Winter/Spring 2016 Cultural Highlights

I try very hard to keep up with this blog, but sometimes life gets in the way. In my case, very often it’s a wealth of cultural outings crowding out my writing time. (Not a bad problem to have, I admit!) Before the spring turns to summer, I want to note some of the rich…

Broadway Shows, The High Line & Fine Art!

Too much culture, too little time! Sometimes I simply cannot keep up. There is my day job, my community chorus, my art collective, my friends to see, my yoga class, my farm share, my food coop shift, my dishes to wash … you get the picture (and you probably juggle all that and more!) Anyhow,…

Idea for BAM to Consider

Earlier this evening, I wrote to BAM with this idea: Has BAM ever considered filming performances and offering them online to watch for a fee (just like the Metropolitan Opera’s On-Demand program?) I know there are huge challenges to the idea. It would be very expensive to set up and maintain. There are issues of…

Ecstatic Music Festival

Mantra Percussion & Wet Ink & Deborah Lohse and the Shakedown Dance Collective! What a great evening of music and dance, as artsBrookfield hosted a free performance in the fabulous Winter Garden on night two of the Ecstatic Music Festival. I was first introduced to Mantra Percussion through their incredible performance of  Michael Gordon’s “Timber”…

Recycling Atlantis

I stopped by the 80WSE Gallery at NYU on Thursday, November 13, to experience Recycling Atlantis, a live exhibition in celebration of the artist, philosopher and educator Jack Smith. I arrived to find quite an exciting scene, and was glad I made the effort to come out on a rainy evening to be there. My…

Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films

I attended Exposed last night at BAM because I was interested in the Warhol films. I would have happily watched them with no sound. To be honest, I was afraid the music would detract from the films. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the music/film pairings. I thought that having three short films per…

The Source

I attended 21c Liederabend last year at BAM and was intrigued by the arias presented from The Source which was commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects. When I saw the entire opera was being staged at BAM’s Fisher Theater, I knew it was going to be a memorable experience, and I was right. The use of the black box space was…

Alan Smithee Directed This Play: Triple Feature

I am a fan of Big Dance Theater’s work and last night’s performance at BAM was no exception. I am fascinated by the intersection of dance, theater and music. I especially enjoy the repeating gestures and movements of the choreography, and the way the spoken word, song, movement and characterization is completely woven together. The costuming…

Abacus

I could not remember what Abacus was about because I see so many shows and I sometimes forget what inspired me to choose them. Therefore, I walked in to the show at BAM’s Fisher Building having no idea what was about to unfold. I am glad for that because this show really made me see the world…