Thing to Do Around NYC: April 29 – May 6

April 28, 2016 Updated: April 28, 2016



Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) Exercises
Tuesdays at 1 p.m.–2 p.m. (through June 14)
Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St.
A class of five exercises including meditation. Come relieve your stress and anxieties, increase your energy and vitality, and enjoy peace of mind. Free.


Shakespeare’s Star Turn in America
Through May 27
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza
The exhibition focuses on Shakespeare in North America from the Colonial times to the present. The multimedia exhibition uses artifacts from the Library for the Performing Arts’ unique collection to document the on-going popularity of the Shakespeare plays. Free.

New York & The Nation
The Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History, 170 Central Park West
Explore the story of New York and America in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History. $20 adults, $12 students, $15 seniors.

Family Sundays at Rubin Museum
150 W. 17th St.
Bring your family to the Museum for a Sunday afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy our 2 p.m. family exhibition tour, or go on your own thematic gallery search. Free.

Film Society of Lincoln Center
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 W. 65th St.; Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St.
Year-round programming that includes premieres of new films from an international roster of established and emerging directors. $14.


Walking and Talking About Queens!
Sundays, April 30, May 7, & May 14, at noon–2 p.m.
Q.E.D., 27-16 23rd Ave., Queens
Take a crash course on Queens, taught mostly through walking tours. The first week will feature a discussion about Queens’ history, neighborhoods, celebrities and assorted other trivia. Then it’s out into various neighborhoods the next three weeks, for walking tours. The program is led by tour guide and “Walking Queens” author Adrienne Onofri. $60.

Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) Exercises
Wednesdays at 1 p.m.–2 p.m. (through June 15)
Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Ave., Brooklyn
A class of five exercises including meditation. Come relieve your stress and anxieties, increase your energy and vitality, and enjoy peace of mind. Free.



Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology
May 5–August 14
Metropolitan Museum of Art
An exploration of how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. $12–$25 suggested.

Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs
Through July 24
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Spectacular works of art created in the eleventh through thirteenth century from Turkmenistan to the Mediterranean. Approximately 270 objects—including ceramics, glass, stucco, works on paper, woodwork, textiles, and metalwork—from American, European, and Middle Eastern public and private collections will be shown. $12–$25 suggested.


Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age
Through May 1
Metropolitan Museum of Art
This exhibition reveals the most sumptuous moment in late nineteenth-century America—a period known as the Gilded Age—through the work of some of the most noted design firms at the time. $12–$25 suggested.


RESIDENTS Exhibition
Through June 3
46-06 11th St., Long Island City, Queens
This group show presents nine emerging artists, all recent graduates of Grand Central Atelier, in a showcase of new paintings, drawings, and sculpture.



Persée et Andromède and L’Enfant et les Sortilèges
April 29 at 7:30 p.m.; May 1 at 2:30 p.m.
MSM Opera Theater, 120 Claremont Ave.
Jacques Ibert’s “Persée et Andromède” with four principals, a small chorus, and orchestra: a moving interpretation of the Greek Andromeda myth; a “Beauty and the Beast” story that this production sets in a French museum in the 1950s. Maurice Ravel’s “L’Enfant et les Sortilèges” (The Child and the Spells), with libretto by French novelist Colette, is a playful and foreboding morality tale about a child’s remorse. $30.

The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies by NYTB
May 1 at 3 p.m.
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave.
Follow Alice’s adventures through Wonderland as she meets some of the most beloved characters in children’s literature. Presented in a vaudeville setting, this eclectic ballet draws on many different dance forms. For age 5 and up. From $35.

Opera Lafayette: Opera and the French Revolution
May 1 at 8 p.m.
Rose Theater, 3 Columbus Circle
With the French Revolution raging in the streets, how did the artistic milieu of Paris react? Opera Lafayette explores opera performed during the Revolution with the Greek tragedies of Sapho, Medée, and Oedipe à Colone. From $20.

The Golden Bride
May 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Ave. (at 103rd Street)
The long-forgotten 1923 Yiddish operetta that plays with themes of love, wealth, and immigration electrified New York audiences this past winter for the first time in almost 70 years is back. $25.


La Bohème
Through May 5
Metropolitan Opera
Puccini’s unforgettable tale of love, youth, and tragic loss returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, perhaps his most beloved staging of all. From $25.

Through May 6
Metropolitan Opera
Bartlett Sher’s new production of Verdi’s masterpiece stars Aleksandrs Antonenko, Sonya Yoncheva, Željko Lu?i?, and is conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From $20.

Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Through May 7
Metropolitan Opera
Met Music Director James Levine returns to a work he has long cherished, Mozart’s delightful comic gem of wily captives in a harem. From $25.

Through May 7
Metropolitan Opera
The genius director Patrice Chéreau (“From the House of the Dead”) didn’t live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme—unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner—who portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance for the murder of her father, Agamemnon. From $32.


Richard II
Through April 29
BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St.
Richard II: ruler by divine right, undone through bumbling mortal wrongs. Director Gregory Doran leads the Royal Shakespeare Company in this masterful take on Shakespeare’s incisive study of squandered sovereignty, the first chapter in the epic cycle “King and Country.” $30–$125.

Henry IV Part I
Through April 30
BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St.
War is imminent. Guilt weighs heavily on the newly crowned King Henry (Jasper Britton) after offing his rival King Richard. And Prince Hal (Alex Hassell) is carousing with ne’er-do-wells at the tavern. So begins “Henry IV Part I,” continuing the Royal Shakespeare Company’s sweeping cycle King and Country, directed by Gregory Doran. $30–$125.

Henry IV Part II
Through April 30
BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St.
Henry IV’s army has suppressed the rebel uprising. But the king has fallen ill, Prince Hal (Alex Hassell) has fallen in again with the corrupting influences of Falstaff (Antony Sher), and a second uprising looms as “Henry IV Part II begins,” continuing the Royal Shakespeare Company’s sweeping cycle King and Country, directed by Gregory Doran. $30–$125.

Henry V
Through May 1
BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St.
Reckless youth morphs into kingly ambition as the once-wayward Prince Hal takes full command of the crown. In the Royal Shakespeare Company’s culminating chapter of King and Country, Alex Hassell (“The Caretaker,” 2012 Winter/Spring) reprises his role from “Henry IV,” bringing infinite nuance and humanity to the mettle-proving sovereign: wrenching self-scrutiny on the eve of battle, tongue-tied ineptitude in the face of love, lingering guilt in the wake of fatherly sin. $30–$125.



Aeolus Quartet
May 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W. 37th St.
The Aeolus Quartet (Nicholas Tavani, violin; Rachel Shapiro, violin; Greg Luce, viola; Alan Richardson, cello) will perform Washed by Fire by American composer Keeril Makan, alongside Antonin Dvorak’s 1895 masterwork String Quartet in A-flat Major, Op. 105. $20.

Death and the Maiden
May 6 at 7 p.m.
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Met
Two awe-inspiring meditations on death by two great masters: Schubert grappled with his own mortality in the haunting and dramatic String Quartet No. 14; Beethoven composed his String Quartet No. 12—the first of his groundbreaking “late” quartets— when he was utterly deaf and near the end of his life.

Early Music New York
May 7 at 7:30 p.m.
First Church of Christ, 10 W. 68th St. (at Central Park West)
Early Music New York’s Chamber Ensemble in works by Imperial Court composers of the House of Hasburg and 17th Century Bohemian Baroque. $40, $20 for students.


Spiral Music
Rubin Museum, 150 W. 17th St.
Spiral Music presents acoustic music every Wednesday evening at the base of the museum’s spiral staircase. Artists who specialize in music from the Himalayas and South Asia are invited to forge a connection between their music and the art in the galleries. Free.


The Colonials: The Trout Variations
May 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Staten Island Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace
May 7 at 3 p.m. at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Queens
A mixed-period chamber ensemble founded in 2012, The Colonials specializes in historically informed period performance, classical chamber music, and newly written works. As a mixed-period ensemble, members play both the historical and modern version of his or her instrument. $25.