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NYC This Week 1.9.2018

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, January 9, 2018

Our young new year has been a cold one. So how about some ideas that will warm your heart, body and soul. Read on.

2ndStage Theater has a mission to tell essential American stories. And there’s no more essential, timely American story than the plight of U.S. rustbelt towns and citizenry. Young playwright Greg Pierce places his newest work smack in the middle of this politically charged and economically challenged environment. Cardinal, which stars Becky Ann Baker of Girls, tells the story of an upstate New York town with plans to paint itself red in the hope of developing a tourist economy. But not everyone is on board. Cardinal starts previews January 9 and the show, which runs through February 25, opens on January 30.

Adam Pally and Anna Chlumsky in 2ndStage Theater’s production of ‘Cardinal; photo: courtesy of 2nd Stage.

Following the 1933 Nazi closing of the Bauhaus, Joseph and Anni Albers moved to North Carolina to teach at Black Mountain College. And from there, the artists developed a passion for the pre-Columbian art and architecture available in Mexico. Thirteen exploratory trips to Mexico followed, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum features Alber photographs and abstract art inspired by the couple’s relationship with Mexico’s rich and historic culture. Josef Albers in Mexico runs at the Guggenheim through March 28.

Untitled (Mitla, Mexico), 1956, by Josef Albers; Photo courtesy of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation © 2017 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Celebrating the 80th anniversary of his landmark Carnegie Hall appearance, jazz icon Benny Goodman: King of Swing is honored by the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in a concert of works from that famous performance, including those of Bennie Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and more. Anat Cohen, Janelle Reichman, Ken Peplowski, Ted Nash, Joseph Doubleday and Veronica Swift join on Saturday, January 13.

Conductor Susanna Mälkki joins the New York Philharmonic with violinist Baiba Skride this weekend for a fantastic weekend of classical music featuring the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Debussay’s La Mer and contemporary classical composer Esa-Pekka Salonen’s New York premiere of Helix, January 11 – 13.

Violinist Baiba Sride; photo, Marco Borggreve.

The Joyce Theater, New York’s leading dance venue, hosts the exciting American Dance Platformnow in its third year of hosting the most captivating contemporary American dance companies. Jessica Lang Dance is featured as are Caleb Teicher & Company, PHILADANCO!, Backhausdance, Hälau O Kekuhi, Ensemble Español Spanish Theater and Trinity Irish Dance Company. Take in this great review of American dance, January 9 to January 14.

Members of Jessica Lang Dance; photo: Rosalie O’Connor.

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