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From Fireworks to Movies, Readings and performances from East Hampton to Manhattan—the fun begins July 4th!

Just off Rt.27 on Snake Hollow Rd., Bridgehampton, NY


hosted by
Southampton Fresh Air Home
with Fireworks by Grucci
Friday, July 4th over the Shinnecock Canal
1030 Meadow La.
from 7-10pm
You can purchase tickets for this fundraising event or
just grab a spot on one of the beaches and enjoy the show. Raindate, July 5th.

The Sag Harbor Yacht Club Fireworks, Saturday July 5th.
Display begins around 9:30pm

Boys & Girls Harbor Fireworks, Friday July 11th in 3-Mile Harbor, East Hampton.
Raindate Saturday, July 12.

Shelter Island Chamber of Commerce Fireworks, Saturday July 12
Crescent Beach, Shore Road at 9pm

Sunday, July 6th 8:00 pm
@ The Stone
Avenue C @ 2nd Street
Word Riffs

Independent Artists on Independence Day Weekend:
Medicine Woman of Jazz Golda Solomon
With Center Search Quest, Saco Yasuma and special guests

Poet Golda Solomon
Center Search Quest’s bass artisan Christopher Dean Sullivan
Soundrhythium Michael T.A. Thompson
Pianist Eri Yamamoto and Saxophonist/flautist Saco Yasuma
with special guests: poet E.J. Antonio
Vocalist Fay Victor
and Saxophonist Ras Moshe
Poetry In Partnership With Jazz.

Guest-artist curator, multi instrumentalist JD Parran is bringing together stellar artists July 1st through July 15th, who include Marty Ehrlich, Mark Deutsch, Kelvyn Bell, Michael Attias, Adam Rudolph, Oliver Lake, Golda Solomon and more.

Golda Solomon, the medicine woman of jazz, is a professor of communications, a poet, performer, producer, and docent; a supporter of women musicians as well as young musicians, poets, and performers. She was project director of Po’Jazz at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center for four years before bringing the series to The Cornelia Street Café in 2003. Golda has pioneered several unique businesses including JazzJaunts, a personalized jazz service, and, with Barbara Sfraga, ICAAN (Interactive Communication and Arts Network), which provides innovative, on-site, organization-specific arts programming to workplaces, schools, and other organizations. She is currently conducting “From Page to Performance” workshops for emerging poets and “ready to come out of the closet” writers. Golda has a collection of poetry, Flatbush Cowgirl, published in 1999, for which she co-produced a companion CD, First Set, and a second CD of her poetry, Word Riffs. Her latest collection is Never More Than a Borough Away, Brooklyn Bops (Clique Calm Books). She also co-produced the CD Takin’ It To The Hollow. She is an active member and presenter for IAJE (International Women in Jazz). As an IWJ awardee, she was part of the week-long 40th anniversary celebration of All Nite Soul at St. Peter’s, the “Jazz Church” in midtown Manhattan. She also participated in the First Women In Jazz Festival at St. Peter’s Church in the spring 2007, The First Bay Area Jazz Poetry Festival in Berkeley, CA in the spring 2007 and Potter’s House in Washington DC 2007.

…a compendium of ideas, phrases and fragments of the Truth; we know it is so because her words and the force of her emotions resonate within...When one feels compelled to experience the Truth, one returns to Golda’s Blues. Because of the inspiration, imagination, and illumination of her art of syncopated improvisation, one is exalted.
~ Lawrence Holder, Playwright, Monk

An insightful observer of the scene and narrator of a thousand hipper yesterdays, Golda Solomon lays it all out with streetwise authority on Word Riffs.
~ Bill Milkowski, Author and Jazz Journalist

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


Culture Project

Don't miss the chance to see EXPATRIATE for only $25 during preview week!
We've got a host of exciting talkbacks and deals with local restaurants to
take advantage of from July 7 through July 15.

Tickets are selling fast – so buy yours and be the first to see this explosive, new show!

(check out Black Venus's new song "Aliens" on MySpace.)


Wednesday, July 9 at 8PM – African American Women Writing Theater
ActNow Foundation hosts a special talkback with Lenelle Moïse and playwright Dominique Morisseau, whose play Retrospect For Life is ActNow Foundation's next presentation.

Sunday, July 13 at 7PM - Black Queer Protagonists
Freedom Train Productions hosts a talkback with Expatriate playwright and actress, Lenelle Moïse and Sharon Bridgforth, the author of delta dandi, which will be featured at Freedom Train's "Fire! New Play Festival" this August.
Monday July 14th at 8PM: Structural Racism - Identity, Society, and Art
Lynne Wolf and Lynda Turet from The Center for Social Inclusion and the creative team of Expatriate explore the role art plays in challenging our reality to support new policies for a more just society across race, gender, sexual identity and class.


In honor of Claudie and Alphine’s journey to Paris, Culture Project is pairing with local French bistro Parigot for a special Bastille Day weekend culinary treat!

Come to EXPATRIATE on Preview weekend (Friday, July 11, Saturday, July 12, Sunday, July 13), present your ticket stubs to Parigot, and enjoy a free glass of rose with dinner. Owned by a local French couple, Parigot has been described as "a place you might stumble upon after a long drive to Aix-En-Provence." Cozy, authentic and great value, pop by for a meal before or after the show! 155 Grand Street (corner of Lafayette)

Present your ticket stub at local French favorite L'Orange Bleu, steps from Culture Project (430 Broome), and enjoy 20% off your drinks tab when you buy dinner on the Bastille Day performance of EXPATRIATE on Monday, July 14.

All preview tickets (July 7 - 15) only $25!
After July 16, tickets are $41.


Culture Project @ 55 Mercer Street


Tuesdays at The Perch Cafe
July Reading Schedule

July 8- Rishana Blake, poet and playwright, received her MFA from City College, where she is currently working as an Adjunct Professor in the Speech and Theater Department. Her work has been featured in Audience Volume 2 and Poetry in Performance. Her collection of poems, The Gifted Quiet, is soon to be published. She will be reading with Brad Kennedy, who served in Vietnam as an artillery surveyor and other capacities with the U.S. 11th armored Cavalry Regiment from August, 1966, through July, 1967. Upon his return home, he played an active role in Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and recently, he has responded to the war in Iraq in his writing for Intervention Magazine. Betrayal: Will Stone in Vietnam, is his first novel. He lives with his wife, Barbara, and their family in New Jersey, where he builds houses for people with disabilities.

July 15- Michele Battiste and Nancy Haiduck. Michele Battiste is the author of two chapbooks: Raising Petra (Pudding House Press) and Mapping the Spaces Between. Her work has appeared in Pool, Mid-American Review, Poetry International, The Laurel Review, Harpur Palate, So to Speak and 5AM, among other journals. She is the recipient of a 2007 Blue Mountain Center Residency and a 2006 Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, among others. As an award-winning performance poet, she has performed across the United States and in Europe. She now lives in New York City, where she works as a development consultant for non-profit organizations. Her poetry collection, Ink for an Odd Cartography, was selected as a finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award, and is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press. She will be reading with Nancy Haiduck, who has just won the 2008 BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) from The Bronx Council on the Arts. She is an MFA student and adjunct lecturer at The City College of New York, where she was presented with the 2008 Outstanding Teaching Award. She has taught poetry in the Bronx to sixth graders, as part of City College’s Outreach Program. Her poetry can be found in a variety of print and online journals, including The Paterson Literary Review and

July 22-Miriam Clark has been writing fiction for more than ten years. She has studied with Katherine Mosby and Alice Elliott Dark at the Manhattanville Writers Conference and the 92nd St. Y. She has completed a collection of linked short stories, The Jersey Giant, and is at work on a novel, The Former Rabbi. This is her second reading at Perch. She lives in Park Slope with her husband and very patient kids, and works as an attorney in Manhattan.

July 29-WOMENWRITE nyc is four women exploring the harmony and the discord of growing up female; four women speaking the music within very distinct cultural experiences; four women loving the life they have and the future they dream for themselves; four women teasing martinis dry and dancing in winter’s wild indigo. They are: E.J. Antonio, who attended the 2006 Hurston/Wright Foundation Summer Writer’s Workshop, and is a Cave Canem-NY Regional Fellow and a 2006 Pushcart Prize nominee. Her work has been published in many places online and print, among them:, African Voices Literary Magazine, Amistad Literary Journal and Terra Incognita. Her first chapbook, Every Child Knows was published Fall, 2007 by the Premier Poets Chapbook Series. Dilcia Enid Arroyo is a Puerto Rican turned “Nuyorican” raw and up and coming poet! She began to share and read her poetry at the 2006 Summer Solstice Conference, Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, Mass. She now reads her poetry at Golda Solomon’s Po’ Jazz Series at Cornelia Street.
Golda is her mentor and friend, and introduced her to Cheryl Boyce Taylor and E.J. Antonio. R.H. Douglas is a Caribbean born writer, diarist, performance artist and storyteller, whose work has been published in Life Notes: Patchwork of Dreams; Erotique Noire; Pearls of Passion; In Praise of African American Mothers; Creation Fire and many more. She is the author of October Morning: Other Poems About Healing. Ms. Douglas created the
workshop, YOUR LIFE AS STORY: ONCE UPON A TIME, to facilitate senior citizens writing groups. She has performed throughout New York City and other places, too. Golda Solomon, the “medicine woman of jazz”, is director of Po’ Jazz at Cornelia Street, as well as a professor of communications, speech and theater arts; a poet; a performer; a producer; a docent; a supporter of women musicians as well as young musicians, poets and performers. Flatbush Cowgirl, a collection of poetry, was published in 1999 and Never More Than a Borough Away, Brooklyn Bops, is forthcoming from Clique Calm Books.




The Wire series creator David Simon, writer Richard Price, actress Amy Ryan, tightrope artist Philippe Petit, and director James Marsh in person

Museum of the Moving Image continues its series of special events at The Times Center with two programs in July 2008. On Thursday, July 24, legendary tightrope walker Philippe Petit will make a personal appearance for the New York theatrical premiere of Man on Wire, James Marsh’s documentary about Petit’s famous walk between the Twin Towers. Marsh and Petit will participate in a discussion following the screening. On Wednesday, July 30, “Making The Wire” features a conversation about The Wire, one of the most acclaimed dramatic series in television history, with series creator David Simon, writer Richard Price, actress Amy Ryan, and other stars of the series, to be announced.

Program details and ticket prices are listed below. Advance tickets are available online at or by calling the Museum at 718.784.4520. There is a $2 surcharge for tickets purchased at the door. The Times Center is located at 242 West 41 Street, Manhattan.

Man on Wire
New York Theatrical Premiere screening and discussion with Philippe Petit and director James Marsh in person
Thursday, July 24, 7:00 p.m.
2008, 89 mins. Magnolia Pictures. In August 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit captivated New York City by sneaking into the World Trade Center and walking on a cable strung between the not-yet-open Twin Towers. James Marsh’s acclaimed new documentary captures the excitement of the death-defying walk and also the thrilling story of the six years of planning that went into the stunt. A discussion with Petit and the director will follow the screening.
Tickets: $10 Museum members/Free for Sponsor-level and above/$20 non-members.

Making The Wire with David Simon, Richard Price, Amy Ryan, and surprise guests in person
Wednesday, July 30, 7:00 p.m.
The HBO series The Wire, which concluded its fifth and final season this year, is one of the most acclaimed dramatic series in TV history. David Simon, the series creator, producer, and main writer, shaped The Wire’s panoramic view of Baltimore. This crime drama explored many aspects of urban life: the drug trade, the port, the city government, schools, and the newspaper. “It is really about the American city and how we live together” said Simon. This behind-the-scenes program will include a conversation with Simon, novelist Richard Price (who wrote five episodes), actress Amy Ryan (who played “Beadie”), and other guests to be announced.
Tickets: $15 Museum members/Free for Sponsor-level members and above/$25 non-members. Limited tickets are available to Museum members only, by phone at 718.784.4520.

The Times Center is the venue for a monthly series presented by Museum of the Moving Image. Past guests have included Joan Allen, Jonathan Demme, Danny Glover, Ethan Hawke, Werner Herzog, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ang Lee, Sidney Lumet, Chris Matthews, John Sayles, James Schamus, Marisa Tomei, and Wong Kar-wai.