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Call for Applicants: The Museum of the Moving Image will present the second annual Moving Image Institute in Film Criticism and Feature Writing, a five-day institute for film critics, culture editors, and arts writers. The program, which is a New York Times Company Foundation Journalism Institute, will be held from April 10 through 15, 2008. Its purpose is to offer an expanded appreciation of the art and history of film, and a global view of the complex and rapidly evolving nature of the film and entertainment industry.
Click on the pdf below to read detailed information about the competition plus you can also view details from last year’s Institute at


On February 27, 2008, the Museum of the Moving Image will hold a groundbreaking celebration for its expansion and renovation project. Designed by the New York-based firm of Leeser Architecture, the $65 million project will double the current size of the Museum, transforming the entire first floor and creating a strikingly contemporary new three-story addition.

During the construction period, when its on-site activities will be curtailed, the Museum will continue to provide the public with a diverse and exciting array of off-site screenings, discussions, and family and community programs in all five boroughs. The exceptional series of preview screenings of award-contending films, many of them featuring discussions with their directors and stars, will continue at movie theaters in Manhattan. The Museum’s monthly series of talks, panels, and special programs at The Times Center in Manhattan will also continue. Access to the unparalleled collection of more than 130,000 objects will still be provided at the Museum for scholars and researchers. The Museum’s presence on the Web will be expanded over the coming months with major on-line programs: the 2008 edition of The Living Room Candidate and an important new international site for the serious moviegoer, Moving Image Source.

To prepare for construction, the Museum will close its Riklis Theater in advance of the groundbreaking. The final screening will be How Green Was My Valley, directed by John Ford, at 6:30 p.m. on February 24. The Digital Play exhibition will close immediately after groundbreaking. The Museum’s core exhibition, Behind the Screen, will close to the public as of March 23, though school groups will still be scheduled through June. Behind the Screen is expected to re-open to the public in early 2009.

The opening of the renovated and expanded Museum is anticipated for late 2009.

“With this groundbreaking, the Museum of the Moving Image is about to enter an exciting new era of programming and service,” stated Rochelle Slovin, Director of the Museum. “We have a wonderful audience of young people, teachers, artists, scholars, film buffs, video gamers, and many of New York’s most creative, forward-looking business people. On behalf of them, we thank Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and all of the public officials, trustees, donors, designers, and dedicated staff members who have brought us successfully to the start of construction.”

Back by popular demand:

The Charismatic Megafauna String Orchestra is an old-time string band with a modern twist. Its members are Park Slope's own Bilger family--Burkhard Bilger on guitar, Jennifer Nelson on violin and accordion, Hans Bilger (13) on stand-up bass, and Ruby Bilger (10) on vocals and percussion. Their friend and spiritual leader Michael Abrams plays ukulele and the youngest Bilger--Evangeline (5)-- occasionally joins in on songs about chickens. The band plays an uproarious mixture of folk songs, novelties tunes, and rock-and-roll classics, filtered through their own sweet but slightly skewed sensibilities.

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Lisa's birthday shout outs go to Lori & Dean for the month of January! Following close behind in February we have Susan, Dad, Justin and Wendy! If you're birthday is coming up in the months to follow, just shoot me an email!

A special thanks to all those who have supported and contributed to urbanseashell—a collection over the past two years as it continues to grow and expand! -lisa


February Reading
7:30 PM

February 5-Elise Buchman and Charles Butler. Elise has had a long-time career as a mime-clown. She studied mime in Paris with Marcel Marceau, and also earned a degree in theatrical fencing. She earned an MA in Language and Literacy at the City College of New York, where she won The Marilyn Sternglass Writing Award. She is now completing an MFA in Creative Writing at The City College, and won The Pam Laskin Award for Children’s Poetry. She currently teaches English at The City College, and teaches poetry to fifth graders in Brooklyn. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Promethean, the 138journal. com and The Best Poems and Poets of 2005. She has also translated Fidel, soon to be published by Seven Stories Press. She will be reading with Charles, a Nuyorican poet, who has published work in the Brownstone Poets 2007Anthology, Rogue Scholars and others. He hosts the Park Slope Poetry Project, and is the Associate Editor of its publication, Erato. He hosts a new open mic series, “Your Word” at the Brooklyn Lyceum.

3 6 5 5 th A V E N U E P A R K S L O P E B R O O K L Y N
F/R Train to 4th Avenue/9th Street (btwn 5th and 6th St.)
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The very talented Pam Laskin, Curator of Literary Tuesdays at Perch Cafe had another book published on January 1, 2008. Click on the image below to read more about it and order your copy today!

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 On Wednesday, February 6, 2008, at 7:00 p.m., the Museum of the Moving Image will present a preview screening of Diary of the Dead followed by a discussion with the legendary horror director George A. Romero, moderated by Assistant Curator Livia Bloom. This program takes place at the AMC Empire 25 Theater, located at 234 West 42nd Street, Manhattan. Tickets are $12 Museum members / Free for Sponsor-level and above / $18 non-members. Buy tickets online at or call 718.784.4520.

 In Diary of the Dead, Romero reinvents the zombie film for the MySpace age with a satirical and chilling movie about a group of film students who document a zombie takeover. With this provocative, spirited movie-within-a-movie, the director of Night of the Living Dead, Martin, and The Crazies is at the top of his form. (2007, 95 mins. 35mm print courtesy of The Weinstein Company. Directed by George A. Romero. With Michelle Morgan, Josh Close.)

 George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead will be released theatrically by The Weinstein Company on February 15.

” Scaling back the broad sweep of previous horror opus Land of the Dead and largely jettisoning the increasingly comedic possibilities of the concept in favor of pointed, impassioned social criticism and close-in genre thrills, gore’s godfather audaciously and successfully reboots his incalculably influential zombie franchise as a lean, mean teen-survival machine,” writes Dennis Harvey in Variety.

View the trailer for George A. Romero’s Diary at the Dead at

Friday, February 8, 2008, 7:30 p.m.
At the Director's Guild Theater, 110 W. 57th Street, Manhattan

The Museum of the Moving Image will present an evening of film clips and discussion with the creative team behind the Coen Brothers's acclaimed movie No Country for Old Men, on Friday, February 8, 2008, at 7:30 p.m. at the Director’s Guild Theater in Manhattan. Special guests include Roger Deakins (Academy Award nominee, Cinematography), Jess Gonchor (Production Designer), Peter Kurland (Academy Award nominee, Sound Mixing), Skip Lievsay (Academy Award nominee, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing), and Craig Berkey (Academy Award nominee, Sound Mixing).

This program is free of charge; admission is first-come, first-serve.
Museum members may call 718.784.4520 to reserve tickets.
All others call 877.207.8894. The Director’s Guild Theater is located at
110 West 57 Street, Manhattan

This conversation will offer a rare behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Coen Brothers's movie No Country for Old Men, which has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. The film's creative team will show and discuss scenes from the movie. Roger Deakins has photographed the last nine Coen brothers movies, and many other films including The Shawshank Redemption and Kundun. Skip Lievsay and Peter Kurland have worked on every Coen brothers movie since Blood Simple. Sound mixer Craig Berkey was the sound designer for The New World and Superman Returns. Production designer Jess Gonchor is a rising star in his field whose credits include Capote and The Devil Wears Prada. The evening will be moderated by the Museum's Chief Curator, David Schwartz.

"This movie is a masterful evocation of time, place, character, moral choices, immoral certainties, human nature, and fate. It is also, in the photography, the editing, and the sound, startlingly beautiful, stark and lonely. Many of the scenes are so flawlessly constructed that you want them to simply continue, and yet they create an emotional suction drawing you to the next scene."—Roger Ebert

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FEBRUARY 10, 2008


On Sunday, February 10, 2008, at 2:00 p.m., the Museum of the Moving Image will present a tribute to St. Clair Bourne, the prominent African-American filmmaker and activist, who died in December. The program will include a selection of clips from his films and a panel discussion about his life and work featuring cultural critics and scholars George Alexander, Esther Iverem, Clyde Taylor, and Armond White. The panel will be moderated by Chief Curator David Schwartz and DV Republic founder and chief Warrington Hudlin, who organized the program and is a Museum Trustee.

 A prolific filmmaker, St. Clair Bourne (1943-2007) made more than 40 films, mainly documentaries about African-American culture and politics. His subjects included Paul Robeson, John Henrik Clarke, Gordon Parks, Amiri Baraka, Langston Hughes, and the making of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. He began his filmmaking career at Black Journal, the first black public affairs show in the nation, in 1968. From there he formed the independent production company, Chamba Mediaworks, where he produced all his own projects as well as documentaries for HBO, PBS, NBC, BBC, and National Geographic.

 "St. Clair Bourne played a pivotal role in the contemporary black independent film movement as both a filmmaker and organizer,” said Mr. Hudlin. “The Museum is pleased to host this review and tribute to his considerable body of work.”

About the panelists:

-George Alexander is a business entertainment columnist at Black Enterprise magazine and author of Why We Make Movies.

-Esther Iverem is a journalist, author, and poet. Her reviews regularly appear on, a web site she founded in 2001 for the dissemination of reviews, news, and commentary from an African-American perspective.
She is the author of
The Time: Portrait of a Journey Home.

-Clyde Taylor is Professor at the Gallatin School and in Africana Studies at New York University. A leading scholar of African and African American literature and film, Taylor also wrote the script for the PBS documentary,
Midnight Ramble: The Life and Legacy of Oscar Micheaux.

-Armond White is a film critic at New York Press. He is the author of two books about popular music:
The Resistance: Ten Years of Pop Culture That Shook the World and Rebel for the Hell of It: The Art-Life of Tupac Shakur.

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. (Tuesday, school groups only by appointment.)
Film Screenings: Saturday and Sunday afternoons, 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)
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:


This was sent to me by Nadege, an up and coming hat designer. Her work is quite beautiful. Selling her hats Sunday, February 10.
Hats to try on! which one is going to be yours? Hopefully you will love them as i love them. Let's make february happy and have a drink! hope to see you, nadege.
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"Blinka's Lessons In Love"
A One Night Only Valentine's Day Event! WHAT?!

Evan Laurence introduces his new character "Blinka" cousin of Bjork, in this Valentine's Day event. Join Evan, his characters and special guests for an evening of comedy, song, queer-friendly shenanigans and mini contests. Also starring are Lady Clover Honey, David F. Slone, the hilarious and talented dance team of Kicker and Turner and the sultry sounds of "Power Girl" Tawnya Manion. Conceived, directed and designed by Evan Laurence.

Don't Tell Mama 343 West 46th Street (Between 8th and 9th Avenues) Thursday, February 14 at 8:30pm $10 admission & 2 drink minimum

For Information and Reservations Call 212-757-0788

Take the A, C or E to 42nd Street or the 1,2,3,R,W,N,Q to 42nd Street.



Special holiday hours: Museum open every weekday from Monday, February 18 (Washington’s Birthday) through Friday, February 22

The Museum of the Moving Image will present special holiday matinee screenings of The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep during the New York City public school Midwinter Recess, from Monday, February 18, through Friday, February 22.

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep is the story of a young boy who brings home a magical egg -- and soon finds himself raising an amazing creature: the mythical "water horse" of Scottish lore. ALEX ETEL (left) stars as Angus MacMorrow, with Crusoe (right), the title character. The Museum of the Moving Image will present daily weekday matinees during NYC Public Schools’ Midwinter Recess, Feb 18-22, 2008.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The Museum will also offer hands-on Motion Workshops for children. The matinee screenings of The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, one of the year’s most critically acclaimed family films, are free with Museum admission, courtesy of Columbia Pictures. The program will be offered daily with workshops at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and the film screening at 1:30 p.m. Both are included with Museum admission.

Monday, February 18–Friday, February 22
1:30 p.m. daily

2007, 111 mins. 35mm print courtesy of Columbia Pictures. Directed by Jay Russell. With Alex Etel, Emily Watson. The tale of a Scottish family near Loch Ness who adopts a mysterious sea creature is a touching film that seamlessly blends its computer-generated animal with lush landscape photography. Rated PG for some action/peril, mild language, and brief smoking.

1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep is the story of a young boy who brings home a magical egg -- and soon finds himself raising an amazing creature, Crusoe (pictured), the mythical "water horse" of Scottish lore. Screening Feb 18-22 at Museum of the Moving Image during NYC Public School’s Midwinter Recess.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Motion Workshop
 Children learn the basic principles behind how moving images move in this half-hour workshop. They will make their own Thaumatrope—a 19th century optical toy—to take home and will have an introduction to the Museum’s Digital Animation Stands to make their own cartoons and the new, upgraded Video Flipbook, now featuring images in color. Recommended for ages six and up. No pre-registration required. 

As always, the Museum’s core exhibition, Behind the Screen, is on view, with a dynamic blend of interactive exhibits, historic artifacts, film clips, and artworks that show the process of film and television production.

All this week, Museum educators will present daily demonstrations of filmmaking techniques and equipment in the galleries. In the first-floor gallery, the popular exhibition Digital Play includes classic video arcade games presented alongside contemporary home-based games--all playable.

 Admission is $10 for the general public; $7.50 for senior citizens and students with ID; $5 for children 5-18; and free for Museum members. Film screenings are included in paid Museum admission.

 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. (Tuesday, school groups only by appointment.)
 Added Holiday Hours: Monday and Tuesday, February 18 and 19, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Film Screenings: See above for schedule.
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)
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:


GOLDA SOLOMON “The Medicine Woman of Jazz” with PO’JAZZ
Downstairs at The Cornelia Street
29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21st, 2008, 6 - 8 PM
$15 ($10 students with ID) includes one drink

Blues for Winter’s End
JAMES BARTOW poetry, lyrics, guitar

host & poet GOLDA SOLOMON

James Bartow: A director/producer, composer, singer and musician, Mr. Bartow has taught at Harlem School for the Arts for over twenty years and is a faculty member at Hunter College and the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Glenda Davenport: A fantastic entertainer, a wide ranging explosive, yet sultry voice, and a beautiful face are the ingredients that combine to make Glenda Davenport. If you’ve seen her once, you must see her again." —Jimmy Hill, alto saxophonist Alan Rosenthal: Jazz pianist and composer who has led groups at Birdland, Fat Tuesday's, West End Gate and Cleopatra's Needle. Golda Solomon: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
The Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street Greenwich Village, NY 10014

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

Tel: 212-989-9319 / Fax: 212-243-4207
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.


February Reading
7:30 PM

February 26-Denise Galang and Rachel Rear. Denise is a neighborhood poet who has been published in several journals, including Brooklyn Review and Maganda. She has self-published her own chapbooks. She enjoys crawling around the living room floor with her daughter, Jacinta, and relishes the quiet moments when she sleeps. She received her MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College, and teaches English at MS 51. Rachel is also a neighborhood poet, and this is her first reading without her students from MS 51, where she teaches eighth grade English. She also teaches English Composition at F.I. T. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School, and has been published in and in City College’s 2007 edition of Poetry in Performance.


Women's Work moves to a new location

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