friday, may 21
artists in the kitchen-hell's kitchen artist in studio tours (hk: artist) offers self-guided tours featuring artists and performers in places like their homes, studios, galleries and theaters. participating artists include those with well-established careers as well as those who are just emerging in the art world. through may 23. visit www.artistsinthekitchen.com for details. hell's kitchen, between west 34th and 59th streets west of eighth avenue, free.
spring ballet-ballet academy east's student company presents its pre-professional division in renowned works of ballet, such as sans souci, cinderella's ball and un petit meneut. the performance is part of the "family time" series. the gerald w. lynch theater at john jay college, 899 10th ave., 212-237-8005; 7 p.m., $35 to $55.
musical readings-top emerging composers selected by the american composers orchestra have their works read. these seven composers are the winners of the 19th annual underwood new music readings. after the readings, one of the composers will receive a $15,000 commission to write a new work to be performed by the american composers orchestra. miller theatre at columbia university, 116th street and broadway, 212-977-8495; 10 a.m., free.
young talent-hear six young string quartets who have received coaching from members of the juilliard string quartet. the best performances by the young quartets are featured at two concerts at the end of the week-long seminar. juilliard's paul hall, 155 w. 65th st., 212-769-7406; 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., free.
comic drama-paul osborn's morning's at seven is a 1939 comic drama depicting the amusingly dramatic lives of four sisters and the husbands of three of them. their lives grow complicated when homer, one of the sister's sons, bring his girlfriend myrtle home to meet his family. the west end theatre, church of st. paul and st. andrew, 263 w. 86th st., 212-868-4444; 7:30 p.m., $10 to $18.
saturday, may 22
block party-the 100th street block association holds its annual block fair, featuring food, music and flea market treasures. all proceeds go toward the preservation of the street's trees and flowers. west 100th street between west end avenue and riverside drive, 212-663-0812; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., free.
benefit-the university glee club of new york city presents a concert to benefit the holy trinity neighborhood center and its weekly neighborhood supper. the club, an all-male singing group founded in 1894, performs a variety of selections, ranging from traditional college songs to broadway musicals. the church of the holy trinity, 316 e. 88th st., 212-289-4100; 7:30 p.m., $25.
classical gems-the chamber orchestra of new york presents its spring concert, "italian heartstrings." the program features the u.s. premieres of respighi's aria for strings and suite for strings. the orchestra also performs scarlatti's il giardino di rose, di vittorio's preludio and fantasia from sinfonia no. 1 and puccini's crisantemi. the orchestra performs little-known gems of classical music. the church of st. jean baptiste, 184 e. 76th st., 866-468-7619; 8 p.m., $20 to $30.
sunday, may 23
new dance, new music-join music director faycal karouj, composer thierry esciach and choreographer benjamin millepied as they discuss their new collaboration, why am i not where you are. the program also features excerpts from the piece. the guggenheim museum, 1071 fifth ave., 212-423-3500; 7:30 p.m., $10 to $30.
monday, may 24
turkish filmmakers-enjoy one of three days of turkish films, organized by the turkish foundation of cinema and audiovisual culture. the first day of the event includes the breath, a war drama about a group of soldiers guarding a military post near the iraqi border of turkey. films scheduled for the other two days include romantic comedy, jolly life, a place called esrefpasa and the girl with the red scarf. village east cinemas, 189 second ave., 212-529-6799; 8:30 p.m., free with reservation.
brahms on monday-a concert features johannes brahms' liebeslieder and neue liebeslieder, op 52 and 65, for a four-part vocal ensemble and four-hands piano. the concert is part of a series of concerts on the fourth monday of every month, featuring members of the holy trinity bach choir, with andrew alexrod and charity wicks on piano. holy trinity lutheran church, central park west and west 65th street; 6:30 p.m., $10 to $15.
tuesday, may 25
dance till you drop-celebrate 75 years of dance at the 92nd street y with dancing and dj-ing by andrea miller/gallim dance, dj matty matt, nicholas leichter dance, bill young and dixie fun lee. the event includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dance performances and the opportunity for guests to dance to catchy disco music, complete with a disco ball. costumes are encouraged. the 92nd street y harkness dance center, 1395 lexington ave., 212-415-5500; 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., $10 to $25.
green fashion-the museum at fit presents"eco-fashion: going green," featuring the work of designers who use, produce and promote environmentally friendly products. the exhibition emphasizes how each stage of fashion production has environmental consequences. runs through nov. 13. the museum at fit, seventh avenue and west 27th street, 212-217-4530; noon to 8 p.m., free.
wednesday, may 26
word for word author-gretchen rubin shares tips from her yearlong experiment, the happiness project: or, why i spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read aristotle, and generally have more fun. this event is part of the "word for word author" reading series, featuring discussions with bestselling authors and signings of their books. the bryant park reading room, 42nd street side of bryant park; 12:30 p.m., free.
thursday, may 27
resurrect the dead-relive the era of the grateful dead at the new-york historical society, when fans and experts share stories about the band and its relationship with the city. discussion moderator gary lambert is co-host of "tales from the golden road," a weekly talk show on the grateful dead channel (sirius 32 and xm 57), and editor of the grateful dead almanac. other panelists include pete fornatale, carol brightman and lenny kaye. the event is part of an exhibit about the band, on view until july 4. the new-york historical society, 170 central park west, 212-873-3400; 6:30 p.m., $20.
young artists-students from the manhattan school of music, the juilliard school, the mannes college new school for music and the lucy moses school for music perform a program of lesser-known music. selections include folk songs, classical pieces and yiddish theater songs. the yivo institute for jewish research, 15 w. 16th st., 213-246-6080; 5:30 p.m., $10.
world premieres-"face the music," the kaufman center's teen music ensemble, performs nico muhly's honest music and how about now, while signal, a large new york ensemble, performs the world premiere of muhly's stabat mater and the u.s. premiere of sir harrison birtwistle's the corridor. muhly is slated to appear at the event. the merkin concert hall at kaufman center, 129 w. 67th st., 212-501-3303; 7:30 p.m., $25 to $30.
east side talent-the carter burden center for the aging presents sally weiss's solo show, sculpture and assemblage. the exhibit features sculptures, mixed media, carvings and drawings. "i became an artist to make myself happy, and my art allows me to express this joy," says weiss, an east sider. "my art allows me to feel worthwhile, and i am thrilled to exhibit at this fascinating gallery for older artists who have so much to give." runs until june 26. gallery 307, 307 seventh ave., 212-879-7400; 6 to 8 p.m., free.
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