Best things to do in NYC this week
Out-of-towners and locals are getting psyched for the 92nd annual Feast of San Gennaro 2018, and for good reason: the annual event includes the best spots in Little Italy. Eat at some of the best Italian restaurants in the city, watch colorful parades, catch free concerts and check out family-friendly activities like bouncy houses, crafting and games. And, of course, don't miss the world-famous cannoli eating competition.
Photoville is back! And your Insta is about to get meta. NYC hosts a bounty of beautiful photography exhibitions, but only Photoville can claim to be as pretty as the photographs it showcases. Held in and around giant shipping containers in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the massive celebration of pictures features more than 600 artists, 75 exhibitions, talks, screenings, seminars and hands-on photography workshops for budding shutterbugs. There's also a beer garden from Brooklyn Brewery with food from Smorgasburg including Big Mozz, Mao's Bao and John's Juice. The best part: Photoville is totally free, and dog-friendly! Find a full list of hours and events on Photoville's website.
New York's favorite disco and house collective brings its introspective lyrics and floor-pounding beats to Elsewhere behind last year's Omnion. The record finds Andy Butler and Co. reimagining their sound with inflections of ’80s pop, techno and ambient, but one thing hasn't changed: these tunes will make you move.
Move over, film. The annual Tribeca TV Festival presents three days of premieres and panels featuring the very best of television. This year's bash toasts two decades of Law and Order: SVU with a panel discussion including Mariska Hargitay, Ice T, Dick Wolf and the rest of the cast. Bryan Cranston looks back on Breaking Bad for the tenth anniversary of its premiere, and Tracey Ullman shows up to preview a new season of HBO zaniness. Along with screening premieres of new series and returning favorites like Ray Donovan and Madam Secretary, the festival will host a viewing of one of Anthony Bourdain's finale episodes of Parts Unknown, followed by a discussion on his legacy with producers and episode guest W. Kamau Bell. Most events run for $20–$30 a pop. It's a golden era of episodics; don't miss the chance to bask in the glow of the small screen.
Crammed together like bozos in a car, the physical-theater offerings at this biennial festival include work by clowns from Italy, Poland, Canada and the U.K., as well as local luminaries. It's not all red noses and big shoes. Productions of note include Angela Delfini Explains It All For You: A ¾-Woman Show, Lee Minora's Cheeks, Liquidmime's Is Dead and Bonnie He's A Terrible Show for Terrible People. visit the Brick's website for details.
Fearless singer-songwriter and deceptively feather-light song stylist McKay is always guaranteed to flabber your gast with her witty, unwieldy and beguiling performances. In this Birdland run, she toasts the release of her seventh album, Sister Orchid, which includes versions of standards including "My Romance," "The Nearness of You" and "Georgia on My Mind."
Nataly Aukar and Thiago Macklin shut down Pianos bar every month for a charming night of free stand-up. At the September edition, they're joined by Ian Fidance, Eman Morgan, Peter Wong, Blair Dawson, Deno Demartino and Nick Alex.
Argentine singer Juana Molina’s soft songs are worldly, intrinsically musical and, at times, even funny. On her latest effort, Halo, her songs roll forth placidly, circling back on themselves as if Molina is soundtracking a dream. It's a superb addition to her catalogue and will make for transfixing live fare.
Having already offered opulently designed, adults-only burlesque takes on Snow White, Cinderella and The Nutcracker, director-choreographer Austin McCormick and his fancy-naughty troupe turn to Munro Leaf's 1936 children's book, The Story of Ferdinand, the tale of a strong young bovine who prefers fields of flowers to the matador's ring. An all-male ensemble performs what is sure to be a lavish cock-and-bull story.
The premise of this high-concept uptown exhibition is simple enough: Present works in black and/or white by major figures such as Keith Haring, Robert Longo and Andy Warhol. While the selection isn’t terribly challenging, it is elegant and serves as a reminder of how unlimited visual possibilities can be wrought from a limited palette.
Benson returns with more of her cartoonish abstractions, which seem to have grown compositionally denser over the last year. They still retain the intense color schemes and illusionistic depth that have characterized her previous paintings.
Feeling insecure about your relationship? Put your romantic anxiety in perspective at this hilarious comedy night, hosted by real-life couple Naomi Ekperigin and Andy Beckerman. Watch pairings of stand-up best buddies—including Ian Fidance and Monroe Martin; Mike Brown and Dillon Stevenson; and Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang—perform sets together. Just don’t try any of their lines on your loved one.
The deadly duo of Irene Merrow and Amanda Hurley have decided to reclaim comedy from the hands of the mediocrity. At their fierce new show, they assemble a defiantly diverse lineup to blast open the paradigm and make you laugh in the process. For the inaugural edition, they're joined by Julia Schiplett, Clare O'Kane, Justy Dodge, SallyAnn Hall, Hattie Hayes and Calvin Cato.
Theater review by Diane Snyder For seven Harry Potter novels, the mediocrities of the Hogwarts house Hufflepuff lived in the shadow of their overachieving schoolmates. Matt Cox’s Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic gives them their due. In this funny and affectionate homage to J.K. Rowling’s world of wiz kids, Harry, Hermione and Ron take a back seat to average American wizard Wayne (Zac Moon), goth gal Megan (Julie Ann Earls) and math genius Oliver (Langston Belton), who is stuck at a school that doesn’t even teach his subject. They may not be at the top of the class, and they’re not wild about Harry, but they persevere through adversity and find power in friendship. A press release asks that the word parody be avoided in describing Puffs, but much of the show’s comedy is clearly aimed at Potterphiles. The 11 cast members play an assortment of characters, from a mumbling potions master to a squeaky house elf, and some of the jokes will be lost on those with no knowledge of the films or books. But even Potter virgins will enjoy the show’s witty wordplay and well-executed physical comedy. At times, the pacing is so frenetic that jokes can’t find a place to land, but there’s heart as well as humor here. In the past two years, Cox and director Kristin McCarthy Parker have shepherded their silly, subversive show from the People’s Improv Theater to Off Broadway’s New World Stages. Like its main characters, Puffs illustrates the heigh
The Independent Filmmaker Project presents five days of screenings, talks, meet ups and exhibitions for all you content creators out there. Join talks with Random Acts of Flyness creator Terrence Nance and the creators of Queen Sugar and ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Catch workshops on film financing, podcasting and streaming series; and don't miss previews of new movies from around the globe, including Shirkers and Dead Pigs.
Postmodern master Harrell turns his critical-historical eye toward the hoochie koochie, a performance of which by a Syrian dancer at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair launched a craze for sensual, pseudo-oriental dance. This performance, presented as part of the Crossing the Line festival, marks the work's New York debut.
The Museum at FIT unleashes the politics and provocations of the color pink at this stunning exhibition, featuring clothing from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Divided into two sections, the exhibition explores how the color has come to play into eroticism, punk rock, activism and gender politics. You'll explore historical ensembles from Japan, India, Africa, Mexico, Great Britain, the U.S. and beyond that played into the lives of commoners and royals alike; then gag at stunning looks from the vaults of Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Moschino and Comme des Garçon. Witness the splendor!
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