“Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include “Carnegie Hall Selects: Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2,” MoMa’s striking exhibition of “Fotoclubismo: Brazilian Modernist Photography,” Restart Stages’ “BAAND Together Dance Festival,” and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Friday and follow @NYC_ARTS on Instagram or @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.”
Fri, Aug 13, 2021 – Sun, Aug 22, 2021
After a successful premiere in Manhattan’s Astor Place, LEIMAY continues its in-person events with the Queens borough and Upstate premieres of “Correspondences,” an outdoor performance based, public art installation in Queens’ Socrates Sculpture Park and Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre, created by multidisciplinary Colombian and Japanese born duo Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya featuring their New York City-based LEIMAY Ensemble. “Correspondences” is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of …
Tue, Aug 17, 2021 – Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Five of New York City’s most acclaimed dance companies—Ballet Hispánico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem—will perform on the same stage at the first “BAAND Together Dance Festival” in Damrosch Park as part of Restart Stages, the new outdoor performing arts center constructed on the Lincoln Center campus to champion the city’s cultural and economic revival. The Festival is made possible by CHANEL and is a project of …
Thu, Aug 19, 2021 – Sun, Aug 22, 2021
Tippet Rise Art Center recently announced the details of its digital summer event “Tippet Rise on Tour: August Festival,” which will premiere seven short performance films between August 19 and 22. The new films feature classical music performances captured at unusual locations across the country, from a tractor barn in Colorado and Ensamble Studio’s Cyclopean House in Massachusetts to the Noguchi Museum in New York City. Since Spring 2020, Tippet Rise has produced or co-produced more …
Fri, Aug 13, 2021 – Fri, Aug 20, 2021
Between 1909 and 1942, Rachmaninoff made nearly 100 appearances at Carnegie Hall. His debut on November 13, 1909, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra featured his own Second Piano Concerto, which has since become his most frequently performed work at the Hall. In this film from 1973, Herbert von Karajan leads the Berlin Philharmonic with soloist Alexis Weissenberg in “Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2” live at the Berlin Philharmonie. The concert is part of “Carnegie Hall Selects,” a new series of free …
Sat, May 08, 2021 – Sun, Sep 26, 2021
“Fotoclubismo” explores the unforgettable creative achievements of São Paulo’s Foto-Cine Clube Bandeirante (FCCB), a group of amateur photographers whose ambitious and innovative works embodied the abundant originality of postwar Brazilian culture. Although their work was heralded around the world in the 1950s, it subsequently faded from view. This is the first museum exhibition to present this fascinating moment in photography’s history to audiences outside of Brazil. Photography was a hobby for most FCCB members: on weekdays, group …
So many things to see and do, to eat and drink in NYC.
Here are 12 of my NYC faves:
Best new NYC restaurants
If you are looking for some of the best info on food and drink, restaurants and eating in New York City, then you want to head to New York magazine’s Grub Street.
Right now you want to check out: The Return of Restaurants
“Make up for lost meals. No takeout, no pasta kits, just 66 of the best new (or newly relevant) places to eat.”
Edited by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld, Photographs by Dina Litovsky
Here are 3 more of my faves:
Take in Park Views With Your Kelewele
Teranga / 1280 Fifth Ave.
The trapezoidal windows at Teranga have long afforded patrons panoramic vistas of Central Park North, but the city’s embrace of outdoor dining has made Pierre Thiam’s West African–leaning venue even more appealing than before. Now you can snack on kelewele (spicy roast plantains) right at the edge of the park, overlooking the verdant trees while enjoying a warm summer breeze. On a recent Friday, I sat near a pair of diners, one of them relaxing in a jujitsu T-shirt, as I made quick work of a yassa bowl: tender chicken thighs slathered in saucy golden onions. If indoor dining is still quiet here, you’ll never feel alone in the alfresco area. Folks zoom by on hoverboards and messenger bikes, shaved-ice vendors pour polychromatic syrups into snowy cups, and people flood in and out of the park.—R.P.S.
Eat to the Beat in Hell’s Kitchen
Guantanamera / 939 Eighth Ave.
The conga drums are back. Their steady beats spill out onto Eighth Avenue, where outdoor patrons sip minty mojitos on white tablecloths. Although this Hell’s Kitchen Cuban canteen served porky lechon asado and garlicky cassava throughout the pandemic, what was missing for months was the music — the prickly guitars and folksy Caribbean tunes that have made the restaurant an accessible spot for everyday salsa dancing. Ceiling fans spin overhead near the open-air frontage as waiters ferry crisp Cubano sandwiches and some of the city’s finest vaca frita: shredded skirt steak that’s seared until it achieves the texture of soft jerky. —R.P.S.
Taste the Middle East on the Upper West
Dagon / 2454 Broadway
Airy and sun-drenched, the dining room pulsates with Israeli pop and a steady conversational hum. If you didn’t know better, you would think you’d wandered into some beachside hot spot in Tel Aviv, not a post-pandemic restaurant in the sleepy West 90s. Chef Ari Bokovza’s Levantine-leaning menu looks similar to others across the city. But the familiar mezze and salads take a fun turn with delectable things like shishbarak (Lebanese mushroom-filled dumplings) and kubaneh, the fluffy Yemenite Jewish bread that you pull apart like Parker House rolls. —B.O.
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