The BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center is proud to partner with host Randy Cohen for his “Person Place Thing” podcast and radio show. The first featured guest is Jack Kleinsinger on Friday, October 20 at 7 p.m. Tickets to the recording are $10 and available online, at the door and by phone at (212) 220-1460.
Upcoming shows in this series include Woody King, Jr. (March 6, 2018) and Randy Weston (April 3, 2018).
“Person Place Thing” is an interview show recorded around New York and based on this idea: People are particularly engaging when they speak not about themselves, but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place and one thing that is important to them. The result? Surprising stories from great talkers. This show is taped and will broadcast at a later date on public radio throughout the Northeast (WNYE, 91.5 FM in NYC), as well made available online.
Randy Cohen, creator and host of “Person Place Thing” began his career writing humor pieces, essays and stories for newspapers and magazines such as The New Yorker, Harpers and The Atlantic. He won three Emmys for his writing on “Late Night With David Letterman” and a fourth Emmy for his work on Michael Moore’s TV Nation. For 12 years he wrote “The Ethicist,” a weekly column for the New York Times Magazine. In 2010, his first play, “The Punishing Blow,” ran at New York’s Clurman Theater. His most recent book, “Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything,” was published by Chronicle.
Jazz impresario Jack Kleinsinger was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of North Florida and is a former Assistant Attorney General of the State of New York. Kleinsinger started producing “Highlights in Jazz” — the longest-running, continuous jazz series in the history of New York City — 45 years ago. He has produced many concerts in New York City schools, colleges and prisons, and co-produced programs for the Newport and New York Jazz festivals as well as for the Jazz Festival in Nice, France. His honors and awards include the 1997 JVC Jazz Festival concert, “Thanks to Jack Kleinsinger for 25 Years of Highlights in Jazz,” the Charlie Parker Memorial Award presented at the 52nd Street Americana Festival, and a proclamation by Manhattan Borough President C. Viginia Fields designating February 5 as Jack Kleinsinger Day in the borough.
BMCC Tribeca PAC is Downtown Manhattan’s premier presenter of the arts, reaching audiences from the college community, downtown residential and business communities, local schools, families and audiences of all ages. BMCC Tribeca PAC strives to present a broad global perspective through the presentation of high-quality artistic work in music, theatre, dance, film and visual arts. Located on the Borough of Manhattan Community College campus, 199 Chambers Street (between Greenwich Avenue and West Street, the theatre is convenient to the 2/3, A/C/E and R/W subway lines and the New Jersey Path Train. For more information visit www.tribecapac.org.