Been spending too much time on Netflix? Are you in a creativity rut, and in desperate need for a healthy dose of the arts? Sometimes it just takes a little nudge—and perhaps a little direction—to help counter the boredom and unfulfilled desire to witness the world. And New York City is (in our opinion) the best place to experience art, simply because there is just so much of it. And no need to feel overwhelmed with options, because we’re here with a plan to indulge in the arts this month. So, put down the remote. Grab a journal, or your camera, and enjoy 7 Artsy Things to Do in NYC This Month.
Now is the time to check out all of those incredible Broadway shows you could never afford tickets to. The biannual Broadway Week promotion is officially upon us, and we couldn’t be happier. From September 7-20, Broadway tickets for shows such as Hand to God, An American in Paris, and Fun Home will be available at 2 for 1 rates. That’s right, for as low as 50 bucks, you can see one of the many acclaimed shows on Broadway. Since its inception four years ago in order to boost ticket sales during slow months, Broadway Week has helped over 600,000 people attend shows. Don’t miss out on your chance to see broadway shows at half price; this dazzling promotion only comes twice a year!
New York, historically, has witnessed some of the best live jazz acts in the world. Sure, it’s been awhile since we’ve seen the likes of a Charlie Parker or Otis Redding, but there is still plenty of amazing jazz bands playing for doting New Yorkers every night. I’m sure you’ve heard of The Blue Note, the city’s premier jazz bar and host to the Blue Note Jazz Festival, but there are plenty of other clubs to hear the fat cats of modern jazz. At Cafe Carlyle, you can hear a pretty amazing live band which even includes Woody Allen on clarinet. And if you want to find yourself surrounded by musicians, head over to Vodou Bar, where the talent is pretty insulated. There are plenty of places to hear live jazz in the city, and this list breaks it down pretty well. So pick a night to go out and witness how far jazz has come since the heyday.
Since its relocation to the Meatpacking District, The Whitney Museum has attracted more than 4,000 viewers a day, and it’s no mystery why. The museum which specializes in showcasing American art is not only well curated, but it’s architecturally stunning as well. Currently, The Whitney is showing “America is Hard to See”, a reexamination of America’s art history through the works of Georgia O’ Keefe, Jose Orozco, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and many more. Organized chronologically, the exhibit is broken down into twenty-three “chapters”, each approaching a different theme through the works within it. So bring a few friends and spend the afternoon traversing through The Whitney, a place where art truly feels at home.
The New York International Fringe Festival is set to host over 1,000 performances, and 200 productions this year. What’s so special about the Fringe Festival is that it gives opportunity to shows that don’t run on Broadway or Off-Broadway. So for aspiring actors, playwrights, and directors, the Fringe Festival offers that highly coveted golden ticket to be seen by audiences for the first time. And because there are so many eager artists in New York, the Fringe Festival has managed to become the largest multi-arts festival in North America. According to the Times, out of the plethora of shows offered at Fringe, you should check out “Painting His Wings”, “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again”, and “Exact Change”.
Open rehearsal for the New York Philharmonic is an ongoing opportunity for classical music lovers to witness some of the country’s best musicians tackle famous compositions with their craft. Writer E.B White once said that the most notable performances happen before the act even begins. In other words, magic happens in these rehearsals. Fluidity and combustion occur, grand errors and moments of epiphany when the orchestra and conductor become one. Open rehearsals take place at Avery Fisher Hall, the official home of the New York Phil. This season, you can witness the orchestra practice for performances of Brahms, Beethoven, and Mozart. And though soloists aren’t guaranteed to be there when you are, there will still be plenty of magic moments to behold.
Annie Baker’s Pulitzer Prize winning play “The Flick” will be showing at the Barrow Street Theatre until January 10th, but why wait to see what critics are calling “stunning”, and “utterly moving”? The play is simple in its design, with most of it taking place in a movie theatre where two bored and contemplative workers share prolonged conversations about reality, cinema, and everyday life. Forewarning: The play is long, at just above 3 hours with only one intermission. But if you can handle a lack of theatrics for the sake of some very insightful and thought-provoking observations, then don’t think twice about heading over to Barrow Street to see “The Flick”. Trust us, this truly brilliant play is worth your feet falling asleep a few times.
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have,” the iconic author, poet and actress once said. Maya Angelou was many things, one of them being an art collector. And this month, for just a few days, her collection will be shown before going up for auction. Angelou curated works that exhibited themes much like those she produced in her own work: dignity, passion, courage, and kindness. Some of the artists Angelou collected works from are John Biggers, Faith Ringgold, and Romare Bearden. The selected works won’t be shown at a museum, but rather, at the Swann Auction Galleries where they will be sold on September 15th. So, beginning September 8th, be sure to swing by to view the art which inspired the woman who lived to inspire us all.