Friday, February 5, 2010

Join us for a very Effable Valentine's Day!

Writer Jessie Rosen and the best of Effable's actors-in-residence are coming together on Valentine's Day eve for party-meet-performance intended to trump any plans you had with the entire Meg Ryan catalog...

Do. Not. Miss. This.

Time to take this blog on the road with a little performance-meets-party of my writings-turned-theater.

THE HOOK-UP CONVERSATIONS
  • Date: Sunday,February 14th - 7:00-9:00pm (doors at 6:30)
  • Admission: free!, plus half-priced drinks 'til 8
Think The Vagina Monologues but of the dating-war-stories variety...

THE HOOK-UP CONVERSATIONS is a collection of 12, five-minute monologues about the sometimes-hysterical, sometimes heart-breaking issues surrounding dating, hooking up, and breaking up as a 20 to 30-something in Manhattan. Pieces will be performed as a staged-reading by a mix of male and female, gay and straight New York talent. Convo titles include:
  • Erica’s make-out diet - one girl's solution to her late-night eating Goliath
  • Who's the crazy one here? - apparently being up-front with a girl is the wrong approach
  • Did you hear about Grace? - confess your decade-long love for your male best friend and people will talk
  • Grace - that confession...
  • Karma's a bitch - a bitch named Hoboken
  • And much more - 6, specifically
This year why not spend Valentine's Day laughing, crying, and drinking to other people's dating mistakes.

And by other people's, I mean mine.

Don't live in New York? We'll miss you, but feel free to pass this invite along to anyone you've ever met that does. And then, move here.

Special thanks to Effable Arts for their help and support in this production.


Monday, November 23, 2009

An Effable Choreographer Draws Inspiration from Caracas, Venezuela

Choreographers' Canvas (On the Road) Part I:

A ridiculous modern/contempory dancer/choreographer/ex-ballerina turned musical theater triple threat and true artist, Sarah Bumgarner, knows what she wants...or does she?

While traversing the Americas for her "day job," Sarah seeks refuge from the everyday in finding news way of communication through dance. Sampled below is a solo she created for Effable Co-founder, Brad Landers, in an effort to portray the trials of the constant comfort flux while on tour and the ways in which we try to find relaxation in everchanging habitats. A work in progress: this is Sarah and Brad taking advantage of a gorgeous studio in the gym of their hotel in Caracas, Venezuela. Watch as Brad becomes progressively unclear of what the middle of the piece is ;).

video

Stay tuned for more to come from the collaborative dance minds of Sarah Bumgarner and Brad Landers....

psssssst, it goes a little something like; a (work in progress) movement piece in one act, involving both a narrative thread and many styles and forms of dance encapsulated in one jazz club on one timeless evening.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Effable's Own Jenny Anderson Takes Bushwick

So, after a much-needed post-show hiatus, we're back and rolling.

Updates:

1. This September's SCL: 20Nothings was an eff-ing SOLD OUT success, largely due to the contributions of roughly 3 dozen actors, assistants, volunteers, playwrights, directors, dancers, artists and choreographers, not to mention all the friends, family and donors. We were, and are, literally without words to express the thanks and enthusiasm. So, since we're out of words, click through and look at THESE PRETTY PICTURES FROM THE SHOW INSTEAD.

2. We've got new projects in the works!! More on that later.

3. Photographer and Effable Resident Artist Jenny Anderson, whose absolutely fantastic debut portrait series was ogled and adored as part of SLC: 20Nothings, was recently named one of the Top 25 hottest new photography talents to watch by Brooklyn-based gallery and art mecca 3rd Ward. We were going to blog all about how proud (and honored) we are to work with this immensely talented woman, and how much prouderer we were to see her art on the walls of a gallery we truly love.

But then Effable tech mastermind and real-life writer Zac Wilson beat us to it and made a video. 

So, without further ado, here's what went down with Jenny Anderson's big show, as scored by Lady Gaga (thanks Zac). Keep your eyes peeled for many Effable cameos amid the hipsteratti of Brooklyn: 


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Come Party with Effable THIS SUNDAY (There's no work on Monday, remember?)



Natural cherry-infused vodka, ice slick covered bars, oh-so-flattering lighting, a parade of midtown cocktails at downtown-hole-in-the-wall prices and a private room full of pretty, Effable people mingling and cavorting?

Yes please.

Effable Arts has to thank the unreasonably sexy Vlada Bar and Lounge (331 West 51st Street, New York, NY, 10019) for welcoming EA for its CHERRY-POPPING PREMIERE PARTY, Sunday, September 6, 2009, kicking off at 9pm.

And you’re all invited.

Here’s the scoop:

(Directly following Part Two of Effable Arts’ Debut production Stop, Collaborate & Listen: 20Nothings)

What: THE EFFABLE ARTS CHERRY-POPPING PREMIERE PARTY

Where: Vlada Bar and Lounge (upstairs lounge)
331 West 51st Street
New York, NY, 10019

When: 9pm, September 6

Bonuses: * The Effable Cherry cocktail, designed by Vlada specifically for Effable Arts
* ALL Vlada’s house-infused, flavored vodkas for $5 (normally $8)
* ALL beers $5 (normally $6)

All you have to do is hit up Vlada (PS: Um, come see the show) and mention Effable at the door, then head upstairs to pop cherries with the rest of the EA entourage.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Is That A Riot in Your Pocket?

Here's a little behind-the-scenes goodness AND a video teaser to get you through humpday:
At Effable Arts, if the final product is half as good as the process was then we're really onto something...in our humble opinions.
The ensemble of gay/equal rights piece "We Are the Pink Panthers" is not only comprised of talented (and beautiful) dancers, but smart, helpful, and gracious people. Choreographer Brad Landers waxed poetic about them and the process of working with Effable Arts, and we couldn't help but share the good vibes.
"I am utterly grateful to have this many talented people want to be and make themselves available to help me have a choreographic voice," Landers said. "It blows my mind."
We here at Effable like art when it's fun AND productive (novel, right?), so that goodness warmed our hearts, for reaaaaaaalz.
"We Are the Pink Panthers," inspired by the historic Stonewall Riots, is one of four dance pieces that will be showcased in the second evening of the two-part premiere show from Effable Arts:
"Stop, Collaborate & Listen: 20Nothings."
($15 @ door/call box office to reserve @ 917-576-4149)
"With this piece I really wanted to not only celebrate what the Stonewall Riots did for gay men and women but also send a positive message for the future of all human rights ' struggles." - choreographer Brad Landers
Check out this effin' sweet teaser from a recent rehearsal of the cast of
"We Are the Pink Panthers"
video

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New Location for Cherries Jubilee!!!!

Due to some EFFIN' weather forecasts and the city of NY becoming Seattle this summer, we have moved indoors with the same (if not more) amount of fun!!!!
Here's the skinny:
2pm, downstairs @ 1 & 1 (corner of 1st St & 1st Ave) Visit http://www.oneandoneny.com/ for more info.
This promises to be the party to attend all weekend, complete with bathrooms, AC and a fully stocked bar upstairs!!! Bring $10 for food and any other treats (bars & sweet tea available for $2) and some cash for the bar: let's help out the amazing owner and staff of 1&1!
Can't wait to pop our cherries with y'all... ;)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Grub and Good Times: EA's Jubilee Fundraiser now @ 1&1!!!

LOOKING FOR A WAY TO STAY COOL THIS WEEKEND?

Pull out your banjos and gingham dresses, because Effable Arts has just the thing…our very first CHERRY JUBILEE!!!!

THIS Sunday, August 23, 2009, Effable Arts will inhabit the 1 & 1 @ 1st st/1st ave http://www.oneandoneny.com/ for homemade southern soul food, sweet tea, live music from crooners Jared Weiss and Phoebe Blue, henna tattooing and laughs.


We are asking for $10 per plate (Effable Arts is a non-profit organization, so this donation feeds both your belly and our creative souls) of amazing food, which includes fried chicken, creamy mac’n’cheese, savory funeral potatoes, summer vegetables, corn bread, sweet lemon bars and plenty of fresh Bing cherries, all lovingly prepared by actual southerners and award-winning Chef David Kaye (of Dinner du Jour, Joe and Maggie’s, Wegmans fame). It’s another $2 if you wanna get down on some homemade sweet tea…and trust us, you do.

All proceeds to benefit Effable Arts’ 1st Production: Stop/Collaborate & Listen: 20Nothings, which hits The Producer’s Club on West 44th Street September 5 (8pm) and 6 (7pm), 2009.

Can’t wait to see y’all!!!! Bring your friends, your Frisbees, your smiles and an appetite. This one is gonna be good.

* Plan on coming? Drop us a comment, or RSVP to effablearts@gmail.com so we know how much delcious grub to make! *