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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

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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

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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:

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

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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.

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Beth Griffith in GHOST CARD at Socrates Park on Sept 17, 2016


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2016 | 2 – 4 PM Socrates Sculpture Park

Ghost Card is an interactive card-game-turned-performance that will reveal storlines and movements based on the crowd-sourced personal narratives of Socrates visitors. Throughout the afternoon, a troupe of hungry ghosts will transform these tales through a platform of contemporary dance and a host of irreverent storytelling tactics. Combining movement, voice, and media to engage participants in collective meaning-making and constantly shifting perspective, Ghost Card echoes diverse and shared narratives while wrestling with the absurdity of our universal but often isolated human experience. Join artists Megan Weaver and Hassan Christopher and their team of performers for this haunting maze of surreal delights!

Performers: Alex Bianchi, Yuki Fukui, Beth Griffith, Naomi King, Katrina Leung, Skye van Rensselaer, Enzo Sariñana

More info at:

Elisabeth Condon at Lesley Heller Workspace Sept 7 – October 16, 2016


Elisabeth Condon BIRD AND FLOWER solo painting show
September 7 – October 16, 2016

Lesley Heller Workspace 54 Orchard St New York, NY

Hours: Wed – Sat 11 am – 6 pm: Sun 12pm – 6 pm

Info on show: at

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Elisabeth Condon: Bird and Flower
September 7 – October 16, 2016

Lesley Heller Workspace presents Bird and Flower, an exhibition of new paintings by Elisabeth Condon. This is the artist’s first solo show in New York in five years and her second with Lesley Heller Workspace.

Condon initiates each canvas with poured color to generate contingent and unexpected compositions. Her recent paintings interlace these pours, which are inspired by watercolor and Chinese splashed ink technique, with birds, flowers and plant forms culled from upholstery fabrics, wallpaper patterns and traditional Chinese scroll painting.

Bird and Flower refers to the classical Chinese painting technique of the same name, defined as much by its subject matter as by its reliance on the contour line achieved through a process of copying, tracing and refining. The bird-and-flower technique provides a departure point from which Condon explores her own process and imagery. Condon traces fabric and wallpaper samples, projecting and altering them; combining mechanical or objective modes of representation with more subjective gestures resulting in a merger of spontaneous and stylized methods. The fabric and wallpaper patterns evoke the harmony and beauty of Chinese bird-and-flower painting, while the pours and imagery beneath suggest alternative realms. The paintings’ compositional rhythms mimic Condon’s practice of Chinese idioms, as if amplified in color; their Tree of Life patterns show time’s passage with flowers and birds at various moments of bloom, perch and flight.

Gathering influences that range from Yuan Dynasty landscape, ancient textiles, Van Luit wallpapers, Marimekko sheets and her mother’s decorating samples, Condon continually mines multiple paint applications within a synthetic landscape, creating imagery that feels—much like life today—equally artificial and real. Her riotous, yet joyful paintings balance a sense of control with abandon through the intersection of nature, culture and transcendence.

Elisabeth Condon (born Los Angeles, CA) has developed an extensive body of work that exploits the spill of poured paint as a central landmark in her compositions. Condon has been working with Chinese imagery for over a decade, making numerous trips to China to study traditional painting techniques; most recently a six month intensive in 2014. Her paintings combine references to Chinese scrolls, American postwar abstraction, landscape, and wallpaper patterns, infusing them with a glam rock aesthetic.

Condon is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including the Hanban Confucius Institute’s Understanding China Fellowship, Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, Florida Individual Artist Grant, 2015, New York Studio School Alumni Association’s Mercedes Matter Award and the 2015 New York Pulse Prize and various university research grants.

Exhibitions include the Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, FL; National Art Museum of China, Beijing; Shenghua Art Centre, Nanjing, China; Tampa Museum of Art, FL; Ft. Lauderdale Museum, FL; 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, New York, NY; Hollywood Art & Culture Center, Hollywood, FL; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA and the Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT. Public collections include the US Embassy Beijing, Swatch Art Peace Hotel Traces
Collection Shanghai, The Sweeney Print Collection at the Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, FL, Girls
Club, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and the JP Morgan/ Chase Collection NY.


For more information or to request images, please email or call 212-410-6120.

Info on Elisabeth Condon: at