Saturday, December 21, 2013

Triple Tragedy Puts Blog on Hiatus


Hello Fellow Arts Lovers,

2013 seems to be the year for things interfering with this blog and it's ending with a special dose of bad luck - I was robbed, my elderly but dearly missed cat passed away and then my laptop went on the fritz just to complete the trio of misfortune.

Blogging with one of those baby laptop-netbook thingies isn't fun, so I'll have to put blogging on hold until my workhorse is back from the shop in two or three weeks.

Have a wonderful and artsy end of 2013

- Anya Wassenberg

Thursday, December 12, 2013

CD Release/Revival: Juaneco y su Combo, The Birth of Jungle Cumbia (Release December 10, 2013 - The Vital Record)

From a release:

CD Release/Revival
An Album Lost in the Amazon: Juaneco y su Combo’s Groundbreaking Early Jungle Psychedelia Recordings are Revived
Juaneco y su Combo, The Birth of Jungle Cumbia
(Release December 10, 2013 - The Vital Record)

Buy it Here


In the early 1970s, a small and largely unknown city called Pucallpa, nestled in the heart of the Amazon jungle on the far side of the Peruvian Andes, was the birthplace of a genre of music that would become a regional phenomenon and a white whale for Latin music collectors many years later. A mid-century oil boom brought workers to the region to toil daily in the oppressive equatorial heat. With hard living so often comes brilliant music, the kind that can only be created by people needing an exceptional release from the hard work and drudgery of the day. It’s these conditions that brought Juaneco y su Combo together in the 1960s, creating a new sound known as jungle cumbia, a genre that now holds near-mythical status for fans of South American music, made all the more legendary by the tragic 1977 airplane crash that killed more than half of the band. Juaneco y su Combo’s first records were laid down for the Lima-based IMSA label in 1970 and 1972, and it is these early recordings, never before released internationally and virtually forgotten, that make up The Birth of Jungle Cumbia, to be released on December 10, 2013 by The Vital Record.

Juaneco y su Combo started out as a standard good-time dance band, led by Juan Wong Paredes, known as Juaneco. Called Juaneco y su Conjunto in those days, they made their name playing waltzes and polkas and rumbas for fairs and weddings in the Pucallpa region. In 1965, Juan Wong Popolizio, the son of Juan Wong Paredes, who shared his father’s nickname, returned from his mandatory military service in the capital with the notion to electrify the band’s music.

Taking over as bandleader, Juaneco Jr. brought the band’s simple dance party sounds into the emerging zeitgeist: driving electric guitars instead of folk strings, and a honking Farfisa organ instead of an accordion. He also brought in Noé Fachín Mori on lead guitar. Fachín, who came out of the criollo music tradition, was known locally as el brujo (the witch doctor). His gift for driving melodic hooks defined and solidified the band’s wailing, psychedelic sound, and he composed many of the group’s numbers.



Identifying comfortably with their indigenous neighbors in Pucallpa, a progressive-bordering- on-revolutionary outlook for the time and place, Juaneco y su Combo appeared in traditional dress on stage and in photos, and further incorporated both the sounds and the lore of the inner jungle in their music. Their earliest IMSA recordings are loose, rangy, sensual, and untamed, and it’s these sounds that caught on so fervently in the region; a micro-regional answer to the rock-and-roll that was sweeping the world, but one that, by design or by chance, happened to sound fresher and more raw than almost anything else being produced on the planet.

The raw emotion and unabashedly down-and-dirty qualities of these records more than make up for whatever production values they lack. Indeed, listening to later recordings of the same group, one has to wonder if a producer’s presence didn’t overly bridle their sound. The recordings that make up The Birth of Jungle Cumbia are taken from exceptionally rare vinyl copies, as the masters were long ago lost or taped over. Minor audio flaws are entirely eclipsed by the glorious passion and effervescence of the songs themselves.

Listen, for example, to the driving, hip-shaking rhythms of the opening track, “Caballito Nocturno” (an ode to an Amazonian creature of legend, a woman who turns into a centaur and is ridden and whipped by the devil himself, all as punishment for salacious deeds). The grungy organ hook and the reverb-heavy guitar need no lyrical assistance in telling this cautionary tale. Or appreciate the striking beauty of “El Forastero,” a strutting Cuban bolero composed by bandleader Juaneco, one of the rare songs by this group to add lyrics for more than simple vocal textures. “I wander looking for a love/ Who knows how to understand me/ Because I’m a stranger/ Who’s very understanding/ Then, when I find that love/ I’ll stay with you forever.”

“Lamento en la Selva” provides a frightening, tragic bit of foreshadowing. This mostly lyricless song was written as a lament for the lives lost in the famous 1971 commercial plane crash that killed 92 people en route to Pucallpa (and later, because of the astonishing story of the sole survivor, became the subject of the Werner Herzog documentary Wings of Hope). Juaneco Jr.’s sister and brother were both lost in that crash.

That tragedy would not be the only airline disaster to strike the Pucallpans, though. In 1977, on the way home from a gig, an airplane containing 5 of the 9 band members, including musical visionary Noé Fachín, crashed. It killed everyone on board. Remaining band members did regroup and continue playing, but without Fachín in particular, the sound was never the same.

All the more important, then, are these stunning early recordings. With 18 tracks in total, coming from a full-length LP and a handful of singles all recorded in the early 1970s, it’s the earliest Juaneco y su Combo work that’s ever been reissued, and the most vivacious and vital. Says The Vital Record label head David Aglow, “This album was never really heard by most Peruvians. This is, more than anything, a lost album.” Though the group did achieve national popularity in Peru with their more heavily-produced later albums, they never found the same page. “It was probably too raw for people outside the jungle at that time," says Aglow, of this collection of early recordings. "In our opinion, that's what makes it sound so good to us now.”

DJ Skate Nights at Harbourfront Toronto December 14 2013 to March 1 2014

From a media release:

DJ Skate Nights
at Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink

Feel the beat in your blades every Saturday Night from December 14, 2013 to March 1, 2014

TORONTO, ON –
Put the beat in your blades when Harbourfront Centre’s wildly popular DJ Skate Nights series returns for another season. Twelve consecutive Saturday nights from Dec. 14 to March 1 feature Toronto’s top DJs spinning a wide variety of music on the Natrel Rink.

This year, Harbourfront Centre explores emerging events that are forming Toronto’s underground party scene, as well as long-running events that have shaped Toronto’s nightlife over the years. Parties such as Shindig, Uma Nota, SLOWED, Pop!Goes the World and Yes Yes Y’all represent new school jams while 1 LOVE T.O., Footprints, Cherry Bomb, and premier DJs like Skratch Bastid, Dr. Jay de Soca Prince and Starting from Scratch represent the legends of Toronto’s DJ scene.

With themed nights ranging from rare groove to top 40 hits, there is truly something for everyone. So get ready to lace up and get down with Toronto’s finest spin masters.

Dec. 14, 2013 – Season launch with Skratch Bastid
Dec. 21, 2013 – 1 LOVE T.O. Holiday Ice Skating Party
Dec. 28, 2013 – Shindig on Ice
Jan. 4, 2014 – Feliz Ano Novo with Uma Nota
Jan. 11, 2014 – SLOWED on Ice
Jan. 18, 2014 – Footprints on Ice
Jan. 25, 2014 –Lunarskate with Pop! Goes the World
Feb. 1, 2014 – Cherry Bomb on Ice
Feb. 8, 2014 – Soca on Ice
Feb. 15, 2014 – Yes Yes Valentines
Feb. 22, 2014 – DJ Starting from Scratch
March 1, 2014 – Season finale with FLOW 93-5

New Music Recently Released: Neil Rolnick's Gardening at Gropius House (Innova Records - October 29 2013)

With material from a media release:

New Music - CD Release:
Neil Rolnick's Gardening at Gropius House
(Innova Records - October 29, 2013)

Composer: Neil Rolnick
Performers: Alarm Will Sound, Todd Reynolds, Alan Pierson, Neil Rolnick, San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble, Daniel Cilli, Nicole Paiement


Do not be afraid of New Music, electronic music or the fact that this CD contains only two long tracks. Neil Rolnick's latest work is a seamless marriage of musical styles, of organic melody and edgy live digital processing. The release includes two 30-minute pieces for big ensemble, soloist and computer.

From the composer himself:

Gardening At Gropius House is based on interactions I had with the famous modernist achitect Walter Gropius when I worked at his gardener in college. It explores the tension between 20th century modernism and music based on melodies and grooves. And the groove definitely emerges triumphant. The second piece, Anosmia, explores the experience of living without the sense of smell. And in the end, it turns our to be a love song. Because when you can't smell yourself, who can you depend on? "Dear lover, sweetheart, be my nose ..."

The players on both pieces are spectacular. Gardening At Gropius House features the unstoppable Todd Reynolds on violin, with members of Alarm Will Sound, conducted by Alan Pierson. Anosmia is performed by the San Francisco Conservatory's New Music Ensemble, conducted by Nicole Paiement, with baritone Daniel Cilli.




In exploring those two threads of modernism and melody Neil integrates the disparate elements seemingly effortlessly. The music is rhythmic and has a delightfully appealing exuberance. The first - and title - piece has a nice sense of drama and flair. The second track - Anosmia - has a playful nature and highlights the vocals. It's described as a monodrama for three singers (Andy Osmia and the 2 Scents), computer and ensemble and features baritone Daniel Cilli and the New Music Ensemble of the San Francisco Conservatory (conducted by Nicole Paiement). The piece draws on a variety of Western musical idioms - including doo-wop - that become an intriguingly whimsical look at the nose (and its absence, lol).

• For more of Neil's videos, check out his youtube page

Bedlam Theatre Brings Acclaimed Productions of Hamlet & Saint Joan Back to New York CIty on stage to February 2 2014


From a media release:

Bedlam Theatre presents
Hamlet & Saint Joan
On stage now - continues to February 2, 2014

Directed by Eric Tucker
Playwrights: George Bernard Shaw/ Shakespeare
Meredith Lucio & Sarah Hancock in association with Perry Street Theatricals at

The Lynn Redgrave Theater
at Culture Project
45 Bleecker St.
New York, NY

Tickets online
• Or by phone: 866-811-4111

Cast: Eric Tucker, Edmund Lewis, Andrus Nichols, Tom O’Keefe

NEW YORK CITY -
After celebrated engagements downtown and in Washington D.C., BEDLAM brings its critically-acclaimed productions of SAINT JOAN and HAMLET back to New York!

Following the edict “the play’s the thing,” this innovative theater company distills two of the stage’s greatest classics down to their simplest form—placing the focus on the actors’ performance and the authors’ words—and breaks down the walls between the performers and the audience.

The result is a powerful and immersive piece of theater that allows the viewer to experience these masterpieces like never before. The Wall Street Journal named BEDLAM’s production of SAINT JOAN the “Best Revival of 2012” and said their HAMLET is "an experience so intense and concentrated that you'll feel as though you were part of the action.” These thrilling productions will be performed in repertory for 12 weeks only. You cannot miss BEDLAM’s passionate, virtuosic and pulse-quickening performances in SAINT JOAN and HAMLET.

Committed to the immediacy of the relationship between the actor and the audience BEDLAM creates theatre in a flexible, raw space and is interested in contemporary reappraisals of the classics, new writing and small-scale musical theatre.

About Bedlam Theatre
The theatre we make always includes the audience. Storytelling is paramount to us. We believe that innovative use of space can collapse aesthetic distance and bring the audience into direct contact with the dangers and delicacies of life––inciting laughter and chaos, exciting thinking and recreating the thrill of lived experience.

Venus in Fur Returns to Canadian Stage (Toronto) December 13 to 29 2013

From a media release:

Canadian Stage’s hit production of Venus in Fur returns for the holiday season
Rick Miller and Carly Street star in ‘the other nutcracker’ in remount at the Berkeley Street Theatre from December 13 to 29, 2013

• Tickets from $29 to $59 are a perfect holiday gift, sure to top Christmas wish-lists across the city.
• Visit www.canadianstage.com/online/venus for performance dates and times.

Toronto, ON –
Canadian Stage’s Venus in Fur is back, just in time to heat things up for the holidays. The company is presenting a remount of the hit production from December 13 to 29 at the Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley St.). Directed by Jennifer Tarver with Rick Miller and Carly Street reprising their unforgettable roles as Thomas and Vanda, the production (initially staged at the Bluma Appel Theatre) will feature a reworked set design in the intimate 244-seat Berkeley Downstairs Theatre space. During a season dominated by sugar plum fairies and mice kings, the show called “sexy, sophisticated and side-splittingly funny” (Toronto Star) will be billed as ‘the other nutcracker’.

Venus in Fur follows a young actress (Street) determined to land the lead in a new play based on the classic sadomasochistic novel, Venus in Furs. During her audition, she gets caught up in an electrifying game of cat and mouse with the playwright/director (Miller) that blurs the line between fantasy and reality in an increasingly serious match of submission and domination that only one of them can win.

“This fall, our production of Venus in Fur, under the impeccable direction of Jennifer Tarver and brilliantly performed by the dynamic duo of Rick and Carly, galvanized our audiences and largely exceeded attendance expectations,” said Matthew Jocelyn, artistic and general director, Canadian Stage. “We couldn’t be more excited to remount the show in our more intimate, see-it-up-close Berkeley Street Theatre space – our holiday gift to those who saw the show and want to see it again, as well as to those that missed it the first time around.”

Originally presented from September 29 to October 27 as part of Canadian Stage’s season at the Bluma Appel Theatre, the much buzzed about Venus in Fur was a favourite of audiences and media alike, with the performances and on stage chemistry between Miller and Street garnering critical acclaim. The show, which generated the highest single ticket sales revenue to date under Jocelyn’s tenure as artistic director, exceeded sales expectations by 40 per cent. Revisiting a popular (and recent) production with added holiday programming is a new initiative for Canadian Stage as the company explores its adaptability and growth.

To ensure theatre-goers won’t miss a thing during the busy month of December the 90-minute show will have a holiday schedule with 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. curtain times leaving enough time to catch a performance before seasonal soirees or dinner with family, friends and colleagues. The Berkeley Street Theatre bar will offer festive treats, like cider and sweets, and will be open before and after the show with live music at select performances.

• Tickets from $29 to $59 are a perfect holiday gift, sure to top Christmas wish-lists across the city.
• Visit www.canadianstage.com/online/venus for performance dates and times.


Images of Rick Miller and Carly Street by David Hou

A Toronto Holiday Favourite: Wintersong December 13 & 14 2013


From a release:

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre
WinterSong – dances for a sacred season
December 13-14, 2013
at Harbourfront Centre - Toronto

TORONTO - Now a 26-year tradition, WinterSong returns to warm the hearts of family audiences with its breathtaking tapestry of seasonal dance. Come celebrate the holidays with some of Canada’s most exciting choreographers, dancers and musicians inspired by the world’s rich solstice traditions.

Includes favourites by Santee Smith, Carol Anderson, Colin Connor, Kim Frank and Deborah Lundmark. Highlights include the return of the company’s 2012 hit, Sknaht, by Dora Award-winning street dance artist, Ofilio Portillo, and a gospel-inspired world premiere by New York’s acclaimed Kevin Wynn.

Wintersong is a family show with works that explore solstice traditions from around the world. It’s a joy to watch the young dancers tackle the complex choreography, which provides insight into how different cultures celebrate the holidays.

Lynanne Sparrow
Artistic Associate – Dance, Performing Arts Department
Harbourfront Centre

Afro-Latino Night at the African Diaspora International Film Festival in New York City December 13, 2013

From a media release:

AFRO-LATINO NIGHT: TANGO NEGRO & CANDOMBE
ADIFF Centerpiece Screening
Friday, December 13, 2013 @ 8:30pm -
Cowin Center, Teachers College

• Q&A after the screening followed by catered reception
• Tickets: $25
TICKETS HERE


NEW YORK CITY  - The African Diaspora International Film Festival is in full swing in New York City and specially for music lovers, this Friday's Centerpiece Screening looks at the African roots of music we automatically associate with South America.

The African Diaspora International Film Festival NYC continues to December 15, 2013

TANGO NEGRO, AFRICAN ROOTS OF TANGO
US Premiere

Directed by Dom Pedro, 2013, 93 min., France, Documentary , French/Spanish/ English subt.
Tango Negro, African  Roots of Tango by Angolan filmmaker Dom Pedro explores the expression of Tango's Africanness and the contribution of African cultures in the creation of the tango. Tango was a reflection of the social life of the slaves that were taken to South America - including Argentina and Uruguay - mostly from central Africa, particularly from the former Kongo Kingdom. Director Dom Pedro reveals the depth of the footprints of the African music on the tango, through this rich movie combining musical performances and interviews from many tango fans and historians in Latin America and Europe, including the renowned Argentinean pianist Juan Carlos Caceres.

Shown with:CANDOMBE
Directed by Rafael Deugenio, 1993, 16 min., Uruguay, Docu-drama, Spanish/ English subt.
More than two hundred years ago, there was an influx into Uruguay of slaves from Africa who, after being freed, continued to make up the poorest and most marginalized strata in society. Fernado Nunez, a black man, a musician, and a maker of drums, sees himself as the heir to "Candombe", an important social and cultural legacy from his slave forefathers. The official history and culture of Uruguay, on the other hand, which has never acknowledged this contribution to the degree which it deserves, continues to marginalize expressions of black culture. Fernando Nunez and his friends from the Barrio Sur back street quarter of Montevideo have decided to fight to keep these important cultural roots alive in the consciousness of the Uruguayan people.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at New York City Center Dec 4 2013 to Jan 5 2014

From a media release:

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
at New York City Center

featuring 39 different performances
Dec 4, 2013 - Jan 5, 2014
Tickets start at $25

Performances & Schedules
Tickets

NEW YORK CITY -
The world’s most popular modern dance company is “dancing better than ever” (The New Yorker) and Artistic Director Robert Battle “has injected the company with new life” (The New York Times). This holiday season, Ailey returns with an ambitious array of premieres and repertory favorites. New this year are Wayne McGregor’s sensory feast Chroma, Bill T. Jones’ exhilarating D-Man in the Waters (Part I), Ronald K. Brown’s powerful Four Corners, and LIFT, a world premiere by the audacious Aszure Barton. New productions of Pas de Duke and The River celebrate the extraordinary collaboration between Alvin Ailey and Duke Ellington, and most programs end with Mr. Ailey’s masterpiece, Revelations (performed with live music on select dates).

New this Season:
World premieres from Ronald K. Brown and Aszure Barton, company premieres of the groundbreaking Chroma by Wayne McGregor and and Bessie Award-winning work D-Man in the Waters (Part I) by Bill T. Jones, and two Alvin Ailey/Duke Ellington collaborations.



Returning Favourites:
The season also includes Ohad Naharin’s audience-grabbing Minus 16, Jirí Kylián’s breathtaking Petite Mort, Kyle Abraham's jazzy Another Night, Ronald K. Brown’s fan favorite Grace, the spirit-lifting joy of Revelations, and more.  

Special Programs:
At select performances, enjoy the added thrill of Revelations accompanied by live music, free Q&As with the Ailey dancers, a celebration of dancer Matthew Rushing, and more.

• Can't decide what to see at NY City Center, Dec 4-Jan 5? "Ask Robert Battle" and receive customized recommendations with our interactive webpage: http://ask.alvinailey.org/

OPENING NIGHT GALA
Ailey’s star-studded Opening Night Gala is one of the most spectacular events of the holiday season. All proceeds benefit the creation of new works, scholarships to The Ailey School, and Ailey's educational programs for children.

Program:Chroma C
The groundbreaking British choreographer’s contemporary ballet is full of sensory surprises: sumptuous movement, a driving score by Joby Talbot with orchestrations of songs by the White Stripes, and a luminous set by minimalist architect John Pawson.

Revelations with Live Music
Using African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul. More than just a popular dance work, it has become a cultural treasure, beloved by generations of fans. See Revelations with live music at this performance.

Janak Khendry Dance Company Present: John Milton's Paradise Lost December 6 to 8 2013 in Toronto

From a media release:

JANAK KHENDRY DANCE COMPANY
Celebrates 35th Anniversary with World Premiere
dance presentation of one of the greatest works of poetry in the English Language:
John Milton's PARADISE LOST
Choreographed by Janak Khendry
December 6 - 8 2013 at Fleck Dance Theatre as part of Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps

TORONTO -
The Janak Khendry Dance Company (JKDC), presents the world premiere of Paradise Lost, transforming the mysteries of this great literary work by John Milton (1608-1674) into the first-ever full-length dance production.

A monumental artistic undertaking, Paradise Lost runs December 6-8 at Harbourfront Centre's Fleck Dance Theatre as part of NextSteps celebrating both John Milton's 413th birthday (Dec. 9, 1608) and JKDC's 35th Anniversary.

Deemed one of the greatest works in the English language, Milton's epic poem is the story of the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

Original music is being created by three prominent composers: Canadian contemporary composer Eric Cadesky (Glass Orchestra) and renowned classical Indian composers Ashit Desai and Alap Desai from Bombay.

Says Khendry, "We intend to illustrate the struggle between God and Satan, between good and evil, the angels and Satan's army, to represent the story of original sin - the story of Adam and Eve - and the role of human beings as pawns in this great saga between Satan and God. Such scenarios are echoed in Indian scriptures including the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads. Juxtapositions of good and evil, and naivety and craftiness, as well as the act of falling from grace, are themes common both to Hinduism and Christianity. In short, audiences will witness a universal 'morality play' in our rendering of Paradise Lost."

Two world renowned Milton scholars are advising Artistic Director and Paradise Lost choreographer Janak Khendry: Mr. Philip Pullman from Oxford, England (author of Northern Lights, known as The Golden Compass in North America, adapted into a film of the same name) and Toronto's Dr. Tulsiram Sharma (whose PHD thesis from the University of London was on Milton's Paradise Lost). Drawing from a pool of distinguished Canadian dancers to play the characters of Paradise Lost, Indian classical and western modern dance styles will be blended to create a new dance vocabulary to present this great masterwork. With Allen Kaeja as SATAN, Eddie Kastrau as ADAM, Kala Vageesan as EVE, Daniel McArthur as GABRIEL, Austin Fagan as MICHAEL, Tyler Gledhill as RAPHAEL, Harikishan S. Nair as SON OF GOD, Mateo Galindo Torres as URIEL and Janak Khendry as GOD, Paradise Lost is poised to become a significant part of Canadian dance heritage.

Additionally, other noteworthy Indo-Canadian dancers assume the roles of angels and Satan's followers: Sinthuja Jeyarajah, Divya Divakaran, Rugsha Sivanandan, Meera Rajah, Keerthika Ravinthiran, Ishwaria Chandru, Harinnya Rajasekeran and Kalaisan Kalaichelvan.

Janak Khendry Dance Company presents the world premiere of Paradise Lost
Concept and Choreography by Janak Khendry
Costume Design by Janak Khendry
Sets and Lighting by Bradley Trenaman
Original Music by Eric Cadesky, Ashit Desai and Alap Desai
Performed by an ensemble of 17 including Austin Fagan, Tyler Gledhill, Allen Kaeja, Eddie Kastrau, Janak Khendry, Daniel McArthur, Harikishan S. Nair, Mateo Galindo Torres, Kala Vageesan

Friday December 6 - Sunday, December 8, 2013
Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm


part of Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps series at Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W., Toronto
Tickets: $28-$36
Harbourfront Centre Box Office: 416-973-4000 OR online at www.jkdanceco.org or www.harbourfrontcentre.com

YeYe Asa Festival: Celebrating African Women feat. Floxy Bee December 7 2013 in New York City

From a media release:

YeYe Asa Festival/NY
Celebrating African women succeeding, changing their culture for the better
Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 8:30pm 

at Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space 2537 Broadway at 95th St. New York, NY 10025

NEW YORK CITY -
Every year in early December, there is a cultural festival in Ile-Ife Iyanfoworogi, in the heart of Yorubaland. At 2012 festival, Nigerian singer and entertainer FLOXY BEE — a.k.a the Hikosso Queen — became a Chief: the YeYe Asa (Mother of Culture) of Ile-Ife Iyanfoworogi. As it is not possible for her to participate in this year’s festival in Nigeria, it was decided that she would hold a parallel event in New York City. And because the YeYe Asa is a woman, the NY festival would focus on the cultural contributions of African women.

The YeYe Asa Festival/NY will link with participants in Nigeria via video clips and will feature a performance by the YeYe Asa herself, FLOXY BEE, with her band.

It is not easy for a traditional culture to adapt to the modern world. Throughout Africa, traditional roles and values have broken down and women have been particularly vulnerable in the transition. In music, the traditional genres are being replaced with hip hop and Western pop styles, and the spirituality, the other–worldness of African music, is being lost. The YeYe Asa Festival celebrates those African women who struggle to preserve the positive in their culture while adapting to the gender-equal modern world. Who is better than a woman to mother tradition into the modern age?

Tickets are $33 advance, $38 day of show; $30 seniors/students/members, available through the Symphony Space box office: 212-864-5400 or online

Friday, November 29, 2013

Glenfiddich Issues Call for Canadian Artists for the Coveted 2014 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize (Jan 31 2014 Deadline)

From a media release:

Glenfiddich
Issues Call for Canadian Artists to Enter Competition for the Coveted
2014 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize

• To apply and for more information, applicants are asked to visit  www.glenfiddich.com/ca/artistsinresidence

Toronto, November 28, 2013 –
Glenfiddich is issuing a Call to Artists currently living and creating art in Canada to enter the internationally renowned competition for the prestigious 2014 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize. The Canadian “Call to Artists” opens today, Thursday November 28, 2013 and closes midnight eastern time, Friday January 31, 2014.

The Canadian winner will be one of only eight artists worldwide to be awarded the art community’s coveted prize to live and work at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. It’s only fitting that the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky honours distinction. The three-month residency valued at $20,000 per artist represents the Glenfiddich commitment to the pioneering spirit of the arts and the communities it serves. While living in crofts (traditional small Scottish farm houses), artists are encouraged to find inspiration from the unique setting in the Scottish Highlands. The experience provides an opportunity unlike any other for artists to work in an international community, share in a dialogue with other artists and foster cross-disciplinary ideas.

Now in its 12th year internationally and 10th in Canada, the Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize attracts nearly 150 submissions across Canada from the visual arts. The prize covers the cost of travel, living expenses and materials throughout the residency. From the submissions, five jury members choose eight finalists and ultimately one winner. 

The distinguished jury for the selection of the Canadian Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize includes, Dr. Sara Diamond, president of OCAD University, Gaetane Verna, director of The Power Plant, Kitty Scott, curator of modern and contemporary art at AGO, Julian Sleath, programming manager of special events, economic development & culture at the City of Toronto, and the Canadian 2008 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize recipient, Dave Dyment.

Andy Fairgrieve, curator, Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize underscores that, “The program’s ethos is about encouraging people to take inspiration from their experience living at the distillery, whether that be the pioneering heritage of Glenfiddich, the surrounding environment, or the daily life of the distillery and local xommunity, and to be as pioneering as possible – a mission our artists live and breathe during their three-month residency.”

The Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize has sponsored over 90 artists globally since its inception in 2002. Daniel Barrow, the 2013 Canadian Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize recipient – recognized for his use of obsolete technologies to present written, pictorial and cinematic narratives on the practices of drawing and collecting – has recently completed his three-month residency.

The past Canadian Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize winners include: Daniel Barrow 2013, Jillian McDonald 2012, Helen Cho (2011), Damian Moppett (2010), Arabella Campbell (2009), Dave Dyment (2008), Jonathon Kaiser (2007), Annie Pootoogook (2006) and Myfanwy Macleod (2005).

Image - Seven of the eight 2013 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize recipients at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. Left to right: Daniel Barrow, Canada; Agi Chen, Taiwan; Jungho Oak, Korea; Marie Von Heyl, United Kingdom; Erick Meyenburg, Mexico; Jonathon Ehrenberg, USA; Zhang Yunyao, China. Yuvan Bothysathuvar, India, not pictured

Canada's 2013 winner, Winnipeg-born, Montreal-based artist Daniel Barrow has exhibited widely in Canada and abroad. He has performed at The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), PS1 Contemporary Art Center (New York), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), The International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s TBA festival, and the British Film Institute (London).

Barrow is the winner of the 2010 Sobey Art Award and is represented by Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto. He uses obsolete technologies to present written, pictorial and cinematic narratives centering on the practices of drawing and collecting. Since 1993, he has created and adapted comic book narratives to "manual" forms of animation by projecting, layering and manipulating drawings on overhead projectors.
Barrow’s performance work expands upon dualistic, universal themes: good vs. evil, shame vs. pride, experience vs. innocence, and the balancing of one's belief in miracles with an increasingly bleak and rapidly advancing future. All of his work aims to collide popular imagery from the cultural and digital past with emotional, usually melancholic, content. In doing so, he attempts a return to a former, primitive or nostalgic experience of stimulus.

"At the Glenfiddich Distillery, I will create a new performance in which projected silhouettes, drawings and photographs combine to tell a story inspired by the landscape, the community, or perhaps the distillery itself," he says.

William Grant & Sons Ltd
William Grant & Sons is an independent family-owned distiller founded by William Grant in 1887 and today still controlled by the fifth generation of his family. Named ‘IWSC Distiller of the Year’ in 2012 for the fifth consecutive year, William Grant & Sons distils some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world’s favourite single malt Glenfiddich®, the handcrafted range of The Balvenie® single malts and one of the world’s best loved blended Scotches, Grant’s®, as well as selected other spirits, including Hendrick’s® Gin, and Sailor Jerry® Spiced Rum and Tullamore Dew®.

2012 winner Jillian McDonald's Valley of the Deer (2013)

Songs of My Mother: A Celebration of African Women December 7 2013 in Toronto.


From a media release:

Batuki Music Society Presents:
Songs of My Mother: A Celebration of African Women
Saturday December 7th at Daniels Spectrum in Toronto.

TORONTO -
Songs of My Mother concert will showcase a stellar diversity of voices featuring Tapa Diarra (Mali), Blandine Mbiya (Democratic Republic of Congo), Ruth Mathiang (South Sudan), Evelyn Mukwedeya (Zimbabwe), Memory Makuri (Zimbabwe) and dancer Mabinty Sylla (Guinea) with a supporting cast of musicians including Diely Mori Tounkara, Kofi Ackah, Adam Solomon, Ebenezer Agyekum, Tichaona Maredza, Ruben Esguerra and Amara Kante.

The first words or language that a child hears from its mother is a song.  This introduction to sound and words through song is a very common element in the bonding process between a mother and her newborn in most African cultures.  This is an intuitive process and it is done for each newborn and the songs are often an affirmation of a mother’s love for her child and also a celebration of motherhood.  Singing is a central element in most African cultures and traditions, and it is often associated with women.  A song is a motivator for a woman as she rises very early in the morning to clean her house and compound, goes to the river to fetch water, or sits down to feed her child.  Most chores such as grinding millet or sorghum, and cooking are usually accompanied by singing.  Singing is also used to celebrate occasions such as having a bountiful harvest, the start of the hunting season, fishing, or initiation ceremonies for young women and men.  There is also singing and dancing when death occurs in the family.

Though singing is not solely done by women in most African societies, it is true that the female voice is ever present and yet is not given a prominent role that it deserves.  Women are often relegated and discouraged from assuming leading roles especially as bandleaders.  Toronto has a good number of African female singers, and some of them lead their own bands and others as vocalists in various groups.  Songs of My Mother shines a light on the rich talent and the diversity of music that these women possess.  We hope it will help to inspire mothers, aunts, grandmothers, daughters, sisters and nieces to stand together and celebrate themselves as a major contributor to the arts and community, a celebration of African Women.

Songs of My Mother – A Celebration of African Women
Ada Slaight Hall, Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas St. East, Toronto, M5A 2B7
Doors 8 PM, Show 9 PM
Info:  info@batukimusic.com
Tickets: $15 advance / $20 door - available online at www.batukimusic.com and these locations:
African Drum & Art Crafts – 618 Dundas St. W.
Hidden Thrifty – 26 Roncesvalles Ave.
New Bilan Restaurant – 183 Dundas St. E.
Nharo – 543 Danforth Ave.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Royal Conservatory Toronto Presents Rokia Traoré: Beautiful Africa - November 27 2013

From a media release:

Royal Conservatory Toronto Presents: Rokia Traoré - Beautiful Africa
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
8:00 pm - Koerner Hall

Rokia Traoré, vocals & guitar, Fatim Koutayé, vocals, Ruth Goller, bass, Giovanni Ferrario, guitar, Mamah Diabaté, n’goni, Bintou Soumbounou, vocals, Dave de Rose, drums

• Get the album Beautiful Africa here

TORONTO - One of the most inventive female singer-songwriters in Africa today, Rokia Traoré is remarkable not just for the range of her powerful and emotional voice but also for the sheer variety of her work. Recently, she has written three very different sets of music: the acoustic Damou (Dream), the bluesy Donguili (Sing), and the rock-influenced Donke (Dance), in which she set out to show three different aspects of Malian culture and her own personality, and which were all performed at different London venues in one week.  

Rokia Traoré was criticized for not being a griot (from a family of traditional musicians), but a daughter of a diplomat, when she first set out to become a professional musician. Although she had no musical training, she gave up her studies in Brussels to return to Mali to create a new form of music, in which her songs would be backed by her acoustic guitar, along with n’goni and the xylophone-like balaba balafon, two instruments not normally played together in Africa.



Her breakthrough came when she was hailed as the ‘African Discovery’ of 1997 by  Radio France Internationale. In 2003, her album Bowmboï included a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet and was awarded a prestigious BBC Radio 3 World Music Award. Her 2009 album Tchamantché reflected her new fascination with the Gretsch electric guitar, and won a Victoires de la Musique, the French equivalent of a Grammy, as well as a Songlines Artist of the Year Award.

She has twice collaborated with director Peter Sellars, who in 2006 invited her to write and perform a work for his New Crowned Hope project, celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birthday. Traoré portrayed Mozart as a griot in the time of the 13th century African ruler Soundiata Keita, whose empire was centered in what is now Mali. She has also collaborated with Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison and Sellars on the theatre piece Desdemona, bringing an African dimension to the story of Shakespeare's tragic heroine.

Her new release, Beautiful Africa, is an album of the powerful new songs first heard in her Donke project, reminding listeners it was rock music that first inspired Traoré’s remarkable career. The songs are in the West African language of Bambara, as well as French and occasional bursts of English, and the often personal lyrics are concerned with Traoré’s thoughts on her own life, and on her tragically battered homeland. Beautiful Africa was produced by English musician John Parish (PJ Harvey, Eels, Sparklehorse) and recorded at Toybox Studios in Bristol, UK

All artists are making their Royal Conservatory debuts tonight.
Presented in association with Batuki Music and Small World Music.
We are pleased that Gill Deacon, host of Here and Now on CBC Radio 1 will join us live on stage to emcee this performance. Click here to go to www.cbc.ca/toronto


Kaleidoscope Theatre Montreal Presents: None of the Above - November 26 to 30 2013



From a media release:

Kaleidoscope Theatre MONTREAL presents
NONE OF THE ABOVE
Written by Jenny Lyn Bader
Directed by Trevor Barrette & Michelle Lewis

• Tuesday, November 26 – Saturday, November 30, 2013
Tickets online


Montreal, November 2013 –
Kaleidoscope Theatre Montreal is proud to present their third production, the Canadian premiere of Jenny Lyn Bader’s None of the Above, directed by Trevor Barrette and Michelle Lewis. The company’s two successful past productions of the classic plays, Sophocles’ Antigone and William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, were presented at the Casgrain Studio Theatre in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. They are very excited to be making their work more accessible by bringing None of the Above to Montreal’s MainLine Theatre from November 26th to the 30th. The show features a soundtrack created by Montreal musicians.

Set in present day New York City, Jenny Lyn Bader’s almost romantic comedy is a two-hander battle of the wits that deals with the stresses of student life, issues of entitlement and the assumptions we make about each other. Jamie Silver, 17, is in her final year at Billington, a high-end private school in the Upper East Side. She is a party-going socialite, a small time drug dealer on the side, and her very last priority is doing well on her SATs. Enter Clark, 22, a genius, no-nonsense scholarship kid with big debts, who is hired by Jamie’s father to get her score from an 1800 to a perfect score of 2400 or he sees none of the money. They seem to have very different values and priorities, but they may just have more in common than they think.

Every day we are faced with many pressures - the pressure to do well, to make ends meet, to stay up to date. Things are moving faster and faster with no sign of slowing down. “At its core, this piece is about two things for me: how we learn to trust, and how to play.” says actor Scott Humphrey, who plays Clark. He continues, “When we meet Jamie and Clark, they both feel pressured to work hard in order to succeed, but both have lost their willingness to just ‘play’.” Jenny Lyn Bader’s piece presents two characters who are faced with these issues and who learn how to overcome them together.

“One issue that we can all relate to is the growing gap between rich and poor.” says co-director Michelle Lewis. “The two characters in this play are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Jamie comes from a background where up until recently money was just something she always had. To Clark, money is something he's had to fight and work for; while he watched others throw it away. Whether we identify personally with either of their situations, the concepts of entitlement and the disparity between the richest and poorest is on the world's mind right now. If someone walks away from the play thinking they should be a little less quick to judge someone from a different background, social class, or whatever the case may be, then the play has done its job.”

For Lily Maclean, who plays Jamie, None of the Above’s relevance revolves around the way the characters experience pain together, boosted by the line in the play, ‘Pain is not quantifiable’.  She explains, “The play teaches us very simply that our pain cannot be greater or lesser than another's, but it can be an aid to helping us understand other people's pain, healing it, and through this, our pain gets better too.”

The text is witty and engaging. The plot is surprising and original. “The whole play is one big game,” says None of the Above co-director and Kaleidoscope Theatre Montreal founder, Trevor Barrette. “There are rules of course, but they are hard to catch since the characters are always breaking them. That is what draws me to the play. Jamie and Clark are constantly testing each other as they fight to break out of the mold they have been forced into their entire lives. Both are searching for something more meaningful in themselves.”

As part of Kaleidoscope Theatre Montreal’s mission to work with emerging and young professional artists in the community, the play features a soundtrack created solely by Montreal musicians. These contributing artists are taking the Montreal music scene by storm with performances at the Montreal Fringe Festival, Pop Montreal, M for Montreal and features on MuchMusic. Artists collaborating on the project include: Bent by Elephants, (www.bentbyelephants.com/blog/) Wind & the Wild (windandthewild.bandcamp.com), Shaharah Sinclair (www.shaharah.com), TEA (teaband.bandcamp.com/album/tea), Emily Skahan of Motel Raphael (emilyskahan.bandcamp.com), The JEM (www.thejemband.com), Jesse MacCormak (MAK) (listentomak.com/), Sarah Segal-Lazar (www.sarahsl.com) and others.

The cast and crew of None of the Above are looking forward to sharing the production with the student community, who are faced with many of the same issues as the play's main characters.  Graduating high school students, as well as college and university students will be quite familiar with the pressures of living up to the expectations of others, balancing their social and academic lives, and throughout it all, trying to keep some money in their pockets. The company is offering great rates for student groups, a Q&A period after certain shows, as well as visits to high schools to talk to students about the pressures of getting into the right schools, growing up and finding a way to do what it is you truly want to do.

META- nominated (Montreal English Theatre Awards) actress and member of Title 66 Productions, Lily MacLean will be taking on the role of the vivacious Jamie Silver who keeps the genius Clark on his toes. Clark will be played by Concordia University graduate Scott Humphrey. The production also features costume and set design by Kelly O’Toole and lighting design by Alex Smith.

None of the Above
Kaleidoscope Theatre Montreal

At MainLine Theatre, 3997 St-Laurent, Nov. 26-30 – 7 shows only!
Tuesday to Saturday at 8:00 pm, Tuesday and Saturday matinee at 2:00pm
Tickets for the preview, Tues. Nov. 26 at 2pm, are $12
Tickets for Saturday matinee, Nov. 30 at 2pm are 2-for-1 (at the door only)
Tickets: $20, $15 (students/seniors), $12 (groups)
Reservations:  514 849-3378 or online

Optic Heart Theatre Toronto Presents Hugh Baugh's The Girl in the Picture Tries to Hang Up the Phone Nov 27 to Dec 8 2013

From a media release:

Optic Heart Theatre presents
Hume Baugh’s searingly honest, and celebratory one-person show
THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE TRIES TO HANG UP THE PHONE
at Videofag (Toronto)
Nov 27 – Dec 8, 2013

Tickets
  
TORONTO -
Optic Heart Theatre presents Hume Baugh’s searingly honest, and celebratory one-person show THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE TRIES TO HANG UP THE PHONE - an intimate account of his mother’s remarkable life and the complexity of his relationship to the woman who bore and raised him. THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE TRIES TO HANG UP THE PHONE plays in the studio at Videofag in Kensington Market for 10 performances only from Nov 27 – Dec 8, 2013. Tickets are available online via EventBrite at thegirlinthepicture.eventbrite.ca or by cash sale only at the door. Seating is very limited.
 
Long before she died, my mother disappeared.
Inside herself. Into a fog of alcohol…

What is it like to grow up as the son of a dynamic, successful, charismatic alcoholic? And after her death, to try to find her, to see her whole - perhaps for the first time - through the tangled labyrinths of story and memory? Part remembrance, part exorcism, part investigation, part celebration, this one-person show chronicles a man’s struggle to understand his mother’s life and death. Intimate, honest, and finally redemptive, it is a testament to the power of love between a mother and son.  THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE TRIES TO HANG UP THE PHONE asks us to honestly examine what we think love is, and to imagine loving better.

First workshopped in 2006 at Rhubarb! and Buddies in Bad Times, and in 2007 at HATCH at the Harbourfront Centre, THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE TRIES TO HANG UP THE PHONE has toured across the country to great acclaim. Most recently it was showcased as part of the 2013 Theatre Kingston season. The performances at Videofag in November-December mark the first Toronto run of the fully-realized production.

Hume’s recent Toronto appearances include Dinner at Seven-Thirty (Theatre Rusticle), The Taming Of The Shrew and Macbeth (Canadian Stage), and The Charge Of the Expormidable Moose  (One Little Goat). He is the author of Crush, which was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award in 2012. THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE TRIES TO HANG UP THE PHONE is directed and dramaturged by Siminovitch Prize nominee Mark Cassidy (for Threshold Theatre: Change Room at the Toronto Fringe; Allistonian Brockvillian Dionysian at Q Space; Kafka & Son, European tour including The Hague, Prague, Budapest and Leeds, U.K.)

THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE TRIES TO HANG UP THE PHONE:
Videofag (187 Augusta Ave, Kensington Market, Toronto)
November 27 – December 8, 2013
(Opening Night Wednesday Nov 27)
(Tues-Sat @ 8pm, Sun @2:30pm)
Note there will be NO SHOW on Friday 29 November.
Tickets: $20 each
Sun Dec 1 Matinee is PWYC at the door (or $15 to reserve in advance online) via EventBrite at thegirlinthepicture.eventbrite.ca or by CASH SALE ONLY at the door

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

NFB Documentary Bad Coyote Screens at Planet in Focus Film Festival - November 24 2013 in Toronto

From a media release:

NFB DOCUMENTARY BAD COYOTE SCREENS AT PLANET IN FOCUS
Directed by Jason Young

Toronto ―
The National Film Board of Canada selection at the 14th Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival in Toronto (November 21–24) will include Jason Young’s documentary Bad Coyote, on the controversy surrounding a new hybrid species of wolf and coyote. The film is an incisive look at the politics—and the price—of living and playing close to nature.

Bad Coyote
Written and directed by Jason Young and produced by Paul McNeill for NFB Atlantic Centre in Halifax, Bad Coyote looks at a hybrid type of coyote, thought to be part wolf, which has migrated to Eastern Canada. After a deadly mauling in Cape Breton, said to be the first such fatal attack against an adult human, alarm spreads across Nova Scotia. Trappers, scientists, sheep farmers and the mother of the 19-year-old victim, Taylor Mitchell, weigh in. Increasing media coverage and reports of coyote attacks and sightings prompt the provincial government to issue a controversial bounty for dead coyotes. To some, the only good coyote is a dead one. But others call for a more measured approach, seeking mutual respect between humans and animals.

• Bad Coyote is screening November 24 at 2:10 pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1.
• Check out the Planet in Focus Film Festival Here


Opening in Toronto: Breakthrough Entertainment Presents Looking is the Original Sin - Starring Katie Boland, Maria del Mar

From a media release:

Breakthrough Entertainment presents
LOOKING IS THE ORIGINAL SIN
a film by Gail Harvey

Opens in Toronto
Carlton Cinema – 20 Carlton St.
Begins November 22, 2013


During this run, a rare exhibit of Gail Harvey’s photos will be on display at the Carlton Cinema.
CAST
Maria del Mar, Katie Boland, Linda Hamilton, Kent Staines, Jayne Eastwood, Dewshane Williams, Kris Holden-Reid

(Toronto) Fresh off the heels of its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival, comes the Toronto theatrical premiere of director Gail Harvey’s now award-winning film Looking Is The Original Sin, having most recently picked up a Best International Feature Film award from the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.

The film will screen at the Carlton Cinema, beginning November 22, and with this theatrical run comes a very rare photo exhibit of director Harvey’s  works. The exhibit will consist of approximately 50 photos, half of which were in the film, and others that include Harvey’s stunning trademark photographs including portraits of celebrities.

Looking Is The Original Sin follows the journey of 19-year-old Anna, played by Katie Boland (Gail’s real-life daughter and co-producer along with co-star Maria del Mar, of the film).  Partly inspired by the tragic life and work of famed photographer Diane Arbus, Looking Is The Original Sin is a story about “love, loss, discovery, alienation and the transformational power of art.”



As the daughter of an acclaimed, depression-prone “outsider-art” photographer named Helene (Maria) Anna has grown up with pressure from multiple directions. She is at once her mother’s daughter and mother’s “mother,” fretting over her disappearances and feeling guilty with the burden she has placed on her.  With a camera in hand, Anna seeks to find an identity by retracing the absentee Helene’s footsteps, and hopefully to solve the mystery of her disappearance via clues in her painful photos.  Once immersed in her mother’s underworld, the question becomes, is Anna obliged to follow her into the darkness, or can she create her own destiny?

“When Whitney Houston’s death happened,” Gail continues, “the similarity of that news with the story in my film, made me feel sad for Whitney and her daughter. So many artists through the ages have had difficulty in living life in a happy and fulfilling way. Maybe if you see and feel so much it makes it hard to be ‘normal.’

Katie (recently named Playback’s ’10 To Watch’) welcomes the chance to share in her own mother’s career, and admits there are surface parallels in Looking Is The Original Sin. “My mom previously was a photographer, says Boland, “and she always photographed life as she lived it. But the mother in this film is very different from my mom. She’s mentally ill and unstable, and my mom is incredibly stable. But our relationship is definitely infused in everything we do together.”

Looking Is The Original Sin was produced by the generous support of ACTRA Toronto, and produced with the participation of Telefilm, Canada.  Written and directed by Gail Harvey, Director of Photography: Peter Benison, Colin Hoult, Josh Fraiman, Gail Harvey.  Edited by John Nicholls, and Composer was Dillon Baldassero.  Produced by Gail Harvey, Katie Boland, and Maria del Mar. Breakthrough Entertainment has world rights for distribution.

The Black Book Affair - November 22 & 23 2013 in Toronto

From a media release:

THE BLACK BOOK AFFAIR 2013
November 22 & 23, 2013
At A Different Booklist
918 Bathurst Street - Toronto


IDEAL FOR FAMILIES, EDUCATORS AND BOOK LOVERS

Authors: Althea Prince, Itah Sadu,  Gayle Gonsalves, Pooran Bridgelall, Jody Nyasha Warner, Natasha Henry, Yvonne Browne, Garfield Ellis, Richard Gaskin, Njacko Backo, Dirk McLean, Adwoa Badoe, Tammy Sutton-Brown, Whitney French, Salah Wilson, George Elliott Clarke, Austin Yearwood, Dr. George Sefa Dei, Jywze, Christene  Browne, Robert Vernon, Keith Ellis, Jennylynd James, Panman Pat

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday November 22, 2013 - 7:00 - 9:00 PM
THE BIG BOOK LAUNCH & RECEPTION

FEATURED AUTHORS
Althea Prince, (Beyond the Journey Women's Stories of Settlement and Community, Insomniac Press), Gayle Gonsalves (Painting Pictures, Insomniac Press), Christene Browne (Two Women, Second Story Press), and Special Guest Barbadian Writer Austin Yearwood

Saturday November 23, 10:30am – 7:00pm
ALL DAY BOOK DISPLAYS, FOR FAMILIES, EDUCATORS, BOOK LOVERS

All day long …Steelpan theory, genealogy, maps and rare books, workshops, discussions, readings, authors, children's book party, politics, poetry, book launches, graphic novels and more...

3PM
LENNOX HINDS

PROMINENT INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER,
Will discuss the life of Assata Shakur, her book and  recent attacks on her by the US Government

Saturday November 23, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
MY PEOPLE AWARDS 2013

Celebrating African-Canadian and Caribbean Writers
2013 Recipients:  Motion (Poetry), George Elliott Clarke (Lifetime Achievement), Dr. George Sefa Dei (Academic), Adowa Badoe (Children & Young Adult) Keith Ellis (Translation), Jael Ealey Richardson (New Writer)

A Different Booklist
746 Bathurst St
Toronto, ON
M5S 2R6
Tel:416 538 0889; Fax:416 538 6914
email:info@adifferentbooklist.com

new music: thin edge new music collective presents unusual spectrum III Thursday, November 21, 2013 in Toronto

From a media release:

thin edge new music collective presents:
unusual spectrum III
Thursday, November 21, 2013
array space (155 walnut ave - toronto)

Toronto, ON –
Thin Edge New Music Collective is excited to announce the second concert of our 2013/2014 season.  Unusual Spectrum III will take place on November 21, at the Array Space in Toronto and will showcase special guest artist bass clarinetist Kathryn Ladano performing a solo set comprised of her own compositions and improvisations, including the world premiere of Avoiding the Answers (2013) for bass clarinet.

Join us for an evening of eclectic auditory/visual experiences featuring works by Canadian composers Gary Kulesha, Colin Labadie, Kathryn Ladano and American master George Crumb. Unusual Spectrum III includes a myriad of contemporary idioms ranging from solo and chamber music to electronics, improvisation and even elements of the theatrical. Guaranteed to thoroughly satiate the listeners' palate!

Performers
Kathryn Ladano – bass clarinet
Chelsea Shanoff - saxophone, glass harmonica
Nathan Petitpas - percussion
Bryan Holt - cello
Anthony Thompson - clarinet
Stacie Dunlop - glass harmonica
Ilana Waniuk - violin
Cheryl Duvall – piano

Thursday, November 21, 2013
8:00 pm
Array Space
155 Walnut Avenue, Toronto 
Tickets: $20 Regular & $15 Seniors/Students/Arts Workers - Pay at the door

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

NuDance 2013 November 22 & 23 at the Riverside Theatre, Harlem (New York City)

From a media release:

NuDance 2013
November 22 & 23, 2013
Riverside Theatre, Harlem (New York City)


NEW YORK CITY - Six of the most exciting, talented, gifted and innovative choreographers of their generation will present new-works at the NuDance Festival 2013. Each evening's performance will be followed by a conversation with the five presenting choreographers.

November 22 & 23, 2013 - 7:30-9:00pm
Featuring:

DASH Ensemble

The DASH Ensemble is a New York City based contemporary dance group
founded and directed by Gregory Dolbashian. Combining elements of modern, hip hop, floor work and physical theater Dolbashian has created his own unique style of contemporary dance with an urban flair. will be presenting the first installment of our new evening length work to be premiered in March 2014.



Dance Iquail
Dance Iquail uses the art of dance as a conduit for combating issues of social injustice primarily experienced by the disadvantaged. Working in the universal language of movement, DIQ is committed to creating and presenting programs that confront the destructive and divisive nature of racism, sexism, violence, drug and alcohol abuse, the needs of the poor, and the importance of family support and unity.

Jeremy McQueen
Award-winning young choreographer, Jeremy McQueen, is a 2013 recipient of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago’s Choreographers of Color Award, and a two-time Finalist of the  Capezio Award for Choreographic Excellence (Capezio A.C.E. Award). Born and raised in San Diego, California, McQueen is a graduate of The Ailey School/Fordham University, B.F.A in Dance program.

Oui Danse
OUI DANSE not only presents dance which pushes the limits of physicality, imagination, and artistry. It also places on stage human beings with their real struggles, raw emotions, strengths and flaws, for all to view and identify with. The movement is unguarded and marries risk with a visceral connection to emotion. This approach brings humanity to the story... a humanity that, in the end, is always looking for love.



Cat Cogliandro
Cat Cogliandro, a native of Houston, Texas, grew up studying at Rowland School of Ballet under the direction of Sheryl Rowland. There, she trained with two prestigious pre-professional dance companies, and studied with choreographers Peter Chu, Jessica Hendricks, Tammy Dyke and JT Horenstein. After high school, Cat was accepted to The Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase and received her BFA in Dance.

Buggé Ballet
Nicole Buggé trained at American Repertory Ballet’s Princeton Ballet School. She holds an MFA in Dance from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. Nicole has performed with Richmond Ballet Exit 12 Dance Company, Second Avenue Dance Company, Amaranth Dance, The Charles Weidman Dance Foundation, Anahata Dance, and in original works by Deborah Jowitt, Cherylyn Lavagnino, and Sydney Skybetter. Currently Nicole is part of Neville Dance Theatre, mishiDance, Humanistics Dance Company, and is the artistic director of Buggé Ballet, an emerging company. When she’s not on stage or in the studio Nicole can be found working as the Listings Editor for Dance Magazine.

Located inside the historic Riverside Church
The Riverside Theatre - 91 Claremont Avenue
New York, NY 10027
3 Ways to Purchase Tickets
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91 Claremont Ave, main floor
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Online: Please go to the event you're interested in and click on "Buy Tickets" - By Phone: 212.870.6784

16th Annual African American Women In Cinema Film Festival November 20 to 23, 2013 in New York City

From a release:

16th Annual African American Women In Cinema Film Festival
November 20 to 23, 2013 in New York City


Full Details at the link


NEW YORK CITY - African American Women in Cinema is proud to present the 16th Annual African American Women In Cinema Film Festival in New York City. Event details and ticket information below.

Festival Schedule:

Wednesday, November 20th

6:00pm VIP Red Carpet Reception
8:00pm Salute to the 16th AAWIC Trailblazer Honoree: Zola Mashariki—Senior Vice President of Productions
Special Screening of “Black Nativity” Directed by: Kasi Lemmons---Starring; Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige and Forrest Whitaker
Question & Answer Segment with Film Director & Audience
Location: Clearview / Bowtie Cinemas ---260 W. 23rd Street, New York City

Benefactor Sponsor: Fox Audience Strategy
Sponsored by: Greater New York Chamber of Commerce


Tickets must be purchased prior to attending the event.  There will be no ticket sales at door with the exception of AAWIC Membership Discount Festival All Access Tickets and Student Festival All Access Passes with valid I.D. Seating is limited!

• To purchase the Opening Night Pass $50.00 click here
• To purchase the Festival All Access Pass $160.00 click here



Thursday, November 21st
12:00pm-3:00pm Webisode Competition hosted by Al Thompson of “Lenox Hill”
4:00pm–5:00pm New York Loves Film Workshop Hosted by: The New York State Governors office of Motion Picture & Television
Meet the team from the New York State Governor's Office of Motion Picture and Television Development workshop on all the things New York State has to offer-tax credits, location scouting assistance, finding stages and crew, and more. Unlike standard panels and Q&A sessions, the dais, podium and microphones will be removed to enable participants to engage in a genuine free-flowing exchange of ideas relating to filmmaking in New York State. Whether you're a first time filmmaker wondering where to start or a veteran producer looking to catch up on the latest, this informal face to face Q&A is an invaluable opportunity to Meet Team New York and hear firsthand about all the resources that are available to you.

4:00pm-7:30pm Screening Program 1 & Screening Program 2 
Hosted by: Roger Maloney Creator of UFront
Location: ImageNation's RAW SPACE, 2031 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (7th Avenue Between 121st & 122nd)

4:00pm-6:00pm
Due For Love - Filmmaker: Kwanza Gooden; Sis Anna - Filmmaker: Director: Cheryl Lewis Hawkins, Producers/Executive Producers: Cheryl Lewis Hawkins & Sherelle Williams; Goodbye Apathy - Filmmaker: Osaretin Omorodion; Secrets - Filmmaker: Mike Berry; Pursuit of Truth: Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Seeking Justice - Filmmaker: Valerie Gibson; Heaven Help Us - Filmmaker: Mickie Banyas

• To purchase the Festival All Day Pass $50.00 (enable pass holder to attend all events for the day) click here
• To purchase tickets to Screening Program 1 $15.00 click here
• To purchase tickets to Screening Program 2 $15.00 click here

*Special Note—In addition to on-line purchase, the Screening Tickets and Festival Day passes will also be sold at this festival location.


Friday, November 22nd
12:30-2:00pm "Master Class with Keith Clinkscales: The Path to to becoming a Media Mogul"
CEO-Chief Executive Officer at Revolt TV and CEO & Founder at The Shadow League 
A rare opportunity to learn the do's and don'ts in becoming a Media Mogul. A once in a lifetime chance to get insider information from a Legendary Mogul!
Hosted by: Raqiyah Mays, Entertainment Editorial Director, The Shadow League; CEO & Founder of Broadway Night Out.

3:00pm-4:00pm “Neema Barnette’s Black History Mini-Docs” Special Screening
Legendary Producer and Filmmaker Neema Barnette (Civil Brand, Women thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day) presents Black History Mini Docs. These are a fast and entertaining way to educate young and old about the varying contributions of Blacks in American history. Think of it as the "Cliff Notes" for the digital age. Barnette teams up with her husband Reed R. McCants (Cuttin’ Da Mustard), also an award winning filmmaker. Reed brings his unique style of storytelling to chronicle the many contributions and achievements of the African-American throughout history.

The series will feature the stories of Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, Madam CJ Walker and Malcolm X along with great living legends like Muhammad Ali, Angela Davis and Harry Belafonte. Contemporary heroes like Tupac Shakur will be included as well as everyday un sung heroes in the Black community who have devoted their life’s work to upholding the race and giving back. Black Mini Docs is designed as a crash course in Black history. It meets the demands of our fast paced digital age by using quick cuts and cinematic savvy. Designed for easy access, the series can be used as an application on smart phones, computers and all media outlets.  Black History is a commercial for REAL HISTORY. Later sets will include: Writers, Actors, Producers, Novelists, Playwrights, Journalist, inventors, Politicians, Activist, Freedom Fighters, Musicians, Composers, Scientists, Inventors and Unsung Heros whose sacrifice and deserve tributes.

Question & Answer Segment with Special Guest: Reed R. McCants
Hosted by: Roger Maloney Creator of UFront
4:30pm—6:30pm Special "African American Women In Cinema" Keynote panel
Presented by: The Gilchrist Experience

7:30pm—11:00pm Film Screening Program 3 & Screening Program 4 Hosted by Roz Murphy (New York Women In Film & Television).
Location: Mist Studios, 46 W. 116 Street, New York City

7:30pm- Special  Promotion "The Lost Book of Rap"
Synopsis: Set in 1988 Brooklyn, NY The Golden Age of Rap. The young aspiring rapper Charisma Coy must find The Lost Book of Rap! When she loses her Father's prize gold cross chain in a rap battle against her rival Mocca.  Her siblings convince her to journey from Brooklyn to the Bronx to find the Lost Book of  Rap.  She must find The Lost Book of Rap, win a rematch with Mocca and get her father's chain back and home all before her mom returns!

Created & Directed by Ron Elliot
Ron Elliot's veneration of story enables him to manage all aspects of a project from development through post-production.  Not only is Ron the creator, writer, director for The Lost Book of Rap but he has also Produced and directed a Hurricane Sandy documentary called Heart of The Shore as well as he is currently producing and directing Respect the Jux.



Cordelia Donovan-Publicist/Producer
Cordelia is a well respected publicist landing placements in all major news publications such as WSJ, New York Times, ABC, NBC, Fox and many more for a diverse set of brands and corporations.  Due to her love of film and her uncanny ability to mobilize she decided to try her hand at producing independent films. Within one year of adding this role, she has produced The Lost Book of Rap, a Hurricane Sandy Documentary called Heart of the Shore and is currently in production on a best selling book published by Simon & Schuster called Respect The Jux by Frank C. Matthews.

Angela Renee Coakley Producer
Before producing films, Angela Renee Coakly has produced concerts and events for entertainers such as, Patti LaBelle, Sinbad, John Legend, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Estelle, Zac Brown Band and Pharrell.  She has worked on several Indie films including, The Bluest Note, Danny Simmons' Footprints, and recently produced buzzing Indie sensation The Lost Book of Rap.

7:45pm- Charity Case - Filmmaker: Jenn Shaw; No Snakes In the Garden - Filmmaker: Annette Bonner; This Woman's Work - Filmmaker: Brandi Berry; Soaring on Invisible Wings - Filmmaker: Jamari Perry; Undefiled - Filmmaker: Raykel Tolson; Crossing Jordan - Filmmaker: Marion McMillan

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Saturday, November 23rd
2:00pm-3:30pm Youth Film Screening Segment “Presented by: DCTV”
Youth Films
Unknown Road - Filmmaker: Carmelo Varela   
When Life Hands You Lemons - Filmmaker: Jasmine Barclay
Lioness - Filmmaker: Nicole Diaz
You Only Live - Filmmaker: Joelee Cummings
Memoirs of a Superwoman - Filmmaker: Khadija Charles
Love at 18: A Portrait of Odalys - Filmmaker(s): Alyssa Dyal, Josiah Johnson, Michael Onitiri
Day By Day - Filmmaker: Troi Hall

• Admission: Free (First Come First Serve)
• Location: DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, New York City

5:30pm-7:00pm VIP Closing Night Reception Hosted by: The American Diabetes Association - Sponsored by: The Greater New York Chamber of Commerce                 
8:00pm Closing Film Premiere Hosted by Honoree: Winsome Sinclair - "The Magic City" Starring Jenifer Lewis and Keith David
Location: Scandinavian House, 58 Park Avenue—at 38th Street, New York City. Seating is limited!

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