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“It’s A Wonderful Life,” act-along at Metropolitan Playhouse in East Village on December 18, 2011

It’s A Wonderful Life
~ ActAlong ~

Every year, Metropolitan invites its friends and supporters to a reading of Frank Capra’s sentimental favorite,
“It’s A Wonderful Life.”

With sound and costume and holiday fare, it is our favorite way to ring in the season.

Better yet, you do the reading! Everyone who comes is welcome to draw lots for a part, and away we go. Feel free to watch the play as well.

George! Mary! Burt! Ernie! Mr. Potter! Clarence! YOU!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

3:30pm Holiday Cheer

4:00pm Parts Chosen and Reading Begins

Metropolitan Playhouse 220A East 4th Street, NYC 10003

$5 donation suggested.

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The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs at Public Theater in East Village now extended until December 4, 2011!



New York Premiere

Created and performed by Mike Daisey
Directed by Jean-Michele Gregory

NOW – December 4, 2011

Following the success of The Last Cargo Cult, Mike Daisey turns his razor-sharp wit to America’s most mysterious technology icon in this hilarious and harrowing tale of pride, beauty, lust, and industrial design. He illuminates how the CEO of Apple and his obsessions shape our lives, while sharing stories of his own travels to China to investigate the factories where millions toil to make iPhones and iPods. Daisey’s dangerous journey shines a light on our love affair with our devices and the human cost of creating them. 

“I will never be the same after seeing that show.” – Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder

Mr. Daisey is an awesomely gifted stage performer.  The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs ranks alongside Follies as the most exciting show in town.” – Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

“A personal, poignant and passionate piece that stays with you many days after you’ve seen it. MESMERIZING.” – Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

“Anyone who sees Mr. Daisey’s show-and anyone with a cellphone and a moral center should-will find it hard to forget the repercussions that our casual purchases can have in the lives of men and women (and children) half a world away.” – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“The best original American play so far this year.” – Peter Marks, The Washington Post

New York Premiere

Created and performed by Mike Daisey
Directed by Jean-Michele Gregory

NOW – December 4, 2011

Following the success of The Last Cargo Cult, Mike Daisey turns his razor-sharp wit to America’s most mysterious technology icon in this hilarious and harrowing tale of pride, beauty, lust, and industrial design. He illuminates how the CEO of Apple and his obsessions shape our lives, while sharing stories of his own travels to China to investigate the factories where millions toil to make iPhones and iPods. Daisey’s dangerous journey shines a light on our love affair with our devices and the human cost of creating them. 

“I will never be the same after seeing that show.” – Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder

Mike Daisey and Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis respond to the loss of Steve Jobs.

CLICK HERE to read Mike Daisey’s New York Times op/ed, “Steve Jobs: Enemy of Nostalgia.”

CLICK HERE to learn about the Public Forum program on Steve Jobs’s legacy, featuring Mike Daisey, Robert Krulwich (of NPR and Radiolab), and Dan Lyons (Newsweek Daily Beast, “Fake Steve Jobs”).


Get your tickets for just $40 each!
Become a Public Theater Member and enjoy exclusive discounts to The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobsand other productions throughout the year.

CLICK HEREor call 212-967-7555 for more details.

Scenery and Lighting Design – Seth Reiser

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“Make Music Winter,” the parade of over a dozen electric guitarists through the East Village on December 21, 2011.



Composer and producer Patrick Grant creates and leads a parade of over a dozen electric guitarists through the East Village, starting at Rivington Guitars and ending at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, powered by Danelectro portable amps. The result will be a moving, polyphonic sound cloud layered in compelling, electric rhythms to honor this season’s axial tilt.

Sponsored by DanelectroRivington GuitarsSt Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, and Peppergreen Media.

Start: Rivington Guitars, 73 E. 4th Street, 6:30pm

End: St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, 131 E. 10th St, 7:30pm

How to Join: The public is invited to march along and accompany the guitars with light hand percussion.

Patrick Grant is a composer/performer/producer who has been creating and producing music in a variety of media in NYC and internationally for over 25 years. His theatrical scores have been performed extensively throughout Europe and Brazil and his concert music has been performed at the MATA Festival, Composers Concordance, Bang on a Can, and others. He has created scores for theatrical visionaries Robert Wilson, Gerald Thomas, and The Living Theatre, music for feature documentaries, music for modern dance, and gives music tech seminars at the NYU Film School. More can be found on his blog The MMiXdown and at

Other Participating Guitarists

Cristian Amigo is a composer-improviser who explores connections between art music (classical and jazz) and popular music. Known as an acoustic and electric guitarist with an improvising bent, Amigo writes and performs American roots music, chamber music, opera, theatre and film music, fierce riffs, and songs. Amigo’s work has been supported by foundations and public agencies including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Meet the Composer. Cristian has a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA and plays a Gibson ES-175 with the GOTHAM ROOTS ORCHESTRA!

Angela Babin started playing out at 14-years-old for block parties and high school dances. She entered into the NYC Downtown Music scene with Off Beach in 1979, and co-founded the instrumental band The Ordinaires in 1980.  With the Ordinaires she performed extensively, touring the US, Europe, and Canada iat venues ranging from CBGBs to the Berlin Jazz Festival. Babin has played in many bands, in styles including punk, acid-jazz, world music and R&B. She has released recordings with The Ordinaires, Homer Erotic and AlphaCat amongst others. Gotham Roots Orchestra is her current fave!

Alexander Baxter was born in Detroit, Michigan and has been playing electric guitar since age 12, when he bought his first Teisco del Rey from Chuck Holzman. Not succeeding as a teenage rock god, he put it aside to pursue a career in academic medicine and now teaches emergency radiology at Bellevue and NYU Hospitals. He returned to music with enthusiasm (if not ability) five years ago and now practices regularly. He has performed with Robert Fripp’s Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists and is a member of the New York Guitar Circle.

Dan Cooper was born and raised in Manhattan, and educated at Horace Mann, Columbia, NEC, and Princeton. As a composer: Aaron Copland fellowship at Tanglewood, plus awards, commissions, residencies, recordings, and premieres from Albany Symphony, Albany Records, ASCAP, Artists International, Cary Trust, ESYO, Engine27, Fontainebleau, Imani Winds, Meet The Composer, NARAS, NYNME, NYYS, and Sweet Plantain, among others. As a multi-instrumentalist: performances at Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Town Hall, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Bunkamura Orchard Hall, Chicago Theater, Davies Hall, Massey Hall, The Blue Note, CBGB’s, LPR, and Joe’s Pub, among others. Dan is a music professor at SUNY-FIT.

Glenn Cornett runs the New Spectrum Foundation, which supports innovative music.  He is a composer/performer, playing guitar, keyboards, electronics, Max/MSP, etc. For his “day job,” he runs Pastorus, a biotechnology company focused on autism and schizophrenia.  Previous positions have been at McKinsey, Eli Lilly and Navitas Pharma.  He has an MD with Distinction in Research from the University of Michigan and a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA, where his dissertation was on human deep-brain responses to musical stimuli.  He has a black belt in karate and has run six marathons, including Berlin in September 2011. He lives in NYC and Northern California.

Nick Didkovsky is a guitarist, composer, and music software programmer. In 1983, he founded the rock band Doctor Nerve. In 1997 he developed the computer music language JMSL which he continues to develop and use today ( His Punos Music record label releases his more extreme projects ( He has composed new music for Bang On A Can All-Stars, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Fred Frith Guitar Quartet, loadbang, ETHEL, ARTE Quartett, and others. His compositions and guitar work appear on over 50 records.  His Black Sabbath guitar lessons on YouTube are enjoyed by metal fans all over the world. More at:

Toby Driver is a composer, bandleader, and multi-instrumentalist based in Brooklyn, NY, who spends most of his time as the frontman of the unique avant-rock band, Kayo Dot, and the dark electroacoustic chamber group, Tartar Lamb. He studied composition with the venerable and legendary jazz musician, Yusef Lateef, and later lived in Boston for many years, finally moving to New York in 2007. He has released twelve full-length albums and various singles of his own compositions on cult and prestigious indie labels alike, has appeared as a guest on several other recordings, and regularly tours internationally with his various ensembles, including as the bassist of guitar-genius Trey Spruance’s Secret Chiefs 3.More info:

Kurt Gottschalk‘s writings about music have appeared in Time Out, the Village Voice, Wire, the NYC Jazz Record, the Brooklyn Rail and publications in France, Ireland, Portugal and Russia. He hosts the Miniature Minotaurs show on WFMU and plays in the bands Rahrahree! and Ecstasy Mule. This year he published “Little Apples,” his first book of fiction. When he was in the 8th grade he quit piano lessons and got an unplayable Japanese-made Tempo Strat copy. He’s gotten a little better at playing over the years. More info:

Randolph A. Hudson III is a composer, electric guitarist/Ebowist, and technologist born 1957 in Brooklyn NY. In the late 70’s/Late 80’s an active member of Downtown NYC scene with John Zorn, Kramer, Ann Magnuson, Ralph Carney, Daved Hild, Coby Batty, many others. Co-written, recorded, performed with members of Gong, The Waitresses, The Fugs, Psychedelic Furs, Captain Howdy. Recording, touring member of Bongwater with Magnuson/Kramer. Co-Founded “Bowing” with Martha Mooke . Co-Founded EBQ: The Electronic Bow Quartet. Currently performs with Klyph Black-Tali “Icepack” Jackson, and The Complete Unknowns. In 2010, founded the 2D/3D department of DuArt Film and Video. More

Taylor Levine is a guitarist in the NYC area. He is a co-director of Dither, an electric guitar quartet. He has worked with Signal Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, Band on a Can All-Stars, Tyondai Braxton, Ethel, Eighth Blackbird, Blarvuster, Newband, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, Theo Bleckmann, New York City Opera, American Opera Projects, New World Symphony, BBC Orchestra, Wordless Music Orchestra, and Ridge Theater. Taylor also pursues an active role as an educator. He is currently on faculty at Princeton University for this fall semester. He studied at The Manhattan School of Music and The Amsterdam Conservatory. Taylor currently resides in Brooklyn.

Joshua Lopes is establishing himself as an educator, guitarist, composer, and darn swell guy.  Joshua is known as Mr. Lopes at the Ivy Hill School in Newark, where he teaches instrumental music. Joshua plays in the Dither guitar quartet, where he has shared the stage with such luminaries of guitar weirdness as Elliott Sharp, Nick Didkovsky, Marc Ribot and Mark Stewart, as well as those of non-guitar weirdness like Ches Smith, Corey Dargel and Molly Thompson. Joshua has also played with Nick Didkovsky’s Häßliche Luftmasken, the Antisocial Music Consortium and Michael Sperone’s Tintinnabulation.

James Moore is a versatile guitarist with multiple musical personalities.  James has performed across the country and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician, and is a founding member of the electric guitar quartet Dither. Recent projects include the European tour of Neutral Hero, a music theater piece by playwright Richard Maxwell, and a residency at Princeton University to develop a new dance piece with choreographer Susan Marshall and composer David Lang. James grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, received degrees in guitar performance from UC-Santa Cruz and the Yale School of Music, and currently lives in Brooklyn.

Gene Pritsker, composer, guitarist, and rapper, has written over four hundred compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music, songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles, etc. All his compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures. Gene’s music has been performed all over the world at various festivals and by many ensembles and performers. He has worked closely with Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated major Hollywood movies. In 2012 His piano concerto Reinventinos will be released on Sony Records and his chamber opera William James’ Varieties of Religious Experiences will be released on Composer Concordance Records.

Larry Simon, guitarist and composer from Brooklyn, has recorded and performed with many of today’s leading composers, jazz and blues artists including John Zorn, LaMonte Young, Rhys Chatham, David Sanborn, Big Jay McNeely, Lester Bowie, Rosco Gordon, George Coleman, Julius Hemphill, The Skatellites, David Amram, Ed Sanders, Leon Thomas, Eric Mingus and many others.  As a composer he has written extensively for dance, film, and theatre. Simon also founded “Jazzmouth, The Seacoast poetry and Jazz Festival,” of which he is the Artistic director and producer. Simon’s most recent recording is “Old School Jams and Drones.”

Geremy Schulick, a guitarist/composer, earned his master’s from Yale in 2005, where he studied with Benjamin Verdery and was awarded with the Eliot Fisk Prize. Since moving to Brooklyn thereafter, Geremy has performed mostly with his indie/classical band Threefifty Duo, highlights including The 92nd Street Y, The NY Guitar Festival, SXSW, CME’s Autumn UK Tour, and Sarajevo’s Dom Armije. Geremy also collaborates with the audiovisual artist Jennifer Stock, with whom he has performed at The Berkshire Fringe, Roulette, and The Tank. He’s also performed with the electric guitar quartet Dither at The Bang On a Can Marathon and Issue Project Room.

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“A Very Yoga Christmas” hosted by Joe Yoga at Under St Marks Theatre on December 23, 2011!

Horse Trade presents


Hosted by Joe Yoga

THURSDAY DEC 23rd 8pm- 1am
FREE ($5 suggested donation)

94 St. Marks Place, New York, NY


It’s been a long, hard year. A year of hopes, dreams, triumph, surprises, love, agony, music, theater, partying, new friends, old friends, loss, sleep (well, maybe not sleep)…

WELL FUCK IT. It’s that time of year folks…

The 3rd annual A VERY YOGA CHRISTMAS!!

We are blowing all that shit out the water, the good, the bad, and the ugly, and we are ONCE MORE going to rock like it’s 2010 (cause it is).

Featuring full band sets by:

COACH (the greatest rock band in the world)

Comedy by John Murdock! Tim Warner! Jon Savoy! Jen Perney! Mike Birch!
The Musical stylings of Michelle Leona, Mr. Marbar, Mike Ogletree and the Sisters Rock!
The dark and beautiful weirdnesses of Penny Pollak, Natalie Underwood, Ceili Clemens

A Holiday Man-Pain poem by Umberto MacDougal!

State of the Union address by Eric Clark

Steely Dan dance party from 8-9pm

and much much more to be confirmed!!

Special Guests, Surprises, Raffles!!!


a double-blind Secret Santa: bring a gift/get a gift… they all go in a big box and then pick one at random later on in the show! This was one of the biggest hit at last year’s Yoga Christmas so be sure to participate!

Drunken, rambling, I-love-you-man intros all night by your host: Joe Yoga!!!

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Over 100 Unique Merchants Joined for Unique Shoppers at 18th ‘Union Square Holiday Market’ from November 18th-December 24th, 2011!



The holiday shopping season officially begins with the opening of the popular Union Square Holiday Market, open annually between Thanksgiving to Christmas eve at Union Square.

Over 100 merchants are on hand to bring you some of the most unique gifts ever. The Union Square Holiday Market is the place to do your holiday shopping. Some of the items you will find this year include:

  • Hand-blown glass housewares
  • Local, handmade leather belts
  • Bags and accessories made from recycled plastic
  • A variety of handmade jewelry
  • Gloves…hats…Tibetan crafts…and more

There will also be nibbles and noshes throughout—German delights…sweet and savory treats…cider and cappuccino to keep you warm. There are so many beautiful things—be sure to come, browse and check them all out.

Please visit the Information Booth at the Union Square Holiday Market. This booth is there to help you to find which merchant has children’s mittens or a travel pet dish. They can also advise you on the neighborhood and where to find the Indian dish you are craving or a cozy spot to have a glass of wine and celebrate the end of your holiday shopping! Please stop by the Info Booth and say hello — we look forward to seeing you! You can also download this handy printable map of the market to help plan and navigate your visit.

Friends & Neighbors:

New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

The Union Square Partnership

Market Dates: November 18 – December 24, 2011

Hours: Monday – Friday, 11:00am to 8:00pm; Saturday, 10:00am to 8:00pm; Sunday, 11:00am to 7:00pm


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Carlos Lersundy: “Homecoming” at La MaMa Galleria to open 50th anniversary season in East Village.



October 16 – November 13, 2011

Opening Sunday, October 16, 2011, 6:30 – 9 pm

La MaMa Galleria is honored to open the 50th anniversary season with an exhibition of new paintings by Colombian artist Carlos Lersundy. He has been apart of the La MaMa family since the very beginning, creating art for Ellen Stewart and some of La MaMa’s first highly acclaimed shows.

“Ellen’s work is transcendent. There are qualities about it that need to be preserved in time, such as impeccability, excellence in execution and meaning.  My intent is to capture these qualities in the works presented here.” -Carlos Lersundy

Carlos Lersundy is recognized in Colombia and Latin America as one of the relevant figures in art and advertising. He has worked as a Creative Director in prestigious advertising agencies such as Young & Rubicam, (New York and Amsterdam) and Leo Burnett (Bogotá). He has also been an independent documentary filmmaker. Founder, owner and Creative Director of the Vi-Viendo creative group- A company dedicated to the design of corporate and political advertising campaigns.

As a political advertising advisor and creative director, he has designed and produced the campaign for César Gaviria / President and the advertising campaign for the National Constituent Assembly of 1991.

For his advertising work, he was awarded two “Indias Catalina” for best commercial at the Film Festival of Cartagena and a “Condor de Oro” for the design of the Cesar Gaviria / Presidential image.

During his professional life he has shown special interest in cultural manifestations that identify the Colombians, being worthy of a scholarship from the Peggy Guggenheim Foundation to make a short film about the visualization practices of the Tucano Indians in the Amazon jungle.

Lersundy has done individual and group exhibitions internationally since 1967. For the last four years he has taught people to see anew using drawing and painting techniques.

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