Things to do this week in NYC Nov 17-Nov 24: Cultural ArtsNovember 17, 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.
MAXIM GORKY DRAMA STATE THEATER - BMCC TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
The Internationally acclaimed, thrilling State Theater of Vladivostok, Russia, appears for the first time in New York with a cast of 37 of Russia's most honored artists. The United States Premiere of the Original Drama, TOVARICH, by Jacques Deval, will be performed November 15 and November 16 at 7:30 pm. The Second attraction is CHEKHOV'S masterpiece, IVANOV. English audio
MAXIM GORKY DRAMA STATE THEATER - MILENNIUM THEATER
The Internationally acclaimed, thrilling State Theater of Vladivostok, Russia, appears for the first time in New York with a cast of 37 of Russia's most exciting,honored artists.Plays being performed are the United States Premiere of the Original Drama, TOVARICH, by Jacques Deval, on November 15 and November 16 at 7:30 pm. The Second attraction is CHEKHOV'S masterpiece, IVANOV. English audio translations
The Shades of Gray Presents 'Peace/Piece of Mine' - West Park Presbyterien Church
Based on the one-act monodrama 'Request Concert' published by Franz Xaver Kroetz in 1973, 'Peace/Piece of Mine', conceived and performed by Miriam Ibrahim, is the portrayal of a spectacularly unspectacular suicide. 'Peace/Piece of Mine' invites the audience to accompany a woman during the last few hours of her mundane life. A wordless story of isolation, loneliness, desolation and unfulfilled desires is told through the actress's physical enactment of the protagonist's internal struggle. Accompanied by David Salazar's and Carla Fabiani's original music and performed on a plain, unpretentious set, 'Peace/Piece of Mine' asks us to listen for the silent scream that all too often remains unheard. The creative team includes David Salazar (Violin), Carla Fabiani (Viola), Nick Innacone (Set), Leonie Ettinger (Production Stage Manager), Nao Daboshi and Aria Pretzel (Video/ Photos), Gabriela Aragon (Production Assistant). Tickets are $15 and available at http://www.theshadesofgray.org. West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024 (Amsterdam and 86th St.; accessible from the 1, C and B train to 86th St.)
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.
Complexions Contemporary Ballet - The Joyce Theater
"Explosive energy, ferocious technique, and eye-watering hyper flexibility," proclaims The New Zealand Herald about Complexions Contemporary Ballet, whose celebrated dancers, innovative works, and pioneering spirit have made it a leader in American contemporary ballet. For its Joyce season, the company performs three New York premieres, including a work set to Rockjazz virtuoso ELEW that features unique renditions of songs by the Foo Fighters and Linkin Park; Threshold, set to Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1; and a duet set to music by New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton. Also on tap—repertory favorites like Testament, On Holiday, and a new production of Pretty Gritty Suite, set to the music of Nina Simone. Company website: http://complexionsdance.org/ performance schedule Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm Dance Chat: Wed, Nov 14 No performance on Thanksgiving, Nov 22 ticket price Tickets start at $10! (Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker - New York City Ballet
Welcome to the world of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. This is the production that is the heart of New York City's year-end holiday season. Whether it is a family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime visit, your experience of this glittering classic ballet will stay with you forever and warm your spirit. From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with adorable children, marching toy soldiers, a glowing one-ton Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, mischievous mice, crystalline waltzing snowflakes, the Land of Sweets and some of the most glorious dancing on earth.
Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe - Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn artist Mickalene Thomas is best known for her elaborate, collage-inspired paintings, embellished with rhinestones, enamel, and colorful acrylics. Her depictions of African American women explore a spectrum of black female beauty and sexual identity while constructing images of femininity and power. Origin of the Universe, Thomas's first solo museum exhibition, highlights recent bodies of work that examine interior and exterior environments in relation to the female figure. Their settings are often inspired by her 1970s childhood.
Materializing 'Six Years': Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art - Brooklyn Museum
This exhibition is devoted to examining the defining impact Lucy R. Lippard's groundbreaking book Six Years had on the emergent Conceptual art movement. Published in 1973, Six Years simultaneously catalogued and described the development of conceptual art practices in the late sixties and early seventies, and is now widely considered an essential reference work for the period. Using the book's content to structure the exhibition, Materializing "Six Years" showcases the artists brought together and championed by Lippard, and demonstrates how her curatorial projects, critical writing, and political engagement helped to redefine exhibition-making, art criticism, and the viewing experience. The exhibition will feature more than 170 objects by nearly ninety artists who were working internationally across a range of mediums. In addition to presenting important artworks, the exhibition will convey the political foment of an era that saw both the emergence of Conceptual art and the rise of the Women's Rights, Civil Rights, and anti–Vietnam War movements, and will illustrate the period's experimental impulses through catalogues, artist publications, periodicals, photographs, and ephemera from key exhibitions and events.