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Mon, May 1
@ 5 p.m.
78rpm Film Screening
Please join filmmaker Joel Schlemowitz for a screening of his recent documentary ode to the 78rpm record. Schlemowitz's visually stunning filmic celebration of a beloved audio format brings together performers, collectors, and even a member of the NYPL staff! A Q&A with the filmmaker and the curator of the NYPL's Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, Jonathan Hiam will follow the screening. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:45, but come early or plan…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Third Floor Screening RoomAdults
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
Sat, May 6
@ 2:30 p.m.
Brahms Encounters: Master Work
New York Classical Players continue their series of engaging concerts inspired by the Library’s collection of Johannes Brahms manuscripts. See Brahms’ hand-written Variations on a Theme by Paganini, then hear the work performed, along with the virtuosic violin solo that inspired Brahms’ composition. Join in a mid-concert conversation with the performers, before hearing Brahms’ chamber music masterwork, the Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to o…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, May 8
@ 6 p.m.
Postponed
Curtain Up Conversation: Harold Prince
This event was been postponed to May 10, 7 PM. We apologize for any inconvenience. More information HERE.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, May 8
@ 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 Roc…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, May 9
@ 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, May 10
@ 7 p.m.
Curtain Up Conversation: Harold Prince
Multiple Tony and Olivier award-winning producer and director Harold Prince is a theatre legend. His brilliant influence can be seen again and again in shows featured in the Library’s Curtain Up exhibition. What better way to really understand Prince’s continuing impact on history than to speak with the legend himself? Join us for Ted Chapin's interview with Harold Prince, illustrated by rare artifacts from the Library’s Harold Prince archive. Reserve your general admission seat HERE starting A…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, May 11
@ 6 p.m.
The Heart and Soul of the Piano
Pianist Michael Sellers plays works by Beethoven, Schumann, Barber, Chopin, Piazzolla, and Ravel. 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…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Fri, May 12
@ 7 p.m.
Library Listen Fest 2017: Grooves and Bits
A showcase of the Library's most historic and noteworthy recorded sound artifacts... The Library's Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound are the second largest sound collection in America. Captured on disks, tapes, and hard drives, a vast universe of sound is safely stored in stacks deep underneath the Lincoln Center campus. To raise awareness for these treasured, vulnerable recordings, the Library presents a festival of casual, café listening events. Reserve your general…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, LPA CafeAdults
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
Tue, May 16
@ 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, May 18
@ 6 p.m.
“At Least I Galloped”: A Tribute to Sir Peter Shaffer
Lecture by Alan Pally with Video Excerpts Sir Peter Shaffer, the author of Equus and Amadeus, worked for The New York Public Library in the early 1950s. Fifty years later, he appeared in four Performing Arts Library public programs. Alan Pally, who produced those programs, will talk about his work with the playwright and show rarely seen footage of Sir Peter and his work. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. A…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, May 20
@ 2:30 p.m.
Music for World Peace
“Creativity is the hardest work there is” — John F. Kennedy Millennium Chamber Symphony celebrates the President John F. Kennedy centennial and pays tribute to the artistic leadership of the Kennedy White House, which encouraged Americans to explore and enjoy music in its many forms on a scale larger than any presidency had done before. In doing so, they hoped to focus national attention on the role of the arts in America and encourage the development of Washington as a cultural center. Y…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, May 22
@ 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
Thu, May 25
@ 6 p.m.
Radical Dance Artists in the 60s and the 80s: A Conversation with Yvonne Rainer and Lucy Sexton
To mark the opening of the exhibition Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955–1972, Yvonne Rainer and Lucy Sexton come to the Library to discuss their careers in dance. In the 1960s, Rainer was a leader in the dance avant-garde through the rule-breaking collaborative, Judson Dance Theater. In the 1980s, DANCENOISE, Lucy Sexton’s performance art duo with Anne Iobst, rocked the New York club scene with transgressive, socially conscious acts of…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, May 30
@ 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, 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 5
@ 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, June 6
@ 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, June 8
@ 6 p.m.
Let’s Go On With the Show
Harwood Management Vocal Artists celebrate Broadway. 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 last minute change or cancellati…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, June 12
@ 2:30 p.m.
Jacqueline Jonée presents A Date with Liberace
Jacqueline Jonée, the world's première concert pianist drag diva, presents an up close and personal screening of her 2009 HD video biography that brings to the concert stage Liberace’s life, from his humble beginnings in smalltown Wisconsin, to his rise as TV’s first matinée idol, to his conquest of the recording industry and to the stages of Carnegie Hall, Las Vegas, and Radio City Music Hall, and his comeback after being denied work due to accusations of homosexuality during the McCarthy era…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, June 12
@ 6 p.m.
Jacqueline Jonée presents A Date with Liberace
Jacqueline Jonée, the world's première concert pianist drag diva, presents an up close and personal screening of her 2009 HD video biography that brings to the concert stage Liberace’s life, from his humble beginnings in smalltown Wisconsin, to his rise as TV’s first matinée idol, to his conquest of the recording industry and to the stages of Carnegie Hall, Las Vegas, and Radio City Music Hall, and his comeback after being denied work due to accusations of homosexuality during the McCarthy era…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, June 13
@ 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
Sat, June 17
@ 2:30 p.m.
Explorations in Jewish Music: Jewish Thematic Influences in Classical Clarinet Literature
Clarinetist Gary Dranch and friends perform works by Alexander Krein, Daniel Wolff, Sergei Prokofiev and Samuel Gardner. Artists include: Gary Dranch, clarinet, Andrew Pak, violin 1, Wen Chang-lit, Violin 2, Cindy Landy, viola, Courtney Kaita, cello, Harrison Dilthey, contrabass, and Stan Sisskin, piano. 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 t…
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
Tue, June 20
@ 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
Tue, June 27
@ 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, 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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