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CD Release: Femi Kuti, No Place For My Dream (Knitting Factory Records - June 25, 2013)

From a media release:

CD Release: Femi Kuti, No Place For My Dream (Knitting Factory Records - June 25, 2013)
Femi Kuti Reimagines His Afrobeat Legacy on No Place for My Dream and on North American Summer Tour

• New York City - Central Park Summerstage June 23, 2013 (3pm show) - FREE
• Toronto - The Opera House July 3, 2013
• Ottawa - RBC Bluesfest July 7, 2013


The Nigerian government has changed its mind. A family who it once firebombed and persecuted is now one they build museums for. As the Kuti legacy converts the masses on behalf of Afrobeat everywhere, genre torchbearer Femi Kuti does his duty while also distinguishing himself from his father with his new album, "No Place for My Dream."

Once they bombed them; now they are building museums to honor them. Tapped as Afrobeat founding father Fela Kuti’s chosen successor, Femi Kuti has fought for his own voice and for his family’s freedom. On a tide of growing international recognition, Femi has broken the chains that bound Afr…

The Iranian Underground: Small World Music Presents Kiosk June 1 2013 in Toronto

From a release:

Small World Music Presents
Iranian Underground Rockers Kiosk
the Mod Club - Toronto
June 1, 2013

* Note Early Start * (Doors at 7:00) 19+ Event


‘Kiosk's stinging political satire is hidden within its blues and folksy sound...Their lyrics are a social commentary on the issues that affect the daily lives of Iranians all over the world.’ -- BBC World

Praised for their sharp and satirical lyrics and a unique blend of musical styles from rock to gypsy jazz to Iranian folk, Kiosk is an underground Iranian music band founded in 2003 by Arash Sobhani in Tehran. The band first made a name for itself by recording material considered “inappropriate” by the Islamic cultural authorities. Prevented from performing in public or publishing in studios in Tehran, Sobhani moved to the US in 2005 where he led Kiosk to release the album, “Ordinary Man” the first Iranian underground album ever” officially” released in the west.The album was well-received by music critics and fans alike, both …

OnBroadway: Performing Arts Training Program for Kids 6-18 July 15 - Aug 2 2013 in New York City

From a release:

OnBroadway:
Performing Arts Training Program

Theater • Music • Dance
Stagecraft • Design
For students ages 6-18

July 15 - August 2, 2013


Week One: July 15 through July 19
Week Two: July 22 through July 26
Week Three: July 29 through August 2

The Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive @ 120th Street
New York, NY

Monday-Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Early drop off and late pick up available.)

$425 per week
Get an additional 10% off if you register your child for all three weeks.

• Register by Friday, June 7 and get the chance to attend an exclusive open house event on Monday, June 10.

Exclusive OnBroadway Open House Event - June 10 2013
Families of students who are registered by Friday June 7th, will receive tickets to our "Night OnBroadway" event. Those registered will get an awesome glimpse of the caliber of instructors associated with OnBroadway PATP, while enjoying performances from Broadway's best.

• To register and for more information visit our website

On Broadway: Performing A…

NFB & MIT Team Up to Explore Interactive Media

From a media release:

NFB filmmaker Katerina Cizek named Visiting Artist
at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

INTERACTIVE PIONEERS NFB AND MIT OPENDOCLAB JOIN FORCES TO PUSH NEW ADVANCES IN INTERACTIVE MEDIA

Toronto -
In a first-ever collaboration between two pioneering interactive media organizations, National Film Board of Canada (NFB) documentarian Katerina Cizek will be working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) OpenDocLab to develop the next production in the NFB's multi-award-winning HIGHRISE documentary project, a multi-year, multimedia, collaborative documentary experiment that explores the human experience in global vertical suburbs.

Cizek begins work with the OpenDocLab team this fall, as part of MIT¡¯s Visiting Artists Program.

It's an unprecedented collaboration between the NFB, a world leader in interactive non-fiction production, and MIT OpenDocLab, which brings technologists, storytellers and scholars together to advance the new arts of documenta…

Recently Released: Natalia Clavier's 'Lumen' Nacional Records (May 28, 2013)

From a release:

Recently Released:
Natalia Clavier's 'Lumen'
Nacional Records (May 28, 2013)
Buy the album here

On May 28th, Nacional Records released the new album from Natalia Clavier (long-time vocalist of Thievery Corporation). The album was produced by Grammy-winning producer Adrian Quesada (Ocote Soul Sounds, Grupo Fantasma, Brownout).

With a sultry mix of jazz/soul-inspired vocals in both English and Spanish, electronic textures and global influences, ‘Lumen’ further develops the sound the Natalia Clavier cultivated while recording and touring with both Thievery Corporation and her husband, Argentinean singer-songwriter Federico Aubele. Natalia Clavier was ESL Music’s first female artist and the touring vocalist for Thievery Corporation, giving her opportunities to tour the globe performing at the world’s largest festival stages.

A streaming player + a download widget for your listening pleasure (with a free song download):

Tap Dance Meets Kora in Harlem: the National Jazz Museum Parallax Series May 28 2013

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
PARALLAX CONVERSATION SERIES featuring Andrew Nemr and Yacouba Sissoko
May. 28, 2013

Other Jazz Museum events include poetry slams, the Jazz for Curious Listeners free course series, Harlem in the Himalayas concerts and much more.


Check the calendar for what's coming up


HARLEM (NEW YORK CITY) - Last night I checked out a really interesting event in the National Jazz Museum in Harlem's Parallax Series. The series presents varied artists together to talk about their work and perform in an open conversation with the audience. (And I should mention, that like many Jazz Musuem events, it was free of charge.)

The event features tap dancer Andrew Nemr and Malian kora master Yacouba Sissoko at the Metropolitan United Church at 126th and Madison and began with each artist telling the story of how they got into their discipline. Andrew Nemr is an engaging storyteller as well as a mesmerizing tap dancer and his story was one of inspiration by the generatio…

CanStage Shakespeare in High Park Toronto June 26 to September 1 2013

From a release:

2013 SHAKESPEARE IN HIGH PARK
Presented by
BMO Financial Group


DATES
Macbeth:
Wed, Fri, Sun at 8 pm,  June 26 to September 1, 2013

Taming of the Shrew:
Tue, Thu, Sat at 8 pm,  July 6 to August 31, 2013

High Park Amphitheatre
RUN TIME: 90 mins
BY William Shakespeare
DIRECTED BY Ker Wells (Macbeth) and Ted Witzel (Shrew)

TORONTO -
This summer, see Shakespeare's powerful tragedy Macbeth and early comedy The Taming of the Shrew under the stars. Both works will be playing outdoors throughout the summer on alternate nights, a rare repertoire summer at Shakespeare in High Park. This pay-what-you-can event is one of Toronto’s favourite traditions.

Macbeth
Directed by Ker Wells

Macbeth tells the story of a general’s battle with ambition, the temptation of power and his struggle to retain his grasp on his humanity. Audiences will be challenged by Shakespeare’s remarkable text to empathize with a charismatic and deeply human tragic villain, asking themselves under what circumstances they …

Broadway Ticket Discount: Cicely Tyson, Cuba Gooding Jr. & Vanessa Williams in The Trip to Bountiful - Extended to Sept 1 2013

From a media release:

Broadway Ticket Discount:
The Trip to Bountiful
Extended through Sept 1, 2013
Starring Cicely Tyson, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Vanessa Williams

Save over 35% off regular ticket prices when you use code TBWTG305*
• See other ways to save below*

NEW YORK CITY -
Ending a 30 year absence, celebrated actress Cecily Tyson, three-time Emmy® Award winner for “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and “Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All” and Academy Award® nominee for Sounder, makes her triumphant return to Broadway in this eagerly anticipated new production, directed by the foremost interpreter of Horton Foote’s work, Michael Wilson (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Dividing the Estate).

THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL follows Carrie Watts (Tyson), an active, highly motivated widow living in a cramped apartment in Houston in the Spring of 1953 with her son (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and daughter-in-law (Vanessa Williams). Carrie escapes her relatives’ watchful eyes to realize her dearest dream: to retu…

LAST LAUGH by Eric Lockley - May 29 to June 2 2013 in New York City

From a media release:

terraNOVA Collective 10th Annual soloNOVA Festival
presents

The Movement Theatre Company's
LAST LAUGH
written & performed by Eric Lockley
directed by Jonathan McCrory
IRT Theater, New York City
May 29 - June 2, 2013

All Seats $20


NEW YORK CITY - Song and dance man, Noman Whitfield, and slapstick comedian, Lincoln Berry, are black entertainers at the top of their game.

But big smiles, fancy feet and shuckin' and jivin' may come at a high cost. A dark comedy, loosely based on the mind space of performers Sammy Davis, Jr. and Lincoln Perry (aka Stepin Fetchit), LAST LAUGH is a hilarious, at times, shocking character study that exposes the dangerously blurry line between performance and reality.

Performances
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 @ 9:00 pm
Saturday, June 1, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
Sunday, June 2, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

All Seats $20

IRT Theater 154 Christopher Street
(between Greenwich & Washington),
New York, NY 10014

• Directions: Take 1 Train to Christopher St. - Wa…

SoulOTheatre Festival - May 23 to 26, 2013 in Toronto

From a media release:

Tracey Erin Smith's SoulOTheatre announces
A Window on the SoulO
a theatrical installation for its first-ever
SoulOTheatre Festival - May 23 to 26, 2013
With 7 top performer/playwrights from North America including
Chris Gibbs and Precious Chong!


Tickets on sale here

Toronto - A
rtistic Director Tracey Erin Smith announces a new theatrical installation for the SoulOTheatre Festival, which runs May 23-26 at the Red Sandcastle Theatre in Toronto's Leslieville.

A Window on the SoulO puts everyone in the spotlight! For the duration of the festival, A Window on the Soulo will feature surprise appearances from festival performers along with SoulOTheatre graduates and students who all will take turns sitting for an hour at a time, writing in the store front, Queen Street window of the Red Sandcastle Theatre.

Observers and passersby will be invited to fill out and hold up cards to the window asking the artists to answer a specific question or suggest a topic for their w…

Toronto Arts News: Toronto Arts Council Announces $800,000 in New Programs

From a media release:

TORONTO ARTS NEWS
And for once it's good.

Toronto Arts Council releases the City of Toronto/TAC report Creating Value with Increased Investment in the Arts

May 16, 2013, Toronto – TAC Invests $800,000 in New Programs


This morning at City Hall Claire Hopkinson, Director and CEO of Toronto Arts Council announced the release of two exciting new grants programs to a packed room crowded with artists and arts leaders, business patrons of the arts, politicians, and the media. The total investment represents $800,000 in new arts funding over the next two years, and is only a portion of new funding that TAC will be offering.

Toronto Arts Council will invest $300,000 to support thirty youth arts projects through a new strategic partnership with ArtReach Toronto. Through this strategic partnership, both Toronto Arts Council and ArtReach Toronto will focus on increasing access and opportunity for cultural participation for all youth regardless of age, ethnicity, ability, sex…

Ballet Eifman of St. Petersburg in Canadian Premiere of Rodin at the Sony Centre Toronto May 23-25 2013

From a media release:

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and Show One Productions
proudly present the Toronto premiere of the
Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg
with the Canadian premiere of Rodin
Choreographed by Boris Eifman
May 23 to 25 2013

Toronto
- Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and Show One Productions proudly present the Toronto debut of Russia's most exciting modern ballet company, the internationally renowned Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, with the Canadian premiere of its latest masterpiece, Rodin. This full-length contemporary ballet by visionary choreographer Boris Eifman runs three nights only - Thursday, May 23 to Saturday, May 25 - at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, its exclusive Canadian dates.

In Rodin, Boris Eifman, Artistic Director of the Eifman Ballet, draws his inspiration from the complex passions of a great artist. Rodin is an exploration of the remarkable life and art of the great French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) and his turbulent relations…

Film Screening: Let There Be Light May 22 2013 in New York City

From a media release:

Film Screening: Let There Be Light
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 - 7:30 PM
New York City
Discussion with the producer/Director Peter Swanson will follow


NEW YORK CITY - A new film "Let There Be Light" will have its first New York screening on May 22nd at 7:30 PM at the Salmagundi Art Club in Greenwich Village. 

Narrated by Garrison Keillor, the film follows grand master of stained glass Rowan LeCompte as he makes his last great window for Washington National Cathedral.  The film recently won "Best of the Festival" at the DC Independent Film Festival.  We are thrilled that this prestigious art club is hosting this event as the film captures the passion, pain and pleasure of the creative process. 

Founded in 1871, the Salmangundi Art Club is one of the oldest art organizations in the United States. Housed in an historic brownstone mansion in Greenwich Village, New York City, the Club offers programs including art classes, exhibitions, painting demonstr…

Immerse Yourself in Film: 360 Screenings May 31 & June 1 2013 in Toronto

From a media release:

Lose Your Sanity at 360 Screenings
Tickets are 90% sold-out for immersive screening series
May 31 & June 1, 2013


TICKETS

Toronto, ON-
360 Screenings has expanded their popular interactive screening series to include two days and three separate productions on May 31st and June 1st, each offering the same immersive experience.  A fusion of theatre, cinema and cocktail party, 360 Screenings will be celebrating their one year anniversary with their largest event to-date with a record number of ticket sales.

360 Screenings allow audience members to become fully immersed in a beloved film of the past through different interactive experiences. Participants could find themselves leaving letters for friends and families during a zombie apocalypse, having a French lesson for their day in Paris, learning to make soap in an underground fight club or connecting to the other-side with the help of a psychic medium. Each production is held at a historic Toronto building, whi…

Free Download - Best New Sounds of Latin Music: Volume 4 from Nacional Records

From my friends at Nacional Records in Los Angeles:

We wanted to share a new global bass remix from Raul Y Mexia by Captain Planet:



The remix is now available for FREE DOWNLOAD along with 22 other free songs on the brand new Nacional Records 2013 label sampler: 

AT THIS LINK


Raul Y Mexia are Latin music royalty, the two sons of legendary Los Tigres del Norte singer Hernan Hernandez. Their album was produced by Toy Selectah – who recently hit #1 on the Billboard charts in the US and Mexico with 3BallMTY’s “Intentalo.” Raul Y Mexia have been recently profiled in NY Times, Billboard and NPR, with upcoming syncs in HBO Latino, ESPN and the new Grand Theft Auto video game

The new Nacional Records ‘Best New Sounds of Latin Music. Volume 4’ compilation features hip-hop/cumbia fusion, bilingual indie rock, ethereal pop, heavy electronic dance music, Latin funk and everything in between. 

The free download features new music from Grammy nominees Ana Tijoux, La Vida Boheme and Los Amigos Inv…

The Glass Menagerie on Broadway with Zachary Quinto - Tickets Now On Sale

From a release:

Zachary Quinto Stars in
THE GLASS MENAGERIE on Broadway

A.R.T.’s Acclaimed Production
Limited Engagement of Seventeen Weeks Only
Performances begin September 5, 2013 on Broadway at the Booth Theatre


TICKETS NOW ON SALE


NEW YORK CITY - The Glass Menagerie is Tennessee William’s poetic masterpiece, anchored by the ageing southern belle Amanda Wingfield, who hopes for her son Tom to fulfill her dreams of finding the perfect “gentleman caller” for her shy and damaged daughter Laura.

The Glass Menagerie Cast Members:
Cherry Jones, Zachary Quinto, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Brian J. Smith (image below by Michael J. Lutch)

The Glass Menagerie Creative Team
Author: Tennessee Williams
Director: John Tiffany
Producer: Jeffrey Richards, John N. Hart
Press Agent: Jeffrey Richards Associates

Producers Jeffrey Richards and John N. Hart Jr., in association with the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), are pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for the 17-week limited engagement of the c…

CD Release: Oliver Mtukudzi's Sarawoga (U.S. Release May 21 2013)

From a media release:

The Metaphor of Everyday Life: African Great Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi Returns with New Album, Ongoing Poetic Message
Sarawoga (U.S. release May 21, 2013)


Oliver Mtukudzi, affectionately called “Tuku” by fans worldwide, has weathered storms with his sharp observations and gracious emphasis on the basic human experiences that unite us all: childhood and aging, respect and hope, women’s rights and AIDS, community and connection.

“My music and art come from the everyday living I do,” Mtukudzi reflects. “I write what I see around me. When I see something, I have something real to talk about. If there is something to talk about, there’s something to sing about, and there’s always something new to talk about.”

Tuku’s latest album Sarawoga (U.S. release: May 21, 2013) proves that the venerable artist still has plenty to say. With a career that spans the birth of his native Zimbabwe and the advent of both Afropop and the global love affair with African roots music, Tuku’s qui…

Eclectic Jazz: Carmen Souza's CD Release, New York City & Toronto Dates & More June 2013

With material from a media release:

Carmen Souza
New CD: Kachupada

@drom New York City June 14, 2013

@ TD Toronto Jazz Festival
Wednesday, June 26th 2013
Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1T8
8pm & 10pm / $35.60 /

Tickets Here


Cape Verdean songstress Carmen Souza announces a North American summer tour, celebrating the release of her new album Kachupada. On June 14th she'll be in New York CIty at drom and June 26th she’ll be performing at the Jazz Bistro in Toronto.

Carmen Souza and Theo Pas‘cal complement each other musically in an ingenious way has already been shown in their successful cooperation over the last few years. The latest studio-album called Kachupada, that was recorded in London and Lisbon will be released in North America on June 11, 2013, continues this tradition. The title of the album was inspired by the favorite Cape Verdean dish Kachupada that, with its wide variety of ingredients and spices, reflects the multiplicity of influences in Carmen Souz…

DanceAfrica May 24 to 27 2013 at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

From a media release:

DanceAfrica
May 24—May 27, 2013
Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
RUN TIME: 2hrs with intermission

Part of 2013 Winter/Spring Season
Artistic Director Chuck Davis

BROOKLYN - NEW YORK CITY
- Created by Chuck Davis in 1977, DanceAfrica—the nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance—brings together performance, art, film, and an array of community events for an exhilarating celebration of culture from Africa and its diaspora. For the annual Memorial Day weekend performances, BAM welcomes Umkhathi Theatre Works from Zimbabwe, plus Brooklyn’s own BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble and additional companies, for a program that promises to inspire. And don’t miss the one-and-only outdoor bazaar! Agoo! Amée!!

Umkhathi Theatre Works (Zimbabwe)

Umkhathi Theatre Works is a theater and dance troupe formed in 1997 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, currently in residence at Salukazi Performing Arts Centre in Njube, Zimbabwe. The company has emerged as a leading the…

CATS returns to Toronto with new, all-Canadian cast May 28 - Opening June 11 2013

From a media release:

CATS returns to Toronto with
new, all-Canadian cast
Previews: May 28, 2013; Opening night: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
• Tickets on sale: at Mirvish.com and 1.800.461.3333.


Produced by NuMu Inc., Starvox Entertainment and Classical Theatre Project with producers Marlene Smith, Geoffrey Smith, Corey Ross, David Galpern and Charles Roy

Toronto, ON – This May, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s much-loved musical CATS returns to Toronto with an all-Canadian cast. CATS has been presented in more than 20 countries and translated into 10 languages since its London debut in 1981. The Tony Award-winning show begins previews on Tuesday, May 28 and opens on Tuesday, June 11 at David Mirvish’s Panasonic Theatre.

NuMu Inc.’s chair Marlene Smith spearheads the project, collaborating with her son, Geoffrey Smith, NuMu Inc.’s chief business officer; Corey Ross, president of Starvox Entertainment; and David Galpern and Charles Roy of Classical Theatre Project. Marlene Smith has produced live theatre fo…

John Turturro Stars in Ibsen`s The Master Builder May 12 - June 9 2013 at BAM (Brooklyn)

From a media release:

The Master Builder
May 12—June 9, 2013
BAM Harvey Theater, Brooklyn (New York City)
RUN TIME: Approx 2hrs 30min with intermission

Tickets

By Henrik Ibsen
Translated by David Edgar
Directed by Andrei Belgrader
Produced by BAM

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY - Ruthless and revered architect Halvard Solness (an electrifying John Turturro) is obsessively driven—until a young woman from his past stops him in his tracks. Hilde (Wrenn Schmidt, Boardwalk Empire), a force of unbridled sexual energy coupled with childlike willfulness, enters the master builder’s home and head, trailing mysterious talk of past promises. As she urges the megalomaniacal Solness to ever greater and less sustainable heights, his tragedy-haunted wife Aline (Katherine Borowitz) watches from the sidelines, an unwilling participant in an off-kilter love triangle.

A psychologically heady and physically potent new version of Ibsen’s late masterwork, The Master Builder is a triumphant return to BAM for Turturro and …

English Language Premiere of Claude Gavreau's The Charge of the Expormidable Moose May 10-26 2013 in Toronto

From a media release:

THE CHARGE OF THE EXPORMIDABLE MOOSE
May 10-26, 2013 in Toronto
English Language World Premiere of Quebec Playwright’s Masterpiece


"Toronto's enterprising One Little Goat Theatre Company” (New York Times) presents the English language world premiere of The Charge of the Expormidable Moose by Claude Gauvreau. Considered a "giant" and "revolutionary" of Quebec theatre (Le Devoir), Gauvreau is little known outside his native province. Gauvreau's provocative seven-person play, widely considered to be his masterpiece, is translated by Ray Ellenwood and directed by One Little Goat’s Artistic Director, Adam Seelig.

The Equity production opens Friday, May 10, 2013 and runs to May 26, Tuesdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Tarragon Theatre Extra Space, 30 Bridgman Avenue. Tickets are $25; $20 for students, seniors and artists; and $28/$23 in the final week; Sundays PWYC.  Info and tickets are available from the Tarrago…