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Perfecting the Storm

Perfecting the Storm

Local photos memorialize the historic Hurricane Sandy A dramatic shot by Harvey Stein shows the twisted and mangled Jet Star Roller Coaster in Seaside Hts., N. J., standing several feet in water. In another by Catherine Nance, desperate notices of lost cats are scribbled across a door in Staten Island, while Paul Moakley’s image of...
Making Art A.S.A.P at APAP

Making Art A.S.A.P at APAP

Local festival brings dance, theater and music to town at reasonable prices    Who said ticket prices for dance, theater and music were too high for the average New Yorker? In fact, usually they are but in January every year, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) comes to town offering a multitude of artistic delights...
Mac and Mandy Get Apocalyptic

Mac and Mandy Get Apocalyptic

Star power comes to Henry Street Settlement   A Biblical-size flood has swept away almost everything on earth, leaving two lone survivors who have lost the ability to speak and can only communicate in song and dance. To keep up their spirits, they sing of the rise and fall of civilization to tunes ranging from Rodgers and...
Orchestral Rock

Orchestral Rock

Digging the deep roots of rock and roll  Until musicians Vernon Reid and Greg Tate and producer Konda Mason established the Black Rock Coalition in New York in 1985 the African American origins of rock music and its roots in the music of Bessie Smith, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Muddy Waters were...
Keigwin on the Canvas

Keigwin on the Canvas

Local choreographer gets busy at the Joyce Theater   New York native, Larry Keigwin stretches himself as a choreographer. In the 10 years since he founded Keigwin +Company, he has staged Fashion Weeks’s opening event, “Fashion’s Night Out: The Show,” won awards for his choreography for the off Broadway productions of Rent and The Wild Party,...
Armory’s Forces

Armory’s Forces

Season’s greetings at the Park Avenue Armory No more thrilling space has opened up for unconventional performances and installations in recent years than the Park Avenue Armory in 2007. Built in 1861 to resemble Grand Central Station and other majestic 19th century railroad stations and designed as a military facility and social club, it became...
Serenading the Little Sparrow

Serenading the Little Sparrow

Tribute to Edith Piaf on the 50th anniversary of her death  Few singers have won so many the hearts as French songstress, Edith Piaf. Known as “The Little Sparrow” because of her diminutive stature and nervous energy, she became a universal symbol of love, loss and sorrow from the 1940s until her death in 1963...
Likemind Creates Alike

Likemind Creates Alike

  A new collective debuts at Jazz Standard Jazz musicians couldn’t be more individualistic. It’s the nature of the art. If you’re not your own man or woman, who are you? Every gig is another chance to explore a new direction, find a different sound, mesh with another group. The downside is you are truly and...
It’s Time for Kronos

It’s Time for Kronos

Popular Quartet begins three-week season at Lincoln Center Out of Doors   “It’s our biggest festival,” says David Harrington, the Kronos Quartet founder and violinist, referring to Lincoln Center Out of Doors. It opens a three- week season on July 24 with a five-day program celebrating the famed music group’s 40th anniversary.  He is on the...
Shakespeare Comes to Harlem

Shakespeare Comes to Harlem

Classic Theater of Harlem’s new season When Puck casts his magic spell over love besotted royalty and fairies in Shakespeare’s joyful A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the splendid new Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park July 13-30, the setting won’t be ancient Greece nor the music Elizabethan. Thanks to the brilliant Classic Theater of...
High STePz

High STePz

Savion Glover rocks the Joyce Savion Glover started tapping when he was seven, a prodigy who first made his name starring on Broadway in The Tap Dance Kid, Jelly’s Last Jam and Black and Blue, later winning a Tony Award for choreographing Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk in 1995. Recognizing his genius,...
Dances by the Disciples

Dances by the Disciples

Five choreographers pay tribute to Bill T. Jones  “He stands for so much politically, emotionally and visually,” says dancer choreography Heidi Latsky iin praise of Bill T. Jones of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. “He came along in the late ‘70s and broke all kinds of rules. He’s brilliant and daring. His works resonate...
Building Boldness

Building Boldness

find new inspiration for Ibsen   Wrenn Schmidt loves playing the role of the highly sexual and manipulative Hilde in Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder. The current production, directed by Andrei Belgrader, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and starring John Turturro as the eminent and egomaniacal architect Halvard Solness, leaves Schmidt plenty of room to...
Magnetic Musicianship

Magnetic Musicianship

Terence Blanchard brings jazz to opera Terence Blanchard takes big risks. Ever since his early years with drummer Art Blakey’s legendary Jazz Messengers, the 51-year -old trumpeter has stepped out to try new things, winning five Grammys along the way, most recently for the heartrending song cycle A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for...
The Season of Cambodia

The Season of Cambodia

Royal Ballet of Cambodia performs Apsara Mera at BAM   Cambodian classical dancers move as slowly as rain sliding down a window, their hands curving and curling in intricate patterns as they look out into space as if enchanted by an unseen world. Supremely elegant in gold bangles and shimmering dresses and elaborate headdresses that replicate...
African Caesar

African Caesar

New take on Shakespearean politics at BAM Julius Caesar doesn’t usually get ranked as one of Shakespeare’s most exciting plays but last year theatergoers in England were given reason to change their minds after seeing the Royal Shakespeare Company’s revival, reset in modern Africa, with an all black cast. In its new incarnation, directed by...
Return of the Poet

Return of the Poet

Langston Hughes’ Ask Your Mama gets a one night only revival Emmy-award winning composer, Laura Karpman, started thinking about staging Langston Hughes’ twelve-part, epic poem, “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz” when she came across it in a bookstore six years ago. Begun by the great poet in 1960 while attending the Newport Jazz...
On the Blues Train

On the Blues Train

Glenn Ligon brings jazz to the Whitney It must have been incredibly daunting to put together the thought-provoking exhibit, “Blues for Smoke,” at the Whitney Museum, which runs through April 28. The brainchild of Bennett Simpson, curator at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, in consultation with the artist Glenn Ligon, the exhibition attempts...
Family Fortunes

Family Fortunes

Fortuny y Madazo’s legacy at Queen Sofia Spanish Institute Housed in a handsome neo-Federal townhouse, the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute provides a perfect setting for the elegant and wide-ranging exhibition of the work of famed Spanish artist and designer Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo (1871–1949). Because he opened his couture house in Venice in 1906 and...
Joining Forces

Joining Forces

‘Focus Dance’ at Joyce Theater Rarely can dance lovers get to more than one performance a week and even less often do they have a chance to see two choreographers’ work on one program. How terrific then that the Joyce Theater is presenting “Focus Dance” Jan. 8-13. Part of a weeklong series of performances organized...
In Search of Lost Jazz

In Search of Lost Jazz

‘COTTON CLUB PARADE’ BRINGS BACK MUSICAL HISTORY Cotton Club Parade opens with the robust Jazz at Lincoln Center All Stars, directed by Daryl Waters, swinging into “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love,” “I’ve Got the World on a String” and “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” offering a tantalizing taste of what’s...