Our curated events picks for this week: Social Media Week, Preservation Now! Conference, Drink & Draw.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18: This week is your last chance to see Fetal Position and Drool by Charlie Grosso. Since 2009, she’s been taking photos of all the beds she’s spent a night in, and there have been many. Some of those beds are currently on display at BRIC Arts in Brooklyn Heights, as part of a group show of New Work/Crossing Boundaries in collaboration with En Foco. 12-6pm at BRIC Arts, 33 Clinton Street, Brooklyn. FREE. The show ends on Saturday, so hurry over! Read our review and see photos here.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19: Travel + Photography in the Age of Mobile. Join Gogobot and The Mobile Media Lab for a forward-thinking discussion and networking event during Social Media Week! We will delve into what it means to be a traveler and a photographer in our ever-increasingly digital age. Panel Discussion with Charlie Grosso, John de Guzman, Monica Suma, and Kevin Lu, questions by Gogobot, The Mobile Media Lab, and the Audience. 6:30-9:30pm at Hosteling International New York, 891 Amsterdam Avenue (at 104th Street). $8. Buy tickets here.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20: The merge between technology and preservation has changed how we are able to interpret the past. This is not only true of the built environment that surrounds us, but of our social and cultural history as well. Technology has made it possible for us to understand what the political, social and cultural environment surrounding the neighborhoods we walk through every day was once like. Join the Historic Districts Council for the 19th Annual Preservation Conference: Preservation Now! Pre-Conference Panel Discussions. Our first panel will address the topic of “Preservation and Technology” along with the emergence of current trends, issues and markets within the field. 6-8pm at at the Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street. FREE but RSVP is required. Untapped Cities founder Michelle Young will be speaking at the panel.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21: Drink and Draw from live models while supporting Art For Change, a non-profit, East Harlem gallery that uses art as a catalyst for progressive social change. Art for Change is using its gallery space as a studio and inviting you to come practice your drawing skills, listen to music, and imbibe. Basic figure drawing instruction is available. Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level. 7-9pm at 1699 Lexington Ave, Basement South. $10 / $7 students.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22: Martha Graham Dance Company presents “Myth and Transformation” — three compelling programs that explore how artists reinvent iconic stories to make forceful contemporary statements. Performances include a new production of Graham’s erotic masterwork Phaedra, paired with The Show (Achilles Heels), a highly provocative interpretation of the Achilles legend created, choreographed, and directed by Richard Move, which was originally commissioned by the White Oak Dance Project. 8pm at The Joyce, 175 8th Ave. Tickets start at $10. (Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23: The Brownsville Partnership, in conjunction with the Municipal Art Society, will host the first annual Brownsville HOPE Summit on neighborhood safety and community development. The Summit launches a yearlong drive to mobilize residents and local and citywide institutions to work collectively to make Brownsville a safer, healthier and more prosperous neighborhood. The initiative has been spearheaded by the Brownsville Partnership’s Intergenerational Advisory Council, which is made up of longtime Brownsville residents who work to solve the neighborhood’s challenges using local ideas and action. A priority for the group has been working to improve public safety and quality of life through improvements to the physical environment. 10am-2pm at at the Van Dyke Community Center, 392 Blake Ave, Brooklyn. Read our feature: Is Brownsville Brooklyn Ready for its Jane Jacobsian Comeback?
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24: The Paley Center and the International Documentary Association (IDA) are pleased to screen the documentaries, features and short subjects, which are nominated for the 85th Annual Academy Awards. These weekend screenings give the Paley Center and IDA members a unique chance to see the documentary films before the Oscar telecast on Sunday evening, February 24. Film screenings on Saturday & Sunday at The Paley Center, 25 West 52nd Street. FREE for Paley Center Members and IDA Members. Included with admission for the general public. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.