November 2019 Grantee Events

Personae II by Carlos David, Creative Engagement Grantee
Personae II by Carlos David, Creative Engagement Grantee

Come experience a wide range of art activities by supporting our Creative Engagement, Creative Learning and UMEZ Arts Engagement grantees at their events this month.

Lantern Community Services

sound.space 2: home
November 1, 2019 at 4:00-7:00 PM
El Barrio's ArtSpace Lower Level Gallery 215 E 99th St, New York, NY 10029

What Does Home Mean To You? Join Lantern Community Services on November 1st for a free, family-friendly arts experience at El Barrio's ArtSpace in East Harlem. Make art, share a story, hear a song, celebrate our artists!

Featuring: Lantern Arts Collective, Alvin Hill, Jayden-Avery Love, Michael Deegan, Chantal Heijnen, Sam Kulik & Rohin Khemani, Community Access Arts Collective and more!

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

FilmShop

Filmshop's Breakthrough Series
November 2, 2019 at 9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Film at Lincoln Center - Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 West 65th Street New York, NY 10023

Filmshop’s Breakthrough Series showcases a curated selection of our members' films in an intimate setting with festival programmers, distributors, film critics and executive producers. Facilitating discussions centered around development and distribution, Breakthrough provides a forum for filmmakers to explore the next stages of their careers.

Featured projects range from works-in-progress to fully-produced narrative and documentary shorts, features, and series and feature screenplays. The projects are selected by a panel of jurors, who are all industry professionals and active members of the film community.

After each project is presented in each block, there will be a panel discussion with the filmmakers and an industry luminary.

There will also be a pitchfest, as well as a dedicated lounge for event goers to mingle with filmmakers and industry guests. Breakthrough is open to the public, and a great opportunity for filmmakers to hear conversations on craft, process, development, and distribution.

Find more information at
www.thefilmshop.org/breakthrough-series-2019

 

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Elea Gorana Dance Collective / Elissaveta lordanova

Mighty Mountains
November 3, 2019 at 3:00-5:00PM
The Riverside Theater, 91 Claremont Ave, New York, NY 10027

MIGHTY MOUNTAINS is Gorana 3rd Int'l Folk Dance Festival. The Balkans and the Caucasus mountains are especially strategic regions of tremendous importance in terms of regional security. The two ranges are geographically connected at the bottom of the Black Sea and their capes Emine (Bulgaria) and Pitsunda (Georgia) are looking at each other across the sea...

Both Bulgaria and Georgia have essential similarities in their cultural heritage: St George is celebrated in both places as the courages one, wine and dance accompany each holiday and community gathering, polyphonic male and female singing is unique and highly praised around the world, are few of the many. All of that and more led us to re-connect and create a collaborative new work Colors of Love.

We would like to remind our audiences that borders exist for political reasons, but the hearts of the people and their love to enjoy togetherness has none.

Find more information here

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Museum of Art and Origins

Uptown Emissaries & Visionaries: Further Experiments in the Ambush of Light
November 6, 2019 at 6:00-8:00 PM
Museum of Art and Origins, 430 162nd Street, New York, NY 10032

Please join us at the Museum of Art and Origins for the vernissage in celebration of the exhibition, Further Experiments in the Ambush of Light. During the event, visitors are encouraged to experience the various artworks on view while also taking part in a silent poetry reading

Find more information at
www.museumofartandorigins.com/new-events/uptown-emissaries-and-visionaries-further-experiments-in-the-ambush-of-light

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Carlos David

Personae II
Opening Reception: November 7, 2019 at 6:00-9:00 PM
Exhibition: November 7 - 24, 2019
El Barrio's Artspace PS109, Main and Foyer Galleries, 215 East 99th Street, New York, NY 10029

Personae II is a multimedia visual art and community engagement project which represents artist Carlos David next stage in exploring transformation, expression, and experimentation. It features photo and video portraits, installation, and screenings of documentary footage.

David’s process invites participants to transform into their alter ego or a character of their choice, enabling freedom of expression. And yet in the act of doing so, the subjects can explore and reveal more profound and hidden parts of themselves. David's work presents a diverse community drawn together by the collective action of revealing their fantasies and dreams.  For this installment, David collaborated with survivors of conflict and trauma, people with a disability, people recovering from substance abuse, members of the LGBTQIA community, military veterans, artists, and entrepreneurs.

The pictures explore the enduring quality of the human spirit, and imagination's ability to provide perspective on lived experience.

Find more information at http://carlosdavid.org

Grant Program: Creative Engagement, UMEZ Arts Engagement

brASS Burlesque

Oops I Did It Again!
November 8 - 11, 2019 at 8:30 - 9:30 PM
The Kraine Theater, 85 E 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

Join brASS: Brown RadicalAss Burlesque and their Friends for an evening of storytelling: embodied, full-bodied, disembodied -- bringing together some of NYC's funniest fiercest performers. Storytelling through words, sounds, and naked bodies, aka an evening of comedy, music and burlesque!

Find more information at www.frigid.nyc/events/oops-i-did-it-again 

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Symphony of the City of New York, Inc.

Music Born from Times of Strife
November 9, 2019 at 8:00 -10:00 PM
All Saints Church; 230 East 60th Street; New York, NY 10022

Symphony of the City of New York performs a concert of Music Born from Times of Strife. In this innovative concert, performances of works by composers Galina Ustvolskaya and Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatte will be preceded by "Composer Illuminations" - short documentaries that bring the lives and times of these two extraordinary women to life for our audience members

Find more information at www.symphonyofthecityofny.org

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Phoenix Ensemble

Phoenix Ensemble Concert Series
November 9, 2019 at 3:00 - 5:00 PM
November 19, 2019 at 7:00 - 9:00 PM
November 30, 2019 at 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Our Saviour's Atonement Lutheran Church, 178 Bennett Avenue, New York, NY  10034

Our Phoenix Ensemble will present three free performance masterclasses at Our Saviour's Atonement Lutheran Church in Washington Heights:  November 9th featuring vocal music of Mozart and the Classical period, November 19 vocal music of Richard Strauss and the Romantic period, and November 30 vocal music of Britten and beyond.

Find more information at www.phoenixensemble.org

Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement

Ranardo-Domeico Grays / VISIONS  Contemporary Ballet 

Traces (of what makes us who we are)
November 9, 2019 at 7:30 PM
The Riverside Theatre, 91 Claremont Ave., New York, NY  10027

In VISIONS Contemporary Ballet: Traces (of what makes us who we are) this ethnically diverse company led by Ranardo-Domeico Grays, artistic director/choreographer, relays universal messages of the human experience. A five-year brain cancer survivor, Ranardo is creatively flourishing, presenting spiritually uplifting contemporary ballet works. The company will be premiering his new piece, Still Healing, inspired by stories of people who experience pain and suffering through no fault of their own, yet they persevere.

Also on the program will be Through the Valley, which explores facing obstacles in one’s fight for health and life; Dash Between, about living life in the dash between "born" and "died;" and Roots, rooted in prayer, about self-growth.

Company Dancers performing this evening will be Alexandria Amstutz, Asia Bonilla, Lilly Ann Comstock, Mathew Ortiz, and Nick Sartori.

Find more information at https://www.visionscontemporary.com/

Grant Program: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement

Voices From War

Writing & Reading War Stories - A Writing Workshop for Veterans
November 9, 2019 at 2:00 - 4:00 PM
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, At Richard Gilder Way (77th St.), New York, NY  10024

Join us for six original narratives, as we celebrate Veterans Day and explore the many ways military service shapes lives. Following brief readings, panelists will discuss the power of writing—and multiple perspectives on transitions within veteran communities. Featuring four recent Voices From War workshop participants, plus Voices From War instructors, novelist Siobhan Adcock and veteran-writer Drew Pham. Joined by moderator Kara Krauze, Founder and Director of Voices From War.

Find more information at https://voicesfromwar.org/events

Grant Program: Creative Learning

Jazz Power Initiative

Intergenerational Jazz Jam Sessions 2019
November 10, 2019 at 2:00 – 5:00 PM
National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 58 W 129th St Ground Floor, 2203, New York, NY 10027

Jazz Power Initiative and National Jazz Museum in Harlem present our next Intergenerational Jazz Jam. Co-led by Eli Yamin with Jennifer Vincent, bass; and Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax, drums. Featured artist: Antoinette Montague and Jazz Power Youth.

Calling all singers, instrumentalists, dancers and spoken word artists of all ages.

Find more information at www.facebook.com/events/1139338079589465/

Grant Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement

Woof Nova

Microcosmitor
November 10, 2019 at 3:00 PM
November 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM
November 12, 2019 at 9:30  PM
The Tank, 312 West 36th Street, New York, NY, 10018

Microcosmitor is Woof Nova’s latest boundary-defying performance work that transcends our usual metaphysical pursuits to explore the uncharted territory of Biocentrism: the audience is taken on a journey of elastic scale from the microscopic to the far reaches of the cosmos.

A nomad abandons the confines of ”reality” and traverses a landscape of shifting proportions and perspectives in search of clues to unlock the mystery of consciousness and find immortality in a parallel universe.

Woof Nova continues on their quest to make real and tangible to the senses, through through an interplay of objects, dance and sound, complex scientific and intangible concepts.

Find more information at
https://woofnova.org/upcoming-events-2/

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Blackberry Productions

MY HARLEM TIS OF THEE
November 12, 2019 at 12:30 PM at Aaron Davis Hall
November 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM at Aaron Davis Hall
November 19, 2019 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM at Harlem Hospital Center Herbert Cave Auditorium

MY HARLEM TIS OF THEE explores the impacts of gentrification and takes the political temperature of Harlem, one of many transforming villages on America’s vast landscape.

Featuring Robin Baxter, Jose Febus, John-Martin Green, Ted Hannan, and Rhonda McLean-Nur, written by Stephanie Berry, Direction by Jeffery V. Thompson, music by Nat Adderly, Jr., choreography by Dyane Harvey Salaam

Grant Program: Creative Engagement, UMEZ Arts Engagement

Metropolitan Klezmer

METROPOLITAN KLEZMER: Jubilation! 25th Anniversary Octet Concert Series
November 14, 2019 at 7:00 - 8:30 PM
The Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002

Now celebrating their 25th year together, Metropolitan Klezmer brings eclectic exuberance to Yiddish musical genres from all over the map. Performing vibrant versions of gems from wedding dance, trance, folk, swing and tango styles, as well as soundtrack material from vintage Yiddish films, this octet re-invents tradition with irreverence, respect, and joy. This special performance will also feature a rarely heard repertoire including balladry of the Triangle Fire, a Yiddish-rooted Soviet animation score, and a gorgeous range of imaginative original compositions. Presented in partnership with Village Preservation and the Museum at Eldridge Street.

Find more information at https://www.eldridgestreet.org/event/metropolitan-klezmer-concert/

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Pioneers Go East Collective

VIRGO STAR
November 14 & 15, 2019 at 10PM
November 16, 2019 at 5:00 PM
November 17 & 18, 2019 at 7:00 PM
November 22, 2019 at 10:00 PM
November 23, 2019 at 5:00 PM
November 24 & 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM
November 30, 2019 at 5:00 PM
December 1, 2019 at 5:00 PM
La MaMa, 66 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

Virgo Star explores and explodes the myth of the American Cowboy.  An underground, kinetic ride through the Cowboy myths performed from a queer perspective, this dance-theatre work fuses personal storytelling and movement to re-create scenes from Western Movies. A live cinematic experience and a satirical take on Classic Western Movies, Virgo Star combines personal stories with dark comedy to reflect on mainstream “Cowboy” iconography from a queer perspective. The performance examines same-sex intimacy, self-awareness, and fear of being marginalized in a fictional West. With Virgo Star, the collective looks with humor at how chauvinism and bravado transmit into gay subculture.

Inspired by Western classic films (i.e. “Red River” with Montgomery Clift), the performance features Daniel Diaz as a cowboy enamored with another cowboy in an imaginary ranch out in what was formerly “Spanish Texas”.  The performance combines recollections and tales of love by Pioneers Go East Collective’s performers on the same range. Honest, open-hearted – the performance celebrates the queer experience to capture funny yet moving episodes told by the artists, exploring love and self-identity, juxtaposed to Cowboy and Cowgirl iconography.

Find more information at http://lamama.org/virgo-star/

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Annette A. Aguilar

Women in Latin Jazz Festival
November 15, 2019 at 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Rio II Gallery, 583 Riverside Drive, 7th Floor, New York, NY
Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Tenth Intervention

If a Wolf Should Come Out of the Forest
November 16, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Theatre 71, 152 W 71st St, New York, NY 10023

Tenth Intervention performs two world premieres: I get awfully lonely when I'm ignored ... by Anthony R. Green and a collaborative work [if a wolf should come out of the forest] written by Kyra Sims (text) and Lainie Fefferman, Dorian Wallace, and Evan Williams (music). [if a wolf should come out of the forest] is a work for chamber ensemble and narrator, inspired by Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, that retells the story from the perspective of an ostracized  she-wolf. The performance will also include an art installation by young artists.

I get awfully lonely when I'm ignored ... written for piano and violin by Anthony R. Green examines murder in 4 movements, questioning its role in today's society while challenging the significance of pop culture's manipulative tactics.

Find more information at
www.tenthintervention.com/november-16-show.html

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Eryc Taylor Dance

EARTH
November 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Alchemical Studios, Studio One, 104 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10011

Over the course of this past year, Eryc Taylor Dance (ETD) has been developing the company’s newest work, EARTH. Through a 5-part works-in-progress presentation series, audience members previewed a section of the piece followed by an engaged dialogue with the Artistic Director, Eryc Taylor and guest collaborators, that focused on climate change and how we can be better global citizens. This all culminates in a final showing featuring the evening length work of EARTH on November 16th at Alchemical Studios with a performance at 7pm.

The performance will be followed by a VIP post-show champagne toast. As a “wake up call” to the impact of our actions on our global climate crisis, EARTH- a full-length collaborative immersive dance experience will feature original choreography by Artistic Director, Eryc Taylor and past recipients of the company’s New Choreographer’s Grant. Featured collaborative choreographers include Robert Mark Burke of Robert Mark Dance, Jordan Ryder of RyderDance, Eryn Renee Young of XAOC Contemporary Ballet and Aaron McGloin of Aaron McGloin Dance.

Original music has been scored by resident composers Daniel Tobias, Salomon Lerner and Stephanie Ann Boyd along with guest filmmaker David Kagan, who has created a series of short videos featuring the sounds and images of climate change. The entire creative process of EARTH has been recorded by guest videographer and photographer, Shannel Resto.

Find more information at www.ETD.nyc/earth

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Feed Me a Story

Feed Me A Story: LES food guide
November 16, 2019 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Essex Market, 88 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002

Join Sarah Kramer, Theresa Loong and Laura Nova as Feed Me a Story launches its audio tour celebrating the new Essex  Market! Personalize a grocery tote bag with your food stories and memories - the bag is yours to keep!

Find us on the market’s mezzanine level from 11am - 1pm on Saturday, November 16th. This event is FREE and no advanced registration necessary!

Find more information at www.feedmeastory.com and https://www.essexmarket.nyc/events/2019/11/16/feed-me-a-story-an-audio-guide-of-essex-market

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

andPLAY

andPlay (in) Conversation
November 17, 2019 at 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Word Up Community Bookshop, 2113 Amsterdam Ave. New York, NY 10032

andPlay, a violin/viola duo based in New York City, focuses on commissioning new works and performing lesser-known contemporary ones. andPlay is especially passionate about the collaborative experience of creating new music. In order to share this process with the wider community, andPlay began a series of free events beginning in 2019 at public venues in Manhattan, entitled andPlay (in) conversation. Each event includes a guest composer who is a former or current collaborator with andPlay. This event features composer and Harlem resident David Bird in a discussion and a performance of his 2013 work for andPlay, "Bezier".

Find more information at  https://www.facebook.com/events/751394325296926/

Program: Creative Engagement & UMEZ Arts Engagement

Advent Lutheran Church

Music Mondays
Monday, November 18, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway at 9rd St., New York, NY  10027

The “six superb brass players” of The Brass Project (Philadelphia Enquirer) are breathing new life into the brass ensemble, both through their own arrangements of Baroque and Renaissance music and through the nearly 40 short new works they have commissioned from a diverse range of established and emerging composers. Hear the brass ensemble redefined.  The program includes the New York premieres of pieces by Gabriella Smith, Reena Esmail, and Michael-Thomas Foumai, and the World premiere of a revised version of a piece by Kinan Abou-Afach.

Find more information at www.musicmondays.org

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Ellen Lindner

Stories I Would Tell A Million Times
November 21, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC, NY 10032

Love comics and graphic novels? Come to the launch of Word Up's Fall Comics Show, featuring work by students from the recent nonfiction comics class at the store, Stories I Would Tell A Million Times, taught by Ellen Lindner.

The launch will feature a reading by students from the class, covering topics including gentrification, racism, dealing with your menstrual cycle, and having a spiritual awakening on the subway. Spanish translation of this event will be available!

Find more information at https://wordupbooks.wordpress.com/wordupevents/

Grant Program: Creative Learning

The India Center

Saraswati Claissical Arts Festival
November 23, 2019 at 6:00 - 8:00 PM
MNN, 537 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019

Come join us for an evening of Indian Classical Dance, Music and more...

Find more information at http://theindiacenter.org/

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Tami Tyree / Echoes of Our Ancestors African-American History & Song

A Seat at the Table: Dinner With Frederick Douglass
November 23, 2019 at 4:00 PM
November 24, 2019 at 6:00 PM
St. Michael's Church Recital Hall 225 W. 99th St., New York, NY 10025

Echoes of Our Ancestors African-American History & Song presents as part of The Frederick Douglass Continuum 2019 the premiere of a historical play illuminating the interpersonal lives of Frederick Douglass and [first] wife Anna. The musical 'A Seat at the Table: Dinner With Frederick Douglass' (book, music and lyrics by Tami Tyree) brings the iconic statesman and abolitionist into the home of an adoring historian (portrayed by Lil Phillips) as a dinner guest in the 21st century. Recollections, introspection, camaraderie and romance make the evening simmer but we are on the edge of our seats as fact, fiction, and speculation mingle with the past and present when the playwright brings a surprise guest -- first wife Anna Murray Douglass -- to this table. With Jonathan Dewberry as Frederick Douglass, Beareather Reddy as Anna Douglass. Rudi Mwongozi is Musical Director of an ensemble of singers and instrumentalists; Allen C. Harris directs. Walk up to 2nd floor.

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Darrah Carr Dance, Inc.

Dancing the Coral Suite: Darrah Carr Dance with musical artists Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna
November 23, 2019 at 8:00 PM
November 24, 2019 at 2:00 PM
November 24, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019

The Bessie Award-nominated Darrah Carr Dance reunites with fiddler Dana Lyn and guitarist Kyle Sanna for a musical and choreographic exploration of The Coral Suite, the trad duo’s concept album inspired by the reef’s miraculous biodiversity. Lyn and Sanna perform nuanced interpretations of traditional Irish music; artistic director Darrah Carr’s champion dancers perform in her trademark style of ModERIN, a unique blend of traditional Irish step and contemporary modern dance.

Find more information at https://irishartscenter.org/event/darrah-carr-dance-fall-2019

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

Voices From War

Writing & Reading War Stories - A Writing Workshop for Veterans
November 24, 2019 at 5:00 PM
14th Street Y, 344 East 14th St., New York, NY  10009

Voices From War's Fall 2019 SHOWCASE will share original writing from our Fall workshop participants, Writing & Reading War Stories - A Writing Workshop for Veterans. Join us for a READING & RECEPTION in the Theater at the 14th Street Y on Sunday, November 24th at 5:00 pm. Veterans and family members read from new work, with a celebratory reception.

Find more information at https://voicesfromwar.org

Grant Program: Creative Learning

Laura Thompson - Bacchanalia Baroque Ensemble

A Garden of Earthly Delights: Baroque music for winds and strings
November 30, 2019 at 7:00-9:00 PM
Our Saviour's Atonement Church
178 Bennett Ave, New York, NY 10040

A Garden of Earthly Delights -Sounds and songs of the natural world-

Bacchanalia presents and program of baroque music for flute and strings performed on period instrument.

Featuring: Laura Thompson, flute; Sang Joon Park, flute; Dongmyung Ahn, violin; Myron Lutzke, cello; Robert Wolinsky, harpsichord

Find more information at www.laura-thompson.com/bacchanalia-baroque

Grant Program: Creative Engagement

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