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Symphony Space and Jane Curtain Launch "This Is New York"

Jane in conversation with quintessential New Yorkers about the pivotal role the city plays in their lives

New York, NY – Symphony Space is teaming up with the brilliantly hilarious, boundlessly curious, and occasionally outspoken actress Jane Curtin for a new interview series, This Is New York. The series features Jane in conversation with famous New Yorkers to explore what it is about the iconic city that inspires and propels their creative process. Entertainment

New York City has been the muse of some of the world's greatest writers, actors, comedians, chefs, politicians, activists, and so many more. Symphony Space honors the fascinating complexity of New York and the mystique that surrounds it.

The series premieres on October 15 when Jane talks with beloved artist, writer, and graphic designer Maira Kalman about the city as a muse in her creative life and work. Kalman has written and illustrated dozens of books for children and adults and is a regular contributor to ​The New Yorker​, both as a columnist and as an artist. Her long, storied career is rooted in a love of everyday objects and family stories.

On November 18, Jane connects with Marcus Samuelsson, the acclaimed chef, author, television star, and philanthropist behind the restaurant Red Rooster Harlem and many more. Jane and Marcus discuss his childhood in Ethiopia and Sweden, his rise to superstardom, and his life in Harlem. 

This Is New York returns on December 8 when Jane discusses politics, life, and unusual upbringings with Daily Beast Editor-at-Large, co-podcaster of The New Abnormal, and über-Tweeter Molly Jong-Fast. 

Information about these events can be found at All shows will be live streamed and available on-demand after the premiere.


Symphony Space is a multi-disciplinary performing arts center where bold programming, presented in a uniquely warm and welcoming environment, forges indelible relationships between artists and audiences. Symphony Space's fundamental mission is to connect art, ideas, and community through their programs and their commitment to literacy and education through the arts. Known for an array of ground-breaking programs, including the immersive Wall to Wall concerts, the Selected Shorts literature-in-performance series, and their innovative Global Arts education program, Symphony Space presents a full slate of original, affordable (and free) programming within New York City and in communities throughout the country through tours, public radio broadcasts, and podcasts. On their stages and in the classrooms they serve, Symphony Space fosters access to the arts through all the disciplines. 

Symphony Space was founded in the belief that the arts bring people together, transcend barriers, and celebrate both our similarities and differences. Through adventurous and impactful performances, commissions, and conversations, Symphony Space continues to invigorate these guiding principles, harnessing the power of the arts to engage, inspire, and build community.

For more information, visit or call 212-864-5400. Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street.