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CD Release: Kmang Kmang's Drifting March 30 - Party in Chicago

From a media release:

Kmang Kmang, Drifting (Self-Release)
Release Date: 03/30/2012
CD Release + Show in Chicago March 31, 2012


“The most important thing is that it’s viscerally powerful,” states Barmey Ung, the classically trained guitarist and composer behind Chicago’s avant acoustic rock collective, Kmang Kmang.“I don’t like to intellectualize things too much, and don’t like to attach meanings where there doesn’t have to be meanings. I just want the music to be aesthetically powerful.”

For Ung, the power comes from a slowly distilled mix of his musical passions: the subtle force of the classical guitar tradition, the sounds of Spain and Brazil, his emerging understanding of his roots as a Cambodian-American. The results engage and scintillate on Drifting(March 30, 2012), a post-rock, jazz-inflected dismantling of indie songwriting to create emotional, complex songs without words.

Ung’s vision flows through pieces composed in dialogue with a carefully recruited group of diverse Chicago…

AfriCan Theatre Toronto Presents Brixton Stories

From a media release - sorry about the late notice!

Brixton Stories
An AfriCan Theatre Ensemble Production
Written by Biyi Bandele
Directed by Jude Idada
Starring John Phillips, Chibie Okoye and Dj Spinner
Runs from Friday, March 23 to Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tickets - $10 - $35

TORONTO
- The AfriCan Theatre Ensemble presents, Brixton Stories. Jude Idada directs stories are found and told but not only in the beautifully engrossing text courtesy of Nigerian literary icon Biyi Bandele but also the stories of music and energy as only a DJ can tell them. DJ Spinner, a 28 year veteran DJ makes his acting debut in Brixton Stories.

In this play about the short and happy life of Ossie Jones a father revives from a fifteen year coma. What follows is a reunion with his daughter that happens in a most dramatic journey into the world of magical realism. With the aid of metaphor, allegory, mime, pulsating lighting, Brixton Stories’ use of dance, music and quintessential acting courtesy of the tantali…

Musical Theatre: I Love You Because March 28 - April 15 in Toronto

From a media release:

Angelwalk Theatre Presents
I Love You Because
A modern day musical love story
Previews March 28 & 29, Opens March 30 to April 15, 2012

Toronto, Ontario...
Angelwalk Theatre, the producers of the Dora-nominated Toronto premiere of Altar Boyz and [title of show], announced this morning the cast for I Love You Because. With music by Joshua Salzman and Book and Lyrics by Ryan Cunningham, this hilarious new musical will have Toronto audiences smiling in their seats. I Love You Because opens on March 30, 2012 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts and runs until April 15.

• Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.angelwalk.ca, through the Toronto Centre for the Arts box office at 416-872-1111.

I Love You Because is a modern musical twist on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Set in New York City, a young, uptight greeting card writer's life is changed when he meets a flighty photographer. Along with their eccentric friends and siblings, they learn…

Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose: Load OUT! March 30 & 31 in New York City

From a release:

From Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc)
The Spring is upon us, and with that, Load OUT! 2012.


NEW YORK CITY - This bi-annual, one of a kind re-use and repurposing event makes materials available to artists, arts organizations, and everyone in between!

YOU are invited to participate by donating gently used materials (e.g. costumes, props, and furniture) from your organization, studio, or household.

All materials will be made available to seeking artists FREE of charge at Load OUT! on March 31st, 2012, between 11AM & 3PM.

Items left behind from this event will be recycled by GrowNYC, WeRecycle! and the Department of Sanitation.

To Donate to Load OUT!:
FABnyc will be receiving goods at 19 E. 3rd Street on Friday, March 30th from 10AM-6:30PM.
Donations scheduled on March 30th require an advanced appointment.
On March 31st from 11am to 12pm you can drop off your donations at 19. E. 3rd Street without an appointment.

More info at the link


• If you have questions  or to schedule…

Poetry Now: 4th Annual Battle of the Bards March 28 in Toronto

From a media release:

POETRY NOW: 4th ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BARDS
Governor General’s Literary Award-winning poet Phil Hall to judge
March 28, 2012 at Harbourfront Toronto

TORONTO ---
Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) is pleased to announce the 20 poets selected for this year’s Poetry NOW event taking place on March 28. A jury comprising the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award winner for poetry Phil Hall, Authors at Harbourfront Centre Director Geoffrey Taylor and Artistic Associate Jen Tindall will select one author to win an invitation to read at the 33rd annual International Festival of Authors (October 18 to 28, 2012) and have their book advertised in NOW Magazine.

The 20 established and upcoming poets selected to grace the AUTHORS stage are: Jonathan Bennet, Linda Besner, Mark Callanan, Ayesha Chatterjee, John Donlan, Catherine Graham, Elizabeth Greene, Alyxandra Harvey, Laurence Hutchman, Maureen Hynes, Steve Luxton, John B. Lee, Anthony M. Pignataro, Sandra Ridley, Jenny Sa…

FemCab 2012: A Shameless Celebration of Women March 29 in Toronto

From a media release:

FemCab 2012
Nightwood’s 29th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration
March 29, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

Toronto, ON…
Nightwood Theatre, Canada’s national women’s theatre, is thrilled to announce Elvira Kurt as this year’s host of FemCab, Nightwood’s annual celebration of International Women’s Day. Elvira Kurt is a Canadian Comedy Award winning, three-time Gemini Award nominated stand-up comic and Second City veteran. She is well known for a wide range of credits as a star, host, guest and writer, including such projects as Popcultured with Elvira Kurt, The Gayest ShowEver, This Hour has 22 Minutes, and Ellen Degeneres’ Born Again HBO Special.

The evening will also feature NDP MP for Trinity-Spadina Olivia Chow. Currently serving as the NDP Transport and Infrastructure Critic, Chow is fighting for the mobility and safety of Canadians across all transportation modes. A long-time member of the NDP party, Chow has b…

Honeycomb Way - The Sweet Sounds of the World Stage March 28 in Toronto

From a media release:

HONEYCOMB WAY
The Sweet Sounds of The World Stage
JANE MALLETT THEATRE, MARCH 28, 2012 - 8pm

Grammy winner Frank London (the Klezmatics) & internationally renowned Iraqi-Israeli, Yair Dalal join forces with Canadian supergroup of world music talent!
Waleed Abdulhamid, Aviva Chernick, Rick Shadrach Lazar
Lenka Lichtenberg, Demetrios Petsalakis, Debashis Sinha, Maryem Tollar


[Toronto ON]  The world is simply a better place for music. All music. The Koffler Centre of the Arts knows this and is all about fostering cultural collaboration – knowing that a platform of understanding between cultures is essential to bridging gaps between us, setting the stage for greater appreciation of our similarities and our differences.

Honeycomb Way: A Musical Journey into the Sacred is a project of the Koffler celebrating Jewish musical expression in innovative ways – and this is exactly what will take place on Wednesday, March 28 at 8pm at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.

World-r…

Indie Film: Lovers in a Dangerous Time Opens in Toronto April 6

Review:
KINOSMITH  presents
LOVERS IN A DANGEROUS TIME
A film by Mark Hug and May Charters  

• Opens in Toronto Friday April 6, 2012, at AMC Yonge & Dundas for a one week run


Two little kids play in a leafy yard, a boy and a girl aimlessly yet happily wandering in search of backyard adventures.

Allison Adamson is the small town girl who supposedly made good - and who we see getting fired from her book illustration gig shortly after the opening credits. Todd Timmins is the boy who stayed behind to mind the apple and cherry farm with Dad while his younger brother went on to fame, fortune and glory in the NHL. They meet again at the 10 year high school anniversary, that slippery point between leaving childhood behind definitively and the beginnings of an adult life that doesn't seem so promising.

Lovers in a Dangerous Time seems almost an overstatement as a title - the "danger" here is subtle and nuanced. After a drunken sexual encounter between the two that ends embarassi…

Free Download: A Tribe Called Red Debut CD

From a media release:

A Tribe Called Red
Available for F R E E (March 27th 2012) on www.atribecalledred.com


“The first time we heard Canada-based DJ collective A Tribe Called Red’s dubstep mixes of Native American drum circles, we knew something really cool was going on in Ottawa…they are the originators of a new sound” – MTV

“ It’s an urban aboriginal experience that is not only building buzz on blogs and MTV, but is also focusing attention on a traditional form of music that doesn’t exactly get mainstream radio airplay.” – The National Post

OTTAWA - Bursting forth from Canada’s capital, native Producer/DJ crew A Tribe Called Red is making an impact on the global electronic scene with a truly unique sound. Made up of three members – two-time Canadian DMC Champion DJ Shub, DJ NDN and Bear Witness – the group has created a signature style called powwowstep, a mix of traditional pow wow vocals and drumming with cutting-edge electronic music.

DJ Bear Witness doubles as the crew’s visual arti…

Pulitzer Prize Winning Clybourne Park - Previews From March 26

From a media release:

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING
C L Y B O U R N E    P A R K
ON BROADWAY

16 WEEK LIMITED-ENGAGEMENT BEGINS PREVIEWS ON MARCH 26, 2012 AT THE WALTER KERR THEATRE
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR APRIL 19, 2012


Get Clybourne Park Tickets

New York, NY
– Clybourne Park will open on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Thursday, April 19 (preview performances begin on March 26) for a limited 16-week engagement.

Tickets can be purchased via telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200/(800) 432-7250.

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and London’s Olivier award for Best Play, Clybourne Park is the wickedly funny and fiercely provocative new play about race, real estate and the volatile values of each. 

Clybourne Park explodes in two outrageous acts set 50 years apart.  Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood…

Olivier Choinière's Bliss Gets Toronto English Premiere March 27 to April 8

From a media release:

Candles are for Burning in association with
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents
BLISS
by Olivier Choinière
translated by Caryl Churchill
March 27 - April 8, 2012

TORONTO - Céline Dion speaks through an Oracle to a group of Wal-Mart employees. She takes us on a journey from her triumphant farewell concert to the bedroom of her number one fan, who has spent most of her life chained to the bed by her family. Just in time for Céline Dion’s return to Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, a chilling tale of celebrity’s dark side from one of one of the most exciting voices in Canadian theatre. Buddies in Bad Times is thrilled to partner with up-and-coming company Candles are for Burning to present Olivier Choinière’s internationally-acclaimed play, Bliss. Featuring a stellar team of artists from both French and English Canada, the production has been earning critical acclaim since its debut at the 2010 SummerWorks Festival.

A DISTURBING DISSECTION OF OUR CELEBRITY-OBSESSED CULTURE
Ju…

Tarragon Theatre Toronto Presents Was Spring March 27 to May 6

From a media release:

TARRAGON PRESENTS TORONTO PREMIERE OF DANIEL MACIVOR'S WAS SPRING
Starring Clare Coulter, Caroline Gillis and Jessica Moss
March 27 to May 6, 2012


"All that wasted time. There is no time to waste."


Toronto - Tarragon Theatre is pleased to present the Toronto premiere of Was Spring, written and directed by the multi-talented, award-winning playwright, director, actor and filmmaker, Daniel MacIvor.

Was Spring previews from March 27, opens Wednesday April 4 and runs to May 6 in Tarragon Theatre's Extra Space. Tickets range from $24-$51 (inclusive of HST) and are available by calling the box office at 416.531.1827 or by visiting www.tarragontheatre.com

Three women clash over a tragic event in their past. Somewhere in the pain there is love, somewhere in tragedy there is meaning but when you've been betrayed by your own dreams and a lifetime's worth of guilt, can you still find it? Together, Kit (Jessica Moss), Kath (Caroline Gillis) and Kitty (Cla…

3rd Annual Women of Excellence in the Arts - March 26 in New York City

From a media release:

THE RIVERSIDE THEATRE HOSTS ITS THIRD ANNUAL EVENING WITH WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE IN THE ARTS
Monday, March 26, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

NEW YORK CITY -
In celebration of Women’s History Month, The Riverside Theatre — in partnership with City University of New York (CUNY) — will host its Third Annual Evening with Women of Excellence in the Arts event, acknowledging the profound contribution that women have made in entertainment and their anticipation of greater empowerment, involvement, and impact on the nation.  The town hall-style program will take place on Monday, March 26, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Theatre, located in the historic Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Ave. (bet. 120th & 122nd St.), Morningside Heights.

The program, hosted by Image Activist/Founder of The MAD Free Conversation Project, Michaela Angela Davis, will feature the perspectives of prominent women in entertainment from around the country.  Program panelists include: Tony Award® winning actress L…

Toronto World Premiere: Cahoots Theatre's SIA March 24 to April 15

From a media release:

WORLD PREMIERE OF CAHOOTS THEATRE COMPANY'S
SIA BY MATTHEW MACKENZIE
March 24 – April 15, 2012
Factory Theatre
125 Bathurst Street

TORONTO, ON
- Cahoots Theatre Company, founded on February 11, 1986, celebrates its 25th Anniversary Season with the world premiere of SIA, by recent National Theatre School of Canada graduate Matthew MacKenzie, playing March 24 to April 15, 2012 in the Factory Studio Theatre. The opening night is Tuesday, March 27.

Company Artistic Director Nina Lee Aquino directs the young cast of TV and stage performing artists: Jajube Mandiela (Chantay Black in CTV/Muchmusic’s Degrassi:The Next Generation; Yolande in Disney’s Jump In!; Theatre Direct’s Binti’s Journey; Canadian Stage’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as the title character,“Sia Wonleh;” Thomas Olajide (National Arts Centre’s Oliver!and Belfry Theatre/NAC’s And Slowly Beauty; Theatre Direct’s Binti’s Journey; Obsidian Theatre’s Ruined; Canadian Stage’s The Winter’s Tale) as “Saa Abraham…

Women Composers Over Six Centuries: Soprano Willsonia Boyer March 25 in New York City

From a media release:

Willsonia Boyer In Recital
Sunday, March 25  |  6:30pm

Merkin Concert Hall, New York City

Willsonia Boyer, Soprano
Marijo Newman, piano

A Women's History Month concert featuring women composers.

NEW YORK CITY -
B Arts Presenter cordially invites you to hear acclaimed soprano Willsonia Boyer. She will perform a concert of music by women composers whose work spans six centuries.

Tickets available online

WILLSONIA BOYER, soprano, performs both as an opera singer and as a concert artist.

Presented by the Hans and Rosy Epstein Memorial Committee, Ms. Boyer made her New York recital debut at Merkin Concert Hall to critical acclaim. Operatic appearances include engagements with New York City Opera, Bregenz Festspiele, Virginia Opera, The Bronx Opera, and New Jersey Concert Opera and performance venues include Europe and South America, as well as the United States.

Operatic roles include the title role of Aida, Serena in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Helen in Schubert’s T…

Hard Rocking Rockyard at Canadian Music Week March 23 & Upcoming Dates

From a media release:

PROGRESSIVE BAND ROCKYARD ROCKS HARD
– CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK SHOWCASE FRIDAY, MARCH 23  @ THE HIDEOUT, 484 QUEEN ST. WEST
The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W, Toronto, Ontario
Friday, March 23  @ 3:00 am (last call at 4am)
TICKETS: $10 or CMW wristband

TORONTO –
Emerging band-to-watch ROCKYARD will showcase their hard-rocking progressive style at this year’s Canadian Music Week. The Hideout, Toronto’s popular loud venue, will be busting with Rockyard fever at 3 am! Located at 484 Queen St. West, concertgoers can hit the Hideout to catch the band before last call at 4am.  

ROCKYARD is as raging as it is refreshing. This Toronto-based band of four can blow the roof off with their talent and presence. With apt descriptions such as "high-energy and face-melting virtuosity", their performances – tight as a Tuesday drunk – hinge on material with provocative, intense lyrics that are inspiring and innovative, while remaining accessible and familiar. Their blistering guitar r…

Free MP3 Download: Argentine Rockers Banda de Turistas 'Amigos'

From a media release:

New Release: ‘Ya’ from Argentine rockers Banda de Turistas
(February 28, 2012 from Nacional Records)
Free download


‘Ya’ from Argentine rockers Banda de Turistas (released February 28, 2012 from Nacional Records), the highly anticipated follow-up to their U.S. debut Magical Radiophonic Heart, which earned the band a Latin GRAMMY nomination.

On ‘Ya’, the critically acclaimed retro rock group that Jon Pareles of the New York Times described as “mid-1960s garage rock and psychedelic,” takes post-punk, garage rock and avant-garde to new heights.

• FREE mp3 download of “Amigos”:




Banda de Turistas formed in 2006 when the 5 artists were only 18 years old and quickly turned heads across their hometown of Buenos Aires. The retro rock group soon caught the ear of local rock icon Babasonicos frontman Adrian Dargelos as well as Pulp’s legendary vocalist Jarvis Cocker, who asked them to open several shows in Buenos Aires. Banda de Turistas made their US debut later at New York Ci…

An Interview with Innovative Electronica Artist Tunde Olaniran

With some material from a media release:

An Interview with Innovative Electronica Artist Tunde Olaniran

Tunde, an artist is part of a new wave of entertainers who no longer accept to be boxed in musically.

During the day, Tunde Olaniran is a social activist; at night, he commands the stage, striving to push the electro sound. During every new performance,he transforms into a music maven singing quietly over a spare Casio keyboard, 808 backed by 2 alien-looking female dancers.

As a child, Tunde lived in Germany, Nigeria, and England before settling in Flint, MI for his late adolescence. He toured Europe (France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia), sharing the stage with acts like Switch, Ebony Bones, Diplo, XXXChange, and Jahcoozi.With the mixture of the eclectic music surrounding him and drawing influences from Santigold and Missy Elliott,  In March 2010, he released the first part of a 3 EP series “The First Transgressions” (via Exchange Bureau) with music videos landing on MTV.

Q:…

Egyptian Film: Yousry Nasrallah's Scheherezade, Tell Me A Story Available on DVD

From a media release:

Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story Now Available on DVD!

Director: Yousry Nasrallah
From: Egypt
Year: 2009
Minutes: 135
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Genre: fiction
Original title: Ehky Ya Schahrazad


This "bold and brave" (Variety) drama from Egyptian filmmaker Yousry Nasrallah is a tale ripped from the headlines, and yet a clever reference to the myths and lore of the Middle East.

Cairo, today. Hebba, a television show host, presents a successful political talk show on a privately owned network. Karim, her husband, is deputy editor in chief of a government-owned newspaper. His ambition is to become editor in chief. He is led to believe by the party leaders, that his wife’s constant meddling with opposition politics could put his promotion in danger. Using his boyish charm and sexual prowess, he convinces Hebba to stay away from politics, and devote her program to social issues for which the government cannot be held responsible. She starts a series of tal…

Danish-African Soul Pop: Nabiha Hits North America

From a media release:

NABIHA:
AWARD-WINNING DANISH-AFRICAN POP SOUL SINGER-SONGWRITER
MAKES HER GROUNDBREAKING PREMIERE ON US SOIL!
ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL CALLS NABIHA’S 2/21/12 LIVE US DEBUT “THE BEST LIVE PERFORMANCE WE’VE EVER HAD.”


In February 2010, Nabiha released her debut album  Cracks to critical acclaim. More Cracks, the revamped re-release came out in September of 2011. “Deep Sleep,” the first single from the album, premiered on MTVU and was named “Song of the Day” on international tastemaker site Popjustice. After non-stop live television and radio performances in Denmark, Germany, and Poland, “Deep Sleep” could be heard everywhere from television to radio to film.

FREE DOWNLOAD: NABIHA’S SOUL-INSPIRED POP GEM “DEEP SLEEP” REACHES NO. 3 ON DANISH AIRPLAY CHARTS!


MTV IGGY  raves, “Her sound is light-footed, fresh, and fun, with a Janelle Monae-esque flair for positive, fast-paced soul pop. Her voice is gorgeous, her hooks lush. It’s little wonder her debut album Cracks topped Dan…