The Soundtrack Series: Dirty Dancing
Preceded by stories by Selena Coppock, Dana Rossi, and James Bewley
Through unforgettable live performances of personal stories, Dana Rossi’s The Soundtrack Series shows us how much of our everyday lives are connected to music. For this installment, a screening of the beloved Catskills-classic Dirty Dancing (dir. Emile Ardolino. 1987, 100 mins. With Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Jerry Orbach) will be preceded by three intimate stories that reveal how that soundtrack played such a huge part in our individual lives—from developing an obsession with the soundtrack because seeing the movie was forbidden, to trying (and failing) to learn the big lift at summer camp.
Dana Rossi is the creator and host of The Soundtrack Series—the live show in NYC and Austin, and the podcast that تايم آوت نيويورك called one of the ten best NYC podcasts. She has written for xoJane, Slice, and other publications, and is a contributor to Madonna & Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop and the revised edition of Respect: Women and Popular Music.
Selena Coppock is a standup comedian, writer, and storyteller. She recently published her debut book, The New Rules for Blondes (2013, It Books/HarperCollins) a collection of essays celebrating and subverting the blonde stereotype. Her writing has also been featured on xoJane, The Huffington Post, The Frisky, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere.
James Bewley is the creator of the cult-favorite comedy podcast Dale Radio. He is a performer and writer whose work has been presented as part of the Soundtrack Series, Tom Shillue’s A Funny Story, Dead Darlings, Literary Death Match, Split Personality, and PS 122’s COIL Festival. He trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles and is a former member of the San Francisco sketch comedy group, Killing My Lobster. Bewley is a co-creator and voice talent for the cult-favorite web series, Strindberg and Helium, which received a top prize at the Guggenheim/YouTube Biennial in 2010. He is currently a Senior Program Officer at the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
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