A weeklong festival celebrating artists over the age of 50 will take place at multiple Upper West Side venues from April 24 to May 1.
The Gold Standard Arts Festival will include a variety of performing arts events including music, short plays, stand-up comedy and a film festival, all in celebration of older artists.
The inaugural festival will kick off with a jazz brunch — complete with food from Zabar’s — at Stand Up New York (236 West 78th Street) on Sunday, April 24. Council Member Gale Brewer will be in attendance.
An evening of cabaret performances will take place in Midtown on Monday, and then we’re back at Stand Up New York on Tuesday for a night of hilarious comics over 50. Comedians will include Judy Gold, Greer Barnes, Karen Bergreen, Eddie Brill, John Fugelsang, Gary Gulman, and Lizz Winstead.
On Wednesday, head on over to the Bernie Wohl Center (647 Columbus Ave) for “Playfest!” — two programs of short plays “…including works by Academy Award-winners, OBIE winners, Tony nominated writers and TV, Film and Broadway veterans.”
Film will be celebrated from Thursday through Sunday, beginning with New Plaza Cinema at the West End Theater (263 West 86th Street) on Thursday and continuing the weekend at the Bernie Wohl Center. The lineup includes many new indie films like Give or Take from Brooklyn director Paul Riccio; special event screenings of Academy Award nominated short Joe’s Violin directed by Kahane Cooperman; and The Last Laugh directed by Ferne Pearlstein. You can see the complete film lineup here.
The event is made possible by the Goddard Riverside Community Arts Program and a portion of festival proceeds will support programming for older artists. Festival co-director Caytha Jentis, who lives on the Upper West Side, is part of Goddard’s Women’s History Artists Month (WHAM). “…an artist can emerge at any age and art enhances and extends life” says Jentis.
To learn more about the Gold Standard Arts Festival, and to purchase tickets, please visit goldstandardartsfestival.org.