The Illuminati Ball
There are a lot of fun and exciting New York City events to attend this week, including a full-day of Washington Inauguration Events, a dance party inspired by Alice in Wonderland and our own Untapped Cities Tour of Past, Present and Future of the NYC Subway!
On Monday, head to Hostelling International on the Upper West Side for River Side Park’s Design Evolution. The event is presented by the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group. Charles McKinney, Principle Urban Designer of NYC Parks will speak about River Side Park’s transformation, from freight yard to Boulevard of Heroes.
Explore the absurdities and pleasures of daily life, including many situations that are particular to New York City, through the eyes and pen of Roz Chast at Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs. Since the 1970s, Brooklyn-born Chast has chronicled the anxieties, pleasures, and perils of contemporary life in a body of work that includes over 1,200 cartoons published in The New Yorker and other magazines, several illustrated children’s books, and her award-winning 2014 visual memoir, Can’t We talk About Something More Pleasant? The exhibit features more than 200 works by this distinguished artist.
The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale is not only one of the world’s largest art festivals, it is also a powerful force for social change. On Tuesday, hear from participating artists at Country of Dreams: Art Festival as Social Change to see how the remote snow country of Echigo-Tsumari is transformed into a spellbinding art festival.
The Washington Inauguration Event is a full-day event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wall Street. The program starts with a program conducted by an National Park Service ranger, followed by a series of re-enactments, and will end with a band performance of 18th-century music on the steps of the Federal Hall. Visitors can also pick up a copy of the self-guided walking tour at the Visitor Center to follow Washington’s footsteps in Lower Manhattan.
Stage-struck celebrates the legacy of iconic theatre women from the 19th to mid-20th centuries. Inspired by the actual words of the actresses from their autobiographies, biographies, diaries, letters, journals and internet resources, Wednesday’s program will feature solo pieces with ensemble members such as Clara Morris, Alla Nazimova, Eartha Kitt and Katharine Hepburn.
In the morning, join New London Architecture for the ninth New York – London Simultaneous Seminars: Delivering successful high density living. The event will take place in KPF’s office in Midtown where a live video seminar will take place simultaneously in both cities, bringing together speakers and audiences to foster cross-city dialogue and learning between London and New York. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 am and the event will begin at 9:00 am.
Take a ride through the living history of the world’s largest rapid transit system at Untapped Cities’ own Tour of the Past, Present and Future of the NYC Subway. The tour will include the nearly abandoned “Grand Central” of lower Manhattan, Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the Fulton Center hub and more. There is a waitlist for this Saturday’s event but keep an eye out for future dates!
Head to Guggenheim Museum in the afternoon for The Built, Unbuilt, and Unbuildable, a conversation between Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator Sara Raza and current exhibition artists Ala Younis and Ahmed Mater to explore cultural heritage and legacy in the making of the modern Middle East, and the role of built and unbuilt systems in the shaping of global cultural practices. Hosted by the Guggenheim Wikipedia Initiative, the most exciting part of this event is the Wikipedia edit-a-thon following the discussion, to augment content related to contemporary artists and architects from the Middle East and North Africa.
At night, dance your heart out at Mckittrick Hotel’s all new Saturday night dance party A Dance Party Inspired by Alice in Wonderland. The event is the April edition of Supercinema, where guests can delve into the surreal and fancifully cinematic universe of Alice in Wonderland.
The Illuminati Ball: An Immersive Excursion by Cynthia von Buhler will whisk guests to a secret estate one hour outside of New York City for a lavish dinner, exotic cocktails, and an extraordinary theatrical excursion inspired by the infamous Surrealist Ball hosted by the Baron and Baroness de Rothschild in 1972. Von Buhler was behind the Speakeasy Dollhouse and Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic.
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation presents the 18th Annual Spring Village House Tour Benefit. The event is a self-guided tour of the interiors of remarkable Village homes and sites, promising hidden gardens, unparalleled art, and historic charm. Raised funds will support GVSHP’s work to educate and advocate for the distinctive character and irreplaceable architecture of the Greenwich neighborhood.