Coming Up: Open Studios, the Titanic, and Isabella Rossellini

“Join Mario the Magician for an uplifting, inventive, and highly interactive magical performance for the young and young-at-heart! Part retro, part rock and roll, Mario is an artist and inventor who creates his own props. Mario’s old world looks and physical comedy style are reminiscent of his heroes, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, but he puts a thoroughly modern spin on everything he does.” At Space on White; also May 27, June 17, and July 22.

Open studios at the Clocktower Gallery: “See the projects and meet the artists in our studios: Julie Covello aka DJ Shakey, Caroline Cox, Sabisha Friedberg, and Haroon Mirza, plus take a tour through the Canyon Candy exhibition. Free & open to the public, no entry after 7 p.m.” (It starts at 6 p.m.) I love the Clocktower Gallery but you do need instructions on how to visit, which were in a recent email but I can’t find on their website: “The Clocktower Gallery is located in a City-owned building at 108 Leonard Street between Broadway and Lafayette, so please, remember to bring your ID for security. Enter through the grey door under the scaffolding and take the elevator to the 12th Floor. Take a left, enter through the red staircase B door, and walk up to the 13th Floor. The Clocktower offices and studios are down the corridor.”

I can’t quite tell, but Isabella Rossellini might be at 92YTribeca; “selected works from the Green Porno and Seduce Me series” will be shown either way. Do you think she gets to keep the costumes for her own enjoyment?

“Flux” at Cheryl Hazan Gallery: “Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art presents three artists who work with metal to perform a kind of alchemy or flux. With interests in science and nature—in different ways, each transforms the hardness of metal into organic forms.” The artists are Matt Devine (that’s one of his works pictured), John Ensor Parker, and Carolina Sardi.

Kansas is pleased to present Lost in America, a solo exhibition of new work by Sylvan Lionni. […] Sylvan Lionni reinterprets established hierarchies and dissolves cultural hegemony through appropriative techniques which deconstruct symbolic objects and their clichés. Familar icons are illuminated by a new vocabulary that serves to charter networks of analogy between lived and imagined form.”

The Good Fairy—written by Preston Sturges—is at 92YTribeca.

“On April 10, 2012, the one hundredth anniversary of RMS Titanic’s launch on her maiden—and only—voyage, the South Street Seaport Museum will open ‘Titanic,’ an exhibition that examines both the disaster and a century’s worth of fascination with the ship’s dramatic story. The exhibition will feature original historic objects and documents from Titanic and her passengers, as well with interactive elements and artifacts that show how the event has been remembered and interpreted in popular culture, including production items ranging from the 1953 film Titanic starring Barbara Stanwyck through to the most current interpretation, the upcoming four-part ABC miniseries, Titanic, written by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) scheduled to air April 14 and 15, 2012.” None of my business, but these days Julian Fellowes might be better known these days as the man behind “Downton Abbey.”

Pen Parentis will celebrate the new works of three authors who see the world a special way: Ann Napolitano, author of the novel A Good Hard Look; Deborah Copaken Kogan, author of Shutterbabe, memoir of her time as war photographer; and Tara Altebrando/McCarthy who writes successfully for both adults and for teens. The April Pen Parentis Salon—Visionary Women will begin with networking over wine and continue with readings from new works, book signings and discussion surrounding the balance of family with a successful literary career. All Pen Parentis authors are parents” but kids are not allowed.

“Daily Show” writers do stand-up comedy at 92YTribeca.

From Yahoo! Sports: “The skate contest [at the Tribeca Skatepark near Pier 25] is being organized by POW!! Skateboards and it is set to take place on April 13, 2012, from noon until 3 p.m. It is a best trick contest with a delightfully wicked twist, in that those competing in the skate contest are being asked to sport a hockey mask like Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th horror movies. […] Prizes will be given out to the three best skaters wearing one of the masks. Those that don’t want to wear a mask may still skate, they just won’t be eligible for the top three prizes.”

Betty plays 92YTribeca.

At Hionas Gallery: Burton Machen’s “Urban Evolution: Portrait’s Project.” That’s one at left.

Jaws screens for free at the Tribeca Film Festival’s “Drive-In” at the World Financial Center: “Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6 p.m. The programs will also begin at 6 p.m., with live music at 7 p.m., and screenings starting at dusk (approximately 8:15 p.m.).” That movie ruined the ocean for me.

The Goonies screens for free at the Tribeca Film Festival’s “Drive-In” at the World Financial Center. See above for admission info.

Knuckleball!, a baseball documentary, screens for free at the Tribeca Film Festival’s “Drive-In” at the World Financial Center. See above for admission info.

Tribeca/NYFEST Soccer Day at Pier 40: “All ages and skill levels are welcome to ‘kick it’ at Tribeca with the second annual Tribeca/NYFEST Soccer Day, which brings together celebrities, film and media professionals, and New York youth for a day filled with athleticism, learning and fun. [It] will take place on Pier 40 in Lower Manhattan. The day will include an industry soccer tournament, a celebrity soccer match, and a youth soccer showcase, including soccer clinics for NYC youth, skill demonstrations and workshops.”

Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair on Greenwich Street and surrounding streets; includes the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day.

“Brooklyn-based electronic duo Silent Drape Runners return to 92YTribeca to curate a night of moody, David Lynch-inspired musical oddness. First, Silent Drape Runners perform their acclaimed ‘Twin Peaks: The Beginning,’ a live-resoundtracking of the beginning to ‘Twin Peaks.'”

JULY 11–12
“Buddy Guy and Neko Case will headline the second annual Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival. This free two-day outdoor concert will take place on July 11 and 12 at the World Financial Center.” The full lineup will be at


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