CMSV Players explore Grimms’ fairy tales

Highlands Nook, Joseph Squillante, 2000, on display at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale.

The student repertory company at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, known as the CMSV Players, will debut their rendition of the Broadway musical Into the Woods on Fri., Apr. 24 at 8 pm in Hayes Auditorium. Inspired by Bruno Bettleheim’s 1976 book, “The Uses of Enchantment,” the musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them further to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests.

While the play explores some adult topics, children will enjoy the show because of the fairy tale references. The play opens on Arp. 24. Additional performances will be held on Arp. 25 at 2 and 8 pm, on Arp. 26 at 2 pm, on May 1 and May 2, at 8 pm. Tickets are $5 for the Mount community and seniors, $7 for guests and all others.For more information call (718) 405-3253.

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The Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture presents Music on Film on Sat., Apr. 25, at 7 pm at the Society Meeting House, 4450 Fieldston Road, corner of Manhattan College Parkway.

The society will present Sviaroslav Richter’s The Enigma. Admission is $5. For more information call (718) 549-2795 or (718) 548-4445.

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Bronx WritersCorps, a program of the Bronx Council on the Arts’ Bronx Writers’ Center, will host “Words That Live” Poetry Slam ─ BCA’s 13th Annual Bronx WritersCorps Preliminary Youth Poetry Slam, in which two youth poetry slams of talented teen poets will be competing to join the best slam team in the borough. The outcome of a semi and a final competition will decide who gets cut and who makes the team.

The semi-finals will be held at 5 pm on Wed., Apr. 29 at the Pregones Theater, 571-55 Walton Avenue. The finals, also held at the Pregones Theater, will be held at 5 pm on Wed., May 6. Both poetry slams are open to the public. Admission is free.

Young poets from the Bronx WritersCorps’ sites, as well as a number of outside organization Slam teams, will compete in the April 29 preliminary. The winners will then move on to the finals on May 6.

Patty Dukes will host the preliminary slams. PattyDukes is a performer, emcee and writer. She is member of Circa ‘95, a Hip-Hop group and Internet radio show on UrbanLatinoRadio.Com live every Sunday from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Patty was recently featured on HBO Latino in shows like RoadTrip and Habla. On stage, PattyDukes played the role of Nancy in Danny Hoch’s Till The Break of Dawn produced by the NYC Hip-Hop Theater Festival and The Culture Project. She will be playing the role of Patchy in Caridad “La Bruja” De La Luz play Boogie Rican Blvd the Musical this Summer at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater. Patty is the recipient of the 2007 BRIO Award and the 2008 UAI (Urban Artist Initiative) grant.

Special guest appearance R&B singing group Kwiet Storm. Hailing from Chicago, a town known for breeding some of R&B’s biggest and brightest stars, Kwiet Storm comprises four handsome and talented singer/songwriter/ producers who have literally dedicated their lives to the pursuit of their dream. Just when you thought music lovers had been lulled to sleep by an endless parade of run-of-the-mill R&B groups, the lightening flashes, the thunder rolls and Kwiet Storm emerges. For more information call (718) 409-1265.

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The Bronx Council on the Arts and Christ Church Riverdale present three performances by Bronx Indie Artists in celebration of the Twentieth Anniversary of BCA’s prestigious BRIO award. All three artists – Toru Dodo, Steven Lubin, and Velvet Ross – are 2008 BRIO winners who will perform one-day engagements on Apr. 26, May 17, and June 7, respectively, at 3 pm at Christ Church Riverdale in Riverdale section. Apr. 26twill feature pianist Toru Dodo (2008 BRIO winner for instrumental music), May 17 will feature pianist Steven Lubin (Three-time BRIO winner for instrumental music), and June 7 will feature vocalist Velvet Ross (2008 BRIO winner for vocal performance). These performances, part of BCA’s Bronx Indie Artist Series, are open to the public and admission is free.

Christ Church Riverdale is located at 5030 Henry Hudson Parkway. For more information call (718) 931-9500, ext. 35.

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The Bronx Writers’ Center, a program of the Bronx Council on the Arts, presents this year’s Chapter One Fiction Competition and Reading Series, on May 2 at the Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos Community College and May 16 at the Bronx Library Center. All four Chapter One winners will read excerpts from their first chapter—the ‘chapter one’—of the unpublished novel that they each submitted for the award.

The first of two readings kicks off on Sat., May 2, at 2 pm at the Longwwod Art Gallery at Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street, when Shell Fischer and Jason Michael Martin will read from their novels, The Joy of Mom and Chevy Nova Scotia, respectively. The series continues on Sat., May 16 at noon at the Bronx Library Center, 310 East Kingsbridge Road at Briggs Avenue, when Laura Buchwald and Laura O’Connor Vernikoff will read from their respective novels, Wanderlust and A Thing So Small. Both reading events are free and open to the public. RSVP to or at (718) 931-9500, ext. 35.

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The Department of Music at Lehman College will present a free performance by the Lehman Woodwind Quintet, entitled “Light Breeze for a Sunday Afternoon,” on Sun., Apr. 26, at 2 pm in the Recital Hall of the Music Building. The public is invited to attend.

Directed by Professor Alan Hollander, the audience-friendly program will feature works for chamber wind quintet by Beethoven, Debussy, Arnold and others.

Lehman is located at Goulden Avenue and Bedford Park. Free attended parking is also available

For more information call (718) 960-8247.

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The Hebrew Home at Riverdale will present Joseph Squillante/Icons of the Hudson: Portrait of a River, from May 19 to Sept. 13. This exhibition includes more than 20 photographs of iconic sites along the Hudson River from its source on Mount Marcy.

An opening reception with a talk by the artist will take place on Tues., May 19, from 6:30 to 8 pm at the gallery in the Milton A. Gilbert Pavilion of the Hebrew Home. The exhibition is open to the public free of charge and on view daily from 10:30 am to 4:390 pm. For further information call (718) 581-1596.

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