August 2013

Conor McPherson’s "The Weir" has been extended through September 15th. It takes place in a remote country pub in Ireland, where newcomer Valerie arrives and becomes spellbound by an evening of ghostly stories told by the local bachelors who drink there.

“YOU MUST HAVE BEEN....” and “AT YOUR AGE...” Without undue vanity, it would not be inappropriate for me to nod and say, “Yes, I'm beautiful!” when stopped on the street by people who wish to praise me, and often to take my picture as well.

Shanghai Glamour explores how Shanghai women and their fashionable dress epitomized the seduction and mystery of this legendary city as it was modernizing in the early 20th century.  The exhibition, on view through September 29th, features 12 exquisite outfits from 1910s to 1940s on loan from the China National Silk Museum in Hangzhou – on view for the first time in the United States – and three dresses from prominent private New York collections.

About racism, nationalism, sexism, and materialism, check out a screening of the filmed conversation of Tibet scholar Robert Thurman and analyst Jane Selinske on Monday, September 2nd.  Said Thurman, “We have not yet made peace with a land we took by force and have only partly paid for.” 

In the private crisis of 1910 bohemians, each struggling to live creatively in a restrained world, the play, opening September 14th, confronts enduring double standards, the barriers to transcending social mores, the compromises faced by the artistically ambitious, and the torment of ideal love residing in human hearts.

The School of Visual Arts presents "The Pond, the Mirror, the Kaleidoscope," through September 14th, an exhibition of emerging and established painters who graduated from SVA and are working in the Symbolist tradition. These "neo-Symbolists" make mythological and dreamlike pictures that challenge prevailing assumptions about narrative, subjectivity and figurative painting itself.

Kickoff Fashion Week 2013 with “The Amazing New York Scavenger Hunt." Part scavenger hunt, part obstacle course, a series of clues will lead you around the city performing physical and mental challenges along the way. September 1st.

A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk seeks to explore the “gayness” or “queerness” of fashion by drawing attention to the historic presence of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender, and other “queer” people in the fashion system. The exhibition, on view beginning September 13th, also looks at the creativity and resistance to oppression expressed by LGBTQ subcultural styles.

You might remember that to be the name of a popular TV show years ago. I recall watching it with my kids when they were young, vegging out munching popcorn in front of the TV.  Fast forward four decades, and here I am, at 77, actually LIVING ON PARADISE ISLAND! How did this happen?

“The Bluest Ink” is a multimedia revue featuring contemporary jazz arrangements of the works of Stephen Sondheim, conceived and directed by Max Friedman, with musical direction and arrangements by Charlie Rosen. The show, on August 26th, will be fully staged with a cast of four and a six-piece band, and integrated throughout with animated projection design by Ilana Schwartz. 

Most Earth scientists agree that future sea levels will rise at a greater pace than during the last 50 years. Coastal communities will suffer the most, as flooding from rising water levels will force millions of people out of their homes. Pictured: flooding in Marblehead, Massachusetts caused by Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012.

Co-authors and best friends Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han will be celebrating the release of Fire With Fire, the hotly anticipated follow-up to their best-selling title, Burn For Burn on August 16th at McNally Jackson.  They’re taking a page from The Newlywed Game to quiz our authors on just how well they know each other (Who would Siobhan want to play her in a movie? What dead author would Jenny reincarnate?) and rewarding attendees for their great taste in YA lit with prizes, refreshments, and life-long author crushes on this hilarious and talented duo of writers.