NY*Confidential: The PSA Edition

Hello fellow NY*Confidents!

We are flattening the curve in style this week, starting with new art in the genre of Milton Glaser’s ‘I Heart New York (More than Ever)’ poster of 2001 — maybe, ‘More than Ever and Ever and Ever? Yes, messages of pride and gratitude for New York’s essential workers have started appearing on 1,800 of New York City’s digital billboards and all over Times Square, done by the likes of Paul Sahre and Maira Kalman. See more details at PosterHouse. Meanwhile, more street art has appeared, driven by the ‘unique aesthetic’ of the pandemic. Atlas Obscura has compiled a collection of these messages — direct, witty, poignant, including the piece seen across from Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in Park Slope.

While you were sleeping, Bryant Park gardeners carved a heart into its lawn and the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) kicked off the Build Your Own Monument contest in which people can use whatever they have in their households to build replicas of the Seven Wonders, including cheddar-cheese Stonehenge. It was a big day yesterday, but Earth Day is Easy with MoMA, featuring documentary films that focus on our connection to the natural world, exhibits of architects who are turning everyday waste into material for 3-D printing, and designs that put our shared home first.

Lastly, last week, thousands of New Yorkers burst into song with Frank Sinatra’s ‘New York, New York’ after the daily ‘Clap Because We Care’ for essential workers. Tonight — not to be undone by those Europeans — New Yorkers will once again join in a city-wide choir at 7pm to sing Bill Withers’ classic ‘Lean on Me’. Radio station WBAI (99.5 FM) will provide a soundtrack for the sing-along. The big question: will it sound better than these UN ambassadors singing ‘Heal the World’ for their essential workers?

Find out next week… we dare you.

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What's sometimes charming, sometimes gruesome, but always interesting? The supernatural cats of Japan. See the Atlas Obscura webinar.

BOOK READINGS, TOURS + PERFORMANCE, ETC.

Atlas Obscura Presents Supernatural Cats of Japan: Join author and folklorist Zack Davisson for a live chat about kaibyō (supernatural cats) with dozens of ukiyo-e prints from his namesake book. 23 April, 6pm, $5.

Community Bookstore Presents Francesca Wade, Square Haunting: An engrossing group portrait of five women writers, including Virginia Woolf, who moved to London’s Mecklenburgh Square in search of new freedom. 23 April, 7pm.

The Ultimate Virtual Wine Crash Course: While some people spend their lives trying to understand everything there is to know about wine, one NYC-based sommelier has a crash course on the basics. 23 April, 8:30pm, $10.

Greenlight Presents Alex Halberstadt, Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Memoir and a Reckoning: Halberstadt embarks on a quest to name and acknowledge a legacy of family trauma, and to end a century-old cycle of estrangement. Along the way, he traces the indistinct boundary between history and biography. 23 April, 7:30pm.

Brooklyn Public Library Presents Michael Cunningham, A Wild Swan: Pulitzer Prize winning author Cunningham transforms the people and talismans of lands far, far away into stories of sublime revelation. Hosted by Rob Spillman. 23 April, 7pm.

The Greene Space Presents Short Cuts: Brings side-splitting moments and performances from some of comedy's freshest names, including Saturday Night Live's Bowen Yang, Ike Ufomadu and Nathan Lee Graham. 24 April, 4pm.

Greenlight Presents Mark O'Connell, Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back: A humorous, and surprisingly hopeful meditation on our present moment. What if the end of the world isn't the end of the world? 24 April, 7:30pm.

'Finding Her Way: American Women Artists Working Before 1945' Webinar: Despite evident talent and success, most American women artists before 1945 worked in general obscurity — in New York City. 24 April, 1pm, $10.

Virtual Exploration of Scotland's Whisky Regions: Highlands. Lowland. Speyside. Islay. Pull up a chair, pour a dram and uncover the secrets of Scotland and its six whisky-making regions. 24 April, 3:30pm, $10.

Virtual Whiskey Making & Tasting: A virtual whiskey making and tasting workshop with Kings County Distillery, New York City’s oldest whiskey distillery. 26 April, 3pm, $10.

The History of Invention Show with The Museum of Interesting Things: The smallest record player in the world. The Thomas Edison cylinder phonograph. See the history of inventions with The Museum of Interesting Things. 28 April, 3pm, $10.

'The History of Fashion Exhibitions, From Bland to Blockbuster' Webinar: When the world-renowned Costume Institute was officially added to The Met in 1946, it didn't attract many visitors. That changed when former Vogue Editor Diana Vreeland, took over. 28 April, 8pm, $10.

Community Bookstore Presents Samantha Irby, Wow No Thank You: A new essay collection from the edgy, unabashedly raunchy, and bestselling Samantha Irby about aging, marriage and settling down in small-town America. 28 April, 7:30pm, $25.

'The Origin Story of New York's Public Health System' Webinar: A deep dive into the genesis of New York's public health system, and the city's progressive fight against disease, a model throughout the world. 29 April, 5:30pm, $10.

The History of Fashion Exhibitions, From Bland to Blockbuster' Webinar: When the world-renowned Costume Institute was officially added to The Met in 1946, it didn't attract many visitors. That changed when former Vogue Editor Diana Vreeland, took over in 1972. Explore fashion history. 28 April, 8pm, $10.

Community Bookstore Presents Samantha Irby, Wow No Thank You: A new essay collection from the edgy, unabashedly raunchy, and bestselling Samantha Irby about aging, marriage and settling down in small-town America. 28 April, 7:30pm, $25. 28 April, 7:30pm, $25.

'The Origin Story of New York's Public Health System' Webinar: A deep dive into the genesis of New York's public health system, and the city's progressive fight against disease, a model throughout the world. 29 April, 5:30pm, $10.

'The Twilight Zone: Ahead of its Time' Webinar: A “visualecture" through the Twilight Zone filled with images and video clips from the hit series. How does one of the greatest television series of the 20th Century continue to shed a prescient light on 21st Century challenges? 29 April, 8pm, $10.

NYPL and WNYC's Virtual Book Club: Presented as part of “Get Lit,” from WNYC’s weekday arts and culture show All of It, the club debuts with a group reading experience of James McBride’s new book, Deacon King Kong, a hilarious and deeply human tale set in 1969 Brooklyn. 30 April, 7pm

'The Bowery: Rise, Fall, & Resurgence of NYC's Oldest Street' Webinar: For over four centuries, the Manhattan corridor of the Bowery has been a Native American trail and a shadowland of hard-knuckle saloons, among other things. The story of the city’s most storied neighborhood. 30 April, 7pm, $10

Books Are Magic Presents Kristen Arnett, Mostly Dead Things: In the wake of her father’s suicide, Jessa has stepped up to manage his failing taxidermy business while the rest of the Morton family crumbles. A string of unexpected incidents begins to open up surprising possibilities and second chances. 1 May, 7pm.

Tired of the reality (of) television? See the Royal Danish Ballet do Napoli, whichtells the story of Teresina and Gennaro, who defeat lots of things, so that they can have a wedding in the streets of Naples. 

THEATRE (DIGITAL)

Downtown Dixon Place: This LES Theater is showcasing some of its favorite and best work, including Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show, Fable, A Nutty Tail — the story of the last woman on earth who must forage and befriend an assortment of urban wildlife to survive — and Contagion Cabaret. See DPTV (Dixon Place TV).

DANCE (DIGITAL)

Napoli by the Royal Danish Ballet: Tells the story of Teresina and Gennaro, who together manage to defeat even the worst obstacles and temptations, so that they can finally have a wedding in the streets of Naples. 

Martha Graham Dance Company: On Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, America’s oldest modern-dance troupe has been presenting “Martha Matinées”. Alongside performances, many generations of Graham dancers chime in, via live chat, with facts and anecdotes. 

New artistic Public Service Announcements appearing on all 1,800 of New York City’s digital billboards — including throughout Times Square and the 1,774 LinkNYC kiosks.

CANVAS (DIGITAL)

Fotografiska Presents Behind the Lens with Tawny Chatmon: The photographer shares the inspiration and making of Inheritance, an exhibition encompassing three bodies of work: The Awakening, Byzantine Contempo, and The Redemption.

MoMA Presents Virtual Views:  Immerse yourself in the world of Donald Judd, an artist who revolutionized sculpture. Catch a live Q&A with curator Ann Temkin and Flavin Judd, son of Donald Judd and the impact of Judd’s work 23 April, 7pm

#CombatCovid: PSAs in NYC: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Poster House has teamed up with Print Magazine, Times Square Arts, and For Freedoms to launch a citywide public art campaign featuring PSAs in solidarity with New York City’s frontline workers. Throughout New York City.

Saul Steinberg, Imagined Interiors: Casting it as a philosophical investigation, Steinberg earned critical acclaim for his New Yorker covers as well as the people whose daily lives and customs became the subject of his art. Pace.

Guo Fengyi, Meditations: When severe arthritis forced her into early retirement from a rubber factory, Guo used qigong — a Chinese system of physical exercise and breath control — to alleviate the pain and create scrolls in vibrant color and ornate detail. Gladstone.

See Pati Smith and Michael Stipe do their annual Earth Day thing at the Pathway to Paris concert, streaming 25 April on Instagram Live.

MUSIC + COMEDY (STREAMING)

Pathway to Paris: The ecological non-profit will live stream a virtual festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Patti Smith, Cat Power, Michael Stipe, Flea, and the Strokes feature. Instagram Live.

Snow Patrol, Facebook Live Acoustic with Gary: 23, 30 April, 3pm,

NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts: From NPR's All Songs Considered features your favorite musicians performing at Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR Music office. Watch videos from Passion Pit, The xx, Wilco, Adele, Phoenix, Tinariwen, tUnE-yArDs and many more.

Your appetite for sports docs whetted by ESPN’s The Last Dance? Check out Kurt Russell play rookie in the Battered Bastards of Baseball.

SPORTS:

The Battered Bastards of Baseball: A 2014 documentary film about the Portland Mavericks, a defunct minor league baseball team in Portland, Oregon. They played five seasons in the Class A-Short Season Northwest League, from 1973 through 1977. Owned by actor Bing Russell, the father of Kurt, who makes an appearance. Netflix.

Baseball at the Met: The more than 30,000 baseball cards collected by Jefferson R. Burdick represent the most comprehensive collection outside of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The cards also illustrate the history of the game—from the dead-ball era to the golden age and modern era of the sport.