Press Release: May Public Programs

The City University of New York Graduate Center announces the following public programs to be held during the month of May at the Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street. For further information about the Graduate Center and its public programs, visit www.gc.cuny.edu.

Monday, May 2:

Extraordinary Lives:
Calvin Tomkins & Dodie Kazanjian
(discussion) 6:30 PM, Elebash Recital Hall
As part of the Extraordinary Lives series, Graduate Center President Bill Kelly speaks with long-time New Yorker art critic Calvin Tomkins and his wife Dodie Kazanjian, noted author and arts writer. Tomkins has written many books including Living Well is the Best Revenge; Merchants and Masterpieces: The Story of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Roy Lichtenstein: Mural with Blue Brushstroke. Kazanjian is the author or co-author of several books and currently a contributing editor for Vogue magazine, as well as director of Gallery Met at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Reservations can be made at www.gc.cuny.edu/events. For further information, call 212-817-8215.

Wednesday, May 4:

John Sayles's A Moment in the Sun
(reading & discussion) 6:30 PM, Elebash Recital Hall
Join the Gotham Center for the book launch of independent filmmaker and writer John Sayles's newest novel, A Moment in the Sun. This is the only New York appearance on Sayles’s current book tour. His monumental new novel is set at the turn of the 20th century as America is struggling to define itself in a rapidly changing world. It is a time that sees the dawn of U.S. imperialism, the last stand of Reconstruction in the American South, and the development of mass media, especially motion pictures, as the lens through which the public will increasingly interpret world events. Traveling from the Yukon gold fields, to New York's bustling Newspaper Row, to Wilmington's deadly racial coup of 1898, to conflicts in Cuba and the Philippines, A Moment in the Sun is a book as big as its subject: history rediscovered through the lives of the people who made it happen. Book signing to follow. Tickets cost $8 ($6 members) and may be purchased at www.gc.cuny.edu/events or by calling 212-868-4444. To join the Graduate Center's Membership Program and receive an instant 25% discount code visit the Graduate Center Membership page.

Thursday, May 5:

Music in Midtown:
Prometheus Chamber Ensemble
(concert) 1:00 PM, Elebash Recital Hall
The Prometheus Ensemble brings together some of New York's most exciting chamber musicians. Prometheus is a mixed ensemble of piano and strings that embodies a unique approach to programming and performing. The ensemble has recorded works of D'Indy and Saint-Saens for Centaur Records. Comprised of violinists Eric Lewis and Roy Lewis, violist Ronald Gorevic, cellist Stephen Stalker, and pianist Norman Carey, the Prometheus Ensemble enlightens with the fire of its artistry. This program will present the Brahms F Minor Piano Quintet. Tickets cost $8 ($6 members) and may be purchased at www.gc.cuny.edu/events or by calling 212-868-4444. To join the Graduate Center's Membership Program and receive an instant 25% discount code visit the Graduate Center Membership page.

Wednesday, May 18:

Dressing America: Tales from the Garment Center
(film screening & discussion) 6:30 PM, Elebash Rectial Hall
Join the Gotham Center for a premiere screening of the documentary Dressing America: Tales from the Garment Center. In its heyday, New York's Garment Center was a thriving, vibrant "village" of sorts; a gathering place where business was often carried out in the backrooms of restaurants and bars; where entrepreneurial types could get into the game with a designer and a few bucks. The postwar era saw a primarily Jewish industry challenge the hegemony of Paris and turn fashion into something distinctly American. Dressing America tells the story of how an industry was created through the rough and tumble efforts of an interesting assortment of "characters." They conspired to beg, borrow, and steal fashion in order to create a ready-to-wear business; nurturing a legion of designers like Ann Klein, Liz Claiborne, and Ralph Lauren. Tickets cost $8 ($6 members) and may be purchased at www.gc.cuny.edu/events  or by calling 212-868-4444. To join the Graduate Center's Membership Program and receive an instant 25% discount code visit the Graduate Center Membership page.

Submitted on: MAY 1, 2011

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