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Things to do this week in NYC Dec 31-Jan 7: Cultural Arts

December 31, 2011 - 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.

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.

FOCUS DANCE - Joyce Theater
Through January 08, 2012 -

FOCUS Dance, an exciting week-long celebration showcasing eight dance companies, is a new initiative aimed at promoting American dance to the national and international community. The Joyce partners with Gotham Arts Exchange and the Dance/USA Agents Council for this exciting project that will feature some of the most riveting companies in America today.

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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