4 things to do this weekend
Updated December 20: Alvin Ailey Dance Company Weekend performances in the city center have been canceled due to the recent increase in coronavirus infections. The Living History series program at the New-York Historical Society on Sunday was also canceled for this reason.
Rides and more rides
Along with ice cream trucks and beach trips, the fun of amusement parks tends to fade when the weather turns cold. But Manhattan now offers a place where kids can still enjoy the splendor of Ferris wheels, roller coasters, rides and more: the New-York Historical Society.
For the first time, its annual winter show, “Holiday Express: Toys and Trains From the Jerni Collection,” features vintage carnival toys from the 19th and 20th centuries. Running through February 27, the exhibition includes such highlights as the collection’s largest toy wheel (1906-20), made in France with six gondolas, a music box, and 17 small occupants; miniature German roller coasters (1886-1917); and airship rides from the early 1900s with small zeppelin-shaped compartments.
Younger visitors, who can pick up a guide to go on a treasure hunt throughout the show, will also see the iconic trains in the collection – some are jolly – as well as the model stations.
Solve a problem
Thanks to “Jenufa”, “Kat’a Kabanova” and “The Makropulos Affair”, the music of the Czech composer Leos Janacek became an integral part of the lyrical repertoire of the twentieth century. However, another effort – “Osud” (“Destiny”) – is kind of a problem. As a result, it turned out to be of particular interest to academics and die-hard fans.
A new production overseen by Robert Carsen – one of the most consistent directors working – helps the dramatic arc and thus allows viewers another encounter with Janacek’s masterful musical style. (The opera’s delicate narrative timeline is presented cleanly, but with two singers playing the central role of Zivny, the composer.) Carsen’s approach to this story of stifled love and strangled creativity was produced for the Theater National Brno, and is available to stream for free on Operavision’s platform and its YouTube channel until May.
SETH COOLING WALLS
The Hall at Elsewhere is a more conventional concert space that Pinc Louds has recently become accustomed to. During the pandemic, the group – led by Claudi, a Puerto Rican-born singer and guitarist who writes punk and jazzy songs inspired by love and city life – took up residence in Tompkins Square Park, where they performed for the fans and passers-by. twice a week. Prior to that, Claudi, an avid street musician, was a staple at the Delancey Street subway station on the Lower East Side.
A Pinc Louds show is anything but conventional, however. Audiences of their “Christmas Tentacular”, which arrives in the main space of Elsewhere on Friday, can expect a colorful and whimsical affair, with covers of holiday tunes, puppets and festive sets. Doors are at 6 p.m., and Tall Juan, whose music spans rock, cumbia and reggae, will begin his opening set at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $ 20 and are available at elsebrooklyn.com.
Audio drama revealed
If the expertly produced audio dramas that have flourished since the start of the pandemic have made you wonder, “How did artists accomplish this?” “You now have the opportunity to solve this mystery with” Hear / Now: LIVE “from the Keen Company!”
The 90-minute performance will include two world premieres commissioned to be performed in what the company calls “an exciting live format,” featuring original music and sound effects performed in front of the audience. In Mashuq Mushtaq Deen’s “The Telegram”, two cowboys encounter the eerie realities of the Wild West as they pay homage to a genre that captivated American listeners in the 1920s. In Deb Margolin’s comedy “That Old Perplexity, ”two women develop a connection sparked by the turmoil and heartbreak of post-9/11 New York.
Tickets cost $ 31.50 and are available at bfany.org. Performances will be at Theater Row Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 a.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.