New York, New York a helluva town! This week we have theatre in Brooklyn, on Broadway and “Da Bronx”. Chi-town is dancing in our town; and art from Fifth Avenue to Flatbush Avenue. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About.
Hailing form L.A., Luis Flores, Salon 94 at 243 Bowery, crotchets full-length, life-size figurative sculptures out of yarn, which look suspiciously like the bearded artist himself. Indeed, he calls them “doppels,” and outfits each in an identical uniform based, apparently, on his own wardrobe of blue jeans, dark blue t-shirts and sneakers bought at Old Navy. Singly, Flores’s stand-in can be seen falling from the top of a ladder, or absent-mindedly scratching his balls while checking his phone. Things get even weirder, however, when Flores presents his twin as pairs wrestling with one another. Exhibit runs through March 30.
Birds Of Paradise (A group exhibition for women’s history month) Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center at the Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Boulevard (btw Flatbush & Bedford Avenue) Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Ava Tomlinson and featuring works by Pamella Allen, Sandra Ayana, Ramona Candy, Mary Chang, Sophia Domeville, Laura James, Gina Samson, Cheery Stewart Joseph, Ava Tomlinson and Valerie Williams. The exhibition runs through May 4.
Nedjemankh and His Gilded Coffin at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Ever since Howard Carter uncovered the tomb of King Tut in 1922, people have been fascinated by Ancient Egyptian treasures. The Met recently acquired one such object—a gold-leafed covered coffin for a High Priest from Egypt’s Ptolemaic period. It’s on display, along with 70 other Egyptian artifacts from the Met’s collection.
Jean-Michel Basquiat Solo Exhibition: The Brant Foundation announced this week that it will present a solo exhibition of works by the late artist Jean- Michel Basquiat as the inaugural show on March 6 in its new East Village space in New York City. Located at 421 East 6th Street in a century-old, 16,000 square-foot building originally designed as a Con Ed substation, the show is free to the public, but you’ll need a ticket to get in. The show begins on March 6 and tickets can be reserved through May 12, but available dates and times could run out before the show closes on May 15.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago returns with two thrilling programs of contemporary dance. The first week features Decadance/Chicago, an evening-length performance combines excerpts from works by Ohad Naharin which were arranged specifically for Hubbard Street by the world-renowned Israeli choreographer. The second week celebrates Crystal Pite, one of today’s most sought after and inventive choreographers, with three of her most exciting works: A Picture of You Falling, The Other You, and Grace Engine.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Ailey II returns to NYU Skirball from March 13 – 17 for its annual New York season during Ailey’s 60th Anniversary celebration. The renowned second company to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will inspire audiences in dynamic works by some of today’s most revered choreographers. Premieres by Uri Sands, Bradley Shelver, Ailey Artistic Director Robert Battle, and Ailey II Artistic Director Troy Powell will grace the stage, along with returning crowd-pleasers by Juel D. Lane, Renee I. McDonald, and Darrell Grand Moultrie.
Voice of My City: Jerome Robbins and New York at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center. From Fancy Free—his breakout hit ballet in 1944—to the musical West Side Story on stage (1957) and screen (1961) and the ballets N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz(1958) and Glass Pieces (1983), Robbins explored the joys, struggles, grooves, routines, and aspirations of New York. And in recreating the city around him on stage, Robbins found a place for himself. Voice of My City traces Robbins’ life and dances alongside the history of New York, inspiring viewers to see the city as both a muse and a home. Running now through March 30th.
Harkness Dance Festival at the 92Y marks the hundredth anniversary of the birth of dance innovator Merce Cunningham with a month of performance and visual arts. The opening weekend (performances on Friday and Saturday) is devoted to Cunningham dances. Subsequent weeks offer world premieres by companies founded by erstwhile Cunningham dancers: Douglas Dunn (March 8 and 9), Dylan Crossman (March 15 and 16), Jonah Bokaer (March 22 and 23) and Ellen Cornfield (March 29 and 30). (James Klosty’s photographs of the Cunningham company are on view at 92Y through April 2.)
Gibney: Work Up 5.0: Gibney presents the fifth annual edition of its performance series, dedicated to emerging artists. A different three-piece program is presented each weekend. Participating artists include Catie Leasca, Hollis Bartlett + Nattie Trogdon and Proteo Media (March 1, 2); Aye Eckerson, Emily Winkler-Morey and Javier Padilla (Mar 8, 9); and Laurel Snyder, Nana Chinara and Zachary Tye Richardson (Mar 15, 16)
In Mustang Roman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a convict in a prison in rural Nevada, participates in a rehabilitation program in which he trains wild mustangs. He struggles to connect with the horses and his fellow inmates alike. But in time, working alongside young convict Henry (Jason Mitchell) and an old trainer Myles (Bruce Dern), Roman soothes an especially feisty horse and confronts his own violent past. Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival. In Theaters March 15.
Ella Mai, at Brooklyn Steel, Williamsburg on March 11 and 12, is riding high on the success of her Grammy-nominated summer smash, Book’d Up. The English singer-songwriter Ella Mai hits town in support of a solid debut album. In just under an hour, the self-titled effort, released last October on DJ Mustard’s 10 Summers Records, goes a long way toward showcasing the various facets of Mai’s highly listenable, ’90s R&B– and trap-infused modern soul. Syrupy psychedelic textures, reverb-drenched piano, acoustic guitar, it’s all here, and it’s sure to have us feeling the love when she takes the stage for this pair of Brooklyn gigs.
Thursday Night Jazz with Percussionist Joel Ross at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning 161-04 Jamaica Avenue, Queens Thursday, March 14, 2019 8:00– 9:00pm, recently completed a two year fellowship with the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet in California. Winning first place at the 2016 BIAMP PDX Jazz Festival ‘Jazz Forward’ Competition, he was also a winner of the Keep an Eye International Jazz Award, in Amsterdam. A fitting addition to trumpeter Marquis Hill’s wonderful group – before their 2016 European tour – Ross has just recorded his own debut album “Good Vibes,” to be released in 2018. He will be performing, also, with his newly minted Joel Ross’ Good Vibes ensemble.
The Mothers Of The Movements [M.O.M.S.]: The Black Woman: She Does Exist will re-center our foremothers who organized, marched, recruited, campaigned, made meals, coordinated direct action efforts, fostered community, and laid the groundwork for the Civil Rights and the Black Arts Movements. We have asked black women art- activists to look at and reimagine three seminal texts from the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movements. The production will be directed by Jonathan McCrory, Artistic Director of The National Black Theatre. Showtime March 16, 6pm.
In The B-Side: “Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons”, at the St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO. Three men—Eric Berryman, Philip Moore and Jasper McGruder—reconstruct a 1965 album compiled by the documentarian and folklorist Bruce Jackson. In his introduction, Berryman says he pitched the project to director Kate Valk after seeing the Woosters’ beautiful Early Shaker Spirituals (which returns to the stage later this month). Fourteen tracks ensue: sung fables, blues spirituals, work songs, poetic toasts, even a rousing parody of preaching. We never learn who wrote these masterpieces; their authorship has been lost along the fields and roadsides. Opens March 1 through March 24
Baad!Ass Women Festival: The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, 2474 Westchester Ave., presents its 19th annual celebration of women in dance, comedy, music, poetry and performance, including works by queer and trans women. The festival also offers a seminar on women’s safety and a zine fair for women of color and LGBTQ+ people. Weekends (Friday and Saturday) at 8pm.
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?
The Lo Lifes (Ralph Lauren Collections) will hold the 7th annual Notorious Lo Trade on Sunday March 10th at Zanger Hall, 347 West 34th Street starting at 12noon and running to 6pm. Music, hourly giveaways and much more “all things Ralph”.
Hudson Valley Restaurant Week from March 11- March 24, 20 at various restaurants throughout Poughkeepsie, NY. The largest culinary event in the region is back. Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is from March 11-March 24. Visit one of our over 200 participating restaurants and enjoy a prix fixe 3-course lunch ($22.95) or 3-course dinner ($32.95). Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is presented by The Valley Table magazine.
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.
Shop men’s clothing, sportswear and accessories including suits, jackets, outerwear, pants, shirts, knitwear, ties and shoes at the Kiton sample sale in New York from March 10 thru 14! Plus look out for a selection of women’s clothing and sportswear too.
Eileen Fisher Sample Sale coming March 9 and 10 at Eileen Fisher Boutique, 314 E 9th St, New York,.There’ll be samples of current Spring merchandise from just $49 to $399 at this Eileen Fisher sample sale in the East Village! Samples range from extra small to medium – and you can also shop other sale merchandise in a full size range, starting at 40% off! Cash and all major cards accepted.
James Perse, at 361 Bleecker Street from March 13th to March 16th, men’s apparel, women’s apparel and footwear on discount at the sample sale in New York, where prices will be 40% to 60% off! Cash and cards accepted. All sales final.
Proper Cloth, 495 Broadway, Floor 7, Buzzer 601, is hosting its Spring 2019 Sample Sale! This will be their biggest sample sale yet with tons of new products, including sport coats, trousers, and suit jackets, as well as sweaters, vests, ties, and a variety of other pieces. Also look out for their collection of hundreds of button-up shirts in all different sizes and styles! Sale ends March 10.
We look forward to seeing you Out and About