The Greene Space at WNYC and WQXR Announce Highlights from the Fall 2022 Season
Season kicks off with new monthly series “Wanderlust Wednesdays,” including a debut event with conversations from filmmaker Toni Thai Sterrett, Coindesk’s Jordan Muthra, and WNYC’s Kousha Navidar
Additional events include “Bugapalooza,” a launch event for Radiolab’s new podcast for kids, an evening with cellist Andrew Yee, and “First People’s Week,” a festival devoted to Indigenous life and history
(New York, NY – August 31, 2022) – Today, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC and WQXR announced highlights from its upcoming season of live programming, on-stage and online, including a new monthly conversation series, four new Artists-in-Residence, and the return of favorite programs and beloved hosts.
This fall also marks the debut season of The Greene Space’s new executive director, Kristina Newman-Scott, who joined us earlier this year and most recently served as President of BRIC, the Brooklyn-based arts and media institution.
The new season at The Greene Space kicks off on September 14 at 7pm with the debut edition of “Wanderlust Wednesdays,” a new series on the second Wednesday of every month that brings together thought leaders from the worlds of arts and culture, media, journalism and civic action who curate experiences for audiences that spark curiosity and encourage different perspectives. In the series opener, “Unriddling NFTs,” creators of NFTs – non-fungible tokens – demystify the technology and explain what creators are doing and why we should pay attention. The evening features Toni Thai Sterrett, filmmaker and founder of the female content creator NFT project Bad Grrls Creative Club, and chosen by Ava Duvernay as Vibe’s “Next Female Filmmaker,” and Jordan Muthra, head of studio operations at Coindesk. They’ll be joined in conversation with Kousha Navidar, the Senior Digital Producer for WNYC’s weekly radio show and podcast, United States of Anxiety.
Future “Wanderlust Wednesdays” events feature Susan MacTavish Best, founder of the POSTHOC salon series and hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “the hippest party hostess in the history of Silicon Valley’s pocket pen-protector set,” in conversation with Dr. Justin Garcia, President of Kinsey Institute, for a discussion on the Institute’s latest research around sex, relationships and well-being (Oct 12, 7pm). On November 9, writer and producer Nichole Thompson Adams will take the stage to present “Black Girl You’ve Been Gentrified” with dynamic partners including Epoch Films and Sage Adams.
The Greene Space’s Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program welcomes NYC’s most innovative artists, cultural institutions, and community organizations as partners in curation and programming. The AIR program prioritizes the creation and advancement of socially conscious and relevant works by artists and organizations that help promote a more equitable society in NYC and beyond. In September, Toni Thai Sterrett returns as this season’s first Artist-in-Residence with her Bad Grrls Creative Club (Sept. 28-30). She will host electrifying conversations with special guests about her team’s mission to bring equity to women creatives on the margins and discuss the future of film, fashion and art. Additional Artists-in-Residence throughout the season include the Harlem-based global musical troupe Michael Mwenso and choreographer and creative director Luam, who has worked with an extensive roster of artists and clients, including Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Nike, Rihanna, American Idol, and more.
WQXR Live’s first event of the season (Sept. 16, 7pm) features an evening with cellist Andrew Yee. Yee, a member of WQXR’s Artist Propulsion Lab, which supports early and mid-career musicians, performs “Halfie,” a composition that explores their relationship to being bi-racial and going through transition as a trans woman.
WNYC Live celebrates “Terrestrials,” an upcoming podcast for kids from Radiolab with Bugapalooza (Sept. 24, 2 pm). Host Lulu Miller is joined by entomologist and educator Sebastian Echeverri and his posse of insects to gain a better understanding and appreciation for these fascinating creatures. Brooklyn restaurant Citrico provides tasting portions of Mexican dishes made with edible insects for all guests who feel hungry and adventurous! Suitable for kids aged 8 and up.
FIRST PEOPLE’S WEEK
After a digital-only festival in 2020, The Greene Space proudly presents the in-person First People’s Week (October 10-16), a multi-day celebration of North American Indigenous life and history. Creators, including artists, podcasters, poets, historians, journalists, musicians, photographers, chefs, and writers, gather to educate minds, inspire hearts, and renew spirits through art and conversation. We’ll have vibrant conversations that touch on land treaties, mascots, Indigenous representation, storytelling and more. Native-led and open to all.
“The Greene Space holds a unique position within New York City’s cultural ecosystem as a nexus of art, journalism and media. We’re so excited to present a dynamic season of creatives eager to connect with live audiences and create experiences together in real-time,” said Kristina Newman-Scott, executive director of The Greene Space.
Additional information and tickets for each event may be found at: https://thegreenespace.org/events/. Additional events will be announced throughout the Fall.
Lead philanthropic support for The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space is provided by The Jerome L. Greene Foundation. Additional support for The Greene Space comes from the Howard Gilman Foundation, MetLife Foundation, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
ABOUT THE JEROME L. GREENE PERFORMANCE SPACE
The Greene Space is New York Public Radio’s intimate performance space and multiplatform production studio with a mission to channel the collective genius of New York City to produce forward-looking live art, theater, and journalism that sparks change. It provides a space for fostering artistic experimentation and exploration, convening challenging conversations and forging connections between New York City’s diverse communities. Since 2009, The Greene Space has hosted luminaries including Janelle Monáe and The National, actors Frances McDormand and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, writers Nikki Giovanni, Hilton Als, and Roxane Gay, and newsmakers Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chelsea Manning, among many others. For more information, visit www.thegreenespace.org.