May
31
7:00 PM19:00

From Exclusion to Belonging: A Workshop on Disability with HFNY

Of the 8.5 million people in New York City, it’s estimated that nearly 900,000 people live with disabilities. Many people with disabilities face profound social exclusion—they are moved involuntarily and separated from others, excluded from commonplace socializing, denied personal agency over their lives, or even exposed to abuse and neglect.

Discover some of the root causes of this social exclusion and, by doing so, begin to see the profundity of doing ordinary things with extraordinary love. In this workshop we'll discuss how we can move from excluding people with disabilities to cultivating communities of welcome, belonging, and growth through hospitality and genuine relationships. 

Join Hope for New York (HFNY) for teachings, stories, and discussions from: 

Andrew Oliver, Do For One founder & director
John Wagner, Young Life - New York City senior vice president & author of "Perfect"
Stories from HFNY Affiliates
Personal reflection and Q&A

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Jun
5
7:30 PM19:30

The Handel Festival Orchestra 2017-18 Season Finale

The Handel Festival Orchestra and Thomas Elefant, Founder/Conductor invite you to their 2017-18 season's final performance! Tuesday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. with a wine & cheese reception to follow.

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Arcangelo Corelli
Suite for Strings

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Gioacchino Rossini
Sonata No. 1 for Strings

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G.F. Handel - Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 6 in G Minor

Admission is free ($15 suggested donation at the door). For more information visit thehandelfestivalorchestra.org

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Jun
20
8:00 PM20:00

Annabelle Han Opera Night

Mostly Mozart on Wednesday, June 20 will be Soprano Annabelle Han’s 4th performance of her Opera Night series at W83. In collaboration with Keith Chambers she is performing famous Queen of the Night’s arias from Die Zauberflöte (Magic Flute), Konstanze's aria from Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), Elettra's aria from Idomeneo, and a beautiful sacred song "Laudate Dominum (Praise the Lord)" from Vesperae solennes de confessore K.339. All by Mozart.

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Annabelle Han

 

Her program also includes works by Benjamin Britten and Ambroise Thomas, where the two arias share a character from Shakespeare's play Midsummer Night's Dream, Titania, The Queen of the Fairies

More information can be found at annabellehan.com and keith-chambers.com.

Tickets are $25 ($15 for Students/Seniors) at the door and available online, here.

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May
22
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with Artist Makoto Fujimura: "Infinite Grace: A Redeemed City"

Makoto Fujimura, an artist and former member of the National Council on the Arts, invites us to press into the notion of patronage, considering its history, legacy and the imperative to participate in new ways as we consider "What would it take for all us to care for culture?"

Patronage is not just for the elite with disposable income. Every decision we make to download music, buy clothing, and see certain movies are all expressions of our patronage of culture. Yet most of us rarely see ourselves as patrons of the arts or culture.

Join Mako Fujimura for "Infinite Grace: A Redeemed City" on Tuesday, May 22 in the Loft. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are free, but an RSVP is required.

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Makoto Fujimura, Director of Fuller's Brehm Center, is an artist, writer, and speaker who is recognized worldwide as a cultural shaper. A Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003-2009, Fujimura served as an international advocate for the arts, speaking with decision makers and advising governmental policies on the arts. In 2014, the American Academy of Religion named Makoto Fujimura as its ’2014 Religion and the Arts’ award recipient. This award is presented annually to an artist, performer, critic, curator, or scholar who has made a significant contribution to the understanding of the relations among the arts and the religions, both for the academy and for a broader public. 

Fujimura's "Silence and Beauty" book won the 2016 Aldersgate Award. Muneya Kato, biographer of Shusaku Endo, praised it by saying it is "the best book on Endo's 'Silence' ever written".

Fujimura’s  Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art and Culture, is a collection of essays bringing together people of all backgrounds in a conversation and meditation on culture, art, and humanity.

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May
17
6:30 PM18:30

"Niggle's Studio: Leaf Paintings" by Jerry Dienes Opening Reception

The opening reception for Dienes exhibit is on Thursday, May 17 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Gallery Lobby at W83. All exhibitions are free and open to the community from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. 

About the exhibit:

In his recent body of work, Jerry Dienes imagines and creates paintings as they may have been conceived by Niggle, the titular artist in J.R.R. Tolkien’s short story “Leaf By Niggle.” Dienes embodies the story and examines what it means to lose oneself in pursuit of perfection. His meticulous and vibrant paintings point towards ideals sought after but never captured. 

Dienes takes great care to bring his imagination to life through patient detailing. Each oil painting’s vivid texture and tactile realism draw us closer and closer to where imagination meets reality, yet there remains a distance between conceptualization and the brush. 

Perfection is sought but never achieved. Does the search for beauty or greatness consume us? Or can we embrace the serenity that may be found in this exploration?

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About the artist:

Jerry Dienes creates classical and realistic paintings of still life, portraits, landscapes, figures, trompe l’oeils, interiors, narratives, and murals. 

Dienes trained at the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio, and in 1984 came to New York to pursue classical art education and gallery representation. Taking classes at the New York Academy of Art and The Printmakers Workshop he later studied figure painting and drawing with Jacob Collins at The Water Street Atelier, as well as figure drawing with Dan Thompson, Michael Grimaldi, and Ephraim Rubenstein at the Art Student’s League. He most recently studied part-time with Justin Wood at the Grand Central Atelier.

"Niggle's Studio: Leaf Paintings" runs Thursday, May 10 through Thursday, July 5.

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May
12
7:30 PM19:30

New York Classical Players 2017-18 Season Finale

Join New York Classical Players on May 12 as two principal players from the Met Opera Orchestra perform R. Strauss’s unmatched duo concerto. William Short, Principal Bassoon and Inn-Hyuck Cho, Principal Clarinet step out from the pit for this one-night only performance, paired with a spirited serenade by Czech composer Josef Suk and Bruch’s meditative Kol Nidrei.

PROGRAM
M. Bruch / Kol Nidrei Op. 47
R. Strauss / Duet-Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon TrV 293
J. Suk / Serenade for Strings in E flat major, Op. 6

Admission is free! But an RSVP is required.

DONGMIN KIM, conductor
INN-HYUCK CHO, clarinet
WILLIAM SHORT, bassoon
SUJIN LEE, cello  

New York Classical Players (NYCP) is an ensemble dedicated to the highest standards of artistry, collaboration, and virtuosity. Inspired by the belief that access to musical excellence is an essential human right, NYCP presents all concerts free of charge. NYCP is the region’s only professional orchestra sharing exclusively free performances. Comprised of creative and virtuosic young musicians, NYCP’s adventurous programming shares familiar masterpieces, bold new commissions, and unexpected musical treasures. Each season, thousands of NYCP concertgoers experience both the dynamic power of the orchestral repertoire and the versatile intimacy of chamber performance.  NYCP is proud to collaborate with some of the world’s most renowned musicians, including Kim Kashkashian, Cho-Liang Lin, Stefan Jackiw, Sumi Jo, Alex Kerr, Donald Weilerstein, and Chee-Yun, and is under the baton of Music Director and Founder Dongmin Kim.

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May
12
11:00 AM11:00

Knitty City Moms and Makers Market

On Saturday, May 12 Knitty City will host a market featuring art, hand crafted items, indie dyed yarn. There will also be a silent auction and raffle prizes featuring products from vendors and people in the community. Proceeds go to benefit Moms Demand Action.

For more information about Knitty City and the Marketplace visit them on the Upper West Side at 208 West 79th St., email pearl@knittycitynyc.com or call 212-787-5896.

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Knitty City is a yarn store located on the Upper West Side of NYC where the selection of yarns reflects some of the best brands in the business. They are committed to community building where the customers and people behind the yarn and designs are featured. New and interesting yarn, and the products that complement them, are always popping up at Knitty City. In addition, the store has one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date collection of knitting, crochet and needle art books, magazines and patterns in New York.

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Apr
30
7:00 PM19:00

Christian Wiman in conversation with Anthony Domestico

Commonweal Magazine presents "Spirituality in a Time of Disruption." Inspired by longtime Commonweal columnist John Garvey's writings on prayer and the spiritual life, the Orthodox tradition, and moral decision-making, Commonweal has planned a series of public conversations across the country. Influential thinkers will share their perspectives on how the current era of growing economic anxiety and increasing religious disaffiliation affects our traditional understandings of spiritual practice, and what may emerge to support, displace, or replace them. And on Monday, April 30 Commonweal brings Christian Wiman in conversation with Anthony Domestico to W83 Ministry Center. 

In a 2009 interview with Bookslut editor Jessa Crispin, discussing what he hopes readers might take from his work, Wiman stated, “I have no illusions about adding to sophisticated theological thinking. But I think there are a ton of people out there who are what you might call 'unbelieving believers,' people whose consciousness is completely modern and yet who have this strong spiritual hunger in them. I would like to say something helpful to those people.”

He is the author, editor, or translator of ten books, including Hammer is the Prayer: Selected Poems (FSG, 2016), My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer (FSG, 2013), and Stolen Air: Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam (HarperCollins/Ecco, 2012).

 "Life is not an error, even when it is. That is to say, whatever faith you emerge with at the end of your life is going to be not simply affected by that life but intimately dependent upon it, for faith in God is, in the deepest sense, faith in life—which means that even the staunchest life of faith is a life of great change." - Christian Wiman

"Life is not an error, even when it is. That is to say, whatever faith you emerge with at the end of your life is going to be not simply affected by that life but intimately dependent upon it, for faith in God is, in the deepest sense, faith in life—which means that even the staunchest life of faith is a life of great change." - Christian Wiman

Of his work as a whole, Marilynne Robinson writes, “His poetry and scholarship have a purifying urgency that is rare in this world.  This puts him at the very source of theology, and enables him to say new things in timeless language, so that the reader’s surprise and assent are one and the same.” Mr. Wiman has been a Jones Lecturer in Poetry at Stanford and a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Northwestern, and for three years he served as Visiting Scholar at Lynchburg College in Virginia. From 2003 until 2013 he was the editor of Poetry magazine, the premiere magazine for poetry in the English-speaking world.  During that time the magazine’s circulation tripled, and it garnered two National Magazine Awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors. For the magazine’s centennial year, Mr. Wiman edited, with Don Share, The Open Door: One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years of Poetry Magazine (University of Chicago Press, 2012).  Mr. Wiman has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, the Atlantic Monthly, and numerous other publications. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow and holds an honorary doctorate of humane letters from North Central College.  His particular interests include modern poetry, the language of faith, “accidental” theology (that is, theology conducted by unexpected means), and what it means to be a Christian intellectual in a secular culture.

This series is made possible by the John Garvey Fund, instituted in 2017 with a generous gift from Thomas Higgins.

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Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

Harper's Magazine Presents an Evening with Ronan Farrow

Join Harper's Magazine and Book Culture on Columbus for a reading and discussion with Ronan Farrow, author of War on Peacea harrowing exploration of the collapse of American diplomacy and the abdication of global leadership. James Hoge, longtime editor of Foreign Policy and a director of the Center for Global Affairs will lead the conversation.

Farrow's firsthand experience in the State Department affords a personal look at some of the last standard-bearers of traditional statecraft, including Richard Holbrooke, who made peace in Bosnia and died while trying to do so in Afghanistan. Farrow’s narrative is richly informed by interviews with whistleblowers, policymakers, and a warlord, from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton. Diplomacy, Farrow argues, has declined after decades of political cowardice, short-sightedness, and outright malice—but it may just offer America a way out of a world at war.

Tickets are $35 for one person or $50 for two and include admission, one signed copy of War on Peace, and a one-year subscription to Harper’s Magazine. A limited number of student tickets are available for $20 (does not include a book).

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Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Artist Talk with Ben Cowan

Brooklyn-based artist Ben Cowan chats with Kristen Racaniello about his process for creating "Gates" and his inspiration behind the series exhibiting now in the Gallery at W83

In his series "Gates," Ben Cowan paints familiar landscapes that invite us to explore what is beyond plain sight. His intimate paintings juxtapose the natural with the constructed and invite us to consider all of the forces at work in their creation. His paintings hint at a lively narrative, of unseen hands that created, planted, and cultivated the verdant growth evident in each scene.  Cowan’s work solicits our attention, beckons us forward, yet limits our view to within its borders, asking us to pause and contemplate the crossing of the threshold.

The common settings captured in Cowan’s paintings are frequently passed in the meanderings of city life but also easily overlooked or taken for granted. Cowan grabs our attention with remarkable frames of reclaimed doorways that adorn his work but also force us to take a concentrated view. The apparent restrictions prompt us to consider what permissions may be required to enter a space. Does denial encourage a shift in our perspective?

The talk is free but we'd appreciate an RSVP.

Ben Cowan was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI; received a BFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Indiana University. His painting reached a turning point during a residency in Umbria, Italy through the exposure and study of its historic vistas. Ben currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY creating paintings of familiar urban sights cropped, collaged and simplified in order to capture a concentrated experience that refers to the interpersonal and supernatural. His work has been shown in solo and group shows throughout the U.S.

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Kristen Racaniello is a curator, maker and historian of visual art and culture. She graduated from Purchase College with a dual BA/BFA in art history and fine art in 2014. In 2017 Racaniello graduated from Hunter College with a Masters in art history.  She is currently a PhD candidate at the Graduate Center in NYC and an adjunct at Queens College. She is also a Partner at Field Projects gallery and an assistant at Les Enluminures. Racaniello's work is a constant exploration of perspective. Her academic research investigates the performance of devotion, socio-political aesthetics and the materiality of Medieval France, Spain, and Morocco.

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Apr
13
to Apr 14

Center for Faith & Work "Formed To Work For The Glory Of God"

Join Center for Faith & Work for a two-day experience where they’ll investigate how we are formed to work for the glory of God. Artists and educators, designers and technicians, homemakers, engineers, managers, entrepreneurs, doctors, and everyone in between are welcome. Speakers will include Tim Keller, Katherine Leary Alsdorf, David H. Kim, and Elizabeth Barlow Rogers. The conference will also include over 20 Glimpse - opportunities throughout NYC centered around work, culture, and Sabbath.

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A few highlights you won't want to miss!

Friday Night Plenary

Katherine Leary Alsdorf, The Crucible of Glory
Tim Keller, The Scope of Glory
Worship by Porter's Gate

Saturday Morning & Afternoon Glimpses
Choose from a variety of group experiences happening throughout the city all day Saturday. Visit a worksite, attend a cultural event or engage in a Sabbath practice designed to point towards glimpses of God's glory in New York City.

Saturday Night Plenary
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, The Spiritual Design of Central Park
David H. Kim, Formed by Glory for Glory
Worship by Porter's Gate

Read more about the presenters here
Register here and get a special rate until April 2nd!

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Mar
20
8:00 PM20:00

Handel Festival Orchestra Performance

On Tuesday, March 20, The Handel Festival Orchestra with Thomas Elefant, Founder/Conductor will perform music from three periods: Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical! Admission is free (donations appreciated)

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Respighi - Ancient Airs and Dances from Suite No. 3.

Mozart - Concerto for Obo. Jason Smoller, Soloist

Bach - “Air” from Orchestral Suite No. 3.

Visit TheHandelFestivalOrchestra.org for more information and details on future performances.

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Mar
6
6:30 PM18:30

"Gates" Opening Reception

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In his series "Gates," Ben Cowan paints familiar landscapes that invite us to explore what is beyond plain sight. His intimate paintings juxtapose the natural with the constructed and invite us to consider all of the forces at work in their creation. Each painting solicits our attention and limits our view with its boundaries, allowing us pause to contemplate the crossing of the threshold.

Opening Reception is free and open to the community on March 6, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Gallery at W83.

About the artist: Ben Cowan was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI by a creative and musical family. He received a BFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Indiana University. His painting reached a turning point during a residency in Umbria, Italy through the exposure and study of its historic vistas. The visual landscape and character of his immediate surroundings has since remained an inspiration wherever he calls home. Ben currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY creating paintings of familiar urban sights cropped, collaged and simplified in order to capture a concentrated experience that refers to the interpersonal and supernatural. His work has been shown in solo and group shows throughout the U.S., including New York City and Chicago. In addition to painting Ben is an active member of the curatorial collective Ess Ef Eff. Ben’s work can be seen in private and public collections including Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan, The Racquet Club of Chicago and The Renwick Hotel in NYC.

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Mar
1
6:30 PM18:30

Making Poverty Personal: A Workshop on Homelessness

Join Hope for New York and the Rescue Alliance for a workshop to learn more about the experiences of our homeless neighbors. 

Homelessness is more than just a loss of shelter. The story of a homeless person is often a winding road that could include job loss, relational loss, mental illness, or addiction. Each story is unique, and so caring for each person experiencing homelessness requires a relationship and a personal touch. 

What's in store for the workshop? 

Overview of Homelessness in NYC | Learn from Brian Moll, Executive Director of the Rescue Alliance

Case Studies and Discussion | Engage with case studies of those who are experiencing homelessness.

Stories of Homelessness and Hope | Hear from formerly and currently homeless individuals in their own words.

 Photo courtesy of the Rescue Alliance

Photo courtesy of the Rescue Alliance

Hope for New York is part of the Rescue Alliance, a collaboration of faith-based organizations working together to restore the well-being of homeless men, women, and children in New York City.

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Feb
21
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with Marilynne Robinson

Join Center for Faith & Work for a special evening with Pulitzer Prize winning author Marilynne Robinson (Gilead, Home, Lila, and Housekeeping), the recipient of CFW’s inaugural Commission of Faith & Work. Hear this luminary author read from and speak about her forthcoming work, What Are We Doing Here?, a sagacious collection of essays that explore the mysteries of faith and the climate of American cultural and political life. Mining great thinkers like Tocqueville, Emerson, and Calvin, while investigating how beauty forms daily life, Robinson’s unmatched voice finds a new urgency for Americans of faith. An in-depth conversation will follow, investigating the author's illustrious body of work, her rigorous and scholarly devotion to the humanities, and how it all has intersected with her own personal faith. 

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Reception to follow, with
Wafels & Dinges,
The Pixie and The Scout, and book sales by
Book Culture on Columbus.

Robinson is the author of four novels: Lila (2014), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; Home (2008), winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Gilead(2004), winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Housekeeping (1980), winner of PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction. Her five nonfiction books include The Givenness of Things: Essays (2015) and The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought (1998).

Her many other honors include the American Academy of Arts and Letters Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Fund, the National Humanities Medal, and the American Academy of Religion in the Arts Award. Robinson, a longtime faculty member of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Robinson lives in Iowa City, Iowa, where she is a deacon for the Congregational United Church of Christ. She has received the Library of Congress' Prize for American Fiction.

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Feb
2
8:00 PM20:00

New York Poetry and Song presents Schubert’s Winterreise

 They have cost me more effort than any of my other songs. –Schubert on Winterreise

They have cost me more effort than any of my other songs.
–Schubert on Winterreise

Join New York Poetry and Song for a recital presenting Schubert’s magnificent song cycle. 

Friday, February 2nd at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:45)
Sung Chung, baritone
Suna Chung, piano 

Tickets at door (cash only, please): suggested $20
All proceeds go to International Justice Mission

More details at newyorkpoetryandsong.org

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Jan
18
6:30 PM18:30

"Genius Loci: Spirit of the Place" Opening Reception

Opening on January 18, "Genius Loci" is a group exhibit by students at The Geneva School of Manhattan. Children hailing from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities, some native New Yorkers, some relocated from divergent places, explore the ways they are all connected and how their lives intertwine. The exhibit bears manifold witness to the diverse and transient nature of NYC beautifully, and their work points towards the interconnectedness, independence, and interdependence we all experience.

Opening Reception: January 18, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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Jan
17
5:00 PM17:00

@Sree's Social Media One-Night Stand NYC

This is one of a series of events produced by Sree Sreenivasan (@sree) with his longtime partners, Linda Bernstein (@wordwhacker) and Liz Borod Wright (@travelogged).

From 5:05 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.:  [optional & complimentary with paid ticket] Sessions with the Social Media Doctors. Get help with your social profiles. Learn new phone photography tricks. Discover great apps that will make your social postings pop.

6:30 p.m to 9:45 p.m.: Sree presents everything (or quite a bit) you need to know NOW about social media, apps and more. Watch for the surprise guest experts.

Sree will share:

  • What's working - and what isn't in 2018 in social, apps and more.

  • Best practices that he learned while Chief Digital Officer of New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Columbia University (and his 21 years teaching at Columbia Journalism School)

  • How to cut through the noise using innovative tools and strategies.

  • Tips and tricks for reinventing yourself and job searching.

  • On-stage “How I social” with multiple social stars in various fields
    Confirmed speakers include:
    Gregory Galant, cofounder of Shorty Awards, MuckRack
    Niketa Patel of Twitter News
    Arun Venugopal, reporter and host, WNYC
    Carla Zanoni, Editor of Audience & Analytics, WSJ

    *ALSO INCLUDED WITH ADMISSION: One-on-one and small group consultations with top experts will be available before Sree begins at 6:30 (and during the break).

    TICKETS are $99, purchase them through Eventbrite here, or $150 at the door.

Sree Sreenivasan is a leading social and digital media consultant and trainer, working with nonprofits, startups, companies and executives around the world. He has served as Chief Digital Officer of New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Columbia University (where he was a full-time professor of journalism for 20+ years). 

He has also been a paid on-air tech expert for the three largest news stations in NYC. 

He taught a course on entrepreneurship at Columbia for four years with Ken Lerer, the co-founder of Huffington Post, chairman of Buzzfeed and co-founder of venture firm LererHippeau. 

Sree is the creator of three popular social media learning opportunities that have been attended by thousands of attendees in NYC, several U.S. cities and more than a dozen countries: Social Media Weekend, Social Media Day and Social Media One-Night Stand (coming in June 2018 in NYC).

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Dec
11
7:00 PM19:00

The Art of Storytelling and Public Speaking for Business

In this three hour workshop, presented by Center for Faith & Work, you will focus on the persuasive power of telling personal narrative stories and how to connect to employees and clients like you never have before. Also, you will touch upon various techniques that will help you become more comfortable with public speaking and work presentations.

Led by Adam Wade, a record 20-time Story Slam Champion at The Moth, whose comedic storytelling has been lauded by critics at The New York Times, The Village Voice, Newsweek and New York Magazine. 

PRICE IS $99 | No refunds will be issued after Dec. 6.

 
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Comedic storytelling is booming across America and one of its undisputed masters is the hilarious, deeply humane Adam Wade. He is Everyman: the guy on the bus who greets the driver, the local whose order is well known to the counter girl at the coffee shop, the underdog pining for the waitress with the slightly green front tooth. Adam is originally from a small town in New Hampshire, so you know his values have to be solid. But like anyone, he always wants a little more than he can get, which can lead him into situations that are frequently absurd. Audiences love Adam because they see themselves in his yearnings and dilemmas, and because he makes them long to know how everything turns out in the end. 

Adam’s first comedy album, Adam Wade: The Human Comedy, was recorded in front of a sold out audience at The Bell House in Brooklyn and released on iTunes and Google Play in September of 2015. Adam is a record 20-time Story Slam Champion at The Moth. His comedic storytelling has been lauded by critics at The New York Times, the Village Voice, Newsweek and New York Magazine. He has toured North America with his award-winning stories and is a regular performer on the legendary monthly storytelling show “The Nights of Our Lives” at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Time Out New York has featured him on their “Best of List” in the Most Promising Young Talents category. He has also appeared on Season 2 and 3 of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer.

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Dec
8
8:00 PM20:00

The 10th Annual SymphoNYChorus "Celebrate Christmas" Concert

The SymphoNYChorus under the direction of Henric Ideström invites you to "Celebrate Christmas" at a special 10th Anniversary Christmas Concert. This concert will feature The SymphoNYChorus' signature blend of traditional, Gospel, and contemporary Christmas music - from majestic 8-part harmonies to intimate a cappella works.

Tickets are $30 for general admission, $22 for students/seniors, and $15 for children 12 & under. 

Reserve your tickets here.



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Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

Harper's Magazine Presents: Joseph Stiglitz in Conversation with John R. MacArthur

Join Harper's Magazine and Book Culture on Columbus for a conversation with renowned economist and Nobel Prize winner Joseph E Stiglitz at on Wednesday, November 29 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 PM. Professor Stiglitz will discuss his landmark book, Globalization and Its Discontents, which has just been reissued with new material from W.W. Norton. Harper's Magazine President and Publisher John R. MacArthur will lead the conversation. Felicia Wong, President of the Roosevelt Institute, a co-sponsor of the event, will introduce the speakers.

Tickets are available now - $25 for General Admission and $20 for Students. Ticket includes admission, a copy of the new edition of Globalization and Its Discontents and a one-year subscription to Harper’s Magazine.


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Nov
14
6:30 PM18:30

"Turning" Opening Reception

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"Turning" by Ben Weathers is an installation of twenty-eight paintings, each a recording from a day in the ripening of a banana. He focuses on how a banana can be just as beautiful as a rainbow or have the same sublime quality as the grand canyon. Often looking for things to “become more messy than their intentions,” Weathers hopes this exhibit will be “an experience complicated by feeling and understanding.”

The Opening Reception is Tuesday, November 14 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
All Gallery at W83 exhibits are free and open to the community from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.



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Nov
11
7:00 PM19:00

Eunice Sings Mahalia

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A tribute to the world's greatest gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson, performed by Eunice Newkirk and friends. 

Join Eunice for an evening featuring Mahalia's greatest hits as well as other gospel classics chosen in dedication of her legacy.

Eunice Newkirk is a blues and jazz singer who sings regularly at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.

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Nov
7
8:00 PM20:00

Handel Festival Orchestra's Season Premiere Concert

Join Conductor Thomas Elefant and the Handel Festival Orchestra for their Season Premiere Concert.

The Handel Festival Orchestra (HFO) is a New York City based orchestra dedicated to celebrating the beautiful and majestic sounds of the baroque and classical eras. Comprised of professional and community musicians, the orchestra performs an annual concert series in Manhattan while also providing music to senior centers and hospitals. 

Thomas Elefant, an accomplished conductor, musician, and university lecturer, founded the Handel Festival Orchestra in 2009 to pursue his passion for the performance of the emotion-filled music of G.F. Handel. By providing the audience with pre-concert lectures, Mr. Elefant highlights the unique elements that distinguish it from the music of other composers. 

 

 

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Nov
2
6:30 PM18:30

Workshop with Imago Verbosa Artist David Hollier

Artist David Hollier hosts a workshop to demonstrate the processes by which he creates “Imago Verbosa,” the current series exhibiting in the Gallery at W83. Using his vintage typewriter, David will share one of his techniques and discuss his approach in choosing images and text.

 

In his series “Imago Verbosa,” David Hollier creates images of cultural and political icons as composites of their famous words in the form of painted and typed text. Part social commentary and part documentary, Hollier’s work literally blurs the lines between pop culture and politics and invites us to consider the power of words to influence and endure.

Free and open to the public but please RSVP HERE.

For Gallery at W83 details and viewing hours, click here.

 

 

 

 

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Oct
19
7:30 PM19:30

Agora | Global Poverty and Local Advocacy: Seeing, Caring, and Engaging

Global Poverty combines two words that for the majority of us describes something abstract that impacts people somewhere else. But to millions of people, both near and far, these words describe the daily realities of violence, disease, hunger, injustice, and despair.

On October 19 Agora and the ONE Campaign will host "Global Poverty and Local Advocacy: Seeing, Caring, and Engaging" at W83 Ministry Center. Michael Gerson, Edith Jibunoh, and Tim Keller will discuss some of the issues contributing to global poverty, ways we can engage in the fight against it, and the moral vision necessary to unite our collective efforts.

Michael Gerson is an op-ed columnist for The Washington Post and a Policy Fellow with the ONE Campaign; Edith Jibunoh is World Bank Group’s Civil Society Adviser and former Global Policy Director at the ONE Campaign; Tim Keller is the founder of Redeemer Presbyterian Church.

Bridging the gap between those who know of the existence of Global Poverty and those who experience its devastation requires honest dialogue and active engagement at all levels of society.

Tickets are $15 - purchase them here.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m., program starts at 7:30.

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Through an ongoing series of conversations around topics important to New Yorkers, W83 Ministry Center strives to be a place where relevant and important issues of the day are being discussed. Agora: Conversations for the Common Good at W83 Ministry Center is presented by Redeemer West Side. 



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Oct
11
7:30 PM19:30

Opera Night with Annabelle Han and Keith Chambers

 

Soprano Annabelle Han and Pianist Keith Chambers take us on a tour around the world with music from timeless Italian, German, English, and French composers such as Handel, Donizetti, Poulenc, Strauss, Mozart, and more.

General admission tickets for Annabelle Han's "Opera Night" are $20 at the door.
(Students and seniors $10 at the door.)

 Soprano Annabelle Han

Soprano Annabelle Han

Annabelle Han, Korean-born soprano, has been hailed as a “bright talent,” and lauded by MetroLA as possessing a “voice and physical performance [that are] both spectacular.” Ms. Han started her career and training in Seoul Korea, where she trained as a classical pianist. After moving to the United States, she performed extensively on the West Coast. Ms. Han trained her voice with Janice McVeigh, voice faculty at the University of Southern California and Brent McMunn, USC Opera Director. She went on to further training with renowned voice teacher Nina Hinson. She graduated with honors from California State University, holding a Master of Music in Vocal Performance.

After moving to New York City, Ms. Han developed her Fach from lyric coloratura to dramatic coloratura under the tutelage of Heidi Skok, Metropolitan Opera singer, Keith Chambers, Director at New Amsterdam Opera, and Roger Malouf, Assistant Conductor at Metropolitan Opera. She was recently selected as a recipient of the Grant Award from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust in NYC. She performs regularly as a Song Leader and Soloist at Redeemer Presbyterian Church. This is Annabelle’s third performance in her concert series “Opera Night.”


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Oct
7
5:00 PM17:00

International Justice Mission NYC Prayer Gathering

Join International Justice Mission on October 7 for an evening of prayer, education and action to end slavery.


"There are more than 45 million slaves across our world today. This reality is overwhelming, but we are not overcome. The end of slavery begins with God's people. It begins with you."

Hear stories from the frontlines as Claire Wilkinson, IJM's Vice President of Regional Operations Africa, shares about the life and death struggle of the world's poor. 

For more information and to reserve a ticket, click here.

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Oct
6
7:30 PM19:30

Heine, the Poet - with New York Poetry and Song

New York Poetry and Song marries art song, chamber music, and solo piano music within various themes, to present an intimate and cohesive recital experience. This recital presents a collection of Heinrich Heine poems in settings by myriad composers, from Schumann and Schubert, to Liszt, Wagner, and Boulanger.
Nigel Smith, baritone
Suna Chung, piano

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Hamburg (1800s) ©Patrick Guenette

 

Tickets at the door (cash only): suggested $20

All proceeds go to International Justice Mission
 



Suna Chung is the
creator and curator of
New York Poetry and Song

Suna Chung received her Master’s degree at Indiana University and her DMA from SUNY Stony Brook. Suna has participated in festivals including the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove in the UK; the long-term residency program at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Canada; the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in Toronto, Canada; the American Conservatory Summer Festival in Fontainebleau, France; the Franz-Schubert-Institut Master Lieder Course in Baden-bei-Wien, Austria; the Oxford Lieder Master Course in Oxford, England; the Wiener Meisterkurse in Vienna, Austria; and the Stimmen Festival in Freistadt, Austria.

Her teachers include Evelyne Brancart, Ferenc Rados, and Pierre Vallet. She has appeared in public masterclasses with Richard Goode, Leon Fleischer, Julius Drake, Elly Ameling, Marc Durand, Wolfram Rieger, Graham Johnson, and Roger Vignoles; and in concert at the 92nd Street Y, Palais de Fontainebleau in France, Zankel and Weill Halls at Carnegie Hall, in Berlin under the auspices of Deutsch-Kanadische Gesellschaft, Haus der Kunst in Austria, the Holywell Music Room in Oxford, England, and the Royal Swedish Opera’s Summer Concert series in Stockholm, Sweden.

Born in Montreal, Nigel Smith spent most of his professional life in France. After graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music, he completed his apprenticeship with the Centre de Formation Lyrique, at the Paris National Opera, where he performed on both the stages of the Bastille and Palais Garnier. Nigel represented Canada at the 2001 Cardiff Singer of the World, and continued working in many theatres in France and in Europe. Performing principally on the operatic stage, Nigel has been heard with Jean-Claude Malgoire and the Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing in works such as Rameau’s Les Indes galantes, Händel’s Agrippina, and Rinaldo, as well as in Salieri’s Falstaff. Additionally, he has created the roles of Lead for James Rolfe’s Beatrice Chancy, which was produced both live, and for television; as well as the role of Der Auskunftgeber for Philippe Manoury’s setting of Franz Kafka’s “Der Prozess”, entitled K…, at the Opéra National de Paris (Bastille). This latter encounter inspired Manoury to write the role of un jeune fugitif in his chamber opera La frontière for Nigel, which he created with Manoury and famed actor/director Yoshi Oida at Paris’ Les bouffes du nord. Nigel also premiered Guillaume Connesson’s oratorio Athanor at France Musique’s Festival Présences and, most recently, was featured in the world premiere of Joseph Barandashvili’s The Passion of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai with the Israel Camerata Jerusalem, under the baton of Avner Biron.



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Sep
13
6:30 PM18:30

"Imago Verbosa" Opening Reception

In his series “Imago Verbosa,” David Hollier creates images of cultural and political icons as composites of their famous words in the form of painted and typed text. Part social commentary and part documentary, Hollier’s work literally blurs the lines between pop culture and politics and invites us to consider the power of words to influence and endure.
Below "Judy Garland" (Text: 'Over the Rainbow' and 'Optimistic Voices')

Opening reception is Wednesday, September 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
The exhibition will be free and open to the community through November 7, 2017.
Viewing hours are from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily.
Curated by Christina Young

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About the artist: 
David Hollier is originally from Wolverhampton, England. He has been living and working in Brooklyn, New York since 2002 and divides his time between painting and teaching at Parsons, The New School. He sold his first painting when he was 15 years old, and has been exhibited in solo and group shows around the world. He is represented by New Apostle Gallery in NYC, Gilles Clement Gallery in Connecticut, and Ap-Art Gallery in London.

 

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Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

Operation Exodus Benefit Concert

Come hear Sergei Rachmaninov's exquisite sonata for cello and piano, paired with the brilliantly virtuosic sonata for cello and piano by Alfred Schnittke. The concert will also feature three beautiful sacred songs arranged by Tom Jennings. Stay after for a chance to meet the performers and learn about the impact of the Operation Exodus Mentoring program!

All donations will go directly to Operation Exodus. No tickets will be issued; please check your group in at the door with the name listed on the donation. 
Make a donation here

 Left: Tom Jennings. Right: Nathan Vickery

Left: Tom Jennings. Right: Nathan Vickery

About the artists:

Nathan Vickery volunteers as a weekly mentor with Operation Exodus in Washington Heights. He works with underserved youth to give them opportunities for education, enrichment, and faith-based mentoring. Lauded as a "formidable cello soloist" (New York Times), Nathan appears regularly in solo and chamber music recitals and music festivals around the country. In September 2013 Nathan joined the New York Philharmonic as its youngest member, performing and touring with the orchestra at home in New York and throughout the world. Nathan is a member of the Rosamunde String Quartet, the Dolce Suono Ensemble, and The Vickery Three. He performs frequently on the New York Philharmonic chamber music series Ensembles at Merkin Hall, and on the Philharmonic's CONTACT! series of contemporary chamber music. Nathan received his Bachelors degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, under the tutelage of Peter Wiley. 

Hailed by the Boston Globe as a "thoughtfully attuned pianist," Tom Jennings is a versatile pianist and composer who has worked in a wide array of musical genres. He has performed and recorded with artists such as Leslie Uggams, Steve Ross, Branford Marsalis and Paquito DRivera. Tom has accompanied numerous opera stars, including Ben Heppner, Heidi Grant Murphy, and Jerome Hines, has appeared extensively as a recitalist and orchestral soloist, and played for Broadway and off-Broadway shows. He is the composer of published works for string quartet, jazz band, brass quintet, liturgical and commercial music. Since 1995 Tom has served as Music Director at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Manhattan School of Music.

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"Everyday Strangers": Works by Shannon Berry and Lisa Ferber
Jul
18
6:30 PM18:30

"Everyday Strangers": Works by Shannon Berry and Lisa Ferber

In “Everyday Strangers,” New York-based artists Shannon Berry and Lisa Ferber offer their observations on life in the city through their illustrations of figures interacting with one another and their environments. Comical, melancholic, whimsical and thoughtful — it is in entering these scenes that they invite us to consider how we enter the lives of one another, the strangers who are in fact our neighbors.

Exhibition opens July 18 and runs through September 6. Open daily 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Opening reception: Tuesday, July 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

To RSVP for the opening reception and for more details, please visit the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/135797776967229/

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