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January 31, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

Adam Jensen
Thursday, January 31 @ 7:00PM (Doors @ 6:30PM)
Rockwood Music Hall

Adam’s debut EP is being released on January 29, 2013. Adam was previously signed to Toucan Cove / Universal Records under the name “Mission Hill,” where he toured internationally and opened for such artists as Bon Jovi, Kid Rock & Third Eye Blind.

Rockwood Music Hall | 196 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002
Phone: (212) 477-4155


Another New York Cool Tip:

DNA PRESENTS RAW Directions
January 30-February 2
WED - FRI 7:30pm
SAT 3:00pm and 7:30pm
Dance New Amsterdam

RAW Directions supports up to five emerging to mid-career choreographers having more than ten years of professional choreographic experience leading up to five performances of new 15-minute works in DNA’s theater. The artistic consultant for RAW Directions 2012 is Gus Solomons jr. This years RAW Directions artists are Anne Zuerner, MEGAN BASCOM & DANCERS, Lane Gifford, David Appel, and Pascal Rekoert/ Flexicurve. For more information: http://www.dnadance.org/site/theater/2012-2013/raw-directions/

Tickets: $17 general, $12 DNA members and advance

Dance New Amsterdam | 280 Broadway (entrance at 53 Chambers St.)
New York, NY 10007


 

January 30, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

Merlin Ensemble Wien
Wednesday, January 30, 7:00PM
Museum of Jewish Heritage


PROGRAM
Zemlinsky: Piano Trio op. 3
Mendelssohn: Lied without lyrics for Piano Trio
Bruch: 3 pieces for Piano Trio
Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht
Schubert: Notturno for Piano Trio, D.897

On Tuesday and Wednesday, January 29 and 30, 2012, the Austrian Cultural Forum in collaboration with the Museum of Jewish Heritage presents the acclaimed Merlin Ensemble Wien in two concerts in New York City. Merlin Ensemble Wien was formed over twenty years ago by members of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Tickets: $15, $12 students/seniors, $10 members; available at mjhnyc.org

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


 

January 29, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

Mayia Pramatarova's
Don't Take The Bridge
7:30 pm on Weekdays
2:30 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
January 29 through February 3 2013
Fourth Street Theatre


Don't Take the Bridge. A new Bulgarian play by Mayia Pramatarova for three characters and a parrot.

Overcoming the conventional borders of time and space, seasoned European actors relive the experience of American character in Manhattan's rent control apartment.

A world premiere.

Directed by Stavri Karamfilov.

Don't Take The Bridge features: Evgeniya Radilova*, Tony Naumovski*, Jo Jo Christova, and Albena Kervanbashieva.
Stage and video design by Vladimir Gusev.
Original music by Gheorghi Arnaoudov.
Translated from Bulgarian by Assya Nick.
In collaboration with Studio Six NYC.

*Appear courtesy of Actors' Equity Association Shows start at 7:30 pm on weekdays and 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

All tickets $18. Available for purchase at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com

Fourth Street Theatre | 83 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003


 

 

January 28, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

DANCE FROM THE HEART
Monday, January 28 & Tuesday January 29, 2013
Cedar Lake Theater


Embarking on its eighth year, Dance from the Heart returns to New York City’s Cedar Lake Theater, at 547 W. 26th Street in Manhattan's West Chelsea Historic District, on Monday, January 28 and Tuesday, January 29, 2013.

This two-night, four-performance benefit, produced by Dancers Responding to AIDS (a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS), will draw a versatile lineup of talented companies and artists performing everything from Broadway and hip-hop to contemporary ballet and modern. Artists scheduled to appear will be announced later this fall.
Featuring performances by some of the most diverse dancers and choreographers working today; there will be a choice of performances: Monday, January 28 at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm; and Tuesday, January 29 at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Tickets to each of the 8:30 pm shows include a post-performance cocktail reception with the cast. Tickets go on sale November 5 at dradance.org or by phone at 212.840.0770, ext 229.

For more information about Dancers Responding to AIDS, visit dradance.org, follow us at twitter.com/DRA_Dance or like us at facebook.com/DRAdance.


Cedar Lake Theater | 547 W. 26th Street


 

 

January 27, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

BalaSole Dance Company
January 26 at 8 PM
January 27 at 5 PM
Ailey Citigroup Theater

Roberto Villanueva, founder/director of BalaSole, presents "Voces," an all-new program of 10 dancer/choreographers:Lauren Alpert, Elijah Avraham, Nicole Calabrese, Jessica Cipriano, Sarah Ewing, Aaron Gregory, Morgana Rose Mellett, Andrew Nemr, Emily Pacilio, and Villanueva. Diversity and individuality are the keywords of BalaSole, which continues to present and mentor underrepresented dance artists of all shapes, sizes, ages and
backgrounds.

$25 Reservations at 212.868.4444 or www.smarttix.com


Ailey Citigroup Theater | 405 West 55 Street
Corner of 9th Avenue & 55th Street


Another New York Cool Tip:

Pianist/Vocalist Charles Duke and Special Guest
Sunday, Jan. 27, 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Caffe Vivaldi

Charles Duke, an uniquely gifted New York-based pianist, singer and songwriter will display his outstanding keyboard and vocal skills at Caffe Vivaldi on Sunday, Jan. 27. The free, one-hour performance also will feature special guest actress/singer Karen Marie Richardson. Come out for this rare chance to see two of New York City’s preeminent performers. For more information about Charles and his original music, visit http://onesheet.com/charlesdukemusic/splash/. To hear him on YouTube, go to http://www.youtube.com/bluetreble.

Free. For more information call (212) 691-7538 or visit http://caffevivaldi.com

Caffe Vivaldi | 32 Jones St. (off Bleecker Street, near Seventh Avenue)


And Another New York Cool Tip:

TRU PRODUCER BOOTCAMP
Sunday, January 27, 2013; 10am – 6pm
The Players Theatre

Theater Resources Unlimited opens up the possibilities for tomorrow's productions with an all-day intensive workshop about crucial aspects of raising money for theater: Raising Money for Theater: How, Who and When to Ask on Sunday, January 27, 2013 from 10am-6pm at The Players Theatre, 3rd Floor Loft, 115 MacDougal Street, NYC. Faculty this year will include a powerhouse triumvirate of “star” Broadway producers: Kristin Caskey, president of Fox Theatricals (Bring It On, Caroline or Change, Red), David Garfinkle of Hello Entertainment (Ghost the Musical, founding producer of Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark) and legendary Nelle Nugent (Stick Fly, Time Stand Still, Amadeus, Nicholas Nickleby, upcoming Trip to Bountiful).

Admission is $175 ($25 off for current paid TRU members), or $150 with the Early Bird Discount if you pay before January 21, 2013. For further details and application, visit http://www.truonline.org/BootCampMoney13.htm.

The Players Theatre, 3rd Floor Loft, 115 MacDougal Street, NYC.


January 26, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

THUNDERBIRD AMERICAN INDIAN DANCERS'
38th ANNUAL DANCE CONCERT AND POW-WOW.
Fridays at 8:00 pm
Saturdays at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Sundays at 3:00 pm
January 25 to February 3, 2013
Theater for the New City


It's the 50th anniversary of the founding of Thunderbird American Indian Dancers and the troupe will hold its 38th annual Dance Concert and Pow Wow at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, from January 25 to February 3, 2013. The troupe's appearances benefit college funds for needy Native American students. The company's Pow-Wows have been presented annually as a two-week event by TNC since 1976, with the box office donated to these funds. There will be dances, stories and traditional music from the Iroquois and Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast, the Southwest, the Plains, and the Arctic regions. Between 15 and 20 dancers will assemble for the event.

Highlights will include Storytelling by Matoka Eagle (Santo Domingo, Tewa), a Hoop Dance by Michael Taylor (Choctaw), a Caribou Dance (from the Inuit people of Alaska), a Buffalo Dance (from the Hopi people), a Grass Dance and Jingle Dress Dance (from the Northern Plains people), a Stomp Dance (from the Southeastern tribes), and a Shawl Dance (from the Oklahoma tribes). In the final section of the program, the audience will be invited to join in the Round Dance, a friendship dance.

$10 general admission to all evening shows, whose running time is 2 hours
MATINEES ARE KIDS' DAYS: At all matinee performances, children under twelve accompanied by a ticket-bearing adult are admitted for $1.00 (adults $10). Running time 1 hr. 30 min.

Box office/audience info (212) 254-1109. Online ticketing available at www.theaterforthenewcity.net

Theater for the New City | 155 First Avenue (at Tenth Street)




January 25, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

Barbara Kahn's
Crossing Paths in Washington Square
Thu-Sat at 8pm
Sun at 3pm
Saturday January 19– Sunday February 3, 2013
Theater for the New City

Crossing Paths in Washington Square, set in 1913, portrays the wealthy of Washington Square North townhouses; Italian working class residents of Washington Square West; artists and writers of Washington Square South rooming houses; gays and lesbians beginning to build a community in Greenwich Village; Jewish immigrants to the east of Washington Square who are still affected by the Triangle Factory fire of 1911, that happened nearby and killed so many of their relatives and neighbors; and remnants of the African American community, most of whom had already relocated uptown to Harlem. Washington Square Park was where the disparate Village residents and visitors converged, sharing the greenery and fountain, especially during long hot summers. See what Greenwich Village was really like a century ago.

Tickets $12. For more information or advance purchase visit
www.theaterforthenewcity.net


Theater for the New City | 155 First Avenue at 10th Street, New York City 1003


 

January 24, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

Wallace Shawn's
The Fever
Thursday - Saturday @ 7:30PM
Sunday @ 2:30PM
Thursday January 24 through Sunday February 3rd
La MaMa


La MaMa is pleased to present The Fever, a gripping dramatic monologue by Wallace Shawn (My Dinner With André, Vanya on 42nd Street, and Grasses of A Thousand Colors), in a new production directed by Sweden’s most prominent playwright, Lars Norén, and featuring acclaimed French-Romanian actress Simona Maicanescu. Written between 1985 and 1990 but more relevant now than ever, The Fever is a fierce, forensic examination of social inequality and the links between the affluence many take for granted and the poverty and suffering that haunt the lives of millions. A wealthy woman from New York wakes up feverish in the hotel room of a war-torn country. This Candide of our times begins probing the foundations of her privileged life, unable to keep pretending that “coats have no history, but just fall down from heaven with prices marked inside.” The humor is quirky, and the questions are unsettling. They are not meant to be answered, but to bring attention to the shocking landscape of social injustice through which most of us walk every day and almost all of us fail to see.

Tickets $18/$13. For more information or advanced purchases visit www.lamama.org

La MaMa | 74 east 4th street, NYC




January 23, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

PARSONS DANCE
January 15-27, 2013
The Joyce Theater

“One of the great movers of modern dance” (The New York Times) and “one of modern dance's great living dance-makers” (New York Magazine), David Parsons and Parsons Dance return to The Joyce Theater from January 15-27, 2013, with a program that includes two new works: Dawn to Dusk by David Parsons, and Black Flowers by former Parsons Dancer Katarzyna Skarpetowska.

The company will also present a family matinee program that features kid-friendly Parsons Dance classics on Saturday, January 26 at 2pm. Both programs will include David Parsons’ stroboscopic masterwork Caught.

PROGRAM A:
Tue-Wed at 7:30pm; Thu-Fri at 8pm; Sat at 2pm (Jan 19 only) & 8pm; Sun at 1pm & 5pm
Dawn to Dusk, New Work by David Parsons, Black Flowers, World Premiere by Guest Choreographer Kate Skarpetowska, Wolfgang, Caught, In the End

PROGRAM B (Family Matinee): Sat, Jan 26 at 2pm
Dawn to Dusk, New Work by David Parsons, Wolfgang, Caught, In the End

Dancers: Abby Silva Gavezzoli, Eric Bourne, Steven Vaughn, Melissa Ullom, Christina Ilisije, Jason Macdonald, Ian Spring, Elena D’Amario, Lauren Garson and apprentice Leeann Ramsey.

Tickets range in price from $10-$59. Ticket prices are subject to change. Tickets are available by phone at 212-242-0800 or online at Joyce.org.

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


 

January 22, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

Projecting the Future: When and How to Use New Technology
Panel and Discussion
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 7:30pm
The Players Theatre’s Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre, 3rd floor

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) continues its season of monthly networking panels with Projecting the Future: When and How to Use New Technology. Doors open at 7pm for networking and refreshments, panel starts promptly at 7:30pm.

This panel will explore the best ways for producers to utilize new technologies in their shows. The use of video, projections and other technology as part of a production should be a carefully considered artistic decision as well as a budgetary one. When does technology enhance and support a concept, and when does it become intrusive or distracting? Should more directors consider technology when they develop a visual approach to a piece, and should more producers plan for it in their budgets? How do a director, set designer, lighting designer and projection designer work together and maintain artistic integrity to create a unified production concept? What advances have been made in recent years to make technology more effective?

Admission is $12 (free for TRU members). Please RSVP by email to TRUStaff1@gmail.com or by phone at (212) 714-7628 at least one day in advance.

The Players Theatre’s Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre, 3rd floor | 115 MacDougal Street,


 

January 21, 2013

Today we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday and remember that one man can create a better world.

New York Cool Tip:

BAM's Yearly Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King
January 21, 2013 @ 10:30am
BAM

Presented with Medgar Evers College and the Brooklyn Borough President's office, BAM's yearly tributes to King on his national holiday always includes great music and great speeches and rememberences by dignitaries of all types. One ticket per person.

Brooklyn Academy of Music is a nonprofit organization founded in 1861 whose mission is to be the preeminent progressive performing and cinema arts center of the 21st century. BAM is America's oldest continuously operating performing arts center. During its first century, BAM hosted political events, speeches, and rallies on the pressing issues of the day, featuring speakers like Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Langston Hughes, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Amelia Earhart. Currently, BAM presents or produces up to 220 stage performances each year, and has a four-screen cinema, open 365 days a year, presenting new and art-house releases. BAM has an in-house restaurant and bar and a café which features up to 75 free performances annually. BAM Education serves up to 24,000 students and 200 New York City schools a year. BAM's archive, which includes thousands of photos, posters, and playbills, is a rich resource for historians, students, and art aficionados.

Situated in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn, BAM's Peter Jay Sharp Building is located at 30 Lafayette Ave. and the BAM Harvey Theater is at 651 Fulton St. All BAM performances are accessible to those who use wheelchairs. BAM theaters and public spaces are available for rental by commercial and nonprofit groups, as well as community organizations and individuals.

Free

For more information or to purchase tickets to an event, visit bam.org

BAM | 30 Lafayette Ave.
Fort Greene, NY 11217
Phone: 718-636-4100
Website: www.bam.org



 

January 20, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

Debbie Harry/Madonna Musical Disaster Dissected
DESPERATELY SEEKING THE EXIT
** Directed by Obie Winner John Clancy **
January 17 at 8pm & January 20 at 7pm.
The Triple Crown Underground

After an acclaimed run at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, writer/performer Peter Michael Marino returns to NYC with his comic autopsy on his $6 million West End musical fiasco Desperately Seeking Susan in DESPERATELY SEEKING THE EXIT. Directed by Obie Award winner John Clancy, performances of this solo tell-all comedy run January 17 & 20 at The Triple Crown Underground.

In 2007, American playwright Peter Michael Marino wrote a musical based on the film “Desperately Seeking Susan” featuring the music of Blondie. It opened on London’s West End…and closed a month later. DESPERATELY SEEKING THE EXIT offers a behind-the-scenes peek at how this £4 million musical was made and unmade: hatching the idea, deals with MGM, Debbie Harry and even Madonna; the workshops, the previews, the scathing reviews and the closing night. Once you’re in, there’s no way out!

Tickets are "Pay What You May," available on a first-come, first served basis; no advance reservations will be taken.

A full bar is available. For more information, visit www.SeekingTheExit.com.


Triple Crown Underground | 330 7th Ave at 28th St
Accessible from the 1 train at 28th Street.


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

The Sounds of War and Peace: Chapter One
Sunday, Jan 20, 2013 | 8:30 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall


Presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY)

Jonathan Willcocks and Francisco Núñez, Conductors
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Singers International

Program:
A Great and Glorious Victory, JONATHAN WILLCOCKS
Music for Treble Voices, FRANCISCO NÚÑEZ
Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through an evening of peace and unity featuring Francisco Núñez, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and director of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC).

Tickets: $20 - $100 Call CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-6500, or visit www.carnegiehall.org. For more information on group sales and ticket packages, please contact BoxOffice@DCINY.org.

Stern Auditorium | Perelman Stage | Carnegie Hall |881 7th Avenue


 

January 19, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

THE RED AND THE BLACK
Tuesday - Saturday at 8:00pm
Matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 3PM.
January 18 - February 3
Opening Night January 23, 2-13
The Theatre at St. Clement's

Capolavori Productions, Inc. will present the World Premiere of THE RED AND THE BLACK written and directed by Deloss Brown. The play is based on Stendhal’s 1830 classic novel, Le Rouge et le Noir. Previews begin January 18 at The Theatre at St. Clement's with opening night slated for January 23, 2013.

THE RED AND THE BLACK is set in a small village near the French Alps in 1828, at the height of the royalist restoration. Here we meet an impoverished 19-year old, Julien Sorel. Because he has been taught perfect Latin by the town priest, the town mayor offers him the position of tutor to the mayor’s sons. Complications arise when the mayor's beautiful wife becomes infatuated with Julien’s charm—but Julien views her only as a member of the hated aristocracy and begins planning to take advantage of her affections to get revenge.

The cast includes Krista Adams Santilli, Katie Burton, Jeremy Johnson (Romeo & Juliet opposite Robert Sean Leonard Off-Broadway), Brian Linden (New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations for The Country Wife at Vital Theatre Company and A Night Near the Sun with Impetuous Theater Group), Jessica Myhr (Storm Theater's The London Merchant), Peter Reznikoff (Irena's Vow on Broadway), Philip Rossi (Three Birds Alighting on a Field directed by John Gould Rubin), and Lucas Wells (Spring Awakening 1st national tour). The production team includes Ika Avaliani (set), Lux Haac (costumes), Sarah Lurie (lighting), Mitchell McCoy (fight director), Melissa Tract (production assistant) and Olson Rohdes (general manager).

Tickets are $18, available at 866-811-4111 or www.TheRedAndTheBlackThePlay.com.

The Theatre at St. Clement’s | 423 West 46th Street
Between 9th & 10th Avenues
A, accessible from the A, 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R or S trains to 42nd Street.


Another New York Cool Tip:

ECKERT + SORENSENJOLINK
Carlye Eckert & John Sorensen-Jolink
Thursday & Friday at 8 PM
Saturday at 5 PM & 8 PM
January 17-19
Judson Memorial Church


Carlye Eckert and John SorensenJolink, artists in residence at Judson Memorial Church, will premiere their collaboration RescYou. The duet centers around the relationship of two friends before and after a disaster that leaves them stranded on an emergency life raft. The couple, life-long friends and natives of Portland, Oregon, will transform the historic sanctuary of Judson into a vast ocean in which time, memories, and daily life cease to exist.

Tickets $20

Reservations: 800.838.3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com


Judson Memorial Church | 55 Washington Square South (at Thompson Street)


 

January 18, 2013


The Big Apple Posse Trilogy
Illustration by Sophie Escabasse



Please like the Facebook page for "The Big Apple Posse Trilogy"
"The Trilogy" was written by Wendy R Williams and illustrated by Sophie Escabasse and is for sale at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

The Big Apple Posse Trilogy
is a suspenseful mystery/spy thriller that is only for children if The Hunger Games is only for children.


January 17, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

Debbie Harry/Madonna Musical Disaster Dissected
DESPERATELY SEEKING THE EXIT
** Directed by Obie Winner John Clancy **
January 17 at 8pm & January 20 at 7pm.
The Triple Crown Underground

After an acclaimed run at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, writer/performer Peter Michael Marino returns to NYC with his comic autopsy on his $6 million West End musical fiasco Desperately Seeking Susan in DESPERATELY SEEKING THE EXIT. Directed by Obie Award winner John Clancy, performances of this solo tell-all comedy run January 17 & 20 at The Triple Crown Underground.

In 2007, American playwright Peter Michael Marino wrote a musical based on the film “Desperately Seeking Susan” featuring the music of Blondie. It opened on London’s West End…and closed a month later. DESPERATELY SEEKING THE EXIT offers a behind-the-scenes peek at how this £4 million musical was made and unmade: hatching the idea, deals with MGM, Debbie Harry and even Madonna; the workshops, the previews, the scathing reviews and the closing night. Once you’re in, there’s no way out!

Tickets are "Pay What You May," available on a first-come, first served basis; no advance reservations will be taken.

A full bar is available. For more information, visit www.SeekingTheExit.com.


Triple Crown Underground | 330 7th Ave at 28th St
Accessible from the 1 train at 28th Street.


Another New York Cool Tip:

ECKERT + SORENSENJOLINK
Carlye Eckert & John Sorensen-Jolink
Thursday & Friday at 8 PM
Saturday at 5 PM & 8 PM
January 17-19
Judson Memorial Church


Carlye Eckert and John SorensenJolink, artists in residence at Judson Memorial Church, will premiere their collaboration RescYou. The duet centers around the relationship of two friends before and after a disaster that leaves them stranded on an emergency life raft. The couple, life-long friends and natives of Portland, Oregon, will transform the historic sanctuary of Judson into a vast ocean in which time, memories, and daily life cease to exist.

Tickets $20

Reservations: 800.838.3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com


Judson Memorial Church | 55 Washington Square South (at Thompson Street)



January 16, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

Judith Malina
Here We Are
Jan 10th - Feb 23rd, Wednesday to Saturday at 8PM
The Living Theatre


As we enter 2013 the world has not ended, but it remains in disarray. Where are we? How did we get here? Shouldn’t we take a look at how we make decisions, how we organize ourselves and see if we can find better solutions to our problems than the existing systems in place? We visit the Anarchist collectives of France, Spain and The Ukraine for the 19th and 20th centuries, and find ourselves transported to an immersive and participatory underground outdoor/indoor crossroads of our present moment. The ensemble and the audience work together to manufacture and perform the potential creative possibilities for a post revolutionary world of beauty and non violence.

Tickets: Wednesdays: pay what you can; thursdays to Saturdays: $20 tix, $15 student/senior.
visit www.livingtheatre.org

The Living Theatre | 21 Clinton Street


 

January 15, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

Parsons Dance
VIP Party celebrating the annual season at The Joyce
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 9:30pm
Room Service

Gerald Appelstein (Board of Trustees for the Joyce Theater, Chairman of the Board of Complexions Contemporary Ballet), Samuel P. Peabody (Philanthropist), Adolpho Birch III (National Football League Senior Vice President of Law and Labor Policy), Linda Stocknoff (Parsons Dance Board of Directors) and Morrie Sandler, Richard Kielar and Christian Zimmermann (Morgan Stanley), Robert Schulman (Warburg Realty Broker), Nancy Browne (Goldman Sachs) and Charles Chadwell, Matt Schoenfeld, Stephanie French, (Parsons Dance Board of Directors), Howell Binkley (TONY Award winning lighting designer), Reid Bartelme (Costume Designer), Barbara Parker (Co-Collaborator in David's new work, Dusk to Dawn), Terrence D. Jones (CEO Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts)

Following the opening night performance on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, Parsons Dance will host a VIP night at Room Service, 166 8th Avenue, NYC, directly across the street from The Joyce Theater.

"One of the great movers of modern dance" (The New York Times) and "one of modern dance's great living dance-makers" (New York Magazine), David Parsons and Parsons Dance return to The Joyce Theater from January 15-27, 2013, with a program that includes two new works: Dawn to Dusk by David Parsons, and Black Flowers by former Parsons Dancer Katarzyna Skarpetowska.

The company will also present a family matinee program that features kid-friendly Parsons Dance classics on Saturday, January 26 at 2pm. Both programs will include David Parsons' stroboscopic masterwork Caught. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street), NYC. Tickets range in price from $10-$59. Ticket prices are subject to change. Tickets are available by phone at 212-242-0800 or online at Joyce.org.

Tickets are $200, include admission to the evening's performance, and are available at
www.parsonsdance.org/joyce-vip-night/.

Room Service | 166 Eighth Avenue


 



January 14, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

Bernstein Artists APAP Showcase: Music Unbound
Monday January 14th. 7PM – 9:30PM
Drom

Bernstein Artists presents a special showcase of innovators in new music, world and jazz who take their traditions soaring to untethered heights.
The program will feature short sets from the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), pianist Donal Fox, the Pablo Ziegler Classical Tango Quartet and David Krakauer: Ancestral Groove.

Please join us on the last night of the conference for this evening of exceptional music at one of the Village’s world music hot spot, the recently refurbished Drom.
Admission is free with your APAP badge. Doors open at 6:00pm with food and drinks available, so come straight from the resource room. The show will be open to the public.

Tickets $10.
More information: http://www.dromnyc.com/events/2192/bernstein-artists-apap-showcase-music-unbound#.UNttTG_8KSo
Advance purchase: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/197977

Drom | 85 Avenue A (between 5th & 6th) NYC East Village


Another New York Cool Tip:

NYC South American Music Festival 2013
Monday, January 14, 2013 - 7 to 11 pm
Zinc Bar

Featuring Sofia Rei, Juancho Herrera, Sofia Tosello/Tangolandó, Gregorio Uribe Big Band, the first edition of the NYC South American Music Festival celebrates a new movement in the US: music rooted in the folklore from the various countries of South America, as they meet with pop, rock, jazz and a hint of electronica. The actors are young artists from Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela and Chile converging in New York City. A generation of musicians that has blurred the boundaries between their musical cultures and carved out a renovated identity of the South American diaspora. These ground-breaking artists have been gaining recognition at the national and international levels. Each of them has crafted a distinct sound, whether it is tango with Afro-Peruvian rhythms, Colombian cumbia and mapalé in a big band setting, merengue caraqueño into a hip hop groove, or multi-track vocal grooves over a chacarera, using traditional and native instruments such as the charango, the cuatro, the bombo leguero, the cajon, the gaitas, as well as contemporary and electro-acoustic instruments. The result is substantial, uplifting, poignant and passionate, appealing to the traditional and progressive sensibilities alike.

$15 at the door. For more info:
http://zincbar.com/ http://www.nycsouthamericanmusicfestival.com/
917-547-3640


Zinc Bar | 82 W. 3rd Street, New York, NY 10012
(between Thompson & Sullivan)


 

January 13, 2013


Lena Dunham and Zosie Mamet
HBO's Girls Season 2 New York City Premiere
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University
January 8, 2013
Photo Credit: Laurence Agron / PR Photos

Check out the newly updated Celebrities Out and About in New York City with photos of the premiere of Girls and A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, and the National Board of Review Awards Gala.



Stomp

Check out my Theater Column with mini-reviews of the long-running classics The Lion King and Stomp.


New York Cool Tip:

Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre in APAP Showcase
Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 7pm
Ailey Studios

Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre joins with other Pentacle Gallery artists for an APAP Showcase of new and touring work on January 13, 2013 at 7pm at Ailey Studio 5B, 405 West 55th Street, New York City. In Pentacle's APAP Showcase, Selwyn will present a duet excerpted from Five Minutes featuring Louie Marin and Jenny Gillan, as well as an excerpt from the developing work, It's A Game, featuring Catherine Coury and Victor Larue.

Tickets are free – reservations can be made at 212-278-8111 x8 or reservations@pentacle.org.

Ailey Studio 5B | 405 West 55th Street




January 12, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

Art@Tekserve:
Ken Brown's NYC STREET POP photography show
Opening, Saturday January 12, 1-3pm.
Exhibition dates January 12 – February 24.
Tekserve

Ken Brown may be best known for the art he’s created over many years
for MTV, Sesame Street, and Funny Times, but he is also a singular
photographer who has managed to capture, over decades, rich and ironic
moments that could only be found on the streets of our New York. It is
the honor and pleasure of Tekserve’s Art@Tekserve program to bring Ken
Brown’s photography to the attention of New Yorkers. NYC STREET POP is
is the 4th in a series of in-store exhibitions designed to enrich our
neighborhood, our city and of course the lives of our customers. As
Cartier Bresson brought us a specific time in Paris, Ken Brown brings
a New York we recognize today, but we believe generations will come to
know through his images. Tekserve is, of course, New York City's
iconic Apple Reseller and Service provider, uniquely positioned for
twenty-five years, to deliver the broadest range of strategic
services, solutions, and products for businesses and individuals. The
"Art@Tekserve: Ken Brown" exhibit comes at the store's 25th
Anniversary moment, when the store is both looking backward on its
storied and eccentric past, and forward with its new positioning and
tagline: "Make Stuff Happen."

Admittance is free. For more information visit:
http://www.tekserve.com/events/art-tekserve/

Tekserve | 119 West 23rd Street New York, NY 10011


Another New York Cool Tip:


THE IDAN RAICHEL PROJECT
Saturday, January 12 @ 8pm
Sunday, January 13 @ 5pm
Town Hall

Since bursting onto the international music scene in 2003, The Idan Raichel Project has shattered expectations of Israeli pop with their unique blend of African, Latin American, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern sounds, coupled with a spectacular live show. The project continues to push musical boundaries garnering strong critical praise and winning over audiences worldwide. On January 12 and 13, the complete 12-musician lineup will be headlining two evenings at the prestigious Town Hall in New York City during the APAP conference. The Idan Raichel Project will be performing their biggest hit songs alongside new material from their upcoming album which will be released later in 2013.
Idan Raichel, the creator and leader of the Project, began his musical journey by inviting collaborations from artists of different generations, multiple ethnicities and singing in languages as diverse as Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic, Amharic and Swahili. The resulting albums shattered sales records in Israel, made Raichel his country’s biggest musical breakthrough, and sold over half a million records worldwide. The Idan Raichel Project has headlined some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including New York's Central Park SummerStage, Radio City Music Hall and The Apollo Theater, Los Angeles’ Kodak Theater, the Sydney Opera House and the Bataclan in Paris. They have also performed across Europe, South & Central America, Hong Kong, India, Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, and Singapore to enraptured audiences of all backgrounds.

Lineup of Musicians: Idan Raichel, Cabra Casay, Ravid Kahalani, Maya Avraham, Gilad Shmueli, Marc Kakon, Joca Perpignan, Eyal Sela, Yankale Segal, Ziv Rahav, Niv Toar, Alex Terrier, plus special guests.
More Info & Ticket Linkhttp://teev.simpletix.com/Show/9/The-Idan-Raichel-Project/ / Facebook Event Link

The Idan Raichel Project will perform at Town Hall located at 123 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036, on Saturday, January 12 (8pm) & Sunday, January 13 (5pm)
Ticket prices are $45-$100 and can be purchased at http://teev.simpletix.com/Show/9/The-Idan-Raichel-Project/


Town Hall | 123 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036


 

January 11, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

‘20/20’ @ APAP| NYC 2013:
The ONLY ARTIST SHOWCASE at Lincoln Center
Friday, Jan 11th- Sunday, Jan 12th. Performance Times–7PM & 9PM
Sunday Jan 13th. Performance Times–5:30PM & 7PM
Lincoln Center Institute (Clark Studio Theater)

Abdul Latif and D~Squared Dance Theater #D2DT, welcomes you to the Lincoln Center Institute campus as they reveal “20/20” for APAP|NYC 2013 as part of their NEXT Project series. Come witness “20/20 – A Work-In-Progress production of an evening length piece that takes a look at gender confinement and social constructs within a culture. 20/20 is a ballet prese
nted in two-parts: The Lady’s Section – entitled “BOX(ed) IN” is the all-female work exploring an experiment of the imagined existence where the woman is broken-out from behind the place of a man. The Gentlemen’s Section – called “STANDS” is the all-male ballet that observes relationships within a group of men; illustrating the struggles born out of separation from a collective. Through points out of male posturing a perspective is shared of how the - I & We coexist.

A limited amount of $20 tickets are available for pre-sell at Brown Paper Tickets (Abdul Latif, & D~Squared Dance Theater presents '20/20' @ APAP NYC 2013!), Eventbrite (http://abdullatif2020.eventbrite.com) and may be available at the Clark Studio Theater @ Lincoln Center Institute on the day of the performances. For those APAP|NYC 2013 special invited guests, please RSVP to info@dsquareddancetheater.org for seat confirmation

Lincoln Center Institute (Clark Studio Theater) | 165 West 65th Street, 7th Floor, New York




Another New York Cool Tip:

Broadway's Next Hit Musical – 2013 BNHM PHONY Awards
Friday January 11th. 7PM – 8:30PM
Saturday January 12th. 9:15PM – 10:45PM
Stage 72 (formerly The Triad)

The hysterical Broadway’s Next H!T Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full blown improvised musical – complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore. Under the direction of improv veterans Rob Schiffman and Deb Rabbai, TheaterWeek hailed the show as “brilliant” and The New York Post called Broadway’s Next H!T Musical “remarkable.” Don’t miss the next great American musical – it could be yours!

Tickets $30 Premium / $20 Gen Adm, plus 2-drink minimum. For more information or advance purchase visit http://BroadwaysNextHitMusical.com

Stage 72 (formerly The Triad) | 158 West 72nd St (betw Broadway and Columbus)


Another New York Cool Tip:

Just Noise:
A Concert Recording Session for Beck’s Song Reader
January 11 @ 10pm
The Brick Theater

Current participants include:

Bathtub Jen and the Henchmen, Chris Chappell,
Deacon Bishop Revival, Maria Dessena, Killy Dwyer, Whitney Gardner,
Patrice Miller, Bobby Oahu, Steve Sabaugh, Starr Kendall Experiment,
Supermajor, Alexis Thomason, Three Door Mall, and Trav SD
Beck's 2012 album of sheet music, Song Reader, was recently published with an invitation to experience songs the way we once did: by playing from the score.
“These songs are meant to be pulled apart and reshaped. The idea of them being played by choirs, brass bands, string ensembles, anything outside of traditional rock-band constructs—it’s interesting because it’s outside of where my songs normally exist. I thought a lot about making these songs playable and approachable, but still musically interesting. I think some of the best covers will reimagine the chord structure, take liberties with the melodies, the phrasing, even the lyrics themselves. There are no rules in interpretation.”
–Beck Hansen
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Audiences are invited.
Tickets will be free.


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Tickets will be available at 10am on Jan 11 at www.bricktheater.com
or by calling Theatermania (212-352-3101)


The Brick | 579 Metropolitan Avenue | Williamsburg, Brooklyn


 



January 10, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

Herma Nootics, the Clown: An Idiosyncratic History of Circus Clowning (Gallery Program)
Thursday, January 10, 2013 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bard Graduate Center

Circus lives in physical truth, theater in emotional truth. Ideally a circus clown combines both. However, a clown’s work is habitually obscured in cultural cliché and sentimental images. In this lecture, David Carlyon will discuss once-famous clowns, including Dan Rice, Emmett Kelly, and Otto Griebling, as he explores the reciprocal relationships between clowns and their culture.

The cost is $20 for Adult and $15 for Student/Senior. To register, call (212) 501-3011 or programs@bgc.bard.edu For more information or advance purchase ticket, visit www.bgc.bard.edu

Bard Graduate Center | 18 West 86th Street.


 

January 9, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

“THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG:
The Music of Harold Arlen”
Mondays @ 7, Wednesdays @ 2
Thursdays @ 8.
Dec 20th performance will begin at 7 PM
No performance on Dec 24
Previews Begin December 13
Opens January 10 at 8 PM
St. Luke’s Theatre

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG: The Music of Harold Arlen, a musical revue featuring Stormy Weather, Come Rain or Come Shine, Paper Moon, Accentuate-The-Positive, Lets Fall in Love, and all the much-loved tunes from THE WIZARD OF OZ, begins previews at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, NYC on Thursday, December 13 and opens officially on Thursday, January 10 at 8 PM.

The Wonderful Wizard of Song moves from The Cotton Club, thru Harold Arlen’s Hollywood Years to Broadway, sharing inside stories of how some of the world’s most beloved songs were created as well as sharing rare behind the scenes footage from The Wizard of Oz taken by Harold Arlen himself. Featuring The Three Crooners, George Bugatti, Marcus Goldhaber and Joe Shepherd, with Antoinette Henry, the Arlen revue makes its New York debut after a national tour to 18 cities and a month-long run at the Debbie Reynolds Theatre in Las Vegas.
The show runs approximately 80 minutes without intermission.

For more information on THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG visit www.thewonderfulwizardofsong.com

Tickets at $69.50 & $39.50 are available via www.telecharge.com or (212) 239-6200. For more info visit www.thewonderfulwizardofsong.com.


St. Luke’s Theatre | 308 West 46th Street, west of 8th Avenues,


 

January 8, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

FOCUS DANCE
January 8-13, 2013
The Joyce Theater

This year's curator for FOCUS DANCE, Jodee Nimerichter of the American Dance Festival has assembled four programs featuring some of the most captivating companies performing today. FOCUS DANCE is comprised of four programs featuring eight U.S.-based choreographers/companies: Jodi Melnick, Stephen Petronio Company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Rosie Hererra Dance Theater, Doug Varone & Dancers, Eiko & Koma, and John Jasperse.

Program A – Tuesday, January 8 at 7:30pm; Sunday, January 13 at 2pm
Jodi Melnick – Solo, Deluxe Version
Stephen Petronio Company - excerpts from The Architecture of Loss and Underland

Program B – Wednesday, January 9 at 7:30pm; Sunday, January 13 at 7:30pm
Camille A. Brown & Dancers - Tol E. Rance; Been There, Done That; and City of Rain
Brian Brooks Moving Company - I'm Going to Explode, DESCENT, and FALL FALLS

Program C – Thursday, January 10 at 8pm; Saturday, January 12 at 8pm
Rosie Hererra Dance Theater - Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret
Doug Varone and Dancers - -to-be-announced

Program D – Friday, January 11 at 8pm; Saturday, January 12 at 2pm
Eiko & Koma - White Dance and Flower Dance
John Jasperse -Fort Blossom Revisited 2000-2012

FOCUS DANCE will run from January 8-13, 2013 at The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, NYC. Tickets are $10-$39 and are available at 212-242-0800 or www.joyce.org.

The Joyce Theater | 175 Eighth Avenue, NYC.



 

January 7, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

Chris Phillips's
“A CONSUMING FIRE”
An Open Staged Reading
Monday, January 7th at 7:00 pm
Playroom Theater


Rage, religion, and the desire for justice create A Consuming Fire,
one that tests the convictions of everyone in its destructive path.
Revolve Productions presents a Staged Reading of “A Consuming Fire” a new play by Chris Phillips this Monday, January 7th, 2013 at 7:00 pm at The Playroom Theater, 151 West 46th Street the 8th Floor, NYC. The dynamic play features Cole Burden, Stuart Green, Scott Thomas Hinson, Lisa Tharps, and Dan Wilson.

When mysterious Jim Smalls confesses to murdering a Los Angeles man with no explanation of motive, Assistant District Attorney Mary Hamilton recruits her friend and frequent sparring partner, public defender Rory Dennis, to act as counsel for the suspect. At first, Rory considers the murder an open-and-shut case for the prosecution, but after learning of Jim’s history with his first love, Derek -- mirroring Rory’s own growing relationship with Mary’s brother, Billy -- he begins to identify more closely with his client. As Jim’s dark, fifteen-year journey comes more sharply into focus, Rory and Mary both learn that the unsettling truth isn’t nearly as black-and-white as it appears. www.consumingfiretheplay.com

The public is invited to this exciting premiere presentation. For reservations contact consumingfireplay@gmail.com. There is a $5 Suggested Donation.


The Playroom Theater | 151 West 46th Street the 8th Floor, NYC.


January 6, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

Sari Caine's
THE CHESS LESSON
Thursday - Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 7pm.
Previews begin January 4
January 4 -27
IRT Theater

Slightly Altered States Theater Company presents the World Premiere of THE CHESS LESSON, an absurdist comedy by Sari Caine, a chess champion and teacher. Directed by Elizabeth Miller, previews begin January 4 at IRT Theater. Opening is slated for January 11.

In THE CHESS LESSON, three very different parents have come to take a chess class with their children's teacher. Despite everyone’s best intentions, the adults keep turning into children, the class keeps slipping out of control, and the teacher is one romance novel away from a nervous breakdown. Four strangers all at a crossroads in their life, alone together in a classroom for children, have no choice but to examine who they are, and remember who they were.

THE CHESS LESSON stars David Crommett, Sari Caine, David Rigo and Meg Fee, with a production team that includes Daryl Embry (set), Derek Wright (lighting), Andre Fratto (sound), Zach Tait (stage manager) and Sonya Sobieski (dramaturg). It was developed through residencies at Space on Ryder Farm, Jimmy’s No. 43, IRT, and with a donation from the Sidney and Beatrice Albert Foundation.

Running time is 1 hour. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door and can be purchased at 1-800-838-3006 or BrownPaperTickets.com.

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


January 5, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

Jeff Randall Wiseman's
THE EAST RIVER HOTEL
Thursday through Saturday at 8PM
Sunday at 3PM
December 28 - January 13, 2013
Theater for the New City

Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Director proudly presents the world premiere of The East River Hotel. Written and directed by Jeff Randall Wiseman, the production opens at Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue, NYC) on Friday, December 28, 2012 and runs through Sunday, January 13, 2013.
The East River Hotel is an absurd romp through the looking glass of New York nostalgia set in an extravagant extended-stay hotel in lower Manhattan. The return of Via Michelle, mythical icon of the silver sixties, leads lunatic Hotel Consultant Jonny Lightning and hardboiled General Manager Sue Satu to plot a devious grand marketing scheme. It's up to Hector Blanco, the Bell Captain with the mysterious past, to avert a sensational sex scandal - but first, he seriously needs to find his headband.

Tickets are $15 for General Admission, $10 for Students and Seniors. For tickets and information, call 212-254-1109 or visit www.theaterforthenewcity.net. Run time is approximately 80 minutes including a 10-minute intermission.


Theater for the New City | 155 First Avenue
Between 9th and 10th Street
Accessible from the L train at 1st Avenue and the 6 train at Astor Place.



January 4, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

The 36th Annual Three Kings Day Parade
Friday, January 4, 2013
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
East Harlem

Admission: Free
*Parade registration deadline has been extended to
Friday, December 28, so register today!

Celebrate El Barrio's lasting tradition with camels, colorful puppets, parrandas, and dancing. School groups, community members, local businesses, and families are encouraged to participate in this magical day.

Early registration is strongly suggested. For more information and to register click here.

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


Another New York Cool Tip:

DISTORTED DIZNEE
Fridays at 10PM
Begins January 4, 2013
The Laurie Beechman Theatre

Late Night Cult Hit Returns For Open-Ended Run DISTORTED DIZNEE with drag stars Dallas DuBois, Holly Dae, Bootsie LeFaris, Pixie Aventura & Shenea DeDranke Begins January 4, 2013 at The Laurie Beechman Theatre

The Laurie Beechman Theater continues its reign as The Happiest (and Gayest) Place on Earth as Dallas DuBois presents a return engagement of DISTORTED DIZNEE. After a 3 month run this summer, this late night cult hit featuring drag stars Holly Dae, Bootsie LeFaris, Pixie Aventura, Shenea DeDranke, and hostess Dallas DuBois begins an open-ended run January 4.

DISTORTED DIZNEE is an outrageous Las Vegas-style parody revue of some of America's most beloved animated classics. Come be Part of Our World as 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 ever-evolving 75-minute non-stop 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 is 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 | 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).


 

January 3, 2013

New York Cool Tip:

“Ivy Style”
Fri, Sep 14, 2012 - Sat, Jan 05, 2013
The Museum at FIT

“Ivy Style” celebrates one of the most enduring clothing styles of the 20th century. While viewed today as a classic form of dressing, in its heyday, Ivy style—or the “Ivy League look” —was actually so cutting-edge that it went on to inform the evolution of menswear for decades. This exhibition examines the genesis of Ivy style on the prestigious college campuses of the United States during the early years of the 20th century, looks at the ways in which the style became codified by mid-century, and reveals how now, nearly 100 years after its inception, Ivy style is still a thriving global influence.

“Ivy Style” presents three main periods of the look: the interwar years of the 1920s and 1930s; the post-war era to the end of the 1960s; and the revival from the 1980s to the present. Focusing almost exclusively on menswear dating from the early 20th century through today, more than 60 ensembles, both historic and contemporary, are intermingled in an environment evocative of an Ivy League university campus.

Free admission (all visitors, all hours)

Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology | 27th Street at Seventh Avenue
Shirley Goodman Resource Center
New York, NY 10001
(212) 217-4558
Visit website




January 2, 2013

New York Cool Tip:


Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery, 1969–1989
Wed, Sep 19, 2012 - Sun, Jan 06, 2013
New Museum

Drawing upon the New Museum’s Bowery Artist Tribute archive and the online archive of Marc H. Miller, 98bowery.com, this exhibition features original artwork, ephemera, and performance documentation by over 15 artists who lived and worked on or near the Bowery in New York.

During these two decades, the Bowery was commonly identified with the furthest extremes of metropolitan decline—municipal neglect, homelessness, and substance abuse. As landlords and civil services abandoned the neighborhood, the subsequent cheap rents and permissive atmosphere drew artists downtown. The Bowery’s lofts provided a social network where painters, photographers, performance artists, musicians, and filmmakers exchanged ideas and drew inspiration from this concentration of creative activity.

Propelled by this nourished, insurgent spirit, many artists downtown turned their attention towards the Bowery, inviting a re-examination of this neglected zone through their works: subjective, deeply personal portraits documented points of sympathy between neighbors; unsanctioned public art marked territory and adjusted the landscape; and DIY and collective practices pushed generations of institutional rigidity aside for a diversification of materials, gestures, and voices. As this influx of artists helped shaped the Bowery, the neighborhood helped shape generations of artists.

This exhibition will include works by artists including Barbara Ess, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Keith Haring, John Holmstrom, Curt Hoppe, Colette Lumiere, Marc H. Miller, Adrian Piper, Adam Purple, Dee Dee Ramone, Joey Ramone, Marcia Resnick, Bettie Ringma, Christy Rupp, Arleen Schloss, Charles Simonds, Eve Sonneman, Billy Sullivan, Paul Tschinkel, Anton van Dalen, Arturo Vega, Robin Winters, and Martin Wong.

Admission: $10 - $14

New Museum | 235 Bowery | At Prince Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 219-1222



January 1, 2013

Happy New Year to all!


Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty

Just Published: Read Frank J. Avella's Film Column with his predictions for the Oscars.


 

December 31, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Bootlegger's Ball: An Ars Nova New Year's Eve Spectacular
Monday December 31 2012 from 9pm to 2am
Ars Nova

Shine your spats and uncork the moonshine, because we’re puttin’ on the Ritz this New Year's Eve! Just whisper the secret password, and you’ll be whisked away to a hidden world of flappers, gangsters and raucous revelry at this year’s Prohibition-inspired New Year’s Eve Spectacular. The Green Door, our seductive speakeasy, will offer debauched delights for rum runners and moonshiners alike, while The Champagne Suite in our penthouse will deliver the plush pleasures of the Roaring '20s. Come for 5 hours of open bar, 2 floors of bawdy burlesque led by Mistress of Ceremonies and downtown burlesque sensation Tansy Tan Dora, stunning circus acts, and luscious live music by Kinky Spigot and the Welders. Stay and dance all night! Or until we get raided!

Tickets $125-250. For more information or advance purchase visit http://arsnovanyc.com/shows/bootleggers-ball.

Ars Nova | 511 W. 54th St. New York NY 10019


Another New York Cool Tip:

New Year's Eve 2013 at Bembe
Monday December 31, 2012. 8:30pm – 4:00am.
Bembe



Set off the new year dancing to Cumbia, Brazilian, African, Merengue, Soca, Tropical Bass, Reggae and Dance Hall. With DJ BETO. Live Percussion by Chauncey Yearwood.

$25 Admission at Door (reduced admission after midnight).
Early Bird Open Bar 8:30pm-10pm. Free Champagne Toast at Midnight.
718.387.5389
www.bembe.us

Bembe | 81 S. 6th Street @ Berry Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
('JMZ' Train to Marcy Ave/ 'L' Train to Bedford Ave).


 

December 30, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Yara Arts Group in "Midwinter Night: Sacred and Profane Rituals"
December 27-30, 2012
La MaMa E.T.C. (Ellen Stewart Theater)

In "Midwinter Night: Sacred and Profane Rituals," Yara Arts Group will perform a World Music Theater piece that includes the Koliadnyky, an ensemble of winter song singers from Kryvorivnia (Ukraine); the explosive Lemon Bucket Orkestra, a Ukrainian-klezmer-gypsy-rag-tag-punk super band from Canada; and an 18th century Baroque Nativity folk opera staged by Yara artists. La MaMa E.T.C. will present the piece December 27-30 in its Ellen Stewart Theater, 66 East Fourth Street (in Manhattan's East Village).

The evening, created and directed by Yara's Artistic Director Virlana Tkacz, celebrates Koliada, a winter ritual that now coincides with Christmas but is much older in origin and symbolism. Its oldest songs are preserved in villages high in the Carpathian Mountains, where the Koliada is considered to be the most important event of the year. Some people believe that Spring and the harvest will not come to the village unless the songs are sung in every household. The songs are incantations that assume the magical power of words: "what is said, will be so." These songs are featured in the first part of Yara's show. For the second part of the event, Virlana Tkacz, Artistic Director of the troupe, has adapted and translated a Baroque folk Christmas opera from Ukraine. A highlight is the original 18th century music, as arranged by Julian Kytasty. The third part of the evening offers raucous Goat Songs, celebrating the passing of the old year and its rebirth as the new. A wooden puppet of a goat dances, dies and is brought back to life because people believed "where the goat will dance that's where wheat will grow."

Thur-Sat at 7:30 PM, plus matinee Sun at 2:30PM
Tickets $25; $20 students/seniors, $10 children

For tickets got to the La MaMa box office at 74A East Fourth Street, visit www.lamama.org or call (212) 475-7710.
Runs 1:15

La MaMa E.T.C. | 66 East Fourth Street,
Manhattan's East Village


December 29, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

The Jackie Mason Musical
Special Holiday Performances @ 3pm!!!
Sunday, Dec 23 – Wednesday
Dec 26 - Friday, Dec 28
Saturday, Dec 29 – Sunday, Dec 30,
Monday, Dec 31 & Tuesday, Jan 1
Broadway Comedy Club

Al Martin presents 702 Punchlines & Pregnant: The Jackie Mason Musical, with book by Ginger Reiter & Sheba Mason, music & lyrics by Ginger Reiter, directed by Ms. Reiter, musical direction by John Bowen & choreography by Laura Michelle Cleary.

Starring Sheba Mason as Ginger & Ian Wehrle as Jackie Mason, 702 Punchlines & Pregnant recounts the hilarious story of Jackie Mason's ten-year romance with the starry-eyed mother of his lovechild, Sheba Mason.

PRICE: $30 (show only) & $35 (includes one drink)
RESERVATIONS: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/818695
www.punchlinesandpregnant.com
INFORMATION: (646)351-2904


Broadway Comedy Club | 318 West 53rd Street


New York Cool was not updated during Christmas Week due to technical difficulties that have now been resolved.


 

December 25, 2012


Photo Credit Cindy Ord

Merry XMAS from the writers and photographers of New York Cool!

 

New York Cool Tip:

A TUDOR CHRISTMAS
English Carols, Motets & Seasonal Pastimes
Saturday, December 22 at 8 PM
Sunday, December 23 at 2 PM
Tuesday, December 25 at 2 PM & 8 PM
Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Tickets: $35.00 w/partial subscription,
$40.00 reserved, ($50 single matinee Dec. 25 at 2 PM only),
$20.00 student (w/valid ID, available at door, day of)
Ticket Info: 1) Phone: (212) 280-0330,
2) On-line: www.EarlyMusicNY.org ,
3) At the door, ½-hour before the performance.
Group discounts available by telephone. All major credit cards accepted.

Cathedral of St. John the Divine | Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, NYC


 

 

December 24, 2012

Merry XMAS Eve from writers and photographers of New York Cool.


 

December 23, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

A TUDOR CHRISTMAS
English Carols, Motets & Seasonal Pastimes
Saturday, December 22 at 8 PM
Sunday, December 23 at 2 PM
Tuesday, December 25 at 2 PM & 8 PM
Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Tickets: $35.00 w/partial subscription,
$40.00 reserved, ($50 single matinee Dec. 25 at 2 PM only),
$20.00 student (w/valid ID, available at door, day of)
Ticket Info: 1) Phone: (212) 280-0330,
2) On-line: www.EarlyMusicNY.org ,
3) At the door, ½-hour before the performance.
Group discounts available by telephone. All major credit cards accepted.

Cathedral of St. John the Divine | Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, NYC


December 22, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

BARBARA: A CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
Friday, December 14
Thursday, December 20 @ 7:30PM
Saturday, December 22 @ 7:30PM
December 14 - 22 @ 7:30PM
Laurie Beechman Theatre

Award-winning Barbra Streisand tribute artist Carla DelVillaggio returns to New York City with the premiere of her new holiday show BARBRA: A CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, an evening of festive songs recorded by Streisand. Performances are Friday, December 14; Thursday, December 20 and Saturday, December 22 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre inside the West Bank Café (407 West 42 Street at 9th Avenue -- accessible from all subways/buses to Times Square/Port Authority).

BARBRA: A CHRISTMAS SPECIAL is a joyful holiday-themed evening of jaw-dropping recreations of the legendary Streisand voice by tribute artist Carla DelVillaggio. The show features songs including Christmas Memories, Jingle Bells, What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?, It Must Have Been the Mistletoe, Grown-Up Christmas List, Winter Wonderland and even a Hanukkah song or two as well as a couple of classic Barbra tunes.

Carla DelVillaggio is one of the most successful Barbra Streisand tribute artists in the country, appearing regularly in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and around the country. Her many awards include the Agent’s Best Impressed Award (2008, 2010, 2011, Sunburst Convention, Orlando); Best Overall Celebrity Re-creation Award (2009, 2010, 2011, Sunburst); Rising Star Award (2009, The Reel Awards, Las Vegas); and the Best Showcase Gold Award (2011, Sunburst).

Tickets are $22. All performances are at 7:30pm and doors open one hour before showtime. A full dinner menu and bar are available, with a $15 per person food/beverage minimum. Tickets may be purchased at www.SpinCycleNYC.com or by calling 212-352-3101.

The Laurie Beechman Theatre | Inside the West Bank Café | 407 West 42 Street at 9th Avenue
Accessible from all subways/buses to Times Square/Port Authority


 

 

December 21, 2012

 

Just Published: Read Harvey Karten's review of Christopher McQuarrie's Jack Reacher which opens today, Friday, December 21, 2012.


New York Cool Tip:

Jackie Hoffman
A Chanukah Charol,
Inspired by Patrick Stewart’s A Christmas Carol
Friday & Saturday @ 8PM
December 8 - December 29.
New World Stages


New World Stages will once again present the new Holiday favorite, Jackie Hoffman’s A Chanukah Charol, her holiday-themed, pseudo-autobiographical, one-woman show inspired by Patrick Stewart’s A Christmas Carol. Co-writer Michael Schiralli will direct.
Performances begin on Chanukah Eve, Saturday, December 8th and will be Friday & Saturday evenings through December 29th, all at 8pm, at New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street (between Eighth & Ninth Avenues).

Last year, the critics gave Jackie Chanukah Gelt:

In her acclaimed holiday show, this kvetching comedienne is forced to examine her life when she is visited by the Ghosts of Chanukah Past, Present and Future, as well as Molly Picon. What she finds on her quest for fame is that she is a dark desperate diva who would give Scrooge a run for his money.

Tickets will be $39.50 with premium seats available at $59.50 (including a free drink). Tickets may be purchased by visiting Telecharge.com or calling (212) 239-6200. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the New World Stages Box Office. For more information, visit www.newworldstages.com.

New World Stages | 340 West 50th Street
Bbetween Eighth & Ninth Avenues


 

 

December 20, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

BARBARA: A CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
Friday, December 14
Thursday, December 20 @ 7:30PM
Saturday, December 22 @ 7:30PM
December 14 - 22 @ 7:30PM
Laurie Beechman Theatre

Award-winning Barbra Streisand tribute artist Carla DelVillaggio returns to New York City with the premiere of her new holiday show BARBRA: A CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, an evening of festive songs recorded by Streisand. Performances are Friday, December 14; Thursday, December 20 and Saturday, December 22 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre inside the West Bank Café (407 West 42 Street at 9th Avenue -- accessible from all subways/buses to Times Square/Port Authority).

BARBRA: A CHRISTMAS SPECIAL is a joyful holiday-themed evening of jaw-dropping recreations of the legendary Streisand voice by tribute artist Carla DelVillaggio. The show features songs including Christmas Memories, Jingle Bells, What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?, It Must Have Been the Mistletoe, Grown-Up Christmas List, Winter Wonderland and even a Hanukkah song or two as well as a couple of classic Barbra tunes.

Carla DelVillaggio is one of the most successful Barbra Streisand tribute artists in the country, appearing regularly in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and around the country. Her many awards include the Agent’s Best Impressed Award (2008, 2010, 2011, Sunburst Convention, Orlando); Best Overall Celebrity Re-creation Award (2009, 2010, 2011, Sunburst); Rising Star Award (2009, The Reel Awards, Las Vegas); and the Best Showcase Gold Award (2011, Sunburst).

Tickets are $22. All performances are at 7:30pm and doors open one hour before showtime. A full dinner menu and bar are available, with a $15 per person food/beverage minimum. Tickets may be purchased at www.SpinCycleNYC.com or by calling 212-352-3101.

The Laurie Beechman Theatre | Inside the West Bank Café | 407 West 42 Street at 9th Avenue
Accessible from all subways/buses to Times Square/Port Authority


 

December 19, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

“THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG:
The Music of Harold Arlen”
Mondays @ 7, Wednesdays @ 2
Thursdays @ 8.
Dec 20th performance will begin at 7 PM
No performance on Dec 24
Previews Begin December 13
Opens January 10 at 8 PM
St. Luke’s Theatre


THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG: The Music of Harold Arlen, a musical revue featuring Stormy Weather, Come Rain or Come Shine, Paper Moon, Accentuate-The-Positive, Lets Fall in Love, and all the much-loved tunes from THE WIZARD OF OZ, begins previews at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, NYC on Thursday, December 13 and opens officially on Thursday, January 10 at 8 PM.

The Wonderful Wizard of Song moves from The Cotton Club, thru Harold Arlen’s Hollywood Years to Broadway, sharing inside stories of how some of the world’s most beloved songs were created as well as sharing rare behind the scenes footage from The Wizard of Oz taken by Harold Arlen himself. Featuring The Three Crooners, George Bugatti, Marcus Goldhaber and Joe Shepherd, with Antoinette Henry, the Arlen revue makes its New York debut after a national tour to 18 cities and a month-long run at the Debbie Reynolds Theatre in Las Vegas.
The show runs approximately 80 minutes without intermission.

For more information on THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG visit www.thewonderfulwizardofsong.com

Tickets at $69.50 & $39.50 are available via www.telecharge.com or (212) 239-6200. For more info visit www.thewonderfulwizardofsong.com.


St. Luke’s Theatre | 308 West 46th Street, west of 8th Avenues,


 

December 18, 2012

Along with every feeling person in the world, the writers and photographers of New York Cool.com are utterly devastated by what happened in Connecticut. If there is anyway to prevent future tragedies, it can only be through gun control (no assault rifles nor any automatic weapons for anyone other than the military and the police), better mental health screening in our schools and the media must refrain from "legendizing" these killers (Trench Coat Mafia anyone?). Once we all have a moment to recover from our utter shock, this conversation must begin.


 


Wollman Rink Central Park
Photo Credit Angelo Rivera


New York Cool Tip:

L’Enfance du Christ and O magnum mysterium
Tuesday, December 18, 8pm
Carnegie Hall

The New York Choral Society (NYCS) returns to Carnegie Hall under the baton of David Hayes, making his debut as Music Director on Tuesday, December 18th at 8pm for a presentation of two choral works. The concert will open with O magnum mysterium by Pulitzer-prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon. Written for chorus accompanied by a small, novel musical ensemble, O magnum mysterium is an innovative, harmonically rich work that marvels at the mystery of Jesus’ birth, setting the stage perfectly for the Berlioz oratorio that follows. In L’Enfance du Christ, Berlioz tells a dramatic and moving story of Mary, Joseph, and the newborn Jesus in the days following his birth. Berlioz masterfully combines soloists, orchestra and chorus in this composition. Soloists are Heather Johnson, mezzo-soprano; William Burden, tenor; Alan Held, bass-baritone, and Richard Bernstein, bass. This concert will be presented with English supertitles.

$30-80. Tickets may be purchased online at www.nychoral.org or www.carnegiehall.org

Carnegie Hall | 881 7th Avenue New York, NY 10019


 

December 17, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Eve Lesov @ DROM
Monday, December 17th @ 9pm
DROM

Eve Lesov is a project by Eve Lesov (singer-songwriter-pianist), Ricardo Rodriguez (bass) and Josh Schuesterman (drums). Their compositions start with Eve and the piano, allowing for the band to unravel the beauty and intricacy of Eve's songs in thought-through, polished and moving arrangements. Eve's influences include but are not limited to Radiohead, Portishead, Bjork, Blonde Redhead, Tory Amos and Depeche Mode. Eve is also a fan of psychedelic trance, dubstep and pretty much any genre of music that is done tastefully. The artist applies her influences in her own music with a grace and skill of a composer, who is not there to settle for cliche chord changes and overused melodies. In her dramatic works the lyrics are profound, seasoned with a longing darkness, intriguing and piercing at the same time. In her entertaining pieces she is brilliantly witty and funny. Prepare to cry and laugh, because this band knows how to engage the audience.

Event price is $10. Here is the ticket link: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/192087-eve-lesov-new-york/
Telephone number: (212) 777-1157
The event website is: http://www.dromnyc.com/events/2165/eve-lesov

DROM | 85 Ave A (b/w 5th and 6th), New York City, 10009
Closest subway is the 2nd ave stop on the F.
The club is also walkable distance from the 6 (Astor Place) and R, W (8th St - NYU) train stations.


 

December 16, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

New York Cool Tip:

THE COLONIAL NUTCRACKER
Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2pm
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) continues its 2012-2013 season with its annual holiday performance of Dance Theatre in Westchester’s The Colonial Nutcracker on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2pm. Created especially for families with children ages four to ten, The Colonial Nutcracker sets Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet in wintry colonial Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. The production features classics such as “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Waltz of the Snowflakes,” a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and compelling narration that will enhance young viewers’ understanding and enjoyment of this timeless story. Rose Menes’ delightful staging and choreography, coupled with colorful costumes and Tchaikovsky’s enduring score, will captivate audiences of all ages.

Tickets are $10 each, and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm), or online at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College


 

 

Another New York Cool Tip:

Hanukkah Concert - Dana Berger & Dan Toren @ WEBSTER HALL
Sunday. December 16th.
Doors open: 7:30pm // Candle lightning: 8:30pm // Show starts: 9:00pm
The Studio @ WEBSTER HALL

LBNY Productions & Dor Chadash Presents Dana Berger & Dan Toren in a Hanukkah evening of Israeli rock! Join us in lighting the last candle of Hanukkah and celebrating Israeli Rock at its best! Dana Berger is one of the most appreciated female singers in Israel, known for her intellectual, high quality music, and Dan Toren is a musician and actor who has collaborate with the top singers in Israel. The two will join forces to bring us a special concert including greatest hits of "Balagan"

Ticket Price: Pre Sale $45 Door $55
Ticket Link: http://tktwb.tw/TeFny0

Event Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/297489643685744/
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The Studio @ WEBSTER HALL | 125E 11th St, NYC.


 

December 15, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

MUSEUM OF MATHEMATICS GRAND OPENING
Opens to Public in New York City, Saturday, December 15th
Museum of Mathematics

New York City¹s reputation as a world cultural capital will expand this winter when the Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) opens its doors to the public on Saturday, December 15, 2012.

The only math museum in the US, MoMath strives to enhance public
understanding and perception of mathematics in daily life. The Museum¹s
dynamic, interactive exhibits and programs geared for families and
adults will present mathematical experiences that are designed to stimulate
inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of math.

Spearheaded by Glen Whitney, a hedge fund manager turned mathematics
advocate, MoMath will fulfill the incredible demand for hands-on math
programming, creating a space where those who are math-challenged -- as
well as math enthusiasts of all backgrounds and levels of understanding
-- can revel in their own personal realm of the infinite world of
mathematics through state-of-the-art interactive exhibitions.

MoMath, located at 11 East 26th Street, will open to the public on Saturday, December 15, 2012. Museum hours are 10AM-5PM Adult tickets are $15; children¹s tickets are $9. The Museum¹s Opening Ceremony, a black-tie gala, will be held on December
12th, 2012, but the event is sold out.


MoMath | 11 East 26th Street


 

December 14, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Jackie Hoffman
A Chanukah Charol,
Inspired by Patrick Stewart’s A Christmas Carol
Friday & Saturday @ 8PM
December 8 - December 29.
New World Stages


New World Stages will once again present the new Holiday favorite, Jackie Hoffman’s A Chanukah Charol, her holiday-themed, pseudo-autobiographical, one-woman show inspired by Patrick Stewart’s A Christmas Carol. Co-writer Michael Schiralli will direct.
Performances begin on Chanukah Eve, Saturday, December 8th and will be Friday & Saturday evenings through December 29th, all at 8pm, at New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street (between Eighth & Ninth Avenues).

Last year, the critics gave Jackie Chanukah Gelt:

In her acclaimed holiday show, this kvetching comedienne is forced to examine her life when she is visited by the Ghosts of Chanukah Past, Present and Future, as well as Molly Picon. What she finds on her quest for fame is that she is a dark desperate diva who would give Scrooge a run for his money.

Tickets will be $39.50 with premium seats available at $59.50 (including a free drink). Tickets may be purchased by visiting Telecharge.com or calling (212) 239-6200. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the New World Stages Box Office. For more information, visit www.newworldstages.com.

New World Stages | 340 West 50th Street
Bbetween Eighth & Ninth Avenues


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

An Evening with Paulette McWilliams - “Telling Stories”
Friday, December 14, 7pm and 9pm
City College of New York’s Aaron Davis Hall

An Evening with Paulette McWilliams -Telling Stories with The Nat Adderley
Jr. Quartet. Experience the sultry, velvety tones of Jazz and R&B,
sensation Paulette McWilliams at her show entitled Telling Love’s Stories.
For years Paulette has recorded and toured with Michael Jackson, Luther
Vandross, Quincy Jones, Marvin Gaye, Bette Midler, Johnny Mathis, Whitney
Houston and so many more. Now, she is sharing her solo work in her Aaron
Davis Hall debut.

Friday, December 14, 2012 at 7PM & 9PM, Aaron Davis Hall, City College of
New York (Convent Avenue and West 135th Street on City College campus) New
York, NY 10031. Tickets are: $25 (general admission). For more information
and ticket sales visit: www.adhatccny.org or call Aaron Davis Hall Box
office at 212.650.6900.

Doors open at 6:30P.M. and 8:30P.M

Tickets: Price: $25 Visit: www.adhatccny.org
Call: 212.650.6900
Email: adhboxoffice@ccny.cuny.edu

Aaron Davis Hall | Convent Avenue & West 135th Street
On the campus of City College of New York
New York, NY 10031
Bus: M11, M18, M100 or M101 to 135th Street
Subway: 1 to 137th Street; A, C or D to 145th Street
Driving: Free parking at West 133rd Street & Convent Avenue
Parking on the street


Another New York Cool Tip:

Pulse of the City Gala
Friday, December 14, 2012. 6:30pm – Late
Mandarin Oriental – Time Warner Center

Join the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) and special guests to celebrate partnerships in improving patient care at the annual “Pulse of the City” Gala on Friday, December 14, 2012 at The Mandarin Oriental New York at 6:30 p.m. Drs. Martin B. Leon and Gregg W. Stone are co-chairing the event.

Tickets are $1,000 for an individual ticket or $1,750 for a patron ticket. Tables for ten start at $15,000. A limited amount of Junior Committee tickets are available, starting at $250. For more information, contact Judy Romero at 646-434-4608 or jromero@crf.org. To purchase a table, tickets or digital ad, please visit: http://www.pulsegala.org/purchase-tickets.

Mandarin Oriental – Time Warne Center | 80 Columbus Circle New York, NY

 


 

December 13, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

SCHARFFEN BERGER CHOCOLATE MAKER AND LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN
SPECIAL ONE-DAY HOLIDAY EVENT
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13 12-8PM
Chelsea Triangle

In celebration of the holiday season, Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker has partnered with Le Pain Quotidien to host a free one-day holiday event on Thursday, December 13 from 12–7 pm. Chelsea Triangle located at 9th Avenue and 14th Street will be transformed from its usual park space to a Scharffen Berger® chocolate winter wonderland.

The event will feature free samples of Scharffen Berger® Hot Cocoa and Assorted Tasting Squares, as well as an exclusive Scharffen Berger® Chocolate Brownie made by Le Pain Quotidien —who operates a kiosk in the triangle. Attendees will be able to personalize holiday postcards to send to friends and family across the U.S, courtesy of Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker. Festive décor and performances by a professional holiday caroling group will round out the seasonal celebration.

COST FREE and open to the public.

Chelsea Triangle in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District | W 14th St & 9th Ave & Hudson St


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

Museum at Eldridge Street After Hours
December 13, 2012 from 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM
Museum at Eldridge Street

Come celebrate the holiday of Hanukah, the festival of lights, by partaking in one of its sweetest traditions: Hanukah gelt! Using melted chocolate we will mold and shape chocolate coins to give as gifts or eat right away (or maybe both!). Join us for drinks, treats and several rounds of the game of dreidel.

Meet new friends and enjoy a drink at the Museum’s new monthly gathering for people in their 20s and 30s. Our historic venue provides a magnificent and meaningful place to share with your friends, family and significant others. Eldridge Street After Hours take place on the third Thursday of each month.

$10 or $5 if you are a Facebook fan of the Museum

http://www.eldridgestreet.org/december

Museum at Eldridge Street | 12 Eldridge Street New York, NY 10002
(Eldridge St between Canal and Division)


 

December 12, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

DANCE GOTHAM
January 11-13, 2013
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

DANCE GOTHAM expands to three full programs at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts this year, and continues to present a thrilling range of aesthetics and artistry. From post-modern athleticism to seasoned theatricality, these programs, curated by Martin Wechsler, offer choreographic works that are sophisticated, witty, wonderfully intelligent and revealing.

Tickets are $18 ($15 for NYU faculty, staff and alumni) and are available by phone at 212-352-3101 or 866-811-4111 or online at nyuskirball.org.

New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts | 566 LaGuardia Place
(at Washington Square South), NYC.


Another New York Cool Tip:

Special Event: Political Subversities
Wednesday December 12 2012 and Thursday December 13 2012 at 8pm
Ars Nova

Created & Performed by Political Subversities. Directed by Andrew Neisler & Annie Tippe. This team of sketch/musical dynamos is back to take Ars Nova by storm following their summer ANT Fest sell-out! Kick back as they highlight the best of 2012's humorous, foolish and downright absurd happenings in the social and political landscape, in this darkly comic cabaret featuring side-splitting sketches, fast and funny monologues, Broadway-worthy songs and a full, live band!

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

Ars Nova | 511 W. 54th St. New York NY 10019


 

December 11, 2012

New York Cool Tip

NIGHTMARE (BEFORE CHRISTMAS):
THE EXPERIMENT 2012 Edition
December 7,8,9,14,15,16,18,19,20,21,22 and 23 all at 7 and 9 pm,
Family Friendly performances on December 22nd, and 23rd at 3 pm.
DECEMBER 7 – 23, 2011
CLEMENTE SOTO VELEZ CULTURAL CENTER


Psycho Clan, producers of NIGHTMARE, New York’s most horrifying haunted house and the resounding critical and popular success of its most recent incarnation KILLERS: A NIGHTMARE HAUNTED HOUSE have announced that they will bring back the sensory assaulting theatre experience THE EXPERIMENT to the Lower East Side of Manhattan for a second year. A special holiday version of NIGHTMARE (BEFORE CHRISTMAS): THE EXPERIMENT will run December 7 through December 23, 2012 at Los Kabayitos Laboratorio at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center (CSV), 107 Suffolk Street between Rivington and Delancey.

Studies have shown that the anxiety of the holiday season, coupled with seasonal depression, heightens the neurotransmitters associated with feelings of fear. The Psycho Clan plans on exploiting those levels of fear for an adrenaline rushing 50 minutes of twisted holiday pleasure, with NIGHTMARE (BEFORE CHRISTMAS): THE EXPERIMENT. This year has been expanded with all new experiments while taking old ones to a more intense level in this terrifying (and entertaining) examination into the limits of fear.
NIGHTMARE (BEFORE CHRISTMAS): THE EXPERIMENT has been created by the Psycho Clan members: Timothy Haskell, John Harlacher, Paul Smithyman and David Hinkle.

Tickets for NIGHTMARE (BEFORE CHRISTMAS): THE EXPERIMENT are $30 for regular performances, and $15 for the family friendly performances on December 22nd and 23rd at 3 pm and are available at www.hauntedhousenyc.com, or by calling 212.352.3101 or at the box office 1-hour prior to each performance.
Website: www.hauntedhousenyc.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NightmareNYC
Twitter: @NIGHTMARENYC
Visit Timothy Haskell’s blog at www.iscareyou.com


CLEMENTE SOTO VELEZ CULTURAL CENTER | 107 Suffolk Street, New York, NY


Another New York Cool Tip

Punk Jews Documentary - World Premiere
Tuesday December 11th 2012. 7pm and 9pm
JCC Manhattan

"Punk Jews" is a documentary film that follows an underground Jewish community expressing their identity in unconventional ways that challenge stereotypes and break down barriers. From Hassidic punk rockers to Yiddish street performers to African-American Jewish activists, "Punk Jews" shows an emerging movement in New York City of Jews asserting their Jewish identity, defying the norm, and doing so at any cost. The film will be screening twice at 7pm and at 9pm. Both screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Tickets are $11.
Purchase Tickets Here: http://www.jccmanhattan.org/film?page=cat-content&progID=26505
For more info call: 646-505-5708
Watch the trailer at www.punkjews.com.

JCC Manhattan | 334 Amsterdam ave at 76th st, new york, ny 10023


Another New York Cool Tip:

Special Event: On This Island Episode #4
Tuesday December 11 2012 at 8pm
Ars Nova

Hosted by Matt Dellapina. Episode #4 Guest Lineup: Donnetta Lavinia Grays, John Behlmann, Eric Clem, Britannie Bond, Phil Pickens, Vichet Chum, Ashley Grombol, Amy Finkelstein, Adam Knight, Erin Felgar & Rachel Bonds. Join us for episode 4 of Slant Theatre Project's live-theatrical podcast, a night of New York City-inspired storytelling all locals are bound to love! In this episode, Another End Of The World, musicians, writers, and theater artists unite to explore our fascination with doomsday and the inevitable wrecking ball of time. Is the end only in our heads? Or is it right in front of us? Join us on 12/11/12 -- the eve of "the end of the world" -- and decide for yourself.

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

Ars Nova | 511 W. 54th St. New York NY 10019


 

December 10, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Stephanie Hacker Band
December 10, 7:30 PM
Austrian Cultural Forum

Stephanie Hacker performs with her jazz band at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York City. The concert celebrates Hacker’s debut CD, Sensibility, which is a collection of personal, heartfelt songs combining jazz and classical influences with pop-sounds and contemporary rhythms. Her touching and transparent compositions leave room for lively improvisation from Hacker on vocals and piano and her talented band: guitarist Pat Mccann, bassist Dan Fabricatore, and drummer Mark Ferber.

Admission is free, and reservations are required. Reservations can be made via this link or by calling 212-319-5300 x 78.

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



Another New York Cool Tip:

The MARTIN E. SEGAL THEATRE CENTER AT THE GRADUATE CENTER, CUNY
Announces its two final public programs of the Fall 2012 Season:
Living History: Rudi Rosenfeld and Moshe Yassur (Romania) on Yiddish Theatre
On Monday, December 10, 2012 at 6:30pm, Proshansky Auditorium
&
Revisiting the Rosenberg Trial in The Brother (with Sam Roberts, NY Times)
On Monday, December 17, 2012 at 6:30pm, Martin E. Segal Theatre
The Graduate Center, CUNY

On Monday, December 10 and Monday, December 17, 2012, both at 6:30pm, the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at The Graduate Center CUNY will present two FREE public programs to conclude its Fall 2012 season.

Living History: Rudi Rosenfeld and Moshe Yassur (Romania) on Yiddish Theatre.
On Monday, December 10, 2012 at 6:30pm, the Segal Center welcomes living legend Rudi Rosenfeld, the last of his generation of Yiddish-speaking actors in the storied Romanian Yiddish theatre, in conversation with noted Romanian Yiddish theatre director Moshe Yassur. Rosenfeld and Yassur will reflect on the past, present and future of Yiddish theatre in Romania and around the world with a panel of artists and theatre historians. Vibrant from the late nineteenth century onwards but banned during World War II (save for a single Jewish theatre that performed Yiddish plays translated into Romanian, by special decree from the Antonescu regime), Yiddish-language theatre in Romania was consecrated when the new Communist government established the world’s first state-operated Yiddish theatre in Bucharest in 1948. This theatre has been in continuous operation ever since, and now features primarily non-Jewish Romanian actors performing in Yiddish.

Revisiting the Rosenberg Trial in The Brother (with Sam Roberts, NY Times).
On Monday, December 17, 2012 at 6:30pm, the Segal Center welcomes New York Times investigative reporter Sam Roberts and his collaborating playwrights, John Hancock and Dorothy Tristan (Weeds, Bang the Drum Slowly) for a reading of the new stage adaptation of Roberts’ riveting nonfiction book The Brother, a return to the 1950s Cold War treason trial and execution of suspected Soviet spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. The affair caused a global uproar at the time, with the international left defended the couple (Pablo Picasso called the execution a “crime against humanity” and Jean-Paul Sartre called it a “legal lynching”) but the anti-Communist right (including Senator Joe McCarthy and prosecutor Roy Cohn) hounded them. The polarizing case still reverberates in American culture and politics, and details continue to emerge: in 1996, Ethel Rosenberg’s brother David Greenglass—a former machinist at Los Alamos who became a Soviet spy himself and testified against his sister—admitted to Roberts that he had lied under oath to protect his own family. This Segal evening, co-presented with the CUNY Graduate Center’s Science & the Arts series, will feature a reading from Hancock and Tristan’s new play, directed by Ian Strasfogel, followed by a discussion of its endlessly fascinating subject matter with Roberts, both playwrights, and Brian Schwartz (Graduate Center CUNY).
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Both evenings are presented FREE and open to the public.

The Graduate Center, CUNY | 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street) NYC
www.TheSegalCenter.org


 


December 9, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

New York Theatre Ballet Presents
Keith Michael’s Nutcracker
Friday, December 7: 4:30 pm
Saturday, December 8: 11 am, 1 pm, & 3:30 pm
Sunday, December 9: 11 am, 1 pm, & 3:30 pm
Friday, December 14: 10 am, & 12:00 pm
Saturday, December 15: 11 am, 1 pm, & 3:30 pm
Sunday, December 16: 11 am, 1 pm & 3:30 pm
Friday, December 21: 1 pm, &, 3:30 pm
Saturday, December 22: 11 am, & 1 pm
Florence Gould Hall

A Mouse Queen with an 18 foot tail, a luminous owl that soars above the audience, and adorable flower girls are only a few of the highlights of New York Theatre Ballet Keith Michael’s Nutcracker. This one-hour production is the PERFECT introduction to ballet for your little ones ages 3-10. You loved the Nutcracker as a child, now share the magic with you children with a ballet production tailored just for them! Keith Michael’s Nutcracker features a cast that includes both adults and children, intricate sets by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith, and breathtaking costumes designed by the resident costume designer of the Metropolitan Opera, Sylvia Nolan. As thrilling as it is whimsical, let Nutcracker start your holiday season. The production will delight your inner child regardless of your age, and leave you with Sugar Plus Fairies dancing in your head all season long. Nutcracker is at New York City’s Florence Gould Hall.

To purchase tickets please visit: www.nytb.org
Call Ticketmaster at 800.982.2787


Florence Gould Hall | 55 East 59th Street | New York City


New York Cool Tip:



"The Big Apple Posse Trilogy" (all three books) is part of a free promotion today and tomorrow (December 8 -9) at Amazon.com. "The Big Apple Posse Trilogy" is a suspenseful mystery/spy thriller that is only for children if "The Hunger Games" is only for children.

Click here for your free copy which you can download to almost any device.


December 8, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Here is a link to the Django Unchained video. The film will be released on Christmas Day.

DJANGO UNCHAINED
Release Date: December 25, 2012 - Wide
Distributed by: The Weinstein Company
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Written by: Quentin Tarantino

Cast: Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, and Don Johnson

Synopsis: Set in the South two years before the Civil War, DJANGO UNCHAINED stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.

Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.

Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award®-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival…

Written and directed by Academy Award®-winner Quentin Tarantino, DJANGO UNCHAINED is produced by Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone. The executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Michael Shamberg, Shannon McIntosh, and James Skotchdopole. DJANGO UNCHAINED will be released in the U.S. by The Weinstein Company on December 25, 2012, and internationally by Sony Pictures.

Official Trailer link:


 

December 7, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

The New York Virtuoso Sextet Presents Twelfth Night: Renaissance
Christmas Music on December 7 @ 8PM
St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church in Manhattan

The New York Virtuoso Sextet, members of The New York Virtuoso Singers,
Harold Rosenbaum, Conductor and Artistic Director, will present Twelfth
Night: Renaissance Christmas Music, the second concert of their 25th
Anniversary season on Friday, December 7 at 8:00 PM at St. Ignatius of
Antioch Episcopal Church, 87th St. between Broadway and West End Avenue
in Manhattan.

Twelfth Night: Renaissance Christmas Music is a varied program including
devotional music, music in unison, duets, trios, quartets, quintets,
sextets, performed by six members of the New York Virtuoso Singers and
some accompaniment by hand-held percussion instruments.

Concert repertoire will include works by Marenzio, Sweelinck, Des Prez,
Senfl, Costeley, Morales, Praetorius, Monteverdi, Pygott, Vaet and Castro.

Tickets for the December 7 concert are $25/$15 students. For tickets or
more information, call 914-763-3453. Tickets will also be available at
the door 30 minutes before the performance. More about this concert at
http://nyvirtuoso.org/season/.

For MTA transportation information, visit
http://tripplanner.mta.info/_start.aspx.

Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church | 87th St. between Broadway and West End Avenue Manhattan
URL: http://nyvirtuoso.org/

 


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

The New York Virtuoso Sextet Presents Twelfth Night: Renaissance
Christmas Music
Friday, December 7 at 8:00 PM
St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church

The New York Virtuoso Sextet, members of The New York Virtuoso Singers,
Harold Rosenbaum, Conductor and Artistic Director, will present Twelfth
Night: Renaissance Christmas Music, the second concert of their 25th
Anniversary season.

Twelfth Night: Renaissance Christmas Music is a varied program including
devotional music, music in unison, duets, trios, quartets, quintets,
sextets and some accompaniment by hand-held percussion instruments.

Concert repertoire will include works by Marenzio, Sweelinck, Des Prez,
Senfl, Costeley, Morales, Praetorius, Monteverdi, Pygott, Vaet and Castro.

Tickets for the December 7 concert are $25/$15 students. For tickets or
more information, call 914-763-3453. Tickets will also be available at
the door 30 minutes before the performance. More about this concert at
http://nyvirtuoso.org/season/.

St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church | 87th St.
Between Broadway and West End Avenue in Manhattan




December 5, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Beatrice di Tenda
Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at 6pm
Carnegie Hall

The Collegiate Chorale announces its upcoming performance with the American Symphony Orchestra, Beatrice di Tenda by Vincenzo Bellini. The Chorale will feature the extraordinary soprano Angela Meade in the title role of Beatrice di Tenda, along with soloists Jamie Barton, Michael Spyres and Nicholas Pallesen. Set in 15th century Milan and based on a historical figure, the opera tells of the tormented but saintly wife of the Duke of Milan, falsely accused of adultery by the scorned lover of one of her admirers and sentenced to death by her husband. Beatrice di Tenda is characterized by ravishing melodies and exciting finales. It premiered in 1833 and was famously revived in 1961 by Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne, Music Director James Bagwell conducts The Collegiate Chorale and American Symphony Orchestra in this gala concert evening.

Tickets start at $12.50 and are available at www.carnegiehall.org.

Carnegie Hall | 881 7th Avenue, NYC.


 

December 3, 2012 (back posting after bout with flu)

New York Cool Tip:

4TH ANNUAL AFRICAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR CHANGEMAKERS GALA
6:30-7:30pm – VIP Reception & Wine Tasting
7:30pm – General Admission
8pm – Show & Auction
Monday, December 3rd.
CITY WINERY

The Choir will be joined by hosts Connie Britton (currently starring in ABC’s new TV hit ‘Nashville’) & Carla Gugino (currently starring in new TV series ‘Political Animals’) along with a performance by Big Kenny of Big & Rich

On December 3rd, the African Children’s Choir (ACC) will host their 4th annual New York City fundraising gala at the City Winery. The Children will be joined by hosts Connie Britton (three-time Emmy nominee, Friday Night Lights, American Horror Story and ABC’s new TV hit Nashville), Carla Gugino (Entourage, Spy Kids and the new hit TV series Political Animals) along with a unique performance by Big Kenny (singer, songwriter, humanitarian, of country music’s superstar group Big & Rich). Big Kenny will also be receiving a special award for his work in the Sudan.

The night will be in celebration of the Choir along with Broadway’s best to raise money for the renowned organization. The Choir is pleased to announce the details of this year’s gala:


CITY WINERY | 155 Varick Street
Between Spring & Vandam Streets | NYC
accnycgala.eventbrite.com


November 30, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Distinguished Concerts International New York Presents:
The Music of Dinos Constantinides
Friday, November 30, 2012, 8PM
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall

An intimate evening of festive, original music, DCINY will present The Music of Dinos Constantinides on Friday, November 30 at 8:00pm at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall. Described by the New York Times as a composer whose: “music speaks simply, often combining Greek modes ... with an attractive quality of ritual mystery,” Constantinides has written over 250 compositions, several of which have been recorded for Centaur records and performed throughout the US, Europe and Asia.

Tickets: $50
On Sale Now!
Call CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-6500, or visit www.carnegiehall.org.

For more information on group sales and ticket packages, please contact BoxOffice@DCINY.org

Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall | 881 7th Avenue


 

November 29, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Sally Silvers: BONOBO MILKSHAKE,
Or, what happens when Sally meets Sondheim
November 28, 29, 30 & December 1 at 8pm
Roulette

Roulette presents “our favorite queen of the intelligent quirk” (New York Times) — the radical (& iconoclassical) choreographer Sally Silvers — presents her first large group piece since 2009. After decades of her wild, post-Judson experimentation (& after 5 years dancing for Yvonne Rainer), award-winning ‘downtown’ choreography springboards into the witty, wistful sophistication of the Broadway stage. In an extreme mash-up, Silvers puts synchronized swimming, martial arts, roller derby, children’s games, billiards, ice dancing & other instructional material into the mix at Roulette’s gorgeous new Brooklyn space. With a half-dozen Stephen Sondheim musicals as a focus for her madcap lens of off-kilter, playful, inventive dance, BONOBO MILKSHAKE makes for a sexy fresh species of movement art.

Roulette | 509 Atlantic Avenue
Corner of 3rd ave, Brooklyn (2,3,Q,B,R,D Atlantic/Pacific)


Another New York Cool Tip:


CHRIS MARCH'S
BUTT-CRACKER SUITE!
Previews Begin November 24
Open November 30th
Tuesday - Friday at 8:30pm
Saturday at 8:30pm & 10:30pm
Sunday at 4pm & 8:30pm
Added shows Nov. 26 at 8:30, Dec, 26 at 4 and Dec 28 at 10:30pm.
There is no show on Christmas Day
HERE

HERE presents the World Premiere of CHRIS MARCH'S BUTT-CRACKER SUITE! Written, directed, and designed by Chris March ("Project Runway" and Bravo's "Mad Fashion"), previews begin November 24. Opening of this limited run Off-Broadway engagement is set for November 30 at HERE. Project Runway & Mad Fashion Star Premieres Holiday Comedy

CHRIS MARCH'S BUTT-CRACKER SUITE! is an outrageous re-creation of "The Nutcracker" set, of course, in a trailer park. Dancing pink flamingos, cans of Spam, and ugly Christmas sweaters come to life on Christmas Eve… but no Sugar Plum Fairies or Snowflakes in this version! March promises to brighten your holiday season by turning "trash" into this season's most unique and outrageous show. With a lot of fun music, over-the-top costumes, fabulous dancers, and just a hint of blasphemy, this show is the tacky gift that keeps on giving!

March returns to his theater roots with this new holiday comedy. Drawing upon his special brand of no-holds-barred outrageousness, March continues to parody pop culture from his roles in "Christmas with the Crawfords" to his many television appearances. Casting and additional designers will be announced shortly. For more info visit www.butt-crackersuite.com

Chris March is a Drama Desk nominated New York costume and fashion designer known for his appearances on "Project Runway" and his own Bravo show "Mad Fashion". With celebrity clients including Madonna, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Chaka Khan, Chanel, and (yes!) even Meryl Streep. For more info visit www.chrismarchdesigns.com.

This production is a part of the Sublet Series@HERE, HERE's curated rental program, which provides artist with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.

The box office is open after 5pm on show days or 2 hours before any performance. Tickets are $50, 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).


 

November 28, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
OPENING NIGHT GALA BENEFIT PERFORMANCE & PARTY
NOVEMBER 28TH @ 7PM
Hilton New York

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will kick-off a five-week holiday season on November 28th with a star-studded gala benefit performance at New York City Center and party at the Hilton New York. Academy award-winning actress and comedienne Mo’Nique will serve as the evening’s Honorary Chair and Alvin Ailey’s timeless masterpiece Revelations will be sung live with special celebrity guests onstage.

The evening begins with Minus 16, Ohad Naharin’s eclectic dance and musical excursion that delights audiences with improvisation and an invitation to join Ailey’s acclaimed dancers onstage. The inspiring finale of Revelations will be performed live on-stage by special guest musicians. Featured vocalists will include Tony Award-winning actors and singers Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Anika Noni Rose who will sing Fix Me, Jesus; I Wanna Be Ready and Sinner Man respectively.

The event’s co-chairs are Simin & Herb Allison, Kathryn & Kenneth Chenault, Daria L. Foster, Agnes & Gerald Hassell, Debra L. Lee and Joan & Sandy Weill. Proceeds from the Gala will benefit Ailey’s extensive educational programs, including scholarships for the performing artists of the future.

For benefit tickets to the gala performance and dinner-dance in the Hilton New York Grand Ballroom, attended by prominent figures in the worlds of entertainment, business, philanthropy and politics, please call (212) 405-9031.

Performance at New York City Center | 131 West 55th Street
Between 6th and 7th Avenues

Dinner and dancing to follow at Hilton New York | Grand Ballroom
1335 Sixth Avenue, between 53rd and 54th Streets


 

November 27, 2012

New York Cool Tip:


 

November 26, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Composition Concert
Monday, November 12 and Monday, November 26 at 8:00 PM
The Juilliard School’s Paul Hall

A concert featuring new works by Juilliard student composers

FREE; no tickets required

events.juilliard.edu

Paul Hall | 155 W 65th Street, NY, NY 10023


 

November 25, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

The Shaolin Warriors
Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 3pm
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

In 525 AD, a Buddhist monk named Bodhi-dharma founded the Shaolin Monastery in what would later become the Henan Province of China. This elite group of monks soon became world-renowned for their unique combination of disciplined spiritualism and deadly martial arts prowess. Practitioners of the Shaolin philosophy seek to live a balanced life, with a strong and flexible mind housed in a strong and flexible body. Combining elements from Buddhism and Taoism, Shaolin Kung Fu originated from exercises that were developed 1,500 years ago to train monks to withstand long hours of sitting meditation. It has since evolved into a fluid martial art that is fast, evasive, strong, and efficient while being non-confrontational, focusing not on aggression but self-defense.

In this fully choreographed theatrical production, the Kung Fu Masters of The Shaolin Warriors present a portrayal of a typical day in their lives, including the serenity of morning meditation and chants, daily exercises that strengthen both the body and mind, and dazzling synchronized fighting rituals that employ an array of traditional Shaolin weaponry. These highly skilled monks train from a very young age in mental and physical disciplines, allowing them to perform feats one thought only possible in the movies. The production features many forms of Shaolin Kung Fu as well as a look at the daily life of the warriors and their Zen philosophy.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children (ages 12 and under) and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm), or online at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org.

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


 

November 24, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

William Shakespeare
Hit & Run Shakespeare: THE WINTER'S TALE
Saturday, November 24th. 7:00 - 9:30pm
American Globe Theatre

Prepare yourself for fast-paced, high-stakes bardolatry. In Hit & Run Shakespeare, there is NO director, NO rehearsal, and NO plan: just pure, spontaneous PLAY! Our ensemble of actors will come together, fully memorized and with fully developed characters, to create a one-night-only production of Shakespeare’s THE WINTER'S TALE. A referee will ensure that any mistakes on stage are punished appropriately. You, our audience, supply random objects which the actors must use as props. We believe that the joy of live theater lies in its accidents — and watching actors deal with them creatively. The hilarity, the life, the truth of THE WINTER'S TALE will emerge from this sense of play, and the dynamic it creates with you — our audience! Visit accidentalshakespeare.tumblr.com/hit&run for more information about the ‘Hit & Run’ style and the rules of the game! Come Play With Us!

Tickets range between $10-20 and can be purchased at the door. Patrons are advised to bring along some extra cash, as there will be treats available for purchase (courtesy of Biscaitie)!

American Globe Theatre | 145 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
(between 6th and 7th avenues)


 

November 23, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Pianist/Vocalist
Charles Duke
Friday, Nov. 23, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Caffe Vivaldi

Charles Duke, an emerging New York-based pianist, will display his amazing keyboard and vocal skills at a free, one-hour performance at Caffe Vivaldi the day after Thanksgiving. A nice time to come and relax after your holiday feast, and get a taste of one of the city's finest new talents. For more information about Charles, visit http://onesheet.com/charlesdukemusic/splash/

Free. For more information call (212) 691-7538 or visit http://caffevivaldi.com

Caffe Vivaldi | 32 Jones St. (off Bleecker Street, near Seventh Avenue)


 

November 22, 2012


Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Photo Credit Angelo Rivera

Happy Thanksgiving to our readers from the writers and photographers of New York Cool!


 

November 20, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Silence! The Musical
Wednesday/Thursday – 7:00PM
Friday/Saturday – 8:00PM
Sunday – 3PM/7PM
Elektra Theater in Times Square

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

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

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

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

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

Elecktra Theater in Times Square |673 Eighth Avenue (at 42nd St.)



November 19, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Plays from The New Black Fest
With Keith Josef Adkins
Monday, November 19th @ 6:30PM
Martin E. Seagal Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center


The New Black Fest's Keith Josef Adkins, as well as playwrights Dominique Morisseau (2012-2013 PONY Fellow), Paul Notice, and Judith Adong (2012 Fullbright Scholar), join us for an evening of readings and discussion.
Adkins and his collaborators founded the New Black Fest in 2010 to fulfill a need among Black American and Diasporic playwrights for further opportunities to develop new work and connect with audiences outside the confines and criteria of mainstream theatre institutions. The New Black Fest encourages Black playwrights to strive for diverse aesthetics, perspectives, and subject matter. Since its founding, the New Black Fest has produced year-round programming, as well as a fall festival. It also co-founded the American Slavery Project, which showcases plays on American slavery and the Civil War by Black writers.

Free! First come, first served.


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

 


Another New York Cool Tip:

Association of Fundraising Professionals – NYC Chapter
National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Luncheon
Monday, November 19, 2012 12N – 2P
The Plaza

National Philanthropy Day is acknowledged around the world as a signature industry event that brings together the entire spectrum of the nonprofit community and recognizes the profound impact that philanthropy has on the fabric of society. AFP/NYC celebrates the occasion each November with more than 300 nonprofit professionals honoring New York City’s most prominent philanthropists. The luncheon is highlighted by a conversation with a noted philanthropist and a renowned journalist.

FOR INFORMATION: 212-582-8565 or hkoenig@kellencompany.com www.nycafp.org

The Plaza | 768 Fifth Avenue, New York City


November 18, 2012

New York Cool Tip (last day for Holiday House):

 

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


 

November 17, 2012

New York Cool Tip:



"The Big Apple Posse Trilogy" (all three books) is part of a free promotion today and tomorrow (November 17 - 18) at Amazon.com. The Big Apple Posse Trilogy is a suspenseful mystery/spy thriller that is only for children if "The Hunger Games" is only for children.

Click here for your free copy which you can download to almost any device.



 

November 16, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Opera Ebony - Concert Sass’ N Class
Friday, November 16th at 7PM
6:30PM Doors Open
Aaron Davis Hall

America’s Longest Running African American Opera Company Kicks Off Their
40th Anniversary at City College of New York’s Aaron Davis Hall |Friday,
November 16

Opera Ebony, America’s longest surviving African American Opera company
begins the celebration of its 40th anniversary with a performance of Sass’
N Class. This production was originally conceived and directed by founder
and music director, Wayne Sanders. Sass’ N Class, is an elegant evening
reflecting smart, sophisticated songs and moods, all performed with great
flair and pizzazz. The production is a celebration of America’s best
popular music, joyously performed by singers with a jazz, pop and
classical music merge.

Tickets are: $35 (general admission). For more information
and ticket sales visit: www.adhatccny.org or call Aaron Davis Hall Box
office at 212.650.6900.

Aaron Davis Hall | City College of New York
(Convent Avenue and West 135th Street on City College campus)
Bus: M11, M18, M100 or M101 to 135th Street
Subway: 1 to 137th Street; A, C or D to 145th Street
Driving: Free parking at West 133rd Street & Convent Avenue or parking on
the street


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

Wasted Cinema Presents:
Drive Angry
Friday, November 16 7PM-11PM
Legends

On November 16th, join Wasted Cinema for a bad movie while doing some good. All raffle sales and a portion of food & liquor sales will go towards Hurricane Sandy relief. Wasted Cinema will also be accepting goods donations of non-perishable items and general supplies (visit website for updated needs). As always, the event will feature a raffle, live Twitter feed, drink specials, and more.
http://www.wastedcinema.com/events.html

FREE

Legends | 6 W 33rd St.


November 15, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

WORKS IN SERIES
Lori Landau
No Opening Reception
November 16 - December 14th
Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri / 11-6 pm
New York Open Center Gallery

The New York Open Center Gallery is pleased to present Works In Series by photographer and painter, Lori Landau. Lori Landau’s two series, Nature of Mind and Elemental Soul explore the intimate connection between meditative and creative states. Through her painting and camera lens, nature manifests as a visual poem. This body of work illuminates the impressionistic essence of water, trees, wind and the soul within. With a deep reverence for the natural world, Landau captures that instant of the enigmatic spirit of her surroundings. This is the artist’s 2nd solo exhibition at the gallery. www.opencenter.org/gallery

Works In Series is curated by Lola C. Shepard

Free and open to the Public.

For more information: lola@opencenter.org

New York Open Center | 22 East 30th St. 2nd Flr. NY, NY 10016
T: 212-219-2527 | www.opencenter.org/gallery | Trains: N,R to 28th / 6 to 28th or 33rd


Another 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

 



 

November 14, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Cotton Club Parade
Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Friday at 8 p.m.
Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
November 14–18, 2012:
New York City Center

Jared Grimes, Joshua Henry, Adriane Lenox and Amber Riley (“Glee”) will star in New York City Center’s acclaimed production of Cotton Club Parade, returning for seven performances from November 14–18, 2012. Conceived by Jack Viertel and presented under the auspices of City Center’s Tony Award–winning Encores! series, Cotton Club Parade will once again be directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, with music direction by Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis. The show will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center All Stars under the direction of Daryl Waters.

Tickets start at $29 and are available at the New York City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues), through CityTix® at 212-581-1212, or online at NYCityCenter.org. Further information is available at NYCityCenter.org and jalc.org.

New York City Center | 131 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Associates Committee
Annual Fall Party
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
7:00 pm Cocktails
8:00 pm Dinner
Four Seasons Restaurant

On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Associates Committee will host its annual Fall Party. This glittering event will be held at the Four Seasons Restaurant, kicking off with cocktails followed by a three-course dinner and dancing. All proceeds from the evening benefit The Pediatric Family Housing Endowment, for which The Associates Committee has pledged to raise $2 million in five years. This fund pays for overnight stays at special nearby accommodations when children and their families come from out of town for treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s renowned Pediatric Department and are unable to afford this expense. The glamorous evening is sponsored by Max Mara and is co-chaired by Hayley Bloomingdale, Joanna Baker de Neufville, Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler and Cynthia Smith and Honorary Chairman Maria Giulia Maramotti, of Max Mara.

Sponsor: Max Mara
Fall Party Chairmen:
Hayley Bloomingdale
Joanna Baker de Neufville
Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler
Cynthia Smith

Fall Party Honorary Chairman: Maria Giulia Maramotti

Associates Chairman: Shoshanna Gruss
AssociatesVice-Chairmen: Kate Allen
Dara O’Hara
Eleanor Ylvisaker

Tickets/Information: Contact Megan Mitchell @ The Society of MSKCCmitchem1@mskcc.org / 212.639.2064 Website: www.thesocietyofmskcc.org

The Four Seasons Restaurant | 99 East 52nd St
New York, NY 10022

 


 

November 13, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Ensemble ACJW
Tuesday, November 13 at 8:00 PM
The Juilliard School’s Paul Hall

Part of Carnegie Hall’s Voices from Latin America festival and an encore of the November 11th Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert, Ensemble ACJW performs works by Latin American composers from the last century—Hector Villa Lobos, Silvestre Rerueltas, Ana Lara, and Astor Piazzolla

FREE tickets available 10/30

events.juilliard.edu

Paul Hall | 155 W 65th Street, NY, NY 10023

 

November 12, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

 


Yemen Blues
Nov. 12th at 8:00PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM.
Dida performs at 7:00
Highline Ballroom


Yemen Blues: Infusing modern day blues with an elegant ethnic twist.

On November 12th at 8pm, something spectacular is going to take place in the Meat Packing district in New York City. "Yemen Blues"; a collective that has been described as a one of the most gripping and electrifying live ensembles in contemporary music today, will take the stage at Highline Ballroom and grace us with their innovative interpretations of ancient Yemini music infused with modern day Jazz.

"Yemen Blues", led by singer and front man, Ravid Kahalani, presents an undeniable mix of jazz tonalities that cross into funk, ringing out an ode to African grooves and a modern echo of Kahalani's ancestral rhythms. Shaped by his origins as a Yemeni Jew, the hypnotizing resonance of Kahalani's voice creates a canvas printed both with deep emotions and enchanting jubilation. Stretching like a slow caravan crossing the desert, it winds through West African blues and the thousand and one vibrations of the Sahara, Nubian, Gnawi, Touaregs, Saidi, and Bambara. Accompanied by percussion, oud, cello, and brass instruments, Yemen Blues gives a live performance that is an eruption of dance that is both complex and resolutely modern.


Yemen Blues will perform at the Highline Ballroom on Monday, November 12 at 8:00PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Dida performs at 7:00.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 day of show and can be purchased at http://highlineballroom.com/show/2012/11/12/yemen-blues-ft-ravid-kahalani/

Highline Ballroom | 431 West 16th Street New York, NY 10011


Another New York Cool Tip:

Zombie Prom
Monday November 12th @ 8PM
Sullivan Hall


Personal Space Theatrics is a volunteer run non-profit theater that relies on this fund raiser and we are extremely fortunate to be able to host this year's Prom. After the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, we thought the Zombie Prom was a goner. After hearing that the Halloween Parade was not being rescheduled, we couldn't in good conscience, let all those awesome costumes go to waste. We also couldn't throw a celebration without considering those who got the worst of Sandy’s wrath. Therefore, the ZOMBIE PROM HAS BEEN RESURRECTED, with 20% of all proceeds going to Hurricane Relief via The Mayor’s Fund for NYC.

Tickets $15 (dropped from $20)
Advance Tickets Available at Ticket Web
80% of proceeds benefit Personal Space Theatrics
20% of proceeds will benefit the Mayor’s Fund
for NYC (Hurricane Relief)


Sullivan Hall | 214 Sullivan Street | (between Bleecker and West 3rd)




Another New York Cool Tip:

7th Annual Latin American Cultural Week (LACW)
Presented by Pan American Musical Art Research (PAMAR)
November 9 though 19
Venues throughout New York City

Pan American Musical Art Research (PAMAR), founded and directed by Polly
Ferman, announces the 7th Annual Latin American Cultural Week (LACW),
November 9 though 19. This will be a diverse and dynamic showcase of the
rich culture of Latin America throughout New York City, with theater,
music, dance, film, auctions and visual arts presentations.

For complete LACW event listings, visit http://www.lacw.net/.

Venues throughout New York City


 

November 11, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

"B'Aliya-Rising Up To A Better Future"
Sunday, Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. EDT
Opera Gallery NY


ELEM-Entry NY is hosting its 5th Annual Israeli Art Auction: "B'Aliya-Rising Up To A Better Future" to raise money for Russian immigrant youth, who suffer from absorption difficulties and have problems with family and schooling. The program provides counseling and guidance with an emphasis on strengthening self-esteem and developing talents and abilities. rt includes, paintings, sculptures and photographs. Many are scholarship recipients from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.

Tamar Tal, winner of the Ophir award (the Israeli equivalent to the Oscar) for her documentary film Hatzalmania (“Life in Stills”), donated her photographic piece, Wve.
Other artists include, but are not limited to Naama Tsabar, Sivan Sternbach and Ohad Matalon

Tickets are $35 per person and are available at the door or can be purchased at http://www.elem.org/events/.


Opera Galley | 115 Spring Street, N.Y., N.Y.


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

Meredith Vieira Productions Presents
LIFE IN A MARITAL INSTITUTION
(20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Hour)
Sunday, November 11th at 7:00pm
Stage 72

On Sunday, November 11th at 7:00pm Meredith Vieira Productions presents LIFE IN A MARITAL INSTITUTION (20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Hour)

First comes love. Then comes marriage counseling. After a sold-out and critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run and national tour, “This American Life” contributor James Braly returns to New York City for one-night-only with his darkly comic story about what thirteen couples counselors have called a passionate, bi-polar relationship. Hailed as “never less than excellent” by The New York Times and “gaspingly funny” by Variety, Braly dives head first into a tale of attraction, repulsion, death, and the afterlife. It’s 20 years of monogamy in one terrifying evening. Produced by Meredith Vieira Productions. TALK-BACK WITH PRODUCER MEREDITH VIEIRA TO IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW PERFORMANCE

Tickets range from $20 - $30.
For more information visit http://www.nycomedyfestival.com/comedian/james-bralys/


Stage 72 (Formerly The Triad) | 158 West 72nd Street New York, NY 10023


 

November 10, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

The New Yorker’s Eighth Annual Passport to the Arts Event
A Benefit for the American Red Cross, Greater New York Region
Saturday, November 10th
Various Times and Venues

On Saturday, November 10th, 2012, the New Yorker Promotion Department will host its eighth annual Passport to theArts. This perennially popular event offers a curated look at the art scene in SoHo and Chelsea, and features a self-guided tour of leading galleries, a private cocktail party, and a silent auction benefitting the American Red Cross, Greater New York Region. Tickets are $55 each, or two for $99, and are available for purchase at www.newyorkeronthetown.com/passport.

On Saturday, November 10th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., participants will pick up a program guide, a map, and an official passport at Passport to the Arts headquarters, located at the AFA gallery, 54 Greene Street (at Broome Street). At each gallery on the self-guided tour, passports will be stamped with a replica of a featured work of art by established and emerging artists. After the tour, participants are invited to a cocktail reception featuring a silent auction of eighteen artworks. Artistsfeatured on the stamps and in the auction include Rackstraw Downes, Thornton Dial, Mike Metz, and more. The reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hudson Studios (601 West 26th Street, 13th Floor), and will feature the debut of 4J Limited, a culinary arts experience with celebrated chefs Jonathan Waxman, Jimmy Bradley, Joey Campanaro, and Jason Giagrande.

Galleries on the tour include AFA, Alexander and Bonin, Andrew Edlin Gallery, Aperture Foundation, Betty Cuningham Gallery, ClampArt, CUE Art Foundation, Danziger Gallery, Derek Eller Gallery, Galerie Lelong, Jack Shainman Gallery, James Cohan Gallery, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Kent Fine Art, Mixed Greens, Monya Rowe Gallery, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, and ZieherSmith.

Seventy-five percent of the funds raised by the silent auction benefit the American Red Cross, Greater New York Region.

For the first time, this year’s event will also include a farmer’s market lunch exclusively available to MasterCard cardholders prepared by 4J Limited and New York City chefs Jimmy Bradley (Red Cat, The Harrison) and Joey Campanaro (The Little Owl). The lunch will include a presentation on holiday menu inspiration. Tickets for the lunch are available beginning October 22nd at http://www.newyorkeronthetown.com/passport/.
The New Yorker’s Passport to the Arts event is supported by MasterCard, Austria Tourism Bureau, EILEEN FISHER, FujiFilm, Germany Tourism Bureau, Olay, Starbucks Verismo, Switzerland Tourism Bureau, and Taiwan Tourism Bureau.

For more information, including a full list of participating galleries and artists, visit http://www.newyorkeronthetown.com/passport/. Tickets are available via TicketWeb at www.ticketweb.com or by phone at 866-777-8932.

Various Times and Venues


 

November 9, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Shaking Things Up for Parkinson's
Friday, November 9th, 2012, 7pm-11:30pm
Studio Arte

On November 9th, 2012, at 265 West 37th St, 17th floor, New York, NY, Oil Painter and Member of Team Fox, benefiting The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Justin Sonny Eagles and a crew of emerging artists of all sorts will be showcasing their talents to help raise money for the fight against Parkinson’s. This event will include painting, photography and fashion, as well as drinks and hors d’ oeuvres. Half of the admission fee of $50.00 will be donated to the Foundation, as well as proceeds from raffles to win goods of all choices. Come, enjoy the Art, hang out, win raffles, Dance, get your Drink on, get your Grub on, and help a good cause.

$50. ( 1/2 towards the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research)
www.shakingthingsup.weebly.com

Studio Arte | 265 W 37th st, 17th floor, New York, NY, 10018


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

Ensemble Pi:
“What Must Be Said”
November 9 & 10 @ 8 p.m.
The Cell theatre (NYC)

Premiere of Eisler on the Go by Great Small Works; excerpts from Kristin Norderval’s opera The Trials of Patricia Isasa; Susan Botti’s Lament: The Fallen City

The socially-conscious new music collective Ensemble Pi has collaborated with the theater company Great Small Works to create Eisler on the Go -- an animated puppet show with live music on the life and work of German/Jewish composer Hanns Eisler to premiere on November 9 and 10 (8 p.m.) at the cell theatre (NYC). Eisler on the Go is presented as part of Ensemble Pi's 7th Annual Peace Concert, "What Must Be Said," showcasing three composers whose work -- or life -- addresses some of the "silences" enforced or suggested by governments or the media.

The concert will also feature "Three Character Studies", excerpts from The Trials of Patricia Isasa, an opera by American/Norwegian composer Kristin Norderval, commissioned by Ensemble Pi with support from Det Norske Komponistfond. Featuring a libretto by Naomi Wallace, the work is based on the story of Patricia Isasa who at 16 years old was kidnapped by the Argentine police, tortured and held prisoner without trial for two and a half years. One of Patricia Isasa’s torturers was a graduate of the U.S-based School of the Americas, which trained numerous Latin American military officers, many of who were later connected to human rights abuses.

TICKETS: $15 ($10 for students and seniors)
INFO: (646) 861-2253 | http://www.thecelltheatre.org | www.ensemble-pi.org

The Cell Theatre | 338 West 23rd Street, NYC


Another New York Cool Tip:

7th Annual Latin American Cultural Week (LACW)
Presented by Pan American Musical Art Research (PAMAR)
November 9 though 19
Venues throughout New York City

Pan American Musical Art Research (PAMAR), founded and directed by Polly
Ferman, announces the 7th Annual Latin American Cultural Week (LACW),
November 9 though 19. This will be a diverse and dynamic showcase of the
rich culture of Latin America throughout New York City, with theater,
music, dance, film, auctions and visual arts presentations.

For complete LACW event listings, visit http://www.lacw.net/.

Venues throughout New York City


 

November 8, 2012

New York Cool Tip:

Into the Light: The Healing Art of Kalman Aron
Thursday, November 8th. 6:30pm-8:30pm
Museum of Jewish Heritage

A six-year-old girl sits for her portrait by an unknown artist…. Fifty years later, he asks her to write his story. Renowned artist, Kalman Aron and author Susan Beilby Magee, discuss Aron’s emergence from the ashes of the Holocaust and his exploration of the nature of humankind, his own humanity and the mystery of life—on canvas. They reveal how Aron resolved fundamental life issues: How does one respond to the extremes of human brutality? What happens to the rage, sorrow and despair? Does one chose to remember, forgive, and heal? Following the presentation, a book-signing celebrating the October publication of Hard Press Editions & Posterity Press’ INTO THE LIGHT: The Healing Art of Kalman Aron will be held with Aron and Magee. The book relates the life of this émigré artist from his youth as an art prodigy in Latvia, through four years of darkness in Holocaust slave labor and concentration camps—where drawing portraits of guards for morsels of food would save him from starvation. Tracing themes of courage, art, transformation and Holocaust history, INTO THE LIGHT presents a visual record of one man’s journey from the darkness into the light. “This book is a universal story about healing,” says Magee. “Its lessons relate to all who have suffered—physically or psychologically, whether collectively or individually. I hope it may guide all who seek to put their suffering aside and reclaim their light.”

Free and Open to the Public with Advance Registration, to register please visit
http://kalmanaron.com/events/susan-b-magee-museum-of-jewish-heritage-11-8-12/


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


 

Another New York Cool Tip:

Fengar Gael's
THE ISLAND OF NO TOMORROWS
Wednesdays- Saturdays Nov. 7-17 at 8PM
Benefit Reception/Performance Thurs. Nov. 8 at 7PM
Sunday Matinees Nov. 4, 11, 18 at 3PM
Sunday Talkbacks: Nov. 4 (Meet the Artists) & Nov. 11
Interart Theatre

“Women in Theatre”: League of Professional Theatre Women’s “30 Plays Celebrate 30 Years Series”

Produced by the multiple HOLA Award winning MulitStages Company and the Interart Theatre Development Series, Fengar Gael’s The Island of No Tomorrows is an erotic, quixotic musical fantasy directed by MultiStages Artistic Director Lorca Peress. When the infant Esperanza’s mother dies in childbirth she is given an artificial heart but is not expected to live. Her father, Don Hilardo, sequesters her at “Villa Leche”, his idea of heaven on earth, surrounding her with a bevy of nursing mothers whom he pays to keep her comfortable until the arrival of the dreaded day. But Esperanza defies the odds in this madcap exploration of sexual subjugation, political oppression and parenting in the electronic age. The cast features Richarda Abrams*, Jen Anaya, Debra Cardona*, Pedro Carmo, Veronica Cruz*, Alexis Lauren Kinney*, Lina Sarrello* and Alexis Sweeney *(Members of Actors’ Equity). Original music is by Platinum composer Anika Paris (ASCAP, HOLA Award winner) and Nancy Binns Reed,. Projection Design is by Obie and Drama Desk Award winner Jan Hartley.

Tickets $18, Students/Seniors $15 Box office: SMARTTIX (212) 868-4444 or www.smarttix.com

Interart Theatre | 500 West 52nd Street, 2nd Fl. Off 10th Ave. NYC


November 7, 2012

Congratulations to President Barack Obama for winning another four year term. Also, a big thumbs up to to Senator Kristen Gillibrand for winning a full six year term to the US Senate.

New York Cool Tip:

ANTONIO RAMOS: Works in Progress
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Black Box Theater El Museo del Bario

Enjoy a special performance by Antonio Ramos as he invites audiences to experience his choreography, often marked by humor and an inventive exploration of the mundane. Kyle Bukhari will join Ramos in conversation about the influences in his early career and where he finds inspiration today.

Admission: Free, RSVP required
Click here for more details and to RSVP.


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

 



November 6, 2012

Today is election day. Please vote!

New York Cool Tip:



BACK IN BLACK TIE:
Election Night 2012 with The Billionaire Follies
Tuesday, November 6 at 8pm
The Cutting Room

“as savvy as they are hilarious” -- The Village Voice

The Wealthiest 1% are back with a plan to Occupy Election Night! The winning satirists of the Billionaire Follies (formerly of Billionaires For Bush) present BACK IN BLACK TIE on Tuesday, November 6 at The Cutting Room.

BACK IN BLACK TIE is a comic, sexy, cabaret-style show hosted by Mitt “Corporations Are People” Romney with a little help from George W. Bush and his billionaire buddies. They’re serving up an evening of wicked original songs, saucy parodies, Billionaire Burlesque, and George’s lessons for Mitt on how to be electable. Attendees can compete for the title of Best Dressed Billionaire and win prizes in the audience-favorite game show, “Did He Say It.”

The show will be followed by an election results screening party, with election returns showing throughout the venue. Join the Billionaires at the gorgeous new Cutting Room and ring in election night in style...because whatever happens, won’t you want to have a drink in your hand?

The creative team is led by head writers Melody Bates and David Bennett (Dick Cheney’s Holiday Spectacular, Summer in the Hummer), joined by producer James Simon (Play On!, Bells Are Ringing), and “Billionaires” Ivy League-Legacy, Noah Countability, Maura Lee Bankrupt, Fonda Sterling, and Rob Dapore.

The Billionaire Follies began as the performing wing of Billionaires For Bush, celebrating all things right wing in song and sketch during George W. Bush’s second term. Over the years, the Follies have performed everywhere from the National Press Club (where Al Franken opened for them) to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the Million Worker March, to venues including Webster Hall, 45 Bleecker Theater, Acme and The Slipper Room in New York. They have performed live on FuseTV, Air America’s Majority Report, WBAI, and WNYE. They have also been featured in many documentary films about the progressive movement including “Aftershock: American Voices.” For more information visit www.BillionaireFollies.com.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at www.SpinCycleNYC.com or by calling 212-352-3101.

The Cutting Room | 44 East 32 Street at Park Avenue
Accessible from the #6 train at 33rd Street.


Another New York Cool Tip for Election Day:

Here is a fun Youtube video "supporting" The Tea Party's platform:
"I Ain't Funding That Sh*t"


 


 

November 4, 2012

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November 3, 2012

We are back online after the devastation of Sandy. Manhattan was hit but we were only marginally harmed (everything above 40th Street was unharmed so we of the lower 40 only need to trek uptown for supplies) unlike our fellow New Yorkers on Staten Island, Coney Island and the poor people in Breezy Point who lost their entire neighborhood. Our New Jersey neighbors took the brunt of the storm and are also still suffering. Please log on to the Redcross and help.

Please vote next week. The last very thing our nation needs is the leadership of a man (Romney) who wants to dismantle FEMA as one of many proposed slashes to the safety net so the uber rich can continue to enjoy low tax rates. There are supposedly no atheists in fox holes and I bet no one trapped on the second floor of a flooded house refused a FEMA rowboat.

I am not going to post any New York Cool Tips because I have no idea if any of the events in our listing section will actually take place.


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