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Things to do this week in NYC Oct 6-Oct 13: Cultural Arts

October 6, 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.

Morris-Jumel Mansion Culture and Arts Festival - Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum
October 06, 2012 - Manhattan

The Morris-Jumel Mansion Culture and Arts Festival at MJM CAFé will feature the vibrant music, artistry, crafts and cuisine that make Washington Heights and the neighboring communities of Harlem and Inwood so diverse and dynamic. A highlight of the day will be a special dedication ceremony for the newly cultivated colonial revival garden and to recognize the efforts to beautify the park that offers the surrounding community a tranquil green space. Emmy award winning news anchor Sade Baderinwa, of WABC-TV's Eyewitness News ABC7, will attend as an honored guest and participate in the ceremony. Til 6pm.

Philadanco - The Joyce Theater
Through October 07, 2012 - New York

Founded by the esteemed Joan Myers Brown in 1970, Philadanco, a Joyce favorite, performs a characteristically rousing program that includes a world premiere by the magnificent Matthew Rushing and the New York premiere of Wake Up, created by North Philly's own celebrated choreographer Rennie Harris. This intricate, propulsive work seeks to define Hip Hop from its birth to its profound impact on the communities from which it sprung. Company website: performance schedule Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm Dance Chat: Wed, Oct 3 Family Matinee: Sat, Oct 6 ticket price Tickets start at $10! (Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)

Square Dance - New York City Ballet
October 08, 2012 -

In Square Dance, Balanchine joined the traditions of American folk dance with classical ballet. He felt the two types of dance, though widely different in style, had common roots and a similar regard for order. He wrote: "The American style of classical dancing, its supple sharpness and richness of metrical invention, its superb preparation for risks, and its high spirits were some of the things I was trying to show in this ballet." In the original 1957 version, the musicians were placed on the stage, and a square dance caller was brought in to call out the steps. Square Dance was revived in 1976 without the caller, with the orchestra in the pit, and with an added solo for the principal male dancer. Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), one of the foremost Baroque composers, was born in Venice and died in Vienna. His unique musical language is evident in the variety of form, scoring and imaginative conception in the more than 500 concerti that he composed. A creator of orchestral program music, Vivaldi made contributions to musical style, violin technique and orchestration. Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) was an Italian composer and violinist whose work affected form, style and instrumental technique in Italy and throughout Europe. He was the first composer to gain attention solely from instrumental composition, to owe his reputation in large part to the activities of the musical publishers, and to produce classical instrumental works which were admired and studied long after their idiom had become outmoded. Corelli's works are in three forms: solo sonatas, trio sonatas and concerti. He is considered one of the originators of the concerto grosso, an ensemble concerto for a group of soloists.

Fall for Dance Festival - New York City Center
Through October 13, 2012 -

The ninth annual Fall for Dance Festival, now expanded to 12 evenings, includes some of the most groundbreaking and breathtaking dance in the world today. With tickets to this year's Festival, you can sample a diverse lineup of 20 companies and experience everything from hula to ballet, flamenco to tap. Fall for Dance presents an exciting mix of treasured favorites and undiscovered gems. So bring your family, grab your friends, join us and fall in love... Fall for Dance!

So You Think You Can Dabkeh: Dabkeh-Off: Dabkeh Showcase, Concert with Anas Tabash and More - Alwan for the Arts
October 13, 2012 - New York

3:30pm / $10 - Workshop/demo by local dabkeh experts teaches variations of dabkeh from rural homeland villages to New York City’s hip hop flavored neighborhoods. Learn how dabkeh has remained a dynamic and vital part of everyday life. 5:00pm / $5 -"Staging Dabkeh: The Emergence of a Levantine Folk Art", presentationby ethnomusicologist Shayna Silverstein with discussant Christopher Stone, author ofPopular Culture and Nationalism in Lebanon: The Fairouz and Rahbani Nation. Shayna Silverstein addresses the emergence of dabkeh as a folk art throughout the Levant. From the formation of state folk dance troupes in the 1950s and 1960s to dance theater (raqs misrah) in the new millenium, she will look at how dabkeh has been staged for domestic and international audiences over the past fifty years. Folkloric dabkeh celebrates the cultural diversity of the Levant at the same time that it preserves the traditions and customs considered common to village life. 7:00pm / $15 - Dabkeh-Off citywide showcase and competition features local student and professional troupes such as Shabab Al Hurreyya, Nujoom, and students from the festival’s Dabkeh Workshops with Ramzi Edlibi. The evening concludes with a concert by Palestinian singer, Anas Tabash, known for his folk style mawwawil and popular dabkeh tunes.

Doug Varone & Dancers - The Joyce Theater
Through October 14, 2012 - New York

Whether creating whirlwinds of movement that dazzle with complexity or tracing the interior landscape of terse gesture, Doug Varone places indelible humanity at the core of his work. For its 25th Anniversary season, the company will perform the New York premiere of Oratorio, set to Mozart's mythic oratorio "La Betulia Liberata," as well as another new work. The season also includes Boats Leaving, Varone's 2006 Bessie Award winning work; Ballet Mécanique, which he set to George Antheil's iconoclastic score from 1925, and his hallmark solo, Nocturne. Company website: performance schedule Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm Dance Chat: Wed, Oct 10 ticket price Tickets start at $10! (Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)

Materializing 'Six Years': Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art - Brooklyn Museum
Through February 03, 2013 - Prospect Heights

This exhibition is devoted to examining the defining impact Lucy R. Lippard's groundbreaking book Six Years had on the emergent Conceptual art movement. Published in 1973, Six Years simultaneously catalogued and described the development of conceptual art practices in the late sixties and early seventies, and is now widely considered an essential reference work for the period. Using the book's content to structure the exhibition, Materializing "Six Years" showcases the artists brought together and championed by Lippard, and demonstrates how her curatorial projects, critical writing, and political engagement helped to redefine exhibition-making, art criticism, and the viewing experience. The exhibition will feature more than 170 objects by nearly ninety artists who were working internationally across a range of mediums. In addition to presenting important artworks, the exhibition will convey the political foment of an era that saw both the emergence of Conceptual art and the rise of the Women's Rights, Civil Rights, and anti–Vietnam War movements, and will illustrate the period's experimental impulses through catalogues, artist publications, periodicals, photographs, and ephemera from key exhibitions and events.

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