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- Performance Art
- Solo Performance
- Stand-up/Sketch Comedy
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Amateur Night at the Apollo is live entertainment with a history. This weekly talent competition began in 1934 and within months became a leading showcase for emerging performers. Among its early winners was a 15-year-old Ella Fitzgerald. Since then the series has launched the careers of James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Lauryn Hill.
Today Amateur Night attracts performers and audiences from around the world. Audience members, known for their toughness and expectation that contestants "be good or be gone," gleefully choose the winners.
BAMcafé Live is a free weekly performance series, featuring a mix of live music in a bar and lounge space. Performances span jazz, R&B, Afro-pop, Latin, rock, experimental music, and spoken-word poetry. Duncan Sheik, Billy Martin, Survival Soundz, Tracie Morris, and Carl Hancock Rux are among the series' alums.
This musical journey takes audiences back in time — specifically, to when "soul" emerged as a style of music. Berry Gordy's Motown label and his studio band the Funk Brothers helped popularize soul music, as did Stax Records' Booker T. & the MG's. Before long, James Brown became the "Godfather of Soul" and Aretha Franklin its queen.
Now vocalists Prentiss McNeil (of the Drifters) and Bruce Wayne (of the Midnight Movers, Wilson Pickett's backing band) lead this classic soul revue. Their energy is unmatched; their showmanship, breathtaking. A Decade of Soul is a passion-driven tribute; the passion may even drive audience members out of their seats and onto their feet.
Mediocrity: A Sophomore Effort is a live, unholy mash-up of equal parts TED Talk, stand-up, and music loops from humorist Brendan Hughes. If Radiolab and Flight of the Conchords had a baby that was delivered by Eddie Izzard at the Museum of Jurassic Technology, the home video of that childbirth procedure would be not unlike this show.
Mediocrity will be a live taping of what will become Hughes's second concert album, following 2014's The Pizzicato Effect, which was recorded at Ars Nova in 2012 and is available on iTunes and Spotify.
Since 2008, Hughes has delivered experimental comic lectures on gigantic themes in an ongoing attempt to double-click on the universe, by offering ontological equipment to fellow 21st-century travelers for their hazardous journey through the post-everything age.
Discover the secrets of your favorite neighborhood or museum on a Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt. You won't be collecting objects (put back that statue!) but searching for answers to tricky and humorous questions. You can decipher a message in the sky in Central Park, find out what to do with a "fun goon" in Chinatown, track ghosts in Greenwich Village, solve a murder mystery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and much more. No knowledge of any hunt location is required — you just need a sharp mind and a good pair of shoes.