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Things to do this week in NYC Oct 22-Oct 29: Cultural Arts

October 22, 2011 - 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.

Haze - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through October 22, 2011 -

Led by acclaimed Chinese choreographer Wang Yuanyuan (Raise the Red Lantern, 2005 Next Wave), Beijing Dance Theater channels the tension between China's complex struggle with centuries-old traditions and its headlong rush into the future. Internationally renowned for her synthesis of classical ballet and dance theater, Wang has crafted a work of courage and rapturous beauty in response to modern economic and environmental crises, accompanied by musical selections from Henryk Górecki (including the haunting, elegiac Third Symphony) and Biosphere's ambient electronic soundscapes. Adding a rarely seen dimension to the movement, the dancers rise and fall in a world of shadows and ghostly stillness, creating an unsparing revelation of a culture in the grip of social and spiritual uncertainty.

Ice Theatre of New York 2011 Home Season - Sky Rink, Chelsea Piers
Through October 22, 2011 - New York

Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY), the nation's premier ice dance ensemble inaugurates its 2011/2012 season with the 2011 Home Season on Thurs, Oct 20 through Sat, Oct 22. The Home Season features the company's new and classic repertory of dance on ice and performances by guest artists. Featured repertory includes the of Inner Eye by Bessie award-winning, Artistic Director of the Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble Jim May; the premier of Falling Leaves and the re-staging of Transitions, both choreographed by renowned skating choreographer Douglas Webster; the re-staging of Tango Images by acclaimed ballroom dance choreographer, Peter di Falco; and the re-staging of Draughtsman’s Contract by the internationally recognized, Elisa Monte. Tickets $25; students, seniors, and groups of 10 or more $15.

The Suzanne Farrell Ballet - Joyce Theater
Through October 23, 2011 -

"Understated glamour, alluring reserve, and attention to detail" is how The New York Times describes The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, led by the legendary New York City Ballet principal who, since founding the company over ten years ago, has established its prominence in the ballet world. One of George Balanchine's most celebrated muses, Farrell devotes much of the company's repertory to the works of this master choreographer. For its Joyce debut, the program features an all-Balanchine program that includes some of his most cherished works -- Haieff Divertimento, Meditation, Diamonds pas de deux from Jewels, and Agon.

Flamenco Concert feat. Curro Cueto! - Flamenco Latino Studio
October 23, 2011 - New York

Flamenco Latino hosts a special Cante performance by Curro Cueto with Roberto Castellon Sunday, October 23, 4PM at Flamenco Latino Studio Theater 244 W 54th St, 4th Fl NY, NY $20 Reservations: 212-399-8519 Curro will also be doing a Special Workshop for Cante and Guitar on the same day, Sunday, Oct. 23 from 12-2 PM at Flamenco Latino. For more details or to reserve call 212-399-8519. Pedro Corona Heredia “Curro Cueto” was born in Marchena in 1966. He grew up in Plaza Arriba, a neighborhood where many other flamencos lived including the famous accompanist Melchor Marchena. He studied both solfegio and flute at the Conservatorio de Málaga and continued later in Córdoba. He worked with artists of the highest caliber such as El Güito, Manolete, El Chino, Enrique de Melchor, Serranito, Angel Rubio y la Big Band del Foro, Digitano, and was co-founder of Triada Sur. His recordings include “Flamenco Vivo,” “Pasar del tiempo” and “A mí, Atiphic”; with Triada Sur: “Andalucía, Está llorándome el alma,” and “Sabor a tí”; “Jazz Hondo” with Ángel Rubio; and “Digitano” with Juanjo Valmorisco. He is also a skilled teacher and has written both "El Flamenco en su medida" and "Método de cante y ritmo flamenco."

Bessie Awards - Bebe Neuwirth - Apollo Theater
October 24, 2011 - New York

New York's most renowned dance awards come to Harlem's world famous Apollo Theater for the first time! On October 24, the Bessies, which have saluted dance in the city since 1984, will honor outstanding work in dance performed during the 2010-11 season. Bebe Neuwirth will host the ceremony, and there will be award presentations by a stellar lineup of internationally renowned dance artists including Charles Atlas, Carmen deLavallade, Ralph Lemon, and Tere O'Connor. The night will also feature a performance by students from the Harlem School of the Arts' acclaimed dance program as well as videos of all the nominated work. The Bessies seek to recognize work from all corners of the city's wide ranging dance world, granting awards for choreography, design, composition, and performing to innovative artists from many dance disciplines. The awards also honor those who have helped shape the dynamic world of dance in the city with awards for lifetime achievement in choreography and outstanding contribution to the field of dance. This is a not-to-be-missed event for any and every dance lover.

Ice Theatre of New York 2011 Benefit Gala and Performance honoring Johnny Weir - Sky Rink, Chelsea Piers
October 24, 2011 - New York

Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY), the nation’s premier ice dancing ensemble, will host the company’s annual Benefit Gala and Performance on Monday, October 24th, at Chelsea Pier’s Sky Rink. Festivities include a performance featuring US Champion and two-time Olympian Johnny Weir at his last scheduled performance for 2011 in the New York area, at Sky Rink, Chelsea Piers. Skating legend, Aja Zanova, visionary ice show promoter, Tom Collins, and founder of Fireworks Sports Marketing, Tara Modlin, will Co-Chair a star-studded benefit honoring Johnny Weir at The Lighthouse in Chelsea Piers immediately following the show. Says honoree Johnny Weir, I'm so excited to be honored by Ice Theatre of New York because I have admired their commitment to the art and sport of figure skating for as long as I can remember. I’m also thrilled to have another opportunity to perform at my home base, New York City.” “We honor Johnny Weir for being an enthusiastic supporter of artistic skating as well as someone who “dares to be different,” says Moira North, ITNY’s Artistic Director. Weir joins an esteemed list of ITNY honorees including Dick Button, Dorothy Hamill, Scott Hamilton, Nancy Kerrigan, Vera Wang, Paul Wylie, and Aja Zanova. Performance-only tickets $45; Jr. Performance Cocktails and Silent Auction Tickets (under 35 yrs) $150; Dinner and award ceremony tickets starting at $350.

Cut&Paste New York 2011 - Angel Orensanz Foundation
October 28, 2011 - New York

Cut&Paste, the global digital design competition known for its lively onstage battles and reputation-making performances, will return to 12 cities this year, kicking off the tour in New York City on October 28th. The evening event features a live design competition of 16 designers duking it out in 2D, 3D and motion/animation design to claim their place at the 2012 Cut&Paste Global Championship in NYC, where one winner in each field will be crowned the victor. Cut&Paste is a design battle royale that launches designers into the spotlight and offers spectators a front row seat into the creative process. Complete with slick beats from DJ Ayres and an open bar from 7-8PM, the event will also feature an ongoing canvas art battle, courtesy of UK-based Secret Wars. For more info visit: http://www.cutandpaste.com To purchase tickets visit: http://www.cutandpastenyc2011.eventbrite.com

The Unseen Eye, Performance by W.M. Hunt - Aperture Gallery
October 28, 2011 - New York

W.M. Hunt is a champion of photography—a collector, curator, consultant, writer, teacher, and fundraiser who lives and works in New York City. Join Aperture for, The Unseen Eye: A Life in Photographs and other digressions … a multi-media performance piece with W.M. Hunt, whose instinctive pursuit of striking images has resulted in a collection that manages to evoke a picture of humanity from birth to death, with all the associated nuances of memory, wit, eroticism, fear, grief, and horror. The Unseen Eye, a new book by Aperture, presents a wonderfully idiosyncratic and compelling collection of photographs assembled around a particular theme: in each image, the gaze of the subject is averted, the face obscured or the eyes firmly closed. The pictures present a catalog of anti-portraiture, characterized at first glance by what its subjects conceal, not by what the camera reveals. Amassed over the course of thirty years by New York collector W. M. Hunt, the collection includes works by masters such as Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Imogen Cunningham, William Klein, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Robert Frank, as well as lesser known artists and vernacular images.

John Kelly - Find My Way Home - New York Live Arts
Through October 29, 2011 -

Performance artist John Kelly remounts his Bessie Award winning Find My Way Home, based on the ancient Greek Myth of Orpheus & Eurydice. Originally commissioned by Dance Theater Workshop in 1988 (revised in 1998) and set in the Great Depression, Find My Way Home recasts Orpheus as a famous 30's radio crooner who makes a pact with the gods and descends into hell to bring Eurydice back to life. Created during the height of the AIDS epidemic, Find My Way Home deconstructs genres of opera, period dance, and cinematic acting, and includes scenes and arias from Gluck's baroque opera Orfeo Ed Eurydice, (sung in Kelly's countertenor voice), together with film sequences, set and costume design, and a company of 11 singers and dancers.

THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER & GRACE - MMAC THEATER
Through October 29, 2011 - NYC

Featuring two World Premieres, THE ADVENTURES of TOM SAWYER by Leonard AJKUN, and GRACE by Royce ZACKERY, AjkunBT presents ACT 1 with some robust humor and high-spirited adventures pointing at social values of central South of 1840, and ACT 2 with the beauty, elegance and strength of women of any age. Contemporary ballet is defined by some of the best dancers from the outstanding Company's roster.

Morphoses - Bacchae - Joyce Theater
Through October 30, 2011 -

The company makes its Joyce debut with the world premiere of Bacchae, a stunning work that delves into the balance between order and chaos. For this evening-length production, Resident Artistic Director Luca Veggetti collaborates with a cast of twelve dancers, composer Paolo Aralla, a flautist, and a puppeteer to create a dynamic new staging of the dance-driven classic Greek play. With this contemporary interpretation of Euripides' timeless tale, the company, applauded by the Los Angeles Times for "its willingness to soften the very edges of radicalism, to make peace between modernity and traditionalism," demonstrates its commitment to bringing exceptional artists and dancers together in performance.

Fall for Dance Festival - New York City Center
Through November 06, 2011 -

For ten exhilarating days each year, feel the rush...the exuberance...the sheer joy that is dance, from New York City, across the country, and around the globe! Experience the world-famous alongside the cutting-edge, treasured favorites surrounded by undiscovered gems. Multiple companies appear in each performance, offering audiences a sampling of the best that dance has to offer – from hip hop to ballet, contemporary to tap, and so much more. So bring your family, grab your friends, join us and fall in love...Fall for Dance!

Beginner Flamenco Singing Class-Fall Session - Flamenco Latino
Through December 17, 2011 - New York

Flamenco Latino offers a new class in Cante (flamenco singing) for beginners. Most classes will be led by Alfonso Cid with a couple of sessions led by Basilio Georges and Aurora Reyes on the established material. Fall Session runs September 8-December 19, 2011 on Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm at Flamenco Latino Studio 250 W. 54th St., Suite 404 New York, NY 10019 212-399-8519 Cost: Fall term prices: --12 pack paid in advance- $192.00 ($16/class) --12 pack paid in three installments by credit card- $204.00($68/4wk term, $17/class) --4 pack paid in advance-$72.00 ($18/class) --Walk in class- $20.00 (only available until 9/27) In this course, students will learn the basics of flamenco singing, emphasizing diaphragmatic breathing and voice placement or “impostatción.” The class will start building upon basic cante repertoire such as sevillanas, tangos,fandangos and rumbas. The class will also focus on flamenco rhythms and handclapping, flamenco scales and terminology so students can communicate in the traditional lingo with guitarists and flamenco dancers. Lyrics and translations of the “letras” will be provided. The course is taught in English, and no previous knowledge of music or Spanish is required. It is ideal for people who want to deepen their understanding of flamenco music or for flamenco dancers who want to broaden their experience of this art form. Please respond by email or call 212-399-8519 with questions or to reserve.

Flamenco Latino Fall Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 19, 2011 - NY

Flamenco Latino offers a wide variety of classes each week in their midtown studio at 244 W 54th St., 4th fl.! Fall term: September 6- December 19, 2011. Monday: Basic Beginner Flamenco with Aurora Reyes, Mon. 6-7 pm; Advanced Beginner Flamenco with Aurora, Mon. 7-8:30 pm; Group Intermediate Cante Class with Alfonso Cid, Mon. 8:30-9:45 pm. Tuesday: Advanced Beginner Flamenco Incorporating Props (Castanets, Hat, Fan & Shawl) with Aurora, Tues. 6-7:30 pm. Wednesday: Beginner Sevillanas with Aurora, Wed. 6:30-8 pm; Advanced Beginner Flamenco Guitar Group with Basilio Georges, Wed. 8:00-9:30 pm. Thursday: Beginner Cante with Alfonso and Basilio, Thurs. 6:30-7:30 pm; Flamenco Music Ensemble with Basilio, Thurs. 7:30-9:30 pm. Friday: Intermediate Group Guitar with Basilio, Fri. 12:15-1:15 pm. Saturday: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Flamenco with Aurora, Sat. 3:00-4:00 pm; Basic Beginner Flamenco Guitar Group with Basilio, Sat. 4:00-5:00 pm. Fall term prices: --12 pack paid in advance- $192.00 ($16/class); --12 pack paid in three installments by credit card- $204.00($68/4wk term,$17/class); --4 pack paid in advance-$72.00 ($18/class); --Walk in class- $20.00 (only available until 9/27). Email flamlat@verizon.net or Call now with questions or to reserve! 212-399-8519 www.flamencolatino.com

Flamenco Class Incorporating Props - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 19, 2011 - New York

Aurora Reyes, of Flamenco Latino, offers Flamenco Dance Incorporating Props for Adv. Beginners Tuesdays, 6-7:30 PM. Fall term runs September 6- December 19, 2011 at Flamenco Latino Studio, 244 W54 St., 4th fl. (bet. Broadway and 8th Ave.). Technique and choreography for dances that use... -- castanets and Sombrero Cordoves. For example, Tanguillos de Cadiz, and Garrotin (hat only) dances. --Abanico (fan) as in such dances as Guajiras (fan + castanets) and Caracoles (fan only). -- manton (shawl) used in Solea and Seguiriya. We plan to rotate palos. We have extra fans, mantons, hats and castanets at the studio in case you forget yours! Fall term prices: --12 pack paid in advance- $192.00 ($16/class) --12 pack paid in three installments by credit card- $204.00($68/4wk term,$17/class) --4 pack paid in advance-$72.00 ($18/class) --Walk in class- $20.00 (only available until 9/27) Email or Call 212-399-8519 to reserve. www.flamencolatino.com

CSI: The Experience - Discovery Times Square
Through January 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.

Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Biblical Times - Discovery Times Square
Through March 28, 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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