ROCK & MORE—Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl., presents the following concerts:
Mar. 22 at 7 p.m., Our Last Night, $20-$37.
Mar. 23 at 7 p.m., Big Krit (sold out).
Mar. 24 at 9 p.m., Don Q., $30-$100.
Mar. 26 at 7 p.m., Lil Skies (sold out).
Mar. 27 at 6:30 p.m., New Politics, $27-$74.
Mar. 28 at 7 p.m., Timeflies, $30-$54.
Mar. 30 at 8 p.m., UrbanDesi Conference and Concert, $37-$62.
Mar. 31 at 11 p.m., Kayzo, $20-$30 and up.
Apr. 1 at 7 p.m., Song Dongye, $62-$82.
Apr. 4-5, Eden (sold out).
Apt. 7 at 6:30 p.m., Cradle of Filth, $32.
ROCK & MORE—The Gramercy Theatre, 127 E. 23rd St., presents the following concerts:
For tickets, visit thegramercytheatre.com or call (212) 614-6932.
Mar. 22 at 7 p.m., Iced Earth, $29-$41. Fozzy and Iced Earth (special ticket offer $30).
Mar. 23 at 7 p.m., Ten Ton Mojo with special guests, $12.
Mar. 24 at 7 p.m., Steven Moakler, $16.
Mar. 25 at 7 p.m., I Am the Avalanche, Nightmare of You, $25-$40.
Mar. 29 at 7 p.m., Station and Vick and the Velvets, $12.
Mar. 30 at 7 p.m., The Sons & Heirs: A Tribute to The Smiths and Morrissey and There, There (Radiohead tribute), $20.
Apr. 4 at 6 p.m., We Came As Romans, $20-$40.
Apr. 5 at 6 p.m., Fozzy, $13-$20.
Apr. 6 at 7 p.m., McLovins, Wild Adriatic, Denizen, $12-$36+.
Apr. 7 at 7 p.m., Chinese Man, $25-$44.
THIRD STREET MUSIC SCHOOL SERIES—LiveSOUNDS presents free performances by faculty and their guests most Fridays at Third Street Music School from October to March. Concerts take place Friday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Anna Maria Kellen Auditorium at 235 E. 11th St. between Second and Third Aves. Third Street and its auditorium are wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit thirdstreetmusicschool.org.
Mar. 23, David Moreno, guitar.
Apr. 13, Marc Ponthus, piano.
FOLK/POLITICAL/SOCIAL CONCERT SERIES—The Peoples’ Voice Café, an alternative coffeehouse, organizes weekly concerts and events celebrating humanitarian issues and concerns. The cafe is run as a not-for-profit collective and concerts are held Saturdays from 8-10:30 p.m. at The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist, 40 E. 35th St. (between Madison and Park Aves. Wheelchair-accessible). Suggested donation: $18; $10 for PVC members; more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away. For more information, call (212) 787-3903 or visit peoplesvoicecafe.org.
Mar. 24, singer/songwriter Colleen Kattau and cellist Barry Kornhauser and blues performers Jon Ziv and Tom Weir performing the first time as a duo.
Mar. 31, closed for Easter and Passover.
Apr. 7, Emma’s Revolution, award-winning activist duo of Pat Humphries and Sandy O.
ACOUSTIC/WORLD MUSIC—Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., presents “Spiral Music,” acoustic music on Wednesday evenings at the base of the museum’s spiral staircase, free, from 6-9 p.m. Artists who specialize in music from the Himalayas and South Asia are invited to forge a connection between their music and the art in the galleries. The next concert will be on Mar. 28 with Sameer Gupta (tabla) and Ross Hammond (guitar). For more information visit rubinmuseum.org or call (212) 620-5000.
OPERA—The little OPERA theatre of ny (LOTNY), in collaboration with New Vintage Baroque, presents the New York City premiere of Johann Adolph Hasse’s “Piramo e Tisbe,” running Mar. 22-25 at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave. Based upon the story of Pyramus and Thisbe from Ovid’s Metamorphoses with a libretto by Marco Coltellini, Piramo e Tisbe is by Johann Adolph Hasse, a pivotal opera composer of the 18th Century celebrated for his sweet and tender melodies. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. A wall and family feud stand between Pyramus and Thisbe. Their secret plans to unite unravel under the moonlight. Performances run Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m. and on Sun. at 3 p.m. Tickets are $35 and available at ovationtix.com.
DRAMA—Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. at E. 10th St., presents “City Girls and Desperadoes,” from Mar. 22-Apr. 8. Set in New York City from1978-1979, a rag-tag band of accidental outlaws at war with their pasts explodes with high risk relationships and the altered state that love in its most extreme form engenders. This crew of broken-hearted hipsters includes Dani, a fragile reject of the American Dream, whose flight from suburbia has led her into the arms of Arthur, a middle-aged Jewish man trying to avoid both himself and his culpability in the death of a young woman; Susan, his wife, who has failed to provide the emotional refuge she’d promised and Gary, an oh-so-much younger actor who believes it is his job to save them all. Rita, a Latina powerhouse and Lilli, her lady love, play with society’s unquestioned stereotypes. Written by Pamela Enz, directed By Marina McClure. Tickets, $18, students and seniors $12, are available through a link theaterforthenewcity.net. Note: Show contains drug use, nudity and violence. Not appropriate for children.
DARK COMEDY—The Tank, 312 W. 36th St. between Eighth and Ninth Aves., presents the world premiere of Brazilian playwright Rodrigo Nogueira’s dark comedy, “The Ideal Obituary” running through Mar. 24. Has social media made us so self-absorbed that we’ve lost the ability to see the world? Have we been bombarded with so many images, posts, and tweets that we’ve lost all perspective? Are we becoming numb to reality? In “The Ideal Obituary” a woman is emotionally numb due to a severe depression. Her husband comes up with a plan to bring back her feelings; he takes her to funerals to make her cry. This show is a dark comedy that pushes the audience to their limit of tolerance of when something stops being funny, and becomes unbearably serious. Performances will be Thurs.-Sat. at 8pm. Tickets ($20/$15 students and seniors) are available for advance purchase at thetanknyc.org.
HISTORICAL DRAMA—The Tank, 312 W. 36th St. between 8th and 9th Aves., will present the New York premiere of “Leisure, Labor, Lust,” written and directed by Sara Farrington from Mar. 28-Apr. 22. Inspired by the work of Edith Wharton and Jacob Riis, this queer love story spans turn-of-the-century New York from the horrors of mental illness to the paralysis of the immigrant to the impossibility of being closeted to a gothic romance. “Leisure, Labor, Lust” is a contemporary theater piece about everything America was and still is, cleverly disguised in a corset and gown. Performances will be Thursdays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets ($25) are available for advance purchase at thetanknyc.org. Please note this play contains nudity. Not appropriate for children under 14.
DRAMA FEATURING MATTHEW BRODERICK—Irish Repertory Theater, 132 W. 22nd St., presents “The Seafarer,” running Mar. 30-May 13, by Conor McPherson, directed by Ciarán O’Reilly and featuring Matthew Broderick. After losing yet another job, Sharky has returned home to Dublin to build a new, sober existence with his cantankerous elder brother, Richard, recently blinded in a drunken accident. But it’s Christmas Eve, and the drinks are flowing as old friends convene for an annual game of poker. This year, an immortal stranger from Sharky’s past arrives, raising the stakes to eternal consequence. To purchase tickets, $70, rear seating $50, or for more information, visit irishrep.org or call (212) 727-2737. Performances are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m., Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.
COMEDY—Theatre 80, 80 St. Marks Pl. between First and Second Aves., presents Menemsha Productions’ “The Mushroom Cure,” with an extended run through Mar. 31, directed by Jonathan Libman, written and performed by Adam Strauss. The Mushroom Cure is the true tale of how, inspired by a scientific study, Adam Strauss tried to treat his severe OCD with psychedelics. Material is not appropriate for children. Tickets, $25, are available at the themushroomcure.com or call the theater at (212) 388-0388.
DRAMA, RENGA INSPIRED—La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club (Ellen Stewart Theatre), 66 E 4th St. second floor, presents “Distant Observer: Tokyo/New York Correspondence,” written and conceived by John Jesurun and Takeshi Kawamura, running through Apr. 1. The project is conceived as a play written and directed in collaborative partnership by both artists. Their collaborative strategy recalls a genre of Japanese collaborative poetry called renga, in which one poem is written by more than one author working together. The plot is, roughly, a tale of urban people who transform endlessly and struggle with whether they are characters or just ideas floating around. A man accused of his wife’s murder has gone to prison for ten years and suffered. Now, he works as a sushi chef and may have taken the murder rap to conceal his wife’s suicide. Performances are Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m.; Sun. at 4 p.m., Mon., Mar. 19 at 8 p.m. There will be a talk-back Sunday, March 18 with the co-authors. $25 general admission; $20 students/seniors by calling (212) 352-3101 or visiting lamama.org.
IRISH THEATER—Irish Repertory Theater, 132 West 22nd Street, presents “Three Small Irish Masterpieces,” directed by Charlotte Moore, through Apr. 15. The three plays are: “The Pot of Broth” by William Butler Yeats, in collaboration with Lady Gregory (1903), “The Rising of the Moon” by Lady Gregory (1907) and “Riders to the Sea” by John Millington Synge (1904). These short plays were written as part of an initiative to increase national pride and identity through theater. Tickets are $50. To purchase or for more information, visit irishrep.org or call (212) 727-2737. Performances are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m., Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.
POLITICAL SATIRE—FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade in association with Project Y Theatre Company presents extended performances of “Trump Lear,” through Apr. 28 at Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Pl. between 1st Ave. and Ave. A). Actor and impersonator Carl David is being held without bail for performing his Trump-inspired version of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Carl David is forced to perform his King Lear to an unseen online audience of one, as the president restlessly watches remotely from a live and public feed. The stakes are high: if Trump likes Carl and his show, Carl lives. If not, Carl dies. But how can Carl get through a show where he has created a Lear based on Trump himself without offending the audience? Written and performed by David Carl and directed by Michole Biancosino. Performances run on Saturdays at 2 p.m. Tickets ($20) may be purchased in advance at horsetrade.info. Visit trumplear.com for more information.
COMEDY—“No Name… & A Bag O’ Chips” comedy/variety show producer Eric Vetter presents a show on Fri., Mar. 23 at 7 p.m. at Otto’s Shrunken Head, 538 E. 14th St. between Aves. A and B, featuring Emmy-winning comic and author Dave Konig (“Good Luck Mr. Gorsky”). Also in the lineup are Andrew Ian Bayroff (co-producer of The Free Standup Festival!) and Tracy Marchand as well as a few surprises. The No Name house band The Summer Replacements, including Carl “Rocket Man” Fortunato and Fernando “Dr. Sandman” Morales Gonzalez, will also perform. No cover, no minimum, performers subject to change. For more information, call (212) 228-2240 or visit ottosshrunkenhead.com.
DANCE—The Theater 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th St., and Bearded Ladies Productions present the fourth “Y Cabaret” as part of the Theater/Dance Series on Mar. 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. The “Y Cabaret” is evening of drinks, dance, and food and features choreographers: Nicole Von Arx, Peter Cheng, Mei Yamanaka, Roya Carreras, Kristen Carcone, BAIRA (formerly BS Movement), and Princess Lockerooo, hosted by Clinton Edward. Each Cabaret invites seven choreographers to showcase work both new and old in a welcoming, fun, and safe environment for audiences and artists. Tickets are $20 in advance ($22 at the door) and are available at 14streety.org/tickets.
DANCE SERIES—Leading contemporary choreographers will premiere site-specific performances in a new dance series, “Suspending Time,” at the Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., presented in partnership with the arts organization Pentacle. Beth Gill, Zvi Gotheiner, Raja Feather Kelly, and nora chipaumire have each created a work connected to the Rubin’s exhibitions and 2018 theme, “The Future.” The 20-minute performances will take place on four Wednesday evenings in March and April, each in a different gallery within the museum at 6, 6:45 and 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15. For more information, visit rubinmuseum.org.
Mar. 28, Zvi Gotheiner’s ZviDance
Apr. 11, Raja Feather Kelly’s the feath3r theory
COMEDY/VARIETY—Horse Trade Theater Group presents “Sabra,” a comedy/variety show running monthly through August at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. The next show is on Wed., Mar. 28 at 9 p.m. Performers include comics, characters, musicians and filmmakers. Cover is $12 at the door/$8 in advance. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance visit horsetrade.info.
OPEN MIC—The Nuyorican Poets Cafe 236 E. Third St., between Aves. B and C, presents “Open Mic Mondays” every Monday at 8 p.m. except holidays. Hosted by Olivia Custodio, this weekly event is a boisterous free-for-all of poetry, hip hop, monologues, acoustic singer-songwriter performances and anything else that a person can do in five minutes on a stage; packed with young artists and their fans, this show is guaranteed to be more fun than whatever you normally do on a Monday night; no cover, one-drink minimum. For more information, call (212) 505-8183 or visit nuyorican.org. The cafe is wheelchair accessible, but calling ahead of time is recommended so staff can accommodate wheelchair users.
BOOK READINGS & ACTIVITIES—Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th Street, presents story time on most Saturdays at 11 a.m. with coloring and activities afterwards. For more information call (212) 253-0810 or visit bn.com.
Mar. 24, Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle.
Mar. 31, The Ducking Gets a Cookie? by Mo Williams.
Apr. 7, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.
THEATER—Daryl Roth Theatre’s DR2, 103 E. 15th St., presents “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show.” The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. The timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show” features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle stories, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The New York show in 2017 will also feature Brown Bear, Brown Bear and 10 Little Rubber Ducks. Performances run Thurs.-Sun. Most mornings and afternoons. For schedule or tickets, $49-$90, visit hungrycaterpillarshow.com.
BOOK READINGS—The Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway at 12th St., presents story time, including crafts, on most Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon and 2-3 p.m. All children must be accompanied by a parent for the duration of their visit. For more information, visit strandbooks.com or call (212) 473-1452.
CUB/BOY SCOUTS PACK 422—Scout Pack 422 is part of the Greater NY Councils and the Big Apple District and is sponsored by The Epiphany R.C. Church at 373 Second Ave. off of 21st St. Meetings are held in the Parish Hall. Cub Scouts meet on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Boy Scouts meet on Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. Parents and new scouts are invited to meetings. For more information, call Maureen Riley at (917) 837-3311.
CUB/BOY SCOUTS PACK 414—Scout Troop 414 is part of the Greater New York Councils and the Big Apple District and is sponsored by the Immaculate Conception Church, 414 E. 14th St. Meetings are held in the school auditorium every Tuesday evening from 6:30-8 p.m. Parents and new Scouts are invited to meetings. For more information, visit troop414nyc.org.
LESLIE ODOM JR.—Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St., presents “Hamilton” actor Leslie Odom Jr. on Mon., Mar. 26 at 7 p.m. in promotion of his new memoir, Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning. A limited number of wristbands for event access will be distributed beginning at 9 a.m. the day of the event with purchase of the featured title from this B&N location. Following a conversation with Kenny Leon, Leslie will sign copies of his new book. He will personalize one book per customer. Leslie Odom. Jr, burst on the scene in 2015, originating the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical phenomenon. Hamilton. Since then, he has performed for sold-out audiences, sung for the Obamas at the White House, and won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. With personal stories from his life, Odom asks the questions that will help you unlock your true potential and achieve your goals even when they seem impossible. For more information, visit bn.com. For event updates, visit Facebook.com/barnesandnobleunionsquare.
SEAN PENN—Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St., presents Sean Penn in promotion of his new novel Bob Honey Who Do Stuff on Wed., Mar. 28 at 7 p.m. Sean Penn will join Bill Goldstein in conversation. Wristbands for event access will be distributed with purchase of pre-signed copies of the book from this Barnes & Noble location beginning at 9 a.m. the day of the event. This is a discussion only. There will be no opportunity for posed photos, personalization, or the signing of any additional items. Bob Honey has a hard time connecting with other people, especially since his divorce. A paragon of old-fashioned American entrepreneurship, Bob sells septic tanks to Jehovah’s Witnesses and arranges pyrotechnic displays for foreign dictators. He’s also a contract killer for an off-the-books program run by a branch of US intelligence that targets the elderly, the infirm, and others who drain this consumption-driven society of its resources. When a nosy journalist starts asking questions, Bob can’t decide if it’s a chance to form some sort of new friendship or the beginning of the end for him. For more information, visit bn.com. For event updates, visit Facebook.com/barnesandnobleunionsquare.
TYRA BANKS—The Gramercy Theatre, 127 E. 23rd St., presents Tyra Banks on Tues., Apr. 3 at 7 p.m. with her mother Carolyn London – in promotion of their new book, Perfect is Boring. In the book, Banks and London share what they’ve learned on Banks’ journey from insecure preteen to supermodel and entrepreneurial powerhouse. Whether they’re writing about watching Banks’ most imperfect moment go viral (“Be Quiet Tiffany!”), sex talks or how they’ve overcome everything from fashion industry discrimination to media fat-shaming and a misguided attempt at a music career, it is full of lessons. For tickets, $35, visit thegramercytheatre.com or call (212) 614-6932.
FINANCIAL GUIDANCE SERIES—The New York Public Library’s Science, Industry & Business Library, 188 Madison Ave. at 34th St., presents the following series of financial help discussions. Seating is limited and on a first come, first-seated basis at the lower level conference Room 018. For information on the following programs, call (917) ASK-NYPL (917-275-6975) Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 24 at noon. “Tax Smart Investing.” What are the best ways to shelter investment income from the tax man? Sallie Mullins Thompson CFP, discusses tax issues and strategies for minimizing how much you will have to share with Uncle Sam. Presented by the Financial Planning Association of NY.
Tues., Mar. 27 at 1:15 p.m., “Mutual Funds and ETFs,” learn the differences between mutual funds and ETFs, concepts such as net asset value and capital gains distributions and how to read a mutual fund statement. Presented by SIBL staff.
Tues., Mar. 27 at 3 p.m., “What Everyone Should Know About Their Finances.” Lauren Prince, CFP, reveals the top five areas of finance about which every person should be aware. Presented by the Financial Planning Association of NY.
Thurs., Mar. 29 at 3 p.m., “Investment Resources @ SIBL.” Discover SIBL’s extensive and unique collection of financial information. This class features the best print and electronic tools for researching individual public companies and mutual funds. Find ratios and data for evaluating and comparing stocks, mutual funds and bonds. Presented by SIBL staff.
LESBIANS IN GREENWICH VILLAGE FROM 1930s-1990s—Jefferson Market Library, 425 Sixth Ave., presents “How Gay Girls Owned the Village from the 30s to the 90s,” a three part-talk on Thurs., Mar. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Since the 1930s, lesbian culture flourished in Greenwich Village. Speakers are Lisa E. Davis, Alana Integlia and Wanda Acosta. Davis, the author of Undercover Girl: The Lesbian Informant Who Helped Bring Down the Communist Party, will tell the story of the self-described “gay girls,” welcomed at a number of bars and protected from police by mafia payoffs in the 1930s-1950s. Integlia of the Queer Visibility Collective and Dyke Bar Takeover will illuminate her work documenting queer spaces of the Village from the 1970s and 1980s. Acosta will show excerpts of film “Sundays at Café Tabac,” her and Karen B. Song’s documentary of Village lesbian culture in the wake of the AIDS crisis in the 1990s. The venue is fully accessible to the disabled.
IRISH-JEWISH COUPLES IN FILM—Historian Lawrence Baron will deliver “From Abie’s Irish Rose to Anna Riley’s Rabbi Jake: The Irish-Jewish Couple in Feature Films,” a lecture on Thurs., Mar. 29, 7 p.m. at New York University’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (first-floor screening room, 53 Washington Square South [between Sullivan St. and Thompson St.]). The talk will focus on how American feature films about Irish-Jewish romances have conveyed varying messages related to the “Melting Pot” ideal. Baron, professor emeritus of Modern Jewish History at San Diego State University, will consider how these films expose inter-ethnic tensions, epitomize inter-faith toleration, reflect changing gender roles, and embrace multicultural diversity. The lecture will be illustrated with clips from a selection of relevant motion pictures. Baron has authored and edited four books, including The Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema (Brandeis University Press, 2011). The event, co-sponsored by NYU’s Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and Glucksman Ireland House, is free. To RSVP, call (212) 998-8980.
NAC MEMBER ARTISTS—The Grand Gallery at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents the 119th annual Exhibiting Artist Members Exhibition, running through Mar. 23. In 1906 The National Arts Club celebrated its new headquarters on Gramercy Park with an exhibition of American paintings belonging to member and collector William T. Evans. A successful businessman and renowned collector, Evans, as the Club’s Art Committee chair, was instrumental in creating the Artist Life Membership Program and establishing the Exhibiting Artist Members Exhibition. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit nationalartsclub.com or call (212) 475-3424.
MIXED MEDIA PAINTINGS—The Marquis Gallery at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents “Jermaine Amuquandoh,” an exhibition of mixed media paintings inspired by natural scenes, running through Mar. 24. Amuquandoh is a young, Brooklyn artist who can be classified in the realm of outsider, naive and/or visionary art. Jermaine had an interesting beginning to his burgeoning progress as a student participant in the Marta Valle High School exhibitions held at The National Arts Club. His work repeatedly sold out. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit nationalartsclub.com or call (212) 475-3424.
WOMEN ARTISTS—Carter Burden Gallery, 548 W. 28th St., presents three new exhibitions, “Spirited” in the East Gallery featuring Sue Dean and Barbara Laube, “With or Without Women” in the West Gallery featuring a collaborative installation by Elisabeth Jacobsen and Carol Massa; and “On the Wall,” featuring Liz Curtin, running through Mar. 29.
Curtin presents an installation entitled “Celestial Bodies,” in which over two thousand vibrant hand cut and hand punched sewn paper circles hang in the space. The kinetic installation mimics the stars and planets of our solar system, brought to earth. On the opposite wall Curtin shows collages made from the cut out remains of the circles, layering and in some cases stitching the paper together to create dynamic works that echo the circles they came from.
Dean displays mystical and eclectic totem sculptures that reflect Eastern, Western, and tribal influences. The anthropomorphic totems are formed from various textiles, fragments saved from travels, and found objects.
Laube presents ethereal impasto oil paintings on canvas with abstract compositions that conjure notions of spirituality, shamanism, and transformation. With a focus on the materiality of paint, the thick and highly textured surface of the work relies on the viewer’s subconscious to interpret.
Massa and Jacobsen create an environment through the lens of contemporary social consciousness. Using humble imagery and natural materials the artists offer a vision of a primitive woman not bound by male-centric traditions and expectations.
Gallery hours are Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
PAINTINGS DEPICTING BLACKNESS—Lyons Wier Gallery, 542 W. 24th St., presents “Memory,” by Fahamu Pecou, an exhibition of paintings and three-dimensional works running through Mar. 31. “Memory” is a shift away from western notions of blackness towards a decidedly black aesthetic envisioning a fresh perspective on black identity past, present and future. Pecou depicts blackness unbound, free from the confines and limitations informed by lingering misrepresentations of the black body and prevailing misconceptions of racial inferiority, poverty and/or corruption. Finding inspiration in vintage Pan-African magazines, Pecou’s latest series combines historic and current cultural motifs. Pecou begins each work by dyeing raw canvas with indigo using traditional techniques. Indigo, once prized by spiritual leaders, royalty and traders throughout Africa, remains profoundly sacred. By beginning his canvases with indigo, Pecou pays homage to ancestral spirits while his subjects bring to mind the modern by way of contemporary poses and fashion. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, call (212) 242-6220 or visit lyonswiergallery.com.
PAINTINGS ON SKATEBOARDS—Art on A Gallery, 24 Ave. A between E. Second and Third Sts., presents “Masterpieces on Skateboards” by Rafael Colon, running through Apr. 12. Colon is a former U.S. Marine and a New York City artist born in Puerto Rico whose work is inspired by the Japanese Woodblock style. Bringing this style into the modern era, Colon creates wood-burned, hand-painted images on skateboard decks as well as traditional watercolor pieces. For more information, visit artonagallery.com or call (212) 300-4418.
DESIGNER NORMAN NORELL RETROSPECTIVE—The Special Exhibitions Gallery at Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Ave. at 27th St., presents “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” running through Apr. 14. This large-scale retrospective is an in-depth study of one of America’s greatest and most influential fashion designers. It is organized by guest curator Jeffrey Banks and MFITs deputy director Patricia Mears. Born in 1900, Norman Norell had an extraordinary career that spanned six decades. Working in the theater, film, and fashion industries, he incorporated the highest quality couture construction techniques and workmanship in all of his designs. Norell won numerous industry awards and was the first American to launch his own perfume. Not only did he spearhead the concept of luxe ready-to-wear decades before his European contemporaries, but many of his classic works are still wearable today. Clients included Lauren Bacall and several First Ladies of the United States. The exhibition is accompanied by a book titled Norell: Master of American Fashion, written by Jeffrey Banks and Doria de La Chapelle, and published by Rizzoli. Hours: Tues.-Fri. from noon-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun.-Mon. closed.
NATURE INSPIRED FASHION—The Fashion & Textile History Gallery at Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Ave. at 27th St., presents “The Body: Fashion and Physique,” now running through May 5. The fashionable body is a cultural construct that has shifted throughout history to emphasize different shapes and proportions. However, the fashionable ideal does not feel so fluid in daily life. It can appear to be a fixed expectation, affecting how we view and treat our bodies, as well as how we view the bodies of others. “The Body: Fashion and Physique” explores the complex history of the “ideal” fashion body and the variety of body shapes that have been considered fashionable from the eighteenth century to the present. The exhibition also examines the relationship between fashion and body politics. Garments are supplemented with images from the popular press, fashion media, film, and other sources to demonstrate how the fashion industry has contributed to both the marginalization and celebration of certain body types within our culture. This exhibition is organized by Emma McClendon, associate curator of costume. Hours: Tues.-Fri. from noon-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun.-Mon. closed.
PLAY READING GROUP—The Stein Senior Center, 204 E. 23rd St., has launched a play reading group, led by Nancy Finn and Carmine Bracale. All are invited to group meetings on the first and third Fridays of each month from 10 a.m.-noon. Participants will be looking at plays from Shakespeare to modern. Scripts with large print will be supplied. No experience with the plays necessary. A contribution is requested.
ART HISTORY CLASS–The Stein Center, 204 E. 23rd St., offers an art history class every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Participants enjoy examples of visual arts, including painting, sculpture and architecture from around the world. Awesomely beautiful and culturally important art works are projected on a large screen accompanied by bold face printed text and spoken comments by leader Judy Collischan, Ph.D. Discussion, participation and interaction are encouraged. No experience with art or its history is necessary. A modest contribution is requested, and all are welcome to attend.
RUBIN MUSEUM PROGRAMS—Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., presents “Senior Mondays. On the first Monday of the month from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., seniors (65 and older) receive free admission to the galleries. The day includes a range of free programs including a docent talk in our theater, gallery tours, and a writing workshop. For more information, call (212) 620-5000 or visit rubinmuseum.org.
IRISH DANCE LESSON & LIVE MUSIC—Theatre 80, 80 St. Marks Pl., and William Barnacle Tavern present a weekly celebration of Celtic culture. The evening will be a participatory experience for the audience, including dance lessons and an all welcome seisuin. It is a night when people can do much more than sit and take in the excellent performances. Every Monday evening at 8 p.m., Ceile (Irish Dance) lessons with Megan Downes. $10. At 9 p.m. – Seisiun (Irish music session) with Deirdre Corrigan, Dan Gurney & Friends. For more information, call (212) 388-0388 or visit theatre80.wordpress.com.
FILM SCREENINGS—The Epiphany Library, 228 E. 23rd St., screens films every Thursday at 2 p.m. To contact the branch for more information, call (212) 679-2645.
TOURS OF CENTER FOR JEWISH HISTORY—Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St., offers free tours (exclusive of the YUM galleries) on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Tours last approximately 1 1/2 hours and include the exhibitions of the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, as well as the Reading Room, Genealogy Institute and other public spaces. Tours for groups of 10 or more can be scheduled by calling (917) 606-8226.
UNION SQUARE WALKING TOURS—The Union Square Partnership presents free, weekly walking tours of Union Square. The 90-minute tour explores the social and political history of the neighborhood through discussions of the people, history, architecture and forces that have shaped this community. You’ll hear how Union Square got its name, see where the legendary Tiffany & Co. once stood and learn how to read the clock (yes, it’s a clock!) on “The Metronome” sculpture and so much more! The tour begins at the Abraham Lincoln statue by the 16th St. transverse in Union Square Park, Sat. at 2 p.m. Look for the guide holding a Union Square: Crossroads of New York sign. Reservations required for groups. For more information, call (212) 517-1826 or visit http://www.unionsquarenyc.org.
FLATIRON WALKING TOURS—The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) provides free, year-round historic walking tours of the district, led by local historian professional guides. The tours take place every Sunday starting at 11 a.m., and meet at the southwest corner of Madison Square Park (in front of the William Seward statue) at 23rd Street and Broadway. No advance registration is required. The walking tour highlights some of the city’s most notable landmarks, including: the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the Flatiron Building. Historians leading tours are: Miriam Berman, author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks; Mike Kaback and Fred Cookinham. For more information visit www.flatirondistrict.nyc.
POETRY WORKSHOP—The Epiphany Poets group meets at the Muhlenberg Public Library at 209 W. 23rd Street, between Seventh and Eighth Aves. every third Friday of the month from 2-4 p.m. It is a workshop so each person brings a poem — bring 12 or 13 copies to hand to each person and then discuss each work. The group is helpful and collegial. If there is time, a second poem by those who have brought one can be discussed.
DOWNTOWN MAFIA WALKING TOUR—NYC Gangster Tours presents “The Rise and Fall of the American Mafia Walking Tour” Fridays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. Not for the faint of heart, this premium tour goes from the East Village down to Little Italy and tells the tale of the arrival of a secret sect of Sicilian criminals in the late 19th century, the growth and Americanization of this criminal empire in the 20s and 30s and the slow decline throughout the late 20th century from the rise of the drug trade. This tour stops outside the tenements, cafes, restaurants, social clubs, funeral homes and even alleyways where it all happened. Tours start in front of the space formerly occupied by Lanza’s restaurant, 168 First Ave., near E. 10th St. Fri. and Sat. at 6 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. Cost is $35. For more information, call 855-NYGANGS or visit nycgangstertours.com.