DEAN’S PICKS – DECEMBER 2011

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December is the biggest month of the year for Shows and Events Nationwide. If you are in New York, don’t miss “Grandma’s Farewell Tour!” with the Big apple Circus. Starting at just 15 Bucks, its a great deal.

Big Apple Circus “Dream Big”
Lincoln Center Plaza, New York
Now through January 8
http://bigapplecircus.org/
The circus is back in town with an all new show!  With no seat more than 50 feet from the ring, guests are thrilled by jugglers, horses, dogs and acrobats.  A singing Ringmistress and the Big Apple Circus Band bring music to the event and the always popular Grandma the clown is back for her farewell tour.

Cecil Beaton: The New York Years
Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY
Now through Feb 20
http://www.mcny.org
This extraordinary exhibit combines photographs, drawings and costumes by British born photographer and designer Cecil Beaton.  Beaton was embraced by Manhattan social and artistic circles, and his energy and curiosity led him to pursue interests in fashion and portrait photography as well as costume and scene design for Broadway, ballet and opera.  Don’t miss the opportunity to view these rare items.

Standing On Ceremony
Minetta Lane Theater, New York
Previews begin November 7
http://standingonceremony.net/
A collection of nine short plays, all with one topic, gay marriage. With contributions from Neil LaBute, Jose Rivera and Doug Wright, this provocative and though provoking series of plays offers unique views on the moments before, during and after “I do.”

Lysistrata Jones
Walter Kerr Theatre, New York
Previews begin November 12
http://lysistratajones.com/
The Athens University basketball team hasn’t won a game in 30 years.  When an irresistible transfer student, Lyssie J challenges the squad’s fed-up girlfriends to stop “giving it up” until they win a game, the losing streak could finally be coming to an end.

Boston Ballet “The Nutcracker”
Boston Opera House
November 25 – December 31
http://www.bostonballet.org
Experience the magic of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” – New England’s favorite holiday tradition-with one of the world’s best dance companies and live music from Boston Ballet Orchestra. Don’t miss the final season of Boston Ballet’s current “Nutcracker”.  These magnificent sets and costumes will be retired after nearly 20 years on stage in Boston.  “The Nutcracker” returns to the stage in 2012 with new set and costumes!

Adele “Live at The Royal Albert Hall”
Released November 29
http://www.adele.tv/
Recorded at the historic Royal Albert Hall in London, this CD/DVD release features a full 90 minute concert, plus behind the scenes segments with one of the most exciting voices in music today. Adele sings hits from her two hit records “19” and “21” as well as cover songs, such as Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”  This is something any Adele fan should own.

Misterman
St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn NY
November 30 – Dec 21
http://stannswarehouse.org
Cillian Murphy returns to the New York stage in this tale of a young man on judgement day.  Reuniting with writer/director Enda Walsh, Murphy captures the electrifying vision of an entire town, heaven and hell, in this epic solo performance.

Washington Ballet “The Nutcracker”
Warner Theater, Washington DC
December 1 – 31
http://www.washingtonballet.org
Join The Washington Ballet as they celebrate the golden anniversary of the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.”  In this 50th Anniversary year performance, dancers will pay homage to The Washington Ballet founder Mary Day in Septime Webre’s lush Washington-themed staging featuring George Washington as the company’s patriotic Nutcracker.  Generations of Washingtonians have grow up loving and sharing with their loved ones this annual performance.

Gansu Dance Theatre’s “Silk Road”
Eisenhower Theater, Washington DC
December 9 – 10
http://www.kennedy-center.org
The Gansu Dance Theater preforms that classical Chinese dance drama “Silk Road.”  A tale of friendship forged between Chinese people and the people from various countries along the Silk Road in the Tang Dynasty.

American Ballet Theatre “The Nutcracker”
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn
December 14 – 31
http://bam.org/nutcracker
With an impressive cast of over 100 performers and choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker is bound to be a treasured memory whether you’re four or ninety-four! As the lights dim and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score fills the air, your entire family will join young Clara for a dreamlike journey amid colorful larger-than-life scenery, magical toy soldiers, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes, and a glittering Christmas tree!

BAM Next Wave Festival 2011
Brooklyn
Now through December 18
http://www.bam.org/
Returning for the 29th season, BAM presents a variety of artists talks, storytelling, visual art, contemporary performance and films showcasing works from up and coming artists as well as modern masters.  A few of the highlights for this season include the US premier of Tudo Isto É Fado and a performance from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Peter Pan
Threesixty Theatre, Boston
Now playing through December 30
http://www.peterpantheshow.com
Performed in a state-of-the-art theater pavilion, this smash hit production features puppets, music and dazzling flying scenes in the world’s first 360º CGI theater set.  It’s a new, extraordinary experience for the whole family.

“Degas’s Dancers at the Barre: Point and Counterpoint”
Phillips Collection, Washington DC
Now through January 8
http://www.phillipscollection.org
Be sure to catch the first exhibition of Degas’s dancers in Washington DC in 25 years.  Degas was a passionate devotee of ballet, pursuing the subject for over 40 years through oils, pastels, drawing, prints and sculpture.  He created over 1500 works devoted to the anatomy, posture and movement of dancers.  This exhibit features almost 30 works of arts from some of the world’s greatest collections, including the Phillips permanent collection.

The Joyce Theater Fall and Winter Season 2011/2012
New York
Now through February 5, 2012.
http://www.joyce.org/
Visit the New York’s intimate home for dance, experiencing work from international artists and contemporary favorites.  This season will include performances from the Sydney Dance Company and the Jin Xing Dance Theatre Shanghai.