‘BROTHERHOOD AND BETRAYAL’
Brooklyn writer Rajiv Joseph credits his aunt for some of the creative spark of his Off-Broadway drama “Guards at the Taj.”
“My father is Indian and I’ve had the chance to see the Taj Majal throughout my life,” he says. “The first time I was 10. My aunt told me these myths about the Taj. Some are very gruesome.”
So expect Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed, who play the title characters, to face some grim events.
Joseph is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.” He says one of the keys to the story is how these low-level grunts react to an atrocity.
“The story,” he says, “is about brotherhood and betrayal.”
“Guards at the Taj” is in previews and opens Thursday at Atlantic Theater Company, 336 W. 20th St. Tickets at atlantictheater.org.
STAKE YOUR CLAIM
Fired up about “La Vie en Rose” Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard performing on a New York stage? You bet. Even if she’s there getting roasted like a marshmallow.
That’s her fate in “Joan of Arc at the Stake” at the New York Philharmonic. Honegger’s dramatic oratoria, performed in French, imagines Joan’s life flashing before her eyes.
In the sly staging by director Côme de Bellescize, characters appear as colorful circus animals. Joan sees the world through a child’s eyes.
But it’s not about kids’ stuff. “When the stake ignites,” said Bellescize, “it is the music that burns Joan’s body and transforms her into a figure of divine love.”
June 10-13. Tickets start at $ 41 at nyphil.org or (212) 875-5656
This fan club is up to scratch.
The Meow Parlour, New York’s first permanent cat cafe, just launched a mail-order service. It’s purrfect for groupies without easy access to the 46 Hester St. hotspot.
Subscribers to the “Kazu and Company” cat-crazy feline fan club receive a monthly assortment of Meow Parlour swag, including buttons, postcards, greeting cards and a letter from the “Cat of the Month.”
For June, a sweet tabby named Beetle was the pick of the litter.
“Beetle is a superstar,” the cafe’s co-owners Christina Ha and Emilie Legrand tell the Daily News. “Beetle served as our special inspector by exploring every new package.”
Beetle just moved in with a foster family, and the cafe hopes to place other mousers up for adoption in forever homes, too. A portion of the subscription fees benefit Meow Parlour’s nonprofit animal rescue partner KittyKind. See meowparlour.com.
Nicole Lyn Pesce
Isidro Infante has pretty much seen it all when it comes to salsa.
That makes the veteran bandleader the perfect person to bring together Los Grandes Maestros de La Salsa — an all-star extravaganza appearing in the Bronx on Saturday.
A highly acclaimed producer, arranger, composer and pianist with 47 Grammy nominations (and seven wins), Infante played a big part in salsa’s evolution. He worked with Louie Ramirez and Ray de la Paz on the breakthrough “Noche Caliente” album, which got the salsa romantica movement moving in 1980.
On Saturday, Infante will lead an orchestra composed of the city’s best salsa musicians, backing an array of singers. That includes Paquito Guzman, Ray de la Paz, Luisito Carrion, Michael Stuart and Moncho Rivera.
Los Grandes Maestros de la Salsa, at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West. June 6, 8 p.m. Tickets $ 50-$ 65. Info: (718) 960-8833 or lehmancenter.org.
Cronut king Dominique Ansel launches a soft-serve ice cream window Friday at Dominique Ansel Kitchen.
On deck: Burrata ice cream with balsamic caramel and and gianduja chocolate ice cream topped with salted hazelnut brittle, orange mist and sea salt. Each will be served in a homemade cone for $ 7.
“We came up with burrata because we wanted a vanilla alternative,” he says.
The window, at the Dutch door on the side of Dominique Ansel Kitchen, will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon until 9 p.m. at 137 Seventh Ave. (212) 242-5111
The Hudson Square in 3D festival June 10-11 lets you experience the future of 3D technology in art, music, printing, pop culture and more. Details at hudsonsquarebid.org.
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