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Tai Chi and Eternal Spring are instructed by members of the Tai Chi Chuan Center for all ages and experience levels. Classes are rain or shine.
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Workshops, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Park Tai Chi
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Motorexpo returns for its fifth annual Lower Manhattan event! Unlike any other auto show, the 2012 New York Motorexpo will tantalize New Yorkers with a free automotive display of the latest vehicles from many of the world's leading motor manufacturers. Get unrivalled access to the exteriors and interiors of the most exciting models from BMW, Cadillac, Ford, Lincoln, MINI, Mercedes-Benz, and more!
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Others, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, 2012 New York Motorexpo
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This major new artwork has been created by the Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi. The work places the 13-foot-tall statue of Columbus in the center of an American living room six stories above the city streets, recontextualizing the historical monument and temporarily transforming it into a contemporary artwork. The room will feature many of the trappings of a domestic living room—lamps, a couch, a coffee table, a television, and more—as well as custom wallpaper by the artist. Through large, loft-style windows, visitors will have dramatic views of Central Park and Midtown Manhattan that will be seen from Columbus’s perspective for the first time. Pass holders are asked to climb six flights of stairs to a height of 70 feet above street level and to descend by a second set of stairs. Flat, rubber-soled shoes are strongly recommended. This exhibition is ADA accessible. If a visitor requires the use of a mobility device (e.g. wheelchair, crutches, or a cane) or has a condition that prevents him or her from using the stairs, a hoist is available. Visitors under 13 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Those between the ages of 13 and 18 may visit without an adult, however a parent or guardian must obtain a pass for them. Given the physical demands of visiting the exhibition, it is not recommended for children under the age of 5. Strollers are not permitted.
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Others, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Tatzu Nishi: Discovering Columbus: Visit the Famous Statue Up Close and 70 Feet in the Air
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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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Tours, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Cathedral Tour
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Starring William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady. A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler...but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye. 90 min.
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Films, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Gregory LaCava's Oscar-Nominated My Man Godfrey (1936): The Butler Does It
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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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Tours, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
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This Organ Meditations Series features the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
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Concerts, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Bach at Noon
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Dan Manjovi is an award-winning musician and composer, and a New York favorite. His song Somethin's Comin' My Way is featured in the film and soundtrack to the 2009 Oscar-award winning Lionsgate film Precious. As a solo artist singer/songwriter he has released two solo albums, Dan Manjovi (2005), and Woke Up This Morning (2008).
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Park Walk |
Walk and learn about the intricate design of the Park's web of pastoral landscapes and formal romantic vistas.
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Park Walks, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, The Art of the Park Tour
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All levels of play welcome. Please bring with you...your Scrabble set (be sure it has all 100 tiles!), a Scrabble dictionary and, of course, a love of the game!
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Others, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Scrabble Mania
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Program: Kevin Puts, Einstein on Mercer Street, Christopher Burchett, baritone Yehudi Wyner, The Second Madrigal: Voices of Women, Anne Harley, soprano Featuring NOVUS NY with conductor Julian Wachner performing 12 different works by the 12 recent Pulitzer Prize winners in Music Composition.
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Concerts, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Twelve in 12 Music Mini-Festival Featuring Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composers
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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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Tours, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Cathedral Tour
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Soul/R&B singer-songwriter based in NY.
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Concerts, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Leila Hegazy, Singer-Songwriter
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Monthly book discussions to explore titles you've been meaning to read, or reread, and discuss with other lovers of literature. Participants should read each title before the discussion.
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Book Discussions, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Book Club: The Pearl by John Steinbeck
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Hands on using wireless laptops. Learn how to Save, Organize, and Share (S.O.S.) your digital photos. Students are required to have mouse and keyboard skills as well as being proficient in both Windows and Internet Explorer.
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Workshops, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Digital Photos S.O.S.
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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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Tours, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, U.S. Customs House Building Tour
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Sharpen your skills with knowledgeable instructors who will cover the fundamentals of beach volleyball in this series of free, public clinics. More advanced techniques including serving, setting, spiking, passing and ball control, and diving and rolling drills will also be reviewed. This class is best suited for adults.
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Workshops, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Volleyball Clinic with Metro Beach Sports
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A beginning level chess gaming group for all ages. Other games considered as well.
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Workshops, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Chess & Games Club
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Expert instructors, provided by lululemon athletica, lead all levels of yogis. Mats are provided.
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Workshops, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Park Yoga
Talk |
Win Sheffield offers career and job campaign tips for those over 50.
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Talks, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Over 50 and Wondering Where Your Next Job Is
Book Reading |
Shoot It! is a revealing history of how Hollywood, with its eye on the bottom line, lost its ability to support the work of creative filmmakers; it is also a passionate portrait of the independent filmmakers who have risen up to fill the void.
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Book Readings, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, David Spaner discusses his book Shoot It!: Hollywood Inc. and the Rising of Independent Film
Lecture |
With Jeff McMahan. Wrongful aggressors often claim to love peace, and there is often a sense in which that is true, for they would generally prefer to get what they want without having to fight a war. Many of the aims that motivate unjust wars could be achieved without violence: for example, control of certain natural resources such as oil, limited political control over another state, the annexation of a bit of its territory, and so on. In such cases, war and killing become necessary for aggressors only if they meet with military resistance. If an aggressor’s aims were limited, so that the aggressor would not kill or seriously harm any citizen if it could achieve its goals without violence, would it be permissible for the victims to go to war in self-defense? The traditional assumption is that self-defense against aggression is always permissible. But are the values of state sovereignty and territorial integrity always, or even generally, sufficiently important on their own to justify the resort to war in their defense?
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Lectures, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, What Rights May Be Defended by Means of War?
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A celebration of the work of the life of Siv Cedering (1939-2007), the Swedish-born American poet and novelist. Her sculpture, entitled “Blueprint for an Ascension,” will be dedicated by her husband, Hans Van de BovenKamp, and installed. Cedering was the author of four books of translation and 18 books of poetry and prose, including her collection, Cup of Cold Water, in which she paired her poems with her photographs, and The Blue Horse and Other Night Poems. 6:00PM: Dedication of Cedering's “Blueprint for an Ascension” by Hans van de Bovenkamp 7:00PM: Reading featuring Philip Appleman, Janice Bishop, Fran Castan, Lucas Hunt, Kevin Kilner, Samantha Mathis and Daniel Thomas Moran.
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Readings, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, A Tribute to Poet and Novelist Siv Cedering
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Award-winning journalist and author Kati Marton discusses her memoir.
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Book Readings, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Kati Marton reads from his book Paris: A Love Story
Opening Reception |
A Dog Republic was initiated by artists Jean-Baptiste Decavèle, Nico Dockx, and Helena Sidiropoulos, architect Yona Friedman, musician Krist Torfs, curatorial resident Clara Meister, and graphic designers Thomas Mayfried and Quentin Walesch. The exhibition consists of videos, objects, and publications from their collaborative process.
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Opening Receptions, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, A Dog Republic, a Collaborative Exhibition
Opening Reception |
The exhibition features more than 30 works by gallery artists and includes pieces by five artists whose work is being presented posthumously: bold and intricate pen and ink drawings by Anthony Ballard (1945-2008); the colored-pencil fashion illustrations of Gary Brent Hilsen (1954-2011), whose 2010 solo show of paintings at Fountain Gallery was a smash with collectors; free-form “creatures” in oil pastel by self-taught visionary artist Glenn Moosnick (1969-2004); mixed media pieces by Dick Lubinsky (1933 -2001), whose work attracted extensive media attention at the 2009-2010 exhibition Life Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore; and fanciful, figurative watercolor and pen and ink works by Susan Robinson (1931-2010). Also on view are works by: David Alonzo, Lorrie Berman, Elizabeth Borisov, Martin Cohen, Carleton Cordier, Ann Fischman, Jonathan Glass, Paula Isaac, Anna Kuchinsky, Anthony Newton, Keith Pavia, Gail Shamchenko, and Deborah Standard.
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Opening Receptions, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Group Exhibition: On Paper: Drawings, Collages and Watercolors
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Beginning in the early 90s, concurrent with a reemergence of the figure in contemporary painting, Scobel has persistently explored female selfhood as an ambiguous space between external identification and actual self. To this end, she has established a conceptual process, selecting anonymous faces which she often uses in multiple works, and repeatedly recombines with classically female bodies borrowed from the world of fashion and film.
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Opening Receptions, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Drawings: Jenny Scobel's Women
Slide Lecture |
In this multi-media presentation, the author unfolds the history and evolution of the piano and all its myriad wonders: how its very sound provides the basis for emotional expression and individual style, and why it has so powerfully entertained generation upon generation of listeners.
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Slide Lectures, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Stuart Isacoff discusses his book A Natural History of the Piano
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Discover the amazing variety of life in woodland ecosystems through microscopes as guided by members of the New York Microscopical Society. Ages 18+.
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Others, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Social Hour: Woodlands Up Close
Book Reading |
New York Jews, so visible and integral to the culture, economy and politics of America’s greatest city, has eluded the grasp of historians for decades. Surprisingly, no comprehensive history of New York Jews has ever been written. City of Promises: The History of the Jews in New York, a three-volume set of original research, pioneers a path-breaking interpretation of a Jewish urban community at once the largest in Jewish history and most important in the modern world.
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Book Readings, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Annie Polland & Daniel Soyer discuss their book City of Promises: A History of Jews of New York
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Join Lou Cornacchia, founder of Cobble Hill's Body in Balance Studio, for an Intermediate Pilates Mat Class.
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Poetry Reading |
David Lehman, series editor of The Best American Poetry, joins Mark Doty, the guest editor of the 2012 volume, to present poets and poems from the 25th edition of this acclaimed anthology. Contributors scheduled to read include Elaine Equi, Amy Glynn Greacen, Marie Howe, Lawrence Joseph, Noelle Kocot, Joy Katz, Honor Moore, Michael Morse, Carol Muske-Dukes, Angelo Nickolopolous, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Brenda Shaughnessy, Tracy K. Smith, Mark Strand, Susan Wheeler, and David Yezz.
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Poetry Readings, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, The Best American Poetry Reading 2012
Book Reading |
To celebrate the fall issue of Granta entitled "Medicine," contributors James Lasdun ("It’s Beginning to Hurt," Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009) and Ben Lerner ("Leaving the Atocha Station," Coffee House Press, 2011) read and discuss their writing on care, aging, and the practice of medicine. Hosted by editor John Freeman.
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Book Readings, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, 2 Writers: James Lasdun / Ben Lerner
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Sandy Lerner will read from and discuss her new book inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
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Book Readings, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Sandy Lerner discusses her book Second Impressions
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Blind dervish Bab'Aziz and his granddaughter Ishtar cross the desert in search of the great reunion of dervishes that takes place only once every thirty years. Side-by-side, the old man and the child wander for days across wide seas of sand with only their faith to guide them. 96 min. In Arabic & Persian with English subtitles.
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Films, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Tunisian Cinema: Nacer Khemir's Bab'Aziz - The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul (2005)
Screening |
The Film Series returns for one week of dance films and live performances, and one week of cutting-edge environmental features and shorts. Expect trivia, expert speakers, Q&As with the directors - and fresh-made popcorn!
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Screenings, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Solar-Powered Film Series: Eco-Docs
Book Reading |
The author of the cult hit, The Interrogative Mood returns with a hilarious Southern send-up of Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot. Two loquacious men sit talking on a porch. Funny and profound, daft and cogent, they argue about love and sex, how best to live and die, the merits of Miles Davis and Cadillacs and Hollywood starlets of yore, underused cliche's, false truisms, and the meaning of nihilism. Ribald and roaring, You and Me is an exuberant and funny novel from one of the enduring stars of American fiction, an author with a pitch-perfect ear for the way Americans talk and the strange things we say and believe.
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Book Readings, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Padgett Powell reads from his book You and Me
Book Signing |
Fashion guru and television personality Tim Gunn, who became a household name with the popular show, goes into the closet for his new book to share his extraordinary knowledge about the history of clothes.
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Book Signings, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Project Runway's Tim Gunn signs copies of his book Fashion Bible
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PEN/Faulkner Award winner T.C. Boyle discusses his new historical novel about the lives of three women on an island off the coast of California.
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Book Readings, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, T.C. Boyle reads from his book San Miguel
Talk |
with Evolver Editions author Darrin Drda. At a time of converging crises and inspiring developments, more and more people are realizing that a major planetary shift is underway. With so much at stake, it becomes crucial to understand the deeper dynamics, and possible implications, of our pivotal evolutionary moment. Darrin Drda is an artist, writer, and musician, a longtime practitioner and occasional instructor of both Insight meditation and loving-kindness practice, and a facilitator for the Awakening the Dreamer symposium, which promotes ecological sustainability, social justice, and spiritual fulfillment. Darrin holds a Masters degree in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies.
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Talks, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Activating the Global Heart-Mind
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With Vernita N'Cognita The Black Dress feat. Amanda Flowers and music by Charles Ditto.
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Performances, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Savoire-Faire 2012: The 4th Annual Performance Series Featuring Women Artists
Opening Reception |
Featuring the work of 38 artists sponsored by Openings, a collective of visual artists whose mission is to explore the connections between creativity and transcendence. The show features work by Andrew Berardi, Anthony Santella, Araceli Cruz, Carrie Elston Tunick, Daniel Nelson, Denise Penizotto, Dennis Santella, Garry Velletri, Iliyan Ivanov, James Vanderberg, Joey Kilrain, Johanna Bartelt, John Pavlou, Julia Whitney Barnes, Keena Gonzalez, Kenneth Walker, Lori Merhige, Marjan Moghaddam, Mark Brennan, Matthew Farrell, Meg Graham, Megan Hildebrandt, Michael Berube, Oksana Prokopenko, Patricia Bellucci, Rachel Kohn, Rebecca Simon, Robert Aitchison, Roger Geier, Sandra Mack-Valencia, Sarah Hollars, Sarah Knouse, Sherry Aliberti, Steve Palermo, Suzanne Broughel, Tim Rusterholz, Virgil Alderson, and Wen-Chi Chen.
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Opening Receptions, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Group Exhibition: Frenzy into Folly
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Join astronomers as they guide your eyes across the sky and the wonders of astronomy are revealed. Look for the Syfy telescopes.
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rtists and storytellers have long drawn inspiration from the cityscape, but underneath the water’s surface is another landscape entirely, ranging from the whimsical (a giraffe skeleton, a fleet of ice cream trucks) to the historical (the steamship Princess Anne, the remnants of Coney Island’s Dreamland). Underwater New York, a digital journal of writing, art, and music inspired by real-life objects found in the waterways of New York City, hosts an evening of original stories written for the occasion by some of today’s most compelling authors as well as its founding editor, Nicki Pombier Berger.
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Readings, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Contributors read from Underwater New York
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The Donations is comprised of Lincoln Center staffers -- a singing group originally commissioned by Reynold Levy, President of Lincoln Center, to perform at Board functions. Friends and colleagues will accompany the group on an eclectic selection of songs ranging from Broadway to the King of Pop.
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Concerts, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, The Donations perform Broadway to Michael Jackson
Theater |
With Ayn Rand in the headlines this week thanks to Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, a new stage comedy premiering next month will put a fresh and funny spotlight on the right-wing diva. From the provocateurs who won acclaim with The Ted Haggard Monologues and the Wall Street satire Righteous Money - longtime collaborators Michael Crowley and Michael Rau.
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Theaters, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Song of a Convalescent Ayn Rand Giving Thanks to the Godhead (in the Lydian Mode), a New Stage Comedy
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Hosted by vocalist Michael Mwenso, who successfully ran the internationally acclaimed program at London's Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, Late Night Session offers a jazz home and community for some of today's most talented, young musicians to showcase and hone their craft. The fun begins every Thursday night until the wee hours. Stop by and hang.
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Concerts, September 20, 2012, 09/20/2012, Late Night Session, Hosted by Michael Mwenso
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Theater | Musical about heroism and love during WWII

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