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Exciting Events Around Town!

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Celebrate The New Year With Music, Discussion, Art And More At Our Partner Venues.

Apollo Music Cafe

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Yoli Zama

Friday, January 10 at 9:00 pm

Yoli Zama is a South-African born singer/songwriter, storyteller and culture curator. Her music is a blend of her native language of isiXhosa mixed with English, Yoli fuses the lush and organic textures of Southern African music with the rich and dynamic melodies of folk and soul.Get your tickets today.

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Tony Tixier

Saturday, January 11 at 9:00 pm

French pianist and composer Tony Tixier makes his debut at the Apollo Music Café during New York’s Winter Jazz Festival. He has worked with a wide range of artists – including Andrea Bocelli, Etienne Charles, Gregory Porter and more. Tixier has performed on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, headlined at Jazz a Vienne in Lyon France and the legendary Ronnie Scotts in London. Learn more here.

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WNYC & Apollo Theater Present
Apollo Uptown Hall
The Strategic King: MLK’s Visionary Leadership

Sunday, January 12 at 3:00 pm

The Apollo Theater and WNYC are partnering for the seventh year to present WNYC’s 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, The Strategic King: MLK’s Visionary Leadership as part of the Apollo’s Uptown Hall series. WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning host Brian Lehrer and Jami Floyd, local host of All Things Considered, will moderate this convening of artists and activists, journalists, and changemakers to deeply engage with Dr. King’s legacy and how his actions and teachings speak to and inform the social justice matters of our own time. For the first time in our history, this live event will be recorded for national broadcast to over 300 stations on NPR’s 1A on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Monday, January 20. Locally in New York, WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show will air the special on Monday, January 20, 2020. Get your tickets here.

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George Dalaras, Songs Of Our Life, Feat. Michalis Tzouganakis

Friday, January 31 at 8:00 pm

A three hour show with legendary songs by the world renown artist George Dalaras, with the Cretan virtuoso and vocalist Michalis Tzouganakis, the beautiful voice of Aspasia Stratigou, and the participation of virtuoso and vocalist Alexandros Tzouganakis, who follows the steps of his father Michalis. Get your tickets here.

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Meet The Author

Small Days And Nights: Tishani Doshi

Tuesday, January 21 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Tishani Doshi’s new novel Small Days and Nights, a many-layered story about the search for belonging and the consequences of deception. Join us for the book launch featuring author in conversation with Salman Rushdie. Learn more here.

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The 34th Annual Brooklyn Tribute To Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 20 at 10:30 am

New York City’s largest public celebration in honor of iconic civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., returns to BAM for the 34th year. BAM welcomes all members of the community for this beloved annual tradition, which brings together world-renowned activists, public figures and civic leaders alongside musicians and other performers.

This year features keynote speaker Nikole Hannah-Jones and musical guests Son Little and the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir.

This full day of free events also includes a screening and an art exhibition (details to be announced). Learn more here.

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Salsa Party

Thursday, January 9 from 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

BKM’s season of salsa continues with their Salsa Party hosted by Balmir Latin Dance Studio! Start the evening with a class led by professional dancers at 6 pm, followed by live music, social dancing and performances by Brooklyn’s best Latin dance teams. This is a free event. Learn more here.

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Dance Party: What’s Your Sign?

Friday, January 24 at 8:00 pm

Set your intentions for the New Year with a night of DJ sets by Zenobia and Bubble_T, live music by ELSZ, and astrology-themed gallery tours. Then, decompress from the dancefloor with tarot readings by local practitioners, or shop our special market offering a selection of herbs and medicines from New York–based healers and apothecaries. Learn more here.

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Rosen House Tour

Wednesday, January 8 at 2:00 pm

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 here.

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Jazz At Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra

Monday, January 20 at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra (JLCYO) consists of 20 exceedingly talented and dedicated high school students in the Tri-State Area. Members have the opportunity to enhance their musical education with the finest professional training and performance opportunities.. Learn more here.

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Larry Willis: A Life In Jazz Featuring Willie Jones III, George Cables, Jeremy Pelt, Steve Davis, Justin Robinson And Gerald Cannon

Wednesday, January 22 at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm

Tonight we honor the life and music of legendary jazz pianist Larry Willis, who passed away in September 2019. With music direction by drummer Willie Jones III, who played alongside Willis in Roy Hargrove’s band for many years, the evening will feature a collective of great musicians who performed with and were influenced by the late, great pianist, whom they called “Prof.” Make sure to reserve your seat to be a part of this momentous and celebratory occasion. Learn more here.

Photo: ©Tony Prikryl

In Performance: The Hikers

Saturday, January 11 at 4:00 pm

On the occasion of Rashid Johnson’s exhibition, ‘The Hikers’, Hauser & Wirth New York will also stage ‘The Hikers’ performances within the gallery space. Directed by Rashid Johnson, Choreographed by Claudia Schreier, and Produced by Alex Ernst this work responds to Johnson’s ‘Anxious Men’ series. In the performance are Lloyd Knight and Leslie Andrea Williams, members of the Martha Graham Dance Company and pianist Antonie Baldwin. Learn more here.

Jack Whitten, Space Flower #9, 2006 © Jack Whitten Estate Photo: Genevieve Hanson

Opening Reception: ‘Jack Whitten. Transitional Space. A Drawing Survey.’

Tuesday, January 28 at 6:00 pm

Join Hauser & Wirth for the opening reception of ‘Jack Whitten. Transitional Space. A Drawing Survey’, the first major survey of the artist’s works on paper illuminating the impressive breadth of the artist’s career and practice. This unique body of work serves as a testament to the immense investigation and exploration that Whitten pursued in order to make manifest his ideas and methods. Learn more here.

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Booking Dance Festival 2020

Saturday, January 11 at 5:30 pm

The highly acclaimed Booking Dance Festival returns for its eighth annual extravaganza at Jazz at Lincoln Center! Featuring five hours of extraordinary dance highlighting 30 lauded companies, over 250 dancers, 40 diverse choreographic works and two world premieres. Learn more here.

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The US-China Institute Of The Bard College Conservatory Of Music And The Central Conservatory Of Music, China Presents The Sound Of Spring: A Chinese New Year Concert With The Orchestra Now

Saturday, January 26 at 3:00 pm

Celebrate Lunar New Year and look forward to Spring with a lively concert of Chinese orchestral works performed by The Orchestra Now, conducted by Jindong Cai and guest conductor Chen Bing. Featuring special guest soloists including Chinese instrument masters from the faculty of the world-renowned Central Conservatory of Music in China. Learn more here.

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Concert: Bruce Molsky’s Mountain Drifters

Sunday, January 12 at 2:00 pm

Bruce Molsky is one of the most revered ambassadors for America’s old-time mountain music. For decades, he’s been a globetrotting performer and educator, a recording artist with an expansive discography including seven solo albums, well more than a dozen collaborations and two Grammy-nominations. Concerts begin at 2 pm and last approximately one hour with no intermission. Stop by at 12 pm for pre-concert tea. Learn more here.

Photo: ©Wave Hill

Exhibition Opening: Returning To The Source

Sunday, January 19 from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Since 2010, 111 artists have had studios at Wave Hill through the Winter Workspace residency program. To celebrate the program’s 10th anniversary, a selection of those works made during residency returns to Wave Hill House, where visitors can see the garden in winter through the eyes of this stellar group of alumni artists. Learn more here.

Photo: ©Wave Hill

Heroes Of Horticulture – Americans Who Transformed The Landscape: A Horticultural Lecture By Barbara Paul Robinson

Wednesday, January 22 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

In her latest book, Heroes of Horticulture, Barbara Paul Robinson tells the vibrant stories of 18 contemporary heroes of horticulture―institution-builders, restorers of public parks and public spaces, adventurous plant explorers and garden creators―who have each had a significant, public impact on the American landscape. Learn more here.

Photo: ©Wave Hill

Cooking With Zing: The Ginger Family (Zingiberaceae)

Saturday, January 25 at 1:00 pm

The ginger family, Zingiberaceae, includes spicy ginger, cardamom and turmeric, along with a number of showy ornamental plants. Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day shares a sampling of these tropical herbs while a chef from Great Performances demonstrates various ways to cook with fresh and dried members of this aromatic plant family. Learn more here.

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