The Fleet Week Edition
I had a bit of an oops moment last time and forgot to hit 'send' on this until the Monday following my self-imposed deadline. And this week, despite best efforts, I am a bit late with the news. But it's worth it. Lots of things to do. First up, if the weather sucks (which, likely) go inside UrbEx with NY Adventure Club Presents UrbExpo 2018, or see inside David Lynch's head atFestival of Disruption. Beginning Monday see writers, radio producers, photographers, filmmakers, and illustrators perform stories like a classic general-interest magazine at Pop-Up Magazine. Interesting readings include: Michael Chabon presents Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told and PEN Out Loud Presents Writing War. On Broadway, we have Dan Cody’s Yacht about an idealistic teacher who must choose between values and comfort, as well as Log Cabin about married gays and lesbians – comfy in the new mainstream – who see hints of themselves in their rakish transgender pal.
The following week, don't miss Bodys Isek Kingelez presents City Dreams at MoMA, Be My Cover at the Strand (guess what that is about) or
Hugo Guinness, New Work at John Derian. And hell, be like Wes Anderson and pick up a print or two.
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NY Adventure Club Presents UrbExpo 2018: Join New York Adventure Club for our third annual UrbExpo — a pop-up art exhibit documenting the subcultures of urban exploration through the eyes of artists and curators, from Philly to Paris, who present distinctly different angles on what it means to explore a city. Jefferson Market Library, 425 Avenue of the Americas, 19 May, 8pm, Free.
Exploring the Secrets of the NJ Palisades: The ruins of an abandoned mansion, a haunted clock tower in the middle of NJ's wealthiest neighborhood, a scenic overlook on a 500-foot-high cliff — come explore the secrets of the narrow stretch of land right across from New York City. Burr–Hamilton Duel (At Base of Statue), Weehawken, NJ, 20 May, 10:30am, from $69.
Exploring the Hidden Galleries & Street Art in the LES: Discover how the chaos of the Lower East Side has shaped — and continues to shape — the destiny of the art world. Capa Cafe (Inside ICP Museum), 250 Bowery, 20 May, 1pm, from $25.
Live from NYPL, Jane Mayer: Jane Mayer joins Paul Holdengräber for a conversation spanning her decades-long career. An author of narrative nonfiction and a staff writer for The New Yorker, Mayer’s in-depth investigative reporting has uncovered hard truths about American life that challenge our understanding of culture, politics, and foreign policy. NYPL, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue, 21 May, 7pm, from $40.
Pop-Up Magazine: Writers, radio producers, photographers, filmmakers, and illustrators perform new, mostly reported stories in all kinds of media. The night unfolds like a classic general-interest magazine, and end with the cast and the audience mingling at the lobby bar. To see it, you have to be there. David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, 21 May, 7:30pm, from $36.
Greenlight Presents Changing Tides, Brooklyn Writers Discuss a Borough in Transition: Mark Noonan and Benjamin H. Shepard, authors of the new book Brooklyn Tides: The Fall and Rise of a Global Borough, present a panel discussion on activism, aesthetics, and the changes taking place in Brooklyn along its waterfront and throughout the borough. Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, 21 May, 7:30pm, Free.
Ask Me Another: Think fast as host Ophira Eisenberg throws trivia questions, puzzles and brainteasers in this NPR game show knock-off. Includes witty banter and guitar riffs from one-man house band Jonathan Coulton. Special Guest: 2018 Tiny Desk Contest winner: Naia Izumi. The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, 21 May, 7:30pm, from $20.
Greenlight Presents Mary Gaitskill, Somebody with a Little Hammer: Literary icon Mary Gaitskill presents her first collection of essays on all matters literary, social, cultural, and personal, newly released in paperback. Topics ranging from the Talking Heads to Linda Lovelace to Chekhov. Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, 22 May, 7:30pm, Free.
Exploring The Graffiti Hotel: An exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the 54-room Carlton Arms Hotel, which has become a vibrant permanent exhibition of art with every inch of space covered by the incredible colorful works of artists from around the world. Carlton Arms Hotel, 160 East 25th Street, 22 May, 6:30pm, from $25.
Book Culture presents Atticus Finch: The Biography: In Atticus Finch, historian Joseph Crespino reveals how Harper Lee's father provided the central inspiration for each of her books. A lawyer and newspaperman, A. C. Lee was a principled opponent of mob rule, yet he was also a racial paternalist. Book Culture, 450 Columbus Ave., 22 May, 7pm, Free.
Fleet Week NYC: Held nearly every year since 1984, Fleet Week is the city’s celebration of the sea services. More than 4,500 service men and women from the U.S. and foreign nations are arriving aboard the ships, which can be viewed at Pier 90, Pier 86, Intrepid Air and Space Museum, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and Homeport Pier on Staten Island. Hudson and East Rivers, 23-28 May. For the complete list of ships and locations click here.
Michael Chabon presents Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces: Michael Chabon delivers a new collection of heartfelt, humorous, insightful, and wise essays on the meaning of fatherhood. St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, 23 May, 7:30pm, $22, includes book.
Japanese Whisky Tasting Workshop: Nikka and Suntory are the biggest players in Japanese whisky, but aren't the only ones — it's time to introduce you to these two iconic brands and a host of others being distilled in Japan. A tasting and learning of Japan and its whiskies, all inside a private mansion originally built in 1899 for the Civic Club. The Civic Club, 34th and 2nd, 23 May, 6:30pm, from $45.
NPR Music & WFUV Present Neko Case Performs Songs From Hell-On: Five years after her last solo project, Neko Case is releasing a new album Thanks to NPR Music and WFUV, you can hear Neko Case and her band perform songs from ‘Hell-On,’ as well as some of her best-known material, live in an intimate setting. Littlefield, 635 Sackett Street, 23 May, 7pm, $30.
PEN Out Loud Presents Writing War: PEN Out Loud event brings together two authors with newly released books which contribute to the literature of war: Molly Crabapple, who co-wrote and illustrated Marwan Hisham’s new memoir Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War, and Alexis Okeowo, author of A Moonless Starless Sky. Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway, 24 May, 7pm, $15 or $28 with book.
Inside the Secret Treasures in the Trash Museum: While some might look to books, photographs, or movies for the answer to New York’s evolution, one sanitation worker tells the city's story through what New Yorkers threw in the trash — 50,000 pieces and counting. New York City Department of Sanitation, 1st Ave and 99th Street, 24 May, 3:30pm, $40 (refundable).
Greenlight Presents Michelle Tea, Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions & Criticisms: Queer countercultural icon Michelle Tea, author of Black Wave and How to Grow Up, presents a new collection of journalistic essays on all things artistic, romantic, and neurotic. Delivered with her signature honesty and dark humor, Tea blurs the line between telling other people's stories and her own. Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, 24 May, 7:30pm, Free.
Behind-the-Scenes @ Eclectic Props: An exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the place where film & television producers could rent thrones for their medieval sets, top hats for their 19th-century character actors, and fake squirrels for scenes of nature in NYC. Eclectic/Encore Properties (2nd Floor), 47-51 33rd Street, Queens, 25 May, 3pm, from $25.
Underground Manhattan, The Secret History of the Subway System: Explore the oldest subway stations in New York City with transit expert and guide Gary Dennis, working from Brooklyn Bridge station to Grand Central Terminal. Municipal Building (Top of Stairs to Subway), 1 Centre Street, 26 May, 10am, from $25.
92Y Presents Fauda Screening: Following an elite Israeli undercover commando unit operating in the West Bank, the action-packed drama has audiences around the world. Hear from co-creators Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff, who based the series on their own experiences serving in the Israel Defense Force. Buttenweiser Hall, 92nd and Lexington, 30 May, 7:30pm, from $35.
Greetings from Queer Mountain Showcase: Greetings, from Queer Mountain is a themed comedy, prose, and storytelling showcase in New York, Austin and New Orleans. Each month actors and comedians riff on a different theme. This month: TK. HousingWorks Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby Street, 30 May, 7pm, $10.
The NY Adventure Club Happy Hour @ The Explorers Club: Join New York Adventure Club for our exclusive monthly Happy Hour inside the Members Lounge at The Explorers Club, a historic private social club founded in 1904 and dedicated to the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space. The Explorers Club, 46 East 70th Street, 31 May, 6:30pm, Free, Must RSVP.
The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally have been one of Hollywood’s favorite couples for over a decade, from their unlikely beginnings (when they first met, she was starring in Will & Grace and he was sleeping on a friend’s couch), to the often graphically-described passion the two share today. See them perform scenes from the upcoming book. The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, 31 May, 8pm, $40 (includes book).
Festival of Disruption: Jim James, Animal Collective, Angel Olsen and Flying Lotus are among the artists slated to perform at the David Lynch Foundation's Festival of Disruption. The director himself will curate and host the two-day festival and will also present a series of talks, including a Blue Velvet screening with actress Isabella Rossellini. An art exhibit showcasing works by Lynch, William Eggleston and Sandro Miller’s Psychogenic Fugue is also planned. Brooklyn Steel, 319 Frost Street, Brooklyn, 19-20 May, from $60.
The Kooks, 23 May, Brooklyn Steel
Rostam: 24 May, Brooklyn Steel
Johnny Marr: 31 May, Gramercy Theatre
Rostam: 24 May, Brooklyn Steel
Johnny Marr: 31 May, Gramercy Theatre
v. Colorado Rapids, 19 May, 1pm
v. Arizona Diamondbacks, 18-20, 7pm, 1pm
v. Florida Marlins, 21-23, 7pm
v. Chicago Cubs, 31 May, 1-3 June, 7pm, 1pm
Dan Cody’s Yacht: In a small Boston suburb, a single schoolteacher is struggling to get by when the wealthy father of one of her students surprises her with a financial proposal that could change her daughter’s life. Suddenly, their worlds collide in ways that open up the question: what truly separates the haves and the have nots? City Center Stage I, 131 West 55th Street, through 8 July, $90.
Skintight: Reeling from her ex-husband’s engagement to a much younger woman, Jodi Isaac (Idina Menzel) turns to her famous fashion-designer dad for support. Instead, she finds him wrapped up in his West Village townhouse with Trey. Who’s 20. The Laura Pels Theatre, 111 West 46th Street, 31 May though 26 August, from $99.
Log Cabin: When a tight-knit circle of married gays and lesbians – comfy in the new mainstream – sees themselves through the eyes of their rakish transgender pal, it’s clear that the march toward progress is anything but unified. With stinging satire and acute compassion, Jordan Harrison’s pointed comedy charts the breakdown of empathy that happens when we think our rights are secure. Playwrights Horizon, 416 West 42nd Street, 1 June though 15 July, from $59.
Shakespeare in the Park: Every summer, the Public Theater produces a beloved NYC democratic tradition – Shakespeare in the Park, presented at the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Othello: Set amid war and palace intrigue in the 17th-century Mediterranean, this classic drama about a noble Black Venetian general whose marriage is sabotaged by theater’s most infamous villain, Iago, remains Shakespeare’s most urgent and relevant tragedy today. 29 May through 24 June, Details.
Brits Off Broadway: The annual festival hosting the UK’s most innovative and provocative theater in New York City, this year mixes wild comedy, heartwarming humor and fiercely dramatic yarns. 59E59, 59 East 59th Street.
· A Brief History of Women: A comedy in four parts about an unremarkable man and the remarkable women who loved him, left him, or lost him over sixty years. through 27 May, from $25.
· The Secret Life of Humans: In 1949, Dr. Jacob Bronowski installs a secret, alarmed room in his house. Fifty years later his grandson discovers his secrets, unearthing echoes from across six million years of human history. through 1 July, from $25.
· Operation Crucible: On 12 December 1940, during World War II, a single bomb reduced the Marples Hotel from seven stories to just 15 feet of rubble. Trapped within it were four men. This is their story through 3 June, from $25.
· Tremor: Sophie and Tom's relationship fell apart in the aftermath of a catastrophe. Four years later, as they come face to face once again, the aftershocks of that fateful day can still be felt.through 10 June, from $25.
The Boys in the Band: A group of gay men who gather in a NYC apartment for a friend’s birthday party. After the drinks are poured and the music turned up, the evening slowly exposes the fault lines beneath their friendships and the self-inflicted heartache that threatens their solidarity. Booth, 222 West 45th Street, through 11 August, from $69.
Our Lady of 121st Street: After the death of the beloved Sister Rose, a group of her former students return to their Harlem neighborhood to pay respects. But at the Funeral Home, there's a problem – her body has been stolen. An irreverently brash and insightful dark comedy. The Irene Diamond Stage, 480 West 42nd Street, though 10 June, $30.
The Gentleman Caller: The Gentleman Caller takes us back in time before the Chicago premiere of The Glass Menagerie. William Inge, a dissatisfied newspaper critic, invites Tennessee Williams to his St. Louis apartment for an interview. This sexy, fraught rendezvous sparks a relationship, which radically alters the course of their lives and the American Theatre. Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street, through 26 May, from $67.
Peace for Mary Frances: Mary Frances is 90 years old and ready to die. Born to refugees fleeing the Armenian genocide, her last wish is to die peacefully at home surrounded by her family. But Mary Frances must navigate the volatile relationships of the children she raised – or die trying. The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street, through 17 June, from $30.
Robbins 100: To mark the centennial of Jerome Robbins’ birth, New York City Ballet has assembled a collection of some of his most celebrated works. The Robbins 100 is a tribute to the co-Founding choreographer's remarkable contributions to classical dance. Performances include: Fancy Free, Dybbuk and the West Side Story Suite. New York City Ballet, David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, 3-20 May, from $30.
Doug Aitken, New Era: New Era is centered around 89-year-old protagonist Martin Cooper’s seemingly straightforward statements about his invention of the mobile phone and his thoughts on the future. Aitken’s film weaves the story of Cooper’s life into a poetic narrative about humanity’s history and future. 303 Gallery, 555 West 21st Street, through 25 May.
Chaim Soutine, Flesh: This exhibition of more than 30 paintings by Chaim Soutine, the Expressionist known for his gestural and densely painted canvases, focuses on the artist's remarkable paintings depicting hanging fowl, beef carcasses, and rayfish. The Jewish Museum, through 26 September, 1108 5th Avenue, at 92nd Street.
Pinxit, Mexici, (Painted in Mexico): The vitality and inventiveness of artists in eighteenth-century New Spain (Mexico) is the focus of this exhibition, which presents some 110 works of art (primarily paintings), many of which are unpublished and newly restored. The Met, 1000 Fifth Ave., through 22 July, $25 suggested.
Bodys Isek Kingelez presents City Dreams: Based in then-Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), Kingelez made sculptures of imagined buildings and cities that reflected dreams for his country, his continent and the world. Kingelez’s “extreme maquettes” offer fantastic, utopian models for a more harmonious society of the future. MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street, 26 May through 1 January 2019, $25.
SFA Projects Presents Getting Personal: The group exhibition puts forward ten female artists whose artwork express deeply personal thoughts, emotional energies, and societal commentary. Through a variety of works the show examines the role and representation of women in contemporary society. SAF Projects, 131 Chrystie Street, through 17 June.
Heavenly Bodies, Fashion and the Catholic Imagination: The Costume Institute's spring 2018 exhibition examines fashion's ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism. Serving as the cornerstone of the exhibition, papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside The Vatican. The Met Fifth Ave., 1000 Fifth Ave., through 8 October, $25 suggested.
Be My Cover: Be My Cover presents the best among thousands of book covers designed, commissioned, and produced every year by Penguin Random House worldwide through its publishing houses. ur selection gathers book covers published worldwide within the past ten years by over 15 imprints from Penguin Random House. Strand Book Store,
Rare Book Room, 3rd Floor, 828 Broadway, through 23 May, Free.
Hugo Guinness, New Work: Anna Wintour collects his work. Wes Anderson, a friend of the artist, used Guinness’s rendition of men’s briefs on the set of “The Royal Tenenbaums” to help establish the film’s quirky mood. Born in London to the banking and brewing family, Guinness, also does one-of-a-kind ink drawings and watercolors. John Derian, 10 East 2nd Street, 22-27 May, Free.
Dialogues, Tim Rollins & K.O.S. and Glenn Ligon: This exhibition explores parallels between the approaches of Tim Rollins & K.O.S. and of Glenn Ligon, which borrows from different literary sources, yet ultimately arrives at different results. Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, through 15 July, Free.
Zoe Leonard – Survey: The first large-scale overview of the artist’s work in an American museum. the exhibition highlights Leonard’s engagement with a range of themes, including the history of photography, gender and sexuality, loss and mourning, migration, displacement and the urban landscape. Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street, through 10 June, $25.
Boom for Real – The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat: A look at Jean-Michel Basquiat's life pre-fame, and how New York City, the times, the people and the movements around him formed the artist he became. IFC Center, West Village, $15.
First Reformed: Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her radical environmentalist husband, he finds himself plunged into his own tormented past until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence. Angelika, West Village, $15.
On Chesil Beach: Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, the drama centers on a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. Following the pair through their idyllic courtship, the film explores sex and the societal pressure leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. Angelika, West Village, $15.
The Seagull: One summer at a lakeside Russian estate, friends and family gather for a weekend in the countryside. While everyone is caught up in passionately loving someone who loves somebody else, a tragicomedy unfolds about art, fame, human folly, and the eternal desire to live a purposeful life. Angelika, West Village, $15.
Beast: Moll is 27, stifled by the small island community around her when she meets Pascal, a free-spirited stranger, falling madly in love. But when he is arrested as the key suspect in a series of brutal murders, she is left isolated and afraid as she stands with him against the suspicions of the community. Angelika, West Village, $15.
Saving Brinton: In a farmhouse basement on the Iowa countryside, eccentric collector Mike Zahs makes a remarkable discovery: the showreels of the William Brinton who brought moving pictures to America's Heartland. Among the treasures: rare footage of President Teddy Roosevelt and the first moving images from Burma. Cinema Village, East Village, $15.
Sollers Point: Keith is newly released from prison and living with his father (Jim Belushi) under house arrest in Baltimore. Keith is struggling to reestablish himself within a community scarred by unemployment, neglect, and deeply entrenched segregation. But as he taps into all his familiar resources, he finds that he may be reverting to his old ways. Village East Cinema, East Village, $15.
That Summer: Three years before the Maysles' landmark documentary introduced the world to Edith and Edie Beale – the unforgettable mother-daughter (and Jackie O. relatives) living in a daycare dream world on Long Island – renowned photographer Peter Beard chronicled life at their crumbling estate during one summer in 1972. IFC Center, West Village, $15.
Mountain: Only 300 ago, setting out to climb a mountain would have been considered lunacy. Why do mountains now hold us spellbound? From Tibet to Australia, Alaska to Norway armed with drones, Go-Pros and helicopters, director, an astonishing symphony of mountaineers, ice climbers, free soloists, heliskiers, snowboarders, wingsuiters and parachuting mountain bikers. Willem Dafoe provides narration. Village East Cinema, East Village, $15.
The Rider: Based on a true story, The Rider is about a once rising star of the rodeo circuit warned that his competition days are over after a tragic riding accident. Back home, he finds himself wondering what he has to live for. Quad Cinema, East Village, $15.
Always at The Carlyle: For the past 88 years, The Carlyle has been the definition of class and a calling card for Manhattan's elegant Upper East Side. But while it has housed some of the world's most famous clientele, the stories within the walls of the hotel rarely leave the premises. Until now. Quad Cinema, East Village, $15.
Grace Jones Bloodlight and Bami: An electrifying journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, all the while brimming with Jones's bold aesthetic. Cinema Village, East Village, $15.
Let the Sunshine In (Un Beau Soleil Interieur): Isabelle (Binoche) is a divorced Parisian painter searching for another shot at love, but refusing to settle for the parade of all-too-flawed men who drift in and out of her life.
RBG: At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of this quiet warrior’s rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown. Angelika, West Village, $15.
Strangers on the Earth: Europe’s most popular pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago attracts wayfarers of all stripes. One such pilgrim is Dane Johansen, an American cellist with his instrument on his back, performing music for his fellow pilgrims along the way. Cinema Village, East Village, $15.
The Guardians (Les Gardiennes): The women of the Paridier farm must grapple with the workload while the men are off at the front of WWI. Newfound independence is acquired, yet emotions are stirred especially when the men return. Quad Cinema, East Village, $15.