Around NYC Today (4/15) Spring Performance Festival, Secret Brooklyn

THINGS TO DO

Spring Performance Festival, MoMA PS1 – Queens, 12pm – 6pm

In conjunction with MoMA PS1’s Spring Open House, VW Sunday Sessions presents a performance festival in collaboration with Brooklyn-based artist-run venue Secret Project Robot featuring more than 35 artists. Featuring music performances by Bottoms, Bunny Michael, Macy Rodman, Jennifer Vanilla, and DJ Dog Dick. FLUCT will premiere a new video work and Kathleen Dycaico presents a series of performances featuring Soojin Chang, DeVonn Francis, Sophia Park, and Kellian Delice. Free.

Twisted from Constantly Watching Doves, Dorothy Strelsin Memorial Community Garden – LES, 2pm – 3pm

Twisted from Constantly Watching Doves is a work inspired by imagery from fairy tales collected by Franz Xaver Von Schönwerth, as well as the childhood and daily life experiences of the artists. As a duet for Zack Fuller, a former member of Min Tanaka’s Tokason Butoh Group, and dancer/choreographer/welder/visual artist Emily Smith, it presents two figures on a journey; undergoing a series of transformations that are alternately disturbing, poetic, funny, violent, and sentimental. Free.

Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide, Hendrick I. Lott House – Brooklyn, 2pm – 3:30pm

Every borough has its secrets, and Brooklyn boasts some of the most unusual of them all. Untapped Cities’ Michelle Young and Augustin Pasquet have gathered these mysterious locals and legendary spaces into Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide to shed light on these hidden histories. Discover secret museums, learn how to go on an urban safari for wild parrots, discover a performance of robots in a church, find out how to touch the oldest subway tunnel in the world and see the world’s smallest Torah. Free.

Headwraps of African Women in America, King Manor Museum – Queens, 3pm – 4:30pm

Historical interpreter Cheyney McKnight of Not Your Momma’s History will give a lecture on headwraps found among both free and enslaved African Women in America from the 18th to 19th century. Free.

Statehood: 5 Comedians Make a Country from Scratch, Caveat – LES, 9pm – 10:30pm

You know what? That’s it. We’re making our own country. Watch as a team of comedians become the brand new co-rulers of a totally 100% legal sovereign nation. The Montevideo Convention of 1933 sets out several requirements for statehood. Join comedians and co-rulers Eman El Husseini, Usama Siddiquee, Kate Sisk, Fareeha Khan, and Sam Morrison as they give meeting those requirements a shot live on stage, consulting top experts in fields ranging from entomology to armed conflict.

 

MUSIC

Oceanator (EP Release), Haybaby, Goodie, Alphaville – Brooklyn, 8pm, $10.

Richard Papiercuts, The Diviners, Pop Scream, Mercury Lounge – LES, 8pm, $10.

Liberation, Preening, Sandy Ewen, Kate Mohanty, The Silent Barn – Brooklyn, 8pm, $8.

Babies’ Babies, Eliza and the Organix, Cheeky, Gem and Eye, Sunnyvale – Brooklyn, 8:30pm, $8 – $10.

Eve Minor, Julez, Anchorlot, Code 509, Bowery Electric – LES, 7pm, $8 – $10.

Conduit, SpermDonor, Emil Bognar-Nasdor, Decrepit Jaw, The Glove – Brooklyn, 8pm, $7.

La Maquina Insular, Juango Gutierrez (Los Pleneros de la 21), St. Mary’s Recreation Center – Bronx, 2pm – 3pm, Free.

 

COMEDY

Bushwick Bears w/ Louis Katz (HBO, Comedy Central’s “This Is Not Happening”), Carolyn Castiglia (Comedy Central, VH1), Edward Farrell (New York Comedy Festival), Max Fine (Laugh Skull Festival), Owen Straw (Beefcake Comedy Tour), Stephen Mclonghair Bolles (Stationary Circus), Tender Trap – Brooklyn, 9pm, Free, RSVP.

Comedians on Stage Telling Jokes w/ Josh Tolentino, Catherine Zini, Sam Evans, Frank Deruggiero, The Lantern – Greenwich Village, 8pm, Free, RSVP.

 

ONGOING

Tour of Bridges and Arches of Central Park, East 60th Street and Fifth Avenue – UES, 11am – 12:30pm, Free.

 

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