Well then, happy Monday. Can you believe it hasn’t snowed in two whole days? (We must be in for 30 feet by Friday.) We’re not out of the woods yet, given the cold, but my weather widget tells me it’s supposed to get towards 40 degrees by the end of the week. Huzzah! Premature spring party! And here are some things you can do while waiting for it to warm up.
Richard Serra’s “New Sculpture”
On display at both the 21st street and the 24th street Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea, these statues of massive steel make the perfect place to feel cultured. At West 21st street, Serra’s reddish steel flows and twists like some sort of natural-made canyon. Meanwhile at 24th street, the giant pieces are colder, harder, and look much more like some sort of barricade. (Though probably not a good place to practice singing Les Miserables – I don’t think the other gallery-goers would appreciate it.) Best of all for any culture seeker, it’s free.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts: “Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles!”
Don’t you love a library? All those wonderful books to read, the little rooms for shows and free classes, those places where people used to go for computer time when we all thought computers could never be a regular item in your own home… And the NYPL for the Performing Arts, located conveniently by Lincoln Center, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles. On Friday, Feb. 7th in 1964, they landed at the JFK airport and by Sunday the Fab Four had taken over the hearts of America, changing music as we know it. This exhibit, which is free by virtue of being held in the library, includes articles, instruments, posters, adverts, and, of course, their music. So take advantage of it.
Read a Damn Book: The Constant Princess, by Philipa Gregory
The mistress of royal fiction, everybody knows Philipa Gregory’s The Other Boleyn Girl. (A great movie it wasn’t, but the book was much better.) The Constant Princess tells the tale of Katherine of Aragon – Henry VIII’s first wife. It’s the story of how she came to be that wife, even though she was married to his older brother first and should have been sent home a dowager when Arthur died. The writing is engaging and brings one that much closer to understanding the mindset of a woman born to be the Queen of England.
Now go and be cultured.