Friday, February 24, 2017

TIDAL WAVE PRODUCTIONS CARRIE FISHER TRIBUTE

Carrie Fisher Tribute




Carrie Fisher, who passed away in December is the actress who best known for portraying the determined, battle-ready Princess Leia in the epic saga Star Wars, is the latest star of TidalWave Productions' popular Tribute comic book biography series. Tribute: Carrie Fisher is released this Wednesday.



About her career, Carrie Frances Fisher once said, “There is no point at which you can say, ‘Well, I’m successful now. I might as well take a nap.” Despite her well-documented struggle with addiction and bipolar disorder, Fisher managed to remain a powerful and relevant force in the arts. Known for her role as Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars and her humorous and acerbic writing, Fisher passed away on December 27, 2016 at the age of 60. Her death left millions of fans grieving, including her mother, Debbie Reynolds, 84, who died a day later. Fisher’s story is both frustrating and touching.



The 28-page collectible comic book Tribute: Carrie Fisher is written by Michael Frizell and CW Cooke, featuring art by Nathan Webb and Ryan Paule with cover by David Frizell.



“I don’t like to write – or think – about death. When it comes to someone as beloved as Fisher, I wanted to pay homage to what fans love about her: her sense of humor, her persistence in the face of adversity, and her spirit.” said co-writer Michael Frizell.



“The Tribute line of comic books tells the stories of the classic entertainers that have passed on.” says TidalWave’s publisher, Darren G. Davis “It is a way for us to honor these people who have made a difference in the world.”



Fisher asked TidalWave to donate a percentage of the proceeds from the comic to the Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut, renowned for its excellence in treating psychiatric disorders.



TidalWave has published well-received tribute biographies of other icons such as John Lennon, Christopher Reeves, Whitney Houston, Frank Capra, Lucille Ball, David Bowie and more.



The “Tribute” series serves as a pop culture companion to TidalWave Entertainment’s successful “Female Force,” “Political Power,” “Orbit,” and “Fame” series. The biography comic form allows Storm’s talented writers to delve into the history of certain newsworthy figures and explore what shaped them. Storm Entertainment’s biographical comic books have been featured on CNN, Politico, Roll Call, The Today Show, FOX News, and in People Magazine among thousands of others.



Tribute: Carrie Fisher is available for your e-reader from iTunes, Kindle, Nook, ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, Powfolio, Overdrive, Iverse, Biblioboard, Flipkart, ComicBin, Axis360, Blio, Entitle, Comicblender, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold.



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EVA LONGORIA TALKS IMMIGRATION ON THE VIEW

Eva Longoria On The View




Eva Longoria Discusses Immigration Memos and Sanctuary Cities



"It's very dangerous to deny asylum to these people," Eva Longoria said of Pres. Trump's immigration memos. "This isn't an issue of Democrats and Republicans, it's not an issue of Obama and Trump, it's an issue of life and death."


Longoria also explained why she believes women make great directors: "Being a director means you have to problem solve and answer a lot of questions and juggle things at the same time."



Hot Topics: Town Halls Turn Testy When Constituents Face Their Representatives


"It's a good and real reminder that, at the end of the day, their power comes from those votes.” Sara Haines said.




Hot Topics: Enforcing President Trump’s New Immigration Memos


"I think there are a lot of people around this country, of all ethnicities, who did the process legally, and they followed the law and they're really unhappy with people who don't follow the law and get [to] benefit from it," Jedediah Bila said.




Thursday, February 23, 2017

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE TERRY CREWS OUT & ABOUT

Terry Crews




Terry Crews was photographed yesterday on the streets of New York City. Terry Alan Crews is an American actor and former American football player. He currently appears as NYPD Sergeant Terry Jeffords in the Fox sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine.



MARIAH CAREY SENDS MESSAGE TO NICK CANNON

Mariah Carey




E! NEWS -- Yesterday marked a very special day in Nick Cannon's life and his ex Mariah Carey was nothing short of happy for the father of three.

Cannon announced the arrival of his son with Brittany Bell, a baby boy named Golden "Sagon" Cannon, earlier this morning on Instagram.

"Weeping may endure for a night, but Joy cometh in the morning! No matter how hard the world may hit you, God always reminds us of our purpose! #TrueHappiness Welcome to Earth Son! Golden "Sagon" Cannon 2/21/17 #Awakened," the proud father wrote alongside a black-and-white photo of his newborn son.


And while Cannon was excitedly sharing the news to the world, E! News has learned that Carey was sending her heartfelt congratulations to him.

"Nick told both of his other kids about the baby and that they will have a new sibling," a source tells us.

"Mariah has been aware of the baby for a while now and she congratulated him. They are on fine terms and continue to be good parents for their children."

This marks Cannon's third child as he and Mariah have twins together, Moroccan and Monroe.

Congratulations to Cannon on little baby Golden!




NEW ZEALAND ACTOR MICHAEL DORMAN HITS NYC

Michael Dorman



Michael Dorman spotted yesterday in New York City. Michael Dorman is a New Zealand actor based in Australia, best known for his work on the television series, The Secret Life of Us. He has also done supporting work in such films as Suburban Mayhem and West.


KELLY RIPA'S STUNNING NEW YORK CITY FASHION

Kelly Ripa



Kelly Ripa looked stunning and in fashion when she visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert yesterday in New York City.


PLAYWRIGHT W.M. AKERS "DEAD MAN'S DINNER"

Theater For The New City




NEW YORK -- When the chips are down, are we men or beasts? That's the question of a new tragicomedy by W.M. Akers, "Dead Man's Dinner," which Theater for the New City will present March 23 to April 9 in a production by resident company Squeaky Bicycle Productions, directed by Kathryn McConnell. The piece is an absurdist adventure story set in a dystopian future. New York has been under siege for ten years and three women are struggling to survive in a frigid, rent-stabilized apartment on the Upper West Side. Olympia and her daughter Petra have spent years surviving any way they can. When Petra falls in love with Jackie, an injured soldier, their food supplies are stretched to the limit. Death creeps closer and each woman is torn between love and hunger. Hunger always wins.



The play is realistic at its base, but dialed up a bit with a gossamer level of giddiness. There are reverberations of the experiments of ethologist John B. Calhoun, who tested the effect of overcrowding on rats and advanced an animal model of societal collapse. Amid themes of starvation and desperation in the play, the characters' fear of losing human connection is at its core. The result is a surprising poignancy. The piece is dominated by the battle for Petra's love between her mother and her girlfriend. It is set in an apartment that was once nice but has been turned into a fortress: grimy, utilitarian and militaristic. The door to escape it seems barricaded; it turns out a man has died against it. Everything inside becomes a survival tool, including a skillet that is wielded as a deadly weapon against intruders. With dark humor, the three women are pushed to a brink where we find out where their breaking points are.



Playwright W.M. Akers creates relatable characters and cleverly nods to the unique glories and challenges the city has to offer them. These three women experience the siege from three different socioeconomic and generational vantage points, leaving audiences to wonder how they would respond if faced with such dire circumstances. 



Akers hails from Nashville, TN. He graduated in 2010 from NYU's dramatic writing program, where he received the John Golden Playwriting Prize. A journalist in his "day job," he is a features editor at Narratively and also writes for Deadspin, Vice and others. Squeaky Bicycle has presented two of his previous plays, both directed by Kathryn McConnell. "Tales of Love and Lasers" was three sci-fi stories about people trying to find love and fight loneliness in space. "Pop Dies in Vegas" was about a Justin Bieber-type musician faking his own suicide to live on in legend. Akers' "Cary’s Chainstore Massacre," which Kathryn McConnell directed for another company, was based on a plot to blow up a New York Barnes & Noble by a neighboring independent bookstore. Most of Akers' plays are comedic in their essence. He tends to sets exotic tales of war and conflict in very familiar settings and says that he tries to write serious stuff but then he "gets silly." His plays often tend toward gallows humor with a heavy dose of heart.



Creation of "Dead Man's Dinner" came about as Akers was reading "How To Cook a Wolf" by M.F.K Fisher, a meditation on cooking through hunger, and "Leningrad: Siege and Symphony" by Brian Moynahan, a chilling history of the siege of Leningrad. The perspective on how humans in extremis go to great lengths to preserve their humanity was inspiration for this piece. For Akers, "Dead Man's Dinner" is either a science fiction or an alternate universal survival play. It asks, "If everything breaks down, what is the last thing--for each person--that makes you stop caring or turns you into an animal?"



Director Kathryn McConnell is a co-founder of Squeaky Bicycle Productions. Her other Squeaky Bicycle productions include "Ten Ways on a Gun," "The Last Five Years," "The God Particle," "Tales of Love and Lasers," "The Tragedie of Cardenio," "For Better or Worse," "RĂ©cit" and "Supernova." She has a BFA in Dramaturgy from the University of Oklahoma and has worked with Workshop Theater Company, New York Women in Film and Television, Sanguine Theatre Company, NYWIFT, Sanguine, the Hippodrome Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, OKC Theatre Company, and others. (kathrynamcconnell.com)



Annalisa Loeffler plays Olympia, the mother; Zohra Benzerga plays Petra, her daughter; Kate Garfield plays Jackie, Petra's girlfriend/lover and Marquis Wood plays both of the two brothers who encounter the three women at different times. Assistant director is Brandi Varnell. Set design is by Meg McGuigan. Lighting designer is Christopher D'Angelo. Sound designer is Meg Cully. Fight Director is Casey Mattison. Production manager is Tracy C. Wertheimer. Stage manager is K'Sandra Sampson.



Squeaky Bicycle (www.squeakybicycleproductions.com), founded in 2010 and dedicated to new works, is now a resident company of Theater for the New City. It is known for its productions of apocalyptic plays. In 2013, it produced "Alligator Summer" by Dylan Lamb at Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex. The play was an audacious farce in which two Louisiana families have taken refuge in an attic, Anne Frank style, after an endless army of alligators have overrun their town. It was subtitled "A Southern Gothic Atrocity in Three Acts." Most recently they mounted "Ten Ways on a Gun" at TNC. The company values the development process, seeking to nurture every contributor's artistic journey, offering a safe place to take risks and explore the depths of their talents. W.M. Akers and Dylan Lamb are resident playwrights of the company. Brandi Varnell is Artistic Director; Kathryn McConnell is Executive Producer and Literary Manager.



Brandi Varnell, Artistic Director of Squeaky Bicycle, writes, "Theater for the New City has been an institution for innovative new work for decades, one of the most known and respected downtown theaters. We could not be more appreciative and more inspired by our residency at TNC. Crystal Field and the staff of TNC have offered us such support and insight as we pursue our artistic vision. They believe in the unique voice of the artists they work with, and we are truly thankful to be nurtured by the innovators and creators at TNC."


WHERE AND WHEN:


March 23 to April 9, 2017
Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th Street)
Presented by Theater for the New City and Squeaky Bicycle Productions
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM. Added performance Monday, March 27 at 7:00PM.

$18 general admission; box office (212) 254-1109, www.theaterforthenewcity.net
Running time: 90 min. Critics are invited on or after March 23.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

HAMPTON'S MANSION GREY GARDENS FOR SALE

GREY GARDENS




Almost every family has skeletons in the closet and relatives they wish would recede into the woodwork. Such was true of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her sister Lee Radziwill. As girls, their Aunt Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (Big Edie) and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale (Little Edie), their cousin, were equally part of the upper crust and Jackie and her sister enjoyed summer visits to their beautiful home and estate Grey Gardens in the wealthy Georgica Pond neighborhood of East Hampton. In those days, life was good. But when Big Edie’s husband left her for another woman, their lives were to undergo a desperate change.



Without the funds or ability to keep up the huge property, Grey Gardens began to fall into ruin. Eventually the two women became very reclusive, barely hanging on to survival. Exposed by the Enquirer and a cover story in New York Magazine about the filth, fleas, cats and raccoons sharing the home with the women, the health department intervened and gave the women the ultimatum of cleaning up or getting out. Unable to afford repairs and cleanup, it was at this point that Jackie O and Lee came to their aid. They went in together and had repairs made to the house, the overgrown vegetation cut back, and hundreds of bags of trash removed. The house passed health department inspection and the mother and daughter were allowed to stay - still reclusive, and still in a somewhat altered relationship with reality.



Filmmakers Albert and David Maysles heard about their story when engaged by Lee Radziwill to do a documentary about her and Jackie’s childhood. They found the Grey Garden women so interesting they filmed over an hour at the location with the mother and daughter. Lee was not happy at the direction the film had taken and ended the arrangement with the Maysles and destroyed the film. But that didn’t stop Albert and David and they went back to Grey Gardens to make a documentary in 1975 that may have been the first reality, unscripted film ever. It was recognized in 2010 by the Library of Congress for its cultural and historical significance. In 2014, film critics named it the ninth best documentary film of all time. Although not entered, it was also shown at the Cannes Film Festival to much acclaim. It was a sad riches-to-rags story that drew attention around the world.

Edith Beale's Famed Bedroom




Big Edie died in 1977 and her daughter sold the house in 1979 for $220,000 to author and journalist Sally Quinn and her husband, Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee. After the sale, Little Edie moved to Florida where she died in 2002.



When Sally and Ben purchased the dilapidated mansion, Sally went up to the attic for the first time and found a treasure trove of the home’s original furnishings and samples of fabrics that had been used in the once glamorous home. She scratched away old paint and found the original beachy colors. The couple began the year-long restoration that would bring the home back to its original glory, adapted to today’s lifestyle. A special feature they added were French doors in the back to open a view to the ocean across the restored original gardens. After the estate was completed, the couple spent every August there until Ben’s death in 2014. Quinn then started renting the house out for the summer at $250,000. Sally has recently put the estate up for sale.



Sited on just under two acres, the house contains approximately 6,000 square feet of living space with nine bedrooms, six baths and multiple venues for entertaining. Grounds contain a guest house nestled in the lush garden, a heated pool and a Har-Tru Tennis court. Listing agents are Michael Schultz and Susan Ryan of The Corcoran Group.



Filled with history and visited by Jackie Kennedy Onassis and her sister Lee Radziwill, the star of an award-winning documentary, an HBO film, a Broadway play and mentioned in song, Grey Garden is priced at $19.995 million.



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'TERRA DEI FUOCHI' / LAND OF FIRE @ LA MAMA

Terra dei Fuochi




NEW YORK -- "Terra dei Fuochi / Land of Fires" is an environmental performance project blending modern dance, music and documentary theater to tell the story of Campania Felix, an area in Italy north of Naples that suffered devastating loss of life due to a scandal-ridden toxic waste disaster. The piece is a three-person dance with multimedia drawn largely from life stories of mothers in the region whose children "have become angels too quickly." Accompanying the performance will be a booth providing information about Campania Felix and how it can be compared to others around the world. The aim is to provide further education in the increasing land and water contamination issues facing our global community. This world premiere is choreographed and directed and by Bianca Falco (Napoli, Campania - NYC) and composed by Alberto Falco (Napoli, Campania). La MaMa will present the work's world premiere March 23 to April 2 in its First Floor Theater, 74A East Fourth Street.



In the 1980s, hazardous waste disposal became a joint venture uniting the Camorra (an organized crime group), industries from all over Europe and the political class of Naples and Campania into what is now known as an "Ecomafia." A region between Naples and Caserta became known as the Triangle of Death when cancers usually seen in older people became epidemic, taking their cruel aim at children. Illegal dumping there has been widely documented but the trash crisis has only worsened through the parallel problem of the illegal burning of toxic waste, which has brought the region another nickname, the Land of Fires. The situation is a result of decades of secret dealings between manufacturers in Italy and beyond, pressing to avoid the high costs of legally disposing of hazardous waste, and the Camorra, one of Italy's three main mafia organizations, which saw the potential to make huge profits by disposing of it. Some revelations came from the declassified 1997 testimony of Carmine Schiavone, a former treasurer for the Casalesi clan, one of the most powerful Camorra factions. Speaking in secret to an investigative parliamentary committee, Mr. Schiavone described nighttime operations in which mobsters wearing police uniforms supervised the burial of toxic garbage from as far away as Germany. It is believed that the Camorra, seeing its own children dying, stopped burying waste in its back yard a few years ago and is now illegally shipping it off to Eastern Europe and the Balkans.



The region was once known as Europe's vegetable garden and was called by the Romans Campania Felix, the fertile countryside. Agriculture had ceased to be the primary source of income for many farmers there, who were suffering from price competition from Spain, Libya and Greece. They sold or rented portions of their land to companies for waste disposal. The growers stayed afloat with that money, using it to maintain their crops because they had been assured that the waste was not pernicious. Over 20 years or so, more than 10 million tons of illegal, toxic garbage was dumped into fields, caves, quarries and even the Bay of Naples. Cancer rates, malformations and birth defects increased dramatically, with both humans and farm animals affected. Farm products from the region, a major agricultural hub, have continued to be channeled into pasta sauces and frozen soups that are sold domestically and internationally. The effects of toxic drinking water have even been traced to migratory birds. But assertive action has been resisted through the corruption of politicians and fear that the Neapolitan agricultural economy would be compromised. Having failed to counteract the disaster politically at a local or national level, activists are now resorting to exposing the environmental disaster as a worldwide scandal, to at least result in it being monitored.



Director/choreographer Bianca Falco was impelled to create a dance on the subject after reading "The Gospels of the Land of Fire" by Father Patriciello, a priest of the town Caivano, who became kind of celebrity activist after he noticed how the number of "white coffin" (children's) funerals had doubled the number of weddings in his parish. He began organizing the community and serving as spokesman for its bereaved. Falco went on to watch interviews with the suffering mothers and reached out to Noi genitori di tutti (We are the Parents of All, www.noigenitoriditutti.it), an association of mothers and fathers in the region who have lost their children to cancer. She started a dialogue with these parents and in particular with Marzia Marzia Caccioppoli, a seamstress whose only child died at age nine of a type of brain cancer usually seen as the result of radiation exposure in adults. Being a trained choreographer and dancer, she set out to portray their tragedy using the conventions of documentary theater and modern dance.



She writes, "As a native of Campania, this is a deeply important and emotional issue for me. After watching the interviews of mothers who lost their babies to cancer and being myself the aunt to nephews and nieces living in the area I was moved to act."



"Terra dei Fuochi/Land of Fires" was granted a residency by chashama.org at their space XOCO 325 West Broadway in Soho during December, 2016.



To accompany the performance, an informational booth will provide details about the toxic waste situation afflicting Campania Felix and how this situation can be compared to others around the globe. The aim is to provide education on land and water contamination issues facing our global community. The production's blog here.



The ensemble is a collection of artists from Campania and neighboring communities, including Bianca Falco, composer Alberto Falco (Napoli, Campania), lighting designer Marcello Falco (Napoli, Campania) and dancers Bianca Delli Priscoli (Salerno, Campania) and Laura Orfanelli (Abruzzo).



All three Falcos are siblings; they are descended from Raffaele Calace (1863 – 1934), a famed Italian mandolin player, composer, and luthier. He and his brother Nicola were instrument makers in the Neapolitan mandolin family and their atelier continues to this day. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raffaele_Calace)



Bianca Falco’s choreographic language draws from her life experience, dance training and personal research; she creates her own movement vocabulary with elements of Ballet, Modern, Contemporary and Butoh. She was formed in modern dance by Murray Louis in Alvin Nikolais Technique. Her work is theatrical and abstract at the same time, incorporating manipulation of props and using text, which in this production is recorded. The score by Alberto Falco contains three compositions of concrete music and one mixing concrete and contemporary music.



Bianca Falco (www.biancafalco.com) is a choreographer, dancer, dance teacher, certified Pilates teacher, and musician born in Napoli, Italy. Her career began in Italy and after dancing ballet there for several years, she performed in a piece choreographed by Murray Louis and received a scholarship to study modern dance at the Nikolais and Louis Dance Lab in New York City. She also studied Zapateado and Son Jarocho (Veracruz folk dance), jazz dance, and movement for theater, as well as Cyr Wheel, aerial silk, and trapeze. She plays the clarinet and jarana, a Mexican string instrument.



Besides dancing for Murray Louis, her early experiences in Europe included operating her own dance school and receiving first prize in an international video dance competition sponsored by RAI Italian national TV. Her dance/soloist credits include "Freestyle Die Trilogie," an experimental dance theater piece choreographed by Peter Fuxx, which premiered at the famous Schauspielhaus Theater in Vienna. She has also danced for Poppo and the Gogo Boys at the Joyce Theater and performed with Fly-by-Night Dance Theater, a low flying trapeze company.



Her long association with La MaMa includes choreography for several productions, among them "Intermezzo" (La MaMa Moves Dance Festival), "Apnea" (La MaMa NYC), and "Easy" (Spoleto Festival, Italy). From 2000 to 2003, she co-directed an emerging dance company, NuVoLe Dance Theatre, which presented new work at the Present Theater Company, the Montreal Fringe Festival, La MaMa Moves, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Her choreographic credits also include the "Acettes" (Artscorporation, The Highline, NYC), "Intermezzo" (La MaMa Moves Dance Festival) and several art/music videos for director Massimo Monacelli in Perugia, Italy.



Falco has also worked as a choreographer and movement director for film, theater and video. She choreographed the music/art video "Somebody to Love" directed by Josh Jordan, the western-themed film musical "A Ballad for Tex" and the short film "ALEX", which won Best Fiction Film and Best Cinematography at the Directors Guild of America's festival Cityvisions in 2011. Most recently, she workshopped "Searching" a dance/spoken word/live music event, performed at the No-Lesque performance art series at the Slipper Room. She creates and performs site specific dances for and acts in "The Zero Hour," Zero Boy's interactive comedy and high art monthly event at The Slipper Room.


FAMKE JANSSEN OUT IN NEW YORK CITY STYLE

Famke Janssen



Famke Janssen was photographed on the streets of  New York City and if purr street fashion the other day.