NY*Confidential Presents the Activism Edition
This email is meant for paying subscribers, but there is so much happening, I wanted to send it to all. It’s called the Activist Edition, because, well, so much activism and activity is happening in New York, it’s just hard to ignore. But Activism comes in different forms — it’s not always banging and shouting on the streets. Activism is a community mourning cancer, a conversation among friends, attending a book reading, supporting an indy newsletter.
To make you feel a little less icky in the current political space, take part in the “World’s Biggest Drawing Club” in memory of Jason Polan, the intrepid artist who died of cancer two weeks ago. Polan, tried to draw everyone in New York. To celebrate him, MoMA invited you to draw, sketch or doodle whatever catches your eye. TONIGHT! On 4 March, Community Bookstore Presents David Plouffe, A Citizen's Guide to Beating Donald Trump: Plouffe's message is simple: the only way change happens, especially on scale, is one human being talking to another. The day before Sarah Jackson, Moya Bailey, and Brooke Foucault Welles explore how marginalized groups, long excluded from elite media spaces, have used Twitter hashtags to advance causes in #Hashtagactivism. The next day at the Green Space, the Team Human Podcast asks if corporations and the culture they create glorify individualism at the expense of cooperation, with Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir. Finally, New York City’s first lady, Chirlane McCray, has commissioned Catalyst: Art and Social Justice which showcases New York artists, activists and activist movements since 1965 at Gracie Mansion. Take a tour of the place while you’re at it.
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BOOK READINGS, TOURS + PERFORMANCE, ETC.
“World’s Biggest Drawing Club”: In memory of Jason Polan, the intrepid artist who tried to draw everyone in New York, draw, sketch or doodle whatever catches your eye at MoMA.11 West 53rd, 28 Feb.
Exploring the United Palace Wonder Theatre: Step inside the largest theater on Broadway to see the Byzantine-Romanesque-Indo-Hindu-Sino-Moorish-Persian-Eclectic-Rococo-Deco architecture of one of the five Loew’s “Wonder Theatre” movie palaces. 4140 Broadway, 28 Feb.
Drink n' Draw @ Brooklyn Art Library, World's Largest Sketchbook Collection: An afternoon of art games and activities at the Brooklyn Art Library — home to The Sketchbook Project. 30 Frost St., 29 Feb.
Private Japanese Taiko "Thunder Drum" Workshop, Demo, & Jam Session: A private drumming workshop at Taiko Masala, a Brooklyn-based dojo dedicated to Taiko, a traditional Japanese drumming movement. 781 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, 29 Feb.
Drunk Black History: Comedians Brandon Collins and Gordon Baker-Bone host this interactive show giving Black historical figures their due. Caveat, 29 Feb.
Union Hall Presents Llana Glazer: Glazer is a co-creator, writer, director, executive producer and star of the critically-acclaimed show Broad City. 702 Union St., 2 March.
Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour: The 2020 World Tour hits 40 countries.with nine epic days filled with stories of remote journeys, ground-breaking expeditions, and cutting-edge adventures from Banff, Canada. Symphony Space, thru 3 March, $28.
The Strand Presents New Republic's Salon with Vivian Gorenick: Vivian Gornick, one of America's most beloved writers, celebrates a life of passionate reading with Notes of a Chronic Re-Reader. 828 Broadway, 2 March.
Bronx Museum of the Arts Visionaries Gala Honoring Henry & Kathleen Chalfant: Celebrate among friends and support internationally recognized exhibitions and arts education with Henry Chalfant, street art documentarian, and Kathleen, a Tony-nominated actress. Capitale, 2 March.
The Strand Presents #Hashtagactivism: Sarah Jackson, Moya Bailey, and Brooke Foucault Welles explore how marginalized groups, long excluded from elite media spaces, have used Twitter hashtags to advance causes. 828 Broadway, 3 March.
Books Are Magic Presents T Kira Madden, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: As a child, Madden lived a life of extravagance, and a wild instability. The only child found lifelines in the desperately loving friendships of fatherless girls. 225 Smith St., 3 March.
Greenlight Presents James McBride, Deacon King Kong: National Book Award winner launches his highly anticipated new novel, a portrait of an old-fashioned New York neighborhood. 686 Fulton St., 3 March.
Greenlight Presents Maisy Card, These Ghosts Are Family: Card’s debut novel moves backward and forward through time, from colonial Jamaica to present-day Harlem, to piece together a family history fractured by slavery, immigration and redemption. 686 Fulton St., 4 March.
Symphony Space Presents Selected Shorts by Editors of The Cut: An evening of incredible short stories by well-known and emerging writers and performed by actors of stage and screen, curated by New York Magazine's The Cut. 4 March.
Art of Billiards Workshop with Mark Finkelstein, Professional Pool Player: Learn the shots from Mark Finkelstein, one of the country’s most celebrated pool sharks at the Manhattan showroom of Blatt Billiards. 4 March.
Premium Cigar & Cognac Tasting with Davidoff and The House of Rémy Martin: Originally opened in 1911 at the Rue du Marché in Geneva, Davidoff would later become the world’s leading cigar boutique. Served with a tasting of Rémy Martin's Tercet Cognac. Davidoff of Geneva, 4 March.
Community Bookstore Presents David Plouffe, A Citizen's Guide to Beating Donald Trump: Plouffe's message is simple: the only way change happens, especially on scale, is one human being talking to another. Congregation Beth Elohim, 4 March.
The Strand Presents Nastasia Yakoub, Dame Traveler: Born into a strict Chaldean-Middle Eastern community where women are expected to put aside ambitions, at age 20, Yakoub traveled solo to South Africa and founded Dame Traveler, the first female travel community on Instagram. 828 Broadway, 4 March.
The Greene Space Presents Team Human Podcast: Our corporations and the culture they create glorify individualism at the expense of cooperation, threatening the sustainability not just of our economy but our planet. Join host Douglas Rushkoff and Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir. 44 Charlton St., 5 March.
Greenlight Presents Katie Roiphe,The Power Notebooks: Culture writer Katie Roiphe (The Morning After: Sex, Fear and Feminism; Uncommon Arrangements; In Praise of Messy Lives) draws examples from her own life and the lives of famous female writers to explore female power in her new memoir. 686 Fulton St., 5 March.
Greenlight Presents Evan James, I've Been Wrong Before: The author of the novel Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe, reflects on the power and complexity of human relationships in the essay collection about his travels around the globe. 686 Fulton St., 11 March.
Untapped New York Presents Gracie Mansion +Catalyst: Art and Social Justice: Curated by New York City’s first lady, Chirlane McCray, Catalyst showcases New York artists, activists and activist movements since 1965. 11 March.
Brooklyn Museum Presents Ian Schrager, Studio 54: In the three years it was open, Studio 54 changed our ideas about nightlife, fashion, and celebrity. Reflect on Studio 54’s cultural influence with the cofounder of the iconic venue, Ian Schrager. 1000 Eastern Parkway, 12 March.
The Strand Presents Ben Katchor, The Dairy Restaurant, with Fran Lebowitz: In this sui generis book, Katchor illuminates the unique historical confluence of events and ideas that led to the proliferation of the dairy restaurant in New York City. 828 Broadway, 12 March.
The New Museum the first ever exhibit of Peter Saul, Crime and Punishment, combining critique of art history with current events.
Rainbow Shoe Repair: An Unexpected Theater of Flyness: Showcases some of the portraits of Josef Borukhov, who operated the shoe repair shop — and took affordable passport photos of the neighborhood locals. Abrons Art Center, Ongoing, Free.
Madame d’Ora: Born Dora Kallmus (1881–1963), Madame d’Ora was the most acclaimed portraitist of fin de siècle Vienna. Her models included Pablo Picasso, Josephine Baker, and Collette. The Neue Galley, thru 8 June.
Gerhard Richter, Painting After All: Spans Richter's six-decade-long preoccupation with the twin modes of painterly naturalism and abstraction, in relation to photographic and other representational iconographies. Met Breur, 4 March thru 5 July.
Fotografiska Presents Julie Blackmon, Fever Dreams:Familiar and ordinary scenes of Blackmon’s daily routine in her hometown of Springfield, Missouri, reflect a contemporary American life in suburbia. 281 Park Ave South, 5 March thru 3 May.
Martin McDonough, the satirical Irish playwright, returns to Broadway with the story of a former hangman and his bar during the eve of the banishment of capital punishment.
Hangmen: Martin McDonagh’s dark drama about a British executioner and bartender, set in Oldham, England, in 1965, when capital punishment for murder was being banned in Britain. Golden, thru 18 July.
Intimate Apparel: Set in 1905, Esther, a lonely, single African-American woman makes her living sewing beautiful corsets. Seeking love and romance in a forbidden world, Esther eventually embarks on a letter writing relationship… Lincoln Center Theater - Mitzi E. Newhouse, thru 18 July.
Company: Bobbie’s 35th birthday party, and all her friends keep asking, Why isn’t she married? Isn’t it time to settle down and start a family? As Bobbie searches for answers, she discovers why being alive in 21st-Century New York could drive a person crazy. Bernard Jacobs, 2 March thru 27 Sept.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf: A new company of theatrical powerhouses takes on this landmark drama, 60 years after its Broadway premiere. Booth Theatre, 3 March thru 2 Aug.
The Lehman Trilogy: Weaving together nearly two centuries of family history, this epic theatrical event charts the humble beginnings, outrageous successes, and devastating failure of the financial institution that would ultimately bring the global economy to its knees. Nederlander Theatre, 7 March thru 28 June.
Morrissey made big music news this week announcing surprise concerts at Hammerstein and the Apollo in March.
Dashboard Confessional: 10-11 March, Webster Hall
La Roux: 10 March, Brooklyn Steel
Dave Matthews: 12 March, Beacon Theatre
Josh Ritter: 15 March, Murmrr
Styx: 15 March, Beacon Theatre
Lupe Fiasco (performing Food & Liquor): 20, 22 March, Brooklyn Steel
Morrissey: 20 March, Hammerstein Ballroom; 21 March, Apollo Theater
Blood Orange: 20 March, Radio City Music Hall
Bridget catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a job nannying 6-year-old Frances. But an unwanted pregnancy complicates things. Can Saint Frances intervene?
Saint Frances: Flailing 34-year-old Bridget finally catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a job nannying 6-year-old Frances. But an unwanted pregnancy introduces an unexpected complication. Angelika, West Village.
The Whistlers: Not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a police inspector in Bucharest who plays both sides of the law. Embarking with the beautiful Gilda on a high-stakes heist, both will have to navigate treachery and deception. Film Forum, SoHo.
Cane River: A budding, forbidden romance lays bare the tensions between two black communities, both descended from slaves but of disparate opportunity. Available now for the first time in 40 years in a brand-new, state-of-the-art 4k restoration. Quad Cinema, West Village.
Corpus Christi: Daniel experiences a spiritual transformation while living in a Youth Detention Center, but his criminal record prevents life as a priest.. When he is sent to work at a carpenter's workshop in a small town, he nonetheless accidentally takes over the local parish. Film Forum, SoHo.
Moth Storytelling events always make for a fun night on the town.
Community Bookstore presents Rebecca Solnit, Recollections of My Nonexistence: Rebecca Solnit discusses Recollections of My Nonexistence, an electric portrait of the artist as a young woman that asks how a writer finds her voice in a society that prefers women to be silent. Murmrr Theater, Brooklyn, 10 March.
The NYPL Presents a Tribute to Toni Morrison: Few books have inspired, moved, and changed readers more than Toni Morrison’s Beloved. To honor its creator an all-star lineup of writers, actors, and thinkers will return to Morrison’s indelible work with readings, performances, and conversations. New York Public Library, 18 March.
The NYPL Presents Fight of the Century w/Michael Chabon + Ayelet Waldman: In honor of the ACLU's centennial, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman have edited a collection of original essays by writers each of whom reflects on a landmark case that has shaped civil liberties. New York Public Library, 18 March.
PEN Out Loud Presents Bernardine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other: 2019 Booker Prize-winning author discusses her award-winning novel Girl, Woman, Other, which tells the interconnected stories of a group of Black British women of different generations, faiths, classes, politics, and heritages. Strand, 19 March.
Ask Me Another with Emily Nussbaum: The rambunctious live show from NPR and WNYC that mixes trivia games with comedy and music to make an hour of mind-boggling fun. The Bell House, Brooklyn, 19 March.
Moth Story Slam, Cohabitation: 10 stories, 3 teams of judges, 1 winner. Theme: Cohabitation. HousingWorks Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St., 19 March, 7:30pm, $15. Tickets are on sale one week before the show at 3pm EST, at themoth.org/events.
Community Bookstore Presents Hilary Mantel, The Mirror & the Light: Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Congregation Beth Elohim, Brooklyn, 19 March.
The Moth Mainstage: An evening of stories, shared live at St. Ann's Church, as five storytellers take the stage and share a true, personal story from their life: joy and heart, in equal measures. St. Ann’s Church, Brooklyn, 25 March.
Moth Story Slam, Crossroads: 10 stories, 3 teams of judges, 1 winner. Theme: Crossroads. The G.O.A.T., 1674 Richmond Rd, Staten Island, 7:30pm, $15. Tickets are on sale one week before the show at 3pm EST, at themoth.org/events.
Moth Grand Slam Championship: 10 stories, 3 teams of judges, 1 winner. Only previous Story Slam winners competing. Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th Street, 30 March, 7:30pm, Tickets available two weeks before event.
Untapped New York Presents Gracie Mansion + Catalyst: Art and Social Justice: Curated by New York City’s first lady, Chirlane McCray, Catalyst showcases New York artists, activists and activist movements since 1965. 1 April.