Must-See Free Events at Lincoln Center in May
Treat yourself to a free event at Lincoln Center. See the calendar for a list of all upcoming events.
Through May 21
Young Music Makers 2018 on the Josie Roberston Plaza
Each spring for more than two decades, schools from throughout the U.S. present their bands, jazz ensembles, choirs, choruses, and orchestras on Lincoln Center's outdoor plazas as part of Lincoln Center's Young Music Makers series. Performances by the school groups are free to the public and usually occur around lunchtime, when the plazas are crowded with visitors and Lincoln Center neighbors.
Imarhan at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Led by Sadam, the youngest member of the trailblazing band Tinariwen, Imarhan is one of the best emerging Tuareg bands in Algeria. Reflecting both the members' cultural and generational background, the band's dry guitar riffs, pop melodies, and pan-African rhythms draw on traditional Tuareg music, African ballads, and the modern pop and rock music they heard growing up. The band's "ear-opening" debut album (Guardian, U.K.) set out to dismantle preconceived notions about Tuareg music. This new wave of Tuareg musicians finds a calm and passionate soul in sumptuous slow burners, and compositions of uncommon complexity.
Related Article: Playlist: Tuareg Guitar Revoluion
Presented in collaboration with the World Music Institute
VICE Media Watch & Learn at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Get a fresh perspective on today’s most pressing issues at a special screening and talk-back with some of the great minds behind VICE.
Thornetta Davis at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Detroit's Queen of the Blues brings her powerful voice, tight band, and electrifying live show to New York City. A major force in the Detroit music scene since the mid-1980s, she has won a total of 30 Detroit Music Awards; been inducted into the Detroit Music Hall of Fame; opened for B.B. King, Ray Charles, Etta James, and Bonnie Raitt (to name just a few); and performed alongside Kid Rock and Bob Seger.
Related Article: Thornetta Davis: Honest Woman
The History of the World in 100 Performances with Adam Gopnik: The Infamous Premiere of The Rite of Spring at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Pagan sacrifice! Dissonance! A riot! The premiere of Igor Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring by Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes on May 29, 1913, is perhaps the most famous onstage scandal in the history of the performing arts. Was the riot spontaneous or a planned anti-Russian protest? Were people arrested? Was someone actually challenged to a duel? Discover the true story behind the mythical performance with New Yorker writer and host Adam Gopnik and special guests, including dancer and the Founder/Director of The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU Jennifer Homans.
Voices of a People's History of the United States at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Voices seeks to educate and inspire a new generation working for social justice. This free performance marks the culmination of a yearlong project with New York City students at the Maxine Greene High School for Imaginative Inquiry, a New York City public school located at the Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Campus, cofounded by Lincoln Center Education. After studying the speeches, letters, and songs of the brave people who inspired Howard Zinn's seminal work, A People's History of the United States, the students will perform their selections along with actors Brian Jones and Susan Pourfar and special musical guests Celisse Henderson and Falu Shah.
LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium: Doll-E 1.0 by Shanda McCloskey at the David Rubenstein Atrium When a tech-savvy girl is given a doll, she programs it into the perfect friend in this debut novel from visual artist and author Shanda McCloskey. AGES 2–5 Connect to the Facebook event page for extra insights on this program. Presented in collaboration with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
¡VAYA! 63: Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Selected as the "Best Cuban Band" by New York Latin Magazine in 2017 and "Best Band in Manhattan" by WNYC in 2017, the explosive Los Habaneros are a force to behold onstage—and for tonight’s party, on the dance floor. Mixing musical styles from their home in Cuba with the diversity of sounds they encountered when they made New York City their home, Los Habaneros transcend traditional musical genres to create a real fusion that provokes fans into hip-shaking abandon. The band is made up of a young generation of Havana-trained musicians, including director and singer Gerardo Contino, artistic director and pianist Axel Tosca Laugart, and percussionist Yusnier Sanchez Bustamante. The band's first album, Somos Latinos (2013), was released to very high critical acclaim. It was produced by Latin Grammy-nominated Luisito Quintero, and included five-time Grammy Award–winning bassist John Benitez. Their second album, Los Habaneros, will be released in 2018.
Related Playlist: Nostalgia Cubana
Telling Care Café: Veterans' Journeys Home at the David Rubenstein Atrium
What does it mean to come home after military service? Does military service and war change the idea of home forever? This storytelling event presents a poignant exploration of these and other questions that resonate with many veterans. In addition to a talk by Dr. Max Rayneard, co-creator of The Telling Project, veterans share their military experiences—whether in Vietnam, Iraq, or on the home front—and how their service continues to shape them. The discussions will include issues ranging from mental health to raising families to finding one's purpose.
Zeshan B at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Tempestuous soul arias, urban love dramas, Memphis blues, and civil rights anthems are interpreted with an Indo-Pakistani feel during this evening of music by Zeshan B. Born to Muslim Indian immigrants in Chicago, Zeshan uses his powerful voice—singing in English, Urdu, and Punjabi—to tell tales of instability, ambiguity, loss, injustice, unrequited love, urban despair, and youthful ecstasy. His debut album Vetted, produced by legendary soul arranger Lester Snell and recorded in Memphis with a wrecking crew of Stax Records sidemen, was released in 2017. He has opened for Mos Def, A Tribe Called Quest, and Rakim, and performed at venues across the world, including the White House at the invitation of President Obama.
Related Article: Unapologetically Zeshan