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Where Art Thou: Staff Picks Edition

Listen to others make fine music

Before the semester sucks away all of your time for doing things you actually enjoy, why not take advantage of the city we live in?  Bwog has compiled a list of upcoming and ongoing arts events that we’re interested in, so maybe you will be too.  Take out some of that left-over Christmas money and spend it on culture, dammit!

Theatre:

  • Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is still playing at the Booth Theatre until February 24th!  Discounted tickets available through the TIC for CU students.
  • “The Suit” runs through February 2nd at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  An intense retelling of a story of “adultery and pitiless punishment” by South African writer Can Themba.  Tickets anywhere from $25-$90.
  • Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella begins its Broadway previews on Friday, the 25th.  If you liked the Brandi version, you’ll love this.

Dance:

  • An All Tschaikovsky program runs for four weeks at the New York City Ballet.  Many pieces feature Balanchine choreography, and the performances culminate in a full-length staging of The Sleeping Beauty from February 19-24.

Film:

  • An inspiring documentary about a chess club at an inner-city middle school, Brooklyn Castle is being screened at the Film Society at Lincoln Center.  There appear to be few showings left, so hurry up and lift your spirits for only $25.

Opera:

  • Rossini’s Le Comte Ory is being performed at the Met, and student tickets are available for Friday evening. Tenor Juan Diego Florez repeats his irresistible performance as the Count, and our sources tell us he is quite the stud.
  • Verdi’s Rigoletto opens with a new production set in Vegas in the 1960’s.  Director Michael Mayer is best known for his past projects of Spring Awakening and American Idiot, so this version of the opera should certainly appeal to a wide-range of audiences.

Visual Art

  • The MoMA presents a groundbreaking compilation of pieces in Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde.  This exhibit displays the history of a city coming out of a war-torn nation during a period when it was becoming an international center of art.  The exhibit also features performance artists Eiko & Koma: the Times can’t seem to figure out whether they’re “sleepwalkers or larvae,” but it seems weird and interesting either way.
  • The Morgan Library presents a series of Beatrix Potter’s private letters and sketches.  Exhibit closes Sunday, so move quickly to visit and relive your childhood. Entrance free with CUID.

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