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NYC This Week: 1.22.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, January 22, 2018

New York City isn’t shut down, and here’s what’s hot this week in arts and entertainment.

Tomorrow, the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens a fascinating and short run of Birds of a Feather: Joseph Cornell’s Homage to Juan Gris. Inspired by Gris’ collage The Man at the Café, Cornell spent fifteen years creating the series that consists of boxes, collages and a sand tray. His subject is a white-crested cockatoo. The exhibit opens on January 23 and runs through April 15.

Joseph Cornell ‘Homage to Juan Gris, 1953-54.’ Box construction. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Purchased: John D. Mcllhenny Fund. Art copyright The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

The Village Vanguard hosts the Steve Wilson Quartet this week, a musician who Dan Ouellette reports has “attained ubiquitous status in the studio and the stage with the greatest names in jazz, as well as critical acclaim as a bandleader in his own right.” Wilson appears at the Village Vanguard January 23-28. Ouellette reports on Umbria Jazz Festival here.

Steve Wilson; photo: John Abbott, courtesy of the artist.

It’s hard not to think of a better night at the concert hall than one that includes Mahler. The world-class Cleveland Orchestra and conductor Franz Welser-Möst bring his massive and moving Symphony No. 9 to Carnegie Hall this week along with a New York premiere of the Carnegie Hall-commissioned Stromab by Johannes Maria Staud.  Later in the week, Cleveland performs Haydn’s The Seasons with The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. The Cleveland Orchestra is at Carnegie Hall on January 23 and January 24.

Conductor Franz Welser-Most; photo by Roger Mastroianni.

New York City Ballet is the undisputed authority on the work of founder George Balanchine, and the company begins its winter season with two different all-Balanchine  evenings featuring the works Apollo, Mozartiana, Cortège Hongrois, Divertimento No. 15, The Four Temperaments and Chacoone. NYCB’s winter season runs from January 23 through March 4.

Chase Finlay with Sterling Hyltin, Ana Sophia Scheller and Tiler Pick in New York City Ballet’s ‘Apollo;’ photo: Paul Kolnik/New York City Ballet.

New York City can be dang gloomy in January. So head to the Jacob Javits Center for the fifteen annual New York Times Travel Show and learn how to travel smarter. The show runs January 26 through the 28th, and includes over 550 exhibitors representing more than 170 destinations.

New York Times Travel Show; photo by Sandy Huffaker.

This week, Playwrights Horizons begins a run of The Mad Ones’ production of its play, Miles for Mary. The play, which documents the workings of 1988 Miles for Mary Telethon planning committee, was written communally by its participating actors and received rave reviews during its first NYC run. Miles for Mary runs opens officially January 22 and runs through February 18.

Cast of ‘Miles for Mary;’ photo courtesy of The Mad Ones.

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