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By on October 4, 2013

Janusz Prusinowski Trio on Tour 

photoThe Janusz Prusinowski Trio – a group now enlarged to five musicians will tour the United States through October 16.  Following in the tradition of village music, the instrumentalists create a dynamic dialogue that makes for an exceptionally improvised and engaging performance. October dates include: New York City, San Francisco, Chula Vista, CA, Richmond, VA, and Washington, DC, among others – with a special event: an Intimate House Concert in the hills of San Diego; an RSVP event for details email: craigshyman@gmail.com. For information: www.polishculture-nyc.org.

 

Glass Menagerie Returns to Broadway

photo-1forwebTennesse Williams’ masterpiece – The Glass Menagerie makes its triumphant return to Broadway in an exquisite and groundbreaking new production. The acclaimed American Repertory Theater production of Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece stars Cherry Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Zachary Quinto and Brian J. Smith, and is directed by John Tiffany. A fading Southern belle strives to give her two grown children — the lame Laura and the unruly Tom — a last chance at happiness as her own dreams slip through her fingers. Tom only wants to run away from their pathetic life, and Laura keeps retreating into the dream world of her tiny glass figurines. The show plays through January 5, 2014 at the Booth Theatre – 222 West 45th St., Manhattan.

 

The Great Comet moves Uptown

photo4forwebThe critically praised play with music – Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 has transferred the show to the Times Square theatre district (West 45th Street between Times Square and 8th Ave) for a 14-week limited engagement through December 31. “The Great Comet,” based on a section of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.” The major change involves food: The performance tent is styled like a Russian supper club, but the plentiful dinner of seafood and chicken – which had been included in the ticket price, will be dropped in the theater district to save money.  Nibbles like pierogi will still be provided, as will the show’s lucrative vodka, champagne and other alcohol sales.

 

Early Music Celebration

The Early Music Foundation and the Polish Cultural Institute New York will present the New York Early Music Celebration “Pro Musica Polonica,” which takes place city-wide on October 4-20. The festival will span more than twenty events, presented in various locations throughout Manhattan. Events include: Music Of The Polish Court, Sacer Nidus, The Holy Nest: Polish Medieval Music, POLONAISE! The Golden, Music From Renaissance Poland, Polonia Nell’europa Antica. Songs of Love, Sacred & Secular, Early Keyboard Music of Poland, among others.  For additional information and tickets: www.NYEMC.org or 212-749-2848..

 

Chita: A Legendary Celebration

photo7-2forwebA star-studded one-night-only celebration of Tony winner Chita Rivera, who recently returned to Broadway in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, will be presented October 7 at the August Wilson Theatre. The performance, which will celebrate Rivera’s 80th birthday, is titled Chita: A Legendary Celebration. Directed by Graciela Daniele with musical direction by Michael Croiter, the evening will be produced by and benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Rivera is a two-time Tony Award winner for The Rink and Kiss of the Spider Woman.  Her numerous Broadway credits include  West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, Chicago, Call Me Madam, Jerry’s Girls, Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven, Nine and Mr. Wonderful. Rivera received the Kennedy Center Honor in 2002. For tickets: www.broadwaycares.org/chita.

 

NYC Film Premiere – Aftermath

photo5forwebDirected by Władysław Pasikowski, Aftermath (Pokłosie) will receive a New York City premiere Tuesday, October 15 at 7:30 pm at The JCC in Manhattan – 334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY.  The film is a story of two brothers in a peaceful Polish village who discover a dark secret. Having learned of the collective murder during WWII, Franek and Jozef Kalina are forced to revise their perception of their father, their entire family, and their sense of national history. For tickets: 646-505-5708.

 

Broadway & Beyond!

photo8forwebCareer Transition for Dancers’ 28th Anniversary Jubilee – Broadway and Beyond! will take place on Tuesday, October 8 at New York City Center – 131 West 55th St. in Manhattan. The “One Night Only” entertainment event of the season will feature show-stopping performances from hit Broadway shows plus special performances by artists from American Repertory Ballet, Broadway Dance Lab, Cirque du Soleil, Dresden Semperoper Ballett, New York Song & Dance Company, and a world premiere from SMASH choreographer Josh Bergasse.  Actress-Dancer-Singer Ann Margaret will receive the Rolex Award. Tickets can be purchased at City Center or at 22-581-1212

 

Piano Concert at Koscisuszko Foundation DC

The Washington International Piano Council will present pianist John Gardecki in a free concert on Saturday, October 12 at 1:30 pm at The Kosciuszko Foundation – 2025 O Street NW in Washington, DC.

 

Agnieszka Solawa Exhibition

Agnieszka_SolawaforwebArtist and Architect Agnieszka Solawa will exhibit a collection of handmade necklaces utilizing beads and pendants made from a variety of materials: African metal beads, trade beads, millefiori, semi-precious stones and coral beads, fresh water pearls and lampwork beads. The display will be shown through month of October  at the Springfield Public Library at 66 Mountain Avenue, Springfield, NJ;  (973) 376-4930.