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.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15: Design(in) the Heart of New York. A dramatic transformation of Manhattan’s west side is underway at Hudson Yards. For the first time, the public is invited to connect with the design and architecture of the historic development and engage directly with the visionaries who are redefining New York’s skyline. 9am-8pm at the Center for Architecture, 536 La Guardia Place. FREE. Read our review here.
THURSDAY, MAY 16: NYCxDesign: join Stan Eckstut of EE&K a Perkins Eastman company, as he leads this late-morning tour of Battery Park City. Designed as an entirely new mixed-use community on a 92-acre landfill on Lower Manhattan’s Hudson River waterfront, upon its completion Battery Park City created a new paradigm for large-scale urban development. 11am-12:30pm at the Esplanade at the southern end of South Cove Park. FREE.
FRIDAY, MAY 17: Every three years, ICP’s curators round up some of the most interesting contemporary photography and video works from around the world. The 2013 Triennial, A Different Kind of Order, focuses on artworks created in our current moment of widespread economic, social, and political instability. The exhibition will include 28 international artists who employ photography, film, video, and interactive media. Exhibition opening night party for members & patrons. 6:30-8:30pm at ICP, 1133 6th Avenue. FREE.
SATURDAY, MAY 18: Join openhousenewyork in celebrating Lower Manhattan as a hub of design creativity and innovation during openstudios Lower Manhattan. Visit the workspaces of architects, designers, and engineers in the neighborhood and talk to the people who are helping to shape the future of New York City. This event is organized as part of NYCxDESIGN, a new citywide event celebrating NYC as an international design capital. 1-5pm open studios, 5-7pm reception. Check in CR Studio, 120 Walker Street, 6th Floor. Reception: Arup, 77 Water Street, 3rd floor. $30 / $20 students. Buy tickets here.
SUNDAY, MAY 19: The Eleventh Annual DRUMS ALONG THE HUDSON: A NATIVE AMERICAN FESTIVAL will take place in Upper Manhattan’s Inwood Hill Park, rain or shine. This event is presented by Lotus Music & Dance in collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, sponsored in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Councilman Robert Jackson and WABC-TV. 11am-6pm at Inwood Hill Park, 218th Street and Indian Road (4 blocks west of Broadway). FREE.