Sunny days just makes New Yorkers even more festive. We have a dance tribute in Queens, a film on an Opera icon and Jumping Jack Flash in New Jersey. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About.
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.
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.
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.
Legends of Dance presented by Purelements An Evolution in Dance on Sunday June 9, 5pm at the King Theatre. Legends of Dance: Past, Present and Forever celebrates the cultural contributions from some of the most noted and respected Dance creators, such as Kevin Iega Jeff, Pearl Primus, Katherine Dunham, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Mike Malone, and Geoffrey Holder. These heroes of dance have inspired movements, challenged the status quo, and educated the masses with their dynamic movement styles, creative ingenuity, and courage.
Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center (THPAC) June 10, 11, 12, & 13 7:30pm at the Jamacia Performing Arts Center, Queens. THPAC celebrates its 43rd consecutive season pays tribute to two great dance teachers-Thelma Hill and Bernice Johnson. The featured artists and companies have all been influenced directly or indirectly by these great teachers. They are: Camille A. Brown, Jamel Gaines’ Creative Outlet, Obediah Wright, Purelements, Thomas/Ortiz, The Edge School of the Arts (ESOTA), and Shirley Black Brown.
Alvin AileyAmerican Dance Theater’s Lincoln Center season at the David H. Koch Theater June 12 – 16. In addition to the world premiere of Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Ounce of Faith and recent premieres by some of today’s most reveredchoreographers across three distinct programs – Bold Visions, Trailblazers, and Timeless Ailey – the engagement includes The Ailey Spirit Gala benefit celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Ailey School; An Evening Honoring Carmen de Lavallade; and a series of special activities for people of all ages and backgrounds. The engagement also marks the debut of five new Company dancers.
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
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
Eryc Taylor Dance
Harlem School of the Arts
June 29 at 6pm
Mindy Dancin Jackson
NOW Dance Project
Peridance Contemporary Dance Company
July 6 at 6pm
Jennifer Muller/The Works
Tiffany Mills Company
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
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.
Late Night: Legendary late-night talk show host’s world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women separated by culture and generation are united by their love of a biting punchline. Opens June 7
The Last Black Man In San Francisco: Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. Opens June 7
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
Chelsea Music Festival: set in different locations through the city the nine-day Chelsea Music Festival commemorates its tenth season with the theme “200° Due Clara” inspired by the 200th anniversary of the birth of celebrated Romantic composer Clara Schumann. In addition to classical, jazz, and contemporary music, expect sound sculptures from from artist Julianne Swartz (June 13), food from renowned culinary artists, walking tours, family events and more. Runs through Friday June 14.
315 W 44th St, on Monday nights at 9:30: Part cabaret, part piano bar and part social set, Cast Party offers a chance to hear rising and established talents step up to the microphone (backed by the slap and tickle of Steve Doyle on bass and Billy Stritch at the ivories, plus the bang of Daniel Glass on drums). The waggish Caruso presides as host.
The Rolling Stones at MetLife Stadium from Thursday, June 13 through Monday, June 17. The world’s grayest…er, greatest rock & roll band is back to get its rocks off with its first stateside shows since 2015. The reason to hit the road is, well, because they still can. The group’s most recent album is 2016’s covers collection Blue & Lonesome, and they seem to have fun adding a few blues numbers into their set of rock & roll smashes. Expect some harp-shredding solos by Mick, as well as the strutting and shimmying you’ve come to know and love.
The 73rd Annual Tony Awards will be held on June 9, 2019, to recognize achievement in Broadway productions during the 2018–19 season. The ceremony will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and will be broadcast live by CBS. James Corden will serve as host.
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 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.
We look forward to seeing you Out and About