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The Historic Hampton House

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Home-Slider, Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on The Historic Hampton House

The Historic Hampton House

        Introduction to The Historic Hampton House.  4:27 min. Video Production:  Katja Esson, Penelope Pictures. Courtesy of Historic Hampton House Community Trust.   In the 1950s and ’60s, when Miami Beach was still segregated and African-Americans were not allowed to sleep there, the Hampton House Motel was an oasis for African-American leaders, activists, performers, and professional athletes, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Sammy Davis Jr., Duke Ellington, Nancy Wilson, Louis Armstrong, LaVern Baker,...

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Brian Rothschild and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018 in Home-Slider, Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Brian Rothschild and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

Brian Rothschild and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

    Introduction to Brian Rothschild & The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. Video: Jade Cheek. Photo & Design:  Raymond Elman.  3:17 min.   Brian Rothschild grew up listening to the great harpsichord and piano music of the 18th and 19th century.  His mother was a concert pianist and music educator who began giving him lessons at an early age.  By 15 he began writing music and songs, and upon graduating from Hampshire College with a focus on music composition, was signed as an artist with Columbia Records under the name...

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Jamar Roberts: Got to Dance

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Jamar Roberts: Got to Dance

Jamar Roberts:  Got to Dance

    Introduction to Jamar Roberts.  3:55 min.  Photos:  Andrew Eccles.  Raymond Elman.  Dance Video Sequence:  MOONLIGHT by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  A new film from director Anna Rose Holmer, known for her 2016 drama The Fits, captures a unique collaboration between New York’s Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Academy Award-nominated composer Nicholas Britell. Choreographed by the theater’s artistic director Robert Battle, dancers Jamar Roberts, Christopher Taylor and Jeremy T. Villas play out a blue-lit movement to...

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The Remarkable Jonathan Plutzik

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Literary Arts, Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on The Remarkable Jonathan Plutzik

The Remarkable Jonathan Plutzik

    Introduction to Jonathan Plutzik.  5:53 min. Drone video:  Zachary Plutzik.  Music:  The (New) Beethoven Quartets. The 32 Piano Sonatas Reimagined. By Jeffery Briggs.  Piano Sonata in C-minor, op. 13.  Performed by the Amernet String Quartet.  Photo & Design:  Raymond Elman.   How does the son of a poet become the owner of the most culturally advanced hotel in the world? Practice, practice, practice. (The hyperbole is mine until proven otherwise.) And with a “little” help from his family and friends — for the...

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Musically Speaking:
The Amernet String Quartet

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Musically Speaking:
The Amernet String Quartet

Musically Speaking:The Amernet String Quartet

    Introduction to the Amernet String Quartet.  6:18 min.   Franz Felkl, Violin Michael Klotz, Viola Misha Vitenson, Violin Jason Calloway, Cello   Praised for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, the Amernet String Quartet has garnered recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets. Their sound has been called “complex” but with an “old world flavor.” The Strad magazine described the Amernet as “…a group of exceptional technical ability.” The Amernet String Quarter is...

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The Classic That Changed Christmas

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in Literary Arts, Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on The Classic That Changed Christmas

The Classic That Changed Christmas

    The Man Who Invented Christmas trailer.  2:40 min.   Editor’s Note:  Mitchell Kaplan, the founder of both Books & Books and the Miami Book Fair, joined forces with award-winning Hollywood producer Paula Mazur to create The Mazur/Kaplan Company, with the objective of identifying, optioning, and producing literary properties for film and TV.  The Man Who Invented Christmas is their first film to be distributed nationwide, beginning November 22, 2017.  The film is based on the book The Man Who Invented Christmas:  How...

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A Video Chat with the
Multi-Faceted Jane Alexander

Posted by on Sep 24, 2017 in Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on A Video Chat with the
Multi-Faceted Jane Alexander

A Video Chat with the Multi-Faceted Jane Alexander

    Introduction to Jane Alexander: 3:27 min.  Photo: Lee Skye.  Design:  Raymond Elman.   Jane Alexander (b.1939) is an American author, actress, and former director of the National Endowment for the Arts. She has received a Tony Award, two Emmy Awards and been nominated for four Academy Awards.  She is also a naturalist and conservationist. Alexander made her Broadway debut in 1968 in The Great White Hope and received the 1969 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Other Broadway credits include, 6 Rms Riv Vu (1972), The...

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The Other Tony Kahn

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on The Other Tony Kahn

The Other Tony Kahn

      If you’re a regular listener to WLRN, South Florida’s only National Public Radio (NPR) news station, you’re likely to have heard Tony Kahn.  Among other things, Mr. Kahn is a regular on “Says You, a public radio game show of bluff and bluster.” I first met Tony a long time ago in the tiny town of Truro, the smallest and most rural village near the tip of Cape Cod, where the Pilgrims made their initial landfall on the North American continent.  There are still a few cows and chickens grazing and pecking in Truro, there are no...

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Film Review

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Film Review

Film Review

    David Schaecter.  Images courtesy of Winikur Productions.  Design:  Raymond Elman.     A Call to Remember:  The David Schaecter Story   My father was born in 1894 in Rovne, Ukraine.  He left his family and immigrated to the United States in 1921.  In the 1930s, his family moved to Warsaw.  In 1933, my father traveled to Poland to persuade his family to migrate to the United States. I have 16mm movies of his immediate family, which my father filmed in Warsaw during that trip.  They refused to leave Poland. None of them...

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Jeffry George
Behind the Scenes

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Jeffry George
Behind the Scenes

Jeffry GeorgeBehind the Scenes

    Introduction to Jeffry George:  2:21 min.  Photo & design: Raymond Elman   Jeffry George started his artistic life as a musician attending public schools in his hometown of Wautoma, Wisconsin. During high school, George attended The University of Wisconsin, Interlochen, and The Revelli International School of Music in Switzerland, where he received advanced training in theory, composition, trumpet and voice. Upon graduating from high school, George continued his performing arts training at Ithaca College School of Music....

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