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March 24, 2012 - by CG Directory Editor

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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 Double Life of Zhane Rain (STAGED READING) - Pearl Studios
March 24, 2012 - New York

THE DOUBLE LIFE OF ZHANE RAIN Feature Film Staged Reading and Fundraiser

A development of a new feature film by Ann Marie "Jade" Bryan

SYNOPSIS THE DOUBLE LIFE OF ZHANE RAIN is a provocative dramatic film with a mysterious, dark and surreal twist. It's about an 18-year-old, African-American high school senior with three generations of both hearing and Deaf family members that have an impact on her upbringing. It tells a story about a lost girl trying to find herself in a self-respecting Deaf family and overcoming an unusual phobia as a result of a very dark secret, which takes a toll on her mental health, spirituality and emotional well-being. Slated for filming in New York in 2013.

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble - Joyce Theater
Through March 25, 2012 -

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble takes the stage with a mesmerizing new work choreographed by Artistic Director Surupa Sen. Devoted to popularizing Odissi, an ancient Indian sacred ritual that celebrates the beauty of curved body lines, the company joins forces with Srilanka's Chitrasena Dance Company to explore the meeting point between the sensuality of Odissi and the masculine dynamism of Chitrasena's Kandyan dance, a shamanic ritual undertaken to purify and invoke divine energy.

The Neverending Story - Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Through March 25, 2012 - New York

Enter the world of a young boy’s imagination filled with loveable characters, dark villains and unlikely heroes. For anyone who’s ever made a wish, believed in a fantasy or had a dream, journey with us on an epic adventure where a vivid reality and fantasy collide. The Neverending Story, based on the classic German novel and popularized by the iconic film, tells the story of a shy boy named Bastian who is tormented by school bullies and finds solace in a mysterious book. The book’s captivating tale tells of the fictional and far away land Fantastica which is in grave danger from The Nothing. Follow Bastian, the warrior boy Atreyu and the happy Luck Dragon Falkor as they travel through the Swamp of Sadness, the cave of a giant spider and the maze of the Southern Oracle to reach the the Childlike Empress. http://nyuskirball.org//calendar/neverendingstory

MacHomer starring Rick Miller - Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Through March 31, 2012 - New York

"Is this a dagger which I see before me? Or a pizza? Mmm, pizza…" ponders Homer Simpson aloud in the international mega-hit that is MacHomer. The side-splitting one-man show transplants Shakespeare to Springfield, home of America’s favorite dysfunctional family. Bridging the gap between cartoon fun and theatrical greatness, actor Rick Miller manages to turn Macbeth into a hilarious romp with more than 50 characters from the legendary animated show in a hilarious series of impersonations. True Shakespeareans will marvel at the way humor is highlighted throughout the original script which remains about 85% Shakespeare. And those who come more for the laughs are sure to see Shakespeare in a whole new light. Rick Miller has hosted ABC’s Just For Laughs and been named one of the Most Creative People Alive by Entertainment Weekly. http://nyuskirball.org//calendar/machomer Recommended for ages 8 and up. Performance Length: 80 minutes without intermission

The JCC In Manhattan Announces: The 2011/2012 Season of R&R @ the JCC March 31st Environmentalism Day - The JCC In Manhattan
March 31, 2012 - New York

The JCC In Manhattan Announces: The 2011/2012 Season of R&R @ the JCC – MARCH 31st Environmental Day

WHO: Green Spa with Sheila K. Lewis, Bible Players Environmental Show, What's Jewish Got To Do With the Environment?, Children’s Art Project - Celebrate the Environment: Sponge Flowers & Birds Nest Collage, Be a Green Super Hero: Environmental Games for Children, Improv for All Ages with Rebeca Diaz, A Capella Concert: The Radcliffe Pitchesand 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 March 31, 2012, 2:00pm-5:00pm (until March 31st) 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

CSI: The Experience - Discovery Times Square
Through April 01, 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.

David Neumann - Restless Eye - New York Live Arts
Through April 01, 2012 -

David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group's inclusive embrace of disciplines springs from an interest in the mind as a complex phenomenological experience, articulated on our declining bodies. In Restless Eye, Advanced Beginner Group explores the realm between thought and behavior, between describing life and experiencing it. Through a collision of digital technology and a deeply physical vocabulary, Restless Eye will bring together the madness of everyday events with the vast patterns that shape our inexplicable lives. Ultimately, it's how we bring our attention to what's in front of us that allows art to transform us as creators and observers.

Juilliard Dance Repertory features works by Jose Limon, Nacho Duato and Ohad Naharin - Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Through April 01, 2012 - New York

Juilliard dancers perform

The Waldstein Sonata by Jose Limon Gnawa by Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato BELLUS, PARK and DANZ by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin

Performances take place on Wednesday, March 28 Thursday, March 29 Friday, March 30 Saturday, March 31 at 8 PM Sunday, April 1 at 3 PM

Tickets at $30 will be available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer box Office at Juilliard beginning February 22 by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or online at www.juilliard.edu

For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu

DanceBrazil - Joyce Theater
Through April 08, 2012 -

Applauded for its "high-octane, high-flying" (The New York Times) fusion of African dance forms, modern dance and capoeira, the company performs Dance like a Fight - Fight like a Dance, a sensuous, fast-paced new work by Artistic Director Jelon Vieira that draws upon the ongoing dialogue of a capoeira roda, (the circle where capoeira lives). Also on the program—the revival of last season's hit Batuke, a hard-driving piece exploding with the rhythms created by smooth samba steps, capoeira lethal kicks, and the stick dance Maculelé.

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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