CLASSICAL SUNDAY SALON – CHAMBER MUSIC, WINE AND CHEESE #4001
Classical chamber music as it was meant to be heard: in the intimate setting of an elegant home. MSC parent musicians Maureen McDermott, Artie Dibble, Laura Frautschi, Beverly Au, Michael Sanita, Alan Moverman, Tuck Lee, and Mary Jo Pagano will present a diverse concert of classical music. Wine and cheese to follow.
Sunday, March 4, 4:00 pm, $35/pp. (Limit 25) Adult event, also open to children over 9 with a track record of sitting quietly in a classical concert.
A DANCER’S LIFE – MASTER CLASS AND TALK #4002
New this year. Two professional dancers (and MSC moms) are offering an insider's look at what it takes to be a professional dancer. Join Jennifer Elling (Chicago City Ballet) and Suzanne Lampl (MOMIX) for a master dance class incorporating elements of both classical and modern dance. The 1½ hour exploration of dance will also include an interactive artist presentation.
Thursday, March 8, time 5:30-7:00pm, $20/pp. (Limit 25) Adults and children 5+, Location: MSC Dance Studio
MSC FILM FESTIVAL – THE BLOCKBUSTER SOPHMORE YEAR #4003
Thursday, APRIL 19, 6:30 to 8:30 $30/pp. Adults only. (Limit 70)
In Behind Closed Door, consequences from a political scandal ripple across a family home. On the brink of a major announcement, the members retreat to their own spaces, and Maryann Davis—mother, wife, daughter—becomes burdened by the emotions and resentments that are forced to the surface. It begins with a final moment of solitude behind a closed door, until she can find the determination to face her family, her community and herself.
Directed by MSC mom Joan Schimke
BOTTLE BEACH CUT UP POEM, 2011, experimental, 5:12 mins.
Filmed at a secret beach called Dead Horse Bay in Brooklyn, this beach, which used to be an island, was the primary trash processing facility in the New York metro area as far back as the 1850s.
Directed by MSC dad Chris Carlone
THE BEAT THAT COULD SAVE CUBA, 2008, documentary, 3:37 mins.
Journalist and MSC dad Nathan Thornburgh returns to Cuba, where he once lived, to rediscover Cubans’ love for music.
BALKA, 2010, documentary, 36 mins. (Russian with English subtitles)
A three-part documentary for the Open Society Institute about the effect on women of the drug-related HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe. Part 1: Zina and Marina—best friends and active drug users, who are about to discover their HIV status; Part 2: Tanya--a mother of two who has transitioned into substitution treatment but whose husband continues to use drugs; Part 3: Galya--a former user who now works as a peer-to-peer outreach worker.
Directed and Edited by Anya Meksin and Leeza Meksin. Music by MSC dad Jeff McSpadden.
Dr. BREAKFAST, 2011, animated, 7:11 mins.
Official selection Sundance Film Festival, AFI Film Festival, Austin Film Festival.
One day at breakfast, a man's soul bursts out of his eyeball. While the soul roams the earth eating everything in sight, two wild deer bathe and dress the man's catatonic body. A surreal meditation on the quirky but rejuvenating nature of friendship.
Written, directed, animated by MSC friend Stephen P. Neary
SECURE SPACE, 2008,drama, 50 mins. (Hebrew with English subtitles)
Winner, Israeli Academy Award for best TV Drama 2009
Winner, Haifa Art Foundation Award
Winner, Bronze Palm Award 2010 Mexico Intl. Film Festival
Official selection, San Francisco Independent Film Festival
In competition, The Forum of Independents, The Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival
In competition, New Directors, Nashville Film Festival
It is wedding day. Along with their families, the bride and the groom are stranded within a bomb shelter, while the Second Lebanon war is raging outside, in the Israeli city of Haifa. In addition to the usual pressures involved, with wedding preparations, additional stress is caused by being jammed in the shelter. The pressure, the crowdedness, the perspiration and the sultriness are mixed with the sirens and bombings outside, leading to a new climax of fear, when the family finds the groom’s 15 year old brother roaming outside, hanging direction signs for the wedding ceremony. The groom goes out in a search for his brother leaving behind a confused and undecided bride who is now unsure about their love. As soon as he leaves the shelter, a series of events bring the groom to new conclusions about the fragileness of his present and future life.
Written and Directed by MSC uncle Oren Gvili
Back by popular demand. A specially curated, private tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of Ancient Egyptian antiquities with seasoned Egyptologist and MSC parent Neil Sieling. The tour can last up to two hours. Following the tour, there will be drinks and light snacks at Neil’s home and each family will receive a bit of Egyptian treasure.
2 dates available: Friday, April 20 (adults), Friday, April 27 (families with kids), 6:00-7:30pm. $50/pp. (Limit 12 per tour) APRIL 27 EVENING (FAMILIES) IS SOLD OUT
NIGHT OF A THOUSAND LAUGHS #4010
New this year. MSC presents an evening of comedy starring award-winning comic Tom Shillue (former correspondent on The Daily Show), CBS Sunday Morning contributor and comedian Nancy Giles (Giles and Moriarty, The Jay Thomas Morning Show), the infamous Bitter Poet aka Kevin Draine, Daily Show Writer, J.R. Haylan, and more. Hosted by MSC mom/author/comedian Cynthia Kaplan.
Friday April 27 $30/pp. Adults only. (Limit 50) at The Underground, 107th and Broadway, 7-9pm.
THE MSC BROADWAY EXPERIENCE: MUSICAL THEATER SHOWCASE #4005
When Broadway goes dark on Monday, May 21, the lights will go up at MSC with a revue featuring some of the great white way’s best talents, who also happen to be MSC parents. Directed by Cyndi Steele Harrod, the showcase will feature a glittering lineup of stage stars and other MSC talents, including an appearance by MSC future stars. Featuring MSC parents including Brian Darcy James, Jessica Phillips, Ann Harada and more.
Monday, May 21, 5:30-7pm. $20/pp, $50/family. All ages. (Limit 200)
CLASSIC COMEDY – ALL NEW CLIPS #4006
Back by rip-roaring, raucous popular demand. A laugh-filled looked at classic comedy from movies and TV. Fifth-grade dad Jeff Couchman will show all new clips from comedy greats, including Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Fatty Arbuckle, the Marx Brothers, Thelma Todd, Lucille Ball, Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. Kids will learn who these clowns were and glimpse glorious moments in film history. Pizza will be available from 5:30 to 6pm.
Wednesday, May 23, 5:30-7pm. $20/pp, $50/family. All ages. (Limit 35)
“MAD MEN” COCKTAILS & CANAPES #4007
New this year. A tasty recipe for fun. Surprise your friends & family by learning to make classic cocktails inspired by the hit series Mad Men. Join MSC moms & mix masters, Anne Herlick & Pam Pepitone, as they whip up such classic drinks as the Gimlet, the Tom Collins, the Old-Fashioned & others. The Mad Women of MSC will be mixing up something for everyone, so please join us for what is sure to be a spirited evening.
Thursday, May 31, 7:00-10:00pm. $60/pp. Adults only. (Limit 30)
JAZZ NITE #4009
MSC Dads, Chris Washburne (trombone), Dave Mann (saxophones) and Kenny Wessel (guitar) have assembled an incredible band with a lineup of esteemed musicians and guests for a special one-night only performance.
Chris Washburne (3rd grade Dad) is one of the leading trombonists on the NY Jazz and Latin scene. He has played with Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, the Duke Ellington Orchestra and many other notables in the jazz/latin world. His band, Syotos just returned this month from an exciting and successful tour of Africa.
David Mann (kindergarten Dad) is a saxophonist/composer who has released a number of solo albums, in addition to performing and recording with Tower of Power, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Sting and many others from the jazz and pop world.
Kenny Wessel (5th grade Dad) is a guitarist/composer who has worked and recorded with Ornette Coleman, Donald Fagen, Badal Roy, and John Abercrombie in addition to being a bandleader and educator. [www.kenwessel.com]
The Dads will be joined by Dave Ambrosio on bass and Rob Garcia on drums (those of you who have attended this event in the past can attest to the grooviness and fun of the evening). Special guests, including Lee Welch (guitar) and others from the MSC community and beyond will sit in and join the festivities. The Underground is a hip, comfortable neighborhood bar on 107th/West End Ave (or Broadway, depending on your vantage point) with drinks, food and a comfortable, relaxed back room in which to hear music and hang.
Come and spend the evening after work/school and support MSC while swinging and grooving!
Friday June 8 from 6-9pm, at The Underground, cash bar. $30. Adults only. (Limit 50)
Do you enjoy the outdoors? Like adventure? Then come and discover a new family activity - Mountain Biking. Seize the opportunity to ride with Trips for Kids (TFK), an organization led by MSC mom Andree Sanders. TFK is a non-profit organization that provides mountain bike outings and environmental education for kids who would not otherwise have these opportunities. All the gear is supplied; the bikes, the helmets, the gloves, and a great trail. You will learn new biking skills and trail etiquette enabling you to ride comfortably while challenging yourself and having a great day of fun. The terrain can vary depending on the experience of the group. The trail is located in Cunningham Park, Queens and is accessible by public transportation.
Saturday June 9, 12:00- 4:00pm, $55/pp. Adults and children 10 + * Must be able to ride a bike* (Limit 6)
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