New York City in late spring, and the city is in full bloom. We have art blossoming in Uptown and Midtown, dance swirls around Lincoln Center and Chelsea, female jewels thieves stealing the movie box office and Denzel on Broadway. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps guaranteed to keep you Out and About.
Bendix Harms, SANKT RUFUS, at the Anton Kern Gallery, 16 E 55th Street, A feral cat (now deceased) who once prowled Harms’s farm in Denmark like he owned the freaking place, is the subject of the artist’s latest exuberantly Expressionistic canvases, which portray the feline in question as both devil and daemon.
David Salle: Paintings 1985-1995 at the Skarstedt Gallery, 20 East 79th Street– A star of the go-go ’80s art scene (and frequent punching bag for critics like Robert Hughes), David Salle benefited mightily from the Reagan Era art-buying boom, which is why his career went into a stall after the 1987 stock market crash that put an end to the good times in the art market. At the time, Salle was pronounced yesterday’s news, though, of course, that was never quite the case: He still had his deep-pocketed supporters, and continued to show at blue-chip galleries. He’s long since recovered his mojo to the point that the dip in his fortunes is largely forgotten, yet his current exhibition at Skarstedt’s uptown space features paintings produced during the same period in which his career fizzled, giving the show an extra dash of historical resonance.
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.
Ballet Tech Kids Dance return to the Joyce Theater June 7th through June 10th with Apple Pie, The Jig Is Up, Meshugana Dance, and It’s The Effort That Counts, too. There’ll be two world premieres, as well – Eliot Feld has choreographed Pointing 2 and Pointing 3
Philadanco returns to New York City for seven performances, June 12 through 17 at the Joyce Theater. The company will present four works by choreographers of color, including three New York premieres. Vietnamese choreographer Thang Dao’s arresting poetic imagery in his ensemble offering Folded Prism is balanced by an original score by John Levis. A Movement for Five by Philadanco alumni Dawn Marie Bazemore brings the injustice of the Central Park Five to the movement forefront in the era that where their most ardent detractors remains Donald Trump. Company stalwart and resident choreographer Christopher Huggins’ New Fruit “explores a social landscape that continues to impact black and brown bodies”. While artist in residence and Philadanco alumnus Tommie-Waheed Evans’ With(in) Verse, presents a message of deliverance.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Lincoln Center for one week only! – June 13 through 17. The company will present three programs:
Celebrate Women- shines a spotlight on the work of three award-winning choreographers: Judith Jamison, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, and Jessica Lang – who makes her Ailey debut with her 100th ballet, EN.
Ailey, Then & Now- showcases three audience favorites, including the return of Talley Beatty’s disco-era Stack-Up, and two works that reveal Artistic Director Robert Battle’s stunning artistic range: Mass and In/Side.
Musical Icons- three standout works of modern dance, set to music by jazz legends John Coltrane and Ella Fitzgerald, and the Oscar and Grammy-winning ‘new wave’ singer-songwriter David Byrne.
American Ballet Theatre returns to the Met for eight weeks with a repertoire that includes three works by artist in residence Alexei Ratmansky: Firebird (May 21–26, sharing a bill with Wayne McGregor’s world premiere Afterite), Harlequinade (June 4–9) and a reprise of last year’s Whipped Cream (July 2–7). Other offerings include the full-length ballets Giselle (May 14–20), La Bayadère (May 29–June 2), Romeo and Juliet (June 11–16), Swan Lake (June 18–23) and Don Quixote (June 25–30).
Sleep No More- (McKittrick Hotel 530 W 27th St) , directors Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle, of the U.K. troupe Punchdrunk, have orchestrated a true astonishment, turning six warehouse floors and approximately 100,000 square feet into a purgatorial maze that blends images from the Scottish play with ones derived from Hitchcock movies—all liberally doused in a distinctly Stanley Kubrick eau de dislocated menace.
Ocean’s 8– Five years, eight months, 12 days and counting — that’s how long Debbie Ocean has been devising the biggest heist of her life. She knows what it’s going to take — a team of the best people in the field, starting with her partner-in-crime Lou Miller. Together, they recruit a crew of specialists, including jeweler Amita, street con Constance, suburban mom Tammy, hacker Nine Ball, and fashion designer Rose. Their target — a necklace that’s worth more than $150 million.
Superfly– Career criminal Youngblood Priest wants out of the Atlanta drug scene, but as he ramps up sales, one little slip up threatens to bring the whole operation down before he can make his exit. Opens June 13
Incredibles 2- Elastigirl springs into action to save the day, while Mr. Incredible faces his greatest challenge yet, taking care of the problems of his three children. Opens June 15
Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet at the Village Vanguard (178 Seventh Ave.) Two of the most versatile, eclectic and prolific bandleaders to emerge in the ’90s and flourish in the aughts, saxophonist Lovano and trumpeter Douglas, join forces in a freewheeling all-star quintet—inspired by the great Wayne Shorter—featuring pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Joey Baron.
Listening Party: The Hampton Legacy June 16, 7pm at Jazz At Lincoln Center. This special event features the legendary trombonist, Slide Hampton and his nephew, educator and professional trumpet player Pharez Whitted. Moderated by Swing University instructor Greg Thomas, this evening will be a memorable night of discussion and music.
The Iceman Cometh at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre 242 W. 45th Street.Two-time Academy Award winner and Tony Award winner Denzel Washington returns to Broadway in one of the signal roles in the American theatre in Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, for 14 weeks only through July 1.
The Peculiar Patriot, written and performed by Liza Jessie Peterson at the National Black Theater June 11 through 29, confronts the complex and critical issue of mass incarceration. With more than 2.5 million people behind bars, America is the world’s leading prison superpower. The play follows protagonist Betsy LaQuanda Ross, a self-proclaimed peculiar patriot, as she makes regular visits to penitentiaries to boost the morale of her incarcerated friends and family, navigating love between barbed wire.
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.
Amateur Night: Show Off at the Legendary Apollo Theater on Wednesday, June 14th. The winners of recent Amateur Night shows come together to SHOW OFF their talent and compete for the chance to move on to the Top Dog semi-finals on May 16th. Contestants who make it this far can compete for 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!
Aloha Nights– Head to the New York Botanical Garden for an evening of tropical delights. Take an after-hours look at the garden’s new exhibit, Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i, learn how to hula, watch lei-making demos, explore installations by Hawaiian-Chinese sculptor Mark Chai, listen to live music and fuel it all with a poke bowl and a cup (or two) of Passiflora Punch. Now through Saturday August 18 2018.