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Date Time Event Description
Jun-23-18 01:00 PM Hyde Leadership Charter School Commencement 2018
Jun-24-18 02:00 PM Art and Heart: The World of Isaiah Sheffer

2015.  USA.  Color/Black&White. 52 minutes. 

Q&A after the screening with members of the production team!

ART AND HEART: THE WORLD OF ISAIAH SHEFFER, a documentary by Catherine Tambini, had its world premiere at Lincoln Center as part of the prestigious New York Jewish Film Festival, to great acclaim.  The film is a celebration of Isaiah Sheffer, a beloved cultural figure in New York City.  Sheffer’s life and work is shared lovingly via intercuts of archival material, interviews with friends and colleagues, and stage performances. “His voice was like having warm butterscotch poured over your head,” recalls Stephen Colbert. Leonard Nimoy remembers Isaiah as “endlessly creative.” Jane Curtin thought “he was so much fun.” Isaiah Sheffer had a unique wit and humor that suffused everything he did. “His ebullient personality shines through,” said the Hollywood Reporter’s review of the film. 

The documentary delves into the life of the man whom many knew only as the host of Selected Shorts on public radio, or the driving force and artistic director of Symphony Space, or the originator of Bloomsday on Broadway, or the comic genius behind the Thalia Follies. In addition to all of those successes Sheffer was an Emmy-nominated writer and producer. He was an actor, director, musical librettist and lyricist, and a cultural entrepreneur. He was a husband and father, and a mentor to many. The film explores his life, his impact on the arts scene, and the tremendous effect he had on those around him. 

With Isaiah Sheffer, Steven Alden, Ivy Austin, The Chalks (Mary Brienza, Kathryn Markey, and Leenya Rideout), Stephen Colbert, Jane Curtin, Fionnula Flanagan, Morgan Freeman,  Stephen Lang, Malachy McCourt, Lanny Meyers, Allan Miller, Katherine Minton, James Naughton, Leonard Nimoy, Sam Norich, Rochelle Oliver, Bobby Paul, Eric Poindexter, Martin Sage, Ethel Sheffer, Susannah Sheffer, and Fritz Weaver. 

Director – Producer: Catherine Tambini

Executive Producers: Ethel Sheffer and Gina Leonetti Boonshoft

Editor: Lenny Friedman

Director of Photography: Matt Porwoll

Sound Recordist: Peter Miller

Hollywood Reporter Review:


Jun-24-18 08:00 PM Shachar Hason - New York - Israeli Comedian - 6.24.18 No refunds, no exchange and no upgrades. Available tickets (seats map) can be viewd ony from a laptop or a PC. 
Jun-24-18 08:30 PM Selected Shorts on Tour: Aspen, CO

As one of the premier reading series in New York City, Selected Shorts comes to the Aspen Ideas Festival with an evening of funny, moving, romantic, and surreal tales filled with unexpected twists and turns. Hosted by Melora Hardin (The Bold Type), with performances by René Auberjonois (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Gildart Jackson (Whodunnit?), and Jenna Ushkowitz (Glee).  

Tickets available at: https://www.aspenideas.org/content/attend

Selected Shorts is produced by Symphony Space in New York City and broadcast on more than 150 stations around the country. The Selected Shorts podcast consistently ranks as one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes, with over 100,000 downloads every week. The series began in 1985 and enjoys sold-out performances to this day. Selected Shorts was conceived with a simple premise: take great stories by well-known and emerging writers and have them performed by terrific actors of stage and screen. Evenings are often co-hosted by writers or involve a special collaboration with literary publications, podcasts, museums, and more. Each Selected Shorts is a unique night of literature in performance.


Jun-28-18 03:00 PM NT Live: Yerma

Part of Symphony Space's Theater in HD series, bringing unforgettable theatre from around the world to our screens.

"A shatteringly powerful reinvention of a familiar classic"
- The Independent

The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her award-winning role in this National Theatre Live screening of Yerma. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone's radical production of Federico Garcia Lorca's achingly powerful masterpiece. The theater phenomenon sold out at The Young Vic, and critics call it "an extraordinary theatrical triumph" (The Times) and "stunning, searing, unmissable" (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper's lead performance is described as "spellbinding" (The Evening Standard), "astonishing" (iNews), and "devastatingly powerful" (The Daily Telegraph). Piper's portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking climax. 

Please note that this production has strobe lighting. Performed with no intermission.

"Brutal yet ferociously funny"
- Metro

Private group screenings available! (Minimum 75 attendees)

Jun-28-18 07:00 PM Zurich Opera House: Carmen

Part of Symphony Space's Opera on Screen series, bringing unforgettable opera from around the world to our screens.

With this festival performance from the Zurich Opera, the great Vesselina Kasarova makes her long-awaited debut in one of the greatest mezzo roles in the operatic repertoire: Carmen. She has a partner of equal stature in Jonas Kaufmann’s Don José, who, in Matthias Hartmann’s production, believably undergoes a transformation from repressed mama’s boy to passionate, jealousy-crazed hot head. 

Conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. Directed by Matthias Hartmann. Starring Vesselina Kasarova, Jonas Kaufmann. 

Sung in French. Presented in four acts. 

Jul-05-18 07:00 PM Munich Opera House: La Favorite

Donizetti’s La Favorite at the Bayerische Staatsoper presents a cast of outstanding bel canto singers: star mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča as the seductive Léonor de Guzman, Matthew Polenzani as her desperate lover Fernand, and Mariusz Kwiecień as King Alphonse.

Conducted by Karel Mark Chichon. Directed by Amélie Niermeyer. 

Sung in French. Presented in four acts.

Jul-09-18 07:00 PM Nelson Mandela at 100

Nelson Mandela at 100 will feature readings from The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela, performances, and reflections celebrating Nelson Mandela’s centennial birthday. With appearances by Salman Rushdie, and Liesl Tommy, and readings from Condola Rashad, Hisham Tawfiq, and more!

Condola Rashad is a four-time Tony Award nominee for her roles in the plays Stick Fly; The Trip to Bountiful; A Doll’s House, Part 2; and Saint Joan, following her breakout off-Broadway role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined, for which she received the Theatre World Award for Best Debut Performance. She also starred in the 2013 revival of Romeo & Juliet on Broadway opposite Orlando Bloom. Film and television credits include The Good Wife, 30 Beats, Steel Magnolias, Smash, Money Monster, Bikini Moon, and Come Sunday, and she currently appears on television in Billions

Salman Rushdie is the author of thirteen novels including Midnight’s Children, winner of the 1981 Booker Prize and Best of the Booker in 2008, The Satanic Verses, and most recently The Golden House. Rushdie is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.

Hisham Tawfiq is best known for his Series Regular role as Dembe in the NBC hit series, The Blacklist, opposite James Spader. Most recently, the feature film Jinn, in which Tawfiq starred, premiered to great acclaim at the SXSW Film Festival. Other feature credits include Jeff Bailey’s, Counterfeit, Dope Fiend, Dead Man Down, Notorious, and Five Minarets in New York. Television credits include Gun Hill with Larenz Tate, NBC’s Kings, as well as recurring roles on 30 Rock and both Law & Order: CI and Law & Order: SVU. Aside from being a professional actor, Tawfiq is a retired FDNY fireman and a former Marine. 

Liesl Tommy is an award-winning stage director. Ms. Tommy is the recipient of an Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Pioneer of the Arts Award, Lillian Hellman Award, Alan Schneider Award, NEA/TCG Directors Grant, New York Theatre Workshop Casting/Directing Fellowship, and the inaugural Susan Stroman Award from the Vineyard Theatre. Ms. Tommy facilitated the inaugural Sundance East Africa Theatre Director’s Lab and is a member of the Board of the Sundance Institute. She has worked at Dallas Theater Center, California Shakespeare Theater, Center Stage, Sundance East Africa, among others.

Co-presented with PEN America and Liveright. In collaboration with The New York Times.




Jul-10-18 07:00 PM American Tap Dance Foundation "TAP AWARDS" THE 2018 TAP DANCE AWARDS – TUESDAY, JULY 10 AT 7PM at The Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre, Symphony Space - winners include JARED GRIMES AND KATHERINE KRAMER, RALPH BROWN, and LETICIA JAY and “THE TAP HAPPENINGS.” The presentations, which include LIVE MUSIC, FILMS and DANCE PERFORMANCES, will honor winners of the organization’s Hoofer and Tap Preservation awards and inductions into the ATDF Tap Dance Hall of Fame. JARED GRIMES and KATHERINE KRAMER are recipients of this year’s ATDF HOOFER AWARD, in recognition of their inspiration to future generations and contributions to the art form. The 2018 TAP PRESERVATION AWARD will be awarded to the late LETICIA JAY for her role in advancing tap dance through presentation and preservation. The late RALPH BROWN and “THE TAP HAPPENINGS” are this year’s inductees into the ATDF TAP DANCE HALL OF FAME, the only Tap Dance Hall of Fame focused exclusively on 20th and 21st century professional tap dancers. With its collection of photographs, biographies, and videos, the ATDF Hall of Fame is a colorful and diverse retrospective of America’s seminal tap dance personalities. The ATDF Awards evening is a featured event of “TAP CITY,” the week long celebration of tap dance returning to New York City for its 18th consecutive year (July 7 to 13).
Jul-11-18 08:00 PM "Rhythm in Motion" 2018 - 14 TAP DANCE CHOREOGRAPHERS! THE AMERICAN TAP DANCE FOUNDATION’S "RHYTHM IN MOTION” CONCERT PERFORMANCE at PETER NORTON SYMPHONY SPACE ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 - RenownedTappers/Emerging Talent/New Work! Choreographers include Brinae Ali, Chloe Arnold, Christina Carminucci, Michelle Dorrance, Felipe Galganni, Ana Rokafella Garcia, Lisa La Touche, Charles Renato, Tamii Sakurai, Delores Sanchez, Leo Sandoval, Samara Seligsohn, Caleb Teicher and Nicholas Van Young FROM JULY 7 to JULY 13 NEW YORK CITY BECOMES “TAP CITY!” At Rhythm in Motion, top tap talent and emerging choreographers will offer a window into the forward thinking, innovative choreography driving the art form today. Directed and curated by American Tap Dance Foundation Artistic/Executive Director Tony Waag, Rhythm in Motion reveals the evolution of tap dance and the future of the medium. TICKETS: https://www.symphonyspace.org/event/10007/Dance/rhythm-in-motion Introducing new work by ATDF’s “Artists In Residence,” Rhythm in Motion is a theatrical platform enabling the art form to present, move forward and grow. The American Tap Dance Foundation has been lauded for preserving the history of tap dance, as well as inspiring its evolution. The Rhythm is Gonna Get You!