LOCAL PROFILES: BMCC Tribeca PAC (11.15.17)
There are plenty of great opportunities to check out a live show (of any variety) downtown, thanks to a select number of venues like BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. BMCC Tribeca PAC is a performing arts venue located in inside BMCC at 199 Chambers Street. Known as one of the home bases for the Tribeca Film Festival, did you know BMCC Tribeca PAC is not only operating year-round, but is the longest operating performance venue below Canal Street?
We spoke with Eli Abdallah, Director of Marketing, BMCC Tribeca PAC, to learn more about the venue & upcoming shows for all ages...
Tell us about BMCCTribeca PAC:
BMCC Tribeca PAC is the longest operating performance venue in lower Manhattan. We have been in existence for 34 years and are located on the campus of Borough of Manhattan Community College in the wonderful neighborhood of Tribeca.
In recent years, Aaron Neville, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Randy Weston, Dar Williams are just many of the wonderful concerts we presented to enthusiastic audiences. Companies such as the Circus & Acrobats of China presented Peking Dreams, Theatreworks USA presented The Lightning Thief recently as well. Just over the last few months Tom Hanks, Judi Dench and Al Gore were interviewed by NY Times reporters as part of the TimesTalks series.
Tribeca PAC is home to Jack Kleinsinger's "Highlights in Jazz" which is the longest running jazz series in NYC. We are one of the venues for Tribeca Film Festival. Community kids schools such as Downtown Dance Factory and Dance With Ms. Rachel have presented their recitals here in recent years.
How has the neighborhood impacted Tribeca PAC?
The enormous increase over the years in families living in Lower Manhattan has impacted our family series in a very big way. While we still have audiences coming from as far away as Connecticut, we love seeing how the local area has blossomed with all the new residents.
Tell us about what events you have coming up...
We're very excited about our upcoming Family Theater series this season (2017-18). We have The Velveteen Rabbit, presented by the Pushcart Players of New Jersey on Saturday, November 18th, ArtsPower National Touring Theater will be bringing Biscuit The Little Yellow Puppy to Tribeca PAC on Saturday, December 9th. Immediately following the Biscuit presentation we will continue an annual tradition that is available for ticket holders right after the show. It's a photo-op with a famous character. Can you guess who that is? Hint - it's in December!
What should locals know about Tribeca PAC?
In addition to our many ticketed events, we offer a fair number of free shows. We just presented a film retrospective on monster movies this past Tuesday. In December, we will host another film retrospective. It will be a evening of rare film clips of Ella Fitzgerald, Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie. Since they were all born in 1917 this will mark their 100th Anniversary. Also for the holiday season, the BMCC Music and Art Dept. will present the annual Sing-Along Messiah. We love it when our neighbors join us for these free events.
Anything specific you want to call out about Tribeca PAC?
We enjoy finding unconventional ways to partner with local businesses. For instance, as a brief curtain raiser at our upcoming Velveteen Rabbit performance, Dr. Jennifer Berg will offer some pet dos-and-don'ts aimed at small children. She is from Tribeca Veterinary Wellness which opened on West Street earlier this summer.
What are your favorite local spots?
We have held our annual staff outing at Walker’s and our staff has been known to stop off at Reade Street Pub for an after-show nightcap (or two). And of course we love our performing arts neighbors Poets House and the newly relocated Flea Theater.