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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.
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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.
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
Click HERE to view an excerpt of Mel Tomlinson on EYE ON DANCE in 1987.
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.
Dance Enthusiast
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
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.
The NY Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies, New York City’s premier dance awards honoring outstanding creative work in the field, today announced the nominees for the 2021 Bessie Awards. Digital performances presented between March 15, 2020 and May 31, 2021, and in-person performances presented between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021, were considered for Bessie nominations. Award categories include Outstanding Production, Outstanding Performer, Outstanding Revival, Outstanding Music Composition or Sound Design, Outstanding Visual Design, and Outstanding Breakout Choreographer, which recognizes an artist who has made an exceptional leap in visibility and impact in their career this past season. The list of nominations follows.
“Dance artists and their collaborators have continued to dream and build during the pandemic. They have called upon each of us to reimagine and commit our collective movement toward equity, justice, and healing. We are thrilled to celebrate their work and the resilience of our community at the virtual 2021 Bessies Ceremony,“ said Bessies Executive Director Heather Robles.
For a list of the nominees, steering committee and nominating committee, please go to the website:
This 45-minute performance will feature excerpts from two striking works: Stories by Hand, Preeti Vasudevan's solo exploring a woman's identity by way of the displacement of gestures affected by memory; and L’Orient, a dance opera-in-development based on the 19th-century French opera, Lakmé, created in collaboration with composer Kamala Sankaram, and librettist Catherine Filloux.
The Green at Lincoln Center
Join in free dance classes, and demonstrations with the Mark Morris Dancers and faculty from 10 AM - 4 PM.
The Plaza at 300 Ashland
Tony Waag, executive director of The American Tap Dance Foundation, and Mercedes Ellington, CEO/Artistic Director of The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts, announced today the return of their FREE, annual outdoor event to commemorate Duke Ellington’s birthday. Performances include The Duke Ellington Center Big Band and a host of musicians, dancers and vocalists.
Joining the festivities: guest artist conductor George Caldwell and violinist Sandra Billingslea; actor Miles Purinton in a piece from Ellington’s Shakespearean Suite; City of Jazz recited by Mercedes Ellington, Tony Waag and his rendition of I’m Just a Lucky So and So from Sophisticated Ladies, Karen Callaway Williams & Sharon K. Janda in Sugar Rum Cherry from Ellington’s Nutcracker, and DeWitt and Jennie Fleming in Come Sunday/David Danced Before the Lord from Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert.
5th Avenue and 110th Street
Tony Waag, executive director of The American Tap Dance Foundation, and Mercedes Ellington, CEO/Artistic Director of The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts celebrate Duke Ellington. Programming will feature The Duke Ellington Center Big Band (musical director Eli Yamen) with guest artist conductor George Caldwell and violinist Sandra Billingslea; actor Miles Purinton in a piece from Ellington’s Shakespearean Suite; City of Jazz recited by Mercedes Ellington, Tony Waag and his rendition of I’m Just a Lucky So and So from Sophisticated Ladies, Karen Callaway Williams & Sharon K. Janda in Sugar Rum Cherry from Ellington’s Nutcracker, and DeWitt and Jennie Fleming in Come Sunday/David Danced Before the Lord from Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert.
Duke Ellington Statue in Harlem
Nothing like an epidemic to make you appreciate there's no place like the live theater. NYCB is poised to open its 2021-22 season on Sept. 21 with a special one-night-only program in celebration of NYCB’s first full-company, live performance in more than 19 months and includes George Balanchine's classics: Serenade (which I'm positive will make me cry), and Symphony in C plus Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain Pas Deux.
Season highlights: World Premiere ballets by Sidra Bell and Andrea Miller at the Fall Fashion Gala on September 30; Justin Peck at the annual New Combinations Evening on January 27; Jamar Roberts on February 3; Pam Tanowitz on April 22; and Silas Farley, who will create a new work for the Spring Gala on May 5, as part of NYCB’s 50th anniversary celebration of the Company’s legendary 1972 Stravinsky Festival.
Koch Theater
Ragamala Dance Company’s newest evening-length work, Fires of Varanasi: Dance of the Eternal Pilgrim makes its New York premiere using traditional South Indian dance form Bharatanatyam to connect ancient rituals to modern day experience. The piece suspends time and reality, with eleven dancers creating a metaphorical realm where humans and the divine are one.
Joyce Theater
Released for the first time, The Lecture (an evening-length solo that premiered at The Ailey Citigroup Theater in 2010) mixes the serious with the comic, the existential with the everyday. Set to a score of pre-recorded lectures by university professors, The Lecture marries the intellectual and the physical to explore a variety of subjects including the history of language, the science of happiness, the nature of abstraction, mathematics, human evolution on the digital platform Dance With Us.
Following this spring’s sold-out run of Afterwardsness, renowned director, choreographer, and dancer Bill T. Jones returns to Park Avenue Armory to present and perform in the world premiere of his monumental new work, Deep Blue Sea. The production marks Jones’ first time performing in over fifteen years. Using deconstructed texts from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, the highly personal work explores the interplay of single and group identities and the pursuit of the elusive “we” during fractious times.
The Armory
9/28 - 10/9
A Joyce Theater Productions and Alejandro Cerrudo Co-Production of his evening-length work, It Starts Now. The evening breaks theatrical barriers in a heightened exploration of the nonlinear nature of time. Cerrudo captures the moments in life to which both artists and audience can relate—moments that seem to stretch the human concept of time, from the suspended moment before a first kiss to the sensation of accelerated time when enjoying the best that life has to offer. It Starts Now is an invitation to the audience to be fully engaged in with what they are watching and what it makes them feel, for that is the only way to live in the present moment and experience true presence.
Joyce Theater
Kyle Abraham and Liz Gerring re-interpret Cunningham's "Landrover." Filmed and streamed on-line. Free.
Baryshnikov Arts Center
"Denishawn" a program of rarely seen works by Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, regarded as the Mother and Father of American Modern Dance. The cast: PeiJu Chien-Pott, will perform "A Javanese Court Dancer" (1926, St. Denis);
Christine Dakin, will perform "Waltz/Liebestraum" (1922, St. Denis);
Antonio Fini, will perform "The Cosmic Dance of Siva" (1926, Ted Shawn);
Nina Jirka, will perform "The Legend of the Peacock" staged for the Vanaver Caravan by Jane Sherman (1914, Ruth St. Denis);
Valentina Kozlova, will perform "Incense" (1906, St. Denis);
Bradley Shelver, will perform "Japanese Spear Dance" (1919, Shawn);
Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble, principal custodian of the works of Anna Sokolow, will perform the trio "Choeur Dansé" (1926, Shawn), taught and coached by Francesca Todesco;
Produced by Audrey Ross
Theater at St. Jeans
Swedish dancer, choreographer, director and filmmaker, Mats Ek offers to filmed solos for the free, streaming programs. His mother, the great Birgit Cullberg, was a groundbreaking dance filmmaker.
Baryshnikov Arts Center
10/4 - 14
SW!NG OUT -- More than a year after the production was poised to make its Joyce debut—sidelined due to the Covid-19 shutdown—the cast will Lindy Hop its way onto the famed stage with the east coast premiere of SW!NG OUT. Conceived and created by Teicher and their trusted collaborators EvitaArce, LaTasha Barnes, Nathan Bugh, Macy Sullivan, and Eyal Vilner, the evening promises a fresh performance each night, with a combination of their signature electrifying choreography and freewheeling improvisation from a cast of 12 all-star swing dancers. Accompanied by live music from the Eyal Vilner Big Band, each performance concludes with an onstage jam session, with Caleb and friends inviting the audience to join in the fun and SW!NG OUT.
Joyce Theater
10/5 - 17
The NY Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies, New York City’s premier dance awards honoring outstanding creative work in the field, are thrilled to announce the presenters for the 37th Annual Bessie Awards ceremony.
This year’s presenters include notable members of the dance and performance community including Arthur Avilés, Monica Bill Barnes, Tina Croll, Tess Dworman, Nia Love, Annie-B Parson, Charles Rice Gonzales, and Bijayini Satpathy.
As previously announced, the ceremony will include special presentations to two pillars of the dance community—George Faison, the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Honoree, and DanceAfrica, recipient of the 2021 Bessie Award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance.
The program will feature videos of all the nominated artists and works. The evening will also include tributes to essential dance workers and all those who work behind the scenes and are central to making live and online performance happen in New York. The Bessies will also introduce #ArtistSupportStories, a social media video campaign where anyone in the community can lift up an individual, group, or organization from the dance community who supported them in some way during the pandemic.
The Bessies pre-ceremony Angel Party will honor performer, dance historian, curator, producer, and educator Charmaine Warren for her unwavering commitment to dance and community.
Molinette, Add, and Air
Choreography by Elizabeth Streb

A.I.M by Kyle Abraham
From A Heart Still Beating | NY Premiere
Choreography by Kyle Abraham in collaboration with A.I.M

The Verdon Fosse Legacy
Sweet Gwen Suite | New York City Center Commission
Choreography by Bob Fosse & Gwen Verdon
Additional choreography by Linda Haberman
NYC City Center
10/13 - 14

Stephen Petronio Company
American Landscapes
Choreography by Stephen Petronio

Houston Ballet
Sons de L’âme excerpts | NY Premiere
Choreography by Stanton Welch AM

Ephrat Asherie Dance
Choreography by Ephrat Asherie
NYC City Center

Philadelphia Ballet
Connection | NY Premiere
Choreography by Juliano Nunes

Micaela Taylor’s The TL Collective
Drift | NY Premiere
Choreography by Micaela Taylor

The Movement | NY Premiere
Choreography by Conrad Kelly II
NYC City Center

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company with Guest Artists Adrian Danchig-Waring & Joseph Gordon
To Each in His Own Time, New York City Center Commission | World Premiere
Choreography by Lar Lubovitch

Lil Buck 38109, Co-presented with Damian Woetzel’s Vail Dance Festival | NY Premiere
Choreography by Lil Buck

Mapping Out A Sky | NY Premiere
Choreography by Matthew Neenan
NYC City Center

Roman Mejia
Fandango, Co-presented with Damian Woetzel’s Vail Dance Festival
Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky

Tiler Peck & Herman Cornejo
Bloom, Co-commission with Damian Woetzel’s Vail Dance Festival | NY Premiere
Choreography by Justin Peck

Ayodele Casel
New York City Center Commission | World Premiere
Choreography by Ayodele Casel
NYC City Center

BAM in association with The Kitchen presents World Premiere
The Mood Room
Conceived, directed, and choreographed by Annie-B Parson Based on Five Sisters by Guy de Cointet with additional text from Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov
Against Holly Herndon’s urgent, experimental score, Mood Room mixes theater, dance, and spoken opera to explore the origins of early Reaganism, when Americans were urged to spend and shop rather than actively participate in civic society.
BAM Fisher
11/30 - 12/4
One of the first out of the gate is Bruce Springsteen on Broadway. Houses will be filled to capacity. This blockbuster show was sold out most nights, and now, after a year of electronic entertainment, folks will flock to see this iconic American rock star.
ST. James Theater
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
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
It's time for some rousing theater in the parks and NY Classical’s staging, adapted and directed by Mr. Stephen Burdman is just the ticket. It will feature the “happy ending” of Nahum Tate’s 1681 adaptation, which was popular in England for over 150 years until Shakespeare’s original tragic text was restored in 1838. In addition to the ending, several additional scenes from Tate’s version have been incorporated for NY Classical’s production. The Tate version of King Lear has not been performed in New York City in over 30 years.
King Lear will feature a cast of 14, including Michael Stewart Allen as Cornwall, Amar Atkins as Edmund, Connie Castanzo as Cordelia/Fool, Grant Chapman as Oswald, Jasminn Johnson as Goneril, Cedric Lamar as Kent, John Michalski as Lear, Nick Salamone as Gloucester, Aryana Sedarati as Regan, Clay Storseth as Albany, Linden Tailor as Edgar, and also featuring Ollie Corchado, Evan Moore-Coll, and Saleemah Sharpe.
Though tickets are free, reservations are recommended due to limited audience capacity for safety protocols. Ticket reservations can be made at:
6/24 - 8/8
A new play by Micah Kosstrin-Greenberg, pioneers the use of virtual theater for science fiction. It brings a futuristic cosmic fantasy to life on Zoom using beautiful visual effects, digital makeup, audience participation and techniques of immersive theater. Presented by Wall Break Productions in collaboration with Blue Owl Films. The audience watches the drama as if they are accompanying the characters through space. They also converse with the actors and guide the plot development interactively.
5pm — Doors Open
6:30pm — Opening Address
With Jérémie Robert, Consul General of France in New York; Marie-Monique Steckel, President of FIAF Gerard Epelbaum, President of CAFUSA
6:40pm — National Anthems of France and the United States
Singer Marie Viapiano with Les Cadets Lafayette Fanfare conducted by Jacques LeTalon 6:50pm — Jazz Quintet with Vocalist Kavita Shah
7:30pm — French House Dance Party with Joachim Garraud
8:20pm — French Film: My Donkey, My Lover & I (Antoinette dans les Cévennes)
Summer theaters are opening up to new voices and new works. One of the venerable regional theater companies, Williamstown Theater Festival, goes outdoors with a top notch creative team. The productions include:
Week One (Tuesday, July 6 – Saturday, July 10):
Border of Lights by Guadalís Del Carmen; Ghosts of the Diaspora by France-Luce Benson; Freaky Dee, Baby by NSangou Njikam; Directed by Colette Robert
Week Two (Tuesday, July 13 – Sunday, July 18):
Black Moon Lilith by J. Nicole Brooks; A Ghost in Satin by Terry Guest; don't get got by Ike Holter; Directed by Wardell Julius Clark
Week Three (Wednesday, July 21 – Sunday, July 25):
Mark It Down by Charly Evon Simpson; The Last......(A Work in Progress) by Ngozi Anyanwu; THE MASTER'S TOOLS by Zora Howard; Directed by Candis C. Jones
The world premiere immersive theatrical experience ALIEN/NATION (Tuesday, July 20 – Sunday, August 15) will feature an Equity cast that includes the creative team will also feature Eamon Foley (choreographer), Edward Michael Rose (video editor), and Daniel Hartman (AV coordinator)
Williamstown Theater Festival
7/6 - 8/15
Time to get out your calendar and start marking it up with live and streamed theater events. To celebrate the release of James Lapine's new book Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I created Sunday In The Park With George (Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux) Christine Baranski will conduct an intimate on-line conversation in Town Hall with James Lapine about the making of Sunday in the Park with George.
The new book takes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this iconic musical and chronicles the two-year odyssey of its creation.
Town Hall
he Book of Moron (, 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
8/23- 10/1
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
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
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
On a MUSICAL note
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.
In Dizzy’s Club, rising star pianist and composer Sean Mason is joined by his bandmates--bassist Butler Knowles and drummer Malcolm Charles--and guest vocalist Charles Turner, performing Mason's original work The Southern Suite (April 29). Paquito D’Rivera and pianist Alex Brown honor the musical contributions made by Paquito’s close friends, Dizzy Gillespie, Chano Dominguez, Bebo Valdes, and Mario Bauza (May 6). Alto saxophonist and Essentially Ellington alumna Lakecia Benjamin returns to the Dizzy’s Club stage as a headliner (May 13). American Pianists Award winner and Lincoln Center Emerging Artist honoree Sullivan Fortner takes the stage to close out the month of May with an intimate solo piano performance (May 27).
4/29 - 5/7
Friday, July 30 at 7:30pm
Carnegie Hall Citywide: Adrienne Warren & Friends with Special Guests Matthew Griffin, Amber Iman, Ashley Loren, and Jhardon Milton and Guest Host Mauricio Martinez
Saturday, July 31 at 7:30pm
Greenwich House Music School: Riley Mulherkar and Ella Bric Riley Mulherkar has been recognized as a “smart young trumpet player” Ella Bric (Linda Briceño) is an increasingly respected voice in the Central American music scene.
Bryant Park
The Nocturnal Nubian Ball for Conscientious Ballers and Cultural Shot Callers is a mashup of intricate melodies, harmony, and rhythms presented under the sonic direction of trombonist/composer Craig Harris who, along with 10 mesmerizing, improvising musicians, will create an audio sanctuary for the thirsty ear. This version of the Ball will focus on the influence of Sun Ra, and pay tribute to Marshall Allen, an original member of the Sun Ra Arkestra and its leader since 1993. Harris is also a former member of Sun Ra’s band and has embraced many of the icon’s concepts and performance methodologies.
Thursday, August 12, 7PM EDT (Bryant Park)
Doors open at 5:30PM/First come, first served attendance
Friday, August 13, 7PM EDT (Marcus Garvey Park)
The Park is open all day and seating at the amphitheater is first come/first served
Bryant Park
8/12 - 13
Lake Street Dive’s wide-ranging taste in pop, rock, R&B and jazz have blended together to make an impressively cohesive sound, combining retro influences with a contemporary attitude. The band have also figured out how to write tunes that reflect this particularly turbulent chapter in our shared history.
Central Prak Summerstage
Grammy-award winning band Greta Van Fleet are playing two nights in Bridgeport at Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater.
"Strange Horizons" are the band's only headline shows of 2021 and sees stops in Nashville, Chicago, Bridgeport and Los Angeles.

Hartford Healthcare Ampitheater
BIRDLAND THEATER will present Eric Comstock – tin his new fall residency for four Saturdays in September: September 4, 11, 18 and 25, at 5:00 PM. An acknowledged expert and performer of the jazz and pop songbooks, including many rare gems, Comstock is every bit as entertaining as he is musically savvy. His repertoire runs a wide gamut of material that brings the generations together, from Cole Porter to Paul Simon; Duke Ellington to Bob Dylan; Sinatra to Sondheim. It’s a new set each week – Eric makes all of it fresh, new, spontaneous, and fun, and his audiences feel they've been to a terrific party where the music and the stories are equally great.
Birdland Theater
The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, featuring Solange Prat, is a young, vibrant, eleven-piece combo out of Brooklyn that preserves the authentic pop and groove of NYC's traditional salsa scene, but revitalizes that sound for a new audience with hybrid English-Spanish vocals and a broad catalogue of covers that embraces the work of The Cure, Fiona Apple, The Black Keys and The White Stripes. WSO’s sharp musical chops and sexy live dance performance makes for an experience that's earned respect from salsa traditionalists while providing an easy point of entry for younger newcomers to the genre.
Restart Stages LIncoln Center
NYC breakdancing crew The Dynamic Rockers battle the Supreme Beings Crew, honoring an iconic 40-year Lincoln Center breaking battle anniversary. Forty years ago, Lincoln Center became among the first major institutions to formally recognize the art of breakdancing, hosting a battle between the two biggest breaking crews in New York City – The Dynamic Rockers and the Rock Steady Crew – that proved to be a breakthrough moment for the art form in mainstream awareness. Honoring this battle anniversary, The Dynamic Rockers will battle Queens-based Supreme Beings Crew, judged and emceed by NYC breakdance legends, with producer DJ Fleg.
Restart Stages Lincoln Center
A special event on September 12 commemorates the July one-year anniversary of the passing of civil rights leaders John Lewis and C.T. Vivian. Audiences can experience the first live public performance of the Lincoln Center commission The Baptism featuring performances by multi-hyphenate artist Carl Hancock Rux, The Resistance Revival Chorus, guitarist Christopher Bruce, with music by Meshell Ndegeocello and imagery by Carrie Mae Weems. The performance and screening of The Baptism will be followed by a panel discussion on the role of the arts in helping us grapple with critical issues and move our society forward.THE
Restart Stages Lincoln Center
American Lyric Theater (ALT) today announced its return to live performances with a workshop performance of The Opposable Thumb by composer Jorge Sosa and librettist Julian Crouch.
American Lyric Theater
New York singer/songwriter Eleri Ward will celebrate the new album A Perfect Little Death from GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS with a special concert which will coincide with the album’s CD release online and in stores on Friday, October 1. A Perfect Little Death, is an expansive folk reinvention of the one-of-a-kind Stephen Sondheim canon, rendered with ethereal, melancholic guitar arrangements.
Rockwood Music Hall
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
On the VISUAL front
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
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
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
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
On the BOOK shelf
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

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
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
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: 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 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
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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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.
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
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:
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.
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
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

Greek chef Yianni Baxevanis gives a lift to new Greek eaterie.
Now open
Roasted pig sandwiches and crispy potatotes for these uncertain times owned by Sara Jenkins.
110 East 7th Street (First Ave.)
Victorian style brings breakfast and lunch with an English flair from chef April Bloomfield.
20 W. 29 Street
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

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
America's favorite desert comes to NYC via Loas Angeles.
780 Lexington at 60th
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
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
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
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
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.”
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
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.
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.
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

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
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
MEDIA matters
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.
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.
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.
Film Forum
A powerful movie about the role of Native Americans in contemporary music, it features some of the greatest music stars of our time. The film stars Link Wray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Jesse Ed Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Randy Castillo, Taboo, Martin Scorsese, Quincy Jones, Steven Tyler, Steven Van Zandt, Iggy Pop, Tony Bennett, George Clinton, Slash, Taylor Hawkins, Robert Trujillo, and many more.
Won the Sundance Film festival’s World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling.
Film Forum
7/26 - 8/8
THE CHANGIN' TIMES OF IKE WHITE is directed by Dan Vernon Directed by Dan Vernon
Serving a life sentence for murder in the early 1970s, music prodigy Ike White had plenty of time to perfect his musical talent, but no hope of putting it to use in the outside world. Ike's skills were exceptional enough, though, that his story captured the media's attention. From this notoriety, he was able to record an album inside the prison with big-time producer Jerry Goldstein (War, Sly and the Family Stone). Superstar Stevie Wonder lobbied successfully for Ike's early release from prison. With an acclaimed album under his belt and the support of Wonder and others in the industry, Ike was poised for stardom. But, instead, he went off the grid for over 40 years. Daniel Vernon's mesmerizing new documentary is unpredictable and moving, echoing the strange journey of Ike White.
Cinemas and On-Line/New Plaza Cinema, Sol Cinema Cafe
Film Forum is pleased to present the US theatrical premiere of Emma Dante’s THE MACALUSO SISTERS, adapted from her prize-winning stage play of the same name, on Friday, August 6. A tragic and moving drama traversing through decades, THE MACALUSO SISTERS follows a family of five orphaned sisters living on the top floor of a distressed building in Palermo, who rent pastel-painted doves to weddings and birthdays to earn a living. When a sudden catastrophic seaside event alters the family dynamic, they are left grappling with the outcome. The delicate balance of sisterhood is tested in this accomplished, generation-spanning three-act sophomore feature. Worth a visit.
Film Forum
Entering the 27th season, the series is a welcome return to outdoor events in New York City. All films begin at sunset, with the lawn open at 5pm for picnicking. With the series starting later in the summer, an earlier sunset will encourage a broader audience to attend.
In addition to Verizon, season partners include Paramount+ and Dunkin’. The Movie Nights film lineup was curated in collaboration with media partner Vulture.
Monday, September 27th: The Phantom of the Opera
Tuesday, September 28th: Mrs. Doubtfire
This event is free to the public. As New York State and City safety guidelines for public gatherings quickly change in response to the ongoing success of NYC's COVID-19 vaccination program, Bryant Park continues to reassess its on-site protocols for upcoming shows with the intention of safely accommodating as many attendees as possible. For the most current guidelines, program updates, and additional venue information and restrictions, please visit
Bryant Park
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
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
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.
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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