What’s Up This Week

Here are just a few of the highlights on tap this week. More info on these—and the full slate—is in the Tribeca calendar of events.

••• Duane Park restaurant celebrates Fat Tuesday with a performance by the J.C. Hopkins Trio, $40 prix fixe, and classic New Orleans cocktails such as Sazeracs and Hurricanes.

••• Also on Tuesday: the Housing Works Spring Preview. “We re-stock our thrift shops with the best fashion, furniture, and artwork finds that we’ve collected and then sell them for a fraction of the price!” And that fraction is 9/10! (Kidding.) Admission $10; free for HW members.

••• Crewcuts launches a storytime for kids on Wednesday; after this one, it’ll be the first Wednesday of every month.

••• Ever wanted to write your own obituary? Wednesday brings the opening of Apexart’s “Let It End Like This,” for which prominent and less-prominent people did just that. Participants include writer Susan Orlean, musician Moby, bookstore owner Sarah McNally, and the curator’s mom.

••• Speaking of writing about death: Joyce Carol Oates drops by Mysterious Bookshop on Wednesday. And at the other end of the literary spectrum, wine prole Gary Vaynerchuk reads at Barnes & Noble.

••• On Thursday, meanwhile, country music “superstar” (the quotation marks are mine, because I’ve never heard of her) Sara Evans reads softly and tenderly from her first novel, Softly and Tenderly, at B&N.

••• Everyone like puppets, right? (My partner, who I once made attend an underwater puppet show, is shaking his head.) PUNCH puppet slam: short films—that’s the name of the event—is at 92YTribeca on Thursday “with award-winning cinema, rocking music videos, comedic shorts, and probing political commentary with rod puppets, hand puppets, Muppet-style puppets and shadows.”

••• John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders graces City Winery on Friday. The lovely Tift Merritt is among the special guests. Her “Mixtape” is one of my favorite songs of recent years.

••• On sábado: “The legendary, liquid-voiced Cuban chanteuse, Xiomara Laugart (former lead vocalist of Yerba Buena fame), brings her latest solo project, the delicate and powerful La Voz, for the first time to 92YTribeca. […] Kicking off the night is 23-year-old Cuban jazz prodigy Axel Tosca and his trio will feature a rare appearance by Cuban electric violin virtuoso Alfredo De La Fé.”

••• And for the kids: On Sunday, Shira & Friends rocks out at the Synagogue for the Arts on White Street.

••• As for ongoing events, you might consider “Time Is Out of Joint,” a show of Wolfgang Ellenrieder’s work at RH Gallery. Below: “Untitled (Street Fire)” from 2009 and “Big Bang” from 2010.


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