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Signs of Life: Photographs by Peter Sekaer
International Center of Photography – 2 for 1 admission for THIRTEEN members
Through Sun, Jan 8

The Danish documentary photographer Peter Sekaer (1901-1950) was one of the key contributors to U.S. government photographic projects during the Great Depression and he worked alongside Walker Evans in the American South. On view in the first major museum exhibition devoted to Sekaer’s work are 80 prints made from 1935 to 1945.

Alarm Will Sound, part of the SONiC Festival 2011

SONiC Festival. Sounds of a New Century
American Composers Orchestra
Fri, Oct 14–Sat, Oct 22

SONiC (Sounds of a New Century) is a brand new nine-day festival of 21st century music by more than 100 composers age 40 and under, taking place at 11 New York venues. Tickets are sold at each venue’s box office.

Venus in Fur
Manhattan Theatre Company
Starts Thurs, Oct 13

Tony Award nominee Nina Arianda portrays a preternaturally talented young actress determined to land the lead in a new play based on the classic erotic novel, Venus in Fur. Her emotionally charged audition for the play’s adapter/director (played by Hugh Dancy), becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse, blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex.

Damian Woetzel.

Dance with Damian Woetzel: American Ballet Theatre
New York City Center
Tues, Oct 11

Featuring highlights from ABT’s City Center season, company dancers perform excerpts and discuss the ballets and their roles. Utilizing in-studio performances and an interactive format, Studio 5 at City Center takes the audience beyond the proscenium and deep into the worlds of dance and musical theater.

Selected Shorts: Geraldine Brooks presents the Best American Short Stories 2011
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
Wed, Oct 12

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March presents stories by Mark Slouka and Allegra Goodman from the premier story collection. Performers include Mamie Gummer, Dylan Baker and Cristin Milioti (“30 Rock”), who will read a short short story by Juan Martinez commissioned by Selected Shorts.

Faustin Linyekula: more more more…future
The Kitchen
Wed, Oct 12–Sat, Oct 15

Co-presented with the French Institute Alliance Française, choreographer and director Faustin Linyekula creates intricate and powerful performance pieces that reflect the sociopolitical and cultural history, as well as the present-day struggles faced by his native Democratic Republic of Congo. Driven by the rhythms of Kapaya and his five-member on-stage band, this piece is a fierce celebration of hope in the face of despair.

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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.
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