This week in New York, it’s Armory Arts Week, Justin Taylor and Porochista Khakpour tell your literary fortune at Canteen Magazine’s Second Annual Benefit Gala, The PooL Art Fair opens, Old Hat performs, Happy Ending Reading Series presents Extreme Situations with Benjamin Anastas, Liev Schreiber talks to Jordan Roth, and Krista Tippett and Andrew Solomon talk science at NYPL.
MONDAY 3/1: Opening reception for Empire State of Mind: A Group Exhibition At The Chelsea Hotel. The Chelsea Hotel, in collaboration with Beez and Honey, presents Exhibitions, Performances, Video Art and Films. Building on the Chelsea Hotel’s historical and artistic significance in NYC, Beez and Honey will create an experience of art that combines all art forms for the entire week. Chelsea Hotel. 222 West 23rd Street. 6:00pm – 9:00pm.
Liev Schreiber in Conversation with Jordan Roth. Liev Schreiber is currently starring on Broadway in Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge. 92Y. Lexington Ave. @92nd St. 8:15pm.
Justin Taylor reads from his new story collection EVERYTHING HERE IS THE BEST THING EVER at McNally Jackson books. 7:00pm.
WILLA: The State of Women’s Literature Today. WILLA (Women in Letters and Literary Arts) will merge the creative and critical by presenting several brief readings along with a panel discussion on the state of women’s literature today. Participants, all of whom are integrally involved in the development of the organization, will include: poets Cate Marvin and Erin Belieu, co-directors of WILLA; poets Ann Townsend, Amy King, and Natalie Bryant Rizzieri; creative nonfiction writer Barrie Jean Borich; children’s literature authors Laurel Snyder and Kekla Magoon; and fiction writer Susan Steinberg. Poet Mark Bibbins will moderate. The New School, Wollman Hall. 7:00pm.
TUESDAY 3/2: Light Industry presents Jeff Keen and White Zombie. Artist Ben Rivers presents a double-bill featuring films by Jeff Keen–hero of British underground cinema–and dreamy Bela Lugosi vehicle White Zombie, described by Keen as “possibly the most beautiful film ever.” Titles to be shown among others include: Marvo Movie, 16mm, 1967, 5 mins; Cineblatz, 16mm, 1967, 3 mins; and Meatdaze, 16mm, 1968, 10 mins.
WEDNESDAY 3/3: Amanda Stern’s Happy Ending Reading Series returns with EXTREME SITUATIONS: readings by Melissa Febos, Benjamin Anastas and Lucy Corin. With musical guest, Phosphorescent. Joe’s Pub. 425 Lafayette @East 4th. 9:00pm.
MOMA Preview and Party for Amory Show Opening. Preview starts at 11:30 a.m. Show Piers 92 and 94 on the Hudson River 12th Avenue @55th Street. Later that night, uptown, the party starts–featuring a performance by The Walkmen, Human Rights, and DJ Justin Miller (DFA Records). The Museum of Modern Art. 11 West 53rd St. 8:30–11:30 p.m.
Smart, indie-vaudeville art-rock band Old Hat performs along with The Crazy and The Brains, and The Pendulum Swings. Among the members of Old Hat are Deenah Moffie who plays string instruments of various sizes, has pioneered the recorder/neck-tambourine, and the bread flute. Her off-key singing and off-beat percussive talents are a welcomed fugue in today’s symphony of independent underground obscure outsider punk antifolk music. Read what Weird Al Yankovic has to say about them. The Alphabet Lounge. 104 Ave. C. 8:00-11:00pm.
NYPL LIVE: Krista Tippett and Andrew Solomon–Einstein’s God: Conversations about Science. Andrew Solomon is the author of, among many other books, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, which won him fourteen national awards, including the 2001 National Book Award. is one of the thinkers in Tippett’s book, Einstein’s God: Conversations about Science and the Human Spirit, which draws on her radio conversations to explore an emerging interface of inquiry between many fields of science, medicine, theology, and philosophy. New York Public Library. Celeste Bartos Forum. 7:00pm.
THURSDAY 3/4: Join the Editors of Canteen Magazine and its Benefit Host Committee for CANTEEN’S SECOND ANNUAL BENEFIT GALA at the home of the Director of the Brooklyn Art Museum Arnold Lehman. Have your literary fortune told by authors POROCHISTA KHAKPOUR and JUSTIN D. TAYLOR, enjoy tasty treats created onsite by Michelin starred chef Kurt Gutenbrunner. Learn cocktail tricks via tutorials from Per Se mixologist Brian Van Flandern. And what’s best, your donations will go to support Canteen’s Harlem youth program and will be fully tax-deductible. Also, I’m told that special guests are to be anticipated… Get tix here. Brooklyn Heights. 7:00pm.
FRIDAY 3/5: The PooL Art Fair begins. This art fair is different from all other art fairs in the US. Although there is a tradition in France of independent art fairs, starting from the famous Courbet’s Salon des Independents, PooL is the premiere fair in the US dedicated to artists that do not have representation in galleries. Gershwin Hotel. 7 E. 27th St. Through Sunday, March 7. 3:00pm – 10:00pm.
SATURDAY 3/6: The World of E.B. White: An Afternoon with Roger Angell. New Yorker writer Roger Angell grew up with E.B. White, as his stepson. Angell reads from some of White’s classics like Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web. 92Y. 1:00pm.
The PooL Art Fair. 3:00pm – 10:00pm.
SUNDAY 3/7: Victor Lavalle reads at Sunny’s Bar. 253 Conover St. Red Hook. 3:00pm.
The PooL Art Fair. 3:00pm – 10:00pm.
ART: SKIN FRUIT–Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection, curated by Jeff Koons. “Skin Fruit,” which opens March 3, will include over 100 works by 50 international artists spanning several generations. Focusing on the body in contemporary art, the exhibition will spotlight the age-old preoccupation with the human form as a vessel of and vehicle for experience. New Museum. 235 Bowery.
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Original Notable New York Illustration © André da Loba
Other images in order of appearance: Susan Collis Call the Show Off (detail, 2007); John Bock, Maltratierte Fregatte, 2006/07.