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.
Pacific Northwest Ballet - New York City Center
Through February 16, 2013 -
For the first time since 1996, Pacific Northwest Ballet's full company returns to New York and City Center, under the direction of artistic director Peter Boal. Accompanied by Music Director/Principal Conductor Emil de Couand the acclaimed PNB Orchestra, the company will present two programs: A mixed repertoire of blockbuster Balanchine ballets, and Jean-Christophe Maillot's full-length Romeo et Juliette.
Future Day! - The JCC In Manhattan
February 16, 2013 - New York
WHO: Current Events Discussion Group: Schmooze on the News with Gia Pace; 20's & 30's Volunteer Corp; Adventure Workshop with Shawn Shafner; Performing Arts Workshop with Rebeca Diaz; Alluring Androids and Robots in Film, Photography and Art Lecture; Mainstages Storybook Theater: Castle on Hester Street - Meet a friend from the future who shares the story of how his family arrived to New York City generations ago.; Mainstages Presents: A Journey into the Future Workshop - What will the world look like in 30 years?; What’s Jewish Got to do With the Future? Lecture; Adult Recycled Crafts: Upcycled Cork Trivet; Traditional Texts - What do the Torah and Talmud tell us about the Future?; George Washington University Sirens A Capella Concert: and all the usual weekly R&R activities!!! WHAT: R&R Saturdays are FREE at the JCC! Make your Shabbat afternoon special and share in our community. Workshops, Art, Yoga, Meditation, Food, Music, Study Sessions, film, creative art projects, Spa Experiences, Indoor & Outdoor play! There are programs for both children and adults. Guaranteed fun for the whole family! All are welcome. WHEN: Saturday February 16, 2013, 2:00pm-5:00pm (until March 23rd) WHERE: The JCC In Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue @ 76th Street, New York, New York 10023 WHY: An amazing weekly opportunity to be together as a family and as a community. R&R is an incredible alternative to the typical New York Saturday and... IT'S ALL FREE! For more information: www.jccmanhattan.org/rr or join our Facebook page for updated information https://www.facebook.com/pages/RR-Shabbat-at-The-JCC-in-Manhattan/193553367387562
Ronald K. Brown/Evidence - Joyce Theater
Through February 17, 2013 - New York
Heralded by The New York Times as "a modern dance savior," Ronald K. Brown captures spirituality through a rapturous dance vocabulary that unites movement with song. This season, he and his company take the Joyce stage with two powerful programs. Program A features the world premiere of Torch, a fervent dance in celebration of the late dance enthusiast Beth Young, along with audience favorite Incidents, danced to the music of Aretha Franklin, Wunmi, and The Staple Singers. Order My Steps is also on the program. Program B features the full-length work Walking out the Dark, performed to the infectious music of Sweet Honey in the Rock and Francisco Mora, and Upside Down, featuring the music of Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
Washington's Birthday Ball - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
February 17, 2013 - New York
19th-century New Yorkers celebrated Washington's birthday with live music and dance. All ages will enjoy this reenactment as costumed dancers perform and teach traditional country dances with everyone encouraged to join in. Museum tours and light refreshments are included in the festivities. Families are invited to participate afterward in a Presidential scavenger hunt. Reservations are recommended by calling 212-838-6878.
Materializing 'Six Years': Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art - Brooklyn Museum
Through February 17, 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.
Shabbat Shabbang: Friday Night Dinners at the JCC - The JCC In Manhattan
February 22, 2013 - New York
Join us for Shabbat rituals, buffet dinner and a choice of programs. Shabbat Shabbang is a Friday night dinner designed to welcome our community into our building for a fabulous meal, new friends and fascinating program offerings. We begin our evening in the lobby sharing appetizers and Shabbat rituals before making our way to our chosen program. Finally after our delicious dairy meal and our signature performances or lectures, we come together again for dessert and coffee. A warm and bright way to begin a weekend, Shabbat Shabbat ushers you in and brings you home.
PROGRAM CHOICES – Choose 1 of the 4 programs listed below! Shadow Show - Join us for a whimsical and beautiful show projecting still and moving images onto a 20 foot spherical bubble while performers use shadow puppets to tell the Purim story. Based on well-known musical theater, pop and rock tunes, you will never forget this incredible blend of artistry and dazzling performance. The Culture of Violence in America - Rabbi Steve Gutow, President and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, spearheaded the Zichronam Livracha campaign for a comprehensive approach to end gun violence. In this fascinating conversation, Rabbi Gutow asks the questions: Can the faith community make a difference? Does the Jewish Community Have a Role to Play? Young Professionals Beer & Games! - Who doesn't love a good game night? Join us for a beautiful Shabbat dinner complete with great food, great beer, and old school games. From Pictionary to Poker & Taboo to Trivial Pursuit we'll have something for everyone and prizes for the winners. Let the games begin! A Night of Klezmer and Yiddish - Be our guest as the singer and flutist Eléonore Weill draws you into her beautiful music accompanied by a tsimbl, accordion and the beat of our hands.
COST: $18 ALL
WHEN: Friday February 22nd 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE: The JCC In Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue @ 76th Street, New York, New York 10023
For more information, or to register, please call 646-505-5708. www.jccmanhattan.org
AsianInNY 2013 Lunar New Year Celebration and Fashion Show - New York Law School
February 23, 2013 - New York
AsianInNY, New York’s premier online destination for multicultural networking and entertainment, will host its 2013 Lunar New Year celebration and eighth fashion show with Asian Real Estate Association of America, a nonprofit professional trade organization dedicated to promoting sustainable homeownership opportunities in Asian American communities, on February 23, 2013 from 6:00-10:00pm at New York Law School located in Manhattan at 185 West Broadway.
The Lunar New Year is a major cultural event that is celebrated with music, food, and good company in Asian communities around the world. Guests will ring in the Year of the Snake while enjoying an exciting line-up of comedy, music, fashion, dance, and food. MC for the event will be Phil Nee, considered the Godfather of Asian American comedians. A native New Yorker, Nee appeared recently on “The Colbert Report,” headlined the Hong Kong Comedy Festival, and just completed filming a role in the upcoming movie “Chinese Puzzle." Simon ‘Taiga’ Tai will be the DJ for the evening. When Taiga is not raising the roof at the hottest clubs in NYC, including Avenue, Marquee and Pacha, he can be found spinning events for the likes of LVMH, Dior and Tag Heuer, and for Vogue supermodels.
The evening's runway fashion show will feature new collections by outstanding Asian designers. This year the spotlight will fall on Joy Hu, a NYC-based Canadian designer whose couture custom dresses have been worn by Miss Universe Natalie Glebova, Miss Jamaica Chantal Zaky, singer Anjulie, TV personality Angelina Pivarnick, and Model Latina Champion Jessica Caban. 247Features, online shopping destination for designer clothing and merchandises, will re-introduce famous Asian American designers from previous fashion shows, including Way Zen, Janet Zheng, Ninh Nguyen, Angela Gao and Gilbert Chen. Kallisti by Xing Xu and Shan Shui Gallery by Wen Wen Lin will provide jewelry and accessories. Attendees can purchase all the featured items from the fashion shows with discounted rates on 247Features.com after the event. Additionally, a portion of the profits will be donated to charity.
Asian models will be sporting TC Charton Eyewear by designer Alexandra Peng Charton, the first North American line created expressly for Asians. Hair and makeup will be done by Charles Lam's hair salon and the beauty spa MessLook. A top international stylist for more than 20 years, Lam's clients include artists, singers, models and performers from Hong Kong and Taiwan. The evening's featured performers will include:
• KI-YO -Singer Singer Ki-Yo, known as Kiyotaka in Japan, was just 17 when he released his first single, “No No No.” It was immediately put into heavy rotation on 17 major radio stations in Japan – a record for a new artist. His third single, “The Only One," sold over 400,000 copies, and his debut album, “I’ll Be There," reached number seven on the Japan pop chart its first week. That same year, Ki-yo received the All Japan Request Award and the JFN Listener's Award. • Shoko Tamai – Dancer Ballerina Shoko Tamai has been dancing for 20 years. A graduate of the Central School of Ballet in London, she has toured with the UK Ballet Central and has danced with Graham and Cunningham, as well as the Dance Theater of Harlem. Tamai studied with Patricia Linton, Yoko Ichino, Aurora Bosch, Carole Gable, William Glassman, Sara Matthews, Elia Luyando Lopez, and Nathalia Barbara. She performs technique (contemporary), character dance, jazz, and musical. • United East Athletics Association – Lion Dance United East Athletics Association was founded in 1976 as a 501c3 non-profit organization, self-funded organization by a handful of sports enthusiasts to provide young immigrants and Chinatown youth with a sports program to help them develop physically and mentally, and to integrate into mainstream America.
• Takala Land – Dance Company Takala Land Dance Company is dedicated to spreading the joy of street dancing and the culture of the world it springs from. The company offers classes in popping and Bboying, hip-hop and jazz for girls, and hip-hop, funk and groove for boys. Takala Land has performed with Gary Chaw, Jane Zhang, Julie Su, Hacken Lee and Yumiko Cheng. • ‘Nuf Said – Live Band ‘Nuf Said is a performing/touring band based in NYC. Led by guitarist/composer Teriver Cheung and vocalist Ioana Vintu, the original soul/funk/R&B band has appeared internationally in concerts and festivals. The band's unique sound features strong soulful vocals combined with raw, high-energy hiphop and funk-influenced groove, and burning yet sophisticated jazz instrumental improvisation on stage. ‘Nuf Said Unplugged, an acoustic version of the band, features world-renowned percussionist Keita Ogawa. Ogawa has performed for music superstars such as Yo-Yo Ma and Christian McBride. Sponsors: AriZona Beverages, Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, Haruo Noro Salon, JOA Production, KOH COCONUT, L3 Advertising, Manhattan Portage, MessLook, Mika Japanese Cuisine and Bar, MusicDish China, New York Law School, Red Egg, Senator Eric Adams, Taiwan Tourism Bureau, TC Charton, Ty Ku, Well Luck Co., Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, 247Features.com.
*Admission: The first 100 people to arrive will receive free raffle tickets (amazing items include bags, wallets, bottle water, t-shirts and more.) $15 online pre-event purchase* before Feb 10 midnight $20 online pre-event purchase* before Feb 22 midnight $25 at the door For tickets: http://www.asianinny.com/?p=26601
Purim Day! - The JCC In Manhattan
February 23, 2013 - New York
The JCC In Manhattan Announces: The 2012/2013 Season of R&R @ the JCC – February 23rd – Purim Day! WHO: Current Events Discussion Group: Schmooze on the News & Storytelling with Gia Pace; Hebrew Playgroup; PurimSpiel Shadow Puppet Show; Community Cinema: Norma Rae; Adventure Workshop with Rebeca Diaz; What’s Jewish Got To Do With Purim and Heroes? Lecture - Join Janet R. Kirchheimer, teaching fellow at CLAL to talk about Queen Esther and Mordechai and what Jewish wisdom says about heroes; Stony Brook University Vocalists A Capella Concert: and all the usual weekly R&R activities!!!
WHAT: R&R Saturdays are FREE at the JCC! Make your Shabbat afternoon special and share in our community. Workshops, Art, Yoga, Meditation, Food, Music, Study Sessions, film, creative art projects, Spa Experiences, Indoor & Outdoor play! There are programs for both children and adults. Guaranteed fun for the whole family! All are welcome. WHEN: Saturday February 23, 2013, 2:00pm-5:00pm (until March 23rd) WHERE: The JCC In Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue @ 76th Street, New York, New York 10023 WHY: An amazing weekly opportunity to be together as a family and as a community. R&R is an incredible alternative to the typical New York Saturday and... IT'S ALL FREE! For more information: www.jccmanhattan.org/rr or join our Facebook page for updated information https://www.facebook.com/pages/RR-Shabbat-at-The-JCC-in-Manhattan/193553367387562
Martha Graham Dance Company - Joyce Theater
Through March 03, 2013 - New York
Martha Graham Dance Company presents "Myth and Transformation" -- three compelling programs that explore how artists reinvent iconic stories to make forceful contemporary statements. Performances include a new production of Graham's erotic masterwork Phaedra, paired with The Show (Achilles Heels), a highly provocative interpretation of the Achilles legend created, choreographed, and directed by Richard Move, which was originally commissioned by the White Oak Dance Project. The work features an original score by Arto Lindsay with songs by Deborah Harry and Blondie and includes scenic art by Nicole Eisenman. An all-Graham program showcases three Greek-themed Graham masterworks: Cave of the Heart, The Errand into the Maze Project, and Night Journey. A third program features two premieres: the New York premiere of Doug Varone's Lamentation Variation, a haunting quartet set to Ravel, and the world premiere of From the Grammar of Dreams by Luca Veggetti with music by Kaija Saariaho.