Mid- July Heatwave, NYC beach and barbecue continues! New York City is hot. We have modernist sculpture off Fifth Avenue. Beautiful bodies dancing on Fire Island and the Upper Westside. Jokes in Harlem and Hawaii comes to the Bronx. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps guaranteed to keep you Out and About.
Constantin Brancusi carved his work directly from wood or stone, or cast it in bronze. Simultaneously, he rejected realism, preferring that his sculptures evoke rather than resemble the subjects named in their titles. Brancusi made bases for many of his sculptures, themselves complex constructions that became part of the work. The exhibit runs from July 22 through February 18, 2018 at MOMA.
Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966) at the Solomon R. Guggenhiem Museum thru September 12, 2018, a preeminent artist of the twentieth century who investigated the human figure for more than forty years. This comprehensive exhibition, a collaboration with the Fondation Giacometti in Paris, examines anew the artist’s practice and his unmistakable aesthetic vocabulary. Featuring important works in bronze and in oil, as well as plaster sculptures and drawings never before seen in this country, the exhibition aims to provide a deeper understanding of this artist, whose intensive focus on the human condition continues to provoke and inspire new generations.
The Face Of Dynasty: Royal Crests From Western Cameroon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (through Sept. 3). In the African wing, a show of just four commanding wooden crowns constitutes a blockbuster in its own right. These massive wooden crests — in the form of stylized human faces with vast vertical brows — served as markers of royal power among the Bamileke peoples of the Cameroonian grasslands, and the Met’s recent acquisition of an 18th-century specimen is joined here by three later examples, each featuring sharply protruding cheeks, broadly smiling mouths and brows incised with involute geometric patterns. Ritual objects like these were decisive for the development of Western modernist painting, and a Cameroonian crest was even shown at MoMA in the 1930s, as a “sculpture” divorced from ethnography. But these crests had legal and diplomatic significance as well as aesthetic appeal, and their anonymous African creators had a political understanding of art not so far from our own.
Fire Island Dance Festival (July 20- 22) is a weekend of world-class dance, breathtaking views and unparalleled culture. Immerse yourself in dance with a diverse lineup of companies and choreographers, performing on a stunning waterfront stage in the Fire Island Pines. This year’s lineup includes works by choreographers Gemma Bond, James Kinney, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Jamar Roberts and Christopher Wheeldon, and performances by Caleb Teicher & Company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Cirio Collective and Paul Taylor Dance Company.
Joffrey Ballet School’s New York City Summer Ballet Intensive’s culminating performances at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre/ Symphony Space. Directed by Artistic Directors Josie Walsh and Jo Matos featuring our talented students from around the globe in original works by our world-class choreographers.
Mummenschanz: You & Me at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College Best known for its three-year Broadway run in the late 1970s, this Swiss troupe performs visually arresting mask theater without music or sound. Its new show, created by company cofounder Floriana Frassetto, brings the troupe back to New York for the first time since 2014.
Bolshoi Summer Series: Giselle (Encore) on July 22, 1pm. at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre Prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova personifies this ultimate ballerina role in the classical repertoire, alongside the sensational Sergei Polunin as Albrecht, in this chilling, yet luminous ballet that continues to captivate audiences for over 150 years at the Bolshoi.
Denzel Washington returns in Equalizer 2 to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed – but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?
Uncle Drew: After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (Lil Rel Howery) is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend Uncle Drew (NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving) and convinces him to return to the court one more time. The two men embark on a road trip to round up Drew’s old basketball squad (Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie) and prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win the big one.
Anoushka Shankar and My Brightest Diamond will perform at the Bandshell as part of BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival on July 20, 7:30pm presented in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance. Melding Indian classical raga with other world music influences and electronica beats in her new project Land of Gold, the sitar master Anoushka Shankar creates a sound “whose shimmering textures seem to offer a hotline to the divine,” (The Australian) honoring tradition while boldly embracing the future. The indie experimentalist Shara Nova, who as My Brightest Diamond makes music that “feels simultaneously micro-orchestrated and entirely, ecstatically spontaneous,” (NPR) brings a brand new lineup to the Bandshell in advance of a new record out this fall.
On Kentucky Avenue Thursday through Saturday July 19- 21 at Aaron Davis Hall at City College. Ty Stephen, N’Kenge and Andricka Hall head the cast of this musical revue by Stephens and Adam Wade, inspired by the history of Atlantic City’s Club Harlem.
Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller, returns to NYC at Stage 42 422 W 42nd St, the Grammy® Award-winning and Tony Award®-nominated smash, made history as Broadway’s longest-running musical revue. Featuring 40 of the greatest songs of the past century, including showstopping classics like “On Broadway,” “Stand by Me,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Yakety Yak” and “Charlie Brown,” it celebrates the music of the legendary songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Their generation-defining songs provided hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, The Coasters, and The Drifters.
Pass Over at Claire Tow Theater 150 W 65th St. For many black men, living in a country that was built on slavery and still struggles with ingrained notions of white supremacy feels absurd, dispiriting and paralyzing. Playwright Antoinette Nwandu has devised an ingenious and unsettling way to dramatize that terrifying state of existence by fusing the Exodus story with Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. The result is Pass Over, an intimate political play that grapples with epic themes and is likely to leave you shaken.
Aminah Imani, the Atlanta-bred badass who reigns supreme in this long-running Thursday night weekly comedy showcase at MIST Harlem (46 W 116th Street). Get down to sets from a well-curated lineup of new faces and old favorites, and don’t miss the chance to see Imani tear it up live.
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.
We look forward to seeing you Out and About