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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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Purrfect Touch

Wednesday, January 24
ALEXIS PARK HOTEL 375 E Harmon Ave las vegas

Party like a Rock Star, Play like a Porn Star

The Touch Adult Industry 13th Annual Event during the largest adult convention in Las Vegas is almost here!

IMPORTANT: Don’t Call the Hotel to Book your room. The PurrfectLV Group Room Rate is only available online using this link.

Important reminder: there is NO seating without VIP BOTTLE SERVICE

SPACE IS LIMITED
SELLING FAST CALL OR EMAIL TO BOOK YOURS
Please state what kind of liquor bottle you like prices will be based on the kind you choose.
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EXHIBITIONISM – THE ROLLING STONES

Saturday, September 23 from 10:00 AM to February 25, 2018
The Palazzo Las Vegas, 3325 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas

Exhibitionism is the largest touring experience of its kind ever to be staged, and the first time in history the band has unlocked their vast private archive exploring the very beginning of their history to the Stones’ superstardom of today. The exhibition is proudly brought to the U.S. by Jackson National Life Insurance Company® (Jackson®), in conjunction with global promoter TEG and producer iEC Exhibitions!

Exhibitionism is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets for Exhibitionism are available online at www.stonesexhibit.com, or in person at the Exhibitionism box office, which is located in The Palazzo Lower Lobby.

“Fans can’t seem to get enough ‘Satisfaction’ with Exhibitionism, so we are thrilled to announce that this world-class immersive Rolling Stones experience is extending for one more month!” said Adam Steck, founder and CEO of SPI Entertainment, Inc., the official marketing partner and local promoter of the exhibition.

ABOUT EXHIBITIONISM
Exhibitionism tells the story of the most influential rock ‘n’ roll band in history, allowing visitors to experience first- hand their incredible journey from early days living together in a tiny flat to headlining the biggest stages in the world. Exhibitionism continues the Stones’ proud tradition of groundbreaking innovation combined with the highest production values.

Originated and produced by Australian-based iEC Exhibitions! with the full participation of Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie, and curated by New York native Ileen Gallagher, this highly immersive and interactive exhibition explores the Stones’ extraordinary career featuring over 500 rare and original items from their archive.

From their most cherished instruments, onstage and offstage clothes, valuable works of art and handwritten lyric books to personal diaries, recordings, unseen film and photos, a screening cinema and interactive recording studio that all culminate in an exciting and powerful backstage-to-onstage 3D concert experience.

“We’ve been thinking about this for quite a long time but we wanted it to be just right and on a large scale,” said Mick. “It’s not going to be like walking into a museum. It’s going to be an event, an experience. It’s about a sense of The Rolling Stones – it’s something we want people to go away talking about it.”

“While this is about The Rolling Stones, it’s not necessarily only just about us,” said Keith. “It’s also about all the paraphernalia and technology associated with a group like us, and it’s this, as well as the instruments that have passed through our hands over the years, that should make the exhibition unforgettable.”

Over the past 50 years, The Rolling Stones became, and have remained, one of the most culturally important acts in history. From the daring white dress worn by Mick Jagger in 1969, to the seminal Sticky Fingers (1971) album cover to their iconic tongue and lips logo, up to their chart-topping latest album Blue and Lonesome released in December 2016, The Rolling Stones have continued to break the boundaries of cultural norms throughout their incredible career.

The original works of key collaborators who helped to make the band not just musical but cultural icons are also on display, including Andy Warhol, John Pasche, who designed the band’s iconic tongue logo, fashion designers Ossie Clark and Alexander McQueen, artist Shepard Fairey, producer Don Was, and film director Martin Scorsese.

Exhibitionism gives visitors a look back at the high points of the band’s career through a new film, with a high-octane sound system, they had an universal remote install in their building so the sound can travel much more fluidly. It then steps back into the early days, to an amazing recreation of the Edith Grove flat that Mick, Keith and Brian shared in 1962. The flat was located just off the King’s Road in London’s Chelsea neighborhood.

“Exhibitionism is a celebration and thematic exploration of the creative life of a band that has managed both to stay current and stay true to its artistic vision for more than half a century,” said Ileen Gallagher, curator.

“This was such a unique opportunity to collaborate with the band and get their insights into the project,” continues Gallagher. “The quotes on the wall and all of the text in the exhibition is in the voice of the band or people who work very closely with them. You’re actually having the band tell you what happened at the time.”

There is a recreation of a Stones’ recording studio complete with their original instruments, plus a “backstage” area to give fans a sense of what it truly feels like just before the band heads out on stage. A guitar gallery brings together examples of some of Keith, Ronnie and Mick’s prized instruments, including a rosewood Fender Telecaster and a Maton that Keith played on Let It Bleed, which famously disintegrated as he reached the final notes of ‘Gimme Shelter.’

Other unique items include the cassette player on which Keith famously sketched out the idea for ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,’ just before falling asleep in a Florida motel room, Mick’s lyric book which features the hand written words for ‘Miss You,’ ‘Hey Negrita’ and ‘Worried About You,’ Keith’s 1963 diary, and the toy drum kit that Charlie used in the recording of ‘Street Fighting Man.’

DHL is the Presenting and Official Logistics Partner of Exhibitionism and is using the power of its global network to transport Exhibitionism to Las Vegas and beyond. “As the world’s most international logistics company, DHL is thrilled to be bringing Exhibitionism to Las Vegas, a city that’s renowned for its rich entertainment history,” said Mike Parra, CEO of DHL Express Americas. “The Stones were the consummate professionals as musicians — they made it all look so easy. DHL has a similar workstyle of ‘excellence, simply delivered’ — no matter how complex the logistics.”

Jackson, a leading provider of retirement products, will serve as the official U.S. Sponsor. “For Jackson, sponsoring the exhibit is a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of the creative and age-defying journey of true rock-and-roll legends,” said Barry Stowe, CEO of Jackson. “By embracing the living legacy of The Rolling Stones, Jackson can connect on a deep emotional level with a generation that is defined by these very ideals. The baby boomers helped to usher in one of the most powerful eras of change and disruption in music, culture and philosophy. As a company focused on helping baby boomers plan for the next phase of their lives, we are pleased to be able to bring to North America this world-class exhibit focused on an artistic and cultural phenomenon that helped define and shape a generation.”

The Rolling Stones officially opened Exhibitionism, delivered by DHL, on April 5, 2016 at London’s Saatchi Gallery and played through September 4, 2016. Giving it a four-star review, The Daily Telegraph called it “The most magnificent multi-sensory barrage of Stones ‘stuff’ you’re ever likely to encounter.” The Guardian exclaimed it as “genuinely jaw-dropping” with London’s Daily Mail adding that it is “The most comprehensive and immersive insight into the band’s fascinating 50-year history.”

Exhibitionism also played at New York City’s Industria in the West Village and Chicago’s Navy Pier. Rolling Stone says Exhibitionism is “An elaborate and immersive Stones exhibit;” Good Morning America raves it’s “Spectacular;” Billboard says “’Exhibitionism is an enthralling look at decades of rock history that even diehards can learn from!” and People.com says “The exhibit is the closest you’ll get to hanging out with the band at key moments in their history.”

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Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar

Sunday, February 11 from 11:00 AM to February 11, 2018
137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354

For centuries, people in China have celebrated the Lunar New Year in temple fairs. Bring your family to enjoy live performances, traditional crafts, and fusion foods and celebrate the Year of the Dog. If you are interested to buy crafts like machine embroidery designs, visit bunnycup.com for more information. The 4th Annual Temple Bazaar is offered on two afternoons. Get your tickets before it’s too late! Saturday only – Gather at FTH at 8:30 am – Parade starts at Flushing Queens Library at 9:30 am.

DATE: SAT & SUN | FEB 10 & 11 | 11 AM | FESTIVAL

Tickets: $5/$3 Members (Teens 13-19 free with ID)

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Eric Alexander Quartet

Friday, February 23 from 8:00 PM to February 23, 2018
137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354

Several jazz critics have claimed that listening to tenor saxman Eric Alexander unfettered and at length, is one of the greatest treats in jazz. This imposing improviser performs with his mentor, the veteran pianist Harold Mabern and is joined by John Webber on bass, and Joe Farnworth on drums.
“…a tenor saxophonist who can play at all tempos, in all registers, and never without swinging mightily.” – HOT HOUSE

DATE: FRI | FEB 23 | 8 PM | JAZZ

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

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Campbell Brothers

Friday, February 9 from 7:00 PM to February 9, 2018
137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354

Pedal steel guitarist Chuck Campbell and his lap steel-playing brother Darick Campbell are two of the finest in the gospel and steel guitar tradition. Rounding out the band, is a high-energy rhythm section featuring brother Phil Campbell on electric guitar and his son Carlton on drums. Katie Jackson’s classic, gutsy gospel vocals bring the ensemble to a level of energy that will introduce audiences to Sacred Steel -African-American gospel music.

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Cinderella’s Diamond Ball

Saturday, January 20 at 7:00 PM
Liberace Mansion – 4982 Shirley St, Las Vegas

Glorious vocalizing and dazzling pianistic showpieces will once again be on display at the lovingly restored Liberace Mansion for OLV’s annual gala fundraiser. The doors to this one-of-a-kind residence open at 7:00 pm on Saturday, 20 January 2018 for a dressy evening filled with upscale snacks, delectable libations, especially selected musical performances, a surprise celebrity guest or two, an extensive array of tempting choices at the Silent Auction display, and of the course, the rare chance to experience the atmosphere of the iconic residence of a Sin City legend.

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Black String

Friday, January 26 from 8:00 PM to January 26, 2018
37-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY

Presenting new sounds from the ancient instruments of Korea, Black String creates a unique musical language drawing on Korean traditional music, jazz and free improvisation. Geomungo (Korean zither) virtuoso, Yoon-Jeong Heo joins forces with electric jazz guitarist Jean Oh, daegeum (bamboo flute) player, Aram Lee and janggu player Min Wang Hwang, creating dynamic, harmonic collisions of modes and rhythms at the intersection of East and West.
“bringing ancient and modern into creative fusion” – JAZZWISE

DATE: FRI | JAN 26 | 8 PM | WORLD MUSIC

Tickets: $16/$10 Members & Students (Free for teens 13-19 with ID)

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Astoria Big Band: Memories of Jazz in Queens

Friday, November 17 at 8:00 PM
Flushing Town Hall

Founded in 1986 by baritone saxophonist Carol Sudhalter, the Astoria Big Band presents the music of Queens’ greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Jutta Hipp, Big Nick Nicholas, Sarah McLawler, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, and more. Fronting the band is a group of swing dancers, the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, who bring zest, color, and movement to this already engaging performance.

For more information visit http://www.flushingtownhall.org/event/f532a4600686f2aafcefdab17f1a4595

NEA Jazz Masters: Celebrating 100 Years of Dizzy and Monk

Friday, November 3 at 8:00 PM
Flushing Town Hall

Flushing Town Hall presents a concert celebrating 100 years of jazz icons Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk and their essential contributions to the jazz vernacular, featuring NEA Jazz Masters Kenny Barron on piano, Jimmy Owens on trumpet, and Jimmy Cobb on drum, joined by Lew Tabackin on saxophone, Rufus Reid on bass, and Antonio Hart** on saxophone.

For more information visit http://www.flushingtownhall.org/event/e4783c8d76a9efdb5681507f06eca29f

Project Taco Festival

Saturday, November 4 at 12:00 PM
628 W Craig Rd, North Las Vegas

Las Vegas Project Taco festival, now in it’s 2nd year, is a gathering of Sin Cities BEST taquerias served with a side of exotic cars “Cars & Tacos” and music from many local Mariachis and Folkloric Dance groups and a special addition of Selena Experience a MUSICAL Tribute to Selena. And of course, the tacos. 25 of the area’s best taquerias will be competing for the best taco in Las Vegas.

For more information visit http://projecttacofestival.com/

Sunset Park’d at New Vista

Saturday, November 4 at 12:00 PM
Sunset Park, 2601 East Sunset Rd., Las Vegas

Saturday, November 4th, 2017, New Vista’s fall beer event, Brew’s Best, returns to Sunset Park for the second year!

Celebrating its 10th year, Brew’s Best Beer Festival is the longest running open-air beer festival in Southern Nevada, started in June of 2007.

Enjoy live music and delicious food options from all the food trucks and let’s not forget the various beer samplings selections from breweries both local and across the United States, all while supporting a great cause!

New Vista is a non-profit organization committed to providing the intellectually disabled of all ages with equal opportunities and support so they may experience life to the fullest!

For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-vistas-brews-best-beer-fest-at-sunset-park-tickets-37896029043