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The Bloomberg administration is seeking major changes in how the city works with teens in juvenile justice, child protection and foster care. The city would create a complete juvenile justice system in the five boroughs, no longer sending teens to state-run correctional facilities. At the same time, nonprofits would create more intensive, family-centered and community-rooted services for teens in child welfare. Can the city steer more young people away from both foster care and juvenile justice--and work with more parents and teens to help them stay together? Plus: a discussion of the latest edition of Child Welfare Watch, "One Step Back: The delayed dream of community partnerships," which looks at the partnerships' strengths and limitations, and the challenges of realizing the vision of a system more accountable to communities. With: Ron Richter, Commissioner, New York City Administration for Children's Services; Gabrielle Prisco, Director of the Juvenile Justice Project, the Correctional Association of New York; Mike Arsham, Executive Director, Child Welfare Organizing Project; and Andrew White, Director, Center for New York City Affairs; and others.
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Tour |
Explore the Cathedral's newly cleaned and restored Nave. Learn about the art, architecture and history of this great sacred space from 1892 to the present.
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Tour |
Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international monetary gold on bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Learn why Federal Reserve has "Federal" in its name, while it's a private bank, not Federal at all. Congressman Ron Paul considers the Federal Reserve "both corrupt and unconstitutional" Tour times: 11:15 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
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This Organ Meditations Series features the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
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Park Walk |
Walk through a scenic area on the western edge of the Park, much of which is off the beaten track for most visitors. See rolling meadows, lake views, bridges of different styles, and a garden with flowers and plants mentioned by Shakespeare.
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Ice Theatre of New York presents a lunchtime skating performance, integrating the worlds of contemporary dance, music, and art.
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Screening |
Featuring films by and about Native Americans. At 1pm and 3pm.
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Gallery Talk |
A 45-minute in-depth look at the exhibition.
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David Sisco is a multi-faceted professional artist whose life work centers around exploring music, drama, writing and teaching. He is a prolific art song composer, and received a stipend from the National Endowment for the Advancement of Arts to present a recital of his music at the prestigious Liederkranz Club in New York.
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Tour |
Explore the Cathedral's newly cleaned and restored Nave. Learn about the art, architecture and history of this great sacred space from 1892 to the present.
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Screening |
A cinematic musical romp with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. A short film will precede the feature. Films to be announced soon.
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Workshop |
Explore more advanced features of Microsoft Word 2003. Topics include tables, text boxes, headers and footers, footnotes and endnotes.
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A beginning level Chess gaming group for all ages. Other games considered as well.
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MEET THE COMPOSER: New Works Composed for Music From China and PRISM Quartet. Acclaimed Chinese American composers Bright Sheng, Lei Liang, Fang Man, and Huang Ruo talk about new works composed for erhu, pipa, yangqin, sheng, percussion, and saxophone quartet, followed by performance of these works. This innovative repertoire will be premiered by Music From China and PRISM Quartet at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on February 3, 2012.
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Discussion |
Thousands of homosexuals, primarily gay men, perished at the hands of the Nazis in concentration camps by the Nazis along with millions of Jews and other victims including, Roma (Gypsies), Poles, Soviet prisoners of war, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the handicapped during World War II and the Holocaust. In 1933, the year Adolf Hitler assumed power, an estimated 1 million homosexual men lived in Germany. Nazi policy asserted that homosexual men carried a “degeneracy” that threatened the “disciplined masculinity” of Germany. As homosexuals were believed to form self-serving groups, the emergence of a state-within-the state that could disrupt social harmony was also feared. Additionally, the Nazis charged that homosexuals’ failure to father children was a factor in Germany’s declining birth rate, thus robbing the nation of future sons and daughters who could fight for and work toward a greater Reich. With: Barbara Faedda (Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, Columbia University); Edward Phillips (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum); and Elizabeth Leake (Columbia University Department of Italian).
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Each day, the outer world seems darker and more frantic, so we need some way to leave it behind for a while to access the joy, calm and peace that lie within each of us. It is a matter of learning how to still the mind and everyone of us can quickly learn this vital technique. Join Frank Pawlowski Ed.D. an Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance now retired from a New York State Public School District as he discusses this extraordinary tool to developing more peace within.
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Discussion |
Join editors Kent Kleinman, Lois Weinthal and Joanna Merwood-­Salisbury, and guests Jonsara Ruth and Susan Yelavich for a discussion moderated by Anita Cooney. This critical collection establishes a new intellectual framework for interior design.
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Opening Reception |
Having first gained recognition in the 1960s Southern California art scene, working alongside the generation of 'Light and Space' artists, Mary Corse continues to be a prominent and influential figure today. Corse is best known for her exploration of radiant and interactive surfaces and her innovative technique of painting. For her inaugural exhibition at the gallery, Mary Corse will exhibit five new paintings. In Corse's work, three outstanding themes are most conspicuous: perception, time, and inner dimensions.
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Matchmaker features work by Amanda Buonocore, Ginny Huo, Naoko Ito, Krista Peters and Allyson Ross. Blip is a solo show by Julia Berkman.
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The exhibition features artists Nancy Baker, Carol Es, Bill Gusky, Leslie Kneisel, Tim Ripley and Oriane Stender. Economic and cultural turmoil are the impetus of each artist's works, creating unique dialogues in various mediums and styles.
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Discussion |
A film screening and panel discussion featuring the author of Miral, Rula Jebreal. Jebreal’s semi-autobiographical novel, Miral, tells the story of a young Palestinian girl coming of age amid the tensions and destruction of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Refusing to merely point fingers, the novel draws attention to the aspirations for peace shared by both Israelis and Palestinians and appeals for a return to constructive dialogue. With the diplomatic relationship between Israelis and Palestinians once again at an impasse domestically as well as globally, Jebreal’s call for both sides to rise above the political cynicism and stalemate that have characterized the conflict over the past decade has more resonance than ever before. Participants: Rula Jebreal, Author, Miral, Israel; Zachary Lockman, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and History, New York University, U.S.; Helga Tawil-Souri, Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University, Palestine; Mustapha Tlili (Moderator), Founder and Director of the NYU Center for Dialogues: Islamic World-U.S.-The West.
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Talk |
Learn creative strategies to help refocus and revitalize your job search. Renee Lee Rosenberg,leads this interactive discussion, answering your questions and providing you with a job search road map to assist you in your search. Renee Lee Rosenberg, MA, LMHC, has over 20 years career counseling experience assisting individuals through difficult job search.
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An open-level yoga with a certified instructor! Please wear comfortable clothes and bring your yoga mat or a beach towel. All participants must sign a waiver form before they join in. For adults 18+.
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Book Reading |
Please join us as musician Mike Doughty reads from his work The Book of Drugs. Following the reading there will be a short performance. Call for details.
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An exhibition of eight contemporary artists who use photography to create and sometimes inspire their art making. Each artist appropriates certain aspects and assets afforded by the camera, creating work that is referential but independent in spirit. The featured artists are: Ryan Bradley, Mary Henderson, David Lyle, Tim Okamura, Fahamu Pecou, James Rieck, Aristides Ruiz, and Cayce Zavaglia.
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A multipart sound and video installation focusing on One Flat Thing, reproduced an ensemble dance by William Forsythe. Focusing on the choreographic visualization online project Synchronous Objects created by Norah Zuniga Shaw, Maria Palazzi and William Forsythe, the installation brings viewers into an encounter with the deep structures of a dance and the generative ideas contained within. A series of visual objects – animations, computer graphics, interactive tools – enact a parallel performance of Forsythe's choreographic ideas. The work was first launched online in 2009 and is still available in this form.
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A solo exhibition of new works on paper by Emna Zghal. Following Against Reason, her 2009 exhibition at the gallery, Emna Zghal further asserts her interest in poetry, beauty and formal invention in this new exhibition Plato/Pineapple, which presents prints and drawings from her 2010 artist's book: Plato Pineapple Poetry Painting. In it, she draws a parallel between Plato's urge to banish poets from his Ideal City that is run by reason, and a contemporary art establishment that has seemingly expunged poetry from its discourse. In the accompanying essay of her new book published for this exhibition, Zghal questions the subversion often touted by contemporary art institutions as a validating quality of art. Can art be subversive (i.e., can it undermine authority) when it is the authorities themselves who put out such claims? Zghal affirms the role of the artist-poet to dream outside of the world of reason. Shown: "Pineapple Sun," 2011, silkscreen/etching, 31.5 x 31.5 in.
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Book Signing |
The Olympian is the little-known story of Olympic great Dr. John Baxter Taylor, Jr. Dr. Taylor was the first African American to win Olympic Gold, and did so at the 1908 Olympic Games in London as the anchor runner in the one mile relay.
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Carlyle Chaudruc - This exhibit of contemporary nature painting and sculpture explores the zone where the forest meets the clearing. Ecotone examines human shelter at the edge of the forest through imagery of tee pees, unpeeled logs, and abstracted leaves. Paintings of old growth oaks pay homage to the trees felled in making homes for people on the margin of woods. Regina Walker - "To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.". - Elliott Erwitt Amee J. Pollack & Laurie Spitz - Pushing the boundaries of what a book can be, we use bookboard as an armature to build constructions in the form of furniture and household objects whose drawers, flaps and movables tell a new kind of women's history. Mounted on the wall or freestanding, the structures join our pop-up and carousel books to offer a variety of formats and more than a little wry commentary hidden within.
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Other |
Come out for February's First Thursday Gallery Walk, a festive night in DUMBO that offers visitors the opportunity to see gallery shows from a variety of disciplines. Retail businesses also join the festivities with extended hours and in-store events; two to note. Maps with participating galleries and shops will be available throughout the neighborhood.
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The exhibition will introduce 30 posters for films that Forman made both in Czechoslovakia and in the US. The core of the presentation are posters from the 1960’s, which was the prime time for this unique visual/applied arts creation in Czechoslovakia. Among the top pieces that will be on display are the posters by Jiri Slitr for the film Audition and collage posters by Vladimir Bidlo for the comedy The Firemen’s Ball. The selection will also contain several rare works by Polish, Hungarian and East German artists. The famous poster designed by Peter Sis for the US distribution of Amadeus will be the highlight of the show. The exhibition is devoted to Milos Forman on the occasion of his eightieth birthday.
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Forum |
A discussion with contributors to Second Read: Writers Look Back at Classic Works of Reportage, moderated by James Marcus, deputy editor of Harper’s Magazine and the author of The Epicenter of the Dot-Com Juggernaut. With Nicholson Baker, author of 13 books, including his most recent novel, House of Holes; Gal Beckerman,a reporter at The Forward and the author of When They Come for Us, We'll Be Gone, which won the 2010 National Jewish Book Award; Ted Conover, a distinguished writer-in-residence at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, and the author most recently of The Routes of Man; and Scott Sherman, a contributing writer to The Nation and a contributing editor at The Columbia Journalism Review.
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An exhibition exploring contemporary issues of migration as well as experiences of displacement and exile, Where Do We Migrate To? features the work of nineteen internationally recognized artists and collectives, including: Acconci Studio, Svetlana Boym, Blane De St. Croix, Lara Dhondt, Brendan Fernandes, Claire Fontaine, Nicole Franchy, Andrea Geyer, Isola and Norzi, Kimsooja, Pedro Lasch, Adrian Piper, Raqs Media Collective, Société Réaliste, Julika Rudelius, Xaviera Simmons, Fereshteh Toosi, Philippe Vandenberg, and Eric Van Hove.
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Workshop |
Hands on using wireless laptops. Explore more advanced features of Microsoft Excel 2003. Topics include using formulas and functions, data sorting and conditional formatting.
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Staged Reading |
Young Austrian playwright Clemens Berger’s latest play recently premiered at Germany’s Staatstheater Darmstadt. The play has been translated to English (by none other than this year’s winner of the ACF Translation Prize, Damion Searls) and will be presented at the Austrian Cultural Forum in a staged reading. Angel of the Poor revolves around a bizarre character who runs a low-end funeral home with services that include burials in the alps or in a mountain stream. His approach to life and death and the business with it constitutes the core issue of this drama.
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Opening Reception |
A mixed media art installation by Jamie Kruse. It serves as the physical and virtual hub for long-term discussions as well as temporary interactions, events and happenings on the school's energy use and its economic, environmental, ethical, urban and artistic implications.
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Burkhart is an interdisciplinary artist and writer working in painting, drawing, installation, photography, performance and video who is well known for her Liz Taylor Series of paintings. She has published three books of fiction and has been on the faculty of New York University since 2000.
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The second New York Fashion Film Festival begins with a reception, followed by screenings of select fashion-focused films and a panel discussion exploring this evolving genre and its growing influence on the fashion industry.
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Discussion |
Kick off PLATFORM 2012: Parallels with a rare chance to hear Ishmael Houston-Jones in conversation with acclaimed visual artist Wangechi Mutu and Exhibition Coordinator and Program Associate Thomas J. Lax. A pioneering artist in the downtown dance scene, Houston-Jones has made indelible contributions to ideas about contemporary society and to interdisciplinary artistic production. He serves as mentor to many younger choreographers all over the United States and worldwide. This conversation invites the New York-based choreographer and curator to reflect on his work and practice over the past three decades. Houston-Jones will speak with Mutu and Lax about key moments in his creative career.
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Discussions, February 02, 2012, 02/02/2012, The Artist's Voice with Choreographer Ishmael Houston-Jones
Concert |
Featuring New York Syphonic Brass performing works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Giovanni Gabrieli, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, and Thomas Tallis.
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In 1905 the young Swiss writer Robert Walser arrived in Berlin to join his older brother Karl, already an important stage-set designer, and immediately threw himself into the vibrant social and cultural life of the city. Berlin Stories collects his alternately celebratory, droll, and satirical observations on every aspect of the bustling German capital, from its theaters, cabarets, painters’ galleries, and literary salons, to the metropolitan street, markets, the Tiergarten, rapid-service restaurants, and the electric tram. Award-winning translator Susan Bernofsky reads the English translation of one of her favorite subjects, Robert Walser. Bernofsky is the translator of six books by Robert Walser and is currently working on a biography of the late Swiss author.
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Dance Performance |
The COOL NEW YORK DANCE FESTIVAL features Anne Burnidge Dance Mei Yamanaka Claire Jacob-Zysman and Dancers Rachel Erdos Alaine Handa/A.H. Dance Company Rebecca Moore Dance Mari Meade Dance Collective Aaron McGloin Dance
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Poetry Reading |
Mark Strand, whose many honors included the Pulitzer Prize for "Blizzard of One" and the U.S. Poet Laureateship, reads from his new collection, "Almost Invisible" (Knopf, 2012).
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Open Mike Reading |
Open Slam and Featured Guest. Sign up 7pm; Show at 7:30pm. Intangible Slam is the newest PSI certified Poetry Slam Venue and the fourth slam team competing out of New York City at the national level. Our aim is to help reclaim the root of the oral tradition and to encourage the written gifts just as much as the spoken. Intangible Slam seeks to produce top-level national slam teams that will compete regularly for the National Championship at the annual National Poetry Slam.
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Bill Morrison has reinvented the lost art of the silent film–often using decaying footage from old silent movies but also creating his own luminous, evocative world out of new images and new music. This series looks at a selection of Morrison’s major works, all done in collaboration with some of the finest new-music composers. The opening and closing films are shown with live orchestral accompaniment: The Miners’ Hymns features a riveting, brass-heavy score by Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, played by the Wordless Music Orchestra; and the grand finale, Decasia, brings the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble to perform Michael Gordon’s score. In between, the new film The Great Flood is paired with music by eclectic guitar hero Bill Frisell, and Spark of Being includes an electro-acoustic score by trumpeter and bandleader Dave Douglas. Featuring: Spark of Being.
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Program: John Cage: Five Songs for Contralto (1938) Six Melodies for Violin and Keyboard (1950) Imaginary Landscape No. 1 (1939) Etudes Boreales, Nos. I and III (1978) Sonnekus2 (1985) with Satie Cabaret Songs Child of Tree (1975) The Perilous Night (1944)
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A uniquely rewarding experience for music lovers - the freshness and excitement of a solo recital by a gifted young artist at one of the world's leading conservatories.
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Argentinian-American composer Ezequiel Viñao's "Sonetos de Amor" brings the raw emotional power of Neruda's love poems together with a group of musicians from diverse backgrounds that blend the sound worlds of Tango, North African and Western classical music. The band includes the adventurous tango-jazz pianist Emilio Solla; Grammy nominee Pablo Aslan on bass; the up-and-coming young Argentinean bandoneon virtuoso Juan Pablo Romarion; the wonderful genre-bending Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh; Silk Road Ensemble hand-drum master Shane Shanahan, Ezequiel Viñao on laptop/synths, the riveting and multitalented vocalist Sofia Rei from Argentina and visual projections by artist Kevork Mourad.
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Dance Performance |
The COOL NEW YORK DANCE FESTIVAL features Sacred Space Dance A Corps Perdu Dance Company Liz Piccoli Gloria McLean - LIFEDANCE Ekilibre Dance Company Luda Lee Raw Delivery/Carrie J. Brown Daniel Ferrante/The Brooklyn Dance Ensemble
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Jazz |
A great way to hear some of the most talented young lions of jazz while enjoying spectacular views of Manhattan.
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Theater | Hysterically funny show directed by Tony®-nominee

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Theater | Musical about heroism and love during WWII

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