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May 8-10 What to do?

I had such an amazing night last night… I’m looking forward to telling you all about it but first- this weekend is going to be a blast!

Tonight if you’ve never been to Monkey Town this is an excellent night to go; Black Acid is playing live followed by psychedelic head music from DJ Richard Fearless (Death in Vegas) and visuals by Lazy Eye and The Stones IT.

Also tonight New York Underbelly invites you to party at Crash Mansion:

We start with some post punk stylings, each unique in its own way. Esque and Tyburn Saints kick it off, with the House of Leaves powering in as well. Then we change directions with Delexilio, who take the late night crowd on a funky dance trip…

RSVP for free admission before 11 and open bar between 9 and 10!

I’d like to recommend two great events for art enthusiasts this weekend. The first is the Brklyn Designs show in DUMBO. The New York Times has come through with an excellent map of the designers participating in the gallery and home tours, parties, tips on green living and other awesome events.

The second artsy extravaganza I want to direct your attention to is the fifth installment of the Scion Installation Art Tour: Installation 5: Self Portraits.

This year each artist was asked to create his or her literal, or non-literal interpretation of the theme ‘Self-Portraits’. Video art will be included for the first time in the tour’s five-year history, alongside painting and photography.

Head over to the Showroom NYC to see the introspective creations of these talented artists.

installation 5

Saturday afternoon head over to Pier 1 to participate in FlyNY 2009; live out your Mary Poppins dreams by creating and flying your very own kite.


Also on Saturday you can see The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus perform Buckaroo Bindlestiff’s Wild West Jamboree at the Brooklyn Public Library. You may remember that the last time I mentioned them they were playing at Dixon Place; check out that post for a video of them in action!

Have you ever wondered what the plural of Elvis might be? Wonder no longer! It’s Elvi, and you can be one of them on the Elvis Bar Crawl Saturday night. Join the kings at Thunder Jacksons or check the website for locations they’ll be hitting later on.


Sunday is Mother’s Day so be sure to give her a call or if she’s in the area I’d recommend making her brunch at home as all the restaurants are going to be a bit crazy. It’s also going to be a fairly decent day weather-wise so you might consider going to one of the parks or botanical gardens in the area.

Have a lovely weekend and stay tuned for additions!

Additions to March 13-15

I have a few additions to make to this weekend’s plethora of absurd and fabulous events.

Tonight join the audience at The Old Stone House to watch Dzieci’s constantly evolving production- Makbet. The setting is quaint:

Old Stone House in Brooklyn

Old Stone House in Brooklyn

and the theater is out there:

Dzieci performing Fool's Mass @ La Mama

Dzieci performing Fool's Mass @ La Mama

 Saturday you have one more chance to embrace your inner Jew:

JFREJ and Workmen’s Circle present Lower East Shushan: A Purim of Vacant Lots: A giant spectacular Purim masquerade ball. Spectacle house band led by Avi Fox-Rosen with Judith Berkson, Lee Free, Mary Feaster Special appearances by pianist Ray Santiago and master congero and singer Abran Rodriguez, Adrienne Cooper, the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, Crosmopolitan, Gary Z, Xavier, and more. In partnership with the Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) and CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, and thanks to Great Small Works and the New Yiddish Repertory Theater. Star studded performing devising ensemble: Ariel Federow, Katy Rubin, Killer Sideburns, Abigail Miller, Michelle Malka Miller, Seltzer and Salt, Tamar Elster, Ora Fruchter, Abigail Levine, Aleza Summitt, Avi Rose, Rachel Yucht, Sam Wilson, Tine Kindermann, CAAAV Youth Group, WCKinder Shula, Copper Henningfield (the world’s greatest Magician) and mysterious multitudes of others called Avi, Abi or something like that….

On Sunday my favorite circus troupe, The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, will be performing at Dixon Place:

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Winter Cabaret brings together elements of circus, sideshow, vaudeville, burlesque, and cabaret to provide a stage for some of the most talented performing artists in the world. Jugglers, clowns, acrobats, and trapeze artists share the stage with musicians, magicians, dancers, daredevils, and more. Each show features a unique combination of acts, but all promise a legendary lineup of circus feats, sideshow marvels, and world-class entertainers. March 15 cirkus cabaret line-up: Philomena, Mr. Pennygaff, Kinko the Clown, Liberty Sisters from Circus Amok, Carla Rhodes, Paradizo Dance, Nicholas Flair, and musical maestro Francisco Monroy. This performance is recommended for adults.

Also on Sunday the Sepia Gallery will be hosting ‘An Engendered Salon Event,’ involving screenings & conversations on the changing visual landscape of South Asian intimacies and sexualities in film, media, image & contemporary art.

Once again- enjoy and stay tuned!

March 3-5 What to do?

We have quite the week ahead of us and I hope that you won’t let the nasty weather stop you from attending some of the great events taking place.

On Monday night head out to Galapagos to witness a new kind of open mike night- Open Variety Night!

Artists are invited to perform in New York City’s first certified green cultural venue. The monthly showcase is open to all variety entertainers: jugglers, hoofers, magicians, aerialists, physical comedians, opera singers, violin playing pogo stickers, steppers, acrobats. The stage is here for artists to work out material in front of a live audience.

The Open Variety Stage is a response to variety artists — circus, sideshow, vaudeville, etc. — not having a stage to work on new material with a live audience.  Although there are a number of open mics in the city, few provide spaces high and wide enough for the work that many of us do. We aim to create a supportive laboratory for emerging artists and professionals alike to work on material, try new bits, and reawaken old acts.

This event is particularly exciting because it is being presented in partnership with the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus– a fantastic organization my friend D used to volunteer for (you might say she actually ran away to the circus…).

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

On Tuesday I for one am going to see South Pacific at the Lincoln Center Theater. Some of the original cast will be leaving the show soon so you should definitely get tickets if you want to see it! I will be sure to post my review though I very much doubt that it will be anything but glowing.

If I was not going to the theater I would definitely be checking out the Bushwick Book Club.

The Bushwick Book Club meets the first Tuesday of every month at Goodbye Blue Monday and employs the delirious talents of local songwriters who plumb the depths and scrape the ends of a chosen literary gem to create that rare and beautiful thing – a new song. All songs are then displayed, spread wide, in one hour. It’s an hour-long orgy of book-related songs and book-inspired food and drink. If that doesn’t sound indulgent enough, I don’t want to know you, you sick, sick bastard.

Head out to Goodbye Blue Monday and enjoy the indulgence.

On Wednesday the InDigest Reading Series at Le Poisson Rouge will include a free absinthe tasting from 6-7. After you’re all properly liquored up Jibade-Khalil Huffman and Paul Dickinson will read.



On Wednesday check out Sustainable NYC and join in converting your trash into treasure. Bring your “exciting cardboard” and team up with the recycling junkies, creative geniuses and pack-rats of our fine city to create wallets, postcards, pencil boxes, and more!

Starting on Wednesday you can be part of the selection process for the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival. Audience screenings will be taking place Wednesday through Saturday so for once you could have a say in which films make it big.

NYC Short Film Festival

NYC Downtown Short Film Festival

This Thursday  Tom Raworth and Peter Richards will be reading at Solas as part of the St. Mark’s Bookshop Reading Series. These two accomplished poets are sure to bring an interesting crowd- go for the people watching if nothing else!

The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Rendez-Vous with French Cinema series begins on Thursday with a screening of ‘Paris 36.’ The New York Times says:

The happy news about the 2009 series, whose remaining screenings take place at the Walter Reade Theater and the IFC Center, is that overall it is the best in years: a heartening development after a precipitous falloff last year. In addition to “Mesrine” and “Séraphine,” it includes major new films by Claire Denis (“35 Shots of Rum”), Agnès Varda (“The Beaches of Agnès”) and Benoît Jacquot (“Villa Amalia”) and a diabolically witty homage to the mystery writer Georges Simenon by Claude Chabrol (“Bellamy”) in which Gérard Depardieu plays a Maigret-like police investigator. Mr. Chabrol’s first movie with Mr. Depardieu, “Bellamy” also marks his 50th year as a director.

The series continues until the 15th; be sure to get your tickets for the screenings at the Walter Reade Theater or the IFC sooner rather than later!

 Le Plaisir de chanter

Le Plaisir de chanter

Stay tuned for additions as the week progresses!