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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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Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival at Theater for the New City presents “Little Red Riding Hood” in East Village from December 10-18, 2011

Theater for the New City Presents “Little Red Riding Hood”
1pm on Saturdays and Sundays between December 10, 2011 through December 18, 2011

Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th St.) NYC 10003

Part of the Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival

Length: 1 hr 00 mins
Admission: Adult for $10 and Children for $7
Intermission: None
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

Little Red is sent into the big woods to deliver a basket of goodies to her sick Grandmother, but is hounded by a hungry wolf who wants the basket for himself. Will Little Red be able to outsmart the wolf and save her Grandmother?

Great for ages 5-9 years!

Add A Puppet Making Workshop to your Theater Outing!

For an Additional charge of $3.00 per child you can make your own puppet before the show. Add the workshop to your show ticket. Space is limited to 15 children with a parent or guardian.

Available only on Saturdays and Sundays at 12:00 PM-12:45 PM

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Hahn-Bin, Itzhak Perlman’s proudly appointed student, performs his avant-pop classical violin at Joe’s Pub, The Public Theater, on December 13, 2011

“I want to be the Botox for the wrinkles and dents of the human heart,” says the dynamic violinist Hahn-Bin, who has become a revolutionary force for classical music in the two short years following his Carnegie Hall debut. In a genre of his own — one he calls avant-pop classical — the bold young virtuoso’s theatrical performances give rise to his strikingly personal tales about “love, fear, beauty, and terror.” The Seoul-born New Yorker, whose early artistic influences include Pedro Almodóvar, Maria Callas and Liza Minnelli, made his international debut at age 12 at the Grammy Awards in 2000, drawing a standing ovation from the legendary Isaac Stern. His groundbreaking Carnegie performance in October 2009, preceded by a decade of study with the preeminent Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School, was lauded by The New York Times as “inspired, innovative and bracing” — but for the Seoul-born New Yorker, it was no time to rest on his laurels.

Hahn-Bin, whose name means ‘the shining star’ in Korean, launched The Renaissance of Classical Music in Spring 2010, an undertaking he calls “an all-encompassing project which aims to bring the quarantined genre into the mainstream pop culture.” The latest installment in The Renaissance of Classical Music is Tilldawn Sunday a “hybrid music theater work where a genderdefying storyline meets a genre-defying musical kaleidoscope,” says Hahn-Bin. Weaving together the music of over 20 composers and set to a narrative written by Hahn-Bin himself, Till Dawn Sunday takes the audience on a voyage through the fullest spectrum of emotions with its four distinct episodes. “Though I’ve always told stories through the violin, the difference with Till Dawn Sunday is that I have now become the drama. I am now the art,” says Hahn-Bin about his new musical odyssey, which features many of the greatest hits in music. Included are classical golden oldies like Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre, Elgar’s Salut d’amour, and Monti’s Csárdás, as well as the evocative film scores of Schindler ’s List, The Wizard of Oz, Young Frankenstein, and The Witches of Eastwick. “I have a morbid fascination for those moments in great films where the soundtrack speaks the unspeakable and in turn reveals truths about the character,” HAHN-BIN says. “I have always been a living cinema, and the violin, my soundtrack — but this time around, with Till Dawn Sunday, there are no secrets left untold.”

Joe’s Pub, The Public Theater, 425 LaFayette Street, New York, NY 10003 Price: $20 December 6 & December 13 at 7:30pm Tickets)212-967-7555

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“Carsten Höller: Experience” at New Museum invites audiences to be physically and psychologically engaged

Carsten Höller: Experience

Carsten Höller: Experience

Carsten Höller: Experience

Carsten Höller: Experience

“Carsten Höller: Experience” is the most comprehensive US exhibition to date of the artist’s engaging work. The current show gathers together a number of the artist’s signature works in an arrangement that transforms the viewer’s experience of time and space. Originally trained as a scientist, Höller is frequently inspired by research and experiments from scientific history and deploys these studies in works that alter the audience’s physical and psychological sensations, inspiring doubt and uncertainty about the world around them. His work often draws on social spaces outside of the museum such as the amusement park, zoo, or playground, but the experiences they provide are always far from our usual expectations of these activities. Höller’s art takes the form of proposals for radical, new ways of living by creating sculptures and diagrams for visionary architecture as well as transportation alternatives, such as his renowned slide installations. These concepts may seem impossible in the present day, but suggest new models for the future.

Each floor of the exhibition explores a different general theme within Höller’s work to provide a carefully choreographed journey through the building and the artist’s oeuvre. The fourth floor focuses on the theme of movement—featuring the artist’s spectacular Mirror Carousel (2005), which provides riders with a notably different physical experience than the traditional fairground merry-go-round, while at the same time reflecting and illuminating the space surrounding it. The third floor gathers together works that seek to provide an altered or utopian experience of architectural space. For example, his Giant Psycho Tank (2000) invites viewers to float weightlessly in the water of a sensory deprivation pool, providing a tenebrous, out-of-body experience.

Over the years, the artist has employed psychotropic drugs, flashing lights, and other stimuli to potentially alter the viewer’s mental state. His new site-specific installation on the second floor, Double Light Corner, flickers back and forth on a central axis, creating an immersive, hallucinatory experience. The work is paired with a recreation of Höller’sExperience Corridor in which the viewer is given the choice to undertake a number of self-experiments. The sculptures,Giant Triple Mushrooms (2010), icons of the kind of personal exploratory journey that his work has always centered on, will also be on view. Taken as a whole, Höller’s work is an invitation to re-imagine the way in which we move through the world and the relationships we build as he asks us to reconsider what we think we know about ourselves.

The exhibition is organized by Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions, with Gary Carrion-Murayari, Associate Curator and Jenny Moore, Assistant Curator.

“Due to unprecedented attendance for the Carsten Holler exhibition and increased staffing needs, we have increased admission prices,” said Gabriel Einsohn, communications director for the New Museum. “It is most likely not a permanent increase.”

The new prices went into effect in early November. Previously, general admission was $12 and is now $16; admission for seniors increased to $14 from $10 while the student rate went to $12 from $8. Admission remains free for museum goers under 18, Einsohn said.

Admission also remains free for everyone every Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m..

Carsten Höller: Experience is on view through Jan. 15. Find more story published in The New York Times.

Carsten Holler

Carsten Holler

Photo by Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

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ArtUP:Growing Public Art in the LES, calls for funding to preserve cultural landmarks in East Village

As the end of the year approaches, FABnyc invites you to help us revitalize our community spaces by supporting our public art program, ArtUp.

Cultural landmarks are disappearing rapidly on the Lower East Side, and, in an effort to preserve the neighborhood’s character, FABnyc’s ArtUp program is transforming construction sites, scaffolding bridges, and vacant spaces into street-side galleries.

Invigorate and preserve the culture of the Lower East Side by making a contribution to ArtUp via our Kickstarter campaign. You can even receive special rewards from past and current ArtUp artists, and, to sweeten the deal, all donors will be invited to a backer party this January.

ArtUp will only be funded if at least $3,000 is pledged by Thursday Dec 29, 9:17pm EST, so every little bit helps and every dollar is appreciated.

Your invaluable support will help generate vital creative exchange and sustain neighborhood character.

Let art inspire you in 2012.

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“East Village Walking Tour,” the perfect guide for people wanting to walk in to life of East Village!

East Village Walking Tour

East Village Walking Tour


There is no better way to get to know a neighborhood than by talking a walking tour with a qualified and experienced guide. The official walking tours of the East Village Visitor Center are offered by the Lower East Side History Project; an award winning non-profit organization dedicated to researching the history of the greater Lower East Side (which actually includes the East Village.) LESHP’s volunteer guides are native New Yorkers who are professional educators, researchers, authors, and active in the community — and the organization offers a variety of public tour topics to choose from. LESHP also caters tours for groups and individual private tours. Specifically interested in the Jewish History of the neighborhood? Then we recommend the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, which offers public and private tours on a regular basis.

This is a crash course in East Village/Lower East Side history. From the farmlands of the 1600s and the wealthy estates of the 1700s, to immigration, tenements, the “melting pot” and how the East Village became a haven for artists and counter culturalists in the twentieth century (and everything in between).

Despite recent gentrification, the East Village neighborhood of the Lower East Side, technically E.14th Street to E. Houston Street, still retains much of its radical character.

Every Saturday at 12:00pm

Reservations: Not Required, you can pay your guide

Fee: $20 General Admission

Location: in front of Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery

Directions: F train to 2nd Ave or 6 train to Bleecker/Lafayette

Meet Here (View larger map/get directions):

Your guide: Andrea Coyle, Director of Outreach and Membership for LESHP, is a native New Yorker, a licensed New York City tour guide, a member of The Guides Association of New York City, and a graphic artist. She is a community activist and is passionate about preserving the fabric of New York City neighborhoods. Andrea was an early education preschool teacher, and she also volunteers for Big Apple Greeter

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