In the world of DANCE
EYE ON DANCE LEGACY ARCHIVE PROJECT CAMPAIGN
Many people recall the weekly television programs testifying to the innovation, determination and brilliance of a contemporary dance scene that exploded in the 1980's and 1990's.
Those video programs and all the raw footage is gathered in THE EYE ON DANCE LEGACY ARCHIVE CAMPAIGN which is preserving America's dance heritage.
Considered one of the single largest primary source archives on dance, EYE ON DANCE needs your help now to stop the videotape deterioration erasing the commentary and performances of bold artists who made a difference to our national dance heritage.

Many of the artists captured were artists with AIDS who are no longer living or documented elsewhere.
Your support is essential.

Please donate HERE because your action makes a difference.

EYE ON DANCE is a registered not-for-profit organization.


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EYE ON DANCE at 30: Le temps retrouvé
Read about EYE ON DANCE celebrating it's 30th Anniversary and appearance at the Dance on Camera Festival with a program on Pilobolus (1/28 at 6:30PM) and the 30th Anniversary Loop playback in the Furman Gallery.
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Matthew Gurewitsch
EYE ON DANCE in RaineMagazine
Life long supporter of the arts, Celia Ipiotis has led a fascinating career as creator and host of the critically acclaimed series Eye On Dance. With a body of work that spans over two decades, Eye On Dance featured artists from all genres of dance emphasizing the interconnectedness of each art form. To continue reading click Here.
LORETTA ABBOTT AND ALFRED PERRYMAN ON EYE ON DANCE
In 1981 we explored the topic of American Vernacular dance with Loretta Abbott and Alfred Perryman. Shot on 1/2 inch reel-to-reel black and white video, this represents the 11th program in a series of close to 400 broadcast episodes. It's rare due to its age, and the beauty of Miss Loretta Abbott. Take a look at a singular team: Click HERE
This program and all the restored EYE ON DANCE 30 minute educational programs can be purchased by universities and libraries. Contact: eyeonthearts@gmail.com.
EYE ON DANCE
MEL TOMLINSON ON EYE ON DANCE
Click HERE to view an excerpt of Mel Tomlinson on EYE ON DANCE in 1987.
This program and all the restored EYE ON DANCE 30 minute educational programs can be purchased by universities and libraries. Contact: eyeonthearts@gmail.com.
EYE ON DANCE ARCHIVE
2/19
MITCHELL ROSE on EYE ON DANCE
This year Mitchell Rose, an alumni of the EYE ON DANCE educational series, retires from the Ohio State Dance Faculty.
Here's a clip of Rose when he appeared on EYE ON DANCE in 1982. Celia Ipiotis and Ted Striggles hosted the 30 minute program on "Comedy and Outrage in Dance" with guests: Mitchell Rose, JoAnn Bruggeman and Bob Bowyer.
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This program and all the restored EYE ON DANCE 30 minute educational programs can be purchased by universities and libraries. Contact: eyeonthearts@gmail.com.
EYE ON DANCE 200TH PROGRAM SPECIAL AIRS
Launched in 1981, a time when television dominated the electronic media, EYE ON DANCE began interviewing dancers on a multitude of topics and airing them weekly on PBS to hundreds of thousands of households. in 1986, EYE ON DANCE prepared a one hour special to celebrate the first 200 programs produced embracing everything from ancient forms to ballet, modern dance social dance, to tap and hip hop.
March 28 at 4pm, the one-hour EYE ON DANCE 200TH PROGRAM ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL will premiere on Dance Enthusiast followed by a conversation with Celia Ipiotis (EOD creator), Christine Jowers, Francesca Harper, Sean Curran and Mercedes Ellington. Everyone's welcome.
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This program and all the restored EYE ON DANCE 30 minute educational programs can be purchased by universities and libraries. Contact: eyeonthearts@gmail.com.
Dance Enthusiast
3/28
KEVIN MCKENZIE ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
Kevin McKenzie today announced his retirement as Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre at the end of 2022, following three decades of leadership. He will oversee ABT’s creation of new works and performances throughout 2021 and 2022, ensuring ABT’s vitality and artistic integrity, while working with the Board of Governing Trustees to provide a seamless transition to the Company’s next Artistic Director.
A search for McKenzie’s successor will begin this summer. For many, McKenzie's elegant line and caring partnering stood out. His innate warmth seeped into performances and throughout his tenure as artistic director. McKenzie served as artistic director and grew the company to include one of this generation's most lauded choreographer, Alexi Ratmansky. Moving from a company that featured starts from abroad, ABT now looks to its own to wow audiences and inspire young dancers.
- C.I.
American Ballet Theater
3/28
IN MEMORIUML: JACQUES d'AMBOISE AND FAMILY
Click HERE to see a clip of Jacques d'Amboise and family on EYE ON DANCE. (c) copyright EYE ON DANCE 1983
"When I invited Jacques d'Amboise be a guest on the EYE ON DANCE "Dancing Families" segment, he packed up the whole family into the subway and rode up to our studio at the top of Washington Heights. When he arrived I asked if they would like to make-up a dance on the set and without he hesitation he said "yes" for everyone. The results are in the clip: Jacques, Carolyn, Christopher, Charlotte and Kate d'Amboise.

This program and all the restored EYE ON DANCE 30 minute educational programs can be purchased by universities and libraries. Contact: eyeonthearts@gmail.com.
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ANABELLA LENZU
HAPPY 15TH ANNIVERSARY TO ANABELLA LENZU/DANCEDRAMA. She celebrates on ZOOM with a screening of four dance film works and an intimate interview of Lenzu by dance journalist Celia Ipiotis. The dance films selected for the anniversary showing reflect the Argentinean native's experience as a Latina/European artist living in New York. Lenzu's work comes from a deep examination of her motivations as a woman, mother, and immigrant.
On-Liine
10/30
BARRY HARRIS SPEAKS ON BEBOP AND TAP DANCE
BARRY HARRIS how passed on December 9, was a beloved jazz pianist, teacher and friend to many tap dancers. In 1992, Harris appeared on the EYE ON DANCE weekly, PBS series to talk about the impact of bebop on tap dance with the great jazz tap dancer Jimmy Slyde.

Click BARRY HARRIS to see excerpt from EOD.

This program and all the restored EYE ON DANCE 30 minute educational programs can be purchased by universities and libraries. Contact: eyeonthearts@gmail.com.

Background
In 1992 Celia Ipiotis produced a series of EYE ON DANCE programs investigating the topic of "Musicians and Dancers." (c) ARC Videodance, 1992.
Although many tap dancers pointed to the demise of tap dance during the bebop era, Jimmy Slyde was one of the few who continued to dance with a variety of bands.
Slyde and Harris were good pals, and of course, Harris was known as a phenomenal teacher so Ipiotis invited the two of them to appear on the show which aired on PBS in 1992 to discuss the relationship of bebop to tap dance.

12/09/21

APAP 2022
ANNOUNCEMENT: he Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) is cancelling our January 2022 in-person conference, APAP|NYC+.
APAP will proceed with the planned January 2022 (January 14 - 17) online conference, and will have a revised, augmented schedule and new dates to share next week regarding some in-person offerings folded into the online event.
Need more information and context about the Association of Performing Arts Professionals and the APAP|NYC+ conference? Here is the media advisory we sent last month.
Virtual
01/02/2022
AYODELE CASEL: CHASING MAGIC--ALERT CANCELLED DUE TO COVID
Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic is an irresistible tap production directed by Torya Beard, a long-time collaborator.
Stunned by the rhythmic complexity and joy invested in a production that's as much about invention as it is about community, I was pleased to be part of the Bessie Nominating Committee awarding the on-line version an "Outstanding Production" award. Part dancer part jazz musician, Casel's dancing swings with the live musicians: Singer/song writer Crystal Monee Hall, percussionist Keisel Jimenez along with tap stalwarts Amanda Castro, Kurt Csolak, Naomi Funaki, JOhn Manzari, Anthony Morigerato and Dre Torres.
No better choice than this for a post-holiday toast to the wonders of dance.
*Vaccination required for attendance.
Joyce Theater
1/4 - 9
Ayodele Casel/American Dance Platform/Malpaso Dance Co.
Ayodele Casel/American Dance Platform/Malpaso Dance Co. Just when we thought live performances would resume, Omicron arrived. In an abundance of caution for their artists and audiences, the Joyce Theater performances are canceled through January 23. Tickets may be donated to the Joyce Theater for a full refund may be requested. There is no concrete information about the possibility of accessing canceled performances on-line, or rescheduling. Please consider donating your ticket to the Joyce so they can continue presenting premiere dance programming. For information on the status of Joyce Warehouse events, please visit the website. Joyce Theater
Joyce Theater
2022 CONTEMPORARY DANCE FESTIVAL--LIVE!
The 2022 Contemporary Dance Festival: Japan + East Asia features 3 North American Premieres:
Duo Choi x Kang Project twitch and jerk like windup toys to the sound of a ticking clock in their comical and technically-daring piece Complement (Korea).
In Touchdown, mathematician-turned-choreographer Hao Cheng uses the stage as his chalkboard in a solo that explores quantum physics through repetitive circular motion (Taiwan).
Butoh artists Kentaro Kujirai and Barabbas Okuyama embody the philosophy of yin and yang in their haunting duet entitled A HUM SAN SUI (Japan).
A highly anticipated annual series, during a turbulent time, the Festival has decided to continue with in-person performances.
Japan Society
1/14-15
JASMINE HEARN: WEDDING
Magnetic dancer/choreographer (and three-time Bessie winner) Jasmine Hearn shares WEDDING, a weekend-long online experience that includes a live-streamed performance by Hearn intertwined with an original film and album, as well as screenings of the film itself, What soil lines my vessel, followed by live-streamed discussions with Jasmine and a collaborator from the film. This convergence of Hearn’s work offers a clear showcase of why they are considered one of the most exciting and inventive dance artists in the city.
JACK and on-line
1/15-16
THEATRICALLY speaking
AMERICAN UTOPIA
One of the most joyous shows on Broadway was David Byrne's American Utopia. A musically sonorous production aimed towards concerned citizens of the world, American Utopia is buoyed by Anne B's embedded choreography. Barefoot and animated, the exceptional cast of musicians, movers and singers, produce a percussive drill that lifts everyone out of their seats.
Well, it's coming back to Broadway September 17. Tickets are on sale and those with COVID cancelled tickets will be accommodated.
St. James Theater
9/17
A COMMERCIAL JINGLE FOR REGINA COMET
The first new musical to premiere in NYC, two nobodies dream of writing one hit song for everybody, but their day job composing jingles for commercials isn’t the big break they hoped. That is, until they’re plucked from obscurity by a world-famous pop star named Regina Comet and she wants them to create an anthem for her supernova pipes... and her new perfume. They’re so close to the big-time they can smell it, but following your passion doesn’t always lead where you expect.
Alex Wyse and Ben Fankhauser (Book/Music/Lyrics), Marshall Pailet (Direction), Stephanie Klemons (Choreography), Wilson Chin (Scenic Design), Antonyo Award winner Sarita Fellows (Costume Design), Aja M. Jackson (Lighting Design), Twi McCallum (Sound Design), Alex Goldie Golden (Music Director), and Hannah Woodward (Production Stage Manager). Cast: Bryonha Marie Parham, Alex Wyse and Ben Fankhauser
DR2 Theatre
9/27-11/14
PERSUASION
In the aftermath of the Napoleonic wars, a shy English spinster seeks to win back the love of the man she jilted eight years before. Jane Austen’s last and most romantic novel, PERSUASION first appeared in print in 1818, and is a meditation on love and loss, and what is constant in a changing world. A production of the fantastic Bedlam Theater Company.
Connelly Theater
Through 10/31
FAIRYCAKE
Douglas Carter Beane’s newest play, Fairycakes, will be directed by Beane with Scenic Design is by Shoko Kambara & Adam Crinson, costume design by Gregory Gale and lighting design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew. Music contributions by Lewis Flinn.
One night in the woods, puckish mischief leads to mismatched lovers from across all your favorite stories. And what begins as love at first sprite, grows into something more as the feelings from one midsummer night carry over to the bright light of day.
Greenwich House Theater
10/14 - 1/2
THE BOOK OF MORON
he Book of Moron (www.robertdubac.com), a new comedy written by and starring Robert Dubac whois just like you and me. He's been bombarded by so much hype and spin, he can't tell the difference between truth and illusion. Is it fact or fiction? Is it a blank stare or is it botox? He hasn't a clue. Having been brainwashed by a culture that worships image over character, reality TV over reality, and selfies over self-effacement; he finds himself stuck in a coma of stupidity. (His IQ has dropped to Q.) Racking his brain for truth he finds nothing but voices. Inner voices that take him on a freight train of provocative thought in order to wake him from the dumbing down of modern-day life.
The Book of Moron was originally directed by the late Garry Shandling.
Soho Playhouse
10/15
GAZIOOION BUBBLE SHOW
Everyone is invited to reexperience the smash-hit GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW. The one of a kind 65-minute family-friendly production wows and inspires audiences with mind blowing bubble magic! The enchanting international hit is the first and only interactive stage production of its kind that's fun for the entire family! Mind-blowing bubble magic, with spectacular lasers, lighting effects and jaw-dropping bubble artistry will make you smile, laugh, and feel like a kid again.
New World Stages
Ope
GOOSEBUMPS THE MUSICAL: Phantom of the Auditorium
GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS has announced the release of Goosebumps® The Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium (Original Studio Cast Recording) in streaming and digital formats. The show is based on the book by R.L. Stine published by Scholastic Inc.®, and features music and lyrics by Danny Abosch and book and lyrics by John Maclay. This announcement celebrates Stine’s 78th birthday today, Friday, October 8. The all-star cast includes Krystina Alabado, Alex Brightman, Noah Galvin, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Will Roland, and Stephanie Styles. In addition R.L. Stine will make a special appearance.The album cover is a new original work by Tim Jacobus, illustrator of the iconic original Goosebumps art. Starting today, customers who pre-order the digital album will immediately receive the track “Goosebumps.” To stream or download the album, please visit: ghostlightrecords.lnk.to/GoosebumpsTheMusicalPR
Album
10/29
ODD MAN OUT
LIVE immersive experience in complete darkness is produced by PITCHBLACK Immersive Experiences. Written by Martín Bondone and directed by Bondone, Carlos Armesto, and Facundo Bogarín, begins when “passengers” enter the theater by their flight attendant. Passengers put on their headphones and their blindfolds. From there, the story allows listeners to immerse themselves in the tale of Alberto, a blind musician flying home from New York to Buenos Aires, Argentina after decades of self-exile. As listeners enter Alberto’s story of love, prejudice and fears that were left behind, they experience a 360-surround sound, multi-sensory “journey.”
Because passengers are blindfolded through the entire duration of the flight, the action can be experienced by way of auditory stimulation, tactile objects and enriched smells. Passengers will even feel weather happening around them.
Flea Theater
11/3 - 12/4
fuze
looseKANONdance announces the immersive experience, a new display of multidisciplinary queer artwork made possible by artists, creatives, and collaborators from within the LGBTQIA+ community. f The experience aims to de-fuze the way in which we see each other as competition, rather than a community of endless resources. fuze has the intention of creating a space for LGBTQIA+ artists to create and connect outside of Pride month; Pride is a year-round celebration for the queer community. As a community event, fuze will also support local businesses and creatives, especially at our venue in Upper Manhattan venue, where queer and art opportunities are scarcer. We want to ensure that the arts remain celebrated uptown.”
Live Stream and 325 E. 104 St.
11/13
KIKI & HERB SLEIGHT
Hardly able to imagine a grander way to step into the holiday spirit than to spend a couple of hours--or more with Kiki (Justin Vivian Bond) and Herb (Kenny Mellman). "This holiday season, prepare yourself for sleighing belles, rabid yells, and tidings of joy from New York’s most iconic “octogenarian” lounge act."
BAM Harvey
11/30 - 12/4
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT GALA
New Jersey’s Jesse Walker, host of the online celebrity show “The Jesse Walker Show,” in support of Project ALS, will join 2-time Tony Award winner Judy Kaye for a special benefit virtual performance of the Broadway musical Nice Work If You Can Get It to honor the love and memory of the late Rebecca Luker.
Hosted by Ms. Kaye, the evening will feature Jesse Walker as Jimmy Winter, Ricky DeRosa as Cookie McGee and Dinanda Klaassen as Billie Bendix, with Bemba Balsirow as Chief Berry, Estelle Balsirow as Duchess Estonia Dulworth, Serge Balsirow as Duke Mahoney, Helene Ciappetta as Millicent Winter, Cooper Grodin as Senator Max Evergreen, Lola Maltz as Jeannie Muldoon, and Haley Rice as Eileen Evergreen. Special choregraphy for “Lady Be Good” by Scott Smith.
Virtual
12/17
THE SLAVE WHO LOVED CAVIAR
Ishmael Reed creates a theatrical investigation into the relationship between Jean-Michel Basquiat and the art world, challenging the notion that Basquiat was merely Andy Warhol’s "mascot."
Playwright Reed uses satire to explore aspects of American culture and history overlooked by others. This take-no-prisoners satire digs into the exploitation of Basquiat by art world vampires. Reed examines the racism directed at Basquiat and the ways that the Warhol clique, the art establishment and the fashion industry exploited and profited from Basquiat's artistry. The play asks, why was racism toward Basquiat allowed to masquerade as "art criticism" and how does this implicate the New York City art world?
Theater for the New City
12/23 - 1/9/22
THE MUSIC MAN
One of the most anticipated musicals, The Music Man, is scheduled to open Feb. 10, 2022. Tickets for the revival are now on sale--so hop to it!
It stars the incalculably talented Hugh Jackman as the charming shyster, Professor Henry Hill, the equally ebullient Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo and much loved Jayne Houdyshell as Mrs. Shim and Jefferson Mays as Mayor Shinn. Previews begin Dec. 20. Just in time for some holiday cheer.
The creative staff includes director Jerry Zaks and choreographer Warren Carlyle.
Winter Garden Theater
6/22
THE TAP DANCE KID
When the Tap Dance Kid debuted in 1983, it was an instant hit. Then when the very young male lead was replaced by Savion Glover in 1984, it became a sensation.

In the first of the 2022 Encore! Season, City Center presents the Tap Dance Kid. Alexander Bello assumes the role made famous by Savion Glover and is joined by: Tracee Beazer as Carole, DeWitt Fleming Jr. as Daddy Bates, Joshua Henry as William, Trevor Jackson as Uncle Dipsey, Shahadi Wright Joseph as Emma, Chance K. Smith as Winslow, and Adrienne Walker as Ginnie.

Enlightened director Kenny Leon is joined by choreographer Jared Grimes and Music Director Joseph Joubert to animate this dance-heavy musical.

Filled with the joy, The Tap Dance Kid showers the audience with the hopes of a dance-loving 10 year old. Inspired by his uncle Dipsey, a professional tap dancer who rgales Willie with stories about the vaudeville circuit tap dance greats, this is as much a mighty entertainment as it is an engaging lesson in tap's pronounced legacy in America.
City Center
2/2 - 6

WILD PROJECT
wild project launches their 2022 Wild Culture initiative with VAPE LORD, written and performed by Manning Jordan. The one-night-only performance is at wild project (195 E. 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B).
Comic and monologist Manning Jordan’s latest work VAPE LORD chronicles a woman’s experience of 30 days in a rehab center.
Wild Project
2/5
THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW
Martin Platt will direct a company that includes Amy Blackman; Ciarán Bowling; Seth Andrew Bridges ; Tom Coiner; Katie Fanning; Polly McKie; Sandra Shipley; and Tina Stafford. Mr. Platt will be joined by his 2003 creative team: Bill Clarke (sets), Holly Poe Durbin (costumes), Jeff Nellis (lighting), and Amy Stoller (dialects), along with Lindsay Jones, who will be designing sound and Stephanie Klapper who will serve as casting director. Written in 1913 and set against the background of the impending national coal strike of 1912, The Daughter-in-Law tells the story of Luther Gascoyne, a young miner, and his newly wed wife Minnie, a former governess. The tensions and misunderstandings they suffer due to their different backgrounds and expectations are exacerbated by the powerful influence of Luther’s mother and brought to open conflict when it is discovered that Luther, before his marriage, made another woman pregnant. As the labor unrest comes to a boil, so does the simmering conflict between Luther and Minnie.
Mint Theater
2/17-3/20
PENELOPE
York Theater presents the world premiere of Penelope, or How the Odyssey Was Really Written, a new musical comedy with book & lyrics by Peter Kellogg, and music by Stephen Weiner, directed and choreographed by Emily Maltby, with music direction and orchestrations by David Hancock Turner and vocal arrangements by David Hancock Turner, Steve Delehanty, and Stephen Weiner.
Penelope is married to Odysseus, the King of Ithaca, a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. She is currently waiting for him to return from the Trojan War. She’s been waiting a long time: twenty years; ten years since the war ended. A bevy of suitors have gathered, each wanting to marry her and take over the kingdom. To stall them, Penelope writes letters to herself and pretends they’re from Odysseus saying he’s on his way. Little does she know that her letters gathered together are creating the story of The Odyssey. (Since no one knows who really wrote The Odyssey, this theory is as good as any other.) Meanwhile the suitors, having little else to do but eat and drink, form an a cappella group—the acoustics in The Great Hall are terrific.
The Theater at St. Jean's
3/22
On a MUSICAL note
LEONARD BERNSTEIN: THE SYMPHONY EDITION — A 60-CD SET
Leonard Bernstein: The Symphony Edition, a limited edition 60-CD set that includes all of Bernstein’s definitive symphonic recordings from 1953 to 1976 — 57 of them with the New York Philharmonic — has been released by Sony Classical in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of his death.
RIVER L. RAMIREZ
Time to imbibe in commissions by the Baryshnikov Arts Center this fall. First up is a comedian and musician River L. Ramimerz.
Baryshnikov Arts Center
10/18-11/1
CRAIG TABORN--SHADOW PLAYS
Over the last decade Taborn has refined and developed his approach, attaining new high ground with Shadow Plays. For Craig the recording is “part of the same continuum as Avenging Angel. Where that was a studio recording, this one is live, but that process of spontaneous composition goes onward.” The new album is a stunning live recital from the Mozart-Saal of the Wiener Konzerthaus, where the programme was headlined Avenging Angel II. In this fully improvised concert, Craig explores sounds and silences, swirling colours, densities and forms, creating new music with both poetic imagination and an iron grip on his material. His control of his craft as he unerringly creates narratives and structures from the hint of a revealed pattern, following where intuition and experience lead him, is extraordinary.
CD
10/29
EURYDICE
CAST
Joshua Hopkins; Erin Morley; Jakub Józef Orlinski.
This production examines the story from Eurydice’s point of view. The intelligent and entertaining new work arrives at the Met this fall, with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting a staging by Mary Zimmerman, and prior to its premiere, this program invites you to learn more about the creative process through a discussion with the creators moderated by Met General Manager Peter Gelb. Cast members will present highlights. PANEL: Matthew Aucoin, composer; Peter Gelb, moderator; Sarah Ruhl, librettist; Mary Zimmerman, director.
Guggenheim Museum
11/1
HOLIDAY CONCERT
Bloomingdale School of Music presents their free annual holiday concert as part of its Faculty Concert Series. Celebrating a host of winter holidays and cultures, it features faculty and students in music of the season. This concert will be dedicated to longtime Resident Teaching Artist Tim McCullough, who recently passed in November.
David Greer Recital Hall
12/17
TY HERNDON
BIRDLAND will present a special concert from Ty Herndon – the Grammy Award-nominated and Dove Award-winning recording artist.
Ty Herndon first gained popularity while playing the honky-tonks in Texas, and in 1993 he was named “Texas Entertainer of the Year.” That honor led to a record deal with Epic Records. Herndon made his chart debut in 1995 with “What Mattered Most,” which became his first #1 song. Between 1995 and 2002, Herndon charted 17 singles, including his three #1’s and numerous Top Ten hits, such as “I Want My Goodbye Back,” “Loved Too Much,” “A Man Holding On,” and “Hands of a Working Man.” He topped the charts in 1996 with the single “Living in a Moment” and again in 1998 with “It Must Be Love.”
Birdland
12/27
NEW CAMERATA OPERA
New Camerata Opera (NCO) presents a series of free, educational, and interactive children's opera videos on YouTube adapted from their opera, Party at the Opera. The collection of six videos is an immersive, musical, and theatrical experience for children ages 18 months to 5 years. Watch the entire series with the family anytime, by visiting Camerata Piccola.

Excerpts from seven classic operas with original English texts will teach children the fundamentals of classical music, from rhythm, melody, and harmony, to subjects like emotion in music, and even set design. A diverse cast of approachable, funny characters leads the audience on an exciting musical adventure. Children can try their hands at conducting and playing a musical instrument and can find their own operatic voice in this welcoming invitation into the world of opera.
YouTube

On the VISUAL front
AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE
The Whitney Museum of American Art is about to debut it's new space and exhibitions in the Meat Packing District. Designed by Renzo Piano, the building will add to the landscape already framed by the aerial High Line.
The opening exhibition reexamines the history of American art from 1900 to today. America Is Hard to See presents new perspectives on the Whitney’s collection, reflecting on art in the United States with more than 600 works by some 400 artists. The exhibition—its title taken from a Robert Frost poem that was also used by the filmmaker Emile de Antonio for one of his political documentaries—is the most extensive display to date of the Whitney’s collection.
Drawn from the Whitney’s holdings, America Is Hard to See examines the themes, ideas, beliefs, visions, and passions that have preoccupied and galvanized American artists over the past one hundred and fifteen years. Numerous pieces that have rarely, if ever, been shown will appear alongside familiar icons, in a conscious effort to challenge assumptions about the American art canon.
The Whitney is implementing innovative ways to relate to the larger community and artistic forms that blend mixed media into a personal song of contemporary life.
Installed throughout the building, America Is Hard to See is organized as a series of twenty-three “chapters”—sections that build on a particular theme through related artworks. Each chapter is named after a work of art that appears in that section of the show.
Whitney Museum
MEMORY KEEPER
NEW YORK: Memory Keeper is a group exhibition of six emerging artists working across mediums. The work presented considers the relationship of memory (the collection of images) to the act of seeing and art-making. What can be said of the memories we choose to keep, and the internet's influence on their longevity? The brain's mysterious method for keeping our memories; and the tragic shortcomings of memory prompt reflection on which memories outlast each other, and for what reasons. Inevitably, the condition of living online complicates this reality. How do the images and moments we collect in our brains relate to the images and videos we present online? How does voluntary curation of social media presence relate to the involuntary curation of memory? Dylan Rose Rheingold, Xing Li, Ji Min Hwang
KI Smith Galler
8/12 - 29
LATINX CONTEMPORARY ART
Explore El Museo's first national large-scale survey of Latinx contemporary art featuring 42 artists from across the United States and Puerto Rico. Curated by El Museo del Barrio's Chief Curator Rodrigo Moura and Curator Susanna V. Temkin, along with New York-based artist Elia Alba as Guest Curator, the exhibition centers on an intersectional approach to the concept of Latinx, representing diverse generations, genders, ethnic and racial backgrounds, and foregrounding Indigineity, African and non-European heritages; gender nonconformity, and other multiplicities.
Museo Del Barrio
9/9-26
DRIFT
Using sound, movement, and film by the multidisciplinary Amsterdam-based artists DRIFT, Fragile Future transforms The Shed's galleries with experiential multi-sensory installations that suggest alternative solutions for a positive future. Marking DRIFT's first New York solo presentation and featuring a soundtrack created by ANOHNI, the monumental exhibition and series of special performances builds on DRIFT's practice of creating experiences that inspire a reconnection to our planet and its natural processes, as well as empathy towards anthropomorphic non-living objects.
Fragile Future takes audiences on a journey through a series of interconnected installations – exploring the universal search for origin, destination, and connection, as well as the power to be found in relinquishing control when embracing change.
The Shed
9/29 - 12/19
LIVING HISTORIES: QUEER VIEWS AND OLD MASTERS
In recent months, the curatorial team has presented a project in the Northern European galleries that, over the course of a year, welcomes the voices of four contemporary artists. Each presents a single new work in conversation with an iconic painting from the Frick’s collection, with particular emphasis on issues of gender and queer identity typically excluded from narratives of early modern European art. This winter and spring, Living Histories: Queer Views and Old Masters continues with a painting by Jenna Gribbon (b. Knoxville, Tennessee, USA, 1978), shown with the portrait Thomas Cromwell by Hans Holbein the Younger. This juxtaposition follows the inaugural presentations by Salman Toor (b. Lahore, Pakistan, 1983) and Doron Langberg (b. Yokneam Moshava, Israel, 1985), whose works were on view this fall and winter alongside paintings by Johannes Vermeer and Holbein, respectively. This spring and summer, the Frick will present the final chapter in the series, a portrait by Toyin Ojih Odutola (b. Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 1985), shown alongside Frick works by Rembrandt.
Frick Museum
1/27-5/22
WHITNEY BIENNIAL and MORE
The 2022 Whitney Biennial is set to open on April 6. A constellation of the most relevant art and ideas of our time, the eightieth edition of the biennial features a roster of artists at all points in their careers, and fills the galleries of the Whitney Museum from April 6 through September 5, with portions of the exhibition and some programs continuing through October 23, 2022.
On May 7, the Museum presents At the Dawn of a New Age: Early Twentieth-Century American Modernism. A focused presentation drawn primarily from the Whitney’s collection, At the Dawn of a New Age examines the experimentation and innovation of early American modernism. In September, the Whitney presents Martine Gutierrez’s Supremacy (2021) on the facade of 95 Horatio Street, a photo-performance reproduced as a large-scale vinyl print. Two special exhibitions debut in fall 2022: Edward Hopper’s New York, the first major survey devoted to the artist’s relationship with the city is on view from October 19, 2022 through March 2023; and no existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria, a group exhibition centering the work of more than fifteen artists from Puerto Rico and the Diaspora, is on view from November 23, 2022 through April 23, 2023. Additional exhibitions in upcoming season will be unveiled at a later date.
Whitney Museum
4/16-9/5
On the BOOK shelf
BALANCHINE & THE LOST MUSE
Elizabeth Kendall excavated early parts of George Balanchine's history in Russia. Dedicated to understanding the inner-workings of this brilliant choreographer, Kendall taught herself Russian and stalked clues like an international sleuth. Years in the filed, Kendall unearthed a fascinating ballet dancer who shared Balanchine's early history in the dance studio and rehearsal room. Her nae was Lidia Ivanova, and according to Kendall, her impact on Balanchine was consequential.

Naturall, this book will draw many dance aficionados, but the subplot reads like a mystery novel. Bright, beautiful and immensely talented, Lidia loses her life while in a boat with two young men. The Russians have yet to solve this "cold" case and there are curious circumstances surrounding her demise.

An immensely readable book, you are memorably immersed in early 20th century Rusiian history, politics, and cultural eruptions.
Oxford Publishers

BREAKING BREADS: HOLIDAY BOOK LIST
Artisan Books has released an absolutely splendid new book on baking sweet and savory breads, babkas, flatbreads, Challahs and more. Simple and clear language guides the cook through the recipes and the photographs by Con Poulos enhance your appetite. A perfect holiday gift.
For the review go HERE.
By Uri Scheft
Artisan Books
TASTE OF PERSIA:HOLIDAY BOOK LIST
Looking for an exotic cookbook that infuses the reader with the recipes and sights of the Persian gulf? Then look no further than The Taste of Persia by Naomi Duguid: A Cookbook's Travels Through: Armenia Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran and Kurdistan. A fine pick for the holidays.
Go to review, click HERE
Naomi Duguid
Artisan Books
FOOD52: HOLIDAY BOOK LIST
Simplifying the act of cooking sophisticated, but simple meals powers the new cookbook Food52: A New Way to Dinner--a playbook of recipes and strategies for the week ahead. Might sound like a football or basketball game plan, and in a way it is because chapters lay out food plans for the week.Now this might sound like assembly-line eating, but trust me, it's not. To stay out of the "cooking rut" one recipe gets several outfits like "Farro with Mustard Greenes, Almonds, Currants, and Shaved Cheese arrives as a main course one day and the next it becomes part of a ham and butter sandwich. For full review click HERE.

Amanda Hesser & Merrill Stubbs
Ten Speed Press
TASTE & TECHNIQUE: Holiday Book List
A lively description of culinary methods and timing takes the mystery out of the kitchen in this easily readable cookbook. Raised in a family of foodies, Ms. Pomeroy holds food in high regard, but also sees it as a daily event that climb great heights in flavor with small tweaks. A great selection for your bookshelf and kitchen counter. To read the full review click HERE.
Naomi Pomeroy with Jamie Feldmar
Ten Speed Press
RABBIT'S BLUES
"Rabbit's Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges by Con Chapman travels through the beautiful sound created by Hodges' alto sax. A favorite of Duke Ellington and so many other jazz musicians, Hodges spent time honing his tone. Traveling through the colorful era of large musical personalities, days and nights on the road and inspirational practice session, Chapman writes the first biography of a musicain at the heart of American jazz.
Oxford Publishing
TRAVEL and LEISURE options
MOHONK MOUNTAIN HOUSE
Mohonk Mountain House located in New Paltz, NY helped to bring a spring back into the media’s step with The High Heeler and Man on the Go: Real Relief for Calves and Feet treatment. Using integrated massage techniques the treatment helps refresh your tired legs and feet. This all goes down smoothly in the midst of gorgeous grounds and ample activities, good food and wine.
New Paltz, NY
THE CLIFF HOUSE RESORT AND SPA
If you know anything about Maine, you know that their lobsters are king. Here's some news from The Cliff House Resort and Spa on Maine's dramatic south coast.

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Maine

VANCOUVER
A favorite location for many film and television producers, Vancouver's progressive culture embraced gay marriage long before it hit the law books in the United States. Low-keyed but animated, Vancouver prospers in the midst of a booming culinary scene, adventure tours, museums, galleries, plus performance festivals and the newly established craft brewing and winemaking industry. In fact, Vancouver boasts the largest number of artists among similar sized Canadian cities. Nature granted Vancouver great waterways and woodlands. For those who enjoy intellectual and sensual stimulation, Vancouver is worth a visit.
VENICE SIMPLON-ORIENT-EXPRESS
For those who love the days of luxury trains brimming with lavish meals and champagne, then you will be thrilled to hear that the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express embarks on a new route linking London and Paris with Berlin, with its iconic monuments of living history. Traveling in the beautifully restored art-deco carriages brings back the glamour of the roaring 20s, while enjoying all the amenities of a luxury train - such as elegant dining cars and personal stewards attending the sleeper cabins. Rates start from $3,490 per person each way, incl. meals.
For more information, go to the German Tourism web site.
Britain to Berlin
WILDERNESS IRELAND
For those who like to navigate the great outdoors until it's time to hit a pub, the Wilderness Ireland wants to seduce you into adventurous vacations linked to guided tours.
Hiking the Ring of Kerry Mrountains: Hikers summit some of Ireland’s highest peaks in Killarney National Park, Corrán Tuathail and Mount Brandon, and take lost pilgrimage paths along the sea cliff’s edge to white sandy beaches. Travelers uncover the legend of Cú Chulainn and the giant as they explore the stories of the Dingle Peninsula. Evenings are enjoyed in cozy inns with traditional live music and the finest local fare.
Hiking the Mountains of Connemara and Mayo: Following in the footsteps of Saint Patrick, hikers will conquer three of the highest mountains in the west of Ireland. Guests explore the spectacular mountain and bog wilderness of Connemara, home to Ireland’s only true fjord, Killary Harbour. Watching wild dolphins play in the nearby surf makes the Mayo Coastal Trek one of Ireland’s most memorable.
For more information about Wilderness Ireland, visit: WildernessIreland.com.
Ireland
TRAVEL IN GREECE STILL GOOD
Do not fear, you will be able to pay for tours, buy jewelry, eat and drink in the fragrant evenings, because your money is not tied to Greek banks, and Greece is welcoming, wholeheartedly, tourists to this gorgeous, if very dramatic, country.
?he Ministry for Economy, Infrastructure, Shipping and Tourism would like to inform visitors to Greece that capital controls introduced by the Greek Government do not apply to those wishing to withdraw money from an ATM or carry out any other type of transaction using credit or debit cards issued abroad. Moreover, the Ministry does not expect any inconvenience in visitor’s every day holiday experience, neither in the islands nor in mainland Greece, as there are adequate fuel supplies, products and services.
Greece continues to offer the highest quality of tourism services to its visitors, who have ranked Greece as one of the best destinations worldwide. The Deputy Minister for Tourism, Mrs Elena Kountoura, said that Greece still is and will always be a favourite destination for vacationers. Visitors currently in Greece as well as those planning to visit Greece will not be affected by the latest developments and they continue to enjoy their holidays in Greece without any concerns whatsoever.
Greece
HISTORIC HOTELS OF AMERICAN SUPER SITE
Historic hotels add a level of intimacy to any vacation. Not your usual one decoration fits all type of hotel or motel, these lodgings exude personality.
Historic Hotels of America has launched a new Super Site in time for planning summer travel. Follow your American Dreams and choose from a variety of different vacation ideas, including family getaways, road trips, national parks and lands, culinary destinations, urban adventures, and more. With over 260 historic hotels across the United States from Puerto Rico to Hawaii, there is sure to be an affordable dream destination for everyone.
Need a travel-inspired playlist? Check out these Road Trips Songs. Want to salute our freedom? Book a historic hotel then visit these five national monuments. Feeling hungry? Scope out the best BBQ joints, bourbon trails and wine country by perusing the site’s culinary adventures.
When visiting the American Dreams Super Site homepage, a number of navigational tools help travelers peruse the site’s many inspirations.The main navigation: The site is divided into six content sections — Family Vacations, Road Trips, Heritage & Culture, Culinary Destinations and Urban Adventures — with each of these pages showcasing article thumbnails. When a consumer clicks on the image, they navigate to that feature story. These stories include hotel advertorials, which solely feature participating hotels, and topical editorials, which highlight select destinations based on editorial content.
Of special interest might be the culinary route:Culinary Destinations for spirits, wine, food, festivals and trails throughout the country. From food festivals to fine dining, from Sonoma’s Wine Country to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Historic Hotels of America tips its glass to these culinary destinations. Interested in the latest vintages in the heart of Napa Valley? Nestled into the heart of Napa Valley, the Napa River Inn stands out as an upscale boutique hotel. The inn adjoins the historic Napa Mill, which offers dining, shopping and 7,300 square feet of outdoor reception space in the Riverbend Performance Plaza for wine-induced celebrations.
United States
7/11
ADVENTURE CANADA
For those who are into adventure and conservation, this might be the trip for you:
Prolific conservationist Diana Beresford-Kroeger goes to all lengths to get the message of loving our planet to the world. She has chosen Adventure Canada as her latest vessel, travelling from Canada back to her roots on the Ireland Circumnavigation to spread knowledge from ancient Celtic wisdom to using botany and biochemistry to combat climate change. Adventure Canada has just confirmed the partnership between Irish-born internationally renowned botanist, biochemist, and author, who will sail alongside guests on the new Ireland Circumnavigation.
Beresford-Kroeger brings with her a unique combination of western scientific training and an understanding of a wide variety of traditional and alternative sources of knowledge. She is known for her ability to bridge the gap between scientific complexities and the understanding of the general public. This is an excellent match for Adventure Canada, a company that advocates for positive change through knowledge transfer direct from local communities to the guests aboard each expedition.
6/9 - 20
CULINARY tastings

ATHENS TAVERN
Greek chef Yianni Baxevanis gives a lift to new Greek eaterie.
Astoria
Now open
PORCHETTA
Roasted pig sandwiches and crispy potatotes for these uncertain times owned by Sara Jenkins.
110 East 7th Street (First Ave.)
212-777-2151
THE BRESLIN BAR AND AND DINING ROOM
Victorian style brings breakfast and lunch with an English flair from chef April Bloomfield.
212-679-1939
20 W. 29 Street
GREEK WINES
Even though the ancient Greeks worshipped the wine God Dionysus, Greek wines retain a low profile considering their high value. Summertime finds Greeks basking on shores of Aegean eating fresh fish and drinking a bright, sauvignon blanc like the Moscofilero featured at Domain Spiropoulos. Flowery but not sweet, the white wine forms a fine complement to fish and vegetables.

Another wine unique to Greece, Retsina (Domaine Vassilou/Nemeion Estate), invokes a fragrance of pine trees and can quench one’s thirst in the midst of steamy day along with some tasty appetizer of octopus.

As for reds, again at Domaine Spiropoulos Prfyros 2006, G’aia Estate 2006 (Agirgitiko), and Domaine Harlaftis Reserve Nemea 2001 and then there's the full-bodied, complex but smoothe Hgemon Grand reserve 2004 plus a lighter, but tasty Tempranillo 2006 by Ktima Pavlidis.
Athenee Importers Road Show

BUVETTE
In the heart of the Village comes another Paris bistro, all rustic ambiance and charm. Chef Jody Williams offers up omelets, frites, chicken meatballs and chocolate mousse.
42 Grove Street
212-255-3590
SPRINKLES CUPACAKES
America's favorite desert comes to NYC via Loas Angeles.
780 Lexington at 60th
212-207-8375
SOUVLAKI GR
What fun -- NYC got a souvlaki taverna that offers up the favorite Greek street food, shredded lamb with garlic yogurt in a pita bread and a side of chips.Owners Abby Sierros and Pavlos Sierros and Kostas Plagos--they all sound Greek to me-- offer up the delectable plates along with pork and chicken souvlaki, Greek salad, Greek burgers (very moist) along with an unconventional Ouzo soda (tastes like Ouzo without making you go blind if you drink too much.)
116 Stanton Street at Essex
212-777-0116
HUNG RY
Noodles made with organic flour are served with toppings like Peing duck breast and leg, lobster and scallops with mushrooms and truffles, mutton sausage with liver, and brisket with tripe. And don't forget the roasted marrow bone with wasabi and celery root.
55 Bond at Lafayette
212-677-4864
OTIS STOUT BREAD
Local grain movement leaders, Cayuga Pure Organics near Ithaca, NY sell breads made with their grains and baked by Orwasher's bakery in Manhattan. The Otis Stout Bread is made from three kinds of starters, including one using spent grains from Sixpoint Craft Ales in Brooklyn, It's rich earthy flavor is particularly good toasted and as a sandwich bread.
Available at Union Square Market on Wed. Fri & Sat., Columbia University on Sundays; Inwood and Brooklyn, Sat.
Union Square Market
ANDIS WINES
Here's some news on a popular wine, Bill Dillian's 2010 Semillon is composed of 100% Semillion. It was harvested 10/07/10 and was released March 2011.
Whole clusters of grapes are pressed and fermented in stainless stell at 58 degrees. The fermentation lasts 20 days.
At first blush, the wine offers floral and pear aromatics, but it reels in a crisp acidity and smooth structure.
Drink with shrimp, scallops, fish, sushi, and Tahi Food. Additional ideas include Manchego and Brie cheese, salads and light pastas.
Vill Dillian's
White Wines
Winter whites are coming your way. They round off appetizers, cheese and dessert options as well as poultry, pasta, fish and vegetarian options. Easy on the pocketbook, most selections are under $20.
Lucien Albrecht Reserve Gewurztraminer 2010 srp $19.99
Lucien Albrecht Reserve Riesling 2010 srp $19.99
Morro Bay Chardonnay 2010 srp $10.99
Les Petits Grains Muscat St. Jean de Minervois srp $13.99
Les Clos de Paulilles Banyuls Rimage 2008 srp $19.99
Chateau de Cosse 2008 srp $24.99

Pasternak Distributors
The Linc
Casual fare at Jonathan Lemon's place.
650 W. 42 street
Red Hook Winery
If you are fan of New York wines, head to the Red Hook WInery for tastings of Finger Lake and Long Island wines. The two men responsible for tastings are Robert Foley and Abe Schoener. Because the bottles can run around $30 per bottle-- like the 2010 Vipolze SK Reserve--tasting before purchasing is recommended.
Pier 41 Van Dyk
ORO PURO PROSECCO
If you ever had any questions about Prosecco…. Valdo president Pierluigi Bolla would be the man with the answers. Over the past decade he spearheaded and helped build the brand and upgrade public appreciation of sparkling wine from Italy.
A glass of bubbly usually appears at every reception. People hold their long, delicate stemware and sip on the elegant sparkling wine. Question is – what is everyone drinking? These days, the festive drink- of-choice is typically the Italian Prosecco. Once while in Venice, I asked for a waiter for a glass of water. He smiled and said, “I will bring you a glass of Venetian water” and promptly returned with a tall, thin glass of Prosecco. Yes, the Italians love their sparkling wine, but so do Americans.
One important aspect of Prosecco is its versatility. According to Bolla and his astute winemaker Gino Cini, Prosecco is no longer relegated to opera and theater intermissions because it pairs wonderfully with appetizers, entrees and desserts. A good overall choice is Oro Puro “Pure Gold”-- to quote Pasternak Distributors “Oro Puro, DOCG or translated "Pure Gold" is the pure expression of the unique DOCG terroir in Valdobiaddene.”
OENOSOPHIST
There is a white wine on the horizon that is capable of upending your choices for summer wines and it is the Oenosophist White that is composed of Wauvignon Blanc 55%, Ugni Blanc 30%, Semillon 15% and 100% delicious. Aged in French and AMerican oak barrels for 3.5 months and in the bottle for 6 months, it features a distinctively clean palate balanced on a full body and earthy fragrances. Completely drinkable alone or with food, this engaging wine could be your next "favorite" white.
Greek Wine
DARK CHOCOLATE
A neat new idea pairing dark chocolate and cheese as an appetizier: ChocoMaker’s Dark Chocolate Wedge makes your cheese board a little sweeter. It’s deliciously versatile and can be paired with cheese, fresh fruit, nuts, and both sweet and savory crackers. Refrigerate and serve. ChocoMaker’s Dark Chocolate Wedge makes entertaining effortless.
ChocoMaker, Inc.
DODONI GREEK CHEESE
If you have never eaten Greek Feta cheese, then you haven't eaten Feta cheese. A new push is behind the distribution of Dodoni, the world’s leading producer of Greek PDO Feta Cheese, made from sheep and goat milk of the Epirus region of Greece. Dodoni is also recognized for its Goat Cheese, Kefalograviera, Kefalotyri, and Dry Myzithra. Before you buy another blanc "domestic" feta, spark up your taste buds with the real thing--Dodoni.
Arthur Schuman, Inc.
SAUVIGNON BLANCS FOR SUMMER
Summer brings with it a special thirst for refreshing wines that travel to picnics or grace casual dinner parties. A few options to consider include a real find for $12.99--La Petite Perriere Sauvignon Blanc 2013. Breezy and flavorful, it couples easily with appetizers, salads and light meals. Not as fruity as other Sauvignon Blancs on the lines of the bright, flowery Dashwood 2013 ($14.99) or Los Vascos 2013 ($13.99), also very good options pasta dishes and cheese plates. For a fuller, deeper flavoer, Domaine de la Perriere Sancerre 2013 ($24.99) will not disappoint.
Pasternak Wine

WINE--606 CAB HITS
Those who are fans of the deep, large bouquet inherent in cabernet sauvignons will be please to learn that Lot 606 2014 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvingon just got one of those big "nods" as the "Big Cab." The wine is known for its open knit, complex, lively and energetic flavors. And the best news, it costs $29.00. A consideration for the upcoming holidays.
Napa Valley
10/26
THE CREOLE FOOD FESTIVAL
Time for some good ole' summer food festival favorites during the 3rd Creole Food Festival. Confirmed are 14 chefs/restaurants representing 13 countries spanning over 3 continents. The award-winning chefs will be joined by live performances by Jason Murden and Manny Montanez. Tico Armand will Host/MC the Festival.
Skinny's Cantina on the Hudson
8/7
MEDIA matters
BALLET 422
Jody Lee Lipes' new documentary BALLET 422 offers audiences a rare peek into the highly guarded world of professional ballet as it follows the creation of a single production from first rehearsal through world premiere.
When 25-year-old NYCB dancer Justin Peck begins to emerge as a promising young choreographer, he is commissioned to create the only new ballet of the company's 2013 winter season. With unprecedented access to an elite world, the film follows Peck as he collaborates with musicians, lighting designers, costume designers and his fellow dancers to create Paz de la Jolla, NYCB's 422nd new ballet. BALLET 422 is an intimate, unembellished cinéma vérité portrait of a process that has never before been documented at New York City Ballet in its entirety.
DVD
8/31
TAP WORLD
The film shows how this dance form, inspired by slave ancestors, and born of African Americans during the jazz era, has inspired and unified cultures all over the world and become a universal language of its own. It features dancers from all corners of the globe taping and talking about the importance of this unique art form to themselves personally and to their communities.
TAP WORLD is an award-winning feature-length documentary starring the most cutting-edge tap dancers from across the globe. This documentary follows leaders of the art form who are shaping the community around them, their personal stories of inspiration, struggle, and triumph. For the first time, tap dancers of all ages were encouraged to share their individual journey through tap dance to be included in the film. Over 115 submissions were received from more than a dozen countries. The most compelling were chosen and weaved into the film alongside some of the Masters of Tap. The enthusiasm and support for this project clearly exemplifies the global growth appreciation and passion for Tap Dance.
Directed by Dean Hargrove.
DVD
9/1
THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION
The first feature-length documentary to explore the history and lasting cultural impact of the Black Panther Party. The rise and fall of the Black Panther Party during the 1960s and beyond is a uniquely American story of a growing pride in black culture, and more militant demands for justice and racial equality, with a cast of larger-than-life personalities including: Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge and Kathleen Cleaver, and Fred Hampton. Director Stanley Nelson masterfully assembles rare archival footage that contextualizes the history of the Panthers—begun in response to racism and police brutality. Surviving members of the organization are interviewed alongside retired police officers, FBI informants, journalists, and others—all of whom reflect back in great detail on the events that defined the Panthers’ turbulent late ‘60s era.
DVD
Film Forum
9/2
FILMS OF MARTA MESZAROS
Film at Lincoln Center announces The Films of Márta Mészáros, a retrospective of the feminist screenwriter and director’s filmography.
Despite the hardships of a COVID tainted year, the Film Society has an ambitious year of film screenings and mini-festivals lined up starting with the films of Márta Mészáros, a socialist and feminist filmmaker whose trailblazing, six-decade career broke barriers in cinema hierarchies, helped legitimize women’s artistic emancipation within the industry, alongside her contemporaries such as Agnès Varda and Vera Chytilová.
Known for her Diary Films from the 1980's - 1990's, film highlights include The Girl, Mészáros’s debut feature and one of the first Hungarian films to be directed by a woman; Binding Sentiments, an examination of how patriarchy reigns despite economic status; the countercultural Don’t Cry, Pretty Girls!, an experimental work in the proto–music video style, reflecting the cultural sea change sweeping Europe during the late 1960s/early 1970s and so many more.
Presented in partnership with Janus Films. Organized by Florence Almozini and Tyler Wilson.
Walter Reade Theater
1/21-26
THE AUTOMAT
Film Forum is presenting a bit of Americana nostalgia with the US theatrical premiere of Lisa Hurwitz’s THE AUTOMAT. Iconic, elegant, and populist all at once: the Automat (aka Horn & Hardart) revolutionized American dining a century ago, long before there was fast food or hipster coffee shops. An eclectic mix of New Yorkers inserted nickels into slots, and slices of lemon meringue pie, mac & cheese, baked beans, and creamed spinach magically appeared from a grid of gleaming chrome windows. Then there was the eatery’s signature 5-cent coffee, cascading from ornate dolphin-headed spouts. Mel Brooks (who sings an homage he wrote specifically for the film), Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Colin Powell, Carl Reiner, and others pay effusive tribute to this communal Art Deco home away from home. Says Brooks: “You didn’t need a lot of money. You needed a lot of nickels.” Debut filmmaker Lisa Hurwitz collages rare artifacts, images, and memorabilia (including personal photos and deeply affectionate stories from former employees and the founding families) to create a love letter to a New York many of us still remember.
Film Forum
2/18
Jonas Mekas
One of the great experimental filmmakers, Jonas Mekas, will be celebrated in a retrospective of this Lithuanian filmmaker-director-critic-poet, co-presented with the Jewish Museum.
Few if any figures in the history of New York City film culture have left as large a mark as that of the Lithuanian filmmaker, critic, and poet Jonas Mekas. Rising to notoriety in the 1950s and ’60s as a champion of and mouthpiece for the New American Cinema, he founded and presided over such stalwart fixtures of the underground and avant-garde film scenes as Film Culture magazine, the Filmmakers’ Cinematheque, the Film-Makers’ Cooperative, and Anthology Film Archives. But he was also one of the 20th century’s most vital film artists, a master cine-diarist and something like a present-tense historian who documented the particulars of emigrant life in New York City. His immense oeuvre, produced across seven decades, encompasses rapturous tone poems that exalt the quotidian and transfixing portraits of the legendary artists in his orbit. Join us for a selection of Mekas’s most essential film and video works. This series is presented in conjunction with Jonas Mekas: The Camera Was Always Running, a major exhibition of his work on view at the Jewish Museum from February 18 through June 5, 2022.
Lincoln At Lincoln Center
2/17
Rack up RECORDINGS
MARCUS STRICTLAND TRIO IDIOSYNCRASIES
Intelligent, hard moving jazz ensemble mixes saxophonist Strickland's compositions with the likes of Bjork and Stevie Wonder. Includes Ben Williams, bassist and E.J. Strickland, drummer.
Strick Muzik
PROJECT A
Joel Frahm saxophonist and Bruce Katz Hammond B3 player jazzes up soulful sounds on this catchy release paying tribute to Aretha Franklin. Not surprisingly, Anat Cohen and Oded Lev-Ari serve as Executive Producers.
Anzic Records
SOPHISTICATED LADIES
As summer approaches, you might have forgotten about some great releases. Perfect for mindful relaxation, and one of the best is bassist, Charlie Haden's "Sophisticated Ladies." Top vocalists join this award winning musician including Melody Gardot, Norah Jones, Cassandra Wilson, Ruth Cameron, Renee Fleming and Diana Krall. Yup--from pop to opera and jazz. The combo features Haden (bass) Alan Broadbent (piano/orchestra string arrangements), Ernie Watts (tenor saxophone), and Rodney Green (drums). Take a listen.
CHARLIE HADEN'S QUARTET WEST
DECCA
DIANA: THE MUSICAL CAST RECORDING
Diana: The Musical celebrates the life of Princess Diana and the light of her legacy that continues to shine across the world. The cast recording underscores the emotional range of Diana: The Musical features performances by an top-tier company that includes Jeanna de Waal (Kinky Boots, American Idiot) as Diana; Roe Hartrampf (Emily in Paris), making his Broadway debut as Prince Charles; Theatre World Award winner Erin Davie as Camilla Parker Bowles; and two-time Tony Award® winner Judy Kaye playing the role of Queen Elizabeth.
YouTube video is currently available for “Underestimated” and “If,” performed by Jeanna de Waal with composer and lyricist David Bryan, also known as Bon Jovi founding member and keyboard player, on piano.
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