Exciting Events Around New York: March 2022

EXCITING EVENTS AROUND NEW YORK: MARCH 2022

By Great Performances

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

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SOMI AND FRIENDS: THE REIMAGINATION OF MIRIAM MAKEBA

Saturday, March 19th at 8:00pm

Ticket Information: Start at $25

Hailed for her “African grooves, supple jazz singing and compassionate social consciousness … both serious and seductive” by The New York TimesSomi is known for her wide-ranging vocal technique and her original blend of modern jazz with African music styles. The multi-faceted singer, songwriter, playwright, and actor of Rwandan and Ugandan descent has built a career of transatlantic storytelling to give voice to issues of social justice, transnationalism, womanhood, and global constructions of Blackness.

Having received rave reviews from her recent new musical Dreaming Zenzile, the Grammy-nominated international music sensation comes to the Apollo to perform music from this lauded work as well as her companion album Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba. She is joined by a roster of special guests in this festive celebration of the late South African singer-songwriter and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba and her invaluable musical contributions and messages of social justice.

Leadership support for Somi and Friends: The Reimagination of Mariam Makeba is provided by the HBO Fund for Theater. Additional support is provided by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Credit: Matthew Reeves

LIVE NATION PRESENTS
THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS

Friday, March 25th at 8:00pm

Ticket Information: Start at $49.50

Founded in London towards the end of the punk scene, The Psychedelic Furs revolve around brothers Tim and Richard Butler and their art-rock, indie rock sound.

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Photo: ©BAM

THE MEDIUM

Tuesday, March 15th through Sunday, March 20th

Location: BAM Fisher, Fishman Space

Ticket Information: Start at $35

For the past 30 years, SITI Company has created a new work almost every year—and in the process, firmly established itself as a downtown New York theater institution. Now, to mark its final season producing and presenting new work, SITI revives its first-ever devised piece: a meditation on technology that’s more resonant now than when it premiered in 1993.

The Medium draws heavily on the writings of pioneering media theorist Marshall McLuhan, coiner of the phrases “the medium is the message” and “global village” to describe his visions of our interconnected future. A champion talker deprived of speech by a stroke near the end of his life, McLuhan (portrayed with tragicomic precision by Will Bond) staggers and clicks his way through Bogart’s multichannel multiverse—a black-and-white vision of televised anti-revolution that puts our modern technocratic dilemmas front-and-center. Staged with minimalist potency and maximal physicality by Bogart and the astonishing artists of SITI Company, The Medium asks: Who are we—and what are we becoming—in the flickering light of our own devices?
 

Scenic & lighting design Brian H. Scott adapted from original scenic design by Neil Patel
Costume design by Gabriel Berry
Soundscape by Darron L. West

The Medium originated in 1993 at the Toga Festival in Toga-Mura, Japan. The 2022 production was re-commissioned, produced, and presented for touring by City Theatre Company.

SITI’s Legacy Plan and 30th Anniversary Season was funded, in part, by The Howard Gilman Foundation.

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Photo: ©BAM

L’ALLEGRO, IL PENSEROSO ED IL MODERATO

Thursday, March 24th through Sunday, March 27th

Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House 

Ticket Information: Start at $35 

MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP
MMDG MUSIC ENSEMBLE AND THE CHOIR OF TRINITY WALL STREET WITH DOWNTOWN VOICES
CONDUCTED BY COLIN FOWLER
CHOREOGRAPHY BY MARK MORRIS

Part of A New York Season
On a darkened stage, two dancers collide in a burst of light, music, and color—and from this encounter, an enchanting world is born. Hailed as Mark Morris’s undisputed masterwork since its US premiere here at BAM in 1990, L’Allegro conjures with radiant simplicity a mythic landscape of graces, gods, and lovers. Set to Handel’s soaring interpretation of Milton’s Arcadian poetry, Morris’s choreography draws deep from Greek and Roman motifs while remaining, somehow, timeless. With sopranos Yulia Van Doren and Sarah Brailey, tenor Brian Giebler, and bass-baritone Joseph Charles Beutel.

Returning home to Brooklyn for the first time in more than a decade, L’Allegro promises an ebullient evening of quintessential Mark Morris. Ancient yet youthful, Baroque yet effortlessly natural, it’s an intricate feast for the senses; a meditation on innocence and experience to warm the spirit after so many months of still bodies and darkened stages.

Music by George Frideric Handel
Set design by Adrianne Lobel
Costume design by Christine Van Loon
Lighting design by James F. Ingalls

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Cover, In Sensorium: Notes for My People by Tanaïs, 2022. (Photo: Courtesy of the author and Mariner Books)

BROOKLYN READS: IN SENSORIUM WITH TANAÏS

Thursday, March 10th from 7:00-9:00pm

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

Ticket Information: $20. Member tickets are $16. Tickets including a copy of In Sensorium: Notes for My People are $40.

Join writer and perfumer Tanaïs for a multisensory exploration of their latest book, In Sensorium: Notes for My People. This expansive memoir offers a critical alternate history of South Asia, written from an American Bangladeshi Muslim femme perspective, and interrogates the ancient violence and ancestral trauma of a lush land continually threatened by colonization, capitalism, and climate change. Structured like a perfume—moving from base to heart to head notes—In Sensorium brings memoir together with eons of South Asian perfume history, erotic and religious texts, and survivor testimonies. The program, similarly, takes the shape of fragrance. In between readings from the book, participants will experience a selection of scent interludes prepared by Tanaïs specially for this occasion, as well as a conversation with Samhita Mukhopadhyay, former Executive Editor, Teen Vogue. Plus, enjoy an after-hours viewing of Baseera Khan: I Am an Archive.

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Diedrick Brackens (American, born 1989). when no softness came, 2019. Cotton and acrylic yarn, 96 × 96 in. (243.8 × 243.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Purchased with funds given by The LIFEWTR Fund at Frieze New York 2019, 2019.12. (Photo: Courtesy of Various Small Fires L.A.)

AN AFTERNOON ON COLLECTIVE CARE

Sunday, March 13th from 1:00-5:00pm

Location: Great Hall, 1st Floor, and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Ticket Information: This event is free, but registration is required. Copies of Care Manual: Dreaming Care into Being will be available for purchase on-site.

Honor the impact of two years of the COVID-19 pandemic with an afternoon centered on care, resilience, and healing. In our galleries, exhibition curator Eugenie Tsai leads a tour of The Slipstream: Reflection, Resistance, and Resilience in the Art of Our Time with a focus on themes of illness and support structures. Then, author Kamra Hakim—founder of Black trans–led artist residency Activation Residency—launches their new book Care Manual: Dreaming Care into Being with a reading and conversation followed by a book signing. Hakim is joined by Annika Hansteen-Izora, artist and author of Tenderness: An Honoring of My Queer Black Joy and Rage, and herbalist Marisa Hall to discuss healing within BIPOC communities and the pivotal role that care plays within their respective practices. And finally, instrumentalist Rachika Nayar performs tracks from her debut full-length album, Our Hands Against the Dusk, accompanied by cellist Issei Herr. Using electric guitar, Nayar explores the experience of touch, from caressing to collisions between worlds.

Schedule:

  • 1–1:45 pm Curator Tour: The Slipstream: Reflection, Resistance, and Resilience in the Art of Our Time, Great Hall, 1st Floor
  • 2–3:30 pm Book Talk: Dreaming Care into Being, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
  • 4–5 pm Music: Rachika Nayar and Issei Herr, Great Hall, 1st Floor

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Photo: ©Caramoor

MICHELLE CANN, Piano

Sunday, March 20th at 3:00pm

Ticket Information: Start at $30

Overview

Pianist Michelle Cann — a “compelling, sparkling virtuoso” (Boston Music Intelligencer) — returns to Caramoor with a powerful recital of works by Margaret Bonds, Florence Price, Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms, and Frédéric Chopin. Cann’s curated suite of piano masterworks breaks the classical music mold to fuse feminine perspectives and idioms of Black vernacular with European traditions.

Bound by location and circumstance and impeded by prejudice, Black composers Florence Price and Margaret Bonds began as child prodigies and, despite each receiving major acclaim during their lifetime, both were largely forgotten in the years following.

Price’s Sonata in E Minor interjects notes of dance, folk spirituals, jazz, and blues into classical passages. And among Chopin-esque cascades, her masterwork Fantasie Negre No. 1 borrows its melody from African American folk songs.

Similarly, Bonds’s Troubled Water takes its theme from Wade in the Water, adding a traditional European structure to the spiritual.

Clara Schumann, whose distinct composing voice was overshadowed by that of her husband Robert, is represented by Quatre Pièces Fugitives, Op. 15 — a collection of romantic and introspective works that takes its name from its unrestrained nature, which break formal conventions of the time. 

Ballades by Chopin and Brahms round out the program and add a purist view to the conversation.

Program

Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47 
Florence Price: Sonata in E Minor
Johannes Brahms: Ballade in D Major, Op. 10, No. 2
Clara Schumann: Quatre Pièces Fugitives, Op. 15
Florence Price: Fantasie Negre No. 1
Margaret Bonds: Troubled Water

Photo: ©Dizzy’s Club

ALPHONSO HORNE’S GOTHAM KINGS

MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION

Tuesday, March 1st at 7:30pm and 9:30pm

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

Ticket Information: Start at $35

ABOUT THE SHOW

The Gotham Kings bring their annual Fat Tuesday celebration back to Dizzy’s. Led by trumpeter Alphonso Horne, this fun-loving group of musicians and dancers will treat audiences to the infectious traditions of Creole jazz. The concert showcases the virtuosity of a young Louis Armstrong and the innovative genius of King Oliver, weaving the sounds of New Orleans into a rich musical fabric that uplifts and warms the soul. With special Mardi Gras drinks on the menu, the club will be in good spirits for the occasion.

PERFORMANCE LINEUP

Alphonso Horne, trumpet

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Photo: ©Dizzy’s Club

DIVA SWINGS BROADWAY

Thursday, March 17th through Sunday, March 20th
 
Location: Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Ticket Information: Start at $35,  Virtual $10

ABOUT THE SHOW

Tonight marks the release party for DIVA Jazz Orchestra’s new album, DIVA Swings Broadway. Broadway musicals have been the source of many great jazz standards, which the DIVA Jazz Orchestra loves to reimagine. The ensemble has commissioned innovative and exciting arrangements to highlight the power, force, and sophisticated subtlety of the group’s sound and to feature the unique personalities of its fifteen exceptional soloists. This music is timeless, even when reimagined and swinging hard!

PERFORMANCE LINEUP

Sherrie Maricle, drums and music director
Alexa Tarantino, alto saxophone
Mercedes Beckman, alto saxophone
Roxy Coss, tenor saxophone
Laura Dreyer, tenor saxophone
Leigh Pilzer, baritone saxophone
Liesl Whitaker, trumpet
Jami Dauber, trumpet
Rachel Therrien, trumpet
Barbara Laronga, trumpet
Jennifer Krupa, trombone
Sara Jacovino, trombone
Leslie Havens, bass trombone
Tomoko Ohno, piano
Noriko Ueda, bass

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Photo: ©Jazz at Lincoln Center

JOURNEY THROUGH JAZZ: FUNDAMENTALS

FEATURING THE JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS

LYNNE AND RICHED PASCULANO JAZZ SERIES

Friday, March 18th and Saturday, March 19th

Location: The Appel Room

Ticket Information: Start at $35

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • An interactive and educational journey of the evolution of jazz and the blues, hosted by music director Wynton Marsalis.

  • Explore America’s music and the blues in this inaugural concert series featuring the JLCO in the Appel Room.

  • Gain a deeper understanding of jazz and music legends Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Leonard Bernstein, Wayne Shorter, and Jelly Roll Morton in this interactive evening for all ages.

ABOUT THE CONCERT

Delve into Wynton Marsalis’s new concert series Journey Through Jazz, which takes audiences on an odyssey through America’s music. Illustrating his gift for combining prose and music with wisdom and humor, Marsalis leads the crowd through a narrative that explains the evolution of jazz and the blues. These are the inaugural concerts in a family-friendly series, funded by Lynne and Richard Pasculano, to help audiences appreciate different aspects of this American art form. The performances are also a rare opportunity to experience the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in the intimate and iconic Appel Room.

In this interactive evening, explore American folk music and the blues as well as their relationship to jazz. Join us for a journey of captivating musical moments. Jazz novices, enthusiasts, musicians, and music lovers of all ages are welcome.

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Photo: ©Jazz at Lincoln Center

WHAT IS THE BLUES? WITH CATHERINE RUSSELL

FAMILY CONCERT

Saturday, March 26th at 1:00pm and 3:00pm

Location: Rose Theater

Ticket Information: Start at $10

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • An energetic, interactive introduction to the blues for children and families. 

  • A live band led by charismatic blues singer Catherine Russell. 

  • An hour-long exploration of the blues for all ages with Grammy Award-winning vocalist Catherine Russell.

ABOUT THE CONCERT

In this hour-long interactive concert, families will learn all about the fundamental musical concept known as “the blues.” With support from a soulful live band, this afternoon performance will be hosted by the charismatic Catherine Russell, named “the best blues singer today” by the Wall Street Journal.

The blues is one of the most foundational and widespread traditions in music—and it can mean a lot of different things! Audiences will enjoy live performances of songs from across the genre’s history, and the band will demonstrate how the music is structured, illustrate “blue notes” with their improvised solos, and lead the crowd in some lively call-and-response as Russell sings about what it means to have the blues.

Though the blues is its own genre of music, it’s also a core component of jazz and one of the roots of popular American music as a whole. Make sure you’re in Rose Theater to sing along when Catherine Russell and the band answer that classic question for budding music lovers: “What is the blues?”

This program is presented through the generosity of Mica and Ahmet Ertegun.

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Photo: ©Signature Theater Company

CONFEDERATES

Tuesday, March 8th through Sunday, April 24th

Ticket Information: Start at $35

Sara, an enslaved rebel turned Union spy, and Sandra, a tenured professor in a modern-day private university, are having parallel experiences of institutional racism, though they live over a century apart. This New York premiere by MacArthur Genius Fellow Dominique Morisseau, directed by Stori Ayers, leaps through time to trace the identities of these two Black American women and explore the reins that racial and gender bias still hold on American educational systems today.

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Destiny Belgrave, "Manna from Heaven", 2019. Mixed media papercuts, acrylic, gouache, and marker. Courtesy of Tamara Weg, The Art Crush Collection

EXHIBIT: THE NATURE OF FAMILY PORTRAITS

Tuesday, March 15th through Monday, July 11th

Location: Wave Hill House

Ticket Information: FREE with admission to the grounds

Displayed inside the former domestic setting of Wave Hill House, The Nature of Family Portraits looks to artists who expand on traditions of the family portrait. While each artist’s approach is distinct and personal, the exhibited works all reference and rely upon depictions of nature, flora and landscapes to complement or complicate our understanding of how family relationships and lineage can be represented.

In some cases, fruits and vegetables recall intimate moments shared during meals or link back to culinary traditions passed down through family. By rendering landscapes, both distant and nearby, artists reflect on how stories of migration or displacement influence their understanding of the family unit, particularly when access to the land that holds ancestral or cultural history is limited but not forgotten.

To further expand the notions of kinship, artists use surrealistic depictions of nature and people to reflect both personal and collective imaginings. In examining how themes of home, social histories, displacement and imagination are depicted within contemporary examples of family portraits, the exhibition reflects a myriad of relationships that constitute the family today, including the nuclear family, diasporic and ancestral lineages and chosen families within self-made communities.

The Nature of Family Portraits is organized by Assistant Curator Jesse Bandler Firestone and features works by Destiny Belgrave, Sean-Kierre Lyons, Devin Osorio, Maia Cruz Palileo.

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Photo courtesy of Wave Hill

SPRING WALK SERIES: EARLY SPRING FLOWERS 

Thursday, March 17th from 1:00-2:00pm and Saturday, March 19th from 1:00-2:00pm

Location: Meet at Perkins Visitor Center

Ticket Information: $15, including admission to the grounds. Wave Hill Members save 10%.

Early blooming flowers, like snowdrops, witch hazel and winter aconite, beckon at spring arrives. Even though it is still quiet at Wave Hill, Senior Horticultural Interpreter Jess Brey knows exactly where to look. There is plenty to see and enjoy—just look down! Severe weather cancels. Welcome Spring Weekend event.

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DJ NIGHTS: MOTOWN & OLDIES

Saturday, March 5th from 6:00pm-9:00pm

Ticket Information: $38, plus tax includes: admission, skates, live music performed on the rink side stage, weather permitting (and piped through the sound system inside the Clubhouse), and one complimentary signature drink in Wollman’s rink side Hot Toddy Tent. Food and additional assorted beverages will be available for purchase in The Café.

Join us for a live music and skating experience when New York’s own DJ Rob Dinero and guest vocalists fill Wollman Rink with the music of Motown greats and Oldies remixes. Ice skating in Central Park will be in full groove mode!

Grab some skates, a signature drink from the rink side Hot Toddy Tent and enjoy a New York night out!

Your Host: DJ Rob Dinero

New York’s own DJ Rob Dinero was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He started his DJing career at the age of 14 and landed his first gigs at school events and local house parties in the Bronx area. Rob has evolved, mastered, and created many rare techniques that define him in the entertainment world. He has provided music for clients such as Tommy Hilfiger, Heineken, the VMAs, the Soweto Jazz Festival in South Africa, MTV tr3s Latina Nation Tour, Hot 97 and DJ’d for many of the top nightclubs in NYC & around the US.  DJ Rob Dinero can be heard live on JAMZ 96.3 (WAJZ-FM) in Upstate New York’s “Capital City Region” (Albany/Schenectady/Troy/Saratoga Springs) and on the nationally distributed cable network “Music Choice”.

Additional DJ dates: Saturday, March 19, 6-9pm

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GOSPEL BRUNCH

Sunday, March 6th and Sunday, March 13th from 11:00am-1:00pm

Ticket Information: $38, plus tax includes: admission, skates, live music performed on the rink side stage, weather permitting (and piped through the sound system inside the Clubhouse), and one complimentary signature drink in Wollman’s rink side Hot Toddy Tent. A la carte brunch fare by Melba’s Restaurant will be available in The Café.

Rise and shine for a special morning of gospel music and delicious brunch fare at the iconic Wollman Rink in Central Park. Grab some skates, a signature drink from the rink side Hot Toddy Tent and let the uplifting live music ministry of Vincent Bohanan and The Sound of Victory Fellowship Choir fill your spirit with joy.

Part of a 3-date Sunday series. Final date after this will be: 3/13 from 11:00 AM – 1:00PM.

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LGBTQ+ MINGLE NIGHT: DJ MARY MAC

Saturday, March 12 from 6:00pm-9:00pm

Ticket Information:  $38, plus tax includes: admission, skates, live music performed on the rink side stage, weather permitting (and piped through the sound system inside the Clubhouse), and one complimentary signature drink in Wollman’s rink side Hot Toddy Tent. Food and additional assorted beverages will be available for purchase in The Café.

Everyone is invited to a premier skating experience set to the sounds of Madonna’s resident DJ – DJ Mary Mac live in Central Park. If you have someone, bring someone. If you’re single, come and mingle. Ice skating NYC is where you will want to be!

Grab some skates, a signature drink from the rink side Hot Toddy Tent and join us for this exclusive, energized New York evening out!

YOUR HOST: DJ MARY MAC

With a 15+ year legacy of moving large arena crowds for Grammy award-winning Recording Artists such as Pit Bull, Gwen Stefani, Sting, Kanye West, RUN DMC, Snoop Dog, Foo Fighters and most recently Da Baby. She is most at home as Madonna’s resident DJ on world tours. Large corporate events and festivals: RED BULL/COCA COLA/ SALES FORCE/MACYS as well as NYC MAYORS OFFICE / CITY HALL to name a few. DJ Mary Mac represents the party spirit of NYC at home and abroad. If you blink you may miss her…Catch DJ Mary Mac LIVE in NYC.

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