A Concert for Kate McGarrigle
June 26–July 9
Rufus and Martha Wainwright honored their legendary mother, folksinger Kate McGarrigle (1946 – 2010) with a Town Hall concert in New York City that included performances/appearances by Anna and Jane McGarrigle, Jimmy Fallon, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Antony Hegarty, Teddy Thompson, and novelist Michael Ondaatje. Director Lian Lunson assembles home movie footage of the Wainwrights, archival footage, and family interviews that give resonance to the story of Kate’s life and songs.
July 3,12 p.m.
Like Aretha Franklin, soul and gospel artist Avery Sunshine has a tremendous voice with keyboard skills to match. A versatile, commanding performer, Sunshine has entertained at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, recorded with jazz musicians Christian McBride and Roy Ayers, sung on the soundtrack to the film The Fighting Temptations, and opened for B.B. King in London, always delivering her message of hope with fire and passion.
Midsummer Night Swing
Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park
Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park turns into one big open-air ballroom for everyone from dance-floor devotee to complete newbies. Midsummer Night Swing features musicians playing disco to vintage swing, from salsa and calypso to golden-age jazz. To celebrate 25 years of getting people dancing, MSNS welcomes new names and good old friends—who may still teach you a few new steps.
www.midsummernightswing.org; season passes $60–$170
The Sleeping Beauty
Metropolitan Opera House
Incensed by being snubbed at the christening of Princess Aurora, the wicked fairy Carabosse casts a curse on the child, proclaiming that she will one day prick her finger and die. The Lilac Fairy intervenes, and when the fateful day arrives, the princess and the entire palace instead fall into a deep sleep. Over a century later, a prince is guided to the castle by the Lilac Fairy to awaken the sleeping princess with a kiss. A treasured fairytale, this perennial delight is often love at first sight. Featuring Barker; Herrera, and Stearns, American Ballet Theater
Rare Italian Stringed Instruments
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Closes June 30
The Sau-Wing Lam collection of violin-family instruments is one of the most important collections of bowed Italian stringed instruments ever assembled by a private individual. Sau-Wing Lam (1923–1988) was born in Shanghai, China. In 1948 he moved to New York City and eventually became the president of the Dah Chong Hong Trading Corporation, Inc., an import-export business that founded some of the most successful automobile dealerships in the country. On the twenty-fifth anniversary of Mr. Lam’s death, the collection is being exhibited here for the first time in the United States.
www.metmuseum.org; $12–$25 suggested for admission
New York Philharmonic
Avery Fisher Hall
Jun 27–Jun 29
Alan Gilbert conducts in a production created by Brooklyn-based theater and entertainment company Giants Are Small. Season Finale by the same team behind Le Grand Macabre & The Cunning Little Vixen. Featuring Stravinsky’s The Fairy’s Kiss & Petrushka.
Ethel Barrymore Theatre
Closes June 30
Direct from acclaimed engagements at the Lincoln Center Festival and the National Theatre of Scotland, Tony Award winner Alan Cumming returns to Broadway in a one-man interpretation of Shakespeare’s darkest and most powerful tragedy, Macbeth. This Macbeth is set in a clinical room deep within a dark psychiatric unit. Cumming is the lone patient, reliving the infamous story and inhabiting each role himself.
www.shubertorganization.com; $69.50 – $135.00
Ongoing Events Ending Soon
July 7 Visual Arts: Buddhism, From India East http://www.rmanyc.org/ $5–$10
July 15 Visual Arts: The Boxer: An Ancient Masterpiece http://www.metmuseum.org/ $12–$25 suggested
July 21 Visual Arts: Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road http://www.chinainstitute.org/ $4–$7
July 28 Visual Arts: John Singer Sargent Watercolors http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/ $8–$12
August 4 Visual Arts: Selections from the Asia Society Museum Collection http://asiasociety.org/ $5–$10
August 4 Visual Arts: The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia http://www.metmuseum.org/ $12–$25 suggested
August 7 Music: Mad. Sq. Music: Oval Lawn Series https://www.madisonsquarepark.org/ Free
August 9 Visual Arts: New Prints/New Narratives http://www.ipcny.org/ Free
August 11 Visual Arts: Old Masters, Newly Acquired http://www.themorgan.org/ $12–$18
August 18 Visual Arts: Search for the Unicorn at the Cloisters http://www.metmuseum.org/ $12–$25 suggested
August 18 Theater: Shakespeare in the Park http://www.shakespeareinthepark.org/ Free
August 25 Visual Arts: New Acquisition: The Saint John’s Bible http://www.themorgan.org/ $12–$18
August 29 Music: Summerstage http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/ Free