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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.

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.

The Ethical Slut Salon - THE OUT NYC
January 07, 2013 - New York

Join psychotherapist and Ethical Slut columnist Robert Levithan at his monthly, interactive live format talk show featuring guest panelist Audrey Ference who writes ‘Sex with the Natural Redhead’ for L Magazine in The Study at THE OUT NYC located at 510 West 42nd Street (42nd Street between 10th and 11th Aves, Manhattan) on Monday, January 7 at 7:30 P.M.

The forum is designed for the gay and gay-friendly crowd and invites the audience to ask tough questions and engage in frank and sometimes controversial dialogues on sex, sexuality and relationships as viewed from a very sex-positive and ethically rigorous perspective.

This event is free and open to the public.

The JCC In Manhattan Announces: The 2012/2013 Season of R&R @ the JCC – January 12th – Language & Learning Day! - The JCC In Manhattan
January 12, 2013 - New York

The JCC In Manhattan Announces: The 2012/2013 Season of R&R @ the JCC – January 12th – Language & Learning Day!

WHO: Land Spa Experience: Traditional Ashtanga Yoga, Community Cinema: The Miracle Worker, Adventure Workshop with Randy Kiersnowski; Current Events Discussion Group: Schmooze on the News with Gia Pace, Oran Etkin Timabalooloo Concert & Workshop for Families, What’s Jewish got to do with Learning & Language, SMASH TYPE: A Living Typewriter for All Ages, Join artist Ben Weber to become your favorite letter (English & Hebrew!), number, or punctuation mark and create collaborative messages with big, handmade stamps, Yale University’s Magevet A Capella Concert and much, much more!

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 January 12, 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

Focus Dance - The Joyce Theater
Through January 13, 2013 - New York

An exciting week-long celebration, now in its second season, FOCUS Dance is a partnership between Gotham Arts Exchange and The Joyce Theater that promotes American dance to the national and international community. This year's curator, Jodee Nimerichter of the American Dance Festival has assembled four programs featuring some of the most captivating companies performing today. Company website: http://www.focusdance.us/ performance schedule Tue 7:30pm & Sun 2pm Jodi Melnick / Stephen Petronio Company Wed & Sun 7:30pm Camille A. Brown & Dancers / Brian Brooks Moving Company Thu & Sat 8pm Rosie Hererra Dance Theater / Doug Varone & Dancers Fri 8pm & Sat 2pm Eiko & Koma / John Jasperse ticket price Tickets start at $10! (Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)

DANCE GOTHAM - Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Through January 13, 2013 - New York

Gotham Arts Exchange presents DANCE GOTHAM January 11-13, 2013

Gotham Arts Exchange presents the seventh annual presentation of FOCUS 2013: DANCE GOTHAM from January 11-13, 2012 at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South), NYC. Tickets are $18 ($15 for NYU faculty, staff and alumni) and are available by phone at 212-352-3101 or 866-811-4111 or online at nyuskirball.org.

DANCE GOTHAM expands to three full programs at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts this year, and continues to present a thrilling range of aesthetics and artistry. From post-modern athleticism to seasoned theatricality, these programs, curated by Martin Wechsler, offer choreographic works that are sophisticated, witty, wonderfully intelligent and revealing.

Friday, January 11 at 8pm Keigwin + Company Kate Weare Company Monica Bill Barnes & Company Pam Tanowitz Dance Ballet Memphis

Saturday, January 12 at 8pm Armitage Gone! Dance Parsons Dance Complexions Contemporary Ballet Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Sunday, January 13 at 7pm Aszure Barton & Artists MOMIX Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Lucky Plush Productions BODYTRAFFIC

DANCE GOTHAM is a part of FOCUS 2013, the National Platform to promote American dance both abroad and nationally. The week-long platform presents performances of U.S.-based dance companies during the annual Arts Presenters Conference in New York City, and one of the largest gatherings of artists, dancers and dance professionals in the U.S. During the second week in January, four venues partner with Gotham Arts Exchange to present the artistic visions of five curators gathered to shape this year’s edition:

FOCUS 2013 www.focusdance.us

FOCAL POINT - The Ailey Citigroup Theater
Through January 13, 2013 - New York

Gotham Arts Exchange presents the Inaugural FOCAL POINT January 11-13, 2013 at The Ailey Citigroup Theater

FOCUS 2013, a celebration of U.S.-based dance presented by Gotham Arts Exchange, introduces a new program and stage to its annual platform, FOCUS 2013: FOCAL POINT, comprised of three programs each curated by a different dance artist. FOCAL POINT will be presented on Friday, January 11 at 8pm; Saturday, January 12 at 4pm; and Sunday, January 13 at 4pm at The Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 W. 55th Street, NYC. Tickets are $15 and are available by phone at 212-279-4200 or online at www.ticketcentral.com.

The goal of FOCAL POINT programming is to provide three dance programs that bring focus to areas in dance that warrant attention. The artists who curate FOCAL POINT decide what is missing from the other FOCUS 2013 programs, and use the FOCAL POINT to complete the overall picture. This year’s programs will be curated by David Parker, Robert Moses and Trajal Harrell.

Friday, January 11 at 8pm Darrah Carr Dance Dorrance Dance / New York Nicole Young David Parker/The Bang Group

Saturday, January 12 at 4pm Gallim Dance Trajal Harrell

Sunday, January 13 at 4pm Keith Johnson/Dancers Northwest Dance Project Robert Moses Kin

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players - New York City Center
Through January 20, 2013 -

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (Artistic Director Albert Bergeret), America's preeminent professional G&S repertory company, launches its G&S Fest 2013 on January 4. The season features three iconic classic productions: The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore and The Yeomen of the Guard. Having presented over 2,600 performances throughout the United States, Canada, and England and incorporating a 25-piece orchestra, NYGASP features contemporary energy while retaining a traditional respect for each of the G&S masterpieces.

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.

“Midnight Moment” Featuring “Stasis”, a celestial inspired piece by artists Taxiplasm & Jonathan Henry. - Digital signs in Times Square
Through January 31, 2013 - New York

This January, supernovas, cosmic collisions and stellar patterns will collide on the billboards in Times Square, turning the “Crossroads of the World” into the “Crossroads of the Universe.” The “Midnight Moment,” presented by the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts, launches its 2013 season with Stasis, a celestial inspired piece by artists Taxiplasm & Jonathan Henry. The synchronized art program will be shown on over fifteen of the largest digital screens in Times Square every night at 11:57 pm – midnight, as part of the largest coordinated effort in history by sign operators in Times Square to display daily, synchronized creative content.

Tourists and metro area residents have been raving about the late night free attraction and digital gallery that is bringing creativity, energy and cutting-edge graphics, and digital art to the Crossroads of the World. The “Midnight Moment” is the largest coordinated effort in history by the sign operators in Times Square to display synchronized, cutting-edge creative content on billboards throughout Times Square every night. The program, formerly known as Times Square Moment: A Digital Gallery, premiered in May 2012 and is organized and supported by the Times Square Advertising Coalition in partnership with Times Square Arts, the public art program for the Times Square Alliance, with additional partners of participating sign holders and artists.

Each night, Times Square becomes a digital art gallery through dazzling visuals on select billboards. Every show begins at 11:57pm with a "countdown" that signals the start of the 3 minute nightly presentation. Content changes monthly; selected works are announced in the weeks preceding the start of a new show as are the exact signs participating in that month's selection.

For more information: “Times Square Moment: A Digital Gallery”: www.TimesSquareNYC.org/arts TSAC: http://www.timessquareadcoalition.org/

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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