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Sat, February 4, 2012
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All events, things to do on Saturday, February 4, 2012 are free unless otherwise noted.
Conference |
With two Mormon candidates for the presidency and the unprecedented media attention recently given to Mormons in the public square, this conference will take a broad view of the history of Mormon participation in American political life, from Joseph Smith's 1844 run for the presidency to the Reed Smoot trials of the early 20th century and to the rise of Ezra Taft Benson during the Eisenhower administration, which ushered in a new era of Mormon identification with the Republican Party.
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Hike |
10 to 11 miles, steady pace, mostly flat terrain with one hill. Hike from Hastings on the Hudson River to Yonkers, through Tibbetts Brook Park to Van Cortland Park on the former Putnam Division Railroad. Bring lunch and water.
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$3
Workshop |
Moderate to brisk walks led by the NY Walkers Club for people 18 years and older of all abilities. This low-impact fitness program is perfect for those who want to get in shape, build muscle tone and strength, and increase cardiovascular health while enjoying the Park’s beautiful landscapes.
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Symposium |
The recent phenomenon of object-invested experimental dance and performance echoes the resurgence of the object in recent philosophy (for instance, in Graham Harman's Tool Being and Guerrilla Metaphysics, Mario Perniola's The Sex Appeal of the Inorganic, or Silvia Benso's The Face of Things), literary studies (Barbara Johnson's Persons and Things), critical theory (Jane Bennet's Vibrant Matter), critical race studies (Fred Moten's In the Break); as well as in the renewed interest in the concept of the object in the visual arts (with the exhibitions Part Object Part Sculpture; or Not to Play with Dead Things). This resurgence of the object also has implications for studies on subjectivity. If, as Deleuze once said, “the status of the object is changed, so is the subject's," it is crucial to investigate the contemporary nature of this phenomenon. The Objects in Performance Symposium will gather a group of renowned American, German, and international scholars and artists, from a variety of fields and perspectives, to present their most recent research on the matter. The environment will be such as to stimulate exchange and conversation between disciplines, and between artists and scholars. With Barbara Browning, Franz Anton Cramer, Eleonora Fabião, George Ferrandi, Jenn Joy, Heather Kravas, Thomas Lehmen, André Lepecki, Eva Meyer-Keller, Sarah Michelson, Ann Pellegrini, Allen S. Weiss, Norah Zuniga Shaw.
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Concert |
11am - Lucy Frucht, violin 11:30am - Naoko Nakajima, violin 12pm - Qi Xu, piano 2pm - Guang Chen, piano 3pm - John Lee, cello 5pm - Chamber Music 6pm - Chamber Music
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Workshop |
Come join a morning filled with Knitting and Crocheting! Beginners and Experienced Knitters and Crotcheteers welcomed! Please bring your own supplies/project (light-colored worsted yarn) and size 7or 8 needles for knitters and g or h hook for crotcheteers. Children are welcomed with parental supervision.
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Concert |
Meet the Artist welcomes the return engagement of the world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir, whose members will have audiences on their feet, clapping and singing to their hearts' content, enthusiastically spreading the universal message of peace, hope, and joy. In this encore visit, the choir joins in honoring Black History Month by offering a rare interactive concert experience. Spend your morning with these amazing vocalists, known for their performances for (and with) Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela, U2, Sir Elton John, and more. Gospel music ranks among the priceless musical gifts that Harlem has given the world. Deeply rooted in American history and African tribal song, gospel music is the heart and soul of the African American church, an expression of faith, and a merging of cultures and musical styles.
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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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$6
Dance Performance |
On the Main Stage: A salute to the dance genres and greats that have graced the Theater’s stage. Enjoy performances and dance lessons taught by Ballet Hispanico, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, Millennium Dance Company, Ronald K. Brown, and Amateur Night at the Apollo winner Devastation Dance Crew. Hosted by the Apollo’s Billy Mitchell with personalities from Fox 5 and the Amsterdam News. On the Soundstage: Family Dance Party. Dancer and choreographer Mickey Davidson leads workshop in classic dances from the 1930s, 40, 50s and 60s such as the “Lindy-Hop”, “Boogie Back”, “Twist”, “Cool Jerk”, and “Hand Jive.” 12:00: Dances of the 1930s & 1940s. 1:00: Dances of the 1950s & 60s.
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Park Walk |
You'll be amazed at what you'll see.... a hidden bench that tells time, miniature boats powered by the wind, a magnificent sculpture celebrating fresh water, and a glorious drinking fountain for the city's equine population. These are just some of the the sites along the way on this east to west walk through the park. Tour is approximately one hour long.
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Discussion |
An afternoon of humanities events on the influence of James Reese Europe and the 369th Infantry (aka the Harlem Hellfighters) and early jazz during WWI. Lt. James Reese Europe, of the 369th, was an American ragtime and early jazz bandleader, arranger, and composer. In 1918, James Reese Europe made military and music history by being the first African American to lead troops into battle during World War One and to spread the 'jazz germ' throughout continental Europe. Schedule: 1pm-Men of Bronze, a film by William Miles. The definitive story of the African-American soldiers of the 369th infantry regiment, known as the "Harlem Hellfighters," who served with the French Army during WWI. 2pm-“Soldiers of the 369th” Panel Discussion and Q&A on 369th infantry, the African-American and Latino soldiers serving in WWI, James Reese Europe's legacy and influence on the use of jazz in Post-WWI U.S. Foreign Policy. Panelists: Marvin Haire and George Richardson. Moderated by Willard Jenkins. 5pm-James Reese Europe Film Retrospective. A look at film clips of Lt. James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters. Curated by Krin Gabbard. 6pm-“Music of James Reese Europe” Panel Discussion and Q&A. This panel will look at James Reese Europe's music and musical influence in France, as well as the instruments used by the soldiers. Randy Weston will preview a musical piece in preparation for his Feb. 25 concert of James Europe's music. Panelists: Randy Weston, Sergeant Herbert Trimble, George Richardson. Moderated by Willard Jenkins.
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Film |
With Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Bryce Dallas Howard. An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maid's point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis. 146 min.
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Screening |
Featuring films by and about Native Americans. At 1pm and 3pm.
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Workshop |
Join a three-part workshop focusing on 10 ways to boost your happiness and create well being. Walk away with practical steps you can take to boost your happiness and increase your motivation and achieve your goals. This program is based on research in positive psychology and is presented by Board Certified Life Coach Donna Deming. You may participate in any or all of the workshops.
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Dance Performance |
The Highlight of the COOL NEW YORK DANCE FESTIVAL is A Day for the Family which offers FREE family-friendly matinees featuring works of youth-oriented programs, as well as selected companies whose work exemplifies an entertaining, educational experience for all ages.
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Discussion |
How do booksellers, librarians (school and public), and bloggers discover, promote, and discuss great books for kids? How does communication between these different occupations help an author get their name out and show the value of their books to a wider public audience of readers and buyers? Hear what panelists Marilyn Ackerman (Brooklyn Public Library), Barbara Auerbach (school librarian), Erica Kylander-Clark (parental blogger), Rebecca Fitting (Greenlight Bookstore), and Melanie Hope Greenberg (author/illustrator) have to say about children’s literature across occupations and how communication across literary borders benefits everyone.
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Workshop |
Teaches the fundamentals of discipline, balance, health and wellness.
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Film |
With Tom Hanks, Nona Gaye and Peter Scolari. On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus's home. During the ride, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery and learns that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. 100 min.
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Tour |
The tour explores the social and political history of the Union Square neighborhood through discussions of the people, history, architecture, and forces that have shaped this community. You’ll hear how Union Square got its name, see where the legendary Tiffany & Co. once stood, and learn how to read the clock (yes, it’s a clock!) on “The Metronome” sculpture and so much more!
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Poetry Reading |
Spoken Word artist Beverly Chavies and Bob McNeil will share poems and songs that celebrate Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela and many more. Come and hear empowering words.
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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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Screening |
Choreographer Ishmael Houston-Jones invites Will Rawls, a gifted choreographer with an interest in dance and video, to curate a series of film screenings. Called a "young man of ideas and concepts" by Houston-Jones, Rawls has curated video screenings and produced a documentary for Movement Research. In the first of two film screenings, Rawls selects documentation from the original Parallels series and leads a discussion approaching the series as a collective action that, in his own words "complicated experimental dance's relationship to itself, its community, and to its protagonists." Footage includes: Blondell Cummings' Chicken Soup, Ishmael Houston-Jones' Relatives, Ralph Lemon's Wanda in the Awkward Age, and Bebe Miller's Vespers. Blondell Cummings will be on hand to introduce footage of Chicken Soup.
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Concert |
3pm - Ye hyung Chung, violin 4pm - Ji Eun Lee, violin 5pm - Violin and Viola Studio Recital: Students of Elizabeth Chang
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Concert |
The concert is at the coolest classical music concerts location in New York City. Program and musicians TBA.
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Concert |
The program features the great repertoire of the Organ on the 101 rank Pipe Organ built by Herman Schlicker and the 5 stop chamber organ built by Taylor & Boody Organ Builders.
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Concert |
The Prep Division's young musicians perform a wide variety of repertoire.
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Theater |
New York Classical Theatre returns to the World Financial Center with Playing Molière. Using their signature performance style, Panoramic Theatre, this unique production of Moliere’s shorter comedies hearkens back to the 17th century playwright’s roots in the Commedia dell’Arte. The characters of Playing Molière, including cuckolded husbands, sneaky servants, demanding fathers, and quick-witted lovers, have inspired an entire generation of physical comedians such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and the Marx Brothers.
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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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Concert |
A former Chicago South Sider who’s not afraid to rhyme in a dapper blazer, rapper F. Stokes eschews hip-hop histrionics for unapologetic self-awareness. The same goes for his sound and style—a potent and seductive blend of witty wordplay, sobering autobiography, and shrewd commentary on how to dust oneself off and move on.
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Dance Performance |
The COOL NEW YORK DANCE FESTIVAL features Peggy Choy Dance Company Zehnder Dance Vangeline Theater Joe Celej Bryn Cohn and Artists Einy Am/EyeKnee Coordination Angelo Dance Project Les Femmes Plus
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Theater | Musical about heroism and love during WWII

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Theater | Hysterically funny show directed by Tony®-nominee

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