Saturday, March 25, 2017

Spaghetti Dinner at Flushing Town Hall

GREAT SMALL WORKS SPAGHETTI DINNERS
presents
Happy Collision:  Queens and Dreams

Friday, April 14, 2017, 7:30 PM
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY
$16/$10 students and members
Puppets  


"Trumppuppetry" 
Overhead projector shadows for dark times by CHINESE THEATRE WORKS
"Song from a Nomad Flute," excerpt from new work with original music by PHYLLIS CHEN and shadow landscapes by STEPHEN KAPLIN


Stories

Storytelling and Performance by
 Jackson Heights' own Cecilia Gentili 
beloved mentor and Translatina Network advocate for trans rights in New York City

 "The Holey Land" 
crankie (paper scroll picture performance) by VALESKA POPULOH with CHARLES GRAHAM, created as part of the Campaign for Fair Development in Baltimore. The tale of a community and the land they call home. 


Dance 

Duet by composer/vocalist JUDITH BERKSON and choreographer/dancer ABIGAIL LEVINE.

A historically amazing and relevant Happening from SOMETHING POSITIVE PERFORMING ARTS COMPANYOld Carnival Mas specialists and preservers of the arts and culture of the African Diaspora and its cross-cultural influences.

Resistance

Aftselokhis Spectacle Committee  "6 positions for engagement with the autocrat"  

Great Small Works Spaghetti Dinners are supported in part by a grant from the Puppet Slam Network www.puppetslam.com, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

World Day of Puppetry Benefit for UNIMA-USA at Teatro SEA

CELEBRATE WORLD DAY OF PUPPETRY
A BENEFIT FOR UNIMA-USA
Presented by Teatro SEA with Great Small Works and Chinese Theatre Works















March 21, 2017
Teatro SEA @ The Clemente
107 Suffolk Street, New York, NY
Admission:  $10.00
Information:  212-529-1545

6:30 PM doors open
7:00 PM celebrity puppet red carpet with live music
7:30 PM food and cash bar
8:00 PM welcome remarks and reading of Nancy Staub's World Day of Puppetry statement
8:30 PM puppet cabaret! Featuring:
     Chinese Theatre Works -- Hao Bang-ah! Rooster, handpuppet excerpts, with Stephen Kaplin, Kuang-Yu Fong and Harrison Greene.
     Great Small Works -- Ode to Common Things, a paper movie based on Pablo Neruda's poem, by Trudi Cohen and John Bell
     Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater, excerpts from Three Golden Hairs of Grandfather Wisdom, with Deborah Beshaw, Michelle Beshaw,, Vit Horejs and Ben Watts
     Gregory Corbino -- Spectacular Superlativesa banner show
     Teatro SEA -- Excerpts from The True Story of Little Red
10:00 PM  Fiesta!!!

Monday, February 27, 2017

JEWS WITH THORNS: A Purimshpil and Masquerade Ball


The Aftselakhis Spectacle Committee, in cahoots with Jews For Racial and Economic Justice, excitedly bring you "JEWS WITH THORNS: A Purimshpiel & Masquerade Ball"

Saturday, March 4th, DOORS at 7:45, SHOW at 8:30

East Midwood Jewish Center
1625 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11230




:::: FEATURING MUSIC FROM: 
>>> LA DAMA : http://www.ladamaproject.org/
>>> DJ RIPLEY : http://www.ripleydj.com/
...& MORE TBA! 

::: IN COLLABORATION WITH ARTIST-ORGANIZERS: 
>>> AKYNOS : http://www.akynos.com/
>>> MADONNA THUNDER HAWK : http://kfai.org/node/32192
>>> JENDOG LONEWOLF : http://www.ilovejendog.com/
>>> IRENA KLEPFISZ : https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/klepfisz-irena

EVERYTHING IS KOOKOO BANANAS! The king has stolen Purim… Every day is like night and up is down and facts are fiction. The world is drunk and can’t tell the difference between good and evil. In this moment the Aftselakhis Spectacle committee takes a tiger’s leap into the present with JEWS WITH THORNS, this year's swirlon their annual Purim Shpil and Masquerade ball based on the traditional book of Esther.

From practical matters, Aftselakhis has shaped our carnival imaginings: resistance to fascism and authoritarianism, abolition and community autonomy, and the cultures of performance connected to and between Muslim and Jewish worlds.

We seek inspiration in the writings of current and ancestral Jewish sages like Masha Gessen, Irena Klepfiscz and Walter Benjamin. And harvest beautiful and protective wisdom from the venerable ghazal poet Hafez andjustice leaders of today: Red Power Activist Madonna Thunder Hawk, Crip Hop Nations Leroy Moore, human rights and sex worker organizer Akynos “The Beast of Burlesque,” and Dilar Dirik, a Kurdish activist and scholar who writes about Rojava and other small keys that unlock enormous doors.

Our message is plain, though our shpil is ornate: You are invited to march forth! Restore the balance of society through the ancient Purim rite of dressing up! And spread the word: the things we really love are an alchemical resource for conjuring strength.


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THURSDAY, March 2nd, 8:00PM
THURSDAY PERFORMANCE: Just the Purimshpiel, 
a calmer experience where one can sit and hear all the words and still revel in the beauty, complexity and confusion. 

Special musical guest: GEOFF BERNER
geoffberner.com


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SUNDAY, March 5h
Purim for the whole family!

Dear kids, youth, parents, stewards of the resistance, lovers of delirious fun, dreamers of new worlds, and everyone else!

Purim is coming, and we invite you to a sumptuous, topsy turvy, social justice-themed, Purim carnival. Featuring a direct action parade, exquisite hand-built carnival games, Jewish music from around the world, a sock puppet Purimshpiel, food, and other delights.

12pm-1:30pm: Carnival games
12:30pm: Workmen's Circle Shule Puppetshow
1:30pm: Jews With Thorns Shpil presented by The Aftselakhis Spectacle Committee
2:30pm: Children's Purim Parade for Immigrants Rights: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/262063424235071/

Sunday, March 5th 12-3pm
East Midwood Jewish Center
(1625 Ocean Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11230)
$5-$15 sliding scale.

No one turned away for lack of cash or costume.

Hamentaschen and water included in admission! Additional food will be available for purchase.
EMJC is a kosher space and any outside food must be kosher.

This year's festivities are sponsored by Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ) with support from The Aftselakhis Spectacle Committee (TASC), the Workmen’s Circle, Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives! More sponsors pending!