This week in New York Jennifer Vanderbes Feasts, David Carter for Gay Rights, Peter Hedges and Jonathan Tropper shows us how to bring black and white to color, Geoffrey O’Brien is an aristocrat, Leo Allen gives us Whiplash, Ask Me goes criminal, Cringefest brings us the worst stage plays, Mary Halvorson talks guitar, David LaChapelle and Jesus is back and Ron Galella urges you to please not Smash His Camera.
MONDAY 8/2: Brace yourself for some Whiplash as Leo Allen provides you with one hell of a funny night. Alternative comedians (past guests include Aziz Ansari) unite for this showcase. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. 11PM. Free.
TUESDAY 8/3: “Gay Rights in the 1960’s and Today” and the events that took place within those years are reviewed and discussed lead by moderator David Carter (Stonewall) and special guests Dick Leitsch and Rich Wandel. The Museum of the City of New York. 6:30PM. $12.
Jennifer Vanderbes, author of the praised Easter Island, promotes her latest haunting tale Strangers at the Feast. Barnes & Noble, 86th and Lexington Ave. 7PM. Free.
WEDNESDAY 8/4: The successful Peter Hedges (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) and Jonathan Tropper (About a Boy) share what it takes to successfully adapt your book to film. 92YTribeca. 200 Hudson Street. $12. 7PM.
Ask Me: CRIMINALS. Who doesn’t love a game of cops and robbers? David Crabb & Cammi Climaco host and anything can happen. This week’s storytellers are Ellen Garrison, Jen Scanlin, Ryan Paulson and Jenny Rubin. Arlo & Esma. $7. 7:30PM.
THURSDAY 8/5: Geoffrey O’Brien shares with us the true weirdness of a New York aristocratic family in light of his new book The Fall of the House of Walworth: A Tale of Madness and Murder in Gilded Age America. McNally Jackson. 7PM. Free.
FRIDAY 8/6: Join avant-garde Brooklyn guitarist Mary Halvorson in this week’s artist discussion in part of Whitney’s Christian Marclay: Festival. Whitney Museum 3PM. Free.
SATURDAY MOVIE PICK: Smash His Camera
Ron Galella is the original paparazzo, perhaps a bit responsible for the extremely unfortunate stampede of photographers chasing celebrities up Spring Street and down Sunset Boulevard. Decide for yourself if his work is art or not as you follow his successful stalking of his favorite subject Jackie O outside her Central Park Penthouse and his not so successful stalking of Marlon Brando that ended in a broken jaw.
Theatre Mania presents 2010’s International Cringefest, celebrating the ceesiest and tackiest of plays. Enjoy the last day of the festival at the Producers Club Grand Theatre. 4PM. $18-$25.
Continue to embrace pop culture photographs with the latest colorful exhibit from David LaChapelle entitled “American Jesus.” Paul Kasmin Gallery – 10th Avenue. Through 9/18.