Secretly longing to go to the Academy Awards? (Really, who isn’t?) Wishing you could jet off to the land of palm trees, paparazzi, and pampering like the stars? Well, we can’t promise you any of that unless you’re Angelina Jolie, but if you’re in New York City on Oscar Day (March 7) you too can have your taste of Oscar glamour.
This year, for the first time, a live viewing of the Oscars will be held at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, it was announced this week. The celebration, which comes complete with a cocktail reception (as well a minimum price tag of $150, depending on the package that’s purchased), is the final event in a weeklong celebration of Academy Award-winning movies that were filmed or took place in New York City; they’re being screened at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. (Tickets go on sale Feb. 11; call 212 875-5601) The website is nycgo.com/oscarnight.
It’s the first time that Oscar Night America, a series of events that take place across the country to raise money for various local charities, has set up shop in New York. Proceeds from the event will go to NYC & Company Foundation.
So quick–can you name any New York-centric movies?
For starters–pretty much anything by Woody Allen, as well as Taxi Driver, West Side Story, Midnight Cowboy, and even the recent Julie & Julia.
Who says LA has all the fun?
If attending more classical music and ballet performances was part of your New Year’s resolution, you’re in luck: Starting today, you can take advantage of the “$20 Tickets for 20 Days” promotion at New York’s Lincoln Center.
The promotion, which runs through January 20, offers $20 tickets for certain same-day performances, starting at noon daily. They’re available at the David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway at 62nd Street; 212 875-5500), and are limited to two tickets per person. Starting at 8:00 am on weekdays and 9:00 am on weekends, visitors can get a wristband that guarantees them a place on line for the box office (but not an actual ticket.)
The Atrium offers a public gathering space as well as a ticket center, and also includes free wi-fi access (who knew?) as well as gardens and a fountain.
It’s also the location of the free weekly performances that are part of Target Free Thursdays. The latter offers an array of musical performances, ranging from salsa and swing to jazz and world music.
“Meet the Artist” Saturdays are also presented the first Saturday of each month at 11:00 am. The program, now in its 30th year, is aimed at families, and often includes an interactive component.
Local restaurants are also getting in on the event. Hang on to your wristband, and you’ll get a special offer at neighborhood establishments including La Boite en Bois; the Russian Tea Room; and the way-cool, first upper west-side branch of Tom Colicchio’s ‘wichraft.
So eat, drink, and be merry. Oh, and listen to classical music, too.
Winter may not make an official appearance for another few weeks, but in New York, at least around Lincoln Center, it’s already Winter’s Eve.
The tenth annual Winter’s Eve Festival takes place tonight at Lincoln Square, with entertainment and happenings occurring from Columbus Circle to Broadway and 68th Street.
The evening starts with a neighborhood tree-lighting ceremony at Dante Park, located at Broadway and 63rd Street. (Sadly, the Lincoln Center Christmas Tree has taken the year off due to economic factors.)
Festival highlights include entertainment, food tastings (either free or at a substantial discount), kids’ activities, and special shopping discounts.
Want a sample? Participating restaurants include Bar Boulud, Landmarc, and Magnolia Bakery; not to mention Picholine; Soutine Bakery and ‘wichcraft. Participating stores and cultural institutions offering discounts include the American Folk Art Museum (Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets); Kiehl’s (154 Columbus Avenue): and the TD bank at 62nd and Broadway, which is offering crafts projects.
And we promised entertainment, no? Joy Behar, co-host of ABC’s “The View,” will light the 25-foot Balsam fir at 5:30 PM, and performances by The Flaming Idiots (juggling; antics; shenanigans), Chinese Lion Dances (costumed dancers), and others will be featured.
Our pick? It’s got to be the ice sculpture and demonstrations in front of the Time Warner Center.
Talk about Winter’s Eve.
Missed New York’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Haven’t had your fill yet? Can’t get enough of marching bands?
You’re in luck—the 77-piece Majestic Marching Knights Band from Ballou Senior High School in Washington, DC, will finish up their stint in the parade and then appear tonight at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. Part of the Target Free Thursdays series, the band, under the direction of Darrell Watson, will appear at 8:30 PM (Doors open at 7 PM.)
The Atrium, a new public space at Lincoln Center, is located on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets.) Upcoming concerts (all are free) include flutists Aaron White and Shawn Wyckoff (Dec. 3); the ZigZag Quartet (piano, guitar, bass, percussion; Dec. 10); and the Ted Rosenthal Trio (piano; bass, drums; Dec. 24). Performers are culled from community arts organizations, Lincoln Center’s resident organizations, and events programmed by the director of Public Programming there.
The band has performed at The White House and in the Tournament of Roses Parade, and has appeared on “Good Morning, America,” as well as at a rally for Hillary Clinton. They were also featured in the documentary “Ballou,” which shows viewers the enormous odds the band members and the band itself have overcome.
Expect lots of loud, celebratory, rousing music–perfect to get you geared up for Black Friday.
Lincoln Center’s David Rubinstein Atrium, newly opened on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets, will be the site for a new free performance series known as Target Free Thursdays. The series, which will take place each Thursday evening at 8:30pm, kicked off on November 19 with Sexteto Rodriguez and the Cuban-Jewish All Stars and in the future will feature a wide variety of performers in many genres of music and the performing arts (including international acts and performers from Lincoln Center’s resident companies). After it has its official opening in December, the Atrium will not only be a place to see performances, but to buy discounted tickets for them, as this will be where Lincoln Center has its own brand new answer to the popular TKTS booth in midtown. In addition, the Atrium will sport a huge media wall, free wi-fi and free public seating, a cafe, and vertical gardens.
We’ve had three-ring circuses, new-wave circuses, and backyard circuses–but for many of us, the most charming has to be the one-ring show, as exemplified by The Big Apple Circus; it has just set up shop in New York City for a three-month run, through Jan. 17.
The familiar big tent behind Lincoln Center plays host to this season’s incarnation, “Bello is Back,” and for many New Yorkers, that’s big news. The legendary performer with the sky-high hair defected for a while to the Ringling Bros. Circus, but has returned to perform his feats of derring-do in an arena where no seat is more than 50 feet away from the action. For those who follow such things, “Time” Magazine recently named him “America’s Best Clown.”
This year, the performers include juggler Picasso Jr. from Spain; the Russian Aniskan troupe (trampoline and trapeze); and perennial favorite Grandma the Clown. (Thank goodness, no scary, leering clowns at this circus). And all the action takes place in one ring, so no one in the audience is frantically trying to see the pink poodles and the guy on the tiny bike at the same time. (No, thankfully, this circus actually has neither.)
The Big Apple Circus, FYI, also manages some stellar community programs throughout the city, going into schools and hospitals. Big-name performers; even bigger hearts.
To order tickets, call 888-541-3750; to enter the big tent, go to 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.
You can’t miss it.
How old have we all gotten??? First comedy troupe Monty Python turns 40, now New York’s Lincoln Center turns 50. To celebrate, the arts organization is throwing itself a party, of sorts. “Lincoln Center: Celebrating 50 Years” will be on view at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center (40 Lincoln Center Plaza; 212 870-1630), running today (October 15) through January 16, 2010. This is the first major exhibition to focus on Lincoln Center’s impact on the arts, the city, and the world, from its beginning in the mid-1950s through today.
The exhibition includes approximately 400 objects, among them costumes, photographs, video recordings, props, and set pieces. Among the offerings? The elaborate gown that Beverly Sills wore at her farewell performance; an Andy Warhol-designed poster for the 1967 New York Film Festival; and Leonard Bernstein’s concert tuxedo.
Visitors who haven’t been to Lincoln Center in a while will get a nice surprise; the fountain, under renovation for quite a while, has returned in a blaze of glory, or at least, sprays of water. The redesign has turned the fountain into a sort of floating ring, with open views across the plaza. A little bit of Disney-type magic has crept in as well—new nozzles and lighting systems will allow for special-effect light and water displays. At night, white lights will illuminate the various watery effects.
Trivia quiz: The fountain is something of a movie star—do you know any of the films it has appeared in?
Ghostbusters, The Producers, and Moonstruck, to name a few.
Film lovers, rejoice: The 47th annual New York Film Festival is in the city. The Festival takes place at the newly spiffed-up Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center from September 25-October 11. (Call 212 875-5050 for information about purchasing tickets.)
The Festival offers film buffs, couples looking for a cool date night and the just plain curious a chance to see the breakout hits, indie films, small documentaries and foreign entries that pepper the more-than-two-week event. Some will make it to the mainstream; others will pop up at your local independent cinema or go straight to DVD.
Films include “Antichrist,” from the almost-always-controversial director Lars von Trier, about the repercussions of a tragic event on a couple; (Oct. 2; 9 pm; Oct. 3; 1 pm); “The Art of the Steal” (Sept. 29; 9:15 pm); a documentary about the famous Barnes collection of art and the foundation set up to protect it; and “Crossroads of Youth” (Oct. 3; 11 am), the oldest surviving Korean film (1934). It’s the story of a brother and sister who encounter life in the city; the film will have live musical accompaniment as well as a live offscreen narrator.
The Festival will end with “Broken Embraces” from director Pedro Almodovar, focusing on a blind screenwriter. It stars Almodovar muse Penelope Cruz, and will screen on Oct. 11 at 5 pm and 8 pm.
Created in 1969 to bring international films to an American audience, the festival screens around 28 movies and 12 shorts; it has no categories and no prizes are given.
It’s film for film’s sake, pure and simple.
Forget about the fourth row seat, the tux, the chandeliers dimming. In fact, forget about seats, dressing up, and indoor lighting at all–New York’s Lincoln Center is moving outside, at least for the next three weeks.
From August 5-23, Lincoln Center Out of Doors takes center stage in this 39th incarnation of free performances, which occur all around the Center’s buildings. The festival features music and dance performances by a range of artists from around the world, and includes works commissioned especially for this event, as well as some premieres.
Modern dance fan? You got it. Jazz fiend? That’s there, too. Can’t get enough hip hop? Yes, that’s even there as well.
Highlights include well-known names like jazz greats The Dave Brubeck Quartet, and some names that may not be quite as familiar, like Iraqi-American jazz trumpeter Amir ElSaffar with the Two Rivers Large Ensemble.
Other performers include Hip Hop generation Next (which features a rap crew from Sierra Leone, Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew, on August 6); street bands marching through various venues (Aug 5-9); and, on the closing weekend (Aug. 22-23), the 26th Annual Roots of American Music Festival, celebrating renowned folk singer Odetta.
So yes–you can soak up culture and the sun at the same time!
Call (212) 875-5766 to request a brochure, or (212) 546-2656 for general information. Lincoln Center is located between West 62nd and 65th Streets and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.