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NYC-ARTS.org Top Picks, Week of November 6, 2011
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NYC-ARTS.org Top Picks, Week of November 6, 2011

Picasso’s Drawings, 1890–1921: Reinventing Tradition
Frick Collection – THIRTEEN Membership Discount: $1 off admission on Wednesdays and Thursdays
Tues, Oct 4, 2011 – Sun, Jan 8, 2012 

Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) is generally acknowledged to be the greatest draftsman of the 20th century. The Frick Collection and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., have co-organized an exhibition for 2011–12 that looks at the dazzling development of Picasso’s drawings, from the precocious academic exercises of his youth in the 1890s to the virtuoso classical works of the early 1920s. The show demonstrates how drawing served as an essential means of invention and discovery in Picasso’s multifaceted art, while its centrality connects him deeply with the grand tradition of European masters.

Paul Taylor's "Black Tuesday." Photo by Fabrizio Ferri.

American Ballet Theatre 2011 Fall Season
New York City Center
Tues, Nov 8-Sun, Nov 13

From great classics to innovative premieres, American Ballet Theatre’s 2011 fall season at New York City Center features world-class dancers in programs by an impressive roster of choreographers, including Twyla Tharp, Merce Cunningham, Martha Clarke, Paul Taylor and ABT’s Artist-in-Residence Alexei Ratmansky.

The Music of Astor Piazzolla
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Fri, Nov 11–Sat, Nov 12

When the great Argentinean tango master Astor Piazzolla died in 1992, there were few musicians keeping his music alive. Just in time for Piazzolla’s 90th birthday, jazz ambassador Paquito D’Rivera brings an unprecedented show focused on tango’s relationship to jazz. D’Rivera will be joined on stage by Piazzolla’s former pianist, Pablo Ziegle, and drummer, Pipi Piazzolla (Piazzolla’s grandson). The musicians will give a pre-concert talk each evening.

Natalia Brillante, courtesy of Thalia Spanish Theatre.

Flamenco & Lorca with Andrea Del Conte Danza Espana
Thalia Spanish Theatre
Fri, Nov 11–Sun, Dec 11

Thalia Spanish Theatre hosts a flamenco tribute to the poet Garcia Lorca in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of his death. With Andrea Del Conte Danza Espana and guest singer Chayito.

Grand Re-Opening of the New-York Historical Society
New York Historical Society
Fri, Nov 11

After a three-year renovation, the New York Historical Society swings open its doors at 11 am and stays open late until 11 pm. In addition to sparkling new galleries with fascinating exhibitions and an all-new children’s museum, there will also be a live trivia game show, scavenger hunt, and champagne toast at Caffè Storico. Free admission for all begins at 6 pm.

Playwright Moises Kaufman wrote "London Mosquitos" for the show.

Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays
Minetta Lane
Opening Sun, Nov 13

Responding to the on-going battle for marriage equality throughout the United States, some of America’s most illustrious, award-winning playwrights have created short works that make up Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays. Nine plays feature a rotating cast of all-star actors.

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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.