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Things to do this week in NYC Dec 10-Dec 17: Cultural Arts

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.

Merce Cunningham: The Legacy Tour - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through December 10, 2011 -

In contemporary dance, no one has cast a longer shadow than Merce Cunningham, whose seven decades-long career established a bold repertoire as beloved as it was immensely influential. First at BAM in 1954 with Minutiae, and most recently in 2009 with Merce Cunningham at 90, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company returns for its final BAM engagement with The Legacy Tour, four sublime nights of its founder's dance works, presented in celebration of his magnificent achievement. This major retrospective opens with the revival of Roaratorio (1983), the landmark evening-length work by Cunningham and John Cage, inspired by James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. Attuned to Cage's experimental sound collage, Cunningham invokes a vitalized new dance vocabulary with motifs on Irish dance. Program B features the elegiac Second Hand (1970), with music by Cage and costumes by Jasper Johns, paired with BIPED (1999), accompanied by a visual feast of motion-capture technology and digital imagery. The final program includes revivals of RainForest (1968), featuring work by Andy Warhol (set pieces); Pond Way (1998), a sensuous evocation of nature with set design by Roy Lichtenstein and music by Brian Eno; and Split Sides (2003 Next Wave) with original compositions by Radiohead and Sigur Rós. A historic happening, BAM's presentation of The Legacy Tour offers US audiences a final chance to see these large-scale repertory works performed by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company before the group's disbandment at the end of this year. Join us in this celebration of a legendary artist and his astonishing body of work.

Fresh Tracks Artists 2011 - New York Live Arts
Through December 10, 2011 -

The Fresh Tracks Performance and Residency Program, created in 1965 by Dance Theater Workshop, identifies six early career artists to receive comprehensive performance and residency support. The program begins with a showcase performance in the theater followed by a 50-hour creative residency in our studios along with introductory level professional development workshops in marketing, fundraising and career development. Artists also participate in dialogue sessions facilitating open discussion about their creative process and one-on-one consultations, both with Artistic Advisor Levi Gonzalez. Previous Fresh Tracks artists include: Jeff Duncan (1965), Deborah Jowitt (1968), Wendy Perron (1970), Alice Teirstein (1974), Bill T. Jones (1977), Bebe Miller (1978) Elizabeth Streb (1979), Tere O'Connor (1984), Amy Sue Rosen (1986), Ron Brown (1987), Reggie Wilson (1989), RoseAnne Spradlin (1990), Rosane Chamecki (1991), Maura Ngyuen-Donohue (1995), and more recently, Ivy Baldwin (2000), Jen Rosenblit (2009), and Vanessa Anspaugh (2010).

A Prairie Home Companion With Garrison Keillor - The Town Hall
December 10, 2011 -

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.

New York Theatre Ballet's All-New Nutcracker - Florence Gould Hall
December 10, 2011 - Manhattan

New York Theatre Ballet’s (NYTB) 2011-2012 season will debut an all-new production of Keith Michael’s Nutcracker. This holiday classic, set to music by Tchaikovsky, will be in the style of Art Nouveau and features innovative choreography by long-time NYTB choreographer Keith Michael, sets by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith, and costumes by Sylvia Nolan (Resident Costume Designer of the Metropolitan Opera). Other dates: December 9, 10, 11, 17, 18 Florence Gould Hall (55 East 59th Street, New York, NY) To purchase tickets at Florence Gould Hall please visit www.nytb.org or Ticketmaster.com Or call Ticketmaster at 1.800.982.2787

NuDance 2011 - The Riverside Theatre
Through December 10, 2011 - New York

Jennifer Dunning of NY Times calls NuDance "Unusually good". Experience the next generation of pioneering dance artists as NuDance presents new, innovative dance works by Opus Dance Theatre, Dance Iquail!, xodus dance collective, NEVILLE Dance Theatre, Motivating Excellence and Maverick Dance Experience.

Andrea Miller and Gallim Dance - The JCC in Manhattan
December 10, 2011 - New York

Gallim Dance performs two world premieres: Mama Call and Seven Circles. By choreographer Andrea Miller The culminating show of her residency at The JCC in Manhattan. For tickets, visit: jccmanhattan.org/performance.

Martha Clarke - Angel Reapers - Joyce Theater
Through December 11, 2011 -

The always astounding MacArthur Award winner Martha Clarke teams up with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Alfred Uhry to collaborate on an evening-length dance/theater/music piece about forbidden sex and unchanneled lust in New England's 18th century Shaker community. Inspired by the life of Ann Lee, founder of the Shaker movement, the piece envisions the hysteria of human passion gone awry. "Notable for its mesmerizing qualities... Angel Reapers is a beautifully wrought illustration of repression and freedom." Durham News and Observer

Ellen Robbins - Dances by Very Young Choreographers - New York Live Arts
Through December 11, 2011 -

Dances by Very Young Choreographers is a mélange of witty and intriguing original dances created and performed by students of Ellen Robbins, ages 8-18. The dances can be hilarious, dramatic, lyrical, or abstract, but always surprising. This showcase is a not to be missed opportunity to inspire children by exposing them to live performances created and performed by their peers.

New York Theatre Ballet's All-New Nutcracker - Florence Gould Hall
December 11, 2011 - Manhattan

New York Theatre Ballet’s (NYTB) 2011-2012 season will debut an all-new production of Keith Michael’s Nutcracker. This holiday classic, set to music by Tchaikovsky, will be in the style of Art Nouveau and features innovative choreography by long-time NYTB choreographer Keith Michael, sets by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith, and costumes by Sylvia Nolan (Resident Costume Designer of the Metropolitan Opera). Other dates: December 9, 10, 11, 17, 18 Florence Gould Hall (55 East 59th Street, New York, NY) To purchase tickets at Florence Gould Hall please visit www.nytb.org or Ticketmaster.com Or call Ticketmaster at 1.800.982.2787

Highlights from the Nutcracker Ballet in SoHo - Rebecca Kelly Ballet Studio
Through December 11, 2011 - New York

"Highlights from the Nutcracker Ballet" 13th Annual SoHo presentation. Short, Sweet & Sparkling - perfect family fare! Rebecca Kelly Ballet dancers perform excerpts from the classic holiday ballet, including the Sugar Plum Fairy, along with the Snow, Spanish and Chinese divertissements. Each 45-minute program includes a reception with the artists and the famous "Tray of Sweets." Telephone reservations recommended in advance; each presentation is limited to 30 seats (simple bench seating in intimate SoHo studio setting). 4th floor walk up, Leave strollers at home! SUBWAYS: R, F,D, M, V, #6

Andrea Miller and Gallim Dance - The JCC in Manhattan
December 11, 2011 - New York

Gallim Dance performs two world premieres: Mama Call and Seven Circles. By choreographer Andrea Miller The culminating show of her residency at The JCC in Manhattan. For tickets, visit: jccmanhattan.org/performance

Beginner Flamenco Singing Class-Fall Session - Flamenco Latino
Through December 17, 2011 - New York

Flamenco Latino offers a new class in Cante (flamenco singing) for beginners. Most classes will be led by Alfonso Cid with a couple of sessions led by Basilio Georges and Aurora Reyes on the established material. Fall Session runs September 8-December 19, 2011 on Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm at Flamenco Latino Studio 250 W. 54th St., Suite 404 New York, NY 10019 212-399-8519 Cost: Fall term prices: --12 pack paid in advance- $192.00 ($16/class) --12 pack paid in three installments by credit card- $204.00($68/4wk term, $17/class) --4 pack paid in advance-$72.00 ($18/class) --Walk in class- $20.00 (only available until 9/27) In this course, students will learn the basics of flamenco singing, emphasizing diaphragmatic breathing and voice placement or “impostatción.” The class will start building upon basic cante repertoire such as sevillanas, tangos,fandangos and rumbas. The class will also focus on flamenco rhythms and handclapping, flamenco scales and terminology so students can communicate in the traditional lingo with guitarists and flamenco dancers. Lyrics and translations of the “letras” will be provided. The course is taught in English, and no previous knowledge of music or Spanish is required. It is ideal for people who want to deepen their understanding of flamenco music or for flamenco dancers who want to broaden their experience of this art form. Please respond by email or call 212-399-8519 with questions or to reserve.

A Prairie Home Companion With Garrison Keillor - The Town Hall
December 17, 2011 -

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.

New York Theatre Ballet's All-New Nutcracker - Florence Gould Hall
December 17, 2011 - Manhattan

New York Theatre Ballet’s (NYTB) 2011-2012 season will debut an all-new production of Keith Michael’s Nutcracker. This holiday classic, set to music by Tchaikovsky, will be in the style of Art Nouveau and features innovative choreography by long-time NYTB choreographer Keith Michael, sets by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith, and costumes by Sylvia Nolan (Resident Costume Designer of the Metropolitan Opera). Other dates: December 9, 10, 11, 17, 18 Florence Gould Hall (55 East 59th Street, New York, NY) To purchase tickets at Florence Gould Hall please visit www.nytb.org or Ticketmaster.com Or call Ticketmaster at 1.800.982.2787

Ballet Hispanico - Apollo Theater
December 17, 2011 - New York

On this special evening, Ballet Hispanico, the nation's preeminent Latino dance company and "a staple of the American cultural scene" (The Denver Post), graces the stage of the Apollo Theater with a first-time performance featuring the live music of Grammy winners Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. The performance features the world premiere of Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro's first work for Ballet Hispanico, an exuberant homage to salsa legend Celia Cruz entitled Asuka. Two other repertory favorites, Club Havana and Tito on Timbales—featuring songs of Apollo legend Tito Puente, the Buena Vista Social Club and others as performed by the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra—round out an exhilarating presentation of the best of Latino dance and music.

An Afternoon With the Sugar Plum Fairy - City Center Studios
Through December 18, 2011 - New York City

A selection from the family's favorite THE NUTCRACKER performed in the intimacy of our studio, this show is an ideal introduction to ballet as well as the perfect performance for connoisseurs interested in the magic behind the scenes. Take home holiday sweets, an autographed memory pamphlet and pose for a photograph with the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier!

New Dances: Edition 2011 - Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Through December 18, 2011 - New York

Four newly -choreographed works by choreographers Monica Bill Barnes, Alexander Ekman, Alex Ketley, Pam Tanowitz will be premiered by Juilliard Dance in this year’s “New Dances: Edition 2011” under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. Performances, which are FREE and require tickets, take place at 8 PM on Wednesday, December 14 through Saturday, December 17 with a Sunday, December 18 matinee at 3 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. FREE tickets will be available beginning November 30 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard (155 West 65th St.). For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

Flamenco Latino Fall Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 19, 2011 - NY

Flamenco Latino offers a wide variety of classes each week in their midtown studio at 244 W 54th St., 4th fl.! Fall term: September 6- December 19, 2011. Monday: Basic Beginner Flamenco with Aurora Reyes, Mon. 6-7 pm; Advanced Beginner Flamenco with Aurora, Mon. 7-8:30 pm; Group Intermediate Cante Class with Alfonso Cid, Mon. 8:30-9:45 pm. Tuesday: Advanced Beginner Flamenco Incorporating Props (Castanets, Hat, Fan & Shawl) with Aurora, Tues. 6-7:30 pm. Wednesday: Beginner Sevillanas with Aurora, Wed. 6:30-8 pm; Advanced Beginner Flamenco Guitar Group with Basilio Georges, Wed. 8:00-9:30 pm. Thursday: Beginner Cante with Alfonso and Basilio, Thurs. 6:30-7:30 pm; Flamenco Music Ensemble with Basilio, Thurs. 7:30-9:30 pm. Friday: Intermediate Group Guitar with Basilio, Fri. 12:15-1:15 pm. Saturday: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Flamenco with Aurora, Sat. 3:00-4:00 pm; Basic Beginner Flamenco Guitar Group with Basilio, Sat. 4:00-5:00 pm. Fall term prices: --12 pack paid in advance- $192.00 ($16/class); --12 pack paid in three installments by credit card- $204.00($68/4wk term,$17/class); --4 pack paid in advance-$72.00 ($18/class); --Walk in class- $20.00 (only available until 9/27). Email flamlat@verizon.net or Call now with questions or to reserve! 212-399-8519 www.flamencolatino.com

Flamenco Class Incorporating Props - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 19, 2011 - New York

Aurora Reyes, of Flamenco Latino, offers Flamenco Dance Incorporating Props for Adv. Beginners Tuesdays, 6-7:30 PM. Fall term runs September 6- December 19, 2011 at Flamenco Latino Studio, 244 W54 St., 4th fl. (bet. Broadway and 8th Ave.). Technique and choreography for dances that use... -- castanets and Sombrero Cordoves. For example, Tanguillos de Cadiz, and Garrotin (hat only) dances. --Abanico (fan) as in such dances as Guajiras (fan + castanets) and Caracoles (fan only). -- manton (shawl) used in Solea and Seguiriya. We plan to rotate palos. We have extra fans, mantons, hats and castanets at the studio in case you forget yours! Fall term prices: --12 pack paid in advance- $192.00 ($16/class) --12 pack paid in three installments by credit card- $204.00($68/4wk term,$17/class) --4 pack paid in advance-$72.00 ($18/class) --Walk in class- $20.00 (only available until 9/27) Email or Call 212-399-8519 to reserve. www.flamencolatino.com

Yvonne Meier - The Shining - New York Live Arts
Through December 23, 2011 -

The Shining is a thrilling dance-installation set inside the intricate maze of 350 refrigerator boxes. Originally created and performed in 1993 at Performance Space 122, the Bessie Award winning, The Shining puts audience members and performers together in an extraordinarily crafted, anxiety producing, living, breathing and inimitable environment.

MOMIX - Botanica - Joyce Theater
Through December 31, 2011 -

Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is celebrated for conjuring up a world of surrealistic images by using props, light, shadow, humor, and the human body in a startling way. Experience this always enchanting company when it returns to The Joyce for the holiday season with Botanica, a work described by The New York Times as creating "an animated world" that "comes fabulously alive." Featuring music that ranges from Vivaldi to birdsong, Botancia not only follows the rhythms of the New England season, but also the evolution of the world and the passing of a day. Flowers bloom, go to seed and die; vegetable, animal and mineral--all in human form--combine and metamorphose in this magical production.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker - New York City Ballet
Through December 31, 2011 -

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. This is the place to come to learn all there is to know about the history of this much-loved ballet and New York City Ballet's production. It is where you will find the information you need to order tickets for the next season of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker?.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - New York City Center
Through January 01, 2012 -

Don't miss Robert Battle's first season as Artistic Director, filled with a rich array of premieres and new productions. Highlights include Home, a bold new work by hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris, and Ohad Naharin's phenomenally inventive Minus 16. And for the first time, the extraordinary Ailey dancers take on the choreography of Paul Taylor with his romantic masterpiece Arden Court. See these and many returning repertory favorites, including the beloved Revelations - which can be seen at select performances with live music or an expanded cast of 50 dancers.

CSI: The Experience - Discovery Times Square
Through March 04, 2012 - New York

Play the role of a crime scene investigator at CSI: The Experience! As the latest recruit in the world of forensic science, guests are guided by videos featuring CSI: cast members and real-life forensic scientists. Throughout the exhibition you must examine blood types, while matching DNA to potential suspects in order to complete the investigation process and solve the crime. Complete with 3 Crime Scenes, 15 Forensic Lab Stations, and dazzling special effects, this hands-on experience is sure to plunge exhibit goers deep into the science of solving crimes.

Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Biblical Times - Discovery Times Square
Through April 15, 2012 - New York

Take a fascinating archaeological journey through the Holy Land. This rare exhibit features the famed Dead Sea Scrolls, a stone from the Western Wall from the Second Temple in Jerusalem and more than 500 never-before-seen artifacts from biblical times. Experience firsthand the traditions, beliefs and iconic objects of ancient Israel that impact world religions today.

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