An Introduction to Chi Gong, Monday, July 23

MONDAY NIGHT AT THE MASTER

AN INTRODUCTION TO CHI GONG, MONDAY, JULY 23

The class will begin at 6:00PM in the Riverside Lobby. After an introduction, weather permitting, we shall go into Riverside Park.

ELLIOTT CHARLES SHAPIRO

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I HAVE BEEN STUDYING AND TEACHING TAI CHI CHUAN, CHI GONG, AND ALLIED MOVEMENT DISCIPLINES FOR OVER
40 YEARS.

I HAVE STUDIED WITH MASTER TEACHERS AND PRACTITIONERS.

WE ARE PARTICULARLY FORTUNATE TO LIVE NEAR A PARK AND A RIVER, WHICH ARE EXCELLENT LOCATIONS FOR OUTDOOR CHI GONG.

THE CHINESE DEVELOPED OVER THE CENTURIES THE EXERCISE KNOWN AS CHI GONG. CHI GONG CAN BE TRANSLATED AS CULTIVATING ENERGY SKILLFULLY. CHI GONG HAS MEDICAL, MARTIAL, AND SPIRITUAL DIMENSIONS. CHI GONG GENTLY RELAXES THE STIFFENED JOINTS OF SEDENTARY ADULTS AND COMPELS THE CIRCULATION OF ENERGY THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE BODY WITHOUT CAUSING UNDUE SWEATING OR FATIGUE. CHI GONG COORDINATES MOVEMENT, BREATH, AND VISUALIZATION. THE MOVE- MENTS ARE SLOW AND RELAXED. I WILL BE TEACHING SIMPLE EXERCISES SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES.

PLEASE WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHES AND FLAT SHOES. IF POSSIBLE, DON’T EATIMMEDIATELY BEFORE CLASS.

THOSE OPTING TO PARTICIPATE WILL BE ASKED TO SIGN AN AGREEMENT/RELEASE FORM. COPIES ARE AVAILABLE, ALONG WITH A SIGN-UP SHEET, AT THE FRONT DESK.

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“Perfectly Normal For Me,” a Film by the Master’s Catherine Tambini, Featured at Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Film Festival, Sunday, July 22

Dear Friends,

We’re excited to share with you that Perfectly Normal For Me will screen at Lincoln
Center’s Dance on Camera Film Festival on Sunday, July 22 at 6 PM at the Walter Reade
Theater. 
Tickets go on sale Friday, June 29. 
 
Click here for more information about the festival. Official site for the film: https://www.perfectlynormalformedoc.com
 
We hope to see you there!

Best,
Catherine Tambini and Elizabeth Hemmerdinger
 At a unique after school dance program in Queens, NY, we meet exceptional children
with a variety of physical challenges. Alexandria, Jake, Caitlin and Veronica, ages 5 to 15,
teach us about perseverance, inclusion and self-acceptance in this intimate verité
documentary. With their teenage volunteer helpers they create an inclusive environment
too often absent in our world. The film features
 former New York City Ballet Prima Ballerina Jenifer Ringer.
 

“In this film, both optimistic and realistic, the abilities of people with disabilities are brought to the forefront. The footage records their extraordinary will and the surprising grace they bring to an activity apparently antithetical to their physical condition….It is an important contribution to our understanding of ability, disability, and it challenges our narrow image of beauty. It is told with sincerity and with humor.” Andrew Solomon, author of Far from the Tree

 

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Monday, July 9: An Evening with Bonnie Lee Black, Author of “Jamie’s Muse.”

Monday Night at the Master Presents:

A Reading from Jamie’s Muse, a Novel by Bonnie Lee Black

July 9, 2018, 7:00 pm, Riverside Lobby

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Bonnie Lee Black, a twenty-year resident of The Master Apartments and a Columbia U. alum, who left New York to join the Peace Corps in 1996, now lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, by way of Taos, New Mexico.
 

Bonnie has written three creative nonfiction books, about her experience in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, southern Africa, in her twenties; her Peace Corps experience in Gabon, Central Africa (the first book published by the Peace Corps Writers imprint), in her fifties; and her economic development work for three years in Mali, West Africa, afterward.

In between books, Bonnie writes a blog entitled“The WOW Factor” – Words of Wisdom from Wise Older Women (www.bonnieleeblack.com/blog)

In this, her first novel, Bonnie turns her attention to late-nineteenth century Scotland and South Africa, in a dramaticstory that grows out of her family’s history.

The designation “Unknown,” written on hergrandfather’s death certificate where his mother’s name belonged, sent the author on a quest to discover her mysterious Scottish great-grandmother, Helen Reid David Black, of Kirriemuir, Scotland.

With little to go on, beyond a sure grasp of place and history, Bonnie imaginesHelen’s dramatic short life and how it interwined with the early life of Kirriemuir’smost famous son, novelist and dramatist James Barrie, author of Peter Pan.

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Scenes from the Master Gallery Opening of “On The Brink”

The Master Gallery Takes Flight with On The Brink 

The Master Gallery’s opening night reception featuring Jacinta Stewart’s beautifully rendered portraits of North American birds was a dazzling affair. The event was well attended and the guests learned that the birds and the title of the show, On The Brink, referenced the birds’ unfortunate distinction of being on the Audubon Society’s list of climate-endangered or climate-threatened species.

The show’s inspiration was crafted by curator Jan Fort, and Stewart after Stewart met Avi Gitler (Avi Gitler Gallery) and learned about his Audubon Mural Project. Gitler commissions artists in his Hamilton Heights neighborhood to do paintings and murals on buildings in honor of former resident John James Audubon. The overall intention is to bring awareness to the Audubon Society’s list of climate-threatened and climate-endangered birds. Stewart, a new resident to Hamilton Heights, met Gitler in his Gallery and learned that the beautiful murals she was noticing around the neighborhood was his brainchild and the birds became her muse. In the process of creating her show at the Master, Stewart was also accepted to paint a mural for the Audubon Mural Project and her artistry can be found at 149th Street and Broadway.

Another highlight of the opening night festivities was a performance by jazz and funk vocalist, Angela Workman. Workman sang a soulful rendition of I’ll Fly Away, bringing the evening to a soaring climax.

The show will hang until July 28th.  Be sure to take time to enjoy the “Bird Bio Book” that explains a little about each of the birds in the show. Check it out before it flies away.

 

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The Power of Storytelling, A Conversation and Book Signing with Murray Nossel, Thurs, May 17, 7:30 pm

The Monday Night at the Master Program Presents: 

The Power of Storytelling, A Conversation and Book Signing with Murray Nossel, PhD

Thursday, May 17, 2018 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Riverside Lobby

Murray Nossel, a clinical psychologist and master storyteller, facilitated a special evening for residents in March 2014 during which they shared their personal stories of how they came to live at the Master’s and their experiences living here.

Murray returns this evening to share insights with us on the importance of storytelling in the work place from his recently published book “Powered by Storytelling.”

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