Things to do this week in NYC Sep 26-Oct 3: MusicSeptember 26, 2009 - by CG Directory Editor
Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, or the classics ? New York City venues feature music from all cultures. Whether you're catching an aria at Lincoln Center, or checking out a band at Central Park Summerstage, NYC has a gig you won't want to miss.
The Collage Aesthetic of Louis Armstrong: 'In the Cause of Happiness' - Jazz at Lincoln Center
This exhibition features large-scale images of collages created by Armstrong from clips of photographs, news stories, postcards, letters, telegrams and other materials that Armstrong artfully affixed to the boxes of his vast private collection of audio tapes. Tues.-Sun., 10am-4pm & 6-11pm; Mon., 6-11pm. Free.
'JEWMONGOUS' - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Celebrate and repent with Sean Altman, the brains behind the critically-acclaimed "JEWMONGOUS." The founder and former leader of the vocal group Rockapella, hailed as a leader of the "Jewish Hipster movement" by The New York Times, and considered one of the "New Super Jews" by Time Out New York, Altman has certainly found a niche for himself, performing his witty, cynical, comedic songs and stories for sold-out audiences, White House dignitaries, and Jewish celebrities. Join Altman as he does it all live in BAMcafé, cracking wise on the eve of Yom Kippur.
Coopera Presents: A Fete of Fanciful Farce -- in French! - The Players
Project Opera of Manhattan is pleased to announce the final production of its 2008-2009 season, From War to Beauty. We will present a double-bill of Maurice Ravel's L'enfant et les sortileges paired with Aria da capo, a play by Edna St. Vincent Millay. The latter, an absurdist tale, will be told in our production with the help of French melodie by composers such as Faure, Debussy and Poulenc. Performances will take place at The Players on Friday, September 25 (7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, September 27 (2:30 p.m.). As an added treat, we will offer a special family performance of L'enfant on Saturday, September 26 at 11 a.m., with an introduction to the opera for kids of all ages. Didier Puntos' chamber arrangement of the Ravel will be led by Maestro Jorge Parodi, with production concept and stage direction by Heidi Lauren Duke. Throughout history, humanity has shown its capacity for cruelty and kindness, for creativity and destruction, for violence and peace. These war-era works, interwoven with French music that is both poignant and fanciful, show that these struggles can play out not only in the world, but also in the microcosm of each human life. Aria da capo takes us along on an absentminded descent into brutality; the cruelty of the naughty child in L'enfant et les sortileges is redeemed with the help of a little magic. General admission is $20 ($10 for children 12 and under at the Saturday performance). Performances will be in French with English supertitles. For tickets, visit us online at www.projectopera.org.
Lillias White Live - The Triad
The sensational, multi-talented Tony Award Winner, Lillias White, performs an intimate evening of Broadway standards at Lee Summer's Just a Piano Concert Series. Timothy Graphenreed accompanies.
Maxwell - Madison Square Garden
Maxwell brings his BLACKsummers'night Tour to Madison Square Garden on September 28 with special guests Common and Chrisette Michele.
Maxwell After Concert Party - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Come join us for an exclusive after concert party in Maxwell's honor at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill located in heart of Times Square. The party will begin at 10:30pm on Monday, September 28, following his concert at Madison Square Garden. Live music by DJ Kut of Power 105.1... Call 4Real Entertainment or email to get on the GUEST LIST: Ally@4realentertainment.com (914) 366-7328 $25 at the door before midnight IF YOU'RE ON THE GUEST LIST so send us your name to reserve your spot NOW!
Starlight Music Series: Beledo, Spanish Guitar - Top of the Rock
This fall, Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center will host its first-ever live music program, the Starlight Music Series, on Wednesday evenings, September 9th-October 7th, from 6-8pm on the 67th floor observatory. Visitors can enjoy live music and a glass of wine or refreshing beverages provided by Rock Center Café as they take in the stunning, 360-degree panorama of New York City at sunset. Access to the musical event is free with a Top of the Rock ticket. Wine and refreshments will be available for purchase.Tonight's performer is accomplished musician Beledo on Spanish guitar.
Brooklyn College Conservatory Orchestra - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Beacon Theatre
Legendary rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd return to New York City for a CD release party and concert.
Boston Symphony Orchestra Opening Night Gala - Carnegie Hall
Performing works by Chopin, Berlioz, John Williams, and Debussy. 7pm.
Wisin y Yandel - Madison Square Garden
Wisin y Yandel, the #1 selling Latin Urban artists, bring La REVOLUCION to Madison Square Garden.
Jose Luis Perales - Beacon Theatre
José Luis Perales, the balada artist who has sold over 50-million records worldwide, will take the stage at the Beacon Theatre on Friday, October 2. Perales is best known for his singles, "Quisiera Decir tu Nombre" (I Would Like to Say Your Name), "Y Como es Él" (And What Is He Like), and "Que Pasará Manana" (What Will Happen Tomorrow?)."
Brandi Carlile - Beacon Theatre
Returning to the United States following her European Tour, Brandi Carlile makes a stop at the Beacon Theatre on Saturday, October 3. Mixing a unique blend of rock and roll, country and alternative, Brandi Carlile has opened shows for Dave Matthews, Shawn Colvin and India.Arie before setting out to headline her own tours.
Gay Marshall Performs Piaf: Queen of heart - The Metropolitan Room
Gay Marshall, Playbill Top 10 Diva, reprises her enchanting Edith Piaf show this fall at The Metropolitan Room. Marshall weaves her own translations in with original versions, making this show fascinating for non-French speakers as well as those who parlez-Francais. With a five piece ensemble including strings and accordion, this is a huge entertainment bargain from a super talent. Visit: GayMarshall.com to read more about the singer and Metropolitan Room Website. Call for reservations.
Reconfiguring the Body in American Art, 1820–2009 - National Academy of Design Museum and School of Fine Arts
An exhibition that examines the critical role the human figure has played in the Nation's art for the past 189 years. Transcending chronological, stylistic, and generational boundaries the exhibition will present 160 works drawn from the National Academy's important and wide ranging collection of American art, as well as an intriguing selection of works by contemporary artists who are carrying on the figurative tradition in new and adventurous ways.