The weather is warming as the days are getting longer this gives New Yorkers are time to be out and about. We have a tribute to an R&B legend at the legendary Apollo Theater, a first Saturday celebration in Brooklyn and seniors 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.
Floating Art Gallery Party Cruise at Skyport Marina: Friday May 31st, 2019 – New York’s First Floating Art Gallery Party Yacht Cruise around Manhattan at Skyport Marina Art Boat NYC located at 2430 Fdr Drive Service Road East, New York, NY 10010 Come experience NYC’s Newest Hottest Floating Street Art Boat in NYC while gazing views of New York Cities Skyline! 21+ , 2 Levels of Music with Live Djs & Bars onboard & Hookah Available!
Maren Hassinger: Monuments consists of eight site-specific sculptures installed for approximately one year in Marcus Garvey Park, beginning in June 2018. Hassinger, who has been associated with the Studio Museum since 1984, is a Harlem-based multidisciplinary artist whose work, spanning performance, installation, sculpture, and video, are often meditations on nature and community. Working in the tradition of her earlier projects such as Wreath (1979), Hassinger uses branches to create forms that respond to aspects of the park’s landscape—an outcropping of rock, a triangle near flower beds, an oval near the pool. The installation ends June 10, 2019.
Lydia Ourahmane at Bodega, 167 Rivington St., N.Y. through June 16: Algerian artist has filled the small space with disparate, poetic elements. Four cast-bronze female half torsos lie flat on the gallery floor in a curved line—a short path of disquieting stepping stones leading to a shorn-off braid of human hair. A small mahogany box (a mouse-size treasure chest) sits alone on a ledge. But the real clues—and additional mysteries—are provided by the written materials at the front desk. From the exhibition checklist, we learn that one of the works on view is invisible: titled “Betadine,” it is composed of antiseptic solution mopped onto the floor.
In and Out of the Garden at Agora Gallery 530 West 25th Street, New York through May 31: In and Out of the Garden, a group exhibition featuring paintings and mixed-media installations on the state of the natural world, the creatures that inhabit it, and the silent joy that comes from spending time in nature. From moody forests to the fish in the sea, the artists on display take inspiration from natural forms, carefully reconstructing the shapes and aesthetics they’ve observed in the wild. These artists find joy and peace in their subject matter, reflecting on the simplicity of nature without understating its significance.
Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern through June 15 at The Museum of Modern Art: “I have a live eye,” proclaimed Lincoln Kirstein, signaling his wide-ranging vision. Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern explores this polymath’s sweeping contributions to American cultural life in the 1930s and ’40s. Best known for cofounding New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet with George Balanchine, Kirstein (1907–1996), a writer, critic, curator, impresario, and tastemaker, was also a key figure in MoMA’s early history.
Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern | MoMA Exhibition
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.” The Guggenheim opens its yearlong two-part exhibition “Implicit Tensions: Robert Mapplethorpe Now.”
Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything: The Jewish Museum (1109 5th Ave at 92nd St New York) April 12 – September 8, 2019. A world-renowned novelist, poet, and singer/songwriter who inspired generations of writers, musicians, and artists, Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) was an extraordinary poet of the imperfection of the human condition, giving voice to what it means to be fully alert to the complexities and desires of both body and soul. Featuring 12 artists and 18 musicians from 10 countries, this exhibition offers a deep and rich exploration of the beloved global icon through the lens of contemporary art.
Alicja Kwade, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art through October 27, a Polish artist who lives and works in Berlin is this year’s recipient of The Met’s annual commission to create an installation for the museum’s roof garden. These projects are perennial crowd-pleasers, as they add a touch of artistic enhancement to the rooftop’s spectacular views of Central Park and the Midtown skyline. Kwade’s approach seems tailor-made for the site, as it usually entails minimalist sculptural ensembles made of glass, stone and metal—materials that give her efforts a luxurious gloss. Kwade often plays perceptual tricks on the viewer as part of her overall interest in deconstructing the philosophical and scientific teachings we rely on to make sense of the world. At The Met, she reaches for the cosmos with a pair of pieces that evoke the Solar System.
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.
Dance of the Village Elders presents Love Letters Saturday, June 1 5pm at St. Philips Church 204 West 134th Street. Under the direction of choreographer/teacher Walter Rutledge the bi-annual performance/fundraiser features the senior fitness and dance members with guest artists pianist Charles Lovell, storyteller Rebecca King, praise dance Jean Perry and guest speaker Tykim Stallings. A reception will follow the performance.
Now in its 73rd year, the Limón Dance Company continues to garner fresh interest for its performances of both new works and American classics. The May 29-June 2 season at The Joyce Theater will feature two Limón classics: The Moor’s Pavane and Psalm, along with The Weather in the Room by company Artistic Director Colin Connor; and Radical Beasts in the Forest of Possibilities by guest choreographer Francesca Harper, with an original score composed and performed live by Nona Hendryx.
The Jamaica Dance Festival 2019 presented by A Better Jamaica is an outdoor festival that takes place on four consecutive Saturdays in Rufus King Park beginning Saturday, June 1: 7pm.
Saturday, June 1st (Evening 1 of 4) – American Bolero Dance Company + Tango For All + Bhdos: The Second Company Of Ballet Hispánico
Saturday, June 8th (Evening 2 of 4) – Matthew Westerby Dance Company + Jamal Jackson Dance Company + Jeremy Mcqueen’s Black Iris Project + Obremski/Works
Saturday, June 15th (Evening 3 of 4) – Harlem Stage E-Moves – Harlem Stage E-Moves On Tour: It’s Showtime Nyc! + Sun & Cein + Soul Steps + Tweetboogie + Drew Dollaz + Long Arms
Saturday, June 22nd (Evening 4 of 4) – Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute + White Wave Rising Young Soon Kim Dance Company + Parul Shah Dance Company
American Ballet Theater 2019 Spring Season, May 13–July 6, 2019, at Metropolitan Opera House: New Work Premiere of by Alexei Ratmansky and Company Premieres of Deuce Coupe by Twyla Tharp and Jane Eyre by Cathy Marston to Highlight ABT’s Also Roberto Bolle to give farewell performance with ABT on June 20 and Brooklyn Mack to Appear as Guest Artist.
New York City Ballet at the David H. Koch Theater (April 23-25, 7:30 p.m.; through June 2). The spring season opens with a week of dances by current choreographers, and while some are unavoidably tedious — Mauro Bigonzetti’s Oltremare comes to mind — there are some treasures. As for the good? Justin Peck’s Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes, set to Aaron Copland’s timeless score, and William Forsythe’s playful and exacting Herman Schmerman. And as for the great? Alexei Ratmansky never phones anything in at City Ballet, so it’s time to bask in a delightful pair: Pictures at an Exhibition and Concerto DSCH.
Nureyev, Saturday, June 1: 8pm at Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space, Upper Level, 2537 Broadway, New York. Directors Jacqui Morris and David Morris This striking documentary from BAFTA nominated directors, Jacqui Morris and David Morris, traces the extraordinary life of Rudolf Nureyev, the most famous male dancer that transcended fame in the dance world to become a pop culture icon of his time. It charts his rise from humble beginnings, to his eventual defection to the West, an event that shocked the world. The film contextualizes not just the man, but also the times in which he lived, discussing the politically charged divide between Russia and the West and the critical role that Nureyev played as a cultural and global phenomenon. Nureyev features never-before-seen footage choreographed by Martha Graham, Paul Taylor and Murray Lewis. It also includes an original score by award-winning composer Alex Baranowski, and a spellbinding series of exclusive modern dance tableaux – directed by Royal Ballet alumnus Russell Maliphant.
Rocketman is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story — set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton — tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. Rocketman also stars Jamie Bell as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton’s first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother. Opens May 31
Pavarotti: Ron Howard’s ebullient documentary salutes the operatic legend Luciano Pavarotti for the genius he was, and the simple man he (maybe) was. Featuring never-before-seen footage, concert performances and intimate interviews, filmmaker Howard examines the life and career of famed opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Opens June 7
Chita Rivera at Feinstein’s/54 Below through June 4 at 7pm. Starring roles in the original casts of West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie and Chicago; 10 Tony nominations (including two wins); the 2002 Kennedy Center Honors. She’s often called a legend, but she’s very much real—and, at 86, still firmly in command of her talents.
The Governors Ball May 31 through June 2 in Randalls Island Park, Randalls Island. The annual Randalls Island event is the one of the best big local fests, hosting top talent from an array of genres over three days. Catch the new generation of hip-hop stars (Noname, Brockhampton), pop sounds of every ilk (from the party-starting Charlie XCX to the moody sounds of Blood Orange), indie rock (Mitski, Soccer Mommy) and more. The headliners are The Strokes, Florence + The Machine and Tyler, the Creator.
The Drama Desk Awards at Town Hall on June 2. The Drama Desk is an organization of writers, editors, publishers, and broadcasters covering theater in New York City, has announced that Drama Desk Award-winning actor Michael Urie (Torch Song, Buyer and Cellar, Ugly Betty) will host the 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards. This marks Urie’s fourth consecutive time hosting the ceremony.
Twisted Melodies, A Donny Hathaway Story Thursday, May 30 – Sunday, Jun 2, at the Apollo Theater. This powerful one-man show is based on the life of ’70s soul singer and composer Donny Hathaway. Set to moving music, this is an immersive and crushing play about this brilliant musician’s compelling inner struggle. Written by and starring Kelvin Roston, Jr. and directed by Derrick Sanders.
Glenda Jackson as King Lear is in her own world as the maddening monarch of Shakespeare’s tragedy. The production at the Cort Theater runs through July 7, 2019.
Ain’t Too Proud follows The Temptations’ journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. Through friendship and betrayal amid the civil unrest that tore America apart, their moving and personal story still resonates five decades later.
Choir Boy, the Broadway premiere of Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney 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?
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.
Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum: Stonewall 50 For twenty years, First Saturdays have been the freshest place to kick off the month. To ensure the safety of our visitors and to comply with city fire codes, starting at 5 pm, please enter through the front of the Museum. Keep in mind that there could be lines for entry and that we may have to limit entry when we reach maximum capacity. Events include:
Music: NYC GAY MEN’S CHORUS 5–6:15 pm
Sing along with New York City Gay Men’s Chorus as they celebrate World Pride with songs from their Big Gay Sing and upcoming fortieth anniversary performance at Carnegie Hall.
Curator Tour: STONEWALL FSAT JUNE 2019 5–6 pm Lindsay C. Harris and Carmen Hermo give an inside look at Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall.
Tour: ARCHIVES AS RAW HISTORY 5:30–6:30 pm Delve into the Museum’s LGBTQ+ histories as we go behind the scenes, read original documents, and explore archival storage. 20 free tickets in Tour line at Admissions at 5 pm.
HANDS-ON ART 6–8 pm Design your own button inspired by LJ Roberts’s artwork The Queer Houses of Brooklyn in the Three Towns of Boswyck, Breukelen, and Midwout during the 41st Year of the Stonewall Era. 330 free tickets in Auditorium line at Admissions at 5 pm.
Book Club: THE BOLD WORLD WITH JODIE PATTERSON 6–7:30 pm Former Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth interviews author Jodie Patterson about The Bold World, a family-centered narrative inspired by her transgender son that explores identity, gender, race, and authenticity. 330 free tickets in Auditorium line at Admissions at 5 pm.
Performance: INTERSEXTIONS VARIETY SHOW 6:30–7:30 pm Teen staff members perform a variety show based on their reflections from texts found in the resource room of Nobody Promised You Tomorrow. Seating is limited and first come, first served.
Music and Poetry: LINDA LABEIJA 7–8 pm Multidisciplinary artist Linda LaBeija (whose works appear in Nobody Promised You Tomorrow) performs music and poetry that amplifies the lived experiences of trans and gender nonconforming people of color.
Music: AMBER VALENTINE 7:30–9:30 pm Amber Valentine, a staple of NYC’s queer nightlife community known for her PAT and Misster parties, plays a high-energy set with disco, funk, and house vibes.
Performance and Book Release: THE FAGGOTS & THEIR FRIENDS BETWEEN REVOLUTIONS 8–10 pm Artists Morgan Bassichis, TM Davy, DonChristian Jones, Michi Osato, and Una Osato celebrate the new edition of The Faggots & Their Friends Between Revolutions, the 1977 fable-manifesto by Lavender Hill commune members Larry Mitchell (author) and Ned Asta (illustrator). 330 free tickets in Auditorium line at Admissions at 7 pm.
Community Workshop: AUDRE LORDE PROJECT 8:30–9:30 pm Join Audre Lorde Project, an organization which advocates for LGBTSTGNC people of color, and learn about tools to challenge police harassment using community-based strategies. Seating is limited and first come, first served.
Memorial Weekend Boat Ride from Pier 15 – Hornblower Cruises & Events, 78 South Street on Friday, May 31, 2019, 9pm through Saturday, June 1, 2019, 2am. Three Concerts, all in one Boat Party (Three dance floors, three levels of music). 10+ DJs & Live performers Take a picture with a Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Freedom Tower while you’re dancing your shoes off to your favorite DJs!
YES Block Party at the House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn Sunday, June 2, 2019 12pm to 6pm. An outdoor-indoor Art Party in celebration of creation in all its forms! Join us on Sunday June 2 at House of Yes on Jefferson between Wyckoff and Irving to explore installations, performances, experiences and live art – outside and inside of House of Yes!
We look forward to seeing you Out and About