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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 >>

Women Captivate and Mesmerize in 7 Tribeca 2018 Films

The best of Tribeca 2018 films were the remarkable performances of actresses who captivated and mesmerized with their strong or understated performances. At the top of this notable list is Mary Kay Place who gives an extraordinary and moving performance, in Diane, pulled in all directions by a dying cousin, a drug-addicted son and a circle of friends including Andrea Martin. In director Eva Vive’s All About NinaMary Elizabeth Winstead, as Nina, makes relationship self-sabotage relatable as she draws us in to her stand up comedy world career struggles and unstable living situation. Watch and cringe at Emma Roberts frustration as Hallie in In a Relationship, as she deals with her flip flopping boyfriend and cousin Willa (Dree Hemmingway), finding their millennial way. Take the advice and adopt the attitude of Rosemarie DeWitt as Regan in Song of Back and Neck who will inspire you to brighten your outlook with humor and to try acupuncture. Spain, Chile and Italy brought us powerful women in Sunday’s Illness (La Enfermedad del Domingo,) Dry Martina and Daughter of Mine (Figlia Mia.) Susi Sanchez as Anabel and Barbara Lennie as daughter Chiara in Sunday’s Illness are the focal points of this compelling drama, thankfully available from Netflix. Hard to choose the best among the female performances in Daughter of Mine (Figlia Mia), directed by Laura Bispuri but Sara Casu is the most impressive as the wondering yet wary and weary 10-year old Vittoria, figuring out mother Tina’s (Valeria Golino) secret, that Angelica (Alba Rohrwacher), is actually her birth mother. Perhaps the most touching performance was Antonella Costa’s as Martina in Dry Martina as she packs her bag and flies off uninvited to another country in pursuit of a romance, recalling a line from her opening song, “You think you’re hurt but you’re hitting your own face.” Also noteworthy in Dry Martina  is Geraldine Neary as Francisca, going after what she wants. Lisa Skriloff   Read more >>

Diverse Programming at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, April 18-29, 2018

The Tribeca Film Festival, founded in 2001, an annual celebration of film, music and culture, will be held this year on April 18-29 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 Themed Films include: The Gospel According to André, Little Woods, Nigerian Prince, The Rachel Divide, Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland and more. Asian & Asian American Themed Films include: Ghostbox Cowboy, Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda, The Saint Bernard Syndicate, Yellow is Forbidden and more. Female Directors Themed Films include: All About Nina, All These Small Moments, Amateurs (Amatörer), Bathtubs Over Broadway, Braid, Cargo and more. Latin and Spanish language Themed Films include: Dry Martina, Sunday's Illness (La Enfermedad del Domingo), Home + Away, You Shall Not Sleep (No dormirás) and more. LGBTQ Themed Films include: Mapplethorpe, Call Her Ganda, Duck Butter, Every Act of Life, The Miseducation of Cameron Post and more. Jewish Themed Films include: Love, Gilda, Wendy's Shabbat, Disobedience and more. Middle Eastern Themed Films include: The Man Who Stole Banksy, Welcome Home, The Feeling of Being Watched, House Two, Time for Ilhan and more. For more information and full lineup visit: www.tribecafilm.com.  Read more >>