Here’s our list of curated events in NYC this week:
Join former Daily Show correspondent and Brooklyn resident Wyatt Cenac as he hosts his weekly showcase of some of the funniest up-and-coming stand up comedians in the NYC area. The event, called Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, takes place at the Littlefield performance and art space in Gowanus.
It’s going to be Fat Tuesday… in New Orleans. Those of us who have to be in NYC instead of The Big Easy but still want to celebrate Mardi Gras can head over to the Players Club in Gramercy Park for the latest party thrown by The Salon. There will a dress code in effect: no t-shirts, sneakers or overly casual attire of any kind will be allowed. This is a party that brings New Orleans to NYC, so dress accordingly. Live performances and traditional New Orleans appetizers will be offered as part of the overall experience.
Imagine a world where the characters of Louisa May Alcott’s famous 1860 novel Little Women and the characters from HBO’s polarizing comedy GIRLS merged together. After you get the image of Lena Dunham wearing 1860’s attire out of your head, you should head over to the Bookstore Cafe on Crosby Street for a special stage reading and discussion of WOMEN a stage play that has gotten the attention of Dunham herself. All proceeds from the event will benefit Housing Works.
The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen (where we went behind the scenes) is launching the Labor component of their Labor, Literature and Landmarks lecture series with a talk by Film Production Designer Inbal Weinberg. Weinberg has worked on Academy Award-nominated Frozen River, starring Melissa Leo; Blue Valentine with Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams; Our Idiot Brother with Paul Rudd; Pariah; and The Perks of Being a Wallflower with Emma Watson.
Ever wondered how the game Tetris was made? Or how the 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea ride at Disney World got shut down? Or, better yet , if our society can ever come close to that in Star Trek? If you have wondered about any of these questions, head over to see Nerd Nite at the 92 street Y’s Buttenweiser Hall venue. Presenters include Neil Janowitz, a professional Tetris scholar; David Shuff and Dr. Ali Mattu, a clinical psychologist from Columbia University.
Major art events happening on Thursday: SCOPE inside Moynihan Station (which we attended last year), the Armory Show, and the Moving Image Art Fair in the Waterfront New York Tunnel in Chelsea. There you will see artwork that has all the flair and importance of a traditional art fair, but with moving images that are allowed to have the space needed to fully be appreciated by their audience.
PMM Art Projects will host a special pop up exhibition featuring the work of NYC based photographer and artist Logan Hicks. The exhibition titled Love Never Saved Anything is a personal one for the artist, whose theme of underwater photography is used to showcase his experience of setbacks both personally and professionally in the past year. Other photography on display will feature abandoned places.
The opera is a sophisticated event where we all dress up in our best and listen for three hours as someone holds a note higher and longer than thought humanly possible in languages we do not understand. To many, it is a boring way to spend a Friday night. The New Museum is deciding to hosts its own special kind of opera called the Rocky Horror Opera Show. They encourage audience members to dress up however they like, dance, and participate. The Opera is the first in a series of performances which puts traditional forms of performance in non-traditional atmospheres.
The 7th annual Fountain Art Fair opens at the 69th regiment armory on Lexington and 26th Street. The first evening of the art fair has been known to have a huge party atmosphere where celebrity DJ’s have come to provide the soundtrack for the masses of people coming to see art of all kinds in the massive armory.
Ben Marcus is a professor at Columbia University and Brooklyn resident. He has written four books, which have all been showcased in the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review and others. On Saturday, you can meet the author as he reads excerpts from his new book of short stories titled Leaving The Sea at the Brooklyn Public Library. For more information and to RSVP for the event, head over to the Facebook event page.
Head over to 191 Henry Street for an group exhibition of Small World Street Art. Artists like Joe Iurato, who we have written about recently, along with others like Jaye Moon, Cake, Enzo & Nio, Gilf!, Elbow-Toe, Hellbent, Jilly Ballistic and many more. The show is being presented by R. Jampol Projects in LES.