Columbia and New York City are packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, and there’s never been a better time to experience it first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/theatrically-inclined.

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NOMADS Presents: John & David

  • March 24 at 7 pm and March 25 at 2 pm and 7 pm, Glicker Milstein Theatre
  • John & David, an original musical by James Pecore (CC ‘23), follows childhood friends who separate young and re-encounter each other as college freshmen. Tickets are available now through Eventbrite.

Directing Thesis: Botticelli in the Fire

  • March 23 – March 26, Lenfest Center for the Arts
  • The latest Directing Thesis production from the School of the Arts MFA Program comes from current student Dmitri Barcomi. Botticelli in the Fire is a play about Renaissance painter Botticelli as he works on his breakthrough commission — The Birth of Venus — while the plague sweeps through the city and resentment against the liberal elite rises. Content warning for violence, nudity, and homophobia. 

Class of 2024 Visual Arts First Year MFA Exhibition

  • Beginning March 25, 12 pm, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery
  • The 2024 First Year Exhibition will launch next Saturday for a two-week gallery run. Featuring visual and sound art.

Extrapolations Screening and Conversation with Filmmaker Scott Z. Burns

  • March 21, 3:30, Lerner 555
  • The Mailman School of Public Health and the Climate School will host a screening of clips from Extrapolations, a drama anthology series about climate change coming to Apple TV+, starring Meryl Streep, Daveed Diggs, Sienna Miller, and others. This will be followed by a conversation with the filmmaker, Scott Z. Burns, who is known for his work as a producer on the documentary An Inconvenient Truth, and his writing for The Bourne Ultimatum.

Doing “the Huckle-Buck”: Jazz & The Long-Playing Record 

  • March 24, 4 pm, Dodge 701
  • Professor Darren Mueller retells the history of jazz between 1949 and 1955 in a talk that focuses on the circulation of “The Huckle-Buck,” a 1949 Paul Williams song that was rerecorded by Louis Armstrong, Buck Clayton, Frank Sinatra, and others. Mueller analyzes the movement of this song alongside the growth of the Long-Playing (LP) record. 

The Birth of Venus via Bwarchives