By Bendik Sorensen
See Black Sabbath for the last time
Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler are roaming through the states one last time, and they’ll stop by Madison Square Garden. They are getting awfully close to a 50-year career (48 this year), but because of health problems here and there, they are calling it quits. You should see them live one last time because they are Black Sabbath, and there are no others like them. A genre-defining, groundbreaking band, and there will never be another chance to see them again. “Is this the end of the beginning? Or the beginning of the end?”
Black Sabbath plays at MSG on Feb. 25 and 27, and a third show has been set up at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre on August 17. Tickets are available now at Ticketmaster.
Go to the Whitney Museum of American Art and make up your mind
The new Whitney Museum opened last year, and received a lot of good reviews in newspapers and magazines. However, the more I hear people talk about modern art while being the A&E editor, the more I doubt if many of you know what classifies as modern art. I have seen the viral picture of a glove at the MoMA where people walk around it, unsure whether it is an installation or not. That is not how it is. The bandwagon is not the place to be. That is why you should take a day, go there and see for yourself. The people there might be snobby, but the stuff on the walls is not. Social commentary, commentary on the art world itself. It is not a glove on the floor, or “I could do that myself.” It can be beautiful or ugly, but it is sure worth it.
See the New York Philharmonic play Brahms’ A German Requiem
A hidden little gem, among youth it seems, is the New York Philharmonic. A premiere symphony orchestra with a wide variety of concerts throughout the season. Brahm’s wrote the Requiem after the death of his mother. It is an epic piece of orchestral music. Unlike the ugliness you might find at the Whitney or the Black Sabbath concert, this is purely beautiful. It is a calming experience in the middle of the semester. A heartfelt tribute to his mom. “Selig sind die Toten.” “Blessed are the dead.”
Tickets are on sale through www.nyphil.org and they will play A German Requiem several times in March.