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Mexican Songstress Magos Herrera Shows ‘Beauty Is a Political Act’

In this climate, titling any artwork Dreamers signals politics. Fittingly, politics is the main undercurrent of the album Magos Herrera released last year with chamber musicians Brooklyn Rider. Their collaboration, Dreamers, draws on musical and literary works from across Ibero-America, and everything sampled is, in some way, connected to themes of state violence and resistance. The musicians—who will perform tomorrow at Williamsburg’s National Sawdust—call these the album’s “connecting thread.”

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Greenpoint’s Lot Radio Stations Itself in Manhattan

DJ Sanna and Lot Radio founder Francois Vaxelaire (first and second left) with guests during the opening of their Lot Shop pop-up on Canal Street, 3/8/19 at 8:30pm. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Greenpoint’s Lot Radio recently hit a setback when its shipping-container cafe was temporarily shuttered by the health department, but it’s keeping the music alive with a new pop-up shop on Canal Street and a performance by Alex Zhang Hangtag, aka Dirty Beaches, inside the San Damiano Mission this Thursday, March 14.

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Party Like It’s 1398 at These Persian New Year Celebrations

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The spring festival season has officially begun with carnival and mardi gras celebrations around the world. Fortunately, New Yorkers won’t have to wait until Easter or Holi to welcome the warmer weather; the Persian New Year is just around the corner. This year, Nowruz falls on March 21, but festivities run from March 16 through 25. Celebrate the Vernal Equinox and welcome in 1398 (on the Persian calendar) at one of these parties.

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Satisfying Shapes, A Mother-Daughter Show, And More Art This Week

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Quiet as a Space
Opening reception Thursday, March 14 at 54 Eldridge Street, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through April 1. 

One type of trendy online content today can be found under the label “oddly satisfying.” Paint cutting videos, hands poking indents in spheres of colorful slime, objects fitting perfectly into one another, and so on. Imagery like that can be calming to observe, even if you don’t know exactly why. The work of artist Adrian Kay Wong, an LA dweller bringing his work to the Lower East Side beginning Thursday, has a similar feel to it. Smooth diagonal slashes, even squares, symmetrical curves, and more calming geometry abounds in Wong’s paintings, which are graced with bold colors and landscapes populated with desks, lamps, couches, and flowers. They’re simple, they’re impressive, and they’re definitely satisfying. Keep Reading »

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Female and Queer Artists Say ‘Come Into My House’ at New MoCADA Show

“Tribute to my Mother: a Treatise on Language, Sex, Resistance, Unity and the power of the Sacred” (via artist Nikesha Breeze’s website)

Queen Latifah welcomed listeners to her Queendom with her 1989 debut hip hop album “All Hail the Queen.” The album featured such hits as “Ladies First” and “Wrath of My Madness,” but it’s “Come Into My House” that’s captivated Brooklyn artists this week.

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Lynn Shelton Let Marc Maron Be Marc Maron in Her Civil War Truther Comedy

Jillian Bell, Jon Bass, Toby Huss, Marc Maron, Lynn Shelton, Michaela Watkins, Al Elliott.(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

What’s it like making a movie with legendary podcaster Marc Maron?

“Improvising with Marc is like the first 20 minutes of WTF before he brings out the other guest,” said co-star Michaela Watkins after the premiere of Lynn Shelton’s new film at South by Southwest.

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Performance Picks: Futuristic Sex Bots, Creepy Schoolhouses, Messy Comedy

FRIDAY

(Photo: Russ Rowland, via One Year Lease Theater Company / Facebook)

Eat The Devil
Now through March 9 at The Tank, 8 pm: $25 

The best way I can describe Eat The Devil, a multimedia-laden play by Nadja Leonhard-Hooper and Dan Nuxoll of Rooftop Films, is kind of like a cross between the movies Sorry To Bother You and Ex Machina, but way weirder, way more online, and with more theatrics. But even that doesn’t really do its uniqueness justice. The play, set in a strange-yet-feasible version of the future, centers around the development of Mia, an artificially intelligent sex doll played by nonbinary drag performer Theydy Bedbug. Meanwhile, airlines are sponsored by porn tube sites, Amazon is run by a flying Alexa device, Alex Jones is still screaming away, and furries are experiencing a cultural moment. It’s both a night of delightfully strange escapism and a harrowing vision of what very well may soon be our reality.

SATURDAY

The Mess With Jesse Roth
Saturday, March 9 at The Footlight, 7 pm: $5-10 sliding scale

Some comedians describe themselves as clean, but performer Jesse Roth prefers her work to err on the messy side of things. That doesn’t necessarily mean she’s into flinging food and mud around (though there have been comedy shows where those things happen), but rather, she embraces the flawed nature of experimentation. At her recurring show at The Footlight, Roth delves into stand-up, dance, sketch, solo performance, music, and more, finding out what works along the way, and what doesn’t. This Saturday’s show features guests Steve Jeanty of hip-hop improv group North Coast and Graham Techler.

SUNDAY

(photo: Maria Baranova)

Skinnamarink
Now through March 23 at New York Theater Workshop, 3 pm (most shows at 7:30 pm): $30+  

First of all, if you don’t get that little children’s song in stuck in your head eternally after reading the title of this show, I envy you. Skinnamarink, the latest production from offbeat theater company Little Lord, takes its inspiration from McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers, a series of vintage children’s books dating back to the 1800’s that aimed to teach the youth to read. Using this source material (and peanut butter, so if you’re allergic, consider yourself warned), the ensemble immerses the audience in a “little one-room schoolhouse of horrors” to educate on the curiously dark state and history of the American education system.