July Events at the Santosha Center
Comedy Night Featuring Comic Chris Monty
Hosted by Long Island Comic Chris Roach
Friday, July 15 at 9:00 p.m.
It was at age six when Chris Monty's older cousins dressed him up like Ed Norton from "The Honeymooner's" at a family gathering, then sent him into the living room to perform comedic bits from the classic show and belt out his version of "New York, New York" to a big round of applause. That's how it all started many years ago. Monty began his Comedy Club resume at Governor's in Levittown in the late 1990's. Now he performs regularly all over the country including such rooms as The Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. He also has opened for such acts as Bobby Slayton, Jim David, Adam Ferrera and Jim Norton. He is a very talented comedian whose fast rise in comedy is only the beginning.
Music of China with the Melody of Dragon Trio
Saturday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m.
The Melody of Dragon, a Chinese music ensemble based in New York City, was founded in 1998 by virtuoso musicians from the leading conservatories in China to introduce and promote Chinese musical repertory in the United States. The group hopes to build a bridge of musical and cultural exchange between the two nations through performances of traditional, classical, folk and contemporary music of China. Since February 1998, Melody of Dragon has performed and lectured at many prestigious institutions including Lincoln Center, the Juilliard School, China Institute in America, Japan Society in NY, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rutgers University, Columbia University, Wesleyan University and the Downtown Music at a Glance Music Festival in Westchester.
Evening of Poetry, Music & Song
Featured Artist: Long Island Poet Laureate Daniel Thomas Moran
Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: By donation
Daniel Thomas Moran is a Massapequa native who now lives on Shelter Island. He is also Vice-President of The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association in West Hills and the author of five collections of poetry. His work has appeared in numerous journals. "He is a wonderful, natural poet," said Manhattan poet Samuel Menashe, who served as poet in residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace in 2003. "He has a very open, accessible style." The performance will be followed by an open microphone section for all musicians, poets, singers, actors, dancers, comedians, storytellers and others who wish to perform.
Sacred Music, Song & Dance of Tibet with Penpa Tsering
Saturday, July 30 at 8:00 p.m.
Penpa Tsering, a world-class musician, singer and dancer, was born in 1963 in the Ritsatsang family in Chamdo, Kham (Eastern Tibet). There he began his musical training as a small child under the guidance of his father and uncle. He later joined a dance and music school in Chamdo with whom he performed all over Tibet. During these exciting travels Tsering was able to further refine his mastery by studying with many great musicians, singers and dancers from various nomadic groups throughout his vast homeland. The night's fascinating presentation will feature Tsering performing on sixteen traditional Tibetan instruments, including strings, pipes, flutes and horns as well as dance demonstrations and explanations of Tibetan philosophy and religion.