I never imagined that I would be viewed as a celebrity. I still can hardly believe it when people see me in public and actually scream, “Oh my God. It's Hattie!” As often as not, they hug and kiss me, tell me they love me and ask if I would take a picture with them. And this isn't a rare occurrence. A day doesn't pass without several people recognizing me, and excitedly expressing how thrilled they are to see a “real celebrity” in the flesh.
When Debra Ehrhardt was an 18-year-old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup. With the help of the love-struck American, she decided to squeeze through the pinhole of opportunity and out of Jamaica. Her journey was blocked by many obstacles: an alcoholic father, a bible-spouting mother, the price of an airline ticket, and U.S. government suspicions.
Come see NYC Vocal and Songwriting Coach, Shelly Wade knock it out of the park with The Boys and Girls of Summer. Rookie and veteran singers of all ages also grace the stage, representing musical icons such as Sara Bareillas, Cole Porter, The Beatles, Bob Marley, and many more.
Shelly Wade Studios: The Boys and Girls of Summer
June 9, 6:00pm
Cabaret Theatre @ The Duplex
61 Chtistopher Street @ 7TH Avenue
Join Gabrielle Seltz TODAY for a reading and discussion from her new book with the great Frederic Tuten, author, most recently, of Self-Portraits: Fictions. In 1958, Selz moved to New York, where her father, Peter Selz, would begin his job as the chief curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art. He would carry on to champion a generation of modern artists, some the most celebrated of the day: Rothko, de Kooning, and Tinguely.
Join HERE Monday,June 16th for a night of heavenly eats, astronomical performances, and one planetary party at HERE's 2014 Gala. HERE builds a community that nurtures career artists as they create innovative hybrid live performance in theatre, dance, music, puppetry, media and visual art. Their artist residencies support the singular vision of the lead artist through commissions, long-term development, and production support and is a destination for audiences who are passionate about ground-breaking contemporary work and the creative process behind it.
Right Now, Fabrizio Sotti's latest full-length solo album, is a beautiful fusion of musical worlds: one that continues to speed up and one that refuses to change. The world-renownedvItalian jazz guitar virtuoso, producer, and songwriter says of his inspiration, "Where society is at the moment, everybody is freaking out about the future. I want people to immerse themselves in a peaceful journey whenthe y hear this album and try to enjoy living in the moment." See him at the Highline Ballroom Wednesday, June 4th.
Each summer, FIGMENT NYC transforms Governors Island into a large-scale collaborative artwork. Opening weekend is on Saturday June 7th and Sunday June 8th is the event kick-off celebration. At FIGMENT visitors will find works in every imaginable medium including sculpture, installation, performance, music, workshops, games, social experiments, and heart-stopping technological innovations that change the way we see the world… and visitors are invited to bring something, too!
Loosely inspired by Ionesco’s absurdist classic, The Chairs creates a post-apocalyptic world in which an old woman, portrayed by a 10-foot puppet, invites guests to hear an important message about the meaning of life. One by one, a collection of 25 chairs appears, each one a unique performing object with something important to say. Judith Malina (of The Living Theatre) stars. Skipitares' chairs are incarnations of people like Malala, Stephen Hawking and Nelson Mandela and their messages are, well, not absurd. Ionesco is himself a chair in this play, as are Gertrude Stein, Malala, Ai Wei Wei, Stephen Hawking and 25 others. Playing through June 8th.
For years I would look at people, places and things, always finding fault. I would zero in on details that I believed should be different and wondered why they didn't correspond to what I believed was the “right” way. We often are told that age brings wisdom. Of course, with my obsession for being youthful, wisdom felt like a booby prize. Now, happily, that is no longer the case. It occurred to me that my style of seeing that things that should be done “my way” was robbing me of the opportunity to view life through the eyes of others.