arts 06.1.06

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out of town…Next month, the NY Philharmonic will inaugurate the new Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which is located on the site of the original Woodstock in Bethel, NY. Opening night is July 1st, 7pm, and the Phil will perform exactly what you'd want them to under these circumstances: Gershwin, Borodin, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky (the 1812). But wait there's more! Lang Lang is the one at the keyboard for the Rachmaninoff piece, Audra McDonald will sing, Bramwell Tovey conducts. Fireworks? Grucci. Should be quite a show. Top price is $55, $20 for the lawn.

movie…Florian Habicht is someone to watch. He's the writer and director of the distinctly un-Hollywood Woodenhead, a new wave Grimm Brothers tale from New Zealand, which plays the Quad from June 2-15. Definitely not for kids.

off-broadway…One of the most promising shows in a long patch is the new musical Spring Awakening, currently in previews at the Atlantic Theater. Based on a Wedekind play, it has music by Duncan Sheik, book and lyrics by Steven Sater, it's choreographed by Bill T. Jones, and directed by Michael Mayer. Quite a pedigree, and the early buzz has been enthusiastic.

books…For those who've gone into beach-reading mode comes Thriller, a collection of stories from many of the top thriller authors currently working, 32 writers in all, including Lee Child, Eric Van Lustbader, Christopher Reich, and Raelynn Hillhouse.

kidsDan Zanes, the musician popular with kids (and their parents), plays this Saturday, 11am, at Hanson Place Church, 88 Hanson Pl [Sportland] Bklyn 866.465.7619, a benefit for Develop — Don't Destroy Brooklyn, $15 for adults, $13 for kids 13 and under.

learning…At Studio on the Square, 32 Union Sq. E. [15th/16th] 917.412.4134, classes in book arts, printing, and printmaking run all through summer, including Collage Workshop, Intro to Letterpress, and Block Printing Linocut.

rockThe Solace Bros. from Tucson bring their shaggy, quirky, crowd-pleasing act to NorthSix, 66 N. 6th [Kent/Wythe] Bklyn 718.599.5103, this Sunday, 9pm, $10. Listen to samples here.

exhibition… Folklorist, musicologist, and theorist Alan Lomax was an important part of this country's musical heritage. He amassed a large collection of recorded folk music, interviewed the musicians who made the music, and helped bring recognition and respect to folk music traditions. Opening tomorrow night at Brooklyn Fire Proof, 101 Richardson [Leonard/Manhattan] 718.302.4702, 7pm, is a retrospective of the man and his work. It will run through August 6th, and between now and then the gallery will host a series of folk performances.
Governors Island
Fridays and Saturdays through Labor Day, you can visit GI, and there are all kinds of programs and activities planned. More info here.

From a Reader:
I love all of Joe's pictures, but the picture labeled Bklyn/Queens Expressway wasincorrect. It is actually the entrance onto the Gowanus Expressway going southwest.

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