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Saturday 13th of September 2014

Fall art season is already in full swing in NYC, and gallerist Meredith Rosen has picked her favorite gallery exhibitions of the week to help you navigate. Remember to crave what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth ... and rate it once you've been. 

Derrick Adams: Live and In Color at Jack Tilton Gallery through Oct. 18

Thursday 4th of September 2014

It's September, and suddenly New York City is brimming with craveable culture. There are festivals — from Fall for Dance Festival to Brooklyn BEAT — art, film, theater, dance, music, and more. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE events once you've been. 


If you feel like clowning around, head to Union Square at 5:30 PM on Friday for the NY Clown Theatre Festival Opening Day Public Parade and Pie Fight. The Festival runs through Sept. 28.

Starting Friday, Pace Gallery will present David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, which includes a series of iPad prints and other recent artwork by the celebrated artist.

The man known as the father of video art, Nam Jun Paik, will have an exhibition at the Asia Society — Becoming Robot — starting on Friday. The South Korean artist’s work explores the human condition through the lens of technology and science.

It’s the 20th anniversary of Forrest Gump, and you can see the Academy Award winning Tom Hanks classic across the city.


Yale Senior Ruby Rae Spiegel’s play Dry Land opens at HERE on Saturday. The play, which confronts abortion, got a big advanced write up in the New York Times.

Starting Saturday, explore The Art of the Chinese Album at the Met. It was one of the most intimate Chinese painting formats, used in the 1500s through the 1700s.


On Sunday, learn about the amusement park games and rides of the 1900s and the genius mechanic — William F. Mangels — who designed them at Green Wood Cemetery.

Sunday 31st of August 2014

Summer might be ending (boo!) but there is a lot to be excited for in the art world (yay!). Our gallerist guru, Meredith Rosen, has picked out the New York City gallery exhibitions that she's craving this fall. If you agree with her, CRAVE them too. RATE them once you've been. 

Allan McCollum's The Shapes Project: Perfect Couples at Petzel Gallery (Sept. 4 - Oct. 4)

Nick Cave: Rescue at Jack Shainman Gallery (Sept. 4 - Oct. 11) 

Justine Kurland: Sincere Auto Care at Mitchell-Innes & Nash (Sept. 4 - Oct. 11)

David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring at Pace (Sept. 5 - Nov. 1)

Jenny Holzer: Dust Paintings at Cheim & Read (Sept. 11 - Oct. 25)

Charles Long and Agnieszka Kurant at Tanya Bonakdar (Sept. 11 - Oct. 18)

Andy Hope 1930 at Metro Pictures (Sept. 11 - Oct. 4) 

Mike Tierney and Bill Lynch at White Columns (Sept. 12 - Oct. 25) 

Ridley Howard: City Waves at Koenig & Clinton (Oct. 30 - Dec. 13)

Friday 22nd of August 2014

Summer is sadly winding down. Check out some of the final outdoor festivals of the season this week ... or one of the new Broadway shows opening for the fall season. Here are our top picks. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread buzz about craveable culture. 


Can you define New York City with 101 objects? The New York Historical Society’s A Brief History of New York: Selections from A History of New York in 101 Objects at the Historical Society uses things — from the silver throttle that powered the first trip of the subway in 1904 to the black ad white cookie — to tell the story of our city. It is open through November 30.

Craving dance? See NYC-based modern dance presented by the Current Sessions at the Wild Project Friday through Sunday.

Grammy-winning Canadian indie rock group Arcade Fire is performing at the Barclays Center Friday through Sunday.

Russian, American and Jewish motifs are on display in Masterpieces & Curiosities: A Russian-American Quilt at the Jewish Museum through February 1.


The Strypes — an Irish four-piece rhythm and blues band — is performing at the Music Hall  of Williamsburg on Saturday night.

Craving soul? Chaka Khan is performing at Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday night.

It’s the 10th year of the Afropunk Festival at Commodore Barry Park on Saturday and Sunday.

Celebrate Charlie Parker, the American jazz saxophonist/composer and leader in the creation of bebop, on Saturday and Sunday at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. It’s at Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater Saturday and Tompkins Square Park Sunday.

Thursday 21st of August 2014

Big Hollywood stars — from Hugh Jackman to Michael Cera to both Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal — will be shining bright on Broadway this fall. Theatergoers also have their pick of revivals and shows about shows. Here's our roundup of what to expect. CRAVE the ones that excite you. RATE them once you've been. 


This is Our Youth

Michael Cera stars in this Kenneth Lonergan play, directed by Anna D. Shapiro. It’s about Upper West Side teens in the Reagan era.

Where: Cort Theatre

First Preview: August 18, 2014

Opening: September 11, 2014


You Can’t Take It With You

James Earl Jones stars in this revival of the classic, Pulitzer-winning comedy from the ‘30s. It’s about what happens when the Sycamores’ daughter’s fiancé brings his conservative parents to dinner on the wrong night.

Where: Longacre Theatre

First Preview: August 26, 2014

Opening: September 28, 2014


It’s Only a Play

A blockbuster cast (Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullaly, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint, and Micah Stock) revive this Terrence McNally play about Broadway stars waiting for opening night reviews of their Broadway play. How meta!

Where: Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

First Preview: August 28, 2014

Opening: October 9, 2014

Friday 15th of August 2014

The middle of August is upon us, bringing more summer blockbusters, more Fringe Festival theater, and more outdoor concerts. Here are Culture Craver's top picks for this weekend. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to spread your joy about amazing culture. RATE the events once you've seen them. 

Friday, August 15

Craving a free concert? See Brazilian rockers Boogarins and 60s pop style Jacco Gardner for free at 7 PM at South Street Seaport.

Dance lovers should head to Marcus Garvey Park for Harlem Dance Caravan, which is billed as celebrating diversity through music and dance. They’re performing Friday and Saturday.

Thievery Corporation is performing at Pier 97 Friday night at 6 PM.

If you want some inside time, see one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include The Giver and The Expendables 3.

Thursday 7th of August 2014

It's another week of craveable culture in NYC — from outdoor concerts across the city to dozens of Fringe Festival plays. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE the events once you've been. 


The 18th International Fringe Festival begins Friday in New York City. See 1,200 performances by 200 companies from around the world through August 24. 

Craving urban and smooth jazz? Cassandra Wilson performs at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park at 8 PM.

If you’re in the mood for free, outdoor rock, head to the Seaport Music Festival at South Street Seaport for a performance by Black Bananas and Shockwave Riderz at 7 PM.

See Spectrum Dance Theater — a contemporary dance group from Seattle — perform at East River Park at 8 PM Friday. 


It’s the Motown Gospel Revue at Central Park SummerStage on Saturday afternoon starting at 3 PM. Featured artists include Tasha Cobbs, Smokie Norful, Pastor Charles Jenkins, Vashawn Mitchell, Kierra Sheard, and Micah Stampley.

It’s Americanafest NYC at Lincoln Center Out of Doors on Saturday. Starting at 1:30 PM, see performances by The Devil Makes Three, Old 97’s, and John Fullbright. The Americana continues in the evening with performances by Rosanne Cash, The Lone Bellow, and Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale starting at 6 PM.

Another free, outdoor evening option is St. Vincent (a singer and multi-instrumentalist composer), who performs at the Prospect Park Bandshell at 7:30 PM as part of Celebrate Brooklyn.

Prince and MJ fans go toe-to-toe on the dance floor at The Prince and Michael Experience at Drom in the East Village.


Craving another outdoor concert? From 3 – 7 PM, see free performances by Passenger, Liam Bailey, and DJ Natasha Diggs in at Central Park’s SummerStage.

Americanafest continues at Lincoln Center on Sunday evening at 5 PM with a lineup of soul performers Charles Bradley, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Bobby Patterson, and Music Maker Blues Revue.

See one of this week’s new movies. Options include What If (a relationship drama with Danielle Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan); The Dog (a documentary about the man whose attempted robbery of a Brooklyn bank to finance his male lover's sex-reassignment surgery was the real-life inspiration for Dog Day Afternoon); and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (which is receiving not so rave reviews).

Friday 1st of August 2014

It's already August ... and it's time for culture. From outdoor concerts to the Jana Winderen sound installation at the Park Avenue Tunnel as part of Summer Streets, there is plenty of craveable culture in the city. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth to fellow culture lovers. RATE the events once you've been. 


It’s a Latin dance party at the Prospect Park Bandshell tonight! Jimmy Bosch and His Orchestra perform with an ensemble at 7:30 PM.

Craving dance? Tonight Paul Taylor Dance Company and Pablo Ziegler’s New Tango Ensemble are performing outdoors at Lincoln Center at 7:30 PM.

This weekend is supposed to be rainy. Perhaps it’s a good time to check out one of the new movie releases — Get on Up (about James Brown) and Guardians of the Galaxy (science fiction movie starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker.


This is the first of three Summer Streets celebrations in New York City. Bike or run on seven miles of open, traffic-free streets. The day features a seven-block-long immersive sound installation in the Park Avenue Tunnel by Norwegian artist Jana Winderen (from 7 Am to 12:30 PM). It will allow New Yorkers to “dive into” the usually cars only tunnel to hear the sounds of crustaceans, fish, and mammals using sensitive hydrophones. At 52nd Street and Park Avenue there is a lineup of musical performances and juggling lessons from 9:30 AM until 12:30 PM.

Do you have a little snake lover? Visit the Staten Island Zoo Sunday from noon to 3 PM for Serpent Day, where kids can learn about these misunderstood animals.

Saturday is an all day celebration of poetry, voice, and song at Lincoln Center Out of Doors. Starting at noon, La Casita honors Amiri Baraka—with words and sounds that reflect the late writer’s pan-diasporic sensibilities and progressive challenges to the status quo. 

In the evening, if you’re in the mood for dance, stay at Lincoln Center for Camille A. Brown, who mixes modern dance and West African dance.

Friday 25th of July 2014

Here are Culture Craver's picks for the top culture of today and the week ahead in NYC. There's an abundance of amazing options at Lincoln Center this week — even more than we've picked here. So head to the Upper West Side (or to one of the many other amazing parts of the city we've featured) and enjoy some culture! Remember to CRAVE what excites you to spread word of mouth and keep track and RATE it once you've been. 


Hollywood is facing the worst box office summer in nearly a decade. If you want to give the numbers a boost, head to your closest cinema to see one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include Lucy (a Scarlett Johansson science fiction flick) and A Most Wanted Man (an a John le Carré's spy novel starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman).

Craving music and comedy? At Joe’s Pub tonight, see a fusion of live music and comedy in Freestyle Love Supreme.

For dance cravers, Pam Tanowitz Dance and eighth blackbird are performing at Lincoln Center Out of Doors tonight at 7:30.
If you want to get out of town, head to the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival to see The Liar starting Friday and running through the end of August.


Want to be inspired by the genius and brilliance of Mozart? Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival begins Saturday and runs through August 23.

Another great musical option — also put on by Lincoln Center — is Deep Roots of Rock and Roll with the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra and directed and designed by Toshi Reagon.

If you have kids in tow, a fun option is Baby Loves Disco, a family dance party, at 11 AM and 2 PM.

Craving theater? Series B of the Summer Shorts series at 59E59 is starting on Saturday. You can see one-act plays from some of the top and emerging playwrights in the country. This series features “Doubtless" by Albert Innaurato, "The Mulberry Bush" by Neil LaBute, and "Napoleon In Exile" by Daniel Reitz.

Feel like you’re always on the go? If you pass through Grand Central, check out Traveling in the World of Tomorrow: The Future of Transportation at New York's World's Fairs, a new exhibition on the optimistic visions presented at the New York World’s Fairs of 1939-40 and 1964-65 of how technological advancement would solve mankind’s problems.


Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness —the first retrospective ever mounted of the American cinephilic artist — opens at MoMA on Sunday.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds is playing at the Prospect Park Bandshell on Sunday at 7 PM.

Broadway and cabaret stars will sing an ode to Dolly Parton at 54 Below on Sunday at 9:30 PM.

Sunday is a great day to learn how to make origami! At the Staten Island Zoo’s Origami USA, participants will learn to fold paper to create animals.