Walter’s World: Weekend Picks February 1, 2014 (video)

By Walter Rutledge

roj_rodriguez3_(2)This weekend there is high-flying dance all over the city. In chelsea Hip-Hop rules! And on the west side dance defies gravity and showcases the new and emerging. While free art classes and museum tours for young people take place in Harlem. Here are a few of the many arts related event happening around the city and in our community.

Rennie Harris Puremovement will conclude their a one-week program at the Joyce Theater on 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 joyce.org.

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The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street, will offer Target Free Sundays Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1pm; Gallery Tour: Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, an interactive and informative tour led by a knowledgeable museum educator. The tour will provide a critical history beginning with Fluxus and Conceptual art in the early 1960s through present-day practices. Radical Presence chronicles the emergence and development of black performance art over three generations, presenting a rich and complex look at this important facet of contemporary art.

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At 2pm Books & Authors, Kids! Farmer Will Alien and the Growing Table, an enlightening and engaging reading by illustrator Eric-Shabazz Larkin. Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table tells the story of Will Allen, an extraordinary farmer. A former basketball star, he’s as tall as his truck, and he can hold a cabbage, or a basketball, in one hand. When he looked at an abandoned city lot he saw a huge table, big enough to feed the whole world. The interactive story time with Mr. Larkin is followed by an art-making session and a book-signing. To participate in gallery tours and Hands On activities, RSVP at http://www.studiomuseum.org.

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The final performance of Dzul Dance will take place on February 1, 8pm at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue (entrance on 25th Street). Dzul Dance, a company of dancers and aerialists, will present “Mexico Maya,” a journey through the rich history of Maya and Mexico into contemporary western culture, created earlier in 2013 by artistic director Javier Dzul to celebrate the Company’s 10th Anniversary.   The 13-member company’s credits include the Martha Graham Dance Company, Cirque du Soleil, Ailey Repertory Ensemble, Dance Theater of Harlem, and Buglisi Dance Theater. Tickets are $25 and for reservations call (646) 312- 5073.

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“Soaking  WET”, A Series of Choreographic Evenings Produced by David Parker and Jeffrey Kazin with Guest Curator Valerie Gladstone will take place on Saturday, February 1, 7 PM & 8:30 PM and Sunday,February 2, 2 PM & 4 PM at the West End Theater, 263 West End Avenue (entrance on 86th Street). The popular dance series, “Soaking WET,” returns to the West End Theater with choreography and performances by both veteran and emerging dance artists: Tze Chun, Aviva Geismar, Erin Gottwald & John Carrafa, Sara Du Jour, Heidi Latsky Dance, Khaleah London, Ben Munisteri & Angela Maffia, and Silva Dance Company. Tickets are $20; $15 for artists and for reservations call 212.337.9565 or www.thebanggroup.com/wet.php

As Always thanks you for letter me share my world with you.

In Photo: 1) Cornelius Brown 2) Dzul Dance: 3 and 4) Roj Rodriguez.

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