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James Baldwin, This Time! 4/23-27 New York Live Arts *Live Ideas 2014

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Live Ideas: James Baldwin,This Time!
Apr 23 – 27

James Baldwin, one of the most eminent and evocative American essayists, novelists and playwrights of the twentieth century, would have been ninety years old on August 2, 2014. New York Live Arts will observe the occasion by devoting its second Live Ideas to exploring the continuing pertinence of the achievement and the thinking of the prophetic author of seminal works like Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953), Giovanni’s Room (1956), and The Fire Next Time (1963).

As with our 2013 survey of The Worlds of Oliver Sacks, this edition of the humanities festival will feature lectures, panels, performances and a full range of artistic responses.

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The Year Of James Baldwin

A City-Wide Multidisciplinary Celebration of James Baldwin April 2014 – June 2015 A consortium of cultural organizations from throughout New York City is uniting to declare 2014-15 The Year of James Baldwin on what would have been the great American essayist, novelist, playwright, poet, and activist James Baldwin’s 90th year (he was born in Harlem on August 2, 1924). The principal conveners of this multidisciplinary festival will consist of copartners Harlem Stage; New York Live Arts; and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Other participants will include the Vera List Center at the New School, New York University, the Harlem Book Fair, and others to be announced. The Year will launch April 23 to 27 with the second annual installment of New York Live Arts’ Live Ideas festival, this year entitled James Baldwin, This Time! with twenty events spread over five days. It will culminate in the spring of 2015 with major programming at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse. Events throughout the city will celebrate this often overlooked American writer who is arguably the most profound and imperative voice of the twentieth century.

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“Jimmy at High Noon” (A Series of Five Daily Readings)

Apr 23 – 27 at 12pm
Tickets: FREE
Location: New York Live Arts Studios

Presented in partnership with Columbia University School of the Arts, this noon-time series features poets, actors, musicians, essayists, and scholars reading from a range of James Baldwin’s classics, as well as discussing his impact on their lives and thinking. Speakers include poets Nikki Finney and Yusef Komunyakaa; writers Hilton Als and Darryl Pinckney; actors Jesse L. Martin and André Deshields; musicians Vijay Iyer and Jason Moran; and playwrights Suzan-Lori Parks and Marcus Gardley, among others to be announced at a later date. “Jimmy at High Noon” will be overseen by director, Patricia McGregor, with dramaturgy by Columbia Faculty and Baldwin scholar, Rich Blint.

Wed, Apr 23 at 2:30pm
Tickets: $15
Location: New York Live Arts StudiosMacArthur Award winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, who studied with Baldwin at Mount Holyoke in the early 80s and considers him a crucial mentor and influence in her own development, discusses her years there with Roberta Uno, Senior Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, who staged a groundbreaking Baldwin production during those same years. Additional participants to be announced.

Nothing Personal

Wed, Apr 23 at 5pm, Thur, Apr 24 at 8pm
Tickets: $40/$15
Location: New York Live Arts Theater

Director Patricia McGregor, working with Colman Domingo (Passing Strange and The Butler), and with the cooperation of the Richard Avedon Foundation, brings the wrenching 1964 Avedon/Baldwin book collaboration to life in a world premiere theatrical production.

Baldwin’s New York

Fri, Apr 25 at 5:30pm
Tickets: $15
Location: New York Live Arts StudiosBaldwin’s niece Aisha Karefa-Smart discusses his New York roots with Patricia Cruz, executive director of Harlem Stage, among others.

Stew On ‘Native Song’

Friday, April 25 at 8pm
Tickets: $35/$15
Location: New York Live Arts Theater

In a dynamic and intimate evening, Tony Award (Passing Strange) and Obie Award winning artist, Stew, will share his creative process and his lifelong journey into the world of Baldwin for his new work Notes of a Native Song, commissioned and produced by Harlem Stage, Notes of a Native Song premieres in June 2015. This insightful evening will engage audiences through fragments of work in progress: songs, poems, sermons and projections, using the work of James Baldwin and the locale of Harlem as filters through which to view the role of black artists in America, as well as springboards from which to leap into future questions of black art. Notes of a Native Song investigates, at times interrogates, the relationship between art and the black community, and asks what exactly a black American artist owes to this notion of community.

Carl Hancock Rux
Stranger On Earth

Saturday, April 26 at 2pm
Tickets: $35/$15
Location: New York Live Arts Theater

A preview of a new work commissioned and produced by Harlem Stage, Stranger on Earth imagines a chance meeting between writer James Baldwin and singer Dinah Washington at a Harlem jazz club in 1963. Drawing from Baldwin’s essays including Notes of a Native Son; Nobody Knows My Name; and The Fire Next Time — combined with Rux’s original dialogue and performed by Rux and Marcelle Davies Lashley — This work in progress showing addresses issues regarding race, identity, music and the future of a world both are struggling to understand.

Jimmy’s Blues:
Discussing the Poetry of James Baldwin

Sat, Apr 26 at 5:30pm
Tickets: $15
Location: New York Live Arts Studios

Curated by Alice Quinn, Poetry Editor at The Dish, this poetry event will feature prominent poets and scholars reading from Jimmy’s Blues.

Charles O. Anderson and Dianne McIntyre
Baldwin Through Dance

Apr 26 at 8pm
Apr 27 at 2pm

Charles O. Anderson and Dianne McIntyre
Baldwin Through Dance

Sat, Apr 26 at 8pm; Sun, Apr 27 at 2pm
Tickets: $40/$15
Location: New York Live Arts Theater

Charles O. Anderson will present the NYC premiere of Restless Natives, immediately following the work’s world premiere as part of the 2014 Fusebox Festival in Austin, TX. Infused with a stunning sound score and original texts by poet Ursula Rucker, this work is inspired by James Baldwin’s seminal work Another Country.

One of the First Ladies of Dance, Dianne McIntyre will present the world premiere of Time is Time, bringing her soulfully embodied presence to the stage alongside live original music and two additional dancers.

Letter From A Region of My Mind Mural

Ongoing throughout the festival

Letter From A Region of My Mind Mural

Ongoing throughout the festival
Tickets: FREE

Over 88 pages from the November 1962 New Yorker magazine where Baldwin’s piece “Letter from a Region of My Mind” (the basis for what was to become his great book The Fire Next Time) first appeared will be reproduced in its entirety and mounted at Live Arts. The text is flanked by advertisements from the era, incongruously depicting luxury goods.

Concluding Conversation: Lebowitz & Tóibín

April 27 at 6pm

Concluding Conversation: Lebowitz & Tóibín

Sunday, April 27 at 6pm
Tickets: $40/$15
Location: New York Live Arts Theater

Writer, sardonic provocateur, and New Jersey émigré Fran Lebowitz (Metropolitan Life, Social Studies, etc.) and award-winning Irish novelist and essayist, Columbia Professor Colm Tóibín (The Master; The Testament of Mary; New Ways to Kill Your Mother, among many others) discuss Baldwin’s legacy and his remarkable and enduring impact on their own lives and vantages.

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