Notable New York, This Week 11/23-11/29


This week in New York Justin Taylor and literary collective Wu Ming read, Tim Burton exhibit opens, Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage and other films screen, Julian Plenti performs, a short video helps you tighten your table-side manners for Thanksgiving, and Sleeping Puppets lay at Matthew Marks gallery.

MONDAY 11/23: Justin Taylor and Wu Ming read. Justin Taylor is the editor of the Agriculture Reader, a regular contributor to the influential lit site HTML Giant, and writer–his short story collection Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever is forthcoming from Harper Perennial. Taylor reads with Wu Ming, a collective of Italian guerrilla novelists. Dixon Place. 161A Chrystie St. $6. 7:30pm.

Knut Hamsen: His Brilliance, His Tragedy and His Legacy. Biographer Robert Ferguson presents the life and work of writer Knut Hamsen. Mid-Manhattan Library. 6:30pm.

The Tim Burton exhibit just opened at the Museum of Modern Art. This special exhibit, which runs through April 2010, is accompanied by film exhibitions, Tim Burton, and Tim Burton and the Lurid Beauty of Monsters. MOMA 11 W. 53rd St.

TUESDAY 11/24: The Pixies. Hammerstein Ballroom.  (Through Thursday 11/26). 8:00pm.

Light Industry presents We Dig Repetition, two films by Peter Roehr. Curated by Mark Webber, curator of independent avant-garde and artists’ films and video. The flm and sound montages of Peter Roehr are constructed from brief passages, frequently drawn from commercial advertising, repeated without variation, for an irregular number of reiterations. The result is an insistent, hypnotic demonstration of stoic seriality that takes time and time again. Light Industry. 220 36th St. 5th Floor. Brooklyn. 7:30pm.

WEDNESDAY 11/25: Julian Plenti of Interpol (and about whom a Subjective Account has been written for this site) at Brooklyn Bowl. 61 Wythe Avenue. Doors, 6pm. Show, 9pm. Tickets here.

The Big 4: The Big Lebowski. Sneak tumblers of White Russians into the Landmark Sunshine theater at midnight for this Coen Brothers’ favorite. Starting tonight, plays for four nights. Landmark Sunshine Theater. Midnight.

Preparing for your Thanksgiving meal and need quick tips on table etiquette? While Emily Post’s tomes are always a good standby, here is a short video that will assist you in becoming impeccably mannered in less than two minutes:

THURSDAY 11/26: Ingmar Bergman’s Persona. One of Bergman’s most influential works (with an endlessly copied final shot), Persona features Liv Ullmann as an actress who simply stops performing and Andersson as the chatty nurse who cares for her. The duo slowly fall into a complex and symbiotic relationship that details one of Bergman’s favorite subjects, the inability to communicate. All day at BAM.

FRIDAY 11/27: Black Friday Blowout Sale at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe: From 10am to 9pm the day after Thanksgiving, get a jump start on your holiday shopping with 30% our entire stock. We’re putting out our secret stash of brand new books, gifts, and accessories, so you’ll find something for everyone. (We ain’t just ratty pocket paperbacks anymore!).

SATURDAY 11/28: Sleeping Puppets – Artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss have long collaborated in films that document their adventures, from L.A. to the Switzerland, dressed as a rat and a bear. At the Matthew Marks gallery, their avatars, rat and bear, can be seen sleeping on a pile of blankets. Matthew Marks. 526 West 22nd St. Also on exhibit is their epic Sun, Moon and Stars, an encyclopedic accumulation of over 800 magazine ads. Same gallery, a few doors down – 522 West 22nd.

Do Make Say Think + the Happiness Project: This “Broken Social Scene–affiliated Canadian space-rock collective” performs at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. 9pm.

SUNDAY 11/29: Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a marriage. A huge success on Swedish television, Bergman’s exploration of the modern Swedish family is an intelligent, moving, and devastating chronicle of one couple and how their comfortable lives catapult into chaos when infidelities are revealed. Marvelously directed, the film boasts incredibly nuanced performances by Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson.


Original Notable New York Illustration © André da Loba

Other images in order of appearance: Image from Tim Burton exhibit, Howcast video, Scenes from a Marriage.

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Rozalia Jovanovic is a founding editor of Gigantic, a magazine of short prose and art. She is the Deputy Editor of Flavorpill and has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and Columbia University. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming from Unsaid, The Believer, Everyday Genius, Guernica, elimae, and She blogs at The Astonishing Egg and is The Rumpus New York Editor. More from this author →