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Feb
15
Sat
18th Annual Orchid Show at the NY Botanical Garden @ New York Botanical Garden
Feb 15 – Apr 19 all-day

18th Annual Orchid Show at the NY Botanical Garden

JEFF LEATHAM’S KALEIDOSCOPE

Saturday, February 15, 2020 – Sunday, April 19, 2020

2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY

Famed Floral Designer Jeff Leatham Is Set to Bring His Bold and Colorful Vision to  The New York Botanical Garden’s 18th Annual Orchid Show

The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope Runs February 15 Through  April 19, 2020

Bronx, NY—The popular orchid exhibition at The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) returns for its 18th year with The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope. Thousands of orchids will be on dramatic display in dazzling creations by lifestyle icon and floral designer to the stars Jeff Leatham. On view February 15 through April 19, 2020, Leatham’s captivating designs and installations will transform each gallery of the exhibition in NYBG’s historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into a different color experience, like a turn of a kaleidoscope.

Arches of hanging orchids of deliberate hues will deliver a kaleidoscopic tunnel effect and, along with other design surprises, bring thrilling and hypnotic sensory delights to the 2020 Orchid Show. Leatham is working with horticulturists from NYBG, including Senior Curator of Orchids Marc Hachadourian, to assemble orchids from its collections as well as from some of the finest growers in the world. Orchids of seemingly every conceivable shape and provenance, including rare and iconic specimens, will be on display in breathtaking configurations.

“Color is the first and most important aspect of my work, always,” Jeff Leatham said when describing his creations for The Orchid Show. “I want every gallery to be a different color experience for visitors as they move through them, like looking into a kaleidoscope. I loved kaleidoscopes as a child. You start dreaming as you look through one. People have seen the interiors of the Conservatory already, but with this exhibition, I want them to look through them like never before.”

Jeff Leatham is the award-winning artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, with studios also at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center and the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. He has been creating a sensation with his floral installations since he began his career in 1995. His work is a combination of his love for flowers and passion for design. Using shape, color, and simplicity, his creations are dramatic, bold, unforgettable statements that are always an integral part of the setting. Leatham has produced spectacular displays in Paris for nearly two decades, and in 2014, he was knighted with the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres—the highest honor for artists and others who have made a significant contribution to French culture. His clients include Cher, Dolly Parton, Tina Turner, Oprah Winfrey, the Kardashians, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and many others. His publications—Flowers by Jeff Leatham, Flowers by Design, and Jeff Leatham: Visionary Floral Art and Design—remain best-selling design books worldwide.

During Orchid Evenings on select dates throughout the run of The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope, adults 21 and over can experience the exhibition at night with music, cash bars, and light bites. Advance ticket purchase is recommended to guarantee admission to these signature events.

At NYBG Shop, Orchid Show visitors may select from thousands of top-quality orchids, from exotic, hard-to-find specimens for connoisseurs to elegant yet easy-to-grow varieties for beginners available for purchase, along with orchid products and books.

For more information about The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope and to purchase tickets, please visit the Garden’s Web site at nybg.org.

Mar
12
Thu
Asia Week New York 2020 – Press Release
Mar 12 – Mar 19 all-day
Asia Week New York 2020 - Press Release

Asia Week New York Steps into the New Decade with Eye-Alluring Curated Exhibitions Representing All Corners of Asia

March 12 to 19, 2020

New York: For the past 10 years, Asia Week New York has presented an abundance of magnificent treasures from every part of the Far East for the pleasure and enjoyment of Asian art aficionados. These exceptional works of art are to be found at 38 gallery exhibitions curated by prominent Asian art experts that are open to the public on March 12 to 19 (*and in some instances, until March 21). Joining in the excitement are six top-tier auction houses–Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Heritage Auctions, Sotheby’s and iGavel–plus numerous world-class museums and cultural institutions.

Says Asia Week New York chairwoman Katherine Martin: “As Asia Week New York enters a new decade, we look forward to increasing the public’s awareness and knowledge of the joys of collecting Asian art–hence we are excited to present a comprehensive series of gallery talks by our esteemed experts.”

As always, Asia Week New York exhibitions–free and open to the public— promise the rarest and finest examples of Asian textiles, ceramics, furniture, sculpture, bronzes, paintings and jewelry from every area and period of Asia. Organized by category, here are some of the important highlights to be discovered at Asia Week New York’s participating galleries:

Chinese Works of Art: Ancient Through Contemporary

In their Spring Exhibition of Chinese Porcelain and Works of Art, Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. features a finely painted mid-17th century Ming blue-and-white porcelain vase and cover. The 12-inch tall vase is decorated with military figures in a mountainous outdoor setting while the dome is painted with a land and seascape scene, including a 10-story pagoda. 16 East 52nd Street, 10th floor.

For their exhibition, Chinese Huanghuali Furniture from a Private Collection, Nicholas Grindley presents a Late Ming dynasty huanghuali inset leg bridle joint table. With its simple lines, rounded legs, and pairs of stretchers, this elegant table is among the most recognizable forms found in classical Chinese furniture. It is often referred to as a ‘Character One Table’ due to its similarity in profile to the single horizontal stroke of the Chinese character for ‘number one.’ 17 East 76th Street, 2nd floor First-time Asia Week New York participant Carlton Hobbs LLC presents Asian Influence on European Decorative Art, 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries, featuring an exceptional 19th century black lacquer polychrome and two-color gilt cabinet on the original stand. This spectacular piece exemplifies the English revival in chinoiserie taste at the turn of the 18th to the 19th century and renewed the interest in lacquered furniture from China, particularly black lacquer enhanced with shimmering gold powder and gold leaf decoration. 60 East 93rd Street An exquisite Ryukyuan mother-of-pearl inlaid lacquer stand takes center stage at Privileged, the exhibition at Kaikodo LLC. The Ryukyuan chain of islands extending from Kyushu to Taiwan, also known as Okinawa, supported a rich tradition of lacquer making since the late 14th century when ties were established with the newly established Ming dynasty in China. This beautiful stand could have been made to display a vase of flowers, or like many utilitarian objects for the elite, presented as a work of art. 74 East 79th Street Chinese and Japanese Costumes, Textiles and Paintings at Alan Kennedy will spotlight an album of forty paintings, commissioned by James Ware, a British sea captain who arrived in China in 1881. Ware recruited local artists to make the imaginative paintings, adding typescript captions at the bottom of each page. Giant Confusion is one such painting that is part of the collection. James Goodman Gallery, 41 East 57th Street, 8th floor

At J.J. Lally & Co., a very early and rare Ming dynasty (14th15th century) bronze goose-form incense burner will be among the exquisite works of art on view at ELEGANTLY MADE: Art for the Chinese Literati. This brilliantly cast censer is the largest of its kind yet recorded and the only example known which is complete with its original matching base. 41 East 57th Street, 14th Floor

Rock, Paper, the exhibition at Littleton & Hennessy Asian Art, will pair a group of carved and pierced ancient Chinese scholar’s rocks with contemporary ink paintings by the Hangzhou and Shanghai-based artist Dr. Jiang Jun, an art historian, artist, critic and columnist for the renowned e-art magazine Art iFeng, in Beijing. Among the highlights is a towering brown ‘Taihu’ scholar’s rock, of elongated form with numerous interconnected perforations and jagged outcrops. Chinese Works of Art at Daniel Crouch Rare Books, 2nd Floor and Scholar’s Rocks and Contemporary Works at Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, 3rd floor

A standout piece in Chinese and Japanese Ceramics at Zetterquist Galleries, is a large Japanese 17th century porcelain Kakiemon lidded bowl, with a masterfully enameled chrysanthemum pattern, an early example of the Kakiemon style and a technical tour de force for its time. 3 East 66th Street, Suite 2B

Indian, Himalayan, & Southeast Asian Art:  Ancient Through Contemporary

In New Acquisitions, Walter Arader Himalayan Art points to a fine Company School pen and ink watercolor of an Asian Paradise-Flycatcher, from Calcutta, circa 1810, on European laid paper with the watermark of the Strasburg Lily, which indicates that the painting was completed on the more expensive and higher quality European laid paper and reserved in India for high commissions. Arader Galleries, 1016 Madison Avenue

From Art Passages comes the exhibition Of Love, Epic, and Kingship. Highlighted is a painting titled Vasant Ragaputra of Hindola raga, from Kshemakarna Ragamala. Ragamala, or Garland of Music Melodies, which were divided into groups and subgroups. These melodies were often translated into visual depictions as in this painting. Here, Vasant means Springtime and the blue-skinned son of Hindola raga prepares to dance to the tune of female musicians surrounding him. This painting is from the earliest set illustrating poet Kshemakarna’s 1570 poems describing the Ragamala. 1018 Madison Avenue, 5th floor

A very fine and delicate Portrait of the Emperor Shah Jahan deserves attention at Prahlad Bubbar’s exhibition, India 1600-1900.  In this rare painting from Kishangarh with strong connections to the Mughal style, the sensitive treatment of the Emperor’s face, the elegant horse and the exquisitely drawn trappings clearly indicate a 17th century date. Jill Newhouse Gallery, 4 East 81st Street, 2nd floor   A spectacular late 16th-early 17th century Tibetan tangka, Yama as Dharmaraja, is one of the highlights in Fine Sculptures and Tangkas at Carlo Cristi Asian Arts Company. Two deities, Yama and Chamunda, traditionally represented in cosmic union, stand separated in a powerful stance, a unique composition of great dynamic expression. The tangka shows a refined combination of the Tibetan and Chinese pictorial vocabulary. Leslie Feely Gallery, 1044 Madison Avenue, 4th floor

In their exhibition Court Paintings from India and Iran, Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch, Ltd. shine a spotlight on Krishna courting Radha with his skillful fluting, an opaque watercolor with gold on paper, circa 1780. The painting illustrates a scene from the Bhagavata Purana, an ancient Hindu epic, comprised of 18,000 verses and 12,000 cantos, which narrates scenes from the lives of Vishnu and Krishna. It was executed for a royal patron at the Court of Kangra in the lower Himalayan range south of Kashmir and would have been part of a large series of paintings. 67 East 80th Street,  Suite 2 Paintings for the Pahari Rajas, on view at Francesca Galloway, features paintings from several important private collections including remarkable court portraits, and dynamic and innovative illustrations of the great Hindu epics Ramayana, Bhagavata Purana and Gita Govinda. Among the exhibition’s highlights is Krishna and his friends playing hide-and-seek by night, circa 1765, depicting an intimate and whimsical scene of youths playing a game of hide and seek. This painting, masterfully rendered, shows Krishna with his friends whose bodies glimmer under the starlight against the dark hillside 1018 Madison Avenue, 1st floor Not to be missed in God/Goddess, at Kapoor Galleries, is the important Chinnamasta, which literally translates to “severed head,” one of ten mahavidyas or goddesses worshipped in the Hindu tradition, all incarnations of the great goddess Devi. This rare treasure is signed by master artist Nainsukh of Guler, an important innovator of a strong and widely admired tradition of Indian painting. 34 East 67th Street, 3rd floor Himalayan and Indian Art: Aesthetic Meta-Moments at Navin Kumar Gallery, explores the question of what it means for our lives to be consistent with our own insight about everyday life. One of the gallery’s featured paintings depicts the Buddhist deity Manjushri, who is associated with the insight into the nature of reality. Only a handful of the greatest of scholars, monks, and kings were considered to have been living emanations of Manjushri, and amongst the earliest of them, is the monk Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen.  In the 18th century painting, Manjushri with scenes from the life of Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen, the monk’s life is traced, from birth, to his educational activities, to his stay at the court of Godan Khan, the grandson of Genghis Khan. 900 Park Avenue, Suite 4E

Thomas Murray makes his Asia Week New York debut with Rarities: The Himalayas to Hawaii, featuring a fabulous sculptural betel cutter, which is a portrait of a Javanese sultan in wayang “shadow puppet” style, in a 17th century costume and holding a royal keris dagger. It was made from iron, which is difficult to cast, and inlaid with gold. As such, it could only have been made in a court atelier. The ritual chewing of betel permeated all of the sub-cultures and social strata of Indonesia, from headhunters to the highest courts of Java. It was offered to guests as a welcome and ritually exchanged at births, marriages, and funerals. Arader Galleries, 1016 Madison Avenue This stunning 19th century South Indian three-string, seed pearl and ruby necklace with the clasps made from flat cut diamonds is one of the many treasures in the Jewels of Asia exhibition at Susan Ollemans Oriental Art. Gallery Vallois, 27 East 67th Street, Ground Floor With galleries in New Delhi and Kolkata, Akar Prakar makes its Asia Week New York debut with Form & Play–Recent Work by Ganesh Haloi with Roobina Karode, chief curator of Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, as their curatorial advisor, preceding his retrospective at CSMVS, museum Mumbai, in October 2020. Untitled, a gouache on Nepali handmade paper, has a specific association with the nature of water. The near-abstract shapes, patterns and textures refer to the submerged and floating aquatic plants, their gentle movements and incessant and silent lifecycle. Glowing layers of colors on the deep, intense color-ground using natural and organic pigments, a technique he resurrected from the Asian traditional practice illustrate Haloi’s extraordinary skill. 41 East 57th Street, Suite 704

Rosenberg & Co. mounts a solo-artist exhibition called Blue Night, Red Earth: The Work of Nguyen Cam. Nguyen Cam is a contemporary visual artist working primarily in paint, collage, and mixed media. His chosen materials include used rice sacks, corrugated cardboard, and gingko leaves, each relating to his deep, complex relationship with his native country, Vietnam.

Untitled #20’s color palette and composition exemplify his material exploration of his unique journey. 19 East 66th Street Japanese Works of Art:  Ancient To Contemporary In 250 Years of Japanese Prints, The Art of Japan showcases, among many Japanese woodblock prints, In the Mirror of the House of Blue Dishes, an arresting image by Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900). This unusual vertical triptych tells the story of the samurai Aoyama Tessan, who possesses ten treasured blue-and-white ceramic plates. The central image in the triptych stands alone as a strong and haunting figure, but the entire triptych is necessary to illustrate the dramatic episode.  The Mark Hotel, 25 East 77th Street, Suite 215    Dai Ichi Arts features a beautiful stoneware Oribe-glazed vase by the contemporary ceramicist Yamaguchi Makoto. He was inspired by the “ouroboros,” an ancient symbol of death and rebirth, expressing this with the form and flow of the glaze, which originated in the 16th century Momoyama Period. 18 East 64th Street, Suite 1F

In SHINTO REDUX: Kami || Shin-magatama by Hiroyuki Asano, Carole Davenport spotlights a mesmerizing and rare Shinto deity, from the Heian period, 10th -11th century. Based on nature and the spirit dwelling within mountains, trees, waterfalls, geographical sites and creatures, as well as venerated deceased human beings, Shinto was the first native religion of Japan.  Leigh Morse FA, 22 East 80th Street, 5th floor

Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints presents Fine Japanese Prints Including Samurai/Spirits: A Collection of Kuniyoshi, featuring Snow at Zojo Temple by Kawase Hasui, dated 1922. Hasui’s spare design of a man in western dress walking towards the majestic vermilion main gate of the Zojo Temple is also his first depiction of this Tokyo landmark, a subject he returned to in several famous designs in the following decades. This preearthquake work was produced in a limited edition of 100 prints that was by subscription only. The Mark Hotel, 25 East 77th Street

Among Fine Japanese Prints, at Hara Shobo, is Hiraizumi Konjikido (Golden Hall), a delicate snowy winter scene by Kawase Hasui, dated 1957. The Mark Hotel, 25 East 77th Street

At Ippodo Gallery New York, Koichiro Isezaki’s contemporary spin on traditional Bizen ware in his yō series is the focal point of The Breath of Clay – The Life of Koichiro Isezaki’s Contemporary Bizen.  Appearing to sink into itself, this beautiful collapse- form ceramic vase, graced by delicate flashing, is reminiscent of the flame traveling upwards, leaving soft hues of orange and brown. 32 East 67th Street

In the exhibition, Japanese Art, Mika Gallery/Shouun Oriental Art features Welcoming Descent of Amida and Twenty-five Bodhisattvas, a 13th century Pure Land sect Buddhist painting from the Kamakura period (1185–1333) in gold, color and ink on silk. [email protected] or phone 646-339-7046

Joan B Mirviss LTD juxtaposes contemporary ceramics with traditional woodblock prints in two simultaneous exhibitions: Restraint and Flamboyance, Masterworks of Mino and Ukiyo-e from the Collection of George Crawford. Katsushika Hokusai is arguably Japan’s most celebrated artist and many of his woodblock prints have become iconic images of Japan. While many designs from the artist’s “Thirty-six Views of Fuji” series, circa 1830, are better known, this dramatic and far rarer scene of Amida Waterfall stands as one of the artist’s most compelling compositions, effectively conveying the power of nature. 39 East 78th Street, Suite 401 This metal vessel called Ritsu (Rhythm) by Iede Takahiro, one of Japan’s most celebrated contemporary metal artists, stands out in The Four Elements in Japanese Arts: Earth, Air, Fire and Water, the exhibition at Onishi Gallery. The artist, inspired by traditional Japanese bamboo basketry, painstakingly weaves strips of rigid metal of different colors, heating and hammering each strip. 521 West 26th Street

The showstopper at Giuseppe Piva’s exhibition Japanese Art and Antiques is Tsutsumi Do Tosei Gusoku, a 17th -18th century ceremonial suit of Samurai armor bearing the kamon of the Mōri family, from the Edo period. The details of the armor, the kawari kabuto, the use of luxurious materials and the cuirass covered in brocade are all characteristics of the flamboyant style of the Mōri clan.

Seven Women: Applying Makeup Before a Mirror, by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806), circa 1792-93, is from The Baron J. Bachofen von Echt Collection of Golden Age Ukiyoe exhibition at Scholten Japanese Art. A lavish production for its time, this tour de force is an example of the best type of ukiyo-e (art of the floating world), created by one of the period’s most important artists, and published by a highly influential publisher. It was produced during the Golden Age (circa 1780-1800), considered the highpoint in ukiyo-e print production.

When Kazuhito Kawai was a high school boy growing up in Mito city, in Ibaraki Prefecture, he became interested in fashion and discovered the clothing by the Paul Smith, the only brand available at his local department store called Marui OIOI. This colorful clay piece aptly titled Paul Smith at OIOI –on view at Shifted Expression: Japanese Ceramics, Lacquer and Metal Work at Sokyo Gallery–represents the artist’s memories of his days shopping at Marui OIOI. 29 East 73rd Street, 1st floor Swirling Ring is one of the works featured in TAI Modern’s Abe Motoshi solo exhibition, the Japanese bamboo artist’s first in the United States. Abe is known for his numerous original plaiting techniques and devotion to the art form. He started this flower basket back in 1984 but only completed it in 2014, after he was inspired to flip the basket upside down and cut out the bottom, creating a more satisfying form. Abe’s work is shown in conjunction with the exhibition Selected Works of Japanese Bamboo Art, a survey of contemporary and historic pieces. 38 East 78th Street

Shiryū Morita’s ink-on-paper folding screen takes center stage in Japanese Modern and Post-War Art, the exhibition at Thomsen Gallery. 9 East 63rd Street Among the New Acquisitions at Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art is Buddha of Compassion, an elegant six-armed wooden statue made in the 14th century, between the end of the Kamakura period and the beginning of the Muromachi period. Using gold powder paint and gold leaf, this rare piece was created in the same manner as an Amida Nyorai, one of Asia’s most popular deities. Arader Galleries, 1016 Madison Avenue

Korean Works of Art: Ancient To Contemporary Boccara Art, a newcomer to Asia Week New York presents two separate exhibitions: one in New York called Lavinia Yu: In Search of Lost Ocean, and the other in Brooklyn titled Kim Jeong Yeon & Hyun Ae Kang: Living in a Restful House. Recognized for her installations, which combine the natural energy of her motherland with explosive expressionistic calligraphy, Living in a Restful House, explores the concepts of family and home in modern society, as well as the existential angst of human beings in the physical space and time. Lavinia Yu: In Search of Lost Ocean, at 130 West 56th Street; Kim Jeong Yeon & Hyun Ae Kang: Living in a Restful House, at 198 24th Street in Brooklyn Dreams of Blue and White Porcelain and Photography at HK Art & Antiques LLC features the work of Bohnchang Koo, whose photographs of blue and white ceramics from the Korean collections of well-known museums in the world, capture the simplistic beauty of the delicately painted porcelain– created with a rare and highly prized blue pigment. 49 East 78th Street, Suite 4B

Symbolizing the majesty of the royal family, this late 18th century blue and white dragon jar—used as storage vessels or vases for monumental floral displays at banquets in the royal court for feasts and rituals– is the focal point in Kang Collection Korean Art’s exhibition A Fantastic Dragon Jar and Recent Acquisitions. The decoration on this jar reveals the dynamic yet painstaking skill of the painters of the royal court. Arader Galleries, 1016 Madison Avenue.

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Asia Week New York 2020 continues to offer a non-stop round of gallery open houses, auctions sales, exhibitions, lectures, symposia and special events. To celebrate the week’s festivities, a private, invitation-only reception, jointly hosted with the Department of Asian Art of The Metropolitan Museum of Art will once again take place in the Museum’s Asian art galleries.

The comprehensive guide with maps will be available at participating galleries, auction houses and cultural institutions, starting February 2020 and online at asiaweekny.com. Emphasizing the strength of interest from Chinese-speaking visitors, a Chinese version of the website is available at cn.asiaweekny.com. About Asia Week New York  The collaboration of top-tier international Asian art galleries, the six major auction houses, Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Heritage Auctions, iGavel, and Sotheby’s, and numerous museums and Asian cultural institutions, Asia Week New York is a week-long celebration filled with a non-stop schedule of simultaneous gallery open houses, Asian art auctions as well as numerous museum exhibitions, lectures, and special events. Participants from Great Britain, India, Italy, Japan, and the United States unveil an extraordinary array of museum-quality treasures from China, India, the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, Tibet, Nepal, Japan, and Korea.  Asia Week New York Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade membership organization registered with the state of New York. For more information visit www.AsiaWeekNewYork.com @asiaweekny #asiaweekny  About Songtsam, Presenting Sponsor Founded by Baima Duoji, in 2000, the Songtsam Group is the only collection of luxury Tibetan-style retreats found across the Tibetan Plateau that offers guests sophisticated elegance, refined design,

modern amenities, and unobtrusive service in places of natural beauty and cultural interest. With his long-standing and strong interest in Chinese, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian art, Mr. Baima started collecting art long before he established his first hotel, Songtsam Lodge Shangri-La, which is located next to the famous Songzanlin Monastery in Shangri-La. Many of the properties across the Tibetan plateau are decorated with Mr. Baima’s personal collection, with each hotel acting as a private art museum. Songtsam aims to share the beauty of humanity’s imagination and creativity with people from all over the world.  By combining stays at different hotels and lodges, Songtsam Tours are designed for intrepid travellers to discover the region’s diverse culture, rich biodiversity, incredible scenic landscapes, and unique living heritage through comfort, authenticity, and an enlightened spirit of adventure.  Currently they offer two signature routes: the Songtsam Yunnan Circuit, which explores the “Three Parallel Rivers” area (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the new Songtsam Yunnan-Tibet Route, which merges the Ancient Tea Horse Road, G214 (Yunnan-Tibet highway), G318 (Sichuan- Tibet highway), and the Tibetan Plateau road tour into one, adding unprecedented comfort to the Tibetan travel experience.  Songtsam has been exploring and preserving the essence of Tibetan culture, all the while maintaining a commitment to supporting economic development, local communities, environmental conservation, and sustainability within Tibet and Yunnan. For more information, visit www.songtsam.com.

Mar
19
Thu
Baruch Performing Arts Center presents the New York Premiere of the chamber opera dwb (driving while black) @ Baruch Performing Arts Center
Mar 19 all-day
Baruch Performing Arts Center presents the New York Premiere of the chamber opera dwb (driving while black) @ Baruch Performing Arts Center

Baruch Performing Arts Center presents the New York Premiere of the chamber opera dwb (driving while black)

March 19, 2020

Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

Baruch Performing Arts Center presents the New York premiere of dwb (driving while black) from March 19-21, 2020 at 7:30 pm at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue (25th Street between Third and Lexington Avenues), NYC. Tickets are $16-$36 and can be purchased online at https://ci.ovationtix.com/1091/production/1014628.

dwb (driving while black) is a new chamber opera about racism, erasure, and the fear and love that black parents experience when they send their kids out into a world that too often sees them not as a child, but as a threat. This powerful music-drama documents the all-too-familiar story of an African-American parent whose beautiful brown boy approaches driving age. What should be a celebration of independence and maturity turns out to be fraught with the anxiety of “driving while black.” Running time: 50 minutes.

“Singers are storytellers,” says soprano/librettist Roberta Gumbel, “but rarely do we get the opportunity to help create the stories we are telling.” Gumbel, in collaboration with composer Susan Kander and the cutting-edge cello/percussion duo New Morse, created dwb (driving while black), which premiered in 2019 in Kansas City.

“One of the most singularly devastating theatrical moments of the last year.”
Best of Kansas City: Theater 2019
–  The Pitch: Kansas City’s Arts and Culture Newspaper

Susan Kander, music
Roberta Gumbel, libretto
Chip Miller, director
Roberta Gumbel, soprano
New Morse Code – Hannah Collins, cello and Michael Compitello, percussion

Roberta Gumbel has performed internationally in opera, concert, chamber music and musical theater.  After her operatic debut with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Roberta performed with Opera Memphis, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Opera Philadelphia, Indianapolis Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, and Houston Grand Opera. Musical Theater credits include the Broadway runs of Showboat, Ragtime, La Boheme, and In My Life. Off Broadway she appeared in Running Man which USA Today ranked as one of the top tier productions of the year. Roberta has appeared in concert with the Boston Symphony, the Tanglewood Music Center and with the Scarborough Chamber Players of Boston. She has appeared as soloist with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center in their Holiday concerts.

The music of Susan Kander has been heard throughout the United States and in cities around the world, including London, Paris, Mexico City, Lima, Birmingham, Vancouver, Cape Town, Melbourne, St. Petersburg and Guangzhou. Kander has received numerous commissions from notable ensembles and organizations, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Southampton Chamber Music Festival, the Copland Fund, the Kansas City Chorale, the Columbia Foundation, and a variety of instrumentalists and ensembles.In the opera world, she has received commissions from Opera Minnesota, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Columbus Opera. Her chamber opera The News from Poems was given a concert reading in April 2016 at the National Opera Center featuring Keith Phares, Katherine Pracht, and John Taylor Ward. In 2012, Minnesota Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City co-commissioned an adaptation of the seminal dystopian novel The Giver by Lois Lowry; the 85-minute chamber opera received its third production in January 2015 at Tulsa Opera. Knight Arts, St. Paul, called it a “remarkable new work…. Her instrumental scoring is atmospheric and unobtrusive…but the vocals take priority… This adaptation is a sophisticated and subtle work, in terms of both music and story.” Miranda’s Waltz for narrator and orchestra, commissioned by National Symphony Orchestra in 2009, was subsequently performed and live streamed around the world by the Australian Discovery Orchestra. Kander received her B.A. in Music at Harvard in 1979 and was a playwright until “coming home to music” in the mid-1990’s. In 2015, after composing busily for twenty-years, she decided to blow things up by finally attending graduate school in composition. She studied with Du Yun and Huang Ruo at Purchase Conservatory, re-arranging the furniture in her mind and earning her M.M. in Composition in 2017.  The aftermath of those two years produced a bouquet of new works for both orchestra and chamber forces. She is a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony.

Chip Miller is a director and producer, currently in the role of associate producer at Portland Center Stage at The Armory. They were previously the artistic associate/resident director at Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Directing: Redwood [world premiere], Hedwig & The Angry Inch (Portland Center Stage at The Armory) School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, Welcome to Fear City, Sex with Strangers, A Raisin in the Sun (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); Becoming Martin by Kevin Willmott (world premiere, The Coterie Theatre); dwb: driving while black (Lawrence Arts Center); 4:48 Psychosis (The Buffalo Room). Chip has developed work with playwrights including Kevin Willmott, Kara Lee Corthron, Brittany K. Allen, Catherine Trieschmann, Darren Canady, Andrew Rosendorf, Michelle T. Johnson, and Michael Finke. They have developed work at The William Inge Theater Festival, NYU Steindhard’s New Plays for Young Audiences, Portland Center Stage at The Armory’s JAW: A Playwrights Festival, Orlando Shakes Playfest, Midwest Dramatists Center, and Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s OriginKC: New Works Festival. Education: B.F.A., NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

New Morse Code (Hannah Collins, cello; Michael Compitello, percussion) is the confluence of two magnetic personalities who have taken up the admirable task of creating a hub for the performance, commissioning, and promotion of new music. NMC is theoretically the alluring and uncommon combination of cello and percussion, but in practice is best described as two musicians of extraordinary depth and skill untethered by their instrumental constraints. This unrestricted approach has allowed them to create a body of work in which Hannah can be found crushing plastic bottles and Michael plucking the strings of the cello–all with the intention of expanding and facilitating the imaginations of their composer-collaborators–while ultimately creating a meaningful and lasting repertoire. The performances that arise from this playful and innovative methodology reveal Hannah and Michael’s passion for sharing the work of their friends and peers, and aside from their effortless ability to perform the most finger-twisting of contemporary repertoire, NMC’s ability to communicate the esoteric details and depth of these complex works is what makes them truly remarkable chamber musicians. As tireless advocates for new music, they constantly seek out diverse venues (wineries, outdoor parks, art museums, elementary school classrooms), and their ability to connect with disparate audiences by way of their disarming charm, accessible intellect, and dynamic musicality is exceptional. Hannah and Michael formed New Morse Code while they were students at Yale after returning to the United States from extended and informative study in Europe. Inspired by their similar yet different experiences abroad, they began performing together and planting the seeds that would blossom into their dedicated community of collaborators and followers. They currently teach at the University of Kansas and serve as assistant directors of Avaloch Farm Music Institute.

Baruch Performing Arts Center is an acclaimed performing arts presence. Located in the heart of Manhattan just east of Chelsea and the famed flatiron building, BPAC presents renowned classical music, opera, jazz, theater, dance, discussion, film, and innovative cross-genre programming. BPAC has presented over 1,000 cultural programs in its 5 spaces since 2003. Its curated season of 30 programs annually emphasizes new work experienced in intimate settings, the diversity of American culture as exemplified by Baruch students (who come from 130 different countries) and work that lives at the confluence of art and social justice.

Past presentations have included theatre companies such as the National Asian American Theatre Company, Folksbiene, Blessed Unrest, and The Acting Company. Dance companies such as Caleb Teicher & Co, Dusan Tynek, Heidi Latsky Dance, José Limón, and Urban Bush Women. BPAC is the New York home of the Alexander String Quartet and presents a rich chamber music season including artists such as the Israeli Chamber Project, Cantata Profana, violinist Tessa Lark, cellist Joshua Roman, and pianist Sara Davis Buechner. BPAC offers a jazz series named for bassist and faculty member Milt Hinton, which has featured artists such as Grammy-Award winner Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, and the Aaron Diehl Trio. Discussion program have included writers Teju Cole, Colum McCann and Amitav Ghosh, actress Linda Lavin, and thought leaders such as Gloria Steinem and U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan. Visit www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac for complete and up-to-date information on the 2019-2020 Season.

National Lampoon Comedy Showcase @ Improv Asylum
Mar 19 @ 7:30 pm

National Lampoon Comedy Showcase

March 19, 2020
7:30 pm

Improv Asylum
307 W 26th St New York, NY 10001

National Lampoon’s monthly stand-up comedy showcase features the best comedic talent from NYC and beyond! The lineup for 3/19 includes Alison Clayton (I’m Different, Not Dumb, 50 Hot Women in Comedy), Anthony Moore (Comedy Central, Hart of The City), Jes Tom (Reductress, Them), Blair Dawson (U Up?, Sofa Kingdom) with host Alise Morales (Cartoon President, Betches, Roast of Your 15-Year-Old Self).

Mar
20
Fri
Big Gay Sing: Divas, Divas, Divas @ NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Mar 20 @ 8:00 pm – Mar 22 @ 8:15 pm

New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (NYCGMC)

Big Gay Sing: Divas, Divas, Divas

March 20, 2020

NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
566 LaGuardia Place

The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (NYCGMC) pays tribute to its favorite divas and celebrates their legacies at its Big Gay Sing: Divas, Divas, Divas. The annual tradition, now in its 12th year, features an audience singalong to iconic anthems, dancing, drag queens, and more, all set to pop, musical theater, and current top 40 and throwback hits by Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Cher, Dolly Parton, Judy Garland, Lady Gaga, Lizzo, and others.

Mar
21
Sat
The New York City CD & Record Collectors Expo
Mar 21 all-day

The New York City CD & Record Collectors Expo

Schedule Subject to change…
Please do check back on the official site.

Saturday, February 15
Saturday, March 21
Sunday, April 19 — Special SUNDAY Show
Saturday, May 16
Saturday, June 20
Saturday, July 18
Saturday, August 15
Saturday, September 26
Saturday, October 17
Saturday, November 21
Saturday, December 19

Learn more at this official page here…As well as their page within Facebook here…

 The Watson Hotel, 440 West 57th St. (formerly the Holiday Inn)
(between 9th & 10 Aves), New York City, NY

8:00 am – 10:00 am
Early Admission: $25 ($15 with ePostcard or postcard)

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Regular Admission: $6 ($3 with ePostcard, $5 with postcard)

MOCACREATE: Vintage Family Albums @ Museum of Chinese in America
Mar 21 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
MOCACREATE: Vintage Family Albums @ Museum of Chinese in America

MOCACREATE: Vintage Family Albums

March 7, 2020

Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street New York, NY 10013

Come paint, build, craft, or collage – use familiar materials, or experiment with new! Inspired by the museum’s exhibitions and local artists, MOCACREATE explores different themes every month. Free with Museum admission!

For March, we’re making family memories! Inspired by vintage photos of old families, buildings, and Chinatowns long gone, illustrate and then “vintage-fy” beloved family memories by aging them with tea and coffee. Showcase them in a personalized scrapbook page filled with your favorite things.

“Holi in the City”: NYC’s Biggest Festival of Colors Party 2020
Mar 21 @ 9:28 pm – 10:28 pm

“Holi in the City”: NYC’s Biggest Festival of Colors Party

March 7, 14, 21, 2020

Purchase Your Tickets Here…

Stage 48
605 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10036

Join a beautiful crowd at Stage48 and get painted in reds, yellows, greens, pinks and enjoy the Festival of colors in style with food, drinks, and the amazing beats by NYC’s top entertainers. Welcome to the happiest day party in New York City! The Festival of Colors celebrates the coming of spring, the joy of friendship, and equality for all. This Indian Festival happens ever year, not only in India but throughout the world. All nationalities and ethnicities are encouraged to participate! Make sure to wear white because this party gets colorful. The colored powders used in Holi represent happiness, love, and the freedom to live vibrantly. Take the opportunity to cover yourself and your friends in colorful powders and dance your heart out. Enjoy musical performances, delicious food, and an afternoon of messy, color fun!

Dates, Times and Prices

Saturday, Mar 7, 2020 / 12:00pm | $24.81

Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 / 12:00pm | $25

Saturday, Mar 21, 2020 / 12:00pm | $25

Mar
22
Sun
ENTER, SERENITY : A Queens Symphony Orchestra Free Concert @ Kupferberg Center for the Arts
Mar 22 all-day
ENTER, SERENITY : A Queens Symphony Orchestra Free Concert @ Kupferberg Center for the Arts

Queens Symphony Orchestra Presents a Free Concert

ENTER, SERENITY

Sunday, March 22, 2020
at 3:00 PM

Kupferberg Center for the Arts
LeFrak Concert Hall
153-49 Reeves Ave, Flushing, NY

Martin Majkut, Music Director and Conductor

This free family program will include:

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major  
featuring legendary pianist 
Misha Dichter

Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88, B. 163
Martin Majkut, Conductor

ADMISSION IS FREE
RESERVATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED

Those with reservations will be seated first, on a first come/first served basis

Sweet and Spicy Pop-up @ Grand Bazaar NYC
Mar 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Sweet and Spicy Pop Up

March 22, 2020

Come hungry and get your endorphin rush from a curated selection of artisanal spice and sweet-makers, everything from creatively handmade sweet toasted marshmallows and stuffed cookies, to flaming hot sauces and salsas, and freshly made wood-fired spicy pepperoni pizzas, fiery empanadas, more!

Everything will be finger lick’n good!

100% of our profits are donated to four local public school, benefiting over 2,000 children.