WOTBA New York Cultural Events Calendar, with Events for MLK Day and the Inauguration: January 19-25, 2009

• CELEBRATION. 23rd Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mon, Jan 19 at 10:30am. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. BAM, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, and Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York present New York City’s largest public celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote speaker Minnijean Brown Trickey, part of the "Little Rock Nine," and performances by James Hall Worship & Praise and by Brian Jackson. Free. First come, first seated. (Note: One ticket per person. No groups.)

• FILM. American Politics at MoMA. MoMA's film department opens up the archives to present ten noteworthy films about American politics. Just one example: On January 19, 2009, 6:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1. Primary (1960, USA.) Produced and directed by Robert Drew. Photographed and edited by Richard Leacock, Albert Maysles, D. A. Pennebaker. With Robert Drew, Hubert Humphrey, Jacqueline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy. An early example of cinema vérité following the 1960 Democratic primary in Wisconsin between Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey. 60 min.

• INAUGURATION 10:00am - 2:00pm. Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. Symphony Space opens its doors for free starting at 10 am to the public and invites everyone in to watch the day's festivities on the big screen.

• INAUGURATION TELEVISION in TIMES SQUARE. Fox News Channel will broadcast the inauguration on the Astrovision screen in Times Square.

• INAUGURATION CEREMONY: Here's a link to the schedule and order of the ceremonies from the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies


Selected List of Other Events in New York for the Next Week:

• ART. Opening January 21: Raphael to Renoir: Drawings from the The Met: Collection of Jean Bonna. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

• ART. Opening on at the Morgan on Friday, January 23: On the Money: Cartoons for The New Yorker and The Thaw Collection of Master Drawings: Acquisitions Since 2002. The Morgan Library and Museum.

• DANCE. Miami City Ballet (Wednesday and Thursday) Edward Villella’s troupe with works by George Balanchine and Twyla Tharp. (Through Jan. 25.) At 8 p.m., City Center, 131 West 55th Street, Manhattan, (212) 581-1212, $25 to $110.

• MUSIC. JACOFEST: A Tribute to Jaco Pastorius (Jan. 20-22, Tuesday through Thursday) Tribute, T.M Stephens, bass; Gerald Veasley, bass; Joe Sinaguglia, bass; Kenwood Dennard, drums; Lew Soloff, trumpet; David Gilmore, guitar; Delmar Brown, keyboards; Robert Sheps, saxophone; David Bargeron, trombone/tuba; Eddie Bobe, percussion; Lou Marini, saxophone. At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, West Village, (212) 475-8592, ; cover, $25 at tables, $15 at the bar, with a $5 minimum.* (see comment correcting original post)

• THEATER. Ibsen's Hedda Gabler. In previews; opens on Jan. 25. Mary-Louise Parker stars in title role; play adapted by Christopher Shinn (2:20). American Airlines Theater, 227 West 42nd Street, Manhattan, (212) 719-1300. Hola.

• THEATER. The Connection by Jack Gelber. 50th anniversary production staged by Judith Malina herself. The Living Theater, 19 Clinton Street, Lower East Side, (212) 352-3101.

• MUSIC. Joshua Redman Double Trio with Brian Blade, Larry Grenadier, Gregory Hutchinson and Reuben Rogers. January 20 and 21. Concert starts @ 8PM, Doors open @ 6 PM. Tickets $25.00 in advance, $30.00 day of show. Highline Ballroom. 431 W 16th St between 9th and 10th Ave.

IMAGE: The Washington Square Arch served to commemorate the Centennial of Washington's Inauguration, an event that took place downtown. The pier statues were added later -"Washington at War" on the left of the arch by Herman MacNeil in 1916 and "Washington at Peace" on the right (shown here) by Alexander Stirling Calder in 1918. Yes, Calder was the father of the famous mobile artist, Alexander Calder.


Anonymous said…
Just so that it will not be misleading, Felix Pastorius isn't playing the Jaco Fest at the Blue Note this week.
Teri Tynes said…
Thanks for the update. I've changed the original post as well, listing the musicians cited on the Blue Note website.

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