As its name suggests, the Noguchi Museum displays sculpture, furniture, ceramics and other pieces by Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi. But this weekend, the Long Island City venue dabbles into everything from architecture to film to live music. On September 6th, Noguchi extends evening hours as it always does on the first Friday of each month and offers a pay-what-you-wish admission policy. At 6 pm, the museum facilitates a conversation around a single work of art, followed by a screening of 16 Acres, which explores the Ground Zero rebuilding effort. Presented with the Architecture and Design Film Festival, the movie tells the behind-the-scenes story through a series of first-person narratives, but without any narration. On September 8th, Noguchi hosts the summer’s final Music in the Garden event with Mantra Percussion (above) performing Michael Gordon’s Timber, a full-length concert composed for six percussionists playing on amplified two-by-fours using mallets and fingertips. The concert is offered in collaboration with Bang on a Can/Cantaloupe Music, one of the world’s best recognized ambassador’s of contemporary music.
It’s a match made in musical Nirvana. Yungchen Lhamo, a Lhasa native, has dazzled audiences around the world with her hypnotic a capella singing and deep spiritual commitment to Tibetan Buddhism. Born is Moscow, pianist Anton Batagov is an internationally renown post-minimalist composer who draws openly from his Buddhist philosophy and practice. These performers currently collaborate to create music based on movement and improvisation. This Sunday, Lhamo and Batagov will kick off the Music in the Garden Series, which the Noguchi Museum offers with Bang on a Can/Cantaloupe Music every second Sunday during the summer months. Details: Yungchen Lhamo and Anton Batagov, June 9, 3 pm, free with admission, Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC. (Other concerts are July 14, Kyaw Kyaw Naing; Aug. 11, Vicky Chow; and Sept. 8, Mantra Percussion.)