Image: Eddi Jonsson
August 28 2010
As autumn approaches, culture calendars in cities the world over begin to fill up. In New York, the Next Wave Festival kicks off on September 21 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (www.bam.org), presenting emerging talent from the US and abroad alongside stalwarts of the NYC modern performing arts scene. Hence Icelandic director Gísli Orn Gardarsson reinterprets Kafka with music by Nick Cave and Dirty Three violinist Warren Ellis (first picture); Julia Stiles leads in a classic Greek tragedy scored by experimental composer Ben Neill; and Laurie Anderson performs with a string ensemble complete with electronic puppetry.
Tickets go fast, so secure yours now – and consider booking a suite at the new Andaz 5th Avenue (second picture, www.andaz5thavenue.com; doubles from $435). Directly facing the New York Public Library (though not the Bryant Park tents of Fashion Week, which starts on September 9, as they’ve now moved across town to the Lincoln Center), Andaz 5th Avenue offers a more opulent take on the brand’s contemporary style and brisk, business-oriented service. And it’s just steps away from the 4, 5, 6, B, D and F trains (which is how plenty of the city’s great and good, who know better than to negotiate FDR Drive traffic at rush hour, get to BAM).