Thanksgiving signals the official start of the holiday season. It is also the beginning of the holiday arts season and this week the excitement is palpable. Theatre aboard from City College to Hell’s Kitchen, music brings back the 60’s on the Upper Westside, with protest art in Chelsea; and while the Ailey company celebrates turning 60 in midtown, we have a group of over 60 “Sugar Babies” dancing in Harlem. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About.
Eddie Martinez, “White Outs” at The Bronx Museum Of The Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse. Known for exuberantly colorful abstractions with street art flair, Martinez has recently taken to painting over large parts of his canvases with white pigment, not as an erasure so much as an exploration of how revisions factor into the process of composition. This show features works in that vein, created over the last year. The exhibit runs through February 17, 2019.
Shadows is one of Andy Warhol at Calvin Klein Inc., 205 W 39th St (between Seventh and Eighth Aves.) most abstract and enigmatic pieces, consisting of variously colored silk screened canvases hung edge-to-edge in a site-specific installation. Created between 1978 and 1979, 102 paintings were produced in all, though the total number of panels varies from one location to the next, depending on the dimensions of a given space. Each silk screen is limited to a palette of two contrasting colors, while the picture itself—which flips between positive and negative—comes from the same photo of the eponymous subject taken at Warhol’s Factory studio. Taken together, Shadows resembles a film strip capturing an indeterminate play of light. The exhibition begins October 26 to December 15, 2018.
Faith Ringgold: The 70’s, ACA Galleries Chelsea- 529 W 20th St fifth floor. Ringgold’s career, stretching back more than 50 years, has had a huge impact on younger African-American artists who rightly see her as a pioneer of identity politics and advocate for social justice. Drawing on the vernacular of Black folk art of the Deep South, Ringgold has dedicated much of her work to activism, particularly during the decade covered by this show, which includes pieces that have never been exhibited before. The exhibition runs through December 22, 2018
Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done at The Museum of Modern Art (through February 3, 2019) in the Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium is organized into multiple-week segments, each of which focuses on the work of one artist: Yvonne Rainer, Deborah Hay, David Gordon, Lucinda Childs, Steve Paxton and Trisha Brown. Additionally, a video installation edited by the artist Charles Atlas and related to the work of the choreographers featured in the performance program will be on view. Including footage of both individual and group pieces made during the Judson era and after, Atlas’s installation emphasizes the relationship of the soloist to the ensemble and shows how Judson influenced the later careers of these artists. In the final weeks of the exhibition, Movement Research, an organization with a direct lineage to Judson, will hold classes and workshops.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, November 28 through December 30 at New York City Center celebrates their 6oth Anniversary with their biggest season yet, centered on premieres by some of the most acclaimed choreographers in Ailey’s history.
Creed II- Opens November 21: Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.
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Green Book- Opens November 21: When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger-as well as unexpected humanity and humor-they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.
Ralph Breaks The Internet- Opens November 21: Ralph and Vanellope embark on an adventure inside the internet to find a spare part to fix a video game.
Ralph Breaks The Internet
Bob Dylan and his Band at the Beacon Theater from Friday November 23 2018 through Saturday December 1 2018. His recent output includes his 38th studio album (Triplicate, in which Dylan extends his recent excavation of jazzy, classic cover songs) and the 14th volume of his Bootleg series, which unearths a trove of gems from his acclaimed Blood on the Trackssessions. There’s no reason to expect anything other than business as usual at these shows, though: a raspy-voiced trawl through one of America’s signature songbooks, driven by the mystical momentum of Dylan’s beloved bluesy folk song forms.
Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show with Amy Black at the City Winery, 155 Varick St, on November 28, 2018. Formed in 1939 at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Deaf and Blind, the Blind Boys of Alabama have since collected five Grammy Awards, been inducted to the Gospel Hall of Fame, recorded a freaky album with pedal-steel prodigy Robert Randolph and shared bills with Prince (at a club) and Bob Dylan (at the White House). Here, they kick off the Christmas season with the help of singer-songwriter Amy Black.
The 2018 Christmas Spectacular is now delighting audiences at the world famous Art Deco palace- Radio City Music Hall! Don’t miss your chance to see the 2018 Christmas Spectacular at the one of a kind Radio City Rockettes now until January 1.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall
A Christmas Carol in Harlem– Aaron Davis Hall, City College of New York. Set in present day Harlem, this holiday treasure is dramatized with Classical Theatre of Harlem’s signature style of infusing classic works with an uptown flair. Anthony Vaughn Merchant plays Ebenezer Scrooge in the Classical Theatre of Harlem’s contemporary update of Charles Dickens’s holiday novella about a miser who gets spooked into accepting the Christmas spirit. Steve H. Broadnax III directs Shawn René Graham’s adaptation, Scrooge is an uptown New York real-estate vulture; modernized carols helps keep the yuletide high. The production runs November 27 through December 8.
What To Send Up When It Goes Down– A.R.T./New York Theatres, Hell’s Kitchen. There are two concentric parts to Aleshea Harris’s part-ceremony, part-play What to Send Up When It Goes Down. In the show’s outer ring, conducted both before and after the core performance, the audience is led through a group activity focused on solidarity and witnessing that is described as “a ritual first and foremost for black people.” (The script asks that the show be dedicated to a person killed recently by racist violence.) Led by actor Kambi Gathesha, we embark on some community work: We pass a talking rock around a participation circle; we share a primal shout. For some, this will be nourishing, even if the therapy dynamic is an awkward fit with its theatrical surrounding. You don’t usually pay for church.
The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the world’s largest parade. The three-hour parade is held in Manhattan from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m and has been televised nationally on NBC since 1952. Renowned worldwide for it character balloons, colorful floats and musical entertainment the parade offers wonderment for the young and old.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the holiday season on Wednesday, November 28 during a special ceremony. There will be fantastic performers and live music starting from 8 tp 10pm. The hosts for the evening are co-anchors of NBC News’ TODAY Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, news anchor Craig Melvin, Al Roker of NBC’s TODAY.
Eight Amazing Facts About the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
FrankieFridays is Brooklyn’s best kept house music secret! The party takes place every Friday at The Happiness Lounge, 1458 St. Johns Place (bet. Utica Avenue and Rochester Avenue). The party rocks the best dance classics and soulful house music masterfully mixed by New York City’s own DJ Frankie Paradise. The predominantly mature gay crowd are there to get down, and create a warm inviting atmosphere for all. Reasonably prices drinks and a small admission price (feels more like a donation) of $5 before midnight and $10 after makes this the don’t miss Friday night dance party.
We look forward to seeing you Out and About