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NYC This Week: 3.5.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, March 5, 2018 With the Oscar Awards decided for another season, we know what films we need to catch up on. But how about New York City arts and culture? We have this week’s best picks. Read on! Tonight previews begin for the anticipated revival of Edward ...

NYC This Week: 2.26.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 26, 2018 Spring is still weeks away, but New York City arts and culture is heating up. Have a look at the most exciting happenings this week! While the weather inches warmer, it is sure to be nothing but hot at New York City Center as its annual Flamenco ...

NYC This Week: 2.19.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 19, 2018 This President’s Day, take some time to plan a great week of New York City culture. We have some great ideas. Tony Kushner’s monumental Angels in America took Broadway by storm in 1993, with its unvarnished examination of AIDS and ...

Grand Rapids Symphony Brings More Than Great Music to Carnegie

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, April 17, 2018 The Grand Rapids Symphony arrives in New York this week for its first Carnegie Hall appearance in thirteen years with 85 players, a 135-member chorus, the world-renowned pianist Nelson Freire and its dynamic conductor Marcelo Lehninger. But according to ...

Review: Martha Graham Dance Company Continues Its Legacy and Ensures ...

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, April 17, 2018 The Martha Graham Dance Company, the oldest dance company in America, continued its 92nd season with performances of their Scared/Profane program at New York City Center this past weekend. On Saturday evening Janet Eilber, the artistic director of ...

Review: Basil Twist's Aquatic 'Symphonie Fantastique' Is Visually and Sonically ...

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, April 17, 2018 Twenty years ago, third-generation puppeteer, Basil Twist, decided to create a totally abstract work based on the music of Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz. This year, HERE, the Off-Broadway theater, has revived the work as part of their 25th ...

Review: The Drama of Mozart's Music (and Life) Fills Geffen ...

By Joanne Sydney Lessner, Contributing Writer, April 16, 2018 The New York Philharmonic’s April 14 screening of Milos Forman’s Oscar-winning movie Amadeus, with the musical score performed live, was bittersweet; Forman died the day before, at eighty-six. Conductor Richard Kaufman dedicated the presentation to Forman, and ...

Jazz Notes: On April 20, Jazz Foundation of America Returns to ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, April 16, 2018 Every year, New York’s nonprofit the Jazz Foundation of America—whose motto is “Saving jazz and blues…one musician at a time”—helps to be a key factor for helping musicians who have faced natural disasters and ...

Review: An Expurgated ‘Carousel’ Nonetheless Thrills

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, April 16, 2018 Each year, when I cover Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel in my musical-theater history course at the Boston Conservatory, we have a lengthy discussion about what I call “The Elephant in the Room.” Carousel barker Billy Bigelow hits his ...

Art Break: Freud at the Center for Book Arts, Mixed ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 16, 2018 Humans and their place within the community, landscape, and the planet in general, is a topic of fascination to artists throughout the centuries. Art Break is looking at several shows opening this week that examine and discuss how ...

From Rio With Love — Grand Rapids Symphony Returns To Carnegie ...

By Joanne Sydney Lessner, Contributing Writer, April 12, 2018 The Grand Rapids Symphony takes the stage at Carnegie Hall on Friday, April 20 for the second time in the orchestra’s 88-year history. Having celebrated its 75th anniversary there in 2005, the orchestra returns with the 140-member Grand Rapids ...

Ecstatic Music Festival Features Diverse Programming and Collaborative Performances

By Leonard Bopp, Contributing Writer, April 12, 2018 Kaufman Music Center’s Ecstatic Music Festival, now in its eighth year, presents collaborative performances from a broad, diverse range of musical groups. As Kaufman Music Center Executive Director Lydia Kontos notes, “since Kaufman Music Center launched the pioneering ...

Review: 'Children of a Lesser God' Continues To Provoke Discussion ...

By Diana Mott, Contributing Writer, April 12, 2018 The much anticipated revival of Children of a Lesser God is a testament to the timelessness of a story about the human struggle to connect and to communicate. Mark Medoff’s Tony, Drama Desk and Olivier Award-winning play made ...

NYC This Week: 2.5.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 5, 2018 Philadelphia is not the only city with a reason to celebrate this week. Here’s what’s hot in NYC art and entertainment. A valentine to the city, the five-time Grammy Award-winner Dianne Reeves returns to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s ...

NYC This Week: 1.29.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, January 29, 2018 The state of New York City arts and its entertainment is strong. There I said it. And here’s what’s hot this week. Member previews begin tomorrow and the public has access on the 31st to Zurbarán’s Jacob and His Twelve Sons: ...

NYC This Week: 1.22.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, January 22, 2018 New York City isn’t shut down, and here’s what’s hot this week in arts and entertainment. Tomorrow, the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens a fascinating and short run of Birds of a Feather: Joseph Cornell’s Homage to Juan ...

NYC This Week 1.15.2018

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, January 14, 2018 Temperatures are radically up and down here in NYC, but we have some great reasons to head indoors. Here is what’s hot This Week in NYC. Read on. Everybody loves Cuba. Well, that is, most everybody who has visited Cuba. But Cuba visits NYC this ...

NYC This Week 1.9.2018

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, January 9, 2018 Our young new year has been a cold one. So how about some ideas that will warm your heart, body and soul. Read on. 2ndStage Theater has a mission to tell essential American stories. And there’s no more essential, timely American story than the ...

NYC This Week 1.1.2018

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, January 1, 2018 Happy new year! 2018 comes with a flood of fantastic stuff to do and see this week here in NYC. So let’s hit it. It’s rare that a new opera production makes headlines. But that changed this season and the hottest ticket of the week will be ...

Holiday Wishes, Resolutions, and What We’re Looking Forward To In the New Year

ZEALnyc, December 22, 2017 Well here we are: Hanukkah celebrations have just wrapped up, we’re days away from celebrating Christmas, and the day after begins the celebration of Kwanzaa which runs all the way till January 1, New Year’s Day—all of which means we are smack dab in the ...

Looking For A Holiday Escape? Look To The Northern Lights (of Canada!)

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, November 30, 2017 Winter is almost here and the celebrating is beginning to get into full swing. Where better to feel the crisp winter air or celebrate all things snow-related than in Canada? Just a short drive from the Northeast portion of the United ...

Where To Perfect Your Triple Axel At Area Ice Skating Rinks This Season

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, November 29, 2017 The holiday season is upon us and if you’re staycationing in NYC with friends, family or out-of-town guests and in search of new ideas and sources of inspiration for fun-filled entertainment, then look no further. We’ve rounded up ...

Artisanal Holiday Shopping — Pop-Up Style!

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, November 24, 2017 Shopping conjures up a variety of emotions in people—they love it, hate it, or learn to cope with it. With the onset of the holidays you have new levels of anxiety thrown into the mix—the illusive search for the perfect gift. Luckily, ...

Celebrate The Holiday With The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

ZEALnyc, November 22, 2017 On Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 9 a.m. the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin its familiar route through the streets of New York. More than 8,000 people will participate in the parade, including clowns, balloon handlers and marching bands, while ...

Channeling Your Inner-Goblin This Halloween

By Don Adkins, Managing Editor, October 25, 2017 It’s that time of year again.  Halloween has become a huge holiday, at least here in NYC.  This year the city will host the 44th annual Halloween Parade, which has grown substantially over the years from what was basically a neighborhood ...

Open House New York Allows ‘Once a Year’ Access To Many of NYC’s Architectural Gems

ZEALnyc, September 28, 2017 New York City has the reputation of being one of the major architectural wonders of the world. While it may not be as old as many of Europe’s major cities, it’s the vast overview of building styles and periods that are represented here that makes it so unique ...

Ticket Deals for Thrifty ‘Thirty-somethings’ (or thereabouts)

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, September 27, 2017 Living in New York and exploring all the wondrous cultural opportunities the city offers can satisfy even the most voracious appetite for entertainment; yet, it can also deplete your bank account in the process. As millennials’ ...

ZEALnyc FALL PREVIEW: Arts and Culture in Canada

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, September 13, 2017 This fall, Canada’s arts scene is going strong with international ballets, film festivals, and tons of outdoor performances and activities. Venture up North to catch the biggest names in music, art, and the movies, and enjoy the fall the ...

Celebrate All Things Italian at San Gennaro

ZEALnyc, September 12, 2017 For the 91st time the Feast of San Gennaro, a faith-based celebration honoring the Patron Saint of Naples, Italy, takes place in the neighborhood of Manhattan affectionately known as “Little Italy” (Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston Streets; the ...

For A ‘Not Your Everyday’ Ice Cream Experience—Look No Further

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, August 29, 2017 There’s nothing better than the cool, sweet taste of ice cream on a summer’s day (or any day, to be honest!). But sometimes you have to ditch the ‘same old, same old’ for something a little new and daring. So head to these ...

Catch the Final Summer Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island This Weekend

ZEALnyc, August 23, 2017 It’s easy to be swept away in the romanticism of the parties and lifestyle depicted in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic The Great Gatsby. Over the years, events and celebrations evoking this ‘devil may care’ sensibility and featuring period jazz band ...

A Birthday Party for America—Complete With Fireworks!

East River

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Between the Brooklyn Bridge and East 37th Street

ZEALnyc, July 3, 2017 National holidays provide the opportunity for us to collectively come together and celebrate the basic principles on which our country was founded, while recognizing the strength in our diversity and acknowledging what actually unifies us as one nation. What better way to ...

New Hope, PA Provides a Welcomed Respite From the Hustle and Bustle

By Don Adkins, Managing Editor, June 27 2017 Although summer is a popular time for vacations and getaways, it can still be challenging to carve out that much needed break from the everyday obligations that pull us in all directions. While I had been to New Hope, Pennsylvania on a number of ...

Kick Up Your Heels at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing

Damrosch Bandshell, Lincoln Center

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West 62nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue

ZEALnyc, June 22, 2017 Certain events and traditions help us celebrate the changing seasons. While during most of the year activities take place indoors in concert hall venues and theaters, we know it’s summer when everything starts moving outdoors. For three weeks each summer the plaza in ...

Summer on the Hudson: Sponsoring Free Events All Summer at Three Locations

ZEALnyc, June 21, 2017 Summer on the Hudson, sponsored by the NYC Parks department, features an unbelievable number of special events and full day festivals for individuals, as well as the whole family. Dividing Riverside Park into sections, each area sponsors a whole range of performances and ...

Travel Back In Time—Eat, Drink and Charleston—at the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island

ZEALnyc, June 2, 2017 It’s easy to be swept away in the romanticism of the parties and lifestyle depicted in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic The Great Gatsby. Over the years, events and celebrations evoking this ‘devil may care’ sensibility and featuring period jazz band music ...

Artists & Fleas Market Brings New Artisan Life To SoHo

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, May 16, 2017 Artists & Fleas shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. The expanding artisan marketplace, founded by husband and wife duo, Amy Abrams and Ronen Gilmer in 2003, opened their newest location on May 12 at the highly coveted 10,000 sq. ...

#MakeItMagnifique: Tea and Cheese at the French Cheese Board in SoHo

By Natasha Nesic, Contributing Writer, April 26, 2017 Sometimes joy comes sliced between poached pears and baguette. So it is at the French Cheese Board, a tender slice of SoHo at 41 Spring Street. Polyglot gourmand Charles Duque created this permanent pop-up to communicate the creamy wonder of ...

Canada In Full Bloom: Spring Festivals Highlighting the Season

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, April 12, 2017 As we move into spring, Canada is coming alive with a colourful array of events and festivals to celebrate the season, as well as its own 150th birthday this year! Just a short flight from the U.S., various activities, concerts, and more ...

FACE Africa’s WASH Gala Brings Focus To Basic Necessities

By Monsurat Adebanjo, Contributing Writer, April 7, 2017 FACE Africa’s mission is to bring clean and safe drinking water to communities in Sub-Saharan Africa; the organization has been in operation in Liberia for the last seven years providing WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) services to ...

Planning a Trip to Cuba? What You Need to Know From Someone Who’s Been

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 24, 2017 For years, visions of Cuba danced before my eyes like Shangri-La or El Dorado, the colorful, wonderful land that was very close, yet very far away. My partner and I have wanted to visit for ages. He loves Cuban music, Cuban cigars, Cuban history, ...

We’re All Irish on St. Patrick’s Day

ZEALnyc, March 16, 2017 As we near the middle of March, many of us look in our closets for something green to wear on St. Patrick’s Day. Even if you’re not of Irish decent, there is something fun in taking part in the tradition of ‘wearing of the green.’ The major event ...

Celebrating Mardi Gras in the Big Apple (when you can’t be in the ‘Big Easy’)

ZEALnyc, February 24, 2017 Merely the name Mardi Gras conjures up images of parades, masquerade parties, and liquor-laden bacchanals. The Mardi Gras/Carnival season technically begins on January 6 with festivities culminating on “Fat Tuesday”—the night before Ash Wednesday, the ...

‘Outside the Box’ Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, February 8, 2017 Are you and your partner tired of the standard old candlelit dinner for two on Valentine’s Day? Or perhaps you’re looking to meet somebody new this year. You might even be celebrating ‘Galentine’s Day’ with your BFFs. ...

Celebrate Winter with Festivals in Canada!

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, February 2, 2017 As the winter season continues, a great way to break away from your regular routine is on a weekend or for a short-getaway. Come check out what your nearby neighbors in Canada are up to with their many exciting and unique winter ...

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