Housing talk-Museum City of NY-NYCMCNY talk on Affordable Housing this Thursday. Image via Museum of the City of NY

To start off February, here are ten New York City events for people with all interests ranging from performances to forums and discussions. You’ll also be able to sleepover in the famed halls of notable explorers with Atlas Obscura or submit a creative proposal of your own to the New York Transit Museum. Other events include a comedy show, theater production, separate tributes to two notable artists, an opportunity to get free art, a photography exhibit, film screenings, and discussions about past and present social issues.

Monday, February 1

Head over to the exhibit  Sudden Impact: Photography on the Printed Page presented by the International Center of Photography in Jersey City, NJ. This exhibit features 35 striking magazine covers and picture spreads from international periodicals of the 1920s to 1940s. It explores when innovative photography and graphic design joined forces to create many of the 20th Century’s most iconic images. The exhibit ends on April 8th, 2016.

The Living Gallery in Brooklyn will be hosting a special one-night-only exhibition called Free The Art. This exhibit will allow attendees to write their name down next to a particular piece of art and at the end of the night can take it home for free! The catch, each attendee is limited to a single piece. Around forty artists have submitted pieces from a range of mediums coming from artists such as embroidery specialist Heather Marie Scholl, artist and filmmaker Onur Turkel, and local photographer Walter Woldarczyk. The event itself is also free so no ticket purchase is necessary! For more information, check out the event’s Facebook Page.

The New York Transit Museum has an open call for creative submissions for their 2016 PLATFORM: Creative Musings on Mass Transit from now until next Monday, February 8th. If the New York City subway system has ever inspired you, an interesting or inspiring experience occurred on your daily commute to work, or you simply have a story to tell about the public transportation, then submit a proposal for this open call! Submissions from all disciplines- history, science, engineering, visual and performing arts, urban studies, city planning, academic fields, etc. are all welcome. The only common denominator is public transportation. 

Tuesday, February 2

Head over to The Bell House in Brooklyn for Ask Me Another, a co-production of NPR and WNYC with guest, The Duplass Brothers. For one hour enjoy an entertaining blend of brainteasers and bar trivia combined with music and comedy– think game night at a friend’s house. If you like puzzles and laughing, then tickets can be purchased here.

Wednesday, February 3

The Museum of Modern Art presents the film Gilda as part of the All That Jack (Cole), two-week, eighteen-film presentation which celebrates dancer and celebrated choreographer Jack Cole. Cole was a principle figure in the creation of  “theatrical jazz,” a style which has dominated the American stage and screen since the 1950s. The film Gilda (1946), about a former gambling cheat who works for a unsettling casino owner, features the noir-inflected dance numbers choreographed by Cole. Get tickets here.

Thursday, February 4

The Brooklyn Historical Society is hosting Why New York? Slavery on Long Island, a discussion of the role of slavery in the development of Long Island. The talk, moderated by Jennifer Anderson of Stony Brook University, will feature Historian Prithi Kanakamedala, curator of Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom, Stephen Mrozowski, PhD, Director of the Fiske Center at UMass Boston and member of the board of Sylvester Manor, and Professor Lynda Day of Brooklyn College. To learn more about the underrecognized history of widespread slavery on Long Island, you can reserve tickets here

Join the Museum of the City of New York for a panel on Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods, and Communities . Featuring a diverse panel of city officials, developers, and community advocates, the discussion will tackle challenged that affordable housing faces today. The panel will delve into themes of the Museum’s Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy exhibition and is also a part of its ongoing Activist New York program series. If you are passionate about learning more on the opportunities affordable housing can bring to New York’s neighborhoods then this is event for you.

Friday, February 5

Atlas Obscura presents Up All Night At The Explorers Club. Spend a night within the walls of the Explorer’s Club, members of which previously included the first man to reach the North Pole, South Pole, and summit of Mount Everest to name a few. At the event, take an in-depth look at the club’s rich, storied past through curated line up of lectures, screenings, immersive experiences and craft cocktails. The over-night opportunity will allow you to see the artifacts and trophies of history’s greatest expeditions and explorations. Get tickets here.

Saturday, February 6

For a third year in a row, the Museum of the Moving Image in collaboration with the Black Filmmaker Foundation present a forum on the intersection of race and the media in The Color of Comedy as part of its Changing the Picture (2016) exhibit. This all-day event features a film screening followed by a discussion forum held by comedians of color whose comedy is rooted in issues that remain fractious social concerns. If you would like to learn more about how comedy is used as an artistic tool address social issues that remain controversial topics in public discussion, then this event is for you.   

Sunday, February 7

The Museum of the Moving Image presents Fleischerei: A Musical Tribute to the Fleischer Brothers, Betty Boop, and Popeye with live music by renowned guitarist Gary Lucas and Broadway star Sarah Stiles. The tribute is for Max Fleischer, an animation genius known for his Betty Boop and Popeye cartoons of the 1930s. The event features not only live music, but also a screening of six great Fleischer cartoons like Betty Boop for President and Snow White. If you’re a fan of Fleischer or simply want to learn more about him, head on over to the Museum of Moving Images for a day of cartoon-watching and live music.

Also, check out our upcoming Untapped Cities tours, including our newest ones of Dutch New Amsterdam and the Secrets of Coney Island.

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