Things to do this week in NYC Jul 6-Jul 13: Cultural ArtsJuly 6, 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.
La Sonora Carruseles - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Hailing from Medellin's thriving scene, La Sonora Carruseles plays salsa with a distinctly Afro-Colombian flair. While paying tribute to the salsa brava of yesteryear, the band has developed its own take, with punchy horns, cool choruses, and layers of percussion that often flirt with boogaloo and cumbia. The band will be joined by powerhouse vocalist Elaine Hernandez.
Saxophonist, singer, and bandleader Ray Gelato has been instrumental in the swing revival in the UK, taking cues from legendary entertainers like Louis Prima. Grabbing the best of jump blues and the Italian songbook, Gelato and his band have returned long-lost favorites by Paulo Conte, Fred Buscaglione, and Renato Carasone to their rightful place: lighting up the dancefloor with mambo italiano. Backing Gelato on this special evening is Philly's swingin' big band extraordinaire, the City Rhythm Orchestra.
With a deep knowledge of Afro-Latin rhythm and percussion, Grammy-winning pianist Arturo O'Farrill and his big band elevate Latin jazz standards to new heights. Tonight honors the Palladium's Big 3, featuring the mambos of Tito Puente, Machito, and Tito Rodriguez, with some salsa dura surprises thrown in for good measure. The ensemble, joined by special guest timbalero Tito Rodriguez, Jr. and vocalist Sammy Gonzalez, Jr., makes even the most dizzyingly complex pieces feel effortless and joyful, and the best dance tunes feel wonderfully artful.
Feel love, as the Losers Lounge takes on disco and the hot stuff of Donna Summer and other mirror-ball era divas. Powered by ace session keyboardist Joe McGinty and his crack team of pop tributeers, Losers Lounge will hustle and boogie through the best of the '70s club scene. The Last Dance will happen with headphones on, as the Freedom Dance Party DJs spin during an after-hours silent disco.
Torchbearers for four decades, Tipica 73 operates where New York salsa meets Cuban charanga, a dance style that goes back to the island's social dances of the 1890s. Reassembling many of its veteran members, including Johnny "Dandy" Rodriguez, Sonny Bravo, Adalberto Santiago, Orestes Vilato and Nelson Gonzalez, alongside the new generation, these New York legends will switch from a horn-powered salsa conjunto to the violin and flute driven charanga set.
Midsummer Night Swing - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Lincoln Center's 25th anniversary edition of Midsummer Night Swing takes place every Tuesday through Saturday, with 16 dazzling nights of dancing that take place at the band shell in Damrosch Park, on West 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.
Kids Dance! - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Kids get to take a spin on the dance floor when Dancing Classrooms' Rodney Lopez, seen in the documentary Mad Hot Ballroom, gives aspiring young dancers an engaging intro to ballroom dance. In just an hour and a half, dancers ages 6-10 will learn the basics of swing, merengue, tango, and a touch of Lopez's passion, salsa.
The traditional Midsummer Night Swing finale, these guardians of Harlem's musical traditions, HRO turns to the music of Basie, Ellington, Lionel Hampton, and of course Illinois Jacquet. The evening's festivities include the awarding of the Ambassador Prize, an honor bearing the nickname Frankie Manning, one of lindy hop's best dancers and master teachers.
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.