Arts & Entertainment

 

The Art Mob is playing it straight (sort of). Buster Keaton straight.  Bob Newhart straight. The sly word, the hidden jab, the slightly raised eyebrow. Combine that with their penchant for doing music by folks who are long dead. Oh, and add the occasional Tin Pan Alley tune to the mix. Deadpan. Tin Pan Alley. Deadpan Alley. Get it? Come hear the Art Mob on Saturday, December 7th, an uncommon a cappella chorus of 17-ish intrepid singers. They will wow you with their patented mix of offbeat, witty, and occasionally heart-rending Victorian parlor songs, Sacred Harp hymns, and radio gospel, with some jazz, country, and new music mixed in.

 


Peggy Jarrell Kaplan will exhibit new portraits of 50 dance artists at the cutting edge of dance through December 21st. Kaplan has been photographing performing artists for more than three decades; and her historic collection is a time-line of contemporary dance, beginning with the iconoclastic Judson Church group in New York and currently including emerging artists from Africa, the Balkans and China. With ‘Glorious Notorious’, Kaplan continues to create a collective portrait of artists who embrace both the flagrant and sublime to push the canon of dance in new directions.


Virginia's House of Hope will present another evening of music and charitable outreach that will feature a set of classical music by a group of renowned and worldly performers followed by a reception upstairs at Carnegie Hall with the works.  100% of the proceeds from this event will go towards children in need in the Tri State area with our various charitable efforts, one of which includes a music program in local public schools where music has been taken away due to budget cuts. Help give back with a night of culture and prestige at our 6th annual charity concert!


The debut EP by Jared Gelman, Lonely Castle in the Cool Crowd has no shortage of party beats and electronic dance vibes. But, lyrically the tone is very different from the sound, which makes this collection entirely unique. Combining his love of music and poetry, Jared paints a picture of his teenage years as they come to life through the speakers. Available for free download today.


Born in Lancaster County, PA in1984, Eric received his BFA with highest honors at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. During his four years at Pratt he received the top foundation award as well as sophomore and junior year painting scholarships.


Breedlove was the very first friend I made in New York when I moved here two years ago. Soon after, he started his weekly Magic Monday event at St. Jerome’s and I’ve been attending it ever since. After I first heard his song “Oh, Pierre!” I started dreaming up videos for his songs. Last May, he asked me to direct the new, Chew Fu-produced version of “New York City Rooftop” and I was so excited to move forward immediately. 


ArtCross has brought work by more than 30 Japanese artists to NYC and promises a show out of the ordinary. Japanese artists will be present, and you don't want to miss the live calligraphy demonstration at the opening reception for Culture on Friday, November 15th.

While residing in a post-World War II displaced persons camp in 1945, a Ukrainian refugee by the name of Ihor Shevchenko discovered George Orwell's anti-communist novel, Animal Farm, and was fascinated by its message. With Orwell's permission and encouragement, he translated the book into Ukrainian under the pseudonym Ivan Cherniatynskyi and published it for distribution to other refugees. This story, and its aftermath, is told by Andrea Chalupa in her book Orwell and the Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm.  Meet Andrea Chalupa on November 15th. She will speak about her book, life in the DP camps, Ihor Shevchenko, and George Orwell. Copies will be available for purchase and signing by the author. 


For starters, I want to be clear that this anecdote is safe for atheists!
My parents brought me up as an atheist. Though my dad was being trained to be a rabbi in his native Poland, experiences he underwent while studying at the “chayda” made him decide that if God allowed abusive treatment to children, there was no God. Now, I have no idea what actually happened. He came from a heritage of rabbis, and his mother was intent on having him follow in the footsteps of the males in his family. In explaining his decision to me, my father related that the students had to take down their pants and receive beatings. In light of the recent reports of sexual violations in the clergy, I suspect it might have been worse than beatings, but, of course, my father would never have shared that... even with his family. 


The cliché of stiff-upper-lip Britons who rarely show emotion is beautifully discredited in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s new production of Terence Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy in association with The Old Vic, directed by Lindsay Posner. Rattigan, a pillar of British theatre in the mid-twentieth century, managed to find the heartbeat under the calm continence of his characters. Rattigan’s case is helped by the stellar cast of this revival who give life to the Winslow family’s problems and feelings, sustained by Peter McKintosh’s sumptuously upper middle class set and costumes that tell as much about the characters as the writing and the acting.


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