In the world of DANCE
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
This program and all the restored EYE ON DANCE 30 minute educational programs can be purchased by universities and libraries. Contact: [email protected].
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: [email protected].
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.
This program and all the restored EYE ON DANCE 30 minute educational programs can be purchased by universities and libraries. Contact: [email protected].
EYE ON DANCE Conversation Go Here: Click
National Arts Club
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.
This program and all the restored EYE ON DANCE 30 minute educational programs can be purchased by universities and libraries. Contact: [email protected].
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.

This program and all the restored EYE ON DANCE 30 minute educational programs can be purchased by universities and libraries. Contact: [email protected].

BARRY HARRIS, who 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 an excerpt from EOD.

This program and all the restored EYE ON DANCE 30 minute educational programs can be purchased by universities and libraries. Contact: [email protected].

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.


Yuriko was a great woman of dance who mentored countless dancers and inspired audiences world-wide: EYE ON DANCE Tribute to Vimeo Background Yuriko joined Maria Benitez to investigate issues related to cultural identity and methods employed to elicit inspired performances regardless of form or age. EOD includes the only existing excerpt of Yuriko performing a solo she choreographed called "Cry." This EOD episode was produced in 1986.
Kenneth Rinker was a celebrated dancer with Twyla Tharp. Later he organized, directed and choreographed for his own company. In 1981, EYE ON DANCE, created and produced by Celia Ipiotis and Jeff Bush, produced a program investigating dance opportunities on the newly inaugurated CBS Culture Cable Channel. Producers were contacting performing artists and inviting them to translate theatrical performances to the television medium. Besides the complications involved in transferring a 3-D artform to a 2-D medium, issues like copyright and ownership of material became central. Celia Ipiotis invited Kenneth Rinkier, May O'Donnell, Ray Green, Timothy DeBaets and Arlene Shuler to outline challenges facing dancers re-choreographing for television and protecting their creative rights.
EYE ON DANCE presents clips featuring videotaped interviews and performances by dance icons and mavericks Free
National Arts Club on-line

5/28 - 9/16
In 1990, Tina Ramirez appeared on EYE ON DANCE along with Graciela Daniele to discuss the growth of Ballet Hispanico with EOD creator/host Celia Ipiotis.
She mentions 3 major influences: Anna Sokolow, Alexandra Danilova and Carmelita Marraci. Sokolow taught her how to be a tough artist; Danilova focused on the expressivity of arms and Marraci taught her how to be a creative artist.
When asked what drove her to found Ballet Hispanico, this was her response:
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Yuriko, A Celebration of Life, pays tribute to the trailblazing dancer, choreographer and performing artist. Yuriko, an influential force at the Martha Graham Dance Company for more than 50 years – including creating the Martha Graham Ensemble in 1983, now Graham 2 – headlined her first solo choreographic concert on the Kaufmann Concert Hall stage at the 92nd Street Y in 1949, where her company later returned to perform almost every year between 1964 and 1971. She made Broadway history by originating the role of Eliza in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I and broke barriers not only performing the role on stage and in a major motion picture, but as director for a long-running revival of the musical. Yuriko passed on March 8, 2022 at the age of 102. Show includes historic performance footage from her time with Martha Graham Dance Company; childhood and family photos including her time in internment camps; personal stories from collaborators, students and artists she inspired; and performances from Martha Graham dancers and a performance excerpt of Yuriko performing "Cry" on EYE ON DANCE. FREE.
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In an article for the Dance Enthusiast, Celia Ipiotis, creator, producer, host of EYE ON DANCE reflects on a long lasting memory of a dancer in rehearsal with Philadanco. Intense and determined, 30 years later, the dancer suddenly appears on Ipiotis's chatbox while watching a screening of an EYE ON DANCE Anniversary tape. One of the segments included in the compilation tape featured Danni Gee in rehearsal. Here's the article: Article
Dance Enthusiast
The popular Parsons Dance returns to the Joyce Theater for a two week season featuring live music and new works by choreographer David Parsons and Rena Butler. Bill Withers' caramel smooth voice underscores Parsons' world premier and Butler's "The Ride Through" rides on a soundcscape by composer Darryl J. HOffman. Classics like "Swing Shift" and "Balance of Power" are danced to live music.
Joyce Theater
3/15 - 26
ICE Theater NY
Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) is proud to hit the ice Ensemble members Liz Yoshiko Schmidt and Danil Berdnikov performing Lorna Brown’s Timelessness.
Music: Nocturne in D Flat Major "Un Rêve" by Brooklyn composer/pianist Eric Christian
“Every shape that my body can make... flowing from one movement to another, being able to see yourself in yourself in your mind's eye... connected with every creature that has lived or died,” said Lorna Brown.
Rink Rockefeller Center
One of the top tier companies, The National Ballet of Canada returns to City Center after a 15 year hiatus. Rep includes the US premiere of Crystal Pite’s Angels’ Atlas, the NY premiere of David Dawson’s Anima Animus, and Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto. "The high-octane" Anima Animus explores the fluid space between extremes and opposites and Carl Jung’s gendering of the collective unconscious and set to music by Ezio Bosso.
An award winning ballet "Angel's Atlas explores the ephemerality of existence and is set to original music by Owen Belton, choral work by Tchaikovsky and Morten Lauridsen.
MacMillan's Concerto explodes with dazzling ensembles to Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F.
City Center
3/30 - 4/1
Honoring Ariana Debose and Philanthropists Carmen and Ray Debane.
Attendees to Include: Charlotte d’Amboise & actor Terrence Mann, choreographer Christopher d’Amboise, actor Jon Cobrda, actor Alton Fitzgerald White, actor Frank Wood, and actor Mandy Patinkin & actress Kathryn Grody.
WHAT: National Dance Institute, the nonprofit arts education organization founded by legendary New York City Ballet principal dancer Jacques d’Amboise, will host its Gala in celebration of NDI’s extraordinary work in bringing dance, music, and arts education to children in New York City public schools, across the United States, and around the world.
Ziegfeld Ballroom
The season features world premieres by Baye & Asa and Annie Rigney, Hofesh Shechter’s high-energy CAVE, and the mesmerizing Canticle for Innocent Comedians, a multi-choreographer work directed by Sonya Tayeh featuring an original score by jazz great Jason Moran. With their stunning mid-century sets by Isamu Noguchi, Graham’s masterworks Cave of the Heart and Embattled Garden return to the stage along with her earliest comedy, Every Soul is a Circus, and the modernist ritual Dark Meadow Suite.
Joyce Theater
4/18 - 30
It's time for one of the community's most animated fundraisers, Danspace Project’s Annual Gala will honor Rebel Angels Susan Feder and Miguel Gutierrez. Feder is a former Program Officer in the Arts and Culture program at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Gutierrez is an award-winning choreographer, writer, and composer. The festivities will celebrate the honorees with a garden reception, performances, and after party at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery.
Instituted in 2021, Danspace Project’s Renewal Residency program emphasizes creative process and artistic research as well as time to connect with collaborators, fellow artists, and the Danspace Project community. 2022-23 artists are mayfield brooks, Andros Zins-Browne, Yo-Yo Lin, and Ogemdi Ude. Each artist will receive residency time as well as opportunities to connect with one another, contribute to Danspace’s online Journal, and participate in a DraftWork work-in-progress showing, curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones. DraftWork artists this season include Renewal Residency artists mayfield brooks, Andros Zins-Browne, and Yo-Yo Lin, as well as Martita Abril, who was originally scheduled to present this past Fall.
Expanding City Center’s Administrative and Creative Apprenticeship programs, the Ann Reinking Encores! Choreography Fellowship will specifically support career pathways for women and artists of color underrepresented in the field. The Fellowship will provide an early-career dancer/choreographer a paid opportunity to work alongside the creative teams of a minimum of three musical theater productions each season as part of a full annual contract.
The choreographers will have an opportunity to experience the creative aspects of the special two-week run of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! (May 3 – 14) and The Light in the Piazza (June 21 – 25).
City Center
5/3 - 6/25
STREB, the company known for its choreographed feats of physicality, scientifically planned chaos, strength, risk, grace, and elegance, founded by Elizabeth Streb, will honor legendary model and actress Lauren Hutton.
STREB’s educational partnerships and community engagement programs inspire and empower the Action Heroes and leaders of tomorrow; and the scholarship and ticket subsidy programs which support the organization’s access to all.
Streb Lab
There's no better time to bask in wishful thinking and hum along with The Music Man, one of America's musical theater's most melodic scores. The highly anticipated is playing to cheers. Tickets for the are on sale--so hop to it! The Music Man 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 -- an all-star cast in a American classic.
The creative staff includes director Jerry Zaks and choreographer Warren Carlyle.
Winter Garden Theater
The musical 1776 with Music & Lyrics by Sherman Edwards; Book by Peter Stone; Based on a concept by Sherman Edwards; Choreography Jeffrey L. Page; and Directed by Jeffrey L. Page and Diane Paulus arrives on Broadway this fall.
What will it take to get two dozen powerfully passionate, exceedingly complicated, and all-too-human individuals to settle their differences, while they hold the very future of a nation in their hands? This Tony Award-winning Best Musical is tuneful, funny, and constantly surprising, especially in this revolutionary new production. You may never think about our country—who we are and why—the same way again.
American Airlines Theater
The searing play, TOPDOG/UNDERDOG by Suzan-Lori Parks returns to Broadway this fall. Directed by Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon it stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Corey Hawkins.
TOPDOG/UNDERDOG, a darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity, tells the story of two brothers, Lincoln and Booth, names given to them as a joke by their father. Haunted by the past and their obsession with the street con game, three-card monte, the brothers come to learn the true nature of their history.
Don't miss your chance to see an extraordinary play.
Golden Theatre
Kimberly Akimbo racked up rave reviews and sold out houses at the Atlantic Theater, so its no surprise to see the production moving to Broadway. It features: Book & Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire; Music by Jeanine Tesori; Based on the play by David Lindsay-Abaire; Choreography by Danny Mefford; Direction by Jessica Stone.
Kim is a bright and funny Jersey teen, who happens to look like a 72-year-old lady. And yet her aging disease may be the least of her problems. Forced to maneuver family secrets, borderline personalities, and possible felony charges, Kim is determined to find happiness in a world where not even time is on her side.
Booth Theatre (222 W. 45th)
Written by Bess Wohl, CAMP SIEGFRIED is directed by David Cromer.
From Tony Award® nominee Bess Wohl (Grand Horizons) comes an exhilarating new play about how far we’ll go to belong. During a golden summer at the real-life Camp Siegfried, a picturesque campground on Long Island, two teenagers find themselves on a collision course with youthful passion and unbridled extremism. Are they falling in love or falling for something more sinister? Set on the cusp of World War II, this boy-meets-girl-meets-cautionary tale about the seductive nature of fascism reveals a shocking part of America’s past and reminds us how easily darkness can sneak up on us.
Second Stage Theater
The beloved film that paired up Jack Lemon and Tony Curtis with Marilyn Monroe is reimagined for Broadway starring Christian Borle, J. Harrison Ghee, Adrianna Hicks, Kevin Del Aguila, NaTasha Yvette Williams, Adam Heller, and Mark Lotito.
The book is by Matthew López and Amber Ruffin with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. Direction and choreography will be by the creative Casey Nicholaw.
? Set in Chicago when Prohibition has everyone thirsty for a little excitement, SOME LIKE IT HOT is the rollicking story of two musicians forced to flee the Windy City after witnessing a mob hit. With gangsters hot on their heels, they’re on the run as the newest members of the swingingest big band ever to cross the country. Can they hide in plain sight without completely losing themselves? Or will the mob, the truth, and maybe even love itself finally catch up to them? ?
Shubert Theater 225 W. 44 St.
A musical of nearly mythical proportions, Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along charts the turbulent relationship between composer Franklin Shepard and his two lifelong friends — writer Mary and lyricist & playwright Charley. Originally a flop, since it's debut 1981 has since been hailed a classic, pointing to its innovative score.
An inventive, cult-classic ahead of its time, Merrily We Roll Along features some of Stephen Sondheim’s most celebrated and personal songs. Maria Friedman first directed the musical at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory which subsequently transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre to critical acclaim—the most five-star reviews in West End history—winning the Olivier Award for Best Musical.
NY Theater Workshop
11/21 - 1/21
SECOND STAGE THEATER presents Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by Austin Pendleton.
City Hall is demanding more than his signature, the landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed – and the Church won’t leave him alone. For ex-cop and recent widower Walter “Pops” Washington and his recently paroled son Junior, the struggle to hold on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive collides with old wounds, sketchy new houseguests and a final ultimatum in this Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy from Stephen Adly Guirgis. For Pops and Junior, it seems the Old Days are dead and gone – after a lifetime living Between Riverside and Crazy.
Hayes Theater 240 W. 44th
An intimate epic that follows an unlikely family's journey from rural Taishan to the wild west of California in the wake of the Chinese Exclusion Act.
. Devils' bargains bring hopeful Chinese people to America to find a new life that might find more comfort but still be filled with fear.
The Far Country will feature Ben Chase (Mondo Tragic), Jinn S. Kim (Race, Religion & Politics), Whit K. Lee (Assassins), Christopher Liam Moore (All The Way), Shannon Tyo (The Chinese Lady), Amy Kim Waschke (Off-Broadway debut), and Eric Yang (Legacy) plus scenic design by Clint Ramos, costume design by Junghyun Georgia Lee, lighting design by Jiyoun Chang, sound design by Fan Zhang, wigs, hair and makeup by Tommy Kurzman, and casting by The Telsey Office: William Cantler, CSA; Karyn Casl, CSA; Destiny Lilly, CSA. Alyssa K. Howard will serve as production stage manager.
Atlantic Theater Company
Through 1/1/23
NOT ABOUT ME is written and directed by Eduardo Machado.
Not About Me is a memory play that takes audiences on a haunting journey through the mind of a playwright during Covid-19 lockdowns. Long buried memories of friends lost to a mysterious “gay” disease come crashing into the present, and he is compelled to examine his artistic and political life in the theater. This play is a bittersweet reflection on how tragedy can unearth pain and laughter and bring back to life the treasures buried in the past.
Theater for the New City
1/13 - 2/5
The critically acclaimed musical memoir "F*ck7thGrade" featuring music, lyrics, and concept by Jill Sobule, book by Liza Birkenmeier, direction by two-time Obie Award-winner Lisa Peterson and music direction by Julie Wolf.
Very much a rock musical memoir, the dynamic back-up band keeps the story pumping through upbeat rhythms and lyrical love songs. Determined to be a rock star, Jill Sobule's coming of age story brings her face to face with male dominated music industry and her own emotional and sexual interest in women. Be prepared for terrific, large songs piped through heartfelt stories of young love and artistic frustrations.
The Wild Project
1/23 - 2/11
In this award season there's one that celebrates the next generation of musical theater artists. The Kleban Foundation will present the 33rd annual Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre lyricist: Ryan Scott Oliver: most promising musical theatre librettist has been awarded to Ethan Lipton.
Hosted by Tony Award winners and Kleban board members Richard Maltby, Jr. Mand Maury Yeston with a special appearance by Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell the event will feature musical performances and special appearances by Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman, Tony Award winner Lindsay Mendez and more.
The public can stream the presentation of the 33rd annual Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre on the Broadway On Demand SmartTV channel beginning, Friday February 10th at 8PM EST. The event is viewable on the free ad supported tv channel through February 16.
The trio of celebrated judges making the final determination this year were Obie Award-winning director Leah C. Gardiner, playwright Julia Jordan, and award-winning actor Orville Mendoza.
The Kleban Foundation was established in 1988 under the will of Edward L. Kleban, best known as the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning lyricist of the musical A Chorus Line. Kleban’s will made provisions for annual prizes, which in recent years have totaled $100,000 each, payable over two years. For over 30 years, the Kleban Prize,is unique in that it is bestowed not just for an artist’s previous achievements, but for the promise of creativity to come.
7 World Trade Center
A popular theater company, The New Group is presenting a re-imagined "Seagull" written by Thomas Bradshaw and adapted from Chekhov and directed by Scott Elliott. It features theater stalwarts like David Cale, Ato Essandoh, Patrick Foley, Hari Nef, Daniel Oreskes, Parker Posey, Bill Sage, Aleyse Shannon, Amy Stiller and Nat Wolff.
In this version, NY theater people retreat to house in the Hudson Valley to get away from it all, but they can't escape raging egos and aspirations.
Pershing Square Theater
through 4/9
New York: Royal Family Productions ( Artist Director Chris Henry and Creative Director Lorna Ventura), a non-profit theatre company known for its innovative productions presents a benefit workshop of a brand new chapter of WOMEN ON FIRE: HELL FROZE OVER is written and co-directed by Royal Family’s artistic director Chris Henry from stories as told by a group of not so anonymous women, with choreography and co-direction from Lorna Ventura.
The creative team:Chris Henry (playwright/co-director), Lorna Ventura (co-director/choreography), Rebecca Whitney Klein (creative producer), Brooke Averi (associate choreographer), Sam Shotz (lighting design), Lars Jacobsen (original music), Avory Luna (sound design), and Maxx (set design).
Royal Family Performing Arts Space
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.
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.
Afghan rubab virtuoso Homayoun Sakhi and trail-blazing sitarist Josh Feinberg are joined by the young tabla prodigy Vivek Pandya in a program featuring contemporary takes on the traditional music of South Asia, Pashto and North Indian folk songs, and original compositions. This concert marks a rare NY appearance of Homayoun Sakhi, who has established a reputation as the outstanding Afghan rubab (skin-faced lute that is revered as the national instrument of Afghanistan) player of his generation. Josh Feinberg studied sitar (plucked lute) with Ali Akbar Khan and family and has been hailed as the torchbearer for the Nikhil Banerjee baj (style) of the Maihar gharana (tradition). Tabla (pair of small hand drums) prodigy Vivek Pandya is a disciple of tabla maestro Anindo Chatterjee. With their engaging chemistry, the artists showcase the unifying power of music.
The Jazz Foundation of America presents its annual “A Great Night in Harlem” benefit gala to help raise funds for its Musicians’ Emergency Fund. Based on a famous photograph of groundbreaking jazz musicians, the evening includes stellar artists and honorees like Benny Golson (composer/saxophonist), Wendy Oxenhorn (JFA Director), songwriter Mike Stoller, Titans of Jazz Bass (Cecil McBee, Rufus Reid, Larry Ridley, Paul West, Buster Williams and Reggie Workman) and a special tribute to the late Ramsey Lewis (composer and pianist). The gala concert headlines Jon Batiste, Taj Mahal, Robert Cray, Bettye LaVette, Monty Alexander, Ray Parker Jr., Kenny Barron, and more. A fantastic organization that assists upcoming and aging jazz musicians, the gala is sure to be "an unforgettable night of jazz and love."
Apollo Theater
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
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
In a twist the usual drink and dine gala, the Museum of Art and Design has choreographed a a series of event that culminate in the gala dinner. There's a performance aspect to the night and to the glorious multi-media Queer Maximalism X Machine Dazzle exhibition.
The benefit will honor renowned multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson and esteemed New York gallerist Cristina Grajales. Comedian, cabaret performer, and actor Murray Hill will host the gala dinner and guests will be encouraged to experience the galleries, listen to a conversation between MAD Windgate Research Curator Christian Larsen and Cristina Grajales in The Theater at MAD; swill cocktails in the Luminaries Lounge, specially designed with items from the Shantell Martin x HOEK limited-edition collaboration and featuring music by DJ Timo Weiland; open galleries with art-making activities; and dinner at Robert restaurant.
And of course, there's the fabulous on-line auction.
During dinner at MAD’s Robert restaurant, Jeffrey Gibson and Cristina Grajales will be presented with awards by Colleen Keegan, and Beth Rudin DeWoody.
The awards will take the form of one-of-a-kind sashes, made by artist Beau McCall. Sashes are often worn to mark ceremonial occasions.
Museum of Art and Design
The Return of This Long-Running Photography Exhibition Series Presents the Work of Kelani Abass, Akinbode Akinbiyi, Yagazie Emezi, Amanda Iheme, Abraham Oghobase, Karl Ohiri, and Logo Oluwamuyiwa.
They are united by their critical use of photographic forms and their ties to the artistic scene in the port city of Lagos (Èkó), Nigeria. This is the latest edition of MoMA’s celebrated New Photography series and will mark its return as a gallery presentation after five years.
New Photography 2023 marks the first time any of these photographers will present their work at MoMA and is the first group exhibition in MoMA’s history to engage the work of living West African photographers. New Photography 2023 is organized by Oluremi C. Onabanjo, Associate Curator, Department of Photography, with the assistance of Kaitlin Booher, Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow, Department of Photography.
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

The fast-casual ‘express’ concept was created to meet the needs of those on the go, who refuse to sacrifice quality, even when pressed for time. With an emphasis on value, accessibility and easy-to-use technology, Serafina Express is providing the quintessential Serafina experience in a quick and easy manner, while still delivering the Italian elegance they’re known for.
30 Broad Street
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
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
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
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
Nadav Lapid shows no signs of slowing down in this shattering follow-up to his bat-out-of-hell Synonyms. In Ahed's Knee, a celebrated Israeli filmmaker named Y. arrives in a remote desert village to present one of his films at a local library. Struggling to cope with the recent news of his mother’s terminal illness, he is pushed into a spiral of rage when the host of the screening, a government employee, asks him to sign a form placing restrictions on what he can say at the film’s Q&A. Told over the course of one day, the film depicts Y. as he battles against the loss of freedom in his country and the fear of losing his mother. Winner of the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, this boldly shot and conceived work feels as though it has welled up from the depths of its maker’s soul.
Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center revealed a one week tribute to the Daniels. Here's what LC has to say: "In little over a decade, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (better known by their joint film credit, Daniels) have established a formidable, consistently surprising body of work that has catapulted them to the foreground of popular American cinema.
Their willfully odd, wildly entertaining films—works of deranged maximalism with an unabashed sincerity—offer propulsive thrills alongside absurdist humor and deftly combine the aesthetics of music videos, video games, interactive storytelling, and animation into a style that has become unmistakably their own.
2023 Resident Artists -- Soul Science Lab--features music, film, interviews, spoken word, and dance captures the visceral, contagious energy of Black joy.
With a free screening of the short documentary Creating Make a Joyful Noize, the following evening, the pair hosts a songwriters workshop and open mic with a twist. Sip & Spit pairs wine with flow and songwriting skills, designed for educators, teaching artists, and creatives alike.
The festival concludes on March 10 with the festival’s eponymous live performance, combining a live band, vocalists, and visual installations. Tickets: $30
Chelsea Factory
3/8 - 10
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.
It happened one night, thirty years ago, EYE ON DANCE began broadcasting smart and spicy conversations about all forms of dance to thousands of households week in and week out. In the process, EYE ON DANCE created a bold, living diary of one of the least documented and most invigorating American art forms.

Today the award-winning archive boasts a wealth of irreplaceable content including thousands of original videotaped conversations and performances, reams of hand written research, photographs, publications and associated items. Compounding the solidly researched archive's educational appeal, a substantial portion (40%) of the EYE ON DANCE archive, documents artists of color, artists with AIDS and under-recognized players not chronicled elsewhere. This breathtaking account of our dance heritage will slip away if we do not raise the funds required for the archive's urgent-care and restoration.

Our plan is to complete the processing of all the archival elements and open access to educators, students and the public.
Long regarded as "one of the liveliest and most intelligent programs on the arts" (The New York Times), we invite you to please make a tax-deductible donation of any size to continue the important work of the EYE ON DANCE Archive Legacy Project Warm regards,

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UrbanGlass is excited to announce the 25th Anniversary Benefit Celebration in support of The Bead Project. This in person cocktail reception will be held on April 27 at 6:00 PM at the UrbanGlass studio.
The Bead Project is a 10-week scholarship program designed for creatively inclined women (including ciswomen, transwomen, and femme-identified non-binary folks). Students learn the art of glass beadmaking alongside entrepreneurial skills. The Bead Project offers students a transformative experience, new tools for self-expression, and the skills to turn glass beadmaking into a supplemental form of income, while becoming a part of a dynamic creative community. If you have any questions about this event or would like to learn about ways you may get involved, please contact Joshua Leach, Director of Development at 646-228-8135 or [email protected]
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