NEW YORK (April 1, 2013) – On April 4, 2013, at New York’s Pier Sixty at the Chelsea Piers, musical artists and stars will come together to show their support for a very special evening to honor lobbyist Liz Robbins to benefit SeriousFun Children’s Network Founded by Paul Newman. Hosted by Honorary Co-Chairs Harvey Weinstein and Joanne Woodward, the intimate, invite-only event will feature appearances by Jimmy Fallon and performances by world-renowned performing artists Ingrid Michaelson, Suzanne Vega and Stevie Wonder as well as the campers themselves.
Ticket sales from the evening will raise money to support the network of 30 global camps and programs that enrich the lives of children living with serious illnesses.
Over the last two decades, Liz Robbins, a SeriousFun board member, has profoundly impacted the camps and programs of the SeriousFun Children’s Network. Robbins’ involvement with the camps began with the original Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut where she was involved in the development of the camp and served as a board member for many years. Eventually, she became a leader in the mission to establish a camp in Europe, helping to gain political support from domestic and international politicians and organizations, in collaboration with Newman. She was influential in raising financial support, through these established relationships, to eventually found the first European camp, Barretstown, in Ireland.
About SeriousFun Children’s Network
SeriousFun Children's Network is a growing global community of 30 camps and programs serving children with serious illnesses and their families, always free of charge. Founded by Paul Newman in 1988, SeriousFun has served over 400,000 children and families from more than 50 countries. Each member camp is an independent, not-for-profit organization dependent upon private funding to serve all children at no cost to their families. A Support Center raises funds and provides central standards and services for all SeriousFun camps and programs. To learn more about SeriousFun, visit www.seriousfunnetwork.org.
- Mar 07
By Stephen Holden of The New York Times
“No one’s gonna wait for you/so do it now.” That statement may sound like a slogan spouted by a motivational speaker, but as sung at the Allen Room on Saturday evening by the gifted indie singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson it conveyed the warmth and encouragement of a close friend sitting beside you in the back of a bus when you’re feeling discouraged. “Do It Now” was one of 16 originals she performed at the Allen Room as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series.
It was not the concert’s only song set in the back of a bus. That’s where she is sitting in “Soldier” while engaged in an imaginary “battle with the heart.” Having given all her love to someone, she waits for proof of reciprocation. That struggle becomes a military skirmish in “This Is War,” in which she vows, “I won’t surrender/I will fight better.”
Even here you couldn’t describe Ms. Michaelson’s voice as sounding desperate so much as cleareyed and determined. The saddest song was the evening’s opening number, “Ghost,” in which she is an abandoned lover who describes herself as an “invisible disaster.”
Ms. Michaelson, who was joined by Chris Kuffner on bass and Allie Moss and Bess Rogers on guitars and vocals, is in the paradoxical situation of writing smart, accessible songs that achieve considerable success, but not as much as you might expect from music this catchy and well made. Her bright, piercing voice, embedded with a modified Joni Mitchell yodel, peaks in a sob. In timbre her closest vocal forerunner is Jonatha Brooke, whose early solo albums were more somber and literary.
Alternating between the piano and the ukulele, Ms. Michaelson peppered her show with zany asides and playfully self-deprecatory remarks. The group’s harmonies were seamless, with Mr. Kuffner’s powerful acoustic bass grounding the songs, many of which took circular patterns and had an understated martial pulse.
Her most popular tune, “The Way I Am,” is a happy love song whose generic tendencies are redeemed by quirky lines like “I’d buy you Rogaine when you start losing all your hair.” That song, used in an ad campaign for Old Navy sweaters, distills the joy of being loved by someone who will “take me the way I am.” In a word, it is irresistible.
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