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/// NYC & ONLINE EVENTS: 11.13 - 11.19 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
FILM: San Francisco Transgender Film Festival
This fest screens films that promote the visibility of transgender and gender variant people and challenge the mainstream media’s negative stereotypes of the communities. 7 different programs are available with multiple short films in each. (Fri-Sun, Eventive online, see site for details, FREE)
ART: Creative Code Festival
A 4-day visual art curation in collaboration with Never Knows Better, New Media Art, XRE Ensemble, Celeste Journal & Creative Code Art. The work of over 100 artists from NYC and abroad will be presented at an event space as well as virtually. (Fri-Sun, Online & Lightbox NYC, 248 W 37th St, 10am-9pm, $15-$40)
MUSIC: Consider the Source
Consider the Source -- Sci-fi Middle Eastern Prog Fusion band -- is doing a livestream concert to mark the 10 year anniversary of the release of "That's What's Up". (Facebook, 9pm, $10 sugg don)
ART: Barbie: Reclaimed & Reinvented
Reusing only cast-off materials, Barbies and other dolls have been transformed into new works of art. (online, see site for details, 11am-12pm, FREE)
ART: Primordial Soup
A group show co-curated by Paradise Palase member Cameron Ledy. From the press release: "The works in this exhibition connect back to the core - the body, the universe, the natural world. There is a celebration of life, of the goodness of Earth. Femme icons reign, flora and aqua fauna bloom and spin, and all the while we are reminded of the strange, euphoric, and psychedelic." (Paradice Palase, 1260 Broadway, BK, 1pm-5pm, FREE)
THEATER: Open ’Tho Shut
This is a new weekly series of free, live walk-by performances in which acts will be staged live in the theater’s set shop for audiences of socially distanced passers-by, who will watch through an open garage door. Emcee David Slone Esq. Performances by: Penny Arcade, Vinie Burrows, Zero Boy, Richard West w/ Jiggers Turner, Crystal Field w/ Mark Marcante, Emily Pezzella, Justin Rodriguez and Ben Harburg, COBU, Jenne Vath, and Peter Dizozza. (TNC ChopShop Theater, 10th St btwn 1st & 2nd Ave, 2pm, FREE)
PERFORMANCE: KGB Bar Street Party
To celebrate the opening night of KGB Bar's literary fundraiser, enjoy sidewalk belly-dancing by Amanda Mottur and live jazz trumpet from the third floor window by Calvin Johnson. Revelries to continue throughout the night. (KGB Bar, 85 East 4th St, 4pm, FREE)
COMMUNITY/PERFORMANCE: The 8th Annual New Masculinities Festival
"Performances and dialogue breathing new life into what masculinity means for all of us." The Main Room features sets of performances alternating with opportunities for dialogue. Viewers may join by Zoom or watch the livestream. "After Dark" (18+) features more sex-celebratory performances followed by time to connect and mingle; viewers must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Produced by Man Question with The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center. Gay, trans, queer, black, brown, disabled, old, young, immigrant, international, artsy, extra, and people of all genders welcome. (Zoom, see site for details, Main: 2pm-5pm/After Dark: 8pm-9pm, FREE w/RSVP)
WORD: The Real History of Thanksgiving
In this talk you’ll discover the whole history of the most American holiday, from what really happened in Plymouth, Indigenous perspectives, and the rush of nostalgia that made Thanksgiving a national holiday in the 19th century. And in every time period, you’ll take a look at menus from Thanksgivings past and trace the origins of your favorite Thanksgiving foods. (Zoom, 7pm-8:15pm, $6)
WORD: The History of Art Crime & The Monument Men online class
In this talk, you’ll explore the history of art crime, from famous cases like the Isabella Stewart Gardner theft and the story of the Ghent Altarpiece recovery, to current issues with the black market. The talk will focus on the extensive, prolific, and organized art looting perpetrated by Nazi and Fascist aggression during the 1930's and 40's and how a brilliant woman brought their empire tumbling down. One of the greatest weapons of the Nazi party were their organizational and administrative skills, allowing them to give an appearance of legitimacy to their art thefts. Rose Valland and the Monuments Men turned these strengths against them by using their own organizational method to return art to their owners. (Zoom, 6:30pm-7:45pm, $5)
PERFORMANCE: Live Radio Play based in Historical Harlem
Radio through the 1940's (pre-television) was a major way that folks not only heard music, but also fictional stories, advertisements for local products, sporting events, and the news. A very popular story line was the detective story. Actors Daniel Carlton and Nambi Kelley will not only perform a fictional radio show, you the audience will have an opportunity to see the radio show performed by the actors (not just theater of the mind). The actors use household objects to show the sound effects in the story. Written by Daniel Carlton. (Harlem Stage YouTube, 7pm-8pm, FREE)
WORD: 'Jazz Age Harlem and the Swing Dance Revolution' Webinar
New York Adventure Club’s webinar uncovers the past, present, and future of swing dance, from its beginnings on the jazz hall dance floors of 1920s Harlem to its modern adoption by communities throughout the world. Led by Bobby White, world champion swing dancer, instructor, historian, and published author. The webinar will cover: The origins of swing dance and its strong Black American cultural roots; the cultural significance of Harlem nightlife during New York's Jazz Age; the rise in popularity of swing dance and how it became a favorite regional spectacle and feature film showcase; rare photos and videos showcasing swing dance throughout the ages; the 101 on different swing dance styles. (NYAC online, see site for details, 7pm-9pm, $10)
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)
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 11/22, $75, see site for all details)
The Photoville Festival returns with over 60 outdoor exhibitions city-wide and a full slate of free online programming for all.
New York City’s premier photo destination, returns for a ninth year in a different way – online community and artist programming plus photo exhibitions in public spaces throughout New York City. This annual community gathering features public exhibitions, virtual online storytelling events, artist talks, workshops, demonstrations, educational programs, and community programming. Over 60 outdoor exhibitions city-wide. (thru 11/29, multiple locations & online, see site for details, FREE)
VARIETY/PARTICIPATORY: Season 2: Bindlestiff Open Stage Quarantine Edition
Enjoy a non-stop variety show experience that may include world famous magicians, gender bending jugglers, circus legends, trained rats, novelty musicians, aerial artists, wire walkers, sideshow performers, puppeteers, living cartoons, physical comedy, contortionists, performance artists, and more. Hosted by Keith "Bindlestiff" Nelson, the special Quarantine Edition deals with social distance and isolation head on. Using the tools of video conferencing, Bindlestiff’s Open Stage will feature each act live in their own location. Also featuring circus historian, retired NYU professor, burlesque & circus performer, polar bear promoter, and Chairman of the Board of Bindlestiff, Hovey Burgess. "Ask Hovey" your circus history questions at bindlestiff.org/askhovey. (thru 12/21, Mon, FB & YouTube, 8pm EST, FREE/$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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