Times Square is full of surprises, but the Liberty Theater may be one of the oddest and most hidden urban spaces of all. Located behind Famous Dave’s on 42nd Street, the historic venue, which was originally built in 1904, will be the location, on Thursday, May 9, of the next Times Square After Hours program from Times Square Arts and the Clocktower Gallery, featuring singer-songwriter-producer Nomi Ruiz.
Performing from her new album Borough Gypsy, Ruiz combines the grit of 1990s Hip Hop with R&B and acoustic folk elements, while reliving intimate moments of her life growing up in Brooklyn through song. Topped with her somber vocal arrangements as well as catty alter-ego rhymes, Ruiz weaves the tale of an urban gypsy who wheels and deals in sex, love, drugs, and darkness.
Ruiz’s performance will feature self-directed video portraits, as well as costumes and set choreography inspired by the gritty, sexy, and transient nature of life in New York City. Borough Gypsy, an album 10 years in the making, was completed during Ruiz’s two month residency at the Clocktower Gallery. The album will be released on May 14 as a free download on the Clocktower Gallery’s website.
The Clocktower Gallery director Alanna Heiss explains the concept for this unique evening: “Imagine walking down 42nd Street, through a BBQ joint, and into this historic theater—it’s like entering a time warp. The Liberty Theater evokes old Times Square, and Nomi Ruiz is the perfect performer for the space. She, too, takes me back to another time—disco divas of the Studio 54 era come to mind— while embracing the music of today such as Nu-disco and Hip Hop, and creating her own sound. The space and the artist merge together in a unique and exciting way, a perfect combination for Times Square.”
After Hours is a collaboration between Times Square Arts, the public arts program of the Times Square Alliance, and the Clocktower Gallery, the legendary alternative art space. The program is curated by Alanna Heiss, Clocktower director, Joe Ahearn, Clocktower curator of performance and installation, and Beatrice Johnson, Clocktower managing director/associate curator, with the support of the Clocktower Gallery curatorial, production, and radio team.
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