Category Archives: Past News

GRISELDA STEINER’s playlet spoof
“MacTrump” in which the Thane
confronts the three witches appears in the December issue of SCENE4 arts magazine online


Three WITCHES, IVANKA (Trump’s daughter with Ivana), TIFFANY (Trump’s daughter with Marla Maples) and Melania (Trump’s current wife) are dressed as glamorous witches in black gowns and witch hats. They are making a witches brew in a large cauldron over a fire in a dark wood…….

Read more HERE

Dudley Williams

WINTER AT WESTBETH film by Rohan Spong featuring Ilse Gilbert, Dudley Williams and Edith Stephens opens Nov 15 at IFC as part of DOC NYC Festival

Edith Stephens

Edith Stephens

Dudley Williams

Dudley Williams

Ilsa Gilbert

Ilsa Gilbert

WINTER AT WESTBETH has its international premiere in competition at DOC NYC on the 16th Nov 5pm and 17th November at 10.15am at IFC Center.

The film is a year in the lives of three of the long term residents , Dudley Williams, dancer, Ilse Gilbert poet, and Edith Stephens, filmmaker. The director is Rohan Spong.

>Info on the trailer, tickets, times: Winter at Westbeth

The film has screened a handful of times in Mr Spong’s native Australia. It received standing ovations even (!) and the first major review is here:
Winter at Westbeth review


Karen Ludwig interviews Trip Cullman on Friday Sept 30 at New School for Drama at 12:45pm


Trip Cullman, Director, Broadway: Josh Harmon’s Significant Other Off_Broadway: Leslye Headland’s The Layover at Second Stage, Hailey Feiffer’s A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Gynecology Onocology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center at MCC, and many other plays and world premiers.

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM
New School Drama Theater

151 Bank Street
b/w Washington and West St
New York, NY 10014

More on Karen Ludwig at:


GINA LEISHMAN AND KAMIKAZE GROUND CREW at Roulette Thursday Sept 29, 2016


Thursday September 29th, 8pm

Doug Wieselman, clarinets & saxophones
Gina Leishman, alto & bari sax, accordion, piano, vox
Peter Apfelbaum, tenor sax
Steven Bernstein, trumpet, slide trumpet
Art Baron, trombone
Marcus Rojas, tuba
Kenny Wollesen, drums

509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn 11217
(a couple of blocks from BAM)

” KGC’s music yields pleasure on its own terms … its bent but beautiful structures providing cover from the mainstream culture’s hail of mediocrity.” – Derk Richardson, SF Bay Guardian full review

“Their music is intriguing, haunting, occasionally hilarious, and irresistible.” – Larry Kelp, East Bay Express

“What they bring together is not only a global vision and singular skills in composition and arranging, but a highly talented group of performers.” — JAZZIZ magazine full review

“Composed lyricism and some effortlessly cool blowing by some of New York’s best jazz players.” – The Wire

“Tremendous musical chops and a terrific sense of play” – Wine X

“Imagine Mingus, Carla Bley and Sun Ra sharing stories about Stravinsky in some Brooklyn bar.’ – Jazz Times

“The Kamikaze outfit takes the high dive into a dangerously shallow tank shared by circus music and serious composition, and emerges victorious” – SF Bay Guardian

“..a group that really defines my idea of what ‘jazz’ should be, and that is it’s heavily compositionally influenced.” – Arthur Moorehead, New World records, in PULSE magazine full review

“The Kamikaze Ground Crew, with saxes and accordion, was wild but grounded, taking us further into Berlioz’s manic heart than most orchestras ever could.”
– Greg Sandow, Wall St. Journal (Berlioz Birthday Bash)


VALERIE GHENT at Joe’s Pub October 29 at 7:30pm for CD release concert


New York artist Valerie Ghent returns to the R&B flavor of her 2012, iHeart Radio hit, “Love Enough For A Lifetime [Day To Day Dream],” in her newest release, Velours. She and her international band host a CD release concert 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 back at a favorite haunt, New York City’s Joe’s Pub.

Her band features musicians from France and New York: drummer Bernard Davis, percussionist Gary Fritz, bassist Damon Banks, guitarist Jérôme Buigues, keyboardist/harmonica player Pierre Sibille, backup vocalists Alfa Anderson and Dennis Collins, along with some special guests. Admission is $20/$25 at the door.

Read more about Valerie Ghent here:

final email poster copy.pages

Ken Wade performs at TADA! Theater Friday Oct 21 at 7PM

final email poster copy.pages

Ken Wade has been singing songs and telling stories for a long time.

Featured on Australian national television & WBAI radio, he has performed in Melbourne, London, L.A., and Belfast.

In New York City he’s sung and told stories at Dixon Place, NWS Festival, NYC Farmer’s Markets (& upstate), Make Music NYC, the (old) Brecht Forum, the Westbeth Music Festival, Rikers Island, and the New York Public Library.

In 2014 he performed a two act one man show at the spectacular Barn Space in N Virginia. He appears at The Moth, as well as Word and other story telling venues in New York City. 2013 – 2014, He was regularly invited performer at The Stage Left Theater, NYC.

I greatly enjoyed the range of Ken’s music. Those he wrote, those that are well-known, but so uniquely interpreted, and those he picked up in his worldwide travels which might never be heard but for rare individuals as he. His stories are full of insight, warmth and wit.

– Marsha Spyros, Adult Programming, The New York Public Library

My pleasure is not only listening to his tremendous muical skills, but also observing the hundreds of others who enjoy his playing.

– James Barry, NY Farmer Union Square Market, NYC

Ken Wade took us on a rare journey that was simply wonderful. With our toes tapping, he connected each story with a song that was nothing short of mesmerizing

– Mikki Jordan, Director, Lenox Hill House

The quality and joy he brings to his music and stories is contagious and made his performances and workshops a joy for all to share.

– Easter Ross, Program Direftor, Song and Dance Society of America and NY Pinewoods Folk Club

An absolute delight, deeply funny with an incredible spirit.

– Deb Mongolian, Playwright, Artist, Founding Member of the Split Birches Theater Co.

Kate Walter has an essay in the new anthology, How Does That Make You Feel: True Confessions from Both Sides of the Therapy Couch


Readers of HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL? will never again have to wonder, “What does my therapist really think of me?”

This anthology is the first ever to feature essays about this profound connection from the perspective of both the ‘shrink’ and the ‘shrunk’. Of course your therapist has thoughts about you that on occasion practically leap off his or her tongue into your ears. But at the last minute the impulse is reigned in and the therapist mask prevails.

How Does That Make You Feel:
True Confessions from Both Sides of the Therapy Couch (Seal Press,
Sept 2016) edited by Sherry Amatenstein.

Read more at: