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.
October is the month of awareness for Domestic Violence, Bullying Prevention, Breast Cancer, Mental Health and a slew of other equally important health and social issues that plague our society. Support your cause and be an agent of change. Here’s the highlighted list for October 2019.
National Liver Cancer Awareness Month
Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Energy Awareness Month (Go Green)
Healthy Lungs Month
National Campaign for Healthier Babies Month
National Physical Therapy Month
National Spinal Health Month
Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
National Psoriasis Month
National AIDS Awareness Month
National Dental Hygiene Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Celiac Sprue Awareness Month
SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Awareness Month
Eye Injury Prevention Month
National Medical Librarians Month
Talk About Prescriptions Month
Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Hunger Awareness Month
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!”
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Bravo to Publicists everywhere for its National Publicist Day. A rare occasion that honors the usually behind-the-scenes celebrity-makers, brand-makers, influencers and the like. Let’s hear it for Publicists everywhere. What is a publicist, you say?
Publicist (def): A publicist is a person whose job it is to generate and manage publicity for a company, brand, or public figure, especially a celebrity or for a work such as a book, film or album. Most top-level publicists work in private practice, handling multiple clients.
One of the hardest, most stressful and most rewarding worker-bee jobs you can have is that of a publicist. I do fall in this category. While my talents have morphed over the years to keep up with and move ahead of the times – the invaluable training I received at Warner Communications as a glorified publicist stays in my blood.
“Do it with Passion or Not at All” – Abbe Sparks Motto, Abbe Sparks Media Group, LLC
TWO PUBLICIST GURUS of the PAST
P. T. Barnum (1810 – 1891)`– The original showman, Phineas Taylor “P. T.” Barnum a/k/a P.T. Barnum — credited with creating the circus concept with his “Barnum’s American Museum” (1841), “P.T. Barnum’s Great Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan, and Hippodrome” (1875); a few other formations. until it eventually led to the formation of the beloved Ringling Brother’s Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Harry Brand (1895 – 1989) – the fun-loving Brand became the first publicity director of 20th Century Fox studio in 1935. Known as the “Herald of Hyperbole” and a prominent fixer, he used his connections and powerful columnists to keep scandals and indiscretions involving his clients from making headlines. At his death, he was recognized as the last of those infamous hype-men known as the Hollywood Press Agent.
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
June shines awareness on Environment, Summer Fests, Gay Pride and more. It’s the month to celebrate the official onset of Summer — fathers, weddings and events galore. Here are five top June Events to know.
5 Top June Summer Events to Know
National Safety Month (NSC) — Each year in June, the National Safety Council focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. Thousands of organizations work together annually to raise awareness on what it takes to keep each other safe. Each week of the month will focus on a different safety topic. Week 1: Stand Up to Falls; Week 2: Recharge to Be In Charge (Focusing on Fatigue); Week 3: Prepare for Active Shooters; Week 4: Don’t Just Sit There (Focusing on Ergonomics) and for its members: Road Safety for Workers. #nationalsafetymonth
WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY* — Held annually since 1972 on the 5th of June, World Environment Day is the biggest annual event for positive environmental action. The theme is always selected by the host country who, in 2017 is Canada. The theme: Connecting People to Nature – implores us to get outdoors and into nature – to appreciate its beauty and its importance, and to take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share. There are many ways to celebrate the Day:
-Join the Global Album: take a photo or video of your fave place in nature and use #WorldEnvironmentalDay or #WithNature
–Explore Nature: Go outside, discover species in your everyday world using iNaturalist
–Plan an Outdoor Activity: Celebrate with a picnic, a group cleanup, a walk in the park, a swim. There are countless activities to choose.
GAY AND LESBIAN (LGBT) PRIDE MONTH – a/k/a Gay, Lesbian, Sexual and Transgender Pride Month. Gay Pride or LGBT Pride is a worldwide movement asserting that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals should be proud of their sexual orientation and gender identity. The three main messages are: (1) people should be proud of their sexual orientation and gender identity; (2) sexual diversity is a gift, and (3) sexual orientation and gender identity are inherent and cannot be intentionally altered. .
The month was chosen to remember the 1969 riot at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on famed Christopher Street in Manhattan. On June 28,1970, the first march commemorating the anniversary of the riot took place in NYC – the first of its kind in the United States. Many claim that the Stonewall Inn Riot marked the beginning of the gay liberation movement in the US.
Each city holds its own festivities and selects its own themes and dates to celebrate. You can find pride parades, marches, picnics, parties, memorials for those lost from HIV and AIDS, and other group gathering events that attract countless thousands of individuals. Three of the biggest cities — New York City, Chicago and San Francisco are all holding many events with parades and/or marches on June 25 Check your local community listings or the Pride Events website for LGBT Pride events happening near you.
SUMMER FESTIVALS – June marks the official onset of summer and well before the summer solstice on June 21, festival season is in high gear. From arts & crafts, to dance to music; from food, to hot-air balloons to air shows, you will find a festival to tickle your fancy. Families, individuals, couples and the like, there is a summer fest for everyone. Some of the largest free festivals include:
Artscape, July 21-July 23, Baltimore, MD – America’s largest free arts festival, attracting over 350,000 attendees over three days. Featuring: more than 150 fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople; visual art exhibits on and off-site, live concerts on outdoor stages; a full schedule of performing arts; and family events.
SummerStage, May thru October, Central Park, NYC – the largest free performing arts festival in New York City. Featuring: artists and genres that reflect the diverse cultures and communities in neighborhood parks across the five boroughs — from the iconic to the avant-garde, from opera to hip-hop, film to circus–and everything in between.
Chicago Air & Water Show, August 19-20, Chicago, IL– This air and water show is one of the largest free shows of its kind in the United States, taking place each year at Chicago’s lakefront at North Avenue Beach. Featuring: l a wide variety of military and civilian aerial demonstration teams with daredevil pilots performing their stunts in the skies above Past headliners included the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights.
FATHER’S DAY – Perhaps the biggest festival of all – paying homage to dads everywhere. Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads around the world! Enjoy!
June’s offerings do run the gamut from important cause events to Summertime festival fun. Happy June! – Abbe Sparks @asparks01
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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