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The Weekend Events: Art, Music and Theatre

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Here’s a lineup of this weekend’s most exciting events in art, music and theatre.

The Weekend Events: Art, Music and Theatre

Summer has fully hit New York City, which means an abundance of concerts, theatre productions and art exhibitions have rolled in to meet the demands of city-dwellers wanting to explore during their warm weekends off. We've got a list of the most talked-about events all throughout the city, from outdoor to indoor, paintings to rock concerts, Manhattan to Brooklyn.


Say Anything, The Front Bottoms, The So So Glos, You Blew It!

Indie band Say Anything and New Jersey's The Front Bottoms are performing with The So So Glos and You Blew It! at the Best Buy Theatre tomorrow, June 28th. Say Anything with legendary frontman Max Bemis, who are headlining for the concert, are known for their humorous, risqué lyricism and catchy alternative-rock songs, have just released their new album Hebrews.

When: Saturday, June 28 at 8:00pm
Where: Best Buy Theatre 1515 Broadway, New York, N.Y.
How: N, Q, or R train to 42nd Street or 1, 2, 3, or 7 train to 42nd Street -- Times Square
Cost: $22-$26

Bill McHenry and Andrew Cyrille

Tenor saxophonist Bill McHenry and Drummer Andrew Cyrille have teamed up to perform at  the Village Vanguard all weekend, with guitarist Ben Monder and bassist Reid Anderson to play along with them. McHenry and Cyrille partnered on 2012's La Peur du Vide, a free jazz/postbop album which received extensive critical acclaim.

When: Until June 29, 8:30pm--10:30pm
Where: Village Vanguard 178 Seventh Ave. South, New York, N.Y.
How: 1, 2, or 3 train to 14th Street
Cost: $25-$30 + one drink minimum


Pop-rock band OneRepublic gained massive international popularity after their hit single "Apologize" (later remixed by Timbaland) came out back in 2007. Their newest album, Native which was released in 2013, debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200. They are currently on their Native Summer Tour, of which Jones Beach will enthusiastically be a part of. Also supporting are The Script and American Authors, who we interviewed a while back.

When: June 29, 6:30pm
Where: Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre 1000 Ocean Parkway Wantagh, N.Y.
Cost: $20 -- $149.50


Young Swedish DJ artist Avicii will be playing tomorrow night, June 28, at Barclay's Center in Brooklyn. His hit songs "Levels", "Wake Me Up" and "Hey Brother" have awarded him third place in DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs in both 2012 and 2013, and he was nominated twice for a Grammy. He will be taking on Brooklyn as a part of his True Tour, after a scandalous concert in Boston where many were hospitalized, speculatively because of ecstasy.

When: June 28 at 8:00pm
Where: Barclay's Center 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.
How: 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, Q, N, or R train to Atlantic Ave. -- Barclay's Center
Cost: $25 -- $125

Fall Out Boy and Paramore

Pop-punk staples Fall Out Boy and Paramore will be performing together at the PNC Bank Arts Center this Saturday, June 28. Surprisingly, they have never performed together before, even at a festival, and they will be just a short ride away to ignite teenaged nostalgia.

When: Saturday June 28 at 7:00pm
Where: PNC Bank Arts Center Exit 116 Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, NJ
Cost: $36.25 -- $175


Kara Walker, "A Subtlety or The Marvelous Sugar Baby"

Much of Kara Walker's past work has ignited controversy from critics as she often raises topics of ongoing racism, violence, and sex. In her piece Gone: An Historical Civil Romance of Civl War as it Occurred Between the Dusky Thighs of a Young Negress and Her Heart, she has been accused of misrepresenting race, and in more outward critiques a flat-out racist.

The sphinx in her most recent piece, A Subtlety or The Marvelous Sugar Baby, is made entirely of sugar and appropriately sits in Williamsburg's Domino Sugar Factory which ceased refining in 2004. It slowly turned into a multi-purpose venue since then. The sugar statue is more than just the more obvious statement towards body perceptions, women, race and sex, but calls attention to the history of sugar refineries and the role of its production during the slave trade.

When: Until July 6 (Fridays from 4-8pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6pm)
Where: Domino Sugar Factory at 316 Kent Ave., Williamsburg, N.Y.
How: G train to Metropolitan Avenue, L train to Bedford Avenue or J, M, Z to Marcy Avenue
Cost: Free and open to the public, no tickets or reservations.

Sigmar Polke (1963 - 2010), "Alibis"

Sigmar Polke was a German artist, experimenting with photographs, paint, fabrics, and textures like coal and tape, incorporating them with images of pop culture, news and books. His work is dynamic and multifaceted, with Ben Clay dots to muted pop-art colors over black-and-white photographs. He knew no boundaries or definitions as many of his pieces are neither paintings or photographs but an amalgamation of the two.

The show is exhibiting over 250 of Polke's works from a 50 year span including a film he made that was never released, as well as some pieces that were not intended as art: canvases where Polke tested an array of materials and colors which resulted in a marvelous contemporary spectacle anyway.

When: Monday-Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am - 5:30pm, Fridays from 10:30am - 8:00pm
Where: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 West 53rd Street, New York, N.Y.
How: B, D, F or M train to 47--50th St Rockefeller Center; E or M train to Fifth Avenue -- 53rd Street
Cost: $25 general admission, $14 students, $18 seniors, children under 16 are free. Friday 4:00pm - 8:00pm, free.

Jeff Koons, "A Retrospective"

Best known for his large, reflective balloon animal sculptures, a Jeff Koons exhibition displaying a range of his works from the late 70s to today has recently taken up the largest amount of gallery space at the Whitney Museum. Enlarged household appliances, cartoon characters, posters, and every day knick-knacks are all a part of the exhibition, which are all ludicrously expensive to make and often break auction price sales records (his orange balloon dog, for example, sold for $58.4 million at an auction). His monumental sculptures and lavish artwork is certainly a wonder for the mind and eye with bountiful colors, visual pleasures and surprises in eery subsection of the exhibit, but there is also the lingering thought of wealth inequality and the artists who suffer because of superstar artists dominating much of the market.

When: June 27 - October 19; Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00am - 6:00pm, Fridays from 1:00pm - 9:00pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Where: Whitney Museum of American Art at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, New York, N.Y.
How: 6 train to 77th Street, M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus to 74th Street
Cost: $20 general admission, $16 ages 19-25, $16 seniors, $16 full-time students, free for 18 and under?

Robert Melee, "A Dozen Roses"

In his A Dozen Roses exhibit, Robert Melee dedicates twelve photograph of his mother Rose, displaying her unconventionality in various states of dress and undress, drunkenness and sobriety. The photographs allow a window into the perplexing, and rather odd, relationship between the photographer and his eccentric mother by capturing her gingerly sipping a beer nude in a bathtub or cackling in a roofless car sporting full drag makeup. It is a stark contrast to the functional character of the modern American family, his life a bridge between the gap of reality and theatre.

When: June 26 -- August 1; Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Where: Higher Pictures 980 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y.
How: 6 train to 77th Street, M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus to 74th Street
Cost: Free

Dan Graham and Günther Vogt, The Roof Garden Commission

Dan Graham, experienced with 25 years of video and conceptual art, collaborated with Swiss landscape artist Günther Vogt in this contemporary and graceful display of exterior sculpture and glass/steel design. The structure of the sculptures and structures were designed for the individual to explore their relationship with his environment; to observe light refraction, shapes, build awareness of space, and the presence of foliage. Placed on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's roof, which overlooks Central Park below, this space is the perfect blend of art and the escape of a summer oasis.

When: Until November 3, Monday -- Thursday, Sunday from 10:00am to 5:30pm, Friday and Saturday from 10:00am -- 9:00pm.
Where: Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y.
How: 4, 5 or 6 train to 86th Street
Cost: $25 suggested donation, $17 seniors, $12 students, children under 12 are free.


Much Ado About Nothing

An outdoor production of Shakespeare's romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing , directed by Jack O'Brien, will begin tomorrow (June 28) evening for free in Central Park as a part of the "Shakespeare in the Park" public theatre. The production has been given five stars by Time Out and remarked as "one of the most thoroughly enjoyable 'Shakespeare in the Park' productions", and will continue from now until July 6.

When: Until July 6, at 8:00pm
Where: Delacorte Theatre at 81st Street Central Park, New York, N.Y.
How: B or C train to 81st Street--Museum of Natural History
Cost: Free

Summerworks Festival 2014: I'm Pretty Fucked Up

As a part of this year's Summerworks Festival, and during this particular weekend, will be Ariel Stess's I'm Pretty Fucked Up, a comedy about the tragedies surrounding the American modern day high schools. In a genuinely smart, tasteful fashion, Stess makes the horrors of bombs, security teams, and campus lock-downs that have become a reality for many high schools into something unexpectedly humorous.

When: Until July 5, at 8:00pm
Where: The Wild Project 195 E3rd Street, New York, N.Y.
How: F train to Second Avenue
Cost: $18 per person

The Village Bike

The Village Bike, an English comedy, is the story of a pregnant wife who moved to a remote English village with her husband. Frustrated with her overactive sex drive, she pursues a young man she wants to buy a bike from. What begins as a light-hearted take on domestic marriage slowly develops into what can be the more complicated, tumultuous moments of marital relationships.

When: Saturday June 28 at 2:00pm and at 8:00pm, until July 13 (times vary per day)
Where: Lucille Lortel Theatre 121 Christopher Street New York, N.Y.
How: 1 train to Christopher Street--Sheridan Square
Cost: $49-$89

The Old Woman

Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe star in this dark theatre piece based on the book by Russian author Daniil Kharms as two white face-painted Expressionist twins in a half real, half fantasy universe. The pair play the split mind of a schizophrenic writer who finds a dead old woman in his apartment and tries to hide the body out of fear. Things get a bit twisted and perplexing, as the dead woman and the writer are played by Bariyshnikov and Dafoe without changing outfits. This play requires you to pay close attention as they jump from character to character, often without warning.

When: Saturday June 28 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, Sunday June 29 at 3:00pm
Where: Peter Jay Sharp Building or BAM Howard Gilman Opera House 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y.
How: B, D, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4 or 5 train to Atlantic Avenue--Barclay's Center
Cost: $20-$25

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