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Things to do this week in NYC Dec 22-Dec 29: Cultural Arts

December 22, 2012 - by CG Directory Editor

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.

The Snow Maiden - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
December 22, 2012 - Midwood

Enjoy this magical Christmas tale in which a worthy young girl is transformed by Grandfather Frost (the Russian Santa Claus) into the beautiful Snow Maiden. Traditional Russian songs, dances and elaborate costumes create a winter wonderland in this delightful children's extravaganza. Performed in Russian with English subtitles. Recommended for ages six and up. Tickets: $35-$50. 6pm.

A Prairie Home Companion With Garrison Keillor - The Town Hall
December 22, 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.

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.

The Barber of Seville - Metropolitan Opera
Through January 05, 2013 - New York

The Metropolitan Opera's special holiday presentation this year is Bartlett Sher's abridged, English version of Rossini's comic masterpiece. A perfect way to introduce kids and others to the magic of the opera, featuring slapstick comedy and pure romance. The charming and irresistible cast of young stars includes Isabel Leonard as the lovely Rosina, Alek Shrader as the Count who woos her, and Rodion Pogossov as the conspiring barber. Performances on 12/18, 22, 26, 27, 29, 1/3 & 5.

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.

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