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If you have an art showing, performance, or other special event, or would like to list your website, let us know and we'll post it here so our Nabi Su family will see it!

Visit Our Students' Websites:
Aaron Grad
Aaron Landsman
Daniela DiDonato
David Cohen
Eva von Schweinitz
J Grabowski
Mary Vaccaro
Maya Just Maya
Widad Franco
Xanda McCagg

Note on Being
Note on Being

Tai Chi student Xanda McCagg has work in the 2018 juried exhibition at Blue Mountain Gallery. The show runs through January 27, 2018. Closing reception Saturday, January 27 from 4 to 6 pm.
Xanda’s work is beautiful. You must see it!

Blue Mountain Gallery
530 West 25th Street, 4th Floor
Closing Reception: Saturday, Jan 27, from 4 to 6 pm
Gallery Hours:
Tue-Sat, 11am to 6pm
For more information go to: Blue Mountain Gallery

Tom Gamboa: My Life in Baseball
Written by David Russell

Black Belt Ray’s son, David Russell, has written a book "Tom Gamboa: My Life in Baseball." Gamboa was a professional baseball player and manager of the minor league Brooklyn Cyclones. You've probably met David at our annual Staten Island Yankees Nabi Su family day. Are the Cyclones the arch rivals of the SI Yanks? Yes! Do you want to read this book? YES!! Get it now and you will be all set for the next Nabi Su Minor League Baseball extravaganza!

To buy your copy now, go to: Tom Gamboa: My Life in Baseball

J Grabowski Painting Oct 2017
J Grabowski's Painting

Tai Chi student J Grabowski has an exhibition of his work, "PLACE / MEMORY," at the Jefferson Market Library. The show opens Friday, November 3, from 6 to 9 pm and runs through December 3, 2017. J’s work is beautiful. You must see it! If you can’t get to the opening, the library is open daily.

Jefferson Market NY Public Library, Manhattan
425 Sixth Avenue, between West 9th and 10th Streets
Nov 3 through Dec 3, 2017
Opening Reception: Nov 3, from 6 to 9 pm
Library Hours:
M-Th, 10am to 8pm
F & Sat, 10am to 5pm
Sun, 1pm to 5pm

David Cohen
David Cohen

Tai Chi student David Cohen is moderating "The Review Panel," an evening of critical conversation about art. The event takes place on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7 pm, at the Dweck Cultural Center, Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza. The panel discussion will be about current important art exhibitions in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

For more information go to: The Review Panel

If you can't get to this event, catch it on podcast: The Review Panel Archives

J Grabowski's book
J Grabowski's art-book, "Time Landscape"

Tai Chi student J Grabowski has a new art-book published with his drawings and poems. You must see it!

We will have a copy on view at the studio starting Monday, September 18.

To get your own copy of "Time Landscape," go to: Time Landscape

Nabi Su Family at Staten Island Yankees

Nabi Su Tai Chi and Kung Fu students with their loved ones came to our July 22, 2017 Nabi Su Family Day at the Staten Island Yankees. We had so much fun!

Master Carolyn's Doob Action Figure

Nabi Su Tai Chi and Kung Fu students, led by Nabi Su Black Belt Maya, had a "Doob" figurine made in honor of Master Carolyn's 70th Birthday. Master Carolyn went to the Doob shop in SoHo, posed for her action figure, then three weeks later the box arrived in the mail. We had an unwrapping ceremony during class to the tune of "Ride of the Valkyries." What fun! This was an idea only Maya could have come up with. Thank you, Maya, for making Master Carolyn's birthday such a special event!

Perfect City
Aaron Landsman's Perfect City group

Please support Nabi Su Black Belt Aaron Landsman's "Perfect City" experimental theater project.

Perfect City is a collective of NYC residents, artists, activists, students and planners, that creates long-term creative strategies to respond to displacement and gentrification. We are a think tank, an arts collective, and we mix activism, urbanism and creativity. We want us all to be able to live together more equitably.

After a year of research and a few performances, we are producing a two-week celebration of our neighborhood at Abrons Arts Center this fall, and we need your support.

The project was started by playwright and Guggenheim Fellow Aaron Landsman, who saw a pattern in the cities and neighborhoods where he lived and worked. Public officials tout their metro areas' "sustainability," pointing to things like farmers' markets, bike lanes and other conveniences that speak to progressive values, but the cities themselves become unaffordable to all but the wealthy.

From our research with urban planners, we learned that city kids don't usually go into the planning fields, and most cities are planned by suburbanites. So we set out to build a project, a movement and a sea change. Cities by city people.

People who grow up in cities are born urban planners. We have to be. We ride public transit from day one; we use creative strategies to navigate invisible and visible boundaries between neighborhoods; we know how to avoid and how to belong. Somehow, though, our needs and our narratives are not at the table when decisions are being made about zoning and planning. So Perfect City is bringing our own chairs, making a new table, whatever it takes

WHAT YOU'RE SUPPORTING: Perfect City's launch includes two weeks of programming at Abrons, in their main gallery, and in the Experimental Theater. Our programming will include guided Urban Observer walking tours, live rock and roll, mapping exercises, and talks with activists, artists and more.

It's week two of our Kickstarter. Can you join the 60 people who've contributed so far? I'm happy to say that, though this is a slightly strange project for crowd source funding, we're already 35% of the way to our goal of $11,000. We would love to raise another $1600 toward our fall launch by the end of the week. Can you contribute today?

To support, click here: Perfect City Kickstarter

J Grabowski in Baphash Quarterly
J Grabowski's paintings in Baphash Quarterly

Tai Chi student J Grabowski has work in "BAPHASH Literary & Art Quarterly."

View Tai Chi Student J's gorgeous paintings in the new BAPHASH Literary & Art Quarterly. This beautiful on-line arts journal features fantastic artists - a collection of J's recent work is featured in Volume 1: Issue 4. To view the Journal, click here:


Tai Chi student David Cohen has curated a group exhibition, "Articulate," opening Sunday, April 9, 2017. The exhibition is on view through May 21.

"This group exhibition, selected by David Cohen, brings together artists working in a striking array of different mediums, genres, styles and milieu, as befits a curator and critic of ecumenical taste who prides himself in looking across lines of fashion and status. In the group he has gathered there is, nonetheless, a common sense of articulation taking the form of visible lines of thought, clarifying elements, or structures that read syntactically. The exhibition will include sculpture (forged metal, assembled wood, assembled found objects), painting, drawing, printmaking, photomontage, photogram and video. Artists draw inspiration from sources as diverse as landscape, computer systems and figure skating, or from gestures or structures rooted in purely abstract visual thinking. The moods vary, too, from the tentative to the declarative, but binding these disparate efforts and varying degrees of organizing principle is a common striving for articulation."

"Articulate" A Group Exhibition Curated By David Cohen
April 5 — May 21, 2017
Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 12 - 6 PM
Opening: Sunday, April 9, from 1 - 5 pm
Art 3 Gallery
109 Ingraham Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Directions: Take L train to Morgan Avenue. At Harrison Place, walk 1 block left to Ingraham Street, then turn right on Ingraham. The Gallery is located between Knickerbocker and Porter Avenue (between Luhring Augustine gallery and Brooklyn Fire Proof).

For more info:

Love Story by Aaron Landsman
"Love Story" by Aaron Landsman

One year ago, Nabi Su's Mary Vaccaro saw one of the best plays in her life, "Love Story" by Nabi Su Black Belt Aaron Landsman. Now is your chance to see it — FOR FREE — this weekend at the Bard's Focus Festival.

The piece is about a misfit you might pass by daily, who walks every street in our city, watching parts of it change, disappear and regenerate. One night in a restaurant, he finds himself wrapped up in the world of a couple and starts following them everywhere for months. "I got so wrapped up in them, I lost track of my walking…"

Mary said that's exactly how she felt after the play. It was indescribable. You must see this!

Bard's Focus Festival: Ritual and Capital
18 West 86th Street
Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 3 pm
Click here for your free tickets:

Arts and Letters 2017 Invitational Exhibition

Tai Chi student Souhad has curated the "2017 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts." You must attend this extraordinary exhibition of contemporary American artists! It is on view March 9 through April 9, 2017.

Paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and installations by 35 contemporary artists will be exhibited in the galleries of the American Academy of Arts and Letters on historic Audubon Terrace.

The American Academy of Arts and Letters was established in 1898 to "foster, assist, and sustain an interest in literature, music, and the fine arts," and is chartered by Congress. Each year, the Academy gives approximately one million dollars in awards to artists, architects, writers, and composers. The 119-year-old organization is located in three landmark buildings, designed by McKim, Mead & White, Cass Gilbert, and Charles Pratt Huntington, on Audubon Terrace at 155 Street and Broadway.

Dates: March 9 through April 9, 2017
Hours: Thursdays through Sundays, 1 pm to 4 pm
Location: Audubon Terrace, west side of Broadway, between 155 and 156 Streets. (Take the #1 train to 157 Street and Broadway.)
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"Tribute" Xanda McCagg

Visit Xanda McCagg's painting studio!

Tai Chi student Xanda McCagg's painting studio is open for visits Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and 5, 2017, as part of the "High Line Open Studios Chelsea" event. This is the perfect opportunity to see Xanda's gorgeous, large, oil and graphite paintings.

The "High Line Open Studios" event gives visitors exclusive access to private artists' studios in the heart of the West Chelsea Arts District.

Studio Visiting hours: Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5, 12 noon to 6 pm.
Studio Location: 526 West 26th Street, Studio 509 (between 10th & 11th Avenues).

For more info:

Pangea (Time, Real and Imaginary...)
"Pangea (Time, Real and Imaginary...)" J. Grabowski

Tai Chi student J. Grabowski had work in a group show "Safe Space," an "Openings" artist collective group exhibition at St. Paul the Apostle that ran through February 22, 2017. "Safe Space" celebrated the first decade of the Openings artist collective. The juxtaposition of art exhibitions with the historical art rich interior of St. Paul the Apostle has consistently motivated deeper public conversations regarding the role of artists and art in the ever changing landscape of society. "Safe Space" continues the effort by "Openings" to foster conversations that have the potential to unite individuals across cultural divides.

"I work in a small studio in Manhattan, but like most New Yorkers my sense of place extends out into daily life. Our neighborhoods and parks, the places we go to eat and shop, the routes we often take, where we stop to rest or talk with friends - all of these 'third places' offer stability, security, and community. They ultimately give rise to ritual and reverie; to a peace of mind. As affordable housing, storefronts and space in general becomes increasingly scarce, and our city moves towards rootless transience, 'safe space' become a meditation on basic sustenance."

Tai Chi student Aaron Grad had a new work commissioned for the 25th Anniversary of the "Mirror Visions Ensemble." It was performed on January 16, 2017 at the Sheen Center in Manhattan. Aaron's piece, "An Invitation to Love" written to text by the poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, was dynamic, percussive and exciting. The performance was beautiful!

Kung Fu student Eva von Schweinitz was the lead artist of a new production of Eugene O'Neill's "The Great God Brown." The play was part of the "Unseen O'Neill" program at the Brick in Brooklyn. Performances ran December 14 through 17, 2016. The directing and acting were astonishing.

J Grabowski Art Show

Tai Chi student J Grabowski had three paintings in the group show "Beauty" at the church of St. Paul the Apostle. The show ran through October 20th, 2016. The opening reception was Thursday, September 15. J's works are beautiful! This expansive group show was in one of New York's most interesting locations. This NYC Landmark church, founded in 1858, houses some of America's greatest religious artwork.

Nabi Su Kung Fu Family Day

Nabi Su Kung Fu Family Day at the Staten Island Yankees, July 31, 2016
We had a great Nabi Su Kung Fu Family Day at the Staten Island Yankees! Scooter visited us, the kids ran around the suite AND around the bases, the black belts caught up with each other and posed for a photo, and the ball park welcomed Nabi Su Kung Fu on the Jumbotron!

American Academy of Arts and Letters

Thanks to Tai Chi student Souhad, we have experienced a realm of historic cultural refinement spanning time and art realms. The American Academy of Arts and Letters lives on Broadway at 155th Street. With luminaries such as Theodore Roosevelt as founders, and a treasure trove of painters, writers and musicians as members, this gorgeous complex is a rare treat indeed. The American Academy is only open to the public two months a year, so visit it when you can! The spring show, curated by Souhad, is "Exhibition of Work of Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards." It ran through June 12, 2016, Thursdays through Sundays, from 1 to 4 pm. The Academy is located on Audubon Terrace, west side of Broadway, between 155 & 156 Streets. (Take the #1 Train to 157 Street & Broadway).

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Isabelle Milkoff's Collage

Tai Chi student Isabelle Milkoff had three collages on display in "Broad Strokes," an exhibition at Pen and Brush, in May and June, 2016. Isabelle's collages are dynamic jewels. The exhibition featured a diverse selection of works inspired by modernist mechanisms. Featuring 63 works created by 15 artists, the exhibition offered an earnest contemplation of modern art's rich history beyond the exclusionary lens of the accepted canon. As a result, Broad Strokes aimed to incite and encourage deeper considerations and reconsiderations of the role modern art plays for contemporary women artists. Pen and Brush is a woman's gallery with a history that predates suffrage. Their new home at 29 East 22nd Street is a powerful statement of commitment and elegance that is inspirational.

For more info:
Broad Strokes
Pen and Brush, 29 East 22nd Street

Aaron Landsman Play April 2016

Nabi Su Black Belt Aaron Landsman has written two monologues that were performed in NYC April 20 through April 30, 2016. "Empathy School" was performed by Jim Findlay, and co-created with filmmaker and composer Brent Green. An out-of-work bus driver riffs a layered, immersive story on an overnight ride through rural Illinois. "Love Story," featuring Frank Harts, is about a disappearing city, two people navigating it, and a fidgety, obsessive follower. The two productions will run concurrently at the Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street) New York, NY 10002.

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American Academy March 2016 Exhibition

Tai Chi student Souhad curated an art show at The American Academy of Arts and Letters! It was a wonderful collection of 37 contemporary artists. The show ran through April 10, 2016. The Academy is located on Audubon Terrace, west side of Broadway, between 155 & 156 Streets.

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Holding the Vision by Maya Just Maya
Kung Fu Black Belt Maya has a painting in Woman Made Gallery in Chicago! Her painting is entitled "Holding the Vision." The show ran through April 28, 2016 and the painting can be seen on-line now.

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Aaron Landsman

Nabi Su Kung Fu students were in a production of "The Sound and The Fury" at the Public in July 2015. The new production featured a performance by Nabi Su Black Belt Aaron Landsman with projections by Nabi Su Brown Belt Eva Von Schweinitz. Obie Award winning ensemble ELEVATOR REPAIR SERVICE returned to The Public, home to its sold-out performances of Gatz (2010 and 2012) and Arguendo (2013), with their widely praised staging of William Faulkner's modernist masterpiece, "The Sound and the Fury." With a lush sound score, high-energy choreography and a profoundly versatile ensemble, ERS delivered a verbatim staging of the novel's opening chapter ("the Benjy chapter"), Faulkner's famous experiment with memory and language. Serving up the tragic demise of Faulkner's Compson family with humor and pathos against a backdrop of an eerily timeless Southern living room, this ensemble of theatrical daredevils, known for their fearless commitment, breathes thrilling new life into another American literary classic.

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She's Beautiful When She's Angry

WOMEN'S LIBERATION DOCUMENTARY: "She's Beautiful When She's Angry"

Congratulations to Tai Chi student Kate Taverna on her documentary film "She's Beautiful When She's Angry." After almost 20 years in the making, "She's Beautiful When She's Angry" won the Audience Award at the Boston Independent Film Festival to a standing ovation!

"She's Beautiful" shows how the women's liberation movement flared up like a revolution across the country between 1967 and 1971, with all the stops and starts, radicalism, outrageousness, humor and idealism that revolutionary movements bring out in us all. It takes us from the founding of NOW (National Organization for Women), when ladies wore hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women's liberation.

Unbelievable as this may sound, there is NO OTHER theatrically released documentary that records this period of time in the women's liberation movement. You must see it!!!

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She's Beautiful When She's Angry

Kung Fu student Eva Von Schweinitz created an interactive performance piece "Private(i)" in which solo audience members walk the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Evas Performance Piece

Nabi Su Days at the Staten Island Yankees - August 2014
For the second year in a row, we had two Nabi Su family days at the Staten Island Yankees. On one day, the Yanks even won! Win or lose, a great time was had by all.

CMC Myla Aug 17 2014

NS Family Day Aug 17 2014

NS Family Day Aug 3 2014

"Summer Solstice: Bursting energy of our star, our sun, our explosive beauty." Read Carolyn Campora's tribute to Summer and the Solstice in the current issue of New York Spirit! Pick up your free copy in health stores and book shops throughout the New York area, or read it on line: New York Spirit Summer Solstice Article 2014

Summer Solstice Flower 2014

E-book edition of "Bunnoidity," the delightful, sweet book of bunny philosophy!

Nabi Su students loved reading aloud the new e-book edition of "Bunnoidity: How to be a Bunny - The Rabbit Habit" by Carolyn Campora.

Children Reading ebook

We wish our students from our children's Kung Fu class a safe trip back to their home in Italy. We'll miss you!

Children Going Back to Italy