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Sat, May 30 at 5pm; Wed, June 3 at 7pm

The Cat Who Went to Heaven, the acclaimed jazz puppet show created by New York City jazz maven Nancy Harrow.

The captivating jazz puppetry show, based on the Newbery Award-winning book by Elizabeth Coatsworth, is returning for six special performances at The Harlem School of the Arts Theater at 647 St. Nicholas Avenue between West 145th and 141st Streets. Click here for directions.

One of the top 10 cast albums of 2006 (, The Cat Who Went to Heaven soundtrack features legendary jazz artists Kenny Barron (piano) and Grady Tate (on vocals).

Music and lyrics by Nancy Harrow. Directed by Will Pomerantz. Recommended for adults and children.
For reservations, call 212-479-0829.
Visit for more information.
Suggested donation: $10

also playing

One-night only
Rachel Maddow, Ron Suskin,
Vince Warren and Rolf Mowatt-Larssen

Join Culture Project on Sunday, May 31 as MSNBC host Rachel Maddow launches our Blueprint for Accountability series with a gripping evening directed by Fisher Stevens.

Rachel Maddow will be joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Suskind, leading counter-terrorism expert Rolf Mowatt-Larssen and Vince Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Our expert panel will be joined by an all-star cast that will punctuate the evening with theatrical dramatizations, exploring the following questions: How should we hold our previous administration accountable for their disregard of the Rule of Law and the Constitution? What role does moral energy play in how we relate to other countries in the world?

Join us! Buy your tickets now.
Tickets only $30.
A limited number of patron tickets are available for $75
($45 tax-deductible,) guaranteeing premiere seating.

To buy tickets, click here or call 212-352-3101.

The Times Center
242 W. 41st Street

To read more about Culture Project's
Blueprint for Accountability Series
, click here.

From Ron Suskind's book "The Way of the World"

I ask if the intelligence was passed to CIA and the White House.
"Of course. Passed instantly, at the very highest levels."

"And what did we say," I ask. "Or, I guess, what did Bush say?"

"He said, Fuck it. We're going in."


Event dates: Tuesday, June 2, and Friday, June 12, 2009

The Museum of the Moving Image has announced two special programs that will take place in June, in addition to the previously announced New York Premiere of Food, Inc. The Academy-Award winning director Sam Mendes will participate in a discussion following a preview screening of his new movie Away We Go on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 8:00 p.m., at the Chelsea Cinema 9 on 260 West 23rd Street in Manhattan. And on Friday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m., the Museum will present an evening of conversation and clips with Harold Ramis, the writer, director, and actor who is the creative force behind many of the funniest Hollywood movies of the past thirty years, from Animal House to his new film Year One.

Away We Go is a whimsical and heartfelt road movie about an expectant couple on a cross-country odyssey in search of a place to set down roots and raise their baby. The original screenplay is by the acclaimed novelists Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, who are married, and wrote the film while expecting their first child. Mendes started working on Away We Go while he was putting the finishing touches on Revolutionary Road. “It was a way of letting off steam after the intensity of filming and editing” the latter, he said. “It is kind of a companion piece in that there’s also a couple who want to escape and find themselves—only this time, they do.” The preview screening is made possible by Focus Features, which is releasing Away We Go in New York on June 5.

Harold Ramis has been one of the most prolific and influential figures in American screen comedy since the 1970s. In the Times Center program on June 12, Ramis will discuss his career in a discussion with Chief Curator David Schwartz, with clips from movies including Animal House, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Analyze This, and more, including a sneak preview of scenes from his new movie, Year One, which is being released by Columbia Pictures on June 19. The evening will also includes clips from the cult-favorite 1970s TV series Second City TV, where Ramis was head writer. “As a writer, director, and actor, Harold Ramis helped liberate film comedy, with a combination of irreverence, rebellion, and wit,” said Schwartz.

The premiere screening of Food, Inc. takes place on Thursday, June 4, 2009, at 7:30 p.m., at the Times Center in Manhattan, followed by an all-star panel discussion including Eric Schlosser, whose international best-seller Fast Food Nation was the original inspiration for the film. Other panelists are: the film’s director, Robert Kenner; Alice Waters, the renowned chef of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California and a champion of locally grown ingredients; Gary Hirshberg, the chairman and president of Stonyfield Farm, the world’s leading organic yogurt producer; and Marcel Van Ooyen, the executive director of the Council on the Environment of New York City, which runs nearly fifty Greenmarkets throughout the five boroughs. The film, which is being released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures on June 12, reveals how the nation’s food supply is controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, and the environment.

Tickets are available online at, or
by calling 718.784.4520.
For the screening of Away We Go,
tickets are $18 for the public/$12 for Museum members
free for Sponsor-level members and above.

For the Food, Inc. premiere and the Harold Ramis program,
tickets are $25 for the public/$15 for Museum members
free for Sponsor-level members and above.

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 entails 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, visit

Tuesday Night at

June 2, 7:30pm

Sue Melot is Brooklyn-born, still residing in the Marine Park section, where she and her husband have lived for many years. A former special education teacher, Susan embarked on a series of classes at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y., and has been reading and writing poetry for the past five years. Also a serious amateur musician, she studies and plays as much as possible. Her first chapbook, Chameleon was published last August by Finishing Line Press. She has also been published in US1Worksheets and Tapestry journals. She will be reading with Ellen Wright, whose chapbook, In Transit was published in December 2007 by Main Street Rag. Her poetry has recently appeared in Margie, Water-Stone Review, The Paterson Literary Review and online with Cadillac Cicatrix. The recipient of a Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature from New York University, she makes her home in Brooklyn and her living as a musician.

PERCH Cafe & Bar
365 5th Avenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn


Family Night at Perch, Wednesday's at 6:30pm

The Charistmatic Megaphonic 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.

F/R Train to 4th Avenue/9th Street (btwn 5th and 6th St.)


Tuesday Night Reading at Perch, 7:30pm-May 26th

David King was raised on the sandy shores of California. He currently teaches at The City College. He likes his music loud, and lives in New York. He will be reading with Rudy Baron, who co-founded Downtown Brooklyn, the literary journal of the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University, in 1992, and served as editor until 1998. He served as an instructor of English at that campus for a number of years, before pursuing a law degree at Cardozo School of Law in New York City, which he completed in 2001. Since then he decided he hates the law, and has given up on the legal world, and gone back to teaching and writing. He has been published in a number of journals, and many moons ago published two chapbooks, Shirts and Shaved Armpits and The Lingo of Beer. He currently lives in Westchester and has two beautiful daughters, who he dotes on regularly. Wayne Berninger teaches writing and literature at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University, where he edits the English Department’s literary magazine, Downtown Brooklyn. He is working on a series of poems set in a zombie-besieged, post-apocalyptic landscape.

F/R Train to 4th Avenue/9th Street (btwn 5th and 6th St.)