December 2018 Grantee Events

African Diaspora International Film Festival

African Diaspora International Film Festival 2018

November 23 – December 9, 2018 (various times, see event schedule)

Multiple Venues, see event schedule.

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Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement


Sundays on Broadway – Cathy Weis Projects

Sundays on Broadway

November 18, December 2, December 9, December 19, 2018 at 6:00 PM

WeisAcres, 537 Broadway, #3 New York, NY 10012

Sundays on Broadway is a curated series of salon-style events that include dance performances, film screenings, and more on Sunday evenings at 6pm. These one-night-only events bring both luminaries and newcomers of Downtown performance art face to face, sometimes quite literally, with the audience. For all of the artists involved – from curators to stage managers, performers to videographers – Sundays on Broadway is a place for “some of the sharpest minds in downtown performance (to) toss ideas around” (New York Times), test out new material and discuss the inner dealings of their work and processes.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


Stephanie Chou

Comfort Girl

Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 6:30 PM

Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

Comfort Girl is a musical exploration in song and story of the lives of “comfort women” who were abducted into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during WWII. The suite is a tribute to these young women’s incandescent courage and indomitable spirit, not only while in captivity during the War but also ”in a cruel irony” when they returned home to their families, who didn’t always welcome them back with open arms. While the suite focuses on Chinese comfort women, there were many others from Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, and throughout Asia – over 200,000 victims. Stylistically, it is a continuation of my recent recording, Asymptote, and is a blend of traditional Chinese music, jazz, classical, and pop. Tonight’s concert is a preview of the new music. Stephanie Chou – voice, alto saxophone; Andy Lin – erhu, viola, violin; Kelly Lin – piano; Isamu McGregor – piano; Kenny Wollesen – drums, percussion

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



Cornerstone Chorale, Inc.

Handel’s Messiah in the Neighborhood

Sunday, December 9th, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Holyrood Church, 715 West 179th Street (at Ft. Washington Ave.), New York, NY 10033

The Cornerstone Chorale, with soloists and orchestra, present the first section and favorite excerpts from Messiah, by George Friedrich Handel.

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Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement



Born Dancing, Inc.

Born Dancing December 2018 Performances

December 13 & 14, 2018 at 8:00 PM

December 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM

December 16, 2018 at 2:00 PM & 5:00 PM

Martha Graham Studio Theater, 55 Bethune Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10014

Born Dancing will present 6 works, including 4 new works. The cast for this production spans every decade between age 9 and 75 and -as always- features dancers with and without disabilities.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



iconiQ The Soundtrack Orchestra, Inc.

Tune Town: The Music of American Cartoons

Friday, December 14, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Mary Flager Cary Hall, Lower Level of The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018

It’s a Blast from the Past! iTSO presents the history of American animation through music and song. The nostalgic scores and lively themes from classic Hanna-Barbera, Disney, Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon series will be performed by a chamber pop orchestra accompanied by live projection and narration.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



LaMicro Theater Inc.

NANAS by Chilean Leonardo Gonzalez

December 6–December 8, 2018 at 8:00 PM

December 9, 2018 at 3:00 PM

LATEA Theater, 107 Suffolk Street, 2nd Fl, New York, NY 10002

“A full production of NANAS by Chilean playwright Leonardo Gonzalez. The play is directed by Tatiana Pandiani. The play is translated by Curtis Russell, James Monaco, and Tatiana Pandiani.

“Nanas uses humor and communal storytelling to explore gender, class an privilege through the stories of four immigrant women. The play centers on Santa, Aurora, Leonor, and María Angélica, who toil as domestic workers in Chile, where the story takes place, and it brings us the testimonies of these powerful women, their trials and tribulations, their pain and endurance but also a sense of joy and pride while earning their living as domestic workers.””

The cast is comprised by Alicia Ceron, Maria Diez, Paola Poucel and Julissa Roman. This production is in Spanish with English supertitles.”

Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



Voyage Theater Company, Inc.

Parts Unknown Play Reading Series

Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM

53rd Street NYPL, 18 W 53 Street, New York, NY 10019

For the final installment of our 2018 Parts Unknown Reading Series, VTC presents THE HOPE HYPOTHESIS written and directed by Cat Miller.

When a law student arrives at a government facility to finalize her immigration paperwork, her unusual birth certificate triggers an absurd series of events that take on a life of their own. THE HOPE HYPOTHESIS is a dark comedy that asks how we have arrived at this place of suspicion and fear — and what it means to us as individuals and as a society.

With Michael Izquierdo*, Wayne Maugans*, Alex Mickiewicz*, Clayton Dean Smith*, Chris Thorn*, Stephanie Weeks*, and Rasha Zamamiri*

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria

The Heights/El Alto: A Printmaking Endeavor

Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Word Up Community Bookshop, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10032

The opening exhibition for The Heights: A Printmaking Endeavor / El Alto: Un esfuerzo gráfico, a visual art project that attempts to capture, reflect, represent, interpret, and/or process the changing population and landscape—in all its economic, social, and civic complexity—in Washington Heights and Inwood today.

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Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement



Advent Lutheran Church

Dorian Wind Quintet and Abigail Fischer

Monday, December 17, 2108 at 7:30 PM

Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., New York, NY 10025

“One of chamber music’s most sparkling and eloquent ensembles” (TIME Magazine), the Dorian Wind Quintet joins forces with “luminous” mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer (New York Times) for Lee Hoiby’s zesty, hilarious operatic portrait of Julia Child baking a chocolate cake, Bon Appétit! The Dorian also brings their “extraordinary accuracy and spirit” (New York Times) to both classic and contemporary American music, and Fischer offers Leonard Bernstein’s delicious song cycle of recipes, La Bonne Cuisine. “Ms. Fischer sings with a passionate restraint that has no equal in her generation.” (New York Times)

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement

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