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Things to do this week in NYC Aug 11-Aug 18: Cultural Arts

August 11, 2012 - by CG Directory Editor
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Dance, art galleries, museums, lectures -- you name it, there are plenty of things to do in NYC. From the New York City Ballet, to Alvin Ailey, from performances at the Metropolitan Opera, to live music at Madison Square Garden, New York has it all. Here is a selection of what's going on in New York this week.

Pilobolus - Joyce Theater
Through August 11, 2012 -

A fungus that grew into an international dance phenomenon, Pilobolus performs a season full of "stunning physical feats and visual surprises, a peek or two into the crannies of the heart, and lots of humor, both awful and sublime." (The New York Times). Highlights include premieres created in collaboration with Michael Moschen and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, two artists whose work takes the very definition of dance to new frontiers. The collaboration with physicist, juggler, dancer Moschen unites the underlying spirit of Pilobolus's work--support, humanity, connection—with an artist similarly fascinated with the emotional and physical properties governing human interaction. And the collaboration with Cherkaoui, a "bright young star of contemporary European dance," (Los Angeles Times), equally promises to defy the established boundaries of visual and kinetic artistry. Sandwiched in between are audience favorites gleaned from Pilobolus' repertory, a bag of tricks embracing forty-one years of fun.

AjkunBT's Don Quixote - The Egg Performing Arts Center
August 11, 2012 - Albany

By far the most successful ballet choreographed after Cervantes' story, Don Quixote is a magnificent spectacle of dancers’ athleticism suffused with an infectious passion for life. A joyous celebration of love and laughter! Tickets available at

Lincoln Center Out of Doors - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through August 12, 2012 -

This NYC summer favorite offers more than 100 free performances across the plazas of Lincoln Center. More than ten premieres and debuts highlight the three weeks, which have a strong streak of soul, funk and R&B running through them, with generous helpings of jazz, gospel, and star turns by giants of their genres and great contemporary dance. (7/25-8/12): Nile Rodgers & The CHIC Organization (7/25); Polyglot Theatre: Tangle (7/26-29); G.R.U.B.B. (Gypsy Roma Urban Balkan Beats) & The Stooges Brass Band (7/26); Los Irreales de Ondatripica presented by Quantic and Frente Cumbiero featuring: Michi Sarmiento, Alfredito Linares, Pedro Ramay Beltran, Markitos Micolta, & Wilson Viveros; Wil-Dog el Gavachillo featuring Banda Sol de Santa Cruz (7/27); Family Day - Polyglot Theatre: Tangle; Chinese American Arts Council Acrobatic Group: From Chinatown with Love; Bindlestiff Family Cirkus (7/28); Istanbulive presents Selda Bagcan, Ilhan Ersahin's Wonderland featuring Senlendirici, The Secret Trio (7/28); 'OurLand': Celebrating Irish Culture in America!, The Music, The Bards, The Magic, The Auld Triangle, Joe Hurley's All-Star Irish Rock Revue! (7/29); Yemen Blues, Khaira Arby, UkanDanZ (8/1); The Bad Plus: On Sacred Ground, Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble (8/2); Phil Kline's dreamcitynine (8/3); Chio-Tian Folk Drums and Arts Group (8/3); Kimmo Pohjonen & Helsinki Nelson: Accordion Wrestling (8/3-4); Heidi Latsky Dance: GIMP (8/4); Heritage Sunday - Ayiti Rasanble! featuring Kongo, Peniel Guerrier, La Troupe Makandal, and Raram (8/5); La Caras Linda de Mi Gente Negra-Homenja a Tite Curet Alonso featuring Grupo Esencia and Viento de Agua with special guest Lalo Rodriguez (8/5); Dr. L. Subramaniam-Global Fusion with Kavita Krishnamurthi Subramaniam, Ambi Subramaniam, and Corky Siegel, The Alaev Family (8/8); ! ! !, Lenny Williams (8/9); Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company (8/10); La Casita (8/11-12); 29th Annual Roots of American Music Festival (8/11-12).

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival – All About Eve – Free Movies in NYC - Bryant Park - The Lawn
August 13, 2012 - New York

All About Eve is a 1950 American drama film written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, based on the 1946 short story "The Wisdom of Eve", by Mary Orr. The film stars Bette Davis as Margo Channing, a highly regarded but aging Broadway star. Anne Baxter plays Eve Harrington, a willingly helpful young fan who insinuates herself into Channing's life, ultimately threatening Channing's career and her personal relationships. George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Hugh Marlowe, Barbara Bates, Gary Merrill and Thelma Ritter also appear, and the film provided one of Marilyn Monroe's earliest important roles. HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival Lawn Area Access For the protection of all Film Festival attendees, all bags, briefcases, backpacks, etc. will be inspected before entering the Lawn Area (the Lawn and surrounding gravel area). The gravel area surrounding the Lawn opens at 4:00pm. The Lawn opens at 5:00pm.* Entry to the Lawn Area is only permitted at the 6th Avenue side of the park (near the screen). Wheelchair access to the Lawn Area is accessible through the ramps at the eastern end of the Lawn. (Ramps are on both the 40th and 42nd Street Allees). All packages, bags, briefcases, backpacks, etc. will be inspected. The checkpoints are necessary to safeguard all those in attendance at the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival.

Koresh Dance Company / BalletX - SummerStage
August 15, 2012 -

In 1991, Artistic Director Roni Koresh founded Koresh Dance Company in Philadelphia. Twenty years later, the company has become one of the city's most respected dance companies. Roni has developed a vast repertoire of work and has been celebrated locally, nationally and internationally. His Israeli heritage continues to differentiate the company and the raw passion that is infused into his movement leaves audiences dazzled year after year. The company has also left an indelible mark on Philadelphia through the Koresh School of Dance that offers professional dance training and several outreach programs. Through performance, instruction and community outreach, Koresh continues to be a leading force in dance.

AjkunBT's Face to Face Series Mixed Bill - City Center Studios
Through August 16, 2012 - New York

Mixed Bill featuring two contemporary works by Ellen Sinopoli and excerpts from the ballet Don Quixote. Tickets available at, Type Ajkun into Find.

AjkunBT's Don Quixote - Hostos Center for Arts and Culture
August 17, 2012 - New York

By far the most successful ballet choreographed after Cervantes' story, Don Quixote is a magnificent spectacle of dancers’ athleticism suffused with an infectious passion for life. A joyous celebration of love and laughter! Tickets available at, Type Ajkun into Find.

Smuin Ballet - Joyce Theater
Through August 18, 2012 -

"One of the country's most entertaining, original ballet troupes," (Dance Magazine), San Francisco's Smuin Ballet returns to The Joyce with its signature bold, sexy, and innovative dance. The program includes founder Michael Smuin's Medea, a powerfully hypnotic work created during his tenure as artistic director of San Francisco Ballet; Oh, Inverted World, a piece by Trey McIntryre set to music by indie-rock band The Shins; and Soon These Two Worlds, an effervescent ballet by Choreographer in Residence Amy Seiwert and set to pulsating music from the Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet's Pieces of Africa.

Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada's Impossible Conversations at Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 19, 2012 -

The spring 2012 exhibition organized by The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art is Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. The exhibition, on view from May 10 through August 19, 2012 (preceded on May 7 by The Costume Institute Gala Benefit), explores the striking affinities between these two Italian designers from different eras. Inspired by Miguel Covarrubias's satirical "Impossible Interviews" for Vanity Fair in the 1930s, curators Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton orchestrate conversations between these iconic women to suggest new readings of the designers' most innovative work. In the galleries, iconic ensembles by Schiaparelli and Prada are presented alongside short videos of simulated conversations between the two designers directed by Luhrmann, focusing on how the women explore similar themes in their work through very different approaches. "Juxtaposing the work of Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada allows us to explore how the past enlightens the present and how the present enlivens the past," said Koda. "The connection of the historic to the modern highlights the affinities as well as the variances between two women who constantly subverted contemporary notions of taste, beauty, and glamour," added Bolton The Met's website includes special, in-depth features on the exhibition: Follow us on and to join the conversation about the exhibition and gala benefit. Use #ImpossibleConversations and #MetGala on Twitter.

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