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Spring Performances at Kumble Theater Encompass a Spectrum of Dance, Theater and Music Events

April and May programs at Brooklyn Campus include Latin dance, hip hop theater, Taiko drumming and a slam competition


Alka Gupta,Assistant Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
(718) 780-4137

Call me CrazyBrooklyn, N.Y. – This spring, Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus will host a colorful array of diverse offerings at its Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts. Performances include Latin fusion, modern and contemporary dances, a hip hop remix version of The Wiz, and a benefit performance by veteran singer Joan Copeland.

Kumble Theater is located on Flatbush Avenue between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street in downtown Brooklyn. For more information, call (718) 488-1624 or visit

Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 2, 2 p.m.
LIU’s Theater Program presents: The Glass Menagerie
Tennessee Williams’ play depicts a family’s struggle in a world where illusion and reality clash. Tickets: $15; $12 for seniors and students with ID. For tickets, contact the Kumble Theater at (718) 488-1624.

Thursday, April 7, 4 p.m.
LIU’s Music Program presents: Faculty Recital
Music Department faculty present musical spectrum from bebop to modern jazz.

Friday, April 8, 7:30 p.m.
LIU Brooklyn Campus Latinos Unidos presents: Latin Fusion
Local artists perform bomba, salsa, capoeira and flamenco and Afro-Cuban sounds. Tickets: $15; $10 for students with ID.

Saturday, April 9, 8 p.m., Sunday, April 10, 4 p.m.
Urbintel Inc. in association with Kumble Theater presents: “Call Me Crazy” Diary of a Mad Social Worker
Written and performed by Helena D. Lewis, this show examines the highs and lows of working for peanuts while trying to save the world one poem at a time. Tickets: $20; $18 for groups of 10 or more.

Friday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 16, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 17, 3 p.m.
LIU’s Dance Program presents: 2011 Spring Dance Concert
Dance majors perform modern works, including the historic “Life Situations” restaged by Stephanie Guiland-Brown and choreographed by Donald Byrd, as well as “Promenade,” a Robert Battle work restaged by Erika Pujic. Tickets: $20; $15 for students with ID.

Saturday, April 23, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Long Island University presents: What It Iz: The Spokenwordical
Directed by author Bryonn Bain, this urban parody is a hip hop/spoken word remix version of “The Wiz.” Free admission. RSVP at

Friday, April 29, 7 p.m., Saturday, April 30, 1 p.m., 4 p.m. & 7 p.m., Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Cynthia King Dance Studio presents: By Popular Demand
Ballerinas, b-boys, contemporary dancers and hoofers express a spectrum of subjects from narrative stories to abstract themes to topics lifted from the headlines. Tickets: $25

Wednesday, May 4, 7 p.m., Thursday-Friday, May 5-6, 1 p.m.
LIU’s Music Program presents: 2011 Music Concert and Showcase
Long Island University Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform on Wednesday, May 4, 7 p.m. The Instrumental Showcase featuring student instrumentalists will be on Thursday, May 5, 1 p.m., and the Vocal Jazz Workshop on Friday, May 6, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, May 17, 10:15 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.
Community Works presents: Taikoza
Japanese musicians present Taiko drumming, Japanese folk dance and bamboo flute music. Tickets: $7. Contact Community Works at (212) 459-1854 or

Thursday-Friday, May 19-20, 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
The Paper Bag Players presents: Whoop-Dee-Doo
New production includes a dragon named Volcano, a game show called Whoop-dee-doo, a boy named Boom and a Sea Monster. Recommended for pre-K through 3rd grade. Tickets: Contact the Paper Bag Players at (212) 353-2332 or

Thursday, May 19, 8 p.m.
Heights and Hills presents: 40th Anniversary Celebration Featuring Joan Copeland
Benefit for nonprofit organization serving the elderly features Joan Copeland, veteran actress and sister of playwright Arthur Miller, in “Joan’s Show.” Tickets: $75. Benefit tickets: $500, $300, $150- include reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; contact Pamela Poland at (917) 495-5590.

Saturday, May 21, 12:30 p.m.
Downtown Brooklyn High School Jazz Festival
Performances by New York City high school jazz ensembles.

Saturday, May 21, 8 p.m.
Independent Film New York, Kumble Theater, Bridge Intelligence Group and Malik Yoba National Theater present: IFNY Monologue Grand Slam
Former champions compete in a super slam competition, showing their talent in front of a panel of industry judges for the Grand Slam title and prizes. Tickets: $20.

Monday-Tuesday, May 23-24, 6:30 p.m.
Brooklyn High School of the Arts presents: Annual Spring Dance Concert
High school students perform ballet, modern, jazz and African dance. Tickets: $12; $8 for students with ID

The Brooklyn Campus is distinguished by…
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 03/24/2011

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