The Hester Street Fair entered its 10th season in lovely, spring-weather style this past weekend, filling its familiar home in Seward Park with artisans, herbalists, designers, CBD pushers, vintage clothing fanciers, ceramists, queer activists, and, of course, the sweet, sweet smoke from open grills cooking up large plates of good, cheap food for the locals. Because even after all these years, the Hester Street Fair remains very much a community-oriented event, with plenty of room for the odd, the passionately niche, the delightfully DIY.
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An enormous, alternative version of life at the dawn of industrial revolution was unveiled in Red Hook over the weekend, a world that includes a human settlement within a blast furnace, massive, machinelike human sperms and eggs (that double as furniture), and a gigantic, weirdly playful pendulum clock ticking and tolling all of our lives away. It’s almost as grim as it sounds, but there’s enough sly humor in the renderings to make your visit a not-so-depressing one.
The Year of the Pig hasn’t even officially started yet—that’d be tomorrow—but, sorry everyone who wasn’t there, we may have already seen its best party. On Friday night the gorgeous, wildly creative “Slaysians” of Bubble_T threw another jam-packed Lunar New Year celebration at MoMA PS1, taking over most of the entire museum and, especially, filling the Bobadome (as it was called for the night) with dancing and drag shows.
Trump is still in office, and the patriarchy is not yet smashed, so for the third January in a row the streets of NYC filled with thousands of angry women and their equally angry male allies. And despite a fracturing of the Women’s March movement into three separate events on Saturday, the rally and march on the Upper West Side and Midtown drew an impressive crowd, with protesters thick on the broad avenues into the afternoon.
New Museum kicked off its big fall season last night with a huge, career-spanning exhibition of one of the UK’s most influential living artists, Sarah Lucas. The show, titled Au Natural after one of her most famous assemblages, encompasses all of the museum’s three main floors and features more than 150 sculptural pieces, photographs, installations, and videos. Provocative, clever, and engaging throughout, it’s the first retrospective of Lucas’s work seen anywhere in America, and it runs into the new year. Expect enthusiastic crowds and lots of stockings, cigarettes, and penises.
Returning once again to its visually dramatic (and conveniently central) location directly under the Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo, the seventh annual Photoville opens today with more than 90 photography shows within and around a mini-city of shipping containers. The event runs through the weekend, then next Thursday through Sunday as well, and is totally free and open to the public.
While you were busy listening to Father John Misty or Fleet Foxes or whatever, Electric Zoo, the EDM music festival on Randall’s Island, became a goddamn New York City institution. Now in its tenth year and completely sold out all weekend long, EZoo once again saw a massive and markedly diverse crowd of shufflers, head bangers, and generally beaded-up and nearly naked folks going nuts to more than 110 acts on five stages.
Michael Jackson would have been 60 years old this Wednesday, and as has become custom in Bed-Stuy (for the past eight summers, anyway), Spike Lee threw a massive birthday block party for the beloved King of Pop. The setting was Do The Right Thing Way–Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington and Quincy, where Lee filmed much of his seminal film, and still the only street in town named after a movie or any other work art–and on a glorious afternoon the neighborhood came out in force for the occasion.