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September 4, 2015

New York Cool Tip:

HENRIETTA STEVENTON'S
"ENNUI: AN ENGLISH COMEDY WITH A FRENCH TITLE
FOR AN AMERICAN AUDIENCE"
August 30 at 2:00 PM
September 1 at 6:30 PM
September 2 at 6:30 PM
September 3 at 6:30 PM
September 5 at 2:00 PM
September 5 at 8:00 PM
September 6 at 5:00 PM.
Theater for the New City (Community Theater)

Henrietta Steventon wrote "Ennui: An English Comedy with a French title for an American audience" to tackle everything from theater politics to the career of an actor and the challenge of separating work from personal life. It is a play within a play set in rehearsals for a newly discovered Noël Coward play. The actors are thrown together and must define new personae in the context of those around them. We see the work that goes into putting on a show and how personal motivations drive each actor's contribution to the form of the final product. The boundaries that separate theater and real life blur and the play they are putting on becomes an arena through which to express truer desires. "Ennui..." will have its world premiere in Theater for the New City's 2015 Dream Up Festival August 30 to September 6, directed by the author. Roger and his fiancee, Lauren, are cast in the two leading roles. She, however, is unaware that her husband-to-be and the director, Lucretia, were an item in the past and still have unresolved feelings. Meanwhile, the two devious understudies, Edwin and Ethel, are plotting ways to sabotage the leading actors. Lucretia's dim-witted assistant, Mary, causes chaos with poorly-timed comments. Rejected actor Craig protests outside the theater. The dialogue is clever and the humor is sharp. Many of the lines are replete with hidden meanings and audiences find themselves pulled into a world of wordplay, deception and murder. The various storylines come to a head with a funny and dramatic ending, playfully assuming a whodunit form that allows each character to realize their goals.

Tickets $15
Box office: (212) 254-1109


Buy tickets online: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=enn645

For more information: http://www.jsnyc.com/season/dreamup_2015/ennuiant.htm

Theater for the New City | 155 First Avenue
(between 9th and 10th Streets)
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: (212) 254-1109
Fax: (212) 979-6570


 

September 3, 2015

New York Cool Tip:
Satellite Collective (name of the event)
September 3-5, 2015. 8pm.
BAM Fishman Space

Satellite Collective presents cutting edge, interdisciplinary works at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Fishman Space, 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY, from September 3-5, 2015 at 8pm. Tickets are $25-$35 ($10 students) and are available at http://www.bam.org/satellitecollective, by phone at 718-636-4100, or in person at the BAM box office. Tickets will be on sale beginning July 25, 2015.


In its second season at BAM, Satellite Collective seeks to secure its role as a leading voice of interdisciplinary art in New York City. Created specifically for the Fishman Space, Satellite Collective's September performances will employ the collaborative visions of 29 artists from across the nation. The evening will premiere post-classical music by four composers, ballet and modern dance works by three choreographers, a new animated set, two new short films, and a spoken work. By turns jubilant, mournful, violent, and tender, this diverse assemblage of artists and art forms will draw audiences through a spectrum of vibrant emotion. Damian Smith, former principal of San Francisco Ballet, is artistic advisor for the program.

The evenings include:

. "I Can Help You" - spoken word by Stelth Ulvang of The Lumineers

. "SOLO" - a dance work by Devin Alberda of the New York City Ballet

. "A Pair of Ideal Landscapes" - Dance + Film by Esme Boyce and Lora Robertson with score by Richie Greene including harp and soprano

. "Water" - a new cello composition by David Moss with soundscape by Richie Greene

. "Music for Dance" - earthy, dynamic music of the Satellite Ensemble

. "Edie Leaves Twice" - a short film by Lora Robertson with score by Ellis Ludwig Leone of San Fermin, and libretto by Creative Director Kevin Draper

. "Walled City" - Dance + Multimedia by Manuel Vignoulle (formerly of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet), Kevin Draper, Brandon Stirling Baker and Nick Jaina

"These are people who know how to produce a show." - Siobhan Burke, The New York Times

For more information about Satellite Collective, visit www.satellitecollective.org.

BAM Fishman Space|321 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217


 

September 2, 2015

New York Cool Tip:

ZHANG HOUDING
“Legend Of The White Snake” & “The Jewelry Purse”
September 2nd & 3rd at 8:00pm
DAVID H. KOCH THEATER (Lincoln Center)

For the first time outside of China, The China Arts & Entertainment Group (CAEG), a creative enterprise under the administration of the Ministry of Culture for the People’s Republic of China and the National Academy Of China Theatre Arts proudly present Zhang Houding (one of China’s most popular performers) with the Peking Opera at the David H. Koch Theater (Lincoln Center) at 8:00pm on September 2nd Legend Of The White Snake” and on the 3rd “The Jewelry Purse”. This historical special engagement is the fifth production in an ongoing relationship between CAEG and the David H. Koch Theater. This January 7-10, 2016, CAEG will present a new attraction, their 6th at the theater. These presentations showcase China’s historical contribution to the world of theater and art by presenting the finest in Chinese contemporary and classical performing arts to the United States. http://davidhkochtheater.com/

Prior to this historical presentation – there will be a series of talks/lectures around New York City. Three have already been presented. Upcoming programs are Friday, July 17 6:30pm at Pace University by the New York Chinese Opera Society; tba later in July at the China Institute by Ben Wang; and a later one tba at Columbia University.
Zhang Huoding, is one of China’s most renowned and loved performing artists. Thanks to her melodious singing voice and her outstanding performances, not only have the elderly followed her career, the youth have given her pop star-like status. This year Zhang Huoding returned to the stage following a four-year hiatus to care for her baby. Zhang's comeback performance in Shanghai caused quite a buzz in the country. Tickets immediately sold out, and the organizer had a policy for ticket sales - one ID card to buy two tickets only. And in April, fans around the country travelled to Beijing for those immediately sold out concerts. Following her initial schooling, she entered the Tianjin Opera School. Upon graduation, she was admitted into the ZHANYOU Peking Opera Troupe in Beijing. In 1995, she transferred to the National Peking Opera Company. Her singing, acting and dancing possess the characters of the great China masters. In 2007, she performed a solo concert of symphonic opera in the Great Hall of the People, becoming the first opera performer there. A year later she joined NACTA to work as a teacher.

Tickets are: $22, $37, $57, $77, $107, & premium seats $167 plus $3 facility charge. Tickets can be purchased at the box office and at (212) 496-0600; or by Fax at (212) 580-2545 and on the web. http://davidhkochtheater.com/

DAVID H. KOCH THEATER (Lincoln Center)


 

August 31, 2015

New York Cool Tip:

NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL
ANNOUNCES ADDED PERFORMANCES FOR BEST-SELLERS
17 Performances Added on August 30, 2015
** All part of the new New FringeFAVE Program **


The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) announces the productions selected for its newest program: FringeFAVE. On August 30th, one final performance slot in each of the 17 theaters hosting the festival has been given to the best-selling show in that venue. Tickets for all of these "favorite" shows are now on sale at www.FringeNYC.org.

The inaugural FringeFAVE shows are:

• Being Seen
When an actress responds to a casting notice, it doesn't go as expected.
64E4 UNDERGROUND at 4:00pm

• Beware The Chupacabra!
A dressmaker embarks on a dark, musical journey to jungles of Mexico in pursuit of a legendary a mythical beast.
Lynn Redgrave Theater @ Culture Project at 3:30pm

• Coping
When Connor commits suicide, his friends are left grasping the shards of his life.
Teatro SEA at the Clemente at 4:45pm

• Divine/Intervention
Glenn Milstead, the quiet man behind the mascara, struggles with his inner demons and his larger-than-life creation, drag star Divine.
The SoHo Playhouse at 5:30pm

• Elephants and Other Worldly Dilemmas
Five unique personalities discover that sometimes it takes a dead elephant in the room to show you what you believe in.
The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at 4:15pm

• Father Kennedy
As mall town priest embarks on an epic journey to sabotage his sister's engagement.
Robert Moss Theater at 440 Studios at 4:45pm

• Feelings: because why pretend the show is about anything else?
When things end with the girl Tim hopes to marry, he decides to fall for his male best friend.
Spectrum at 3:30pm

• Hamlet the Hip-Hopera
Trapped in a castle under siege, characters dive into musical madness through soaring hip-hop ballads, weaving The Bard’s verse with the lyricism of a new age.
Teatro LATEA at the Clemente at 4:30

• Hick: A Love Story, The Romance of Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt
When Eleanor Roosevelt became First Lady in 1933, she had a lesbian lover -- Lorena Hickok, a famous journalist. This is their story.
DROM at noon.

• Loose Cannon
From Moliére in IKEA to Chekhov in a Tex-Mex restaurant, this series of short comedies satirizes American consumerism in the style of canonical playwrights.
The Kraine Theater at 3:00pm

#LoveStory
Zoe gets a one-of-a-kind musical crash course on finding love in the digital age.
Theatre 80 at 3:30pm

• Maybe Tomorrow
A woman chooses to live exclusively in her boyfriend’s bathroom.
Under St. Marks at noon

• Night of The Living
A decaying marriage fights to survive as a zombie pandemic quietly infects the couple's insular world.
64E4 MAINSTAGE at 4:45pm

• Plath.
This new musical follows Sylvia Plath’s years at Smith College.
The Theater at the 14th Street Y at 5pm

• The Starter
A group of friends attempt their first grown-up dinner party. Based on works by Anton Chekhov.
The Celebration Of Whimsy at 4:45pm

• Type What Now
An unlikely diagnosis takes Jessie on a journey exploring body image and chronic illness.
The White Box at 440 Studios at noon

And one more still TBA at Flamboyan Theatre at the Clemente at 4:15

FringeNYC is a production of The Present Company, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Elena K. Holy. In 1997, New York City became the seventh US city to host a fringe festival, joining Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Houston, Orlando and San Francisco. FringeNYC has presented over 3000 performing groups representing every continent, prompting Switzerland's national daily, The New Zurich Zeitung, to declare FringeNYC as “the premiere meeting ground for alternative artists.”

FringeNYC has also been the launching pad for numerous Off-Broadway and Broadway transfers, long-running downtown hits, and regional theater productions including Urinetown, Matt & Ben, Never Swim Alone, Jammer, Debbie Does Dallas, Dog Sees God, Brandon Teena, Dixie’s Tupperware Party, 21 Dog Years, The Twentieth Century Way, Tom Crean: Antarctic Explorer, The Irish Curse, Jurassic Parq, The Fartiste,  and Silence! The Musical; movies including WTC View and Armless; and even a TV show (‘da Kink in My Hair). FringeNYC alumni include Bradley Cooper, Melissa Rauch (Big Bang Theory), Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me, CNN's Inside Man), Mindy Kaling, Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Pippin), Alex Timbers (Rocky), Leigh Silverman (Violet), W. Kamau Bell (Totally Biased), Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story), Chris Lowell (Enlisted), David Anders (iZombie) and Kristen Schall (Last Man on Earth), among countless other success stories.

FringeNYC runs August 14 - 30, 2015 with shows running 2pm - midnight weekdays and noon - midnight on weekends. Tickets are $18 each available at www.FringeNYC.org. Discount passes for multiple shows (including the Fiver and the all-you-can-see Lunatic Pass) are also available.  Tickets can also be purchased in person at FringeCentral (56 E 1st Street between 1st & 2nd Aves). For more information visit www.FringeNYC.org.


August 30, 2015

New York Cool Tip:

DADDY'S BOY"
August 30 at 8:00 PM
August 31 at 9:00 PM
September 3 at 9:00 PM
September 5 at 5:00 PM
September 6 at 2:00 PM
September 6 at 8:00 PM.
Theater for the New City (Community Theater)

"Daddy's Boy" by Cristian Avila begins in the boxing ring, with 17 year old national wrestling champion Milo facing off against his childhood best friend, J.T. This match is not just a physical battle but a battle of values as well, since Milo identifies as queer and J.T. represents the homophobia of Milo's Texas hometown that his two fathers fled for more liberal Manhattan. As Milo is about to win the match, J.T.'s homophobic dad screams out "faggott," which serves to fuel Milo even more. Milo's victory sashay and pink singlet are recorded and the footage goes viral, prompting a media backlash that triggers a horrific assault on his life. This tragic event and Milo's bravery drive his "straight acting" dads to face their fears of their own homosexuality and to come together to support their son as he embarks on the long road to forgiveness and healing. Theater for the New City's 2015 Dream Up Festival will present the play's world premiere August 30 to September 6, directed by the author. "Daddy's Boy" is about celebrating who you are, but also about the inevitable challenges that come with doing this. While it is often easier to give in to social pressures to fit in, Milo refuses to repress who he is and this, in turn, empowers other characters to think about their own identities. The play is very much in touch with present issues facing the LGBTQ community and the impact of the media on their movement, asking, "how much progress has actually been made?"

Tickets $15. For more information or advance purchase visit
http://www.jsnyc.com/season/dreamup_2015/daddy%27st.htm

Theater for the New City (Community Theater)


 

August 29, 2015

New York Cool Tip:

ASTORIA MUSIC AND ARTS 7th Annual ASTORIA MUSIC NOW!: NEW WORLD QUEENS FEST
Saturday, August 29, 2015 Noon-9pm.
Astoria Park

The event will include the following activities:
Over 60 musical acts and visual artists with the goal of raising eco-awareness.
Musical Acts ranging from bossanova, reggae, ska, R&B, rock, psychedelic, Americana, indie, funk, blue grass and Afro-Cuban bands.
A pie-eating contest sponsored by Astor Bake Shop
A family dance party experience for children 1 to 12 years old by Little Club Heads,
A dance tent featuring Sol Dance Studios,
A puppet show by WonderSpark from Raising Astoria, and a giant Kaiju Big Battle Monster.

Please enjoy a day where approximately 1,000 New Yorkers will come and enjoy various festivities and humanities that beautify our neighborhood, improves education of the arts, and enhances our youth’s interest in various artistic talents.

Astoria Park


August 27, 2015

New York Cool Tip:

AMERICA'S NEXT TOP:
One Top's Hysterical Take on Life, Love, Tools and Boxes
Written by Julie Novak and Eva Tenuto
Directed by Eva Tenuto
Saturday August 22 @5:15PM
Monday August 24 @8:45PM
Thursday August 27 @3PM
Friday August 28 @5:15PM
Saturday August 29 @ 7:15PM
Under St. Marks theater

TMI Project presents Julie Novak in her tour de force solo show AMERICA'S NEXT TOP: One Top's Hysterical Take on Life, Love, Tools and Boxes as part of the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival starting Saturday August 22nd at Under St. Marks Theater. Eva Tenuto directs.

At the age of three, Julie Novak walked up the driveway of her home carrying a heavy Craftsman tool box. When asked by her mother where she got it, her only thought was “shouldn't I always have had this toolbox with me?” And so it went that throughout her adolescence Julie found herself as not really having a defined position on the gender spectrum. America's Next Topis her incredibly humorously told, sometimes painful journey of coming out and fearlessly displaying her androgyny to others while taking the risk of eliciting their confusion and leaving them fumbling for the right pronoun...Ah Sir? Ma'am?... Sir? It's also a showcase for her abundant comedic talent, infectious energy, charisma and skill as a singer, impersonator and all around dynamic performer.

Tickets are $18.00 and can be purchased online or on your Smartphone. To purchase tickets visit www.FringeNYC.org and choose the performance (a convenience charge applies). Alternately you can purchase tickets in person at FringeCENTRAL, located at 56 East 1st Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues).

Under St. Marks Theater | 94 St. Marks Place between 1st and 2nd Avenues


 

August 26, 2015

New York Cool Tip:

Vancouver's Alley Theatre presents US Premiere
LITTLE ONE
At The New York International Fringe Festival
THU Aug 20 7:00 - 8:00
FRI Aug 21 3:30 - 4:30
SUN Aug 23 8:30 - 9:30
WED Aug 26 5:15 - 6:15
FRI Aug 28 2:45 - 3:45
Aug. 20 -28

64 East 4th Street Theater

“Suburban horror brilliantly rendered … Moscovitch’s splendidly creepy one-act is witty, smart and insidious.” – Globe & Mail

“Deeply disturbing but laced with humor and surprising twists … this production is riveting throughout.” – Georgia Straight

“Will leave you transformed – guaranteed.” - Vancouverscape

After a sold-out and critically acclaimed run at the Vancouver Fringe 2014, award-winning and innovative director AMIEL GLADSTONE (FringeNYC Alumni Louis & Dave in a car, Zastrozzi, and The Black Box) re-teams with actor/producers MARISA SMITH and DANIEL ARNOLD (FringeNYC Excellence Award Tuesdays & Sundays) to mount the wryly comic thriller LITTLE ONE at FringeNYC, a play by HANNAH MOSCOVITCH - “Canada’s Hottest Young Playwright” (National Post, Globe & Mail, Now Magazine).

When 4-year-old Claire is adopted into the family,6-year-old Aaron has to learn to “love” his new monster of a sister. Told through the now adult voices of these adopted siblings, Little One weaves a story of childhood horror and teenage trauma into a twisted, wryly funny, and ultimately haunting experience. One that asks how long you’d let a psychopath control your life … and what you’d do to regain it.


Tickets are $18, available at www.fringenyc.

64 East 4th Street Theater



 

August 25, 2015

New York Cool Tip:

Ashley Jacobson's
THE AMERICAN PLAY
Sun Aug. 16 at 7:15PM
Fri Aug. 21 at 4:45PM
Tue Aug. 25 at 2:30PM
Thu Aug 27 at 7PM
Sat Aug 29 at 2:15PM
The Steve and Marie Sgouros Theatre--
The New York International Fringe Festival

The Dirty Blondes (Artistic Director Ashley J. Jacobson and Executive Director Elizabeth Sarkady) present THE AMERICAN PLAY, an American Psyco themed drama opening August 16th at the Steve and Marie Sgouros Theatre as part of the 19th Annual New York Fringe Festival. The cast includes Michael DeBartolo, John C. Nagy III and Jen Jacobs (HBO's Girls). Two college boys whose obsession with Bret Easton Ellis's novel and character of Patrick Bateman find themselves inspired to seek out violence and dominance in their daily lives. The obsession sets them on a destructive path towards an unattainable masculinity that causes them to act out their fantasies in devastating ways. THE AMERICAN PLAY won awards for Outstanding Production of A New Play, Outstanding Direction and Lighting at the 2012 Planet Connections Theater Festivity.

Tickets are $18 plus surcharge. For Tickets/Information go to www.FringeNYC.org and www.thedirtyblondes.org.

The Steve and Marie Sgouros Theatre | 115 MacDougal Street


 

August 22, 2015

New York Cool Tip:

AMERICA'S NEXT TOP:
One Top's Hysterical Take on Life, Love, Tools and Boxes
Written by Julie Novak and Eva Tenuto
Directed by Eva Tenuto
Saturday August 22 @5:15PM
Monday August 24 @8:45PM
Thursday August 27 @3PM
Friday August 28 @5:15PM
Saturday August 29 @ 7:15PM
Under St. Marks theater

TMI Project presents Julie Novak in her tour de force solo show AMERICA'S NEXT TOP: One Top's Hysterical Take on Life, Love, Tools and Boxes as part of the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival starting Saturday August 22nd at Under St. Marks Theater. Eva Tenuto directs.

At the age of three, Julie Novak walked up the driveway of her home carrying a heavy Craftsman tool box. When asked by her mother where she got it, her only thought was “shouldn't I always have had this toolbox with me?” And so it went that throughout her adolescence Julie found herself as not really having a defined position on the gender spectrum. America's Next Topis her incredibly humorously told, sometimes painful journey of coming out and fearlessly displaying her androgyny to others while taking the risk of eliciting their confusion and leaving them fumbling for the right pronoun...Ah Sir? Ma'am?... Sir? It's also a showcase for her abundant comedic talent, infectious energy, charisma and skill as a singer, impersonator and all around dynamic performer.

Tickets are $18.00 and can be purchased online or on your Smartphone. To purchase tickets visit www.FringeNYC.org and choose the performance (a convenience charge applies). Alternately you can purchase tickets in person at FringeCENTRAL, located at 56 East 1st Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues).

Under St. Marks Theater | 94 St. Marks Place between 1st and 2nd Avenues



August 21, 2015

New York Cool Tip:

Vancouver's Alley Theatre presents US Premiere of
LITTLE ONE
At The New York International Fringe Festival
THU Aug 20 7:00 - 8:00
FRI Aug 21 3:30 - 4:30
SUN Aug 23 8:30 - 9:30
WED Aug 26 5:15 - 6:15
FRI Aug 28 2:45 - 3:45
Aug. 20 -28

64 East 4th Street Theater

“Suburban horror brilliantly rendered … Moscovitch’s splendidly creepy one-act is witty, smart and insidious.” – Globe & Mail

“Deeply disturbing but laced with humor and surprising twists … this production is riveting throughout.” – Georgia Straight

“Will leave you transformed – guaranteed.” - Vancouverscape

After a sold-out and critically acclaimed run at the Vancouver Fringe 2014, award-winning and innovative director AMIEL GLADSTONE (FringeNYC Alumni Louis & Dave in a car, Zastrozzi, and The Black Box) re-teams with actor/producers MARISA SMITH and DANIEL ARNOLD (FringeNYC Excellence Award Tuesdays & Sundays) to mount the wryly comic thriller LITTLE ONE at FringeNYC, a play by HANNAH MOSCOVITCH - “Canada’s Hottest Young Playwright” (National Post, Globe & Mail, Now Magazine).

When 4-year-old Claire is adopted into the family,6-year-old Aaron has to learn to “love” his new monster of a sister. Told through the now adult voices of these adopted siblings, Little One weaves a story of childhood horror and teenage trauma into a twisted, wryly funny, and ultimately haunting experience. One that asks how long you’d let a psychopath control your life … and what you’d do to regain it.

Tickets are $18, available at www.fringenyc.

64 East 4th Street Theater


August 20, 2015

New York Cool Tips:

Eighth Annual NoHu International Short Film Festival in Union City
Seeking Entries for 2015

The City of Union City will host the Eighth Annual NoHu International Short Film Festival to be held from October 19 - 24, 2015.

This year's six day festival will include two evenings of feature films; three evenings of screening the finalists of the short film competing category; and a red carpet Awards Ceremony on the sixth day.

Submissions are being accepted in all categories. (NO pornography please.) Films should be no longer than fifteen minutes in length. Those interested may submit their film in DVD format, along with a cover letter, synopsis, film credits, awards if any, and contact information to:

Commissioner Lucio P. Fernandez
Department of Public Affairs
3715 Palisade Avenue
Union City, NJ 07087

Attn: Film Entry

Please include in the cover letter that the entry is being submitted by the property owner or licensee, and giving the City of Union City the right to publicly screen the film as part of the NoHu International Film Festival.

Please note, DVD's will not be returned.

Entry deadline is Monday, October 5, 2015 (no exception). No fee. No Application form required. Foreign language films accepted. This is a juried festival. Please include if this is a "World Premiere", "USA Premiere", "New Jersey Premiere", or "Union City Premiere". All entries will be considered. Finalists will be notified via e-mail. Please write on DVD cover contact name, email, and genre.

The Red Carpet Awards presentation for the Festival will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the William Musto Cultural Center, 420 - 15th Street in Union City, NJ. Admission is free.

www.NoHuFilmFestival.blogspot.com


 

Sophia Romma
"That Queer Blind Silence"
Wednesdays through Sundays at 7:00 PM.
Special matinee August 23 at 3:00 PM.
August 5 to 23, 2015
13th Street Repertory Company

The human condition of gays in contemporary Russia mirrors life in a phantasmagoric insane asylum. That's the view of a new play, "That Queer Blind Silence" by émigré playwright Sophia Romma. Her political farce, written in English but in the style of Russian Expressionism, depicts the ordeals of a fictional figure skater whose character was inspired partly by the life and career of bronze medalist Johnny Weir. Underground International Voices of Theatre, in association with The O'Neill Film and Theatrical Foundation, will present the play's world premiere runAugust 5 to 23 at 13th Street Repertory Company, 50 West 13th Street, NYC, directed by John Beshaw-Farrell. Ten percent of ticket sales will be donated to Underground International Voices of Theatre to support that organization's efforts for equal rights of the LGBTQ community in the Russian Federation.

Homosexuality had been decriminalized in Russian in 1993, and to Russian émigré Sophia Romma, herself an accomplished figure skater, the change in Russia's political landscape suggested a certain regression into delusional psychopathology, which she paints in this play. It is an absurd, outrageous, macabre tale in which a fictitious gold medalist in figure skating is stripped of his honor and exiled to an asylum in Siberia, where the head psychiatrist, a lascivious sex-nik and mistress of Vladimir Putin, reforms homosexuals through spiritual cleansing and ludicrous soul-purging psychiatric tactics.

Director John Beshaw Farrell explains that thematically, the asylum in the play symbolizes Russia herself, maddened by her own lost grandeur: Orthodox, Imperial and Soviet. The inmates have all been useful idiots in advancing dishonest propaganda. The consequence of being betrayed by what they thought were their virtues has left them all damaged, unfit for any other life but that of a madhouse.

The play is choreographed by Leslie Dockery. Set design is by Gregory Okshteyn. Music is by Michael Bulychev-Okser. Theme music for "Paul Robeson" is by Otis Cotton. Incidental music is performed live by "Manana" from Armenia. The actors are Alice Bahlke, Walter Krochmal, Grant Morenz, Tommie Thompson, Gavin Rohrer and Marina Levinson.

Tickets $20 general admission. Box office 866-811-4111 (Ovation Tix)
For more information or advance purchase visit www.thatqueerblindsilence.com

13th Street Repertory Company | 50 W. 13th Street, New York, NY 10011


 

August 14, 2015

New York Cool Tip:

William Shakespeare
"Macbeth"
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM
July 30 to August 15
By the Drilling Company
The parking lot at 114 Norfolk Street

Macbeth and Banquo reminded director Jesse Ontiveros of Fidel and Che, and that was the genesis for his idea to set "Macbeth" in a banana republic for the Drilling Company's Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, in a production to be presented July 30 to August 15 in the parking lot at 114 Norfolk Street (between Delancey and Rivington Streets), behind The Clemente.

"Macbeth" is a play about power and this production seeks perspective on its eternal themes from the political history of Latino cultures.  Director Jesse Ontiveros, who directed Shakespeare in the Parking Lot's "As You Like It" in 2006, is of Mexican heritage.  Hamilton Clancy, Artistic Director of The Drilling Company which produces Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, is excited to welcome Ontiveros back to direct as his company begins its new partnership with The Clemente, an arts organization that serves the Latino community.

All admission is free. Seats are available on a first come first served basis, with audience members often arriving early to secure a place. Audience members are welcome to bring their own chairs. Once seats are gone, blankets are spread out. No one has ever been turned away and there's never a wait for tickets.

The parking lot at 114 Norfolk Street| Between Delancey and Rivington Streets| NYC



August 13, 2015

New York Cool Tip:

South Street Seaport Museum presents Sip 'n' Sails:
Wine, Sailing, and Sunsets
Thursday August 13. 7PM – 9PM.
Pier 16 - South Street Seaport Museum

South Street Seaport Museum announces Sip ‘n’ Sails aboard the nineteenth century schooner Pioneer. Beginning Thursday, August 13, 2015 and continuing for select Thursday evenings, join Pasanella & Son Vintners aboard Pioneer to experience the stunning sunset over New York harbor while tasting a variety of fine coastal wines. Also available will be a selection of delectable finger foods from Grandaisy Bakery, including assorted pizzette and focaccia. Tickets are $85 ($75 for members of the South Street Seaport Museum) and must be ordered in advance at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/34598?sitePreference=normal.

Pier 16 - South Street Seaport Museum |12 Fulton St.
NYC 10038


 

August 12, 2015

New York Cool Tip:

#summernights @ El Museo
THIS WEDNESDAY
UPTOWN BOUNCE: Summer Nights at 104th & 5th
Wednesday, August 12 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm | FREE | RSVP here
El Museo & The Museum of the City of New York

Join El Museo & The Museum of the City of New York for the FINAL night of the Uptown Bounce summer series, featuring music, gallery talks, art workshops, breakdancing, summer drinks, local food & more!

This week at El Museo, artists Maximo Colon and Marcos Dimas from our exhibition ¡PRESENTE! The Young Lords in New York will be in Las Galerias discussing their work. On 104th Street between both museums, check out a live performance by George Emilio Sanchez, Buried Up To My Neck While Thinking Outside The Box. Sanchez reprises his original outdoor work in a free-wheeling, ongoing performance in which he is buried in a mountain of trash sprinkled with signs that state, "Trash=Art" or "Art=Trash." Music all night by DJ Turmix with video projections by Nat Castañeda. Throughout the evening check out chalking by FEEGZ & crew and participate in art making in the courtyard!

At the City Museum, join a gallery tour, dance to DJ Grandmaster Caz spinning hip-hop, funk & soul, and enjoy chalk art by Kady Perry.


El Museo del Barrio | 1230 Fifth Avenue | New York | NY | 10029
1230 FIFTH AVENUE AT 104TH STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10024 | 212.831.7272
OPEN TUES - SAT FROM 11 AM TO 6 PM
Copyright @ 2015 El Museo del Barrio All rights reserved.



 

New York Cool Tip:

TRU PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS Summer Workshop Series
June 16th, June 30th, July 15th, July 28th, August 11th. 7:15PM-8PM
The Playroom Theater

Most theater professionals are not salaried employees. They are self-employed. Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) has pinpointed some specific business skills needed by the artistically self-employed, and addresses them with a new series of workshops: The TRU PATHWAYS Summer Workshop Series for Producers and Artists, on Tuesday June 16th, Tuesday June 30th, Wednesday July 15th, Tuesday July 28th, and Tuesday August 8th at 7:15pm at The Playroom Theater, 151 West 46th Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10036.

Summer's a time for fun and relaxation, but don't let your career goals fall by the wayside. This series of 5 workshops will help get your artistic career in shape and set you on the path to success! Purposely scheduled for weekday nights to leave your weekends free for sun and fun. (Learning some basic secrets of success can also be fun!)

You must register in advance by paying at the TRU Store: http://www.truonline.org/store.html
or by sending a check to:
Theater Resources Unlimited/Pathways
309 W. 104th Street, 1D,
NYC NY 10025

The Playroom Theater|151 W. 46th St., 8th Floor
NYC 10036




August 8, 2015

New York Cool Tips:

SummerStage
30th Anniversary DJ Celebration
Quantic
Gilles Peterson
Afrika Bambaataa
in association with Giantstep
Saturday, August 8
Doors at 5pm
Central Park, Manhattan
Central Park Manhattan

FREE

Quantic, aka Will Holland is a British born musician, producer and DJ making soul, electronic & Latin music saturated in the tropical soundwaves of the Caribbean. Holland has developed a sound that bridges heritage and progression, marrying spontaneous musicianship with deep, exciting tonality. Holland has completed his fourth Quantic record, which is his fifteenth studio album to date, which features influences from Ethiopian Jazz to Haitian Compas, Salsa Dura from his Colombian homestead, to Detroit techno, with electric sub bass and beat programming, all part of Quantic's trademark sound. Holland records and mixes from his own Sonido del Valle studio where he utilizes a range of vintage studio equipment, working as part sound engineer, musician and producer to procure a rich and original sound.

Gilles Peterson: Website
When all is said and done, whichever role Gilles Peterson is performing -- DJ, broadcaster, producer, compiler, label boss, or plain old record collector -- the music is always the bottom line. His passion and enthusiasm is unfailing and deeply infectious. Starting off life as a club DJ, Peterson continues to spin passionately in venues around the world. As for the radio, his new 3-hour Saturday afternoon show on BBC Radio 6 Music has seen him take his unique musical mix to a new and growing audience of music lovers whilst the syndicated worldwide radio show. From Sun-Ra to James Blake to Theo Parrish and Flying Lotus; if it swings in the right places, it's in. Peterson is also at the forefront of his own independent label, Brownswood Recordings, which launched in 2006 as an outlet for his favourite new discoveries.

Afrika Bambaataa
Afrika Bambaataa is one of the three main originators of break-beat deejaying, and is respectfully known as the "Grandfather," "Godfather," and "The Amen Ra," of Hip Hop Culture as well as The Father of The Electro Funk Sound. Through his co-opting of the street gang the Black Spades into the music and culture-oriented Zulu Nation, he is responsible for spreading rap and Hip-Hop culture throughout the world. He has consistently made records nationally and internationally, every one to two years, spanning the 1980s through now. Due to his early use of drum machines and computer sounds, Bam (as he is affectionately known) was instrumental in changing the way R&B and other forms of Black music were recorded. His creation of Electro Funk, beginning with his piece "Planet Rock," helped fuel the development of other musical genres such as Freestyle or Latin Freestyle, Miami Bass, Electronica, House, Hip House, and early Techno.

For complete series lineup, please visit SummerStage.org

PLEASE NOTE: SummerStage shows take place outdoors and take place RAIN OR SHINE. Shows are only cancelled in the event of what event organizers consider to be dangerous winds or lightning. Schedule of events and performers is subject to change. The following cannot be brought into the Central Park venue: glass bottles, cans, coolers, folding chairs, bikes, rollerblades, skateboards, beach umbrellas, video cameras, selfie sticks, professional camera gear, tripods or pets. SummerStage is not responsible for prohibited items left outside the venue. Bags subject to search. Alcoholic beverages are forbidden in NYC Parks. The distribution and sale of unauthorized promotional materials is banned. Beer and wine are on sale at the Central Park venue for onsite consumption only. Smoking is prohibited in all NYC parks.

Central Park


 

Rocky Dawuni and DJ Sweet V
Saturday August 8th, 2015. 7:30-9:45pm. Lincoln Center Atrium (61 West 62nd St)

Rocky Dawuni’s unique “Afro-Roots” sound has made him famous in his native Ghana and earned him a global following. Using a funky blend of soul, pop, Afrobeat, and reggae, Dawuni’s songs straddle Africa, the Caribbean, and the U.S. Influences include the soulfulness of Fela Kuti; the positivity and deep grooves of Bob Marley; and the infectious, sing-along anthems of Michael Franti, K’naan, and Matisyahu. Dawuni has worked with Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Jason Mraz, Sharon Jones, Janelle Monae, John Legend, and many others. He is also an eloquent and passionate spokesman for many global causes.

Cost: Free!
For more information visit http://atrium.lincolncenter.org/2015/rocky-dawun
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Lincoln Center Atrium | 61 West 62nd St.


 

Rooftop Films
DIVINE LOCATION
(Ulrike Franke, Michael Loeken | Germany | 99 min.)
Saturday, August 8
8:00PM Doors Open
8:30PM Live Music
9:00PM Film Begins
10:30PM Q&A with Filmmakers Ulrike Franke & Michael Loeken
11:00PM After-party Sponsored by New Amsterdam Vodka
Old American Can Factory


Not many people wake up in the morning and have “build a lake” on their to-do list. But for a group of real estate developers in Dortmund Germany, this seemed to be the logical solution for attracting buyers to a 650 acre plot of contaminated landscape. As a result Phoenix Lake rises from the ashes of a decaying industrial region near the river Ruhr. Divine Location is a portrait of progress.
Bouncing from the comic-tragic experiences of those involved and dipping into the lives of those being changed by it; local shopkeepers, former steel mill workers, budding families, rowdy teens, intrusive geese. Wryly following the absurdity and rare rationality at the heart of gentrification, the film is a hilarious exploration of human endeavor. Is building nature now man’s greatest industrial achievement?
More Info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2015/schedule/divine-location/



THE OLD AMERICAN CAN FACTORY
(On the roof)
Roof and Courtyard
GOWANUS
232 Third St. at 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
F/G to Carroll St. or R to Union


August -5, 2015

New York Cool Tips:

Rooftop Films
HUMAN RESOURCES SEASON TWO PREMIERE (FREE WITH RSVP)
Tuesday, August 4
8:00PM Doors Open and Pre-Show Reception Sponsored by The Naked Grape and Brewery Ommegang
8:30PM Live Music
9:00PM Sneak Preview of the Season 2 Premiere of Human Resources
9:30PM Q&A with the cast
9:45PM Short Films Begin
Solar One

ls on the cusp of adulthood, whose greatest artistic challenges lie in letting go.
Director Alexandra Dahlström captures the multifaceted nature of friendship, alongside energetic, pop-punk performances with intimate behind-the-scenes interviews. Join us for a live performance from the band members, before this

Free With Reservation

More Info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2015/ schedule/human-resources

SOLAR ONE | On the pier along the water
KIPS BAY
24-20 FDR Drive, Service Road East at 23rd Street and the East River, New York, NY 10010
R/6 to 23rd St., walk all the way east.


 

Rooftop Films
Wednesday, August 5
COLD CONFLICTS: SWEDISH SHORT FILMS (FREE SHOW)
7 :00PM Live Music by Vulkano
8:00PM Films Begin
Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, Queens.

Swedish cinema’s vitality shines in these shorts centered on non-conventional relationships.
THE FILMS: I Turn to You (Victor Lindgren); Bath House (Niki Lindroth von Bahr); All We Share (Jenny Carlsson); Boy-Razor (Peter Pontikis); Pussy Have the Power (Lovisa Sirén).
More Info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2015/schedule/cold-conflicts-swedish-short-films/


Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, Queens.

 


 

August 2, 2015

New York Cool Tip:

William Shakespeare
"Romeo and Juliet"
Drilling Company
July 17 to August 2
Bryant Park

Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" exquisitely pleads for similar and neighboring peoples to stop killing each other for reasons they no longer remember. The play will be set in a modern city which is divided by wealth and class. Directed by David Marantz, it aims to send a clear message about the violence that can result from social division and corporate greed.

In Marantz's "contemporary" version of Verona, the city is dominated by religion and divided between rich and poor. Everybody carries weapons openly, which leads to fighting on the streets. Capulet industries, run by Juliet's wealthy, conservative family, is running the town. Romeo hails from a different wealthy family that funds social activism; they run the Montague Center for Social Justice. Class conflict has created a modern dystopia from which the two lovers want to flee. Such a milieu enables some innovative character choices, for example, Mercutio is no longer just a hothead. Played by a woman, the character will be transformed into an impulsive firebrand activist. Tybalt is Head of Security for Capulet Industries. In the balcony scene, Romeo must overcome the video surveillance that protects the wealthy.

For this production, the performing area is on the Bryant Park Stage, which is across the park from the Upper Terrace Steps, at the Fountain Terrace near Sixth Avenue, with audience on the gravel and lawn. As always, admission is free, nearby food kiosks serve affordable meals, capacious rest rooms are close at hand and seating on bistro chairs is guaranteed for everyone. Best of all, there is no waiting in line for tickets.

Bryant Park Shakespeare will present "Romeo and Juliet", produced by The Drilling Company July 17 to August 2, 2015 in Bryant Park(6th Avenue at 42nd Street, Manhattan) Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM. Admission is Free. For Info call 212-873-9050 or visit the websites www.shakespeareintheparkinglot.com and www.drillingcompany.org.

Bryant Park|6th Avenue at 42nd Street| Manhattan


 

August 1, 2015

New York Cool Tips:

World Premiere of
Comfort Women: A New Musical
Directed by Dimo Hyun Jun Kim
July 31 at 8pm
Aug 1 at 2pm and 8pm
Aug 2 at 3pm and 7pm
Aug 4 at 2pm and 7pm
Aug 5 at 2pm and 7pm
Aug 6 at 2pm and 7pm
Aug 7 at 2pm and 8pm
Aug 8 at 2pm and 8pm
Aug 9 at 3pm and 7pm
Friday July 31- Sunday August 9, 2015
Theatre at St. Clements

Comfort Women: A New Musical, directed by Dimo Hyun Jun Kim with musical direction by TekGoo Kang. Written by Dimo Hyun Jun Kim, Osker David Aguirre, and Joann Malory Mieses, with music by Bryan Michaels and TaeHo Park.

Set in 1941, Comfort Women takes us to Seoul, Korea, where we meet Goeun, a young woman whose brother is attempting to revolt against the Imperial Japanese Army. Goeun meets a man who promises her a good paying job at a factory in Tokyo. Feeling like she has no other options to support her family, she chooses to leave her home and take the job. Unfortunately Goeun soon realizes that this is not the dream opportunity that she has been promised. She is held hostage, transported to Indonesia, and is forced to become a Japanese Imperial Army sexual slave. We follow Goeun through this life-altering experience as she befriends fellow slaves (Comfort Women) and they plan their impossible escape.

Comfort Women: A New Musical by Dimo Hyun Jun Kim, Osker David, Aguirre, and Joann Malory Mieses with music by Bryan Michaels and TaeHo Park. Directed by Dimo Hyun Jun Kim with musical direction by TekGoo Kang. Featuring Sandra W. Lee, Megan Lee Hodson, Garett Taketa, Daniel Kennedy, Roger Yeh, Edward Ikeguchi, Yeena Sung, Bomi Yim, Tricia Fukuhara, Jann Punwattana, Maggie Lalley, Tomoka Iwata, Paul
Marquez, Wilton Yeung, and Tenzin Yeshi.

Tickets: $39- $69 http://www.comfortwomenmusical.com www.web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/34622 866-811-4111


Theatre at St. Clements | 423 W. 46th St | New York, NY 10036
(Between 9th and 10th Avenues

 



 

 


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