THANKS to AWoW’s “BEHIND THE SCENE” STARS

Artists Without Walls is thrilled to have so many talented artists on stage every month. But some equally talented folks, while not as visible, have been an integral part of AWoW’s success and growth.

 

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank a number of them. 

 

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Top Row, left to right: Mitch Traphagen, Joe McElligott and Marty Plevel

Middle Row, left to right: Vera Hoar, Cat Dwyer and Tom Myles

Bottom Row, left to right: Paul Bevan, Lynnell Herzer and Mary Ann Pierce

WHAT A NIGHT! AWoW’s SHOWCASE at THE CELL 8/26/2014

Mark Donnelly

Mark Donnelly

It was another splendid evening of performances at Artists Without Walls’ Showcase at The Cell Theatre this past Tuesday. Mark Donnelly got the evening started with the opening monologue from his new play No Dead End (still a work-in-progress). A terrific performance, plus cool props — black-and-white posters of Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Spencer Tracy and the Dead End Kids in the background.

 

 

Honor Finnegan and Aviv Roth

Honor Finnegan and Aviv Roth

Honor Finnegan roused the crowd with her humorous lyrics and powerful voice. She sang a new song, “Fortune Cookie”, on which she played the ukulele; Aviv Roth joined her on guitar for Christine Lavin’s hilarious “Air Conditioner Song”, followed by Honor’s rousing blues, “Internet Junkie”. At the break, Honor was seen enjoying salted peanuts at the bar. Channeling Dizzy Gillespie for a future tune, Honor? “Salt peanuts. Salt peanuts!”

 

 

Renata Hinrichs

Renata Hinrichs

Cannes Film Festival and Obie award winning actress Renata Hinrichs gave an engaging and riveting performance of a section from her solo show, Random Acts.  The play brings humor and pathos to a time in our history we shouldn’t soon forget.  Tickets are now on sale for her second show, October 18th at 6pm, in the United Solo Festival  Link to tickets: http://bit.ly/1nuGzZT

 

 

Warren and Gibson Malone

Warren and Gibson Malone

Warren Malone, a New York based singer/songwriter who is originally from Manchester England, was joined by his eleven-year old son Gibson for a rousing set. They began with a Jerry Lee Lewis tune, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” with Gibson on the piano, pumping out a driving boogie pattern with his left hand while his right added some flashy ornamentation. They followed with Warren’s poignant song about his father, “Whole Life Blues,” and concluded with another great flashback, Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill.” A sensational performance by this very talented father and son duo.  

 

 

Nicholas Garr

Nicholas Garr

Nicholas Garr opened the second half of the Showcase by giving a wonderfully moving and hysterically funny performance from his solo theatre piece Paper Tigers, which explores our shared issues of love, sex, ambition, and self image in a world where things are often not as they appear. And the lobster outfit was incredible!

 

 

Martin Kleinman

Martin Kleinman

Marty Kleinman, the popular New York storyteller, read an excerpt from his new short fiction collection, Home Front.  Careening between heartbreak and hilarity, Marty’s tale took us on a white-knuckle joyride through the convulsing Bronx landscape of the late 1970s.   Through his spot-on dialogue of ne’er-do-well characters, and keen observations of life during New York’s nadir, we were reminded that there were darn good reasons why “Fun City” apartments could be had so cheaply back then.

 

 

"Mrs" Simring

“Mrs” Simring

Last night, Steve Simring’s mother returned from the grave to tell a sympathetic audience about her less than successful marriage.  She rarely made mistakes, she said, but she screwed up royally when she married Simon. At last, according to her, she found vindication and understanding in a group of lovely, caring people at the Cell.  She’s happy to report that today she is resting peacefully. Perhaps she’s recovering from expending so much breath in the final moments of her act. You had to be there!

 

 

All in all, a great evening, bringing AWoW’s Summer Showcase Series to a close. The next Artists Without Walls’ Showcase will be at The Cell Theatre on Tuesday, September 23rd, 7pm, 338 W23rd St. 

 

 

Photos by Mitch Traphagen

 

 

For more information on Artists Without Walls contact info@artistswithoutwalls. com  

 

 

 

 

MITCH TRAPHAGEN’S PHOTOS from ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS’ SHOWCASE at THE CELL 8/26/14

Mitch Traphagen’s photographs from Tuesday’s Artists Without Walls’ Showcase at The Cell. The names of the photographed appear above the photo. 

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Mark Donnelly

AWOW Showcase August 26, 2014

 

Honor Finnegan

AWOW Showcase August 26, 2014

Renata Hinrichs

AWOW Showcase August 26, 2014

Warren and Gibson Malone

AWOW Showcase August 26, 2014

Nicholas Garr

AWOW Showcase August 26, 2014

Martin Kleinman

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“Mrs” Simring

AWOW Showcase August 26, 2014

Niamh Hyland

AWOW Showcase August 26, 2014

Charles R. Hale

AWOW Showcase August 26, 2014

The Evening’s “Cast of Characters”

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BRILLIANT LINEUP ON TAP for ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS’ “SHOWCASE AT THE CELL” 8/26

Why attend an Artists Without Walls’ Showcase?  Here’s what poet Connie Roberts said about a recent event. “It was a thrilling, life affirming night—life-affirming in the sense that an Artist Without Walls’ showcase highlights beautifully, often spectacularly, our shared humanity. In our fast-paced, rat-race lives, it is easy to feel disconnected from the world, from our fellow man/woman. But then you have a space like AWoW has created, where people bring their stories and share them—their hurts, betrayals and joys—in various mediums, with a bunch of other folks, who have their own stories.  It’s as if by magic, the whole room experiences a sense of connectedness, real-time affirmation that we’re all part of a rich and complex tapestry.”

 

Mark Donnelly

Mark Donnelly

We have a great line up planned including Mark Donnelly who will perform the opening monologue from his new play No Dead End. Set in Los Angeles in the late 1980s, No Dead End explores the blurring of movie fantasies and reality through the friendship of a film librarian and an aging actor. Mark writes plays, poetry, short stories and nonfiction. Mark holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College and is an adjunct English professor at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights.

 

 

Honor Finnegan

Honor Finnegan

Honor Finnegan is a Kerrville New Folk Song Contest Winner, and an accomplished vocalist. She will be sharing a couple of her songs, and covering one by Christine Lavin. Aviv Roth will accompany her on guitar. She will be peddling CDs so bring your spare change.

 

 

Renata Hinrichs

Renata Hinrichs

Renata Hinrichs, a Cannes Film Festival and Obie award winning actress, will present a section of Random Acts, a solo piece she wrote about growing up on the South Side of Chicago in the late 60s.  Her father, a young Lutheran minister, wants to change the world, and her mother just wants to be the perfect pastor’s wife. Renata is performing in the United Solo Festival on Theater Row, Sunday, Oct 12th at 2 pm.

 

 

Warren Malone

Warren Malone

Singer/songwriter Warren Malone loves to sing, write songs and play guitar.  “I love traditional folk music as much as I love a great pop song. The first record I ever put on was a Hank Williams’ record when I was four years old. As a kid I loved Elvis.” Joining Warren on the piano for some old time rock ‘n’roll will be his son Gibson Malone. If you haven’t heard these two play together you’re in for a treat. 

 

 

Nicholas Garr

Nicholas Garr

Nicholas Garr has appeared in film, TV and Broadway. “Lobsterman” is an excerpt from his solo play, Paper Tigers.  Nick appeared at a Showcase earlier in the year and meshed his great physicality and comedic skills with piped in sounds as diverse as spraying mouthwash, bullets flying through the air and screams to create an intense piece of theater. 

 

 

Martin Kleinman

Martin Kleinman

Martin Kleinman, a native New Yorker, who was born and raised in The Bronx, returned in 2010, after living in Manhattan, Jackson Heights and, for 25 years, in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Over the years, he has written a novel, screenplays and a recently published collection of New York-centric short fiction. Martin will read a short section from that collection, from the story called “Home Front.”

 

 

The Cell's Artistic Director, Kira Simring and Steven Simring

The Cell’s Artistic Director, Kira Simring and Steven Simring

Steve Simring is a forensic psychiatrist with more than a passing interest in theater. In his quest to understand his long deceased mother, he has attempted to channel her and explore her long and problematic marriage to his father. He’ll be doing just that on stage this Tuesday. 

 

 

And maybe a short film and an additional song or two. So join us Tuesday, August 26, 7pm for a great night of entertainment and conviviality at The Cell Theatre, 338 W23rd St., NYC. See you there. 

ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS’ MEMBERS “ON THE TOWN” WEEK OF 8/24

 

Artists Without Walls

Artists Without Walls

Artists Without Walls Showcase at The Cell Theatre, 338 W23rd St. Tuesday, August 26, 7-9:30pm. A great lineup of artists including, Honor Finnegan, Warren Malone, Renata Hinrichs, Niamh Hyland, Mark Donnelly, Nick Garr, Martin Kleinman and Steve Simring

 

 

 

Honor Molloy

Honor Molloy

 

Samuel Barclay Beckett meets Honor Molloy, Kevin Holohan and Maeve Price. Four Dubliners in one hypnotic, obsessive swoon of lingo . . . BECKETT IN THE BINGO LOUNGE  Friday, August, 29th, 7:30-10:00pm, 161 Chrystie Street

 

 

 

 

Honor Finnegan

Honor Finnegan

 

Honor Finnegan will be performing at the Uke New Jersey Too! Ukulele Festival. August 30th, 7:30pm show. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ.

 
Honor will also be teaching a songwriting class during the day. Saturday all day and night $65, Saturday night concert only $20, Full Event $75

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Hawkins

Jim Hawkins

 

Jim Hawkins will be telling at the “Hooley on the Hudson” Irish festival in Kingston, New York on Sunday, August 31 at 2 P. M.  The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Fr. Con Colbert Woulfe Division 1, Ulster County, and the City of Kingston invite all to the annual “Hooley on the Hudson XIII™” from 11:30 AM until 9:00 PM at the beautiful waterfront at the T.R. Gallo Memorial Park on the Rondout Creek in historic Kingston, New York.

UPCOMING ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS’ EVENTS

 

Sasha Papernik

Sasha Papernik

Pianist/singer/ composer Sasha Papernik is getting married Saturday Aug 23 in North Carolina to fellow musician Justin Poindexter. Performing the service will be legendary composer/jazz musician David Amram. A “bluegrass wedding” in the Blue Ridge Mountains is planned with AWoW members Annette Homann and Tara O’Grady in attendance. Congratulations Sasha and Justin.  

 

Renata Hinrichs

Renata Hinrichs

 

 

Artists Without Walls Showcase at The Cell Theatre, 338 W 23rd St., NYC. Tuesday, August 26th, 7pm. With Renata Hinrichs, Warren Malone, Honor Finnegan and more.  

 

 

 

Erin Layton

Erin Layton

And down the road a bit.  MAGDALEN, written and performed by AWoW member Erin Layton, will be presented by the 2014 United Solo Theatre Festival.  Venue: Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street.  Date and Time: Friday, October 3 at 6PM.  Tickets: $18; Click here to purchase tickets. Click on “Find Tickets” and go to  Friday, October 3rd at 6PM ONLY or call (212) 239-6200. Ask for tickets for United Solo show MAGDALEN.

 

 

 

 

ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS’ MEMBERS “ON THE TOWN”: WEEK of 8/10/14

Rene Magritte

Rene Magritte

Tara O’Grady and her jazz trio are performing at their weekly lounge gig in the Refinery Hotel Tuesday, August 12 at 7:30pm located at 63 W. 38th Street. 

 

Tara is also performing at a party celebrating Belgian artist Rene Magritte at Brasserie Magritte, Friday, August 15. Reservations highly encouraged, as is vintage apparel from 1920s-60s during the artist’s lifetime. (Men will be given bowler hats). $10 admission – no cover for diners. Her band performs 10pm-1am. But the all day party begins at 11am with a surrealist painting lesson for children. Click here for more details. 

 

 

President Barack Obama and Deni Bonet

President Barack Obama and Deni Bonet

 

 

 

Fiddler Deni Bonet will be performing with  Matt Turk at The Mill, Tuesday, August 12, 7pm. 583 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY (United States) - 

(914) 231-7772

 

 

 

 

Serena Jost

Serena Jost

 

 

 

 

Singer/songwriter/cellist Serena Jost will be performing at LIC Bar, Wednesday, 8pm, 45-58 Vernon, Blvd. Long Island City. 

 

 

 

 

 

Niamh Hyland and Sting

Niamh Hyland and Sting

 

 

 

Artists Without Walls’ cofounder, singer/songwriter Niamh Hyland will be doing an acoustic set with her band Lily Sparks on Saturday, August 16th, 4:00pm at the Summer Music Series, located at St. Nicholas Miracle Garden on 330 st. Nicholas Avenue between 126th and 127th street. Fun guaranteed…..

 

 

 

 

 

MORE AWARDS for POET CONNIE ROBERTS

Connie Roberts

Connie Roberts

It’s been a good few weeks for Irish poet and Artists Without Walls’ member Connie Roberts: She was declared the winner of the 2014 Boyle Arts Festival Poetry Competition, Roscommon, and she received—for the second year in a row—the Highly Commended Award in the iYeats International Poetry Competition, Sligo. The Boyle Arts Festival Poetry Competition awards ceremony was held in King House, a magnificently restored Georgian Mansion located in Boyle, County Roscommon on July 27th. Connie’s winning poem “Seeing”—a three-part sequence about sight and blindness, set on both sides of the Atlantic—will be posted to the Boyle Arts Festival website soon.

 

The winners of the iYeats International Poetry competition was announced on July 31st at a ceremony at the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo during the 55th Yeats International Summer School. Connie read her poem “Oasis”—an homage to her foster-mother Eileen—via video link. (You can see and hear Connie at the end of this article.) The two judges, Peter Sirr and Catherine Phil McCarthy, remarked on Connie’s poem: “Oasis”, we thought, managed to communicate convincingly a striking life-force and feeling. The voice had vividness and humour and the sharpness of pain and sense of abandonment beneath the language.”

 

Noel Lawlor, far right

Noel Lawlor, far right

As it happens, fellow AWoW member Noel Lawlor is in Sligo at the moment, attending the Yeats Summer School. He attended the awards ceremony and celebratory luncheon on Connie’s behalf. Noel’s Wexford wit was in full swing in his follow-up e-mail to Connie:  “I had a great time being you for a day—star treatment, paparazzi, free lunch. [I even] got a ticket for a sold out show at the Hawks Well Theatre last night also. So your influence is far and wide.”

 

“Team effort and collaboration—that’s what AWoW’s all about!” said Connie. 

 

ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS: MEMBERS’ UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Antoinette Montague

Antoinette Montague

Antoinette Montague will be performing with Jazzmobile on August 6, 2014, 7-9pm at Grant’s Tomb, W122nd St & Riverside Drive, NYC. 212 666-1640.  Joining Antoinette will be Winard Harper and Jeli Posse. 212 666-1640

 

 

 

 

 

Honor Finnegan

Honor Finnegan

Honor Finnegan will be performing in NJ at the  Montclair Center Stage Presents Outpost in the Burbs, Saturday, August 9th, 5:30pm, Church Street at the corner of South Fullerton, Montclair, NJ.  It’s an evening of free live music in the heart of Montclair’s Downtown! The Outpost goes outdoors on Church Street for an evening of FREE music in collaboration with Montclair Center Stage! Bring a folding chair/ stop in to one of the local restaurants for dinner or dessert or just come out to enjoy the music!

 

 

Rene Magritte

Rene Magritte

Tara O’Grady’s band will be performing on Friday, August 15 at Brasserie Magritte. They’re throwing a party to celebrate the Belgian artist Rene Magritte. Reservations highly encouraged, as is vintage apparel from 1920s-60s during the artist’s lifetime. (Men will be given bowler hats). $10 admission – no cover for diners. Tara’s band performs 10pm-1am, but the all day party begins at 11am with a surrealist painting lesson for children. More details here http://brasseriemagritte.com/events/   1463 Third Avenue , New York City 10028  Phone 646 449 0606

 

 

"Home Front: The Collection" by Martin Kleinman

“Home Front: The Collection” by Martin Kleinman

Author and native Bronxite Martin Kleinman will be making a special presentation of his book Home Front: The Collection, this Saturday, August 16th, 4-6pm at the Bronx Writers Center, 2700 E Tremont Avenue, Bronx 10461 (#6 train to Westchester Square).  Home Front is a short story collection that takes the reader from New York City to Belgium to New England and beyond. Described by author Jennifer Cody Epstein (“The Gods of Heavenly Punishment”) as “diverse, irreverent and grittily lyrical” these tales represent urban street realism with honest lingo and tone, introducing us to a cast of characters both shocking and familiar. The presentation will close with a Q&A where participants can ask the author questions about writing and the publishing process. Books will be available for purchase/signing by the author…  No admission. Tickets at Eventbrite

Martina Fiserova

Martina Fiserova 

This months Artists Without Walls’ Showcase will be on Tuesday, Augusts 26, 7pm at The Cell Theatre, 338 W 23rd St. 

 

 

Singer/songwriter Martina Fiserova will be be performing at Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 1) on Sunday August 31st at 6pm. 196 Allen Street, Lower East Side, no cover

 

 

ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS HONORS HANORA O’DEA KILKENNY

The members of Artists Without Walls honored Hanora O’Dea Kilkenny last week for her commitment to the arts, multiculturalism and Artists Without Walls. She and her husband, Noel Kilkenny, Consul General of Ireland, will be greatly missed. Our loss is Athens, Greece’s gain. We wish them all the best.

 

The following article appeared in this week’s Irish Echo.  To read, click on the article below. 

 

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