German songstress meets Italian Art-NYC,
Last weekend was a highlight for lovers of club music and art, both in NYC.
At Joe’s Pub there was the international song stylist Ute Lemper who sang the works of Charles Bukowsky a/k/a The Bukowsky Project. She’s better known for her interpretation of Kurt Weill’s and Bertolt Brecht’s THE THREE PENNY OPERA, but held court just as well. She paints, writes, and has acted on the stage here in the U.S., in London, Vienna, and Berlin. Born in Munster, Germany, she now lives in New York with her young family.
Ute is well known at the Carlisle Hotel on Madison and 76th where she became a huge success these last three years. So her appearance last week at Joe’s Pub was a gift.It was a packed house the night we were there.Her dark moods, somber soliloquy, hushed tones and vibrant awakenings from her litany of songs measured well with all who attended. She was very well received. If Ute comes back don’t miss her. She’s worth the price of admission.
At the Park Avenue Armory at Park and 66th there’s LEONARDO’S LAST SUPPER and Paolo Veronese’s WEDDING AT CANA, not to be missed.Under the direction of film director Peter Greenaway, it’s part of a 10 part program to present the best of the great art of the last 500 years.
The program at the Armory is sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities together with the Italian Trade Commission in the U.S., with support from the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council of New York, the Robert Lehman Foundation and the NYS Council on the Arts.
Housed in the Armory’s 55,000 sq.’ drill hall, this multi-media extravaganza is one of the highlights of the holiday season. It runs to January 6. In a series of rooms you’ll react to DaVinci’s portrayal of Christ at the Last Supper esconced with the Twelve Apostles at his side,a vivid presentation, and a direct representation of the original masterpiece that hangs in the Refectory of Santa Maria Delle Grazie in Milan. The other, Veronese’s Wedding In Cana offers 126 characters in traditional dress. Both scenes from their original are displayed on huge lead screens as you walk through the hall. It’s truly an incredible experience for the whole family. To get you started Peter Greenaway introduces the event one-hour before the opening of the halls to acquaint you with his enormous project. Check it out. For more info you can call their ticket office at: 212-933-5812 or visit:www.armoryonpark.org.