Things to do this week in NYC Mar 31-Apr 7: Cultural ArtsMarch 31, 2012 - 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.
MacHomer starring Rick Miller - Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
"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 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
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
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
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
The Williamsburg Spelling Bee - Pete's Candy Store
From "broccoli" to "triskaidekaphobia," come test out your spelling in a bar backroom filled with smart people and beer. Free, open to all (21+). Signup begins at 7pm -- first 18 people get to play. Three-strikes-you're-out policy means more participation for everyone. Hosted by founder bobbyblue and comedian Jen Dziura. Winners get nerdy prizes and qualify for the annual Finals. Monday, April 2nd The Williamsburg Spelling Bee Pete's Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St., Brooklyn (Lorimer St. between Frost and Richardson / L or G train to Lorimer) 7:30pm Free Pete's: 718-302-3770 www.williamsburgspellingbee.com www.petescandystore.com
zoe | juniper - A Crack in Everything - New York Live Arts
An experiment in permeability and containment, aggression and catharsis, A Crack in Everything seeks to expand and examine the liminal space between action-reaction, cause-effect, and before-after. The installation and performance are meditations on moments that divide people's lives into these linear experiences of time and how our memory creates its own separate physical life, space and time.
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor - The Town Hall
Today, A Prairie Home Companion is heard by more than 4 million listeners each week on some 590 public radio stations, and abroad on America One and the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East. Join host Garrison Keillor -- Guy Noir, Dusty and Lefty, and the News from Lake Wobegon -- as PHC returns to The Town Hall stage.
Bigger Than Jesus - Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
This acclaimed production from Montreal explores Christianity in a way that only theater can: creatively, playfully and critically all at once. Creators Rick Miller (performer) and Daniel Brooks (director) respectfully challenge religious tradition using sketches, parodies and theatrical wonder to create this outrageously clever parable for the Internet age. Five countries, four languages and a myriad of awards after its inception in 2003, Bigger Than Jesus has become an international success story. Over the past year, the production has been on tour worldwide in three languages and interest has been shown in countries as diverse as Israel and Iran for future presentations. Bigger Than Jesus is a truly unique theatrical experience that is at times educational, at times enlightening and always entertaining. A WYRD Production with Necessary Angel Theatre Company “…a fast-paced, thought-provoking ride." Variety http://nyuskirball.org//calendar/biggerthanjesus
DanceBrazil - Joyce Theater
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
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.