14th Annual Taste of LIC 2019
at The Backlot at Kaufman Astoria Studios
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
5:30 – 8:30 pm
View the official flyer below on this page
Tickets run from $65 to $400
Patron Toast: 5:30pm
Doors open: 6:30pm
The Backlot at Kaufman Astoria Studios:
35th Avenue between 35th and 36th Streets
N/W to Broadway; M/R to Steinway Street
The 14th Annual celebration of the food, drink, culture and community of Western Queens, to benefit The Chocolate Factory Theater’s residency, performance and community programs.
Performance by Neil Greenberg
Spill The Tea – Celebrating Pride
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Sweet Tea is supported by Annenberg School for Communication and Northwestern University Black Arts Initiative
In our 2nd annual Pride program we give voice to the unique experiences of Southern Black Gay Men. E. Patrick Johnson will discuss his collection of oral histories for his book, Sweet Tea, and how he adapted the book to a stage play and then to a documentary film. Following the conversation he will perform an excerpt from the collected oral histories and from the forthcoming documentary film, Making Sweet Tea. Scott Poulson-Bryant moderates the discussion.
The Illustrious Blacks aka ManchildBlack and Monstah Black bring their ethereal vocals, celestial sonics and earthly musical messages from the cosmos in a gravity defying performance and DJ set. The AfroFuturistic, Funky, Fly and Fierce duo fuse music, dance, theater & fashion as the main ingredients to expand minds, shake booty’s and encourage all to be bold, be brave and be you! #LiveTheHypeLife
Celebrate Twilight Pride at the Alice Austen House
Friday, June 21, 2019
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Alice Austen lived an unabashedly authentic life at Clear Comfort. Relive the larky life while we celebrate Pride and toast to her life, her work, her home and her love of Gertrude Tate at this twilight event on the lawn. This year marks the second anniversary of our designation as a site of LGBTQ historic significance. Have a bite to eat from a local establishment as well.
Dance to music played by Kitty the Disc Jockey, and make a toast with the limited edition Alice Austen Clear Comfort Pilsner by Flagship Brewery!
Tickets: $45 which includes admission, food and drink.
2019 Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy, NYC
September 12 – 22, 2019
The festivities are held along Mulberry Street from Canal to Houston Streets, as well as on Hester and Grand Streets between Mott and Baxter Streets.
This festival has always been a favorite of yours truly as well as of so many other New Yorkers.
Annual Feast of San Gennaro, Food, games, rides, concessions, entertainment, parade, and religious procession at this well-loved festival in Little Italy. Indoor and outdoor dining at 35 of Little Italy’s most famous Italian restaurants. More than 300 licensed street vendors selling international foods, and souvenirs.
The street festivities – including parades, entertainment, food stands and a cannoli-eating contest – are capped on with a celebratory Mass and candlelit procession as the Statue of the Saint is carried from its permanent home in Most Precious Blood Church on Mulberry Street.
BTW, if you’re a merchant interested in participating at the festival then have a look at Mort & Ray’s website to learn about applications, costs and such.
Additional details will come along as we near the initial date of the festival.
Have a look at our posting from a previous year (2017) on the eve of the final day of that year’s festival.
Have a look at some youtube videos shared online:
2018 Feast of San Gennaro “Blessing of the Stands” in Little Italy, Manhattan, NYC
Published by ActionKid
Little Italy, NYC – San Gennaro Feast 2017 | NYC Street Feast
Published by Manny Explores
Theater Resources Unlimited
invites you to their September discussion
What TRU Can Do for You:
A Free Introduction to Our Community
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the SeptemberPanel, What TRU Can Do for You: A Free Introduction to Our Community, on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 7:30pm at The Playroom Theater 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor. This introduction to TRU is free for everyone. E-mail [email protected] or register online at https://truonline.org/events/what-tru-can-do/ using the bright red ticketing box.
Come to this free-for-everyone seasonal kickoff and networking meet-and-greet. And meet the program directors and illustrious board members of Theater Resources Unlimited that make it possible to bring you the range of programming TRU offers for producers and artists. The confirmed lineup includes TRU Vice-President and co-founder Cheryl Davis, award-winning playwright, attorney, General Counsel for The Authors Guild, and feedback panelist for How to Write a Musical That Works; TRU board member Cody Lassen, producer (upcoming How I Learned To Drive, Indecent, Spring Awakening revival; producing team of Tootsie, What the Constitution Means to Me, The Band’s Visit, Significant Other); TRU literary manager Cate Cammarata (How to Write a Musical That Works) and assistant Literary Manager Jessie Shinberg; Emileena Pedigo of The Show Goes on Productions, who will be leading upcoming workshops; Skip Kennon, former Artistic Coordinator of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, who now helps facilitate TRU’s How to Write a Musical That Works workshop; and Ric Wanetik, producer (Tony nominated Twilight Los Angeles: 1992, Broadway’s Marlene, Off-Broadway’s Jolson and Company), who helps run TRU’s Director-Writer Communications Lab and is often a Speed Date producer. Plus two of the professionals who offer free consultations to new members: entertainment attorney Eric Goldman, and career consultant Joanne Zippel of Zip Creative.
Learn about TRU programs, including the Producer Development & Mentorship Program; Raising Money for Theater, Essentials of Successful Self-Producing and other Producer Boot Camps; the Writer-Producer Speed Date, Director-Writer Communications Lab, How to Write a Musical That Works workshop and more. And let us know what we don’t offer that you wish we did.
Doors open at 7:15pm for networking and refreshments, roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30pm – come prepared with your best half-minute summary of who you are, and what you need. Free for TRU members; usually $12.50 for non-members, but free for everyone for this season opener. Please use the bright red reservation box at https://truonline.org/events/what-tru-can-do/, call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations at 833-506-5550, or e-mail [email protected]
About the Panelists:
Cate Cammarata is a producer, director, dramaturg and writer in NYC and is the Associate Artistic Director for Rhymes Over Beats Hip Hop Theater Collective. Cate has produced The Assignment off-Broadway and My Father’s Daughter with Ursula Rucker at La Mama for Rhymes Over Beats. Regionally she produced My Life Is a Musical at Bay Street Theater and has directed many readings of new work in NYC. She is the Literary Manager for Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and is the Director of Creative Development for MusicalWriters.com. Cate holds a BFA in Acting/Directing from Syracuse University and an MFA in Dramaturgy at SUNY Stony Brook, and teaches Theatre Arts at Baruch College. Her latest book, “Contemporary Monologues for a New Theater,” was listed as one of the Top Ten Books for theatre lovers by BroadwayDirect in 2018. catecammarata.com, createtheater.com
Cheryl Davis received the Kleban Award as a librettist for her musical Barnstormer, (written with Douglas J. Cohen) about Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman flyer. The show received a Jonathan Larson Award through the Lark Play Development Center. Her play Maid’s Door received great reviews, won seven Audelco Awards, and was a finalist for the Francesca Primus Prize. Her play The Color of Justice (commissioned by Theatreworks/USA), received excellent reviews in the New York Times and Daily News, and tours regularly. Her musical Bridges, which was commissioned by the Berkeley Playhouse, received its world premiere in February 2016 to great reviews and three award nominations from the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. She received a Writers’ Guild Award for her work on “As the World Turns”, and was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award. Her work has been read and performed internationally, including at the Cleveland Play House, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Kennedy Center. She is the General Counsel of the Authors Guild.
For over 25 years, Eric Goldman has provided legal services to Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award winning talent, and to technology and internet entrepreneurs. Recent projects include representing the writers of the Broadway smash hit COME FROM AWAY and the producers of the highly successful Off-Broadway musical parody of the television show FRIENDS. Before launching his own firm in 2011, Eric worked for 15 years as a Senior Associate for entertainment attorney Mark Sendroff of Sendroff & Baruch LLP. Eric also served as in-house counsel for St. Martin’s Press and Hertz Computer. His first job out of law school was working as an associate for copyright guru Stanley Rothenberg. Eric is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and New York University School of Law.
Skip Kennon was the overall Artistic Coordinator of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and the teacher of the first year there for two decades. He wrote the music for the one-man musical Herringbone (Playwrights Horizons – starring David Rounds, Hartford Stage – starring Joel Grey, Edinburgh Festival, Philadelphia’s Prince Music Theater, Chicago’s St. Nicholas Theater, 2007 season opener at Williamstown Theater Festival – starring B.D. Wong), the music for Here’s Our Girl (workshopped at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater), and the music and lyrics for the musical version of The Last Starfighter (Storm Theatre, Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals – summer 2006, New York Musical Theatre Festival readings – fall 2006), Blanco (Goodspeed Opera House at Chester, National Alliance for Musical Theatre, National Music Theater Network), Feathertop (WPA Theater, Pennsylvania Stage Co.), and Time and Again (Manhattan Theatre Club, San Diego’s Old Globe Theater, Eugene O’Neill Center National Music Theater Conference). Kennon also wrote the music and lyrics for the one-act musical Plaisir d’Amour (book by Terrence McNally), which was produced at New York’s Triangle Theater and seen in workshop at Circle Rep, as well as the music for the one-act musical Afternoon Tea (book & lyrics by Eduardo Machado), which was performed at Theater Row Theaters in 2005 by Ed Harris and Amy Madigan. He was a classical music critic at the Hollywood Reporter for five years.
Cody Lassen is a Tony-nominated theatre producer and live entertainment consultant. Broadway productions include Indecent, the Deaf West Theatre revival of Spring Awakening, and the upcoming revival of Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive. He has been part of the producing team for other Broadway productions including Tootsie, What the Constitution Means to Me, Torch Song, The Band’s Visit, Macbeth and Significant Other. Upcoming: The first revival of Titanic, The Flamingo Kid, Steven Sater & Duncan’ Sheik’s Alice By Heart and Burt Bacharach’s Some Lovers. In addition to producing his own projects, Cody consults for producers, theaters and agencies to help them discover how they should market their shows for the best chance of financial and critical success. Previously, he was the director of marketing for Los Angeles’ Center Theatre Group and its three theaters: the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre. He is an active member of the Broadway League, the National Association of Musical Theatre, and serves on the Board of NY’s Vineyard Theatre. More info at codylassen.com
Jessie Shinberg is a recent graduate of Brandeis University. She earned her degree in American Studies and Theater Arts and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She has served as a dramaturg on a number of Brandeis Theater Company productions and a member of the new play submissions reading committee at Company One Theatre in Boston. Currently, Jessie works for TADA! Youth Theater in both administrative and teaching positions. Her passions include new play development, theater activism, and improv comedy.
Ric Wanitek isPresident of Ricochet Group LLC, a strategic planning and communications advisory. Known for his onboarding of leadership at major theaters here and in England, Ric is a frequent advisor to several regional theaters and is an active producer, investor and production supervisor. He is the Senior Advisor for America to the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), currently represented on Broadway with Matilda the Musical. He is also the President of RSC America, a US entity supporting the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company here and around the world. An investor in over 35 Broadway and Off- Broadway productions, Ric was the lead producer and Tony nominated for Anna Deveare Smith’s Twilight Los Angeles: 1992. In 1999, he was the lead producer for Broadway’s Marlene, and was the sole producer of Off-Broadway’s Jolson and Company. For eight years Ric was the supervising producer for the Victoria Secret’s Fashion Show on CBS-TV and has produced several TV Specials for cable, PBS and universities. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on theatre management and marketing.
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-seven year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.
TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program taught by prominent producers and general managers in New York theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop business skills. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition.
Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as the Montage Foundation and the Leibowitz Greenway Foundation.
For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org.
Lift UP NY: Benefit Concert and Auction
Thursday, September 26, 2019
6:00 – 11:00 pm
44 E 32nd St NYC
VIP Reception and Auction | 6:00
General Admission Doors Open | 7:30
A night of music to help New Yorkers rise from poverty, exit homelessness, and be healthy with CUCS.
Featuring a full-length set by Marc Roberge, lead singer of O.A.R and special musical guests, Lift UP NY is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see chart topping music, up close and personal, while supporting CUCS.
Outmatch the Tobacco and Vape Industry | Harlem
Saturday, October 26, 2019
The tobacco and vape industry uses flavor to try and hook people to use their products. Let’s get together and show them we don’t need them for fun in our neighborhoods. Join the New York City Health Department for an interactive event: #DontGetHookedNYC – Outmatch the Tobacco and Vape Industry.
Teens and young adults: Come and learn about the harms of flavored tobacco and vaping products, as well as how to resist aggressive industry marketing efforts.
The event will feature larger-than life- games, healthy snacks, photos and giveaways!
Featuring DJ Whutever
Spoken Word Performances by:
2019 NYC Youth Poet Laureate Camryn Bruno
Shanelle Gabriel (Def Jam Poet & Singer) and Youth Poet Ambassadors from Urban Word NYC
Saturday, 10/26/2019, Harlem, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Park Basketball Courts (Corner of 150th Street and Bradhurst Avenue)
FREE t-shirts, backpacks and healthy snacks, while supplies last.
Harlem Stage Presents: Check Your Invite! A Renaissance Rent Party Remix
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Beloved Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes was constantly invited to both bid whist (an extremely popular social card game) and rent parties. He saved hundreds of invitations from his arrival in Harlem in the early1920’s through the early 1960’s! These parties were held primarily in Harlem apartments to raise rent money, socialize with both new neighbors and those from “back home.” Play card games, dance a.k.a. cut a rug and enjoy down home cooking and libations away from the post-reconstruction oppression. Actor/Playwright/ Storyteller Daniel Carlton creates a world from archival historical invitations to dramatize Harlem history from the 1920’s–1960’s using the settings of the various parties.
We invite you to come experience an ever-changing Harlem as we wait for Langston Hughes to arrive. From returning soldiers to Garveyites to Socialites, church ladies, deacons and politicos, Harlem has been referred to as the epicenter of Black Culture during the 1900’s, The Harlem Renaissance took place during a time of virulent racism and rich artistic expression. Who were the hosts and the guests of these infamous rent parties? Come meet some of the colorful characters imagined and historical. The evening concludes with a dance party—come cut a rug!
New York Encounter: Crossing the Divide
February 14 – 16, 2020
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th Street
“”An annual three-day public cultural event in the heart of New York City, offering opportunities for education, dialogue, and friendship.””
All New York Encounter events are free and open to the public.
No registration is required.
Have a look at this official video published on youtube by New York Encounter
“We climbed up, he first and I behind him… to see again the stars” Dante
NEW YORK—The 2020 New York Encounter, an annual three-day public cultural event featuring panel discussions, artistic performances, and special exhibits, will take place February 14-16, 2020, at the Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 West 18th Street in midtown Manhattan.
- The 2020 theme, Crossing the Divide, draws attention to events and realities in today’s ideology-stricken world that break the bonds of tribalism and expose the deep unity in the common human desire for meaning. The weekend offers scores of events and exhibits that challenge us to follow the thread of those experiences which defy our preconceptions and help us to seek that which lasts and those with whom we can cling to these certainties.
- Participants include cultural and political commentators Sohrab Ahmari, Chris Arnade, Ami Dar, Patrick Deneen, and Christine Emba, and many others. The profound drama of living in contemporary society will be explored through topics such as the economy and entrepreneurship, poetry and music, family, race and class divides, homelessness, incarceration, and artificial intelligence, with this latter topic profiled in its own special exhibit explained by Julia Stoyanovich of NYU.
Now in its 12th year, the Encounter aims to give witness to a new, flourishing life, generated by faith. Supported by the work of 350 volunteers, it catalyzes intense engagement among speakers and attendees from all walks of life, whose common ground is that of inquiry, the desire for dialogue, and, ultimately, hope. Highlights:
- Saturday, Feb. 15, 4:00 pm – IN SEARCH OF THE OTHER AMERICA An interchange between Chris Arnade, writer and photographer, and Patrick Deneen, professor of political science and constitutional studies, University of Notre Dame.
- Saturday, Feb. 15, 6:00 pm – IDEALS VS. IDEOLOGIES: A LOST BATTLE? A conversation on the direction of American politics with Sohrab Ahmari, op-editor, The New York Post, and Christine Emba, columnist, The Washington Post.
- Sunday, Feb. 16, 11:00 am – WHAT CAN FREE US FROM IDEOLOGY? A conversation on the Encounter’s theme in light of Where is God? Christian Faith in the Time of Great Uncertainty (McGill-Queen’s University Press), with its author, Rev. Julián Carrón, president of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, Ami Dar, founder and executive director of Idealist.org, and Aaron Riches, Professor of Theology at Benedictine College (Kansas).
- Sunday, Feb. 16, 2:00 pm – A PAPER-THIN DISTANCE An examination of how the discovery of our common humanity shatters racist ideology with Daryl Davis, musician and public speaker, and Christian Picciolini, author and founder of the Free Radical Projects global network for the prevention of extremism and violence.
- Sunday, Feb. 16, 4:00 pm – OUR TEARS ARE THE SAME An Israeli and a Palestinian share their stories of reconciliation with international spokespersons of The Parents Circle Families Forum, Bassam Aramin and Robi Damelin.
All events are free of charge. No registration necessary.
Renew Your Vows at the Crossroads of the World on Valentine’s Day
Friday, February 14, 2020
Duffy Square / Red Steps
46th and Broadway
This Valentine’s Day, the Times Square Alliance will host a celebration of love and romance during a large vow renewal ceremony on the iconic Red Steps in Times Square on Friday, February 14th, at 6:00 PM. The ceremony is free and open to people of all ages, genders, religions, races, and backgrounds.
As the lovebirds renew their vows, they will overlook the winner of this year’s annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition: “Heart Squared” by MODU and Eric Forman Studio – made of 125 mirrors tilted in various directions within a steel frame that evokes the outline of an anatomic heart – “Heart Squared” transforms the spectacle of Times Square into kaleidoscopic images of people, buildings, and brightly-lit billboards. While the position of each mirror seems random, the designers developed a specialized technique to calculate the specific angles in order to hide a playful surprise. As viewers move around the structure towards a special marked location, those hundreds of reflections suddenly coalesce, revealing a pixel heart of urban life surrounded by a field of mirrored sky. For more information, visit www.TSQ.org/HeartSquared.
As the vow renewal concludes, official Times Square confetti will flutter around the participants.
To register for the vow renewal ceremony, visit www.TSq.org/vows.
For more information about Valentine’s Day celebrations in Times Square visit www.TSq.org/Love.