Cultural Highlights for March 17-23, 2010

The Anthology Film Archives' retrospective of Leo Hurwitz, New York's pioneering, and largely forgotten, documentary filmmaker, ends this week. Beginning in the 1930s, Hurwitz created an activist brand of documentary whose legacy can be seen in the likes of Michael Moore and Errol Morris today. [Through March 19]

 

Alicia Keys, who grew up in a tiny apartment in Hell's Kitchen, gets palatial treatment this week. On Wednesday (March 17), the pop queen plays a show at Madison Square Garden, singing tracks from her fourth studio album, The Element of Freedom.

 

It's not easy running your own classical ballet company. But that hasn't stopped Angel Corella, a star dancer with the American Ballet Theater, from starting his own troupe, Corella Ballet Castilla y León; they set up shop at City Center this week (and feature a Wheeldon dance, too). [March 17-20]

 

Before Jeffrey Deitch heads off to California as the new director of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, he gives himself his own sort of retrospective at Deitch Projects. He's commissioned the artist Rosson Crow to paint new versions of now classic works by artists he's championed, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf and Dash Snow among them. [Through March 27]

 

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When the Wooster Group gets their hands on a musical, don't expect glitzy song-and-dance. Their classic Vietnam satire North Atlantic (1982), which winks at Rodgers, Hammerstein and South Pacific, is revived at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Frances McDormand and dancers Koosil-ja and Paul Lazar, star. [In previews; opens Mar. 23; closes April 25]

 

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