Our curated list of NYC events for this week: Pre-music video era music videos, the International Fringe Festival, and an Untapped TICKET GIVEAWAY to The Bright Light Social Hour at The Bowery Ballroom.
MONDAY, AUGUST 6: Scopitone Music Films. The missing link for film and music videos. The Scopitone was a sort of film jukebox manufactured in France. It played 16mm films of proto music videos on a large console. In short, they were music videos before music videos. Some of these films survive, but they’re rare. Tonight, come see two hours worth from the collection of collector Gary Balaban, including Francois Hardy, Johnny Hallyday, the Kesseler Twins, Joi Lansing, Billy Lee Lee Riley, and more, all projected on the original 16mm — not video. Films will play outside in the garden. Crown Victoria, 60 South Second Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 9pm-2am. FREE.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 7: Attend an Art Dinner featuring the photography of Eric S. Killen & the Culinary Sensations of Chef Patricia Clark in “A Feast of the Senses”. Eric S. Killen a native of New York City has branched out and evolved his artistic style into the medium of photography. Continuously moving away from the conventional Eric captures moments and turns them into art. From a budding flower to the hardened lava rock from atop Mount Edna in Italy to the simple beauty of catching the sun’s rays reflecting in a crystal blue ocean. Chef Patricia Clark incorporates traditional cooking techniques with a fresh, healthy and modern style. She has catered parties across the US, Europe, the French Indes, Mexico, and North Africa. She brings passion into every dish making every bite a pure sensation. $45 for 4 courses. Beverages and Tip not included. All photographic prints will be available for sale that night. 7pm at in the back room of Nomad (78 2nd Ave, between 4th and 5th Streets). To reserve a spot, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Check back soon for more about the Art Dinner Series by Chef Patricia Clark.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8: TICKET GIVEAWAY: Bright Light Social Hour at the Bowery Ballroom. The band first gained attention in Austin from their incendiary live performances and innovative vision of rock and roll. Melding southern rock, hard dance, psychedelic blues and deep soul, their self-titled debut album and recent heavy touring have led to a swelling North American audience, growing critical acclaim and a sweep of six awards at the SXSW 2011 Austin Music Awards, including Band of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm. Post a photo of your favorite Untapped place on our Facebook page to win 2 tickets to the concert.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 9: Parkcentric: Photographs from the Museum of the City of NY, 1890-1940. Featuring nearly 70 photographs, this exhibition celebrates two great institutions””the New York City parks system and the Museum of the City of New York. The museum, originally housed at Gracie Mansion in Carl Schurz Park, is dedicated to an examination of the city and its myriad aspects. The park system, comprising nearly 17% of the metropolis, is a forum for activities for people of all walks of life and social status. It is both a refuge from the city and a mirror of the city itself. The images in this show are a fraction of the museum’s immense holdings, yet they represent a critical time in the parks system””from the social reform era to the cusp of World War II and ascendancy of modern New York””and demonstrate the beauty and vigor of the city’s parks. Featuring photographs by the Byron Company, Berenice Abbott, Jesse Tarbox Beals, Samuel H. Gottscho, Jacob Riis, and the Wurts Brothers among others. At the Arsenal in Central Park. 9am-5pm. FREE. Read our article about Berenice Abbott’s City Portraits.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10: The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) is the largest multi-arts festival in North America, with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues. The Fringe Festival opens on August 10th and runs until August 26th. Of the many excellent plays opening on Friday, we recommend Cause of Failure, a production of the FullStop Collective. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door and can be purchased here.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11: Westbeth Gallery: Summerlight VIII. While there are one person exhibits in our gallery throughout the year, there are only three group shows where you can get a sampling of work, in a variety of styles and media, by established and emerging artists. Summerlight VIII, is our only group show for this time of year. Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune Street, between West and Washington Streets. Opening reception 6pm-8pm. FREE.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 12: Revolutionary War New York Walking Tour: The Battle of Long Island. Urban Park Rangers specialize in interpretation of historic turning points, both natural and man-made, in our city’s long history. Park history programs tell the story of your favorite parks from the past to their future. At the Conference House Park Visitors Center in Staten Island (enter the Park at Hylan Boulevard and Satterlee Street). 1pm. FREE. Read our new article about Military NYC.