Searching for things to do in New York City this weekend? We've selected our top five picks from art and cultural events. Included are talks, concerts, art performances, parties and more. Read on to discover our list of things to do through November 15, 2015 in New York City.
1. Frank Sinatra Centennial Party
Jonathan Schwartz, WNYC radio host and expert in the music of Frank Sinatra, presents the Sinatra 100 Party with Sinatra biographer James Kaplan on Thursday, November 12, at 7 p.m. at The Greene Space, WNYC's performance venue. Through stories, music and conversation, the pair provides insight into how Sinatra left an indelible mark on American music. The hour-and-a-half-long party aligns with Ol' Blue Eyes' 100th birthday.
The event is now sold out but a live webcast streams here during the event. If you're going to take your chances in hope of entrance to the party, The Greene Space is located at 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY 10013. Click here for event details.
2. "We Wanted a Revolution" Roundtable
The Brooklyn Museum and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art present an artist and musuem staff roundtable "We Wanted a Revolution" on Thursday, November 12, at 7 p.m. The panel will explore the politics of feminism that emerged in the 1970s around ideas of race and class. Also discussed will be the ways women of color in the arts professions sought equality, justice, and self-determination during the period. A Livestream of the event takes place for those who can’t attend in person.
The talk takes place in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, on the third floor of the museum, located at 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn NY 11238-6052. Free with museum admission. www.brooklynmuseum.org.
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3. Jazz at the Rubin Museum
The Rubin Museum of Art presents a concert by the Jamie Baum Septet, featuring flutist/composer Jamie Baum, at the museum on Friday, November 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Baum has toured the United States and over 28 countries, performing at major festivals and concert halls. Her solo work, septet, and compositions have all been awarded consistent accolades from top critics and polls, and she has been nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association for Flutist of the Year seven times.
The concert is part of the Jazz at the Rubin series, with additional programming planned through December 11, 2015. Tickets are $20; $18 for members. The Rubin Museum is located at 150 West 17 Street, New York NY 10011. www.rubinmuseum.org.
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4. Performance and Artist Talk at Scandanavia House
Danish artist Jesper Just talks with Marianne Torp, Chief Curator of Contemporary Art of SMK, The National Gallery of Denmark, on Saturday, November 14 at 3 p.m. at Scandanavia House. Just will discuss his new commission created for Performa 15 along with his art and artistic inspirations.
For Performa 15, Just teamed up with Danish artist FOS (Thomas Poulsen) to create A Concert/In the Shadow of a Spectacle/Is the View of the Crowd, an installation and live performance. The work will be presented Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at 225 Liberty Street, New York on the 43rd Floor. Admission to the performance is $25-$30.
According to Performa, A Concert/In the Shadow of a Spectacle/Is the View of the Crowd “...addresses spectatorship and its dual nature. Exploring crowd dynamics and psychology, as well as the overlapping tension and opposition of private and public space, the work investigates and toes the boundaries between those who act and those who look.”
The talk featuring Just and Torp is free with reservations required. Scandanavia House is located at 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016. www.scandanaviahouse.org.
5. American Indian Heritage Month Celebrations
November is American Indian Heritage Month and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian celebrates all month with related programming. At its New York City museum on Saturday, an afternoon-long celebration takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Expect to see presentations by museum staff on Navajo pottery and jewelry making and hear artist talks on gemstones in Navajo culture. The Saturday celebration is held in conjunction with the exhibition “Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family.” Click here for event details.
On Sunday, tours of the exhibitions, items in the collection and of the building itself are offered from 1 p.m. through 3 p.m. The Infinity of Nations Tour takes place at 1 p.m. and tours of the "Glittering World" and “Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed” are offered at 2 p.m.
At 3 p.m., museum ambassador Carlos Molina gives a 45 minute in depth look at the unique architecture and design of the Alexander Hamilton US Customs House, home of the National Museum of the American Indian.
Adminssion to all is free. The museum is located in the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green, New York NY 10004. www.nmai.si.edu.
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