A Selective Listing of Recommended Cultural & Community Events
Compiled by Alexandra Waldhorn
Friday, May 28
Journey to Brazil—Grammy-award-winning composer and guitarist Mario Adnet and his ensemble, Ouro Negro, perform in “Journey to Brazil.” The show is in honor of Brazilian composer Moacir Santos, who influenced generations of musicians worldwide. The group performs a selection of Santos’ work and pieces from Adnet’s record, Ouro Negro. Also May 29. Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Lincoln Center, Broadway at West 60th Street, 212-721-6500; 8 p.m., $10 to $95.
More Samba Sounds—Claudio Roditi performs music from his new Grammy-nominated CD, Simpatico, in a show that doubles as a birthday celebration for the Brazilian trumpeter. The all-star lineup includes pianist Nick Rolfe, bassist John Lee and drummer Vincent Ector. Roditi’s music meshes Brazilian samba and bossa nova with straight-ahead jazz from the times of bebop to the 1960s. Kitano New York, 66 Park Ave., 212-885-7119; 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., $25.
Saturday, May 29
Civil War Footsteps—Learn about the history of the Civil War in New York on a walking tour rich with first-person accounts. The agenda covers the draft riots, Gramercy Park and personalities such as George Templeton Strong and Edwin Booth. Through July 10. Meet outside the Church of Transfiguration, 1 E. 29th St., 646-573-9509; 11 a.m., $15 to $20.
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Drama—The York Shakespeare Company presents a production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, a Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical drama about a family addicted to drugs, alcohol and hurting one another. The play is set in 1912. Through June 12. The Lion Theater, 410 W. 42nd St., 212-279-4200; 8 p.m., $18.
Sunday, May 30
American Classics—Paula West sings classics from the Great American Songbook with the George Mesterhazy Quartet. Joe Brown from the San Francisco Chronicle raved about West’s “red wine voice—a deep, mellow Cabernet voice.” Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St., 212-576-2232; 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $25 to $30.
Monday, May 31
Honor the Vets—Join New York City’s largest Memorial Day observance with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other honored guests. The U.S. Navy band plays at 10 a.m. before the Grand Procession, led by the New York Scottish Pipes and Drums and sailors and marines from the visiting fleet. Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Riverside Park at West 89th Street, 212-580-0745; 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Free.
Tuesday, June 1
Outdoor Performance—The new season of Tudor City Greens continues with an outdoor evening concert, “Stars and Songs of Broadway,” featuring performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret scene. Raissa Katona Bennett, Tudor City resident and Broadway and cabaret performer (Phantom of the Opera, Chess), hosts the event. Select Tuesdays through October. South Park of Tudor City Greens Park at Tudor City Place between East 41st and 42nd streets, between First and Second avenues, 718-791-5739, www.tudorcitygreens.org; 6 p.m., Free.
Wednesday, June 2
Summer Showcase—Parsons Dance presents two short evenings as part of the company’s 10th annual “Summer Intensive Workshop” for professional and pre-professional dancers. In collaboration with Marymount Manhattan College and Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, excerpts from six productions—Wolfgang (2005), Hand Dance (2003), Caught (1981), Swing Shift (2003) and Ebben, from the dance/rock opera Remember Me (2009)—coalesce for a special show. Also June 3. Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, 248 W. 60th St., 212-869-9395; 7 p.m., $18 to $25.
Thursday, June 3
Classical—Guest conductor Guerguan Tsenov makes his first appearance with the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra this season. Tsenov presents the orchestra’s first performance of the Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet Suite #2, with violinist Georgy Valtchev as featured soloist in the Brahms Violin Concerto in D. Peter Norton Symphony Space, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 2537 Broadway, 212-864-5400; 8 p.m., $10 to $18.
Moving Drama—New York Classical Theater kicks off its signature theater on-the-run with Richard III, a story about the impact of dictators on millions of people’s lives. Start out in Central Park and chase this Shakespeare remake as the actors move the show and audience every 15 minutes to a new park location. Through June 28. Starts inside of Central Park near West 103rd Street and Central Park West, 212-252-4531; 7 p.m., Free.
Steal from the Rich—The new off-Broadway musical Adventures of Hershele Ostropolyer portrays a character often described as the Jewish Robin Hood. A take on the classic Yiddish play by Moyshe Gershenson, the musical comedy is directed, adapted and choreographed by the Tony Award-nominated director and actress Eleanor Reissa. Through June 27. The Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave., 646-312-5073; 7 p.m., $55.