Event Announcement: Music, Poetry, and Performance in the Lounge, March 7th at 4PM

Nourishing the Muse

featuring poet, singer, performer

Nicole Peyrafitte

and members of the Sunday Best Food Committee

Nicole Peyrafitte was voted best performance artist of New York State’s Capital Region in 2005. An audience member described a performance as follows: ”A French woman with stylist-spiky red hair balanced a brass chime bowl on her head… while singing a 5,000-year-old Sumerian poem, walked the length of the gallery and back tapping the bowl with a sea shell and a wooden stick. When she returned to the stage, she kept singing, removed the bowl, then stood on her head and while performing various acrobatic leg movements, continued singing the poem until the end…..”

Sunday Best Food Committee:

Rita L. Calderon has lived in the Heights for over two decades.  A psychotherapist with a writing habit, she has studied at the New York Writers Workshop and Gotham Writers Workshop. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Philadelphia Daily News, Riverdale Press and elsewhere. Once upon a time, she wrote a food column, but now she just eats and delights in watching others eat heartily, especially at the Sunday Best Reading Series.

Nancy Haiduck received the Jerome Lowell DeJur Award in Creative Writing from The City College of New York, where she earned an MFA in 2009. She received the BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) Award in literature from the Bronx Council on the Arts in 2008. Her poetry can be found in anthologies, at online poetry sites such as PrairieHomeCompanion, and in print journals, including the Paterson Literary Review and the upcoming Spring issue of Hanging Loose. Haiduck teaches first-year writing students at City College; she was named Outstanding Teacher in 2007. The poet Marilyn Hacker has praised her for her “keen eye for the less than obvious…discreet empathy for the other.”

Neal Haiduck has performed as a clarinet soloist with orchestras and jazz bands in North America, Europe, and Japan. Recordings include “Montréal Meets New York” and “Modern Jazz,” selections of which can be heard at http://nealhaiduck.net.  Haiduck  has premiered works by William Thomas McKinley, David Peter Heckendorn, Merrill Clarke, and Carmelo Comberiati. He teaches woodwinds at Manhattanville College and at Bergen Community College in New Jersey and has led jazz workshops at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden.  In 2008, Cadence magazine praised Haiduck’s “intense fluency.”

Donald Wilen and his wife Laura moved to Washington Heights about five years ago after living, working and bringing up kids and cats in the Mid -Hudson Valley for twenty-five years. “For the first time in my life,” says Donald, “I don’t have to work 24/7 and can spend time cooking, writing and just having fun in New York City. I love writing memoir pieces and hearing other people’s efforts at our monthly memoir group meetings.” Both Donald and Laura (an educational program designer) have been active in the Spoken Arts Group that sponsors the Sunday Best Reading Series. Laura takes charge of the box-office, and Don not only fusses with food but often serves drinks at the bar with Peter Martin. Don is on the Hudson View Gardens Board of Directors; he runs the Community Affairs committee.


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