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New York: Stephen Karam and members of the cast of The Humans: discussion and signing

May 12, 2016 at Drama Book Shop in New York.

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The Drama Book Shop is thrilled to welcome acclaimed playwright Stephen Karam and members of the cast of his smash hit play The Humans for a discussion and signing. The event will begin at 5pm in the shop’s Arthur Seelen Theatre.

The Humans, currently playing at The Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway, is a celebrated new play by Stephen Karam. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. Unfolding over a single scene, this delirious tragicomedy (“Chicago Sun-Times”) by acclaimed young playwright Stephen Karam infuses the traditional kitchen-sink family drama with qualities of horror in his portentous and penetrating work of psychological unease (“Variety”), creating an indelible family portrait.

Stephen Karam’s plays include “Speech & Debate” and “Sons of the Prophet,” a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and the winner of the 2012 Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel and Hull-Warriner awards for Best Play. Born and raised in Scranton, PA, he lives in New York City.

Karam will be joined at The Tony Award-winning Drama Book Shop by members of The Humans’ critically acclaimed company, to be announced at a later date. Admission to the discussion is limited. Those who purchase a copy of Theatre Communications Group’s edition of The Humans will be given priority admission. The Drama Book Shop, now celebrating its 99th year, is located at 250 West 40th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. For more information on this and other events, please visit www.dramabookshop.com.

Tickets for The Humans are available at Telecharge. For more information, please visit http://thehumansonbroadway.com.

Address: 250 W 40th St, New York
Stephen Karam and members of the cast of The Humans: discussion and signing

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Bronx: Free Teaching Sessions – Open Program Studio

April 23, 2016 at Andrew Freedman Home in Bronx.

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FREE SESSIONS – OPEN PROGRAM STUDIO
NYC OPEN CHOIR MOVEMENT 2016
OPEN PROGRAM AT THE ANDREW FREEDMAN HOME: LIVING CULTURE IN ACTION
Saturday, April 23th, 11am to 3pm – The Andrew Freedman Home, Bronx, NY

Free working session for whoever is interested: actors, singers. performers, musicians or individuals who just like to sing and interact!

In these free session — open to all kinds of performers and artists and to amateurs and interested youths and elders – led by Mario Biagini and members of the Open Program – participants will work with songs and materials currently explored by the Open Program team, primarily songs of tradition from African-American communities in the American South and Afro-Caribbean songs, a basis of the Workcenter practice since its beginnings in 1986. Participants will also explore the Workcenter’s unique physical training practices – which can be adapted to people of different ages and physical conditions – as a second fundamental avenue through which to approach the actor’s work. Sessions will take place at the Andrew Freedman Home.

The objective of the OPEN PROGRAM STUDIO is to pass on the tools of the actor’s craft as developed by the Workcenter over many years to approach the seed of an organic manifestation – in actions, reactions, interactions, intentions, contacts. What is the relation between the mind, the body and something that is neither mind nor body, something that we could call the heart?

Participants may, if they want, prepare in advance a short “acting proposition” -– a solo scene based on a song and/or on a text. This proposition should be repeatable and precise, with a beginning, middle, and end. The scenes will be worked by participants with guidance from Mario Biagini and Open Program team members.

For more information about THE OPEN PROGRAM STUDIO, and to register, please contact us at nycprojects@gmail.com or come directly and join us for one of the sessions at the Andrew Freedman Home at 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10452. Saturday, April 16th and 23th, from 11am to 3pm.

This spring, at the invitation of Walter Puryear and THE ANDREW FREEDMAN HOME, ten artists of the Open Program, hailing from eight different countries, will spend April 3rd to May 9th in residency in the Bronx, to continue developing their community* grassroots works with New Yorkers. Following several visits to NYC in the past 4 years, including this past fall’s Open Choir Movement 2015, Open Program returns to once again share the fruits of their artistic work with people from local communities through the Open Choir, work presentations, film screenings and The Open Program Studio, free workshops for professionals and amateurs.

Mario Biagini – Associate Director of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, Mario Biagini has been a central contributor to the practical research at the Workcenter for thirty years. Beginning very early in his residency at the Workcenter, Biagini was entrusted by Grotowski with artistic and pedagogical responsibilities that led him almost from the very beginning to direct a team at the Workcenter in which he worked not only as principal actor but also as director. As a well recognized director and teacher, Biagini is regularly invited to speak about his work and the Workcenter’s research and to lead workshops in prestigious schools and artistic institutions across Europe and the United States. Biagini has been a guest teacher or speaker in, among other countries, Italy, France, Poland, Greece, Turkey, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Singapore, China, USA, Tunisia, UK, and Germany, and in prestigious institutions such as The Lincoln Center (New York, USA), The University of Southern California, (Los Angeles, USA), The New York University (New York, USA); Anne Bogart SITI company (New York, USA); John Jay College (New York, USA); La Sapienza University (Rome, Italy), University of Torino (Torino, Italy), La Sorbonne, (Paris, France), Le Collège de France (Paris, France), The Goldsmiths College, University of London (London, UK), Kent University (Canterbury, UK), and many others.

Address: 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx
Free Teaching Sessions – Open Program Studio

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New York: Kelly Hunter and Cracking Shakespeare: BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

May 19, 2016 at Drama Book Shop in New York.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm

The Drama Book Shop proudly welcomes back author, coach, director and actress Kelly Hunter for an encore discussion and signing of her acclaimed book, Cracking Shakespeare. Ms. Hunter signed copies of the technique book in November of 2015, and returns again to popular demand. Ms. Hunter will discuss and sign the book on Thursday, May 19th at 6:00pm.

CRACKING SHAKESPEARE serves to demystify the process of speaking Shakespeare’s language, offering hands-on techniques for drama students, young actors and directors who are intimidated by rehearsing, performing and directing Shakespeare’s plays. For some artists approaching Shakespeare, the ability to capture the dynamic movement of thought from mind to mouth, and the paradox of using the formality of verse to express a realistic form of speech, can seem daunting. CRACKING SHAKESPEARE includes practical techniques and exercises to solve this dilemma – including supporting online video which demonstrate how to embody Shakespeare’s characters in rehearsal and performance – offering a toolkit that will free actors and directors from their fear of Shakespeare

Kelly Hunter is an award winning actor, director and teacher. Over the last thirty years she has performed major roles at the RSC, National Theatre, English Touring Theatre and the Icelandic company Vesturport, working with Sir Peter Hall, Trevor Nunn, Hal Prince and Jerome Savary.

For the RSC she has played Lola in the Blue Angel, Constance in King John, Hermione in The Winters Tale and Goneril in King Lear. She has worked extensively in film, TV and radio.

Kelly is the Artistic Director of Flute Theatre, for whom her most recent production of Hamlet, Who’s There? performed at the Gdansk Shakespeare Festival in August 2015 and will be performing in the UK and Europe next year. In 2014 she created a production of The Tempest for the RSC which she adapted for children with autism and will be performing worldwide in 2016. Kelly is the author of two books, Shakespeare’s Heartbeat, drama games for children with autism published by Routledge and Cracking Shakespeare; A hands-on guide for actors and directors published by Methuen in December 2015. She has directed numerous production of Shakespere for UK and US students including The Tempest, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cymbeline and Macbeth, Twelfth NIght, Macbeth and two productions of Hamlet including an all female prdouction at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. From 2002-2006 she was the artistic director of Touchstone Shakespeare Theatre, which she created to offer Shakespeare to children with no access to the arts. Kelly has created a series of sensory drama games named The Hunter Heartbeat Method, which form her work with children with autism. This methodology has forms the basis of a longitudinal study at Ohio State University.

The Tony Award-winning Drama Book Shop is located at 250 West 40th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. The discussion is free to the public, and copies of the book will be on sale.

Address: 250 W 40th St, New York
Kelly Hunter and Cracking Shakespeare: BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

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Brooklyn: Professionalism in Readership: a Panel Discussion on Divining Like a Pro

May 05, 2016 at Catland in Brooklyn.

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If you missed it this past winter, then you’re in luck because our panel discussion is back by popular request! This time you can launch your questions about pro readership at tarot reader and practicing witch Damon Stang, astrologer and cloumnist Annabel Gat, and Catland co-owner Brian Oaster.

You’ve practiced on friends and family. You’ve read for paying clients at salons or street fairs. You know how to interpret the cards or the stars. But as the popularity of tarot and astrology escalates, how do you set yourself apart from the crowd of young readers hawking their insights in Brooklyn and all around New York?

Join us for a community discussion on how to conduct yourself professionally as a reader and spiritual practitioner, in which a few of Brooklyn‘s most established readers will share their insights on some of the following topics:

-Presenting yourself as a confident authority
-Maintaining appropriate boundaries with clients
-Balancing bedside manner with brutal honesty when delivering difficult messages
-Client retention
-Maintaining your energetic balance and not getting drained
-Scheduling, finances, self-promotion, and the business side of readership

Come prepared to discuss questions you have about the practice, or tough situations you’ve been in with clients, and be prepared to walk away with insights and practical advice you can use to differentiate yourself from the amateurs. Note taking is encouraged; sound and video recording will not be permitted.

$20
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Panel Members:

Damon Stang

‘A reader of cards and efficacious worker of root, candle, and charm.’

At the age of 12, Stang received his first ‘Lenormand Fortune Telling Cards’ from his grandmother (herself a spiritualist, cartomancer and Ouija Board enthusiast) and quickly worked himself up to becoming a passionate scholar of divination with a special focus on Tarot. He trained at street fairs, among Sangoma’s in the Maluti Mountains of South Africa, and in the New York Botanicas of Brooklyn and the Bronx.

He is a lifelong practitioner of witchcraft and root work and is a celebrated member of the New York City magickal community.

Damon’s special emphasis is on Urban Folk Magic. He is Magister of Kings County Coven #1 (as featured in the New York Post), an initiate of Lady Rhea, and a member of the Minoan Brotherhood.

Annabel Gat

Annabel Gat (you may know by her pen name, Licorice Root) is a tarot reader and astrologer certified by the International Society for Astrological Research. Her professional consulting practice began in 2009, and she taught at Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment from 2010 through 2012, before becoming the first resident reader at Catland when the shop opened in 2013.

She has a wildly popular daily and monthly horoscope column with Vice’s women’s interest channel, Broadly, and her horoscopes are a daily feature on Vice’s Snapchat channel.

She’s the advising astrologer to Align.la, a Los Angeles based dating app that pairs singles based on their compatibility.

Her writing on astrology and the occult has also been regularly featured on MTV News and MTV Hive. She was interviewed in Julie Tibbot’s Members Only: Secret Societies, Sects, and Cults Exposed! and she’s been featured in publications such as Dazed and Confused magazine, Bustle.com and more.

Brian Oaster

A grounded reader with practical spiritual advice, Brian O. is an independent mystic who strives to balance his readings with logic, compassion, intuition and realism. Over the years he has given thousands of readings to people all over the world, using the Tarot as a spiritual text for personal unfoldment as well as a divinatory tool to help others along their paths.

After meditating under the instruction of Buddhist monks in Chiang Mai, learning divination at a Goddess of Mercy temple in Singapore, and cutting his teeth as a professional reader at a little bookstore in Melbourne, Brian O. has now set up a practice reading and teaching in New York and is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after spiritual consultants in the city. As owner of Catland Books, he is also a passionate servant of Brooklyn‘s mystical and occult community.

Moderator: Blue June

Address: 987 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn
Professionalism in Readership: a Panel Discussion on Divining Like a Pro

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North Tonawanda: Riviera Theatre 2016 Golf Tournament

June 06, 2016 at Tan Tara Golf Club in North Tonawanda.

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Men & Women Golfers Wanted for the Riviera Theatre 2016 Golf Tournament!

Registration & Lunch at 12PM
Shotgun Start at 1PM

Tan Tara Golf Club
4391 Tonawanda Creek Road
North Tonawanda, NY 14120

(Registration Deadline for Golfers is Friday May 27, 2016)

Price: $125.00 per person for 18 holes of golf:
– Two carts per foursome;
– Buffet lunch 12:00pm;
– Open bar 6:00-7:00pm, dinner to follow – Beer and pop served throughout the day;
– Great door prizes and basket raffles;
– In the event of severe weather conditions, the tournament will be rescheduled.

You may pay with a credit card, or by sending in a check with your registration form. Please mail or scan a copy of your registration form to:

Riviera Theatre
67 Webster Street
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
-or-
Golf@RivieraTheatre.org

Be a part of this great Riviera Theatre Tournament:
(Hole Sponsorship deadline is Wednesday May 27, 2016)
– Golf
– Sponsor a hole
– Donate a gift basket or prizes

Choose a sponsorship level:
• $1,500 Corporate Sponsor: Golf for 4, 4 guest dinners, large sponsor sign, sign on hole, social media mention to over 9,200 people, and mention in weekly email blast to over 14,000 patrons.
• $1,000 Gold: Golf for 4, 4 guest dinners, sign on hole, and social media mention.
• $500 Silver: Golf for 2, 2 guest dinners, sign on hole, and social media mention.
• $100 Hole Sponsorship: Here’s a chance to have your company or business name on the beautiful Tan Tara Golf Course, and show your support of the Historic Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda.

*All Sponsorships along with prize/gift donations will be recognized at the dinner.

Other Corporate Sponsorships Available.
For information, contact: Gary Rouleau, Riviera Theatre Director of Development
Golf@RivieraTheatre.org • 716-692-2413 x410.

All Proceeds benefit the preservation of the Historic Riviera Theatre and Mighty WurliTzer Organ.

Address: 4391 Tonawanda Creek Rd, North Tonawanda
Riviera Theatre 2016 Golf Tournament

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New York: Open Call for May 22nd Performance!

April 24, 2016 at Nola Rehearsal Studios in New York.

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MachineHDance (machinehdance.com), a contemporary modern dance company under the artistic/executive direction of Stephanie Deere, is seeking dance artists for an upcoming performance on Sunday May 22nd from 4-6pm.

Artists should be proficient in modern/contemporary/jazz dance forms and experience with partnering, jazz funk, hip hop, or acrobatics will be a plus. Improvisation in any dance genre will be a portion of the audition, therefore, dancers who excel in forms outside of the modern/contemporary style are very much encouraged to apply.

The audition will take place on Sunday April 24th from 2:30-4:30 pm at Nola Studios – 250 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019 in Studio 5. This performance is unpaid, however a great resume building/networking opportunity!

Please RSVP to reserve your spot by sending a resume and headshot to Stephanie Deere at info@machinehdance.com. Cost to audition is $10 cash.

Address: 250 W 54th St, New York
Open Call for May 22nd Performance!

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Brooklyn: PAUL SWAN IS DEAD & GONE, a part of the FINDINGS Series

May 12, 2016 at South Oxford Space – A Project of A.R.T./New York in Brooklyn.

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Paul Swan is Dead & Gone

Written by Claire Kiechel
Directed by Dan Safer

A part of The Civilians R&D Group FINDINGS series. All the works in this series are FREE but are presented only once. Reserve your ticket to ensure a seat as space is very limited!

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Do you have to be good to be an artist? What makes “bad” art interesting? How can you make a “good” piece about a “bad” artist? My great-great-uncle Paul Swan (1883 – 1972) was many things – a dancer, an actor, a sculptor, a poet, a painter. But what he really wanted was to be famous, he wanted to be acknowledged as one of the great artists of the 20th century. In a way he got his wish – people like Duchamp and Warhol crowded his Lincoln Center studio and made films about him. Not because he was a genius though, because he was making work so outside the spectrum of what anyone considered good – it passed into the boundaries of what we call “camp.”

Claire Kiechel’s (Playwright) plays include: PILGRIMS (Pipeline Theatre Company reading); LULU IS HUNGRY (Cincinnati Playhouse workshop, upcoming Fresh Ground Pepper workshop); UMMA LAPPA SOON (Colt Coeur’s 2013 Play Hotel series, Naked Angels reading, nominated for The Kilroy’s THE LIST); SOME DARK PLACES OF THE EARTH (semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Award and the O’Neill Theatre Conference); PASSENGER (current Finalist for Heideman Award at Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Crashbox production); WOLF PLAY (winner of the 2012 Samuel French OOB Festival, published by Samuel French); WHALE SONG OR: LEARNING TO LIVE WITH MOBYPHOBIA (Fringe NYC 2011). She is a current member of the 2015 Fresh Ground Pepper PlayGround PlayGroup and an alum of the 2014-15 Pipeline PlayLab. She has had residencies at the Millay Colony and The Orchard Project, and was a 2015 Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. BA: Amherst College. MFA: New School for Drama.www.clairekiechel.com

Dan Safer (Director) is the Artistic Director of Witness Relocation, an NYC-based dance/theater company, with whom he has made 20+ shows, including world premieres by Chuck Mee, the english language premiere of Toshiki Okada’s FIVE DAYS IN MARCH (La Mama, Summer Stage), and many original dance/theater pieces, in NYC and internationally at venues like Theatre de Chaillot, Paris, the National Theater in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and Patravadi Theater, Bangkok, amongst others. He recently choreographed and co-directed UBU SINGS UBU (Abrons, Slipper Room, upcoming at A.R.T., BB King’s) with Tony Torn and Julie Atlas Muz. His work as a choreographer has been at BAM, DTW, Danspace, Ash Lawn Opera, and many other places. In 2011, he choreographed Stravinsky’s RITE OF SPRING for Philadelphia Orchestra with Obie-winners Ridge Theater. He was a 2007 recipient of the Six Points Fellowship (Performance) and has won two NY Innovative Theater Awards. Artforum Magazine called him “pure expressionistic danger” and Time Out NY called him “a purveyor of lo-fi mayhem.” He is Head of Movement Training at NYU/ Playwrights Horizons Theater School and a frequent teacher at The Norwegian Theater Academy. He used to be a go-go dancer and once choreographed the Queen of Thailand’s Birthday Party.

Address: 138 S Oxford St, Brooklyn
PAUL SWAN IS DEAD & GONE, a part of the FINDINGS Series

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Seneca Falls: Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

August 20, 2016 at The Gould Hotel in Seneca Falls.

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Ready for Intrigue, Mystery, Drama… and MURDER?

The Gould Hotel is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Night on Saturday, August 20th with Acme Mystery Company!

Tickets include show admission and family style 3 course meal. Overnight packages also availble.

Save the Date!

More details will be coming soon!

Address: 108 Fall St, Seneca Falls
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

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New York: Sa Dance Company 2016 Showcase

April 23, 2016 at Alvin Ailey American Dance Studio in New York.

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The Sa Dance Company (sadancecompany.com) has become one of New York City’s premier Indian dance companies. The company was founded with the mission to increase awareness of Indian Dance in the mainstream and serve as a platform for expressing the Indian-American identity through movement.

Sa’s unique style is inspired by Indian folk, classical, and Bollywood dance as well as jazz, ballet, and contemporary dance.The Sa Dance Company has performed at The Ailey Citigroup Theater, Peabody Essex Museum, Museum of Art & Design, Emelin Theater, NYC Fashion Week as well as many other prestigious events across the country.

Come watch the company’s newest and most popular work being showcased in an intimate setting at The Ailey Studios.

Studio showcase times are as follows:
Saturday, April 23rd, 6:00pm
Saturday, April 23rd, 8:00pm
Sunday, April 24th, 2:00pm

SEATING WILL BEGIN 15 MINUTES BEFORE SHOWTIME.

Showcase will be ~55 mins.

Ticket prices are $15.00 + fees

Sa’s performances have been said to feel like a “spa treatment for your eyes” so make sure to get a ticket to the New York Showcase and treat your friends to a gift they will long remember!

Sa Dance Company 2016 Showcase

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Babylon: First Annual Babylon Masonic Lodge Fundraiser – Long Island Challenger Baseball Jamboree

June 10, 2016 at Babylon Lodge No. 793 F. & A. M. in Babylon.

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A $30 donation will support the cause and allow you to enjoy music performed by “BEERNUTZ” {Long Island’s Premier Cover Band playing the best in classic rock, party rock, and dance favorites}, beer/wine/soda, complimentary buffet, and great company.

Seating is Limited – Please Reserve Early! Contact Chano (631) 835-7293 or Anthony (631) 943-1110 for tickets.

Challenger Baseball is open to all children with disabilities from ages 5 to 21. The fundamental goal of the Challenger Division of Little League Baseball is to give challenged athletes a chance to play baseball to the best of their ability. Playing with official baseball equipment on Little League fields, Challenger Division players learn not only the fundamentals of baseball, but also how it feels to pull together as a team, being cheered on by family and friends. With your support the Annual Long Island Challenger Baseball Jamboree will be a memorable day for all of Long Island’s exceptional athletes, their families, and all in attendance.

The 2016 Long Island Challenger Baseball Jamboree is set to take place on September 25, 2016 at the Town of Oyster Bay Burns Park Complex, located in Massapequa, NY. The event is designed to bring awareness to both the Challenger Division of Little League Baseball and to those Challenger Baseball programs that serve our Challenger Athletes here on Long Island.

To learn more about this event, visit www.longislandjamboree.com
or
Visit our Facebook Page:
Challenger Baseball – Long Island Jamboree

Address: 250 W Main St, Babylon
First Annual Babylon Masonic Lodge Fundraiser - Long Island Challenger Baseball Jamboree

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