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Wednesday, March 19
Doors 6pm; Performances 6:30pm FREE
The quarterly presentation by the young people in UPCA's community arts programs, including the Harmony Program string orchestra, UPCA Circus Arts Troupe, UPCA Youth Drum Ensemble, and WHIN Music Project youth orchestra. (Watch the WHIN Music Project and Drum Ensemble reinvent Beethoven's "Ode to Joy.")
The evening's finale will be a live to projection performance by the WHIN Music Project to "NYC, Uptown Life and Views," a video created by Northern Manhattan artist Emmanuel "Dj Boy" Abreu. The video depicts the beauty and majesty of the Northern Manhattan community and was edited to complement the music, "Palladio" composed by Karl Jenkins.
This is the first time that we have heard of a youth orchestra performing to a movie.
Both the WHIN Music Project and Abreu are currently fundraising through the website Indiegogo. WHIN is raising money to sustain its programs in Washington Heights and Abreu is trying to cover the costs of going to Chapala, Mexico, where he won a month-long artist residency.
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Friday, March 14
6pm doors; 7pm show
FREE - donations accepted
The 2nd annual "Project S.Y.S. - Save the Youth Showcase" is a tribute to the hundreds of young people who have been victims of youth violence uptown, including Brian Maldonado, 17, who was attacked and murdered over a leather jacket on W. 186th Street in October 2008. (Click here for a blog post and photos from last year's event.)
Dozens of performers from the five boroughs and across artistic styles and speakers, including Maldonado's mother and community leaders, will inspire audience members to find alternatives to the kids of street culture that often lead to negative consequences.
Besides the talent showcase there will also be information from civic and youth organizations.
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Sunday night the magic of the movies once again seeped off the United Palace's silver screen and filled the hearts and minds of the 1,200 guests who came to see "West Side Story," the classic retelling of "Romeo and Juliet," but this time with Spanish subtitles - literally and figuratively.
The movie is over 50 years old, and played at the theatre during its initial run in 1961. But it is hard to imagine it ever having a more devoted audience, one that was more primed to snap their fingers at the start and wipe away the tears at the end.
In the United Palace of Cultural Arts' ongoing effort to transcend the film-going experience, the evening featured Rita Moreno, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the role of Anita in the film. She filled in the back story of the making of the film, and enchanted the audience with her intelligence, sass, humor, uncompromising standards, and, yes, footwear.
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Have you ever tried to balance an ostrich feather on your nose in front of a room full of people?
Six UPCA Circus Arts performers pulled off that trick simultaneously during the troupe's first offsite show when they visited Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian on Broadway at 165th Street on February 19.
The troupe rehearsed the 15-minute performance twice a week at the Palace for months, and had to wait until winter break from school in order to find an open slot in the hospital's busy schedule.
Taking the stage in the beautiful atrium, the performers entertained a few dozen audience members in person while a video camera beamed their antics to the hospital's 200+ beds so children who were unable to leave their rooms could also watch on closed circuit TV.
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This spring Creative Arts Workshops for Kids will once again partner with UPCA to travel back in time to groove through the 1960s by providing a FREE Saturday morning workshop for kids in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.
The class, called "Twist and Shout: A Multimedia Exploration of the 1960s," will engage students in art projects that investigate all aspects of the decade, including popular art, music, and literature. Students will develop a practical understanding of these concepts and practice values of teamwork, diversity, conceptualization, and critique. They will explore techniques such as sculpting, painting, etching, collage, and more.
The 13 classes begin March 1 and continue on March 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; June 7. Class time is from 10:30am -12:30 pm.
The workshop is open to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited. Please contact us today to reserve a spot.
Registration deadline is Wednesday, February 26.
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Friday, February 28
6pm "Instrument Petting Zoo" and hands on workshops; 7pm concert
The Chelsea Symphony, working with children in the Palace Youth Drum Ensemble and Harmony Program, present an orchestral, interactive and educational concert for "Black History Month."
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Fri., Feb. 21 and Sat., Feb. 22 at 7:30pm
Admission is Pay-What-You-Can at the door or online at www.peoplestheatreproject.org
Northern Manhattan residents will perform their new play inspired by their experiences of housing injustice and domestic violence called "Domestic Disturbance / Disturbio Doméstico." The interactive and bilingual play was developed within the fourth cycle of the Uptown Action program led by community-based organization People's Theatre Project.
"Domestic Disturbance / Disturbio Doméstico" features two short plays performed by 12 Spanish and English-speaking adult community members. The first play centers on housing discrimination by a landlord against two tenants. The second is about domestic violence and support networks. The plots are taken directly from the stories shared by the group and also reflect pressing issues Northern Manhattan residents are currently facing.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Doors 7pm, performance 7:30pm
$15 online, $25 at the door
“No Name” co-founder Eric Vetter celebrates two decades of producing “NYC’s Best Damn Comedy / Variety Show” with an anniversary blowout.
Known for bringing a multicultural mix of comedy, music and fun to alternative performance spaces throughout Manhattan, Vetter brings an all-star selection of “No Name’s” best performers uptown plus special guests.
The lineup (subject to change) includes:
- Wyatt Cenac, writer and performer from The Daily Show.
- Michele Carlo, the author of “Fish Out Of Agua,” has told stories across the U.S., including at the MOTH’s Grand Slams and Mainstage and on NPR with “Latino USA.”
- Ophira Eisenberg has appeared on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Comedy Central,” and “The Today Show,” and was selected one of “New York Magazine's” "Top 10 Comics that Funny People Find Funny."
- Christian Finnegan has appeared on “Conan”, “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” and “The Today Show” and was one of the original panelists on VH1’s “Best Week Ever.”
- Leighann Lord has used humor to take her around the world, from performing at comedy festivals in Trinidad, Montreal, Winnipeg, Halifax, and Boston to entertaining U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.
- Liam McEneaney has been a professional standup comedian since the age of 19 and was called one of the most influential people in NYC comedy by “Time Out NY” and one of "Ten Standout Standups Worth Watching” by “Backstage.”
- PAST EVENT-Uptown Fashion Week - Fall/Winter Collection
- PAST EVENT - "West Side Story" with Rita Moreno
- "Ghostbusters" with Lin-Manuel Miranda
- The Muppets and Lin-Manuel take the Palace
- Raffle items for "Muppets"
- Introducing "Sunday Movies at the Palace with Lin-Manuel Miranda"
- Diary of a Hip Hop Nutcracker #3
- Making music across the generations
- It was a wonderful night
- Time Out New York: "#1 thing to do on Sunday . . . "