Things to do this week in NYC Jul 4-Jul 11: MusicJuly 4, 2009 - by CG Directory Editor
Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, or the classics ? New York City venues feature music from all cultures. Whether you're catching an aria at Lincoln Center, or checking out a band at Central Park Summerstage, NYC has a gig you won't want to miss.
Paul Potts - Beacon Theatre
The first winner of "Britain's Got Talent," and YouTube sensation, Paul Potts takes the stage.
Frankie Beverly & Maze - Beacon Theatre
Dubbed the "best kept secret in the industry," Frankie Beverly and Maze have gained world-wide appeal through their unique sound and legendary sold-out live performances. For over 30 years, the group has yielded a string of chart-topping hits including "We Are One," "I Can't Get Over You," "The Morning After," and "Joy and Pain." In 2004, Maze released an 18-track Greatest Hits album featuring some of the most popular and successful songs of the group's remarkable career.
World of Jazz II - Chelsea Art Museum
The talented Pauline Jean will kick off this year's jazz series. Pauline is one of the hottest new stars on the jazz vocal scene and has just released her new album 'A musical offering'. http://www.myspace.com/paulinejean
Midsummer Night Swing - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Midsummer Night Swing, now in its 21st season, heats up Damrosch Park with the rhythms that keep New York dancing. This year brings out the very best of swing, salsa, soul, tango, rockabilly, and much more, showcasing some of the finest musicians and DJs from this country and abroad. For dance fanatics, enthusiastic beginners, and everyone in between, Midsummer Night Swing is the city's hot spot for three weeks in July. Visit website for scheduled performers.
Lincoln Center Festival - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Surround yourself with stunning theater, music, and dance at Lincoln Center Festival 2009. For three exciting weeks in July, artists from around the world share their stories on the human experience, ranging from tragic to enraged, from poignant to hopeful and joyful. This year's world-class theater features the return of visionary director Ariane Mnouchkine and her acting collective Le Théâtre du Soleil, who examine the threads that connect people universally in Les Éphémères. Piccolo Teatro di Milano and Teatri Uniti di Napoli perform Trilogia della villeggiatura, an uproarious satire on the Italian middle class starring and directed by Toni Servillo. Eclectic musical offerings come from this country and abroad. A New Orleans-style party heats up with A Tribute to Wardell Quezergue, joyfully celebrating the "Creole Beethoven" and the unsung heroes of American music. Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara flaunt their mastery of percussive Afro-Blues on a program with rising Malian star Issa Bagayogo. Two leading Berber singer-songwriters make U.S. debuts, Idir and the "Queen of Chaabi" Najat Aatabou, and Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa perform innovative works for two pianos. Internationally acclaimed dance companies bring their signature styles to this year's Festival. Emanuel Gat Dance investigates the relationship between movement and sound in the North American premiere of Silent Ballet on a program with Winter Variations, and Shen Wei Dance Arts explores the iconic choreographer's journey from China to America and back in the New York premiere of Re- (I, II, III). Two acclaimed theater companies arrive at the Festival from Russia with deeply moving works: the Chekhov International Theatre Festival presents Boris Godunov, an expose of corrupt Tsarist Russia, and the St. Petersburg-based Maly Drama Theatre follows a physicist with a moral dilemma in Life and Fate. Also hailing from Eastern Europe, Budapest's Katona Jozsef Theatre performs Ivanov, based on one of Chekhov's most compelling characters; Polish ensemble Narodowy Stary Teatr delves into the mind of an obsessed scientist in Kalkwerk; and Hungary's Bela Pinter and Company perform Peasant Opera, a hilarious dark musical comedy. Visit website for details.
Stars of Tomorrow - Hudson River Park
Enjoy music from Bach to Bebop as students from both the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and Mannes College The New School for Music perform. Tuesdays, June 2nd – August 18th
Sunset on the Hudson - Hudson River Park
Enjoy the gorgeous sunset and mellow sounds of New York's acclaimed Guitar Man David Ippolito while relaxing on this spectacular grass covered pier that stretches 900 feet into the majestic Hudson River. Fridays, June 5th – August 21st
The Collage Aesthetic of Louis Armstrong: 'In the Cause of Happiness' - Jazz at Lincoln Center
This exhibition features large-scale images of collages created by Armstrong from clips of photographs, news stories, postcards, letters, telegrams and other materials that Armstrong artfully affixed to the boxes of his vast private collection of audio tapes. Tues.-Sun., 10am-4pm & 6-11pm; Mon., 6-11pm. Free.
Reconfiguring the Body in American Art, 1820–2009 - National Academy of Design Museum and School of Fine Arts
An exhibition that examines the critical role the human figure has played in the Nation's art for the past 189 years. Transcending chronological, stylistic, and generational boundaries the exhibition will present 160 works drawn from the National Academy's important and wide ranging collection of American art, as well as an intriguing selection of works by contemporary artists who are carrying on the figurative tradition in new and adventurous ways.