Here are our curated picks of events for this week:
Todd Selby is a photographer, illustrator, director and author. Before that he held jobs that Wes Anderson could only dream of thinking of first: Japanese clothing designer, researcher for the California strawberry industry, and a Costa Rican cartographer, just to name a few. His website The Selby started out in 2008, when he just posted photos of his friends in their homes, six years later, the site gets over 100,000 unique visitors a day. He has released two books since 2008, with his third Fashionably Selby releasing this month. In celebration Strand Bookstore is hosting an event at 7 PM where Slate columnist and fashion commentator Tom Doonan will speak with the author about the fashion as well as the people featured in his newest book. Do us a favor, if you go, ask him about the strawberry industry.
Ever want the people of the MTA to actually explain why no woman will date you because you live by the G line? Or do you want to know the future of the Metrocard? Well you can see blogger Ben Kabak of Second Avenue Sagas sit down with Michael DeVitto, Vice President and Program Executive for fare payment programs for the MTA and Bill Amarosa, Manager of Ridership & Revenue Analysis at the Transit Museum to discuss such matters at 6:30 PM. Please refrain from booing the MTA workers.
The great Roger Sterling once said that “being with a client is like being in a marriage” and that is the theme to the second to last Wanderlust Projects panel of discussions : “Selling Out.” Once again at the Kickstarter Headquarters in Greenpoint, join Jeff Stark (Nonsense NYC) along with Earl Sebastain, Neil Selkirk, and Lourenço Bustani of Mandalah as they discuss clients. Door opens at 7 PM.
If you happen to be on Tumblr and are not just on it to look at sexually explicit images or lame memes, then you probably follow Slaughterhouse 90210. For five years now the Tumblr created by Maris Kreizman, mixing together popular television shows with famous works of literature. To celebrate the five year anniversary of the blog, Kreizman will host a special live reading at The Housing Works Bookstore Cafe on Crosby Street at 7 PM.
Its the middle of the week, but that is no excuse to grab a beer, or seven (Untapped urges you to drink responsibly). Red Hook brewery Sixpoint hosts an event at the District Tap House on W. 38th Street, for patrons to try out seven experimental beer and food pairings. We are interested in trying the Guerila Warfare Porter over anything else. Free entry, pay as you eat and drink, starting at 7 PM.
NYC is known for many highs: high rents (some would say “too damn high”), high-rise buildings and in the summer, extremely high temperatures. One thing we are not known for much these days is high crime. It has been a long time since NYC was considered the crime capital of the U.S thankfully, with measures being taken to lower crime in the city. To learn how NYC dealt with high crime rates between the 1960’s to the mid 1990’s, head to the Close to the Edge: New York’s Encounter with Violent Crime, 1965-1995 lecture, at the NYPL Stephen A. Schwarzman building in Bryant Park at 1:15 PM.
Graffiti heads have not one but two events to see on Friday. The first taken place at the Bronx Museum of The Arts for a special screening for Style Wars: The Original Hip Hop Documentary . at 6:30 PM. Released in 1983, the documentary directed by Tony Silver was the first to show to a wider audience the underground graffiti movement in NYC, before it became an art-form adopted around the world. Some of the first and most legendary graffiti artists are shown at the early stages of their careers, as well as the politicians that tried to put a stop to the art-form that became a major element in Hip Hop culture.
Krause Galley in the LES is hosting an opening featuring a NYC graffiti legend and a controversial visual artist from down under. Cope2 has been doing graffiti since the mid 70’s, whose work has graced the trains of NYC to walls and art galleries around the world. Ben Frost hand painted collage of pop-culture imagery show juxtapositions that can come off as shocking to the easily offended. Two artists from different regions, with different styles coming together for one remarkable art event.
The House of Vans in Greenpoint, Brooklyn is a hotbed for parties, concerts and special events. The famous skateboard company is teaming up with the ASPCA for a event celebrating pet adoption. An interactive photo booth, food trucks and adorable pets that are up for adoption will all be on display. People with pets (that means all you cat ladies out there) are encouraged to bring your pets.
Today is the last day to see the exhibit celebrating the career of illustrator and artist Art Spiegelman. Over the last four months, The Jewish Museum between 5th Avenue and 92nd street has exhibited a retrospective of the Pulitzer Prize winning artist behind the classic graphic novel MAUS. The first showcase of his career in the U.S, it features his work before and after Maus; including his underground comic pages to his covers used by The New Yorker. Do not blow your last chance to truly appreciate someone who inspired so many of the graphic artists working in the field today.