DEAN’S PICKS FOR JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2012

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The New York City Opera will present it’s 2011-2012 season in contemporary and ultra modern venues throughout New York.  Returning “The People’s Opera” to the people, the company will be performing in world-class theaters that are specially-curated for opera productions, providing impeccable acoustics and perfect backdrops, bringing the opera directly into the neighborhoods of New York.

Starting at American’s oldest performing arts center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Opera will be bring tales of love and loss to audiences before moving to venues in Harlem, Central Park and the Upper West Side.  The season opens with the classic Verdi masterpiece, La traviata,  the tragic tale of love and life – both lost and found, starring Brooklyn native, Laquita Mitchell, followed by the U.S. premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna, the story of a once-acclaimed diva sung by rising star Melody Moore.  Performances begin February 12 and run through February 25th.

Tickets for all performances are available here: http://www.nycopera.com

Listed in alphabetical order

Boston Ballet Spring 2012
Boston MA
February 9 – May 20
http://www.bostonballet.org
Tickets are now on sale for the spring season at Boston Ballet.  This year’s performances will include the powerful Simply Sublime, the modern Play with Fire and the return of the acclaimed production of Don Quixote.

Cecil Beaton: The New York Years
Museum of the City of New York, New York  NY
Now through Feb 20
http://www.mcny.org
The Museum of the City of New York is celebrating the work of 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.  This exhibit features rare photos of Marilyn Monroe, Coco Chanel and Truman Capote, along with several self portraits. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!

Choose to Stand Up
New York  NY
Ongoing
http://whystand.org
The African Services Committee has worked for over 20 years providing HIV testing, support and access to treatment for immigrant New Yorkers.  While effective treatments have dramatically changed the fight against AIDS, stigmas and discrimination against HIV+ people remain nearly as strong as ever.  The African Services Committee has created a campaign that fosters an environment of solidarity, where discrimination and exclusion have no place.

Daniel Kitson “It’s Always Right Now, Until It’s Later”
St Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn NY
January 3 – 29
http://www.stannswarehouse.org
Daniel Kitson returns to St Ann’s Warehouse to deliver his most ambitious, heartbreaking and human show to date, “It’s Always Right Now, Until It’s Later”   A simple stage set up of a few stools and dangling Edison lighbulbs, Kitson tells the life stories of William and Catherine.  Each bulb represents a specific moment in the lives of these two people, from bicycle accidents to blind dates. This intimate performance is not to be missed.

Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior III
Chelsea Piers, New York
January 28 – 29, FREE
All Greenpeace ships are unique, but the new Rainbow Warrior III is one of a kind.  Equipped with action boats that can be deployed in minutes and a helicopter landing pad, as well as an on-board satellite communications system, the Rainbow Warrior III is built specially for Greenpeace campaigning. Greenpeace is offering the rare opportunity to visit this environmentally-friendly campaign ship.

God of Carnage
Huntington Theatre, Boston MA
January 6 – February 5
http://www.huntingtontheatre.org/
The Tony Award smash hit comes to the Huntington Theatre.  Two sets of parents meet for the first time to settle their sons’ nasty schoolyard argument. The attempts of civilized discussion devolves quickly into childlike behavior in this comedy of bad manners.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Huntington Theatre, Boston MA
March 9 – April 8
http://www.huntingtontheatre.org
Legendary 1920’s blues singer Ma Rainey and her musicians gather in a run-down Chicago studio to record new sides of old favorites when generational and racial tensions suddenly explode.

New York City Ballet at the Kennedy Center
Kennedy Center, Washington DC
April 3 – 8
http://www.kennedy-center.org
The acclaimed New York City Ballet, renowned for its linear purity, speed and musicality, perform two mixed repertory programs accompanied by the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.

Philip Glass 75th Birthday Concert
Carnegie Hall, New York NY
January 31
http://www.carnegiehall.org
One of the most influential composers of the late 20th century will celebrate his 75th birthday with the US premier of his newest symphony, performed by the American Composers Orchestra.

Psycho Therapy
Cherry Lane Theatre, New York NY
January 17 – February 25
http://www.cherrylanetheatre.org/onstage/psycho-therapy/
Lily’s fiancée Phillip blow off couples therapy and Dorian, her hot young ex-boyfriend, jumps in to fill the void.  When the trio ends up on the couch together, only therapist Nancy Winston can untangle the kinks. This insanely entertaining new comedy opens the door to a new option – couples therapy for three.

Van Halen “A Different Kind of Truth”
To be released February 7th
http://www.van-halen.com/
A reunion 28 years in the making, David Lee Roth reunites with Van Halen for an album of new material that
marks the return to the sound that millions have loved for years.  Hints of the late 70’s club days are apparent in the new songs with fresh arrangements and new lyrics from Roth, these are soon to be classic Van Halen hits.

Washington National Opera: Cosi Fan Tutte
Kennedy Center, Washington DC
February 25 – March 15
http://www.kennedy-center.org
In Mozart’s game of love and seduction, two young men wager that their fiancées will remain faithful, even when tempted.  To prove it, they decide to do the tempting themselves.

Washington National Opera: Nabucco
Kennedy Center, Washington DC
April 28 – May 21
http://www.kennedy-center.org
Witness the epic struggle of a royal family at odds with their nation and each other, battling for power among the lost wonders of the world in Verdi’s poster opera about defeat, enslavement and exile of the ancient Babylonian Jews.

The Wooster Group “Early Plays”
St Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn NY
February 15 – March 4
http://stannswarehouse.org/
The Wooster Group’s production will take Eugene O’Neil’s tales of sailors on and off the ocean and explore the themes of longing and eternity. Richard Maxwell will compose haunting melodies to thread together the dark underside of turn-of-the-century maritime life.