A Selective Listing of Recommended Cultural & Community Events
Compiled by Samuel Chamberlain
Friday, May 14
Ballet Signatures—The New York Theatre Ballet recreates classic ballets by choreographers Antony Tudor, Frederick Ashton and Jose Limón as part of its “Signatures 10” show. An informal discussion follows the performances, which include Tudor’s experimental work “Trio Con Brio,” Ashton’s “Capriol Suite,” a series of 16th-century dances, and Limón’s “Suite from Mazurkas.” Also May 15. Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th St., 212-355-6160; 7 p.m., $25.
Honoring Evans—The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra honors one of the most influential pianists in modern jazz with a performance of Bill Evans’ best work. Led by guest music director Bill Charlap and featuring guitarist and renowned Evans collaborator Jim Hall, the performance includes arrangements of classics like “Waltz for Debby.” Each show is preceded by a free discussion for ticket-holders. Also May 15. Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, 33 W. 60th St., 212-721-6500; 8 p.m., $10 to $120.Student Works—Future artists deck the Guggenheim’s famous walls in the new exhibition, A Year with Children 2010, featuring artwork by elementary school students. Approximately 120 drawings, paintings, photos, collages and found-object sculptures are displayed, all executed by 2nd-through-6th-graders from 10 schools who participated in the museum’s “Learning Through Art” program. Through June 20. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave., 212-423-3500; 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., $18.
Saturday, May 15
Fundraiser—Tomorrowskidz, a non-profit charity devoted to orphanages in Cambodia, hosts a fundraiser, with all proceeds going directly to its cause. Guests can enjoy beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres, plus lots of fun games. Slate, 54 W. 21st St., 212-724-8633; 7 to 10 p.m., $60 in advance, $70 at the door.
School Carnival—Columbia Grammar and Prep School hosts its annual “Ole Time Carnival” to benefit its scholarship fund and help the 20 percent of the student body who receive financial aid. Check out pie-eating and cake-decorating contests, as well as rides and carnival arcade games. A raffle offers great prizes, including an iPad, Nintendo Wii and Mets and Yankees tickets. West 94th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West, 212-749-6200; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Free.
Make Art—The Museum of Art and Design invites children and their families to a fun-filled day of art-related activities. Kids can create their own artwork using everyday materials, and watch screenings of feature films and animated shorts. A special exhibition by the Bamboo Bike Shop has artists transform organic bamboo into a bicycle for sustainable transportation. Museum of Art and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, 212-299-7780; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., $30.
Talented Amphibian—This show for families tells the story of Lester, a jumping frog champion whose true passion in life is singing. The show is an allegory of remaining true to oneself in the face of parental and societal pressure, but what’s most notable is its use of electroluminescent wire to create self-illuminating puppets. Through June 6. The Drilling Company Theatre, 236 W. 78th St., 212-873-9050; 11 a.m., $12 to $15.
Divine Sounds—Music Divine, a choir devoted to music from the early Renaissance, presents one of the biggest hits of the early 16th century: the “Missa de Beata Virgine” by Josquin Desprez. The composition is a paraphrase of the plainchant melodies of the Roman liturgy. The piece was eventually copied into at least 69 manuscripts and prints. The Church of Notre Dame, 405 W. 114th St., 201-914-3381; 8 p.m., $15.
Sunday, May 16
Literary—Bellevue Hospital, the oldest continually operated hospital in the United States, hosts a poetry and prose reading to celebrate the founding of the Bellevue Literary Review. The review publishes works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry that touch upon relationships to the human body, illness, health and healing. It includes pieces by Phillip Lopate, M.M. DeVoe, Jack Coulehan and Ron Drummond, all of whom will be reading their work. Bellevue Hospital Rotunda, 462 First Ave., 212-263-3973; 5 p.m., Free.
Happy Birthday, Bach—To celebrate the 325th birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach’s birth, organist Larry J. Long performs a selection of Bach’s greatest compositions for organ. This show marks the finale to the inaugural season of the Gotham Early Music Scene’s “Salon/Sanctuary Concerts,” a series sponsored by the Gruson Fund for Brain Tumor Research and Care. Works performed include the “Prelude and Fugue in E minor” and the “Passacaglia.” Church of the Epiphany, 1393 York Ave., 212-866-0468; 4 p.m., $25.
Curious About George—As part of its exhibition Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey, the Jewish Museum hosts Curious George Family Day. Enjoy self-guided gallery tours, an art workshop and a performance by the kid-friendly band The Funkey Monkeys, as well as a chance to meet Curious George in person. Free with museum admission; adults are asked to
accompany their children. The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave.,
212-423-3337; 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., $12.
Monday, May 17
Good Cause—Common Cents, a non-profit based on the Upper West Side, hosts the benefit “Learning Curves: Stories of Unconventional Education.” The event, co-presented with the storytelling group The Moth, features National Book Award winner Colum McCann, among others. Wine and light refreshments are served. City Winery, 155 Varick St., 212-736-6437; 6:30 p.m., $150.
Get Screened—St. Luke’s Hospital offers free stroke screenings as part of its mission to educate the public about stroke risk factors and the importance of early detection. According to national statistics, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than 140,000 Americans every year. Appointments required; patients must be 18 or older. Muhlenberg Building at St. Luke’s Hospital, 1111 Amsterdam Ave., 800-753-3242; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Free.
Tuesday, May 18
Frick for Free—The Frick Collection offers free admission in honor of International Museum Day. In addition to the permanent collection, which features works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Turner, Boucher and Renoir, visitors can check out a special exhibition of loans from London’s Dulwich Picture Gallery. The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St., 212-288-0700; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Free.
Employment Opportunities—Want to get back to work? Look no further than the Society for Ethical Culture, which is hosting a job fair with dozens of Fortune 100 companies and universities. The fair also offers resume writing and interview workshops, as well as a special presentation on the “Top Ten Hardest Jobs to Fill.” Candidates in all fields are encouraged to attend. New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th St., 212-874-5210; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Free.
Wednesday, May 19
Art Open House—American art aficionados should make their way to the Upper East Side for the “Just Off Madison Spring Gallery Walk,” from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Coinciding with the American art auctions at Sotheby’s and Christie’s, the event allows other American art dealers to open their doors to the public. All participating galleries—including Avery Galleries, Betty Krulik Fine Art, Conner Rosenkranz and Franklin Riehlman Fine Art—are between East 69th and 79th streets and Fifth and Madison avenues. For more information and a map of participating galleries, visit justoffmadison.com.
Daryl Talks—The Bryant Park “Word for Word” series kicks off its summer-long program of appearances by well-known authors, writers and experts who share anecdotes, answer questions and sign copies of their latest books. The series, which takes place every Wednesday through Aug. 25, starts with New York Met great Daryl Strawberry, who discusses and signs copies of his memoir Straw: Finding My Way. Upcoming authors include Sebastian Junger and Terry Teachout. The Bryant Park Reading Room, Bryant Park, 212-768-4242; 12:30 p.m., Free.
Thursday, May 20
Ukrainian Icons—Artist Oksana Prokopenko opens an exhibition of her mosaic icons with a reception, where guests can view some of her finest work. The icons are created from hundreds of tiny pieces of stained and Venetian glass made in the tradition of the Byazantine masters. Through June 13. The Ukrainian Institute of America, 2 E. 79th St., 212-288-8660; 6 p.m., $5 suggested donation.
Budding Talent—An annual concert showcases the talents of children in the Young People’s Chorus’ satellite program, encompassing eight schools in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. The show features performances by all eight of the children’s school choruses, as well as a special song-writing workshop led by the composer Jim Papoulis. The results of the children’s brainstorming session are written on a board on stage, enabling everyone in the hall to sing along. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., 212-415-5500; 11 a.m., Free.
New Sounds—The “New Sounds Live” series concludes with a concert that explores the “art song,” a genre of European Romantic music popularized by the composer Franz Schubert. Today, the art song is coming under the influence of rock and jazz, and this performance features the music of three prominent performers: the pop-rock trio Elizabeth and the Catapult, jazz-trained singer-pianist Ed Pastorini and pianist and composer Gabriel Kahane. Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, 129 W. 67th St., 212-501-3330; 7:30 p.m., $25.