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Masterpieces and Curiosities: “Nicole Eisenman’s Seder”

Painter Nicole Eisenman contemplates the range of emotions brought on during a traditional Passover meal in her illustrative “Seder,” an oil work commissioned by the Jewish Museum in 2010. Twenty-five portraits from the museum’s permanent collection accompany Eisenman’s work, along with a series of Seder plates, including a 19th-century relic produced by Hungarian porcelain company Herend that depicts Passover rituals.

Masterpieces and Curiosities: “Nicole Eisenman’s Seder”

March 13-Aug. 9

Jewish Museum

1109 Fifth Ave., at 92nd Street

Museum hours: Sunday-Tuesday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-5:45 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Wednesday.

Admission $15


Marsha Solomon’s “From Rhythm to Form”

After exploring realism with a series of still-life’s, a deviation from her typical abstract work, New York-based painter Marsha Solomon’s latest show signifies a return to her familiar form, with a collection of jewel-colored, large-scale abstract paintings on canvas.

Marsha Solomon’s “From Rhythm to Form”

March 12-April 1

Able Fine Art NY

511 W. 25th Street, Suite 607, near Tenth Avenue

Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.



High School of Art and Design’s 9-Hour Draw-a-thon

Inaugurated last March, the High School of Art and Design, which boasts a roster of notable grads, including fashion designer Calvin Klein, cartoonist Art Spiegelman and singer Tony Bennett, invites students and professional artists to sketch, draw and paint during its biannual nine-hour art marathon. Live models, both costumed and nude, pose throughout the day and night.

High School of Art and Design’s 9-Hour Draw-a-thon

Saturday, March 14

High School of Art and Design

245 E. 56th St., between 2nd and 3rd Avenues

1 p.m.-10 p.m.

In advance: students $10/adults $20

At the door: students $15/adults $25

To purchase tickets, visit


Danny Weinkauf and the Red Pants Band

The longtime bass player for alternative rock band They Might Be Giants recently released his first full-length album of children’s songs after more than a decade of writing children’s music with his band. The 16-song album “No School Today” includes lyrics about marsupials, studying archaeology, spelling bees, and, as the title suggests, the joys of playing hooky.

Danny Weinkauf and the Red Pants Band

Saturday, March 14

Symphony Space

2537 Broadway, at 95th Street

11 a.m.

Tickets: kids $14/adults $21

To purchase tickets, call 212-864-5400 or visit


Ailey II at the Joyce Theater

Ailey II, a division of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dedicated to emerging choreographers and dancers, opens its new season on March 17 at the Joyce Theater with a presentation of three original works, including the premiere of “breakthroughs,” a new piece featuring the full company by choreographer Manuel Vignoulle, set to a score by Swedish composer Mikael Karlsson, which explores the quest for human connection.

Ailey II at the Joyce Theater

March 17-22

The Joyce Theater

74 Eighth Avenue, at 19th Street

Assorted show times

Tickets $10-$69

For tickets, visit, or call the box office at 212-242-0800

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