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photo Christina Maile

Geo Cominskie and Gwynne Duncan featured in CNN report on OPEN HOUSE NY weekend.

photo Roger Braimon

photo Roger Braimon

photo Christina Maile

Gwynne Duncan. photo by Christina Maile

photo Christina Maile

l-r Geo Cominskie , Susan Binet, and Kate Walter. photo Christina Maile

Westbeth Artists Housing OPEN HOUSE NEW YORK weekend drew almost 2000 visitors. 26 tours led by Westbeth volunteers captured the fascinating history and current activities of the building which has generated the creative urge in both art and technology.

Link here to the CNN feature article.

Link here to a NYTimes article on Gwynne Duncan

Photo by Richard Termine for NY Times

David Greenspan receives rave view in NY Times for his solo performance in STRANGE INTERLUDE now playing at Irondale Center in Brooklyn until Nov 18,2017

Photo by Richard Termine for NY Times

Photo by Richard Termine for NY Times

While there were nine actors in that original production, at Irondale there is just one: the extraordinary David Greenspan, whose performance is such a feat of daring that merely getting through it would have been an accomplishment.

Yet he is masterful. Watching him is like witnessing a recitation, a prayer, a madness, a modern ballet.

Directed by Jack Cummings III, this production is storytelling at its purest. At once faithful and irreverent, it’s an illuminating interpretation that is alert to the script’s inadvertent comedy and delighted to mine it.

– Laura Collins-Hughes for NY Times

Read the full review here.

Irondale Center
85 S. Oxford St.

Category Off Broadway, Solo Performance, Play
Runtime 6 hrs.
Written by Eugene O’Neill
Performed by David Greenspan
Developed with Kristina Corcoran Williams;
Directed by Jack Cummings III
Cast David Greenspan P
Review October 6, 2017
Opened October 21, 2017 Closing Date November 18, 2017
Upcoming Shows
Wednesday October 25 5:00 pm
Friday October 27 5:00 pm
Saturday October 28 5:00 pm
Wednesday November 1 5:00 pm
Thursday November 2 5:00 pm

Detail of painting

J Taylor Basker presents the work of Jordanian artist, Ihsan Bandak, in a talk entitled
Displaced: The Lost and Forgotten
Westbeth Community Room
Tuesday Oct 10 at 7PM

Detail of painting

Detail from one of Bandak’s paintings

Westbeth Community Room
Tuesday October 10
7PM – 8:30PM

Ihsan Bandak‘s artwork on today’s ongoing refugee crisis reflects the suffering and experiences of people forced to leave their homes, countries and identities. They are poetic, powerful descriptions of their displacement.

Dr. Jacqueline Casale Taylor Basker
Visiting Adjunct Professor
German-Jordan University, Amman, Jordan (Summer ’14,’15, ’16) Islamic Architecture, Heritage & Conservation)
New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, New York
President, ArtsPR-International
Former Chair, Fine Arts/Computer Graphics Dept.
New York Institute of Technology, Amman, Jordan

J Taylor Basker’s solo exhibit at Bandak Gallery in Amman, Jordan entitled “Endangered: Land, People, Heritage” at Bandak Gallery Sept. 21-25. Show has been extended to October 12 due to favorable reviews.

This exhibit deals with the current crisis facing Jordan and the region. Dr. Jacqueline Taylor Basker has been living and working in Jordan for ten years, travelling back and forth from Westbeth to Jordan. Initially a professor at NYIT and chair of the Dept. of Fine Arts and Computer Graphics, she began teaching at German-Jordan University in their School of Built Environment and Architecture after NYIT left Jordan in 2013.

Her paintings address what she learned and experienced in Jordan. Dr. Jacqui, as she called by her students, was dedicated to documenting the struggle of the Palestinians, the horrors of the Gaza wars, and the tragedy of the Mavi Marmara Flotilla. The Ambassador of Turkey expressed the gratitude of the Turkish people for her artwork documenting the ten victims who died on the Mavi Marmara when he visited the exhibit. She rode a peace bus to Gaza during the 2014 war organized by “Breaking the Silence” – former IDF soldiers opposed to the Gaza wars, travelling with the noted Sheik of Peace, Ibraham al Halwa. She has painted many artworks about Gaza.

She spent much time exploring Jordan, climbing through ruins and monuments and observed the potential loss of heritage due to neglect, vandalism, or lack of funds to preserve sites. She has painted ruins from desert castles to dolmens. One painting was exhibited at the World Archaeological Congress at the Dead Sea that illustrated the top ten endangered archaeological sites in Jordan; this painting was purchased by the office of the Mayor of Amman.

Ecological dangers also threaten Jordan, especially with the refugee crisis, that strain vital resources as water, as more and more people “walk through Jordan,” another theme of a large painting in the exhibit.

Dr. Jacqui has professional knowledge (having taught Heritage and Conservation at GJU), passion for preservation and love for Jordan that motivates both her research and artwork.

The exhibit at Bandak Gallery, opened 7 PM, runs 21 September through 25 September.

The content of the publicity for the exhibit was banned by the US media company, MailChimp that is designed to help send mass emails for publicity, due to “its objectionable content” and “Acceptable Use Violation.” My account was disabled! After complaints from me and from several members of the royal family, it has now been restored!


Joyce Aaron Funk at La MaMa
celebrates the life and work of Sam Shepherd as part of the Coffeehouse Chronicles on October 7, 2017 at 3pm

Coffeehouse Chronicles #143: Sam Shepard

Free Admission |
Suggested Donation.
2 hours

Make a Reservation

Ellen Stewart Theatre |
66 E 4th Street; 2nd Floor

Michal Gamily – Series Director
Arthur Adair – Educational Outreach

Moderator: Jean-Claude van Itallie
Panelists: Jean Claude Van Itallie, Daniel Aukin, Joyce Aaron Funk, Anne Militello, Charles Mingus,Evangeline Morphos, Angelina Fiordellisi & Sandy Rogers

Performances by Joyce Aaron Funk, Cary Gant, Mike Gorman, Thomas Keith, Harry Mann, Wayne Maugans, Peter Stampfel, Leslie Silva, Amy Rox Suratt & Clea Rivera

La MaMa will celebrate Sam Shepard’s life and career with live panelists, video tributes and the presentation of rare footage and photos in the Ellen Stewart Theatre.

About Coffeehouse Chronicles
Coffeehouse Chronicles is a free educational performance series exploring the history and development of Off-Off Broadway from its inception within the Village “Coffeehouse Theatres” of the 1960s through today. Part artist portrait, part creative event, part history lesson, part community forum, it is our mission to provide a home, as did our founder Ellen Stewart, for personal and intimate engagement with art. Since 2005 La MaMa has presented more than 123 Coffeehouse Chronicles featuring personal oral accounts from artists of the day as well as conversations with present day artists who continue to work in the same bold, daring manner. Coffeehouse Chronicles are held on one Saturday each month (September through June).


Valerie Ghent releases her newest video, New York City Streets, featuring rock solid music performances in dozens of locations throughout the city.


NYC recording artist Valerie Ghent celebrates her newest video, New York City Streets, with a worldwide release today on and a call for response videos made by anyone who loves New York City.

Valerie Ghent NYC Streets

A love letter to her native city, the New York City Streets video was shot in all five boroughs of The Big Apple, in dozens of locations, many of personal significance to the enthusiastic and rockin’ NY singer/musician/composer. “New York is a beloved and iconic city for people around the globe”, Valerie says, “Whenever I travel people tell me how much they love NYC! So I’m inviting anyone who loves New York City to make your own video with the song, showcase your favorite parts of New York, and post it on YouTube. Show us your “New York City Streets!”

Voted #2 Best Song of 2016 by LA West Coast Music Radio, New York City Streets features rock solid performances by veteran New York musicians who have played on countless hits by world-class artists including Ashford & Simpson, Luther Vandross, Chic, Whitney Houston, Roberta Flack, Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen and many more. A free mp3 of the song is available from Valerie’s website,, for anyone who wants to make their own version of a New York City Streets video.

Critics rave: “New York City Streets”, right out of the 70s/80s Luther meets Ashford & Simpson period with a driving piano lead and Alfa Anderson and Dennis Collins (together with Keith Fluitt) bringing back those inimitable Chic and Luther Vandross moments in the super-slick hook, supported by a cool horn section. A real gem!” – Gina Loves Jazz

WHAT: Valerie Ghent New York City Streets video release & invitation
WHEN: Friday September 15, 2017
WHO: NYC recording artist Valerie Ghent
WHERE: filmed in all five boroughs of New York City, video on
WHY: We Love New York!


“Ghent sings from the guts. Her contralto rises with the smooth momentum of something out of NASA.”
– Woman About Town
“Ghent, herself, is a vocal phenomenon…she has the glistening, effervescent energy of a top pop/rock star.”
– NY Cabaret Today
“Valerie Ghent – a “kick butt” artist. That kind of quality never really goes out of style.” – Soul Tracks
“Valerie Ghent, la Dame de New York – Il est rare de trouver une voix aussi singulière et une maîtrise du rythme aussi pertinente. – La Marseillaise (France)



GWEN FABRICANT featured in Voices of Contemporary Art, Thursday September 14, 2017 6PM at Fales Library, Bobst Library, NYU.


Gwen Fabricant,
in conversation with Jennifer Hickey

Fales Library,
Bobst Library, NYU
70 Washington Square South, 3rd Floor, New York NY 10012

As part of Joan Mitchell Foundation’s ongoing collaboration with Voices of Contemporary Art (VoCA), please join us on Thursday, September 14, when artist Gwen Fabricant will sit down with VoCA Program Committee Member Jennifer Hickey to discuss her life, work, and artistic legacy.

Gwen has been supported by the Foundation in a number of ways, as a grant recipient, an Artist-in-Residence at the Joan Mitchell Center, and as a Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Artist. The CALL/VoCA programs aim to highlight the innovative CALL initiative while also underscoring the crucial need for dialogue with artists around the production, presentation, and preservation of their work.

“CALL enabled me to cross the divide into the digital age. This opened new ways for me to communicate with people and institutions. In order to create this archive, we had to bring all the past work out into the open… and that, surprisingly, changed the way I see the whole course of my work.”

– Gwen Fabricant

About Joan Mitchell Foundation
The Joan Mitchell Foundation increases recognition of the work and life of pioneering abstract painter Joan Mitchell. Grounded in Mitchell’s desire to support the aspirations of visual artists, the Foundation engages individual artists through grantmaking, programming, and collaborations. We work to amplify the essential contributions artists make to the culturally diverse world in which we live. To learn more, visit our website.

About VoCA
Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA) is a non-profit organization run out of NYC that generates critical dialogue and collaborative programming around the stewardship and preservation of contemporary art. VoCA’s network consists of artists, conservators, curators, collectors, registrars, arts administrators, and educators, and aims to develop knowledge via three major program streams: VoCA Talks, VoCA Journal, and VoCA Workshops. To learn more, please visit their website.

Christina Maile History of the World Part 2

Christina Maile’s litho print, History of the World Part 2, will be featured in the Spring 2018 print edition of the San Francisco Peace and Hope Journal

Christina Maile History of the World Part 2

Christina Maile History of the World Part 2

San Francscio Peace and Hope is a literary journal devoted to poetry and visual art.

The current political climate is one of the most unsettling in the history of our country. Politicians throw words around carelessly and dangerously – and this year Trumpism has brought forth a sad new model.

The fact is, words matter. Images matter. If anyone understands this, it is the poet and the artist. We need words and images that pave the way for evolution; words and images that can be part of history, that one hundred, two hundred, one thousand years into the future, people will look back on and be inspired.

At SF Peace and Hope we believe that the most important moment is now. How shall we use this moment in time? We need to choose carefully. Every word, every image, every action makes an impact for ourselves and the world. With a creative act there is always a new beginning, always a fresh hope when a poem or painting is created.
– Editor, Elizabeth Hack