Talk: Toxic Friends: Gender expert Susan Shapiro Barash explores the intricacies of women’s friendships and shares insights on how women can extricate themselves from damaging friendships to create more fulfilling ones.
Film: Streetwise FREE. with a 16mm film print from the archive of the New York Public Library, and director Martin Bell and photographer Mary Ellen Mark in person for Q&A. Read more on the 92Y Blog.
The Oct 23 installment, co-hosted by horror fan and writer Tom Peyer, (Tek Jansen, Silver Age: Doom Patrol), will feature not only well known Price material, (such as this clip with Kermit the Frog), but also rare film and TV clips. Special guests will examine Price’s legacy, the dark side of Price, and actor Arthur Anderson will talk about Price and their days at Orson Welles’ Mercury Players! What’s more, very seriously, every admission will include a free pencil-moustache. Oh yah.
For the video variety show tonight featuring famous werewolves, Saturday Morning cartoons, a TV mystery (written by the creator of The Sopranos) and other footage, Kevin has made werewolves cupcakes (pictured bottom right). That’s right, and you get to eat them. If you haven’t heard, cupcakes are an international phenomenon.
As Kevin wrote on his blog, there are five great things about werewolf cupcakes:
1. Werewolf Cupcakes can be friends with Vampire Cupcakes (this would NEVER happen in the real world.)
2. The Werewolf Cupcake is a good diet snack – you might not eat it, because it’s so fun to look at.
3. Werewolf Cupcakes don’t suffer horrible dreams about hunting deer by moonlight.
4. Hitler, who loved werewolves, never got to enjoy a Werewolf Cupcake – but you can.
5. No one has ever been violently disemboweled by a Werewolf Cupcake.**
Film: Gotta Dance. Post-screening discussion with veteran Broadway producer and director Dori Berinstein and columnist Steve Ramos as well as a performance by the stars of the film, the NETSational Seniors. Read more on the 92Y Blog.
Matt Dentler at indieWIRE is quite impressed by the “cool shows” in comedy, music and film, at 92YTribeca, and seems genuinely surprised that this all happens while being located in – gasp! – NOT Brooklyn! Kids these days.
“If you live in Manhattan,” Matt said, “you usually have to make the trip to Williamsburg to get this kind of eclectic, indie-minded programming. Now you just have to head down to Hudson and Canal.”
I’d heard about the 92Y Tribeca as more and more cool shows became booked on their calendar. Impressive comedy lineups featuring Zach Galifinakis and Eugene Mirman, music lineups featuring St. Vincent and Yo La Tengo, and film lineups that include sing-a-long shows and festival favorites.
Matt went on to praise 92YTribeca curator Cristina Cacioppo, who he says, “is on a mission to offer some quality alternatives,” in film screening and series. It is praise well deserved.
Neil Labute’s Reasons to be Pretty was nominated for Best Play, among other nominations. Labute was at 92YTribeca earlier this year to read selections from Reasons to be Pretty and offer a rare glimpse into his life, work and creative process. 92YTribeca also had the extraordinary company of Broadway’s huge Tony-nominated hit, [title of show], for a lively conversation and performance. The list of theater events we’ve hosted could go on and on: Spring Awakening, August: Osage County, Hedda Gabler…
“The looming question is,” Dance Studio Life wondered in their latest issue, “Can karaoke do the same thing for dance that it’s done for bar attendance, liquor consumption, and just plain fun?” As they found out upon visiting Dance-a-Raoke at 92YTribeca (also known as dance-a-awesome), the answer is yes. An excerpt from their article (not online):
The dance improvisation of the Y’s Dance-a-Raoke requires both skilled movers and willing audience members, some of whom lack any dance training. The monthly event, which costs $12, features a rotating group of professional dancers who respond to zany and often randy commands from a roulette “Wheel of Miss Fortune.” Audience members might be asked to do everything from performing duets with the pros to gyrating with each other, swinging feather boas.
Though we can’t really take credit for discovering a pot of fun at the end of a costumed, dancing, alcohol imbibing rainbow, we will if you insist.
Catch the next Dance-a-Raoke night on May 12 with premier salsa dancer and party host Jose Rosario and super swinger Jessi “Dance Magic” Patz and friends as they duke it out on the brawl-room dance floor.
Video of Manhattan Monologue Slam champ Ebony Coles defending her title last summer
The long-running Manhattan Monologue Slam – part Masterpiece Theater, part American Idol – is now being presented every Wednesday night at 92YTribeca. In 5 years of existence, as the performance grew from small East Village cafes to it’s current home at 92YTribeca, the Manhattan Monologue Slam has staged over 1000 actors and played host to over 200 industry professionals on its panel.
Presented in two acts, Act One of the Slam features 8 pre-selected actors who perform 3-minute theatrical monologues (both dramatic and comedic), while Act Two features actors from the audience who have signed up on the spot to perform 30-second mini monologues. The show has developed a reputation as a launching pad for work for those who do well. After Allison Findlater won the first Slam in 2004, she told the New York Times: ‘’I’ve been sent out continuously now, whereas I couldn’t even get through the doors of some of these agents. So it’s been huge for me.’’ The next MMS will be on April 22.
Upcoming events at 92YTribeca:
Film: Short Slam #6 hosted by Ray Privett, president of Cinema Purgatorio, and comedian Victor Varnado: Apr 18
Comedy Below Canal: Paul F. Tompkins and Friends with Lisa deLarios and Musical Guest Ted Leo: Apr 23
Edward Albee, David Henry Hwang, Deborah Brevoort and David Grimm on Mentoring in the Arts: Apr 29
The cast and creative team behind the Broadway hit, August: Osage County, recently took the stage at 92YTribeca for a behind-the-scenes look at the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play. As Flavorwire recently noted after attending Neil LaBute’s talk here, “the space is incredibly intimate” and it’s not uncommon for audience members to strike up a conversation with the talent like the two guys above and the legendary Estelle Parsons.