Things to do between shows in New York this week

It’s a busy season at the New York theater, with openings every day ahead of the April award deadlines. There’s also a wealth of things to do between shows, many of which have ties to theater and the performing arts. Below is a selection of four top picks available to take advantage of this week, including an online offer.

Al Hirschfeld, Rent, ink on panel, 1996. Photo courtesy of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation.

The Hirschfeld Time Machine: The 90s – The last online exhibition of The Al Hirschfeld Foundation presents the iconic artist’s view of popular culture in the last decade of the 20e century. Whether in theatre, film, television, music or politics, Hirschfeld captured the most important personalities and productions of the time, including August Wilson The piano lessonby Tony Kushner Angels in Americaand Jonathan Larson Lease.

“At an age when most artists were slowing down, in the 1990s, Hirschfeld was doing more than ever,” says David Leopold, creative director of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation and curator of the new online exhibit. “Hirschfeld continued his unbroken line into his eighth decade and was inspired by the arts he saw and heard. In addition to his drawings, which continued to be seen in dozens of publications, album covers, posters , programs, book covers and prints, this decade saw it as the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary, The king of the lineas well as the inspiration for one of the biggest Disney films of the decade, Aladdin.”

The digital exhibit, which runs until Wednesday, June 15, is the start of a regular series that will explore Hirschfeld’s works across different decades to see not just what he drew, but how he drew. . Viewers can also go behind the lines of Hirschfeld’s art with a special episode of Hirschfeld’s Podcast of the Centuryavailable now on the site, apple podcast, and other popular sites.

Portrait of Shakespeare (detail) from First Folio, 1623. Photo by Deb Miller.

Treasures: The Polonsky Exhibition – For more than 125 years, the New York Public Library has collected, preserved, and made accessible the world’s knowledge, with more than 56 million items. The Polonsky Exhibit of Treasures from the New York Public Library – the institution’s first-ever permanent exhibition, showcasing extraordinary highlights from its world-renowned research collections – builds on this 125-year legacy by making some of the most important pieces of the institution so that they can explore them in rotation.

In addition to such valuable historical artifacts as Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten draft of the Declaration of Independencea copy of The Gutenberg Bibleand the original Winnie the Pooh and Friends stuffed animals, currently on display, are objects as important as the First Folio of Comedies, Stories and Tragedies by Mr. William Shakespeare of 1623, Charles Dickens’ desk and chair, a theatrical poster of Sarah Bernhardt by Art Nouveau master Alphonse Mucha, and the set model for the Off-Broadway production of In the heightsall presented with labels and explanatory texts.

To reserve your free timed tickets to the exhibition, located in NYPL’s 1911 Beaux-Arts flagship building at Fifth Avenue and 42n/a Street, click here. Free audio guides in English and Spanish are also available on your mobile device, so don’t forget to bring your headphones. Masks are encouraged but not required in the building.

Jersey Boys IPA – The Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award winning musical Boys jersey opened in New York on November 6, 2005, and by the time it closed on January 15, 2017, it was the 12e longest running show in Broadway history. In March 2022, the popular story behind the music of NJ natives Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe, was seen by over 30 millions of people. worldwide. To celebrate the show’s return to the Off-Broadway stage after the long pandemic hiatus, the New Jersey Beer Companyfounded in North Bergen in 2010, created Jersey Boys IPA.

Brewed with a special yeast blend and hopped with Citra, Mandarina Bavaria and Sabro for flavors of tropical orange sorbet, mango and coconut, the 6.8% IPA is described as the holiday juice perfect tropical just in time for spring. The new brew will be available for purchase beginning Thursday, April 7 in New Jersey and New York, including New World Stages (340 West 50e street), where Boys jersey is playing.

For tickets to the show (priced at $59-149), call (212) 239-6200 or drop by on line. A limited number of $30 tickets are sold through digital lottery; available performances are posted from 12:00 p.m. and close at 3:00 p.m. two days before the performance. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, photo ID and mask are required to enter the theater. The New Jersey Beer Company Tasting Room, 4201 Tonnelle Avenue, North Bergen, is also open to visitors at select times Wednesday through Sunday, and is easily accessible via public transport.

Artexpo New York – If your appreciation for the arts extends beyond theater to fine art, Artexpo New York annually showcases more than 400 local, national and international galleries and publishers, as well as pioneering independent artists and photographers, exhibiting thousands of avant-garde borders. pushing works. Every year, thousands of art industry insiders come in search of the art and artists that will shape trends in galleries around the world. Welcoming more than 35,000 art enthusiasts and passionate collectors each year, Artexpo New York is the largest international gathering of qualified professional buyers, including gallery owners and managers, art dealers, interior designers, architects, corporate art buyers and art and framing retailers.

Created by Redwood Art Group/Redwood Media Group and taking place at New York’s Pier 36 (299 South Street), the four-day event, from Thursday, April 7 through Sunday, April 10, showcases the emerging and iconic, including including everyone from Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg to Yayoi Kusama and Mr. Brainwash. There is something for every space, every taste and every budget. For tickets (ranging from $25 for one-day general admission to $40 for a four-day pass, with student and military discounts), go on line.

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