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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Sunday Scoop Week of 9/6/20 Live and Virtual Events Coming Up This Week or Soon Thereafter and More

1) 9 PM With Galinsky Returns 9/10 With Guest Grandmaster Jay Founder and Head of the NFAC
2) Ahoy New York Tours Virtual Experiences
3) A Marvelous Night at The Apollo
4) Artistic Stamp a New Virtual  Theater Announces Inaugural 2020 Season
5) Buglisi Dance Theatre and Lincoln Center Presented a Reimagined Table of Silence Project 9/11
6) Love Quirks Virtual Concert 9/10
7) The Prep Creates Prep Academy For Upcoming Academic Year
8) Static Apnea Begins Live Performances 9/12 at the Invisible Dog Center 
9) That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody New Episodes on Broadway on Demand 9/14 



Returns on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 9 PM EST  

with Special Guest


Founder and head of the NFAC

Returning on September 10, 2020 ‘9pm with Galinsky(formerly known as ‘10pm With Galinsky’) is a new, thirty-minute talk-variety show that stars performer, artist, activist Robert Galinsky streaming live from his Alphabet City NYC studio. Now with a ‘live’ studio audience, Galinsky explores and exposes the hidden truths that exist beyond the obvious spotlight of success. Streaming via Zoom on YouTube & Facebook on Thursdays evenings at 9 PM.

The first guest of the new and improved ‘9pm with Galinsky’ is The Grand Master Jay - Founder of the NFAC (Not F*cking Around Coalition), a former Presidential candidate and social activist, GMJ is the head of the NFAC, a paramilitary organization in the United States. It has been described by news outlets as a Black militia. While it has been linked to the New Black Panther Party, it denies any connection to the Black Panther Party or Black Lives Matter.

Upcoming Guests on 9pm with Galinsky

Micaela Iron Shell-Dominguez - Sicangu Lakota and Chicana Activist

Micaela Iron Shell-Dominguez is a Sicangu Lakota and Chicana is the Director of Operations and Secretary for the International Indigenous Youth Council and co-founder of Womxn from the Mountain. 

Roger Guenveur Smith - Tony Award Nominee & Ovation Award-Winning Actor

Roger Guenveur Smith is an actor, writer, director who has created HBO, NetFlix, and national stage shows.

Rabbi Rachel Timoner - The “Rebel Rabbi” & Author, Activist

Rabbi Rachel Timoner currently serves as Senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn, NY

Cart Narcs - Shopping Cart Agent

Uncensored videos from the courageous agents of the #CartNarcs. As heard on @TheWoodyShow. Your head Cart Narc is Sebastian - www.cartnarcs.com

For more, visit Facebook.com/RobertGalinsky


2) Ahoy New York Virtual Tours

Planning a special event like a birthday, a bachelor/ bachelorette party, a baby/ bridal shower, a family reunion or a corporate mixer? Ahoy New York can help virtually host your event! Check out their two private virtual experiences: the Italian Lunch Hour and Italian Happy Hour and Party Games.

The Italian Lunch Hour experience is a trinity of cooking, eating and chatting! Each participant will be sent our Taste of Little Italy Meal Kit and together we will cook a classic Roman pasta dish, cacio e pepe. Don’t worry, we didn't forget about dessert, also included is a yummy dessert already prepared! The Italian Lunch Hour will feature fun ice breakers, trivia, prizes and games.

These virtual experiences sure will be a lot of foodie fun to celebrate with friends, family, or coworkers while staying safe. 

For information visit their website at https://www.ahoynewyorkfoodtours.com/virtual-experiences.


3) A Marvelous Night at the Apollo

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel collaborates with the Apollo Theater deconstructing the making of Maisel at the Apollo and celebrating the rich history 
of the world famous theater

In the third season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the final episode centered around the World Famous Apollo Theater and the various performances there. This included a Moms Mabley set (played by Wanda Sykes), and a Hines brother dance recreation (Choreographed by Marguerite Derricks and performed by another tap dancing brother duo – the Foreman brothers), as well as a stand-up set from character Midge Maisel (played by Rachel Brosnahan) and a musical performance from the character Shy Baldwin (played by LeRoy McClain and vocals by Darius de Haas). 


The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has partnered with the Apollo Theater for a three-part conversation piece, covering Comedy, Music and Dance. Directed by Leigh Silverman, participating talent include

Comedy conversation: Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino, Rachel Brosnahan (Midge Maisel), Wanda Sykes (Moms Mabley)

Music conversation: Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino, Sterling K. Brown (Reggie), LeRoy McClain (Shy Baldwin), Darius de Haas (Shy Baldwin vocals)

Dance conversation: Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino, Maisel choreographer Marguerite Derricks, legendary dancer Savion Glover and dancers Jaden and Ellis Foreman Brothers (Hines Brothers) 

The piece is intercut with historical Apollo Theater footage of dance numbers and stand-up sets, and conversations with the Apollo’s Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes, talking about where the Apollo is now and its future, and Apollo Ambassador Billy “Mr. Apollo” Mitchell talking about the theater’s legendary entertainment history.

View a clip here: https://wdrv.it/2503212b2

View the full conversation at Apollo’s Digital StageApollo's Facebook Page and Amazon Prime Video’s Youtube



Presenting original work from six award-winning playwrights--Ben Bonnema (The Apple Boys) , November Christine, Matt Schatz (UNTITLED a New Musical Comedy about Serious Drama, The Burdens), Jahn Sood (The Disappearing Man, We Were an Island), Elyne Quan, and Natalie Ann Valentine--Artistic Stamp will produce a season of interactive experiences that take audience members on unique journeys via handwritten correspondence. The audience becomes a character in the story, reacting and replying to the letters they receive and playing a role in deciding the outcome. All of this takes place during a seven-letter narrative arc that plays out over the course of September to December. In a time when theatergoers can’t venture out, Artistic Stamp brings the plays home.

Artistic Stamp’s inaugural season features an eclectic and far-reaching variety of experiences- from November Christine’s story of Ida B Wells discovering her voice, to Jahn Sood’s adult-only romance, to Elyne Quan’s sci-fi fantasy for young audiences. 

The four month long experience costs $100, paid upfront or in four monthly installments. Tickets are now on sale at www.artisticstamp.com

2020 Artistic Stamp Inaugural Season Productions
The Constellation Melody, by Ben Bonnema
A single melody haunts four composers over two centuries in this queer-musical puzzle.  From a woman struggling with an opera commission to a 19th-century liturgical organist hiding his atheism, four nested stories explore the power of music transcending time and space. (Target Age: 13+)

Ida, by November Christine
From the ashes of the Civil War rises the bustling city of Memphis, Tennessee. Ida B. Wells, a young Negro schoolteacher, arrives in search of a new beginning. But the echoes of slavery still ring loud in the Dixie South. Guide Ida as she discovers her voice in the fight for equality. (Target Age: For All Ages)

The Hidden Slipstream, by Elyne Quan
Two otherworld figures attempt to return an alien artifact to its rightful place on Earth, but end up separated from each other and need your help to reconnect and restore balance to the planet. But you must be careful – a dangerous interdimensional enemy is on their trail and only you can set things right! (Target Age: For Young Audiences and The Young At Heart)

The Wax Box, by Matt Schatz
The adventure begins when you receive a letter from the person who lived in your home before you and the confession that they've hidden something of extreme value within the walls. Can you trust them? (Target Age: 13+)

Fall In Love in 4 Months, by Jahn Sood
Are you tired of staying home watching romance flicks and swiping through Tinder? Does love always seem like someone else’s adventure? Over the next few months you will become embroiled in an affair of your own. Step one, meet our top-level matchmakers. Step two, tell them a little bit about yourself. Don’t hold back. The more honest you are the more likely you are to find real love. Step 3, let the drama begin.  (Target Age: 18+)

The Otherwise, by Natalie Ann Valentine

The world as we know it is falling into chaos. You are the only one with the power to keep darkness from taking complete control. The Otherwise – a mysterious and strange group of deities who are the guardians between our world and all that lies elsewhere – are vanishing. Vega, their leader, requires your help. Through your combined magic – magic you perhaps didn’t even know you had – you must protect our protectors and banish the monsters before it’s too late. (Target Age: 18+)


5) Buglisi Dance Theatre and Lincoln Center
Present a Reimagined
Table of Silence Project 9/11

Featuring Live and Virtual Performance Elements

Livestream on Lincoln Center at Home
Friday, September 11, 2020 at 7:55am EDT

Buglisi Dance Theatre and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Dance/NYC, present a reimagining of the Table of Silence Project 9/11an annual free public performance ritual for peace conceived and choreographed in 2011 by Jacqulyn Buglisi, Artistic Director of Buglisi Dance Theatre. 

Reimagined for our current moment, Ms. Buglisi's collaborators on the 2020 edition include Composer/Music Director Daniel Bernard Roumain, spoken-word poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and Buglisi Dance Theatre Co-Founder/Principal Dancer Terese Capucilli.

The site-specific work had its first presentation on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 on Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center. Since the inaugural performance, more than 1200 professional dancers, musicians, and singers representing the voices of the NYC arts community in all its diversity have performed to viewership reaching close to one million people across all 50 states and in 129 countries via livestream.

A multi-cultural performance ritual for global unity and peace featuring dancers from all corners of the world, the Table of Silence Project 9/11 typically features more than 150 dancers who slowly ascend onto Josie Robertson Plaza from multiple directions with the sound of a conch shell's call to action for peace. Moving to the minimal, plaintive strains of the flute, the "heartbeat" of bass drums, trumpet, bells, and the cries of a chorus, the dancers form three concentric circles around the iconic Revson Fountain, while repeating twelve symbolic ritualistic gestures to manifest an ancient Peace Labyrinth.

This year, Ms. Buglisi is creating a new Prologue in which 24 dancers from Buglisi Dance Theatre, Ailey II, Alison Cook Beatty Dance, Ballet Hispánico's BHdos, The Juilliard School, Limón Dance Company, Martha Graham Dance Company and professional dancers from the NYC community will perform live, encircling Lincoln Center's Revson Fountain. With featured Guest Artists electric violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain and spoken-word poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph.

The socially-distanced performance will be live streamed from Lincoln Center beginning at 7:55am on Friday, September 11, 2020 and conclude at 8:46am, the time the first tower was hit on 9/11/01, followed by welcome remarks from industry leaders, a new world premiere film featuring dancers from around the world, and the full 2019
Table of Silence Project 9/11Part of Lincoln Center at Home (#LincolnCenterAtHome), the offering will be streamed at LincolnCenter.org and on Lincoln Center's Facebook Page. The video will also be available on-demand on LincolnCenter.org/TableOfSilenceProject and Buglisi Dance Theatre's YouTube channel following the premiere.

The stream will include:
  • Prologue, performed live from Lincoln Center;
  • welcome remarks from industry leaders;
  • an excerpt from Ms. Buglisi's Requiem, choreographed in 2001 as an immediate response to the events of 9/11; 
  • the World Premiere of Études, a new three-minute film by Nel Shelby Productions that features more than 100 dancers from around the world who have been inspired by the Table of Silence Project 9/11 to create and submit small scale works recorded during the month of August; and
  • the full presentation of the 2019 Table of Silence Project 9/11, a public tribute to the events of 9/11 and a call to action for peace in this world during this 10th anniversary of the work's creation.
For digital offerings from Lincoln Center's resident organizations, please visit LincolnCenter.org or individual websites.


6) Virtual Concert for the Love Quirks 

Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording, Thursday, September 10th

On Thursday, September 10th, 2020 at 7PM, Seth Bisen-Hersh, composer/lyricist of off-Broadway’s Love Quirks will present a virtual concert featuring most of the original off-Broadway cast, some of its production team and a few performers from previous incarnations to raise money for the upcoming off-Broadway Original Cast Recording.  The broadcast, which will be available on Facebook Live and YouTube Live, will feature the dozen songs from Bisen-Hersh’s Self-Isolation Song Cycle, which he originally put out once a week while the stay-at-home quarantine was in effect. 

Bisen-Hersh will be joined by original Off-Broadway cast members Maggie McDowell (Disaster, Kinky Boots), Matthew Schatz (Heathers the Musical), Lauren Testerman, Rori Nogee (Showgirls the Musical) and Dylan Hartwell (Naked Boys Singing) as well as its director: Helen Hayes Winning performer Brian Childers (Danny and Sylvia), its musical director Austin Nuckols, its stage manager Brent Michael Jones, and will also feature Teresa Hui from the 2014 off-off-Broadway run, and Crystal Davidson from the original 2011 reading and studio cast recording.

There is a suggested donation of $10 payable to paypal.me/lovequirks.  The show will be performed and live streamed on Facebook.com/LoveQuirks and on YouTube at tinyurl.com/sethbhdotcom and will be available on both afterwards, as well.

Every donation to the concert will help fund the Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording of Love Quirks to be recorded this fall.  Love Quirks (www.lovequirks.com) suspended performances off-Broadway at St. Luke’s Theater in March.  It features a score by Seth Bisen-Hersh (www.sethbh.com) and a book by Mark Childers.  The entire team looks forward to resuming performances whenever it’s safe, and they cannot wait to release the cast recording.






Professional Performance Prep (The Prep) is proud to announce a new segment of the studio called, “The Prep Academy”, located at The Prep’s new location on Oceanport Ave in Little Silver. The Prep Academy has been created to support students during their virtual home instruction, especially for working parents.

Students who enroll in the half-day or full-day program (Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm) will be placed in small groups on similar grade levels, while certified teachers and Prep Faculty members can assist in schoolwork. 

In addition to their regular schoolwork, new students and current students of The Prep will have the opportunity to take lessons with the Prep faculty during the school day, depending on instructor availability. 

The Prep will adhere to all social distancing guidelines and masks will be worn when deemed necessary by the instructors and / or when social distancing is not possible.

To enroll in The Prep Academy, please visit https://www.theprepnj.com/academy

Pre-registrations are currently being accepted but space is limited.


8) the american vicarious 
in collaboration with The Invisible Dog Art Center present

Begins September 12 at The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn

the american vicarious in collaboration with The Invisible Dog Art Center proudly present the New York Premiere of STATIC APNEA (2020) a socially distanced performative installation beginning performances on September 12, 2020. 

Conceived and directed by Founding Artistic Director, Christopher McElroen, STATIC APNEA (2020) features text by Julia Watt and is performed by Isabella Pinheiro and Jenny Tibbels. The design team includes Troy Hourie (Installation Designer), Zach Weeks (Lighting Designer) and Andy Evan Cohen (Sound Designer).

The discipline of holding one’s breath underwater, motionless - static apnea. Breath has been taken away. By a virus. By a knee. By the uncertainty. The struggle to restore it has rendered us motionless, collectively holding our breath. 

Do you know how long you can hold your breath? Would it be long enough to save yourself? Would it be long enough to save someone you love? 

One audience member, surrounded by a tunnel of blue light, descends towards a single performer behind a wall of glass. In a 9 minute and 2 second performance – the female record for static apnea - this performative installation explores how far one might be willing to go to save a life.

STATIC APNEA (2020) is staged in a 40’ storage container that has been designed specifically for this production. It is open at both ends, has high powered fans and air purifiers to ensure proper air flow. Each audience member will be required to wear a face mask and a plexiglass wall will separate them from the performer. 

STATIC APNEA (2020) runs September 12 - October 17, Thursday - Saturday from 1pm – 7pm and Sundays from 1pm to 5pm at The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen Street in Carroll Gardens. Tickets are free. Reservations for specific entry times can be made at theamericanvicarious.org. Walk ups will be accommodated if entry times are available.


9) Jonathan Rockefeller Announces 

16 Original Episodes of 


To be broadcast on 


Beginning September 14, 2020 

Rockefeller proudly announces that 16 new, original episodes of That Golden Girl Show! A Puppet Parody will be released on Broadway On Demand (BroadwayOnDemand.com) beginning September 14, 2020. Broadway On Demand is currently available in Apps for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. 

Get your cheesecake ready and pull up your wicker-framed chair… it's the 'Golden Girls' as you've never seen them before – as puppets! All 16 episodes are packed full of cheesecake, shoulder pads, sex, men, get-rich-quick schemes, wit and humor that only a puppet parody can deliver. Get ready to take a trip down memory lane with a warm-hearted salute to the original television series.

Cast includes Ashley Brooke as Sophia, Cat Greenfield as Blanche, Michael LaMasa as Dorothy, and Kirsty Moon as Rose. Produced and directed by Jonathan Rockefeller, the creative team includes Doug Kmiotek (writer), Nate Edmondson (original music), Michael Hull (puppet director), David Goldstein (set design), and Rockefeller Productions (puppet creation). The production team includes Kevin Guzewich (cinematographer/editor), Nicole Maupin (sound mixer), Ash Knowlton (supervising sound editor). Executive Producers of That Golden Girl Show! A Puppet Parody are Sean Cercone, Ken Dingledine, Jeffery Keilholtz, and Jonathan Rockefeller.

For more information, please visit www.ThatGoldenGirlsShow.com


And that's the scoop. Tune in Monday for another Talking Topic.

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