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Sifting Through City Reliquary’s ‘NYC Trash!’ Exhibit

Photo of the exhibit (All photos are from inside the exhibit by Diego Lynch, unless otherwise indicated)

One man’s trash is another man’s… museum show?

Through April 29, the City Reliquary, in Williamsburg, is hosting an exhibit that serves as a history of New York City’s waste management (or lack thereof) as well as a show of works by artists and nonprofits whose medium is garbage. Also featured are some of the unusual items Nelson Molina collectedduring his 30 years with the NYC Department of Sanitation.

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Exhibit Honors That Big Weird Spaceship Thing on the Way to the Airport

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If you’re heading out to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park tonight to see the US Open men’s semifinals, make sure to grab Fuku’s McEnroe and also take a moment to admire the New York State Pavilion’s $3 million paint job. The long overdue touchup was completed last year as part of a $6 million effort to begin restoring those big, weird concrete structures you always see on your way to the airport. One of the 50 amazing things about the ’64-’65 World’s Fair, the Tent of Tomorrow served as a performance and exhibition space while the Astro-View observation towers were the tallest thing in the fair.

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Performance Picks: Western Wildness, 2-Year Anniversaries, Bits N’ Buddy Holly

WEDNESDAY

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Wednesday With Westerns!
Wednesday August 24, 7 pm at City Reliquary; $7.
The City Reliquary, a tiny, quirky wonderland of a museum, will be the location for this western art party this evening. Gallop amongst NYC memorabilia, but don’t get too distracted, as there will be plenty to do on the frontier. Selections include the chance to get your own Wanted poster painted by artist Omer Gal, experimental Japanese movement genre butoh done with a Texas twist, line dancing, a hog-tying contest, theatrical happenings, ghostly songs, wandering Western characters, and surely much else. If you have the gall to come in a Western-themed costume (god forbid nobody mistake you for a lost Republican on the way there), you’ll be greeted with a free shot of tequila or whiskey. As the cow/boy creature on the poster proclaims so proudly, “Be a REAL cowboy like me!” Darn tootin’.

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Week in Comedy: Summertime Stories and Imaginary Films

THURSDAY

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(Flyer via Summer Fling)

Summer Fling
Thursday August 25, 9 pm at Union Hall: $10

Hosted by Lacey Jeka and Kristen Buckels (Between Two Bushes), this show is stacked. I mean seriously, you’re telling me that you’ve got Aparna Nancherla and Jo Firestone– who by the way also host some great shows together— and Brett Davis, the cult-obsessed audience antagonizer, plus a great young man named Gary Richardson, all on the same bill?

Also, the show is only $10? And it’s on a Thursday and at a reasonable hour? Wait, there’s a flyer for it? Uh, yes please. Like, on all accounts. This show might only last one night, but, oh man, what a summer fling it will be.

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Performance Picks: Experimental Fest, Macaulay Prom, Wormhole Party, and More

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(image by Federico Ausbury)

WEDNESDAY

Wednesdays With A “W”: Wormholes
At The City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg. 7pm. $7. More info here.
This is the second iteration of a monthly “art party,” sporting a whimsical theme and featuring a slew of performances from artists of all disciplines, including live painting, interactive performance art, a human canvas, a bug petting zoo, and an alien experiment. Naturally eschewing any average theme for an event, this evening is themed for wormholes. You heard that right. Whether it be actual worms digging holes or folks traveling through space and time or something else entirely, expect excitement and unusual sights at every turn.

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Nostalgic For the Twin Towers and Tower Records? Mark Your Calendar

"Tower Records," 2013. (Photo: City Reliquary's FB)

“Tower Records,” 2013. (Photo: City Reliquary’s FB)

After you’re done reminiscing about the Twin Towers by watching Man on Wire outdoors and The Walk in IMAX, head to City Reliquary to peruse some LPs that nod to the modernist masterpieces.

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The City Reliquary Adds Relics From Brooklyn’s Distant and Not-So-Distant Past

Paintings by Ivan Koota (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Paintings by Ivan Koota (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Perhaps you haven’t been to City Reliquary in a minute. And if you’re too cheap to cough up five measly bucks, then maybe you just haven’t been at all. A place for tourists, you ask? Maybe cool ones. But for real, if you’re even slightly intrigued by Brooklyn history, you should pay attention to what this mini-museum has lined up for programming, because chances are it’ll be something fascinating.

Ben Wigler, who goes by the long-winded title of “volunteer and visitor experience director,” greeted me jovially from his perch behind the front desk when I walked in today and was happy to give a run-down of one rather, er, gangster exhibition and a newly expanded gallery space in the front. Oh, and if you’re still too cheap to drop five bones, you can check out a series of really amazing paintings by Ivan Koota living in the front room — where the Huntress Home pop-up closed last month — for exactly zero cents.

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Cockroach Legs, Fantasy Pez, and Dick Pins: It’s Collector’s Night!

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Amber Maykut, an artist in residence at Morbid Anatomy, is both a taxidermist and collector of stuffed creatures. She first began collecting butterflies in high school. (Photo: Nicole Disser) (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Last night Williamsburg’s City Reliquary teamed up with the Brooklyn Historical Society for Collector’s Night 2014, held at the latter’s home base in Downtown Brooklyn.
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