERFORMANCES:
Ryan Cabrera
Jared Evan

SPONSORS & PARTNERS INCLUDE:
David Barton Gym, DNAInfo, Scratch Academy, Spin, Tammany Hall

POWERED BY:
Brandsway Creative
http://brandswaycreative.com/

Orchard between Houston and Delancey Streets


Another New York Cool Tip:

WordTheatre® Voices
Anthony Doerr & Pamela Painter
Presented in association with NYU Tisch School of the Arts
June 3, 2012 @ 5PM
5th floor library of Soho House


This season's final WordTheatre Voices performance is a chance to meet two of the nation's best short story writers as they witness their own works brought to life by brilliant actors, followed by an audience Q & A with the writers and actors. Performances take place in the 5th floor library of Soho House (29 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10014) and feature:

Anthony Doerr took home last year's Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award - the richest prize in the world for a single short story at £30,000. Joining us from idaho, he will be hearing one of his two Pushcart Prize winning stories read. "Doerr writes about the big questions, the imponderables, the major metaphysical dreads, and he does it fearlessly" - New York Times Book Review

Pamela Painter's short story collection, Getting to Know the Weather, won the GLCA Award for First Fiction. Winner of three Pushcart Prizes and Agni Review’s John Cheever Award for Fiction, she will be joining us from Boston where she teaches at Emerson. "Painter is clearly a writer who believes in the light touch, and the great benefit of this approach is that the sketchiness of her protraits seems more tantalizing than obscure and succeeds in drawing the reader in rather than putting him or her off" - Kirkus Reviews
Performances produced and directed by Cedering Fox. Books sold at the event by Mobile Libris. Signings of purchased books only. Appearances subject to change without notice.

Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Soho House members and those under 25 years of age may call the box office for student tickets (310) 915-5150. Tickets and info at www.WordTheatre.com

Soho House New York | 29-35 9th Avenue New York, NY 10014-1205


 

Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of Rupert Sanders's
Snow White And The Huntsman
, which opened this weekend in New York City.


 

June 2, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

he New York Virtuoso Singers Presents
New York Premiere of Requiem for Victims of Genocide
June 2 @ 8PM
Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Manhattan

The New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, Conductor and Artistic
Director, will present the New York Premiere of C. Edward Hupton’s
Requiem for the Victims of Genocide on Saturday, June 2 - 8:00 PM at
Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 West 46th St. in Manhattan. Guest
performers will be the Salomé Chamber Orchestra and The SilverCloud
Native American Singers.

This work pays tribute to victims of genocides throughout the world
including Cambodia, Rwanda, Nanjing, the Russian gulags and North
America. The closing segment represents Hupton’s personal pilgrimage to
the Auschwitz concentration camp and museum.

Tickets for the June 2 concert are $20 and are available at
http://nyvirtuoso.org/season/. Tickets will also be available at the
door 30 minutes before the concert. For MTA transportation information,
visit http://tripplanner.mta.info/_start.aspx.

http://www.nyvirtuoso.org/aboutus.htm.
Join their Facebook page at
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-New-York-Virtuoso-Singers/130509011774


Church of St. Mary the Virgin | 145 West 46th St.


Another New York Cool Tip:

Alicia Barnatchez and Erin Leigh Schmoyer
“Ye Elizabeths”
Saturday, June 2nd, 5pm
Thursday, June 7th, 7pm
Friday, June 15th, 8:30pm
Saturday, June 16th, 3:00pm
Tuesday, June 19th, 8pm.
The Theaters at 45 Bleecker St., Upstairs


Easter Punny Productions is pleased to present Ye Elizabeths, a new comedy with music by Alicia Barnatchez and Erin Leigh Schmoyer, directed by Leah Bonvissuto as part of the 4th Annual Planet Connections Theatre Festivity.

Elizabeth and Elizabeth, are two historical re-enactors, living and working on a low-rent version of Massachusetts’s famed Plimoth Plantation. When their living history museum goes the way of the buffalo, they must learn how to marry their Pilgrim lives to modern times. Their answer? Reality TV, of course. So, update your smallpox vaccine and hop aboard this multi-media Mayflower for a voyage of original songs, videos and kooky antics. Prepare to get colonized…again!
The cast features Alicia Barnatchez and Erin Leigh Schmoyer
Directed by: Leah Bonvissuto
Musical Arrangements: Evan & Sarah Gregory
Videography: Jeremy Mather
Lighting Design: Jessie Vacchiano
Stage Management: Chris Petrinovic
Live accompaniment: Evan Gregory
Running time: 50 minutes.

Tickets $18. For tickets visit http://www.planetconnections.org/ye-elizabeths or call 866-811-4111

45 Bleecker Street Theatre | Between Lafayette and Mott Streets, Upstairs


 

June 1, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Carmelita Tropicana & Ela Troyano's
Post Plastica
Thursday, May 31 - Sunday, June 3, 2012
6:00pm Pre-Show talks in El Café
7:30pm Performance in El Teatro
El Museo del Barrio


Performance Space 122 & El Museo del Barrio co-present the world premiere of Post Plastica. Part live performance, part video installation, Post Plastica offers a glimpse into a future in which celebrity culture has pitched a battle between the primacy of virtual and artistic lives; in which revolutionaries keep secret bees underground, and a half-woman, half-bear scientist gains the upper hand.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT ps122.org Single tickets $20, $15 for students & seniors


El Museo del Barrio | 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

GILDING THE LONELY by Raquel Cion
June 1st & 8th @ 9:30 pm
Dixon Place

Hailed by the New York Times as “half witch and half cabaret performer,” The Lounge at Dixon Place presents Performer-Comedienne-Chanteuse Raquel Cion returns for two nights only, June 1st & 8th at 9:30 pm. bringing a glitter-ball performance, wry humor, open-hearted pathos, passion and singing she’s known for. Join her as she uses song to face a wall of loneliness with the help and artistry of Lance Cruce on piano and the driving drums and percussion of Bill Gerstel. She will take you on an unexpected journey that is intoxicating, hysterical and filled with pathos - and we do mean that in full Greek Realness.

This event is FREE. Contact raquel@raquelcion.com for more information.


The Lounge at Dixon Place | 161A Chrystie Street
Between Rivington & Delancey Streets| NYC


Another New York Cool Tip:

LaGuardia High School, Dance Graduating Class
June 1 & 2 at 7:30 PM
LaGuardia High School

The June graduating class of the Dance Department at LaGuardia H.S. (of "Fame" fame) will show its versatility in a program of works by choreographers Zvi Gotheiner, William Isaac, Elisa King, Loni Landon, Troy Powell and Joey Smith.

Tickets: $15 at the door
Reservations: 212.496.0700 ext. 2837 or www.laguardiahs.org


LaGuardia High School | 100 Amsterdam Avenue (65th Street)




May 31, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

IN THE COMPANY OF JANE DOE”
Tuesday - Saturday @ 8:30pm
May 17 through June 2
New York Workshop’s 4th Street Theatre


“IN THE COMPANY OF JANE DOE” is a wake-up call written by a woman about a woman who, by a stunning scientific SNAFU, gets cloned. CLONED. The play is an extraordinary portrait of an Advertising Executive at the top of her game. She is a sixty-four-hour-a-week workaholic who refuses to take time off for Christmas, misses birthdays and doesn’t even use the word vacation. She is also strikingly beautiful. Buffed, Botoxed, manicured, pedicured, stretched, worked-out, chemically-peeled, dentally-bleached, systematically-starved, militantly-disciplined and a proud member of three gyms. No amount of work is too much for her. She has been born to please, accomplish, endure and deliver. When the over-stressed Jane begins to crack she consults with the wrong Doctor. The result is a not-so-perfect clone who SHOWS UP AT THE OFFICE. An event that completely confuses Ruby, the redheaded secretary who deserves a play of her own.

Originally presented in Los Angeles where it was wildly acclaimed and widely accepted as brilliant, “IN THE COMPANY OF JANE DOE”
is being directed by Paul Urcioli and stars Brooke Berry, Sarah Brill, Francesca Day, Jason Guy, Marta Kuersten, Robert Maxwell, Elizabeth Neptune and Joe Stipek.

Ticket Price: $18.00
Tickets By Phone: 1-800-838-3006
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/238165

New York Workshop’s 4th Street Theatre | 83 East 4th Street
Between Second Avenue and Bowery


Another New York Cool Tip:

“HERE’S TO LIFE!” – VOCALIST LIONEL SHOCKNESS & FRIENDS
@ DON’T TELL MAMA
SUN., MAY 20TH – 3:00PM
WED., MAY 30TH – 7:00PM
DON’T TELL MAMA


On May 20th & May 30th New York City native Lionel Shockness invites you to gather for “Here’s To Life!” - an afternoon and evening of songs celebrating life and every joy it brings at legendary piano bar /restaurant Don’t Tell Mama (on Restaurant Row) in Manhattan. A regular on the city’s cabaret scene (including appearances
at Sweetwater’s and The Duplex) Lionel’s show is directed by multi-MAC and Backstage Bistro award winner Helen Baldassare and features musical accompanist Gregory Toroian. Don’t Tell Mama.

Take the A,C,E subway to Times Square or the N, Q, R to 49th Street. Admission is $15.00 with a 2 drink minimum per person - cash only.

Reservations are recommended and for additional information call 212-757-0788 or go to: www.donttellmamanyc.com/


Don’t Tell Mama. | 343 West 46th Street. New York




Chamber Orchestra of New York Presents
From Olden Venice Concert
May 31 @ 7:30 PM
The Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan

The Chamber Orchestra of New York, Salvatore Di Vittorio, Music
Director, will present From Olden Venice, a concert on Thursday, May 31
– 7:30 PM at The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue at 36th
Street in Manhattan. In honor of their mother, Louise Stillman Lehrman,
support for this concert has been provided by her children.

CONY will present Vivaldi’s Concerto for Violin in E-flat Major "La
Tempesta di Mare", with soloist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Grieg’s Holberg
Suite "In Olden Style" and Haydn’s Symphony No. 91.

Tickets are $35, $25 for Morgan Museum members. For tickets, call the
Morgan Museum box office at 212-685-0008 ext. 560 or visit
http://www.themorgan.org/public/program.asp?id=498. More about the
concert at http://www.chamberorchestraofnewyork.org/concert_season.html.
Visit The Morgan Library & Museum at http://www.themorgan.org/home.asp.

The Morgan Library & Museum | 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street | Manhattan


 

May 30, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

TONY FEHER IN CONVERSATION WITH ZOE LEONARD
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 | 6:00 p.m.
THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, GREGORY R. MILLER & CO. AND ARTBOOK | D.A.P. INVITE YOU TO JOIN TONY FEHER IN CONVERSATION WITH ZOE LEONARD TO CELEBRATE THE PUBLICATION OF TONY FEHER: TEXT BY CLAUDIA SCHMUCKLI AND RUSSELL FERGUSON - PUBLISHED BY GREGORY R. MILLER & CO./BLAFFER ART MUSEUM

Tony Feher's sculptures are instantly recognizable. Though he often crafts them with the common everyday objects we tend to overlook, his creative vocabulary is distinctly his own, expressed through structures of unexpected beauty, their play of color and light, and the singular ways they engage space. As part of the Artist Dialogues Series at the New York Public Library, Feher and artist Zoe Leonard will discuss their shared interests in exploring and extending art making practises.
Released to coincide with a two-year traveling retrospective exhibition organized by Blaffer Art Museum, Tony Feher is a major publication and a comprehensive survey of Feher's career. Copies will be available for purchase and signing at the event.


THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY | MARGARET LIEBMAN BERGER FORUM,
2ND FLOOR
STEPHEN A. SCHWARTZMANN BUILDING
FIFTH AVENUE AT 42ND STREET


Another New York Cool Tip:

National Chamber Music Month in May
Special Performances by:
Fireworks Ensemble on Sunday, May 4 at 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open on Saturday, May 19 at 8:00 pm
Trio Tritticali on Wednesday, May 30 at 7:30 pm
The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music will join concert presenters across the country this May in celebrating National Chamber Music Month. Chamber Music America, the national service organization for ensemble music professionals, is the organizer of National Chamber Music Month.

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music will present Fireworks Ensemble, Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open, and Trio Tritticali as part of a nationwide initiative to raise public awareness of the many styles of small ensemble music performed and presented today. The month-long series of performances, residencies, pre- and post-concert discussions, and other chamber music events will showcase ensemble music of all styles, including early, classical, jazz, and world music.

The Fireworks Ensemble is an amplified chamber band that presents a contemporary American vision of chamber music. Their repertoire encompasses a range of styles, including Frank Zappa’s instrumental rock, traditional Americana, classic cartoon music, ambient techno, and 20th-century orchestral scores. This concert, supported in part by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, features David Ozab’s A Fork in the Road, Scott Johnson’s Pact, John Mayrose’s Monophony, and David Kechley’s Mixed Messages: Variations on a Fragment. The Ensemble consists of Brian Coughlin on bass, Oren Fader on guitar, Elizabeth Janzen on flute, James Johnston on piano, Esther Noh on violin, Erin Rogers on saxophone, Jared Soldiviero on percussion, and Leigh Stuart on cello. Tickets are $10, $5 for students.

Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open highlights new music composed and performed by world-class musicians with dialogues providing the audience the opportunity to interact with musical icons as they share their experience and musical processes. Works with Special Guests, Dave Liebman and Scott Colley, includes Dave Liebman on saxophones, Scott Colley on bass, Michel Gentile on flute, Daniel Kelly on piano, and Rob Garcia on drums. Tickets are $10.

Trio Tritticali, an eclectic string trio which draws upon their training in jazz, classical, Arabic, Chinese, avant-garde and improvisational traditions to produce inventive music of variety and range, celebrates the official release of their debut CD, Issue #1. The trio’s members are Helen Yee on violin, Leanne Darling on viola, and Loren Dempster on cello. Tickets are $10, $5 for students.

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music | 58 7th Avenue | Brooklyn





May 29, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

WEST COAST SOUNDS
Tuesday May 29th. 8PM
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall

Distinguished Concerts Artist Series, students from the Pianist Program from the Orange County High School of the Art, directed by Patricia Dobiesz, will perform works by Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Chopin, Liadov, Vine, Lutoslawski, Bach, Schumann, Beethoven, R. Strauss, and Kabalevsky

To Purchase Tickets:

IN PERSON: Carnegie Hall Box Office - 57th Street and Seventh Avenue
M-Sat 11 AM-6 PM, Sun 12 PM-6 PM.

PHONE: CarnegieCharge - 212-247-7800, Daily 8 AM-8 PM

ONLINE: http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2012/5/29/0800/PM/Pianist-Program-from-Orange-County-High-School-of-the-Arts/

Tickets $50. For more information or advance purchase visit www.dciny.org

Carnegie Hall |Seventh Avenue & 57th St.


May 28, 2012

Today is Memorial Day, the day we honor the men and women who have lived and died fighting for us. And with the two latest wars, we have veterans who have survived horrific injuries who now will live out the rest of their lives without limbs, many also suffering from head injuries. Please remember all of our veterans and encourage your representatives to vote for more funding for our VA hospitals. They were there when we needed them and now we need to be there for them.


 

May 27, 2012

Just Published: Read Frank J. Avella's review of Mike Bartlett's COCK, which is now playing at The Duke on 42nd Street.


New York Cool Tip:

The Sweet Spot
May 27th, 2012, doors open at 6:30
Santos Party House


They say, what happens at The Sweet Spot; stays at The Sweet Spot. But that is only because the entertainment factor of this variety show can rarely be captured and is difficult to explain. As one definition states, the term “sweet spot” is “a place where a combination of factors results in a maximum response.” This event is unique in combining Erotic Poetry, Burlesque, Music, Fashion, Comedy, Body Painting and other Marvels with an electrifying audience that results in intoxicating, laugh-out-loud Fun! Made for any and every person’s enjoyment, let The Sweet Spot introduce you to POP EROTICA!

$20 advance purchase @ www.burrowsink.com
$25 at the door
Contact: 347-409-7442


Santos Party House | 96 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10013


 

May 26, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Benjamin Britten, Composer
Opera Moderne Presents: The Turn of the Screw
Satruday, May 26th, 8PM
Peter Norton Symphony Space


Opera Moderne stages Benjamin Britten’s haunting chamber opera, Turn of the Screw, at Peter Norton Symphony Space for one night only on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 8 pm. This 20th century masterpiece is a terrifying tale of the supernatural based on a story by Henry James. The eerie tale is accentuated by Luke Leonard’s innovative stage direction which incorporates original sculptures by Maggie Hartzell into the set and employs unconventional lighting techniques including fluorescents by lighting designer Marie Yokoyama. Goose-bumps are virtually guaranteed! The cast features tenor Glenn Seven Allen, soprano Anna Noggle and ‘boy wonder” Benjamin Wenzelberg.The initial setting of Turn of the Screw is not at all spooky on its surface: An old and faithful housekeeper, two young orphan children and an eager new governess in a remote English country estate. But the scene is not so serene: spirits from the past encroach upon the living, as reality and the supernatural mingle. What exactly did happen between the children, their former governess and the deceased manservant, Peter Quint? This question weighs on the new governess’s mind, and issues of murder and molestation rear their ghastly heads.

Tickets: $55 Advance / $65 Day of show
Tickets for Symphony Space members, seniors, and children: $45
Student tickets: $30.
Call Symphony Space box office 212-864-5400
Or visit SymphonySpace.org

Peter Norton Symphony Space | 2537 Broadway at 95th St., NY, NY


Another New York Cool Tip:

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet
May 15-27
The Joyce Theater

Combining voluptuous physicality with classical technique created by the most provocative dance makers in the world, Cedar Lake is one of the most exciting companies performing today. Returning to The Joyce for two weeks this spring with its sixteen magnificent dancers, led by Artistic Director Benoit-Swan Pouffer, the company will perform two programs of highly anticipated New York premieres, including Violet Kid, the latest work for the company by UK based choreographer Hofesh Shechter, and Grace Engine by Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite. Also highlighting the Joyce season--New York premieres by Sweden's Alexander Ekman and the Netherland's Regina van Berkel.


PROGRAM A: May 15-20
Violet Kid by Hofesh Shechter (New York Premiere), Annonciation by Angelin Preljocaj, Grace Engine by Crystal Pite (New York Premiere)

PROGRAM B: May 22-27
Simply Marvel by Regina van Berkel (New York Premiere), Tuplet by Alexander Ekman (New York Premiere), Necessity, Again by Jo Stromgren (World Premiere)

Company website:
http://www.cedarlakedance.com/

performance schedule
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm (May 19 only) & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm (May 20 only)
Dance Chat: Wed, May 16

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


 

May 25, 202

Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of Barry Sonnenfeld's Men in Black III, which openes today, Friday, May 25, 202.


 

May 24, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet
May 15-27
The Joyce Theater

Combining voluptuous physicality with classical technique created by the most provocative dance makers in the world, Cedar Lake is one of the most exciting companies performing today. Returning to The Joyce for two weeks this spring with its sixteen magnificent dancers, led by Artistic Director Benoit-Swan Pouffer, the company will perform two programs of highly anticipated New York premieres, including Violet Kid, the latest work for the company by UK based choreographer Hofesh Shechter, and Grace Engine by Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite. Also highlighting the Joyce season--New York premieres by Sweden's Alexander Ekman and the Netherland's Regina van Berkel.


PROGRAM A: May 15-20
Violet Kid by Hofesh Shechter (New York Premiere), Annonciation by Angelin Preljocaj, Grace Engine by Crystal Pite (New York Premiere)

PROGRAM B: May 22-27
Simply Marvel by Regina van Berkel (New York Premiere), Tuplet by Alexander Ekman (New York Premiere), Necessity, Again by Jo Stromgren (World Premiere)

Company website:
http://www.cedarlakedance.com/

performance schedule
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm (May 19 only) & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm (May 20 only)
Dance Chat: Wed, May 16

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

 


 

May 23, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Don Pasquale & His Trophy Wife"
May 22 @ 6PM at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
May 23-24 @ 7:30 PM at Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium

Underworld Productions Opera (www.underworldprod.com) will present "Don Pasquale & His Trophy Wife," an interpretation of Donizetti's 1843 opera buffa, in two site-specific locations May 22 to 24. Performances will be Tuesday, May 22 at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò NYU, 24 W. 12th Street, and Wednesday and Thursday, May 23 and 24, at Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 E. 61st Street. The work is directed by Artistic Director Gina Crusco, who is amassing much street cred as a "plot doctor" for classical operas. She re-envisions Don Pasquale not as an elderly bachelor but a married man who would throw over his aging Signora and make the beautiful, much younger Norina his "trophy wife." Signora Pasquale disguises herself as the sham Notary to complete the deception that is played on the old man, revealing the true moral of the story in the final Rondo.

Tickets: $45/$40 students, seniors. Includes refreshments.
Box office: www.underworldprod.com and Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 Phone: 1-800-838-3006 Running time: 2:15. Reservations required


Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU | 24 W. 12th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
F to 14th Street, L to 6th Avenue, 1, 2, 3 to 14th Street..

Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium | 417 E. 61st Street between First and York Avenues. F to Lexington/63rd Street, 4-5-6 to 59th Street, First Avenue Bus to 62nd Street


Another New York Cool Tip:

Davis Robertson/Helen Heineman
May 23 & 24 at 7:30 PM
New York Live Arts


A shared program of choreographers Davis Robertson and Helen Heineman, featuring original ballets to music that ranges from Bela Bartok to Bela Fleck. Davis Robertson is a former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, and is currently Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet School Performance Company. He will present a large ensemble in his "Unequilibrium" to music by Bartok, as well as the NY premiere of "At the Still Point of the Turning World," inspired by the poem by T.S. Eliot and set to music by Vivaldi. A guest teacher/choreographer at the renowned Bolshoi Academy in Moscow, Robertson created this work for this year's Bolshoi graduating class. Helen Heineman, whose credits include the Harkness Ballet and Nederlands Theatre, will present her delightful "Bluegrass Suite," music by Bela Fleck, and the World Premiere of "Configurations," to a collage of music that includes Toby Twining and Zoe Keating.

Tickets: $20; $15 for students & seniors
Reservations: 212.924.0077 or www.nylivearts.org


New York Live Arts | 219 West 19th Street (between 7th & 8th Avenues)


 

May 22, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Viola da Gamba Virtuoso Lisa Terry and
Baroque Cellist Angela Yeung in Concert
May 22 at 8:00 PM
St. Peter’s Church in New York, New York

Viola da Gamba virtuoso Lisa Terry and Baroque cellist Angela Yeung will
present Due Bassi: Virtuosic Baroque Duets for Violoncello and Viola da
Gamba on Tuesday, May 22 at 8:00 PM at Saint Peter’s Church in the
CitiCorp Center, East 54th Street and Lexington Ave (619 Lexington Ave.)
in New York, New York. This will be part of the Early Music at Saint
Peter’s Church concert series.

This will be a program of original duets and arrangements for two bass
instruments from the 18th century, featuring works by Boismortier,
Rameau, Corelli, Mondoville, Geminiani and more.

This performance is offered in memory of Elizabeth Guiher.

Tickets will only be available at the door: $15, $10 students and
seniors. For more information, call 718-219-6166, or email
ayeung@sandiego.edu.

Saint Peter’s Church in the CitiCorp Center | 619 Lexington Ave
East 54th Street and Lexington Ave


 

 

May 21, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Christopher Knowles: The Sundance Kid is Beautiful
May 21, 6:30pm
Martin E. Segal Theatre, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Christopher Knowles first became widely known in the theatrical community as an early collaborator of Robert Wilson, when he provided the libretto for Robert Wilson and Philip Glass’s genre-changing opera Einstein on the Beach while a teenager in 1976. Knowles has continued to cultivate an astoundingly diverse and prolific arts practice that includes writing, dance, painting, sculpture, and his infamous “typings”. Knowles’ works, which employ meticulous geometrical abstractions of text and pattern, are broadly influential, exhibited widely, and held in the permanent collections of major international institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, NY.

This special evening will feature the artist performing a selection of rarely-shown works, including The Sundance Kid is Beautiful and texts from Einstein on the Beach in an environment incorporating recent paintings and large-scale sculpture. The evening is staged by Noah Khoshbin, with dramaturgy by Lauren DiGiulio, and assistant stage direction by Andrew Gilchrist. The performance will feature sound design by Bryce Kretschmann and lighting by Eugene Tsai. Presented in collaboration with The Watermill Center, Dissident Industries, and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise.

Free! First come, first served.

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


Another New York Cool Tip:

Contemporary Voices
Monday, May 21, 2012 at 7pm
St. Bartholomew's Church

The Collegiate Chorale presents Contemporary Voices on May 21, 2012 at 7pm at St. Bartholomew’s Church, 325 Park Avenue, NYC. The concert features five musical gems by 20th and 21st Century masters of choral composition.

The performance will open with a work that The Chorale premiered in 1947, Aaron Copland's In The Beginning, for mezzo-soprano soloist and a cappella choir. The soloist will be Virginia Warnken. Following Avner Dorman's evocative Psalm 67 (NY premiere), Toru Takemitsu's pensive All That the Man Left Behind When He Died, and Krzysztof Penderecki's ethereal Song of the Cherubim, the Chorale will conclude their 70th Anniversary season with Francis Poulenc's beloved Gloria, with esteemed organist Christopher Creaghan and soprano soloist Marie Mascari. The sanctuary of St. Bartholomew's Church will provide a beautiful setting for this music, conducted by The Chorale's Music Director, James Bagwell.

Single tickets start at $20 and are available online at collegiatechorale.org or by phone at The Chorale office at (646) 435-9465.

St. Bartholomew's Church | 325 Park Avenue, at 51st Street


 

May 20, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Carly Howard, Tyler Phillips, Conrad Rothbaum, Sean Griffin, and Conly Basham
Five Variations of Romeo and Juliet
Friday, May 18th. 8pm
Saturday, May 19th
8pm; Sunday, May 20th. 3pm / 8pm
17 Frost Theater of the Arts

Sparrowtree Theatre Company and Phillstock Entertainment present Five Variations of Romeo and Juliet, a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy that charges five emerging playwrights with the task of creating new fifteen minute plays inspired by the characters, settings, and themes of each act of the original work. As a result, we get an evening of completely original theatre pieces lightly tracing the footsteps of the theatre’s most tragic young lovers.

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

17 Frost Theatre of the Arts | 17 Frost St. Brooklyn, NY 11211




Another New York Cool Tip:

New York Cool Tip: The second book of The Big Apple Posse Trilogy, titled The Big Apple Posse: Escape From New Orleans, will be part of a free promotion at Amazon.com on Sunday, May 20th, 2012. Click here to get your free Kindle copy: amazon.com. Today is the last day this book will be offered free.

The Big Apple Posse Trilogy is written by Wendy R. Williams and illustrated by Sophie Escabasse. The Big Apple Posse: Escape From New Orleans (the third book of the The Big Apple Posse Trilogy), will be published in August of 2012.




May 19, 2012

New York Cool Tip:



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 today, May 19th. Click on this link to download to your Kindle, Computer, Smart Phone, Just About Anything etc. etc. Today is the last day this book will be offered free.

The Big Apple Posse Trilogy is written by Wendy R. Williams and illustrated by Sophie Escabasse. The Big Apple Posse: Escape From New Orleans (the third book of the The Big Apple Posse Trilogy), will be published in August of 2012.


 

New York Cool Tip:

2nd Annual Lexington Craft Fair
Saturday, May 19, 2012; 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Lexington School and Center for the Deaf

Join us for the 2012 Lexington Craft Fair, an early summer sales event! Start the summer right with original, hand-crafted items from local artisans and savor gourmet bites from some of NYC's best food vendors. Lexington's own Hearing Screening Van will be on hand to provide free hearing screenings to Craft Fair attendees. Proceeds will benefit the Lexington School and Center for the Deaf. The Lexington Craft Fair is a community event that strives to be as accessible as possible for everyone. ASL interpreters will be on hand to assist with communication. Please join us for a day or fun, shop locally-made gifts, and help support our programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in NYC.

Admission is free. For more information, please visit
http://lexnyc.org/2nd-annual-lexington-craft-fair.aspx

Lexington School and Center for the Deaf
30th Ave and 75th St
Jackson Heights, NY 11370


Another New York Cool Tip:

MADAME BUTTERFLY: Screening and Conversation
Saturday May 19 at 2 PM
Paley Center for Media


The Paley Center for Media, in association with Opera Index, will present a screening of the 1955 NBC Opera Theater production of Puccini's "Madame Butterfly" starring Elaine Malbin as Cio-Cio San and Davis Cunningham as Pinkerton. The live telecast, performed in an English translation by Ruth and Thomas Martin, aired on December 4, 1955 and was directed by Kirk Browning and conducted by Herbert Grossman. Not seen since its original telecast more than half a century ago, the film will be followed by a conversation with special guest Elaine Malbin and opera critic Eric Myers.

Tickets: $10; $8 for students/seniors; Free for Paley Center members
Reservations/Information: 212.621.6886


Paley Center for Media | 25 West 52 Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues)


 

May 18, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

The Thalia Follies: The Race for the White House
Thu, May 17 at 7:30 pm
Fri, May 18 at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm
Sat, May 19 at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm
Symphony Space

In its final production of the season, The THALIA FOLLIES trains its musical and comical guns on the risky, rocky road leading to this summer's political conventions and the fall race for all the marbles. Main themes include the G.O.P.'s war against women, the Supreme Court's historic decision on undoing health care, and the acute suffering of Mitt Romney's dog, Seamus. Songs and sketches now in development range from "Life is A Pre-Existing Condition," "The Real Brokers ofTampa Bay," and "I Should Have Run This Year.” You'll laugh; you'll cry; you'll run for shelter!

Tickets: $30; Members $25; 30 and Under $15 Bookings:
212 864 5400
www.symphonyspace.org

Symphony Space | 22 W 19th Street | 5th Floor
New York, New York 10011


Another New York Cool Tip:

NY Writers Coalition Day
Friday, May 18, 2012
All Over NYC

To celebrate 10 years of creative writing workshops in under-served
communities, NYWC is hosting a day full of FREE creative writing
workshops city-wide. Hop on the No. 7 train in Manhattan and take it
to the end of the line, all the while, you’re participating in a
writing workshop! NY Writers Coalition facilitates writing workshops
in many communities throughout New York City, including the
incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, the homeless, at-risk youth,
seniors, gay youth, people with disabilities and more. For ten years,
NYWC has been training volunteers to lead safe creative writing
workshops throughout the NYC area, now to celebrate ten years of
creating and maintaining writing workshops, NYWC is bringing their
particular brand of workshop to the New York City streets. Locations
include: the Staten Island Ferry, Coney Island, the No. 7 train,
Villalobo House, the Brooklyn Bridge Park, Central Park/Strawberry
Fields, the Kensington Library, Prospect Park/Lefferts Gardens. Go to
nywriterscoalition.com for details.

This event is free! Go to nywriterscoalition.org for details about
each location and time.


Ten City-Wide Locations, including:
Central Park: Strawberry Fields, 4 p.m
Staten Island Ferry Flash Mob Workshop: Departing from Whitehall
Terminal in Manhattan at 7:45 p.m.
Subway Flash Mob Workshop: Departing from the front of the Queens
Bound Number 7 Train platform at 42nd Street/Times Square at 2:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Bridge Park: Pier 1, Granite Prospect 2 p.m.


 

May 17, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Bob and Tobly McSmith
Bayside! The UnMusical!
May 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19. 8pm-9:30PM
The Kraine Theatre

Bayside! The UnMusical!, the hilarious and unauthorized musical parody of TV’s Saved by the Bell, is returning to East Village’s Kraine Theatre on May 9th! Hailed as “New York’s best” by Michael Musto (Village Voice), this entertaining and edgy sendup of everyone’s favorite Saturday morning teen drama will have a limited two week run from May 9th – 19th. It’s just another day for the students of Bayside High until they find out their favorite (and only) hangout spot “The Max” is closing unless they can raise an unreasonable amount of money. Bayside! The UnMusical! playfully mocks conventional Broadway Musicals with toe-tapping melodies about homoerotic wrestling, rock ballads about cellphones, and love songs about teenage pregnancy.
Tickets $15. For more information or advance purchase visit www.baysidetheunmusical.com

The Kraine Theatre | 85 East 4th Street


Another New York Cool Tip:

Steve Willis's
Diana Sands: a Certain Toughness of Spirit
Tuesday – Saturday @ 7PM
Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday @ 3PM
May 15th - 20th
Opens May 15, 2012
Workshop Theater Company’s Jewel Box Theater

Two-time Tony nominee, Hope Clarke (Jelly’s Last Jam, Caroline or Change) shares her remembrances of actress Diana Sands, a two-time Tony and Emmy nominee with whom Ms. Clarke performed in Hallelujah Baby.

Cast list: Hope Clarke and Teniece Divya Johnson
Director: Sue Lawless

Running Time: 1hr 20mins, No intermission.
Ticket price: Reservations: $25.00/evenings; $20.00/matinees.
Tickets/info: www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=DIA11 or call 212-868-4444


Workshop Theater Company’s Jewel Box Theater | 312 W. 36th St., 4th floor


 

May 16, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Casino Game Night to Benefit Young Women with Breast Cancer
Wednesday May 16, 2012 7 PM- 11 Pm
Capitale


Young Survival Coalition (YSC) was the first organization to focus on the support and educational needs of young women who were facing a diagnosis of breast cancer.
This event features high end gaming and luxury prices including a stay at Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces in India, a stay at the Westin in Dublin Ireland, jewelry form Tiffany’s and more…

When Foxwoods and Mohegan are just too far-

Event prices:
$175 a person- includes, great food and top shelf open bar

For more information contact:
Dana McCaw
646-257-3004
dmccaw@youngsurvival.org

Website
youngsurvival.org
http://ysc.convio.net/site/Calendar?id=100401&view=Detail

Hosted by Chris Wragge- CBS New York

Capitale | 130 Bowery New York NY 10013

 


Another New York Cool Tip:

The Fortune Society’s Second Annual Spring Soiree
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 9PM – 12:00AM
Trump SoHo

You are invited to join hundreds of young philanthropists as they come together for an evening of live music, cocktails and great food in support of The Fortune Society, one of the nation’s most respected nonprofit organizations offering services to formerly incarcerated men and women. The Second Annual Spring Soiree takes place on May 16th, 2012, at 9pm at the Trump SoHo in Manhattan. Hosted by Fortune’s Junior Committee and The Leadership Foundation, the evening will raise funds to support a vast array of services that help formerly incarcerated individuals successfully re-enter their communities after serving time in prisons and jail.

The event will also include a live performance by John Forte, formerly of The Fugees.

Ticket prices range from $175.00- $500.00. For more information or advance purchase contact John Runowicz at jrunowicz@fortunesociety.org or visit www.fortunesociety.org.

Trump SoHo | 246 Spring Street
(Corner of Spring Street and Varick Street)


 

May 15, 2012


Natalia Makarova
Photo Credit: Lisa Voll

Just Published: Read my article about the Natalia Makarova Gala at Lincoln Center.


New York Cool Tip:

Frank J. Avella's
Vatican Falls
Tuesday, May 15th @ 6:45PM
National Comedy Theatre

You are cordially invited to:VATICAN FALLS
The play the Vatican did not want anyone to see
A Staged Reading to Benefit: SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

Based on factual material, “VATICAN FALLS” follows the life of one survivor who struggles with understanding how those closest to him could damage him the deepest. The multi-genre, non-linear play probes the conflicting feelings involved in most sexual abuse situations and dares to confront the truth about the ever-growing scandal and the Church’s complicity in it.

“VATICAN FALLS” was set to have its World Premiere in Rome, Italy, last May but was cancelled the night before opening amidst controversy and claims of death threats. This will mark the first U.S. presentation of the play to an audience since the last workshop in 2010.

Recent headline news reports about the Catholic Church putting legal pressure on SNAP to hand over more than two decades of confidential information has put the group at the forefront of a major battle with Vatican attorneys wishing to silence them once and for all. SNAP is holding steadfast in their efforts to protect the privacy of victims, witnesses--even journalists who have come to them for help in the past. All proceeds from this Benefit will go directly to these brave men and women. We hope to raise awareness about the real facts concerning the scandal and about this very important group that has provided a safe haven for survivors since 1988. SNAP recently filed a lawsuit with the Hague against the Vatican for crimes against humanity.

Starring:
Rob Ventre, Carlotta Brentan, Joshua Dixon, Liza Harris, Drew Bruck, Devon Talbott, Matthew Crooks, Francesco Andolfi, Carlos Dengler, Kalen J. Hall & Lucia Grillo.

Musical Director/Arranger: Brad Gardner Stage Directions: Cali Gilman

Music: Claudio Procopio Lyrics: Frank J. Avella

Directed by Laura Caparrotti

To guarantee your seat please reserve now via: VaticanFalls.com

PREFERRED SEATING: Donate $50 or more for 1st choice of seats upon arrival.

General audience donation: $25. Students/Seniors: $20.

Wine and cheese will be served at Intermission

Questions? Call 973-715-2356 or email IMPETUSENSEMBLE@aol.com

National Comedy Theatre | 347 W.36th St.
Between 8th & 9th Aves | NYC


 

May 14, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

IN OUR NAME: APLAY OF THE TORTURE YEARS
Followed by Panel Discussion on Guantánamo
Wednesday, May 9th
1:30 pm Performance followed immediately by panel discussion (see below).
8:30 pm Performance
Monday, May 14th
1:30 pm Performance
8:30 pm Performance
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Department of Communication and Theater Arts presents In Our Name: A Play on the Torture Years. Following the opening performance on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 there will also be a critical panel discussion on Guantánamo.

In Our Name: A Play on the Torture Years, written by Northeastern University School of Law Professor Michael Meltsner, is a drama addressing how and why the nation found itself brutally treating the men it detained. It examines the rationalization of these injustices by the U.S. government, the use of military tribunals, and the willful blindness of the public. The running time of this play is approximately one hour.

Immediately following the opening performance on Wednesday, May 9th at 1:30 pm, the Department of Communication and Theater Arts will present a panel discussion on Guantánamo. This panel will feature Jennifer R. Cowan, Defense Attorney for Guantanamo detainees from Debevoise & Plimpton Law Firm, and Elizabeth Wilson, Professor at the Whitehead School of Diplomacy at Seton Hall University.

To reserve your tickets please call the Department of Communication and Theater Arts at (212) 237-8130.

Jay College of Criminal Justice | 524 West 59th Street Black Box Theater




Another New York Cool Tip:

Juilliard415 at Le Poisson Rouge
Monday, May 14, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Le Poisson Rouge

Juilliard415 performs works by Bach and Corelli at Le Poisson Rouge
Nanae Iwata, violin soloist
Doors open at 6:30 PM

FREE; no tickets required

Le Poisson Rouge | 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012




May 13, 2012

New York Cool Tip: The second book of The Big Apple Posse Trilogy titled The Big Apple Posse: Escape From New Orleans will be part of a free promotion at Amazon.com on Sunday, May 13th, 2012. 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.


 

Happy Mother's Day!

New York Cool Tip:

Yiddishe Mamas - Mother's Day Walking Tour
Sunday May 13, 11 AM
Museum at Eldridge Street

Start a new family tradition this Mother’s Day and discover your roots on our Lower East Side walking tour. We'll fete you with rugelach, bagels and coffee and then follow in the footsteps of strong-willed women associated with our gateway neighborhood. Hear about free-thinker Emma Goldman, Henry Street founder Lillian Wald, and mikvah operator Gittel Natelson. Stops include the Lower East Side’s old red light district, NYC’s oldest operating mikvah, and former famed shops and eateries.

Tickets: $ 25
For more information, please visit
http://www.eldridgestreet.org/

Museum at Eldridge Street | 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002


Another New York Cool Tip:

BYE BYE BIRDIE
May 10 at 7PM
May 11 at 1PM & 7PM
May 12 at 1PM & 7PM
May 13 at 1PM (Special Mother's Day Event)
Hudson Guild Theatre

Polaris Productions, a non-profit children’s theatre group whose mission is to produce entertaining musical theatre performed entirely young actors will present the classic 1960 Tony Award winning musical Bye Bye Birdie starting May 10th at Hudson Guild Theatre. LeCee Galmiche Johnson directs a talented cast of young actors ranging in age from 4 through 20. Christopher Cooley is Musical Director. Set in the late 1950s, Bye Bye Birdie centers around rock and roll star Conrad Birdie who is about to be inducted into the army thereby disappointing millions of teenage fans. Contemplating financial ruin, Albert Peterson, Birdie’s manager concocts a plot along with his secretary and fiancé to put Birdie on a popular national TV program where he will bid farewell to his female fans by kissing one of them. The plan goes through but unfortunately the lucky girl selected to be kissed has an extremely jealous boyfriend.

Tickets are $10 and $12
For More information and advance purchase go to www.polarisproductions.com

Hudson Guild Theatre | 441 W. 26th Street
(Bet. 9th and 10th Avenues)



Another New York Cool Tip:

The New York Virtuoso Singers Present
Celebrating Women Composers – Part 2
Sunday, May 13 - 3:00 PM
St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church

The New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, Conductor and Artistic
Director, will present Celebrating Women Composers – Part 2.

The all-professional choir will perform a program of music by living
women composers, including Snapshot of a Teenaged Moment When Everything
Began by Anna Weesner, Sanctus by Jennifer Higdon, Love Songs by Augusta
Read Thomas, …with Peace in Mind by Nancy Wertsch, Mountain Folk Songs
by Chen Yi and Credo/Ani Ma’amin by Shulamit Ran.

Guest Artists will be Pianist Brent Funderburk and The Canticum Novum
Youth Choir, Edie Rosenbaum, Director.

Tickets for the May 13 concert are $25, and $15 for students and seniors
over 65. TDF vouchers accepted. For tickets, call TicketCentral at
212-279-4200, or go to http://www.nyvirtuoso.org/. Tickets will also be
available at the door 30 minutes before the concert.

St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church | 87th Street between Broadway & West End Avenue i




May 12, 2012

New York Cool Tip:



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 today, May 12th. Click on this link to download to your Kindle, Computer, Smart Phone, Just About Anything etc. etc.




Tomorrow, May 13th:

New York Cool Tip: The second book of The Big Apple Posse Trilogy titled The Big Apple Posse: Escape From New Orleans will be part of a free promotion at Amazon.com on Sunday, May 13th, 2012. 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:

PERIDANCE CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY
May 5-13
May 5&12 at 8:30 PM
May 6 & 13 at 7:30 PM
May 6 at 2:30 PM)
Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance


Major New York season for Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, with guest Jose Manuel Carreno (1st weekend). Evening programs feature three World Premieres, by company director Igal Perry and guest choreographers Kristin Sudeikis and Sidra Bell. The Company will also present the New York Premiere of Perry's "El Amor Brujo," with live music by PostClassical Ensemble, conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez joined by Flamenco singer Marija Temo. Perry's World Premiere will also have the Henryk Gorecki score performed by a string quartet led by cellist Nan-Cheng Chen. The May 6 matinee, entitled Afternoon in Spain, will feature "El Amor Brujo," with live music, followed by discussions on Flamenco and Spanish culture with scholars Brook Zern and Antonio Munoz-Molina.

Tickets: $30-$50 for the evening performances; $15-$25 for matinee
Reservations at 212.505-0886 or www.peridance.ticketleap.com


Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance | 126 East 13th Street
Between 3rd & 4th Avenues


May 11, 2012



Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of Brian Crano's A Bag of Hammers, which opens today, May 11th.


New York Cool Tip:

Alonzo King LINES Ballet
May 8-13
The Joyce Theater

Renowned for its visionary choreography and exquisite dancers, Alonzo King LINES Ballet returns to The Joyce this spring with a program of explosive, wrenchingly beautiful contemporary ballet. Scheherazade, commissioned by the Monaco Dance Forum to inaugurate the Centenary of the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, is "stunning" (San Jose Mercury) and "a visual feast, an evening of dreams" (Monaco-Matin). Brought to life by the extraordinary LINES Ballet dancers, this transformative ballet is set to a new score by tabla master Zakir Hussain after Rimsky-Korsakov. In Resin, Alonzo King explores the vast and diverse field of Sephardic music, drawing on songs and field recordings from Yemen, Turkey, Morocco, and Spain, creating a tapestry that the San Francisco Chronicle called a "crown jewel."

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

performance schedule
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 7:30pm
Dance Chat: Wed, May 9

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


 

May 10, 2012


Rihanna
Photo Credit: PR Photos

Check out the just updated Celebrities Out and About in New York City for photographs of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala and the premiere of What To Expect When You are Expecting.


 

New York Cool Tip:

Justin Boccitto & The Group Theatre Too
Choreographers' Canvas 2012
Thursday, May 10th, 2012 @ 8:30PM
Manhattan Movement & Arts Center


Choreographer's Canvas, an annual event featuring the works of over fifteen cutting-edge choreographers from around the world selected by GTT's panel of dance professionals. See new original and traditional styles of choreography including tap, ballet, theatre dance, jazz, hip-hop, modern, lyrical and aerial dance in concert Off-Broadway. Experience the dance designs of established and emerging choreographers! %th Anniversary Presentation with a tribute to Broadway Dancer/Choreographer Tony Stevens. Featuring the choreography of:
Michael Blevins, Justin Boccitto, Bob Boross, Lou Brockman, Crystal Chapman, Ginger Cox, Karen Gayle, David Guggino, Bobby Hedglin-Taylor, Becky Moyer, Lainie Munro, Sue Samuels, Caleb Teicher, Aaron Tolson, Sidney Erik Wright, Hee Ra Yoo, Eryn Renee Young
& Broadway Dance Center's Teen Company, AIM http://www.choreographerscanvas.com & http://www.grouptheatretoo.org


TICKETS: Pre-Sale (Before April 1st) = $25
After April 1st & At-The-Door = $30
For more information or advance purchase visit www.choreographerscanvas.com.

MANHATTAN MOVEMENT & ARTS CENTER | 248 W. 60th Street, (Bet. Amsterdam & West End) Manhattan

 


Another New York Cool Tip:

Chamber Orchestra of New York Presents Rhapsodic Themes Concert
Thursday, May 10 – 7:00 PM
Kaufman Center’s Merkin Concert Hall

The Chamber Orchestra of New York, Salvatore Di Vittorio, Music
Director, will present Rhapsodic Themes, a concert featuring Gabrieli's
brass fanfare Canzona Septimi Toni, the historically significant
restoration of Respighi's Tre Liriche (Three Art Songs), championed by
tenor Luciano Pavarotti, and Respighi’s orchestration of Monteverdi's
Lamento di Arianna (from his lost second opera "Arianna," which
premiered in 1608), featuring mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack.

The program will also include Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of
Paganini, with 21-year old soloist Marika Bournaki, a tribute to the
late film composer John Barry, featuring the theme from his Academy
Award-winning 1985 score for the film Out of Africa, and Beethoven’s
Symphony No. 8.

Priority seating tickets for this concert are $100, which includes a
post-concert wine reception. General Admission tickets are $40,
Senior/Student $30 (only available at box office or by phone - Students
must show ID. For tickets or more information, call Merkin Concert Hall
at Kaufman Center at 212-501-3330 or visit
http://kaufman-center.org/mch/event/chamber-orchestra-of-new-york-gala-concert-2012
or http://www.chamberorchestraofnewyork.org/concert_season.html.

Kaufman Center’s Merkin Concert Hall | 129 West 67th St.
Btw Broadway and Amsterdam in Manhattan




May 9, 2012

New York Cool Tip:


Another New York Cool Tip:

An Evening to Support the Next Generation of Champions
May 9th, 2012 6:30 pm
Loeb Boathouse Central Park, NYC

Meet Olympic Medalists Billy Demong and Andrew Weibrecht and support New York State youth! New York Ski Educational Foundation (NYSEF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing professional guidance and financial support to athletes of all ages in Alpine, Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding, Cross Country Skiing, Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined and Biathlon. Through its support of competitive snow sports, NYSEF helps young athletes develop the personal skills necessary to become confident and successful individuals by fostering sportsmanship, self-discipline, and self-esteem.
Children as young as 7 are eligible to join the NYSEF team where they learn the basics of sport, teamwork, and determination. In 2010, seven NYSEF athletes competed in the Vancouver Olympics, winning one gold, one silver, and one bronze medal. Numerous other athletes have gone on to pursue careers as members of the US Ski and Snowboard Teams and on college teams.

Tickets $250, for advance purchase or more information please visit https://nysef.ejoinme.org/?tabid=347079

Loeb Boathouse | East 72nd St. & Park Drive North
New York


Another New York Cool Tip:

Psychotherapy and The Creative Artist––Dawn Skorszcewski discusses An Accident of Hope: The Therapy Tapes of Anne Sexton
Wednesday May 9th. 7PM-9PM
Bluestockings

Bluestockings Bookstore will host Professor Dawn Skorczewski as she connects excerpts from the tapes of Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Sexton's psychotherapy with contemporaneous selections from her poetry in her recently released book, An Accident of Hope. This discussion will offer a unique perspective on the artist's inner experience and creative process. Sexton's poems are known for themes of suicidal tendencies, her long battle against depression and various intimate details from her private life. The book not only invites a reappraisal of Anne Sexton the writer but also offers a rare view of the evolution of psychoanalytic treatment in the United States. This will be a deep look into creative therapy and an American poet.

Bluestockings | 172 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002


 

May 8, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

10th ANNUAL AILEY AT THE APOLLO
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Apollo Theater

Stars of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, gifted young dancers from The Ailey School and, for the first time ever, talented students from AileyCamp will come together for a spectacular one-night performance on Tuesday, May 8th at 7pm on the world famous Apollo stage. Led by new Artistic Director Robert Battle, the Spring Gala Benefit performance will be at the Apollo Theater (253 W 125th Street, between 7th & 8th Avenues). A gala party with festive dress, décor and dancing to music by the famed DJ Ruckus will conclude the 10th annual celebration.

Ailey At The Apollo will honor Leslie Maheras, a member of Ailey’s Board of Trustees, and her husband Tom Maheras for their wonderful support and commitment to the Ailey organization, and for their leadership in the broader cultural and educational community. The Honorary Chair is R&B sensation and six-time Grammy winner, Toni Braxton. With more than 40 million albums sold worldwide, Toni Braxton is recognized as one of the most outstanding voices of this generation. Today, she is enjoying huge success with her Braxton Family Values reality show on the WE network. Sponsored by FedEx Corporation, gala co-chairs are Lynne and Anthony M. Carvette, David E. Monn, and Almaz and Marc Strachan and vice chairs are Judith Byrd, Catherine Davis, and Pamela Zilly and John Schaefer.

After the performance, the present and future stars of Ailey will join guests to dine and dance the night away at a festive gala party with music provided by DJ Ruckus – America’s most in-demand celebrity deejay. A superstar deejay for the better part of a decade, DJ Ruckus has routinely performed at private parties hosted by the world’s biggest stars, including Diddy, Kanye West, Christina Aguilera, Magic Johnson, and Steven Tyler.

Benefit tickets, starting at $350, may be purchased by calling (212) 405-9031.
Sponsored by FedEx Corporation
Wine & Spirits generously provided by Diageo

Apollo Theater | 253 W 125th Street
Between 7th & 8th Avenues)


Another New York Cool Tip:


New York Cool Tip:

WagMag, Brooklyn Art Guide Benefit 2012
Tuesday, May 8th from 7-9pm
The Boiler


WAGMAG Celebrates 11 Years!! Please help support our mission to promote the arts in Brooklyn. WAGMAG, Brooklyn Art Guide is a 501c (3) nonprofit, and the only Brooklyn art guide that chronicles the art activities of art venues in Brooklyn, on a monthly basis. This is a great event for art lovers in the area, with approximately 100 pieces of artwork generously donated by local galleries and artists for the raffle during the event evening, Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 from 7-9pm. The resulting exhibition will not only generate much needed funding for WAGMAG but also reflect the spirit and personality of the Brooklyn art community. It will be held at The Boiler, 191 North 14th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There will be a festive atmosphere with food, drinks, and a wonderful selection of artworks from prominent artists in Brooklyn.

Tickets for the artwork raffle are available for $200 up until May 6th, after which tickets will be available for $225 each. Any remaining tickets for the artwork raffle will be $225 on the event evening, as availability permits. Each ticket guarantees a work of art. There will be an entrance fee for admission to the benefit event of $20 for non-ticket holders. For more information or advance purchase visit http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3242760183?ref=ebtn

The Boiler | 191 North 14th Street, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn


 

May 7, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Dance Against Cancer - An Evening to Benefit the American Cancer Society
Monday, May 7, 2012
Manhattan Movement & Arts Center

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center presents Dance Against Cancer on Monday, May 7, 2012 with cocktails at 6pm, a performance at
7pm, and a reception at 8:30pm. All proceeds from this event will benefit research initiatives as well as all patient and family services programs that American Cancer Society funds. The evening’s performance, produced by New York City Ballet’s Daniel Ulbricht and Manhattan Movement & Arts Center’s Erin Fogarty will feature dancers from New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Performers to include Ailey’s Matthew Rushing and Clifton Brown; NYCB’s Maria Kowroski, Tiler Peck, Lauren Lovette, Robert Fairchild, Amar Ramasar, Daniel Ulbricht; American Ballet Theatre’s Herman Cornejo; Boston Ballet’s Misa Kuranaga; Martha Graham Dance Company’s Katherine Crockett and more to be announced.

Tickets are $150 for the performance and reception or $50 for the reception only and are available at http://community.acsevents.org/danceagainstcancernyc.

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center | 248 W. 60th Street, NYC
Between Amsterdam and West End Avenues | Lincoln Center


Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of John Madden's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel , which just opened in New York City.


 

May 6, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Chelsea Symphony Final Regular Season Concerts
Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 2:30 PM
St. Paul's Church

The upcoming concerts of the member-run Chelsea Symphony finish off
the orchestra's 6th season while continuing their celebration of
American composers. Along with the usual (and excellent) soloists,
conductors and composers drawn exclusively from the group's regular
members. Featuring the music of Samuel Barber, Walter Piston,
Sarasate, and Seth Bedford. Always an energetic and engaging group,
in a beautiful setting with the restaurants and bars of Chelsea right
around the corner, these concerts are a great way to spend a spring
evening or afternoon.

Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Conductors: Yaniv Segal, Matthew Aubin
Bedford: Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra (World Premiere) -
Angela Occhionero, Clarinet
Piston: Fantasy for English Horn, Harp and Strings - Emily DiAngelo,
English Horn, Katie Andrews, Harp
Barber: Medea (Ballet Suite)

Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 2:30 PM
Conductors: Yaniv Segal, Matthew Aubin
Bedford: Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra - Angela Occhionero, Clarinet
Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 - Elzbieta Polak, Violin
Barber: Medea (Ballet Suite)

$20 (suggested donation)

Phone: (888) 741-2915

website: www.chelseasymphony.org

St. Paul's Church | 315 West 22nd Street
Between 8th and 9th ave.
C/E, 1 trains 23rd st


Another New York Cool Tip:

Tunes in Times Square
Sunday, May 6th 10:00AM -6:00PM
Times Square - Father Duffy Square

Magical Music for Life, a New Canaan, CT based non-profit organization is performing with the Broadway community in a Sing-A-Thon in Times Square New York on Sunday, May 6, 2012, 10:00-6:00pm. The event entitled "Tunes in Times Square," is for the organization to raise money and awareness for the production of a free album of original songs specifically designed for children with special needs. The Magical Music singers and other talented children from the Tri-state area will be singing all day long raising money from pledges promised in advanced. Joining them at the mic will be many Broadway celebrities as well as children with Broadway credits including Corey Mach from Godspell, Jed Resnick from Avenue Q, James Moye fromMillion Dollar Quartet, Madeline Yen from War Horse, Briana Gentilella from Seussical, Ali Horowitz from Sunday in the Parkand Sadie Seelert from Mary Poppins. There will be a raffle along with auction items including Broadway tickets, exclusive backstage tours, signed paraphernalia, etc.

FREE. For more information on Magical Music visit our website atwww.magicalmusic.org.

Times Square - Duffy Square | Broadway and 46th Street


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May 5, 2012

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:

Digital Music Ensemble
Friday, Saturday May 4,5 7:30PM
7:30pm PERFORMANCES of ROBERT ASHLEY”S OPERA: “KIT CARSON” (1963)
a premiere of
8:30pm STEPHEN RUSH’S OPERA “U.S. GRANT – A FLUXKIT OPERA” (2012)
ShapeShifter Lab

Digital Music Ensemble is a 20-year-old experimental class at the University of Michigan, conceived from the aesthetics of John Cage, the ONCE Group, Laurie Anderson and Brian Eno. It could be described as Multi-Media Theatre, and projects tend to focus on the use of experimental electronics, exploiting sensor technology and electronic alteration of traditional instruments or appliances (such as USB phones and televisions triggering video or DSP’s). As such, it was recognized with a “Computerworld” (formerly Smithsonian) Award for Advances in Computer Technology.

Its performance history is wide and varied. The annual installation, called “Gypsy Pond Music” is in its 13th year of incarnation, using touch/movement sensors, outdoor speakers, outrageous site-specific sculptures (20-foot floating monoliths or burning 5 gallons of kerosene) – all on a enormous pond at the University of Michigan. The DME has performed as an ensemble in Europe and throughout the United States, presenting both original works, including those by its director, Stephen Rush, as well as music by legendary avant-garde American composers.

Free event. For more information visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/241942


SHAPESHIFTER LAB | 18 Whitwell Place Brooklyn, NY 11215
www.ShapeShifterLab.com
Closest subway is the Union street stop on the R or 4 Ave. on the F/G train stations.


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

ANANIASHVILI – RATMANSKY Ballet Gala
Saturday, May 5th, 7:30pm
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center

The world-famous Prima Ballerina, NINA ANANIASHVILI performs three ballets by the acclaimed choreographer, ALEXEI RATMANSKY, Bolshoi Theatre, Artist in Residence at American Ballet Theatre. The performance includes principal dancers from State Ballet of Georgia, accompanied by Russian Musicians performing three ballets: "Charms of Mannerism," "Bizet Variations" and "Dreams About Japan." Other star dancers from Russia and Georgia are featured. Music is provided by musicians from the BOLSHOI ORCHESTRA. Ms. Ananiashvili has been a legendary star of the Bolshoi Theatre, the Kirov Theatre, New York City Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, London Royal Ballet, Houston Ballet and leading theatres around the world, and became one of the most beloved ballerinas of American Ballet Theatre.

"Ananiashvili…was emotionally, technically and stylistically absolutely marvelous. She is one of the great Giselles of our time..."
---Clive Barnes, New York Post

Tickets: $35 - $150. Please visit www.intlconcerts.org or call (646) 383-7972 for more information or to book a VIP reception package.

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center | 10 Lincoln Center Plaza
(Columbus Ave. & 65th St.)
New York, NY 10023


 

May 4, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

A Literary Safari: PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature
Friday, May 4, 2012, Friday, 7:00pm (Check-in begins at 6:30pm)
Westbeth Center for the Arts, NYC


The hottest poets, writers, journalists, and philosophers from more than 20 countries convene in New York City to celebrate the power of the written word in action at the 2012 PEN WORLD VOICES FESTIVAL OF INTERNATIONAL from April 30th to May 6th. The roster includes Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Giannina Braschi, Herta Müller, and Tony Kushner. Engage with literature in bold and unexpected ways and discover how words can be amplified through music, theater, puppetry, film, performances, discussions, and readings. One of the festival spunkiest events is A Literary Safari on Friday May 4th from 7-9pm. Take an expedition to observe artists in their natural habitat as PEN World Voices Festival takes a rare peek inside Westbeth Center for the Arts Housing, the city’s oldest and largest artist community. Wander the hallways of this converted industrial space, map in hand, to find an entire evening’s worth of literary events. Enjoy intimate readings by guest writers inside the homes of famous Westbeth residents and end the night clinking cocktails at the after-party in Westbeth’s legendary art gallery with the fascinating cast of featured authors, such as MacArthur Genius Award winner Colson Whitehead, author of “The Intuitionist” and the charismatic poet Giannina Braschi, author of radical new work “United States of Banana”. Other featured writers include include Gabriela Adamesteanu, Deborah Dahl Edwardson, Wojciech Jagielski, Etgar Keret, Elias Khoury, Karl O. Knausgaard, Ib Michael, Edgar Morin, Rikka Pulkkinen, Julya Rabinowich, Victoria Redel, Noëlle Revaz, Fernando Savater, Peter Schneider, Ruta Sepetys.

Tickets: $15/$10 PEN Members and students with valid ID; Westbeth residents admitted by donation. Call (866) 811-4111 or visit ovationtix.com

http://www.pen.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/6456/prmID/2206

Westbeth Center for the Arts | Westbeth Gallery | 57 Bethune or 155 Bank
New York City, 10014


 

 

May 3, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

American Cancer Society’s Taste of Hope
May 3rd - 6:30pm – 10:30pm
82 Mercer Street

Taste of Hope is a culinary, wine and spirits tasting event featuring some of New York's top restaurants and vendors, all set within a cocktail party atmosphere. Proceeds from Taste of Hope will help the American Cancer Society in its mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. In past years this event has raised over $150,000 for the cause.

What makes the event different this year from years past? For nearly a century, the American Cancer Society has fought for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. By taking what we’ve learned through research and turning it into what we do, we have contributed to a 15 percent decrease in the overall cancer death rate between the early 1990s and 2005. The 7th Annual Taste of Hope is a culinary tasting event featuring some of the city's most popular restaurants as well as premium wines and spirits. This year the American Cancer Society will be honoring Chef Todd English for his efforts to find a cure. In past years this event has raised over $150,000 for the cause, and we expect to exceed that number this year.
Price: General Admission: $150

VIP Admission: $250 (includes gift bag)

VIP Tables & Concierge Service: $1,500 for 5 people (includes gift bag)

VIP Tables & Concierge Service: $3,000 for 10 people (includes gift bag)

· Event contact: Erica Blum 212-237-3882

· Event Email: Erica.blum@cancer.org

· For more info, visit…. The website at: www.acsevents.org or www.cancer.org

82 Mercer Street | Between Broome and Spring Streets


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

PEN World Voices Festival Free Public Literary Event
Resonances: Contemporary Writers on the Classics
Thursday, May 3, 2012 2:30pm–4 p.m.
Baruch Performing Arts Center

PEN World Voices Festival presents the FREE PUBLIC LITERARY EVENT called, "Resonances: Contemporary Writers on the Classics" on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Baruch Performing Arts Center, Engelman Recital Hall, 55 Lexington Ave., New York City. The event takes place from 2:30pm–4 p.m. All are welcome.

In his famous essay “Why Read the Classics?” Italo Calvino writes: “The classics are books that exert a peculiar influence, both when they refuse to be eradicated from the mind and when they conceal themselves in the folds of memory, camouflaging themselves as the collective or individual unconscious.” How does this “peculiar influence” resonate for the writer? For the fifth consecutive year, Baruch College's Great Works Program invites international authors to select a classic from the school's curriculum and discuss its influence within their life and work. The moderator will be John Brenkman, a Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and English at the CUNY Graduate Center and chair of English at Baruch College, where he directs the U.S.-Europe Seminar. His most recent book is The Cultural Contradictions of Democracy: Political Thought since September 11 (2007). Previous publications include Culture and Domination and Straight Male Modern: A Cultural Critique of Psychoanalysis.

The event features the charismatic and cutting-edge poet Giannina Braschi, the celebrated author of the Latin American poetry classic "Empire of Dreams" and the Spanglish novel "Yo-Yo Boing!" Her revolutionary new book of fiction "United States of Banana" was declared by the late Barney Rosset "a beautifully written declaration of personal independence." With a PhD in Hispanic Literature from SUNY Stony Brook, Braschi has taught at several universities in the United States and her scholarship includes the writers Cervantes, Lorca, Machado and Vallejo. She has been recognized by the NEA, NYFA, Ford Foundation, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, and PEN American Center, among others. (www.gianninabraschi@wordpress.com)
The other distinguished panelists include Gabriela Adamesteanu, a Romanian novelist and journalist. She is the author of the novel Provizorat (Provisional), the short story collection Vara?-prima?-vara? (Summer-Spring), and the novel Dimineat¸a pierduta? (Wasted Morning), which was translated by Patrick Camiller. Adamesteanu presided over the Romanian PEN Center from 2004 to 2006, and served as the Editor in Chief of 22 from 1991 to 1995.

Laurie Sheck, Bronx poet, will also be speaking. She is the author of several collections of poetry, including Captivity (2007); Black Series (2001); The Willow Grove (1996), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Amaranth (1981). She also wrote A Monster’s Notes (2009), which re-examines the monster in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. She was formerly a member of the creative writing faculty at Princeton University, and currently teaches in the MFA program at the New School.

Co-sponsored by The Great Works Program, Baruch College—Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, and Royal Danish Consulate General--this event is free and open to the public. For more information contact PEN American Center at www.pen.org

Baruch Performing Arts Center | Engelman Recital Hall | 55 Lexington Ave.| New York City



Another New York Cool Tip:

The New Censorship:
Free Literary Event by PEN World Voices Festival
Thursday, May 3, 2012, 6pm to 7:30pm
Bowery Poetry Club

Moderated by the co-editor of Book Forum Albert Mobilio, this free, lively panel discussion features some of the brightest minds from the 2012 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature on the topic of The New Censorship: Corporate Censorship. The panelists are leading Hispanic-American poet Giannina Braschi (Puerto Rico/USA), scriptwriter Jaume Cabré (Catalan), novelist Mahmoud Dowlatabadi (Iran), novelist Karl O. Knausgaard (Norway), and Adam Mansbach (USA). These diverse writers from around the globe will debate whether the aim of anti-piracy legislation is tantamount to censorship. As corporations move to the forefront in the quest for control over information and its flow, the battle over censorship has changed, and its newest champions are found not in the statehouse, but in the boardroom. After a public outcry against industry-backed copyright and anti-piracy bills in both the House and Senate, PEN invites this panel of distinguished minds to discuss their perspective as distinguished poets, novelists, and scriptwriters. The event is sponsored by Bookforum, Institut Ramon Llull, and Royal Norwegian Consulate General.

http://www.pen.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/6453/prmID/2206


Bowery Poetry Club | 308 Bowery St., New York City


May 2, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

HOTSHOTS
Opening Reception Wednesday, May 2nd, 9-11pm
Exhibition on view May 2 - June 2, 2012
Mon - Sat 6pm - midnight
The Gallery at Dixon Place

Dixon Place is pleased to introduce its new in-house exhibition space, The Gallery at Dixon Place. The gallery’s inaugural show, HOTSHOTS, opens Wednesday, May 2nd, and features six photographers who journey where no lens is safe to bring you all of the blood, guts and glitter of live rock 'n' roll. The group exhibition, curated by Jacquelyn Gallo, focuses on the theatrics and spectacle of live performance, and is presented in conjunction with Dixon Place’s show The Talking Band’s: The Peripherals, a rock musical opening May 3
(http://www.dixonplace.org/html/TalkingBand_May12.html).


Dixon Place | 161A Chrystie St
Btw Rivington/Delancey


Another New York Cool Tip:

Global Kids Benefit
May 2nd 6–9 p.m. (Official program starts at 7:15 p.m.)
Council on Foreign Relations

Global Kids (www.globalkids.org), the award-winning non-profit educational organization for global learning and youth development, will honor two authors who are recognized for the effective ways they have brought non-fiction to life and opened minds through their writings.
Wes Moore’s book, The Other Wes Moore, told the story of Moore’s rise from Baltimore’s inner city to receiving The Rhodes Scholarship as well as achieving many honors in the military, public sector and business world. Throughout the book he wrote about the importance of thinking globally. Moore contrasted his story with that of another young man from his same neighborhood, also named Wes Moore, who was convicted of a murder.

Ellen Chesler is the author of Woman of Valor: Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement in America and co-editor of Where Human Rights Begin: Health, Sexuality and Women in the New Millennium. She is currently writing about the human rights legacies of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and is a senior fellow with the Roosevelt Institute. Previously she served as a senior fellow and program director at the Open Society Institute.
www.globalkids.org

Council on Foreign Relations | 58 East 68th Street
New York City




May 1, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

REVOLUTIONARY PLAYS SINCE 2000
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 @ 2PM, 4PM AND 6:30PM
CUNY Graduate Center

In conjunction with the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (Frank Hentschker, Executive Director) announces a day dedicated to the emerging global voices of revolution from Egypt, Georgia, and the United States.

This full day of theatrical readings and critical discussions will examine the links between uprisings in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and movements like Occupy Wall Street, looking for similarities between these grassroots expressions of frustration, fury, and optimism. How does theater react to these crucial historical moments? With documentary exactness? With lyrical outrage?

The day is arranged as follows:

2:00 p.m.: Reading of Iced Tea by Lasha Bugadze (Georgia). The winner of the BBC International Radio Playwriting Award turns a satiric eye on the excesses of a state increasingly preoccupied with force-based solutions.

4:00 p.m.: Reading of A Diary in Scenes (and remember to never wear tampons at a revolution) by Laila Soliman (Egypt). One of the first and most respected young writers to record and dramatize the events of Tahrir Square takes a documentary snapshot of world-shaking events.

6:30 p.m.: The evening program will feature introductory material from The Civilians (who bring their investigative theatre toolbox to the Occupy movement), followed by a talk with Laila Soliman, Bugadze, Iranian novelist Mahmoud Dowlatabadi, and Civilians composer Michael Friedman on the kinships between the Occupy Wall Street movement, worldwide protests, and the possibilities for a new type of political theatre. The evening will be chaired and moderated by Mike Daisey, playwright-performer and activist (The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs).

This event is part of the Eighth Annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature (April 30-May 6, 2012) bringing to New York one hundred writers from twenty-five countries to celebrate the power of the written word in action. The festival features performances, discussions, one-on-one conversations, and readings at venues crisscrossing the city, from Harlem to Wall Street. www.pen.org/festival

Free and open to the Public!

CUNY Graduate Center | 365 Fifth Avenue/34th St., |New York
(Closest subway: 34th Street/Herald Square.)


Another New York Cool Tip:

MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC Presents:
FinTech Leaders: Navigating Rough Seas and
Uncharted Courses to Great Success
Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
AGENDA:
5:30pm - 6:00pm: Reception
6:00pm - 7:30pm: Panel Discussion
7:30pm - 8:30pm: Networking
Microsoft Corporation

Innovation in the financial space isn`t new to the New York area,
unlike other American colonies New York started as a Dutch Trading
Post. Today, FinTech continues to be extremely lucrative for the
bright entrepreneurs that are able to understand the market
inefficiencies or see new opportunities in the complex global
financial markets. The ongoing regulatory changes and the swift global
economic shifts create new opportunities for those who are smart
enough to seize the opportunities. Although today`s FinTech relies
more on information systems versus the navigational technologies of
the 1600s, leaders still have to navigate rough seas over uncharted
courses to succeed.

The MIT Enterprise Forum will host a panel discussion this spring that
will showcase four FinTech entrepreneurs: - Philippe Buhannic, CEO of
TradingScreen; Todd Harrison, founder and CEO of Minyanville Media,
Inc.; Peter Lehrman, CEO of AxialMarket; and Ryan Terpstra, Founder &
CEO of Selerity.

REGISTRATION: Free to members of MIT Enterprise Forum
$50 non-members, $10 extra at door
For more information or advanced registration:
http://www.mitef-nyc.org/mc/community/eventdetails.do?
eventId=339715&orgId=mefny&recurringId=0

Phone: 800-251-4253

Microsoft Corporation | 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019




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