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Today
@ 6 p.m.
SONGBOOK: Broadway’s Future
A concert of new music by Broadway composers and lyricists sung by Broadway vocalists, Presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul and directed by John Znidarsic. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not permitted. General admission seating.…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, February 28
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, March 2
@ 6 p.m.
LPA Cinema Series
Bent
Bent Directed by Sean Mathias, 1997 105 minutes The play by American expat Martin Sherman premiered in England where it won an Olivier Award, transferred to Broadway and was nominated for two Tonys, and was brought to the screen by a British director and a mostly British cast (including Clive Owen and Mick Jagger). French-Canadian actor Lothiaire Bluteau costars in this drama about gay men in a Nazi concentration camp. 40 Years of London and New York Theatre on Film is presented in conjun…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, March 4
@ 2:30 p.m.
Rule, Britannia!
During the 18th-century, Britain experienced a rapid expansion in their influence throughout the globe. Join Broadwood Junction, the imaginative period instrument piano trio, as they explore the ways that composers commemorated the exploits of a rising British superpower. At times fervent, kitschy, and sentimental, hear historic music that captured the spirit of a nation. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Ad…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, March 6
@ 6 p.m.
League of Professional Theatre Women: Oral History Project
A conversation with prominent women in theatre, as part of the League’s ongoing series which chronicles and documents the contributions of significant women in theatre. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not permitted. General admission sea…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, March 7
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, March 9
@ 6 p.m.
"Life Upon the Wicked Stage": New Books in the Performing Arts
Patricia Bosworth’s The Men In My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art In 1950s Manhattan
From the acclaimed biographer of Montgomery Clift, Diane Arbus, Marlon Brando, and Jane Fonda comes a series of vivid confessions about her journey into womanhood, defying repressive 1950s conventions while being shaped by the notable men in her life. Born into privilege as the children of famous attorney Bartley Crum, Patricia and her younger brother Bart Jr. led charmed lives until their father defended the Hollywood Ten, destroying his career. The family suffered greater tragedy when Bart Jr…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, March 11
@ 2:30 p.m.
Silent Clowns Film Series
Silent Clowns Film Series: Hands Up
Silent films with live piano accompaniment by Ben Model... HANDS UP! (1926) Directed by Clarence Badger. Starring Raymond Griffith, Virginia Lee Corbin, and Marian Nixon. Raymond Griffith plays a confederate spy in a Civil War farce that features wartime intrigue, dual leading ladies, and a humorous Abraham Lincoln. Extra added attraction - Harry Langdon in the 1926 three-reel comedy SATURDAY AFTERNOON. Raymond Griffith
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, March 14
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, March 16
@ 6 p.m.
Inflections and Innuendos: A Persichetti Retrospective
The Library for the Performing Arts is the proud home of the Vincent Persichetti (1915–1987) archive. Join us for a Persichetti concert, featuring Infanta Marina for viola and piano and “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” for soprano and piano. Violist David Wallace and mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato perform with pianist/composer Larry Thomas Bell. Bell, a student of Persichetti, and musicologist Andrea Olmstead will speak about the composer’s music, teaching, and influence. Reserve…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, March 18
@ 2:30 p.m.
Con Brio Ensemble
The acclaimed Con Brio Ensemble(Alexander Meshibovsky, violin; Alan Hollander, oboe; Osceola Davis, soprano; and Diana Mittler-Battipaglia, piano) perform works by Richard Strauss, Dvorak, and others. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, March 20
@ 6 p.m.
LPA Cinema Series
Dangerous Liaisons
Dangerous Liaisons Directed by Stephen Frears, 1988 119 minutes Christopher Hampton's Olivier-winning and Tony-nominated play (which was adapted from Pierre Chloderos de Laclos' 1782 French epistolary novel) was filmed with an all-American cast, including John Malkovich and Glenn Close as the scheming Valmont and Marquise de Merteuil, and Michelle Pfeiffer as one of their victims. Winner of three Academy Awards and two BAFTAs, the British equivalent of the Oscar. 40 Years of London and New…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, March 21
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, March 23
@ 6 p.m.
Curtain Up Conversation: A Chorus Line Reunion
One of the most momentous works in modern theatre history started as an archiving project. In 1974 a group of “Gypsies” (Broadway dancers) gathered together along with choreographer/director Michael Bennet to record oral histories about their lives. By the summer of 1975 Marvin Hamlisch, Ed Kleban, James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante transformed these stories into a genre-redefining Broadway hit that would go on to be the first Olivier Award winning musical. Join us for a conversation with or…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, March 25
@ 2:30 p.m.
Bop: Manhattan Saxophone Quartet Performs Music by Contemporary Women
The versatile and adventurous Manhattan Saxophone Quartet joins the Library’s year-long celebration of pioneering women artists with concert of works by Katerina Kramarchuk, Joan Tower, Hilary Tann, Paule Maurice, Jennifer Higdon and others. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, March 27
@ 6 p.m.
SONGBOOK: Broadway’s Future
A concert of new music by Broadway composers and lyricists sung by Broadway vocalists, Presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul and directed by John Znidarsic. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not permitted. General admission seating.…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, March 28
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Wed, March 29
@ 1 p.m.
The Dance Historian Is In
The Dance Historian Is In: José Limón
We will screen selections from the work of modern dance pioneer, José Limón (1908-1972). Seating is first come, first served. Program subject to change. "Moor's pavane (Limon)" Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. 1957. Photo by Roger Wood.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Third Floor Screening RoomAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Businesspeople,
College & Graduate Students,
Teachers,
K-12 Educators,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults,
Teachers
Thu, March 30
@ 6 p.m.
David Gordon: Live Archiveography
Pick Up Performance Co(s) returns to The Library to preview David Gordon's new autobiographical performance work, during the final week of his Vincent Astor Gallery installation. The work is part of Gordon’s process chronicling his five-decade career in movement and theater art for the permanent collection in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division. It is evening of scripted storytelling, movement, conversation, and images. Experience an artist examining and interpreting his own past, as only an artis…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, April 1
@ 2:30 p.m.
Quynh Nguyen in Recital
Described by the Boston Globe as “a musical and expressive player” who is "sensitive and poetic," pianist Quynh Nguyen has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Nguyen returns to the Bruno Walter Auditorium for a program of intimate and expressive yet brilliant works by Chopin, Beethoven, and Messiaen. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to eac…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, April 3
@ 7 p.m.
Letters Home
Throughout the tumultuous years of the mid-20th century, Sylvia Plath's writing provided a voice for women everywhere, striving for equality and understanding. Today the legendary novelist, playwright, and screenwriter Rose Leiman Goldemberg continues to forge new pathways for women writers into the 21st century. As the Library celebrates the acquisition of the Goldemberg archive, witness two pioneering women writers collaborating across time with a staged reading featuring Kathleen Chalfant of…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, April 4
@ 7 p.m.
The Public Theater Mobile Unit Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, directed by Saheem Ali
The Public Theater Mobile Unit Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night Directed by Saheem Ali The Public’s Mobile Unit is a reinvention of Joseph Papp’s Mobile Shakespeare, which he began in 1957, evolving into the New York Shakespeare Festival and ultimately becoming The Public Theater. Joseph Papp, whose papers reside at The Library for the Performing Arts, had a simple idea—that Shakespeare belongs to everyone—and this idea remains at the heart of The Public Theater’s work to this day. The Library host…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, LPA CafeAdults
Thu, April 6
@ 6 p.m.
LPA Cinema Series
Closer
Closer Directed by Mike Nichols, 2004 104 minutes This film version of Patrick Marber's Olivier-winning, Tony-nominated play stars Julia Roberts, Jude Law, and Oscar nominees Clive Owen and Natalie Portman. 40 Years of London and New York Theatre on Film is presented in conjunction with Curtain Up: Celebrating the Last 40 Years of Theatre in New York and London. Photo credit: Photofest
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Fri, April 7
@ 7 p.m.
Stage Manager Confessional Part 3: Mobile Manager
For over 60 years The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit has delivered high-quality, professional theatre productions to every corner and for every community in our city. They’ve transformed prisons into fair Verona, libraries into Danish castles, parks into battlefields, and school cafeterias into mystic islands. Meet Geoff Boronda, veteran Mobile Unit stage manager. Enjoy his true tales from the road, and hear historic, hilarious, and inspiring “stage manager's daily reports” by Geoff's predecessors…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, LPA CafeAdults
Mon, April 10
@ 6 p.m.
Shakespeare in New York: Booth and Forrest
In 1849, the actor Edwin Forrest inspired a riot at Astor place over national pride in Shakespeare interpretation. In 1864, at the Winter Garden Theater, Edwin Booth redefined American Shakespeare with his "Hundred Night Hamlet." Throughout our city’s modern history, the 16th century English playwright William Shakespeare has found a home in New York City. The Shakespeare Society partners with the Library on an evening of Shakespeare recitation, expert commentary, and archival exploration, celeb…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, April 13
@ 6 p.m.
An Evening of Operatic Delights
An Evening of Operatic Delights Presented by Manhattan Opera Association The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not permitted. General admission seating. Call 212.642.0142 for more detailed information. All programs are subject to las…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, April 15
@ 2:30 p.m.
Quartet Correspondence: Mozart and Haydn
Two of the most beloved giants of Western music were not only dear friends but served as deep inspirations for one another. When Mozart arrived in Vienna in 1781, Haydn had very recently published his ground-breaking set of six quartets of Opus 33. Mozart, an admiring and studious teenager, learned all that he could from Haydn’s pioneering works. Four years later he was ready to publish his own set of six quartets, known as the Haydn Quartets. Haydn, deeply impressed, continued his masterful ou…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, April 17
@ 6 p.m.
LPA Cinema Series
Proof
Proof Directed by John Madden, 2005 101 minutes David Auburn's American play won a Tony on Broadway, and transferred to the West End, where Gwyneth Paltrow took over the lead role and won an Olivier nomination. She repeats her role as the troubled daughter of a recently deceased mathematical genius in the film version, which costars Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Hope Davis. 40 Years of London and New York Theatre on Film is presented in conjunction with Curtain Up: Celebrating the…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, April 20
@ 7 p.m.
Michael Holman’s Confessions of a Subculturalist
Celebrating the acquisition of The Library for the Performing Arts' first hip hop archive, musician, choreographer, and filmmaker Michael Holman presents a dramatized tour of his collection. With live storytelling and projected video/film scene-sequences, Holman will recount his personal history in the creation of hip hop culture. From the uptown throw downs, to downtown collaborations with Jean-Michel Basquiat and B-Boys, to the creation of the very first hip hop television show, Graffiti Ro…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, April 22
@ 2:30 p.m.
Dialogues: Elie Wiesel Playwright
Eli Wiesel, the Nobel Laureate writer, activist, and Auschwitz survivor, was one of our society’s most eloquent and powerful voices for peace and human rights. The National Jewish Theater Foundation-Holocaust Theater International Initiative helps us discover Wiesel the playwright and commemorate Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) with an afternoon program of Remembrance Readings from A Jew Today, including scenes, commentary, and conversation. The Library for the Performing Arts is prou…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, April 24
@ 6 p.m.
Songbook: Broadway's Future
A concert of new music by Broadway composers and lyricists sung by Broadway vocalists, Presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul and directed by John Znidarsic. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not permitted. General admission seating. Cal…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Wed, April 26
@ 1 p.m.
The Dance Historian Is In
The Dance Historian Is In: Merce Cunningham Lost and Found
Merce Cunningham Lost and Found Recently discovered recordings of work by Cunningham. Seating is first come, first served. Program subject to change.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Third Floor Screening RoomAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Businesspeople,
College & Graduate Students,
Teachers,
K-12 Educators,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults,
Teachers
Thu, April 27
@ 7 p.m.
ICE at the Library: Collecting Pauline Oliveros
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), described by The New York Times as “one of the most accomplished and adventurous groups in new music,” has premiered over 500 compositions, mostly by emerging composers, since its founding in 2001. To reshape the way that music is created and shared, ICE is striving to create a radically accessible online archive, where composers, performers, and audiences can discover new works and share their thoughts about how music is composed, performed, and…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, May 4
@ 6 p.m.
LPA Cinema Series
Sweeney Todd
Sweeney Todd Directed by Tim Burton, 2007 117 minutes Stephen Sondheim's musical masterpiece won Tonys and Olivier Awards, but it still took almost three decades for it to reach the big screen, courtesy of Grand Guignol maestro Tim Burton. Johnny Depp received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the murderous barber of the title, while Helena Bonham Carter plays Mrs. Lovett, baker of the worst pies in London. 40 Years of London and New York Theatre on Film is presented in conjunction…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, May 15
@ 6 p.m.
LPA Cinema Series
Frost/Nixon
Frost/Nixon Directed by Ron Howard, 2008 123 minutes Frank Langella reprises his Olivier-nominated, Tony-winning role as former American President Richard Nixon, and Michael Sheen plays British interviewer David Frost in this adaptation by Peter Morgan of his play. 40 Years of London and New York Theatre on Film is presented in conjunction with Curtain Up: Celebrating the Last 40 Years of Theatre in New York and London. Photo credit: Photofest
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, May 18
@ 2:30 p.m.
Con Brio Ensemble
The acclaimed Con Brio Ensemble (Alexander Meshibovsky, violin, Alan Hollander, oboe, Osceola Davis, soprano, and Diana Mittler-Battipaglia, piano) perform works by Richard Strauss, Dvorak and others. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is n…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Wed, May 31
@ 1 p.m.
The Dance Historian Is In
Dance Historian Is In: Frederick Ashton
A film of the Frederick Ashton retrospective program performed at Covent Garden in 1970. Seating is first come, first served. Program subject to change.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Third Floor Screening RoomAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Businesspeople,
College & Graduate Students,
Teachers,
K-12 Educators,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults,
Teachers
Thu, June 1
@ 6 p.m.
LPA Cinema Series
Once
Once Directed by John Carney 2007, 85 minutes The Irish film that inspired the Tony-winning, Olivier-nominated stage musical stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, who also composed the score (including Oscar-winning song “Falling Slowly”). 40 Years of London and New York Theatre on Film is presented in conjunction with Curtain Up: Celebrating the Last 40 Years of Theatre in New York and London. Photo credit: Photofest
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, June 19
@ 6 p.m.
LPA Cinema Series
Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots Directed by Julian Jarrold 2005, 107 minutes Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the drag queen who designs the title footwear in this British film, which inspired the Tony and Olivier Award-winning American musical. Joel Edgerton costars as the straight owner of the shoe factory. Series presented in conjunction with the exhibition Curtain Up: Celebrating the Last 40 Years of Theatre in New York and London. Photo credit: Photofest
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Wed, June 28
@ 1 p.m.
The Dance Historian Is In
Dance Historian Is In: A Folk Tale
A recording of this August Bournonville masterpiece, created for the Royal Danish Ballet in 1854. Seating is first come, first served. Program subject to change.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Third Floor Screening RoomAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Businesspeople,
College & Graduate Students,
Teachers,
K-12 Educators,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults,
Teachers

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