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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Sunday Scoop Week of 7/19/20 Current and Upcoming Alternatives to Live In Person Events and More

1) A Christmas Carol the Radio Play One Night Only 7/21
2) Andrew Revkin and the Columbia Earth Institute Present Three Collaborative's Other Than We
3) Ballet Hispanico B Unidos Instagram Video Series  July. August 2020 Watch Schedule
4) Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies in Live-Streaming Run Through 9/24
5) Black Theatre United Virtual Town Hall Conversation  7/24
6) Bleeding Love Releases Songs from the Podcast
7) Broadway Records Announces Three Cast Albums Now Available
8) Broadway Records to Host "Our Table" Concert and Conversation 7/20
9) Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance Premieres Dance Film "Single Use" 7/22
10) Lake Tahoe Dance Collective Presents Lake Tahoe Dance Fesitval 7/22 - 7/24
11) Liberate Artists Free Inclusive Digital Dance Experience Runs From 7/27 - 7/30
12) South Street Seaport Museum Free Virtual Talk on Tattoo History 7/22
13) Two River Theaters Benefit Series Kicks-Off with Your Blue Ain't Sweet Like Mine 7/26

New Jersey’s Jesse Walker, host of the online celebrity show “The Jesse Walker Show,” to help raise funds for The Heifer Project, has gathered Broadway veterans and New Jersey’s best to present a special livestream event of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol, The Radio Play, adapted by and with music by Tony PalermoONE-NIGHT ONLY on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 8:00PM. All donations and proceeds from the event will go to benefit The Heifer Project.
Watch via livestream on all “The Jesse Walker Show” social media pages:
YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0XB61vkgqBBJRQphNIEwTg?view_as=subscriber
Experience a holiday classic as an old-fashioned radio broadcast in this a faithful adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic story, A Christmas Carol, The Radio Play, adapted by and with music by Tony Palermo. It’s the 1940’s and you and your family are sitting around the radio listening to your favorite program “The Holiday Playhouse” hosted by Clarke Thorell (Broadway’s Hairspray, Annie, The Front Page) where this week they are presenting the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol featuring Belinda Allyn (Paper Mill’s Beauty and The Beast, Benny & Joon) as the Ghost of Christmas Past/amongst others, Estelle Balsirow as Tiny Tim/amongst others, Jeff Brown as Marley/amongst others, Tally Sessions (Paper Mill’s Beauty and The Beast, Broadway’s Company) as Scrooge, Tatiana Wecshler (Paper Mill’s Benny & Joon) as Mrs. Cratchit/amongst others, and Jesse Walker (“The Jesse Walker Show”) as Bob Cratchit. They will be joined by Carol Ammirata, Tom Ammirata, Valerie Goss, Sheri Hecker, and Mike Zandeman. The script is true Dickens language and features authentic orchestral Victorian Christmas carols, spooky ghost music, and manual sound effects.
Jesse Walker, named “Talk Show Host with Tenacity” by New Jersey’s Bergen Record in 2005, has been producing, directing, choreographing, and acting in his own plays, as well as other revivals, since he was 15-years old. Walker runs his own theater group and puts on plays locally around his neighborhood almost every year. During high school, he hosted his own show on public access on ECTV in Emerson, NJ. After relocating and a 6-year break, Jesse returned via internet with his revamped debut of “The Jesse Walker Show.” Musical theater credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Grease, Take Me As I Am (original), Smile Annie Farbissen, A Christmas Carol with a Jewish twist (an original adaptation). Television credits: “The Jesse Walker Show,” and “Caroline Rhea.” Awards: The New Jersey Governors Award for being the first handicapped person to have his own celebrity talk show.
The Heifer Project (also known as Heifer Project International) is a global nonprofit working to eradicate poverty and hunger through sustainable, values-based holistic community development. Heifer distributes animals, along with agricultural and values-based training, to families in need around the world as a means of providing self-sufficiency. Recipients must agree to "pass on the gift" by sharing animal offspring, as well as the skills and knowledge of animal husbandry and agricultural training with other impoverished families.
Based in Little Rock, Arkansas, Heifer International started with a shipment of 17 heifers to Puerto Rico in 1944. Since 1944, Heifer International has distributed livestock such as goats, bees, and water buffalo, along with training and other resources, to 20.7 million families, or more than 105.1 million people in more than 125 countries.
Immediate action is needed to prevent a crisis of hunger around the world. Millions of families in the United States and around the world are now facing hunger and poverty due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Your gift will provide hope for families worried about their future. All donations and proceeds from the event will go to benefit The Heifer Project – www.heifer.org.


Andrew Revkin, founding director of a new Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at Columbia University's Earth Institute, is hosting a Sunday Brunch Reading of Obie award-winning Theatre Three Collaborative’s cli-fi eco-feminist fable OTHER THAN WE, written and directed by Karen Malpede. Other Than We will be performed LIVE on Revkin’s weekly Sustain What arts webcast, on Sunday, July 26, 2020 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. The video link will be posted here a week before showtime: http://j.mp/sustainwhatlive. Viewers can type comments and questions to be explored in the post-show talkback.

A Cli-fi fable with music that moves from a dystopian reality to astonishing hope. Other Than We is futuristic cli-fi, harrowing yet hope-filled
After the Deluge, the privileged, and their “essential workers”, live in a hermetically sealed Dome. But, the underground aquifer and food supply are running out. Outbreaks of hate are on the rise and surveillance is extreme. Two young women, an obstetrician-gynecologist and a neuroscientist, her lover, join forces with a refugee janitor from Africa who was once a physician, and an elderly renowned linguist, in an unlikely plot to create a new, post-Homo sapiens species, other than we. The fate of life on earth hangs in the balance.

The Other Than We reading is on Sunday, July 26, 2020 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm and can be found on the Initiatiative on Communication and Sustainability at Columbia University’s Earth Institture website: http://j.mp/sustainwhatlive

Running Time: One hour and 45 minutes with no intermission


3) Ballet Hispánico 
B Unidos Instagram Video Series
Continues 50th Anniversary Celebration

July/August 2020 Watch Party Schedule 

Ballet Hispánico continues B Unidos, its video series, with Watch Parties in July and August 2020, available at www.facebook.com/ballethispanicohttps://www.ballethispanico.org/bunidos/watch-party, or https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeBVCPHnWSLKF4c53fAqDRw/.

Enjoy a Company performance from the comfort of your own home, followed by live Q&A sessions with Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico Eduardo Vilaro, choreographers and Company dancers:

Wed July 22 at 7pm: Homebound/Alaala
Wed August 5 at 7pm: Cada Noche...Tango
Wed August 19 at 7pm: Danzón

Homebound/Alaala (2019)
Choreography by Bennyroyce Royon
Music by Perfecto De Castro, Pilita Corrales, Nora Aunor, Grace Nono, Pinikpikan
Scenic Design by Amanda Gladu, Bennyroyce Royon
Costume Design by Amanda Gladu
Lighting Design by Joe Doran
Homebound/Alaala explores the intersection of Latino and Asian cultures through ideas including the spirit of communal unity (
bayanihan), the resilience of women, overcoming hardship, and the quest for home.
World Premiere: March 26, 2019 at The Joyce Theater

Cada Noche...Tango (1988)
Choreography by Graciela Daniele
Music by Astor Piazzolla
Costume Design by Patricia Zipprodt
Cada Noche...Tango
takes a look at the underground nightlife of Buenos Aires in the 1920s and 30s. An endless cycle of violence and conflicting passions ensues as men and women come together to dance late at night - every night.

World Premiere: October 18, 1988 at The Joyce Theater

Danzón (2009)
Choreography by Eduardo Vilaro
Music: "You've Changed" by Carey/Fischer, arr. by D. Balakrishnan
"Danzón" by Paquito D'Rivera, arr. by M. Summer
"A Night in Tunisia" by Dizzy Gillespie/F. Paparelli, arr. by D. Balakrishnan
Reorchestrated by Alex Brown
Costume Design by Diana Ruettiger
Lighting Design by Joshua Preston

Initially evolved from Haitian contradance, the Danzón has been called the official dance of Cuba. Eduardo Vilaro has taken this traditional and quintessentially Cuban dance form and reinvented it with contemporary language to construct a joyous celebration of music and movement.

The creation of Danzón was made possible through generous support from the Chicago Community Trust. Additional support was provided by the University of Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD.

Ballet Hispánico Premiere: December 1, 2012 at the Apollo Theater

4) Hollywood Legend Comes To Your Living Room
Streaming Live July 15 – September 24 at OnTheStage.com

Internationally acclaimed one woman show BETTE DAVIS AIN’T FOR SISSIES will stream LIVE at OnTheStage.com from July 15 - September 24. Written and performed by Jessica Sherr (Blue Bloods, Claws, Annie), this new 80-minute live streaming version is directed for the small screen by Karen Carpenter (Harry Townsend’s Last Stand, Love Loss and What I Wore). The production also features Bette Davis’ scarf and gloves, which were a gift from Bette Davis Estate, to wear in the show.

In BETTE DAVIS AIN’T FOR SISSIES, Jessica Sherr channels 31-year old Bette Davis’ fight against the male-dominated studio system. On the night of the 1939 Oscars, Davis returns home knowing she’s to lose Best Actress to Vivien Leigh’s Scarlet O’Hara, because the press has leaked the winners. Davis takes us on the bumpy ride of her tumultuous rise, as the tenacious actress fights her way through the studio system to the top, while triumphing over misogyny to win roles and compensation on par with her male counterparts. See what happens when someone who always wins...loses. 

Tickets are $19.50 each (including all service fees), available at  www.BetteDavisAintForSissiesTix.com. Performance times are:
• Wed. July 15 @ 7:30pm EDT / 4:30pm PDT
• Thu. July 30 @ 7:30pm EDT / 4:30pm PDT
• Thu. August 13 @ 7:30pm EDT / 4:30pm PDT
• Thu. August 27 @ 7:30pm EDT / 4:30pm PDT
• Thu. September 10 @ 7:30pm EDT / 4:30pm PDT
• Thu. September 24 @ 7:30pm EDT / 4:30pm PDT

BETTE DAVIS AIN’T FOR SISSIES premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2008 and has gone on to sold-out five-star runs at Edinburgh Fringe Festival over three consecutive years, a month-long run in Chicago, a US tour in 2015, and a run at St. James Theater in London. The show has been seen in 12 US states, including stops in Tuscon, San Antonio, Roswell, San Jose and Little Rock, among many others and in three countries. For more information visit bettedavisaintforsissies.com.


A Virtual Town Hall Conversation
Friday, July 24 at 7:00PM EST / 4:00PM PST

Leader Stacey Abrams, Founder of Fair Fight and Fair Count
Dr. Jeanine Abrams McLean, Vice President of Fair Count

Moderated by Actor, Activist & BTU Member Viola Davis

Friday, July 24th at 7:00PM EST / 4:00PM PST, join Black Theatre United (BTU) member, actor and activist Viola Davis as she moderates a virtual Town Hall with Leader Stacey Abrams, Founder of Fair Fight and Fair Count and Dr. Jeanine Abrams McLean, Vice President of Fair Count, in a conversation titled
“Our Voices.  Our Votes.  Our Time.”

Register for free at www.BlackTheatreUnited.com

A link to the live streaming event will be sent to you in advance of the event.

Together we will harness the power of our collective voice to bring about change.

Join Black Theatre United on FACEBOOKTWITTER & INSTAGRAM

Watch the inaugural BTU Town Hall event “Activating Black Artists and Allies for Racial Justice,” a conversation between Sherrilyn Ifill, President of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund with Audra McDonald, Wendell Pierce and LaChanze.

Watch the video announcing the creation of Black Theatre United.
Join the mailing list by filling out the form HERE.
DONATE to Black Theatre United.

For more information, visit www.BlackTheatreUnited.com


Broadway Podcast Network, Tony award-winner Dori Berinstein and Alan Seales, in association with Kent Nicholson, Katie Rosin, and Steve Saporito and the distributor, Ditto Music, are releasing, for FREE download, the songs from the podcast BLEEDING LOVE, book and story by Jason Schafer, suggested by Oscar Wilde’s “The Nightingale and the Rose, music by Arthur Lafrentz Bacon, lyrics by Harris Doran, directed and edited by Doran. The “Bleeding Love, Songs from the Podcast” album will launch on Friday, June 26th with the release of the single “It’s Just A Street” sung by Tony award-nominee Sarah Stiles, it will be followed by the release of “Is This Summer” sung also by Stiles and The Voice’s Tony Vincent on Friday, July 10, the final single from the album will be the title track “Bleeding Love” also sung by Vincent out on Friday, July 24. The entire album will be available to download at no cost on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, and all streaming platforms on Friday, August 7.

BLEEDING LOVE takes place in a world that is too dangerous to go outside, where a starry-eyed teen cellist risks leaving her apartment to win the love of the rebel punk next door. A twisted musical with a good, pure heart.

The album features Annie Golden (Hair, The Full Monty, “Orange Is The New Black”) as Madame Floy, Drama Desk Nominee Rebecca Naomi Jones (Oklahoma!, American Idiot, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) as Lolli, Three-Time Tony Nominee Marc Kudisch (Girl from the North Country, The Great Society, Finding Neverland) as The Super, Two-Time Tony Nominee Sarah Stiles (Tootsie, Hand to Good, “Billions,” “Get Shorty”) as Bronwyn, Taylor Trensch (Dear Evan Hansen, To Kill a Mockingbird, Hello, Dolly!,) as Sweet William, and Tony Vincent (American Idiot, “The Voice”) as Puppy.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world that has grown so dangerous that parents won't let their children outside, a sequestered teen cellist named Bronwyn is kept home by her bedridden, overprotective aunt, Madame Floy. Bronwyn spends her days practicing cello by the window, dreaming of the world outside. Only no one ever passes by. 

The building is protected by the gun obsessed Super who is determined to keep intruders out, so the tragedy that happened to his wife never again occurs. His son, Sweet William, spends his days smitten with Bronwyn, who barely notices him.

One day, while staring out her window, Bronwyn notices the arrival of a punk named Puppy and his dominating girlfriend Lolli. Lolli rejects Puppy telling him to prove his love to her by getting her a rose. Bronwyn pities Puppy and determines to find a way to get him a real, live rose. Only problem is... nothing grows anymore.

BLEEDING LOVE is a story of hope. Even in a world that is overwhelmingly dark, one small person can change the world and overcome the darkness.

Just as BLEEDING LOVE takes place in a world where people are locked in because it’s too dangerous to go outside, the podcast was recorded by actors in their apartments, in a world where it’s too dangerous to go outside. From climate change to the political divide to COVID-19, the themes of BLEEDING LOVE have striking resonance.

Bleeding Love, Songs from the Podcast will be  available for FREE on all streaming platforms.
The Podcast is available exclusively from the Broadway Podcast Network at BPN.FM/BleedingLove and on Apple/iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart, TuneIn, Deezer, Player.FM, Pocket Cast, Podcast Addict and everywhere else you listen to podcasts.

Broadway Records is pleased to announce three new releases now available on digital platforms now available:  Broadbend, Arkansas (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording), The Perfect Fit -The Musical (Remote Recording), and the re-release of Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge (Original Cast Recording). You can buy or stream all three wherever digital music is sold.

Broadbend, Arkansas, presented in association with The Public Theater, with Act 1 (“Just One Q”) book and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh with music by Ted Shen and Act 2 (“Ruby”) book and lyrics by Harrison David Rivers with music and additional lyrics by Ted Shen, directed by Transport Group Artistic Director Jack Cummings III (two-time OBIE winner), played last fall at The Duke on 42nd Street, with a cast featuring Justin Cunningham (Netflix’s When They See Us) and Danyel Fulton who received a Drama League Award nomination for her performance.  The production recently received three Antonyo Award nominations, including Best Book, Best Score, and Best Actor in an Off-Broadway Musical for Ms. Fulton.

Starting July 20th, audiences can stream Broadbend, Arkansas, which is hosted by Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper, at transportgroup.org free of charge. In lieu of a ticket fee, the company encourages contributions be made to the Black Theatre Network at blacktheatrenetwork.org. A special live discussion with the cast and creative team will take place on July 23 at 7pm ET with guests Marcia Pendelton of Walk Tall Girl Productions and Black Theatre Network President Andre Harrington, moderated by NYU Associate Professor Michael Dinwiddie. To register, visit transportgroup.org.

The Perfect Fit is an original musical written by 13-year-old musical sensation Joshua Turchin. The “Remote Album” features Tony nominee Laura Benanti (Gypsy, My Fair Lady, Meteor Shower, TV's “Supergirl,” “Younger,” “Nashville”), Nikki Renee Daniels (Company, Book of Mormon, Porgy and Bess), Joshua Turchin (“The Early Night Show with Joshua Turchin,” Trevor the Musical, Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol/The Actor's Fund, “The Little Mermaid” Live-To-Film/The Hollywood Bowl, A Christmas Story Broadway National Tour, The PillSchool of Rock Promo Tour), Carly Gendell (School of Rock), Grace DeAmicis (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Ellie Kim (School of Rock, Trevor the Musical), Swayam Bhatia (Disney+'s “The Mighty Ducks,” “Really Rosie”), Lily Brooks O'Briant (Matilda, Netflix's “The Big Show Show”), Luke Islam (Disney+'s “The Mighty Ducks,” “America’s Got Talent” Golden Buzzer Winner), Audrey Bennett (Frozen, Amelie, Amazon's “Hunters”), and Fabi Aguirre (On Your Feet, Les Miserables). The album is produced by Dan Garmon and Turchin.

To celebrate the release of The Perfect Fit, Joshua will be going live today, Friday, July 17th at 7:00PM ET for the 50th episode of The Early Night Show exclusively on the Broadway Podcast Network who hosts his podcast. This show will benefit The Actors Fund. (https://broadwaypodcastnetwork.com/)

The Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge cast recording was first released in 2010 following a celebrated run Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters after being developed by Prospect Theater Company. With an original score by Peter MillsGolden Boy of the Blue Ridge is a pitch-dark comedy with the kick of moonshine. The Show transplants J.M. Synge’s classic The Playboy of the Western World to 1930s Appalachia. Bluegrass music and backwoods mayhem abound in this coming-of-age story about a slapdash murder, a whirlwind romance, and a most unlikely hero. The album is produced by Dennis Michael Keefe, and cast features Melody Allegra Berger, Matthew Duré, Jeff Edgerton, Carol Hickey, Victoria Huston-Elem, Dennis Michael Keefe, Mark Mozingo, Mike Rosengarten, Dan Sharkey, and Scott Wakefield.

To learn more, visit BroadwayRecords.com.
Our Table (A New Musical) - Live at Feinstein's / 54 Below Cover


 To celebrate the release of Our Table: Live at Feinstein’s/54 Below and deepen its meanings, Broadway Records and the creative team of Our Table have partnered with GrowNYC, the parent organization of New York’s greenmarkets, to help support both the farmers who bring great products to New York and the chefs who depend on them for sustenance and materials, as well as to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of GrowNYC and the New York City greenmarket movement.   

On July 20th at 12pm EST, a concert and conversation celebrating Our Table will stream live from the greenmarket at Union Square, where much of the story of the show is set.  Long time New Yorker magazine writer Adam Gopnik will be in conversation with luminaries from the sustainable food world. The stream will be highlighted with musical guest appearances by the show’s composer David Shire; its leading lady, the beloved actor and soprano Melissa Errico; and other surprise speakers and performers.  The occasion will also serve as an appeal for GrowNYC’s “Covid Response Campaign” which hopes to raise $250,000 to help local farmers, suddenly unable to bring the thing they grow to market, to continue to feed New Yorkers instead of leaving their produce rotting in the fields. Bank of America has agreed to match all contributions to the GrowNYC campaign.

You can watch the live stream on Broadway Records’ Facebook page or YoutubeThe album, starring Melissa Errico and Constantine Maroulis, is the much-talked of musical composed by David Shire with book and lyrics by Adam GopnikThe album is now available on digital platform

To learn more, visit BroadwayRecords.com.

9) Lake Tahoe Dance Collective
the Eighth Annual
Lake Tahoe Dance Festival
July 22 - 24, 2020

Lake Tahoe Dance Collective (LTDC) enters its eighth year of presenting the
Lake Tahoe Dance Festival, which will take place online this summer from July 22-24, 2020. The festival has presented over 35 works with more than 25 guest artists and 44 local dancers since 2013. 

Each evening's presentation will go live at 6:00pm PDT on laketahoedancecollective.org and will remain available for 24 hours. A suggested donation of $25 will help Lake Tahoe Dance Collective continue its mission to bring the finest in dance to the shores of Lake Tahoe. Donors who contribute more than $75 will receive a Lake Tahoe Dance Festival t-shirt and a 2020 Lake Tahoe Dance Festival wine glass, a Gala tradition.

A variety of works around a common theme will be presented during each of three unique evenings, with artist interviews and introductions around the works performed. Festival founders Christin Hanna and Constantine Baecher welcome an array of collaborators in conversation around the works shown. The festival will feature a collection of works seen previously at the festival in addition to works performed by artists who were originally slated to perform in Tahoe this summer.

The summer, the Lake Tahoe Dance Festival comes to you, with works by Bryan Arias, Agnes de Mille, Jacopo Godani, Erick Hawkins, Lester Horton, Martha Graham, Lauren Lovette, Marco Pelle, Paul Taylor, and Antony Tudor, with special guests Daniel Baudendistel, Ashley Bouder, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Kristin DrauckerDaphne FernbergerStephen Hanna, Lloyd Knight, and Wendy Whelan.

What are the works that defined the beginnings of ballet in America, and how has that laid the grounds for what we see in ballet today?

Featuring works by Agnes de Mille, Antony Tudor, and Lauren Lovette.

Hosted by Christin Hanna and Constantine Baecher, with special guests Daniel Baudendistel (formerly American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet), Stephen Hanna (formerly New York City Ballet, Billy Elliott on Broadway), Adrian Danchig-Waring (New York City Ballet) and Ashley Bouder (New York City Ballet). 

As ballet brought its grand traditions from Europe, new forms were being created that broke some of the traditional bounds of ballet, but still tell a story, using new lines and shapes.

Works from Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Erick Hawkins and Lester Horton.

Hosted by Christin Hanna and Kristina Berger (Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Lester Horton Dance Theater; Professor at Dean College Joan Palladino School of Dance ), with special guests Lloyd Knight (Martha Graham Dance Company), Wendy Whelan (New York City Ballet), and Kristin Draucker (Paul Taylor Dance Company).

A window into today's cutting-edge dance and choreography through the lens of three diverse works.   

Featuring works from Marco Pelle, Jacopo Godani, and Bryan Arias.

Hosted by Constantine Baecher (founder of the Copenhagen International Choreography Competition) and Marco Pelle (choreographer), with special guests Daphne Fernberger (formerly Jacopo Godani Dresden/Frankfurt Dance) and Bryan Arias (choreographer; former dancer with Nederlands Dance Theater, Kidd Pivot).

The Young Dancers Workshop,a three-week intensive for dancers ages 10 and up, offers training with festival artists in small class sizes with an emphasis on classical ballet, modern technique and improvisation. This year's workshop is being held outdoors to honor social distancing guidelines, and the dancers will be creating their own dance film shorts to be presented online during the festival. 

Lake Tahoe Dance Festival is made possible in part through support from the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, The Arts Council of Placer County, The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and the Tahoe Weekly.  Additional support from Rodney Strong Winery, Alpenglow Sports, Plumas Bank, Tahoe City Downtown Association, Trunk Show, New Moon Natural Foods, The Rock Garden, Tahoe Marina Lakefront, Jim Morrison Construction, Tahoe Dave's, Za's Lakefront and Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique. 

For more information about the Lake Tahoe Dance Festival, visit: www.laketahoedancecollective.org  



Free Inclusive Digital Dance Experience Runs From
July 27th - July 30th  
Partnership With Always, Enough Foundation To Break Economic Barriers Providing Access To All

 Liberate Artists Inc., a benefit corporation, is removing economic barriers and calling for inclusion in the arts through Forward Movement, an interactive digital dance experience, and its’ partnership with the 501c3 (pending) Always, Enough FoundationLiberate Artists is an inclusive dance education movement that teaches self-compassion to kids, so they can practice compassion with each other. The rallying cry is "You Are Enough," and dancers of all races, all genders, all religions, all body types, and all ability levels, are embraced and supported at Liberate Artists.

Forward Movement is a free 4-day online digital dance experience held July 27 - July 30, 2020. Created as an online dance convention for kids ages 4-19 and their direct communities, participants will be taught self-compassion and inclusivity through dance and conversation so they can implement compassion and anti-racist foundations into their own communities. Registration is open and free for all dancers ages 4-19 and their parents, studio owners, and arts/dance educators. Participate and join the movement at LiberateArtists.online/register

Forward Movement features an all-star lineup of faculty and speakers including “So You Think You Can Dance” winner Lauren Froderman and “So You Think You Can Dance” all-star and Missy Elliott dancer, Comfort Fedoke. Students will learn from faculty who have danced and performed with artists such as Christina Aguilera, Normani, Janet Jackson, Cher, Will.I.AM, Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani, and have performed on Broadway, “World of Dance”, the Oscars, the Tony Awards, and with the Radio City Rockettes.

Forward Movement will also mark the launch of Liberate Artists’ partnership with 501c3 (pending) Always, Enough Foundation. Created by Liberate Artists CEO Geri Brown, the foundation was developed to create inclusive arts’ spaces by financially supporting families without economic freedom who require additional support. Always, Enough Foundation will provide free tuition, free hotel accommodations, and a meal stipend for families to attend Liberate Artists’ Phoenix Fire in New York City during the summer of 2021. Scholarships are completely anonymous to remove any bias toward Always, Enough families. Donate to ensure that all kids are represented in the arts with Always, Enough Foundation at LiberateArtists.online/donate. Applications for Always, Enough Foundation scholarships will be available in 2021. The only direction for change is forward.

For more information visit us at LiberateArtists.online and find us on Instagram at @LiberateArtists.

11) South Street Seaport Museum 
Free Virtual Talk
From Mummies to Mariners:
A Conversation on Tattoo History
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

South Street Seaport Museum announces From Mummies to Mariners: A Conversation on Tattoo History on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 from 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT. Sign up to reserve a spot at seaportmuseum.org/from-mummies-to-mariners/. Tickets to this virtual program are free but reservation is required.

Join a virtual talk about the history of tattooing through the ages, with a glimpse at some early 20th century artifacts from the South Street Seaport Museum's collection. Daredevil Tattoo co-founder Michelle Myles will discuss the history of this art form from prehistoric tattooed mummies and the Roman age, to the 1770s voyages of James Cook and tattooing in America, until today. Moderated by Martina Caruso, Seaport Museum Director of Collections, the talk will include a showcase of digital artifacts from the Museum's Alan Govenar and Kaleta Doolin Tattoo Collection organized by our Collections and Curatorial Assistant Michelle Kennedy. 

The talk will familiarize viewers with the history of tattooing within different time periods and cultures, and make the case for the importance of researching, documenting, and preserving tattoo cultural heritage.



Two River Theater kicks off their series of benefit play readings with Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine on Sunday, July 26 at 7:00pm EDT. The show originally premiered at Two River in 2015; this reading will feature an updated script by Tony-Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson. 

The reading will feature original cast members Brandon J. Dirden, Andrew Hovelson, Merritt Janson, and Roslyn Ruff with Glynn Turman coming on to play the role of Zebedee.

All proceeds from this reading and the entire series will support Two River Theater. In addition, proceeds will be matched by a generous donor to benefit five organizations with a pressing need due to the impact of systemic racism and COVID-19. The beneficiary partner for this reading, selected by Playwright and Director, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, is The Ruben Santiago-Hudson Fine Arts Learning Center, a non-profit affiliate of the Global Concepts Charter School lifting up the lives of neighborhood children in Ruben’s hometown of Lackawanna, NY.

A relationship is developing between Zeke, a self-described “walking outburst” and Judith, “a seeker of knowledge” with a hidden past. In this explosive and hopeful examination of America’s racial divides, they discover the true meaning of history, sacrifice and legacy. During the show’s initial run audiences were inspired to explore and discuss their own experiences of race relations on a personal, local and national level. The demand led to Two River adding post-play discussions following every performance. 


Online benefit event tickets are $25 or $100 for the series of five readings and include access to live post-reading Q&As with the artists involved, hosted on Zoom. Sponsorships start at $1,000, and include additional benefits such as an invitation to a private virtual event with reading artists.

Benefiting organizations are identified by the playwrights and directors involved in each reading and include The Actors Fund, The Audre Lorde Project, and The New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice. All artists will be paid for their involvement in the series.
For Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine, Two River Theater will also stream the reading on YouTube from Mon, July 27 at 10AM EDT – Thurs, July 30 at 7PM EDT. Streaming is free and donations of any amount from viewers will be greatly appreciated.

For more information on the Two River Rising series visit: tworivertheater.org/tworiverrising
For more information on the Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine reading visit:
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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