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The New York Baltic Film Festival at Scandinavia House Returns as a Virtual Event This Fall

The Third Annual New York Baltic Film Festival (NYBFF) presented by Scandinavia House returns in 2020 with a virtual version taking place in three sessions: October 15-18, October 29-November 1, and November 12-15. This year, the festival will expand beyond New York to offer a selection of the most exciting and relevant Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian films to audiences across the U.S., to view in the comfort of their own homes. In 2020, NYBFF presented by Scandinavia House invites viewers to look at the world through Baltic eyes and be inspired to seize opportunities for positive change. This year’s festival will take place in three virtual sessions, each featuring an Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian feature film, as well as live virtual Q&As with filmmakers and discussion panels. The inaugural package LAUGH & CRY (October 15-18) will showcase Baltic comedies. The next package STRESS & RELEASE (October 29-November 1) – just in time for Halloween – will present thrillers from the region. The final package LOOKING INWARD & FORWARD (November 12-15) will spotlight the latest critically-acclaimed international festival favorites from the Baltic States. Established in 2018, the New York Baltic Film Festival is presented by Scandinavia House and organized by the Consulate General of Estonia, Consulate General of Lithuania, and Consulate of Latvia in New York. Financial support for the festival comes from the Estonian Film Institute, National Film Center of Latvia, and Lithuanian Film Center, with additional sponsorship by the Lithuanian Culture Institute, American Latvian Association and LV-100. Festival passes are on sale at scandinaviahouse.org.  Read more >>

Playbill & The Broadway League present ¡VIVA BROADWAY! HEAR OUR VOICES

Playbill and The Broadway League present ¡Viva Broadway! Hear Our Voices, a digital concert in celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, as well as Latinx milestones in theatre, featuring an extraordinary roster of award-winning stage and screen Latinx talent. Hosted by Andréa Burns (In the Heights, On Your Feet!), the concert will premiere on Playbill.com, Playbill’s YouTube Channel and on The Broadway League’s website (Viva.Broadway) on Thursday October 1, 2020 at 8PM ET and remain available for viewing until Monday October 5 at 8PM ET. ¡Viva Broadway! Hear Our Voices will salute the vibrant, lasting legacy that Latinx artists have contributed and continue to give to Broadway and the entire theatre community while showcasing Latinx talent in an effort to continue to increase representation throughout the industry. Directed and choreographed by Olivier and Tony Award-winning director/choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Ain’t Too Proud), this theatrical event will feature appearances by a roster of award winners and nominees, including Lucie Arnaz, Gloria Estefan, John Leguizamo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Luis Miranda, Chita Rivera and Thalía. The event will include a performance from members of the original cast of In the Heights, including Karen Olivo, Andréa Burns, Janet Dacal, Olga Merediz, Carlos Gomez and Luis Salgado; as well as performances from Broadway-bound musicals and new works including John Leguizamo’s Kiss My Aztec; Arrabal; Passing Through; and a look at the first Spanish-language production of A Chorus LineViva Broadway is The Broadway League’s national audience development partnership with the Latinx community that helps bridge the world of Broadway with Latinx audiences across the country. Proceeds from the concert will support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Broadway Bridges. For more information visit BroadwayLeague.com or follow @BroadwayLeague on Twitter and Facebook.com/BroadwayLeague. Follow @Broadway on Instagram for more Broadway content.  Read more >>

Casting Announced for Broadway-Aimed Musical, "AMERICANO!" at The Phoenix Theatre Company

The Broadway-aimed musical Americano!, inspired by the life of DREAMer and community organizer Tony Valdovinos, announced its complete cast. The world-premiere production, running January 29 - February 23 at Phoenix, Arizona's The Phoenix Theatre Company, features Sean Ewing (Broadway's West Side Story, Amazing Grace) as Tony Valdovinos, leading a company including Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda, Maria Amorocho, Edgar Lopez, Alyssa Gomez, Joseph Cannon, Justin Figueroa, Michael Scott, Sonia Rodriguez Wood, Anson Romney, Chris Eriksen, Joseph Cavasos, Matravius Avent, Jessie Jo Pauley, Shani Barrett, Nicholas Flores, Ricco Machado-Torres, Lucas Coatney, Anne-Lise Koyabe, Tarnim Bybee, Cole Newburg, Elyssa Blonder and Aidan Lutton. With America once again embroiled in heated debates about immigration, Americano! is the true story - the life, the challenges, and the trials - of Tony Valdovinos, a DREAMer brought to America by his parents when he was two years old. Inspired by 9/11, Tony walked into a Marine Corps recruitment office visiting Camelback High School in Phoenix on his 18th birthday to enlist, only to discover his parents hadn't told him he was an undocumented immigrant. But he didn't give up on serving the only country he had ever known-he did it in alternatively powerful ways instead. Americano! casts a deeply human light on what it means to be a DREAMer, at a time when the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to rule on their fate in June, 2020. Americano! is presented by The Phoenix Theatre Company, during its 100th Anniversary season, and Quixote Productions (Jason Rose, producer), Tony Award-winning producer Ken Davenport (Altar Boyz, Godspell, Kinky Boots and Once on This Island) is the executive producer. Americano! features an original score by critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez ("Lola," named as one of NPR's top 50 albums of the year), with a book by Michael Barnard(Producing Artistic Director, The Phoenix Theatre Company) and Jonathan Rosenberg. Michael Barnard also serves as the director of Americano! which features choreography by Sergio Mejia, and musical arrangements by Sergio Mendoza with Marco Rosano. Former New York Times Phoenix Bureau Chief Fernanda Santos is a creative consultant. Tickets for Americano! are available at www.phoenixtheatre.com. For more information, visit AmericanoTheMusical.com.  Read more >>

MindTravel SilentWalk at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC

Get carried away on a journey of art and music as MindTravel returns to NYC at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Saturday 1/25 and Sunday, 1/26 2020. Explore one of the world's largest collections of art and ancient artifacts and viscerally experience the vast exhibitions while connecting deeply and presently through the evocative MindTravel Music. This guided experience will be led by MindTravel creator Murray Hidary. SilentWalkers will gather in the Met lobby and receive their headphones. After a short introduction and intention-setting, the group will venture forth on a guided 'walk' through the Met's vast exhibitions and remarkable collections for an inspiring, uplifting and powerful creative journey--all while enveloped in the transcendent sounds of Murray's beautiful, original compositions.   Read more >>

A FAITHFUL MAN Directed by Louis Garrel Opens in NY at Quad Cinema & FIAF (French Institute Alliance Francaise) Fri, July 19

Nine years after she left him for his best friend, journalist Abel (Louis Garrel) gets back together with his recently widowed old flame Marianne (Laetitia Casta). It seems to be a beautiful new beginning, but soon the hapless Abel finds himself embroiled in all sorts of drama: the come-ons of a wily jeune femme (Lily-Rose Depp), the machinations of Marianne’s morbid young son (Joseph Engel), and some unsavory questions about what exactly happened to his girlfriend’s first husband. Shifting points of view as nimbly as its players switch partners, the sophomore feature from actor/director Louis Garrel—co-written with the legendary Jean-Claude Carrière—is at once a beguiling bedroom farce and a playful inversion of the patriarchal tropes of the French New Wave. Opens in NY at Quad Cinema & FIAF (French Institute Alliance Francaise) Fri, July 19, 2019. In French with English subtitles  Read more >>

Standout Films Document Women and What Happens to Them at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival

Great stories are timeless. It’s the theme of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Five films in particular struck a chord that resonated with the theme. This year’s films standout films share this: “It’s the story of a woman And this is what happens to her.” And “It’s the story of all women. And this is their plight.” It’s the story of a black woman in Los Angeles. A Turkish woman in Germany. A Chinese woman in New York City. (Lucky Grandma.) Single women In China. NFL cheerleaders.  What’s the resolution? A death. Acceptance. A move out of the country. A move backwards in time to a familiar past.  Which of these 5 movies can an American woman relate to? Which scenario is most likely to happen to her? Even if you do the math: How many single women are there in China. How many honor killings happen in the world. It happens in the U.S. How many women go away for the weekend with their ex boyfriend and his new girlfriend. (The Weekend with Sasheer Zamata). How many women are paid less than a man doing the same job and don’t feel their work is valued; are taken advantage of? A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem documents the NFL’s attitude that its cheerleaders should be grateful to be selected to work for less than minimum wage. Never will I look at my guilty pleasure the reality TV show, “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” the same way. Leftover Women follows several professional women fighting society’s and family pressures to quickly marry. A Regular Woman is the real-life story of Hatun "Aynur" Sürücü a young Turkish woman and mother who was murdered by her youngest brother in an honor killing for having dared to leave a man who abused her. Catch these 5 films at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Now through May 5th. https://www.tribecafilm.com/festival. Depart stunned. Depart crying. Depart uplifted.  The most hopeful statement is uttered in Leftover Women. “Water flows and a channel is formed.”  Read more >>

Diverse Programming at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, April 24 – May 5, 2019

The Tribeca Film Festival, founded in 2001, an annual celebration of film, music and culture, will be held this year on April 24 – May 5 in New York. This year’s themes reflect the diversity of the film program including African American, Asian, Female Directors, Latin, LGBT, Tribeca Film Institute Supported among others. It is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors. This year’s African American and African Diaspora Themed Films include: 17 Blocks, The Apollo, Burning Cane, Changing the Game and more. Asian/East Asian Themed Films include: 37 Seconds, AAMIS, American Factory, American Woman and more. Female Creators Themed Films include: All I Can Say, At the Heart of Gold, Circus of Books, Buffaloed and more. LATINX Themed Films include: Clementine, The Dominican Dream, The Gasoline Thieves (Huachicolero), Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice and more. LGBTQIA+ Themed Films include: For They Know Not What They Do, Flawless (Haneshef), Gay Chorus Deep South, Halston and more. Jewish Themed Films include: Ask Dr. Ruth, Rewind, What Will Become of Us?, “Black Hat” and more. For more information and full lineup visit: www.tribecafilm.com.  Read more >>

“Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations” Now on Broadway

Thoroughly enjoyed “Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations!” Get ready for a fabulous night at the Imperial theater featuring favorite musical numbers “My Girl,” “Get Ready,” “Since I Lost My Baby,” “I Can't Get Next To You,” “Papa Was A Rollin' Stone,” “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me),” “I'm Gonna Make You Love Me. “ Follow @ainttooproudmusical and get tickets now “Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations” at www.ainttooproudmusical.com.  Read more >>

Nordic Oscar Contenders - This January at Scandinavia House


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New-York Historical Society To Establish Galleries Dedicated To Exploring Race In America

The New-York Historical Society announced a new initiative to dedicate renovated, prime rotating gallery space to the topics of freedom, equality, and civil rights in America. Launching in fall 2018 with the inaugural exhibition Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow (on view September 7, 2018 – March 3, 2019), the galleries will primarily explore the long struggle of African Americans for full rights as citizens, including the right to be accepted and to feel safe, with future exhibitions widening the lens to include other historically marginalized groups. Major funding for the renovated galleries was provided by the New York City Council. The inaugural exhibition, Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, examines the meaning of citizenship for African Americans following the abolition of slavery, through Reconstruction and the Jim Crow era. Future exhibitions at the Museum include Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean (November 2, 2018 – May 27, 2019), highlighting the work of an iconic figure of the Black Arts Movement of the 1970s, whose complex assemblage sculptures address race, memory, and black consciousness; Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman (spring 2019), showcasing the work of the influential Harlem Renaissance sculptor who overcame poverty, racism, and sexual discrimination, and whose work elevated images of black culture into mainstream America; and in summer 2019, a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, the historic turning point in the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement. For more information visit https://www.nyhistory.org.   Read more >>