Today’s Elite 8 NYC Events > THURSDAY/ APRIL 04, 2019
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Atrium at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE, get there early for a seat.
“Hailed as “a cunning interpreter and arranger” by NPR, Haitian-American folk singer-songwriter Leyla McCalla is equally at ease with English, French, and Haitian Creole. Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun, and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk, her music is at once earthy, elegant, soulful, and witty.
A classically trained cellist, she is perhaps best known for her work with the Grammy-winning African-American string band The Carolina Chocolate Drops, but her virtuosity also shines in her critically acclaimed solo albums. The “ambitious, deep and gorgeous” Vari-Colored Songs (Offbeat Magazine) was named 2013’s Album of the Year by the London Sunday Times, and the upcoming Capitalist Blues continues to showcase the breadth of her talents. Incorporating elements of swinging blues, classic New Orleans R&B, and calypso, it reveals a more danceable side to her music, and with her finger on the pulse of our current political climate.”
7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> EX HEX
>> NATALIA OSIPOVA
>> Don Giovanni
>> Sullivan Fortner Trio
>> Joshua Redman Quartet
>> MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY
>> Unknowability: How Do We Know What Cannot Be Known?
COMING SOON (WFUV)
4/5 Tom Paxton, City Winery
4/8-9 Jeff Tweedy, Town Hall
4/8-9 Andrew Bird, National Sawdust
4/8 Muse, Madison Square Garden
4/9 Charlotte Gainsbourg, Brooklyn Steel
4/10 Melissa Etheridge, Town Hall
4/10 The Wallflowers & Mott the Hoople, Beacon Theatre
Music, Dance, Performing Arts
at Bowery Ballroom / 8 p.m.; $22
“Technically skilled and wildly inventive, the rock nomad Mary Timony is routinely held up as a guitar god. With Ex Hex, the Washington-based trio she has led since 2014, Timony’s style pulls back from the experimentalism she embraced as the frontwoman of the riot-grrrl-adjacent group Helium in the 1990s. Rounded out by the bassist Betsy Wright and the drummer Laura Harris, Ex Hex play more straight-ahead garage rock; their second full-length recording, “It’s Real,” is packed with power chords, revved-up guitar solos and layered vocals — perfect fodder for the group’s notoriously fun live show.” (NYT-OLIVIA HORN)
Don Giovanni (next Apr.9, 8PM)
Metropolitan Opera House / 8PM, $
“Baritone Peter Mattei and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni star as opera’s most notorious seducer in Mozart’s masterpiece of dark comedy. Cornelius Meister makes his Met debut conducting performances that also include sopranos Rachel Willis-Sørensen and Guanqun Yu as Donna Anna, sopranos Federica Lombardi and Susanna Phillips as Donna Elvira, and basses Ildar Abdrazakov and Adam Plachetka as Leporello.”
at New York City Center $35 (April 3-4, 7:30 p.m.; through April 6).
“Few contemporary ballerinas have the clout to carry a solo show and tour it internationally, but Osipova, a principal with the Royal Ballet, has been a global fan favorite for years. This is because of her ability to fuse fearlessness with vulnerability and apply it to classic and contemporary work alike. For this program, she has recruited David Hallberg, a cherished partner, with whom she will dance the United States premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s “Valse Triste,” which takes its name from Sibelius’s well-known waltz, and “The Leaves Are Fading” by Antony Tudor. Additional works on the bill — some Osipova will do with other partners; some Osipova and Hallberg will perform solo — are by Iván Pérez, Kim Brandstrup, Roy Assaf and Yuka Oishi.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)
Sullivan Fortner Trio (April 2-7.)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
A highlight of his latest album, “Moments Preserved,” finds the adroit pianist Sullivan Fortner reunited with his former employer, the late trumpeter Roy Hargrove, for a lovely account of Elmo Hope’s early-sixties gem “Eyes So Beautiful As Yours.” It’s an off-center and cunning choice that showcases Fortner’s historical awareness as well as the shining touch and unerring taste that he displayed on his recent work with the singer Cécile McLorin Salvant. He leads a trio that features the bassist Ameen Saleem and the drummer Jeremy (Bean) Clemons.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)
Joshua Redman Quartet (Apr.2-7)
Blue Note / 8PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“One of the biggest saxophone stars of the modern era, Redman plays innovative cuts from an upcoming quartet album—what will be his first in nearly two decades. This agile combo consists of pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson.” (TONY)
“Critics and fans alike are blown away by Redman’s passionate live performances and acclaimed recordings. In The Joshua Redman Quartet, Redman evokes a sound that can be challenging, provocative, and forward-looking, but also hard-swinging, melodic, and soulful – music with a joyous and celebratory spirit.”
MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY
at the Joyce Theater / 8PM, $45+
“A century ago, the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, was submitted to the states for ratification. In honor of that anniversary, the Graham company presents the EVE Project, a robust collection of work from several generations of female choreographers, spread over a half-dozen programs. There are Graham classics, like “Herodiade,” “Errand Into the Maze” and “Chronicle,” as well as pieces by Annie-B Parson and Lucinda Childs. Two new works will be introduced, too: one by Pam Tanowitz and one by Maxine Doyle and Bobbi Jene Smith.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)
Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS
Unknowability: How Do We Know What Cannot Be Known?
The New School, 66 W. 12th St./ FREE
Apr.4 3PM-7:30PM; Apr.5 11AM-3:30PM
“How we know what we cannot know” remains a root human concern, even in these post-truth times. Over Thursday and Friday, catch multidisciplinary talks on unknowability, broken down into Humanities, Science and Mathematics, and Psychology and Social Science sessions. Among the topics: consciousness, the Oracle at Delphi, and “The Hierarchy of Ignorance.” (ThoughtGallery)
New Directors/New Films Festival (March 27 to April 7)
The future of cinema.
MoMA Theaters and Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center
“At 48, the joint Museum of Modern Art and Film Society of Lincoln Center festival is one of the most venerable New York film fests — but also the one that’s still most apt to challenge, vex, and explode your perceptions. This year’s starts with a bang — the Sundance sensation Clemency, Chinonye Chukwu’s prison drama with Alfre Woodard and Aldis Hodge. Another Sundance winner, Monos, stars Julianne Nicholson as an American engineer held captive in a South American jungle by teenage guerrillas. The programmers say it’s “sure to be one of the most hotly debated films of 2019,” so see it early and stake out your position.” (David Edelstein, NewYork Magazine)
My favorite NYCity film festival. These films are not all home runs, but it is so exciting when you find the next Pedro Almodóvar.
STREB (weekends through May 12)
Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, 51 N. 1st St., Bklyn. / Sat.5PM, Sun.3PM; $25
“The shows that STREB Extreme Action puts on at its Williamsburg headquarters have a carnival atmosphere, and not just because eating and drinking are encouraged. Will the Action Heroes, as the intrepid dancer-acrobats are styled, collide as they hurl themselves off a trampoline? Will they get whacked by swinging cinder blocks or huge metal contraptions? Probably not, but they want you to cringe. Their newest machine is the Molinette, a giant bar that revolves like the blade of a windmill.” (Brian Seibert, NewYorker)
The Streb performers are absolutely amazing and so worth the detour.
I try to see them every year, can’t get enough.
♦ 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 65 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.
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