After months of planning, Columbia Wine Co. has announced that its first wine class will be held at the United Palace on Wednesday, November 12 from 7-9pm. The classes will be fun, informative, and delicious!
Do you enjoy wine but want to learn more about it?
For only $25 per guest:
Columbia Wind Co. will cover all the basics while tasting some great wines:
- How to read a wine label
- Wine Regions and varietals
After working on "The Hip Hop Nutcracker" for over a year we finally got around to choreographing some dance! Last week we gathered the 12 dancers in the cast for a week-long workshop led by director/choreographer Jennifer Weber. The results were spectacular, sketching out a rough draft of how we will bring new life to this timeless story by combining hip hop dance and Tchaikovsky's score.
With perfect timing, we were honored to be included in NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito's first "Voices of New York" presentation at La MaMa theatre on October 27. The evening's line-up included Broadway star Christopher Jackson, Tony Award-winning poet Lemon Andersen, and cast members from LaGuardia High School's production of "In the Heights."
A women's Frankenstein shirt from https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/203251136/frankensteins-monster-long-sleeve-quote
A coffee mug designed just for the event by https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/JcDezigns
As if a screening of the horror classic "Frankenstein" on a 50-foot screen, and the world premiere of a new music soundtrack by guitar great Gary Lucas, and a costume parade across the stage wasn't enough to fulfill your Halloween cravings, we're offering one more treat for Friday night.
Christina D'Angelo, a graphic designer, created a new poster for the show that will be part of our raffle.
The modern image captures the horror of the movie, the monster's urge to embrace humanity in a world that won't accept him.
D'Angelo, a local resident, researched hundreds of images depicting the book and screen versions of the story and didn't find any that wrestled with the monster's duality in quite the same way.
"I see it more as a tragedy than a horror film," she said. "Sure, he's scary - but he's also quite sad - I'm choosing to bring him to more of human touch: an innocent man or a man seeking redemption?"
"Frankenstein" with Gary Lucas playing his new score live is at the United Palace Friday, October 31. Doors open at 6:30pm. Costume parade starts at 7pm. Movie plays at 8pm. Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door. For tickets and more info visit: http://unitedpalace.org/events/525-gary-lucas-performs-the-world-premiere-of-his-new-score-for-frankenstein
View more of D'Angelo's work at www.christinadangelo.com.
An art exhibit by local artist Bernard Winter will grace the walls of the United Palace annex from October 13 – November 11. The exhibit combines work from three bodies of work: "Energy Series," "Drum Council," and "Portraits."
The opening reception is Saturday, October 18 from 3-6pm. Winter will also conduct an artist's talk Sunday, November 2 from 2:30–3:30pm. Both events are free.
About the Artist:
Bernard Winter has lived in Washington Heights in New York City since 1980. He studied art at the Cooper Union (BFA, 1980) and at Queens College (MFA 1982). His work is concerned chiefly with portraiture, landscape and with images based on spiritual themes.
We've been talking about "The Hip Hop Nutcracker" for over a year, even did a mini workshop of it in December 2013. But some folks still don't quite get what we mean when we say we are mashing up Tchaikovsky's music with hip hop dance.
This video gives you a pretty good idea of where we are heading. It's the emotion and joy of the music combined with the power and style of the dance. The two art forms - classical music and hip hop dance - marry perfectly, something that co-creator Jennifer Weber has been doing with Decadancetheatre Company for several years.
Today we auditioned 50 supremely talented dancers for the 10 available roles. The dancers - an all-star selection of the city's finest - were all terrific. It's going to be painful choosing just 10.
This clip is from a group trying out for the ensemble, mixing freestyle and choreographed movements. In the background you can hear the other dancers waiting their turn to audition cheering this group on. Throughout the day dancers hummed passages of the music backstage and in the dressing rooms. The music is so contagious.
After working on this dream for over a year it's incredible to catch a glimpse of the vision materializing.
Learn more about "The Hip Hop Nutcracker" at http://unitedpalace.org/hip-hop-nutcracker.
Like "The Hip Hop Nutcracker" the logo mashes up urban and classical styles, with graffiti and cursive treatments of the letters. The skyline is based on Washington Heights (can you identify the buildings?).
You'll start to see this logo appearing on all sorts of merchandise as we get closer to the December 7 show at the Palace and the December 5 & 6 performances at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Tickets for the Palace show go on sale later this month (NJPAC tickets are available at: http://www.njpac.org/events/detail/a-hip-hop-nutcracker. But you can get a jump on everyone else by joining the "Nutcracker Backers." It includes pre-sale orchestra level seats for $50 (with the option of getting a FREE child's ticket) and additional perks. Learn more at: http://unitedpalace.org/hip-hop-nutcracker/nutcracker-backers
The Los Angeles-based Rhythm Arts Alliance, a project of UPCA, has joined the consortium of arts programs called Arts for Incarcerated Youth, which over the summer provided a training day for parole officers, captured in a video.
For the training, Rhythm Arts Alliance (RAA) conducted workshops in Therapeutic Traditional West African Drumming for all 75 probation officers tasked to one of the five probation districts in L.A. County. The workshops were co-facilitated with the help of program alumni and formerly incarcerated youth who have made the transition from incarceration to leading productive and inspiring lives in their communities.
- FREE Children's Art Classes
- The Crackalackin' Season of Classical Music
- New York Youth Symphony "Season Opening Concert"
- Fall season 2014
- "Peter and the Wolf" and other family selections
- Gary Lucas performs the world premiere of his new score for "Frankenstein"
- Opening Night of the 6th annual KidCinemaFest Film Festival in New York
- PAST EVENT-"Guys and Dolls" w/ Lin-Manuel Miranda
- PAST EVENT-"The Fisher King" w/ Lin-Manuel Miranda