“WWII & NYC”
The city’s oldest museum takes a multifaceted approach to examining World War II. The exhibit, staged throughout the institution, incorporates more than 300 artifacts, including maps, radio broadcasts and images. The idea is to show both the city’s role in the conflict (as a hub for shipbuilding, among other ways) and the war’s impact on New York. New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between 76th & 77th Streets, Through May 26, 2013.
Lone Star State Governor Ann Richards (1933–2006) is the subject of Holland Taylor’s solo tribute, which premiered in Galveston, Texas, two years ago. Exploring this charismatic, flamboyant political animal, Taylor goes in search of the woman behind the big hair and down-home twang. Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center, 150 West 65th Street, From February 18-Jun 9, 2013.
“Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture”
The American Museum of Natural History investigates human nutrition at this wide-ranging showcase: Displays look at early diet staples and the history of agriculture, as well as current environmental, health and safety concerns relating to the food industry. While parts of the exhibit aren’t particularly appetizing—challenges of feeding the global population are more sobering—it’ll still satisfy your culinary curiosity. Visitors can sample seasonal treats (such as cookies and gingerbread houses), view images and artifacts of sustenance through the ages (including a Han Dynasty miniature pottery stove) and discover how to grow food year-round (yes, even in a sub-400-square-foot apartment). American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West, Through August 11, 2013