If you live in New York City, you have the world at your fingertips. Art, music, film and more, NYC is culturally the icing on the cake. There is so much to offer that you probably can’t keep up with the offerings. Look no further! The folks at NYC ARTS have teamed up with The Culture Mom to give the insider’s scoop on this week’s top cultural picks:
The Congress of Curious Peoples is an annual, ten-day series of lectures, performances and symposia exploring curiosity and curiosities. One talk looks at freak shows through the lens of Freud, while another led by magician and scholar Acep Hale examines the history of the con job. “Super Freak Weekend” and a two-day symposium take place Saturday and Sunday. Events are held at Sideshows by the Seashore and the Coney Island Museum. Below are the remaining events of the congress.
Dates Mon, April 11, 2011 – Sun, April 17, 2011 Hours Mon – Fri: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm; Sat, Sun: 10 am – 8 pm Click here for the full schedule. Price: Varies by event.
Art: John Storrs: Machine-Age Modernist at the Grey Art Gallery at NYU at 100 Washington Square East (between Waverly and Washington Places)
This is the first major exhibition of Storr’s sculpture in over 25 years and focuses on his most innovative phase, the elegant abstractions of New York skyscrapers produced during the 1920s, which anticipated the Minimalist movement that surfaced 40 years later.
This free lecture series invites students and educators to join historians and other experts to learn about New York City. Presented in conjunction with the school program and exhibition Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment. The Apollo Theater, like Harlem, has long been established as a magnet for black talent, but fewer people are aware of the parallel history of Jewish entertainers and cultural history rooted there as well. Writer and cultural historian John Reddick will present Harlem’s history by discussing diverse composers, performing artists, and venues rooted there.These lectures are aimed at teachers but are open to all. Space is limited; please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.
Dates & Hours: Thurs, April 14, 2011, 5 pm – Thurs, April 14, 2011, 7 pm. Free admission.
Music: The Music of the Modern Jazz Quartet at the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center at Broadway at 60th Street
The distinctive music of The Modern Jazz Quartet (1952-1974) survives the men who created it, as drummer Lewis Nash, NEA Jazz Master pianist Kenny Barron, vibraphonist Steve Nelson and bassist Peter Washington demonstrate in this program of MJQ classics.