Thursday, March 31, 2011

Gregg Araki's Kaboom Opens in Toronto April 8

From a media release:

eOne Films presents
A Film By Gregg Araki
Starring Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Chris Zylka, Roxane Mesquida and Juno Temple

Toronto exclusive engagement at the Bell Lightbox
Opens Friday, April 8, 2011

Smith’s everyday life in the dorms - hanging out with his arty, sarcastic best friend Stella, hooking up with a beautiful free spirit named London, lusting for his gorgeous but dim surfer roommate Thor - all gets turned upside-down after one fateful, terrifying night.

Tripping on some hallucinogenic cookies he ate at a party, Smith is convinced he’s witnessed the gruesome murder of an enigmatic Red Haired Girl who has been haunting his dreams. What he discovers as he tries to find out the truth leads him deeper and deeper into a mystery that will forever change not only the course of his young life but the destiny of the entire world.

Running time: 86 minutes

Director Gregg Araki will be in Toronto for the following events,
In Person: Gregg Araki on Kaboom; Friday, April 8, 2011, 7:00pm – Screening and Onstage Discussion
In Conversation With... Gregg Araki; Saturday, April 9, 2011, 7:00pm – Onstage Discussion with a TIFF Senior Programmer. Three Bewildered People in the Night; Saturday, April 9, 2011, 9:15pm - Introduction

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony April 9 at the Sony Centre Toronto

From a media release:




Bugs Bunny At The Symphony is a spectacular fusion of classic Warner Bros. cartoons projected on the big screen accompanied by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony performing live.  George Daugherty conducts this brand new 20th Anniversary concert featuring Carl Stalling’s exhilarating original scores.

Bugs Bunny At The Symphony includes the show-stopping cartoons What’s Opera, Doc? and The Rabbit of Seville– two Looney Tunes classics that top virtually every published list of “The World’s Funniest Cartoons” anywhere – and Shake Your Powderpuff, the first-ever Looney Tune which parodied the symphony orchestra world and laid the ground work for decades of classical music spoofs to come.

Celebrating two decades of Bugs Bunny on the concert stage, Bugs Bunny At The Symphony is the new sequel to the record-setting orchestra-and-film concert Bugs Bunny on Broadway that debuted in 1990 and reinvented a new genre of symphony orchestra concert.  Created and conducted by Emmy Award™ winner George Daugherty, and produced by Daugherty, David Ka Lik Wong, and IFX Productions, Bugs Bunny At The Symphony made its world premiere at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in May 2010 followed by an Australian national tour and North American tour including performances at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Bugs Bunny on Broadway first shot to fame in 1990 with its sold-out, extended Broadway run at the Gershwin Theatre. Since that Broadway debut, the concert has delighted an estimated two million people worldwide over the past two decades. Bugs Bunny On Broadway has sold-out the world's greatest concert venues and opera houses, including The Hollywood Bowl, The Sydney Opera House, Moscow’s Kremlin Palace, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Wolf Trap, London’s Royal Festival Hall, and The National Concert Hall of Ireland, performing with over 100 of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras.

The show's on tour through North America (and Kuala Lampour) all the rest of this year - check the link for one near you.

The Details:
• April 9, 2011
• 2 PM and 7 PM
• Tickets: $38 – $68
• Group discounts (8 people +) may be purchased by calling 416-368-4343 or 1-866-737-0805.
• Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East, Toronto
• Charge by Phone: 416-872-2262
• Or online at

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Africa in Harlem: Salif Keita at the Apollo Theater April 9

From a release - be prepared for a West African jam like you've never seen:

Cross Cultural Exchange at the Apollo Presents:
Salif Keita
Saturday April 9, 2011 at 8 pm

In this special engagement on the Apollo Mainstage, internationally recognized afro-pop singer/songwriter Salif Keita, known as the Golden Voice of Africa, will reprise tracks from his latest album, La Difference, and perform new versions of some of his best-know hits, “Folon” and “Seydou.”

This concert is a presentation of the Apollo Theater under its Cross Cultural Exchange Series, which focuses on music artists or projects representing diverse cultures that may be U.S. or internationally-based.

Cross Cultural Exchange presentations focus on music artists or projects representing diverse cultures that may be U.S. or internationally-based.  Many of the artists presented will represent cultural communities in Harlem and Upper Manhattan, such as artists from/of Dominican, Puerto Rican, Senegalese, Ivorian and Malian cultural heritage.

Here's a short clip I shot of him at last year's LuminaTO fest in Toronto:

Carmen Unzipped: Jean Stilwell & Patti Loach Gala Benefit April 9

A benefit for young artists in Toronto:

A benefit gala to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the
Women's Art Association of Canada
at the Arts & Letters Club, Toronto.

Saturday April 9th, 2011: 6:30 Cocktails, 7:30 Dinner, 8:45 Show

Carmen UnZipped: Jean Stilwell and Patti Loach
with guest John Loach

• Tickets $150.00 include dinner, silent auction and show*.

Please phone 416-922-2060 for more information or to purchase tickets
A benefit gala to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the
Women's Art Association of Canada
at the Arts & Letters Club, Toronto.

The Women's Art Association of Canada assists young artists with scholarships to schools in various fields of the Arts such as The National Ballet School, The Royal Conservatory, University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, The Ontario College of Art and Design, Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and George Brown The City College. Past scholarship recipients have included Measha Brueggergosman, Rex Harrington and Jean Stilwell.

Here's a promo vid of the duo performing a few years ago:

Krautrock & Kosmische - the Unsound Festival at (le) Poisson Rouge NYC April 8

From a media release:

Unsound Festival New York 
with Alan Howarth, Harald Grosskopf, Emeralds 
Fri., April 08, 2011 / 6:00 PM

UNSOUND FESTIVAL NEW YORK returns Friday April 1st to Sunday April 10th. On Friday April 8th, FRKWYS Live: Unsound Edition event presented in collaboration with respected independent imprint RVNG INTL and (le) Poisson Rouge, two pioneers of synthesizer music ALAN HOWARTH and HARALD GROSSKOPF are joined by Cleveland trio EMERALDS showing the parallels between synthesizer music old and new. Unsound Festival New York is presented by Fundacja Tone, the Polish Cultural Institute in New York and the Goethe-Institut New York.

The word “legendary” is bandied around a lot nowadays, but we can think of no other fitting description for Alan Howarth. Not only has he composed countless prodigious electronic movie scores with the film maker John Carpenter, starting with the classic “Escape From New York,” Howarth has also pioneered cinematic sound effects for decades.

From Halloween stalkers to "Star Trek", Alan Howarth's electronic imagination has contributed to some of the biggest genre films ever made. He's provided sound design and effects for "Poltergeist", "Raiders of The Lost Arc", all the "Star Trek" movies, "The Hunt For Red October", Coppola's "Dracula", "Total Recall" and "Stargate". As a composer, he's scored all or part of all the "Halloween" films, "They Live!," "Prince of Darkness", and composed music for "Retribution", "The Dentist" and others.

Alan also co-founded Pi Corp, a Cleveland based quartet that pushed some heavy Hawkwind vibes in their studio pursuits, recently compiled as Let Them Eat Pi (Alma Records). Alan opens the night performing pieces from his vast repertoire and then joins fellow Emeralds at the end for a special collaboration based around RA Music, a form of tuning designed to allow natural listener stimulation and unprecedented spiritual and mental awakening. Howarth will also be presenting a sound design workshop during Unsound Festival New York, sponsored by Transition Earth.

Harald Grosskopf, the percussionist behind Ash Ra Tempel, Klaus Schulze, and Cosmic Jokers, will make his North American debut performing his landmark debut 1980 solo album Synthesist in its entirety. Unavailable for almost three decades, Synthesist has been recently reissued (Feb 2011) for it’s 30th anniversary in a newly remastered edition by the respected New York based RVNG Intl imprint.

Synthesist is a melodically rich symbiosis of krautrock, kosmische and prog rock that signaled sonic qualities embedded in electronic and techno music for years to follow. The album was recorded in the summer of 1979. Grosskopf, then 30 years old, was at a personal and creative crossroads. His girlfriend had just left him, and Ashra was on temporary hiatus. Harald always considered himself a rhythmic accomplice to his numerous collaborators' lead, until prompted by some fellow musician friends to pursue a singular creative vision.

Armed with a MiniMoog and Revox reel-to-reel, Grosskopf set off for the West German countryside that fall and isolated himself in a home studio for almost two months to record the album. The temperamental analog synthesizer and sequencing technology at his disposal meant that only through a harmonious union of man and machine could he achieve the results he wanted.

Grosskopf’s human response to his machines undeniably colors the eight songs of Synthesist and aligns the album with some of the more melodic output of the Berlin School of Electronic Music. It’s not hard not to consider Synthesist the nexus of Krautrock, Kosmische, and New Age. Aiming to bring Synthesist to a new audience RVNG Intl also commissioned a special album of remixes called Re-Synthesist. For Harald’s live performance of Synthesist tonight he will be joined by many of the artists that contributed to the Re-Synthesist compilation including A.R.P, Blondes, Laurel Halo, Pink Skull, Julianna Barwick, James Ferraro and more.

Emeralds are John Elliott, Steve Hauschildt, and Mark McGuire. They started playing music together in 2005 in the suburbs of Cleveland. After a year playing under another name, they decided to focus more on live improvisation and adopted the new band name Emeralds. Their most successful album to date,  Does It Look Like I'm Here? was released last year on respected European imprint Editions Mego (home to acts like COH and Marcus Schmickler, who will appear at Unsound Festival New York the following day).

Does It Look Like I’m Here? is the band’s third official album following Solar Bridge (Hanson), and their self-titled debut on their own Wagon and Gneiss Things imprint. They are an exceptionally prolific trio and have also released an uncountable number of small edition tapes and CDRs on a host of labels. Mark McGuire and Steve Hauschildt also perform and record under their own names, while John Elliott performs as Outer Space and records under the aliases Imaginary Softwoods, Colored Mushroom and the Medicine Rocks. The trio has opened for acts like Caribou, Throbbing Gristle, Goblin and many others.

Does It Look Like I’m Here? took the trios experimental brand of kosmische music into a radical new direction - moving their sound away from longer jams towards shorter material with an almost (for them at least) "pop" like focus. It also saw the group moving from playing single oscillator analog synthesizers to an analog/digital hybrid set-up that also includes a great deal of guitar synthesizer.

Having spent all their lives in the relative isolation of Cleveland means their music has developed into a vital, stunningly unique sound all their own. However, their music clearly shows the influence of early synthesizer pioneers like Grosskopf and Howarth who they share the bill with tonight. Tonight Emeralds will perform two sets, one of their own material, and the second, closing out the evening, will be their first ever live collaboration with the legendary Alan Howarth.

Presented by: Unsound Festival New York, RVNG INTLm (le) Poisson Rouge
Unsound Festival New York is presented by Fundacja Tone, The Polish Cultural Institute in New York and the Goethe-Institut New York.
This night has additional support from Roland and Transition Earth.
18:00:                 Doors
19:00 - 19:30:     Alan Howarth
19:45 - 20:45:     Harald Grosskopf & Friends
21:00 - 21:30:     Emeralds
21:30 - 22:00:     Emeralds + Alan Howarth
(le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
Tickets: $12

Unsound Festival New York 2011 runs from April 1 to April 10 2011. 
• Wednesday April 6th is the official festival opening event at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, presented with Krakow’s Sacrum Profanum Festival.
April 1st - April 5th events are devoted to Unsound Festival New York Labs, a series of more experimental events, workshops and panels based around the theme of “Festival as lab.”
• For further detailed information on all the events happening during Unsound Festival New York 2011 please check out the link.


Monday, March 28, 2011

Ballet Creole's Antagonist at Fleck Dance/Harbourfront April 7 - 9

From various sources:

Ballet Creole | Antagonist...
Fleck Dance Theatre Toronto - April 7- 9, 2011

Featuring works by Artistic Director, Patrick Parson, Associate Choreographer Gabby Kamino and Guest Choreographer Jose Carret of Danza Corpus de Cuba.

Extending the language of dance with kinetic, physical and gracefully elegant expressions in tandem with contemporary Diasporic soul, Ballet Creole ushers in a new era in its maturity as one of Toronto’s top dance companies.

Ballet Creole heats up the stage with a sensual and sizzling collection of new and remounted works by some of Canada's top choreographers; Cuban-born choreographer, Jose Carret Morejon premieres an explosive ballet fuelled by Afro-Cuban rhythms entitled "The Antagonist". A duel of the sexes which explores the complexities of relationships and love. Canadian dance icons Danny Grossman and Debbie Wilson remount classic works from their company's repertoire. A unique opportunity not to be missed!

Ballet Creole's Artistic Director, Patrick Parson continues his legacy to innovate, experiment and challenge the boundaries of traditional and contemporary aesthetics with the World Premiere of "Trouchka", an intricate and emotional journey danced to Stravinsky's classical score "Petrouchka". Parson re-ignites this classic Russian story of a doll who comes to life, creating a marriage of movement between contemporary and Afro-Caribbean.  Associate choreographer Gabby Kamino rounds out the program with a new work for the company as well. 

Images by Christopher Cushman

The Antagonist is part of Harbourfront Centre's Next Steps Series
Fleck Dance Theatre
Thursday, April 7 at 8pm    Friday, April 8 at 8pm   Saturday, April 9 at 8pm
• Tickets can be purchased at Harbourfront Box Office 416.973.4000
• Or online tickets click here.

Here's a little sampling of this talented company:

Human Cargo's Night to Headline Factory Thtr's Performance Spring Apr 7 - 24

From a media release:

Factory Theatre's Performance Spring 2011’s headliner is Human Cargo’s Night    
Toronto, ON –  March 2011…  The presentation of groundbreaking works from the national scene is an annual event at Factory Theatre.

• The Performance Spring Festival, April 7 – 24, 2011, is made possible by the generous support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Canadian Arts Presentation Fund.
• For more information about the Festival’s theatrically-imaginative performances of dance, drama and readings, see the website
• Tickets range from P-W-Y-C to $40.

Headlining the festival is Human Cargo’s Night. Shows of Night. “I saw a workshop of Night in Pond Inlet two years ago, and was stunned by the emotional power and visual clarity of the story,” says Factory Theatre Artistic Director Ken Gass, “I know Toronto audiences will be equally transported by this extraordinary theatrical encounter.”

In Night, the lives of a Toronto anthropologist and 16-year old Inuk girl intersect powerfully during 24 hours of darkness in Pond Inlet, Nunavut.  A cross-cultural theatre creation by Human Cargo written and directed by Christopher Morris (also director of The Grand Theatre’s Mary’s Wedding, and Preface Theatre /AGO’s The Bear), is a poetic and dramatic exploration of the clash between Inuit and southern Canadian culture.

Morris says, “Daniella is a scientist from the big city and Piuyuq is a girl with big dreams. As the two cross paths, their lives are changed forever.” Night is presented in Inuktitut and English, with English surtitles, likely the first time both languages have been used so extensively in a professional play on a Toronto stage. Night was developed over three years during four four-week creation workshops in the arctic darkness of Pond Inlet, Nunavut and Akureyri, Iceland, and premiered in January 2010 at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa.

April 13-24
A Human Cargo / National Arts Centre coproduction in association with the Northern Arts and Culture Centre, Yellowknife, and Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse
In English and Inuktitut with English surtitles.

Written and directed by
Set and Costume Design GILLIAN GALLOW
Sound Design LYON SMITH

• Abbie Ootova. Photo by Andree Lanthier
• Linnea Swan in Night at the NAC, 2010. (photo by Andree Lanthier)
• Linnea Swann & Jonathan Fisher at the NAC, 2010 photo by Andree Lanthier)

Night plays Tuesday – Saturday, 8 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m., in the Mainspace Theatre, April 13 – 24.
• Tickets Tuesday - Thursday and on Sunday, in advance, are $30, and $25 for Students, Seniors and Arts Workers (includes HMF + HST); tickets on Friday and Saturday are $35, and $30 for Students, Seniors and Arts Workers (includes HMF + HST).
• See the website & TOTIX regarding the April 16 show as part of the Bathurst Theatre District Spring Theatre Marathon

The box office is open for in-person/phone sales (416 504 9971), Tuesday to Saturday, 1 – 8 p.m., and Sunday at 12 noon – 4 p.m.; online sales are available 24 hours a day at

Blue Ceiling Dance & Marc Boivin at Harbourfront April 7 - 9

From a media release:

DanceWorks presents a special shared program featuring
MARC BOIVIN (Montreal)
Thursday, April 7 - Saturday April 9, 2011; 8PM

March 2011 - DanceWorks, Toronto's longest-running contemporary dance series, presents Lucy Rupert of Blue Ceiling Dance and Marc Boivin, two acclaimed dancer/choreographers, on a shared program running April 7 - 9 at Harbourfront Centre's Enwave Theatre.

Lucy Rupert, founder and artistic director of Toronto's Blue Ceiling Dance and 2010 Chalmers Fellowship recipient, performs the world premiere of The animals are planning an intervention, an ambitious new solo to original music composed for a string quartet by acclaimed singer/songwriter Sarah Slean. The solo explores thoughts on instinct and mortality, and mines emotion and physical virtuosity, searching for traces of the many animals that live inside us. Living in the boundary between animal being and human being, between profound love and a terrifying sense that maybe nothing means anything, Rupert embodies the imagery of small animals and unheard voices.

The multi-faceted Lucy Rupert has collaborated with dance and theatre artists such as William Yong, Sashar Zarif, Peter Chin, Denise Fujiwara, Andrea Nann, Puppetmongers Theatre, Volcano Theatre, Circus Orange and Sarah Slean. She runs Blue Ceiling dance as a vessel for her interpretive and creative work delving into the shimmery and dark places of human psychology through physics, philosophy and dextrous movement. She is noted for physical and emotional complexity and a mesmerizing presence in performance. Since 2001, she has been working with Theatre Rusticle, perhaps most notably as the ship Titanic in April 14, 1912. She recently worked on two BravoFact films, one as the female lead with music by Sarah Slean and direction by C.J. Wallis. Lucy is co-chair of the Board of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, Ontario Chapter.

Montreal dancer/choreographer Marc Boivin performs Impact, a hybrid, multidisciplinary piece with visual environment and conceptual design by Jonathan Inksetter, music by Diane Labrosse and lighting design by Yan Lee Chan. Synthesizing Boivin's 25 years of experience, Impact is a captivating solo in which the body is the very hub of expression, a place where everything moves and is moved. The piece examines the connections between people and the magnitude of their influence on one another. Though filled with personal anecdotes, the piece speaks beyond the boundaries of autobiographical narrative. Impact is Boivin's sixth choreography and his first solo for himself.

Dancer, teacher, improviser, choreographer, recipient of the Jacqueline Lemieux prize in 1999, Marc Boivin began his dance career in 1980 at Le Groupe de la Place Royale in Ottawa under the directorship of Peter Boneham. Five years later, he joined Ginette Laurin and her newly-formed company O Vertigo Danse. Since 1991 he has worked as an independent dancer, performing in the company creations and/or the commissioned works of many choreographers, notably Louise Bedard, Sylvain Emard, Jean-Pierre Perreault, Catherine Tardif and Tedd Robinson, among others and with improvisers Andrew Harwood and Peter Bingham. The members of the Regroupement québécois de la danse (RQD) general assembly elected him as president during the 26th annual meeting held on October 23-24, 2010. 

"The dancer, whether he is curled up or balanced on one hip on the floor, or occupying space with his wide milling gestures, tracings, or pensive stases, hypnotizes us." - Le Devoir on Impact

• Lucy Rupert - Photo credit: R. Kelly Clipperton
• Marc Boivin - Photo credit: Sandra Lynn Belanger

DanceWorks presents a special shared program featuring 
Thursday, April 7 - Saturday April 9, 2011; 8PM

Fabulous finger foods and items for every budget!
at Harbourfront Centre's Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Regular Tickets: Adults $33.50, (Students/Seniors $22.50)
Box Office: 416-973-4000 OR online at

Montrealer Jon Davis New Single "Traumatic Head Injury"

From a media release:

Jon Davis
Personally triumphant song “TRAUMATIC HEAD INJURY”

“…If you like James Taylor, I think you will absolutely love Jon Davis. Very, very nice voice... very, very fine album by a Montrealer.” ~ CBC Radio One (Daybreak)

TORONTO – MARCH 2011 – Like hockey player Max Paccioretti, singer-songwriter and composer Jon Davis knows a thing or two about severe injury. He too suffered a debilitating head impairment and wrote a terrific song, “TRAUMATIC HEAD INJURY” to help in his recovery process.

It’s a devastating thing when sudden injury causes a long pause or even permanent diversion from one’s career or passion in life. The recovery period is long and arduous and there’s suddenly a lot of time to ponder the meaning of life.

Multi-talented Jon Davis was gearing up for a plum lead role in a professional musical theatre production, to begin right after earning his master's degree in music. Two days after graduating he hit his head and found himself in the hospital with a traumatic brain injury. Needless to say, he had to pull out of the production because of the risk of permanent brain damage if he were to dance and sing in the production.

Feeling very fortunate that he wasn’t completely incapacitated, and determined to use the long and difficult “down” time for a greater purpose, he wrote “Traumatic Head Injury”, and much of his debut album GOLDEN HUE, over the six-month recovery period. Jon explains, “The song talks about me longing to heal, move forward, and to get up and work hard on my career. Symptoms I had were of feeling feverish (but not actually having a fever), concentration difficulties and feeling like I had four or more beers in me all the time - but not in a good way. I was unable to walk for more than 30 minutes at a time because doing too much movement with a bruised brain put me in risk of permanent brain damage, due to too much blood flowing in the brain. It was very scary.”

Jon’s career has indeed moved steadily forward since, and he has performed at many Canadian festivals and venues, gaining fans and acclaim wherever he goes.

Opera Atelier Silver Anniversary 2011 Versailles Gala April 6

From a media release:


Event raises funds to support opera education and outreach programs

Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, Co-Founders and Co-Artistic Directors of Opera Atelier, will present its 25th anniversary gala at The Carlu on April 6, 2011. The evening will be created in the grand style of Versailles, and will be a celebration of 25 years of the world’s pre-eminent opera ballet company specializing in period productions of 16th and 17th century repertoire.

Funds raised will be used to support Opera Atelier’s education and outreach programs which have been offered without charge to students since the company’s inception.

In honour of the 25th anniversary, the evening will feature special performances by world-renowned opera singers Measha Brueggergosman, Michael Maniaci and Krešimir Špicer. Guests will also be entertained throughout the evening by Artists of Atelier Ballet and the young dancers from the School of Atelier Ballet.  Host for the evening is Jeanne Beker of Fashion Television.

Opera Atelier Silver Anniversary 2011 Versailles Gala
Wednesday April 6, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
The Carlu - 444 Yonge Street, 7th Floor, Toronto
• Tickets: $400 - Table Sponsor: $6,000
• Space is limited.
• Contact Jennifer Bassett at 416.616.4660 to RSVP or for further details. A generous tax receipt for the amount allowable will follow the event.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Scrabble with the Stars Toronto April 4

From a media release:
Composer David Warrack to compose and perform a Scrabble With the Stars Anthem!

Toronto, March 2011
- Composer, conductor, pianist, producer, and long time Scrabble With The Stars enthusiastic supporter David Warrack will compose and perform a "Scrabble With The Stars Anthem" for the seventh annual Scrabble® With The Stars, event chair Vivienne Muhling announced. With a celebrity at every table, this signature fundraiser in aid of Performing Arts Lodges (PAL) Toronto takes place on Monday, April 4, beginning at 6:30pm at the elegant Arcadian Court, again hosted by fashion/lifestyle reporter Jeanne Beker and actor Barry Flatman.

Muhling also announced that Barbara Budd (previously CBC Radio's As It Happens co-host and Love, Loss, and What I Wore actor), young actor Jason Spevack (title role in Dino Dan on TVOKids) and singer Saidah Baba Talibah (newly-released CD, (S)Cream) join previously announced stars Mark Breslin, Dave Broadfoot, Dinah Christie, Mary Lou Fallis, Graham Greene, Deb McGrath, Colin Mochrie, Charlotte Moore, Gordon Pinsent, Louise Pitre, Djanet Sears, Ted Simonett, Paul Soles, R.H. Thomson, Theresa Tova, David Warrack and others for this fun-filled event.

Scrabble With the Stars is a chance to get words in edge-wise with more than forty of Canada's most eminent celebrities who will dine and play Scrabble with sponsors and guests in support of PAL Place, a unique residential complex in downtown Toronto that many of Canada's esteemed artists call home.

Guests can view and bid on art at the Celebrity Art & Craft Exhibition such as watercolours from Heather Allin and Jayne Eastwood, designer fishing flies from C. David Johnson, photographic art from Marilyn Lightstone, paintings from Gordon Pinsent and Karl Pruner, jewellery from Barbara Budd and Sandi Ross, and more. All artworks have been generously donated by the celeb artists and all proceeds will go to PAL. A delicious buffet dinner follows, then out come the Scrabble® boards, and the battle of words begin.

International Scrabble® celebs will also be on hand to help players find the winningest words to trump their high-profile competitors. The advisory services of world Scrabble Champ Joel Wapnick and North America's highest rated female Scrabble expert, Robin Pollack Daniel will also be available via auction.

While international Scrabble® master John Chew totals the scores and establishes the winners, guests will indulge in coffee and dessert on the edge of their seats as they anticipate the results.

Lavish prizes await Scrabble® winners. In past years these have included a Winery Tour for 10 people and gift pack of wine for the winner, a skippered sail around the Toronto Islands with champagne and a deluxe lunch basket, an overnight stay at a deluxe hotel with dinner and breakfast, tickets to some of the hottest shows in town, and more. This year's prizes promise to be equally wonderful.

The Performing Arts Lodges, Toronto is dedicated to providing assistance in the areas of health, well-being and affordable accommodation for members of the entertainment industry. PAL Toronto operates PAL Place, a unique residential complex in downtown Toronto that many of Canada's esteemed artists call home. Funds raised through Scrabble® With The Stars allow PAL Toronto to create additional support for the growing number of PAL residents who are becoming too frail and aged to care for themselves in their own homes. The proceeds help ailing PAL Place residents to continue to live with dignity in their own apartments, among their fellow theatrical professionals. Thank you to Scrabble With The Stars major sponsors Scotiabank, ACTRA Fraternal and Shepell-FGI.

• Iconic fashion reporter Jeanne Beker and actor Barry Flatman, the returning hosts of Scrabble® With The Stars, have some fun while practicing for this fundraising event for PAL
• My own photo of Jeanne Beker at last year's event in her Scrabble dress with Mark Breslin

Scrabble® With The Stars, a fun-draising evening for PAL, Toronto
Hosted by Jeanne Beker and Barry Flatman featuring top-tier Celebrity Scrabblers
• Monday, April 4, 2011 beginning at 6:30pm at Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street in Toronto
• Tables can be reserved from $500. Single seats are $150 each. The cost includes dinner with complimentary wine, a game of Scrabble with a celebrity and a tax receipt for the maximum allowable amount
• For tickets, visit or call 1-800-838-3006.
• Visit the Facebook Page

Gladstone Hotel Toronto - Andalusian World Fusion with M El M'rabet April 1

From a media release:

Batuki Music Society and the Gladstone Hotel team up together for the 3rd year to present the World Concert Series that takes place on the first Friday of each month from 7 to 10 pm. at the Melody Bar at the Gladstone Hotel located at 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. The concerts are free events. The series features a diverse lineup of performers with a strong focus on African music.

Friday April 1 - Andalusian World Fusion featuring M El M'rabet.
Dance Showcase by Jaivah Nouvel Expose featuring Fumu Jahmez.

M El M'rabet. A child of musicians, he grew up Granada, Andalusia, where he began studying the Oud as a child. Living where he did, it's not surprising that he was immersed in Andalusian music or that he was drawn to the traditions of its constituent elements: the music played by the East Indians, Turks, Kurds and Armenians, as well as music of the Roma, especially flamenco...

M El M'rabet has become a virtuoso on the Oud and a highly respected singer and composer, but he is not a preservationist. Mastery of the traditions and powerful technique has resulted in a very distinctive style of playing that reflects both his travels and his desire to extend the possibilities for the instrument. To that end, he has even begun to help build Oud with his brother Otman Al Merabet, to enhance the sound and range. M'rabet, with his roots deep in Andalusia, has become an artist who personifies a proud living tradition.

Blending Andalusian-North African folk melodies with Flamenco, blues, a sprinkle of Jazz and compelling grooves, M'rabet creates compositions that reflect the richness of the Canadian cultural climate and he contributes to the performing arts landscape in his community and nationally. M'rabet has released 4 CDs, Andalusian legacy, SoloSoul, Journey of Ziriab and Andalo and has toured extensively across the U.S., Canada, Spain, France and Germany. He has also collaborated with many great artists such as Omar Sosa, Salif Keita, Steve Potts, Cheb Mami, Cesaria Evora and Chano Dominguez. He is recognized among his peers as a virtuoso, versatile and innovator.

M El M'rabet will be performing with award-winning percussionist, music educator and artistic director Rick Lazar and Toronto-based multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Chris Gartner on bass guitar.

Dance showcase by Jaivah Nouvel Expose featuring Fumu Jahmez.

Saba and Rumbi from Jaivah Nouvel Expose Dance Troupe, a Toronto dance company specializing in traditional and contemporary dance from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Congo, Southern Africa and Egypt. Honoring tradition and innovation equally, we pair our original choreography with the freshest beats from the top of today's African music and live instruments on occasion. Jaivah strives to expose audiences to dance styles whose beauty has for too long gone unseen or unappreciated among many.

Jaivah features guest artist Fumu Jahmez a performing artist who specializes as a dancer, singer, poet and writer. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and grown up in Canada, Jahmez is currently an apprentice with COBA.

Andalusian World Fusion featuring M El M'rabet.
& Dance showcase by Jaivah Nouvel Expose featuring Fumu Jahmez.
Friday April 1, 2011
 Melody Bar at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
7 to10 pm. 
Admission: Free (All ages)


Batuki Music gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Gladstone Hotel.

"nurturing and strengthening cultural diversity through music and the arts." 

Benefits for Japan at le poisson rouge - Yoko Ono + friends then Taka Kigawa Mar 29 & Apr 2

From a media release - (Le) Poisson Rouge plays host to two benefits to aid Japan

featuring Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, Patti Smith with Tony Shanahan, & Cibo Matto
Tue., March 29, 2011 / 10:00 PM

(Le) Poisson Rouge is proud to host YOKO ONO & FRIENDS TO JAPAN WITH LOVE, a benefit for relief efforts in Japan. Performers will include Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, Patti Smith with Tony Shanahan, and Cibo Matto. We hope you'll join us for this important benefit event.

oko Ono is a multi-media artist who constantly challenges and stretches the traditional boundaries of sculpture, painting, theater and music. Her seminal performance art, experimental films and collaborative music with John Lennon, and international one- woman shows and retrospectives illustrate her varied career.

In 2009 Yoko revived the Plastic Ono Band concept and recorded her 17th album “Between My Head and the Sky” to critical acclaim. On the Billboard Dance Charts Yoko has had 6 Number Ones. Last year she sold out two concerts at the Orpheum Theatre in LA, and earlier this month appeared at SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.

“A Dream You Dream Alone is Only A Dream, A Dream We Dream Together Is Reality”
– Yoko Ono

Photos by Synaesthete © 2009

Tue., March 29, 2011 / 10:00 PM
This is a general admission, standing event.
All proceeds go the the relief effort in Japan.
Tickets available here

(Le) Poisson Rouge is also hosting a benefit for relief efforts in Japan on
April 2 with Taka Kigawa, piano.

We hope you will join us for this event as well.

As a result of the devastating earthquake and Tsunami that occurred on March 11th in Japan, and the subsequent Fukushima nuclear power plant crises, Taka Kigawa will present a Benefit Concert for Japan, the 100% of ticket sales of which will go to The Japan Earthquake Relief Fund created by the Japan Society, which was made possible by the generosity of the venue of this concert, (le) Poisson Rouge. Mr. Kigawa will perform solo piano pieces by leading Japanese composers: Joule by Dai Fujikura, Haiku for Pierre Boulez by Tohio Hosokawa, ATARDECER/A RETRACED by Hiroya Miura, Crystalline by Karen Tanaka; as well as works by composers who had great affection for Japanese culture: Images Book I by Claude Debussy, and Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka by Igor Stravinsky. [The program is subject to change.]

If you would like to make a donation but cannot attend the event, please write to

Taka Kigawa, piano
Critically acclaimed pianist Taka Kigawa has earned outstanding international recognition as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber music artist since winning First Prize in the prestigious 1990 Japan Music Foundation Piano Competition in Tokyo, and the Diploma Prize at the 1990 Concurs Internacional Maria Canals De Barcelona in Spain, with such accolades from The New York Times as “Mr. Kigawa’s feat deserves the highest praise, especially since it was combined with such alacrity and sensitivity to the musical material ... brilliantly done … a careful and serious-minded musician, quietly poetic and considerate” and from The New Yorker “Unbelievably challenging program. Kigawa is a young artist of stature.”

Photo: Kenji Mori

This is a first-come, first-served partially seated event.  
Tickets available here

(le) poisson rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 505-FISH (3474)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Young Jean Lee & 13P Productions: We're Gonna Die April 1-30 at Joe's Pub NYC

From a media release:

April 1 - 30 (see schedule at the bottom)
Joe's Pub, New York

“She offers the pleasure of brazen theatrical inventiveness.” – The New Yorker

In WE'RE GONNA DIE, provocative theater artist Young Jean Lee explores human vulnerability with her hilariously disorienting signature style. Using herself as a guinea pig, non-performer Lee takes the stage herself along with her band, Future Wife, to tell stories and sing songs about our shared human weakness and failure.

Throughout her career of internationally acclaimed shows, Young Jean Lee has maintained the modus operandi that has guided her professional undertakings from the outset: Creating the show she feels least comfortable creating. Having continually taken up exceptionally challenging subject matter—e.g., black identity in The Shipment, and, most recently, her father’s terminal illness in LEAR—she is using her 13P production to stretch even further. Accustomed to writing parts for and directing accomplished, larger-than-life actors, Lee will set out to create a show about ordinary human failings that an ordinary person could perform, while employing a genre that traditionally depends most heavily on star-power and charisma: the one-person cabaret show. Moreover, Lee (a non-performer) will use herself as a test case and take the stage herself, directed by Paul Lazar and joined by her new band, Future Wife, as she tells stories and sings songs about shared human failure, sickness, aging, and death, all in her hilariously disorienting signature style.

13P, the award-winning collective of American playwrights Lee helped to found, in association with Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, will present the world premiere of the show, We’re Gonna Die, April 1—30 at Joe’s Pub.

We’re Gonna Die is the 11th production from 13P, which Lee and 12 other playwrights co-founded in 2003 to produce one play by each of its members—and then disband. We’re Gonna Die exemplifies the kind of risk-taking the collective was formed to foster, and which Lee always embraces. “I’ve found that the best way to make theater that unsettles and challenges my audience is to do things that make me uncomfortable,” says Lee. “I'm constantly trying to find value in unexpected places. My work is about struggling to achieve something in the face of failure and incompetence and not knowing. The discomfort and awkwardness involved in watching this struggle reflects the truth of my experience.”

Although she has little experience performing, and an inherent dislike of being onstage, Lee acts, sings, and dances throughout We’re Gonna Die. The show features her band Future Wife, which she recently formed with Brooklyn-based, British singer-songwriter Tim Simmonds, who also contributed music to Lee’s most recent show, LEAR. The group, which features collaborators Mike Hanf, Nick Jenkins and Ben Kupstas, in addition to Lee and Simmonds, just made their live debut on February 11 at the Stone, as part of a month of programming curated by Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson. As an early preview of We’re Gonna Die, the band released the song “I’m Spending Christmas Alone” to acclaim last December.

We’re Gonna Die was developed in part through a residency at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space program (space at 14 Wall Street is donated by Capstone Equities), and is presented with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

About 13P

The 13 playwrights of 13P  (13 Playwrights, Inc.) are Sheila Callaghan, Erin Courtney, Madeleine George, Rob Handel, Ann Marie Healy, Julia Jarcho, Young Jean Lee, Winter Miller, Sarah Ruhl, Kate E. Ryan, Lucy Thurber, Anne Washburn, and Gary Winter.

They chose the order of their 13 productions at their first gathering in fall 2003. The process for each production begins with a meeting between the playwright, executive producer, and managing director. The playwright is asked to dream out loud about her ideal venue, director, cast, and other collaborators for the play. 13P orients itself around each playwright within the framework: The artistic director takes full artistic responsibility for the company during her tenure, and they make every effort to realize the playwright’s wishes.

Awarding 13P an OBIE in 2005, the committee wrote, "Not since Circle Repertory have we seen playwrights in New York forging a home for each other."

To give you a taste - a Young Jean Lee production at the Philadelphia Fringe Fest in 2007:

13P (in association with Young Jean Lee's Theater Company) presents WE'RE GONNA DIE, written and performed by YOUNG JEAN LEE, music by FUTURE WIFE, music direction by TIM SIMMONDS, choreography by FAYE DRISCOLL, directed by PAUL LAZAR.


Friday & Saturday, April 1 & 2 at 7:00 PM
Friday & Saturday, April 8 & 9 at 9:30 PM;
Sunday & Monday, April 17 & 18 at 9:30PM
Friday & Saturday, April 22 & 23 at 9:30 PM
Friday, April 29 at 9:30 PM & Saturday April 30 at 7:00 & 9:30 PM

All Shows: $30 seated / $25 standing

NFB & Jeffrey St. Jules Experimental 3D Documentary in Production

From a media release:

Cameras roll on NFB live-action 3D film The St. Judes

Toronto, March 2011 – Principal photography has begun in Toronto on The St. Judes, a National Film Board of Canada experimental 3D documentary directed by acclaimed filmmaker Jeffrey St. Jules and produced by the NFB Ontario Centre’s Anita Lee.

The first NFB 3D documentary since 1986’s Transitions, The St. Judes combines archival footage, black-and-white recreations and 3D interviews to explore St. Jules’ troubled family history in the lumber camps of 1930s Northern Ontario.

Inspired by historical NFB series such as Canada Carries On, St. Jules contrasts the romantic mythology of Canada as a vast wilderness settled by brave pioneers with a portrait of his grandparents’ harsh reality. Plagued by unemployment, alcoholism and neglect, they relinquish custody of their five children, including St. Jules’ father. This theme of loss is amplified through modern-day interviews with real parents who also gave up their children, using the 3D effect to create a greater sense of intimacy with the subjects.

A collage of real and imagined stories, The St. Judes reflects the murky nature of memory and family history.

“French director Robert Bresson once said ‘the goal of cinema is interiorization, intimacy, isolation, the innermost depths,’” says St. Jules. “It is my feeling that 3D cinema can be an even more powerful tool to meet this goal. With this film, I want to move beyond the thrills and tricks that 3D is often used for, and start exploring the real emotional impact this medium can have.”

The 3D production services are provided by stereographer Tim Dashwood and his company Stereo3D Unlimited; John Minh Tran is director of photography.

About Jeffrey St. Jules

Jeffrey grew up in Fall River, Nova Scotia. He got his BFA in Film Production with a minor in Creative Writing from Concordia University and is an alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab. In 2005, Jeffrey was the first and only Canadian ever selected for the Cannes Résidence du Festival in Paris.

His surrealistic CFC short The Sadness of Johnson Joe Jangles won him Best Emerging Filmmaker at the 2005 Worldwide Short Film Festival. The innovative Genie-nominated short The Tragic Story of Nling was deemed a future cult classic by indieWIRE and the best short film of 2007 by Film Threat. It screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and has garnered much acclaim for its dark yet whimsical humour.  Both films premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. His feature film Bang Bang Baby, an expressionistic 1950s-style musical, was developed with the support of the National Screen Institute and Telefilm Canada.

Here's a look at The Tragic Story of Nling:

The Tragic Story of Nling from Jeffrey St-Jules on Vimeo.

Source Code with Jake Gyllenhaal Opens April 1 in Canada & U.S.

From a media release:

eOne Films and Summit Entertainment presents

The film stars  Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga, Michelle Monaghan, Jeffrey Wright

In theatres nationwide on April 1st, 2011

When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he's ever known, he learns he's part of a government experiment called the "Source Code," a program that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last 8 minutes of his life.

With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack.

Filled with mind-boggling twists and heart-pounding suspense, Source Code is a smart action-thriller directed by Duncan Jones (Moon) also starring Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye, Due Date), Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Departed), and Jeffrey Wright (Quantum of Solace, Syriana).

Friday, March 25, 2011

New York African Film Festival April 2 to May 27

From a release:

New York African Film Festival
April 2 through May 31 2011

April 2 - Harry Belafonte, Xenobia Bailey, and Zina Saro-wiwa for a panel discussion and screening

African Film Festival, Inc. and Film Society of Lincoln Center present the 18th edition of the New York African Film Festival! A multi-venue, two-month celebration of African arts and culture, taking place from April 2nd through May 31st, 2011, the festival will feature a gallery exhibition, fashion show, panel discussions, Q&As with directors and actors, live performances, and of course, the best in contemporary cinema from Africa and the Diaspora.

2011 has been designated as the ‘International Year of the Peoples of African Descent’ by the United 
Nations. AFF is honoring that declaration with an exploration of the historical and contemporary roles in the arts played by people representing the African Diaspora. This exploration will include a special focus on two countries from which so many people of the African Diaspora draw their roots, and which are both also celebrating 50 years of independence in 2011: Tanzania and Sierra Leone. In addition, the festival will continue to introduce the works of emerging filmmakers from Africa and the Diaspora.

April 2nd 2011: Museum of Art and Design
April 6th – April 12th 2011: Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center
April 14th 2011: Institute of African Studies, Columbia University
April 29th – May 1st 2011: Maysles Cinema
May 20th 2011: Big Screen Project –Outdoor Cinema
May 27th – 30th 2011: Rose Cinemas, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

For a full schedule of the screenings, please have a look at this link

The Festival highlights the following themes:

Africa – the Next Generation

These fictional and documentary films depict the resilience of Africa’s youth as they rise above adversity, whether by bravely facing life with AIDS (Thembi) or by simply writing a letter to Santa Claus (Ousmane).

Other films include Soul Boy and Africa United

Sorcery and Subversion in the 21st Century

The filmmakers question perceptions of activists and outliers who intentionally or unintentionally challenge their communities to question the norms that underline their societies.

• The Witches of Gambaga, Taharuki, The Deliverance of Comfort, and Phyllis.

Examining the Heart of Africa

Situated in the center of the African continent, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has long been considered the heart of Africa. Its politics and its cultures seem to pulse in time with the heart of the continent.

• Three films present different perspectives on the DRC: Kinshasa Symphony, Viva Riva!, and Kongo – Grand Illusions.

The Retention of Memory

A new generation of filmmakers brings in today’s Africa and the African Diaspora, a fresh perspective to the longstanding conversation about traditional beliefs and modern rituals, cultural heritage and cultural evolution, memories of the past and hopes for the future.

Besouro, For the Best and For the Onion, A Journey into Kono Womanhood, and Ebony Goddess.

Africa First Shorts

The NYAFF is pleased to present the U.S. premiere of the 2011 Focus Features Africa First Shorts Program. The program, now in its third year, has been supporting the growth of groundbreaking emerging filmmakers, who push boundaries and create brilliant works.

Dirty Laundry, Umkhungo, Tinye So, and Mwansa The Great.

The Camera – A Filmmaker’s Weapon

The camera has transformed the lives of artists and everyday people throughout the continent: an Ethiopian man who protects his tribe with a Kalashnikov and a camera (Shooting with Mursi) a young boy who documents the life of immigrants in Italy (One Way, a Tuareg Journey) unwitting outsiders whose cameras lead them toward a terrible secret (Stolen).

Pictured: Thembi, Khinsana Symphony & Soul Boy

The 18th New York African Film Festival was organized by Richard Peña, program director, The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Mahen Bonetti, founder and executive director of African Film Festival, Inc.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

EP Release: Folk/Pop Chanteuse Jill Goldberg's Girl, Polite

From a media release:

Boston-Based Folk-Pop Chanteuse & Songwriter JILL GOLDBERG Readies GIRL, POLITE for April Release

“Not Worth It”: Infectious New Single

New York – Evocative folk/pop chanteuse Jill Goldberg is set to release her sophomore release, GIRL, POLITE in April 2011. Produced by Mark Turrigiano (Ingrid Michaelson, Lissy Trullie), the 6-track EP is a musical exploration of identity, transition, and empowerment, drawing inspiration from personal experience and the world around her. Armed with a sound that reflects Sheryl Crow’s pop/rock sensibility, Sara Barielles’ vocal prowess, Basia Bulat’s poignant poetry, and Sarah McLachlan’s graceful delivery, GIRL, POLITE provides a solid testament to Jill’s burgeoning musicianship and undeniable spirit. Featured tracks include the driving lead single “Not Worth It” and the candidly cathartic title-track.

Over the course of her career, Jill’s music has been featured prominently on the Martha Stewart Show and Ralph Lauren’s Big Pony Collection campaign. Additionally, she is the founder of her own Louar Music, a licensing firm that allows indie musicians to obtain song placement in high-profile television, film, and advertising projects. With her assistance, Jill’s clients have secured synchronization licenses with leading media outlets including MTV, PBS, and Bunim Murray Productions.

In support of GIRL POLITE, Jill is currently booking tour dates for select performances along the East Coast. Stay tuned for more announcements regarding additional dates.

Jill Goldberg Tour Dates:
March 25 – Cape May, NJ @ Singer-Songwriter Showcase
April 8 – Arlington, VA @ The Apple Store
April 9 – Bryn Mawr, PA @ Milkboy Coffee
April 15 – Boston, MA @ The Apple Store

Jill Goldberg
GIRL, POLITE - EP Release: April 2011
Full Tracklisting
1. Not Worth It
2. Girl, Polite
3. Where Did You Go
4. Five Steps
5. I'm Always Right
6. My Heaven

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Women of Excellence in the Arts Evening March 28 in NYC

From a release:

Women of Excellence in the Arts Evening
Monday, March 28 at 7pm

An evening of conversation sharing the beauty and power of women in the arts as experienced through the unique artistic journeys of Carol Mailliard, Dr. Glory Van Scott, Ntozake Shange, Tamara Tunie, and Jawole Zilla Jo Willar.

Five renowned artists in illuminating conversation - not to be missed!
Hosted by award winning journalist, author, playwright and radio host Esther Armah (pictured right).

Riverside Theatre, New York - Monday, March 28 at 7pm

Carol Maillard
Carol is a founding member of SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK. Carol is an accomplished actress and has performed in film, television, and on stage. Her theater credits encompass a wide range of styles from musical comedy and revues to drama and experimental. She has performed on and off Broadway. (Pictured left)

Ntozake Shange
Poet, playwright, novelist, and essayist, Ntozake Shange was propelled into the national literary and dramatic scene in 1974 with the dramatic debut of for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf and has since maintained a literary presence, garnering awards and honors for her achievements as a dramatist, poet, and novelist. (She's pictured below right)

Dr Glory Van Scott
Producer/director, actress, singer, dancer, composer, performing on and off Broadway, She is a recipient of an Eleanor Roosevelt N.A.I.R.O. grant in the field of Human Relations and is also a Breadloaf Writers Scholar. Dr. Van Scott has also been awarded the key to the City of Dallas for her artistic achievements and the Coat of Arms and Maple Leaf Pins form the City of Owen Sound in Canada for her creative work with children.

Tamara Tunie
Best known for her roles on As the World Turns and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Tamara Tunie made her Broadway debut alongside Lena Horne in Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music. In addition to being twice nominated for the Soap Opera Digest Awards, Tunie was honored with two nominations for the NAACP Image Awards. In 2007, she received a Tony Award as co-producer for the musical Spring Awakening. She was also a Tony Award nominee (Best Play) for co-producing August Wilson's Radio Golf. Tunie completed her directorial debut with the 2010 romantic comedy See You In September. (She's pictured left)

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar
Jawole is an award winning choreographer and founder of Urban Bush Women. She is a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for choreography as well as a United States Artists Wynn fellow. Jawole was also selected by the Kennedy Center as a Master of African American Choreography. Jawole was featured as a leading influential dancer/choreographer on FLY: The Five First Ladies of Dance alongside last year's Woman of Excellence Carmen de Lavallade.(She's pictured below right)

The Riverside Theatre
Women of Excellence
91 Claremont Avenue
Monday, March 28 at 7pm
Admission $10
Event plus Post-Reception $25
Buy Tickets Online
Box Office: (212) 870-6784

Check out last year's video with Sonia Sanchez, Eisa Davis, Carmen deLavallade, and Hope Boykin.