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The DramaBook shop re-opened, thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda and others. New location near Times Square, 266 W. 39th St. Lots of places to sit, read, have coffee. Lovely!

2022

 

Theatre is back after Covid closures! And so am I, retired  from ASU/Arizona and returned to full time in NY. 

NOVEMBER

-Nov  5 WHEREUPON-ALLEN FRAME masterful b/w photos, printed beautifully, of Frame's friends, colleagues, fellow artists from 1980's/90's. In the company of Nan Goldin and Wojnarowicz perhaps, but quieter and more contemplative. Gitterman Gallery, 3 E. 66th St. first floor.

3-December 11 SANDRA David Cale's new show. Which makes it absolutely must-see. David's not in this one, but it's the same team that mounted his wonderful HARRY CLARKE a few years ago, also at The Vineyard, 108 E. 15th St.  David takes his genius at slowly building a character into the realm of the mystery/thriller.

(cont-Nov 19) THE UNBELIEVING by Marin Gazzaniga and directed by Steve Cosson. Presented by The Civilians at 59E59. Based on the book, CAUGHT IN THE PULPIT: LEAVING BELIEF BEHIND by Daniel C. Dennett and Linda LaScola. Music/sound design by the excellent Christian Frederickson

(cont. through February) JUST ABOVE MIDTOWN AT MOMA. A retro at MOMA on this black-artist-focused space from the 1970's-1980's, where Linda Goode Bryant and others (such as Tony Whitfield) curated exhibitions (I performed there in JAM/Downtown series) 

(cont) through Nov. 18 WE ARE BESIDE OURSELVES  James Gallery at CUNY Graduate Center. Featuring the work of the recently deceased multi-media writer and artist Jacki Apple, as well as Claudia Rankine/John Lucas, Kimberly Tate, Mercedes Teixedo, Hong-An Truong, Mariana Valencia, Elliot Jerome Brown Jr., Maria Hupfield. "a collaborative exhibition that brings together a group of artists who explore new ways to form a “we.” They look at our most intimate and most political rifts up close: where we sleep, whom we love, whom we create with, and spend leisure time with. Can working with instances of misunderstanding and contradiction transform injury and pain? If our bodies are living archives, how do we make selves, communities, and legacies by bringing heritages forward to build futures through lived experience? How do these practices open doors for visibility and legibility, affinity and connection, and furthermore offer methods for protective boundaries and navigating consent?This exhibition is part of The Racial Imaginary Institute multi-year residency collaboration with the James Gallery CUNY Graduate Center.  TRII was founded in 2016 by the author Claudia Rankine.

(cont)-Jan 8 INDECENCIA queer ("raro" in Spanish) work from Latin American descended artists. An impressive collection of artists working in performance and ephemeral actions. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art.

(cont.-February QUEER MAXIMALISM X MACHINE DAZZLE. the brilliant and endlessly inventive costume/finery/haut couture without the haut Machine Dazzle (does Taylor Mac's amazing outfits) in a show at Museum of Design

(cont.-Nov. 20  CHARLES ATLAS: THE MATHEMATICS OF CONSCIOUSNESS. Pioneer Works. The video/installation artist created a multimedia installation "that takes inspiration from the seminal film and video artist’s ongoing interests in science and math—particularly, memory, thought formation, and numerical expressions. Combining original footage and segments culled from his extensive archives, the immersive video work extends across 100 feet of the institution’s interior architecture..."

4-5 THE END IS NOT WHAT I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE Andrea Klein "In December 2020, Andrea Kleine and Bobby Previte moved into The Chocolate Factory Theater and lived alone in the Covid-shuttered New York City venue for two weeks. They arrived with an air mattress, a toaster oven, a cooler of frozen Trader Joe’s meals, and an inflatable kiddie pool to bathe in. Every night they performed on stage for no one." Chocolate Factory.

5-6 move thing Research Performance III "a community-based dance project proposing that the multi-sensory, improvisatory, and choreographic structures of dance contribute to reparative projects in communities that have historically been impacted by toxic contamination due to resource extraction (Uranium and coal mining) and industrial effluents (chemicals, particulates, carbon monoxide, and heavy metals)" created by iLand and performed by a great crew: Jennifer Monson, Sean Meehan, Carolyn Hall, K.J. Holmes, Elisabeth Ochoa, Courtney Cooke, Madeline Mellinger, Jessica Ziegler, Jennifer Miller, Iki Nakagawa, David Watson, Anh Vo, Valeria Oliveiro, Martita Abril, Rafael Cañal. 11-2 on Saturday, 2-5 Sunday. Free. At Interstitial Park between the BQE and the Williamsburg Bus Depo     

 

-extended through Nov. 20 MONTAG by Kate Tarker. Soho Rep

 

-through Nov. 19 THE UNBELIEVING by Marin Gazzaniga, directed by Steve Cosson of The Civilians. "In the classic tale of religious conversion, finding God holds the promise of a life filled with purpose and meaning. But what happens when this transformation occurs in reverse, and a faith you have built your life around begins to fall away? THE UNBELIEVING takes a penetrating look into the lives of practicing clergy members—Catholics, Episcopalians, Evangelicals, Fundamentalists, Jews, Mormons, Muslims—who have stopped believing in God. Based on interviews conducted for the book Caught In The Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind (2013) by Daniel C. Dennett and Linda LaScola"           

11-12  FASO DANSE THEATRE/SERGE AIMÉ COULIBALY perform WAKATT. Skirball. "examines daily reality and social changes through a dance language that starts from internal violence, human instinct, urgency and the need to express oneself. Wakatt, meaning “our times” in the Mossi language of Burkina Faso, is a reflection on the fear-filled contemporary era we live in. At a time when nationalism is on the rise in most parts of the world, the starting point of this new creation is “the fear of the other.” Music and choreography take center stage in a constant exchange, with non-stop music written and performed by the musician Malik Mezzadri (Magik Malik), an Ivory-Coast-born French flutist and jazz musician."

12-20 BETSY new work by Neil Greenberg, with music by Zeena Parkins and James Lo. Lighting by Michael Stiller. The Downstairs at LaMama. "a proper noun, a subject that does and performs, a new dance exploring the phenomena of performance itself."  Neil makes work that is delightful, surprising, both severe and slightly off-kilter. A new work by him is always a new and exciting direction. 

13   9 EVENINGS: THEATRE & ENGINEERING. 10 films followed by a panel featuring Silvia Pinto Coelho, Douglas Dunn, Sofia Engelman, Mimi Gross, Clarinda MacLow, Julie Martin. Screening starts at 10:30am followed by panel at 6:15pm. Cathy Weis Projects , 537 Broadway 

16-19 ADDING FUEL TO THE FIRE: MY DIARY: SECRET JOURNEY TO THE TIPPING UTOPIA. Yoshiko Chuma and The School of Hard Knocks. Dixon Place .  Use this code for discounted tickets: HardKnocks.

The indefatigable and peripatetic Yoshiko presents new work "Based on 20 crossing chapters, musicians, dancers & designers interact (indirectly) & align with incidents of sound, text & action... an endless circle of life, fluctuating between utopia & war." The current crew of collaborators includes musician Dane Terry, making some truly lovely music. 

30-December 17 THIS AND THAT a delightful very visual work by Phil Soltanoff and Steven Wendt, directed by Phil and performed by Steven and a plethora of low and hi-tech toys and cool stuff. "No pre-recorded video, no tricks" Premiered at Chocolate Factory and now at HERE 8:30pm

DECEMBER

(cont. through) December 11 SANDRA David Cale's new show. Which makes it absolutely must-see. David's not in this one, but it's the same team that mounted his wonderful HARRY CLARKE a few years ago, also at The Vineyard, 108 E. 15th St. David takes his genius at slowly building a character into the realm of the mystery/thriller.

(cont)-Jan 8 INDECENCIA queer ("raro" in Spanish) work from Latin American descended artists. An impressive collection of artists working in performance and ephemeral actions. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art.

(cont. through February) JUST ABOVE MIDTOWN AT MOMA. A retro at MOMA on this black-artist-focused space from the 1970's-1980's, where Linda Goode Bryant and others (such as Tony Whitfield) curated exhibitions (I performed there in JAM/Downtown series) 

cont. through  17   THIS AND THAT a delightful very visual work by Phil Soltanoff and Steven Wendt, directed by Phil and performed by Steven and a plethora of low and hi-tech toys and cool stuff. "No pre-recorded video, no tricks" Premiered at Chocolate Factory and now at HERE 8:30pm

1-3 PANDORA'S NEW CAKE STAIN Sally Silvers & Dancers. Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave at 3rd Ave. Brooklyn. A reimagining of Sally's 1996 piece, based on Alban Berg's 1935 Opera, LULU and Tina Modotti photographs from 1920's. 

4  SCOTT HERON+DANIEL LEPKOFF & SAKURA SHIMADA+CATHY WEIS. WeisAcres 6pm 

7-10, 14-17 RIVULETS new work from Tere O'Connor Dance. Baryshnikov Art Center, co-commission with Danspace. Score by Tere, lighting Michael O'Connor and costumes by Reid Bartelme. Performers: Leslie Cuyjet, Tess Dworman, Wendell Gray, Emma Judkins, Jordan Lloyd, Jordan Morley, Mac Twining, and Jessie Young. Tere's work is intricate, rigorous, and built from a deeply thoughtful place. 

8-10 BLOODLINES/BLOODLINES(FUTURE) Stephen Petronio Company at Danspace. New work for the company choreographed by Johnnie Cruise Mercer, Davalois Fearon, Üflymothership, a new piece by Stephen, and recreation of a Steve Paxton work from 1964/1982.

11 JODI MELNICK+ANAT SHAMGAR+CATHY WEIS with SCOTT HERON 6pm Weis Acres

13 THE DAILY MIRROR a new duet between dance legend Wendy Perron (age 75) and Morgan Griffin (age 32), based on a dance Wendy did in 1976. With photos and film by Babette Mangolte!  Presented by Head Hi at the Ace Hotel, 252 Schermerhorn in Brooklyn 7:30pm

16&18  RETURN TO CINDERS! The Art Mob Holiday Concert.  8pm on Friday and 3pm on Sunday. At The Center (LGBTQ Center) 208 W. 13th St.  I've joined this a cappella group which specializes in rather unusual songs grouped around a theme. I'm a bass (or so they tell me). 

18 DAVID CALE presents new material at Pangea on 2nd Ave. 7pm. Go see me sing with Art Mob and then go over to Pangea for a drink/dinner and David's brilliance! I believe he will be singing his wonderful songs and always amusing patter. 

 

-cont. through Jan. 8 NEW YORK 1962-64 The Jewish Museum. Friends are raving about this show. See it before it closes!

-cont. through March 5 VIRGINIA WOOLF: A MODERN MIND Exhibition exploring the author of MRS. DALLOWAY, TO THE LIGHTHOUSE, etc.  NY Public Library  Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Wachenheim Gallery. Free but make timed reservation and download app. 

2023

JANUARY

(cont. through February) JUST ABOVE MIDTOWN AT MOMA. A retro at MOMA on this black-artist-focused space from the 1970's-1980's, where Linda Goode Bryant and others (such as Tony Whitfield) curated exhibitions (I performed at JAM/Downtown series and if you look closely you will see a poster announcing it!) 

(cont. through Jan. 8) NEW YORK 1962-64 The Jewish Museum. Friends are raving about this show. See it before it closes!

-cont. through March 5 VIRGINIA WOOLF: A MODERN MIND Exhibition exploring the author of MRS. DALLOWAY, TO THE LIGHTHOUSE, etc.  NY Public Library  Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Wachenheim Gallery. Free but make timed reservation and download app.

through 29 CITY OF KINGS: A HISTORY OF NYC GRAFFITI. Howl Arts, 250 Bowery Wed-Sun 11-6. Another part of the exhibition closes January 15 at 6 E. 1st St. 

4-22 UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL The 18th annual festival, curated by Mark Russell and his team at the Public Theater. Always new discoveries and exciting projects. These year will feature performances in a variety of venues. 36 artists from 9 countries. 

8  THE ALL SING “HERE LIES JOY” at the 2023 PROTOTYPE Festival in Times Square at 2pm! Composed by my ASU colleague Daniel Bernard Roumain with libretto by Marc Bamuthi Joseph @prototypefest

I will be part of the big choir (in the bass section)! click link above to find how you can join us!

9 MOVEMENT RESEARCH AT JUDSON weekly free event providing a low-tech forum for works-in-progress. No reservations but must be Covid vaccinated and masked.  7-8pm info on attending and applying to show work

14 COLUMBUS CONFESSIONALS/COLUMBUS CONDUCTION closing reception and choral performance for Jean-Marc Superville Sovak's exhibit, Can a Sculpture Feel Pain/Columbus Confessionals.  Conducted by Edwin Torres with Ama Birch, LaTasha Diggs, Bob Holman, E.J. McAdams, Gabriel Ramirez. Recess, 46 Washington Ave. Brooklyn. 1pm. 

16-25  1-800 HAPPY BIRTHDAY at Worthlessstudios, 7 Knickerbocker Ave Brooklyn public view January 16 by appointment other times. " originated as a voicemail project by Even/Odd founder, filmmaker and artist Mohammad Gorjestani to honor Black and Brown victims of police killings and systemic racism. The project exists online at 1800HappyBirthday.com and allows loved ones and the public to leave and listen to voicemails left on the birthdays of ‘celebrants’ - those unjustly killed. Gorjestani teamed up with Artistic Director Neil Hamamoto and Curator Klaudia Ofwona Draber, along with family members of the twelve 'celebrants', to bring the digital project into the physical realm in a community-accessible, large-scale exhibition. The show utilizes audio and video components, a large mural created by Art1, and personal ephemera shared by the families. 

24 GOLDEN EIGHTIES (Chantal Akerman 1986) this film is apparently a musical, by the same director who did the legendary JEANNE DIELMAN. 4 & 7:30pm  Part of the CinéSalon series of French Institute/FIAF 55 E. 59th St.  

26-? WOLF PLAY Hansol Jung's play, directed by Dustin Wills, was selected as on of the 10 Best Off-Broadway shows of 2022 when it premiered at Soho Rep by TheaterMania and now revised at MCC 

FEBRUARY

(cont. through February) JUST ABOVE MIDTOWN AT MOMA. A retro at MOMA on this black-artist-focused space from the 1970's-1980's, where Linda Goode Bryant and others (such as Tony Whitfield) curated exhibitions (I performed at JAM/Downtown series and if you look closely you will see a poster announcing it!

-cont. through March 5 VIRGINIA WOOLF: A MODERN MIND Exhibition exploring the author of MRS. DALLOWAY, TO THE LIGHTHOUSE, etc.  NY Public Library  Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Wachenheim Gallery. Free but make timed reservation and download app.

9-March 26 BLACK ODYSSEY by Marcus Gardley. Directed by Stevie Walker-Webb. Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St.  discount code: MAILVOYAGE. Cheaper ticks early in run. "Odysseus is lost again, this time in Harlem"

11-19 TWELFTH NIGHT Classical Theatre of Harlem at Skirball Center. 

12-March 19 THE TREES by Agnes Borinsky. Playwrights Horizons. Directed by Tina Satter and scenic by Parker Lutz. Featuring what looks like a great cast, including Jess Barbagallo. "a brother and sister unwittingly establish a queer kind of society that tries to sustain itself in a mercenary world. 

14 UP, DOWN, FRAGILE (HAUT, BAS, FRAGILE) Jacques Rivette. a 1994 musical by the famed French new wave filmmaker. 4 & 7:30pm Part of the CinéSalon series of French Institute/FIAF 55 E. 59th St. 

15-March 26 PUBLIC OBSCENITIES written & directed by Shayok Misha Chowdhury. Soho Rep. "Choton relishes being the translator, toggling nimbly between Bangla and English, Grindr and academese. But when he returns to his grandfather’s house in Kolkata with his boyfriend Raheem, an unexpected discovery leaves Choton at the limits of language."

Soho Rep produces some of the most startling and stinging work of the past few years, so this should be good!

21 SAME OLD SONG 1997 musical from Alain Resnais. Part of the CinéSalon series of French Institute/FIAF 55 E. 59th St. 

25-March 25 LOVE Park Ave. Armory. Written and directed by Alexander Zeldin. Import from London's National Theatre. Immerses audience in the UK welfare system, light up on full and with clients scattered amongst the audience. Hard to imagine something this intentionally intimate in the biggest performance space imaginable, but...

28-March 26 DARK DISABLED STORIES written (and performed?) by Ryan J Haddad and directed by Jordan Fein. Co-pro with The Bushwick Starr. Presented at The Public Theater

MARCH

(cont. through 19) THE TREES by Agnes Borinsky. Playwrights Horizons. Directed by Tina Satter and scenic by Parker Lutz. Featuring what looks like a great cast, including Jess Barbagallo. "a brother and sister unwittingly establish a queer kind of society that tries to sustain itself in a mercenary world. 

(cont. through 26)  BLACK ODYSSEY by Marcus Gardley. Directed by Stevie Walker-Webb. Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St.  discount code: MAILVOYAGE. Cheaper ticks early in run. "Odysseus is lost again, this time in Harlem"

3-April 2 MISTY "Fusing live music, spoken word, and absurdist comedy, Misty is an exhilarating journey through a city in flux, transporting audiences to the streets of gentrifying London in an exploration of the pressures and expectations that come with being an artist in our time." Written/performed by Arinzé Kene, Directed by Omar Elerian.  Previews March 3-8 with $49 ticks.  The Shed The last piece I saw at this venue was anything but intimate, but hopefully they will move those walls to make this one-person performance work. 

10-12 KEELY GARFIELD DANCE: THE INVISIBLE PROJECT a new dance piece focused on the choreographer's "covert calling as a hospital chaplain." Skirball

15-May 21 WHITE GIRL IN DANGER new musical by Michael R. Jackson (A STRANGE LOOP) directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz and choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly.  Vineyard Theatre/Second Stage

APRIL

21-22 BALLET DE LORRAINE/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ: CELA NOUS CONCERNE TOUS. We don't get nearly enough opportunities to see Miguel's work, so here is one!  Skirball Center

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