Arts & Entertainment

Each summer, FIGMENT NYC transforms Governors Island into a large-scale collaborative artwork. Opening weekend is on Saturday June 7th and Sunday June 8th is the event kick-off celebration. At FIGMENT visitors will find works in every imaginable medium including sculpture, installation, performance, music, workshops, games, social experiments, and heart-stopping technological innovations that change the way we see the world… and visitors are invited to bring something, too!


Loosely inspired by Ionesco’s absurdist classic, The Chairs creates a post-apocalyptic world in which an old woman, portrayed by a 10-foot puppet, invites guests to hear an important message about the meaning of life. One by one, a collection of 25 chairs appears, each one a unique performing object with something important to say. Judith Malina (of The Living Theatre) stars. Skipitares' chairs are incarnations of people like Malala, Stephen Hawking and Nelson Mandela and their messages are, well, not absurd. Ionesco is himself a chair in this play, as are Gertrude Stein, Malala, Ai Wei Wei, Stephen Hawking and 25 others. Playing through June 8th.


For years I would look at people, places and things, always finding fault. I would zero in on details that I believed should be different and wondered why they didn't correspond to what I believed was the “right” way. We often are told that age brings wisdom. Of course, with my obsession for being youthful, wisdom felt like a booby prize. Now, happily, that is no longer the case. It occurred to me that my style of seeing that things that should be done “my way” was robbing me of the opportunity to view life through the eyes of others.


Games, performances, interactive experiments, and the great outdoors combine for a full-day science extravaganza. Installations and activities from more than 50 organizations will focus on our three themes: space, weather, and robots. There’s so much to explore: cutting-edge science experiments on the International Space Station, Mars rovers, extreme weather simulations, and robots that might someday live in your house, to name a few!


Come see "Why Can't They All Be Like Johnny Depp: Comedy Short," directed by Jeffrey Hirschberg, at the NY Shorts Fest on May 27th. The New York International Short Film Festival (NY Shorts Fest) showcases the finest short-form cinema from around the world to enthusiastic audiences in the vibrant filmmaking enclave of New York City.


It may be rainy today, but it will be gorgeous this weekend. Check out McNally Jacskon's Storytime at the Elizabeth Street Garden, and meet author Richard T. Morris; or rather, they can meet a moose pretending to be R. T. Morris; or perhaps it's really an author named Richard masquerading as a moose--which is perfect for a fabulous new book called This Is A Moose, written by Richard T. Morris and illustrated by award-winning artist Tom Lichtenheld.


Join avid Middle School readers for an evening of four superlative authors writing for middle grade audiences. Tony Abbott is the author of The Secrets of Droon, Firegirl, and, most recently, The Copernicus Legacy. Over 12 million copies of his books have been sold worldwide. Christopher Healy is the author of The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle, and The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw.


A two-character exploration of disappointments, addiction, reconciliation and the healing power of art.


Now, at 77, looking back over my life, I remember times in which I felt that I could not go on. Most people view me as one of the happiest people they've ever known. They even dubbed me “Happy Hattie!” Yes, of course I've been happy.... gloriously so. But there's the flip side, depression. I suffer from that. It takes a lot to reveal that to you, but it's only fair to be open and truthful with my readers.


Simultaneously nurturing and gently admonishing, Tapp Francke’s latest solo exhibition at gallery nine5 "this is you" includes a back room installation that allows participants to fully absorb the all-encompassing power of color and self-reflection.


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