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Earlier today we covered the Top NYC corona culture, useful February NYC event info. Scroll down the site for a bit to find it. 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 (Feb.17-Mar.3).
Greg Drasler: Crowded Places/Open Spaces
Painter Greg Drasler has created an uncanny, almost surreal world of mostly men, many of whom are pictured in crowds, as if the group mind were also one body. His colors and imagery are simultaneously nostalgic, bland, and oddly stilted in ways that take your breath away. Drasler’s work leaves you suspended in irresolution — a wonderfully risky place for an artist to master. —J.S.
Betty Cuningham Gallery, 15 Rivington Street, through March 6.
Lucas Michael: Transcriptions
Inspired by the Rorschach inkblot, Argentinian-born artist Lucas Michael’s new abstract paintings ask the viewer to spend some time in the swirling lines and consider what you see. The works, made with India ink on raw, unstretched canvas in a technique “akin to automatic writing,” are an extension of an earlier project where the artist “obscured the pages of pseudo-scientific racist and homophobic books with abstract inkblots.”
Fierman, 127 Henry Street, through March 14.
25 Years of RENT: Measured in Love
No day but today.
At its online benefit on March 2, New York Theater Workshop celebrates Jonathan Larson’s scrappy little musical that changed the theatrical landscape. There will be video salutes from artists like Jeremy O. Harris, Anaïs Mitchell, and Ivo van Hove, but the draw for viewers will undoubtedly be Larson’s masterpiece: Original stars including Idina Menzel and Daphne Rubin-Vega — as well as other Broadway super-luminaries such as Christopher Jackson, Billy Porter, Ben Platt, and Ali Stroker — will be on hand to sing 525,600 (or so) tributes, measuring the industry’s long-standing love for the rock-boho musical. —Helen Shaw
nytw.org, March 2, available through March 6.
New York Philharmonic
The venerable orchestra makes its first large-scale foray back to the concert hall, albeit with masks and no audience. Even so, the sheer normality of the program is refreshing: a curtain-raiser by Jessie Montgomery, a Mozart piano concerto (played by Emanuel Ax), and Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, all conducted by David Robertson. —J.D.
nyphil.org/plus, through May 8.
*This article appears in the February 15, 2021, issue of New York Magazine. Subscribe Now!
AND CONTINUING EVENTS
“In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at the Met” Ongoing. The ultimate balm to the soul in all of Western painting may be the Dutch works that include Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Hals. Thanks to the very deep pockets of the collectors and robber barons of New York, the Met has them and is now displaying 67 of these masterpieces. Get lost in some of the finest brushwork and deepest color in all of painting; glimpse infinity. —J.S. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue.
Silver Lining Streaming Series Still mint condition. The much-loved New York stalwart the Mint Theater is in the business of reviving forgotten classics, so it’s unsurprising that it took a serious look at its own archive, offering a full (and free) slate of digital releases, films of productions from past seasons — including Lillian Hellman’s superb labor drama Days to Come (through February 22) and Teresa Deevy’s earthy but eerie Katie Roche (February 1 to March 28). —H.S. minttheater.org, through June 13.
Stay home for a bit longer. Mask up, stay smart and stay safe.