Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > SUNDAY/ AUGUST 19, 2018
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Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:
SARASOTA BALLET (LAST DAY)
at the Joyce Theater / 2PM, $45+
“Under the artistic direction of Iain Webb, this respected company returns to the Joyce with two programs highlighting ballets by Christopher Wheeldon, Ricardo Graziano — the group’s resident choreographer and one of its principal dancers — and Frederick Ashton, the great British choreographer, in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of his death. The season includes a guest performance by Marcelo Gomes, who recently resigned from American Ballet Theater after an allegation of sexual misconduct. In the final pas de deux from Ashton’s “The Two Pigeons,” Mr. Gomes partners with another Sarasota principal dancer, Victoria Hulland.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)
6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Kurt Rosenwinkel
>> India Day Parade
>> West Side Story: The Evolution of Lincoln Center
>> NYC Cocktail Expo
>> Spread the Vote
>> “Curator’s Choice: Bernstein”
>> Twelfth Night
Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Kurt Rosenwinkel (LAST DAY)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“Last week, the adroit guitarist Rosenwinkel kept the setting sparse, appearing with just a bassist and a drummer for support; this week, he adds harmonic muscle and an interactive jolt to his ensemble in the form of the acclaimed pianist Aaron Parks. Shakeups in the rhythm section include Eric Revis on bass and Allan Mednard on drums.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)
Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures/Discussions, Book Talks, Film, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
India Day Parade
Madison Ave. between 25 and 38th streets / 12PM, FREE
“With such a proud Asian-American population, it should come as no surprise that the world’s largest India Day Parade takes place right here in New York. This Sunday, it’s free to watch the colorful, cultural, celebrity-decked floats gliding down Madison Avenue, plus live music and dance performances both in the parade and along the route, and a food court with authentic cuisine” (Metro)
West Side Story: The Evolution of Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts / 11AM, $20
Meet at the fountain in the plaza of Lincoln Center.
“Discover the evolution of this pioneering midcentury cultural complex. On this tour we explore Lincoln Center’s origins as an urban renewal project by the infamous Robert Moses, announced in 1956. We begin with the Center’s design and construction by some of our most iconic Modern architects in the turbulent 1960s, and conclude with its reimagining by Diller Scofidio and Renfro in this past decade for 21st century New York.” (ThoughtGallery.org)
Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
NYC Cocktail Expo
Melrose Ballroom, 36-08 33rd St., Queens / 3-7PM, $65+
“Consider yourself a cocktail connoisseur? Staying on top of the latest trends at the fifth annual New York Cocktail Expo this Sunday at the Melrose Ballroom in LIC. Sample the latest flavor combos from the city’s top mixologists (plus cider and beer), with over 60 participants. This year’s competition includes the largest-ever Tiki Throwdown and a new Rum Room. VIPs can add early entry or a rooftop after-party. PLUS: Save 50% with code “cocktailfest” while tickets last.” (Metro)
Spread the Vote
An island party for a good cause
Governor’s Island / 3-6:30 p.m., $40
“Join Women to the Front as they get the word out about voter registration and today’s most pressing social issues ahead of midterm elections. They’re hosting a fundraiser party at Governors Island’s waterfront bar Island Oyster with food and drinks for sale, as well as games and live music from bands like Train Brass Band, Fleur Seule and Bon Temps. Your ticket includes a free cocktail, children attend free, and all proceeds go to Spread the Vote.” (Metro)
“Curator’s Choice: Bernstein”
Paley Center for Media, 25 W. 52nd St./ 12:15PM, +2:15PM
“Eleven months into the yearlong celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s hundredth birthday, there are no more gems still to polish or curios left to unearth in his œuvre. The Paley Center, though, is devoting every Sunday in August to a hitherto underexamined aspect of his legacy: his famous television appearances.
American Masters: Leonard Bernstein: Reaching for the Note
This acclaimed documentary, directed by Susan Lacy, examines the life and career of the composer and conductor using still photos; footage of stage, screen, and concert performances (and the Bernstein family’s home movies); and interviews with colleagues and family, as well as his own words. (1998; PBS, 120 min.)
John Mauceri conducts the Scottish Opera production of Bernstein’s musical theater work, based on Voltaire’s classic satire and directed by Jonathan Miller and John Wells. Lyrics by Richard Wilbur, with additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker, and Bernstein. The cast includes Mark Beudert, Nickolas Grace, Marilyn Hill Smith, and Ann Howard. (1989; BBC; 160 min.)
Twelfth Night (LAST DAY)
Shakespeare Delacorte Theater, Central Park / 8PM, FREE*
“This musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy began in 2016 as a one-weekend run under the auspices of the Public’s civically ambitious Public Works program, which collaborates with NYC communities to create large-scale theater. Director Kwame Kwei-Armah is joined by Public honcho Oskar Eustis to helm the production’s return engagement; Shuler Hensley and Ato Blankson-Wood joins original cast members Nikki M. James, Andrew Kober and Shaina Taub—who also wrote the songs—alongside less seasoned actors and local residents.” (TONY)
*tickets are free (two per person) and may be picked up after noon on the day of performance (be prepared for long lines.) Some tickets are also distributed via online lottery.
See TONY’s complete guide to Shakespeare in the Park tickets for details.
Candytopia (thru Nov.15)
Candytopia @ Penn Plaza, 145 W. 32nd St./ 10AM-8:30PM, $34
“This interactive candy exhibit, which has drawn the likes of Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow, James Corden and Wiz Khalifa from California, has more than a dozen rooms and art installations including a swimming pool filled with about half a million giant marshmallows; unicorn-pig hybrids that fart confetti; a candy-covered Sphinx sculpture; and candy recreations of such artworks as the “Mona Lisa,” Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” and Rodin’s “The Thinker.” (amNY) & (amNY)
DIVE INTO A HUGE MARSHMALLOW PIT AT CANDYTOPIA
“First it was in Los Angeles, and now it’s made its way to the east coast. Candytopia is officially open in NYC! Just like many other pop-ups, this one has uniquely designed rooms — except this one is all about candy. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll want to snag a ticket and enjoy the marshmallow pit and candy-filled rooms.” (bestproducts.com)
♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, plus dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of 8.6 million, had a record 63 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2018 – awesome! BUT quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just earlier on the day of performance.
Bonus: Nifty 9 – Best Cabarets / Piano Bars NYCity
These are my favorite places for an after dinner night on the town – music and drinks.
Hit the Hot Link and check out what’s happening tonight:
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W 54th St.
The Green Room 42 – 570 Tenth Ave.
Don’t Tell Mama – 343 W 46th St.
The Rum House, in the Hotel Edison – 228 W. 47th St.
Laurie Beechman Theatre – 407 W 42nd St.
Marie’s Crisis – 59 Grove St.
The Duplex – 61 Christopher St.
Sid Gold’s Request Room – 165 W 26th St.
Cafe Carlyle, in the Carlyle Hotel – 35 E. 76th St.
This is the only one not located on Manhattan’s WestSide, and it ain’t cheap, but it has some of the finest singers.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
Museum of Modern Art:
A special pat on the back to MOMA, who is now displaying art from the seven countries affected by Trump’s travel ban.
“Trump’s ban against refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations has sparked acts of defiance in NYC, from demonstrations across town, to striking taxicab drivers at JFK to Middle Eastern bodega owners closing their shops in protest. Recently, the Museum Of Modern added its two cents by bringing out artworks it owns from the affected countries, and hanging them prominently within the galleries usually reserved for 19th- and 20th-century artworks from Europe and the United States. Paintings by Picasso and Matisse, for example, were removed to make way for pieces by Tala Madani (from Iran), Ibrahim El-Salahi (from Sudan) and architect Zaha Hadid (from Iraq). The rehanging, which was unannounced, aims to create a symbolic welcome that repudiates Trump by creating a visual dialog between the newly added works and the more familiar objects from MoMA’s permanent collection.” (TONY)
‘BODYS ISEK KINGELEZ: CITY DREAMS’ (through Jan. 1). “The first comprehensive survey of the Congolese artist is a euphoric exhibition as utopian wonderland featuring his fantasy architectural models and cities — works strong in color, eccentric in shape, loaded with enthralling details and futuristic aura. Mr. Kingelez (1948-2015) was convinced that the world had never seen a vision like his, and this beautifully designed show bears him out.” (NYT-Smith)
‘THE LONG RUN’ (through Nov. 4). “The museum upends its cherished Modern narrative of ceaseless progress by mostly young (white) men. Instead we see works by artists 45 and older who have just kept on keeping on, regardless of attention or reward, sometimes saving the best for last. Art here is an older person’s game, a pursuit of a deepening personal vision over innovation. Winding through 17 galleries, the installation is alternatively visually or thematically acute and altogether inspiring.” (NYT-Smith)