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Your advance warning for some of NYC’s most anticipated events. Space tends to be limited at these offerings, and tickets go fast.  


Ai Weiwei: “According to What?”  


The limits of free expression in China are at the center of artist Ai Weiwei’s work. The painter, sculptor, photographer and conceptual artist was detained by the Chinese authorities for just over two months in 2011, proof that he’s considered a provocateur at home for acts that would barely raise an eyebrow in the US – except for the fact that his provocations are often highly theatrical, breathtakingly beautiful experiences. “According To What?” is the first full-scale survey of Weiwei’s multidisciplinary work in New York and includes several major pieces not seen in previous venues; it touches down on two floors of the Brooklyn Museum amid much anticipation and fanfare. The museum is selling advance tickets for the show (it has a separate admission fee that allows access to the rest of the museum);  advance ticket holders will be able to bypass what are likely to be long lines.


Where Brooklyn Museum, Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th and 5th Floors
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
When Opens April 18
How much $15, $10 Seniors 62+
Directions  2, 3 to Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum
Al Weiwei online


“King John” by William Shakespeare – Opens April 24


Over the course of 20 years the Frog & Peach Theatre Company has wowed audiences with work shaped by its conviction that Shakespeare’s plays can retain their relevance to modern audiences while remaining true to their Elizabethan texts. Among the Bard’s rarely seen works is “King John,” Frog & Peach’s new production, and a play whose wartime intrigues make it one of Shakespeare’s most action-packed. Queen Elinor (played by company co-founder and soap opera star Karen Lynn Gorney) will stop at nothing to keep her son on the throne, despite the behind-the-scenes subterfuge and seduction of Constance, who has royal aspirations for her own son, a teenager named Arthur. Seniors can witness this fast-paced thriller at a discounted price through May 11 by using the code “Elinor” when purchasing tix online.

Where West End Theater, 263 W 86th St, Manhattan
When  Opens April 24
How much $18, $12 Seniors 65+ with discount code ELINOR through May 11
Directions 1 to 86th St

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