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the Unitarian Church of Staten Island The Rev. Darrell Berger, Minister
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Staten Island, NY 10301
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All the Arts at the Unitarian Church of Staten Island    

All the Arts at the UCSI sponsors multicultural, multi discipline art shows and events open to the community, in the Fellowship Hall and Church Sanctuary throughout the church year.

Works by poets and playwrights are staged in Fellowship Hall.

Below are some of the events that are being planned for the 2014 fall season

Arts Committee Mmebers (l to r): John Bostrom, John Adrian, Vivian Vassar, Risa Anderson (standing) with Michael Anderson, Music Director Dr. Carolyn Clark (seated at piano) with Larry Schwabacher


All the Arts: Upcoming Events:

Beginning on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
and continuing on every available Sunday

Butoh Sunday Evening Workshop:

Butoh classes taught by dancer Florence Poulain Florence Poulain, Co-director of Deeptanks Arts Space. In 2012, Ms Poulain received a NYSCA - SPARC grant and worked with the seniors at the Stapleton Senior Center and in 2013 an Original Works grant (NYSCA) to develop a program at the LGBT center. She currently dances in the US and Mexico. For more information contact

There is a requested donation at each class. A performance is planned at the church.


Monday nights in September, October and November

Playwrights Workshop Series

This program is co-sponsored with Staten Island Playwrights Collective. Meetings will take place on three Monday nights in September, October and November. Dates to be announced. Staten Island playwrights are invited to bring a piece to work on.


September 19, 20, 26, 27, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Closing matinee on September 28 at 3:00 p.m.

"Old Ringers", a comedy by Joe Simonelli

Back by popular demand, Staten Island Playwright Joe Simonelli's hilarious comedy about five down on their luck seniors trying to earn some extra cash by doing phone sex from home. The calls will be coming in at the Unitarian Church Fellowship Hall on Fillmore Street!

Tickets: $18 for general admission, $15 for seniors (65 and over).

For reservations: Call 347-355-8989.

Doors open 1/2 hour prior to performance.


October 1 - November 15, 2014

Art Exhibit: To be announced

The works will be on display in the Church Sanctuary from October 1st through November 15, 2014. Admission is free.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Oktoberfest Dinner at 6:00 p.m./Concert at 7:30 p.m.

Brass and Bratwurst in New Brighton

Get ready to feast and polka! The Arts Committee will sponsor a pre-concert Oktoberfest dinner in the UCSI Fellowship Hall, followed by a Viva Voce Brass performance of lively German music (and more) in the Church Sanctuary. Dinner will be accompanied by traditional Oktoberfest beverages from the new Flagship Brewery.


Viva Voce Brass includes Joe Loposky and Dr. Richard Titone, trumpets; Dr. Carolyn Clark, horn; Kevin Clark, trombone; and Larry Zaidan, tuba. Selections for the concert will include the highly appropriate “Beer Barrel Polka,” “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen,” “Autumn Leaves,” and a variety of other toe-tapping tunes. Dr. Carolyn Clark has served as Music Director of the Unitarian Church for the past 14 years.

Admission for both events is $15. Separate admission for the concert is $5.


November 15 until December 28, 2014.

First Sunday Intergenerational Arts Project:

Each participant will write a story in 50 to 100 words on one side of a book cover about a childhood memory of a store they grew up with. On the other side will be a picture of the store or a map of the person’s home town. The finished art piece will be hung as part of an art exhibition in the Church Sanctuary.


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All the Arts: Past Events:

Poems That Matter Workshop, with coordinator Patricia Murphy

In this recent workshop we explored various poems and poetic forms, and why they mean so much to us. Some people tried their hand at crafting words. All attendeesl had the chance to work on their ability to read poems out loud.  Enrollment was limited to twelve, with a workshop fee of $50.00, to be donated to the Ben Jacobs Fund to improve our performance space.

Second Saturday Film Festival held in Fellowship Hall


"Second Saturday" is series of films on art and the people who create it. There is no admission fee for this series. Films that have been screened include "Fosse", a Dance In America presentation of the 1999 Tony Award-winning musical, recorded live in performance from Broadway. Celebrating Fosse's brilliance with the most important dance numbers from his greatest shows, movies, and early television work, "Fosse" is a showstopping tribute to one of the past century's most influential forces on Broadway. The all-dancing, all-singing production starring Ann Reinking and Ben Vereen was created by those who worked most closely with him, including co-director and co-choreographer Reinking and Fosse's wife, the late Gwen Verdon.

Other film offerings have examined the work of multimedia artist William Kentridge, and the life and work of Eugene O'Neill.

Event Coordinator was Harvey Rosensfit.


Butoh Movement Workshops were held in September through November, 2013


Butoh is a dance form developed in post World War II Japan as a rebellion against western influences. Influenced by traditional Japanese dance, it is an impulse dance that supports self-discovery and body release. Butoh artist dancer Florence Poulain led the workshop. The workshop series ended with a public performance in November, 2013. Non-dancers and dancers were welcome.

Florence Poulain, is Co-director of Deeptanks Arts Space. In 2012, Ms Poulain received a NYSCA - SPARC grant and worked with the seniors at the Stapleton Senior Center and in 2013 an Original Works grant (NYSCA) to develop a program at the LGBT center. She currently dances in the US and Mexico. For more information contact


"Other Media" Exhibit Opens 42nd USCI Spring Arts Festival

with Staten Island Artist Steve Nutt, April 16 - June 19, 2013

Left: James Ceribello and Mary Hernandez viewing the exhibit.

The UCSI Arts Program Committee presented the 42nd Spring Arts Festival, celebrating “Other Media”. It was held in the church sanctuary, the opening enhanced by live piano music by jazz pianist David Jones (below).


While Mr. Nutt’s pottery has been known and appreciated for some time, the “Other Media” exhibition highlighted the artist's works in other media: originally designed hooked rugs, paintings, painted tiles, photographs and prints. “My interest in rugs connects to my father and mother, who obtained and process the materials, select the designs, and make small rugs and wall hangings in the traditional Early American manne.”


Mike Stein with Steve Nutt
The artist discusses his work




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