Symphony Space Announces 2022-23 Season Highlights – West Side Rag

Symphony Space is pleased to announce the highlights of its 2022-23 season, a series of live events that bring literature to life, stimulate conversation and provide intimate encounters with celebrated musicians. The program features authors, actors, musicians, comedians and other luminaries in original productions that, over the course of more than four decades, have made Symphony Space at the corner of 95th Street & Broadway a beloved New York City institution: exciting events that happen only once and only in Symphony Space.

Seasonal highlights include:

Selected Short Films: Back to School

Wednesday September 28 | 19 o’clock

Selected Shorts gets nostalgic with an evening of hilarious and moving short stories about getting the grade. Moderated by Tara Westover (Educated), with readings by Broadway stars Santino Fontana (tootsie), Nikki M James (The Book of Mormon), Katrina Lenk (company) and Maulik Pancholy (Great Horizons).

Kelly Ripa, live wire with Anderson Cooper

Thursday September 29 | 19 o’clock

Join Daytime Emmy Award-winning presenter Kelly Ripa for the launch of her new book. Surprising, sometimes wild, a little shameless and always humorous, live wire shows Kelly as her

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really off-screen – a very wise woman who has something to say. In conversation with Anderson Cooper.

Thalia Children’s Book Club: Kwame Alexander, The Door of No Return with Ainara Alleyne

Saturday October 1 | 13 o’clock

Newbery Medal Winner and New York Times Best-selling author Kwame Alexander (The crossover) presents his latest novel, which follows young Kofi and his girlfriend Ama as they grow up in pre-colonial Ghana. Ainara Alleyne, 13-year-old book critic and curator of the Instagram page Ainara’s Bookshelf, joins the event as a moderator. From 10 years on.

Constance Wu, make a scene

Tuesday 4th October | 19 o’clock

The Golden Globe Award-nominated star of Crazy rich Asians is launching her first book – a raw and relatable collection of essays that offer a behind-the-scenes look at her Asian-American existence in the entertainment industry and the continued evolution of her identity and public influence.

tom felton, Beyond the Wand

Monday 17 October | 19 o’clock

The true magician and lover Harry Potter star comes to Symphony Space to present his new memoir, which offers a backstage pass into Tom Felton’s life – the challenges of growing up in the spotlight and working with film greats like Alan Rickman, Dame Maggie Smith and nine-year-old Emma Watson, who is one of his favourites should become friends.

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george saunders, day of liberation with Marlon James

Tuesday October 18 | 19 o’clock

Booker Prize-winning author George Saunders, hailed as “Best Short Story Writer in English” (time), returns to Symphony Space to discuss his latest collection with Booker Award winner Marlon James (Black leopard, red wolf).

Toshi Reagon in Residence

5, 10 & 19 November

Singer, composer, musician, curator and producer Toshi Reagon’s belief that music can transform consciousness and action is revealed through this intimate residency, which explores everything from disco music to the contemporary challenges of our changing times, bringing audiences powerful new ones Introducing Voices, all with a vision to foster positive social change.

Misty Copeland, The wind at my back with Gayle King

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Tuesday, November 15 | 19 o’clock

Misty Copeland, celebrated ballerina and New York Times Bestselling author, discusses her latest book, a candid memoir about her friendship with trailblazer Raven Wilkinson and how two uncompromisingly black ballet flats changed each other – and the dance world – forever. In Conversation with Gayle King (CBS morning).

Richard Thompson: All requests live!

December 15, 16 and 17 | 8 p.m

“The best rock songwriter since Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix.”—the lot

Angeles Times

At this rare concert experience, no one can imagine what Thompson will be playing. Songs are chosen from selections submitted by the audience, unknown to everyone (including Thompson) until presented to him on stage. An absolutely unique show every night.

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Credits: Anderson Cooper © CNN, Kwame Alexander © Portia Wiggins Photography, Constance Wu © Mark Seigler, Toshi Reagon © Desdemona Burgin, Misty Copeland © MasterClass, Richard Thompson © Kevin Yatarola

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