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October 29, 2012

New York and most of the Eastern Seaboard is battened down for Hurricane Sandy aka Frankenstorm. I will continue to post as long as I have electricity. If you live in New York City, please go inside and stay there so you don't get hit by a flying tree branch or broken glass.

I am not posting a New York Cool Tip for tonight because I assume everything will be cancelled and it won't be safe to attend.

Stay Safe!


 

October 28, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

THEN SHE FELL
Immersive Theater Experience
Wednesday–Sunday at 7:30PM
Opening Night October 6th @ 7:30PM
Select late-night 10:30PM performances.
October 3–November 18
Arts@Renaissance, the Garden Level of the former Greenpoint Hospital

Arts@Renaissance presents the World Premiere of Third Rail Projects’ THEN SHE FELL, an immersive theater event inspired by the life and writings of Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland). Performances begin October 3 at Arts@Renaissance, the Garden Level of the former Greenpoint Hospital, run by St Nicks Alliance. Opening night is slated for October 6.

THEN SHE FELL is a fully immersive, multi-sensory experience in which audience members explore a dreamlike world where every alcove, corner, and corridor has been transformed into lushly designed performance space. Inspired by the life and writings of Lewis Carroll, it offers an ‘Alice-like’ experience for audience members as they explore the rooms, often by themselves, in order to discover hidden scenes; encounter performers one-on-one; unearth clues that illuminate a shrouded history; use skeleton keys to gain access to guarded secrets; and imbibe elixirs custom designed by one of NYC’s foremost mixologists.

Set inside the former outpatient wing of what was once Brooklyn's Greenpoint Hospital, THEN SHE FELL pays homage to the hospital’s history and evokes the inner, psychological landscapes of Lewis Carroll, Alice Liddell, and iconic characters from Carroll’s texts. Every aspect of each audience member’s experience has been meticulously designed, from lush environments to the smells, tastes, and objects, that they discover as they explore and unravel a narrative that balances dream, reality, fact, and fiction.

During the performance, audiences are given the opportunity to imbibe specially designed elixirs crafted from gourmet-caliber wines, teas, herbs and infusions selected by noted sommelier and beverage consultant Sarah Sutel (Elsewhere, Pour). Macari Winery of Mattituck, NY (macariwines.com) is the project's official wine sponsor, and their '09 Estate Chardonnay and the NV 'Sette were selected by Sutel to be paired with particular moments in the performance. Renowned mixologist Kathy Hubler (GM and Director of Beverage at WONG Restaurant), will custom design concoctions based on the sponsored wines and inspired by the themes and imagery of THEN SHE FELL, served to the audience in small vials marked "Drink Me.”

A complete schedule is at thirdrailprojects.com. Arts@Renaissance is located at the Garden Level of the former Greenpoint Hospital. Tickets range from $65 - $85, available at www.thenshefell.com. Performances begin promptly and there is absolutely no late admittance. There are no refunds. Admittance is strictly limited to audience members over 18 years of age; all audience members must bring valid government-issued photo IDs. The performance lasts roughly 2 hours without intermission. Because of the immersive nature of this piece, audiences may be standing for several minutes at a time over the course of the performance. Audiences are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. This performance is not recommended for audience members who are not comfortable standing, walking, or being alone.

Arts@Renaissance, the Garden Level of the former Greenpoint Hospital | 2 Kingsland Ave
Just off the Graham Avenue L stop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

 


 

October 27, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

THE ARGENTO CHAMBER ENSEMBLE PERFORMS MOZART’S REQUIEM
With GEORG FRIEDRICH HAAS’S SEVEN SOUNDSPACES
OCTOBER 27, 2012, 7:30 P.M.
ST. BART’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH


The Argento Chamber Ensemble, under the baton of conductor Michel Galante, will perform on October 27th at 7:30 pm at St. Bart’s Episcopal Church all fragments of Mozart’s unfinished Requiem K. 626 along with composer Georg Friedrich Haas’s Sieben Klangräume (Seven Soundspaces), which link together the fragments of Mozart’s masterwork. To open the program, acclaimed flutist Paula Robison will perform Mozart’s Andante K. 315 for flute and orchestra. The featured choir for the program is The College of New Jersey Chorale with vocal soloists soprano, Tharanga Goonetilleke; alto Silvie Jensen; tenor, Steven Wilson; and bass Peter Stewart.

Tickets can be purchased at www.stbarts.org/argento-chamber-ensemble or by calling the concert office at 212 378- 0248

ST. BART’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH | 325 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022


Another New York Cool Tip:

BALLET NEXT PRESENTS FALL SEASON
Program A:
Oct. 23, 7:30pm
Oct 25, 8pm
Oct. 27, 2pm
Oct 28, 2:00pm
Program B:
Oct 24, 7:30pm
Oct 26, 8pm
Oct 27, 8pm
Oct 28, 7:30pm
OCTOBER 23-28
THE JOYCE THEATER

Ballet Next, the independent ballet company founded by acclaimed dancers Michele Wiles and Charles Askegard, will present its first week-long season at The Joyce Theater from October 23-28, 2012. Since debuting for a one-night only, sold out performance at The Joyce in 2011, Ballet Next has forged an exciting creative laboratory, bringing together world-class choreographers, dancers and musicians to develop contemporary work with the highest level of classical technique as its foundation. The highly-anticipated season includes two programs with five world premieres from Mauro Bigonzetti, Brian Reeder, Margo Sappington, Alison Cooke Beatty, and Charles Askegard, and features dancers from New York City Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, as well as young talents who comprise the Ballet Next group of Soloists. The Ballet Next Ensemble will accompany the dancers with live music led by noted Israeli cellist Elad Kabilio.

Program A:

New-to-the-scene choreographer Alison Cooke Beatty has created a new piece for six dancers, Tinntinnabuli, set to music by Arvo Pärt, which will open the program. Choreographer Margo Sappington has further developed her critically acclaimed pas de deux Entwined. The ballet is now set to Erik Satie’s “Gnossienne No. 2,7,5,3, & 4,” and has been expanded to include a solo for Michele Wiles, as well as a new duet and trio. Completing the program is La Follia, a duet created for Ballet Next in 2011 by Italian choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti, set to Antonio Vivaldi’s quartet sonata of the same name.

Program B:

The Company will present the world premiere of Picnic, a ballet inspired by the 1975 film Picnic at Hanging Rock, set to music by Dmitri Shostakovitch with choreography by Brian Reeder from American Ballet Theater. The program also includes the world premiere of Stravinsky Divertimento, a pas de deux choreographed by Charles Askegard, and a new work by Mauro Bigonzetti.

In addition to Wiles and Askegard, guest artists slated to perform include Georgina Pazcoguin and Ana Sophia Scheller, New York City Ballet; Jason Reilly, Stuttgart Ballet; Karina Gonzalez, Houston Ballet; and Carla Korbes, Pacific Northwest Ballet. Company Soloists include Lilly Nicole Balogh and Kristie Latham.

A festive opening night benefit performance in partnership with Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) is planned for October 23, with proceeds going to support new Ballet Next choreography and advanced research to fight brain cancer. For information and benefits tickets, please visit www.abc2.org or www.balletnext.com

Tickets for the performances start at $10, and are available by calling JoyceCharge (212-242-0800); by visiting The Joyce Theater Box Office (Monday-Friday, 12:00-6:00pm); or by charging them online at joyce.org

The Joyce Theater | 175 Eighth Avenue at West 19th Street.


 

October 26, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Halloween Hullabaloo
October 26 @ 7 - 8:30pm
October 27 @ 7 - 8:30pm
October 28 @ 5 - 6:30pm
October 29 @ 7 - 8:30pm
October 30 @ 7 - 8:30pm
October 31 @ 7 - 8:30pm
Joria Mainstage Theatre

Halloween Hullabaloo is a hilarious, fast-paced musical revue chock full of terrifyingly brilliant satirical skits and songs about insecure monsters, obese vampires, candy cornaholics, feisty pumpkins, beauty-obsessed monstresses and more. Script, music and lyrics for Halloween Hullabaloo were written by Jennifer Winegardner. Arrangements and orchestrations by Sarah Brett England. Direction by Thomas Sabella-Mills (Musicals Tonight). Musical direction by Julianne Merrill. The show stars Elyse Beyer, Lori Hammel (Mamma Mia, Forbidden Broadway), Anderson Lim (The Awesome 80s Prom), Andy Lindberg (Captain Bogg & Salty, Stand By Me), Nikki Van Cassele (Cabaret) & William Winegardner. Halloween Hullabaloo will be presented at The Joria Theatre, 260 W., 36th Street, NYC October 26th – 31st. All performances are at 7pm except on Sun., October 28th when the show begins at 5pm. Tickets for all performances are $18.00 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com. Roy Sander, NY columnist & critic hailed it as "Entertaining, delightful silliness! Funny bones will be tickled!" For more information visit: www.halloweenhullabaloomusical.com.

Tickets $18. For advance purchase visit: www.brownpapertickets.com

Joria Mainstage Theatre | 260 W. 36th Street
3rd Floor
New York, NY


New York Cool Tip:

Musae Album Release Concert
October 26th, 6PM - 7PM
The Bitter End


The wait is over! We are so pleased to announce the release of our debut album, "There Is No Easy Way From The Earth to the Stars," and are celebrating with a concert for our friends and fans in New York! Join us for an hour of sweet a cappella harmonies and the chance to take home a signed copy of our new album!

Comprised of a cappella superstars from across the nation, Musae is a powerhouse all-female pop vocal group determined to share a fresh, fun, and funky sound with the music world. Home to veterans of NBC's "The Sing-Off," former ICCA competitors, and skilled music teachers and practitioners, the ensemble is a testament to the strength and dynamism of female voices in an a cappella setting. True to the original Latin, these "muses" seek not just to inspire but also to breathe new life into the professional vocal scene in the United States and abroad. For more information, visit www.musaevocal.com.

Tickets: $10 cover/21+

The Bitter End | 147 Bleecker St | New York, NY 10012
(between Thompson and LaGuardia)


 

October 25, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
October 25, 2012 at 7pm
Carnegie Hall

The Collegiate Chorale announces its encore performance with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra of Arnold Schoenberg's Kol Nidre and Israeli composer Noam Sheriff's Mechaye Hametim (Revival of the Dead), which they performed this summer at the Salzburg Festival. The October 25 performance will be the New York premiere of Mechaye Hametim. The concert also features internationally celebrated pianist Yuja Wang performing Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1.

Tickets start at $21 and can be purchased at www.carnegiehall.org or at 212-247-7800.

Carnegie Hall | 881 Seventh Avenue, NYC


Another New York Cool Tip:

Edgar Oliver's
Helen & Edgar
October 9th-October 27th
Tuesdays through Saturdays 8 PM
Theatre 80

The creative team behind storytelling juggernaut The Moth will join with acclaimed raconteur Edgar Oliver this fall to present the world premiere of Helen & Edgar, Oliver’s mesmerizing, hilarious and heartbreaking tale of he and his sister Helen’s strange childhood in Savannah, and their mother’s struggle with madness. Lauded as “a living work of theater all by himself” by Ben Brantley of The New York Times, Oliver is a novelist, poet, and playwright, and an incandescent presence in the New York art scene. He is widely considered one of the English language’s greatest raconteurs.

Tickets $25. For more information of advance purchase visit
helenandedgar.com or call 866-811-4111

Theatre 80 | 80 St. Marks Place NYC


Another New York Cool Tip:

Jane Getter's "three" CD release party/show!
Thursday October 25 9pm
The Cutting Room

Guitar lovers know Jane Getter as 'the first lady of rock fusion,' and
when she plays the (new!) Cutting Room, fans will get an earful of just
that: Her NYC all-star band includes Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree's
keyboardist and Miles Davis alumnus Adam Holzman, SNL bassist James
Genus and David Letterman's CBS Orchestra drum meister Anton Fig.
Jane Getter - guitar, vocals
Adam Holzman - keyboards
James Genus - bass
Anton Fig - drums
Chanda Rule - vocals
www.janegetter.com

$10 in advance
$12 at the door
www.thecuttingroomnyc.com

The Cutting Room | 44 East 32nd Street (between Madison and Park)
New York City
212-691-1900


 

October 24, 2012


Senator George McGovern
Photo Credit: Mary Blanco

Former Senator and Democratic Presidential Nominee George McGovern died on Sunday, October 21, 2012 and his wisdom will be sorely missed.

I had the privilege of interviewing Senator McGovern in September 25, 2005 when he was in town promoting a documentary - One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern. He was approachable and not afraid to say what was really on his mind, a freedom no politician really has until he retires.

Rest in peace to a beloved public servant.


New York Cool Tip:

Fifth Annual Holiday House
Show House Announces Fall Plans and Partnership With
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
October 25 – November 18, 2012
October 24th 2012, Holiday House’s Opening Night Cocktail Celebration
2 East 63rd Street

For the fifth consecutive year, breast cancer survivors and advocates will band
together to create Holiday House, a holiday-themed Designer Show House benefiting breast cancer awareness and research. The event will once again take place in a historic limestone mansion at 2 East 63rd Street in Manhattan
and will run from October 25 – November 18, 2012.

For the first time, this event will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which was founded by Evelyn Lauder in 1993 and continues to be a leader in the fight against breast cancer. Acting Chairman of BCRF Leonard Lauder is thrilled that Holiday House is dedicated to BCRF this year. “My wife, Evelyn, with her
wonderful eye for beauty, would have been delighted by this event. We look forward to a very successful show house which will fuel BCRF’s ability to continue to fund the most promising research around the world.”

Holiday House will feature original room and tabletop settings by renowned designers. There will be over 25 participating designers, including Charlotte Moss, Eric Cohler, Campion Platt, Stephanie Odegard, Vicente Wolf and more. Alexa Hampton, Christopher Hyland and Charlotte Moss will serve as Design
Chairs. Stephen Fanuka will be the Honorary Contractor and Sara Gore, host of Open House NYC will be the Honorary Chair for Opening Night. Participating companies include Baccarat, Hermès, Hyland Magazine, Leviev, Lladró, and P.E. Guerin. Traditional Home magazine is supporting the event for the third year as a
media partner.

On October 24th 2012, Holiday House’s Opening Night Cocktail Celebration will be the kickoff to an array of many exciting events including: Author’s Night hosted by Monacelli Press, Mother & Daughter Day, a panel discussion featuring female leaders in the interior design industry and events dedicated to young designers.
Moscow 57 will again bring an eclectic elegance to the house’s courtyard café with a delicious menu featuring fresh prepared baked goods, salads and sandwiches, weekend brunch, a Russian Central Asian tea service and special nights featuring a worldly mix of live musical performances.

"We are not just creating a decorator show house but a celebratory experience for our visitors, a perfect pairing of style and fun to welcome in the holiday season while supporting BCRF’s mission to achieve prevention and find a cure
for breast cancer,” says founder Iris Dankner.

For more information, please visit www.holidayhousenyc.com, call 212-472-3313 or follow on Facebook (Holiday House NYC) and Twitter (@HolidayHouseNYC).

2 East 63d Street


 


October 23, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Book Launch: Out of It, by Selma Dabbagh
Tue, October 23, 2012 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Alwan for the Arts

In her debut novel OUT OF IT, British Palestinian writer Selma Dabbagh
examines her people¹s tragic past and conflicted present through the
prism of one family's experiences. Depicting modern-day Palestine
through the lives of the Mujahed siblings—twenty-seven year old twins
Rashid and Iman, and older brother Sabri—Dabbagh creates a textured
portrait of what it’s like to inherit a conflict. Please visit
http://alwanforthearts.org/event/900 for more information.

Tickets: $5 | free for students, seniors, and Alwan members

Alwan for the Arts | 16 Beaver
(between Broadway and Broad)


October 22, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

KILLERS: A NIGHTMARE HAUNTED HOUSE
September 28 through November 3, 2012
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center

Timothy Haskell, Creator of NIGHTMARE (New York’s most horrifying haunted house and AOL CityGuide's No. 1 rated haunted attraction in NYC), and Steve Kopelman, producer of THE NEST (named ABC News / Good Morning America’s “Scariest Place in America”) cordially incite you to KILLERS: A NIGHTMARE HAUNTED HOUSE - a horrifying, immersive experience about our obsession and fascination with serial killers both real and fictional.

KILLERS will run September 28 through November 3, 2012 at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street between Rivington and Delancey on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. www.hauntedhousenyc.com
Visitors navigating the tormenting labyrinth of KILLERS: A NIGHTMARE HAUNTED HOUSE will encounter various psychopaths, including Ted Bundy, Albert Fish and the Zodiac killer, among others - who are neither sexy or cool - but rather presented for what they are...scary as hell! Focusing on both the perpetrators and their victims, both historical and contemporary, KILLERS sets out to prove that the most haunting experiences are those that are real. There is nothing more frightening than the monsters that walk among us.

As an entree to the larger attraction of KILLERS: A NIGHTMARE HAUNTED HOUSE, a one of its kind gallery exhibit featuring artwork, memorabilia and personal possessions belonging to the worlds most notorious serial killers will be on display.

Tickets and Times: www.hauntedhousenyc.com

Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center | 107 Suffolk Street

 


 

October 21, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Bike MS 2012
Sunday October 21. 730 AM – 600 PM
Pier 92/94


On Sunday October 21, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will host our annual bike event Bike MS NYC. Enjoy a premier cycling experience in New York City. Choose the route of your choice while helping us move closer to a world free of MS. Ever get tired of the static traffic of the Holland tunnel? Bike MS 2012 gives riders the advantage of riding through the Holland tunnel traffic free. Cyclists also have the option to enjoy an exclusive 30-mile loop around Manhattan via the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive, Harlem River Drive and the West Side Highway.

Start a team with friends, family or co-workers to create a world free of MS while experiencing New York City in a fun and exciting way. Register today at www.bikeMSnyc.org.

For more information about the National MS Society, visit us at www.msnyc.org.


Pier 92/94


Another New York Cool Tip:

DESTINATION: Las Vegas
a musical journey
Sunday, Oct. 7th @3pm
Saturday, Oct. 13th @7:30pm
Sunday, Oct. 21 @ 3pm
Wedsnesday, Oct. 24 @3pm
Saturday April 2nd. 8PM – Late (date and time)
Stage Left Studio


“Destination: Las Vegas” is a cabaret revue saluting the great musical entertainers of Las Vegas with husband/wife musical team, and “America’s Got Talent” competitors, FRANCINE EVANS & JOEL ZELNIK pay tribute to legendary headliners such as Bobby Darin, Sophie Tucker, Judy Garland, Elvis Presley, Barry Manilow, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra and much more. Enjoy songs such as: “Hello Dolly”, “Rock-A-Bye Your Baby”, “Hound Dog”, “Secondhand Rose”, “That’s Life” and much more. Fasten your seatbelts!

Tickets: $20
http://www.stageleftstudio.net/

Stage Left Studio | 214 W. 30 St./6th. floor
NYC




October 20, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

The Best of Everything
Tuesday - Saturday @ 8:30pm.
September 29-October 21 HERE

"The Best Of Everything has been described as 'Mad Men: the view from the typing pool'. You could also, fliply, dub it 'Revolutionary Road: the view from Manhattan', or 'Sex and The City: back to the 1950s.'" -- The Guardian

Before Fifty Shades of Grey, there was Rona Jaffe's scandalous 1958 bestseller THE BEST OF EVERYTHING. Now this controversial novel, which was the basis for the hit 1959 movie starring Joan Crawford, comes to the stage courtesy of the new theater company 95 WordsPerMinute. It is adapted and directed by Julie Kramer, and developed with actor and writer Amy Wilson. Previews begin September 29, with opening set for October 4 at HERE.

Set in the pre-women's liberation era, THE BEST OF EVERYTHING tells the story of five young and impressionable secretaries. New to the big city, they dodge the garter-snappers at Fabian Publishing while seeking thrilling careers, gay adventures, and a nice boy to take them out to dinner.

Tickets are $18, available at 212-352-3101 or www.here.org.

HERE Arts Center | 145 Avenue of Americas at Dominick Street
One block south of Spring Street (accessible from the C,E trains at Spring Street).


 

October 19, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

MISS COCO PERU: SHE'S GOT BALLS
Thursday - Sunday at 7:30pm
October 18 - 21st
Laurie Beechman Theatre


MAC, Back Stage Bistro and GLAAD Media Award-winning drag sensation Coco Peru returns to NYC with the New York Premiere of MISS COCO PERU: SHE'S GOT BALLS. Written and performed by Clinton Leupp, performances run October 18 - 21, Thursday - Sunday at 7:30pm the Laurie Beechman Theatre (inside West Bank Cafe at 407 West 42nd Street -- at Ninth Avenue, accessible from the A,C,E,N,R,V,F,1,2,3 trains at 42nd Street).

In MISS COCO PERU: SHE'S GOT BALLS, drag sensation Coco Peru reflects on her early childhood dreams of being a stripper, why she left her beloved hometown of NYC, and her summers spent on a clothing-optional beach with her husband, Rafael (he’s from Spain). Inspired by her mother Helen’s advice to have the balls to say whatever the hell she feels like saying, Coco is on a quest to do just that and, in the process, make the world just a little more beautiful.


Tickets are $22 with a $15 food/drink minimum per person, available at www.SpinCycleNYC.com or by calling 212-352-3101.

Laurie Beechman Theatre | Inside West Bank Cafe | 407 West 42nd Street -- at Ninth Avenue, accessible from the A,C,E,N,R,V,F,1,2,3 trains at 42nd Street).




October 18, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Ballet Hispanico's Junior Society Benefit
DANCE INTO FASHION
Thursday, October 18 at 8pm
The Jane Ballroom

The Junior Society of Ballet Hispanico, the nation’s premier Latino dance organization, will host its annual Junior Society Benefit, Dance Into Fashion, at The Jane Ballroom on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 8pm.

The evening will showcase the work of Cushnie et Ochs modeled by the Ballet Hispanico company dancers in a unique presentation choreographed by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro. The evening also features a fully sponsored open bar, hors d'oeuvres courtesy of E Squared Hospitality, desserts courtesy of Julie Elkind, and an exclusive silent auction.

Attire is festive cocktail. Tickets begin at $100 and are available at http://www.regonline.com/jsbh12. For more information about the event, to purchase a table, or to donate an item to the silent auction, please contact Emma Epstein, Events Manager, at
(212) 362-6710 x43 or eepstein@ballethispanico.org.

The Jane Ballroom | 113 Jane Street, NYC.


 



October 17, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION, NEW YORK CITY CHAPTER HOSTS
25TH ANNUAL CHAPTER MEETING: “CROSSWORDS, COMPUTERS
AND COGNITION: WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR BRAIN?”
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Check-In
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Program/Q & A
8:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.: Reception to meet the panel
The Times Center

Dr. Max Gomez, Ph.D., CBS 2 Medical Reporter, To Serve As Moderator

A distinguished panel of medical and scientific experts will lead an informative discussion titled “Crosswords, Computers and Cognition: What’s Going On In Your Brain?,” on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter 25th Annual Chapter Meeting. The event will focus on the role of cognitive stimulation and memory enhancement as a potential treatment or prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The event will be held at The Times Center: 242 West 41st Street in Manhattan.

This event is supported by Bill and Jane Brachfeld and a contribution from Lilly USA, LLC, which has no control over its content. Also in attendance will be New York City-based Alzheimer’s Association research grant recipients.


ADMISSION: FREE For more information and online registration, please visit
www.alznyc.org/annualmeeting.

The Times Center | 242 West 41st Street
Between 7th and 8th Avenues) in Manhattan


 

 

October 16, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Suzanne Ruta's
*To Algeria, With Love*
Reading and booksigning -
Tuesday, October 16th. 7PM
Westbeth Home to the Arts - Gallery

Suzanne Ruta, author and founder of the immigrants' rights group Somos Un Pueblo Unido in Santa Fe, New Mexico, will promote her novel To Algeria, With Love with a reading at the Manhattan artists’ residence Westbeth this October. A lucid and witty novel about the personal and the political, love, home and the brutal truth of unintended consequences, To Algeria, With Love follows Louise, an American innocent who takes up a scholarship in the south of France in winter 1961. She promptly falls for Wally, a gregarious Algerian worker in flight from brutal colonial war, who teaches her about life and love in a chilly furnished room, against a background of French pop music that makes it all seem easy. But families and history reassert their claim and the inevitable separation leaves lasting wounds. Forty years later, finally "old enough to understand how young I was back then," Louise enlists the help of another Algerian exile in an attempt to make amends. This is a lucid, witty novel about the personal and the political, about love and home, and about the cruel and merciful law of unintended consequences.

Free admission.

Gallery at Westbeth | 55 Bethune St, New York, NY 10014)


 

October 15, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

KILLERS: A NIGHTMARE HAUNTED HOUSE
September 28 through November 3, 2012
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center

Timothy Haskell, Creator of NIGHTMARE (New York’s most horrifying haunted house and AOL CityGuide's No. 1 rated haunted attraction in NYC), and Steve Kopelman, producer of THE NEST (named ABC News / Good Morning America’s “Scariest Place in America”) cordially incite you to KILLERS: A NIGHTMARE HAUNTED HOUSE - a horrifying, immersive experience about our obsession and fascination with serial killers both real and fictional.

KILLERS will run September 28 through November 3, 2012 at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street between Rivington and Delancey on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. www.hauntedhousenyc.com
Visitors navigating the tormenting labyrinth of KILLERS: A NIGHTMARE HAUNTED HOUSE will encounter various psychopaths, including Ted Bundy, Albert Fish and the Zodiac killer, among others - who are neither sexy or cool - but rather presented for what they are...scary as hell! Focusing on both the perpetrators and their victims, both historical and contemporary, KILLERS sets out to prove that the most haunting experiences are those that are real. There is nothing more frightening than the monsters that walk among us.

As an entree to the larger attraction of KILLERS: A NIGHTMARE HAUNTED HOUSE, a one of its kind gallery exhibit featuring artwork, memorabilia and personal possessions belonging to the worlds most notorious serial killers will be on display.

Tickets and Times: www.hauntedhousenyc.com

Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center | 107 Suffolk Street

 


 

October 13 and 14, 2012

23rd Annual Autumn Crafts Festival
Saturday October 6. 11am-8:30pm, Sunday October 7. 10am-6:30pm
Saturday October 13. 11am-8:30pm, Sunday October 14. 10am-6:30pm
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

The Autumn Crafts Festival at Lincoln Center is one of the premier fine craft events in the city. Hundreds of crafters will be displaying their creations, with many one-of-a-kind pieces, craft demonstrations, and delicious and exotic food. There will be different vendors over the two weekends.

Free Admission. For more information visit www.craftsatlincoln.org


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


 

Lower East Side Nosh & Stroll
Sunday, October 14, 11 am
Museum at Eldridge Street

What happened to the Jewish Lower East Side? It’s still there if you know where to look. Join the Museum at Eldridge Street’s Lower East Side Nosh & Stroll for a tasty trip back in time to the turn of the last century when the neighborhood was home to the largest Jewish population in the world. Meet at the Eldridge Street Synagogue and start with a sampling of the Lower East Side’s best: homemade egg creams; bialys from Kossar’s; and luscious local rugelach. Then take to the streets to visit neighborhood landmarks that tell the story of the political, religious, social and cultural life of the Jewish immigrant community. Delicious stops along the way include The Pickle Guys, where pickles come in all varieties from the usual sour and half sour to pickled pineapple, okra and peppers; and the Sweet Life, where their motto is “anything can be dipped in chocolate.”

Tickets: $25 adults; $18 students and seniors. For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://www.eldridgestreet.org/index.php/october, or call 212-219-0302, x5.

Museum at Eldridge Street | 12 Eldridge Street (between Canal and Division)


 

14th Annual Shamanic Gathering in Central Park
Sunday, October 14, 1PM - Sunset
Central Park - The Great Hill

Join our shamanic community in celebration of the New York Shamanic Circle's 15th Anniversary. Come share food, drum, sing, dance, journey, and shapeshift with us. We'll be joined by shamans of many traditions: John Perkins, Author and Visionary; John Lockley, Sangoma, African Shaman; Susana Tapia Leon, Ecuadorian Shaman; Alessandra Belloni, Black Madonna; Uncle Angaangaq, Inuit Eskimo Shaman; members of the NY Shamanic Core Circle; and other local and indigenous shamans. (Pls. note that this is a preliminary list of participants awaiting confirmation).

The New York Shamanic Circle (NYSC) was established in 1997. We promote and support a shamanic community in New York State. Through our regular gatherings and workshops with indigenous shamans, medicine people, and healers from around the world, NYSC seeks to promote living in ways that foster social, environmental, and spiritual balance in traditional, earth-honoring ways.

Free/Donation
For more information, please visit http://www.nyshamaniccircle.org/node/203


Central Park - The Great Hill | (bet. 103rd - 106th St. - enter from the West Side)


 

October 12, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

DANCE GALLERY FESTIVAL 2012
October 12-14, 2012
Ailey Citigroup Theater

VON USSAR danceworks presents the 6th Annual Dance Gallery Festival, featuring original works from emerging and renowned choreographers from around the country The performances on Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13 are at 7:30pm. The performance on Sunday, October 14 begins at 7pm and introduces the newest addition to the festival, LEVEL UP.

As part of Dance Gallery Festival’s continued mission to find up-and-coming choreographic talent at the national level, the festival announces a new program, LEVEL UP, which will serve as a performance showcase for three talented dance companies/choreographers that are ready to advance to the next level in the development and promotion of their work. Each company will receive 25 minutes of performance time at the prestigious Ailey Citigroup Theater and a small stipend.

This year’s LEVEL UP performance on October 14 at 7pm will include BARKIN/SELISSEN PROJECT, iMEE, and Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup.

Performances on Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13 at 7:30pm include:
Allison Jones Dance
BARKIN/SELISSEN PROJECT
Celli Contemporary Ballet
iMEE
Jaxon Movement Arts
Marcus Jarrell Willis
Mettin Movement Collective
Mojca Ussar and Dancers
NobleMotion Dance
Revolve Dance Company
VON USSAR danceworks

Tickets are $20 ($15 for students with valid ID and seniors). Tickets will be available after September 1, 2012 at www.smarttix.com or by phone at 212-868-4444.

Ailey Citigroup Theater | 405 W. 55th Street, NYC (at Ninth Avenue).



 

October 11, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

El Museo Keynote Address
DEREK WALCOTT: "A Part of the Continent, from John Donne"
Thursday, October 11, 2012
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
El Teatro, El Museo del Barrio


Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott opens the SYMPOSIUM with a keynote address, "A Part of the Continent, from John Donne." The evening will also include a theatrical reading of Walcott's landmark play, Dream on Monkey Mountain, by the Classical Theatre of Harlem with André de Shields reprising his role as Makak.

Admission: Free, RSVP required elmuseo.org

El Museo | 104th and Fifth Avenue


Another New York Cool Tip:

Ryan Greer & John Feliciano
Thursday, October 11 at 9:30 p.m.
The Metropolitan Room

In a remarkable paring down of his own Ryan Greer Jazz Group, "illuminating how a talented crew morphs classics into absorbing jazz numbers" (Cabaret Scenes), vocalist Ryan Greer teams with bandmate John Feliciano on upright for a standard-bending collaboration between voice and bass. Ryan and John spark a solid chemistry with their imaginative interplay on classic jazz compositions. This premiere set freshly takes on legendary tunesmiths like Richard Rodgers and Billy Strayhorn, as well as modern greats like Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, as the duo elevates the musical exchange to near-clairvoyant jam session.

$20 cover, 2-drink minimum
http://metropolitanroom.com/show.cfm?id=83204
http://www.ryangreerjazz.com/

The Metropolitan Room | 34 West 22nd Street
(between 5th and 6th Avenues)




October 10, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

HONK NYC! The 2012 New York HONK! Festival
Tuesday, October 9 – Friday, October 12, 2012
Various locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, six marching bands will open the sixth annual HONK NYC! The 2012 New York HONK! Festival. Encompassing four days and three boroughs, HONK NYC! runs until Friday, October 12. More than a dozen acts will give performances over the course of the festival, including Pink Puffers Brass Band, from Rome, Italy. Veteran trumpeter Frank London will play opening night, with his Klezmer Brass All-Stars. Local acts Hungry March Band, Raya Brass Band, Underground Horns, The Rude Mechanical Orchestra, Veveritse Brass Band, Batala NYC, Stumblebum Brass Band and Djarara welcome Environmental Encroachment from Chicago, Austin’s Minor Mishap Marching Band, and Church Marching Band from Sonoma County, California. Tickets range from “Suggested Donation” to $15, and can be purchased either at the door or online.

For more information, and for parade starting locations, goto: https://www.facebook.com/HonkNYC or http://honkfest.org/honk-nyc/.
Cost: Tickets $10 - $15, or by Suggested Donation


Various locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island


 

October 9, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

A.R. Gurney's
HERESY
Tuesday – Saturday at 7pm
Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.
September 29 – November 4
The Flea


The Flea Theater will present the limited Off-Broadway engagement of HERESY by A.R. Gurney, directed by Jim Simpson, featuring Kathy Najimy (Sister Act, King of the Hill, Veronica’s Closet), Annette O’Toole (Smallville, Southern Comfort), Ariel Woodiwiss (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Reg E. Cathy (The Wire), Steve Mellor (Nixon’s Nixon) and introducing Tommy Crawford and Danny Rivera, members of The Bats, The Flea’s resident company of actors in their professional debut. Previews of this World Premiere begin September 29 with opening night slated for Thursday, October 11. .

Tickets are $45 Tuesday – Thursday and Sunday Matinees, $50 on Friday and Saturday nights, and $10 Saturday Matinees. Tuesdays are Pay What You Can, at the door only. Tickets are available by calling 212-352-3101 or online at www.theflea.org.

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


 

October 8, 2012

New York Cool Tip (Check with Theater for Times) :

Thomas Bradshaw's
JOB
August 31 – November 3rd
Performance Schedule Varies
The Flea Theater

Downtown Provocateur Thomas Bradshaw Tackles Old Testament in Job

The Bats are back and in The Flea Theater’s New York premiere production of JOB, written by Thomas Bradshaw and directed by Flea Resident Director Benjamin Kamine. Previews begin August 31, with opening night slated for Wednesday, September 19.

In JOB, Thomas Bradshaw takes on a sacred biblical text to explore issues of faith. How low will God go? Bradshaw calls his play an honest, un-cynical adaptation of the book of Job.

The production features members of the Flea’s lauded resident acting ensemble The Bats: Bradley Anderson, Mimi Augustin, Jaspal Binning, Ugo Chukwu, Alex Coelho, Timothy Craig, Jimmy Dailey, Edgar Eguia, Eric Folks, Cleo Gray, Grant Harrison, Layla Khosnoudi, Adam Lebowitz-Lockard, Abraham Makany, Sean McIntyre, Chester Poon, Ivano Pulito, Marie-Claire Roussel, Stephen Stout and Jennifer Tsay. The design team includes Aaron Green (set), Jonathan Cottle (lights), Ashley Farra (costumes), Jeremy Bloom (sound), and Courtney Ulrich (stage manager).

Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 212-352-3101 or online at www.theflea.org.

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




October 7, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Pamper Me Fabulous
Sunday October 7. 11AM-5PM
Metropolitan Pavilion

Spend a day with the girls and the things you love! Pamper Me Fabulous celebrates YOU on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at the stunning Metropolitan Pavilion in a full day of inspirational programming for mind, body, spirit. This ultimate Women’s Day Out from 11am-5pm features workouts, workshops, shopping, beauty, spa, health, and wellness bests, free flowing bubbly, desserts, a gift bag and uplifting energy. Big personalities, motivational speakers, and industry professionals will speak on a variety of topics and answer your questions – from self love to inspiration to beauty/spa - in Pamper Me Fabulous’ The Expert Corner. In The Activity Area, you can choose to stretch, tone and workout in classes led by celebrity trainers and partake in activities ranging from crafts, photobooth fun, and more! And while in The Bazaar marketplace, be sure to enjoy refreshments and desserts, partake in retail therapy, and discover, purchase and sample the latest and greatest in spa treatments, beauty, fitness, fashion, health and wellness. Of course the day will end sweetly, especially as you get a gift bag – with products you love from our amazing sponsors.

Tickets $40 but get 20% off with code pmfny. For more information or advance purchase visit www.pampermefabulous.com.


METROPOLITAN PAVILION | 125 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011


 



October 6, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

The Vespers
Saturday Oct 6 3pm FREE
Madison Square Music/The Studio Sessions
Madison Sq Park


“the sweetest – and most haunting – record of the year thus far…making The Vespers THE band to watch.” AOL’s Best Americana Albums of 2012
The Vespers, a young indie band of two sisters and two brothers, play a dozen instruments between them, creating infectious folk-pop with the buoyancy of youth and deeper spiritual themes. Their second album, The Fourth Wall was released April 3, debuting at #5 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart - with support from The Huffington Post, American Songwriter - and PBS’ “Bluegrass Underground,” who chose them for the taping of their second season, including other roots artists The Civil Wars and Sarah Jarosz.

The lead vocalists Callie and Phoebe Cryar were brought up in a musical family, honing their gifts as young kids singing background vocals on Music Row, and both have expansive characteristics to their vocal and instrumental abilities. It was a chance meeting that brought them an earthy grounding in brothers Bruno and Taylor Jones who were drawn to gritty southern rock and the depth of their father’s record collection that included soul music from the likes of Stevie Wonder.
Everyone in the band contributes to the songwriting, and the only outside track is influential bluesman Son House’s “Grinnin In Your Face.” The album kicks off with “Better Now,” a layered pop-folk tale while “Lawdy” begins as a swampy old mountain tune before growing into a full-bodied Sunday morning spiritual. The Vespers also offer a full share of effervescent pop songs like “Will You Love Me” and “Flower Flower,” while “Close My Eyes” gradually mingles electric guitar with banjo, before culminating in a frenzied multi-instrumental finale and “Got No Friends” is a bluesy stomp.

Madison Sq Park


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

MAGYAR!
An evening of Hungarian music with Nikolett Pankovits
And members of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 8 pm (door: 7 pm)
SHAPESHIFTER LAB


Stunning vocalist Nikolett Pankovits will share the bill with members of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra in an eclectic evening of classical and contemporary Hungarian music.
The concert includes music from Liszt, Bartok, Hungarian pop group Quimby to traditional Hungarian folk music.

For more information: http://brooklynsymphonyorchestra.org/ , www.nikolettpankovits.com

Cover: $15

SHAPESHIFTER LAB | 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Website: www.ShapeShifterLab.com
Phone: 646.820.9452
Email: events@shapeshifterlab.com


 

October 5, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

The New York Junior League (NYJL
“Roaring Gatsby Soiree
October 5th from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m
The New York Junior League Astor House

The New York Junior League invites the general public to a Roaring Gatsby Soiree. Step back in time to the glamor and elegance of the 1920s on Friday, October 5th from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. The Astor House will be tranformed into a period-perfect party reminiscent of Jay Gatsby's West Egg mansion. Guests will sip spirits, dine on decadent hors d'oeuvres and dance the night away.

Tickets include admission to an exclusive after-party and are $60 for NYJL volunteers (limit 2) and $70 for the general public until September 28th at 5:00 p.m., then $80 for all after 5:00 p.m. and at the door. Tickets include admission to an exclusive after-party and are $60 for NYJL

Flapper chic and dapper debonair attire encouraged. Tickets may be purchased at nyjl.org or at the door. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted. No checks, refunds or cancellations accepted. Guests must be 21 or older.

Proceeds will benefit the charitable activities of the New York Junior League. A portion of this ticket may be tax deductible as allowed by law.

The New York Junior League Astor House | 130 East 80th Street
Between Park and Lexington Avenues, Manhattan


Another New York Cool Tip:

JANN KLOSE
OCTOBER 5 at 8 PM.
ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL


Writes the Washington Post. "Klose wins over the listener with his soaring voice, which may be a staple of chamber pop for a long time to come," and Jann's voice is now featured in the movie, GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY which is premiering this month (September) at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Jann is currently in the studio with producers James Frazee (Blondie, My Morning Jacket, Esperanza Spalding) and David Bendeth (Bruce Hornsby, Paramore, Elvis Presley). He is also writing songs with Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart, Jeff Buckley) and recently appeared with Gary at the CBGB Music Festival. Jann's music is heard on the GRAMMY-nominated ‘Healthy Food for Thought” compilation, MTV Cribs, and in Paul Sorvino's movie, DEAD BROKE.

A donation of $10. is suggested.
Tickets are 212-477-4155
The web site is http://www.rockwoodmusichall.com

Rockwood Music Hall | 196 Allen Street
Near the F and V subway lines in New York City




October 4, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

New York Cool Tip:

Food. Fashion. Philanthropy. @ Elie Tahari
Thursday, October 4th. 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Elie Tahari Company Store

Action Against Hunger is pairing up with Elie Tahari for a second time this year for an exclusive shopping event. Shoppers enjoy 30% off the season’s latest arrivals this evening, as well as cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while doing good: 10% from the evening's sales will benefit Action Against Hunger’s worldwide work.

RSVP to etcompanystore@elietahari.com or 212 398 2622 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting.
For more information please visit http://www.actionagainsthunger.org/event/2012/food-fashion-philanthropy-elie-tahari-0

Elie Tahari Company Store
501 Fifth Avenue 2nd floor, between 41st and 42nd Street


Another New York Cool Tip:

Salvatore Brienik’s
ZOMBIES
Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm
Oct 7, 14 and 20 at 3pm
October 4 – 20.
The Secret Theatre

Breaking the Proscenium and Standardd Bear Productions presents Salvatore Brienik’s ZOMBIES, October 4 thru 20 at The Secret Theatre. In this survival horror "zomedy", five strangers and one feline take refuge on the second floor of a stairs-less house in the outskirts of the greater Washington DC area. As radio broadcasts clue them in to what is happening in the world at large, they find themselves struggling with the Biggest question faced by the survivors of any global pandemic: now what?

ZOMBIES will pay it forward by bringing awareness to the very real hunger crisis here in NYC, and contribute to Food Bank for New York City - one of the country's largest food banks, organizing food, information and support for community survival and dignity. $2.00 from every ticket will be donated to the FOOD BANK for NYC.

Tickets $18. For more information or advance purchase visit www.ZombiesInQueens.com or call 718-392-0722.

The Secret Theatre | 44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City, Queens, NY


Another New York Cool Tip:

ISSUE Project Room Presents:
Jozef Van Wissem Release Party w Loren Connors and Clint Heidorn
Thursday, October 4th. 8PM
Our Lady of Lebanon, 113 Remsen Street, Brooklyn

Lutanist Jozef van Wissem and filmaker/guitarist Jim Jarmush release their second album, The Mystery of Heaven, in November on Sacred Bones. Van Wissem performs with Loren Connors and Clint Heidorn joining the celebration.

FREE
RSVP: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/271973


Our Lady of Lebanon | 113 Remsen Street, Brooklyn


 



October 3, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
October 1, 2012 - November 10, 2012. 8PM.
Ars Nova

Lovers are betrayed, society is scandalized and glasses are raised in Dave Malloy’s electro-pop opera ripped from a slice of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Young and impulsive, Natasha Rostova arrives in Moscow to await the return of her fiancé from the front lines. When she falls under the spell of the city’s most charming rogue, it is up to the disillusioned Pierre, a family friend, to pick up the pieces of her shattered reputation. Dumplings, vodka, spectators and performers collide in this unmissable theatrical event!

Tickets $10 10/1-10/6, $20 10/9-10/20, $30 10/21-11/10. For more information visit http://arsnovanyc.com/great-comet.


Ars Nova | 511 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019


Another New York Cool Tip:

GOTHAM @ LPR: ORIENTALE
October 1 & 3, 2012 at 8pm
(le) poisson rouge

Gotham Chamber Opera begins its 2012-2013 Season with GOTHAM @ LPR: ORIENTALE, a collaboration with Company XIV and MAYA, featuring the artists of Gotham Chamber Opera. The show will be performed on Monday, October 1 and Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 8pm (doors open at 7pm) at (le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, NYC. Tickets are $15-$25 and are available online at lepoissonrouge.com.

Gotham Chamber Opera presents an evening of music at the intersection of East and West. GOTHAM @ LPR: ORIENTALE will include Monteverdi's Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, along with music by Rameau, Lully, Szymanowski, Delibes, Schumann, Bizet, John Hadfield, and traditional Armenian music. The artists of Gotham Chamber Opera will be joined by a baroque instrumental ensemble, the dancers of Company XIV, the flute-harp-percussion trio MAYA, Grant Herreid (theorbo and guitar), Nina Stern (chalumeau and recorder) and Nathan Botts (trumpet). The cast will include Jennifer Rivera, Maeve Höglund, Michael Kelly, and Zachary Altman.

le poisson rouge |158 Bleecker Street, NYC

 




Another New York Cool Tip:

STRATOSPHEERIUS PLAYS NEW YORK CITY'S BAR EAST
OCTOBER 3 at 10 pm
Bar East

Stratospheerius members Joe Deninzon-electric violin/mandolin/vocals, French guitarist Aurelien Budynek (Cindy Blackman, Vernon Reid), bassist Jamie Bishop (The Syn, Francis Dunnery), and drummer Lucianna Padmore (praised by Modern Drummer Magazine for her “Deep grooves and serious fusion chops.”

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius just calls themselves a "Rock group," with a musical range combines jam, fusion, rock, progressive, virtuoso, singer-songwriter, jazz and metal. The group was a winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, won the Online People's Choice Awards in the Cornucopia Festival, and was named "Best Jam Band" in Musician's Atlas Independent Music Awards

CONFIRMED STRATOSPHEERIUS SHOWS

Oct. 3: Bar East, New York, NY
Oct. 25: Funk N' Waffles, Syracuse, NY
OCT. 26: Cyber Cafe West, Binghamton, NY
NOV. 1: The Shrine, New York, NY
DEC. 14: Sherlock's, Erie, PA
DEC. 15: Mojo's, Jamestown, NY.

Admission is $5.
The venue phone is 212-876-0203
The web site is http://bareast.com/

Bar East | 1733 1st Ave #2


October 2, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

PRELUDE.12
Wednesday Oct 3 – Friday, Oct 5, 2012
The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the Graduate Center, CUNY

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the Graduate Center, CUNY is pleased to announce the first wave of confirmed participants for PRELUDE.12, the ninth annual PRELUDE festival dedicated to artists at the forefront of contemporary New York City theatre, dance, interdisciplinary and mediatized performance.

www.PRELUDEnyc.org

Already confirmed participants include: Radiohole, Hannah Bos, 600 Highwaymen, Niegel Smith, Anne Washburn, Suzanne Bocanegra, Caden Manson/Big Art Group, William Burke, Lumberob, Maria Striar, Leah Nanako Winkler, Jack Ferver, Tina Satter, Jeff Larson, Daniel Fish, Miguel Gutierrez, Erin Courtney, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Eliza Bent, Nellie Tinder, Lucas Hnath, Karinne Keithley Syers, Joshua Conkel, Juliana Francis Kelly, Corina Copp, Sibyl Kempson. And more to come!
This year we’ll be exhibiting works and hosting discussions under the following banners:
• The Future of the Cinema is the Stage
• Manifestos 2012
• Imitation of Participation
• Return of the Singspiel

All presentations will be held in the Elebash Hall and the Segal Center at CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street. Both an opening night cabaret with guests Bridget Everett, Poor Baby Bree, Cole Escola, Jenn Harris and others (hosted and curated by Adam Feldman) and a closing night party will be held at The Gershwin Hotel, 7 East 27th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues.
All programs are subject to change.

FREE and open to the public

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street) NYC




October 1, 2012


Anna Wintour, Diane Von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta and Sarah Jessica Parker
Photo Credit: Nick Hunt for Patrick McMullen

Just Published: Read my article and see Nick Hunt for Patrick McMullen's photographs of the Couture Council of FIT Luncheon Honoring Oscar dela Renta.


 

September 30, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

World Maker Faire
Celebrate Innovation, Inventions, and DIY Culture
September 29 & 30
Sat 9/29 10am-7pm
Sun 9/3010am-6pm
New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), 47-01 111th St, Queens, NYC.

World Maker Faire NYC returns for its third year to New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) in Queens the weekend of September 29-30 2012 to showcase the world's most extraordinary gathering of DIY talents in science, technology, crafting, music, fashion, food, sustainability, and more in a festival atmosphere. The New York Times describes the experience as "carnival sideshow meets science fair, with robots, engineers, rockets, computer geekery and body paint."

Faire visitors are in for a big treat with over 500 Makers -- many new to the event -- who will be sharing their latest creations and stories of DIY ingenuity. For attendees five or fifty-five, there's something to get excited about, whether they want to get the latest on composting in NYC, see the world's landmarks created to scale from toothpicks, or experience how a group of tech-savvy Young Makers are solving some real-world challenges for the deaf and blind.

Highlights of the third annual World Maker Faire:

• Power Racing Series: This Power Wheel (think back to your childhood!) race will provide some heart-stopping and hilarious excitement as drivers take their mad creations 'round the track for the win!
• 3D Printing Village: Check out the latest models of 3D printers and learn all about this newly affordable form (and exploding marketplace) of additive manufacturing. See Makers print out cupcakes, humanoid robots, car parts, and much much more.
• Life Size Mousetrap: A triumph of engineering and artistry, the Mousetrap is a wonder to behold, combining performance art with Newtonian physics in a crowd-pleasing spectacle.
• How-to Workshops: soldering; Arduino; lock picking and more.
• Music stage: Two days of live acts focusing on DIY / homemade / unusual instruments or ways of making music, curated by Gemini & Scorpio, producers of a decade's worth of themed costume events with live entertainment.
• NYSCI Village: NYC's hands-on science center presents a sampler of activities, demonstrations and experiments including a forced perspective photobooth, genetics gaming, underwater rovers and more.
• Nerdy Derby: NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) will host this miniature car building and racing competition inspired by the pinewood derbies of school days past.
• Circus Warehouse: Queens' own school for the circus arts will present jaw-dropping aerial acts, and give some youngsters the chance to try a few flips of their own.
• Coke Zero and Mentos Show: A Maker Faire favorite, the mad scientists of EepyBird will be back in NYC to deliver shooting geysers of sodas, mesmerizing the crowds with their fizzy, minty wizardy.
• Austin Bike Zoo: Human-powered puppetry, inspiring viewers through unique vehicles and bicycle-based theatrical performances.
• Cupcake Cars: A Maker Faire staple making their premier appearance in NYC.
• Presentations from the leading voices of the Maker Movement: Including Dale Dougherty, founder of Make Magazine and co-founder of Maker Faire; Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino; David Pogue, technology writer, awards winning news correspondent, and TV science show host; Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired magazine
• Young Maker Pavilion: Filled with the best projects coming out of the Young Maker community, this Pavilion will give Faire goers a clear view into the next generation of innovations.

Tickets are $22-$30 for adults (18-61), $12-$20 for youth (2-17), $20-$25 for seniors (62+), and $12-$20 for students with a valid ID, and include admission to both World Maker Faire and NYSCI. Weekend passes and family packages are also available. Early bird pricing ends on Friday, August 31; advance sales pricing ends on Friday, September 28.

Official site: http://www.makerfaire.com

New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) | 47-01 111th St, Queens, NYC.


 

 

September 29, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Read Frank J. Avella's reviews of four New York Film Festival selections:

The New York Film Festival runs September 28th - October 14th at Lincoln Center. Log onto http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff2012/pages/about-the-nyff for schedule and costs.


Roger Michell’s
Hyde Park on Hudson



Dheeraj Akolkar’s
Liv & Ingmar


Marina Zenovich’s
Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out


Lee Daniels’s
The Paperboy


Another New York Cool Tip:

Grand Central Oyster Bar
Oyster Frenzy’s Professional Shucking Championship
Saturday, Sept. 29 1-3 p.m
Grand Central Oyster Bar

On Saturday, Sept. 29, the top professional oyster shuckers on the planet – including six-time champion Luis “The Mexican Menace” Iglesius – compete in the world compete in the Oyster Frenzy’s Professional Shucking Championships at the Grand Central Oyster Bar from 1-3 p.m. The famed "Naked Cowboy" will make an appearance, and the public will compete in the Slurp Off Competitive Eating and Beer Shucking Championships. Chef demonstrations will be hosted by 9-year-old phenom Sam Wahobe. The full Oyster Frenzy runs from noon-4 p.m.

Free admission, food priced by consumption. Visit http://www.oysterbarny.com for more information.

Grand Central Oyster Bar | 89 E 42nd St. (Grand Central Terminal, Lower level)



September 28, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

50th Annual New York Film Festival
September 28th - October 14th
Lincoln Center

Log onto http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff2012/pages/about-the-nyff for schedule and costs.

Alice Tully Hall (ATH)
1941 Broadway (enter on 65th St between Broadway & Amsterdam)
Reserved Seating

Walter Reade Theater (WRT)
165 West 65th St (north side between Broadway & Amsterdam, upper level)
Open Seating

Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center: Francesca Beale Theater (FBT), Howard Gilman Theater (HGT), Amphitheater (AMP)
144 West 65th St (south side between Broadway & Amsterdam)
Open Seating

Bruno Walter Auditorium (BWA)
111 Amsterdam Avenue between W. 64th and W. 65th St.
Open Seating


 

September 27, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Tennessee Williams'
SOMETHING WILD...
Previews begin September 14
Wednesday - Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 3pm (no performance Sept 19).
September 14 - October 6
The Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex

Pook's Hill will present SOMETHING WILD…, an evening of three rarely performed short plays by Tennessee Williams: Hello From Bertha, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, and This Property is Condemned. Directed by Ken Schatz and starring Andrus Nichols (Off-Broadway's Saint Joan), performances begin September 14th at The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre at The Abingdon Theater Arts Complex. Opening night is sceduled for Friday, September 21st.

SOMETHING WILD… is an evening of three intimate one-acts penned by Tennessee Williams in 1946:
• 27 Wagons Full of Cotton centers on Jake, a cotton gin owner who burns down the mill of his rival, who in turn seeks revenge by seducing Jake's wife.
• Hello From Bertha details a prostitute's tragic final hours and her struggle to dignify the one decent relationship in her life.
• This Property is Condemned follows the musings and fantasies of a girl forced to grow up at a young age. Through a conversation with a young boy, the girl explores the bond of sisterhood, the idolization of estranged family members and the expedition of time between childhood and sexual awakening.

In addition to Andrus Nichols (who plays the title role in Hello From Bertha), the production stars David Armanino, Tess Frazer, Brian Gianci, Jack Haley, Vivienne Leheny, Imani Jade Powers, and Samantha Steinmetz with costumes by Hilary Walker, set by Justin West, lighting by Drew Paramore, dramaturgy by Heidi Hackney, and Lucas Womack as stage manager.

Tickets are $18, available at 800-838-3006 or BrownPaperTickets.com.

The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre| The Abingdon Theater Arts Complex | 312 West 36th Street Between 8th & 9th Aves -- accessible from the A,C,E train at 34th Street.


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

Transfeminism in Literature: Reading and Discussion
Thursday September 27, 7 pm
Poets House, 10 River Terrace, NYC

What is transfeminism? How does it redefine genre and gender poetics? Join Belladonna* as we host Transfeminism in Literature, a reading and discussion investigating transfeminist theory in contemporary literature, featuring poets Trish Salah, Tim Trace Peterson and critics Nicholas Birns and TL Cowan. Discussion will be moderated by poet Joy Ladin.

This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Suggested donation: $5
For more information please visit: http://belladonnaseries.org/readingseries.html

http://belladonnaseries.org
https://twitter.com//bella_collab
http://www.facebook.com/belladonnacollaborative


Poets House | 10 River Terrace, NYC


 

September 26, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Book launch party for LAZARUS IS DEAD
Featuring author Richard Beard and Europa Editor-in-chief Michael Reynolds
Wednesyday, September 26 at 7PM
192 Books

Richard Beard’s new novel LAZARUS IS DEAD has been described as “a thrilling meta-novel” by Maria Semple (author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette), “funny, smart, scary…above all, completely convincing” by Ben Loory (author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day), and “nothing less than astonishing,” (Kirkus, starred review). In his only New York appearance for LAZARUS IS DEAD, Richard Beard will be in conversation with Europa’s Editor in Chief at 192 Books. Signing and refreshments will follow.

Free event. Bonus “Everybody Deserves a Second Chance” LAZARUS IS DEAD poster with purchase of book.

192 Books | 192 10th Avenue, NY, NY 10011
(212) 255-4022
http://www.192books.com/eventsupcoming.htm


Another New York Cool Tip:

Filmwax Film Series Presents BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN
Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 7:30-9:00pm
The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Part of the monthly BROOKLYN RECONSTRUCTED series. Special Guests: Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley, David Beilinson.

BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN is an intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by residents and business owners of Brooklyn’s historic Prospect Heights neighborhood facing condemnation of their property to make way for the polarizing Atlantic Yards project, a massive plan to build 16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets. The film focuses on graphic designer Daniel Goldstein whose apartment sits at what would be center court of the new arena. A reluctant activist, Daniel is dragged into the fight because he can’t accept that the government should use the power of Eminent Domain to take his new apartment and hand it off to a private developer, Forest City Ratner. The effort to stop the project pits him and his neighbors against Ratner and an entourage of lawyers and public relations emissaries, the government, as well as other residents who want the construction jobs, the basketball team, and the additional housing that the project might produce.

$5 suggested donation. For more information visit: http://schedule.filmwax.com/filmwax/schedule/battle-for-brooklyn-brooklyn-reoncstructed/

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


 

September 25, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Art Opening Exhibition
AUGUST 28 – SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 Exhibition
August 28 - September 25, 2012
Amsterdam Whitney Gallery

AMSTERDAM WHITNEY GALLERY, 511 West 25th Street, Chelsea, New York City, is proud to showcase in its AUGUST 28 – SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 Exhibition leading Contemporary Master Artists whose work explores the abstract, figurative and natural worlds, exalting the realm of the aesthetic through brilliant coloration and dazzling form. This special, "Chelsea Roaring 1920’s ~ Great Gatsby" exhibition offers an enchanted and magical tribute to the arts which will dazzle the senses of both art acquisitiors and art aficionados alike with its incandescent renewal and sparkling regeneration of the visual realm.

Listing of Artists:

ABSTRACTION from ALPHA to OMEGA
ROBERTO FERNANDEZ
CARINA FOGDE
TED MARTLAND
HANS PETERSEN
WINDOWS To the SOUL
CLJ LANCASTER
FERESHTEH PRIOU
CLARA SAPRASA
MAXIMUS of the MATRIX
MENDES DE ALMEIDA
VERONICA BARCELLONA
PASCALE CHARRIER-ROYER
NORBERT OKPU
OPTIMUM of the ARTissimo
MARIA JAAKKOLA
JOHN KLING
SOPHIE MILL

For more information visit
www.AmsterdamWhitneyGallery.com

Amsterdam Whitney International Fine Art, Inc. | 511 W. 25th Street
New York, NY 10001
AmsterdamWhitney@aol.com
www.AmsterdamWhitneyGallery.com


 

September 24, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Climate Week NYC
09/24/2012 - 09/30/2012
Various venues around NYC

Climate Week NYC is an annual summit bringing together the world's leading businesses and governments and an exciting array of public-facing events, all focused on driving a swift, massive scaling-up of clean technologies to create jobs and boost the economy. Now in its fourth year, Climate Week NYC has become a key moment in the global climate leadership calendar. It brings together The Climate Group, Carbon Disclosure Project, the United Nations Global Compact, the UN Foundation, The City of New York, TckTckTck, the World Bank and an array of international business, government, non-profit and thought-leaders to call for urgent action to tackle the very real threats posed by climate change to American communities.

Tickets are free of charge.
Visit http://www.facebook.com/climateweeknyc for more informat
ion

Opening ceremony:
The Morgan Library and Museum | 225 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10016


Another New York Cool Tip:

Juilliard Baroque
Monday, September 24. 8PM-9:30PM
Paul Hall – The Juilliard School

Monica Huggett, violin
Sandra Miller, flute
Sarah Cunningham, viola da gamba
Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord

TELEMANN “Paris” Quartets

One of the most prolific composers of all time, Telemann wrote his “Paris” Quartets in two installments, scored for an unusual instrumentation for the time, featuring elements of the French dance suite and soloistic highlights that showcase the unique nuances of each instrument

Part of the Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital Series

FREE tickets available through the Juilliard Box Office
http://events.juilliard.edu/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D39692649

Paul Hall – The Juilliard School | 155 W 65th Street, New York, NY 10023




September 23, 2012

 

Just Published: Read Frank J. Avella's review of Stephen Chbosky’s
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
, which opened this weekend in New York City.



The Big Apple Posse: Escape From New York
Illustration by Sophie Escabasse

New York Cool Tip: The Big Apple Posse: Escape From New York is part of a free promotion today at Amazon.com. The Big Apple Posse is only a children's book if you believe that Lord of the Flies was only for children.


New York Cool Tip:




 

September 22, 2012

Just Published: Read Frank J. Avella's review of Stephen Elliott’s About Cherry which opened this weekend in New York City.


New York Cool Tip:

FLICKS IN THE GARDEN: A FAMILY MUSIC AND FILM FESTIVAL
Saturday September 22, 2012 at 6:30
Music at 6:30 pm.
Films begin at dusk
. There will be a 15-minute intermission
RAIN DATE: Sunday, September 23, 2012, 6:30 PM .
SUNNYSIDE GARDENS PARK


Sunnyside Gardens Park presents Flicks in the Garden: A Family Music and Film Festival on Saturday September 22, 2012. Starting at 6:30 pm, upbeat music will fill the night air as the program kicks off with tunes from a local band. Kids and parents are invited to jump and twirl, then settle down with a slice and some popcorn.

Beginning at dusk we will showcase kid-friendly vintage animation films from the collection of Queens native Tommy José Stathes. Mr. Stathes runs the blog and website CartoonsOnFilm.com, which celebrates early animation. The films shown will be rarely-seen cartoons from 1930s and 1940s, including Along Came A Duck (1934), House Cleaning Blues (1937) and Date to Skate (1938).

Flicks in the Garden is a volunteer-run arts festival established in 2011 to cultivate and recognize Sunnyside film and music enthusiasts and locally-based filmmakers and musicians. Co-organizers and filmmakers Emilie McDonald and Tammy Arnstein have most recently worked together on Crossing the River (www.crossingtheriverfilm.wordpress.com), a narrative short film currently in post production.

Flicks in the Garden is made possible by the generous support of Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer's office, the Sunnyside Shines BID, and the Sunnyside-based businesses Go Natural, 99¢ Pizza Dealz, The Dog and Duck, Tiny You, and Pink Icing.
www.flicksinthegarden.com

ENTRY FEE: Suggested Donation: $10/$5 for park members
SEATING: Bring beach towels, blankets, or low chairs.
FOOD: Pizza, popcorn, and drinks will be sold.

Sunnyside Gardens Park, 39th Avenue at 49th Street, Sunnyside, Queens
DIRECTIONS: Sunnyside Gardens Park is on 39th Avenue at 49th Street, three blocks north of Queens Boulevard or Roosevelt Avenue. It is accessible from the No. 7 train (46th or 52nd Street stations), Q32 or Q60 bus, and the Long Island Railroad’s Woodside station.


Another New York Cool Tip:

If It Ain't Baroque...
Saturday September 22nd. 7:30PM
All Angels Church

Concertos and Suites of the High Baroque performed on period instruments, featuring works by Bach, Corelli, Handel, Telemann, and Vivaldi.

Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors. For more information or advance purchase visit
www.sebastians.org

All Angels Church | 251 W. 80th St.
(and Broadway)


 

September 21, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

I'll Be Your Mirror New York festival curated by Greg Dulli
(The Afghan Whigs) & ATP
Friday 21st September (4PM – Midnight)
Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd September (12pm-midnight)
Pier 36, Manhattan


The world famous All Tomorrow's Parties are very excited to present the I'll Be Your Mirror USA festival this September 21st-23rd at Pier 36 in Manhattan, New York. Pier 36 is a new indoor venue sitting on the edge of the East River between the Manhattan & Williamsburg Bridges - it's outside area boasts glorious views of Brooklyn and the Statue of Liberty. The Saturday night of this year's festival will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs (who have reunited after a 13 year hiatus) and curated by their frontman Greg Dulli, with ATP curating the Friday and Sunday nights - the line-up also features Frank Ocean, The Roots, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, José González, The Antlers, DJ Questlove, Charles Bradley, The Make-Up, Dirty Three, Mark Lanegan Band, Hot Snakes, Thee Oh Sees and many many more, see http://www.atpfestival.com/events/ibymusa2012.php for info.

Tickets $60 Friday, $75 Saturday/Sunday, $199 for Weekend. For more information or advance purchase visit http://www.atpfestival.com/events/ibymusa2012.php

Pier 36, 299 South St. New York, NY 10002


Another New York Cool Tip:

DINA MARTINA: AMPLE WATTAGE
Thursday - Sunday at 7:30pm
Except Sept. 27 which is at 9pm.
Sept. 20 - 30th
The Laurie Beechman Theatre

“Will make you piss your pants. Adult underpants suggested.” -- The Village Voice

“A sparkly spot in our drab world.” -- Time Out

By popular demand, an additional week of performances has been added to the previously announced run of cult sensation DINA MARTINA in DINA MARTINA: AMPLE WATTAGE at The Laurie Beechman Theater. Performances, which begin Sept. 20, have now been extended thru Sept. 30. After attaining cult status in her native town of Seattle and touring nationally, Martina’s official New York debut in 2005 sold out in minutes. Her follow-up shows have left jaded audiences (including Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Stipe, John Waters, Matt Stone, John Cameron Mitchell, Margaret Cho, Bruce Vilanch, Joyce Dewitt, S. Epatha Merkerson and Jeff Stryker -- a list as strange has her shows) stunned and clamoring for more.

Tickets are $22 plus a $15 food/drink minimum. To purchase tickets call 212-352-3101 or visit www.SpinCycleNYC.com

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




September 20, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

POV and Filmwax Film Series Present
REPORTERO
Thursday, September 20, 2012, 7:30-9:30pm
The Brooklyn Museum

REPORTERO follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly, as they stubbornly ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the world for members of the media. In Mexico, more than 40 journalists have been slain or have vanished since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderón came to power and launched a government offensive against the country’s powerful drug cartels and organized crime. As the drug war intensifies and the risks to journalists become greater, will the free press be silenced? An Official Selection of the 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. A co-production of Quiet Pictures, ITVS, and Latino Public Broadcasting with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting.

Tickets available. For more information visit: http://schedule.filmwax.com/filmwax/schedule/reportero-a-pov-event/

The Brooklyn Museum | 200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY, 11238
(718) 638-5000


Another New York Cool Tip:

2012-13 Composer Portraits Series
JOHN CAGE
Thursday, September 20, 2012, 8:00 PM
Miller Theatre at Columbia University
School of the Arts

Miller Theatre kicks off the 13th season of its heralded Composer Portraits series with a 100th birthday celebration of one of the 20th century’s most profoundly influential composers and thinkers, whose ideas revolutionized art-making across genres. This unique Portrait casts John Cage’s provocative explorations of chance operations and unorthodox sounds in relief by exploring his occasionally explosive correspondence with the iconic French modernist Pierre Boulez. Percussionist and conductor extraordinaire Steven Schick join ICE for a program pairing Boulez’s signature Le marteau sans maître with Cage’s seminal works, revealing surprising connections between these two polarizing explorers of sound.

ARTISTS:
John Cage (1912-1992), composer
International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
Jessica Aszodi, mezzo soprano
Steven Schick, conductor
PROGRAM:
Music for___ (1984-1987)
Variations III (1962-1963)
Atlas Eclipticalis (1962)
Radio Music (1956)
1’5 ½” for a string player (1953)
Amores (1943)
The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs (1943)
Pierre Boulez: Le marteau sans maître (1955

Tickets: $25-30 • Students with valid ID $15-18 Tickets will be available online at www.millertheatre.com starting August 15.
The public may also purchase tickets through the Miller Theatre Box Office
in person or at 212/854-7799, M–F, 12–6 p.m.

Miller Theatre | 2960 Broadway at 116th street
North of the Main Campus Gate
at 116th St. & Broadway on the ground floor of Dodge Hall.


 

 

September 19, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Thomas Bradshaw's
JOB
August 31 – October 7
Performance Schedule Varies
The Flea Theater

Downtown Provocateur Thomas Bradshaw Tackles Old Testament in Job

The Bats are back and in The Flea Theater’s New York premiere production of JOB, written by Thomas Bradshaw and directed by Flea Resident Director Benjamin Kamine. Previews begin August 31, with opening night slated for Wednesday, September 19.

In JOB, Thomas Bradshaw takes on a sacred biblical text to explore issues of faith. How low will God go? Bradshaw calls his play an honest, un-cynical adaptation of the book of Job.

The production features members of the Flea’s lauded resident acting ensemble The Bats: Bradley Anderson, Mimi Augustin, Jaspal Binning, Ugo Chukwu, Alex Coelho, Timothy Craig, Jimmy Dailey, Edgar Eguia, Eric Folks, Cleo Gray, Grant Harrison, Layla Khosnoudi, Adam Lebowitz-Lockard, Abraham Makany, Sean McIntyre, Chester Poon, Ivano Pulito, Marie-Claire Roussel, Stephen Stout and Jennifer Tsay. The design team includes Aaron Green (set), Jonathan Cottle (lights), Ashley Farra (costumes), Jeremy Bloom (sound), and Courtney Ulrich (stage manager).

Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 212-352-3101 or online at www.theflea.org.

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


 

 

September 18, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

VIP Art Launch
Tuesday, September 18th, 6-8pm
James Cohan Gallery

In celebration of its expansion and the launch of VIP Vernissage, VIP Art is hosting an event at James Cohan Gallery. On view will be the gallery's first exhibit of work by Jesper Just- a video installation This Nameless Spectacle. VIP Art will continue to host ongoing high impact events for which it is known, as well as being the round-the-clock resource and online destination. VIP Vernissage (September 18th - October 7th) aggregates and presents online the in-gallery September exhibitions of its galleries. For more information on VIP Art and VIP Vernissage, please visit www.VIPArt.com.

James Cohan Gallery is showing Jesper Just's The Nameless Spectacle. For more information on the exhibition: http://www.jamescohan.com/exhibitions/2012-09-06_jesper-just/


Free admission

James Cohan Gallery | 533 West 26 Street (between 10th and 11th avenues)
Nearest subways: 23rd St (C,E), 28th St (1)
Nearest bus: M23




September 17, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Filmwax Film Series Presents
WUSS
Monday, September 17, 2012, 8:00-10:00pm
Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden

WUSS is the story of a high school teacher who faces constant ridicule after he’s repeatedly beaten up by several of his own students. Having nowhere else to turn, he eventually teams up with another of his students to fight back. This student, a young girl, is feared school-wide because of a dark family reputation. She also has an unfortunate nickname grafted to her due to her predilection for smoking discarded cigarettes. Bonded in battle, the student and teacher form a friendship that stretches the use of the word inappropriate.

Starring Nate Rubin (BLOOD ON THE HIGHWAY, MY MOM SMOKES WEED), featuring Tony Hale (TV’s “Arrested Development”) and directed by Clay Liford (EARTHLING, MY MOM SMOKES WEED). The film is a dark comedy that almost plays as a horror film, albeit one where nobody dies (except a little on the inside). Says Liford, “In most comedies, when characters do harebrained schemes they’re never held accountable for them. I hold them accountable.”

FREE. For more information visit:http://schedule.filmwax.com/filmwax/schedule/wuss/

Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden | 618 St. John's Place
Brooklyn, NY, 11238
(718) 975-0196


Another New York Cool Tip:

Chris Phillips'
“PIECES”
FringeNYC Encore Presentation
FRI September 7th @ 9:30pm
SUN September 9th @ 8:00pm
WED September 12th @ 8:00pm
THURS September 13th @ 7:00pm
SUN September 16th @ 8:00pm
MON September 17th @ 8:00pm
SoHo Playhouse


A brutal murder. A damaged suspect. And a public defender unsure of his place in the gay community.

PIECES takes no prisoners and pulls no punches. You have been warned.
Revolve Productions production of “PIECES” by Chris Phillips has been an early selection for the FringeNYC Encore Series. The acclaimed play is directed by Brian Zimmer. The Encore performances will begin on Friday, September 7 at the historic SoHo Playhouse at 15 Vandam Street (bet 6th Ave & Varick), NYC. The cast again will include Paolo Andino, Joe Briggs, Jonathan Gibson, Nina Millin and Chris Salvatore. The sound design is by James Ledesma and the lighting by Samantha Szigeti. The special Encore performances will be: FRI 9/7 at 9:30pm; SUN 9/9 at 8:00pm; WED 9/12 at 8:00pm; THURS 9/13 at 7:00pm; SUN 9/16 at 8:00pm and MON 9/17 at 8:00pm. The provocative drama from Los Angeles received standing ovations, wonderful reviews and a SRO turn away crowd for it closing show at the 16th New York International Fringe Festival. It is one of the four shows that have been selected for this early announcement, by a group of seven theatre producers led by Darren Lee Cole. www.piecestheplay.com
When an openly gay Hollywood power player is brutally murdered, his body parts distributed around the city of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles Public Defender Rory Dennis is assigned the defense of Shane Holloway, the damaged young man accused of the crime. While unlocking Shane’s past, Rory is forced to confront his own scorching ambivalence about his place in a community to which he’s lost almost all connection. Pieces examines a culture fighting against fragmentation even as it moves toward unprecedented social and political visibility, and the personal cost of divisiveness within a people still shaping its identity. (1 hr 50 mins including intermission)

Tickets are $18, available at (212) 691-1555 or www.SohoPlayhouse.com.


SoHo Playhouse | 15 Vandam Street (bet 6th Ave & Varick)



 

September 16, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

André & Dorine
Thursday and Friday at 8pm
Saturday at 2pm and 8pm
Sunday at 7pm
September 13 through 16, 2012
The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater at the West Side YMCA

Performed by Spain’s critically acclaimed Kulunka Theatre Company, it tells the story of an elderly couple – André with his typewriter, Dorine with her cello – and how they relive and reinvent their love together as Alzheimer’s becomes a permanent part of their relationship. Three actors portray more than 15 different characters through the play, whose story is told through gesture and movement, with no spoken dialogue. The story revolves around André, turning to his typewriter to relive and remember his life with Dorine as her mind slips away – remembering who they were in order to not forget who they are now. Kulunka Teatro has created a piece of thoroughly contemporary and committed mask theatre that transcends language barriers. With no words, uplifting and thought provoking, it explores important themes of love and aging with warmth and humor.

Tickets are available online at www.theatermania.com or via phone at 866-811-4111. Tickets are $28-$25, $20-$17 for seniors/students, and discounted tickets are available for YMCA members and groups. For group sales contact Danabelle Denis at 212-912-2635.

The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater | West Side YMCA | 10 West 64th Street
At Central Park West, NYC.


 

September 15, 2012

New York Cool Tip: The Big Apple Posse: Escape From New Orleans is part of a free promotion today and tomorrow (September 14-15) at Amazon.com. You can download to your Kindle, computer, phone, Ipod, Ipad etc. etc. Click here for your free copy.

"A children's book, but not (just) for children."


 

New York Cool Tip:

The Genesis Dance Project, a subset of the Genesis Society’s Cultural Center presents
Studio Series (September 2012)
Saturday September 15th 7:30pm
Genesis Tree of Life Studios


The Genesis Dance Project is proud to hosts our Studio Series. This showcase presents three to five New York City based choreographers preforming 15 minutes of their raw or developed work. The event concludes with an open discussion over refreshments. This months feature artist are ACD Dance Company, Darlisa Wajid-Ali and The Rogue Dancers
New work by strong and captivating choreographers

Opportunity to support the arts and meet fellow dance enthuses

Free Refreshment
Conveniently located in Forest Hills, Queens a nice walk from the F, E, M & R

Tickets only $10, can only be ourchased at the Door
For more information about the Geneis Dance Project check out our website https://sites.google.com/site/genesisdanceproject/

Genesis Tree of Life | 102-02/06 Metropolitan Avenue MetroPlaza
Lower Level
Entrance on 71st Avenue Forest Hills, NY 11375


 

September 14, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

YANS & RETO-Young And Not Stupid & Radical Even Though Old
Friday September 14, 2012
From 7.30-9.30pm
Anthology Film Archives


Inspired by the social atmosphere of porno cinemas and in the tradition of cabaret, YANS & RETO is a one-night festival of action art by artists over sixty and under thirty. The artists present themselves through short (under seven minute) performance or video pieces, creating energetic, inter-generational encounters.YANS & RETO is curated by Jana Leo. The festival is organized by Mosis Foundation with the support of the Spanish consulate in New York. Open Call: ACTION FEST: “7 minutes or less” performances, actions, short films, videos, objects of text, readings, proclamations, comedy, songs etc… by artists and intellectuals over sixty and under thirty.

Tickets: 9$. For more information janaleo@fundacionmosis.com


Anthology Film Archives | 32 2nd Avenue
F and M to 2nd Avenue


 

 

September 13, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

JOSHUA LIGHT SHOW
September 13 @ 7:30PM
September 14 @ 7:30 & 10PM
September 15 @ 7:30 & 10PM
September 16 @ 7:30PM
SEPTEMBER 13-16
NYU SKIRBALL CENTER

Explosive Visuals Improvised to Live Music Performed by Dame Evelyn Glennie & Zeena Parkins (9.13); Terry & Gyan Riley (9.14); John Zorn, Lou Reed, Bill Laswell & Milford Graves (9.14); Ben Goldwasser & Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT (9.15); and, in partnership with globalFEST, Debo Band & Forro in the Dark (9.16)

The Joshua Light Show, founded by multimedia artist Joshua White, are perhaps the most legendary visualists of live music. As resident artists at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East during the late 1960’s, and in performances at Woodstock, Newport Jazz Festival, Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall, and the classic film Midnight Cowboy, White and his cohorts created live, colorful, psychedelic projections behind the great bands of that era, including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and The Who. NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts will present the return of the Joshua Light Show to Greenwich Village September 13-16, when the group will perform live with leading musicians of our time. Utilizing signature projection techniques, including lumia and the fabled “liquid light" for which it is remembered, The Joshua Light Show improvises an intense visual experience to complement the sensation of live music.

Their musical collaborators at NYU Skirball Center will include Grammy-winning percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and experimental harpist Zeena Parkins (September 13 at 7:30 P.M.); pioneering minimalist composer Terry Riley and his son, Gyan Riley (September 14 at 7:30 P.M.); John Zorn, Lou Reed, Bill Laswell and Milford Graves (September 14 at 10:00 P.M.); psychedelic pop giants Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT (September 15 at 7:30 and 10:00 P.M.); and, in partnership with globalFEST, Debo Band and Forro in the Dark (September 16 at 7:30 P.M.).

Tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/915595

NYU Skirball Center | 566 LaGuardia Place


 

September 12, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Lewis Forever
Wed, Sept 12 - Sat, Sept 15 at 7:30 pm
Dance New Amsterdam

World Premiere
A Guide To Kinship And Maybe Magic
Conceived by Isabel Lewis

A Guide to Kinship and Maybe Magic is a live performance that uses the
film SISTER (2011) by Lewis Forever, a performance collective comprised
of siblings Isabel, Sarah, Ligia, and George Lewis Jr., as its point of
departure. Live action and text are interwoven with video in a
performance that is part director's commentary and part lecture on the
intricate social relationships that we understand as kinship. Directed
by Isabel Lewis and created with Brooklyn-based playwright, dramaturg,
and performer Branden Jacobs-Jenkins this performance will feature an
Imposter Lewis. The Imposter embodies the unlucky position of being just
outside of a situation, having both the ability to analyze and asses the
circumstances while also longing to be more intimately involved. The
Imposter Lewis finally takes center stage in this new work.

$17 general, $12 DNA members, $14 students/seniors, $12 advance. For
more information and to purchase tickets in advance, please visit
http://www.dnadance.org/site/theater/2012-2013/lewis-forever/

Dance New Amsterdam | 280 Broadway
(Entrance on Chambers) New York, New York 10007


 

September 11, 2012


Photo Credit Angelo Rivera


Today is the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, a time to pause and remember what we lost on that horrible day.


 

New York Cool Tip:

THE TABLE OF SILENCE PROJECT 9/11
Tuesday September 11, 8:15 AM
Revson Fountain, Josie Robertson Plaza/Lincoln Center

One hundred dancers drawn from major NYC dance schools and companies joined the Buglisi Dance Theatre for a repeat of "The Table of Silence Project 9/11," conceived by choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi and Italian artist Rossella Vasta. The free concert is a public tribute to 9/11 and a poetic call for tolerance and peace in the world. The ceremony begins at 8:15 AM and ends precisely at 8:46 AM, the moment the first tower was attacked.
free admission - no reservations necessary

Revson Fountain | Josie Robertson Plaza/Lincoln Center | 64th Street & Columbus




September 10, 2012

Message From Kal Penn:

Get ready to have your mind blown.

Since the campaign launched its new website, Commit to Vote, 93,000 people have said they'll cast a ballot this fall. You know why? People are talking to their friends and their families, and they're not shy about using my favorite four-letter word:

Vote.

This is me asking you to commit to vote now -- and to pass it on.

I have so many friends who are better off thanks to the work our president has done -- some who've returned home from war, others who've been able to go to college, and one friend who got a job working in Detroit's auto industry.

Don't make me do this alone. If you think President Obama is the right guy for this job, reach out to people you know to make sure they're registered and ready to vote.

There's not much time left. So commit to vote. Ask your friends to commit to vote. Register to vote. Do it all here:

http://my.barackobama.com/Commit-to-Vote

Thanks -- this won't be the last you hear from me.


New York Cool Tip:

The Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble
Monday, September 10th. 8:30PM
Cornelia Street Cafe

The Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble led by composer Steve Hudson - piano/melodica, and featuring Zach Brock – violin, Rubin Kodheli - cello/voice, and Martin Urbach - cajon/percussion, returns to play a live show backing their critically acclaimed album “Galactic Diamonds.” Galactic Diamonds has been called “a collection of little gems” by All About Jazz; “so disarmingly fun that it’s impossible to resist...a good-naturedly eclectic mix of third stream jazz with a catchy, quirky pop edge” by Lucid Culture; and “consistently engaging” by Christian Carey, Signal To Noise.

Praised by Keyboard Magazine for his "exquisite compositions” and for “a quest for beauty in his lines that evoke the masters," Steve Hudson has worked with Steven Bernstein, James Zollar, Marcus Rojas, and Claire Daly. Zach Brock has performed and recorded with Stanley Clarke, Jack DeJohnette, and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, while Rubin Kodheli has worked with the Tom Harrell Chamber Ensemble, and has composed music for film/tv such as HBO’s True Blood, and the film Precious. The ensemble performed at Chamber Music America’s national conference in New York and toured Italy and Austria to promote "Galactic Diamonds.”

Tickets are $10, (with $10 food/drink minimum) and can be purchased at the door. Call (212) 989-9319 or visit www.corneliastreetcafe.com for more information.

Cornelia Street Cafe | 29 Cornelia St., New York, NY 10014.


Another New York Cool Tip:

June Daniel White's
We Love You, But No!
Monday Sept. 10 at 8:30PM
Tuesday Sept. 11 at 7PM
Monday Sept. 17 at 7PM
Kraine Theater

Aust in Pendleton directs June Daniel White as Mamie Gayle Monroe in her comedy about a waitress in a Tallahasee diner who's in love with movies and has never given up her dream of making it in Hollywood. Finally fed up with chauvinistic customers and orders for "gaggy fried eggs" Mamie has only to be told by her boss that she's "too old" for Hollywood to quit her job and take the first Greyhound bus to realize her Tinseltown dream. But after a lot of frustrating auditions with no results her aspirations look pretty bleak, that is until she attends an open call for a film with an unnamed star who turns out to be none other than Brad Pitt!

Tickets are $18, $10 for students/senioirs
Tickets at www.smarttix.com or call (212) 868-4444

Kraine Theater | 85 East 4th Street between 2nd & 3rd Aves.


September 9, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Connival
Saturday September 8th - September 20th, 1pm-9pm
Con Artist Collective and Chasama

This isn’t your ordinary Con Artist event down at Ludlow. Together with Chashama, Con Artist is taking over a 5000 square foot abandoned taxi terminal and creating a bizarre spectacle, carnival style. Video installations, booths, art and murals inspired by the odd and strange carnival setting. Chashama supports communities by transforming temporarily vacant properties into spaces where artists can flourish.

No Admission fee. Contact Brian for any questions 646-504-2323. Visit www.conartistnyc.com for more information

26-15 Jackson Ave. Long Island City, NY 11101


 

September 8, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Another New York Cool Tip:

 

The third book of "The Big Apple Trilogy" - "The Big Apple Posse: Escape From Los Angeles" - is part of a free promotion on Amazon.com today September 8th and tomorrow 9th. Click here to get your free copy:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009284P1G


 

September 7, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

DISTORTED DIZNEE
Fridays @ 10PM
Extended thru September 7
The Laurie Beechman Theatre

The Laurie Beechman Theater becomes The Happiest (and Gayest) Place on Earth as Dallas Dubois presents DISTORTED DIZNEE featuring drag stars Holly Dae, Bootsie LeFaris, Pixie Aventura, Shenea DeDranke and others.

Dallas DuBois invites you to Be Our Guest as she hosts DISTORTED DIZNEE, an outrageous Las Vegas-style take on some of the most beloved animated classics. Come be Part of Our World as DuBois and a troupe of fabulous drag queens take you on a twisted -- and very adult -- journey, catapulting you back to your childhood into a Magical Kingdom where dreams come true. This 70-minute extravaganza features high-energy dance numbers, comedy, dazzling costumes and lip-syncing "ladies"-- with a bit of Cher, Patti LuPone, Idina Menzel and Rihanna thrown in for good measure! This show may not be a Tale As Old As Time but it's certain to offer a happy ending -- if you believe in fairies, that is.

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

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


Another New York Cool Tip:

NY Clown Theater Festival 2012
Opening Parade, Pie Fight and Free Cabaret
September 7, 2012 @ 5:30pm

Put on your finest stripes and polka-dots and join us for the opening day parade! We'll march, unicycle, juggle and pratfall around Union Square. Then we'll turn the L train into the ultimate clown car, popping out at the Bedford stop. We'll continue down Bedford Avenue, stopping at McCarren Park where clowns will train for the 2012 Clown Olympics. The parade will conclude to The Brick, home of the festival, where a massive public pie fight will ensue.
Meet at Union Square at 5:30pm.

This event is part of the NY Clown Theater Festival 2012. For more information check out the website: bricktheater.com/clown

How Much:
FREE!!!

Meet in Union Square, travel to
The Brick Theater | 579 Metropolitan Ave Brooklyn, NY 11211


Another New York Cool Tip:

The Other Baldwins in Haute Mess
September 6-8, 2012. 8pm
Ars Nova

Three super hot LA girls set out to incite a revolution at New York's Fall Fashion Week by unionizing America's most brutally mistreated workforce: fashion models. Never mind the children laboring over couture garments sweat shops or evil Anna Wintour tracking their every move from atop Castle Vogue, these models are determined to seize the day, bitches - and look fierce doing it!
Part of Ars Nova's PROJECT RESIDENCY initiative to help artists get unique projects off the ground.

Tickets $15. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit www.arsnovanyc.com


Ars Nova |511 West 54th Street


RightsFest 2012: Civil Rights & Sports
September 6 - 8, 7pm - 9pm
Tribeca Cinemas

RightsFest is a pan-ethnic civil rights film festival sponsored by the Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education. The annual RightsFest brings audiences a diverse range of social justice films as well as panels to discuss history, activism, filmmaking, and community-bridging solutions. Special guests include: Tommie Smith (Olympic gold medalist) and Soledad O'Brien (CNN Journalist). Each night will feature 1 hour of film screening followed by a 30 minute Q&A with filmmakers and special guests. Topics will range from women's soccer, track & field, basketball, female boxing to blind soccer. Participating filmmakers are Jun Stinson, Laurens Grant, Bruce and Christine Toy Johnson, Chris Bridger and Geoff Small.

Tickets: $8 per night.
For more info please visit: www.rightsfest.org

Tribeca Cinemas | 54 Varick St, NY, NY 10013


 

 

September 6, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Tonight is Fashion Night Out in New York City. Log onto the website for a list of the hundreds of partiicipating stores and have fun.


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

Book Reading & Discussion: Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire By Deepa Kumar
Thursday September 6th 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM)
Alwan for the Arts

In response to the events of 9/11, the Bush administration launched a “war on terror” ushering in an era of anti-Muslim racism, but 9/11 did not create that phenomenon. In her new book, Deepa Kumar examines the historic relationship between Islamophobia and the agenda of empire-building. Deepa Kumar is Associate Professor of Media Studies and Middle East Studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of Outside the Box: Corporate Media, Globalization and the UPS Strike. She has offered her analysis on Islamophobia to numerous outlets around the world including the BBC, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Mexico's Proseco, China International radio, and Gulf News from Dubai. Special guest speaker Moustafa Bayoumi is author of How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America, which won an American Book Award and the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction. He has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, The London Review of Books, the Nation, and others. This event is co-sponsored by Haymarket Books. Please visit http://alwanforthearts.org/event/886

Tickets: Suggested Donation $5 (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Alwan for the Arts | 16 Beaver
(between Broadway and Broad)




September 5, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Frank Sinatra and The Broadway Rabbi
Wednesday, September 5th, 7PM
Don't Tell Mama

Seth Lutnick is an unusual mix. On the one hand, he is an Orthodox
rabbi. On the other, he does musical theater. Hence, his stage persona
is The Broadway Rabbi. Lutnick will be visiting from Israel, where he
directs Israel Musicals, an English language musical theater company,
for a performance of his new show, Frankly Sinatra. Accompanied by
pianist Dan Feyer, this is not an impersonation of Frank Sinatra, but a
journey through his life and songs, with Rabbinical commentary.


There is an $18 cover charge, and a two drink minimum.
Reservations can be made online at:
http://www.donttellmamanyc.com
or call 212-757-0788 after 4:00 PM, daily.


Don't Tell Mama | 343 W. 46th St, New York City.


 

September 4, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

That one should open like an eyelid
Tuesdays August 28th, September 4th, and September 11th - 8PM to 11PM
The Breslin

For three evenings, Liberty Hall (at The Breslin) will transform itself in hosting Danielle Russo Dance Company’s live installation, That one should open like an eyelid. Dare to wander the basement of the ACE Hotel--part of Manhattan’s historic assets--and immerse yourself into a series of sensory holding rooms. Eleanor will deliver as the evening's "Master of Ceremonies"; with her raspy charm, she’ll guide you through the interactive dance performance, featuring a series of “architectural” confessionals, “free” chocolate cake, and a swamp of 300,000 ivory rose petals. Join us, and soak in Danielle Russo Dance Company’s "dramatically eloquent athleticism", as described by Deborah Jowitt of The Village Voice. Opening night will be followed by a benefit reception, with bonus solo and duet performances, live music, refreshments, and delectable company.

Tickets to opening performance + benefit reception are $25. Regular admission is $20. Artists receive a discount! Only $10 when you enter coupon code "artist" upon purchasing your online tickets. Go to: www.drdclibertyhall.brownpapertickets.com. Walk-ins also welcome! For more information, visit: www.daniellerussodancecompany.com

Liberty Hall | The Breslin | 16 West 29 Street, NYC 10001


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

Manhattan Youth Ballet Fall Auditions
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 from 2:30-7pm
Manhattan Movement and Arts Center

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center announces auditions for Manhattan Youth Ballet’s Fall Program at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center at 248 W. 60th Street, NYC (between Amsterdam and West End Avenues) in the Lincoln Center area. Auditions will take place on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 from 2:30-7pm. Auditions for ages 8-10 from 3:30-4:30pm, ages 11-14 from 4:30-5:30pm, and ages 15 and up from 5:30-7pm. Registration will take place beginning at 2:30pm in person. Application/Registration Fee is $25 and can be paid by cash, check or credit card. Appointments must be made by phone at 212-787-1178.

Dancers should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your audition time to register. Female dancers should wear a leotard of their choosing, pink tights and ballet shoes. Girls, ages 12 and older, should bring their pointe shoes. Male dancers must wear a clean t-shirt, black tights and ballet shoes. Audition applications are available at www.manhattanyouthballet.org, and must bring a headshot and photo in first arabesque. The audition fee is $25 payable by cash or credit. Tuition information will be available upon request. Financial aid and merit scholarships are available. For more information please visit www.manhattanyouthballet.org.

248 West 60th Street, NYC


 

September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day from the writers and photographers of New York Cool.


 

September 2, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Thomas Bradshaw's
JOB
August 31 – October 7
Performance Schedule Varies
The Flea Theater

Downtown Provocateur Thomas Bradshaw Tackles Old Testament in Job

The Bats are back and in The Flea Theater’s New York premiere production of JOB, written by Thomas Bradshaw and directed by Flea Resident Director Benjamin Kamine. Previews begin August 31, with opening night slated for Wednesday, September 19.

In JOB, Thomas Bradshaw takes on a sacred biblical text to explore issues of faith. How low will God go? Bradshaw calls his play an honest, un-cynical adaptation of the book of Job.

The production features members of the Flea’s lauded resident acting ensemble The Bats: Bradley Anderson, Mimi Augustin, Jaspal Binning, Ugo Chukwu, Alex Coelho, Timothy Craig, Jimmy Dailey, Edgar Eguia, Eric Folks, Cleo Gray, Grant Harrison, Layla Khosnoudi, Adam Lebowitz-Lockard, Abraham Makany, Sean McIntyre, Chester Poon, Ivano Pulito, Marie-Claire Roussel, Stephen Stout and Jennifer Tsay. The design team includes Aaron Green (set), Jonathan Cottle (lights), Ashley Farra (costumes), Jeremy Bloom (sound), and Courtney Ulrich (stage manager).

Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 212-352-3101 or online at www.theflea.org.

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


 

September 1, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

“NORMALCY”
Previews Begin August 31
Opens Wednesday, September 5, at 7:00 PM
Wednesday – Saturday at 7:00 pm
Special performance on Sunday, September 2 at 7:00 pm.
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre (W 42nd St)

What is the right thing to do?
When confronted with the option of making hard choices that may benefit society,
or return to the personal comfort of what we know?

Theatre East presents “Normalcy” by Bennett Windheim, Off Broadway at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, 416 West 42nd Street, NYC. Benard Cummings directs the new play. Previews begin for the limited engagement on August 31 and the opening is Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm. For this opening of its 2012-13 season, there will be a series of talk-backs throughout the run, with the author, the producers and director, as well as experts in the respective field of this emotionally charged play.

“Normalcy” takes a brutally honest look at transracial adoption, from the point of view of white prospective parents and their circle of family members and co-workers, to social workers and transracially adopted adults. Normalcy” tackles themes of identity, race, terrorism, nationalism, manifest destiny, marriage and the media, all through the lens of one white, affluent couple’s attempt to make the hard choice – adopting a black child and the unexpected and unintended consequences that it has on their happy and complacent lives.

Tickets will be: $18 and they will be on sale soon (date tba) through Call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or on the web at www.ticketcentral.com/

Peter Jay Sharp Theatre | 301 West 45th Street Suite # 9 - D
New York, NY 10036


 

August 31, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Rusty Belle and Julia Haltigan
Friday August 31. 9:30 pm
Joe's Pub

Smooth country rocker, and New York native, Julia Haltigan and the rootsy junk-folk trio, Rusty Belle present an evening of witty lyrical original songs, lilting lullabies and foot-tapping tunes. Not to be missed!


Joe's Pub | 425 Lafayette St. New York, NY
(212)-539-8778
www.rustybelle.com
www.myspace.com/rustybelle


 

August 30, 2012

New York Cool Tip:



 

August 29, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Jordan Rosin/The Ume Group
Butoh Electra
August 29th -September 1st @ 8PM
September 5 -8th @ 8PM
Irondale Center

Opening the 2012/13 season at Irondale is the magnificent, intense and intelligent Butoh Electra created and performed by the highly acclaimed ensemble, The Ume Group. A “beautiful and disturbing” piece (NYTheatre.com), Butoh Electra presents Sophocles' Greek revenge tragedy as the story of a woman whose vibrant inner life is corrupted by the world of walking dead in which she lives. The Ume Group's fresh take on this much loved classic combines glimpses of Electra's "dance of utter darkness” with impressive fight choreography and martial arts. Manifested onstage by a collection of gifted performers, this flagship physical theater piece from The Ume Group places the ensemble at the forefront of the emerging arts scene. Led by physical theatre practitioner and producing artistic director Jordan Rosin, The Ume Group is dedicated to sharing traditions and developing new work, a mission clearly been achieved by this groundbreaking production which has been called a "successful synthesis of classical Greek and Japanese traditions" which "enriches the myth at the piece's core” - The Village Voice.

Tickets $25 - 10. For more information or advance purchase visit www.irondale.org

Irondale Center | 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215


 

August 28, 2012

Just Published: Read my recap of True Blood, Season V, Episode 12. All the Season V episodes are recapped on the page in descending chronological order.


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

E 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


 

August 27, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Sylvaine Hinglais
Folie Pure
Monday August 20 at 6:30pm
Tuesday August 21 at 6:30pm
Friday August 24 at 6:30pm
Saturday August 25 at 8:00pm
Monday August 27 at 9:00pm
Theatre for the New City, Johnson Theater

Concrete timbre & d’moiselles (Ann Warren, Producing Artistic Director) and Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Artistic Director) are pleased to announce the American premiere production of Sylvaine Hinglais’ Folie Pure, with original music and soundscapes by concrete timbre: Manuela Lechler, Chris Moscato, Ann Warren, choreography by Jennifer Brainsky, and directed by Eléonore Dyl. Folie Pure will play a limited engagement as part of the 2012 Dream Up Festival. In Folie Pure, we find Dgidgi and Koukou removed from the world and blissful, existing in a high-rise bubble of their own making. One day their neighbor, Marta Mackin comes knocking at their door and the bubble bursts. Now, the women must confront their demons. Are they human? Are they monsters? Are they loved? Where will their confrontation with reality end? With hints of Eugène Ionesco, Jean Giraudoux, Jean Genet, and even Antonin Artaud, this wildly original play looks at its characters through a 52nd story window as their fantasy world is shattered. It could happen to anyone, right? Folie Pure is performed in French with English titles. For more information visit www.concretetimbre.com.

Tickets $15 and can be purchased at: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=FOL2.

Theatre for the New City | 155 First Ave. (between 9/10 St), New York NY 10003.


 

August 26, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Fabulous! The Queen of New Musical Comedies
Previews – Thursday, August 9th, 2012 @ 8:00 PM
Friday, August 10th, 2012 @ 8:00 PM
Press Opening – Saturday, August 11th, 2012 @ 8:00 PM
Running Thursdays through Saturdays @ 8:00 PM through August 26th
Sunday Performances – August 12th, 19th and 26th @ 3:00 PM
Richmond Shepard Theatre

Fabulous! The Queen of New Musical Comedies is a farce in the style of the Golden Age of Broadway. The show is a cross between Anything Goes, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Some Like It Hot. It begins in Paris! Two female impersonators, Jane Mann and Laura Lee Handle, are down on their luck. Backing up Sue Flay, the worst Drag Diva in France, proved a complete disaster. They're jobless and homeless. Just when Jane and Laura Lee get ready to throw in their powder puffs ... a telegram! They'll headline as fabulous showgirls on a cruise ship, the Queen Ethel May. The catch? Keeping their male identities a secret from snooping crew members, jewel heisting gangsters and every gentleman caller that comes their way. It's vintage musical theater meets contemporary farce in a new musical comedy where practically everything goes.

General Admission: $18 at the door / Discounted Rate: $15 (Seniors, Students, Groups 6+)
Online Credit Card Tix – www.brownpapertickets.com
Limited Discounted Tix - www.goldstar.com

Reservations by Phone - Box Office Call: (212) 684-2690
General Admission Seating / Refreshments / ADA Compliant
Visit - www.writeactrep.org

Richmond Shepard Theatre | 309 26th Street at 2nd Avenue


 

August 25, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Op on Screen 2012 Festival
Video Screenings of Opera and Music Theater
Composed by Women
Saturday, August 25, 2012 - 2 PM
New York Public Library’s Hamilton Fish branch

Program 1 - August 25 - Lenore Von Stein - The Facts (2 episodes) from
her current series on Manhattan Cable Network which airs every week,
with subjects drawn from reality such as victims of violence. Live
performance by Andrew Bolotowsky, flute.

Lower East Side Performing Arts, Inc., Elodie Lauten, Director, presents
the sixth season of the Op on Screen Festival of video/multimedia
screenings of opera and music theater pieces, this year focusing on
works by women.

All performances are free and open to the public. For more information,
call 212-388-0202 or visit http://www.lesperformingarts.org/.

New York Public Library’s Hamilton Fish branch | 415 Houston Street
At Avenue D in Manhattan


Another New York Cool Tip:

TriBeCaStan:
Fusing world music, jazz, and folk in the heart of Manhattan
Saturday August 25th. 7:30 PM EDT (7:00 PM Doors) – Late
Sullivan Hall

On Saturday, August 25th, TriBeCaStan will be headlining a show show at Sullivan Hall in New York. TriBeCastan sound like an international jazz and folk festival unto itself," writes the Washington Post, with the band fusing their various influences "to bold and dazzling effect." TimeOut New York puts it this way: "Downtown-loft improv with the odd trace of Appalachian blues? Yep. Cinematic fusion jazz filtered through a North African lens? Ditto. Multiculti urban folk music steeped in Balkan, Cajun, Klezmer, Gypsy and classical Indian flavors? Absolutely." TriBeCaStan’s members have played with everyone from James Brown to the Meat Puppets to Ornette Coleman, and it shows. With the flesh-and-blood immediacy of world percussion, explosive brass, and buzzing strings, they create a music that feeds the hungry soul and gets the room dancing.

Tickets $15 advanced / $20 door. For more information and advance purchasing call Ticketweb at (866) 468-7619 or visit http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=
loadSelectionData&eventId=4698245

Sullivan Hall | 214 Sullivan Street, New York, NY 10012


 

August 24, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

International STRANGE MUSIC DAY Performance Soiree
Friday, August 24th @ 8PM-11PM
SPECTRUM

August 24th is International Strange Music Day. It's a real holiday, yes it is. To celebrate, some of NYC’s best and brightest composers and performers are getting together to have a very unserious night of music making. This as an opportunity to for them to share unusual sounds, unusual instrumentation, and unusual compositions rarely heard or new ones that will never be heard from again.

Conceived by composer/performer Patrick Grant, the evening will be held together by vocal sound FX master Zero Boy (Joel Blumsack). Highlights include an audience participatory graphic score creation and performance by Kathleen Supove, the choreographic piano of Eleonor Sandresky, the microtonal bassoon of Johnny Reinhard, the musical magic of Miguel Frasconi, the playing of odd instruments by Angela Babin & Cristian Amigo, the reunion of the duo Jolly Ramey who will create new songs from that morning’s tabloids, a DJ remix of composer John Cage by Gene Pritsker, the humorous songs of Jed Distler, a masterful deconstruction of the pop catalog by Jesse Krakow, recombinant music and text by Kurt Gottschalk & Tamara Yadao, and a very special performance by Spectrum founder Glenn Cornett.
Needless to say, other musical surprises are planned.

Tickets $10 at the door

SPECTRUM | 121 Ludlow St., NYC


Another New York Cool Tip:

Fabulous! The Queen of New Musical Comedies
Previews – Thursday, August 9th, 2012 @ 8:00 PM
Friday, August 10th, 2012 @ 8:00 PM
Press Opening – Saturday, August 11th, 2012 @ 8:00 PM
Running Thursdays through Saturdays @ 8:00 PM through August 26th
Sunday Performances – August 12th, 19th and 26th @ 3:00 PM
Richmond Shepard Theatre

Fabulous! The Queen of New Musical Comedies is a farce in the style of the Golden Age of Broadway. The show is a cross between Anything Goes, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Some Like It Hot. It begins in Paris! Two female impersonators, Jane Mann and Laura Lee Handle, are down on their luck. Backing up Sue Flay, the worst Drag Diva in France, proved a complete disaster. They're jobless and homeless. Just when Jane and Laura Lee get ready to throw in their powder puffs ... a telegram! They'll headline as fabulous showgirls on a cruise ship, the Queen Ethel May. The catch? Keeping their male identities a secret from snooping crew members, jewel heisting gangsters and every gentleman caller that comes their way. It's vintage musical theater meets contemporary farce in a new musical comedy where practically everything goes.

General Admission: $18 at the door / Discounted Rate: $15 (Seniors, Students, Groups 6+)
Online Credit Card Tix – www.brownpapertickets.com
Limited Discounted Tix - www.goldstar.com

Reservations by Phone - Box Office Call: (212) 684-2690
General Admission Seating / Refreshments / ADA Compliant
Visit - www.writeactrep.org

Richmond Shepard Theatre | 309 26th Street at 2nd Avenue


 

August 23, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Forces of Nature Dance Theatre in Concert: SUMMER MOVES
Thursday, August 23 and Friday August 24 at 7:30PM
Theatre of the Riverside Church

One of Harlem’s own, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, under the direction of co-founder and Executive Artistic Director Abdel Saalam, opens at Theatre of Riverside Church Aug. 23-24 with Saalam’s brand of neo-African dance and a program of repertory works as well as two works in progress.

General Admission: $30/Special VIP: $100 includes Reception, Gift Bag and Priority Seating
www.forcesofnature.org
Box Office: 212.870.6784

Theatre of the Riverside Church
91 Claremont Avenue (between 120th/122nd)


Another New York Cool Tip:

Chris Radd"
Coming Home"
Sunday, August 19 at 2:00 PM
Monday, August 20 at 6:30 PM
Tuesday, August 21 at 6:30 PM
Thursday, August 23 at 9:00 PM
Saturday, August 25 at 5:00 PM.
Theater for the New City


"Coming Home" is a dance drama which follows the story of a young soldier named Brent as he tries to make the transition from a hostile warzone back to his life at home with longtime girlfriend Sam. The story is written in a nonlinear fashion that allows the audience to experience the main character's internal chaos. Flashbacks collide with current events and in-your-face monologues morph into expressive dances that broaden and expand to the greater world of the play.

Running Time: 75 minutes | Tickets: $15

Theater for the New City | 155 First Avenue, New York, NY 10003
www.theaterforthenewcity.net


 

August 22, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Salamander Starts Over
Saturday, August 11th @ 9:15 pm
Tuesday, August 14th @ 7:00 pm
Sunday, August 19th @ 4:30 pm followed by a talkback @ 5:40
Tuesday, August 21st @ 4:00 pm
Wednesday, August 22nd @ 8:30 pm
Sunday, August 26th@ 12:00 pm
The White Box, 440 STUDIOS.


The words every teenage punk dreads: ALL-BOYS CATHOLIC SCHOOL. But this isn't your average preparatory education. Eccentric teachers. Militant coaches. Dance-fighting students. Add these with the love of a Cuban mother and see how Salamander Starts Over premiering at the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival.
Written & performed by Armando Merlo
Directed by Leigh Ann Pedra

Tickets go on sale July 20th at www.fringenyc.org or 866-468-7619 9:00 am to 7:00 pm daily. $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Senior and Fringe Junior tickets available at the door for $10.

The White Box, 440 STUDIOS | 440 Lafayette Street, 3rdFloor
(Btw East 4th Street & Astor Place.)


 

August 21, 2012



Just Published: Check out my recaps of True Blood Season V, Episode 1-11 (chronological descending order).


 

New York Cool Tip:

Chris Radd"
Coming Home"
Sunday, August 19 at 2:00 PM
Monday, August 20 at 6:30 PM
Tuesday, August 21 at 6:30 PM
Thursday, August 23 at 9:00 PM
Saturday, August 25 at 5:00 PM.
Theater for the New City


"Coming Home" is a dance drama which follows the story of a young soldier named Brent as he tries to make the transition from a hostile warzone back to his life at home with longtime girlfriend Sam. The story is written in a nonlinear fashion that allows the audience to experience the main character's internal chaos. Flashbacks collide with current events and in-your-face monologues morph into expressive dances that broaden and expand to the greater world of the play.

Running Time: 75 minutes | Tickets: $15

Theater for the New City | 155 First Avenue, New York, NY 10003
www.theaterforthenewcity.net


 

August 20, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Chris Radd"
Coming Home"
Sunday, August 19 at 2:00 PM
Monday, August 20 at 6:30 PM
Tuesday, August 21 at 6:30 PM
Thursday, August 23 at 9:00 PM
Saturday, August 25 at 5:00 PM.
Theater for the New City


"Coming Home" is a dance drama which follows the story of a young soldier named Brent as he tries to make the transition from a hostile warzone back to his life at home with longtime girlfriend Sam. The story is written in a nonlinear fashion that allows the audience to experience the main character's internal chaos. Flashbacks collide with current events and in-your-face monologues morph into expressive dances that broaden and expand to the greater world of the play.

Running Time: 75 minutes | Tickets: $15

Theater for the New City | 155 First Avenue, New York, NY 10003
www.theaterforthenewcity.net


 

August 19, 2012



New York Cool Tip: The Big Apple Posse is part of a free promotion at Amazon.com today and tomorrow August 18-19. Click here to get your free copy. If you don't have a Kindle, you can download Kindle for PC, Iphone, Ipad, Blackberry, Android etc. etc. for free.

Please Like The Big Apple Posse on Facebook.

The Big Apple Posse (written by Wendy R. Williams and illustrated by Sophie Escabasse) is the first book of The Big Apple Posse Trilogy, a series of action adventure books for kids of all ages (after all The Lord of the Flies is about kids but not just for kids). The second book, The Big Apple Posse: Escape From New Orleans, is for sale at Amazon.com. The third and final book, The Big Apple Posse: Escape From Los Angeles, will be published at Amazon.com on August 28th.


New York Cool Tip:

DOGS
New York International Fringe Festival
August 17th- August 27th
Ppremiere on Thursday, August 16th at 6:30pm
Sunday, Aug.19th at 5:00pm
Tuesday Aug. 21st at 2:00pm
Thursday, Aug. 23rd at 8:30pm
Friday Aug. 24th at 10:15pm
New Ohio Theater


A new play presented by TheaterCan, an Israeli theatre company, exploring the creation of an Arab-Israeli Romeo & Juliet musical, will have its New York debut as part of the 16th Annual New York International Fringe Festival

When five men from completely different backgrounds come together to work on a new and extremely controversial show, the production threatens to turn into a spectacular and amusing disaster. As their rehearsal room becomes a demi-battlefield, filled with drama and suspense, the men struggle to keep the production alive. Will one passionate gay director, a heated Arab-Israeli conflict and a confirmed male pregnancy take the production to the next level, or manage to tear everything apart? “DOGS” is an original production exploring the creation of a play within a play. “The show is a biting comedy that was created following a workshop of Jewish and Arab male actors that aims to deal with the mutual alienation and rage that both sides have become accustomed to”, says Ido Bornstein, the playwright responsible for ”DOGS” and founding member of the TheaterCan Company. “The result is a comedy that sheds light on the Israeli-Arab conflict from a gender-based perspective while incorporating social commentary in a way that is unexpected and stimulating”

Tickets are $15 online at: http://www.fringenyc.org/basic_page.php?ltr=D#DOGS:A
For more information about the NY Fringe Festival visit: http://www.fringenyc.org/index.php


The New Ohio Theatre | 154 Christopher Street| New York, N.Y.


 

August 18, 2012

Another New York Cool Tip:

Rooftop Shots (92min.)
Saturday, August 18
8:00PM: Doors open
8:30PM: Live music
9:00PM: Film
11:00PM-12:30AM: Reception in the courtyard
Roof of the Old American Can Factory


Closing Night! The sharpest short films—Award-winning comedy, drama, animation and documentary—fired from the roof one last time.

Tickets and more info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/rooftop-shots-2/

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:

Evidence, A Dance Company
Hosts 9th Annual “On Our Toes”… In The Hamptons Summer Benefit
Saturday August 18th. 4PM – 8PM
The Hayground School

On Saturday August 18th, Evidence, A Dance Company will host its 9th Annual “On Our Toes”… In The Hamptons Summer Benefit -- one of the premier cultural events of the Hamptons social season -- on Saturday, August 18, 2012, from 4 pm to 8 pm at The Hayground School in Bridgehampton. The spectacular summer benefit will honor the legendary Ruby Dee, Actress, Playwright, Activist and Philanthropist with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Gatekeeper Award and Jason Moran, Award-winning Jazz Musician and Composer with the 2012 Visionary Gatekeeper Award. The afternoon benefit will present Evidence, A Dance Company's special performance of BETTER DAYS, choreographed by Founder and Artistic Director Ronald K. Brown. Brown is the internationally-acclaimed choreographer of Tony Award-winning The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. The festive summer affair will begin with an elegant cocktail reception, followed by a light dinner, auction, a dynamic performance by Evidence, dessert and their signature “Dancing with the Dancers”.

For tickets and sponsorships contact The JFM Group at 914-235-1490 x 11 or email evidence@thejfmgroup.com. Tickets are $350 and $500. For more information or advance purchase visit www.evidencedance.com.

The Hayground School | 151 Mitchells Lane, Bridgehampton, New York




August 17, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Frank Blocker's
FRANK WOMEN
Friday and Saturday, August 17 & 18, 7:30 pm
Stage Left Studio

A dozen-plus actresses and comediennes will channel the female characters of playwright Frank Blocker’s catalogue of American plays for a two-night special event. Works will include selections from Blocker’s established plays (Stabilized Not Controlled, Suite Altanta, The Wisconsinners and Eula Mae’s Beauty, Bait & Tackle) as well as several new monologues and performance pieces such as “This Is Your Mother,” “My Cantaloupes,” and “What I Learned from Aunt Mary.” Chericia Curtis (Dallas), Theresa Gambacorta, Gaby Gold, Valerie Hager, Lisa Hamilton (Houston), Amy Heath Bell, Cheryl King, Stefani Miller, Jeremy Neal, Tam Paquette (Florida), Nomi Tichman, Jenn Wehrung, Elza Zagreda. Directors include Karen Baker, Kristin Cassidy, Vincent Marano, Regina O’Malley, Barry Rowell, Abby Williams. Blocker is known for sharp-witted comedy, unique perspective on Americana, and as character-actors’ writer.

Tickets $25.00. For more information and advance ticket sales: http://www.stageleftstudio.net.


Stage Left Studio | 214 W 30th Street, 6th Floor (b/w 7th and 8th Ave)


Another New York Cool Tip:

Rooftop Films 2012
Love Story (Florian Habicht | New Zealand | 91 min.)
8:00pm: Doors open
8:30pm: Live music by Slowdance
9:00pm: Film begins
10:30pm: Q and A with Florian Habicht
11:30pm-1:00am: After Party at Fontana's (105 Eldridge St.) with complimentary Red Hook Ale
Friday, August 17, film begins at 9:00pm
Rooftop, 350 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002, F, J, M, Z to Delancey Street-Essex Street; B, D, Q to Grand Street

New York in the summer is a wonderful place to fall in love. The city is filled with dynamic locations for escapades, from the Brooklyn boardwalk to downtown dive bars, from Chinatown parks to local bodegas. Millions of strangers pass each other every day: native weirdos, everyday Americans, tourists from New Zealand, Russia and everywhere in between. It’s a huge and fast-moving metropolis, but following a chance flirtation, fate and the city will bring you back together. Although we have a reputation for being gruff, New Yorkers are the most open and interested people in the world when an adventure comes their way.

So when transient artist Florian Habicht spots on the subway a beautiful woman carrying a piece of cake on a plate, he begins to film her. And to fall in love. Unsure how to court this mysterious siren, Florian takes to the streets: he asks a wild collection of passerby how to craft this love story. Real New Yorkers respond with pleasure, surprise and distaste, but they’ve always got an opinion: what to do on a first date, how to treat her after a taxi accident, how to lure her into bed...He even enquires (while on a late-night condom run, wearing nothing more than her striped tights) how to handle the inevitable failures and sexual twists. Overseeing the entire endeavor, like a Brechtian director on stage, is Florian’s father, Skyping in his blockbuster movie advice.

As Florian and the woman continue on their romantic collaboration, all the lines of fiction and fantasy are blurred, and a natural dramatic tension develops among the madness. The perfect avant garde New York summer romantic comedy, this unique and charming film is a love story between two people, between a multitude of ideas, and between all New Yorkers and the city we live in.
For more information, visit: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/love-story/

Rooftop | 350 Grand Street | New York, NY 10002
F, J, M, Z to Delancey Street-Essex Street; B, D, Q to Grand Street


 

August 16, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Rooftop Films
The Sandlot
(David M. Evans | USA | 101 min.)
7:00PM: Live performances by former PS22 Chorus member Clive Baird accompanied by Corey Powell and current members-and two of the best-remembered soloists from the film-Kiarah Mitchell and Kahlil Williams.
8:30PM: Film begins
Richmond County Bank Ballpark

Scotty Smalls, the shy new kid in town, musters up the courage to play baseball with the neighborhood boys. Although he's not very good at first, as the summer passes he becomes a vital team member and manages to bring the group face-to-face with "The Beast," a ferocious guard dog located beyond the fence of the sandlot.

Free screening: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/the-sandlot/

Richmond County Bank Ballpark |
75 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY
Directions: From Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island
Take the 4 or 5 to Bowling Green, the R or W to Whitehall Station, or the 1 to South Ferry, then a FREE 25-minute ride on the historic Staten Island Ferry. Exit the Ferry from the upper deck and then follow the signs to the ballpark.


Another New York Cool Tip:

CORSET PORTRAITS
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


 

August 15, 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.

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


Another New York Cool Tip:

Smuin Ballet
Mon-Tue 7:30pm
Wed 2pm & 7:30pm
Thu-Fri 8pm
Sat 2pm & 8pm
Aug 13-18
The Joyce Theater

"One of the country's most entertaining, original ballet troupes," (Dance Magazine), San Francisco's Smuin Ballet returns to The Joyce with its signature bold, sexy, and innovative dance. The program includes founder Michael Smuin's Medea, a powerfully hypnotic work created during his tenure as artistic director of San Francisco Ballet; Oh, Inverted Soon These Two Worlds, an effervescent ballet by Choreographer in Residence Amy Seiwert and set to pulsating music from the Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet's Pieces of Africa.

Company website:
http://smuinballet.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


 

August 14, 2012




Just Published: Read my recap of True Blood Season V, Episode 10.


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

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:

Rooftop Films
Once in a Lullaby
(Jonathan Kalafer | USA | 89 min.)
Tuesday, August 14
7:00PM: Live performances by former PS22 Chorus member Clive Baird accompanied by Corey Powell and current members-and two of the best-remembered soloists from the film-Kiarah Mitchell and Kahlil Williams.
8:30PM: Film begins
Richmond County Bank Ballpark

Public School 22 in NYC has more than just an amazing chorus, they have an amazing story. These 5th graders went from performing in their school auditorium on Staten Island to closing the show at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards! It all started when their dynamic and caring teacher Gregg Breinberg starting posting videos of their performances on YouTube. The videos went viral captivating viewers from your house to the White House (where they performed for President Obama) with the students' pure love of music. Celebrities and Indie Rockers alike started flocking to the elementary school to visit and perform.

Free screening: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/once-in-a-lullaby/

Richmond County Bank Ballpark | 75 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY

Directions: From Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island
Take the 4 or 5 to Bowling Green, the R or W to Whitehall Station, or the 1 to South Ferry, then a FREE 25-minute ride on the historic Staten Island Ferry. Exit the Ferry from the upper deck and then follow the signs to the ballpark.


Another New York Cool Tip:

Rooftop Films
5 Broken Cameras
(Guy Davidi and Emad Burnat | 90 min.)
Tuesday, August 14
7:30PM: Doors open
8:30PM: Film begins
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza

When his son Gibreel is born, Emad, a Palestinian villager, gets his first camera. In his village of Bil'in, a separation barrier is being built on the villagers' lands to which the villagers begin to resist. Throughout the years, Emad films the struggle led by two of his friends while simultaneously filming his son growing up. Very soon this struggle affects his life on a more personal level. Daily arrests and night raids scare his family; his friends, brothers.. One camera after another is shot or smashed and with each camera a part of Emad's story unfolds.

Free screening: http://rooftopfilms.com/

Dag Hammarskjold Plaza | 2nd Ave & E 47th St New York
Take 4, 5, 6, 7, or S to 42nd Street



August 13, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

THE KONG SHOW: TIKI SUMMER STAYCATION!
Monday, August 13th @ 7PM
The Biggest Little Vaudeville-Style Comedy Variety Show in Town!
Iguana Café, NYC, VIP Lounge (Upstairs)

Join Powell Leonard as your host Chuck E. Baby (channeling a hilarious impersonation of a Chuck Barris-like 70'sTV game show host) presenting the comedy variety show: "THE KONG SHOW: TIKI SUMMER STAYCATION!" The biggest little tropical Tiki party in Manhattan's best Mexican restaurant with some of New York's most amazing magicians, comedians, and musicians! Come change your latitude to a summer staycation attitude on Monday, August 13 at 7p.m., upstairs at the Iguana Café, NYC, VIP Lounge, 240 W. 54th Street. (Between 8th Avenue and Broadway). Laugh more than you can imagine while enjoying a night of Margaritas, Mojitos, magic, comedy and music.

The Kong Show presents astonishing magic with Master Magician Rogue from the Rogue Fun Shop's “Evenings of Wonder;” and even more guests from the worlds of the circus and variety arts. We have a hot new line up of summertime fun guests. Here's a taste of what you can expect: Jenn Dodd, as Dr. Joanna Tingly, titillating us and poking fun at mankind's collective social awkwardness; Glen Raphael, a songwriter who will sing "Gorilla My Dreams," teach you about quantum physics, and stick it to The Man;" and straight from her one woman show that's got a teeny-weeny white bikini and a great big yacht, it’s humorous storyteller Betty Graham from her show "Bofay's Dreams." Plus, there's amazing balloon creations by balloon artist Joe Dynamite, and then there's the always outrageous sketch comedy antics of the LionHearted Players: Andrew Cordle, Michael Pichardo, Janet Ryan, and Cathy Schramm.

It's more than just sketch. It's more than just stand up! It's more than you can imagine. It's The Kong Show!

Tickets: $15 at door/ $10 in advance online
http://kongshowtiki.eventbrite.com


Iguana Café, NYC, VIP Lounge (Upstairs) | 240 W. 54th Street.
(Between 8th Avenue and Broadway)
E Train to 7th Avenue., N, R Train to West 57th
Iguana NYC- (212) 765-5454
www.iguananyc.com/


New York Cool Tip:

Gina Cimmelli Album Release
Monday, August 13th at 9:00pm
Joe’s Pub (NYC)

Gina Cimmelli is thrilled to announce the release of her first EP album, “Gina’s Picture Show” after her well-received single “Don’t Be Mad.” Her CD Release performance will take place on Monday night, August 13, 2012 at 9:00pm at the famous lower Manhattan music venue, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater located at Lafayette Street in New York City. Joe’s Pub is New York City’s most celebrated and in-demand showcase locations for live music. Born and raised in New York, singer/songwriter & indie pop artist, Gina Cimmelli and her band, Gina’s Picture Show are a mash-up of gifted musicians groomed at Boston’s notorious Berklee College of Music. The band features Jeni Magana (upright bass), Matt Weber (Percussion), Stoddy Blackall (Keys), and Shay Spence (Guitars). Gina’s Picture Show cooks up an eclectic musical mix that keeps its listeners clamoring for more.

Tickets are $12.00. Contact Joe’s Pub, (212) 539-8778.
Head to www.ginaspictureshow.com for some beautiful sights and sounds.
Head to http://www.joespub.com for more info, or to purchase advanced tickets.

www.ginaspictureshow.com

www.twitter.com/ginacimmelli
http://www.reverbnation.com/ginacimmelli
http://www.youtube.com/ginaelizabethbean

Joe's Pub | 425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003




August 12, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Wesley Fruge's
FriendAndy.com
August 11th (1:00pm)
August 12th (3:00pm)
August 17th (4:45pm)
August 18th (8:30pm)
August 21st (10:00pm)
August 22nd (8:15pm)
Here Arts Center

FriendAndy.com is a dark comedy that layers social media technology and stylized movement for a life-size revealing look at our digital lives. Andy is a blogger who achieves viral success with his medley of comedic characters, quickly making him the face of “persondising”—a new trend in Internet marketing. Attempting to balance his newfound fame, a long-distance girlfriend, and staying true to his original vision threatens to send Andy into overload.

Tickets $15-$18. For more information and to buy tickets visit http://www.friendandy.com

HERE Arts Center’s Dorothy B. Williams Theater | 145 6 Avenue New York, NY 10013


 

August 11, 2012

SPECTRUM PRESENTS
THE NYX FESTIVAL OF EXPERIMENTAL & PROG MUSIC
AUGUST 10-12
SPECTRUM, 121 LUDLOW STREET, NEW YORK CITY

A festival that celebrates the historical interaction between the genres of classical Experimental Music and Progressive Rock since their beginning and into the 21st century.

Spectrum, a recently-opened new-music performance venue in NYC's Lower East Side, presents the NYX Festival: Three days of music where Experimentalism and Prog Rock merge. Since the last century, these two genres have shared a number of key features: the free use of emerging technologies by way of synthesizers & electronics, ambitious musical structures, asymmetric time signatures and, notably, virtuosic performance involving "traditionally-amplified" electric guitars and their kin as well as “traditionally-acoustic” instruments such as piano. The NYX Festival has a line-up of highly-talented and exciting musicians from NYC and elsewhere. This will be an enjoyable, envelope-expanding experience for participants, both audience and performers alike.


2. SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 from 2:00 PM until midnight, doors open at 1:30 PM, tickets $10 for individual acts or $25 for an All Day Pass.

2:00 PM: ensemble et al.
3:30 PM: David Smooke & Courtney Orlando
5:00 PM: Erbium
6:30 PM: Afuche
8:00 PM: Little Worlds
9:30 PM: Sarcaustic

3. SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 from 2:00 PM until 10:30 PM, doors open at 1:30 PM, tickets $10 for individual acts or $25 for an All Day Pass.

2:00 PM: Damien Olsen & Robert Pepper
3:30 PM: Brad & Doug Balliett
5:00 PM: Prog Gnosis: Patrick Grant
6:30 PM: Blair McMillen / Melody Fader
7:30 PM: MoeTar (from CA)
9:00 PM: miRthkon (from CA)

3-Day Festival Passes are $45

For a detailed festival schedule, tickets, artist bios & links, and all other up-to-date info, go to: http://www.spectrumnyx.org

SPECTRUM | 121 LUDLOW STREET, NEW YORK CITY


Katie Goodman’s “I Didn’t F*ck It Up:
Irreverent, Hilarious, Musical Satire
from an Uncensored Mind”
Saturday, August 11 at 7:30pm
Joe’s Pub in New York City


Comedian and on-line celebrity Katie Goodman captivates her audience with her unique style of raw humor and gutsy original musical satire. An internationally touring musical comedienne, Goodman is known for providing an audience with an act that is political, personal, and wildly entertaining. Honed to a razor sharp edge, her recently released first solo album, "I Didn't F*ck It Up," received enormous praise from Punchline Magazine, who put it best: "On par not just with any woman in modern comedy, not just with any music act in modern comedy but, categorically on par with anyone working the current comedy scene... Impressive...Magnificent."

“I Didn’t F*ck It Up: Irreverent, Hilarious, Musical Satire from an Uncensored Mind” is running AUGUST 11TH at Joe’s Pub at The Public theatre in New York City, at 7:30pm.
Tickets are available on-line at www.kateigoodman.com or at JOE’S PUB by calling 212-967-7555 or by visiting this link:
http://www.joespub.com
For more information regarding the show, please contact Soren at 406-580-8586 or info@katiegoodman.com. For sneak peek videos, go to www.katiegoodman.com.

Joe’s Pub | 425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003


 

August 10, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Rooftop Films

Detropia
(Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady | 90 min.)
Friday, August 10, 2012
8:00PM: Doors open
8:30PM: Live music
9:00PM: Film
11:00PM-12:30AM: Reception in the courtyard
On the Roof at the Old American Can Factor

A cinematic tapestry of a city and its people who refuse to leave the building, even as the flames are rising. Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady will be in attendance for a Q and A following the screening.

Tickets $12: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/detropia/

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



August 9, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Rooftop Films
Field of Dreams
(Phil Alden Robinson | USA | 106 min.)
Thursday, August 9
30PM: Live Music
9:00PM: Film
Richmond County Bank Ballpark

Against all odds, Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner), a simple Iowa farmer finds the courage to believe in his dreams. When Ray hears voices telling him to build a baseball diamond, his magical journey begins as he meets baseball greats who need his help to fulfill their dreams of days gone by in this magical fantasy.

Free Screening: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/field-of-dreams/

Richmond County Bank Ballpark | 75 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY
Directions: From Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, take the 4 or 5 to Bowling Green, the R or W to Whitehall Station, or the 1 to South Ferry, then a FREE 25-minute ride on the historic Staten Island Ferry. Exit the Ferry from the upper deck and then follow the signs to the ballpark.




Another New York Cool Tip:

Rooftop Films
Welcome to Pine Hill
(Keith Miller | USA | 80 min.)
Thursday, August 9
8:30PM: Live Music
9:00PM: Film
On the lawn at Fort Greene Park (at Myrtle Ave & Washington Park)

A recently reformed drug dealer working as a claims adjuster receives earth-shattering news that compels him to make peace with his past and search for freedom beyond the concrete jungle of New York. Filmmaker Keith Miller will be in attendance for a Q and A following the screening.

Free Screening: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/welcome-to-pine-hill/

On the lawn at Fort Greene Park (at Myrtle Ave & Washington Park)
Myrtle and N. Portland, Ft Greene Brooklyn,
Enter the park at Myrtle and N. Portland and walk up the path


 

August 8, 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.
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


Another New York Cool Tip:

Music Marathon
August 1-11. Doors at 7:30PM; Show at 8:00PM
Ars Nova

Ars Nova gets loud with its third annual summer music marathon, featuring two weeks of dynamic, up-and-coming bands that will surprise, shock and rock you!

THE LINEUP

August 1: Jake Winstrom, The Lobbyists
August 2: Pete Ayres Band, Roof Access, Curtis & Reinhard
August 3: Hawk and Dove, kate kilbane & the cellar doors, The Bengsons
August 4: Alice Lee, The Henry Millers, Night Fevers
August 7: Alastair Ottesen, Lisa Jaeggi and the Heir Jordans, Molly & the Class Acts
August 8: Adam Rhodes, Lady Moon, The Dirty Gems
August 9: Sam McTavey, Heather Christian, Jaggery
August 10: Mike Brun's Caravan, Shaina Taub, Miko & the Musket
August 11: The Weight Boys Band, PigPen Theatre Co., Die Roten Punkte

Tickets are $10 online, $15 at the door. For more information about the bands or to purchase tickets, visit
www.arsnovanyc.com/5410

Ars Nova | 511 W 54th St.
(between 10th and 11th Avenue)


 

August 7, 2012



Just Published: Read my recap of True Blood, Season V, Episode 9.


New York Cool Tip:

Euripides'
CHILDREN OF HERCULES
Tues. August 7th-6:30PM East River Park Amphitheatre
Wed. August 8th-6:30PM East River Park Amphitheatre
Thurs. August 9th: 6:30PM Naumburg Bandshell (Central Park)
Sat. August 11th: 5PM Theatre 500-Times Square Arts Center

In its 2,440 year history this is will be the second staging of Children of Hercules ever in America and the first professional staging in the English language using an ancient, traditional approach. The shortest of all existing Euripides tragedies, Children of Hercules is a play in praise of the city of Athens which serves as a place of refuge for Hercules’ children, now targeted to be killed by their father’s rival. Stephen Diacrussi directs a cast of 25 headed by Michael Raimondi, Diana Swinburne, Tara Bancroft, Stephen Powell, Nicholas Sattinger, Ian Scott and Paul Kirchmeyr. The chorus is led by David Bushman. Founded in 1993 by producer, director and actor Stephen Diacrussi, American Thymele Theatre was established to promote Hellenic culture in NYC and beyond. The company realizes its mission by producing Greek themed plays and presenting them free of charge to the public.

All performances are free to the public, no reservations required. First come first seated.

East River Park Amphitheatre on Tues. Aug. 7 and Wed. Aug. 8 at 6:30PM (FDR Drive overpass, Grand St. exit between Cherry St. and Jackson St.)

Naumburg Bandshell on Thurs. Aug. 9 at 6:30PM (Central Park Mall- enter at 67th Street or 72nd Street/C.P.W. or 72nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Theatre 500 on Sat. Aug. 11 at 5PM (300 W. 43rd Street, 5th floor in the Times Square Arts Center Bldg., at the SW corner of 43rd Street & 8th Ave).

For further performance details and information go to www.AmericanThymeleTheatre.yolasite.com
or go to www.smartTix.com or call 212 868-4444.



August 6, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Toxicity - Women's Work Short Play Festival
August 6-12, 2012
New Perspectives Theatre Company


New Perspectives Theatre Company (NPTC) is pleased to announce TOXICITY, the 5th Annual Women’s Work Short Play Festival with six original scripts developed to that theme. The festival runs from Monday, August 6th to Sunday, August 12th in two programs, with alternating performances at 4:00pm and 8:00pm. TOXICITY performs at NPTC Studio, 458 West 37th Street (at 10th Avenue.) Program A opens Monday, August 6th, at 8:00pm with Cereal by Ming Peiffer; The Color Blue by Alexis Roblan, and Jake by Sandra Daley-Sharif. Program B opens Tuesday, August 7th at 8:00pm with Sherri by Hillary Hawkins; The Rules of the World by Lavinia Roberts and Hey Ho! by Lisa Kohn. From Wednesday, August 8 to Saturday, August 11, both programs run in repertory at 4:00pm and 8:00pm. On Sunday, August 12th, all six plays will perform consecutively at 2:00pm with a dinner break from 4pm to 5:00pm.

Tickets: $15 for each program; $12/students and seniors w/ID
Festival Pass: $25 for both programs; $20/students and seniors; TDF accepted
Advance Sale at www.nptnyc.org
Reservations: 212-630-9945; contact@nptnyc.org
LIMITED SEATING

New Perspectives Theatre Company | 458 West 37th Street (at 10th Avenue)


 

August 6, 2012

Just Published:ycooThe Big Apple Posse: Escape From Los Angeles will be published on August 25, 2012 on Amazon.com. The first two installments of The Big Apple Posse Trilogy - The Big Apple Posse and The Big Apple Posse: Escape From New Orleans - are presently for sale at Amazon.com.

The first two books are on sale at Amazon.com for 99cents until August 25, 2012 when the price will return to $3.99.




August 5, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Julio Agustin's
"Sweet Charity"
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:00 PM
Matinees Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 PM.
July 26 to August 19, 2012.
New Haarlem Arts Theatre

The Latino spirit is alive in New Harlem Arts Theatre's upcoming production of "Sweet Charity," directed by Julio Agustin, to be presented July 26 to August 19 at CCNY's Aaron Davis Hall, 135th Street and Convent Ave. The characters of the classic sixties musical will be re-envisioned to reflect the changing roles of Latinos in our society while the traditional music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon will be preserved. The 1966 Broadway tuner was originally conceived, staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse. Director Julio Agustin has tapped choreographer Lainie Munro for the job of nestling his radical new concept into Fosse's formative jazz dances.

Tickets: $30 general admission, $25 seniors, $15 students; $10 with CUNY ID.
Box office SMARTTIX (212) 868-4444, www.smarttix.com
New Haarlem Arts Theatre website: www.newhaarlemartstheatre.org

Aaron Davis Hall (Theater B) | 135th Street and Convent Ave. (Hamilton Heights)
New York, NY 10031



Another New York Cool Tip:

Rooftop Films
Rural Route
Sunday, August 5 @ 8PM & 10PM
7:30PM: Doors open for Program I
8:00PM: Live music
8:30PM: Program I begins
10:00PM: Doors open for Program II
10:15PM: Program II begins
11:00PM-12:30AM: After-party with complimentary drinks
The Brooklyn Grange Farm

Rural Route-Two screenings, one at 8:00PM and one at 10:00PM
Once again, Rooftop teams up with the amiable folks at the Rural Route Film Festival to bring a little slice of the countryside into the city, and up to an expansive rooftop farm.

Tickets and more info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/venues/brooklyn-grange-farm/

The Brooklyn Grange Farm |
37-18 Northern Blvd Long Island City, Take the M or R subway to 36th

 


August 4, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Rooftop Films 2012 Summer Series
Presented by AT&T Screens
The Patron Saints
(Brian M. Cassidy, Melanie Shatzky | USA | 72 min.)
Saturday, August 4th.
8:00pm: Doors open
8:30pm: Live music
9:00pm: Film begins
10:30pm: Q and A with directors Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky
11:00pm-12:30am: Reception in courtyard with complimentary beverages
On the roof of the Old American Can Factory

After achieving success at the Rotterdam and Toronto film festivals, Rooftop Films is thrilled to be presenting this hauntingly unconventional and darkly humorous documentary. At once deftly lyrical and disarmingly realistic, The Patron Saints was shot over the course of several years, depicting the harsh and often bizarre reality of old age and conveying a palpable sense of the inescapable onslaught of time.

The Patron Saints is a film about confinement; the residents are forever in a state of stasis, physically confined to their wheelchairs and beds, mentally confined within their ever-deteriorating brains. Any fleeting glimpse of the outside world acquires a strange poignancy by virtue of its otherness, referring to a reality completely estranged from the residents. Yet while the film presents a visceral mediation on mental deterioration and old age, it maintains a poetic sensibility throughout, affording its child-like subjects tenderness and allowing the absurd humor of the situation to percolate.

The Patron Saints find its narrator in the nursing home’s youngest resident, Jim, who although is paralyzed from the waist down, remains mentally lucid. From this unique position Jim is able to lead us through the sterile corridors of the home and into the stories of the other residents. Rather than attempt to make any larger statement about the state of elderly care, the film concentrates on the daily minutiae of life in this home: the indistinguishable slop in the cafeteria, the earnest entertainers who come and visit now and again, the individual psychoses and disillusions of the patients which are so ingrained in daily reality they feel like part of the furniture. The Patron Saints places this institution at the center of the film’s reality and constructs a tapestry of experience to convey the inescapability of old age and ultimately death which pervades both the home and life itself.

For more information, visit: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/patron-saints/

AT&T is the proud presenting sponsor of the Rooftop Films 2012 Summer Series and the Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund AT&T Feature Film Grant

On the roof of the Old American Can Factory | 232 Third St. at 3rd Ave.,
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Take the F/G to Carroll St. or R to Union


 

August 3, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Shakespeare's
Coriolanus
August 2 to 18, 2012 @ 8 p. m.
Municipal Parking Lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets

2012 Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot series, to be presented August 2 to 18 in the Municipal Parking Lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets. Hamilton Clancy directs. This "Coriolanus" is set during an election year, when money can buy power and working class citizens feel threatened by a dwindling patrician class who are seeking to solidify their political power by manipulating political figures. The title character, played by Arash Mokhtar, is a potential leader who is vaunted for his success as a warrior but is completely out of touch with the every day citizen's experience of hunger and joblessness.

All performances will be staged in the Municipal Parking Lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets, Manhattan. (Subways: F to Delancey Street, walk one block south.) Performances are FREE and play Thursdays - Saturdays at 8:00 PM. For more info call 212-873-9050 or visit www.shakespeareintheparkinglot.com

Municipal Parking Lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets
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August 2, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Love. Guts. High School.
Show Dates
Tuesday, July 17th@ 7:30pm
Wednesday, July 25th @ 7:30pm
Friday, July 27th @ 7:30pm
Thursday, August 2nd @ 9:15pm
Dorothy Strelsin Theatre in the Abingdon Arts Complex

Written & performed by Jeanette Bonner
Developed with Peter Michael Marino

Grab your Magic 8 Ball and see if signs “point to yes” in The World Premiere of Love. Guts. High School.Super-highschooler Jeanette achieves everything she sets her mind to........except for love. Traveling from 8th grade awkwardness to 90210-style sexuality, her biggest crush quickly goes from "like-like" to obsession. See what happens when Jeanette stops listening to her Magic 8 Ball and starts listening to her heart in the solo show Love. Guts. High School. A Co-Production of the Midtown International Theatre Festival.

Tickets are $15 to $18 and can be purchased at www.web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/27845 https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/27845or by calling 866-811-4111.
More information can be found at www.lovegutshighschool.com or www.midtownfestival.org.


Dorothy Strelsin Theatre| Abingdon Arts Complex | 312 West 36th Street, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10018 (Btw 8th & 9th Avenues)


 

August 1, 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



Another New York Cool Tip:

Lost Mirrors
Weds August 1st - August 15th, 8pm - late
ConArtist Gallery

Lost Mirrors is the first in a series of collaborative works in which Sharp explores the role of ritual, ceremony and myth in todays world. Mythological stories have been told throughout human existence as a way of making sense of the world and our place in it. The same mythological themes reoccur in the spiritual and folk traditions of the past and the major religions of today. Carl Jung describes these universal mythological motifs as projections of the collective unconscious.

These works investigate past, present and future rituals in order to find a place for them in a secular society.


No Admission fee. Contact Brian for any questions: 646-504-2323
Lostmirrors.com
Conartistnyc.com


ConArtist Gallery | 119 Ludlow st lower level
New York, NY 10003





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