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Things to do this week in NYC Mar 17-Mar 24: Cultural Arts

March 17, 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.

Reggie Wilson - theREVISITATION - New York Live Arts
Through March 17, 2012 -

theREVISITATION is the simple and intricate exercise of looking back to look forward. Selected previous performance works are cut, pasted and merged with new ideas, thoughts, realities and perspectives, and crafted into a vehicle for Wilson to reflect on his past, his approach to his body and its idiomatic movement. It is a reexamination of the artist's moving body and his provocative body of work.

Diana Vishneva: Dialogues - New York City Center
Through March 18, 2012 -

Prima ballerina Diana Vishneva returns to City Center with Dialogues, a new project from the Mariinsky Theatre, Diana Vishneva Foundation and Ardani Artists, the team that brought us Vishneva's Beauty in Motion in 2008. Dialogues charts the evolution of modern dance through the 20th and 21st centuries with works by four choreographers from various generations and genres: Martha Graham's 1947 classic Errand into the Maze, with music by Gian Carlo Menotti and sets by Isamu Noguchi; Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon's Subject to Change; and Dialogue (2011), a new work created by John Neumeier for Diana Vishneva and Thiago Bordin.

Martha Graham Dance Company - Joyce Theater
Through March 18, 2012 -

Inner Landscape, the latest offering in the company's innovative series of thematic performances including contextual media and narration, features the acclaimed Graham psychological works in which she laid bare the human psyche. The Joyce season includes premieres by Lar Lubovitch and Yvonne Rainer, a revival of Mary Wigman's Witch Dance and Graham's comic Every Soul is a Circus, as well as Graham classics Night Journey, Deaths and Entrances, and Chronicle. One night-only, March 14: leading university dance groups and Graham II perform Inner Landscape works by Martha Graham, Charles Weidman and Anna Sokolow. See the next generation interpret these masterworks. All tickets $35.

Brazil Food & Music @ Grand Central Station Celebrating New Brazil Tourism Site - Grand Central
March 20, 2012 - New York

Embratur, The Brazil Tourism Board, will give New Yorkers a first-hand look at cultural offerings and give a sneak peak at their new interactive site, Brand Channel, that will give assistance in trip planning to the country. Attendees will be able to interact with the new site - developed in partnership with Google - and enjoy traditional Brazilian music and food. Location: Grand Central Station (Vanderbilt Hall) – Enter at 42nd St and Park Ave; Vanderbilt Hall is located south of the main concourse Time: Open to the public, 12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Chance to Win a Trip to Brazil! New “Brasil Quest” Mobile Game App Launches in Times Square - Times Square
March 22, 2012 - New York

Embratur is launching “Brasil Quest,” a new game app for iPhone, iPad and Android. New Yorkers and tourists alike will have a chance to play, with the game being broadcast on one of the iconic jumbo-trons in Times Square. The new game celebrates the 12 Brazilian host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The three top players from the day will win a trip for two to a destination in Brazil. Location: Times Square (Northwest corner of 45th Street and Broadway) Time: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Double Life of Zhane Rain (STAGED READING) - Pearl Studios
March 24, 2012 - New York

THE DOUBLE LIFE OF ZHANE RAIN Feature Film Staged Reading and Fundraiser A development of a new feature film by Ann Marie "Jade" Bryan SYNOPSIS THE DOUBLE LIFE OF ZHANE RAIN is a provocative dramatic film with a mysterious, dark and surreal twist. It's about an 18-year-old, African-American high school senior with three generations of both hearing and Deaf family members that have an impact on her upbringing. It tells a story about a lost girl trying to find herself in a self-respecting Deaf family and overcoming an unusual phobia as a result of a very dark secret, which takes a toll on her mental health, spirituality and emotional well-being. Slated for filming in New York in 2013.

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble - Joyce Theater
Through March 25, 2012 -

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble takes the stage with a mesmerizing new work choreographed by Artistic Director Surupa Sen. Devoted to popularizing Odissi, an ancient Indian sacred ritual that celebrates the beauty of curved body lines, the company joins forces with Srilanka's Chitrasena Dance Company to explore the meeting point between the sensuality of Odissi and the masculine dynamism of Chitrasena's Kandyan dance, a shamanic ritual undertaken to purify and invoke divine energy.

The Neverending Story - Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Through March 25, 2012 - New York

Enter the world of a young boy’s imagination filled with loveable characters, dark villains and unlikely heroes. For anyone who’s ever made a wish, believed in a fantasy or had a dream, journey with us on an epic adventure where a vivid reality and fantasy collide. The Neverending Story, based on the classic German novel and popularized by the iconic film, tells the story of a shy boy named Bastian who is tormented by school bullies and finds solace in a mysterious book. The book’s captivating tale tells of the fictional and far away land Fantastica which is in grave danger from The Nothing. Follow Bastian, the warrior boy Atreyu and the happy Luck Dragon Falkor as they travel through the Swamp of Sadness, the cave of a giant spider and the maze of the Southern Oracle to reach the the Childlike Empress.

CSI: The Experience - Discovery Times Square
Through April 01, 2012 - New York

Play the role of a crime scene investigator at CSI: The Experience! As the latest recruit in the world of forensic science, guests are guided by videos featuring CSI: cast members and real-life forensic scientists. Throughout the exhibition you must examine blood types, while matching DNA to potential suspects in order to complete the investigation process and solve the crime. Complete with 3 Crime Scenes, 15 Forensic Lab Stations, and dazzling special effects, this hands-on experience is sure to plunge exhibit goers deep into the science of solving crimes.

David Neumann - Restless Eye - New York Live Arts
Through April 01, 2012 -

David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group's inclusive embrace of disciplines springs from an interest in the mind as a complex phenomenological experience, articulated on our declining bodies. In Restless Eye, Advanced Beginner Group explores the realm between thought and behavior, between describing life and experiencing it. Through a collision of digital technology and a deeply physical vocabulary, Restless Eye will bring together the madness of everyday events with the vast patterns that shape our inexplicable lives. Ultimately, it's how we bring our attention to what's in front of us that allows art to transform us as creators and observers.

Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Biblical Times - Discovery Times Square
Through April 15, 2012 - New York

Take a fascinating archaeological journey through the Holy Land. This rare exhibit features the famed Dead Sea Scrolls, a stone from the Western Wall from the Second Temple in Jerusalem and more than 500 never-before-seen artifacts from biblical times. Experience firsthand the traditions, beliefs and iconic objects of ancient Israel that impact world religions today.

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