Notable New York, This Week 12/7 – 12/13


This week in New York Malcolm Gladwell and James Wood talk about Evangelicalism and the Contemporary Intellectual, members of the Velvet Underground reunite at the New York Public Library, 60 Writers/60 Places screens, Anne Carson performs, Andy Warhol films get shown at Anthology Film Archives, Mark Doty and Marie Howe read, and Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival presents odes to Salvador Dalí and Fernando Pessoa. (Holiday Preview: Next Week’s Parties: Monday–The Faster Times, The Rumpus and Gigantic host “Wall Street” party at Glasslands, and Tuesday–Open City celebrates at Hi-Fi Bar).

MONDAY 12/7: If you weren’t able to make it out to the Wes Anderson/Noah Baumbach talk at the NYPL a few weeks ago, you can catch Wes Anderson tonight at the screening of Fantastic Mr. Fox at MOMA. He’ll be around for a Q&A afterward. 11 W. 53rd St. 8:00pm.

John Ashbery, Jeff Clark and Stuart Krimko read. 11th Street Bar. 510 E. 11th St. (bet. Aves. A & B). 7:00pm.

Tickets for the Bridge Project’s As You Like It, directed by Sam Mendes, go on sale. The Bridge Project, a unique three-year series of co-productions by BAM, The Old Vic, and Neal Street, is devoted to producing large-scale, classical theater for international audiences. This production, which opens January 12 will make its world premier at BAM.

TUESDAY 12/8: An unprecedented reunion of members of the Velvet Underground with Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker, Doug Yule and David Fricke at the New York Public Library . For five years – 1965 to 1970 – singer-songwriter and guitarist Lou Reed, bassist and viola player John Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Maureen Tucker, with the German vocalist Nico and bassist Doug Yule (who replaced Cale in 1968), broadcast the real life of their home town – the sex, drugs and art; the furious street energies, hidden pleasures and desperate romance – in an unprecedented pop music of vivid storytelling and transgressive excitement. New York Public Library. Celeste Bartos Forum. 5th Ave. & 42nd St. $25 general admission. $15 library donors, students and seniors with valid ID. While this event is sold out, standby tickets may become available at the door. 7:00pm.

n+1 presents Evangelicalism and the Contemporary Intellectual: A Panel Discussion with Malcolm Gladwell (with whom a Rumpus interview can be read here), James Wood, Christine Smallwood and Caleb Crain. The New School, Tishman Auditorium. 66 W. 12th St. Free. 8:00pm.

WEDNESDAY 12/9: The Maysles Cinema screens the documentary Jimi Hendrix in Concert. For two weeks, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the Maysles Cinema will be screening films that highlight the “rock-n-roll” sixties. For some screenings, directors will be present. The Maysles Institute. 343 Lenox Avenue. 7:30pm.

THURSDAY 12/10: Andy Warhol retrospective at Anthology Film Archives opens with Screen Test #1 (7:00pm). Thursday’s screening will be introduced by Andy Warhol scholar Callie Angell. 32 2nd Avenue. Screen Test #2 @ 9:00pm.

Anne Carson along with her artistic collaborator Robert Currie and guest performers present a new interactive performance piece at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House. 58 W. 10th St. Two performances 7:00pm and 8:15pm. Reservations recommended by email: [email protected]

Next to the Last Poem. Part of the Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival, this marionette show presents a day in the life of the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa who lived from 1888 to 1935. Scholars say he invented numerous heteronyms (his word) who interacted with him and each other throughout Pessoa’s otherwise reclusive and lonely life. On a rainy night in March 1914 Pessoa wrote upwards of 36 poems in four distinct voices. This puppet theater show, which was first performed in St. Anns Puppet Lab, represents an imaginary day before that prolific night. Thru 12/13. Theater for the New City. 155 1st Ave. (9&10 Sts.) $15. 9:30pm.

Malcolm Gladwell reads from What the Dog Saw: and Other Adventures, his new collection of essays. Barnes & Noble in the Flatiron district. 7:00pm.

FRIDAY 12/11: The Pushcart Press and The Writers Studio Reading Series present Marie Howe, Mark Doty, Kate Walbert and Dale Peck. Le Poisson Rouge. 7:00pm. 158 Bleecker (at Thomson).

Warhol Retrospective at Anthology Film Archives continues with Hedy (7:00pm), and Vinyl (9:00pm). 32 2nd Ave.

SATURDAY 12/12: 60 Writers/60 Places. This film by Luca Dipierro and Michael Kimball takes writers and places them in untraditional spaces to create “a living picture.” Writers featured include Tao Lin, Deb Olin Unferth, Gary Lutz, Eileen Myles, James Yeh and Leni Zumas. The films of Michael Kimball and Luca Dipierro have at the forefront a concern with the way space is altered and engaged with when people enter the picture. When people enter the picture and sometimes say and do startling things. I enjoyed I Will Smash You, their first feature, and expect to enjoy this film as well, trailers for which you can see here. PPOW Gallery. 511 W. 25th St. 6:30pm.

Andy Warhol Retrospective at Anthology Film Archives continues with Kitchen (4:00pm), the Life of Juanita Castro (5:30pm), Horse (7:00pm) and Harlot (9:15pm).32 2nd Ave.

The Rapture (DJ set) with Justin Vandervolgen, Populette and James Friedman. Le Poisson Rouge. 11:00pm.

The Films of Joseph Cornell Program I and II. The films of collage-artist and a pioneer of the recycled image, Joseph Cornell’s films such as Cotillion, Midnight Party, and Children’s Party, are some of the first collage films made. The films, some of which  were made with experimental filmmakers Stan Brakhage and Rudy Burckhardt, are short and will be shown in two sets. Anthology Film Archives. Program I, 4:30pm. Program II, 6:30pm. 32 2nd Ave.

SUNDAY 12/13: Madison Smartt Bell and Robert Stone read. Bell reads from Devil’s Dreams and Stone reads from Bay of Souls. KGB. 7:00pm.

Puppet Art Attacks Slam – Short Works of Genius: Part of the Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival, this puppetry slam is a fast paced evening of short works (3-8 min. long) featuring some of the most innovative emerging artists in the field of puppetry including Serra Hirsch, Howie Leifer and Spica Wobbe, among many others and includes among others a narrative based on the life of Salvador Dalí. Theater for the New City. 155 1st Ave. (9&10 Sts.) $15. 8:00pm.

Andy Warhol Retrospective continues at Anthology Film Archives with Space (starring Edie Sedgwick). 32 2nd Ave.


Original Notable New York Illustration © André da Loba

Other images in order of appearance: Lou Reed album cover, photo from Next to the Last Poem, photo of Luca Dipierro and Michael Kimball directing 60 Writers/60 Places, images from the Puppet Art Attacks Slam featuring a show based on the life of Salvador Dalí.

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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 →