City Week: March 12-March 18

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Friday, March 12
Blend—Annabella Gonzalez presents Juntos, a series of pieces for the spring season. The program includes three world premiere pieces, as well as dances from the company’s repertoire, which blends European and American with Latin-style dances. Manhattan Movement Arts Center, 248 W. 60th St., 212-722-4128; 8 p.m., $12 to $20.

Fundraiser—The non-profit, hunger-fighting charity 16000children hosts a benefit concert of Russian and Polish music. Proceeds will benefit Save The Children’s work in Haiti; Crossing Borders, a faith-based organization that helps North Korean refugees with food and medical assistance; and 16000children, whose name references the 16,000 children who die of hunger and hunger-related illnesses each day. Hunter College, Lang Recital Hall, 695 Park Ave., 212-772-4448; 8 p.m., $20.

Reopening—The Jan Hus Theatre reopens with a production of Carl Stillitano’s play Kenny and the Virgin Mary. Through a
series of back-and-forth flashbacks, the play explores the relationship between Kenny and Diane, two ex-lovers who
unexpectedly meet again 13 years after he left her at the altar. Proceeds from ticket sales go toward the American Cancer Society. The Jan Hus Theater, 351 E. 74th St., 212-396-3304; 8 p.m., $25.

Japanese Prints—A new exhibition of Japanese prints by the 19th-century artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi opens. Known as “the brashest of Japan’s Ukiyo-e printmakers,” and considered by some to be the forerunner of today’s manga and anime artists, Kuniyoshi’s work features a wide variety of subjects drawn from such diverse sources as kabuki theater and the history, religion and folklore of Japan, China and other Asian countries. Through June 12. Japan Society, 333 E. 47th St., 212-832-1155; 11 a.m. to
9 p.m., $8 to $10; free 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, March 13
Fractured Fairy Tale—The children’s musical Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell tells the story of Isabelle, a mistake-prone fairy godmother who casts the wrong spell in attempting to help a princess find true love. She has three days to fix her mistake. Through April 25. Vital Theatre Company, 2162 Broadway, 212-579-0528; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., $25.

Book Signing—Matthew Reinhart, co-author of the Encyclopedia Mythologica pop-up book series, demonstrates pop-up paper engineering and offers an overview of the mythology featured in the series. A book signing follows. Museum members can take advantage of “Double Discount Days” through March 14 and receive a 20 percent discount on sculpture reproductions, decorative arts, jewelry, scarves, ties, accessories, books, stationery and prints. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., 212-570-3949; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Free.

Uncle Rock—His real name is Robert Burke Warren, and he’s played with acts like RuPaul and Roseanne Cash. But he’s most commonly known as Uncle Rock, and he’s playing a special show to benefit the Greenhouse Project at the Manhattan School for Children. Music-lovers of all ages are invited to this rock-and-roll performance partly inspired by beloved children’s authors like Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein. Proceeds will help build a state-of-the-art rooftop greenhouse facility. Manhattan School for Children auditorium, 154 W. 93rd St., 212-222-1450; 2 p.m., $5 to $10.

Penitential Psalms—The group Polyhymnia performs Orlande de Lassus’s choral composition cycle of the “Penitential Psalms of David.” Written by de Lassus for Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria in 1563, this cycle of the penitential psalms—traditionally written by David to atone for his adultery with Bathsheba—so moved the duke that he kept them as his own property, and the music was not performed outside his private chapel until his death. The Church of St. Ignatius of Antioch, 552 West End Ave., 917-838-4636; 8 p.m., $15 to $25.
Sunday, March 14
Monkey Business—Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey, features nearly 80 watercolors and drawings by the creators of everyone’s favorite mischievous monkey, along with dummy books and vintage photographs. The exhibit also displays original documents related to the Reys’ narrow escape from invading Nazi armies in 1940, a
journey that took them from Paris to Spain, Portugal, Brazil and finally New York. The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., 212-423-3200; 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., $7.50 to $12.

CD Release—Popular children’s musician Joanie Leeds celebrates the release of her new CD, I’m a Rock Star, with a special family show. Leeds’ show features new songs as well as favorites from her 2008 debut CD, City Kid, which won a 2008 Parents Choice Award. JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave., 646-505-5708; 10 a.m., $12 to $16.

Lunar—The Cadillac Moon Ensemble’s “History and Storytelling” program features some of the group’s favorite
commissioned works, a flute and cello duet and the world premiere of a new work by composer Angelina Negron. Christ and Saint Stephen’s Church, 120 W. 69th St., 212-787-2755; 7 p.m., $10 to $15.

Monday, March 15
Birthday Boy—Pianist Antonio Ciacca celebrates his birthday with music from his latest CD, Lagos Blues. Ciacca is backed by a talented line-up, including saxophonist Grant Stewart, vibraphonist Joe Locke, bassist David Wong and drummer Francisco Mela. Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, 33 W. 60th St., 212-258-9595; 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $10 to $20.

Tuesday, March 16
Park Art—Artist Melanie Fisher uses fabric and textiles to create a representation of Central Park in her exhibit, Outside In. Fischer’s vibrant cloth sculptures use sewn and embroidered fabrics covering wire and pipe frames. Visitors can participate in the exhibit by coloring, drawing on fabric coins and making wishes in a mermaid fountain. Through April 22. The Arsenal Gallery, 830 Fifth Ave., 212-360-8111; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Free.

Wednesday, March 17
Singer on Stage—Sin, a new “mystical comedy,” is based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story, The Unseen. The story tells of Satan descending on a small town on Yom Kippur to test a married couple’s devotion to each other. Through April 11. Baruch Performing Arts Center, Rose Nagelberg Theater, 55 Lexington Ave., 646-312-4085; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., $20 to $85.

Thursday, March 18
Be a Loser—Mount Sinai Hospital’s fair, “It’s Great to be a Loser!” celebrates national nutrition month. Free blood pressure and glucose screenings are available, along with information about weight loss programs. Today Show nutrition expert Dr. Joy Bauer signs copies of her books. Mount Sinai Hospital Guggenheim Pavilion Atrium, 1468 Madison Ave., 212-731-7888; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Free.

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