EXCITING EVENTS AROUND NEW YORK: FEBRUARY 2023
By Great Performances
Explore Great Music, Art and More at Our Partner Venues This Month!
DINING WITH THE DIVAS 2023
Thursday, February 9th at 11:30am
Location: Apollo’s Historic Theater
Dining with the Divas is a unique event that highlights extraordinary women from various industries who serve as role models and mentors. This special luncheon attracts more than 350 guests and is an important networking opportunity for a diverse and influential group of women. In 2023, Dining with the Divas will return to the historic Apollo, and promises to bring fellowship, community and female empowerment during this annual celebration.
THE APOLLO PRESENTS
THE BLUES AND ITS PEOPLE
Saturday, February 18th at 8:00pm
Location: Apollo’s Historic Theater
Tickets: Start at $35
WITH RUSSELL GUNN AND SPECIAL GUESTS
CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF AMIRI BARAKA’S BLUES PEOPLE
“Where the music goes, that’s where the people go. The music reflects the people.” – Amiri Baraka
Join us for The Blues and Its People, an electrifying evening-length concert featuring critically acclaimed composer and trumpeter Russell Gunn and his Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra that brings to life poet and author Amiri Baraka’s groundbreaking work, Blues People: Negro Music in White America. Special guests include Weedie Braimah, Davell Crawford, Miles Griffith, Craig Harris, Stefon Harris, Jazzmeia Horn, Oliver Lake, jessica care Moore, and Leon Timbo. This exciting one-night-only exploration of jazz, gospel, and blues, commissioned by the Apollo, traverses Baraka’s text through song and readings curated by Fredara Hadley, Ph.D, ethnomusicologist at The Julliard School of Music.
Don’t miss this special celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Baraka’s revolutionary text and the enduring legacy of Black music as only the Apollo could tell it. The Blues and Its People is a continuation of the Apollo’s 2022-2023 season, The Next Movement, an exploration of what’s new, now and next in music, dance, art and ideas.
THE SIGN IN SIDNEY BRUSTEIN’S WINDOW
Saturday, February 4th through Sunday, March 19th
Location: BAM Strong, Harvey Theater
Tickets: start at $35
BY LORRAINE HANSBERRY
WITH OSCAR ISAAC AND RACHEL BROSNAHAN
DIRECTED BY ANNE KAUFFMAN
Oscar Isaac (Scenes from a Marriage, Hamlet, Star Wars) and Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Dead for a Dollar, Othello) star in Lorraine Hansberry’s (A Raisin in the Sun) sweeping drama of identity, idealism, and love. With direction by Anne Kauffman, BAM’s production marks the first major New York revival since the original Broadway run.
Hansberry invites us into Greenwich Village in the 60s, crafting a razor-sharp portrait of a diverse group of friends whose progressive dreams can’t quite match reality. At the center are Sidney and Iris Brustein, fighting to see if their marriage—with all its crackling wit, passion, and petty cruelty—can survive Sidney’s ideals. As if reaching across the decades, Hansberry’s incisive final work offers shockingly contemporary provocations.
Discover this “astonishing force” (The Chicago Tribune) from one of America’s greatest playwrights when it finally returns to New York.
JAMEL GAINES CREATIVE OUTLET PRESENTS REMEMBERING
February 17th and 18th
Location: BAM Fisher, Fishman Space
Tickets: $100 for Supporting Creative Outlet Artists + Show Ticket; $40 GA Ticket
Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet
REMEMBERING… a multimedia production that explores the historical accounts of the Middle Passage, Slavery, and Emancipation. Inspired by “The MAAFA Suite” and the teachings of Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood, it incorporates images by Tom Feelings and music by Phil Hamilton and John Williams. REMEMBERING is American history told by African Voices, lacing Contemporary and African Dance with audio-visual elements including spoken word, music, and African drumming.
FIRST SATURDAY: LEGACY
Saturday, February 4th, all day
Ring in Black History Month and celebrate twenty-five years of First Saturdays! This month’s theme honors the legacy of Black artistic production in Brooklyn. The evening’s events vibrate with the creative excellence of Black artists who are shaping the borough’s culture today and of throwback performers who put First Saturdays on the map.
This event is free; advance registration is required. Admission is subject to our capacity at the time of your arrival.
ART HISTORY HAPPY HOUR: AFRICAN ANCESTORS OF EGYPT AND NUBIA
Thursday, February 16th from 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: The Norm Restaurant and Bar, 1st Floor
Tickets: $45 and include wine tastings, small bites, and after-hours admission to our Egyptian galleries. Additional beverages are available for purchase. Member tickets are $40.
Our season of Art History Happy Hours continues with an evening of lighthearted lectures and accompanying wines inspired by African Ancestors of Egypt and Nubia: From the Green Sahara to the Nile. This special gallery activation highlights connections between ancient Egypt and other African cultures in art, religion, and language. Delve deeper into these histories with Annissa Malvoisin, Bard Graduate Center / Brooklyn Museum Postdoctoral Fellow in the Arts of Africa; Meghan Bill, Coordinator of Provenance; and Dr. Vanessa Davies, scholar and founding organizer of the Nile Valley Collective. During the program, enjoy wine pairings by Marquis Williams of the Brooklyn-based wine club Highly Recommended.
Sunday, February 12th at 2:00pm
Tickets: Start at $30 / Free for children 18 and under
2022-23 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence
The Ivalas Quartet, Caramoor’s 2022 – 23 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence, was formed at the University of Michigan in 2017. Dedicated to the celebration of diverse voices, Ivalas seeks to disrupt the classical music world by continuously spotlighting Black and Indigenous composers such as Eleanor Alberga, whose First String Quartet is featured on the Quartet’s fall performance in the Music Room, alongside quartets by Osvaldo Golijov and Beethoven.
ALPHONSO HORNE’S GOTHAM KINGS MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION
Tuesday, February 21st and Wednesday, February 22nd
Tickets: start at $20
ABOUT THE SHOW
Trumpet player and irrepressible band leader Alphonso Horne leads this high-octane outfit inspired by the music of King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band. Gotham Kings engages the virtuosity of Louis Armstrong and innovative genius of King Oliver to invite audiences into an immersive sound chamber that transmits rags, stomps, shouts, and funk. This high-energy set celebrates the legacy of Mardi Gras with a dynamic band and repertoire that bonds past, present, and future.
Alphonso Horne, trumpet
Friday, February 3rd from 10:00am – 9:00pm
Tickets: Free all Day!
Join Poster House on the First Friday of every month for free admission and extended hours! Explore the museum’s latest exhibitions and get in on the fun by attending a tour, workshop, performance, or activity throughout the day. Every First Friday is different, offering unique opportunities to engage with rotating exhibitions and the permanent collection.
1pm Experimental Drawing Workshop $10
3pm Poster History Timeline Tour
4pm Street Dancing Workshop $10
5pm Masked Vigilantes Docent Tour
6pm Bollywood Dance Workshop $10
7:30pm Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet Performance
POSTER KIDS: I SPY
Sunday, February 12th from 10:30am – 12:00pm
Have you ever wanted to play I Spy in a museum? Now you can! Join Poster Kids as we find unique and sometimes hidden images in our poster exhibitions. After our gallery activity, we’ll head to the workshop to create our own I Spy-themed collages and drawings.
Join Poster House on select Sunday mornings from 10:30am–12pm for a family-friendly, interactive poster tour and a related art-making experience. Admission is free; advanced registration is required.
A BRIGHT NEW BOISE
Tuesday, January 31st through Sunday, March 12th
Tickets: start at $49
MacArthur Fellow Samuel D. Hunter, whose first work in his Premiere Residency – the world premiere of A Case for the Existence of God – ran at Signature to great critical acclaim, returns with the Off-Broadway premiere of A Bright New Boise. As i n Case, Hunter here captures a region of his home state Idaho – in the negative space of a depersonalized work environment – through the people who inhabit it. This dark comedic work depicts a Boise Hobby Lobby thrown into chaos by the arrival of a new employee sorting through a tragic past. Like Hudes, audiences can experience Hunter’s stage work alongside his unique dramatic vision on-screen: Darren Aronofsky’s film adaptation of his play The Whale, starring Brendan Fraser, is expected to be released by A24 sometime in 2022.
LETTERS FROM MAX
Tuesday, February 7th through Sunday, March 19th
Tickets: start at $49
MacArthur Fellow Sarah Ruhl begins her Spotlight Residency with the world premiere adaptation of her 2018 epistolary book, Letters from Max: A Poet, a Teacher, and a Friendship, “a resonant and profound contribution from two fully formed artists to the literature of illness” (Slate). Ruhl, whose accomplished body of work includes Eurydice and Pulitzer Prize finalists In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) and The Clean House, shares letters and poems passed between herself and her former student Max Ritvo, as he candidly discusses terminal illness and tests poetry’s capacity to put to words what otherwise feels ineffable.
NATURE’S MEDICINE CABINET: WINTER TEAS
Sunday, February 5th from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Wave Hill House – Toscanini Room
Tickets: $55, including admission to the grounds. Wave Hill Members save 10%
Learn about medicinal herbs in the form of loose teas. They can boost mood, support immunity, calm nerves, sooth digestion and detox…all while warming you up! Join herbalist Melissa Rivera to taste-test some herbal tea blends, compare a variety of steeper styles and create your own tea-samplings to take home. Ages twelve and older welcome with an adult. Hibernators Weekend event.
CONCERT: WARP TRIO
Sunday, February 26th from 2:00–3:00pm
Location: Armor Hall
Tickets: $30 Adult/$16 Student with ID/$14 Child (8-18), including admission to the grounds. Advance tickets $2 off. Wave Hill Members save 10%
This performance features:
Mikael Darmanie – piano
Josh Henderson – violin
Ju Young Lee – cello
Rick Martinez – percussion
Warp Trio is an internationally touring, cross-genre chamber music experience. Reflecting the juxtaposition of Juilliard-trained musicians with members steeped in rock and jazz styles, the one-of-a-kind trio—that even has a fourth member!—can be seen performing classical works in prestigious halls on the same tour where they headline a standing room-only show at a rock venue. In addition to their electrifying public performances, they have gained a reputation for their innovative educational workshops for students from grade school through university level.
ICE SKATING IN CENTRAL PARK
October 24th through March 15th
Tickets: start at $10
Time to get your tickets for the wonderful season ahead!
As stewards of the historic gathering space that is Wollman Rink, we pledge to spark bliss that exhilarates the community’s sense of connection, positivity and possibility. We can’t wait to get this season started!
ICE THEATRE OF NEW YORK®
Thursday, February 2nd and Thursday, March 2nd
Ice Theatre of New York® to present Pop-Up City Skate Concerts at Wollman Rink on February 2 & March 2, 2023 at 6:30pm in Central Park. (Rain dates are February 9 and March 9.)
ITNY repertory works will include Of Water and Ice, When Atoms Embrace, Take Five, as well as a new duet for Liz Yoshiko Schmidt and Danil Berdnikov by choreographer Lorna Brown, and more. ITNY will also give opportunities to guest artists and long-time performance apprentices Oona and Gage Brown.
These short Pop-Up concerts take place immediately after the ice resurfacing and are designed to inspire and delight the public waiting to skate the next session, while introducing them to the art of dancing on ice.