Coming Up: Bryan Batt

Maeghan Reid’s “The Great Lumbering” is at Jack Hanley Gallery: It’s “an installation of works constructed on-site by Maeghan Reid during a three-week residency at the gallery. With an undeniable reverence to that which cannot be placed,”—huh?—”Reid assembles a temporary mausoleum for the uncanny, literally the un-home-ly. Place, as her intuitively built structures implicate, is simply a myth constructed from scraps collected while en route. For Reid, it is the formless that carries the burden of form.”

A Kansas Gallery, Hey Harmonica!, a solo exhibition of new sculpture by Tamara Zahaykevich: “The humble, wall-mounted and freestanding constructions of Tamara Zahaykevich have an undeniable rough-hewn charm. Fashioned from mostly cast-off, paper-related materials mined from the studio and street including Styrofoam, foam board, canned foam, found paper, paint and ink, the resultant objects are joyous celebrations of color, texture and form.”

At Carriage Trade: “Pop Patriotism 2002, curated by carriage trade director Peter Scott, was first presented at Momenta Art in September, 2002 and is being re-presented at carriage trade from September 22 to November 13, 2011. The press release from the 2002 exhibit follows: ‘Offering artifacts of popular culture placed alongside the work of artists skeptical of America’s renewed devotion to its flag, the exhibition POP Patriotism addresses the implications of this recent return to patriotism. […]'”

“The 7th annual New York City Short Film Festival (NYC Shorts) comes to 92YTribeca with a lineup of 20 short films from around the world. Drawing from an impressive crop of over 1000 submissions, the diverse group of selected shorts showcases films in the following categories: animation, comedy, documentary, drama, foreign language, LGBT and student. The two-day festival includes three sets of screenings, and post-screening Q&A sessions held with the filmmakers in attendance. For complete descriptions of each film, please visit”

Island of Lost Souls at 92YTribeca: “The first and still best adaptation of H.G.Wells’s Island of Dr. Moreau, Lost Souls is one of the least seen great 30’s horror movies. More lurid and shocking than the gentile”—who knew?—”Universal monster movies, it was banned in England for 25 years. Featuring bizarre make-up effects, Charles Laughton’s most maniacal performance, and film’s first man/animal sexual tension, Lost Souls is an off-putting nightmare. After the screening, host Elliott Kalan and special guest John Hodgman (“The Daily Show,” “This American Life”) discuss mad scientists, old-time horror and just how bewildered a pre-comic book world had to have been by marauding animal-men.

At 92YTribeca: “Bryan Batt—Mad Men’s Sal Romano and owner of the Big Easy’s most popular home décor store—shows how to easily pull together a space that’s fearless and colorful with plenty of panache. Hazelnut, Batt’s New Orleans home décor boutique, has been featured in The New York Times, House Beautiful and InStyle. His new book is Big, Easy Style.”

The NYC Food Film Festival is at Tribeca Cinemas. From the Village Voice: “The festival, which will run at Tribeca Cinemas until October 16, will feature numerous shorts, including “The Best Thing I Ever Done,” M. Emily Mackenzie’s portrait of Di Fara’s Dom DeMarco; a look at a small Texas molasses producer; a documentary about three generations at Ronnybrook Farms; and several of Liza DeGuia’s video profiles of local food producers. The entire lineup can be seen here.”

At 92YTribeca: “Our Meet The Lady series begins its second season with an in-person tribute to great American character actress Beth Grant, known for her memorable performances in films such as Donnie Darko, Sordid Lives, Little Miss Sunshine, To Wong Foo… and many more. Grant talks with host Tom Blunt about her prolific career—which spans 150 film and television credits—and a cavalcade of New York artists drop by to honor the actress as well. Special guests include writer Frank DeCaro, actress Roslyn Hart, writer-comedian Kevin Maher and singer-songwriter-musician Nellie McKay.”


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