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Friday 24th of July 2015

Here are Culture Craver's top NYC picks for cultural events opening this week. There's plenty of diversity — from an ode to Frank Sinatra to Family Day at Lincoln Center Out of Doors to Nicki Minaj. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and rate events once you've seen them.

On Friday, July 24, Frank Sinatra’s daughter Nancy will discuss her father’s TV career with Twyla Tharp, Gay Talese, and Max Weinberg at the Paley Center’s Salute to Frank Sinatra on Television

Starting at 6 PM on Friday, view the night sky with telescopes on the flight deck of Intrepid at the Family Astronomy Night.

Saturday, July 25 is Family Day at Lincoln Center Out of Doors. See Joyous Quartet (a quartet of eight year olds), Heidi Latsky Dance, Baby Loves Disco, Lil Buck, and more.

The top-selling female rapper of all time, Nicki Minaj, plays the Barclays Center on Sunday, July 26.

Friday 17th of July 2015

From the recreation of King Tut's Wah Wah Hut (an East Village bar from the 1980s) at the Whitney to Michael Cerveris at Joe's Pub to the start of Cymbeline at Shakespeare in the Park, it's an exciting week of culture in New York City. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread your excitement. RATE events once you've seen them.

If it sounds too absurd not to be true, it must be. Point Break Live! — the stage adaptation of the 1992 Keanu Reeves extreme sports blockbuster — plays at the Highline Ballroom on Friday, July 17. It features a new, unrehearsed Keanu Reeves who is pulled at random from the audience moments before each action-packed show.

On Saturday, July 18, the talented filmmakers of the FilmShop take on the theme of strange bedfellows at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, through a series of shorts varied in storytelling styles and genres. The night’s festivities include a live performance by electro-pop duo, Stranger Cat, and a DJ dance party to follow.

On Sunday, July 19, 54 Below dusts off one of the most brave, boisterous, brazen, raucous theatre experiences of the 1980s, the musical Starmites. It’s been a while, so here’s a reminder: it’s a musical about a teenage girl obsessed with comic books and gifted with uncontrollable superpowers. She is transported to a colorful and imaginative fantasy world inhabited by a vast array of fiercely idiosyncratic characters fighting for power, prestige, and interplanetary control. Sounds ripe for a revival, no?

Also on Sunday, the Queens Museum of Art opens its exhibit of the work of Robert Seydel. Seydel, who passed away in 2011, is a cult figure in the world of collage art, merging actual personages with fictional characters.

See one of the weekend's new movies. Options include Amy Schumer's Trainwreck, the new-style rom com that is getting great reviews, or Ant Man, a super hero heist flick.

Friday 10th of July 2015

It's a fun week of culture this week in New York City — from a hip-hop festival in Brooklyn to a hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton that starts previews on Broadway. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread buzz. RATE events once you've seen them. 

There are two new exhibitions opening Friday, July 10 at The Brooklyn Museum — FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds, which is a collaboration between Brooklyn-based artists, and an ode to sneaker culture, which puts 150 pairs on display.

This weekend is the 11th annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Expect to hear performances by Common, Mobb Deep, Lion Babe, Freeway, Skyzoo, Charles Hamilton, and more.  

Jose Alberto, also known as El Canario, can make a whistle into a solo instrument. Join him for a midsummer night swing at Lincoln Center starting at 6:30 PM on Friday, July 10.

Starting on Friday, July 10 is The Brick’s seventh annual Game Play festival. It features work at the intersection of gaming and performance.

Thursday 2nd of July 2015

Yes, it's time for fireworks, but it's also time for the Magic Mike sequel, outdoor renditions of The Tempest and As You Like It, and a Tim Burton music fest. Here are our top picks of the week ahead. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread buzz. RATE events once you've seen them. 

Starting Friday, July 3, see Shakespeare’s The Tempest at Marcus Garvey Park at 7 PM. It’s presented by SummerStage and the Classical Theatre of Harlem.

Celebrate Independence Day with some Motown at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night’s Swing. Dr. K's Motown Revue’s dance lesson begins at 6:30, and live music begins at 7:30.

Using reproductions of historic documents, artifacts, and works of art, the New York Historical Society’s Student Historian Teen Leaders have curated a nuanced installation that sheds light on the lives soldiers and civilians during the Revolutionary War. Revolution: NYC & the War for Independence opens on Governor’s Island (House 18) on the 4th of July.

After watching the hotdog eating contest and the fireworks, see one of the weekend’s new movies. Options include Amy (the Amy Winehouse biography), Magic Mike XXL (the male stripper movie sequel), Cartel Land (a documentary about the Mexican Drug War), and Mala Mala (a documentary about the transformation told through the eyes of nine thrans-identifying Puerto Ricans).

Thursday 25th of June 2015

From an Alice in Wonderland exhibition at the Morgan to an Asian Film Festival to outdoor concerts at Randall's Island, Central Park, and Storm King, it's an exciting week of craveable culture in and around the city. CRAVE the events that excite you to keep track and spread buzz. RATE them once you've been. 

Starting Friday, June 26, look through the looking glass at The Morgan Library and Museum for Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland. It presents the original manuscript, as well as original drawings and letters, rare editions, vintage photographs, and fascinating objects.

The legendary Bette Midler is performing at MSG on Friday, June 26.

Also starting Friday is a major retrospective of work by Doris Salcedo of Colombia at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Starting Friday, see Art as Activism at the New York Historical Society. Explore the posters and other images that artists used to inform and stir up advocacy between the 1930s and 1970s.

Friday through Sunday, head to Randall’s Island for FarmBorough Country Music Festival, a three-day country festival featuring Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam, Joe Nichols, Luke Bryan, and more.

Craving Asian film? The 14th annual New York Asian Film Festival begins this weekend. It features 54 feature films, including two world premieres.

Remember the 20th Century through 412 color and black-and-white photographs of bodegas and mom and pop stores by artist Zoe Leonard in Analogue at MoMA starting this weekend.

Thursday 11th of June 2015

From unique outdoor pianos to the start of the Met's Summer Recital Series to the return of Jurassic Park, it's an exciting week for NYC culture cravers. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE events once you've been. 

There are 50 artist-decorated pianos scattered in parks and plazas across the five boroughs through July 21 as part of Sing for Hope Pianos. See how many you can play a scale on this weekend. Culture Craver made a handy iPhone app to help you discover and share the pianos.

This weekend is the Northside Festival, a celebration of Brooklyn’s music, art, innovation and film, which takes over venues in Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

This weekend, check out the American Black Film Festival, where you can see films and television content by and about people of African descent.

Friday 5th of June 2015

It's time for summer arts, theater, and music. There's an immersive Alice in Wonderland at Green-Wood Cemetery, Governors Ball on Randall's Island, Figment on Governor's Island, and more. These are our top picks for the NYC cultural events opening this week. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE events once you've seen them. 

Starting this weekend, celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland at Green-Wood Cemetery with an immersive production, Dark Wonderland: A Nighttime Festival of Visionary Performance. Each weekend in June, you’ll find different performers.

Friday and Saturday, experience Governors Ball Music Festival on Randall’s Island, where you can see acts from Florence + The Machine to Bjork to St. Vincent.

ReedPOP, the creator of Comic Con, is bringing Special Edition: NYC Comic Book Festival to the city this weekend. It’s a chance for fans to connect with each other and artists (both rising stars to comic legends). It’s at Pier 94 on Saturday and Sunday.

Thursday 28th of May 2015

From summer-long outdoor art installations at Randall's Island and Madison Square Park to Chris Noth in Doctor Faustus to theater designed for an audience of one, this is an exciting week for NYC's culture cravers. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread buzz. Rate events with a star, meh or bomb once you have seen them. 

Flow.15, an outdoor art installation at Randall’s Island Park, opens on Saturday, May 30 from 1 – 3 PM. The project, which runs through November, features work by Nicholas Fraser, Sharon Ma, Rob Swainston, Rica Takashima, and David J. Wilson.

Scorsese Collects, an exhibition celebrating the director’s commitment to international film culture, begins on Saturday, May 30 at the Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition will be accompanied by a film series, Scorsese Screens, in August.

Talks & Screenings - PAST

This weekend, celebrate books with some of your favorite authors — everyone from John Green to Jennifer Weiner to Kloe Kardishian (she’s an author???) — at BookCon at the Javits Center. It’s a mashup of storytelling and pop culture, Q&As and autographs.  

Thursday 14th of May 2015

From the art fairs to public art to the newest play by Rajiv Joseph, there's a lot to do in New York City this week. Here are our top picks for this week's brand new events. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread buzz. RATE events once you've sen them. 

It’s Frieze Art Fair weekend in New York City. See Frieze on Randall’s Island or one of the other fairs — including 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Pioneer Works, NADA on the Lower East Side, and Art Miami on Pier 54,

On Friday, May 15, Anderson Cooper and Conan O’Brien will talk at the Paley Center in Fire and Ice. They’ll focus on Conan’s special episode filmed in Cuba.

Le Grand Cirque — with 50 world champion acrobats, jugglers and performers from more than 15 countries — is this Saturday and Sunday at Hunter’s Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse.

Friday 8th of May 2015

It's another big week for New York City culture. Explore design, the written word, dance, and theater. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE events once you've seen them. 

NYC X Design — New York City’s annual citywide celebration of design — starts May 8 and runs through the 19th. It includes events across the city focused on architecture, technology, crafts, engineering, fashion, graphic design, and more. Find the full lineup of events online.

The PEN World Voices Festival is this weekend. This year, 100 writers from 30 countries are gathering in New York to talk about international literature.

Craving dance? May 8 and 9, see Lang Dance: Spring Performance at New York Live Arts, which features seasonal premieres of original dance works.

Take kids 7 and up to Luv: American-Style, a performance by Rennie Harris, who uses rock, hip-hop, dance, and dialogue to tell the story of one man’s struggle with identity, love, and justice.

Friday 1st of May 2015

It's a big week in the NYC culture universe — from the opening of the Whitney Museum to the new documentary about Iris Apfel to a Hot Jazz festival. Here are our top picks for the events opening this week. Remember to CRAVE what excites you and RATE it once you've been.

Starting Friday, May 1, visit the new Whitney Museum downtown — and see its inaugural exhibition, America is Hard to See.

Starting Saturday, May 2, see new sculptures by Erika Verzutti at the Sculpture Center.

British new wave band Spandau Ballet is performing at the Beacon on Saturday, May 2. All five original members are touring North America for the first time in nearly 30 years.

See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include Avengers: Age of Ultron (Joss Whedon’s new super hero movie), Far from the Madding Crowd (with Carey Mulligan), Iris (a documentary about fashion icon Iris Apfel).

In honor of Children’s Day, which is celebrated on May 5 in Japan, head to the Japan Society on Saturday, May 3 for Folklore Family Day. You will step into Japan’s best-known folktales — Peach Boy, Urashima Taro, and Princess Kaguya.

Friday 24th of April 2015

It's an amazing springtime week of culture in New York City — from the Sakura Matsuri festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden this weekend to the opening of the Whitney's beautiful new downtown home on Friday. Here are Culture Craver's top picks for events opening this week. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread buzz. Rate events once you've seen them.  

It’s finally springtime! Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM – 6 PM, celebrate at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual Sakura Matsuri cherry blossom festival. See the blooming trees and a Cosplay fashion show, a tea ceremony, samurai sword fighting, and more. The lineup for the festival is online here.

Craving slam poetry? At 6 PM Saturday, the 20 best teen poets of NYC are competing at The Apollo in the Urban World Poetry Slam Grand Slam Final to win the chance to represent the city at the national teen poetry slam.

See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner; The Age of Adaline (with Blake Lively and Harrison Ford); and Adult Beginners.

Thursday 16th of April 2015

From immersing yourself into a mysterious 1920s speakeasy to experiencing peruvian puppetry, it's an exciting week of NYC culture. CRAVE the events that excite you to keep track and spread world of mouth. RATE events once you have been.

Go back in time to Ziegfeld’s 1920’s extravaganza, the Midnight Frolic, with lavish showgirls, risqué burlesque, thrilling aerialists, and more, at a new immersive theater piece, Speakeasy Dollhouse: Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic. It runs from Saturday, April 18 through June 6.

For those of you craving classic rock, John Mellencamp is performing at Carnegie Hall on the 20th and 21st and at the Apollo on the 23rd and the 24th.

Sultans of Deccan India, 1500–1700: Opulence and Fantasy will bring together some 200 works to explore the art of the Deccan plateau of south-central India, which was home to a succession of highly cultured Muslim kingdoms with a rich artistic heritage. It opens April 20 and runs through July.

Peruvian puppeteers, Teatro Hugo & Ines, use mime, dance, puppetry, and the performers’ knees, feet, hands, and elbows. They are performing at HERE from April 21 through April 25.

Thursday 16th of April 2015

From immersing yourself into a mysterious 1920s speakeasy to experiencing peruvian puppetry, it's an exciting week of NYC culture. CRAVE the events that excite you to keep track and spread world of mouth. RATE events once you have been.

Go back in time to Ziegfeld’s 1920’s extravaganza, the Midnight Frolic, with lavish showgirls, risqué burlesque, thrilling aerialists, and more, at a new immersive theater piece, Speakeasy Dollhouse: Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic. It runs from Saturday, April 18 through June 6.

For those of you craving classic rock, John Mellencamp is performing at Carnegie Hall on the 20th and 21st and at the Apollo on the 23rd and the 24th.

Sultans of Deccan India, 1500–1700: Opulence and Fantasy will bring together some 200 works to explore the art of the Deccan plateau of south-central India, which was home to a succession of highly cultured Muslim kingdoms with a rich artistic heritage. It opens April 20 and runs through July.

Peruvian puppeteers, Teatro Hugo & Ines, use mime, dance, puppetry, and the performers’ knees, feet, hands, and elbows. They are performing at HERE from April 21 through April 25.

Friday 10th of April 2015

From Stevie Wonder to art photography to the Tribeca Film Festival, this is a big week for NYC Culture Cravers. Here are our picks of the exciting events opening this week. CRAVE what excites you to keep track — and RATE it once you've been to share your POV.

Explore 400 years of portrait drawings at the Portrait Gallery’s Portraits from the École des Beaux-Arts Paris starting on Friday, April 10. Each week of the exhibition, a different set of four portraits will be hung "in dialogue" with each other in a specially-built room located in the center of the Center’s Main Gallery. 

Looking for a relationship? Head to the High Line for In Search of Someone on Saturday, April 11 between 2 and 5 PM. It features famed DJ duo AndrewAndrew, a matchmaker’s advice, and tarot card readings.

See Stevie Wonder at the Barclays Center on Sunday, April 12.

See one of this week’s new movies. Options include Ex Machina (a smart sci-fi movie), Clouds of Sils Maria (Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart in a movie about an actress in a revival), The Sister Hood of Night (a modern day Salem Witch Trial), and Rebels of the Neon God (in Mandarin with subtitles).

If you’re a fan of the TV show Person of Interest, go to the Paley Center on Monday, April 13. Hear from the series creator, producers, and actors — and who knows? You might get some clues about “the machine.” 

Friday 3rd of April 2015

From hip-hop to Anne Hathaway, it's an exciting week for NYC culture cravers. Here are Culture Craver's favorite events that are opening in the week ahead. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to plan your culture calendar. RATE events once you've seen them. 

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks opens Friday, April 3 at the Brooklyn Museum. It features 160 pages of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s notebooks, along with related works on paper and paintings.

This is the first weekend of Hip-Hop Revolution — an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York of photos taken between 1977 and 1990 that document the emergence of hip hop until its entry into popular culture.

See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include 5 to 7 (Victor Levin’s film about a New Yorker’s affair with a French woman), Cheatin’ (the new Bill Plympton animation that the Times calls a “pulpy, sex-addled opera”), Effie Gray (Emma Thompson’s film about love in Victorian times), Lambert & Stamp (an origin story about the Who), and Woman in Gold (Helen Mirren is an elderly Jewish survivor of World War II who sues the Austrian government for the return of artwork the Nazis stole from her family).

Craving tap dance? Head to the Joyce Saturday or Sunday to see Dorrance Dance: The Blues Project.

Friday 27th of March 2015

It's another exciting week for NYC culture cravers — whether you are craving a Broadway show, affordable art, or a crashcourse in the history of personal computing. CRAVE the events that tempt you to keep track of your cultural "to dos" and RATE them once you've seen them. 

If you want to discover incredible emerging artists, visit the Affordable Art Fair in Chelsea this weekend. There are thousands of works for between $100 and $10,000. It runs through Sunday, March 29.

Fun Home — the new autobiographical musical based on Alison Bechdel’s comics — got largely positive reviews at the Public Theater. It starts previews on Friday, March 27 on Broadway.

The best reviewed new movie coming to cinemas this weekend is While We're Young, an exploration of aging, ambition, and success that stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts.

Craving a story? On Sunday, March 29, six people who have shaped the New York fashion scene over the past five decades will tell stories at MoMA PS1 woven around a specific garment or object. Vestoj Storytelling Salon runs from noon to 6 PM.

In 1955, The Museum of Modern Art staged a landmark survey of modern architecture in Latin America. On the 60th anniversary of that important show, the Museum returns to the region with Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980. It opens on Sunday, March 29.

Thursday 12th of March 2015

It's a big week for Broadway in New York City, as Hand to God, An American in Paris, Finding Neverland, Skylight, It Shoulda Been You, and Gigi open — all in time for the TONY judges to consider them this year. Another highlight is the new Mad Men exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image. Our top picks of the week are below. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE events once you've seen them. 

If you’re a cat person, head to the Japan Society starting Friday, March 13 to see Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection. The exhibition delves into Japan’s feline love affair. It’s divided into five sections: Cats and People, Cats as People, Cats versus People, Cats Transformed, and Cats as Play.

Laurie Simmons: How We See explores the "Doll Girls,” who alter themselves to look like Barbie and Japanese anime characters. It’s at the Jewish Museum through on Friday, March 13 through August 9.

Starting Friday, March 13, take kids aged 7 and up to a psychedelic rock musical version of Pinocchio at the New Victory.

Craving song and dance? An American in Paris — the Gershwin musical film reimagined for the stage — is starting previews on Friday, March 13.

Meghan Trainor — the creator of the super catchy “All About That Bass” — is performing at Irving Plaza on Friday, March 13. 

Take a tour through Don Draper’s life at a new exhibit Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men at The Museum of the Moving Image. It starts Saturday, March 14 and runs through June 14.

Thursday 12th of February 2015

From circus elephants to Helen Mirren on Broadway to Kehinde Wiley, this is a great week for Culture Cravers in NYC. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread buzz. RATE it once you've been.

There's more to the myth of Sisyphus than a man pushing a boulder up a hill. See an opera about the Greek myth at the Abrons Arts Center starting Friday, Feb. 13. It’s by Experiments in Opera. 

Gregory Porter — who won the 2014 Grammy for best jazz vocal album — is coming to The Town Hall on Friday, Feb. 13 night.

Feeling a little bit British? Helen Mirren is Queen Elizabeth II in the highly anticipated West End production of The Audience, which starts previews on Broadway on Friday, Feb. 13.

Explore the Met’s collection of Asian art at Discovering Japanese Art: American Collectors and the Met. Starting Saturday, Feb. 14, the exhibition will tell the story of how the Met built its collection.

Be Tim Gunn’s valentine. On Saturday at 1 PM, head to the Cooper Hewitt for Fashion Therapy 101, where you can hear Gunn discuss the fashion world and support the Cooper Hewitt Design Center in Harlem.

Thursday 5th of February 2015

It's another exciting week for New York City culture cravers — with the opening of On Kawara at the Guggenheim to On the Twentieth Century on Broadway. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread buzz ... and RATE it once you've been.

Craving conceptual art? Starting Feb. 6, see On Kawara: Silence at the Guggenheim. It includes works from the Today series (in which the artist painted the date on a solid background), postcards, maps, calendars, and more.

Starting Friday, learn about two fashion gods, Halston and Yves Saint Laurent, who shaped the looks of the 1970s in a new exhibition at the FIT Museum.

Craving contemporary ballet? It’s time for a brand new dance installation at Cedar Lake Theater on Feb. 6 and 7.

We are sure you’re upset that you have to wait until Valentines Day Weekend to see the much-hyped Fifty Shades of Grey movie. To tide you over, the new movies out this week are Jupiter Ascending with Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis and Ballet 422 — a documentary that takes us backstage at the NYC Ballet with choreographer Justin Peck.

Starting Friday, Feb. 6 see prints by America pop-artist Jim Dine at Senior & Shopmaker Gallery.

Thursday 29th of January 2015

From a new play about the inner workings of the porn industry to a concert consisting of tunes from classic video games, this is quite a week of culture for NYC culture cravers. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread your excitement. RATE events once you've been. 

Starting on Saturday, Jan. 31 see the Civilians’ new play, Pretty Filthy, at the Abrons Arts Center. It’s an inside look at the world of pornography, created after conducting extensive interviews and observations in San Fernando Valley (the “other Hollywood”).

Did you always feel like “Zelda” was an art form? On Saturday, Jan. 31, head to the Beacon Theater for Video Games Live, an immersive concert featuring music from the most popular video games ever — from Donkey Kong to Tetris to Halo.

Do you miss seeing Larry David on TV? Now you can see him on Broadway. His show, Fish in the Dark, starts previews on Monday, Feb. 2.

As we await the final eight episodes of AMC’s The Walking Dead, join the show’s executive producer and cast at a Times Talk. The event itself on Monday, Feb. 2 is sold out already, but if you didn’t snag a ticket, you can watch it streamed online.

Craving drama? Primary Stages presents a new collection of short plays, Lives of The Saints, by David Ives and directed by John Rando starting Tuesday, Feb. 3.

Thursday 15th of January 2015

The Academy announced its nominees this morning for the 2015 Oscars awards. We list the key categories below. How many have you seen? How many are you still craving? You have until Feb. 22 — which is just over five weeks away — to watch everything and get ready to guess the winners. Enjoy!

Best Motion Picture of the Year

Tuesday 13th of January 2015

 

With the Oscars nominations set to be released in only two days, we're looking back through the list of Golden Globe winners to see if there are any hidden clues in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association picks. What were your favorite films of 2014? Which ones are still on your crave list? 

Best Motion Picture — Drama: Boyhood

Best Motion Picture  — Musical or Comedy: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama: Julianne Moore in Still Alice

Tuesday 30th of December 2014

The top New York City Culture of the year was “beguiling,” “brilliant,” and “quite beautiful.”

Culture Craver listed more than 11,500 New York City cultural events over the course of 2014. Now, we’ve crunched the numbers on our Culture Cravers’ reactions to the events of the past year, and we’ve discovered what theater, art, music, and film was most craved and most highly rated.

Here are our top 10 lists for New York City arts and culture of the past year. How many have you seen? And — perhaps more importantly — what are you most excited to see in 2015?

 

10 Most CRAVED CULTURE of 2014 (All Genres):

Cabaret at Studio 54

La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera House

Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera House

If/Then at the Richard Rodgers Theater

 

Thursday 18th of December 2014

If you're not already at maximum Christmastime culture capacity, you can take in more holiday culture this coming week — from a Christmas Carol marathon to the 50th Anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas. And you might not be able to see The Interview, but there are enough new films out this week to plan a personal movie marathon. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE events with a STAR, MEH, or BOMB once you've seen it. 

This is a big week for new movies. There’s the modern-day Annie, the newest Night at the Museum (one of Robin Williams’ final films), Song of the Sea, Into the Woods, Big Eyes (a bizarre and shocking true story of art fraud), Selma (a documentary about the civil rights campaign in 1965), Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, and Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper.

See Nick Lowe — who is best known for his role in the early days of punk — perform a Christmas show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Vijay Iyer: Music of Transformation mixes American jazz and traditional Indian music. See the young pianist at BAM Dec. 18 – 20.

Celebrate the holidays with the New York Philharmonic as it performs “Winter Wonderland,” “O Tannenbaum,” and a medley of Irving Berlin classics on Dec. 19 – 20. Also expect readings by Whoopi Goldberg on the 19th and Mo Rocca on the 20th

Thursday 11th of December 2014

Holiday culture is as plentiful as pine tree sellers in NYC this time of year. From the Nutcracker to holiday concerts to Hansel and Gretel at the Metropolitan Opera, there are MANY options. CRAVE what excites you to rally friends to celebrate the culture of the season with you. Rate events once you've seen them to spread word of mouth. 

This is the last year ever when you’ll be able to see the American Ballet Theatre perform Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker at BAM. Next year, ABT is planning to become bicoastal with a California Nutcracker. Performances start Friday and run through Dec. 21.

Photography has always been social. In Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography at the New York Public Library, take a tour through the history of social photography — in the 1830s through today.

Craving some Monty Python fun? The Collegiate Chorale, Eric Idle, and Carnegie Hall team up to perform "Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy)," a zany spoof on Handel's Messiah, based on "Monty Python's Life of Brian."

Justin Timberlake is stopping at the Barclays Center on Sunday, Dec. 14 as part of his 20/20 Experience tour.

Celebrate the season with the Holiday Concert at the Guggenheim on Sunday and Monday. George Steel conducts the Vox Vocal Ensemble.

Friday 28th of November 2014

We're officially entering the holiday season. There are plenty of opportunities to see The Nutcracker — and even a Panto! CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth about the coolest culture. RATE events once you've seen them to share your culture savvy. 

It’s officially Nutcracker season. Starting on Friday, Nov. 28, you can see The New York City Ballet’s Nutcracker at Lincoln Center. On November 30th, you have two chances to see the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at Hammerstein Ballroom. ABT’s Nutcracker is at BAM from Dec. 12 to Dec. 21.

It’s the 35th anniversary of Bob Marley’s 1979 Apollo debut. Celebrate at the Apollo with One Love! Bob Marley Tribute Concert. It features the Wailers, Third World, Maxi Priest, and Ky-Mani Marley.

Get in the holiday spirit — in British style —  with a holiday panto, PETER PANtomime, at Hunter College’s Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse.

The Imitation Game might be the most promising new movie of the week. It’s stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in the story about English mathematician and logician Alan Turing cracking the German Enigma code during WWII.

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.

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. 

FRIDAY, NOV. 14

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.

SATURDAY, NOV. 15

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.

SUNDAY, NOV. 16

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.

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. 

FRIDAY, OCT. 31

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.

SATURDAY, NOV. 1

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.

SUNDAY, NOV. 2

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.

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. 

FRIDAY, OCT. 24

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.

SATURDAY, OCT. 25

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.  

SUNDAY, OCT. 26

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!

FRIDAY, OCT. 17

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.

SATURDAY, OCT. 18

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.

SUNDAY, OCT. 19

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.

Thursday 9th of October 2014

COMIC CON

If it is October, it is time for both Comic Con and the New Yorker Festival, two events that remind us all why New York is truly the high art and pop art capital of the world. There is plenty to crave this week, and if you have seen anything, be sure to rate in order to get better recommendations!  

FRIDAY, OCT. 10

The New Yorker Festival starts tonight and runs through the weekend. If you were lucky enough to snag tickets, you might see Sting, Mindy Kaling, or Edward Snowden via live video. To get ready, read this fascinating interview with publisher Lisa Hughes about the business of the festival.

If you notice cape-wearing superheroes walking around the far west side, don’t be surprised. It’s New York Comic Con at the Javits Center.

Friday 3rd of October 2014

There's a lot of craveable culture in NYC this week — from Egon Schiele portraits to Molly Ringawald performing jazz to Fall for Dance. Here are Culture Craver's top picks for the week. CRAVE what excites you and RATE it once you've been. 

FRIDAY, OCT. 3

If you’re craving local Brooklyn art, check out the Brooklyn Museum’s new exhibition of art from Bushwick, Bed Stuy, and beyond — Crossing Brooklyn.

SATURDAY, OCT. 4

See what the MoMA deems a “remarkable body of work,” including a disembodied “Untitled Leg” — by Robert Gober in his retrospective, The Heart is Not a Metaphor, at MoMA.

SUNDAY, OCT. 5

At 7:30 PM, see Works & Process - The Kennedy Center: Little Dancer at the Guggenheim. It’s a new musical inspired by the obscure ballerina who posed for the Edgar Degas sculpture Little Dancer (which you can see at the Met Museum).

Thursday 25th of September 2014

This week, New York City culture cravers can explore thousands of books at PS1's Art Book Fair, hear performers' secrets whispered on Pier 45,  see Sting's first musical, or see yet another production of King Lear. CRAVE the events that excite you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE them once you've been. 

FRIDAY, SEPT. 26

Starting Friday, see Everything By My Side, an installation by Argentine artist Fernando Rubio, which features seven actresses in white beds whispering childhood memories to individual audience members.

Take kids age 7+ to see PigPen Theatre’s The Old Man and the Old Moon at the New Victory starting Friday. It includes original music, shadow puppets, lighting, and more.

The DUMBO Arts Festival begins Friday evening from 6 PM to 9 PM, and runs through the weekend. See visual art installations, projections, studio visits, and street performances.

It’s the twelfth annual New York Burlesque Festival this weekend! See more than 100 performers from around the globe.

It’s also the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City. See books from 350 sellers from 28 different countries.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 27

Starting Saturday, there’s a fashion show of kimonos from the 18th Century to today at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Kimono: A Modern History.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 28

On Sunday, see NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand — who is on a mission to get women involved politically — in a conversation with Gloria Steinem at the 92nd Street Y.

Thursday 18th of September 2014

The week ahead is a great one for NYC culture. You can see everything from climate-focused photographs at ICP to On the Town on Broadway to contemporary Brooklyn Art at BRIC House. Here are our top picks. CRAVE the events that excite you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE them once you've seen them. 

FRIDAY, SEPT. 19

Sebastiao Salgado: Genesis opens Friday at the International Center for Photography. His spectacular black and white photographs of wildlife, landscapes, and more raise questions about climate change. The exhibition kicks off a series of events hosted by ICP related to climate change, which coincides with Climate Week NYC (Sept. 22-28), the People’s Climate March on Sept. 21, and the UN Climate Summit on Sept. 23. Check out all of the events, including a lecture by the artist on Saturday at 3 PM and a primer on climate science by Peter deMenocal, a scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory on Monday at 3 PM.

Orly Genger (who created the amazing rope installation at Madison Square Park last year) and James Siena have a new exhibition of works on paper at Sargent’s Daughters on the Lower East Side.

It’s the first weekend of the third edition of Photoville — a photo fest in re-purposed shipping containers in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Wish you were in Italy? Head to little Italy this weekend for the Feast of San Gennaro. It’s the 88th annual festival celebrating the patron saint of Naples — and you’ll find food, music, and parades.  

If you’re craving oysters, check out the lineup of events in honor of Oyster Week this weekend and throughout the week.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 20

It’s the beginning of previews for On the Town, the revival of Leonard Bernstein’s musical about three sailors in New York City.

The BRIC Biennial — which presents work of Brooklyn’s emerging and mid-career visual artists — opens Saturday.

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. 

FRIDAY, SEPT. 5

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.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 6

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.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 7

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.

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. 

FRIDAY, AUG. 22

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.

SATURDAY, AUG. 23

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.

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. 

FRIDAY, AUG. 8

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. 

SATURDAY, AUG. 9

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.

SUNDAY, AUG. 10

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.
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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. 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1

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.

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.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2

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. 

FRIDAY, JULY 25

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.

SATURDAY, JULY 26

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.

SUNDAY, JULY 27

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.

Friday 11th of July 2014

From dance to art to theater to music, this is a great week for culture in NYC. CRAVE the events that excite you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE them with a star, meh, or bomb once you've seen them. 

FRIDAY, JULY 11

This is the first weekend of the East to Edinburgh Festival at 59E59, where you can see innovative productions heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This weekend, you can see Dysfunctional Family Musical, Hi, Hitler, Driving With the Parking Break Up, The Amazing Bubble Man, Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies, Running Into Me, or Naked in Alaska.

Twelfth Night was on Broadway and downtown in the past year. Starting this weekend, it’s also in a parking lot. See Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot’s outdoor, free rendition of Shakespeare’s comedy. It runs through July 26 at 8 PM on Thursdays through Sundays.

Craving the 90s? See Phish on Randall’s Island Friday through Sunday.

Friday 27th of June 2014

There are MANY great options for NYC culture cravers this weekend. Here are our top picks. Remember to CRAVE what excites you and RATE it once you've seen it to help the people who trust you choose better culture. 

FRIDAY, JUNE 27

The big new Jeff Koons retrospective opens at the Whitney on Friday. It’s the last exhibition at the Whitney before the museum moves to its new downtown home. If you want to have an All Koons day, also head to Rock Center, where you can see Split-Rocker, the public art installation by the pop artist that opened this week.

In this era of Instagram, head to the Met Museum to see the pictures of life in NYC and America in the ’50s through the early ’80s by renowned Bronx-born photographer Garry Winogrand. The exhibition begins Friday and runs through September. 

Neil Gaiman reads his story “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains” at Carnegie Hall in a synchronized multimedia storytelling event with illustrations by Eddie Campbell and a live score by the FourPlay String Quartet.

Craving live music and stunning aerial displays? Fuerza Bruta: Wayra, an expanded and updated version of the Argentine spectacle, premiers Friday night at the Daryl Roth Theatre near Union Square.

SATURDAY, JUNE 28

Are you in the mood for a dance party? Head to Central Park between 3 and 7 PM for Club Classics Live! — a free Summer Stage event that recreates dance clubs like Studio 54 and the Paradise Garage. It’s curated and directed by Jason King, the host of NPR’s R&B/soul channel and includes headliners including pop sensation Sam Sparro, house legends Ultra Nate and Kevin Aviance, and more.

If you want to keep dancing, head to Lincoln Center for Midsummer Night’s Swing at 6:30 PM. It’s led by The Band Courtbouillon, a Grammy-winning multi-generational trinity of multi-instrumentalists.

SUNDAY, JUNE 29

It’s Gay Pride Month, and Sunday is the march down Fifth Avenue that bills itself as the biggest Gay Pride Celebration in the world. Find out to get in on the action online.

See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include: Begin Again (by the director of Once), They Came Together, and Transformers 4.

Friday 20th of June 2014

From Jeff Koons at the Whitney to Swing at Lincoln Center, the week ahead is a great one for NYC culture cravers. Here are our top picks. Remember to crave what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. Rate them once you've seen them!

FRIDAY, JUNE 20

It’s from the stage to the big screen this weekend! Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys movie is coming to cinemas, as is Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur.

You can sample more than 70 breweries and more than 150 beers at the NYC Craft Beer Festival Friday and Saturday.

SATURDAY, JUNE 21

It’s officially summertime! Celebrate at Socrates Sculpture Park’s Summer Solstice Celebration with site-specific sound performances encompassing the entire park.

Shakespeare in the Park’s Much Ado About Nothing is underway at the Delacorte through July 6. If you’re craving more Central Park Shakespeare, check out the Boomerang Theatre Company’s A Midsummer Night's Dream near 71st and Central Park West through July 20.

Thursday 1st of May 2014

It's a great week of culture in NYC — from a celebration of Batman's 75th anniversary to fashion at the Met to an array of art fairs starting late in the week. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE what you've seen. 

Friday, May 2

On Friday, see excerpts from new musical Fly By Night at the Guggenheim prior to its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons on May 16.

Craving dance? Check out Cori Olinghouse in the Studio Series at New York Live Arts. It’s an informal public showing.

Saturday, May 3

See one of this week’s new movies. Options include The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Belle, and Water and Power.

Sunday, May 4

Actor and celebrity hairdresser Richard Stein wrote and stars in Cut + Paste, a musical memoir at 5 PM at La Mama, which reveals tricks of the trade.

Monday, May 5

It’s Batman’s 75th birthday! Celebrate the anniversary of his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 at the Paley Center on Monday with a superstar panel of creators and interpreters of Batman moderated by Whitney Matheson, the writer and editor of Pop Candy.

Hear from legendary actress, musician, and dancer Bebe Neuwirth at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on Monday at 6 PM.

Friday 25th of April 2014

There's plenty of evidence in this week's culture lineup that spring is here — from the cherry blossoms and the Sakura Matsuri Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden this weekend to the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's rooftop installation on Tuesday. Remember to CRAVE the events that excite you to keep track and spread word of mouth. Rate them once you've been with a STAR, MEH, or BOMB.

Friday, April 25

In conjunction with Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video at the Guggenheim, the artist will host a weekend of programs in dance, film, literature, music, theater, and visual art. Find the full schedule here.

Craving beer? Hear Brooklyn Brewery Founder Steve Hindy talk with New Belgium Brewing Company CEO Kim Jordan and founder of the American Homebrewers Association Charlie Papazian at the New York Public Library at 7 PM. They’ll discuss how craft brewers forever changed the way the world buys, enjoys, and appreciates beer.

Looking for a King Lear to tide you over between the winter’s BAM rendition with Frank Langella and the upcoming Shakespeare in the Park production, starring John Lithgow as the king? Queens Theatre in the Park presents its own Lear with Terry Layman as the king.

Saturday, April 26

It was a brutal winter, but the cherry blossoms are finally here. Celebrate spring at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s Sakura Matsuri — its annual festival of Japanese culture and cherry blossoms — which is Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 6 PM.  Find a full schedule here.

BAM kids celebrates Earth Day with The Little Prince: Planetary Gardener, an eco-friendly event for families, on Saturday. The morning begins with a live storytelling of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic tale. Participants then contribute to an interactive, illuminated chalkboard mural.

Sunday, April 27

See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include: The Other Woman (in which Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton take revenge on a cheating man), From the Rough (the inspirational story of Catana Starks), and Locke (which the Times bills as “a road movie, but with no rest stops.”)

Friday 18th of April 2014

It's another exciting week of culture in NYC. Here are our top picks of new culture around town. Be sure to CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. Rate events once you've been with a STAR, MEH, or BOMB. 

FRIDAY, APRIL 18

Craving art? Check out a new exhibition of work by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, According to What?, at the Brooklyn Museum or View of Dawn in the Tropics, paintings and sculptures by Julian Schnabel, at Gagosian Gallery on W. 24th Street.

SATURDAY, APRIL 19

See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include Bears — a year documenting two mother bears raising their cubs; Fading Gigolo, about a bookstore employee (with a boss played by Woody Allen) who is driven to prostitution by the faltering economy; Make Your Move, about warring Brooklyn dance clubs; or Transcendence a cautionary story about a computer takeover of planet earth with Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, and Kate Mara.

SUNDAY, APRIL 20

Fifty years have passed since Andy Warhol sparked a scandal at the 1964 World’s Fair by creating a montage of large mug shots of the 13 most wanted criminals of 1962. See the works at the Queens Museum in Andy Warhol's 13 Most Wanted Men and the 1964 World's Fair starting Sunday.

Saturday 12th of April 2014

If you’re craving culture in NYC, this is a great week for you. From Daniel Radcliffe on Broadway to Ai Weiwei at the Brooklyn Museum, there are some great new options. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE it once you’ve been.

Friday, April 11

The Paley Center presents a star-studded sneak peek at FX's highly anticipated original TV adaptation of the Coen brothers' Oscar-winning film, Fargo, Friday in Fargo. TV. Yah?

Craving dance? See Stephen Petronio Company at the Joyce through Sunday evening or Trisha Brown Dance Company at New York Live Arts through Sunday.

If you’re craving photography, head to the Park Avenue Armory for the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) show. More than 75 leading photography galleries are represented; photos will be from 19th century through today.

Friday through Sunday, see what DJ Spooky created during a two-month residency at the Seoul Institute of the Arts. Seoul Counterpoint & Heavenly Code is an audio/visual anthropology, which includes traditional Korean elements and computer-generated visuals. It’s at La MaMa. 

Saturday, April 12

Learn about home brewing at the Pride of Brewing Homebrew Festival at Littlefield in Brooklyn.

Daniel Radcliffe, of Harry Potter fame, is Cripple Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan on Broadway starting Saturday.

Sunday, April 13

Sunday or Monday, head to the Guggenheim to see the world premiere of NYC Ballet dancers performing excerpts of choreographer Justin Peck’s newest work with a score by singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens.

See one of this week’s new movies. Options include Dancing in Jaffa about a renowned ballroom speaker who returns to Jaffa to teach ballroom dancing to Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children; Draft Day — a football movie with Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner; and Hateship Loveship, about a teenager who orchestrates a romance between her nanny (Kristen Wiig) and her father.  

Friday 4th of April 2014

It's a great week in NYC for culture cravers. Optins range from a new Museum of Natural History exhibit on flying dinosaurs to a look back at Frederick Douglass's seminal Pictures and Progress Lecture with Sarah Lewis, Carrie Mae Weems, and Jose Rivera. CRAVE the events that excite you to keept track and spread word of mouth. RATE them once you've seen them. 

FRIDAY, APRIL 4

Kids 4+ (and their grown ups) should head to the New Victory starting today to see Bello Mania — an athletic, inventive clown, who delivers wacky antics and daredevil tricks.

SATURDAY, APRIL 5

Millions of years ago, the skies were ruled by pterosaurs, the first animals with backbones to fly under their own power. In the new exhibition Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural History, see rare fossils and life-size models that bring these ancient animals to life.

The Tribeca Film Festival starts on April 16. Get a sneak peek on Saturday at 3 PM at the Apple Store in SoHo, when six TFF directors chat about their films and debut clips and trailers.

Rodgers and Hammerstein teamed up to make a long list of musical hits. Guest artistic director, writer, and host Ted Chapin joins vocalists to share an insider's perspective on the pair, gleaned from his years with the duo’s families at the 92nd Street Y.

See the young, inventive PigPen Theatre Co.’s mix of folk storytelling, puppetry, clever staging, and live music at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night.

Miley Cyrus is performing at the Barclays Center on Saturday night!

SUNDAY, APRIL 6

See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar (a documentary about nature’s great explorers narrated by Morgan Freeman), and Alan Partridge with Steve Coogan.

Friday 28th of March 2014

It's a great week in New York City for culture cravers. There are new shows (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), new dance (Ailey II), and talks galore (we're craving the one about gossip!) Remember to CRAVE the events that excite you and RATE them once you've seen them to share your point of view. 

Friday, March 28

Starting Friday night, see The Maiden at La Mama. It’s Nerve Tank’s modern take on the myth of Persephone’s abduction by Hades, set in a trailer park nightclub.

Also starting Friday is The Heir Apparent — a comedy about family inheritance — at Classic Stage. The famed John Rando directs.

Saturday, March 29

Neil Patrick Harris comes to Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch — a revival of a musical comedy-drama about a fictional rock band fronted by a German transgendered singer.

Renowned for his genre-defying collaborations, classical tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain delivers brilliant percussion performances that have established him not as one of the world’s most esteemed and influential musicians. See him perform with many other “masters of percussion” at the Theater at Madison Square Garden this Saturday.

Sunday, March 30

See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include Noah (about the flood, starring Russell Crowe and Emma Watson), Cesar Chavez (about the legendary activist), and Sabotage (Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new flick).

Friday 21st of March 2014

There are tons of great options for culture cravers in the week ahead — from Cabaret with Alan Cumming to the National Theatre of China's Richard III. CRAVE the events that excite you to keep track and create buzz. Rate them — with a STAR, MEH, or BOMB — once you've been to share your point of view. 

Friday, March 21

Alan Cumming is reprising his Tony Award-winning performance in Cabaret at Studio 54 starting Friday. 

Saturday, March 22

See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include Rob the Mob with the brilliant Nina Arianda, Muppets Most Wanted, or the YA flick, Divergent.

Sunday, March 23

See the Grammy-winning Emerson String Quartet at Lincoln Center Sunday.

Saturday 15th of March 2014

Craving culture? There are tons of great options in NYC this week — from enormous sculptures at PS1 to of Mice and Men (with James Franco and Leighton Meester) on Broadway. 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, March 14

Do you love The New York Times’ street fashion photographer Bill Cunningham as much as we do? Head to the New York Historical Society starting Friday for Bill Cunningham: The Facades Project, an exhibition of his work from the 1960s and 1970s.

Starting Friday, see La Sonnambula (The Sleepwalker) at the Metropolitan Opera. It’s a love story from the 19th Century with a sleepwalking aria for the heroine.

In The Junket, struggling writer Mike Albo gets a plum freelance gig at a major newspaper. The show (at Culture Project) is a funny, slightly painful account of New York's backbiting media scene.

Saturday, March 15

Starting Saturday, see Robert Heinecken: Object Matter at MoMA. It’s the first retrospective of the groundbreaking work of the LA artist since his death in 2006. The exhibition includes more than 150 works, including the largest display to date of his altered magazines.

Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog, The Book of Grace) brings her drama, Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) — about war, freedom, and love — to the Public Theater. It runs for a week, starting on Saturday.

An appearance by Yo-Yo Ma on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood inspired Esperanza Spalding to become a musician. Saturday night, see the genre-bending Grammy winner perform at the 92nd Street Y.

Saturday at BAMcafé, see Divinity Roxx perform new material and songs from her 2012 album, The Roxx Boxx Experience. She’s toured the world as Beyonce’s bassist, served as a prof at Funk University, and performed alongside Kanye West and Jay Z.

Craving burlesque? Burlesque-a-Pades is the nation's top touring burlesque revue conceived by The World Famous Pontani Sisters. It’s playing at the Cutting Room on Saturday.

Heathers: The Musical. Need we say more? We hope "Big Fun" has its own dance number at this production at New World Stages.

Sunday, March 16

Craving something that is poetic yet grotesque? Head to MoMA PS1 starting Sunday to see Gavin Kenyon: Reliquary Void. It includes bulbous, asymmetric, and enormous sculptures.

The best-reviewed movie of this weekend is called Le Week-end. It’s a bittersweet drama about a British couple revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their relationship, starring Jeff Goldblum, Jim Broadbent, and Lindsay Duncan.

Other great movie options this weekend are The Art of the Steal (not to be confused with the excellent documentary about the Barnes Foundation by the same name). It stars some of your favorite 1980s stars (Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon) in a new art heist flick.

Veronica Mars, adapted from the cult TV show and funded by you on Kickstarter, has the Internet to thank for being created. It hits cinemas this weekend.

Friday 7th of March 2014

This is an amazing week of art fairs, new Broadway shows, and other excitement in the NYC culture sphere. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE it once you've seen it with a STAR, BOMB, or MEH.  

Friday, March 7

Craving art? This is the weekend of art fairs in NYC. Some highlights include the Armory Show on the Hudson River Piers, ADAA at the Park Avenue Armory, Volta in Nolita, Scope in Chelsea, Spring/Break in Nolita, The Independent in Chelsea, (Un)Fair in Hell’s Kitchen, and the Brucennial in the East Village.

There’s an embarrassment of riches in the NYC art world this weekend. The Whitney Biennial kicks off on Friday! It runs through May 25.

The Brooklyn Museum is remembering the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, an exhibition on paintings, sculptures, graphics, and photography from a decade of social and cultural upheaval.

You learned about twerking at the 2013 VMAs from Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus. Now you can see the twerker in chief, Robin Thicke, at Madison Square Garden.

Craving classic rock? The Allman Brothers Band is taking up residence at the Beacon for two full weeks.

Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee James Franco and BAFTA Scotland winner Chris O'Dowd make their Broadway debuts in John Steinbeck...READ MORE's landmark American play, Of Mice and Men this spring (the show starts previews March 19). See them talk about the show and their careers at the TimesCenter Friday evening.

Saturday, March 8

Denzel Washington stars in Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play, Raisin in the Sun, on Broadway starting Saturday night.

Paul Gauguin is known for his modernist painting. Starting Saturday, head to MoMA to see his rarer (but apparently amazing) prints and transfer drawings in Gauguin: Metamorphoses.

Sunday, March 9

See Wes Anderson’s new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, this weekend. It tells the story of Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

Friday 21st of February 2014

If you're craving culture, this is a promising week in NYC — from an ideas fest featuring star actor Bryan Cranston and the historical figures of the Freedom Summer movement to a kid-friendly Measure for Measure. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE events once you've seen them.   

Friday, Feb. 21

See the first comprehensive overview of Italian Futurism in the United States — Reconstructing the Universe — at the Guggenheim Museum starting Friday. It includes more than 300 works created between 1909 and 1944.

If you haven’t seen Ibsen’s classic recently, you can see the Young Vic’s production of The Dollhouse at BAM starting Friday.

Saturday, Feb. 22

Craving opera on an intimate scale? See Rossini’s 1812 comic opera about the accidental switch of two suitcases, Opportunity Makes the Thief, at 59E59 starting Saturday.

See banjo virtuoso Jayme Stone at SubCulture on Saturday.

Sunday, Feb. 23

Meet historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, award-winning actor Bryan Cranston, and leaders of the Freedom Summer movement at America at the Turning Point: Conversations on All the Way, a Sunday afternoon/evening ideas festival related to the new Broadway play.

Have you been hooked to Olympics? Head to Grand Central 1 – 4 PM on Sunday for the Road to Sochi Tour, where you can try out your Olympic skills and meet some athletes.

See Network screened at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens on Sunday and then hear from the New York Times’ Dave Itzkoff and Keith Olbermann about the surprising and dramatic story of how Network made it to the screen in Mad as Hell: The Making of Network.

Craving danger pop? See The Kin Fish Ticket, Oh Honey at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday evening.

Friday 7th of February 2014

This is an amazing week for NYC's culture cravers. Here are our top picks for the week ahead — ranging from All The Way on Broadway with Bryan Cranston to Billy Budd at BAM to the NYC Ballet's Coppelia to the art of Tibet and India at the Met. CRAVE the events that excite you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE them once you've been. 

Friday, Feb. 7

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, see the newest musical about the (opposite of) love, Til Divorce Do Us Part. It starts previews Friday night at DR2. 

Pets dressed to the theme “Crown Jewels Of Fashion” will face the judges at the New York Pet Fashion Show Friday at 6 PM at the Hotel Pennsylvania.

Starting Friday, see Playwright Horizon’s newest show, Stage Kiss, by Sarah Ruhl. It’s billed as a charming romantic tale about when lovers share a stage kiss — or when actors share a real one.

Celebrate the Benjamin Britten centennial celebration at BAM with the Glyndebourne Festival’s production of Billy Budd starting Friday.

If you’re craving jazz, head to Lincoln Center’s Allen Room Friday or Saturday to hear Joshua Redman — who has been making waves in the jazz world for more than 20 years.

If you want to see art by the newest artists in Brooklyn, head to the 2014 Upstart Festival at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange. It’s this Friday and Saturday and features artists with no more than three years of experience showing in NYC. 

Friday 20th of December 2013

This week, if you’re not traveling to far-flung locales or hitting up the holiday shops at Union Square, Grand Central, Bryant Park, or Columbus Circle for last minute gifts, it’s a great time for holiday culture. Here are the top openings and events you should consider:

Anytime this week, see A Christmas Story: The Musical at Madison Square Garden. It was nominated for TONY awards when it came out last year, and this year the reviews are glowing.

You could also check out the Nutcracker — performed by The New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center or the American Ballet Theatre at BAM. For little children, there is the Manhattan Youth Ballet: The Knickerbocker Suite at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center.

Craving trains? Head to the New York Botanical Garden for the Holiday Train Show where classic model trains travel by miniature replicas of New York City landmarks.

Bring kids to see the Russian Christmas musical, The Snow Maiden, at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 4 PM. It includes traditional Russian songs, dances, and costumes.

Thursday 12th of December 2013

The week ahead is full of circus, hobbits, magic flutes, and more. Crave the culture that excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. Rate events once you've seen them. And enjoy!

FRIDAY, DEC. 13

Craving the holidays? See the Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker at NYU’s Skirball Center. It runs from Friday through Sunday.

See Portraits of New York Chinatown starting Friday at the Museum of Chinese in America. The project started as an oral history of communities in Chinatown, Little Italy, and SoHo.

SATURDAY, DEC. 14

Craving Christmas carols? Head to St. John the Divine 7 – 9 PM on Saturday for the annual Cathedral Christmas Concert. Ottorino Respighi’s Land to the Nativity is the centerpiece of the concert.  

Have you ever wanted to be serenaded by union members? On Saturday evening, you can hear the New York City Labor Chorus — with 75 members representing more than 20 unions — perform at the Peoples’ Voice Café at the Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist.

See The Nutcracker Circus Suite performed with circus, theater, and modern interaction performed by Vertical Aerial Arts. It’s at Galapagos Art Space through Dec. 21.

Learn about samurai training methods — and see onstage demonstrations — at Japanese Martial Arts at the Japan Society at 6:30 PM.

SUNDAY, DEC. 15

See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include American Hustle (with Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Adams), The Hobbit: There and Back Again, and Saving Mr. Banks (about Walt Disney trying to get the rights to Mary Poppins).

Friday 6th of December 2013

NYC is bursting this week with art, theater, dance, opera, music, and talks. Here are our top picks for new events in the week ahead. Be sure to crave what excites you to keep track and spread buzz — and rate it once you've seen it!

Friday, Dec. 6

Starting Friday, see Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s at the Whitney. It includes celebrity photos taken during Steichen’s tenure as chief photographer for Condé Nast, as well as shots for ad campaigns and nature shots.

Starting Friday see Verdi’s final opera, Falstaff, at the Metropolitan Opera.

Saturday, Dec. 7

Girls (still) just want to have fun! Cyndi Lauper is back — at the Beacon — and performing songs from her new album, “She’s So Unusual.”

Starting Saturday, See Isaac Mizrahi’s Peter & the Wolf at the Guggenheim. The designer narrates while the Julliard Ensemble plays.

Sunday, Dec. 8

See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include Out of the Furnace with Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, and Zoe Saldana; Inside Llewyn Davis about a young ‘60s folk singer in Greenwich Village; or Paradise: Hope, the story of an overweight 13 year old and her first love.

On Sunday afternoon, Paul Giamatti will lead a cast of actors including Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey and Mara Wilson of Matilda the movie in A Splendiferous Afternoon of Roald Dahl at Symphony Space.

On Sunday evening, see the amazing Cristin Milioti — who played “Girl” in Once and just joined the cast of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother perform at Joe’s Pub.

Friday 15th of November 2013

There is so much to do and see in NYC this week — from the start of the Holiday Train Show at the NY Botanical Garden to Kanye West at Barclays Center and MSG to Jewels by JAR at the Met. CRAVE what excites you to spread word of mouth and RATE it once you've seen it to share your point of view. 

FRIDAY, NOV. 15

See The (Curious Case of The) Watson Intelligence starting Friday night at Playwrights Horizons. It’s about a time jumping Watson (Sherlock Holmes’ companion, the engineer who built Bell’s first telephone, a supercomputer, and a modern-day techno dweeb).

Thursday 7th of November 2013

There's so much to do and see in NYC this week! Remember to CRAVE the events that excite you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE them once you've seen them with a STAR, MEH, or BOMB.

FRIDAY, NOV. 8

WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath starts Friday at the Brooklyn Museum. It includes more than 400 images, albums, and camera equipment from conflicts over the past 165 years.

Craving abstract expressionism? Willem de Kooning opens at the Gagosian Gallery on Friday. It runs through December 21.

Craving Yayoi Kusama? See 30 new paintings by the Japanese artist at the three David Zwirner galleries on W. 19th Street. There is an opening from 6 – 8 PM.

Celebrate the career of one of the most influential living comic artists at Art Spiegelman's Co-Mix: A Retrospective. It’s at the Jewish Museum starting Friday and running through March 24.

SATURDAY, NOV. 9

The Queens Museum is reopening after a two-year, $69 million renovation and expansion (here’s the New York Times story about the reopening). Visit to see the new space and the newly opened exhibitions — including Peter Schumann: The Shatterer and New York City Building Time Lapse, 2009 - 2013: Photographs by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao.

SUNDAY, NOV. 10

See one of the weekend’s new movies.Options include: Thor: The Dark WorldThe Armstrong LieAss BackwardsBest Man Down, and A Case of You

Friday 1st of November 2013

There is so much craveable culture in NYC this week — from an Italian puppet show of Sleeping Beauty to Kaws at Mary Boone Gallery to Kate Weare at BAM. Get out and enjoy! Remember to CRAVE what looks good to keep track and spread your excitement. RATE events once you've seen them with a STAR, MEH, or BOMB to share your point of view and help your friends make better decisions.  

FRIDAY, NOV. 1

Stay in the Halloween Spirit with a talk Friday night On Vampires at BAM with Joan Acocella.

If you have a child (7+) see Sleeping Beauty at the New Victory starting Nov. 1 and running through Nov. 10. It is the creation of the Carlo Colla & Sons Marionette Company.

SATURDAY, NOV. 2

Craving tap mixed with jazz, hip-hop, R&B, neo-soul, rock, and funk? Dancer Savion Glover is performing at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday at 8 PM.

See They Might Be Giants at Terminal 5 on Saturday evening.

Craving enormous sculpture? Starting Saturday, see a new Kaws exhibition at Mary Boone Gallery in Chelsea.

SUNDAY, NOV. 3

See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include Ender’s Game, Last Vegas, and About Time.

Friday 25th of October 2013

There is so much culture in NYC this week — from Christopher Wool at the Guggenheim to ABT at Lincoln Center to the Halloween Parade in the Village. What are you craving? Remember to CRAVE the events that excite you to create buzz and keep track. Rate them once you've seen them with a STAR (loved it), MEH (neutral), or BOMB (not for me). 

FRIDAY, OCT 25

The post-conceptual art of Christopher Wool goes on display at the Guggenheim starting Friday. The retrospective of paintings, photographs, and works on paper is scheduled to run through Jan. 22, 2014.

Ethan Hawke is Macbeth starting Friday evening in a new production directed by Jack O'Brien at Lincoln Center.

If you’re craving clowns, aerialists, jugglers, acrobats, contortionists, and more, it’s your lucky day! The Big Apple Circus is coming to town. It is scheduled to run at Lincoln Center through Jan. 12, 2014.

 

SATURDAY, OCT. 26

Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot are running in rep on Broadway! Waiting for Godot begins on Saturday and No Man’s Land begins on Thursday, Oct. 31. The plays star Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley.

 

SUNDAY, OCT. 27

Starting Sunday, see Brooklyn’s newest public art, Just Two of Us at MetroTech Center. Katharina Grosse’s installation will look like brightly colored meteor debris through September 2014.

Thursday 17th of October 2013

There is so much amazing culture on the horizon in NYC. Remember to CRAVE the events that excite you — to spread buzz and keep track. RATE them once you've seen them. 

FRIDAY, OCT. 18

Starting Friday, see The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters at Playwrights Horizons. It’s a new play by Marlane Meyer and directed by Lisa Peterson.

Janelle Monáe is one of the best new R&B artists on the scene in a long time, and her debut album, Metropolis: The Chase Suite, was soulful, but with a distinctly futuristic bent. Check her out at the Apollo on Friday.

SATURDAY, OCT. 19

Looking for some kid-friendly seasonal fun? Head to Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City from 11 AM – 3 PM on Saturday for the Halloween Harvest Festival.

Craving art, in its natural environment? Head to Gowanus for the annual Gowanus Open Studios, where the artists working in former factories, warehouses, and studio buildings invite the public to visit their studios, see their work, and chat.

Are you excited about icons (or are you one)? Saturday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be the first-ever art museum to run at TEDx conference on the theme of “icons.” Speakers will include artists, choreographers, historians, scientists, and curators. It’s $100 for a ticket, or you can watch the livestream.

If you’re a foodie, there’s a perfect series of talks for you on Saturday at the New York Times Center. Hear from Mario Batali and Michael Symon at 11, Emeril Lagasse at 1, David Bouley at 3, and Alex Atala and David Chang at 5. The Times restaurant critics are talking at 7, but that’s already sold out at the time of posting.

Craving Shakespeare? Twelfth Night and Richard III are playing in rep on Broadway this season with a starry (all male) British cast. Richard III starts Saturday night.

SUNDAY, OCT. 20

If you’re in the mood for a scare, head to the remake of Carrie, which comes to cinemas this weekend. Another great option this weekend is 12 Years a Slave, which is getting great reviews.

MONDAY, OCT. 21

Fiona Apple is performing songs from her new album, The Idler Wheel, at the Beacon Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday is already sold out, so if you’re craving Fiona, get your tickets ASAP.

Friday 11th of October 2013

 

New York City is bursting with amazing cultural events this week — from the Art in Odd Places Festival on 14th Street to the Mike Kelley retrospective at PS 1 and MoMA to Twelfth Night on Broadway. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. Rate events once you've seen them with a STAR (loved it), MEH (neutral), or BOMB (not for me). Happy craving!

Friday, Oct. 11

Friday is the kickoff of this year’s Art in Odd Places Festival. At 6 PM, head to Pedro Albizu Campos Plaza in the East Village to see a selection of the festival projects. The festival runs through Oct. 20, with events along 14h Street from Avenue C to the Hudson River. The full schedule is on the AIOP website.

Craving opera? Starting Friday and through Oct. 31, see A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Metropolitan Opera.

Revisit the path breaking 1913 Armory Show on its 100th anniversary. Starting Friday, the New York Historical Society will revisit the show from an art historical point of view — and shed new light on how New Yorkers responded. The Armory Show at 100: The New Art Spirit will run through Feb. 23, 2-14.

Tonight or Saturday, see La Poeme at New York Live Arts — a multidisciplinary dance performance focused on the female body.

Craving jazz with some serious attitude? Philadelphia-based pianist and bandleader Orrin Evans honors the jazz giant Thelonious Sphere Monk at Monk Birthday Celebration at Smoke.

Thursday 3rd of October 2013

There's so much to do and see in New York City in the week ahead. CRAVE the events that excite you to spread word of mouth about the culture that excites you. STAR, BOMB, and MEH them once you've seen them. The goal? Discovering more culture you'll love — and guiding others with your good taste!

 

Friday, Oct. 4

A kid-friendly production of Peter Pan (for those 7 and older) starts Friday at the New Victory Theater. It’s the creation of Belvoir, one of Australia’s most celebrated theaters.

In November, half a century will have passed since President Kennedy’s assassination. A new exhibition at the International Center of Photography, JFK November 22, 1963: A Bystander’s View of History includes photos by professional photojournalists and bystanders. It strives to demonstrate the important role of photography in negotiating trauma and facilitating mourning.

Feeling urban and erudite? The New Yorker Festival is October 4 – 6 at venues across New York City. There are so many amazing talks and special events — from a discussion of the God Particle to Morning at the Frick to the Cartoon Caption Game

 

Saturday, Oct. 5

Harold and the Purple Crayon — a Dance Adventure based on Crockett Johnson's classic children’s book might make a perfect afternoon for young readers and dance lovers. It’s at NYU and only through the weekend.

Craving music and movement, rhythm and lyric? See Aparna Ramaswamy: Sannidhi at Pace’s Schimmel Center for the Arts on Saturday at 7:30 PM.

Alexis Ohanian (who founded Reddit) hosts a web series in which he interviews tech entrepreneurs about their innovations and careers. On Saturday at 2 PM, learn from the entrepreneur and rising media star at the Paley Center’s PaleyFest: Small Empires with Alexis Ohanian.

 

Sunday, Oct. 6

See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include Gravity (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in outer space) and Parkland (a historical drama recounting JFK’s assassination, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the murder). 

Thursday 26th of September 2013

 Photo by: Jack Jordan, Jr. (1917-1998) © Cade J. Campbell

 

There is so much to do and see in New York City this week — sandwiched by the DUMBO arts festival this weekend and the New Yorker Festival next weekend. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. Rate the culture you've seen. And (obviously) have fun. 

 

FRIDAY, SEPT. 27

Robert Motherwell: Early Collages starts Friday at the Guggenheim. It features nearly sixty artworks and examines the American artist's origins and his engagement with collage. It runs through January 5, 2014.

Craving a studio visit, large-scale projections, poetry, or street performances? Go to DUMBO for the (free) annual Dumbo Arts Festival at and around Brooklyn Bridge Park. The festival puts the work of more than 500 artists on display Friday evening (6 PM – 9 PM), Saturday (noon – 9 PM), and Sunday (noon – 6 PM).

This is a big year for Romeo and Juliet in New York City. Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad are starring in a mixed-race version on Broadway (which got a lot of BOMBS from the critics), and the Classic Stage Company starts its 2013-14 season with the Shakespearean classic on Friday evening.

Bastille is a British alternative rock band. Their album “Bad Blood” entered the UK albums chart at No. 1 this year and remained in the top 20 for several weeks. The US version of the album is coming out this month. They perform at 9 PM at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

The Suburbs, from Minneapolis, formed and began playing original material in the fall of 1977. Their sound is influenced by everyone from the Rolling Stones to Karlheinz Stockhausen. They perform at the Mercury Lounge at 7:30 PM Friday. 

How do you get from an Italian talent show to New York City? Find out Friday evening at 7:30 when Il Volo, a trio of Italian pop-opera teenage singers, performs at Radio City Music Hall.

 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 28

Interested in the story behind the story in the films you love? Dante Ferretti has been the production designer for more than 50 feature films, 24 operas, and more than a dozen TV, museum, fashion events, and festivals. Starting Saturday and through February 9, see Dante Ferretti: Design and Construction for the Cinema at the Museum of Modern Art.

Love reading Grisham novels? A Time to Kill is a stage version of the best-selling novel, which opens Saturday on Broadway at the John Golden Theater. The book was adapted for the stage by Rupert Holmes. Stars include Sebastian Arcelus, Fred Thompson, and John Douglas Thompson.

Starting Saturday evening, see The Nose — an opera about a bureaucrat’s search for his missing nose — at Lincoln Center.

Craving reggae? Jimmy Cliff is performing at Webster Hall on Saturday evening at 7:30 PM.

Friday 13th of September 2013

There is so much to do and see this week in the NYC culturesphere. Crave what excites you and rate what you've seen to keep track of what you love — and to create buzz about great work.

Friday, September 13

Picturing Central Park opens Friday at the Museum of the City of New York. It features work by Janet Ruttenberg, the artist, is in her ’80s. This is her first museum exhibition.

Saturday, September 14

Let’s go fly a kite (in Brooklyn) at the Brooklyn Kite Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Bring your own kite or get one once you arrive, Saturday from 10 AM – 1 PM.

Visit New Photography 2013 at MoMA starting Saturday. It includes recent work by eight international artists, including Adam Broomberg, Oliver Chanarin, Brendan Fowler, Annette Kelm, Lisa Oppenheim, Anna Ostoya, Josephine Pryde, and Eileen Quinlan.

Sunday, September 15

Starting Sunday, see Chagall: Love, War, and Exile at the Jewish Museum. It includes paintings, works on papers, and selected letters, poems, photos, and ephemera.

See one of this weekend’s new movies. Good choices include The Family, with Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, and Tommy Lee Jones, Wadjda about a rebellious young girl in Riyadh, and Mother of George about a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn (it won an award at this year's Sundance Film Festival for cinematography).

Friday 6th of September 2013

There is so much to do and see in NYC this week (even if you don't have a pass to Fashion Week). CRAVE the events that excite you to bookmark and spread word of mouth. RATE what you've seen to share your point of view. 

Friday, Sept. 6

Starting Friday, see Iran Modern at the Asia Society. It focuses on Iranian art created during the three decades leading up to the 1979 revolution. Read the Wall Street Journal’s preview to know what to expect.

If you want to learn about colonization, racial diversity and economic disparity in South Africa, visit Yossi Milo Gallery for the new exhibition of photographs, Peter Hugo: Kin. There is an opening reception from 6 – 8 PM.

Tonight through Sunday, check out a public works, musical adaptation of The Tempest at the Delacorte in Central Park. It will showcase 200 New Yorkers from all five boroughs, who will share the stage with professional actors and community partners.

If you’re craving a modern twist on ballet, head to City Center for the New Chamber Ballet Friday or Saturday.

Thinking of reliving high school? Depeche Mode is playing at the Barclays Center on Friday.

Saturday, Sept. 7

Excited about Iran Modern and want to learn more? Starting Saturday, the Asia Society kicks off New Sounds of Iran, a series of concerts presented in conjunction with the exhibition, at 8 PM.

Sunday, Sept. 8

See one of this weekend’s new movies. Good options include Populaire, about a girl in the ’50s who learns she is a incredibly speedy typist, and Salinger, a documentary that looks at the reclusive author.

Monday, Sept. 9

On Monday at 7 PM, attend a TimesTalk with writer/producer/actor Ricky Gervais. He’ll discuss his career and his upcoming show Derek, which debuts in September on Netflix.

Excited for Anna Nicole, the opera about the flamboyant life and tragic death of Anna Nicole Smith? It comes to BAM on September 17, but on Monday, you can see excerpts and discussion between composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Richard Thomas and former Royal Opera director Elaine Padmore at the Guggenheim’s works in progress series.

Friday 30th of August 2013

Chief of Staff H.R. “Bob” Haldeman, one of the amateur filmmakers whose Super 8 footage is showcased. He films his assistant filming him at the Great Wall of China (February 1972). Photo Credit: Super 8 film still, Dipper Films. Courtesy of: Cinedigm.

 

By JENNA BOND

Special to Culture Craver

On August 8, 1974, after two years of bitter public debate over the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon announced on television that he would resign. And despite the television specials, best-selling books, and films that followed that national moment, secrets and abstractions continued to obscure parts of the story.

This weekend, Our Nixon opens in theaters. It’s a peculiar sort of documentary, offering a whole new perspective on Nixon. Rather than dissecting the facts, the film attempts to give audiences a sense of what that White House felt like — and who the people who would mastermind the scandal were.

This approach of looking at the personal side of public figures and public scandal makes sense. It’s what Ted Widmer, the former White House speechwriter for Bill Clinton, did when he made historical figures, from Patrick Henry to Frederick Douglass, seem thoroughly modern and relatable in revisiting their greatest speeches in his 2006 book. Widmer’s lesson — that history is understood best when it’s personal — is taken to heart by the creators of Our Nixon.

This focus on the personal and a healthy sense of curiosity created Our Nixon.

Co-producer Brian L. Frye found out that there were never before seen Super 8 home videos shot by H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin recovered by the FBI during the Watergate investigation. He and the film’s director and co-producer, Penny Lane, spent $18,000 to make copies of the footage. Frye and Lane then sat down to see what life was like for the three men who would become the White House’s most notorious staffers. Surprisingly, it was rather normal and unpresumptuous.

“My first reaction was, ‘Oh wow, the colors are really beautiful.’  I also realized immediately that the three men making these little movies, each one is smiling into the camera. You realize these are humans,” Lane said in an interview for Culture Craver.

Friday 30th of August 2013

It's the end of summer and the start of fall in New York City — time to enjoy some of the final outdoor events of the season ... and get in gear for a wave of art exhibitions, new Broadway shows, and other exciting cultural experiences. CRAVE what excites you. RATE IT once you've seen it!

Friday, August 30

Craving electronic music? This Labor Day weekend, from Friday through Sunday, head to Randall’s Island Park for the fifth annual Electric Zoo, which has an extensive and exciting lineup.

Saturday, August 31

Do you feel sometimes that one is better than two? This weekend, it’s time for the NYC Unicycle Festival on Governors Island. From noon to 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday, watch races and competitions — or try it yourself.

Sunday, Sept. 1

See one of this week’s new movies. Great options include: Our Nixon, an all-archival documentary using home movies created by top Nixon aides or I Declare War, about a group of kids whose game of Capture the Flag turns serious. Unless you’re a tween girl, avoid Morgan Spurlock’s new fawning documentary, One Direction: This Is Us, about the boy band.

Friday 23rd of August 2013

Warner Bros. announced this week that Ben Affleck would be the next Batman, following a long line of actors to play the caped hero — from Adam West to Michael Keaton to Val Kilmer to George Clooney to the most recent, Christian Bale.

The Internet erupted with commentary: The New York Post reports that fans are furious. BuzzFeed is reporting that the Internet is fighting about the casting decision. CNN pointed out that "Affleck's name wasn't even on The Hollywood Reporter's list of possible Batmans two weeks ago, when it speculated Ryan Gosling or Josh Brolin were likely candidates."

We're kind of surprised that this casting decision has provoked so much controversy. Below is a quick comparison of Affleck and his predecessor. We're wondering: are you craving this upcoming sequel to Man of Steel, which is due out in July 2015? 

Age: 39

Career Start: Appeared in a TV movie, Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna, at age 12

Academy Award: Best Supporting Actor in The Fighter

Superhero Acting Experience: Batman

On acting"Being misunderstood is not a bad thing as an actor. I know the truth."

Personal life: He and wife Sibi Blažić have one daughter

Age: 41

Career Start: Child actor in PBS's The Voyage of Mimi

Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting and Best Picture for Argo

Superhero Acting Experience: Daredevil

On acting: "(As) a director who is a writer, I have respect for writers, so I’m less likely to step on an idea or a line."

Personal life: he and wife Jennifer Garner have two daughters and a son

Friday 23rd of August 2013

1. Craving opera? Starting Saturday, attend the Met Opera’s Summer HD Festival. It’s a 10-day festival where the Met screens popular operas out on the plaza. The festival starts with Verdi’s La Traviata on Saturday evening and Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor.

2. If you’re craving free music and art — not to mention food trucks — head to AfroPunk in Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn Saturday and Sunday.

3. See a movie under the stars:

- On Friday, see The Karate Kid at the Intrepid, The Adventures of Tintin at Hudson River Park’s RiverFlicks for kids at Pier 46, or Hook in Central Park’s Sheep’s Meadow

- On Saturday, see Inception at Roosevelt Island or Silver Linings Playbook at Sheep’s Meadow

- On Sunday, see The Shining at Sheep’s Meadow or Fame at Habana Outpost

4. See one of this weekend’s new releases. The World’s End (about friends who discover an alien invasion on a pub crawl in their home town) is getting great reviews. If you’re craving something Harry Potter-esque, check out The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

5. See Romeo & Juliet on Broadway — starring Orlando Bloom (who’s white) and Condola Rashad (who’s black). Previews start on Saturday night.

Friday 16th of August 2013

The new documentary Cutie and the Boxer is receiving rave reviews. It is about the 40-year (sometimes tumultuous) romance of Ushio Shinohara and Noriko Shinohara, both New York City-based artists. Mrs. Shinohara told The Wall Street Journal that the film is too focused on the love than the tumult: "It's still too sweet," she said. "Our life is more struggling and more bitter." 

To help you prepare for the romantic highs and lows — and the art — here are quick bios and examples of work by the stars of the documentary: 

Ushio Shinohara

He was born in Japan in 1932. In the 1950s, he started making "boxing paintings," using a performative process of painting that involved dressing as a boxer and boxing with paint or ink on paper or canvas. In 1960, he co-founded the Neo Dada movement, which emphasized improvised artistic performance and production as well as found object assemblages. He moved to NYC in 1969. It was supposed to be for a short time, but he stayed and is still living and working here. The artist's work has been displayed at the Guggenheim, the Japan Society, the Museum of Contemporary Art in LA, and globally. 

Pink and Thalo Green on Yellow, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas:

Friday 16th of August 2013

As we enter the final weeks of summer, we offer a list that mixes new events and ongoing events that are closing soon and that you don't want to miss. Remember to CRAVE what excites you and RATE what you've seen with a STAR (loved it), MEH (neutral), or BOMB (hated it). 

1. Craving new, cutting-edge theater? We’re in the midst of the Fringe Festival in New York City. We have some picks, or you could choose at random and you’ll probably both discover something new and have some fun.

2. On Saturday morning, from 7 AM to 1 PM, don’t miss your last chance to see Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Voice Tunnel, an interactive art sound and light installation in the Park Avenue Tunnel between 33rd and 40th Street.

3. On Saturday afternoon, watch sand architects and designers build unbelievable castles at Coney Island’s Sand Sculpting Contest. It’s on the Beach and Boardwalk, W. 10th – W. 12th streets.

4. See one of the week’s new movies. We recommend:

Cutie and the Boxer. The New York Times’ A.O. Scott writes that it’s a “cleareyed and touching” New York love story about two married artists, Ushio Shinohara and Noriko Shinohara, over 40 years.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler. It stars Oprah, which is probably enough reason to see it. If you need more, try this: It’s about a butler who served in the White House for eight presidents.

5. Party like it’s the 1920s at the Jazz Age Lawn Party at Governors Island on Saturday and Sunday. The event features live music, dance performances, and food. Tickets are a must.

Wednesday 14th of August 2013

Will Ashton Kutcher be as inspirational in the new movie Jobs as Steve Jobs was in real life? You be the judge. To help you get started, we've gathered up our 11 favorite quotes and videos of the pioneer of personal computing and the inventor of the iPhone and the iPad.

 

On Connecting the Dots of Life

"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."

"Sometimes life's going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith."

— Stanford Commencement Speech, 2005 (if you haven't watched the whole speech, stop reading this list of quotes, and go watch!)

 

On Paying for Content

"Our position from the beginning has been that eighty percent of the people stealing music online don't really want to be thieves. But that is such a compelling way to get music. It's instant gratification. You don't have to go to the record store; the music's already digitized, so you don't have to rip the CD. It's so compelling that people are willing to become thieves to do it. But to tell them that they should stop being thieves – without a legal alternative that offers those same benefits – rings hollow. We said, "We don't see how you convince people to stop being thieves unless you can offer them a carrot – not just a stick." And the carrot is: We're gonna offer you a better experience...and it's only gonna cost you a dollar a song."

 

On Creativity

"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they've had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that's too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have."

Steve Jobs: The Next Insanely Great Thing, Wired Interview with Gary Wolf

Friday 9th of August 2013

 

There's so much craveable culture in NYC this week between the Fringe Festival, two new exhibitions at MoMA, a modern dance festival, and tons of music. Remember to crave what excites you and rate what you've seen with a star, meh, or bomb. Here are our top culture picks for the week ahead:  

Friday, August 9

Craving new, cutting-edge theater? Good because it’s time for the 2013 Fringe Festival! Fringe is the largest arts festival in North America, with more than 200 companies performing in more than 20 venues through August 28. It’s hard to guess what you’ll love, so experiment and sample (and ask your friends to crave and rate on Culture Craver to help guide you).

Starting Friday, see Keith Haring: All Over at the New York Historical Society. It features everyday items that were transformed by the New York artist.

If you’re craving contemporary ballet, head to the Joyce on Friday or Saturday evenings to see the Bay Area’s Company C perform as part of the Ballet v6.0 Festival.

At 6:30 PM see the Vau de Vire Society and the Hungry March Band, a steam-punk underground circus for free at Lincoln Center Out of Doors. Or at 7:30, see the rock goddess Amanda Palmer perform in Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park.

Saturday, August 10

Starting Saturday, go to MoMA for the museum’s first major exhibition of sound art, Soundings: A Contemporary Score.

At 3 PM, head to Socrates Sculpture Park to see a Dance at Socrates, a performance by the week’s artist in residence, Gleich Dancers.

Saturday or Sunday, attend the 30th Annual roots of American Music at Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

Sunday, August 11

Starting Sunday, check out American Modern at MoMA. It features American art from the first half of the 1900s, drawn from the museum’s collection. You’ll see masterworks by George Bellows, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Andrew Wyeth, and more.

Or see one of this weekend’s new movies. Good options include: Chennai Express, an Indian romantic journey, Prince Avalanche, an indie buddy flick, or Elysium, a post-apocalyptic Earth story with Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.

Friday 2nd of August 2013

There is so much to do and so much to see in the NYC culture sphere this week. Here are Culture Craver’s top picks for the week ahead:

Friday, Aug. 2

See one of this weekend’s new movies. A lot of people are already STARRING The Spectacular Now, a coming of age story, on Culture Craver.

Or, if you missed the original Sharknado on SyFy, see it on the big screen tonight at midnight, courtesy of Fathom. While you’re at it, read this article about the rise of intentionally bad movies.

Saturday, Aug. 3

From 7 AM to 1 PM, visit Voice Tunnel, an art installation in the Park Avenue Tunnel that runs from 33rd Street to 40th Street as part of Summer Streets. Here are some extras we pulled together to help you prepare for what promises to be one of the most unique art experiences of the summer.

Saturday at 11 AM, tour City Hall park with Gordon Linzner, an urban historian, and then learn about the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO on a historic walk called Brooklyn Bridge and Beyond. If you miss this one, the 92nd Street Y is hosting others (September 8 and October 6).  

Saturday from noon to 5 PM, there’s a Long Island City Block Party, hosted by the Sculpture Center. You’ll find a social media photo booth, donut making, third eye face painting, thaumatrope making with the Museum of the Moving Image (it’s pretty cool; look