It’s school winter break and the kids are home! Don’t worry! There are things for everyone. We have dance from Lincoln Center to Chinatown. Art on Museum Mile; and music from Harlem to Brooklyn. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About.
In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait of a Baseball Legend -at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103 Street open daily 10am-6pm. In 1947 Jackie Robinson made history when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first African American in Major League Baseball. In honor of the centennial of Robinson’s birth, In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson features some 30 images of Robinson and the Dodgers taken for Look magazine. Along with these stunning black-and-white images from the Museum’s collection, many never before seen, the exhibition features memorabilia and rare footage of the Robinson family, as well as the published magazines, which provide a window into the media’s portrayal of this groundbreaking figure through the lens of the day’s popular picture press.
In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait of a Baseball Legend
Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future at the Solomon R Guggenheim thru April 23, 2019: When Hilma af Klint began creating radically abstract paintings in 1906, they were like little that had been seen before: bold, colorful, and untethered from any recognizable references to the physical world. It was years before Vasily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian, and others would take similar strides to rid their own artwork of representational content. Yet while many of her better-known contemporaries published manifestos and exhibited widely, af Klint kept her groundbreaking paintings largely private. She rarely exhibited them and, convinced the world was not yet ready to understand her work, stipulated that it not be shown for twenty years following her death. Ultimately, her work was all but unseen until 1986, and only over the subsequent three decades have her paintings and works on paper begun to receive serious attention.
Hilma af Klint
“Implicit Tensions: Robert Mapplethorpe Now”, Guggenheim Museum, Fifth Ave. at 89th St. The photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, who died in 1989, at the age of forty-two, cast a classicizing eye on subjects both conventional (calla lilies) and controversial (the underground S & M scene). As his muse and friend Patti Smith has written, “He will be condemned and adored. His excesses damned or romanticized. In the end, truth will be found in his work, the corporeal body of the artist.” On Jan. 25, the Guggenheim opens its yearlong two-part exhibition “Implicit Tensions: Robert Mapplethorpe Now.”
The Sleeping Beauty, an enchanting full-length is one of New York City Ballet’s grandest spectacles of dance, featuring luxurious sets and costumes, Tschaikovsky’s glorious score, and a cast of fantastical characters. Taking the stage around Valentine’s Day, this enchanting full-length is one of NYCB’s grandest spectacles of dance, featuring luxurious sets and costumes, Tschaikovsky’s glorious score, and a cast of fantastical characters. Choreography by: Peter Martins (after Marius Petipa); The Garland Dance choreographed by George Balanchine. At David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza.
Sleeping Beauty- New York City Ballet
Celebrating its 25th anniversary season, Complexion Contemporary Ballet returns from February 19 through March 3 with its distinctive brand of passion revealed in three dynamic programs, including the New York premiere of WOKE, set to a remix of music by Kendrick Lamar, Logic, Drake, Diplo, and more. Also featured is the New York premiere of Bach 25 and audience favorite Star Dust, with music by David Bowie.
Complexions Contemporary Ballet
The Chen Dance Center, a vibrant cultural center in the heart of Chinatown, New York (70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Fl.), celebrate its 40th anniversary season and the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike Ceremony for the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Audiences will also have a chance to see the company on Friday, February 22 at 6:30pm and Saturday, February 23 at 5:00pm. This family-friendly program for the Lunar New Year. The program will include works celebrating the history of Chinatown, footage of past productions, and a showcase of some of their young students. This year also commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike Ceremony for the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Throughout the season, resident company H.T. Chen & Dancers will present the story of Chinese workers who helped build the Transcontinental Railroad to visiting school groups.
About Chen Dance Center
Mikhail Kalatozov’s I AM CUBA at the Film Forum (209 West Houston Street)(1964) Havana, late 50s. Helicopter-borne, the camera swoops from a dark sea over a lush tropical island, its palm trees like white feathers against an almost equally dark sky; then goes through and under a village on stilts amid the wetlands; a fashion show atop a skyscraper as the camera slides down to a rooftop swimming pool, and follows a dark-haired bikinied beauty into and under the water. And that’s just the beginning. Director Kalatozov (The Cranes Are Flying), along with legendary poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, screenwriter Enrique Pineda Barnet and camera-maestro Sergei Urusevsky, did for the 1959 revolution what Eisenstein had done for Russia’s, creating a riot of innovative photography, rapid-fire cutting, screen-filling close-ups, hair-raising handheld tracking shots, crane shots, elevator shots, and still-astonishing how-did-they-do-it shots.
I Am Cuba
From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY), comes ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world sheas grown to love. Based on the graphic novel ‘manga’ series ‘Gunnm by Yukito Kishiro.
ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL
Glass- Opens February 18: From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast. Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.
The Apollo and ImageNation present the Race Music Films series: Saturday, February 23, 1pm – 5pm at Apollo Theater Soundstage. An afternoon of film and conversation exploring the intersection of race, music, and politics. This program also features VR Revolution! Join us as we take over the entire lobby of the Apollo Theater with innovative virtual reality content exploring the Black experience. This is a free event.
Fela: Music Is The Weapon
12 noon – VR REVOLUTION (Main Lobby)
1:00 pm – FELA: MUSIC IS THE WEAPON
2:00pm – A$AP FERG IN LIBERIA: WHERE STARS ARE BORN
2:30 pm – FAVELA RISING
4:00 pm – DISCUSSION: RACE | MUSIC | FILM
The Great Jazz Drummers, Week Three- Elvin Jones: at Frederick P. Rose Hall, 5th floor Broadway and 60th Street Tuesday, February 19, 6:30pm. The John Coltrane Quartet was propelled by the intricate, powerful, and extraordinary drum work of Elvin Jones, whose forceful polyrhythmic drum work proved an incomparable foil to John Coltrane’s saxophone playing. Find out how Elvin Jones forged his sound in this evening’s class!
Jacob Banks at Brooklyn Steel, 319 Frost St Brooklyn, February 22, 2019, 8pm. You may be surprised that Nigerian-born and England-based musician Jacob Banks is only 27-years-old. His age certainly doesn’t match the impeccable sound of his soulful and mature voice. Immerse yourself in his poetic crooning as Banks performs his latest album, Village, at Brooklyn Steel this February. Encompassing the artist’s familiar foot-stomping, percussion-heavy style, you can bet that his show is going to be a smash.
The Apollo Theater And Afropunk presents: Kamasi Washington In Concert– Saturday, February 23, 8pm. Kamasi Washington, who is considered this generation’s torchbearer for progressive, improvisational music. Washington and his 10-piece band, The Next Step, take audiences on adventurous odysseys that cross musical genres from jazz, to hip-hop, classical and R&B music.
Choir Boy, the Broadway premiere of Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney’s acclaimed drama at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47th Street, centers on the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, which for a half a century has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical black men. One talented student has been waiting for years to take his rightful place as the leader of the school’s legendary gospel choir. But can he make his way through the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key?
Apollo Amateur Night Live- Opening Night Featuring Special Guest: Raheem Devaughn, Wednesday, February 20, 7:30pm.The 85th anniversary season starts with a brand new line-up of contestants competes for the chance to perform during the March 13th Show Off and move on to Top Dog on May 15th. It all leads to the chance of winning the title of Super Top Dog and a cash prize ($5,000 in the Child Star category and $20,000 in the Adult category) on November 21st!
The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Kids Week is back—and moving full Steam ahead from February 17-23 Science, technology, engineering, arts, math and fun take center stage at the Intrepid Museum. Discover the joy of paper folding with OrigamiUSA or learn to make your own puppet with the Story Pirates. Music lovers can connect with the Brooklyn Music School at their interactive display and Broadway fans can get a sneak peak at the new Broadway musical, King Kong. Visit the website https://www.intrepidmuseum.org for the full schedule of events.
Look ahead at NASA’s footprint in space on the Red Planet by acting as engineers to construct your own mini-foam Mars Rover.
Life on Mars is different from Earth. It is colder, drier, and windier; one thing we do have in common are quakes. When we go to colonize Mars, we have to make sure our buildings can withstand the mars-quakes. Come and see if you have the right ideas to build a habitat suitable for Mars. You will be able to design, build, and test out your ideas with coffee stirrers and marshmallows! Activities are FREE with Museum Admission and run daily from 12-4 PM.
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