Things to Do in NYC: Community Events, Visual & Performing Arts, Music

September 27, 2014 4:16 pm Last Updated: January 3, 2016 6:49 pm

Before you go out, check here for some good suggestions on community events, visual arts, performing arts and music in New York City.

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Neighborhood Concert: Michelle Bradley & Michael Gaertner
Jan. 16 at 5 p.m.
St. Michael’s Church, 225 W. 99th St.
Soprano Michelle Bradley and pianist Michael Gaertner were the 2014 winners of Music Academy of the West’s Marilyn Horne Song Competition in recognition of their excellent performances of song repertoire and the high levels of audience engagement they achieved. Free. CarnegieHall.org

New York & The Nation
Ongoing
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. NYHistory.org

Family Sundays at Rubin Museum
Ongoing
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. RubinMuseum.org

Film Society of Lincoln Center
Ongoing
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. FilmLinc.com

The front steps and entrance to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on May 19, 2014. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)
The front steps and entrance to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

 

VISUAL ARTS

Tenth Anniversary: Master Drawings in New York
Jan. 23–30
Various locations
Visitors will enjoy 29 separate world class exhibitions of drawings, pastel and oil sketches, and pen and ink artworks by masters of the 16th to 20th centuries, many newly discovered or on view for the first time. MasterdrawingsInNewyork.com/map

Grand Illusions: Staged Photography From the Met Collection
Through Jan. 18
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photographers, like ventriloquists, can cast “voices” in a seemingly infinite number of genres and period styles. This does not negate the camera’s direct relationship to the world—tying image to subject as naturally as a footprint—but instead reveals that photographs are always admixtures of fiction and reality tilted toward one end of the scale or the other. $12–$25 suggested. METMuseum.org

Greater New York
Through March 7
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, Queens
MoMA PS1 presents the fourth iteration of its landmark exhibition series, begun as a collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art in 2000. Recurring every five years, the exhibition has traditionally showcased the work of emerging artists living and working in the New York metropolitan area. Suggested $10. MoMAPS1.org

A dancer from the Complexions Contemporary Ballet performs a scene from "Moon Over Jupiter" during the dress rehearsal before opening night at the Joyce Theater, in New York, on Nov. 16, 2010. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)
A dancer from the Complexions Contemporary Ballet performs a scene from “Moon Over Jupiter” during the dress rehearsal before opening night at the Joyce Theater, in New York, on Nov. 16, 2010. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

 

PERFORMING ARTS

Shen Yun Performing Arts
Jan. 14–17
The David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center
For 5,000 years divine culture flourished in the land of China. Humanity’s treasure was nearly lost, but through breathtaking music and dance, Shen Yun is bringing back this glorious culture.
$80–$300. Shenyunperformingarts.org

Daniel Wohl: Holographic World Premiere
Jan. 21 & 22 at 8 p.m.
Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W. 37th St.
At BAC, Holographic will be performed by Mantra Percussion and the Holographic String Quartet with Daniel Wohl on electronics. Art. The album will be released on New Amsterdam Records on Jan. 29. $25. BACnyc.org

Antigona
Through Jan. 23
West Park Presbyterian Church, West 86th & Amsterdam Avenue
A flamenco interpretation of Sophocle’s classic play Antigone. Honoring the Greek tradition of sung poetry and musical accompaniment, director Santangelo collaborated with his wife and principal dancer Soledad Barrio who plays the role of Antigone. The resulting performance evokes the vivid, passionate emotion that is flamenco. $25.75–$60.75. SoledadBarrioAndNocheFlamenca.com

King Charles III
Through Jan. 31
Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St.
The Queen is dead. After a lifetime of waiting, Prince Charles ascends the throne with Camilla by his side. As William, Kate, and Harry look on, Charles prepares for the future of power that lies before him … but how to rule? $37–$159. KingCharlesIIIBroadway.com

Misery
Through Feb. 14
Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St.
The Broadway thriller “Misery,” a stage adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name, taps into that strength as well as the fear of being alone, helpless, and dependent on the kindness of a stranger. $69–$169. MiseryBroadway.com

Les Pêcheurs de Perles
Through Feb. 4
Metropolitan Opera
Bizet’s gorgeous opera of lust and longing set in the Far East returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. From $27. MetOpera.org

The Glory of the World
Jan. 16–Feb. 6
BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St.
Iconoclastic playwright Charles Mee joins forces with frequent collaborator and Actors Theatre of Louisville Artistic Director Les Waters for an exuberant theatrical examination of renowned Kentucky-based mystic and Catholic monk Thomas Merton, author of The Seven Storey Mountain. Tickets start at $30. BAM.org

Separati
Jan. 28–30
Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center
29 Jay St., Brooklyn
Separati, a new work by Shannon Gillen, in collaboration with the performers, features dancers Jason Cianciulli, Martin Durov, Laja Field, Lavinia Vago, and Emma Whiteley, set to original scores by Martin Durov in collaboration with Gillen, with costumes by Joey Blaha, set design by JC Machine and Tool company, and lighting design by Barbara Samuels. $25. VimVigorgKA.bpt.me

The front of the Carnegie Hall, New York. (Shutterstock*)
The front of the Carnegie Hall, New York. (Shutterstock)

 

MUSIC

Calidore String Quartet
Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 67th St.
The acclaimed Calidore String Quartet takes on the dramatic history of chamber music with a program that opens with Haydn, who established the string quartet as a genre, explores Webern’s early 20th century shift from tonal to atonal music, and concludes with one of Beethoven’s revolutionary late quartets. $19. KaufmanMusicCenter.org

Europa Galante
Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
Europa Galante and violinist Fabio Biondi tell a fascinating story in this concert that features music by Vivaldi and lesser-known masters who all taught at Venice’s famous orphanage for girls, the Ospedale della Pietà. $59–$70. CarnegieHall.org

The Cleveland Orchestra
Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.
Stern Auditorium/ Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
The orchestra gives the New York premiere of Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen’s let me tell you and performs Shostakovich’s monumental Symphony No. 4. $20–$122. CarnegieHall.org

Spiral Music
Wednesdays
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. RubinMuseum.org

*Image of “Times Square” via Shutterstock