Press Release: December Public Programs

The City University of New York Graduate Center announces the following public programs to be held during the month of December 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

Through Saturday, January 8:

Deep Impressions: Willie Cole Works on Paper

(art exhibition) James Gallery, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 12–8 PM; Thursdays–Saturdays, 12–6 PM

New Jersey artist Willie Cole is best known for sculptures that use American consumer and industrial detritus. Deep Impressions provides an intimate look at Cole's art through his works on paper and highlights his recent return to figurative, more overtly autobiographic subject matter. Presented by the James Gallery; free, for information call 212-817-7392.

Wednesday, December 1:

The Kitchen and the Quill
(discussion) 6:30 PM, Martin E. Segal Theatre

Victoire, the maternal grandmother of celebrated author Maryse Condé, could neither speak nor write in French; however, she was a wonderful cook. She never traveled but was able to invent elaborate dishes with her personal creativity, totally different from traditional Creole cuisine. Condé believes her grandmother was an artist in her own right -- she will compare the gift of cooking with the gift of writing in this conversation with Melissa Clark, food columnist with The New York Times and author of In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite. Presented by the Center for the Humanities; free, for information call 212-817-2005.

A Concert of Ottoman Classical Music by Ahmet Erdo?dular and FriendsCity of the World: Sounds of the Bosphorus
(concert) 7:00 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

Ahmet Erdo?dularis Turkey's foremost vocalist, noted for his role in preserving the classical singing style of the Ottoman-Turkish musical tradition. In this concert Erdo?dular will present a selection of the rich Ottoman-Turkish classical and Sufi repertoire, reflecting the multicultural environment in which this music was created. Ahmet, accompanying himself on tanbur and percussion, will be joined by musicians on oud, violin, kanun, and bowed tanbur. Tickets, which cost $12 ($9 members), 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, December 2:

Music in Midtown:
Paula Robison presents Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire
(concert) 1:00 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

Music in Midtown ends its fall season with a special presentation by Paula Robison -- in a role outside her renown as solo flutist extraordinaire -- of Arnold Schoenberg's PierrotLunaire, op. 21. Robison will perform the Sprechstimme or “speech-voice” in the expressionist masterpiece, accompanied by Sooyun Kim, flute/piccolo; Carol McGonnell, clarinet/bass clarinet; David Fulmer, violin/viola; Eric Jacobsen, cello; and Katherine Chi, piano. Her lifelong love of the theater has inspired her to create a new English version of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire texts, using both the original Albert Giraud poems and Otto Erich Hartleben's translations. At this performance, the English version will be provided, and questions welcomed afterwards. Tickets, which cost $8 ($6 members), 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.


A Political Theater for the 21st Century: Restaging Angels in America
(discussion) 5:00 PM, Proshansky Auditorium

Join Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, in conversation with Steven Kruger (English, Queens College and the Graduate Center), David Savran (Theatre, the Graduate Center), and Alisa Solomon (School of Journalism, Columbia), as they discuss the politics of restaging Angels in America in the current moment and the potential for vital political theater in the twenty-first century. Presented by the Center for the Humanities; free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Monday, December 6:

An Evening with John Guare
(discussion) 6:30 PM, Martin E. Segal Theatre

Playwright John Guare returns to the Segal Center for an intimate evening. His new play, A Free Man of Color, weaves a Don Juan narrative into the lush, lawless melting pot of early 19th-century New Orleans on the eve of the Louisiana Purchase. Guare will discuss the production, running concurrently at the Lincoln Center Theater and directed by George C. Wolfe, with Distinguished Professor and Vera Mowry Roberts Chair in American Theatre David Savran of the Graduate Center. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; free, for information call 212-817-1860.

Tuesday, December 7:

Gotham Center History Forum:
Ed Koch and the Remaking of New York
(discussion) 6:30 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

Join author Jonathan Soffer (NYU Polytechnic Institute) -- with Joshua Freeman (CUNY Graduate Center), Kim Phillips-Fein (NYU), and Ronay Menschel (Deputy Mayor under Koch) -- to discuss the legacy and life of Mayor Ed Koch. Book signing to follow. Tickets, which cost $8 ($6 members), 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, December 8:

Ohio Theatre: 29 Years of Downtown Theatre
(discussion) 6:30 PM, Martin E. Segal Theatre

Join the Segal Center for an evening with Robert Lyons, artistic director of the two-time OBIE Award-winning Soho Think Tank/Ohio Theatre, as he looks back on the extraordinary history of the Ohio, which is closing its doors after 29 years. Lyons and guests will share stories, images, and video from the many productions that helped make this converted Soho factory one of Lower Manhattan's great cultural centers. Although the building has closed, the Ohio's programming now continues off-site through the Ohio Interrupted series. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; free, for information call 212-817-1860.

The Great Issues Forum:
The New York High Line: Is It a Model for the City or Not?(discussion) 7:00 PM, Proshansky Auditorium

Exploring the power of place in our lives, this year the Great Issues Forum will pose questions such as: How does our sense of place define us? How are our notions of space and place evolving as we move into the future? How is urbanization shaping our physical and human environment? Participants to include Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author and New Yorker contributor; Jerilyn Perine, executive director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council; and Robert Hammond, co-founder and executive director of Friends of the High Line. The conversation will be moderated by Distinguished Professor John Mollenkopf, director of the Center for Urban Research at the Graduate Center. Tickets, which cost $12 ($9 members), 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, December 9:

Director's Program: Screening of Treme, with Talk by Ken Burns
6:00 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

As part of the Graduate Center's Exploration of Place, acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns selected three films which he feels best speak to the theme of Place in America. At the last screening, on December 9th, Burns will talk about his three selections, as well as the importance of the theme of Place in his own body of work. The films are To Kill a Mockingbird (screend on 9/2), The Searchers (screened on 11/15) and Episode 1 of Treme. Tickets, which cost $16 ($12 members), 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.

Tendencies: Poetics and Practice
(discussion) 7:00 PM, Skylight Room (9100)

This series of talks by and about contemporary poets and artists, curated by Tim Peterson (Trace) and titled in honor of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, explores the relationship between queer theory, poetic manifesto, poetic practice, and pedagogy. This month join poets Abigail Child, Michael D. Snediker, and Timothy Liu as they talk about their poetics. Presented by th Center for the Humanities; free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Friday, December 10:

The Last Queen of Egypt: Stacy Schiff on Cleopatra
(book talk) 7:00 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

Join the Leon Levy Center for Biography for a night of discovery and insight with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff, who will discuss her new biography, Cleopatra: A Life. Schiff has created "a cinematic portrait of a historical figure far more complex and compelling than any fictional creation, and a wide, panning, panoramic picture of her world," says Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times. Presented by the Leon Levy Center for Biography; free, arrive early to ensure a seat; for information call 212-817-2008.

Monday, December 13:

Contemporary French Theatre: Joël Pommerat
(screenings, reading, & discussion) 3:00–8:00 PM, Martin E. Segal Theatre

The Segal Center presents an afternoon of screenings and an evening with award-winning French playwright-director Joël Pommerat. Director in residence at Peter Brook's Theatre des Bouffes du Nord (2007-2010), Pommerat has crafted a signature style of actor-driven playwriting with his company, Compagnie Louis Brouillard, since 1990. Afternoon screenings will include selections from Pommerat's works Cet enfant, Le Petit Chaperon Rouge, Pinnochio, Les Marchands and Cercles/fictions. At 6:30 p.m. bilingual American actors will perform a staged reading (in English) of Pommerat's play Je Tremble (1) while the original French production at Theatre des Bouffes du Nord is projected on the screen. Directed by Rafael Gallegos and presented in collaboration with actors Robert Stanton and Manisha Snoyer, the staged reading will be followed by a discussion with Pommerat and special guests. Free, for information call 212-817-1860.

Wednesday, December 15:

Concerts & Conversations:
Beethoven and Beyond
(concert) 7:00 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

In honor of the 240th anniversary of Beethoven's birth on December 16, 1770, Concerts & Conversations presents an evening of Beethoven, Mozart, and Brahms, performed by the Shanghai String Quartet and narrated by actress Ellen Burstyn. "Secretly, in my heart of hearts, I still hope to make something of myself, but who can do anything after Beethoven?" -- Franz Schubert. Tickets, which cost $24 ($18 members), 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, December 16:

Contemporary British Political Theatre and The Great Game: Tricycle Theatre's Nicolas Kent
(discussion) 6:30 PM, Martin E. Segal Theatre

Nicolas Kent, artistic director of London's Tricycle Theatre, joins the Segal Center for a discussion of contemporary political theatre in the UK and around the world. Called "Britain's foremost political theatre" by The Guardian, Tricycle Theatre has established a unique reputation for presenting plays that reflect the cultural diversity of its community; in particular, plays by Black, Irish, Jewish, Asian, and South African writers, as well as for responding to contemporary issues and events with its ground-breaking “tribunal plays” and political work. Presented in conjunction with Tricycle's concurrent run of The Great Game at the Public Theater. Free, for information call 212-817-1860.

Wednesday, December 22:

The Essence: A Yiddish Theatre Dim Sum
(performance & discussion) 6:30 PM, Martin E. Segal Theatre

The Segal Center welcomes Allen Lewis Rickman, Yelena Shmulenson, and Steve Sterner, emerging stars of a new generation in Yiddish theatre and film. Recently seen as the couple in the Yiddish-language prologue to the Coen brothers' film A Serious Man, Rickman and Shmulenson, together with Broadway veteran Sterner, bring to the Segal their fleet-footed jaunt through the history of Yiddish theatre. This festive and irreverent holiday evening is guaranteed by its creators to be "99 44/100% nostalgia-free." Followed by a discussion. Free, for information call 212-817-1860.

Submitted on: DEC 1, 2010

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