Chanel Ali is a standup comedian, writer and actress living in New York City. After blossoming on the Philadelphia circuit, she quickly became a crowd favorite with her commanding stage presence and story-telling style. Her observational comedy covers her upbringing, her unique worldview, and the realities of being a polite person in the entertainment industry. After moving to NYC in 2015, she developed a fanbase centered in Brooklyn and even opened for Michael Che from Saturday Night Live. Chanel has performed at the Women in Comedy Festival, Night Train with Wyatt Cenac and she’s currently a cast member on MTV’s Girl Code on Snapchat.
Carolines on Broadway is proud to present the Breakout Artist Comedy Series, a series which put the spotlight on the very best and brightest emerging stand-up comedians in their very own headlining show. These are the comedians that are currently plying their trade and honing their craft on their way to becoming the stars of tomorrow.
Use the code COCOCHANEL for discounted tix!
The VLP Annual Gala celebrates the work of extraordinary individuals who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to serving the public good and equal justice. This year, the VLP will proudly honor: Jeffrey B. Gewirtz, Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment and Jonathan Stoler, Partner, Global Co-Practice Group Leader – Labor and Employment Practice, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP.
Funds raised strengthen the essential work of the VLP, including direct legal services, innovative legal education and outreach programs, as well as the training and supervision of volunteer attorneys from the private bar to assist thousands of Brooklyn residents facings life-altering legal challenges.
The Gala is a ticketed event. Sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets are available and should be confirmed prior to May 22.
Pitch your show idea on the Stoop and get valuable feedback from industry experts!
Do you have a television pitch that you are working on and would like immediate feedback from industry professionals? BRIC is offering a Practice Your Pitch session where you will have three minutes to pitch your idea and receive feedback on how you might improve. Come prepared to pitch your idea to industry professionals and a live audience for immediate feedback! Panelists include Michael Pickney, Skye MacLeod, Robyn Greene Arrington and Nick Borenstein.
About the Panelists:
Robyn Greene Arrington is an award-winning creative executive with varied experience in the media industry. As VP of Programming & Production at TV One, she is an integral part of the team that shapes the network’s creative vision which includes scripted, digital, factual and reality content. Greene Arrington also serves as an Executive in Charge of Production for the network. Her recent projects in that role are ”Bobbi Kristina,” an innovative biopic; and “Two Sides of the Truth,” an investigative crime & justice series that award-winning actress Viola Davis is the narrator and co-executive producer.
Nick Borenstein is Director of Content & Programming for First Look Media, the new entertainment studio from Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay. In this role, Nick is responsible for the creation, development and production of scripted television and digital content under the company’s newly formed Topic studio banner. Recent projects include the Webby Award winning #1 podcast Missing Richard Simmons, Politically Re-Active with W. Kamau Bell & Hari Kondabolu and series with Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), Dan Powell (Inside Amy Schumer), Cirocco Dunlap (Man Seeking Woman) and Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead). Prior to First Look, Nick was Vice President of Development for Hudsun Media where he developed, sold and produced several non-fiction and digital series including House Of DVF (E!), Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe (Lifetime) and Bad Blood (Investigation Discovery). Nick also worked in Development for Pivot TV and held positions in Programming and Casting at Comedy Central, NBC, ABC and HBO.
Michael Pinckney has over 10 years’ experience as an assistant director on films and television series such as “Inside Man” , “Top Five”, “Broad City”, “The 25th Hour”, “7th Heaven”, “The Best Man”, “Law & Order”, and the academy award nominated film “Precious”. Michael made his feature film directorial debut with “You’re Nobody til somebody kills you”, a gritty crime thriller Executive Produced by Spike Lee and distributed by Lionsgate. He has directed short films, commercials, music videos and PSA’s for clients like Goodwill Industries, the NY GIANTS, Select Media, Youth Communications, Def Jam and 4mm Games. He won an award for Excellence in Media from The Black Men’s Film Conference for his HIV film “The Candy Store” and toured the film festival circuit with films from his short film collection. He’s directed a variety of digital series from “SoleKings”, “Black Actress” to “The Colors of Love” in addition to Producing the award winning digital series “For Colored Boys – Redemption” starring Tim Reid. The Trade is Michael’s directorial debut in episodic television drama.
Skye MacLeod is an educator, filmmaker, and team leader with over 15 years of experience working in New York City and abroad. Skye is successful managing production teams, piloting and leading complex educational projects, and forging partnerships. He has extensive experience training teachers to integrate digital media in a wide array of educational contexts. MacLeod is a graduate of Skidmore College (B.A. Music, 1999) and Teachers College of Columbia University (Ed. M, Instructional Technology, 2009). MacLeod is passionate about helping others tell their stories through civic engagement, education, and collaboration.
The Stoop at BRIC House is a public cultural gathering space featuring free, drop-in programming, and offering a place to sit, observe, and participate in multi-disciplinary work.
Questions: contact us at BFreeBK@BRICartsmedia.org
Record High is a three piece group fronted by songwriter Joshua Loring, who got his start in Portland, Maine with local favorites, Cult Maze. Loring went on to lead Brenda, who released two albums and shared the stage with Wilco, Grizzly Bear, Titus Andronicus, Speedy Ortiz, and others. Record High began in the basement of 120 Dikeman street in Red Hook, as a collaboration between Loring and his longtime friend, bassist Eric Gill, with drummer Paul Cigolini joining in 2017. The tunes are rhythmic and bright, with unconventional melodic hooks and instrumental turns. They recently finished recording a debut EP.
Brooklyn’s Super Yamba Band comprises a unique blend of inspiration born of 70s/80s West-African afrobeat and psychedelic funk, with a live energy that moves everyone in the room to dance!
The band formed in 2014 on the foundation of proficient musicians finding a common inspiration amongst their love for African music, especially through rare and sometimes out of print recordings. On the road, the band has honed their craft alongside show mates such as Reptar, Yeasayer, The Afromotive, Between The Buried And Me and Trioscapes. Collaborating over a few years with Senegalese griot and talking drum master Mamadou Mbenge, known best for his work with African pop star Abdou Guite Seck, was a defining moment in the development of Super Yamba’s sound and the musician’s understanding of the African music tradition.
Look no further than Super Yamba Band’s 2016 single, N’diarabi (feat. Ismael Kouyate), for a refreshing taste of what this imaginative group brings to the New York City music scene. The single highlights the band’s forward-thinking approach to the afro-funk sound and boasts their ability to collaborate with heavy hitting performers on the African music scene. “N’diarabi” features the vocal wizardry of Ismael Kouyate, an acclaimed griot singer/dancer from Guinea, West Africa best known for his work on Beyonce’s single “Grown Woman,” in addition to the critically acclaimed musical Fela! On Broadway. “Opening with an unmistakable sabar groove, the track rapidly evolves into a burning Afro-stomper, with funked-out falsetto guitar licks and delirious organ riffs sitting firmly alongside Ismael Kouyate’s evocative guest vocals. Periodic horn bursts and an incessant bass groove complete the mix, making for a thoroughly fresh—and danceable—record that is sure to sound even better live.” -Afropop Worldwide. Super Yamba Band have collaborated with several other African artists including Kaleta, Osei Korankye and Daouda Diane.
Super Yamba Band’s second single ‘Control Per Capita (C.P.C.)’ came out in January of 2017 under the Brooklyn label 3rd Generation Recordings. The song was recorded in 2015 but the band felt like the timing was suddenly right to put out their most politically charged anthem. The song was originally written to pay homage to Fela Kuti’s 1977 tune “Johnny Just Drop.” Like many of Kuti’s protest songs, “Control Per Capita” is a cry against the “control of every head,” says writer and trumpet player Sean Smith. Described by Funkish as an “exhilarating, funky instrumental song,” C.P.C. calls out the injustices of controlling unknowing populations, often through the use of propaganda and fear tactics on the 24-hour news cycles, according to Smith. Though the song was originally written in 2014 and recorded in 2015, “the theme rings particularly true in America right now,” says bandleader and drummer, Daniel Yount, “especially as the methods of control are becoming more literal with walls and bans.”
TYRANNOSAURUS is a weekly stand up comedy show at R’A’R Bar (30-01 35th Ave. Queens, NY 11106) in Long Island City! Each week Sam Evans (Montreal Just For Laughs Festival) and Patrick Hastie (SF Sketchfest) carefully curate a solid lineup of comedians from Conan, The Tonight Show and Comedy Central, mixed with only the best up and coming new talent! The show is always FUN and the show is always FREE! This week’s comedians: Allison Summers (OUT OF BOUNDS COMEDY FESTIVAL), Brantley Brice (SPLITSIDER), Adam Sokol (SF SKETCHFEST), Ella Fritts (ELLA FRITTS: STREET PERSON), Charlton Jon (@CharltonJ0N). *** Plus Special Guests ***
We are proud to host our 4th annual charity event sponsored by the amazing support from Dentistry From The Heart! Don’t miss this once in a year special opportunity where we volunteer to help people just like you! Our main goal is to provide world class services and experiences for you absolutely free! This event is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE!
Services included are; Exams (with X-Rays if necessary), Extractions, Teeth Cleanings and Fillings.
You can read more about this incredible charity organization at the link below!
How do we navigate a loss? How do we share the unspeakably taboo and unexpectedly beautiful terrain of grieving? Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner, co-founders of the website Modern Loss, talk candidly about coping in the face of loss and how to connect with other people who “get” it. This program, co-sponsored by Green-Wood and Because Jewish, will NOT include tips to help you “get over it,” or the phrase, “everything happens for a reason.” Rebecca and Gabrielle will discuss their new book, Modern Loss: Candid Conversation about Grief. Beginners Welcome, which explores empathy, resilience, and the power of sharing our stories.
The conversation will be moderated by the co-founders of the Brooklyn-based organization Because Jewish, Rabbi Dan Ain and Alana Ain.
Light refreshments will be served.