Lincoln Center Presents Target Free Thursdays: A Night Under Galileo’s Stars

If you missed GALILEO or loved the original music, join us as Lincoln Center presents a FREE evening with our composer, Nate Weida, a full band & the cast to highlight the score in a whole new way. The evening kicks off at 8:30pm & will be presented in a cabaret setting (yes there is a bar!) @ Rubenstein Atrium (next to Rosa Mexicano) Celebrate the end of a great show run and the middle of a gorgeous summer with us!


In this New York Times article, Larry Rohter examines the increasing influence of African artists as trendsetters of the Indie Rock scene. Listen to this piece, Bon Koum from the album “Sahel Folk" by Sidi Touré, one of the artists mentioned in the article, and make up your own mind. 

Sidi Touré performs tonight at 8.30pm at the David Rubenstein Atrium, Lincoln Center as part of Target Free Thursdays.
The @WSJ on Bassekou Kouyate & Rokia Traore: Evoking tradition and simultaneously moving beyond it is no easy balancing act. To do it requires creative thinking that may not generate new gadgets, technology or business phenoms. But if it gives the human mind more to work with, we're getting somewhere.

Two innovative Malian artists, Bassekou Kouyate and Rokia Traore, both part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, in today’s WSJ.

May 13-17th: Free Art Events I'm Checking Out This Week in NYC

MONDAY MAY 13TH (Exhibition ends on May 19th)

Klughaus (in collaboration with LRG and Brisk)
154 Stanton St., New York, NY 10002
Between Clinton and Suffork Sts., Subway: F/J/M to Delancey Essex Street.

“Palingenesis” Pop-up Exhibition

“The PALINGENESIS exhibition will showcase the collective’s debut in the United States as well as its artistic re-birth as evolving fine artists. Gorey & PAL’s incorporation of fine art elements into their work on the streets is pushing the concept of graffiti in a new and refreshing direction and we are thrilled to collaborate on their stateside debut." 

Closing Reception: Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 5-9pm


TUESDAY MAY 14TH (Exhibition ends on May 16th)

238 W 14th St., New York, NY 10011

CAROLL TAVERAS: Let Yourself Go! "In “Let Yourself Go!,” artist Caroll Taveras explores what it takes to let oneself go and laugh uncontrollably.What induces laughter? Satisfying laughter, healing laughter? Laughter that fills you with serotonin, which is a contributor to feelings of well being and happiness.” If you want the photographer to take a portrait of you, schedule an appointment on the gallery website. Keep in mind, that part is not free! Also, they are having a Closing Celebration and Exhibition on Thursday May 16th, 6:30-8:30 pm. RSVP to This part is free!   WEDNESDAY MAY 15TH (Exhibition ends on May 18th)  

The Invisible Dog
51 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
Between Smith & Court Sts. Subway: F/G to Bergen Street

“2Fik’s Museum” Exhibition
Performer and photographer, 2Fik, feature photographic recreations of classic paintings.  

THURSDAY MAY, 16TH (Target Free Thursdays)

Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre St. (Centre/Grand)
Manhattan, NY 10013

Front Row: Chinese American Designers

Front Row features the work of 16 Chinese American designers who have made a lasting impression in New York.


FRIDAY MAY 17TH (Exhibition ends on May 18th)

The Walther Collection
526 W 26th St., #718, New York, NY 10001
Between 10th and 11th Ave. Subway: C/E to 23rd Street.

“Poetics and Politics” Exhibition

“[This exhibition] presents an extraordinary range of previously unseen vintage portraits, cartes de visite, postcards, and album pages from Southern and Eastern Africa, produced from the 1870s to the early twentieth century.” (Learn more)


Watch on

Last night Target Free Thursdays at the David Rubenstein Atrium hosted Atom™ and Morton Subotnick with Lillevan as a part of Unsound Festival New York.  Both performances blended music and video art.  Check out this slideshow of a great performance.



Ruth Moody - We Can Only Listen

Ruth’s songs, filled with hope, longing and love, have a country/bluegrass flavour that perfectly suits her pure, high-arching voice.

She brings her prodigious talent to Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium this evening as part of Target Free Thursdays. Not to be missed!


"Get. Arts. Fast." (NY Times)

Sure, there are lots of unique arts presentations that last hours, upon hours. But, did you know there are loads of alternative presentations that last anywhere between 45 to 80 minutes? The New York Times surveys the options here in NY, including some familiar series’ here at Lincoln Center, such as the free, weekly Target Free Thursday’s series in the David Rubenstein Atrium and “A Little Night Music,” Mostly Mozart Festival’s hour-long late night series. Read more here:

(The Atlanta-based singer and songwriter Avery Sunshine performing at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. Credit: Ruby Washington/The New York Times)

Jonathan Batiste Performs at Target Free Thursday

The Wall Street Journal’s Will Friedwald had this to say about Jonathan Batiste in a preview of last week’s Target Free Thursday concert at the David Rubenstein Atrium: “Like his piano contemporary Gerald Clayton, Jonathan Batiste is the scion of a great jazz family who blew into town (Mr. Clayton from L.A., Mr. Batiste from the Big Easy) and all of a sudden is everywhere: playing in bands, accompanying singers (particularly the late Abbey Lincoln) and leading his own superlative trio. At 24, Mr. Batiste is already a master of modern jazz as well as the great New Orleans party piano playboys like Professor Longhair, James Booker and Doctor John. His trio is the perfect aural component for this indoor-outdoor space, and it’s a free concert to boot.” Perfect it was…only the trio actually turned into a full-fledged nine-piece band, and the SRO crowd at the Atrium got to hear some extra-special music making. Here’s a sample. Check out what’s coming up at the Atrium at



The 1990s downtown New York aesthetic, turned on its ear. Flat Earth Society, hailing from Belgium, has every bit of the circusy, genre-jumping, soundtrack-esque, Raymond Scott–like, smirky moodiness that characterizes the Knitting Factory diaspora. Where that sound can sometimes turn snarky and sarcastic, the group wisely remains earnest and open. The 15-strong band, weighted toward lower horns and brass, is punchy and dynamic, playfully romping through clarinetist and leader Peter Vermeersch’s charts.

They’ll be performing in the David Rubenstein Atrium as a part of Target Free Thursdays on May 19.  Swing by at 8:30 pm for a FREE show that’s sure to be fun.


  • Listen

This week’s Target Free Thursday is a part of our annual Essentially Ellington festival, presented in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center.  An all-star combo of Essentially Ellington alumni plays the music of Duke Ellington, celebrating the 16th anniversary of the annual jazz education event that invites select high school jazz bands from across North America to spend three days immersed in workshops, rehearsals, jam sessions, and performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Enjoy this Leonard Lopate interview with Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, about last year’s Essentially Ellington festival.  Then come to the Atrium this Thursday night and enjoy the concert for free!


Target Free Thursdays: Basya Schechter

Basya Schechter: Songs of Wonder

Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 7:30pm
Target Free Thursdays
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
Frieda and Roy Furman Stage

A musical tribute to Abraham Joshua Heschel

Basya Schechter of Pharaoh’s Daughter presents her settings of the transcendent Yiddish poetry of the revered Jewish philosopher and civil rights activist, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Basya is inventive, ethereal and powerful in her contemporary arrangements complete with string section, piano, percussion, harmonies and video translation projections by David Tirosh. The combination of Basya’s majestic voice, Heschel’s powerful poetry, and some of the finest musicians in the NYC Downtown carries us through a moving performance.

Blending a psychedelic sensibility and a pan-Mediterranean sensuality, Basya Schechter leads her band through swirling Hasidic chants, Mizrachi and Sephardi folk-rock, and spiritual stylings filtered through percussion, flute, strings and electronica. Her sound has been cultivated by her Hasidic music background and a series of trips to the Middle East, Africa, Israel, Egypt, Central Africa, Turkey, Kurdistan and Greece.



This week’s Target Free Thursday brings SYBARITE5 with their new program, The Shuffle Effect.  The traditional set program list is replaced with an iPod holding the group’s repertoire. The concert program will be determined live from the stage, as the players set the iPod to shuffle and play whatever piece shows up on the screen.  From Radiohead to Mozart, this group of talented musicians has changed the perception of chamber music performance. From the moment their bows hit the strings, SYBARITE5  redefines the rules and sets a new standard in audience experience.

See them at the David Rubenstein Atrium at 8:30 pm this Thursday.  No matter what the iPod dictates, it’s sure to be a fantastic performance.


Target Free Thursdays: New York Philharmonic Insights Series

New York Philharmonic Insights Series
Musically Speaking: Musicians of the Philharmonic in Concert and Conversation

Hosted by Jeff Spurgeon of WQXR

Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 7:30pm
Target Free Thursdays
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage

Experience the passion of the New York Philharmonic through some of its individual talents, then meet some of the personalities that make up the ensemble through a guided conversation. The next Insights Series event — on January 30, co-presented with Lincoln Center as part of the Target Free Thursdays series — features Associate Principal Clarinet Mark Nuccio, Principal Associate Concertmaster Sheryl Staples, Assistant Concertmaster Michelle Kim, Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps, and Principal Cello Carter Brey, who will also perform Ravel’s String Quartet and Weber’s Clarinet Quintet.

Presented in collaboration with the New York Philharmonic