NYC This Week: 3.5.2018
By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, March 5, 2018
With the Oscar Awards decided for another season, we know what films we need to catch up on. But how about New York City arts and culture? We have this week’s best picks. Read on!
Tonight previews begin for the anticipated revival of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Three Tall Women. The production, at the John Golden Theatre, stars two-time Oscar winner Glenda Jackson, Tony Award winner Laurie Metcalf and Alison Pill. Jackson comes to New York following her London return to theater after a twenty-five year absence last year in a well-reviewed King Lear.
He’s best known for American Gothic, the iconic image of farmer, wife and pitchfork that defines twentieth-century middle America. But there was much more to Grant wood than this painting, and this week the Whitney Museum of American Art opens Grant Wood: An American Gothic and Other Fables, its exploration of the wide range of work by the artist including Arts and Crafts decorative objects, oils, murals and illustrations. The exhibition plays through June 10.
Tenor saxophonist Chico Freemen brings his Plus+tet to Smoke Jazz Club for their first NYC appearances in 2018, Friday the 9th through Sunday the 11th. Freeman is considered one of the most important saxophonists of our time, and the New York Times describes his playing having “declarative elegance and compassionate tone.”
America’s contemporary dance company, Paul Taylor Dance Company hits Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater for a truly exciting month-long residency, Paul Taylor Dance | American Modern Dance. Iconic works from the Paul Taylor repertoire are on the bill, joined by Trisha Brown Dance Company performing Brown’s Set and Reset. New York City Ballet’s Sara Mearns also joins for Dances of Isadora, based on the work of the famous dancer. Members of Orchestra of St. Luke’s provide live music. Paul Taylor Dance is at the Koch Theater through March 25.
Carnegie has planned a most interesting evening. Two great ensembles, which couldn’t be more different, join forces for a night of the music of Glass, Dennehy and Trueman. The string quartet JACK Quartet is joined by a quartet of percussionists, Sō Percussion for Sō Percussion JACK Quartet at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall on Tuesday, March 6.
This week that follows the Oscars, the New York Pops goes back to Hollywood with a night of the music of important film composers like Korngold, Steiner and Mancini. Steven Reineke conducts at Carnegie Hall on Friday the 9th.
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Cover photo: JACK Quartet; photo: Henrik Olund/JACK Quartet