May 2008

Calendar of Events31 May 2008 12:32 am

May 24th thru Sept 7th, 2008 – Victorian Gardens Amusement Park for Children at Wollman Rink in Central Park

by Lucy Foster

   During the summer months, the Wollman Rink in Central Park is transformed into Victorian Gardens, a traditional mini amusement park filled with hand crafted rides, classic concession stands, and interactive activities for children to enjoy. Since 2003, this family-friendly attraction is open thru the summer and has plenty of unique and colorful rides that adults can ride as well to accompany their children. The rides are situated in perfect locations to take in the many breathing views of the city as you twirl around in the colorful, unique rides. A family of four can try out the four passenger crop duster plane, that spins around at a decent height from the ground, or board the Buzz Jet, a collection of mini jets in need of pilots. They also have a 3–story fun slide that can be entertaining. Most of the rides are intended for children except perhaps the centerpiece attraction of Victorian Gardens which is the swing ride. The swing ride has full-sized adult swings as well as children-sized swings and can be fun for all. I had taken my cousin here and we had a fun time at this mini amusement park. Some simple prizes can be won at the game booths that are set up. It’s also a great place to videotape your child and get some humorous photos. The atmosphere of this amusement park is child-safe and is a nice early introduction to amusement parks. The admission fee varies but they do offer an unlimited ride wristband option for $18.50 weekdays and $21.50 weekends and holidays.
   Victorian Gardens Amusement Park is located at the Wollman Rink in Central Park at Sixth Avenue at 59th street. Their phone number is 212-439-6900.

Tourist Attractions30 May 2008 10:31 am

By Lucy Foster

   The Museum of The City of New York has a permanent exhibit, Perform, that explores the link between the City and the theater through displays of costumes, props, photographs and various collections the museum has obtained. 
   Upon entering the Museum of The City of New York, you realized the smallness of this museum compared to the other grand establishments of art. However, within its contained space one can still be fascinated with the impressive collection of theatrical costumes and set props the museum owns and are part of the Perform exhibit. It’s interesting to see the detailed costumes up close such as Mrs. Potts’s Beauty and the Beast outfit from the Broadway show. There is also a very interesting photography collection documenting various theater happenings. Posters, caricatures, lobby cards, and drawings are also on display. Different trends can be observed in how the theater advertised throughout the decades. Theater lovers will appreciate the more than 5,000 theater costumes and props the museum owns. The Perform exhibit “documents theatrical activity in the city from the late 18th century to the present day” according to the Museum of The City of New York.   
   The Museum of The City of New York is located on 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd street. This stretch on Fifth Avenue has also been referred to as the “Museum Mile”. The museum is closed on Mondays.

Calendar of Events30 May 2008 09:14 am

September 21, 2008 thru January 5, 2009 – Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night Exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art.

by Chris Hale
   This exhibit brings together a unique collection of art that Vincent van Gogh created emphasizing the colors of the night. The emphasize of colors in art was an important concept for Vincent van Gogh, one that he wrote several times to his brother, Theo van Gogh, about. This concept of colors representing night was new to his time period and should prove to be a fascinating collection to view as a whole. The exhibit will include an accompanying illustrated catalog of the artworks.   
   “Throughout his career, Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890) attempted the paradoxical task of representing night by light. His procedure followed the trend set by the Impressionists of “translating” visual light effects with various color combinations. At the same time, this concern was grafted onto Van Gogh’s desire to interweave the visual and the metaphorical in order to produce fresh and deeply original works of art. These different artistic concerns found themselves powerfully bound together in Van Gogh’s nocturnal and twilight paintings and drawings. This exhibition will present new insight into van Gogh’s depictions of night landscapes, interior scenes, and the effects of both gaslight and natural light on their surroundings. Representing all periods of the artist’s career, the exhibition will comprise over two dozen works of superlative quality—several of which have never been seen together, even though they were very clearly conceived with each other in mind by the artist” according to the Museum of Modern Art.
   The Museum of Modern Art is the home of The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). This piece will be on tour will this traveling exhibit. It will be unavailable from June 11 through September 20, 2008  then return from September 21 thru January 5th, 2009, and then unavailable until later in June, 2009. 
   The Museum of Modern Art is located at 11 West 53rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth ave.

Calendar of Events29 May 2008 03:21 am

May 17, 2008 thru January 4th, 2009 – at the American Museum of Natural History.

by Chris Hale

   The American Museum of Natural History presents the exhibit, The Horse, which highlights “How nature’s most majestic creature has shaped our world”. The exhibit is a fascinating look at the evolution of horses and how they contributed to human history. Did you know that horses existed for over 50 million years, or that humans created over 200 new breeds? The exhibit has many wonderful displays showing the influence of this beautiful animal in our history. This exhibit has everything from horse toys from around the world to sculptures with poignant stories, to paintings. Many items on display are from the museums “extraordinary collection” and are amazing. There is six different display areas with individual themes for visitors to enjoy and become enchanted with. The Horse exhibit is scheduled for an international tour, after its run at the American Museum of Natural History. Admission to this exhibit will be ticketed timed entry only and costs $22.00 for adults, $16.50 senior/student, and $13.00 children.
   The American Museum of Natural History is located at Central Park West at 79th street. Their phone number is (212) 769-5100.

Special Events06 May 2008 05:19 pm

by Diane Malone
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  The show must go on, and so does all the players that help create the show. That is the goal of the Actors Fund, helping all the performers in the arts go on when situations develop that affects their being and survival. This nonprofit organization, founded in 1882, provides a vast array of services and programs that are guided towards divisions of the Arts to do just that. The annual Actors Fund Gala honors the outstanding members of the Arts for both their extraordinary careers and art advocacy. This years Gala was held at the landmark banquet hall, Cipriani’s at 42nd street.


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  On May 5th, the Actors Fund honored four colleagues that not only achieved distinguished success in their fields but also honor the Actors Fund mission with their contributions towards the Arts. These individuals were opera sensation Renee Fleming, Alec Baldwin, Bonnie Comley and Stewart F. Lane. 
  Alec Baldwin received the Nedda Harrigan Logan Award for his extraordinary career and “generosity of spirit” in the many causes he supports. Alec Baldwin has been a steadfast supporter for the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, the Bay Street Theatre, the PETA organization, Performing Animal Welfare Society, and serves on the Board of Directors for several performing arts organizations such as the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Dean’s Council. His award-winning career has included films, theater, and television as well as his own production company, El Dorado Pictures, which has produced award-winning films.  

stewart lane bonnie comley digonis  Honorees Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley brought their five children to the event. The tony award-winning husband-wife producing team and theater owners have also won 5 tonys between the two of them, four to Mr. Lane, one for Mrs. Comley. The charitable team have given back to the theater community in their continued support of the performing arts. They have created scholarship funds and supported the arts at various high schools, colleges and universities.  Many schools have used Mr. Lane’s book, Let’s Put On A Show!: Theater Production for Novices, for teaching purposes. The couple received the Actors Fund Medal of Honor.

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  The evening included a musical tribute to international opera sensation Renee Fleming from her fellow colleagues at the Metropolitan Opera, soprano Lisette Oropesa and baritone David McFerrin. Renee Fleming was honored both for her fabulous operatic career as well as her work in arts advocacy. She received the Lee Strasberg Artistic Achievement Award. Renee Fleming serves on the board for both the Carnegie Hall Corporation and the White Nights Foundation of America. The Grammy-Award winning artist was noted to be “one of the finest American singers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries” incorporating a wide range of musical styles. renee fleming anna strasberg digonis
  Among the attendees were Leslie Uggams, Patrick Stewart, Kerry Butler, Bebe Neuwirth, the Honorable Rudolph Giuliani, Megan Mullally, Sierra Boggess, BD Wong, Kate Shindle, Jenna Russell, Daniel Evans, Faith Prince, Scott Ellis, Tony LoBianco, Dee Hoty, Dina Merrill, Norm Lewis, and Anna Strasberg.

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         All Photos: (c) Caroline P. Digonis 2008