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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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Prophecy in arts shown in Ha Lee’s art series of “Pretty Dictators Vs. Pretty Leaders” at SB D Gallery in East Village, NYC.

Art reflects the philosophy of the age.

Art records the voice of the era.

Art influences the history in the making…

And a lot of times, art foresees the decades in coming.

Like shown in Ha Lee‘s two specific pieces of art series, “Pretty Dictators Vs. Pretty Leaders” that are being presented at SB D Gallery in East Village, NYC from April 30th till May 20th, 2011, the innocent coincidence brought upon serendipity.

His project is to highlight and emphasize on world peace regardless agenda, ideology, religion, race and beyond, however, it happened to have predicted the ending of hunt for Osama Bin Laden (March 10, 1957 – May 2, 2011), the founder of al-Qaeda, the organization responsible for the September 11 attacks on the United States.

These two specific pieces, Osama Bin Laden and President Obama, were done months prior to the historic death of Osama Bin Laden. Ha Lee selected nine top political figures in his series, and Obama and Bin Laden are parts of them.

There was no speculating metaphor beyond the surface according to Ha Lee. President Obama is cartoonized as Rambo, the hit Americian action hero in the movie directed by George P. Cosmatos and Sylvester Stallone starred in 1985 while Bin Laden is disguised in the biblical theme when he is muslim. Pretty unusual and paradoxic choices of theme Ha Lee made which are also found in the rest seven other political figures in his series.

It seemed to be nothing more complicated than art itself, at least until this year’s one of the world’s biggest breaking news of Osama Bin Laden’s death on May 2, 2011; a day after Ha Lee’s “Pretty Dictators Vs. Pretty Leader” exhibition opening recepted at SB D Gallery in NYC on April 30th, 2011.

The more you look at the art pieces, the more complexed it gets.

What you see is what it may not be, and what it may be is what you don’t see.

Well no art can be fully depicted in words as it delivers emotions rather than logics. If you are trying to get the most making sense out of Ha Lee’s series, yes, I wish you the best luck.

Art is prophetic and repeating itself…

“Pretty Dictators Vs. Pretty Leaders” by Ha Lee

SB D Gallery, 125 East 4th Street NYC 10003 212-979-7239


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Experience Black History Month at FAB in East Village

Fishing in Brooklyn

Fri-Sat, February 18-19 and 25-26, 2011
8pm, $15, advance tickets at

LaTonia Phipps and WOW Cafe Theater Presents: Fishing In Brooklyn, “One woman’s amazing journey towards forgiveness and rebirth as told through 16 characters (three characters added from the last showing).” A spoken-word play written and performed by: LaTonia Phipps. With special guest each night.

$15/general. Discounts provided through online ticketing.

Contact [email protected] for details.

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“Pretty as a picture” by KEN SHUNG at Downstairs ART Gallery in East Village.

Pretty as a Picture

We are pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs by KEN SHUNG: titled  Pretty as a Picture.

The exhibition will feature a collection of large and medium scale prints of his  recent  Portrait / Landscapes work in his first New York debut showing.

The new work will be shown at the Tompkins Square New York Public Library Gallery beginning March 9 through March 31, 2011. There will be a reception on Wednesday March 9 from 4:30-6:30 pm.

The Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon until 5 p.m with  Appointments  afterhours  made by scheduling with the artist by email.

Ken Shung began his career spotting prints in the studio of Irving Penn and freelancing in the studios of editorial photographers Annie Liebovitz, Bill King, Bob Richardson, and assorted magazine photographers. Trained in the workings of studio lighting and editorial magazine photography, Mr. Shung set out to find his own style without the limits of the formal studio to produce work with the intention and idea that “The World is my Studio.”

Mr. Shung has worked for countless magazines shooting portrait assignments, alongside commercial lingerie campaigns starting with magazines like “7 days ” to New York Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, Vanity Fair, and a host of Time Inc. and Hearst Publications.

This showcase is a collection of images made during assignments and personal travels, showing a new direction and change from his formal portrait work, instead incorporating decisive moments and storytelling in the landscape /portraits genre.

Ken Shung sets out to make monumental images that embody the idea of the Pretty Picture. He captures disjunction, viewing our social spaces with wonder and tenderness and a magical decisive moment. In a typical Shung image, something ominous, apocalyptic, paradoxical, pictorial, and timeless has happened.

Ken Shung states, “It is said that a photographer/ artist is always searching to find his or her own vision and voice, otherwise they just ends up making a bunch of Pretty Pictures. With this collection of recent images I explore the nature of ‘When is a photograph just a Pretty Picture?’”

Mr. Shung considers his landscapes and portraits graphic, simple, psychological, introverted, and uncomfortably romantic, as well as very challenging conception-wise and academically well-conceived. Unsolved emotions and bold slices of life are part of the pleasures and smiles that are felt when you look at the “Pretty Pictures.”


Pretty as a Picture.

Photographs by


Opening reception, March 9th Wednesday  4:30-6:30pm

Downstairs Art Gallery

Tompkins Square Branch Library

331 East 10th street NY NY 10009

Gallery Hours : Wednesday through Saturdays  12-5PM

After hours by appointment only

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A Tasting Tour of the East Village on Fourth Arts Block

Fabulous eats on arts block in East Village!

Fourth Arts Block that supports art on the ONLY cultural district in Manhattan, 4th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenue.

15 restaurants are participating with their signature dishes on October 23 and the restaurants incude Cucina Di Pesce, Nomad, Faustina, Luke’s Lobster, MUD Truck, The Little Piggy Had Roast Beef and more!

Literally it is ‘a tasting tour’ where you will take a mini tour of the restaurants around FAB, for tasting both delicious foods and unique decor of each place.

The event runs from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 and the tickets are $35 until October 20 and $45 after that.

To purchase tickets, click here.

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Your Brain on Computers – Studying the Brain Off the Grid, Professors Find Clarity –

Cool technology and multimedia, great use of 360 Panoramic pictures and hot spot. Check it out!

Your Brain on Computers – Studying the Brain Off the Grid, Professors Find Clarity –

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