Uncle Vanya: Sydney Theatre Company
Featuring Academy Award-winning actress Kate Blanchett, this 1897 Anton Chekov play tells the story of a remote Russian farm that Uncle Vanya and his niece Sonya try to sustain, only to be upended dramatically, and humorously, by Sonya’s father and his new wife. The play is 2 hours 40 minutes with one intermission.
New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St.
Now through July 28
The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
An annual tradition since 2009, the Metropolitan Opera brings free opera to parks in all five boroughs. With a changing roster of performers singing favorite arias and duets, the Central Park performance on July 25 will feature Met stars Danielle de Niese (soprano), Dimitri Pittas (tenor), and John Del Carlo (bass-baritone), accompanied by pianist Dan Saunders.
On July 25, 8 p.m. at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
This event is free.
‘Le Prince et Le Pauvre’
If your kids are old enough to read supertitles, bring them to see the New York premiere of an original production of the classic tale ‘Le Prince et Le Pauvre’ (‘The Prince and the Pauper’). Part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival, this Montreal production is in French, with English supertitles. 120 minutes.
Abington Theatre Arts Complex, 312 W. 36th St.
July 27 at 6:45 p.m., July 28 at 11:30 a.m., July 29 at 12 p.m.
Tickets: $18 (can be purchase half hour before performance at theater)
Queens Symphony Orchestra: ‘La Traviata’
A semi-staged, full production of Verdi’s famous opera “La Traviata” is performed by the Queens Symphony Orchestra. The 1853 opera is the romantic tragedy of Violetta Valéry, a famed but also sickly French courtesan tortured by her love for the nobleman Alfredo.
George Seuffert Sr. Bandshell in Forest Park,
Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive, Queens
Sunday July 29, 5 p.m.,
St. John’s University-Great Lawn, Jamaica, Queens
Wednesday Aug. 1 7 p.m.
This event is free
Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra: Opening Night
To officially open the annual Mostly Mozart Festival, the festival’s orchestra fittingly performs an all-Mozart program that includes “Overture to La Clemenza di Tito” ; Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466; “Misero! O Sogno”; Un’ Aura Amorosa,” from “Così fan Tutte”; Symphony No. 38 (“Prague”). Louis Langrée will conduct, and pianist Nelson Freire and tenor Lawrence Brownlee are featured.
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
July 31-Aug. 1, 8 p.m.
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Part of the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe performs an all-Beethoven program including Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”). Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts and young Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili is featured. BBC has called this ensemble “the finest chamber orchestra in the world.”
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 5 at 3 p.m.
The same theater that puts on Shakespeare in the Park brings its mobile production of Shakespeare’s “Richard III” to its home stage. The tragedy follows the miserable hunchbacked prince who begins the play with, “Now is the winter of our discontent.” Jealous and ruthless, Richard ascends to the thrown but must pay for his misdeeds.
The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St.
Fifteenth International Salon
The Eleanor Ettinger Gallery specializes in realist art that infuses the classic techniques of the great master painters with the fresh perspective of our modern world. This revolving exhibit features the gallery’s established artists, as well as new emerging artists.
Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, 24 W. 57th St.
Now through Oct. 6
No admission fee
Closing: The Printed Image in China, 8th–21st Century
China was the most advanced civilization on earth for many centuries, inventing both paper and printing. This exhibit explores the emergence and flourishing of Chinese printed art with 136 prints drawn from the British Museum.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Now through July 29
Tickets: $25, Children under 12 free
Stone Roberts: New York Paintings
Like a modern day Norman Rockwell, the monumental works of contemporary realist painter Stone Roberts capture in vivid form and color the beauty of modern America. Among the four works on display is his newly created masterpiece “Grand Central Terminal: An Early December Noon in the Main Concourse.” The massive painting took three years to complete and is 74 inches by 76 inches.
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.
Now through Sept. 16
Admission: $10, children under 12 free
Falun Dafa Day Sonnet II.
By Terence Marin, Harrison, NY, 2012
How deep and profound is the ancient Way
That has guided so many truth seekers
And takes those elements, crude and weaker,
Sublimating them for no reward or pay.
Now as Falun Dafa today,
At a time that has never seemed bleaker,
When there’s persecution of truth seekers,
It manifests the perennial Way.
It teaches looking inside in conflicts,
Striving toward what is true, kind, and pure,
Removing pursuits and attachments
While still following the course of nature.
With each new insight comes a new level,
And a new weapon against the devil.
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