Casting Call: Netflix – The Get Down

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The Grant Wilfley Casting company is looking for background actors for film and television. One of their current projects is a new Netflix series called “The Get Down,” directed by Academy Award Nominee Baz Luhrmann. It’s about the birth of hip hop in the 1970’s, set in the Bronx.

They are mainly in need of Latino and African American men and women (of all ages). Since the show takes place in the 1970’s, hair is very important, so we are seeking people with at least 1.5-2 inches of hair growth on men, and natural non-processed hair for women. AFROS ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED!

A wardrobe fitting is required for our show, but it is paid. The day of work will also be paid! It is highly possible that anyone that gets fit will be working multiple dates throughout the series.

Email current photos and phone number to getdown@gwcnyc with the SUBJECT LINE reading: Flyer, Name, Union Status, and Phone Number. Please note height, weight, and clothing sizes in the body of the email.

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LG to Reduce Height of Headquarters, Preserving Palisades Horizon | NY Times

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A view of the Palisades from Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan. The riverbank, cliff columns and the vista have been cherished and protected by philanthropists, civic activists and environmentalists for more than a century. (Photo: Karsten Moran | NY Times)

For nearly all their 200 million years, the Palisades cliffs were not disturbed by the arrival and extinction of dinosaurs, the formation of the Grand Canyon, or millenniums of human settlement along the Hudson River.

This Tuesday, however, is at least the third time in 125 years that the cliffs north of the George Washington Bridge have been saved from development or destruction.

LG, the South Korean conglomerate, has agreed to reduce the height of a tower it was planning to build for its North American headquarters on the cliffs by about half, largely preserving the sweeping horizon over the Palisades Interstate Park. Instead of rising 143 feet, its new building will be just under 70 feet high, the company announced in a statement it released on Tuesday with five conservation and environmental groups that had opposed the original design.

As redesigned, the LG headquarters would still be twice as high as nearly all buildings along the Palisades north of the bridge, where the riverbank, cliff columns and the vista have been cherished and protected by philanthropists, civic activists and environmentalists for more than a century.

Read more: LG to Reduce Height of Headquarters, Preserving Palisades Horizon | NY Times

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Two Reasons to Visit Inwood: Dyckman Farmhouse Museum and Darling Coffee | NY Times

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The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, at Broadway and 204th Street, reopened June 5. (Photo: Michelle V. Agins | NY Times)

The confluence of the Harlem and Hudson Rivers shapes a pocket of land at the northernmost tip of Manhattan, a portal to the island’s oldest forest once roamed by Native Americans. In the 1600s, warring Lenapes and Mohawks and a smallpox epidemic cleared the way for a Dutch settler, Jan Dyckman. He exercised his ax skills to sever virgin trees and built a homestead that still beats in the heart of Inwood.

THE DYCKMAN FARMHOUSE MUSEUM, at Broadway and 204th Street, reopened after a six-month spruce-up. Dyckman’s descendants bequeathed it to New York City’s parks department 100 years ago. Admission is pay-what-you-wish.

Brick paths wind to a two-story Dutch Colonial farmhouse with a sloped roof, the property veiled by a riot of roses, lavender and wisteria vines. Under a canopy of century-old beech trees in the backyard is an excavated and rebuilt Hessian log hut typical of the 60 or so barracks that housed German mercenaries on the British payroll during the Revolutionary War.

Read more: Two Reasons to Visit Inwood: Dyckman Farmhouse Museum and Darling Coffee | NY Times

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Spread Love: The Higher Ground Festival Goes Down On June 27th

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That’s right people. The moment we have all been waiting for is almost upon us. The Higher Ground Festival goes down on Saturday, June 27th from 6 pm to 8 pm. The Higher Ground Festival brings Washington Heights and Inwood artists together to network and experiment with interdisciplinary collaborations premiered locally; simultaneously celebrating the neighborhood artists and enriching the cultural identity and awareness of the area. These are some next-level mash-ups folks. Check out some of the videos below to get an idea what you are in for.

For more info: http://creatinghigherground.com/

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‘Voodoo,’ an Opera from the Harlem Renaissance, Gets Its First Revival | Wall Street Journal

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Janinah Burnett and Crystal Charles in rehearsal for ‘Voodoo,’ an opera written in 1914 by Harlem Renaissance composer and musician H. Lawrence Freeman that will be performed at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre this weekend. (Photo: Mark Abramson | Wall Street Journal)

Last Friday, at the Convent Avenue Baptist Church in Harlem, a soaring soprano voice pierced the quietude, strong enough to be heard inside and outside the building. In a small rehearsal space upstairs from the main sanctuary, eight singers, a pianist and Dr. Gregory Hopkins, conductor and artistic director for Harlem Opera Theater, were working through something of an operatic mystery.

“My heart is almost brooooken,” sang Metropolitan Opera veteran Janinah Burnett. The musicians then paused, puzzling over the tempo.

The group was rehearsing for a concert presentation of “Voodoo,” an opera written in 1914 by Harlem Renaissance composer and musician H. Lawrence Freeman (1869-1954). Not only had the work not been performed in nearly nine decades—it had never been recorded and had no published score.

“The singers have been learning from photocopies of Freeman’s handwritten score,” Dr. Hopkins said.

“Voodoo” will be performed Friday and Saturday at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, as a collaboration between Morningside Opera, Harlem Opera Theater and the Harlem Chamber Players. The work, set on a Louisiana plantation after the Civil War, blends traditional classical opera with African-American spirituals and popular dance music of the time.

Read more: ‘Voodoo,’ an Opera from the Harlem Renaissance, Gets Its First Revival | Wall Street Journal

Catch Voodoo at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, on June 26 and 27: buy online or call 212-866-1492.

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