The Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents: Another Telepathic Thing

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Don’t miss the screening of Jonathan Demme’s A Telepathic Thing at the BAC next month! Image: via bacnyc.org

Another Telepathic Thing, a film by Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme, will be shown on June 8 at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Based on Mark Twain’s “The Mysterious Stranger,” Another Telepathic Thing was a dance-theater performance that Demme filmed in February 2000 at the Dance Theater Workshop in New York City. It stars Tymberly Cangle, Stacy Dawson, Molly Hickock, and others, with text supervision by Scott Renderer, music by Cynthia Hopkins, and choreography by Annie-B Parson.

Demme finished putting together the film this year, thanks to funding from the Dance Film Association’s Production Initiative. Further financial support for the film’s showing at BAC comes from supporters such as J. Christopher Flowers, Colleen Keegan, the New York Community Trust, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

According to the BAC’s description of the production, it “braids Twain’s sublime writing with ‘found’ text from years of auditions. It culminates in a subtle and startling exploration of the fragility of our human condition.” The story centers on a mysterious, charismatic stranger whose visit destroys the peace of a small, mythical village.

The showing will begin with a reception at 6:30 PM and will be followed by a discussion with Jonathan Demme and Annie-B Parson.

Demme is well-known for his other award-winning work, including the films The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, and Rachel Getting Married.

The BAC was founded by artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov in 2005 as an arts center for New York City that serves artists from all disciplines. Located in Manhattan, the building is 20,000 square feet and includes the 238-seat Jerome Robbins Theater, the 136-seat black box Howard Gilman Performance Space, four column-free studios, and office space. The BAC currently serves about 500 artists and more than 22,000 audience members annually with presentations and artist residencies.

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FLOW Returns Soon to Randall’s Island Park

FLOW 2015 NYCLater this month, FLOW will return to Randall’s Island Park to provide NYC’s communities with art and performances to experience throughout the summer. Dubbed FLOW.15, this is the fifth incarnation of the public arts event, and promises to be a truly enriching experience for attendees.

FLOW 2015 NYCThe summer-long event is made possible by a collaboration between various cultural organizations and green space alliances. According to its website, “The Randall’s Island Park Alliance, the Bronx Museum of the Arts and Made Event are pleased to present FLOW annual summer art exhibitions along the shoreline at Randall’s Island Park.” These three organizations have worked cooperatively over the last few years to create an event that stands out among the droves of other artistic programming in NYC, and is also unique to the beautiful 4.5-mile shoreline of Randall’s Island Park.

According to the event description, FLOW features site specific projects by participating artists, and is “aimed at fostering appreciation of the shoreline through artistic expression, while calling visitors to interact with and care for the Park’s island environment. Experiencing outdoor art in New York City is always such a treat, and FLOW is designed to allow visitors to interact with and contemplate not only with the art on display, but the environment in which it resides as well.

This summer, you can expect to see a whole range of art from Sharon Ma, Rica Takashima, Rob Swainston, Nicholas Fraser, and David J. Wilson. Each of the artists has a unique vision and artistic background, but were all invited to participate in FLOW.15 because of their involvement in the Bronx Museum’s Artists in the Marketplace (AIM) program for emerging artists. Visit the FLOW website to learn more about each of the artists that is participating in this year’s incredible arts event.

FLOW opens on Saturday, May 30 at 1:00pm.

Images: via www.flowartnyc.org.

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Royal Ballet Adds Lincoln Center to American Tour

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The Royal Ballet will perform at NYC’s Lincoln Center this June. Image: via Instagram.

Here’s some exciting news for ballet fans in New York City: the Royal Ballet will be visiting NYC’s Lincoln Center as part of its upcoming American Tour. The ballet company will visit NYC in late June after a tour in Chicago.

The Joyce Theater will be hosting the Royal Ballet this season. Additionally, choreographer Christopher Wheeldon will be honored at the opening-night gala located at the David H. Koch Theater, featuring Frederick Ashton’s “The Dream” starring the principals Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae.

The Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova will also appear in subsequent performances of “The Dream”, which will be paired with Kenneth MacMillan’s “The Song of the Earth”.

Lincoln CenterA core of highly successful professionals from a variety of backgrounds and industries help fund and guide the Lincoln Center, allowing them draw in big-name talent like the Royal Ballet. The Lincoln Center is guided by many influential names, including board of directors members Robert A. Iger of The Walt Disney Company, Richard S. Bradock Sr. of MidOcean Partners, William Ford of General Atlantic, and James Dinan of York Capital Management among many others.

The Royal Ballet will be at the Lincoln Center from June 23–28, following stops at the Kennedy Theater in Chicago from June 9–14 and at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago from June 18–21. This will be the Royal Ballet’s first appearance in New York since 2004.

It is expected that most of the company’s principal dancers will perform, including Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova, Marianela Nunez, Lauren Cuthbertson, Steven McRae, Edward Watson, Thiago Soares, and Vadim Muntagirov.

The Royal Ballet is based out of the Royal Opera House in London’s Convent Garden. They are London’s largest ballet company and are directed by Kevin O’Hare, with Associate Director Jeanetta Laurence OBE and Music Director Barry Wordsworth.

What do you think of the Royal Ballet’s announcement to come to NYC? Are you excited to see them perform at the Lincoln Center?

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What’s Coming Up on the High Line

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Image: via The High Line.

Oh how I love the High Line. This sprawling stretch of elevated gardens, walking paths, and art displays is a true escape for me in a city that is always moving and changing at a rapid pace. Here are some of the upcoming and ongoing events and performances that I am most looking forward to:

Tour: High Line Art

During this tour of the art currently being displayed on the High Line, you’ll be led by Director and Chief Curator of High Line Art Cecilia Alemani, and Curatorial Fellow Melanie Kress. Alemani and Kress will share the details behind the wide array of artwork on the High Line, including site-specific commissions, exhibitions, performances, video, and the High Line’s series of billboard interventions. This is a great opportunity to stroll along the High Line will gaining insights into the incredible art that adorns it.

Mondays throughout the summer starting on June 29 at 6pm ~ location to be announced.

Garden Tour: Spring Bulbs and Blooms

One of the things that I love most about the High Line is the fact that it is not only dotted with inspiring art, but that it is literally one of the prettiest parks to visit in the city. Cultivating urban green spaces in a concrete jungle like NYC is so important, and the High Line does this very well. This spring garden tour will feature perennial natives, and invites visitors to “discover how our perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees change as the seasons pass, what plants are native, which are edible and medicinal, and how [the High Line] takes care of the 456 plant species living in the park.”

Thursday, June 11 at 9am ~ location to be announced.

“There Will Be Pie!” Storytelling and Comedy

Hosted by comic Maeve Higgins and nonfiction writer Jon Ronson, this event will feature “stories, stand-up, and super fresh interviews” with the evening’s hosts. I’m looking forward to cooling off after a hot June day and enjoying the atmosphere and entertainment during this night of storytelling and comedy. And yes, there will be pie.

Thursday, June 18 at 8pm on the High Line at West 14th Street.

For even more upcoming events to get excited about, be sure to visit Friends of the High Line.

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Don’t Miss Out on Kehinde Wiley at the Brooklyn Museum

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Kehinde Wiley is a prolific contemporary artist whose works push the boundaries of portraiture. According to his bio,

“Los Angeles native and New York based visual artist, Kehinde Wiley has firmly situated himself within art history’s portrait painting tradition. As a contemporary descendent of a long line of portraitists, including Reynolds, Gainsborough, Titian, Ingres, among others, Wiley engages the signs and visual rhetoric of heroic, powerful, majestic and the sublime in his representation of urban, black and brown men found throughout the world.”

Since late February, a large portion of the artist’s work has been on display at the Brooklyn Museum in an exhibit called Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic. In this collection of works, questions are raised about the intersection of race and gender, as well as what the museum describes as “the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture.” This vibrant, contemplative exhibition features sixty paintings and sculptures created at various points throughout the Wiley’s fourteen-year career.

According to the Brooklyn Museum, “Wiley’s signature portraits of everyday men and women riff on specific paintings by Old Masters, replacing the European aristocrats depicted in those paintings with contemporary black subjects, drawing attention to the absence of African Americas from historical and cultural narratives,” of the drive behind the artist’s work.

Now more than ever, given the current cultural climate and social unrest in response to ongoing police brutality against young African American men, it is vital that perspectives like Wiley’s be shared. For so much of history, the experiences of people of color have been stifled by white perspectives, and Wiley’s art is a direct response to that.

For more information about the exhibit, be sure to visit the Brooklyn Museum’s current exhibitions page.

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic

Through May 24, 2015 at the Brooklyn Museum

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WNYC’s Popular Podcast ‘TDLR’ to Live On

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A nonprofit organization, New York Public Radio offers truly wonderful programming.

I have to tell you, I am a huge sucker for a good podcast. Over the last year or so, I’ve taken to listening to podcasts almost as much as I listen to music on my daily commute, tuning in to interesting and humorous episodes from my favorite series. And, considering the mainstream attention that podcasts like “Serial” have been getting, it would appear that I’m not the only one who seems to like them. Far from it, in fact.

That’s why my heart broke a little bit when I heard a rumor that WNYC’s enduringly popular podcast “TDLR” was getting cancelled. “TDLR,” which stands for “too long, didn’t read” is a fantastic podcast that spun out from WNYC’s “On the Media,” an award-winning series that “tackles sticky issues with a frankness and transparency that has built trust with listeners.”

on the media WNYCWNYC (New York Public Radio) is an incredible home for series like “TDLR,” “On the Media,” “Here’s the Thing,” “All Things Considered,” and many other popular programs. WNYC is a not-for-profit organization, and receives support from generous listeners, local donors, and its board of trustees, which includes Anton Levy, managing director at General Atlantic and Midas List newcomer, Lauren Seikaly, actress and producer at Dragonchase Inc., and an impressive list of others.

The rumor about the cancellation of “TDLR” was sparked by a tweet posted by the show’s host, Meredith Haggerty. Writes Nicole Levy of Capital New York, “Media writers and journalists on Twitter were abuzz [on March 16] with the rumor that ‘TDLR’ a spinoff of the WNYC radio show ‘On the Media,’ had been cancelled, but it turns out the technology and culture podcast’s lifespan is longer than fans were led to believe,” clearing up confusion about the podcast’s rumored cancellation.

According to Levy, it turns out that “TDLR” will continue, but that host Meredith Haggerty will no longer be a part of the podcast. TDLR will continue in an “exploratory mode,” explains a spokesperson for WNYC.

I’m excited to see what the future holds for “TDLR” and other WNYC programming, and I’m always excited to learn about more podcasts that are worth tuning in to.

What are some of your favorite podcasts? Do you have any recommendations for me?

TDLR on WNYC

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The Living Pyramid: Coming Soon to Socrates Sculpture Park

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An illustration of Agnes Denes’s The Living Pyramid. Image: via Socrates Sculpture Park.

Socrates Sculpture Park is one of NYC’s greatest locales for large-scale, often experimental public art. Founded in 1986, Socrates Sculpture Park is “the only site in the New York Metropolitan area specifically dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale sculpture and multi-media installations in a unique outdoor environment that encourages strong interaction between artists, artworks, and the public,” its mission statement explains.

Socrates Sculpture Park is a truly remarkable place to visit, and with incredible programming right around the corner, it’s never too early to start planning your next (or very first!) visit. This May, New York City-based artist Agnes Denes will bring her innovative take on public art to the outdoor space, with the installation of The Living Pyramid. Describes Socrates Sculpture Park,

This spring a major project by New York City-based artist Agnes Denes will add life to the city’s skyline with a curving pyramid on Socrates Sculpture Park’s East River waterfront in Long Island City, Queens. Titled The Living Pyramid, Denes’s new large-scale, site-specific earthwork will span 30 feet at its four-sided base and ascend 30 feet high, created from several tons of soil and planted grasses.

This work was commissioned by the Sculpture Park, and will be Denes’s first major public artwork in NYC since her iconic work, Wheatfield – A Confrontation, was installed in 1982. The Living Pyramid is very much indicative of Denes’s ongoing artistic aesthetic; the artist has worked with the pyramid shape for decades. Explains the Sculpture Park, “The Living Pyramid at Socrates Sculpture Park will unite Agnes Denes’s powerful environmental interventions with her ongoing exploration and invention of pyramid structures – a form that has been central to the artist’s practice throughout her long and distinguished career.”

This is definitely one installation you will not want to miss. For more information on upcoming programming and site-specific installations, visit Socrates Sculpture Park’s official website.

Agnes Denes’s The Living Pyramid

May 17, 2015 – August 30, 2015

Socrates Sculpture Park

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