Film: Breakdown: Clean-cut yuppie Jeff Taylor (Kurt Russell) and his Bennetton-wardrobed spouse Amy (Kathleen Quinlan) are driving cross-country in their shiny red Jeep Cherokee. They break down somewhere out in John Ford country. A helpful trucker (J.T. Walsh) gives the lady a lift to a nearby telephone … and she doesn’t come back.
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
Wed, Aug 17
Film: Next Stop Greenwich Village: Larry Lipinsky is a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn. It’s 1953, and he has big dreams of artistic stardom, so this would-be thespian moves to the West Village—much to the chagrin of his helicopter mother (Shelley Winters).
92Y Recanati-Kaplan Scholar Michael Gellman Performs At Washington International Piano Festival
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!”
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.
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”:
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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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:
Pulitzer Prize Winner Philip Levine Named Poet Laureate
The New York Timesreports 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Interested 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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