This week in New York, lit mags The Faster Times, The Rumpus, Gigantic and Open City throw holiday parties, James Gallery holds Pornography in the City panel, Nick Flynn and Joseph Fasano read at Projection, LDM holds Holiday Episode, Stephen Elliott discusses the making of memoir, the Bloodsugars perform, Quentin Tarantino talks, Gabriel Orozco gets retrospectivized at MOMA, and the Madcap Manhattan series screens at Film Forum.
MONDAY 12/14: Wall Street Jolly: The Faster Times, The Rumpus and Gigantic Holiday Party–Whether you prefer pinstripes or a silk-twill shift, put on your Wall Street inspired holiday best and come out and party like you just got a $3 mil. bonus. The Faster Times, The Rumpus and Gigantic invite you to celebrate another fun fiscally irresponsible year with champagne, music and random acts of talent (like Anthony Swofford juggling disco balls). Glasslands Gallery. 289 Kent Ave (between 1st and Grand), Brooklyn. Free. 7:00pm – 10:00pm.
Film Forum’s Madcap Manhattan series (all on 35mm prints) continues with Frank Capra’s You Can’t Take it With You classic Oscar-winning comedy starring Jimmy Stewart, Lionel Barrymore and Spring Byington. 9:55pm.
TUESDAY 12/15: Pornography in the City. In an afternoon of discussion, the Graduate Center’s James Gallery takes up the question posed by “Peeps” the Spring 2009 James Gallery exhibit on New York peep shows of the 60s and 70s and what they can tell us about now. Scholars, critics and artists will revisit the modes of spectatorship and social networks the peep arcades inadvertently spawned. James Gallery at the CUNY Graduate Center. 365 Fifth Avenue. Free and open to the public. 2:00pm – 6:00pm.
Open City Holiday Party: Join editor Thomas Beller and Joanna Yas in celebrating the launch of Open City #28 with readings by Jonathan Dee and Sam Lipsyte. The Hi-Fi Bar. 169 Avenue A (between 10th & 11th). 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
WEDNESDAY 12/16: Projection: A Reading Series—Nick Flynn (author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City), Joseph Fasano and Jason Schneiderman. This series features text projected next to the reader to produce “a unique sonic and visual experience of the literary arts.” Center for Performance Research. Williamsburg, Brooklyn. $5. 8:00pm.
Les Contes d’Hoffmann (the Stories of Hoffmann)–Inspired by Kafka, director Bart Sher describes his production of Offenbach’s psychological fantasy as “a magical journey in which the character works out different manifestations of his psyche.” Joseph Calleja sings the tour-de-force title role, opposite Anna Netrebko, one of opera’s biggest stars, as the tragic Antonia and Alan Held as the demonic four villains. James Levine conducts. Tix (very few) still available. Metrpolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. 8:00pm – 11:35pm.
Film Forum’s Madcap Manhattan series continues with Little Murders (1971, Alan Arkin) starring Eliott Gould. Screenwriter Jules Feiffer will appear with castmembers Elizabeth Wilson and John Korkes. 7:00pm.
THURSDAY 12/17: Literary Death Match Ep. #21. As a gift to the literary faithful, LDM’s holiday episode will be free (a gift to LDM fans), plus there will be a lightning round version of the event with a holiday-themed finale. Terese Svoboda and James Yeh compete. Ben Greenman judges. Bowery Poetry Club. 308 Bowery. 7:00pm – 10:00pm.
Screening of Inglorious Basterds followed by discussion with Quentin Tarantino. MOMA. 11 W. 53rd St. 8:00pm.
The Paris Review Salon: Colum McCann and Timothy Donnelly read. Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 W. 10th St. (bet. 5&6 Ave.). 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
Andy Warhol’s The Chelsea Girls with Nico and Brigid Berlin. Anthology Film Archives. 7:00pm.
FRIDAY 12/18: On Creating the Adderall Diaries with Stephen Elliott. The Rumpus’s own Stephen Elliott uses his true crime memoir to open a discussion on memoir-writing. Word. 126 Franklin St. Greenpoint, Brooklyn. $23 (Admission includes a copy of the book). 6:30pm. Tickets.
SATURDAY 12/19: Gabriel Orozco. The artist once called “the leading conceptual and installation artist of his generation” by The New Yorker, and has dozens of works in the collections of MoMA, the Guggenheim and the Whitney, Mr. Orozco is having a mid-career retrospective.
Shorts Program, a program of short film which includes Beware of the Hot Dog People (2002), The Bearding of the President and Cargo of Lure (1974). Anthology Film Archives. 6:30pm.
SUNDAY 12/20: Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, & Rent Boys: Writers David Henry Sterry, Audacia Ray, Hawk Kinkaid, and Zoe Hansen read from stories of their experiences as sex workers in this collection, which has been called “an eye-opening, astonishing, brutally honest and frequently funny collection from those who really have lived on the edge in a parallel universe.” KGB Bar. 85 E. 4th. 7:00pm.
ART: Janaina Tschäpe is known for her multimedia works depicting female figures lavishly costumed with appendages of inflatable balloons, latex tubing, and organic matter. Tschäpe’s work is part of the exhibition “Dress Codes” – International Center of Photography’s Third Triennial of Photography and Video–among that of many great photographers including Cindy Sherman, Stan Douglas and Laurie Simmons.
Original Notable New York Illustration © André da Loba
Other images in order of appearance: Photo by Albert Steg; Gabriel Orozco’s Horses Running Endlessly (1995); and Janaina Tschäpe’s Lacrimacorpus (Zeitschneide) (2004).
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