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Things to Do in the Theater District This Week - September 16-September 23

September 16, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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Planning on catching a Broadway show in New York City's Theater District during your visit to the Big Apple? If so, make sure you check out City Guide's list of things to do in the Theater District this week for all the best of this famed midtown area. Museums, galleries, restaurants, and bars can all be found in the heart of the city.

Act One, Scene Two Directed and Produced by Diana DiCostanzo - The Tank
September 16, 2018 - New York

Experience the creation of an original play in real time! Each performance features a different guest playwright who's brought us the first scene of an unfinished play. We'll perform their scene for you while reading it for the first time, then improvise the rest - starting from Act One, Scene Two. Theater can't get any more live than this!

Sunday Gospel Brunch with the World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir All You Can Eat - Sony Hall
September 16, 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!

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - Birdland
September 16, 2018 - New York

Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O'Farrill -- leader of the "first family of Afro-Cuban Jazz" (NY Times) -- was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Son of the late, great composer Chico O'Farrill, Arturo was Educated at Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He played piano in Carla Bley's Big Band from 1979 through 1983 and earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Belafonte. The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is the resident large format ensemble of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) founded by Arturo O'Farrill in 2007 and dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin jazz, supporting its performance for new audiences, and educating young people in the understanding and performance of this important cultural treasure. For more information about the orchestra and other ALJA initiatives, please visit us at www.afrolatinjazz.org

David Davila - Laurie Beechman Theater
September 16, 2018 - New York

The award-winning composer of Manuel Vs the Statue of Liberty, #52Songs, Vox Pop, and Promèsa returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre with host of new songs, old favorites, and a regular band of merry collaborators and Broadway guest stars!

'12 Angry Men' Performed by 12 Impassioned Women - Theatre Row
September 16, 2018 - New York

12 ANGRY MEN was written by reginald rose in 1954, 19 years before women were permitted to serve on juries in all 50 states. On Sunday, September 16, hear the story told by women. 12 Broadway women will lend their impassioned voices and read this 90-minute classic about the power one person can have when they speak with conviction in our judicial system. After the staged reading, audience members, cast, and staff will have the opportunity to update their voter registration in anticipation of the November 6th Midterm Elections. Information will also be given about how to increase voter registration and voter turnout.

Celebrating Cannonball's 90th with special guest Jimmy Cobb - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
September 16, 2018 - New York

With alto saxophonist Jim Snidero, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist Nat Reeves, and drummer Jimmy Cobb.

TCS New York City Marathon Training Series 18M - New York Road Runners
September 16, 2018 - New York

The 2018 TCS New York City Marathon is within reach! This 18-miler is the third and final race of new TCS New York City Marathon Training Series, a new set of races designed support your training plan. All finishers will receive 9+1 credit for the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon.

Dear Evan Hansen - Music Box Theatre
Through September 16, 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 September 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.

Reese Witherspoon: Whiskey in a Tea Cup Book Tour - The Town Hall
September 17, 2018 - New York

Each Ticket comes with a copy of Reeses new book Whiskey In a Teacup

Reese Witherspoon's Whiskey in a Teacup Tour - The Town Hall
September 17, 2018 - New York

Grab your friends and join Reese Witherspoon for a fun night of lively conversation! With her debut book, Whiskey in a Teacup, the Academy award-winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur invites you into her world, where she infuses the southern style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm. Reese will share personal stories about what growing up in the South taught her about life, love, and work, and fans will learn how she entertains, decorates her home, and makes holidays special for her family. She will be joined by a special guest for the conversation and audiences will learn just how easy it is to bring a little bit of Reese's world into their home, no matter where they live.

Jared Weiss - Laurie Beechman Theater
September 17, 2018 - New York

Recording and Performing artist Jared Weiss performs songs from his debut album ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. This genre hopping confessional features songs of love, loss, redemption and rain (and even a story or two). Along with a kick-ass band, Jared invites you to experience the conception and birth of his latest musical offering

Clockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton with the Ben Markley Big Band featuring Terell Stafford - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
September 17, 2018 - New York

With trumpeters Terell Stafford, Nick Marchione, John Lake, and Dan Jonas; saxophonists Wil Swindler, Scott Turpen, Peter Sommer, and Joel Frahm; trombonists Paul McKee and Gary Mayne; pianist Ben Markley, guitarist Steve Kovalcheck, bassist David Wong, and drummer Jim White.

Broadway Buskers: Carner & Gregor - Broadway Plaza
September 18, 2018 - New York

Broadway Buskers are concerts of original music, hits from yesterday and today, and musical theater tunes with singer-songwriters who happen to be Broadway actors and composers, curated and hosted by Ben Cameron, the host of Broadway Sessions, and BroadwayCon. Broadway Buskers is part of TSQ ? NYC, approximately 30 hours per week of free summer music and public programming throughout the Broadway Pedestrian Plazas, amidst the lights and sounds of the iconic setting of Times Square, the Crossroads of the World. Sam Carner and Derek Gregor’s musical Unlock’d ran Off-Broadway in a Prospect production at the Duke Theater and recently played Houston’s Queensbury Theatre. Their show Island Song has dozens of productions slated for 2018-19 around the world, having played the Adirondack Theatre Festival, London’s Stratford Circus, Oakland University, Circle in the Square Theatre School, and many more. The studio cast album starring Jeremy Jordan, Kimiko Glenn and more is available at www.IslandSongMusical.com. Their musical Toast had workshops at the Bloomington Playwrights Project, NC State, and Johnny Mercer Colony. Among Playbill.com’s “Contemporary Songwriters You Should Know,” they... (read more)

Cory Branan - Opry City Stage
September 18, 2018 - New York

ADIOS is Cory Branan's death record. Not the cheeriest of openings, but like all of Branan's mercurial work, it's probably not what you think. As funny and defiant as it is touching and sad, this self-dubbed "loser's survival kit" doesn't spare its subjects or the listener. Not even Branan's deceased father is let off the hook. In the tender homage "The Vow" he drolly cites his father's favorite banality "that's what you get for thinking" as "probably not the best lesson for kids." For most songwriters that would be the punchline but Branan pushes through words and, in his father's actions, finds a kind of "genius in the effortless way he just 'did'." Not all the death on ADIOS is literal mortality. "Imogene" is sung from the wreckage of a love that once "poked fun at the pain, stoked the sun in the rain" but ends with the urgent call to "act on the embers, ash won't remember the way back to fire."

Kelly Green Trio - The Green Room 42
September 19, 2018 - New York

"Kelly Green is a triple threat here as pianist, vocalist and composer" -George Harris, JAZZ WEEKLY Kelly Green a young, critically acclaimed jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, and bandleader makes her Green Room 42 debut with her trio featuring the brilliant musicians Alex Tremblay on upright bass and Evan Hyde on drums. The Kelly Green Trio has recently performed and toured in Colombia, Florida, Rhode Island, San Francisco, and Connecticut, and most often in New York City in Jazz clubs such as the Jazz Standard, Mezzrow, Fat Cat, and Minton's. They will play an interactive, tightly arranged, and exciting set of songs from the great American songbook and jazz classics including Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, and Rogers/Hammerstein as well as original compositions by Kelly Green from her highly recommended recently released debut album "Life Rearranged". With Sarah Vaughan-esque vocals and swinging piano, upright bass, and drums the Kelly Green Trio creates a relaxed and exciting 1940's style sexy ambience that will take you through a range of emotions. It is the perfect group to enjoy while having a glass of wine, enjoying the company of a date, or relaxing after a long day on the t... (read more)

Once on This Island - 235 West 50th Street
Through September 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.

Ulysses Owens, Jr. THREE - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
September 20, 2018 - New York

With drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr., bassist Reuben Rogers, and vibraphonist Joel Ross.

BRYANT PARK KICKS OFF 16TH SEASON OF YOGA CLASSES MAY 24 - Bryant Park
Through September 20, 2018 - New York

Bryant Park’s yoga classes, believed to be the largest regularly scheduled outdoor series of its kind in the world, begin a new season Thursday, May 24. The twice-weekly classes will be held Tuesday mornings on the Upper Terrace 10 AM-11 AM, and Thursday evenings on the Lawn 6 PM-7PM. All classes are free and open to the public. The 2018 yoga season is made possible by the generosity of KeVita®, a leading manufacturer of fermented probiotic and kombucha beverages. A supporting sponsor, Gaiam, a yoga, fitness and wellness brand, will donate 1,200 yoga mats for participants to use throughout the season. Both partners will also participate in the Bryant Park Frequent Yogi loyalty program, rewarding returning attendees for their dedication. Bryant Park’s yoga classes draw thousands of participants throughout the warm weather months, making it one of the park’s most-attended activities. The Thursday evening class has drawn over 1,500 people during a single session. This year on select Tuesday mornings, Bryant Park introduces post-class yoga workshops on topics including self-care, meditation, and alignment with instructors from the Gaiam Wellness Studio, located in Lord & Taylor o... (read more)

Sustainable Investing Group Meeting - CFA Society New York
September 21, 2018 - New York

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The Nerds - Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
September 21, 2018 - New York

They have shared a stage with Sheryl Crow, Hootie and the Blowfish, Earth Wind and Fire, Train, The Go-Gos, Maroon 5, Southside Johnny, and many, many more. And now The Nerds are ready to welcome you on board for a night of Rock n Roll fun-omenon. Roll back the years and relive the magic of The Nerds' Rockin' The River Cruise and an era when The Nerds were the soundtrack of your lives.

Sunday Gospel Brunch with the World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir All You Can Eat - Sony Hall
September 23, 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 September 23, 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.

Ulysses Owens, Jr.'s New Century Big Band - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through September 23, 2018 - New York

With drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr..

Tanya Aguiñiga: Craft & Care - Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)
Through September 23, 2018 - New York

Los Angeles–based artist and designer Tanya Aguiñiga has established herself as a crucial voice working at the intersection of fiber art, design, social practice, and activism. Her work, ranging from her "Performance Crafting" series—which uses craft to generate dialogues about identity, culture, and gender—to furniture whose material and form reimagine its functionality to provide "support," shows a commitment to design thinking as political. At the heart of her practice is an inquiry into how community is created, and the role that craft, design, and materiality play in its formation. Founded by Aguiñiga and launched in 2015, AMBOS (Art Made Between Opposite Sides) is a long-term initiative that activates sites along the US–Mexico border through collaborative art-making and storytelling projects. Started as a month-long activation at the San Ysidro border crossing in Tijuana, it has evolved its focus to record and paint a picture of life along the length of the border. To date, AMBOS, in collaboration with artists and community organizations working with border issues/themes, has produced programs along the border between the United States and Mexico, stopping at thirteen US/M... (read more)

La Frontera - Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)
Through September 23, 2018 - New York

Nearly two thousand miles long, the US-Mexico border (la frontera) is the most frequently crossed international border in the world. Although predominantly depicted in the American media as a hub of drug trafficking and violence, the border—porous in nature—is also a place that allows for the exchange of ideas, wealth, and culture. Recently at the forefront of political and cultural conversation following the current US President's anti-immigration discourse and executive orders, the border has been characterized by contradictions since the nineteenth century, when the US annexed an important portion of Mexican territory. For Mexicans, Central Americans, and the United States citizens living alongside it, the border presents daily challenges that carry within them both hope and devastation. It is a complex physical, economic, cultural, social, and emotional landscape of human interaction.

Urbanworld Film Festival 2018 - AMC Empire 25
Through September 24, 2018 - New York City

Founded in 1997, the Urbanworld Film Festival is a five-day event presented by the non-profit the Urbanworld Foundation, who promotes the involvement of multicultural communities in the film industry. The event showcases documentaries, screenplay readings, narratives and short films by emerging talent. As the largest event of its kind, Urbanworld plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of multicultural individuals being represented in the media.

The Long Run - MoMA : Museum of Modern Art
Through November 04, 2018 - New York

Floor Four, The David Geffen Galleries Innovation in art is often characterized as a singular event—a bolt of lightning that strikes once and forever changes what follows. The Long Run provides an alternate view: by chronicling the continued experimentation of artists long after their breakthrough moments, it suggests that invention results from sustained critical thinking, persistent observation, and countless hours in the studio. Each work in this presentation exemplifies an artist’s distinct evolution. For some, this results from continually testing the boundaries of a given medium, for others it reflects the pressures of social, economic, and political circumstances. Often, it is a combination of both. The Long Run includes monographic galleries and rooms that bring together artists across a broad range of backgrounds and approaches. All the artists in this presentation—drawn entirely from MoMA’s collection—are united by a ceaseless desire to make meaningful work, year after year, across decades. They include Lee Bontecou, Louise Bourgeois, Melvin Edwards, Gego, Philip Guston, David Hammons, Jasper Johns, Joan Jonas, Helen Levitt, Elizabeth Murray, Georgia O’Keeffe, Gerhard ... (read more)

Healthy on the Hudson — Tai Chi - Pier 84
Through November 05, 2018 - New York

Take your workout to our waterfront with Healthy on the Hudson! This FREE exercise series returns for our 20th Anniversary season, giving you opportunities to get fit in your Park every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday all summer long. Every Monday in June and July from 6:30 – 7:30 PM, join us for Tai Chi at Pier 84 in partnership with T'ai Chi Chuan! All are welcome to participate in this ancient Chinese system of movement for health and vitality.

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.

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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