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Exciting Events Around Town in February

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Celebrate Love, Music, Art and More at Our Partner Venues This Month!

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Pitch Slapped

Friday, February 7 at 10:00 pm

Pitch Slapped is comprised of students from Berklee College of Music in Boston and ranked as one of the world’s premier a cappella groups. It’s a night of hums, bumps, beats and the power of the human voice. Fresh from their viral video of Beyonce’s Déjà Vu, the a capella group takes the stage and lights up Harlem with a late-night jam session. Purchase tickets.

 
 
 
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Rue Brown

Saturday, February 8 at 10:00 pm

Mix a bit of sugar with cinnamon and spice and just the right amount of sass and you’ve conjured Rue Brown for an unforgettable night of music. Rue delivers a blend of jazz, hip hop and soul. Her film credits include Step UpHairspray, and Big Momma’s House: Like Father, Like Son and Footloose. Her theater credits include the off-Broadway production Lost & FoundMemphis and FELA!  Purchase tickets.

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Dining With The Divas

Thursday, February 13

Reception: 11:30 am / Luncheon: 12-1:30 pm

Dining with the Divas is a special luncheon advancing women’s leadership through art education. Held on the Apollo’s legendary stage, this unique event highlights extraordinary women from many industries who serve as role models and mentors. Dining with the Divas attracts more than 350 guests and is an important networking opportunity for a diverse and influential group of women. Learn more.

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DADJU P*O*A Concert

Sunday, February 16 at 8:00 pm

The Apollo Theater welcomes award-winning French artist of Congolese origins“DADJU” known worldwide as “PRINCE DADJ”. A singer-songwriter, philanthropist & producer, DADJU grew up in a musical family. His father was a singer in the group Papa Wemba & his brother is renowned celebrity rapper/singer Maitre Gims.

DADJU began his career in 2012 with the group Shin Sekai. His songs “Rever” & “Du Berceu au linceul” reached #10 on the French pop charts. His first solo album Gentleman 2.O was released in 2017 and was certified triple platinum. In 2018 DADJU received the NRJ Music Award for “Francophone Breakthrough artist of the Year” at Cannes. His double album POA released in 2019 was certified gold after only 15 days. Purchase tickets.

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Amateur Night At The Apollo: Season Opener

Wednesday, February 19 at 7:30 pm

A brand new line-up of contestants competes for the chance to perform during the March 11th Quarter Final and move on to Semi-Finals on May 13th. It all leads to the chance of winning the title of Grand Finale Winner and a cash prize ($5,000 in the Child Star category and $20,000 in the Adult category) on November 25th! Purchase tickets.

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The Art Of Impermanence: Japanese Works From The John C. Weber Collection And Mr. And Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection

February 11 – April 26

Impermanence is a pervasive subject in Japanese thought and art. Through masterpieces of calligraphy, painting, sculpture, ceramics, lacquers, and textiles drawn from two of America’s greatest Japanese art collections, this new exhibition examines Japan’s unique and nuanced references to transience. From images that depict the cycle of the four seasons and red Negoro lacquer worn so it reveals the black lacquer beneath, to the gentle sadness evoked in the words of wistfully written poems, the exhibition demonstrates that much of Japan’s greatest art alludes directly or indirectly to the transient nature of life. Learn more.

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Long Weekend Of Love

Friday, February 14 – Monday February 17

Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or just hopeless when it comes to romance, we’ve got your Valentine’s Day mood covered with a selection of swoon-inducing favorites exploring the many dimensions of love, from its pulse-quickening first bloom to its poignant end. From an effervescent screwball romp to tender queer love stories to a decades-spanning trilogy of modern classics, these unforgettable romances deliver all the passion, pain, and bittersweet yearning your heart can handle. Learn more.

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First Saturdays: Futura Noir

Saturday, February 1, 5-11pm

For over twenty years, First Saturdays have been the freshest place to kick off the month. Explore the Brooklyn Museum’s free offerings on February 1st, including art, music, special installments, and even a “fireside chat” with Hip Hop icon Common! Learn more.

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African Arts – Global Conversations

February 14 – November 15, 2020

African Arts—Global Conversations puts African arts where they rightfully belong: within the global art historical canon. It brings those works into greater, meaningful art historical conversations and critiques previous ways that encyclopedic museums and the field of art have or have not included them.

The exhibition’s unique transcultural approach pairs diverse African works across mediums with objects from around the world. Learn more.

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Rosen House Tour

Wednesdays through March 4

Enter a Mediterranean-style house inspired by Old World Europe, cultivated and curated by Caramoor’s founders Walter and Lucie Rosen. Renaissance artifacts from a gilded bed that belonged to Pope Urban VIII to entire rooms shipped from Europe, and a stunning Asian collection are some of the many incredible discoveries waiting here. Lean more.

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Caramoor’s Summer 2020 Season

Monday, February 3rd

Caramoor’s exciting new 2020 music season will be announced on Monday, February 3rd – the concert series features outstanding live music on a 90-acre estate with friendly people and free, easy parking! Members’ Summer Pre-sale begins February 10th and the General Public sale begins February 18th. Learn more.

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David Chesky: Jazz In The New Harmonic

Thursday, February 6 at 7:30 pm

With Jazz in the New Harmonic, David Chesky fuses 21st century classical harmonies with the rhythms of the city to create a new style of jazz. Both in concert and in the studio, this project has received numerous awards for its provocative and cerebral approach to the classical/jazz blend. If you’re looking for something new and refreshing or a jazz set with cross-genre appeal, join us for this one-night-only performance. Purchase tickets.

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Freddy Cole: Songs For Lovers

Friday, February 14 – Sunday, February 16

Referred to as a “national treasure” by the Huffington Post, jazz pianist and singer Freddy Cole is a prolific artist of undisputed pedigree. Amongst the greatest contemporary crooners, Cole’s sensitivity and effortlessly powerful delivery make him an enduring favorite and a perfect fit to get in the mood for Valentine’s Day. His return to Dizzy’s Club is extra special this year, as he’ll be joined by his son Lionel Cole. A special Valentine’s Day menu will be served all weekend during these shows. Purchase tickets.

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Opening Reception: Rita Ackermann. Mama ‘19

Thursday, February 20 at 6:00 pm

Please join us for the opening reception of ‘Rita Ackermann. Mama ’19,’ an exhibition of new paintings by Hungarian born, New York-based artist Rita Ackermann. Ackermann’s Mama series deploy figurative line drawings only to be obscured by expanses of color alike. Evoking the foundations of ancestry, Ackermann’s figures and motifs rise to the surface only to dissolve and reappear elsewhere again. Her study is one of relationships, between both figuration and abstraction and to the enigmatic balance of personal and collective narratives within. Learn more.

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Opening Reception: Larry Bell. Still Standing

Thursday, February 20 at 6:00 pm

Please join us for the opening reception of ‘Larry Bell. Still Standing.’ Featuring work from the 1970s through 2019, this exhibition will survey Larry Bell’s transition from smaller maquettes to his eventual projection into a larger-scale glass sculpture practice. Highlighting two major works from this period, both standing at over eight feet tall, the show demonstrates the manner in which Bell developed his work in the desert, and how the light and spaciousness in this environment encouraged a more expansive approach within his work. Directing the flow of natural light, playing with shadows through the use of reflective, translucent, or transparent materials, these large scale installations create situations capable of stimulating heightened sensory awareness in the viewer. Learn more.

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Dianne Reeves

Friday, February 14 & Saturday, February 15 at 8:00 pm

NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves returns for Valentine’s Day weekend, continuing a popular holiday tradition at Jazz at Lincoln Center. A master vocalist and hypnotizing storyteller, Reeves inhabits every story she sings, taking mesmerized audiences along for the ride. Purchase tickets.

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Herlin Riley Presents: Sounds Of Cuba And New Orleans

Friday, February 21 & Saturday, February 22, 7:00 & 9:30 pm

New Orleans drummer extraordinaire Herlin Riley explores the ways in which Latin jazz intersects with the sounds of his hometown. Featuring Cuban percussion genius Pedrito Martinez, prolific trumpeter (and fellow New Orleanian) Nicholas Payton, New York’s lively, go-to bassist Russell Hall, and special guests Yusa on vocals, Oscar Rossignoli on piano, and spoken word artists Chuck Perkins and Indio Melendez, the event will showcase classic New Orleans repertoire reimagined and spiced up with Cuban music traditions. Purchase tickets.

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Cambodian Rock Band By Lauren Yee

February 4 – March 15

Guitars tuned. Mic checked. Get ready to rock! This darkly funny, electric new play with music tells the story of a Khmer Rouge survivor returning to Cambodia for the first time in thirty years, as his daughter prepares to prosecute one of Cambodia’s most infamous war criminals. Backed by a live band playing contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time as father and daughter face the music of the past. Directed by Chay Yew, the New York premiere of this intimate rock epic about family secrets is set against a dark chapter of Cambodian history. Purchase tickets here.

On February 12 at 6:30pm join us for “Spotlight on Lauren Yee”, as she talks about the long-awaited New York premiere of the show, and what makes this Signature production so special.

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The Hot Wing King By Katori Hall

February 11 – March 20

Ready, set, fry! It’s time for the annual “Hot Wang Festival” in Memphis, Tennessee, and Cordell Crutchfield knows he has the wings that’ll make him king. Supported by his beau Dwayne and their culinary clique, The New Wing Order, Cordell is marinating and firing up his frying pan in a bid to reclaim the crispy crown. When Dwayne takes in his troubled nephew however, it becomes a recipe for disaster. Suddenly, a first place trophy isn’t the only thing Cordell risks losing. Steve H. Broadnax III will direct this sizzling world premiere comedy from Residency 5 playwright Katori Hall (Hurt VillageOur Lady of Kibeho). Purchase tickets here.

On Wednesday, February 19 at 6:30pm Signature Theatre will host Spotlight on Katori Hall and Steve H. Broadnax III, the playwright and director of the world premiere play The Hot Wing King! Join us for an intimate conversation with these dynamic artists, moderated by a member of the Signature staff.

In celebration of The Hot Wing King, you can enjoy Memphis Style Wings made by Great Performances on Fridays and Saturdays through the run of the production.

Win your place on The Hot Wing Royalty Portrait if you eat 20 Memphis Style Wings before the performance! We’ll take your Polaroid picture and proudly add it to the display in the Lobby! #HotWingKingNYC

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Concert: Queen Esther

Sunday, February 9 at 2:00 pm

Imported from Charleston, SC, and Atlanta respectively, vocalist, songwriter, musician and producer Queen Esther delves into her Lowcountry childhood and harmelodic tendencies to forge a sonic path that melds roots rock, country gospel and twang, creating original songs and reigniting obscure tunes. Purchase tickets.

 
 
 
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Valentine’s Day High Tea & Conservatory Tour

February 14, 15, & 16, 1:00 – 4:00 pm 

This Valentine’s weekend, invite a loved one to share a specially curated high tea in what was once Mark Twain’s study at Wave Hill House.  Your romantic afternoon begins in this stately Victorian parlor, followed by an intimate guided tour of the Conservatory including a lively discussion on the love language of flowers. Learn more.

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Garden And Conservatory Highlights Walk

Sunday, February 23 at 2:00 pm

Join a Wave Hill Garden Guide for a public tour of seasonal garden highlights. Free with admission to the grounds. Learn more.

 
 
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