Painting With Music

One of our Weekend Teachers, Lynne Hayden-Findlay has invited teachers and students to the Chelsea Opera’s performance of Musical Portraits on Friday, March 14th. The performance will be a beautiful concert of contemporary song literature from three renowned composers. Also students and teachers can get $15.00 discounted tickets. Use the promo code “FOCO” when ordering on line or bring this email to buy tickets at the door. Click on the picture below for more details and to purchase tickets.


Join us for this beautiful concert of contemporary song literature from three renowned composers.
120 West 69th St., NY, NY (Btwn Broadway & Columbus

Friday – March 14, 2014 at 8pm

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Bill Withers

Bill Withers is an American singer and song writer. He was born on July 4, 1938 in West Virginia. Bill joined the US Navy when he was 18 and served for 9 years. Afterwards, he moved to California and began his music career. Bill Withers has written some of the most well known songs of our time; “Ain’t No Sunshine“, “Grandma’s Hands“, “Just The Two Of Us” and many more. Below you can listen to Bill sing his song, “Lean On Me”. Also below is a video of the song with lyrics you can read.

Let us know what you think about the song in the comments section.

Is it a happy song or a sad song?

What does the phrase ‘lean on me‘ mean?

Do you have someone to ‘lean on‘ or does someone often ‘lean on‘ you?

What does the phrase ‘swallow your pride’ mean?

Have you ever had to ‘swallow your pride‘?

Listen to some of Bill Withers’ other songs and tell us what you’re favorite is.

Read the lyrics below…Read More »

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Shadow Play


The Performance Project at University Settlement is presenting a new show by Trusty Sidekick Theater Company called Shadow Play. It’s for kids ages 2-5.

Here are the showtimes:

Saturday, March 9 at 10:30am, additional performance at 12:30pm

Saturday, March 16 at 10:30am, additional performance at 12:30pm

Saturday, March 23 at 10:30am, additional performance at 12:30pm

All performances will be in Speyer Hall, which is on the second floor of 184 Eldridge Street.

Here is a description of Shadow Play:

Have you ever wondered what happens to your shadow when you go to sleep? It turns out that some shadows are more mischievous than others. Soon after moving into his new home, Flash discovers that his shadow has moving plans of his own. In the middle of the night, Flash’s shadow packs up a few belongings and goes in search of a new home on the moon. Will they ever reunite? Follow Flash on a quest to bring his shadow home in this playful production that utilizes stunning animation, video production and an original score to create a highly sensory, multi-media experience designed with a very young audience in mind.

And here’s a video preview of the show:

Tickets are $5 for kids, and $15 for adults – but there are six free tickets available for each week (limit 3 per person) for University Settlement Adult Literacy Program students. To get free tickets, leave your complete name (first and last), class, which show you want to see, and how many tickets you want  in the Comments Section !

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Free Community Performance

The Performance Project at University Settlement is presenting “Your Day is My Night,” a dynamic live film performance that tells the collective story of Chinese immigrants to New York City from the viewpoint of an older generation.

On Tuesday, October 30th at 4:30 PM there is a free performance. Also, they are offering free tickets to students for the shows on November 1st, 2nd and 3rd at 7:30PM. Print out the flyer or ask the office for one and bring it to the show for your free ticket. Enjoy!

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