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Target Presents Free Thursdays at Lincoln Center


An exciting range of performances, including, Behind-the-Scenes at Harlem's famed Apollo theater, a New York Film Festival Sneak Preview, the U.S. Premiere of La Gruta de Baba, a multimedia work by leading contemporary Mexican composer/singer Juan Pablo Villa, the Fish Police, South London funk-punk-hip hop band in its U.S. debut, new works by Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects, and Christmas in Balthrop Alabama, a down-home style, off-beat holiday celebration, are on the schedule for the new fall season of Target®Free Thursdays at the David Rubenstein Atrium.

The schedule of Target®Free Thursdays performances for September through December 2010 follows. All performances start at 8:30 p.m. at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets. Admission is free. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The ‘wichcraft cafe, serving food and drinks, is open before, during and immediately following the performance. The Atrium closes at 10 p.m.

Launched in November 2009, Target® Free Thursdays offers free public performances by a wide-range of artists every Thursday night throughout the year at the new David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, a vibrant new public facility on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is partnering with Target® to sponsor the series. Curated by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., Target® Free Thursdays performances feature national and International Artists as well as local artists. The series also features artists from Lincoln Center's resident organizations including The Juilliard School, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Chamber Music Society, among others, along with artists curated by community-based partners. The series presents a diverse cross-section of musical genres, including pop, Latin, rock, soul, country, jazz, world, classical and new music, as well as spoken word, multi-media and dance performances.

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Hosted by Billy Mitchell
Get ready for the Apollo Experience as Harlem's historic, landmark theater makes its way downtown to the David Rubenstein Atrium. The evening is hosted by Billy Mitchell, "Mr. Apollo," who shares humorous and personal backstage stories about legendary performers who got their start at the Apollo, including James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Sam Cooke, Michael Jackson and more. Past "Amateur Night at the Apollo" winners will perform. Highlighting the evening is a "Mock Amateur Night at the Apollo" contest in which selected audience members will have a chance to show their stuff, with the audience picking a winner. Note: Audience members who want to perform should bring a CD with their background music. Participants will be chosen randomly. No prizes, just bragging rights for a night in the spotlight with The Apollo and Lincoln Center! For more information visit:


Hosted by Richard Pena
Presented in collaboration with Film Society of Lincoln Center
Join Richard Pena, Program Director, Film Society of Lincoln Center and members of the festival selection committee for a special sneak preview of this year's New York Film Festival (September 24-October 10). Peek behind the scenes of one of the world's most important film festivals, held annually at Lincoln Center. Excerpts of films to be shown include David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin's The Social Network, one of the most talked-about movies of the fall, a modern fable about Mark Zuckerberg and the founding of Facebook, and Julie Taymor's The Tempest, which brings an original dynamic to Shakespeare's 400 year-old story by changing the gender of the sorcerer Prospero into the sorceress Prospera, portrayed by Helen Mirren. A discussion will follow the screening of film. For more information visit:

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