Some photos of CALA faculty member, John Hart’s staged reading of Moliere’s classic comedy, Tartuffe.
Emily Nussbaum opens her wonderful New Yorker article with a timely question, “Why did white women vote for Trump? For one source of insight, try “Feud,” on FX, a barbed and bittersweet fable about female self-sabotage. The latest provocation from Ryan Murphy, “Feud” is a dramatization of the making of the 1962 camp-classic movie “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?,” which starred Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Beneath the zingers and the poolside muumuus, the show’s stark theme is how skillfully patriarchy screws with women’s heads—mostly by building a home in there.
A prolific auteur with an abiding interest in glamour and cruelty, Murphy is a thrillingly ambitious risk-taker, bending old genres into fresh forms; he’s also famously inconsistent, a Rumpelstiltskin who can spin seemingly offensive concepts into gold—as in last year’s outstanding “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story”—or fly off the rails, sometimes in the same show. “Feud” is his most recent franchise, and, like “American Horror Story” and “American Crime Story,” it’s designed to tell one narrative a season.”
For the entire feature click New Yorker
Michael Zam, a co-writer of Feud, will be leading the TV writing intensive course at CALA this summer. Click on links below for other select courses being offered at CALA:
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 7 PM
The Dramatists Guild, 1501 Broadway, in the Mary Rogers Room
A matinee performance has been added due to increased demand.
Sunday, March 19 at 3 PM
Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave, Studio 17-I
CALA faculty member John Hart will star in and direct a staged reading of Moliere’s classic comedy of love and loss – Tartuffe. Joining him as cast members of the production are: Joyce Lynn, Ruth Aleskovsky, Memory Contento, Gerry Kelly, Sam Hunt, Frank Franconeri, Sheila Mart, and David Contento.
The Dramatists Guild, is located at 501 Broadway (between 43rd and 44th Streets) on the 7th Floor. For RSVP or Info email: email@example.com
During the summer semester Hart will be teaching the Digital Filmmaking Intensive. Click here for details and course description. Check out these performance courses scheduled for summer too:
Summer Registration opens on Monday, March 13.
The significance of March 8th – here’s a little history of a day most often ignored across the US.
The first official National Woman’s Day, held in the US, happened in New York City on February 28, 1909. (The organizers, members of the Socialist Party of America, wanted it to be on a Sunday so that working women could participate.) It was held in remembrance of the 1908 strike of the International Ladies Garment Worker’s Union. Thousands of people showed up to various events uniting the suffragist and socialist causes, whose goals had often been at odds. Labor organizer Leonora O’Reilly and others addressed the crowd at the main meeting in the Murray Hill Lyceum, at 34th Street and Third Avenue.
On March 19, 1911 (the 40th anniversary of the Paris Commune, a radical socialist government that briefly ruled France in 1871), the first International Woman’s Day was held, drawing more than 1 million people to rallies worldwide. With the outbreak of World War I in 1914, most attempts at social reform ground to a halt, but women continued to march and demonstrate on International Woman’s Day.
In 1917 against the backdrop of the First World War, women in Russia, led by feminist Alexandra Kollontai, chose to protest and strike for “Bread and Peace” in Petrograd on the last Sunday in February*. Many historians argue that this revolt proved to be an influential link in the chain of events that led to the abdication of Czar Nicholas II, and the Russian Revolution.
From its official adoption in Soviet Russia following the Revolution in 1917, the holiday was predominantly celebrated in communist and socialist countries. It was celebrated by the communists in China from 1922, and by Spanish communists from 1936. After the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949, the state council proclaimed on December 23 that March 8 would be made an official holiday with women in China given a half-day off.
In 1975 during International Women’s Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March. By 2014, it was celebrated in more than 100 countries, and had been made an official holiday in more than 25.
This year, the organizers of the post-election Women’s March are calling for a women’s strike in their “A Day Without a Woman” actions across the country. They suggest if you cannot take the day off from paid and unpaid labor, that you refrain from shopping and wear red in solidarity. In Ireland, however, supporters of the movement to repeal the Eight Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland, which outlaws abortion, are being asked to wear black in solidarity. March 8 is still not quite a cohesive international holiday.
Red or black – hope it’s a happy one!
*February 23 in Julian calendar is the equivalent of March 8 in Gregorian calendar
Spring and Summer 2017 Courses at CALA
Arts – studio art, art history & architecture, photography, arts administration,appraisal studies, art business
Design – 3D design and product development, graphic design, interior design
Film – filmmaking, producing, film and tv writing, film studies, audio and visual effects
Humanities – history, literature, philosophy & religion, theater, music, acting, communication, New York City metropolitan studies
Translation and Interpreting – simultaneous, consecutive, transcreation, literary media
Languages – Spanish, Arabic, Swedish, and more
Publishing – editing, book publishing, magazine and website publishing
Writing – professional writing, journalism, creative nonfiction, fiction & poetry, writing for screen and stage
Last summer Heidi Lee was a guest lecturer at one of our High School Academy classes – now she’s faculty! Check out Lumine’s montage from the recent show in Japan to see one of the reasons for that rapid transition – Lee is one of the featured artists:
For more information about the Lumine show click on Fashion & Art Exhibition
Lee is a RISD graduate and recipient of the 2012 Met Museum Costume Institute Accessory Design Award. She is a NYC-based artist and designer whose hats have been widely showcased and include features in VOGUE, V, W, Visionaire, Dazed & Confused, MTV, SHOWstudio, NYT, New York Magazine, and The Creators Project.
Exhibitions include the Kentucky Derby Museum, MOSI Museum’s “3D Printing the Future,” and MAD Museum’s “MAD Biennial: 100 Makers that manifest the cultural capital of NYC.” Her clientele include Anne Hathaway, Madonna, G-Dragon, Lady Gaga, Missy Elliott, and Lauryn Hill.
This semester Heidi Lee will be teaching Exploring Fashion: Accessory Design. The course starts on Wednesday, March 29 at 6 PM.
To see course details and to register click here.
Welcome to CALA Heidi Lee!
And so will you! CALA event WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?
and FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN is filling up fast.
To attend screening and Q&A RSVP here.
FRIDAY, MARCH 3RD 6 to 9 PM 19 UNIVERSITY PLACE
Daniel Fienberg writing in the The Hollywood Reporter states, “With a Saul Bass-inspired credit sequence that still fills me with cinema-loving giddiness after over a dozen viewings, Feud was extrapolated from Jaffe Cohen and Michael Zam’s script Best Actress by Murphy, with Tim Minear…”
Click Hollywood Reporter for the full review.
Please join CALA, Michael’s beloved students, our friends and colleagues as we recognize our good fortune having Michael teach at NYUSPS, but mostly to celebrate Michael’s wonderful achievement and future success with Feud and beyond.
I can’t remember the last time I saw words like that written down!
Elvira Stitt, shocked by obscenities Jane had scrawled
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 6 PM
Join us for the opening night of A View From a Broad, CALA’s spring 2017 foreign film series. We are delighted to be collaborating with King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, where the film is being screened. Join us for a great movie with a wonderful moderator, Michael Zam, in a beautiful location. There will be a small reception after the film.
Flores de Otro Mundo (Flowers from Another World) is a 1999 Spanish film, written and directed by Icíar Bollaín and starring José Sancho, Luis Tosar, and Lisete Mejía. The plot follows three women who travel to a village in rural Spain looking for love and to start a new life. Very well received, the film won the International Critics’ Week Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival. All screenings are free – all you have to do is RSVP to secure a spot.
Click here to RSVP
FLORES DE OTRO MUNDO
(Flowers from Another World)
Director: Iciar Bollain, Spain
FRIDAY FEB. 17, 6-9PM
NYU KING JUAN CARLOS I OF SPAIN CENTER
53 Washington Square South, NYC
Moderator: Michael Zam
Have you ever wanted to tell a story using photographs and text? In Susan Hartman’s Art of the Photo Essay class, students have created photo essays about quinceaneras, Coney Island, swingers, Occupy Wall Street, and the Bird Man of Washington Square Park.
Misha Cohen, a talented freelance journalist, was one of Ms. Hartman’s first students. Misha has since shot projects in the United States and West Africa, working with the Huffington Post, San Francisco magazine, and the International Rescue Committee. Her photo above is titled, Bronx Prom.
For information and to register for Susan Hartman’s class click here.