Get Out and Do This: Immersive Theater, Subway History and Winter Jazz

By Daniel Jumpertz on January 6, 2014 7:17am 

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Get Out and Do This - Events Monday, Jan. 6
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Monday, Jan. 6
Winter Jazzfest turns 10 years old this year. In celebration, they've expanded the shindig to five nights, with the shows running Jan. 11. The festival will be presented in nine different venues and will feature more than 90 different groups, including more than 400 musicians.

Tuesday, Jan. 7
Online sales for guided tours of the original City Hall subway station will be open to New York Transit Museum members at 9 am. Explore the decommissioned City Hall subway station with its elegant chandeliers, leaded skylights, vaulted tile ceiling and graceful curves. The station's completion and opening in 1904 marked a moment of great civic pride in New York City. Sales will open to the general public on Friday, Jan. 10.

Wednesday, Jan. 8
Works by Duchamp, Matisse, Picasso, Cézanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh will be on display in "The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution," which revisits the famous 1913 New York Armory Show on its 100th anniversary. The International Exhibition of Modern Art came to New York in 1913. Organized by a small group of American artists and presented at the Lexington Avenue Armory (and thus nicknamed the Armory Show), it introduced the American public to European avant-garde painting and sculpture. This exhibition is an exploration of how the Armory Show inspired seismic shifts in American culture, politics and society. It has been called the most important exhibition ever held in the United States. At the New-York Historical Society until Thursday Feb. 13, 170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street).


Thursday, Jan. 9
The reviews have been excellent for the new productions of Samuel Beckett’s "Waiting For Godot" and Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land" at the Cort Theatre. And why wouldn't they be? With such legendary acting talent as Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart inhabiting the roles (with Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley also involved) it's a surefire hit for entertaining visitors and guests to the Big Apple. You have until March 2 to get your act together to see these two plays.

Friday, Jan. 10
While at the Brooklyn Museum checking out the excellent exhibition "WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath" stop to reflect awhile at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium on the third floor of the Museum for the "Perspectives Talk: Brooklyn for Peace" at 2 p.m. Talks by photographers, veterans and others whose lives have been touched by war provide a safe space to discuss armed conflict — and its aftermath — from a variety of perspectives. No RSVP required; seating is first come, first served.

Saturday, Jan. 11
"Then She Fell" is an immersive theater experience combining a hospital ward, the writings of Lewis Carroll and just 15 audience members per show. Performed in a wing of the former Greenpoint Hospital in Brooklyn (abandoned 30 years ago) the production by innovative theatre company Third Rail Projects, uses dance and fractured text to create a dreamscape as compelling and disorienting as Alice in Wonderland’s original journey.  The Kingsland Ward at St. Johns, 195 Maujer Street, Williamsburg. Tickets are available for selected dates in January, February and March 2014.

Sunday, Jan. 12
This is the last day for "Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938" at the Museum of Modern Art. This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the breakthrough Surrealist years of René Magritte, creator of some of the 20th century’s most extraordinary images.

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