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Hot Tickets: New York

September 30, 2011 9:11 AM
Every Friday at noon, EST, Brown Paper Tickets posts upcoming events happening in the New York area. Here are hot tickets for events coming up. Check back for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.

Starting TONIGHT! Antinous - Antinous is a tragedy -- a tale about the fated love that grew between an adolescent and a middle-aged man. But it is also a story about politics, identity, power and powerlessness. It happened about two thousand years ago in Ancient Rome, when a Greek boy was brought to Emperor Hadrian's palace following a devastating earthquake in his homeland.  No one knows when or why, but Antinous became Hadrian's page first, and, then his lover. Relationships between powerful men and promising youths were then tacitly permitted. Extending the bond beyond adolescence, however -- and certainly, falling in love -- was frowned upon. But they did fall in love. Very deeply. The Emperor outlived his young lover for seven years, becoming increasingly sick and prematurely old.  He surrounded himself with statues of his page and ruled the Empire from his Villa in Tivoli, the place he had shared with him for years. This play, therefore, is a fantasy -- an effort to imagine who this boy might have been, based on the few facts we know about him, and on the many images of him that have survived. Looking at them closely, we suspect that he was a lot more than an exceptionally beautiful boy. Antinous' extant images give us some clues. In them we find an impertinent, temperamental, intelligent, melancholic, vulnerable young man.

Tonight! Gotham Girls Roller Derby Second Annual Charity Auction - Gotham Girls Roller Derby is a not-for-profit, all-female Roller Derby League.  Please come join them at this annual event. Silent and live Auction items will include artwork, event tickets, gift baskets, and partner prizes, as well as creations from the Gotham Girls themselves! Located in the historic DUMBO district of Brooklyn, New York Foundation for the Arts is an independent organization established to facilitate the development of arts activities throughout the State. Admission includes food from San Loco and drinks from Brooklyn Brewery and Sailor Jerry, while supplies last.

Saturday, October 1  Chile Pepper Fiesta - New York's hottest fall tradition, featuring eight bands from chile-loving regions around the world. Sample goodies from today's spiciest chocolatiers and pick a pepper at our local farm stand. Delight in sizzling salsas, piquant pickles, kickin' kimchee, and other red-hot specialties. Don't miss your chance to savor the fiery flavor...Brooklyn style.

Sunday, October 2 and Tuesday, October 4 Ludwig Live! - He's composed the greatest symphonies ever written... He's the bridge from classical to romantic music He's the most important musical genius of all time. What is next for Ludwig von Beethoven? How about his very own CABARET SHOW? It's LUDWIG LIVE! Holding court at the grand piano, the famously temperamental immortal genius shows off his zany side in this hysterically funny "classical comedy cabaret". Ludwig hits all the right notes as he croons his way through his greatest hits, complete with riotously witty lyrics. His life and times, his opinion on today's politicians or the last 200 years of music - nothing is off limits when Ludwig grabs the microphone and takes the spotlight.

Monday, October 3 PASSIONE John Turturro - John Turturro's wild, colorful and sexy ode to the music and people of Naples. "John Turturro's galvanic tribute to the songs and singers of Naples. There is a rich past informing every note and melody, a tangle of influences that brings echoes of Spain, North Africa and other parts of the Mediterranean basin, including Istanbul. The attention you give this movie will be gloriously repaid. It is a place Mr. Turturro clearly loves, and whose seductions he manages to capture with intelligence and enthusiasm."  A.O. Scott, New York Times

Know of any other events happening in the New York area this week? Post them in the comments section.

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