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NYC This Week: 1.29.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, January 29, 2018

The state of New York City arts and its entertainment is strong. There I said it. And here’s what’s hot this week.

Member previews begin tomorrow and the public has access on the 31st to Zurbarán’s Jacob and His Twelve Sons: Paintings from Auckland Castle at The Frick Collection. The ambitious thirteen-painting series depicting Old Testament figures by the Spanish painter Francisco de Zurbarán make their United States debut with this exhibition, which runs through April 22.

Detail of “Joseph” by Francisco de Zurbarán (c. 1640-45); photo: Auckland Castle Trust.

Brutality and dark humor abound as the Signature Theatre brings Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo tomorrow. The play, directed by Lila Neugebauer, is a compilation of the playwright’s two works, Homelife and The Zoo Story, and is a very New York story of love and cruelty. The production, with cast members Katie Finneran, Robert Sean Leonard and Paul Sparks, runs through March 11.

The cast of Edward Albee’s ‘At Home at the Zoo’ in rehearsal; photo: Signature Theatre.

Bryant Park gives you a reason to celebrate the first cold months of the year when Bryant Park Winter Carnival  arrives. Enjoy skating, curling, broomball and more. Winter Carnival is family friendly with activities for kids. Adults can enjoy aprés carnival at the Brewhouse. Bryan Park’s Winter Carnival runs from January 26 through February 4.

The Skyliners appear at Bryant Park Winter Carnival; photo: Bryant Park.

The young South African soprano Pretty Yende has had what can only be described as a magical run at the Metropolitan Opera. A year ago, she stepped into I Puritani at the very last minute for an ailing Diana Damrau, and with rave reviews. And this week she returns in Bartlett Sher’s L’Elisir d’Amore opposite American tenor Matthew Polenzani in Donizetti’s charming comedy on January 31 in a production that runs through February 17.

Matthew Polenzani and Pretty Yende in Metropolitan Opera’s ‘L’Elisir d’Amore;’ photo: Karen Almond/Metropolitan Opera.

The New York Pops can always be counted on for a good time. This week, they are joined by James Monroe Iglehart (Hamilton) and Capathia Jenkins (The Wiz Live!) for Heart and Soul, its winter tribute to R&B legends Al Green, Aretha Franklin, John Legend and more. Rock on with the New York Pops on Friday the 2nd at Carnegie Hall.

Capathia Jenkins and Steven Reineke with the New York Pops; photo: New York Pops.

The transplanted English artist Thomas Cole had an enormous effect on American landscape painting, not the least of which on our own beloved Hudson River proponents. After touring Europe as a young artist, he returned to the United States to create spectacular landscape painting that would influence a generation. The Metropolitan Museum of Art brings a most fascinating juxtaposition of Cole’s work and that of other European artists including Turner and Constable. Any New Yorker will want to take in this interesting exploration of the Hudson River School this week, with Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings, which plays at the Met Museum from the January 30 through May 13.

Thomas Cole’s ‘The last of the Mohicans’ at Metropolitan Museum’s “Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossing;’ photo: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

New York City Ballet continues its winter season with two brand new ballets by Troy Schumacher and Gianna Reisen. 21st Century Choreographers on January 31 features Schumacher’s The Wind Still Brings to music by William Walton and Reisen’s Composer’s Holiday to the music of Lukas Foss. Justin Peck, the NYCB dancer turned choreographer, returns with his Year of the Rabbit to the music of Sufjan Stevens. Spectral Evidence by Angelin Preljocaj to the music of John Cage rounds out the night. 21st Century Choreographers runs at New York City Ballet through February 4.

Justin Peck’s ‘Year of the Rabbit’ at New York City Ballet; photo: New York City Ballet.

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Cover Photo: Matthew Polenzani in ‘L’Elisir d’Amore’ at the Metropolitan Opera; photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera. 


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