Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s cheat sheet to the top events include Voyagers, Illyria, The Fountainhead, and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Friday and follow @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.
Midden Heap is an immersive installation by Misha Kahn, born out of scavenging missions to Dead Horse Bay in the Rockaways, a stretch of beach where trash mounds cover the shoreline in the place of sand. Through a combination of weaving, metal cladding, glassblowing, and bronze casting, Kahn juxtaposes rich materials with found objects, discarded possessions and garbage, resisting the urge to categorize or prioritize one material over the other.
It is 1958, and New York City is in the midst of a major building boom; a four-lane highway is planned for the heart of Washington Square; Carnegie Hall is designated for demolition; entire neighborhoods on the West Side are leveled to make room for a new "palace of art." And a young Joe Papp and his colleagues face betrayals, self-inflicted wounds, and anger from the city’s powerful elite as they continue their free Shakespeare ...
Composer Gerald Cohen, known for his moving and vibrant chamber music, opera, choral and liturgical music, presents Voyagers, to be performed with astronomical projections at Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History.
Ivo van Hove and Toneelgroep Amsterdam’s raw and layered reimagining of Ayn Rand's novel tells the story of a brilliant architect, Howard Roark, who refuses to compromise his creative vision. Pitted against colleagues who cave to popular and corporate interests, he pursues a relentless quest for individualism—which is tested when he falls in love with a kindred spirit, Dominique Francon.
Known for their powerful choral appearances and world-class concert performances, Distinguished Concerts International New York celebrates the holiday season with two concerts: Messiah...Refreshed! and Appalachian Winter: A Bluegrass Christmas.