Thing to Do Around NYC: May 20–26

By Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
May 19, 2016 Updated: May 19, 2016



American Crafts Festival
Lincoln Center Plaza
June 4, 5, 11, & 12
Saturdays, noon–9 p.m., & Sundays, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
380 Juried craft displays selected from every region of the United States. Continuous entertainment, craft demonstrations. Free.

Spring Family Day
May 21, noon
Resnick Education Wing at Carnegie Hall
Families can participate in songwriting workshops, turn everyday objects into musical instruments in a digital sound playground, join in on sing-alongs, and build instruments and play them in an ensemble. There will also be opportunities to take in professional performances in the marvelous Weill Music Room. Free. RSVP is required.

Sketch & Sip
May 25, 6–7:30 p.m.
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. (at 103rd Street)
Sketch and Sip is a sophisticated, participatory experience that combines drinking and socializing with an immerse tour of critically acclaimed Museum exhibitions. $20 for Museum members, $30 adults, $25 seniors and students.

Decade of Dance Parade
May 21, 1 p.m.
Starts at 21st Street & Broadway; ends at Eighth Street at University Place
Dance styles reflect the cosmopolitan legacy of the city and the elastic inventiveness of the form, and include African, Asian-Indian, ballet, bhangra, Bolivian Tinkus, Brazilian zouk, breakdance, Chinese, hip-hop, Irish, Indonesian, Jamaican Dance Hall, lindy hop, modern, roller disco, salsa, samba, Tahitian, and tango. “DanceFest” from 3–7 p.m. afterwards in Tompkins Square Park, with dance performances, workshops, lessons, and social dancing. Free.


Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) Exercises
Tuesdays, 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.

Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) Exercises
Tuesdays, 6 p.m.–7 p.m. (through June 12, no class on May 31)
Countee Cullen Library, 104 West 136th 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.

Magical Designs for Mozart’s Magic Flute
Through August 27
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza
An exhibition that compares scenic and costume designs from a select group of 20th and 21st century productions extolled for their remarkable visual achievement. Since its premiere in 1791, this opera has inspired countless teams of directors and designers to create a cornucopia of imaginative productions that have beguiled audiences of all ages. 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.


Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) Exercises
Wednesdays, 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.



Asian Art at 100: A History in Photographs
Through May 22
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The timeline presented in the photographs in this exhibition chronicles the changing face of the Met’s galleries of Asian art as the building’s footprint has expanded, exhibition styles have evolved, and the collection has grown. $12–$25 suggested.

The Power of Prints: The Legacy of William M. Ivins and A. Hyatt Mayor
Through May 22
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
This exhibition commemorates the centenary of the Department of Prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art by celebrating the astounding legacy of its founding curator, William Mills Ivins, and his brilliant protégé A. Hyatt Mayor. Together, during their combined fifty-year tenure, Ivins and Mayor amassed a collection of many hundreds of thousands of prints that is both encyclopedic in its scope and studied in its many areas of focus. $12–$25 suggested.


Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture
Through June 5
The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St.
One of the most celebrated and influential portraitists of all time, Anthony van Dyck’s supremely elegant manner and convincing evocation of a sitter’s inner life—whether real or imagined—made him the favorite portraitist of many of the most powerful and interesting figures of the seventeenth century.

Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World
Through July 17
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The conquests of Alexander the Great transformed the ancient world, making trade and cultural exchange possible across great distances. Alexander’s retinue of court artists and extensive artistic patronage provided a model for his successors, the Hellenistic kings, who came to rule over much of his empire. $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.


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.



Broadway Musicals of the 1960s
May 23, 8 p.m.
Town Hall Tickets, 123 W. 43rd St.
There was no decade like it in the history of Broadway; the 1960’s was the fertile field in which the classic form of the musical theater reached its culmination with shows like “Hello, Dolly!” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” And it was also the decade in which Broadway first dipped its toes into the world of rock ‘n’ roll with “Bye, Bye, Birdie” and then went full blast with “Hair!” Broadway by the Year will explore it all with Tony Award winner Bill Irwin and a handful of other exceptional, Tony Award-winners and nominees to be named later. $50–$60.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
May 24–29
David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center
Enter the enchanted land of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a lush forest besieged by quixotic love triangles and feuding fairy kingdoms, awash with magic at every turn. $30–$170.

La Fille Mal Gardée
May 24, 7:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Opera House
Frederick Ashton’s final full-length ballet features beautifully detailed characters and poetic lyricism perfectly suited to its story of young love. In this pastoral comedy, a farmer’s widow is determined to marry her daughter off to a wealthy man’s son rather than to the poor farmer with whom she is head-over-heels smitten. The picture-book countryside setting of maypoles, ponies, and dancing hens add to the bucolic backdrop of this ballet. From $20.

Mozart Forever: Fifty Years of the Mostly Mozart Festival
May 24–Aug. 27
New York Public Library for the Performing at Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center launched America’s first indoor summer music festival as “Midsummer Serenades: A Mozart Festival” in August 1966. The idea was a success from the start, and by 1970 the festival had transformed into Mostly Mozart. Free.


Ratmansky World Premiere: Seven Sonatas, Firebird
Through May 21
Metropolitan Opera House
Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky choreographs a World Premiere set to Leonard Bernstein’s “Serenade” after Plato’s “Symposium.” This triple bill includes his delicate “Seven Sonatas” with music by Domenico Scarlatti and the enchanting “Firebird,” performed to Stravinsky’s famous score. From $20.

Shostakovich Trilogy
Through May 23
Metropolitan Opera House
In a highly-anticipated return engagement, Ratmansky’s acclaimed full-evening program, performed to Dmitri Shostakovich’s orchestral works, features Symphony 9, Chamber Symphony, and Piano Concerto 1. From $20.

SONGBOOK: Broadway’s Future
May 23, 6 p.m.
Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center
A concert of new music by Broadway composers and lyricists sung by Broadway vocalists, Presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul and directed by John Znidarsic. Free.



Arsentiy Kharitonov on Piano
May 20, 8 p.m.
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
A prize-winner of many national and international competitions, pianist Arsentiy Kharitonov has performed in solo recitals and with orchestras in Russia, Europe, Asia, and the United States. $20.

The MET Orchestra
May 22, 3 p.m.
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
The orchestra performs an all-Strauss program that includes the tone poems “Don Juan” and “Also sprach Zarathustra,” a work immortalized in the film “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Velvet-voiced soprano Renée Fleming joins the orchestra for a selection of songs by the composer, including the beautiful and deeply nostalgic “Four Last Songs.” $26–$170.

The MET Orchestra
May 26 at 8 p.m.
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
One of the great Wagnerians, James Levine conducts The MET Orchestra in selections from “Der Ring des Nibelungen.” Wagner’s epic operatic tetralogy tells a tale of gods and men in music of tremendous power, tenderness, and exquisite color. $26–$170.


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.