Though the week begins with rain and patchy fog, our ever-precarious New York weather forecasts call for mostly sunny skies by the end of the week. Some flowering trees of the pinkish-rose variety look ready to unfurl their dainty petals, and with the rain, the prospects for life-as-an-Impressionist painting look good. Such was the weather this past weekend, and as you can imagine, more than a few people showed up in Central Park. On Saturday, I spent the day tracing the steps of Walker Evans as he photographed a block of E. 61st in 1938, but then after, I headed to Central Park. It's like a magnet at this time of year. I'll be posting about the walk soon. Map to be included.
Starting with this post, I plan to list the selected events for eight days, running from one Monday to the next.
• Monday, April 20. Please consult the post, New York Museums Open on Mondays and Spring 2009 Exhibitions List for several ideas.
• Tuesday, April 21. Elliott Carter and Heinz Holliger: A Musical Friendship at 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave (at 92nd St). 8 p.m. Beginning of a two-day event, with three concerts, exploring the relationship between two musical innovators. Tickets: $38–$48, ages 35 and under $25.
• Tuesday, April 21. Opening of The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue. Through August 2, 2009. A must-see.
* Wednesday, April 22. The Tribeca Film Festival, April 22- May 3. The biggest event of the coming week is the start of the Tribeca Film Festival. Tickets go on sale today, Monday, for the general public. Online, phone and ticket outlets. Festival site.
The Apple Store in SoHo hosts many events and workshops related to the festival. On Wednesday at 7 p.m. Spike Lee makes an in-store appearance. See the Apple Store SoHo festival event page for more events.
I've written an overview of the festival, highlighting several films, for MetroTwin, as well as a list of NY-themed films on this site. Also, follow me on Tribeca Film Institute's Reframe site, where I will start covering the festival within the next day.
• Wednesday, April 22. A Tribute to George Stoney: A Love Affair with New York. Part of a month-long celebration at Anthology Film Archives to celebrate Stoney, a well-known and loved documentary filmmaker and film professor at New York University. Educated at UNC Chapel Hill, Stoney worked in the Farm Security Administration during WWII, and after started making his own films of the South and then many elsewhere. This third program highlights a sample of his films about New York. 7:30 p.m. Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue. More information about Stoney at Anthology site.
• Thursday, April 23. Unica Zürn Reading. The Drawing Center. 7 p.m. From the Dark Spring of Language: The Poetry & Prose of Unica Zürn. An evening of readings by acclaimed novelists, poets, and scholars: Mary Ann Caws, Author and Distinguished Professor at The Graduate Center, CUNY; Pierre Joris, poet, translator and professor at SUNY Albany; Jill Magi, poet and visual artist; Anna Moschovakis, poet and translator; Caroline Rupprecht, author and associate professor of Comparative Literature at Queens College, City University of New York; Frederic Tuten, novelist and Professor Emeritus, City College of New York.The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street.
• Friday, April 24. More innovative music. Celebration of the 45th anniversary of Terry Riley's In C, with Kronos Quartet, Terry Riley, and original In C performers Stuart Dempster, Jon Gibson, Katrina Krimsky, and Morton Subotnick. Carnegie Hall. 8 p.m. Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage.
• Sunday, April 26. Earth Day in Central Park 2009. 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Rain or shine. At the Bandshell (Enter the Park at East or West 72nd Street). Learn about the park's environmental programs. Free, appropriate for all ages.
• Monday, April 27. New York Pops 26th Birthday Gala. Carnegie Hall. 7 p.m. Proceeds from the gala support The New York Pops and its education programs and free Summermusic concerts throughout New York City. Tickets available from $55 - $85. Black Tie Dinner/Dance to follow at The Pierre, Fifth Avenue at 61st Street. Broadway star, Idina Menzel will be among those performing and the new musical director of the New York Pops, Steven Reineke, will be conducting. For more information: visit the Pops website. The Online Auction launches Monday, April 20 on CharityBuzz.com. To purchase tickets: www.carnegiehall.org (WOTBA readers will receive a 20% discount by entering the code PLAY7861. Exciting! )
Images of the area around 59th and Fifth Avenue from Saturday, April 18, 2009.