The 7/17/19 O&A NYC WHATS HAPPENING THIS WEEK: July 17 through July 23, 2019

Heatwave! New York City is getting ready to become steamy, hot, and sticky- yeah summer in NYC is the best! We have great events indoors and out. There is interactive art on Randall’s Island, Dance in Central Park and on Fire Island, and a jazz brunch in Harlem. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About. Continue reading

6/27/19 O&A NYC WHAT’S HAPPENING THE WEEK: June 27- July 3- Pride… And More

The weather is starting to feel a lot like Summer- the perfect week to celebrate Pride NYC.  There’s a variety show in Harlem, and a river cruise to view Sunday fireworks. A 30th birthday celebration in bed-Stuy and opera icons share greatest and on Broadway gets stung by the Secret Life of Bees. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About.

Queer Me Out at W New York – Times Square, 1567 Broadway, New York  on June  27, 7pm. A series of conversations celebrating diversity, inclusion, freedom of spirit and self-expression where LGBTQ+ thought leaders can feel empowered to inspire each other, raise awareness on critical issues and debate of-the-moment topics impacting the LGBTQ+ community. With multiple events held around the world and throughout the year, W Hotels is proud to provide an exciting and inclusive space that embraces big ideas and strong opinions that push culture and conversation to bold new places.

Sweet T Harlem: Happy Hour Just Got A Little Sweeter at Harlem Nights, 2361 Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard, New York on Friday, June 28, 6am– 9am. Hollywood actor, producer, and entrepreneur Rodney Chester brings his variety show to New York during NYC Pride. The show includes comedy, drag, poetry, singing and live DJ. There is a $25 admission fee and drink specials until 10pm. 

Savor Pride at God’s Love We Deliver 166 6th Avenue on Friday, June 28, 6 – 10pm. NYC Pride & God’s Love We Deliver are bringing back this one-of-a-kind immersive culinary fundraiser. Bringing together LGBTQIA+ and ally chefs to craft a special menu with epicurean delights. Set outdoors on the terraces of God’s Love We Deliver’s headquarters, our chefs will cook up varied menu items while providing in-depth cooking demonstrations, discussions, and delightful tastings. Come mix, mingle and nosh with friends and kick off the weekend in style. Proceeds will benefit NYC Pride and God’s Love We Deliver.

Rally Stonewall 50 Commemoration at Christopher Street and Waverly Place on Friday, June 28, 6- 9pm. NYC Pride is taking the Rally back into the streets! LGBTQIA+ rights and human rights are under attack by the current political environment. Join community activists, organizers, politicians, and more for this unprecedented moment in our history. Take a stand, show up in force, and make your voice heard in this re-imagined Rally experience. This is a free event!

Youth & Family- Youth Pride at SummerStage, Central Park, 5th Avenue at 69th Street on Saturday, June 29, 12noon- 6pm. This event is free and open to the public under 21, but registration is required. There is a $10 registration fee for individuals 21+.You can also catch Angelica Ross and Hailie Sahar from the hit show POSE at Youth Pride. 

Pride Island at Hudson River Park’s Pier 97, 59th St. & West Side Highway, Saturday, June 29 from 2- 10pm and Sunday, June 30 from 2 – 10:30pm. NYC Pride is thrilled to announce its talent announcement with the legendary Saturday headliner Grace Jones, along with Teyana Taylor, Pabllo Vittar, and more for Pride Island 2019. Pride Island, the multi-day live musical event featuring dazzling performances, will take place from Saturday, June 29 to Sunday, June 30, 2019 at Pier 97 in New York City. Rounding out Saturday night, is Afro-Latina pop sensation, Amara La Negra, along with popular NYC DJ, Johnny Dynell, who will bring his infectious and inclusive style to the stage. On Pride Island Sunday, Abel and Morabito will take the lead, with Abel spinning classic dancefloor hits and Morabito turning out progressive, tech house influenced sounds. None other than Madonna will perform a couple songs to help close out WorldPride | Stonewall 50.

TEAZE at The DL, 95 Delancey St, New York Saturday, June 29, Show at 5pm. At this year’s TEAZE, you’ll get to experience five of NYC’s best year-round queer parties all under one roof for WorldPride. And now after TEAZE, you’ll have a few more parties to attend beyond Pride Month. This beloved women’s Pride party Teaze teams up with the style collective DapperQ for this epic lewk-turning dance party.
The WorldPride Benefit Brunch & Open Bar at Artes Cafe, 191 7th Avenue, New York, on Sunday, June 30, 11:30am– 2:30pm. The brunch offers an up-close view of the NYC Pride festivities with Arte Café located right on the parade route in Chelsea. Along with an excellent vantage point of the marchers, colorful floats, community groups, celebrities, and activists, guests will enjoy a savory brunch, two hours of open bar, music and unparalleled photo ops.

The Pride March on Sunday, June 30, noon. The March is a celebration of our lives and our community. In 2018, we were joined by over 550 unique marching contingents, representing a vast array of non-profits, community organizations, corporate sponsors, small businesses, political candidates and activists! With over 100 floats making the trek along the route, last year’s March was one of the largest and most exciting in history. The Grand Marshalls are three Pose cast members Dominique Jackson (Elektra), Indya Moore (Angel), and MJ Rodriguez (Blanca). 

Pride Fireworks Cruise abroad the Timeless leaving from Pier 36 New York, 299 South Street, New York on Sunday, June 30, from 6pm- 10pm. The best way to see the 2019 Pride Fireworks show is on a party boat with panoramic views of the NYC skyline. Aboard the Timeless, enjoy refreshing cocktails at our Premium Open Bar, dance to the top hits spun by our live DJ, and sightsee the New York City Skyline on our open decks.

PrideFest is a NYC block party—but with way more sequins that takes place Sunday, June 30 at various locations throughout the city beginning at 12noon. In addition to enjoying the usual street-fair fare—tube socks, hilarious T-shirts, greasy treats—you can pick up information about public health, collect swag from corporate sponsors and catch sick performances by rapper Princess Nokia, singer Lauren Jauregui, twin songstresses The Veronicas and Spice Girl Melanie C & Sink The Pink.

Closing Ceremony at Times Square, W Broadway and 47th St , New York on Sunday, June 30, Show at 7pm. NYC Pride welcomes all to a final celebration of pride from 7-10pm in NYC’s iconic Times Square. The evening will provide a full slate of influential speakers and global musical talents who represent the cultural diversity, tenacity, and grace of the LGBTQIA+ community. One of the renowned artists slated to perform is Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter, Melissa Etheridge.

 

 

Mary T. Smith- I We Our at the Shrine 179 E Broadway, New York City through Sunday July 28. Vibrant paintings are on offer in this exhibit devoted to the work of Mary T. Smith (1904–1995), a self-taught artist from Mississippi who first made her work during the 1970s after she retired from her job as a domestic servant and cook. Painting on plywood and corrugated metal, Smith created portraits and Biblical scenes, installing them outdoors in “yard shows” typical of African-American outsider artists in the Deep South. Smith favored bold colors, limning animals and figurative subjects with broad brushstrokes that she also used to spell out religious messages and other texts. The result was a kind of vernacular Expressionism that appears strikingly contemporary.

Soto: Vibrations, 1950–1960 At Hauser & Wirth 32 E 69th St New York through July 26 Known simply as Soto, Jesús Rafael Soto (1923–2005) was a Venezuela sculptor and painter who settled in Paris in 1951 and became a leading figure in the postwar revival of geometric abstraction on the Continent. He also played a seminal role in the subsequent development of Op and Kinetic art. Soto’s early work built upon the style of Mondrian, but he eventually became interested in artistic experiments with transparent materials—such as Marcel Duchamp’s motorized sculpture, Rotary Glass Plates—and began to paint stripes and other shapes on stacked sections of Plexiglas for varying optical effects. Examples of both approaches—as well as others are included in the pocket survey spanning Soto’s first decade in Europe.

In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson – An Intimate Portrait of a Baseball Legend through June 28 at the Museum of the City of New York. In 1947 Jackie Robinson made history when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first African American in Major League Baseball. In honor of the centennial of Robinson’s birth, In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson features some 30 images of Robinson and the Dodgers taken for Look magazine. Along with these stunning black-and-white images from the Museum’s collection, many never before seen, the exhibition features memorabilia and rare footage of the Robinson family, as well as the published magazines, which provide a window into the media’s portrayal of this groundbreaking figure through the lens of the day’s popular picture press.

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 at R.A.I.N. Nereid Neighborhood Senior Center present The Many Favors Of Dance. A dance and fitness performance at the R.A.I.N. Nereid Center 720 Nereid Avenue, Bronx on Thursday June 27, 11am.  The free to the public performance is audience interactive and refreshments will be served.  

The Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center will present their last program in spring 2019, PEEKS a showcase of works in progress on Friday June 28, 7:30pm at Brooklyn Ballet Studio 160 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn. The series will offer works by three emerging dancemakers Hip Hop artist James “Floats” Fable, contemporary creator Nijawwon Matthews and Afro- Caribbean choreographer Prince Jamain Victor.  Q&A with the artists and a reception will immediately follow. 

Multicultural Messages Through Dance will take place at the Canvas Institute, 150 Victory Blvd. Staten Island on Sunday, June 30 from 5:30- 7pm. The event will showcase performances that underscore the importance of dance as an artistic discipline often used to explain and maintain the importance of history, tradition, heritage and culture. This diverse program features traditional and contemporary cultural expressions from Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean and India. The featured performers are contemporary Indian dancer/choreographer Anjoli Chadha, Afro-Caribbean dancer/choreographer Jamain Victor, and Afro-Brazilian capoeira/dancer Sabina Ciari. This free program culminates with a panel discussion for the audience, followed by a reception.

River to River Festival Tuesday June 18 through Saturday June 29 at various locations. The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s free, wide-flung celebration of the arts has many exciting offerings in 2019. Pam Tanowitz’s Time is forever dividing itself toward innumerable futures (June 18, 19), performed outdoors in Battery Park City, features New York City Ballet étoile Sara Mearns, who has also co-conceived the piece. Other participating artists include NIC Kay (June 20), Jennifer Monson (June 23, 26, 28) and Sarah Michelson (June 24, 26). Yoko Ono contributes two installations, and Black Gotham Experience (June 25) offers walking tours elucidating the history of urban slavery in the 17th century. 

Pilobolus at the Joyce Theater June 11 through June 29 makes a highly anticipated return with two programs featuring vintage audience favorites from across the decades. Program A includes Rushes, a playful and poignant instant classic, and the Joyce premiere of Branches, which invites the audience on a journey through nature. Program B is highlighted by Untitled, an iconic piece that creates a rich and strange world where women can rise to twice their height, and the classic Day Two, which ends with a playful romp in the rain. Start your summer with a refreshing dip into the world of Pilobolus!
Savion Glover at the Joyce Theater July 2 through July 7: Tony-Award winning artist Savion Glover brings his extraordinary musicality and footwork to The Joyce with the world premiere of Lady5 @ Savion Glover’s BaRoQUe’BLaK TaP CaFe. Tap into a mesmerizing interplay of rhapsodic rhythm and movement that celebrates a new era of tap performed with astounding virtuosity. Joyce audiences will relish the opportunity to experience the unique versatility of Savion Glover’s genius as a tap master and marvel.

10 Hairy Legs, June 27 through 29 at New York Live Arts, 219 W 19th Street, New York.  Randy James’s all-male repertory group flashes its hirsute limbs in world premieres by Larry Keigwin and Adam Barruch, as well as Stephen Petronio’s duet Bud and Yin Yue’s So It Goes, which was created for the company in 2018. 

Contemporary Dance in Bryant Park on Fridays 6pm thru July 20. Welcome the weekend in style at this series of free Friday-evening shows in Bryant Park, curated by Tiffany Rea-Fisher. 

June 22 at 6pm
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Eryc Taylor Dance
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Harlem School of the Arts

June 29 at 6pm
Clifton Brown
Mindy Dancin Jackson
NOW Dance Project
Peridance Contemporary Dance Company

July 6 at 6pm
Jennifer Muller/The Works
Tiffany Mills Company
Monteleone Dance
Steps on Broadway Summer Study NYC Theater/Jazz Intensive

July 13 at 6pm
Tina Croll + Company
Kate Weare Company
Kinetic Cabaret Productions
Bryn Cohn + Artists
Diva Dance Studio

July 20 at 6pm
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Julia Ehrstrand
Gabrielle Lamb’s Pigeonwing Dance
Earl Mosely Institute of the Arts

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.


Jennie Livingston’s Paris Is Burning (1991) at the Film Forum 290 West Houston Street. The 80s seen through the eyes of NYC’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag ball scene, an intimate portrait of rival fashion “houses,” from fierce contests for trophies, to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza. Made by Livingston over seven years, Paris is Burning premiered at Film Forum in 1991 for a blockbuster 6-month run. Held over starting June 28.

Drag Brunch & the Queen: The Decades before Paris Is Burning and Rupaul’s Drag Race, this ground-breaking documentary about the 1967 Miss All-America Camp Beauty Pageant introduced competitive drag to the world, along with LGBT icon and activist Flawless Sabrina. Watch for Andy Warhol one of the pageant’s judge. Opens June 28

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am at the Film Forum 209 West Houston St. West of 6th Ave. an artful and uplifting documentary on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (The Black List, Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart), a friend of Toni Morrison’s for over 35 years, the film premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Now playing.

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. Now playing

NUREYEV: at the Film Forum 209 West Houston St. West of 6th Ave. A documentary on the brilliant Russian ballet dancer that includes previously unseen archival footage has an exclusive two-week theatrical engagement. The film follows Nureyev’s life chronologically, from birth on a Trans-Siberian train to his early struggles to study dance, to his years at the Kirov (now the Mariinsky) Ballet. After bursting onto the international stage in Paris, he made a life-changing decision to leap into the arms of the French airport police rather than return to the USSR. His partnership with the great British prima ballerina Margot Fonteyn followed; footage of them performing Romeo and Juliet and Giselle are among the highlights of the film. In the years that followed, he danced principally with The Royal Ballet and, beginning in 1983, became Director of the Paris Opera Ballet where he was also chief choreographer. Held over starting June 28.

 

 

Sean Jones: Dizzy Spellz Dizzy’s Club (at Frederick P. Rose Hall 10 Columbus Circle) on June 27, 28, and 29, for two shows daily at 7:30pm and 9:30pm, New York Trumpeter Jones uses the story of bullfrog-cheeked horn star Dizzy Gillespie to explore the complexities of black life in this Afrofuturist music-dance piece, created with choreographer, tap dancer and singer Brinae Ali. 

Music at the City Winery, 155 Varick Street, New York from June 27- July 9, 8pm.New York’s City Winery, is a truly unique facility, combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food and wine classes and fine dining. The brainchild of Michael Dorf, founder of the hugely successful Knitting Factory, City Winery is a vibrant, interactive space where folks can not only listen to great music, but also make their own wine, indulging their passion for quality cuisine, art and friendship.

Brownstone Jazz Festival and Fish Fry Concert Series Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 at 107 Macon St, Brooklyn. Step back in time to the golden age of Bed-Stuy jazz with an intimate 4-hour concert and fish fry at a restored 19th-century brownstone in a historic neighborhood. Enjoy jazz without amplifiers and noisy clubs, and experience the unmediated music up-close and personal. Watch a remarkable performance, tuck into a generous buffet of southern-style fried fish, then sing, play or just listen during a fun open mic session. Take New York jazz back to its roots and experience an unforgettable evening in the city.

Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show comes to The Garden on June 28 (7pm) & 29 (1pm & 7pm)! The Man. The Music. The Show. will feature Hugh Jackman performing hit songs from “The Greatest Showman,” “Les Misérables” and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra. As successful on stage in front of live crowds as he is on film, Jackman has made an impression on audiences of all ages with his multi-hyphenate career persona. From his award-winning turn on Broadway as the 1970s singer/songwriter Peter Allen, to his metal claw-wielding Wolverine in the blockbuster “X-Men” franchise, Jackman has proven to be one of the most versatile actors of our time.

Minton’s Playhouse Sunday Jazzy Brunch, 206 West 118th Street at 12noon to 4pm with music by Luisito Quintero. Patron can enjoy food from both la carte and prix fixe menus. 

The Secret Life of Bees at the Atlantic Theater Company 336 W 20th Street, New York.A new musical, adapted from Sue Monk Kidd’s bestselling 2001 novel, with a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and a score by Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) and Susan Birkenhead (Jelly’s Last Jam). But The Secret Life of Bees turns out to be all buzz and no sting. Set in the Deep South in 1964, the show centers on a teenage girl, Lily (an excellent Elizabeth Teeter), who flees her abusive home with her maid, Rosaleen (Saycon Sengbloh), to seek refuge at an apiary run by black women.

Much Ado About Nothing at the Delacorte Theater, Central Park now through June 23. Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun) directs an African-American cast in Shakespeare in the Park’s first 2019 offering: a modern-dress account of the Bard’s tart-tongued rom-com about two too-witty longtime enemies whose friends plot to get them together. Grantham Coleman and Danielle Brooks portray the squabbling main couple; Chuck Cooper is the elder statesman, Hubert Point-Du Jour is the villain and Lateefah Holder is the hopelessly moronic constable.

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 Theatre261 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?

Dave Chappelle On Broadway July 9 through July 20 at the Lunt Fontaine Theater: Dave Chappelle is making his Broadway debut this July as he heads to the Lunt Fontanne Theatre for five nights only! As one of the world’s most successful comedians, Dave Chappelle is accredited as the inspiration to many of the globe’s biggest stars. Much to the delight of his fans, Chapelle returned to the fray with a bang, after a short hiatus, in 2017 when he released four comedy specials on Netflix! 

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. 

Spike Lee’s Block Party on June 30 at from noon to 7 p.m. on the same stretch of Stuyvesant Avenue, between Lexington and Quincy, where the movie was filmed. Spike Lee will be hosting a block party for the 30th anniversary of his 1989 film, Do The Right Thing on June 30. The celebration will take place June 30 on the block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn where much of the film was shot, Lee said, noting that Stuyvesant Ave. between Lexington and Quincy has since been re-named Do the Right Thing Way. The event will be free and open to the public.

 

We look forward to seeing you Out and About

6/16/19 O&A NYC WHATS HAPPENING THIS WEEK: June 17 through June 23, 2019

Summer is finally here! Yes Friday June 21 is the summer solstice; the longest day of the year and the official start of summer. Its New York Dance Week Festival so people are shaking up the entire five boroughs. And films honoring ballet and opera icons share greatest and on Broadway we learn about the Secret Life of Bees. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About. Continue reading

5/30/19 O&A NYC WHATS HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND: May 30th through June 3, 2019

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. Continue reading

5/13/19 O&A NYC WHATS HAPPENING THIS WEEK: May 13- 20, 2019

Its mid- May great walking weather. The dark heavy jackets have been replaced by light sweaters and floral prints as New Yorkers stroll down bustling streets in the world’s cultural Mecca. Art and dance are everywhere from Midtown to Brooklyn; we have Latin jazz in Harlem and Shakespeare and the Temptations are both on Broadway. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About. Continue reading

5/6/19 O&A NYC WHATS HAPPEN THIS WEEK: May 6 through May 13, 2019

This week the arts are in full bloom! Art and dance abound from Harlem to Lincoln Center to Williamsburg; and DJ’s are spinning uptown, downtown and all around town. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About. Continue reading

5/3/19 O&A NYC WHATS HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND: Friday May 3 Through Monday May 6

The weekend is finally here and New York is gearing up rain or shine. We have music and fashion in Harlem, dance from Lincoln Center to Williamsburg; while the Avengers take it to the limit one more time. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About.

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10/11/15 O&A NYC Picks of the Week October 11- October 18, 2015: Brunch, Art, Dance, Film, Music and Theater

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Autumn is finally here! And it has ushered in a whirlwind of fall 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.

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Dirt Candy  86 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002 (212) 228-7732  
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For the first time in its seven-year history, Amanda Cohen’s vegetarian restaurant is serving brunch. The menu includes dishes like a “greens sandwich” stuffed with stir-fried vegetables, a “spinach ramen salad,” and carrot granola with labneh. Cohen is also serving an homage to one of her favorite long gone NYC restaurants,The Royal Canadian Pancake House: the “Canadian cracker,” which is two waffles with fried eggs, cheese, and roasted tomatoes.

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Wallflower 235 W 12th Street, New York, NY 10014                                                                                  

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The new brunch menu at this celebrated West Village cocktail parlor has French-influenced dishes like pain perdu, croque madame, and a Provençale omelette, plus a bacon quesadilla and scrambled eggs with biscuits and gravy. Xavier Herit’s cocktail list includes a fancy Bloody Mary, plus a Pimm’s and sparkling wine concoction called the “Rose Royal.”

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Kongo Power & Majesty

 The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street), New York, NY 10028 212-535-7710                                                                                           

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Central Africa’s Kongo civilization is responsible for one of the world’s greatest artistic traditions. This international loan exhibition explores the region’s history and culture through 146 of the most inspired creations of Kongo masters from the late fifteenth through the early twentieth century. Exhibition run through January 3, 2016. 

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Jim Shaw: The End Is Here

New Museum 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002 (212) 219.1222

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Over the past thirty years, Shaw has become one of the United States’ most influential and visionary artists, moving between painting, sculpture, and drawing, and building connections between his own psyche and America’s larger political, social, and spiritual histories. Shaw mines his imagery from the cultural refuse of the twentieth century, using comic books, record covers, conspiracy magazines, and obscure religious iconography to produce a portrait of the nation’s subconscious. The exhibition runs through January 10, 2016.

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José Limón International Dance Festival- October 13-25, 2015        

Joyce Theater 175 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10011 (212) 691-9740                                                                                         

To commemorate the Limón Dance Company’s 70th anniversary season, the José Limón Dance Foundation presents an International Dance Festival showcasing the variety and depth of this master choreographer’s humanistic vision. The programs promise to be glorious as Limón dancers, guest artists from acclaimed companies like the Royal Danish Ballet and the Bavarian State Ballet, and dancers from among the world’s finest education programs like The Juilliard School, North Carolina School of the Arts, and the University of Taipei join forces to bring Limón’s magnificent artistry to life in such signature pieces as Missa Brevis, Orfeo, and The Moor’s Pavane.

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H.T. CHEN & DANCERS: South Of Gold MountainOctober 15-18, 2015

New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street

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H.T. CHEN & DANCERS present the New York premiere of South Of Gold Mountain Thursday-Sunday October 15-18  (Thurs/Fri/Sat at 7:30 PM; Sunday at 3 PM) at New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street. The multi-generational cast includes Dian Dong, whose family relocated to the U.S. in 1864, and Renouard Gee, whose family also emigrated from China and settled in Houston, Tx, where they ran a grocery store.  The production memorializes the immigrants’ struggles with discrimination and racism, and their contributions to the building of America by working on railroads, levees, plantations, and as grocers, launderers, and later as restaurant owners. 

The husband and wife team of H.T. Chen and Dian Dong created the work after conducting three years of extensive research and in-depth interviews with immigrants and their descendants. South of Gold Mountain has received the support of Chinese American community heritage museums and family associations in the U.S. For tickets and more information visit chendancecenter.org or newyorklivearts.org.

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Pan the action adventure follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

Pan

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During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return.

The Martian

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Staten Island Jazz Festival- October 17, 2015

Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Music Hall 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island

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The Universal Temple of the Arts (UTA) presents the Staten Island Jazz Festival on Saturday, October 18 at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Music Hall to critical acclaim and loyal audiences for 28 years. UTA has long embraced Jazz, an American-born music genre, and founded the Staten Island Jazz Festival in 1988 with the intent of both preserving and promoting Jazz arts. UTA has consistently delivered an extraordinary show combining local talent with legendary artists.

The roster for 2015 includes: Hamiet Bluiett, Kiane Zawadi, Winard Harper Ensemble, Danny Mixon Quartet, Leopoldo Fleming Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ensemble, Betty Shirley, The Makanda Project, Dr. Mambo and the Experience Ensemble, Emme Kemp, Jaron Eames, David Jones, Karlus Trapp, Vinnie Ruggieri, Bob Kaiser, Chris Kaiser, Jeannine Otis, WaFoo, Rudi Mwongozi, and festival founder Sajda Musawwir Ladner. For more information about the workshops, please call (718) 273-5610, email info@utasi.org or visit utasi.org.

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12 Angry Men, October 15- 18, 2015

Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus

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The Center for Arts & Culture at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation in partnership with The New Press present 12 Angry Men, Thursday October 15 through Sunday October 18 at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. The production directed by George Faison and features a talented cast including : John Amos, Jerome Preston Bates, Chuck Cooper, Jason Dirden, Nelsan Ellis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Dule Hill, Russell Hornsby, Dorian Missick, Roscoe Orman, Michael Potts, David John Washington, Victor Williams.

This theatrical presentation reveals some pointed truths about our nation, from a collective of African-American actors represented by a dozen African-American men from across the United States, sharing their personal stories of being racially profiled. Tickets are $35; $25; $15 students and seniors w/ID. On opening night 10/15)$50; $35, $25 (students and seniors w/ID). For information and reservations visit kumbletheater.org. 

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6/22/15 O&A Picks Of The Week June 21- June 27: Art, Dance, Film, Music, and Theatre

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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. Continue reading