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Blog Posts by Subject: Performing Arts

Ep. 27 "I Get to Do Something With My Life" | Library Stories

Learn about how Tahmin is using technology to impact her community, and the sense of pride and purpose it brings her, in this week’s Library Story.Read More ›

Ep. 26 "It Has Enriched My Life" | Library Stories

During her songwriting process, Sara comes to the Library to discover the rich histories and traditions that have shaped folk music around the world.Read More ›

Women's History Month: Celebrating Black Women in Jazz at the Schomburg

This year, our series features performances from great artists such as Shelley Nicole, Mal Devisa, Alicia Hall Moran, Camille A. Brown, Bernice Reagon Johnson, and many others.Read More ›

Ep. 20 "Those Endless Possibilities" | Library Stories

As a dancer for the New York City Ballet and a self-described "nerd" for ballet history, Silas has made the dance collection at LPA an integral part of his life and career.Read More ›

Podcast #101: Debbie Harry with Chris Stein on Beatniks, the Stillettoes, and Style

Debbie Harry is best known as the iconic singer of Blondie, which recorded hit albums such as Parallel Lines and Eat to the Beat. She has recorded albums as a solo artist and appeared in many films and television shows.Read More ›

Announcing the Broadway Hackathon 2016

Teams will spend Monday morning imagining apps aimed at helping theater professionals of all kinds. Then, developers will have 24 hours to develop a prototype to demonstrate in a public presentation on Tuesday afternoon.Read More ›

Download Your Next Nonfiction Read: Author @ the Library in "E"

Are you looking for a good nonfiction read to download? Every month the Mid-Manhattan Library presents a series of Author @ the Library lectures featuring recent nonfiction books on a wide range of subjects, and many of these titles are available to borrow as e-books. Read More ›

What Would Amanda Palmer Read?

Amanda Palmer—author, performance artist, and fabulous supporter of the New York Public Library—devoted some serious time and patience to help promote children's literacy on August 20.Read More ›

HAMILTON: The Archive

In the musical Hamilton, which opened last night on Broadway, George Washington tells Alexander Hamilton, “You have no control...who tells your story.” At the New York Public Library, we preserve the artifacts that allow such stories to be told, and we have an especially strong collection of archives related to the women and men whose lives inspired the characters in the musical.Read More ›

Musical of the Month: Little Nemo

Little Nemo opened on Broadway at the opulent New Amsterdam Theatre on October 20, 1908, after a three-week tryout in Philadelphia. According to the New York Times, the city had “seen nothing bigger or better in extravaganza than ‘Little Nemo.’” It had also never seen a theatrical production more expensive.Read More ›

Running Away With the Circus

Have you ever wondered why no one ever calmly joins the circus?Read More ›

Lincoln Center Local comes to Morningside Heights

Lincoln Center Local film screenings are happening uptown: One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch and Unsung Carolyn Leigh.Read More ›

Remembering Ruby Dee, Celebrating the American Negro Theatre

Our former pre-professional, Farrah Lopez, pays tribute to American Negro Theatre alum Ruby Dee as we celebrate its 75th anniversary. Read More ›

Finding Yiddish Music: A Quick Online Guide

Use these resources to find Yiddish music online and in libraries and archives: search for sheet music, audio recordings, catalogs, and print anthologies.Read More ›

Sinatra at the Stage Door Canteen

We have received many questions recently about this photo, the secondary key image for the exhibition.Read More ›

Across A Crowded Room: 2015 Edition

After the wildly successful 2013 edition of Across A Crowded Room, we are about to launch a second edition that is more exciting than ever before.Read More ›

African Dance Interview Project Videos Now Available

The Jerome Robbins Dance Division is pleased to announce that the five interviews documented with the Mertz Gilmore Foundation grant to record African choreographers and teachers are now online at The New York Public Library’s website.Read More ›

Matzah and Melodrama: Nahum Stutchkoff's Yiddish Song Lyrics

Nahum Stutchkoff (1893-1965) was a beloved Yiddish radio personality, playwright, lyricist and linguist who created dramas and commercials for WEVD radio and compiled a Yiddish rhyming dictionary and thesaurus. Once a household name among New York Yiddish speakers, he even appeared in ads for Beech-Nut Gum, Seagram’s Whiskey, and Planter’s High Hat Peanut Oil.Read More ›

Frank Sinatra’s Flight to the Moon

From his first job at the Rustic Cabin (earning $15 a week) to minting million dollar bills, tracing Sinatra's road to financial success.Read More ›

Great Albums You May Have Missed: Miles Davis Dark Magus (1997)

Every jazz fan has their favorite Miles period, I'm probably in the minority but I'll take his electric phase from '68-75 which expanded his amazing skills by importing the energy of rock and funk.Read More ›
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