DEAN’S PICKS FOR THE HOLIDAY AND NEW YEAR 2012

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Cecil Beaton: The New York Years
Museum of the City of New York
Now through February 20, the Museum of the City of New York is featuring an exhibit 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!

 

Alison Krauss and Union Station “Paper Airplane”
Album out now
http://alisonkrauss.com/
‘Paper Airplane’ marks the return of the award-winning Alison Krauss and Union Station.  The sound that Krauss and longtime bandmates create is both hauntingly beautiful and familiar, mixing elegance and heartbreak.  The bluegrass roots are apparent, but in a way that brings the traditional sound into present day.  “Every silver lining always seems to have a cloud that comes my way,” Krauss sings in the opening track.  Her voice is the voice of an angel, managing to convey heartache in just a few notes.  That, combined with the skilled musicians of Union Station, make this one of the best albums of the year.

Relatively Speaking
Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York
Now playing!
http://www.relativelyspeakingbroadway.com
Directed by John Turturro, 3 one act plays from Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen make “Relatively Speaking” a one of a kind Broadway experience.  All connected by the theme of family, these comedies, led by a cast that includes Marlo Thomas, Mark Linn-Baker and Steve Guttenberg, explore the outrageous reality of relatives.

Lysistrata Jones
Walter Kerr Theatre, New York
Now playing!
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.

NEWSical
Theater Row, New York
Now playing!
http://www.newsicalthemusical.net
No one in the news is safe!  NEWSical is a high energy musical review of the most talked about headlines of the day.  Spoofs of the most up to date newsmaker and celebrities are added on a regular basis making the show an ever evolving mockery of the latest news.

ICONS
Snapple Theater Center, New York
Every Friday and Saturday night
http://iconsnyc.com/
Where else but New York can you see Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Tina Turner and Beyonce all in the same night.  Two talented entertainers perform amazing drag reenactments of legendary and contemporary superstars.  Dancing and lip-synching set the crowd on fire, keeping the party going into the Manhattan night.

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 dat.  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.

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!

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.

The Peony Pavilion
David H. Koch Theater, New York
January 5-8
http://davidhkochtheater.com/moreinfoCAEG.html
First performed in 1598, The Peony Pavilion is a story of forbidden love. Full of visually stunning scenes, complex choreography, and elaborate and ornate costumes, each scene is poetically pieced together, creating a dream-like setting.  Don’t miss the opportunity to see this contemporary take on an ancient tale.

“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.

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.

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

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.