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Conference |
In considering the politics and policies of commemorating the past, this conference probes how public discourses about memory change over time. Papers that explore how the past is known, interpreted, conceptualized, or articulated, and how such representations evolve with the passage of time, are welcome. How has the passage of time changed the way memories of historical violence, atrocity and genocide are represented in the public sphere? In what ways do political, social and cultural forces influence, appropriate, or stifle these memories in different ways as the original event recedes into the more distant past? Related topics include the globalization of memory, and with it the increasing popularity of commemorative memorial practices. The proliferation of museums and memorials, the increase in confessional or memorial literature, and the surge of memory laws against Holocaust and genocide denial are some examples of the historical, cultural and legal phenomena that speak to questions of how individuals and communities remember.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Conferences, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Present Past: Time, Memory, and the Negotiation of Historical Justice
Tour |
The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Tours, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
City Walk |
This is a 3-hour tour that begins with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of New York City for over 125 years, with spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tour then moves on to a stroll of Brooklyn Heights, America’s and New York City’s first suburb. The tour then explores the neighborhood DUMBO before ending at the Fulton Ferry landing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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City Walks, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Workshop |
This hourlong class includes a gentle hatha/vinyasa flow with a focus on breathwork and meditation to assist practitioners in going deeper into the body and mind. This inquiry will seek to create more flexibility and allow movement of energy to ultimately find more grounding and presence, in class and throughout the day.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Workshops, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Yoga and Breathwork
Park Walk |
Once described as the lungs of the city, Central Park brings a breath of fresh air to New York's crowded urban terrain. What started out as the rocky and desolate northern fringes of a rapidly expanding city is today among the world's most famous and beloved public parks. With over 843 acres of meadows, hills, ball fields and bodies of water, it's impossible not to find something to enjoy in Central Park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Park Walks, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Central Park Tour - Lower Section
Tour |
You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.
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Tours, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Tour |
Arguably the world's most valuable, busiest and most crowded pieces of real estate, Midtown Manhattan is what most visitors think of when they think of New York City. Home to some of the city's most iconic architecture, from Gothic to Post-Modern and from Beaux-Arts to Art Deco (lots of Art Deco). it's not difficult to understand why. But just behind the massive facades, lie facinating histories just waiting to be unveiled.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Midtown Manhattan Tour
City Walk |
Join a Manhattan Street Art Tour and experience the Lower East Side - SoHo, NoHo, Nolita and Little Italy. The Lower East Side of Manhattan is a playground for street artists, Soho is known to be one of NYC first permit Joint Live-Work Quarters for artists and the area received landmark designation in 1973. Noho and Nolita’s street art is either hidden in courtyards or on the more prominent street art facades. Learn about the history of the art of many famous and unknown artist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Manhattan Street Art Tour
Workshop |
Are you a Bridge buff?  Put your game face on and show off your best plays. Join the fun and meet new friends. All players welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshops, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Bridge Club
Book Signing |
From stand-up comedian, actress, and breakout star of Girls Trip Tiffany Haddish comes a sidesplitting, hysterical, edgy, and unflinching collection of (extremely) personal essays, as fearless as the author herself. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Book Signings, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Actor Tiffany Haddish signs copies of her book The Last Black Unicorn
Classical Music |
The keyboard works of Bach offered in 30-minute meditations. Bach at Noon concerts takes place Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 12, 2017 to May 23, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Concerts, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Bach at Noon
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. This tour takes place every Friday.
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12:30 pm
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Tours, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour
Workshop |
Sneak an hour of creative writing into your school or work day, and re-engage with art. These one-hour workshops that lead participants in creating new writing prompted by art in galleries and sites on campus. The workshops use literature as a lens into artworks, and artworks as a lens back into writing. The goal of these power hours is to connect (or reconnect) participants to the art that surrounds them, and to their own unique writing voice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Creative Writing Workshop
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. Tour times: 1:00pm, 2:00pm. This tour takes place Mondays through Fridays, except bank holidays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Tours, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Film |
Stars: Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Saoirse Ronan. A young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family - and her killer - from purgatory. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal. 135 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Films, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones (2009): Murdered Girl's Ghost
Tour |
You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.
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Tours, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Tour |
Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Harlem Tour
Tour |
New York City is a mecca for graffiti and street art, making it a very attractive playground for artists from around the world. Bushwick, in a working class district on the north side of Brooklyn adjacent to Williamsburg, has been attracting artists for some time now. The neighborhood has a fair collection of art studios and galleries, but it’s Bushwick’s industrial landscape that’s attracting the street artist. If you came looking for 1960′s Greenwich Village, you’ll find something brewing in Bushwick.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour
Tour |
See the side of New York City that you have come to know and love through your favorite holiday movies. Visit some of the most iconic spots from favorite films such as Elf, Home Alone 2, Serendipity, Scrooged and Miracle on 34th Street. In addition to film sites, you will get to experience some of the beautiful holiday decorations and displays as you walk through the city.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Christmas Movie Tour
Tour |
Greenwich Village is among Manhattan's most desirable and expensive residential neighborhoods. It's history, however, betrays it's monied status. The Village, with it's quiet, shaded streets, lined with lovely brick and brownstone townhouses, was once the incubating ground of artistic, social and political movements that have helped shape US history. From the Beats to the Folk Movement, from workers rights to gay rights, the Village has often been the center of it all.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
Tour |
Rockefeller Center is one of the most popular public spaces and tourist attractions in New York City. This depression-era commercial complex takes up over three full city blocks and is rich with history, public art, and art-deco architecture. Built by business mogul John D. Rockefeller Jr. with his own money, he instructed his team of designers and architects to build the most beautiful commercial complex of it’s kind in the world. That vision resulted in what is still one of NYC’s greatest treasures and gave rise to some of NYC’s favorite traditions including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the famous dance team the Rockettes and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Rockefeller Center Tour
Film |
Stars: Paul Newman, Sally Field, Bob Balaban. When a prosecutor leaks a false story that a liquor warehouse owner is involved in the murder of a union head, the man's life begins to unravel. 116 min.
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Films, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Sydney Pollack's Absence of Malice (1981): Newspaper Drama
Film |
Stars: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy. A former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them. 120 mins
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Films, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Lone Scherfig's Their Finest: (2016): WW2 Drama
Concert |
William Socolof, Bass-Baritone  4:00PM Giorgio Consolati, Flute  6:00PM Duanduan Hao, Piano  8:00PM
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Student Recitals
Discussion |
Mary Shelley’s classic 1818 novel began as a late-night parlor game with her husband, the poet Percy Shelley, her stepsister Claire Clairmont, the poet Lord Byron, and Byron’s doctor John Polidori, centering on who could write the best horror tale. Since then, Shelley’s novel has been adapted to stage and film and has generated innumerable interpretations. Mary Shelley’s mythic text will be discussed through its many interpretations and its distinct language and style, addressing its repercussion on several disciplines. Dreamlike and nightmarish scenarios, represented in works by Romantic composers from Schubert to Strauss, will be examined in connection with similar literary techniques in Frankenstein and in reference to the several attempts by the Creature to humanize and civilize himself. With: Prof. Nancy Yousef James Melo, ERC Musicologist and Senior Editor at RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
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5:30 pm
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Discussions, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Civilizing the Monster: Romantic Longings in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Opening Reception |
A haenyeo is a woman diver who gathers products for a living, and Jeju is home to the largest number of them in Korea. The women have received a considerable amount of attention around the globe. The haenyeo symbolize Jeju women - with their unyielding spirit they played a leading role booting the Jeju economy by working all over the country. Jeju Haenyeo is intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO and Magnum Photographer David Alan Harvey stayed in Jeju for about a month and continued to be inspired by haenyeo every day. David Alan Harvey (June 6, 1944) is an American Photographer. Harvey is based in North Carolina and New York City and has been a full member of the Magnum Photos agency since 1967. He has photographed extensively for National Geographic magazine, and in 1978 was named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association. Harvey is publisher and editor of Burn Magazine, an online publication featuring the work of emerging photographers. Photographer's Afterword: "I was amazed every morning by these strong willed women It's clearly hard physical work and yet the women seem happy and are constantly joking and laughing with each other.... I stayed in Jeju for about a month and continued to be inspired by haenyeo everyday. I wanted to give very special and humble thank you to all haenyeo who made me feel at home. I came to admire their resilience, free spirit, sense of humor, and warmth. These women divers showed me a whole new world. Bobbing around out there in the frigid Pacific on their little foam floats and then kicking down without oxygen tanks to pick up a few abalones of the ocean floor was simply something to witness. I was so honored to be in their presence."
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Opening Receptions, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Jeju Haenyeo: Photographs by David Alan Harvey
Film |
L'Inhumaine tells the story of a famous singer played by real-life opera diva Georgette Leblanc and her four suitors, including an idealistic young scientist played by Jacques Catelain. But the real star is the film's style and design, which is why today it's most well-known as a "manifesto for Art Deco." The screening will include commentary from historian and instructor Samuel Albert.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Marcel L'Herbier's L'Inhumaine (1924): Art Deco Showcase
Film |
This biopic follows the journey of Raden Ajeng Kartini (April 21, 1879–September 17, 1904), an Indonesian heroine who fought for women’s emancipation and the abolishment of systemic misogyny. In her short life, Kartini empowered young women to pursue higher education and strive for their equality. 122 minutes
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Hanung Bramantyo's Kartini (2017): Indonesian Cinema
Film |
A powerful drama about the value of life, friendship, and love, as well as the inevitable grieving process one has to survive upon the loss of a loved one. 95 min. In German with English subtitles.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Christian Zübert's Tour de Force (2014): German Comedy-Drama
Tour |
It's time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all our on our New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Holiday Lights Tour
Tour |
When people think about holiday decorations in New York City, they usually think of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and the lavish store window displays. But some of the best sights to be seen are actually in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. Starting in the 1980’s, Christmas started getting bigger and brighter out in Brooklyn with each passing year. Expect to see massive, professionally- done light displays (some costing upwards of $20,000!). There is an unspoken competition among the home owners in the neighborhood, so some have added huge lawn ornaments and motorized displays, making for a lavish holiday spectacle. Dyker Heights has truly become a “must-see” for many people during the holidays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Tours, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour
Book Reading |
Julia Elliott is also the author of The Wilds (Tin House Books, 2014).
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Book Readings, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Julia Elliott reads from her book The New and Improved Romie Futch
Book Reading |
Sharon Harrigan’s father was larger than life, a brilliant, but troubled man who blew off his hand with dynamite before she was born and died in a mysterious accident when she was seven. His death never made sense, but she knew that asking about it was dangerous. Playing with Dynamite is about a daughter who goes looking for her father but finds her mother instead. It’s about the slipperiness of memory, the necessity of grief, and what it means to go home again.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Sharon Harrigan discussses her book Playing with Dynamite
Concert |
Diane Taublieb and friends present an evening of flute-focused chamber music featuring duos, trios, and quartets from both well-known and lesser-known composers.
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Concerts, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Faculty Recital: Diane Taublieb, flute
Concert |
LiveSOUNDS features free performances by faculty and their guests.
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Concerts, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Faculty Recital: Marco Cappelli, guitar
Jazz |
Joining guitarist and longtime faculty member Mark Mollica are guest artists Nate Radley also on electric guitar, John Ellis on saxophone, Ike Sturm on bass and Jared Schonig on drums. This follow-up to the ensembles' March 17th True: Part 1 Acoustic program features works influenced by blues, rock, jazz, world music and electronica.
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Concerts, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, True: Part 2, Electric
Film |
Shuttling back and forth between Istanbul and Hamburg, The Edge of Heaven is structured around two deaths and the ensuing collisions of three separate pairs of characters, each of which is strained and eventually estranged or separated by death: a Turkish father and son, Ali and Nejat Aksu; a Turkish mother and daughter, Yeter and Ayten Öztürk; and a German mother and daughter, Susanne and Lotte Staub. 122 min.
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Films, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Fatih Akin's The Edge of Heaven (2007): German Drama
Play |
The Seagull is one of the great plays about writing. It superbly captures the struggle for new forms, the frustrations and fulfillment of putting words on a page and on a stage. It is a play about love, theater and disappointment. Chekhov, in his first major play, stages a vital argument about the theatre that still resonates today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, The Seagull: Chekhov's Statement on Theater
Play |
The Mobile Unit celebrates the 60th anniversary of its inaugural tour in 1957 which began with a production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Joseph Papp.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Plays, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, The Winter's Tale: Shakespeare Comedy Presented by the Public Theater's Mobile Unit
Comedy Club |
Producer Eric Vetter wraps up another year of comedy, music, storytelling and fun.
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Comedy Clubs, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, No Name Comedy/Variety Show
Concert |
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Gregory Fassuliotis, saxophone 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Junior Opera Theater 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Shiyu Tan, collaborative piano
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Concerts, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Student Recitals
Reading |
The mission of Lamprophonic is to present and promote new voices in the New York writing community. We prepare a diverse and entertaining reading each month that demonstrates the quality and variety of emerging New York writers. In a typical reading, we hear poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and are open to anything that thoughtfully engages listeners.
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Readings, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Lamprophonic Emerging Writers Series
Jazz |
Marty Sheller plays primarily in latin jazz idioms. He played with Hugo Dickens in Harlem, and arranged for Sabu Martinez, and began working with Afro-Latin percussionists such as Louie Ramirez and Frankie Malabe. He also had an extensive association with Fania Records as a house arranger, working with Joe Bataan, Ruben Blades, Willie Colon, Larry Harlow, Hector Lavoe, and Ismael Miranda.
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Concerts, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Marty Sheller, Jazz Trumpeter
Play |
After a young girl is lost in a cave in rural North Carolina, there is an investigation into her disappearance and the fate of those who survive her. This eerie trio of interwoven ghost stories morphs into a multi-layered musing on grief, loss, guilt, and karma, and the elusive truth behind the missing girl's life and death – revealed one piece at a time. Written by Naomi Iizuka.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, December 08, 2017, 12/08/2017, Language of Angels: A Young Girl Goes Missing
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