December 5, 2023


Art Shines Through

Plunge Into An ART BATH at The Blue Building

BWW Review: Plunge Into An ART BATH at The Blue Building

The Covid pandemic shut down quite a few points. One particular unfortunate decline, specifically in New York, was the decline of cultural occasions and even ordinary exciting amusement. If you have been stifling, so were being artists and performers. Consequently the joys of Art Bath, quite possibly as close as you can get to the days of the grand salons the place the artistic and rich mingled and enjoyed every single other’s company. If you cannot have enjoyable at Art Bathtub, odds are you are unable to have entertaining.

In the vein of Noel Coward’s “I Went to a Great Social gathering,” everyone’s there at the Blue Creating, wandering via hanging paintings, fast changing slides of pictures (Gabriella Lucia and Jeremiah Cumberbatch offered outstanding displays together partitions and video screens). All streets lead to a bar with equally curated drinks, each alcoholic and not, all satisfying to both palate and soul

The very first Art Bathtub opened with the fantastic new music of Qianwen Shen and Junko Ichikawa, on violin and piano, doing performs by Ravel, Saint-Saens, and other folks This on your own, with gallery art and beverages, might have pleased an viewers But there was however a lot more to the to start with fifty percent of the night: dancers from the Metropolitan Opera followed, Kate Myers and Dancers, with 3 parts executed in the center place of the venue, to a packed standing audience,accompanied by Shen and Ichikawa

Yet another home on the initial ground of the Blue Building, correct off of the bar and a bit down, was once more hung with artwork and stuffed with chairs and sequined ground cushions, offered snug room for the viewers to take it easy, but also for Big Apple Circus ringmaster and burlesque star Storm Marrero to sing a cappella. If at any time a non-smoking cigarettes venue experienced the ambiance and sense of a hookah nightclub, this was it Marrero graced her listeners with music both of those from Puerto Rico and from Nina Simone. It is not her typical act, but then, portion of the imaginative idea for the performers was for them to do what they usually you should not do.

Immediately after the break, site visitors to the “bathtub” ended up ushered to the back again, into extra traditional seating for a show. Initially came “Mx. Rogers’ Community” – a tap-dancing, piano-actively playing, and singing tribute to the magic of Mr. Rogers (the late Fred Rogers). In this neighborhood, it’s a beautiful working day to have artists, performers, and even the landlord fall by to speak about affairs of the working day… or most likely just affairs. It was a tribute the original Mr. Rogers may have loved, supplied no smaller ears ended up listening to him chortle.

The evening’s unique celebration was certainly the visual appeal of Metropolitan Opera countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, who in the spirit of undertaking what you don’t typically carry out, delighted the audience with librarian Marion Paroo’s music from Broadway’s THE Music Guy together with a handful of teasers from the Terrific American Songbook – a nod, likely, to his latest task with Justin Vivian Bond, ONLY AN OCTAVE Apart.

If you missed your Chan e to dip in the Artwork Bath, capture up with it this thirty day period or in April, with various lineups of visible and accomplishing artists. We can only hope that plenty of people sense the will need to consider an Art Tub to continue to keep the challenge likely endlessly. Nothing’s much better than becoming able to get a plunge whenever you like. Go to for schedules of performances.