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 Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center hosts a free weekly classical music concert for all ages: “If you can read music, bring your violin, viola or cello and join us for some great music and a lot of fun.”

Chaz Bono—Cher’s son (born as a girl named Chastity)—reads at Barnes & Noble. Transgender people are so unbelievably brave. ••• Pen Parentis’s literary salon features Ann Hood, Marina Budhos, and Cara Hoffman. ••• South Korean film Re-Encounter screens for free at Tribeca Cinemas: “Hyehwa is a veternarian’s assistant living a quiet life when suddenly her high school sweetheart reappears one day and tells her that the child they thought died when he got her pregnant at 18 is still alive. Lyrical and intimate, it’s a movie that sees two people tear themselves up in quiet desperation.” That’s the best kind! ••• The Blind Boys of Alabama and the Oak Ridge Boys play City Winery.

Robert Wilson’s “Video 50” is at 92YTribeca: “A duck cackling into a microphone; a woman’s pancake-makeup-ed face staring tearfully into a smoking toaster; an ordinary couple having a hot dog eating contest on a sunny Sunday morning. With 100 brief episodes strung together for maximum befuddlement, Wilson doles out both the grotesque and the gorgeous.” ••• Reading at Apexart as part of its Almost Famous Reading Series: Marcy Dermansky, Heather Kristin, Albert Mobilio, Stephen O’Connor.

The windmill-shaped New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion opens at Battery Park. Attend the 10:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting, if you want. RSVP at 212-408-0111 or special.events@parks.nyc.gov. ••• The Nerve Tank’s “The Attendants” opens at the World Financial Center Winter Garden: “‘The Attendants’ is an interactive multimedia performance featuring two performers enclosed within an eight-foot, transparent cube and a new ‘score’ [Scary use of quotes! —Ed.] by composer Stephen Moore. Audiences can communicate with the performers via text messaging from mobile phones or home computers, which then appear on two plasma screens flanking the cube.” A preview is here. ••• Like teen angst? You’ll get lots of it at 92YTribeca’s “Mortified” show of monologues.

For the kids: The Paper Bag Players are at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. ••• At 92YTribeca, Dilys E. Blum, senior curator of costumes and textiles at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, discusses the museum’s well-regarded show about couturier Roberto Capucci (that’s one of his dresses at left). ••• 92YTribeca screens Zoolander and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Keanu rules.

The opening of “Dormeur,” a show of work by Vincent P. of the Paris art collective Les Gros Monsieur. Visitors can take one of the 600 photographs (which I believe are all of Vincent P. sleeping). ••• Crash Test Dummies play City Winery. ••• Andrei Konchalovsky’s production of “Uncle Vanya” is at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. ••• 92YTribeca screens 1973’s Walking Tall.

92YTribeca has a walking tour about “the early history of Jewish colonial New York.” ••• Taylor Hicks plays City Winery. ••• Joanie Leeds plays for kids at 92YTribeca.

As for ongoing events, you might consider…
“It’s the end of the world as we know it, or mighty close to it, in Laurel Haines’s agreeably disjointed [play],” said the New York Times in its review of Laurel Haines’s “Future Anxiety,” getting its world premier at the Flea. “And while its many, many inhabitants may not exactly feel fine, they’re largely at peace with a world in which China imports American debtors as slave laborers, and the unemployment rate has dropped to a mere 65 percent.” Photo by Richard Termine for the New York Times.


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