Press Release: April 2004 PUBLIC PROGRAMS LISTINGS

The City University of New York Graduate Center announces the following public events to be held during the month of April. Programs be held at The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street. For further general public information, call the Office of Continuing Education and Public Programs at (212) 817-8215

Ongoing through April 24
Splendors of the Renaissance: Princely Attire in Italy

The Art Gallery of The Graduate Center presents an exhibition featuring fifteen spectacular reconstructions of courtly costumes from the late 15th to the early 17th century, each displayed adjacent to a reproduction of a portrait in which it appears. The original costumes were worn by Duchess Eleonora di Toledo, Isabella d’Este, Vincenzo I Gonzaga (4th Duke of Mantua), and other members of the Medici and Gonzaga families, as depicted in paintings by such celebrated artists as Bronzino, Giulio Romano, and Titian. The reconstructions were created by the King Studio in Italy under the direction of Fausto Fornasari. The Art Gallery will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 1
The Devil's Playground: A Century of Pleasure and Profit in Times Square

James Traub (discussion)---7:00 p.m.

April 8, 2004 will mark the 100th birthday of Times Square. Join author James Traub for a discussion of his new book, The Devil's Playground: A Century of Pleasure and Profit in Times Square. In his book, Mr. Traub traces the history of Times Square throughout the last century, from the first years of the twentieth century, to the heydey of nightclubs and theaters in the 1920s and '30s, to the district's precipitous decline in the 1970s, to its gaudy, corporate re-birth today. $12; $5 for students.

Friday, April 2
A Dramatic Reading of John Milton’s Samson Agonistes (reading)---6:45 p.m.

Join us for a dramatic reading of Samson Agonistes, John Milton's epic drama based on the biblical story of Samson. The reading will be done by The Lark Ascending, a New York-based performance group (Nancy Bogen, artistic director), and will include newly commissioned preludes and postludes for old instruments by American composer Richard Brooks. Cosponsored by the Graduate Center’s Renaissance Studies Certificate Program and supported by the New York State Council for the Arts. Free.

Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3
The World in the City Performances: Dancing Across Cultural Borders

New York is a gathering place for, and a home to, many master performers and teachers of traditional world music and dance. This extraordinary performance series brings world-famous dancers and musicians together to reveal how the power of music and dance can transcend cultural borders.

Friday, April 2
Bharata Natyam, Traditional Korean Dance, and Burmese Dance---7:30 p.m
Join us for an evening of performance spanning three cultural traditions. A classical dance form from south India, Bharata Natyam uses hand gestures and facial expressions as a form of interpretive storytelling. A mixture of highly stylized court dances, religious dances, and a variety of folk dances, traditional Korean dance uses the shoulders, arms, hands, and heels to convey a mix of discipline, grandeur, elegance, playfulness, and humor. Burmese dance combines ornate costumes, complex melodies, and graceful movements with classical and folk elements to create a shimmering and exotic performance. $20; $15 for students and seniors.

Saturday, April 3
Hula and Tahitian Dance, West African Dance and Drumming, and Native American Song and Dance---2:00 p.m.

This performance will feature three distinctive traditions of dance: Hula and Tahitian dance, which reflect the beauty of the islands; West African dance and drumming, which bring alive the rich traditions of African culture; and Native American song and dance, performed by Iroquois Nation singers and dancers and accompanied by traditional instruments such as the water drum and the cow horn rattle. $20; $15 for students and seniors.

Tibetan Song & Dance, Tribal Dances from the Philippines & Odissi
---7:30 p.m.
This evening of performance will showcase the music and dance of three traditions. Tibetan song and dance dates back many centuries; in Tibetan culture, dance is used in ceremonies such as weddings, religious festivals, and the end of harvest as an expression of joy. In tribal dances of the Philippines, dancers gracefully imitate the movements of birds, fish, and boats, to the live accompaniment of kulintang gongs, in celebration of fertility. Odissi originated in the ritual dances performed in the temples of ancient north eastern India, and is characterized by sculpture-like poses and a distinctive lyrical quality. $20; $15 for students and seniors.

Friday, April 9
Ballet Folklórico de Peru (performance)---7:00 p.m.

Since 1991, Ballet Folklórico de Peru has been one of the few authentic presenters of traditional Peruvian dance, which incorporates a wide variety of dances from the Amazon, the Andes, the Coast, and from Afro-Peruvian traditions. BFP has trained more than fifty dancers during its twelve-year history in New York and New Jersey and has performed at theaters, cultural festivals, parades, schools, and community centers throughout the tri-state area. Cosponsored by the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies, The Graduate Center. $10; $5 for CUNY students.

Monday, April 12
Staged Reading Series: Dislocation and Reinvention
Low Lives (reading)---7:00 p.m

New York in the 1850s. Irish and Chinese working girls. A Madam. A smuggler. A gangster. And the infamous suicide saloon where the poor come to kill themselves while the rich pay to watch. Playwright Michael Angel Johnson’s work has been produced throughout the country. Free.

Behind the Scenes of Golda's Balcony with Tovah Feldshuh (discussion) ---7-9:00 p.m.

Join actress Tovah Feldshuh and members of the production team for a discussion about the creation of the Broadway show, Golda's Balcony, the New York premiere of William Gibson's one-woman portrait of former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. The New York Times says that in her role as Israeli Prime Minister, Tovah Feldshuh "does more than just resurrect Meir: she embodies an entire country." A play that tackles head-on the subject of the Arab-Israeli conflict, Golda's Balcony is the story of Israel in the twentieth century. Cosponsored by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center and the Ph.D. Program in Theatre, The Graduate Center. $20; $5 for students.

Tuesday, April 13
The US Commitment to the United Nations: Then and Now
International Cooperation in 1945 (discussion)---7:00 p.m.

Join Stephen Schlesinger for a discussion of his recent book, Act of Creation: The Founding of the United Nations, which documents the history of the San Francisco Conference and the bipartisan American commitment to building an international order based on law and cooperation. Free.

Wednesday, April 14
The Dark Side of TV News (discussion)---7:00 p.m.

A distinguished panel of journalists and violence experts will probe the implications of the global interest in images of violence and its victims in television news. The moderator is John Hockenberry, a correspondent for Dateline NBC and the panelists include Mary Anne Golon, picture editor, Time; Abderrahim Foukara, UN Correspondent, Al Jazeera; Dr. Robert J. Lifton, psychiatrist and author; and David Gelber, executive producer, CBS. This event will honor the newspaper winner of the 11th annual Dart Award for Excellence in Reporting on Victims of Violence along with a leader in broadcast news. Cosponsored by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and the Center for Communication. Free.

Thursday, April 15
Jack Snyder: American Empire in Historical Perspective (discussion)---7:00 p.m.

In adopting the strategy of preventive war in Iraq, the Bush Administration marched in the well-trod footsteps of virtually all the imperial powers of the modern age. Bush's rhetoric of preventive war echoes point by point the disastrous strategic ideas of those earlier keepers of imperial order. The record suggests, however, that the prognosis for American grand strategy is good. Join Jack Snyder, a prominent political scientist, for a historical perspective on the new American empire. Jack Snyder, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science, Columbia University. Cosponsored by the Ph.D. Program in Political Science, The Graduate Center. Free.

Friday, April 16
Everything You Know is Wrong: A Special Evening with The Disinformation Company (performance)---7:00 p.m.

Join us for an evening with The Disinformation Company, hosted by their own "wicked warlock," Richard Metzger and featuring a host of very special guests. The evening will include a screening of exclusive clips from the infamous "banned" Disinformation TV series and discussions on the role of coercion in advertising and public relations. $15; $10 for students.

Saturday, April 17
Shanghai String Quartet
Beethoven Cycle Continued (performance)---7:30 p.m

Program: Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130; Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1. Hailed by The Strad as "a foursome of uncommon refinement and musical distinction," the Shanghai Quartet has earned the reputation of being one of the world's most outstanding quartets. Originally formed in Shanghai, this versatile ensemble is known for their passionate musicality, astounding technique, and multicultural innovations. The Quartet's elegant style of melding the delicacy of Eastern music with Western repertoire allows them to travel the world, both onstage and in the recording studio. Free, or call 212-817-8215 for $10 guaranteed reservation.

Sunday, April 18
Commemorating the 61st Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, April 19, 1943 (performance)---2:00 p.m.

The Passover uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto has become an historical touchstone for the idea of the resistance of the seemingly powerless against an overwhelming, violent force. We invite you to join us for the 61st Annual Commemoration of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The program will focus on the complex web of heroism that constituted resistance during the holocaust, from armed resistance, to the "spiritual" resistance of art and music, to the moral courage of rescuers that Warsaw has come to symbolize. Speakers, musicians, and film will accompany a commemorative ceremony. Cosponsored by The Center for Jewish Studies, The Graduate Center and The Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring. Free.

Monday, April 19
A Dramatic Reading of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Physicists (reading)---6:00 p.m.

The world's greatest physicist, J.W. Möbius, is in a madhouse with two other equally deluded scientists: one who thinks he's Einstein, and another who thinks he's Newton. With wry, penetrating humor, Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The Physicists probes beneath the surface of modern existence to question whether it is the mad who are truly insane. Cosponsored by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center and the Ph.D. Program in Physics, The Graduate Center. Free.

Tuesday, April 20
George Bartenieff
I Will Bear Witness: The Klemperer Diaries, Part One (1933-38) (two performances) --5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

George Bartenieff, one of the stars of the New York Off-and Off-Off Broadway theatre scene since the early sixties, will present I Will Bear Witness, one of the most important documents recording firsthand experience of German fascism, written by Victor Klemperer. A journalist and Professor of Romance literature in Dresden, Klemperer began early on to record in his diary forbidden sentiments of resistance to the totalitarian regime while keeping a careful record of the new restrictive laws and prohibitions. His day-by-day account documents the spreading fear and silencing of dissent in the early Hitler years. George Bartenieff was awarded a 2001 OBIE award for the original Classic Stage production of I Will Bear Witness. Cosponsored by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center and Theatre Three Collaborative, INC. Free. A $10 donation guarantees a seat.

Olga Koussevitzky Award Concert (performance)---7:30 p.m.

Distinguished artist Grant Johannesen partners with young violinist Julia Sakharova in her Olga Koussevitzky Award concert. L'Alsace hails her "incredible temperament, sensitivity and powerful musical personality." Program: Mozart Sonata in G Major, K. 301; Saint-Saens Introduction & Rondo; Ysasye Ballad for Violin, Op. 27; Strauss Sonata in E flat Major, Op. 18. Free.

Wednesday, April 21
Reversible Destiny: Mafia, Antimafia, and the Struggle for Palermo (discussion) --6:00 p.m.

Reversible Destiny traces the history of the Sicilian mafia back to its nineteenth-century roots and examines its late twentieth-century involvement in urban real estate, construction, and drugs. Based on research into the regional capital of Palermo, the book charts efforts to reverse the Sicilian mafia's economic, political, and cultural power, demonstrating the difficulties and successes of these efforts. Join us for a discussion of the book, followed by a book-signing by authors Jane and Peter Schneider. Jane C. Schneider, Professor of Anthropology, The Graduate Center; Peter T. Schneider, Professor of Sociology, Fordham University. Cosponsored by Library Associates, The Graduate Center. Free.

The Holocaust Studies Series
The Perversion of Law in Nazi Germany (lecture)---6:15-8:00 p.m.

This lecture will look closely at several themes central to the Nazi regime's legislative assault on the Jews in order to demonstrate the extent to which the legal system of the Third Reich was an outgrowth of the Nazi regime's underlying racial ideology. Harry Reicher, a Professor associated with the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania; Director of International Affairs and Representative to the United Nations of Agudath Israel World Organization. Free.

The US Commitment to the United Nations: Then and Now
In the Wake of Iraq and the Elections in 2004 (discussion)---6:30-8:00 p.m.

A panel discussion exploring current and possible future American commitments to the United Nations, with a view to the November presidential elections. Moderator: Thomas G. Weiss, Graduate Center Presidential Professor and director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies; with Edward C. Luck, author of Mixed Messages: American Politics and International Organization 1919-1999; Sir Brian Urquhart, Ralph Bunche's UN colleague and successor; and UN Ambassadors Dumisani Kumalo (South Africa), Kishore Mahbubani (Singapore), and Gert Rosenthal (Guatemala). Free.

Thursday, April 22
The Gotham Center History Forum
The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan (discussion)---6:30 p.m

The history of the Dutch in America is often overlooked in the usual Anglo-centric accounts of the period, typically boiled down to a few sentences about Peter Stuyvesant. Russell Shorto's groundbreaking book, The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan, The Forgotten Colony that Shaped America, based on the rich trove of documents found in the state library at Albany, reveals the profound imprint of the Dutch on the United States and will forever change our understanding of the birth of this country. Moderated by Mike Wallace, Director of The Graduate Center’s Gotham Center for NYC History and Pulitzer Prize-winning co-author of Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898. Free.

Saturday April 24
Schubert’s Winterreise (Winter’s Journey) (performance)---8:00 p.m.

A staged performance of Schubert’s greatest song cycle. Lynn Redgrave, narrator; Terry Cook, bass-baritone; Caroline Stoessinger, piano. Directed by Eric Einhorn. Free. A donation of $10 will guarantee a seat.

Tuesday, April 27
The Gotham Center History Forum
New York Food on Film (discussion)---6:30 p.m

Join Annie Hauck Lawson and guests for a tantalizing discussion about New York food on film. Her talk will be seasoned with clips from documentaries on hot dogs, pickles, gefilte fish, rice and peas, Italian bread and more! The event will also include interviews with several guests featured in the documentaries, plus a special sneak preview of What's for Lunch?, a forthcoming documentary from the New York Food Museum on school lunch in New York City's public schools. Moderated by Mike Wallace, Director of The Graduate Center’s Gotham Center for NYC History and Pulitzer Prize-winning co-author of Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898. Free.

Wednesday, April 28
Staged Reading Series: Dislocation and Reinvention
Rosa Loses Her Face (reading)---7:00 p.m.

Mother vs. daughter in the eternal battle of wills and values. When "wayward thinking" New Yorker Amy visits her mother Rosa in Los Angeles, Rosa is determined to foist marriage and filial piety onto her, with an airborne roast Peking duck as the weapon of choice. Written by Kitty Chen, recipient of playwriting fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, among others; her plays include Eating Chicken Feet, I See My Bones, and Rowing to America. Free.

A Musical Meeting of Irish and Klezmer Music (performance)---7:00 p.m.

New York City is a musical meeting place. Immigrants have long brought their music with them and through interactions have created new, distinctly American styles. Two of the musical styles that have made our city their home are Irish traditional and Klezmer music; in addition to enjoying widespread popularity, both styles are attracting musicians with no ethnic ties to these traditions. This event will bring together musicians from various cultures for a musical meeting celebrating the rich heritage and traditions of Irish and Klezmer music. Performers include: button accordion player John Redmond, fiddler Patrick Ourceau, and Isaac Alderson on the uilleann pipes, flute, and whistle. Cosponsored by The CUNY Institute for Irish American Studies. $15.

Christo & Jeanne-Claude: Two Works in Progress (discussion)---6:30-9:00 p.m.
Environmental artists Christo & Jeanne-Claude will present an overview of their two works in progress, "The Gates, Project for Central Park, New York City" and "Over The River, Project for The Arkansas River, Colorado." The event will include an introduction by the artists and a slide presentation, followed by a question-and-answer period. $20. Free for students and teachers.

Submitted on: MAR 1, 2004

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