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In the meantime, a small hint for you of what we have planned for the cold months: it will include lovingly crafted cocktails by us & some top NYC bartenders, bottled and ready to gift to self or others, in sizes from flasks to full bottles. We're setting up stock (and the rest of the surprise) now. If you think you may be interested in snagging some of our first batch, keep an eye on our Insta: we'll be posting sneak peeks there. And yes, we'll even wrap & ship on your behalf.
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/// NYC & ONLINE EVENTS: 11.27 - 12.03 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
FILM: KILL IT AND LEAVE THIS TOWN
Polish artist Mariusz Wilczyński has been making visually striking, deeply personal short animations, as well as unique live animation performances, for twenty years, a body of work that has won him widespread acclaim in Poland and tributes at institutions around the world, including MoMA, the National Gallery in London, and many others. Fifteen years in the making, KILL IT AND LEAVE THIS TOWN (2020, 88 min) is Wilczyński’s first feature-length film. The winner of the Jury Distinction Award at Annecy International Film Festival, the Grand Prize for Feature Animation at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, and a FIPRESCI Award at the 2020 Viennale, it is a hauntingly surreal meditation on aging, mortality, and loss. Adopting an intentionally threadbare visual style that makes visible the traces of its own creation, Wilczyński transmutes heavily autobiographical elements into a radically shape-shifting form in which outer reality and inner consciousness collapse into each other, and in which the laws of time, space, and identity are constantly in flux. Purchasing a streaming rental of the feature film will also grant access to a selection of Wilczyński's short films. Mariusz Wilczyński Q&A
December 3 at 4:00 PM. (streaming daily this week & next, 7pm, $12)
SHOP: Record Store Day
This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records, and on and on. (multiple locations, see site for details, FREE)
FILM: Bugs Bunny Thanksgiving Secret Speakeasy
The Best of Bugs & Daffy & the gang on actual 16mm film live! Antique windup toys too. We will bring items from our vast collection of antiques, most of which you can actually handle. Showing 16mm film using 1960’s Kodak projectors. You can come visit live or enjoy virtually with zoom link sent with tickets. (Live or Online, link with purchase, 7pm-9pm, $10)
PARTICIPATORY: Secret Formula’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing-Along
Secret Formula will be screening the 1993 film with lyrics on the screen during all of the music numbers. With interactive contests, things to shout at your screen, a Drinking Game, and more. Party with your fellow Nightmare fans and interact with the movie "Rocky Horror Picture Show"-style. Dress up in your best Halloween or Christmas outfit and prepare to debate which holiday the film best represents in the Costume Contest. Compete for prizes in fun contests about the film. This show is intended for an adult audience. (online, see site for details, 8pm-11pm, $5)
SHOP: Macabre Markets’ Christmas Online Market Night
This Macabre Market evening brings together alternative artists and sellers so you can shop for stunning items in the comfort of your own home. (Facebook, 2pm-5:30pm, FREE)
WORD: '1918 x 2020: Global Fashion in the Age of Pandemics' Webinar
This is the story of how the 1918 "Spanish Flu" Influenza Pandemic changed the meaning of fashion throughout the world, and how creativity — from fashion designers to ordinary people — can survive, and even thrive, in the darkest of circumstances. Led by fashion historian Caroline Elenowitz-Hess, this virtual look at fashion during pandemics will include: How masks and veils were part of the fashion industry’s response to the "Spanish Flu" crisis in 1918; bizarre fashion trends that took hold during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, including the “Influenza Instep” and dresses with “Flu Backs”; why the 1918 Influenza Pandemic has been seen as a “forgotten” part of American history; other ways fashion has responded to disease, from the bubonic plague to AIDS; a look at the fashion trends emerging during COVID-19. Q&A to follow. (online, link with purchase, 8pm-9pm, $10)
The Photoville Festival returns with over 60 outdoor exhibitions city-wide and a full slate of free online programming for all.
New York City’s premier photo destination, returns for a ninth year in a different way – online community and artist programming plus photo exhibitions in public spaces throughout New York City. This annual community gathering features public exhibitions, virtual online storytelling events, artist talks, workshops, demonstrations, educational programs, and community programming. Over 60 outdoor exhibitions city-wide. (thru 11/29, multiple locations & online, see site for details, FREE)
VARIETY/PARTICIPATORY: Season 2: Bindlestiff Open Stage Quarantine Edition
Enjoy a non-stop variety show experience that may include world famous magicians, gender bending jugglers, circus legends, trained rats, novelty musicians, aerial artists, wire walkers, sideshow performers, puppeteers, living cartoons, physical comedy, contortionists, performance artists, and more. Hosted by Keith "Bindlestiff" Nelson, the special Quarantine Edition deals with social distance and isolation head on. Using the tools of video conferencing, Bindlestiff’s Open Stage will feature each act live in their own location. Also featuring circus historian, retired NYU professor, burlesque & circus performer, polar bear promoter, and Chairman of the Board of Bindlestiff, Hovey Burgess. "Ask Hovey" your circus history questions at bindlestiff.org/askhovey. (thru 12/21, Mon, FB & YouTube, 8pm EST, FREE/$sugg don)
THEATER/PUPPETS: 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 1/10, multiple Greenwhich Village locations, see site for info, $75)
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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