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Conference |
Show and Prove 2012 provides an opportunity for a community of scholars, practitioners, and Hip-Hop lovers to come together and address the challenges and possibilities of the field of Hip-Hop Studies. They consider what is at stake as the academy’s increasing adoption of Hip-Hop into its curriculum leads to a mutual adaptation. The conference takes seriously Hip-Hop’s own creative, theoretical, and political imperatives, while bringing critical perspectives to the very cultures they seek to understand. This year’s focus is on intersectionality and methodology.
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Conference |
In critically revivifying the discourse of the human sciences, this conference seeks to address and to counter the increasingly impoverished discussion that pits the humanities against the sciences in a dead-end configuration of unquestioned imcommensurable terms. The panels will be conducted as comparatist and interdisciplinary conversations amidst several domains: history, literary studies, social and political sciences, health and life sciences, cognitive science, law, economics, anthropology, gender studies, and media and technology studies, and will be international in scope yet focused on the particularities of location.
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Symposium |
This symposium will include the introduction of the Conant Collection and an interview with Mr. Conant, followed by a panel discussion with the director at Korea Film Archive, Byung-Hoon Lee, and two professors on the Korean War and Korean films, Steven Chung, Princeton University and Gregg Brazinsky, George Washington University. The symposium will also show six of Conant's films including "/Children in Crisis/" and "/Korean Artist/". The C.V. Starr East Asian Library will select and exhibit Conant's photographs, books, and documents during the symposium. The symposium will be a unique opportunity to explore the Conant collection, especially the documentary films and photographs, which has been rarely seen by the public. We hope to enlighten scholars, students, and the local community in understanding the Korean War, Korean film history, and the history of modern Korea.
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A program of events to mark the centenary year of the Italian director’s birth. One of the recurring themes in Antonioni's films is characters who suffer from ennui and whose lives are empty and purposeless aside from the gratification of pleasure or the pursuit of material wealth. Film historian David Bordwell writes that in his films, "Vacations, parties and artistic pursuits are vain efforts to conceal the characters' lack of purpose and emotion. Sexuality is reduced to casual seduction, enterprise to the pursuit of wealth at any cost." Antonioni's films were extremely influential on subsequent art films: "More than any other director, he encouraged filmmakers to explore elliptical and open-ended narrative".( Film historian David Bordwell). Akira Kurosawa considered Antonioni one of the most interesting filmmakers. Stanley Kubrick listed Antonioni's La Notte as one of his ten favorite films in a 1963 Poll. Andrei Tarkovsky also listed Antonioni as one of his favorite filmmakers. Miklós Jancsó considers Antonioni as his master. Antonioni's spare style and purposeless characters, however, have not received universal acclaim. Ingmar Bergman stated in 2002 that he considered some of Antonioni's films, including Blowup and La notte, masterpieces for their detached and dreamlike quality, but found the other films boring and noted that he had never understood why Antonioni was held in such esteem. Ironically, both Bergman and Antonioni died on the same date. Orson Welles regretted the Italian director's use of the long take: "I don't like to dwell on things. It's one of the reasons I'm so bored with Antonioni - the belief that, because a shot is good, it's going to get better if you keep looking at it. He gives you a full shot of somebody walking down a road. And you think, 'Well, he's not going to carry that woman all the way up that road.' But he does. And then she leaves and you go on looking at the road after she's gone." American actor Peter Weller, whom Antonioni directed in Beyond the Clouds, explained in a 1996 interview: "There is no director living except maybe Kurosawa, Bergman, or Antonioni that I would fall down and do anything for. I met Antonioni three years ago in Taormina at a film festival. I introduced myself and told him that I adored his movies, his contributions to film, because he was the first guy who really started making films about the reality of the vacuity between people, the difficulty in traversing this space between lovers in modern day... and he never gives you an answer, Antonioni – that's the beautiful thing.
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Other |
Are you a Bridge buff? Put on your game face and show off your best moves. For advanced beginner players only.
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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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Concert |
This Organ Meditations Series features the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
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Tour |
Take a walk around the lands dominated by the Castle, situated high on Vista Rock. Visit the tiny 55-acre realm on an eclectic tour of history and nature. Tour is approximately one hour.
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Tour |
Discover architecture and social history of Grand Central neighborhood; learn secrets of Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal; gaze upon hubcaps and roadsters on side of Chrysler Building; discover favorite Midtown Manhattan hangout of Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva; learn why Pershing Square isn’t really square; visit original Lincoln Memorial by Daniel Chester French. Award-winning tour led by urban explorer, historian, and storyteller Justin Ferate.
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Tour |
Museum Ambassadors provide a 45-minute in-depth look at the unique architecture and design of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House.
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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
Concert |
Cherokee High School is in Canton, Georgia. Program to be announced.
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Film |
With James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start World War III. 132 min.
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Workshop |
This class is a lecture/demonstration. Learn about online image databases and research strategies, including library digital collections.
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Gallery Talk |
Emily gives a 45-minute in-depth look at the unique architecture and design of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House.
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Film |
With Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Michael Sheen. A successful Hollywood writer struggling to compose his first novel, and his fiancé, travel to Paris on vacation. Gil falls in love with the city and thinks they should move there, but Inez does not share his romantic vision. When Inez goes off dancing with her friends, Gil takes a walk at midnight and discovers what could be the ultimate source of inspiration for writing. 94 min.
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Discussion |
Panel discussion on the upcoming Mexico presidential elections. Ulises Beltran: Founder and Director of BGC, Beltran y Assoc., is one of the pioneers of public opinion surveys in Mexico. Dr. Beltran is a Researcher and Professor of Political Studies at the Center for Economic Research and Education (CIDE) and holds his Ph.D. in Economic History from the University of Chicago. Gabriela Warkentin De La Mora: Dr. Warkentin is the Director of the Department of Communications at Iberoamericana University and the Ibero 90.9 radio station. She is the UNESCO chairholder in "Telecommunications, Globalization and Society" at the Iberoamerican University.
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Concert |
Featuring Catherine Parsons.
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Other |
Come play your favorite classic games or try a new one at this monthly game night! They've got Awkward Family Photos, Scrabble, Taboo, Battleship, Chess, Monopoly, Wits & Wagers, Connect 4, and our current crowd pleaser, Apples to Apples.
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Concert |
Featuring Abby Ahmad, Justin Storer, Richard McGraw.
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Conference |
Show and Prove 2012 provides an opportunity for a community of scholars, practitioners, and Hip-Hop lovers to come together and address the challenges and possibilities of the field of Hip-Hop Studies. They consider what is at stake as the academy’s increasing adoption of Hip-Hop into its curriculum leads to a mutual adaptation. The conference takes seriously Hip-Hop’s own creative, theoretical, and political imperatives, while bringing critical perspectives to the very cultures they seek to understand. This year’s focus is on intersectionality and methodology.
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Book Discussion |
Led by Sarah Gerard, the Dystopian Book Group welcomes readers of all ages.
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Opening Reception |
Andy Coolquitt will present a dense arrangement of 35 sculptures that explores the continuum between environments and discreet artworks, and between public and private realms. Coolquitt transforms found objects and assemblages into sculptures. His choice of scavenged materials – plastic lighters, discarded straws, striped fabrics, hands making rude gestures, beer cans, and metal pipes – suggest metaphors for energy and spark various social dynamics. This exhibition, his third with the gallery, illuminates qualities of togetherness, a constant motif for Coolquitt. The title chair w/paintings suggests objects gravitating towards each other, an object casually placed against the wall, or multiple works functioning as a whole.
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Book Reading |
Raised in Queens, New York, Johnny Ramone founded one of the most influential rock bands of all time, but he never strayed from his blue-collar roots and attitude. He was truly imbued with the angry-young-man spirit that would characterize his persona both on and off stage. Through it all, Johnny kept the band focused and moving forward, ultimately securing their place in music history by inventing punk rock. The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002—two years later, Johnny died of cancer, having outlived two other founding members.
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Performance |
An evening of performance art in conjunction with the current exhibition, It’s the Political Economy, Stupid. Artists L.M. Bogad and Pablo Helguera will take on the global economic crisis in their performances, which will utilize the ACFNY’s gallery space as well as it’s stae-of-the-art theater. While Bogad will perform the well-known piece in which he poses as a bureaucrat from the “Department of Dreams, Hopes and Fears”, Helguera will perform operatic arias narrating the drama of the economic bubble and subsequent crash.
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Screening |
Films by students. Showtimes at 6:30pm and 8:30pm.
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$3
Discussion |
In the press and public discussion today, religion is often associated with oppression, threats to democracy, and terrorism. Yet the world hosts 600 million Buddhists, 800 million Hindus, 1.5 billion Muslims, and 2.3 billion Christians. Is the prognosis for democracy bleak? This panel will explore the roles devout faith plays today--in light of the global push towards democracy (e.g., Arab spring), economic fairness, and security concerns. Participants: Dr. Joel Hunter, White House Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Karsten Voigt, Coordinator of German-North American Cooperation, German Federal Foreign Office, 1999-2009 Mustafa Tlili, Director, Center for Dialogues Isabelle Werenfels, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, North Africa specialist
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Screening |
This screening series features a compilation of short film and video worksproduced by students in the School of Media Studies over the past year aspart of their coursework. The screening is followed by a faculty-led Q&A with the student media makers and an award for the best work, voted on bythe audience. The evening ends with a public reception for students, guests,and faculty.
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Concert |
Featuring Seung Park.
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Reading |
Featuring readings by guest poet Michael Dickman and student contributors to the literary journal produced by undergraduate students in the Creative Writing Program.
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Dance Performance |
This concert features: Yvonne Curry, dance, with invited guest artists, celebrating 15 years of Tap at the school.
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Screening |
In partnership with Art21, the MFA Fine Arts Department at SVA presents a sneak preview of the sixth season of Art in the Twenty-First Century, the only primetime national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art. Through in-depth profiles and interviews, the four-part series reveals the inspiration, vision and techniques behind the creative works of some of today’s most thought-provoking artists. The series is being screened over four consecutive Fridays in advance of the April 13 premiere on PBS. In Episode 3: History, artists play with historical events, explore and expose commonly held assumptions about historic ‘truth,’ and create narratives based on personal experiences. Marina Abramovic, Glenn Ligon and Mary Reid Kelley are featured.
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Book Reading |
In this high school-set psychological tale, a tormented teen named Evan starts to discover a series of unnerving photographs—some of which feature him.
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Opera |
Under the Direction of Metropolitan Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri and with coaching by Opera Department coaches, students from the Opera program present a concert of opera excerpts featuring the repertoire they studied throughout the semester.
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Film |
Player Hating: A Love Story takes the audience into an underground world of poverty, gangs, violence and music that is rarely seen. Told through the eyes of Half-a-Mill, a 26 year-old hip-hop artist from the Albany Housing Projects in Crown Heights, the film follows Half and his crew as they write, perform and launch Half's first album in a desperate bid to escape nihilism, poverty and death. 95 min. Q&A with the director to follow screening
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Concert |
Program: John Cage: Radio Music for 1-8 Radios (1956); Third Construction for Percussion Quartet (1941); and Winter Music for 1-20 pianos (1957) Nick Didkovsky: Zero Waste; and Base Track, based on multimedia artwork by Teru Kuwayama and adapted by Roderick Hill. Beyond the Machine 12.1 – Synchroneity: A Festival of Electro-Acoustic and Intermedia Art joins musicians from Europe, Asia, and the Mid-East with students in four multimedia performances. The program features works by John Cage in celebration of Cage’s centennial, a work by Nick Didkovsky, plus an adaptation of a work by a journalist/multimedia artist in Afghanistan.
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Concert |
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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Concert |
Featuring Ivan Miller.
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Concert |
Featuring Adriano Pinheiro.
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Concert |
Featuring the renowned Japanese Gagaku musicians: Hitomi Nakamura, hichiriki Mayumi Miyata, sh&#333; Takeshi Sasamoto, ry&#363;teki With the Gagaku Instrumental Ensemble of New York and New York-based H&#333;gaku artists: Masayo Ishigure - shamisen Elizabeth Brown - shakuhachi and the Momenta Quartet
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Dance Performance |
Could you be looking at the next Heather Watts or Mikhail Baryshnikov? You may find yourself asking that very question during the Dance Program's annual Spring Concert. This is a chance to see new student choreography under the guidance of our Harkness Choreographers-in-Residence: Laura Peterson and Donna Uchizono.
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Concert |
The Chase Experiment, Brooklyn's very own Bill Chase cover band, will be performing live. Come dance to some Bill Chase 70's funk grooves supported by five trumpets and a rockin' rhythm section! FEATURING: Jackie Coleman, Aaron Rockers, Mike Taylor, Michael Davis, Andy Smart, Adam Minkoff, Marco Bucelli, Maria Eisen, Deen Anbar, Nick Oddy.
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Special guests: Edward Einhorn, Ivan Kral, Wendy Luers, Martin Palous, Lou Reed, Ed Sanders and The Fugs, and Suzanne Vega. Music: Karel Ruzicka Jr. - saxophone; David Soldier - electric violin; Anthony Coleman - keyboard; Ivan Bierhanzl - bass; and Jonathan Kane - drums. The Fugs — Ed Sanders, Steve Taylor, Coby Batty and Scott Petito - will perform.
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The Actors Studio Drama School presents its annual Repertory Season at Pace University in five weeks of theater designed to introduce our graduating students to the professional world and the public in fully professional productions of the work they have created during their three years of study. Here you will witness a weekly series of scenes, one-act plays and full-length plays, some of them written by our playwrights, and all of them directed by our directors and acted by our actors.
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Concert |
Featuring Dayeong Kang.
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Theater |
At the dawn of the real estate bubble in the Clinton-era midwest, Maggie is fifteen and on the cusp of womanhood, and her plans to study in Germany have been thwarted by her father, Jay. He has his own vision for the family: financial success and a new home through an illegal land deal with a neighbor, Kyle, with whom, unbeknownst to Jay, Maggie has begun a secret affair. With their hopes completely at odds, Maggie and Jay test the bonds of their family and the well-defined roles they have held as they each fight for their own desires. In these circumstances when only one can win, can the American Dream of family survive?
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Jazz |
Inspired by Freddie Hubbard’s seminal album The Night of the Cookers, recorded live at Club La Marchal in Brooklyn in 1965, the New Cookers excel in the hard bop and free jazz of the era. Featuring tight, telepathic ensemble playing and the perfect touch of old-school R&B, the Cookers guarantee a night of top-shelf jazz.
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Performance |
Danny Jolles (Chess Club Comedy, LA Comedy Festival) knows a lot of really funny, talented, and famous people. And now they are all going to perform for you. Sketch, stand up, bands and more. Don’t miss this.
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Rap Crimes Division is a part of the NYPD devoted to the tracking, cataloguing, and researching of crimes within the rap and hip hop communities… Or it’s a three-man improv group starring Nick Brown, Don Romaniello, and Mike Short.
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Theater | Musical about heroism and love during WWII

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