This week in New York, Granta’s Sex Party, The Moth Mainstage presents Saints and Sinners, SLEIGH BELLS perform, Emily Gould celebrates her new memoir with a party, Sebastian Junger discusses his latest work, Chip Kidd, The Thing Quarterly presents issue 10 with Starlee Kine and Arthur Jones, Eteam in a group show Resurrectine and Jonathan Horowitz’s exhibit “Go Vegan!” returns.
MONDAY 5/10: Granta’s Spring 2010 Party: Sex. Featuring Victor Lavalle. Book Court. 7-9pm.
Kate Gilmore’s Walk the Walk 5-day Performance Piece: Walk the Walk is a Dynamic sculptural and performance-based artwork activated by a group of women walking, stomping, shuffling and marching on the roof of an eight-foot-high cubic structure. The piece draws attention to, and celebrates the vast number of women who work each day in the City. The installation questions notions of work, its limitations and possibilities, especially as they relate to themes of female identity, physical endurance and personal expression. Bryant Park. Avenue of the Americas at 40th St. 8:30am – 6:30pm.
TUESDAY 5/11: The Moth Mainstage: Saints and Sinners. The Moth Mainstage, the original Moth series, began as an informal gathering of storytellers and listeners in the living room of our founder, George Dawes Green, in 1997. Every mainstage show has a theme and features five or six storytellers who tell a ten-minute story. The stories are true stories from the storytellers’ lives and they must be told live, without notes. Each show typically features one or two celebrated writers, actors or artists along with other unique individuals with a story to tell on the given theme. Past storytellers have included an astronaut, a voodoo priestess, and a former pickpocket. Notable headliners have included Margaret Cho, Ethan Hawke, Malcolm Gladwell and Lili Taylor. El Museo del Barrio. 7:30pm.
SLEIGH BELLS, Cults, Sundelles and secret guests… at RIDGEWOOD TEMPLE an amazing old theater/ fantastically creepy masonic lodge; guest djs & surprises. Todd P had us at “Sleigh Bells,” whose LP Treats is out May 11. But he really had us at “creepy masonic lodge.” Enter the building of the fraternity of Freemasons without having to go through all that horrid hazing. And with Cults on the ticket, it’ll be appropriately transcendental. Shouldn’t be hard to find. Just keep a lookout for the square and compass. Ridgewood Temple. 1054 Bushwick Ave., Brooklyn. 8:00pm.
DDR/DDR (Film). DDR/DDR, the latest feature by Amie Siegel, is a multi-layered and disarmingly beautiful essay on the German Democratic Republic and its dissolution, which left many of its former citizens adrift in their newfound freedom. Anthology Film Archives. 6:30pm.
WEDNESDAY 5/12: And the Heart Says Whatever. Comedian/author Julie Klausner (I Don’t Care About Your Band), performance artist/author Mike Albo (The Underminer) and musician/playwright Dan Fishback — and other secret special guests! — will salute musicians like Stevie Nicks and Liz Phair in song, to celebrate the publication of Emily Gould‘s heavily Nicks-inspired essay collection. Rest assured that the feeling will remain even after the glitter fades! Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. 126 Crosby St. 7:00pm.
Chip Kidd discusses Art in Time: Unknown Comic Book Adventures 1940-1980 with Dan Nadel. In this engaging and smart volume, Dan Nadel focuses on the lesser-known comic works by celebrated icons of the industry, like H.G. Peter (the artist behind Wonder Woman), John Stanley (the writer and artist for Little Lulu), Harry Lucey (one of the artists behind Archie), Jesse Marsh (the artist for Tarzan), and Bill Everett (best know for his characters Sub Mariner and Dr. Strange). Chip Kidd will join Dan Nadel on the Strand Stage. The Strand Bookstore. 7:00pm.
THURSDAY 5/13: Sebastian Junger: War. The journalist, documentary filmmaker (Restrepo), and bar-owner (Half-King) discusses his latest work and hangs out for a post-event mixer. 92Y. 8:00pm.
FRIDAY 5/14: The Thing Quarterly presents contributors Starlee Kine, David Lipsky, David Rees and Arthur Jones in celebration of its 10th issue the subject of which is haunted household objects that remain after lovers have broken up. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. 7:00pm.
SATURDAY 5/15: Resurrectine: Group Exhibition. Resurrectine is a large-scale group show of more than fifty artists including Eteam, Leon Golub and Hannah Wilke. The selection of artworks embraces the notion of transformation. This is Moby Dick re-enacted via low-budget home video. This is your reflection morphed into that of Andy Warhol. This is escapes from death, apocalypse management and the Chesire Cat. And a visit to the gallery includes the Bruce Springsteen Born to Run Glockenspiel Addendum CD, Free. Ronald Feldman Gallery. 31 Mercer St.
The Total Franklin Street Immersion. Brooklyn Based has planned a street fair on Franklin Street to explore one of Greenpoint’s coolest blocks. Head there on Saturday for complimentary Brooklyn Brewery beer and incredible deals at over a dozen shops and restaurants. To join in on the fun, RSVP here to get a special TFSI card that will entitle you to the deals and of course, the beer! The Diamond will be pouring half pints of Brooklyner Weisse; Black Rabbit will serve East India Pale Ale, and t.b.d. will serve Brooklyn Summer Ale (one complimentary glass per person at each).
Maya Deren’s Legacy: Women and Experimental Film. The Deren, Schneemann, Friedrich and Hammer Program of Short Film. Maya Deren (American, 1917–1961) was a visionary of American experimental film in the 1940s and 1950s. This screening includes four short experimental films that explore the interior life of women. Meshes of the Afternoon by Maya Deren is the first in Deren’s legacy. Fuses by Carolee Schneemann explores sexual intimacy and pleasure from a woman’s point of view. Cool Hands, Warm Heart by Su Friedrich echoes Meshes in its focus on ritual and interiority. And I Was/I Am by Barbara Hammer presents Hammer extracting a motorcycle key out of her mouth. MOMA. 11 w. 53rd St. 8:00pm.
SUNDAY 5/16: Metric w/ Bear in Heaven. Terminal 5. 610 W. 56th St. 8:00pm.
ART: Jonathan Horowitz’s “Go Vegan!” at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise. This installation, which was formerly shown at Greene Naftali in 2002, will be housed in a former butchery in the meatpacking district, LaFreida Meats. It’s a full-scale multi-room environment that will dispaly portraits of celebrity vegans, portraits of animals, footage of commercial animal slaughter and a minimalist tofu sculpture.
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Original Notable New York Illustration © André da Loba. Other images in order of appearance. The Thing Issue 10; Dan Nadel’s Art Out of Time; Image from eteam’s “International Airport Montello”; images from Jonathan Horowitz’s “Go Vegan!”