If you celebrated Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March, it seems only appropriate to wrap up the season by attending the 21st annual African American Women in Cinema Film Festival this weekend.
Opening Friday, March 29 at Abxy Gallery, 7 pm. On view through May 15.
If you’re a fashion buff, you might know Corey Wash from when she walked the Gypsy Sport runway last month while pregnant, or perhaps you’re one of over 21,000 people who follow her on Instagram. But Wash is also a prolific visual artist; Conversation Derelict, her latest solo show, opens at ABXY Gallery on the Lower East Side this Friday. Wash prefers to work in a casual, doodle-esque style, layering paint on top of marker and oil pastel to create linework-driven pieces that resemble moments from a contemporary comic. Keep Reading »
Eight chalk silhouettes cover the sidewalk at the corner of Greene Street and Washington Place. Earlier today, union members, activists, city officials and others gathered outside the landmarked site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory to honor the 108th anniversary of the historic blaze that revealed abhorrent working conditions but ultimately strengthened the labor movement.
If you were one of the many (like, a record-setting number) of people who saw Us over the weekend, you may have noticed the Black Flag easter egg. As little Adelaide goes missing on the Santa Cruz boardwalk, a carnie in a Black Flag t-shirt is hovering over her dad while he plays Whac-a-Mole. The shirt shows the cover of My War, the album that came out in 1984, a couple of years before the beach scene takes place. When Adelaide returns to the beach as an adult with her family, one of her friend Kitty’s kids is wearing a t-shirt with the iconic Black Flag bars on it.
Environmental justice is taking center stage, quite literally. Superhero Clubhouse, a New York-based community organization, is bridging theater and ecology to hopefully enact change.
When co-director Jeremy Pickard moved to New York City over ten years ago he witnessed a lack of environmental storytelling in theater and was appalled by the sheer amount of waste the city produced. He knew there was space to create something new and exciting in the already crowded theater scene.
Devin Person doesn’t always wear head-to-toe wizard garb while working with a client, but when he opens the door to his small Greenpoint apartment for me, he looks a lot like Gandalf: lengthy robes, a tall, pointed hat, a long white beard. I can’t help but crack a smile. “You have to embrace silliness,” he says. “That’s really good for someone.”
Brown Privilege Comedy
Thursday, March 21 at Friends and Lovers, 8:30 pm: FREE (donation suggested)
The 39th edition of Saurin Choksi and DJ Sareen’s Brown Privilege Comedy returns to Crown Heights bar Friends and Lovers tonight. As always, the show spotlights some of the best comedians of color the city has to offer, with nary a token white person to be found. This time, they’re bringing along Gibran Saleem, Aminah Imani, Ayanna Dookie, Kevin Iso, and Alex English. After all the jokes have concluded, stick around—DJ Sareen takes the stage and the show becomes a dance party. Keep Reading »
When you enter the theater at The Bushwick Starr, you’ll see a stage strewn with ornate, antique furniture, and the walls covered in painted vertical stripes and various shades of pink teardrop-like shapes. The set evokes a sense of claustrophobia. Amidst the chaos on stage, a pale blue light focuses on a painting of Mount Fuji that appears to glow.
You don’t have to know comics to know the work of Mark Alan Stamaty. He’s responsible for the ornately illustrated cover of the first free edition of the Village Voice back in 1996; he channeled dozens of 1970s musical icons for the cover art for Will Hermes’s Love Goes to Buildings on Fire; and, more recently, he created a mural for Sonos’s first New York City store. And that’s in addition to a long-running career in comics, including books for both adults and children, which began in the 1970s.
After revealing its lineup of features and the full slate for its TV festival, the Tribeca Film Festival is showering us, piñata-style, with yet more goodies. Today the fest’s organizers dropped its schedule of Tribeca Talks, including tete-a-tetes between Martin Scorsese and festival co-founder Robert de Niro (their latest collaboration, The Irishman, comes to Netlfix in the fall); David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence; Michael J. Fox and Denis Leary; and comics Sarah Silverman and Mike Birbiglia. There will also be talks with Rashida Jones, Questlove, and Queen Latifah, followed by a screening of shorts created by female filmmakers with the support of The Queen Collective, Latifah’s program aimed at encouraging racial and gender equality among directors.