Who: Glenn Ligon, Samora Pinderhughes
What: National YoungArts Foundation Salon Series
Where: New York Live Arts Theater, 219 West 19th St., 212-691-6500
When: Sunday, March 5, $10, 2:00
Why: In 2011, New York City–based visual artist Glenn Ligon had a major midcareer retrospective, “Glenn Ligon: America,” at the Whitney. In 2009, Berkeley high school pianist and composer Samora Pinderhughes was named a YoungArts Winner in Jazz Keyboard. On March 5 at 2:00 at New York Live Arts, the two will take part in the latest edition of the National YoungArts Foundation Salon Series, “Critical Junctures: Glenn Ligon,” as they look at pivotal moments in their creative process while placing it in sociohistorical context. The Salon Series, which “brings together creative alumni voices and offers audiences an opportunity to engage with internationally renowned and emerging artists,” will be back at New York Live Arts on May 14 with “Critical Junctures: Alexei Ratmansky,” in which the Russian-American choreographer will be in conversation with 2011 YoungArts Dance Winner and ABT soloist Cassandra Trenary.
200 Eastern Parkway at Washington St.
Saturday, March 4, free, 5:00 - 11:00
The Brooklyn Museum goes feminist to the hilt with the First Saturday program “Future Feminisms,” part of its 2017 theme “A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum.” There will be live performances by Charlotte Dos Santos, Buscabulla, and Natasha Diggs with #SoulInTheHorn; a Blues Lounge Bar; a screening of Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’s The Trans List, followed by a discussion with writer Kate Bornstein and DJ and philanthropist Lina Bradford, facilitated by the Sylvia Rivera Law Project; a hands-on art workshop in which participants can make wearable handmade paper flowers inspired by the new exhibit “Georgia O’Keefe: Living Modern”; a Postcard Write-In hosted by Forward March NY; a Scholar Talk with Linda Grasso about her upcoming book Equal Under the Sky: Georgia O’Keeffe and Twentieth-Century Feminism; a screening of Suha Araj’s The Cup Reader and Pioneer High; pop-up gallery talks on “Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty,” hosted by teen apprentices; a tour of “Georgia O’Keefe: Living Modern” led by guest curator Wanda Corn; and the Brooklyn premiere of Fatimah Asghar and Sam Bailey’s web series Brown Girls, followed by a talkback with members of the cast and crew, moderated by Lindsay Catherine Harris. In addition, you can check out such exhibits as “Iggy Pop Life Class by Jeremy Deller,” “The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago,” “Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty,” “Infinite Blue,” “A Woman’s Afterlife: Gender Transformation in Ancient Egypt,” and, at a discounted admission price of $12, “Georgia O’Keefe: Living Modern.”
Getting home at six in the morning isn’t unusual in New York City. Getting up to go clubbing at that hour certainly is, but thanks to Daybreaker’s now-legendary 6:00 – 9:00 sober dance parties, New Yorkers can do just that. Founded three years ago by Matthew Brimer and Radha Agrawal, the Daybreaker movement is spreading to more than three dozen cities around the world, bringing its ethos of mindfulness, mischief, camaraderie, wellness, and self-expression to happy early risers everywhere. Almost every month, a couple hundred to a thousand partygoers show up at a rotating series of clubs around New York for an hour of funky club-style yoga (bring your own mat), followed by a two-hour psychedelically lit, high-energy, super-positive dance party with high-energy DJs, surprise performers, and changing themes. Then they head off to work. The parties are alcohol-free, and each has a different suggested theme, but the vibe is pretty accepting of whatever you wear, since most of the twentysomething attendees are powering off to work at nine. The March 1 rave at Irving Plaza is a Spring Fling; the next, who knows? Tickets come with lots of treats from partners, including cold-brewed coffee, green juice, coconut water, energy drinks, and more. Stoking the energy at that hour is key, led by yoga instructor Alex Silver-Fagan and French DJ duo FDVM, who will orchestrate the music, with a performance by singer-songwriter Erin Willett to keep the spirit high. As Daybreaker’s website says, “We come as we are to sweat, dance, and connect with ourselves and each other. Dancing sober in community during the morning is amazing for your health and happiness.” If you want to jump-start your day with possibly the best jolt of energy in the city, rave on with Daybreaker.
Who: Mary Fahl, Liz Tormes, Cassandra Jenkins, Hannah Read, Joy Askew, Oren Bloedow, Adam Minkoff, Glenn Patscha, Steven Bernstein and Sex Mob Horns, Matt Johnson, David Mansfield, Mark Marshall, Katie Scheele, Matt Darriau, more to be announced
What: All-star performance of Richard and Linda Thompson’s I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight album
Where: City Winery, 155 Varick St. between Spring & Vandam Sts., 212-608-0555
When: Monday, February 27, $25-$35, 8:00
Why: In 1974, former Fairport Conventioneer Richard Thompson and singer Linda Thompson (née Peters) helped redefine British folk rock with the classic album I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight, consisting of such stand-out Richard originals as “The Calvary Cross,” “Withered and Died,” “Down Where the Drunkards Roll,” “The Great Valerio,” and the rollicking title track, in which the Thompsons proclaim, “Meet me at the station, don’t be late / I need to spend some money and it just won’t wait / Take me to the dance and hold me tight / I want to see the bright lights tonight.” On February 27, you can meet up at City Winery as an all-star lineup performs the record in its entirety, along with other numbers from the Thompsons’ canon, which came to an abrupt end in 1982 with the ultimate breakup album, Shoot Out the Lights. The event is organized by Canadian composer, producer, musician, and Ollabelle founder Glenn Patscha and will feature members of such groups as the October Project, Elysian Fields, and the Doyle Bramhall Band in addition to veterans of Bob Dylan, St. Vincent, Glen Hansard, and more. It’s only fitting that the show is taking place at City Winery, where Richard Thompson has played many times. In fact, a few years ago we were at one of Richard’s shows at City Winery when I had to ask the woman in front of me, who was enthusiastically singing along to the songs, if she could stop leaning so far forward, as she was blocking my view. My jaw dropped as she turned to me and sincerely apologized. “I’m so sorry. I’ve certainly seen him enough over the years, having lived with him,” Linda Thompson told me, sitting back in her seat.
PHILIP GLASS 80th BIRTHDAY CONCERT SEASON
Composer and pianist extraordinaire Philip Glass, master of “music with repetitive structures,” turned eighty on January 31, and he is celebrating the milestone with a series of special performances in his longtime hometown of New York City. At National Sawdust in Brooklyn, “Philip @ 80” will feature the Complete Piano Etudes by Maki Namekawa on February 24 ($35-$40, 7:00); Bridging the Gap III, consisting of works by Paola Prestini, John Zorn, and Glass performed by cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, bassist Trevor Dunn, percussionist Ches Smith, and Yale School of Music students on March 5 ($29-$34, 7:00), with panel discussions moderated by Steve Smith; and Glass teaming up with Foday Musa Suso and Ziegler on March 12 ($50-$60, 7:00). On March 16 at Carnegie Hall ($35-$200), artistic director Glass will be the focus at the thirtieth annual Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert, with performances by Laurie Anderson, Ben Harper, Iggy Pop, Alabama Shakes, Sufjan Stevens, Patti Smith and Her Band, the Scorchio Quartet, Tenzin Choegyal and Jesse Paris Smith, and New Order’s Bernard Sumner, Tom Chapman, and Phil Cunningham. And on April 20, the Tribeca Film Festival will host a screening of Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête with Glass’s live score performed by the Philip Glass Ensemble. In addition, Glass has been selected to hold the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall for the 2017–18 season, which will feature many classics and premieres.
Who: Kenny Loggins, Melissa Etheridge, Rhiannon Giddens, Bettye LaVette, Allen Stone, Glen Hansard, Taj Mahal & Deva Mahal, Living Colour, G. Love, Sarah Dash, Sam Moore, Ledisi, Todd Rundgren, Ceelo Green, Naomi Shelton, Richard Thompson, and Antibalas
What: Fundraising tribute to Aretha Franklin
Where: Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, 57th St. & Seventh Ave., 212-247-7800
When: Monday, March 6, $48-$160, 8:00 (Live Rehearsal Show March 5 at City Winery, $40-$65, 8:00)
Why: Legendary R&B singer Aretha Franklin just announced her retirement from touring (she will still record at least one more album, with Stevie Wonder), so “The Music of Aretha Franklin” tribute being held March 6 at Carnegie Hall couldn’t be much more timely. City Winery owner Michael Dorf’s “Music of” celebrations, benefits for numerous music education programs for underprivileged youth, in the past have honored such musicians as Prince, the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, the Who, R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, and Bob Dylan; this year an all-star lineup pays R.E.S.P.E.C.T. to the Memphis-born soul superstar who will turn seventy-five on March 25; her #1 hits include “Chain of Fools,” “Think,” “Jump to It,” “Freeway of Love,” and, of course, “Respect.” In addition, on March 5, City Winery will be hosting the annual Live Rehearsal Show, in which many of the artists performing at the Carnegie Hall show will rehearse in front of an audience, led by house band Antibalas.