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On Friday, January 1, 2010 at 2:00 pm, the Poetry Project hosts the 36th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading, welcoming the New Year with over 140 writers, musicians, dancers and artists. Some of the poets/performers include: Penny Arcade, Yoshiko Chuma, Steve Earle, John Giorno, Taylor Mead, Judith Malina, Jonas Mekas, Eileen Myles, and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.
Tickets at the door are $18, $15 for students and seniors, and $10 for Poetry Project members. All proceeds benefit the continued existence of the Poetry Project, currently in its 44th season. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Refreshments will be available. The Poetry Project is wheelchair-accessible with assistance and advance notice (please call 212-674-0910 for more information).
Said poet Eileen Myles, "The New Year’s Benefit is living proof that every year the Poetry Project is a new community in process. The avant garde, the queers, the beats, the others, the riff raff, the radicals… it’s the apres New Year’s party you never want to miss. You just want to see what happens this year."Founded in 1966 by the late poet and translator Paul Blackburn, The Poetry Project has been a crucial venue for new and experimental poetries for over three decades. Time Out New York, in its “Essential New York” issue, which listed the Project as one of “101 Reasons To Be Glad You’re Here,” says: “The Poetry Project remains a major forum for experimental poets, a meeting place for literary types and an important part of what remains of the city’s counter-cultural spirit.” Now in its 44th season, the Poetry Project offers a Monday night reading/performance series, a Wednesday night reading series, a Friday late-night event series, three weekly writing workshops, the quarterly Poetry Project Newsletter, and an annual print journal, The Recluse.Some of the most exciting and relevant writers and artists working today gather in the Sanctuary and Parish Hall of the historic St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery for a day and night of engaged and inflammatory performance—proving that works of nonconformist art and their attendant political hopes and visions still exist in our world. The Daily News called the event “New York’s Other Marathon…not for the artistic faint of heart [but] for seekers of something wildly, jaw-droppingly different.” And the Village Voice described it as “short attention span theater on a marathon loop, with a flotilla of deviant craft kicking out quick, hot flashes of dissidence in the age of prigs and punishers.”
Admission: $18, $15 for students and seniors, and $10 for Poetry Project members. Subways: L to 1st or 3rd Ave / N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St – Union Square The Poetry Project is wheelchair accessible. For a full list of poets and more info go to: www.poetryproject.org
the 36th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon ReadingFriday, Jan. 1, 2010The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church 131 E. 10th St. at 2nd Ave212-674-0910NYC
September is unofficially Juliette Binoche month at the Brooklyn Academy of Music: the incandescent French actress is featured in in a film retrospective and also appears in the flesh in In-I, in which she dances with co-director and choreographer Akram Kahn. If, like some of her films, In-I ultimately disappoints, it’s another daring decision in the career of a fearless performer.The hour-long In-I, performed in front of an imposing wall designed by artist Anish Kapoor, is a “theater-dance piece“ that shows the continual tug-of-war in any relationship, from its beginnings to its eventual breakdown. Its hybrid aspect—there are dancing, miming, monologues, even awkward physical comedy—is likely the reason it doesn’t come off, since it’s trying to be too many things at once; its relatively brevity means there’s not enough time for In-I to be anything more than a highlights reel from some longer, more cohesive work.Still, this collaboration between a daring actress and an adventurous choreographer-dancer has its pleasing moments (the actress Velcroed to the wall for her final monologue is a particular delight), and Binoche’s fierce determination to keep up with Kahn‘s graceful movements is most commendable. There was a scary moment on opening night, when Binoche audibly hit her head on the hard floor while executing a particularly difficult move with Kahn—there were several gasps from audience members around me, but the fearless Binoche just kept going.The BAMCinematek retrospective of Binoche films, through September 30, shows the award-winning actress‘ range: you can catch her Best Actress (Cesar) turn in Blue on September 21 and Best Supporting Actress (Oscar) performance in The English Patient on September 28, but films she made with cinema’s most well-regarded directors are worth catching.In Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Flight of the Red Balloon, Binoche is wonderful as a harried single mom whose young son wanders Paris with his Asian babysitter (Sept. 20), while Olivier Assayas’ elegant character study Summer Hours (September 27) contains one of her most indelible portrayals as a middle-aged daughter dealing with her mother’s death and the future of the family’s estate. There’s also her heartfelt turn as an actress playing Mary Magdalene in Abel Ferrara’s Mary (September 29), and her unforgettable performances in a pair of contentious explorations of racism, cultural insensitivity and terrorism by Austrian l’enfant terrible, Michael Haneke: Cache (September 26) and Code Unknown (Sept. 26).Both onstage and onscreen, Juliette Binoche’s luminous presence lights up BAM this month.
In-I BAM Harvey Theater 651 Fulton StreetBrooklyn September 15-26, 2009 Rendezvous with Juliette Binoche BAM Cinematek 30 Atlantic AvenueBrooklyn September 11-30, 2009 bam.org
The New York Television Festival (NYTVF) was founded in 2005 as the industry's first recognized independent television festival, providing a platform to elevate the work of artists creating for the small screen. Held annually each fall in New York City, the birthplace of modern television, the Festival unites artists, executives, industry figures, and fans together in one forum to celebrate the medium and to help shape its future.The NYTVF's Independent Pilot Competition has established a pipeline allowing producers, writers, and directors to showcase their original TV pilots directly to the decision-makers of the industry. In its first three years, the Festival has featured acclaimed independent pilots that were purchased by networks such as NBC Universal, A&E, and Versus, and that landed a number of TV producers and creators in meetings with major networks and production companies.
The NYTVF offers the next generation of storytellers unprecedented access to development executives and producers looking for the next hit show. All you need is an idea and a video camera.Along with the Independent Pilot Competition, the Festival presents parties, seminars, and other special events designed to honor television as an institution and as an art form. In 2006, the Festival launched its first “Premiere Week” screening series, which last year featured star-studded, red-carpet debuts of new fall shows from major networks such as NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, The CW, and HBO.
In 2008, the NYTVF launched its first ever Industry Day, inviting some of the biggest names in the industry to discuss contemporary issues and future trends affecting both casual fans and TV insiders. The inaugural Digital Day was also presented with MSN, providing a forum for discussions and screenings highlighting the creative frontiers of digital serialized content.With new platforms and technologies outpacing the current supply of programming, there has never been a better opportunity for aspiring television creators to have their voices heard. The NYTVF spotlights talented artists with the vision and creativity to invigorate the television landscape. Now, for the first time, the doors to television are open.
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