Dance, art galleries, museums, lectures -- you name it, there are plenty of things to do in NYC. From the New York City Ballet, to Alvin Ailey, from performances at the Metropolitan Opera, to live music at Madison Square Garden, New York has it all. Here is a selection of what's going on in New York this week.
A Prairie Home Companion With Garrison Keillor - The Town Hall
December 01, 2012 -
Today, A Prairie Home Companion is heard by more than 4 million listeners each week on some 590 public radio stations, and abroad on America One and the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East. Join host Garrison Keillor -- Guy Noir, Dusty and Lefty, and the News from Lake Wobegon -- as PHC returns to The Town Hall stage. Special guest, Bacon Brothers Band.
AjkunBT Presents The Nutcracker, New Rochelle Suite - Whitney Auditorium at New Rochelle High School
Through December 01, 2012 - New Rochelle
Begin a truly special holiday season with Ajkun Ballet Theatre's magical Nutcracker, filled with great dancers and adorable children from the Public School District of New Rochelle. Whether a family tradition or discovering the magic of ballet for the first time, this extraordinary experience will evoke joy and stay with you forever. Make the Nutcracker a celebration to share and plan to give tickets to family, friends and your community!
Ballet Hispanico at The Apollo Theater - The Apollo Theater
December 01, 2012 - New York
Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the premier Latino dance institution in the United States, presents the dance event of the holiday season at the legendary Apollo Theater on December 1, 2012 at 7:30 pm. The Apollo Theater is located at 253 West 125th Street, New York City. Tickets start at $33 and are available for purchase in person at the Apollo Theater Box Office, or through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.
The evening features three Ballet Hispanico premieres that put a contemporary spin on Cuba’s danzón, Argentina’s tango, and 1980s Spanish pop. Vibrant live music by the Paquito D’Rivera Ensemble accompanies choreography by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Argentinean legend Alejandro Cervera and cutting-edge Spanish choreographers Inma García and Meritxell Barberá.
Kidd Pivot The Tempest Replica - The Joyce Theater
Through December 02, 2012 - New York
Grabbing well-deserved international attention, former Ballet Frankfurt dancer Crystal Pite fuses classical dance with structured improvisation and a strong theatrical sensibility. In The Tempest Replica, she uses the island setting of Shakespeare's The Tempest as a metaphor for isolation, captivity, and desire. She juxtaposes this setting to a nostalgic cityscape that evokes longing. This is an intriguing work in which chalk-white replicas deliver the story's essential plot, while its underlying tensions are fleshed out by real characters who articulate powerful emotion through dance.
A Taste of Argentina - STAT NYC (Pearl Studios)
December 06, 2012 - New York
New York City’s premier school of Argentine Tango is hosting a fantastically unique event. Strictly Tango NYC's exclusive Wine & Tango Sampling is the perfect evening for those intrigued by this elegant and sensuous dance, or for anyone seeking a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
Have a taste of tango for the first time with New York City’s only school dedicated strictly to Argentine Tango. Learn about the origins of this passionate dance by tasting the rich flavors of the local wines and sampling traditional Argentinean foods. A special “Taste of Tango” introductory class will be given by Strictly Tango NYC’s Maestro and tango show producer Sergio Segura. Later in the evening, experience a fun side of tango not found anywhere else with tango games, stage tango poses, tango line dancing, and tango demonstrations. Special performances will be given by instructors and students of the school to illuminate the drama of tango at a performance level.
Whether you have always wanted to learn tango or have never thought of dancing at all, if you have a desire to break from the ordinary our Wine and Tango Sampling is a night not to be missed!
WHO: Strictly Tango NYC
WHAT: Wine & Tango Sampling: A Taste of Argentina
WHEN: Thursday, Dec 6th from 8-10pm
WHERE: Pearl Studios, 519 8th Ave. 12th Fl. Studio D
Cover Wine sampling One glass of wine of your choice Snacks "Taste of Tango" class Tango games **Cash bar will be available to purchase additional refreshments and wine. Traditional Argentine foods will also be for sale. Guests of this event will be privy to exclusive offers on tango class packages; because one taste is never enough...
About Us: Strictly Tango NYC is a premier authentic Argentine Tango school. Conveniently located adjacent to Penn Station (35th St. and 8th Ave), the school is strictly dedicated to authentic Argentine Tango with renowned teachers like Sergio Segura; show producer, choreographer, dance researcher and creator of the “Learn Argentine Tango System.”
Reputed for its high level of instruction, the school emphasizes individualized attention to each student without compromising fun or excitement. Social dancing, as well as Stage Tango are taught. Additionally, the school has a performance company that performs in shows, events and competitions.
With one of the warmest and friendliest environments in the NYC Tango community, the young soul of tango lives in our school. Most of our audience is stylish, smart, and professional people who are serious about learning tango.
Our classes are the perfect place to meet new friends and to network with new groups of people. Singles find the opportunity to meet other singles and couples rediscover their relationship. We welcome you to our community and invite you to come and discover the beauty of Argentine Tango in New York!
Flamenco Holiday Concert: Noche de Cante y Baile - Flamenco Latino Studio Theater
December 07, 2012 - New York
Join us for some flamenco heat to beat the winter cold! Flamenco Latino invites you to
"Noche de Cante y Baile" on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 8 PM
Featuring the cante, dance and musical talents of Alfonso Cid Jose Moreno David de los Santos Basilio Georges y Aurora Reyes
at Flamenco Latino Studio Theater 244 West 54 St. 404 (bet. Bway and 8th Ave.) NY, NY 10019
Buy your tickets today!
Advance: $15, Go to http://www.flamencolatino.com/perform.shtml At the Door: $20
Questions? Email or call 212-399-8519 www.flamencolatino.com
The Resonance Project - Alwan for the Arts
December 07, 2012 - New York
The Resonance Project begins the first week of December at Alwan for the Arts, a vibrant downtown hub for Middle Eastern arts and culture. Partially funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Resonance Project is an innovative new program that invites members of Alwan’s core community of visual and performing artists to participate in a week of interdisciplinary improvisation, experimentation and creative inquiry.
Resonance participants include: filmmaker Tala Hadid, visual artist Kevork Mourad, performer, singer and playwright Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian, choreographer and dancer Carrie Ahern and musicians Zafer Tawil, Tarek Yamani and Kinan Azmeh.
The week will culminate in a public performance at 8pm on Friday, December 7th, at Alwan for the Arts in Lower Manhattan.
Since 1998, Alwan for the Arts has built a quintessentially ‘New York’ Arab and Middle Eastern cultural scene: “[what] CBGB was for punk rock in the 70s, Alwan for the Arts is for music from the Middle East now” (Lucid Culture, January 2012). With a year-round calendar of film screenings, concerts, literary readings and discussions, Alwan plays host to visiting cultural luminaries from the Middle East one night and local talent the next.
Alwan has been a hub of artistic activity and creative experimentation since its inception, nurturing and learning from a large family of artists and intellectuals who play an active role in shaping programs. Resonance draws from this organic community and takes its inspiration from the notion of tarab, a musically-induced state of ecstasy shared by performers and audience alike as a result of an open-ended, interactive encounter.
Resonance will expand the concept across disciplines, with the intent of disrupting the paradigmatic viewing practices unique to each genre. Unlike standard forms of cultural consumption that generally occur in segregated, highly ritualized settings—the concert hall, the movie theatre, the art gallery—Resonance is about creating connections between forms, ideas, moments and locations.
The point of departure for the Resonance participants will be the 1971 poem, ‘A Grave for New York’, by Arab modernist poet Adonis. In this seminal work, Adonis explores New York’s urban landscape with the incisive eye of an outsider attuned to the city’s seductive mythologies. He responds to its signs, disinterring lost histories whose threads span across time and geographies. From Greenwich Village to Beirut, from Harlem to the Arab slave trade, Walt Whitman to Al-Niffari, Adonis teases out hidden connections and unexpected resonances.
The Resonance Project, likewise, is the first of a multi-phase Alwan initiative to map out the intellectual and cultural affinities of its creative community, to engage in a critical exploration of its past and to discover new possibilities for its future.
A Prairie Home Companion With Garrison Keillor - The Town Hall
December 08, 2012 -
Today, A Prairie Home Companion is heard by more than 4 million listeners each week on some 590 public radio stations, and abroad on America One and the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East. Join host Garrison Keillor -- Guy Noir, Dusty and Lefty, and the News from Lake Wobegon -- as PHC returns to The Town Hall stage. Special guests Diana Krall, Rob Fisher, the DiGiallonardo Sisters.
Russell Maliphant The Rodin Project - The Joyce Theater
Through December 09, 2012 - New York
Following his Olivier Award-nominated and Critics' Circle National Dance Award-winning AfterLight, Russell Maliphant comes to The Joyce with The Rodin Project, a Sadler's Wells/Russell Maliphant production inspired by the works of the great French sculptor, Auguste Rodin. For this work, Maliphant draws on the high energy talents of extraordinary performers and a commissioned score by Russian composer Alexander Zekke to create a movement vocabulary influenced by popping, breaking, and contemporary dance, which he integrates with his own language of flow, form, and dynamics. "Dancing bodies rarely look more beautiful than in the work of Russell Maliphant," proclaims The Guardian, and The Rodin Project is no exception. Company website: http://www.rmcompany.co.uk/ performance schedule Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Sat 8pm; Sun 2pm Dance Chat: Wed, Dec 5 ticket price Tickets start at $10! (Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)
American Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through December 16, 2012 - Brooklyn
Magical toy soldiers, sparkling snowflakes, mischievous mice, and all the enchanting inhabitants of E.T.A. Hoffmann's whimsical world return to BAM for the winter holidays in this acclaimed production of The Nutcracker, presented by the renowned American Ballet Theatre and choreographed by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky. Performed with a live orchestra, together with extraordinary sets and costumes by Tony Award winner Richard Hudson (The Lion King), The Nutcracker is bound to be a treasured memory for years to come. It is no wonder The New York Times praised, "American Ballet Theatre has a production like no other, made with complete theatrical authority from first to last. The poetry of Alexei Ratmansky's vision is very striking. I'm impatient to see it again."
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker - New York City Ballet
Through December 30, 2012 -
Welcome to the world of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. This is the production that is the heart of New York City's year-end holiday season. Whether it is a family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime visit, your experience of this glittering classic ballet will stay with you forever and warm your spirit. From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with adorable children, marching toy soldiers, a glowing one-ton Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, mischievous mice, crystalline waltzing snowflakes, the Land of Sweets and some of the most glorious dancing on earth.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - New York City Center
Through December 30, 2012 -
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is beloved as one of the world's most popular dance companies. This season, New York City Center's Principal Dance Company returns with exciting performances that have become a joyous holiday tradition. Artistic Director Robert Battle will continue to surprise and delight audiences with premieres and new productions that expand his vision for the company, adding dynamic choreographic voices to the repertory that challenge Ailey's extraordinary artists in new ways. This season includes a new work commissioned by New York City Center, along with encore performances from Battle's acclaimed first season: modern dance master Paul Taylor's Arden Court, hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris' soul-lifting Home, and Ohad Naharin's unique and innovative Minus 16, which features improvisation and audience involvement. A variety of repertory favorites and classic Ailey works will be performed, including the must-see Revelations with live music or an expanded cast of 50 dancers on select programs. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater inspires all in a universal celebration of thehuman spirit using the African-American cultural experience and the Americanmodern dance tradition.
Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 20, 2013 - Prospect Heights
Brooklyn artist Mickalene Thomas is best known for her elaborate, collage-inspired paintings, embellished with rhinestones, enamel, and colorful acrylics. Her depictions of African American women explore a spectrum of black female beauty and sexual identity while constructing images of femininity and power. Origin of the Universe, Thomas's first solo museum exhibition, highlights recent bodies of work that examine interior and exterior environments in relation to the female figure. Their settings are often inspired by her 1970s childhood.
Materializing 'Six Years': Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art - Brooklyn Museum
Through February 03, 2013 - Prospect Heights
This exhibition is devoted to examining the defining impact Lucy R. Lippard's groundbreaking book Six Years had on the emergent Conceptual art movement. Published in 1973, Six Years simultaneously catalogued and described the development of conceptual art practices in the late sixties and early seventies, and is now widely considered an essential reference work for the period. Using the book's content to structure the exhibition, Materializing "Six Years" showcases the artists brought together and championed by Lippard, and demonstrates how her curatorial projects, critical writing, and political engagement helped to redefine exhibition-making, art criticism, and the viewing experience.
The exhibition will feature more than 170 objects by nearly ninety artists who were working internationally across a range of mediums. In addition to presenting important artworks, the exhibition will convey the political foment of an era that saw both the emergence of Conceptual art and the rise of the Women's Rights, Civil Rights, and anti–Vietnam War movements, and will illustrate the period's experimental impulses through catalogues, artist publications, periodicals, photographs, and ephemera from key exhibitions and events.