Tomorrow in Times Square, Little Amal Walks NYC — one of the largest public arts festivals in the city’s history, with 55 events over the course of 17 days (Sept. 14 – Oct. 2) — will gather Broadway stars and 200 students from NYC public schools as they celebrate Amal’s arrival to NYC.
Join us at Father Duffy Square at 11AM (media call-time: 10:30AM), where Amal will be greeted with an exciting musical performance of Broadway favorites, underneath the bright lights of Times Square. Playwright/director Amir Nizar Zuabi serves as Artistic Director of The Walk Productions, and Yazmany Arboleda, New York City’s first “People’s Artist” and the Creative Producer of the New York visit will attend all events. Interviews are available upon request.
Little Amal is a 12-foot puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee. Amal comes to NYC after completing a 5,000-mile trek across Europe, during which she met with His Holiness Pope Francis. Little Amal has traveled to 12 countries, including most recently Ukraine. She will be welcomed by NYC in a joyful festival created by the city’s artists, civic leaders and government agencies – a three-week celebration of our shared humanity. Little Amal Walks NYC is produced by St Ann’s Warehouse and The Walk Productions.
Yesterday, Amal visited the New York Public Library, where she was warmly welcomed by New York families and artists from New Victory LabWorks with an uplifting performance featuring dance, kites, and specially-created puppets.
TerrorVision Opens To Scare You More Than New York Ever Could
Last night TerrorVision – Live Screaming Your Nightmares, an immersive haunted house flickers to life at Horrorwood Studios, 300 West 43rd. Expect to scream as you go behind the filming of the upcoming TerrorVision Halloween episode. Things go terribly awry, the screen shatters and guests are suddenly cast as the unwitting new star, as gruesome creatures seek to attack around every corner. Snow, wind, giant creatures and special effects will invade your senses. Over 140 actors inhabit the world of TerrorVision, which is over 20,000 square of darkened hallways, haunted rooms, passageways and fright, making it one of the largest theatrical experiences in New York City.
In 2022, TERROR premiered their first horror endeavor, NYC’s largest haunted house, ‘BEDLAM’, in the former Ripley’s Believe it or Not on West 42nd Street, selling more than 20,000 tickets and running for 19 days.
The team behind TerrorVision has designed for the some of the largest horror experiences in the industry, ranging from theme parks to Broadway productions, and large immersive events in NYC and in Europe. Co-artistic directors Will Munro and Katie McGeoch have spent more than two decades as the heads of Six Flags’ Fright Fest.
Tickets, begin at $39, are available at www.facetheterror.com, with early bird pricing available until September 19.
The cool part is you can choose your level of Terror: General Admission – This is the standard level of scary, heart pounding fun. “Chicken” ticket – This allows guests to wear a special amulet to become “invisible” to the monsters. This is perfect for those who do not want to be touched by the ghouls, though still get some residual scares. And the Ultimate Terror – Suited for the most brave guests only, this upgrade will ensure you’re targeted throughout the experience. Bring a change of underwear, you’re going to need it.
The Metropolitan Opera Coming To Times Square
On September 26, 2023 from 6:oo PM – 9:25 PM a 17-year tradition continues as the Metropolitan Opera once again partners with the Times Square Alliance to simulcast its season-opening opera, Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, live for free on the iconic screens of Times Square.
American composer Jake Heggie’s masterpiece, the most widely performed new opera of the last 20 years, has its highly anticipated Met premiere, in a haunting new production by Ivo van Hove. Based on Sister Helen Prejean’s memoir about her fight for the soul of a condemned murderer, Dead Man Walking matches the high drama of its subject with Heggie’s beautiful and poignant music and a brilliant libretto by Terrence McNally. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium for this landmark premiere, with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato starring as Sister Helen. The outstanding cast also features bass-baritone Ryan McKinny as the death-row inmate Joseph De Rocher, soprano Latonia Moore as Sister Rose, and legendary mezzo-soprano Susan Graham—who sang Helen Prejean in the opera’s 2000 premiere—as De Rocher’s mother.
Attendance is free, and no tickets are required. Free seating is available on Duffy Square and the Broadway Plazas between 43rd and 44th Streets and 46th and 47th Streets, respectively.
Konark Sun Temple Comes To Times Square
Celebrating India’s 77th Independence Day August 15, a stone art inspired by The Konark Sun Temple was put on displayed in Times Square. The piece was made by Amaresh Chandra Bindhani and team from Odisha, India and is available to see at 44th Street and Broadway until August 22.
The artwork shows 24 wheels of the Konark Sun Temple, giving a glimpse of the rich Indian heritage and an opportunity to Americans to get an idea of the temple’s architecture. Made of sandstone and was unveiled by Indian celebrity chef Vikas Khanna on Tuesday.
Afterwards it will be installed at Vikas Khanna’s upcoming flagship restaurant in 2024.
Get Ready A Pop Up Tennis Court Is Coming To Times Square
A pop-up outdoor tennis court is coming to Times Square on Thursday, August 24, in celebration of the U.S. Open tennis tournament.
Waterdrop, the microdrinks that offer a healthy alternative and are made from real plant and fruit extracts, is bringing the the tennis court coming to Times Square. They will also provide a “hydration station,” which will be filled with an array of complementary “Microdrink” beverages (a flavored cube tablet) from the brand. Everyone who recycles on the court will receive a free waterdrop drink. In total, waterdrop has saved up to 30 million plastic water bottles and can be found in 3000+ stores.
Tennis players of all levels are invited to play and ready for this the game is free. Tennis racquets and balls will be provided, which runs from 1pm to 8pm.
Participation is first come, first served, with no sign-ups required.
Keep your eye open to catch some surprise celebrity athlete appearances.
Midnight Moment For September Shahzia Sikander’s Reckoning
On Thursday, September 28, a free, open-air musical performance by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Du Yun, vocalist Zeb Bangash and interdisciplinary artist Eddy Kwon to accompany Shahzia Sikander’s Midnight Moment from 11:30pm–12am.
Every midnight in September, a cyclical struggle unfolds across the screens of Times Square. Imagined as a restaging of a fictional Indo-Persian-Turkish miniature painting, Shahzia Sikander’s Reckoning depicts a dramatic choreography of floating warrior-like figures entangled in joust amidst an abstract, unraveling landscape. Reckoning draws upon themes of creation, conflict, and connection, mirroring the universal tensions that exist within broader global relationships, such as between migrant and citizen, woman and power, human and nature.
An intricate animation made from multiple layered drawings, Reckoning was created in 2020 and featured as a digital component of Sikander’s recent public art project Havah … to breathe, air, life commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy and on view in Madison Square Park and the nearby Courthouse of the Appellate Division, First Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. The multi-site project was commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy and Public Art of the University of Houston System, where it will be restaged in the fall of 2023.
September’s Midnight Moment is presented in partnership with Sean Kelly and The Armory Show as a part of Armory Off-Site, the fair’s outdoor art program featuring large-scale artworks across New York City’s parks and public spaces. Sikander’s work will also be on view in the Platform section of The Armory Show, curated by Eva Respini, which will feature large-scale installations and site-specific works that reexamine historical narratives.
The animation for Reckoning is by Patrick O’Rourke and an original score was created by Du Yun, both long-time collaborators of Sikander. The work marks Sikander’s second Midnight Moment, the first being Gopi-Contagion presented in October of 2015.
Shahzia Sikander is a MacArthur prize-winning Pakistani-American visual artist working across a variety of mediums, including painting, animation, sculpture, mosaic and installation. She is widely celebrated for pioneering a contemporary interest in Central and South-Asian manuscript painting traditions and launching the form known today as neo-miniature. Sikander’s work since the mid-1990s has been pivotal in showcasing art of the South-Asian diaspora as a contemporary American tradition. Focusing on colonial and imperial archives, trade, empire and migration, Sikander’s practice takes a feminist perspective to expand narrow definitions around gender, sexuality, racial narratives and colonial histories.
Sikander received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, has exhibited internationally and her work is in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Sharjah Art Foundation, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She serves on the boards of Art21, RISD and IFA/NYU.
The Armory Show is New York’s art fair. An essential part of the city’s cultural landscape since 1994, The Armory Show is a dedicated member of the art community and an active facilitator of discourse and exchange. The fair presents the world’s leading international galleries who showcase an array of modern and contemporary art and artists.
The Armory Show 2023 will launch the fall arts season and bring the international art world to New York at the Javits Center in September. The VIP Preview for the 2023 fair will take place on September 7, with the fair opening its doors to the public from September 8-10. For more information, visit thearmoryshow.com
Since its inception in 1991, Sean Kelly Gallery has been internationally regarded for its diverse, intellectually driven program and a highly regarded roster of artists. The gallery has garnered international attention for its high caliber exhibition program and collaboration with many of the most significant cultural institutions around the world. Sean Kelly has continued to expand its program to include a new generation of exceptional contemporary artists. Over the course of more than thirty years, the Gallery has become a symbol for high quality, thought-provoking contemporary art and conversation.
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