Notable New York, This Week: 1/18 – 1/24

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This week in New York, the Rumpus and HTMLGIANT present ONE YEAR LATER a multimedia event with an allstar lineup of readers and musicians including Rivka Galchen, Tao Lin, Jeffrey Lewis and more in celebration of the Rumpus’s First Anniversary, the Frederick Wiseman retrospective begins at MOMA, the Rumpus’s own Stephen Elliott gives talk “On Creating the Adderall Diaries,” Obediance–a film documenting the infamous “Milgram experiments,” screens, Patti Smith and Sam Shepard reunite to read at 92Y, and Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge opens.

MONDAY 1/18: New York Voices of the Civil Rights Movement – In celebration of Martin Luther King Day, NYC Media and the Commission on Human Rights will present a special screening at the Apollo Theater on Thursday, January 14th. The agencies will present a special, advanced screening of FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE: NEW YORK VOICES OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, followed by a panel discussion featuring activists and scholars. The Apollo Theater. 253 W. 125th St. (bet. 7&8 Ave.). Free.

Final Fantasty: Owen Pallett and Avi Buffalo at the Bowery Ballroom. 6 Delancey St. $15. 8:00pm.

The White Ribbon, Michael Haneke’s (The Piano Teacher, Cache) latest film, the winner of the Palm D’Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, screens at the Film Forum. 209 W Houston St. 6:40pm, 9:20.

TUESDAY 1/19: Joshua Ferris reads from his latest work, The Unnamed. Barnes and Noble. 2289 Broadway @82nd St.

Obediance: A Film Program presented by Zoe Beloff offers three films, Obediance (which documents the infamous “Milgram experiment”) paired with two earlier works dealing with psycho-social control. Light Industry. 220 36th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenue), 5th Floor. View map. $7.

Charlotte Gainsbourg, whose new album was produced by Beck, is performing at the Bell House for two nights. Read up on Gainsbourg here. (Gainsbourg also performs on Wednesday). The Bell House. 8:00pm.

WEDNESDAY 1/20: On Creating the Adderall Diaries – NY: The Rumpus’s own Stephen Elliot, who recently wrapped up his 33-city book tour (which you can read about in his NYT piece, D.I.Y. Book Tour), will be in New York to present a talk focusing on the generation of memoir. With his most recent book, The Adderall Diaries, as a jump off point Stephen will lead a discussion on the process of “figuring out your story and editing it into something someone would want to read.” Stephen will also touch on dealing with family members and friends who may not want to be written about and give writing tips for accessing memories and experiences. And while you’re at it, pick up some capes, invisibles and other supplies at the Superhero Supplie Co. 826 NYC. 372 Fifth Ave. Brooklyn. Admission is the price of the book and includes a copy!! Purchase tickets here.

Frederick Wiseman retrospective begins at MOMA with Basic Training–An unprecedented examination, filmed at the height of the Vietnam War, of the masterfully efficient and subtly overpowering psychological and physical means by which the United States Army turns young draftees and enlisted men into soldiers. Discussion with Frederick Wiseman follows screening. MOMA. 11 W. 53rd St. 7:00pm.

THURSDAY 1/21: THE RUMPUS and HTML GIANT present ONE YEAR LATER, the first anniversary party for the Rumpus. The night will feature readings by Rivka Galchen, Tao Lin, Deb Olin Unferth, Justin Taylor and Stephen Elliott, musical guests Alina Simone, Diane Louvel, and just added, Jeffrey Lewis. With special guest DJ Khaela Maricich of The Blow and video art installation by Jill Pangallo of Monofonus. Broadway East. 171 East Broadway (nr. Rutgers). View Map. Doors 7:00. Show starts at 7:30. $5. Get tix here.

Sam Shepard and Patti Smith Read at 92Y. Long time friends Sam Shepard (Pulitzer Prize winning playwright) and Patti Smith once co-wrote and co-starred in the play Cowboy Mouth, which owes its genesis to an affair between Shepard and Smith. With the publication of their new books—Shepard’s story collection Day Out of Days, and Smith’s memoir Just Kids—they reunite on stage once more to read together for the first time. 92Y. Lexington Ave. @92nd St. 8:00pm.

FRIDAY 1/22: Nick Flynn reads from The Ticking is the Bomb. Haunted by a history of addiction, a relationship with his unsteady father, and a longing to connect with his mother who committed suicide, Flynn artfully interweaves in this memoir passages from his childhood, his relationships with women, and his growing obsession—a questioning of terror, torture, and the political crimes we can neither see nor understand in post-9/11 American life. Book Court. Cobble Hill. 7:00pm.

Frederick Wiseman retrospective continues with Titicut Follies. In his debut film, Wiseman exposes the horrifying conditions at a state prison hospital for the criminally insane in Bridgewater, Massachusetts—conditions that seem to have changed little, even decades later, in similar institutions across the country—and it is still the only film ever to have been censored by a U.S. court for reasons other than national security or obscenity. MOMA. 11 W. 53rd St. 7:00pm.

SATURDAY 1/23: Lady Gaga at Radio City Music Hall. 7:30pm.

SUNDAY 1/24: Chris March Book Party. American fashion designer Chris March best known for his appearance as a contestant on season 4 of Bravo’s Project Runway, will be throwing a fete ini honor of his latest creation, I Heart Chris March. Greenhouse. 150 Varick St. rsvp at [email protected] 9:00pm. Open vodka bar ’til 11:00.

The Big Apple in Six Words: SMITHMAG hosts a discussion, which includes a gathering of authors Amy Sohn, (Prospect Park West), A.J. Jacobs (The Guinea Pig Diaries), Ben Yagoda (Memoir: A History), and SMITH editors Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser, and will present an evening of very short true tales about the Big Apple. Bring your six words and be part of the show! 92Y. Lexington @92nd Street.

A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller’s 1955 drama, opens today starring Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson, about a dockworker entranced with his teenage neice. Cort Theater. 138 W. 48th St.

Jonathan Dee and Stefan Block read. Jonathan Dee is the author of four novels, most recently Palladio. He is a staff writer for the New York Times Magazine, a frequent contributor to Harper’s, and a former senior editor of the Paris Review. He will read from the Privileges. Stefan Block will read from The Story of Forgetting, his first novel. KGB. 85 E. 4th St.

ART: DIANE ARBUS and WILLIAM EGGLESTON at Cheim & Read 547 West 25th Street.

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Original Notable New York Illustration © André da Loba

Other images in order of appearance: Film still from Stanley Milgram’s “Obediance,” Rivka Galchen, Tao Lin, Jeffrey Lewis and Deb Olin Unferth (who will be reading/performing at ONE YEAR LATER, Chris March from I Heart Chris March, photographs by Diane Arbus and William Eggleston, respectively.


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 Esquire.com. She blogs at The Astonishing Egg and is The Rumpus New York Editor. More from this author →