Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.” We made it as easy as 1-2-3.
Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being. Stay Safe.
Earlier today we covered NYC Corona Culture. Now, how about some more useful NYC information.
New York magazine is biweekly these days and every issue has a wonderful section, “The Culture Pages,” which includes a “To Do” list – 25 things to see, hear, watch, and read. Here are my favorites from the current issue (Nov.11-Nov.25).
David Finckel and Wu Han A chamber-music power couple. The Harry and Meghan of chamber music, David Finckel and Wu Han have been marinating in Beethoven’s cello sonatas for their entire married lives. Now they perform all five sonatas in one livestream blowout, courtesy of the Berkeley-based Cal Performances. —J.D. calperformances.org, starting November 12.
Thomas Kotcheff An album-release concert. Few concert-music composers could be as well attuned to this moment, with all its wildness, hope, and disciplined rage, as Frederic Rzewski. A lifelong lefty, the 82-year-old Rzewski wrote a series of improvisatory piano pieces, Songs of Insurrection. Thomas Kotcheff, who has now recorded them, marks the release with a livestream recital. —J.D. youtube.com/c/hocketensemble, starting November 13.
Anthony McGill and the New York Philharmonic Lighthearted strings. A chamber music chip off the New York Philharmonic — four string players plus the sublime principal clarinetists Anthony McGil — performs clarinet quintets by Brahms and the less canonical but deeply melodious Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (not to be confused with the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge) from the 92nd Street Y. —J.D. 92Y.org, November 14.
The Liz Swados Project In memoriam. The much-missed Liz Swados was a wildly prolific composer and director, a true downtown spirit with deep social consciousness, whose work ranged from musical theater on Broadway (Runaways) to the farthest reaches of the avant-garde. She taught for decades, and her students and colleagues come together via Joe’s Pub’s online platform to perform songs from her tribute album, which was released in CD form in October. Do not miss your chance to hear her songs sung by stage greats like Amber Gray, Taylor Mac, Stephanie Hsu, Ali Stroker, Sophia Anne Caruso, and Damon Daunno. —Helen Shaw youtube.com/user/JoesPubNY, November 24.
Richard Tinkler Kaleidoscopic paintings. Richard Tinkler’s geometric abstract paintings emit a mystic bioluminescence and sense of grandeur. In this wee gallery, the seven paintings hang on every side, so you’re cocooned in a kind of universal erotics of looking, thinking, making, and believing in art. Everything is subtilized, revealing more the more you look. —J.S. 56 Henry gallery, 56 Henry Street, through November 25.
The Joyce Fall Season Dance like everyone is tuning in. The Joyce mounts an entire fall season, available for free, on its streaming platform. You’ll be able to see Michela Marino Lerman’s jazz tap piece Love Movement; Sankofa Danzafro’s Fecha Limite (Expiration Date), which is choreographer Rafael Palacios’s portrait of Indigenous and Afro-Colombian traditions under threat; the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers in a series of social dances; and two pieces from Pioneer Winter Collective, one of which is Gimp Gait, a duet for Winter and Marjorie Burnett, a dancer with cerebral palsy. —Helen Shaw joyce.org, through December 6.
Titus Kaphar “From a Tropical Space.” Titus Kaphar’s new paintings of Black women, almost all of them with the cut-out shape of a child or baby leaving a gaping, blank vacuum, are supremely haunting and exude orphic authority. These imaginative works are more than just illustrations of loss and social injustice. Infused with an iridescent inner light, Kaphar’s somber work reveals itself slowly, pulling you in and then knocking you over by his philosophical accomplishment. These paintings are what the past four years have looked and felt like. —Jerry Saltz Gagosian, 522 West 21st Street, through December 19.
This article appears in the November 9, 2020, issue of New York Magazine. Subscribe Now!
In the age of Covid-19 this info from City Guide is one of the best sources of info on What’s Happening, even if some are only available in your home, and not in your favorite venue.
The Metropolitan Opera is streaming operas FREE nightly.
The New York Public Library provides access to more than 300,000 FREE e-books and e-audio books.
The New York City Ballet presents a spring digital season.
Virtual programming will keep you connected to the York Theatre Company.
One World Observatory has made One World Explorer, the attraction’s Digital Skyline Guide, available for remote watching. Virtual helicopter tours of the city’s most iconic sites are available now.
The Top of the Rock launches a brief virtual tour on YouTube.
6 podcast series to help you understand New York.Discover the best of New York, from hidden gems to iconic landmarks, through The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s “Tourist in your own Town” Video Series.
You can take a virtual tour of the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room at the Rubin Museum of Art. (You can find two hours of meditative chanting as well, if you’re searching out some respite.) The Rubin has also, for the first time, launched a digital assemblage of more than 300 items from the museum’s collection.
VIRTUAL TALKS, LECTURES, AND EVENTS
Thought Gallery has hundreds of livestream talks, lectures, performances, and more. Check out sessions with celebs, live concerts, and opportunities to learn the latest on everything from science to philosophy to social justice
WFUV-FM 90.7 is my fave local radio station. Noncommercial, member-supported with a format of adult album alternative music, WFUV is doing it’s best to keep us connected to our music with a comprehensive, updated list of live music online.
WFUV Live Online (November 19 – November 25)
11/19 – Lucinda Williams: night of Bob Dylan songs
11/19 – Soccer Mommy, Summerstage Anywhere
11/19 – John Doe, fan favorites
11/20 – “A Rufus-Retro-Wainwright-Spective” Q&A
11/20 – Rickie Lee Jones from New Orleans
11/20 – Mac DeMarco solo and guests
11/20, 27 – Trey Anastasio from the Beacon Theatre
11/20 – James Maddock and Friends, City Winery
11/20 – The Wild Feathers, Brooklyn Bowl Nashville
11/21 – Patty Griffin, Austin’s Continental Club
11/22 – Punch Brothers from Blackbird in Nashville
11/22 – The Kennedys: Songs of Emmylou Harris
11/25 – Drive-By Truckers Thanksgiving Filter Variety Show
11/25-29 – The 40th Annual John Lennon Tribute concert with Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Natalie Merchant, Taj Mahal and new artists
Stay home for a bit longer – Mask up and stay safe