June 27, 2012
Cohort I Fellow Saar Harari and Lee Sher have been nominated for a Bessie Award for outstanding emerging choreographer! Formally known as the New York Dance and Performance Awards, the prizes are named for the influential teacher Bessie Schonberg. The dance world’s equivalent of the Academy Awards will be presented on October 15th, at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Read about the nominations here, and find out more about the Bessies here!
Catch Perform Chinatown, this Saturday. The inaugural public performance of Yelena Zhelezov’s Pop Up Pedestrian Memory Bureau will take place from 6 to 9 pm. The Pedestrian Memory Bureau is a part of Yelena’s Six Points Project and this will be the first of many compelling and interesting events and performances to come.
A social service that caters to the ephemeral need to relive the past, the one-person institution travels through Los Angeles in the manner of a Euro-Jewish peddler, providing shade, water, carrots, sewing supplies, and book information in exchange for the re-enactment of social-spatial memories through the use of miniature ceramic architecture. Informed by the experiences of the Post-Soviet Jewish population of LA, the Bureau examines how the landscape has absorbed immigrants’ ideas of space from their homeland. In this way, the Bureau attempts to create small discursive bridges between two disparate geographic locations.
Yelena’s interest in the spatial and temporal disconnect from the site of familial history and ideology comes from her relocation to the United States. This first appearance will take place in Chung King Plaza in Chinatown as part of Perform Chinatown LA.
LA Fellow Paul Ratner recently penned a post for the Huffington Post’s Culture blog, discussing the challenge he’s faced in putting the story of Solomon Bibo on film. Bibo, or Don Solomono as he came to be called, was a Jewish governor of a Native American tribe in the Wild West era. Apart from the facts of his life, little is known of Bibo as a person.
Read the whole post here, and find out how Paul sifted through the various historical perspectives to craft this fascinating character!
“In that better, smarter world, perhaps, thoughtful musicals like this one would be on Broadway.” – The Village Voice
Cohort I Fellow Dan Fishback asks the hard questions: what happens when you put Madonna and Britney Spears into the same house with a family of socialist Jews from the 1920s? The answer, currently playing at Dixon Place, just garnered a rave review from the Village Voice!
The Material World performs Fridays and Saturdays in July at 7pm. Click here for more info and tickets!
Now extended through August 2nd!
July 6-28th (Fridays and Saturdays only) @ 7pm
161A Chrystie Street
New York, NY
Alicia Jo Rabins will be reading some of her poetry at the Liberty Bar in Seattle on July 28th! Part of the Long Talking Bad Conditions Blues reading series, Alicia will be reading alongside Bill Carty, Peter Mountford, Michael Shilling, and Ross White. The evening starts at 6pm, with a full bar and no cover charge.
Fellow Alicia Jo Rabins and her band Girls in Trouble will be performing with Golden Bears! On July 17th, swing by McMenamins Al’s Den at the Crystal Hotel in Portland, OR to hear some great music.
7pm, no cover charge
For the first time, Fellow Hadassa Goldvicht’s Writing Lesson series (2005-2012) is on display in its entirety! Galicia, Mon Amour. Folly, Fantasy And Phantasm, curated by Danna Heller, attempts to present a mise-en-scene of situations that arise from considering the mythical aspects of the Eastern European region once known as Galicia.
Opening night is June 15th, and the exhibition runs through July 29th!