DEAN’S PICKS FOR MAY-JUNE 2011

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Fuerza Bruta: Look Up
New York City
Currently being performed every Wednesday – Sunday
http://fuerzabrutanyc.com
A non-stop collision of music, emotion and serial imagery, this long running performance is a full 360 degree experience.

Si Cuba Festival
New York City
March – June 2011  – Many events are free and open to the public.
sicuba.org for a list of all events
A New York celebration of Cuban arts & culture, showcasing of the diversity of Cuban culture from the traditional to the modern.

Side by Side by Sondheim
Washington DC
April 26 – June 12
signature-theatre.org
Signature Theatre presents unforgettable songs from the leading composer of musical theater, whose songs speak us all.

Sade “The Ultimate Collection”
Released May 3 in the US, May 9 Worldwide
http://www.sade.com/
A must have for every Sade fan.  Includes 4 new, unreleased songs as well as classics such as “No Ordinary Love” and “Solider of Love”

Washington National Opera Presents
Iphigenie at The Kennedy Center, featuring world-renowned tenor, Placido Domingo.
Washington DC
May 6-28
dc-opera.org
The priestess Iphigenie’s bloody past haunts her and threatens her family’s future.

Follies
Washington DC
May 7 – June 19
kennedy-center.org
A biitersweet look through the eyes of experience at the follies of youth.

Raphael Saadiq “Stone Rollin’”
Released in the US – May 10
http://www.raphaelsaadiq.com/
Raphael Saadiq returns with an album that flirts with 1950’s doo wop and is steeped in soul.

Wellmont Theatre
Montclair, NJ
http://wellmonttheatre.com/
Events year round, upcoming events including Brian Wilson – June 9, Peter Frampton – July 12 and Denis Leary & Friends – July 15. An old movie theater has a new life, presenting live entertainment events in New Jersey.

Big Apple Circus
Cunningham Park, Queens NY
May 21 – June 5
http://www.bigapplecircus.org/
The circus is back in town, bringing lasso twirlers, contortionists, and a herd of mini horses.  The Big Apple Circus Band will be providing live music that will have eveyone dancing in their seats.

Lady Gaga “Born This Way”
Released Worldwide May 23
http://www.ladygaga.com/
The highly anticipated album from pop music’s reigning queen.

Dance Africa 2011
Brooklyn, NY
May 27 – 30
www.bam.org
Celebrating it’s 34th year, this is one of America’s largest celebrations for African and African American culture, dance and music.  This weekend long festival features dance performances, films, an outdoor bazaar features crafts, food and fashion, outdoor performances and a dance party with live music.

My Morning Jacket “Circuital”
Released May 31st
http://www.mymorningjacket.com
Recorded in a church gym, the next album from My Morning Jacket returns to the rock roots the band is known for.

Northside Festival 2011
Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn,  NY
June 16 – 19
www.NorthsideFestival.com
Four day showcase of music and creative communities around the world.  Featuring performances by Guided by Voices, Sharon Van Etten, Beirut and many, many more!

Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue Skinned Savior
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
June 24 – October 2
http://www.brooklynmuseum.org
First major exhibition to focus on Vishnu, one of Hinduism’s major deities. Over 150 paintings, sculptures and ritual objects made between the 4th and 20th century are on display.

NSO Pops: Ozomatli
Kennedy Center, Washington DC
June 25
http://www.kennedy-center.org
Grammy Award winning Ozomatli joins the National Symphony Orchestra for a special evening performance with a Latin flair.

Iris
Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles
Opening July 21
http://www.cirquedusoleil.com
Cirque du Soleil takes a journey through the history of cinema and the heart of the movie making process in their own fantastic and acrobatic way.