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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.

Smuin Ballet - Joyce Theater
Through August 18, 2012 -

"One of the country's most entertaining, original ballet troupes," (Dance Magazine), San Francisco's Smuin Ballet returns to The Joyce with its signature bold, sexy, and innovative dance. The program includes founder Michael Smuin's Medea, a powerfully hypnotic work created during his tenure as artistic director of San Francisco Ballet; Oh, Inverted World, a piece by Trey McIntryre set to music by indie-rock band The Shins; and Soon These Two Worlds, an effervescent ballet by Choreographer in Residence Amy Seiwert and set to pulsating music from the Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet's Pieces of Africa.

Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada's Impossible Conversations at Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 19, 2012 -

The spring 2012 exhibition organized by The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art is Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. The exhibition, on view from May 10 through August 19, 2012 (preceded on May 7 by The Costume Institute Gala Benefit), explores the striking affinities between these two Italian designers from different eras. Inspired by Miguel Covarrubias's satirical "Impossible Interviews" for Vanity Fair in the 1930s, curators Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton orchestrate conversations between these iconic women to suggest new readings of the designers' most innovative work. In the galleries, iconic ensembles by Schiaparelli and Prada are presented alongside short videos of simulated conversations between the two designers directed by Luhrmann, focusing on how the women explore similar themes in their work through very different approaches.

"Juxtaposing the work of Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada allows us to explore how the past enlightens the present and how the present enlivens the past," said Koda.

"The connection of the historic to the modern highlights the affinities as well as the variances between two women who constantly subverted contemporary notions of taste, beauty, and glamour," added Bolton

The Met's website includes special, in-depth features on the exhibition:

Follow us on and to join the conversation about the exhibition and gala benefit. Use #ImpossibleConversations and #MetGala on Twitter.

IDLE WARSHIP ft. TALIB KWELI & RES - Highline Ballroom
August 20, 2012 -

A collaboration between longtime friends and collaborators, hip-hop luminary Talib Kweli and critically acclaimed soulful singer and songwriter Res, Idle Warship was born out of sheer experimentation in the studio.

August 21, 2012 - NY

Run the Night is NYC's most explosive dance competition. Join big industry judges and a live audience to decide who wins Run the Night. Featuring hip-hop, jazz, tap dance, contemporary, stepping, and more, Run the Night is sure to be a joyous experience with innovative acts, popular music, and loads of dance.

Moscow 57 Under the Tracks - Urban Garden Center
August 22, 2012 - New York

Strictly Tango NYC is back again - performing and teaching! Jack Hanley with his partner Nan Kim - "The Young Soul of Tango"

Guest Chef Gary Granata from New Orleans Visual Arts Celebration Curated by Leah McCloskey Guest Artist to be announced. Ellen Kaye performing & hosting with the M57 Band M57 Band: Ethan Fein & Benjamin Franklin Brown

On August 15th and 22nd, Gary Granata (aka ChefG), will be cooking along side M57 Chef Seth Goldman. Gary brings his delicious and informative Dirt to Dinner program under the tracks. Gary’s Culinary Chaos approach to food combines his southern roots, 25+ years as a nutrition & exercise scientist and passion for all things New Orleans, his home for the past 13 years.

Gary's cooking layers simple preparations of food that is grown locally, seasonally and sustainably, either in the NY area or whatever he is able to stuff in his suitcase from local growers in New Orleans ... don’t be surprised if some wild-caught Louisiana alligator sausage finds its way onto the menu. Gary will also talk about how eating locally promotes personal health and wellness, supports local economies, empowers communities and saves both time and money. Most importantly, eating fresh and local food tastes better than stuff produced on an assembly line.

Gary is a New Orleans-Based Nutrition and Exercise Scientist, Cook, Gardener, Teacher, Writer & Occasional Drummer. Gary is presently the mentor farmer at the Hollygrove Market and Farm in New Orleans. Gary is also spearheading efforts to establish the New Orleans chapter of Slow Food in partnership with the New Orleans Musicians Health Clinic. Additionally, he plans to attend the International Slow Food Conference, Terra Madre, in Torino Italy this October.

Gary lives by the Nawlins motto Eat, Give Thanks & Dance ... so don’t be surprised if he 2nd lines by your table.

Visual Arts Celebration Curated by Leah McCloskey! August Artists in Residence: Philippe Bocquet Anne Delaney Evgenia Fisher Leah McCloskey June Artist in Residence: Dan Root July Artist in Residence: Rina Root

Forces of Nature Dance Theater in Concert: SUMMER MOVES - Theatre of the Riverside Church
Through August 24, 2012 - New York

One of Harlem’s own, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, under the direction of co-founder and Executive Artistic Director Abdel Saalam, opens at Theatre of Riverside Church Aug. 23-24 with Saalam’s brand of neo-African dance and a program of repertory works as well as two works in progress.

General Admission: $30 Special VIP: $100 includes Reception, Gift Bag and Priority Seating Box Office: 212.870.6784

OUTDOOR SCREENING: The Enchanted Island - Metropolitan Opera
August 25, 2012 - New York

Part of the Met's fourth annual Summer HD Festival, this world-premiere Baroque fantasy combines music by Handel, Vivaldi, and Rameau with a new libretto inspired by Shakespeare. Conducted by William Christie, directed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch, and starring Danielle de Niese, Lisette Oropesa, Joyce DiDonato, David Daniels, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Placido Domingo, and Luca Pisaroni. Running time approximately three hours.


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