Exciting Events AROUND NEW YORK

By Great Performances

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

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Apollo Comedy Club

Thursday, March 5 at 10:00 pm

Featuring: Natasha Face, Lamarr Todd, Mickey Housley

Hosted by: Fig

Music by: DJ Qool Marv

The Apollo Comedy Club celebrates the Theater’s rich comedic roots. Presented in partnership with the legendary Bob Sumner (producer of Def Comedy Jam, creator of LaffMobb on Aspire),  the Apollo Comedy Club features the best up and coming talent in comedy today.  The comedy shows precedes the Theater’s weekend music series, Apollo Music Café, extending the Theater’s late night offerings. Purchase tickets.

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Fabolous Cold Summer Tour

Friday, March 6 at 8:00 pm

Fabolous brings his Cold Summer Tour stop to Harlem at the Apollo Theater. He will be performing songs off the extremely well received album, Summer Shoot Out 3, as well as many other hits. The F to the A.B. Kid from Brooklyn is going to light up the stage on 125th street.

Many surprises are expected, so get your tickets while you can.

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Apollo Music Cafe:

Broadway Uptown – Jason Michael Webb & Lelund Durond Thompson

Friday, March 6 at 10:00 pm

Tonight, Broadway is taking the A-train and coming uptown! Composers Jason Michael Webb and Lelund Derond Thompson (First NoelWildflower and Choir Boy) deliver an evening of songs and stories with friends from Broadway. Purchase tickets.

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Apollo Music Cafe: Storm Marrero

Saturday, March 7 at 10:00 pm

Tonight’s forecast is warm, steamy and unpredictable as Storm Marrero takes the stage for an unforgettable night of songs. This sought-after diva plans to unleash a flood-gate of music that includes a night of Latin, pop and soul.

Storm Marrero is a proud Brooklyn native who studied voice under the tutelage of veteran opera singers at the University of Puerto Rico’s prestigious musical theater department. Storm recently completed a three-year run with New York’s premier dance company Company XIV and recognized as the first Afro-Latina Ringmaster of the Big Apple Circus. Marrero’s EP entitled Black Gypsy is available on iTunes and Amazon. Purchase tickets.

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Amateur Night At The Apollo: Quarter Final

Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30 pm

The winners of recent Amateur Night shows come together to show off their talent in this Quarter-Final and compete for the chance to move on to the Semi-Finals on May 13th. Contestants who make it this far can compete for 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!

Aspiring musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, rappers and spoken word artists try their best to please the audiences that can make them an Apollo legend.  Then get ready to cheer or jeer as you decide who stays and who gets booted off stage.  At Amateur Night, you tell the performers to be good or be gone!

Amateur Night at the Apollo is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess. And keep a lookout for C.P. Lacey, the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage. Purchase tickets.

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Apollo Live Wire: Aretha!

Tuesday, March 24 at 6:30 pm

Live Wire takes a deep dive into the artistry of Franklin with a conversation led by writer and cultural critic Emily J. Lordi and three scholars and culture workers — Fredara Hadley, DJ Lynnée Denise, and Portia Maultsby– offering an opportunity to learn more about the still understudied subject of Franklin’s musicianship. RSVP here.

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First Friday Leo Bar

Friday, March 6, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Join us for the return of our First Friday Leo Bars and check out Asia Society Museum’s new exhibition The Art of Impermanence: Japanese Works from the John C. Weber Collection and Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection for free. The museum stays open late from 6–9 p.m., offering free admission, exhibition tours, drink specials, and late night shopping at AsiaStore.

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Exhibition Lecture Series

My Thoughts Dyed With You: Perspectives On Impermanence In Japanese Art – Sinead Vilbar

Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

In historical Japan, commentaries on Buddhist scripture and the production of poetry provided two means of communicating about the ephemeral nature of human existence. As our own eyes are dyed with the features of calligraphies, objects, and paintings presented in this exhibition, we reanimate the past performances of words imbued with deep spiritual and emotional significance captured in this art. Learn more.

In conjunction with Asia Week New York, March 12–19+, 2020. 

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Exhibition Lecture Series

Monuments To Impermanence: New Inspirations From Ancient Japanese Stone Circles And Burial Mounds – Simon Kaner

Tuesday, March 31, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

The ancient preliterate inhabitants of the Japanese archipelago marked the passing of time through the creation of monuments, including Jōmon stone circles and massive burial mounds (kofun), some inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage. New meanings are being sought among these monuments in modern Japan. This lecture addresses how the preservation of these ruins speaks to an aesthetic of impermanence. Learn more.

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Theater: Medea

With Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale

Written and Directed by Simon Stone

Extended through Sunday, March 8

Euripides’ controversial icon is reborn in visionary director Simon Stone’s (Yerma) stunning contemporary rewrite. Rose Byrne (Damages, Bridesmaids, You Can’t Take It with You) and Bobby Cannavale (The Lifespan of a Fact, The Hairy Ape, The Motherf**ker with the Hat) face off as a husband and wife in the tumultuous throes of an unraveling marriage. Transposing the devastation of Greek tragedy to a modern American home, Stone’s stripped-bare staging throws the couple’s every raw emotion into stark relief, from jealousy to passion, humor to despair. Who will pay the price? Purchase tickets.

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Artist Circle: Breaking The Waves

Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30 pm

An evening with
Missy Mazzoli
Yannick Nézet-Séguin

in conversation with
Anthony Roth Costanzo

Artist Circle members and above are invited to an intimate evening of enlightening discussion moderated by Anthony Roth Costanzo with composer Missy Mazzoli and maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who share their insights into BAM’s upcoming production of Breaking the Waves (Jun 26—30). Learn more.

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Film: Bacurau

Part of Film series Rise Up!: Portraits of Resistance

Directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles

With Sônia Braga, Bárbara Colen, Thomas Aquino, Silvero Pereira

In the tranquil, tightly knit backcountry village of Bacurau, in a not-too-distant future Brazil, something strange is stirring. The town has disappeared from the virtual map, all cellular reception has been lost, and a mysterious UFO-like object hovers ominously overhead. Something sinister is encroaching on Bacurau and even if they don’t know what it is, the residents are ready. Both a hypnotically intense, no-holds-barred sci-fi survival thriller and a stunningly subversive howl of anti-colonialist fury, this genre-bending parable of exploitation and resistance explodes with the force of a Molotov cocktail hurled straight into the eye of racial and political oppression. Learn more.

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Studio 54: Night Magic

March 13 – July 5, 2020 (Member Preview March 12)

Studio 54: Night Magic traces the radiant history, social politics, and trailblazing aesthetics of the most iconic nightclub of all time. Behind the velvet rope, partygoers of all backgrounds and lifestyles could come together for nights of music, dazzling lights, and the popular song and dance “The Hustle.”

Following the Vietnam War, and amid the nationwide Civil Rights Movement and fights for LGBTQ+ and women’s rights, a nearly bankrupted New York City hungered for social and creative transformation as well as a sense of joyous celebration after years of protest and upheaval. Low rents attracted a diversity of artists, fashion designers, writers, and musicians, catalyzing the invention of new art forms, including musical genres such as punk, hip-hop, and disco. In a rare societal shift, people from different sexual, sociopolitical, and financial strata intermingled freely in the after-hours nightclubs of New York City. No place exemplified this more than Studio 54.

Organized chronologically, Studio 54: Night Magic uses photography, fashion, drawing, and film, as well as never-before-exhibited costume illustrations, set proposals, and designs, to place the nightclub within the wider history of New York, from Prohibition through the 1970s. Blueprints and architecture models illustrate the club’s innovative development and creation, while documentation of extravagant theme parties traces its thirty-three month run. The exhibition continues through the years after the nightclub’s closure, showing the ongoing influence of Studio 54 aesthetics. Purchase tickets.

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Pop-Up Performance: Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, March 15, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Drop by Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra’s series of intimate pop-up performances, highlighting members and featured musicians as the Orchestra in Residence fills our galleries with a family-friendly range of classical music from across the globe.

Free with Museum admission. Learn more.

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Hustle Party

Thursday, March 19, 6:00 – 9:30 pm

Celebrate the art of the hustle in honor of our special exhibition Studio 54: Night Magic! Join us at 6 pm to learn the dance, popularized at the world-famous nightclub, in a class led by Marlene Veras, resident instructor for our monthly Salsa Party with Balmir Latin Dance Studio. Then, get into the Studio 54 spirit with live music, social dancing, and performances by Brooklyn’s best hustle dancers.

This event is free, but RSVP is required before 6 am on Thursday, March 19.

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Rosen House Tours

Select Wednesdays through Mid-June 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. Learn more.

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Schwab Vocal Rising Stars: The Art Of Pleasure

Sunday, March 15th at 3:00 pm

With music by Rachmaninoff, Bernstein, Tom Lehrer, John Musto, and many others, this program will feature four young singers and a pianist selected by Artistic Director Steven Blier for a weeklong residency at Caramoor. Assisted by Michael Barrett, Associate Director of the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS), and developed in conjunction with NYFOS, the week will include daily coaching, rehearsals and workshops, and culminate in this Music Room performance exploring the wealth and breadth of song repertoire. Learn more.

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Camille Thurman And The Darrell Green Trio

March 13-15

The multitalented Camille Thurman is a formidable saxophonist and has performed extensively with artists ranging from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Dr. Billy Taylor, George Coleman, Lew Tabackin, and George Benson to Chaka Khan, Alicia Keys, and Missy Elliot. The best way to experience the full scope of Thurman’s artistry is to catch one of her performances as bandleader, such as tonight’s showcase with her regular working band, the outstanding Darrell Green Trio. Purchase tickets.

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DIVA Jazz Orchestra Swings Broadway

March 19 – 22, 7:30 & 9:30 pm

The all-female DIVA Jazz Orchestra exudes the excitement and force found in the historic big band tradition. With Dizzy’s Club as its “New York City home,” DIVA performs all over the world, playing contemporary, mainstream big band jazz composed and arranged to fit the individual personalities and styles of the musicians. Tonight’s program features a reimagining of classic tunes from My Fair LadyThe Music ManWestside StoryOklahomaDamn YankeesThe Sound of Music, and more.

Audiences can expect super-charged and swinging takes on these favorite Broadway standards packed with stunning improvisation, spontaneity, and an emphasis on fun. Purchase tickets.

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Duduka Da Fonseca And Helio Alves Featuring Maucha Adnet: Samba Jazz & Jobim

March 26 – 29, 7:30 & 9:30 pm

With drummer Duduka da Fonseca, pianist Helio Alves, vocalist Maucha Adnet, flutist Billy Drewes, guitarist Chico Pinheiro, bassist Hans Glawisching, & bassist Martin Wind (3/26 only).

Tonight’s samba jazz showcase features three of Brazil’s most in-demand musicians, two of whom worked closely with the iconic Antonio Carlos Jobim. Drummer Duduka da Fonseca (of Trio da Paz), pianist Helio Alves, and vocalist Maucha Adnet are all experts in this music, each of them recognized internationally for expanding the worlds of jazz and Latin music. The music is truly infectious, featuring dazzling rhythms, daring improvisations, and soul-stirring harmonies. Come enjoy samba jazz performed by those who know it best. Purchase tickets.

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Juilliard Jazz Ensambles: The Music Of Charles Mingus

Tuesday, March 31, 7:30 & 9:30 pm

The Juilliard School has been a destination for world-class music education since it was founded, and these incredible young musicians will exemplify that legacy in this performance. The Juilliard School Jazz Ensemble features some of the world’s most talented emerging jazz artists, many of whom are already professional musicians. No stranger to Dizzy’s Club, the ensemble has also performed at noted venues such as the Blue Note and Alice Tully Hall.

These gifted young musicians are proof of jazz’s bright future, and tonight they celebrate the essential, almost mythical New Orleans icon Buddy Bolden, the great cornetist and bandleader who helped develop jazz during its earliest stages. Purchase tickets.

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Exhibition: Rita Ackermann. Mama ‘19

Through April 11

Hauser & Wirth presents the latest body of work by Hungarian born, New York-based artist Rita Ackermann: a suite of new paintings in which figures and motifs rise to the surface of canvases, only to dissolve and reappear elsewhere again.

In such works as ‘Mama Painting for Mars’ (2019), repeated figurative imagery and expanses of intense color combine in complex visual currents. In other works, Ackermann’s distinctive approach to layering of drawings, yields a framework for a maelstrom of vibrant pigments and textures that seem to advance toward the viewer with velocity.

Like Ackermann’s Chalkboard Paintings (2015), the works on view in ‘Mama ‘19’ are built through an additive and subtractive process. Here, her palette and gestural vocabulary has expanded to evoke a vibrant interior realm through the application of paint. Thick layers of impasto and oil stick are vigorously and repeatedly applied and scraped in such works as ‘Mama, Morty Smoking’ (2019), with both the paintbrush and the artist’s bare hands working to shape a site of ancestry and conception.

As an extension of the exhibition, ‘Rita Ackermann, Mama ‘19’ is accompanied by a publication featuring essays by Scott Griffin and Harmony Korine. Learn more.

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Exhibition: Larry Bell. Still Standing

Through April 11

Hauser & Wirth’s exhibition ‘Larry Bell. Still Standing,’ presents a range of the artist’s sculptural works from the 1970s to the present day. A pioneer in his approach to the surface treatment of glass, and a master of unprecedented explorations of light, reflection, and shadow, Bell has documented perceptual phenomena through a tirelessly inventive sculptural practice. This exhibition charts a less explored, but seminal moment in Bell’s practice when he began to radically deconstruct his signature glass cubes into the more architecturally-scaled, fragmented, crystalline forms or what he referred to as ‘standing walls.’ ‘Still Standing’ also presents a number of the artist’s small-scale studies, illuminating Bell’s process as he meditated on scale and translated his ideas into larger sculptural works.

Rather than being contained, Bell’s standing walls were site-specific to every space in which they were presented, wholly permeable to their setting. The immersive environments created by his standing walls were capable of challenging perception in new ways, their expansiveness opening viewers up to other ways of seeing. In examining this body of work, the exhibition highlights the artist’s critical contribution to the history of Minimalism and installation art. The exhibition traces Bell’s evolution after a move to Taos, New Mexico in 1973. Finding conventional gallery spaces of the time could not physically accommodate what he aspired to produce, Bell set out to make work on his own terms. Learn more.

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The Artistry Of Jazzmeia Horn: Love And Liberation

March 6 & 7, 7:00 & 9:30 pm

Jazzmeia Horn thinks everyone deserves to “express themselves fully, without fear or reservation”—and she’s here to lead by example. Horn has confidently taken the jazz world by storm since winning the 2015 International Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition, and the Love and Liberation tour is Horn truly coming into her own. An ode to unapologetic self-love and honest expression, this is Horn’s first collection of almost-entirely original material.

This Appel Room feature debut will include the same band from the album: Josh Evans on trumpet, Irwin Hall on saxophone, Keith Brown on piano, Ben Williams on bass, Anwar Marshall on drums, and dancer Alexandria Johnson. Every musician in this young group is a prominent bandleader and first-call sideman, and ’s vivacious leadership brings them together with an unmistakable and infectious chemistry. Purchase tickets.

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Ambrose Akinmusire’s Large Ensemble Presents BANYAN

March 27 & 28, 7:00 & 9:30 pm

Trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire has been one of the most exciting musicians to emerge in the 21st century. As a composer and bandleader, Akinmusire brings truth to the notion that music alone can be as immersive and transportive as any form of art. Though he’s one of the hottest trumpeters around, it’s the full musical worlds he creates as a composer that make each new project so eagerly anticipated.

For his Jazz at Lincoln Center debut as a headliner, Akinmusire will perform his extended banyan suite, featuring his ensemble with extremely special guests. The powerful, original suite of music explores the role of mentorship in the oral and aural traditions of society and jazz. With living legends Jack DeJohnette and Tom Harrell on board, the performance exemplifies jazz as a living continuum, bringing together generations of distinctive voices through new music. Purchase tickets.

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Cambodian Rock Band By Lauren Yee

Through 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.

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The Hot Wing King By Katori Hall

Through March 22

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.

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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Pre-Concert Tea

Sunday, March 15, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Enjoy Afternoon Tea in the Mark Twain Room prior to today’s concert in Armor Hall. The Café at Wave Hill pairs a classic menu with an assortment of green, black and herbal teas. This traditional tea service includes the four classic elements of savory, scones, sweets and tea. The menu, presented by Great Performances, includes an array of tea sandwiches, scones and bite-sized desserts. Afternoon Tea also includes a glass of sparkling wine. Learn more.

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Concert: PUBLIQuartet

Sunday, March 15 at 2:00 pm 

Mind The Gap is an original project developed in 2011 by PUBLIQuartet. The concept bridges the gap between diverse musical genres through group improvisation. Their brand of rock meets jazz meets stylistically crazed group composition touches on deeper connections between traditional, modern and contemporary music. Concerts begin at 2PM and last approximately one hour with no intermission. Learn more.

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Garden And Conservatory Highlights Walk

Sunday, February 23 at 2:00 pm

After being shown a glimpse of the horticultural world, Uziel Crescenzi dove right in. He changed his major from architecture to plant science and transferred to the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill. Since graduation he has interned at the Arnold Arboretum, Wave Hill and The American Gardener, experiences that prompted him to complete the Master of Landscape Architecture program at The City College of New York, Bernard Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, this past June.

Crescenzi’s talk will focus on the insights he has gained—so far—concerning public and private horticulture and environmental assessment. Learn more.

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