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December 9, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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You haven't really experienced New York City until you've explored midtown, from its many museums and galleries to restaurants, bakeries, and bars. Searching for things to do in midtown this week? You needn't look any further, because this City Guide list will fill you in on all of midtown's best happenings.

Brett Young, with Special Guests Tyler Rich and Rachel Wammack - PlayStation Theater
December 09, 2018 - New York

With piercing blue eyes and standing tall at 6' 6," it's impossible to miss Brett Young. The former college pitcher and current ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year uses his competitive edge to create music that critics, radio and fans cannot stop raving about. Brett has spent many late nights in the recording studio strumming chords and perfecting lyrics that encompass his "Caliville" sound – the world between Brett's SoCal roots and Music City coming-of-age. This can be heard on his GOLD-certified self-titled album (BMLG Records) now available everywhere. Produced by Dann Huff, Brett is credited on 11 of the 12 tracks establishing himself as an accomplished songwriter. "I think my background has a lot to do with my work ethic," expresses Brett. "There is a discipline that you learn growing up playing sports, which I did through college. It is always my goal to work harder than the next guy." Brett's "confessional, soulful Country gems" (Entertainment Weekly) are derived from a myriad of personal experience. One pass through the California native's self-titled debut album, you are completely immersed in his love, passion, hope and honesty. "Everyone leaves a trail of 'almosts' and bi... (read more)

Jose Feliciano Annual Holiday Feliz Navidad Show - Sony Hall
December 09, 2018 - New York

General Admission Only Jose Feliciano Annual Holiday Feliz Navidad Show Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm See more at the Sony Hall website!

15th Russian Music Competition - Carnegie Hall
December 09, 2018 - New York

Winners Recital

Cristina Fontanelli's 15th Annual Christmas in Italy - Carnegie Hall
December 09, 2018 - New York

Award-winning singer and PBS-TV host for Andrea Bocelli and Il Volo, Cristina Fontanelli presents the annual musical celebration, Christmas in Italy. Songs and arias include Mamma, Ave Maria, and Neapolitan favorites such as Torna a Surriento. The children of the Little Language Studio of Brooklyn will sing the traditional Italian Christmas carol Tu scendi dalle stelle and dance to Dominick the Donkey. There will be a special guest appearance from Santa Claus. Cristina Fontanelli David Maiullo, Piano John La Barbera, Mandolin and Guitar Additional artists to be announced

The #metoo Plays - The Alternative Theater
Through December 09, 2018 - New York

THE #metoo PLAYS ARE HITTING MANHATTAN NEW YORK, NEW YORK (October 31, 2018), Celine Havard and The Alternative Theater Company present The #metoo Plays: RESIST and PERSIST two programs in alternating rep of powerful short plays, tackling different perspectives of the complex #metoo movement that has gripped the collective emotions of our nation. The First set of plays entitled RESIST will open, followed by a reception, NOVEMBER 29th, 2018 at 7:00pm and runs through December 9th at 2pm at The Alternative Theater, 500 West 52nd Street, 2nd floor, New York New York 10019. Plays include Washington Monument by W.A Walters in which a DC cover up of an brutal assault, years earlier gets revisited when a young man is being groomed for office. Will power politics win, or will justice prevail? And, Can You Hear Me Now? by Indiana playwright, Nicole Amsler, in which grandma’s beeping phone is hiding a deeper secret than her hate for tech, while three generations of women relate to each other around their understanding, and comic misunderstanding of the #metoo movement. THE #metoo PLAYS:PERSIST opens NOVEMBER 30th, 2018 at 8pm and runs through December 8th at 2pm featuring such plays as... (read more)

Dear Evan Hansen - Music Box Theatre
Through December 09, 2018 - New York

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: A chance to finally fit in. Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, Dear Evan Hansen is the new American musical about life and the way we live it. Dear Evan Hansen has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere. The New York Times calls it "a gorgeous new musical for anyone with a beating heart." And NBC Nightly News calls this bold new musical "an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond."

Ben Allison & Think Free - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through December 09, 2018 - New York

With electric and acoustic bassist Ben Allison, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, guitarist Steve Cardenas, pianist Frank Kimbrough, and drummer Allan Mednard.

Hamilton - Richard Rodgers Theatre
Through December 09, 2018 - New York

Hamilton is the story of the unlikely Founding Father determined to make his mark on the new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From bastard orphan to Washington's right-hand man, rebel to war hero, a loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal, to the Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and Hamilton's lifelong friend/foil Aaron Burr all make their mark in this astonishing new musical exploration of a political mastermind.

Growing up with Alvin Ailey Legacy Panel - The Ailey Studios Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
December 10, 2018 - Manhattan

Moderated by Sylvia Waters, featuring Sarita Allen, Liz Roxas-Dobrish, and Desmond Richardson In an intimate setting, these distinguished former Ailey dancers will share their personal stories, individual experiences, and life lessons that Mr. Ailey rooted in his dancers. Throughout his lifetime, Mr. Ailey changed the perception of modern dance with his ability to reveal emotions in a way that touch us and teach us something about ourselves. The Growing up with Alvin Ailey Legacy Panel is intended to give people a chance to look into the rich history and creative heritage of Mr. Ailey as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Juilliard Jazz Ensembles: The Music of Lennie Tristano and Charlie Parker - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
December 10, 2018 - New York

With the Julliard Jazz Ensembles.

Michael Longoria - Birdland Jazz Club
December 10, 2018 - New York

Michael Longoria "Merry Christmas Darling" Album Release Concert Monday, December 10 at 8:30 Birdland Theater Birdland Theater is proud to announce that Broadway performer Michael Longoria will be celebrating his new CD, "Merry Christmas Darling," with a concert on Monday, December 10 at 8:30pm. Original Jersey Boy Michael Longoria invites you to his Birdland concert debut, celebrating the Broadway Records release of his Christmas album, "Merry Christmas Darling." Following the release of his debut solo album, "Broadway Brick By Brick," Michael Longoria sings us home for the holidays with a collection of his Christmas favorites. "Merry Christmas Darling," a romantic holiday show with a throwback '60s vibe, will make you want to hang up your stocking, snuggle up by the fireplace, and get into the Christmas spirit. Longoria's winter wonderland love-note includes standards like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," woven with modern day classics like "All I Want For Christmas Is You," and "Last Christmas," and featuring a brand new Christmas song, "Merry Me This Christmas." Rona Siddiqui will perform as Musical Director/Pianist. ... (read more)

Scott Joplin - Jazz at Lincoln Center
December 10, 2018 - New York

In the second class, we'll delve deeper into the most famous works of Joplin, exploring him and his music at the height of his career.

The Very Lennie & Those Girls Holiday Spectacular - The Laurie Beechman Theatre
December 11, 2018 - New York

Starring Lennie Watts & Those Girls (Eve Eaton, Rachel Hanser, Karen Mack & Wendy Russell) Featuring: Janice Hall, Rick Jensen, Robin Kradles, Tanya Moberly, Ricky Ritzel, Derek Staranowski, Amy Wolk

Private Wealth Management Group Meeting - CFA Society New York
December 11, 2018 - New York

he Private Wealth Management Thought Leadership Group seeks to enrich and enable finance professionals to meet the modern needs of private clients, and to remain at the forefront of professionalism and knowledge in serving private clients. The Group welcomes CFANY members who manage assets for individuals and for themselves. Our group members are creative, well-read, and forward-thinking in our private discussions and in our presentations to the general membership of CFANY. Their professional practices encompass portfolio management, investment research, investment advisory, financial planning, and firm leadership. We focus discussions and meetings on investment strategy, implementation, and communications with the goal of enriching our professional experience and practice. The Group pursues collaboration with other CFANY groups in programming, especially with the Value Investing and Market Integrity Interest Groups. The group encourages its members to participate in other activities at CFANY, such as volunteering to grade reports, mentoring a university team, or judging the Final Four in the Investment Challenge.

Bomba Estereo - Terminal 5
December 12, 2018 - New York

Bomba Estéreo. Bomba Estéreo is a Colombian band founded in the capital, Bogotá, in 2005 by Simón Mejía. Their music has been described as "electro vacilón" (a term dismissed by the band), "electro tropical" or "psychedelic cumbia".

Riley's Red Hot Holidays - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
December 13, 2018 - New York

With trumpeter and music director Riley Mulherkar.

Nathan Brewer's Christmas Party - The Laurie Beechman Theatre
December 15, 2018 - New York

Nathan Brewer's annual Christmas Party is a musical celebration that will get you in the mood for the holidays. Featuring Nathan's original Christmas arrangements and a roster of his talented friends. Tickets sell quickly for this annual show, so do not wait to join the party!

Nat King Cole 100 with Sachal Vasandani - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through December 15, 2018 - New York

Vocalist Sachal Vasandani is one of the great crooners of our time and the perfect man for a Nat "King" Cole centennial celebration. Though a distinctive artist in his own right, his "beautiful, velvety voice" and "remarkable stage presence" (NPR) have drawn multiple comparisons to Nat "King" Cole himself. Vasandani is particularly well known for his Cole tribute project, which has featured classics like "Unforgettable," "Mona Lisa," and "Straighten Up and Fly Right." This showcase has graced major stages in both small group and orchestral settings, and the new versions performed tonight in the elegant majesty of The Appel Room—with its unparalleled view of the New York skyline—will take it to the next level. In addition to his vocal abilities and cool, charismatic showmanship, Vasandani also honors Cole's legacy as a masterful pianist by sharing the spotlight with some of the best instrumentalists in the business—including bass legend John Clayton, who will contribute new Cole arrangements for this centennial event. In this special centennial celebration, audiences will enjoy the many sides of Nat "King" Cole's artistry in an appropriately stylish setting. Free pre-concer... (read more)

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels: 80th Birthday Celebration - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through December 15, 2018 - New York

Charles Lloyd was only 29 years old when TIME magazine noted one of his most distinguishing and enduring traits. It was 1967, and Lloyd had just led the first jazz group ever to perform at San Francisco's counter-cultural hotspot, the Fillmore. "Though modern jazz normally goes over with teens like a 9pm curfew," TIME wrote, "Lloyd's passionate attack holds them spellbound." Lloyd—now celebrating his 80th birthday with us in Rose Theater—is an NEA Jazz Master, saxophone titan, bandleader, and composer with a rare crossover appeal. To this day, he performs his soulful music with a fervor and emotional abandon that connects with a diverse community of listeners. After establishing his jazz bona fides in the early 1960s as a key member of Chico Hamilton and Cannonball Adderley's groups, Lloyd formed his historic quartet with Keith Jarrett, Cecil McBee, and Jack DeJohnette, bringing improvised jazz to brand-new audiences and recording one of the first jazz albums to sell a million copies. A veritable rock star, Lloyd then shared bills and recording dates with the Grateful Dead, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, and the Beach Boys, and he now leads some of jazz's most distinctive and c... (read more)

James Barbour Celebrates the Holidays - Birdland Jazz Club
Through December 15, 2018 - New York

James Barbour Celebrates The Holidays Tenth Annual Holiday Concert Birdland Theater December 14 & 15 at 7pm Birdland Theater is proud to announce that James Barbour will return for his 10th Annual Holiday Concert series on December 14 and 15 with shows at 7pm. Having performed to sold out crowds around the world for the last ten years, this perennial event will hit the stage for two nights of music and cheer. The show, filled with holiday tunes and perennial favorites, will warm your heart and bring a smile to your face. As always, Mr. Barbour will be accompanied by special guest performers from the Broadway world. James Barbour recently completed a nearly 3 year run at 'The Phantom" in Broadway's longest running smash hit musical The Phantom Of The Opera. An award-winning Broadway star, international concert artist and speaker, James won the LA Ovation Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and was nominated for the Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Awards for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Sydney Carton in the Broadway musical version of A Tale of Two Cities. He also won the Sarasota Magazine Best Actor Award for the... (read more)

Noel Nights: Rufus & Martha Wainwright and Family and Friends - The Town Hall,
December 16, 2018 - New York

Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Loudon Wainwright III, Teddy Thompson, Sloan Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens, Martha Plimpton, Lucy Wainwright Roche & more The legendary Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright's Christmas show, "Noel Nights," is back in New York City! Featuring three generations of the Wainwright and McGarrigle families along with many special guests, the show has previously been presented in Montreal, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Nashville. This year, after a 4 year hiatus, the show is returning to New York City on Dec. 16 at Town Hall. The show features not only Martha and Rufus but also Emmylou Harris, Loudon Wainwright III, Teddy Thompson, Sloan Wainwright, Lucy Wainwright Roche and more special guests to be announced. Described by The New York Times as "typical Christmas-time family gathering motley, convivial, multi-generational, jokey, affectionate and tinged with both skepticism and faith," the Christmas show has been a family tradition since 2005 when Kate and Anna McGarrigle released their classic album, "The McGarrigle Christmas Hour." Part concert and part family reunion the show was inspired by Kate McGarrigle, Ru... (read more)

Waitress - Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Through December 16, 2018 - New York

Based on the 2007 film by the late Adrienne Shelly, Waitress follows Jenna, a pregnant waitress in the south trapped in an abusive marriage and looking for a happy ending. She finds relief—and potentially that happy ending—by making creatively titled pies and forming a romance with an unlikely newcomer.

Hamilton - Richard Rodgers Theatre
Through December 16, 2018 - New York

Hamilton is the story of the unlikely Founding Father determined to make his mark on the new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From bastard orphan to Washington's right-hand man, rebel to war hero, a loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal, to the Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and Hamilton's lifelong friend/foil Aaron Burr all make their mark in this astonishing new musical exploration of a political mastermind.

That PHYSICS or CHEMISTRY SHOW - Playroom Theater
Through December 16, 2018 - NY

THAT PHYSICS SHOW is now in it's third year. THAT CHEMISTRY SHOW is in its second year. Long time Physics demonstrator Dave Maiullo and Chemistry Demonstrator Borislau Bilash weave some 30 science demonstrations into a funny and entertaining theatrical production. PHYSICS won the 2016 Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Unique Theatrical Experience of the year. Performances are at noon and 3pm every Saturday and Sunday. Many school and camp performances are scheduled as requested. In September, a third science show will be added...THAT INVENTIONS SHOW. www.sciencetheatercompany.com

Alaska - The Laurie Beechman Theatre
Through December 17, 2018 - New York

This year Alaska and Jeremy are going to be spending the holidays... in space. Join international siren of stage and screen, Alaska, and her psychic sidekick Handsome Jeremy, as they take a musical journey through space and time. What perils await them beyond the galaxy we call home? Will they meet certain danger, or will they find a civilization even more beautiful and wondrous than our own? And what is the best way to hang tinsel in space?

Scott Joplin - Jazz at Lincoln Center
Through December 17, 2018 - New York

Scott Joplin was taken from us far too early, but his later works and his ambitious opera Treemonisha show an incredibly forward-thinking composer taking ever-new risks. We'll look at these works, and explore his lasting legacy.

Once on This Island - 235 West 50th Street
Through December 19, 2018 - New York

This is the sweeping theatrical power of Once On This Island—the universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods (played by Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, Alex Newell, Merle Dandridge, and Quentin Earl Darrington), Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. The groundbreaking vision of Tony Award-nominated director Michael Arden and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown conjures up "a place where magic is possible and beauty is apparent for all to see!" (The Huffington Post). Gather around for Once On This Island, the musical NY1 hails as "exhilarating theater! It's impossible to resist!" And where the timeless power of theatre brings us together, moves our hearts, and helps us weather the storm.

The Emperor’s New Clothes and More Magical Stories - Theatre Row
Through December 22, 2018 - New York

The Emperor’s New Clothes and More Magical Stories by Hans Christian Andersen Playing at Theatre Row, a program of Building for the Arts NY, Inc. 410 West 42nd Street, NYC 10036 (212) 239-6200 November 24th - December 22nd, 2018 | Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm *Sensory Friendly Performances: December 9th at 11am Adapted for the Stage by Barbara Zinn Krieger (Interstellar Cinderella, Wanda’s Monster) Devised and Directed by Adrienne Kapstein (War Horse, Wanda’s Monster) Original Music by Charles Greenberg (Young Charles Dickens) A normal day at the park becomes so much more when a young girl gets swept away into four of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tales: The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Nightingale and The Ugly Duckling. The company that brought you Interstellar Cinderella invites you to discover why some fairy tales never get old. 50 minutes duration. Best for ages 5-8 | Tickets starting at $29.25 | Tickets on sale now at: https://nycchildrenstheater.org/shows-and-events/current-season/ #MoreMagicalStories Story Time at Strand Books featuring Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales Saturday, November 17th at 11am

The 35th Annual Music Box Christmas Double Feature & Sing-A-Long - Music Box Theatre
Through December 24, 2018 - New York

Who could have predicted on that snowy Christmas Eve in 1983, when the operator of a vintage movie theater in Chicago decided to show two old holiday movies and sing a few Christmas carols during the intermission, that over 30 years later the Music Box Christmas Show would become a 9-day extravaganza that grows more popular with each passing year? People from all around Chicagoland have made this terrific, old-fashioned event part of their family's holiday tradition. Friday, December 7th IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - 6:30pm WHITE CHRISTMAS - 9:45pm Saturday, December 8th WHITE CHRISTMAS - 12:00pm, 6:30pm IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - 3:15pm, 9:45pm Sunday, December 9th IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - 12:00pm, 6:30pm WHITE CHRISTMAS - 3:15pm Friday, December 14th IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - 6:30pm WHITE CHRISTMAS - 9:45pm Saturday, December 15th IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - 12:00pm, 6:30pm WHITE CHRISTMAS - 3:15pm, 9:45pm Sunday, December 16th WHITE CHRISTMAS - 12:00pm, 6:30pm IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - 3:15pm Friday, December 21st WHITE CHRISTMAS - 12:00pm, 6:30pm IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - 3:15pm, 9:45pm Saturday, December 22nd IT'S A WONDERFUL L... (read more)

Models and Bottles Fridays ... Free on the A.C. Pass Guest List - Show
Through December 29, 2018 - New York City

Models and Bottles Fridays Text keyword SHOWNYC to 83361 for Instant RSVP and chance to win a VIP Party (FREE Admission, Bottle & More!) SHOW. NYC Nightclubs. 135 West 41st Street. Times Square. 10 pm-???(Broadway and 6th Ave) A.C. Pass List invites you to "The Original" Models and Bottles Fridays at NYCs newest premier hotspot, Show NYC! This will be the biggest Friday Night party NYC has ever seen. Top DJs, aerialists, dancers, expert mixologists, bottle service served by our #Showgirls, a true VIP experience, a sexy crowd, all in a spectacular new venue. Ask about our specials, VIP packages and Group/ Birthday specials.. World reknown DJs play open format, house music, old skool, top 40, mash-ups and more. Everyone receives complimentary admission on the “A.C. Pass List” (ladies til 12am, Gents til 12am). Ask me about special birthday (& group) packages. Call me direct @ 917.653.0768 for Table Service and more details. 21+ID. To expedite entry, get on the "A.C. Pass Guest List" please e-mail me directly, crisac@mac.com. Doors and list opens at 10 pm & all list closes at 2 am. All admission is at the discretion of the doorman. Dress fashionable please. Dress code: Ladie... (read more)

SEE MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS at The Paris Theatre and then continue your royal experience at The Plaza! - The Paris Theatre
Through December 31, 2018 - New York

Starting December 7, those who purchase a ticket to see MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS at The Paris Theatre will be invited to The Plaza to continue their royal experience. With the purchase of any cocktail or evening fare at The Rose Club at The Plaza, the moviegoer will receive a uniquely regal dessert inspired by Queen Mary. How does the promotion work? Here’s what is required to receive the complimentary item at The Plaza: - Guest must purchase a ticket to see MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS at The Paris Theatre in New York City, NY. The theatre is located at 4 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019. - Guest must exchange their ticket for a promotional invite at The Paris’ box office. - From December 7-December 31, 2018 -- guest must purchase a cocktail or food at The Rose Club AND present the promotional invite to their server. To purchase tickets, please visit: www.MQOSxThePlazaxTheParis.com ABOUT Academy Award nominees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie star as Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I in MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. When Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth... (read more)

SEE MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS at The Paris Theatre and then continue your royal experience at The Plaza! - The Paris Theatre
Through December 31, 2018 - New York

Starting December 7, those who purchase a ticket to see MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS at The Paris Theatre will be invited to The Plaza to continue their royal experience. With the purchase of any cocktail or evening fare at The Rose Club at The Plaza, the moviegoer will receive a uniquely regal dessert inspired by Queen Mary. How does the promotion work? Here’s what is required to receive the complimentary item at The Plaza: - Guest must purchase a ticket to see MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS at The Paris Theatre in New York City, NY. The theatre is located at 4 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019. - Guest must exchange their ticket for a promotional invite at The Paris’ box office. - From December 7-December 31, 2018 -- guest must purchase a cocktail or food at The Rose Club AND present the promotional invite to their server. To purchase tickets, please visit: www.MQOSxThePlazaxTheParis.com ABOUT Academy Award nominees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie star as Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I in MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. When Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth... (read more)

Owners Pop Up - Refinery Hotel
Through December 31, 2018 - New York

Come and shop Owners at the Refinery Hotel this December. Open Wednesdays - Sundays, 11am - 7pm, we are showcasing elevated fashion, beauty, and accessories all designed by female-owned brands in NYC. Owners is a highly curated multi-brand pop-up focusing on women-owners in the realm of sustainable and ethical fashion. Our brands are hand selected based on aesthetic, values, quality, and thoughtful production. We bring together a group of brands who share your values so that together we can have a larger impact. Owners offers you an approachable venue for discovering independently owned brands so that you can feel good about your dollars going directly to a small business owner.

Winter Pit Stop Pop Up - Trademark Taste + Grind
Through January 01, 2019 - New York

Trademark Taste + Grind will be transformed into the whitest, brightest wonderland with their Winter Pit Stop pop up! Retreat from the busy streets and the usual holiday hustle and bustle of Midtown Manhattan, as you walk through an arch of twinkling lights leading you to the cozy coffee bar brimming with festive decorations and libations.

Toward A Concrete Utopia: Architecture In Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 - The Museum of Modern Art
Through January 13, 2019 - Manhattan

Situated between the capitalist West and the socialist East, Yugoslavia's architects responded to contradictory demands and influences, developing a postwar architecture both in line with and distinct from the design approaches seen elsewhere in Europe and beyond. The architecture that emerged—from International Style skyscrapers to Brutalist "social condensers"—is a manifestation of the radical diversity, hybridity, and idealism that characterized the Yugoslav state itself. Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 introduces the exceptional work of socialist Yugoslavia's leading architects to an international audience for the first time, highlighting a significant yet thus-far understudied body of modernist architecture, whose forward-thinking contributions still resonate today.

Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done - The Museum of Modern Art
Through February 03, 2019 - Manhattan

For a brief period in the early 1960s, a group of choreographers, visual artists, composers, and filmmakers made use of a local church to present performances that Village Voice critic Jill Johnston declared the most exciting new developments in dance in a generation. Redefining the kinds of movement that could count as dance, the Judson participants—Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, Philip Corner, Bill Dixon, Judith Dunn, David Gordon, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Fred Herko, Robert Morris, Steve Paxton, Rudy Perez, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Carolee Schneemann, and Elaine Summers, among others—would go on to profoundly shape all fields of art in the second half of the 20th century. Taking its name from the Judson Memorial Church, a socially engaged Protestant congregation in New York's Greenwich Village, Judson Dance Theater was organized as a series of open workshops from which its participants developed performances. Together, the artists challenged traditional understandings of choreography, expanding dance in ways that reconsidered its place in the world. They employed new compositional methods to strip dance of its theatrical conventions, incorporating "ordinary" movements—ge... (read more)

Constantin Brancusi Sculpture - The Museum of Modern Art
Through February 24, 2019 - Manhattan

Poet Erza Pound spoke of artist Constantin Brancusi's work as providing "the master keys to the world of form." Over a career that spanned half a century, Brancusi's innovations transformed sculpture as it had been known, and influenced generations of artists to come. After moving to Paris in 1904 from his native Romania, Brancusi affected the appearance of a Romanian peasant—a long beard, work shirt, and sandals—while embedding himself in avant-garde art circles. He soon began pushing modernist sculpture to the threshold of abstraction, developing a new, simplified vocabulary of graceful crescents, gleaming ovoids, and rough-hewn blocks that often evoked rather than resembled the things named in their titles, such as Bird in Space or Fish. He put the natural properties of his materials on display, carving directly into wood and stone and polishing metal to high reflectivity. The bases for his sculptures were often built of stacked elements—wood cubes, cylindrical slices, pyramidal blocks, or cruciform stones—becoming an integral component of the work itself and hinting at the possibility of infinite rearrangement, an idea that would prove fertile in future decades.

Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts - The Museum of Modern Art
Through March 17, 2019 - Manhattan

Schaulager, Basel, The Museum of Modern Art, and MoMA PS1 present the first comprehensive retrospective of American artist Bruce Nauman (b. 1941) in over 20 years. Opening at Schaulager in March 2018 and traveling to New York in October of that year, the exhibition expands upon the rich holdings of the organizing institutions. Spanning the artist's entire career, from the mid-1960s to the present, Disappearing Acts provides a singular opportunity to experience his command of a wide range of mediums, from drawing, printmaking, photography, and sculpture to performance, film, neon, and large-scale installations.

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