In celebration of the 400th Anniversary of Henrik Hudson's discovery of the River that bears his name, Stanley Tannen's TIPA Project will present prose and poetry featuring New York humor by such writers as Ogden Nash, Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker, James Thurber, Paul Rudnick, and others this Friday, October 9th.
This celebration also marks the 385th anniversary of the founding of New Amsterdam, the 340th anniversary of the start of English rule and the 111th anniversary of the consolidation of the five boroughs into the City of New York in 1898.
The readings will be presented by Tony Award Winners Tammy Grimes, Frances Sternhagen, and Fritz Weaver, Academy Award Winner Lee Grant, along with Ronald Rand, Betsy Von Furstenburg, and Bess Rous.
The TIPA Project, or Toward International Peace Through the Arts, was founded by Stanley Tannen. Mr. Tannen began organizing readings in 1972. In 2006, the president of the United Nations Society of Writers nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize. 2009 marks Mr. Tannen's 38th year as a peace advocate and activist dedicated to promoting the Humanities as an instrument for peace.
The reading begins at 12:30 pm in the sanctuary at Saint Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street.