Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > SATURDAY/ JUNE 15, 2019
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Jazz Age Lawn Party (Saturday, June 15 – Sunday, June 16)
Celebrate the end of prohibition
“Take a little breather from the horrors of modernity with a Jazz Age party on the lush lawns of Governors Island. There will be dance contests, live music and performances, a croquet tournament, and a steady flow of (non-bootlegged) rosé. 1920s clothing is encouraged, but not required — think flapper dresses, zoot suits, feathers, and spats. Wear your best pearls, pre-plan all your Instagram poses, and try not to drunkenly poke your eye out with a parasol.
Cost: $45 to enter; $75 for entry, two glasses of rosé, a sweet snack, and a couple souvenirs; $175 for two tickets, a bottle of rosé, sweet treats, and souvenirs; bring cash for extras” (Thrilist.com)
6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Alvin Ailey
>> THEO CROKER
>> American Ballet Theatre
>> CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE BIG BAND
>> Stacey Kent
>> Art Wars! The Met, MoMA, and the Whitney, and What Each Will Argue Is Art
You may want to look at previous days posts for events that continue through today.
Music, Dance, Performing Art
Alvin Ailey (June 12-16)
NYS Theater, LIncoln Center / 2PM, +8PM, $29+
“Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre’s short summer season at Lincoln Center introduces five new dancers and one new dance. “Ounce of Faith,” the first effort for the troupe by Darrell Grand Moultrie, an adept choreographer with iffy taste, is about a teacher and a child. It could be mawkish, but two must-see works from last season avoid that trap, in nearly opposite ways. Ronald K. Brown’s “The Call” is a formal gem, quietly spiritual; Rennie Harris’s “Lazarus” is dense and demanding, at once nightmarish and uplifting. The season also features a highlight-reel program of the founder’s choreography and a celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Ailey School.” (Brian Seibert, NewYorker)
THEO CROKER (June 13-16)
at Jazz Standard / 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.; $30
“Last month, Croker logged a vital contribution to the growing body of nouveau jazz fusion (think Robert Glasper, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Sarah Elizabeth Charles) when he released “Star People Nation,” an album that gallivants from swirling, left-field hip-hop beats to propellant swing to entrancing passages of African percussion. Through it all, Croker’s understated trumpet playing holds his small band together with swagger and poise. Here he celebrates the album’s release with Mike King on piano, Eric Wheeler on bass and Michael Ode on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)
American Ballet Theatre (through July 6)
Metropolitan Opera House / 2PM, +8PM, $25+
“The company continues its Lincoln Center spring season with “Le Corsaire” through Saturday, followed by eight performances of Kenneth MacMillan’s sumptuous “Manon” beginning on Monday. In that performance, Hee Seo makes her debut in the titular role, opposite Roberto Bolle as Des Grieux. The full-length production is also Bolle’s swan song at Ballet Theater: On Thursday, he gives his farewell performance. And Wednesday’s matinee will surely be a hot ticket, too, with debuts by Misty Copeland, Catherine Hurlin and Calvin Royal III.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)
Tonight: “Le Corsaire”
CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE BIG BAND (June 11-16)
at Dizzy’s Club / 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.; $40
“Rather than harking back to the classic swing era or the progressive large-ensemble composers of the late 20th century, this 17-piece group picks up on a lesser-touted aspect of the jazz tradition: the bebop big bands led by Jimmy Heath and Dizzy Gillespie in the 1940s and ’50s. A lot of activity often happens at once in McBride’s ensemble: spitfire soloing from the saxophones and brass; calisthenic bowed-bass workouts from the bandleader; sprightly, charging momentum from the rhythm section. But McBride makes sure everything coheres, thanks to hip-huggingly tight swing rhythms and generous coats of grease on the harmonies.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)
Stacey Kent (June 11-15)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30PM, $40-$50
“The vocalist Stacey Kent, wearing her taste and her smarts on her sleeve, blends American Songbook standards, Brazilian classics, and French chansons with original compositions by the saxophonist Jim Tomlinson and such collaborators as the author Kazuo Ishiguro. Here, Kent leaves behind the orchestra that accompanied her on her latest album, “I Know I Dream”—luckily, she can also weave magic at the helm of a more compact ensemble.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)
Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS
Walking Tour: Art Wars! The Met, MoMA, and the Whitney, and What Each Will Argue Is Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave./ 1PM, $25
“See the city’s art museums in a new way on this Art Wars walking tour, which will focus on the founding of the institutions along Museum Mile, and how each museum’s architecture reflects their founders and collections.” (ThoughtGallery)
Underground Railroad Game (LAST DAY)
A comedy, actually.
“Created by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard with the Philly-based company Lightning Rod Special, the incendiary Underground Railroad Game returns to New York for 18 performances. Welcome to Hanover Middle School, where a pair of teachers tackle American history, race, sex, and power in a ferocious, sensational, very R-rated lesson.” (S.H.- NY Magazine)
Ars Nova at Greenwich House, 27 Barrow Street, May 30 to June 15.
‘MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING’
at the Delacorte Theater (in previews; opens on June 11, thru June 23).
“Sigh no more, Shakespeare fans. Shakespeare in the Park — its tickets distributed free by line and lottery — returns with this sparkling comedy of sparring lovers. In postwar Messina, Beatrice (Danielle Brooks) and Benedick (Grantham Coleman) are a couple who despise each other. Until they don’t. Kenny Leon directs. ” (NYT-Alexis Soloski)
COMING SOON (WFUV)
6/15 Death Cab For Cutie w/ Jenny Lewis, Forest Hills Stadium
6/17 Keb’ Mo’, Sony Hall
6/18 & 19 Seawolf, National Sawdust
6/19 Father John Misty with Jason Isbell, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
6/19 The Lumineers, Pioneer Works