Today’s Elite 8 NYC Events > SATURDAY/ MAY 04, 2019
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Maren Morris: GIRL The World Tour 2019
Terminal 5 / 8PM, $50
“In her lush ballads and powerhouse anthems, the pliable singer-songwriter mingles the bliss of romance with calls for equality and claims to independence.
Pop and country music’s synergy lives on through Maren Morris. On “Girl,” her second album, the pliable singer-songwriter navigates womanhood in lush ballads and powerhouse anthems that paint her, in turns, as a down-home girl-with-guitar and an elegant dynamo diva. But she’s not here to just shut up and sing. In her music, the bliss of romance mingles with calls for equality and claims to independence, themes that bolster a grander artistic statement—that Morris isn’t interested in being anyone but herself.” (NewYorker)
7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> AUSTRALIA FESTIVAL
>> CONVERSATIONS WITH MERCE
>> Gilad Hekselman
>> Lincoln Center: 60th anniversary Block Party
>> Chelsea Gallery Tour
>> Art New York
>> Frieze New York
Music, Dance, Performing Art
AUSTRALIA FESTIVAL (through May 12)
at the Joyce Theater / 2PM, 8PM, $35+
“This event continues with performances by Australian Dance Theater (Friday to Monday) and the Australian Ballet (May 9 to 12). For its program, Australian Dance Theater explores the natural world in “The Beginning of Nature,” which is set to a score sung in Kaurna, the first language of the Indigenous peoples of the Adelaide Plains of South Australia. The Australian Ballet wraps up the festival with a trio of dances: Alice Topp’s “Aurum,” Stephen Baynes’s “Unspoken Dialoguesfollows” and a yet-to-be-titled premiere by Tim Harbour.” (NYT)
CONVERSATIONS WITH MERCE (May 3-4)
at N.Y.U. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts / 7:30 p.m.; $25
“The Merce Cunningham Centennial festivities continue with three new works celebrating the choreographer’s legacy. This presentation, curated by Rashaun Mitchell, a former company member and a trustee with the Merce Cunningham Trust, explores the theoretical, practical and experiential approaches to Cunningham’s work. Three respected choreographers take part: Moriah Evans, Mina Nishimura and Netta Yerushalmy. In their responses to his lineage, they focus on conceptual, formal and personal connections with the choreographer. In addition to the commissioned works, Cunningham solos will be performed by Shayla-Vie Jenkins and Keith Sabado.” (NYT)
Gilad Hekselman (April 30-May 5)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S. / 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“If the previous generation of jazz guitarists, flourishing in the wake of seventies fusion, were open to incorporating the extravagant sonics of avant rock and R. & B., the six-string maestros of today—among them, Gilad Hekselman—positively throw bear hugs around transformative contemporary textures. Here, Hekselman, an entrancing stylist who cleverly employs a small arsenal of pedals and effects, is joined by an ensemble that includes the outstanding saxophonist Mark Turner.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)
Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS
If the weather was better, this would be my top event today:
Lincoln Center: 60th anniversary Block Party
Lincoln Center / 10am-2:30pm; FREE
“In honor of the world-famous music campus’s 60th anniversary. With activities for all ages, the event brings together all of the 11 organizations that comprise Lincoln Center—bringing a range of performances, art-making, film programming, tours, food trucks, and more. The Block Party culminates in a grand finale on the iconic plaza with more than 135 musicians, conducted by Musical Director Sunny Jain from atop the Revson Fountain.” (cityguideny.com)
Chelsea Gallery Tour
“Take a fascinating gallery tour of Chelsea – the world’s center for contemporary art – and see the very latest in painting, sculpture, electronic media & photography. Our guide, who holds a Ph.D. in arts education, helps explain the artwork and leads the group in lively discussion. The tour takes place Sat. May 4 at 1:00 PM & 3:45 PM. These two tours will be identical in every way: the same guide and the same exhibits, so choose whichever start time best fits your schedule. It will take place no matter the temperature or weather, as the art is all indoors.” (cityguideny.com)
Meet at 526 W. 26th St. between 10th & 11th Ave. Admission is $25.
SPECIAL OFFER: visit our website (https://nygallerytours.com) to request a DISCOUNT ticket link for $8-off admission! For more info, visit http://www.nygallerytours.com or call 917-250-0052.
Art New York (5/2-5/5)
Get inspired at an art fair
at Pier 92/94 / 12-8PM, $25 one-day ticket; $55 multi-day ticket
“An important exhibition facility for the arts that annually attracts over 150,000 collectors. Art New York will offer both noteworthy and fresh works by important artists from the modern, post-war, and pop eras, and feature paintings, photography, prints, drawings, design, and sculpture.” (cityguideny.com)
“Whether you’re most moved by paintings, photography, prints, drawings, or sculptures, contemporary, modern, post-war, or pop art, you’ll find something that speaks to you at Art New York. The fair features nearly 300 artists from 18 countries, displaying both up-and-coming talent and the biggest of the big names (read: Shepard Fairey, Dali, Matisse, Picasso, and Warhol).” (thrillist)
Not as convenient as Art New York, but worth a look:
Frieze New York (May 2- 5)
Randalls Island Park, Randall’s Island / 11AM, $27+
“Plan to spend some serious time immersing yourself in imaginative projects from 200 international galleries, both indoors and out, at Randall’s Island Park. This year, some of the art fest’s works are displayed off-site and even virtually. Frieze has teamed up with real estate company Tishman Speyer for a free public sculpture park at Rockefeller Center that presents 20 statues crafted by 14 far-reaching artists. Plus, Acute Art’s Daniel Birnbaum curates an exhibition dedicated to virtual-reality in which tech-loving aesthetes can view works in an immersive booth. If you can’t make it to the island, you can still experience the fest: Five hundred VR headsets are free to use at the aforementioned sculpture park, the Standard High Line and the Standard East Village.” (TONY)
“Robert De Niro and Co.’s Tribeca Film Festival has long shown a spotlight on local indie features, documentaries, foreign films, the latest from big-name talent and the greatest from up-and-coming filmmakers.
IndieWire – Tribeca 2019: 12 Must-See Films at This Year’s Festival, From Danny Boyle to a Wild ‘Showgirls’ Doc.
CBS News – 15 highlights at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival in NYC.
vulture.com (NYMag) – Tribeca Film Festival What to see at the independent film fest.
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.
COMING SOON (WFUV)
5/2-4, 5/7-8 Morrissey, Lunt-Fontaine Theatre
5/4 Son Volt, Music Hall of Williamsburg
5/5 Al Green, The Apollo Theater
5/5 Vampire Weekend, Webster Hall
5/6 Bjork’s Cornucopia, The Shed
5/6-7 Nickel Creek, Music Hall of Williamsburg
5/7 Delta Rae, Sony Hall
5/7-8 Imogen Heap, Town Hall
5/8 Dandy Warhols, Brooklyn Steel