Summer is finally here! And it has ushered in a whirlwind of arts events. We have fine art, dance, film, music and theatre; something for everyone. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps guaranteed to keep you Out and About.
Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks
Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway) Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th Floor
Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat filled numerous notebooks with poetry fragments, wordplay, sketches, and personal observations ranging from street life and popular culture to themes of race, class, and world history. The first major exhibition of the artist’s notebooks, Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks features 160 pages of these rarely seen documents, along with related works on paper and large-scale paintings.
China Through The Looking Glass
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue- at 82nd Street)
This exhibition explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries. In this collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, high fashion is juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery.
China: Through the Looking Glass
Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center (THPAC) Presents Souls of Our Feet: People of Color Dance Festival
The Actors Fund Arts Center, 160 Schemmerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY
The 2015 Souls of Our Feet: People of Color Dance Festival, Monday June 22, Tuesday June 23 and Monday June 29 at 7:30 pm. offers a trio of dance styles, African, Contemporary and Hip Hop, on three evenings. The festival opens on Monday, June 22 with two companies that have established themselves within the African dance genre, Harambee Dance Company and Asase Yaa. Contemporary dance, on Tuesday June 23 will showcase three artists who have developed works in our PEEKS works-in-progress series Francesca Harper, Da’ Von Doane, and Nijawwon Matthews. On the final evening, Monday, June 29, Full Circle Souljahs, Jendog Lonewolf and Special Ops/Flatbush Bullies, will bring onto THPAC’s stage, hip hop inspired dance style. Tickets are $20/$15 (students and seniors).
The Royal Ballet
David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
The Joyce Theater Foundation is proud to present The Royal Ballet June 23 through 28 in its first New York appearance since 2004. The engagement opens with a gala performance of Frederick Ashton’s The Dream, featuring some of the choreographer’s “most quirkily beautiful choreography” (The Guardian, London). The work also appears on a program with Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth. The third program is a mixed bill devoted to Wayne McGregor’s Infra; Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety; and Divertissements, highlights from the company’s repertory that include the central pas de deux from Royal Ballet Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon’s Aeternum.
The Joyce Theater Foundation Annual Gala performance Jun 23.
Gala Tickets and Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-278-0442
Special Gala Night Performance: Tue, Jun 23
Choreography: Frederick Ashton
Music: Felix Mendelssohn
Casting: Sarah Lamb, Steven McRae
Program A: Wed, Jun 24 & Thu, Jun 25 at 7:30pm; Fri, Jun 26 at 8pm
Casting: Jun 24: Sarah Lamb, Steven McRae
Jun 25, 26: Natalia Osipova, Matthew Golding
Song of the Earth
Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan
Music: Gustav Mahler
Casting: Jun 24: Marianela Nuñez, Nehemiah Kish, Carlos Acosta
Jun 25: Laura Morera, Nehemiah Kish, Edward Watson
Jun 26: Lauren Cuthbertson, Ryoichi Hirano, Edward Watson
Program B: Sat, Jun 27 at 2pm & 8pm; Sun, Jun 28 at 2pm & 7:30pm
Choreography: Wayne McGregor
Music: Max Richter
Casting: Jun 27 Mat, Jun 28 Mat: Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Olivia Cowley, Yasmine Naghdi, Sarah Lamb, Fumi Kaneko, Camille Bracher, Matthew Ball, Tristan Dyer, Natalia Osipova, Federico Bonelli, Nicol Edmonds, Sander Blommaert, Luca Acri
Jun 27 Eve, Jun 28 Eve: Francesca Hayward, Marianela Nuñez, Lauren Cuthbertson, Melissa Hamilton, Yuhui Choe, Edward Watson, Ryoichi Hirano, Ricardo Cervera, Eric Underwood, James Hay, Paul Kay
The Age of Anxiety
Choreography: Liam Scarlett
Music: Leonard Bernstein
Casting: Jun 27 Mat, Jun 28 Mat: Sarah Lamb, Alexander Campbell, Johannes Stepanek, Federico Bonelli
Jun 27 Eve, June 28 Eve: Laura Morera, Steven McRae, Bennet Gartside, Tristan Dyer
Voices of Spring (Choreography: Frederick Ashton)
Jun 27 Mat, Jun 28 Mat: Akane Takada, Valentino Zucchetti
Jun 27 Eve, Jun 28 Eve: Yuhui Choe, Alexander Campbell
Borrowed Light (Choreography: Alastair Marriott)
Jun 27 Mat & Eve, Jun 28 Eve: Marcelino Sambé
Jun 28 Mat: Luca Acri
The Dying Swan (Choreography: Calvin Richardson)
Jun 27 Mat, Jun 28 Eve: Calvin Richardson
Jun 27 Eve, Jun 28 Mat: Matthew Ball
Le Train Bleu (Le beau gosse) (Choreography: Bronislava Nijinska)
Jun 27 Mat & Eve, Jun 28 Eve: Vadim Muntagirov
Jun 28 Mat: James Hay
Aeternum pas de deux (Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon)
Jun 27 Mat, Jun 28 Mat: Claire Calvert, Ryoichi Hirano
Jun 27 Eve, Jun 28 Eve: Marianela Nuñez, Federico Bonelli
Carousel pas de deux (Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan)
Jun 27 Mat, Jun 28 Mat: Lauren Cuthbertson, Matthew Golding
Jun 27 Eve, Jun 28 Eve: Sarah Lamb, Carlos Acosta
Joyce Theatre (175 Eight Avenue)
Captivating audiences with his mastery of capoeira, Jelon Vieira, Artistic Director of DanceBrazil, bases his aesthetic on this art form and works with capoeiristas who have learned their technique in the urban setting of Bahia, Brazil. The program includes Malungos, a new piece named for a slang word used among enslaved Africans traveling on ships to Brazil that indicated their commitment to each other. A similar sense of friendship and unity that exists within capoeira communities is a model, Vieira believes, for addressing social concerns in Brazil today. DanceBrazil run from June 23 through July 3- Monday 7:30pm, Tuesday 7:30pm, Wednesday 7:30pm, Thursday 8pm, Friday 8pm, Saturday 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday 2pm.
Oscar-winner Al Pacino gives a wondrous performance in this rich and humorous tale of second chances, a magical love story from acclaimed director David Gordon Green (Joe, All the Real Girls). A.J. Manglehorn (Pacino) is a reclusive locksmith and ex-convict who spends his days caring for his cat, finding comfort in his work and lamenting a long-lost love. Enter a kind-hearted bank teller (Holly Hunter) whose interest in the eccentric Manglehorn may just be able to draw him out of his shell. Co-starring Chris Messina. Official selection: Toronto, Venice, SXSW Film Festivals
After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who’s surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
June 22, 23 at Radio City Music Hall
In celebration of their new collaborative jazz album Cheek To Cheek, the pair of icons will join forces June 19, 20, 22, and 23 at Radio City Music Hall. Both artists will be accompanied by a full orchestra along with each artist’s jazz ensembles who will also serve as special guests for the evening.
Cheek to Cheek | PBS
The Kooks / Atlas Genius with guest Joywave
Central Park Summerstage- June 24, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
British rock band The Kooks are a self-described “pop” band that draw inspiration from various sources to create their unique rock sound, borrowing equally from the 60s British invasion bands and the post-punk revival of the new millennium to craft uncompromisingly catchy songs.
The Delacorte Theater in Central Park (Through July 5)
Academy Award nominee Sam Waterston (Newsroom, Law & Order, The Public’s King Lear) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson(Modern Family, The Comedy of Errors) return in The Tempest, Shakespeare’s classic about young love, old enemies and the eternal magic of storytelling. Exiled to a fantastical island, Prospero unleashes a churning storm to shipwreck the traitor brother who stole his throne and settle the score once and for all. But bitter revenge is upended by newfound love in this sublime masterpiece that proves we are all “such stuff as dreams are made on.” Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Romeo and Juliet, Our Lady of Kibeho, If/Then, Next to Normal) directs.
Fried Chicken & Latkes
National Black Theatre (2031 5th Avenue)
Rain Pryor’s one woman theatrical, cabaret-styled show based on her life growing up Black and Jewish. Pryor plays the 11 characters most pivotal to her life and takes her audience on a musical journey through the late 60s, 70s and 80s and some little-known family history. Along the way she offers a unique perspective on race, identity and the loss of her iconic father Richard Pryor.
We look forward seeing you Out and About