Coming Up: TOAST Art Walk, Ronnie Spector, Cat Women

Pianist and vocalist Dan Orlando and saxophonist Chelsea Baratz play Duane Park restaurant.

“Senior New Yorker Drama Critic John Lahr joins playwright David Ives, currently represented on Broadway with Venus in Fur, for a lively conversation at 92YTribeca on the art of creating new works for the stage.”

Sculptures—or maybe assemblages is a better word?—by Clemens Kois are at Mondo Cane.

The Visionaire is throwing its annual Earth Day party (11 a.m.–4 p.m.) and everyone is welcome: “The day will be complete with a rooftop barbeque by Battery Place Market; kids’ activities led by Whole Foods and others; giveaways, raffles and speakers from popular NYC companies; and much more, including a dynamic display of art from ‘Rebuilding,’ Marcus Robin’s on-going project to memorialize the redevelopment of the World Trade Center.”

APRIL 27–30
The annual Tribeca Open Artist Studio Tour. It’s free, and there’s a list of participating artists online (or you can grab a print copy at various locations around the neighborhood). Below: A work by Bill Bateman.

At 92YTribeca: “Legends of women transforming into cats (and vice versa) recur with startling frequency throughout film and literature, strangely informing our perceptions about both cats and women. Armed with film clips and comedic insights, Meet The Lady host Tom Blunt leads an expedition into the dark heart of these portrayals, rounding up a entertainers and special guests along the way to offer their own unique spin on the subject.”

Part three of a three-part exhibit of Skowhegan alumni is at 92YTribeca: “The third installment will feature ‘Hum’ by David Hardy; ‘Fragmented–wall 3’ by Sophia Ainslie; ‘Da-sein No. 3’ and ‘Da-sein No. 4’ by Eun Woo Cho; ‘An eye for an eye’ by Ann Oren; and ‘They change position frequently and their cause is not completely understood’ by Amy Pryor.” (That last one may or may not be about the limes at Whole Foods.) In the meantime, you can see “Flare (or 8,000 feet of duct tape)” by Mary Carter Taub (pictured).

At BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center: “Art of the Stand-Up Comic” featuring “five gut-busting comedians: Carole Montgomery, Jim Mendrinos, Brian Scott McFadden, Liz Miele and Lori Sommer.”

MAY 11
At 92YTribeca: “In 2007, Seamus Mullen was one of the most promising chefs in New York, known for his approachable, modern Spanish cuisine at Boqueria. But one day, he experienced excruciating pain and discovered he had rheumatoid arthritis. He quickly changed his diet to ‘hero foods’ which had anti-inflammatory effects and were able to boost his immune system and amplify his health. Hear his amazing story and his recipe for good health. Mullen opened Boqueria in 2006 and his new restaurant, Tertulia, has garnered raves. His first cookbook—Hero Foods—will be published in April.”

MAY 15
At 92YTribeca: “Prune chef/owner Gabrielle Hamilton talks about her journey from the rural kitchen of her childhood, where her adored mother stood over the six-burner with an oily wooden spoon in hand; to the kitchens of France, Greece and Turkey, where she learned the essence of hospitality; to the soulless catering factories that helped pay the rent; and ultimately, to her own kitchen at Prune. Hamilton, the author of Blood, Bones & Butter, talks to Mike Colameco.”

JULY 6, 14, 20, 27
“Rock and roll icon Ronnie Spector has announced the New York City debut of Beyond The Beehive, the theatrical production depicting her life story in monologue, images and song at the City Winery, July 6, 14, 20 and 27.  The 90-minute multi-media production of Beyond The Beehive will chronicle Ronnie’s fascinating 50-year journey through Rock and Roll with stories, video and still images, as well as upwards of ten live songs backed by her full band.”


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