by Sandi Durell

Elusive playwright Sam Shepard is known for plays such as True West and Buried Child, as well as award-winning acting roles in films such as The Right Stuff.  The Black Box Performing Arts Center, located at 49 East Palisade Avenue, is excited to honor Shepard’s work this summer in THE SAM SHEPARD FESTIVAL, which delivers vibrant script-in-hand performances of a diverse sampling of 5 raucous one-act plays by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. 

FOOL FOR LOVE, COWBOYS #2, THE HOLY GHOSTLY, THE UNSEEN HAND, and BACK BOG BEAST BAIT will appear in two exciting ‘line-ups’ on alternating evenings.  Embrace the style, rhythms, and landscape of Shepard’s absurdist vision of the “American West” replete with cowboys, gunslingers, swamp-beasts, sultry lovers, seedy hotel rooms, space freaks, and a major dose of rock’n’roll!   Tickets at

 The New York Pops, led by Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke, announced its 2021-2022 season of performances in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall.

The New York Pops returns to Carnegie Hall on Friday, December 17, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. with Back Home For the Holidays featuring Tony Award winner Laura Benanti (GypsyThe Sound of MusicInto the Woods) in the orchestra’s annual holiday celebration, filled with traditional carols and contemporary classics.

On Friday, February 4, 2022 at 8:00 p.m., jazz vocalist Tony DeSare and Broadway star Capathia Jenkins join The New York Pops for Get Happy: That Nelson Riddle Sound, celebrating American arranger-composer 

Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis is featured with The New York Pops in an all-new program—One Night Only: An Evening with Norm Lewis—on Friday, March 4, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. which highlights his career on stage, including leading turns in Les MisérablesThe Phantom of the OperaPorgy and Bess, and Sweeney Todd. Tickets/subscriptions on sale Aug. 23 to members and Aug. 30 to the general public.

It’s One-Night Only for Horror Novelist Rollin Jewett’s The Big Dream, where reality becomes questionable, celebrating the return to live theater on June 23 at 7 pm at Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, NYC. It’s FREE with proof of vaccination. Info:

Liz Callaway has a slew of Live Concerts in NYC, San Francisco, Indiana, PTown and more from July 8 thru Sept. 11. Check her website for more.