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Exploring China’s Jewish Community and More Art This Week

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Harbin, China | Past/Present
Opening Tuesday, April 30 at Museum at Eldridge Street, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through October 4.

The Museum at Eldridge Street exists at the intersection of Manhattan neighborhoods with diverse cultural histories, and has always tried to honor that with events like their annual Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival spotlighting Jewish, Chinese, and Puerto Rican foods and traditions. The museum’s latest exhibition has the same spirit, but takes viewers to a small city in northeast China called Harbin, where a community of Jewish immigrants flourished in the late 1890’s. The exhibition traces this community’s presence in Harbin over the decades alongside works by contemporary artist Steven Lane, who has worked in Harbin’s synagogues and often utilizes Chinese archival material in his work.

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An Abortion Musical That Leans Into The Weird

Brenson Thomas, Brett Ashley Robinson, Alice Yorke, Jaime Maseda, Katie Gould, Scott R Sheppard, and Lee Minora in THE APPOINTMENT (Photo: Oona Curley)

A popular tactic for those in support of abortion access is emphasizing that when a fetus is aborted, it is more akin to a small clump of cells than anything already living. But The Appointment, Alice Yorke and Lightning Rod Special’s musical about the American abortion debate now running at New York Theater Workshop Next Door, leans in the other direction. The show’s ensemble consists of a group of fetuses, complete with swinging umbilical cords, that couldn’t be more alive.

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Three Owls Market Wants To ‘Rethink What the Modern Deli Could Be’

(photo: Robert Bredvad)

“There’s nothing I love more than a market,” says Suzanne Dumaine. “Anytime I’m traveling you cannot keep me out of a marketplace.” This love has led the longtime recipe developer to open one of her own: Three Owls Market, a small and cozy new shop inside a former bodega on the west side of Manhattan, straddling the West Village and Meatpacking District, opening today. More →

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Two Subscription Coffee Companies, Now With Storefronts

Subscription boxes have been all the rage for years now, offering anything from cocktail ingredients to stuff to supposedly empower you when you’re single, delivered to your door on a recurring basis. Even beloved salami slingers Katz’s offers their own, bringing pastrami to your doorstep monthly. However, some subscription companies have decided to branch out by opening physical storefronts in addition to their delivery services. Two coffee companies that offer subscriptions for whole or ground beans, Eleva and 787 Coffee, both opened cafes today, in Williamsburg and the East Village respectively. More →

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Performance Picks: Anime Burlesque, Weed-Friendly Variety, and Warholian Theater

(Image via Vylette Tendency / Facebook)

WEDNESDAY

High Concepts: A 420 Variety Show

Wednesday, April 24 at Casa Delgado, 8 pm: $10 

Yes, 420 was last week, but maybe you had to work, or maybe you just can’t get enough of herb-centric events. Whatever you’re feeling, know that tonight you can experience yet another high-minded live performance experience. Drag and burlesque performers Vylette Tendency and Doll Body’s High Concepts variety show features burlesque acts, games, and a raffle to benefit Drug Policy Alliance. The intimate, speakeasy-style event embraces the fact that it’s a late 4/20 show, which admittedly does feel on brand for those who often partake of the herb, as scatterbrained-ness is always a possibility.

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Art After Stonewall, Political Portraits, and More Art This Week

(image via BRIC)

The Portrait is Political
Opening Wednesday, April 24 at BRIC, 7 pm to 9 pm. On view through May 12.

Portraits have become one of the most ubiquitous forms of imagery in our society. While their origins lie in fine art, today’s portraits can take any form, but the most common is surely the selfie. Some might argue the vast proliferation of selfies and such has diluted the significance of this form, but I’m more inclined to believe it has opened up the opportunity to start thinking more purposefully about portraiture; one must, to cut through the churn. The Portrait is Political, a “suite” of exhibitions opening at BRIC this week, seeks to reassert the power of depicting people in art. Jaishri Abichandani immortalizes Brooklyn’s South Asian feminists in paint, Texas Isaiah creates collaborative works with his subjects, and Liz Collins curates a sprawling spread of portraits from over 35 queer artists. More →

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Three Owls Market Wants To ‘Rethink What the Modern Deli Could Be’

(photo: Robert Bredvad)

“There’s nothing I love more than a market,” says Suzanne Dumaine. “Anytime I’m traveling you cannot keep me out of a marketplace.” This love has led the longtime recipe developer to open one of her own: Three Owls Market, a small and cozy new shop inside a former bodega on the west side of Manhattan, straddling the West Village and Meatpacking District, opening today. More →

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Performance Picks: Memes, 4/20 Fun, and More

THURSDAY

(image via Caveat / Facebook)

Internet Explorers
Thursday, April 18 at Caveat, 9 pm: $10 advance, $12 doors

If you don’t have your eye glued constantly to social media, you might’ve missed that Instagram’s meme-makers have started to non-ironically unionize. It’s undeniable memes are a bigger deal than ever, so it only makes sense there’ll be a live comedy show about them tonight at Caveat, as part of Mark Vigeant’s recurring Internet Explorers show. As tonight is all about memes, Vigilant will be hosting online comic artist Branson Reese and a trio of journalists who report on all things internet (The Atlantic’s Taylor Lorenz, who wrote the aforementioned meme article, plus Buzzfeed’s Katie Notoupoulos and The New York Times’s Amanda Hess). There’ll also be a game of “meme Shark Tank,” where a group of comedians will try to out-meme each other. More →

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Art This Week: LA Comes to NYC and Questions of the Body

(image via Lesley Heller Gallery / Facebook)

Phantom Paradise
Opening Wednesday, April 17 at Lesley Heller Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through May 19.

Delano Dunn’s work is colorful and busy; it draws you in and demands you stay a while, in order to soak up all the shades and shapes and details on view. The LA-based artist’s collages, paintings, and mixed-media creations aren’t just nice to look at, they also pack an emotional punch—each piece of art is one part of a patchwork quilt of memories Dunn recounts from experiencing the 1992 LA riots, which occurred in the midst of his childhood. Birds, protestors, flames, cops, and streaks of neon colors help tell a story of chaos that’s abstract and visceral. More →

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Performance Picks: Your New Favourite Queer Comedy Show and More

FRIDAY

(flyer courtesy of Tessa Skara)

The Favourites
Friday, April 12 at Club Cumming, 8 pm: FREE

Most people with an awareness of pop culture have at least heard of The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos’s recent feature film that facilitated, among other things, a frequent (and queer) call for actress Rachel Weisz to take control of them in every which way. With The Favourites, a new queer comedy show from Tessa Skara and Jes Tom, perhaps you’ll find a new object of affection to request bodily harm from. Described as “part safe space, part dyke party, part comics to watch showcase at a liberal arts college,” the kickoff show features Becca Blackwell, Kiko Soirée, Mila Myles, Spike Einbinder, Jess Salomon, and Eman El-Husseini—plus, of course, some obligatory Weisz fawning. More →