Broadway Vet Leads the Next Generation

Written by Helaina Hovitz on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Rema Webb uses her own Broadway experience to teach young singers and dancers When she’s not performing in Violet at the Roundabout Theater, 16-year Broadway veteran and Upper West Sider Rema Webb teaches little ones how it’s done. Her performing arts training program, On Broadway, goes beyond vocal training and dance, covering everything from auditioning, [&hellip
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Out & About

Written by West Side Spirit on . Posted in Arts West Side Spirit, Dining West Side Spirit

April 11 NYU Symphony Jens Georg Bachmann Conductor Peter Jay Shap Theatre at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street 8 p.m., Free NYU Symphony conducted by Jens Georg Bachmann. Featuring the winners of NYU Steinhardt’s Film Score and Orchestral Composition Competitions with film animations from Tisch Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television Student [&hellip
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Russian Cooking at the U.J.A.

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Food A fund-raiser between six teams in an Iron Chef-style race Six Russian chefs and six sous-chefs competed in an Iron Chef-style competition last week to benefit the UJA-Federation of New York. The organization’s fourth annual Russian Cook-Off, held at the Jewish Community Center on Amsterdam Avenue, raised money for the UJA’s annual campaign, to [&hellip
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Family Fun at Film Forum

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit

Movies Long-standing movie theater kicks off fifth season of children’s programming Soho When a longtime financial supporter of nonprofit movie house Film Forum expressed concern about the city’s lack of movie programming for children, Karen Cooper, director of the Houston Street cinema, approached Bruce Goldstein, Film Forum’s director of repertory programming, about putting together a [&hellip
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Kickstarting a Movie Career

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit

Film A first-time director makes his debut in a crowd-funded movie U.E.S Resident Makes NYC Directorial Debut When film producer Atit Shah was looking for a director to work with, Upper East Side resident Ryan M. Kennedy knew he wasn’t the most qualified partner. The 21-year-old first-time director and screenwriter had never been on a [&hellip
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Drawing From Life in New York

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Q&A Artist Nathan Pyle on standing at subway entrances, checking out at the 42nd St. Library, and navigating the city in crutches Nathan Pyle is sure to earn the respect of natives and newcomers alike with his first book, NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette. In the cartoons he’s created, he hopes to teach transplants how [&hellip
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Out & About

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April 4 Upright Citizens Brigade Improv Comedy Master Class Library of the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza 6:30 p.m., Free The Upright Citizens Brigade Improvisational and Sketch Comedy Training Center is the only accredited improv and sketch comedy school in the country. UCB faculty and alumni include writers and performers for Saturday Night Live, [&hellip
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Gallery Hopping on Orchard Street

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Art galleries can be intimidating. Here, a guide to the Lower East Side for the uninitiated.   An ever-growing cluster of art galleries dominates the Lower East Side. But navigating a scene that can appear at once vast and exclusive can be daunting. But the artists represented in these mostly small galleries—some no larger than [&hellip
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Have Artistic Skills; Will Babysit

Written by Mary Newman on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Sitters Studio harnesses the creativity of working actors and artists to provide activity-centric childcare for busy New Yorkers Parenting and child development theories come and go, but one thing that remains consistent is the desire to encourage kids’ creativity, whether through art, music, dance or writing. Kristina Wilson founded the babysitting agency Sitters Studio based [&hellip
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In the Pit

Written by Jeanine Grimaldi on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit

A day (actually, night) in the life of a Broadway musician Sonny Paladino seems to know everyone on his walk along W. 45th Street from a coffee shop to the Music Box Theatre, saying hello to stagehands and Tony award- winning actors as he enters through the stage door and heads for the orchestra pit. [&hellip
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