Three Hot Tickets This Weekend

No weekend plans? Check out our selection of what’s hot this weekend in music, sports and theater in and around New York City.

Siriusxm Presents: A Pentatonix Christmas Tour

Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
Saturday, Nov 30 & Sunday, Dec 1, 7:00 pm

There’s something about Christmas music that lends itself beautifully to a cappella performances. And who better to harmonize on seasonal favorites like “Winter Wonderland,” “Carol of the Bells” and their moving rendition of “Hallelujah” than the Grammy-winning quintet, Pentatonix.

Get Tickets to See Pentatonix This Weekend Here!

New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers

Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Saturday, Nov 30, 1:00 pm

The NHL classic “Hudson River” rivalry clashes on the ice this Saturday at the Prudential Center. Get your tickets to see if the Devils can defend their home turf in one of the most competitive games of the season.

Get tickets to see the New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers this weekend here!

Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour

Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY
Multiple Showtimes

Here’s your chance to go behind the scenes at the legendary Radio City Music Hall. This guided tour unveils all of the theater’s inner workings with exclusive views of the Great Stage and even the chance to meet a member of the Rockettes. And for those feeling inspired by the meet and greet, tickets to the Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes are available, too.

Get Tickets to The Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour This Weekend Here!

photo: Marley White 

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Holiday Shopping Around NYC 2019

While holiday shopping can feel like a burden during the busiest time of the year, our guide is here to lighten things up with a list of shopping spots that will help you check off everyone on your list. Who knows—you might even find that perfect little something for yourself! Check out our list of the merriest shopping spots in and around New York City.

Holiday Markets

Union Square Holiday Market
Union Square Park, East 14th Street, New York, NY

With the mission of spreading creativity and community in mind, Urbanspace creates city marketplaces where local chefs, entrepreneurs and artisans can join forces to show off their talents … and what better time than the holiday shopping season to do so? This year’s holiday market in Union Square Park has no shortage of one-of-a-kind gifts and offers visitors a perfect day out with food, live music and immersive experiences.

Holiday Handmade Cavalcade
128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY & 75 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY

Like Etsy come to life, hand-crafted gifts are in abundance at the New York Handmade Collective’s annual market. With vendors and artisans on display, visitors can choose from their beautifully crafted wares while learning more about their local businesses. And better yet, the Cavalcade has two locations: the Brooklyn Historical Society from December 7-8, and Chelsea Market from December 9-15.

Renegade Brooklyn
Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street, Brooklyn, NY

Last-minute guests coming for your holiday celebration? Luckily, Renegade Brooklyn’s warm and vibey winter marketplace is taking place in the nick of time on December 21-22. The expo consists of fine home goods, clothing, jewelry, art and more from over 230 vendors with the added bonus of holiday DJ sets, cocktails and locally-sourced snacks.

Cultured & Classic

MoMA Design Store
11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY

The newly renovated Museum of Modern Art boasts not only expanded gallery spaces and a sleek redesign—its design store certainly merits a visit, too! The shop holds an ideal array of cool and curated gifts for art-lovers and beyond. From funky prints and colorful homewares, to quirky knickknacks and jewelry, there’s no shortage of original gifts.

Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY

All things cultural converge in Lincoln Center’s various gift shops. From the Met Opera Shop, the Juilliard Bookstore and beyond, the gift hunt for theater-goers, opera fanatics and classical music buffs is a breeze here. And there’s more—The Big Apple Circus is in residency at Lincoln Center now through February. On top of unique gifts galore, consider giving the gift of tickets, or take a holiday shopping break under the big top with Big Apple’s updated take on classic circus whimsy.

Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center
November 28-February 2; Multiple Showtimes

Pop-Ups

Ampersand Collective
198 Allen Street

Considering that shopping may not be at the top of most men’s lists, the Ampersand Collective pop-up makes it easy to pick something both special and high-quality for any guy in your life. The brand brings together hand-crafted artisan menswear from online-only brands, meaning you can finally snag that pair of leather dress shoes he’s been eyeing online.

Sip. Shop. Eat!
554 Court Street, Brooklyn, New York

Blending online brands big and small, the Sip. Shop. Eat! collective has done all the gifting research for you—all you need to do is show up and get inspired by their impressive layout of mini pop-ups. The event brings together NY-based fashion, design and self-care online retailers all in one place. Plus, there will be craft cocktails and light bites, a celebrity manicurist and tarot card readings while you peruse. Don’t miss out—this pop-up runs only from December 14-15.

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Three Hot Tickets This Weekend

No weekend plans? Check out our selection of what’s hot this weekend in music, sports and theater in and around New York City.

Louis the Child

Terminal 5, 610 West 56th Street
November 21- 23, Multiple Showtimes

The Chicago-based dynamic DJ duo hit New York City for a three-night run at Terminal 5. Come early to catch opener LÉON’s warm, soaring vocals and get ready to bop along to the bubbly electronic styles of Louis the Child’s biggest hits, “It’s Strange” and “Better Not.”

Get Tickets to See Louis the Child This Weekend Here!

Waitress

Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 West 47th Street
November 21-24, Multiple Showtimes

Catch Grammy-nominated Jordin Sparks in her last performances as Jenna in the Tony-nominated hit Waitress, a sweet tale of love, growth and quite a few pies. With an original score by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, you’ll be singing the tunes long after the curtains close.

Get Tickets to See Waitress Here!

New York Jets vs. Oakland Raiders

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Sunday, November 24, 1:00 pm

After a tumultuous start to the season, the Jets are looking to capitalize on their two-game winning streak this Sunday against the Raiders. Grab your tickets now to see if the Jets can build on this comeback, or if Oakland will be able to stop them in their tracks.

 

Get Tickets To This Weekend's Game Here!

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NYC Holiday Date Night Ideas

There’s something about the holidays that makes love seem, well, even more lovely. And in New York City there’s no shortage of spots to bask in that warm holiday glow with your significant other—think themed cocktails lit softly from hundreds of surrounding strung-up lights and plenty of mistletoe. Here’s our roundup of the most merry and bright date nights across the five boroughs.

Hit these cozy NYC hot spots this holiday season:

Rolf’s

281 Third Avenue

One word comes to mind when thinking of the holidays at Rolf’s: extravagant. This Gramercy Park German bar is a Christmas institution. Every year it transforms—not a single inch of the space escapes the touch of tinsel, lights, verdant green boughs and thousands of ornaments. While the lines reflect its popularity, it’s well worth the wait to settle down with a stein of beer or a signature cocktail.

 

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Miracle Pop-Up Bar

The Cabinet at 649 East Ninth Street; Mace at 505 East Twelfth Street

The Miracle pop-up bars claim to be reminiscent of “the best office party you’ve ever been to.” Happily devoid of any old coworkers, however, the bars have no shortage of rosy-cheeked Santas and nostalgic décor … but the real draw is the craft cocktail list that adds a holiday twist to classic pours. Stop by Miracle on Ninth Street or Miracle on Twelfth Street until December 31.

 

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Neil Simon Theatre at 250 West 52nd Street

The `magic of the holidays’ takes on new meaning with The Illusionists — back on Broadway for a limited run this season. Featuring the world’s greatest illusionists, including top acts from America’s Got Talent, this non-stop cavalcade of wonder is a crowd pleaser, and sure to leave you and your date wondering, `how did they do that?’ Spark your holiday date-night adventures with The Illusionists on the Great White Way before they disappear.

Get Tickets to see The Illusionists at The Neil Simon Theatre

Ice Skating

Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center and Central Park 

For those who prefer the crisp open air for date night, ice skate dates are a perfect plan. Bank of America’s Winter Village at Bryant Park offers a free rink surrounded by holiday pop-up shops and food stalls for a post-skating bite. Another classic choice is The Rink at Rockefeller Center, whose backdrop is none other than New York’s biggest tree. And then of course, there’s Central Park, with its beloved tradition of ice skating under the twinkling lights of the New York City skyline at the famed Wollman Rink, featured in films including Love Story and Serendipity.

 

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Holiday Cookie Class

462 Broadway

Try out the International Culinary Center’s hands-on Christmas cookie class, where you and your date can learn the baking basics of holiday treats like buttery shortbread and traditional gingerbread. While of course you’ll leave with your spoils in hand, you can pick up this Holiday Cookies book to recreate the recipes in your own kitchen.

 

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Dyker Heights Lights

11th Avenue to 13th Avenue & 83rd Street to 86th Street in Brooklyn

Witnessing the extravagant Dyker Heights lights is arguably New York’s perfect after-dark holiday date. Every year after Thanksgiving, the homes in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, deck themselves out in thousands of glittery lights, turning the neighborhood into an imaginative holiday spectacle. Bringing a canteen of hot cocoa and strolling at your leisure is one way to do it, while others opt for guided tours to explore the magic both by bus and on foot.

 

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Three Hot Tickets This Weekend

No weekend plans? Check out our selection of what’s hot this weekend in music, sports and theater in and around New York City.

The 1975

BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ
Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30pm

Touring their 2018 album A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships plus other hit singles like “Sex” and “Chocolate,” The 1975 bring crowds to their feet with a mix of vibrant pop sound, ethereal synth, and resounding indie rock sensibility.

Get Your Tickets to See The 1975 Here

The New York Knicks vs. The Charlotte Hornets

Madison Square Garden
Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30pm

Is this the game that gets the Knicks back on track after weathering disappointing losses compounded by front office turmoil? Find out if they can reclaim solid ground when the Knicks take on the Hornets at home

Get Your Tickets to See The Knicks Here

Kristin Chenoweth: For The Girls

Nederlander Theatre, New York, NY
November 15-17; Multiple Show Times 

Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenowith returns to Broadway for a limited engagement to celebrate her new hit album, For The Girls. The album is Chenowith’s heartfelt tribute to iconic female singers, especially the vocal powerhouses that have influenced her career. Expect songs and stories from the album—and much more as one of Broadway’s most vibrant stars continues to shine with another sensational show.

Tickets to Kristin Chenoweth: For The Girls Here
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Five Must-See Comedians at New York Comedy Festival

There’s nothing like standup comedy. To experience someone, alone on a stage, deliver a joke in front of an audience of thousands is something to behold. There’s no guitar riff or action scene to rely on, just pure, unadulterated, good old-fashioned punchlines. That’s exactly why we’re so excited that New York Comedy Festival is here.

This festival is packed with events of all sorts, from standup specials to comedy competitions and showcases. It’s a lot to take in. So, we thought we’d distill the humor into just 5 must-attend events.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but it’s a great way to dip your toes in the comedy game or to start planning your festival experience with top-tier events. We’ve included some up-and-comers and comedy legends in the mix, so it’ll be a good time for the whole family—dirty jokes notwithstanding.

Here are five must-see events for this week’s New York Comedy Festival.

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Nov. 5
Jenny Slate at Town Hall New York

At this point, Jenny Slate is a household name in the entertainment industry. Besides a short stint on SNL, she’s been on just about every off-the-wall comedy show from Brooklyn Nine-Nine to Bob’s Burgers—and, of course, the incredible (and incredibly awful) Mona Lisa on Parks and Recreation. But, with her latest Netflix special, she’s stepping into the standup spotlight with her self-aware “it girl” schtick and it’s irresistible. She’s a must-see at the festival.

Get Your Tickets To Jenny Slate

Nov. 7
Tom Segura at Beacon Theatre

Every day at New York Comedy Festival seems to be stacked this year. We were between a pair of veteran comedians for this day with Norm MacDonald and Stephen Colbert, but we think if you could just pick one you should go with the up-and-coming deadpan style of Tom Segura. Of course, he’s only an up-and-comer by Colbert’s standards—he has three Netflix specials and a handful of TV appearances under his belt. Audiences are falling in love with his relatable style and ability to thread a narrative—then land the finish when it counts. Don’t miss it.

Get Your Tickets To Tom Segura

Nov. 8
Comedy Bang! Bang! with Scott Aukerman at Beacon Theatre

There’s nothing quite like Comedy Bang! Bang!. The show’s improvisational style was downloaded more than 50 million times as a podcast before IFC picked it up as an on-air sketch and comedy show. Most of its success is due to host Scott Aukerman, who was behind HBO’s Mr. Show and Zach Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns. CBB is entirely unpredictable, entertaining, and driven by some of the most talented comedians out there. We’d try to tell you what to expect, but we’re not too sure and that’s probably the point.

Get Your Tickets To Comedy Bang! Bang! with Scott Aukerman

Nov. 9
Nate Bargatze at Town Hall

Some comedians have to convince you they’re funny. It’s hard work. On the other hand, some comedians just have the x-factor. Enter Nate Bargatze. He’s not flashy, not trying to force you into laughing—that just happens naturally with his down-to-earth, monotone, everyman’s delivery. Not afraid to take a shot at himself, Nate’s Netflix special was one this year’s best performances and you definitely don’t want to miss him on tour.

Get Your Tickets To Nate Bargatze

Nov. 10
Norm MacDonald at Caroline’s on Broadway

Why not round out your New York Comedy Festival experience with a legend? There’s something special about seeing the craftsmanship of a well-told joke, and comedians like Norm have lasted in the industry on this skill alone. Sure, he’s had his fair share of success on SNL and in numerous films, but to see him deliver a bit from the stage live is to see a master at work. It helps that he’s funny as hell, too.

Get Your Tickets To Norm MacDonald

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Blockbusters Take Broadway

Must-See Shows Inspired by Hit Films

Paris in the year 1900, a flying magic carpet, an enchanted kingdom made of ice—all live on stage. Broadway is delivering non-stop entertainment like never before with a dazzling line-up of musicals based on hit films. From uproarious comedies to timeless Disney classics, the blockbusters taking Broadway this season offer something for everyone as the most popular stories and characters of the silver screen light up the Great White Way.

Moulin Rouge!
Al Hirschfeld Theatre

Baz Luhrmann’s groundbreaking 2001 musical film whirled onto the stage this summer, dripping with splendor as Broadway’s newest adaptation. Set in enchanting Paris at the turn of the 20th century where bohemians and aristocrats come together to celebrate art and romance, Moulin Rouge! features a mash-up of original songs and popular music with all the makings of a modern theatrical masterpiece.

Get Tickets to Moulin Rouge!

Tootsie
Marquis Theatre

Based on the 1982 film starring Dustin Hoffman about an out-of-work actor that gets his break by dressing as a woman, Tootsie is lighting up Broadway as a musical known for non-stop comedy. Tony Award winner Santino Fontana sparkles as Michael and Dorothy throughout their hilarious adventures.

Get Tickets to Tootsie

Mean Girls
August Wilson Theatre

High school drama steals the spotlight in the adaptation of the 2004 modern cult classic film. Tina Fey and an award-winning theatrical team created another overnight sensation when they brought Mean Girls to the stage. As a musical, Mean Girls is so popular, in fact, its first U.S. national tour started this fall.

Get Tickets to Mean Girls

Frozen
St. James Theatre

The endearing story of sisters Anna and Elsa in their enchanted kingdom is melting hearts on Broadway. Just as Frozen reached staggering heights as the top-grossing animated film of all time, earning Walt Disney Animation Studios Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song with Let It Go, Frozen dazzles on stage with captivating theatrics—featuring an impressive 53,000 Swarovski crystals in Elsa’s Ice Palace—and equally stunning musical score.

Get Tickets to Frozen

Aladdin
New Amsterdam Theatre

Disney’s award-winning 1992 animated feature sparked an empire of entertainment, but the hit Broadway musical remains at the top of the heap. Featuring 84 masterful special effects—including a flying magic carpet—Aladdin transports wide-eyed attendees on a jubilant fantasy. A Broadway must-see, Aladdin is a non-stop celebration of music and dance that’s fun for the whole family.

Get Tickets to Aladdin

The Lion King
Minskoff Theatre

Broadway’s third longest-running show continues to reign with its inspiring story and award-winning music and lyrics by Sir Elton John and Tim Rice. Disney Theatrical Productions spent three years taking The Lion King from screen to stage, launching groundbreaking theatrical techniques to create a timeless classic that’s earned an impressive six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Soaring puppets, mesmerizing masks, costumes that effortlessly combine humans and animals bring to life the folk tale that’s sure to delight generations to come.

Get Tickets to The Lion King

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Top Picks Around NYC: Art Exhibits and Pop-Ups

Central Park is turning amber, red and gold and the temperatures are starting to dip—but there’s still time to take to the city streets and absorb some unmissable NYC culture around town before winter descends.

Outside of the usual museum circuit, pop-ups are becoming a favored model for brands to offer deeply immersive experiences to customers. And because they are on a roving calendar, it means that there’s bound to be a pop-up to suit everyone’s taste—covering everything from iconic TV shows, to food-based immersions, to pop-culture inspired spaces.

While pop-ups serve up a healthy dose of whimsy, the art world offers a more highbrow take on the temporary model with elegantly curated rotating exhibits and modern showcases of some of New York’s most scintillating art. Read on to find out more.

Arcadia Earth
Through January 2019

A tech- and art-driven experience, Arcadia Earth’s augmented reality seeks to expand visitors’ way of thinking. By way of virtual reality, projection mapping and interactive environments, the visually stunning exhibit explores current ecological challenges and the climate crisis, offering guests new perspective on how they can reduce their impact on Mother Earth.

 

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Doc NYC
Various Locations
November 6-15

Now in its 10th year, the festival dedicated to all things documentary film showcases over 300 films at various locations throughout the city. If you can’t get enough of this thought-provoking genre, clear your post-work schedules. Whether heartwarming, serious or laugh-out-loud, film buffs and doc novices alike will surely find a tale to enjoy.  

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Yayoi Kusama: EVERYDAY I PRAY FOR LOVE
David Zwirner Gallery
November 9-December 14

In the contemporary art world, David Zwirner’s galleries, including three locations in New York City, are among the most renowned.  This fall, David Zwirner presents new work by Yayoi Kusama at the gallery’s 537 West 20th Street location, portraying everything from polka-dotted sculptural installations, to mind-bending full room presentations that brim with wonder. Guests can experience firsthand Kusama’s delightfully sensory works like the Infinity Mirror Rooms and paintings from the My Eternal Soul collection.

 

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Pixinity
Soho
Through November 10

Inspired by gaming, animation and pop culture, Pixinity’s 5,000 square-foot space is a pixelated screen come to life. Visitors get to jump into the future among hundreds of sculptures and light-works within the pop-up’s 10 rooms. Vibrant backdrops are lit perfectly for an Instagrammable moment.

 

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The Seinfeld Experience
Autumn 2019

Thirty years after Seinfeld’s debut, The Seinfeld Experience resurrects the beloved `90s hit TV show in a fresh way—tickets to the experience give guests access to exclusive content, memorabilia, original costumes and props, and even set re-creations. It’s a must-see for all superfans.

 

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She Persists
Gracie Mansion
Ongoing

Within the historic expanse of Gracie Mansion, the exhibit She Persists: A Century of Women Artists in New York City, 1919-2019 chronicles the works of some of New York City’s most influential women creators, and is the largest of its type to be staged in the public space. Past meets present in this curation, spotlighting 44 classic and contemporary works by women who found immense artistic verve within the city’s limits.


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JR: Chronicles Debuts at Brooklyn Museum

French artist JR joined Emmy-nominated writer, comedian and activist Baratunde Thurston for a sit down conversation at the Brooklyn Museum to celebrate and discuss the debut of his largest exhibition to date, The Chronicles of New York City.

The black and white monumental mural is comprised of photographs with more than eleven hundred people from across all five boroughs of New York City. Over the course of three weeks, JR set up a mobile studio in a different location every day while he interviewed and photographed passersby. In order to truly capture the essence of diversity and authenticity within each community, JR wanted each individual to decide how they wanted to be represented and viewed for this project. 

During his conversation with Thurston and the audience, JR explained how this project allowed him to instantly connect with everyday people walking the streets. He states, “I think we all have this fantasy here in New York City when we see people from all walks of life, we want to just tap their shoulder and ask them, ‘Hey who are you? Where are you from?’. The process of this work allowed me and my team to actually do just that. That means we can literally point at anybody on the street and say, ‘let’s grab that person and find out who he/she is.’”

Along with the Chronicles mural, the exhibit is also curated with JR’s previous work from the last 15 years. After pasting his first mural in the Parisian suburb of Clichy-Montfermeil, JR embarked on a journey that would soon change the lives of many people around the world. In 2007, he made Face 2 Face, the biggest illegal exhibition ever. He posted huge portraits of Israelis and Palestinians face to face in eight Palestinian and Israeli cities. In 2008, JR went on to create his film, Women Are Heroes, in which portraits and personal stories of women from Brazil, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Kenya, India and Cambodia are shared. A year later, JR established Casa Amarela, a school and cultural center for residents located at the top of the oldest favela of Rio de Janeiro.

In 2011 JR received the TED Prize, and used this as leverage to create Inside Out, an international art project that allows people worldwide to get their picture taken and paste it to support an idea and share their experience. In 2013, his film based on his project, Inside Out: The People’s Art Project, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival. Over 260,000 people have participated in 129 countries.

Named one of TIME 100: Most Influential People of 2018, JR limitlessly pushes boundaries and shifts the perspective of how people view ideologies of human connection. His murals represent a world of cross-cultural differences and similarities within people and their communities. His work transcends and brings to life pressing issues of today such as, immigration, women’s rights, black lives matter, education and gun control.  “Maybe the limits aren’t where we think they are. From a small idea something bigger can evolve, it’s possible,” said JR. 

The Chronicles of New York City runs through May 2020 on the museum’s ground floor. Visit The Brooklyn Museum for all details. 


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Artwork on Display at North Coast Music Festival

For today’s discerning music festival attendees, art has become just as important as music. Bold installations and innovative designs help make festival experiences unforgettable. Like brilliant flowers blooming in a magical garden, playful sculptures, graffiti art and geodesic domes rise out of Union Park’s vast green space. Even if we can’t get Mother Nature to cooperate this weekend, the ambience created by art is unbeatable. We stopped to talk with some of the artists who have been working around the clock this week to get ready for their festival performance at Summer’s Last Stand.

Dub Hub Collective:  Connecting Culture and Community across Chicago

Meet Bardo, Infinite and Metra. Three Chicagoans from three different neighborhoods that would never have crossed paths. That is, until art connected them. Together they make up the Dub Hub Collective. And this weekend, they’re putting their passion for art on display at North Coast. Hailing from Pilsen, Chicago’s West Side and Humboldt Park respectively, these artists found their way to each other through art, hip-hop and skateboarding.

“We’re all different. We have our own stories. But we’re connected by art,” said Bardo, whose North Coast neon graffiti installation, Stoned Ape, captures Terence McKenna’s theory that as early humans, we ate our way to higher consciousness. Bardo, also a musician, performance artist and avid skateboarder, gets inspired when he rides to explore different parts of the city.

Like Bardo, Infinite dabbles in many art forms. His passion is rap—alongside Daughter of a King, he creates music as Heavy-Phlo—and hopes to return to North Coast on a different stage one day.

Named for surviving what could have been a tragic train accident, Metra credits art for helping him find his best friends. “We get together and make good things happen,” said Metra, who is proud of Dub Hub’s inviting West Town art gallery and performance community. “We’ll rap for hours on end. We’ll invite you in. And we’ll continue to try to make this world a better place by doing what we love.”

SynerGeo Domes:  Raising the Roof on Music Festival Experiences

For today’s hottest music festivals, plain white tents have become a thing of the past. Especially since Chicago-based SynerGeo hit the music festival scene. With their breathtaking geodesic domes and stunning art installations that marry LED lighting with the latest laser technology, SynerGeo has created a totally new way of bringing people together by enlivening their senses.

A featured artist at music festivals around the country, SynerGeo co-founder John Schroeder began collaborating with Chicago artist Afrokilla last summer to come up with an exciting new art installation exclusively for this year’s North Coast Music Festival.

“I wanted to create a geometric canvas for Afrokilla to paint that could take us from day into night with beautiful colors and light,” said Schroeder. The result—SynerGeo’s Teardrop Dodeca Hedron, a magnificent wood structure featuring intricate cutouts that John designed and made himself using his CNC router.

John and the SynerGeo team placed the Teardrop on the North Coast grounds Friday afternoon. Then Afrokilla went to work painting rich hues to bring the structure to life. And after the sun went down, the Teardrop began to glow, creating a totally different look and feel thanks to a network of brilliant LED lights on the inside.

“The Teardrop is the result of a great collaboration between artists, combined with functional design that helps us create something that awakens the senses,” said Schroeder, who paused to talk about what’s on everyone’s minds. “Beyond creating these unique experiences, we’re also practical. We know music festivals have no control over Mother Nature. We definitely treated the Teardrop for the elements, so rain or shine, it will be on display at North Coast for everyone to enjoy.”

By: Cathy DeRonne

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