May 25, 2006

Spoke The Hub ‘Class Sharings’

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Spoke The Hub wants you to come check out their classes. Read on:
Dear Spoke the Hub Families & Students,

Just want to make sure that everyone knows about our annual “Class Sharings”
on Friday June 16 at 7:30 pm at the Gowanus Arts Building, 3rd Floor, Buzzer
#6, 295 Douglass Street, between 3rd & 4th Avenues? Please consult your
teacher about what day and time your child’s additional spacing/tech
rehearsal is, what time to arrive on Friday, and what to wear to this
informal family performance event. Also be reminded that if you or your
child have missed Spring classes to make-up, this must be accomplished
before the end of June — no exceptions or extensions.

Our summer classes begin July 5th so if you plan to register for this 6 week
summer session, please do so before June 16 and receive a $10 off discount!

Also, if you have not yet put in your two cents worth, let us know if you
would prefer we start our Fall classes right after Labor Day this year
(rather then starting them the first week of October which is what we have
traditionally done) and if you have any requests for new or different class
offerings. Our proposed Fall schedule should be available at the Class
Sharings, so please feel free to consult Spoke the Hub teachers and staff at
that time on what Fall classes might best serve your family’s needs.

Free event from the Aquila Theater Company

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The Aquila Theatre Company and New York University’s Center for Ancient
Studies invite you to a special free event — ENACTING MEDEA: Theatre,
Opera, and Film – “An exploration of the character of MEDEA across the
spectrum of performing art forms.”

Thursday, June 1, 2006, 5pm-8pm at Hemmerdinger Hall, 100 Washington
Square East New York, NY 10003

Daniel Mendelsohn, Professor of Humanities, Bard College; “Medea in
431BC: Passions & Politics”
Michael Beckerman, Professor of Music, NYU; “Medea in Opera: Cherubini &
Jiri Benda”
Herbert Golder, Professor of Classics, Boston College; “Medea on Film:
Passolini, Jules Dassin & Lars von Trier”

Also featuring a special performance of selected scenes from Euripides

Moderated by Peter Meineck, Clinical Assistant Professor of Classics,
NYU and Aquila’s Artistic Director .

There will be a wine reception.

ENACTING MEDEA complements a special performance of Cherubini’s opera
MEDEE at Carnegie Hall on Saturday June 3, 2006 at 7:30pm.

Peter Tiboris conducts the Manhattan Philharmonic. Irini Tsirakidou
sings the role of Medee. Featuring members of THE AQUILA THEATRE COMPANY
in speaking roles.

For tickets to Carnegie Hall, call CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800 or

For more information call 212.998.8017 or visit

May 23, 2006

Cabaret De La Soul

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Cabaret De La SoulWabi Sabi Productions presents Kitt Holiday’s Cabaret De La Soul (Cabaret of the Soul). Produced twice a month, the format includes Cabaret performances, a current events discussion segment called “Sittin Round Talkin,” and a Special Guest. There promises to be a hilarious and heated mix of eclectic characters every show. Each show has a New Talent search segment called “10 minutes of Fame.”

Free wine at every show.

More info:

May 22, 2006

THE DENTIST – Last Chance

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Last Chance to See THE DENTIST at the Merry Month of May Festival.

After a rollicking month, the Merry Month of May Festival winds up its festivities May 27th.  Presented by MoonBeam.Net Productions, the Festival is currently holding court at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, located at 303 West 42nd Street.

The highlight of the Festival is Jason Shilling Kendall’s THE DENTIST or BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PUT IN YOUR MOUTH.  Set in both “long ago” and “right now,” the work combines farce, the art of clowning, extreme physicality and the Commedia dell’Arte style – all to ensure that true love conquers all, those who are misguided learn the error of their ways (with a little help) and everyone (or most everyone) lives happily ever after.

When She Was King

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When She Was KingWhen She Was King is a performance piece by International “Gender Illusionist ” Diyaa (a.k.a. Mildred Gerestant) formerly known as “DRED.” When She Was King is a funny, funky, superfly, thought and spirit provoking performance on life, and conditioning, gender and diversity. An interesting twist of Madea, Martin, and The Klumps — A hilarious and delightful experience unlike any you have seen before. Diyaa calls attention to the oppression that results from society’s rigid ideas of gender (not to mention race and religion) as she morphs from Shaft into P. Diddy quicker than you can ask, “Who’s that, uh, girl?” You won’t believe your eyes. Directed By Emmitt Thrower.Mark Muro, Anchorage Daily News, says “Gerestant is a trickster. Watching her channel her characters produces a strange sensation. As her costumes change, we witness transformation by degree, an experience that not only challenges our assumptions but also teases us with an uneasy feeling of dislocation. Just as we settle into one character, Gerestant pulls a quick change and sends us looking for another label. A gifted dancer and superb physical comedian, Gerestant repeatedly brought down the house with her outrageous antics.”

Group Sales Number (10+): 917-716-6635

Appropriate for teens and upwards.

When She Was King Ticket Prices
$25.00 Adults
$15.00 Seniors
$15.00 Students (with valid ID)
$30.00 at the door
Wings Theater
154 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
Tickets: 212-352-3101
Info: 917-716-6635
June 14 – 15, 2006 @ 7pm


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tickets: 212-352-3101
Info: 917-716-6635 (groups)
U B Laughing Ticket Prices
June 14 and June 15th at 9pm
Young peoples Showcase June 17 at 2pm and 4pm
Running Time: 1 hr. 30 min.

U B Laughing
Beverly Bonner and Emmitt Thrower
U B Laughing,
the first annual comedy competition. Some of the cities funniest stand-up Comedians and comedy groups go at it “Laugh for Laugh” and try to become one of the last comics standing. Best 3 performances at every show receives prizes. Top winner at every show will also get an appearance in a Bonner/Thrower Stage Production. Judged by Industry Professionals and Audience.
Reasonable priced Donation Bar. Come out and have a blast of a good time. Saturday will be 2 children showcases of some of the best talent from our young people will be spotlighted. Special Guest appearance by “Jade Elecktra” and celebrity Judges. Guaranteed a lot of surprises and a Great time. Also on same nights there will be a SPECIAL showing of “WHEN SHE WAS KING” Starring International Gender Illussionist “DRED”. a 7pm show time. Tickets $15-$30. We also have a SPECIAL Cabaret show June 14-15 at 10:30pm called “Cabaret De La Soul” with “Kitt Holiday” , “Luscious” and “Miss Onassis”.Tickets $15- Look up both show titles at theatermania for ticket info…

More info:


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“Residents” about 2 seniors in a seniors home and their relationship.They come from different social,cultural and economic backgrounds but are brought together by circumstances that put them in a seniors residence. The Play opens June 8-10 @ 6pm and June 11 @ 3PM at the Payan Theater Room 506 in The Times Square Arts Center located at 300 W 43 street @ 8th ave. The show runs Thurs-Sat at 6PM and Sunday at 3pm. 4 Shows ONLY. Tickets are $25 General and $15 Students and Seniors. Get tickets At or call Box 24 hours a day 212 352-3101.
Groups and info call Emmitt 917 716-6635

Roundabout Does off-off (kinda)

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Pig FarmPIG FARM is a play by Greg Kotis of URINETOWN fame. It’s at the Roundabout, which is not an off-off Broadway theatre in any sense of the word. We were thrilled for Greg that he made it to Broadway with URINETOWN (and won multiple Tonys, no less), and we’re even more thrilled that the theatre establishment didn’t throw him back after they saw what else he had.

Hint: you can get discount tickets for PIG FARM here.

May 21, 2006

Seventh Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival

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The Seventh Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival Starts July 17!

As the 2005-2006 theatre season enters the home stretch, it’s time once again to get ready for that mainstay of summer – the MIDTOWN INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL!  Taking place at four different spaces – all on the same block (36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues in Manhattan), the Festival will feature approximately 40 shows and run from July 17th – August 6th.

Performance Art: When Weird Becomes Normal

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Performance Art

The novel JackFish by J Milligan is about a hitman from Atlantis (yes, that Atlantic). The book features a character named Chloe Mitosis, a performance artist of the “outrageous” kind – huge performance pieces featuring foamy substances, people in animal costumes, images of Jesus. When reading this book (which is a lot of fun – here’s a review in the Voice if you want a second opinion), it occurred to us that the most outrageous and provocative performance art would probably be one where the person gets up and reads the Bible for three hours. Or something equally low-key. At some point, does the whole chocolate-smearing thing get old? When does the shocking become mundane?

Just a thought. Agree? Disagree? Think we’re geniuses? Annoying? Both? Leave a comment, or email us. We want to know what you think.

(Note: we don’t mean to pick on Karen Finley, or whoever those people are in the photo above. Nothing personal.)