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NYC This Week 1.15.2018

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, January 14, 2018

Temperatures are radically up and down here in NYC, but we have some great reasons to head indoors. Here is what’s hot This Week in NYC. Read on.

Everybody loves Cuba. Well, that is, most everybody who has visited Cuba. But Cuba visits NYC this week as Malpaso Dance Company appears at The Joyce Theater. The young Havana company of youthful, beguiling dancers will perform a Joyce Theater commission, Indomitable Waltz. A curtain chat follows the Thursday 1/18 performance. ZEALnyc’s theater editor Jil Picariello visited Cuba recently, and recounts her experience here.

Largely undone by the digital age, the photocopy machine was the center of any office for more than four decades. But as the Whitney Museum of American Art points up, it was also the primary tool for a number of artists. Experiments in Electrostatics: Photocopy Art from the Whitney’s Collection, 1966-1986  examines the work of Edward Meneeley, Lesley Schiff and Robert Whitman as they use the device designed for replication in artistic expression. Experiments in Electrostatics… plays through March 25.

In 1996, playwright Eve Ensler took the world by storm with her controversial and important play, The Vagina Monologues. Manhattan Theatre Club brings the American Repertory Theater production of Ensler’s latest powerful work, the deeply personal In The Body of the World. Based on her memoir, Ensler visits a life-threatening diagnosis and how illness can be transformative and transcendent. Ensler stars and Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus directs. In the Body… begins previews at Manhattan Theatre Club on January 16, opens February 6 and runs through March 25.

This week, Carnegie Hall present one of the world’s truly great orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with conductor Daniele Gatti in two concerts of smart programming with a focus on the late romantics. Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 was incomplete at his death, but speaks to the influence of Richard Wagner. On Wednesday the 17th the Concertgebouw performs the 9th following Wagner’s “Prelude to Act III” from his monumental Parsifal. On Thursday the 18th, the Concertgebouw follows with violin superstar Janine Jansen performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. The Concertgebouw concludes its NYC engagement with the first symphony of the father of all late romantics, Gustav Mahler. An open rehearsal is available at 11am on the 18th. ZEALnyc reviews one of Janine Jansen’s Carnegie Hall Perspective concerts is here.

Northern California violinist and jazzer Jenny Scheinman is a writer of songs with words and of songs without words. This week, she appears with her quartet Mischief & Mayhem, that includes Nels Cline on guitar, Todd Sickafoose on bass, and Jim Black on drums. Mischief & Mayhem plays Jazz Standard January 18 – 20.

It seems that someone thought that this was a good idea – Americans will watch Rick Perry dance. And the list of B, C and D-list stars to appear on the television franchise, Dancing With the Stars is as unlikely as it is endless. But someone was right and America does tune in to America’s favorite dance-off. Well now you can now see the franchise live as Dancing With The Stars: Live! – Light Up The Night appears at Radio City Music Hall. This could be fun!

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