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February's urbanseashells

Wednesday night at 7:00
with special guest Mike Errico and a new medley of country meats!
At the Perch Cafe in Park Slope
5th Avenue between 5th and 6th Street.


Brooklyn Reading Works:

Cupid's Arrow: Writers on Love
curated by Marian Fontana

Another one of the great themed readings at
Brooklyn Reading Works curated by interesting writers.

Marian Fontana, author of A Widow's Walk; A Memoir of 9/11 and the upcoming, The Middle of the Bed, is presenting a group of wonderful writers, including Elissa Schappell author of Use Me and the upcoming Blueprints for Better Girls; Susan Karwoska, novelist, poet and editor of Teachers and Writers Magazine; poets Ellen Ferguson and Ira Goldstein and memoirist, Mila Drumke. Marian will be reading an excerpt from her new book.

Marian writes: "Join us two nights before Valentine's as six talented authors tackle the profound, challenging, and even funny topic of love."

This will be a great night.
It's always fascinating to see the subject matter,
the approach, and the language shift from author to author.

Paper Love, the new paper goods shop on Lincoln Place in Park Slope,
will be selling lovely Valentine's Day cards at the event.
For those who are big fans of letter press...


Thursday, February 12th at 8 p.m.
Brooklyn Reading Works at the Old Stone House
Fifth Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets (in Washington Park)
A $5 suggested donation includes light refreshments and wine.
There will be candy hearts and chocolates.

March 12: The Third Annual Memoir-A-Thon curated by Branka Ruzak
April 23: Fiction in a Blender curated by Raina Washington
May 14: Edgy Mother's Day Event curated by Michele Madigan Somerville, Sophia Romero and Amy Sohn
June 11: Annual Reading of Montauk Basement Writers

Brooklyn Reading Works. Fiction. Poetry. Memoir. Plays. A monthly reading series at the Old Stone House in Park Slope produced by Louise Crawford.


FEBRUARY 16–20, 2009

From Monday, February 16 through Friday, February 20, 2009, during New York City public schools’ mid-winter recess, Museum of the Moving Image will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will offer daily family programs including animation workshops and screenings of Nick
Park’s charming stop-motion animated short, The Wrong Trousers, featuring the popular claymation characters Wallace and Gromit.

In addition to these special programs, families are invited to experience the Museum’s acclaimed interactive exhibition, Behind the Screen. Spanning two floors and 14,000 square feet, this innovative blend of more than 1,200 historical artifacts, art works, video clips, and interactive exhibits shows how moving images are made, marketed, and exhibited. Visitors are able to make animations, experiment with sound effects, and create flipbooks of themselves, among other activities. Museum educators present daily demonstrations of filmmaking techniques. Behind the Screen also features Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Defender, Tron, and ten additional playable classic video arcade games.

Family Programs during Presidents’ Week, February 16–20:
Animation Workshops
Daily at noon and 2:00 p.m.
In this hour-long workshop, children learn how stop-motion animation works and make their very own animations which will be shared online. Materials fee: $5 per participant. Recommended ages: 8 and up. Call 718.777.6820 to make a reservation.

[Note: To view a sample animation created by a visitor in the workshop, go to]

Screening: The Wrong Trousers
Daily at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m., in Tut’s Fever Movie Palace
1993, 30 mins. Directed by Nick Park. In this Academy Award-winning animated short film by
Aardman Studios, the inventor Wallace and his beloved canine sidekick Gromit are threatened by the arrival of a larcenous penguin whose nefarious plans involve a pair of mechanical trousers. This film is suitable for all ages. The film will be screened in Tut’s Fever Movie Palace, a large-scale artwork and working theater that is part of Behind the Screen. Screening included with admission.

Suggested Admission
$5 for adults, senior citizens, college students, children 8–18.
Free for Museum members and children under 8.
(Please note: Strollers must be left at Coat Check.)

About Museum of the Moving Image
Museum of the Moving Image advances 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 moving-image related 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. Construction is currently underway on a major expansion of the Museum, designed by architect Thomas Leeser. The project includes a complete renovation of the existing first floor and construction of a three-story addition housing a new theater, screening room, galleries, and a multi-classroom education center.
The Grand Opening of the expanded Museum is scheduled for 2010. For more information, click here.

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street), Astoria, NY 11106
Note: The Museum is located on 35 Avenue between 36 and 37 Streets in Astoria.
During construction, visitors enter on 37 Street.
Recorded Information Line: 718.784.0077


Ensemble Helacious

J D Parran bass saxophone, clarinet, mbira, flutes
Peter Zummo trombone, electronics
Kevin Norton vibraphone, drums
Fri Feb 20 - 8:30 PM
20 Green Street (btw Canal and Grand)

Ensemble Helacious
was formed in 2007 and has appeared at the second
NYC Rhythm in the Kitchen Festival, at
The Stone as well as on Art for Art's RUCMA series.

Now allied in this new configuration these composer/performers have shared projects and stages during many years on the creative music scene such as: J D Parran's Omegathorp: Living City, Kevin Norton's "Breakfast of Champignons" ensemble, Peter Zummo's Noisy Meditation Band, Annea Lockwood's Thousand Year Dreaming, The DownTown Ensemble and Ninetet (Yoshi's) 1997, a six CD release by Anthony Braxton.

These shared musical experiences and associations with pioneering music in almost all genres invest Parran, Norton and Zummo with a musical affinity that virtually explodes in performances of their individual and collective compositions.

WKCR broadcast 2/17/09

Ensemble Helacious will appear live on the WKCR Afternoon New Music, hosted by Ben Young on Tuesday, February 17, 2009, for most of the programs 3pm-6pm slot on 89.9 FM. Recordings of the collective as well as individual compositions will be aired along with other significant recordings featuring the members of this power trio.

J D Parran is a current participant in the Columbia University Radio Station WKCR New York Music Alive series, funded by the New York State Music Fund. The premiere broadcast of this career retrospective will air Sunday, March 1, 2009, 3pm-6pm on WKCR Radio.


“The Medicine Woman of Jazz” with PO’JAZZ
Downstairs at
The Cornelia Street Café

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009, 6 - 8 PM
$15 ($10 students with ID) includes one drink
featuring poet Golda Solomon
guest poet Roger Singer
Jim Bartow guitar
Hope Berkeley harmonica
The Double Sharps
Dan Lipsitz (sax) • Daniel Cicourel Hanley (guitar) • Jake Pinto (keyboards)
Daniel Bailen (bass) • Francis DiNoto (drums)
hosted by Golda Solomon

“Jim Bartow is ever mindful of his audience. We get the words of his poets, wrapped lovingly in Jim’s remarkable renditions.” — Kenneth P. Neilson, Director, All Seasons Art

Hope Berkeley: A seasoned blues musician, Berkeley brings her own brand of gutsy soulfulness to the Chicago-style blues harmonica. She can be seen playing regularly with The Hastings Bluesmothers.

The Double Sharps: "These student musicians are the future ‘lions’ of jazz. Mentoring is energizing.” — Golda Solomon

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

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.


The Purchase College
Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film
would like to invite you to
“All In The Timing” by David Ives

Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
153 Library Lane
Tickets for the performance are $20 and
can be purchased directly at the Emelin.
Please call 914-698-0098 or visit

The opening night performance on February 27 @ 7:30PM

Other performance dates are:
February 28 @ 7:30PM; and March 1st @ 2:00PM.

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