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HERMITAGE. THE POWER OF ART

A spectacular documentary event tours through St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum, a wonderful complex of buildings with the largest collection of paintings in the world, to retrace two and a half centuries. Audiences pass through the magnificent interiors that provided a meeting point for foreign artists, architects and intellectuals creating connections through art and culture.

The history of the museum is marked by the acquisitions of the enlightened Empress Catherine II, whose personality has continued to fascinate art historians and critics over the centuries. Toni Servillo leads us on this journey through the Hermitage and the magnificent city of St. Petersburg with its waterfront, statues, canals and the bridges that form a symbolic cultural and visual element between places and distant civilizations.

LEONARDO 500

Five hundred years after his death, Leonardo continues to be one of the most admired and well-known figures in human history. An artist, architect, humanist, naturalist and military strategist, Leonardo Da Vinci was, above all else, a tireless observer constantly searching for new discoveries.

Through the use of decades-long studies and research by leading international experts, technicians and engineers, the event film exclusively analyzes the theories and modern implications behind Da Vinci’s work, allowing audiences to witness the genius of Leonardo with new and insightful perspectives.

Frida – Viva La Vida

Frida – Viva La Vida is a cinematic documentary event film that highlights the two sides of Frida Kahlo’s spirit: a revolutionary pioneering artist of contemporary feminism, and on the other, a human being tormented by agony and love.

With Asia Argento as narrator, the two faces of the artist will be revealed, by pursuing a common thread consisting of Frida’s own words: letters, diaries and private confessions. The documentary film event will alternate interviews with historical documents, captivating reconstructions and Frida Kahlo’s own paintings, kept in some of the most amazing museums in Mexico.

The Ladies of Laughter

The Ladies of Laughter Funny & Fabulous Tour includes winners and the best talent from its national competition. What started out as an annual videotape comedy competition over 20 years ago in New York to honor a fellow women in comedy who helped so many women get their start, has established itself as the CAREERBUILDER FOR WOMEN IN COMEDY.

Since its inaugural year when the contest went “live” in a YWCA in New Jersey, The Ladies of Laughter contest has visited legendary venues including legendary theaters, Caesars and even Madison Square Garden.  Past participants include Amy Schumer, Tammy Pescatelli and “Big Bang Theory” star, Melissa Rauch, among countless others. This show will include:

Robin Fox
Winner of the 2012 Ladies of Laughter Competition held at Gotham Comedy Club, NYC, New Jersey Stand-Up Comedian, Robin Fox spent 17 years as a full-time mom and dieting. Then one day, Robin gave up dieting and decided to make her life long dream of being a comedian a reality. Today she is happier than she can ever remember and will never look back! Original and funny, she talks from her heart about the frustrations of suburban living, marriage, and raising a family. No longer is she willing to just be the funniest mom on her New Jersey cul-de-sac. This New Jersey mom is now a regular on the comedy scene playing at the top clubs in NYC and surrounding areas.Robin rose through the comedy ranks very quickly and has been a finalist at several prestigious comedy contests and festivals including Philly’s “Funniest Comedian” contest, and Baltimore’s “Funniest.” She was a runner up at “The Laugh Off” at Caroline’s in NYC. She also has been seen at the NJ Comedy Festival and at the NY Underground Comedy Festival. Robin can be heard on XM and Sirius satellite radio and has been a guest numerous times on the “Joey Reynolds Show” on WOR coast to coast. Robin has been on We Entertainment television and on Lifetime TV. Robin was a “Hot Topic” of Conversation on ABC’s “The View.”

Leighann Lord
Smart, sexy, savvy, and funny, Leighann Lord’s “heads up humor” is stand-up comedy at it’s finest. Inspired by the brilliance of George Carlin, the smooth jazz style of Franklyn Ajaye, and the elegance of Rita Rudner, Leighann has crafted her own unique brand of Thinking Cap Comedy. It’s no wonder she received the NYC Black Comedy Award for “The Most Thought Provoking Black Female Comic.” And for two consecutive years, Leighann was Harlem Week’s official comedian. (The only other comedian in Harlem Week’s history to earn that distinction was Richard Pryor.) Leighann has performed around the world. In London she appeared at The Comedy Store, and on the BBC show Blouse and Skirt (think Politically Incorrect meets BET). In The Netherlands, she was a guest on the popular late night talk show Raymann is Late! and The Comedy Factory. A festival favorite, Leighann has been featured in the Trinidad, Montreal, Winnipeg, Halifax, Boston, Detroit and NYC Underground Comedy Festivals. She also entertained U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia during Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as troops helping the Haitian earthquake relief effort (Operation Unified Response)

Erin Maguire
Erin Maguire is a NYC based stand-up comic, actor, writer, and emcee. Her stand-up was recently featured on Gotham Comedy Live for the Oculus/NextVR Network. She also recently wrote for the Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin. Erin has appeared at the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, among some of comedy’s greats. She has also been featured at Women in Comedy Festival, Laugh Your Asheville Off, Boston Comedy Festival, and Woodstock Comedy Festival. Erin has frequently worked for ESPN and the Game Show Network. Her comedy advice podcast, Dear Pod, charted in Apple’s top 100 comedy pods in America within two months of its debut. Stay tuned for live pod shows, coming in 2020! Any night of the week, you can catch her at clubs throughout NYC, or angrily tweeting about the state of public transit.

For more information go to ladiesoflaughter.org

Al Stewart

Tickets on sale 10/30 at 12 PM. Best known for his smash hits “Year of the Cat” and “Time Passages”, Al Stewart came to stardom as part of the legendary British folk revival in the sixties and seventies, and developed his own unique style of combining folkrock songs with delicately woven tales of the great characters and events from history.

Since 1967, Al Stewart has released nineteen studio albums between his between “Bedsitter Images” and “Sparks of Ancient Light” in 2008. To date, Stewart continues to tour extensively around the US, and Europe.

With a career spanning four decades, Stewart has secured himself as a key figure in British music. He played at the first ever Glastonbury Festival in 1970, worked with Yoko Ono pre-Lennon, and shared a London apartment with a young Paul Simon.

Michael Imperioli

Michael Imperioli’s first novel “The Perfume Burned His Eyes” was published in 2018 by Akashic Books and was translated into both Italian and French editions. The Rome International Literary Festival of 2018 commissioned his short story “New York City – 33 A.D.” which he read at the Basilica Maxentius in the ancient Roman Forum. His latest shorty story “Yasiri” will appear in Akashic Books’ “The Nicotine Chronicles” anthology which will be published in 2020. Michael was co-screenwriter of Spike Lee’s “Summer of Sam” and writer/director of the film “The Hungry Ghosts”. He also wrote five episodes of “The Sopranos” for HBO and also co-starred as Christopher Molitsanti a role that won him an Emmy Award. He has acted in many television, theater and film productions over the last 33 years and has worked with some of the most notable talents in those fields including; Martin Scorsese, Abel Ferrara, Peter Jackson, Walter Hill, Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel, Denzel Washington, Rachel Weisz, Ben Chaplin, Cindy Sherman, Mary Harron, Christopher Walken, Ben Gazzara, Seymour Cassel, Steve Buscemi and many, many others.

#Anne Frank Parallel Stories

#AnneFrank Parallel Stories is a powerful documentary retelling of Anne Frank’s life through the pages of her extraordinary diary guided by the Academy-Award winning actress Helen Mirren, and through the lives of five women who, as young girls, were also deported to concentration camps but survived the Holocaust.

As a dedication to what would have been her 90th anniversary –and in cooperation with the Anne Frank Foundation — the documentary takes audiences into Anne’s room within the secret annex of her family’s hiding place before being deported, and through read excerpts of her diary intertwined with the experiences of the survivors who lived to tell their own parallel stories.

Just Beachy: A Reading of Sandy Stories

Help us mark the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Readers will present stories that have been posted to “9 Feet High,” part of the Just Beachy/After Sandy installation now on view in Rechnitz Hall’s DiMattio Gallery.

We invite you to participate by reading your own story, or listen as you hear your own story being read. Join us as your Sandy experience is acknowledged through the spoken word. Your story deserves to be heard!

Putting It Together

In this Sondheim revue, two couples reflect on the complexities of modern relationships.

Putting It Together is a musical revue showcasing the songs of Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Follies, A Funny Thing Happened…). Drawing its title from a song in Sunday in the Park with George, it celebrates Sondheim’s incomparable career in musical theatre.

Featuring nearly thirty Sondheim tunes, Putting It Together is performed by only five people who are thrown together at a party in a Manhattan penthouse. With a bit of imagination, the guests transform the apartment into the stage of an abandoned theatre, an estate in Sweden, an island outside of Paris, a street off the Roman Forum, the woods of a fairy tale and a mythical town in the Southwest.

Source mtishows.com

Putting It Together

In this Sondheim revue, two couples reflect on the complexities of modern relationships.

Putting It Together is a musical revue showcasing the songs of Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Follies, A Funny Thing Happened…). Drawing its title from a song in Sunday in the Park with George, it celebrates Sondheim’s incomparable career in musical theatre.

Featuring nearly thirty Sondheim tunes, Putting It Together is performed by only five people who are thrown together at a party in a Manhattan penthouse. With a bit of imagination, the guests transform the apartment into the stage of an abandoned theatre, an estate in Sweden, an island outside of Paris, a street off the Roman Forum, the woods of a fairy tale and a mythical town in the Southwest.

Source mtishows.com