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SWINGIN' PENGUIN Jazz, Swing, Electro

Very special night with incredible musicians and a very special guest DJ. Featuring:
FORTE – live band featuring Rocksteady Freddie ( NY Ska Jazz Ensemble ) and Kevin Batchelor ( ex Skatalites ) with special guest musicians ….
AUDIOPROPHECY – was one our first Swingin’ Penguin DJ Guests couple of years back. Since then his original productions have found their way into world renowned compilations of Buddha bar and was selected to remix Electro Swing royalty Bart & Baker not once but twice. This is his first NYC appearance since his Special Set at Moulin Rouge Paris this Summer. check out his music and Set on Soundcloud:
Cosinezero – Selecting from a varied collection of electro, breaks, breakbeat, and electroswing, cosinezero brings a dark futurist feel to the finest dancefloors around. As an avid dancer, cosine is in touch with the dancefloor’s needs, and delivers intense energy and entertainment.
DJ Ze’ev – a long time collector of music, who has been organizing electro swing parties in San Francisco for the past two years, and has recently decided to put his collection and musical tastes to a more proactive use.
DEEJAY SPINACH – a resident DJ will infuse old and new Electro Swing tunes from his exquisite collection …
Space is very limited, strict dress code policy…

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Works on paper by Alex Kanevsky

Some Drawings: Works on paper by Alex Kanevsky. Opening reception October 11, 6-8pm.


The Jewish Body in Art Presented by Marc Michael Epstein

Lecture presented by the Art Story Foundation and Marc Michael Epstein, PhD, a renowned scholar, author, lecturer, and a Professor of Religion at the Vassar College..
The display of the human body and its representation in art are both topics that have the potential to be taboo in traditionally observant Jewish contexts. And yet bodies were portrayed-sometimes quite explicitly-in Jewish visual culture over the centuries. This lecture will look at the following questions: What characterizes the Jewish body as portrayed by Jews in art? How is the Jewish body depicted by enemies of
the Jews? Are there gender discrepancies between the way male and female bodies are depicted? What constitutes “appropriate nudity” in this highly problematic, taboo-skirting area of representation?
Wine & cheese reception to follow the lecture at 9-00pm.

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Pavel Lapygin (ABVIOTURA, Russia)

Бессменный лидер группы Абвиотура (Ростов/Москва) и выдающийся этнограф современности Паша Лапыгин выступит в Даунхаусе с акустической программой. Вход свободный. Шляпа по кругу.

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STEPS Theater's "Ask Joseph" Premiere

By Slava Stepnov and Roman Freud

The play will be performed in Russian with English Subtitles

Theatergoers of New York will be presented with a unique drama in which the distinct echo of Chekhov’s “Seagull” is in a peculiar intertwine with the life and artistic career of the Noble Prize winner Joseph Brodsky. Even though the play is based on selected episodes from Brodsky’s biography, this story is not about any particular person. It is rather about those who had the courage to drastically change their lives by abandoning their familiar environment and ended up on the verge of catastrophic cultural and emotional split. Love, mystery, adultery, scandals and spies are just a few of the turns and twists of the plot. “Ask Joseph” is an attempt made by STEPS to get a sneak pick in to the mystery of human talent, think about the stereotypes of self-identification, but most importantly to try and convince its audience that language is a sacred gift we were given by accident and it is our duty to preserve and enrich it…

The cast:
Yelena Stroganova
Liza Kaymin
Roman Freud
David Varer
Sergey Nagorny
Mira Rakhmanova
Alexander Kargaltsev
Misha Freud
Natasha Romanova

Slava Stepnov

Set & Light:
Lev Chesnov

Marina Peshchanskaya

Dmitry Sokolovsky
Boris Zeldin

Assistant Director
Sofia Kharkover

New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, COJECO, Materials for the Arts, RTVI, Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College, Helen Speransky Family Psychotherapy, P.C.

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An Evening in Memory of Arkadii Dragomoshchenko

The great Russian experimental poet Arkadii Dragomoshchenko passed away on September 12. Dragomoshchenko, who lived in Saint Petersburg, was instrumental in establishing ties between American and Russian poetries during perestroika. The American critic Marjorie Perloff wrote that “for Dragomoshchenko, language is not the always already used and appropriated, the pre-formed and pre-fixed that American poets feel they must wrestle with. On the contrary, Dragomoshchenko insists that “language cannot be appropriated because it is perpetually incomplete.”
Participants in the evening will include Lyn Hejinian, Charles Bernstein, Matvei Yankelevich, Mikhail Iossel, Mikhail Iampolski, Jacki Ochs, Genya Turovskaya, Eugene Ostashevsky, and others.

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Voices of Immigrants, Voices of New York

Not like any other festival, this will be a cultural mix of New York residents. From Spanish to Russian, from English to Hebrew, from Africa to Balkan countries, this festival will stand for Unity and Freedom of Artistic Expression.

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Kinofest NYC Presents: Movie Night

A presentation of Ukrainian and Post-Soviet short films, representing audience favorites from the spring 2012 Kinofest NYC Film Festival!
Program schedule:
“Cradle of Destiny” by Serhiy Siliava
“Boyarka Serenade” by Svitlana Tymoshenko
“Treasure Seekers” by Angieszka Bak
“Home” by Ruslan Magomadov
“Almost Love” by Julia Shashkova
“The Beard” by Dmytro Suholytkyj-Sobchuk
“Ambitious” by Aynur Askarov
All films have English subtitles. Q&A and drinks reception after film screenings.

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Ljova and the Kontraband

LJOVA AND THE KONTRABAND make a debut at Symphony Space’s intimate Thalia Theatre, inaugurating their “REBELS & REDS” series.
Tickets are $30, and include a complimentary drink of Armenian Cognac — but chances are that I’ll be on stage swigging a bottle of Polar Seltzer.
LJOVA AND THE KONTRABAND is a band that swings and dances outside the box. Their music defies genres, barlines and expectations, makes you laugh, cry, and live longer.
Ljova and the Kontraband is:
Ljova, viola and fadolin
Inna Barmash, vocal
Patrick Farrell, accordion
Mike Savino, bass
Special guest: John Hadfield, percussion
Tickets can be purchased by calling 212-864-5400, or at:
“richly textured palette featuring Eastern European and Gypsy melodies beautifully offset by Latin-tinged rhythms”
–New Yorker
“recall the asymmetrical dance beats of central and southeastern Europe, where time signatures tend to look like hat sizes (7/8, 13/8, 15/16). They tug and pull at you in strange and mysterious ways, as do Ljova’s melodies, which have the tuneful, emotive quality of good pop.”
“Ljova and the Kontraband play genre-defying music beautifully and soulfully. Organically bringing together influences ranging from classical and new music, klezmer, tango, jazz, Gypsy music and more, their music is smartly original, steeped in tradition while moving those traditions forward. ”
–Bill Bragin, arts presenter


Opening Reception: Strange Pilgrims No More Public Event art of Irina Sheynfeld

Message from Irina Sheynfeld:
Dear Friends,
Come to see my new series of painting: Strange Pilgrims No More, have some wine and enjoy wonderful performances by Inna Barmash, Nika Leoni and Dina Pruzhansky.
Half of the proceeds from all sales will be donated to Generation R at The JCC in Manhattan
Special thanks to Audrey David and Kevork Mourad
This project is made possible through a grant by the Blueprint Fellowship project of COJECO, funded by the UJA-Federation of NY and Genesis Philanthropy Group.