Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights Returns in 2019 Bigger, Brighter and Greener

  • Bigger, Brighter and Greener – Holiday Celebration to Light Up the Bronx 

  • from November 21 to January 5

  • Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights is sponsored by Con Edison

As one of New York City’s greatest holiday traditions and for the first time since 2007, the Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights will return in 2019 during the most festive time of the year with dazzling light displays that will cover and sparkle acres of the zoo. Visitors will be able to walk through the zoo to experience wildlife-themed LED displays, custom Asian lanterns, animated light shows on the historic Astor Court and more.

“We are bringing an updated version of a beloved holiday tradition back to the Bronx Zoo for the first time since 2007,” said John F. Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs. “The LED lights, animal-themed lanterns, and animated light shows will be set amongst the historic buildings on an expanded footprint that will take people throughout the zoo. The LED technology will also allow us to be incredibly energy efficient. We believe our visitors will come away really enjoying this ‘green’ holiday experience!”

Visitors can celebrate the holiday season with an enchanting adventure to warm up the entire family.

Festivities will include: 

  • The Ice Jubilee at the Bronx Zoo Includes an Ice Bar, Ice Throne & Ice Slide (December 21 to 31) – Holiday revelers will be able to take festive photo ops on the ice throne, where ice kings and queens can take their seat on an oversized throne made completely of ice, as well as breaking out your inner penguin and slide down a 20-foot ice slide. Visitors can also grab a specialty cocktail at the zoo’s 12-foot ice bar which will be available for purchase during Holiday Lights operating hours.

  • Nightly Ice Carving Demonstrations (Ongoing) – Throughout Holiday Lights from 5 to 9 pm, professional ice carvers will debut their talents as they use chainsaws and chisels to carve holiday and animal-themed sculptures with a live audience. All finished sculptures will be on display throughout the Dancing Crane Plaza.

  • Ice Carving Competition (December 28) – On Saturday, December 28 from 6 to 9 pm, the zoo will take ice carving to the next level when five professional ice sculptures will create 20 sculptures in an elimination style “speed carving” format over a three-hour period. This format is ideal for spectators to witness carvings formed in less than 30 minutes before their eyes. The competition will be emceed by an experienced carver to entertain the crowd and provide fun facts, as well as facilitating spectator participation. Visitors can also get involved in the carving judging. The 20 new sculptures will be displayed for future viewing.

  • Carolers, Characters, Train Rides & Lantern Safari – Visitors will be able to enjoy classic and modern holiday tunes sung by Victorian-dressed live carolers throughout the zoo, as well as taking photos with some of the zoo’s seasonal characters including lions, giraffes, gorillas, penguins and a friendly snowman. Families can also take a journey “around the world” along a dedicated section of the park that will be illuminated by hand-created lantern sculptures, while also learning about the work WCS scientists are doing to help save various species. Train rides will also be available for the whole family at Astor Court.

Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights is sponsored by Con Edison.

Tickets for the Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights are priced at $29.95 for adults, $22.95 for children, and $28.95 for seniors.

Hours for Holiday Lights will be 5 to 9 pm Sunday to Thursday, and 5 to 10 pm Friday and Saturday.

Holiday Lights will be closed on December 24. The Bronx Zoo and Holiday Lights will be closed on December 25 and January 1. 

For tickets and more information, visit www.BronxZoo.com.

About the Bronx Zoo: The Bronx Zoo, located on 265 acres of hardwood forest in Bronx, NY, opened on Nov. 8, 1899. It is world-renowned for its leadership in the areas of animal welfare, husbandry, veterinarian care, education, science and conservation. The zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is the flagship park of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) which manages the world’s largest network of urban wildlife parks including the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo and New York Aquarium. Our curators and animal care staff work to save, propagate, and sustain populations of threatened and endangered species. We have educated and inspired more than 400 million visitors at our zoos and aquarium since our opening and host approximately 4 million guests at our parks each year – including about a half-million students annually. The Bronx Zoo is the largest youth employer in the borough of the Bronx, providing opportunity and helping to transform lives in one of the most under-served communities in the nation. The Bronx Zoo is the subject of THE ZOO, a docu-series aired world-wide on Animal Planet. For more information, visit www.BronxZoo.com.

13th ANNUAL FOOD FILM FESTIVAL in NYC, Oct 24-27

TASTE WHAT YOU SEE ON THE SCREEN!
THE 13th ANNUAL FOOD FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2019 DETAILS
Tickets On Sale Now at thefoodfilmfest.com

VIP Pre-Parties to Feature Chef Justin Bazdarich, Chef Stephen Yen, Pitmaster Matt Worgul

NY Distilling Co’s The Shanty is Official Bar of the Festival
Master Distiller Allen Katz to Sling Cocktails Opening Night

Festival Kicks Off with Chef Christophe Bonnegrace, Mallorcan Baker Tomeu Arbona and Tokyo Chef Kan Morieda on 10/24

Queens’ Favorite Ramen Shack to Return for 1 Night Only on 10/25

Chef Alvin Cailan x George Motz Burger Pop-Up in After-Party on 10/26

Festival Closes with a Special Screening of Julie Cohen’s The Sturgeon Queens and the Many Flavors of Russ & Daughters on 10/27

NEW YORK CITY-- The Food Film Festival™ returns to New York City for its 13th straight year! The four-day Festival will feature a series of events where food and film lovers get to Taste What They See on the Screen...right in their seats! At each event, guests are served the food from the films as they watch on the screen in the Festival theatre. That’s always followed by an official Festival After-Party with more food, drinks and fun, served up by chefs and restaurants from New York City and beyond.

This year, the Festival kicks off exploring flavor intensity on Thursday, 10/24 with Edible Adventure #017: Deep Flavor Dive. Friday’s festivities on 10/25 feature the many flavors of New York City with Hometown Heroes: NYC. Saturday, 10/26, celebrates the patchwork of American yum with American Eats: Meats and Treats. From ice cream sundaes and burgers to hallacas and catfish, taste classics from many regions of the US. Finally, the Festival closes on Sunday, 10/27, with Sunday Schmear a celebration of family food tradition, including a special screening of Director Julie Cohen’s The Sturgeon Queens and an After-Party featuring the many flavors of Russ & Daughters.

“The intersection of food and film continues to grow and the Food Film Fest is at its epicenter. I'm confident our 13th year will be our best yet.”
-George Motz, Festival Director

OFFICIAL EVENTS OF THE 2019 FOOD FILM FESTIVAL ™
All festival events take place at the AMC Empire 25, 234 W 42nd St at 8th Ave, NYC

Edible Adventure #017: Deep Flavor Dive
Thursday, October 24
VIP Pre-Party 6:15 pm | GA Doors 7:00 pm
GA $75 | VIP $100

Experience an eclectic mix of intense films, foods, and flavors from around the world.

Foods: Chef Christophe Bonnegrace (Los Angeles), Chef David Israelow (NYC), Chef Kan Morieda (Tokyo), Chef Maya Erickson (Portland), Baker Tomeu Arbona (Mallorca)
Chef Aaron Unger (Brooklyn), America’s Test Kitchen (America), Karl’s Balls (NYC), Lion City Coffee (NYC), Max & Mina's Ice Cream, and Moffle Bar (NYC),

VIP: Chef Justin Bazdarich (Speedy Romeo / Oxomoco)

Films: Arctic Greens, Black Sesame, Chef, Distance, Ensaïmada, Sushi Origin and the Beyond, and What’s Eating Dan? Garlic Bread.


Hometown Heroes: NYC
Friday, October 25
VIP 6:15 pm | GA 7:00 pm
GA $100 | VIP $125

Celebrating some of the unique and beloved chefs and restaurants that help give New York City its one-of-a-kind flavor.

Foods: Breads Bakery, Nelson and Miguel Carrera (Mi Barrio Tortilleria), Moffle Bar, Chef Erik Ramirez (Llama Inn), Nigel Sielegar (Moon Man), Chef Aaron Unger (Night Kitchen), and Joseph Yoon (Brooklyn Bugs)

Revivals: Ramen Shack by Keizo Shimamoto, The Original Gyro by Gyro II

VIP: Chef Stephen Yen (Brooklyn)

Films: Food Curated: Brooklyn Bugs, Food Curated: Llama Inn, Food Skills: The Last Tortilla Kings of Brooklyn, Gyro II: It’s The Sauce, Great Big Story: Queens - Coconut Pancakes, and Ramen Possessed


American Eats: Meats and Treats
Saturday, October 26
VIP 6:15 pm | GA 7:00 pm
GA $100 | VIP $125 SOLD OUT

It’s Saturday night and it’s time to party…with classic foods and intriguing people from around the USA.

Foods: Chef Alvin Cailan (NYC), Baker David Buehrer (Morningstar Donuts / Dallas), Chef Frankie Celenza (Brooklyn), Max & Mina’s Ice Cream, Chef Bruce “The Alligator Man” Mitchell (Ponchatoula), Baker Sam Phan (Dallas) and Chef Aaron Unger (Night Kitchen)

Films: Bayou Brilliant, Donut People, Joe Loves Ice Cream: A Tale of Two Rivers, Struggle Meals with Frankie Celenza: Put an Egg on it , The Burger Show: The Ultimate Texas Burger Road Trip, and The Lee Chin Show: Tamale Taste Test

VIP: Pitmasters Matt Worgul (Gentle Giant / NY) / Matt Deaton (Fredericksberg, VA)


Sunday Schmear
Sunday, October 27
2:00 pm
$55

Food and Family are everything in life. Join our family for the closing event of the 2019 Food Film Fest featuring two films that are light on the schmaltz but will make your heart go verklempt. Director Julie Cohen’s The Sturgeon Queens celebrates New York City’s beloved institution Russ & Daughters and Director Rachel Fleit’s Gefilte shows how one dish brings together generations of family.

Foods: A selection of Russ & Daughters classics and the hand-crafted Hermelin Family gefilte fish recipe

Films: Gefilte, and The Sturgeon Queens


BEVERAGE PARTNERS
Boxed Water, Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beers and Calamansi-ade, Greenway Coffee Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, New York Distilling Company, Mahou San Miguel, Narragansett Brewing Company, Sixpoint Brewery, St. Killian Beers


2019 NON-PROFIT BENEFICIARY
The Food Film Festival is proud to announce the return of our non-profit beneficiary, the Billion Oyster Project. The mission of Billion Oyster Project is to restore oyster reefs to the New York Harbor through public education initiatives. Working together with local communities, Billion Oyster Project is growing 1 billion oysters in the New York Harbor by the year 2035 to clean the water.


SPONSORS
The Food Film Festival official sponsors for 2019 include In The Raw®, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The New York Distilling Company, Schweid & Sons®, and Night Kitchen Brooklyn


TICKETING INFORMATION
All Tickets and VIP Passes are all-inclusive of food, drink, theatre-seating and Festival After-Party access. Event tickets and passes are on sale now at thefoodfilmfest.com.


FESTIVAL-WIDE VIP PASSES
A limited number of Festival-Wide VIP Passes are available for $399. Passes are all-inclusive of food, drink, theatre-seating and both Pre-Party and After-Party access whenever applicable.


ABOUT THE FOOD FILM FESTIVAL
The Food Film Festival™, a multisensory food and film experience based in New York City, is the only festival in the world where guests get to Taste What They See on the Screen...right in their seats! Over the course of 13 years, the Festival has hosted more than 40,000 guests from New York City to Charleston to Copenhagen. Past events include a screening of The Mud and The Blood followed by an authentic Lowcountry Oyster Roast on a rooftop in Brooklyn with 15,000 South Carolina oysters, and the World Premiere of New York Cooks for Tohoku paired with dishes from Michelin Starred Chefs Boulud, Bouley, Romano, Telepan and Tadashi Ono. In 2012, the I [heart] Japan event featured Ramen Dreams star and Ramen Burger creator, Chef Keizo Shimamoto, who cooked and served his legendary ramen in the U.S. for the 1st time ever.
Created by America’s Hamburger Expert, Author and Food Filmmaker George Motz, The Food Film Festival™ is a competitive film festival and Official Selections are reviewed by a judging panel comprised of esteemed members of the food and film communities. Awards are presented in 7 categories including: Best Super-Short Film, Best Short Film, Best Food Porn Film, The Audience Choice Award, The Made in New York Award, The Food Filmmaker of the Year Award and The Film Foodmaker of the Year Award.
The Food Film Festival™ hosts its flagship series of events in New York City every October and has curated and produced multiple events around the country. All Festival events benefit important non-profit organizations, such as the Food Bank For New York City, The Billion Oyster Project, The Good Food Project and GrowFood Carolina.

FOLLOW THE FOOD FILM FESTIVAL™
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ShakesBEER - A Shakespearean Pub Crawl!

Do you like BEER? Do you like Shakespear? Then here you go!

New York Shakespeare Exchange (NYSX) announces the next  ShakesBEER, NYC's original Shakespearean Pub Crawl, on May 11 & 18, 2019 from 3-6 PM. The pub crawl begins at The Gaf (401 West 48th Street, NYC) at 2:30pm and moves to 123 Burger, Shot, Beer (738 10th Ave, NYC), The Waylon (736 10th Ave, NYC), and Perdition (692 10th Ave, NYC). 

Check-in is at 2:30 pm at The Gaf. Tickets are $49and are available at:

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4217628

Tickets include performance and four drinks (beer, wine, and select cocktails). $25 "sober" tickets are also available (use discount code "SOBER" at checkout), which include admission only.

It's impossible to have just one! NY Shakespeare Exchange returns to Hell's Kitchen to serve up a fresh, new round of ShakesBEER, NYC's Original Shakespearean Pub Crawls, in May.

The latest edition of NYSX's wildly popular event, themed "The Games We Play!" will explore some of the great challenges, contests, and competitions in Shakespeare's most troubled dramatic relationships, including scenes from Hamlet, Henry IV Part 1, and The Merchant of Venice, and Much Ado About Nothing, directedby Martavius Parrish, Shane Breaux, and Ross Williams, featuring Alisha Espinosa, Brendan Averett, Tara Pacheco, Philip Gregory Burke, Katelin Wilcox, Alex Michell, Aurea Tomeski, and C Bain.


"...a great, boozy, old time, which mixes the best of drunken squalor with the highest of art. William Shakespeare would most definitely approve." 

POPDUST

"By the time the fourth and final bar and beer roll around, the edges of time and space blur, and I feel transported to Elizabethan times when crowds of regular people would gather for premieres of plays we now revere and guzzle beers as a community. Huzzah!" - Paste Magazine

"Whether you're a Shakespearean, a beer enthusiast, or simply looking for an unorthodox outing, the infectious spirit of the Bard takes over for an afternoon." - Plays to See


Produced by NY Shakespeare Exchange (NYSX), a company that inspires conversation and builds communal experiences through the work of William Shakespeare, the ShakesBEER Pub Crawls treat audiences to an immersive dipso-literary experience that harks back to Elizabethan times. But it is the ability of the Bard's timeless poetry to shed light on contemporary issues that NYSX is most eager to share.

New York Shakespeare Exchange is internationally known for its The Sonnet Project (in which more than 1,500 volunteer filmmakers from around the world have joined the discussion by creating short films in New York locations based on all 154 Shakespeare sonnets). NYSX produces at least one mainstage production a year.  In 2016, NYSX produced Hamlet10, in which 10 actors played the Danish Prince, and a stunningly relevant period-adaptation of Shakespeare's epic poem, "The Rape of Lucrece," which delved into sexual violence against women.  This past season NYSX staged a critically acclaimed, smart phone-obsessed Much Ado About Nothing, which plugged into the zeitgeist of fake news and alternative facts.  The company's most recent production, a new adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, was conceived and directed by Brendan Averett and ran in January/February 2019 at the Secret Theater in Long Island City, NY.

In the coming months, NY Shakespeare Exchange will offer a number of exciting community-based events. The next iteration of their Freestyle Lab series-part performance, part lecture, and part town hall conversation-presented free of charge on May 21 at the 53rd Street branch of the NY Public Library will use the current ban on transgender military service as a springboard for exploring how our idea of those who serve might broaden and change when we consider the experience of trans service members. The evening, entitled "Armor as Strong: Trans Warriors through a Shakespearean Lens" will feature trans actors performing speeches and scenes from some of Shakespeare's greatest tales of military conflict.

www.NYSX.org

CITY PARKS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FREE SPRING SPORTS PROGRAMS FOR 1,400 NYC YOUTH AND SENIORS

Instructional Programs Include Golf, Track & Field, Tennis, Senior Yoga and Senior

Fitness Walking in NYC Parks

City Parks Foundation (CPF) is kicking off its 2019 Spring sports programs for young people and seniors this April. From April through June, City Parks Foundation will host over 800 youth and 600 seniors in over 20 neighborhood parks and recreation centers for participation in FREE sports programs. Youth programs include golf, track & field, tennis, and senior programs include tennis, yoga, and fitness walking. Registration for all programs are now open online with limited walk-up registration offered at each site.

CityParks Golf presented with The First Tee NYC offers youth, ages six to 17, the opportunity to play golf at the CityParks Junior Golf Center in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The program will be held in two seven-week sessions, running from March 9 through April 28 in addition to May 6 through June 28. The program offers golf instruction for all skill levels at our facility and use of equipment. The Center features a 6-hole par 3 course, putting and chipping greens, a driving range, clubhouse and classroom.

CityParks Track & Field, presented in partnership with New York Road Runners and supported by the Randall’s Island Park Alliance, gives New York City kids, ages eight to 14, the chance to learn the basics of the sport. From hurdles and relay races, to long jump, shot put and javelin throw, this program runs from April 20 through June 8 in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens, with sessions once per week. The Jesse Owens Track and Field program introduces novice runners to cross country distance running through runs from East Harlem to Randall's Island Park. This program runs from April 7 - June 23 in Manhattan, and is held once per week.

CityParks Seniors Fitness, presented in partnership with New York Road Runners, is held in 17 neighborhood parks across the city. Seniors Fitness, offered from April 22 - June 14, gives New Yorkers 60+ the chance to participate in free tennis lessons, yoga and fitness walking. All equipment is provided. The program has served over 10,000 participants since it began in 2006 and encourages older New Yorkers to maximize their health benefits by staying active.

Online registration is now open for all spring programs at CityParksFoundation.org/play.

Participants are encouraged to register online in advance, though walk-up participants may

register on-site if space permits. For more information and a full list of City Parks Foundation’s 2019 sports programs, please visit www.CityParksFoundation.org

Generous public support for CityParks Junior Golf Center is provided by the NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson. Presenting sponsor Foundation Lacoste (logo) In partnership with NYC Parks (logo) Generous public support for CityParks Track and Field is provided the NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson, including Council Member Ruben Diaz, Sr., and Council Member Mark Treyger. In partnership with Randall's Island Park Alliance and NYC Parks.

Generous private support for CityParks Seniors Fitness is provided by David B. Pinter and Zwicker Electric Co., Inc., Northfield Bank Foundation, and the Eastern Adult Tennis Foundation. Generous public support is provided by the NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson, including Council Member Diana Ayala, Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Member Costa Constantinides, Council Member Ruben Diaz, Sr., Council Member Mark Gjonaj, Council Member Debi Rose, Council Member Helen Rosenthal and Council Member Mark Treyger. In partnership with NYC Parks.

About City Parks Foundation

At City Parks Foundation, we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community building and education programs for all New Yorkers. Celebrating our 30th anniversary this year, we program in more than 400 parks, recreation centers and public schools across New York City and reach 300,000 people each year. Our ethos is simple: thriving parks mean thriving communities.

City Parks Foundation’s Spring 2019 Sports Schedule

CityParks Track & Field presented by New York Road Runners

April 20 - June 9, 2019

BROOKLYN

Kaiser Park

Neptune Ave. & Bayview Ave.

April 21 - June 10

Saturdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm

BRONX

Soundview Park

Lafayette Ave. & Morrison Ave.

April 21 - June 10

Sundays, 10:00am - 12:00pm

QUEENS

Forest Park

Myrtle Ave. & Woodhaven Blvd.

April 21 - June 10

Sundays, 10:00am - 12:00pm

CityParks Jesse Owens Track & Field presented in partnership with Randall’s

Island Park Alliance

MANHATTAN

Thomas Jefferson Park

E. 112th St. & 1st Ave.

April 7 - June 23

Saturdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm

CityParks Golf presented by The First Tee

BROOKLYN

Junior Golf Center

8850 14th Ave.

Session One: March 9 - April 28

Session Two: May 6 - June 28

CityParks Seniors Fitness presented by New York Road Runners

April 22 - June 14, 2019

BRONX

Pelham Bay Park

Watt Ave. & Middletown Rd.

Yoga - Tuesday / Thursday, 9:00am - 10:00am

Tennis - Monday / Wednesday, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Soundview Park

Lafayette Ave. btw Boynton & Colgate Aves.

Fitness Walking - Monday / Wednesday, 9:00am - 10:00am

Yoga - Monday / Wednesday, 10:00am - 11:00am

Van Cortlandt Park

Broadway & Mosholu Aves.

Fitness Walking - Tuesday / Thursday, 10:00am - 11:00am

Williamsbridge Oval

3225 Reservoir Oval E.

Yoga - Monday / Wednesday, 9:00am - 10:00am

BROOKLYN

Kaiser Park

Neptune & Bayview Aves.

Tennis - Tuesday / Thursday, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Marine Park Nature Center

Ave. U & E. 32nd St.

Yoga - Monday / Wednesday, 9:00am - 10:00am

South Oxford Park

S. Oxford St. & Atlantic Ave.

Yoga - Wednesday / Friday, 11:00am - 12:00pm

MANHATTAN

Carl Schurz Park

E. 86th St. & East End Ave.

Fitness Walking - Monday / Friday, 9:00am - 10:00am

Yoga - Tuesday / Thursday, 9:00am - 10:00am

Central Park Tennis Courts

93rd St. near West Dr.

Tennis - Friday, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Inwood Hill Tennis Courts

207th St. & Seaman Ave.

Yoga - Monday / Wednesday, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Tennis - Tuesday / Thursday, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Sara D. Roosevelt Park

Chrystie & Forsyth Sts.

Yoga - Tuesday / Thursday, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Fitness Walking - Monday / Friday, 10:00am - 11:00am

QUEENS

Astoria Park Tennis Courts

21st. St. & Hoyt Ave. S

Tennis - Monday / Wednesday, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Cunningham Park

Union Turnpike & 193rd. St.

Tennis - Tuesday / Thursday, 9:00am - 11:00am

Yoga - Tuesday / Thursday, 10:00am - 11:00am

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Tennis Courts Meridian Rd.

Tennis - Monday / Wednesday, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Roy Wilkins Park

Baisley Blvd. & 177th St.

Tennis - Tuesday / Thursday, 11:30am - 1:00pm

Yoga - Tuesday / Thursday, 10:00am - 11:00am

STATEN ISLAND

Faber Park

Richmond Terrace & Faber St.

Yoga - Tuesday / Thursday, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Greenbelt Park

Brielle Ave. btw Rockland & Wolcott Aves.

Tennis - Monday / Friday, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

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REEDPOP UNVEILS ALL-STAR SPEAKER LINEUP FOR BOOKEXPO CHILDREN‘S BOOK & AUTHOR BREAKFAST

Jenna Bush Hager & Barbara Pierce Bush Take the BookExpo Stage with Lupita Nyong’o, Tomi Adeyemi, Eoin Colfer and Da Chen to Discuss Children’s Literature and Their Upcoming Children’s Works

ReedPOP’s BookExpo  has unveiled the lineup for the Children’s Book & Author Breakfast, an event bringing together some of literature’s most prominent Children’s and Young Adult authors. The Children’s Book & Author Breakfast continues to be one of the most sought-after events of the show, drawing over 1,000 attendees each year for a morning of lively conversation with literary giants. there

The event will be co-hosted by sisters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, daughters of former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush. Jenna Bush Hager is a correspondent for NBC’s TODAY and Editor-at-Large for Southern Living magazine, while Barbara Pierce Bush is CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps, a non-profit organization that mobilizes a global community of young leaders to build the movement for health equity. This November, they are releasing a picture book, Sisters First. Inspired by their 2017 memoir, Sisters First is a celebration of the bond between sisters.

BookExpo will welcome Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong'o (Marvel’s Black Panther12 Years a Slave) to discuss her debut children’s book, Sulwe. Drawing inspiration from her own childhood, Sulwe follows a young girl in Kenya who feels self-conscious about her dark skin until she embarks on an adventure that will lead her to self-love and acceptance. Tomi Adeyemi, author of bestselling young adult fantasy novel Children of Blood and Bone, will take the stage to talk about the highly-anticipated second title in her Legacy of Orïsha trilogy, Children of Virtue and Vengeance. They will be joined by Eoin Colfer, author of the beloved Artemis Fowl series, who will discuss his buzzed about upcoming spin-off novel, The Fowl Twins. Additionally, Da Chen, bestselling author of Brothers and Colours of the Mountain, will preview his forthcoming work, Girl Under a Red Moon, which tells the story of his resolute older sister and their childhood growing up together during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

Taking place Friday, May 31, the BookExpo Children’s Book & Author Breakfast will kick off the final day of the 3-day event, further establishing BookExpo as the must-attend destination for the publishing industry.

"The Children’s Book & Author Breakfast draws a huge audience of book lovers looking to discover breakout talent in the world of children’s and young adult literature and we are excited to welcome this year’s outstanding panelists,” said Jennifer Martin, Event Director of BookExpo. “With an array of unique perspectives and works across multiple genres, this year’s speakers are sure to offer a morning of exciting and meaningful conversation, as all of their works examine a variety of traditionally underserved populations.”

Full program information can be found below:

FRIDAY, MAY 31

8:00AM - 9:30AM CHILDREN’S BOOK & AUTHOR BREAKFAST (Main Stage)

The Friday morning breakfast will feature Lupita Nyong’o, author of Sulwe (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers); Tomi Adeyemi, author of Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Henry Holt & Co.); Eoin Colfer, author of The Fowl Twins (Disney-Hyperion); and Da Chen, author of Girl Under a Red Moon (Scholastic Nonfiction). The event will be co-hosted by Jenna Bush Hager & Barbara Pierce Bush, co-authors of Sisters First (Little, Brown and Company).

The Children’s Author breakfast compliments an exciting line-up of Children’s publishers exhibiting on the show floor including Bonnier Publishing, Candlewick, Cottage Door Press, Disney, Lerner Publishing, Phidal, Phoenix International, Sleeping Bear Press, Sterling Publishing and Sourcebooks.

This year, Reed Exhibitions became the official sponsor of Children’s Book Week. The sponsorship is supported by a donation to the Children’s Book Council’s Every Child a Reader program and includes the printing of 125,000 Book Week posters that will be distributed at 1,000 schools, libraries, and bookstores nationwide from April 29 to May 5, 2019, during the centennial celebration of Children’s Book Week. In addition, Reed and Every Child a Reader staff will work jointly on promoting the Annual Silent Art Auction at BookExpo in conjunction with the ABA, organizing author and illustrator events at the Family HQ at BookCon with the support of CBC member publishers, and arranging Reed staff visits to schools.

For more information or to register, please visit www.bookexpoamerica.com.

ABOUT BOOKEXPO

BookExpo is North America’s largest gathering of book trade professionals attracting an audience from around the globe. The event is designed to lead the global publishing industry to its consumer driven future and celebrate storytelling in all its forms. It’s the place where industry, authors and readers converge to define the direction of the publishing industry for years to come. BookExpo provides a focused professional environment to discover emerging authors and the next blockbuster titles, engage with the world’s most influential publishers and learn from industry leaders and peers. BookExpo is organized with the support of association partners including the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR).

ABOUT REEDPOP

ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading event organizer. ReedPOP is devoted exclusively to organizing and managing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and working with premium brands in the pop culture world to deliver once in a lifetime experiences for fans everywhere. ReedPOP is dedicated to facilitating celebrations of popular culture around the globe that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences. ReedPOP is proud to be a part of a portfolio of events that include New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) West, East, South, Australia and Unplugged, Emerald City Comicon (ECCC), BookCon, BookExpo, Keystone Comic Con, Oz Comic-Con, Comic Con India, Comic Con Paris, Comic Con Seoul, Star Wars Celebration, TwitchCon, ComplexCon and more. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan-based group of professionals uniquely qualified to serve those with whom they share a common passion.

Harlem Stage Presents Two Programs Celebrating Latinx Culture in March

Harlem Stage Announces 2019 Spring Season Presenting Visionary Artists of Color

Repertorio Español’s “El Coronel no tiene quien le escriba”

“No One Writes to the Colonel”

New Spanish-Language Play with English Captions, Based on the Gabriel García Márquez Novel

FREE Performances- Friday, March 22, 2019 – 1:00PM and 7:30PM

WEPA! Movement, Culture and Music Featuring

The Curtis Brothers and Circa ’95

Celebrating Caribbean Immigration to El Barrio/Spanish Harlem with an Evening of Spoken Word, Hip-Hop and Afro-Latin Jazz

Saturday, March 23, 2019 – 7:30PM

Harlem Stage, the legendary uptown venue that for over 35 years has promoted the creative legacy of Harlem and artists of color from around the corner and across the globe, is proud to present its Spring 2019 season of performances. The 2019 spring season is curated by Monique Martin, Director of Programming for Harlem Stage and features artists who #Disrupt and take creative risk. The performances feature a range of artistic genres, offering audiences the chance to experience legendary performers, as well as rising stars.  

Repertorio Español’s “El Coronel no tiene quien le escriba”

On Friday March 22, 2019, Harlem Stage presents two free performances of Repertorio Español’s “El Coronel no tiene quien le escriba.” Based on Gabriel García Márquezfamed novel "El Coronel no tiene quien le escriba/No one writes to the Colonel," the story covers a few months in the life of a colonel whose pension, delayed 15 years by an overwhelming bureaucracy, becomes an obsession. Reduced to poverty despite his veteran status, the protagonist and his wife live in anticipation of his pay. But every Friday the only apparent contact with the outside world comes and goes with the same declaration from the postmaster, “Nothing for the colonel. No one writes to the colonel.”

The show is performed in Spanish with English supertitles on screen.

Adapted by Jorge Alí Triana & Verónica Triana

Directed by Jorge Alí Triana

Runtime: 1 hour and 30 minutes, no intermission

This project was made possible with the support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund as part of Repertorio’s 50th Anniversary. The performance is sponsored by New York City Council Member Mark Levine and the Cultural Immigrant Initiative.This program is supported, in part by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the New York City Council.  

Event Details:

Friday, March 22

1:00pm & 7:30pm

Price: FREE with RSVP

Harlem Stage Gatehouse - 150 Convent Ave (at West 135th Street)

https://www.harlemstage.org/events-list/repertorio-espanol-colonel-1pm

https://www.harlemstage.org/events-list/repertorio-espanol-colonel-730pm

UPTOWN NIGHTS: The Curtis Brothers and Circa ‘95-- Wepa! Movement, Culture and Music

As part of Carnegie Hall’s Migrations: The Making of America festival, Harlem Stage and the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute present a two-part series of music and conversation celebrating the Caribbean immigrants who traveled across land and sea and arrived in El Barrio, aka Spanish Harlem, seeking a bright future. Join Harlem Stage on Saturday, March 23rd for a concert celebrating that journey.

Spoken word, hip-hop, DJ and Afro-Latin jazz will be the vehicles that transport us to sunny beaches, sofrito, five floor walk-ups and sun kissed dreams of belonging. Puerto Rican and Dominican by way of the Bronx and Washington Heights, Circa ’95, Patty Dukes and Reph, rhyme seamlessly through English and Spanish, showcasing music and stories inspired by their families’ migration to New York City during the golden era of hip-hop. The Curtis Brothers, African American and Puerto Rican, explore West Africa’s influence on American music from Latin America by mapping rhythms that evolved from the African slave trade: from samba, hip-hop, R&B, gospel, to blues, jazz and rock music.

In March (date and time TBD) CCCADI will present a panel discussion on race, myth, art and justice. Learn more at www.cccadi.org

Event Details:

This event forms part of Carnegie Hall’s Migrations: The Making of America festival and is presented in partnership with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI).

Saturday, March 23

7:30pm

Price: $25

Harlem Stage Gatehouse - 150 Convent Ave (at West 135th Street)

https://www.harlemstage.org/events-list/uptown-wepa-movement-culture-music

“This season we are conversing, collaborating, and of course singing and dancing. We are thrilled to be working with a growing list of programming partners, who enable us to bring new audiences to Harlem Stage and align ourselves with organizations and artists who share our values. We welcome you to join in this communion of art that informs, inspires and ultimately transforms,” said Patricia Cruz, Executive Director of Harlem Stage.

Monique Martin, Director of Programming, said “As we wade through these precarious times of polarizing speech, mass shootings and mass incarceration we need our #Disrupters now more than ever. The trifecta of art, culture and activism provides us with tools that can guide us to a deeper understanding of the past, present and forecast the future. Harlem Stage continues to entrust artists to co-create with us, a fertile sanctuary space of mutual respect and understanding. We are honored to create generative spaces for our community to see and be with each other. All are welcome!”

TICKETING INFORMATION

Box Office Location: Harlem Stage Gatehouse (150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street, Manhattan).

Box Office Hours:  Regular box office hours are 10AM–3PM Monday through Friday, except on performance days when the box office remains open until one hour after the start of the performance.

By Phone: 212.281.9240 ext. 19

Online: www.HarlemStage.org

ABOUT HARLEM STAGE

Harlem Stage is the performing arts center that bridges Harlem’s cultural legacy to contemporary artists of color and dares to provide the artistic freedom that gives birth to new ideas. For over 35 years Harlem Stage has been one of the nation’s leading arts organizations, achieving this distinction through its work with artists of color and by facilitating a productive engagement with the communities it serves through the performing arts. With a long-standing tradition of supporting artists and organizations around the corner and across the globe, Harlem Stage boasts such legendary artists as Harry Belafonte, Max Roach, Sekou Sundiata, Abbey Lincoln, Sonia Sanchez, Eddie Palmieri, Maya Angelou and Tito Puente, as well as contemporary artists like Bill T. Jones, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Tamar-kali, Vijay Iyer, Mike Ladd, Stew, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jason Moran, José James, Nona Hendryx and more. Its education program each year provides over 1,000 New York City children with introduction and access to the rich diversity, excitement and inspiration of the performing arts. In 2006, Harlem Stage opened the landmarked, award-winning Harlem Stage Gatehouse. This once abandoned space, originally a pivotal source for distributing fresh water to New York City, is now a vital source of creativity, ideas and culture. Harlem Stage is a winner of the William Dawson Award for Programming Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming (Association of Performing Arts Presenters).

For more information on Harlem Stage, visit: www.harlemstage.org.

For a full list of donors, please visit: https://www.harlemstage.org/support/

SID SRIRAM SHARES ALBUM STREAM ON BROOKLYNVEGAN US TOUR BEGINS IN MARCH ENTROPY OUT EVERYWHERE WEDNESDAY

"Working off a bed of ethereal electronics that build gradually into something otherworldly, Sriram cultivates an emotional atmosphere on 'Entropy' that is entrancing and intoxicating." - The 405

BrooklynVegan has shared an exclusive first listen of San Francisco Bay Area singer-songwriter, Sid Sriram's, debut record, Entropy. The record is out in full this coming Wednesday, February 6th on Artist Originals!

Sid began the new year with a brand new single, "Entropy," premiering exclusively on the The 405. They had high praise for single, calling it, "a soaring and cinematic song full of poignancy and power." It's the title track of his recently announced debut LP, Entropy.

With the release of his latest single, as well as last year's "It Isn't True" and "6 Weeks," Sid looks to expand on his classical, South Indian roots, and combine pop and R&B elements on the new record, adding tremendous range to his music. Since graduating Berklee College of Music, working with Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman, and steadily releasing music over the past few years, Sid is poised to release his debut record. Entropy is slated for release on February 6th, 2019 via Artist Originals (AO).

Sid has also announced a string of US tour dates in early 2019, with plans to hit SXSW in Austin, as well. Stay tuned for more news on the release of Entropy and be sure to catch Sid on tour in your city next March - tour dates are below!

TOUR DATES
03.03 - Fox Cabaret - Vancouver, BC
03.07 - The Sunset - Seattle, WA *SOLD OUT*
03.08 - Swedish American Hall - San Francisco, CA
03.09 - Masonic Lounge, Hollywood Forever Cemetery - Los Angeles, CA
03.10 - Soda Bar - San Diego, CA
03.19 - Sleeping Village - Chicago, IL
03.20 - Opera House - Toronto, ON *SOLD OUT*
03.21 - National Sawdust - Brooklyn, NY
03.23 - Le Ministère - Montreal, QC
03.24 - Cafe 939 - Boston, MA *SOLD OUT*
 

On Entropy, Sriram synthesizes three vital versions of himself: the acclaimed virtuoso singer of the Indian classical tradition known as Carnatic music; the vocal star who lights up 10,000-seat arenas by performing Indian cinema’s best-loved contemporary songs; and the talented Northern California kid, enamored of hip-hop, rock, pop and especially old-school soul, and dedicated to the art of production. “This is the first time in my career where all three streams are joining together at once,” Sriram says.
 
Singer/songwriter/producer Sid Sriram represents a collision point of radically different worlds; a true hybridist. Sriram was born in Chennai, India. His family moved to the San Francisco/Bay Area suburbs when he was one. This duality of cultural roots was integral in forming Sriram’s personal and artistic identity. He graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Production and Engineering; here is where he started exploring and building his own sound. Sid Sriram's music creates a bold cross section where Pop/Soul, his Indian Classical roots and alternative/ambient music clash vibrantly.

Sriram was raised on a dynamic, rich foundation of South Indian Classical (Carnatic) music; this form is his creative framework and anchor. He grew up soaking in the music of legendary artists such as Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Jeff Buckley, The Beatles and Luther Vandross; these influences have defined his artistic evolution. With his work in Indian Cinema soundtrack music resonating with millions, Sid Sriram has developed an exponentially growing, die hard fanbase. His live productions are exhilarating, engaging and vulnerable; thousands pack out venues to experience his emotionally immersive shows.

In his own words, “I think I make music for those who are in need of some healing. Producing and performing music is my form of release; I want to create experiences that allow people to feel through a spectrum of emotions.” With his daringly unique debut LP “Entropy” releasing later this year, Sid Sriram looks to impact the world.

ENTROPY - TRACKLISTING
01. Eyes Open
02. It Isn't True
03. 6 Weeks
04. Entropy
05. Paper Plates
06. Palm Trees, Fleeting
07. Moksha
08. Back Down
09. 2am Prayer
10. Waiting For The Sun
11. Daunting
12. Limitless

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25 Years of the Harkness Dance Festival: Celebrating the Centenary of Merce Cunningham (March 1-30, 2019)

92Y’s Harkness Dance Festival celebrates its 25th season celebrating Merce Cunningham’s centennial. For five weekends from March 1-30, HDF presents performances of Merce Cunningham’s own choreography including Cross CurrentsDoublesLandroverLoose TimeScenario, Septet, and Trails, danced by New York Theatre Ballet, Melissa Toogood, Calvin Royal III and New World School of the Arts. The Festival continues with four weekends of world premieres representing four generations of Cunningham dancers who established companies of their own - Douglas Dunn (Douglas Dunn + Dancers), Dylan Crossman (Dylan Crossman Dans(c)e), Johan Bokaer (Jonah Bokaer Choreography) and Ellen Cornfield (Cornfield Dance).

Merce Cunningham had a long history with 92Y. He appeared here 11 times, beginning with his first performances in 1943 as a dancer with Martha Graham and Company. He also participated in literary events and lectures, including his final 92Y appearance in 1994 in conversation with Deborah Jowitt as part of the “Breaking Ground” lecture series that also included such guests as Erick Hawkins, Judith Jamison, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Bill T. Jones, and Jerome Robbins.

- THE HARKNESS DANCE FESTIVAL -

March 1 - 30

A FEAST OF CUNNINGHAM

New York Theatre Ballet, New World School of the Arts, Melissa Toogood, and Calvin Royal III

Fri, Mar 1, 8 pm; Sat, Mar 2, 4 and 8 pm, from $35

The festival’s opening weekend features dances by the master, himself. New York Theatre Ballet performs Cunningham’s Septet and Cross Currents. Melissa Toogood performs Cunningham solos from Doubles, Landrover and Loose Time. Melissa Toogood and Calvin Royal III perform duets from Scenario and Trails. MinEvent performed by New World School of the Arts, staged by Melissa Toogood.

DOUGLAS DUNN + DANCERS: WORLD PREMIERE

Fri, Mar 8, 8 pm; Sat, Mar 9, 4 and 8 pm, from $35

Douglas Dunn, who danced with Merce from 1969-1973, presents a world premiere with his company, Douglas Dunn + Dancers. Dunn’s choreography has been likened to ‘an explorer of the impossible,’ and is rooted in intuition and the moving body that reveals the organic formations of movement mixed with the playful and witty.

DYLAN CROSSMAN DANS(C)E: WORLD PREMIERE

Fri, Mar 15, 8 pm; Sat, Mar 16, 4 and 8 pm, from $35

Dylan Crossman, who joined Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2009 and worked with the company through its Legacy Tour, presents a world premiere for his company, Dylan Crossman Dans(c)e. Crossman, an active and acclaimed dancer, as a compelling choreographer looks at human behavior within formalism and has been noted for his “freshness of experimentalism” (New York Times).

JONAH BOKAER CHOREOGRAPHY: WORLD PREMIERE

Fri, Mar 22, 8 pm; Sat, Mar 23, 4 and 8 pm, from $35

Jonah Bokaer, who danced with Merce Cunningham from 2000-2007, presents a world premiere for his company, Jonah Bokaer Choreography. Bokaer cultivates a multi-disciplinary approach to choreography that merges with art and design by enlarging the role of contemporary performance to enhance its contribution to society. “Conceptual, precise, breathtaking”, Bokaer is the author of 60 choreographic works.

ELLEN CORNFIELD/CORNFIELD DANCE: WORLD PREMIERE

Fri, Mar 29, 8 pm; Sat, Mar 30, 4 and 8 pm, from $35

Ellen Cornfield/Cornfield Dance exemplifies the exhilarating combination of heart and intellect, performed by dancers who “are among the most proficient technical and kinetically expressive dancers around” (Gus Solomons, 2014) and reveling in a mix of the elegant, robust and quirky.

THE CHOCOLATE EXPO TAKES FLIGHT AT LONG ISLAND’S CRADLE OF AVIATION MUSEUM

Eighth annual event to celebrate 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing with giant chocolate and cookie sculpture

The Chocolate Expo, America’s largest and most unique chocolate festival, will be returning to Long Island’s spectacular Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, NY, on Sunday, March 3, 2019, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. 

At The Chocolate Expo, attendees will get to taste, purchase, celebrate and otherwise indulge in delicious gourmet chocolates, baked goods, specialty foods, gelato, cheeses, wines, spirits, hard ciders, craft sodas and much more from local and regional vendors, while touring one of the largest air and space museums in the world. 

In the Museum’s atrium lobby, guests will be greeted by Aurora Gourmet’s chocolate fountains overflowing with milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate to cover a choice of fresh fruits, marshmallows, pretzels and crisp rice treats.

Participating chocolatiers in this year’s event include Chocolate Moonshine, Chocolates U, Emalyn Sweets, Raw Chocolate Love, Twizzle’s Tasty Treats, Teacher’s Recipe Fudge, The Cocoa Exchange and The Pretzel Princess, among others. 

Unusual chocolate items at The Chocolate Expo include Bacon Bites’ chocolate-covered bacon, chocolate-flavored pumpkin seeds from Super Seedz, raw cookie dough treats from Whipped Up, chocolate vodka from Olde York Farm, chocolate wine from Pazdar Winery, chocolate soda from Drink More Good and chocolate-scented personal care products from ScrubIt NH.

Wine tastings and sales will be offered by Adirondack Winery, Fire Island Winery and Warwick Valley Winery. Ciders by Doc’s Hard Ciders and spirits from Lake George Distillery and Black Dirt Distillery will round-out the line-up of alcoholic beverages at this year’s Chocolate Expo. 

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, food artist Nancy Baker, who has been featured on Food Network, will re-create a scene from a famous photo of the moon landing using a delicious combination of chocolates, cookies and colored sugars.

More than 25 authentically-costumed Star Wars characters from the 501st Empire City Garrison will descend on The Chocolate Expo and be available for selfies and other picture-taking opportunities from approximately 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Free face painting and balloon twisting activities for children will take place in the Museum’s Junior Jet Club.

Admission to all air & space exhibits is included with admission to The Chocolate Expo.  Additionally, free admission to shows in the JetBlue Airways Planetarium (regularly $9/adult and $8/child) will be included, as well. “Space Junk” will be shown at 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

In partnership with the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Long Island Cares, a Food Drive will take place on the day of The Chocolate Expo at the Cradle of Aviation Museum.  Guests are asked to bring non-perishable food items for donation, and it is not necessary to be a Chocolate Expo attendee to participate in the Food Drive since Long Island Cares donation bins will be located right in the lobby doorways of the Cradle of Aviation Museum for drop-off purposes.

Admission to The Chocolate Expo is only $15/adult and $10/child (ages 2-12), when purchased online from www.TheChocolateExpo.com, or $20/adult and $15/child (ages 2-12) at the door. For even greater savings, The Chocolate Expo’s “5PM Special” ticket is priced at just $10/person (all ages 2 and up) for admission after 5 p.m., when purchased online, and $15/person, when purchased at the door.

Because of the enormous interest in The Chocolate Expo, it is highly recommended that tickets be purchased online in advance atwww.TheChocolateExpo.com.

For more information and to purchase tickets online, see www.TheChocolateExpo.com.  Additional information about the NYCB Presents Cradle of Aviation Museum can be found at www.CradleofAviation.org.

ABOUT THE CHOCOLATE EXPO: 

The Chocolate Expo is a Baum Image Group event.  Prior creations of Baum Image Group include the official Woodstock 35th Anniversary Celebration in 2004 (under license from Woodstock Ventures) and the New York Chocolate Expo.

ABOUT THE NYCB PRESENTS CRADLE OF AVIATION MUSEUM: 

The Cradle of Aviation Museum celebrates the remarkable accomplishments and contributions of Long Island to our nation’s development and to the history of aviation.  The Museum features 75 fascinating exhibits, the Jet Blue Airways Planetarium and a historic carousel.

The Cradle of Aviation Museum is located on Museum Row/Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Garden City, NY, near the Nassau Coliseum, Nassau Community College and Hofstra University.  Visitors coming by car should take Exit M4 off the Meadowbrook Parkway onto Museum Row.

For mass transit options, buses N16, N45, and N51 buses stop several blocks from the Museum at Nassau Community College, and anyone taking the Long Island Railroad can reach the Museum by taxi from the Garden City, Mineola and Westbury stations.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Performances at The Joyce Theater

World Premiere of “WOKE” and “From Then to Now” a Compilation of Repertory Favorites,  

NYC Premiere of “Bach 25” plus, Return of “Star Dust” - The Ballet Tribute to David Bowie

February 19–March 3, 2019

Complexions Contemporary Ballet (Complexions) celebrates its 25th anniversary season at The Joyce Theater in New York City from February 19-March 3, 2019.Under the artistic direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, the company will celebrate this milestone anniversary with three dynamic programs over a two-week span. Filled with a roster of some of the most diverse and exciting young stars, Complexions explodes onto the Joyce Theater stage with their signature style of athleticism, virtuosity and passion that has excited audiences for a quarter century.

In the first week’s program (Program A), Complexions will present the NYC premiere of “BACH 25.” Set to the music of Johann Sebastian and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the work features the entire company in continuous movement to the Baroque composers’ dramatic violin and cello. A festive, athletic, neo- classical work in the signature style of Complexions this romantic, playful, and intensely physical piece celebrates the union of music and movement. Returning this season due to popular demand is the runaway hit “Star Dust,” a ballet tribute to the genre-bending innovation of one of the most prolific rock stars of all time, David Bowie. This full company ballet takes an array of Bowie’s hits and lays a visual imprint inspired by his unique persona and restless artistic invention, resulting in a rock opera production in his honor.

In the second week (Program B), the company will present the world premiere of “WOKE,” a physical reaction to the daily news. A bold and dynamic socially conscious one act ballet featuring the full company that examines our humanity in conjunction with today’s political climate. This work is inspired by the enlightened awareness and challenging moral compass of today’s generation. In honor of their 25th anniversary, the company will present “From Then to Now,” an amalgamation of audience favorites spanning the rich 25-year history of the company. Highlights will include excerpts from classics such as “Rise” featuring music of U2 (2008), and “The Grapes of Wrath” (1995) among other audience favorites.

All matinee programs (Matinee) will feature “Bach 25” and “From Then to Now.”

During the run, Thursday, February 21 will be dedicated to Complexions’ annual fundraising gala. Proceeds from this gala benefit performance will continue to help build Complexions’ educational initiatives through scholarships, mentorship programs and the continued development of Rhoden’s and Richardson’s methodology of dance training. Complexion’s educational initiatives were offered in six cities this past year, allowing the company the ability to mentor and train hundreds of dancers. The gala will give audiences an opportunity to see the next generation of performers as they grace the Joyce stage. In addition to the company performing, there will be a new work performed by the students of Complexions’ pre-professional program and students from New Orleans Ballet Association and performance from Complexions’ Artistic Director Desmond Richardson.

Performances will take place:

DATE

TIME

PROGRAM

Tuesday, February 19

7:30 PM

Program A

Wednesday, February 20

7:30 PM

Program A

Thursday, February 21

7:00 PM

Gala

Friday, February 22

8:00 PM

Program A

Saturday, February 23

2:00 PM

Matinee

Saturday, February 23

8:00 PM

Program A

Sunday, February 24

2:00 PM

Matinee

Sunday, February 24

7:30 PM

Program A

Monday, February 25

CLOSED

CLOSED

Tuesday, February 26

7:30 PM

Program B

Wednesday, February 27

7:30 PM

Program B

Thursday, February 28

8:00 PM

Program B

Friday, March 1

8:00 PM

Program B

Saturday, March 2

2:00 PM

Matinee

Saturday, March 2

8:00 PM

Program B

Sunday, March 3

2:00 PM

Matinee                                                                                                                                                       

Tickets range from $10 to $66 and can be purchased online at www.Joyce.org. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 212-242-0800. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue (at the corner of 19th Street), New York, NY 10011.

For the most up-to-date schedule for all Complexions Contemporary Ballet programming, follow Complexions via the below links and visit http://www.complexionsdance.org.

About Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Complexions Contemporary Ballet (Complexions) was founded in 1994 by Master Choreographer Dwight Rhoden and the legendary dancer Desmond Richardson with a singular approach to reinventing dance through a groundbreaking mix of methods, styles and cultures. Today, Complexions represents one of the most recognized and respected performing arts brands in the world.  Having presented an entirely new and exciting vision of human movement on 5 continents, over 20 countries, to over 20 million television viewers and to well over 300,000 people in live audiences, Complexions is poised to continue its mission of bring unity to the world, one dance at a time.

Complexions has received numerous awards including The New York Times Critics’ Choice Award. It has appeared throughout the US, including the Joyce Theater/NY, Lincoln Center/NY, Brooklyn Academy of Music/NY, Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts/New Orleans, Paramount Theatre/Seattle, The Music Center/Los Angeles, Winspear Opera House/Dallas, Cutler Majestic Theater/Boston, New Victory Theater/NY, and Music Hall/Detroit, The Bolshoi Theater, The Kremlin, The Mikhailovsky Theater, Melbourne Arts Center, and will make its debut at the Kennedy Center in 2017, as a part of Ballet Across America.

“Complexions’ repertoire... both culturally and stylistically exhilarating and fresh” - The Huffington Post  

Complexions Contemporary Ballet Program
**All programs are subject to change** 

PROGRAM A 

February - 19, 20, 22, 23, 24 - ALL EVENING PERFORMANCES

ACT 1

BACH 25 - NYC PREMIERE

(World Premiere – Arcata, 2018)

Choreography – Dwight Rhoden

Music: Johann Sebastian Bach and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

ACT 2

STAR DUST

A Ballet Tribute to David Bowie

(World Premiere – Detroit, 2016)

Choreography: Dwight Rhoden

Music: David Bowie

PROGRAM B 

February - 26, 27, 28 and March 1, 2 - ALL EVENING PERFORMANCES

ACT 1

WOKE – WORLD PREMIERE

Choreography: Dwight Rhoden

Music: Various Electronica, Rap, Soul and African drumming

ACT 2

FROM THEN TO NOW

Choreography: Dwight Rhoden

Music: Various

MATINEE PROGRAM

February - 23, 24 and March 2, 3 – ALL 2:00 P.M. SHOWS

ACT 1

BACH 25 - NYC PREMIERE

(World Premiere – Arcata, 2018)

Choreography – Dwight Rhoden

Music: Johann Sebastian Bach and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

ACT 2

FROM THEN TO NOW

Choreography: Dwight Rhoden

Music: Various

GALA PROGRAM 

February 21                

SPECIAL PROGRAM - Featuring highlights of the 25th Anniversary Season, with performances by special guests including Artistic Director Desmond Richardson, and pre-professional students from Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s Education Programs. 

Tickets to the gala performance vary. Regular tickets to the evening’s show are available at the Joyce website, JOYCE Ticketing. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 212-777-7771. VIP tickets include an orchestra level seat and invitation to the post-show champagne reception. For more information on the Complexions Contemporary Ballet gala, please contact: Muadi Dibinga at 917-604-6030.

Piece Information

 BACH 25 - (35 min)

A festive, athletic, neo- classical work in the signature style of Complexions.  Romantic, playful, and intensely physical; BACH 25 celebrates the union of music and movement. 

World Premiere – Arcata, CA (April 2018)

Choreography: Dwight Rhoden

Music: Johann Sebastian Bach and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Lighting Design: Michael Korsch

Costumes: Christine Darch

FROM THEN TO NOW- (40 min)

An amalgamation of audience favorites spanning the 25-year history of the company.  Highlights will include excerpts from classics such as “Rise” featuring music of U2 (2008), and “The Grapes of Wrath” (1995) among other audience favorites.

Choreography: Dwight Rhoden

Music: Various 

Staged by: Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson

Costume Design and Construction: Christine Darch

Lighting and Set Design: Michael Korsch

STAR DUST - (43 min)

“Star Dust” is the first installment of a full evening length ballet tribute to the genre bending innovation of one of the most prolific rock stars of all time, David Bowie.  This ballet takes an array of Bowie’s hits and lays a visual imprint, inspired by his unique personas and his restless artistic invention to create a rock opera production in his honor.  With Bowie’s 40+ year career and over 25 albums that stretch across musical borders “Star Dust” pays homage to the iconic and chameleonic spirit of what can only be described as... Bowie. 

*“Star Dust” was generously commissioned by Detroit's Music Hall*

(World Premiere May 2016/ Detroit, MI)

Choreography by: Dwight Rhoden

Music by: David Bowie

Staged by: Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson

Costume Design and Construction: Christine Darch

Lighting and Set Design by: Michael Korsch

 I.  LAZARUS (Blackstar album 2016)

II. CHANGES (Hunky Dory album 1971)

III. LIFE ON MARS (Hunky Dory album 1971)

IV. SPACE ODDITY (Space Oddity album 1969)

V. 1984 (Diamond Dogs album 1974)

VI. HEROES (Heroes album 1977) 

Sung by Peter Gabriel

VII. MODERN LOVE (Let’s Dance album 1983)

VIII. ROCK AND ROLL SUICIDE (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars album 1972)

IX. YOUNG AMERICANS (Young Americans album 1975)

WOKE- (40 min)

WOKE (A Call to Action) is a bold and dynamic socially conscious ballet that examines our humanity in conjunction with today’s political climate. Set to an eclectic soundscape remix of symphonic textures, electronic beats, soulful vocals, African drumming, rap and spoken word, WOKE uses the pulse of our daily lives and the immediacy of action and reaction to examine our moral compass. WOKE explores the energy and inspiration for activism, awareness, and the need for tolerance, inclusion, and equality.

World Premiere – New York, NY (February 2019)

Choreography: Dwight Rhoden

Music: Phillip Glass, Logic, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Sam Smith, Donny Hathaway, remixed electronica and African drumming

Costume Design and Construction:  Christine Darch

Lighting and Set Design:  Michael Korsch

Celebrate Erotic Love this Valentine’s Day with Mo Beasley’s “UrbanErotika”

Neo-Burlesque Variety Show with Poetry, Spoken Word, Music, Dance, and Multimedia Arts 

Thursday, February 14, 2019 – 7:30PM

Harlem Stage, the legendary uptown venue that for over 35 years has promoted the creative legacy of Harlem and artists of color from around the corner and across the globe, is proud to present its Spring 2019 season of performances. The 2019 spring season is curated by Monique Martin, Director of Programming for Harlem Stage and features artists who #Disrupt and take creative risk. The performances feature a range of artistic genres, offering audiences the chance to experience legendary performers, as well as rising stars.    

This Valentine’s Day, Harlem Stage presents Mo Beasley’s “UrbanErotika,” a live neo-burlesque variety show celebrating erotic love with poetry, spoken word, music, dance, and multimedia arts, as expressed by New York City’s diverse cultures. The special Valentine’s Day performance will feature works that range from the soft and sensual to the bold and audacious; reflecting the full spectrum of romantic and sensual love in a healthy journey of fantasy and desire.  UrbanErotika is “the house that Lust built, and Love saved from damnation.” 

The performance will feature: Filipino American poet and spoken word artist Regie Cabico; Rock/Jazz/Folk bandThe SoulFolk Experience,selected as WNYC’s “Best Band in Brooklyn” in 2011; hip-hop singer Nemiss ChiYork; spoken word artist Peter ‘Rainmaker’ Seaton; actor and dancer Shannon Lower; award-winning international burlesque artist, producer & cabaret entertainer Zyra Lee Vanity; singer, songwriter and poet Shye Poetand, and other delicious surprises. The artists will pay a special tribute to the sensual and erotic work of Ntozake Shange,an original muse, and now ancestral guide.

UrbanErotika is the brainchild of Mo Beasley, an award-winning performance poet, educator, author, and public speaker with more than 20 years of experience in sexuality, race, manhood, and arts advocacy work. 

Event Details: 

UPTOWN NIGHTS: Mo Beasley’s“UrbanErotika”

Thursday, February 14

7:30pm

Price: $25

Harlem Stage Gatehouse - 150 Convent Ave (at West 135th Street)

https://www.harlemstage.org/events-list/uptown-urbanerotika

“This season we are conversing, collaborating, and of course singing and dancing. We are thrilled to be working with a growing list of programming partners, who enable us to bring new audiences to Harlem Stage and align ourselves with organizations and artists who share our values. We welcome you to join in this communion of art that informs, inspires and ultimately transforms,” said Patricia Cruz, Executive Director of Harlem Stage. 

Monique Martin, Director of Programming,said “As we wade through these precarious times of polarizing speech, mass shootings and mass incarceration we need our #Disrupters now more than ever. The trifecta of art, culture and activism provides us with tools that can guide us to a deeper understanding of the past, present and forecast the future. Harlem Stage continues to entrust artists to co-create with us, a fertile sanctuary space of mutual respect and understanding. We are honored to create generative spaces for our community to see and be with each other. All are welcome!” 

TICKETING INFORMATION

Box Office Location: Harlem Stage Gatehouse (150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street, Manhattan). 

Box Office Hours: Regular box office hours are 10AM–3PM Monday through Friday, except on performance days when the box office remains open until one hour after the start of the performance.

By Phone: 212.281.9240 ext. 19

Online: www.HarlemStage.org

ABOUT HARLEM STAGE 

Harlem Stage is the performing arts center that bridges Harlem’s cultural legacy to contemporary artists of color and dares to provide the artistic freedom that gives birth to new ideas.For over 35 years Harlem Stage has been one of the nation’s leading arts organizations, achieving this distinction through its work with artists of color and by facilitating a productive engagement with the communities it serves through the performing arts. With a long-standing tradition of supporting artists and organizations around the corner and across the globe, Harlem Stage boasts such legendary artists as Harry Belafonte, Max Roach, Sekou Sundiata, Abbey Lincoln, Sonia Sanchez, Eddie Palmieri, Maya Angelou and Tito Puente, as well as contemporary artists like Bill T. Jones, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Tamar-kali, Vijay Iyer, Mike Ladd, Stew, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jason Moran, José James, Nona Hendryx and more. Its education program each year provides over 1,000 New York City children with introduction and access to the rich diversity, excitement and inspiration of the performing arts. In 2006, Harlem Stage opened the landmarked, award-winning Harlem Stage Gatehouse. This once abandoned space, originally a pivotal source for distributing fresh water to New York City, is now a vital source of creativity, ideas and culture. Harlem Stage is a winner of the William Dawson Award for Programming Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming (Association of Performing Arts Presenters).

For more information on Harlem Stage, visit: www.harlemstage.org

For a full list of donors, please visit: https://www.harlemstage.org/support/

Connect with Harlem Stage:

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Presents A Special Screening of EVE’S BAYOU | Saturday,February 9th, 5:30PM

Director Kasi Lemmons and Editor Teri Shropshire in Attendance

WHAT | Academy at Metrograph. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Presents A Special Screening of Eve’s Bayou with Director Kasi Lemmons and Editor Teri Shropshire

WHEN | Saturday,February 9th, 5:30PM

WHERE | Metrograph, No. 7 Ludlow Street

ABOUT | The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) will continue its monthly residency at Metrograph on Saturday, February 9th, 2019, with a special screening of Eve’s Bayou, with Director Kasi Lemmons and Editor Teri Shropshire in-person to present the film.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION | http://metrograph.com/film/film/1939/eves-bayou

ABOUT EVE’S BAYOU | One of the essential works of the 1990s and recently selected for the Library of Congress' National Film Registry, Eve's Bayou is a film of rich, steamy sexuality and an incredible sense of place, that follows the loss of innocence that occurs when the daughter of a well-to-do Louisiana family (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) catches her father (Samuel L. Jackson) in a moment of infidelity. Boasting an impressive line-up of actresses, including living legends Lynne Whitfield and Diahann Carroll, Debbi Morgan, and Meagan Good, it’s a seductive tour de force in an atmosphere thick with voodoo, other Creole legends, and household magic.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY AT METROGRAPH | The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) began a yearlong residency at Metrograph in July 2017, bringing exciting and entertaining programs to the big screen. Programs in ACADEMY AT METROGRAPH have and continue to feature onstage conversations with filmmakers and scholars of motion pictures, tributes, newsreels, rarely seen clips from past Oscar® ceremonies, and home movies from Hollywood legends.  This monthly series highlights unique archival elements, including recent restorations and film prints from the Academy Film Archive by celebrating classic moments from the Academy’s 90-year history.

2018 Holiday Gift Ideas!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, yes, the holiday season. Time to eat, drink, enjoy some wonderful family time and buy holiday gifts for your loved ones, or yourself. Here are few unique recommendations from us

A CUSTOM TAILORED SUIT by MOHAN CUSTOM TAILORS: You have to agree that any man looks great in a well fitting suit. Now a custom tailored is not a luxury item only for the riches. With Mohan’s Custom Tailors, you can get a custom tailored suit starting at just few hundred dollars. And they have some amazing holiday special deals as well. This will be a gift to last for years!

SKATEBOARDS by BEASTIE BOARDS: You may not be feeling the urge to spend a few hundred dollars and may not need a suit. How about a skateboard? Even if you are not a skateboarding enthusiasts, these beautiful skateboards adored by beautiful art, will make a great and unique decoration piece for any wall. A unique gift for that unique person in your life!

  • Designer Glasses and Mugs by ROOT7: We all need and use mugs and glasses, but why not get something really unique and special? They have many cool things but her are 2 specific suggestions that I loved.

    • Shots of Himalayan salt. Yes, you can do your shots in shot glasses made of Himalayan salt.

    • Root 7 Geo Glasses are unique geometrical shapes and great quality. Forget about boring round glasses, try something geometric and unique!

    • Your morning cup of coffee will feel even better with a colorful Ombre Mug. It also feels really good to hold, seriously!

While we are talking about mugs, this cute color changing UNICORN mug is just adorable. For kids or for yourself!

Keep an eye here for more gift suggestions to be coming in upcoming days/weeks.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Top Travel Industry Leaders to Headline Trade Day Keynote at New York Times Travel Show, Friday, Jan. 25 at the Javits Center

Top Travel Industry Leaders to Headline Trade Day Keynote at New York Times Travel Show, Friday, Jan. 25 at the Javits Center    

Featured speakers include James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report; Christine Duffy of Carnival Cruise Line; Kristin Karst of AwaWaterways; Jennifer Tombough of Tauck; Jan Swartz of Pricess Crusies; and Jackie Friedman, Nexion Travel Group

NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2018 – The 2019 New York Times Travel Show invites travel industry professionals to join its Trade Day on Friday, Jan. 25, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, for its Travel Industry Conference and exclusive trade-only viewing of more than 600 exhibiting companies in the Exhibition. Travel professionals may register for the Trade Day here.

The Travel Industry Conference will offer a comprehensive educational program designed for travel professionals and features over 20 Focus Conferences across diverse travel categories. The Conference’s all new content will emphasize one-of- a-kind experiences available for clients, and vital marketing strategies and best practices that travel professional can use to drive revenue.

The keynote panel for the Travel Show’s Trade Day on the state of the travel industry will be moderated by James Shillinglaw, veteran travel editor and editor-in-chief of Insider Travel Report. Panelists include: Christine Duffy, President, Carnival Cruise Line; Kristin Karst, Executive Vice President & Co-Owner, AmaWaterways; Jennifer Tombaugh, President, Tauck; Jan Swartz, President, Princess Cruises; and Jackie Friedman, President, Nexion Travel Group.

This year’s Show will also feature an all-new general session on the Leisure Travel Market with Steve Cohen, Senior Vice President, Travel Insights at MMGY.

Trade Day 2019 will feature more than 100 speakers including, among others:

Erika Richter, Director of Communications, American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA)

Lillian Africano, Past President, Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)

Anne Marie Moebes, Publisher, Travel Market Report

 

James Shillinglaw, editor-in-chief of Insider Travel Report”

Terry Dale, President, United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA)

Rainer Jenss, President & founder, Family Travel Association

Ignacio Maza, Executive Vice President, Signature Travel Network

Kate McCulley, Travel Blogger, Adventurous Kate

Todd Neuman, Executive Vice President, South African Airways

Sylma Brown, Director, Caribbean Tourism Organization-USA, Inc.

Arnie Weissman, Editor in Chief, Travel Weekly

Charles Sylvia, Vice President, Trade Relations, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)

The Trade Day agenda follows:

7:30 a.m. Registration Opens (Tickets are $79 at the door and $59 in advance, and include admission to all Focus conferences, lunch, keynote address and exhibition floor)

9:00 a.m. General Session: Leisure Travel

10:00 a.m. Focus Conferences begin

12:15 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch (Included for ticket-holders only)

12:45 – 1:55 p.m. Keynote Address & State of the Industry Panel

2 – 7 p.m. Exhibition Open (Free for pre-approved and accredited travel professionals)

3:00 p.m. Focus conference

5 - 7 p.m. Networking Reception

Saturday, Jan. 26, and Sunday, Jan. 27 will be open to all attendees and feature global cuisine tastings, cultural performances, travel book signings, one-on-one conversations with travel experts and special discounts and offers for consumers of all ages from over 500 exhibitors.

2019 New York Times Travel Show Sponsors

South African Tourism is a Gold sponsor of the 2019 Travel Show; MSC Cruises, Visit Florida, and the Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi are Silver sponsors; I Love New York is a Bronze sponsor.

2018 Travel Show Highlights

Special Note to Media: Travel writers and journalists may apply for Travel Show media credentials here. Credentials grant complimentary access to the Trade Day and both consumer days. Members of the media are invited to attend the Trade Day to meet with travel industry professionals and attend press conferences throughout the day. 

Industry sponsors include: Adventure Travel Trade Association, Africa Travel Association, American Society of Travel Agents, Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa, Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Education Foundation, Caribbean Tourism Organization, Cruise Line International Association, Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association, European Travel Commission, Family Travel Association, International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, Millennials in Travel, Pacific Asia Travel Association, Professional Travel Bloggers Association, Travel Goods Association, Society of American Travel Writers, U.S. Tour Operators Association, and Well-Being Travel.

Girls LOVE Travel, GoNomad, Healthy Aging Magazine, Insider Travel Report, ManAboutWorld, Passport Magazine, TA Connect, TravAlliancemedia, and Travel Market Report are media sponsors for The 2019 New York Times Travel Show.

About The New York Times Travel Show (www.NYTimes.com/TravelShow)                   

The Travel Show is the largest and longest-running trade and consumer travel show in North America, featuring the Travel Industry Conference, Consumer Seminars, Meet The Experts Pavilion and an interactive Exhibition including more than 600 exhibitors representing travel to all seven continents, positioned within 16 pavilions (including Adventure, Africa, Asia, Australia/South Pacific, Canada, Caribbean, Cruise, Europe, Family, Global, Latin America, L.G.B.T.Q., Mexico, River Cruise, Travel Products, and U.S.A. Pavilions). In addition to discounts and special offers, the show provides educational seminars and live entertainment for families, individuals and couples and seniors. Join the conversation and follow @NYTTravelShow for the latest Travel Show news.

About The New York Times Company

The New York Times Company is a global media organization dedicated to enhancing society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information. The Company includes The New York Times, NYTimes.com and related properties. It is known globally for excellence in its journalism, and innovation in its print and digital storytelling and its business model. Follow news about the company at @NYTimesPR.

Apollo Theater Releases Holidays At The Apollo Line Up Featuring CeCe Winans, The Walls Group, Hezekiah Walker and More

Celebrate Holidays at the Apollo With Festive Programs for Audiences of All Ages

COCA-COLA WINTER WONDERLAND Under the Apollo Theater’s Iconic Marquee

Saturday, December 15 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

AMATEUR NIGHT HOLIDAY SPECIAL

Featuring the Apollo Stars of Tomorrow Alumni Christian Guardino, Alexis Morrast, Leah Jenea Ganes and Emily Carr

With Special Guests The Walls Group

Hosted by Capone

Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m.

HOLIDAY JOY: A GOSPEL CELEBRATION

Featuring

CeCe Winans and Hezekiah Walker with the Love Fellowship Choir

Hosted by Marcus Wiley

Saturday, December 22 at 2:00 p.m.

KWANZAA CELEBRATION: REGENERATION NIGHT

A Night of Dance, Culture, Community, and Family

Featuring Abdel R. Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre,

With Special Guest

Sonia Sanchez

Hosted by Imhotep Gary Byrd

Sunday, December 29 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.

Harlem, NY – November 6, 2018 – This December, the Apollo Theater will celebrate the holidays with offerings for the entire family. Holidays at the Apollo includes programs that will celebrate culture, music, and community during the festive season. Additionally, as part of Holidays at the Apollo, patrons can save $3 per ticket by bringing a donated item (children’s toy, home goods, or canned good) to one of the holiday shows.

Highlights of the Holidays at the Apollo include:

Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland (Saturday, December 15) the theater’s free annual family event taking place under the iconic Apollo marquee, features live entertainment, presentations, a visit from Santa, and a toy and book drive for a Harlem charity.

9th Annual Amateur Night Holiday Special (Saturday, December 15), a special edition of the theater’s signature program Amateur Night at the Apollo showcasing talented young alumni of the show’s “Apollo Stars of Tomorrow” category. Performers include, Christian Guardino, Alexis Morrast, Leah Jenea Ganes and Emily Carr, with special guests The Walls Group. The holiday special is hosted by Capone.

Holiday Joy: A Gospel Celebration (Saturday, December 22) featuring CeCe Winans and Hezekiah Walker with the Love Fellowship Choir. The concert is hosted by comedian Marcus Wiley.

12th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night (Saturday, December 29) now in its 12th year at the Apollo, honors the principles of Kwanzaa through music, dance, and community celebration featuring Abel R. Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, and poetSonia Sanchez.

Save $3 per ticket by bringing an item (children’s toy, home goods, or canned good) for donation to one of the holiday shows. Use code GIVE to save. Limit to 4 tickets per transaction. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

Please see below for a full schedule of Holidays at the Apollo events:

Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland

Saturday, December 15 from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Before the Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special, the Apollo and Coca-Cola are partnering to bring the magic of the holiday season to Harlem. Under the Apollo’s iconic marquee, Coca-Cola will offer picture-taking with Santa Claus and singing under the marquee with local Harlem choirs, as well as other holiday-themed activities and performances. In the spirit of giving, the afternoon will also include a toy and book drive for a local Harlem charity. This family event is hosted by Billy Mitchell, the Apollo’s tour director and in-house historian.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.apollotheater.org

9th Annual Amateur Night Holiday Special

Featuring: The Apollo Amateur Night Stars of Tomorrow Alumni

And a Special Performance by The Walls Group

Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m.

The Apollo Theater lights up the holiday season with the Amateur Night Holiday Special. The ninth annual event under its signature programAmateur Night at the Apollo, showcases the talented young alumni of the show’s “Apollo Stars of Tomorrow” category and will feature performances by Christian Guardino (America’s Got Talent), Alexis Morrast (Showtime at the Apollo), Leah Jenea Ganes (The Four) and Emily Carr (So You Think You Can Dance). The holiday special will be hosted by Capone and will also include a performance by special guests The Walls Group.

Tickets for the Amateur Night Holiday Special start at $22. Tickets will be available at the Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale now.

Holiday Joy: A Gospel Celebration

Featuring CeCe Winans and Hezekiah Walker with the Love Fellowship Choir

Hosted by Comedian Marcus Wiley

Saturday, December 22 at.2:00 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of soul stirring Holiday gospel music to lift your Holiday spirits and bless your Christmas season. Cece Winans will warm your soul and Hezekiah Walker with the Love Fellowship Choir will take you higher. Marcus Wiley, host and comedian, promises to delight you and your loved ones throughout the evening.

Tickets for Holiday Joy: A Gospel Celebration start at $30 and will be available at the Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305,253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale now.

Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night

Featuring Abdel R. Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre

With Special Guest Sonia Sanchez

Hosted by Imhotep Gary Byrd

December 29 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.

Since 2006, the Apollo has established an annual performance with Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre to commemorate the holiday tradition of Kwanzaa. The Apollo’s celebration is a joyful evening of dance and music honoring the principles of Kwanzaa—family, community, and culture. This year’s performance will include the legendary poet Sonia Sanchez

Tickets for Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night start at $25. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale now.

Get social! For exclusive photos, updates and more use the hashtags #HolidaysAtApollo and #KwanzaaApollo

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Support

Amateur Night at the Apollo and Holidays at the Apollo are sponsored by Coca-Cola.

The Apollo's season is made possible by generous support from Coca-Cola, Citi, Time Warner, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and the Jerome L. Greene Foundation.

Public support for the Apollo Theater is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

About the Apollo Theater

The legendary Apollo Theater—the soul of American culture—plays a vital role in cultivating emerging artists and launching legends. Since its founding, the Apollo has served as a center of innovation and a creative catalyst for Harlem, the city of New York, and the world.

With music at its core, the Apollo’s programming extends to dance, theater, spoken word, and more. This includes special programs such as the blockbuster concert Bruno Mars Live at the Apollo, the world premiere theatrical reading of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s National Book Award-winning Between the World and Me, 100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella, the annual Africa Now! Festival, and the New York premiere of the opera We Shall Not Be Moved. The Apollo is a performing arts presenting organization that also produces festivals and large-scale dance and music works organized around a set of core initiatives that celebrate and extend the Apollo’s legacy through a contemporary lens; global festivals including the Women of the World (WOW) Festival and Breakin’ Convention; international and U.S.-based artist presentations focused on a specific theme; and Special Projects, multidisciplinary collaborations with partner organizations.

Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has served as a testing ground for new artists working across a variety of art forms and has ushered in the emergence of many new musical genres—including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop. Among the countless legendary performers who launched their careers at the Apollo are Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Billie Holiday, James Brown, D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Dave Chappelle, Machine Gun Kelly, Miri Ben Ari, Sarah Vaughan, Gladys Knight, and Luther Vandross; and the Apollo’s forward-looking artistic vision continues to build on this legacy. For more information visit https://www.apollotheater.org/

Apollo Theater Information

Box Office Hours:

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

32nd National Equal Justice Awards Dinner Hosted by the NAACP LDF

(NEW YORK) – November 2, 2018 – Last night, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc (LDF) hosted their 32ndNational Equal Justice Awards Dinner (NEJAD) at the Ziegfeld Ballroom where they celebrated the achievements of several distinguished civil and human rights leaders and raised over $2 million to help further the mission of the LDF. 

In front of an audience of 650, Marian Wright Edelman (Founder/President of the Children’s Defense Fund) and Judge U.W. Clemon (Alabama’s first African-American federal judge) received the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award, while theNational Equal Justice Award went to Bryan Stevenson (Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative) and philanthropist couple Dr. P. Roy Vagelos (Chairman of the Board, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) and Diana Vagelos (Vice Chairman of Barnard Board of Trustees and Vice President/Treasurer of the Marianthi Foundation, Inc.).

Additional attendees included author Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Insecure” actor Kendrick Sampson, Women’s March co-chair Linda Sarsour, Miss Haiti 2014 Christie Desir, and writer Jamilah Lemieux. TV and radio personality Jacque Reid served as emcee.

With the mid-term elections just five days away, voting was on everyone’s mind. LDF president and director-counsel Sherrilyn Ifillpresented a short documentary (produced by filmmaker Crystal McCrary McGuire) that chronicled the work of the LDF and the challenges they face in today’s political climate. The video featured commentary from LDF associate director-counsel Janai Nelsonamong others and underscored the evening’s theme of “Justice. Equality. Democracy.” 

In keeping with that theme, Tony and Grammy Award-winning artist Renee Elise Goldsberry performed the inspirational song “People Get Ready,” once sung by Aretha Franklin whose music was highlighted throughout the dinner.

“I’m standing on the shoulders of people who did so much more with so much less,” said Stevenson during his acceptance speech. “My grandfather realized that slavery didn’t end in 1865, it evolved. So he taught his daughter – my grandmother – that she had to fight. We cannot celebrate civil rights if we’re not willing to fight. We’ve got to fight!”

 

Special thanks to National Equal Justice Awards Dinner honorary chairs Kenneth and Andrea Frazier, co-chairs Angela Vallotand Kim Koopersmith and the entire LDF staff.

 

For video highlights from #NEJAD18, visit naacpldf.org.

 

About the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization and has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF.

Independence Day Celebrations 15 August 2018 at Consulate General of India, New York

72nd Independence Day of India - 15 August 2018

On the occasion of 72nd Independence Day of India, Consul General, Sandeep Chakravorty hoisted the National Flag at the Consulate premises in the morning of 15 August. It was followed by the playing of the National Anthem. Consul General read out President’s Address to the Nation delivered on the eve of the Independence Day.

2. More than 200 people including prominent members of the Indian community and local dignitaries including Congresswoman Grace Meng, Assemblyman David Weprin, Assemblyman Raj Mukherjee, Senator Vin Gopal and also Bollywood actor Anupam Kher attended the ceremony.

3. A short cultural program was held by Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, which included singing of patriotic songs and poetry recitation.

4. At the initiative of local Indian community organizations, iconic monuments in New York and surrounding areas were lit up on the occasion with the colors of the Indian flag. These included the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls among others.

5. This year, on the occasion of India's Independence Day, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) sponsored a seven member group consisting of acclaimed Kathak dancers - Sandip Mallick & group with Anuj Mishra and group to present Kathak! A short glimpse of their performances were shown during the morning ceremony.

6. The team in collaboration with this Consulate & Battery Dance Company will be performing at Robert F. Wagner Park this evening; Saraswathi Hall, The Hindu Temple Society of North America on August 16 and finally at Navatman's Drive East Festival on August 17 before heading to Dallas for other scheduled performances.

7. PTC Broadcasting did a live telecast of today's event; link: https://www.facebook.com/USAPTCPunjabi/videos/244289326412218/

15 August 2018 New York

Jamie Foxx bringing “shade” in Manhattan, with Privé Revaux Eyewear

Jamie Foxx in Manhattan bringing “shade” by Lapacazo Sandoval—special to Amnews .jpeg

I was strolling in Manhattan and minding my own business, and I ran right into a sly Foxx!

Academy Award-winning and all over “good guy” Jamie Foxx stepped into the eyewear industry, teaming up with Privé Revaux Eyewear a company that’s describe as being “built on a shared passion for style and quality with the goal of making it accessible in ways never seen until now. “

Mr. Foxx, one of the company’s brand partners stopped by the mid-town Manhattan location, which has a subway car prop in the rear, and the party started.  He “literally” entered to the sounds of salsa music being played by a popular Bronx band. Sporting a Louis Vuitton backpack that just might be a custom design, the gifted funny, funny, funny Foxx flirted as he moved through the crowd.

Foxx was loaded with jokes but when it came to talking about the frames on his handsome face, he was all about the business.  

“Every one of the Privé Revaux sunglasses is just $29.95. That’s like nothing, you can lose...like three, and come back and buy three more,” Foxx joked. “Here’s the thing, I mean, you don’t have to spend a billion dollars to look great. Right?  I thought what if we do an affordable eyewear under $30? Even though it’s inexpensive, we’ll make sure we don’t spare any cost when it comes to making the product.”

He continued:  "Anything I wear and I post on Instagram, people automatically think it's high end.  That gave me an idea. I picked up the phone. I made 'that call' and bam affordable hotness."

The connection that Foxx was referring to was with “serial” entrepreneur David Schottenstein whose idea is to simply “disrupt” the eyewear market. To do that, and to ensure the brand’s success he turned to Foxx, as well as Hailee Steinfeld and Ashley Benson, who are all style ambassadors. 

There are over 100 handcrafted and polarized designer frames (each costing $29.95) and it’s about the Privé Revaux Eyewear quality.   Each of the 100+ Privé styles is named to evoke a persona, from The Artist and The Socialite to The Boss and The Godfather, all to show that everyone can be anyone when you reframe yourself with Privé Revaux.

“What I love, what I really love,” said Foxx as he danced through the crowd, “is giving people quality and style. Style and quality. Quality…and style…and at a price that won’t lean on their wallets and that’s Privé Revaux Eyewear."

7 FREE things to do for New Year's Eve in NYC!

New York City and New Year's Eve have lot more in common than just sounding similar by being called NYC and NYE! NYC is synonymous with NYE celebrations, the best known and most popular event being the New Year's BALL DROP at TIMES SQUARE. But if you do not have the patience to stay out like that for hours and hours, in this freezing East Coast cold, there are few other FREE things that you could do to celebrate New Year's Eve in New York City.

  • NYRR Midnight Run & Fireworks in Central Park: It's not FREE to participate in the run, but it is free to watch and party in Central Park. The party starts at 10 pm, with a LIVE DJ. And you enjoy the amazing fireworks too. You can also go and do some ice skating at Wollman Rink.
  • Staten Island Ferry Ride: It's a fun ride (for FREE!) to take any time of the year, but on New Year's Eve, you can enjoy the fireworks in Manhattan (also Brooklyn and Jersey City) while admiring the NYC skyline. You can also buy drinks and snacks, from the bar on the boat. Plus they have a toilet (unlike Times Square Ball Drop). Just make sure to get your winter coat, and stay warm!
  • NYE Fireworks in Prospect Park: Enjoy amazing fireworks with the background of beautiful NYC skyline at Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Just make sure to RSVP.
  • NYE Celebration and Fireworks at Coney Island: Coming into its fourth year, guests can dance to live music throughout the night and watch some of Coney Island's most notable side show performances. Enjoy a fireworks display at the stroke of midnight at this free family-friendly celebration. Free live entertainment begins at 9:00 p.m. at the Steeplechase Plaza. Free admission starts at 6:00 p.m. on the B&B Carousel. And a lot more. Enjoy!
  • Hang around Times Square (SECRET TIP!): You may not be the "IN" crowd, being inside, but you can walk close to the celebrations, like around 40th Street, or 50th Street, on Broadway or 7th Av. You can go to a bar or pub, or just hang outside around midnight. You can hear the noise, you can somehow hear the music, and still be part of the fun from outside. Better than standing in the crowd, in cold, for hours and hours. And you an walk to the center after midnight, and get some pictures (and even claim that you were there!).
  • Just go to a bar/pub/restaurant: That's an easy one, you are in NYC! Go to a bar, pub, restaurant or anything. Most places have some special or something going on for the NYE. Specially bars and pubs. Just step out of house and walk in to any of the places. You'll have a good time. It's NYC!
  • Or just STAY HOME, and watch TV: Honestly, in this freezing cold, it's never a bad idea. That's what I'm going to do. Watch the BALL DROP on TV, or any of the Holiday or New Year's special movies, or Netflix/Amazon/Hulu. There's so much going on, that you can have an amazing time, just at home. And there's social media (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram etc etc) to connect with your friends and family, as you celebrate and welcome the New Year's. 

HAVE A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR'S EVE AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!

TOP 5 places for Holidays in NYC: Beautiful Christmas Decorations, Holiday Shopping, Ice Skating & LOT MORE!

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New York City is an amazing place to be at, all year round. But Holiday season becomes even more special with so many amazing things that pop up in NYC, that are unique to this wonderful city. Here are our top suggestions for THINGS TO SEE/DO in NYC during Holiday season:

  • Rockefeller Center: The biggest and best Christmas tree in NYC, and maybe the entire world is at Rockefeller Center. It's FREE and open to public everyday from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm, until January 7th. While you are there, you can also enjoy some iceskating and go visit the Rockefeller Center itself.
  • Bryant Park: If we are talking about Christmas Tree and Ice Skating, another amazing place in NYC would be Bryant Park. The winter time is the time for WINTER VILLAGE at Bryant Park. It brings amazing pop-up shops which have some cool crafts, art, holiday gifts and so much more. You have to be there to check it out. Ice Skating is free, if you have your own skates, else your an rent them for just $20. Time for Ice skating, holiday shopping, and rinkside dining make magical winter memories!
  • Central Park: Another iconic place to do ice skating in NYC would be the one and only, Wollman Skating Rink at CENTRAL PARK. It's not free like Bryant Park, but it's lot of fun to skate under the stars, surrounded by trees in middle of Manhattan, in the amazing Central Park. You can also enjoy, to of other mazing things that Central Park has to offer.
  • Times Square: The host to NYC New Year's Ball Drop, Times Square is one of the most visited place in the world. Filled with some amazing marquees, shops, characters and so much more, it's always a fun place to check out. And if you are around on New Year's eve, go checkout the Ball Drop as well. Or you can just watch it on TV in cozy environment and enjoy Times Square before or after. There' also a cool Holiday Market filled with amazing pop-up shops, on Broadway between 39 & 41 street, in Garment District. Make sure to check that out too!
  • Macy's New York: Macy's and 34th Street  in Manhattan, New York have an iconic connection to Christmas and Holidays. So, you definitely do not want to miss the holiday fun at Macy's. From there cool beautiful HOLIDAY WINDOWS right outside, to decorations inside, it's sure something that will delight all the young ones, and some adults as well. Plus you can shop at the biggest departmental store in the world, a delight for everyone.

Also, all of this can be covered in one day, if you like. Start from 34th Street at Macy's, walk to Times Square, then to Bryant Park, followed by Rockefeller and then Central Park. They are all not too far away from each other. So much fun, with family, with your loved one, with friends or even just by yourself. NYC is the best place to be for Holidays. Enjoy!

Checkout the video at the link below, to see a walk I did from Macy's to Bryant Park.

https://www.facebook.com/myNewYorkeye/videos/1712236638828364/

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!