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Cambalache: Chicano-Jarocho Music of Mexico Workshop

Saturday, May 5 at 1:00 PM to Saturday, May 5 at 3:30 PM
Flushing Town Hall

Join Cambalache for an interactive dance workshop introducing the history of son jarocho music and dance, and its instrumentation including the use of zapateado, the percussive dance of Veracruz.

DATE: SAT | MAY 5 | 1 PM | FAMILY WORKSHOP (ALL AGES)

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The Polar Bears Go Up Performance BY UNICORN THEATRE, U.K.

Saturday, April 28 at 12:30 PM to Saturday, April 28 at 3:30 PM
Flushing Town Hall

The Polar Bears are back. This time the two intrepid explorers are going up in the world. There aren’t many balloons in the Arctic. So when you find one, it’s precious. And if it gets lost, you have to go and find it. So now they must step up and explore unknown territory: the sky above their heads. They climb trees, jump on clouds, and reach for the stars as they race each other all the way into space. A fun treat for very young audiences.

DATE: SAT | APR 28 | 2:15 PM | FAMILY PERFORMANCE (AGES 2 – 5)

Free for Teens 13-19 with ID.

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Nickel & Dime Ops Album Release

Friday, May 4 at 11:00 PM to Saturday, May 5 at 3:30 AM
S.O.B.’s

Nickel and Dime Ops, a jazz and hip hop fusion band will be releasing their highly anticipated 13 track musical and lyrical masterpiece entitled ‘Resuscitation Music’ April 23, 2018. The album features several guest vocalists including two-time 2018 Grammy nominated, Jean Baylor. Nickel and Dime Ops will be performing live at their album release party May 4, 2018 at SOB’s night club in New York City.

The conscious nine-piece band began in 2010 to push the boundaries of creativity both musically and lyrically. For 7 years and running, Nickel and Dime Ops has held their weekly Thursday night residency at the world renowned Smoke Jazz Club. Over the past seven years, Nickel and Dime Ops has performed over 400 shows in New York and music festivals throughout the country.

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Global Mashup #2: Egypt meets Haiti

Friday, May 4 at 7:00 PM to Friday, May 4 at 10:00 PM
Flushing Town Hall

We’re mashing up 2 cultures on 1 stage with an open dance floor! With Zikrayat, playing a wide repertory of Egyptian music ranging from exciting Bellydance numbers to virtuosic improvisations, and the Agoci Band combining hip-hop, roots, and calypso flavors with Haitian compas. Each band plays a set, then the two meet and jam. Come ready to dance!

DATE: FRI | MAY 4 | 7 PM (DANCE LESSONS) & 8 PM (CONCERT)

Tickets: $16/$10 Members & Students (Teens 13-19 free with ID)

Global Mashup #4: Balkans meets El Barrio

Friday, June 1 at 7:00 PM to Friday, June 1 at 10:00 PM
Flushing Town Hall 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354

We’re mashing up 2 cultures on 1 stage with an open dance floor! Raya Brass Band thrills audience with intense, soul-shaking Balkan wedding music and Spanglish Fly returns with irresistible grooves that play 60’s soul inspired by Latin boogaloo. Each band plays a set, then the two meet and jam. Come ready to dance!

Cinderella by Tanglewood Marionettes Workshop

Sunday, April 22 from 1:00 PM to April 22, 2018
Flushing Town Hall

The award-winning Tanglewood Marionettes will demonstrate the basics of marionette puppet manipulation. Participants will be provided with marionettes for the duration of the workshop and learn movement techniques to express emotion. Each puppet has been handcrafted, and is un-costumed and un-painted to showcase the construction and joining techniques used when building marionettes.

Blanket Fort Presents: Food

Sunday, April 8 from 7:00 PM to April 8, 2018
The Flatiron Arts Building

Here at Blanket Fort we try to curate and plan a hilarious and relatable comedy show with all types of weird junk. Everybody eats food. If you don’t eat food you’re a robot and that’s scary. We’ll still have you at the show but please laugh and please don’t take us over iRobot style until it’s completely over. Then you can go ahead and use us as batteries or whatever but please wait til afterwards. We’ve put too much time and energy into this show to not have one last banger before the takeover.

If you haven’t heard, we’re a comedy variety show in a giant blanket fort.

Here’s the dang lineup:
Music from Comfort Zone
Stand up from Sammy Arechar

Improv from Sad Party
Stand Up from K Francis Norris
Stand up from Austin Mooney
Banjo from Brian Lirot
Stand up from Lyn-z Harney

Hosted by Elsie How with sets from Brad Rickert and Max Shanker and DJ’d by DJ Thirst.

Stick around afterwards for Bedtime with the Slugs Presents: Old Roommates

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Upcoming Casting Calls in Los Angeles

Thursday, May 31 from 1:00 PM to May 31, 2018
Provided via Email

Send headshots, measurements, resume and preferred audition time to casting@princessparty.com

We are seeking actors who have the ability to impersonate popular princess characters for our Los Angeles troupe. As a member of our team, you receive:

-Training
-Paid Performances
-Flexibility that allows you to choose gigs based on your schedule
-A fast-paced growth environment
-Networking and collaborating with the finest professional local actors and members of the performing arts community
-A community of other Princess impersonators to grow and develop with
-Heart-warming experience working with children

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GLOBAL MASHUPS 2018

Friday, April 20 from 7:00 PM to June 15, 2018
Flushing Town Hall 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354

FRI | APR 20 | 7 PM (DANCE LESSONS) & 8 PM (CONCERT)

Global Mashup #1: Latin Boogaloo Meets Afrobeat
With Spanglish Fly, NYC’s only band dedicated to reviving and renewing Latin Boogaloo’s soul and R&B mix, and Chop and Quench, comprised of members of the cast and band of FELA! The Musical.

FRI | MAY 4 | 7 PM (DANCE LESSONS) & 8 PM (CONCERT)
Global Mashup #2: Egypt meets Haiti
With Zikrayat, playing a wide repertory of Egyptian music ranging from exciting bellydance numbers to virtuosic improvisations, and the Agoci Band combining hip-hop, roots, and calypso flavors with Haitian compas.

FRI | MAY 18 | 7 PM (DANCE LESSONS) & 8 PM (CONCERT)
Global Mashup #3: Mexico meets Guinea
Featuring Banda de los Muertos, playing the boisterous Mexican brass/contemporary music known as “banda”, and Mandingo Ambassadors led by guitarist Mamady “Djelike” Kouyaté, a veteran of the golden age of Guinean dance bands.

FRI | JUNE 1 | 7 PM (DANCE LESSONS) & 8 PM (CONCERT)
Global Mashup #4: Balkans meets El Barrio
Raya Brass Band thrills audience with intense, soul shaking Balkan wedding music, and Spanglish Fly returns with irresistible grooves that play 60’s soul inspired by Latin boogaloo.

FRI | JUNE 15 | 7 PM (DANCE LESSONS) & 8 PM (CONCERT)
Global Mashup #5: Texas meets Peru
Featuring Brian Clayton and The Green River Band, comprised of six of the finest country musicians, and Corina Bartra Afro Peruvian Band playing infectious Afro-Peruvian music.

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Town Stages and Yael Silver present Home Enough To Me: The Songs of Rachel Dean and David Brush A Benefit for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Monday, March 26 from 7:00 PM to February 26, 2018
Town Stages

Town Stages and Yael Silver
present
Home Enough To Me:
The Songs of Rachel Dean and David Brush
A Benefit for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Monday, March 26, 2018
at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC

Town Stages and Yael Silver present Home Enough To Me: The Songs of Rachel Dean and David Brush, a benefit for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7pm at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC, featuring: Tony award-winning Cady Huffman (The Producers),Jessica Vosk (Wicked), Max Crumm (Grease), Jamison Scott(Memphis), Nick Adams (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, A Chorus Line), Lauren Elder (Sideshow),George Psomas (Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific), Law Terrell Dunford (Waitress), Tally Sessions (War Paint, Falsettos), Kristin Stokes (The Lightning Thief)  Rebecca Spigelman, Noah Hinsdale (Fun Home). Tickets are $65 ($100 for VIP admission) and are available at https://homeenoughtome.splashthat.com/.

“As artists we must use our voices to help those who feel like they might not have one,” said producer Yael Silver. “The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has answered over 10 million calls from those seeking support in dark times. Art can be a beacon of light in the darkness, and it is my absolute honor to support such a needed service. Rachel and David’s music brings attention to the realities of those struggling with mental illness while creating a safe artistic medium to present this pertinent subject matter.”

Home Enough to Me is a new concert showcasing the work of musical theatre writing team Rachel Dean and David Brush. The concert event will feature songs from The Anxiety Project–a new musical featuring the true stories of those suffering from and living with anxiety, depression and a host of other mental illnesses–as well as some new Dean-Brush work. The evening gathers a collection of some of Broadway’s finest performers in a one night only event to benefit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Featuring both fan favorites and never-before-heard songs from work in development, this unique event is not to be missed!

Music by Rachel Dean; Lyrics by David Brush
Directed by Robert W Schneider; Music Direction by Kevin David Thomas
Produced by Yael Silver

“The music, book and lyrics [Dean & Brush] create are superb
and everything I think this artform can accomplish.”
– Kevin David Thomas

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
Robert W Schneider received an MFA in Directing for the Musical Theatre from Penn State University, under the mentorship of SDC President Susan H Schulman. For seven years, Robert was the Associate Artistic Director of the Penn State Nu Musicals Festival, which celebrated and championed new works for the American musical stage. In that capacity, Robert produced and directed numerous works by such new voices as Adam Gwon, Kerrigan & Lowdermilk, Selda Sahin, and Kooman & Dimond. Most recently, Robert was nominated for an Ovation Award for directing the regional premiere of Memphis. Regional credits include: Good People (w/Johanna Day), All My Sons (w/Richard Bekins), A Man of No Importance (w/Caroline Bowman), The Last Five Years (w/AJ Holmes) and the regional premieres of Harper Regan, Leading Ladies and From Up Here. In New York, Robert has directed countless showcases and concerts, the most recent being an all-star concert of I Do, I Do, which featured Tony Award winner Beth Leavel, Robert Cuccioli, Patrick Page, and many other Broadway veterans. Robert was quite proud that this was the first time in the show’s fifty-year history that a same-sex couple was part of the storytelling. As an assistant director, Robert has had the great pleasure of assisting Ms. Schulman on Bookends at the York Theatre, Lonny Price on his Live! From Lincoln Center productions of Sweeney Todd (w/ Emma Thompson and Audra McDonald) and Sinatra: Voice For A Century (w/Sting and Seth McFarlane), as well interning for Judith Ivey on her production of Vanities at Second Stage. Robert currently serves as an Original Programming Producer for Feinstein’s/54 Below, as well as holding academic positions at both Penn State University and the New York Film Academy. He lives in West Harlem with his husband, Daniel Gutierrez, a photographer.

Kevin David Thomas has worked as a music director, copyist, accompanist, and music assistant for various companies and institutions across the world.  He most recently served as music director for the world premiere of My 80-year-old Boyfriend at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, as well as music supervisor on the world premiere of Marvelous Wonderettes Dream On (cast recording) at STAGES Repertory Theatre. He served as music assistant to music supervisor/director Kevin Stites on various original Broadway scale productions: Pamela’s First Musical (Book: Wendy Wasserstein, Music: Cy Coleman, Lyrics: David Zippel) at Town Hall, A Tale of Two Cities (Book, Music, and Lyrics: Jill Santoriello) on Broadway, Little House on the Prairie(Book: Rachel Sheinkin, Music: Rachel Portman, Lyrics: Donna DiNovelli) on the National Tour (assistant music supervisor).  Additionally, he has served as composer Ricky Ian Gordon’s personal copyist and score proofreader on various original operas and song cycles.  As a music director and arranger, Kevin has travelled the country for years with the corporate comedy troupe The Watercoolers. He spent three months in Moscow, Russia, music directing Once on this Island as part of a special arts outreach program through the US Embassy.  Kevin has also led productions at various regional theaters and universities across the United States.  As a pianist, Kevin has played at a range of cabaret venues in New York City (Below 54, Laurie Beechman Theatre, Carnegie Hall), and accompanied various singers (Donna Murphy, Carolee Carmello, Donna McKechnie, Judy Kuhn).  He has a Bachelor of Music in musical theatre from Baldwin Wallace University, Conservatory of Music.

Rachel Dean is a composer, pianist, and music director originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Now New York City-based, she serves as a rehearsal pianist for Hamilton and has worked alongside former members of the In The HeightsBroadway cast and creative team, teaching and playing at theatre intensive workshops run by Salgado Productions and R.Evolucion Latina. Recent premieres of her musicals include The Ballad of Janis Matthews and the Dodo Scouts (AREA Stage Co., October 2015) and the one-act Masque (University of Miami, February 2015), both with book by Giancarlo Rodaz. Musicals currently in development include The Anxiety Project (book and lyrics by David Brush) and Present Perfect (book and lyrics by Nancy Cheser).

David Brush has served as dramaturg, writer, director, producer, and various other roles in the theatre over the course of his career. David’s writing work has been honored by Chicago Theatre Building and a two-time American Harmony Prize Finalist. David’s work has been performed all over the country and will play Phoenix, NYC, Akron and other cities in 2018 alone. In addition, David has directed the Midwest regional premieres and/or labs of over 40 productions as well as lead producer for the NYC run of Hot Mess in Manhattan. David is the librettist/lyricist for Summer of My German Soldier and The Big Picture (w/ Jim Farley), and is currently developing The Anxiety Project (New York Film Academy, 2017)and Amelia (Premiere reading, 2018) (w/ Rachel Dean). David served as producing artistic director for Encore Theater Company – championing new musicals and new writers as well as heralding the development of three shows to their NYC debuts. David holds his Bachelor’s degree from Wright State University and Masters in Theatre from Regent University. David is on faculty with Regent University and Sinclair College. www.deanandbrush.com

Yael Silver is a producer and activist based in NYC. She is a Co-Producer on Once On This Island (Broadway), currently in performances at Circle In The Square Theatre. Yael has produced concerts for Kate Rockwell, Bobby Cronin, The Lightning Thief- The Percy Jackson Musical, Queer Composers For Orlando and the Art Attack Foundation featuring Jessie Mueller and Chita Rivera. She is a human rights and climate activist, volunteering for organizations such as Amnesty International, ACLU and The Climate Reality Project. Yael currently serves as Associate Producer at the Grammy and Tony-winning record label Broadway Records, Head of Artist Development at Yellow Sound Label and is on the Board of Directors at Sokoloff Arts.

Town Stages (Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director) is located in the heart of Tribeca. TOWN is New York’s premier venue to celebrate, collaborate and put on a show.A new female-driven cultural arts institution and venue space, Town Stages is a state-of-the-art, flexible performance and event space that can support the entire lifecycle of New York’s hallmark industries. With a stunning 9,000 square foot storefront facility, TOWN provides world-class cultural experiences and opportunities for all:  from civic to corporate, tech to theater.With a Mainstage, a Cabaret Lounge, and a multi-use event space with a capacity of 225, Town Stages offers much-needed space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, and families. TOWN boasts ticketed performances and curated community programing, from performance art to dance to theatre, and is also available for fashion shows, film shoots, weddings, and beyond.  For more information, visit www.townstages.com.

Sokoloff Arts (501c3) is an emerging cultural institution providing inspired space, prospective, and opportunity for cutting edge events in all sectors of The Arts, Corporate, Civic, and Cultural life in New York City. Led by a team of women from diverse backgrounds and artistic expressions, Sokoloff Arts works to provide viable and safe space to congregate, strives to promote cross-cultural community engagement, and blends the arts and business to create sustainable solutions to social and financial inequalities. The organization assists young creators with not only space, but resource generation, production, and community. To address the overwhelming demand for hi-tech, flexible, and affordable performance and event space in New York City, Sokoloff Arts is building Town Stages. To learn more, visit sokoloffarts.org.

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The 14th Street Y 2018 Annual Purim Gala

Thursday, March 1 from 6:00 PM to March 1, 2018
Cipriani, 25 Broadway

New York, NY – On Thursday, March 1, 2018 beginning at 6pm, the 14th Street Y will host its 2018 PURIM Gala. The 14th Street Y will honor founding Board Member and philanthropist Harvey Schulweis.

The 14th Street Y is a vibrant community center grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection, and learning for the individuals and families we serve throughout New York City’s East Village and beyond.

The Gala will be held at Cipriani, 25 Broadway, NYC, with Cocktails at 6pm and Dinner & Entertainment at 7pm. Festive attire and masks are encouraged. To learn more about the night’s events, get tickets, or to make a donation, please visit https://www.14streety.org/gala/.

Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. Celebrated with feasts, drink and revelry, it celebrates standing up for what you believe in and calls us to honor others through giving gifts and charity.

In keeping with the time-honored Purim tradition of masquerade, guests are invited to indulge in wearing Purim-inspired masks and accessories. Try on a bit of whimsy, drama or intrigue and be transformed instantly… go on, we dare you!

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Just Kitten Around: Comedy Fundraiser

Thursday, March 1 from 8:00 PM to March 1, 2018

The Catcade

Just Kitten Around: A Comedy Fundraiser

Just Kitten Around is a monthly comedy fundraiser at the Catcade, a cat cafe and rescue on Belmont. It’s the only show in Chicago where you can laugh with a cat on your lap. This month is Hairy Pawter themed! Come dressed in your favorite Harry Potter and/or cat themed attire and get ready to laugh with a little Mrs Norris on your lap! Just Kitten Around features a variety of different comedy styles every month from Chicago’s most talented comedians. Sounds purrfect! Hosted by the cutest kitties in Cook County, Alex Collyard and Elsie How. Show starts at 8:30, but come right at 8 to hang with the cats!

Just Kitten Around
A comedy fundraiser
$20
The Catcade | 1235 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Thursday, March 1st | Every 1st Thursday of the month
8pm Cat hangout (aka Doors) | 8:30pm Show
Hosted by Elsie How and Alex Collyard
Featuring: Molly Kearney, Caroline Twyman, Brian Bennett, and Arlo Chapple A billion* cats

*Rough estimate

Tickets available at:

Reservations

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