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The Culture Project

In early 2007, George Packer published an article in
The New Yorker about Iraqi interpreters who
jeopardized their lives on behalf of the Americans in
Iraq, with little or no U.S. protection or security.

Running through June 16th

Mon., Wed. - Sat. at 8 p.m.,
Sat. & Sun. at 3 p.m.

To purchase your tickets by phone call 212 352 3101 or
visit the Culture Project website by clicking here.

Praised by critics for its "wrenching," "moving," "tender" and often "humorous" look into the "painful human experience" behind war,
Betrayed MUST end June 16th!

Don't miss the chance to buy tickets to this Lucille Lortel award-winning show!

"Spellbinding performances"
-John Simon, Bloomberg

"...rare and powerful"
-The Economist

"The clarity of the writing, the urgency of the story being told and the fine performances give the play a sharp dramatic impact and a plain-spoken beauty."
-The New York Times

"An extraordinary achievement"
-The New Yorker

Betrayed has won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play!


Shakespeare in the Park
Click here for ticket sales.


Sunday, June 1st, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is hosting the Gowanus Goes Green Festival this Sunday, June 1st, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Carroll Street between Bond and Nevins, including the landmarked Carroll Street Bridge.

The festival will feature:

Live music from the Defibulators (a Brooklyn-based rockabilly/hillbilly band)

Food and beverages from local restaurants

Fun, do-it-yourself art projects using discarded materials and led by RePlayGround

Arts and crafts projects and a letter-writing campaign with Parents for Climate Protection

Natural toys and arts and crafts with Waldorf Handworks

Organic baby and toddler clothes from Farmer Kids

Face painting with Sharon Enlow

A working ambulance (provided by FDNY) and AdRide recumbent bikes for children to explore

The Dept. of Environmental Protection is planning to send a boat called the Jamaica Bay, which will be available for viewing.

There will be plenty of space for kids to run around under the trees while they listen to the band, check out the skimmer vessel, enjoy the different activities and munch on healthy treats.

For more information, please visit or call (718) 858-0557.


All Through June:
"Dining Out for a Cure"
at Local Restaurants

Local activist Lenore Arons has put together another "Dining Out for a Cure" to raise money for the Avon Foundation's Breast Cancer Crusade and the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Dine at any of the following participating restaurants on the designated date and a percentage of your receipt will help fund breast cancer research.

Click here to see a list of participating Brooklyn restaurants.

Thank you to Eric McClure from Park Slope Neighbors for submitting this info.


Barbara Sfraga



and all other Industry Conferences.

Step by step guide to help make your conference attendance as successful as it can be and 
how to follow up with all those great contacts you make!


Together, we’ll develop a 1-5-year plan (depending upon your particular project) designed to your specific needs and resources.


How to develop a mailing list
How to locate viable venues

How to make contact

How to develop a relationship with booking contact


How to go about getting reviews/press

Your bio • Your quote sheet • Your condensed paragraph 

How to get your press kit to sell for you
Benefits of the EPK

Locating venues
Making contact • Negotiations
Stringing together tour dates • Travel


Writing clear charts in your keys
• Finding/choosing songs for your repertoire
• Getting your book together
• Simple arrangements - grooves, intros & endings
• How to find the right personnel for your band • Planning your sets


How to cue your band - clear cuing methods • 
Instant arrangements on the bandstand
• Working with bass only or drums only • Sound layering

custom-tailored and specifically outlined in accordance with your individual needs - resources - vision

$60./hour - Keepin' it affordable, Folks!

Barbara Sfraga has been described as consistently inventive (Billboard), a master of bold interpretation (Jazz Times), and jazz singing at its cutting edge best (LA Times). Barbara Sfraga has been on a musical journey that evolved from church organist to voicist. She’s a songwriter and lyricist whose credits include lyrics written to music by Chick Corea, Teo Macero, Lee Morgan and Joe Locke. Ms. Sfraga’s recordings include Oh, What A Thrill (Naxos Jazz), Under The Moon (A440 Music Group) and her latest with The Timelessness Project, the critically acclaimed Timelessness Frozen in Time (SyncTimiCity), which features all original material penned by members of the unit. Ms. Sfraga performs in the NYC area and tours with The Timelessness Project’s bass artisan Christopher Dean Sullivan, soundrhythium Michael T. A. Thompson, pianist/keyboardist/vocalist Mala Waldron and multi-reedist Allen Won. Their newest venture, Timelessnessity is a multi-media project featuring Sfraga’s artwork and Sfraga, Thompson and Waldron’s photography in concert with The Timelessness Project’s original music. That new venture was debuted at Nuyorican Poet’s Café as part of Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ series, was videotaped, and will be available in DVD in 2009.

Ms. Sfraga co-founded ICAAN ASSOCIATES -- an interactive communication and arts network that provides innovative organizational and personal growth workshops through the arts -- with Medicine Woman of Jazz, poet Golda Solomon. She's also the founder of In Concert With Our Community, a charitable organization which has brought artists and artisans together with the community to raise funds for children’s organizations. Barbara has worked as a free-lance jazz publicist, was staff publicist for Koch Jazz, currently assists Jim Eigo with publicity for Jazz Promo Services, and has done booking/contracting for two booking agencies as well as her own. Knowing that an artist can go so much farther with strong knowledge of the Business of Music, Sfraga’s quest is to empower artists with business knowledge while engaging their spirit to participate in the plan.

Barbara is available from May 26 through the end of June to set up consultation appointments. Call 212-426-9518, (by SKYPE if you happen to be outside of the U.S.) or email for more info.


Announces Summer Stock Sessions 2008

Stages, A Children’s Theatre Workshop, Inc.’s popular Summer Stock Program for young actors returns for its fifteenth season. Stages invites young actors to join its Summer Stock Program 2008 at the Southampton Town Recreation Center this summer.

Stages’ offers two sessions for young actors ages 8-18: July 1st -July 27th and July 30th -August 24th. Each session takes place Monday through Friday from 10:30AM to 3:30 PM. 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 25th, 26th & 27th and August 22nd, 23rd & 24th 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 329-1420.