By Walter Rutledge
Now that the L-Tryptophan has worn off and your ribs are healing from being elbowed in the Black Friday shopping rush we hoped you might settle back with some of the arts events happening around the city. There is dance in Tribeca, film in the village and art uptown. Here are a few of the many arts events taking place around the city and in your community.
Complexions Contemporary Ballet concludes the Joyce Theater performances on November 25. The company performs two new works by Dwight Rhoden, including the New York premiere of The Curve, an abstract, conceptual full company work set to an eclectic score and the world premiere of Subject To Change, set to the music of Rockjazz virtuoso ELEW, which features unique renditions of songs by artists such as Linkin Park and The Bravery. The program also includes the New York premiere of Flight, a male duet choreographed by Jae Man Joo and set to Johann Sebastian Bach Repertory favorites like Testament, On Holiday, and a new production of Pretty Gritty Suite, set to the music of Nina Simone.
Remaining programs are as follows: Program B: Nov 23 & 24 at 8pm; Nov 25 at 7:30pm, The Curve, Growth, Testament (excerpt), Flight, On Holiday (excerpt), Subject To Change (set to music by ELEW), Pretty Gritty Suite Program C: Nov 24 & 25 at 2pm Growth, Testament (excerpt), Flight, On Holiday (excerpt), Subject To Change (set to music by ELEW), Pretty Gritty Suite
Tickets start at $10 (Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets). All other tickets can be purchased online at www.joyce.org
The IFC Center at 323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street is presenting the documentary The Central Park Five directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, & David McMahon. In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were arrested fro “the crime of the century”- the brutal attack and rape of a white, female jogger in Central Park. Breathlessly covered by the media, their trials took place against a backdrop of a decaying New York beset by violence and racial tension.
In the rush to judgment, the truth was lost, and the youth were unjustly convicted, spending years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit. Now, this story of injustice finally gets the telling it deserves. “The Central Park Five isn’t just the best documentary of the year, it’s the best movie of the year”- Chris Rock.
Show times are 11:15am, 1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7:00pm, 9:35pm and the times are valid through November 29. Directors Sarah Burns and David McMahon will be in person Saturday Nov 24 at the 4:20, 7:00 and 9:35 showings. For tickets and more information call (212) 924-7771 or visit www.ifccenter.com tickets can also be purchased at the box office.
The Studio Museum in Harlem is offering an interactive and informative tour of the latest exhibition Fore on November 25 at 1:00pm. Fore is the highly anticipated fourth installment of the Studio Museum’s “F” series, which includes Freestyle (2001), Frequency (2005–06) and Flow (2008). Like its popular and critically acclaimed predecessors, Fore is a non-thematic group presentation reflecting a multitude of ideas, approaches and processes.
Fore presents twenty-nine emerging artists of African descent who live and work across the United States. Born between 1971 and 1987, the artists in Fore work in diverse media, often blending artistic practices in new and innovative ways. While some artists create large-scale oil paintings, others draw on top of photographs, or combine sculpture and two-dimensional work. More than half of the works in Fore have never been exhibited publicly; some are site-specific and react directly to the Harlem neighborhood and its social landscape.
The tour will have something for everyone: adults, families and kids of all ages are welcome! Fore is part of the Target Free Sunday and is tour is offered free to the public.
In Photo: 1) Shuaib Elhassan, D. Gary W. Jeter II and Tercell Waters 2) Joyce Marquee 3)Desmond Richardson 4) Yusef Salaam, center 5) Taisha Paggett Decomposition of a Continuous Whole (performance still)
Photo Credit: 1) Andrea Mohin 3) Lois Greenfield 4) Clarence Davis/The Daily News
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