Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s cheat sheet to the top events include Day of Absence, Pedro Almodóvar, Peter and the Wolf and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Monday and follow @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.
Almodóvar's genre-defying films mix camp, melodrama, and humor to explore themes of transgression, desire, and identity. Opening with an early screening of Julieta (2016), The Museum of Modern Art's tribute will include all 20 of the director's feature films. With one of the most distinctive voices in cinema, he has constructed a colorful universe inhabited by offbeat characters, fluid sexual and gender identities, and complex and singular women.
In what has become an annual holiday tradition, Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents ten performances of Sergei Prokofiev's charming children's classic, Peter & the Wolf. The story allows the young and young-at-heart to hear and learn the various instruments in the orchestra and is recommended for children ages 5 and up.
To launch its 50th anniversary season, The Negro Ensemble Company (NEC) will revisit its very first production. "Day of Absence" (1966), by Douglas Turner Ward, jokes wildly about a Southern town on a day when all its Negroes mysteriously vanish. Bereft of its floor-sweepers, porters, cooks, shoe-shiners, maids and baby-nurses, the town is having a fearsome day as its very economy and social structure are breaking down.
On The Road, a work inspired by Jack Kerouac’s iconic novel, contemplates the Beat generation's clarion call of social rebellion. Using projected footage from the company’s own cross-country road trip, ZviDance examines restlessness, freedom, and exploration.
Acquavella Galleries presents an exhibition of new works, including two series of paintings and a selection of ceramic works, by Spanish artist Miquel Barceló. The works return to two of the Mallorcan artist's favorite subjects - the sea and the spirit of the bullfight.