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The 10th annual New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend runs from January 6 through 11, 2011 at The Times Center (242 W. 41st Street) in New York City. Completing its first decade, this event pairs NY Times journalists with legends of film, theater, music, television, dance, media and more. Also presented are special events and live performances.Leading the roster of notables on the opening night is Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, Moon for the Misbegotten), who discusses his career as an actor and his role as the creative director for London's Old Vic Theatre. Spacey is followed by Katie Couric, the first female solo anchor of a weekday network evening news broadcast.
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Horse Trade Theater Group (Erez Ziv, Managing Director, Heidi Grumelot, Artistic Director) will present the 5th Annual FRIGID New York Festival, an open and uncensored theatre festival that gives artists an opportunity to let their ingenuity thrive in a venue that values freedom of expression and artistic determination. In true support of theatre on the fringe of the mainstream, 100% of box office proceeds will go directly to the artists. Boasting over 150 performances and 30 shows over 12 days in three theaters, FRIGID New York will kick off the annual North American Fringe Circuit with a bang!Riding the fringe of winter, the hit celebration of independent theater will run February 23 - March 6, 2011 at The Kraine Theater & The Red Room (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery) and UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Ave and Ave A).
A Kind Kind ManWritten by Catherine Weingarten & Directed by Zach StaszPresented by Stasz/Pruitt Productions Queens, NYWhen 14-year-old Flora shows up on Willard's doorstep selling toothpaste with a smile, Willard's repressed masculinity surfaces - triggering desires to drop his perfect muffin baking wife and run off with the unwilling Flora to the Virgin Islands. Dentistry meets Little Red Ridding Hood in this dark and modern farce.The Bitter Poet: Looking for Love in All the Wrong Black Box Performance SpacesPresented by The Bitter Poet New York, NYNew York City’s comic performance artist, The Bitter Poet, performs his guitar-driven poems in this darkly humorous and satirical one-man show about searching for True Love and the contortionists you meet along the way… A high-energy, irreverent celebration of the crazy things we do for love. Boat LoadPresented by Stars and Hearts London, ON Canada Gary is a brilliant actor who needs a thousand dollars to participate in a high-profile performer showcase. Also, his cat needs a thousand dollar operation, but that's too much money to spend on a cat. The Clown and What I OweWritten by Chris EnrightPresented by Comfy Blanket Productions Brooklyn, NYWhen Manbrat and Clown encounter The Creature, their tired act gets a sexy dose of hurly burly. Absurd situations and antic vaudeville shenanigans help them to “remember the fun”, but the cruelty of their entanglements is no comedy.Fate, Fury and Musical Theatre: A Kind of CabaretPresented by The Furies Theatre Company New York, NYIn a panic, a young actress drives from her house in the suburbs of New York until she can't drive anymore. On the beach at the very tip of Long Island, the Three Fates of ancient mythology, androgynous and fabulous, wash onto the shore like Venus on the foam and lead the girl on a journey of self-discovery and showtunes.Fucking GirlsWritten by Ben Thompson & Directed by Paul LeopoldPresented by My Lieges Brooklyn, NYA hilarious and misguided romantic fantasy about a young man “sleeping” his way through his ex-girlfriends en route to find true love, with a couple of major speed bumps along the way.Funny: A trunk showPresented by Denmo Ibrahim San Francisco, CAA solo mash-up of sexy, stupid, ridiculous dreams. Funny: A Trunk Show is a highly physical look-see into the secret of happiness. Brighter than a fruit bowl, bigger than a breadbox, Delilah exposes the world wedged deep within the corners of a single trunk.
Goodnight Lovin’ Trail
Written by John Patrick Bray & Directed by Akia Squitieri
Presented by Rising Sun Performance Company New York, NY
Goodnight Lovin’ Trail is a subtle and touching drama that takes place at a truck stop diner in West Texas, where two desperate and lonely strangers find redemption in each other's eyes while discussing a stolen guitar. The play explores raw human emotions and consequences while these two desperate characters navigate and come to terms with the choices they've made on the road of life.
Hi, How Can I Help You?
Written by Scout Durwood & Directed by Lucile Baker Scott
Presented by Mighty Little Productions Brooklyn, NY
The silly side of the sex industry: a one woman musical. Six women at a NYC house of domination navigate the volatile economy of the sex industry during a recession, the night of Barrack Obama's 2008 presidential election. They laugh, they cry, they roller-skate and hula-hoop.
Presented by Joe Mazza Chicago, IL
Grandiloquent farces of tiny proportion-- or-- desperate puppets want love. Joe Mazza's phantasmagorically raucous world returns to NYC.
I’m Not Sure I Like the Way You Licked Me!
Written & Performed by Bricken Sparacino & Directed by Lori Kee
Presented by Birch & Bricken New York, NY
Through humor, honesty and a little bit of rock and roll, come share with Bricken the battles she has fought, the mountains she has climbed and the licks she has endured.
Inside StraightWritten by George Ridgeway & Directed by Letty CruzPresented by Thousand Eyes Productions New York, NYJohnny Ace is a street-smart surveillance expert. He plays poker with our lives and tells us like it is. A "New Age Noir" detective, he tracks a life-and-death story about the invasion of privacy in our high-tech world.
JapJAPWritten & Performed by Una Aya Osato & Directed by Moises BelizarioPresented by Keep It Movin' Productions New York, NYJapJAP is trying to find out who she is, tearing down borders and tearing off clothes. Her body is her only road map as she embarks on a journey through identity, culture, and history.
Joe: The Perfect ManWritten by Rachelle Elie & Directed by Adam LazarusPresented by Crowning Monkey Toronto, OR CanadaAfter losing his job, Joe’s passion to play all the lead roles in The Scottish Play explodes to the surface. Soon after he stumbles upon a Macbeth Open Call Audition and sees it as his one chance to fulfill his destiny. Through ridiculous failures and absurd attempts at brilliance he stumbles through the opportunity of a lifetime.
Written & Directed by Lauren Rayner New York, NY
Through the integration of dynamic multi-media installations, Mendacity, a solo word-collage, takes you deep inside the mind of a splintering personality wrought with self-loathing and denial over sexual assault. Join us in a rebellious journey of fragmented transcendence and the offering of hope.
The Mysterious Mystery of Mystery StreetWritten & Directed by Sergio SolorzanoPresented by Blame Your Fate Productions New York, NYA beautiful lady in a red dress hires two clueless private eyes to investigate a matter of intrigue, foul play, and homoerotic undertones. Dangerous mystery, mysterious danger, and one big Lonely Sausage.
My Pal Izzy: The Early Life and Music of Irving Berlin
Written by Melanie Gall & Directed by Karen Gall
Presented by Sisterscene Productions Brooklyn, NY
Narrated by Berlin's childhood friend Becky, My Pal Izzy is a musical comedy that explores the early life of famed composer Irving Berlin. From a song plugger to a singing waiter, young Irving would do anything to succeed.
ONEymoon (A Honeymoon for One)Created & performed by Christel BartelsePresented by Dutch Girl Productions Toronto, ON CanadaA solo tour-de-force comedy about a woman who decides to marry herself. Humor, heart and tap-dancing too!
The Oregon Trail: Quest for the West!
Presented by No. 11 Productions New York, NY
Inspired by the iconic game, The Oregon Trail: Quest for the West! is an interactive comedy with music. Join our five brave pioneers on a grueling journey as they fight snakebites, dysentery and meager rations. Will YOU ford the river?
Written by Leah James Abel, Cody Schreger, and Olivia Lehrman
Presented by Awkward at Best Brooklyn, NY
The very last reality show to be made. Are Pretty & Papi the first 'reality' lesbian couple? The 1st immigrant couple? Poster children for love after sixty? Let this zany trio of women take you on an energetic and absurd ride to the future of reality television.
Saving Tania’s PrivatesWritten & Performed by Tania KatanPresented by AJ Epstein Presents Seattle, WAFunny, outrageous and true! This critically acclaimed comedy hit from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival will have you laughing till you weep. A show about far-out families, quirky girlfriends and boobs...but not necessarily in that order.
Scarlet WomanWritten by Matthew Wells & Directed by Rob O’NeilPresented by Sunset Gun Productions Minneapolis, MAScarlet Woman is a two-woman, film noir thriller. This brand-spanking new play is a colorful homage to all the dangerous Delilahs of noir. A fast and furious exploration of all the extreme female archetypes in this genre. One femme fatale, two actresses, twelve characters, and more dead bodies than the last scene of Hamlet.
The Shorebound Swim With a One-Click Kick: A Tragedy of ReasonWritten by Markus Paminger & Directed by Alison CarrollPresented by The Lucky Artist Theater Company Brooklyn, NYA genius removes himself from society and attempts to unlock the science behind the secrets of the human experience; a boy gets his first taste of love, lust and betrayal; and a desperate caretaker struggles to control her destiny in this gripping drama that connects the cerebral with matters of the heart.
There is No Good NewsWritten by David Mogolov & Directed by Steve KleinedlerPresented by The Plant Cambridge, MABringing together bullwhip-armed children, bomb scares, and runaway fryalators, There Is No Good News is Mogolov’s hilarious search for something—anything—he can teach his daughter. Somewhere between Spalding Gray doing slapstick and Mike Birbiglia analyzing McLuhan, Mogolov’s style is relaxed, congenial, and witty, sneaking insights in between near-constant laughs.
Tired Wave Stop!
Written by Steve Boleantu & Directed by Miguel Rivas
Presented by Brave Face Theatre Edmonton, AL Canada
The Sea Captain has one rule: life at sea. But after falling in love with a mermaid, plus taking on a new crewmember, the old man of the sea is forced to examine the costs and rewards of his stubbornness. A grown-up comedic yarn.
We Might Be Experimenting On YouWritten by Kym Bernazky & Melanie JonesPresented by Collision Productions New York, NYDr’s. Bernazky and Jones (PhD, BFA, WTF) are seeking participants in a theatrical research study. Lab rats will be asked to perform various convention-blasting, audience-related tasks. Hijinks and non-slip shoes are required.
Wonder Woman: A How To Guide for Little Jewish GirlsWritten & Performed by Cyndi Freeman Brooklyn, NYTwo-time FringeNYC award-winning writer/performer Cyndi Freeman's latest solo show traces her journey from little suburban Jewish girl obsessed with Wonder Woman to becoming the fabulous burlesque Queen, Cherry Pitz, in NYC. Join her on a crusade to right wrongs while wearing fabulous costumes.
Year of the SlutWritten by Jennifer LiebermanPresented by JJ Rockstar Productions Maple, ON CanadaAs a horny 18 year old virgin on a quest for romance, a naive Jewish Canadian girl moves to NYC and becomes entangled in seduction, heartbreak and adventure. Jennifer Lieberman weaves her provocative poetry across the stage while bringing nine vivid characters to life.
YIPPIE!Written and Directed by Randy Anderson & Harrison WilliamsPresented by The Beggars Group Brooklyn, NYYIPPIE! is an explosive look back on the events that defined the Youth International Party. 1967 meets 2011 in this time twisting exploration of freedom, fun, and fanatics.
You Shouldn’t Be HereWritten & Performed by Kelly “Killy” Dwyer Brooklyn, NYNo one is safe and nothing is sacred as Killy Dwyer declares war on fear in this surprisingly personal comedy of terrors. This multimedia, musical, comedic performance artsploration “sees something and says something” about our love-hate relationship with control and dysfunction.
2011 FRIGID New York Festival
February 23rd - March 6, 2011The Kraine Theater & The Red Room
85 East 4th Street (between 2nd Ave and Bowery)
Under St. Marks
94 St. Marks Place (between 1st Ave and Ave A)
The annual Howl! Festival, the East Village Festival of the Arts, celebrates its seventh anniversary with a vibrant schedule of events in Tompkins Square Park, September 10th, 11th and 12th, 2010. Beginning Friday night, September 10th, from 5 to 7 pm, the festival’s holds its traditional reading of the iconic Allen Ginsberg poem, Howl, on the South stage (Avenue A and 7th Street). The reading will feature an amalgam of the East Village’s finest poets, including John Giorno and Anne Waldman and will be led by poet Bob Holman, proprietor of The Bowery Poetry Club, founding member of the Festival and East Village luminary.
As for who was Allen Ginsberg -- FFTrav has lifted the following excerpt from his Wikipedia entry:
Irwin Allen Ginsberg (pronounced /ˈɡɪnzbərɡ/; June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet who vigorously opposed militarism, materialism and sexual repression. In the '50s, Ginsberg was a leading figure of the Beat Generation, an anarchic group of young men and women who combined poetry, song, sex, wine and illicit drugs with passionate political ideas that championed personal freedoms.
Major literary works of the Beat Generation include the novels On The Road by Jack Kerouac and Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs, as well as Ginsberg's epic poem Howl, in which he celebrates his fellow "angelheaded hipsters" and excoriates what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in the United States.
The poem, dedicated to writer Carl Solomon, has a memorable opening:
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix...
In October 1955, Ginsberg and five other unknown poets gave a free reading at an experimental art gallery in San Francisco. Ginsberg's Howl electrified the audience. According to fellow poet Michael McClure, it was clear "that a barrier had been broken, that a human voice and body had been hurled against the harsh wall of America and its supporting armies and navies and academies and institutions and ownership systems and power support bases."
In 1957, Howl attracted widespread publicity when it became the subject of an obscenity trial in which a San Francisco prosecutor argued it contained "filthy, vulgar, obscene, and disgusting language." The poem seemed especially outrageous in 1950s America because it depicted both heterosexual and homosexual sex at a time when sodomy laws made homosexual acts a crime in every U.S. state. Howl reflected Ginsberg's own bisexuality and his homosexual relationships with a number of men, including Peter Orlovsky, his lifelong partner.
Judge Clayton W. Horn ruled that Howl was not obscene, adding, "Would there be any freedom of press or speech if one must reduce his vocabulary to vapid innocuous euphemisms?"
In Howl and in his other poetry, Ginsberg drew inspiration from the epic, free verse style of the 19th century American poet Walt Whitman. Both wrote passionately about the promise (and betrayal) of American democracy; the central importance of erotic experience; and the spiritual quest for the truth of everyday existence.
J. D. McClatchy, editor of the Yale Review called Ginsberg "the best-known American poet of his generation, as much a social force as a literary phenomenon." McClatchy added that Ginsberg, like Whitman, "was a bard in the old manner – outsized, darkly prophetic, part exuberance, part prayer, part rant. His work is finally a history of our era's psyche, with all its contradictory urges."
On Saturday, Sept. 11th, the fest opens with a program sensitive to the memory of 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.
Tompkins Square Park will resound with Buddhist gongs, chanting monks, chamber music, yoga practice, poets and musicians, coupled with additional quiet and tranquil activities.
On both Saturday, September 11th, and Sunday, September 12th, The Lower East Side Girls Club will present The East Village Earth Circus, including live performances, art and science projects, pony rides (!), and numerous other interactive activities for children.
For adults, both Saturday and Sunday will be filled with surprises, as well as Howl’s long-established events such as the fun-filled, innovative and entertaining Hip Hop Howl, House of Howl and Lowlife.
The full park schedule is below:
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 10th
SOUTH STAGE Avenue A at 7th Street 5:00 – 7:00p Annual reading of the Allen Ginsberg poem, “Howl,” to commemorate the opening of the Howl! Festival with Host and MC Bob Holman features:
Suffer Art Gallery 616 East 9th Street (between Avenues A and B) 8:00 – 9:00 p Theresa Byrnes’ “The Measure of Man” – A Howl! Festival Special Event: Perfomance Art Through A Storefront Window in One Hour. Byrnes challenges the assertion of the centrality of the human soul in the order of creation, as dictated by Leonardo DaVinci ‘s’ The Vitruvian Man’.
SATURDAY 9/11 Between Avenues A and B in front of the Park Office Finding Sukah Yoga
11:00a - throughout the day: Finding Sukah Yoga, the East Village’s newest Yoga center, will welcome both adults and children. Bring your yoga mat or borrow one.
SOUTH STAGE Avenue A at 7th Street
Russell brought together the worlds of dance, pop, and folk with that of downtown’s “new music,” and fused Western and Eastern musical traditions, driven by his engagement with Buddhist thought and practice. He collaborated often with Allen Ginsberg and Phillip Glass was also an early mentor. Arthur’s Landing (songs by Arthur Russell) features Mustafa Ahmed (percussion) , Joyce Bowden (voice) Ernie Brooks (voice, bass), Steven Hall (voice, guitar), ), Bill Ruyle (drums, hammered dulcimer), John Scherman (lead guitar), Peter Zummo and special guest Nomi Ruiz.
SUNDAY, Sept . 12 Between Avenues A and B in front of the Park Office
11:00a and throughout the day: Finding Sukah Yoga, the East Village’s newest Yoga center, will welcome both adults and children. Bring a yoga mat or borrow one.
SOUTH STAGE: Avenue A at 7th Street
(Children’s) NORTH STAGE Avenue A at 10th Street
HOWL! Festival presents The Lower Eastside Girls Club’s East Village Earth Circus
Saturday and Sunday
On the Midway
Art Programs and Activities for Kids
!Splash! mural painting on canvas and mask making by AAI Recycled Paper Flower Workshops (LES Girls Club)/ Cindy Ruskin Arts Double Dutch Demonstrations/Nicolina’s Hearts of the World Mural Project
Environmental / Community Organizations with info booths:
NORTH STAGE (Children’s) Avenue A at 10th Street
SUNDAY Sept 12
Center Ring: House of Yes- Direct from Brooklyn and the Mermaid Parade: performing Aerial Acts
On the Midway: Roaming performers…
For further information visit www.howlfestival.com
and here's a bibliography of Allen Ginsberg:
Hailed as "the Sundance for Musical Theatre," the New York Musical Theatre Festival runs from September 27 to October 17, 2010, for three weeks with over 30 new musicals, along with dozens of concerts and special events. Oscar® and Tony Award® nominee Baz Luhrmann is this year's NYMF Honorary Chairman and will be attending the Opening Night Celebration.
In recognition of the upcoming Blu-ray release of his culture-shifting films Moulin Rouge! and William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, Luhrmann will host NYMF's Opening Night Celebration on September 27th and will lead a special September 30th master class for NYMF members and patrons only.
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