Last Wednesday, the New York Historical Landmarks Conservatory honored recipients of the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award. Fourth Arts Block and the East 4th St. Cultural District were proudly represented among honorees by 62 East 4th street, home to Rod Rodgers Dance Company and Duo Multicultural Arts Center (DMAC).
The next day, it was announced that Duo Theater, of DMAC, has also been selected as one of 40 sites in New York City for Partners in Preservation, which means it is up for grant money! But the catch is that your votes determine the size of the grant.
So, why vote? Four simple reasons:
1) You can, with your vote, manipulate a large sum of money without the exorbitant financial risks that investments necessitate!
2) Renovating your body requires plastic surgery or unpleasant diets. Renovating the Duo Theater requires your vote. Let’s face it; voting is easier than dieting.
3) The edifice has been a cynosure of New York City culture since 1889, when it was established as a dance and catering hall. It contained restaurants, meeting halls, and residences until the 1930s. It’s dance hall was then transformed into a theater stage, whereupon it caught the eye of Andy Warhol, who rented the Fortune Theater in the ‘60s for his “Boys to Adore Galore” film screenings. In the 70’s, Francis Ford Coppola used the theater as a setting for The Godfather: Part II.
The space was evetually entrusted to the Duo Multicultural Arts Center, who made the EV community an offer it couldn’t refuse. Duo provided a performance venue for talented but underrepresented Latin-American theatre artists and practitioners. Duo remains a hub of theater, film, music, and dance, and it continues to produce the work of Latino playwrights, which you can catch this weekend at Duo’s Partners in Preservation sponsored OPEN HOUSE!
Here are four simple sub-reasons to check out the OPEN HOUSE, May 5-6th:
- FREE daily “Jane’s Walk” tours of 62 East Fourth Street by DMAC’s Artistic Director Michelangelo Alasa
- FREE open rehearsal for Blood and Sand, a new dance theater work by Anabella Lendzu Dance-Theater
- TWO NIGHTS of the best in short films from around the world at the 8th Annual NYC DowntownShort Film Festival
- An encore performance of All About Meat – The Garcias after their highly successful run this spring (Only $5!)
- Written by Molly Kirschner, Intern at FABnyc