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Friday 17th of June 2016

It's a great week in the NYC culture sphere — from opera in the park to new major museum exhibitions to a craft beer festival. What are you craving? We picked our favorite new events to help you start planning. 

Craving a little Piano Man? Billy Joel is playing at Madison Square Garden on Friday evening.

For photo cravers, Danny Lyon: Message to the Future opens Friday, June 17 at the Whitney. It’s an exhibition of work by an American photographer and filmmaker who was a leader in the street photography movement of the 1960s.

City of the Soul at the Morgan Library and Museum opens on Friday, June 17. It examines the evolving image of Rome in art and literature with a display of books, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and drawings.

If you’re in the mood for Chekhov, try Six Translations of Uncle Vanya at the Same Time, a kaleidoscopic adaptation of the classic. It’s at the Invisible Dog Art Center from Friday through Saturday, June 25.

Friday 17th of June 2016

This week is an exciting one for NYC’s tiny superheroes, dancers, and opera aficionados. We’ve picked our favorite events happening around town this weekend and in the days ahead to help you plan your family’s culture going. Enjoy!

This weekend, check out Game On — the newest exhibition at the Children’s Museum of the Arts. It presents work by contemporary artists who address issues of identity, power, heroism, nostalgia, popular culture, and gender. It’s on all summer.

It’s Superhero Weekend at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum this weekend. There’s a lineup of events and workshops starting at 10 AM, from costume making to “Up, Up, and Away,” a workshop that teaches young superheroes the basics of physics (which comes in handy when they're preparing to soar over the city).

Sunday, June 19 is NYC KidsFest at Morningside Park. There’s an afternoon lineup of dance, orchestra, face painting, and more.

Friday 3rd of June 2016

We've picked our favorite events this weekend and in the week ahead to help Culture Craver Kids and their grown ups figure out how to spend their time. There are some amazing options — from the Best of the Fest, where kids as young as 3 can see artsy children's films, to stargazing at Brooklyn Bridge Park with a NASA engineer to a special Mo Willems weekend at the NY Historical Society. CRAVE what excites you. RATE it once you've been!

This weekend is Figment on Governors Island. Experience participatory and interactive art by emerging artists. There will be live musical performances, belly dancing classes, sculpture and visual art installations, “ask a puppet” sessions, and more for Culture Craver Kids and their grown ups.

Did you miss the New York International Children’s Film Festival? See the highlights in The Best of the Fest — from shorts to the festival grand prize winner — at the IFC Center on Saturday.

See the Theatreworks production of Charlotte’s Web at BMCC TriBeCa Perofrming Arts Center. It’s good for kids aged 5 and up.

Friday 3rd of June 2016

Summer cultural events are blooming across NYC — from Governors Ball on Randall's Island to Figment on Governors Island to The Northside Festival in Brooklyn. We've picked our favorite openings in the week ahead to help you get started. What are you craving? 

This weekend is Governors Ball NYC Music Festival on Randall’s Island. It’s an amazing lineup — from Kanye to The Strokes — plus food, art, and more.

This weekend is Figment on Governors Island. Experience participatory and interactive art by emerging artists. There will be live musical performances, belly dancing classes, sculpture and visual art installations, “ask a puppet” sessions, and more.

Craving burlesque (and a trip out of the City)? Broadway Bares opens the summer season on Fire Island with Broadway Bares Fire Island. This year’s show is inspired by mobile apps and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Friday 13th of May 2016

From Cuban Dance to Bayou 'n Brooklyn to new outdoor Shakespeare and new outdoor art installations at Madison Square Park and Storm King, it's an amazing week of NYC culture. We picked our favorite openings today and in the week ahead to help you plan your culture calendar. CRAVE what excites you on Culture Craver to keep track. RATE events once you've seen them. 

It’s the first weekend of Cuba Festival at the Joyce. See DanzAbierta — which mixes modern dance and theater and uses the classic Cuban cabaret stage as a metaphor. It’s the company’s debut in New York.

Friday, May 13 through Sunday the 15th is the Bayou ‘n Brooklyn festival. Expect an amazing lineup of Louisiana musicians for three full days of music, dance, workshops, community jam sessions, and food in Red Hook.

See one of this week’s new movies. Options include Money Monster (a cable TV thriller with George Clooney, Julia Roberts and director Jodie Foster); Love & Friendship (a new Whit Stillman period piece); and The Lobster (singles events in a dystopian near-future, starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, and Olivia Colman); and Pelé: Birth of a Legend (a documentary about the Brazilian soccer player).

Friday 29th of April 2016

It's an exciting week of NYC culture — from open studios in Greenpoint to new immersive Alice in Wonderland and circus to public art in Brooklyn Bridge Park. We've picked the events that we're craving the most in the week ahead. What are YOU craving? 

Starting Friday, April 29, see the newest Open Plan installation at the Whitney. It features work by Steve McQueen, a visual artist who is responsible for films including Shame and 12 Years a Slave. This installation will delve into the FBI file on legendary African-American performer Paul Robeson.

Nari Ward — a New York-based artist who uses found objects to explore emotions, consumer culture, poverty, and race — has created the newest High Line Art installation. Smart Tree is a re-imagination of an abandoned car that was overtaken by nature in his father’s back yard. Find it on the High Line near W. 23rd Street.

The 2016 Look + Listen Festival begins Friday, April 29. It’s an annual fest that presents contemporary music in contemporary art spaces. Expect performances by Phyllis Chen, Driving Force Trio, Rebekah Heller, Hollerbrag, JACK Quartet, and more at BRIC House.

Explore contemporary art from the Middle East and North Africa at the Guggenheim starting Friday at But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise. It includes newly acquired work in the museum’s permanent collection — including photos, sculptures, videos, and works on paper.

In Disguise: Masks and Global African Art at the Brooklyn Museum starting Friday, artists play with the idea of masks transforming people and revealing hidden realities.

Friday 22nd of April 2016

It's an exciting week of culture in New York City — from events honoring Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death to a "Streetcar" revival at St. Ann's Warehouse to the amazing Michelle Dorrance at the Joyce. These are our editors' favorite openings. CRAVE what excites you and rate events once you've seen them. 

Friday is Earth Day. Get inspiration about how to celebrate from our list of events honoring the Planet Friday and through the weekend.

This weekend will be 400 years since Shakespeare’s death, and it also marks his 452nd birthday (he is said to have had the same first and last day). Join in a birthday and jazz funeral march at Bryant Park on Friday. On Friday, there’s also a Sonnet Slam in Shakespeare’s honor in Central Park. Here’s our list of ways to celebrate the Bard.  

See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include Elvis & Nixon (with Michael Shanon as Elvis and Kevin Spacey as Nixon), A Hologram for the King (Tom Hanks is in Saudi Arabia trying to close a business deal), The Meddler (Susan Sarandon follows her daughter to LA to find a new life), and Tale of Tales (a fairytale inspired story starring Salma Hayek).

The Boss is coming to Brooklyn. See Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the Barclays Center on Saturday, April 23 and Monday, April 25.

Thursday 14th of April 2016

From enormous bunnies to ballet to a new circus act, this is an exciting week of culture in NYC. These are our editors' favorite culture openings in the week ahead. CRAVE what excites you and RATE events once you've seen them. 

The latest iteration of the Whitney’s Open Plan series opens Friday, April 15, featuring work by pioneering free jazz pianist Cecil Taylor in the enormous open space on the 5th floor of the new museum.

The American Ballet Theatre Studio Company is performing at the Joyce this weekend from Friday through Sunday. The company’s members are elite young dancers — aged 16 to 20.

The New Cookers band was formed in homage to the jazz sound of Brooklyn. They perform at BAM on Friday, April 15.

Bello Nock is back in New York City, bringing his signature sway pole and comic antics to the New Victory. The first performance of Bello Mania is April 15. It runs through May 1.

Paramour on Broadway by Cirque du Soleil is bringing its blend of acrobatics, music, dance, and costumes to Broadway. Previews begin on April 16.   

Friday 8th of April 2016

From a new exhibition on the birth of Punk at the Queens Museum to the Miami City Ballet at Lincoln Center to a giant new ear-shaped swimming pool at Rockefeller Center, this is quite a week in the NYC culture sphere. Our editors have picked the openings they're really craving. CRAVE what's most exciting to you to keep track and spread the word. RATE events once you've seen them. 

The School for Scandal, written by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, is the 18th Century version of TMZ. See this famous “comedy of manners” as part of Red Bull Theater’s Revelation Reading series starting Friday, April 8.

The New York Pops is celebrating the career of John Williams, who has composed some of the most recognizable film scores in history — from Jaws to Star Wars to Indiana Jones to ET to Harry Potter.

Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe winner Christine Lahti has taken to writing and telling stories about her own life. She’s telling true stories at Joe’s Pub on Friday, April 8 at 7 PM.  

Saturday, April 9 is the Latin Dance Fiesta at Queens Theatre. Travel from Cuba to Mexico, Bolivia to Columbia at this lively show featuring four renowned dance companies showcasing traditional dance. One of the companies performing is Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, which we just featured on our blog this week.

Friday 1st of April 2016

By JULIA LEVY

After more than a dozen years training investment bankers, lawyers, and CEOs how to communicate effectively, Brandt Johnson has witnessed a long list of public speaking faux pas.

One of his clients was under the impression that he should never move his hands; he’d been told in elementary school that hand motions would distract an audience. Some clients purposefully spoke quietly for fear of overwhelming listeners with their booming voices, while others studiously avoided eye contact — staring at people’s chins instead — because they thought this would make people feel more comfortable.

“I thought it would be fun to be the guy who is the source of all this not particularly useful advice that’s floating around out there,” Brandt said.

Friday 25th of March 2016

Whether you are in the mood for cherry blossoms, Broadway, or African retro-pop, it's a big week in the NYC culturesphere. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread the love. RATE events once you've been.

Waitress The Musical, based on the movie about a small town waitress and pie maker struggling to break free, comes to Broadway on Friday, March 25. Sarah Bareilles wrote the music and it stars Jessie Mueller, who won the Tony for her performance in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical.

Prunus ‘Okame’ — Japanese flowering cherry trees — are already blooming at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Visit this weekend and also see Mizue Sawano’s paintings of the garden, which will be on display through June 12.

In the mid-1870s, Edgar Degas was introduced to the monotype process — drawing in ink on a metal plate that was then run through a press, typically resulting in a single print. MoMA is displaying 120 rarely seen monotypes and related paintings, drawings, pastes, and sketches in A Strange New Beauty starting March 26.

Explore the African music scene at the Apollo on Saturday evening at Africa Now! The concert on Saturday night at 8 will include desert blues of Niger, rhythms of Zimbabwe, East African retro-pop, and hipster tunes from Ghana.

Thursday 17th of March 2016

From the public opening of the new Met Breuer to a brand new exhibition focused on famed children's author Mo Willems to the new American Psycho musical on Broadway, it is an exciting week of culture in NYC. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and help your friends. 

The new Met Breuer Museum — the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new modern and contemporary space at the old Whitney Museum — opens to the public on Friday. The premiere exhibitions aren’t to be missed. Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible examines works that were left incomplete, either because they were studies or something intervened in the creative process. Nasreen Mohamedi explores the Indian artist’s paintings, drawings, and photographs.

Craving Mo Willems? The New York Historical Society’s new exhibition of his work, The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems, brings together art and sketches from his popular books.

Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History begins Friday, March 18 at the Jewish Museum. It explores the fashion designer’s unique position at the intersection of high style and popular culture.

While at the Jewish Museum, also explore anti-Semitism in television and pop-culture at the new exhibition, The Television Project: Some of My Best Friends. It includes video from shows from Downton Abbey to LA Law, as well as examples of the history of anti-Semitism in the United States.

Discuss the intersection between art with Frank Rich and Fran Lebowitz at BAM on Friday evening.

Thursday 10th of March 2016

From Audra McDonald's newest show on Broadway to the first-ever READ book fair at the Brooklyn Museum to Malpaso Dance Company, which is here straight from Havana, this is a busy and exciting week of culture in NYC. We've picked our favorite events opening in the week ahead. What are YOU craving? 

ReelAbilities — a film festival dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities — runs from March 10 through 16. Some of the screenings are at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium.

It’s been exactly five years since a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. A exhibition of photographic responses to the disaster, In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11, debuts at the Japan Society on Friday, March 11.

PUBLIQuartet injects fresh perspective into the classical music scene with a focus on presenting newly composed works by New York City’s emerging and established composers. The group performs at BAM on Friday at 9:30 PM.

The New Victory’s newest show — Fly — begins on Friday. Good for kids ages 10 and up, it’s a play incorporating dance and video about the Tuskegee Airmen.

Craving a little Justin Timberlake, Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men, and One Direction? There’s a Boy Band Sing Along on Friday night at Union Hall.  

On Saturday, see 600 Highwaymen’s newest creation, The Total People, which is part of the French Institute’s TILT Kids Festival.

Calling all Brooklynites! On Saturday, March 12, from 1 to 5 PM, the Brooklyn Museum presents READ Brooklyn. Explore everything from science fiction to graphic novels, cookbooks to artists’ books by Brooklyn authors at this new Brooklyn book fair. The fair includes an exciting lineup of readings and signings. See the whole lineup on the Museum’s website.

Families can celebrate the Persian New Year at the Asia Society at Spring Into Nowruz! A Kurdish youth dance company will perform, families can watch an interactive story, and participate in activities — from decorating eggs to making clay fish.

Shona Reppe performs a reimagined puppet version of Cinderella at BAM on Saturday and Sunday.

Monday 29th of February 2016

Congratulations to all the Academy Award winners, especially Spotlight, which won Best Picture last night. We're craving the few winning films we haven't seen so that we don't miss them...and getting ready for another year of great movies. 

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Friday 26th of February 2016

 

We admit it! We're a little overwhelmed with the amazing array of NYC culture this week. Not only are we preparing for Sunday night's Academy Awards show (you can check out the list of nominated films here) and the start of Armory Week — we're also amazed by how many openings are popping up around the city — from the Orchid Show to BAMKids Film Fest to The Crucible on Broadway. We've picked our favorite openings of the week. CRAVE what excites you to keep track. RATE events once you've been. 

See more than 40 gelatin silver prints of photographs by Ellsworth Kelly at Matthew Marks Gallery starting on Friday, Feb. 26. The artist finished planning for the exhibition shortly before his death in December.

What damage can a Ping-Pong ball do as it hurtles 700 miles an hour through a vacuum tube? Physics educator David Maiullo turns physics into entertainment in That Physics Show at Elektra Theater starting on Friday, Feb. 26.

Starting Friday, Feb. 26, experience Andrea Fraser’s Open Plan on the fifth floor open gallery of the Whitney. The installation spans spans performance, institutional critique, video, and audience engagement.

Celebrate what would have been Charlie Chaplin’s 125th birthday with the Silent Clowns Film Series. The event at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts includes silent films starring Chaplin with live piano accompaniment by Ben Model. It starts at 2:30 on Saturday.

As part of The Wild Project’s Avant Music Festival, see John King: Three Micro-Operas + Sound Installation this Saturday. There’s a six-hour sound and light installation, followed by three 20-minute "micro-operas.”

Do you have any little film buffs? This weekend is the BAMKids Film Festival. The festival, presented in association with Northwest Film Forum and TIFF Kids International Film Festival, includes kid-friendly films from 25 countries. Find the whole lineup on BAM’s website.

Thursday 18th of February 2016

It's a big week ahead in the NYC culture sphere — from She Loves Me on Broadway to a concert of The Secret Garden to a conversation with Russia's Pussy Riot. What are you craving? CRAVE what excites you and rate events once you've seen them. 

Anthony Minghella's Madama Butterfly is returning to the Metropolitan Opera House on Friday, Feb. 19. Expect brightly colored costumes and Bunraku-style puppets.

Craving Broadway? New York Times critic Wesley Morris talks with Shuffle Along’s star Audra McDonald and writer/director George C. Wolfe in a Times Talk on Friday evening.

Nine-member Balkan funk band Slavic Soul Party! is playing at BRIC Arts Media on Friday, Feb. 19. The concert will include new works created through a collaboration with young Brooklynites as part of The Somewhere Project.

The ten young male dancers of BalletBoyz are taking the stage at the Joyce on Friday. Performances run through Feb. 28.

Friday 12th of February 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 12th of February 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 4th of February 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 28th of January 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 21st of January 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday 16th of January 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Monday 11th of January 2016

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

Best motion picture, drama

Best motion picture, musical or comedy

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, drama

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

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama

Friday 8th of January 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 17th of December 2015

The final weeks of the year are here. It's a great time for new blockbusters (including Star Wars!). Here are our favorite events opening in the week ahead. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread buzz. RATE events once you've seen them. 

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer has been viewed more than 73 million times on YouTube, and it’s gotten raves from the press. You can read all the critical reviews on Culture Craver while you wait in line.

Other new movies opening this weekend include Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Sisters, Rohit Shetty's Bollywood movie Dilwale, Bruce Willis and Kellan Lutz in Extraction, Mojin: the Lost Legend — a Chinese action adventure fantasy thriller — and Son of Saul, a Hungarian drama that won acclaim at Cannes.

This weekend, see Dancing Korea at the 92nd Street Y. It includes an exciting lineup of Korean dance companies.

Celebrate what would be Edith Piaf’s 100th birthday with a concert featuring nine incredible women reinterpreting the legendary singer. Performers include Christine Ebersole, Elaine Page, Marilyn Maye, Meow Meow, Little Annie, Vivian Reed, Gay Marshall, and Molly Pope.

Friday 11th of December 2015

From Yoko Ono to Social Tango to Tubachristmas to Star Wars, this is yet another exciting week in the NYC culture universe. Here are our top picks of the events opening this week. What are you CRAVING? 

Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca’s multimedia interpretation of Sophocles’ Antigone — Antigona — is at Ailey Citigroup Theater starting on Friday.

Jazz and blues singer, Antoinette Montague, is at BAM on Friday. She recently released her first CD, Pretty Blues.

See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include The Big Short (Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt in a drama about financial gurus getting rich during the housing bubble collapse) and The Boy and the World, in which a boy searches for his father.

The Classical Theatre of Harlem is bringing a Harlem-based holiday musical — incorporating disco, rock, and gospel — to the Apollo. The First Noel starts on Friday, Dec. 11.

Conceptual artist Yoko Ono presents a double exhibition, The Riverbed, at Galerie Lelong and Andrea Rosen Gallery starting on Friday, December 11. Both galleries have a pile of large river stones that Ono has gathered and inscribed.

Mark Morris Dance Group’s retro-modern reimagining of The Nutcracker, The Hard Nut, comes to BAM for the holidays. Performances start Saturday, Dec. 12, and continue through Sunday, Dec. 20.

Saturday 5th of December 2015

From a steam punk circus to a Marina Abramović installation at the Park Avenue Armory to Brecht to puppets, it's another exciting week in the NYC culturesphere. Our favorite openings in the week ahead are below. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread the word. RATE events once you've seen them. Happy culturegoing. 

With a 20-foot-high, pedal-powered mechanical masterpiece and aerial acts, Cirque Mechanics is at the New Victory Theater starting this weekend with its industrial, steam punk circus Pedal Punk. It’s good for everyone five and up.

Dating isn’t easy in a city where women outnumber men. If you’re sick of your own dating life and want to see a story of someone else’s trials and tribulations on stage, get your tickets to Dating Depression and Dirtbags: A Love Story. It starts at 13th Street Reparatory Theater this weekend.

Saturday night celebrate the lives of your favorite Jewish stars — from Gloria Steinem to Aaron Sorkin to Joan Rivers — in Stars of David, a new musical revue based on Abigail Pogrebin’s bestseller.

Saturday and Sunday is the 4th Annual INTAR One-Minute Play Festival at the Intar Theatre. One-minute plays by more than 20 established and emerging Latino and Latina playwrights were commissioned for this special event.

Friday 27th of November 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 19th of November 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 12th of November 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 6th of November 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 29th of October 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 22nd of October 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 16th of October 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 8th of October 2015

It's another big week of culture in NYC — with everything from the highly anticipated King Charles III to Greater New York at P.S. 1. to Walid Raad at MoMA. Here are our favorite events opening in the week ahead. CRAVE what excites you to keep track, share your savvy, and get alerts. RATE events once you've been. 

The Guggenheim’s major retrospective of Alberto Burri’s work is opening on Friday, Oct. 9. The Italian artists used unconventional materials and new approaches — influencing Arte Povera, Neo-Dada, and Process art.

Superheroes in Gotham at the Historical Society tells the story of comic book superheroes in New York City. There’s an opening event from 4 to 6 PM on Friday, when aspiring superheroes (and their parents) can design their own magical wrist cuffs.

Imagine that Queen Elizabeth dies and Prince Charles becomes King. How does he govern? Find out When King Charles III — Mike Bartlett’s new play — comes to Broadway. Previews start Saturday.

Were you a fan of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog — a 2008 musical comedy-drama miniseries produced exclusively for the Internet? Dr. Horrible himself (Neil Patrick Harris), Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion), and Penny (Felicia Day), will join writer/director Joss Whedon and the Times’ Dave Itzkoff for PaleyFest New York: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Reunion on Saturday at 8:30 PM.

The Velveteen Rabbit will come alive on stage at the Atlantic starting on Saturday, Oct. 10. It’s good for children aged 3 to 9 and their grownups.

Friday 2nd of October 2015

This week is packed with exciting cultural openings in New York City — Robin Hood at the New Victory, 2 film festivals (NYFF and another festival focused exclusively on dogs), new Broadway musicals by Gloria Estefan and George Takei, major retrospectives at the New Museum and the Guggenheim, Superheroes at the New York Historical Society, and much, much more. We've picked out the events opening this week that we are most excited about. CRAVE what excites you to plan your culture-going and get alerts. RATE events once you've seen them. And good luck! There's A LOT to accomplish this week. 

Seattle Children's Theatre brings Robin Hood and his merry men to NYC at the New Victory starting on Friday, Oct. 2.

Craving Americana? See the New York City Ballet’s Americana X Five at Lincoln Center from Friday through Wednesday.

Starting Friday at the Park Avenue Armory, see Laurie Anderson’s latest work, Habeas Corpus, which fuses storytelling and technology to examine identity, memory, and resiliency.

Start your weekend with some history. Celebrated military historian Jeremy Black will be at the Historical Society at 9:30 AM, talking about George Washington’s leadership qualities and forces — internal and external — that helped him win in How Washington Won.

On Saturday evening, Art Garfunkel — who produced many of the top hits of the 1960s — is playing Carnegie Hall.

Experience the extravagant costumes and lavish sets of Ballet Folklorico de Mexico at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday.

The New York Film Festival is going strong this weekend with showings of Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next and Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs. See the full schedule for the festival — which goes through Oct. 11 — here.

Throwing a bone to NYC dog lovers, Symphony Space is hosting the city’s first-ever Dog Film Festival this Saturday. Expect to see two shorts programs featuring 40 films — animated, documentary, and narrative — about man’s best friend. (There’s a Pooch Party gala premiere cocktail party on Friday evening from 6 – 8 at Ruby and Jack’s Doggy Shack on the East side for those who want their dogs to experience the glamor of a step and repeat or communicate through an “animal communicator.”)

Tuesday 29th of September 2015

Today's #CriticQuote is from A.O. Scott's New York Times Sept. 26, 2015 review of The WalkRobert Zemeckis’s new film:

“There is always something new under the sun. To stop believing that — to mean it when we say we’ve seen everything — would be to give up on art and surrender to cynicism. “The Walk,” Robert Zemeckis’s painstaking and dazzling cinematic re-creation of Mr. Petit’s feat, stands in passionate opposition to that kind of thinking. There will always be fresh, hitherto unimagined wonders in store. And fresh horrors too, as the sight of the twin towers can’t help but remind us.” 

Friday 25th of September 2015

It's a big week — full of fall festivals (craving chile-infused chocolate, anyone?) to multiple new Broadway shows to Fall for Dance to the great Martha Stewart at the 92nd Street Y. Crave it to keep track and get alerts. Rate what you've seen. And have fun. Here are our favorite events opening in the week ahead: 

Richard Serra’s Ramble Drawings have an exhibition at Gagosian starting on Friday, Sept. 25.

The World Maker Faire is at the New York Hall of Science in Queens this Saturday and Sunday. Celebrate arts, engineering, and science, and get inspired to create something of your own.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, are you one of the lucky people who get to attend the Global Citizen Festival? If so, see Pearl Jam, Beyoncé, Cold Play, and more on the Great Lawn of Central Park and help to end global poverty.

Pop princess Ariana Grande is at the Barclays Center on Saturday and Sunday.

Craving opera? Anna Bolena starts at the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday evening. It’s the start of Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky’s quest to vocally conquer all three of Donizetti's historic Tudor queen operas in the same season.

Craving spice? This Saturday, Sept. 26 is the Chile Pepper Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Sample hot sauces and spicy sweets created by chile-chocolatiers — and check out a lineup of sizzling shows running from 11 AM to 6 PM.

Head to Brooklyn Sunday, Sept. 27 for Atlantic Antic! It’s a huge street fair with food, music, pony rides, and more.

Thursday 17th of September 2015

Get ready for a big week in the NYC culture-sphere. The weekend is packed with Children's Day at the Brooklyn Book Festival, a dance festival at MAD, and James Earl Jones on Broadway. The week continues with appearances by superstars George Takei and Neil deGrasse Tyson. It concludes with a visit by the Pope. What more could a NYC culture craver want? The following events are our top picks opening this week. Crave what excites you to get alerts and keep track. Rate events once you've seen them. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is planning to “radically redefine our understanding of Africa’s relationship with the West” with its new exhibition, Kongo: Power and Majesty, which begins Friday, Sept. 18 and features 146 works from the 15th through the early 20th century.

Tony winners James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson come to Broadway starting Friday, Sept. 18 to star in The Gin Game, D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Craving some laughs? This weekend (Friday through Monday) is the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival in Brooklyn.

Susanne Bartsch has been the queen of New York City nightlife since the 1980s when she became renowned for gathering diverse individuals for spectacular parties. The FIT Museum is putting her style on display in Fashion Underground, starting Friday, Sept. 18.

Dance Under the Influence, the Museum of Arts and Design’s signature dance series, begins on Friday, Sept. 18. Up first is a piece by Larissa Velez-Jackson.

Craving children’s books? Saturday from 10 AM – 4 PM is Children’s Day at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Expect to see famous writers and illustrators and browse books.

After a four-year construction project, the Staten Island Museum is opening its newly renovated home at Snug Harbor. There’s an opening weekend festival this Saturday and Sunday, featuring performances, science, and artifacts from the borough of Staten Island.

Thursday 17th of September 2015

Yet the true victim in (and of) Sicario is its protagonist, who attempts to do the right thing at every turn and is rewarded by being systematically squeezed out of her own story. It’s an uncommonly bold gambit, expressly designed to frustrate people who want to see a strong woman deliver a righteous ass kicking. The progressivism here is instead rooted in futility and despair, which provides much more of a valuable shock to the system.” — Mike D’Angelo, AV Club, Sept. 17, 2015 

Review of the new film, Sicario: http://crav.es/x/1655563

Thursday 10th of September 2015

There are so many exciting culture openings in NYC this week — ERS's new show, photos in shipping containers, a honey festival, the 10th Annual Brooklyn Book Festival, Madonna, new celebrity-packed Broadway shows, and more. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread your excitement. RATE events once you've seen them. 

Elevator Repair Service’s new play Fondly, Collette Richland debuts at the New York Theatre Workshop on Friday, Sept. 11.

This weekend is the start of Photoville — one of NYC’s premier photography events that puts photos on display in repurposed shipping containers.

Franz West: Möbelskulpturen/Furniture Works opens at the Gagosian Gallery on the Upper East Side on Sept. 11.

Chuck Close is reinventing techniques that he invented in the 1970s and 1980s. See his new work at Pace Gallery staring on Sept. 11.

Batsheva Dance Company performs News from Fukushima — a work by Tokyo-based poet and filmmaker Yuri Kageyama — at La MaMa Friday through Sunday.

The best-selling French band in history, the Gipsy Kings, performs at the Beacon Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 8 PM.

The City’s tribute to Ingrid Bergman continues on Saturday. BAM is hosting a theatrical tribute to the award-winning actress, featuring Isabella Rossellini (Ingrid’s daughter) and actor Jeremy Irons.

Craving honey? Saturday, Sept. 12 is the fifth annual NYC Honey Fest. Head to the Rockaway Boardwalk to meet some of the pollinators of NYC and buy some honey.

Celebrate Singaporean arts, theater, dance, film, music, literature and food at HERE during Something To Write Home About: Singapore Arts Festival in New York, which begins on Sunday, Sept. 13.

New York singer and songwriter Empress Of takes the stage at Williamsburg Music Hall on Sunday, Sept. 13.

The tenth annual Brooklyn Book Festival begins on Monday, Sept. 14 and runs through Sept. 20. See 300 writers — from John Leguizamo to Salman Rushdie — and experience the festival’s Children’s Day on Sept. 19.

Friday 4th of September 2015

New York City is waking up from its late summer daze. It’s an exciting week of culture — with an outdoor, musical rendition of The Odyssey, the Outdoor Art Exhibit in Washington Square Park, Spring Awakening on Broadway, and new art galore. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE events once you’ve seen them.

Craving music, singing, and a little country? Celebrate Dolly Parton on Friday night at 54 Below at The Music of Dolly Parton: Diamond in a Rhinestone World.

Friday through Monday, snag free tickets to the musical adaptation of The Odyssey at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. It’s part of the Public Theater’s Public Works program, created by Obie Award-winning director Lear deBessonet and lyricist/composer Todd Almond, and bringing in performers from across the city.                                                                      

If you’re not out at the beach or buying school supplies, a great weekend activity is visiting Washington Square Park for the Outdoor Art Exhibit, a show that first took place in 1931, and featured the work of Jackson Pollock.

Thursday 27th of August 2015

Whether you feel like celebrating Ingrid Bergman's 100th birthday or dancing to electronic music, it's a fun week in the NYC culture sphere. CRAVE the events you are excited to see and RATE them once you've seen them.

See The Christians, Lucas Hnath’s play about faith, love, and religion in America at Playwrights Horizons starting Friday, Aug. 28. 

Saturday, Aug. 29 would have been Ingrid Bergman’s 100th birthday. MoMA and BAM are celebrating the award winning actress’s career. MoMA will host Ingrid Bergman: A Centennial Celebration — a screening of a selection of her films — from Saturday through Sept. 10. BAM’s festivities, The Ingrid Bergman Tribute, will include a stage tribute co-created by and featuring Bergman’s daughter, Isabella Rossellini and Jeremy Irons, followed by a film retrospective of her greatest performances on screen.

Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival begins on Sunday, Aug. 30 and continues through Sept. 20, 2015. It kicks off with Songs of the Harlem River: Forgotten One-Acts From the Harlem Renaissance, a collection of short plays by Marita Bonner, Rafe M. Coleman, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Willis Richardson, and Eulalie Spence, as well as poems by Sterling A. Brown, Langston Hughes, and others.

Thursday 20th of August 2015

It's another quiet end-of-summer week, but there are a few culture sphere gems in New York City — from Afropunk to the Brooklyn Country Music Fest to Fireface at the Brick. CRAVE events that excite you and RATE them once you see them. 

Mostly Mozart is coming to an end with Haydn’s Creation at Lincoln Center. See it Friday or Saturday.

Afropunk 2015 is coming to Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park this weekend. Expect performances by Lenny Kravitz, Lauryn Hill, Sza, Lion Babe, and many more. See the full lineup here.

Thursday 13th of August 2015

Welcome to the middle of August. It’s pretty quiet in the New York City culture sphere. If you are around the city and looking for fun things to do, there are a few events opening. Here are our favorites:

The main thing happening in NYC this week is the International Fringe Festival. Refer to our blog entry for hints on navigating the creative overflow.

The N.W.A. movie whose poster has turned into an Internet meme — Straight Outta Compton — opens this weekend. It’s getting great reviews.

Craving dance? The Battery Dance Festival starts Saturday in Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park in Lower Manhattan at 6:30 PM. See hot, international performances through Thursday, Aug. 20. The closing event of the festival is on Friday at Pace.

Tinder & Ash — an amazing group of acrobats — and five other groups are performing on Saturday, Aug. 15 starting at 6 PM in Marcus Garvey Park. It’s free and part of the Parks Foundation’s SummerStage.

Friday 7th of August 2015

Here are our top picks for events opening this week in NYC. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread your excitement. RATE events once you have seen them. 

Starting Friday, Aug. 7, see “the hottest male dancer on the planet” at City Center in Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev.

On Saturday, Aug. 8, see tUnE-yArDs — which fuses acoustic folk, R&B, funk, Afro-pop, and rock — at the Prospect Park Bandshell.

On Saturday, Aug. 8 starting at 7 PM, see Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Watkins Family Hour & Highway 61 Revisited as part of the Annual Roots of American Music Americanafest NYC. Expect special guests Fiona Apple, Justin Townes, and Earle.

On Saturday, Aug. 8, young choreographer Claudia Schreier presents three world premieres at Ailey Citigroup Theater, featuring dancers from New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and more.

See one of this week’s new movies. Options include Joel Edgerton’s The Gift and Sneakerheadz — a documentary about sneaker culture.

Thursday 30th of July 2015

Here are our top picks for the NYC culture opening this coming week. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. Rate it once you've seen it. 

On Friday, July 31, See Big K.R.I.T. at the Prospect Park Bandshell. He’s touring to support his first studio album, Live From The Underground.

On Saturday, August 1, see Taylor Mac’s romp through 100 years of culture in Taylor Mac: The 20th Century Abridged. It’s his debut at Celebrate Brooklyn! Gates at the Prospect Park Bandshell open at 6:30 and the performance begins at 7:30.

See one of the weekend’s new movies. Options include Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (with Tom Cruise) and Best of Enemies (a documentary about the debates of 1968 between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley, Jr.). 

Friday 24th of July 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 17th of July 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 10th of July 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 2nd of July 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 25th of June 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 11th of June 2015

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

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

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

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

Friday 5th of June 2015

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

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

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

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

Thursday 28th of May 2015

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

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

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

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

Thursday 14th of May 2015

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

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

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

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

Friday 8th of May 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 1st of May 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 24th of April 2015

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

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

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

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

Thursday 16th of April 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 16th of April 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 10th of April 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 3rd of April 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 27th of March 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 12th of March 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 12th of February 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 5th of February 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 29th of January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 15th of January 2015

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

Best Motion Picture of the Year

Tuesday 13th of January 2015

 

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

Best Motion Picture — Drama: Boyhood

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

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

Tuesday 30th of December 2014

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

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

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

 

10 Most CRAVED CULTURE of 2014 (All Genres):

Cabaret at Studio 54

La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera House

Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera House

If/Then at the Richard Rodgers Theater

 

Thursday 18th of December 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 11th of December 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 28th of November 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 20th of November 2014

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

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

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

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

Friday 14th of November 2014

 

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

FRIDAY, NOV. 14

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

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

SATURDAY, NOV. 15

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

SUNDAY, NOV. 16

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

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

Thursday 6th of November 2014

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

Friday, Nov. 7

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, Nov. 8

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

Sunday, Nov. 9

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

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

Thursday 30th of October 2014

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

FRIDAY, OCT. 31

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

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

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

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

SATURDAY, NOV. 1

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

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

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

SUNDAY, NOV. 2

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

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

Thursday 23rd of October 2014

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

FRIDAY, OCT. 24

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

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

SATURDAY, OCT. 25

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

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

SUNDAY, OCT. 26

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

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

Friday 17th of October 2014

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

FRIDAY, OCT. 17

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

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

SATURDAY, OCT. 18

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY, OCT. 19

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

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

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

Thursday 9th of October 2014

COMIC CON

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

FRIDAY, OCT. 10

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

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

Friday 3rd of October 2014

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

FRIDAY, OCT. 3

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

SATURDAY, OCT. 4

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

SUNDAY, OCT. 5

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

Thursday 25th of September 2014

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

FRIDAY, SEPT. 26

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

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

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

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

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

SATURDAY, SEPT. 27

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

SUNDAY, SEPT. 28

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

Thursday 18th of September 2014

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

FRIDAY, SEPT. 19

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

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

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

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

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

SATURDAY, SEPT. 20

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

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

Thursday 4th of September 2014

It's September, and suddenly New York City is brimming with craveable culture. There are festivals — from Fall for Dance Festival to Brooklyn BEAT — art, film, theater, dance, music, and more. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE events once you've been. 

FRIDAY, SEPT. 5

If you feel like clowning around, head to Union Square at 5:30 PM on Friday for the NY Clown Theatre Festival Opening Day Public Parade and Pie Fight. The Festival runs through Sept. 28.

Starting Friday, Pace Gallery will present David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, which includes a series of iPad prints and other recent artwork by the celebrated artist.

The man known as the father of video art, Nam Jun Paik, will have an exhibition at the Asia Society — Becoming Robot — starting on Friday. The South Korean artist’s work explores the human condition through the lens of technology and science.

It’s the 20th anniversary of Forrest Gump, and you can see the Academy Award winning Tom Hanks classic across the city.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 6

Yale Senior Ruby Rae Spiegel’s play Dry Land opens at HERE on Saturday. The play, which confronts abortion, got a big advanced write up in the New York Times.

Starting Saturday, explore The Art of the Chinese Album at the Met. It was one of the most intimate Chinese painting formats, used in the 1500s through the 1700s.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 7

On Sunday, learn about the amusement park games and rides of the 1900s and the genius mechanic — William F. Mangels — who designed them at Green Wood Cemetery.

Friday 22nd of August 2014

Summer is sadly winding down. Check out some of the final outdoor festivals of the season this week ... or one of the new Broadway shows opening for the fall season. Here are our top picks. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread buzz about craveable culture. 

FRIDAY, AUG. 22

Can you define New York City with 101 objects? The New York Historical Society’s A Brief History of New York: Selections from A History of New York in 101 Objects at the Historical Society uses things — from the silver throttle that powered the first trip of the subway in 1904 to the black ad white cookie — to tell the story of our city. It is open through November 30.

Craving dance? See NYC-based modern dance presented by the Current Sessions at the Wild Project Friday through Sunday.

Grammy-winning Canadian indie rock group Arcade Fire is performing at the Barclays Center Friday through Sunday.

Russian, American and Jewish motifs are on display in Masterpieces & Curiosities: A Russian-American Quilt at the Jewish Museum through February 1.

SATURDAY, AUG. 23

The Strypes — an Irish four-piece rhythm and blues band — is performing at the Music Hall  of Williamsburg on Saturday night.

Craving soul? Chaka Khan is performing at Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday night.

It’s the 10th year of the Afropunk Festival at Commodore Barry Park on Saturday and Sunday.

Celebrate Charlie Parker, the American jazz saxophonist/composer and leader in the creation of bebop, on Saturday and Sunday at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. It’s at Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater Saturday and Tompkins Square Park Sunday.

Friday 15th of August 2014

The middle of August is upon us, bringing more summer blockbusters, more Fringe Festival theater, and more outdoor concerts. Here are Culture Craver's top picks for this weekend. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to spread your joy about amazing culture. RATE the events once you've seen them. 

Friday, August 15

Craving a free concert? See Brazilian rockers Boogarins and 60s pop style Jacco Gardner for free at 7 PM at South Street Seaport.

Dance lovers should head to Marcus Garvey Park for Harlem Dance Caravan, which is billed as celebrating diversity through music and dance. They’re performing Friday and Saturday.

Thievery Corporation is performing at Pier 97 Friday night at 6 PM.

If you want some inside time, see one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include The Giver and The Expendables 3.

Thursday 7th of August 2014

It's another week of craveable culture in NYC — from outdoor concerts across the city to dozens of Fringe Festival plays. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE the events once you've been. 

FRIDAY, AUG. 8

The 18th International Fringe Festival begins Friday in New York City. See 1,200 performances by 200 companies from around the world through August 24. 

Craving urban and smooth jazz? Cassandra Wilson performs at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park at 8 PM.

If you’re in the mood for free, outdoor rock, head to the Seaport Music Festival at South Street Seaport for a performance by Black Bananas and Shockwave Riderz at 7 PM.

See Spectrum Dance Theater — a contemporary dance group from Seattle — perform at East River Park at 8 PM Friday. 

SATURDAY, AUG. 9

It’s the Motown Gospel Revue at Central Park SummerStage on Saturday afternoon starting at 3 PM. Featured artists include Tasha Cobbs, Smokie Norful, Pastor Charles Jenkins, Vashawn Mitchell, Kierra Sheard, and Micah Stampley.

It’s Americanafest NYC at Lincoln Center Out of Doors on Saturday. Starting at 1:30 PM, see performances by The Devil Makes Three, Old 97’s, and John Fullbright. The Americana continues in the evening with performances by Rosanne Cash, The Lone Bellow, and Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale starting at 6 PM.

Another free, outdoor evening option is St. Vincent (a singer and multi-instrumentalist composer), who performs at the Prospect Park Bandshell at 7:30 PM as part of Celebrate Brooklyn.

Prince and MJ fans go toe-to-toe on the dance floor at The Prince and Michael Experience at Drom in the East Village.

SUNDAY, AUG. 10

Craving another outdoor concert? From 3 – 7 PM, see free performances by Passenger, Liam Bailey, and DJ Natasha Diggs in at Central Park’s SummerStage.
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