Virtual Lunar New Year 2021! Celebrate the Year of the Ox

Celebrate the Lunar New Year, virtually!
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6 Ways to Celebrate MLK Day With Kids

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with your kids with online events and activities this weekend.

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Spend Nights with the Helsinki Opera, Mourad Merzouki, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Spend a few nights basking in the magic of dance and music with these three performances available on ARTE Concert:
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1976 Celebration with Celebration Group at Waterside

Rich Burke posted wonderful photos on Twitter and Instagram taken at Waterside – in the summer of ’76.

Discussing an artwork on Twitter, he wrote:

Twitter reply that reads: "I will guess it’s actually 42“ x 22“. But have you ever heard of Dennis Valinski? His gauze and reed sculptures actually measured 42‘ x 22‘, and hung in public spaces. Like these in Waterside Plaza, circa 1976 in New York City." Posted by @Richard09999606 on Dec 18

 

 

1976 photo of: Dancers in yellow dance underneath a gauze sculpture in front of buildings at Waterside, with audience watching 1976 photo of: Dancers in yellow dance underneath a gauze sculpture in front of buildings at Waterside, with audience watching

Sculptor Dennis Valinsky’s installation was on display on our Plaza.

And dancers from the Celebration Group, which was started by Marilyn Wood, performed.

Rich was one of the dancers! (Pictured below. And above, performing a duet with Anita Feldman. Anita is also in the center of the first photo.)

The New York Times on June 4th, 1974 described Valinsky’s pieces as:

“giant, aerial constructions, of subtly tinted modacrylic fabric rimmed with rattan and intended, according to the sculptor, to give the effect of ‘wash drawings in space.”

In particular:

“The splashiest of the works is called “Sundrop,” a 60‐foot cornucopia of bright yellow “gauze,” whose base is ringed with sky‐blue leaf forms attached to hickory boughs. It will sway, suspended between two 40‐story apartment towers, over clumps of greenery near the river’s edge, some 10 to 12 feet above the heads of viewers.”

1976 photo of: A Dancer in yellow dances beside yellow gauze in front of buildings at Waterside, with audience watching

Do any of you remember this?

Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater – From Your Home

Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater (aka Pregones/PRTT), founded in 1979, has, as its mission:

“To champion a Puerto Rican/Latinx cultural legacy of universal value through creation and performance of original plays and musicals, exchange and partnership with other artists of merit, and engagement of diverse audiences”.

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