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 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.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway — starting Michael C. Hall and directed by Michael Mayer — was the most craved event of the year. Eat, Drink & Be Literary, the author series at BAM, was the most highly rated, receiving all stars (and not even one “meh” rating) from attendees.
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):
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Did you know that Herman Melville was born right here in New York City 195 years ago? The second Moby-Dick Marathon NYC — which commemorates the publication of the classic — starts at the Ace Hotel at 6 PM on Friday. It continues at the Seaport Museum on Saturday and the Housing Works Bookstore on Sunday.
Craving folk? Ani DiFranco is performing at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday or neo-folk artist Suzanne Vega is at Joe’s Pub.
Starting Saturday, see Making Music Modern at MoMA, which gathers designs for auditoriums, instruments, and equipment for listening to music to examine the intersection between music and design in the 20th Century.
ALT-J — the English indie rock band named after the keyboard commands for the delta sign — is performing at the Beacon on Sunday.
See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include Foxcatcher (a boxing flick with Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, and Vanessa Redgrave), The Homesman (with Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, and Grace Gummer), and Jon Stewart’s Rosewater.
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.
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.
On Saturday, see Grammy-winning trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and his New Orleans Jazz Orchestra at the Apollo.
Starting Sunday, see “repetitions” by Elaine Sturtevant, the American artist known for “repeating” the works of others — starting with Warhol and Johns. She died in May and Sturtevant: Double Trouble is the first comprehensive survey of her work.
See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include Interstellar (Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain use a newly discovered wormhole to take an interstellar voyage); Disney Animation’s latest movie, Big Hero 6; or a new documentary, National Gallery, which takes you inside one of the world’s great museums.
Thursday 30th of October 2014
Whether you're craving El Greco or Picasso, New Orleans Jazz or modern dance, there's plenty of craveable culture for you in NYC this week. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE events once you've been.
Jacqueline Roque inspired her husband Pablo Picasso in the last two decades of his life. Pace Gallery’s W. 25th Street and E. 57th Street locations will present Picasso & Jacqueline: The Evolution of Style starting on Friday, which includes paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and ceramics, all depicting Jacqueline.
Helena Rubenstein was born in a small town in Poland in 1872 and rose to become a global icon at the helm of an international cosmetics icon. Learn about her at the Jewish Museum’s Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power, which starts Friday and runs through March. The New York Times calls the exhibition "a master class in modernism-as-marketing."
In the evening, put on your costume and head to the Village for the 41st Annual Halloween Parade. It starts at 7 PM.
If you’re not out trick-or-treating, head to Broadway, where you can see Hugh Jackman in The River, Jez Butterworth’s new play that sold out in London two years ago.
As part of Carnegie Hall’s UBUNTU: Music an Arts of South Africa, the Paley Center’s Spotlight on South Africa this weekend will include screenings of South African TV shows, as well as a screening of Mama Africa, a documentary about Makeba’s life and career.
Would you like a little marimba with your Mozart? Starting Saturday, see Mozart’s Magic Flute reimagined by the Isango Ensemble of South Africa at the New Victory.
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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.
Starting Friday, see Judith Scott: Bound and Unbound at the Brooklyn Museum. Scott used yarn, thread, fabric, and other fibers to envelop found objects into bundled structures.
As Halloween approaches, it’s time for a spooky immersion event. Take kids 8 years old and up to The Haunting of Ichabod Crane, which is based on Washington Irving’s classic and performed at the Park Avenue Armory from Sept. 25 – 30.
Or see DJ Spooky (the composer, multimedia artist, and writer) himself at the Asia Society in Electric Imaginary.
Are you an artist ready to throw in the towel? Starting Sunday, bring your work to PS1 and sign a pledge: “I PROMISE NEVER TO MAKE ART AGAIN.” It’s all part of Art Amnesty, an exhibition by the British contemporary artist, writer, and advocate, Bob and Roberta Smith.
See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include Force Majeure (about a family confronting an avalanche while on a ski vacation), Citizenfour (an Edward Snowden documentary), Laggies (with Keira Knightley), and John Wick (Keanu Reeves is an ex-hit man who comes out of retirement to track down gangsters).
Friday 17th of October 2014
From the Cubism show at the Met to an immersive sound installation at PS1 to A Delicate Balance on Broadway, there is plenty of new craveable culture hitting NYC this week. Be sure to CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE the events once you've seen them. Happy craving!
Starting Friday, see Dürer, Rembrandt, Tiepolo at the Museum of Biblical Art. It underscores the influence of the bible on Western art.
Check out Ryoji Ikeda's Superposition, an immersive music/media/installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art inspired by the subatomic world and promising to blow your artistic mind.
Starting Saturday, see El Anatsui transform liquor bottle caps and other found objects into sculpture at Jack Shainman Gallery.
This weekend, take your kids to The Snail and the Whale at the New Victory. Tall Stories Theatre Company from London created it — and it’s good for kids aged 4 to 7.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the amazing group and traveling soul of South African music, play Carnegie Hall. Few groups have toured as extensively and collaborated with such other great world artists, so their on-stage guests alone could probably make a great concert.
Mixing the fun, gypsy sound of klezmer with a bit of trance, folk, swing and tango, Metropolitan Klezmer hits City Winery to combine tradition with irreverence and respect.
See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include WWII movie Fury (whch starts Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf), Birdman (Michael Keaton is a washed up actor trying to recreate himself), Listen Up Philip (Jason Schwartzman is a novelist who gets away to an isolated summer home), and Watchers of the Sky (a documentary based on Samantha Power's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, A Problem From Hell).
Looking for a full day of music and art at once? Sound / Source is a day-long exploration of electroacoustic music in all its forms, featuring collaborations between legends, luminaries, and newcomers as they examine the interplay between human and machine sounds and filling the MoMA PS1 building from top to bottom.
Thursday 9th of October 2014
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 also the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City. See books from 350 sellers from 28 different countries.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See Spectrum Dance Theater — a contemporary dance group from Seattle — perform at East River Park at 8 PM Friday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Craving dance? Check out Cori Olinghouse in the Studio Series at New York Live Arts. It’s an informal public showing.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alan Cumming is reprising his Tony Award-winning performance in Cabaret at Studio 54 starting Friday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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Learn about samurai training methods — and see onstage demonstrations — at Japanese Martial Arts at the Japan Society at 6:30 PM.
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Craving enormous sculpture? Starting Saturday, see a new Kaws exhibition at Mary Boone Gallery in Chelsea.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
Go to museums for free this Saturday thanks to Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day. Participating museums in New York City include the Asia Society Museum, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, El Museo del Barrio, the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Museum of Chinese in America, the New York City Fire Museum, the Rubin Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Jewish Museum, the Morgan, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Skyscraper Museum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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:
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:
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.
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:
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."
"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."
"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."
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:
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 3 PM, head to Socrates Sculpture Park to see a Dance at Socrates, a performance by the week’s artist in residence, Gleich Dancers.
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:
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.
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 it up!), and more.
Manhattan is pretty magical (and dramatic), but if you’re craving a story of an island that is even more magical and possibly more dramatic, check out Hip to Hip Theater Company’s free, outdoor production of The Tempest in Socrates Sculpture Park at 5 PM on Sunday.
Woody Allen's latest film, Blue Jasmine, comes to theaters this weekend — telling the story of a woman who seeks refuge with her sister when her financier husband turns out to be a Bernie Madoff-like sleaze and scammer. Here are a few extras to help you prepare:
Mark Olsen of the LA Times interviews Woody Allen about his latest film and his career: "I would say, I've lived 77 years now, and there have been things in my life that I regret that if I could do over, I would do different," Allen said. "Many things that I think with the perspective of having done them and having time that I would do differently. Maybe even choice of profession. Many things."
Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times writes: "In the span of more than 40 of Mr. Allen’s films, including "Annie Hall," "Hannah and Her Sisters," and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," strong and memorable women have become as much a hallmark of his movies as the venerable Windsor font in their credits. These are women who dominate and who are subjugated, who struggle and love and kvetch and fall apart, but they rarely conform to simplistic stereotypes. Jasmine may be deeply troubled, but at least she’s deep."
Filmmaker Robert Weide attempts to ask Woody Allen questions that he's never been asked. When asked if could never watch a movie again or forgo sports, Allen says, "At this point, I would sacrifice movies, because they really are not the same when I grew up, but sporting events remain thrilling."
Thursday 25th of July 2013
Meet astronauts and learn about comets, astronomy, and outer space at the Intrepid’s second annual (kid-friendly, educational) SpaceFest.
Talks & Screenings - PAST
Craving poetry? There’s a great lineup of more than 200 poets at the third annual New York City Poetry Festival is Saturday and Sunday at Governors Island.
The Kronos Quartet is celebrating its 40th anniversary at Lincoln Center Out of Doors by debuting new work by electronic vanguardists and indie rock revolutionaries. There are a few performances over the course of the weekend.
Starting Friday, see Shida at Ars Nova. It’s a new musical with a soulful score of jazz, R&B, and gospel starring Jeannette Bayardelle. It’s based on the true story of a young girl who aspires to become a writer.
Craving art and some summer fun? Join the New Museum Saturday from noon to 5 PM for its (free) annual block party in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. You’ll be able to participate in interactive projects and performances inspired by current New Museum exhibitions.
Visit one of the five new exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem. We’re excited for Robert Pruitt: Women, which contains 20 large-scale conte drawings of black women.
Saturday evening, check out the NYC Craft Beer Festival at Webster Hall. It features live music organized by Blue Note Jazz Club — including The High & Mighty Brass Band, Joe Alterman Soul Jazz Band, and 508’s McClain and the Alers — plus tastings of more than 150 craft beers.
See one of this weekend’s new movies. Good options include horror flick, The Conjuring, or the British coming of age film, Broken.
The announcement yesterday that 20th Century Fox plans to join Disney, Warner Brothers, MGM, Sony, and Universal in turning movies into Broadway musicals should come as no surprise.
Some of Fox's properties have already been adapted for the stage (including "9 to 5," which came to Broadway in 2009), to varying degrees of success. And the studio owns the rights to about 4,500 movies.
As much as theater pundits (and purists) might balk at the idea of Broadway being just another vertical for Hollywood to conquer, this move is smart — and could actually lead to some great new Broadway shows. Even though some film adaptations (read: Hands on a Hardbody) falter, they often come to the stage with a clear understanding of their brand and market. With about 70% of Broadway shows failing, that's worth considering.
The team at the new 20th Century venture have a lot of movie watching ahead of them. We thought we'd save them some time and suggest a few movies in their archive that could very well use a 11 o'clock number. If you have any others you'd suggest, feel free to shout out in the comments.
By now, most of our are aware that a freak #Sharknado hit America last night, flinging airborne, made-for-TV sharks at Los Angeles and drowning Twitter.
In the wake of this shark-tacular, campy moment of second screening, we were left wondering how this movie successfully captured America in its sharp, sharp teeth. That is, does Sharknado have any lessons for the rest of us?
To a large extent, Sharknado was lucky. It's nearly impossible to deliberately stage a Twitter takeover like the one that happened last night — which, at its peak, reached 5000 Tweets per minute. But there are some lessons that those of us with dreams of succeeding with creative projects can learn. Our five lessons are below. Can you think of others? Share!
Take two things that people love (sharks and storms) and add them together to create magic. Sharknado's director, Anthony C. Ferrante, put it this way in an interview last night with BuzzFeed: "Sharks do well and disasters do well. Put them together, and you get something out of it."
Are there other creative combinations that could create culture magic — test prep and evil dictators, for example? We bet there are. And we also bet that this rule could be applied beyond made-for-TV-movies. Books and Broadway seem ripe for some magical addition.
Thursday 11th of July 2013
From Bastille Day Celebrations to classical music and fireworks in Central Park to a new Broadway show, this is a big week in the New York City culturesphere. Here are our top picks for your week of culture:
Craving shows heading for the world’s biggest arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival? There are two more that are part of 59E59’s festival that start Friday — Longing for Grace and It Goes Without Saying.
Starting Friday, check out Open(Art) at Eyebeam. It’s an exhibition of projects created by artists and technologists collaborating to create projects that push the boundaries of online or networked culture and address contemporary social challenges.
Craving (yet another) movie about the end of days? It’s time for Pacific Rim.
Saturday starting at 5 PM, there is a (free) celebration of female dance choreographers in ChEck Us OuT Dance Festival in Central Park.
Saturday evening, there’s a free MLB All-Star Charity Concert featuring the New York Philharmonic and Mariah Carey on the Great Lawn in Central Park to raise money for Sandy relief. Be sure to reserve your free ticket in advance!
Bonjour, NYC! Sunday is Bastille Day, the celebration of the birth of modern France. From noon to 5 PM on 60th Street between Lexington and Fifth Avenue, celebrate with crepes, eclairs, and fromages, plus live music. The event is hosted by FIAF (the French Institute).
You could also celebrate France by taking a spin on a vintage French carousel. Starting this week, there are about a dozen vintage French rides on Governors Island as part of Fete Paradiso, which runs through September.
Starting Friday, see Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for free in Old Stone House in Brooklyn (the house is a reconstruction of the 1699 Dutch farmhouse that was central to the Battle of Brooklyn). It uses live music and a series of six original short films as a backdrop to the live action.
Craving swing? Friday night’s Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center features DJ Jonathan Toubin. There’s a dance lesson at 6:30, live music at 7:30, and, starting at 10 PM, a “silent disco” (bring your headphones)!
Starting Saturday, see Monkey: Journey to the West. It’s the premier event of this year’s Lincoln Center Festival. It’s a modern adaption of a 400-year-old Chinese story, featuring 60 Chinese opera performers, acrobats, martial arts performers, plus the music composed by British rock star Damon Albarn. It runs through the 28th.
Saturday 29th of June 2013
With the 4th of July right around the corner, we gathered up some inspirational and patriotic quotes from the movies to get you in the spirit. Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know. We're happy to lengthen the list.
President Whitmore: “We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom... Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution... but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist.”
President Lincoln: "All we've done is show the world that democracy isn't chaos. That there is a great, invisible strength in a people's union. Say we've shown that a people can endure awful sacrifice and yet cohere. Mightn't that save at least the idea of democracy to aspire to? Eventually to become worthy of?"
Gen. Gage: We've experienced more than a defeat, more than a mere misfortune of war. We have been vanquished by an idea, a belief in human rights.
John Hancock: Now, hear me out! Don't you see that any colony who opposes independence will be forced to fight on the side of England? That we'll be setting brother against brother. That our new nation will carry as its emblem the mark of Cain. I can see no other way. Either we all walk together, or together we must stay where we are.
Jim Garrison: "Going back to when we were children I think most of us in this courtroom thought justice came automatically. That virtue was its own reward. That good triumphs over evil. But as we get older we know this isn’t true. Individual human beings have to create justice, and this is not easy because the truth often poses a threat to power and one often has to fight power at great risk to themselves."
President Marshall: "And tonight I come to you with a pledge to change America's policy. Never again will I allow our political self-interest to deter us from doing what we know to be morally right. Atrocity and terror are not political weapons, and to those who would use them, your day is over. We will never negotiate. We will no longer tolerate and we will no longer be afraid. It's your turn to be afraid."
The President: "I address you tonight not as the President of the United States, not as the leader of a country, but as a citizen of humanity. We are faced with the very gravest of challenges. The Bible calls this day "Armageddon" - the end of all things. And yet, for the first time in the history of the planet, a species has the technology to prevent its own extinction. All of you praying with us need to know that everything that can be done to prevent this disaster is being called into service. The human thirst for excellence, knowledge; every step up the ladder of science; every adventurous reach into space; all of our combined modern technologies and imaginations; even the wars that we've fought have provided us the tools to wage this terrible battle. Through all of the chaos that is our history; through all of the wrongs and the discord; through all of the pain and suffering; through all of our times, there is one thing that has nourished our souls, and elevated our species above its origins, and that is our courage. The dreams of an entire planet are focused tonight on those fourteen brave souls traveling into the heavens. And may we all, citizens the world over, see these events through. God speed, and good luck to you."
Paul Appleton: “Congress shall make no law ... respecting ... and establishment of religion ... or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ... or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press ... or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances … That's the First Amendment, Mr. Chairman. It's everything we're about if only we'd live up to it! … It's the most important part of the contract every citizen has with this country. And even though these contracts — the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights! — even though they're just pieces of paper with signatures on them, they're the only contracts we have that are most definitely subject to renegotiation. Not by you, Mr. Chairman … Not by you, Mr. Clyde … Not by anyone, ever. Too many people have paid for this contract in blood!”
See one of this weekend’s new movies. The new summer blockbusters are The Heat with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy and White House Down with Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Limited releases that we recommend are 100 Bloody Acres (a horror film about brothers who use dead car crash victims as the secret ingredient in their fertilizer) and A Band Called Death, about brothers from Detroit in the ‘70s who created the first black punk band.
It’s Gay Pride weekend — and with the news of the past week, it promises to be an especially jubilant Pride Weekend. The March begins at noon at 36th and 5th and concludes at Christopher and Greenwich Streets. Now in its 43rd year, The March includes more htan 50 floats. The 2013 Grand Marshalls are Edie Windsor (whose fight against DOMA changed history this week), Harry Belafonte (the musician and civil rights advocate), and Earl Fowlkes (the President/CEO of the Center for Black Equity).
Also in the West Village, explore the 20th annual PrideFest from 11 AM to 6 PM on Sunday. You’ll find vendors, entertainers, and activities.
Craving Sondheim? Brush up on your Sondheim trivia, and head to 54 Below on Sunday evening to hear tunes from A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, Follies, Passion, Dick Tracy and more in Sondheim Unplugged.
This summer brings a bumper crop of apocalypse to the movies.
What is it about the end of days that is so appealing? Is it the zombies and aliens? Is it watching humans collaborate to save their planet? Is it a potentially handy preview of the world’s demise?
We gathered up a few articles about the apocalypse and Hollywood to help you (possibly) find a deeper meaning in these films:
Michael Bodey of The Australian asks why Hollywood is obsessed with apocalypse movies. Brad Pitt answers: "They're just good fun, aren't they? They're some of our biggest fears. It just speaks to an idea, and if you look at ours, we were looking at what if a pandemic really did jump the rails, were we prepared for that? What happens if you wake up tomorrow with your normal concerns, like how you're going to get to work on time and what are you going to eat that night, and none of that mattered and suddenly you're running for your life? What happens? That's the fun with this thing, for us anyway."
The New York Times’ Dennis Overbye writes, “Of course these movies aren’t about the end of the world at all. The apocalypse is just a stage on which humans pursue their personal destinies with the help of special effects and some suspension of scientific judgment.”
Jim Beckerman of The Record interviews doctors to get to the bottom of the big screen apocalypse. “There is a feedback loop,” says Dr. Harvey Greenberg, a New York psychoanalyst and pop culture writer (“The Movies on Your Mind”) who has explored the links between film and the unconscious. “The world pours its concerns into Hollywood, and Hollywood chews them up and spits them out.” No mystery where these concerns come from. Terrorism, unemployment, the worsening environment, the weakening social contract, the crumbling infrastructure, the general feeling of entropy: All of this is part of the zeitgeist, the stuff of editorials and talk shows.
Matthew Barrett Gross and Mel Gilles wrote in Salon: “When we free ourselves from the hypnotic spell of apocalypse, when we let go of our desire to see how things will turn out, we are free to answer a more important question. Not, are my beliefs correct? But, how do I live in accord with my values right now? Our insistence that a new world is coming later is a delusion; it is already here.”
Thursday 20th of June 2013
It’s also the first day of the James Turrell exhibition at the Guggenheim. The artist is going to transform the museum with colorful light. Read our collection of extras to prepare.
Craving short films? Head to Tropfest New York in Prospect Park from 3 PM to 10:30 PM for the world's largest short film festival.
It’s the Cuban Cultural Festival at the Children’s Museum of Art. Kids and their parents can attend musical performances and can participate in costume-making, face-painting, and printmaking workshops.
From 1-4 PM Saturday, go to Wave Hill for the opening reception of Bronx Calling: The Second AIM Biennial, which features cutting edge work by 23 emerging artists. The Biennial runs through September 8.
See one of the weekend’s new movies. Monsters University is a good option if you’re craving animation. World War Z (with Brad Pitt) looks promising if you’re not tired of the apocalypse genre, and The Hijacking is getting a lot of stars from the critics.
Superman — one of the most powerful and influential comic superheroes ever — is returning to the big screen this weekend in Man of Steel. As people who have always had a sinking suspicion that newspaper reporters are superheroes in disguise, we are clearly craving this movie and are excited to see Superman turn 75 years old.
To get ready, we've gathered up a Superman highlight timeline (with pictures, of course!):
1933: two Cleveland teenagers, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, created the first Superman. He was initially a bald telepathic villain. The teens created a non-professional fanzine about their character.
1938: The company that later became DC Comics bought Superman, and the cape-wearing, city-saving hero we know and love first appeared in print — in Action Comics #1. In 2010, the comic, which originally sold for 10 cents, was sold on the auction website Comic Connect for $1 million, according to BBC. "The opportunity to buy an un-restored, high-grade Action One comes along once every two decades. It's certainly a milestone," the auction house owner was quoted as saying.
See one of the weekend’s new movies. Twenty Feet of Stardom — about the life of backup singers — is getting lots of “stars” from the critics. If you’re craving a blockbuster, see This is the End, an apocalyptic comedy by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, or the new Superman movie, Man of Steel.
It’s time to see some Spontaneous Shakespeare in Central Park. The players, who use Elizabethan performance techniques, are performing Hamlet. The show is at noon on Saturday or 3 PM on Sunday.
Starting Saturday, see Grand Central Sketchbook: Designers Dream at the New York Transit Museum. The exhibition includes the creations of 20 artists, architects, and designers who reimagine Grand Central Station.
It’s Bloomsday, an annual celebration of the life of James Joyce, during which the events of Ulysses (set on June 16, 1904) are relived. To celebrate, go to Symphony Space at 7 PM for the 32nd annual Bloomsday on Broadway celebration, which features Broadway stars performing selections from the book. Or at 3 PM, head to the Culture Project to hear Eunice Wong read Molly Bloom’s monologue.
Craving Tchaikovsky? Monday through Saturday, see ABT perform Swan Lake!
Thursday 6th of June 2013
Starting Friday, experience Manna-Hata, an immersive theatrical experience at the Farley Post Office created by Peculiar Works Project. You’ll rediscover New York City’s 400-year history (including the charismatic players who helped to transform New York into the City we love).
If you’re craving music, head to Randall’s Island Friday through Sunday for the Governors Ball NYC Music Festival. Headliners include Guns N’ Roses, Kings of Leon, and Kanye West. At the time we posted this, tickets were still available.
Often, we don’t even notice the sounds in theater — from chirping birds to street noise to approaching footsteps. Friday through June 29, the Brick (which has a brand new surround sound system) is hosting the sound scape festival to explore sound design. Some of the City’s most talented sound designers will create theatrical experiences that put their art in the foreground. This weekend, experience Dante’s Inferno, Lighthouse Triptych, The Theoretical Physics of Procrastination, and others.
Starting Friday, you can also see two new exhibits about AIDS at the New York Historical Society. One focuses on the First Five Years of AIDS in New York. It draws from the archives of the New York Public Library, NYU, and the National Archive of LGBT History. The other exhibition features black and white photographs that tell the stories of New York children with HIV and AIDS between 1990 and 2000.
Saturday or Sunday, head to Governors Island for FIGMENT NYC 2013, a free annual celebration of participatory art and culture. There’s music, dance, theater, installations, sculptures, art, and more. We’re excited for the artist-designed Minigolf Course. You can see the designs online before hopping on the ferry. It’s rain or shine.
This is the first weekend of In Scena! — an Italian theater festival in New York City that runs through June 20 and features performances across the five boroughs. The opening weekend features Voices in the Desert (Voci Nel Deserto) from noon to 4 PM on both days on Governors Island. It’s a project that aims to collect fragments of thinking from the past (from literature, theater, and public speeches) to recycle memory. See the full calendar online.
Starting Saturday, MoMA members can visit Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, a major exhibit about his work as an architect, interior designer, city planner, writer, and photographer. The exhibition opens to the public on June 15. If you want to dive in even deeper, AIA New York is hosting a conference called Le Corbusier/New York on Saturday at the Center for Architecture near Washington Square Park. Find all the details here.
The New Internet Sensations. Clockwise from Left: Awkward Black Girl, Jenna Marbles, Grumpy Cat
Special to Culture Craver
Do you watch your content exclusively online by now?
If you answered “no,” you must be over 25 years old.
Today, online programming — largely created by independent producers, who are not tied down by the costs of network and cable — are reaching large audiences (thanks largely to YouTube).
A few examples: Videos of Grumpy Cat, a mixed-breed Arizona-based feline with a perma-scowl, have been viewed and shared millions of times on the Web (resulting in book and movie deals). One of Grumpy Cat’s human counterparts, Jenna Marbles, makes low-budget videos of herself that have been viewed more than 1 billion times. Bob Johnson, who created BET in 1980, is creating subscription-based YouTube channels that he thinks will replicate his success on cable 30 years ago on the Internet.
“This is the first time there’s ever been a minority-owned channel that doesn’t have to please cable operators, cable networks, movie studios or advertisers,” Johnson told Variety. “This will be liberating.”
Web content is speaking to a new generation; it’s also speaking to sizable minority audiences who are not being well served by the mainstream video storytelling structure that has experienced little innovation since Desilu was the most powerful name in television. Online content is edgier, more ethnically diverse, and post-partisan.
Personally, as someone who has felt deserted by networks since the advent of cable, I have been watching trends in online video with the hope that it changes the realm of content and the possibilities of viewing — both in the online world and on broadcast and cable television.
It seems like this is starting to happen as online successes are beginning to cross over to television.
Thursday 30th of May 2013
Craving culture? It's your lucky week. There are festivals — from ANT Fest to Bushwick Open Studios — new movies, art, new shows, and more.
Head to Bushwick for the Bushwick Open Studios festival. More than 600 artists’ studios are open to the public from Friday through Sunday. The Launch Party for the weekend is on Friday night, starting at 8 PM at Shea Stadium, an event space at 20 Meadow Street in Brooklyn. Bands playing throughout the evening include Eula, Air Waves, Lodro, and the Darlings.
Shakespeare inspired some Broadway favorites from “Kiss Me, Kate” to “West Side Story.” Tony-nominated director Mark Lamos — plus some fabulous vocalists — will explore those connections in The Bard and The Broadway Musical at the 92nd Street Y on Saturday through Monday.
Spend Sunday at the movies. We recommend The History of Future Folk, an imaginative, exaggerated origin story about the Brooklyn-based band; Now You See Me — a story about illusionists staying ahead of the FBI, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, and Morgan Freeman; or M. Night Shyamalan’s new science fiction action film, After Earth, which stars Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith.
Thursday 23rd of May 2013
Craving a black comedy about a corporate retreat? Thought so! Head to Theatre Row for the start of previews of Gorilla, a new Danish play. For the sake of full disclosure, it’s directed by Culture Craver’s co-founder, Ari Edelson.
Friday is also the start of DanceAfrica at BAM — a Memorial Day Weekend tradition in Brooklyn, which celebrates African and African-American culture with dance, music, art, and film. It runs through Monday.
Starting Friday, you could also check out the New York City Ballet’s All Balanchine program, with 'Hallelujah Junction,' New Barber/Wheeldon, New Previn, Bernstein/Wheeldon and 'Firebird.'
Starting Saturday, see Ellsworth Kelly: Chatham Series at MoMA. The exhibition, which continues until September, celebrates the artist’s 90th birthday this month.
Do you want to impress your friends with facts about the World’s Fair? Head to the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows on Saturday to learn about Historic New York from Urban Park Rangers. The tour starts at 1 PM.
Thursday 16th of May 2013
Craving contemporary photography? Starting Friday, it’s the ICP’s triennial, featuring photographs by 28 artists from around the world.
At 7 PM, see the Liars perform in the Met’s Temple of Dendur. It’s a special event, associated with the blockbuster fashion show of the season, PUNK: Chaos to Couture.
Thursday 16th of May 2013
It's nearly Memorial Day Weekend. You know what that means: it’s time to head to your local cinema, buy an extra large pail of popcorn, and sit back in a super-chilled theater to take in some crash-bang-boom blockbuster summer flicks. We’ve rounded up the biggest, loudest, funniest, and starriest coming attractions of the season. And we’ve given you our take on why you should consider going to each.
Go because: You didn’t get enough of Robert Downey, Jr. (as a brash billionaire playboy, saving the world) or Gwyneth Paltrow (his girlfriend and associate) in the first two movies about the Marvel comic hero Iron Man.
Go because: The costumes (Prada and Brooks Brothers) and the jewels (Tiffany) seem like reason enough.
Go because: You’re a Trekkie. You wouldn’t miss the 12th installment of your favorite sci-fi franchise.
Go because: You didn’t get your fill of guys doing stupid, embarrassing, possibly life threatening things in Parts I and II.