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Friday 12th of February 2016

By day, Dan Hendrick works in energy policy. By night, he is one of the city’s foremost experts on Jamaica Bay, a federally protected zone bigger than Central Park, Prospect Park, and Van Cortlandt Park — combined and multiplied by three.

“You’d be shocked how many people I’ve met who have never heard of it,” he said.

Hendrick first dived into the history of the Bay as a local reporter when he learned that the marshes were disappearing at a rapid clip. He started investigating, and exposed the effects of exploitation on the Bay. About five years ago, he crowded into a VFW Hall with other Queens residents to discuss the Port Authority’s plan to pave over hundreds of acres of Jamaica Bay to make way for new runways.

“They’re not scientists, they’re not fulltime environmentalists," he remembers thinking. “These are just regular working people … How can I amplify their voice?”

The resulting project, Saving Jamaica Bay, a film narrated by Susan Sarandon, traces the Bay’s decline and rebirth, the destruction of Hurricane Sandy and the long rebuilding that followed. It focuses on the community surrounding the Bay — the firefighters, police officers, and immigrants who fought the government to clean up and restore the Bay.

Friday 12th of February 2016

From a new indie-rock musical fairy tale to an immersive cinema party to an exploration of Edvard Munch’s work, it’s a busy week of craveable culture in New York City. Crave what excites you. Rate events once you have seen them.

The Cooper Hewitt’s Design Triennial, which explores the idea of beauty, is beginning on Friday, Feb. 12.

Fifteen years after they walked the runway, Models Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) are back. See Zoolander 2 this weekend.

See Peter Martins' staging of August Bournonville's story of unrequited love, La Sylphide, at the New York City Ballet.

Starting Friday, Feb. 12, see Soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann in Puccini’s story of obsessive love, Manon Lescaut, at the Metropolitan Opera.

Explore everything from a 3D exploration of mosque architecture to a music composition app featuring the rebana, table, kora, oud, ney, and ghijak at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s new interactive exhibition, America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far. It’s part of the museum’s series on world cultures.

Are you a Montague? A Capulet? A Knight? A Nun? Put on your costume and prepare to immerse yourself in Supercinema, the new creation of the Sleep No More Team, which debuts on Saturday. It’s an immersive costume party incorporating Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, live theatrical performances, and an open bar.

Thursday 4th of February 2016

From books illustrated by Andy Warhol to Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams on Broadway to Kevin Bacon performing live music with his brother, it's an exciting week of NYC culture. Our editors have picked our favorites of this week's cultural openings. What are you craving? Crave if you're excited ... and rate events once you've seen them. 

Blackbird — starring Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams — comes to Broadway on Friday, Feb. 5. A middle aged man is confronted by the woman he raped 15 years ago.

Wilco is performing at the Kings Theatre — the beautifully restored space in Brooklyn — on Friday and Saturday nights.

Starting Friday, Feb. 5, see an immersive installation at the Whitney by artist, filmmaker, and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Laura Poitras.

This weekend, see Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic at BAM. It’s one of the stories in the national epic of Iran. Expect puppets, shadow casters, and story.

Put on a hat and head to Bryant Park for the Winter Carnival on Friday or Saturday. Expect skating, curling lessons, music, and more.

Thursday 28th of January 2016

From a puppet festival to a Sondheim fest to fashion photography, it's another exciting week of NYC culture. We've picked out our favorite events opening in NYC in the week ahead. What are YOU craving? 

Craving innovation in puppetry? This weekend marks the opening of St. Ann’s Warehouse’s new puppet theater festival, Labapalooza!

Joshua Jackson (a.k.a. Pacey on Dawson’s Creek) stars in Smart People, which started performances this week at Second Stage Theater. The play examines whether beliefs and prejudices are hard-wired.

The Ecstatic Music Festival — a collaboration between New Amsterdam Presents and the Kaufman Music Center — begins this weekend. See more than 55 “alt-classical” artists. The festival kicks off with Man Forever teaming up with the avant-pop band Tigue at the Greene Space. Most of the festival takes place at the Kaufman Music Center.

Sondheim Unplugged starts Sunday at 54 Below with an ode to the legendary composer and lyricist. Expect tunes from Into the Woods, Follies, A Little Night Music, and more, peppered with facts, history, and theatrical lore.

Thursday 21st of January 2016

From antiques to modern dance to Bruce Springsteen, it's a big week of culture in NYC. Here are Culture Craver's top picks of the events opening in the week ahead in NYC. What are YOU craving? 

It’s the 62nd year of the most prestigious arts and antiques fair in the United States. Visit the Park Avenue Armory starting Friday, Jan. 22 for the Winter Antiques Show.

See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include Synchronicity (a sci fi flick about a man, a time machine, and a threat to planet earth) and Dirty Grandpa (Robert De Niro teaches his uptight lawyer grandson, played by Zac Efron, to learn to love living life).

Craving modern, high energy, percussive dance? On Saturday, Jan. 23, see Dance Afrika! At BAM.

Stephen Karam’s play, The Humans, which opened to great reviews off-Broadway this past fall is moving to Broadway. Performances begin on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Rita Moreno is one of twelve performers to have one all four major American entertainment awards — an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony. She’s performing at Lincoln Center on Saturday evening.

Saturday 16th of January 2016

The biggest dinosaur ever has arrived in NYC, but that's just one of many big openings this week in the cultural capital of the world. We're craving the New York Jewish Film Festival, Live Artery, and John Patrick Shanley's newest play at City Center. We've picked our favorite NYC openings this week. What are you craving?  

We’re excited to meet a new Upper West Sider, the so-called Titanosaur, who is coming to the Natural History Museum on Friday, January 15. It was discovered in 2014 in Argentina and is the biggest dinosaur ever found. When it roamed the earth, it was 122 feet long and 70 tons.

It’s the opening weekend of the New York Jewish Film Festival. It’s the 25th year for the festival — which showcases groundbreaking films exploring the diversity of the global Jewish experience.

New York Live Arts is in the midst of Live Artery a month-long exploration of workshop performances. There are more than a dozen showcases this week, culminating with Ann Liv Young’s Elektra, which is billed as “crazed, authentic, honest, compassionate, steadfast and tragic.”

La MaMa's SQUIRTS: New Voices in Queer Performance starts this weekend and runs through Jan. 24. Hosted by Dan Fishback, a performance artist who is the director of the Helix Queer Performance Network, the event will bring together drag, cabaret, spoken word, and theater.

Monday 11th of January 2016

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the winners of the Golden Globes last night. Here are the movies that received awards. How many have you seen? 

Best motion picture, drama

Best motion picture, musical or comedy

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, drama

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama

Friday 8th of January 2016

January is getting into high gear with two theater festivals, celebrations of the upcoming Chinese New Year, dance, jazz, art openings, and more. We've picked the NYC events opening in the week ahead that we're most excited about. What are you craving?  

This weekend marks the start of PS 122’s COIL Festival and the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival. At both, explore new shows by cutting-edge local and global performance artists.

Celebrate the Year of the Monkey at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Monkey Business — which features monkeys in paintings, ceramics, metalwork, and jade carvings. The show starts Friday, Jan. 8 and runs through July. 

Starting Friday, Jan. 8, see Embroidery by artist in residence Megan Canning at the Museum of Arts and Design. Her tapestries combine hand-embroidery, painted silk, and soft sculptural elements.

On Friday, Jan. 8, see The Last Hotel at the beautiful new Saint Ann’s Warehouse. It’s the American debut of the first opera by writer and director Enda Walsh.

If you feel like you need a little “glee,” head to Lincoln Center on Saturday, Jan. 9 to see University Glee Club of New York City perform. The all male group has been singing for more than 120 years.

Tuesday 5th of January 2016

Start 2016 off right with some art. NYC gallery guru Meredith Rosen has picked the shows opening this week that she's most excited about to help you plan your art going. What are you craving?

Jonathan Lasker at Cheim & Read from Jan 7 through Feb. 13

Coco Fusco at Alexander Gray Associates from Jan. 9 through Feb. 6

Judith Bernstein: Dicks of Death at Mary Boone in Chelsea from Jan. 9 through Feb. 27

Martin Wong: Voices at P.P.O.W. from Jan. 9 through Feb. 6