He can rap. He can act. Now, Mos Def takes on the role of band leader Wednesday night at Lincoln Center as part of the pop music series American Songbook. Mos Def’s Big Band will put a new spin on works by artists such as Gil Scott-Heron and Miles Davis.
Michael Puzzo’s comedy “The Dirty Talk,” which premiered at the 2005 New York International Fringe Festival, gets a second life at Center Stage, NY now through Feb. 4. Actors Kevin Cristaldi and Sidney Williams return as the two men stranded in a New Jersey hunting cabin during a storm.
Howard Schatz’s exhibit “In Character: Actors Acting,” which opened Nov. 7 at the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, has been extended through January. Featured actors include Edie Falco, Chevy Chase and Don Cheadle.
Beginning Friday, Film Forum will feature an 11-film retrospective of the the weird and darkly charming work of Stephen and Timothy Quay. “Tales of the Brothers Quay,” which features the identical twins’ unique blend of puppetry and stop-motion animation, runs through Jan. 25.
The second performance in New York Theatre Ballet’s Dance on a Shoestring Series takes place 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Dance Gallery. Performances are one hour and are followed by a wine reception. Meanwhile, Dance Theater Workshop presents Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks in the world premiere of “A Page Out of Order: M,” 7:30 p.m. Tue.-Sat.