Dubbed “the punk ballerina” for her audacity, ambition, and pure raw talent, Karole Armitage exploded onto the dance scene in 1981 with her groundbreaking work Drastic-Classicism. Since then, the artist has held numerous directorial positions at companies around the world and created genre-bending works inspired by such topics as theoretical physics, 16th-century Florence, and dance. Specializing in an aesthetic as precise as it seems improvised, Armitage and her daring company strive to challenge the preconceived notions of both audiences and the dance establishment.
Art of the Stand-Up Comic brings together a quintet of gut-busting talents who elicit laughter in one evening of tag-team hilarity. Carole Montgomery shows off the wickedly deadpan sarcasm that has won her gigs on Comedy Central, ABC, and MTV, whereas the author of The Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing, Jim Mendrinos, tickles ribs with wry observational rants. Voice actor extraordinaire Brian Scott McFadden has lent his talents to such films as Ice Age II and Robots and interlaces high-energy monologues with hilarious impressions and characters. Also taking the stage, the youngest female comic to ever perform on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, Liz Miele, mixes self-deprecating sarcasm with cutting insight, and Lori Sommer shows off the improvisational powers that led her to cofound the renowned Red Tie Mafia Improv Troupe.
Selected by Nightclub & Bar magazine as the Nightclub of the Year in 2011 and designated a city landmark in 2008, Webster Hall's four floors hold more than 125 years of history, from the Grand Ballroom to the Balcony Lounge. The building’s iconic framework has hosted such major acts as Prince and Mick Jagger, and served as a speakeasy, a lecture hall, and a mentor to troubled teenage buildings since its construction in 1886.
A yiddish theater, a burlesque house, a meeting place for the Polish Army Veterans Association—the building at 17 Irving Place has filled many roles since its christening in 1860. It wasn't until it became a music venue in the 1970s, though, that it found its true calling. Hosting early concerts by such bands as the Ramones and the Talking Heads, Irving Plaza built a reputation as one of the city's best places to see the next big thing. That reputation has only grown through the years, with Complex recently naming it one of the Top 10 Best Concert Venues in America.
Each day during the Story Improv workshop, students ages 5–8 will enact the adventures of a children's storybook. The On the Spot: Improvisation session, best for students 8–14, will have students acting without scripts in order to build their quick wit and confidence. During the intensive two-week Piece Makers class, budding actors, playwrights, and directors ages 8–14 will create and perform their own original piece of theater. After learning many of the exercises and games used by the Irondale Theater Company, the class will become its own acting troupe and debut their show. This workshop includes pizza dinner for the players followed by post-performance refreshments for all.
The majestic opera house of The Hammerstein erupts in an aural fireworks and visual bombast as beloved indie dance-punk duo Matt and Kim rings in the New Year with a exhilarating set of high-energy party anthems. With Kim’s frenetic drum pounding and Matt’s propulsive keyboarding, the continually skyrocketing DIY architects of pop have scored a devoted following and their own line of sneakers with hits such as the gold single “Daylight” and the MTV Breakthrough Award–winning track “Lessons Learned,” which taught countless people not to leave mayonnaise in the sun. With a brisk sound that sends hip-hop through art school and makes twee pop do pushups, along with dazzling lights and costume changes, Matt and Kim’s athletic set starts the New Year off better than coffee brewed in a disco ball. Starting the show, fellow party instigators Super Mash Bros. blend the hits of the ‘90s with modern rap anthems into sonic smoothies, and psychedelic electronic magicians Body Language get crowds moving with bundles of boogie-inducing dynamite.