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Friday, February 11, 2011
What Are the Skills of Tomorrow’s Journalist?

What are the skills of tomorrow’s journalist? That’s what Mashable set out to answer at their fifth NextUp NYC on Tuesday at 92YTribeca. Following on the heels of the fourth NextUp NYC discussion, 92YTribeca hosted the fifth NextUp NYC this week with a smart group of panelists who discussed the skills that news organizations will demand and the tools journalists will need to be successful as they redefine the way they report, produce and distribute their content. The panel was led by Mashable‘s Vadim Lavrusik and included Jay Rosen, journalism professor at New York University and blogger at PressThink.org, Jenna Wortham, technology reporter for The New York Times, Drake Martinet, associate editor for D: All Things Digital/The Wall Street Journal Digital and Laurie Segall, money and technology reporter for CNN.

If you missed the event, Mashable produced the fantastic highlights video above.

Related: With the revolution in Egypt front and center on social networks across the world, next Wednesday, February 16, catch Y+30: The Future of Activism at 92YTribeca, which will seek to answer the question: “What will activism look like in 30 years?”

[92YTribeca Talks]

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Monday, January 24, 2011
Have You Ever Been To The Upper North Side?

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New York City is known for it’s neighborhoods: SoHo, Little Italy, Carroll Gardens, Hamilton Heights and more. Some even think we’ve reached neighborhood overkill. So excuse us, but we’ve got one more to add to the lexicon: the Upper North Side, “...the virtual Canadian neighborhood in New York, where you can find up-to-the minute information on Canadian news and events in the greater New York City area.” We also hear the apartments are bigger!

And what kind of events make up the Upper North Side? Well, for example, The Upper North Side Canadian Author Series, coming to 92YTribeca this Wednesday, Jan 26. Canadian author David Bezmozgisa and The New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman will be there for a special evening of readings and conversation. You might recall that Bezmozgisa was one of The New Yorker‘s 20 Under 40 this year and was at 92YTribeca for the December launch of that anthology.

So come be a part of the very newest New York City neighborhood and tell your friends how much better things are the Upper North Side.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Spotlight on Broadway Musical Theater

imageLarry Stempel, author of a new book, Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theater, answered readers’ questions in The New York Times earlier this month. Stempel addressed lyric writing, guilty pleasures, the music vs. lyrics debate, short runs, the shrinking pit, the definition of a “golden age,” and much more.

To hear even more from Stempel, stop by 92YTribeca on Febuary 1 for Showtime: Spotlight on Broadway Musical Theater. You’ll learn how Lillian Russell, Agnes de Mille, Michael Bennett and Stephen Sondheim built America’s love affair with the Great White Way and hear the dazzling history of Broadway musical theater. Order your tickets here.

Upcoming “Lively Arts” Talks at 92YTribeca: Amore: The Story of Italian American Song (Jan 20); Beyond Balanchine: Apollo’s Angels and the History of Ballet (Feb 9); The Hammersteins (Mar 29)

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Monday, December 20, 2010
Louis Armstrong And Downtown Manhattan Together At Last!

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Our thoughtful friends at Downtown Express sent around a clever video holiday card with fun photographs of the downtown neighborhood, all set to Louis Armstrong’s “Cool Yule.” Watch it here!

Speaking of Louis Armstrong, this seems like the perfect time to tell you about Eat, Drink and Think Like...Louis Armstrong at 92YTribeca in March. Coincidentally, this is just in time for another holiday season – Mardi Gras!

Leading the event will be Michael Cogswell, director of the Louis Armstrong House Museum and Jessica B. Harris, culinary historian and the author of High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America. Learn more here.

Related: Drink and laugh heartily along with our “Chinese & a Movie” event on Christmas Day with Airplane and Naked Gun!

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Thursday, December 16, 2010
What You Missed: 20 Under 40: Stories From The New Yorker

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Left to right, here’s Rivka Galchen, Deborah Treisman, Karen Russell, Wells Tower, Gary Shteyngart, David Bezmozgis and Nell Freudenberger backstage at 92YTribeca last night.

They were there to celebrate the release of 20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker, a landmark collection of stories from The New Yorkers 20 Under 40 issue. Check out a photo album from the evening on 92YTribeca’s Flickr page.

[92YTribeca]

Related:
10 Under 10
20 Writers to Watch - An Alternate List
Are these Britain’s best 20 novelists under 40?
A Speculative 20 Under 40, from 40 Years Ago

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Thursday, December 02, 2010
Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet

imageThe New York Times on Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet:

“It has never been done, what Jennifer Homans has done in “Apollo’s Angels.” She has written the only truly definitive history of the most impossibly fantastic art form, ballet, this most refined, most exquisite art of “aristocratic etiquette,” this “science of behavior toward others,” as a 17th-century ballet master put it, in which lovely young women perch upon their 10 little toe tips (actually, it is ­really just the two big toes that alternately support the entire body’s weight: think about it) and waft about where the air is thinner — but heaven is closer.”

That is quite the review! The Wall Street Journal, NPR and Slate have all devoted column inches as well.

Jennifer Homans has followed ballet across continents and through time. She’s at 92YTribeca on February 9 to further expound for Beyond Balanchine: Apollo’s Angels and the History of Ballet. Learn why ballet was not only artistic, but political, bound up with the fate of kings, courts and states.

[Beyond Balanchine: Apollo’s Angels and the History of Ballet]

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Monday, November 29, 2010
Discussing Contemporary Asian Art

That’s Melissa Chiu, Museum Director at New York’s Asia Society, discussing the history of Chinese contemporary art. Tomorrow at 92YTribeca, Chiu and Benjamin Genocchio, The New York Times art and culture critic, will offer their insights on the relationship of the burgeoning field of contemporary Asian to history, politics and popular culture.

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Friday, November 19, 2010
What You Missed: The Anthology of Rap

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Clockwise from top left: Immortal Technique, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Imani Perry, Adam Bradley, Grandmaster Caz, Touré, Andrew DuBois, Farai Chideya, LaTasha Diggs and Val Jeanty.

The new, pioneering book The Anthology of Rap brings together more than 300 lyrics written over 30 years, from the “old school” to the “golden age” to the present day, demonstrating that rap is also a wide-reaching and vital poetic tradition. Editors Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois came to 92YTribeca on Wednesday night with a a line-up of writers, musicians, poets and academics to celebrate the release of The Anthology of Rap and paid tribute to the influential lyrics and songs in the book.

Along the way, the book is changing the way some people view rap. By his own admission, Sam Anderson, the book critic at New York magazine, is “functionally hip-hop illiterate.” Then he read the book: “I fell in love with a long list of textual voices,” he excitedly exclaimed. “Big L, Big Pun, Bun B, Kool Moe Dee, Mos Def, Brother Ali, the Clipse, Jean Grae, Kanye West, Young Jeezy, DMX, Slick Rick.” Based solely on his reading of Anthology, he even broached the topic of “best rap lyricist of all time,” and made a pretty solid choice: Big Daddy Kane.

Related: NPR’s All Things Considered has an interview with Adam Bradley, co-editor of the book.

Tonight at 92YTribeca: Straight Allies Shabbat Dinner with Rabbi Dan Ain & Brian Elliot, Meet the Lady: Makeover Montages! and Stephanie Rooker & the Search Engine CD Release with Special Guests Kalae AllDay and Chesney Snow.

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Friday, November 12, 2010
Naomi Wolf Talks With Feminism’s New Young Leaders

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Voices from the left and right: Lesley Jane Seymour, Courtney E. Martin, Lena Chen, Shelby Knox, Allison Kasic and Naomi Wolf. View more photos on Flickr.

Author Naomi Wolf joined More editor-in-chief Lesley Jane Seymour and panelists Courtney E. Martin, Lena Chen, Shelby Knox, Allison Kasic and Naomi Wolf at 92YTribeca last night for a talk with ”feminism’s new young leaders.” The Wall Street Journal‘s Speakeasy blog was there and took notes:

On whether prostitution and sex-work can be feminist:

Lena Chen: “Who are we to judge other women’s labor decisions? I don’t think you can say sex work is any more dehumanizing than office work.”

Wolf turned to Kasic and asked her if “the libertarian” in her agreed, and Kasic said yes, she didn’t think prostitution should be illegal.

Jezebel filed their own report as well, and found the event was “sadly lacking in matricide.”

Were you there? What’s your take on the event? Let us know in the comments…

[92YTribeca Talks]




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Tuesday, November 02, 2010
The Anthology of Rap: A Crash Course in Rap Lyrics

imageSam Anderson takes Straight Outta Comp 101 as he dives into The Anthology of Rap for a New York magazine review:

For one reason or another—dorkiness, Oregonianism, spiritual daintiness—I find myself, at age 33, functionally hip-hop illiterate. Aside from a feverish adolescent fling with my brother’s MC Hammer tape, I have spent almost zero percent of my life voluntarily listening to rap music. Part of this is genetic: As the child of folk-singing hippies, I have ear canals specially angled to detect and enjoy warbly guitar ballads. (Simon and Garfunkel reunite every day to play nine-hour private concerts in the coffeehouse of my mind.) I have never, to my knowledge, heard a song by 2Pac, Nas, Lil’ Kim, Lil Wayne, KRS-One, DMX, Kanye West, Cam’ron, 50 Cent, or the Wu-Tang Clan. Until last week, I thought Mobb Deep and Mos Def were the same thing. (It turns out they are very different.)

Normally I don’t mind being out of the pop-cultural loop—I’ve even learned, over the years, to wear my ignorance with a certain musty old-man pride. Given, however, that I am a professional studier of words, my hip-hop blind spot has come to seem indefensible: I am clueless about one of the culture’s most vital fronts of verbal artistry. It would be like an art critic who’s never seen a comic book, or a choreographer who’s never heard of Michael Jackson.

This is why I’m so evangelically excited about The Anthology of Rap, Yale University Press’s monumental new collection of rap lyrics. It feels like it was published, exclusively for me, by the vanity press of my own subconscious. It’s an English major’s hip-hop bible, an impossible fusion of street cred and book learning. The anthology spans the entire 30-year history of the genre, from Afrika Bambaataa to Young Jeezy.

If you’re like Sam—or if you already know E-40, the man who popularized the suffix -izzle, and Twista, onetime holder of the Guinness record for world’s fastest MC—you don’t want to miss the book party reading at 92YTribeca featuring editors Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois with a line-up of writers, musicians, poets and academics including Imani Perry, LaTasha Diggs, Immortal Technique, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Adam Mansbach, Touré, Dream Hampton and Grandmaster Caz on November 17.




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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
You’ve Been Starstruck

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Paparazzi outside Michael Douglas’ apartment building in Manhattan / Photo Credit: Jezebel

Gawker Media’s Jezebel.com recently assigned a writer to trail a paparazzo for a day in Manhattan. The intent was to offer their readers “a behind-the-scenes look at the juggernaut of today’s ‘celebrity’ industry.” If you haven’t read it, we recommend you do; the report was oddly fascinating and endlessly interesting. 

For even more involved discussion on celebrity, Remy Stern, Editor-in-Chief of Gawker.com, author Elizabeth Currid-Halkett (Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity) and Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales will be at 92YTribeca on November 11 to really delve into the topic. They’ll begin with the questions: “What exactly is celebrity and how does it function? Why do we care about some people more than others?”

Do you have any questions for the panelists? Submit them here in the comments and we will forward them along for consideration during the Q&A!

[Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity]

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010
This Is What The New Feminists Look Like

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Photo: “This Is What The New Feminists Look Like,” from More magazine

The image above comes from the latest issue of More magazine, on newsstands today. The photo features ten young feminists, (Karin Agness, Lena Chen, Megan Evans, Allison Kasic, Shelby Knox, Jen McCreight, LaToya Peterson, Morgane Richardson, Julie Zeilinger and Tracy Clark-Flory) and accompanies an article on “the new feminists.” Track Clark-Flory, photographed above, added an interesting viewpoint in Salon yesterday, when she reported she showed the photo to her roommate, “...a lesbian and reproductive rights activist.” Her roommate responded: ‘Where are the butch girls?’ “Indeed,” Clark continued, “it’s a safe, commercialized vision of young feminism.”

In a talk that likely will address this issue and others, Author Naomi Wolf joins More editor-in-chief Lesley Jane Seymour and panelists Lena Chen, Allison Kasic, Shelby Knox and Jessica Valenti [Ed. note: Jessica will not be attending] on November 10 at 92YTribeca for a provocative discussion: How do the young leaders define feminism? Is blogging the new march on Washington? What do the conservative feminists believe? And will the intergenerational clash ever end? Tickets are available here.

Upcoming Talks at 92YTribeca: A Conversation with Edward Burns (Oct 27); Y + 30: The Future of Retail (Nov 1); Rob Williams’ “The Mystic Chord” (Nov 3).

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Thursday, October 14, 2010
92YTribeca Podcast: Herding Donkeys, Howard Dean and Ari Berman: The Future of the Democratic Party

On October 5, with the midterm elections exactly a month away, The Nation magazine political correspondent Ari Berman talked about his new book Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics with Howard Dean which tells the inside story of Dean's visionary yet controversial fifty-state strategy, charts his unpredictable journey from an insurgent presidential candidate in 2004 to the chairman and conscience of the Democratic Party and shows how President Obama's campaign—particularly its groundbreaking embrace of grassroots organizing and activism—built upon Dean's blueprint. The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel moderated the talk. This podcast features the full program.

Don't miss Ari Berman's return to 92YTribeca on October 29 for a Political Shabbat Dinner.

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Thursday, October 07, 2010
Are Moms Tougher On Their Daughters?

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Photo of Mom and Daughter from Flickr user abbyladybug

Are moms tougher on their daughters? That’s what Jezebel.com, Gawker’s widely read women’s issue blog, asked yesterday. According to Jez, a survey by Netmums of 2,500 women found moms are tougher of their daughters, and “twice as likely to criticize their daughters as they were to criticize their sons.” They continued:

It’s not clear whether Netmums used a random sampling of women, so their survey might not stand up to scientific scrutiny. But it’s interesting, nonetheless, to think about the way moms might treat their children differently.

Interesting indeed. What do you think about these findings? Any moms out there want to chime in?

We imagine Susan Shapiro Barash, Gender Studies faculty member at Marymount Manhattan College, would probably have something to say about. Next Tuesday, October 12, Barash will be at 92YTribeca covering similar ground during her talk: Mother-Daughter Dynamics: Am I Creating a Monster? Questions she raises include “Are you sending mixed messages about achievement?” and “Is there too much emphasis on beauty?” Tickets can be purchased here.

[92YTribeca Daytime Talks]

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Tomatoes, Watermelons and Striped Bass - Oh My!

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Look good? Yumsugar has a recipe for it, Grilled Bass With Green Tomato and Watermelon Salsa. Oh my, indeed. If you’re serious about enjoying fruits of the sea and garden, Russell Moss, executive chef at 92YTribeca, is hosting a Culinary Happy Hour: Tomatoes, Watermelons and Striped Bass on Wednesday. Sample the chef’s creations and enjoy a specialty cocktail (or glass of wine) with other foodies. A fun evening treat for anyone looking to beat the mid-summer heat, socialize and learn cool cooking secrets.

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