Baruch College Presents: Solo in the City – Jewish Women, Jewish Stars

January 30, 2013 | Baruch College

Featuring Sandra Bernhard, Jackie Hoffman, Tovah, Feldshuh, Judy Gold, and more

NEW YORK, NY-January 30, 2013 – Solo in the City: Jewish Women, Jewish Stars is a solo performance series which will be presented throughout March at Baruch Performing Arts Center.  The series will feature seven leading and emerging NYC-based soloists includingSandra Bernhard, Tovah Feldshuh, Judy Gold, and Jackie Hoffman performing one-woman shows and a special opening lecture/film event.  The Baruch Performing Arts Center is located on the campus of Baruch College in Manhattan on East 25th Street between Lexington & 3rd Aves.  The series is co-presented with Baruch College’s Jewish Studies Center, and co-sponsored by the Jewish Women Archives.  Ticket prices vary by each event, and can be purchased online at www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac, by phone at 646-312-5073, or in person at the box office at 55 Lexington Ave. (enter E. 25th St. between Lexington & 3rd Aves.)

The performers in Solo in the City: Jewish Women, Jewish Stars include:

Sandra Bernhard: I Love Being Me, Don’t You? – Friday, March 8, 2013, 8 p.m.

Stage and screen comic diva Sandra Bernhard who broke into the industry with the hit 1983 Martin Scorsese film The King of Comedy and well-known for her role in the TV show Roseanne delivers her unique biting blend of music and monologue with her one-woman show I Love Being Me, Don’t You?  In this 90 minute performance, accompanied by Mitch Kaplan on piano, diehard Bernhard fans will love her satirical stabs at pop culture icons, and follow her personal memories from hometown Scottsdale to adult-town L.A., and then some.  Currently on national tour, I Love Being Me, Don’t You? couldn’t be more unique and idiosyncratic.  $50 -$70.  ($70 tickets include VIP seating in the first 4 rows, and a meet-and-greet reception following the show).

Jackie Hoffman:  Scraping the Bottom at Baruch! - Saturday, March 9, 2013, 8 p.m.

The Obie-winning actress, best known for her roles in TV’s The New Normal, the film Kissing Jessica Stein, and the Broadway musicals The Addams Family and Hairspray, performs a special solo comedy show. Hoffman gets “in your face, up close and personal” as she reflects upon her life, not so friendly friends, family, and experiences in the entertainment industry of New York City. From “fachadick’ relatives to co-workers and pop culture icons, everyone is on trial in Jackie Hoffman’s show. $40.

Tovah Feldshuh: Tovah Out Of Her Mind! – Sunday, March 10, 2013, 2 p.m.

The Tony-nominated and Drama Desk-winning actress who holds the record for the most Broadway performances in a one-woman show returns to Baruch Performing Arts Center after originating the lead role in the 2008 play “Irena’s Vow”, which later moved to Broadway. In Tovah Out Of Her Mind!, Ms. Feldshuh sings songs from Gershwin to Judy Collins and inhabits a gallery of hilarious characters ranging from socialite Muffy Brooke Asthma Alsop on Park Avenue to Grandma Ada in the Bronx. $55.

Sheba Mason: Conceiving Sheba Mason – Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

In Conceiving Sheba Mason, the up-and-coming comedienne tells hilarious and often scandalous stories of her own personal life as the illegitimate daughter of the famed comic star Jackie Mason, and her upbringing with an extremely liberal and single Jewish mother.  Her rise on the comic scene at local and nationwide comic clubs has demonstrated that, as controversial as it is, her unique comedy view is resonating and timely, and always original. $25.

Rachael Sage: Songs for Sexy Yentas – Thursday, March 28, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Rachael Sage recently released her tenth album, “Haunted by You,” on MPress Records. Named one of the Top 100 Independent Artists of the Past 15 Years by Performing Songwriter magazine, this American singer/songwriter, who has shared stages with musicians Sarah McLachlan, Judy Collins and Marc Cohn, performs her unique style of chamber/pop with violin and cello. Her performances combine musicianship with between-song banter, exactly what the New York Times dubbed, “Sage’s inner Fanny Brice.” Sage claims her musical interests began during her early teens, when she created demos on a 4-track recording system that she received as a Bat-Mitzvah present.  $25.

Pianist Inna Faliks: Three Jewish Composers, Three Centuries – Saturday, March 30, 2013, 8 p.m.

This award-winning Ukrainian-born classical pianist has performed at Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, among a multitude of other international recital halls and orchestras. As part of the series, Faliks will perform her special lecture/concert titled Three Jewish Composers, Three Centuries with compositions by Arnold Shoenberg (19thcentury), George Gershwin (20th century), and Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin (21st century).  $25.

Judy Gold: 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother – Sunday, March 31, 2013, 2 p.m.

This two-time Daytime Emmy winning comic and SiriusXM radio host has performed on HBO and on stages and clubs across the country. She brings her warmth and humor in 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother where she incorporates her own adventures in Jewish motherdom and her memories of growing up Jewish in suburban New Jersey with the voices of 50 Jewish mothers. This show reminds us why audiences across the country have fallen in love with Judy Gold, and why the LGBT communities are gaga for Judy Gold.  $30.

Solo in the City: Jewish Women, Jewish Stars will also feature a special opening dialogue and film event titled Making Trouble/Changing Culture: Jewish Women in the Arts and Entertainment, presented on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 6pm.  The event will begin with selected clips of the 2006 comic documentary film Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women, featuring three of the series’ performers (Jackie Hoffman, Tovah Feldshuh and Judy Gold).  Following the film is an onstage dialogue that examines and explores influences made by Jewish women on the American entertainment industry.  The discussion will be moderated by writer and Brandeis University professor Joyce Antler, who has written numerous books and articles on the topic.  The panelists include filmmaker Suzanne Wasserman, novelist Jennifer Gilmore, and art critic Gail Levin. This special event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception in the center’s lobby. Reservations for this event may be made at 646-312-5073. All performances for Solo in the City will take place in the recital hall at Baruch Performing Arts Center at 55 Lexington Ave in NYC, Box Office (646) 312-5073,www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac.

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About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.  For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.

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