DEAN’S PICKS FOR SPRING 2012

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April 4-7, for three nights only,  the Joyce Theater Foundation is proud to present the Sadler’s Wells London/Sylvie Guillem production of  6000 miles away, featuring internationally acclaimed ballerina, Sylvie Guillem.  Called “the most brilliant ballerina of her generation”, Guillem makes the rare American visit for the premiere of this evening of works by three of today’s most important choreographers.
The performances will be held at the David H Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Tickets are available at: davidhkochtheater or by calling 212-496-0600.

 

All American Rejects “Kids in the Street”
Album to be released March 27, 2012
http://www.allamericanrejects.com
Oklahoma rockers, The All American Rejects, are back with their fourth studio album, “Kids in the Street”  and a North American tour. Working with producer Greg Wells, the band has created a cathartic album, full of retrospect on the quarter life crisis of lead singer, Tyson Ritter.  This is an album of change and growing up.

American Mavericks
Carnegie Hall, New York NY
March 2012
http://www.carnegiehall.org
This exploratory series is a chance to experience the works of maverick composers, such as John Cage, Steve Reich, Meredith Monk and more.  The vibrant music will turn the concert going experience on its head, instantly grabbing attention and inspiring everyone to learn more about the innovators.

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.

Don Quixote
Boston Ballet, Boston MA
April 26 – May 6
http://www.bostonballet.org
Rudolf Nureyev’a grand production is full of virtuoso dancing, vivid sets and costuming, and a bold telling of this lively tale. The focus is not on Miguel de Cervantes’ hero but on the romance between two of the novel’s minor characters.

Dr. John: Insides Out
BAM, Brookly NY
March 29 – April 14 2012
http://www.bam.org
Dr. John will bring together an extraordinary entourage of musical guests for an artistic residency, offering three distinct perspectives on his formidable career.  Dan Auerback of The Black Keys, Rickie Lee Jones and the Blind Boys of Alabama are among the many artists who will be featured in this celebration.

Elephant Room
St Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn NY
March 22 – April 8
http://stannswarehouse.org
Three magicians.  Two acts.  One show.  Illusionists Dennis Diamond, Louie Magic and Daryl Hannah invite audiences to a place of secrets and mystery.  The three magicians with entirely different back stories and approaches, who have banded together to create an entertainment they hope will bring a world of wonder to their audiences.

Fancy Free
Boston Ballet, Boston MA
May 10-20
http://www.bostonballet.org
See Jerome Robbins’ first ballet, the headliner “Fancy Free”,  that has proved to be one of American’s favorites.  “Fancy Free” follows the story of sailors on shore leave getting into a bit of romantic mischief.  In addition, Pete Martins’ “Barber Violin Concerto”  and Harald Lander’s “Études” will be presented to complete the program.

Festen
St Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn NY
April 20-29
http://stannswarehouse.org
Polish theater company TR Warszawa returns to premiere their production of “Festen”, the story of a family gathering celebrating the patriarch’s birthday. Thomas Vinterberg and Mogens Rukov adapted the work for the stage from their screenplay for the original 1998 Danish film.

KnowMe
Carnegie Hall, New York NY
http://www.carnegiehall.org/knowme/
“Looking for a caring, long-term relationship” is not a phrase one would expect from Carnegie Hall.  PMD was tapped by the venerable institution to bring in new audiences, with a wink and a nod towards Valentine’s Day. Opening in 1891, Carnegie Hall has presented extraordinary music and musicians, delivering the power of music to the widest possible audience. From Philip Glass to Jay-Z, there truly is something for everyone.

L’Arc en Ciel
Madison Square Garden, New York NY
March 25, 2012
http://www.larc-en-ciel.com
Making history by being the first Japanese artist to headline Madison Square Garden, L’Arc-en-Ciel will bring their epic pop rock to the United States for only the 2nd time in 20 years. Formed in 1991 in Osaka, Japan, L’Arc-en-Ciel has mesmerized crowds since the beginning with their unique melodies and edgy sounds.

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.

Madonna “MDNA”
Album to be released March 26, 2012
http://www.madonna.com/
“MDNA” is the twelfth studio album from the Queen of Pop.  Featuring singles “Give Me All Your Luvin’” and “Girl Gone Wild”, the album is full of solid dance numbers imploring the listener to have fun. The legions of loyal fans will not be disappointed.

Meital Dohan “Yummy”
Album “I’m In Hate With Love” out now!
http://www.meitaldohan.com/
Meital Dohan is not only a comedian, author and actress, but also a musician.  The first single, “Yummy” from her debut album, “I’m In Hate With Love”.  Seductive, soulful and striking, Meital is just what 21st century pop music needs.

Motherhood the Musical
Society Hill Playhouse, Philadelphia PA
October 2011 – April 1, 2012
http://www.motherhoodthemusical.com
Motherhood is for life.  In this original play, four women share their insights, challenges and pleasures at a baby shower for a soon-to-be first time mom.  This is a funny, yet loving look at being a mom at any age, discovering how powerful a mother’s love can be and how quickly children grow up.

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.

Once
Bernard B Jacobs Theatre, New York NY
Previews begin February 28
http://oncemusical.com/
A new musical, based on the Academy Award winning film, tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music.  Their unlikely friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create.

PEN World Voices Festival 2012
New York City, NY
April 30 – May 6
http://www.pen.org
Writers from around the world convene in New York City to celebrate the written word in action.  Celebrating PEN American Center’s 90th anniversary, this year’s festival features performances, discussions, one-on-one conversations, and reading.  Margaret Atwood, Jennifer Egan and Tony Kushner are just a few of the participants of this year’s festival.

Play With Fire
Boston Ballet, Boston MA
March 1 -11
http://www.bostonballet.org
Boston Ballet brings the best of the new to the stage in a rule-breaking, spell-binding contemporary program.  See Kylian’s “Bella Figura” for an encore performance, Jorma Elo’s first work for the Boston Ballet, “Sharp Side of Dark”, and Christopher Bruce’s acclaimed “Rooster” set to the music of the Rolling Stones.

Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard”
The Phillips Collection, Washington DC
February 4 – May 6
http://www.phillipscollection.org
Combining over 200 photographs with approximately 70 painting, prints and drawings, this exhibit focuses on the dynamic relationship among artist’s work in various media.  The invention of the handheld camera energized the working methods and creative vision of many post-impressionists.  Many of the artists translated their photographic images directly into their work.  “Snapshot” is the largest selection ever assembled of photographs from these
artists.

Sylvie Guillem “6000 miles away”
The Joyce Theater, New York NY
April 4 – 7
http://www.joyce.org
For three nights only, the Joyce Theater Foundation is proud to present the Sadler’s Wells London/Sylvie Guillem production of “6000 miles awar, featuring internationally acclaimed Sylvie Guillem.  Called “the most brilliant ballerina of her generation”, Guillem makes the rare American visit for the premiere of this evening of works by three of today’s most important choreographers.

“Their Eyes Were Watching God”
The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, New York NY
February 24-March 28
http://www.thegreenespace.org
The Greene Space will present the first American radio drama of this timeless tale.  Set in the 1920s,  this is the story of Janie Crawford as she undertakes an unexpected journey that includes marriages to three different men, challenging the morals and social expectations of the small Southern town that serves as the narrative backdrop. The exceptional cast includes Phylicia Rashad, Chuck Cooper, Brandon Dirdon and Leslie Uggams.

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.

Wellmont Theater
Montclair NJ
Shows throughout the year
http://www.wellmonttheatre.com/
This historic movie theater reopened as a state of the art concert venue in downtown Montclair, hosting national acts through the year. Upcoming shows include Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Jane’s Addiction and the Levon Helm Band.

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.

Yoga Journal Conference
Hilton New York, New York City, NY
April 12 – 16
http://www.yjevents.com/ny/
Join with yogis of every experience level in this yoga conference with over 100 classes and over 45 master teachers. With classes such as Inversions & Arm Balances to Building Community and a Loyal Clientele, there is a class for everyone!