UPCA's spring 2016 season
Josefina Baez - storytelling
Monday, May 9, 6:30pm doors, 7pm show; FREE with RSVP
Josefina Baez is a storyteller, writer and founder of Ay Ombe Theatre (1986-2016). She is best known for her published books Dominicanish, Comrade, Bliss Ain't Playing and Levente no. Yolayork- dominicanyork. Details: https://unitedpalace.org/community-arts-programs/782-origin-stories-josefina-baez
Pack the Palace - Celebrating School District 6 through art, media, and performances
Friday, May 13, Doors 5pm, show 5:30pm, Free
“Pack the Palace” is the annual culminating event for School District 6 students who participate in Urban Arts Partnership’s programs. The program will kick off with a mash-up by UPCA’s Performing Arts Academy featuring hip hop dancers, West African drummers, circus performers, and the Harmony Program All Star youth orchestra. Details:
“Wild Style” with a breakdance battle royale and Q&A with director Charlie Ahearn
Friday, May 20, 6:30pm doors, 7pm battle, 8pm Q&A, 8:30pm movie; Tickets $10 online/$15 at the door
UPCA salutes some of the pioneers of hip hop with dance battle royale and screening of the classic "Wild Style." First we pit some of the city’s best 2 on 2 B-boy and B-girl groups competing for a $500 top prize. Hip hop legend Grand Wizard Theodore will DJ with legendary B-boy/B-girl duo Kwikstep and Rokafella serving as judges. Details: https://unitedpalace.org/film/798-wild-style-with-a-breakdance-battle-and-q-a-with-director-charlie-ahearn
¡The Concert III! Our youth orchestra students and special guests Alí Bello, Jesse Scheinen, and the LADAMA Project
Saturday, May 21, 1:30pm doors; 2pm concert; FREE with RSVP
In the collaborative spirit that has been a hallmark of El Sistema, close to 100 children ages 7 to 21 from WHIN Music Project, American Youth Orchestra, and Opportunity Music Project will perform as part of “¡The Concert III!”, UPCA’s annual celebration of the youth orchestra programs it supports. The second half of the show will feature several special guests, including Alí Bello and his Latin jazz sextet, saxophonist, singer and composer Jesse Scheinin, and the all-women collective LADAMA Project. Details: https://unitedpalace.org/community-arts-programs/807-the-concert-iii-with-youth-orchestra-and-special-guest-ali-bello
Young People Perform
Sunday, May 22, 4:30pm doors, 5:00pm show; FREE with RSVP
The annual presentation by students in UPCA’s Performing Arts Academy, including a mash-up of classical music, hip hop dance, West African drumming, and circus arts. Details: https://unitedpalace.org/community-arts-programs/808-young-people-perform
Frank Malloy IV - West African drumming
Monday, May 23, 6:30pm doors, 7pm show; FREE with RSVP
As a West African Drumming instructor for UPCA, and Musical Director at the Harambee Dance Company, Frank takes a unique approach to composing music by using rhythms of the African diaspora and infusing them with hip-hop, jazz, and funk. Details: https://unitedpalace.org/community-arts-programs/783-origin-stories-frank-malloy
FREE concert with Irka Mateo
Sunday, June 12, 6pm doors, 7pm show; FREE with RSVP
Irka Mateo sings and writes “Mestizo Music” songs inspired by the Taino/ Afro/ European folk traditions of her native Dominican Republic, the Caribbean and Latin America. Her musical work includes the popular single “Vamo a Gozá.” Details: https://unitedpalace.org/community-arts-programs/784-origin-stories-irka-mateo
Spoken word with Word Up Bookshop
Monday, June 13, 6:30pm doors, 7pm show; FREE with RSVP
Word Up is a multilingual, general-interest community bookshop and arts space in Washington Heights. A group from Word Up will perform individual origin stories through spoken word and other varieties of art forms. Details: https://unitedpalace.org/community-arts-programs/785-origin-stories-word-up
People Storm the Palace with special guest Junot Diaz
Tuesday, June 21, 6:00pm: Exclusive Conversation with Junot Díaz (For VIP ticket holders), 6:30pm: Pre-Show VIP Cocktail Party with Honorees (For VIP ticket holders), 7:00pm: Doors Open, 7:30pm: Performance Begins; Tickets: Adults: $10 - $250; All kids free
The annual performance by students of all ages in People’s Theatre Project programs headlined by Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz. For tickets and info: www.PTP.nyc or call 646-398-9062.
"Soulevate: a night of jazz, funk and Afropean soul”
Saturday, June 25, 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show; $25 General Admission, $50 VIP
The United Palace of Cultural Arts gets its groove on with a quartet of bands that will stir your soul and move your feet: ADH, Harambee Dance Company, Chargaux, and Les Nubians. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $50 that include priority seating and a reception after the show with the artists. Details: https://unitedpalace.org/community-arts-programs/786-origin-stories-les-nubians
“Fiddler on the Roof” with pre-show performance by Kelly Hall-Tompkins, the violist from the Broadway show
Monday, June 27, Doors: 6:30pm, Pre-show concert: 7pm, Movie: 7:30pm; Tickets: Adults: $10 online/$15 at the door. Children 12 and under: $5 online/$10 at the door.
Celebrate the beginning of summer vacation with a screening of the Oscar-winning 1971 movie and a mini-concert by musicians from the Broadway revival, including violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins who the New York Times said “makes the music come alive.” Details: https://unitedpalace.org/community-arts-programs/810-fiddler-on-the-roof-with-pre-show-performance-by-kelly-hall-tompkins-the-violist-from-the-broadway-show
“Fiddler on the Roof” with pre-show performance by Kelly Hall-Tompkins, the violin soloist from the Broadway revival
Monday, June 27
Pre-show concert: 7pm
Tickets: Adults: $10 online/$15 at the door. Children 12 and under: $5 online/$10 at the door.
Celebrate the beginning of summer vacation with a screening of the Oscar-winning 1971 movie and a mini-concert by musicians from the Broadway revival, including violin soloist Kelly Hall-Tompkins who the New York Times said “makes the music come alive.”
Featured in the New York Times as the "versatile violinist who brings the music to life", on the The NBC TODAY Show with Harry Smith for her "gorgeous violin solos," concert violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins is the actual violinist who is heard in the Tony-nominated hit revival of Fiddler on the Roof. Though never seen on stage, the New York Times hailed Ms. Hall-Tompkins as sharing the title role together with dancer Jesse Kovarsky who plays the onstage Fiddler.
Prior to the screening of the historic 1971 film, Hall-Tompkins will perform all new Fiddler inspired solo music, both original and arranged by the Broadway hit's own arranger Oran Eldor, with an ensemble of musicians from the actual show. Following the performance the artist will lead a Q&A about her role in the show, insights into the production and how a show gets put together from first rehearsal to opening night.
Movie Summary: In pre-revolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing antisemitic sentiment threatens his village.
Starring Topol, Norma Crane, and Leonard Frey. Directed by Norman Jewison. 1971 180 min. With one intermission. Screened on BluRay in English with Spanish subtitles.
Purchase tickets at: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/958997
People Storm the Palace with special guest Junot Diaz
Tuesday, June 21
6:00pm: Exclusive Conversation with Junot Díaz (For VIP ticket holders)
6:30pm: Pre-Show VIP Cocktail Party with Honorees (For VIP ticket holders)
7:00pm: Doors Open
7:30pm: Performance Begins
Tickets: Adults: $10 - $250; All kids free
The annual performance featuring performances by students of all ages from the 2015-2016 Season of Community-Created Theatre. Junot Díaz (Pulitzer prize winning author) and Dr. Dodi Meyer (director of community pediatrics at the Columbia University Medical Center) will be honored by People’s Theatre Project at the nonprofit's annual benefit performance. The People Storm the Palace promises to be a life-affirming night of art and inspiration featuring social justice inspired performances by New Yorkers.
VIP ticket holders will attend a pre-show cocktail party with silent auction and a chance to meet the honorees.
Ticket prices range from $10 - $250 and all kids are free. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.PTP.nyc or call 646-398-9062.