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


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  

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.


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


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                                                                                           


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. 


Jim Shaw: The End Is Here

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


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

Chen Dance Center

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.



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.

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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


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. 

We look forward to seeing you Out and About

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2/11/15 O&A 2015 Harlem Fine Arts Show Opening Night Benefit- A Conversation With Michele March and Robin Bell Stevens (Video)



Michele March (Harlem Fine Arts Show) and Jazzmobile President Robin Bell Stevens discuss the coloration between the Art Show and Jazzmobile. The Harlem Fine Arts Show returns to Riverside Church on Thursday, February 12th with an Opening Night Reception from 6:00 pm -10:00 pm at 91 Claremont Avenue. The evening kicks off 4 days of art, and arts education. This year a portion of the  opening night proceeds will assist Jazzmobile during its fifth year of public service.   Continue reading