So What Do You Feel Like Doing This Weekend?

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There’s plenty to do here in the city!

The Jazz Age Lawn Party is a prohibition-era inspired gathering on Governor’s Island. Dance lessons, vintage portraits, a 1920′s motor car exhibition and a pie contest are just some of the activities offered. Listen to the various musical performances while you munch on everything from chop suey to grilled bratwurst. Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. General admission is $35. If you miss it, there’s another party planned for August 16th and 17th.

The American Crafts Festival at Lincoln Center is a selective one, with 180 master artisans from every region of the United States chosen on the basis of quality of workmanship and uniqueness and design. Festival hours are 12 pm to 9 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 9 pm on Sunday. Admission is free and the show will go on rain or shine.

Seventh Heaven Festival Brooklyn takes place on Father’s Day every year. Over 500 vendors will be hawking food and crafts along 7th Avenue from Flatbush Avenue to 16th Street in Park Slope.

Special Edition NYC is a two-day comic con convention that focuses solely on comic books. It’s a mini-version of the larger Comic Con that is held in October. Top comic creators, artists and publishers will be attending. Get info and tickets ($30 pre-show) here.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there. It looks like the weather will be nice, so get out and enjoy!

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Museum Mile For Free!

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How often do you get to amble up Fifth Avenue when it’s completely cleared of traffic and pop into nine of its incredible museums without paying a dime? Well, you can for three hours on June 10th.

The Guggenheim, El Museo Del Barrio, The Africa Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of the City of New York, The Jewish Museum, Cooper-Hewitt, Neue Galerie and National Academy Museum and School will all open their doors on that day between 6 and 9 pm for the Museum Mile Festival.

Cars will be banned along the avenue from 82nd to 105th Streets for the duration of the festival, making it feel like a big block party.

Aside from the free museum passes, there will be kids’ entertainment like Silly Billy the Very Funny Clown and face painting. Art-in-the-street demonstrations will be held, like chalk drawing and creating art using letter stamps and color sticks. And there will be several musical performances by string quartets and jazz ensembles along the avenue to boot.

The party will go on, rain or shine!

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Factory Art

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From sugar to art in 132 short years.

The Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg dates from 1882, but the refinery stopped operating in 2004. Today, while the building awaits razing and redevelopment into offices and residential towers, it’s being temporarily used as a home for art projects.

Kara Walker is a multifaceted artist of sculptures, cutouts, drawings and films. Her project, entitled “Subtlety” or “Marvelous Sugar Baby: an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant” will run starting today through July 6th.

Walker’s work has always shined a light on slavery and racism, and as sugar production in the 18th century led to a marked rise in the demand for slaves from Africa, the Domino Sugar Factory is an ideal venue to host her work.

The installment centers on a giant female sphinx composed of sugar. Beside the sphinx are human-scale, 5-foot tall children the color of molasses, based on once-popular porcelain trinkets that featured cherubic slaves toting baskets. Walker’s work is always moving and I can’t wait to see it.

The exhibit runs Fridays from 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6 p.m. and is free.

If you can’t make this exhibition, try and check out Kara Walker’s art in the future.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

Marching Forward…

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Buh-bye, February. It’s been real, but we’ve gotta go. Let’s take a look at what’s happening in the city in March:

The New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show focuses on Key West, FL this year. The exhibition is inspired by a modernist Key West estate–its architecture is featured along with reflecting pools and soaring pergolas. There will be lectures, guided tours, Q&As with experts and musical entertainment. Oh–and orchids. Thousands of beautiful orchids. Runs through April 21st.

The NYC Tattoo Convention takes place from March 7th to 9th at the Roseland Ballroom, and features tattoo artists from around the world, piercing professionals, live entertainment and contests. Prizes will be given for Best Back or Chest Tattoo, Best Colored Tattoo and Best Overall Tattooed Person, among others.

The Armory Show, located on Piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan is one of my favorites. The event showcases important artworks fo the 20th and 21st centuries. This year it looks to China, with a specially curated section devoted to Chinese contemporary art, featuring 16 galleries from Hong Kong and Mainland China. March 6th through 9th.

The New York International Children’s Film Festival helps answer the question, “So what exactly constitutes a kid’s movie?” Children and their parents can check out a host of unique and thought-provoking films geared towards young people. Workshops, short film programs and information sessions with the creators will round out the event. Runs March 7th through the 30th at various locations. For kids 3 to 18.

 

I Hate Football. So What Now?

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Not a football fan? Frankly, neither am I. So I’m going to avoid the Super Bowl hooplah and do something (anything) that doesn’t involve watching large men hugging oval-shaped balls and tackling each other. Here are a few of my choices:

The Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival starts at 1 p.m. in Little Italy and makes its way through the streets of lower Manhattan and Chinatown. The hub of the whole party is at Sara Roosevelt Park at Grand and Forsyte Streets; there will be plenty of vendors, food and otherwise, catering to people of all ages.

The Morgan has an exhibit dedicated to The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s beautiful and philosophical story in which a pilot stranded in the desert meets a young prince fallen to Earth from a tiny asteroid. The Little Prince: A New York Story examines the relationship between this charming book and our fair city, where much of it was written. The display also features the author’s only surviving handwritten draft.

Sunday is the final day to catch the Harlem Fine Arts Show at Riverside Church. (The exhibition runs all weekend.) This year’s show focuses on Martha’s Vineyard and features over 100 emerging and established artists from the island.

It’s Ground Hog Day! If you’re an early riser, head to the Staten Island Zoo at 7:30 a.m. and catch Chuck the Groundhog’s winter prediction. You can stay and have breakfast with him too if you’re so inclined. Or you can do what I would do and sleep in, then catch a screening of the movie Groundhog Day at noon at the Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg’s brunch screening.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

Art In The City

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New York is the go-to city in the U.S. for soaking in all genres of art, isn’t it? Sure, other places have notable art scenes, but we think that they’ll take a long time to catch up to us. Here are a few current exhibitions worth your time.

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At MOMA:

Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938. This exhibit is the first to focus on the breakthrough Surrealist years of the Belgian painter.

American Modern: Hopper to O’Keefe through January 26th.  A fresh look at the museum’s holdings of American art made between 1925 and 1950. Paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and photographs depict a rapidly changing American society in the second quarter of the century.

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Balthus: Cats and Girls-Paintings and Provocations runs through January 12th. Thirty-five paintings by the Polish-French modern artist from the mid-1930s to the 1950s.

Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China will be shown through April 6th. It’s the first major exhibition of Chinese contemporary art ever mounted by the Metropolitan.

At the Guggenheim:

Kandinsky in Paris: 1934-1944. This exhibition examines work that Vasily Kandinsky produced in the last 11 years of his life, when he settled in the Parisian suburb Neuilly-sur-Seine. Through April 23rd.

Don’t forget that this is just the tip of the iceberg. New York City has hundreds of museums and galleries. Come and hang with us and explore them all.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

 

Touching Strangers

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Richard Renaldi is a New York photographer whose unique work will move you. He pairs strangers together and Cailis canadian farmacy asks them to step out of their comfort zone and physically interact with each other for his photographs. As a result, ethnic, racial and cultural barriers all seem to melt away.

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Check it out:

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Isn’t it lovely?

 

New York City Festival Of Lights

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A cool thing is happening tomorrow night right buy cialis online prescription free here on Elizabeth Street. The New York Festival of Light Organization is putting on the first annual NYC Festival of Light.

Nope, it’s got nothing to do with Hannukah. The NYFOL describes itself as, “a non-profit art group whose vision is to create and provide a unique and delightful experience for residents and tourists; enhancing NYC’s architecture through interactive, static and projected lighting installations.”

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Got that? In a nutshell, they recruit lighting designers to express themselves on the buildings of the city and show everyone how light is truly a form of artistic expression.

These lighting festivals have already hit ten other major cities on 5 continents, like Berlin, London and Sydney (shown above), but this is a first for New York

Here’s a peek at the FOL in Berlin, to give you a taste of what it’s all about:

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Head to Elizabeth St Garden in Nolita tomorrow from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to see this one-of-a-kind show…a first for New York!

 

 

 

Sheep In The City

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Chelsea’s gallery district is full of groundbreaking art, coffee-swilling hipsters and of-the-minute restaurants….but a Sheep’s Station?

Getty Station, on the corner of 10th Ave. and 24th St. is a public art program based at this former filling station. It was conceived by real estate developer and art collector Michael Shvo to bring outdoor exhibitions to a broad audience in the center of the High Line arts district.

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With this piece, Schvo and the Paul Kasmin gallery are reimagining pieces of the late French artist Francois-Xavier Lalanne. Twenty-five sheep are scattered among the gas pumps overlooking 10th Avenue–enclosed by a white picket fence. (So what else would you expect?)

The site will ultimately will be transformed into luxury residences, but the Getty Station will feature different exhibitions for extended periods of time canadian pharmacy online viagra during the construction period. Ultimately, the station will be somehow incorporated permanently into the future building.

The exhibit is on until October 20th, so head out to Chelsea and check it out.

Have a great weekend!

Orchids and Sexy Ladies and Stinky Cheese

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There’s lots of stuff going on in the viagra sales online city this week….listen up!

The Armory Arts Week: The Armory Show at Piers 92 and 94 (which features important artwork from the 20th and 21st centuries) is the main attraction, but there are art-related events all week long all over the city, from the Bronx to the Lower East Side to Brooklyn. (3/5 through 3/10)

The Orchid Show begins at the New York Botanical Gardens. The event provides demonstrations on how to care for orchids, Q&As with experts (or as I like to call them, orchid whisperers) plus lectures, guided tours and musical entertainment. If you can’t make it this week, the show runs though April, 22nd.

Fusion Film Festival: Students run this festival at our neighbor, NYU’s, Tisch School of the Arts. Fusion is a multi-day festival with the mission of encouraging, promoting and inspiring women filmmakers and the collaboration between the sexes. (Go, sisters!) You can find screeenings, industry panels, master-classes, retrospectives and student showcases. Runs 3/7 through 3/9.

ADAA Arts Show: This show is one of the best, showcasing some of the greatest art dealers and galleries. Meet the dealers, discuss and perhaps purchase the works on view. Or just browse, like I do. Through 3/10.

Strip Strip Hooray with Dita Von Teese:  The burlesque queen headlines at The Gramercy Theater from Wednesday through Sunday.  I mean, it’s called “Strip Strip Hooray”, people. Seriously, don’t you want to go?

The Winter Stinky Cheese Festival: (3/5 through 3/12)  Chefs at nine French eateries will prepare special dishes highlighting the stinkiest of the stinkiest fromage.  Sigh…I can’t wait.