The Nigerian Artists Edition
This is a rather long newsletter -- three weeks' worth of events -- because your humble editor is off to Nigeria to discover the Lagos City Marathon and several of the exciting cultural, political and social happenings there. Keep your eye on the social media. In the meantime, keep reading Adiche and her contemporary, Chinelo Okparanta, and check out the work of Toyin Ojih Odutola at the Whitney. You won't be disappointed.
I'll be gone until late February, but have no fear, plenty here to do, including two chances to see Paul Auster presents 4,3,2,1, as well as Panel Discussion, It Occurs to Me That I Am America. Don't miss the PopUp Magazine and see some of New York's greatest artists and writers do their thing on stage. There are a few NY Adventure Club activities, including Great (Miniature) Scavenger Hunt @ Gulliver’s Gate, Behind-the-Scenes @ Academy of Arts & Letters, Founded by Mark Twain, and Behind-the-Scenes Look @ The Graffiti Mansion of Glen Cove. Plus, the Oscars are nearly here. In addition to new movies, see the guide below.
After I do Lagos, a training marathon (ha) in April, I am running the the London Marathon for the Outward Bound Trust, which offers outdoor experiences to underprivileged kids. If you care to make a donation to the charity, I would be sincerely grateful. Here is the website.
Stay warm and see you in late February!
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Judy Blumesday: In celebration of Judy Blume’s 80th birthday, a tribute day full of events for fans of all ages. Symphony Space, 4 February.
Gold Leaf Workshop with ‘Gold’ Champagne Toast: Make anything you own shine like Versailles. Chambord Inc. 4 February.
Panel Discussion, It Occurs to Me That I Am America: Several of the 50 bestselling and award-winning authors and artists in this unprecedented collection celebrate its launch. Greenlight Bookstore, 5 February.
The Moth Story Slam with Ophira Eisenberg (Secrets): Ten stories, three teams of judges, one winner. The Bell House, 5 February.
Pulitzer Surprises: Anyone can nominate anything for a Pulitzer Prize, and Pulitzer Surprises takes advantage of that horrible idea. Union Hall, 5 February.
Stranger than Fiction Presents Seeing Allred: The powerful have secrets. The powerless have a weapon. Her name is Gloria Allred. IFC Center, 6 February.
Selected Shorts – It Occurs to Me That I Am America: Several of the 50 bestselling and award-winning authors and artists in this unprecedented collection celebrate its launch.Symphony Space, 7 February.
Books Are Magic presents Zadie Smith: A night with novelist and essayist Zadie Smith in celebration of her latest collection of essays, Feel Free. St. Ann Church, 7 February.
Paul Auster presents 4,3,2,1: Contemporary master Paul Auster celebrates paperback of his Booker-nominated tour de force, 4 3 2 1. Greenlight Bookstore, 7 February.
Erica Armstrong Dunbar presents Never Caught: Dunbar’s eye-opening narrative about a courageous black woman who risked her life for freedom Cooper Union, 8 February.
Behind-the-Scenes @ The New York Historical Conservation Lab: Discover firsthand what it’s like to be a conservator for a renowned museum and library. New-York Historical Society, 8 February.
PEN America, Authors Evening featuring Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will present his latest book, 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro. Private Home, 8 February.
Sarah Schulman, After Delores: In this now-classic work Sarah Schulman beautifully captured the lesbian subculture in 1980s New York. Strand Bookstore, 8 February.
92Y presents Martin Amis + Will Self: The essays in Martin Amis’s new nonfiction collection, The Rub of Time and Will Self explore the interplay of minds, madness and technology 92nd and Lexington, 8 February.
Nerd Nite: At the February 2018 edition of Nerd Nite NYC, learn what politicians could learn from the Wu Tang Clan and other enlightening subjects. Littlefield, 9 February.
Late Night Tour + Printing Press Workshop @ Center for Book Arts: Sip some wine, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to learn how to operate antique printing presses. Center For Book Arts, 9 February.
PopUp Magazine: Writers, radio producers, photographers, filmmakers, and illustrators perform new, mostly reported stories in all kinds of media mixed together. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 10 February.
Dave Eggers presents The Monk of Mokha: Dave Eggers and Mokhtar Alkhanshali come together for an evening of conversation about the ourney of a young man following his dreams. BAM Fisher, 11 February.
Great (Miniature) Scavenger Hunt @ Gulliver’s Gate: A scavenger hunt at Gulliver's Gate, a new 50,000 square foot wonderland featuring 1:87 scale models of major cities and unique locations throughout the world. Gulliver's Gate, 11 February.
Ask Me Another: Think fast as host Ophira Eisenberg throws trivia questions, puzzles and brainteasers at special guests. The Bell House, 12 February.
Literary Exertions: To coincide with the 2018 Winter Olympics a discussion of the intersections between literature and sports. HousingWorks Bookstore, 12 February.
George Saunders presents Lincoln in the Bardo: George Saunders continues to shake readers to the core with Lincoln in the Bardo. Symphony Space, 13 February.
Books Are Magic Presents Borders + Refugees: Books Are Magic hosts a discussion about borders, migration, and the global refugee crisis. Books Are Magic, 14 February.
Galentine’s Day, Drink and Draw Like a Lady: A night of art creating, cookie eating, music listening, and wine tasting in the Rare Book Room. Strand Bookstore, 13 February.
The Moth Story Slam with Dan Kennedy (Love Hurts): Ten stories, three teams of judges, one winner. HousingWorks Bookstore Café, 13 February.
Laurie Anderson presents All the Things I Lost in the Flood: Laurie Anderson’s new book All the Things I Lost in the Flood is a series of essays about stories and language. Town Hall, 15 February.
Books Are Magic presents Melissa Febos, Abandon Me: Celebrate the paperback release of Abandon Me, named one of the best books of 2017 by Esquire. Books Are Magic, 16 February.
Behind-the-Scenes @ Academy of Arts & Letters, Founded by Mark Twain: Visit the society founded over 100 years ago in order to honor the country’s greatest architects, artists, writers and composers. American Academy of Arts and Letters, 16 February.
Behind-the-Scenes Look @ The Graffiti Mansion of Glen Cove: 150 prominent NYC-area street & gallery artists have transformed every inch of this historic property into a graffiti mecca. Graffiti Mansion, Glen Cove, NY, 17 January.
WFUV Dance Party: Join DJs Rita Houston, Russ Borris and Alisa Ali and special guest The Binky Griptite Orchestra for a night of body-shaking dancing. White Eagle Hall, 3Jersey City, NJ, 17 February.
Rosann Lake presents Leftover in China: Part critique of China’s cultural structure, part portrait of the romantic travails of China’s trailblazing women. Strand, 19 February.
92Y presents Marilynne Robinson, What Are We Doing Here?: In her new collection of essays, the award-winning novelist trains her mind on the modern political climate. 92nd and Lexington, 20 February.
Annual PEN Literary Awards: Join PEN America to celebrate the best literature that free expression makes possible. NYU Skirball Center, 20 February.
Urban Archive Trivia Night: Every New Yorker’s favorite activity... proving how well we know our city. HousingWorks Bookstore Café, 21 February.
Demetri Martin: Star of the Comedy Central series Important Things with Demetri Martin, does stand-up. The Bell House, 22 February.
Still Writing After All These Years: Listen to four legendary New York writers: Robert Caro, Jane Kramer, Gay Talese and Calvin Trillin. 92nd and Lexington, 22 February.
Paul Auster presents 4,3,2,1: Contemporary master Paul Auster celebrates paperback of his Booker-nominated tour de force, 4 3 2 1. Symphony Space, 22 February.
The Moth Story Slam with Dan Kennedy (Transit): Ten stories, three teams of judges, one winner. HousingWorks Bookstore Café, 122 February.
Underground Manhattan, The Secret History of the Subway System: Explore the oldest subway stations in New York City. Municipal Building, 24 February.
Axe Throwing Night @ Kick Axe Throwing Brooklyn: A night of axe throwing at Kick Axe, New York's first and only indoor axe throwing facility. Kick Axe Throwing, 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, 24 February, 6:15 pm, $39.
Inside NYC’s Largest Letterpress Studio as seen in Spielberg’s The Post: A rare look inside Woodside Press New York City's largest traditional letterpress printing studio. Building 92, Brooklyn Navy Yard, 24 February.
New York Rangers (Madison Square Garden):
v. Boston Bruins, 7 February, 8pm
v. Calgary Flames, 9 February, 7pm
v. Philadelphia Flyers, 18 February, 12pm
v. Minnesota Wild, 23 February, 7pm
v. Detroit Redwings, 25 February, 7:30pm
Brooklyn Nets (Barclay’s Center):
v. LA Lakers, 2 February, 7:30pm
v. Milwaukee Bucks, 4 February, 12pm
v. Houston Rockets, 6 February, 7:30pm
v. New Orleans Pelicans, 10 February, 6:30pm
v. Cleveland Clippers, 12 February, 7:30pm
v. Indiana Pacers, 14 February, 7:30pm
v. Chicago Bulls, 26 February, 7:30pm
New York Open: This new ATP World Tour 250 Series event is the sole indoor championship in the country. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 11-18 February.
Returning to Reims: An actress records a voiceover for a documentary, while philosopher Didier Eribon discovers that the left-wing and liberal middle-class have abandoned the working-class.St. Ann’s Warehouse, through 25 February.
Amy and the Orphans: After their father’s death, two unhinged siblings reunite with Amy, their movie-loving sister who has Down syndrome. The Laura Pels Theatre, 1through 22 April.
A Walk with Mr. Heifetz: In 1926, an unforgettable event occurred when Jascha Heifetz, the most celebrated violinist in the world, played a concert in pre-Israel Palestine Cherry Lane, through 4 March.
Relevence: Theresa Hanneck is a celebrated author and veteran feminist warrior; Msemaji Ukweli is a promising young writer becoming the leading cultural critic on race, class, and gender. A heated exchange ensues. The Lucille Lortel Theatre, through 11 March.
Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo: Peter and his wife Ann live in their Upper East Side apartment, but Peter is forever altered by an oddly persistent stranger. The Signature Center, through 11 March.
Kings: Kate is a whip-smart lobbyist who doesn’t waste her time on anyone who can’t get elected. But Rep Millsap and her high-minded principles turn out to be more resilient. The Public, through 25 March.
Some Old Black Man: When college professor, Calvin Jones, moves his ailing father into his Harlem penthouse, an argument over what to eat for breakfast turns into a generational clash. 59E59, 8 February through 4 March.
The Low Road: Set in the 18th century, a young man is inspired by a chance encounter with Adam Smith to put his faith in the free market. The Public, 13 February through 1 April.
Angels in America: One of the greatest theatrical journeys of our time returns to Broadway. Neil Simon, 23 February through May.
Jerry Springer, the Opera: It’s The Jerry Springer Show with passionate arias, soaring ballads, and giant production numbers. Pershing Square Signature Center, through 11 March.
La Bohème: The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with a series of exciting casts. Metropolitan Opera, through 10 March.
All Balenchine No. 1 & No. 2: Drawing from a canon of over 400 works, this spans the breadth of Balanchine’s career.
Apollo presents the young god as he is ushered into adulthood by the muses of poetry, mime, and dance.
Cortège Hongrois blossoms from a folk-stylized processional to a classical grand pas de deux.
The Four Temperaments references the medieval concept of psychological humors
New York City Ballet, through 3 February.
Kathe Burkhart, From the Liz Taylor Series: Since the 1980s, Burkhart has been making a spectacle of Elizabeth Taylor in mixed-media paintings. Boone, through 24 February.
Danh Vo, Take My Breath Away: Installations, photographs, and works on paper to amplify the legacy of colonialism and the fraught status of the refugee. Guggenheim, through 9 May, $25.
The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal: The first U.S. museum exhibition to present the extraordinary drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal (Spain, 1852–1934), the father of modern neuroscience. Grey Art Gallery, New York University, through 31 March.
The Revolution on 23rd Street: While its space undergoes renovation, a familiar face – that of revolutionary, Che Guevara, whose iconic portrait was painted in 1968 by American artist Paul Davis -- graces the windows. Poster House, through 14 February.
Vestiges + Verse: Unites more than 250 works by 21 seminal and recently discovered self-taught artists. American Folk Art Museum, through 27 May.
Highlights from the Self-Taught Genius Gallery: The Self-Taught Genius Gallery launches with a selection from the 18th through 21stcenturies. American Folk Art Museum, through 8 February.
Jamian Juliano-Villani, Ten Pound Hand: Juliano-Villani’s shows some new surreal compositions. JTT Gallery, through 24 Feburary.
In the Intense Now: Investigates how the people who took part in timeless events continued onward after passions cooled. Film Forum, West Village, $15.
The Cage Fighter: A blue-collar family man breaks the promise he'd made years ago to never fight again. IFC Cinema, West Village, $15.
Oscar-Nominated Film Shorts: Live-Action, Documentary and Animation. Begins 7 February, IFC Cinema, West Village, $15.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: (Best Film, Actress, Best Supporting Actor) Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) paints three signs with a message directed at the the town's revered chief of police. Cinema Village, East Village, $15.
The Shape of Water: (Best Film, Director, Actress, Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor) Lonely Elisa’s (Sally Hawkins) life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Village East Cinema, East Village, $15.
I, Tonya: (Best Film, Actress, Supporting Actress) A darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding. Village East Cinema, East Village, $15.
Lady Bird: (Best Film, Director, Actress, Supporting Actress) Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated mom. Village East Cinema, East Village, $15.
Darkest Hour: (Best Film, Actor) With the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs Winston Churchill.City Cinemas Beekman Theatre, Upper East, $15.
Call Me By Your Name: (Best Film, Actor) Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over a summer that will alter their lives forever.Paris Theatre, Upper East, $15.
Phantom Thread: (Best Film, Director, Actor, Supporting Actress) An illuminating portrait of both an artist and his inspiration, set in 1950’s post-war London. City Cinemas, East 86th Street, $15.
The Post: (Best Film, Actress) The unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham and editor Ben Bradlee. City Cinemas 1, 2, 3, Upper East Side.
The Florida Project: (Best Supporting Actor) The story of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends. Village East Cinema, East Village, $15.
A Fantastic Woman: (Best Foreign Film) After her lover Orlando passes away, Marina struggles to become the woman she is now. Angelika, West Village, $15.
The Insult: (Best Foreign Film) In today's Beirut, a civilian dispute blown out of proportion finds Tony, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, facing off in court. Quad Cinema, East Village, $15.
The Square: (Best Foreign Film) Christian's next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals. IFC Cinema, West Village, $15.
Faces Places: (Best Documentary) Agnès Varda and JR have things in common, including for ways of showing, sharing, and exhibiting their work. Quad Cinema, East Village, $15.
Loving Vincent: (Best Animated) This feature-length painted animation explores the life and unusual death of Vincent Van Gogh via his artworks. Quad Cinema, East Village, $15.