L-R: Andrew Ross Sorkin, John Cassidy, Matthew Bishop
Paul Kedrosky at Infectious Greed has a partial list of “the best f*cking books” about the financial crisis, according to how many times the word “f*ck” appears.
The New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin’s book Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—-and Themselves leads with the most f*cks overall, and second most f*cks per page. (See graph here).
This Wednesday at 92YTribeca, Sorkin will join Matthew Bishop, US Business Editor at The Economist, and John Cassidy, staff writer at The New Yorker, for The Road from Ruin: The Way Out of the Economic Mess; a unique panel of three best-selling financial journalists offer their perspectives on where the economy should be going next and how we can get there.
On Mar 11, the 92nd Street Y hosted a special evening celebrating the life and music of internationally acclaimed Yemenite-Israeli singer Ofra Haza.
Finally they opened the doors to the concert hall for the pre-concert talk. Apparently, Professor Ephraim Isaac was not an elderly Muslim man, but an elderly Yemenite Jewish Scholar. His talk focused less on Ofra but rather the role of Yemenite Jewry in preserving Jewish identity. He ended his speech by talking about the role Yemenite Jews may play in being a bridge between Jews and the Muslim world, as they are in fact Arab Jews. I laughed when he said that whenever he entered a cab, with a Muslim driver, they would say, “salaam alachem”. He would respond, “no, no, no, I am Jewish”. They would say, “Brother, you don’t have to hide who you are here”. His reply, “no I am a Yemenite Jew” and the response, “that is o.k. you are still a brother”
A fan who drove in from Boston to attend the event wrote about his experience in detail and posted it to an Ofra Fan Group on Yahoo; the excerpt above was reprinted from his review. You can read it in full on our Facebook page.
Comedy blog Jester Journal reviewed the screening of Nothing Lasts Forever: “an extremely rare early 1980s cult film by writer/director Tom Schiller.”
If you would prefer to attend screenings of rare films in addition to reading the review, stay up to date with all upcoming film events at 92YTribeca here.
Schiller’s first and only feature, “Forever,” had Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray in small parts, but its real focus is the character of Adam Beckett, played by 18-year-old Zach Galligan, who has wide-eyed aspirations to be an artist. He follows his dreams through Schiller’s own wide-eyed view of a New York long gone, or that perhaps never really existed, into a fantastic underworld and on to a fantastic journey to the moon.
The Vault of Horror blog attended Kevin Geeks Out About…Sharks! this past Friday at 92YTribeca and has an extensive report:
And like past Kevin Geeks Out events, there were many cupcakes. Read the full post here.
The event was timed at precisely 124 minutes—the exact running time of the original Jaws. How’s that for dedication? And although that might seem like a long time for a clip show, Kevin and company filled every moment with aquatic predatory madness to such a degree that not one person would have dared question the decision. For instance, we learned all about one of the ultimate “what-ifs” of movie history—a John Hughes-scripted (!!) 1980s parody of Jaws that never came to be. We got to see sharks fighting Batman (shark-repellent bat-spray, anyone?), giant alligators, giant apes, and yes, zombies (the infamous underwater fight scene actually got the loudest cheer from the crowd, much to this blogger’s delight.)
New Yorker cartoonist Karen Sneider regaled us with a true romance comic strip of unrequited shark/human love. Matt lovingly detailed the sordid history of the Italian movie industry’s relentless attempts to shamelessly rip off Jaws, including screening a super-rare bit of footage (courtesy Tenebrous Kate) from the most blatant of all Jaws copycats, Enzo Castellari’s Great White, a movie whose very existence was almost completely stamped out by Universal.
“If you ask them what they want to be, they want to be ninjas. I tell them they can do it: You can be the first Hasidic ninja.” —Matisyahu on Children, at the 92nd Street Y.
Panel Nerds: Matisyahu’s One Day with PS 22 [Mediaite]
Now in its fifth decade, the “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Contest is designed to attract large audiences to poets who have not yet published a book. Over the decades this contest has discovered such poets as Marilyn Hacker, Michael Collier, Mary Jo Salter, and Greg Orr.
And now, drum roll please…time to announce the “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Contest winners in 2010: Chelsea Jennings, of Seattle, WA; Brandon Kreitler, of Brooklyn, NY; Tanya Olson, of Durham, NC; and Camille Rankine, of New York, NY. Congrats to all!
The winners have been awarded a reading at the Poetry Center, publication in Boston Review, and $500 each.
The two runners-up are Alyson Sinclair, of Brooklyn, NY; and Jennifer Tamayo, of Baton Rouge, LA.
The winners will read at the 92nd Street Y on May 10.
The 92YTribeca Screening Room hosted dorkbot last night for a night of videos and live performance all demonstrating creative misuse of musical instruments.
Check out the full photo set on 92YTribeca’s Flickr.
Tonight at 7pm at 92YTribeca, don’t miss a screening of Trimpin: The Sound of Invention, with director Peter Esmonde in person for post-screening Q&A. Then at 9pm there is music from Glass Ghost, Inlets, and Bell.
Tonight’s dance performance by Doug Varone Presents, “a not-to-be-missed assembly of extraordinary talent,” is sold out. But tickets are still available for Saturday’s and Sunday’s show and are only $15; get them here.
Liev Schreiber’s first job was at the 92nd Street Y. As a camp counselor, where he met his first girlfriend.
Ever wondered what it’s like to strike it rich off one item, try and save the world, shlep, score a dream job, be a whiz kid, tinkerer, or trophy wife (or husband)? Ever wonder what a healer, inventor, or starving artist does all day? We know coffee shops are favorite haunts. But Catie Lazarus wanted to know more.
After being laid off from her full time writing and editing gig, Lazarus decided to learn the answers to these questions. Now she want to share the wealth of knowledge in her new show, Employee of the Month, a chat show all about jobs, work and labor. The first show is next week, Mar 17 at 92YTribeca, and is being hosted by Catie along with political activists/pranksters The Yes Men, Cabaret sensation Lady Rizzo and the Assetts, actor Maria Dizzia, College Humor CEO Ricky Van Veen and filmmaker and author Jen Marlowe.
Tickets are available here.
“…it seems to me that every visit I make to the 92nd Street Y gives me a more detailed — often a changed — understanding of this [modern dance] tradition.”
The New York Times reviews a weekend of dance at the 92nd Street Y
Tablet Magazine contributor David Rakoff, who we wrote about last month when The New Tenants,—a film he write and starred in—was nominated for an Oscar, went ahead and won the Oscar for Short Film (Live Action) last night! Woohoo!
And guess what?! Tonight, Rakoff is at the 92nd Street Y with Annie Leonard, creator of the internet film sensation, The Story of Stuff, a 20-minute animation of the consumerist society. Purchase your tickets here.
. Carrie Stern wrote a fantastic article for Dance.com: The Social Dance Legacy of the 92nd Street Y. She begins in 1878:
Carrie continues the story through World War II, when there was an “explosion of interest in ethnic dance,” and follows the history into the 80’s and today: Read the full piece here; it is truly an informative and interesting account of the history of Social Dance here.
…four years after its founding, an announcement for a “Grand Celebration, Chanucka and Reception of the Young Men’s Hebrew Association, Academy of Music,” lists an evening of “tableaux, and music and dancing.” This early reference to social dancing at the 92nd Street Y in New York City is far from the last.
If you enjoy moving your feet and getting your dance on, check out our Social Dance Parties and Events, where you can find over a dozen listings to choose from. Teachers from the Sandra Cameron Dance Center also lead three and four week dance classes, covering Argentine Tango, Salsa, Basic Six Ballroom, Swing, Jitterbug, and Lindy. See the multiple dates and times here. Classes for teens aged 15-18 are also available.
Jazz aficionado and sax musician Ruby K at Jewschool heard Anat Cohen play last year for the first time, and called her: “a force to be reckoned with.” She writes:
This Sun, Mar 7, Anat is playing at the 92nd Street Y with eight other talented musicians. They will play arrangements by Oded Lev-Ari of some of Benny Goodman’s hits and others. Bring your student I.D. and purchase your ticket for just $10.
…I don’t think I’ll forget that name anytime soon. Sorry, Daphna, but it looks like you’ve got competition in the woodwind crush division. Holy shit, Anat can play. Her flow almost had an effortless sound to it, especially on clarinet, but she could play that tenor too. Her sound ran rings around Randy Brecker, a giant on trumpet who just did not seem capable of holding his own with her. Such a talent. Damn!
Related: Listen to a live recording: Anat Cohen Quartet: Live In Boston, from Jan 01, 2010 on NPR.org.
“i want to be your blow pop queen.” —Blogger White Lightning NYC tells no one in particular, but we like to think she was talking about us. ::UPDATE:: We just realized, “i want to be your blow pop queen,” is a lyric from Liz Phair’s song Flower, which Emily Gould sang on stage with Supercute!
If you missed last night’s “What It Feels Like for a Girl” event at 92YTribeca, you can at least read the recaps and check out the photos. Time Out New York was there, and Emily Gould sang a cleaned up version of Liz Phair’s Flower.
Remember when we went to Marisa Meltzer’s Brooklyn abode in advance of the event to film her talking about some of her favorite zines and albums? We do.
This weekend we continue the celebration of women at 92YTribeca with a screening of Stephanie Daley, the multi faceted art extravaganza: Diamonds, Teeth and Yarn: Shara Worden Guest Curator Spotlight and then on Mar 10 brings Katie Orenstein, who will discuss the OpEd Project, an initiative to expand public debate by expanding the pool of women who are accessing (and accessible to) news editors.