Here’s What to See, Do, and Listen to This Fall in New York City, According to Columbia Arts Faculty and Students

Carol Becker, Dean

Q. What new theatre, film, dance, music and art exhibitions do you love the most? Do you plan to attend live events

A. I will attend live events. I’ll for sure be at the Park Avenue Armory to see Bill T. Jones’ Deep Blue Sea. I was just at the Brooklyn Academy of Music to see the opera-theatrical installation, Sun & Sea, which won the top prize at the Venice Biennale in 2019. I’m looking forward to School of the Arts Theatre Professor Lynn Nottage’s much-awaited new comedy, Clyde’s, which is opening on Broadway in November.

I will also visit museums and galleries and not miss exhibitions such as Dawoud Beey: An American Project at Whitney Museum, Greater New York 2021 @ MoMA PS1 and Alice Neel, The Early Years at David Zwirner Gallery.

Q. Q.How do you think Zoom programming influenced artistic practices?

A. Zoom programming gave all art forms a new way to pivot when needed. Some things worked great, some not so much. We moved our School of the Arts International Play Reading Festival—which starts on October 6—to podcasts using professional actors and musicians, and found that it worked brilliantly. Although the playwrights were initially disappointed that there weren’t live productions in New York City at first, they realized that they could get a podcast of their play which could be distributed around the world.

That’s just one example of what we did and what we learned. These past months have been a blessing. There is no doubt that the art community in all its forms is ready to return in person. A collective art experience is more exhilarating than anything else.

Q. Q. What music are your favorite and which songs are on your playlist? Are there any podcasts you’d recommend?

A. I was a dean and so I just watched The Chair. Who wouldn’t love to watch a show with Sandra Oh and in such a familiar environment? 

I love the Ezra Klein Show, and listen to their podcasts. While traveling recently from Michigan to New York, my husband and I listened to the entire nine-part Dolly Parton’s America. I cannot recommend it enough. We will be listening to the 1619 Project podcast on our next epic trip. 

I don’t really have a playlist. I have always been a big jazz fan, but when I have a moment to myself, I love silence.


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