THE WEEK/WEEKEND: FEBRUARY

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Jack Smith, Artwork, Ephemera and Photography at Boo-Hooray
Opening Party, Valentine’s Day, February 14, 6-9
Exhibit Open Everyday, 11-6, February 15 – March 10
RSVP FOR THE OPENING HERE

Jonas Mekas and Johan Kugelberg present “Wait For Me At The Bottom Of The Pool,” artwork, ephemera, and photography by Jack Smith. The exhibition at Boo-Hooray opens this Valentine’s Day. Jack Smith, 1932-1989, was a master of the exotic idiom, working in theatre, underground film, photography, graphic design, drawing, and slideshows. He was one of the path-finding pioneers of American post-war underground aesthetics. Boo-Hooray is exhibiting handbills, posters, photographs, letters, artwork and collages by Jack Smith, spanning his times and mores.

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A Survey of Nonexistence at a Glance
On view from February 28 through April 13, 2013.
Opening reception  Thursday, February 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.

 Miyako Yoshinaga is pleased to announce A Survey of Nonexistence at a Glance, the second solo show comprising new drawings and sculpture from Joseph Burwell. This exhibition is based on the idea of altering historical narratives by generating a visual system of architectures from disparate cultures that collide in time and space. A Survey of Nonexistence at a Glance examines the vestiges of a lost architectural period and its cultural byproducts.

A solo installation by Nathan Vincent
Opening on Friday, February 15th
Opening on Friday, February 15th is a show that will blow you away! Crochet artist Nathan Vincent is wiring the gallery with fiber “explosives”, transforming Mighty Tanaka into a virtual tinder box. DON’T MAKE ME count to three! explores the roles that we play in society and our necessity to break through the barriers placed in front of us. You won’t want to miss this immersive experience providing a view into the mind of Nathan Vincent!
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Exhibitions: Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui

Brooklyn Museum
February 8–August 4, 2013

The first solo exhibition in a New York museum by the globally renowned contemporary artist El Anatsui, this show will feature over 30 works in metal and wood that transform appropriated objects into site-specific sculptures. Anatsui converts found materials into a new type of media that lies between sculpture and painting, combining aesthetic traditions from his birth country, Ghana; his home in Nsukka, Nigeria; and the global history of abstraction.


New York City Opera’s Powder Her Face

BAM

Inspired by the real-life sex scandal that rocked Britain in the early 60s, English composer Thomas Adès’ 1995 chamber opera returns to BAM 15 years after its New York premiere at the BAM Majestic Theater (now the BAM Harvey Theater).  In this new production from New York City Opera, director Jay Scheib presents his genre-defying vision, integrating technology and daring physicality to this modern opera that plays off the public’s obsession with the tabloid controversy surrounding a series of Polaroid photos of Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, dubbed the “Dirty Duchess.” Through the prism of Campbell’s life story, and featuring Phillip Hensher’s libretto, Powder Her Face explores the intersection of gender, politics, and power.

single_fare_3_cardsSINGLE FARE 3
RH GALLERY
OPENING RECEPTION
February 13th, 2013

Michael Kagan, Jean-Pierre Roy and RH Gallery are pleased to invite you to Single Fare 3. This third annual open-call exhibition invites artists to make work on a tiny, innocuous piece of plastic: the New York City Metrocard! The exhibition opens at RH Gallery on February 13th and will be on view through February 22nd.

DON CRISTÓBAL, BILLY-CLUB MAN
Abrons Arts Center

February 15-March 3 

For centuries, the puppet Don Cristóbal — the Spanish version of Punch — has charmed audiences with his drunken, lusty billy-club wielding antics. But does he secretly struggle with his role as the Billy-Club Man and long for love and escape? Through experimental puppetry, clowning and live music, Don Cristóbal, Billy-Club Man explores the violent appetites of Cristóbal’s on-stage persona and follows him off-stage to reveal his poetic possibilities. Inspired by two comedic and surreal puppet plays by Federico García Lorca, the piece features shadow, hand, and large figurative puppetry by Erin Orr and evocative original music by Rima Fand.

NATHAN SAWAYA AND DEAN WEST: IN PIECES
Avant Gallery
Feb 28, 2013 – Mar 17, 2013

LEGO® is out of the toy box and into the art gallery.  New York-based contemporary artist and celebrated sculptor Nathan Sawaya is debuting a brand new collection of artwork entitled IN PIECES, a multimedia collaboration with award-winning Australian photographer Dean West.

The Foundry Theatre’s Good Person of Szechwan
Feb 1-24
La Mama

Can we practice goodness and create a world to sustain it?  In Brecht’s comic and complex play, this question is raised by one of his most entertaining characters — Shen Tei the good-hearted, penniless, cross-dressing prostitute, who is forced to disguise herself as a savvy businessman named Sui Ta so she can master the ruthlessness needed to be a “good person” in a brutal world.

Nadia Sirota: Baroque
The Kitchen

To celebrate the release of her new album, Baroque (Bedroom Community / New Amsterdam), violist Nadia Sirota will perform music from the record, premiering Judd Greenstein’s “In Teaching Others We Teach Ourselves” for seven violas. Sirota’s unique interpretive voice has served as muse to some of the most widely respected composers of her generation, and Baroque features works written for Sirota by Daníel Bjarnason, Paul Corley, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, and Shara Worden. This album is the follow-up to Sirota’s debut, First Things First, which was a New York Times 2009 record of the year.

GEORGE SAUNDERS & DICK CAVETT
NYPL
Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 7 p.m.

George Saunders, whose latest collection Tenth of December was heralded as “the best book you’ll read this year” by The New York Times, joins legendary talk show host Dick Cavett for a candid conversation about the author’s career.

Let’s Talk About Love Baby
Printed Matter
February 14 from 6-8pm

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? If you will be in New York  please come byPrinted Matter on February 14 from 6-8pm and check out the Let’s talk about love, babyproject. It is a growing collection of artist’s books that was initiated by Chido Johnson in Detroit in 2009 and has been growing steadily since, having been exhibited in cities worldwide including  Addis Ababa, Chicago, Harare and now New York. There are about 250 artists participating by fabricating their personal reinterpretation of a romance novel to add to the growing LOVE LIBRARY. Each artist is individually invited through “love and respect” and shares space together on bookshelves as part of an intimately linked interconnected community.

Kenseth Armstead: INFERNO
February 07, 2013 – March 16, 2013
Churner and Churner

Churner and Churner presents Kenseth Armstead’s INFERNO, a series of graphic novel–inspired drawings that depict the true life story of the slave turned spy James Armistead Lafayette. Armstead’s fifty-one new drawings, tell the story of a double agent who helped end the American Revolution.

PUBLIC FORUM DUET: DAVID BYRNE & AHMIR “?UESTLOVE” THOMPSON
NYU
FEBRUARY 26 | 8:00

David Byrne (author, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, cofounder of Talking Heads) and Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson (drummer, DJ, culinary entrepreneur, member of The Roots) come together for a one-on-one conversation.

Planetary Collective CONTINUUM Kickstarter Launch & Trailer Release
Feb 22, 2013
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Planetary Collective is a group of filmmakers, visual media creatives and thinkers who work with cosmologists, ecologists and philosophers to explore some of the big questions facing our planet at this time.

NYC Launch & Discussion: Refugee Hotel by Gabriele Stabile and Juliet Linderman
EUNKYOUNG PARK: COLOR FROM BLACK
THE SWAY MACHINERY
The 12 Houses Festival: Part III – Charlie Waters Quartet +2 and The Ryan Sawyer Ensemble
David Mach at Forum Gallery
THE NANCE
Echoes Of Etta featuring William Blake
THE SECRET CITY: CARNIVAL OF LOVE
ECSTATIC MUSIC FESTIVAL
Veveritse Brass Band with Special Guest, Eva Salina
New York City Opera’s The Turn of the Screw
HAZMAT MODINE
Geometry Inturrupeted

ForeplayTragic Tattoo Tales: A Valentine’s Day Lecture and Reading with Tattoo Scholars Anna Felicity Friedman and Matt Lodder
Bubi Canal  Special Moment
Aural Dystopia: New Hardcore Improv continues into 2013 with uncompromising uncomfort
CATFOX at PETE’S CANDY STORE
CHRISTOPHER PAUL STELLING
Lauren Henkin Lecture – RSVP Now!
“Up the Creek” with Mitch Waxman
Jefferson Market Library, Collection & Clock Tower
Jake La Botz/Salt Cracker Crazies
F*CK LOVE: A Valentines Massacre

Iphigenia at Aulis
Book Launch & Discussion: Michelle Orange (This is Running for Your Life) and James LasdunAlex Waterman: Diagesis/Mimesis
DIAMOND TERRIFIER / SNAYKHUNT + RAFT / DAVID FIRST + JEANANN DARA / ASHCAN ORCHESTRA / MARIA CHAVEZ
Taylor Mac: Music of 1890’s
UTSUYO KAKURYO: passing by the other shore

UPCOMING:


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