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Harlem Blues Project specializes in soulful New York blues with a twist! The band features blues masters Jerry Dugger, Junior Mack, and Barry Harrison, plus a revolving cast of NYC's finest blues musicians, including Bill Sims Jr., Michael Hill, Irving Louis Lattin, and Solomon Hicks.
Celebrity Autobiography: The Next Chapter, created by Eugene Pack and developed by him and Dayle Reyfel, features a lineup of rotating performers who read — in both solo and ensemble pieces — the actual words and stories written by the famous and the infamous in their autobiographies.
The show features selections from books by Justin Bieber, "The Situation," Madonna, Tiger Woods, Susan Lucci, David Hasselhoff, Geraldo Rivera, Melissa Gilbert, Patti LuPone, Kenny Loggins, Destiny's Child, the Jonas Brothers, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Diana Ross, David Cassidy, Britney Spears, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eminem, and Vanna White. It also includes special "celebrity mash-ups" — Cher, Barbra Streisand, Neil Sedaka, Dolly Parton, and Celine Dion all expressing their passion for food; Sylvester Stallone and Tommy Lee on working out and working "it" out; LL Cool J, Miley Cyrus, and Ricky Martin addressing who they "really are"; Tallulah Bankhead, Kathleen Turner, and Ethel Merman sharing the secrets of "diva-dom"; and Lauren Bacall and Carol Channing recreating the suspense of Tony night.
DakhaBrakha returns, by popular demand, after a sold-out 2016 performance! This playful band from Kiev will perform new songs from their yet-to-be released album as well as old favorites. Reshaping ancient and contemporary Ukrainian music, DakhaBrakha's hypnotic textures meld soulful folk and ritual songs with R&B, jazz, African, and Balkan music.
Visual artist and activist Ai Weiwei and Pritzker Prize-winning architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron collaborate on a new site-specific commission that leverages both the vast scale of the Park Avenue Armory's drill hall and its history as a public meeting space. Exploring the meaning of public space in our surveillance-laden world, the installation references the story of Hansel and Gretel, in which children lose their way and feel a sense of menace in a space they know and trust. The artists take advantage of the architecture of the drill hall — its openness and 80-foot height — to create a disconcerting environment with an unexpected entrance wherein every movement is tracked and surveyed by drones and communicated to an unknown public. Accompanying this installation will be talks and programs by artists, philosophers, and activists.
Hansel & Gretel builds on a legacy of over 15 years of collaboration among Weiwei, Herzog, and de Meuron, who have worked together on such design projects as the 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion and the National Stadium in Beijing, created for the 2008 Summer Olympics and nicknamed the "Bird's Nest" for its façade of interwoven steel.
One of Iran's most beloved artists and the preeminent ambassador of Persian music, Kayhan Kalhor is a master of the kamancheh, a spiked fiddle. Known for his improvisations, compositions, and collaborations with artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Brooklyn Rider, the Kronos Quartet, Osvaldo Golijov, the Ghazal Ensemble, and many orchestras around the world, Kayhan has popularized Persian music in the West and is a creative force in today's international music scene. Guest artists to be announced!
This season, Obie Award winner Ethan Lipton (No Place to Go) returns with a new adventure in bittersweet and hilariously off-kilter storytelling. With music by Vito Dieterle, Eben Levy, and Ian Riggs performed by a quartet, The Outer Space follows a married couple as they leave the noise, pollution, and overpriced rents of Earth for the vast beauty and treacherous terrain of the final frontier. But can they survive the journey? Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet) directs this out-of-this-world musical about the sacrifices we make for sustainable living and love.
Part tour and part show, The Ride is a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience that turns the streets of New York City into a stage. With stadium seating, 40 monitors, 3,000 LED lights, and surround sound, The Ride is the world's only moving theater. Its ensemble cast of singers, dancers, musicians, actors, and comedians appear along a 75-minute journey through Times Square and midtown Manhattan. These performers interact with RIDErs, engaging them through quizzes, facts, and shout-outs. At the same time, the RIDErs, who face sideways out of floor-to-ceiling glass windows, see Manhattan's iconic landmarks emerge in panoramic and vertical views. Students, adults, and seniors share this unforgettable NYC experience.
The internationally acclaimed Shaolin Warriors are returning to Lehman Center with a brand-new show, Return of the Master, before embarking on a world tour. This breathtaking, theatrical kung fu show continues the story of the warrior and vividly depicts rarely seen feats of agility, strength, and skill that employ Buddhist meditation and rigorous martial arts training. The show is an extravaganza with gorgeous scenery, atmospheric music, beautiful lights, and hundreds of costumes.
This OpenICE spring awakening features a multitude of premieres by Chaya Czernowin, Mario Diaz de Leon, and Helmut Lachenmann, along with commission workshops and new works by Sabrina Schroeder and Wojtek Blecharz. The acclaimed Ensemble Itinéraire joins ICE from Paris to collaborate on this weekend of free presented events.
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is an artist collective committed to transforming the way music is created and experienced. As performers, curators, and educators, ensemble members explore how new music intersects with communities across the world. ICE's 35 members are featured as soloists, chamber musicians, commissioners, and collaborators with the foremost musical artists of our time. Emerging composers have anchored ICE's programming since its founding in 2001, and the group's recordings and digital platforms highlight the many voices that weave music's present.
Then She Fell is an immersive, multisensory experience in which audience members explore a dreamlike world. Every alcove, corner, and corridor of it has been transformed into lushly designed performance space. Inspired by the life and writings of Lewis Carroll (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), Then She Fell offers an Alice-like experience to audience members as they explore rooms, often by themselves, in order to discover hidden scenes; encounter performers one-on-one; unearth clues that illuminate a shrouded history; use skeleton keys to gain access to guarded secrets; and imbibe elixirs custom-designed by one of New York City's foremost mixologists.
This theater experience is directed, designed, written, and choreographed by Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, and Jennine Willett in collaboration with original cast members. Its venue is The Kingsland Ward at St. John's, a century-old institutional building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where the action plays out on three floors.
Note: Because of the immersive nature of this piece, audiences may be standing for significant periods of time over the course of the performance. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes.
Forty-five years after its original release, The Who's album Tommy — a classic rock classic — gets a bluegrass tribute. Composed as a rock opera by guitarist Pete Townshend, Tommy presents the life experience of a deaf, blind, and mute boy, including his relationship with his family. Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry, an all-acoustic rendition of the album, reinvents the original while also respecting it. Conceived and produced by SXSW cofounder and longtime musician Louis Jay Meyers, the revamped album features The HillBenders, a bluegrass band based in Springfield, Missouri.