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.

The Niall O’Leary Irish Dance Troupe kicks up its heels at World Financial Center. ••• Far less wholesomely, American Psycho screens at 92YTribeca. I saw that movie on a first—and last—date.

Noted oceanologist Ted Danson drops by Barnes & Noble, signing copies of Oceana, a book about what we can do to save the oceans. ••• “Billie’s Children,” a program of film performances by legendary singers, is at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center: “In addition to classic footage of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln, Anita O’Day, and Sarah Vaughan, we’ll see new film of performances by Diana Krall and Jane Monheit.” That’s Anita O’Day singing “Sweet Georgia Brown” at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, from the documentary Jazz on a Summer’s Day. If nothing else, watch it for the hats.

You can avoid drunken throngs—it’s St. Patrick’s Day—by walking the labyrinth at St. Paul’s Chapel; it’s only open to the public on the third Thursday of each month. ••• And/or stop by Mrs. Cupcake for a treat—it’s opening its “express window” on Murray Street (inside Eamonn’s) today.

“In 1982, at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments, Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers who said, ‘it’s because of you mother** that we’re out of work.’ When the judged fined the killers a mere $3,000 and three years of probation, Asian Americans around the country galvanized to form a real community and movement.” Vincent Who?, a documentary, screens at the Museum of Chinese in America.

Girlfriends (1982) is at 92YTribeca: “Susan Weinblatt (Melanie Mayron) is a struggling photographer living on the Upper West Side, doing portraits and Bar Mitzvahs to scrape by. When her roommate, Anne Monroe (Anita Skinner), announces she is moving out and getting married, their friendship goes through as many trials and tribulations as their individual lives. […] The remarkable ensemble cast includes Christopher Guest, Bob Balaban, Viveca Lindfors, and Eli Wallach as Susan’s Rabbi crush.” Director Claudia Weill will be there for a Q&A. ••• Lisa Loeb plays City Winery—which reminds me of seeing Edie Brickell open for Iron & Wine a couple of months ago at Radio City Music Hall. She kept talking about her kids, which is fine, but then she stopped to read a text message from one—and then send a reply.

As for ongoing events, you might consider…
“Outliers,” an exhibition of paintings by Jeff Muhs, at Cheryl Hazan Gallery through Apr. 9. Here are two of his works:


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