Calendar

Jan
7
Thu
Rising Economic and Social Costs of Hunger and Unemployment @ virtual
Jan 7 @ 6:00 pm
Rising Economic and Social Costs of Hunger and Unemployment @ virtual

Rising Economic and Social Costs of Hunger and Unemployment

Please join Commonpoint Queens and community leaders for an in-depth conversation about the Rising Economic and Social Costs of Hunger and Unemployment.

This virtual panel features:

Danielle Ellman, CEO, Commonpoint Queens
Marci Hunn, Program Director, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Assemblymember Nily Rozic
Queens Borough President Donovan Richards
Moderated by David Brand, Managing Editor, Queens Daily Eagle.
Panel will be held over Zoom, as well as broadcast over Facebook live. Please register and submit any questions you may have for our panelists at commonpointqueens.org/TownHall.

For more information, please contact Judy Vladimir at [email protected] or 718-225-6750 ext. 345.

Jan
8
Fri
Virtual Lunchtime Lecture: 19th-Century Petkeeping @ Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
Jan 8 all-day
Virtual Lunchtime Lecture: 19th-Century Petkeeping @ Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

Virtual Lunchtime Lecture: 19th-Century Petkeeping

January 6, 2021

Join us for our monthly discussion of an aspect of life in early 19th-century America. This month we will discuss the evolution of keeping pets, and explore questions such as: Was this a common practice in the 1800s? Why or why not? What pets were popular? What was the relationship between pets and new ideas of child rearing? Free.

If you want a photo of your pet included in a collage that we will share at the end of the lecture, email it to [email protected] by January 6.

For the Zoom access link, visit www.mvhm.org

Jan
9
Sat
SFC Write in Brooklyn : Arts and Activism in Post-Apartheid South Africa @ Online
Jan 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
SFC Write in Brooklyn : Arts and Activism in Post-Apartheid South Africa @ Online

SFC Write in Brooklyn : Arts and Activism in Post-Apartheid South Africa

January 9, 2021

Hear from Playwright Ian Bruce, trained as an actor in Johannesburg, appeared briefly in the early 1970s on the South African stage and TV

About Ian Bruce:

After a 17 year political exile, Ian Bruce returned to South Africa in 1992 where he served as Executive Director of the New Africa Theatre Association (NATA). His plays been produced all over the world, garnering awards and accolades in South Africa, Netherlands, United States, and Sweden. Ian’s script Groundswell is required reading for students in South Africa.

“Mr. Bruce’s drama could be described as a cross between David Mamet and Athol Fugard…[Mr. Bruce] draws his characters in admirable depth and telling detail. While each is used to illuminate social or economic problems troubling the country in the years after the dismantling of apartheid, none is merely a place holder for an attitude or a social class.”

The New York Times
Review of Groundswell
May 18, 2009

Please note, the event link will be sent out one hour prior to the event’s start time.

Jan
14
Thu
Write in Brooklyn Presents: Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award Winner @ Online
Jan 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Write in Brooklyn Presents: Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award Winner @ Online

Write in Brooklyn Presents: Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winner

January 14, 2021

St. Francis College presents a Write in Brooklyn virtual event with National Book Award winner and MacArthur fellow Jacqueline Woodson.

About this Event

Join our Write in Brooklyn event with Jacqueline Woodson, moderated by Isaac Fitzgerald and hosted by the SFC MFA Program! On January 14th, from 6-7:30pm, Jacqueline and Isaac will discuss writing, literature, and the creative process. The acclaimed author is the National Book Award winner for her New York Times bestseller, Brown Girl Dreaming, and the 2020 recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, the 2020 recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, among many others.

Please note, the Zoom link will be sent out one hour prior to the event’s start time.

About Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is the recipient of a 2020 MacArthur Fellowship, the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award, the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award, and she was the 2018–2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, won the National Book Award, as well as the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, and the NAACP Image Award. She also wrote the adult books Red at the Bone, a New York Times bestseller, and Another Brooklyn, a 2016 National Book Award finalist. Her dozens of books for young readers include Before the Ever After, New York Times bestsellers The Day You Begin and Harbor Me, Newbery Honor winners Feathers, Show Way, and After Tupac and D Foster, and the picture book Each Kindness, which won the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award.

Jan
24
Sun
Tea in Early America: A Virtual Workshop at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden @ Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
Jan 24 all-day

Tea in Early America: A Virtual Workshop

January 24, 2021

At the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

Pour yourself a cup of tea and join us as we explore the history and traditions of tea in America, including the types of tea available, tea superstitions, and the proper food to serve at an early 19th-century afternoon tea.

Jan
28
Thu
Bloomingdale School of Music Virtual #JUSTFORFUN Vision Board Party @ Online
Jan 28 all-day
Bloomingdale School of Music Virtual #JUSTFORFUN Vision Board Party @ Online

Bloomingdale School of Music Virtual #JUSTFORFUN Vision Board Party

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Bloomingdale School of Music presents a virtual Vision Board Party on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 6pm via Zoom. Kick off 2021 by creating your very own vision board and bring positivity to your new year! Grab some magazines and construction paper, or anything you have around the house and join BSM staff for a fun night of crafting and mindful goal setting! The event is free for Bloomingdale students and families, with a suggested donation for all other guests. All are invited to join. To RSVP, visit https://www.bsmny.org/event/justforfun-vision-board-party/.

Ready to set some intentional resolutions for the new year? Then come join Bloomingdale staff for a night of mindful goal-setting and take time to craft your very own vision board! A vision board is a powerful visual tool to help create daily inspiration and remind you of your passions, dreams, and goals. Magazine clippings, stickers, pictures, quotes, and more can all be used to craft your vision board and help you make the most of the year 2021!

A vision board is a visual representation of the things you want to accomplish or acquire. People create vision boards to have a constant reminder of what they are working towards. Unlike an Action Plan, a Vision Board is generally not specific and doesn’t normally focus on the ‘how’. Instead, it focuses on the ‘what’. It is a powerful visual tool that you can use as inspiration for your journey toward the life you want to live. It can help clarify your hopes, dreams, and goals. It is a way to remind yourself of your passion and your purpose. Once the Vision Board is complete, it can serve as a helpful future resource that you can use over and over again to stay on track and motivated.

What You Will Need

A large piece of construction paper or poster board (Don’t have a poster board? An old cork board or regular printer paper works just fine!)
Old magazines, Internet pictures, pamphlets, etc. (Libraries often sell their old magazines for a small fee. Ask the neighbors for old magazines. Use the Internet by searching for a specific type of image or theme. Websites such as www.istockphoto.com or Google Images are great sites to explore.)
Pens, markers, pencils
Glue, tape, or other adhesive
Any other decorating tools you’d like to use such as washi tape, stamps, stickers, found objects, glitter, etc.

Vision board templates can be found at https://www.developgoodhabits.com/vision-board-templates/.

Discussion Prompts
What are your favorite activities or hobbies?
What makes you happy?
If you could have a dream vacation, where would you like to travel to?
What words inspire you? Do you have any quotes you love?
What is your dream job? What would you like to be when you grow up? What kind of work would you like to do?
What kind of skills would you like to have or new activities would you like to try out?
Which famous people (living or dead) inspire you and why?
What kind of sports would you like to be able to do? How much energy would you like to have?
If you could have a special skill to help people, what skill would it be?
What kind of difference do you want to make in this world?
You can also divide the board into four sections. Here are some ideas for what to include:
Do: What do you want to do this summer? What do you enjoy doing? What would you like to learn to do?
Be: What do you want to be when you grow up? What kind of person do you want to be? (Help them find photos of smiling faces, people helping others, etc.)
Go: Where do you dream of going? Where have you already been? What’s your favorite place to visit? How will you get there?
Love: Who do you love? Family? Pets? What makes you feel loved?

For more information, visit https://www.bsmny.org/event/justforfun-vision-board-party/.

Founded in 1964, Bloomingdale School of Music is dedicated to the belief that music changes lives and everyone should have access to high-quality music education regardless of economic status, race, religion, ability level, or gender. Bloomingdale is a music-driven community center where all are welcome to join and learn about music from top faculty. We are dedicated to our mission – to make music education accessible to all who want to learn – and remain focused on supporting this mission through our values. www.bsmny.org/

Jan
30
Sat
Gift in the Wound⁣ – Artist Talk and Virtual Exhibition @ Flux Factory
Jan 30 @ 1:00 pm – Feb 7 @ 6:00 pm

Gift in the Wound⁣

January 29 – February 7⁣

Curated by Noah Phillips⁣

Gallery Hours: 1-6 PM EST on Saturday, January 30 & February 6⁣
Or by appointment, email [email protected]⁣!!

Artist Talk and virtual exhibition⁣
Friday, January 29 @ 7pm EST⁣
REGISTER AT: https://withfriends.co/event/8602348/gift_in_the_wound_opening_and_artist_talk

“Without the weight given by a wound consciously realized, [one] will lead a provisional life.” — Robert Bly⁣

The Gift In The Wound highlights the work of artists who have confronted their fears, traumas, and shadows, and emerged on the other side with unexpected insights, treasures, and talents to share with and enrich their communities. The wounds explored vary from the physical to the emotional to the spiritual, and the media from paint, fabric, glass, and beyond. Each work celebrates an enduring process of transformation reflected in nature, in myth, and in our bodies.⁣

The Gift in the Wound is Noah Phillips‘ curatorial debut. Before beginning his residency at Flux Factory, where his work has focused on the intersections of folk ritual and innovative understandings of psychological “plurality,” Noah was working as a Peer Specialist in the New York City’s public mental health system. He is also a Licensed Master of Social Work and an organizer with the Institute for the Development of Human Arts, a training institute for transformative models of mental health.⁣

*The exhibition will take place at Flux Factory’s Garage Bay Gallery. In response to COVID-19, all visitors are required to wear a face mask and follow social distancing guidelines. We are committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment.⁣*

Feb
9
Tue
Japanese Soufflé Pancakes: A Valentine’s Treat @ Online
Feb 9 all-day

Japanese Soufflé Pancakes: A Valentine’s Treat

February 9, 2021

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop will be conducted online via Zoom. Registrants will receive the viewing link by email on the day of the event. Please note that all times listed are New York time (ET).

Soft and fluffy, sweet and light, Japanese soufflé pancakes have captured the hearts of foodies around the world. This delectable comfort food is a must for both pancake and dessert lovers, but mastering these tall and delicate pancakes at home can seem daunting. Join us at this virtual workshop where Maiko Kyogoku, owner of New York-based Japanese restaurant Bessou, teaches how to cook soufflé pancakes in the comfort of your own home. She will be assisted by Bessou cook Sanju Gurung. This Valentine’s Day, let Japanese soufflé pancakes be the perfect sweet treat for someone special, or simply treat yourself!

Tickets: $25/$20 Japan Society members, seniors & students

Book Event—Pictures on the Radio: Images by David Gilkey @ International Center of Photography (online)
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm

Book Event—Pictures on the Radio: Images by David Gilkey

Join ICP for a special book program honoring the work of David Gilkey, a celebrated conflict photographer who helped NPR bring vivid life to big and small stories with global impact before he was killed on assignment in Helmand, Afghanistan in 2016.

In a new book from powerHouse, Pictures of the Radio, Gilkey’s work is highlighted, showing images taken on assignments in Afghanistan, Haiti, Gaza, and other locations around the globe while he captured conflict, natural disasters and other critical stories. The book includes recollections of Gilkey in essays by NPR correspondents who knew and worked with him, including Jason Beaubien, Ari Shapiro, David Greene, Julie McCarthy, and Eric Westervelt.

During this special event moderated by ICP’s managing director of programs, David Campany, hear from the editors of the book—Quil Lawrence and Chip Somodevilla, and Ariel Zambelich, as well as Lynsey Addario and other colleagues and long-time friends of Gilkey, for an evening celebrating the work of this important photojournalist.

This event is free. Reserve your copy of Pictures on the Radio through ICP’s shop.

Feb
10
Wed
ICP Talks: Cheriss May on Documenting Democracy @ International Center of Photography
Feb 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

ICP Talks: Cheriss May on Documenting Democracy

February 10, 2021

Kicking off the ICP Talks winter/spring season is Washington DC–based photojournalist and professor Cheriss May. Covering politics and movements with portraiture at the soul of her work, May is lauded for her inclusive storytelling approach to both editorial assignments and personal projects.

Join us for an evening with May, as she discusses her work documenting democracy and social unrest during a turbulent year in the US, and learn more about inclusive storytelling through her photographs and projects in a conversation with ICP’s Managing Director of Programs David Campany.

Ballet Hispánico Café America Watch Party and Conversation with Choreographer George Faison @ Online
Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm
Ballet Hispánico Café America Watch Party and Conversation with Choreographer George Faison @ Online

Ballet Hispánico Café America Watch Party and Conversation with Tony Award-winning choreographer George Faison

February 10, 2021

Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s renowned Latinx dance organization, recognized this year as one of America’s Cultural Treasures, kicks off 2021 with a glimpse into the company’s past. The 50th Anniversary Celebration continues its series of entertaining archival repertory pieces, inviting audiences to look back at vibrant performances from the 80s and 90s with Café America on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, available at ballethispanico.org, YouTube, Facebook. 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, Tony Award-Winning choreographer George Faison, and company and alumni dancers. The piece features Mr. Vilaro himself, during his years as a dancer with the Company.

Café America by George Faison (Tony Award winner forThe Wiz), followed by a conversation with the choreographer himself and the trio of three dancers, Jose Costas, Pedro Ruiz, and Eduardo Vilaro. Café America is a bittersweet envisioning of the “American Dream.” Three immigrants make their way to a new life dawned in brilliant-colored suits with a sense of determination evoked by Faison’s expansive, jazzy choreography. Choreography by George Faison; Music by Ruben Blades and Julio Iglesias; Set Design by Pepon Osorio; Costume Design by Bernard Johnson; Lighting Design by Tim Hunter; Dancers: Jose Costas, Pedro Ruiz, Eduardo Vilaro, and Amir Levy

“An evening of good old-fashioned entertainment.” – The New York Times

“Best of all were the performances of Jose Costas as the new immigrant and Pedro Ruiz and Eduardo Vilaro as his friends. Mr. Faison’s tight-sprung, lyrical dance flowed authoritatively through their bodies. And each man established a personality — Mr. Costas a wiry, quick learner; Mr. Ruiz so full of delight in his surroundings that his face was transfigured with radiance, and Mr. Vilaro a wryly savvy survivor with a sense of humor and the look of being the most adaptable of the three,” said Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times.

#BUnidos

#BUnidos began as a daily video series to combat the loss of performances and community programming due to COVID-19. As social distancing continues, we continue to provide content through our social media platforms as a way to instill a sense of community within our BH familia and offer ways to explore dance and Latino cultures online. #BUnidos! Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing.

“As a community of dancers, artists, and human beings, we are all in this together. We will persevere through this challenging time, and we hope that this programming provides a coping outlet, for you, for our followers and the community overall,” said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO of Ballet Hispánico. “Now more than ever, it is important to band together in support of the arts. The personal and professional challenges that we have already endured and will continue to face over the next few weeks or months are significant. What we can take from this time of cancellations, uncertainty and social distancing is a chance to use our creativity to connect with the community on a new level. Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing. Ballet Hispánico was founded upon and has always believed in the importance of reaching and servicing our community through dance and culture. As this pandemic occurs during our 50th Anniversary, it provides us with an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come, get back to our roots by reaching out to community near and far, and look forward to what is ahead.”

About Ballet Hispánico

Ballet Hispánico is the nation’s renowned Latino dance organization and one of America’s Cultural Treasures. Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through innovative dance performances, transformative dance training, and enduring community engagement experiences. Founded in 1970 by National Medal of Arts recipient, Tina Ramírez, the organization emerged during the post-civil rights movement on New York’s Upper West Side, providing a safe haven for primarily Black and Brown Latinx youth seeking artistic sanctuary during New York City’s plight in the 1970s. The need for place, both culturally and artistically, led families to find Ballet Hispánico. The focus on dance as a means to develop working artists, combined with the training, authenticity of voice, and power of representation, fueled the organization’s roots and trajectory. With its strong emphasis on dance, achievement, and public presence, the organization has flourished in its three main programs: its Company, School of Dance, and Community Arts Partnerships. The organization serves as a platform for historically omitted and overlooked artists providing them with increased capacity, voice, and affirmation. Over the past five decades, by leading with Latinx culture at the forefront of performance, education, and advocacy, Ballet Hispánico’s mission is a catalyst of change and possibility for communities throughout our nation.

Feb
17
Wed
ICP Lessons: Debi Cornwall on Necessary Fictions @ International Center of Photography
Feb 17 @ 1:00 pm – Feb 19 @ 2:00 pm

ICP Lessons: Debi Cornwall on Necessary Fictions

February 17, 2021

Conceptual documentarian, filmmaker, and former civil-rights lawyer, Debi Cornwall is no stranger to questioning the role of truth in images and the power of using fiction to illuminate truth through narrative storytelling. Through her projects, Welcome to Camp America: Inside Guantánamo Bay and Necessary Fictions, Cornwall often employs deep investigative tactics to present facts that are concealed or expressed within state-created fictions, culminating in deeply immersive projects that question more than just the reality of the viewer. Join us for the next session in ICP Lessons, hosted by David Campany, for a three-day lecture series highlighting Debi Cornwall’s approach to using fiction to address real world issues and introducing key concepts and methods for applying to your own photographic practice—whether documentary, fine-art, or multimedia—which will be the focus of her upcoming ICP course, Necessary Fictions.

Mar
10
Wed
Recalibrate Reality with Scott Rechler and the 92nd Street Y @ Online
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm
Recalibrate Reality with Scott Rechler and the 92nd Street Y @ Online

Recalibrate Reality with Scott Rechler and the 92nd Street Y

March 10, 2021

Watch President and CEO of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum Alice Greenwald in the latest episode of Recalibrate Reality with Scott Rechler and the 92nd Street Y. She shares her views on January 6th, navigating COVID-19 and the economic downturn, and the future of NYC’s cultural institutions.

Tune in Wednesday 3.10.21 at 7pm EST at https://www.92y.org/event/recalibrate-reality-alice-greenwald

Mar
15
Mon
Virtual Lunchtime Lecture: 19th Century Women @ Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
Mar 15 all-day

Virtual Lunchtime Lecture: 19th Century Women

March 15, 2021

Courtesy of the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

Join us for our monthly discussion of an aspect of life in early 19th-century America. In honor of Women’s History Month we will discuss women activists in the 1800s, exploring the social issues they were supporting at that time.

Mar
16
Tue
There Is Something Here Exhibition at the Flux Factory Gallery @ Flux Factory
Mar 16 @ 1:00 pm – Mar 31 @ 6:00 pm

There Is Something Here

March 16th – March 31st, 2021

At the Flux Factory Gallery*

Open Gallery Hours: Friday – Sunday, 1 – 6pm
Or by appointment, email [email protected]

Artist Talk, Thursday March 25, 7pm EST
Register Here

*All visitors are required to wear a face mask. Four visitors are allowed in the gallery at one time.

There Is Something Here looks at the components of filmmaking through the lens of the artist’s process, and the challenges of mastering artistic craft while wrestling with self doubt, lack of experience and fear of failure. Originally titled: Nothing to See Here, Carlos David TC leaves behind the self-deprecation that many artists experience to instead focus on celebrating the process of growth and exploration.

After a year of lockdowns, quarantines, and unfinished projects There Is Something Here examines the gap between a creative idea and its full realization, reveling in the uncomfortable but generative midpoint of the filmmaking process. From initial sketches, to editing, color grading, sound mixing and everything in between, there is something here and Carlos wants you to see it with him.

Carlos David TC’s solo exhibition features installations of unfinished, deconstructed, incomplete, raw, finished and mastered video work, conceived in collaboration as an Artist-in-Residence at Flux Factory during the global COVID-19 pandemic. The works will be presented via text, color waveforms, sound and traditional moving image. Some of the works include: My Quarantine Shoes, The Self* Tapes, Pass The Hours, Spencer’s Gift and the premiere of the trailer for his newest short film: Jevi from 9 to 11.

Jevi from 9 to 11 is a fictionalized documentary about a painter who works at a museum during the pandemic and is set to be released in October 2021. The short film is part of a series called Artist* from 9 to 5 which follows immigrant artists from “9 to 5” the traditional American business hours.

Heroines Of The Holocaust at the Museum of Jewish Heritage @ Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm
Heroines Of The Holocaust at the Museum of Jewish Heritage @ Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Heroines Of The Holocaust at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

March 16, 2021

Virtual Event

During the Holocaust, more than 3,000 women fought back against the Nazis in ghettos, forced labor camps, concentration camps, and partisan units. Join Dr. Lori Weintrob, Director of the Wagner College Holocaust Center, for a program exploring the heroic lives and legacies of these female resistance fighters.

Weintrob will be in conversation with Rokhl Kafrissen, Yiddish culture writer and Tablet Magazine contributor, and Rachel Rachama Roth, a survivor of Auschwitz who will provide her eyewitness testimony to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

A $10 suggested donation enables us to present programs like this one. We thank you for your support.

Mar
21
Sun
Stories Survive: Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff @ Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Mar 21 @ 2:00 pm
Stories Survive: Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff @ Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Stories Survive: Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff

March 21, 2021

Museum of Jewish Heritage

As a small child, Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff fled her Nazi-occupied hometown of Kosice, Slovakia (then Czechoslovakia) along with her parents and infant brother. They remained on the run and in open hiding for seven months—during which they had several narrow escapes, including an arrest in Spain—until they reached Lisbon, Portugal, where they joined tens of thousands of Jewish refugees awaiting ships to the United States. With the assistance of HIAS, Dr. Klein Kassenoff and her parents were rescued from Portugal in 1941, boarding one of the last ships to safety.

Dr. Klein Kassenoff became the founding director of the University of Miami Holocaust Teacher Institute. She is also the Education Chairperson at the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach, Florida, and the Education Specialist for Holocaust Studies for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Join Dr. Klein Kassenoff for a Stories Survive program exploring her family’s journey of perseverance and escape.

A $10 suggested donation enables us to present programs like this one. We thank you for your support.

Mar
25
Thu
Rethinking Marketing Strategies to Reach the Wider Virtual Audience @ Online
Mar 25 all-day
Rethinking Marketing Strategies to Reach the Wider Virtual Audience @ Online

Theater Resources Unlimited March Panel Via Zoom Rethinking Marketing Strategies to Reach the Wider Virtual Audience

March 25, 2021

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the monthly Panel, Rethinking Marketing Strategies to Reach the Wider Virtual Audience on Thursday, March 25, 2021 via Zoom. The panel will be led by Roger Gonzalez of Alliance Media Theatricals & LocalTheatreUSA.com, Monica Hammond of Big Leap Brands (former director of marketing for Davenport Theatrical Enterprises) and Toni Isreal of Realemn Productions (former managing director of Walker International Communications). Reserve a spot on the TRU event page at https://truonline.org/events/virtual-marketing-strategies/, or by emailing [email protected] – you will be put on a list to receive the Zoom link.

The shutdown of live theater threw many into a tailspin, but some rebounded and embraced the new medium of virtual performance to keep their projects moving ahead, and their passion alive. Bravo! Now how do you reach audiences? And are they even the same people who support live theater? While production possibilities may be limited, audience bases have actually widened now that we can easily tap into markets beyond our geographic location. With little money to spend on traditional ad campaigns during these tough times, the emphasis on reaching new audiences has also shifted. A digital world needs a digital marketing strategy, of course. And we will look at Facebook ad strategies, email marketing, adwords, partnerships with Goldstar/Groupon, etc. – all the tools we used before the shutdown. But how we use them now may be different.

Zoom session will open at 5:30pm eastern time for roundtable introductions of attendees; program will start at 6:00pm – come prepared with your best 20-second summary of who you are, and what you need. Free for TRU members, pay-what-you-can for non-members. Please use the bright red reservation box on our web page, or email or phone at least a day in advance (or much sooner): e-mail [email protected] or phone 833-506-5550.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were forced to rethink all TRU programs for Zoom presentation. Turns out that what seemed at first to be a drastic inconvenience has paid off with surprising benefits,” said Bob Ost, executive director of TRU. “We now have extended our reach well beyond the New York area, throughout the US and as far away as England, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. This panel will talk about the value of marketing to the ever-growing online audience that the pandemic has created.”

About the Panelists
Roger Gonzalez is owner of Alliance Media & Communications, a media and live entertainment, integrated marketing and PR firm that works with media companies, small to mid-sized businesses, and with the independent theatre industry to promote theatre and live entertainment. Alliance Media & Communications publishes LocalTheatreUSA.com, a live entertainment site dedicated to theatre/live entertainment in the New York Tri-state area and across the country. Launched as a blog in 2006 it has become a premier site for independent producers, local venues, performing arts centers and theatre production in the New York Tri-State area, covering and promoting all NY Theatre and live entertainment. As of 2016, they began also to work with playwrights and help realize new theatrical works, with the goal to bring them to the stage, typically helping them create everything from online presence (websites, social media, press), to realizing their fundraising potential, developing a budget, and finding the right venue.

Monica Hammond is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Big Leap Brands LLC, working with clients to understand their business as well as we know our own, because small opportunities can be found in the most granular aspects of any business that will make a huge impact. We’ve found opportunities for our clients in their marketing, systems and processes, expenses, and more. As a marketing professional, Monica has worked on numerous Broadway shows, including the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Once On This Island, Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, It’s Only A Play, Gettin’ The Band Back Together, as well as the National Tour of A Night With Janis Joplin. Off Broadway: That Bachelorette Show, The Awesome 80s Prom, Daddy Long Legs, A Better Place. She is also the Founder and Chief Coloring Officer of Curious Custom Coloring Books, and Founder of Broadway Murder Mysteries.

Toni Isreal is admired for her expertise in multi-cultural marketing, strategic implementation, and her signature ability inspire, develop, and lead innovative creative thinking. In addition to being a proud member of New York Women in Film & Television, Isreal is the CEO and Founder of REALEMN Productions LLC, Broadway’s leading multicultural marketing and PR support team. Just a few REALEMN clients include 2019 Tony Award Winning HADESTOWN, Broadway Bound – MJ The Musical, and New York Theatre Workshop and the upcoming HADESTOWN Tour 2021. REALEMN is excited to work with NC Black Repertory Company (NC Black Rep) for their Black History Month Production of “Freedom Summer”. Isreal is also a consultant with New York’s World-Famous Apollo Theater, where she has secured over a million dollars in sales. And she was formally the Diversity Consultant at McCarter Theater in Princeton and now re-joining the McCarter Theatre Family with The Real Team – REALEMN Productions, Community Outreach and Press. Previously, Isreal was the Managing Director of Walker International Communications Group (WICG). In that role, she led a team providing all aspects of marketing consultation to arts organizations including audience development, media support, and socially & technology driven initiatives. As a sincere advocate for BIPOC, Isreal further enjoys promoting the arts and entertainment to multicultural communities and delivering engaging experiences that encourage audiences to secure their seats and tune in. Added to her arsenal, COVID-19 Theatre Think-Tank (CTT Member) https://www.covidtheatrethinktank.org/ NEW client, George Street Playhouse – New Brunswick. And Proud to be a Founding Member of The Industry Standard Group (TISG) https://www.theindustrystandardgroup.com/

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-seven-year-old 501(c)(3) 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; presents monthly panels as well as the new weekly Community Gatherings; 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 the TRU Voices Play Reading Series, Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab.

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by the Montage Foundation and the Leibowitz Greenway Foundation. For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org.

“Plunder” Book Talk With Menachem Kaiser And Stephanie Butnick @ Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm
“Plunder” Book Talk With Menachem Kaiser And Stephanie Butnick @ Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

“Plunder” Book Talk With Menachem Kaiser And Stephanie Butnick

March 25, 2021

Menachem Kaiser’s new book Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure is the story of his quest to reclaim his family’s apartment building in Poland—and of the astonishing entanglement with Nazi treasure hunters that follows.

Kaiser’s story begins when he takes up his Holocaust survivor grandfather’s former battle to reclaim the family’s apartment building in Sosnowiec, Poland. Soon, Kaiser is on a circuitous path to encounters with the long-time residents of the building, with a Polish lawyer known as “The Killer,” and with a surprise discovery about his grandfather’s cousin that reshapes his quest.

Join Kaiser for a conversation with Stephanie Butnick, Tablet Magazine Deputy Editor and co-host of the leading Jewish podcast Unorthodox, about Plunder and the profound questions it raises about family inheritance.

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Apr 1 @ 1:00 pm – Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm

OnlyPods by Rmi Dalton & Jevijoe Vitug⁣

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April 1 – April 27, 7:30 – 9:30pm⁣

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