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Monday, August 15, 2011
This Week At 92YTribeca

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Clockwise from top left: Breakdown, Kevin Clash, Wilder Zoby, Irin Carmon

    Tue, Aug 16
  • Film: Just One of the Guys: For a high school senior, Terry (Joyce Hyser) is doing pretty well for herself—beefcake college boyfriend, parents on permanent vacay, bodacious bod—but what she really wants is that career-making summer internship at the local paper. Stick around after the film for post-screening discussion with director Lisa Gottlieb with Irin Carmon

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92Y Recanati-Kaplan Scholar Michael Gellman Performs At Washington International Piano Festival

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17-year-old Michael Gellman is a 92nd Street Y Recanati-Kaplan scholar who recently participated in the Washington International Piano Festival. One of the few selected to perform at this fantastic hour long event, each participant performed a recital of solo piano. Watch video of the full event here; Michael’s piece begins at the 22:45 mark.

As Yana Scotland, Director, School of Music told us, “we are extremely proud and happy!”

Michael’s teacher at 92Y, Tania Tachkova, provides private instruction for both adults and children

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Friday, August 12, 2011
Geeking Out To GeekDown

Hey, don’t mind us. We are just geeking out to this great video Winslow Porter created for GeekDown, “a splendid display of interactive art and wearable technology,” happening tomorrow, August 13 at 92YTribeca. GeekDown is created by some of the brightest young minds in new media and is shaping up to be a night of interactive art, video and music the likes of which you’ve never seen.

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Summer Wanes And Blackberries Ripen

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Nothing symbolizes the beauty of a long, hard-earned summer like a ripened blackberry. And no poet has written about this delicious fruit as eloquently as Seamus Heaney – who kicks off the Poetry Center’s 2011/12 season on September 26.

So, to summer’s end, and to the start of 92Y’s literary season, we give you Seamus Heaney reading “Blackberry Picking”:

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Thursday, August 11, 2011
Jascha Heifetz Played Violin Like God’s Fiddler

Jascha Heifetz was a legendary but mysterious figure whose story embodies the paradox of how a mortal man lives with immortal gifts. “The Olympian quality of Heifetz’s playing,” wrote Thirteen WNET New York, “was unique in luminous transparency of texture, tonal perfection, and formal equilibrium of phrasing.”

God’s Fiddler is a the only film biography of the world’s most renowned violinist. The film opens in New York City at QUAD Cinema on October 28, but you can see it at a special screening at 92nd Street Y on September 18. The film will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with director Peter Rosen, Ayke Agus, violinist, pianist and accompanist of Jascha Heifetz and John Anthony Maltese, the official biography writer of Heifetz. Tickets are available here.

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Welcome To 92nd Street Y’s New Fall Season

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Sol Adler, Executive Director, 92nd Street Y

Welcome to 92nd Street Y’s new fall season.

As always, this time of year generates excitement and anticipation. This fall, we are especially energized by 92nd Street Y’s new look, designed to take us into the future and communicate to people around the world what you already know: that 92Y is “An Open Door to Extraordinary Worlds.” Today, we also have wide open “virtual doors” so that people can experience 92Y wherever they are, whether it’s through our new website or our blog, on Facebook or Twitter, or on YouTube, iTunesU, Fora.tv or Amazon.

Our mission, of course, remains the same: to enrich lives, create community and elevate humanity, all through the lens of our Jewish values, such as learning and self-improvement, family, the joy of life and giving back to the community. To achieve that mission, we offer an extraordinary breadth and depth of programming in the arts, education, health and wellness, and Jewish life to people of all ages, faiths, races, backgrounds and perspectives.

As a member of this very special community of communities, I am humbled and inspired by the many remarkable personal and communal journeys I have witnessed here at 92Y:

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Pulitzer Prize Winner Philip Levine Named Poet Laureate

The New York Times reports The Library of Congress has appointed Philip Levine, “best known for his big-hearted, Whitmanesque poems about working-class Detroit,” as the next Poet Laureate. 

Here’s a podcast from his appearance at 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center in November of 2001. It features the entirety of that reading, which included “On the Meeting of Garcia Lorca and Hart Crane,” “My Father With Cigarette Twelve Years Before the Nazis Could Break His Heart” and “Two Voices.”

Mr. Levine has read at the Poetry Center nine times over the years, most recently in 2009 with Rita Dove.

The 92Y Poetry 2011/12 season kicks off September 26 with Seamus Heaney

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Can’t Find It On Netflix? Try 92YTribeca Film

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Screen grab from Time Regained

Sam Adams, writing in the A. V. Club, looks at the push towards streaming movies at Netflix and what that might mean for film viewers. He’s concerned about the erosion of available titles as viewers are allowed more instance options.

As critic and historian Dave Kehr is often moved to point out, the prevailing myth that “everything is on DVD” is hilariously wrong. Every time a new technology takes over, a chunk of film history gets left behind. Movies that were mainstays of undergraduate film classes have been marginalized as colleges and universities zero out rental budgets and build new classrooms that only allow for projection from digital sources.

The post has generated nearly 800 comments. What do you think, are we losing access to films while gaining the ability to watch instantly?

Speaking of, we’d like to point out some films currently scheduled to play at 92YTribeca that are not available on Netflix. This includes Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, An Unmarried Woman, Madame X, Gleaming the Cube, Der Verlorene, Ride the Pink Horse and Time Regained. We’ll see you there.

But before you go, are there any films you’d like to see at 92YTribeca? Let us know in the comments.

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The Perfect Chair/Bassinet Combo For Your New York Apartment

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A bassinet that doubles as a rocking chair? Cool space-saving design for tiny New York City apartments. Did you know 92YTribeca’s BYOK (Bring Your Own Kids) concerts double as fun for kids AND adults? (Zing!)

We’ve just announced our lineup of BYOK concerts through early December. They are lots of fun!

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Tuesday, August 09, 2011
92Y Havaya International In Savannah, Georgia


[UPDATE: The video above, from WTOC news in Savannah, Georgia, is experiencing technical difficulties.]

92Y Havaya International, a unique summer travel and community service program for American and Israeli teens, is wrapping up its fourth consecutive summer. You can follow their adventures on the 92Y Havaya Facebook page.

This year’s group – which includes 14 Americans and 18 Israelis – just finished their culminating project: organizing and leading Camp Lighthouse, a 4-day camp for Savannah, Georgia’s underserved youth. One of Savannah’s local television stations, WTOC, was quite impressed by the Havayaniks’ efforts, as evidenced by this story that aired on the network on Thursday, August 4. 

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Culture Klatsch: 92Y Q&A With Joshua Jackson

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The Checkout: Live from 92YTribeca is curated by Joshua Jackson, host of WBGO’s hour-long music magazine The Checkout. Jackson is an unparalleled enthusiast for modern expressions in jazz. Today, he is also the focus of the 92Y Culture Klatsch, our 12 question interview series that looks at the subjects media and culture diet. Spoiler alert: He’d “rather be in a small aluminum boat in the shallow brackish marsh of Lafourche Parish. Thinking about absolute and infinite nothingness.”

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
I’m contractually obligated to say WBGO, but it’s true. Gary Walker and Doug Doyle are both great at what they do. I also listen to a few stories on the NPR mobile app. BBC News is paramount - their reporting is better than everything. I add long reads to Instapaper for the commute. Harlem to Newark and back gives me ample time to go deeper.

What are your favorite websites?
I like the curation behind Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings. I’m also continually amazed by the amount of interesting things on government websites, particularly NASA and the Library of Congress. I’ve been listening to vintage audio recordings on the National Jukebox lately. 

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This Week At 92YTribeca

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Clockwise from top left: Callers, Colin Stetson, Chris “Sandman” Sand, BMX Bandits, Eric Harland, Marcus Strickland

    Tue, Aug 9
  • Film: El Norte: It’s a story that happens every day, but until Gregory Nava’s groundbreaking El Norte (The North), the personal travails of immigrants crossing the border to America had never been shown in the movies with such urgent humanism.
  • Music: The Checkout: Live at 92YTribeca featuring Eric Harland and Marcus Strickland
    Thu, Aug 11
  • Film: The New York Premiere of Roll Out, Cowboy. Chris “Sandman” Sand is a rappin’ cowboy from Dunn Center, North Dakota (population: 120 and shrinking). Director Elizabeth Lawrence will be in person for a post-screening Q&A.

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The New York Premiere Of Roll Out, Cowboy

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Chris “Sandman” Sand is a rappin’ cowboy from Dunn Center, North Dakota (population: 120 and shrinking). And Roll Out, Cowboy is the documentary film that tells his story.

He drives a semi, plays the guitar and raps. Sandman looks like Woody Guthrie but sings like LL Cool J. And he’s about to unveil his alter-ego in front of his community. Watch the trailer here.

The film is having it’s New York Premiere at 92YTribeca on August 11 and director Elizabeth Lawrence will be in person for a post-screening Q&A. Get your tickets here.

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Monday, August 08, 2011
92Y Video From The Poetry Center Archives: Ian Frazier And John McPhee

Profiling a place as if it were a person.

Last December, Ian Frazier and John McPhee—two of The New Yorker’s best “place-profilers”— appeared at 92nd Street Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center to read from their new books: Frazier’s Travels in Siberia and McPhee’s Silk Parachute.

After their readings, the two writers were interviewed by Mark Singer, and today’s video features an excerpt from that conversation, which ranges from the origins of their recent work to how they’ve influenced each other over the years.

Related: The 92Y Poetry 2011/12 season kicks off September 26 with Seamus Heaney.

In an ongoing effort to share with our readers some of the great literary moments which the Poetry Center has presented across the decades, this blog has begun to feature regular postings of archival recordings. For access to other recordings, please click here.

Previously:
92Y Video: Ian Frazier Reads Lamentations of the Father
92Y Podcast: John McPhee Reads From Rising from the Plains

Unterberg Poetry Center webcasts and access to our archive are made possible in part by the generous support of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.

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Song About 92Y To Be Performed At The New York International Fringe Festival

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Cast of The Seed of Abraham

“Did you know,” Hilary Russo asked on our Facebook wall, “there is a song called ‘The 92 Street Y’ in the new musical The Seed of Abraham,” set to take the stage at the The New York International Fringe Festival this month? We did not, but we do now! Listen to the mp3.

imageInterested in hearing more about the song, we got in touch with Kenny Karen (seen in the photo at left), who not only is the composer/lyricist of “The 92nd Street Y,” but also the one singing. Turns out, he was a resident of 92Y Residence from September 1961 until March 1962, a time reflected in the song’s lyrics. Kenny recounted his time here at 92Y:

If memory serves me correctly I spent more time at the cafeteria than any other area of the building. My closest friend at the time was a Lower East Side resident, an old Camp Monroe buddy, Sheldon Silver, who for the past fifteen or sixteen years has served as Speaker of the New York State Assembly. We’re still in touch.

The Seed of Abraham, set in 1967, centers around three young people who fight for their dreams in the Bronx. “But when war breaks out in Israel, their loyalties are tested when they are forced to choose between themselves, their families or a higher power.” The musical has five showings at the Bleecker Street Theater in Manhattan, on August 14, 17, 19, 23 and 25.

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