Category Archives: Past Events

Westbeth Movie Night
Artists and Models

Thursday June 10, 2021 at 7PM

FREE

Artists and Models is a 1955 American musical comedy film in VistaVision and marked Dean Martin’s and Jerry Lewis’s fourteenth feature together as a team. The film co-stars Shirley MacLaine and Dorothy Malone, also featuring Eva Gabor and Anita Ekberg in brief roles.

Rick Todd (Dean Martin) is a struggling painter and smooth-talking ladies’ man. His goofy young roommate Eugene Fullstack (Jerry Lewis) is an aspiring children’s author who has a passion for comic books, especially those of the mysterious and sexy “Bat Lady.”

Covid Protocols

Limited capacity
Masks required for unvaccinated.
Masks recommended for vaccinated.

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Kate Walter
Interview with SAGE Advocacy and Services for LGBTQ elders

Photo: Kamila Harris

SENIOR PLANET
June 3, 2021

Kate Walter
interview with Aaron Tax, Director of Advocacy SAGE, and Christina DaCosta, Senior Director of Communications.

SAGE  Advocacy Services for LGBT Elders was founded in 1978 and has grown over the decades since. It is now the world’s largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT+ older people.

LGBT older people are twice as likely to be single and four times less likely to have kids than their straight and cisgender counterparts.  This presents challenges for socializing, managing finances, going to the doctors, even changing a light bulb. These are all the things other older people rely upon their families for. LGBT older people generally don’t have that support network in place.

One of the stereotypes about the LGBT elder community is that they are better off financially but that’s not true. On the whole, LGBT seniors are worse off financially.  The stereotype creates challenges when we are advocating public policies that will help LGBT older people.

We are finding that while there are many folks who come out later in life due to greater societal acceptance of LGBT+ people, the opposite is also true – some LGBT+ elders actually go back into the closet. This can happen when trying to access eldercare, housing, and other services geared toward older people where staff and policies are not LGBT-friendly or culturally competent. SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is a great place for people to get resources and information.

Read the entire interview on Senior Planet

Beth Soll: Two Red Solos
and a review by Deborah Jowitt

Two Red Solos: A Formal Response (2021) 8 minutes

Beth Soll Choreographer
Ethan Mass Videographer and editor

Dancers
Beth Soll
Abby Dias

The formal nature of Two Red Solos grew out of special circumstances that were both limiting and stimulating. Because of Covid, we worked on uneven ground in a beautiful, green public park next to the Hudson River. We were regaled with the music of the nearby highway and the sounds of insects, birds, and people. The 50+ year age difference between dancer Abby Dias and me also influenced my choreographic decisions. The quarantine rules required us to stay far apart, so I choreographed two separate solos: one for each of us. Our cameraman and editor, Ethan Mass made it possible to create a filmed version of the two solos. In the film, we dance these individual solos at the same time, but often in two different frames. In the post-Covid era, we hope to join our solos in a duet.

Beth Soll bethsollandcompany.org

Deborah Jowitt Review

Artsjournal.com
May 27, 2021

Excerpt
Sometimes they’re together in the verdant space and the camera’s eye; at other times, each occupies half of a split screen. Co-director Mass doesn’t keep his camera still either.

Maybe one woman seems to hasten into a close-up. Maybe one screen blacks out for a second. The dancers rush away and become tiny, or hurry toward us, becoming larger. Briefly the editors layer one moving image on top of another. Cuts occur. One half of the screen may briefly go dark.

I love watching Soll and Dias slip into unison and then slide out of it. They also move in canons with each other and, once, build a fugue. The image the two create is—almost—that of a friendship: they like being creative individually but enjoy coming together to confirm their amity. The differences between them are as interesting as the similarities

Two red solos. The performers’ responses to the title may be formal, and the two of them never touch. but their simultaneous solos seethe with the implications of togetherness and isolation that at present shape our daily lives.

Read the entire review
https://www.artsjournal.com/dancebeat/2021/05/red-on-green/

David Greenspan
Radio Play: The Memory Motel

Tickets: FREE

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Written by David Greenspan
Directed by Morgan Green

Michael S. Michaels returns to a beach resort in order to piece together and better understand the fragments of his past. While he’s there, he encounters a series of eccentric characters with whom he discusses art, philosophy, and the peculiarities of memory. Obie-award-winning playwright and actor David Greenspan (The Bridge of San Luis Rey) returns to Two River with this brand-new radio play crafted with his unique blend of fancy, theatricality, and wit.

Cast

Joshua Avery Begelman
David Greenspan
Paul John
Keilly McQuail
Steven Ratazzi
Mary Schultz
Pete Simpson
Paco Tolson
Kevin Veloz

Reserve your free ticket and you will automatically be emailed the password to access the radio play in your confirmation email. In addition, the hour following your reservation you will receive an email with the login link, password and additional resources to enhance your experience.

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You will be able to access the stream as often as you’d like through June 6/2021. Closed Captioning on an audio spectrum visualizer is available. Total listening time: 50 minutes.

Jeffrey Middleton & Raguel Gabriel: SCHWANENGESANG
by Franz Schubert

Live from Merkin Hall NYC
June 12, 2021 at 8Pm. Live Streamed

JOIN EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/518139139355066/

RTG Productions Presents:
Franz Schubert’s Schwanengesang

Trinidadian tenor Raguel Gabriel, and American pianist Jeffrey Middleton, join forces for a virtual, multi-camera livestreamed performance of Schubert’s beloved and unforgettable Schwanengesang, from the concert stage of Merkin Hall in New York City via kaufmanmusiccenter.org on Saturday June 12th at 8 pm. A musical journey searing with a myriad of emotions, Schubert’s final set of songs will be performed in the order as published after his death. Highlights include the famous ‘Standchen’, the turbulent ‘Aufenthalt’ and the bone-chilling masterpiece, ‘Der Doppelganger’.

The program is hosted by Raguel Gabriel and Emilotte Persson.

PROGRAM

Franz Schubert’s Schwanengesang

Liebesbotschaft
Kriegers Ahnung
Frühlingssehnsucht
Ständchen
Aufenthalt
In der Ferne
Abschied
Der Atlas
Ihr Bild
Das Fischermädchen
Die Stadt
Am Meer
Der Doppelgänger
Die Taubenpost

ABOUT SCHWANENGESANG

Schwanengesang is Schubert’s last set of songs written just before his death in 1828 and published posthumously in 1829. The collection, to this day, is considered to be among the greatest and most moving of all his works. The poems set to music by Schubert were written by German poets Ludwig Rellstab, Heinrich Heine and Johann Gabriel Seidl. It is Schubert’s only song set featuring poems written by more than one poet. Despite this, the pieces are connected with an ever present theme of desire with poignant explorations of the human experience, love, lust, heartbreak and resignation.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Raguel Gabriel is a Trinidadian classically trained singer and actor. He studied for many years in his homeland at The Key Academy of Music and Alfred Wallace’s School of Music. His desire for further training in acting took him to LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) and then the Stella Adler Studio of Acting (NYC) where he graduated from the three year professional conservatory. Operatic roles performed on stage include Tamino in Die Zauberflote (Mozart), Hoffmann in Les contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach), Alfred in Die Fledermaus (Strauss II) and Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas (Purcell). He also interpreted musical theatre roles including Tony in West Side Story and Marius in Les Miserables. NYC acting credits include Antonio in The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare), Sorin in The Seagull (Chekov) and the title role in Othello (Shakespeare). He continues to forge a very unique path expressing himself passionately in the areas of both drama and music, as actor and singer. Raguel is currently based in the United States.

Dr. Jeffrey Middleton is an American pianist and musician based in New York City. A graduate of The Juilliard School and Yale School of Music, his varied career includes solo and chamber music performances, vocal coaching, accompanying and teaching. Middleton’s debut recital in 1995 was at the Weill Hall at the prestigious Carnegie Hall where he was presented by Artists International Inc. Career highlights include his critically acclaimed recordings of Book II of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier (One Soul Records) and ‘Cathay’ a recording of solo piano pieces composed by Joseph Fennimore for Albany Records. Further collaborations with Fennimore include 23 Romances for Piano (2015) and From My Window (2018) also on Albany Records. He has toured Taiwan, Switzerland and South Africa among other countries. In June 2021 Middleton received the Mae L. Wien Faculty Award for distinguished service from the School of American Ballet, from where he is about to retire after thirty six years on the Music Faculty.

Read the Profile in Arts Interview with Jeffrey Middleton HERE

You’re Never Too Old to Play
Workshop Performance

You’re Invited!

Thursday, May 20th
11:30AM-12:30PM
Register here: http://bit.ly/RegistrationMay20

You’re Never Too Old to Play, an improvisational theater workshop for seniors sponsored by the Westbeth Artists Residents Council and supported by Little Island (the new public park opening at 14th Street in Hudson River Park), presents a work-in-progress workshops on Zoom. PigPen Theatre Co., Artists-in-Residence of Little Island, will help us facilitate.

If you’d like to join us, here’s what you need to do:

1. Register here: http://bit.ly/RegistrationMay20
2. Once you’re registered, you will receive an email with instructions from the host of the
webinar with the link to the Presentation. (Be aware that this email might land in your junk mail as spam, because it comes from an unknown sender)

Nancy Gabor initiated ‘You’re Never Too Old to Play’ in 2018, a weekly workshop in the Westbeth Community Room for a diverse group of 17 players from 65 to 95 years old. Paul Binnerts joined Nancy to help develop stories a short time later.

COVID 19 stopped the in-person classes, so the workshop continued on Zoom. The focus was on breathing, playful improvisations, and story development based on our experiences and memories stimulated by the global pandemic.

We are excited to share this work with you and show a sampling of amazing stories.

NANCY GOLDRING
THE CLUMSY ARK

LIVE ZOOM READING
The Clumsy Ark
Written and Read by Nancy Goldring
with projected visuals

May 12, 2021 at 6:30PM

Link Info:
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https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81903784305

Meeting ID: 819 0378 4305
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+1 929 205 6099 US (New York) Meeting ID: 819 0378 4305

For Link email: westbethgallery@gmail.com

The little book began as an article for an Italian cultural magazine, Le Cose e Le Parole. I was asked to write about life under the pandemic here Westbeth, and in the city in general. Gradually it grew into a project about the diving boat parked along the river’s edge.

Artist Bio

Based in New York, artist and writer Nancy Goldring has been exhibiting her drawings with foto-projections for 50 years. She was one of the founding members of SITE, Inc. an experimental architectural group in the Seventies. Her previous books and catalogs include: Distillations published by the Southeast Museum of Photography, Palinsesto: The Photographs of Nancy Goldring (Mazzotta) for the city of Parma with essays by David Levi Strauss and Paolo Barbaro, Vanishing Points, Galleria Martini Ronchetti, Genoa, and the Casa dell’Architettura of Rome with an essay by Michael Taussig. Her work can be found in many public collections including: The Bibliotheque Nationale, Eastman House Museum, the International Center of Photography (NYC), the International Centre of Photography in Mumbai. the St. Louis Art Museum, the Smith College Museum, the Houston Museum of Fine Art, the Herzlyia Museum, Polaroid Collection, WestLicht Schauplatz für Fotografie.

Gayle Kirschenbaum Photo Exhibit

SUNSHINE STATE & PORTRAITS

Live Virtual Walkthrough Photo Event
May 12, 2021 6PM – 7PM

LINK HERE: https://www.gaylekirschenbaum.com/photography

” An invigorating collection that seeped with visceral humanity, even if the majority did not actually feature people.”
-Riley McGraw Hart- Honeysuckle Magazine

As I found myself unexpectedly in Florida last July in the midst of the pandemic, I was pulled to the ocean to enjoy and capture the sunrises. Feeling lucky to be free to do so when so many others were locked down in their apartments with not much to enjoy outside in the cold weather.
As I explored my new surroundings of the sunshine state my eye saw beauty in many places. SUNSHINE STATE is my exhibit of these photos captured since summer.
PORTRAITS are images of humanity and my connection to each of my subjects.

Bio
Gayle Kirschenbaum is a creator who expresses herself in many forms. She began life as a visual artist and started taking photos where she loved spending hours in her darkroom. She found herself shooting stories with her photographs and painting them in an impressionist way. Her desire to use words and sound led her to moving images. She became an Emmy award-winning filmmaker whose films and programs have premiered on Netflix, HBO, and Discovery. They include Look At Us Now, Mother!, A Dog’s Life: A Dogamentary, My Nose and Little Parents. Her last film led to an invitation to give a TEDx talk called No More Drama With Mama about forgiveness. She speaks and teaches on this topic. Gayle has found herself returning to her first love, photography. Her photographs were exhibited in Spain at the Barcelona Foto Biennale in October 2018, she received an honorable mention under landscape for the Pollux Awards 2019, have been in Westbeth group shows and a solo show.

She has been featured widely in the media including New York Times, NBC Today Show, Jerusalem Post and Psychology Today. She is a member of Producers Guild of America (PGA) and a judge for the Emmys and PGA.

DAVID GREENSPAN
One Night Stand

FOUR PERFORMANCES ONLY: (Currently Sold Out)

Check out for availability of tickets at: https://ci.ovationtix.com/35658/production/1046063

Saturday May 15th 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Sunday May 16th 1:30 p.m.
Sunday May 23rd 6:30 p.m.

I’m a cheap date: It’s FREE.

Conceived and sung by David Greenspan
Music Direction and piano by Jamie Lawrence
Downtown icon David Greenspan’s latest performance piece includes singing songs associated with iconic women singers – Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Fanny Brice, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Betty Hutton (yeah, her.)

Performances will take place at 85 Broad St in lower Manhattan.

This performance is presented as part of Downtown Live, presented by En Garde Arts and The Tank in association with The Downtown Alliance.

Patrons are required to arrive at their performance site for check-in at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time or else they risk forfeiting their reservations. Patrons are welcome to check in as early as 30 minutes prior to the performance.

Seating will be general admission and capacity is limited. If you reserve a minimum of three performances through the three-show package option, you will have reserved seats. All Downtown Live patrons are expected to observe social distancing guidelines and wear a mask covering their mouth and nose at all times.

Joan Hall at National Arts Club

Collage and Assemblage: Past and Present
How Artists Recycle Everyday Items into Artwork.
Monday May 24, 2021 at 6PM – 7PM EST

Register for Zoom Event

About this Event

This talk covers art ranging from 12th century Japan to contemporary photo illustration, and how artists recycle everyday items into artwork. Presenter, Joan Hall, is a pioneer in the field of collage and assemblage illustration. Her work has appeared on many covers including Time magazine and The New York Times and been shown in galleries and museums worldwide including Le Centre Pompidou. Per Milton Glaser’s invitation, she created a Collage for Illustration class which she has taught at The School of Visual Arts.

Please help the NAC support artists. By making a donation with your registration, you contribute directly to the NAC Artist Fellows program, helping to further the careers of up-and-coming artists.
This program will be hosted via Zoom. You will receive additional details upon registration.
Photograph by Michael O’Neill.