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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STELLAR EVENING: AWoW’S SHOWCASE at THE CELL THEATRE, JULY 22, 2014

“Artists Without Walls allows the various artists to bring things they “make” to The Cell, to share with others.  Sharing my neon animations, MANAHATTA and THE ATOMIC ADVENTURES OF JACK KEROUAC last night was a real honor.  To have been able to offer the crowd a touch of fun and joy is the icing on the cake for an artist.” Jack Feldstein, animator and scriptwriter. 

 

Larry Fleischman and Lorin Partalis

Larry Fleischman and Lorin Partalis

Jack Feldstein’s words echo the sentiment of Tuesday night’s performers who clearly were feeding off the energy  of the audience as well as their fellow artists.  Lorin Partalis and Larry Fleischman moved the jam-packed Cell Theatre with a poignant performance of a scene from A Cancelled Note, a new play by John Moran. John’s play, directed by Tess Howsam, transported the audience into the bittersweet world of a father and his grown daughter who find themselves at odds to the breaking point. Will they part forever?  John is currently shopping the full play with a production goal of March 2015. We’ll keep you posted on all future developments.

 

 

Alessia Sushko and Sedly Bloomfeld

Alessia Sushko and Sedly Bloomfeld

Desdemona’s death scene in Othello always comes with a high degree of difficulty and expectation. In the hands of Alessia Sushko and Sedly Bloomfield the audience was witness to a beautiful, passionate and moving scene. Love and fear was on display. Ms. Sushko’s beauty and Mr. Bloomfields’s presence left us wondering, “What would have happened if Desdemona had lived…?”

 

Serena Jost

Serena Jost

Singer Serena Jost captivated the AWoW audience with two of her new songs, “Silver Star” and “Bloom.” Accompanying herself on cello and guitar, the subtle poetry of her lyrics was highlighted by her beautiful, haunting voice. A transportive experience by a unique and delightful artist.

 

 

Vinnie Nauheimer

Vinnie Nauheimer

Vinnie Nauheimer  held the audience rapt as he read two poems about current events. The first, “Nigerian Girls Up in Smoke,” addresses the kidnapped and still missing girls from Nigeria, an event the world has chosen to ignore. The second, “Invisible Victims of Tuam,” deals with the missing remains of eight hundred children in the little town of Tuam, Ireland and the horrors of the Catholic run Mother-Baby homes. Vinnie’s poem suggest the notion that apathy can be the progenitor of evil. Vinnie hopes to include both of these poems in a book of poetry called Remembering the Children

 

Jack O'Connell, Maura Knowles and Luis Villabon

Jack O’Connell, Maura Knowles and Luis Villabon

Maura Knowles’ new play Insult to Injury, which examines why we should never give up on angels or anyone with broken wings, was given a wonderful reading by Maura, actor Jack O’Connell and composer Nathania Wibowo. Maura, accompanied by Sean Chandra Irawan on piano, also provided the vocals to which one of the audience later said, “Such beautiful work, her singing soars through such glorious tones….She made the room sing!  And such wonderful collaborators.”

  

Joseph Goodrich and Honor Molloy

Joseph Goodrich and Honor Molloy

Pat Schneider and Joe Goodrich joined Honor Molloy for a reading from Prisoner’s Cinema, the book to an opera about three long-term inpatients and their psychiatrist. The scene is a darkly layered view into the backstories for the doctor and Natalia, who is actively suicidal. Joe’s portrayal of a psychiatrist was spot on and Honor, well anything Honor puts her voice to is spellbinding. 

 

 

Steve Silver's "The Watchtower with D.J. Sharp

Steve Silver’s “The Watchtower with D.J. Sharp

Steve Silver showed a clip from his feature film The Watchtower, a story of love and survival in notorious Hell’s kitchen, one man’s plight to get out of the gangster life and return to his birth land of Ireland. The audience was captivated by Silver’s sharp humorous dialogue which soon changed to a shocking execution scene of Harvey Steinberg (played by D.J. Sharp), a big time mob tied loan shark. Great ending, which left the audience in breathless silence. 

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Jack Feldstein

Jack Feldstein

Jack Feldstein closed out the evening with two fascinating neon animations, MANAHATTA, from the poem of the same name by Walt Whitman, and THE ATOMIC ADVENTURES OF JACK KEROUAC.  If you’d like to contact Jack for collaborations or simply to keep in touch, Jack asks that you feel free to find him through his website www.jackfeldstein.com

 

And we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the contributions that Noel Kilkenny, Consul General of Ireland and Hanora O’Dea Kilkenny made to New York’s Irish American community. They will now move on to their next assignment in Athens, Greece. Athens’ gain is our great loss.

 

Connie Roberts, Hanora O'Dea Kilkenny

Connie Roberts, Hanora O’Dea Kilkenny

Noel and Hanora’s efforts on behalf of business, tourism and promotion of the arts were tireless and they were gracious hosts to countless events during their four years in New York City. Additionally, Hanora was an enormous supporter of Artists Without Walls, referring many artists and constantly singing the group’s praises. During the evening Hanora was presented an award for her generous commitment of time and support of Artists Without Walls and the New York City multi-cultural arts community. She and Noel will be greatly missed.

 

The next Artists Without Walls’ Showcase is on August 26th, at the Cell Theatre.  For more information about AWoW write to: info@artistswithoutwalls.com

 

All photos by Vera Hoar

VERA HOAR’S PHOTOS from ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS’ SHOWCASE at THE CELL: 7/22/14

Vera Hoar’s photos from Artists Without Walls’ Showcase at The Cell Theatre, July 22, 2014. The names of those photographed appear above each photo.

 

“Thank you, Vera! The visual poet of AWOW!” Playwright Joseph Goodrich

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David Sharp in Steven Silver’s movie, “The Watchtower.”

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Jack O’Connell, Maura Knowles and Luis Villabon

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Serena Jost

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Alessia Sushko and Sedly Bloomfeld

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Vince Nauheimer

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Connie Roberts, Hanora Kilkenny and Niamh Hyland

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Jack Feldstein and Brendan Connellan

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Alessia Sushko

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John Moran, Lorin Partalis and Larry Fleischman

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Steve Silver and David Sharp

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Joseph Goodrich and Honor Molloy

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Intermission

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