Elsewhere in NYC: Meditation Arts at Shambhala Meditation Center

Elsewhere in NYC: Meditation Arts at Shambhala Meditation Center

Contributed by Vegan Aharonian

Elsewhere in NYC: Meditation Arts at Shambhala Meditation Center
Shambhala Buddhism: The Great Eastern Sun

Peace of mind, positive thinking, healthy compassionate relationships – if you are intrigued by these topics, there is a place in NYC where a vision of Enlightened Society is taught and practiced. The place is Shambhala Meditation Center in Chelsea, NYC. For 40 years the center brings Shambhala Buddhism with its secular practices and teachings to New Yorkers. These teachings help cultivating wholesomeness, sanity and joy in everyday life as well as lead to achieving enlightened society. Its program offers Shambhala Training weekend retreats, numerous weekly courses, contemplative arts, and extremely popular open house talks every Tuesday on various practical aspects of life. The podcasts of these and some other talks are available on the Center’s website blog. You may also want to attend a simple one hour “Learn to meditate”  program offered every Sunday and Wednesday.

One of the upcoming workshops will be about “Political activism and the vision of the Enlightened Society.”  This program becomes particularly relevant now days when our society is so divided, frustrated and even hopeless at times. This program is on April 5, 2017.  

Francis Picabia exhibition at MoMa runs till March 19, 2017

March 2017 event in NYC: Francis Picabia exhibition at MoMa runs                  until March 19, 2017

Francis Picabia at MoMa
From the exhibition

Art: Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction

MoMA presents this exposé of Francis Picabia work that can be viewed as a primer in modern art. A quirk of the exhibition is the artist’s ironic and at times cynical take on each of the artistic movement that he had explored but didn’t dwell on for too long. You will see that he touched on them all effortlessly moving from Impressionism to Cubism and Avant-garde to Surrealism and Dada and on and on. You can find more about the artist in the the New York Times and the New Yorker reviews. 

Plan your visit

Venue: Museum of Modern Art, 53rd Street            Dates: Through March 19, 2017 

Beyond NY: Ballet Ball at Hill-Stead Museum, CT

Beyond NY: Ballet Ball at Hill-Stead Museum, CT on March 18, 2017

Beyond NY: Ballet Ball at Hill-Stead Museum, CT
Image source: hillsteadmusem.org
Contributed by Anna Goldblatt
If you like dancing and enjoy being in the center of attention on the red-carpet with all the pomp and glitter around, you should not miss this Ballet Ball at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT. The Albano Ballet Company, celebrating its 45th anniversary and the Hill-Stead Museum which is also up for a celebration in its case of 70th anniversary, are coming together for a Ballet Ball on March 18, 2017. This is a unique opportunity to have it all: an evening of dancing, self-guided museum tours, red-carpet photo ops, champagne, ballroom lessons, and more. The Albano dancers will perform the pas-de-deux from L’apres Midi d’un Faune, which was made famous by the Ballets Russes with Vaslav Nijinsky in the main role in 1912,  and other selections. The performances by the Albano dancers are choreographed by the company founder Joseph Albano. For more information about this event check here.

Places: The Museum at Eldridge Street, NY

Elsewhere in NYC: The Museum at Eldridge Street

Contributed by Rita Shpilsky

Elsewhere in NYC: the Museum at Eldridge Street
Inside the Museum at Eldridge Street; image source eldridgestreet.org

Have you ever been to a place that magically transports you to a fairytale not just by its architectural beauty and history but by the magic of light and spirituality? Surely every normal person used to dream about that type of place as a kid, but it’s almost impossible to find it when you are getting older. The Museum at Eldridge Street became such a place for me the minute I made my first step inside. The first thing that strikes you at Museum at Eldridge Street is the  flow of blue light coming from a huge stained glass above and around you which fills the space with purity and hope.

The museum is one of the oldest Ashkenazi synagogues in New York City situated in the historic Lower East Side. The neighborhood was almost destroyed by natural disasters and age, but luckily was restored to become a sanctuary place for many New Yorkers. There are many programs and concerts held in this hidden gem of the city. Check its March program here.

Venue: Museum at Eldridge Street