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/// NYC & ONLINE EVENTS: 11.06 - 11.12 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
ART/FILM: The Plastic Bag Store
Real garbage, fake food. This is a public art installation and immersive film by artist and director Robin Frohardt employing humor, craft, and a critical lens to our culture of consumption and convenience — specifically, the enduring effects of our single-use plastics. The shelves will be stocked with thousands of original, hand-sculpted items — produce and meat, dry goods and toiletries, cakes and sushi rolls — all made from discarded, single-use plastics in an endless flux of packaging. The store transforms into an immersive, dynamic stage for a film in which inventive puppetry, shadow play, and intricate handmade sets tell the darkly comedic, sometimes tender story of how the overabundance of plastic waste we leave behind might be misinterpreted by future generations. (Fri/Sat, Times Square Arts, 20 Times Square, 1pm/3pm/5pm/7pm, FREE)
FILM: Third Annual Tide Film Festival
This festival showcases short and feature films written, directed, and/or produced by filmmakers of color. Highlights of the event will include panels and workshops led by industry veterans, Q&As with filmmakers, and programming blocks with films that span different genres, cultures, and topics. (Fri-Sun, online, see site for details, $15-$100)
SHOP/WORD: World of Witches Market and Workshops
Join this celebrations of life, death, the spirit world, and harvest. The market will feature vendors from numerous traditions around the world selling artwork, ceremonial talismans, herbs, potions, and more. There will also be skill-sharing workshops throughout the day where you can learn how to make tools of magic, healing, and more. (Sat/Sun, MayDay Space online, 1pm-6pm, $10+ sugg don/sliding scale)
WORD: 'The Famous Gilded Age Balls that Forever Changed NYC' Webinar
Join New York Adventure Club as they explore a collection of some of the most famous (and infamous) Gilded Age balls ever hosted in New York City, and how the extreme amount of wealth flaunted at each either earned them great admiration or animosity from the public and press. Led by Art Historian, Curator, and Art Advisor Kristen Oehlrich, MBA, Ph.D., this virtual exploration of these notorious Gilded Age extravaganzas will include: The significance of a ball in NYC socialite circles, and how they differ from today's galas and parties; A look at some of NYC's most famous Gilded Age era balls, including Mrs. Vanderbilt's 1883 Fancy Dress Ball, the Bradley-Martin Ball of 1897, and the Hyde Ball of 1905; A discussion around the facts, figures, and drama surrounding each ball, from who attended and what they wore, to the fanciful decor and extravagant culinary dishes; Rare photos and illustrations depicting these epic evenings; and more. Q&A to follow. (online, link with purchase, 5:30pm-7pm, $10)
MUSIC: Lifestream with The Brass Monkeys and Brass Queens - A JAMbalaya! Revival https://www.eventbrite.com/e/special-dinner-package-ls-brass-monkeys-brass-queens-a-jambalayarevival-tickets-126895021425
“The Brass Monkeys are a group of highly experienced professional musicians who have come together to create an ensemble of excellence. (They) cover every musical genre, from Ska to Pop to Jazz to Heavy Metal.” The Brass Queens perform a diverse repertoire featuring classic hits by woman artists, funk, soul and traditional NOLA second-line. 50 guests max. Ticket includes one cold or hot Mezzo with glass of beer of wine. (DROM, 85 Ave A, 7pm doors/7:30pm show, $30)
WORD: Soul Sister Revue
A quarterly reading series for established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling. For this Fall edition the theme is “What does Soul mean to you?” Readers include Toi Derricotte (“I” New and Selected Poems), Anastacia Renee (v.), Steven Leyva (The Understudy’s Handbook), Safia Jama (Notes on Resilience), and Christina Olivares (No Map of the Earth Includes Stars). (Zoom, link with registration, 7pm, FREE w/RSVP)
FUNDRAISER: La Mama Love Global Gala
This annual gala brings artists together from around the world to celebrate the spirit and community that have fueled La Mama’s work for the past 58 years. Love is what La MaMa was founded on: love for creativity, love for humanity, and love for the earth. Together, we will activate the intersectional, cross-cultural love that La MaMa’s global community shares through art and imagine a world that is more open and loving. Honorary Chairs: Amy Sedaris and Philip Glass. Honored Guest: Abigail E. Disney, Filmmaker and Activist. Hosted by: Bill Pullman and Tamara Hurwitz Pullman. Performances by Philip Glass, Bobbi Jene Smith, Joshua William Gelb + Katie Rose McLaughlin, Don Aroji and more! (online, see site for details, 11am, $25)
PARTICIPATORY: Pumpkin Smash
Bring your jack-o-lantern or un-carved pumpkins and crush, smash and smush them into compost to help keep the Park beautiful, green and growing. Pre-registration required. Timed entry. One ticket is good for one household up to five people. Groups are asked to bring their own pumpkins, as well as safety goggles. Each group will have 15 minutes of smashing good fun. (Hudson River Park’s Chelsea Waterside, 557 W 23rd St, 11am-3pm, FREE w/registration)
ART/PERFORMANCE: Synesthesia's fall opening exhibition and live performances
Synesthesia will present Walid Shaharul's solo exhibition, "Safe Place" curated by roosi in the gallery space and sound performances, "Invincible VibrationsII" on the rooftop. Please everyone bring your mask. (Bushwick address with purchase, BK, 6pm-11pm, $15-$20 sugg don)
PERFORMANCE: Ain’t I a woman (?/!) A performance by GOODW.Y.N.
GOODW.Y.N (formerly known as Nicole Goodwin) presents a situation-specific durational performance, Ain't I a Woman (?/!), honoring the stories of invisibilized women on whose backs the women's suffrage movement was built, and who dedicated their lives to the struggle for freedom and inclusion denied them. (Smack Mellon, 92 Plymouth St, BK, 2pm-6pm, FREE)
WORD: 'Art of Real New York: The Rise of Women Artists in America' Webinar
Despite evident talent and success, most American women artists before 1945 worked in general obscurity, unable to clear the gender-based barriers that persisted across the country. This is the story behind those female artists and their paintings, which reveal what life was historically like for urban women in America. Led by Rena Tobey, American Art Historian and Professor at NYU’s School for Professional Studies. Q&A to follow. (online, link with purchase, 1pm-2:30pm, $10)
WORD: 'The Photography Pioneers of New York's Gilded Age' Webinar
Join New York Adventure Club for a digital showcase of the photos, photographers, and subjects that encapsulated New York's Gilded Age, from scenes of elite society's social functions inside their extravagant mansions to staged family portraits inside photography studios. Led by Sylvia Laudien-Meo — art historian, museum educator, and NYC tour guide — this virtual journey through photography's early days will include: A look at early camera technology, and why taking a photo required a lot of time, patience, and money; The preeminent NYC photographers and studios of the Gilded Age; Photos of NYC’s Gilded Age elite taken in both photography studios and their homes; The first "snapshots" of everyday life in NYC by amateur photographers out in the streets; and more. Q&A to follow. (online, link with purchase, 7pm-8:30pm, $10)
THEATER: VOYEUR: THE WINDOWS OF TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
Peer through the windows of old Paris, where unexpected moments of art, beauty, and seduction await you during this pandemic-friendly theatrical walking tour inspired by Bated Breath Theatre’s long-running immersive hit Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec (named one of the “best immersive plays and interactive theatrical experiences” by Time Out.) In this open air, intimate theatrical experience, you and seven other masked audience members will be guided through the dreams of iconic artist Toulouse-Lautrec as he recalls his final absinthe-laced years living and working in Montmartre. The sidewalks, doorways and windows of Greenwich Village become the setting as live accompaniment collides with the city’s soundscape, transporting you into the bohemian world of 1899 Paris. (thru 11/7, $75, see site for all details)
FILM: Reel Sisters Virtual Film Festival 23rd Anniversary
90+ outstanding films by women of color. This festival presents another season of insightful, compelling and provocative storytelling by women of color from across the globe. (thru 11/15, online, see site for details, $12-$20)
WORD: Portland Book Festival
With more than 100 authors and 50+ free events over two and a half weeks, readers of all ages can find their story at this year’s Festival. The digital festival features author events for all ages, pop-up readings, and writing classes. (thru 11/21, online, see site for details, FREE/$sugg don)
ART: The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze
Meander through an 18th-century landscape and discover a display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns—all designed and hand-carved on site by a team of artisans. Limited capacity. Masks required at all times. (thru 11/21, Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 S Riverside, Croton-on-Hudson, see site for details, $24)
The Photoville Festival returns with over 60 outdoor exhibitions city-wide and a full slate of free online programming for all.
New York City’s premier photo destination, returns for a ninth year in a different way – online community and artist programming plus photo exhibitions in public spaces throughout New York City. This annual community gathering features public exhibitions, virtual online storytelling events, artist talks, workshops, demonstrations, educational programs, and community programming. Over 60 outdoor exhibitions city-wide. (thru 11/29, multiple locations & online, see site for details, FREE)
VARIETY/PARTICIPATORY: Season 2: Bindlestiff Open Stage Quarantine Edition
Enjoy a non-stop variety show experience that may include world famous magicians, gender bending jugglers, circus legends, trained rats, novelty musicians, aerial artists, wire walkers, sideshow performers, puppeteers, living cartoons, physical comedy, contortionists, performance artists, and more. Hosted by Keith "Bindlestiff" Nelson, the special Quarantine Edition deals with social distance and isolation head on. Using the tools of video conferencing, Bindlestiff’s Open Stage will feature each act live in their own location. Also featuring circus historian, retired NYU professor, burlesque & circus performer, polar bear promoter, and Chairman of the Board of Bindlestiff, Hovey Burgess. "Ask Hovey" your circus history questions at bindlestiff.org/askhovey. (thru 12/21, Mon, FB & YouTube, 8pm EST, FREE/$sugg don)
THEATER: Liars and Believers’ “Macbeth” in serialized form.
LAB presents Shakespeare’s Macbeth in serialized form. Each episode is 5-10 minutes long. New episode posted each week. (LAB website, FREE)
FILM: Rooftop Films’ Brooklyn Drive-in
Enjoy a diverse collection of films from the comfort of your car, with stereo sound tuned directly through your car’s FM stereo. (thru fall, Brooklyn Army Terminal, 80 58th St, see site for details, $35)
FILM: Rooftop Films’ Queens Drive-in
Enjoy a diverse collection of films from the comfort of your car, with stereo sound tuned directly through your car’s FM stereo. (thru fall, NYSCI in Flushing Meadows Park, see site for details, $35)
FILM: Outdoor Cinema at Parklife
Each Wednesday Parklike will present a different film with trivia. (thru fall, Parklife, BK, 7:30pm, FREE)
THEATER: Performance for One
A one-on-one theater performance, now presented live over Skype. The performance is about memory, but even more so, it is about relationship between performer, audience member, and author. What is the responsibility of the audience member, and how is it felt differently when there is only one audience member? Who is the story teller, the author or the performer? What happens to a memory that two people share after one of those people is gone? With a rotating cast of actors, including Elizabeth Chappel, Joshua Coleman, Andrea Gallo, Jan Leslie Harding, Allison Hiroto, Yvonne Roen, and Melissa Rakiro. (Skype, see site for details, FREE)
THEATER: 24 Hr Plays’ Viral Monologues
New monologues written, rehearsed, recorded and released on IGTV in 24 hours. (24hoursplays online, see site for details, FREE/sugg don)
THEATER: The 7th Voyage of Egon Tich
A live-streamed digital theater performance based on The Star Diaries by Stanislaw Lem. The team behind A Hunger Artist, in collaboration with Theater in Quarantine, returns with an adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s story—set in outer space, performed in a closet in the East Village, and beamed straight to you in whichever room you’re finding yourself stuck in. (Sinking Ship website, FREE/$10)
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