Mondo NYC ignites in hip Williamsburg this week from October 15 thru 18. The Brooklyn conference brings emerging music and ‘frontier’ technology to the forefront along with music showcases — scattered around the big Apple.
Music mogul and philanthropist Michael Dorf (Citi Winery) and civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton are among the distinguished inspiring speakers.
MOJO & THE BAYOU GYPSIES
9:00PM & 10:15PM “When MOJO moves in… the place ROCKS!” Chicago Tribune
FACE OFF Unlimited @ 7:30PM
Laugh your face off! “Really funny!” The New York Times
CLINARD DANCE @ 8:00PM “A contemporary dance company rooted in flamenco” MacArthur Award Grantees
Addi & Jacq @ 8:30PM
Recently crowned the “best emerging band in NYC”!
Baritoned @ 9:45PM “A farcical concert trio that will dazzle your senses!”
FACE Vocal Band @ 10:45PM “Blending modern popular tunes with complex harmonies, brilliant beat-box rhythms and superb singing!”
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) is the largest privately operated non-profit cancer center in the world. MSKCC is dedicated to caring for patients with cancer, advanced research, and training healthcare professionals in the specialties and sub specialties of cancer care.
Why do women roar for equality? It is incredulous that in 2017, this question still needs to be answered. But, after a recent personal encounter with a millennial young woman, I realized the importance of reiterating to the masses of men and women why women roar for equality. Our next generations of women fully need to comprehend why they are partaking in events as The Women’s March.
“I AM STRONG, I AM INVINCIBLE, I AM WOMAN”
A new Off-Broadway Musical called ‘This One’s For The Girls’ is the impetus behind the question. Written by Dorothy Marcic, the show takes the audience through the decades of a woman — from the 1900s to present day — portraying the roles of women through drama and song. Forty of the Top 40 Hit songs about women are thread throughout the production including “Stand By Your Man,” “I Want to be Loved by You,” “Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend,” “I Will Follow Him,” “You Don’t Own Me,” “Respect,” ‘I Am Women” and “This Girl’s on Fire.”
One of the scenes depicts the original American teenage girls from the 60s, waiting anxiously by the old-fashioned phone for a boy to call. We’re talking pre-cell phones, internet, Facebook, Snapchat and the like. It was at that point, that the young millennial women named Joy turned to me asking if that really happened?
Incredulous, right? It was at that point that I realized how uninformed our next generation — especially of women — are on the hows and whys of the women’s movement. I am guestimating that most of the young girls and women who advocated and walked during this year’s Women’s March were clueless on how long the female sex has been striving for equality and the long history of why women are roaring now.
Couple that with a backdrop of slides showing photographs of prominent women and men over the century who have helped to frame the woman’s role such as civil rights activist Rosa Parks, heart throbs Bobby Darrin and David Cassidy, women’s advocate Gloria Steinhem, Actresses Marilyn Monroe and Jane Fonda, musician Janice Joplin — the list is endless.
Ignorance Is Not Bliss When It Comes To Women’s Equality
“Every mom should be taking their daughter to see this show. And, wouldn’t it be fabulous if their sons would see it, too?” — Abbe Sparks, Socially Sparked News
As a mother to a millennial, I speak the truth when I say, “every mom should be taking their daughter to see this show. And, wouldn’t it be fabulous if their sons would see it, too?” I repeat, “ignorance is not bliss” but an eye opener to the evolution of a women’s role in society and the women’s movement.
I leave you with a quote I heard from Together For Girls‘ Daniela Ligiero cited from an ancient Chinese proverb.
‘This One’s For The Girls’, written by Dorothy Marcic is playing open-ended at St. Luke’s Theatre Off-Broadway in New York City. Visit their website for ticket information. http://thisonesforthegirlsthemusical.com
Ripple Effect Artists Reprise of SHE HAS A NAME Opens Off-Broadway 10/26 at The Sargent Theatre
A Ripple Effect Artists Presentation of the play by Andrew Kooman
Ripple Effect Artists will reprise its 2017 Off-Broadway production SHE HAS A NAME, the critically-acclaimed play by Andrew Kooman about sex trafficking at the Sargent Theatre from October 26 thru November 5 for nine performances. In conjunction with October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, each performance includes an educational talk-back by experts and/or survivors, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Gems (Girls Educating & Mentoring. Each show begins at 8:00pm, plus four matinees: October 28, 29, November 4 & 5. Tickets are $40 general admission and can be purchased through Ripple Effect Artists website: https://ripple-effect-artists-inc.ticketleap.com/she-has-a-name-reprise/ The Sargent Theatre is located at 314 West 54th Street, NYC. Ripple Effect Artists is an actor’s equity 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that moves audiences from apathy to action through art, creating a Ripple Effect.
SHE HAS A NAME tells the story of a young lawyer, who poses as a john to build a legal case against a brothel ring that is trafficking young girls internationally. His investigation centers on NUMBER 18, a girl forced to work as a prostitute, and discovers that her testimony is key to proving his case. Can he convince her to risk her life to testify for the sake of justice? The play is haunted by voices who usher Number 18 to her fate.
Playwright Andrew Kooman and Ripple Effect Artists re-worked the script to SHE HAS A NAME to create a United States version. For the Reprise, the brothel takes place in Los Angeles instead of abroad. The original SHE HAS A NAME toured across Canada from May to October 2012. In conjunction with the tour, A Better World raised money to help women and children who had been trafficked in Thailand as part of the country’s prostitution industry. This play received strong endorsement from Canadian activists, including MP Joy Smith, Ratanak International’s Brian McConaghy, and IJM Canada’s Jamie McIntosh. The play’s premiere and initial run were critically acclaimed. In the 2012 tour across Canada, SHE HAS A NAME was performed in several fringe theatre festivals, at which critics representing the Montreal Gazette, the Winnipeg Free Press, and CFEQ-FM said it stood out for its quality and moral content.
Ripple Effect Artists, Inc. is an actor’s equity 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that addresses injustice and causes social impact through art – primarily by producing masterful plays – presenting them along with talkback discussions in partnership with educators and advocacy groups. These events, their education plus their game-changing philanthropy cultivate empathy, shift audiences from APATHY to ACTION, and create a RIPPLE EFFECT in the larger community. www.rippleeffectartists.com
WHAT: SHE HAS A NAME, Ripple Effect Artists’ production of the critically-acclaimed play by Andrew Kooman
WHEN: October 26, 27, 28, 29 and November 2, 4 & 5
TIME: 8:00pm – 10:00pm all dates, plus 4 matinees
MATINEES: October 28, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
October 29, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
November 4, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
November 5, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
TALKBACKS: 10:00pm – 10:30pm
WHERE: The Sargent Theatre, 314 West 54th Street, NYC
SYNOPSIS:SHE HAS A NAME tells the story of a young lawyer, who poses as a john to build a legal case against a brothel ring that is trafficking young girls internationally. His investigation centers on NUMBER 18, a girl forced to work as a prostitute, and discovers that her testimony is key to proving his case. Can he convince her to risk her life to testify for the sake of justice? The play is haunted by voices who usher Number 18 to her fate.
ABOUT SHE HAS A NAME: Playwright Andrew Kooman and Ripple Effect Artists re-worked the script to SHE HAS A NAME to create a United States version. For the Reprise, the brothel takes place in Los Angeles instead of abroad. The original SHE HAS A NAME toured across Canada from May to October 2012. In conjunction with the tour, A Better World raised money to help women and children who had been trafficked in Thailand as part of the country’s prostitution industry. This play received strong endorsement from Canadian activists, including MP Joy Smith, Ratanak International’s Brian McConaghy, and IJM Canada’s Jamie McIntosh. The play’s premiere and initial run were critically acclaimed. In the 2012 tour across Canada, SHE HAS A NAME was performed in several fringe theatre festivals, at which critics representing the Montreal Gazette, the Winnipeg Free Press, and CFEQ-FM said it stood out for its quality and moral content.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING: THE ISSUE
Trafficking of women and children globally is a $32 Billion industry. Many people think this is only a third world issue, but that is not true. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that between 2008 and 2010, 83% of sex trafficking victims found within the U.S. were U.S. citizens, and 40% of those victims were children. In NYC alone, it is a $1 Billion industry. Only a few months ago, The New York Post uncovered a Brooklyn Brothel that was secretly a front for human trafficking. Furthermore, the majority – upwards of 85% in some states – of trafficked children have had contact with the foster care system. Our nation’s foster care systems do not have the appropriate resources to address the epidemic of trafficking minors. The Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act (H.R.469) will change this by providing child welfare agencies with training and guidelines for working with youth who have been or currently are victims of trafficking.
ABOUT RIPPLE EFFECT ARTISTS: Ripple Effect Artists, Inc. is an actor’s equity 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that addresses injustice and causes social impact through art – primarily by producing masterful plays – presenting them along with talkback discussions in partnership with educators and advocacy groups. These events, their education plus their game-changing philanthropy cultivate empathy, shift audiences from APATHY to ACTION, and create a RIPPLE EFFECT in the larger community. www.rippleeffectartists.com
August sparks awareness for many health and social justice causes. ALS Disease, Immunization Month and Back to School; International Youth Day and World Humanitarian Day — to spotlight a few.
Here are a few key initiatives happening this August that we are <a href=”http://www.sociallysparkednews.com/advocacy” target=”_blank”>Socially Sparked</a>™ about:
ALS HOME HEALTH CARE AWARENESS
Pete Frates was diagnosed with ALS on March 13, 2012. The “Ice Bucket Challenge” co-founder (2014) has greatly impacted how the world sees the disease. But, unfortunately there is so much more to it.
Pete Frates returned to the hospital in early July, battling a vicious strain of pneumonia. Thankfully, he was released from the hospital end of July and is now home. His routine, and the routine of any homebound ALS patient, is anything but routine. According to a Boston Globe story, Frates requires 24/7 at-home nursing care, costing about $90,000 a month.
Enter 2017. Major League Baseball (MLB) is stepping up to the plate this month, teaming up with the ALS Association in support of the launch of the “Home Health Initiative.” MLB is working with its 30 clubs to raise at least $1 million to support the initiative. Together, they hope to defray home care costs for individuals and their families.
‘MLB Fights ALS’ Campaign
It’s only natural that MLB and the ALS Association would find a way to work together to benefit the ALS Disease (a/k/a Lou Gherig’s Disease). After all, in 1939 when Lou Gehrig stood on the mound, the world became aware of the disease. In 2014, Boston college player Pete Frates inspired the world to take part in the fight against ALS with the “Ice Bucket Challenge.”
August 1 – August 5: Every Fan Adds Up
In addition to a $50,000 MLB contribution, they will be providing a chance to win two tickets to a 2017 World Series Game. Every donation between August 1 to August 5 of $50 or more will be entered to win.
Each year in August, the National Public Health Information Coalition sponsors National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Here are suggestions for how to keep on top of your vaccinations.
July/August – Back to School: Ready for school? Make sure those vaccine records are up to date!
July 31-August 6 – Babies and Young Children: A healthy start begins with on-time vaccinations.
August 7-13 – Pregnant Women: Protect yourself and pass protection on to your baby.
August 14-20 – Adults: Vaccines are not just for kids.
August 21-27 – Preteens/Teens: Ensure a healthy future with vaccines.
A Few Important International August Days:
August 12th: INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY
“Youth Building Peace”
International Youth Day 2017 is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace. There is growing recognition that our young people are key constituents in ensuring the success of both, peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts. Our youth can and should play an important role in deterring and resolving conflicts. As agents of change, young people’s inclusion in the peace and security agenda and in society more broadly, is key to building and sustaining peace.
AUGUST 19th: WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY
World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on August 19th to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world.
The 2017 Campaign theme is #NotATarget. Humanitarian partners are coming together around the globe to reaffirm that civilians caught in conflict are #NotATarget. Through a global online campaign featuring an innovative partnership with Facebook Live, together with events held around the world, campaign supporters will raise their voices to advocate for those most vulnerable in war zones, and demand that world leaders do everything their power to protect civilians in conflict.
So many wonderful causes this August. Dive in. — Abbe is #SOCIALLYSPARKED™ — Tweet @asparks01
The Edge of Everyday, A Benefit Performance for theatre company Ripple Effect Artists in its pursuit to remount SHE HAS A NAME — a play with talk-backs about the pandemic of sex trafficking — is Tuesday, May 30th from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at The Elektra Theatre, 300 West 43rd Street, NYC. Tickets are $45 for general admission; $60 for VIP with cocktail hour. For tickets click here: TICKETS.
WHAT: The Edge of Every Day: benefit performance for Ripple Effect Artists
WHEN: Tuesday, May 30th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
WHERE: The Elektra Theatre, 300 West 43rd Street, 3rd FL, NYC
A special benefit performance featuring cabaret singer/vocalist Sandra Bargman (Broadway World award-nominee) in The Edge of Every Day with several opening acts and a special performance by renowned dancer, Katherine Crockett (Queen of the Night; former Principal Dancer, Martha Graham Dance Company, Guest soloist with Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project).
The Edge of Everyday is a modern mash-up of cabaret, ritual, and performance art. Recorded live at The Metropolitan Room, Sandra explores the seeming paradoxes of life, our fear of change and ultimately, our acceptance of these dichotomies. “The Edge” is where our resistance, our reluctance to embrace the diversity of life, collides with the inevitability of change in all the corners of our lives. Sandra considers the tension between these seeming paradoxes with poignancy and comedy, and with music ranging from David Bowie and Eric Clapton to Georgia Stitt and David Cantor, the show is a rowdy ride! Sandra received a Broadway World nomination for this show in 2015.
Renowned Dancer Katherine Crocket’s many credits include: star of Queen of the Night; former Principal Dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Guest soloist with Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project in a solo she choreographed called The Angel.
Sandra Bargman has appeared in Madison Square Garden’s Broadway National tour of CINDERELLA, starring Eartha Kitt. She has appeared Off-Broadway, most recently at The Lucille Lortel in Camille, a reading directed by Everett Quinton and starring George Busch, She has played leading roles in regional theaters, including Adelaide in Guys and Dolls at Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Eva in Evita at The Byham Theater in Pittsburgh. Sandra has sung in many of the cabaret rooms of NYC. She holds a BFA from Carnegie-Mello University. Her distinct voice can be heard in many radio and television commercials.
distinct voice can be heard in numerous radio and television commercials.
April finale showers unity today for International Jazz Day. A fitting ending to the month of Jazz Appreciation.
April 30th marks the sixth annual International Jazz Day highlighting the virtues of jazz as an educational tool and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people. The intent of jazz day is to foster greater appreciation not only for the music but also for the contribution it can make to building more inclusive societies.
International Jazz Day is celebrated in a different global host city each year. In partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, International Jazz Day
highlights the power of jazz as a force for freedom and creativity, promotes intercultural dialogue through respect and understanding, and unites people from all corners of the globe.
Whether you are a jazz promoter, jazz lover or newbie to the world of jazz, there are many ways to celebrate the day. For a complete list of events around the world visit: jazzday.com/events. Here are a few suggestions:
Havana, Cuba: The All-Star Global Concert at the historic Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of Cuba, the Cuban Institute of Music, and the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO will be live streamed on JazzDay.com (April 30, 9 pm EDT), and will feature an extraordinary array of artists from around the world paying tribute to the international art form of jazz.
New York City:All Sides of Ella with Ulysses Owens, Jr. & Friends with drummer/music director Ulysses Owens, Jr.; pianist Allyn Johnson; trumpeter Alphonso Horne; bassist Alex Claffy; and vocalists Brianna Thomas and Alyson Williams.
In just the past few years, Ulysses Owens, Jr. has performed at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola with artists including Christian McBride, child prodigy Joey Alexander, Steve Wilson, Mulgrew Miller, Steve Nelson, the Swing Collective, and the New Century Jazz Quartet. Already one of today’s most high-profile sidemen, this GRAMMY® Award winner and DownBeat Rising Star has recently stepped into a leadership role and assembled some top-shelf groups. Tonight’s band features a monster lineup similar to the one Owens led in 2016’s Celebrating Ellington and Beyond program. This year, they’ll be honoring the many sides of the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald as part of their Ella Fitzgerald Festival. This show is highly recommended for any kind of jazz fan.
In celebration of International Jazz Day, the Jazz Institute of Chicago honors the diversity of jazz and its ability to forge new connections by featuring two ensembles that represent the global influences of the music. Mexican drummer Gustavo Cortiñas presents music from his new album “Esse,“ which “gathers fellow musicians from Chicago to contemplate, through composition and improvisation.” Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan performs a blend of American jazz, Gypsy jazz, Flamenco, and folk music
ProjectNextUp, in partnership with the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, will present the second edition of HEROES (HER Original Empowering Stories) on April 15, 2017 in New York City. HEROES brings men and women of all ages into the conversation of reshaping the narrative of leadership and success in the music and entertainment industry. Themed Against All Odds, the day will highlight the stories often untold of groundbreaking women–with the intention to strengthen and create a bolder next generation.
HEROES will feature talks, panels and networking as well as one-one-one professional development. Ticket holding attendees will have the opportunity to apply for a morning 1-on-1 Power Session with a speaker (first-come, first-served). Attemdees will be paired with someone who matches their interests and goals providing them an opportunity to spend quality time discussing personal goals and growth. These are specific and targeted conversations for professional development.
In Memoriam: multi-Grammy award-winner Al Jarreau died today at the age of 76. Just days after announcing his retirement and on the day of music’s biggest night, comes a blow to his many family, friends, colleagues and fans across the globe.
In his honor, we share one the all-time favorite love songs. Thank you Al Jarreau. RIP.
Ripple Effect Artists is an Actor’s Equity 501 (c) 3 Theatre Company that addresses injustice and causes social impact through art – primarily by producing masterful plays – presenting them along with talk-back discussions in partnership with educators and advocacy groups. These events, our education, and our game-changing philanthropy cultivate empathy, shift audiences from APATHY to ACTION, and create a RIPPLE EFFECT in the larger community.