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Screening of “If These Knishes Could Talk” Followed by NYC Accent Slam
February 12, 2015 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
City Lore is pleased to present a two-part evening celebrating the New York City accent! Opening with a special screening of Heather Quinlan’s documentary, If These Knishes Could Talk: The Story of the New York Accent, the evening will culminate with the New York Accent Slam.
From Atlantic Ave. to Zerega Ave., word on the street is the New York accent is disappearing—a casualty of a city that’s evolved into a vast expanse of banks, H&Ms and glass-blown high-rises. But even though you may not hear “toity-toid and toid” in Manhattan, you can still hear strains in Bensonhurst, Whitestone or Tottenville. If These Knishes Could Talk: The Story of the New York Accent gathers some accent experts, official and non, to weigh in on what it means to tawk the talk.
After the screening, great NYC tawkers will compete in the NYC Accent Slam to identify the MOST POIFECT New York accent. Four native New Yorkers will demonstrate their gift for gab by telling stories, jokes and poems. Listen closely for the subtle differences and learn how the speakers’ histories manifest in their voices. Who can tawk the talk? You get to decide!
This program is presented as part of City Lore’s newest exhibition, Mother Tongues: Endangered Languages in NYC and Beyond.
Doors open at 6:30pm. Screening begins at 7pm.
Admission is $15.00. Buy tickets here.