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ZEALnyc reports on the most important arts, culture and entertainment news coming from New York City and beyond. From Broadway to BAM, Carnegie Hall to Jazz at Lincoln Center, and everywhere in between, ZEALnyc keeps you informed.

Art Break

Art Break: Governors Island Hosts an Art Fair and New Exhibits Kick Off the Season at Galleries Around Town

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 3, 2018 Art Break is beginning September looking at New York City’s amazing ability to attract a diverse artistic population of all ages and interests. Why is that so fascinating? Because whatever you’re into, chances are more than good that ...

Dispatch from Copenhagen

Dispatch from Copenhagen: It’s More Than Just Danish

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, August 30, 2018 When I say I’ve been to Copenhagen, Denmark, the typical response goes, “Oh, how is it? I’ve never made it there.” But, more and more, tourists are descending on the largest city in Scandinavia. Copenhagen’s maritime history reaches ...

Bernstein Celebration

Review: The Stars Align To Celebrate Bernstein’s Centennial at Tanglewood

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, August 28, 2018 Thousands gathered on the grounds of Tanglewood to celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s hundredth birthday, in a culmination of the past year’s world-wide celebration of his life and music. Under a bright full moon, in crisp pine-scented ...

Jazz Notes Intel: Farmer-Turned-Maestro David Amram’s Wisdom of the ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, November 7, 2018 At age 87, the curious jazz connoisseur, accomplished classical composer and agriculturist at heart, David Amram stands tall in the wisdom of the arts. Largely underappreciated in jazz circles, he firmly and singularly expresses his passion to encourage arts-minded ...

Jazz Notes Intel

Jazz Notes Intel: Overcoming Boundaries Chapter — Guitarist Lionel Loueke Journeys ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, October 9, 2018 In jazz, there is a plethora of guitarists, each with a voice on the six strings that rocks with fire or soothes with pastel colors or embellishes with strokes that support the surrounding conversations. Then there’s the ...

Art Break

Art Break: Engage in the Thrill of Discovery at Galleries ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 24, 2018 One of the best things about a new season of art shows and exhibitions is that moment when you walk into the room, look around, and say “Wow – this is where I want to be!” If you want ...

New York Philharmonic

Review: New York 'Officially' Meets Jaap with Philharmonic's Season Opening

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, September 22, 2018 The 2018-2019 season, and a new era for the New York Philharmonic, began with a gala concert at David Geffen Hall on Thursday evening. Entitled "New York, Meet Jaap," Jaap van Zweden made his debut with the orchestra as ...

New York Renaissance Faire

Life In Focus: It's Fairy-Nice at the New York Renaissance ...

By Juliana Crawford, Contributing Photographer, September 20, 2018   [caption id="attachment_60766" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Consulting a Book of Magic and Spells at the Faire; photo: Juliana Crawford.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_60771" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] The Villagers of the Renaissance Faire; photo: Juliana Crawford.[/caption]   [...

PermaDeath

The First Video Game Opera, 'PermaDeath,' Receives Its World ...

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, September 19, 2018 At first glance, the title of Cerise Jacobs’s upcoming world’s first video game opera PermaDeath seems to imply another dark take or tale using the commercial success and wide-spread popularity of the multiplayer video game phenomenon. But ...

Judson Dance Theater

Roots of Modern Dance Are Traced through MoMA's Current Exhibit ...

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, September 18, 2018 The current exhibit at MoMA entitled Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done is an homage to the dance artists who created work at the Judson Church in the 60s and 70s. The dancers and choreographers who created ...

The Power of Art

Art Break: The Power of Art Through the Ages at ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 17, 2018 This week, Art Break is looking at a wide variety of art movements as well as their purpose and meaning. The oldest material on our list comes from The Frick’s exhibition of fifteenth century religious and devotional ...

There Will Be Blood

Review: Film Soundtracks Take Center Stage in NY Philharmonic's Art ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, September 14, 2018 If the New York Philharmonic were to program an evening of music by avant-garde Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, I suspect it would be a tough sell. The audience would be limited, and probably dwindle in number as the night ...

Agnes

Review: 'Agnes' Brings Dramatic and Meteorological Tensions to 59E59 Theater

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, September 14, 2018 Agnes is a compelling play about family, friendship, and connections. Set in a three-bedroom New York City apartment, Agnes presents five millennials sheltering themselves from a major storm. The talented playwright, Catya McMullen, adeptly sets up the backstory for ...

Days to Come at the Mint Theatre

Review: A Revival of Hellman’s Lesser-Known ‘Days to Come’ at the Mint Theatre

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, August 27, 2018 Days to Come is a lesser celebrated play by Lillian Hellman (1905-1984), one of the most renowned dramatists and screenwriters of the 20th century. Her works covered wide ranging controversial political and social themes. Hellman first ...

Art Break: Museums of Long Island Are Steeped in History While Capitalizing on Their Picturesque Settings

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 27, 2018 When people think of Long Island, they tend to think about the outdoors: the beaches, ocean, parks, wineries – even the best mall on the Island is an outdoor one. Not Art Break! When we think of Long Island what springs to mind are the ...

Leonard Bernstein

TODAY: A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein on His Centenary

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, August 25, 2018 I grew up in a very small town in western Georgia, back when TV came in black, white, and three shades of gray, and reception was limited to two network affiliates beaming unreliable signals out of Atlanta and a local-only station coming ...

Pretty Woman

Review: ‘Pretty Woman’ Panders on Broadway

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 24, 2018 If you’re wondering whether the new musical version of Pretty Woman contains even a shred of inspiration, look no further than the show’s logo. It’s pretty much just an anonymous version of the movie’s logo, with two people back ...

Life in Focus

Life In Focus: ‘PULA! Botswana on Broadway’

By Juliana Crawford, Contributing Photographer, August 23, 2018   PULA! Botswana on Broadway; photo: Juliana Crawford.   PULA! Botswana on Broadway; photo: Juliana Crawford.   PULA! Botswana on Broadway; photo: Juliana Crawford.   PULA! Botswana on Broadway; photo: ...

Tanglewood

Review: Bernstein Memorial Concert is a Standout with Young Virtuosos of the TMCO

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, August 22, 2018 Tanglewood’s 2018 Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert by the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra was an auspicious event, drawing a large, enthusiastic crowd. To call this a student orchestra would be selling them short — these are tomorrow’s ...

BSO at Tanglewood

Review: Boston Ballet’s ‘Fancy Free’ Highlights an All-Bernstein Night at Tanglewood

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, August 21, 2018 In 1940, then 22-year-old Leonard Bernstein, the musical wunderkind now being celebrated for his inimitable significance in American classical music, as well as Broadway musical theatre, attended the inaugural season of the Berkshire Music ...

Philadelphia museums

Art Break: Love (and Art) Abounds in Philadelphia, So Plan Your Trip Now

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 20, 2018 Sometimes at Art Break we feel the need to get out of town but not wander too far. We want to keep the conveniences of great food, interesting art, and cool people – you know, everything we have here, but more relaxed. So, when we get in that ...

Be More Chill

Review: Could ‘Be More Chill’ Be More Shrill?

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 17, 2018 The musical Be More Chill was already a bit of a sensation even before it recently opened Off-Broadway at the Pershing Square Signature Center. The show had its world premiere in Redbank, NJ in 2015 at the Two River Theater, which had ...

José James in concert

Life In Focus: José James in Concert at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival

By Juliana Crawford, Contributing Photographer, August 15, 2018   Kori Whithers (vocals) and José James (guitar, vocals); photo: Juliana Crawford.   Kori Whithers; photo: Juliana Crawford.   José James; photo: Juliana Crawford.   (l. to r.) Brad Allen Williams (guitar) ...

Mark Morris Dance Group

Review: Mark Morris Dance Group Excels in Various Chamber Music Configurations

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, August 15, 2018 The Mark Morris Dance Group, which has a long association with the Mostly Mozart Festival, presented a World Premiere for this year’s season at the Rose Theater of Lincoln Center. The company danced to the popular chamber music composition, ...

Getting the Band Back Together

Review: The Amiable Schlock of ‘Gettin’ the Band Back Together’

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2018 Sometimes shows come to Broadway that automatically get the online theater wags sharpening their knives. Before a show has even played its first preview, the theaterati start taking bets on when it will close, and polishing off their ...

Moulin Rouge

Review: ‘Moulin Rouge’ Gets a Lavish Pre-Broadway Tryout in Boston

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 13, 2018 Before the 1980s, Boston was a major out-of-town stop for plays and musicals before they went to Broadway. The economics of such tryouts have changed drastically, as has the standard model for developing new plays and musicals, and ...

Hudson Valley museums

Art Break: Just a Short Journey North, The Hudson Valley Continues To Inspire

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 13, 2018 The Hudson Valley has a special place in the heart of Art Break. So many of our favorite artists spent their summers in the region with friends and family, working on projects, and enjoying the beautiful landscape, just as we do today. It’s a ...

Newport Jazz Festival Showcases Women Artists and Emerging Talents

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, August 10, 2018 This year’s Newport Jazz Festival highlighted an incredibly diverse selection of women performers and women ensemble groups. The festival’s founder George Wein, in his newsletter “Notes from the Wein Machine” (March, 2018), was very direct ...

Beloved; photo: Kait Ebinger

Review: A Young Woman’s Quest for Love and Passion in Off-Broadway’s ‘Beloved’

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, August 9, 2018 Discovering how life works is what resonates the most in Lisa Langseth’s one-woman show Beloved, starring Ellinor DiLorenzo and directed by Kathy Curtiss. The play begins with the character Katarina rummaging around her grandmother’s ...

Before We're Gone

Review: ‘Before We’re Gone’ Tackles Big Themes at 13th Street Repertory Theatre

By Diana Mott, Contributing Writer, August 6, 2018 Before We’re Gone ended it’s run at 13th Street Repertory Theatre on August 5 with hopes of moving uptown and, with caveats, it deserves another chance to be seen. It is a small play, made for a small stage in spite of the fact that it ...

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