ARTIST ANDREA SPIROS HAPPENED to be walking by a Clinton Hill public school one afternoon when she saw workers removing the large, thin steel plates she had become obsessed with from the chain-link fence around the schoolyard perimeter. The plates, although beautiful in their green patina, had served for years as a barrier between the..
Month: September 2008
“BREAKING GROUND” IS AN INNOVATIVE annual dance extravaganza in which five renowned choreographers have five days to create a site-specific work. Each year, the location — which might be anywhere within the five boroughs — is kept tightly under wraps until the last minute, so no choreographer has an advantage. Today, it was revealed that..
THROUGH YEARS OF CHRONIC UNDERFUNDING and without a permanent headquarters, Irondale Ensemble Project co-founders TERRY GREISS and JIM NIESEN remained tenaciously committed to their programs of social outreach and education, to bring theater to students who otherwise wouldn’t have such exposure. The company endured on the generosity of grants and on loaned space from the..
FOR TWO DECADES, PARK SLOPER PAM McALLISTER has dedicated her musical gifts to a fortunate pair of Slope churches and the many Brooklyn students who received her private tutelage in piano. “I inherited my love of music, a piano and 10 boxes of music from my maternal grandmother, Mabel Guinn,” she says. “Music was her..
BOERUM HILL AUTHOR JONATHAN AMES has written his seventh book, a new graphic novel called “The Alcoholic,” to be published by DC Comics/Vertigo on the last day of this month. The work was illustrated by Ames’ good friend DEAN HASPIEL, who has given it a cover as distinct as those that preceeded it. A starred..
TOMORROW, SEPT. 23, THE HOPE AWARDS will pay tribute to several dozen “unsung heroes of Brooklyn” — seniors who have volunteered their time and effort to better our borough. Hosted by SUN-B (the Senior Umbrella Network of Brooklyn), The HOPE Awards (“Honor Our Phenomenal Elders”) will recognize these individuals for their contributions at a gala..
WITH A PROGRAM FOR 2009 BEST DESCRIBED as “adventurous,” Brooklyn Philharmonic Music Director MICHAEL CHRISTIE has further established the orchestra as a force to be reckoned with. At Tuesday’s lunchtime schedule unveiling he detailed several programs, collaborating artists and venues that even the most musically disinclined observers could agree sounded exciting. “We are trying a..
ON SEPT. 10, TWENTY CHINESE BROOKLYNITES from Metropolitan Jewish Adult Day Health Center performed a play to celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival. The seniors acted, sang and danced during the 45-minute performance depicting the legendary Chinese love story of Chang’e and Houyi. The captive audience included clients of the center, largely a Russian and Hispanic..
IRENA SALINA MOVED TO FORT GREENE a year ago, and it is everything she was looking for: A clean, friendly community where people smile in the morning and shop for produce at the farmers’ market. The importance of a clean home environment has grown for Salina during the last five years, while she directed and..
ON THE EVE OF THE BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL, one Eagle correspondent asked a few questions at festival headquarters — otherwise known as the Borough President’s Office. Given the success and popularity of the Book Festival, it seems many authors would want to be involved. How do you decide who will participate? Well, many authors are..