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NYC This Week: 2.19.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 19, 2018

This President’s Day, take some time to plan a great week of New York City culture. We have some great ideas.

Tony Kushner’s monumental Angels in America took Broadway by storm in 1993, with its unvarnished examination of AIDS and homosexuality. It’s a breathtaking piece of theater, and it returns to Broadway on Friday with a cast lead by Nathan Lane Andrew Garfield. Angels tickets are being sold in two-play sets for the production which runs through June 30.

James McArdle and Andrew Garfield in ‘Angels in America – Millenium Approaches;’ photo: Helen Maybanks.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens a new exhibition of works by American painters traveling scenic Italian destinations for inspiration. Watercolors, drawing and sketchbooks by John Singer Sargent, John Singleton Copley, Thomas Sully and more are on display in American Painters in Italy: From Copley to Sargent through June 17.

John Singer Sargent ‘Garden near Lucca,’ 1910, watercolor and graphite on white wove paper, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Trumpeter Dave Douglas returns to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s The Appel Room with Dizzy Atmosphere. Gillespie tunes are the foundation for improvisation. Douglas is joined by rising stars and veterans for a soulful look at Gillespie and his music Friday the 23rd and Saturday the 24th at 7:00pm and 9:30pm.

Trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas; photo courtesy of the artist.

Earlier in the season, the dynamic Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel saw his Carnegie engagement with his native Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra cancelled over politics and budget. But he makes it to Carnegie Hall this week with the Vienna Philharmonic. Dudamel, who is also music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducts all-Brahms on Friday the 23rd and a program of Mahler and Berlioz on Saturday the 24th.

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel; photo Vern Evans and courtesy of the artist.

Nothing can heat up a cool winter night like good flamenco, and great flamenco is on display at The Joyce this week as the intimate dance venue continues to host Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca through Sunday the 25th. The company premieres its new piece, Intimo.

Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca; photo: Zarmik Moqtaderi/courtesy of the artist.

Few cities offer the cultural richness of New York, and on Sunday the 25th Chinatown hosts its annual Lunar New Year with colorfully rich performances and parade. Festivities begin at 11am.

NYC This Week is published by ZEALnyc.

Cover photo: Robin Weigert and Christian Borle in ‘Angles in America;’ photo: Joan Marcus.


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