Arts & Entertainment - Events

For 3 days every winter, the Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair turns back the clock on the West Village’s literary roots, when tiny bookshops lined the streets, and Dylan Thomas (the man, not his ghost) was writing and drinking at the nearby White Horse Tavern. Attracting the East Coast's best book dealers, this year's 35th annual 3-day fair (sponsored solely by the parents of the culturally diverse student body of PS 3) offers both the serious bibliophile and the casual browser a delightful opportunity to peruse rare and vintage books, including children's series and illustrated books, modern first editions, art, photography and design, maps & prints, political flyers, unusual paper ephemera, memorabilia, and more!

Alexandros Washburn discusses his visually rich book The Nature of Urban Design on Tuesday, February 18th. He argues that the best cities become an ingrained part of their residents' identities and that the strength of our communities will determine how we respond to crises like Hurricane Sandy, whose floodwaters he watched from his home in Red Hook,Brooklyn. His book strives to empower urbanites and offer a new approach to design that will help cities to prosper in an uncertain future.

The heroes of Tiger & Bunny are back for a special limited engagement on March 15 &17 in an all-new feature length film. In this anime, the city of Stern Bild is protected by corporate superheroes who fight crime while promoting their sponsors on HERO TV. Kotetsu T. Kaburagi, a.k.a. Wild Tiger, and Barnaby Brooks Jr.'s partnership comes to a sudden end when Kotetsu is fired and Barnaby is paired up with Golden Ryan, a new hero with awesome powers and a huge ego to match. When they are sent to investigate a string of strange incidents, they discover three superpowered NEXTs plotting to bring terror and destruction. 

Opening on Wednesday, February 19th, City Stages offers a paean to the craft and visionary potential of large-format, black-and-white photography, as well as to the vibrancy of the cultural landscape at a transitional moment--a moment in which our very relationship to that landscape is increasingly mediated by omnipresent screens.

 "I hope you're all pleased with yourselves. You could have been killed-- or worse, expelled." It's time to go back. In the inaugural meeting of the Harry Potter Re-Read Book Club on February 16th at McNally Jackson, there will be a discussion on Book 1, Sorcerer's Stone. Subsequent books' discussions will fall every other month, beginning with Book 2 in April '14.

There is only several days left to join the Municipal Art Society of New York (MASNYC) for their wildly popular MASter Class: Researching the History of Buildings in New York City. In four highly informative sessions, architectural historian Anthony W. Robins describes how to successfully research the history of buildings in New York City. A field trip to the Manhattan Department of Buildings completes the course. This is a wonderfully fascinating look into the city that we all think we know so well. Don’t miss out!

In a medium that by the end of the century was largely taken over by photographers looking in, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank, looked out.  The two indisputable two giants, both “outsiders,” were vocally ‘rivals’ and publicly dismissive the other’s work.  Yet, neither’s influence can be denied.  Within a six year period of time they published what are arguably the two most influential books in the history of photography - Cartier-Bresson’s “The Decisive Moment” (1952) and Frank’s “The Americans” (1958). Through March 24th, “The Heart and the Eye: Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank in the World" at the Danziger Gallery celebrates the artistry of both and remembers an era that begs to be told.  

British-born, Los Angeles-based painter Kour Pour's first solo exhibition features Portuguese sailors trailing the Silk Road, Chinese dragons and flying horses, Indian warriors and Buddha-like figures, and floral patterns reminiscent of William Morris. For Kour Pour, Persian carpets aren't simply decorative artifacts; his meticulous and attentive selection of rugs dating from the 16th century to the 1960s traces a history of the modern age. Through February 23rd.

Hear ye, hear ye!  Next week, two humble, esteemed, well-dressed, professional biographers will endeavor to present a vivid, lifelike, kaleidoscopic portraitof the astonishing Shannon H. Foy.  Observe Shannon livethrough all stages of her life: her early life as a raging-alcoholic child-prodigy and her adolescent years as a celebrated international rights advocate. Observe her various budding romances and sexual awakenings during the War, her brief time in the convent immediately preceding her noteworthy "Blue Period", and her short-lived politicalcareer and the life-altering "accident" that changed everything.It is a true story. In honor of Shannon H Foy, alcoholic beverages will be made available.

Beginning January 24th, two of Chicago's most highly regarded Second City veterans, TJJagodowski and Dave Pasquesi, will be entertaining New York audiences with their brand of long-form improvisation. Fans of TJ and Dave forever marvel at their technique, mental dexterity, and uncanny ability to create incredible, hour-long instant plays out of thin air.  Laughter always is the best medicine.