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Next Steps: Dance at Harbourfront Fall 2011 Line-up

From a media release: Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps 11/12 Season Announced Runs from September 2011 through June 2012 Flex Pass Discounts Available to October 15, 2011 TORONTO, ON – Harbourfront Centre is proud to announce the sixth season of NextSteps, running September 2011 through June 2012. Since 2005, NextSteps has been Toronto’s unrivalled contemporary dance series, a showcase of the depth and energy of established and emerging companies from Toronto and across Canada. This globally-inspired NextSteps season features 29 companies and most performances are world premieres of new works. There are returning audience favourites as well as artists new to Harbourfront Centre’s stages. With five performances specifically identified as family-friendly, and dance styles ranging from contemporary and cutting-edge to classical and traditionally inspired, there is definitely a show for everyone in this NextSteps season. • Tickets for all NextSteps 11/12 performances are now on

World Premiere: Manhattan Theatre Club's We Live Here - Discount Code

From a release: Manhattan Theatre Club We Live Here World Premiere - September 22 to October 30, 2011 By Zoe Kazan Directed by Sam Gold with Mark Blum, Jessica Collins, Betty Gilpin, Amy Irving, Oscar Isaac and Jeremy Shamos NEW YORK - ZOE KAZAN, one of New York's most acclaimed young actors, whose stage credits include Angels in America, A Behanding in Spokane and MTC's Come Back, Little Sheba, returns to MTC for her New York playwriting debut. This world-premiere, MTC-commissioned play is helmed by SAM GOLD, whose inspired direction of Kin and Circle Mirror Transformation have made him one of the theatre's most sought-after directors. Allie Bateman’s wedding is Sunday. When Dinah, her precocious younger sister, returns to their parents' home for the festivities, she brings more than anyone expected: a new boyfriend, whose hidden history resurrects passions and painful memories for the whole family. Over one emotionally charged weekend, the Batemans find they

For the Whole Family: Music With Bite at Harbourfront Toronto Launches Oct 2

From a media release: Harbourfront Centre Toronto launches the 2011-2012 Music with Bite season during national celebration of Culture Days FREE interactive concert series connects kids with classical music TORONTO, ON – Harbourfront Centre, in partnership with Jeunesse Musicales Ontario , is pleased to announce the launch of the 2011-2012 season of Music with Bite, the interactive FREE concert series designed especially for kids. The launch coincides with the national celebrations of Culture Days, the cross-country movement to celebrate the cultural life of local communities. Satisfy your ears and your taste buds! Music with Bite is a refreshing experience where children can pull up a comfy cushion and take in an enjoyable and interactive music performance tailored to young audience members. This is a fantastic opportunity to sample music of diverse styles in a friendly, accessible format . All of the performances bring an element of interactivity, education and entertainment t

Obie-Winner Daniel Beaty's Through The Night Sept 30 to Oct 2 in NYC

From a release: Obie-Winner Daniel Beaty's Through The Night September 30 to October 2, 2011 Aaron Davis Hall, New York City 2011 NAACP Theater Award for Outstanding Solo Show New York City: Six characters. Three generations. One extraordinary performance. Obie-Award Winner Daniel Beaty in tour de force solo performances of Through the Night. Join the Award-winning actor, singer and writer Daniel Beaty as he performs multiple characters and combines his signature blend of music, movement and words in his highly acclaimed work.Obie nominated and AUDELCO Award Winner Daniel Beaty shines as a writer and a performer in a range of characters, spinning a tale where lives collide to show how hope, faith and love have the ability to pull anyone Through The Night. Through the Night is "a thing of beauty, wit, grit and piercing lyricism." -New York Times "Beaty's work is breathtaking in giving voice-so many voices-to people who don't often get a chance to spe

Free Download: Rapper Richard Rich's Sick & Tired

From a media release: Richard Rich - Sick & Tired Free streaming & download New York City - Richard Rich is a unique, promising talent (rapper) working out of Brooklyn, NY (raised upstate). He just released Sick & Tired, his 4th project in little over a year. Stream/download:   Get Your Money Vol. 2: Sick & Tired by itsrichard • Download full or • Here Sick & Tired hones the already articulate voice & raw energy showcased onits predecessor, Cold & Hungry.  Showing a keen wit, attention to detail, & quiet understanding of the hip-hop canon which precedes him, Richard Rich is at once both fun, yet heavy; lighthearted, yet heartfelt. Classic/quirky rap instrumentals, motivational messages, obscure rock samples, introspective thoughts on the human condition, hood ass shit, bittersweet hope, are all prominent on both projects. stream/download all projects/info: • • •

49th Annual New York Film Festival September 30 to October 16 2011

From a media release: New York Film Festival September 30 to October 16, 2011 • Ticket Info Highlights: Film: The Gold Rush Director: Charlie Chaplin Program: Masterworks Tickets: Oct 10 Master filmmaker/entertainer Charlie Chaplin considered this 1925 silent film his favorite among his many works. Appearing as his memorable character the Little Tramp, he sets out to find betterment in the Alaskan gold fields. The Tramp gets more than he bargains for when the elements and other difficulties foil his plans. But never lacking heart and resolve, our hero looks to change his fortune by seeking a job and even begins courting a saloon girl played by newcomer Georgia Hale. Moviegoers will enjoy the memorable scene where the Tramp eats his own boot while stuck in a cabin. "The Gold Rush" was re-released by Chaplin in 1942 with several scenes cut out and with added narration and musical score. The film will be presented at the 49th New York Film Festival in a new resto

New York Musical Theater Festival: Les Enfants de Paris October 3-15 2011

From a release - part of the New York Musical Theater Festival: Les Enfants De Paris Part of the 2011 New York Musical Theater Festival at TBG Theater (312 W. 36th Street) When life is left to chance there's nothing fleeting as romance... Music and Lyrics by David Levinson Book by Stacey Weingarten Additional Development by Donna Drake New York - The streets of Paris are not safe after young Pierre Frollo’s love for a fiery Muslim refugee sparks a series of cataclysmic events. Featuring a chanson- and Arab-influenced score, this gripping musical re-sets Victor Hugo’s Notre Dame De Paris amongst the disenfranchised youth and xenophobia of France 1958, and the Algerian War for Independence. Please be advised that this show contains mature themes and content which may not be suitable for children. Approximate Running Time: 2:15 (including intermission); with intermission Schedule: Monday, Oct 3rd, 2011 at 8:00 pm Tuesday, Oct 4th, 2011 at 9:00 pm Monday, Oct 10th, 2011 at 5:00 p

CD Release: CSC Funk Band Free MP3, New Video & Release Party Oct 28 in NYC

From a media release: CSC FUNK BAND ANNOUNCE THEIR DEBUT ALBUM THINGS ARE GETTING TOO CASUAL OUT NOW ON FAT BEATS RECORDS NYC Record Release Party on October 28th @ Zebulon with Cheick Hamala Diabate Brooklyn, New York - With the Summer release of their debut album Things Are Getting Too Casual, CSC Funk Band charges 11-deep from the formidable Brooklyn underground to forge an unforgettable path that leaves no ass unshaken. This is funk in the sense of both sound and scent, funk in the sense of blistering backbeats and sweaty, selfless abandon, funk in the sense of all senses colliding and all minds melding to form one holy motion. This is instrumental get-up-and-dance music from planet nowhere. CSC Funk Band first collided in atomic style at a Brooklyn loft party where the event organizer’s only instruction was “make it fun and make it funky!” Thus, what began as a just-for-kicks improvisation amongst friends quickly became a “what’d I miss?” sensation at Brooklyn’s sweatiest s

Lyric Soprano Brandie Sutton Manhattan Solo Recital Debut October 1

From a release: The Manhattan solo recital debut of Soprano Brandie Sutton. October 1, 2011 Merkin Concert Hall, New York City Brandie Sutton, soprano Ramon Bryant-Braxton, piano Works by Leslie Adams, Johann Sebastian Bach, Duke Ellington, George F Handel, Hall Johnson, Undine Smith Moore, Florence Price, Giacomo Puccini, E. Simpson-Curenton, and John W. Work. NEW YORK - Brandie Sutton, lyric soprano, will make her Manhattan solo recital debut on Saturday, October 1, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street (@ Broadway), New York, NY 10023. Ms. Sutton is being presented by B. Arts Presenter, an arts firm dedicated to providing professional performance opportunities for outstanding artists. The program will include selections by Strauss, Schubert, Wolf, Liszt, Debussy, Delibes, Duparc and Ellington. Ms. Sutton will be accompanied by Ramon Bryant Braxton, a pianist and conductor who currently serves as assistant conductor and accompanist for the Howard Uni

Harbourfront Toronto Artsy Courses Fall 2011

From a media release: Let your creativity flow at Harbourfront Centre! Courses & Workshops for youth, adults and families start this September! TORONTO, ON – Discover your inner artist, writer, chef or fashionista at Harbourfront Centre’s fall season of Courses & Workshops. The new term begins this September and offers a rich spectrum of fun and challenging courses designed to bridge the gap between learning and contemporary culture. Each season, Harbourfront Centre offers crafters and culture vultures of all ages the opportunity to embark on a learning experience led by talented local craftspeople. From structured educational workshops to spontaneous discoveries, youth, adults and families can explore the diverse world of art and culture from local, national and international perspectives. A few tips to enhance your learning experience at Harbourfront Centre: Come with an open mind: Individuals seeking a creative outlet will find that Harbourfront Centre provides a

Joe's Pub New York City Grand Re-opening October 4 2011

From a release: JOE’S PUB GRAND RE-OPENING WITH STEW AND HEIDI: SONGS FROM PASSING STRANGE FT. JON SPURNEY Tuesday, October 4 at 7:00pm & 9:30pm - $30 NEW YORK CITY - Join Stew, Heidi Rodewald and Jon Spurney for the grand re-opening of Joe’s Pub as they take a journey back in time to re-visit the songs of Passing Strange, the theater production that went on to become both a Spike Lee-directed movie and Tony Award winner for “Best Book of a Musical.”  This intimate, acoustic set will explore songs from this hit show as well as songs that were cut from the show and songs never before heard on a New York stage. With a gift for hook-filled melodies, taut poetic narratives, incisive song portraits and a sardonic sense of humor, the brilliant Stew and Heidi Rodewald are among New York’s preeminent singer-songwriters. The New York Times raves "A witty wordsmith, composer and performer, Stew can also play a mean guitar, and when necessary, he strides the stage like an eva

James Gangl Remounts Toronto Fringe 2011 Hit Sex, Religion & Other Hang-ups Oct 3 - 22

From a media release: SEX, RELIGION & OTHER HANG-UPS:   JAMES GANGL REMOUNTS HIS SMASH HIT FRINGE SHOW SO HE CAN FIND A GIRLFRIEND… seriously. • Gangl self-finances a 3-Week run of his show October 3 to 22, 2011 to increase the odds of finding true love.  Chris Gibbs directs as Gangl leaves his heart on Theatre Passe Muraille’s Mainspace stage! [Toronto, ON] –  Sex, Religion & Other Hang-ups, is about a guy with a ravenous sexual libido (Gangl) battling it out against a guy with a staunch Catholic upbringing (also Gangl) over the heart of a sexy, insightful underwear model (not Gangl) that he meets at his first professional acting gig, a commercial shoot for Coors Light. Gangl tells the story in the hopes that the right lady will date him after the show.   Fringe sensation and solo-show veteran, Chris Gibbs directs, mining the universal truths in Gangl's twisted and touching true story.  Sex, Religion & Other Hang-ups was voted Patron’s Pick at the 2011 Tor

CD Release: Flautist Damjan Krajacic's Brazilian/Cuban/Jazz Grooves on Glide

From a media release: Damjan Krajacic, Glide (RoundTone Records) Brazilian, Cuban, and Jazz Through Flute Release Date: October 1, 2011 The flute is a percussion instrument: Though known for its delicacy and nuance, it can burst, ring, and punctuate. That’s what Zagreb-born, L.A.-based musician and composer Damjan Krajacic discovered as he heard the flute tearing through a Latin jazz number. Krajacic harnesses the flute’s balance of finesse and force on Glide (RoundTone; October 1, 2011). He explores the Brazilian, Cuban, and jazz sounds and rhythms that first drew him to the instrument, while paying homage to his classical and Balkan past. “I never really considered the flute at all,” explains Krajacic, who first came to jazz as a young bassist at his U.S. alma mater. “Then I heard [charanga expert and jazz educator] Danilo Lozano play. I thought, ‘Wait a minute.’ In Latin jazz and especially in Cuban music, the flute is part of the rhythm section as well, not just a high-p

Toronto's Theatre 20 Presents: Amelia The Girl Who Wants to Fly in Concert Oct 3

From a media release: Theatre 20 presents MUSICALS THAT FLY : Amelia: The Girl Who Wants to Fly in Concert Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 8 p.m. at The Panasonic Theatre Toronto, ON -Theatre 20, Toronto's newest musical theatre company, celebrates a new, story-driven Canadian musical by John Gray (Billy Bishop Goes to War, Rock 'n' Roll) in the third concert of its 2011 Concert Series at the Panasonic Theatre. Starring Theatre 20 Founding Artist Eliza-Jane Scott, Amelia: The Girl Who Wants to Fly tells the story of the meteoric rise and mysterious disappearance of the legendary pioneering aviatrix Amelia Earhart who rose to unimaginable heights, both literally and figuratively. In 1930s America, the celebrity machine of the day created an idol whose image resonates even now, more than 70 years after her death. Amelia Earhart... why did she want to fly? Where did she come from and how did she become the legend? Gray's examination of this infamous figure is part biograph

9th Annual Abilities Arts Festival & Tribute to Ahmed Hassan Oct 1 - 30 2011

From a media release: Top Canadian artists collaborate on Gala celebrating Ahmed Hassan at Abilities Arts Festival showcasing artists with disabilities October 1-30 in Toronto Toronto - Abilities Arts Festival Executive Director Rina Fraticelli has announced the dates and programming for the ninth annual festival, including the world premiere of a multidisciplinary tribute to musician Ahmed Hassan (1955-2011) featuring some of Canada's top artists. Showcasing works by and about artists with disabilities working within the visual and performing arts, film and integrated art forms, Abilities Arts Festival programming runs October 1-30, 2011 in various locations across the city. Highlighting this year's festival is The Neat Strange Music of Ahmed Hassan , a celebration of the singular artistic vision of this influential Canadian composer and musician, running October 21 and 22 at the Betty Oliphant Theatre, presented in collaboration with Peggy Baker Dance Projects. Beginning in

Buffy Sainte-Marie at the 2011 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival Oct 19-23 2011

From a media release: 2011 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is proud to present Buffy Sainte-Marie as a special guest at the annual festival   • Save the Dates: October 19 – 23, 2011 Five days of Indigenous film, video, radio, new media, art, entertainment and so much more. (Toronto) – The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is thrilled to announce that legendary artist Buffy Sainte-Marie will headline The Beat music night and participate as a special guest at a panel discussion as part of its 12th annual festivities! Ms. Sainte-Marie’s engagements kick off at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2 on Friday, October 21 at 7PM for an intimate and free “In Discussion With Buffy” panel, which will span her triumphs and achievements.  Celebrated musician, Academy Award winner, and new media artist, Ms. Sainte-Marie will discuss her incredible journey to becoming one of the world’s most acclaimed Indigenous musicians, her experiences as a pioneer of new media art, and wh

Bamako Meets Paris in New York City: Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal's Chamber Music Sept 27

From a media release - I've been in love with this music since I first heard it last year, and am jealous that the Toronto date had to be scrapped: Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal, Chamber Music (Six Degrees Records) : Cellos on the Niger, Koras on the Seine: Chamber Music Discovers Unexpected Strains of African Lyricism and European Funk • September 27, 2011 at Elebash Recital Hall, New York City When kora-player Ballaké Sissoko approached French cellist Vincent Ségal after a show, Ségal never suspected that he’d find himself several years later on the banks of the Niger, digging into African music’s introspective side with a virtuosic Malian bard. He never imagined that the curious duo would discover striking similarities in their music and lives, creating a free space for cross-cultural creativity based on deep commonalities. "We're the same age," Ségal notes, explaining the wide swath of common ground the two unlikely collaborators share. "We have

Small World Music Festival Continues in Toronto to October 2, 2011

From a release: I wrote about Sidi Touré early this year when his CD came out - now you can check him out live at Lula Lounge as part of the Small World Music Festival Sidi Touré at Lula Lounge on September 29, 2011 "Sidi Touré is a worthy successor to Ali Farka Touré. Sidi has all the talent, quality, simplicity, playing and singing skills, it's incredible.." - Grammy Award winner Bassekou Kouyaté Sidi Touré is a singer-songwriter from Mali who has garnered global acclaim for thought provoking songs that honor African sonic traditions in a manner that appeals to listeners from any continent. Throughout his time making music, Sidi’s sound has both captured and challenged his roots. His music moves from the translucent swaying 'Takamba' to the trance inducing 'Holley', while the lyrics often address many non-traditional issues. Sidi has a critical mind and his songs have a purpose. His just-released album, Sahel Folk a SPIN Magazine pick, features spo