ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS: MEMBERS’ UPCOMING EVENTS

Alexander A. Wu and Sasha Papernik

Alexander A. Wu and Sasha Papernik

Tonight, Tuesday, September 30th, join pianist and singer/songwriter Sasha Papernik and pianist and arranger Alexander Wu for an intimate performance at the Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street, NYC, at 6:00pm Doors open @ 5:45 pm - Cover $10 + $10 drink minimum. For Reservations: 212-989-9319

 

On Thursday, October 2nd, Sasha and Alexander will be performing on the Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium stage at 7:30pm. It’s a free event on a first come basis http://atrium.lincolncenter.org & http://atrium.lincolncenter.org/index.php/2014-all4one

 

“Wu and Papernik are an uncommonly attractive and entertaining pair. ”   The Washington Post Review – Joan Reinthaler

  

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Michael Brunnock

Michael Brunnock

Michael Brunnock will be at the Woodhaven House, 63-98 Woodhaven Boulevard, Rego Park, NY 11374, Friday, October 3,10:30pm. Joining Michael Brunnock will be Deni Bonet, Ryan Vaughn, Mark Marshall and Skip Ward 718-8945400

 

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Deni Bonet

Deni Bonet

You can watch Deni Bonet live in concert from her home, Sunday, Oct 5. Here’s what photographer Mitch Traphagen said about Deni. “Mere words aren’t sufficient to describe the sheer talent, intensity and passion that Deni Bonet brings to her music.”

 

Deni Bonet has performed at the White House — now she can perform at *your* house.

 

Tickets $5  https://www.concertwindow.com/shows/8897-deni-bonet-live-from-my-living-room-in-nyc

 

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Irish Film New York

Irish Film New York

Irish Film NY is back with its fourth annual slate of top-notch contemporary Irish cinema, with all films screening at the Cantor Film Center of NYU on E. 8th St. Oct 3rd -Oct 6th.

 

Tickets: IN-NYC discount $10 tickets. AWoW discount code: OFIO www.irishfilmnyc.com/tickets/

 

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Erin Layton

Erin Layton

 

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MAGDALEN is a compelling one person, multi-character play written and performed by Erin Layton, directed by Julie Kline, about the women and girls who labored as unpaid slaves in commercial laundries operated by nuns in mid-twentieth century Ireland.  MAGDALEN will perform for the last time in New York City at the UNITED SOLO FESTIVAL on Thursday, October 2 – 7:30PM (SOLD OUT!) and Friday, October 3 – 6PM  

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TICKET INFO: Tickets are $18 and available online here: https://www.telecharge.com/Off-Broadway/United-Solo-Theatre-Festival/Overview?&aid=ven000193900

 

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Renata Hinrichs

Renata Hinrichs

Renata Hinrichs will be performing her one-woman show Random Acts on Sunday October 12th and 18th. The 12th is sold out but there are tickets available for October 18th at 6 pm. https://www.telecharge.com/Off-Broadway/United-Solo-Theatre-Festival/Overview?&aid=ven000193900

 

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Serena Jost

Serena Jost

Serena Jost will be at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3, Thursday, November 6th, 8 pm.  This is a full band show with Julian Maile, Rob Jost & Robert DiPietro. $10 plus one drink www.rockwoodmusichall.com   

Advance tix highly recommended: 

http://www.ticketfly.com/event/660209

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRILLIANT PERFORMANCES at ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS’ SHOWCASE 9/23/2014

Emiko, Steve Murphy, Deni Bonet, Bruno Esrublisky

Emiko, Steve Murphy, Deni Bonet, Bruno Esrublisky

“I wanted to thank you so very, very much for having me perform at your showcase. I had a wonderful time meeting everyone and I must say, I’m beyond elated to know that your organization and showcase exists. It’s such a pleasure to see live music and art alive and well in New York — and being so well received in such a right, proper venue. As a touring artist in the pop world (although I come from a classical concert background), I experience all different sorts of venues on a regular basis, but by far, the showcase at the Cell, totally took the cake! So thank you!”  Emiko

 

 

Joseph Goodrich

Joseph Goodrich

Joseph Goodrich opened the evening with a powerful reading from S. N. Behrman’s The Worcester Account. He captured all the finely-shaded emotions of Behrman’s prose and brought to vivid life the story of a boy’s intimations of mortality.

 

 

 

 

 

Deni Bonet and Mundy

Deni Bonet and Mundy

Fiery redhead Deni Bonet was joined by her full band of Steve Murphy on guitar, Bruno Esrubilsky on cajon, and Emiko on keyboard. Deni premiered two very exciting songs from her upcoming instrumental CD, which the audience adored. Then she sang an energetic cover of the Cameo hit “Word Up.” She wrapped up her showcase joined onstage by multi-platinum Irish recording star Mundy (who had popped in for a visit) on his international hit “Galway Girl.” A brilliant, lively segue into the intermission.

 

 

Erin Layton

Erin Layton

Playwright/performer, Erin Layton performed a riveting scene from her award winning, multi-character one woman play, MAGDALEN, portraying the most extreme pairing of her eight characters – a severe nun and a loud prostitute. Erin transitioned between her characters with such ease that is was almost like witnessing two separate actors onstage.

 

 

 

Ashley Bell

Ashley Bell

Ashley Bell wowed everyone once again with a beautiful performance of a rarely heard version of  “Ave Maria” written by the 16th century Italian composer Caccini. Ashley shifted to musical theatre  and provided a thrilling rendition of “How Could I ever Know?” from the Secret Garden.

 

 

Devon McCarthy and Terry McCarthy

Devon McCarthy and Terry McCarthy

Singer Songwriter Terry McCarthy performed three songs from his latest release The Charm. With the help of Devon McCarthy on lead guitar, Terry sang “Gotham Ghosts” “Sorrow Salsa” and “Just Today”.  Click here for Terry’s music 

 

 

Artists Without Walls next Showcase will be on Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 7pm, at The Cell Theatre, 338 W23rd St. 

 

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Photos by Vera Hoar and Mitch Traphagen

 

 

PHOTOS from ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS’ “SHOWCASE at THE CELL THEATRE”

Vera Hoar and Mitch Traphagen’s photos from Artists Without Walls’ Showcase at The Cell Theatre, Tuesday, September 2013. The names of the photographed appear above the photo. 

 

Joseph Goodrich

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Ashley Bell

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Erin Layton

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Noel Lawlor

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Niall McKay

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Devon McCarthy and Terry McCarthy

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Emiko

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Mundy, Deni Bonet, Charles R. Hale and Niamh Hyland

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Larry Fleischman

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TONIGHT’S SPECTACULAR LINEUP for AWoW’S “SHOWCASE AT THE CELL THEATRE”

President Barack Obama and Deni Bonet

President Barack Obama and Deni Bonet

You’ll want to get to The Cell Theatre early tonight for what promises to be a great show. Deni Bonet, pop/rock singer/songwriter and classically trained violinist who has recorded and performed with R.E.M., Sarah McLachlan, Cyndi Lauper, Scissor Sisters, and Warren Zevon, will be back once again. Deni has performed at Lilith Fair, Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, and just recently performed at the White House for the President, First Lady and Vice-President of the United States. Her music has been featured on HBO, NBC, American Airlines, several film and modern dance projects, and has been described by the Wall Street Journal as like “Sheryl Crow meets the B-52′s”.

 

Joe Goodrich

Joe Goodrich

 

We’re thrilled that playwright and author Joseph Goodrich, who’s currently working on a book about the writer S.N. Behrman’s 40-year relationship with The New Yorker Magazine, will be reading at The Cell. Actually, “reading” is a poor choice of words; if you’re acquainted with Joe you know the more accurate word is “performing.”

 

 

Niall McKay

Niall McKay

 

 

Award wining filmmaker Niall McKay, Executive Director of Irish Film New York, will be on hand to introduce and discuss the IFNY Film Festival, which begins on October 3rd,  and three of Jim Sheridan’s three  award-winning films, which will be screened during the festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erin Layton

Erin Layton

Erin Layton is a solo performing artist and award-winning playwright. She will present a scene from her one woman, multi-character play, MAGDALEN about the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland. MAGDALEN will be performed as part of the United Solo Festival on Thursday, October 2 and Friday, October 3 at Theatre Row in NYC.

 

 

 

Emiko

Emiko

First time Showcase performer, Emiko, a three-time featured performer of the Songwriters Hall of Fame New Writers Showcases, will be performing tonight. Emiko has graced the pages of Billboard Magazine, FM Sound, Music Connection, and other mainstream music publications. She’s an award winning songwriter whose credits include SONY/ATV, Famous Records/Universal Music Group, and a myriad of licenses to film and TV all over the world.

 

 

Ashley Bell

Ashley Bell

Ashley Bell began performing at the age of 9 as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus. She made her Off-Broadway debut at 16 in the world premiere of the musical The Golden Touch. Ashley has since performed as a soloist in the United States, Italy, Spain, France and Russia. If you heard Ashley’s  performance at an earlier Showcase you know why we’re very excited she’s performing again.

 

 

Terry McCarthy

Terry McCarthy

Rounding out the evening will be another first time Showcase performer, Terry McCarthy, whose music spans the gamut from quiet acoustic to full out rock; anti-folk meets pure-pop. Terry will be performing with Devon McCarthy.

 

All that and more. The fun starts at 7pm at The Cell Theatre, 338 W23rd St.

 

 

 

 

ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS’ MEMBERS AROUND TOWN WEEK of 9/21/2014

Stella Pulo

Stella Pulo

Today, Sunday, Sept 21, 11:00-4:00, actor/writer Stella Pulo–the first Aussie to receive Lifetime Membership in The Actors Studio–will be at the Jersey City Free Public Library at Grove Street Plaza in Downtown Jersey City. (Between Christopher Columbus Drive and Newark Avenue)

 

 

 

 

 

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Today, Sunday, Sept 21, 12;30-5:00 Antoinette Montague is part of the 31st Annual World Class Jazz Concert & Brunch with internationally renowned musicians:  Warren Vaché, CornetBucky Pizzarelli, GuitarDerek Smith, PianoRufus Reid, BassBill Easley, Tenor SaxophoneSteve Johns, Drums

 

 

 

 

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9_23_AWoW-1Artists Without Wall’s Showcase at The Cell Theatre, 338 W23rd St., Tuesday, September 23rd, 7pm. With Ashley Bell, Deni Bonet, Terry McCarthy, Emiko, Joe Goodrich, Erin Layton, Larry Fleischman and Niall McKay. 

 

 

 

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Jim Hawkins

Jim Hawkins

Jim Hawkins and Kate Danaher will do a performance of their show, “Stories By A Turf Fire – The Life and Stories of Eamon Kelly,” Friday, September 26, 7 P.M. at the Shoreham-Wading River Library in Suffolk County. Eamon Kelly is one of the great storytellers of the world. In this performance, Jim and Kate will tell the story of Eamon’s life, discuss the influences on his storytelling and tell many of his stories. Admission is free but call the library to make a reservation.

 

 

 

 

 

SHARING “MAGDALEN” VOICES WITH THE WORLD

In this week’s Irish Echo, Charles R. Hale’s article about the Magdalene Laundries and Erin Laytons’s show, MAGDALEN.

 

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THE SIGHTS and SOUNDS of an ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS’ SHOWCASE: Part II

Haven’t been to an Artists Without Walls’ Showcase? Here are some of the sights and sounds you’ve been missing. Music provided by Warren and Gibson Malone, Sasha Papernik, Jenai Huff and Deni Bonet. 

 

THE IFNY and NIALL McKAY PRESENT: IRISH FILM NEW YORK’S 4TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL

The Irish Film New York (IFNY) and Artists Without Walls’ member Niall McKay is excited to announce that the IFNY will host a talk with Oscar-nominated writer and director, Jim Sheridan, (My Left Foot, In America) and screenings of three of his award-winning films.

 

Niall McKay

Niall McKay

IFNY is also back this year with its fourth annual slate of top-notch contemporary Irish films. The festival kicks off Friday, October 3rd with Game of Thrones’ starring Maisie Williams and directed by Niall Heery. The festival continues with the North American premiere of the fascinating documentary Broken Song, which follows three hip-hop musicians/writers from hardscrabble areas of Dublin as they struggle to find and articulate meaning in an often-chaotic world.

 

 

Screenings also include the US premiere of the comedy Poison Pen, about a celebrated author (Lochlainn O’Mearain) who is blackmailed into writing for a tabloid gossip magazine and finds himself caught up in a world of stars and their secrets and in danger of turning into a tabloid celebrity himself. IFNY will also feature the New York premiere of the hypnotically beautiful Out of Here a contemporary coming-of-age story shedding Dublin

Jim Sheridan

Jim Sheridan

and its youth culture in a light not previously seen or explored. Rounding out the screening series is the engrossing Love Eternal (New York Premiere) from Brendan Muldowney, a touching drama that immerses us in the seldom-exposed world of necrophilia and assisted suicide and is a macabre ode to love, loss and the bonds that unite us.

 

 

Irish Film New York

Irish Film New York

The festival also features the signature opening night party at Glucksman Ireland House on Friday October 3rd, prior to the opening night film. For more information on the films included in this year’s festival and to watch trailers and buy tickets click here

ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS’ MEMBERS “ON THE TOWN” THIS WEEK

OYR-September2014Singer/songwriter Jenai Huff will be performing with Eugene Ruffolo, Ben Wisch and Chris Marshak today, Sunday (9/7) on NYC’s WFUV.  Tune in and listen to their interview with host John Platt on his Sunday Breakfast Show; they will be performing 4 songs as well. John’s show airs from 8-11am, 90.7fm on your dial in the NYC metropolitan area or streaming at WFUV.  They will likely be on sometime between 9-10:30am EST.

 

Tuesday they will be performing an hour set during the “On Your Radar” concert series at Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen St., NYC, which is hosted by WFUV. The show starts at 7pm but you will want to get there early to get a seat. The doors open at 6:30pm. Also performing that night is a wonderful trio from Nashville, TN called Harpeth Rising .

 

Jack O'Connell

Jack O’Connell

 

 

Actor Jack O’Connell plays Uncle Richard, a tile store owner on Coney Island Ave, in the  film The Quitter, which opens for a one week preview at Regal Cinemas, 247 W 42nd St, NYC on Friday September 12th. There are five screenings per day for one week. This great little gem of an Indie was filmed mostly in Brooklyn and directed by Brooklyn native Matt Bonifacio.  

 

 

Martina Fiserova

Martina Fiserova

 

Singer/songwriter Martina Fiserova will perform a solo set of her originals at the Way Station, located at, 683 Washington Ave (Btw Prospect and St Marks), Prospect Heights, Brooklyn 11238, on Wednesday Sept 10th at 8pm. No cover. 

SPOTLIGHT on ACTRESS and PLAYWRIGHT RENATA HINRICHS

Who is Renata Hinrichs?

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am a Midwestern girl.   I was born in Dubuque, Iowa and moved five times before I was 12 years old, ending up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am the daughter of a Lutheran minister, and growing up in the church watching Dad preach every Sunday was like going to the theater every week.

 

My first acting lesson came from Dad when I was asked to read a lesson from the Bible for a Youth Service at age 12 or 13. He said breathe, understand what you are saying, follow the punctuation, say it like you are really talking to someone and remember to look up. I was painfully shy and hated speaking in public, but when he gave me tangible things to do, I did it without crumbling in terror.   I was always most comfortable dancing. I can’t remember when I didn’t dance.

 

Mom must have noticed me dancing in the living room or in the backyard as a child. Of course I thought my cloak of invisibility made that impossible, but she saw me and took me to my first ballet when I was seven. It was THE NUTCRACKER at the McCormick Place Theater in Chicago. I was totally enthralled. I saw other children dancing for the first time and afterwards she said, “Would you like to learn how to do that?” And I said, “You mean they learn how to do that? You don’t just do it?” Thus began my journey with dance.

 

IMG_5317My first teachers were Russian, and the way they taught dance was another form of an early acting lesson. They first focused on technique, placement, and precision, but they also emphasized musicality and the character of the movement. They taught us to think of movement and music as phrases of speech. What is your intention? What do you want to communicate with this movement through this music?

 

When I arrived in New York after high school to pursue my dream of being a dancer, I got a scholarship with the Harkness Ballet School but, I found the ballet world to be very restrictive. I longed to be more creative than being one of 25 other girls in the corps de ballet, so I started exploring modern dance. Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Eric Hawkins, Phyllis Lamhut and May O’Donnell. Then I saw the first performance of Pina Bausch’s company in the United States at BAM.   Her production of THE RITE OF SPRING changed my life. That piece completely transformed my perception of what dance and theater could be.

 

Around that time I met Annie B Parsons, a young dancer and choreographer at Columbia University. She used me in much of her early work. We continued to work together for the next 15 years. Then she and Paul Lazar started BIG DANCE THEATER.   I am proud to be one of the founding members. That was the perfect way for me to explore my love of dance and theater. Working with Annie B Parsons and Paul Lazar has been a major influence on my work.

 

What are you working on at the moment?

 

I am working on a solo play called RANDOM ACTS an autobiographical piece about some of the events and circumstances that shaped who I am as a person and an artist. It is the first of a trilogy I am developing.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was living in downtown Manhattan during the events of 9/11, and that experience unearthed some of my earliest childhood memories. One incident that happened on the way to school when I was 5 on the South Side of Chicago was the spark of the piece and everything followed after that.   I have had a lot of support and encouragement from Lee Brock and Seth Barrish from the Barrow Group. Lee was the first person to suggest I develop a one- person play based on my experiences. I first performed it in a Solo Flights Festival for FAB Women of the Barrow Group and then as part of the Emerging Artists Theater New Work Festival.

 

Do you have upcoming events you’d like people to attend?

 

I am performing RANDOM ACTS, which is directed by Camille Saviola, in the United Solo Theater Festival at Theater Row, 410 W. 42nd St.

 

The show is playing, October 12th at 2pm and on October, 18th at 6 pm.   I have sold out the October 12th date, but tickets are still available for October 18th. If I sell out that date, they will give me another date. That would be nice, but we’ll see. Tickets can be purchased through Telecharge.

 

Who are the actors/writers/playwrights past and present that you admire?

 

Writers: Lidia Yuknavitch, Colum McCann, and James Joyce. Playwrights: Samuel Beckett, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Annie Baker, Theresa Rebeck, Alan Bennett, Rajiv Joseph, Sarah Treem, Lisa Kron, Laura Eason, John Guare, David Lindsay-Abaire, Stephen Adly Guirgis and Rebecca Gillman. Actors/Actresses: Deidre O’Connell, Anna Gunn, Janet McTeer, Eve Best, Julie White, Martin Moran and Kate Mulgrew.  

 

Who is your greatest inspiration and why?

 

I am most inspired by random acts of kindness. Any time someone goes out of their way to help someone whether it’s holding a door open or in the case of my friend, Stephen, holding a woman’s head after a train crash, when he was also injured, until help arrived and in so doing saved her life. That inspires me.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe person who most inspires me is my mentor, Greta Schreyer Loebl. She passed away several years ago, but there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of her. She escaped the Nazis from Vienna in 1938 at age 18.  She arrived in New York unable to speak a word of English and became a jewelry maker, fashion designer, painter and poet. We met through a mutual friend when I was writing my first solo show about a Dutch woman who died in Auschwitz in 1943.   She thought I might learn something from her. Well, I started out as her model, then I became her assistant, and in the process, she became a dear friend and a grandmother I never had.

 

Greta created in some way every day. Her life was a work of art, whether painting or drawing or writing, planting flowers or making a beautiful meal for friends and sharing her amazing life stories. She was always curious and engaged. She never became famous and didn’t sell as many paintings as she wanted, but she did her work, practiced her art. She was true to herself and brought joy to the world.   She encouraged me to create and trust my own voice and vision and for that, I am most grateful.

 

Name 3-5 things you want to accomplish in the next 5 years.

 

Finish the trilogy as part of the New Harmony Theater program and/or in The Sundance Theatre Lab and see them fully produced. Write a multi-character play. Develop a TV show. Continue to act in theater and on television and get better at surfing.

 

randomactspostcardIf you could dream of trying something in the arts you haven’t tried, but would like to, what would it be?

 

I would like to write and direct a film.

 

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

 

Cooking, eating and drinking red wine with my husband. Being by the ocean or a beautiful lake. Having lots of downtime to daydream. Being in nature, going to museums, listening to music and hanging out with my nieces and nephew.

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All photos from Renata’s show are by  Maryann Lopinto.

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To find out more go to:

www.renatahinrichs.com and sign Renata’s mailing list.

Connect with Renata on Face book and Twitter http://www.facebook.com/renatahinrichsfanpage or https://twitter.com/#!/renatahinrichs

For tickets to RANDOM ACTS on October 18th at 6pm here’s the link: http://bit.ly/1nuGzZT