The Orchid Show: On Broadway
The New York Botanical Garden
Runs through Mon, April 25
The glamour and allure of orchids take center stage in a dazzling display created by Tony Award-winning set designer Scott Pask. Remember, THIRTEEN membercard holders get $2 off an adult all-garden pass.
Congress of Curious Peoples
Coney Island USA
Now through Sun, April 17
The Congress is an annual, ten-day series of lectures, performances and symposia exploring curiosity and curiosities. One talk looks at freak shows through the lens of Freud, while another led by magician and scholar Acep Hale examines the history of the con job. “Super Freak Weekend” and a two-day symposium take place Saturday and Sunday. Events are held at Sideshows by the Seashore and the Coney Island Museum.
John Storrs: Machine-Age Modernist
Grey Art Gallery—New York University
Starts today, Tues, April 12
This is the first major exhibition of Storrs’ sculpture in over 25 years and focuses on his most innovative phase, the elegant abstractions of New York skyscrapers produced during the 1920s, which anticipated the Minimalist movement that surfaced 40 years later.
The School for Lies
Classic Stage Company
Starts Wed, April 13
Mamie Gummer (“Uncle Vanya” and “Off the Map”) and Hamish Linklater (“Merchant of Venice” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine”) lead a cast in David Ives’ and Walter Bobbie’s sparkling take (in hilarious verse) on Molière’s comic masterpiece, The Misanthrope.
Harlem’s Black & Jewish Music Culture, 1890-1930
Museum of the City of New York
Thurs, April 14
This talk by writer and cultural historian John Reddick is part of a free lecture series taking place through May 12 that invites students and educators to join historians and other experts to learn about New York City. The Apollo Theater, like Harlem, has long been established as a magnet for black talent, but fewer people are aware of the parallel history of Jewish entertainers and cultural history rooted there as well. Talks are geared toward educators but are open to the public.
The Music of the Modern Jazz Quartet
The Allen Room—Jazz at Lincoln Center
Fri, April 15 & Sat, April 16
The distinctive music of The Modern Jazz Quartet (1952-1974) survives the men who created it, as drummer Lewis Nash, NEA Jazz Master pianist Kenny Barron, vibraphonist Steve Nelson and bassist Peter Washington demonstrate in this program of MJQ classics.
Recommendations courtesy of NYC-ARTS.org