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Friday 27th of November 2015

It's a big week for dance in NYC — from the start of the Nutcracker to the start of Alvin Ailey's season at City Center to Tere O'Connor at the Kitchen to Gallim Dance at the Joyce. Here are our favorite culture openings in the week ahead. CRAVE what excites you to keep track, and rate events once you've seen them. 

It’s officially holiday season, and time for the Nutcracker Ballet. See The New York City Ballet’s stunning Nutcracker starting Friday and running through Jan. 3.

Lena Hall of Kinky Boots and Hedwig and the Angry Inch will perform at 54 Below on Saturday, Nov. 28 with Lance Horne and other musical geniuses in Broadway the Hardway.

Grab your pumpkin spice latte and bring your kids to The Commedia Rapunzel: Holiday Extravaganza Pumpkin Spice Edition at Soho Playhouse starting Saturday. It’s a zany holiday take on Rapunzel created by the Spaghetti and Meatball Players.

Learn about how New York City — as we know it — was created in Robert Moses: Master Builder, a talk by College of Staten Island Professor Ken Gold and Staten Island Museum Archivist Cara Dellatte at the Staten Island Museum on Sunday, Nov. 29.

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, actor/writer/director Robert Redford will chat about his career, the Sundance Institute, and his activism, among other things at the Paley Center. Redford plays Dan Rather in Truth, the new political drama that is now in cinemas.

Thursday 19th of November 2015

It's a big week of culture in NYC — from the fifth Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof to Jackson Pollock at MoMA to the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Here are our favorite openings. CRAVE what excites you to get handy alerts. RATE events once you've seen them. 

Fiddler on the Roof is starting previews on Friday, Nov. 20. It’s the musical’s fifth Broadway revival, and will star Danny Burstein as Tevye.

Craving dance? Starting Friday, Nov. 20, see Ballet Hispanico at the Apollo, Pilobolus’s Shadowland at the Skirball Center, or New York Theatre Ballet: Legends and Visionaries at The Dance Gallery.

Art world power couple, Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, published Collecting Art for Love, Money and More two years ago. Now, they have an exhibition of works from their collection at the Whitney, Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wanger. It includes American artwork by everyone from Sherrie Levine to Jeff Koons.

On Saturday, Nov. 21, examine contemporary puppet theater with Cheryl Henson, daughter of Jim and Jane Henson and the president of the Jim Henson Foundation. Artists including Federico Restrepo (who incorporates puppetry and dance) and Lake Simons (who is a puppeteer, choreographer, designer, and director) will perform at La Mama in Coffeehouse Chronicles #129: Contemporary Puppet Theater.

Thursday 12th of November 2015

It's a big week ahead in the NYC culturesphere. Get ready for openings from a behind-the-scenes chat with the writers of The Tonight Show to Twyla Tharp's 50th Anniversary Tour to a wonky debate on quantitative easing. And if all you want is "tradition," next Friday night, Fiddler comes back for its fifth (yes, fifth!) Broadway revival. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and get handy alerts. RATE events once you've seen them. 

Here's our list of what's opening in the week ahead in NYC: 

Scout, Jem, and Atticus Finch are coming to the Queens Theatre. Performances of the stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s (very of the moment) To Kill A Mockingbird start on Friday, Nov. 13.

Explore the folkloric dance traditions of Spain and the Caribbean with Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba’s Cuba Vibre at the New Victory starting on Friday, Nov. 13.

On Saturday afternoon, join the Emmy Award-winning writers of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a behind-the-scenes look at the show. It’s a Times Talk hosted by NYT reporter Dave Itzkoff.

On Saturday, Nov. 14, see Last Soliloquy at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival. Paul Lewis will play Beethoven’s final three sonatas.

Friday 6th of November 2015

This week brings everything from all all female version of Henry IV to Chinese acrobats to a chat with Cathy Griffin to New York City. Here are our top picks for the events opeing in the week ahead. What are you craving? 

Starting Friday, Oct. 6, see an all female Henry IV at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn. It follow’s last year’s all female Julius Caesar, also directed by Phyllida Lloyd.

See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include The Peanuts Movie (the big screen debut of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, and Linus); Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (a documentary about the arts patron); Brooklyn (about an Irish immigrant in 1950s Brooklyn); In Jackson Heights (a documentary ode to the immigrant experience); and Spotlight (about the Boston Globe investigating sexual abuse within the Catholic Church).

Starting Friday, Nov. 6, the Jewish Museum presents Unorthodox, a large-scale exhibition of artists who like to break the rules.

On Saturday, Nov. 7, learn about your microbiome at The Secret World Inside You at the American Museum of Natural History.

Film detritus tends to have a lasting impact on the imagination of the living. Learn more in Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact starting Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Museum of the Moving Image.

On Sunday, Nov. 8, Norah Jones is speaking with the New Yorker’s pop music critic, Sasha Frere-Jones, at the Capitol Theatre.

Craving dance? See Work & Process: Daniil Simkin's Intensio at the Guggenheim on Sunday (there is a matinee and evening performance). It includes new work by choreographers.

Acrobats will do trapeze tricks, balances, juggling, and other stunts in Peking Dreams: The National Circus and Acrobats of China at the Lehman Center for the Preforming Arts on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday 31st of October 2015

Craving art? Gallerist Meredith Rosen is coming to the rescue with seven new gallery and museum exhibitions that she is craving. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and get alerts. RATE them once you've been. 

Carroll Dunham at Gladstone Gallery through Dec. 4

Thursday 29th of October 2015

It's a big week — from Frank Stella at the Whitney to School of Rock on Broadway to tons of way to celebrate Halloween. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and get alerts. RATE events once you've been. 

The Whitney’s Frank Stella retrospective starts on Friday, Oct. 31. It features paintings, reliefs, models, sculptures, and drawings.

Matisse created 50 book illustration projects between 1912 and 1954. See his layout, typography, lettering, ornament, and cover design in Graphic Passion: Matisse and the Book Arts at the Morgan Library and Museum starting Friday, Oct. 30.

Craving dance? Tokyo-born choreographer and performer Mina Nishimura presents two new works that emerged from research into Butoh. Mina Nishimura: Princess Cabbage / Celery of Everything is at Danspace Project Friday and Saturday.

The Met’s Department of Asian Art is celebrating its 100th birthday. To celebrate, it’s presenting Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Metropolitan Collection, which includes art dating from the Tang dynasty to today. It begins on Friday, Oct. 30.

Boo! It’s Halloween. Celebrate with kids from 5 to 7 PM at the New York Historical Society’s New-York Haunted Society's Superheroes/Supernatural Halloween Bash.

On Friday night, see Phantasmagorey: Danse Macabre Masquerade at The Cutting Room. Expect Venetian Carnival fanfare and other fun.

Starting on Saturday, Lena Dunham’s real-life dad, Carroll Dunham, will be exhibiting his new paintings and drawings of nude bathers at Gladstone Gallery.

Expect family Halloween fun in Hudson River Park in Halloween Kidz Karnival at Pier 26 from noon to 5 PM.

There’s a costume parade for kids at Lincoln Center outside David Geffen Hall.

From 1:30 – 5 PM on Halloween, kids older than 6 can create ghastly jewelry at the New York Hall of Science at Make it: Day of the Dead.

From 8 PM to midnight on Halloween dress up in your dancing suit for MoMA PS1’s Halloween Ball, The Poison Big Apple. Expect DJs and live performances.

Get ready to show off your costume and dance —ballroom style — at the Village Halloween Costume Ball at Theater for the New City. It starts at 7:30 PM.

Celebrate Halloween at the Village Halloween Parade. Don’t forget your costume.

Thursday 29th of October 2015

Photo credit: Dominick Totino Photography

Taryn Sacramone, the managing director of the Queens Theatre, remembers reading To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time in elementary school. She wasn’t alone: since it was published 55 years ago, Harper Lee’s book has become required reading for generations of American schoolchildren and has been translated into more than 40 languages.

This year, as race-related stories have captured America’s attention — from #BlackLivesMatter to the confederate flag coming down at South Carolina statehouse to the controversial release of Lee’s Go Set a Watchman — Sacramone thought it was time to bring the story of Atticus, Scout, Jem, and Boo Radley to her New York City stage.

Christopher Sergel’s adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird will open the season on Queens Theatre’s main stage, running from Nov. 13 to 22. The theatre’s director of new play development, Rob Urbinati, directs.

“What the news is today is divisive. Theater — by literally drawing people into the same audience — is the opposite of that. It’s community building,” Sacramone said. “I think it can spark conversation in a different way.”

Thursday 22nd of October 2015

There's a lot going on in the NYC culturesphere this week — everything from BalletNext to Ted Koppel to Frank Stella to an outdoor performance art installation along the Hudson River. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and get alerts. RATE events once you've seen them. 

This weekend is BOSSS — Big Outdoor Site Specific Stuff — which will be taking place in Hudson River Park in the 20s. There’s an exciting lineup of performances by innovative playwrights, directors, devisers, choreographers, and designers.

Craving classical? The London Symphony Orchestra is presenting iconic ballet scores by Bartók and Stravinksy at Lincoln Center on Friday evening.

Starting on Sunday, Oct. 25, see a major retrospective of drawings, paintings, and sculptures by Joaquin Torres-Garcia, a Uruguayan/Catalan artist, at MoMA.

On Sunday, Oct. 25 from 3 – 5 PM, visit the northern part of Central Park and participate in the Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla — during which pumpkins will set sail across the Harlem Meer at twilight.

Friday 16th of October 2015

It's another big week in the NYC culturesphere. We've picked our favorite openings this week to help kickstart your planning. We're excited about Taylor Mac's newest work, a Hip Hop festival at the Apollo, the opening of the new St. Ann's Warehouse, and much more. CRAVE what excites you to get handy alerts when events are opening and closing. RATE them once you've been.

Taylor Mac’s sly, subversive comedy, Hir, begins at Playwright’s Horizons on Friday, Oct. 16.

Starting Friday, Oct. 16, see Jordan Casteel: Brothers at Sargent’s Daughters, the second solo exhibition of the New York-based artist.

Are you interested in peeking your head into some of the most exciting architecture in New York — from libraries to homes to museums to plazas. You’re in luck! It’s Open House New York. A lot of events are sold out, but many are open access. See the full list here.  

The new St. Ann’s Warehouse goes opens its doors on Saturday with an Open House. Get a tour, visit a food truck, bring your dog to an on-site doggie portrait studio, listen to the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Kronos Quartet, see a puppet show, and more.