Image from the trailer for Streit’s matzo film via Youtube
There are a lot of fun and exciting New York City events to attend this week, including a film screening about matzos, a walking tour on New York’s gang history, and our own Untapped Cities Tour of the Woolworth Building!
On Monday, head to the Guggenheim Museum for a film screening of The Least Resistance and The Right Way, a murder-mystery spoof following Rat and Bear as they simultaneously scheme for fame and search for the meaning of life. The film is a collaboration between Fischli and Weiss, who invented their alter egos, Rat and Bear.
On Tuesday, head to the General Society Library near Bryant Park for The Development of Architectural Conservation Programs for Mid-Century Modern Structures lecture event. This is one of the two “The Landmarks Lectures” curated by Lisa Easton, a partner in the New York City based architecture and historic preservation firm, Easton Architects. The theme for this Landmark Lecture is Preserving the Recent Past.
Streit’s: Matzo & the American Dream is a film about an iconic New York institution with a long held tradition in producing traditional matzos in the heart of the rapidly gentrifying Lower East Side. It is a story of tradition, resistance and resilience, and a celebration of a family whose commitment to their heritage and employees is inspiring proof that the family that bakes together, stays together. At the 8pm screening on Wednesday and Thursday, filmmaker Michael Levine with the members of the Streit Family will speak with the audiences. The event will be held at Film Forum, a nonprofit movie theater in Hudson Square.
The Japanese Garden: Secrets of Natural Landscape Design event will be held at the Japan Society on Thursday night at 6:30pm. Son of garden master Kinsaku Nakane, Shiro Nakane began studying the craft as a young boy and has been following in his father’s footsteps ever since. Shiro will share his insights on Japanese garden design gained through a lifetime of work in the field. The event will be followed by a reception.
Learn about the architecture of the Frank Lloyd Wright building and themes at Art in the Round: Architecture Tours. These tours are free with admission and are led by gallery educators. On Friday at 2pm, learn about Wright’s design for the Guggenheim Museum itself. No RSVP is required.
Join The Players Spring Gala, a black tie event celebrating Women & 400 Years of Shakespeare. The Players NYC is reviving a tradition that has long celebrated women in the arts. Ladies Day was the first declared institution at the club held on April 23,1889. Ladies and gents will enjoy all day festivities including a posh afternoon tea, a bit of afternoon mind titillation, and a black-tie soiree.
In the afternoon, join Untapped Cities for the exclusive Tour of the Off-Limits Woolworth Building led by architect Cass Gilbert’s great granddaughter, Helen Post Curry. Guests will see the building’s spectacular lobby, the cellar level where the bank vault is located, along with special access to the gorgeous mezzanine level. There are only three tickets left for this weekend’s tour, get yours before they are gone!
On Sunday 1pm, head to Green-Wood in Brooklyn for a book talk and tour of Gangland New York: The Places and Faces of Mob History. Author Anthony M. DeStefano will trace the history of organized criminal activity through the five boroughs from the 19th century to today, as well as New York locations of some of the deadliest and most significant mob action.
Also, check out our other Untapped Cities Tours here.