With incredible jazz, an excellent ensemble of actors, colorful costumes, and imaginative staging, Harlem Repertory Theatre in collaboration with The Yip Harburg Foundation create a fresh view on a classic story. The Wizard of Oz has delighted audiences for decades, and while HRT’s production does the story justice, it also seeks to draw a new message for audiences of all ages.
The audience follows Dorothy (Taylor-Rey Rivera) as she runs away from home, crash lands in Oz, and follows the yellow brick road to find her way home. Along the way, she meets Scarecrow (Derrick Montalvo), Tin Man (Ben Harburg) and Lion (Dexter Thomas-Payne). Seeking their own potential, they travel to Oz to meet with the great Wizard (Daniel Fergus Tamulonis), who tasks them with killing the Wicked Witch of the West (Emily Ramirez). On their journey they learn how much brains, heart and courage they have, and Dorothy learns what it means to be home. In the end, Dorothy doesn’t just return home, she rebuilds home with her family. Her journey through Oz has taught her that home isn’t just a place, it is the loving space you create with other people, and with that love, you can accomplish anything.
Dan Aran’s musical direction shines throughout the piece. The jazz arrangements call for voices and quality of movement that are not typical of The Wizard of Oz. After the first delightfully chilling moment Taylor-Rey Rivera sings “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” the iconic song becomes an anthem that the characters sing to remind themselves of hope, to overcome fear, and to realize their potential for thinking, feeling, and acting. Dan Aran’s various arrangements of the song magically nudge the characters into action.
The diverse cast of eleven is a cohesive unit of voices and movement. They are completely in sync with each other on every peak and valley of emotion. They portray relatable caricatures with an energy that encompasses the audience. Derrick Montalvo and Dexter Thomas-Payne (Scarecrow and Lion respectively) are invigorating with their energetic and constant movement in contrast to Ben Harburg’s stiff and deliberate Tin Man. Barbyly Noël delivers a graceful Glinda and a powerful Aunt Em.
The colorful costumes, simple staging and energetic ensemble create one of the best productions of theatre for young audiences that I have ever seen. Every child and adult in the audience was engaged throughout the entire performance. It would be a pity to miss this captivating rendition of The Wizard of Oz.
The Wizard of Oz: Harlem Repertory Theatre, Tato Laveria Theatre, 240 East 123rd St. Closes May 27th.
Grace Jones, Bruce Hornsby Comes To The Blue Note Jazz Festival
The Blue Note Jazz Festival runs from May 31st through July 2nd.
On May 31st Grace Jones, singer, actress, author, traveller, artist and revolutionist will be playing at the Hammerstein Ballroom at 8pm. Her CD ‘Hurricane,’ received widespread praise. In 1977 Jones secured her first record deal resulting in a string of dance-club hits including “I Need A Man” and her acclaimed reinvention of Edith Piaf’s classic “La Vie En Rose.” The three disco albums she recorded, ‘Portfolio’ (1977), ‘Fame’ (1978) and ‘Muse’ (1979), generated considerable success in the market and established her as a major recording artist.
Jones also became a muse to Andy Warhol who photographed her extensively and created a series of iconic portraits of her.
Jones is equally famous for her motion picture roles in such features as “Conan the Destroyer” (1984) co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, “A View to a Kill” (1985) co-starring Roger Moore as James Bond, the vampire thriller “Vamp” (in which Keith Haring famously painted her body for her role as an undead exotic dancer) and “Boomerang” (1992) co-starring Eddie Murphy (for which she recorded the song “7 Day Weekend”).
On June 3rd at Town Hall Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers with special guests John Scofield, Kenny Garrett & Christian McBride.
Bruce Hornsby, pianist Bruce Hornsby writes powerful songs from the heart that touch on several distinctly American traditions: pop, jazz, bluegrass, and 1960s soul. He recorded with his backing band the Range. Hornsby ultimately rejected the musical mainstream, disbanding the Range so he could tour with the Grateful Dead in the early ’90s, then exploring a variety of adventurous musical fusions on his own that decade and with the Noisemakers in the 2000s. Along the way, Hornsby collaborated with everybody from bluegrass picker Ricky Skaggs to jazz musicians Christian McBride and Jack DeJohnette while also spending time composing scores for Spike Lee, but his real revival arrived in the 2010s when Justin Vernon cited Hornsby as an influence and invited the pianist to play on Bon Iver’s 2019 album I, I. Hornsby embraced the opportunities that arose with a series of electronic-inflected, unpredictable albums that ran from 2019’s Absolute Zero through 2022’s ‘Flicted.
Time to Take a Trip on Amtrak From NYC To Washington DC For $20
The amazing cherry blossom trees in Washington DC are open, around April 4 and last as late as April 18. Now there is a really inexpensive way to see this remarkable site. New low fares now available on select Amtrak trains departing from 7pm – 5am traveling between New York City, DC and stops in between. Night Owl fares offer the same great coach service you expect on Amtrak, but at a new low price. Book today and save!
What to Expect Onboard
- Large comfortable leather seats, with plenty of space and legroom to stretch out, or curl up.
- No Middle Seats – ever.
- Free WiFi and power outlets at your seat.
- Bring up to four bags free – yes, two personal items and two bags – for free.
- Easy downtown-to downtown service.
- Arrive at station minutes, not hours, before departure for quick and easy boarding.
- Looking to rest along the way? Grab a seat in the quiet car.
So, skip the hassles of airports and driving. There is no reason to catch a red eye when you can be a Night Owl.
*Please note Moynihan Train Hall is closed from 1am to 5am daily. Please plan to depart from or arrive at Penn Station during the hours of 1am – 5am.
Sample One-Way Coach Fares To/From:
- New York – Washington: $20
- New York – Baltimore/BWI: $15
- Washington – Newark/Newark Liberty: $15
- New York – Philadelphia: $10
- New York – Wilmington: $10
- Philadelphia – Washington: $10
- Washington – Wilmington $10
- Philadelphia – Baltimore/BWI: $5
- New York – Newark/Newark Liberty: $5
- Washington – Baltimore/BWI: $5
How to Choose the Best Solar Installer
Did you know that about 2.8% of the electricity generated in America is powered by solar energy?
With the rising cost of energy and the increasing demand for renewable sources, many people are looking to solar power as a practical choice
But with so many solar installers out there, it can be hard to know who you can trust with such an important job. You want someone reliable and knowledgeable that will get the job done right.
Fortunately, we have some tips on how to choose the best solar installer in your area so you can make sure your installation is done correctly and efficiently.
What Is Solar?
Solar power is energy created by harnessing sunlight and converting it into electricity. Solar energy has become increasingly popular because of its cost-effectiveness, cleanliness, and sustainability.
When considering solar power for your home or business, working with a reputable installer can ensure that you get the most out of your system.
Types of Solar Companies You May Find
There are many types of solar companies that you can find in your area. Some of the most common include:
Solar Panel Equipment Manufacturers
As one of the most popular forms of renewable energy, solar power requires specific knowledge and equipment to get it up and running. That’s where solar panel equipment manufacturers come in.
Working closely with leading installers, solar panel manufacturers offer a range of products designed to meet the needs of both businesses and homeowners looking for eco-friendly solutions.
With their experience and expertise, these companies can provide customized services that not only reduce installation time but ensure your system will be optimized to maximize efficiency.
So if you’re considering going solar, make sure your installer uses high-quality products from trusted solar panel equipment manufacturers.
Solar Panel Installation Companies
Solar panel installation can be a complicated process and, given the ever-evolving state of the technology, you want to make sure you go with a reputable company. Thankfully, many companies specialize in solar panel installation and maintenance.
With their extensive knowledge and experience working with top-tier products and brands, they can help guide customers through the entire process, from choosing the right system for your situation to the successful completion of installation.
Finding reliable solar panel installers is essential if you want an efficient system that will serve you well for years to come.
Solar Financing Companies
Solar financing companies make it easier than ever to switch to greener energy- the days of shelling out above-market costs for the installation of solar panels are long gone. With a loan or lease from a solar financing company, you can install panels that generate clean, sustainable energy with predictable monthly payments.
You can even take advantage of government tax rebates and renewable energy incentives to lessen your burden even further. Solar financing companies provide help and support every step along the way – as well as simplify the paperwork associated with making the switch to clean, renewable power.
Solar Maintenance Companies
To reap the greatest energy-saving benefits of your solar panels, it’s important to keep them well-maintained. Premier solar companies provide comprehensive maintenance services to ensure that your system is running at optimal levels and ready to generate as much power as possible.
Regular inspections ensure everything is functioning properly and will catch any potential issues before they arise, while thorough cleanings remove any dirt or debris that can accumulate over time and impact the performance of your system.
In addition, should anything break down, these solar maintenance companies can provide expert repairs with minimal disruption so you can be back up and running in no time.
Solar Lead Generation Companies
Working with a solar lead generation company can be an excellent way to find the right installer and get your solar project off the ground. Such companies have chosen this type of work because of their extensive networks and experience in the industry.
They use these connections to ensure that you’re connected to the ideal installer – one who fully understands your needs, and provides dependable service. Solar lead generation companies save you time by doing all the legwork for you, taking care of every step from contacting potential installers to verifying references and more.
In addition, they can even compare rates from different installers before connecting you with one that meets your budget requirements.
Solar Panel Dealers
Homeowners and businesses interested in making use of solar energy should seek out quality solar panel dealers. Skilled in the installation, repair, and maintenance of solar systems, these experts are knowledgeable about the different brands, designs, and types of products available on the market.
By partnering with a trusted dealer, customers can acquire panels that meet their needs most efficiently and cost-effectively. Solar panel dealers can also offer specific advice on how to get state and local rebates that add to the value of purchasing and installing panels.
Finally, they are often able to provide long-term financing options that make a solar-powered home or business more affordable.
Full-Service Solar Providers
Having access to a full-service solar provider gives you incredible peace of mind. Knowing that you have an expert team at your disposal who can craft a customized solar plan to meet your exact needs, then install and maintain the system, is a fantastic benefit.
In addition, many full-service solar providers offer an array of aftercare services ranging from emergency repairs to preventive maintenance. With this type of comprehensive service package in place, you can know that your solar system is always running safely and reliably.
To understand the costs of solar panel installation, check out blueravensolar.com/cost-of-solar.
How to Choose the Best Solar Installer
Now that you know what types of companies are available, it’s time to learn how to choose the best solar installer. Here are the key factors to consider when selecting a solar company:
Reputation and Experience
The first factor to consider is the reputation and experience of the solar company. Make sure that you choose one that has been in business for many years and has a proven track record of success.
Certifications and Accreditations
It’s important to make sure that the solar company is properly certified and accredited by industry organizations like NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners). This will ensure that they are knowledgeable and experienced in solar installation best practices.
The cost of the installation is an important factor to consider when picking a solar installer. Make sure you compare different companies’ prices so you can get the best deal possible.
Check out customer reviews online to see what others have said about the solar company you’re considering. This should give you a good idea of their level of customer service and quality of workmanship.
5 Questions to Ask Every Solar Installer
Now that you know what to look for in a solar installer, there are still some important questions to ask before making your final decision. Here are five must-ask questions to help you find the best solar company:
1. What is the total cost of installation?
When selecting a solar installer, make sure you know the total cost of installation, including all labor and materials. This will help you compare different companies’ pricing and choose one that fits your budget.
2. What types of equipment do you offer?
Ask about the type of solar panels and other equipment available from the company. Make sure they offer quality products from reputable manufacturers with warranties and certifications.
3. How long have you been in business?
Find out how long the company has been in business to get an idea of its level of experience and expertise in solar installation projects. The longer they’ve been around, the better!
4. Are you certified or accredited by any industry organizations?
It’s important to choose a company that is certified or accredited by an industry organization like NABCEP. This will give you peace of mind knowing that you’re dealing with a professional and experienced solar installer.
5. Do you offer any guarantees or warranties?
Finally, make sure the solar installer offers some sort of guarantee or warranty on their services and products. This will ensure that your system is installed correctly and works as expected for years to come.
By asking these five questions, you can be sure to find the best solar installer for your needs. With the right company in place, you’ll be able to enjoy all the benefits of going solar without any headaches!
Find the Right Solar Panel Installer Today
Choosing the right solar installer is essential for a successful installation. Doing your research, reading reviews, and asking questions can help you find an experienced professional who will ensure that your solar system works as intended.
It’s important to select a company with good customer service so they are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have in the future. By taking these steps, you’ll be able to make sure that your home has the best possible solar energy solution at an affordable price.
With some careful consideration and research, finding a reliable and trustworthy solar installer doesn’t have to be difficult!
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