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Jubilation in the Jungle

Written by July Gelman Myers on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Javier Dzul’s Mayan rituals rewrite life out of chaos Mexico Maya, the latest work from choreographer Javier Dzul, would be unfathomable without knowing that Dzul grew up in the jungle.  The title of the work refers to the Mayan tribal community in Mexico where Dzul was raised and learned Mayan ritual dance. Conceived in three [&hellip
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Arts Foretold: A Checklist

Written by July Gelman Myers on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Local artists bring new visions to various city venues   • Composer James Blachly founded the Sheep Island Ensemble with a single, beautiful goal: bringing people together through great music. Whether playing Bartok in a concert hall or Scottish songs at a loft party, Blachly and his ensemble create a community of music lovers, which [&hellip
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Go Where the Energy Flows

Written by July Gelman Myers on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Dardo Galletto bring Tango’s melody and beat to local New York When the legendary Fazil’s dance studio near Times Square closed in 2008, the ethnic dance community was shattered.  Fazil’s was a home, a family, a space where hundreds of dancers, musicians, and aficionados spent twelve hours a day.  No one imagined that New York [&hellip
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Arts That Unites

Written by July Gelman Myers on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

The UN and Gabarron Foundation bring international art to local attention The remarkable institution that parented the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 65 years ago and has been campaigning for human rights ever since—the UN, of course—will be turning 70 in 2015. To celebrate, they’ve mounted a superb exhibit of art culled from their massive [&hellip
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Klezmer in the Ghetto

Written by July Gelman Myers on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Krakauer expands the klezmer’s repertoire Growing up in New York City, clarinetist David Krakauer drew his inspiration from classical, jazz, and rock music. Twenty-five years ago, he got hooked on an “identity exploration thing” and began to study klezmer, the music of his Jewish Eastern European forebears. Today he’s known around the world not only [&hellip
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