Things to do this week in NYC Jul 20-Jul 27: Cultural ArtsJuly 20, 2013 - 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.
2013 Bronx LGBTQ Pride & Health Festival - The Bronx
The festival will be co-hosted by Appolonia Cruz and Tyra A. Ross, with DJ Eddie Cruz serving up the tunes. Over 15 organizations will be participating in our pride and health fair. Over 30 LGBTQ entertainers will be there including our headliner Adam Barta billboard top 20 recording artist, Bronx native and resident. Guest speakers will inform, educate, rally, and opine of course. The usual host of supportive politicians will be on hand.
An Evening with a Himalayan Kundalini Kriya Master Yogiraj Siddhanath - The event will include public darshan, introduction to Kriya Yoga Meditation. Join Yogiraj as he takes you to the 5th Dimension and imparts to you an actual experince of the blissful tranquility and crystal clarity of enlightened thoughtless Awareness. Yogiraj also transmits evolutionary healing energy to all attendees.
In this Kriya Yoga workshop, Yogiraj teaches the ancient Himalayan knowledge for self-mastery called Babaji's Kundalini Kriya Yoga. By focusing your mind, breath, and prana, you tune your nervous system and purify your meridians from toxic thoughts, chemicals, and energy vibrations. You are left with crystal clear pure Awareness. This very simple, daily practice can be done by anyone and is the most potent method to completely dissolve the mental shackles of your negative thoughts and bad habits. For the dedicated practitioner, Kundalini Kriya Yoga converts the material atoms of the body into divine light and love. Yogiraj will also provide an opportunity to seek guidance on your own inner spiritual journey, as well as answer any questions on the deeper meanings of Yoga and meditation. Healing transmissions, Q&A and Satsang will follow the Kriya Yoga initiation.
Red Hot + FELA LIVE! - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Fela Kuti lives on, raised from musician's musician to legend by recent reissues of the Nigerian firebrand's back catalogue, and by Fela!, the Broadway hit dedicated to his tumultuous life. Red Hot + Fela takes this tribute a powerful step further, enlisting Afrobeat icons (master Fela drummer Tony Allen), mirthful indie voices (the cinematic dance rock of Superhuman Happiness, which unites members of Antibalas, TV on the Radio, tUnE-yArDs, and Iron + Wine), and the next generation of Afro-futurist innovators (Congolese rumba-rap sensation Baloji, Sudanese From Montreal collaborator Sinkane), for a show that bursts with Fela's defiant spirit and groove-heavy fire. One of the many highlights: the world performance premiere of "How to Survive a Plague," composed by Luke O'Malley and Stuart Bogie (Antibalas), played for the first time live by Superhuman Happiness and Kronos Quartet.
Mark Dendy Dance & Theater Projects: Ritual Cyclical - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Lincoln Center's Hearst Plaza will be bursting with elegant movement thanks to eighty dancers led by Mark Dendy, whose choreography credits include everything from Mozart operas to Rockettes extravaganzas. Drawing on the ritual movements shaped by public spaces, Ritual Cyclical will make full use of Lincoln Center's architecture, including its fountain and grove. Dancers will present short, repeating loops to the music of Kronos Quartet, allowing viewers to move around and through them, and direct their own experience.
Art song gets earthy and edgy, thanks to three distinctive women's voices. Fronted by Shara Worton, whose velvety, delicate voice floats with equal beauty over chamber music-informed arrangements or alt-rock experiments, My Brightest Diamond will show their sonically innovative rock side. Emily Wells, a classically trained violinist, has a broad musical palette that embraces hip hop, gospel, symphonic flights of fancy, and quirky layered pop. Building tracks live via loops, the multi-instrumentalist creates atmospheric, infectious songs with melodica and strings, beats and voice. The night concludes with the US premiere of Chernobyl.The Harvest, performed by Kronos Quartet and special guest Mariana Sadovska. With a voice that ranges from ethereal to earth-shaking, the Ukraine-born singer finds fresh iterations of age-old Slavic melodies and aching traditional songs, accompanying herself on harmonium.
With women warriors, thwarted lovers, mistaken identities, and wry banter, this engaging rendition of the classic Chinese opera The Romance of the Iron Bow bursts with cheeky humor, riveting movement, and stunning costumes. The company's five actors and ten musicians reveal the full pleasures of Chinese opera, with its fascinating vocal style and sprightly percussion.
Magda Giannikou - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
The barrel organ or laterna, a cranked, portable answer to the player piano, once tinkled and buzzed on many Greek streetcorners. Now the laterna is landing for the first time in the US, brought by Greek-American singer and songwriter Magda Giannikou. Popular Greek songs and vintage dance ditties will roll out of this traditionally open-air instrument, giving listeners a chance to hear this music the way it was heard for more than a century.
Kronos Quartet brings its globally-informed repertoire to the fore in this evening of contemporary explorations of age-old sounds and instruments. The night's pieces will include the world premiere of the quartet's collaboration with Madga Giannikou (on laterna), "Strope in Antistrophe," which reimagines the ancient call-and-response of Greek choruses to portray the counterpoint and blending of two radically different sonic propositions. Kronos will also join forces with Vietnamese multi-instrumentalist Van-Anh Vo, for the East Coast premiere of their collaborative work. Vo's mastery of her homeland's striking zithers, dulcimers, and percussion allows her to bring out remarkably contemporary elements, the perfect foil for Kronos' rich, versatile sound. The Gloaming unites beloved icons of traditional Irish music (Dennis Cahill, Martin Hayes, pure-voiced Gaelic singer Iarla O'Lionaird) and young innovative voices (fiddler/Hardanger fiddler Caoimhin O Raghallaigh; pianist Thomas "Doveman" Barlett, whose other collaborations include David Byrne, The National, and Antony & the Johnsons). Keeping the melodic grounding, stately flourishes, and pulse of Irish music, this Irish roots supergroup finds unexpected twists and turns in this beloved tradition.
Mandolin player, violinist, and trumpet ace Elena Moon Park long dreamed of giving young audiences a serious taste of Asian folk songs, as she played with other kid-friendly bands. Mixing Asian languages with English, Asian with Western instrumentation, Park and friends do just that, with Japanese sea shanties and Tibetan jump-rope rhymes, Korean harvest sing-a-longs and Taiwanese train songs. They may be in middle school, but the Pannonia Quartet has dived into contemporary classical music with a power and sensitivity that shows what heights young artists can reach. Born out of the Kaufman Center's Face the Music program, the quartet will perform a rigorous set of contemporary pieces, including Steve Reich's "Different Trains." Everyone needs a drumpet. Educator and musician Craig Woodson will show young musicians how to create their own, along with other DIY instruments and sound-makers, at his workshop designed for kids. Then take your creation and join Kronos and the Pannonia Quartet for a play-along concert. Rendering the most intense contemporary pieces with grace, and alt-rock-guided works with great beauty, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus regularly commissions challenging vocal pieces and collaborates with classical and pop music icons.
LA's progressive, Latin-fusion heavyweights have a kid-friendly side. OzoKidz takes the infectious grooves of samba and Jamaican dancehall, salsa and hip hop, and brings them to the younger set. A trailblazer in smart music for families, Dan Zanes is known to rock out to bumping tubas or get musical saws singing, rethinking folk chestnuts and crafting catchy originals. In a fun program, he will explore his lifelong fascination with blues legend Lead Belly.
Ozomatli - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Deeply influential SoCal culture mashers, Ozomatli are often credited with launching the alt.Latin music movement. They will retake the stage for a full-on set of hip hop and rock, funk and salsa. With an activist spirit to match their hard-hitting grooves, the seven-piece, multi-Grammy-winning band captures the sound of a windows-down drive down sonically diverse Sunset Boulevard.
Golden Dragon Acrobats - Queens Theatre
Featuring daring feats of balance, spine-tingling contortionists and towers of jugglers, these renowned Chinese acrobats will dazzle audiences of all ages in this return engagement. Recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premier Chinese acrobatic touring company, The Golden Dragon Acrobats are unparalleled in the art form. Impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.
SpaceFest - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Intrepid celebrates all thing Space during our 2nd annual SpaceFest. Cool displays and demonstrations, astronaut appearances, and a free movie night on the flight deck.
Found Sound Nation - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Stop by and lay down a track with Found Sound Nation, the education and outreach wing of preeminent New Music experimenters Bang on a Can. Encouraging trained musicians, enthusiastic participants, and unsuspecting passersby to create on the fly, this mobile production team turns spontaneous sonic expressions into catchy tracks for later download. Listen closely later in the summer, and you may even catch these crowd-crafted pieces during Out of Doors intermissions.
Lincoln Center Out of Doors - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
This NYC summer favorite offers more than 100 free performances across the plazas of Lincoln Center. Twenty-one premieres and debuts highlight this latest edition of one of the country's longest-running, free, summer outdoor festivals. KRONOS at 40, a "festival within a festival" curated in collaboration with Kronos Quartet to mark its 40th anniversary, unfolds during the first five days of the festival.
Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasure - Discovery Times Square
SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure will capture your imagination and take you on an incredible journey through thousands of years of maritime history. Experience hurricane-force winds, pick up treasure with a robotic arm, and explore the mysteries of the deep. This exhibit features over 500 authentic artifacts, including gold and silver treasures, as well as the incredible science and technology used to work thousands of feet below the ocean's surface.
The Art of the Brick - Discovery Times Square
This exhibition by artist Nathan Sawaya is a critically acclaimed collection of intriguing and inspiring works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world: LEGO bricks. This is the world's biggest and most elaborate display of LEGO art ever and features brand-new, never-before-seen pieces by Sawaya.
Body Worlds: Pulse - Discovery Times Square
The newest in the renowned BODY WORLDS series, which has presented the human body in groundbreaking ways for discovery to more than 36 million people around the world.