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Ostalgia
New Museum
Through September 25

This exhibition takes its title from the German word Ostalgie, a term that emerged in the 1990s to describe a sense of nostalgia for East Germany (Ost means East).  The exhibition Ostalgia brings together the work of more than 50 artists from 20 countries across Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics. Many of the works offer a series of reportages on aspects of life and art under Communism and in the new post-Soviet countries. The exhibition pays particular attention to the unique place that artists came to occupy in Socialist countries, acting simultaneously as outcasts, visionaries and witnesses

Hero: the Musical
David H. Koch Theater – Lincoln Center Plaza
Tues, Aug 23, 2011 – Sat, Sept 3, 2011

In 2009, Hero: the Musical was commissioned to commemorate and honor the 100th anniversary of the death of An Chunggun, a patriotic Korean leader that fought against the Japanese invasion of 1909. For his part in the assassination of the Japanese leader, Ito Hirobumi, An Chunggun was arrested, sentenced to die and executed in 1910. Hero: the Musical premiered in Seoul in 2009. This is the show’s American premiere, which, among other feats, features a life-sized, turn-of-the-century railway car suspended over the stage.

MoMA Nights with Gamelan Dharma Swara
Museum of Modern Art
Thurs, Aug 25, 2011

I Nyoman Saptanyana and Ida Ayu Ari Candrawati lead one the most respected gamelan ensembles outside Indonesia. In Java and Bali, gamelan music is as popular today as it was a thousand years ago. It is the musical background to every social and cultural gathering, from religious rituals to mainstream radio broadcasts. At the core of gamelan culture is the belief that music is meant to evolve and adapt its repertoire. The New York City-based Dharma Swara is no different. Its repertoire draws from classical gamelan literature and incorporates contemporary pieces specifically written for the group—a perfect example of tradition redefined by contemporary interpretation. In 2010 the twenty-plus ensemble of musicians and dancers was the first non-Balinese group invited to perform at Bali Arts Festival’s annual “battle of the bands.”

Uptown Fridays!

Uptown Fridays!
Studio Museum in Harlem
Fri, July 22, 2011 – Fri, Aug 26, 2011

With a variety of vibrant events the Uptown Fridays series transforms the museum into the center of social activity in Harlem, featuring music, free admission, signature cocktails, drink specials and creative fare at the Atrium Café. Throughout the course of the evening we will provide opportunities to explore our current exhibitions during free guided tours, dance to great music in the Studio Museum’s courtyard, and browse incredible books, jewelry, t-shirts and gifts in the Museum Store. Bring a friend or come solo and make a few during a festive evening of art and culture!

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival annually assembles some of the finest musicians in the world, who reflect Parker’s musical individuality and genius, to promote appreciation for this highly influential and world-renowned artist. The two days of free concerts take place in neighborhoods where Charlie Parker lived and worked, in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park on August 27 and the Lower East Side’s Tompkins Square Park on August 28.

Marcus Garvey Park
Sat, Aug 27, 2011, 3 pm

Jean ‘Toots’ Thielemans
James Carter
Tia Fuller
Cécile McLorin

Tompkins Square Park
Sun, Aug 28, 2011, 3 pm

Archie Shepp
Madeleine Peyroux
Anat Cohen
Gerald Clayton

Courtesy of afropunk.com

Afro-Punk Festival 2011
Commodore Barry Park
Sat, Aug 27, 2011 – Sun, Aug 28, 2011

Gone are the days when punk rock and punk attitude belonged strictly to angsty Caucasians. This yearly festival celebrates the diversity that is now found in the indie rock, punk, and hardcore music scenes. Returning to Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park for its seventh incarnation, the festival’s musical line up includes Cee Lo Green, Santigold, Janelle Monae, Fishbone, Jay Electronica, Toro Y Moi, Toshi Reagon, Ninjasonik, Cerebral Ballzy, Gordon Voidwell, Reggie Watts, Res, Joi, Rocky Business, Straight Line Stitch, plus more to be added. More than just music, the festival also hosts a skate and BMX competition, over 20 NYC food trucks and a custom motorcycle show.

  • Pat Gallagher

    Am in the process of moving within train distance commute to this grand city!! Cannot wait to be a “New Yorker”
    again!

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SundayArts is made possible in part by First Republic Bank and by the Rubin Museum of Art. Funding for SundayArts is also made possible by Rosalind P. Walter, The Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation, The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, Jody and John Arnhold, and The Lemberg Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding provided by members of THIRTEEN.