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New York: Bossa Nova Brunch

November 01, 2015 at SOB’s (Sounds of Brazil) in New York.

No brunch in the greater NYC area can transport you to the Copacabana beaches of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil like SOB’s Bossa Nova Brunch can. Indulge in a Sunday brunch getaway like no other as SOB’s pampers all of your senses. The 3 Course Prix Fixe menu will cater to every one of your taste buds; as the house band performs live, seducing your ear buds with sultry sounds of sexy Bossa. Master Chef, Jorge Lima has crafted a menu to stimulate and accommodate his guests with beautiful dishes that make your eyes fill up with lust. Dishes such as the exquisite Carioca Chicken, the Feijoada (a traditional Brazilian stew) and the Ipanema Classic Steak & Eggs… just to name a few. Your Bossa Nova brunch experience truly begins when you walk in the door and take in the scent of the tropical breeze that fill the air. As soon as you cozy up in the restaurant’s newly renovated plush furniture, you can get starter with a choice of tropical yogurt, assorted empanadas, homemade-style soups or the freshest salad north of the equator. SOB’s takes their Bossa Nova brunch over the top with their Perfect Sangria (literally perfect sangria), which comes included with your brunch …did we mention the Sangria was unlimited? Yes, unlimited! Well recommended for every one, individuals and large groups alike. The one down side it that the brunch is only available on Sundays 12pm-4pm. All in all, SOB’s Bossa Nova Brunch is a wonderful way to escape your mind, relax your body and soothe your soul on a Sunday afternoon. (204 Varick Street – Corner of 7th Avenue and Houston Street)

Address: 204 Varick St, New York
Bossa Nova Brunch

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New York: Thursday Forum: CZECH PHOTOGRAPHY

November 19, 2015 at Czech Center New York in New York.

Eminent art professors from Prague schools, FAMU (Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts) and UMPRUM (Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague) will give presentation on some of the topics of Czech photography and will be accompanied by a live performance “NFMRC 15“.

Tomáš Pospiszyl: The Politics of Intimacy; Czechoslovak Performance of the Seventies and its Remakes

The lecture enquires into the motivations behind the contemporary restaging of the works of Jan Mlčoch and Jiří Kovanda, Czech performance artists active in the 1970s. The Rafani, Daniela Baráčková and Barbora Klímová were attracted primarily by those works that in various ways test individual freedom. The performances of the 1970s are often perceived as an expression of dissent with the politics of the period. In the case of Jiří Kovanda, the form of his documentation is even compared with the form of the secret police file. The contemporary remakes of the performances of the 70s in the Czech environment play the role of a critical comparison of the totalitarian society and liberal democracy. They demonstrate that today the public space is a place in which are manifested the instruments of social control. In contrast to the remakes of the classic performances conducted in the spirit of their academization, discussed reconstructions bring our attention back to the present day.

Karel Císař: The Sun on the Image. Institutional critique in two installations by Jiří Kovanda and in his follower’s works

Installation 5 (Glass Plate in the Forlorn Gallery) from 1979 and The Sun on the Image from 1980 have a special place in his early work. At first glance it could seem to be a late reaction to minimalism by Carl Andre and Robert Morris, whose texts were also translated by Kovanda. But when he chose a glass plate for his intervention, he broke up with neutrally understood phenomenological space in favor of institutional space. It is not therefore a late reaction to minimalism but completely contemporary demonstration of institutional critique, which was recently taken up by a new generation of Czech artists.

Lea Petříková a Franz Milec: NFRMC 15

Subversive tactics are not always aimed at “big politics“. They include small acts like in the work by Ľubomír Durček, one of the most famous Slovak conceptualists. In 70s and 80s, in the time of normalization, he addressed his subtle attacks against the establishment – not the communist government but against the submissive residents.

One of his works – situation NFRMC – Information about hands and people which he performed in 1982, have now been remade and appropriated. Originally Durček found 6 unknown people, who he took to the border of a town and countryside, to the the land of nobody, where there are ‘things depredating the nature to the level of junkyard.” He covered their eyes and did not allow them to speak. They could only touch each other by hand and get know each other in this way. After some time he let them leave but in such a way they could never communicate about this incident.

Pavel Vančát: Czech postPhotography: Transformation of Modernity

The lecture tries to describe the trajectory of Czech Photography development from exclusive modern image to contemporary photography in expanded filed” using the examples of important Czech authors (Jan Svoboda, Lukáš Jasanský/Martin Polák, Markéta Othová, Jiří Thýn).

Tomáš Dvořák: The Contemporaneity of Photography

The concept of contemporaneity has become a fundamental concern of both arts and theory of the present day. Using the example of several recent photographic works, the lecture will discuss technical conditions of contemporaneity and ask the double question of what makes photography contemporary and what makes contemporaneity photographic.

Address: 321 E 73rd St, New York

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Brooklyn: Andy Statman Band in concert

November 22, 2015 at Congregation Kol Israel in Brooklyn.

The Jewish Music Cafe and Congregation Kol Israel invite you to attend our inaugural event.

1-Short Film, American premier of Hearts in Heaven. A short avant-garde remembrance of destroyed synagogues of Europe. This will be accompanied by a live performance of the soundtrack with The Elie Massias Trio.

2-On the same night we are pleased to have The Andy Statman Band. Andy has recorded over 30 albums. He is a master of bluegrass-klezmer and Chassidic melodies.

Congregation Kol Israel was founded in 1924. It’s beautiful structure is on the list of historic landmarks.

Tickets are $15



Address: 603 Saint Johns Pl, Brooklyn
Andy Statman Band in concert

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Upper Jay: Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra

November 06, 2015 at Upper Jay Art Center in Upper Jay.

Friday, November 6

7pm – Salsa and Merengue Dance Instruction!

8pm – Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra

Tickets $15, Students Free, Reservations 946-8315

Formed October 1980 in Amsterdam, NY, this 12 piece orchestra is led by the Bronx-born bassist Alex Torres. They have been presented by hundreds of festivals, performing arts centers and events annually to perform their original blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms such as Salsa, Merengue, Cha-cha, Bomba, Plena and Latin Jazz.

Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra have performed for President Bill and Hillary Clinton at the New York State Democratic Convention and also for the inaugurations of New York Governors George Pataki and Eliot Spitzer. They have shared the stage and billings with such major acts as Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Arturo Sandoval, Luis “Perico†Ortiz, Ray Barretto, Branford Marsalis, The Count Basie and Woody Herman Orchestras and many more.

In addition to commercials, they have written and performed their music for PBS, several TV movies and shows, motion pictures and video game soundtracks.

The group is also registered with the Arts-In-Education Program of New York State. This program brings the orchestra into schools to showcase and explain the music, instruments and rhythms associated with its music.

Join us at 7pm for latin dance instruction to help you groove to Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra at 8pm!

Address: Junction of Route 9N & Springfield Road, Upper Jay
Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra

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Ossining: Free Film Screening by the Ossining Doc & Discussion Series:IVORY TOWER

November 19, 2015 at The Ossining Public Library in Ossining.

As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), IVORY TOWER asks: Is college worth the cost?

From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to Silicon Valley, filmmaker Andrew Rossi assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point.

Through interviews profiled at several universities IVORY TOWER reveals how colleges in the United States, long regarded as leaders in higher education, came to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning. Along the way we also find unique programs, from Stanford to the free desert school Deep Springs to the historically black all women’s college Spelman, where the potential for life-changing college experiences endure. A documentary that questions the cost — and value — of higher education in the United States.

Film Trailer

Address: 53 Croton Ave, Ossining
Free Film Screening by the Ossining Doc & Discussion Series:IVORY TOWER

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November 24, 2015 at Czech Center New York in New York.

Multi media program held throughout the Bohemian National Hall containing video screenings and live performances by FAMU (Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague), HAMU (Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague) and DAMU ( The Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague).

Address: 321 E 73rd St, New York

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Oswego: Maximizing Social Media as a Small Business Owner

November 05, 2015 at Women’s Network for Entrepreneurial Training in Oswego.

Do you have a great story to tell but don’t know how to share it? Or who to share it with? Many small business owners and entrepreneurs are facing the same dilemma. Fortunately, you don’t have to continue to be one of them.

Berenice Bonilla will share helpful tips for creatively and effectively sharing your company’s story, products, events and more, at the next Women’s Network for Entrepreneurial Training’s (WNET) monthly breakfast meeting, Thursday, November 5th, 8 a.m. at Operation Oswego County, 44 West Bridge Street, Oswego. Attend the session to learn helpful traditional and new media how-to’s and receive a basic overview of ways to deliver a memorable message in today’s diverse and rapidly evolving media landscape.

**The cost for attendance is $15 for all. A light breakfast will be provided by Aunt Mary’s Italian Cookies and Catering.

WNET is supported locally by Operation Oswego County, Dianne with BeautiControl and By Detail.

Pre-registration is required for each seminar, and may be made by calling Operation Oswego County, weekdays, at 315-343-1545, or via e-mail elivoti@oswegocounty.org. Payments may also be made via Credit Card on our website.

For more information about WNET, visit http://www.oswegocounty.org/WNET/index.html.

Address: 44 W Bridge St, Oswego
Maximizing Social Media as a Small Business Owner

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New York: BG FICTION (NY)GHTS with Bulgarian author ALEK POPOV

November 10, 2015 at New York in New York.


If you miss Alek Popov at the New Literature from Europe Festival (6-9 November 2015), the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation (EKF) has ensured a second opportunity for you to meet him within the November edition of the EKF’s annual BG FICTION (NY)GHTS.

10 November (Tuesday) 2015
7:00 PM
Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria, 121 East 62nd Street, Nеw York, NY 10065
Alek Popov in a conversation with Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Frank on his novel “The Black Box” (Peter Owen Publishers, UK, 2015)

13 November (Friday) 2015
1:00 PM
Hunter College (by invitations only!)
Students discuss Alek Popov’s short story “Performing Writers”
Facilitators: Linda Stein and Milena Deleva
Read another short story by Popov here:

The BG FICTION (NY)GHTS event series is a project idea of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, implemented with the support of the America for Bulgaria Foundation.

BG FICTION (NY)GHTS with Bulgarian author ALEK POPOV

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Oneonta: *** Annual Christmas Tree Lighting ***

December 03, 2015 at Muller Plaza in Oneonta.

The single most beautiful evening in Oneonta~~~~~

Join us on Thursday, December 3rd, for what promises to be an evening filled with music and smiles. Lets celebrate the season, with alpacas, Santa Claus, horse-drawn carriage rides, dancers in the windows of your favorite stores, and music ~ ~ ~
Music EVERYWHERE – there will be LIVE music from some of our areas best vocalists at Muller Plaza.
Don’t miss the sounds of the season as Jeff Wood, Judy Pitel, Michael J Gray, Shelly R Ashley, Leah Echstein, Jessica Schneider, Jennifer Insetta, Liz Walker, Marty Kuhn and Terri Whitney perform all of your favorites. Wendy and Jeff of Northernstar Productions provide sound as Gary Herzig lights the Tree.

Support some of this areas local non-profits, as they provide opportunities to purchase goods….

Support your community, grab dinner on Main Street and take in the sites, the music, and the feeling of the holidays.

Experience the most beautiful night Oneonta offers ~

Brought to you by Destination Oneonta (MSO)

*** Annual Christmas Tree Lighting ***

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New York: Nat Towsen’s Downtown Variety Hour: NAT’S BIRTHDAY EDITION

November 02, 2015 at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, East Village in New York.

30 years ago, a baby was born at St. Vincent’s hospital. He grew up on the Bowery amongst the junkies and winos and punks. And though that hospital has since closed, and the Bowery now features more brunch than punks, he has carried with him the spirit of creativity and chaos that made downtown Manhattan so wonderful and terrifying.

Join your host Nat Towsen as he presents a lineup of his favorite performers for a special birthday show. If you’d like to give him a birthday gift, he’d love for you to tell a friend about this show:

Marina Franklin
* Seen in the recent Judd Apatow film Trainwreck
* Seen on Louie, The Jim Gaffigan Show, AND Chappelle’s Show

An interview with Mark DeGarmo
* Dancer extraordinaire
* Founder of Mark DeGarmo Dance, which provides dance education to underserved schools

Justin Tyler
* Co-creator of IFC’s Unique New York
* Co-creator of Comedy Central’s Strong Island

NYC Trivia with Jamela Zarha Williams
* Win pizza and comics from our sponsors!
* With guest host Jamela Zarha Williams of @High. How Are You?

Sponsored by Prestone Printing, Forbidden Planet NYC, and Two Boots Pizza.

Patrons under 16 must be accompanied by a plausible adult.

Address: 153 E 3rd St, New York
Nat Towsen

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