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Thursday 20th of November 2014

It's a great week of culture in NYC — whether you're craving a Bach Organ Marathon, pop art, or a sound sculpture. We've picked what we're craving to help you with your planning. Be sure to CRAVE what excites you to keep track and the people who trust you discover great culture. RATE events once you've been. 

Philip Seymour Hoffman died in February in the midst of filming Mockingjay, which opens this weekend. Director Francis Lawrence says he decided against trying to use CGI to complete two unfinished scenes, and instead gave Hoffman’s lines to other characters. “He was one of the greatest actors, I think, of all time and I just think to try to fake a Philip Seymour Hoffman performance would have been catastrophic and I would never want to do that,” he explained recently. See Hoffman’s final performance in this second-to-last movie in the Hunger Games series (which is apparently the most violent yet).

Organist Paul Jacobs (who is the chairman of Juilliard's organ department) played every one of Bach’s organ works in an 18-hour marathon 14 years ago in Pittsburg. This year, he’s curating a similar event, The Bach Organ Marathon, at St. Peter’s Church on E. 54th Street as part of WQXR’s Bachstock: 30 Days of Peace and Music. Starting at 7 AM on Saturday, Nov. 22, he will play some of the works and then pass the baton to current and former students who will play until about 1 AM on Sunday.

By 2030, there will be 8 billion people on earth and two-thirds will live in cities. MoMA put together interdisciplinary teams, which spent 14 months thinking about how to keep “megacities” thriving and habitable in the future. Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities — which opens at MoMA on Saturday, Nov. 22 — results from the teams’ work on Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos, Mumbai, New York, and Rio de Janeiro.

Thursday 20th of November 2014

It's another week of amazing art in NYC. Gallery guru Meredith Rosen has hand picked some of the most exciting art gallery exhibitions in the City to help you plan your art going. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to keep track of where you're heading — and RATE the exhibitions once you've gone to help the people who trust you find great art. 

Satoru Eguchi: Pastime at Sometimes (works of art) through Nov. 21

Patrick Berran at Chapter NY through Dec. 14

Friday 14th of November 2014


It's another exciting week for NYC culture cravers — whether you are in the mood for opera, a Moby-Dick marathon, Madame Cézanne, indie rock, or a new Broadway musical. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth among the people who trust you for cultural recommendations. RATE it once you've been. 


Did you know that Herman Melville was born right here in New York City 195 years ago? The second Moby-Dick Marathon NYC — which commemorates the publication of the classic — starts at the Ace Hotel at 6 PM on Friday. It continues at the Seaport Museum on Saturday and the Housing Works Bookstore on Sunday.

Craving folk? Ani DiFranco is performing at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday or neo-folk artist Suzanne Vega is at Joe’s Pub.


Starting Saturday, see Making Music Modern at MoMA, which gathers designs for auditoriums, instruments, and equipment for listening to music to examine the intersection between music and design in the 20th Century.


ALT-J — the English indie rock band named after the keyboard commands for the delta sign — is performing at the Beacon on Sunday.

See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include Foxcatcher (a boxing flick with Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, and Vanessa Redgrave), The Homesman (with Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, and Grace Gummer), and Jon Stewart’s Rosewater.

Sunday 9th of November 2014

It's a great moment in NYC for art cravers. To help you make sense of everything happening, gallerist Meredith Rosen has hand picked some of the gallery exhibitions that she is most excited to see. Use her picks as your guide. CRAVE what excites you and rate it once you've been. 

Franz West at David Zwirner through Dec. 13

Martin Puryear at Matthew Marks Gallery through Jan. 10

Thursday 6th of November 2014

New York Culture Cravers: rejoice! There are tons of great events for you this week — from DJs and light art in DUMBO at the Festival of Light to Sturtevant at the MoMA. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE it — with a star, meh, or bomb — once you've been.

Friday, Nov. 7

Craving large-scale black and white drawings? Starting Friday, see Richard Serra’s latest at David Zwirner.

See Young Jean Lee’s new play, Straight White Men, at the Public Theater. It’s the unconventional artist’s take on a conventional father-son drama.

See Bradley Cooper play against type in the Elephant Man on Broadway starting on Friday.

See troubled Tribeca parents in I See You, directed by the Flea’s outgoing artistic director Jim Simpson, starting Friday.

It’s the first ever New York Festival of Light in DUMBO. Thursday through Saturday evenings, you can experience curated lighting installations and performance artists who work with light as their medium. Under the Manhattan Bridge, there are DJ performances.

Saturday, Nov. 8

On Saturday, see Grammy-winning trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and his New Orleans Jazz Orchestra at the Apollo.

Sunday, Nov. 9

Starting Sunday, see “repetitions” by Elaine Sturtevant, the American artist known for “repeating” the works of others — starting with Warhol and Johns. She died in May and Sturtevant: Double Trouble is the first comprehensive survey of her work.

See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include Interstellar (Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain use a newly discovered wormhole to take an interstellar voyage); Disney Animation’s latest movie, Big Hero 6; or a new documentary, National Gallery, which takes you inside one of the world’s great museums.

Thursday 30th of October 2014

Whether you're craving El Greco or Picasso, New Orleans Jazz or modern dance, there's plenty of craveable culture for you in NYC this week. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE events once you've been. 


Jacqueline Roque inspired her husband Pablo Picasso in the last two decades of his life. Pace Gallery’s W. 25th Street and E. 57th Street locations will present Picasso & Jacqueline: The Evolution of Style starting on Friday, which includes paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and ceramics, all depicting Jacqueline.

Helena Rubenstein was born in a small town in Poland in 1872 and rose to become a global icon at the helm of an international cosmetics icon. Learn about her at the Jewish Museum’s Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power, which starts Friday and runs through March. The New York Times calls the exhibition "a master class in modernism-as-marketing."

In the evening, put on your costume and head to the Village for the 41st Annual Halloween Parade. It starts at 7 PM.

If you’re not out trick-or-treating, head to Broadway, where you can see Hugh Jackman in The River, Jez Butterworth’s new play that sold out in London two years ago.


As part of Carnegie Hall’s UBUNTU: Music an Arts of South Africa, the Paley Center’s Spotlight on South Africa this weekend will include screenings of South African TV shows, as well as a screening of Mama Africa, a documentary about Makeba’s life and career.

Would you like a little marimba with your Mozart? Starting Saturday, see Mozart’s Magic Flute reimagined by the Isango Ensemble of South Africa at the New Victory.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is in NYC this weekend — straight from New Orleans' French Quarter. Catch some jazz at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.


Craving a laugh? Carol Burnett is chatting with Rosie O’Donell at the 92nd Street Y on Sunday evening.

See one of this weekend’s new movies. One great option is Point and Shoot about a young man fighting a dictator and trying to find himself — which one the top prize for a documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival. Other choices are Nightcrawler, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a crime reporter who becomes the star of his own story, or The Great Invisible about the BP explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

Sunday 26th of October 2014

Craving art? Meredith Rosen — gallerist extraordinaire — is here to help with recommendations of six NYC art galleries that you must visit in the week ahead. Thanks, Meredith! CRAVE the exhibitons that excite you to spread word of mouth and keep track ... and RATE them once you've been. 

Thursday 23rd of October 2014

It's an amazing week for NYC culture cravers. There are two new shows starting Broadway previews, a documentary about Edward Snowden, contemporary Chinese art at the Guggenheim, and more. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE it once you've been. 


Starting Friday, see 100 Years in Post-Production: Resurrecting a Lost Landmark of Black Film History at MoMA. The exhibition focuses on unedited footage, originally shot in 1913 of a black-cast feature film that was never released.

Starting Friday, see Judith Scott: Bound and Unbound at the Brooklyn Museum. Scott used yarn, thread, fabric, and other fibers to envelop found objects into bundled structures.


As Halloween approaches, it’s time for a spooky immersion event. Take kids 8 years old and up to The Haunting of Ichabod Crane, which is based on Washington Irving’s classic and performed at the Park Avenue Armory from Sept. 25 – 30.

Or see DJ Spooky (the composer, multimedia artist, and writer) himself at the Asia Society in Electric Imaginary.  


Are you an artist ready to throw in the towel? Starting Sunday, bring your work to PS1 and sign a pledge: “I PROMISE NEVER TO MAKE ART AGAIN.” It’s all part of Art Amnesty, an exhibition by the British contemporary artist, writer, and advocate, Bob and Roberta Smith.

See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include Force Majeure (about a family confronting an avalanche while on a ski vacation), Citizenfour (an Edward Snowden documentary), Laggies (with Keira Knightley), and John Wick (Keanu Reeves is an ex-hit man who comes out of retirement to track down gangsters).

Friday 17th of October 2014

From the Cubism show at the Met to an immersive sound installation at PS1 to A Delicate Balance on Broadway, there is plenty of new craveable culture hitting NYC this week. Be sure to CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE the events once you've seen them. Happy craving!


Starting Friday, see Dürer, Rembrandt, Tiepolo at the Museum of Biblical Art. It underscores the influence of the bible on Western art.

Check out Ryoji Ikeda's Superposition, an immersive music/media/installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art inspired by the subatomic world and promising to blow your artistic mind.


Starting Saturday, see El Anatsui transform liquor bottle caps and other found objects into sculpture at Jack Shainman Gallery.

This weekend, take your kids to The Snail and the Whale at the New Victory. Tall Stories Theatre Company from London created it — and it’s good for kids aged 4 to 7.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the amazing group and traveling soul of South African music, play Carnegie Hall. Few groups have toured as extensively and collaborated with such other great world artists, so their on-stage guests alone could probably make a great concert.

Mixing the fun, gypsy sound of klezmer with a bit of trance, folk, swing and tango, Metropolitan Klezmer hits City Winery to combine tradition with irreverence and respect.


See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include WWII movie Fury (whch starts Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf), Birdman (Michael Keaton is a washed up actor trying to recreate himself), Listen Up Philip (Jason Schwartzman is a novelist who gets away to an isolated summer home), and Watchers of the Sky (a documentary based on Samantha Power's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, A Problem From Hell).

Looking for a full day of music and art at once? Sound / Source is a day-long exploration of electroacoustic music in all its forms, featuring collaborations between legends, luminaries, and newcomers as they examine the interplay between human and machine sounds and filling the MoMA PS1 building from top to bottom.

See Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer at Joe’s Pub starting on Sunday. It’s an investigation into love, longing and the loss of New York’s cultural identity.