Rare Performing Arts
Hill of Vision
Hill of Vision
Hardcover      SKU: 281AKJ1000954
Hip Hop Family Tree 1975-1983 Vols. 1-2 Gift Boxed Set
Hip Hop Family Tree 1975-1983 Vols. 1-2 Gift Boxed Set
Paperback      ISBN: 1606997912

To celebrate the resounding critical and commercial success of the first two volumes of Ed Piskor's unprecedented history of Hip Hop, we are offering the two books in a mind-blowingly colorful slipcase, drawn and designed by the artist. As if that's not enough, in addition to the two books and the slipcase itself, Piskor has drawn a 24-page comic book -- Hip Hop Family Tree #300 -- specifically for this boxed set that elegantly reflects the confluence of hip hop and comics, which was never more apparent in the early 1990s than with the famous Spike Lee-directed Levi Jeans commercial starring Rob Liefeld, who went on to create Youngblood and co-found Image Comics, not to mention ending up on the radar of gangster rapper Eazy E. Piskor tells this story as a perfect parody/pastiche/homage to '90s Image comics.

Historic Photos of Broadway: New York Theatre 1850-1970
Historic Photos of Broadway
New York Theatre 1850-1970
Hardcover      ISBN: 159652362x

The history of theater in New York is captured in the images of the Billy Rose Theatre Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. From this valuable archive, author Leonard Jacobs spotlights the evolution of the world's most storied dramatic community. Reaching from the 1850s to the recent past, these images give insight into the passion and character of the theaters, the performers, and the performances that have made Broadway the iconic cultural capital of theater. With hundreds of images, many never before published, Historic Photos of Broadway provides an intriguing look behind the scenes at the Booths and the Barrymores and every subject from the Alvin Theatre to the Ziegfeld Follies, giving those passionate about theater an irreplaceable glimpse into its humble beginnings and rise to greatness over the last two centuries.

Johann Sebastian Bach's Werke Fur Orgel
Johann Sebastian Bach's Werke Fur Orgel
Hardcover      SKU: 1199359270

"Folio, 103pgs. Full bound in emerald cloth with elaborate illustrated paste-down with title on front board. A collection of Bach's sheet music in German. Speckled edges to text block. Book only slightly shaken still solid in binding. Interior pages have some toning due to age. Very light writing in pencil on title page.

John Cage's Theatre Pieces: Notations and Performances
John Cage's Theatre Pieces
Notations and Performances
Paperback      ISBN: 3718656434

The experimental composer John Cage (1912-1992) is best known for his works in percussion, prepared piano, and electronic music, but he is also acknowledged to be one of the most significant figures in 20th century theatre. In Cage's work in theatre composition there is a blurring of the distinctions between music, dance, literature, art and everyday life. Here, William Fetterman examines the majority of those compositions by Cage which are audial as well as visual in content, beginning with his first work in this genre in 1952, and continuing through 1992.
Much of the information in this study comes from previously undocumented material discovered among the unpublished scores and notes of Cage and his frequent collaborator David Tudor, as well as author's interviews with Cage and with individuals closely associated with his work, including David Tudor, Merce Cunningham, Bonnie Bird, Mary Caroline Richards, and Ellsworth Snyder.

Lake Harriet Concert Programs, 1909
Lake Harriet Concert Programs, 1909
Hardcover      SKU: 1199379840

4to, unpaginated. A series of pamphlets bound together in hardcover. Full-bound in coated black cloth, with gilt stamped titling on front board. There are several black and white as well as color advertisements for Gold Medal Flour, most likely the sponsor for the concerts in the park. Book has very minimal wear to spine ends and extremities. Interior pages are lightly toned with a tiny closed tear at the edge on two pages.

Looking for an Argument: Critical Encounters With the New Approaches to the Criticism of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
Looking for an Argument
Critical Encounters With the New Approaches to the Criticism of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
Hardcover      ISBN: 083863964x

This book collects a number of Richard Levin's essays, beginning with his well-known PMLA article of 1988 on Feminist Thematics and Shakespearean Tragedy and continuing through the 1990s, that examine and evaluate some of the most important aspects of the new critical approaches to the interpretations of the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries- principally the New Historicism, feminism, and revisionist versions of Marxism and Freudianism. In these essays he is looking not only for rational arguments in these approaches, but also for a rational argument with their practitioners, and therefore he reprints several of the responses that these essays have elicited (including th PMLA Forum letter signed by twenty-four people who objected to Feminist Thematics) along with his answers to them, which contribute to this critique of the present state of the discourse in this field.

Me: Stories of My Life
Stories of My Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 0679400516

Admired and beloved by movie audiences for over sixty years, four-time Academy Award-winner Katharine Hepburn is an American classic. Now Miss Hepburn breaks her long-kept silence about her private life in this absorbing and provocative memoir.
A NEW YORK TIMES Notable Book of the Year
A Book-of-the-Month-Club Main Selection

"From the Paperback edition."

The Met: One Hundred Years of Grand Opera
The Met
One Hundred Years of Grand Opera
Hardcover      ISBN: 0671470876

Illustrated with hundreds of photographs and based on research in the Met's massive archives, this history chronicles and celebrates the Met's first one hundred years and the legendary stars and conductors who have performed there

Motel Chronicles
Motel Chronicles
Paperback      ISBN: 0872861430

Motel Chronicles reveals the fast-moving and sometimes surprising world of the man behind the plays that have made Sam Shepard a living legend in the theater.

Shepard chronicles his own life birth in Illinois, childhood memories of Guam, Pasadena and rural Southern California, adventures as ranch hand, waiter, rock musician, dramatist and film actor. Scenes from this book form the basis of his play Superstitions, and of the film (directed by Wim Wenders) Paris, Texas, winner of the Golden Palm Award at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.

. . . essential reading. A scrapbook of short stories, autobiographical reveries, poetry and photographs, Motel Chronicles is full of verbal delights, as well as insights into its author's entire canon. Whether Mr. Shepard is reminiscing about his parents or daydreaming about cherished movies and cars of his youth, he speaks in pungent and ethereal language that remakes our West. Read in conjunction with the plays, Motel Chronicles also helps demystify the origins of Mr. Shepard's psychological obsessions and desolate frontier iconography.--Frank Rich, New York Times

If plays were put in time capsules, future generations would get a sharp-toothed profile of life in the U.S. in the past decade and half from the works of Sam Shepard.--Time

Sam Shepard is a shaman--a New World shaman. Sam is as American as peyote, magic mushrooms, Rock and Roll, and medicine bundles.--Jack Gelber

Sam Shepard (1943) is a playwright, actor, author, screen writer and director whose work is performed on and off Broadway and in other theaters across the country. In 1979, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Buried Child. In 1983, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Right Stuff. His other famous works include True West, A Lie of the Mind and Curse of the Starving Class. Fool For Love & the Sad Lament of Pecos Bill by Sam Shepard was also published by City Lights Publishers.