Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex to open in Soho in Nov.
Cleveland, OH- This fall, New York City’s love of music will hit a high note. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
and Museum will open a 25,000 square foot ANNEX location in the heart of Soho at 76 Mercer Street. This experiential, technologically
advanced exhibition will focus on the greatest moments in rock history and will resonate with everyone from the casual music
fan to the seasoned rock enthusiast.
The Annex will take visitors beyond the typical museum experience, and engage people in a dynamic and immersive music journey
that recalls some of the defining moments in rock and roll history through the artists that changed our world. Visitors will
discover the moments ignited by music revolutionaries like John Lennon, Madonna, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan. The exhibits
will highlight rock and roll’s impact on music, allowing visitors to discover, or rediscover, their connection to it
“New York City has a longstanding reputation as the land of opportunity for aspiring artist and musicians, and as
a result some of the most internationally-celebrated musical performers of this Century have had their start right here on
our streets,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “It’s only fitting that the role our City has played in launching
the careers of so many of the world’s most talented artists be recognized and honored with the opening of the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame Annex.”
The Annex will showcase selected artifacts from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s vast collection. The
Annex will also extend the Museum’s mission to honor key cities that have helped shape the history of rock and roll.
“Establishing outposts like these is becoming a strategy of other major institutions,” said Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame and Museum CEO Terry Stewart, citing the Guggenheim Museum of New York, Britain’s Tate Modern and the Louvre
in Paris as examples. “These projects allow museums to extend their reach, but also provide space to travel exhibits
and allow curators to display some of our priceless artifacts for the first time outside of Cleveland.”
The announcement was made today by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Billy Joel, Clive Davis, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
CEO Terry Stewart and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation CEO Joel Peresman.
|Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Cleveland, Ohio
The iconic Museum in Cleveland, designed by I.M. Pei, is the centerpiece and starting point for the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame’s telling of the story of rock and roll. The 150,000 square-foot facility celebrates the history and impact
of rock music with exhibits, films, interactive kiosks, education programs and public events.
“Rock and roll is embedded in the history of our times and has changed the world around us,” said co-founder
of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and editor and publisher of Rolling Stone Magazine Jann Wenner. “The Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame and Museum and now its extension, the Annex, help us to illustrate in a tangible way music’s impact on the cultural,
social and political history of the modern era.”
The experience begins as soon as visitors enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex.
--Hall of Fame: This initial area pays tribute to each and every artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and
introduces, ignites and primes the audience.
--Immersive Theater: An engaging and dynamic movie experience that uses immersive audio and visual technology to highlight
some of the most explosive performance moments in rock history including Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley,
The Who and Patti Smith.
From this point on, visitors will receive a set of high-quality PX200 Sennheiser stereo headphones and a state-of-the-art
wireless audio system. As visitors walk freely around the exhibit, they will hear only relevant music specific to the gallery
zones they are experiencing.
--Roots & Influences: A visual and musical discovery of how yesterday’s music legends have influenced the chart-toppers
at the forefront of today’s music scene; bringing to life musical timelines of genres such as R&B, Hip Hop and Blues
Rock. Hear how the best selling albums of 50 Cent and Notorious B.I.G. have been shaped by the genius of James Brown, and
how Velvet Underground has guided Coldplay’s expressive style.
--Moments to Movements: This area within the Annex will take visitors on a journey of the musical moments that created
and defined powerful movements, and showcases many exciting and rare rock items. Examples include a white Vox electric guitar
from The Beatles that has never been showcased elsewhere, the necklace Jimi Hendrix wore at Monterey Pop Festival in one of
the most notable live performances ever, and the handwritten lyrics to ‘U.S. Blues’ by The Grateful Dead. An electrifying
soundtrack brings these items to life throughout this gallery.
--New York Rocks: As an ongoing homage to a city that has been so integral in music history, the Annex will have a permanent
“New York Rocks” exhibition that will include an oversized interactive map to highlight key locations around Manhattan
that have musical significance, including Studio 54 and The Chelsea Hotel. The gallery also includes the notebook in which
Billy Joel wrote all the lyrics for “The Stranger” album, the ‘Big Suit’ worn onstage by David Byrne
in Talking Heads, and many of the physical elements, including the front awning and cash register, from the recently closed
CBGB, the infamous club that is so entrenched in New York rock history.
--Cleveland Rocks: The Annex will include special exhibits and displays that give visitors a taste of the larger experience
at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. These exhibits will showcase elements of the Cleveland Museum’s
collection and engage in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame experience via visitation, membership, online participation and/or
philanthropic support. --
Other highlights throughout include an untitled, handwritten poem by Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley’s motorcycle jacket,
Michael Jackson’s velvet jacket from “We Are The World”, John Lennon’s Record Plant Piano, Bruce Springsteen’s
1957 Chevy and much, much more.About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars
from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both
through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through
its library and archives as well as its educational programs.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex NYC is proudly sponsored by Best Buy, Diesel for Bloomingdales, Citi and Gibson. Additional
supporting partners include Sony, Sennheiser, Klein + Hummel, Kohler and Brocade Home.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ANNEX NYC will open in November at 76 Mercer Street in Soho. map.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex website.
See the museum’s press release for details on other planned galleries.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- Days after the Twin Towers fell, thousands of first responders aided New York in its devastating
crisis, giving Americans a great sense of hope. Seven years later, many of those heroes have been forgotten-and worse, over
15,000 have become gravely ill.
Steven Centore, author of the new book One of Them: A First Responder's Story, was
one of the many who volunteered to assist in the immediate aftermath of the attack on September 11, 2001, and then during
the eighteen-month-long recovery efforts.
Mr. Centore's book has shed light on the neglect of the first responders
and caught the attention of New York musician Paul Zunno.
"After reading One of Them, I felt compelled to raise awareness
about the great sacrifice that was made by these men and women," says the musician.
In an attempt to get involved,
Mr. Zunno recorded the new single "Hold Me Up" and teamed up with John Feal, founder and president of the FealGood Foundation,
a non-profit organization created to provide financial assistance to first responders and educate the public about the effects
9/11 has had on their health.
"The attack didn't end on September 11," says Mr. Centore. "It continues to this day
as first responders suffer from the aftereffects. It's almost like radiation poisoning after a nuclear attack-first come the
initial victims and then, those who've been poisoned by the clouds of lethal dust."
As of today, the toxins at Ground
Zero have affected:
• 4,517 people with upper respiratory ailments
• 3,857 with lower respiratory illness
• 398 with lung disease
• 2,616 with asthma
• 1,340 with sleep apnea
• 2,528 with
heart conditions caused or worsened by 9/11
"And that's only what's been officially reported in medical records,"
says Mr. Centore. "There are a host of other ailments such as cancer, diseases affecting vital organs and mental health issues."
Mr. Zunno adds, "I'm a New Yorker and should have known about this much sooner. 'Hold Me Up' is probably one of the
most personal songs I have ever written, and I wanted Steve, John and all of the responders to know that they have my support."
In an effort to assist Ground Zero workers, Mr. Zunno has decided to donate 100 percent of the profits from his new
song (available for download on iTunes and CDbaby.com) to the FealGood Foundation. For more information, you can visit www.zunno.com.
"I think that if given the opportunity, most people would want to contribute to this cause," says Mr. Zunno. "Here's
their chance to help while the political end of this gets worked out."
To learn more about how you can help, or to buy
the breakout book One of Them: A First Responder's Story, visit www.SteveCentore.com or www.wadv-oneofthem.com. The book is
also available on Borders.com, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.
For more information about One of Them: A First
Responder's Story, contact Steve Centore directly at Scentore@yahoo.com.
WORLDWIDE ASSOCIATION OF DISABLED VETERANS,
INC. and author Steven Centore chose Arbor Books, Inc. (www.ArborBooks.com) to design and promote One of Them: A First Responder's
Story. Arbor Books is an internationally renowned, full-service book design, ghostwriting and marketing firm.
of Them: A First Responder's Story by Steven M. Centore; ISBN: 0-9801274-0-8; $16.95; 208 pages; 5½"x 8½"; softcover; Worldwide
Association of Disabled Veterans, Inc
Graphic Arts Exhibition at The New York Public Library Sheds Light on Aesthetic and
Social Ideals of Early 20th-Century Eastern Europe
The radical early 20th-century experiments in modern art and design of east-central and eastern Europe are explored in
the exhibition Graphic Modernism from the Baltic to the Balkans, 1910-1935, opening October 5, 2007
at The New York Public Library's Humanities and Social Sciences Library. The progressive writers and visual artists of this
region relied on abstract compositions based on geometric forms to convey both aesthetic and social ideas. Their work represents
a revolutionary attempt to create a new visual vocabulary appropriate for a modern era. The interplay between post-World War
I national revivals and the broader European modernist artistic and literary movements of the early 20th century is evident
in the approximately 60 works on paper, primarily printed materials (books, book jackets, periodicals, posters, and printed
ephemera) in more than a dozen languages of eastern Europe. Drawn from eight departments and collections at The New York Public
Library, this exhibition of eastern European modernism is the first of its kind organized by the Library, and many of the
individual books and artifacts from the historic foundation collections of the Library are on display for the first time.
Graphic Modernism will be on view through January 27, 2008 in the Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Gallery at the Humanities
and Social Sciences Library, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Admission is free. To complement the exhibition, there will be
a free series of public programs at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library, a free series of films at the Donnell Library
Center, and a notable companion volume, Graphic Modernism from the Baltic to the Balkans, 1910-1935, published by
The New York Public Library (see separate release). For further exhibition and program information, telephone 212.869.8089
or visit www.nypl.org/ .
Companion Volume, Free Lecture Series, and Free Film Screenings, Complement Graphic
Modernism Exhibition at The New York Public Library
The modernist movements of the early 20th century suffused the arts, the humanities, and the social beliefs of the time.
There was a utopian faith in the power of art to transform reality: aesthetically, socially, and politically. In conjunction
with the free exhibition Graphic Modernism from the Baltic to the Balkans, 1910-1935, on
view from October 5, 2007 through January 27, 2008 at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library, Fifth Avenue
and 42nd Street, there is an accompanying Graphic Modernism Lecture Series at the Humanities and Social Sciences
Library and a film series, Featuring...Modernism in Motion, at the Donnell
Media Center, focusing on some of the other elements of this confluence of aesthetics and ethics, progressive design and directed
action. A book of the same name, Graphic Modernism from the Baltic to the Balkans, 1910-1935,
has been published by The New York Public Library as a companion volume to the exhibition.
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Restores and Edits Historic Film
of George Balanchine and Suzanne Farrell Performing in Balanchine's Don Quixote
The Jerome Robbins Dance Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts has restored and preserved the
1965 film of a historic performance of George Balanchine's three-act ballet Don Quixote and has edited the two-camera, uncut
film into a complete, edited videotape version available for public viewing at the Library. The project was completed with
the participation of Suzanne Farrell, the ballerina for whom the lead role of Dulcinea was created and who is currently the
Artistic Director of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The premiere screenings
of the newly edited Don Quixote recording will take place September 5 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and September
18 at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
The New York Public Library's Bronx Library Center is Now Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Seven Days a Week
The New York Public Library's Bronx Library Center is now open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The new schedule
represents a significant expansion of open hours, building on the City's investment in library service citywide this past
July, when it provided funding for each location to be open six days a week. In addition to the six-day service now available
at all Library locations, additional hours are now offered at 11 branch libraries located in the central and northwest Bronx.
|92ND STREET Y UNTERBERG POETRY CENTER |
|2007/2008 SEASON PREVIEW|
|New York, NY, August, 8, 2007—With a new culture season upon us, the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry
Center offers a preview of events for the 2007/2008 season. Tickets are available at 212-415-5500 or online at www.92Y.org/poetry.|
The 2007/2008 season brings an international flavor to the Poetry Center, beginning with Nobel
Prize-winning West Indian poet Derek Walcott (September 17). Mario Vargas Llosa, who hails from Peru, reads
from his newest novel, Falling Man (October 15); Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian novelist, will appear
with literary superstar Dave Eggers. Accompanying them is Sudanese civil war refugee Valentino Achak Deng, around
whom Eggers based his latest fictionalized biography, What is the What (January 7); Ireland's Roddy Doyle and
Scotland's A.L. Kennedy share the stage to present their newest writing (January 23); Turkish novelist Elif Shafak
reads from her latest novel (February 11); and Hungarian Imre Kertész, winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Literature,
returns to the Y in the spring. He is accompanied by his dear friend and countryman, pianist András Schiff, who also
performs (April 17). The many poets who take the podium include Mary Jo Bang, Adam Zagajewski, Franz Wright and Li
Young Lee. Finally, in the latest of several Poetry Center appearances, poet and translator Anne Carson reads some
of her work (March 26).
The 92nd Street Y Poets' Theatre, which is the Poetry Center's ongoing series of verse
dramas, plays, and theatrical adaptations of literary texts designed to emphasize language and the aural experience of theater,
stages two productions this season—WILLIAM BLAKE AT 250, a one-person show by British actress Ruth Rosen (December
3), and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa and dramaturge Chad Gracia's adaptation of Gilgamesh,
directed by Robert Scanlan (April 28). January brings a dramatic reading called SEVEN, a performance of monologues
by seven award-winning playwrights, based on personal interviews and oral histories of seven inspiring women from some of
the world's most troubled nations (January 21). The Poetry Center and Theatre for a New Audience offer a preview of
TFANA's January 2007 production of SHAKESPEARE's Antony and Cleopatra, starring Emmy-winning actress Christine Baranski.
Baranski reads scenes from the play with other cast members after which TFANA artistic director Jeffrey Horowitz talks
with the play's director, Darko Tresnjak (March 3).
The Poetry Center presents the fourth season of AFTERNOON NIGHT TABLE, its series of daytime
conversations with writers, hosted this year by award-winning journalist Roger Rosenblatt. Among those who discuss
their work, their interests—and their reading choices—are Joyce Carol Oates (Nov 9), Garry Trudeau
(Dec 5), Christopher Durang (Feb 15) and Garrison Keillor (Apr 9). BIOGRAPHERS & BRUNCH offers Janet
Malcolm on Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas (October 7), Arnold Rampersand on Ralph Ellison (January 20) and
Hermione Lee on Edith Wharton (April 13). CRITICS & BRUNCH series includes such varied speakers as biographer Judith
Thurman (Oct 28) and Shakespeare scholar Eric Rasmussen (Mar 2). THE CRITIC'S VOICE series features A Tribute
to Parnassus, the poetry journal closing its doors after 30 years (December 10). The Psalms: A Reading and Conversation
is our second event featuring translator Robert Alter, who discusses the 150 psalms with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist
Marilynne Robinson (December 17). Finally, music legend Paul Simon appears as part of THE LYRICIST'S VOICE series
to discuss the art of lyric writing with former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins (February 20).
The Poetry Center unveils a new children's reading series this season with A Wrinkle
in Time at 45, featuring author Madeleine L'Engle's granddaughter, Charlotte Jones Voiklis. Ms. Voiklis
reads from the book and talk about L'Engle's life and work (December 15). Next up is acclaimed actor Jim Dale, the
voice behind the audio recordings of the entire Harry Potter series (February 16). In the spring, English Poet Laureate
Andrew Motion reads some of his favorite poems for children (April 5) and the Poetry Center hosts A Tribute to Maurice
Sendak (May 12), to celebrate the famed children's book author and illustrator's 80th birthday. The tribute features playwright
Tony Kushner (Sendak's Brundibar collaborator) and composer Oliver Knussen (who wrote the opera version
of Where the Wild Things Are from Sendak's libretto), along with other friends and colleagues.
|ABOUT THE 92nd STREET Y UNTERBERG POETRY CENTER|
For decades, the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center has served as a public literary
salon and a place for writers to learn their craft. The legendary Poetry Center opened in 1939 with a reading by William Carlos
Williams. In the following decades he was followed by virtually every great 20th century writer—Dylan Thomas, Elizabeth
Bishop, W.H. Auden, Jorge Luis Borges and Langston Hughes, to name but a few. The tradition continues in 2006: the Unterberg
Poetry Center's 67th Season. Today, the Center presents readings by poets, novelists and playwrights, and talks with critics,
biographers and scholars. Through its Poets' Theatre, the Center produces masterfully written dramas performed by accomplished
actors. The Center's extensive Writing Program gives working adults access to teachers who are practicing authors,
a rarity outside M.F.A. programs. Community outreach programs offer high-school students access to world-famous authors
and new immigrants literacy-training through literature. Young writers find support at the Center through annual readings
that pair established writers with emerging writers; and The Discovery/The Nation poetry contest, for poets who have
not yet published a book. The 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center is part of the 92nd Street Y Tisch Center for the Arts,
which is endowed through the generosity of the Joan and Preston Robert Tisch family.
|ABOUT THE 92nd STREET Y|
Founded in 1874 by a group of visionary Jewish leaders, the 92nd Street Y has grown into a
wide-ranging cultural, educational and community center serving people of all ages, races, faiths and backgrounds. The 92nd
Street Y's mission is to enrich the lives of the over 300,000 people who visit each year — both in person and through
the Y's satellite, television, radio and Internet broadcasts. The organization offers comprehensive performing arts, film
and spoken word events; courses in the humanities, the arts, personal development and Jewish culture; activities and workshops
for children, teenagers and parents; and health and fitness programs for people of every age. Committed to making its programs
available to everyone, the 92nd Street Y awards nearly $1 million in scholarships annually and reaches out to 7,000 public
school children through fully-subsidized arts education programs. For more information, please visit www.92Y.org.