Surviving Sandy: NYC’s Arts Community Holds On

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Here’s a look at various reports this week on New York City’s art survival situation, primarily fine art and live theatre including performances, following Superstorm Sandy’s sweeping through:

The New York Times looked at Chelsea here, saying:

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Gallery owners and employees – some calm and philosophical, some too distraught to speak – spent Wednesday sorting through the artworks that had been hanging on their walls or were packed in their storage rooms, separating those that were irrevocably damaged from those that stood a good chance of being restored. Some owners described themselves as lucky, having suffered less extensive damage than their neighbors. But scarcely a gallery was unscathed…And at least one business in the area, the nonprofit art book shop Printed Matter, has taken to Facebook in the hope of getting art fans to help in the business of cleaning and salvaging.

The Art Newspaper on Nov. 1 reported, “New York City is gradually getting back to business after Sandy, the super-storm that hit the eastern coast of the US on Monday, causing massive flooding in New York and New Jersey. More than 2 million people remain without power throughout the area.” It cited some specific cases in lower Manhattan and Midtown in its article here.

Hyperallergic.com, which IDs itself as “Sensitive to Art and its Discontents,” offered a list of help sources for artists, galleries, private collections and museums here, saying, “As the Eastern Seaboard continues to recover from Hurricane Sandy, those impacted by the devastating storm are slowly coming to terms with the shock of losing art, furniture and other possessions, but we want them to know there are a few resources that can possibly help them with their recovery.”

UK’s The Guardian took a look at NYC’s situation here, noting, “Galleries have been damaged by rising water and sculptures hit by the destructive weather – resulting in thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.”

Then, in yesterday’s NYT, as you might expect when writing for the 1%, an article about art auction season’s opening next Wednesday didn’t even mention Sandy’s destruction, but concentrated on cash, observing, “Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips de Pury & Company are hoping that the flight from cash into art will continue given the financial uncertainty in the United States and especially in Europe. The catalogs are bursting with hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of paintings, drawings and sculptures, many of which are being sold by collectors hoping to take advantage of the growth in the global art market.” That’s here.

Broadway Cares/EFA DONATES $250,000 Toward Sandy Recovery

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS announced today that a portion of proceeds currently being raised by Broadway, Off-Broadway, and national touring companies during the six-week fall fundraising efforts will be donated to three relief agencies committed to immediately helping victims of Hurricane Sandy.

An additional $100,000 will be awarded to The Actors Fund, which is responding to the hardships within the entertainment community brought on by the disaster, including emergency financial assistance, access to medical care, and temporary housing.

“Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS historically has moved quickly and responsibly, on behalf of the theatre community, in responding to assist those affected by extraordinary events and natural disasters,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We want to immediately do the same by reaching out to those both in the theatre family and local communities most affected by Hurricane Sandy.”

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The hurricane relief grants will be awarded to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, AmeriCares, and the American Red Cross.

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey coordinates the delivery of food, water, and supplies to food banks and meal programs across the state, including 14 organizations funded through BC/EFA’s National Grants Program. njfoodbank.org

AmeriCares’ emergency response team is making site visits throughout the storm-damaged areas to deliver family emergency kits and other relief supplies. It also has deployed its mobile medical clinic, stocked with medicines and relief supplies, to help treat the ill, injured, and displaced in Staten Island, NY. americares.org

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The American Red Cross is providing shelter, clothing, food, and supplies to those left homeless by the storm, as well as helping in immediate and long-term recovery efforts. redcross.org

Dozens of Broadway, Off-Broadway, and national touring companies currently are actively participating in a twice-annual fundraising effort, which will culminate in two performances December 3 and 4 at the 24th Annual Gypsy of the Year Competition. The shows, in a friendly competition, raise money by asking audience members for donations as they leave the theatre, often offering incentives such as autographed Playbills and posters, backstage tours or other unique items and experiences.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS supports more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations across the country, including 127 in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. All are currently expending existing resources to respond to the aftermath of the storm and will depend on BC/EFA’s continued support in weeks to come.

The BC/EFA Executive Committee, acting on behalf of the entire board, approved the emergency grants Thursday. In addition to The Actors Fund, whose tireless work provides a safety net of social services for those in the entertainment industry, the hurricane relief agencies selected deliver on-the-ground resources for those most directly affected by the storm.

Live Performances Update, Nov. 2

Following is the performance status for O&M Co.’s Off Broadway offerings for Friday, November 2, 2012:

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

Performances through Tuesday, 11/6 are pending due to cast travel difficulties (the ladies are stranded in Chicago!), with future performances pending.

The power at the SoHo Playhouse remains out due to the widespread power outage in lower Manhattan.

For more information, visit www.5lesbianseatingaquiche.com.

Blue Man Group

No performance tonight with future performances pending.

The power at Astor Place Theatre remains out due to the widespread power outage in lower Manhattan.

For more information, visit www.blueman.com.

York Theatre Company’s Closer Than Ever

Resumed performances yesterday at 8:00 p.m.

The York Theatre is offering FREE tickets to Closer Than Ever. As reported in The New York Times, just show your unused tickets or confirmation orders at the box office, subject to availability. Valid for all remaining performances through Sunday at 2:30. Tickets may be redeemed at the York Box Office between noon and showtime.

For more information, visit www.yorktheatre.org.

Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature

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Resumed performances Wednesday, 10/31 and will perform as scheduled at 7:30 p.m. tonight at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Opening night still on as planned for November 12, 2012.

For more information, visit www.emotionalcreature.com.

Culture Project’s The Exonerated

No performance tonight with future performances pending.

The power at Culture Project/45 Bleecker remains out due to the widespread power outage in lower Manhattan.

For more information, visit www.cultureproject.org.

The Old Man and the Old Moon

No performance tonight with future performances pending.

The power at the Gym at Judson remains out due to the widespread power outage in lower Manhattan.

For more information, visit www.pigpentheatre.com.

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MCC Theater’s Don’t Go Gentle

No performance tonight with future performances pending.

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The power at the Lucille Lortel Theatre remains out due to the widespread power outage in lower Manhattan.

For more information, visit www.mcctheater.org.

Labyrinth Theater Company’s Radiance

No performance tonight with future performances resuming Wednesday, 11/7.

The power at the Bank Street Theater remains out due to the widespread power outage in lower Manhattan.

For more information, visit www.labtheater.org/radiance/.

Sleep No More

No performances through this weekend with future performances pending.

The power at The McKittrick Hotel remains out due to the widespread power outage in lower Manhattan. The hotel staff has released the following advisory to future guests: “We have an unusually large amount of correspondence to tend to and kindly ask for your patience while we respond to all inquiries as quickly as possible.”

For more information, visit www.sleepnomorenyc.com.

Target Margin Theater’s 2012 TMT LAB: Exploring Yiddish Theater

Resumed performances yesterday at 8:00 p.m. at The Brick (579 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn).

There is a special added performance today, 11/2 at 5:00 p.m. 2 for 1 tickets are available for all remaining performances with the code OYSANDY.

For more information, visit www.targetmargin.org.

Tribes

No performance tonight with future performances pending.

The power at the Barrow Street Theatre remains out due to the widespread power outage in lower Manhattan.

For more information, visit www.barrowstreettheatre.com.