The exhibition Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum launches a year-long celebration of this beautiful art form. The American quiltmaking tradition was first practiced by English immigrants to New England, who used heavy wools to make warm bedcovers. The quilts on view are examples of “best” bedcovers, saved for use on special occasions or when company visited. During the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, when warmth was not the top priority any longer, quiltmakers followed popular decorating trends in their creations. Most recently, contemporary fiber artists have been using the quilt concept as a starting point for their social and political statements. The first part of this exhibition will be on view through April 24th, 2011. The second part will open on May 10th, 2011.
The Ukelele Orchestra
From quilts to music: a different kind of British import promises a high energy evening at Carnegie Hall on November 2nd. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is a group of all-singing, all-strumming ukulele players. With an engaging mix of humor and artistic virtuosity, the orchestra focuses on highlighting the moving and the amusing elements of intricate melodies. For over 20 years this ensemble has been performing both popular and “highbrow” music. Their performances can feature anything from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana.
Tribute to Dave Brubeck
On October 27th the Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York presents a special tribute program to jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck. The program of “From Bach to Brubeck” concentrates on this German composer’s influence on jazz performers, as well as on the legacy of Brubeck’s work. The show features pianist extraordinaire Matt Herskowitz accompanied by his jazz trio and the Sweet Plantain String Quartet.
War Photography at ICP
Two exhibitions on view at the International Center of Photography present intriguing and little known aspects of international historical events. “The Mexican Suitcase” displays images drawn from a famous set of recovered negatives. In December 2007, three boxes arrived at the International Center of Photography. They contained thousands of 35mm negatives of the Spanish Civil War, which had been considered lost since 1939. The photos were taken by Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and Chim (David Seymour). These three photographers, who lived in Paris, worked in Spain, and published internationally, laid the foundation for modern war photography.
“Cuba in Revolution” explores everyday life in Cuba before and after the revolution of 1959. The exhibition charts the development of Cuban photography from the early 1950s through 1968, through works of prominent photographers such as Luis Korda, Raul Corrales, Constantino Arias and Osvaldo Salas.
Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company
On November 2nd Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company presents “The Lecture” at Ailey Citigroup Theater. Choreographed and performed by Gwirtzman, “The Lecture” mixes the serious with the comic and the existential with the everyday. Set to a score of pre-recorded lectures by university professors, the performance explores subjects ranging from the history of language and the science of happiness to mathematics and dream analysis.
Cirque le Masque
On October 31 the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts invites children of all ages to a special Halloween weekend event. “Cirque le Masque” is a sophisticated, animal-free circus that features an international cast of jugglers, acrobats, aerialists and clowns. Their newest production, “Carnivale”, takes audiences to the streets of Rio de Janeiro during the carnival season. The viewers become participants in a gigantic party, enhanced by colorful lighting, special effects and an original music score.
Tony and Grammy Award-winning “Jersey Boys” celebrates 5 years on Broadway at the August Wilson Theatre on November 6. The New York production of “Jersey Boys” remains among Broadway’s top selling musicals and is the longest-running show in the history of the August Wilson Theatre, where it has played over 2,000 performances. “Jersey Boys” is the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks who became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs and sold 175 million records worldwide — all before they were thirty.