Memorial Day is here! The weather is finally getting warm, people are out and city is abounding with activity “24- 7- 365”. We have art celebrating popular culture in Harlem. Dance in Midtown and love is in full bloom on Staten Island. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps guaranteed to keep you Out and About.
Flash: Photographs by Harold Edgerton from the Whitney’s Collection (Whitney Museum of American Art 99 Gansevoort Street). This exhibition explores the work of Harold Edgerton (1903–1990), a pioneering figure in the history of 20th century American photography. An engineer and photographer, Edgerton developed flash technology in the 1930s that allowed him to photograph objects and events moving faster than the eye can perceive. Combining technical insight and an aesthetic sensibility, Edgerton’s photographs give unprecedented clarity to the physical world and reveal the magic of everyday life.
Firelei Báez: Joy Out of Fire at the Studio Museum Harlem (144 West 125th Street) continues the artist’s longstanding interest in representations of women, particularly Afro-Caribbean/Afro-Latina women in visual culture and history. In this exhibition, Báez features women whose legacies are preserved and maintained by the archives of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, reimagining them in conversation through imaginative portraits that incorporate materials such as reproductions of archival photographs, notes, diaries, letters, and manuscripts.
The 41st annual edition of the DanceAfrica 2018 at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Fort Greene Friday May 25 2018 – Monday May 28 2018. The African-diaspora cultural festival presents Remembrance, Reconciliation, and Renewal, a program created by artistic director Abdel R. Salaam to honor the centennial of Nelson Mandela’s birth. South Africa’s Ingoma KwaZulu-Natal Dance Company and Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre are joined by the BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble. In addition to performances, the festival includes community events, dance workshops, film screening and a bazaar.
David Parsons and his company return to the Joyce through May 27 with a mixed bill that comprises four pieces by Parsons himself—Wolfgang, Whirlaway, world premiere Microburst and company favorite Caught—as well as the company premiere of Trey McIntyre’s Ma Maison, set to music by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
La MaMa’s annual festival runs riot with dance from May 25 to June 3. Participating artists include Lucie Grégoire (May 10, 11), Adham Hafez Company (May 12, 13), Tony Whitfield and Whitfield Colabs (May 11–13), Parijat Desai, Paz Tanjuaquio and Angie Pittman (May 17, 18), Jonathan Gonzalez (May 19, 20), Ellen Fisher (May 25–27), Anabella Lenzu/Dance Drama (May 30, 31) and Ni’Ja Whitson (June 1, 2).
RIOULT Dance NY, at the Joyce Theater May 30 thru June 3, celebrates the historic connection between choreographers and composers with Artistic Director Pascal Rioult’s “keenly musical choreography” (The Washington Post). The engagement features a world premiere with an original score by wunderkind Polina Nazakinskaya, performed live. Also included is Dream Suite, Rioult’s contemporary take on romanticism set to Tchaikovsky’s Orchestral Suite No.
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens on May 25. Ever wondered how Han first met Chewie, what kind of mileage the Falcon had when he bought it, or how he fell out with Lando? This Star Wars spinoff should provide some answers. Alden Ehrenreich, unknown for the moment, fills the biggest shoes in Hollywood.
Magnolia Films is gearing up for the May 25 release of The Gospel According to André, which chronicles the life and career of the fashion insider and former Vogue editor at large André Leon Talley. The documentary features exclusive interviews with Anna Wintour, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Valentino Garavani, Diane von Furstenberg, Manolo Blahnik, Fran Lebowitz, Whoopi Goldberg, Tamron Hall and Isabella Rossellini, among others — as well as archival footage from the 67-year-old’s storied career, which began with his involvement with Andy Warhol’s Factory in the 1970s and WWD, where Talley worked from 1975 to 1980.
Book Club: Diane is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage. Vivian enjoys her men with no strings attached. Sharon is still working through her decades-old divorce. Carol’s marriage is in a slump after 35 years. The lives of these four friends are turned upside down after reading the infamous “50 Shades of Grey.” From discovering new romance to rekindling old flames, they inspire each other to make their next chapter their best chapter yet.
Octave One at Analog BKNY, Gowanus Friday May 25: This seminal five-man unit, led by brothers Lenny and Lawrence Burden, is no less than a Detroit techno institution. With the 1990 debut I Believe as well as the 2000 hit Blackwater, Octave One quickly made a lasting impression in Michigan and around the world. In 2015, the group released Burn It Down—its first album in seven years—which fuses studio and live performance elements.
Eva Noblezada: Girl No More at The Green Room 42, Hell’s Kitchen Monday May 28 2018, The Tony-nominated star of Broadway’s Miss Saigon shows off her range in a concert that includes favorites made famous by Amy Winehouse and Frank Sinatra.
Love in Bloom will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 27, in The Music Hall on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace in Livingston. Conceived by UTA Artistic Director Sadja Musawwir Ladner concert will feature a plethora of artistic expression including dance, theater, and visual art, “while exploring the breadth, depth and power of love.” Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children.
The flat-out fabulous revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America at the Neil Simon Theater, with a top-flight cast led by Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane in career-high performances. This is the 25th anniversary production of Mr. Kushner’s two-part, seven-and-a-half-hour multi-award-winning masterwork about death and destruction in Ronald Reagan’s America.
Tony Kushner’s Angels in America
The revival of Once On This Island opened on December 3, 2017 at the as Tonton Julian, Kenita R. Miller as Mama Euralie, Alex Newell as Asaka, Merle Dandridge as Papa Ge, Quentin Earl Darrington as Agwe, Lea Salonga as Erzulie and David Jennings as Armand. Directed by directed by Michael Arden and choreographed by Camille Brown.
Once On this Island
Pod 39 Rooftop, 145 E 39th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues, this sky-high bar atop the Pod 39 hotel offers prime views of the Empire State and Chrysler buildings but it’s the ivy-clad brick archways, glowy string lights, and Mexican tile-topped tables that create this watering hole’s vibrant piazza feel. April Bloomfield’s formidable Salvation Taco dispatches inventive tortillas (short rib in coconut curry, chicken tinga) from the first-floor restaurant while the bar slings frozen margaritas, agave-leaning craft cocktails, and imported beers.
Rooftop Cinema Club at Embassy Suites by Hilton 60 W 37th St, has perfected the night out at the movies with its third annual edition of summer movie screening. Expect popcorn, wireless headphones (a Rooftop Cinema Club speciality) and comfy seating. They do have a special offer: A general-admission ticket that includes a bottomless box of popcorn for just $3 extra. And the films they’ve selected are top-notch, from recent Oscar winners to the classics. This weekend the films include: