Arts & Entertainment - Events

 
The "Karaoke Play" opening on August 29th, is a piece about pop music, love and apathy. Three characters in a karaoke room rail against the world, and mourn the big, bold, important lives they were supposed to live, drowning their sorrows in booze, song, sex and cigarettes.

Out of approximately five hundred submissions from talented, unaffiliated artists in all the boroughs, Denise Bibro Fine Art narrowed the pool to eighty artists. Subsequently, they pounded the pavement and visited studios in Williamsburg, by the water in Redhook, the old Army Terminal in Gowanus, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Long Island City, Harlem, Inwood, and the Lower East Side (just to name a few), and finally selected fifty three artists. These fifty-plus artists’ works are diverse in mediums, aesthetics, and content.


An exhibition of new work by Elizabeth Glaessner, the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York City is on view through August 15th at the PPOW Gallery. Glaessner’s paintings take elements from traditional history painting and re-contextualize them in a distinctly intimate and otherworldly voice. An exploration of memory, personal history and ritual, Glaessner’s work questions the way in which we relate to and envision our past. Her most recent paintings depict a highly detailed mythology of post-human existence on earth that features anthropomorphic, gelatinous figures in familiar, yet toxic, landscapes. 


Every Thursday, a regular weekly gaming session. Chess, Checkers, Battleship and other classic board and Strategy games welcome. Beginners welcome.


"UR HEAD IS MINE," an intimate summer performance series that brings together [ gay and_or brown and_or fluid ] artists for nights of actions fueled by frustration. This is a takeover of spaces that they have historically been excluded from. They want to create an environment that facilitates the gathering of communities, and a platform to voice their collective disillusionment with the systems they operate within.  Opening reception on July 31st.


Even with people with whom we are close, there are times when a phrase, a judgement, or even a look can hurt their feelings. Perhaps we hit a nerve, pushed one of their "buttons" or been unknowingly insensitive or hurtful.


This weekend make a pilgrimage to “Build a City of Poems: An Interactive Exhibition of Poetry and Art" created by downtown elementary school students and murals from the Community Word Project. Visitors of all ages are invited to come out to Governors Island to contribute their own drawings and poetry, filling in the outline of a gigantic cityscape mural created by artist Felipe Galindo.


Sparks fly as one of the most unlikely romantic couples in all of literature, bluster through a series of hilarious hijinks, and a battle of the sexes ensure. This production is directed by Tom Waites, whose short film Pandora's Box won Best Director and Best Screenplay for the Short Film Contest at Atlantic City Film Festival. 


"That thing between you and your words." In collaboration with the exhibition The Inuituinist, author  Colson Whitehead and entertainer Reggie Watts present lively improvisational descriptions of images chosen from the Viewing Program artist registry. With Heather Hart, Steffani Jemison, and Jina Valentine.  Thursday, July 31, 6:30 pm.
 

On Wednesday, July 30th, three acclaimed crime writers Tom Bouman, Jay Caspian Kang and Adam Sternbergh will participate in a discussion of the present and the future of crime fiction. Contemporary crime fiction also attracts some of our most astute writers and readers, and much like fantasy and speculative fiction, it is experiencing serious critical and cultural attention. Join Housing Works as we discuss the present and the future of crime fiction with three writers innovating the genre all of whom have worn other hats as editors and critics.