DEAN’S PICKS – NOVEMBER 2011

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Pongtopia!
World Financial Center, New York
November 3 – 5  Free!
http://www.artsworldfinancialcenter.com
Pongtopia showcases the popular sport of table tennis like never before.  World class players will battle on the center court while New York area player will compete for the Brookfield Cup championship.  Top pros will be on hand offering advice and tables painted by legendary graffiti artists will be auctioned benefiting Operation Design.

Fall for Dance Festival 2011
New York City Center, New York
October 27 – November 6
http://www.nycitycenter.org/
For ten exciting days every year, guests are invited to feel the rush, exuberance and sheet joy that is dance and dancers from around the world.  Multiple companies appear at each performance so guests are able to experience the world famous dancing along side the cutting edge.  From hip hop to ballet, there is something for the whole family

Boston Ballet “Romeo & Juliet”
Boston
November 3 – 13
http://www.bostonballet.org/
Boston Ballet presents one of the best known love stories this fall with “Romeo & Juliet”  First performed in 1962, this arrangement of the timeless tale, this version has become one of the most popular of all ballet compositions.

The Foundry Theatre presents How Much Is Enough?
St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn
November 3 – 27
http://stannswarehouse.org
An entire theatrical performance built on questions, “How Much Is Enough?” explores the notion of value.  Equal parts town hall meeting, party and guide for the perplexed, this thought provoking piece gathers its greatest performance from the audience.

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 thought provoking series of plays offers unique views on the moments before, during and after “I do.”

Dark Sisters
Gerald W Lynch Theater at John Jay College, New York
November 9 – 19
http://darksistersopera.org
Putting the women of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints front and center, Dark Sisters follows one woman’s attempt to escape her life as a member of the sect.  The story is one of self discovery in a world where personal identity is forbidden.

Washington National Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor
Opera House, Washington DC
November 10 – 19
http://www.kennedy-center.org
In this psychologically gripping opera, Lucia is caught in the middle of a feud between her family and the man she loves.  Eventually she relinquishes her sanity, killing her groom and finally succumbing to maddness in one of opera’s most tragic and musically dramatic scenes.

Boston Book Fair
Hynes Convention Center, Boston
November 11 – 13
http://www.bostonbookfair.com
With over 120 rare book dealers from across the world, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is one of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country.  Visitors will be able to find rare and collectible books, manuscripts, autographs, maps and many other literary items.

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.

Fashion Forward
Metropolitan Pavilion
November 17
http://www.gmhc.org/donate/special-events/fashion-forward-2011
Fashion Forward is an annual fund-raising event that bring New York together to celebrate one of the premier fashion events of the fall, as well as recognizing the fashion industry’s longstanding commitment in the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic and remembering and celebrating the talent and gifts of members of the fashion community.

Nero “Welcome Reality”
Album out Fall 2011
http://www.thisisnero.com
“Welcome Reality” is the first full length album from the UK dubstep act Nero.  Built around the husky voice of Alana Watson, the album is full of sampled beats, 80’s inspired electro-pop and mash-ups of squealing guitars and synths.

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.

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.

Terminal 5
New York
Shows through the year
http://www.terminal5nyc.com/
One of New York City’s larger music venues, Terminal 5 is the host of a variety of acts through the year.  Upcoming shows include the Airborne Toxic Event and Mastadon.

“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.

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.

American Symphony Orchestra Season 2011-2012
“The Vanguard Series” and “Classics Declassified”
New York
Now through April 29
http://www.americansymphony.org/
ASO takes guests on a musical journey with six themed programs that unearth masterpieces that listeners are unlikely to hear anywhere else.  This is “music that moves your mind.”

Wellmont Theater
Montclair, New Jersey
Shows throughout the year
http://www.wellmonttheatre.com/
This historic theater reopened as a state of the art concert venue in downtown Montclair, hosting national acts through the year.  Upcoming concerts include the legendary Ray Davies and Stephen Colbert.

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