Members of the Radio City Rockettes, who do not want to participate at President-elect Trump’s inauguration do not have to kick up a storm. AGVA and MSG have both stated this is not mandatory. Madison Square Garden Co., has stated that ALL participation in this particular event will be voluntary,” added the American Guild of Variety Artists in a statement.
MSG stated earlier; “For a Rockette to be considered for an event, they must voluntarily sign up and are never told they have to perform at a particular event, including the inaugural. It is always their choice. In fact, for the coming inauguration, we had more Rockettes request to participate than we have slots available. We eagerly await the inaugural celebrations.”
The event made news when one particular Rockette, Phoebe Pearl, took to social media and posted, then deleted a post which you can read here; ” I usually don’t use social media to make a political stand but I feel overwhelmed with emotion. Finding out that it has been decided for us that Rockettes will be performing at the Presidential inauguration makes me feel embarrassed and disappointed. The women I work with are intelligent and are full of love and the decision of performing for a man that stands for everything we’re against is appalling. I am speaking for just myself but please know that after we found out this news, we have been performing with tears in our eyes and heavy hearts. We will not be forced! #notmypresident
After talking to several Rockettes Ms. Pearl would have never been forced to perform as she did not sign up. What is happening is the ones who want to perform are facing backlashes from those who do not wish to participate.
“How many times as artist have we had to act, sing or dance for companies and people we wish were not in the audience. We get to do what we love and yet sometimes we take the job even though it goes against our beliefs. I once was a dancing cigarette and we all know smoking gives us cancer. I have done pharmaceutical industrials, liquor ads and done shows that I was barely clothed for and those all went against my principals, but I was thrilled for the work. I beat out hundreds of others, who also wanted that job. Note the word, job. In participating in an inauguration, we have a chance to show our craft, our city and it doesn’t take away from what we believe.” This came from an anonymous source who fears the repercussions from an industry that seems not to allow for another point of view.
The American Guild of Variety Artists stated that full-time workers must participate in the inauguration and that any boycotts are invalid.
“We have been made aware of what is going on Facebook and other social media, however, this does not change anything unless Radio City has a change of heart. The ranting of the public is just that, ranting. Everyone has a right to an opinion, but this does not change your employment status for those who are full time…This has nothing to do with anyone’s political leanings (including AGVA’s), it has to do with your best performance for your employer, period. I will reiterate that if Hillary Clinton was the President-elect, nothing would be different, and there would probably be those who would not want to be involved because of her. It is a job, and all of you should consider it an honor, no matter who is being sworn in. The election is over and this country will not survive if it remains divided.”
MSG is “honored that the Rockettes have again been asked to perform in the upcoming inauguration festivities” as they did in 2001 and 2005.
In addition to the Radio City Rockettes, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will also perform. The choir, which is a part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and which was founded in 1847, has previously performed at the inauguration of George H. W. Bush, Richard M. Nixon, and Lyndon B. Johnson.
“The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has a great tradition of performing at the inaugurals of U. S. presidents,” Ron Jarrett, president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; “Singing the music of America is one of the things we do best. We are honored to be able to serve our country by providing music for the inauguration of our next president.”
In addition, 16-year-old Jackie Evancho will sing the national anthem. Evancho finished second in the fifth season of American’s Got Talent; she has been active since 2009 and has released six albums, with one of them going platinum.
The Rockettes, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and Jackie Evancho have all faced backlash on social media for agreeing to participate in Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Events for March
St. Patrick’s Day, Women’s History Month, a Harlem Renaissance exhibit at the Met with160 works by Black artists. Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature,at The Morgan Library & Museum through 6/9. The Orchid show continues until 4/21 at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Florals in Fashion highlights the work of designers Hilary Taymour (Collina Strada), Olivia Cheng (Dauphinette) and Kristen Alpaugh, aka FLWR PSTL Also Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s “Giants,”is at the Brooklyn Museum until 7/7. The exhibition features artists who have made and continue to make a significant impact on the art world and contemporary culture. The show features 98 artworks by Black American, African, and African artists including Gordon Parks, Kehinde Wiley, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mickalene Thomas, Hassan Hajjaj, Barkley L. Hendricks, Lorna Simpson, and Amy Sherald.
3/1 -3: The Vienna Philharmonic one of the world’s most celebrated orchestras, takes center stage at Carnegie Hall.
3/3 -5: Coffee Fest NY Javits.
3/3 -5: International Beauty Show Javits.
3/6 – 10: The New Colossus Festival provides a platform for new artists, including international bands making their NYC debuts. The festival will take place across multiple venues mostly spread throughout the Lower East Side and the East Village, including Bowery Electric, Mercury Lounge, Berlin, Heaven Can Wait, and others. This year’s artists include Cucamaras (UK), Ducks LTD (Canada), Heffner (US), Holiday Ghosts (UK), Hotel Lux (UK), Housewife (Canada), and more. You can check out the full lineup and schedule of events here.
3/8: International Women’s Day
3/15: The New York Pops Hitsville: Celebrating Motown
3/1 -17: The Annual Flamenco Festival with 22 performances across 13 different venues all over the city.
3/1 -17: The New York International Children’s Film Festival
3/17: Join in on the 263rd celebration of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC. The parade kicks off at 11am, moving along Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 82nd Street. This year’s grand marshal, Maggie Timoney, president and CEO of Heineken USA, is only the fifth woman to lead the parade since its inception.
3/20 -24: Affordable Art Fair with over 400 living artists to discover you are sure to find your next perfect artwork.
3/23 – 11/: JAPAN Fes, in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. This is the largest Japanese food festival in the world, with over 1,000 vendors.
3/24 – 4/7: The Annual Macy’s Flower Show created in partnership with Dior.
3/26 – 10/2: Apollo: When We Went to the Moon at The Intrepid Museum. The exhibit is included with museum admission.
Everybody Shout Cuchi Cuchi! Charo Comes to Queens March 2nd
WOW! When I heard Charo was coming to Queens to play at The Queens Theater all I could do was exclaim Cuchi Cuchi! No, I did not shake my booty like she has been doing for the last 6 decades; but, the thought of her brought back wonderful memories of her on The Johnny Carson Show and The Love Boat. Her infectious energy made her a TV favorite throughout the 70s and 80s and her popularity has reemerged with her frequent appearances on RuPaul’s Drag Race (another single named icon.)
Born María Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza it’s no wonder that she is best know by the single name Charo, much like Cher, Donny and Marie (who she worked with on their self-titled variety shows); and Elvis in whose documentary she appeared.
Her over the top personality belied the fact that she is an internationally acclaimed classical Flamenco guitarist, actress, singer and comedian. She was twice voted “Flamenco Guitarist of the Year” by Guitar Player magazine and her flamenco inspired platinum album “Guitar Passion” was named Female Pop Album of the Year at the Billboard International Latin Music Conference in 1995.
Beginning her career in her teens in Spain as a prodigy guitarist she was discovered by bandleader Xavier Cugat (do you remember he was Ricky Riccardo’s unseen nemesis on I Love Lucy?). He brought her to America and the two were the first couple to be married in Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
Her extensive musical resume includes six albums and a dozen singles. She has toured the country and headlined in Las Vegas, Mohegan Sun and at the legendary Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and now she is in Queens for one night only.
“We have been looking forward to this performance all season! I love telling people that Charo will be at Queens Theatre – they light up. She is a true entertainer, who has brought multiple generations joy, from her appearances with Johnny Carson to her Instagram feed today,” said Taryn Sacramone, Executive Director, Queens Theatre. “It will truly be an honor to have Charo play guitar on our stage; she is an unbelievable musician. Everyone who loves music should see her perform live.”
This is an event for all ages and an exciting addition to anyone’s entertainment calendar.
Tickets for Charo’s performance at Queens Theatre start at $37. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: https://queenstheatre.org/event/charo/. For more details, visit www.queenstheatre.org or call the Box Office at (718) 760-0064.
Chita Rivera Will Dance No More Except In Our Hearts
Caricature by Ken Fallin
Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero Anderson, known professionally as Chita Rivera, appeared in over 20 Broadway musicals. She was awarded two Tony Awards, two Drama Desk Awards, and a Drama League Award. She was the first Latina and the first Latino American to receive a Kennedy Center Honor in 2002, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. She won the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2018 and was a legend. Today we lost one of the greats.
She will be forever remembered as Anita in West Side Story, Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, Velma Kelly in Chicago, and Aurora in Kiss of the Spiderwoman. At 91 she was still going. After making her Broadway debut as a dancer in Guys and Dolls (1950), she went on to originate roles in multiple Broadway musicals.
She was a ten-time Tony Award nominee, winning the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical twice for her roles in The Rink (1984)
and Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993). She was Tony-nominated for her roles in Bye Bye Birdie (1961), Chicago (1975), Merlin (1983), Jerry’s Girls (1986), Nine (2003), and The Visit (2015).
Rivera acted in the film Sweet Charity (1969) and appeared in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band(1978), and Tick, Tick… Boom! (2021). She played Connie Richardson in the CBS sitcom The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1973–1974).
She also appeared on television in The Judy Garland Show (1963), The Carol Burnett Show (1971), and Will & Grace (2005).
In 2005 Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, a retrospective of her career, opened on Broadway. She received another Tony nomination for her self-portrayal.
In 2012, Rivera played “Princess Puffer” in the Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood at Studio 54.
Rivera returned to Broadway in The Visit, the final musical written by John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Terrence McNally. She received a Tony nod and a Drama Desk Award.
The Astaire Awards were rebranded The Chita Rivera Awards for Dance and Choreography in 2017.
Her autobiography, Chita: A Memoir, was published in 2023.
Rivera died in New York following a brief illness on January 30, 2024 and she will be forever remembered.
Events For December
Company XIV’s Seven Sins Is Back
There is even more temptation as Company XIV’s popular Seven Sins, announces their Fall schedule of performances, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays starting September 7. The final shows will be on Saturday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 31 ushering in grand Halloween festivities with a party to end parties!
Under the masterful hand of creator and director Austin McCormick, the cast is headed by pop star LEXXE and includes Robyn Adele Anderson, Donna Carnow, Chrissy Carpenter, Lola Carter, Erin Dillon, Alisa Mae, Alex Frankel, Hannah Gill, Syrena, Meg Iwama, Nicholas Katen, Brandon Looney, Nolan, Clairisa Patton, Scott Schneider, Chanel Stone, Marcos Antonio Vasquez. The creative team includes McCormick (Creator, Director, and Choreographer), Zane Pihlstrȍm (Costume and Scenic Design), LEXXE (Original Music), Sarah Cimino (Makeup Design), Brian Tovar (Lighting Design), Julian Evans (Sound Design) and Bryan Gonzales (Wig Design).
Join as Adam and Eve and prepare to take a bite out of your apple while watching this mystical dreamscape inspired by the fall of man and the seven deadly sins. Baroque burlesque beauties, lush design and inspired cocktails await you in one of the company’s most lavish and glittering productions to date.
“We have big plans for Théâtre XIV next year,” teases McCormick, “so this may be the last opportunity to plumb the depths of hell with us at Seven Sins for a while. “ Seven Sins incorporates everything you would want in a decadent evening of evening of awe, merriment, fun and sin! Are you ready to repent?
Single tickets prices are from $95.00 to $225.00. Théâtre XIV by Company XIV is located at 383 Troutman Street, Brooklyn, NY (Bushwick), an easy and quick trip from Manhattan on the L Train to Jefferson Street station. For information and tickets go to www.companyxiv.com
Founded in 2006 by classically trained, nightlife impresario Austin McCormick, Company XIV produces the most spectacular burlesque performances in New York City. High and lowbrow entertainment intermix with lavish design to deliver sensual, decadent extravaganzas inspired by the court of Louis XIV. With concurrent productions of Cocktail Magique—a variety show of intoxicating illusions at a luxurious new venue around the corner from Théâtre XIV— and Seven Sins, there has never been more glitter on offer in Bushwick!
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