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Sapphire and Sherman Alexie
92nd Street Y – THIRTEEN Membership Discount: 10% off single performance tickets
Mon, Nov 21

Take part in an evening of poetry and prose with two outstanding writers. Sapphire’s new novel, The Kid, is a sequel to Push, which was adapted into the film Precious in 2009. (Read the NYC ARTS interview with Sapphire on MetroFocus.)  Sherman Alexie’s recent collection of stories and poems, War Dances, won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2010

Performa 11 Biennial
Multiple Venues
Nov 9 – Nov 21

Performa 11, the fourth edition of the internationally acclaimed biennial of new visual art performance, will be held in New York City from November 1–21. The three-week festival showcases new work by more than 100 of the most exciting artists working today.

The innovative program breaks down the boundaries between visual art, music, dance, poetry, fashion, architecture, graphic design and the culinary arts, presented in collaboration with more than 50 arts institutions, public spaces and private venues across the city.

If You Could See: The Alice Austen Story
Five Angels Theater – 789 Tenth Avenue (between 52nd and 53rd Streets)
Nov 16 – Nov 20

Sundog Theatre presents this original musical, based on the life of the pioneering American photographer and iconic feminist hero Alice Austen (1866-1952), whose images of immigrants, world’s fairs, and her elite New York society powerfully capture America’s transformation in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The musical will debut off-off-Broadway in Alice’s hometown, Staten Island, Friday, November 4, at Veterans Memorial Hall on the scenic grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and will continue its run in Manhattan at Five Angels Theater beginning November 16.

The Cherry Orchard
Classic Stage Company – 136 East 13th Street (between Third and Fourth Avenues)
Nov 16 – Dec 30

“Let me remind you, on the twenty-second of August, the estate will be auctioned off. Think about that! Think.” But such a thought is impossible to Madame Ranevskaya and her family who are blind to the winds of change that are about to overtake them and their cherished cherry orchard.

Join beloved CSC veterans John Turturro and Dianne Wiest as the Classic Stage Company completes its celebrated Chekhov Cycle with the Russian master’s final, tragicomic masterpiece.

Stick Fly
Cort Theatre – 138 West 48th Street (between Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue)
Nov 18, 2011 – Jan 29, 2012

Stick Fly follows the LeVays, an affluent African-American family who come together to spend a summer weekend at their Martha’s Vineyard home. The adult sons, aspiring novelist Kent and golden boy plastic surgeon Flip, have each brought their respective ladies (one black and one white) to meet the parents. Food, drink and Trivial Pursuit tangle with class, race and identity politics in this contemporary comedy of manners.

Eleanor Friedberger
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker Street (between Sullivan and Thompson Streets)
Sat, Nov 19, 7 pm

You probably think you know everything there is to know about Eleanor Friedberger. “She’s that girl from The Fiery Furnaces,” you’re thinking. “She is a great singer, I think she plays guitar….does she play guitar?” you’re asking. “She has a really great haircut,” you’re musing. And yes, you’d be right about all of these things.

But what you likely don’t know is that Eleanor Friedberger is not just the enigmatic mouthpiece of one of music’s most interesting, dynamic and constantly exciting bands. In fact, Eleanor Friedberger is an exceptional songwriter herself, playing a variety of instruments and crafting the very sorts of choruses that made you fall in love with The Fiery Furnaces in the first place.

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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.