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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.

Wednesday 19th of August 2015

Gallerist and NYC art guru Meredith Rosen has picked the art exhibitions at city galleries and art museums that she's craving this fall. What are you craving? We can't believe that summer is nearly over, but there is a lot to look forward to.

Nari Ward: Breathing Directions at Lehmann Maupin on the Lower East Side (Sept. 9 through Nov. 7)

Dana Schutz: Fight in an Elevator at Petzel Gallery in Chelsea (Sept. 10 thrugh Oct. 24)

Friday 14th of August 2015


Every August, FringeNYC overwhelms downtown with 200 or so shows spread over a crazy 16 venues. It has been the breeding ground for many, from the comedienne Mindy Kalling to Urinetown!. One of the charms of the fesitval is how unweildy it is, and much of the fun is sampling shows so odd they would never be given normal runs at NYC's otherwise traditional venues. We trawled through all 200 shows to find a few that are definitely worth a look, and here are some:

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.