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Night at the Museum

Six upcoming shows going down in museums.

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Works of art: Rufus Wainwright, Björk, and Dirty Projectors.   

One Step Beyond
American Museum of Natural History; 1/20 at 9 p.m.; Central Park West at 81st St.; 212-769-5100
Dance under the stars at this party featuring Skinny Friedman, Import/Export, and a D.J. set by Dirty Projectors. While you’re there, check out the Wilamette Meteorite, the largest ever found in the U.S. Just don’t spill your drink on it.

Blondes
The Museum of Modern Art; 1/21 at 8:30 p.m.; 11 W. 53rd St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-708-9400
It’s lights, sounds, and art at this immersive night where Juan McLean D.J.'s and the Brooklyn duo of Sam Haar and Zach Steinman—a.k.a Blondes—performs. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view a few exhibitions, including "Contemporary Art from the Collection, 1980–Now" and "Harun Farocki: Images of War (at a Distance)." Imbibe some booze all cultured-like and, of course, dance.

"Works & Process": Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; 1/22 at 7:30 p.m.; 1071 Fifth Ave., at 89th St.; 212-423-3500
The intimate series spotlights New York City Opera’s forthcoming U.S.-premiere production of Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna; the evening includes performances of excerpts and a discussion with Wainwright and City Opera’s George Steel.

Thomas Hampson
The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1/22 at 7 p.m.; 1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd St.; 212-879-5500
Known for his renditions of Mahler and Verdi, in this single New York date the opera star performs his historical Song of America, exploring American culture through the music of Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Charles Ives, Francis Hopkinson, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Virgil Thomson, and more, with piano accompaniment by Vlad Iftinca.

Rosanne Cash
Rubin Museum; 2/3 at 7 p.m.; 150 W. 17th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-620-5000
So fancy she has her own Acoustic Cash series in this, her twelfth time at the museum, the singer-songwriter performs with violinist and composer Mark O’Connor, who dabbles in folk as well as classical music.

Björk
New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows Corona Park; 2/3–3/2; 47–01 111th St., nr. 47th Ave.; 718-699-0005
In this ten-night residency—the first six shows of which are at the New York Hall of Science, with the rest at Roseland Ballroom—the Icelandic pixie (whom we once spotted riding around the East Village on a bike!) debuts her Biophilia live show, utilizing a 24-piece Icelandic female choir, custom-made instruments including ten-foot pendulum-harps, and visuals. Lots of visuals.


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