City Theatre will present a FREE City Reads for CityWrights event on Monday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. City Reads for CityWrights are fun and informal evenings of new play readings, presented by City Theatre and its acting company, that give audiences a first-hand role in the process that scripts go from page to stage. Audiences serve as critic and supporter, or even as an actor, while having a peek at what makes City Theatre a center for fresh, new works.
These evenings are an entertaining way for audiences to help City Theatre find great plays among the hundreds of submissions that the company receives for its annual Summer Shorts Festival. Summer Shorts is America’s Short Play Festival that will take place from June 12 – July 6, 2014 at The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, with an incredible line-up of scripts penned by the country’s best writers including City Theatre National Short Play Competition winners.
For more information on City Theatre or the Summer Shorts Festival, contact City Theatre at (305) 755-9401 or visit www.citytheatre.com.
The Summer Shorts Festival is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Major and Board of County Commissioners, with support of the City of Coral Gables, and by the following sponsors: Books & Books, Carnival Foundation, Wille Family Foundation, EPIC Hotel, Sabadell United Bank, WLRN, Aventura Limousine, Citizens Interested in Arts and the Dramatists Guild Fund.
Join Harvey Frommer and Myrna Katz Frommer as they discuss their books about New York City.
Manhattan at Mid-Century: An Oral History
Experience the mosaic of mid-century Manhattan in this exuberant oral history that begins in the post–World War II years when the city came into its own, and ends in the mid-1970s when it nearly went bust. This is the story of a time when great ocean liners were docked in the Hudson River ports, Checker cabs hurtled across a two-way Fifth Avenue, and the Third Avenue el cast long shadows onto the street below. There are recollections of Friday night boxing matches at the old Madison Square Garden, of peddling tunes in the heart of Tin Pan Alley at the Brill Building, of a Harlem that had a nightclub on every corner, and a SoHo that was saved from a wrecker’s ball by a “bunch of mothers.” Eleven daily newspapers covered the city beat back then, Automats and five-and-dimes were in each neighborhood, and the New York Philharmonic performed free summer concerts at Lewisohn Stadium on the City College campus. Zabar’s was a small dairy store; Balducci’s was an open-air fruit and vegetable stand. New York was becoming the center of haute cuisine and haute couture; the New York School of abstract expressionists had taken the lead from Paris in avant-garde art.
This transformative time when New York City became the capital of the world is captured here in myriad memories that create an often humorous, sometimes poignant, occasionally bitter—but always loving—testament to the magical mystique of Manhattan. Includes interviews with Jimmy Breslin, Bill Gallo, Monte Irvin, Robert Merrill, Herman Badillo, Elaine Kaufman, Jerry Della Femina, Pauline Trigère, Sirio Maccioni, Jane Jacobs, Saul Zabar, Margaret Whiting, and many more.
New York City Baseball: The Golden Age, 1947-1957
In the heady days after World War II, the nation was ready for excitement and heroes, and a city—New York—was eager for entertainment. Baseball provided the heroes, and the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers—with their rivalries, their successes, their stars—provided the show.
New York City Baseball recaptures the extraordinary decade of 1947–1957, when the three New York teams were the uncrowned kings of the city. In those ten years, Casey Stengel’s Bronx Bombers went to the World Series seven times; “Joltin’” Joe DiMaggio stepped gracefully aside to make room for a young slugger named Mickey Mantle; Bobby Thomson hit “the shot heard ’round the world”; and the Brooklyn Dodgers achieved the impossible by beating the Yankees in the 1955 World Series. Over the decade, the teams averaged an astounding 90 wins against 63 losses a season, making it, according to The New York Times, “a helluva ten years.”
Including a new introduction to the 2013 edition and rare interviews with Monte Irvin, Rachel Robinson (Jackie's widow), Mel Allen, Duke Snider, Eddie Lopat, Phil Rizzuto, and many more, this book is a must-have for those who want to experience baseball’s golden age.
Red Sox vs. Yankees: The Great Rivalry
The rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox involves not just the teams, but the cities, owners, ballparks, fans, and the media. Its roots reach back to before even Babe Ruth and Harry Frazee, yet it is as contemporary as the next Red Sox–Yankees game. This book tells the story of the rivalry from the first game these epic teams played against each other in 1901 through the 2013 season in what former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani called “the best rivalry in any sport.”
About the Authors
Harvey Frommer is the celebrated author of more than forty-two sports books including the classics Shoeless Joe Jackson and Ragtime Baseball and New York City Baseball. Honored by the New York State legislature, cited in the Congressional Record as a sports historian and journalist, the prolific Frommer is also the author of The New York Yankee Encyclopedia and A Yankee Century.
Together with his wife, Myrna Katz Frommer, he authored the critically acclaimed oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, It Happened on Broadway, Growing Up Jewish in America, and It Happened in Manhattan. Frommer is a professor in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College and a longtime follower of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry.
All across the country, today’s most innovative businesses are using the arts to help them meet some of their most difficult and vital objectives. In a recent survey conducted by Americans for the Arts, corporate giving increased 18 percent in 2013. Why do companies partner with the arts? To build market share, enhance their brand, provide networking opportunities with potential customers and clients, to engage their employees and to strengthen the quality of life in their community. Join us to hear from a panel developed by the Arts & Business Council to discover how successful arts-partnerships are the new win-win for businesses today.
Moderator Noelle A. Galperin is a Senior Strategy & Marketing Consultant with twenty years of operational marketing and general management experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Wellesley College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Noelle began her career with the Colgate-Palmolive Company, in international brand management in New York, Manila and Mexico City. Post-MBA, as the Principal of Galperin Associates, she has worked closely with the CEOs and founders of early-stage companies in a number of operational roles to formulate strategic plans, catalyze business development and create breakthrough marketing communication programs. Noelle has worked closely with the Arts & Business Council and currently serves on our Board of Trustees and the Miami Arts Marketing Project steering committee.
About the Panelists:
Janet Kyle Altman is Marketing Principal for the Kaufman Rossin Group, which includes Kaufman Rossin, the fastest growing CPA firm in the country, and its award-winning fund administrator affiliate Kaufman Rossin Fund Services. The firm was recently named one of South Florida’s top corporate philanthropists by the South Florida Business Journal. Prior to joining Kaufman Rossin in 2000, Altman’s marketing career included nearly two decades of experience at Fortune 100 companies. Writing, training and mentoring professionals on marketing, management and community involvement are among her favorite professional activities.
Laura Bruney, Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council, has helped strengthen South Florida’s cultural community. Under her direction ABC has become a vigorous and effective catalyst for building working partnerships between the corporate & cultural communities. For almost 30 years the Arts & Business Council has worked to “keep the arts in business” by promoting mutually beneficial partnerships between the private sector and non-profit arts groups. Ms. Bruney has created innovative programs which leverage expertise, resources and leadership talent from the business world and direct them to the arts.Ms. Bruney serves on the Private Sector Council for Americans for the Arts and serves on several local and national arts related boards and panels.
Etain Connor has vast experience in development and philanthropy. She has multi-disciplinary experience in small to large to start up to mature organizations and expertise in community relations, client development, donor relations and stewardship, event management, fundraising strategy and marketing. She is currently Managing Partner of High Tide Initiatives. Previous experience includes Development Officer with the Cleveland Orchestra, Florida International Unviersity, Kristi House, The Coconut Grove Playhouse and the Adrienne Arsht Center.
Daniel Novela founded Novela Law in 2002. He has built Novela Law into a transactional law firm specializing in complex domestic and international business transactions, real estate and entertainment law. Before founding Novela Law, Mr.Novela practiced law at some of the nation’s premier law firms. He was appointed by the Mayor of Miami Beach to the Cultural Arts Council. He was appointed to the Steering Committees of the Miami Art Museum, Contemporaries and the WolfsonianVisionaries. He is a founding member of theMiami Art Museum Young Collector’s Council and is a member of the International Business Committee and the Fashion & Lifestyle Committee, of The Beacon Council.
A Thousand Acres and Empire Falls meet during the
present hydrofracking controversy as a beleaguered patriarch must decide
the fate of his land and children in this enveloping family drama
Joyner family sits atop prime Marcellus Shale. When landmen for the
natural gas companies begin to lease property all around the family’s
hundred acres, the Joyners start to take notice. Undecided on whether or
not to lease the family land, Frank Joyner must weigh his heirs’
competing motivations. All of this culminates as a looming history of
family tragedy resurfaces.
A sprawling family novel, Fractures follows each Joyner as the controversial hydrofracking issue slowly
exacerbates underlying passions and demons. With echoes of Jonathan
Franzen’s Freedom, Fractures takes its reader deep into the beating heart and hearth of a family divided
Herrin's Fractures is a brilliantly conceived and executed novel that
illustrates how coping with familial dysfunctions can help us understand
and deal with the more deadly dysfunctions of society. Here's one of my
favorite writers at his finest." —Ron Hansen, author of The
Assassination of Jesse James
About the Author
LAMAR HERRIN's short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Epoch, and The Paris Review,
which awarded him its Aga Kahn fiction prize. He is professor emeritus
of creative writing and contemporary literature at Cornell University
and has taught many bestselling authors such as Philip Gourevitch,
Philipp Meyer, and Melissa Bank. Together with his wife, Amparo, he
splits his time between Ithaca, New York and Valencia, Spain.
As the Founding Partner of Performance, Dr. Dabney
Park is an executive recruiter with deep experience in
strategic planning, executive team building, organization
development, and leadership training. He has served as
founder of Performance Executive Search, Senior
Partner in Mark Stanley & Company / EMA Partners
International, Executive Vice President of Thoughtware,
Vice President of the Higher Education Management
Institute, and Executive Officer of the Episcopal Diocese
of Southeast Florida. He was a professor at the Univer-
sity of Cincinnati, Staten Island Community College,
and Florida International University. Dabney Park, who is fluent in Spanish, has worked extensively in business and industry in the U.S. and Latin
America, including work with Fortune 500 companies, medium-sized companies, and small
companies in a wide variety of industries. He also has considerable experience in higher
education and the nonprofit world.
A Fulbright Fellow and medieval historian, Dr. Park is a principal author of Strategic
Decisions: Key Questions and Indicators for Trustees and co-author of Strategic Analysis
(Washington, DC: Association of Governing Boards, 1987 and 1989). He also wrote The
Care of Learning: Resources for Theological Education in the Episcopal Church (New York:
Board for Theological Education, Episcopal Church Center, 1991), the AGB Pocket
Publication on The Board's Role in Planning, and the National Center for Nonprofit
Board’s pamphlet on Strategic Planning and the Nonprofit Board Member. Dr. Park received
a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from
The mesmerizing story of Hillary Clinton's political rebirth, based on eyewitness accounts from deep inside her inner circle
Hillary Clinton’s surprising defeat in the 2008 Democratic primary brought her to the nadir of her political career, vanquished by a much younger opponent whose message of change and cutting-edge tech team ran circles around her stodgy campaign. And yet, six years later, she has reemerged as an even more powerful and influential figure, a formidable stateswoman and the presumed front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, marking one of the great political comebacks in history.
The story of Hillary’s phoenixlike rise is at the heart ofHRC, a riveting political biography that journeys into the heart of “Hillaryland” to discover a brilliant strategist at work. Masterfully unfolded by Politico’sJonathan Allen and The Hill’sAime Parnes from more than two hundred top-access interviews with Hillary’s intimates, colleagues, supporters, and enemies, HRC portrays a seasoned operator who negotiates political and diplomatic worlds with equal savvy. Loathed by the Obama team in the wake of the primary, Hillary worked to become the president’s greatest ally, their fates intertwined in the work of reestablishing America on the world stage. HRC puts readers in the room with Hillary during the most intense and pivotal moments of this era, as she mulls the president-elect’s offer to join the administration, pulls the strings to build a coalition for his war against Libya, and scrambles to deal with the fallout from the terrible events in Benghazi—all while keeping one eye focused on 2016. HRCoffers a rare look inside the merciless Clinton political machine, as Bill Clinton handled the messy business of avenging Hillary’s primary loss while she tried to remain above the partisan fray. Exploring her friendships and alliances with Robert Gates, David Petraeus, Leon Panetta, Joe Biden, and the president himself, Allen and Parnes show how Hillary fundamentally transformed the State Department through the force of her celebrity and her unparalleled knowledge of how power works in Washington. Filled with deep reporting and immersive storytelling, this remarkable portrait of the most important female politician in American history is an essential inside look at the woman who may be our next president.
About the Authors
JONATHAN ALLEN is the White House Bureau Chief for POLITICO. An award-winning reporter, he has also written extensively about Congress and national politics, and he appears frequently as a political analyst on national television news programs. He lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Stephanie, and their children, Asher and Emma.
AMIE PARNES is the White House correspondent for The Hill newspaper in Washington, where she covers the Obama Administration. A ten-year veteran of political journalism, she traveled with the Clinton, Obama and McCain campaigns while covering the 2008 presidential race for POLITICO. She appears frequently on MSNBC and has also been featured on CNN, Fox News and other networks.
Over its long history, Florida has been
many things: a native realm protected by geography; a wilderness that
ruined Spanish conquistadors; a place to start over; "god's waiting
room." With a native population as high as 900,000 (who all died), it
became a pestilential backwater with a few thousand inhabitants, but
today is our fourth most populous state, with nineteen million. The site
of vicious racial violence, including massacres, slavery, and the
roll-back of Reconstruction, Florida is now one of our most diverse
states, a dynamic multicultural place with an essential role in 21st
However, the remarkable story of Florida has been distorted and whitewashed. In Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State, journalist T.D. Allman reclaims this remarkable history from the mythologizers, apologists, and boosters.
Allman traces the discovery, exploration, and settlement of Florida,
its transformation from a swamp to a paradise. Palm Beach, Key West,
Miami, Tampa, and Orlando boomed, fortunes were won and lost, land was
stolen and flipped, and millions arrived.
The product of a decade of research and writing, Finding Floridais a highly original, stylish, and masterful work, the first modern comprehensive history of this fascinating place.
About the Author
T.D. Allman is the author of Miami: City of the Future, and Rogue State: America at War with the World.
A native Floridian, Harvard graduate, and former Peace Corps volunteer
in Nepal, Allman was for many years the foreign correspondent of Vanity Fair, and is credited with uncovering the CIA's "secret war" (a phrase he coined) in Laos. He has written about Florida for Esquire and National Geographic, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harper's, The New Republic, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Le Monde, and The Economist, among other publications. He divides his time between Miami, New York, and the south of France.
A fresh look at the life and times of Victoria Woodhull and Tennie Claflin, two sisters whose radical views on sex, love, politics, and business threatened the white male power structure of the nineteenth century and shocked the world.
Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee "Tennie" Claflin-the most fascinating and scandalous sisters in American history-were unequaled for their vastly avant-garde crusade for women's fiscal, political, and sexual independence. They escaped a tawdry childhood to become rich and famous, achieving a stunning list of firsts. In 1870 they became the first women to open a brokerage firm, not to be repeated for nearly a century. Amid high gossip that he was Tennie's lover, the richest man in America, fabled tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, bankrolled the sisters. As beautiful as they were audacious, the sisters drew a crowd of more than two thousand Wall Street bankers on opening day. A half century before women could vote, Victoria used her Wall Street fame to become the first woman to run for president, choosing former slave Frederick Douglass as her running mate. She was also the first woman to address a United States congressional committee. Tennie ran for Congress and shocked the world by becoming the honorary colonel of a black regiment.
They were the first female publishers of a radical weekly, and the first to print Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto in America. As free lovers they railed against Victorian hypocrisy and exposed the alleged adultery of Henry Ward Beecher, the most famous preacher in America, igniting the "Trial of the Century" that rivaled the Civil War for media coverage. Eventually banished from the women's movement while imprisoned for allegedly sending "obscenity" through the mail, the sisters sashayed to London and married two of the richest men in England, dining with royalty while pushing for women's rights well into the twentieth century.
Vividly telling their story, Myra MacPherson brings these inspiring and outrageous sisters brilliantly to life. She deconstructs and lays bare the manners and mores of Victorian America, remarkably illuminating the struggle for equality that women are still fighting today.
About the Author
Myra MacPherson is the award-winning and bestselling author of four previous books, including The Power Lovers, the Vietnam War classic Long Time Passing, and All Governments Lie. She was an acclaimed journalist at the Washington Post, and has also written for the New York Times, numerous magazines, and websites. She lives in Washington, D.C.
updated and expanded collection spans the career of renowned American
photographer Michael Childers, including many photographs published for
the first time. Working mostly with black-and-white film, Childers has
captured the icons and legends of popular culture and the art world for
decades. His stunning portraits include Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner,
Clint Eastwood, Catherine Deneuve, Rock Hudson, and Carol Channing.
Several portraits are of special importance because they were taken
early in the actors' careers, before they became celebrities: Sissy
Spacek, Demi Moore, Mel Gibson, John Travolta, Richard Gere, and Arnold
Schwarzenegger. Equally important are portraits of the great
film-industry legends who helped establish and build the stars' careers,
including film directors Billy Wilder and John Schlesinger and costume
designer Edith Head. In addition to stars of the film world, Childers
has produced portraits of contemporary artists, architects, writers and
musicians, including a series of photographs of Andy Warhol in his New
York studio and Paris apartment, and a series of David Hockney in his
Hollywood and London studios.
About the Author
Michael Childers was a founding photographer for Andy Warhol’s Interview and After Dark magazines and has photographed more than 200 magazine covers for publications including Elle, Esquire, GQ, Life, London Sunday Times Magazine, Los Angeles, New York, Paris Match, TV Guide, and Vogue. He created more than 150 album covers and film posters and worked as a special photographer on dozens of films, including Coal Miner’s Daughter, Grease, Marathon Man, The Terminator, and Ocean’s 12.
His work appears in numerous venues worldwide, including the Andy
Warhol Museum, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the
Lincoln Center Library for Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Art Museum,
and the National Portrait Gallery. He lives in Rancho Mirage,
Miami attorney Jack Swyteck finds himself in the middle of an international legal battle over a Cuban oil spill that sets him on a deadly mission.
Three summers after the Deepwater Horizon environmental catastrophe, oil is spewing into the ocean again, this time from a drilling explosion in Cuban waters just fifty miles from the Florida Keys. The slick is headed straight for the United States, but the Cubans refuse American offers to assist with the cleanup, and threaten to fire on "hostile" U.S. vessels entering their waters. Backstopping the Cubans is the powerful consortium that owned and operated the rig, and is tied to the Chinese, Russian, and Venezuelan governments, who stonewall all inquiries and relief efforts.
Jack and his new wife, Andie Henning, an undercover agent for the FBI, are honeymooning in the Keys when Andie is called away on an assignment shrouded in secrecy. Jack, too, is soon back at work, representing an American woman whose Cuban husband was killed in the rig explosion. Though the spill occurred in foreign waters, Jack draws on all his legal know-how to file a wrongful death suit in a U.S. court and hopefully bring the young widow a semblance of closure.
Jack's pursuit of the unimaginably complicated international case plunges him into a dangerous world filled with treacherous twists that lead him--and Andie--to the same shocking realization . . . that the looming environmental disaster may have been no "accident" at all.