ALL ARTS Staff Picks: “The Gospel at Colonus,” Basil Twist’s “Symphonie Fantastique” and More

ALL ARTS Staff Picks: “The Gospel at Colonus,” Basil Twist’s “Symphonie Fantastique” and More

“The Gospel at Colonus”
Delacorte Theater in Central Park, Manhattan
Sept. 4-9
Lee Breuer’s “The Gospel at Colonus” reimagines Sophocles’s classic “Oedipus at Colonus” as a Pentecostal church service filled with exuberant gospel and blues music and celebrating the chance of redemption. Composed by Bob Telson, the musical premiered at BAM in 1983 and was a finalist for a Pulitzer in 1985. This free production, presented by the Public Theater and the Onassis Foundation USA, features more than 40 singers including the acclaimed gospel groups the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Legendary Soul Stirrers.

Basil Twist’s “Symphonie Fantastique”
HERE, Manhattan
Through Sept. 2
This is your last chance to see Basil Twist’s “Symphonie Fantastique,” an abstract puppet theater water ballet staged in a 1,000-gallon water tank. Set to Berlioz’s 1830 symphony performed solo by pianist Christopher O’Riley, the show, which has received rave reviews, ends its months-long run at HERE this Sunday.

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit 
University Place between E. 13th Street and Waverly Place, Manhattan
Sept. 1-3; 8-9
The fall edition of the legendary Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit kicks off this weekend, with dozens of artists showing paintings, photography, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, metal works and crafts. Exhibitors will be displaying works on University Place between E. 13th Street and Waverly Place. A site map can be found here.

Summer on the Hudson: Silent Disco
Pier 1, Manhattan
Sept. 1; 5:30-10:30 p.m.
What exactly is “quiet clubbing?” A trendy new event in which a DJ spins music that can only be heard via headphones. On Saturday, Summer on the Hudson will present an evening with two DJs, and the organizers will be loaning out headphones to whomever would like to “sway to the music.” If nothing else, this free event likely makes for some excellent people watching.

Carol Reed Double Feature 
Film Forum, Manhattan
Sept. 3
Take in two classic films from legendary auteur Carol Reed, screening as part of the Film Forum’s double feature series. Monday’s selections are “The Third Man” and “Odd Man Out,” both films that helped cement Reed’s legacy as one of the greatest British directors of all time.

Top Image: Lee Breuer and Bob Telson's "The Gospel at Colonus." Courtesy of Melissa Gaul.