Passover and Easter will be celebrated this week, and in New York, it's one of the richest times of the year, spiritually and culturally. The city starts springing to new steps. The culmination of the week is Easter Sunday, a delightful day of celebrations of every kind, including flâneurie with Easter bonnets on Fifth Avenue. Selecting the events was hard this week, but I've included several music events across the spectrum of musical genres.
• LITERARY ENVIRONMENTALISM. Monday, April 6. Bruce Hood and Peter Matthiessen. Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W 17th St (at Seventh Ave.) 7pm. See website for more information. Tickets: $20.
• THE RIDE OF THE VALKYRIES. Monday, April 6. Richard Wagner's Die Walküre. Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center). Tickets: $15–$375. Try not to think of the helicopter scene in APOCALYPSE NOW.
• SASSY "ONE OF THE BOYS" MUSIC. Monday, April 6-8. 7 p.m. Katy Perry. Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza. Tickets: $18. Venue website.
• FINE ENSEMBLE MUSIC. Tuesday, April 7. Juilliard String Quartet. 8 pm. Alice Tully Hall (at Lincoln Center) The Quartet performs the New York premiere of Richard Wernick's Quartet No. 7; Mendelssohn's Quartet in E-flat, Op. 12; and Beethoven's Quartet in E-flat, Op. 127. Limited FREE tickets are available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, located at 155 West 65th Street.
• ABSURDIST THEATER. Eugene Ionesco's Exit the King, in a 14-week run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th Street. With Geoffrey Rush, Susan Sarandon, Lauren Ambrose, and Andre Martin. Broadway production website.
• ART THAT WILL LIKELY UPSET YOUR VISITING GRANDPARENTS. Wednesday, April 8. Opening of exhibition, The Generational: Younger Than Jesus atThe New Museum of Contemporary Art, 235 Bowery. The New Museum's first triennial with 50 artists born after 1976 from 25 countries and with a slightly offensive title. Through June 14.
• AUSTIN MUSIC. Thursday, April 9. The Flatlanders, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W 42nd St. Tickets: advance $27.50, day of show $32. Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock and Joe Ely. More than the necessary weekly mention of an Austin something, these guys define the very meaning of Austin singer-songwriting.
• MUSIC FOR YOUR EYES. Visual Music Marathon. Saturday, April 11. The 2009 Visual Music Marathon will be held at the Visual Arts Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, New York City.10 a.m. - 10 p.m. 120 works by contemporary digital artists and composers from around the world. Visual music combines animation and musical composition. Presented by Northeastern University, School of Visual Arts' MFA Computer Art. and NYDS (New York Digital Salon). Much more on the all-day event here and here.
• WOMEN FILMS. Saturday, April 11. FUSION 2009 Film Competition Finalists Showcase. Women filmmakers at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. All films in competition are either directed by women or shot by women. 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson Street. 7 p.m. Tickets: $8
• ANDY'S GIRL FILM. Saturday, April 11. Anthology Film Archives. 7:45 p.m. THE CHELSEA GIRLS by Andy Warhol, 1966, ca. 210 minutes, 16mm double-projection. With Nico, Ondine, Marie Menken, Mary Woronov, Gerard Malanga, International Velvet, Ingrid Superstar, Mario Montez, Eric Emerson, and Brigid Berlin. Also Sunday, April 12 at 5 p.m. You have to see this once in your life.
• EASTER. Sunday, April 12. From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fifth Avenue, 49th to 57th Streets. During these hours, the avenue is closed for traffic in these blocks, allowing for strolling in Easter bonnets and Easter finery. Open to everyone. Nearby church services at 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas Church, and St. Patrick's Cathedral.
A NOTE ON WALKING OFF THE BIG APPLE'S APRIL: Though I consider Walking Off the Big Apple to be the definitive strolling guide to New York, this website is nevertheless a hobby. At certain times of the year, I need to devote more time to other projects with which I'm involved, such as this and this and that. So, while I have several walks in the works, do not be surprised if the posts are less frequent over the next six weeks. You may have already sensed this, and remember this was the case last year. Not to worry. I usually come back into full gear by mid-May. In the meantime, I welcome you to browse the archives.
Image: Window in SoHo, last night, April 4, 2009. That girl needs a big Easter bonnet.