St. George Theatre Presents 40s Revue "In the Mood"

On Friday, April 25 at 2 and 7 PM, Staten Island's beautifully-restored St. George Theatre, at 35 Hyatt Street (2 blocks from the ferry), will present swinging 1940s musical revue "In the Mood", featuring the In the Mood Singers and the sensational String of Pearls Big Band and Orchestra.

The music and the arrangements are authentic to the period, when America was listening and dancing to a combination of big band swing and intimate, romantic ballads that imagined a future filled with promise, hope and prosperity.   

Tickets are $39 to $59.

To buy tickets on Ticketmaster, click here.

Falcons Take Flight to Save Bishop Ford

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At 1 PM on Monday, April 28, alumni of Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School will stage a rally in front of the school, at 500 19th Street in Brooklyn, followed by a march to the Diocese of Brooklyn office at 310 Prospect Park West.

According to a Facebook post from Ford alum Frankie Marra ('73), momentum has grown, with organizers now hoping for a turnout of over 1,000.

After looking at a projected enrollment of 422 next September, down from 1,347 eight years ago, the Bishop Ford board of directors voted unanimously to close the school in June.

The school's declining enrollment has been linked to a series of internal scandals, including the forced resignation in 2012 of former President Ray Nash, who allegedly embezzled money from the school, and the 2013 firing of coach Mike Toro, along with athletic directors Pete Goyco and Eileen Eagan, for allegedly providing financial subsidies to star athletes.

Since the closing was announced, Bishop Ford alumni have held at least one meeting with school administrators to explore alternatives to closing.

Famous Bishop Ford alums include sports heroes Armond Hill and John Halama, director/screenwriter John Gray, and 9/11 hero Lt. Vincent Brunton.

Denis Hamill on the closing of Bishop Ford [Daily News.]

In a Home Reporter interview, State Senator Marty Golden said he believed that the Education Investment Tax Credit (a tax break for parochial school parents), defeated in Albany, might have saved Bishop Ford.


NCT Presents "Singin' in the Rain"

On May 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 8 PM May and on May 11 and 18 at 2 PM, the Narrows Community Theater will present the classic musical "Singin' in the Rain" at Fort Hamilton Army Base Theater, at 101st Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway in Bay Ridge. (ID is required to enter the base.)

Adapted from the 1952 musical of the same name, "Singin' in the Rain is scripted by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, with lyrics by Arthur Freed and music by Nacio Herb Brown.

David Paul Kidder choreographs and directs, with music direction by Sean P. Cameron.

Reserve tickets at the NCT website, via email at nct@nctheaterny.com or by phone at 718-482-3173.

Walk-ins are welcome. Active military admitted free with valid ID.

IFP Call for Indie Screenplays, Documentaries, Web Series

The Independent Film Project is seeking screenplays, documentary works-in-progress, and web series for the annual Independent Film Week Project Forum from September 14-18.

The IFP is the oldest and biggest U.S. discovery forum for projects-in-development and new indie voices. The Project Forum is a meetings-driven event that connects filmmakers with producers, agents, funders, distributors, broadcasters, sales agents, festival programmers, and more.

Applications are sought in each of the following sections:
  • RBC’s Emerging Storytellers: for writers and writer/directors at the script stage and web series creators in development, production, and post-production looking to connect with producers, funders, agents, digital distributors, and streaming platforms.
  • No Borders International Co-Production Market: for established narrative producers with partial financing in place looking to connect with financiers, distributors, sales agents and international partners.  The deadline for RBC’s Emerging Storytellers and No Borders Deadline is May 2.
  • Spotlight on Documentaries: for documentary filmmakers in production or post-production looking to connect with financing partners, broadcasters, distributors, and film festival programmers). Spotlight on Documentaries Deadlines: May 2/May 23.
Recent participants in IFP's Annual Independent Film Week include After Tiller, Appropriate Behavior, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Cutie and the Boxer, Dinosaur 13, Fill the Void, Obvious Child, Our Nixon, Ping Pong Summer, Pariah, Rich Hill, Short Term 12, and many more.

For more information and to apply, click here.


CAMBA Spring Food Drive on Indiegogo

The Emergency Food Pantry at CAMBA, at 1720 Church Avenue in Flatbush, has taken its spring food drive to the Web, mounting an Indiegogo page, "Harvest Against Hunger".

CAMBA's innovative food pantry, which serves 5,000 people a month, incorporates a hydroponic farm and fresh fruits and vegetables bought direct from upstate farmers.

The proceeds of the Indiegogo campaign will be used not just to buy the usual packaged foods, but to produce hydroponically-grown lettuce, bok choy, herbs and other vegetables, and to buy farm-fresh local produce.

Your $50 donation buys 80 servings of fresh vegetables (and helps local farmers);  your $75 donation buys 40 pounds of locally-harvested fruit; and a $100 donation buys enough growing cubes, nutrients and seeds to produce 80 hydroponic bok choy.

Now through April 30, your tax-deductible donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Feinstein Foundation.

Founded in 1977, the not-for-profit CAMBA now serves more than 45,000 individuals and families a year, providing a wide range of community services that includes economic, social and legal services.

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