Exciting Events Around New York: February 2022

EXCITING EVENTS AROUND NEW YORK: FEBRUARY 2022

By Great Performances

Explore Great Music, Art and More at Our Partner Venues This Month!

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SOOLKING

Saturday, February 19th at 9:00pm

Ticket Information: Starts at $68.50

Soolking is a French Algerian singer and rapper who began his career in 2013. His career has included many great hits like “Gueriilla”, ”Zemer” and ” Melejim” with over 257 millions views.

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FOUR QUARTETS

Thursday, February 10th through Saturday, February 12th

Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building

Ticket Information: Starts at $25

Since its 2018 world premiere opened to rave reviews at the Fisher Center at Bard, anticipation has peaked for this must-see NYC debut on BAM’s stage: Along with composer Kaija Saariaho and painter Brice Marden, choreographer Pam Tanowitz creates a sublime and thrilling performance from T. S. Eliot’s beautiful, mysterious Four Quartets. These haunting and evocative poems emerged in 1943 from the chaos of World War II as hopeful testaments to the redemptive power of spirituality, art, and human goodness in the darkest of times. Tony Award–nominated Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in AmericaWit) performs Eliot’s text live in this much-lauded collaboration, the first authorized performance based on Four Quartets.
Choreographer Pam Tanowitz—recognized by The New York Times’ “Best of Dance” 2013 through 2020—is known for her deconstructed classical and modern dance, both familiar and entirely brand-new. Since its founding in 2000, Pam Tanowitz Dance has performed acclaimed work at venues including Fisher Center at Bard’s SummerScape Festival, Barbican London, Jacob’s Pillow, and Lincoln Center Out of Doors. The work is deeply rooted in formal structures, manipulated and abstracted by Tanowitz until the viewer sees through to the heart of the dance. The juxtapositions and tensions that Tanowitz creates draw upon the virtuosic skill, musical dexterity, and artistic integrity of the PTD dancers.

The Knights
Pam Tanowitz Dance

Narration by Kathleen Chalfant
Scenic and lighting design by Clifton Taylor
Costume design by Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung
Sound design by Jean-Baptiste Barriére

Four Quartets is a Fisher Center at Bard production, co-commissioned with major support from Rebecca Gold, UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, Barbican London and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Gagosian is the lead corporate sponsor of Four Quartets on tour.

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AN UNTITLED LOVE

Wednesday, February 23rd through Saturday, February 26th

Location: BAM Strong

Ticket Information: Starts at $30 

Set to the music of the neo-soul, Grammy Award-winning R&B artist D’Angelo, An Untitled Love serves as Kyle Abraham’s creative exaltation of Black love and unity. He dedicates this feel-good work—its visceral hope, solace, and joy—to family, culture, and community strengthened over generations and lifetimes. Nearly three decades after first befriending Brown Sugar, D’Angelo’s debut album, Abraham choreographs to the music of a singular artist for the first time in a work of this scale. Personifying love in all forms, this work shines through devotion to detail in the music and through movement.
Choreographer Kyle Abraham, founder and artistic director of A.I.M, has been a MacArthur “genius” Fellow and a Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner. Presenting work for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, at Lincoln Center, BAM, Harlem Stage, and abroad, the Pittsburgh native is among today’s most in-demand dancemakers. The first Black choreographer commissioned by New York City Ballet in over a decade, he featured music by Jay-Z and Kanye West in that production, The Runaway. Following his “Best of Dance for 2018” recognition by The New York Times, he choreographed Ash, a solo work for American Ballet Theater Principal Dancer Misty Copeland in 2019. Abraham, greatly influenced by the late 1970s hip-hop culture he was born into, also incorporates an artistic upbringing of classical cello, piano, and visual arts into his work.

Music by D’Angelo and The Vanguard
Scenic and lighting design by Dan Scully
Costume design by Karen Young and Kyle Abraham
Visual art by Joe Buckingham

Commissioning support for An Untitled Love comes from BAM; American Dance Festival with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Works; August Wilson African American Cultural Center; Houston Society for Performing Arts; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, Director Seth Soloway; Seattle Theater Group; and White Bird, Portland, Oregon, made possible through White Bird’s 2020 Barney Choreographic Prize.

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Photo: Courtesy of the artist and MACK

BROOKLYN TALKS: WHITE SHOES WITH NONA FAUSTINE

Friday, February 11th, 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Ticket Information: $16 and include after-hours access to The Slipstream: Reflection, Resistance, and Resilience in the Art of Our Time.

Artist Nona Faustine discusses her new book White Shoes in a conversation with book contributors Jessica Lanay, Pamela Sneed, and Seph Rodney. White Shoes is a collection of self-portraits taken in locations around New York that were the sites of slave auctions, burial grounds, slave-owning farms, and the coastal locations where slave ships docked. Faustine confronts the city’s once significant—and now largely obscured and unacknowledged—involvement in the slave trade, in solidarity with the people whose names and memories have been lost but are embedded in the land. The conversation will be followed by a book signing.

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Cover, Bitter by Akwaeke Emezi, 2021. (Photo: Courtesy of the author and Knopf Books)

BROOKLYN READS: BITTER WITH AKWAEKE EMEZI

Thursday, February 17th, 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Ticket Information: $25 and include a copy of Bitter.

Join Akwaeke Emezi for the launch of their latest novel, Bitter, which explores the stakes of social revolution and how youth lead the way. The companion novel to Pet—a 2019 finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature—Bitter follows a young artist torn between staying within the walls of her studio or protesting in the streets against the deep injustices that grip her hometown of Lucille.

The program begins with a reading from Bitter, followed by a conversation with Nic Stone, author of Dear Martin, about Emezi’s writing process and their wide-ranging career as an author and video artist. Emezi’s other novels include The New York Times bestseller The Death of Vivek Oji (2020)  and Freshwater (2018), which was shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award. The program is followed by a book signing. Plus, enjoy an after-hours viewing of The Slipstream: Reflection, Resistance, and Resilience in the Art of Our Times.

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ON DEMAND VIEWING: CALLISTO QUARTET

Sunday, February 13th through Sunday, February 20th

Ticket Information: FREE

Praised for their “intensity and bravado” (Third Coast Review), the Callisto Quartet’s Ernst Stiefel residency continues this year with two appearances that spotlight emerging composers and the classic works that influenced them. In this performance, you’ll hear a world premiere by Nathaniel Heyder, who was inspired by Brahms’ Third String Quartet, which was itself modeled after the Mozart Quartet also on the program. Above all else, the three works share an unmistakable joy of life and nature. 

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BLACK ART JAZZ COLLECTIVE

Thursday, February 3rd, 7:30pm, 9:30pm

Location: Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center and Online

Ticket Information: Starts at $45, Virtual $10

Founded by saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, and drummer Johnathan Blake, the Black Art Jazz Collective made their debut performance at Dizzy’s in 2013. For years, the BAJC members have been instrumental in the global jazz community, both as leaders and as invaluable members of ensembles led by Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Kenny Barron, Wayne Shorter, Wallace Roney, Ron Carter, and others. Their sound is reminiscent of groups led by Jackie McLean, Miles Davis, Woody Shaw, and Art Blakey. For this performance, the Black Art Jazz Collective will perform music from their latest album, Ascension. The sets will showcase compositions celebrating jazz icons Harold Mabern, Larry Willis, and Jackie McLean in addition to pieces inspired by the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 and the Thirteenth Amendment.

PERFORMANCE LINEUP

Wayne Escoffery, tenor saxophone
Jeremy Pelt, trumpet
James Burton III, trombone
Victor Gould, piano
Rashaan Carter, bass
Mark Whitfield, Jr., drums

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Photo: ©Dizzy’s Club

SAMARA JOY

Monday, February 14th
 
Location: Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Ticket Information: Starts at $55

With a voice as smooth as velvet, Samara Joy’s star seems to rise with each performance. Following her 2019 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition win, she released her debut album Samara Joy. As one of America’s most promising young vocalists, the 22-year-old Bronx native and recent SUNY Purchase graduate puts her spin on jazz standards from the Great American Songbook. There is no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with Samara and her top-notch band.

PERFORMANCE LINEUP

Samara Joy, vocals

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Photo: ©Jazz at Lincoln Center

DIANNE REEVES: LET’S FALL IN LOVE

PRESENTED AS PART OF THE ERTEGUN JAZZ CONCERT SERIES

Friday, February 11th through Saturday, February 12th

Location: Rose Theater

Ticket Information: Starts at $40

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • One of the world’s top jazz vocalists returns to mesmerize audiences with her beloved Valentine’s Day shows in Rose Theater.

  • Masterful vocals and hypnotizing musical storytelling.

ABOUT THE CONCERT

Continuing a hugely popular tradition now in its 10th year, NEA Jazz Master vocalist Dianne Reeves sets the mood for Valentine’s Day weekend in Rose Theater. A supremely talented vocalist and hypnotizing storyteller, Reeves has been hailed as “the most admired jazz diva since the heyday of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday” by The New York Times.

With her powerful voice, bold dramatic flair, and penchant for spontaneity, Reeves inhabits every story she sings, taking mesmerized audiences along for the ride. See the show that has audiences coming back year after year—and wow the one you love (or treat yourself!) with an unbeatable musical experience.

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VOICES OF THE MISSISSIPPI

Friday, February 25th through Saturday, February 26th

Location: The Appel Room

Ticket Information: Starts at $65

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Acoustic, electric blues and gospel music performed by some of Mississippi’s finest musicians.

  • Rare snapshots of a unique culture captured and curated by historian and folklorist William Ferris.

ABOUT THE CONCERT

Voices of Mississippi is a new multimedia event celebrating the music, art, and storytelling traditions of the people of Mississippi. Based on the 2019 double Grammy Award-winning Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris, the program features live musical performances integrated with film, audio recordings, and rare photographs captured by folklorist William Ferris, who will serve as host for the evening.

A historian with a proudly egalitarian lens, Ferris studies Mississippi as a slice of humanity in which everyone and everything is interconnected—and in which the beating heart of broader cultural traditions can be found in some of the most overlooked figures and places. From the 1960s through the 1990s, Ferris captured an invaluable archive of cultural and musical treasures, and much of that art and humanity will be shared in this unique multimedia concert experience.

Featuring Bobby Rush and Ruthie Foster with William Ferris, Cedric Burnside, Sharde Thomas, and Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars, Voices of Mississippi combines blues, folk, gospel music, and spoken-word storytelling to paint a powerful picture of a unique time and place that remains an essential piece of the American cultural fabric.

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DAPHNE’S DIVE

Tuesday, February 1st through Sunday, March 20th

Ticket Information: Starts at $40

Colorful characters create a makeshift ménage at the neighborhood watering hole in a vivid and vibrant play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Water by the Spoonful and In the Heights.

Run by the warm and enterprising Daphne, a north Philadelphia bar becomes home for a disparate band of society’s outsiders; among them an offbeat artist, eccentric activist, ambitious businessman, retired biker, abandoned teenager and Daphne’s vivacious sister. Over the course of nearly twenty years, they drink, dance, rejoice, and grieve together in a captivating weave of interconnection.

Both poignant and joyful, this tribute to found family serves hospitality with a twist of heart in every pour.

“There’s an unassailable heart to Hudes’ work – a fierce compassion for the people she creates and an equally ardent love for the ethnically and culturally diverse city that raised her.”
– THE GUARDIAN

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Photo: Blanka Amezkua

ART WORKSHOP: PAPEL PICADO: A WINTER WORKSPACE WORKSHOP WITH BLANKA AMEZKUA

Sunday, February 6th, 10:00am-2:00pm

Location: Meet at Glyndor Gallery

Ticket Information: $55, including admission to the grounds.

Explore the work of Latinx Winter Workspace artist Blanka Amezkua and traditional papel picado, a folk art of Mexico that involves cut paper. Using chisel tools, brightly colored tissue and floral design as guides, string together mini floral banners ready to add a festive mood to any occasion! All materials provided.

Blanka Amezkua is a Mexican-born, Latinx American  contemporary artist living and working in New York City. Trained as a painter and greatly inspired by folk art and popular culture, she articulates ideas about gender, culture and notions of identity using a wide range of materials and techniques, such as crochet, embroidery, comic book visual vernacular, painting and more.

Amezkua’s interests in the medicinal properties, forms and overall structures of plants found in the herb garden at Wave Hill inform new directions for her papel picado practice, a traditional Mexican paper cutting technique. Amezkua will create larger works than she has previously made, juxtaposing the cut paper works with images from the Codex de la Cruz-Badiano, the first illustrated and descriptive scientific text of Aztec medicine and botany created in the Americas in 1552.

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Photo courtesy of Wave Hill

WINTER WALKS SERIES: COMPLEX PATTERNS IN THE TROPICAL HOUSE

Thursday, February 17th, 11:00am-2:00pm

Location: Meet in the Conservatory

Ticket Information: $15, including admission to the grounds.

A kaleidoscope of colored leaves wave at visitors from the benches of the Tropical House. Join Senior Horticultural Interpreter Jess Brey as she takes a deep dive into what causes variegation in tropical plants and why plant enthusiasts are so obsessed. This is the third and final walk in our Winter Walks Series. Participants in any of the walks in the series receive a $5 drink voucher to redeem in The Café for a warm beverage after the walk. Severe weather cancels. This walk also takes place at noon today, as well as at 11AM and noon on Saturday, February 19.

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BROADWAY SINGS BEYONCE AND LADY GAGA

Thursday, February 24th from 7:00-9:30pm

Ticket Information: $38 ticket includes: Admission, skates, live music and one complimentary signature drink in Wollman’s rink side Hot Toddy Tent. Private entrance through Wollman Rink’s East gate.

Grab some skates, a signature drink from the rink side Hot Toddy Tent, and come party with Broadway Sings at Wollman Rink in Central Park for their final rink side concert event of the season!

The Broadway Sings live band and six insanely talented Broadway stars will celebrate the music of the ultimate queens of pop: Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Throughout the night, you’ll hear new arrangements of the hits of these two dynamic artists, including “Single Ladies,” “Irreplaceable,” “You and I,” and “Poker Face.”

SCHEDULED TO APPEAR:

Kate Rockwell (Mean Girls)
Corey Mach (Kinky Boots)
Zak Resnick (Mamma Mia)
Jillian Mueller (Pretty Woman)
Keri René Fuller (Jagged Little Pill)
Brennyn Lark (Les Miserables)

The New York Times calls the series “sheer brilliance” and has landed on Playbill’s “Best of the Year” lists for multiple years in a row. The show is produced by Corey Mach with music directed by Joshua Stephen Kartes.

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DJ NIGHTS: BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Friday, February 25th from 6:00pm-9:00pm

Ticket Information: $38 ticket includes: admission, skates, live music and one complimentary signature drink in Wollman’s rink side Hot Toddy Tent. Music will be performed on the rink side stage, weather permitting (and piped through the sound system inside the Clubhouse), with à la carte food available in The Café.

Join us for a live music and skating experience when DJ Mastermind and guest vocalists fill Wollman Rink with the sounds of 90’s hip hop, R&B and reggae in celebration of Black History Month. It will be an energized New York night of dancing on the ice.

Your Host: DJ Mastermind

With more than 13 years in the industry, Brooklyn-born, heavy-hitter DJ Mastermind has always been known for getting the party started! From the club scenes in NYC and Las Vegas to private events with Netflix, Savage X Fenty and multiple NYFW shows, DJ Mastermind is excited to add a live performance at Wollman Rink, where he will spin all the greatest hits from the 90s!

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