SIX AND THE CITY

THIS SPRING BRINGS WITH IT HALF-A-DOZEN CAN’T-MISS EVENTS FROM BROOK­LYN TO BROAD­WAY!

Gotham - - Contents - BY SUZANNE CHARLÉ & OUSSAMA ZAHR

This spring brings with it half-adozen can’t-miss events from Brook­lyn to Broad­way!

1. CHERRY BLOS­SOM FES­TI­VAL AT BROOK­LYN BOTANIC GAR­DEN

Brook­lyn Botanic Gar­den turns pink—all shades of it—dur­ing cherry blos­som sea­son, and Ja­panese cul­ture even has a name, hanami, for en­joy­ing the fleet­ing mo­ments that these gor­geous flow­ers are in bloom. in keep­ing with the spirit of such close ob­ser­va­tion, the gar­den’s cherry Watch web page tracks the bloom dates for its 200 trees, and sakura Mat­suri, the an­nual cherry blos­som fes­ti­val, of­fers more than 60 events and per­for­mances. April 29–30 at 990 Wash­ing­ton Ave., Brook­lyn, 718-623-7200; bbg.org

2. MARISA MERZ AT THE MET BREUER

the sole woman in italy’s arte Povera move­ment from the 1960s, Merz breaks down bar­ri­ers be­tween pub­lic and pri­vate space, of­ten us­ing non­tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als (cop­per wire, knit­ting nee­dles, a stool). look for her mid-ca­reer in­stal­la­tions, at once in­ti­mate and mas­sive. the most ex­quis­ite thing about her work, sug­gests ian al­teveer,

who cu­rated the ex­hi­bi­tion with con­nie But­ler, “is that it has no end in sight.” “Marisa Merz: the sky is a Great space” runs through May 7 at 945 Madi­son Ave., 212-7311675; met­mu­seum.org.

3. WAR PAINT ON BROAD­WAY

the­ater ti­tans Patti lupone and chris­tine Eber­sole go head-to-head in this mu­si­cal drama­ti­za­tion of the ri­valry be­tween two cos­meticin­dus­try pow­er­houses. “Helena ru­bin­stein and El­iz­a­beth ar­den were per­fect opposites,” says War Paint di­rec­tor Michael Greif, “and the mu­si­cal’s score ex­ploits the distinct na­tures of Patti’s leg­endary belt and chris­tine’s crys­talline so­prano.” Broad­way fans will be queue­ing up for the song-to-song com­bat as lupone’s ru­bin­stein and Eber­sole’s ar­den pow­der up for bat­tle. Pre­views be­gin March 7, Ned­er­lan­der Theatre, 208 W. 41st St., 877-250-2929; warpaint mu­si­cal.com

4. WHITNEY BIENNIAL 2017

the sev­enty-eighth edi­tion of the Biennial is the largest ever, and the range of art—from paint­ing to video game de­sign, in­stal­la­tion to per­for­mance—is as di­verse as the mak­ers. cu­ra­tors christo­pher y. lew and Mia locks check off the the­matic threads: some works, they say, “re­flect the tur­bu­lence and spe­cific so­cial strug­gles of our present mo­ment. While oth­ers model ways of com­ing to­gether in the face of a di­vi­sive po­lit­i­cal land­scape.” Through June 11 at 99 Gan­sevoort St., 212-570-3600; whitney.org

5. DER ROSENKAVALIER AT THE METROPOLITAN OPERA

renée Flem­ing didn’t be­come the first lady of amer­i­can opera by ac­ci­dent. she only brings her finest roles to the Met, and the Marschallin in richard strauss’s gor­geous drama is ar­guably her best. the work shows off the sump­tu­ous­ness of her sound and the lyri­cism of her phras­ing even at this late stage in her ca­reer. the com­pany is sur­round­ing its su­per­star so­prano with top tal­ent for this new pro­duc­tion—con­duc­tor James levine, di­rec­tor robert carsen, and costar Elina Garancˇa. April 13 to May 13, Lin­coln Cen­ter, 212362-6000; met­opera.org

6. MAG­NIF­I­CENT JEW­ELS AT CHRISTIE’S AND SOTHEBY’S

new york’s two top auc­tion houses put on daz­zling dis­plays of gallery-wor­thy gems. (last year, christie’s set a world auc­tion record when it sold the 14.6-carat op­pen­heimer Blue for $57.5 mil­lion!) rahul kadakia, christie’s in­ter­na­tional head of jew­elry, says they will of­fer “highly sought-af­ter signed jew­els, im­por­tant di­a­monds… across all price points,” in­clud­ing a di­a­mond bracelet by Harry Win­ston (es­ti­mate $200,000-$300,000). April 25 at Sotheby’s, 1334 York Ave., 212-606-7000; sothe­bys.com; April 26 at Christie’s, 20 Rock­e­feller Plaza, 212-636-2000; christies.com

In bloom: The Cherry Blos­som Fes­ti­val at Brook­lyn Botanic Gar­den is surely one of the most beau­ti­ful signs that spring has ar­rived.

Heav­enly pair: The Met’s Der Rosenkavalier stars Renée Flem­ing (seated) as the Marschallin and Elina Garancła in the trouser role of Oc­ta­vian.

Christie’s Mag­nif­i­cent -ewels auc­tion will in­clude this di­a­mond bracelet by Harry Win­ston val­ued be­tween Ŋ . 1ew looks: Two con­tem­po­rary art e[hi­bi­tions are tak­ing the city by storm. left: -o Baer’s Dusk (Bands and End-points) comes to the Whitney Bi­enni

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