Archive for April, 2010

Demarketplace Utilizes Media and Technology to Inject Local Businesses With Economic Stimulus

April 30, 2010

When I asked Bonnie Sandy’s permission to do a profile on her business – DeMarketplace, she raged about community apathy, mistrust and fear of failure.  Her concern was that readers would not “get” what makes a business successful.

“Seriously,” she continued, “profiles tend to treat the business owner as a celebrity.  Often you do not even see the product.  It really bothers me since our community is seriously behind in the current trends and growth!”  She is concerned about value – building it, transferring it and creating strong products!  “My specialty is leveraging technology to cut cost and maximize results! What sets me apart is my focus on culture,” she explained.  Culture+ creativity+ community+ collaboration+ Corporations= COMMERCE.  “Partnerships are important, do not leave out the corporations,” she warned.

“Personally, I define success as living to my fullest potential and positively affecting my fellowman,” Sandy acknowledged.  “I do not run this as a business.  If I did, I would not have discovered many of the techniques I now use.”  Many people seek her assistance armed with masters degrees in business, or with business plans that have been approved for bank loans but are flawed.  “Individuals come to me when they are ready to put aside hype and get serious results! When someone has an idea and very little resources and needs to figure out how to bring that concept to the public in the most efficient, cost-effective way I am the person they are sent to!” she exclaimed.

Sandy is an artist, fashion designer and product developer who has been following and exploring new technology trends for the past six years.  In that time, she has established herself as someone who cares passionately and promotes media and technology as a means to economic opportunity and community upliftment.  This is evident in the various media and technology related projects in which she is currently involved.  For example, DeMarketPlace  ( provides virtual support for individuals utilizing new and emerging media and technology tools to establish their businesses. Sandy also created Brooklyn Fashion Gallery, Behind the Bridge, Artist Mosaic (published first blog 2004) and 28squared as some of its components.

Recently she included Sew Social 2010 with its first project being SS2010Haiti to address the immediate needs of the earthquake’s survivors; making clothing that is relevant to the climate and lifestyle instead of donating used North American clothing.  Here she focuses on the art of making and how emerging technology affects making!
Her creative interest emerged at age thirteen when she began sewing. She later attended New York Fashion Institute of Technology and went on to apprentice with master craftsmen and women.  Coming from a family of techies; her father is a programmer and her brother codes, it is no wonder her teenage son, Yohane, describes her as a geek.

Even while facing rapid economic decline and financial stress she created Artists Mosaic when her landlord, a community activist, challenged her to use her skill in technology to help out a local church.  In 2007, when 4W Circle’s closing became imminent she explored technology as a virtual space to provide solutions for businesses to continue to operate.  Sandy does not consider herself an entrepreneur who runs a business and assumes the inherent risk of operation.  Instead, she said, “In the African-American community, entrepreneurship is simply what you do when no one hires you.”

A typical work day for this single mom is sixteen to eighteen hours  – mostly online. That time is divided between website development for clients, and exploring innovative ways for her clients to access and use social networking tools to create and develop business opportunties.  She also conducts one-on-one seminars and webinars with clients to help them to define and shape their product, clarify and identify potential constituents and strategize to maximize profit.  She veers them from the “hobby” mentality to a business model, constantly redirecting their focus on “where’s your money at!”

Her strategy is based on the Product Line Management (PLM).  At each stage, she takes on a new challenge and works with those individuals in the community with the specific expertise for what the community needs! Each individual business brings something to the table and learns something in the process! There is usually a lot of resistance as most “know” what they are doing but eventually she gets to say ‘I told you so’ as she is very patient. “Frankly speaking, the community cannot afford those individuals afraid of change and comfortable with those four-letter words… can’t, won’t, don’t and fear,” she reiterated, “the fruits of your labor is what qualifies you in life!”

She works tirelessly to get blacks interested in technology.  In February, she created 28squared; 28 designers of African descent from around the world, online, in a virtual African heritage celebration!  She also launched a fashion and technology “unconference” – a reality FashionCamp in NYC, recently adopted in Los Angeles, Seattle and soon to launch in Chicago.

“I presented a Birds of a Feather (BOF) session at Web 2.0  and had to answer to the question of my ethnicity as well as the use of “blacks’ on my fashion site in an “open” arena.  At last year’s FashionCamp even black men were questioning her interest in technology. Unlike other un-conferences, FashionCamp had a lot of women in attendance and at the core, but she was the only black woman speaking on technology!  “I grew up seeing women in my father’s office who were into technology,” she proclaimed.

Her answer to building a successful customer base is, “be authentic to your brand, understand what you stand for and more importantly accept that not everyone is your customer!” or go to for more information.


April 28, 2010

For Immediate Release 

                                      Please contact:  Brenda Fair or Carlos Prescod  (212) 722-8223 


NEW YORK, NY (April 30, 2010) – On Sunday, May 2 at 4:00 pm, the fourth concert of the 2010 MEEE (Music for Entertainment, Education, and Enlightenment) Jazz Concert Series will feature Bertha Hope, pianist, composer, arranger and vocalist, who has committed her musical talents to promoting the brilliant compositions of her late husband, composer Elmo Hope.  In collaboration with her late second husband, bassist Walter Booker, Ms. Hope formed the band called “Elmollenium” to play these compositions.  In another configuration of talented musicians, Ms. Hope, with her band “Off-Spring!” reveals her third generation performing the works of her daughter, singer/songwriter Monica Hope in addition to other jazz and contemporary original compositions.  Ms. Hope performs regularly throughout the Tri-State area.  The band features Kim Clarke on bass, Lucianna Padmore on drums and Monica Hope on vocals.  This will be an exciting performance not to be missed! 

 This annual series is designed to present seasoned and emerging professional musicians of the Jazz genre in an intimate setting at a low cost for those who may not be able to afford admission at more commercial venues.  An added value to this event is the delicious “family cocktails” which completes MEEE’s mission to stimulate the mind, body and spirit by entertaining, educating and enlightening. 

Please call 212-722-8223 for reservations (seating is limited) and ticket (special family and group rates) information.  Suggested donations: $15 at the door, $10.00 in advance and $7.00 for seniors and students with ID. 

Manna House Workshops, Inc. is a not-for–profit performing arts center in East Harlem.  Proceeds from ticket sales provide scholarship assistance to students from economically disadvantaged communities of New York City and the surrounding boroughs.

bergenPAC’s Sneak Preview to New Season 2010/2011

April 21, 2010


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April 19, 2010


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bergenPAC’s Announces Sneak Preview to New Season 2010/2011

Affordable World Class Entertainment Close To Home

Tickets on Sale Wednesday April 21, 2010

Earth Wind and Fire

Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Time: 8PM

Tickets: $129, $99, $99, $69, $49

In nearly four decades, Earth Wind & Fire has spread its unique brand of soul, funk and R&B to a worldwide audience and has earned eight Grammy awards in the process! Hits like “After the Love Has Gone,” “Reasons,” “Fantasy,” “Serpentine Fire,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Getaway,” and “Shining Star”


Cyndi Lauper

Date: Sunday, June 27, 2010

Time: 8PM

Tickets: $99, $69, $69, $39, $29

An all-time great song stylist, Lauper’s debut album sold over 5 million copies. Major hits include “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Money Changes Everything,” “All Through The Night,” “Change of Heart,” “True Colors” and “Time After Time.”


Gin Blossoms

Date:  Saturday, July 24, 2010

Time:  8PM

Tickets: $79, $49, $49, $39, $29

Fueled by mega-hits including “Hey Jealousy,” “Found Out About You” and “Til I Hear It From You,” Gin Blossoms completed the classic crossover from college-circuit heroes to multi-platinum album sellers.”As Long As It Matters” earned the group a Grammy nomination for “Best Performance by a Duo or Group.”



Date:  Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Time:  8PM

Tickets: $89, $66, $49, $39, $29

Lead singer for Dion and the Belmonts in addition to an extensive solo career.  Hits are “Run Around Sue,” “The Wanderer,” “Dream Lover,” “Fever” and “Who Do You Love.”

The Beach Boys

Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Time: 8PM

Tickets: $110, $84, $67, $47, $37

The Beach Boys continue to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut 40 years ago. Even more than the Beatles, the Beach Boys found, through their music, the key to unfading youth and they made copies for everyone! Hits include “ Surfin’ Safari”, “ Surfin’ USA”, “Little Saint Nick”, “Surfer Girl”, “Good Vibrations”, “Barbara Ann” and “California Girls”


Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Time: 8PM

Tickets: $75, $55, $45, $35, $29

The original line-up of Geoff  Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer, and John Wetton has reunited. ASIA emerged from classic rock groups Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, King Crimson, and The Buggles. Hear mega-hits like “Heat Of The Moment,” “Only Time Will Tell,” “Sole Survivor,” and “Don’t Cry.” Audiences can also expect to hear selections from their individual careers such as “Roundabout,” (Yes); “Video Killed The Radio Star,” (The Buggles); “Fanfare For The Common Man” (Emerson Lake & Palmer); and more!

Bob Newhart

Date:  Thursday, August 26, 2010

Time:  8PM

Tickets: $85, $69, $49, $39, $29

Bob Newhart is one of the leading comedians of our time. Over the years he has proven himself time and time again as one of the funniest men of our generation with his roles on television, film and on stage. He has earned countless awards, including a Golden Globe for Best TV star and several Grammy Awards. For over four decades Newhart has enthralled audiences on the big screen and the small, and now comes to the stage to enthrall you!


Dark Star Orchestra

Date:  Saturday, August 7, 2010

Time:  8PM

Tickets: $35, $35, $35, $35, $27

“The hottest Grateful Dead tribute act going.” — Washington Post

DSO each night recreates a classic setlist from the Dead including hits such as Bertha, Uncle Johns Band, Truckin’, Deal, Touch of Grey and US Blues.


Dennis Miller

Date:  Thursday, August 19, 2010

Time:  8PM

Tickets: $89, $59, $59, $49, $29

Dennis Miller is a 5-time Emmy winning stand-up comedian, political commentator, actor, sports commentator, and television and radio personality. He is known for his critical assessments laced with pop culture references. He rose to fame as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in 1985, and subsequently hosted a string of his own talk shows on HBO, CNBC and in syndication. He currently hosts a daily, three-hour, self-titled talk radio program, nationally syndicated by Westwood One.

Chick Corea Trio featuring Christian McBride and Brian Blade

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Time: 8PM

Tickets: $79, $59, $49, $ 39, $29

Chick Corea Trio featuring Christian McBride(Bass) and Brian Blades (Drum).  Pianist innovator Chick Corea returns to bergenPAC with all star trio covering acoustic and electric versions of music ranging from return to forever to now.


Kathleen Madigan from Last Comic Standing

Date: Saturday October 9, 2010

Time: 8PM

Tickets $29

Jay Leno, “One of America’s funniest female comics.”

Lewis Black, “The funniest woman in America.”

In 2004, Madigan was the only comedian ever to go unchallenged on NBC’S Last Comic Standing and in 2007 was a talent scout during the show’s fifth season. In addition to performing in theaters, festivals and on talk shows, Madigan, dubbed by Jay Leno as “one of the funniest female comics,” and is a special correspondent for The Dr. Phil Show.


Chamber Ensemble Concert featuring Musicians of NY Philharmonic

Date:  Friday, October 15, 2010

Time:  8PM

Tickets: $35, $17, $17, $17, $17 (Student $10)

Includes New York Philharmonic members Michelle Kim, Lisa Kim, Eileen Moon and Robert Rinehart.  Co-presented by bergenPAC, Korean Cultural Service NY and JSAC Management.


Dionne Warwick

Date: Saturday October 16, 2010

Time: 8PM

Tickets: $99, $69, $49, $39, $29

Dionne is back after her sold-out performance at our gala! Hits include “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” “Anyone Who Had a Heart,” “Walk on By,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Then Came You,”  “The Girl’s in Love With You,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” and “That’s What Friends Are For.”



Date:  Thursday, October 21, 2010

Time:  8PM

Tickets: $69, $49, $39, $29, $29

Sinbad is no stranger to performing having appeared on numerous television shows like The Cosby Show, Saturday Night Live, The Jay Leno Show and The Sinbad Show to name a few. Sinbad has made a name for himself through the years and has been featured in Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of all time.


Johnny Mathis

Date:  Friday October 22 & Saturday, 23, 2010

Time:  8PM

Tickets: $124, $99, $69, $59, $39

Since his debut, a dozen of his LPs hit gold or platinum and over 60 made the charts. His endless hits include “Chances are,” “My Love for You,” “Gina,” “Stardust,” “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late,” and “Heavenly” Proceeds from Saturday performance support the Dearheart Foundation and Gilda’s Club.


Verismo Opera’s Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto

Date:  Sunday, October 24, 2010

Time:  3PM

Tickets: $55, $45, $35, $25, $25

Vengeance reversed. Verdi’s famous opera based on Victor Hugo’s novel about a court jester, the royal seduction of an innocent girl and the curse which led to her tragic end.
It is considered by many to be the first of the operatic masterpieces of Verdi’s middle-to-late career. Verismo performs with full orchestra and NYC Opera designed sets. *****

Kenny Loggins – No Confirmed Yet

Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Time: 8PM

Tickets: $128, $78, $63, $48, $38

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Kenny Loggins will sing his solo hits as well as special songs from his time with Loggins and Messina , including “You Mama Don’t Dance,” “Whenever I Call You Friend,”

“I’m Alright,” “House At Pooh Corner,” “Footloose” and “Danger Zone.”


Capitol Steps

Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Time: 8PM

Tickets: $67, $47, $37, $27, $27

This legendary comedy troupe comes to bergenPAC election week and puts the feet of both democrats and republicans to the fire.  Hear musical satire by former members of Capitol Hill with 62 years of collective experience in the House and Senate.  Hits and skits will be performed from albums including “Barackin’ Around the Christmas Tree,”  “I’m So Indicted,”  “Papa’s Got a New Baghdad” “Heres to You Reverend Robertson,” “Little Plumber Boy” and “Fools on the Hill.”

Sixties Spectacular

Date: Saturday, October 30, 2010

Time: 8PM

Tickets: $95, $85, $65, $49, $39


The Sixties Spectacular stars Peter Noone/Herman’s Hermits gold singles including “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter”; Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals hits include “Groovin,” “Good Lovin”; and The Happenings, who had the #1 hit “See You in September.”


Science Presents CSI: LIVE

Date: Saturday, November 6, 2010

Time: 1 & 4PM

Tickets: $45, $35, $25, $15, $15

Mad Science presents CSI: LIVE has taken the world’s # 1 television franchise to over 105 stages in cities across North America.  Don’t miss this exciting, interactive journey through the fascinating world of crime scene investigations as CSI: LIVE returns to the road in Fall 2010. (age appropriate for ages 8 and older)


Penn & Teller

Date: Sunday, November 7, 2010

Time: 7 PM
Tickets:$99, $75, $69, $49, $29

Eccentric with a psychotic twist, Penn and Teller make a rare east coast appearance featuring large scale illusions at bergenPAC. “Penn and Teller: Bullsh*t” is now in its seventh season on Showtime. Join P&T for an evening of clever pranks, gory tricks, amazing escapes and humorous social commentary.

Sponsored by Johl & Company Insurance


Ron White from Blue Collar Comedy Tour

Date: Friday November 12, 2010

Time: 8PM

Tickets $99, $79, $59, $49, $39

Ron White is best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. The Blue Collar Comedy CDs and DVDs have sold 5 million copies. His own first CD, “Drunk In Public,” (2003) has been lodged in the Top 10 since 2004. His first one-hour comedy special, “They Call Me Tater Salad” was Comedy Central’s highest rated Sunday show ever, and the DVD sold 1.3 million copies. His second special, “You Can’t Fix Stupid,” was Comedy Central’s 3rd largest audience ever. The CD was #1 for 9 weeks, and was nominated for a 2007 Grammy Award.



Date: Sunday, November 14, 2010

Time: 8PM

Tickets: $79, $59, $49, $39, $29

PBS’s highest rated new special for 2009, Benise’s mix of Spanish guitar, Mediterranean rhythms and dance an event that has fans worldwide grooving. Albums like “Carnaval” and “Mediterranea” have become Benise fan favorites! Don’t miss your chance to see Benise on tour!


Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company

Date: Saturday, November 20, 2010

Time: 8PM

Tickets: $69, $49, $39, $29, $29

The dancers were designed as much as choreographed, featuring constantly changing patterns and groupings and multiple entrances and exits… the pieces were short and fast-moving, performed with flawless deportment, and showcased costumes of embroidery, seashells, satin, straw, feathers and frilled lace…To judge a group like this on “authenticity” would be flat out wrong… Bayanihan is looking as pretty and gracious as ever. —The Washington Post


Boyz II Men

Date: Sunday, November 21, 2010

Time: 8PM

Tickets: $79, $59, $39, $29, $29

The biggest selling group in Motown’s history and the most successful male R&B vocal group of all time. Wayne Morris, Nathan Morris and Shawn Stockman defined the “Philly Soul” in the 90s with #1 hits including “End of the Road”, “I’ll Make Love to You”, “One Sweet Day”, “On Bended Knee” and “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye”. Their new album “Motown – A Journey Through Hittsville USA” is quickly climbing the charts.


Bill Blagg III – Illusionist

Date: Sunday, November 28, 2010

Time: 4PM

Tickets: $45, $35, $25, $15, $15

Experience an unforgettable day of magic & illusion with one of the nation’s top magical stars…Bill Blagg III! Bill is taking the art of magic to new heights by combining grand scale magic illusions, and his unmatched personality to create one of the most unbelievable, interactive, magic experiences witnessed today. “Unbelievable!” –NBC, “Simply Amazing!” -Chicago Tribune, “Magic Like You’ve Never Seen” –CBS

Mama Doni in Kidz Cabaret

Date: Sunday, November 28, 2010

Time: 1 & 4PM

Tickets: $17 (Buy 3 shows for $36)

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Mama Doni’s songs are a breath of fresh air for everyone from “Babies to Bubbies” – hip young kids and their even hipper parents and grandparents. “I Love Herring!” will be especially appreciated by those with an understanding of Jewish and Yiddish culture, but its universal themes of love and laughter are filled with musical and lyrical surprises that appeal to people of all ages, backgrounds, and religions


Patti Lupone

Date:  Friday, December 3, 2010

Time:  8PM

Tickets: $99, $69, $59, $39, $29

“Patti LuPone can belt ‘em out like nobody since Ethel Merman.” – Chicago Sun-Times

They say every Patti LuPone concert is a party—and here’s one you don’t want to miss. Patti’s first appearance at bergenPAC delivers a knock-‘em-dead performance in Gypsy, “Big-voiced and bighearted, thrilling from the moment she stalks onstage,” – New Yorker, this incomparable Broadway star owns every role she plays and every song she sings. Now hear her in her newest concert, “The Gypsy in My Soul.”


NJ Ballet’s “Nutcracker”

Date:  Saturday & Sunday, December 4&5, 2010

Time:  Dec. 4 (1 & 4:30PM) / Dec. 5 (4:30PM)

Tickets: $50, $40, $30, $20, $20

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Sun 4:30PM –

Year after year, this first-rate traditional production of The Nutcracker never fails to enchant youngsters and grownups alike with amazing special effects, colorful costumes, gorgeous scenery, and dancing by New Jersey Ballet’s acclaimed troupe of international artists.


Lewis Black

Date:  Thursday December 9th & Friday, December10th , 2010

Time:  8PM

Tickets: $105, $79, $59, $39, $29

Known for his jarring, political commentary as a regular on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” and “The Root of all Evil,” comedian Lewis Black is coming back to BergenPAC after his sold out show! His insights and love/hate relationship with America are brilliantly expressed in his concerts and TV appearances worldwide. How can you not love a man who says, “Republicans are a party with bad ideas and Democrats are a party with no ideas.” Proceeds support education programs for youth at bergenPAC.


Leahy Irish Family Christmas

Date:  Sunday, December 19, 2010

Time:  7PM

Tickets: $69, $49, $49, $39, $29

Leahy is the Canadian powerhouse of eight musical brothers and sisters who mystify audiences when ever they play. The band as seen on their award winning PBS special is a whirlwind triple-threat of fiddle-driven music, dance, and vocals augmented by keyboards and percussion. Their music combines the influence of their Irish and Scottish roots with their inherent desire to widely travel the musical map. The Los Angeles Times raved -“[Leahy’s] approach seems so gloriously free of the commercial pollution of so much American pop that it felt like a tonic for the spirit.” Leahy will give you the Christmas gift you won’t forget.


Darlene Love’s “Love for the Holidays”

Date: Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Time: 8PM

Tickets: $75, $55, $45, $35, $25

Love celebrates her new holiday album while bringing her annual show to bergenPAC with some very special guests.


Christmas Carol

Date: Thursday, December 23, 2010

Time: 7PM

Tickets: $28, $22, $15, $10, $10

A powerful story of redemption, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” has enchanted audiences the world over with its simple message of selfless giving. Ebenezer Scrooge, survives a merciless battery of revelations through visits by the ghosts of his own Christmas: Past, Present and Future. Performed by TheatreworksUSA.


NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’ Live Tour

Date: Friday, January 14, 2011

Time: 8PM

Tickets: $70, $49, $39, $29, $29

Enjoy an evening of great stand-up comedy with the finalists from NBC’s Emmy-nominated laughest “Last Comic Standing.” It’s an unforgettable evening of laughs with the top comics America voted for as the funniest in the world in 2007!

Doktor Kaboom!

Date: Saturday, January 15, 2011

Time: 4PM

Tickets: $25, $25, $20, $15, $15

Doktor Kaboom! is an interactive one-man Science variety show suitable for all audiences.  The creation of Actor/Comedian David Epley, Doktor Kaboom! creatively blends theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration.


Casey Carle’s BubbleMania

Date: Saturday, February 5, 2011

Time: 4PM

Tickets: $45, $35, $25, $15, $15

It’s a soapy spectacular as pre-eminent bubble artist Casey Carle brings his act to BergenPAC – he’s bubble consultant to Cirque du Soleil and now you get to see why! Loaded with visual comedy, quick wit and big band music, not to mention big beautiful bubbles, Casey Carle’s BubbleMania is an interactive treat for the whole family!


Hot Tuna – Charles Musselwhite – Blues

Date: Friday, February 11, 2011

Time: 8PM

Tickets: $75, $59, $49, $39, $29

Hot Tuna with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, blues icon Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica and guitar, and two-time Grammy®-winner Jim Lauderdale team up for this groundbreaking tour. The program includes both the acoustic and electric programs of Hot Tuna, joined throughout by Musselwhite and Lauderdale.


Pink Floyd Experience

Date: Thursday, February 17, 2011

Time: 8PM

Tickets: $59, $49, $39, $39, $29

The Pink Floyd Experience has been doing a spot-on replica of Pink Floyd to the delight of fans all over the world. As their press release so succinctly puts it: “270,000 watts of light, 20 tons of full quadraphonic sound, 6 amazing musicians, and a giant inflatable pig in one epic concert.”


Polish Philharmonic Vienna Gala

Date:  Friday, February 19, 2011

Time:  8PM

Tickets: $79, $59, $39, $39, $29

One of Poland’s leading Orchestras, the Opole, Philharmonic of Poland was awarded the State Award for Arts Excellence by the Ministry of Culture of Poland. The bergenPAC will host a memorable evening with Conductor Boguslaw Dawidow, Marta Kowalczyk, violinist, and Justyna Reczeniedi, soprano on their first transcontinental tour of the United States.


Tango Buenos Aires

Date: Friday, February 25, 2011

Time: 8PM

Tickets: $99, $59, $49, $39, $29

Directly from Argentina, Tango Buenos Aires, seen on Broadway as “Tango Argentina,” has become one of Argentina’s great cultural exports, known throughout the world as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the Tango.


Peking Acrobats

Date: Saturday, February 26, 2011

Time: 1&4PM

Tickets: $59, $39, $39, $29, $15

Hailing from the People’s Republic of China, The Peking Acrobats® have for decades been diplomats of their spirited culture. Since 1958, this elite group has toured the world over, leaving audiences spellbound by the graceful presentation of their ancient folk art, acrobatics. Carefully selected from the finest acrobat schools in China, these gymnasts, jugglers, cyclists and tumblers transform 2000-year-old athletic disciplines into an all-ages kaleidoscope of entertainment and wonder.


Cirque Mechanic “Boom Town”

Date: Sunday, March 6, 2011

Time: 4PM

Tickets: $65, $49, $49, $39, $29

Journey to a time and place rich in adventure! Wonder at the outstanding acrobatics! Revel in the discovery! As early mining inspired machines serve as the playground for prospectors and adventure seekers in Cirque Mechanics’ newest production, BOOM TOWN. The creators of Birdhouse Factory transport you to the 1865 mining town of Rosebud, where an unlikely discovery sets off a series of hilarious and unexpected events full of the lore, excitement, and adventure of the old west!


Rippingtons and Spyro Gyra

Date: Friday, March 11, 2011

Time: 8PM

Tickets: $89, $69, $49, $39, $29

Rippingtons albums such as Tourist in Paradise, Kilimanjaro and Moonlighting has garnered multiple Grammys and their recent “20th Anniversary” CD was No. 1 on Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart.
Spyro Gyra continues to keep up a prolific touring schedule — showcasing their smooth instrumentals and harmonious melodies.

Grammy winning hits include “Morning Dance,” “Shaker Song,” “Limelight,” and “Yosemite,”



Date: Friday, April 1, 2011

Time: 8PM

Tickets: $55, $45, $45, $39, $29

Did you see Pilobolus in 79th Academy Award show? The company will perform new and classic pieces from their varied repertoire, spanning 35 years of magical imagery. An influential force in the world of dance, Pilobolus remains as entertaining and surprising as ever.


Itzhak Perlman, Violin

Date: Sunday, April 3, 2011

Time: 3PM

Tickets: $150, $99, $89, $59, $39

Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. He has appeared with every major orchestra in the world, recorded with jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, has been soloist for movie scores, performed on TV and at the White House including the Inauguration of President Obama.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

Date: Friday, April 8, 2011

Time: 7PM

Tickets: $35, $35, $25, $15, $15

The World Famous POPOVITCH COMEDY PET THEATER is a perennial favorite at performing arts centers across the US. Mr. Popovich and his Pets have been featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, and as a finalist on NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’. A portion of proceeds will support local animal shelters.


Verismo Opera’s Giuseppe Verdi: AIDA

Date:  Sunday, April 17, 2011

Time:  3PM

Tickets: $55, $45, $35, $25, $25

Grand opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi. Plot by Mariette Bey. Written in French prose by Camille du Locle. Translated into Italian verse by Antonio Ghislanzoni. An epic spectacle, Aida is a tragic story of love, jealousy, and horrible revenge. Verismo performs with full orchestra and NYC Opera designed sets.


Ticket Price: $57, $38, $18 (available beginning August 2, 2010)

The Best Of… is the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s fun and innovative series, which offers a unique perspective on the music you know and love. Don’t worry about knowing what to wear or when to clap; the Best Of… is a fun, not formal, introduction to some of the greatest themes in music. These four 75-minute concerts include speaking from stage, theatrical elements and plenty of music you’ll recognize. (you can even “test drive” the series with audio clips available at


Sunday, October 17, 2011 3PM

Beyond the mystique of Mozart—his astonishing precocity and early demise—lies the music itself, revealed here in its kaleidoscopic moods. A heavenly serenity infuses the themes of the Clarinet Concerto and his last symphony, “Jupiter,” while his impetuous First Symphony, composed at the age of 8, bursts with youthful energy.


Sunday, January 16th 2011, 3PM

Elusive and enticing, water captures the imagination. Handel’s festive Water Music paints a scene of courtly elegance, while Smetana’s “The Moldau” reminds us of the powerful nostalgia that a river can evoke. Strauss’s lilting Blue Danube Waltz is famous for its appearance in the movie 2001; Mendelssohn’s “Fingal’s Cave” vividly depicts the rugged coast of Scotland.

Best of Spanish Flair

Sunday, March 20th, 2011 3PM

This sizzling program reveals the soul of Iberia. Romantic selections from Bizet’s Carmen and Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez offer a view from the Old World. Latin-American rhythms pulse through Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, Copland’s El Salón México and Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat.


Sunday, June 5, 2011, 3PM

Ballet has the power to transcend time, place and even the force of gravity. It can tell stories or simply express the essence of music. “Best of Ballet” brings together an alluring selection of choreographic favorites, including excerpts from The Nutcracker, The Firebird, Appalachian Spring, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Fancy Free.


30 North Van Brunt Street

Englewood, NJ 07631

About Bergen Performing Arts Center: Known as The John Harms Center for 28 years, this cultural hub in Englewood; has been reborn as Bergen Performing Arts Center or bergenPAC. This 1367- seat theater is a landmark, and in its seventh season as bergenPAC it remains one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States. The legendary Tony Bennett and Canadian crooner k.d. lang recorded their 2003 Grammy award-winning CD live on bergenPAC’s own stage through a broadband fiber-optic connection with Bennett Studios. bergenPAC is the home of a media production system that is unparalleled, upholding its reputation as a venue for outstanding music, dance and theater. As a non-profit corporation, bergenPAC has thrived thanks to the aid and generosity of sponsors, donors and patrons.

For ticket information Box Office: Phone: (201) 227-1030

For Press information contact: Angela Thomas: (201) 503-1333


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560 Sylvan Avenue

Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey  07632

phone:  201 503 1333

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Down Economy, Think Global

April 17, 2010

April 14, 2010

For Immediate Release
Ruth J. Morrison

Brooklyn International Trade Development Center

Down Economy, Think Global

New York Academic Consortium for International Capacity Building Hosts One Day Conference in NYC to Demonstrate Opportunities

in Global Marketplace

Competing in the 21st Century: Navigating the Global Marketplace

Targets Small Businesses, College Students, Faculty and Administrators

Brooklyn, NY (April 14, 2010): The Brooklyn International Trade Development Center creates the New York Academic Consortium for International Capacity Building, which consists of several New York area colleges, and joins with the Western Hemisphere Unit of the International Trade Administration, United States Department of Commerce to hold an international opportunities seminar, Competing in the 21st Century: Navigating the Global Marketplace.

This one-day conference will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, in the downtown section of Brooklyn, NY 11201-4398.  The telephone number for St. Francis College is (718) 489-5200. The conference is divided into two segments: 1) morning session: focused on the small business community and 2) afternoon session: targeted to college students, faculty, administrators and parents.

Walter A. Bastian; Deputy Assistant Secretary, Western Hemisphere, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce will launch the morning session with a keynote address, “The Benefits of Exporting in the Western Hemisphere”.  The morning speakers following DAS Bastian will inform New York area businesses about global opportunities.  Additionally, businesses will learn about resources that could help their businesses grow through exporting their products and services to foreign markets.  Research shows that companies that export tend to be stronger companies and that their employees generally earn higher wages. There will also be a discussion regarding access to capital, trade finance and export credit insurance that protects US companies against non-payment from foreign buyers.

The morning presenters include the: Economic Development Administration, Minority Business Development Agency, International Trade Administration, the US Commercial Service and a small business client of the US Commercial Service. Representatives from the Small Business Administration; US Department of Agriculture; Export-Import Bank of the United States; and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation will comprise the Access to Capital panel.

The theme for the afternoon session is: Making the Successful Transition from School to Employment – A Profile of the 21st Century Job Market. College students, faculty, administrators and parents will discover the importance of global education and the myriad of international career opportunities and internships. The two panels for the afternoon are: 1) The Role of Academia in the Global Marketplace and 2) Preparing Students for the Global Job Market. A strong feature of the afternoon session will be a discussion about stipends and fellowships to provide financial assistance for out-of-town or international internships and study abroad programs.

Dr. Sylvia Crowder – Deputy Chief, Office of International Programs, U.S. Department of Education will be the lead speaker.  Invited speakers include: Bethany Dickerson Wynder – Director, Ralph Bunch Societies, Phelps Stokes; Nicholas Bassey – Director, Institute for a Competitive Workforce, UNCF – Special Programs; and Nick Barrett – Federal Programs, The Washington Center.

Following the success of its previous conferences at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA); University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX); and the Universidad del Este (San Juan, Puerto Rico), the Western Hemisphere Unit of the International Trade Administration is excited about bringing its conference to New York City and it is pleased to work with the New York Academic Consortium for International Capacity Building led by the Brooklyn International Trade Development Center at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York (BITDC).

The current members of the New York Academic Consortium for International Capacity Building are:

Ruth Morrison; BITDC @Medgar Evers College, CUNY (Chair)
Dr. John Dilyard; St. Francis College (Co-Chair)
Dr. Emmanuel Egbe; Medgar Evers College, CUNY
Dr. Tilokie Depoo; Metropolitan College of New York
Dr. Hector Lopez; Hostos Community College, CUNY
Dr. Robert Glass; Long Island University
Dr. Stephanie Steinberg; Long Island University

“It is BITDC’s mission to help the New York area small business community to become more globally-focused and to diversify their revenue from sales from foreign buyers,” said Ruth J. Morrison; Executive Director, Brooklyn International Trade Development Center at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York and Chair of the New York Academic Consotium on International Capacity Building.  “Additionally, as educators, my colleagues and I on the New York Consortium for International Capacity Building recognize that it is critically important to enlighten and to expose students, and particularly American students, to the numerous international career opportunities. The 21st Century economy will demand a globally-focused workforce and entrepreneurs, therefore it is imperative that we start this dialogue now.”

To register for this conference, we invite you to visit:

For additional information about this conference, please contact:  Shawn Ricks, International Trade Administration at 202.482.5564 or send an email to: or,
Ruth Morrison, BITDC@ Medgar Evers College at 718-270-6905 or send an email to:

Below is the most recent conference agenda.

Competing in the 21st Century: Navigating the Global Marketplace

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Time: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

8:30 am – Welcome: Brendan J. Dugan, President, St. Francis College

8:35 am – Introduction of Keynote Speaker, Ruth J. Morrison; Executive Director, Brooklyn

International Trade Development Center at Medgar Evers College and Chair of New

York Academic Consortium on International Capacity Building

8:40 am – Keynote Address: Walter Bastian; Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western

Hemisphere, US International Trade Administration

Theme: The Benefits of Exporting in the Western Hemisphere

9:00 am – Panel Discussion:

Theme: U.S. Department of Commerce Resources: Helping Small Business

Director, U.S. Export Assistance Center – International Trade Administration

Regional Director, Minority Business Development Agency

Regional Director, Economic Development Agency

Moderator: representative from a U.S. company who has used Commerce’s services to

expand its business

10:45 am-Break (Networking Pavilion)

11:00 am- Financing Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Small Business Administration

Export-Import Bank

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

12:15 pm- Lunch Break

1:30 pm- Panel Discussion The Role of Academia in the Global Marketplace

Dr. Sylvia Crowder – Deputy Chief, Office of International Programs,

U.S. Department of Education

Invited Panelists

Bethany Dickerson Wynder – Director, Ralph Bunch Societies, Phelps Stokes

Nicholas Bassey – Director, Institute for a Competitive Workforce,

UNCF – Special Programs

Nick Barrett – Federal Programs, The Washington Center

2:45 pm    Networking Pavilion

3:00 pm    Fostering Public Private Partnerships featuring representatives from the New York Academic Consortium for International Capacity Building

4:15 pm    Wrap up and Next Steps

4:30 pm    Networking Pavilion


AUDELCO Celebrates 36 Years of Excellence in Black Theatre

April 3, 2010

Spotlighting “excellence in Black Theatre,” the staging of the AUDELCO Awards wove the theme “who lit the way for you” throughout its 36th presentation. The Aaron Davis Hall at City College of New York had a capacity filled house of elegantly dressed thespians and well-wishers on Monday, November 17, 2008 – a tradition that has held true for 36 years.

The strong contender at the 36th AUDELCO took home 9 of the 11 VIVs for which it was nominated. The competition was tremendous as many of the productions this 2008 season had great casts, scripts and staging.  The play in question, “The First Breeze of Summer” written by Leslie Lee in 1997 and originally produced by the Negro Ensemble Company before moving to Broadway’s Palace Theatre was nominated for a Tony Award back then.

Now it garnered, Lighting Design (Marcus Doshi); Set Design (Michael Carnahan); Judy Dearing Costumer Design (Helen Perry); Director/Dramatic Production (Ruben Santiago-Hudson); August Wilson Playwright (Leslie Lee); Supporting Actress (Yaya Decosta); Supporting Actor (John Earl Elks); Lead Actress (Leslie Uggams) and Dramatic Production of the Year for the Signature Theatre whose production was the most talked about for the season.

Other winners included; Director/Dramatic Production (Eric Coleman) Josh: Black Babe Ruth Satchel Requiem for Racism and Supporting Actor (Victor Dickerson) Queens of Heart – Theatre for the New City who tied with their First Breeze counterparts.  Popular musical Fela! took home 6 VIVs including; Sound Design (Robert Kaplowitz); Director/Musical Production (Bill T. Jones); Katherine Dunham Choreographer (Bill T. Jones); Outstanding Performance in a Musical/Male (Sahr Ngaujab); Outstanding Musical Director (Aaron Johnson); Musical Production of the Year for Handel/Gabay Productions.

Outstanding Ensemble Performance (Three Mo’ Tenors) Kenneth D. Alston, Ransome Diggs, Phumizile Sojola – Little Shubert Theatre; Solo Performance (Petronia Paley) On The Way to Timbuktu – Ensemble Studio Theatre; Lead Actor (Ty Jones) Emancipation – Classical Theatre of Harlem; Outstanding Performance in a Musical/Female (Vickilyn Reynolds) “Hattie What I Need you to Know.”

Other special awards; Board of Directors given to Christophe Pierre, artistic director for this year’s show; Rising Star – Danielle Miller, Tyra Champagnie, Laianna Wright, Kebranagast Maxwell, Kyle Miller, Kahul Lemond Fearon, and Rachel Liana James of Lola Louis Creative and Performing Arts Studio who also performed to the appreciation of the capacity crowd. Playwright David Lamb & Jamillah Lamb, husband and wife team who share producer status of the ever popular Platanos and Collard Greens were given a Special Achievement Award for having the longest running show (4 years) off-Broadway.

Founder Vivian Robinson, deceased, had a vision when she started the AUDELCO; an Audience Development Committee of theatre goers now led by President Grace L. Jones. The committee goes out to see performances and then create a ballot for the theatre community to vote for their choice. The board includes Fred Powell, vice president; Rosa Bland, secretary/treasurer; Linda Armstrong; Ralph Carter; Ernece B. Kelly; Virginia Montague; Ronald Stone, Esq. and Mary B. Davis, chair emeritus. The annual awards ceremony is the aftermath of those many nights trudging through sleet and snow, heat and rain to the outer boroughs and inner city to catch a glimpse of a rising star on the stages of our community theatres.

So, the nod this year to audience developers or public relations professionals as we prefer to be called is quite a distinction for those of us who applaud from the sidelines but never once imagined strutting across the stage to beam out at the audience in appreciation of such an honor – a VIV!

Six women of local and national renown received the Pioneer Award this year and they are; Donna Walker-Kuhne & Natalie Clarke of Walker International Communications Group, Inc.; Francine Major – Major Concepts; Deborah McIntyre – Debbie McIntyre Group; Marcia Pendleton – Walk Tall Girl Productions and yours truly, Fabian Burrell – Aziza Public Relations.

Publicist Charles E. Rogers of Rogers Artist Media opined, “the only way Black theatre is going to survive is when the community supports the productions and contributes to the continuation of quality theatre that reflects the cultural footprint of our heritage.”

The presentations had intervals of musical and dance selections. Denise DuMaine who doubled as trophy girl, performed a beautiful dance accompaniment to the opening number “This Little Light Of Mine” sung by former AUDELCO winner Debbie Blackwell Cooke.  Many presenters and winners invoked New Federal Theatre’s founding director’s name – Woodie King, Jr. as without a doubt the one who lit the way for them. Douglas Turner Ward founder and artistic director of the former Negro Ensemble Company was another pioneer that lit the way for many of our shining stars on Broadway and in Hollywood.  Honorary co-chairs Melba Moore along with Maurice Hines shared the stage with actors James Stovall and Marjorie Johnson who hosted the show with great charm and wit.  Moore also performed one of her many hits, showing us that the years have been good to her vocal chords.

As the stage lit up with memories of theatre professionals sharing the celestial bodies with our ancestors; such as Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, Ossie Davis and others too numerous to mention, we thank Vivian Robinson, posthumously, for once again having a vision that has been a beacon of hope for generations to follow.

(Originally published in Caribbean Life Newspaper)