Craveable - The Culture Craver Blog

Saturday 28th of May 2016

From DanceAfrica to Memorial Day concerts and commemorations to The World Science Festival, it's an exciting week of culture in NYC. What are you craving? 

This weekend is DanceAfrica at BAM. It’s the 39th year of the nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance. This year, the focus is on the dance and music traditions of Senegal. There are performances and a bazaar, featuring more than 150 vendors from around the world.

Saturday 21st of May 2016

The summer slow down is on its way, but there are still many fantastic culture openings around NYC — from the NYC Ballet's Midsummer Night's Dream to Shakespeare in the Park's first show to an exciting László Moholy-Nagy retrospective at the Guggenheim. We have picked our favorite events this weekend and during the week ahead to help you plan your culture going. Happy craving!

Calling all dogs and their humans! BarkFest 2016 is on Sunday, May 22 from 2 PM – 8 PM at Pier 97 in Hudson River Park.

Spend Monday evening with film star Penélope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Volver, Vanilla Sky…). She’ll talk with New York Times contributor Logan Hill about her new drama “Ma Ma” and women in film.

Before Mandy Patinkin was Saul Berenson on Homeland, he was already a Broadway legend. He’s performing popular songs — from Stephen Sondheim to Cole Porter — at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on Monday night.

Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival (which begins on July 22) is turning 50 this summer. Starting Tuesday, May 24, learn about the history of the festival through artwork, photographs, memorabilia, concert excerpts, and more.

Saturday 21st of May 2016

We picked our favorite NYC events for kids happening this weekend and throughout the week ahead. CRAVE what excites you and your family on Culture Craver Kids and rate events once you've seen them so that you can get better recommendations over time. Enjoy!

Today, meet Brooklyn children’s authors and illustrators, including one of our favorites, Mike Curato of the “Little Elliot” books, at Brooklyn’s Central Library at the Spring into Stories festival. There will be an all-star lineup of Brooklyn authors, plus music, art projects, and book signing.

Craving puppets? The Wizard of Oz features original country-western, puppets, and the story we all know based on L. Frank Baum's American Classic. It’s good for ages 4 and up.

The Children’s Museum of the Arts is hosting its first CMA Kids Fair on Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM on Charlton Street between Hudson and Greenwich. Kids and their families can explore local family-friendly artisanal vendors and make art and memories with everything from 3D sculpture to bubbles.

This is the final weekend of Magnet Theatre’s Tree/Boom/Umthi, South African physical theater meant for children aged 2 – 5 at BAM Kids.

Friday 13th of May 2016

From Cuban Dance to Bayou 'n Brooklyn to new outdoor Shakespeare and new outdoor art installations at Madison Square Park and Storm King, it's an amazing week of NYC culture. We picked our favorite openings today and in the week ahead to help you plan your culture calendar. CRAVE what excites you on Culture Craver to keep track. RATE events once you've seen them. 

It’s the first weekend of Cuba Festival at the Joyce. See DanzAbierta — which mixes modern dance and theater and uses the classic Cuban cabaret stage as a metaphor. It’s the company’s debut in New York.

Friday, May 13 through Sunday the 15th is the Bayou ‘n Brooklyn festival. Expect an amazing lineup of Louisiana musicians for three full days of music, dance, workshops, community jam sessions, and food in Red Hook.

See one of this week’s new movies. Options include Money Monster (a cable TV thriller with George Clooney, Julia Roberts and director Jodie Foster); Love & Friendship (a new Whit Stillman period piece); and The Lobster (singles events in a dystopian near-future, starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, and Olivia Colman); and Pelé: Birth of a Legend (a documentary about the Brazilian soccer player).

Friday 13th of May 2016

It's an exciting week of arts and culture for NYC's Culture Craver Kids — from a "birdathon" at the Zoo to a wordless performance at the New Victory to a giant art installation at Madison Square Park. CRAVE what excites you and your family. Rate it once you've been to keep track of the memories. 

Do you have a little music craver? Friday, May 13 through Sunday the 15th is the Bayou ‘n Brooklyn festival. Expect an amazing lineup of Louisiana musicians for three full days of music, dance, workshops, community jam sessions, and food in Red Hook. It’s for all New Yorkers — big and little.  

It’s Spring Teen Night at the Whitney. Expect gallery visits and performances from 6 to 8:30 on Saturday, May 14.

There are more than just pigeons in NYC. This time of year, warblers, vireos, thrushes, woodpeckers, and more are flying through, and the Bronx Zoo is celebrating. Saturday, May 13 is the Bronx Zoo Birdathon. Expect live bird shows at 11:30 and 2, “Bird Watching 101” between 11 AM and 4 PM, and a DJ who creates music using bird sounds.

Storm King Art Center’s summer special exhibitions — Dennis Oppenheim: Terrestrial Studio and Outlooks: Josephine Halvorson — open this Saturday, May 14. They both run through November. Take a picnic. Storm King is a wonderful day trip for NYC families.

Saturday 7th of May 2016


Kids dig contemporary art. This was abundantly clear when I visited this year’s Frieze Art Fair on Randall’s Island with my toddler, Naomi.

We loved it: for me, it’s one of the most elegant, sophisticated, brightest venues for viewing contemporary art. I was thrilled that Naomi connected with many of the works on her own level.

If you can, take the ferry. Leaving Manhattan by boat sets the tone for an exotic adventure — and the views of the city and the Islands are fascinating for both kids and adults. Disembarking, we were beaconed by a giant helium-filled baby by Alex da Corte. It hovered above the entrance, part of Frieze Projects, curated by Cecilia Alemani. We loved to be welcomed by a baby.

Friday 6th of May 2016

You really should be celebrating your mother every day of the year, but this Sunday is Mother's Day, so celebrating mom is an imperative. We're biased, but we think that a culture-filled Mother's Day is the best kind. So, we picked some craveable events — from a Mother's Day-themed cabaret to Cindy Sherman's new work at Metro Pictures to Japan Day in Central Park — that would make the day special for moms and kids. Happy craving.

Friday 6th of May 2016

From gorgeous fashions at the Met to a 30th birthday installation at Socrates Sculpture Park to a one-minute play festival, it's an exciting week of culture in NYC. We've picked the events opening this week that we like the looks of. Crave what excites you and rate what you've seen. And most of all, enjoy.

If you loved seeing all the celebs decked out for the Costume Institute Gala this week, you should head to the Met Museum this weekend to see the Costume Institute’s spring exhibition, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. “Fashion and technology are inextricably connected, more so now than ever before,” explained the Met’s director, Thomas P. Campbell. “It is therefore timely to examine the roles that the handmade and the machine-made have played in the creative process.”

Craving art? This weekend is Frieze New York at Randall’s Island. Explore art from more than 200 galleries from around the globe.

Jasper Johns: Monotypes includes 41 monotypes created between 1978 and last year. Monotypes are printed with a single application of ink, making them unpredictable and experimental.

The town of Hamelin is suddenly overrun with rodents. Can a mysterious stranger lure the pests away with a song? See Milan’s Carlo Colla & Sons Marionette Company’s version of The Pied Piper (with 300 puppet rats!) at The New Victory.

Tuesday 3rd of May 2016

The American Theatre Wing today announced the nominees for the 70th Tony Awards. Hamilton received a record-smashing 16 nominations — not surprisingly — making it the big winner before the awards are even awarded. What have you seen? What’s still on your CRAVE list? Here’s the full list:

Best Play

Best Musical