Walter’s World: Weekend Picks Saturday January 25, 2014 (with video)

January 25, 2014

By Walter Rutledge

The snow and cold weather have not slowed down the red hot New York arts scene. This weekend there is dance in Chelsea and Midtown, and art in Harlem. While one of the most venerable talent shows begins it’s 80th year in the place, “Where Stars Are Born And Legends Are Made”. Here are a few of the events happening around the city and in our community.


BalaSole Dance Company will present IDIOM on Saturday, January 25, 8pm and Sunday, January 26, 5pm at the Ailey Citicorp Theater, The Joan Weill Center for Dance, 405 West 55th Street. Roberto Villanueva, Executive and Artistic Director and Founder of BalaSole Dance Company, presents the 12th concert season of BalaSole in “IDIOMS,” a new program of ten dancer/choreographers in a broad range of dance styles, music choices and artistic voices. The concert will present works by Paulina Bracone, Caroline Brethenoux, Jonathan Breton,Trashina Conner, Marion Helfenstein, Hunter Frederick Houde, Christen Quattlebaum, Tracy Singer, Roberto Villanueva and Marina Yuri. Tickets are $25 (general admission) and $18 for students & seniors. For reservations call 212.868.4444 or visit 


Parsons Dance concludes their two-week season at the Joyce Theatre on Sunday January 26. The season celebrates the company’s 30th anniversary with a  program that includes the world premiere of David Parsons’ The Introduction set to a new score by renowned cellist and composer Rubin Kodheli. The season also includes Nascimento Novo, with music by South American legend Milton Nascimento, former company member Robert Battle’s The Hunt and Parson’s stroboscopic masterwork Caught. In addition, there are four family friendly matinees (Program B) that include an opportunity for audience members to meet the dancers.

Program A: The Introduction, Brothers, The Hunt, Kind of Blue, Caught, Nascimento Novo; Jan 25 at 8pm; Jan 26 at 6pm.

Program B: The Introduction, Brothers, Kind of Blue, The Envelope, Caught, Nascimento Novo: Jan 25 at 2pm; Jan 26 at 1pm. Tickets start at $10(call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets) all other tickets can be purchased online at

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The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street, will offer a new series of book club discussions beginning, Sunday, January 26 at 4pm will be moderated by prominent artists, scholars, and bloggers interested in science fiction and speculative literature. The series will honor the major group exhibition The Shadows Took Shape, and the discussion entitled The Shadows Took Shape Book Club Samuel R. Delany: Nova, delves into the book’s themes. Artist Wayne Hodge will be lead the first book discussion. To RSVP visit


Rennie Harris Puremovement will present a one-week program at the Joyce Theater beginning Tuesday, January 28 thru Sunday, February 2. The Joyce engagement takes a look back at some of Harris’s most important and compelling works. Program highlights are an excerpt from the multi-award winning Rome and Jewels and P-Funk, which begins happily with four dancers b-boying, locking, and popping, before descending into darkness. Additions works include Students of the Asphalt Jungle and March of the Antmen. Rennie Harris Puremovement has been thrilling audiences since 1992 Philadelphia based Harris founded the company on the belief that hip-hop was the most important original expression of a new generation. For tickets visit


Amateur Night at the Apollo opens its 2014 season Wednesday January 29, 7:30pm. The season opening night begins the of 80th season of Amateur Night and the 80th anniversary Apollo Theater. Rapper Doug E. Fresh will be the special guest for a brand new line-up of contestants who compete for the chance to perform during the March 5 Show Off and move on to Top Dog on May 21

Amateur Night at the Apollo is hosted by the comedian Capone and feature resident executioner and master impressionist C.P. Lacey, who sweeps bad talent off the stage. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess. Tickets are $20, $26, $32 and can be purchased
 at the Apollo Theater Box Office, 
at  Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000, or 
online at For Groups Call (212) 531-5355.

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