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Harbourfront Toronto WorldStage: Mies Julie by Yael Farber/Baxter Theatre Centre (South Africa) May 6-10, 2014

From a release:

Harbourfront Toronto WorldStage Series Presents:
Mies Julie
Yael Farber/Baxter Theatre Centre (South Africa)
May 6-10, 2014


Theatre director and playwright Yael Farber is one of the major voices of contemporary South Africa. Over the last decade she’s earned a global reputation for her devastating portraits of human nature. Her Mies Julie was the unqualified favourite of the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Fringe at its international premiere in 2012, and since then it has become one of the most sought-after touring productions in the world. Her story about the legacy of injustice in a post-traumatic society is an unforgettable performance. It’s “a dream come true … A benchmark of excellence” (The Telegraph).

Eighteen years after the end of apartheid, the white daughter of a landowner and the black son of her father’s servant wage love and war in the kitchen of a desolated South African farmstead. The tensions and traumas of contemporary South Africa are lived before your eye…

12 Hours of Jazz: The 2nd Annual New York Hot Jazz Festival May 18 2014

From a media release:

THE 2nd ANNUAL
NEW YORK HOT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Twelve Hours of Nonstop Hot Jazz, Stride Piano and Film at
The Players Club - 16 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan
Sunday, May 18 - 1:00pm to 1:00am

Featuring

VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS with CATHERINE RUSSELL, KEN PEPLOWSKI'S NEW SWING w/ special guest, THE HOT SARDINES, FRANK VIGNOLA & VINNY RANIOLO, DAVID OSTWALD'S LOUIS ARMSTRONG ETERNITY BAND,
ADRIAN CUNNINGHAM'S OLD SCHOOL, THE XYLOPHOLKS, BRIA SKONBERG'S BRASS KICKER - plus another dozen bands, surprise special guests, films and other entertainment to boot!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW
EARLY BIRD - $30 for Half-Day Passes / $50 Full Day
ADVANCE - $35 for Half-Day Passes / $60 Full Day
AT DOOR - $40 for Half-Day Passes / $70 Full Day


NEW YORK CITY - Hot Jazz, once the 20th century's dominant pop music, has found a 21st century home in New York City. As Will Friedwald notes in Vanity Fair, "Hot Jazz is so prevalent now that New York has almost become li…

Contemporary Dance: Japan Society New York City Presents the North American Premiere of Pleiades May 2 & 3 2014

From a media release:

AS PART OF CURRENT 60TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMING ARTS SEASON
JAPAN SOCIETY PROUDLY PRESENTS
PROJECT IX - PLEIADES
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Inspired by and featuring the music of IANNIS XENAKIS (1922-2001)
Performed by KUNIKO KATO (percussion) and MEGUMI NAKAMURA (dance)
Direcetd and Choreographed by LUCA VEGGETTI

FRIDAY, MAY 2 and SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2014
Both Shows at 7:30 PM
at JAPAN SOCIETY - 333 EAST 47TH STREET

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New York, NY - 
As the culminating event of the 60th Anniversary Performing Arts Season: Japan, the U.S. & Beyond, Japan Society presents the North American Premiere of Project IX - Pleiades, an innovative interpretation of the music of daring 20th-century composer Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001). Performed by two distinguished Japanese artists, percussionist Kuniko Kato and dancer Megumi Nakamura, this tour de force collaboration is directed by internationally renowned Italian choreographer Luca Veggetti. Performances are Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3…

Two More Picks from Hot Docs '14 - World Premieres: Mugshot & Write Down, I Am An Arab (April 24 - May 4 2014)

From a media release:

Two More Picks from Hot Docs '14 - World Premieres:
Mugshot & Write Down, I Am An Arab
Hot Docs '14 runs April 24 - May 4, 2014


Mugshot
Directed by Dennis Mohr
Language: English
(Canada)

Mugshot is a feature documentary directed by Dennis Mohr investigating the cultural significance of the mug shot.  Originally a law enforcement tool, the mug shot has deviated from its fundamental purpose as a source of criminal identification. It has been sensationalized through celebritydom, exploited by the leniency of freedom of information, and has captivated the attention of the art world. MUGSHOT explores the personal stories of those whose lives have been transformed by these iconic photographs.

This world premiere is accompanied by art exhibition of vintage mug shots, curated by Stephen Bulger at the Isabel Bader Theatre.

Screenings:
Isabel Bader Theatre - Mon, April 28 - 7:00 pm
Isabel Bader Theatre - Tues, April 29 - 4:00 pm         
Scotiabank Theatre, 3 - Sat, Ma…

The NFB at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto April 24 to May 4 2014

From a media release:

The NFB at Hot Docs 2014
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto
April 24 to May 4, 2014

Toronto –
Seven National Film Board of Canada (NFB) documentaries will be featured at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto, taking place from April 24 to May 4, 2014.

This year’s selection includes two world premieres in the Canadian Spectrum program: Sundance award-winning filmmaker Julia Kwan makes her feature documentary debut at Hot Docs with Everything Will Be, while four-time Emmy winner and Hot Docs favourite John Kastner is back with a new NFB co-production, Out of Mind, Out of Sight

Two documentaries are making their North American premieres: Guidelines (La marche à suivre), directed by Jean-François Caissy, and Where I’m From (D’où je viens), directed by Claude Demers, along with three films making their Ontario debuts at Hot Docs: Jutra, directed by Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre; Absences, directed by two-time Hot Docs…

ADIFF TC Cine-Club Black Leaders Film Series April 25 to 27 2014 in New York City

From a release:

ADIFF TC Cine-Club
Black Leaders Film Series
April 25 to 27, 2014
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street - Room 263 Macy

• TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE CLICK HERE


NEW YORK CITY -
The African Diaspora International Film Festival NYC (ADIFF NYC) is pleased to present the Black Leaders Film Series at Teachers College, Columbia University from April 25 to 27, 2014. Here's the line-up of films:

Friday, April 25, 2014
6:30pm Marcus Garvey
Free Screening!

MARCUS GARVEY: LOOK FOR ME IN THE WHIRLWIND, the first comprehensive documentary to tell the life story of this controversial leader, uses a wealth of material from the Garvey movement-written documents, film and photographs-to reveal what motivated a poor Jamaican to set up an international organization for the African diaspora, what led to his early successes, and why he died lonely and forgotten. Among the most powerful sequences in the film are articulate, fiery interviews with the men and women whose paren…

Fly on the Wall Theatre Toronto Presents: Cold Comfort April 24 to May 4 2014

From a media release:

Fly on the Wall Theatre Presents:
Cold Comfort
Thursday April 24 2014 to Sunday May 4 2014
Near Studio (Tarragon Theatre)
30 Bridgman Ave
Toronto ON M5R 1X3

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TORONTO -
Kevin Toner returns to Belfast to confront his father after a 15-year absence. He has a bone to pick, and he is determined to have a conversation that will leave no stone unturned. There's only one problem. His father is dead. And lying in a coffin in the front room. Fly on The Wall Theatre’s critically acclaimed FRINGE hit COLD COMFORT plays April 24-May 4, 2014 at the Tarragon Near Studio. Tickets are available via 416-531-1827416-531-1827 or  tarragontheatre.com/tickets

Awarded Outstanding Performance, Outstanding Direction (NOW Magazine), and Staff Pick (Mooney on Theatre) during the 2013 Toronto Fringe, this remount of the “must-see” solo show is making a triumphant return. COLD COMFORT features  “an electrifying performance” by David Mackett (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, T…

CD Release: Acclaimed vibraphonist Tyler Blanton channels the grit and energy of New York into Gotham (April 22 2014 on Ottimo Music)

From a media release:

CD Release:
Acclaimed vibraphonist Tyler Blanton channels the grit and energy of New York into Gotham, his new groove-inflected album featuring saxophonist Donny McCaslin, drummer Nate Wood and bassist Matt Clohesy
To Be Released April 22 on Ottimo Music

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NEW YORK CITY -
For a young jazz musician willing to put down roots in the metropolis, New York City can be as unforgiving in its daily tribulations as it is nourishing to the adventurous artistic spirit. On his new album, Gotham (released April 22 on Ottimo Music) vibraphonist Tyler Blanton molds reflections of his now seven-year residence in New York into a mesmerizing musical portrait that is as captivating, aggressive and challenging as the city itself.

With indispensible support from tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin, drummer Nate Wood and Matt Clohesy on acoustic and electric bass, Blanton invests Gotham with potent influences from the worlds of rock, fusion, techno and new jazz. Those who know Blan…

Thought For Food Theatre Toronto Presents a New Translation of Václav Havel’s The Memo April 23 to May 10 2014

From a media release:

Thought For Food presents the CANADIAN PREMIERE of Paul Wilson's new translation of Václav Havel’s masterpiece, THE MEMO
April 23 - May 10, 2014, at Unit 102 Theatre

• Tickets are available via Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006

TORONTO - When Andrew Gross receives a company memo written in ‘Ptydepe’, a new artificial language adopted by his organization to streamline communications, Andrew sets off on an epic quest to find someone to translate.  A satire about administrative bumbling in business, THE MEMO is a smart comedy for anyone who has ever worked in an office or battled bureaucracy.

With Fringe veteran director Tyler Seguin (Cousins of Corsica, The Aleatory Project, Thought for Food) managing this clerical hell, the cubicle dwellers include Thought For Food’s Artistic Director Helen Juvonen (Purgatory in Ingleton, Storm & Stress/Summerworks; Beauty and the Beast, Sudbury Theatre Centre), Paul Rivers (Dial M for Murder, Theatre Aquarius; The Univers…

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company presents De Idas y Vueltas April 24 to 27, 2014 at Fleck Dance Theatre (Toronto)

From a media release:

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company presents
the world premiere of
De Idas y Vueltas
Choreographed by Esmeralda Enrique, El Junco and Javier Latorre
April 24 to 27, 2014 at Fleck Dance Theatre (Toronto)

Toronto -
The acclaimed Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company (EESDC) proudly presents the world premiere of De Idas y Vueltas featuring new choreography by Javier Latorre, recipient of three Spanish national dance awards, Artistic Director Esmeralda Enrique and El Junco, returning guest artist from Spain who earned a Dora nomination for Outstanding Performance for his appearance in EESDC's Portales last season.  De Idas y Vueltas is an evening of dazzling flamenco dance and music that celebrates the Latin American songs that have been integrated into flamenco. It runs April 24-27 as part of Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps dance series at Fleck Dance Theatre, a fitting wrap for Hispanic Heritage Month.

De Idas y Vueltas uses the transmigrations of Spaniard…

Downtempo/Reggae/Jazz Release: Christos DC 'Long Road' (April 22 2014 - Honest Music)

From a media release:

Downtempo/Reggae/Jazz Release:
CHRISTOS DC ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM
LONG ROAD TO BE RELEASED ON APRIL 22, 2014 ON HONEST MUSIC

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The artist Christos DC aka Christopher Vrenios, was born and  raised in Washington, D.C. by parents who sang opera and taught voice professionally. He takes his name from his Greek heritage using a nickname given to him by his grandmother & also to represent his birthplace that set the tone of his musical journey. His sound is best described as a blend of Downtempo,  Reggae with overtones of  jazz.

His career began in the early 90′s producing hip hop & r&b tracks w/ indie artists from DC & New York, but it was his deep appreciation for the sounds coming out of Kingston, Jamaica that led him to record with legendary reggae artists Sly and Robbie as well as the Firehouse Crew. He was later recruited by Don Carlos of Black Uhuru and The Itals to tour. He spent several years on the road as a guitarist and backup vocalist …

Big Band Jazz CD Release & Party: Beverly Taft Meets the Nathan Hiltz Orchestra April 24-26 2014

From a media release:

BEVERLY TAFT MEETS THE NATHAN HILTZ ORCHESTRA
Taft, Hiltz & Co. Bring Back the Glamorous Spirit of Big Band Swing with their Standout Originals
April 24-26 2014 at the Jazz Bistro in Toronto

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[Toronto ON]
For three sizzlin’ nights at the Jazz Bistro this April 24-26, Beverly Taft and co-conspirator & guitarist Nathan Hiltz, celebrate their outstanding jazz and blues originals with the release of “Beverly Taft Meets the Nathan Hiltz Orchestra”.

The chemistry between Taft & Hiltz & Co. on disc ‘n’ stage is undeniable. Add in the talents of a horn section without peer – William Carn (trombone), Shawn Nykwist (tenor sax), Jake Wilkinson (trumpet) and Rich Underhill (alto sax—of Shuffle Demons fame and who btw is also running for Mayor!)  – and the dream rhythm section of Artie Roth on bass and Sly Juhas on drums. Special guests like Adrean Farrugia on piano add further shades of colour to this rich musical tapestry.

This release shows Taft to b…

Urban Street Dance: Bboyizm in Music Creates Opportunity April 24 & 25 2014 at Harbourfront Toronto

From a media release:

DanceWorks presents
Ottawa's Bboyizm in Music Creates Opportunity
- forging a new frontier for urban street dance -
April 24 & 25, 2014 at Harbourfront Toronto

Tickets Here

Toronto -
DanceWorks, Toronto's longest-running contemporary dance series now in its 37th season, proudly presents Ottawa's award-winning Bboyizm in a dynamic new work by its founder and artistic director Yvon Soglo a.k.a. b-boy Crazy Smooth. One of Canada's top street dancers, Crazy Smooth is dedicated to street dance culture. His newest creation, Music Creates Opportunity, forges a new frontier for urban street dance that runs Friday April 25 to Saturday April 26 at Harbourfront Centre's Enwave Theatre.

Bboyizm delivers precise and mastered technique, explosive movement, synchronicity and individualism together - as well as a festive and communicative joyous spirit of movement, music and life. Bboyizm was founded by Crazy Smooth in 2004 with the vision of elevating and pr…