Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday Scoop Week of 1/17/16 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Mets to Host Annual Off-Season Food Drive
Citi Field
120 Roosevelt Ave. #1
Corona, NY

WHAT: The Mets and Hain Celestial Group are teaming up with City Harvest to host their annual off-season Food Drive this year benefitting New Yorkers in need on Tuesday, January 19 from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Mets Team Store at Citi Field. Fans donating 10 items or more of nonperishable nutritious food will receive a voucher for one pair of tickets to a select Mets home game in April of 2016 (excluding opening day) as well as 15% off select regularly priced merchandise at the Mets Team Store on the day of the drive.  

WHEN:Tuesday, January 19, 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.
              Mr. Met in attendance from 12:00 -1:00 PM

WHEREMets Team Store at Citi Field – Fans and media enter at the outside doors to the  team store and may park in Lot G off 126th Street between the Right Field Gate and Roosevelt Avenue.
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A David Bowie Salute
Strand Center for the Arts
400 Clifton Ave.
Lakewood, NJ


Friday, January 29, 2016 at 8PM
A night dedicated to the life of prolific music artist David Bowie, including film screening; ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS: THE MOTION PICTURE, live acoustic cover performances from local artists, a "BLACKSTAR" listening party (his final departing album), and more TBA! Events on the full stage and in GALLERY. Full bar and concessions available. Tickets $10 (Plus $5 fee per ticket).

For more information or to order tickets go to http://www.strand.org/events/event-listing/
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Summer Art Colony Camp Registration is Open at Children's Museum of the Arts
103 Charlton St.
New York, NY

Registration for Summer Art Colony Classes at CMA is now open! Summer Art Colony allows students to immerse themselves in full-day (9 am - 5 pm), innovative arts courses taught by professional teaching artists. 

Register today and ensure your child has an art-filled summer!

For more information or to register go to http://cmany.org/classes/summer-art-colony-day-camp/
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News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

South Street Seaport Museum
announces
miniMATES Program
for toddlers and pre-schoolers
Winter Session Dates:
Thursdays, January 21 - March 24, 2016
Fridays, January 22 - March 25, 2016
The South Street Seaport Museum begins a new Winter Session of the miniMATES program. Sessions will be held on Thursdays and Fridays from January 21 - March 25, 2016. Classes are limited to 12 students per class. Families may sign up for Thursdays and/or Fridays. This program, aimed at children ages 18 months to 4 years and their parents or caregivers, is designed to encourage adults to engage in fun and educational activities with their children while guided by a Museum Educator. Music, art-making, sensory play, story time, and more! The Thursday program, "Seaport Sillies" is more exploratory while the Friday program "Seaport Junior Adventurers" is more theme-based. The family program will take place from 10am - 11:15am. The cost is $250 for the session, with a 10% discount for additional children from the same family.  Family-level membership holders receive an additional $25 off total enrollment.

An Open House will be held on Thursday, January 14 and Friday, January 15 from 10 am - noon so interested families can stop by to see the space, meet the teachers, and ask questions about the program. Returning families can stop by to say hello and reconnect.
A typical miniMATES session lasts an hour and fifteen minutes and includes unstructured play time, music-making, hands-on learning activities, art-making, reading, and snack time. The class size is intimate, fast friendships form among participants, and once families join, they keep coming back! If you join the miniMATES program, you'll become part of a close-knit group of friends who learn and grow together, and you'll also develop a stronger connection to the local community. The miniMATES program meets on a regular basis, and the program operates year round. New families can join at any time. We hope you'll decide to come aboard!

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Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents
Step Afrika!
Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 2pm
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2015-16 season on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 2pm with Step Afrika!  The dancers of Step Afrika! use their bodies as instruments, combining traditional step choreography with other styles including tap, modern, and hip hop to create an enthralling, high-energy performance.  Opening for the company will be the award-winning, Brooklyn-based step group Regime. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).
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AMANDA SELWYN DANCE THEATRE
presents
White Night 2016 - Costumes and Cocktails

401 E. 34th Street, 2nd floor, NYC

Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre presents the annual White Night 2016 - Costumes and Cocktailson Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 6:30 pm at 401 East 34th Street, 2nd floor, NYC, 10016.  White Night 2016 will celebrate and honor long-time collaborator Anna-Alisa Belous and the many designs she has created for Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre. The evening will include delicious food and drink, live dance performance, live music, a fashion show, a wine auction, giveaways, and much, much more. Regular tickets are $75, and Patron tickets are $150, and are available at http://amandaselwyn.notesinmotion.org/?event_code=116. The attire will be white and black festive attire.

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VIM VIGOR DANCE COMPANY
presents
the World Premiere of
SEPARATI
choreographed by Shannon Gillen
at Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center
January 28 - 30, 2016
VIM VIGOR DANCE COMPANY presents the World Premiere of Separati at Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, 29 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY, from January 28-30, 2016.  Performances: Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 for general seating and are available at http://vimvigorgka.bpt.me/.
Separati, a new work by Shannon Gillen, in collaboration with the performers, features dancers Jason Cianciulli, Martin Durov, Laja Field, Lavinia Vago, and Emma Whiteley, set to original scores by Martin Durov in collaboration with Gillen, with costumes by Joey Blaha, set design by JC Machine and Tool company, and lighting design by Barbara Samuels. The running time is 60 minutes.
Separati enters the turbid psychic space of highway travel and anonymous companionship. Caught up at a midway point, five characters travel through the past, present and dark hallucinatory projections of the future. Stilled periods of waiting juxtapose wild physical bouts of surreal movement, as reality gives way to the imagination. What is the distance between where we have come from and where we want to go? Between what happens to us and who we are? Can the space between bodies and ideas ever be joined? And if not, can we exist in the middle ground of separation?
Shannon Gillen is the founder, artistic director and choreographer of New York's visionary new dance company VIM VIGOR DANCE COMPANY.

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Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents 
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company's 
Lunar New Year Celebration: 
Year of the Monkey 
Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 3pm

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College announces that internationally acclaimed Peking Opera performer Feng Gu will join the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company for its annual Lunar New Year Celebration on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 3pm.  Mr. Gu, a principal member of the Beijing Kunqu Theater, will perform the role of the Monkey King in a special excerpt from Monkey King in the Heavenly Palace, one of the most celebrated Peking Opera productions in China. Mr. Gu's U.S. appearance is sponsored by the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China.  Tickets are $25 for adults and $12.50 for children (ages 12 and under) and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).
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News from O&M/DKC


NEW MUSICAL
“ A L L E G I A N C E ”
PARTNERS WITH OMAZE TO OFFER FANS A CHANCE TO
TAKEI OVER THE TOWN
FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN BENEFITS INSPIRE CHANGE

 Sing Out, Louise! Productions and ATA have announced that the new American musical Allegiance has partnered with Omaze, the fundraising platform that gives you the opportunity to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences while donating to great causes.  For a chance to win, fans can donate $10 or more to Takei Over The Town with George Takei and raise money for students to attend performances of Allegiance through Inspire Change.  The winner will fly to New York City and kick off the evening by having dinner with George, receive VIP tickets to Allegiance and meet the cast.  Rounding out the experience is a customized meme created with Takei and shared to his 10 million social followers. 

Enter at Omaze.com/NYC; winners are selected at random.  Every entry makes a difference and larger donations come with exclusive rewards that can be viewed at Omaze.com/NYC
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JOE DIPIETRO’S NEW COMEDY
“CLEVER LITTLE LIES”
STARRING MARLO THOMAS, GREG MULLAVEY,
GEORGE MERRICK, AND KATE WETHERHEAD
TO OFFER PRODUCER’S PICKS TICKETS
TO BENEFIT THE ACTORS FUND
THURSDAY, JANUARY 21
Producers Joan RaffeJhett Tolentino, and Douglas Denoff announced today that two time Tony Award®-winner Joe DiPietro’s critically acclaimed new comedy Clever Little Lies, will offer a Producer’s Picks performance to benefit The Actors Fund on Thursday, January 21st at 7:00PM at the Westside Theatre (Upstairs) (407 West 43rd Street). The Actors Fund’s Producer’s Picks tickets are donated by the producers, and can be purchased at http://www.actorsfund.org/CleverLittleLies. All proceeds from the sale of these select tickets to this regular performance will go to The Actors Fund, which helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment.

Clever Little Lies began preview performances Friday, September 18th, 2015, and celebrated its star-studded off-Broadway opening night on Monday, October 12th. Originally announced as a strictly limited engagement, Clever Little Lies recently extended and will play its final performance on Sunday, January 24th. For tickets and more information on Clever Little Lies, please visit www.CleverLittleLies.com
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News from Richard Hillman PR

THE DRAMA LEAGUE
ANNOUNCES ITS 2016 ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE
AT THE DRAMA LEAGUE THEATER CENTER IN NEW YORK CITY
 
27 PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT INCLUDE NEW PLAYS AND MUSICALS
WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM TONY AWARD-WINNER DUNCAN SHEIK
AND OBIE AWARD-WINNER ADRIENNE KENNEDY
 
PROJECTS TO INCLUDE FIRST INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE
FROM BULGARIA AND ROMANIA
 
PUBLIC EVENTS AND WORKS IN PROGRESS
HELD THROUGHOUT 2016
 
 The Drama League (Gabriel Shanks, Executive Director; Roger T. Danforth, Artistic Director) has announced the artists and theater ensembles chosen to develop new plays and musicals as part of the 2016 Artist Residency Program.  The development of new works will include works with contributions from Tony© and Grammy© Award-winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening), and a rediscovered play by Obie©-winning legendary playwright Adrienne Kennedy.  This year’s program welcomes, for the first time ever, International Artists-in-Residence: Yasen Vassilev from Bulgaria, and Catinca Draganescu andValentina Zaharia from Romania.  Public readings, developmental experiments and more will be held throughout the year at The Drama League Theater Center (32 Avenue of the Americas) in Tribeca. Schedules and dates are available at www.dramaleague.org or by calling(212) 244-9494.
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News from Waldmania PR

BEN RUDNICK AND FRIENDS PLAY SONGS FROM 
 A FROG NAMED SAM: A MUSICAL FOR CHILDREN

The award-winning music of Ben Rudnick and Friends, pioneers of the kindie music scene, has delighted families for more than fifteen years.  Now Ben Rudnick and Friends' most requested song, the beloved "A Frog Named Sam," leaps onto the stage with the January 22 release of the band's eleventh album, A Frog Named Sam: A Musical for Children (Soundtrack).

A Frog Named Sam: A Musical for Children includes other favoriteBen Rudnick and Friends songs ("Race Car," "I Got a New Friend"), introduces new, sure-to-be-classic tunes ("The Adventure Song," "When Something's Got You Terribly Blue"), and features a reimagined, more fun than ever disco version of "Macaroni and Cheese."  A bonus track, "Coney Island Crazy," showcases Ben Rudnick and Friends saluting a classic American vintage amusement park with some classic American rock 'n' roll.

All of these Ben Rudnick and Friends songs are drawn from A Frog Named Sam: A Musical for Children, which spins a yarn of adventure while exploring the joys of achieving sustainability, both in friendships and in the natural environment.  Sam is a frog, of the rock star variety, who has just returned from an exhausting round-the-world tour.  The play begins with Sam coming home to his pond, feeling tired and grumpy.  Anticipating a nice rest, Sam is distraught to find the pond in disrepair, overgrown, and practically waterless.

As if that weren't enough, an alien, Tripp, crash lands into the pond, making Sam even grumpier.  Tripp, however, turns out to be a blessing in disguise and offers to take Sam on a galactic peregrination with the purpose of learning how to repair the damaged pond.  With songs that celebrate Sam and Tripp's new friendship, the musical describes their interstellar efforts to save the pond.

Winners of seven Parents' Choice® Awards and affectionately nicknamed "the Grateful Dead for kids," Ben Rudnick and Friendscreate a jam band dynamic that takes their concerts and recordings to a stratospheric level.  The band's instantly identifiable brand of adventurous musicianship soars spectacularly across a spectrum of bluegrass, western swing, disco, reggae, country, folk, and the many flavors of rock.  

A Frog Named Sam: A Musical for Children (Soundtrack) will be available at benrudnick.comamazon.comcdbaby.com, bandcamp, and iTunes.
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