By Roger Costa
@The American Museum of Natural History
Family-friendly, eco-friendly and full of admirable natural galleries, The American Museum of Natural History (200 Central Park West, 80th Street) has finally re-opened its doors for the public offering grand tours throughout its installations. Most of the Museum’s permanent halls are open to the public, including galleries that contain such beloved icons as the Blue Whale, the Titanosaur, and T. rex and other fossils, as well as two special exhibitions, The Nature of Color and T. rex: The Ultimate Predator, and a giant screen film “Volcanoes”. The Museum will be open to the public Wednesday-Sunday, from 10 am to 5:30 pm, and attendance will be limited in the building to 25 percent of normal visitation to allow ample room for physical distancing. Go to https://www.amnh.org/ for tickets reservation and details.
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, continues to offer a great line-up of programs to be enjoyed virtually. From the comfort and safety of your own homes and with the convenience and ease of Zoom, patrons can unique never before seen performances. NJPAC presents Justin Willman from “Magic for Humans” on Netflix on Saturday, September 12, 2020 for two virtual performances at 7PM & 10PM. Known for his creative stunts and illusions that fill audiences with wonder and laughter, Justin is bringing his humorous and heartfelt style of street magic right to your living room. This interactive show features magic, comedy, and unexpected surprises via Zoom, for one incredible hour that’s sure to delight everyone in your family.
Each ticket allows viewing on one device, patrons can enjoy the show solo or share the fun with friends and family. During the performance, Justin will see, hear, and interact with the audience in real-time, making this a truly unique experience! Go to https://www.njpac.org/event/justin-willman-magic-for-humans/ for tickets and details.
@Lydia Johnson Dance
The celebrated dance company Lydia Johnson Dance, will be performing a live show outdoor on Saturday in Maplewood, New Jersey. The company will present a live performance of the closing section of Johnson’s ballet “Clearing,” set to music by Philip Glass. The Company is partnering with Ana De Archuleta, Director of Maplewood Arts and Culture for this unique presentation.
“Clearing,” concludes with a section for women which juxtaposes increasingly emotional gestures with poses traditionally deemed feminine and glamorous. The piece will be modified for this special occasion, as the dancers will be performing on the street and distanced from one another.
The outdoor performance will take place Saturday, September 12, 6 PM, in Maplewood Village NJ at the intersection of Highland Street and Maplewood Avenue, near the outdoor dining area. Masks and social distancing are required. Dancers: Laura Di Orio, Katie Martin-Lohiya, MinSeon Kim, Amanda Egan, Catherine Gurr, Emily Sarkissian, and Lauren Stucko.
Free admission, Call For information: 929.222.3973 or Go to https://www.lydiajohnsondance.org/ for details.
@The New Museum
The New Museum (235 Bowery) will reopen to the public on September 15, 2020, following a six-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To celebrate the reopening, admission will be free to all visitors, through Sunday, September 27.
Upon reopening, the Museum will resume its normal days and hours of operation, though admission will be through timed ticketing and visitorship will be limited to less than 25% of capacity. Visitors will be delighted to experience the acclaimed exhibitions: the iconoclastic paintings of “Peter Saul: Crime and Punishment,” the first solo New York exhibition of the artist “Jordan Casteel: Within Reach,” and the luxurious sculptures of “Daiga Grantina: What Eats Around Itself.” Go to https://www.newmuseum.org/ for tickets, Museum hours and details.