Pizza and a Movie Night:
hosted by Film TRaC!!!
And after the film, as always, we talk it out.
Those are the sacred rules for High 5’s Pizza and a Movie Night. Every month we put out a call to all movie buffs, wanna-be critics, opinionators and lovers of free pizza — come out and exercise your right to vote! And discuss! Movies!
This Friday, May 4 at 5:00 PM — the first Friday of May — we’ve turned the reins over to YOU, the Pizza and a Movie faithful. Teens from this spring’s Film Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) program will be hosting the evening and leading discussion about the slips, slaps, sticks and jokes of our May theme: the COMEDY EDITION. In addition to three of the greatest comedies of all time, the Film TRaC crew will be curating a special intro of film shorts —- just like back in the day, when people went to the movies, and they’d always get a bonus cartoon, skit or some other film goodness. Just to prep everyone for the main event! So, it’s not really just one film this month. We’re serving up BONUS movies, too. So, come out this Friday at 5:00 and see what they’ve come up withu. As always, the three main films on the menu will go up for mob vote — YOU DECIDE what we watch — and then we’ll break it down in discussion afterward, as we always do.
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On Friday, April 20th, Brooklyn-based artist/musician TIM FITE dropped in on the Music Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) program to sing a few songs, tell some stories and share some stories from life on the road and at home, making art and music. (Thanks for doing that, Tim!!!)
Here he is, talking about work ethic. What it takes to create worlds. Wanted to share this out, yo.
I had only a vague idea what STREB was all about when I walked through the doors of their brightly colored gym last Saturday. (For all you newbies, STREB is a collective of aerialists and acrobats that perform shows and offer classes at their crazy cool Williamsburgh gym.) I knew that STREB put on these awesome acrobtic shows and focused on body movement. What shocked my system was the strength, flexibility and athleticism that goes into this incredible artform. I sat stunned by these dancers and artists as they transformed regular teens into acrobats-in-training.
About thirty High 5ers joined us last weekend for a special workshop with STREB’s instructors. The afternoon started with a quick warm-up and a combination of body positions and falls. After a break, instructors introduced the amazing variety of trampolines, balance beams, tumbling equipment and flying trapezes. (You heard me, H5ers on a TRAPEZE! How cool is that?) High 5ers were given free reign to use their new found skills and jump, bounce and soar however they wanted for two glorious hours. When the afternoon came to a close and we all dispersed to our separate Saturdays, we all felt awe and wonder at the capabilities of the human body.
Miss the STREB event? No worries! We’re offering $5 tickets to their newest show Kiss the Air. But, wait, there’s more! The first Saturday of each month, STREB hosts the Teen Action Club. So get in on the ACTION and experience STREB! What are you waiting for?
Saturday afternoon myself and two totally AWESOME High 5 Teen Reviewers and Critics ran a teen workshop at the Joan Mitchell Foundation and Noguchi Museum’s Careers in the Arts Fair, 2011. The day was full of workshops with everything from comic book artists to fashion designers and even filmmakers!
In our workshop we spoke a bit about the High 5 Tickets to the Arts program and my two assistants, Joe Strong and Maya Whalen, spoke about how they have grown in the New York City arts scene as a result of starting their journey with the High 5 program.
As the workshop went on, we talked a lot about discussing art as a community. As we did a mock-TRaC writing exercise the discussion took flight! I was so impressed and moved by the participants’ interpretations that I wanted to share it here and pose the same questions to you.
The two pieces of work we focused on were Isamu Noguchi’s Policeman and Sun at Noon (both pictured below). Here are some of the questions we asked about the pieces:
1. What do you think the titles of these two pieces are?
2. How does each piece make you feel?
“It reminds me of the circle of life”
“Like I can jump through to another dimension”
3. Pick one word from the inside of your Noguchi tablet to describe each piece.
“Unique and Harmonious”
“Creative and Tranquil”
“Bold and Serenity”
“It’s like he has a hard shell on the outside to hide the emptiness on the inside, only filled by his billy club.” Student comment on The Policeman
“The use of different materials represents the ups and downs, rough and smooth spots you might face throughout your life.” Student comment on Sun at Noon
What are your thoughts about these works?
Post in the comments below!!