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    Mirror Visions

    Sheen Center


    Mon, Jan 16, 2017, 8:00 pm

    Mirror Visions Ensemble (MVE) celebrates its 25th anniversary at the Loreto Theater at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture with a concert showcasing the ensemble's commitment to new work, including premieres of the four winning pieces from their Young Composer Competition.

    Works & Process: War Paint

    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum


    Sun, Jan 22, 2017, 7:30 pm

    In advance of the Broadway opening, Works & Process offers a behind-the-scenes look into the newest musical by librettist Doug Wright, composer Scott Frankel, lyricist Michael Korie, and director Michael Greif. Two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole star as America's first major female entrepreneurs and relentless and legendary rivals, Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. LuPone and Ebersole join the creative team for a moderated discussion and performance excerpts.

    La Medea



    Fri, Jan 20, 2017 - Sun, Jan 22, 2017

    Embracing the complexity of conflicting cultural lenses, La Medea reconsiders female archetypes such as the “abandoned heroine”, “the hysterical woman” and “the dangerous foreigner.” As the Greek chorus helps humanize Medea’s shocking actions, La Medea exposes real chaos under the skin of a classic myth. Directed, performed, filmed, edited and streamed in real time, La Medea comes to life in Brooklyn and around the world.

    Nai-Ni Chen: Year of the Rooster

    Sat, Jan 28, 2017 - Fri, Apr 28, 2017

    A delight for the entire family, the Year of the Rooster combines the elegance of traditional Asian art and the beauty of American modern dance with thrilling choreography, exotic music and dazzling acrobats to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

    Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    BAM Howard Gilman Opera House


    Mon, Jan 16, 2017, 10:30 am

    BAM hosts a free Brooklyn tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The community event features prominent civic leaders and a keynote address by Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi. Music performances include The Campbell Brothers and The Institutional Radio Choir. Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams to serve as Master of Ceremony. Additional events include a free screening of Ava DuVernay’s 13th.