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Art This Week: Human Bones and Tyree Guyton

Nicole Awai, Reflection Pool, 2019, acrylic paint, resin, graphite, nail polish, plastic, shells, crystalline solids and paper, 50 x 38 in. 

Envisioning the Liquid Land
Opening Wednesday, October 30 at Lesley Heller Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through December 21.

Envisioning the Liquid Land could be the title of a book on how climate change will undoubtedly plunge us all underwater one day, but it’s also the name of Nicole Awai’s latest solo show, on view starting Wednesday at Lesley Heller Gallery on Orchard Street. The Trinidad-born artist and teacher is known for utilizing a wide range of items in her art, from nail polish and resin to feathers and shells, in order to explore the intricacies of living in America today. Awai’s multifaceted style gives her work a multi-dimensional feel reminiscent of candy-colored dreamlands that look almost like normal life, but more surreal and more intriguing. That’s not all—in the gallery’s project space, there will also be an installation by Rachelle Dang, inspired by Hawaiian colonialism and botanical cabinets.

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R.L. Stine Gave Everyone Goosebumps at Brooklyn’s Creepiest Puppet Store

R.L. Stine (Photos: Kai Burkhardt)

One dark and not-so-stormy night under a waning crescent moon, the streets of Park Slope were quiet. Decorated brownstones lined Sixth Avenue like a Halloween expo, and tucked away on the corner of Fourth Street stood a puppet store full of horror fans. They sat in costumes, popped open a few beers and tried to ignore the lifeless puppet eyes staring at them from the walls as they waited for the brain behind their childhood nightmares, R.L. Stine.
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Here’s How to Have a Hell of a Halloween Weekend


The Return of Dancorcism Halloween
Before dancing dirty into the dawn of the dead, spend your afternoon exorcising bad spirits while exercising at Dancorcism at Greenpoint’s Park Church Co-op. This monthly 90-minute “practice of living in love” led by Debbie Attias will be having a costumed Halloween edition that advocates self-love while celebrating life together with music and movement. Dancorcism, Oct. 26 from 1:30-3pm, at The Park Church Co-op, 129 Russel St., Greenpoint; tickets $25 advance/$30 at the door. More →

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A Brooklyn Performance Collective Gets a Doc Worthy of Its Gender-Bending Exuberance

Still from A Night at Switch N’ Play.

Switch N’ Play puts a high premium on joy, so it isn’t surprising that A Night At Switch N’ Playthe slice-of-performance-life documentary about the group, making its New York premiere at NewFest this Saturday—is such a joyful watch. The film, from director Cody Stickels and producer Chelsea Moore, provides a window into the beloved drag and burlesque collective at work. Over the course of a single evening at Branded Saloon, the Prospect Heights bar Switch N’ Play calls home, we are invited to watch seven queer performers flourishing, almost in real time. And it’s a treat. More →

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Musings on Mortality, Witches, and More Spooky Performance Picks


(image via Orchid Receipt Service / Facebook)

Orchid Receipt Service
Now through October 26 at Mitu580, 7 pm: $25 ($10 for low-income artists)

One of the perks of seeing theater in New York is that sometimes you get to see actors that would normally only occupy your TV screens in person. Typically, this happens on Broadway stages, where you have to fork over big bucks (and go to Times Square) to see big names. Corinne Donly’s new play Orchid Receipt Service, a dreamscape centering around two transmasculine people’s relationship, breaks that mold by being in Gowanus (well, still a trek for some). Not only does the show feature Billions actor Asia Kate Dillon, both its cast and creative team are almost entirely made up of trans, non binary, and gender non-conforming artists. So not only can you see a face you know from TV, you can also see the stars of an inclusive, expansive future.

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Beer-Loving Music Fans Rocked Out With Their Bocks Out at Octfest

Priests vocalist Katie Alice Greer. (Photo by Manny Tatkieto)

Pitchfork’s Octfest headed indoors to Maspeth’sKnockdown Center last Saturday after a rainy weekend on Governor’s Island last year. Ten bands headlined by indie powerhouses Mogwai and Parquet Courts shared the venue with over 50 brewers and food vendor Mission Chinese Food. The festival had good luck with the weather this year as over 3,100 attendees filled Knockdown’s expansive interior and rolling backyard. More →

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Here’s How Much It Costs to Dress Like a Drag Queen

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Brita Filter knows a thing or two about being in costume. The NYC-based drag queen, whose real name is Jesse Havea, has years of experience in theater. Havea grew up as a child performer, went on to book national tours with a theater company and eventually studied acting at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. After booking a production of Cinderella (where he played one of the evil step-sisters in drag), Havea knew he wanted to pursue drag full time, and thus Brita Filter was born. More →

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Allie X On Subverting Trends and Keeping Her Infectious Electro-Pop Fresh

Allie X. (Photo: Henry Redcliffe)

It was late on Monday when Allie X called me from a hotel room in Hawaii. She was packing; I could hear the zippers going, quick between her sentences. The up-and-coming pop artist played Boston’s House of Blues on Thursday, and she’ll be in New York tonight, Tuesday, opening for Charli XCX at Terminal 5. But she had to make a brief trip out West first, to headline Honolulu Pride.  More →

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Art This Week: Trippy Paintings and Dreamy Colors

(image via Sidel and McElwreath)

Opening Wednesday, October 23 at 172 East 4th Street, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through November 20.

Frequently, galleries will show work by acclaimed artists who just happen to not be alive anymore. Sometimes their work gets combined with more contemporary creations, but not when art advisory group Sidel & McElwreath is concerned. Their focus is squarely on living artists, and they’ll be showcasing nine of their favorites at an East Village exhibition opening this Wednesday. The work included runs the gamut in both form and content, like a bountiful harvest should, and presents a chance for artists and viewers of art who may not normally gather in the same room to come together as a community.

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