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    October 03, 2017
    INNOVATION AND LEADERSHIP presents
     
    a panel discussion featuring biographer
    ROBERT KANIGEL
    award-winning author of
    EYES ON THE STREET:
    The Life of Jane Jacobs
     
    following a screening of the documentary
    CITIZEN JANE:
    Battle for the City
     
    Tuesday, October 10, at 7:00pm
     
    A fascinating documentary captures the showdown, half a century ago, between the activist Jane Jacobs and the Trumpian urban planner Robert Moses.” Variety
     
    “A powerful and all too rare biography of the making of a female public intellectual. . . . Thrilling.”Fresh Air (NPR)
     
    “Kanigel has written the definitive Jacobs biography.” The Washington Post
     
    “Her life demonstrates how any one of us can make a difference in shaping our surroundings.” - Portsmouth City Councilor Chris Dwyer
     
     
    What: On Tuesday, October 10, The Music Hall’s Innovation and Leadership series will host a screening of CITIZEN JANE: Battle for the City, plus a panel discussion moderated by Portsmouth City Councilor Chris Dwyer including Jane Jacobs’ biographer Robert Kanigel, author of EYES ON THE STREET: The Life of Jane Jacobs  and local architect Steven McHenry. Presented in affiliation with PS21: Portsmouth Smart Growth for the 21st Century, the event will focus on the life and work of Jane Jacobs, who stars in both the film and book.
    CITIZEN JANE, directed by Matt Tyranuer (Valentino: The Last Emperor), brings to life Jane Jacobs’ 1960s showdown with ruthless construction kingpin Robert Moses over his plan to raze lower Manhattan to make way for a highway.

    EYES ON THE STREET, a portrait of Jane Jacobs based on news sources and interviews, was named among the “Best Books of the Year” by NPR, “Top Ten Art Books of the Year” by Booklist, “Top Ten Architecture Books of the Year” by World Architecture and was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction.
    Said Chris Dwyer, the evening’s moderator, “Jane Jacobs was a community-oriented urbanist and her life demonstrates how any one of us can make a difference in shaping our surroundings. I look forward to hearing from Robert Kanigel about his book and from Steven McHenry who, as a local architect, has played a role in influencing Portsmouth’s urban fabric.”
     
    When/Where:            Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 7:00pm
                                      The Music Hall Historic Loft
                                        131 Congress Street
                                        Portsmouth, NH 03801
     
    Tickets: Tickets for the event on Tuesday, October 10, at 7pm, are $30 ($28 for members) and include a reserved seat for film viewing and a moderated discussion/Q+A, plus a copy of EYE ON THE STREET: The Life of Jane Jacobs ($18, paperback) and post-event book signing. Packages can be purchased online at TheMusicHall.org, over the phone at 603.436.2400 or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street.
     
    About the Author: Robert Kanigel is the author of seven previous books. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship and the Grady-Stack Award for science writing. His book The Man Who Knew Infinity was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. For twelve years he was a professor of science writing at M.I.T. He and his wife now live in Baltimore, Maryland, and he writes full time.
     
    About Innovation and Leadership
    In this Age of Participation, The Music Hall has expanded its programming to focus on issues critical to our time. The Innovation and Leadership series was first launched nearly five years ago to serve our local business community, bringing together the best and the brightest in technology.  The series has since broadened to showcase opinion leaders, authors and all variety of educators, and to serve audiences from a tri-state region and beyond – all who are interested in bettering the worlds they live in, at work and at home, locally and around the world. These lively and informative conversations feature experts in their field sharing experiences and providing participants practical tools for making meaningful advances in their lives.  From demonstrations in the art of all things digital to special forums featuring regional and global leaders in sustainability, from book discussion-demonstrations on the positive effect of meditation to awareness-raising events led by today’s champions in philanthropy, feminism and family matters, each Innovation and Leadership event is memorable and impactful.  The Music Hall is committed to community building and personal flourishing. Our Innovation and Leadership series delivers on that commitment.
     
    Presenting Sponsor: ALNÔBA
     
    Series Sponsor:  Petersen Engineering
     
    Evening Sponsor: Allergy Associates of New Hampshire
     
    Media Partners: NH Gazette, RAM Printing
     
    Season Sponsors:  Carey & Giampa Realtors;  Portwalk Place; The River House restaurant
     
    Contributing Partner: The University of New Hampshire
     
    This Innovation + Leadership event is presented in affiliation with community partners the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation and World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.
     
    About The Music Hall
    The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, designated an American Treasure for the Arts by the National Park Service’s Save America's Treasures Program, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner, recently named "best performing arts venue" by Yankee Magazine and the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence.
     
    Web: www.TheMusicHall.org | Twitter: @MusicHall | Facebook: /musichall | YouTube: /musichallnh
     
    “The crown jewel of Portsmouth’s cultural scene- Yankee Magazine

    “The beating cultural heart of New Hampshire's seacoast - Boston Globe
     
    For more information, contact:
    Margaret Talcott, Producer
    The Music Hall                                                                            
    mtalcott@themusichall.org
    603-433-3100x5013
    or Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer
    plynch@themusichall.org
     
    PRAISE for EYES ON THE STREET: The Life of Jane Jacobs
     
    “Zestfully illuminating and entertaining . . . Kanigel’s delight in his subject . . . shimmers on every page.” Booklist (starred review)
    “Sparkling. . . . Magisterial. . . . An exhaustively researched, beautifully rendered tale, revealing the human contours of a vigorous, original mind.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
    “A portrait emerges of an independent heroine who stepped into an arena dominated by men. She was Betty Friedan, Rachel Carson, and Erin Brockovich all rolled into one.” Boston Globe
     
    “[Kanigel delivers] fast-paced and nuanced storytelling in a crisp prose style that engages the reader. . . . This most complete biography of Jane Jacobs to date is a treat to read.”The New York Journal of Books
    “[Jane Jacobs] was great, and Kanigel gives her the great biography she deserves.” —Edward Glaeser, The American Scholar
     
    “A powerful and all too rare biography of the making of a female public intellectual. . . . Thrilling.”Fresh Air (NPR)
     
    “Kanigel has written the definitive Jacobs biography . . . in prose that is as lively as her own.” The Washington Post
     
    PRAISE for CITIZEN JANE: Battle for the City
     
    “Anyone seeking a demonstration of how completely orthodoxy and heresy can change places need look no further than [this] brisk documentary.” —Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

    “A fascinating documentary captures the showdown, half a century ago, between the activist Jane Jacobs and the Trumpian urban planner Robert Moses: a fight for the future of New York.” —Owen Gleiberman, Variety
     
     
    The Guardian (UK) reported on the relationship between Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, the 
     
       "....struggle between a man who had amassed vast bureaucratic powers and remade New York with expressways, parks and housing towers, and the woman who assembled neighbours and public opinion to stop him when he set his sights on the evisceration of a swath of lower Manhattan. 
    Moses was an avatar of the early 20th-century vision that the only salvation of cities was the large-scale destruction of their existing features, and Jacobs an exemplar of another, which maintained that the future of cities rested on preserving exactly those qualities. Jacobs....was the most powerful retort to Moses’s mode of thinking, and her actions a resounding retort to his mode of operating."
    Contact:
    Margaret Talcott, Producer
    mtalcott@themusichall.org