Photo by Stephen Mallon, one of the artists in the East River Ferry’s floating photographic exhibition.
MONDAY, MAY 20: Screening of the Restored 1927 Fritz Lang film classic Metropolis, an Association for Preservation Technology Fundraiser. 6-8pm Benefit auction with light hors d’oeuvres; 8pm film screening at Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn. $50. Buy tickets here.
TUESDAY, MAY 21: THE VILLAGE: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues – A History of Greenwich Village. The work is a monumental study that captures the singular spirit and significance of a place that long shaped American arts, politics, and popular culture. A sprawling, anecdotal chronicle that begins with the earliest settlements and travels with non-stop momentum to the reinvented, affluent Village of today. 6pm at the General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street. $5 students / $10 members / $15 general admission. Email email@example.com or call 212.840.1840 prompt 2.
Also on Tuesday: bOb Bar presents the Girls On Top (GOT)–UK’s first all-female graffiti crew formed in 2000 by Chock and Ned to unite female graffiti artists. Introducing NYC to 5 members (Chock, Luna, Lyns, Pixie, and Syrup), the show represents each individual’s style. Exploring the limits of graffiti aesthetics through mediums including embroidery, collage, and customized novelty items, they illustrate their experiences within a male-dominated graffiti culture. 7pm at bOb Bar, 235 Eldridge Street. (more…)
You arrive in the city center just as night is falling, turn the corner in a little cobblestoned street and enter an unmarked door to an underground cocktail bar. Inside, the lights are dim, the atmosphere is chic and the cocktails are the very best. As music plays, you are drawn closer to it. You follow the sounds to a hidden back room, where people are dancing in rhythm to the music. (more…)
There are a lot of reasons we’re excited about The Big Gay Brunch (hosted by Big Gay Ice Cream and Underground Eats), which will kick off NYC Gay Pride Week (and summer) in style. On June 22nd, at the outdoor pool at the new Mercedes Club in Manhattan, some great culinary names will descend to create a Sunday afternoon brunch pool party that benefits The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to the LGBT community.
Chefs include Dave Martin (Top Chef Season One), Zac Young (Top Chef: Just Desserts, Pastry Chef at David Burke Kitchen), Elizabeth Falkner (contestant on The Next Iron Chef and Top Chef Masters) and the guys from the (who are also hosting the event with Underground Eats).
Last year’s Musical Chairs competition in Bryant Park
Remember what it felt like to be a kid playing musical chairs at your friend’s birthday party? The suspense. The drive to win. The frantic scramble for a seat when the music stopped. The annual Musical Chairs event in Bryant Park is an opportunity for adults to feel like kids again—to light their competitive fires while enjoying an evening of music and comedy on the grass. This year’s competition, on June 3rd at 7 p.m., will be hosted by comedian Sara Barron and DJ Stewey Decimal. The winner will go home with 2 Southwest Airline tickets and one of the park’s iconic green bistro chairs.
MONDAY, MAY 13: Henry Miller Memorial Library comes to Brooklyn! The Henry Miller Library in Big Sur will open a pop-up bookshop in the Reliquary featuring rare original manuscripts, letters, books, and more. The shop is just one great part of a week’s-worth of art, comedy, music, and movies all staged in Miller’s old neighborhood of Williamsburg. Tonight is the opening night party: Big Sur/Brooklyn Bridge night of poetry, prose and music (by Philip DeGruy) is hosted by Ping-Pong, a journal of art and literature published by the Henry Miller Memorial Library, the Coney Island performance festival Parachute, and the Brooklyn-based poetry blog: poetrycrush. Artist Tim Youd will “perform” Tropic of Cancer by retyping the novel on 1 sheet of paper. 7-10pm at the City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn. $10-20 suggested donation. Register here.
TUESDAY, MAY 14: East of Eden talk. Discover the geographic, technological, economic, and planning influences that have shaped the development of the iconic neighborhoods of the Upper East Side and East Harlem as they intersect at East 96th Street. Join Hunter Armstrong, Executive Director of CIVITAS, and Architectural Historian John Kriskiewicz for an in-dept, illustrated discussion in the historic library of the former Fabbri Mansion, now the House of the Redeemer. A NYC Landmark, the House of the Redeemer was designed by acclaimed architect Grosvenor Atterbury and was constructed for the Fabbri family between 1914-1916. 6:30pm at 7 East 95th Street. $15 suggested donation. Registration requested. Call the House of the Redeemer at (212) 289-0399 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
When I was a child growing up in the United Arab Emirates, the local souk (Arabic for marketplace) was one of the places we frequented as a family—not only was it a great shopping destination, the souk was where we could see the best of Arabian culture and hospitality. So when I learnt that the French Institute Alliance Francaise in New York was setting up a Tunisian souk as part of their World Nomads Tunisia initiative, I was more than a little excited to see what they had to offer.