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Clare Donahue of 121 Studio (who was featured here in the collection, 8.23.06) received a call quite out of the blue from House Beautiful last month. They were kind enough to publish a quote and a photo of one of her kitchens in the May issue, in a regular column on choosing paint colors. The kitchen belongs to a wonderful client, Christine, in Brooklyn, NY and is painted robin's-egg blue.


Stages Announces Summer Stock Sessions 2007
Stages, A Children’s Theatre Workshop, Inc.’s popular Summer Stock Program for young actors returns for its fourteenth season. Stages invites young actors to join its Summer Stock Program 2007 at the Southampton Town Recreation Center this summer.
Stages’ offers two sessions for young actors ages 8-18: July 2nd-July 29th and August 1st-August 26th. Each session takes place Monday through Friday from 10AM to 3PM. It includes rehearsing and performing in a full-scale musical production, as well as classes in acting, singing and dancing. The last week of each session is held at the theater and is dedicated to rehearsals for the performance. The performances for each session will be held on July 27, 28 & 29, and August 24, 25 & 26 at the Southampton High School Auditorium. All performances are open to the public.

Stages, under the direction of Helene Leonard, performs professional-style musical productions with young actors, and provides a strong training ground for children interested in the performing arts. After the summer, Stages will continue its year-round season of performances and after-school classes in Southampton and at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor.

For further information on Stages’ Summer Stock Program call Helene Leonard at 631-329-1420.

Stages, A Children's Theatre Workshop, Inc., most recently
"The Wind in the Willows"
at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor.
Photo by Kurt Leggard


New York, May 11, 2007—Rochelle Slovin, director of the Museum of the Moving Image, today announced the creation of a major new film website, Moving Image Source. The site, made possible with support from the Hazen Polsky Foundation, will launch this fall at “Moving Image Source will be an important contribution to the fields of film history and film research,” Ms. Slovin said. “It will take a contemporary view of film history by offering fresh perspectives on current retrospective programs. It will also serve the growing interest in film studies by providing a gateway to a wide array of research resources.”
The site will be supervised by Dennis Lim, the Museum’s editorial director, who recently joined the Museum after working for eight years as the film editor at The Village Voice.

 Moving Image Source will consist of two components: a publication and a research directory. The publication will contain original writing on film and film history, including in-depth coverage of retrospective programs at museums, media arts organizations, and film festivals around the world. Leading critics and scholars will contribute new essays and articles. A master calendar will provide an overview of key revivals and programs at major venues. For each highlighted series, the site will offer suggestions for further viewing and reading.

The site’s research directory will feature an annotated and regularly maintained database of online and offline resources, ranging from scholarly and popular journals to film-related libraries and archives. It will also offer information, geared to students and scholars of all levels, on how to use research tools and serve as a meeting place for discussion on topics relating to film history and film studies.

 “I look forward to working on Moving Image Source,” Mr. Lim said. “This site grows out of a belief that the health of film culture depends on a serious engagement with film history. Thanks to restored prints, new DVDs, and the vitality of retrospective programming at film institutions around the world, important old movies are now more accessible than ever. At the same time, coverage of revivals and historical surveys continues to dwindle at traditional media outlets. This is an ideal time for a publication and resource of this nature, and the Internet, which has enabled the emergence of a global cinephile community, is the ideal forum for it.”

Moving Image Source was made possible with a gift from the Hazen Polsky Foundation in memory of Joseph Hazen. One of Hollywood’s unsung executives, Hazen worked closely with Hal Wallis at Warner Bros. in the 1930s. Their independent company Wallis-Hazen Productions made 64 movies in just 26 years and nurtured the careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster, Barbara Stanwyck, and Shirley MacLaine, among others. “We are grateful for the generous and visionary support of the Hazen Polsky Foundation,” said Ms. Slovin. “The Foundation understands both the importance of film history and the role that the Internet has as a forum for discussion and research. The first site of its kind, Moving Image Source will serve an international audience of cinephiles, scholars, students, and journalists.”

Museum of the Moving Image is dedicated to advancing the public understanding and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. It does so by collecting, preserving, and providing access to the nation’s largest permanent collection of moving image artifacts; screening significant films and other moving-image works; presenting exhibitions of artifacts, artworks, and interactive experiences; and offering educational and interpretive programs to students, teachers, and the general public. A major expansion and renovation, scheduled for completion in 2009, will add new film theaters, galleries, and an education center.


“The Medicine Woman of Jazz” with PO’JAZZ

Downstairs at The Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village

THURSDAY, MAY 17th, 2007, 6 - 8 PM
$15 ($10 students/seniors) includes one drink

CASSANDRA CLEGHORN poetry, voice • ERIK LAWRENCE saxophones, flutes
ALLISON MILLER drums • RENE HART acoustic bass, gadgetsvand musicians
HOPE BERKELEY harmonica • MARGIE BOYD bass • IRENE MAHER guitar, vocals
JENNY MURPHY lead vocals • BILL REEVE drums • PAM SKLAR flute

MAMAPALOOZA (whose recent event was posted on 5.2.07 right here on urbanseashell) is the only festival of its kind, celebrating mothers in the arts. This May, the women of Mamapalooza are taking to stages, poetry jams and concert halls, forging new ways of thinking, being, celebrating and defining what it is to be an artist and mother in the 21st Century.

Merge:Merge is another step forward in celebrating the marriage of poetry and music” — David Amram

Hastings Bluesmothers: "...Striking an excellent balance between the lighthearted joy of playing and making relevant political points."

Poet Solomon...Think of it as Jack Kerouac revisiting the Mile High City and grabbing a sandwich at the New York Deli while in town.” — Norman Provizer, Rocky Mountain News

PO’JAZZ at CORNELIA STREET is one big friendly party of good words, good sounds, and good food.”

— Gladys Serrano, Mutable Music

"a culinary as well as a cultural landmark" -- Mayoral Proclamation, City of New York 1987

Tel: 212-989-9319 / Fax: 212-243-4207 / Web:
between West 4th and Bleecker Streets, Greenwich Village
by subway: 1 or 9 to Christopher Street - Sheridan Square; A, C, E, B, D, F & V to West 4th St.

The Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street
Greenwich Village, NY 10014

This just in from Eric McClure,
Campaign Coordinator
Park Slope Neighbors

Community Board 6 Transportation Committee
Thursday, May 17, 6:30 pm
Old First Church
729 Carroll Street
(corner of 7th Avenue)
DOT staff will be on hand to answer specific questions about the plan, which includes reducing 9th Street from four travel lanes to two, adding a median with turning lanes, and adding buffered bike lanes -- all smart improvements that will slow speeding drivers and increase safety for walkers, bikers and motorists.

9th Street has some of the highest rates of pedestrian injuries in all of Park Slope. From 2004 to 2006, 58 pedestrians and cyclists were injured or killed on 9th Street. In the summer of 2005, after a car crashed into the front door of Dizzy's Diner on 8th Avenue and 9th Street, 1,200 neighborhood residents signed a petition asking DOT to do something about this problem. DOT did.
You can see details of the 9th Street safety plan here:

Please come out Thursday to let CB6 and DOT know that you support the plan. It's especially important if you're a resident of 9th Street. Thanks in advance for making the effort.

2) Sunday: Park Slope Civic Council House Tour, Sunday May 20 at Noon - 5 p.m.

This Sunday, the Park Slope Civic Council is putting on its annual House Tour, which offers an opportunity to stroll the neighborhood's tree-lined streets, enjoying historic architecture and visiting the interiors of beautiful homes dating from the 19th century, restored for contemporary living. This year's self-guided tour features homes and sites from President Street to Fourth Street.

The House Tour is the Civic Council's major annual fundraising event, and the money raised is returned to the community through grants to local schools, charities, cultural institutions and other organizations, and as scholarships to college-bound students who volunteer in the community and maintain good grades. By participating in the House Tour, you help fund the grants and scholarship programs. This year, the Park Slope Civic Council awarded more than $10,000 in grants to a total of 19 local organizations.

Date/Time: Sunday, May 20, 2007; 12 noon - 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 day of Tour
Advance tickets may be purchased through May 19 at:

1. Aguayo &Huebener, 7th Ave. between Garfield and Carroll Streets
2. Astoria Federal Savings, 7th Ave. and President Street
3. Brown Harris Stevens, 7th Ave. and Union Street
4. Dixon's Bicycle Shop, Union Street between 6th and 7th Aves.
5. Dizzy's Diner, 8th Ave. and 9th Street
6. Trio Café, Prospect Park West near 16th Street
7. Warren Lewis Realty, 7th Ave. near Carroll Street
8. Zelda Victoria, 5th Ave. near 3rd Street
and on Saturday, May 19 from 9 am to noon at:

Grand Army Plaza Farmer's Market
Bonus: A recital by Dr. Michael Kaminski on St. Francis Xavier's original Austin organ is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.
For more information, please visit


Thursday, May 17, 2007, 7:00 p.m.

“Watching a film, we are caught up in a succession of images not of our making, which is like what we feel during a dream.”—Gilberto Perez

On Thursday, May 17, at 7:00 p.m., the Museum of the Moving Image will present a preview screening of the acclaimed new Japanese animated film Paprika and a discussion about the relationship between dreams, movies, science, and science fiction. Paprika is Satoshi Kon’s adaptation of Yasutaka Tsutsui's science-fiction novel about a sleep researcher whose alter ego investigates criminal cases by entering her subject’s dreams. The discussion, following the screening, will include Dr. Robert Stickgold, the renowned Harvard scientist known for his work on sleep and dreaming, and Gilberto Perez, the Sarah Lawrence film scholar and author of The Material Ghost: Films and Their Medium.

The program is a Sloan Science and Film Dialogue, made possible by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of Sloan’s program in the public understanding of science, directed by Doron Weber.

“This will be a fascinating discussion between two original and accomplished thinkers, about the relationship between art and science, and between dreams and life,” said David Schwartz, the Museum’s Chief Curator, who will moderate the discussion. “Gilberto Perez is a film critic who was trained as a physicist, and Robert Stickgold is a neurophysiologist who has written two science fiction novels. They both have a deep understanding of the connections between art and science.”

Paprika, directed by Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers) is a visually dazzling film about a research scientist who can enter people’s dreams and synchronize with their unconscious mind using a device called the “DC Mini.” When a prototype is stolen, the beautiful and fearless “dream detective” Paprika enters dreams to solve the crime.

The dialogue between Dr. Stickgold and Perez will be videotaped and made available on the Museum’s website Sloan Science Cinémathèque (, a forum for short films, discussion programs, and articles that enhance the public understanding of science and technology.

Tickets for the program are $10 for the general public, $7.50 for students with I.D. and seniors, and free for Museum members. To purchase in advance, call 718.784.4520, or visit Members should make reservations, and arrive at least ten minutes prior to screening.


The Museum of the Moving Image will present the first comprehensive Sam Fuller retrospective in New York City since the director’s death in 1997. The series, from May 12 through June 10, 2007, features more than twenty films directed by Fuller, including Shock Corridor, the recently restored director’s cut of The Big Red One, Pickup on South Street, Park Row, and White Dog. The retrospective will also include the first public screening of a 38-minute reel of footage shot by Fuller during World War II that documents the liberation of Falkenau concentration camp. This will be presented with the documentary Falkenau, Vision of the Impossible which features commentary by Fuller. Two documentaries about Fuller will be shown: Adam Simon’s portrait film The Typewriter, The Rifle, and the Movie Camera and Mika Kaurismaki’s Tigrero: A Film That Was Never Made.

Working in and out of the Hollywood system from the 1940s into the 1980s, Sam Fuller was a tough-talking, cigar-chomping maverick who once defined himself and his approach to cinema with the line “A film is like a battleground. It's love, hate, action, violence, death. In one word: emotion.” A newspaper copy boy at age twelve who became a tabloid reporter, pulp-fiction novelist, and World War II soldier before he started directing films, Fuller made fierce movies that sharply critiqued many aspects of American society, including racism, government hypocrisy, and the brutality of war. He worked in many genres, including film noir, war movies, westerns, and action thrillers, and had a style that was as dynamic as it was direct and blunt.

As Martin Scorsese wrote in his foreword to Fuller’s autobiography, A Third Face, “I think that if you don’t like the films of Sam Fuller, then you just don’t like cinema…when you respond to a Fuller film, what you’re responding to is cinema at its essence. Motion as emotion. Fuller’s pictures move convulsively, violently. Just like life when it’s being lived with genuine passion.”



Sunday, May 20, 2007
Museum of the Moving Image, Theatrical Teamsters Local 817 I.B.T., Kaufman Astoria Studios, and the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting present New York on Location, a day-long outdoor event that offers a behind-the-scenes look at filmmaking in New York. The event will take place on Sunday, May 20, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on 36 Street between 34 and 35 Avenues (the street between the Museum and the Studio), which will be closed to traffic. There is no rain date.

New York on Location invites the public to tour twenty working movie trailers and trucks, the ubiquitous studios-on-wheels that house crucial movie-making services. They include star dressing rooms, electrical, grip, prop, camera, hair and makeup, wardrobe, special effects, and the Theatrical Teamsters Local 817 IBT truck. The Teamsters will lead people into the trucks and explain how they practice their crafts. Scheduled demonstrations will include rain and snow effects; high falls by stunt professionals; a makeup demo in which a stunt double is made to look like a well-known actor; and a wardrobe presentation featuring 1950s period costumes from a current New York production.
The Museum will be open free to the public all day. Its core exhibition Behind the Screen offers visitors an interactive look at the filmmaking process. Museum educators will present gallery demonstrations and family motion workshops throughout the day.

At 2:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Riklis Theater, the free program “Careers in Entertainment Production: Paths to Opportunity” will feature a panel of New York-based industry professionals moderated by Katherine Oliver, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting. Participants include Tod Maitland, sound mixer (I Am Legend); Toy R. Van Lierop, makeup artist (Hitch); Lamont Crawford, dolly grip (30 Rock); and additional, to be announced. Last year, the Mayor’s Film Office assisted more than 34,000 film and television production shooting days in the city—the highest number in its 40-year history.

“New Yorkers have grown accustomed to seeing movie trailers and trucks in their neighborhoods. This will allow them to step inside and talk to the men and women who work behind the scenes in the film industry,” said Rochelle Slovin, director of the Museum of the Moving Image. “The Museum is delighted to offer free admission during the ‘New York on Location’ festivities and to work with our collaborators on this exciting event.”

For travel directions and further information, visit or call 718.784.0077.

Hours: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fridays, 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
Film Screenings: Saturday and Sunday afternoons and evenings, and additional as scheduled.
Museum Admission: $10.00 for adults; $7.50 for persons over 65 and for students with ID; $5.00 for children ages 5-18. Children under 5 and Museum members are admitted free. Admission to the galleries is free on Fridays, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Paid admission includes film screenings (except for special ticketed events). Free admission on Sunday, May 20, 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: 35 Avenue at 36 Street in Astoria.
Subway: R or V trains (R or G on weekends) to Steinway Street. N or W trains to 36 Avenue.
Program Information: Telephone: (718) 784-0077; Website:

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