GUIDE TO VENUES


Interested in the growing field of immersive, non "theatre-based" theatre? Check out https://www.noproscenium.com and sign up for their newsletter. Listings for LA and SF as well. Comprensive info on Broadway show prices and price-breaks, including lotteries (for Hamilton!) and standing room: http://broadwayforbrokepeople.com The Public Theatre's free SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK has a virtual ticket line, if you can't deal with the lines In 2018 NYC started the Culture Pass program; get a library card and you are eligible for free passs to places like The Whitney Museum, MOMA, etc. The old reliable TDF discounts and their TKTS booths, which now have an app for your phone! TodayTix has some good discounts as well Don Shewey's blog http://www.donshewey.com For Dance-focused work, Wendy Perron (choreographer, dancer, writer, and former Editor of Dance Magazine) has an excellent blog Not An Alternative a hybrid arts collective and non-profit organization with a mission to affect popular understandings of events, symbols, and history. Work that questions and leverages the tools of advertising, architecture, exhibit design, branding, and public relations. Performances, installations all over town www.nytheatre-wire.com For interesting non-mainstream films, check out: IFC 323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street | (212) 924-7771 Anthology Film Archives at 2nd Ave. and 2nd St. in East Village, Film Forum 209 West Houston Street, between 6th Avenue and Varick (7th Avenue)and the film series at MOMA Film Series, Metrograph in Lower East Side Film Society at Lincoln Center/Walter Reade Theater Great music and intimate setting. Joe's Pub at the Public Theatre Pangea at E. 11th and 2nd Ave has reasonably priced food and some great acts in their club in the back. David Cale has workshopped his songs there over the years and lots of other talented folks. Brave new work and works-in-progress at the new Dixon Place at 161 Chrystie The elaborate and expensive new arts display case for Manhattan, The Shed on 30th St. New York Live Arts 219 W. 19th St. Soho Rep has a small space that they consistently challenge and transform through brilliant new scripts, directors and designers. Roulette 509 Atlantic Ave. (at 3rd Ave)Brooklyn (917)267-0363 The Kitchen 512 W. 19th Street Japan Society Chocolate Factory in Brooklyn new and always compelling work Baryshnikov Arts Center/BAC 450 W. 37th St. (866) 811-4111 Performance Space 122 (now Performance Space/New York) E. 9th Street and First Ave HERE at 145 Sixth Avenue 3-Legged Dog Art & Technology Center LaMama on 4th Street. Continuing on in the spirit of Ellen Stewart Abrons Art Center in the real LES (NYU-free zone) down on Grand Street (at Pitt) has great stuff. New York Theatre Workshop some of the smartest and most challenging new productions around. And the best stage in NYC An unusual space, originally in Brooklyn and now on Ave. C in LES, focusing on conceptual/visually-based Performance Art, Grace Exhibition Space & Gallery AUNTS collective sponsors interesting events, performances, classes at a variety of venues. BRIC in Brooklyn is home to a lot of very compelling new performance Recess a project that started in Soho and Red Hook in 2009 and has grown to encompass multiple projects/performances. "reimagines a public for art. By envisioning our public as participants, we challenge common distinctions between process and product and maker and consumer. Recess is a generative meeting place for an inclusive creative community" St. Ann's Warehouse in Dumbo/Brooklyn has some large-scale, beautifully produced stuff WAX/Williamsburg Art Nexus founded way back in 1999 by Marisa Beatty, Brian Brooks, Melissa Rodnon and David Tirosh, continues on at Triskelion. Lots of new and emerging dance talent and showcases. CATCH a series of events that started in Brooklyn and moves all around. 2015 Obie Award Winner! Best Ambulatory Feast of Experimental Performance- Village Voice Best of 2013. Curators Andrew Dinwiddie, Caleb Hammons, and Jeff Larson. Cathy Weis curates an amazing series of events at her loft on Broadway. Sundays on Broadway Free! Cathy Weis Studio/Weisacres, 537 Broadway, between Prince and Spring streets. Press buzzer #3 and walk upstairs. Elevator available upon request The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space. 155 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009 • 973.818.8495 Lincoln Center Claire Tow Theater on the roof of the Beaumont. 112 seats and the home of their LCT3 program for new works and new audiences. Great space. Head Bronx-ward for Arthur Aviles and crew's BAAD (Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance) classes, events, parties! Do go to the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site. It's beautiful, evocative and disturbing. Yes there was all that squabbling over money and real estate and politics but this expression of a void, of loss, is very moving. And if your range extends to a few hours north, check out Mount Tremper Arts near Woodstock. Matthew Pokoik curates a really excellent series, with talents like Young Jean Lee, Tere O'Connor, Jonah Bokaer, Brian Rogers, and poet Ann Carson trying out new work. Also in the Summer, The International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven. 14 days of all sorts of great stuff. Just a Metro-North commutor train ride away from NYC. Greenlight bookstore in Ft. Greene has a great series of readings, book groups, etc. So does McNally Jackson in Soho and Williamsburg.





2019 (I generally update only in the summer months when I am in NYC, but look at the venue guide above!)

continuing NETWORK on Broadway. Ivo van Hove directs Paddy Chayevsky's classic script, made into a film back in the 1980's. Bryan Cranston stars as the broadcaster gone berserk.  If you can get ticks for something less than a fortune, go! Big hit in Britain, and Ivo (as if I know him)  is always amazing.

Our pal Taylor Mac has a glorious, ribald, hysterically funny and passionate show on Broadway! GARY  Directed by George C. Wolfe and starring Nathan Lane, Kristine Nielsen, Julie White. All brilliant.  Takes off where Titus Andronicus left us. Genre fluidity in the best way (closed June 16)

MAY

continuing NETWORK on Broadway. Ivo van Hove directs Paddy Chayevsky's classic script, made into a film back in the 1980's. Bryan Cranston stars as the broadcaster gone berserk.  If you can get ticks for something less than a fortune, go! Big hit in Britain, and Ivo (as if I know him)  is always amazing.

lots of art shows honoring the 50th anniversary of one of the Gay Liberation movement's defining moments, Stonewall. “Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50” at New York Public Library (on view now through July 14); “Art After Stonewall” at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery (through July 20); “Art After Stonewall” at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (through July 21); and “Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall” at the Brooklyn Museum (through December 8).

-October  LOOPHOLE OF RETREAT Installation by Hugo Boss award winning artist Simone Leigh. Guggenheim Museum based on the writings of Harriet Jacobs who wrote in 1861 about her experiences as an enslaved woman. 

--continuing through May 26 PASSAGE by Christopher Chen, directed by Saheem Ali. Soho Rep. Discount code SAT25 expires 5/19

-June 2  the paintings of Italian renaissance painter Giovanni Moroni at The Frick is getting great reviews. Not familiar with this work

6-June 1  BJORK'S CORNUCOPIA  her extravaganza at the brand new Shed.  Waaaay over-produced and bloated, and she is lost in the overkill of imagery. Expensive art at a place that I am beginning to question the value of. A can of beer cost $18, which should give you an idea...

-May 19 TRISHA DONNELLY  installation at The Shed  All I know is what I read in the review and it sounds pretty swell. And it's free!

-19  LOCKDOWN at Rattlestick Theatre. . By Cori Thomas, Directed by Kent Gash.  "takes an authentic, intimate and powerful look at the impact of long-term incarceration and the reality of what life inside prison is really like. Inspired by Cori Thomas's time with people serving life sentences at San Quentin Prison." Presented in Partnership with Drama Club, Fortune Society, NYC Together, PEN America Prison and Justice Writing Program, Project Liberation, and Rehabilitation Through the Arts.

8-25 SINCE I CAN REMEMBER Wooster Group. work-in-progress. A revisit of their 1978 NAYATT SCHOOL that featured Spalding Gray's first monologue. 

15-19 MADAM OVARY Jody Oberfelder Projects presents their provocatively titled new work "a contemporary exploration of the body as a site of intuition, agency, and identity"  Music by Missy Mazzoli.  Flea Theater

17-23  WORK-IN-PROGRESS showings for the artists in residence at Mabou Mines. 

18-19  SURVEYS THE PRARIE OF YOUR ROOM a new work by Dan Safer/Witness Relocation. La Mama. "Dan Safer, a downtown maverick and the Artistic Director of Witness Relocation,returns to the stage as a lead performer in his work in Surveys the Prairie Of Your Room,a duet co-created and performed with leading WR member Ae Andreas, featuring original music by OBIE Award-winning composer and longtime company collaborator Heather Christian. Titled after a David Bowie lyric, the work is composed as an uninterrupted, virtuosic  movement sequence. Accompanied by Christian’s dreamy score and the original text by playwright Kate Scelsa (Everyone's Fine With Virginia Woolf) – delivered in the electrifying voice of Grace McLean – this highly kinetic and physically demanding piece is an exhilarating and healing meditation for the uncertain times."

17-June 29 CLUBBED THUMB SUMMERWORKS at the Wild Project,  195 E. 3rd St. featuring LUNCH BUNCH by Sarah Einspanier, YOU NEVER TOUCHED DIRT by Zhu Yi,  KING PHILIP'S HEAD IS STILL ON THAT PIKE JUST DOWN THE ROAD by Daniel Glenn. 

17-25 ITINERANT 2019 PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL Hector Canonge's curated series of live acts throughout all five boroughs of NYC.  This festival seems intent on focusing on a kind of live art/performance art that isn't really seen much in the U.S., with a dedication to international artists. 

19 SUNDAYS ON BROADWAY Cathy Weis' wonderful and informal salon series continues. 6pm at 537 Broadway. This week features the wonderful Leslie Satin (my mentor when I was a student at Empire State College/SUNY) reuniting with dance partner David Botana in an evening curated by Vickie Schick that also features Andrea Kleine+Bessie McDonough-Thayer

21 THE MUELLER REPORT Deb Margolin is organizing a reading of the Mueller report from 12-6 at New Dramatists, 424 W.  44th St.

21 BRONX GOTHIC Andrew Rossi's film about the extraordinary contemporary dancer Okwui Okpokwasili and her one-woman show, Bronx Gothic about coming of age inn the 1980's   BAAD/Bronx Academy of Art & Dance,  7pm

23 ITINERANT 2019 PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL NYC   7pm at Bronx Academy of Art & Dance. The full festival, curated by Hector Canonge, runs May 17-25 (see above)

24 THE BLUE by Fiona Templeton/The Relationship.  Theaterlab, 357 W. 36th St.  7:30pm. With the always wonderful Aleknka Kraigher. 

24-July 7 A STRANGE LOOP Book, Music, and Lyrics by Michael R. Jackson, Directed by Stephen Brackett,,Choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly  Discount for previews code LOOPPH2

-June 22 JEFF WALL at Gagosian Gallery. I guess it's the theatricality/film set feeling of his work that always draws me in. Photographic spectacle. 

30-June 15 UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME ArsNova brings back this lacerating, funny, disturbing duo looking at race through the antics of a biracial couple performing for a middle school auditorium show, originally created in Philadelphia (I got to see it in London last fall). Created and performed by Scott R. Sheppard and Jennifer Kidwell (both amazing) and directed by Taibi Magar. 

JUNE

(cont.) Our pal Taylor Mac has a glorious, ribald, hysterically funny and passionate show on Broadway! GARY  Directed by George C. Wolfe and starring Nathan Lane, Kristine Nielsen, Julie White. All brilliant.  Takes off where Titus Andronicus left us. Genre fluidity in the best way

(cont.) -29  CLUBBED THUMB SUMMERWORKS at the Wild Project,  195 E. 3rd St. featuring LUNCH BUNCH by Sarah Einspanier, YOU NEVER TOUCHED DIRT by Zhu Yi,  KING PHILIP'S HEAD IS STILL ON THAT PIKE JUST DOWN THE ROAD by Daniel Glenn. 

(cont.) -July 7 A STRANGE LOOP Book, Music, and Lyrics by Michael R. Jackson, Directed by Stephen Brackett,,Choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly

-through?   ANTIGONE IN FERGUSON a dramatic reading/recitation at a Brooklyn Church (St. Anne's in Brooklyn Heights)  with a series of amazing gospel choruses. The actual performance is about an hour, and then there is an extensive talkback/community convo.  It's all free, and the singing is truly magnificent and quite moving. 

-through Sept 8  LEONARD COHEN-A CRACK IN EVERYTHING an engrossing and moving series of tributes, remixes, contextualizations of Cohen's songs and life. Make sure to go to the 4th (?) floor listening room for new covers of his songs. And get in the line for the "Depression Room" It's worth it.  The Jewish Museum. Museum is free on Saturdays. 

-October  LOOPHOLE OF RETREAT Installation by Hugo Boss award winning artist Simone Leigh. Guggenheim Museum based on the writings of Harriet Jacobs who wrote in 1861 about her experiences as an enslaved woman. 

1 OCTOPUS: MAMI WATA   4pm PS 122.   With: Charlotte Brathwaite, Abigail DeVille, Justin Hicks, Jadele McPherson, Jenn Nkiru, Okwui Okpokwasili, Paul Pryce, and Cauleen Smith

6 THE WHITE CARD reading of Claudia Rankine's new play. Celeste Bartos Forum at NY Public Library 7pm. "Rankine is best known for her collection Citizen: An American Lyric, which confronted its readers with expressions of racism in this country that are both seen and unseen. The White Card continues that conversation in an exploration of “conceptions and constructions of whiteness” and how that idea has contributed to America’s enduring issues with race." The reading will be followed by a talkback with Rankine.

6 MOVEMENT RESEARCH BENEFIT  a wonderful annual event. Great food, great people, great performances. Judson Church. This year's honorees are the extraordinary performer/choreographer David Thomson and arts administrator Stephen Facey

6-7  WE MAY NEVER DANCE AGAIN Raja Feather Kelly and the feath3r theory at The Invisible Dog. I'm still marveling at his choreography for Fairview, and am eager to see him with his company.

6-9 PERFORMANCE MIX FESTIVAL: 33 the annual series created by Karen Bernard and New Dance Alliance. A great place to see performers at all stages of their career. 

9 SUNDAYS ON BROADWAY, Cathy Weis salon series 6pm featuring Walter Dundervill & Iki Nakagawa + Luis Malvacías & Jeremy Nelson + the return of Shorties  – co-curators: Emily Climer & Cathy Weis

9 OUT ON FILM  Dance on Film Assoc and BAAD present LGBTQ film fest. An hour-long free screening, includes Marta Renzi's RED DIRT  7pm at BAAD

11  STOP.LOOK.LISTEN: A CASUAL SALON AT THE CIRCUS LOFT featuring Jennifer Monson performing with Niall Jones, Jennifer Miller  8pm    53 S. 11th St. Brooklyn

15-30 ASSEMBLY a group of performance, movement, sound and installation artists take over The Kitchen. Installation viewing hours and performance hours. 

18-29 RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL Absolutely free! sponsored by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council   Lots of stuff from Pam Tanowitz, Jennifer Monson/iLand, Ernesto Pujol, Carol Becker and many others. 

20-July 21 DRILL-HITO STEVERL  an installation taking over the entire floor of the magnificent Park Avenue Armory.  The central work focuses on gun violence. Almost everything I've ever seen in this space has been overwhelming and transfixing, so it's a good bet. 

21 RED BIKE a reading of Caridad Svich's new play at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St. 7pm

30 LIVE ARTS PRIDE 2019-THE HOUSE PARTY-50 FOR 50 New York Live Arts celebrates the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. 

JULY

2-31 HOT! FESTIVAL Dixon Place. The annual festival of GLBTQ work, in both the Lounge and the Theatre, always has interesting stuff, and at very reasonable prices! 

-Sept. 2.  DEATH IS ELSEWHERE The brilliant Ragnar Kjartansson has an installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art  (5th Ave location) . His room at the Phoenix Art Museum earlier this year was one of the most completely engrossing, visually and sonically moving installations I've ever seen. I would have gone every week to sit there for an hour if I could have. This is a much simpler, more contained piece, but still quite engrossing and transformative. Give it time; his work needs to soak in. (and don't read the wall text outside until  afterwards!)  And then look at the exquisite Vermeers and Rembrandts in the Dutch painting show surrounding it. It all kind of fits together.

-August 26? WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME Heidi Schreck's brilliant and incredibly insightful/informative/enraging  monologue (mostly) moved from NYTW to Broadway for a limited run. Absolutely essential. Supporting cast member Mike Iveson is a delight as always.  At the Helen Hayes (and usually available at TKTS booth, in the much shorter "plays only" line)

-24?  A STRANGE LOOP Book, Music, and Lyrics by Michael R. Jackson, Directed by Stephen Brackett,,Choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly  I'm hearing really great things about this. 

- 14   WE'RE ONLY ALIVE FOR A SHORT AMOUNT OF  TIME. David Cale's magnificent solo (with songs!) at The Public. I've deeply admired David's work for 30 years, and this is a major re-framing of some of his most harrowing material. 

-through Sept 8  LEONARD COHEN-A CRACK IN EVERYTHING an engrossing and moving series of tributes, remixes, contextualizations of Cohen's songs and life. Make sure to go to the 4th (?) floor listening room for new covers of his songs. And get in the line for the "Depression Room" It's worth it.  The Jewish Museum. Museum is free on Saturdays. 

-July 21 DRILL  an installation by Hito Steverl taking over the entire floor of the magnificent Park Avenue Armory.  The central work focuses on gun violence. The surrounding rooms (which are magnificent in a different way) show other works of Steverl. As someone not familiar with this Berlin-based artist/theorist's work, it gave me a good intro into the breadth of her concerns. 

8 DECODER: TICKET THAT EXPLODED "William Burroughs’ Nova Trilogy is a both an intergalactic fever dream on addiction and a manual for weaponized media war that predicts and satirizes our current online life. DECODER: Ticket that Exploded reimagines the second book of this trilogy as a live performance of broken media hallucinations, living text cutup, and full frequency psychedelia spun from mangled audio tape. An alien presence is revealed as the sticky complicity of the inner double agent. Watch a live enacting of Burroughs’ prescient words taken to their terrible conclusions. Created and directed by Mallory Catlett/Restless NYC, DECODER is a collaboration with tape DJ and sound Artist G Lucas Crane, performer Jim Findlay, video designer Keith Skretch, interaction designer Ryan Holsopple and Burroughs scholar Alex Wermer-Colan.  Additional support from associate video designer Simon Harding."  9pm Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St. in Red Hook, Brooklyn

2-28 FAIRVIEW Jackie Sibblies Drury's stunning play returns, moved from  Soho Rep to Theatre for a New Audience/Polonsky Theater in Brooklyn. One of the really essential plays of this year.  Maybe that's why it got the Pulitzer. With brilliant direction by Sarah Benson and perfect stage choreography by Raja Feather Kelly  use discount code SOHO35 

11-21 ACQUANETTA Music by Michael Gordon, Libretto by Deborah Artman, and directed by Daniel Fish (Oklahoma!) Produced by Beth Morrison Projects (ASU graduate!) at Bard Summerscape, which is a mere 2 hour drive/train ride from NYC and well worth it. 

AUGUST

(cont through Oct) LOOPHOLE OF RETREAT Installation by Hugo Boss award winning artist Simone Leigh. Guggenheim Museum based on the writings of Harriet Jacobs who wrote in 1861 about her experiences as an enslaved woman.

 Also at Guggenheim, BASQUIAT'S DEFACEMENT: THE UNTOLD STORY

-Sept. 2.  DEATH IS ELSEWHERE The brilliant Ragnar Kjartansson has an installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art  (5th Ave location) . His room at the Phoenix Art Museum earlier this year was one of the most completely engrossing, visually and sonically moving installations I've ever seen. I would have gone every week to sit there for an hour if I could have. This is a much simpler, more contained piece, but still quite engrossing and transformative. Give it time; his work needs to soak in. (and don't read the wall text outside until  afterwards!)  And then look at the exquisite Vermeers and Rembrandts in the Dutch painting show surrounding it. It all kind of fits together.

-through Sept 8  LEONARD COHEN-A CRACK IN EVERYTHING an engrossing and moving series of tributes, remixes, contextualizations of Cohen's songs and life. Make sure to go to the 4th (?) floor listening room for new covers of his songs. And get in the line for the "Depression Room" It's worth it.  The Jewish Museum. Museum is free on Saturdays. 

through Aug 26 WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME Heidi Schreck's brilliant and incredibly insightful/informative/enraging  monologue (mostly) moved from NYTW to Broadway for a limited run. Absolutely essential. Supporting cast member Mike Iveson is a delight as always.  At the Helen Hayes (and usually available at TKTS booth, in the much shorter "plays only" line)

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