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Things to Do in Midtown This Week - November 11-November 18

November 11, 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.

Amigos De La Zarzuela - Carnegie Hall
November 11, 2018 - New York

Zarzuela (Spanish pronunciation: [?a???wela]) is a Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes, the latter incorporating operatic and popular song, as well as dance. The etymology of the name is uncertain, but some propose it may derive from the name of a Royal hunting lodge, the Palacio de la Zarzuela near Madrid, where, allegedly, this type of entertainment was first presented to the court.[1] The palace was named after the place called "La Zarzuela" because of the profusion of brambles (zarzas) that grew there, and so the festivities held within the walls became known as "Zarzuelas".

Sunday Gospel Brunch with the World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir All You Can Eat - Sony Hall
November 11, 2018 - New York

The Choir brings their experience of Harlem and the Black Church to Times Square in a foot stomping, hand clapping show for fans from around the world. The home-style "all you can eat" southern buffet is guaranteed to fill the hole in your soul, and the Choir's joyous performance will have you dancing on the stage. See more info on the B.B. King Blues Club website!

Jon Faddis Quartet - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
November 11, 2018 - New York

With trumpeter and leader Jon Faddis, pianist David Hazeltine, bassist Todd Coolman, and drummer Dion Parson. Legendary trumpeter Jon Faddis, protégé of the great Dizzy Gillespie, returns to Dizzy's Club to great demand. Known for an extraordinary and virtually unparalleled range, Faddis has complete mastery over the trumpet. He evokes the voices of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Roy Eldridge, and, of course, Gillespie, all while remaining true to his own. Faddis' illustrious career has seen him perform with top jazz musicians, including Lionel Hampton, Charles Mingus, and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. For some of the best trumpet playing you'll ever hear, don't miss out this special one night appearance at Dizzy's Club.

The Orchestra Now: Tan Dun & Respighi's Pines of Rome - Jazz at Lincoln Center
November 11, 2018 - New York

Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer and conductor Tan Dun leads The Orchestra Now in a Respighi classic, the vivid Pines of Rome. Plus, two of his own works: the U.S. Premiere of a cello concerto, and a recent piece where birdsong is produced by smartphone.

Beauty and the Beast - The New Victory Theater
Through November 11, 2018 - Midtown

Brimming with surprises and broad comic delights, this rowdy and rustic re-telling of the familiar French fable features a feisty heroine, a preposterous pair of loudmouthed, spoiled sisters and an enchanted prince with some monstrously bad pick-up lines. An ensemble of six actor-musicians weaves spellbinding narration, clever dialogue, and a Jazz Age score into a ferociously fun show about love, family and the notion that beauty—and beastliness—are only skin-deep.

Dear Evan Hansen - Music Box Theatre
Through November 11, 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."

Hamilton - Richard Rodgers Theatre
Through November 11, 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.

Muldoon's Picnic - Irish Arts Center
November 12, 2018 - New York

The critically-acclaimed feast of music, storytelling, poetry, and more—now in its eighth season—has become a staple of New York's cultural diet. Led by Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon, this words-and-music jamboree features an evolving lineup of world-class special guests from across the spectrum of arts and letters.

Free Skating For Vets - Bryant Park
November 12, 2018 - New York

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is offering veterans and active military members, plus four guests, free skate rentals, at the only admission-free skating rink in NYC, when they show their ID.

Broadway Under the Stars - The Shops at Columbus Circle
November 12, 2018 - New York

Select cast from today’s hottest Broadway musicals will perform every Monday at 5pm from November 12 to December 10 on the second-floor mezzanine, with the final performance of the Broadway series on Dec. 10 against the backdrop of the famous twelve massive stars. These stars are the largest specialty crafted exhibit of illuminated color display in the world, which hang from the 100-foot-high ceilings. Select cast from today’s hottest Broadway musicals will perform every Monday at 5pm from November 12 to December 10 on the second-floor mezzanine, with the final performance of the Broadway series on Dec. 10 against the backdrop of the famous twelve massive stars. These stars are the largest specialty crafted exhibit of illuminated color display in the world, which hang from the 100-foot-high ceilings. Hosted by Broadway actor George Psomas(Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific), the casts of the following shows will perform songs from the given musicals for approximately 20 minutes each: ·       Nov. 12 – School of Rock, Kinky Boots, Anastasia, Be More Chill  ·       Nov. 19 – Ruben & Clay's Christmas Show, Head Over Heels, The Band’s Visit, Beautiful: The Carole King Musi... (read more)

The Distant Light Latvian Radio Choir Sigvards K?ava, conductor - St Mary the Virgin Church
November 13, 2018 - New York

Known around the world for its "miraculously cohesive sound" (Guardian, U.K.) and imaginative programs, the Latvian Radio Choir returns to the White Light Festival for a luminous evening of a cappella music. Pairing transcendent Mahler with contemporary Latvian composers and a beautiful meditation by visionary Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov, the choir moves seamlessly between Latvian, Old Slavonic, Tibetan, German, and English texts to illuminate a universal yearning for inner peace.

Private Wealth Management Group Meeting - CFA Society New York
November 13, 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.

Scavenger Hunt - Bryant Park
November 13, 2018 - New York

Join us for the 8th annual Holiday Shops Scavenger Hunt. Discover 10 items hidden throughout the kiosks. First to find all 10 items wins! Tuesday, November 13, 5:00pm–7:00pm Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

Waiting for Godot By Samuel Beckett Directed by Garry Hynes Produced by Druid - Gerald W Lynch Theater
Through November 13, 2018 - New York

Laugh, abide, despair, persevere: Ireland's iconic Druid theater company presents Samuel Beckett's irreverent masterpiece, Waiting for Godot. Existential ennui meets startling slapstick comedy in this "superb reimagining" (Guardian, U.K.) by Tony Award–winning director Garry Hynes that offers a refreshing perspective on our tragicomic plight.

The New York Pops - Carnegie Hall
November 16, 2018 - New York

From overtures to dream ballets to 11 o'clock numbers, The New York Pops presents your favorite moments from musical theater, featuring compositions by Leonard Bernstein, Richard Rodgers, and Jule Styne.

Sustainable Investing Group Meeting - CFA Society New York
November 16, 2018 - New York

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AstroCafe - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
November 16, 2018 - New York

Imagine your life today without the Internet, personal digital device, Instagram, Facebook, or the ability to predict weather (or find that special pizza place in Brooklyn.) Or services and products essentially unknown just 30 years ago. Many of those recent advances came about, believe it or not, because of the space and satellite industries. They are indispensable to daily life. Go back even further and think of the century before airplanes, cars, TV, electric lighting and many of the things from the Industrial Age that totally transformed the human economy. This is where we are NOW. But don't worry. Space-age innovators are creating a "New Space" economy right here. Dr. Joseph N. Pelton, former Dean of the International Space University, Founding President of the Society of Satellite Professionals International and Pulitzer Prize nominated author, will discuss how this new global economy will change the world and recast humans as masters of time and space. And give us things as unimaginable as an airplane trip in the year 1820! The evening will also include an opportunity to meet recipients of the first-ever Astropreneurship Awards, presented on November 1st by the New York S... (read more)

Food Cart Tour of Midtown - Bank of America Tower
November 16, 2018 - New York

Get a taste of Manhattan's best street food on this culinary exploration of New York City's most iconic food carts and food trucks. You'll hear the stories of hard-working sidewalk entrepreneurs, learn about the history of street vending, and understand the daily challenges and triumphs of operating these thriving but feverishly demanding small businesses. While the menu changes from week to week depending on which vendors are out that day, gourmet tastings may include Bengali kati rolls, Egyptian falafel, Belgian waffles smothered in a cookie-based topping, and more! This tour is available on Fridays in the Midtown along Sixth Avenue not far from Bryant Park and Times Square.

The New York Pops | Song and Dance: The Best of Broadway - Carnegie Hall
November 16, 2018 - New York

From overtures to dream ballets to 11 o’clock numbers, The New York Pops presents your favorite moments from musical theater, featuring compositions by Leonard Bernstein, Richard Rodgers, and Jule Styne.

Lincoln Center White Light Festival 2018 Presents: Only The Sound Remains - Jazz at Lincoln Center
November 17, 2018 - New York

A ghost and an angel emerge from a world of light and shadow in Kaija Saariaho's hypnotic new opera directed by Peter Sellars. Sung in English with supertitles. Pre-performance discussion with Kaija Saariaho, Peter Sellars, and Ara Guzelimian on Sunday, November 18 at 3:45 pm in the Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman Studio A White Light Lounge will follow each performance. CREDITS A co-production of Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam, Finnish National Opera, Opera National de Paris, Teatro Real, and Canadian Opera Company As one of the original co-commissioners of Kaija Saariaho's Only the Sound Remains, the Canadian Opera Company is proud to support the North American premiere of this work at Lincoln Center's White Light Festival.

Michael Franks - Sony Hall
Through November 17, 2018 - New York

General Admission Only Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm See more at the Sony Hall website!

The Carlos Henriquez Project - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through November 17, 2018 - New York

Bassist and composer Carlos Henriquez is one of the first truly bilingual musicians, a virtuoso in both jazz and Afro-Latin traditions. Henriquez has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra since he was only 19 years old, and New York Latin Culture calls him "the most important Latin jazz artist in New York City today, the heir to the legacy of Tito Puente." The Bronx native has been a phenomenon since high school, back when he was playing with greats like Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Celia Cruz, and he is now emerging as one of Latin jazz's most compelling composers, bandleaders, and music directors. Tonight's show is the debut of his newest project, a program curated entirely by Henriquez to explore new angles of the Latin jazz continuum. As always, it will be a lively, insightful, and technically marvelous marriage of established traditions and cutting-edge possibilities.

Sunday Gospel Brunch with the World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir All You Can Eat - Sony Hall
November 18, 2018 - New York

The Choir brings their experience of Harlem and the Black Church to Times Square in a foot stomping, hand clapping show for fans from around the world. The home-style "all you can eat" southern buffet is guaranteed to fill the hole in your soul, and the Choir's joyous performance will have you dancing on the stage. See more info on the B.B. King Blues Club website!

Hamilton - Richard Rodgers Theatre
Through November 18, 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.

Iliza Shlesinger - Carolines on Broadway
Through November 18, 2018 - New York

Iliza is one of today's leading comedians with a fan base who show their loyalty by creating their own Iliza inspired swag to wear to her shows. She recently completed hosting her late night limited run talk show "Truth & Iliza," on Freeform (formerly ABC Family). The self styled talk show is a cross between social commentary, politics, pop culture and Iliza's specific brand of feminism. In November 2017, she released her first book Girl Logic: The Genius and the Absurdity (Hachette Book Group) a subversively funny collection of essays and observations on a confident woman's approach to friendship, singlehood, and relationships. Iliza's fourth Netflix special Elder Millennial will premiere later in 2018 and she's currently filming the Paramount Pictures film "Instant Family," starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne. In September 2016, Iliza premiered her latest Netflix special, Confirmed Kills, which finds the comedian in top form, tackling poignant topics while not trading on laughs. She recently wrapped up her first 15 city national theatre tour with "Iliza: The Confirmed Kills Tour" and is currently readying her next stand-up special. For the second year in a row, Iliza... (read more)

The Now - Largest Interactive Public Art - Coolture Impact
Through November 24, 2018 - New York

he Now, created by video artists Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger in collaboration with interactivity designers NoirFlux and Karan Parikh, is the first featured art presentation at Coolture Impact and the largest interactive public art installation on the windows of the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Times Square. The now offers a journey into magical worlds, intertwining reality and fantasy, opening doors to hidden places and participatory environments. The Now explores transitory spaces and unseen parallel realities, in a cinematic voyage to visually striking realms, live painting, and animated characters with evolving narratives. Visitors are invited to walk, move and unravel the different storylines.

Velocity - The New Victory Theater
Through November 25, 2018 - Midtown

Don't miss your chance to see James Devine's "Fastest Feet in the World" and five-time World Irish Dance Champion David Geaney in a bold and blazing tap performance for the ages. Two illustrious Irish hoofers come together in an intimate, no-nonsense jam session of impossible scuffles, shuffles and every time step in between. Backed by a rocking Celtic band and DJ, and featuring the award-winning dancer AnneMarie Keaney, VELOCITY is a high-octane celebration of the past, present and future of Irish dance.

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

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)

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.

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