New York Jets: Geno Smith Will Continue Progress Vs Tennessee Titans

New York City Opera sings the blues over finances, faces possible bankruptcy

There appeared to be energy out of that building which was missing last season. A year ago, supporters were busy turning on one of their own, former Super fanFireman Ed.At least right now, they appear united. Rookie signal callerGeno Smithhelped Gang Green pull out their win on a beautiful 59-yard touchdown strike to receiverSantonio Holmes. History dictated that the Jets would blow this lead. Past events, however, did not occur with Smith under center. Physically he is something that this franchise has never seen before.Yes, there are some inconsistencies. One can make the case that New York would be 3-0 if Smith did not throw three interceptions Week 2 against the New England Patriots .Still, many are stunned that the Jets currently stand at 2-1. Those two victories are partially due to Smith.His decision to run for the sideline against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers paid off on theLavonte Davidpenalty.Again, he also made clutch plays throughout this past game. Now Smith looks to achieve another milestone in getting his first road win.Week 4s opponent, the Tennessee Titans ,stand in a similar situation at 2-1. Plenty of doubters existed and much of this centered around quarterbackJake Locker.While it is still early, he has not thrown an interception. Their defense also ranks eighth overall in yards surrendered. Despite their talent I believe that Smith will have another good game and continue his maturation process. Nick Mamary is aNew York Jetswriter for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ NickMamary1 , Like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google .

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On top of that money, the opera company wants to raise an additional $13 million by the end of 2013 towards future seasons, according to a press release. “If we don’t raise the ($7 million) by the end of Monday the board is going to begin the process of bankruptcy,” spokesperson Risa Heller told CNN on Friday. The company started a campaign to raise $1 million of that $7 million through an online fundraising site — Kickstarter.com — that will end September 30. As of Friday the online campaign had raised only $202,223 donated from more than a thousand supporters. The organization raised $1.5 million outside of Kickstarter campaign, according to Heller. “The odds have been against us for a long time,” George Steel, general manager & artistic director for the company, said in an online video, “but in the face of that difficulty we have made tremendous progress.” The company, dubbed “The People’s Opera” by former NYC Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, was founded on the principle that every New Yorker should be able to afford to go to the opera, Steel said. Steel explains that in order for the company to break even, it would need to sell every ticket for $600, but instead the starting ticket price is actually $25 to make it more affordable. The New York City Opera received critical praise in the past for its world premieres of work including Robert Ward’s “The Crucible” and Anthony Davis’ “The Life and Times of Malcolm X.” The company opened its current season on September 17 with the opera “Anna Nicole,” and should it fail to raise the necessary funds by Monday, that could be the Company’s last production. “We need the help of the people we were founded to serve to put on our season this year,” Steel said, speaking to New York residents and opera fans everywhere. “We need you to come together and carry it forward into the future. I hope we can count on you.” This year marks the 70th anniversary of the New York City Opera, which opened in 1943, making it the second opera house in NYC. The Metropolitan Opera was founded over 60 years earlier, in 1880.

Iconic New York hip-hop film, ‘Wild Style,’ celebrated on 30th anniversary

Lee Quinones and Sandra Fabara in ‘Wild Style.’

By Joe Neumaier / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, September 27, 2013, 3:48 PM Comment Handout From l., Doze, Frosty Freeze, Li’l Legs, Fab 5 Freddy, and Ken Swift of the Rock Steady Crew pose in front of a mural for the 1982 hip-hop cult classic, WIld Style. Related Stories Black History Month Celebration to explore musicalparadise with trolley tour of the South Bronx Thirty years ago, of course, New York had a whole different energy. The opportunity to experience that era again is merely one reason “Wild Style,” the 1983 hip-hop verite-drama celebrating its 30th anniversary this week at IFC, is a must-see. “It was a portrait of people I thought were spearheading a whole new movement that was going on,” says “Wild Style” director Charlie Ahearn. “These guys in the Bronx had developed hip-hop into a language. It was like making a big art movie populated by all these creative individuals.” The film holds a place in history for being the first representation on film of New York’s hip-hop scene. In it, a graffiti artist named Raymond (Lee Quinones) who, under the pseudonym “Zoro,” traverses the city – especially the South Bronx – spray-paining subway cars (stationary targets are too easy for him). He avoids the cops, romances a girl (Sandra Fabara) and hits big when he tags the background for a major “underground” rap competition outside an abandoned downtown theater. Among the famous faces in the film are Fab 5 Freddy, Grandmaster Flash and Busy Bee. Lee Quinones and Sandra Fabara in Wild Style. The Lower East Side edifice that’s used in the film for the big rap competition was used by Joe Papp for Shakespeare in the Park, says Ahearn. “The area where that amphitheater exists was always a desperate place …. Quinones went [to that lot] as a child, and learned how to do graffiti there. That I think is the metaphor for the whole movie: You can’t watch him painting graffiti there and say, ‘Oh, look at that vandalism.’ We were recreating a new kind of community there.” As for the genesis of the film itself, Ahearn recalls the vibrancy that spawned it – inspired, he says, as much by the 1972 Jamaican crime film “The Harder They Come” as by New York’s youthful energy at the time. “I’d go to clubs, and there was this whole feeling in the air that all of this was emerging.