Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Join our Cultural Arts department and Central Queens Adult and Senior Center for a virtual visit to the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center with curator Arielle Weininger! Arielle will lead us through Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an exhibition that explores Justice Ginsburg’s life and her numerous, often simultaneous, roles as a student, wife, mother, lawyer, judge, women’s rights pioneer, and internet phenomenon. Our program will include a video tour followed by a Q & A session with a docent.
Cost is $8 member, $10 non-member. Visit commonpointqueens.org/register to register.
For a full list of our Winter Virtual Cultural Arts Speakers and Events, visit https://www.commonpointqueens.org/cultural/. For more information, please email [email protected]
Theater Resources Unlimited Art and Activism: How Theater Can Open (and Change) Minds
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces their monthly panel Art and Activism: How Theater Can Open (and Change) Minds on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 6pm via Zoom. The Zoom session will open at 6pm for roundtable introductions of attendees, and the program will start at 6:30pm – come prepared with your best 20-second summary of who you are, and what you need. Reserve a spot on the event page at https://truonline.org/events/art-and-activism/ or by emailing [email protected] – you will be put on a list to receive the Zoom link.
Guest speakers include Jane Dubin, chair of the board of directors of Houses on the Moon Theatre Company; Adam Hyndman, associate at Octopus Theatricals, board of Broadway For Racial Justice, co-founder of The Industry Standard Group; Ludovica Villar-Hauser, founder/artistic director of Parity Productions; actor and activist Dominique Sharpton; and Gayle Waxenberg, co-founder and executive director of NewYorkRep.
From its very roots in ancient classics that often shaped current as well as historic events into life lessons, to Shakespeare’s portraits of royal villains and heroes, to the cool-eyed issue plays of Brecht and the agitprop of Odets, theater has always been a political medium. Even when it is not overtly political, theater can be subversively persuasive as it invites us to empathize with characters and dares us to understand human behavior in its full spectrum of moral shades. In a world now in urgent need of greater inclusion, will theater fulfill its potential by bringing a wider range of stories to the stage that show audiences the many faces of “the other” and explore the state of our world in thought-provoking ways?
We offer these events free to TRU members in normal times, and currently include a pay-what-you-can tax-deductible donation option for non-members, to help make up for our current financial losses.
About the Guest Speakers
Jane Dubin is a TONY Award-winning producer and the President of Double Play Connections, a theatrical production and management company committed to supporting emerging artists and playwrights in the creation and development of new works. Jane is a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute’s 14-week (NYC) and O’Neill Center Intensive (CT) Producing Workshops and past Director of Theater Resources Unlimited’s Producer Development Program, and current Director of the program’s Master Class. Broadway/OB: The Prom (Best Musical – Drama Desk Award), Farinelli and the King (5 Tony nominations), starring Mark Rylance, Bandstand, An American in Paris on Broadway (4 TONY Awards), National Tour and in London, Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (Off Broadway and on Tour), Peter and the Starcatcher (Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tour), winner of 5 TONY Awards; Ann, starring Holland Taylor (Lincoln Center); The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (London); The 39 Steps (OB, Tour); The Norman Conquests (TONY Award, Best Play Revival), Groundswell (the New Group), Beebo Brinker Chronicles (2008 GLAAD Media Award for Theatre). Other: OPA! at TBG Theatre (Best Commercial Production, MITF 2008), Take Me America (Best Musical, MITF 2007), Count Down, (Bank Street Theatre) and the one-woman show that started it all, MentalPause by Margaret Liston. Ms. Dubin is a full voting member of the Broadway League. She is Chair of the Board of Directors of Houses on the Moon Theater Company and a prior Board member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. For two years she was co-curator of the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center New Play Reading Series. She co-produced Hudson River Rising, presenting events for One Billion Ris-ing (V-Day) 2013 and 2014 and was a member of the Grand Jury for New York Musical Festival’s 2015 – 2019 seasons.
Adam Hyndman is a performing artist, producer, and activist. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Cultural Anthropology and minors in theater and dance. He has worked extensively in the arts, performing on stage and screen with roles on Broadway and television. Some notable credits include: NBC’s The Sing Off, Children of Eden at the Kennedy Center, Aladdin on Broadway, Once On This Island on Broadway and Hadestown on Broadway. Adam was a co-producer for The Inheritance on Broadway. He is currently incubating several projects as an independent producer as well as within the Tony Award winning team at Octopus Theatricals. Adam uses his experiences working with narratives to challenge his vision for the world, and it leads him to opportunities in and out of the arts. He is passionate about creating possibilities for people to connect and activate their purpose. Adam is honored to serve on the board of directors for Broadway For Racial Justice where he is specifically charged with curating community through mentorship and volunteer programs. His purpose in this work is for disruption, radical accessibility, and reconciliation, and he continues this as a founder of The Industry Standard Group (a community fund for BIPOC folks to invest and produce in commercial theater, the first of its kind). As an individual committed to excellence and progressive achievement through collaboration, he works toward the manifestation of a diverse and inclusive world.
Dominique Sharpton has been an influential force in the National Action Network since she formally joined in 2008, as the membership director. She led the organization in terms of expansion, and has promoted activism with the rising youth, motivating real action. Dominique attended Temple University, studying theater, music, and communications, then went on to attend The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), in New York City where she graduated in 2007. Aside from her love for theater and children, she has also explored the realms of producing. For a year she co-produced her father’s syndicated radio show “Keeping it Real” with Al Sharpton, co-produced a Broadway event at Birdland Jazz Club with Amy Birnbaum, celebrating Afro-American music on Broadway and is currently producing her father’s live radio broadcast rally every Saturday morning from 9-11 a.m. on WLIB-1190 a.m. She has been diligently working on the forefront with her father, helping to organize marches and rallies around the country in pursuit of justice. She devotes a lot of time mentoring young people around the city, having recently co-founded a youth based organization with her sister Ashley called “Harlem INC” which has transformed into an entertainment Company called “Sharpton entertainment LLC”. They work to provide positive outlets for youth and showcase their many talents, as well as raising issues and hardships that young adults are facing and dealing with today. Dominique Sharpton is also the board president for Education for a Better America (EBA), which seeks to promote, fund, organize and conduct activities that will build an educational support system that serves the needs of students in urban communities. The mission of the corporation is to build bridges between policymakers and the classrooms by supporting innovations in the delivery of education; creating a dialogue between policymakers, community leaders, educators, parents, and students; and disseminating information that will positively impact our schools.
Ludovica Villar-Hauser’s directorial accomplishments include the New York premiere of Otho Eskin’s Duet, the world premiere of Teresa Lotz’s She Calls Me Firefly, the Off-Broadway world premiere and West End premiere of Gregory Murphy’s The Countess (634 Off-Broadway performances), Philip Ridley’s Leaves of Glass, and Laura Pedersen’s For Heaven’s Sake!, among many other critically-acclaimed productions. Ludovica was the youngest woman ever to simultaneously produce and direct in London’s West End. In the New York theatre industry, she was also one of the few women to own and operate her own theatre for 17 years – The Greenwich Street Theatre. She served on the Board of the League of Professional Theatre Women from 2009-2018 and is currently the Producer of its Oral History Project at NYPL for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Previous to her many credits in New York, at twenty-three, Ludovica was the youngest woman ever to simultaneously produce and direct in London’s West End. Her production of O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night transferred after its initial run to a larger West End venue. In the New York theatre industry, Ludovica is one of the few women to have owned and operated her own theatre – The Greenwich Street Theatre – which she ran for seventeen years, during which time she developed more than thirty new plays and presented the work of hundreds of theatre artists. Alongside her directorial career, Ludovica is Founder and Artistic Director of Parity Productions, a recipient of NYWA’s Galaxy Award, and has served on the Board of the League of Professional Theatre Women since 2009.
Gayle Waxenberg’s career began on Wall Street where she managed the marketing and corporate communications for a premiere investment bank. During her 11 years there, she won a multitude of awards for the creative and strategic campaigns she directed. She later started her own marketing consulting firm, Waxenberg & Associates, working with advertising, public relations and direct marketing firms servicing the financial industry. A born advocate, she left the for-profit sector and committed herself to raising awareness for those less for-tunate. Combining her extensive business experience and philanthropic work, she began giving “voice” to the different communities she served, and continues to serve; domestic abuse victims, hospice patients, substance abuse victims, immigrants, at-risk children and mental health patients. Gayle has been repeatedly honored for her service by the organizations she serves. Recognizing the power of the stories she captured, she launched the Telling Company in 2012 as a forum for telling real-life stories influencing social change through art. She has now brought The Telling Company to NewYorkRep becoming a founding member with Markus Potter. Her first play, A Bitter Pill, premiered in 2016 at the Hudson Guild Theater, as part of the Venus/Adonis Theater Festival. Gayle also produced the mulit-award winning film Influence, and the London production of Stalking the Bogeyman, which received an Off-West End (Offie nomination) for best production and direction. Produced readings included Ben Elton’s Olivier award winning play, Popcorn, starring Sharon Stone and Stacey Keach. She is proud to have launched and produced a community-based program of readings, Thought Bubbles, to bring new theatrical work free to people who may not otherwise have access. Gayle is also a Founder/Past President and currently a Board Member of The Graham School Education Foundation, a Board Member of Danza Espanza, The American Spanish Dance Theater, and was an elected official. She is also a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Off Broadway Alliance, Theater Resources Unlimited and a member of the League of Professional Theater Women.
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; 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. Currently, TRU offers a Weekly Community Gathering on Fridays at 4:30pm to help maintain community spirit during this time of isolation. TRU serves writers through the TRU Voices Play Reading Series, Writer-Producer Speed Dates, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Writer-Director 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.
Under the Ocean Science Lab at the Jewish Children’s Museum
December 28 – 31, 2020
Step into the Underwater World!
With much research and preparation, the Jewish Children’s Museum is excited to bring our guests deep into the sea, with our new curated STEAM workshop. An extended hands-on workshop, each child will be transported to the deep sea and explore the chemical reaction of water turning into gummy worms!
The Interactive Science Week will transpire December 28 – December 31, at the Jewish Children’s Museum at 792 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn NY, 11225 Visit our website, https://www.jcm.museum/upcoming-programs/, for more information.
“Jewish James Bond and Other Heroes” Book Talk
January 3, 2021
New York-based Sousa Mendes Foundation is presenting a free, open-to-the-public, virtual panel discussion.
During the discussion, you will get to know the fascinating characters who participated in Operation Zebra – the little-known story of World War II aviators who risked their lives and freedom in 1947-49 to prevent what they viewed as an imminent second Holocaust. The heroes include the Jewish James Bond, Yehuda Arazi, the operation’s chief pilot Sam Lewis, and its flight instructor Elynor Rudnick. Meet Arazi’s grandson and Lewis’ daughter, as well as Boaz Dvir, who captured the story in the 2015 award winning PBS documentary A Wing and a Prayer and the 2020 critically acclaimed book Saving Israel.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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/.
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/
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
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.
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 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 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.
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
Virtual Lunchtime Lecture: 19th Century Women
March 15, 2021
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.
Heroines Of The Holocaust at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
March 16, 2021
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.
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.
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
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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