Archive for January, 2012

Silent Films of Bill Morrison to be Screened at the Winter Garden, For Free!

January 30, 2012 in Art | Comments (0)

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Miners' Hymm /Photo: Bill Morrison

Who says you get what you pay for? If you are looking for something really special to do, consider the salute to New York-based artist and filmmaker Bill Morrison which will be held, for free, at the Winter Garden of the World Financial Center.

Not only will you be enthralled by the silent films of Morrison from January 31st through February 3rd, but the first and last films will be accompanied with the performance of live music.

This series of screenings will examine a selection of some of Morrison’s major works which were all done in collaboration with some of today’s most exceptional new-music composers.

On January 31st ‘The Miners’ Hymms,’ Morrison’s paean to the coal mining culture of northeastern England, will be accompanied by a brass-filled score by the renown electronic composer hailing from Iceland, Jóhann Jóhannsson. Performing the piece will be The Wordless Music Orchestra.

All the films in the series will begin at 7:30pm, and are free of charge. This program is probably one of New York’s most “worth-it” events, a great experience at no cost. Run, don’t walk!

New York Skyride Introduces the Big Apple to Visitors in Exciting Style

January 23, 2012 in Tourism | Comments (0)

First time to New York? You might want to consider the perfect way to introduce yourself to all the wonder and excitement that New York has to offer. On the second floor of the most famous building in the world, the Empire State Building is a simulated skyride narrated by actor Kevin Bacon, which takes you on a half hour fantastic adventure across the iconic New York skyline to visit almost three dozen of New York’s most incredible landmarks.

Visitors stand on a specially engineered platform before an 18-foot high-definition screen, and feel like they are on a magical voyage of exploration. When you are finished, it is just a step away to visit the must-see Observatory, where the magic of New York truly comes to life.

Jews on Film in New York

January 16, 2012 in Entertainment | Comments (0)

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Enjoy the New York Jewish Film Festival from January 11 through January 26. This is an annual event celebrating its 21st year of bringing the most innovative and provocative films which focus on the Jewish experience throughout the world to the people of New York.

The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center together present these less well known films, which sometimes go on to become quite successful, gaining entry into theaters around the country and broadcasts on television. Ajam was one such movie; a crime thriller shot on the streets of Jaffa in Israel, which was featured in the 2010 New York Jewish Film Festival and went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film.

For more information visit the web site of the Jewish Museum.

Four Hundred Miles to Freedom is just one of the many fascinating films which will be shown at the festival.

Paul Taylor Celebrates 50 Years of Aureole With Special Performance

January 9, 2012 in Entertainment | Comments (0)

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De Suenos by Paul Taylor Dance Company

Back in 1962 $3.50 was a lot of money; it at least could pay for a ticket to see a performance of Paul Taylor’s “Aureole, ” a dance piece set to the music of Handel. You might think that those days are long gone; but no, The Paul Taylor Dance Company announced last Thursday that they are planning on adding one special performance during its three-week season for which the audience will only have to shell out $3.50 for a seat. The great price is in honor of the 50th anniversary of this unique work.

One of a rare breed of choreographers, Paul Taylor is one of the few still alive whose work is considered classic. There is no other dance company in New York whose repertoire is so beloved that a season of performances by the 54-year-old modern dance troupe is considered an annual event not to be missed.

Paul Taylor

The 2012 season opens on March 14th and continues through April 1st, at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. The additional show for which tickets are rolled back to 1962 prices, the year that Aureole was first staged, will take place on March 13th. There will also be a Gala performance, including dinner, dancing on the Promenade and a Dutch Auction, on the evening of March 15th.

Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dragon

January 2, 2012 in Culture and History | Comments (0)

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Shaolin Kung Fu

This year’s celebration of the Chinese New Year coincides with the 100th anniversary of the founding of modern China. According to one opinion this year marks the 4709th year since the adoption of the Chinese calendar, and beginning on January 23rd, 2012, it is the year of the dragon. (Many hold that since the Chinese calendar is cyclical it is not relevant to give a number to the years that are passing.)

No matter which version of the Chinese calendar you adhere to, there is no question that the Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in the

Year of the Dragon

traditional Chinese calendar, and is celebrated with great joy. The New York Chinese Cultural Center invites everyone to celebrate the coming year of the dragon on January 28th, 2012, from 1pm until 4pm at the Winter Garden in the World Financial Center.

This celebration will be the biggest of its kind on the entire East Coast. To make this day even more special, for the first time in history there will be an indoor family cultural day event on the Chinese New Year for all New Yorkers to share in.

The festival will begin with arts and crafts for children and their parents. For about 90 minutes participants will try their hands at paper cutting, making dough figurines, having their faces painted, and calligraphy workshops. There will be entertainment on stage, with the traditional lion dance, folk dances, Shaolin Kung Fu acrobats, and wonderful music ensembles. All the programs are free to the public.

The Winter Garden, World Financial Center is located at 220 Vesey Street in lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City.