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It must finally be spring, because we are getting super busy. Here's what's coming up:
Fri 4.28 - Castaways Casino Club meets The Cocktail Experiment. Casino games + tropical bass beats, while the bar riffs on tiki drinks.
Fri 5.3 - Star Wars Day celebration: movie night with Rogue One and Solo.
Sat 5.4 - Star Wars Day celebration: Cantina at the end of the Universe, the sci-fi mashup dance party. Come as your favorite alien! We're stocking up on games and props...let us know if you want to contribute anything for the fun!
Sun 6.23 - Grand Victorian Garden Tea. Tickets are moving surprisingly fast for that one, btw.
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
DRINKIN' N GAMBLIN': 4.26
Gemini & Scorpio
Castaways Casino Cocktail Experiment + April Babies Birthday Party
Friday, Apr 26, 8pm-late, suggested sliding scale $10-20 donation, 21+ with ID (25+ recommended)
Plus: FREE drinks if you bring a cocktail ingredient*
Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
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We're going to do something a little nutty and mash up our vintage-flavored casino party with our monthly speakeasy cocktail club.
Calling all faux millionaires to litter their gold coin at our illicit gambling establishment far offshore on the banks of Gowanus. The casino club will feature blackjack, roulette and the star attraction of the night: Texas hold'em tournament, played at 10pm, 11pm, and 12am for a $50 value prize. For non-tourney games, a member credit system will let you use your winnings for future party entry, drinks, etc (win last time? your credit is still good!).
The original Castaways resort in Vegas was peak-60s polynesian insanity. We'll honor our namesake with tropical drinks & beats, for full tiki party mode alongside the games. Even if you don't gamble, you win.
Plus, the Experiment: craft cocktail pop-up meets Iron Chef. One kickass bartender, a fully stocked bar, and YOU bringing a liquid challenge: a bottle of something unusual for our pro to turn into a one-of-a-kind cocktail. If your bottle is used in creation of a cocktail, you and a friend get a complimentary round (up to three friends, if it's a full size bottle of something excellent!). No two cocktails will be the same, and all will be delicious.
Is your birthday in April? Your first experiment is on the house (show us your ID). You can even get in touch to reserve a couch, arrange party favors, etc. Yes, you can order food to be delivered, too.
*Tips on bringing ingredients: we welcome both liquor and mixer challenges, but please no basic juices or sodas...that's not what craft cocktails are made of. Consider: half-size bottles, homemade infusions or syrups, that forgotten bottle of weird booze you don't know what to do with, unique amaros, bitters or vermouths. Most importantly, since whatever you brought will be in your free cocktail round, choose flavors you enjoy. Small request: nothing that tastes of anise or licorice, please! If that's the flavor you want, we have plenty of that in the bar, including the best absinthe you'll ever have.
Dress suggestions: funky party-wear, 1960s Polynesian kitsch, faux fancy, vintage lounge, sparkly cocktail, or other non-sloppy attire appreciated. No elaborate costumes or formalwear required, but you know we love it when you put in effort.
Gemini & Scorpio
Star Wars universe movie night
Fri, May 3, 7pm-late, $10 sugg don, all (movie-appropriate) ages
Gemini & Scorpio Loft in Gowanus, BK - see site for address
Details & address: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
7:30pm - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Former scientist Galen Erso lives on a farm with his wife and young daughter, Jyn. His peaceful existence comes crashing down when the evil Orson Krennic takes him away from his beloved family. Many years later, Galen becomes the Empire's lead engineer for the most powerful weapon in the galaxy, the Death Star. Knowing that her father holds the key to its destruction, Jyn joins forces with a spy and other resistance fighters to steal the space station's plans for the Rebel Alliance.
10pm - Solo: A Star Wars Story*
Young Han Solo finds adventure when he joins forces with a gang of galactic smugglers and a 190-year-old Wookie named Chewbacca. Indebted to the gangster Dryden Vos, the crew devises a daring plan to travel to the mining planet Kessel to steal a batch of valuable coaxium. In need of a fast ship, Solo meets Lando Calrissian, the suave owner of the perfect vessel for the dangerous mission -- the Millennium Falcon.
*Yes, we know, not the greatest Star Wars film. But! We'll take a vote just before 10pm to see which Star Wars movie you'd like us to put on, if not this one.
Gemini & Scorpio
Cantina at the End of the Universe
Sat, May 4, 9pm-3am, 21+ (25+ recommended)
$10 adv for two tix until 4.20 / $8 adv ea after / $10 door / FREE after 1am
Gemini & Scorpio Loft in Gowanus, BK - see site for address
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Jedis, Trekkers, Browncoats, Time Lords and Hitchhikers from all corners of the cosmos, follow us to a cantina at the end of the universe to celebrate Star Wars Day, May the Fourth. There will be aesthetically pleasing air pressure waves coming at your eardrums, mad scientist concoctions (no synthahol, we promise), and an eclectic crowd of humanoids, demonoids, arachnoids, cephalopoids, androids, and surprisingly many other alienoids. We won't let any wookies tear your arm off, but don't mention Miranda, or the seemingly harmless 90-pound brunette wandering around barefoot may suddenly opt for some thrilling heroics, and then you're on your own. Dress uniforms encouraged, watch out for the replicants, and don't forget your towel. You can materialize your Tardis right on the dance floor, but we recommend buying your multipass in advance, in case a clone invasion results in massive overcrowding and subsequent destruction of the entire multiverse.
It's an intergalactic creature dance party, with classic sci-fi visuals playing throughout. 9-10pm craft and cocktail hour: come finish your costumes on the spot. Plus, other space-y crafts, fake tattoos and nerdy table games. Costume contest at midnight for a fun prize pack including tickets to future events. Hug-a-stormtrooper photo booth.
Costume required, as always. Think Star Wars, Star Trek, HGTTG, Firefly, Doctor Who, Blade Runner, Martians, robots, aliens, androids, giant spider creatures with tentacle faces, orange-haired hot-pants-wearing supreme beings, intergalactic bounty hunters, true-blue-blooded opera singers, shiny creatures of energy in corporeal form, the time-traveling anti-you.
SAVE THE DATE: VICTORIAN GARDEN TEAS RETURN 6.23 & 9.22
Full invite not up yet, but tickets on sale for both dates!
The Grand Victorian Garden Tea
Sunday, June 23, 4-8pm (tea served at 5pm), $40 ($35 for groups over 5), all ages, rain or shine
at the historical Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 E 61st St
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/// NYC EVENTS: 4/12-4/18 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
VARIETY: The 5th International Nerdlesque Festival
Delight in the Galaxy's Original Nerdy Burlesque Festival as they celebrate their 5th year of nerdy nudity. See shows, take classes, play games, and more. Friday is the "Grand Premiere" hosted by Miss Coney Island 2016 Fancy Feast. Saturday is "The Big Finish" hosted by the reigning Cheese Queen and original Legend of Nerdlesque, Nasty Canasta. with Special 2-night Headliner, Paris Original and feature performer, Mary Cyn. (Fri/Sat, Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 8pm-11pm, $40-$100)
ART/PERFORMANCE/PARTY: 24 @ 44: A Marathon Celebration of 10 Years in The Greene Space
To celebrate 10 years in The Greene Space, join this nonstop 24-hour marathon of live journalism, music, art, performances and parties with all the New York Public Radio fam — plus a few surprises from Green Space’s friends. And because no marathon is complete without a can-they-do-it stunt: In partnership with the New York Opera Festival, they are challenging a team of artists to create an original 10-minute opera in just one day (requires a separate reservation). (Fri/Sat, The Greene Space, 44 Charlton St, see site for details, FREE)
ART/PERFORMANCE: Certifying Reality
An exhibition of six artists contemplating the blurred line between the physical and constructed worlds. Works ranging from sculpture to video, examine notions surrounding self-mythology, data curation, and digital labor. Themes include: surveillance, the quotidian, personal narrative and intimacy digital and queer, all inextricably tied to the contemporary notions of simulation, creation, and appropriation, engaging with and underscoring the artifice of a cyborg existence. Organized by Rory Fitzgerald Bledsoe, with work by Furen Dai, Jamieson Edson, Frankie Symonds, Flora Wilds, and Madeline Zappala. This location is wheelchair accessible. Attendees are expected to adhere to safer space policy. (Fri-Mon, Flux Factory, 39-31 29t St, LIC, see site for details, $TBD)
MUSIC: Meta-7 (an alchemic opera)
Audience members lay on a sub-bass vibrating floor surrounded by a 7.1 sound system inside a 360° video mapped dome. The story is about all of us. Where do we come from? Why are we here? Where do we go after? Very much inspired by Sully’s album listening parties when he was a kid in the 70s, META-7 is a gesture towards the sacred and mysterious through a deep immersion of sound, light and architectural design. (Fri/Sat/Thu, this week and next, 10-16 46 Ave, LIC, 7pm/8pm/9pm/10pm, $30)
THEATER: Charlie's Waiting
Charlie’s Waiting, a world premiere by 2017 Parity Commission winner Mêlisa Annis, follows two women the night before their wedding. A pregnant Louise is busy with all the planning while her fiancée Kelly busies herself feeding the goats. Everything is going to plan, that is until Louise is forced to confront questions of trust and intimacy, and she discovers how quickly plans can get derailed. (Fri-Thu, this week and next, TheaterLab, 357 West 36th Street, 3rd Fl, see site for details, $25.50/$15 stu)
SHOP: BK Queer Flea
Your favorite queer marketplace returns with a two-day extravaganza with more vendors, more music, and more fun than they’ve had yet.Go expecting to sip and shop like never before. (Sat/Sun, House of Yes, 2 Wycoff Ave, BK, 3pm-9pm, FREE, 21+)
An aging, isolated chimpanzee pieces together the fragments of her childhood in a human family. Bleak reality bleeds to vivid memory in this non-verbal puppet play. Inspired by true events. (Tue-Thu, this week and next, HERE Arts, 145 6th Ave, 7pm, $15-$45)
ART: Art Battle New York
12 artists compete in timed rounds of live painting, it’s a sizzling night of creation and celebration. The winners by audience vote move on to the Final round with a chance to qualify for New York City Championships and ultimately the US and International Finals. It’s a wild night, great music, paints flies and masterpieces are created before your eyes. (Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, 6pm doors/7pm-10pm show, $15 adv/$20 door)
WORD: Baby Gay at the Bureau with Pamela Sneed & Gail Thacker!
Claire Fleury and Alesia Exum present a night of queer stories centered around those early days of budding Queerness. Featuring poet, writer, and performer, Pamela Sneed and artist Gail Thacker. Hosted by Dusty Childers! (Bureau of General Services-Queer Division, 208 W 13th St, Rm 210, 7pm, $10 sugg don)
VARIETY: Vixens with Vices
Get lured into a world of vices. These fierce vixens are the kuntiest performance artist around. Host: Aneya Marie. Co-Host: Lydia Vengeance. Stage Manager: Cherrie Sprite. Performances by: Kayla Lael, Dickie Smalls, Teresa Braun, Misha Lee, Litha Kit, and Yoga Pole Studio. DJ Clown Around: Alizee Ferguson. (Bedlam, 40 Avenue C, 7pm, $TBD)
Third Rail Projects will present a new series of site-specific, multidisciplinary, pop-up performances. The story unfolds with five performers who unexpectedly find themselves swept into a mirage. Over the course of ten daily episodes, the performers find themselves uniting in unexpected ways, chasing the promise of escape only to discover that they wield the power to create their own sanctuary. The performance aims to surprise and delight the public and invite them to see the Winter Garden through a new lens. Watch the story unfold in a two-week series of 10-minute lunchtime vignettes, and see the full-length, culminating performance on the last day. (Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St, 7:30pm, FREE)
THEATER: Ether: The Strange Afterlife of Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Act 1 of a 2-act play: Harry Houdini & Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s rivalry continues in the afterlife where they and their wives are stuck in their versions of life after death. The play is based on letters they exchanged after Houdini asked Doyle to find him a genuine medium. They explored the space between life & death together. They ended at opposite ends of a spectrum that here must find a resolution. (Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, 7:30pm, FREE)
PARTY/PARTICIPATORY: Bonnet Bash 2019: “Carnival of Capital Sins”
Strut with pride through an interactive environment designed by Sarah Sparkles, stir up envy on the dancefloor to the music of Erik Rydju, indulge your gluttony with specially-themed cocktails, and lust after beautiful headwear in a one-night-only installation created by Veritee Hill. Take your millinery inspiration from your favorite sin: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath or sloth. Prizes for the most sinful headwear will be awarded by celebrity milliners Veritee Hill, Julia Knox and Suzanne Newman. (The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, 8pm-11:30pm, $35)
DJ: Sometimes It's Prince In April: A Celebration of Prince
The skint's annual celebration of all things Prince. DJ Steve Reynolds brings you the hits, deep cuts, remixes, rarities, songs written for other artists, and more. And because the very thought of Prince conjures his image, we’ll have Music Video Time Machine projecting clips from his music videos, live performances, and films. Paisley, purple, raspberry berets, etc. (Littlefield, 635 Sackett St, BK, 10:30pm-3am, $7)
FEST: Record Store Day 2019
A full day of music! Performances by: Steve Gunn, Cochemea, HARKIN, TEEN, Elijah Wolf, and more. DJ sets in between bands presented by Talkhouse featuring: Charly Bliss, Chris Cohen, Sad 13, Madison McFerrin, Ian Williams , and The Range. Elia Einhorn presents Elia's Indiepop Student Disco. Signings with Wayne Coyne, T Bone Burnett, and David J. Panels, instalations, and films! And 2019 titles, full stock catalogue and new releases. (Rough Trade NYC, 64 N 9th St, 10am, FREE)
FEST: Cherry Blossom Festival
Join Four Freedoms State Park in celebration! Featuring traditional and modern Japanese Performances and Cultural Fair, and special performances at the Park! Tea Ceremony, community picnics, and food vendors. (Roosevelt Island, see site for details, 11am, FREE)
WALK: Gowanus Canal Shoreline Art Walk
The shape of water pumping through the Gowanus Canal has been inspiring creativity for decades and you are invited to join the Gowanus Dredgers for a stroll along the Gowanus shoreline and streets to view the quirky art and athletic scene of Gowanus. In a neighborhood once notorious for industrial pollution and the death of waterfront marine life, a vibrant renaissance is underway. (Gowanus Dredgers, 165 2nd St, BK, 11am-1pm, $25)
PARTY: Up The Sluts
An intersectional sex positive day long extravaganza brought to you by Cult Party and Comrade Barbie. The Sun's come out, so too should your skin! Vendors, workshops, Dom-ing 101 by Madame Namio, live nude painting by April Showers, Tarot by Guiara Fenris, music, drag, burlesque. Performances by Cassidy Dawn Graves, Scarlett Cerise, Junior Mint, C'etait Bontemps, and Theydy Bedbug. Pansexual Speed Dating and 50/50 raffle to benefit Fierce NYC. This is not and orgy. But it would be a good place to organize your next orgy! (3 Dollar Bill, 260 Meserole St, BK, 3pm, $10 adv/$15 door)
SOCIAL DANCE: Swing Remix
Swing Remix is a monthly social dance that presents world class swing bands, top notch deejays, and live dance performances, all for the enjoyment of the community. They also feature pre-dance workshops, fashion vendors that display vintage collectables for both viewing and sale, and free beginner swing lesson. Featuring live music from Gordon Au & The Grand Street Stompers. (Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave, 6:30pm workshops/7:45pm lesson/8:15pm music, $18-$40)
VARIETY: Miss Astrid’s Mystery Box
Legendary deadpan dominatrix emcee Miss Astrid creeps out of retirement for this striptease seance. Picture if Mata Hari and Pee Wee Herman’s baby was raised in an orphanage run by Salvador Dali. As Neil De Grasse Tyson says, “Miss Astrid’s box has more stars in it than the milky way!” Featuring David Ilku, Fem Appeal, Tiger Bay, Fancy Feast, Tanya Gange, and stage kitten, Dirty Martini! $5 off with code: Mooseknuckle. (Bedlam, 40 Avenue C, 7pm, $20-$35)
PARTY: Shhh.. It's a Speakeasy
Step back in time with the Rising Sun Performance Ensemble for some roaring 20s style fun! Enter the world of Charlie's speak-easy & casino, where booze flows freely, card players are fast, the girls are floozy, and the Jazz is Red Hot. Set in an immersive environment, audience members can dance, mingle and play with the sordid characters of the 1920s underworld. There will be beer, wine & Bubbly and non-alcoholic drinks. Games, prizes, dancing girls, Light snacks and live entertainment are also on tap. Dress to impress. 1920s style is highly encouraged. The Door password is "Jeepers Creepers" (South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford St, 7pm, $40/$75VIP/$20-$25 stu, 21+)
COMMUNITY: LUNGS Spring Awakening
A street festival and parade. Music from Fiddler and the Crossroads, Ray Santiago & more to come. Midnight Radio Show on the Kids Stage. A Pop Up Garden in the middle of the avenue makes for green streets and will feature the Wellness Circle, yoga, and herbal healing. Workshops on Green mapping, hydrology, bee keeping, and composting. Pony rides, egg dying, flower pot painting, making toys from twigs, and hula hoops. And a parade! (Ave C, b/twn 6th and 10th, 11:45am-5pm, all ages, FREE)
PARTICIPATORY: Spring Yoga and Sound Gowanus
Yoga for your restless mind and body. Come join in for 60-75 min of being in your body and breath work. This event is a gentle and all-level vinyasa-based yoga and sound experiment. Stretching and meditation for the wandering spring-hungry spirit. No prior experience with yoga necessary, flexibility not necessary, positivity not necessary. We do request a willingness to try, and an open mind to experience. All-genders safe space, free to be yourself. Consensual touch adjustments. Live music soundtrack provided by TBA. Accessibility: up stairs. Unisex toilet. As this isn’t a yoga studio there aren’t props or mats. Please bring your own mat. However host will personally have 2 spare mats, please pm if you’d like to use it for the class. You may also want to bring a towel and a couple thick books to use in lieu of blanket and blocks. Attire: Wear whatever you want that you can move in comfortably- spandex not required. However- You may want to wear a top that doesn’t come up over your face if you bend over. RSVP at http://geminiandscorpio.com/events.html for the address. (Gemini & Scorpio Loft, street address with email, BK, 12:30pm-1:45pm, $10-$15 sliding scale)
Part of New York City’s comedy landscape since 2011, it’s a wild and crazy pun competition created by a “Rodney Dangerfield impersonator” and his alleged daughter: Fred and comedian Jo Firestone. Six individuals/duos will be selected from sign-ups at the door to compete with six Champs for kitchen appliances and “As Seen on TV” items. Pun-masters are chosen by the “Human Clap-O-Meter.” Warning for the faint of heart: the ‘Dome is a spectator sport. It gets loud. Decide to attend at your own risk! (The Greene Space, 44 Charlton St, 7pm, $13.50-$15)
WORD: Asian Chili Sauces! A Lecture and Tasting
Join this special evening for both spice-fiends and the spice-curious. To celebrate the release of Red Hot Kitchen, a new cookbook from writer and food photographer Diana Kuan on Asian chili sauces, Brooklyn Brainery is hosting a lecture and tasting that will awaken your taste buds. You’ll take a tour of Thailand, China, Korea, and other hot destinations through a few essential and versatile chili sauces. You'll discover their histories, flavor profiles, how to make your own versions at home, and some traditional and experimental dishes to make with them. (Prospect Heights Brainery, 190 Underhill Ave, BK, 6:30-8:00pm, $12)
PERFORMANCE: An Evening with Daniel Efram's Curiosities
An immersive evening of spectacle celebrating this debut collection published by Tractor-Beam that captures the street opera and bravura of a Fellini cast. A cinematic soundscape of performances and spoken word, bathed in a multi-screen presentation of images from the book. Neo-noir experimental soundscapes from Jim Coleman and Sarah Register. Live readings by Nicole Blackman. Actor/screenwriter Tony Drazan gives voice to the anonymous pedestrians, street vendors, nightcrawlers, and characters reminiscent of a Weegee cast of sordid superstars. Jubilant drum corps Nossos Tambores opens the evening. (Howl Happening, 6 E 1st St, 7pm, $sugg don)
VARIETY: HardCore Burlesque
Misc Allaneous DomTop is proud to present HardCore Burlesque a fetish variety show. Featuring: Lux LaCroix, Jenny C Quoi, Anna Monoxide, Anna Valentine, Antony Grey, and Nick Browne. Host/MC Misc Allaneous DomTop. Amazing raffle with an epic fetish auction.. Hardcore burlesque is a queer show celebrating people. Everyone is welcome. (Bizarre Bushwick, 12 Jefferson St, BK, 9:30pm doors/10pm show, $10)
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PARTICIPATORY/ART: Hobo Roadshow
The warm weather is almost upon us; just about time to get tattooed in the back of a pick up truck, parked on an industrial dead end next to a disease ridden body of water. Lets make a midway of trash and jankiness. Cardboard carnival games, junk cart races, garbage arts and craft stations, dirty sock puppet shows, macaroni art shows, clothing swaps, flamethrower cookouts, unmodivational speeches, B movie drive ins, and more stupider hobolympics with the best shit trophies you've never seen. Rules: don't spend money on material; don't spend more than a few hours building it; unit or materials should be able to get stomped into a trash bag at the end of the night. Event date TBA. Submit your jank game, hobolympic challenge or interactive element idea to: contact@PROTECTED
ART: Sign Up For Greenpoint Open Studios 2019 - June 7 & 8
This is an un-curated event, free and open to the public that aims to give local artists and creatives a chance to show their work. Artists, designers, crafters, fabricators, performers, and anyone who has work or work-in-progress to show in Greenpoint can register. Sign up to register your work and location of your space. Your address will be on the publicly available GOS online map and a printed guide that is distributed all over North Brooklyn. Registered artists open their doors on June 8th and 9th to visitors. (Greenpoint neighborhood, BK, $15 until 4/15, $40 after)
ART: Exhibitionism: 50 Years of The Museum at FIT
This exhibit celebrates the 50th anniversary of what Michael Kors calls “the fashion insider’s fashion museum” by bringing back 33 of the most influential exhibitions produced since the first one was staged in 1971. Taken entirely from the museum’s permanent holdings, more than 80 looks will be on display. From Fashion and Surrealism to The Corset to A Queer History of Fashion, the exhibitions are known for being “intelligent, innovative, and independent,” says MFIT Director Valerie Steele. (thru 4/20, Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Ave at 27 St, see site for details, FREE)
ART: We Shall Make America Wonder
A group show featuring Joe Coleman, Felipe Jesus Consalvos, Henry Darger & Duke Riley. “These four visionaries are each eminent cartographers of latent lands, where the unimaginable is fully imagined and otherness is not only recognizable but relatable. Their worlds apart are built up with a richness of minutiae, an internal logic that allows the irrational to ring true. For some of these artists God is in the details, for others it is likely the devil. Collectively, we can see them as embroiderers of some quilt-like map of all the madness, superstition, faith, desire and dread festering within the American psyche.” —Carlo McCormick (thru 4/20, Andrew Edlin Gallery, 212 Bowery St, see site for details, FREE)
ART: Refiguring Binaries
Curated by Kelani Nichole, and featuring 10 artists, the exhibition explores identity, the body, and the politics of technology. Virtual space is inhabited with queer bodies and cultural identity is reclaimed through subversive uses of technology. The boundaries of technology and the body are blurred, as are the lines between author, image, and copy. Possible futures emerge as the layers of simulation that mediate contemporary culture are revealed. (thru 4/21, Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St, BK, 12pm-6pm, FREE)
FILM: Wild Things: The Ferocious Films of Nelly Kaplan
As the French New Wave surged forth in the 1950s, Nelly Kaplan was already swimming upstream. A habitué of the Cinémathèque Française, this former economics student would make her mark in journalism, surrealist fiction, film theory and criticism, and documentary filmmaking. Kaplan advanced to writing and directing herself after being a professional and personal partner to legendary director Abel Gance. Moving ahead with her own career, Kaplan made a series of fiction features that probe sexual power dynamics and confront the hypocrisies of France’s prevailing social order with a ferocious but playful touch. Films include: Abel Gance and His Napoléon, Charles and Lucie, Papa, the Lil' Boats, The Pleasure of Love and Velvet Paws. (thru 4/25, Quad Cinema, 34 W 13th St, see site for details, $16)
FILM: Preservation Film Festival
This third annual festival is presented by the New York Preservation Archive Project. It is their first five-borough festival, with events across the city. Films include 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Battle for Brooklyn, Little Fugitive (1953), At Home in Utopia, and others. Opening and closing night receptions. (thru 5/3, multiple locations, see site for details)
ART: Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth
The exhibition will be the most extensive public display of original Tolkien material for several generations. Drawn from the collections of the Tolkien Archive at the Bodleian Library (Oxford), Marquette University Libraries (Milwaukee), the Morgan, and private lenders, the exhibition will include family photographs and memorabilia, Tolkien’s original illustrations, maps, draft manuscripts, and designs related to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. Admission is on a first-come first-served basis. Costumes permitted, no masks wizard staffs, axes, bow and arrows, or swords. (thru 5/12, The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave, see site for details, $22)
EXHIBIT: Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s unique and immediately recognizable style was an integral part of her identity. Kahlo came to define herself through her ethnicity, disability, and politics, all of which were at the heart of her work. This is the largest U.S. exhibition in ten years devoted to the iconic painter and the first in the United States to display a collection of her clothing and other personal possessions, which were rediscovered and inventoried in 2004 after being locked away since Kahlo’s death, in 1954. (thru 5/12, Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, BK, see site for details, $12-$35)
ART: Jean-Michel Basquiat
The Brant Foundation will present a solo exhibition of works by Jean-Michel Basquiat to celebrate the inauguration of its new space in New York City’s East Village. The inaugural exhibition will bring together Basquiat’s most important masterworks from the Brant Collections as well as from international museums and private collections. (thru 5/15, The Brant Foundation, 421 East 6th St, see site for details, FREE/Waitlist RSVP required)
ART/MUSIC: Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything
A world-renowned novelist, poet, and singer/songwriter who inspired generations of writers, musicians, and artists, Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) was an extraordinary poet of the imperfection of the human condition, giving voice to what it means to be fully alert to the complexities and desires of both body and soul. Featuring 12 artists and 18 musicians from 10 countries, this exhibition offers a deep and rich exploration of the beloved global icon through the lens of contemporary art. (thru 9/8, Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave at 92nd St, see site for details, $18/$12 sen/$8 stu)
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