On Friday January 23rd UPCA was pleased to host RIOULT Dance NY for a second lecture/demonstration on modern dance. Around 450 k-8th grade students from seven city-wide schools were in attendance as RIOULT's team of 10 professional dancers led them through what it is like to live the life of a modern dancer.
The Palace's stage transformed from dance studio to performance space to open forum for questions from the audience. The morning was highlighted by 40 willing volunteers who snatched the opportunity to take the stage and learn on-the-spot choreography with the pros. RIOULT's founder and artistic director Pascal Rioult was on-hand to answer questions at the conclusion.
Saturday, January 31
Doors 3:30pm; Concert 4pm (New Times)
Every year at the United Palace musicians from the New York Philharmonic offer students in the El Sistema-inspired Harmony Program day-long instruction followed by a short concert where they share the stage together. It is one of UPCA's signature events, embodying our mission to transform lives through art by providing local children who only picked up an instrument a few years ago with the opportunity to learn from some of the world's best musicians.
Sunday, February 8
4pm doors; 5pm introduction with Lou Lumenick and his special guest James Wolcott of Vanity Fair; 5:30 movie
"Classic NYC Movies at the Palace" continues with the second of three titles introduced by New York Post Chief Film Critic Lou Lumenick and his special guests.
Starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, and Susan Harrison. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick. 1957. 96 minutes. On BluRay in English with Spanish subtitles.
Synopsis via IMDb: "Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician."
Sunday, March 8
4pm doors; 5pm introduction with Lou Lumenick; 5:30 movie
"Classic NYC Movies at the Palace" continues with the last of three titles introduced by New York Post Chief Film Critic Lou Lumenick.
Starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, and Raymond Burr. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 1954. 112 minutes. On BluRay in English with Spanish subtitles.
Synopsis via IMDb: "A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder."
Sunday, January 11
4pm doors; 5pm introduction with Lou Lumenick and his special guest, writer Farran Smith Nehme; 5:30 movie
"Classic NYC movies at the Palace" continues with the first of three titles introduced by New York Post Chief Film Critic and Film Editor Lou Lumenick and his special guests.
Starring Cher, Nicolas Cage, and Olympia Dukakis. Directed by Norman Jewison.
102 minutes. 1987. On BluRay in English with Spanish subtitles.
Farran Smith Nehme writes about film for her site, Self-Styled Siren, and as a freelance critic for outlets including the New York Post and Film Comment. Her writing has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Baffler, and Barron's. Her first novel, Missing Reels, was published recently by the Overlook Press.
Lou Lumenick is the Chief Film Critic and Film Editor of the New York Post and has also written for The Criterion Collection. He introduced "Casablanca'' in 2013 the United Palace, as well as movies at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens.
Nearly 3,000 people packed the Palace on Sunday, December 7 for the NYC premiere of our original production of "The Hip Hop Nutcracker." The dancing was electric, highlighted by spectacular lighting and beautiful digital scenery. Special guest MC Kurtis Blow got the party started with a set of greatest hits before the combo of DJ Boo and Filip Pogady on electric violin set the story in motion.
The show received so many appraisals and support from the community that we'e having an encore performance on Saturday, Dec 13 at 1pm. Tickets can be purchased here. But don't take our word about how much fun the show is. See what the audience had to say below:
The New York Times says The Hip Hop Nutcracker is “ magical” and "exciting." “Touches of poetry.” “A show with plenty of heart.” “A gift to Upper Manhattan.”
Led Black, Editor-in-Chief of the Uptown Collective: "I am still in awe of what I witnessed last night, right here in Washington Heights, at the venerable United Palace. The Hip-Hop Nutcracker was quite simply fantastic. The New York City debut of the show exceeded all of my expectations. Just image Tchaikovsky's classic score augmented by some of the most imaginative and innovative hip-hop choreography you will ever see…"
Fox 5 Good Day Street Talk called the show "unbelievable" and told us we rocked uptown!
Thanks to Dr. Bob Lee and the crew and BronxNet TV for featuring "The Hip Hop Nutcracker" Monday, November 17. Maybe next time we'll get Bob to dance, too.
Check out the segment at: http://www.bronxnet.org/index.php?option=com_hwdvideoshare&Itemid=30&task=viewvideo&video_id=4834.
Our latest #HipHopNutcracker product goes perfect with your hot coffee or tea! On the back of these sleeves is a special discount code for tickets, but you'll have to visit one of our partnering cafes to get it! So if you need a pick-me-up, visit one of the following cafes: Buunni Coffee, Darling Coffee, East Harlem Cafe, Indian Road Cafe, Pick and Eat and Taszo Espresso Bar! Available while supplies last!
And THANK YOU to all the above coffee shops for helping us create magic this holiday season! You guys rock!
- PEOPLE'S THEATRE PROJECT presents "PARDON OUR APPEARANCE"
- The art of wine
- Excerpted "Hip Hop Nutcracker" scenes from NYC Council Speaker's program
- Raffle items for "Frankenstein"
- A new "Frankenstein" poster for Halloween
- "Paintings from the Balcony" and Other Recent Work by Bernard Winter
- Auditioning for "The Hip Hop Nutcracker"
- The Hip Hop Nutcracker logo is done
- Arts for Incarcerated Youth video highlights work done by Rhythm Arts Alliance in L.A.
- FREE Children's Art Classes