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we both love and share it with you. We specialize in reviewing fun places to go and fun things to do, but we talk a little bit about everything.
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Monday, January 18, 2021

Our Upcoming Tenth Blogiversary

This week is a momentous one for more than one reason. First and foremost, of course, we will be getting a new president, and I for one could not be more thrilled about that. However, it is also significant in a much more personal way. This Wednesday, January 20, coincidentally the same day as Inauguration Day, will mark the tenth anniversary of our starting this blog. You can't imagine how amazing that is to us that we could actually do anything for ten years especially if you know anything about how lousy our family is with consistency. We don't have any traditions that we really keep up because we do things one year and then don't do them the next or we'll do them for a few years then stop.

Ten years ago, motivated by my daughter's newfound interest in writing, the movie Julie and Julia, and a friend's blog, my older daughter and I started this blog to spend time together doing something we enjoyed. At the time, it was very haphazard. We blogged about whatever was on our minds. We did not really follow a posting schedule we just blogged whenever we felt like it if we had something we wanted to talk about. We would pick a topic and each given our opinion of it. We still occasionally do that in our Monday Talking Topic posts. However, we do other types of posts as well including lists, posts we write together, and other posts including, when necessary, posts that I write entirely by myself which seems to happen more and more as my daughters get older and busier. 

Gradually, we started doing other things talking about fun places to go and books and other products and lots and lots of theater. We started going to a lot of amazing places, doing a lot of amazing things, and meeting lots of amazing people. This blog and everything it has brought me has become the literal joy of my life aside from my family. It got me through some really tough times. 

When the pandemic hit, it was hard. We had to change what we do and start posting about virtual visits to fun places and online shows but we adjusted. Still, this blog was there for us, and still, it helped me get through. 

The pandemic had not been the first change we went through with our blog anyway.  It had just been the most extreme and the only one we had no control over. Over time, we had gradually added different weekly posts and occasionally dropped some as well. For a while, we had a weekly Friday post called Funny Fridays in which we talked about the fun things little kids say and do. Later for a while, we had a weekly Friday post called Funtivity Friday in which we posted about fun activities to do. We would consider bringing one of those back at least once or twice a month if not every week if enough people requested it, but so far that hasn't happened.

There have also been other changes. After a few years, I started blogging with my younger daughter instead of my older daughter. Eventually, my older daughter came back to the blog and started doing an occasional post for us. However, for the most part, it has been me and my younger daughter ever since. 

Now it has been ten years, and I do not ever foresee a time when I would not want to be blogging. As a matter of fact, a few years back my husband asked me if we won the lottery would I stop blogging and the answer was a resounding "No!" Things will continue to change as they have over the years. If something as momentous as winning the lottery happened some things might change in even more significant ways. For instance, we would be able to appreciate our readers even more by having even more awesome giveaways for even more incredible prizes like tickets to Broadway shows because we would be able to afford to supply them ourselves. However, even if we are never able to do that, and even if there comes a time when neither of my daughters is interested in blogging with me anymore and we have to change our basic format even more, there will always be some form of this blog. It is a part of me and always will be.

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Sunday Scoop post of 1/17/21 Live and Virtual Events Coming Up This Week or Soon Thereafter and More

1)BAM Presents Virtual Programs Celebrating the Life of and Legacy of Dr. King
2) Bloomingdale School of Music Registration Open Now
3) Broadway on Demand Presents One-Person Powerhouse Streaming Events in January
4) Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Now Syndicated Weekly Nationally
5) Christine, Playwright/Songwriter Re-Releases  A Tribute to Change Video
6) Gary Morgenstern's A Black and White Cookie Will Premiere Virtually 1/21
7) Haley Swindal's To New York With Love Will Stream Through 2/14
8) Hello Ralphie, Veterinary Telemedicine Startup, Offers Contest
9) The Lazours to Release Flap My Wings: Song From We Live in Cairo 1/25
10) Pain Asian Repertory Theatre Virtual Radio Play Adaption of Film Chinois 1/25
11) Royal Family Productions Presents See Her Live Streaming 1/18
12) South Street Seaport Extends Bowne & Co. Online Pop-Up Shop Through  1/31
13) Story Pirates Sleep Squad Goes National
14) Works & Process at the Guggenheim Presents Premiere of Isolation to Creation Series 1/27

1) Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Celebrates the Life and Legacy of

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Free Virtual Programs

2021 Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

featuring #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Alicia Garza and performances by

PJ Morton, Tarriona “Tank” Ball, Harlem Sing! Choir, and more

Monday, January 18, 2021, at 11am EST on BAM.org

View Trailer Here 

Free film screening of William Greaves’s documentary Nationtime, a special watch party for teens Drop the Mic: Dream, Speak, Act, and a public/outdoor visual art project Let Freedom Ring

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To sustain the tradition while venues around the world remain closed, BAM will launch events virtually, connecting communities across the nation. This year’s programs and events include the 35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring  Alicia Garza, PJ Morton, Tarriona "Tank" Ball, and more. The program will be complemented by a digital film screening of William Greaves’s newly-restored documentary Nationtime and the week-long public art installation Let Freedom Ring, a provocative exploration of the notion of freedom and the legacy of Dr. King. BAM Education will host a virtual watch party for teens­–Drop the Mic: Dream, Speak, Act. Details on below.

Visual art: Let Freedom Ring

Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah

Art by Derrick Adams, Alvin Armstrong, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Lizania Cruz, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Hank Willis Thomas, & Jasmine Wahi

Through—January 21, 2021

The BAM sign screen (corner of Flatbush Ave & Lafayette Ave


Harnessing the scale of BAM’s outdoor digital signpost as a vehicle for public art, Let Freedom Ring is a provocative exploration of the notion of freedom and Dr. King’s legacy. The public art installation features the work of Brooklyn-based creatives who are deeply engaged in an ongoing dialogue about the role of artists, art, social justice, equity, and inclusion. Spearheaded by BAM Curator-at-Large Larry Ossei-Mensah, the project connects the Brooklyn community with larger cultural dialogues around freedom. Timed to coincide with the nation’s annual commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the historic 2021 Presidential and Vice-Presidential inauguration, the acclaimed artists invite the viewer to engage critically with the work and reflect on what freedom truly means in 2021. The project is an extension of the Freedom 2020 Awakening Campaign, Visit BAM.org for more information.


The 35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Alicia Garza, PJ Morton, Tarriona "Tank" Ball, Sing Harlem!, Timothy DuWhite, Ashley August, & more

Presented by BAM and The Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, in association with BRIC TV,

Monday, January 18, 2021 at 11am EST

Virtual - RSVPs are strongly encouraged, at BAM.org


The Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., brings together artists, activists, civic leaders, and the public for a communal commemoration and reflection on the life and legacy of Dr. King, Jr. Audience members around the world are invited to join BAM for the virtual edition of New York City’s largest public celebration of Dr. King’s legacy featuring a keynote speech by Alicia Garza, author of The Purpose of Power, principal at Black Futures Lab, and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, performances by Grammy Award-winning gospel and R&B artist and Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton, Tank and the Bangas lead vocalist Tarriona "Tank" Ball, Vy Higgensen's award-winning choir Sing Harlem!, Brooklyn-based poet and 2020-2021 BAM Artist Resident Timothy DuWhite, spoken word artist Ashley August, and presentations by leading artists, civic leaders, and changemakers. The 2021 event draws inspiration from Dr. King’s words, his life, and the actions of those around the nation who continue the fight for equality and justice.


The 35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will stream on BAM.org, Monday, January 18, 2021 at 11am EST. Following the stream, the event will be available on BAM’s YouTube and Vimeo through February 28, 2021. For the first time since its inception, New York City’s largest public tribute to Dr. King will be pre-recorded to air locally on BRIC TV–the Emmy Award-winning cable TV and digital network. This event includes Closed Captioning. Visit BAM.org for more information.

 

Film: Nationtime (1972), directed by William Greaves

Special introduction by Rukia Lumumba

Monday, January 18, 2021

Virtual - RSVPs are mandatory, at BAM.org

Tickets are limited


Best known for his avant-garde meta-documentary SymbiopsychotaxiplasmWilliam Greaves (1926—2014) was also the director of over 100 documentary films, the majority focused on African American history, politics, and culture. Nationtime is a report on the National Black Political Convention held in Gary, Indiana, in 1972, a historic event that gathered black voices from across the political spectrum, among them Jesse Jackson, Dick Gregory, Coretta Scott King, Richard Hatcher, Amiri Baraka, Charles Diggs, and H. Carl McCall. Narrated by Sidney Poitier, the film was considered too militant for television broadcast at the time and has since circulated only in an edited 60-minute version. This new 4K restoration from IndieCollect, with funding from Jane Fonda and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, returns the film to its original length and visual quality. Courtesy of Kino Lorber. (80min)


Rukia Lumumba, Co-Founder and Executive Director of People's Advocacy Institute will give a special introduction, reflecting on the legacy of the 1972 National Black Political Convention and her work as the co-producer of the 2020 Black National Convention. View the Nationtime trailer here. Visit BAM.org for more information.


Education: Drop the Mic: Dream, Speak, Act

Friday, January 22, 2021 at 4pm EST

Virtual - RSVPs are mandatory, at BAM.org


A special screening, for teens, of the 35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This virtual watch party is followed by an open space discussion facilitated by BAM staff. As we conclude a year where young people were at the forefront of global calls for justice and equality, youth reflections on the fight for civil rights—both historically and today—are a critical part of determining the road ahead. Visit BAM.org  for more information.

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2) Bloomingdale School of Music
Spring Classes Begin 2/6 
For All Ages and Levels of Experience

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN


Bloomingdale School of Music will offer virtual music classes for the spring semester beginning February 6, 2020. Bloomingdale classes aim to educate students and instill discipline, fun and a passion for self-expression through music through high-quality instruction throughout the year. Music has the power to change lives and the curriculum is designed to reflect this philosophy. The School offers classes for a variety of instruments and for every type of student at all skill levels, as well as virtual ensembles. To register and learn more, visit https://www.bsmny.org/classes/spring2020/.


Bloomingdale School of Music will be completely virtual this spring and will continue to offer online learning options only, as The School has done successfully since the onset of the pandemic, pivoting seamlessly from entirely in-person learning, to more nearly 90% participation in virtual classes. 


Early Childhood

BSM will offer two 8-week sessions of Early Childhood classes, including options for the whole family to join in on the activity. This new schedule is designed to be flexible for parents or young families! BSM will continue to offer classes based in Dalcroze Theory, Music and Movement and Orff Instrument classes. 

Private Lessons
BSM will offer private lessons in a wide variety of instruments. Sign up for a trial lesson, or a lesson for 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 60 minutes. Our private lessons offer individual attention, customization, and a personalized curriculum. Students and teachers are strategically matched based on skill, schedules, and the student's preferred teaching style. Our private lessons can be transformative for students as they discover their unique talents and interests.

Lecture-Based Classes for All 
BSM will offer lecture classes in three series this spring. These classes are great for students new to music education with no instrument or private lesson experience, and also for those with one or many years of practice behind them. The Spring 2021 lecture series includes the Musicianship Series, the World Music Series, and the Music Appreciation Series. Many of these classes are for students aged 14 to adult and will include mixed intergenerational groups. 

Theory Expansion 
BSM is excited to have three complete levels of theory to explore for students between the ages of 8 and 18. For adults, BSM will continue with its popular Intro to Theory. 

Performing Ensembles
Using the lessons BSM learned in the spring and summer semesters of creating layered videos for final performances, and using weekly sessions for coaching and peer feedback, BSM is excited to host ensembles again this semester; ensembles again this semester;  Virtual Broadway Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Flute Choir, Preparatory Flute Choir, Trumpet Ensemble, Guitar Orchestra, Junior Guitar Orchestra, and Adult Guitar Orchestra.

MUSIC CLASSES FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD

Baby's & Toddler's First Music Class
The first of Bloomingdale's Early Childhood Music classes, this course introduces the world of music to babies and toddlers.

Dalcroze Class
Bloomingdale's Dalcroze specialist Aaron Butler will present an online experience like no other for students ages 2 to 5.

Family Musical Adventures
Preschool age students explore the sounds and sights of music through responsive listening, imaginative play, movement and dancing, and song memorization.

Morning Music Makers
Join Miss Patti for a weekly class while you're home together. Classes will be limited to 4 families participating, the experience will be tailored to the participating children.

Music and Movement
This class focuses on singing and dancing and introduces children to playing hand percussion instruments.

MUSIC CLASSES FOR CHILDREN K-12

Virtual Bloomingdale Broadway Ensemble
Dream of being on stage? The costumes, the lights the songs? Join other Musical Theater enthusiasts ages 13 - 21 to explore the Broadway repertoire through one-on-one private coachings and group sessions culminating in a virtual group and solo video performance. 

Preparatory Flute Choir
Preparatory Flute Choir is the perfect group for beginner flutists looking for a welcoming ensemble experience. This entry level Flute Choir is open to students with 3 months to 3 years of flute study. Music parts will be tailored to best suit each student's abilities and comfort level, so everyone is welcome. Join this welcoming, fun, and supportive ensemble of flutists!

Guitar Orchestra
Designed to accommodate a wide range of ages and skill levels, Bloomingdale's Guitar Orchestra presents music ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary compositions, original works for guitars, and arrangements of popular music.

Junior Guitar Orchestra
Aimed at introducing players to ensemble rehearsal and performance from an earlier stage in their musical development, the Junior Guitar Orchestra is an exciting new ensemble for young guitarists to learn vital ensemble and musicianship skills.

Music Theory: Level 1
Music Theory is a hands-on investigation of the fabric of music, leading to greater musical fluency and a deeper appreciation of its inner structure. No prior theory experience necessary.

Music Theory: Level 2
Music Theory is a hands-on investigation of the fabric of music, leading to greater musical fluency and a deeper appreciation of its inner structure. Completion of Music Theory I or instructor recommendation required.

Music Theory: Level 3
Music Theory is a hands-on investigation of the fabric of music, leading to greater musical fluency and a deeper appreciation of its inner structure. Completion of Music Theory I and II or instructor recommendation required.

Música Americana: Alternative Repertoire South of the Rio Grande
A practical workshop on a broad range of Latin American repertoire.

Performance Class
Improve your performances by learning both the skills needed for impeccable presentation and methods to put them into practice. Students with prior experience on their instrument welcome.

The Musicianship Series
Designed to teach participants the practical musical skills that are invaluable in our development as well-rounded musicians." Classes in this series will meet Tuesday evenings at 7 and is open to students ages 10 and up, adults welcome.

The World Music Series 
This series will "explore the rich diversity of musical traditions around the globe." Classes in this series will meet Wednesday evenings at 7 and is open to students ages 13 and up, adults welcome. 

MUSIC CLASSES FOR ADULTS

Adult Guitar Orchestra
The adult guitar ensemble explores a wide range of music genres from classical to folkloric music arranged for the classical guitar.

Flute Choir
Join this welcoming, fun, and supportive ensemble of flutists! Weekly practice together gives flutists of all ages the chance to explore flute ensemble repertoire.

Jazz Ensemble
The jazz ensemble is a place where students can explore music in the jazz tradition, particularly bebop, post-bop, latin and Brazilian styles.

Trumpet Ensemble
The trumpet ensemble is a group of 3-5 members that works on ensemble playing, intonation, blending, and rhythmic study. The group performs in public several times a year, including at trumpet recitals, Sharing Hours, and the annual Performathon. 
The ensemble is open to trumpet students NYSSMA level III-VI or higher, along with recommendation from current private teacher. Audition is required and can be scheduled directly with ensemble coach.

The Music Appreciation Series
Bloomingdale Resident Teaching Artist, Marc Peloquin, leads a series of 4-week music courses designed to give students a basic understanding of music and inspire an appreciation for music through a variety of musical styles. 

The Musicianship Series
Designed to teach participants the practical musical skills that are invaluable in our development as well-rounded musicians." Classes in this series will meet Tuesday evenings at 7 and is open to students ages 10 and up, adults welcome.

The World Music Series 
This series will "explore the rich diversity of musical traditions around the globe." Classes in this series will meet Wednesday evenings at 7 and is open to students ages 13 and up, adults welcome. 

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3) THIS JANUARY


BROADWAY ON DEMAND


PRESENTS


ONE-PERSON POWERHOUSE


STREAMING EVENTS


INCLUDING

 

KENNEDY: BOBBY’S LAST CRUSADE



BILLY JOEL: LAST PLAY AT SHEA”

 

AND

 

CAROLE KING: NATURAL WOMAN


Broadway On Demand, the theater-focused streaming platform, is proud to present several one-person events this month, as part of its “One-Person Powerhouse” theme, including the solo show Kennedy: Bobby’s Last Crusade (January 15 – 31) and the documentary series Billy Joel: Last Play at Shea (January 22) and Carole King: Natural Woman (January 29).


The solo play Kennedy: Bobby’s Last Crusade portrays Kennedy during his short, electrifying run for President in 1968. Follow Bobby from his announcement to entering the race to his last speech at the Ambassador Hotel. The play combines many of his famous speeches, as well as his private apprehensions and some of the more personal moments of his exhilarating campaign.


CLICK TO DOWNLOAD TRAILER.





The Last Play at Shea chronicles the intersecting histories of the landmark Shea Stadium and the legendary performer Billy Joel. Narrated by Alec Baldwin, this documentary special includes interviews with Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Roger Daltrey and Don Henley. Directed by Paul Crowder, The Last Play at Shea is written by Mark Monroe and produced by Steve Cohen and Nigel Sinclair.




Carole King: Natural Woman is a celebration of the legendary singer-songwriter's life and career from 1960’s New York to the music mecca of 70’s Los Angeles to the present. Carole King joins collaborators and family in new interviews, while rare home movies, performances and photos complete the tapestry. Featuring Carole King herself, this documentary is directed by George Scott and Produced by Celia Moor.




Friday, January 15 – Sunday, January 31

Kennedy: Bobby’s Last Crusade

LINK: https://www.broadwayondemand.com/series/VXRa9xaCZUfa-kennedy-bobbys-last-crusade 


Beginning Friday, January 22

The Last Play at Shea

LINK: https://www.broadwayondemand.com/series/dwMkVeiZm62C-the-last-play-at-shea


Beginning Friday, January 29

Carole King: Natural Woman

LINK: https://www.broadwayondemand.com/series/zgVrw3sG71Ex-carole-king-natural-woman   

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4) NEW WEEKLY VERSION OF 


NY EMMY AWARD WINNING PROGRAM


BROADWAY PROFILES


WITH TAMSEN FADAL


NOW IN WEEKLY SYNDICATION


FROM COAST-TO-COAST

 

BRINGING POPULAR AND MUCH-NEEDED 


BROADWAY CONTENT ACROSS THE COUNTRY


The John Gore Organization announced today the launch of America’s first weekly nationally syndicated Broadway entertainment program, “Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal.”  The new weekly version of Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal will reach theater fans across the country with distribution covering 97% of US television households. Check BroadwayProfiles.com for local listings.


Hosted and executive-produced by 12-time Emmy Award® winner Tamsen Fadal, Broadway Profiles is a NY Emmy Award-winning entertainment show with unprecedented access to A-list celebrities, Broadway’s biggest stars, and behind-the-scenes stories on and off the stage.


For more information, visit www.broadwayprofiles.com.  Broadway Profiles is distributed by 30 Steps.

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5) PLAYWRIGHT/SONGWRITER NOVEMBER CHRISTINE RE-RELEASES A TRIBUTE TO CHANGE VIDEO TO DRAW ATTENTION TO BLM AND CELEBRATE THE MEMORY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Award-winning Playwright/songwriter, November Christine, is re-releasing her musical video tribute to Martin Luther King and the BLM movement. "1968" features Broadway performer Nic Ryan (Motown the Musical and Beautiful: The Carol King Musical). With January and February being important months for the commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month, Christine hopes this video will help draw awareness to these integral issues, particularly right now. Link to video: https://youtu.be/TZM2nh_d_5s

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6) GARY MORGENSTEIN’S
A BLACK AND WHITE COOKIE
 IS A NEW OFF-BROADWAY COMEDY/DRAMA
ABOUT AN AFRICAN AMERICAN NEWSTAND OWNER ENCOURAGED TO FIGHT HIS EXORBITANT RENT INCREASE 

BY AN ECCENTRIC JEWISH RADICAL  


DIRECTED BY JOAN KANE, THE PRODUCTION NOW PREMIERES
THURSDAY, JANUARY 21 AT 7:00PM/ET 

AS PART OF TFTNC's ON THE AIR SERIES
&  SUNDAY, JANUARY 24 AT 3PM/ET ON THE EGO ACTUS WEBSITE


Incorporating the pandemic experiences of the past eight months into their production that Covid-19 brought to a halt in March, the award-winning Ego Actus Theatre Company today announced it will still present Gary Morgenstein’s new drama A Black and White Cookie, but in an updated version that is set against the backdrop of New York City reopening, post-pandemic. The play's schedule has been updated. The premiere will air as part of Theater for the New City’s virtual On The Air series. It is now slated for Thursday, January 21 at 7:00PM/ET, with an additional performance on Sunday, January 24 at 3PM/ET - which will be accessible at www.egoactus.com 

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7) BIRDLAND’S


ALL NEW CONCERT EVENT


HALEY SWINDAL’S


TO NEW YORK, WITH LOVE


AS PART OF THE “RADIO FREE BIRDLAND” SERIES

 

WILL BE STREAMED


FOR 30 MORE DAYS

 

ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT


THE ACTORS FUND

 

By popular demand, Birdland’s all new concert event from Broadway perennial Haley SwindalTo New York, With Love, filmed as part of the “Radio Free Birdland” series and presented in association with BroadwayWorld.com, will be streamed for 30 more days until February 14, with all proceeds benefitting The Actors Fund.


Audiences can purchase the concert stream by visiting https://events.broadwayworld.com/event/haley-swindal-to-new-york-with-love-on-demand/   

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8) Veterinary Telemedicine Startup 

Hello Ralphie

Offers Pet-Friendly Contest


Veterinary telemedicine startup, Hello Ralphie, is running a giveaway to replace their “Chief Fetch Officer” Ralph (the rescue pup) as he is coming up on retirement. They are offering free treats for the duration of the pet’s CFO tenure along with some other great perks. Please see the full list below. The contest runs now through February 11th with the winner announced February 12th

 The CFO Replacement Giveaway – one lucky pet will win:

  • Healthy pet treats courtesy of GivePet 
  • Unlimited veterinary chat appointments courtesy of Hello Ralphie
  • Custom oil painting of your photogenic pet courtesy of Paintru

To enter the giveaway, please visit CFO Replacement - Hello Ralphie

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9) DANIEL AND PATRICK LAZOUR

 


FLAP MY WINGS:


SONGS FROM WE LIVE IN CAIRO

 

FULL ALBUM TO BE RELEASED JANUARY 25, 2021


ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE 


TAHRIR SQUARE PROTESTS


THAT BEGAN THE EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION

 

Brothers, songwriters, and collaborators Daniel and Patrick Lazour have today released the second single from their forthcoming independently-produced album Flap My Wings: Songs from We Live in Cairo, featuring songs from their musical, the Richard Rodgers Award-winning We Live in Cairo, seen in the Spring of 2019 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


The album will be released on January 25, 2021, the tenth anniversary of the Tahrir Square protests that began the Egyptian Revolution in 2011.


Virtually gathering an extraordinary group of artists from across the globe during the current coronavirus pandemic, the remotely recorded album features artists from the cast of the musical as well as major Arab activist-songwriters, including Ramy Essam, Emel Mathlouthi, Rotana, Hadi Eldebeck, Hamed Sinno, Naseem Alatrash, and the brothers themselves.

 

ABOUT “WE LIVE IN CAIRO”

Inspired by the young Egyptians who took to the streets in 2011 to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak, We Live in Cairo follows six revolutionary students armed with laptops and cameras, guitars and spray cans as they come of age in contemporary Cairo. We Live in Cairo moves from the jubilation of Tahrir Square through the tumultuous years that followed. As escalating division and violence lead to a military crackdown, the revolutionaries of Tahrir must confront the question of how—or even whether—to keep their dreams of change alive.

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10) PAN ASIAN REPERTORY THEATRE
LAUNCHES 44TH MILESTONE SEASON
WITH THE REVIVAL OF THE FILM NOIR INFUSED THRILLER
FILM CHINOIS
A RE-ENVISIONED RADIO PLAY ADAPTATION
WRITTEN BY DAMON CHUA
DIRECTED BY KAIPO SCHWAB

FEATURING MEMBERS OF THE ORIGINAL 2015 PAN ASIAN CAST
ROSANNE MA WITH JEAN BRASSARD, DINH JAMES DOAN,
KATIE LEE HILL, AND BENJAMIN JONES

A TWO-PART SERIES
AVAILABLE ONLINE JANUARY 25 – FEBRUARY 7, 2021

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (Tisa Chang, Founding Artistic Producing Director) launches its 44th Milestone Season with the virtual revival presentation of the film noir infused thriller Film Chinois, a re-envisioned radio play adaptation written by Damon Chua (The Emperors Nightingale). Director Kaipo Schwab reunites the five-member 2015 Pan Asian cast that will feature Rosanne Ma as China Doll with Jean Brassard as The Ambassador, Dinh James Doan as The Man, Katie Lee Hill as Simone, Benjamin Jones as Randolph. "Pan Asian Rep enters a brave new world to re-imagine theater with the audio version of Film Chinois as radio play about a time of cat and mouse global tensions where the individual is but a pawn,” stated Tisa Chang, founding Pan Asian Repertory Theatre Artistic Director.


Film Chinois will premiere in two-parts beginning Monday, January 25, 2021 and will be available to view through Sunday, February 7, 2021. Tickets are priced at $20. For reservations, please visit https://panasian-filmchinois.eventbrite.com


Film Chinois is a film noir infused thriller of spy-versus-spy intrigue and dangerous romantic liaisons in the vein of Hollywood's classic films such as The Maltese Falcon. Re-envisioned as a radio play, the thriller takes us back to 1947 Peking, an uneasy time between WWII and the imminent Communist takeover two years later. The story centers around China Doll, a Maoist femme fatale, and Randolph, a fresh-faced American operative on a secret mission, and a mysterious man. Further complicating matters is the Ambassador who seems to know Peking all too well and his current flame, Simone, a songstress with something up her sleeve. As Randolph plunges deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness, he finds his life imperiled, as he begins to unravel the mystery of a piece of old homemade film.


For additional information, please visit the website at www.panasianrep.org

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11) Royal Family Productions 

presents

See Her

Written by IMAN SCHUK

Curated, Directed, and Choreographed by LORNA VENTURA

Featuring GABRIELLE SPRAUVE

With

Spoken Word Artist KENITA MILLER

 

Live-streaming will premiere on

Monday, January 18th at 5PM


Royal Family Productions is proud to announce the kick-off of their second annual Female+ Forward Festival with See Her, a new cinematic theatrical piece written by one of last year’s FFF playwrights, Iman Schuk (This Open Earth). This event, the first content from Royal Family in 2021, will premiere on MLK Day with a conversation with the creative team and stream through the end of February. It will commemorate this incredible moment in history as a Black woman is inaugurated as America’s next Vice President.  This collaboration recognizes the voice of Black women as an unwavering strength and the drivers of change. The story will be told through spoken word, song, and dance and will be streamed for free on Royal Family’s YouTube channel. The event is FREE. For more information and to sign up to receive a direct link to the event go to www.RoyalFamilyProductions.org.   


Live-streaming on

Monday, January 18th at 5 PM - 5:30 PM

Beginning with Q & A with the creative team

 

The event is FREE, please visit, www.royalfamilyproductions.org   to get a direct link to the event. 


For more information about Royal Family Productions please visit www.royalfamilyproductions.org

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12) South Street Seaport Museum Announces 
Extension of
Bowne & Co. Online Pop-Up Shop

Extended through January 31, 2021


South Street Seaport Museum announces the extension of the limited time

Bowne & Co. Online Pop-Up Shop, now open for orders through January 31, 2021 with pick-up available through February 3, 2021. 

Extended due to popular demand, the Bowne & Co. Online Pop-Up Shop has a special selection of core offerings available: journals, writing paper, books, and of course, house-designed notecards and broadside posters. Seaport Museum branded merchandise are also available for purchase in the Online Pop-Up Shop. To shop, visit https://www.bowne.co/. 

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13) Story Pirates Sleep Squad Goes National!

At Least Nine Theaters Present the Show Regionally;

Ticket Sales Extended through February 21st

 

View the trailer, HERE


Stream Original Song: ‘30 Moons’ HERE

(This theme song was inspired by a kid and composed and performed by Ellen Winter.)


By popular demand, The Story Pirates (creators of the #1 podcast for kids, downloaded more than 25 million times and winner of both the 2020 Webby and iHeartRadio award for Best Kids and Family podcast) and Tony Award-winning producer Eva Price (Jagged Little Pill, Peter and the Starcatcher) announce today that SLEEP SQUAD is now available through nine presenting partners, both regional theaters and performing arts centers, across the country. Ticket sales have been extended through February 21, 2021.


SLEEP SQUAD is a family-friendly, interactive, virtual theater experience that turns your home into a rocket ship. The on-demand show can be experienced after dinner, before bedtime, at naptime or anytime young astronauts feel like going on an adventure into their dreams. It can be experienced in one sitting or each story can be enjoyed in 15-minute chunks.


Featuring brand new, unique, kid-driven comedy and music, this world premiere production creates a new kind of bedtime ritual for kids ages 4-12. Created by the "masterfully hilarious” Story Pirates, “some of the best creators and performers in kids’ media today” (Sirius XM), SLEEP SQUAD is more than an on-demand evening of entertainment; it’s a one-of-a-kind experience that leaps off the screen to create performance-like, immersive family fun right at home.

 

Presenting Partners



·         South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, CA) - February 1-14, 2021

https://scr.org/sleep-squad

·         Pittsburgh Cultural Trust / Part of the EQT Children’s Festival (Pittsburgh, PA) - Through January 31, 2021  https://pghkids.trustarts.org/events/4273

·         The Bushnell (Hartford, CT) - Through February 21, 2021 https://bushnell.org/sleepsquad

·         McCain Performance Series at Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS) - February 7-21, 2021 https://mccain.k-state.edu/events/2020-2021/sleep-squad.html

·         Hult Center for the Performing Arts (Eugene, OR) - Through February 21, 2021 https://hultcenter.org/events/sleep-squad/

·         Alberta Air Theater (Billings, MT) - Through January 18, 2021 https://www.albertabairtheater.org/shows/story-pirates-sleep-squad-multiple-dates/

·         Actors Theatre of Louisville (Louisville, KY) - January 20 – February 21, 2021

·         Stephens Auditorium at Iowa State Center (Ames, IA) - February 4-14, 2021


Find additional partners and dates at: 

https://www.stellartickets.com/events/mep-and-story-pirates/a-virtual-theatre-experience

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14) Works & Process at the Guggenheim
presents the premiere of
Isolation to Creation Docuseries
Airing on WNET's ALL ARTS
Wednesdays, Jan. 27, and Feb. 3, 10, and 17, 2021 at 8pm


This past Summer and Fall amidst widespread cancellations, Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, itself facing a shuttered theater, forged a path for artists to safely gather, create and perform together again. Pioneering and producing bubble residencies that have since been widely duplicated, over fifty artists entered eight Works & Process bubble residencies in rural Hudson Valley after an unprecedented period of isolation. To capture this journey, Works & Process produced a four-part docuseries Isolation to Creationby filmmaker Nic Petry of Dancing Camera, to provide audiences with the rare opportunity to go into the bubbles and behind the scenes to experience the hope, joy, exhilarating physical struggle, and emotional challenges experienced by performers returning to the studio and stage. 


The series will stream nationwide on January 27, and February 3, 10, and 17, at 8pm ET, for free on the ALL ARTS appallarts.org, and also air in the New York metro area on the ALL ARTS TV channel (channel lineups available here). 

Episode 1: January 27 
Isolation to Creation: A Way Forward
After self-isolation and serial Covid testing, quarantine bubbles are formed for artists to gather, create, and perform safely again. Ephrat Asherie, Les Ballet Afrik, Joshua Bergasse, Sara Mearns, Missing Element, Music from the Sole, and Jamar Roberts.

Episode 2: February 3
Isolation to Creation: Beatbox, Modern, Street, Tap Dance and Afro-Brazilian Rhythm
Artists from Missing Element melding beatbox and breaking, flexn, and Krumping; Music from the Sole fusing tap and Afro-Brazilian rhythms; and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater resident choreographer Jamar Roberts and dancers go back into the studio for the first time.

Episode 3: February 10
Isolation to Creation: Afrik, Ballet, Ballroom, Broadway, Club, House, and Vogue
Ephrat Asherie Dance with club legends, Les Ballet Afrik and ballroom legend Omari Wiles, and Seven Deadly Sins artists Joshua Bergasse, Marc Happel and Sara Mearns go back into the studio for the first time

Episode 4: February 17
Isolation to Creation: Showtime
After two weeks inside Works & Process bubble residencies, projects culminate in live performances at Kaatsbaan Festival and filmed video at Lincoln Center, previewing future premiere performances at the Guggenheim, once it is safe for all to gather.

Featured Bubble Residency Artists include:
  • Ephrat Asherie Dance
  • Les Ballet Afrik with Omari Wiles
  • The Missing Element with Chris Celiz and Anthony Rodriguez "Invertebrate"
  • Music from the Sole with Gregory Richardson and Leonardo Sandoval
  • Jamar Roberts
  • Seven Deadly Sins with Joshua Bergasse, Justin Vivian Bond, Jeffrey Guimond, Marc Happel, and Sara Mearns  
Notes from the Bubble, a series for trailers for Isolation to Creation can be viewed at:

Find more information at www.worksandprocess.org.

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And that's the Scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

1)BAM Presents Virtual Programs Celebrating the Life of and Legacy of Dr. King
2) Bloomingdale School of Music Registration Open Now
3) Broadway on Demand Presents One-Person Powerhouse Streaming Events in January
4) Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Now Syndicated Weekly Nationally
5) Christine, Playwright/Songwriter Re-Releases  A Tribute to Change Video
6) Gary Morgenstern's A Black and White Cookie Will Premiere Virtually 1/21
7) Haley Swindal's To New York With Love Will Stream Through 2/14
8) Hello Ralphie, Veterinary Telemedicine Startup, Offers Contest
9) The Lazours to Release Flap My Wings: Song From We Live in Cairo 1/25
10) Pain Asian Repertory Theatre Virtual Radio Play Adaption of Film Chinois 1/25
11) Royal Family Productions Presents See Her Live Streaming 1/18
12) South Street Seaport Extends Bowne & Co. Online Pop-Up Shop Through  1/31
13) Story Pirates Sleep Squad Goes National
14) Works & Process at the Guggenheim Presents Premiere of Isolation to Creation Series 1/27

1) Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Celebrates the Life and Legacy of

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Free Virtual Programs

2021 Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

featuring #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Alicia Garza and performances by

PJ Morton, Tarriona “Tank” Ball, Harlem Sing! Choir, and more

Monday, January 18, 2021, at 11am EST on BAM.org

View Trailer Here 

Free film screening of William Greaves’s documentary Nationtime, a special watch party for teens Drop the Mic: Dream, Speak, Act, and a public/outdoor visual art project Let Freedom Ring

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To sustain the tradition while venues around the world remain closed, BAM will launch events virtually, connecting communities across the nation. This year’s programs and events include the 35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring  Alicia Garza, PJ Morton, Tarriona "Tank" Ball, and more. The program will be complemented by a digital film screening of William Greaves’s newly-restored documentary Nationtime and the week-long public art installation Let Freedom Ring, a provocative exploration of the notion of freedom and the legacy of Dr. King. BAM Education will host a virtual watch party for teens­–Drop the Mic: Dream, Speak, Act. Details on below.

Visual art: Let Freedom Ring

Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah

Art by Derrick Adams, Alvin Armstrong, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Lizania Cruz, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Hank Willis Thomas, & Jasmine Wahi

Through—January 21, 2021

The BAM sign screen (corner of Flatbush Ave & Lafayette Ave


Harnessing the scale of BAM’s outdoor digital signpost as a vehicle for public art, Let Freedom Ring is a provocative exploration of the notion of freedom and Dr. King’s legacy. The public art installation features the work of Brooklyn-based creatives who are deeply engaged in an ongoing dialogue about the role of artists, art, social justice, equity, and inclusion. Spearheaded by BAM Curator-at-Large Larry Ossei-Mensah, the project connects the Brooklyn community with larger cultural dialogues around freedom. Timed to coincide with the nation’s annual commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the historic 2021 Presidential and Vice-Presidential inauguration, the acclaimed artists invite the viewer to engage critically with the work and reflect on what freedom truly means in 2021. The project is an extension of the Freedom 2020 Awakening Campaign, Visit BAM.org for more information.


The 35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Alicia Garza, PJ Morton, Tarriona "Tank" Ball, Sing Harlem!, Timothy DuWhite, Ashley August, & more

Presented by BAM and The Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, in association with BRIC TV,

Monday, January 18, 2021 at 11am EST

Virtual - RSVPs are strongly encouraged, at BAM.org


The Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., brings together artists, activists, civic leaders, and the public for a communal commemoration and reflection on the life and legacy of Dr. King, Jr. Audience members around the world are invited to join BAM for the virtual edition of New York City’s largest public celebration of Dr. King’s legacy featuring a keynote speech by Alicia Garza, author of The Purpose of Power, principal at Black Futures Lab, and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, performances by Grammy Award-winning gospel and R&B artist and Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton, Tank and the Bangas lead vocalist Tarriona "Tank" Ball, Vy Higgensen's award-winning choir Sing Harlem!, Brooklyn-based poet and 2020-2021 BAM Artist Resident Timothy DuWhite, spoken word artist Ashley August, and presentations by leading artists, civic leaders, and changemakers. The 2021 event draws inspiration from Dr. King’s words, his life, and the actions of those around the nation who continue the fight for equality and justice.


The 35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will stream on BAM.org, Monday, January 18, 2021 at 11am EST. Following the stream, the event will be available on BAM’s YouTube and Vimeo through February 28, 2021. For the first time since its inception, New York City’s largest public tribute to Dr. King will be pre-recorded to air locally on BRIC TV–the Emmy Award-winning cable TV and digital network. This event includes Closed Captioning. Visit BAM.org for more information.

 

Film: Nationtime (1972), directed by William Greaves

Special introduction by Rukia Lumumba

Monday, January 18, 2021

Virtual - RSVPs are mandatory, at BAM.org

Tickets are limited


Best known for his avant-garde meta-documentary SymbiopsychotaxiplasmWilliam Greaves (1926—2014) was also the director of over 100 documentary films, the majority focused on African American history, politics, and culture. Nationtime is a report on the National Black Political Convention held in Gary, Indiana, in 1972, a historic event that gathered black voices from across the political spectrum, among them Jesse Jackson, Dick Gregory, Coretta Scott King, Richard Hatcher, Amiri Baraka, Charles Diggs, and H. Carl McCall. Narrated by Sidney Poitier, the film was considered too militant for television broadcast at the time and has since circulated only in an edited 60-minute version. This new 4K restoration from IndieCollect, with funding from Jane Fonda and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, returns the film to its original length and visual quality. Courtesy of Kino Lorber. (80min)


Rukia Lumumba, Co-Founder and Executive Director of People's Advocacy Institute will give a special introduction, reflecting on the legacy of the 1972 National Black Political Convention and her work as the co-producer of the 2020 Black National Convention. View the Nationtime trailer here. Visit BAM.org for more information.


Education: Drop the Mic: Dream, Speak, Act

Friday, January 22, 2021 at 4pm EST

Virtual - RSVPs are mandatory, at BAM.org


A special screening, for teens, of the 35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This virtual watch party is followed by an open space discussion facilitated by BAM staff. As we conclude a year where young people were at the forefront of global calls for justice and equality, youth reflections on the fight for civil rights—both historically and today—are a critical part of determining the road ahead. Visit BAM.org  for more information.

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2) Bloomingdale School of Music
Spring Classes Begin 2/6 
For All Ages and Levels of Experience

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN


Bloomingdale School of Music will offer virtual music classes for the spring semester beginning February 6, 2020. Bloomingdale classes aim to educate students and instill discipline, fun and a passion for self-expression through music through high-quality instruction throughout the year. Music has the power to change lives and the curriculum is designed to reflect this philosophy. The School offers classes for a variety of instruments and for every type of student at all skill levels, as well as virtual ensembles. To register and learn more, visit https://www.bsmny.org/classes/spring2020/.


Bloomingdale School of Music will be completely virtual this spring and will continue to offer online learning options only, as The School has done successfully since the onset of the pandemic, pivoting seamlessly from entirely in-person learning, to more nearly 90% participation in virtual classes. 


Early Childhood

BSM will offer two 8-week sessions of Early Childhood classes, including options for the whole family to join in on the activity. This new schedule is designed to be flexible for parents or young families! BSM will continue to offer classes based in Dalcroze Theory, Music and Movement and Orff Instrument classes. 

Private Lessons
BSM will offer private lessons in a wide variety of instruments. Sign up for a trial lesson, or a lesson for 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 60 minutes. Our private lessons offer individual attention, customization, and a personalized curriculum. Students and teachers are strategically matched based on skill, schedules, and the student's preferred teaching style. Our private lessons can be transformative for students as they discover their unique talents and interests.

Lecture-Based Classes for All 
BSM will offer lecture classes in three series this spring. These classes are great for students new to music education with no instrument or private lesson experience, and also for those with one or many years of practice behind them. The Spring 2021 lecture series includes the Musicianship Series, the World Music Series, and the Music Appreciation Series. Many of these classes are for students aged 14 to adult and will include mixed intergenerational groups. 

Theory Expansion 
BSM is excited to have three complete levels of theory to explore for students between the ages of 8 and 18. For adults, BSM will continue with its popular Intro to Theory. 

Performing Ensembles
Using the lessons BSM learned in the spring and summer semesters of creating layered videos for final performances, and using weekly sessions for coaching and peer feedback, BSM is excited to host ensembles again this semester; ensembles again this semester;  Virtual Broadway Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Flute Choir, Preparatory Flute Choir, Trumpet Ensemble, Guitar Orchestra, Junior Guitar Orchestra, and Adult Guitar Orchestra.

MUSIC CLASSES FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD

Baby's & Toddler's First Music Class
The first of Bloomingdale's Early Childhood Music classes, this course introduces the world of music to babies and toddlers.

Dalcroze Class
Bloomingdale's Dalcroze specialist Aaron Butler will present an online experience like no other for students ages 2 to 5.

Family Musical Adventures
Preschool age students explore the sounds and sights of music through responsive listening, imaginative play, movement and dancing, and song memorization.

Morning Music Makers
Join Miss Patti for a weekly class while you're home together. Classes will be limited to 4 families participating, the experience will be tailored to the participating children.

Music and Movement
This class focuses on singing and dancing and introduces children to playing hand percussion instruments.

MUSIC CLASSES FOR CHILDREN K-12

Virtual Bloomingdale Broadway Ensemble
Dream of being on stage? The costumes, the lights the songs? Join other Musical Theater enthusiasts ages 13 - 21 to explore the Broadway repertoire through one-on-one private coachings and group sessions culminating in a virtual group and solo video performance. 

Preparatory Flute Choir
Preparatory Flute Choir is the perfect group for beginner flutists looking for a welcoming ensemble experience. This entry level Flute Choir is open to students with 3 months to 3 years of flute study. Music parts will be tailored to best suit each student's abilities and comfort level, so everyone is welcome. Join this welcoming, fun, and supportive ensemble of flutists!

Guitar Orchestra
Designed to accommodate a wide range of ages and skill levels, Bloomingdale's Guitar Orchestra presents music ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary compositions, original works for guitars, and arrangements of popular music.

Junior Guitar Orchestra
Aimed at introducing players to ensemble rehearsal and performance from an earlier stage in their musical development, the Junior Guitar Orchestra is an exciting new ensemble for young guitarists to learn vital ensemble and musicianship skills.

Music Theory: Level 1
Music Theory is a hands-on investigation of the fabric of music, leading to greater musical fluency and a deeper appreciation of its inner structure. No prior theory experience necessary.

Music Theory: Level 2
Music Theory is a hands-on investigation of the fabric of music, leading to greater musical fluency and a deeper appreciation of its inner structure. Completion of Music Theory I or instructor recommendation required.

Music Theory: Level 3
Music Theory is a hands-on investigation of the fabric of music, leading to greater musical fluency and a deeper appreciation of its inner structure. Completion of Music Theory I and II or instructor recommendation required.

Música Americana: Alternative Repertoire South of the Rio Grande
A practical workshop on a broad range of Latin American repertoire.

Performance Class
Improve your performances by learning both the skills needed for impeccable presentation and methods to put them into practice. Students with prior experience on their instrument welcome.

The Musicianship Series
Designed to teach participants the practical musical skills that are invaluable in our development as well-rounded musicians." Classes in this series will meet Tuesday evenings at 7 and is open to students ages 10 and up, adults welcome.

The World Music Series 
This series will "explore the rich diversity of musical traditions around the globe." Classes in this series will meet Wednesday evenings at 7 and is open to students ages 13 and up, adults welcome. 

MUSIC CLASSES FOR ADULTS

Adult Guitar Orchestra
The adult guitar ensemble explores a wide range of music genres from classical to folkloric music arranged for the classical guitar.

Flute Choir
Join this welcoming, fun, and supportive ensemble of flutists! Weekly practice together gives flutists of all ages the chance to explore flute ensemble repertoire.

Jazz Ensemble
The jazz ensemble is a place where students can explore music in the jazz tradition, particularly bebop, post-bop, latin and Brazilian styles.

Trumpet Ensemble
The trumpet ensemble is a group of 3-5 members that works on ensemble playing, intonation, blending, and rhythmic study. The group performs in public several times a year, including at trumpet recitals, Sharing Hours, and the annual Performathon. 
The ensemble is open to trumpet students NYSSMA level III-VI or higher, along with recommendation from current private teacher. Audition is required and can be scheduled directly with ensemble coach.

The Music Appreciation Series
Bloomingdale Resident Teaching Artist, Marc Peloquin, leads a series of 4-week music courses designed to give students a basic understanding of music and inspire an appreciation for music through a variety of musical styles. 

The Musicianship Series
Designed to teach participants the practical musical skills that are invaluable in our development as well-rounded musicians." Classes in this series will meet Tuesday evenings at 7 and is open to students ages 10 and up, adults welcome.

The World Music Series 
This series will "explore the rich diversity of musical traditions around the globe." Classes in this series will meet Wednesday evenings at 7 and is open to students ages 13 and up, adults welcome. 

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3) THIS JANUARY


BROADWAY ON DEMAND


PRESENTS


ONE-PERSON POWERHOUSE


STREAMING EVENTS


INCLUDING

 

KENNEDY: BOBBY’S LAST CRUSADE



BILLY JOEL: LAST PLAY AT SHEA”

 

AND

 

CAROLE KING: NATURAL WOMAN


Broadway On Demand, the theater-focused streaming platform, is proud to present several one-person events this month, as part of its “One-Person Powerhouse” theme, including the solo show Kennedy: Bobby’s Last Crusade (January 15 – 31) and the documentary series Billy Joel: Last Play at Shea (January 22) and Carole King: Natural Woman (January 29).


The solo play Kennedy: Bobby’s Last Crusade portrays Kennedy during his short, electrifying run for President in 1968. Follow Bobby from his announcement to entering the race to his last speech at the Ambassador Hotel. The play combines many of his famous speeches, as well as his private apprehensions and some of the more personal moments of his exhilarating campaign.


CLICK TO DOWNLOAD TRAILER.





The Last Play at Shea chronicles the intersecting histories of the landmark Shea Stadium and the legendary performer Billy Joel. Narrated by Alec Baldwin, this documentary special includes interviews with Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Roger Daltrey and Don Henley. Directed by Paul Crowder, The Last Play at Shea is written by Mark Monroe and produced by Steve Cohen and Nigel Sinclair.




Carole King: Natural Woman is a celebration of the legendary singer-songwriter's life and career from 1960’s New York to the music mecca of 70’s Los Angeles to the present. Carole King joins collaborators and family in new interviews, while rare home movies, performances and photos complete the tapestry. Featuring Carole King herself, this documentary is directed by George Scott and Produced by Celia Moor.




Friday, January 15 – Sunday, January 31

Kennedy: Bobby’s Last Crusade

LINK: https://www.broadwayondemand.com/series/VXRa9xaCZUfa-kennedy-bobbys-last-crusade 


Beginning Friday, January 22

The Last Play at Shea

LINK: https://www.broadwayondemand.com/series/dwMkVeiZm62C-the-last-play-at-shea


Beginning Friday, January 29

Carole King: Natural Woman

LINK: https://www.broadwayondemand.com/series/zgVrw3sG71Ex-carole-king-natural-woman   

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4) NEW WEEKLY VERSION OF 


NY EMMY AWARD WINNING PROGRAM


BROADWAY PROFILES


WITH TAMSEN FADAL


NOW IN WEEKLY SYNDICATION


FROM COAST-TO-COAST

 

BRINGING POPULAR AND MUCH-NEEDED 


BROADWAY CONTENT ACROSS THE COUNTRY


The John Gore Organization announced today the launch of America’s first weekly nationally syndicated Broadway entertainment program, “Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal.”  The new weekly version of Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal will reach theater fans across the country with distribution covering 97% of US television households. Check BroadwayProfiles.com for local listings.


Hosted and executive-produced by 12-time Emmy Award® winner Tamsen Fadal, Broadway Profiles is a NY Emmy Award-winning entertainment show with unprecedented access to A-list celebrities, Broadway’s biggest stars, and behind-the-scenes stories on and off the stage.


For more information, visit www.broadwayprofiles.com.  Broadway Profiles is distributed by 30 Steps.

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5) PLAYWRIGHT/SONGWRITER NOVEMBER CHRISTINE RE-RELEASES A TRIBUTE TO CHANGE VIDEO TO DRAW ATTENTION TO BLM AND CELEBRATE THE MEMORY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Award-winning Playwright/songwriter, November Christine, is re-releasing her musical video tribute to Martin Luther King and the BLM movement. "1968" features Broadway performer Nic Ryan (Motown the Musical and Beautiful: The Carol King Musical). With January and February being important months for the commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month, Christine hopes this video will help draw awareness to these integral issues, particularly right now. Link to video: https://youtu.be/TZM2nh_d_5s

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6) GARY MORGENSTEIN’S
A BLACK AND WHITE COOKIE
 IS A NEW OFF-BROADWAY COMEDY/DRAMA
ABOUT AN AFRICAN AMERICAN NEWSTAND OWNER ENCOURAGED TO FIGHT HIS EXORBITANT RENT INCREASE 

BY AN ECCENTRIC JEWISH RADICAL  


DIRECTED BY JOAN KANE, THE PRODUCTION NOW PREMIERES
THURSDAY, JANUARY 21 AT 7:00PM/ET 

AS PART OF TFTNC's ON THE AIR SERIES
&  SUNDAY, JANUARY 24 AT 3PM/ET ON THE EGO ACTUS WEBSITE


Incorporating the pandemic experiences of the past eight months into their production that Covid-19 brought to a halt in March, the award-winning Ego Actus Theatre Company today announced it will still present Gary Morgenstein’s new drama A Black and White Cookie, but in an updated version that is set against the backdrop of New York City reopening, post-pandemic. The play's schedule has been updated. The premiere will air as part of Theater for the New City’s virtual On The Air series. It is now slated for Thursday, January 21 at 7:00PM/ET, with an additional performance on Sunday, January 24 at 3PM/ET - which will be accessible at www.egoactus.com 

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7) BIRDLAND’S


ALL NEW CONCERT EVENT


HALEY SWINDAL’S


TO NEW YORK, WITH LOVE


AS PART OF THE “RADIO FREE BIRDLAND” SERIES

 

WILL BE STREAMED


FOR 30 MORE DAYS

 

ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT


THE ACTORS FUND

 

By popular demand, Birdland’s all new concert event from Broadway perennial Haley SwindalTo New York, With Love, filmed as part of the “Radio Free Birdland” series and presented in association with BroadwayWorld.com, will be streamed for 30 more days until February 14, with all proceeds benefitting The Actors Fund.


Audiences can purchase the concert stream by visiting https://events.broadwayworld.com/event/haley-swindal-to-new-york-with-love-on-demand/   

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8) Veterinary Telemedicine Startup 

Hello Ralphie

Offers Pet-Friendly Contest


Veterinary telemedicine startup, Hello Ralphie, is running a giveaway to replace their “Chief Fetch Officer” Ralph (the rescue pup) as he is coming up on retirement. They are offering free treats for the duration of the pet’s CFO tenure along with some other great perks. Please see the full list below. The contest runs now through February 11th with the winner announced February 12th

 The CFO Replacement Giveaway – one lucky pet will win:

  • Healthy pet treats courtesy of GivePet 
  • Unlimited veterinary chat appointments courtesy of Hello Ralphie
  • Custom oil painting of your photogenic pet courtesy of Paintru

To enter the giveaway, please visit CFO Replacement - Hello Ralphie

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9) DANIEL AND PATRICK LAZOUR

 


FLAP MY WINGS:


SONGS FROM WE LIVE IN CAIRO

 

FULL ALBUM TO BE RELEASED JANUARY 25, 2021


ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE 


TAHRIR SQUARE PROTESTS


THAT BEGAN THE EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION

 

Brothers, songwriters, and collaborators Daniel and Patrick Lazour have today released the second single from their forthcoming independently-produced album Flap My Wings: Songs from We Live in Cairo, featuring songs from their musical, the Richard Rodgers Award-winning We Live in Cairo, seen in the Spring of 2019 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


The album will be released on January 25, 2021, the tenth anniversary of the Tahrir Square protests that began the Egyptian Revolution in 2011.


Virtually gathering an extraordinary group of artists from across the globe during the current coronavirus pandemic, the remotely recorded album features artists from the cast of the musical as well as major Arab activist-songwriters, including Ramy Essam, Emel Mathlouthi, Rotana, Hadi Eldebeck, Hamed Sinno, Naseem Alatrash, and the brothers themselves.

 

ABOUT “WE LIVE IN CAIRO”

Inspired by the young Egyptians who took to the streets in 2011 to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak, We Live in Cairo follows six revolutionary students armed with laptops and cameras, guitars and spray cans as they come of age in contemporary Cairo. We Live in Cairo moves from the jubilation of Tahrir Square through the tumultuous years that followed. As escalating division and violence lead to a military crackdown, the revolutionaries of Tahrir must confront the question of how—or even whether—to keep their dreams of change alive.

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10) PAN ASIAN REPERTORY THEATRE
LAUNCHES 44TH MILESTONE SEASON
WITH THE REVIVAL OF THE FILM NOIR INFUSED THRILLER
FILM CHINOIS
A RE-ENVISIONED RADIO PLAY ADAPTATION
WRITTEN BY DAMON CHUA
DIRECTED BY KAIPO SCHWAB

FEATURING MEMBERS OF THE ORIGINAL 2015 PAN ASIAN CAST
ROSANNE MA WITH JEAN BRASSARD, DINH JAMES DOAN,
KATIE LEE HILL, AND BENJAMIN JONES

A TWO-PART SERIES
AVAILABLE ONLINE JANUARY 25 – FEBRUARY 7, 2021

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (Tisa Chang, Founding Artistic Producing Director) launches its 44th Milestone Season with the virtual revival presentation of the film noir infused thriller Film Chinois, a re-envisioned radio play adaptation written by Damon Chua (The Emperors Nightingale). Director Kaipo Schwab reunites the five-member 2015 Pan Asian cast that will feature Rosanne Ma as China Doll with Jean Brassard as The Ambassador, Dinh James Doan as The Man, Katie Lee Hill as Simone, Benjamin Jones as Randolph. "Pan Asian Rep enters a brave new world to re-imagine theater with the audio version of Film Chinois as radio play about a time of cat and mouse global tensions where the individual is but a pawn,” stated Tisa Chang, founding Pan Asian Repertory Theatre Artistic Director.


Film Chinois will premiere in two-parts beginning Monday, January 25, 2021 and will be available to view through Sunday, February 7, 2021. Tickets are priced at $20. For reservations, please visit https://panasian-filmchinois.eventbrite.com


Film Chinois is a film noir infused thriller of spy-versus-spy intrigue and dangerous romantic liaisons in the vein of Hollywood's classic films such as The Maltese Falcon. Re-envisioned as a radio play, the thriller takes us back to 1947 Peking, an uneasy time between WWII and the imminent Communist takeover two years later. The story centers around China Doll, a Maoist femme fatale, and Randolph, a fresh-faced American operative on a secret mission, and a mysterious man. Further complicating matters is the Ambassador who seems to know Peking all too well and his current flame, Simone, a songstress with something up her sleeve. As Randolph plunges deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness, he finds his life imperiled, as he begins to unravel the mystery of a piece of old homemade film.


For additional information, please visit the website at www.panasianrep.org

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11) Royal Family Productions 

presents

See Her

Written by IMAN SCHUK

Curated, Directed, and Choreographed by LORNA VENTURA

Featuring GABRIELLE SPRAUVE

With

Spoken Word Artist KENITA MILLER

 

Live-streaming will premiere on

Monday, January 18th at 5PM


Royal Family Productions is proud to announce the kick-off of their second annual Female+ Forward Festival with See Her, a new cinematic theatrical piece written by one of last year’s FFF playwrights, Iman Schuk (This Open Earth). This event, the first content from Royal Family in 2021, will premiere on MLK Day with a conversation with the creative team and stream through the end of February. It will commemorate this incredible moment in history as a Black woman is inaugurated as America’s next Vice President.  This collaboration recognizes the voice of Black women as an unwavering strength and the drivers of change. The story will be told through spoken word, song, and dance and will be streamed for free on Royal Family’s YouTube channel. The event is FREE. For more information and to sign up to receive a direct link to the event go to www.RoyalFamilyProductions.org.   


Live-streaming on

Monday, January 18th at 5 PM - 5:30 PM

Beginning with Q & A with the creative team

 

The event is FREE, please visit, www.royalfamilyproductions.org   to get a direct link to the event. 


For more information about Royal Family Productions please visit www.royalfamilyproductions.org

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12) South Street Seaport Museum Announces 
Extension of
Bowne & Co. Online Pop-Up Shop

Extended through January 31, 2021


South Street Seaport Museum announces the extension of the limited time

Bowne & Co. Online Pop-Up Shop, now open for orders through January 31, 2021 with pick-up available through February 3, 2021. 

Extended due to popular demand, the Bowne & Co. Online Pop-Up Shop has a special selection of core offerings available: journals, writing paper, books, and of course, house-designed notecards and broadside posters. Seaport Museum branded merchandise are also available for purchase in the Online Pop-Up Shop. To shop, visit https://www.bowne.co/. 

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13) Story Pirates Sleep Squad Goes National!

At Least Nine Theaters Present the Show Regionally;

Ticket Sales Extended through February 21st

 

View the trailer, HERE


Stream Original Song: ‘30 Moons’ HERE

(This theme song was inspired by a kid and composed and performed by Ellen Winter.)


By popular demand, The Story Pirates (creators of the #1 podcast for kids, downloaded more than 25 million times and winner of both the 2020 Webby and iHeartRadio award for Best Kids and Family podcast) and Tony Award-winning producer Eva Price (Jagged Little Pill, Peter and the Starcatcher) announce today that SLEEP SQUAD is now available through nine presenting partners, both regional theaters and performing arts centers, across the country. Ticket sales have been extended through February 21, 2021.


SLEEP SQUAD is a family-friendly, interactive, virtual theater experience that turns your home into a rocket ship. The on-demand show can be experienced after dinner, before bedtime, at naptime or anytime young astronauts feel like going on an adventure into their dreams. It can be experienced in one sitting or each story can be enjoyed in 15-minute chunks.


Featuring brand new, unique, kid-driven comedy and music, this world premiere production creates a new kind of bedtime ritual for kids ages 4-12. Created by the "masterfully hilarious” Story Pirates, “some of the best creators and performers in kids’ media today” (Sirius XM), SLEEP SQUAD is more than an on-demand evening of entertainment; it’s a one-of-a-kind experience that leaps off the screen to create performance-like, immersive family fun right at home.

 

Presenting Partners



·         South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, CA) - February 1-14, 2021

https://scr.org/sleep-squad

·         Pittsburgh Cultural Trust / Part of the EQT Children’s Festival (Pittsburgh, PA) - Through January 31, 2021  https://pghkids.trustarts.org/events/4273

·         The Bushnell (Hartford, CT) - Through February 21, 2021 https://bushnell.org/sleepsquad

·         McCain Performance Series at Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS) - February 7-21, 2021 https://mccain.k-state.edu/events/2020-2021/sleep-squad.html

·         Hult Center for the Performing Arts (Eugene, OR) - Through February 21, 2021 https://hultcenter.org/events/sleep-squad/

·         Alberta Air Theater (Billings, MT) - Through January 18, 2021 https://www.albertabairtheater.org/shows/story-pirates-sleep-squad-multiple-dates/

·         Actors Theatre of Louisville (Louisville, KY) - January 20 – February 21, 2021

·         Stephens Auditorium at Iowa State Center (Ames, IA) - February 4-14, 2021


Find additional partners and dates at: 

https://www.stellartickets.com/events/mep-and-story-pirates/a-virtual-theatre-experience

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14) Works & Process at the Guggenheim
presents the premiere of
Isolation to Creation Docuseries
Airing on WNET's ALL ARTS
Wednesdays, Jan. 27, and Feb. 3, 10, and 17, 2021 at 8pm


This past Summer and Fall amidst widespread cancellations, Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, itself facing a shuttered theater, forged a path for artists to safely gather, create and perform together again. Pioneering and producing bubble residencies that have since been widely duplicated, over fifty artists entered eight Works & Process bubble residencies in rural Hudson Valley after an unprecedented period of isolation. To capture this journey, Works & Process produced a four-part docuseries Isolation to Creationby filmmaker Nic Petry of Dancing Camera, to provide audiences with the rare opportunity to go into the bubbles and behind the scenes to experience the hope, joy, exhilarating physical struggle, and emotional challenges experienced by performers returning to the studio and stage. 


The series will stream nationwide on January 27, and February 3, 10, and 17, at 8pm ET, for free on the ALL ARTS appallarts.org, and also air in the New York metro area on the ALL ARTS TV channel (channel lineups available here). 

Episode 1: January 27 
Isolation to Creation: A Way Forward
After self-isolation and serial Covid testing, quarantine bubbles are formed for artists to gather, create, and perform safely again. Ephrat Asherie, Les Ballet Afrik, Joshua Bergasse, Sara Mearns, Missing Element, Music from the Sole, and Jamar Roberts.

Episode 2: February 3
Isolation to Creation: Beatbox, Modern, Street, Tap Dance and Afro-Brazilian Rhythm
Artists from Missing Element melding beatbox and breaking, flexn, and Krumping; Music from the Sole fusing tap and Afro-Brazilian rhythms; and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater resident choreographer Jamar Roberts and dancers go back into the studio for the first time.

Episode 3: February 10
Isolation to Creation: Afrik, Ballet, Ballroom, Broadway, Club, House, and Vogue
Ephrat Asherie Dance with club legends, Les Ballet Afrik and ballroom legend Omari Wiles, and Seven Deadly Sins artists Joshua Bergasse, Marc Happel and Sara Mearns go back into the studio for the first time

Episode 4: February 17
Isolation to Creation: Showtime
After two weeks inside Works & Process bubble residencies, projects culminate in live performances at Kaatsbaan Festival and filmed video at Lincoln Center, previewing future premiere performances at the Guggenheim, once it is safe for all to gather.

Featured Bubble Residency Artists include:
  • Ephrat Asherie Dance
  • Les Ballet Afrik with Omari Wiles
  • The Missing Element with Chris Celiz and Anthony Rodriguez "Invertebrate"
  • Music from the Sole with Gregory Richardson and Leonardo Sandoval
  • Jamar Roberts
  • Seven Deadly Sins with Joshua Bergasse, Justin Vivian Bond, Jeffrey Guimond, Marc Happel, and Sara Mearns  
Notes from the Bubble, a series for trailers for Isolation to Creation can be viewed at:

Find more information at www.worksandprocess.org.

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And that's the Scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.