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Signature Theatre New York City Presents August Wilson's The Piano Lesson to December 16 2012

From a media release:



- Signature Theatre is pleased to announce a one-week extension for THE PIANO LESSON by August Wilson and directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The production will now play through Sunday, December 16. The production will begin performances on October 30 and open on November 18 in The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). Very limited availability remains for the production’s initial run. Tickets during the extension week are $75 each.

The cast includes Eric Lenox Abrams (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”) as Avery, Chuck Cooper (Finian's Rainbow) as Wining Boy, Brandon J. Dirden (Clybourne Park, Signature’s The First Breeze of Summer) as Boy Willie, Jason Dirden (Signature’s The First…

Toronto Downtown Jazz Special Projects Accepting Applications to November 30 2012

From a media release:

TDJ Special Projects Is Looking For A Few Good Musicians
Applications are now being accepted for special jazz projects in need of marketing support
Deadline: November 30, 2012

• For complete details, including eligibility requirements and the complete list of support being offered, please visit the website

Toronto - Designed to encourage the creation, development and presentation of special projects by local jazz musicians, the TDJ Special Projects Initiative is now accepting submissions until November 30, 2012. Entering its third year, the Initiative provides successful applicants with marketing and public relations support, including a bursary, from Toronto Downtown Jazz (TDJ) and JAZZ.FM91.

"We're pleased to be supporting some of the outstanding jazz musicians who call Toronto home" states Artistic Director, Josh Grossman. "Promoting an event is a big job and can be time-consuming for an independent musician - especially when preparing for a big s…

Indie Film: Manborg Opens in Toronto November 2-8 2012 & Across Canada

Update November 30 2012 -New screenings:

Thanks To Raven Banner Entertainment and Ultra 8 Pictures MANBORG Returns to The Royal - 608 College St. November 30, January 11, February 1 & March 1
(November 26, 2012 - Toronto, ON) – Back by popular demand, Raven Banner Entertainment and Ultra 8 Pictures announced the return of Steven Kostanski’s Manborg in an exclusive late night run at The Royal on the following dates: November 30th, January 11th, February 1st, and March 1st, all at 11:30pm. Detailed listings are available on The Royal’s website.

From a media release:

Raven Banner Entertainment and Ultra 8 Pictures
are proud to announce
Opens Theatrically in Toronto November 2nd 2012
at The Royal - 608 College St.
and other Canadian cities (see below)

Toronto, ON –
Raven Banner Entertainment and Ultra 8 Pictures are set to unleash demonic dictators and a vigilante cyborg on Canada with the theatrical release of Steven Kostanksi’s Manborg. Shot as a throwback to ’80s sci-fi horror acti…

Recent Release: VERY BE CAREFUL - ¿Remember Me From The Party?

From a media release:

VERY BE CAREFUL - ¿Remember Me From The Party?
October 9th, 2012 (Downtown Pijao)

If you ever experienced Very Be Careful’s live show, you certainly remember them as some unapologetically untameable vallenato wildmen.

¿Remember Me From The Party? is VBC’s 6th studio album and in it, the Los Angeles-based quintet keeps exploring the roots of authentic vallenato music in their characteristic style that’s at the same time respectful of the Afro-Colombian traditions while adding high-octane doses of punk unpredictability to the mix.

Inspired by their parents record collection, brothers Arturo and Ricardo Guzmán, Dante Ruiz, Craig Martin, and Richi Panta founded Very Be Careful and set out to play exclusively accordion-driven Colombian vallenato back in 1997, ages before cumbia crossed over to the cosmopolitan crowds of the northern hemisphere. Keeping true to the original mission 15 years later with the same five original m…

Montreal's Infinithéâtre Presents Trench Patterns - Continuing to November 18 2012

From a media release:

Trench Patterns
Written by Alyson Grant
Directed by Guy Sprung
Tues. October 23 – Sun. November 18, 2012

“Round-the-clock care and three meals a day- all at the Canadian taxpayers’ expense. What’s not to be happy about?”- Jacqueline

Montreal - Infinithéâtre is privileged to present the world premiere of Alyson Grant’s Trench Patterns, the winner of their 2011 Write-On-Q! playwriting contest, from Oct. 23-Nov.18 at Bain St. Michel. Directed by Guy Sprung, the show stars Patricia Summersett as returning Afghan soldier Jacqueline (last seen in Centaur Theatre’s Intimate Apparel). The talented cast also includes Diana Fajrajsl (fresh from Metachroma Theatre’s Richard III), Zach Fraser (The Game of Love and Chance, Centaur Theatre) and James Soares-Correia (Salt-Water Moon, Raise the Stakes Theatre). The playing space at Bain St. Michel becomes the Royal Victoria Hospital as seen in Jacqueline’s mind through the inspired creativity of the design team.

Jacqueline is a wounded…

The Manhattan Hong Kong Music Festival October 30 to November 3 2012

From a media release:

October Festive: Manhattan Hong Kong Music Festival Showcase of HK's finest musicians and music creation in Manhattan
Manhattan Hong Kong Music Festival
October 30 - November 3, 2012
Many concerts are free of charge

- As music blossoms, a legacy begins.

The Manhattan Hong Kong Music Festival, co-presented by Hong Kong Arts Development Council (ADC) and Manhattan School of Music (MSM), will be held in Manhattan, New York from 30 October to 3 November 2012.

The Festival is the first of its kind from ADC to bring forth the finest musicians and music creation to one of the world’s leading music centers – New York. A series of music concerts and activities will be staged by musicians from both Hong Kong and Manhattan during the Festival. The ADC initiates this project with a mission not only to reflect the diversity and vitality of musical Hong Kong, but also to create and facilitate cultural exchanges between the two metropolitan cities.

Professor Johnny…

Art Toronto 2012 - October 26 to 29

Art Toronto 2012
October 26-29, 2012
at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

I had a chance to preview the vast Art Toronto show just before the hordes of people started to line up at about 11:30am (not kidding about the hordes).

The show is set up in sections, with emerging galleries in one area, more established galleries and traditional art in others.

There's way too much for this to be a "best of" - just a bit of a sampling. It's a real art junkie's heaven, with a cross section of just about everything there is on the market, albeit with a leaning towards paintings and photography. Young Canadian artist Clint Neufeld's playful sculpture/installations (at the Derrell Bell Gallery in Saskatoon) were a notable exception.

The galleries come from all over North America, Mexico and South America, Europe and Australia along with a great sampling of Asian art in the Focus Asia feature of this year's show, where galleries representing artists from China, Korea, Ta…

Estrogenius 2012: New York City's Women's Arts Festival November 8 - December 1

From a release:

manhattan theatre source presents

A Celebration of Female Voices
November 8 – December 1, 2012
in New York City

Can’t wait til November 8th? Well, then we have GREAT news for you. Come check out
Stand-Up for Estro’s early opening, November 2nd & 3rd at 8pm.

NEW YORK CITY - Manhattan Theatre Source’s EstroGenius Festival, an annual celebration of female voices, is one of New York City’s largest women’s arts festivals.

We take open submissions from around the world and are committed to providing opportunities to female artists – in a variety of disciplines – ranging from the emerging to the seasoned professional.

We’re really excited about this year’s festival (our 13th!), which will take place November 8th through December 1st at TBG Theatre in Midtown.

Founded by Fiona Jones in 2000, the festival debuted with a program of 10 short plays and music. Since then, it has grown into amulti-week event including short plays, solo shows, music, visual art, dance,…

CD Release & Free MP3 Download: Egyptian Project (October 30 2012)

From a media release:


Free download at this link
Get the album here

With all the news that’s been coming out of Egypt over the last year, it’s surprising that more music has not been circulating. Years before the terms ‘Arab Spring’ was coined, French producer Jérôme Ettinger devoted himself to exploring, preserving and spreading the sound of the North African country he fell in love with. Assembling world-class musicians and layering in tasteful electronic rhythms beneath virtuosic playing, his Egyptian Project debut, Ya Amar (Six Degrees Records), is the most potent album to arise from this country since the political upheaval began.

‘My idea was to mix electronic, acoustic and Egyptian traditional music,’ he says from his Nantes house. ‘I chose one string instrument player, one singer, a percussionist and rababa…

Afrofunk Politics & Party Grooves: Elikeh Live Dates in November 2012

From a media release:

Drums Are Burning: Afrofunk Politics and Party Grooves Fall into Place on Elikeh’s Between 2 Worlds
November 1 in Boston, November 2 in New York City, November 30 in Pittsburgh
Concert details below

“Let’s go under the tree; the drums are already beating. Hey! Wow! Look at how people are shaking their things already!” cries bandleader and songwriter Massama Dogo of Washington DC’s cross-cultural Afropop party, Elikeh. “In Togo, when people are drumming, people say the drummer is burning. Let’s go! He’s on fire.”

The eight-member group knows how to get the fire burning. They channel that energy into funkified pop anthems and thoughtful critiques of corruption, ignorance, and cultural neglect. Now on Between 2 Worlds (Azalea City Recordings; release: August 23, 2012), the group digs deep into the African vintage pop inspiration, the reggae vibes, and the current craze for African-inflected funk and blues on an album that easily straddles two continents.

With bold brass, …

K'NAAN at the Highline Ballroom NYC November 1 2012

From a media release:

Thursday, November 1, 2012
at the Highline Ballroom, New York City
Showtime @ 9:00 PM
Doors open @ 8:00 PM
Tickets $25

Get his latest album 'Country, God or the Girl' here

“Love is harder than war,” says A&M/Octone recording artist K’NAAN, explaining the direction he takes on his new album, Country, God Or The Girl. “I’ve had the chance to write about my experiences in a difficult and violent life. But when the suffering and the pain is something that comes from within me, it’s harder to react and to write about that.”

With his new songs—including the album's irresistible, empathetic first single, "Is There Anybody Out There?," featuring Nelly Furtado—the Somalian-born, Canadian-based singer and MC turns his attention to the most universal emotions and experiences of them all: the personal relationships which everyone struggles with and rejoices in. At the same time, though, he never loses the greater sense of the world that has de…

Pageantry & Puppets: The 13th Annual Night of Dread October 27, 2012 in Toronto

From a media release:

Clay & Paper Theatre presents
The 13th Annual
Saturday 27 October, 2012 ~ Dufferin Grove Park

lease join Clay & Paper Theatre on Saturday 27 October for the 13th annual NIGHT OF DREAD, when we will parade our private and collective fears through the darkened streets of Toronto. NIGHT OF DREAD is an unforgettable evening of pageantry, music and masquerade, towering puppets, fire-spinners and fearful masks. The interactive parade begins in Dufferin Grove Park at 6pm. Admission is PWYC ($10 suggested) and all are welcome.

The hour-long procession then returns to Dufferin Grove Park for an evening of ceremonial festivities that allow us to call on, mock and banish the fears that unite and divide us in these times. Each year we select a “Big Fear of the Year” as a theme; 2012’s big fear is WAR: Big, ugly, oppressive war … but all your fears are welcome to attend and be banished!

On this year’s NIGHT OF DREAD we will introduce “Big Ugly” - a…

Opera Atelier opens with Weber’s Der Freischütz Oct 27 - Nov 3 2012

From a media release:

Season opens with Weber’s haunting Der Freischütz (The Marksman)
Opera Atelier lays claim to a new period with iconic German Romantic opera

DATES: October 27, 28, 30, 31, November 2 and 3, 2012 – including a Halloween show!
TIMES: 7:30 P.M. (*with the exception of Sunday matinee at 3 P.M.)
TICKET PRICES: Tickets start at $35.
BOX OFFICE: Ticketmaster at 1-855-622-ARTS(2787) or at
VENUE: The Elgin Theatre (189 Yonge Street, Toronto)

Opera Atelier’s 2012-2013 season opens with a brand new production of Der Freischütz (The Marksman), OA’s first production from the Romantic period in the company’s history. Premiered in 1821, Weber’s Der Freischütz (The Marksman) is based on German folklore and is widely considered the first important German Romantic opera. This is an artistically bold move into uncharted territory for Opera Atelier, which has previously dealt exclusively with Baroque and Classical work from the 17th and 18th centuries. It is par…

Broadway World Premiere: The Performers Previews Begin October 23 2012

From a media release:

Porns Stars Are People Too

David West Read's new Broadway comedy starring

World-premiere set to begin previews Oct. 23, 2012
prior to opening November 14, 2012 on Broadway at Longacre Theatre

Get The Performers Tickets

- Producers Robyn Goodman, Scott M. Delman and Amanda Lipitz announce that Alicia Silverstone is joining Cheyenne Jackson, Ari Graynor, Daniel Breaker, Jenni Barber and Henry Winkler in THE PERFORMERS, completing the cast of David West Read’s new Broadway comedy. THE PERFORMERS will begin preview performances October 23 prior to its official opening night November 14 at the Longacre Theatre (220 W. 48 St.) in New York City.

THE PERFORMERS will be directed by Evan Cabnet (WARRIOR CLASS, ALL-AMERICAN), who also directed David West Read's play THE DREAM OF THE BURNING BOY, a critical and popular hit when it debuted in March …

Persian Classical Music: Sepideh Raissadat & Hamid Motebassem w/ Mezrab Ensemble Oct 26 12 in Toronto

From a media release:


WHO: Sepideh Raissadat & Hamid Motebassem w/ Mezrab Ensemble
WHAT: A classical Persian music-lover’s dream concert / Launch of Canadian – European Tour
WHERE: St. Andrews Church, 73 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON
WHEN: Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 7:30pm until 10:00pm.
TICKETS: $45 adv. / $50 Door /  $25 **Student Online
Also available at Pegah Book Store: 416-223-0850, Super Khorak: 416-221-7558, Pars Video: 416-512-2414, Soundscapes: 416-537-1620 

TORONTO – Amid the current political climate and strained Canadian/Iranian relations, it is always the musical voice that rings out with reason. To that end, Link Music Lab and Godot Art Production proudly presents the beautifully defiant vocalist SEPIDEH RAISSADAT, one of the most celebrated Iranian-Canadian artists today, in con…

Nnenna Okore at the Contemporary African Art Gallery New York City

From a media release:

Nnenna Okore: Transfiguration
Contemporary African Art Gallery
330 West 108th Street (at Riverside Dr.)
New York , New York 10025

The Opening
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Open Hours
Saturday October 27 & November 3  12:00 noon- 6:00 pm
Thereafter By Appointment
Bill Karg and Reese Fayde

When I opened Nnenna Okore's first exhibit in New York in 2007, one of the gallery visitors remarked that she needed more seasoning. There was no arguing that Nnenna was young, at still under 30; however, "more seasoning" did not resonate. Five years later, I now understand. Nnenna's work has developed in both aesthetic complexity and meaning. I have installed a work that the gallery purchased five years ago as part of the exhibit. See if the earlier work is recognizable.

What has been perceptible over these five years is that Nnenna is rarely identified as the student of El Anatsui. As an artist she has always had her own, and very independe…