Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn
Brooklyn , New York
Tel: 718 636 4100
Subway: 4, 5, B, Q, 2, or 3 train to Atlantic Avenue
Concierge.com's insider take:
BAM is one of the premier avant-garde venues in the country, showcasing music, theater, and modern dance. Curators take chances that couldn't be taken in Manhattan, and the results can be dazzling. Radiohead played live as accompanists to a Merce Cunningham debut, for example, and Flaubert's Temptation of St. Anthony found itself adapted to theater and set to a gospel score. The schedule ramps up during the fall for the annual Next Wave festival: Highlights will include the U.S. premiere of Frank Wedekind's Lulu and a Sufjan Stevens video commission (a nod to the next generation of patrons, no doubt). BAM's 1908 terra-cotta pile in Fort Greene houses an opera house, café, and cinema featuring current indie releases and themed retrospectives. A separate building named after Harvey Lichtenstein, the dancer who served as BAM's executive director for 32 years, hosts a smaller theater with big-name performances such as Ian McKellen in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of King Lear.