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SundayArts News 10/09/2011
Posted: October 9th, 2011

African Innovations
The Brooklyn Museum presents the exhibition “African Innovations”, a long-term installation of 200 of the finest objects from the Museum’s world-famous collection. The Brooklyn Museum was the first museum in America to display African objects as works of art. This exhibition continues this institution’s pioneering history in the field and invites you to celebrate centuries of African creativity. The works on view range from masterpieces from the 7th century B.C.E. to creations from present-day Africa. They are organized following five themes: protection, authority, transitions, performance, and personal beauty.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jacques Lacombe, ushers in the new season with an Opening Night Celebration on October 14, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. The festive program of American and French music features the mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade. A key piece of this program, George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris”, will also be performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, October 15, in Morristown and Sunday, October 16, in Newark.

New York Pops
October 14 also marks the opening of the new season for the New York Pops orchestra. A stirring program entitled “Rags to Ritzes”, celebrates the music of Irving Berlin. Under the baton of guest director Jack Everly, the orchestra will perform an evening of quintessentially American music at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Some of the guest artists are Ashley Brown, Tony DeSare, Hugh Panaro, and NaTasha Yvette Williams.

New York, New York! The 20th Century
This fall, the Katonah Museum of Art shows works of art inspired by New York City in “New York, New York! The 20th Century”. Organized by the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, FL, the exhibition features over 50 works, including paintings, photographs, and sculptures. Looking back on a century of tumultuous change, this exhibition is divided into five main themes that reflect iconic New York City images: On the Waterfront… Avenues and Streets… In the Park… On the Town… and Tall Buildings. On view through December 31st, the exhibition includes works by Childe Hassam, Edward Hopper, and Edward Steichen, among many others.

Man and Boy
Roundabout Theatre Company welcomes back three-time Tony Award® winner Frank Langella as Gregor Antonescu in Terence Rattigan’s drama “Man and Boy”, directed by Maria Aitken. As part of the centennial celebration of the English playwright, “Man and Boy” will open officially on October 9th at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. The story is set at the height of the Great Depression, when the business of ruthless financier Gregor Antonescu (played by Langella) is dangerously close to crumbling. In order to escape the wolves at his door, Gregor tracks down his estranged son Basil, hoping to use his Greenwich Village apartment as a base to make a company-saving deal. “Man and Boy” is a gripping story about family, success and what we’re willing to sacrifice for both. You can see it through November 27.

The King James Bible Turns 400
At the Museum of Biblical Art, located between Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center, this is the last week you can see an exhibition that celebrates a special anniversary. “On Eagles’ Wings: The King James Bible Turns 400” explores the tumultuous origins and the dramatic impact of this literary masterpiece. The exhibition features over 130 objects, including more than 50 remarkable editions dated from 1440 through 2005.

Out of Time
The Baryshnikov Arts Center, in association with the Irish Arts Center, presents the New York Premiere of “Out of Time”, a performance by internationally-acclaimed Irish step dancer Colin Dunne. A leading figure in the world of traditional Irish step dance, Colin Dunne is a nine-time world champion. He is best known for dancing the principal role in Riverdance. “Out of Time”, Dunne’s first full-length solo production, is a multi-disciplinary work that integrates movement, sound, and film with Irish step dance vocabulary, pushing the form into an expressive, theatrical terrain. Dunne is joined onstage by projected archival images of dancers from as early as the 1930’s, as well as footage from his own personal collection, going back to when he was a ten-year-old boy.

She Dreams in Code
The Baryshnikov Arts Center also presents the world premiere of choreographer Liz Gerring’s “She Dreams in Code”. This new evening-length work for six dancers features a multichannel electronic score by Gerring’s longtime collaborator, composer Michael J. Schumacher. In this richly textured and intensely physical work, Gerring and Schumacher create an oblique series of sound and movement relationships that crisscross space and time.

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