The arts is a cornerstone of our SAGE Initiatives. Music, literature, theater, film and the visual arts soothe the soul. We build our caring community through ongoing events highlighting artists in all the arts.
Event: CUSWF Weekly Happy and Fun Hour
Hailed as a culinary as well as a cultural landmark by NYC Mayoral Proclamation, Cornelia Street Café brought folks together for creativity, pleasure and sustenance. We recaptured a little of that magic of being together at Cornelia Street Café.
Robin Hirsch is a former Oxford, Fulbright and English-Speaking Scholar, who has acted, directed, taught, and published on both sides of the Atlantic. He is a two-time NYFA Fellow, recipient of numerous awards for writing and producing, and holds a joint Ph.D in Literature and Theatre. But the titles of which he is proudest are self-bestowed: Minister of Culture, Wine Czar, Dean of Faculty at the Cornelia Street Café, which he opened with two other artists on the weekend of July 4, 1977 and closed on January 1, 2019.
Photo credit Anne Fritz
We come together for conversation, ideas and friendship.
We are stronger when we connect and share.
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A conversation with Michael Lydon, founding editor of Rolling Stone magazine, on the power of music for change
Thursday, June 11, 2020
On June 11th, for our Women's Power Tool Kit talk, we welcomed journalist Michael Lydon to share his life and thoughts on the power of music for change and revolution in the 60's through today.
Writer and musician Michael Lydon, is a pioneering reporter of 60s rock ‘n’ roll and a founding editor of Rolling Stone who profiled Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, and BB King for the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, and Village Voice. The Rolling Stones Discover America, an Amazon e-book and audio book, is Lydon’s eyewitness account of the Stones’ long 1969 tour of America that led to the disastrous concert at Altamont.
We come together for conversation, ideas and friendship. We are stronger when we connect and communicate.
A conversation with composer, pianist, and performer Ellen Mandel. With a degree in philosophy from Harvard University, Ellen brings a unique vision to her career in music.
Thursday, June 4, 2020
Ellen will share with us how she composes and talk about how it is never too late for anyone to take up an instrument to bring a fuller enjoyment of music to their lives.
Let’s share the joy of music to lift our spirits in this difficult time.
Ellen Mandel has written music for over eighty plays, received numerous best music nominations, and has performed internationally.
Composing a powerful body of work based on poetry, The NY Times calls Mandel’s songs to poems by E.E. Cummings, Seamus Heaney, W.B. Yeats, Charlotte Mew, and others “ardent, spiky, and refreshingly organic.” Her theater music is “remarkable for consistent invention, compositional resource, and apt theatricality,” Village Voice.
You can find out more at ellenmandel.com.
On May 28th, 2020, renowned New Yorker cartoonist and writer Liza Donnelly joined us for a Women's Power Tool Kit discussion to share some career highlights and thoughts on cartooning for change. The talk was moderated by CUSWF executive director Leslie Wolf-Creutzfeldt.
Liza Donnelly draws cartoons for The New Yorker, The New York Times and CNN, among others, and she also writes for the New York Times, Forbes.com, and Medium. She was the resident cartoonist at CBS News, live drawing events. Donnelly is a Cultural Envoy for the US State Department, traveling around the world speaking about freedom of speech, cartoons and women's rights. She has written and illustrated a wide-range of books. Her book Funny Ladies: The New Yorker's Greatest Women Cartoonists And Their Cartoons is a wonderful, in-depth celebration of women cartoonists who have graced the pages of the famous magazine from the Roaring Twenties to the present day.
Liza curated an exhibition celebrating the women cartoonists of The New Yorker at the Society of Illustrators. See the BBC feature.
In 2019, Liza Donnelly was invited to travel to Beijing by the China Women’s Film Festival to speak about cartooning for change. Find out more about her trip to China and enjoy the drawings she did of daily life.
And a Ted Talk.
Listen to the podcast of our talk with Liza Donnelly as she shares highlights of her fascinating career and some of her sources of creativity and inspiration.