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TSQ LIVE 2023

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Every summer, TSQ LIVE invites artists, performers and cultural producers to share their work in one of the world’s most iconic public places. Marking our biggest season to date, this year’s lineup features over 80 free, open-air events across two stages, with DJ sets, live concerts, dance workshops, and more. The program brings together arts and cultural partners from over a dozen New York-based institutions and collectives, including Pioneer Works, NEW INC, Children’s Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Ailey Extension, New York Live Arts, OTA Entertainment, Soul Summit Music, Rash Bar, and elsewhere.

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DJ SETS

Presented by Rash Bar, Soul Summit, & Elsewhere
Sponsored by Nasdaq
Tuesdays | 5pm, Broadway & 43rd St

Tune in on Tuesdays to hear NYC-based DJs bring their expert craft to music lovers and passersby in Times Square. The series will kick off with a euphoric summer soundtrack presented by Brooklyn-based Rash Bar, followed by programs from DJ collective Soul Summit Music and Brooklyn venue Elsewhere.

Rash Bar NYC is a club and performance space located in Bushwick, dedicated to putting on and supporting emerging queer, local and community artists and musicians, primarily New York’s many electronic music scenes.

Brooklyn-based Soul Summit Music, consisting of DJs Jeffrey Mendoza, Sadiq Bellamy and Tabu, is best known for their soulful Sunday afternoon festivals in Fort Greene Park. Over more than a dozen summers, the collective has built a devoted following for their joyful and inclusive dance parties.

Elsewhere is a Brooklyn venue and nightclub dedicated to new music, presenting underground and unbound music with love since 2017. Across three floors, Elsewhere is a space for all New Yorkers to experience expansive sonic offerings, spreading the joy of radical music.


LIVE MUSIC

CROSSROADS CONCERTS
Sponsored by Nasdaq
Select Wednesdays in May & June | 5pm, Broadway & 43rd St

In celebration of the broad range of live events regularly on offer in Times Square, TSQ LIVE will feature live music brought to you by an array of neighbors across the district, including Swing 46, M Social, Russian Samovar, Brickhouse NYC, and Jasmine’s Caribbean Cuisine.

THE COMMUTER SERIES WITH PIONEER WORKS
Sponsored by Nasdaq
Wednesdays | 5pm, Broadway & 43rd St

Brooklyn-based leading nonprofit cultural center Pioneer Works, known for their experimental music program and residency, will curate and present a series of musical performances featuring past, current, and future musicians-in-residence across all genres, including Michael Foster, Gelsey Bell, Corrine Jasmine, Veronica Avola, Greg Fox, H x H (Lester St. Louis & Chris Williams), Kwami Winfield, Ciarra Black, Brent Arnold, and Issei Herr.

  • Wednesday, June 28: Fox, Frye & Associates
  • Wednesday, July 5: The Manhattan Review of Unnatural Acts or NYRoCS
  • Wednesday, July 12: Ciarra Black
  • Wednesday, July 19: Brent Arnold: Solo Cello & Electronics
  • Wednesday, July 26: Soless Dialtone
  • Wednesday, August 2: Issei Herr
  • Wednesday, August 9: Corrine Jasmin
  • Wednesday, August 16: The Chutneys
  • Wednesday, August 30: H x H (Lester St. Louis & Chris Williams)
  • Wednesday, September 13: Avola

Pioneer Works is an artist and scientist-led nonprofit cultural center in Red Hook, Brooklyn that fosters innovative thinking through the visual and performing arts, technology, music, and science. Its mission is to build community through the arts and sciences to create an open and curious world.

JAZZ IN TIMES SQUARE
Presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center
Thursdays | 5pm, Broadway & 46th

On Thursdays, Jazz at Lincoln Center brings New York City’s world-renowned jazz scene to Broadway, creating the feeling of an intimate club amidst the sights and sounds of Times Square. In keeping with its mission, the organization will present a dynamic array of musicians including Christopher McBride, Mariel Bildsten Septet, and Roxy Coss Quartet.

  • Thursday, May 4: Tito and Tito Centennial: Curtis Brothers Quartet
  • Thursday, May 11: Chien Chien Lu and Richie Goods
  • Thursday, May 25: Christopher McBride
  • Thursday, June 1:Charenee Wade
  • Thursday, June 8: Miki Yamanaka
  • Thursday, June 15: Dayramir Gonzalez
  • Thursday, July 6: Winard Harper and Jeli Posse
  • Thursday, July 13: Mariel Bildsten Septet
  • Thursday, July 20: Naledi Masilo [in honor of Nelson Mandela’s Birthday Celebration]
  • Thursday, July 27: Roxy Coss Quartet
  • Thursday, August 3: Grace Fox Big Band
  • Thursday, August 17: Simon Moullier Quartet
  • Thursday, August 31: Endea Owens and the Cookout

The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for Jazz through performance, education and advocacy. With the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and guest artists spanning genres and generations, Jazz at Lincoln Center produces thousands of performance, education, and broadcast events each season in its home in New York City and around the world, for people of all ages.

CARNEGIE HALL CONCERTS
Musical performances presented by Carnegie Hall
Friday, June 9 & Friday, June 16 | 5pm, Broadway & 46th

In June, Carnegie Hall celebrates sensational sounds from across the country and around the globe with two free concerts in Times Square. Performances include eclectic Colombian rhythms by singer, songwriter, and accordionist Gregorio Uribe, and the unique multi-tonal sounds of Trio Fadolín, a string ensemble composed of Sabina Torosjan on violin, Valeriya Sholokhova on cello, and Ljova on the fadolín.

  • Friday, June 9: Gregorio Uribe (plus trio)
  • Friday, June 16: Trio Fadolin

Carnegie Hall‘s mission is to present extraordinary music and musicians on the three stages of this legendary hall, to bring the transformative power of music to the widest possible audience, to provide visionary education programs, and to foster the future of music through the cultivation of new works, artists, and audiences.

SUMMER FRIDAY CONCERTS
Fridays | 6pm, Broadway & 46th

Check out the buzziest up-and-coming talent from New York City and beyond with these free concerts on Fridays in Times Square. Highlights include a punk rock show by arts organization NEW INC, as well as performances by singer/songwriters Madison Watkins, Brooke Alexx and NYC’s own Julia Wolf.

PUNK SHOW
Curated and presented by NEW INC
Friday, September 15 | 5pm, Broadway & 46th St

For one day only, punk music takes over Times Square! Curated and presented by the New Museum’s cultural incubator NEW INC, this live punk show features an electrifying lineup that embodies the cross-disciplinary fusions found in the past, present, and future of punk music.

Expanding on the New Museum’s commitment to new art and new ideas, NEW INC is the Museum’s cultural incubator supporting creative practitioners and small businesses working across art, design, technology. Now in Year 9, NEW INC’s membership model continues to support a diverse range of creative practitioners with a values-driven program and safe space for gathering and developing new creative projects and businesses.


DANCE

DANCE IN TIMES SQUARE
Dance Workshops presented by Ailey Extension
May 5, 12, 26; June 2, 30; August 10 | 5pm, Broadway & 46th

Alvin Ailey comes to Times Square for a series of free outdoor dance classes led by Ailey Extension instructors and NYC performance artists. Fun for all ages and all levels of dance experience, these high-spirited and participatory workshops range from Broadway jazz to New York-style mambo, West African dance, and more!

  • Friday, May 5: West African Dance with Maguette Camara (featuring live drumming)
  • Friday, May 12: NY Style Mambo with Katherine Jimenez
  • Friday, May 26: Zumba® with Jose Ozuna
  • Friday, June 2: Broadway Jazz with Judine Somerville
  • Friday, June 30: Hip-Hop with TweetBoogie
  • Thursday, August 10: Hip-Hop 50th Anniversary Celebration

Ailey Extension was founded to continue Alvin Ailey’s legacy that “dance came from the people and should be delivered back to the people” by offering open dance classes that are accessible to all people in a welcoming, non-competitive environment. Ailey Extension enriches the lives of the community around us locally and internationally through dance classes, workshops, student performances, panel discussions, and private group classes with prominent dance instructors and musicians from around the world. Join Ailey Extension either online or in-person at the Ailey Studios for dance and fitness classes open to dancers of all levels, from absolute beginners to professionals.

LIVE DANCE:  /Time: Study III
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company co-presented with New York Live Arts
Wednesday, June 7 | 6pm, Broadway & 46th St

Culminating its 40th Anniversary celebration, the world renowned Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company makes its Times Square debut with /Time: Study III. Featuring the outstanding performers of the company and guest musicians, this piece marks the third annual New York Live Arts presentation in Times Square.

OTA IN TIMES SQUARE

2nd OTA in Times Square Ball
Monday, August 28 | 5pm – 9pm, Broadway & 46th St

OTA Entertainment brings the art of voguing back to Duffy Square with the 2nd OTA in Times Square Ball. This live voguing competition is a celebration of Black queer culture and an invitation to the public to experience New York’s historic ballroom scene.

OTA Academy: The Runway Experience
August, TBA | 5pm – 9pm, Broadway & 46th St

An institution within the ballroom, runway and voguing community in New York, OTA Entertainment introduces OTA Academy: The Runway Experience in Times Square. Leading up to their 2nd ball in Time Square, OTA offers a light runway course led by the legendary OTA Royal Court for a mini impromptu ball that is truly “Open to All”.

Founded by Leggoh JohVera around the principle of “Open To All,” OTA Entertainment is an inclusive, intergenerational community of creatives that welcomes all forms of artistic self-expression.


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Urgent Futures
Miguel Braceli in collaboration with Children’s Museum of the Arts
Thursday, Sept 21 | 5pm, Broadway & 46th

Socially engaged artist Miguel Braceli designs a participatory art project to collect, discuss, and stage children’s voices and their most critical questions of our time. Through a collective performance developed in conjunction with local public school students, Braceli will transform Times Square into a youth assembly–making space to actively engage with urgent concerns for the future.

Miguel Braceli is an artist, architect, and educator. His practice is focused on participatory art projects in public space; working at the intersection of art, architecture, and social practices; exploring geopolitical and local conflicts.

Children’s Museum of the Arts unites children and artists to create and share ambitious works of art with their communities and the world. Born out of an artist’s SoHo studio in 1988, Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) has built a living collection of over 2,000 works by children from over fifty countries dating back nearly a century, while connecting young New Yorkers to art and artists.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Come To The Light Brings Artist Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider Art To The Sheen Center

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“The world is in turmoil and I hope to offer people a respite by providing some calm” Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider. “I am motivated to paint and share my passion. I strive to create a place of serenity that nature offers us. Landscape, skyscape and seascape are my means of communication. Ours is a beautiful planet and I encourage all to take good care of it.”

T2C’s Magda Katz talked to the artist about her work

“If we wish to have the light, we must keep the sun; if we wish to keep our forests we must keep our trees; if we wish to keep our perfumes, we must keep our flowers- and if we wish to keep our rights, then we must keep our God.” Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

The Gallery at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, 18 Bleecker Street, presents “Come To The Light,” an exhibition of paintings by the artist Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider May 16 – June 14. The exhibition, exclusively at The Sheen Center, is free and open to the public daily from 11AM – 5PM. All artwork on exhibition is available for purchase. The Gallery at The Sheen Center is open daily from 9AM to 11PM. For further details, visit www.SheenCenter.org/events/detail/Come-To-The-Light.

“Come To The Light,” returns to The Gallery at The Sheen Center, having previously exhibited there in 2021 and 2022. Ms. Dilenschneider has had five solo exhibitions in Paris and Avignon, plus she participated in two invitational art fairs, one in Paris at the Grande Palais and another in Monaco at the Grimaldi Palace.

His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, says “Jan Dilenschneider is a wonderful friend and I am grateful she shares her talents and treasures with us. We are fortunate that Jan’s beautiful works of art will once again be on display at The Sheen Center, and encourage everyone to pay a visit and share in her vision of bringing people into the Light!”

Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider created her first oil on canvas painting at the age of 12. At 16, her entry at the Ohio State Fair was rejected because it had no hanging wire affixed to the canvas. A kind, older gentleman came to the rescue and quickly fashioned a wire to the back. That kind man was Roy Lichtenstein, one of the world’s most acclaimed artists. The watercolor won 1st Prize in the competition and Dilenschneider has been painting ever since.

Based in Connecticut, she finds much of her inspiration in the wondrous variegation of nature. Dilenschneider is an expressionist painter who has been influenced by many styles of art including impressionism. She is known for her rich palette, loose brush strokes, and luminous misty vistas. Her affinity for landscapes and the atmospheric effects of light and color create a mystery in her artwork that draws you into the unique painting. Jan has plans for several exhibitions for later in the year. She wants you to fall in love with nature all over again.

For more information, visit www.JanDilendchneider.com.

Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (www.sheencenter.org) is a haven for the arts and provides a platform for provocative conversations about diverse and inclusive aspects of humanity as seen through the creative lens of faith and respect. Located on historic Bleecker Street, the Sheen Center is a venue where art and spirituality meet. The Sheen features a 273-seat neoclassical proscenium theater and a newly renovated, 80-seat, flexible Black Box – The Frank Shiner Theater. The Sheen Center also features an art gallery, rehearsal studios and meeting | reception spaces. Since opening in 2015, the Sheen has hosted several movie premieres as well as innovative productions by companies including Houses on the Moon, Red Bull Theater, TheaterWorksUSA, and Bedlam. Included among the hundreds of artists who have performed at The Sheen are Board Members, Vanessa Williams, and Frank Shiner as well Kristin Chenoweth, Nora Jones, James Taylor, Bernie Williams, Kirk Whalum, and Eileen Ivers. The Sheen is a preferred venue for WFUV Radio’s Membership Marquee Concerts and hosts SOHO Forum monthly debate series, and in 2022, was chosen for the filming of the series, “Inside the Black-Box” hosted by Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Morton and producer Tracey Moore, and featuring prominent creatives of color, ranging from actors to producers to directors, writers, and musicians.

Featured photo is “Light on the Water,” 30 x 30, oil on canvas (left); and “Sunrise,” 36 x 48, oil on canvas (right), by Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider

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The New Banksy Museum Opens Today on Canal And Broadway

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The Banksy Museum opens today at 227 Canal Street and Broadway. T2c was given a special preview of the over 160 works and talked with William Mead the Executive Director Of The Museum.

This is the largest collection of Banksy’s life-sized murals and artwork in the world.

This show has already debuted in Barcelona, Brussels, Kraków and Paris, all of them projects by Hazis Vardar, also the brainchild behind the famous Palace Nightclub in France.

“Street art belongs in the raw setting of the streets, but if people can’t see it, is it even art?”

Banksy is undoubtedly the most famous and controversial street artist. The Banksy Museum has set out to introduce Banksy and his unusual approach through the creativity he has shown in the streets all over the world. There was no question in the mind of the curating team of simply putting Banksy in frames. Visitors will be immersive in his way of looking at the world. The Banksy Museum give a new lease of life to Banksy’s street creations – as many of them have disappeared.

To do the work justice, the creators of the museum created a space that “reflects the street experience” and employed a number of anonymous street artists to recreate Banksy’s work. What you see on the walls isn’t Banksy’s own work but celebratory recreations of both iconic and lesser known pieces that have faded from view no longer.

Tickets for the museum, which will be open daily from 10am to 8pm, are available here. The exhibit spans the second and third floors of the building.

All photo’s and video are by Magda Katz

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Tatpocalypse

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What Tatpocalypse? From May 10th to 12th, 2024, NYC Midtown Manhattan will play host to the Empire State Tattoo Convention. This vibrant event brings together world-famous tattoo artists, Inkmaster stars, and enthusiasts for a weekend filled with creativity, artistry, and community.

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Yet as thousands of unlicensed YouTube-trained “scratchers” face an overly saturated market and drop their stick-and-poke passion for a regular salary, Empire State Tattoo Convention organizer Stefano Alcantara isn’t bothered. “Its a healthy thing for the industry.” said the artist, now in his tenth year in one of the world’s most exciting gathering of tattooers and collectors. “It’s a good cleanse.”

Attendees choose from top of the line tattoo equipment at Unimax.

One week a month, in typical New Yorker fashion, Alcantara makes the trip from his shop in Florida to his Williamsburg shop, Stefano Tattoo Studio. ‘I like the Brooklyn vibe, its more artistic,” says the Peruvian-born entrepreneur. “What happens in NYC has repercussions throughout the world.” 

The sleek new look of tattoo “pens” are said to have multiple functions.

Tattoo fever began to echo off the American landscape twenty years ago with the launch of TLC’s Miami Ink. “Tatsurance” entrepreneur Kim Zem was clever enough to capitalize on the industry’s need to level up professionalism as workplace acceptance grew. “I’ve been selling insurance for 25 years. I had to be very professional in manner and dress…but I loved tattoos!” 

“My tattoo artist friends asked me to help them develop insurance that made sense for them and their clients.” Zem continues, “I started on a laptop as a single mom to an eight-figure annual enterprise. Pigment and Skin is absolutely developed by artists for artists.”

Traveling to the Big Apple was another industry perk for the bubbly Seattle native. “I love the people!”

The Empire State Tattoo convention will be open from noon to Midnight Friday and Saturday and until 8pm Sunday. Tickets are $40 at the door. For more information see https://www.empirestatetattooexpo.com/

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Fame and Fortune With Mark Kostabi, Peter Max, and Paul Kostabi!

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There is an exciting night of art and NYC culture at the Park West Gallery SoHo Live Auction “Fame and Fortune” featuring Manhattan Masters: Mark Kostabi, Peter Max, and Paul Kostabi! The auction will be conducted by John Block, certified auctioneer and Park West Executive Vice President on May 9th from 4:30-8 pm at 411 West Broadway.

Experience Mark Kostabi’s surreal world of faceless colorful figures, Peter Max’s Pop and Neo-Expressionist works inspired by the 60s and 70s, and Paul Kostabi’s dynamic blend of music through visual art from the early 80s punk rock scene. It’s an evening celebrating these iconic artists and their remarkable contributions to contemporary art!

Mark Kostabi is unquestionably one of the most recognizable icons to emerge from New York’s legendary 1980s East Village art scene. A contemporary of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kostabi invented a wholly unique art style that has resonated with audiences around the globe. His universal, faceless figures inhabit surreal worlds of colors and contrasts. Worlds where his subjects interact with themes of love, isolation, technology, and modern anxieties.

Peter Max has evolved from a visionary Pop artist of the 1960s to a master of Neo-Expressionism. His vibrant and colorful works have become a lasting part of contemporary American culture and are synonymous with the spirit of the ‘60s and ‘70s. During his long career, the artist has painted for six U.S. presidents, was the official artist for the 2006 Winter Olympics U.S. team, and has created art for Woodstock, World Cups, U.S. Opens, and Super Bowls.

Paul Kostabi, originally from Whittier, California, immersed himself in the punk rock scene of the late 70s/early 80s across California before relocating to New York City, where he found a niche in the East Village art scene while playing with his band Youth Gone Mad at renowned punk venues like CBGBs. Despite being the brother of established artist Mark Kostabi, Paul carved his own path, blending various artistic styles into his work and adopting a unique approach to creation, which he symbolizes as A-R-T: Attack, Release, Threshold, leading to a successful career spanning music and visual arts, with his creations showcased globally in galleries, publications, and museums.

 

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A Dazzling Frieze New York 2024

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Frieze New York 2024 closed on May 5 with rave applause at The Shed. The event over the long weekend had robust market activity and high-level collector attendance. The fair attracted in 25,000 visitors hailing from 66 countries during its five-day run.

Honoring the creative community, the fair successfully united artists, galleries, institutions, non-profits, collectors, and patrons at The Shed. Opening with major sales, galleries saw ongoing interest throughout the entire weekend, with continued news of sustained transactions and sold-out booths.

Frieze New York is presented with Global Lead Partner Deutsche Bank, reflecting a shared commitment to artistic excellence for over 20 years.

Christine Messineo, Director of Americas, Frieze, said: “On behalf of everyone at Frieze, I want to thank all the artists, galleries, collectors, visitors and partners who came together to make another year of Frieze New York truly special. It has been gratifying to see the response to our non-profit and artist collaborations that have extended the cultural conversation across the city. The Shed continues to prove itself as the right home for Frieze New York, and we are already looking forward to 2025.”

Claudio de Sanctis, member of the Management Board and Global Head of Private Bank, Deutsche Bank, also remarked: “As a long-standing partner, we are pleased to be part of another successful Frieze New York. With our commitment to contemporary art and our renowned collection, we’re thrilled to share this experience with our esteemed clients. Thanks to everyone who joined us and congratulations to Frieze for another spectacular fair.”

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