NYC Arts Picks: ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ Myths and Individuals and ABT Kids

May 14, 2012 Updated: May 16, 2012

‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’

William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy about woods enchanted by fairies is brought to life by two-time Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth and actress Christina Ricci at the Classic Stage Company. Directed by Tony Speciale, Neuwirth plays the fairy queen Titantia and Ricci plays the love interest, Hermia.

Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St.,
Now–May 20, 2012 
Tuesday’s 7 p.m.; Wednesday–Saturday 8 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 3 p.m.
Tickets: $75–$125

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A scene from the opera "Billy Budd," remaining performances at the Metropolitan Opera House are on May 10 and 12. (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)


‘Billy Budd’ 

Herman Melville’s 1891 novella following the tragic story of an English sailor wrongly accused is brought to life as an opera by composer Benjamin Britten. Starring Nathan Gunn as Billy Budd. Three hours with one intermission. Sung in English with Met titles in English, German, and Spanish.

The Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center
May 10 at 7:30 p.m., May 12 at 9 p.m.
Tickets: $25–$415

‘Late Night Rose’ 

Giving a late night performance of chamber music in an intimate setting, a string and piano quartet from Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society will perform works by Rolla and Schumann. Host Patrick Castillo will provide musical and contextual commentary.

Daniel & Joanna S. Rose Studio, Lincoln Center
Thursday, May 10, 9:30 p.m.
Ticket Price: $37


Georg Philipp Telemann’s soaring 1726 opera tells the Greek myth of Orpheus, whose charming voice leads his love, Eurydice, from the underworld. This version pays special attention to the character Orasia, Queen of Thrace, who is driven by jealousy for Orpheus’s affection. Three hours. 

El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave.,
Tickets: $60–$150
May 12, 15, 17, 20
7:30 p.m. (1:30 on May 20)

Ensemble du Monde: Classical Titans 

Noted for being internationally diverse and innovative, Ensemble du Monde visits the musical giants that shaped Classical period music. The evening features Beethoven’s heroic Symphony No. 7, Afro-French composer Joseph Bologne’s (“Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges”) Symphony in G Major op. 11, No. 2, and Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante with virtuoso soloist from the ensemble.

Merkin Concet Hall, 129 W. 67th St.,
Saturday May 12, 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20–$75

Opening Night Gala: American Ballet Theatre

Considered one of the world’s leading classical ballet companies, American Ballet Theatre opens its New York City run with an elaborate opening night gala featuring 15 principal dancers and selections of classical pas de deux from the season’s full-length ballets. Three hours and 10 minutes. The first ballet this season is Giselle and opens the following day.

The Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center
Monday, May 14, 6:30 p.m., season runs through July 7
Tickets: $25–$155

‘Liebeslieder Walzer’

A two-part ballet of waltzes for piano duet and vocal quartet set to poems by Friedrich Daumer (1800–1875) and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832). The dancers are joined on stage by the musicians and singers with everyone dressed in period ballroom costumes amid an intimate and elegant ballroom setting. Set to music by Johannes Brahms. The performance is 49 minutes and accompanying ballets vary depending on the night.

David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Friday May 18, 19, 20, and 22, times vary
Tickets: $29–$149


A Window on Nature: Art of Asuka Hishiki

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(Patricia Watwood)

These 35 watercolors depict plants and insects in superb detail and refreshing style. Artist Asuka Hishiki takes her inspiration from 18th century naturalist and scientific illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian. Hishiki writes, “I love to share the beauty and the simple and quiet moments.”

The Arsenal (in Central Park) 830 Fifth Ave.,
Now through June 6
Weekdays only, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Beauties of the Gilded Age: Peter Marié’s Miniatures of Society Women

These nearly 300 watercolor-on-ivory miniatures are portraits of women believed epitomize female beauty. They were commissioned by New York socialite Peter Marié, between 1889 and 1903, amid the rapid development and luxury of America’s Gilded Age. The fragile and rarely exhibited portraits will be displayed in four-month rotations.

New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
Now through July 8
Admission:$15, kids 7–13 $5, under 7 free

Patricia Watwood: Myths and Individuals

Patricia Watwood’s contemporary classic paintings, many of them masterful lifelike portraits, are on display at The Forbes Galleries. Watwood writes, “I chase what artists in the past have also chased—a celebration of the human form, a passion for and humility before nature, a belief that metaphor and narrative can help us puzzle out the mysteries of our time here on earth, and a belief in the emotional power of the common visual language of representation.”

The Forbes Galleries, 62 Fifth Ave.,
Now through June 9, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Admission is free

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

Art of Stephen Scott Young

Forty of the exquisite watercolor paintings of living master Stephen Scott Young will be on view and sale at Christie’s. His acclaimed realist works capture in detail the spirit of the Bahamas, Florida, and coastal South Carolina through their people, landscape, and architecture.

Christie’s Private Sales Galleries, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, 20th floor
Exhibition: May 14–June 11
This event is free

North Italian Paintings from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo 

Called a jewel among Italian museums, the Accademia Carrara is closed for renovation, an unintended boon for New Yorkers. Because of the closure, the museum has been able to lend New York 15 masterpieces by Venetian and north Italian painters of the 15th and 16th centuries, including works by Bellini, Titian, and Lorenzo Lotto.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 15–Sept. 3
Tickets: $25, Children under 12 free


Ship-Shape: Nautical Scale Models

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American Ballet Theatre. (Jane Hoffer)

From a ship in a bottle to a massive World War II warship, this exhibit explores the art and craft of shipbuilding with variations. Drawn from the Intrepid Museum’s collection and loans from other institutions and collectors, the exhibit includes large-scale models of USS Constitution and USS New Jersey, a modeler’s workbench, and World War II nautical toys.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum 12th Avenue and 46th Street
Now through July 8
Tickets: $24, $19 (ages 7–17), $12 (ages 3–6)

‘Monkey King’: A Story from China

A children’s exhibit exploring the classic Chinese tale of the ‘Monkey King.’ The mischievous supernatural monkey decides to mend his ways by embarking on an epic journey across China to retrieve the Buddhist scriptures from India. For ages 4 and up.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan, The Tisch Building at 212 W. 83rd St.,
Ongoing, Tuesday–Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday until 7 p.m.
Admission: $11 for everyone over 12 months old

Family Workshop: Paper Flowers

On the day before Mother’s Day, children can honor their matriarch by creating colorful flowers out of tissues paper, rubber stamps, and glitter. Suggested for ages 5 and up with an adult learning partner.

Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace
Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m.–noon
Free but advanced registration is required.
Call 212-923-8008,

ABT Kids

The U.S.’s premier classical ballet company, American Ballet Theatre, playfully teaches children about ballet, through movement, costumes, music, and sets. The program includes short clips from the season. 

The Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center
Saturday, May 19, 11:30 a.m.
Tickets: $25 

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