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Things to do this week in NYC Oct 20-Oct 27: Cultural Arts

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.

AjkunBT Presents Hamlet - MMAC Theater
Through October 17, 2012 - New York

WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCE! Perhaps the most influential tragedy by William Shakespeare, Hamlet speaks of the betrayal, revenge and madness of the wretched Prince of Denmark. The powerful choreography by Leonard Ajkun mixes dynamic contemporary dance with the commanding emotions of stellar performers. Not to be missed.

American Ballet Theatre - New York City Center
Through October 20, 2012 -

American Ballet Theatre's 2012 Fall season at City Center opens with a Gala benefit and continues with a world premiere by Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, a celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Agnes de Mille�s Rodeo, a revival of Jose Limon's The Moor'd Pavane and performances of Mark Morris' Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room and Antony Tudor's The Leaves Are Fading. Principal Dancers for the City Center engagement include Roberto Bolle, Herman Cornejo, Marcelo Gomes, Julie Kent, Veronika Part, Xiomara Reyes, Polina Semionova and Cory Stearns.

Dance Your Way to Health - The Ritz Plaza Firefighters' Memorial Park
October 20, 2012 - New York

Discover the beauty of dancing and experience the passion within as the New Yorker Social Dance Club takes over the Ritz Plaza Park for an afternoon of dance! This family friendly event will include: Group Classes Performances Local Healthy Vendors Live Music Dance Fashion Face Painting …and more! Free and open to the public, this celebration of the joy of dancing is the perfect way to spend an October afternoon in New York. http://www.stonehengenyc.com/blog/dance

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet - The Joyce Theater
Through October 21, 2012 - New York

"Simply breathtaking," proclaims the Chicago Sun Times about Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, whose Joyce season features a new program of contemporary ballet that exemplifies its commitment to commissioning dance by both world-renowned and emerging choreographers. Born in the American West and now touring internationally, this tiny troupe of eleven classically trained dancers has developed a large following worldwide. The Joyce program includes the New York debut of choreographic discovery Norbert De La Cruz III's ballet Square None, as well as a new piece, commissioned by The Joyce, by Spanish choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, and OVER GLOW by Jorma Elo. Company website: http://www.aspensantafeballet.com/ performance schedule Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Sat 8pm; Sun 2pm Dance Chat: Wed, Oct 17 ticket price Tickets start at $10! (Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)

American Craft Show NYC, Contemporary Art Fair NYC, Art Off the Main - Javits Center
Through October 21, 2012 - New York

A trilogy of shows, under one roof, kick off the fall art scene when Art Off the Main joins the 2012 Contemporary Art Fair NYC and American Craft Show NYC at the Javits Center, October 19, 20 and 21, 2012. The art fair and craft show celebrate their third year. Art Off the Main, founded by Loris Crawford, is a showcase for paintings, drawings, graphics, sculpture and installations by artists of Caribbean, African and Latin American ancestry. Launched in 2004, and most recently in an online format, it comprised artists from 20 countries including the United States. Contemporary Art Fair NYC exhibitors include established and emerging painters, photographers, sculptors and artists working in mixed media. The three shows, in 70,000 square feet of space, will offer New Yorkers and international audiences the chance to see the original works of 250 artists and artisans selected by Richard and Joanna Rothbard of American Art Marketing. ?We look for exceptional work, execution, perspective and flair and pick the most compelling, creative, gifted artists and artisans from the thousands we see every year,? said Richard Rothbard. About Art Off the Main, Crawford, said, ?This was the first fair to showcase combined works of Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America, regions which share historical, ethnic and political experiences resulting in cultural expressions with common elements. The show, which presents a body of work not typically offered at an art fair, received positive response from media, critics and the public.? For information about the Contemporary Art Fair NYC, Art Off the Main and the American Craft Show NYC?its exhibits range from fashion, jewelry and accessories to furniture, ceramics, glass, wood, metal and textiles--visit http://www.americanartmarketingnyc.com. One ticket opens three doors to the juried events.

Union Square Open Studios - 41 Union Square West
Through October 21, 2012 - New York

Over 40 artists will open their studios to the public during this weekend-long event. There will be refreshments, demonstrations, and a raffle for drawings. You will find images of artist's work on the website and more information to help plan your tour. www.41unionsquareopenstudio.com Of interest is the building's history: Over 100 years ago 41 Union Square was built specifically to meet the northern exposure light requirements of New York artists. Union Square was the scene of major movements in 20th century art, from the Ashcan School through the 14th Street School--including Arshile Gorky, Morris Kantor, Sol Steinberg, Reginald Marsh, Jack Levine, Andy Warhol; our building housed the Partisan Review with Allen Ginsberg in Studio 1427, The New Yorker's Janet Malcolm, and Isabel Bishop, who worked in Studio #41.

Artist Talk for 'Anywhere But Here' - Pelham Art Center
October 25, 2012 - Pelham

A very special opportunity to meet Katarina Jerinic and Sarah G. Sharp, two of the artists featured in the concurrent exhibition "Anywhere But Here." Through discussion moderated by the curators, understand more about the artists’ ideas and processes as they talk about their work. A chance to meet fellow art enthusiasts, as well!

Dance on a Shoestring - New York Theatre Ballet
October 27, 2012 -

This program of dance will feature excerpts of new work from Pam Tanowitz, Antonia Franceschi, and Marco Pelle, as well as excerpts from Keith Michael's GOOSE!. and featured guest artist, David Parker and The Bang Group. About Dance On A Shoestring: Dance on a Shoestring performances have been given in New York Theatre Ballet's intimate in-house performance space, The Dance Gallery, for many years. This popular and affordable series enables established and developing artists to try out new ideas and roles. The program also gives our dancers the opportunity to regularly perform and learn from small classic masterworks that reflect the Company's Cecchetti aesthetic. The performances are offered in a venue where our community can come with minimal cost to see high quality ballet offered by "their" neighborhood company. The work presented this season will be a combination of classic ballets, new works, and popular NYTB productions. Three different programs will be presented 7-8 pm. Special choreography for children from the NYTB training school is often included in the program.

$10 Tango Trial - Introductory Tango Lesson - STAT NYC (Pearl Studios)
October 27, 2012 - New York

$10 Tango Trial - Introductory Tango Lesson Twice a month we offer a taste of tango for totally beginners for just $10. You will get a 45 minute class introducing you to all the basic fundamentals of tango. It is guaranteed you will be dancing at the end of the class. It is a good way to have fun starting out with tango for those that have never danced it before. October •Saturday, October 27th, at 2pm •Monday, October 29th, at 7pm November •Saturday, November 24th, at 2pm •Monday, November 26th, at 7pm Where: Pearl Studios, 500 8th Ave. 12th fl. (and 35th St.). Ask for Strictly Tango NYC dance school at the desk. SPECIAL OFFER: All attendants to the $10 trial will receive $30 toward an 8 week Beginners Class Package. (Reg $180) NO PARTNER REQUIRED BRING COMFORTABLE SHOES and CLOTHES See you there! To pre-register contact strictlytangonyc@gmail.com

Ballet Next - The Joyce Theater
Through October 28, 2012 - New York

After last season's sold out gala performance, Ballet Next?the new classical ballet company founded by former American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet luminaries Michele Wiles and Charles Askegard?returns to The Joyce for its first week-long run. The acclaimed dancers perform two programs that feature classical works by Petipa and Balanchine and highly-anticipated contemporary premieres by choreographers Margo Sappington and Brian Reeder. Another highlight is Ballet Next's original work La Follia, created by Italian choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti, with performances by renowned dancers from major companies, including New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. The Ballet Next Ensemble will accompany the dancers with live music led by acclaimed Israeli cellist Elad Kabilio. Company website: http://www.balletnext.com/ performance schedule Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm Opening Night Benefit: Tue, Oct 23 For benefit tickets, call 212-203-0409 Dance Chat: Wed, Oct 24 ticket price Tickets start at $10! (Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)

Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 20, 2013 - Prospect Heights

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
Through February 03, 2013 - Prospect Heights

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.

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