Our curated events picks for this week: Underground Eats Game of Thrones dinner, Patrick Bateman’s birthday bash, the NY African Film Festival.
MONDAY, APRIL 1: FPP Harlem hosts the season finale of its second season for the First Person Plural Reading Series on April 1, 2013 at Harlem’s Shrine World Music Venue. The event features poets Jericho Brown and Khadijah Queen, novelist Rachel Sherman, multimedia artists eteam and DJ Lady DM. The writers are invited to read or perform pieces that explore the collective voice and may also read from other recent work. Special guest DJ Lady DM will begin and end the reading with thirty minute sets. 6:30pm at The Shrine World Music Venue, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard. FREE.
TUESDAY, APRIL 2: Underground Eats Game of Thrones Dinner. Whet your appetite for more addictive G.O.T. drama with Chef David Santos’ six-course dinner inspired by his favorite characters from the past two seasons. And just when you die-hard fans thought this couldn’t get any better- the dinner will also include craft beer selections from Ommegang Brewery’s special Game of Thrones collection. Seatings at 7pm & 9:30pm at Louro, 142 West 10th Street. $103. Buy tickets here.
Also on Tuesday: The Korea Society presents producer David Foox and director Valerie Veatch at the New Museum as they turn their lens on Korea’s gaming world to explore the social impact of immersive virtual technologies. Valerie and David are joined by experimental photographer Alexander Porter to preview Love Child, a documentary that looks at Korean research on media immersion and literacy through the story of a young couple lost in the virtual world and a real-life tragedy that lead to the first case of “internet addiction.” A segment from Love Child, shot in Korea and using a revolutionary filming technique that “imagines the future of filmmaking” by capturing a data field rather than an image, will be shown for the first time. 7pm at The New Museum, 235 Bowery. $10 members; $20 general public. Buy tickets here.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3: The Affordable Art Fair. Our concept is simple, yet unique: an inspiring and friendly atmosphere in which you can find thousands of original paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs all under one roof, ranging from $100-$10,000, with more than half priced under $5,000. The work of young, emerging artists hangs alongside some of the biggest household names, while our Recent Graduates Exhibition provides a chance to snap up work by a future art world star. Private Preview Party 7-10pm at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street. $65. Thursday-Sunday, general admission $15. Buy tickets here.
THURSDAY, APRIL 4: STORY, the ever-changing and award-winning retail concept introduces ART, its ninth story. Presented in partnership with Art.com, the world’s largest online specialty retailer of high-quality wall art, it will run from now through Tuesday, April 16 th. ART offers a unique retail experience and series of events featuring access to art, previously only available online. Further, select artwork from Art.com will be represented on custom-designed dresses from the first open source fashion label, Constrvct. STORY also brings Art to life through a tightly edited selection of additional merchandise – from artful jewelry by Avindy, Beth Macri and I. Roni Kappos to Rex Ray lacquer boxes and accessories from Poketo, design-driven wares that take art off the gallery walls and into people’s lives. Evan Pricco, Editor-in-Chief of Juxtapoz Magazine and Marc + Sara Schiller, Co-Founders of Wooster Collective, riff on contemporary art. 6-8pm at 144 10th Avenue (at 19th Street). FREE. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIDAY, APRIL 5: How would you advance the Next New York? This spring, help us challenge the city’s next leaders to build a more competitive, livable, and sustainable city. Join us for breakfast at the offices of Kohn Pedersen Fox and hear Forum Fellows and invited experts make their pitches to improve our city’s culture, housing, industry, open space, transportation and zoning. All proposals are welcome, from napkin sketches to concrete policies. Registration to Next New York breakfasts is available to Forum Fellows and guests considering membership. 8:30-10am at Kohn Pedersen Fox, 11 West 42nd Street. FREE. RSVP here.
SATURDAY, APRIL 6: For lovers of Patrick Bateman and American Psycho, BBQ Films, an experiential cinema social club, is hosting an event that will more than satisfy your inner deviant. On April 6th at the Tribeca Underground, come to their special movie night party to celebrate Patrick Bateman’s 27th birthday. As Bateman’s the guest of honor, expect decadence and unabashed 80′s glamour. What’s even crazier is that tickets range from $25 to $3000 for four (with an even higher VIP level that comes with a custom Valentino suit sold out already). There will be a special performance by the Silent Drape Runners, a ’80s themed Robert Palmer photobooth, a screening of American Psycho with a BBQ Films style intermission and many more surprises that will engage even the most jaded Pierce & Pierce employee. Details here.
SUNDAY, APRIL 7: Stones in the Sun screening + Filmmaker Q&A as part of the 20th New York African Film Festival. In the midst of increasing political violence in their homeland, the lives of three pairs of Haitian refugees intersect in 1980s New York City. They must confront the disturbing truth of their pasts, as the history of their interlocked lives is slowly revealed. 1pm at the Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center, 144 West 65th Street. Film Society members $8; students/seniors $9; general admission $13. Buy tickets here.