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Things to Do on the Upper West Side This Week - December 10-December 17

December 10, 2017 - by CG Directory Editor
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Located on the west side of NYC's iconic Central Park, the Upper West Side is home to the Museum of Natural History, The Juilliard School, Levain Bakery, and the Catherdral of Saint John the Divine, among many other iconic hangouts. City Guide has compiled the best things to do on the Upper West City this week, and you won't want to miss out on any of it.

Milstein Science Series: Celebrating Cephalopods - American Museum of Natural History
December 10, 2017 - New York

Cephalopods like octopuses and squids have fascinated humans for millennia. In the last two decades, marine biologists have discovered many new species and documented intriguing and unexpected behaviors and adaptions within this diverse group of animals. Learn more about these marine marvels through performances, presentations, and live animal encounters at this family-friendly festival. The Milstein Science Series is proudly sponsored by the Irma and Paul Milstein Family.

Aquarium - 45 Years Anniversary Tour - Beacon Theater
December 10, 2017 - New York

BG. B for Boris. G for Grebenshikov. In Russia and Ukraine, in Belarus and Latvia, as well as in many other former Soviet Union countries, these initials immediately identify the man who, at 62, has often been considered as the greatest living Russian poet and singer and is a real cult hero there. Bilingual mathematician Boris Grebenshikov has also been known in the West since 1986, when his band Aquarium was featured on "Red Wave," the first compilation of rock music from St Petersburg released by a U.S. record label. Three years later, MTV audiences could see him on video clips, singing in English, and he was likened to a "Russian Bob Dylan, David Bowie or Marc Bolan" depending on the critics. Every Western journalist was trying to find an equivalent to the multiform talent of Boris, who had signed with CBS/Columbia. Boris Grebenshikov was not the first Soviet citizen seduced by rock and roll even though this music style, which communist ideologists considered as a sort of bourgeois perversion, was not to be found in record shops. He was not the first one singing rock in Russian or wearing long hair and faded jeans. But he was the first to fully pass on the whole Western sp... (read more)

Coffee Hour: Hosted by Amelia - Fourth Universalist Society
December 10, 2017 - New York

Early Music New York: Burgundian Christmas - The Cathedral Church of Saint John The Divine
December 10, 2017 - New York

Artist in Residence Early Music New York present sacred and secular Renaissance holiday motets and carols for voices and instruments. Hear and see this special holiday repertoire performed for voices and instruments in the intimate and ambient St. James Chapel.

Judy & the Maccabees - Kaufman Music Center
December 10, 2017 - New York

A Hanukkah Musical for Families Featuring the Kaufman Kids In this delightful re-imagining of the ancient Hanukkah story, Judy is a feisty young girl who leaves her father to help the Maccabees in their fight for religious freedom.

Miracles! Hanukkah and More - Kaufman Music Center
December 10, 2017 - New York

A celebration of the ancient miracle of Hanukkah, of more contemporary wonders, and of the diversity of Jewish choral music. Join the Zamir Chorale and Zamir Noded, under the direction of Maestro Matthew Lazar, for a program of traditional selections of the season, as well as more recent compositions by composers from Europe, America, and Israel. ARTISTS Zamir Chorale Zamir Noded

Grand Holiday Bazaar - Grand Bazaar NYC
December 10, 2017 - New York

Explore the over 100 vendors of Grand Bazaar NYC's weekly market. Entrance is free. Discover + Shop + Eat & Be Social! Grand Bazaar NYC is the city’s largest curated weekly market. Open every Sunday, indoors and outdoors, with over 100 amazing vendors offering the finest and most distinctive goods (e.g., antiques, vintage collectibles, art, jewelry, artisanal foods). Grand Bazaar NYC donates all proceeds to four neighborhood public schools, benefiting over 4,000 children.

14th-annual "Christmas in Italy®" starring Cristina Fontanelli - Symphony Space
Through December 10, 2017 - New York

"A feast for the eyes as well as the ears. Immensely theatrical." - NY EPOCH TIMES. Now in it's 14th year! Beloved annual Holiday family show "Love Letter" to Italy featuring the great songs of Italy and Christmas, starring Award-winning Singer/PBS-TV host, Cristina Fontanelli ("Vocal genius" - the NY Sun) www.cristinafontanelli.com ,https://www.facebook.com/Crist... and featuring the children of the Little Language Studio and the Jersey City Ballet, plus guest tenor and adult choir accompanied by mandolins, guitar, accordion/piano and orchestral arrangements. Famous songs include: Torna a Surriento, Tu scendi dalle stelle, Silent Night, White Christmas and Mamma. "We had a magical time." - Two Italian Boys from Brooklyn; [Headline] "Cristina Fontanelli Preserving Values...", the NY Epoch Times.

A Night at the Museum Sleepover for Grown-Ups - American Museum of Natural History
Through December 10, 2017 - New York

Be among the lucky few to spend A Night at the Museum! Why should kids have all the fun? The American Museum of Natural History is hosting its wildly popular adults-only sleepover adventure. Built on the successful A Night at the Museum sleepover program, this version of the popular event has been designed for adults ages 21 and up. The overnight adventure will begin with a champagne reception and music provided by the 12th Night Jazz Trio in the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall. Explorers can expect to roam through the nearly empty halls of the Museum, where they might run into a herd of elephants in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals or come face to face with looming dinosaur fossils, including a 65-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex. As the evening winds down, guests will be able to unroll their sleeping bags and curl up under the beloved 94-foot-long blue whale in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. This is a one-of-a-kind evening that offers visitors an intimate adventure of discovery unlike anything they have ever experienced. Learn more about A Night at the Museum Sleepovers here.

Path to Citizenship - New York Historical Society
Through December 10, 2017 - New York

On view in the Patrica D. Klingenstein Library, New-York Historical explores what it means to be an American citizen through documents and manuscripts from its collection, as part of the CitizenshipProject. The U.S. Constitution, drafted in 1787, established a new nation. It also introduced national citizenship, the eligibility for which would be determined by Congress. The Naturalization Act of 1790 offered citizenship to "free white persons" who had resided in the country for at least two years and could prove they were of good character. Naturalization is the process through which someone becomes a citizen. Although eligibility for U.S. Citizenship has changed repeatedly since 1790, three aspects of naturalization have remained the same: the act of petitioning or applying for citizenship, taking an oath of allegiance to the United States, and receiving a document that certifies citizenship. Learn more about the documents on view. This exhibit was curated by Nina Nazionale, director of library operations and curator of printed collections.

The Knickerbocker Suite - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Through December 10, 2017 - Manhattan

A new holiday classic has been brought to the stage by Rose Caiola with the Manhattan Youth Ballet. Based on the jocular story by artist Elliott Arkin, this original ballet is a timely tale of American values and folklore with New York City at the center of attention. The first act, mixed media production, opens with a satirical animated film narrated by Tony award winning actor, Michael Cerveris, revealing a series of imaginative contemporary visual scenarios and characters following in the tradition of the Nutcracker story. In the second act, the Knickerbocker Suite weaves clever modern interpretations out of timeless scenes and dances in which the land of sweets becomes the cultural cornucopia that is NYC. The arts, sports, fine dining, parks and even the pigeons are magically and cleverly intertwined with the classic Tchaikovsky movements of Candy Canes, Coffee, Waltz of the flowers and more, culminating in a grand finale that is sure to bring joy and a great holiday spirit for audiences young an old. Choreographers include New York City Ballet?s Daniel Ulbricht, Deborah Wingert (formerly of New York City Ballet), Nick Kepley (last seen on Broadway in Mary Poppins, cur... (read more)

Women In Need FUNraiser! - West Side Comedy Club
December 11, 2017 - New York

Women in Comedy Org. NY Chapter and West Side Comedy Club are teaming up to give love and laughs back to NYC. AMarie Castillo, Venessa Peruda and Gina Savage bring you NY's funniest women for a great cause. All ticket sales go to Women In Need Org. NYC's women and children's shelter.

Frontiers Lecture: Demystifying Black Holes - American Museum of Natural History
December 11, 2017 - New York

Black holes are both astrophysical phenomena and theoretical "laboratories" where scientists test their understanding of physics. From gravitational raditation to X-ray binary star systems, Steven Gubser and Frans Pretorius use creative thought experiments to explain the fantastical properties of black holes, and how the same qualities that capture the public imagination inform today's research. A book signing follows. A book signing follows. Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Schaffner Family and the Horace W. Goldsmith Endowment Fund.

Great Organ: Midday Monday - The Cathedral Church of Saint John The Divine
December 11, 2017 - New York

Cathedral organists provide a 30-minute break for mind, body and spirit on Mondays at 1 pm with an entertaining and informative demonstration of the Cathedral's unparalleled Great Organ.

The First Amendment: The Constitution on Campus - New York Historical Society
December 11, 2017 - New York

Today, controversies on public campuses often pit champions of freedom of expression against champions of racial justice—but what is the history behind this tension? Courts initially recognized First Amendment protections for students in the Deep South during the 1950s and '60s in order to protect black students fighting against Jim Crow regimes. Constitutional scholar Randall Kennedy revisits the origins of federal constitutional rights for students. Randall Kennedy is Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the author of the forthcoming book From Protest to Law: Triumphs and Defeats of the Black Revolts, 1948–1968. LOCATION The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024 PURCHASING TICKETS By phone: Contact New-York Historical's in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily. Online: Click on the orange "Buy Tickets" button at the top of this page. In person: Advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical's Admissions desk during museum hours.

Norma - The Metropolitan Opera
December 11, 2017 - New York

"Ponselle, Milanov, Sutherland, Callas … after last night, Radvanovsky can add her name to the list," declared the Huffington Post when Sondra Radvanovsky made her Met role debut as Norma in 2013. The 2017–18 season opens with a new production of Bellini's masterpiece, starring Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her archrival, Adalgisa—a casting coup for bel canto fans. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma's unfaithful lover, and Carlo Rizzi conducts. Sir David McVicar's evocative production sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule. Production a gift of Veronica Atkins

What Makes It Great? Beethoven's String Quartet No. 16, Op. 135 - Kaufman Music Center
December 11, 2017 - New York

Featuring the Harlem Quartet The F-major Quartet was Beethoven's last completed work, finished only five months before his death. On the manuscript of the last movement, he writes, "The very difficult question" and then above the movement's 6 key notes, "Must it be?" and "It must be." The meaning of these words as well as the quartet's unique mixture of the serious and the playful, the cosmic and the comic, have made the work one of Beethoven's most enigmatic masterpieces. Join Rob Kapilow and the Harlem Quartet as they explore the mysteries of Beethoven's final work.

Masters Classic Gala Concert - Kaufman Music Center's Merkin Concert Hall
December 12, 2017 - New York

"Masters Classic Gala Concert ????????——?????????" is an evening celebration of vocal and instrumental master works from the classical, romantic and folk genres, featuring distinguished artists and rising talents from the United States, Europe and China. The event is presented in collaboration by Yung's Education Group (China), New York International Cultural Exchange, Inc. and China America Friendship Association. ARTISTS Kathleen Winkler, Violin; Philippe Muller, Cello; Ming Fong, Piano Haiyin Bie, Tenor Min Chen, Soprano Ziwen Xiang,Tenor Coco Wang, Soprano Bin Shang, Bass Other vocal and instrumental performers to be announced. PROGRAM KREISLER - "March miniature viennoise" DVORAK-KREISLER - Slavonic Fantasie in B minor DEBUSSY - Cello Sonata SCHUBERT - Piano Trio in B-Flat major, D.898 (Op.99), Allegro moderato CHINESE FOLK MUSIC - (arr. for piano solo) "Autumn moon over a tranquil lake????"; "One hundred birds worshipping the phoenix????" PUCCINI - "Recondita armonia", from "Tosca"; "Nessun dorma", from "Turandot" ZHU QING - "Eastward flows the Yangtze River????" VERDI - "Libiam ne lieti calici", Duet from "La Traviata" ... (read more)

Voices From War - New York Historical Society
December 12, 2017 - New York

Six veterans of the Vietnam War and recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan share original writing on experiences of war and coming home. Readings will be followed by a discussion and meet-and-greet with the Voices From War Readers. TICKETS RSVP for Public Programs not required but strongly recommended. Space is limited; those without RSVPs cannot be guaranteed a seat. To RSVP, contact the Call Center at 212-485-9268 or call.center@nyhistory.org.

Le Nozze di Figaro - Metropolitan Opera
December 12, 2017 - New York

An exceptional ensemble of performers—including Ailyn Pérez, Nadine Sierra, Isabel Leonard, Luca Pisaroni, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Ildar Abdrazakov—share the stage in Mozart's comic yet profound look at human nature and one crazy day in a wealthy Spanish household. Acclaimed Mozartean maestro Harry Bicket conducts Richard Eyre's high-spirited production.

Le Conversazioni: Lincoln's Warning for America and Other Thoughts - New York Historical Society
December 12, 2017 - New York

Young Abraham Lincoln once posed a foreboding question to an assembly of his peers: What is the greatest threat to the Republic? His position was clear—great danger lay in the waning faith in public institutions and trend towards mob mentality among the American people. In a special conversation, award-winning writer Philip Gourevitch explores Lincoln's warning, offers insight on contemporary America, and discusses his extraordinary writing career that has covered various topics across the globe, including recent presidential elections, Robert Mugabe's dictatorship in Zimbabwe, and Jean-Marie Le Pen's National Front in France. Philip Gourevitch is a staff writer for The New Yorker. Antonio Monda (moderator) is Artistic Director of Le Conversazioni literary festival and Artistic Director of the Rome Film Festival. Presented as part of Le Conversazioni in partnership with Dazzle Communications and CPW Conversations. LOCATION The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024 PURCHASING TICKETS By phone: Contact New-York Historical's in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily. Online: Cli... (read more)

Fresh 102.7 Holiday Jam Featuring Backstreet Boys and Fergie - Beacon Theatre
December 13, 2017 - Upper West Side

WHY SEE FRESH 102.7 HOLIDAY JAM FEATURING BACKSTREET BOYS AND FERGIE? HOLIDAY JAM 2017 Fresh 102.7s Holiday Jam 2017 is bigger and brighter than ever before! This festive season catch the ultimate diva Fergie and the iconic the Backstreet Boys as they light up the Beacon Theatre for a night of seriously good festive fun. FERGIE Fergie first found musical fame as part of the prestigious Hip-Hop group The Black Eyed Peas, as part of this monumental band Fergie became a household name across the globe. Whilst a still avid member of The Black Eyed Peas, Fergie has worked on her solo career and had released two solo albums, "Duchess" and "Double Duchess". Songs like "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Fergalicious" have cemented Fergie as one of the most iconic female artists of this time. BACKSTREET BOYS 90s heart throbs and mega-band the Backstreet Boys are fresh from their Las Vegas residency, where thousands of fans have been granted their dream come true by getting to see this decade defining band in real life. The Back Street Boys are the most successful boy band in history with having sold 130 million records worldwide and have 9 albums which have reached the top 10 in t... (read more)

Act One of New Opera NYC's Black Square as part of 10 days that shook the world - NYC
December 13, 2017 - NYC

The capstone event of the REEEC symposium 10 days that shook the world is the Lyric Theatre at Illinois' production From Prince Igor to Black Square. The stories of human lives swept away by the storm of political changes seven centuries apart come alive in this unusual production. From Prince Igor to Black Square pushes the boundaries between classics and avant-garde, juxtaposing classic scenes from the audience' beloved classic Russian operas with the premiere of the first act of the new opera Black Square. Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at7:30pm, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The event is free and more details may be found at https://krannertcenter.com/events/lyric-theatre-illinois-scenes-prince-igor-black-square. The futuristic plot of the Black Square tells a tragicomic love story of a couple overwhelmed by revolution and caught up in societal metamorphosis. It is inspired by an early 20th century absurd theatre tradition, the aim of which is to deliver complex poetic language through a simple comic book style story. Music is written by the brilliant contemporary Russian composer, Ilya Demutsky, whose name is attached to productions for the... (read more)

Board Meeting - Fourth Universalist Society
December 13, 2017 - New York

Le Conversazioni: Portraits of America with Elizabeth Strout - New York Historical Society
December 14, 2017 - New York

Throughout her prolific career, #1 New York Times-bestselling author Elizabeth Strout—described by the Boston Globe as one of "our most grace-filled, and graceful, writers"—has showcased a diverse cast of characters and settings that emulate the rich tapestry of America. Providing a window into the personal struggles, tensions, and triumphs that shape how families and communities rally and evolve, her body of work underscores the anxieties that impact the greater national mood. In an intimate conversation, Strout illuminates the themes prevalent in her writing—including shared experience and interconnectivity, generational conflict, small-town versus urban attitudes, and perseverance through adversity—and how they reflect America's contemporary sociopolitical landscape. Elizabeth Strout is the author of numerous critically acclaimed books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge, which was adapted into an HBO miniseries. Her most recent book is Anything is Possible. Antonio Monda (moderator) is Artistic Director of Le Conversazioni literary festival and Artistic Director of the Rome Film Festival. Presented as part of Le Conversazioni in partnership with Dazzle Comm... (read more)

Chris Tomlin - Beacon Theater
December 14, 2017 - New York

WHY SEE CHRIS TOMLIN? CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITH CHRIS TOMLIN Celebrate and worship this Christmas with contemporary Christian Music superstar Chris Tomlin. The Grammy winner is on tour this holiday season, bringing his uplifting songs to the country once more. "With so many worldly distractions, its easy to lose sight of whats most important." Chris Tomlin recognizes this and desires to reacquaint his fellow Christians with the one fundamental element that's become all too elusive. As Chris himself explains, "The thought I've had running through my head is that its time to introduce ourselves to love again. People need to be reminded that what were here to do is to love God and love people. Worship is a relationship of love. Its our love of God and our love of people."

The Merry Widow - Metropolitan Opera
December 14, 2017 - New York

Susan Graham sings the title role of the fabulous woman of the world who sets out to conquer glamorous old Paris and get the one thing that has eluded her—a commitment from her playboy first love. Lehár's delightful score of lush waltzes and beautiful ballads will sparkle with a supporting cast of Andriana Chuchman, Paul Groves, and the inimitable Sir Thomas Allen. Ward Stare conducts.

The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition - New York Historical Society
December 14, 2017 - New York

A radical social movement with roots as far back as the nation's founding, abolitionism became a cause around which Americans of many backgrounds—men and women, black and white, free and enslaved—found common ground. Join leading Civil War historians Manisha Sinha and Eric Foner as they trace the history of the abolition movement from the Revolutionary Era through the passage of the 13th Amendment. Manisha Sinha is James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut and the author of The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition. Eric Foner (moderator) is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. LOCATION The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024 PURCHASING TICKETS By phone: Contact New-York Historical's in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily. Online: Click on the orange "Buy Tickets" button at the top of this page. In person: Advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical's Admissions desk during museum hours.

Le Conversazioni: Lincoln's Warning for America and Other Thoughts - New York Historical Society
December 14, 2017 - New York

Young Abraham Lincoln once posed a foreboding question to an assembly of his peers: What is the greatest threat to the Republic? His position was clear—great danger lay in the waning faith in public institutions and trend towards mob mentality among the American people. In a special conversation, award-winning writer Philip Gourevitch explores Lincoln's warning, offers insight on contemporary America, and discusses his extraordinary writing career that has covered various topics across the globe, including recent presidential elections, Robert Mugabe's dictatorship in Zimbabwe, and Jean-Marie Le Pen's National Front in France. Philip Gourevitch is a staff writer for The New Yorker. Antonio Monda (moderator) is Artistic Director of Le Conversazioni literary festival and Artistic Director of the Rome Film Festival. Presented as part of Le Conversazioni in partnership with Dazzle Communications and CPW Conversations. LOCATION The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024 PURCHASING TICKETS By phone: Contact New-York Historical's in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily. Online: Cli... (read more)

Iconic Views of Central Park Tour - Central Park, Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop
December 15, 2017 - Central Park

Take our signature tour, and let Central Park Conservancy guides give you an insider's look at some of the most iconic features of the world's greatest urban park. Learn how rocky, swampy land was built into the living work of art that is Central Park today. Highlights of this tour include the Dairy, Sheep Meadow, Cherry Hill, the Lake, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, The Mall, and Literary Walk.

Irish Arts Center Winter Solstice Celebration - Symphony Space
December 15, 2017 - New York

New Yorkers of all backgrounds love this heartwarming celebration of well-woven musical traditions from Ireland and around the world. A parade of special guests old and new join hosts Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis, and The Green Fields of America for a raft of songs and stories to kick off the holiday season in this critically-acclaimed welcome to winter. "A wide-angle, multicultural lens on the season with some startling effects." —The Irish Times "One of the best Irish contributions to a New York Christmas." —Huffington Post

Guitar & Piano Duo: Italian Composers and Bach - Bloomingdale School of Music
December 15, 2017 - New York

BSM guitar faculty member Jose Maldonado and piano faculty member Tim McCullough perform a concert of rarely heard works for guitar and piano including the composers J.S. Bach, Carulli, Giuliani and Lagnani.

Holiday Cheer Wfuv with Aimee Mann - Beacon Theatre
December 15, 2017 - Upper West Side

WHY SEE HOLIDAY CHEER WFUV WITH AIMEE MANN? INDIE CHRISTMAS Always down for some holiday fun, Aimee Mann is among the artists playing the 2017 edition of the Holiday Cheer concert. Known for her understated, witty lyricism, Mann has carved out a position for herself as one of indie rock's most dependable performers. Earlier this year she released ninth studio record, which, in typically droll Aimee Mann fashion, was titled Mental Illness. This annual benefit always boasts a great line-up, and this year is no different, with Aimee joined on the bill by Randy Newman, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and Lo Moon.

Docent Led Gallery Tour: Hotbed - New York Historical Society
December 15, 2017 - New York

At the turn of the 20th-century, Greenwich Village was a "hotbed" of social and artistic activism, rooted in the fight for women's rights and suffrage. On this docent-led tour, explore a dynamic combination of photographs, illustrations, and short films, largely produced by under-recognized women artists. Hear the untold stories of this energetic and proactive bohemian scene, led by African Americans, immigrant activists, and women of the working-class. This is a behind-the-scenes tour you don't want to miss! LOCATION New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024 PURCHASING TICKETS By phone: Please contact New-York Historical's in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily. Online: Click on the orange "Buy Tickets" button at the top of this page. In person: Advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical's Admissions desk during museum hours.

Le Nozze di Figaro - Metropolitan Opera
December 15, 2017 - New York

An exceptional ensemble of performers—including Ailyn Pérez, Nadine Sierra, Isabel Leonard, Luca Pisaroni, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Ildar Abdrazakov—share the stage in Mozart's comic yet profound look at human nature and one crazy day in a wealthy Spanish household. Acclaimed Mozartean maestro Harry Bicket conducts Richard Eyre's high-spirited production.

New! Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt 2: The Museum of Magical History - Museum of Natural History
December 16, 2017 - New York

Embark on a new wizarding adventure for Harry Potter fans at the American Museum of Natural History where you’ll search for exhibits that echo characters, places and enchanted objects in the books and movies of the Harry Potter universe. Be prepared to track fantastic beasts through a forbidden (rain)forest, dance with Hagrid-like giants, encounter a cute cousin of dragons, stalk hunters scarier than any auror, and more. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, but all-adult teams can compete separately. Advance purchase is required.

Central City Chorus presents "Händel in Italy" - Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church
December 16, 2017 - New York

Central City Chorus presents "Händel in Italy" Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) Dixit Dominus, HWV 232 Nisi Dominus, HWV 238 Concerto Großo, Op. 6, No. 6, HWV 324 Madeline Healey & Olivia Greene, sopranos Hai-Ting Chinn, mezzo-soprano David Root, tenor Charles Sprawls, bass REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music Central City Chorus Phillip Cheah, Music Director Central City Chorus kicks off its 37th season with a program showcasing the youthful exuberance of Georg Friedrich Händel's brief sojourn in Italy with his fiery psalm settings and one of his Italianate Concerto Großo. The concert will take place on Saturday, December 16th at 7:30 p.m. at St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church on West 87th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue in Manhattan. In 1706, the 21 year old Händel travelled to Italy, premièring operas in both Florence and Venice to great acclaim. The performance of opera, however, had been banned in the Papal States, so by the time he reached Rome in 1707, Händel started composing sacred music and secular cantatas. "Dixit Dominus", a dramatic, brilliant, and virtuosic setting of Psalm 110, was written in Rome, most likely at the behest of one o... (read more)

Norma - Metropolitan Opera
December 16, 2017 - New York

Ponselle, Milanov, Sutherland, Callas … after last night, Radvanovsky can add her name to the list," declared the Huffington Post when Sondra Radvanovsky made her Met role debut as Norma in 2013. The 2017–18 season opens with a new production of Bellini's masterpiece, starring Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her archrival, Adalgisa—a casting coup for bel canto fans. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma's unfaithful lover, and Carlo Rizzi conducts. Sir David McVicar's evocative production sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule.

Docent Led Gallery Tour: Holiday Express, Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection - New York Historical Society
December 16, 2017 - New York

Immerse yourself in an enchanting holiday wonderland at our sweeping display of spectacular antique toy trains, toys, and scenic elements from the renowned Jerni Collection. On this tour, discover a magical 360-degree mountain landscape with a circa 1890s town and, of course, see the trains themselves, including those made by leading manufacturers that set the standard for the Golden Age of Toy Trains, like the German firms of Märklin and Bing, as well as the American firms Lionel and Ives. Among other topics, learn about the history of trains, including the aerodynamic Märklin's Schienenzeppelin, or rail-zeppelin, which is modeled after an actual locomotive that emerged in Germany in the years following World War I as a way to find civilian uses for military surplus. History tidbits abound on our docent-led tour! LOCATION New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024 PURCHASING TICKETS By phone: Please contact New-York Historical's in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily. Online: Click on the orange "Buy Tickets" button at the top of this page. In person: Advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Histori... (read more)

New York Philharmonic - Handel's Messiah - David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through December 16, 2017 - New York

WHY SEE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC - HANDEL'S MESSIAH? Conducted by Gary Thor Wedow, the acclaimed New York Philharmonic Orchestra performs George Frideric Handel's signature piece, Messiah. The piece was first performed in 1742 in Dublin, and has since become a firm favorite among classical music lovers. The piece is an oratorio, which is a musical work similar to an opera but performed utilizing the vocals of both soloists as well as a choir, and often without the same narrative structure as an opera. Handel's Messiah is based on Biblical scripture. The 2015 season of New York Philharmonic's annual performance of Messiah is conducted by Gary Thor Wedow, an Indiana native and now New York resident. Mr Wedow has conducted the city orchestras of New York, Seattle and Kansas City among many others, building one of the most formidable resumes in the country. This is in fact the second time he has conducted The Phil in a performance of The Messiah, having first done so in 2012.

Closer-Look Tour - American Folk Art Museum
Through December 16, 2017 - Lincoln Center

A Tour of War and Pieced: the Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics, Led by Museum Gallery Guides. Meet in the Museum Atrium.

Welcome the sun with Grammy® Winner Paul Winter's 38th annual Winter Solstice celebration at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine - Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
Through December 16, 2017 - NY

Seven-time Grammy® Award-winning saxophonist, composer and bandleader Paul Winter returns with his 38th annual Winter Solstice celebration on Thursday, December 14, Friday, December 15, and Saturday, December 16, 2017, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, located at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street), Manhattan. Performances will take place on Thursday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m., Friday, December 15 at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Artist in Residence Paul Winter’s Solstice performances have been some of NYC’s most beloved, family-friendly holiday events for decades. Winter emphasizes, “Of all the places I've played in America, only two could host a concert on this scale: the Cathedral and the Grand Canyon.” The Paul Winter Consort includes: Paul Winter on soprano sax, Paul McCandless, oboe; Eugene Friesen, cello; Paul Sullivan, keyboard; Eliot Wadopian, bass; Jamey Haddad, percussion; Tim Brumfield on the Cathedral’s great Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ; and Scott Sloan on the giant seven-foot sun gong, which ascends to the 124-foot vault of the Cathedral at the symbolic moment of the return of the sun. The 15 voices of the Pleteni... (read more)

Coffee Hour: Hosted by Dana - Fourth Universalist Society
December 17, 2017 - New York

Holiday Cookie Making - Fourth Universalist Society
December 17, 2017 - New York

Early Music New York: Burgundian Christmas - The Cathedral Church of Saint John The Divine
December 17, 2017 - New York

Artist in Residence Early Music New York present sacred and secular Renaissance holiday motets and carols for voices and instruments. Hear and see this special holiday repertoire performed for voices and instruments in the intimate and ambient St. James Chapel.

Holiday Brass - David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center
December 17, 2017 - New York

This concert is a Special Event of the 2017–18 season. Enjoy the holiday spirit with this cheerful Philharmonic tradition featuring the power and brilliance of the New York Philharmonic Brass and Percussion. Beloved former Principal Trumpet Philip Smith — one of the undisputed top trumpet virtuosos of all time — returns to host, conduct, and perform in this afternoon of jubilant music.

Bending Towards the Light…A Jazz Nativity - Christ and Saint Stephen's Church
December 17, 2017 - New York

In Bethlehem, in the grotto where Christ was born, a light shines into the darkness. The light is meant to serve, as light serves for other philosophies and religions, as a symbol of Truth and Love...and Hope. Hope that even in a dark season we may begin to see the world....BENDING TOWARDS THE LIGHT.

Grand Holiday Bazaar - Grand Bazaar NYC
December 17, 2017 - New York

In addition, explore the over 100 vendors of Grand Bazaar NYC's weekly market. Entrance is free. Discover + Shop + Eat & Be Social! Grand Bazaar NYC is the city’s largest curated weekly market. Open every Sunday, indoors and outdoors, with over 100 amazing vendors offering the finest and most distinctive goods (e.g., antiques, vintage collectibles, art, jewelry, artisanal foods). Grand Bazaar NYC donates all proceeds to four neighborhood public schools, benefiting over 4,000 children.

The Knickerbocker Suite - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Through December 17, 2017 - Manhattan

A new holiday classic has been brought to the stage by Rose Caiola with the Manhattan Youth Ballet. Based on the jocular story by artist Elliott Arkin, this original ballet is a timely tale of American values and folklore with New York City at the center of attention. The first act, mixed media production, opens with a satirical animated film narrated by Tony award winning actor, Michael Cerveris, revealing a series of imaginative contemporary visual scenarios and characters following in the tradition of the Nutcracker story. In the second act, the Knickerbocker Suite weaves clever modern interpretations out of timeless scenes and dances in which the land of sweets becomes the cultural cornucopia that is NYC. The arts, sports, fine dining, parks and even the pigeons are magically and cleverly intertwined with the classic Tchaikovsky movements of Candy Canes, Coffee, Waltz of the flowers and more, culminating in a grand finale that is sure to bring joy and a great holiday spirit for audiences young an old. Choreographers include New York City Ballet?s Daniel Ulbricht, Deborah Wingert (formerly of New York City Ballet), Nick Kepley (last seen on Broadway in Mary Poppins, cur... (read more)

K-Love Christmas 2017 - Beacon Theater
Through December 17, 2017 - New York

K-Love Christmas 2017 Features Steven Curtis Chapman, Plumb, We Are Messengers, and Marc Martel. Experience a Night of Christmas Favorites and Top Hits from the Artists You Love! Celebrate the Reason for the Season with Your Family and Friends on This Unforgettable Night.

Sackler Brain Course The Senses: Our Windows to the World - American Museum of Natural History
Through December 18, 2017 - New York

Whether it's a sunrise, birdsong, or light rain, we experience the world through our senses. These intricate biological systems help our brains translate external stimuli into meaningful perceptions. In this five-part course we learn the science behind how our senses work. This course is held inside the new exhibition Our Senses: An Immersive Experience where expert neuroscientists will share their latest research in the field of sensory biology. The Museum gratefully acknowledges The Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation, Inc. for its support to establish the Sackler Brain Bench, part of the Museum's Sackler Educational Laboratory for Comparative Genomics and Human Origins, in the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, offering ongoing programs and resources for adults, teachers, and students to illuminate the extraordinary workings of the human brain.

The Doris Dear Christmas Special - The Triad
Through December 20, 2017 - New York

The Metropolitan Room in association with The Triad Theater present a new holiday classic! After the successful premier of his show “Doris Dear’s Gurl Talk” 2016 MAC Award winner Ray DeForest is back as “Doris Dear” in “A Doris Dear Christmas Special” at the Triad on December 13th & 20th at 7pm! Grab a seat in the Rumpus Room and come along on a fun holiday romp and relive the glory days of the Holiday TV Specials. Doris Dear is directed by award winning director Lina Koutrakos and musical direction by award winner Rick Jensen. Doris brings her stories and style back for a celebration with her friends dropping in for a holiday drink or two! Come join us for a good old fashioned holiday variety show full of tunes to make your holidays shine! Special guests include award winning vocalists Lina Koutrakos & Lisa Yaeger. Award winning guitarist Sean Harkness and singer/songwriter Rick Jensen. TICKETS MUST BE BOUGHT ON THE METROPOLITAN ROOM SITE!

Echoes of the Blast: Art, Faith and Culture 100 Years After the Revolution - James Chapel, Union Theological Seminary
Through December 24, 2017 - New York

ART EXHIBITION TITLE: Echoes of the Blast: Art, Faith and Culture 100 Years After the Revolution WHERE: James Chapel, Union Theological Seminary, Entrance at Broadway and 121st Street WHEN: Exhibition Opening and Reception: 29 November 2017, from 6 to 8pm. The exhibition will be open 11am to 8pm daily. FEATURED ARTISTS: Igor Tiulpanov, Oleg Vasiliev, Elena Sarni, Konstantin Khudyakov, Olga Nenazhivina, Vasily Kafanov, Nikolai Mukhin CURATOR: Elena Sarni The Russian Revolution changed the map of Europe (and the world, of course); it also changed the social, political and psychological map of the Western World forever. At the same time, its effect upon art was can be seen as relatively late shockwaves of an earlier blast – the artistic revolution of modernism, forever dividing the art of our world from the traditions upon which we still feel grounded. In every aspect of life, the early twentieth century saw long-established paradigms shattered and replaced. It was a new world, and one in which we still fail to find the seeming solid footing our nineteenth century forebears took for granted. The sense that eternal verities are in doubt, that visions can at any moment become ... (read more)

Jazz+Wednesdays - American Folk Art Museum
Through December 27, 2017 - Lincoln Center

Each Wednesday, from 2 to 3 pm, the Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook. Limited seating. Info: publicprograms@folkartmuseum.org Read the Q&A with Bill Wurtzel in the New York Times.

Nycb: the Nutcracker - David H Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Through December 31, 2017 - Upper West SIde

WHY SEE NYCB: THE NUTCRACKER? AN ENCHANTING AND UNFORGETTABLE HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE The New York City Ballet's annual production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker is at the heart of New York City's year-end holiday season, and this year marks the 63rd annual performance of the Big Apple's best loved Nutcracker! Whether it is a family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime visit, your experience of this glittering classic ballet will stay with you forever and warm your spirit. From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with adorable children, marching toy soldiers, a glowing one-ton Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, mischievous mice, crystalline waltzing snowflakes, the Land of Sweets and some of the most breathtaking costumes, sets and dancing on earth. ONE OF THE WORLD'S PREMIERE NUTCRACKER BALLETS Almost 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands and two casts of 50 young students from the School of American Ballet join forces to make each performance as magical as possible. The elaborate stage elements and intricate lighting unleash the viewers' imagination by providing visual effects that are extraordinarily grand. The m... (read more)

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® - New York City Ballet
Through December 31, 2017 - New York

Dreams come to life when Tschaikovsky's iconic melodies begin to play. As the clock chimes midnight, a brave young girl turns the tide in a battle between toy soldiers and mischievous mice, and a blizzard of ballerinas reveal a wonderful world of confection. This holiday season, be swept away by the magic of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker ®, performed by the world-renowned New York City Ballet. The New York Times says, "Balanchine's classic production felt like coming home."

American Visionary: John F. Kennedy's Life and Times - New-York Historical Society
Through January 07, 2018 - New York

American Visionary: John F. Kennedy's Life and Times is a new exhibition commemorating President John F. Kennedy's private life and public trajectory. One of the most exhaustively researched collections of Kennedy photos ever assembled, it brings together images from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Getty Images, private collections, and the Kennedy family archives that capture public and private moments from Kennedy's life. Some of the photographs on display are iconic; others have rarely been seen. Kennedy's administration coincided with a golden age of photojournalism in America. No single politician was photographed more than Kennedy—from his first congressional bid as a decorated war hero in 1946 and his fairy-tale wedding to Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953 to his run for the White House in 1960 and the tragedy of his death in Dallas in 1963. Documentary photographers such as Ed Clark, Lisl Steiner, Ralph Crane, Philippe Halsman, Ted Spiegel Jacques Lowe, Lawrence Schiller, Steve Schapiro, and Sam Vestal captured the optimism and challenges of the early 1960s in some of the finest and most vivid images of the period. New-York H... (read more)

War and Pieced: the Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics - American Folk Art Museum
Through January 07, 2018 - New York

Organized by the American Folk Art Museum, New York, in collaboration with the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Lincoln–Nebraska. Cocurated by Dr. Annette Gero, international quilt historian, author, and collector, and Stacy C. Hollander, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, Chief Curator, and Director of Exhibitions at the American Folk Art Museum. War and Pieced is the first exhibition in the United States to showcase the spectacularly complex geometric quilts made exclusively by men using richly dyed wools derived from British military and dress uniforms. Once termed "Soldiers'" or "Convalescent Quilts," the pieced textiles are most closely associated with the Crimean War as well as conflicts in India, South Africa, and other troubled regions of the British Empire during the nineteenth century. The exhibition further relates these military quilts to an earlier technique of pictorial inlaid or intarsia quilts, made with felted wools during the Prussian and Napoleonic wars beginning in the mid-eighteenth century. The visual virtuosity of the quilts, often incorporating many thousands of pieces no larger than one-inch square, assumes a deeper emotional r... (read more)

Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art - New York Historical Society
Through January 21, 2018 - Upper West Side

Ominous threats filled the years around World War II—Nazism, the escalating plight of European Jews, Fascism, Japanese militarism, and racism. Arthur Szyk, the great 20th-century activist in art, confronted the turbulent, hate-filled period with forceful artistic depictions caricaturing Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito as the evil architects of their regimes' destructive and inhumane policies. Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art explores the activism of the Polish-born artist through more than 40 politically incisive works that underscore Szyk's role as a kind of "one man army" fighting odious policies and protagonists and advocating civil and human rights. Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art is curated by Debra Schmidt Bach, curator of decorative arts, with Irvin Ungar, project adviser. The book, Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art, is available from the NYHistory Store. Support for Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art is provided by Shelley and Steven Einhorn, the David Berg Foundation, the Edward and Sandra Meyer Foundation, and Nancy and Morris W. Offit. Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, and the New York Sta... (read more)

The Amazing Max - Theater at Blessed Sacrament
Through January 28, 2018 - New York

The Amazing Max is an “awesome and hilarious live magic show for the whole family” (PBS Kids). What’s truly amazing, as magician Max Darwin works miracles during the show, is not only what happens on stage but also what happens in the audience. The enchanted look that spreads across the faces of his young (and not-so-young) fans is hands down astounding. Max conjures a custom experience that young ones will carry with them long after the show ends. Premium ticket holders receive access to the VIP “Magic Lounge” (which opens 25 minutes before the start of each show), the children receive Amazing Max memorabilia, participate in a magic lesson, have priority front row seating and take a magic trick home.

Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection - New York Historical Society
Through February 25, 2018 - New York

A magical wonderland awaits visitors with the return of this holiday tradition. Featuring hundreds of toy trains, figurines, and miniature models from the renowned Jerni Collection, the exhibition's immersive scenes and displays transport young and old alike to a bygone era. Holiday Express begins at the West 77th Street entrance, where trains appear to roar through the Museum with the help of four large-scale multimedia screens, and extends through large swaths of the first floor. Organized by Mike Thornton, associate curator of material culture.

Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence - New York Historical Society
Through March 11, 2018 - New York

Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence showcases hand-drawn and engraved maps from the 18th and early 19th centuries that illuminate the tremendous changes—geographic, political, and economic—that occurred before, during, and just after the Revolutionary War. The exhibition features rarely displayed manuscripts and printed maps from New-York Historical's own premier collection, including the original manuscript surveys of Robert Erskine, Geographer and Surveyor General of the Continental Army, and his successor Simeon De Witt. Also on display will be John Jay's personal copy of John Mitchell's Map of the British and French Dominions in North America (1755) to which hand-drawn red lines representing proposed boundaries were added during the negotiations of the Treaty of Paris, 1782 - 1783. This exhibition was organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library as We Are One: Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence and curated at New-York Historical by Nina Nazionale, Director of Library Operations and Curator of Printed Collections. The book, Revolution: Mapping the Road to American Independence, 1755-1783, is available for pu... (read more)

Hotbed - New-York Historical Society
Through March 25, 2018 - New York

Hotbed explores the vibrant political and artistic scene of Greenwich Village in the early 20th century, where men and women joined forces across the boundaries of class and race to fight for a better world. At the heart of the downtown radicals' crusade lay women's rights: to control their own bodies, to do meaningful work, and above all, to vote. Immersive installations and more than 100 artifacts and images—drawn from New-York Historical's archives and several private collections—bring to life the bohemian scene and its energetic activist spirit. The exhibition is curated by Joanna Scutts, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Women's History, and Sarah Gordon, Senior Postdoctoral Marie Zimmermann Legacy Fellow in Women's History, under the direction of Valerie Paley, vice president, chief historian, and director of the Center for Women's History at the New-York Historical Society, and is on view in the Joyce B. Cowin Women's History Gallery.

The Vietnam War: 1945 – 1975 - New York Historical Society
Through April 22, 2018 - New York

The New-York Historical Society presents a groundbreaking exhibition on one of the most controversial events of the 20th century: the Vietnam War. Populating a 3,000-square-foot gallery with interpretive displays, digital media, artwork, artifacts, photographs, and documents, the exhibit provides an enlightening account of the causes, progression, and impact of the war. Spanning the duration of U.S. involvement in Indochina from 1945 to 1975, the narrative incorporates perspectives that cover both the home front and the war front. Displays feature such topics as the Cold War, the draft, military campaigns initiated by both sides, the growth of the antiwar movement, the role of the president, and the loss of political consensus. Throughout the exhibition, explore themes of patriotism, duty, and citizenship through key objects, including a troopship berthing unit, vibrant antiwar posters, artwork by Vietnam vets, a Viet Cong bicycle, the Pentagon Papers, and historical film footage. Long overdue in the realm of public history, the exhibit not only provides a chronological and thematic analysis of the Vietnam War but also inspires a fuller, more diverse conversation about the war. ... (read more)

Vertical Tour - Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
Through December 31, 2018 - New York

On this adventurous, "behind-the-scenes" tour, climb more than 124 feet through spiral staircases to the top of the world's largest cathedral. Learn stories through stained glass windows and sculpture and study the grand architecture of the Cathedral while standing on a buttress. The tour culminates on the roof with a sweeping view of Manhattan.

New York & The Nation in The Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History - New York Historical Society
Through December 31, 2018 - New York

Collection Highlights and New York and the American Experience Explore the story of New York and America in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History. Highlights include: Mounted on the building's original 1904 columns are grand digital screens displaying a continuous, thematically co-ordinated slide show of treasures from the New-York Historical Society's collections. The west face of the columns features individual stations, incorporating interactive touch screens and museum artifacts, presenting six themes in American history which are found interwoven with the history of New York. Projected on dramatic flat screens affixed to six structural columns, the array of objects and images functions as visual signage that demonstrates to our visitors the depth of New-York Historical's collections.

Dark Universe - A New Hayden Planetarium Space Show - The American Museum of Natural History
Through December 31, 2018 - New York City

Dark Universe will celebrate the scientific breakthroughs that have paved the way for our increased understanding of the universe, revealing that it is dominated by two mysterious phenomena: dark matter and dark energy. To bring this story to the Hayden Planetarium dome, the Space Show uses stunning visualizations based on authentic data from NASA and European Space Agency missions, ground-based telescopes, supercomputer simulations, and research conducted at institutions around the globe, including the Museum. In Dark Universe, viewers will see the night sky at the historic Mount Wilson Observatory, soar across the Milky Way Galaxy, and parachute through Jupiter’s atmosphere. Dark Universe was created by the American Museum of Natural History, the Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space, and the Hayden Planetarium.

Inside You - American Musuem of Natural History
Through June 16, 2019 - New York

Did you know that your gastrointestinal tract is home to about 100 trillion bacteria? That's more organisms than there are stars in the Milky Way! Our bodies are home to many trillions of microbes, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other organisms collectively called the human microbiome. In any human, microbial genes outnumber the genes in human DNA by more than 100 to one. This new perspective leads us to look at our bodies not just as individuals, but as entire ecosystems.Inside You explores the rapidly evolving science that is revolutionizing how we view human health and introduces some of the scientists who are breaking new ground in microbiome research.Inspired by the Museum's popular exhibition The Secret World Inside You, this exhibition introduces visitors to microbes that live in, on, and around all of us. Engaging graphics detail how microbes aid digestion, influence your immune system, and help fight harmful microbes. You'll find out how we acquire our microbiome and how it is shaped by the foods we eat and the environment we live in. Inside You is co-curated by Susan Perkins and Rob DeSalle, curators in the Museum's Division of Invertebrate Zoology and the ... (read more)

Picasso's Le Tricorne - New-York Historical Society
Through December 31, 2020 - Upper West Side

Now on display at the New-York Historical Society is a newly acquired and conserved Picasso in the exhibition Picasso's "Le Tricorne." It is the first work by Picasso, and one with great wall power and a New York history, to enter New-York Historical's collection. Pablo Picasso painted the stage curtain for the two-act ballet The Three-Cornered Hat (El sombrero de tres picos or Le tricorne). The ballet and curtain were commissioned by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev for his avant-garde, Paris-based Ballets Russes, the most influential ballet company of the twentieth-century. The ballet was choreographed by Léonide Massine with music by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. It premiered on July 22, 1919, at the Alhambra Theatre in London with sets, costume designs, and the monumental stage curtain created by Picasso. Picasso biographer John Richardson once called "Le Tricorne" the artist's "supreme theatrical achievement." The production, which was conceived by Diaghilev and Massine during a trip to Spain, was enhanced by its many Spanish collaborators, including Picasso who also designed the costumes and set for the ballet. Measuring roughly 20 feet square, the curtain depict... (read more)

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