Thanksgiving isn’t the only thing happening this week. Enjoy some Secret Science, enjoy a hip hop holiday, and escape the family if you need to.
Northern Spy: Brooklyn Raga Missive
When: Monday, November 21, 8pm-11pm
Where: Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass Street near 4th Avenue
What: Brooklyn Raga Massive is a collective of forward thinking musicians rooted in Indian classical music, but inspired by jazz, Western classical, rock and much more. According to the New Yorker, they’re ”leaders of the Raga Renaissance”.
How much: $15, suggested donation
Secret Science Presents Evolutionary Biologist Rafael Maia
When: Monday, November 21, 7:30pm, doors; 8:00pm, show
Where: The Bell House, 149 7th Street at 2nd Avenue
What: Take flight at the next Secret Science Club with evolutionary biologist Rafael Maia, as he discusses the crazy (really crazy) mating behaviors of birds and how they are the products of evolutionary adaptation. He explores color, song, courtship displays, and weird body morphology, and connects it all to his own research on iridescence, the shimmering rainbow-like colors seen in soap bubbles, oil slicks and, yes, bird feathers.
How much: Free
Exquisitely Morbid and Curiously Exquisite: An Assortment of Avant-Garde Short Films
When: Tuesday, November 22, 7pm
Where: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 3rd Avenue at 7th Street
What: The Morbid Anatomy Museum welcomes you to indulge the cinematic senses in this spectral séance upon the screen in a short film program selected by Resident Film Programmer and Arcane Media Specialist Joel Schlemowitz From the cine-magic of Melies to Brakhages seminal work shot in the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery of Paris to Marie Losiers mermaids and bird-creatures prowling through Lisbons Museu Nacional de História Natural we will journey through a curious, macabre, and optically plangent filmic underworld. The film itself becomes a spectral phenomenon with images glimpsed in moldering black and white negative, superimposed in rhapsodic abandon, shuffled in flipbook-like pattering.
How much: $8, tickets available here.
Thanksgiving Eve Dance Party – Ben the Beyonder
When: Wednesday, November 23, 9:00pm
Where: Freddy’s, 627 5th Avenue (between 17th and 18th Streets)
What: Hosted By CL Smoothie, Music by Ben the Beyonder. A night of old-school, Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul and Dance Classics.
How much: No cover.
Surrogate Skin: The Biology of Objects
When: Through February 26, 2017
Where: Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, 80 Hanson Place, Fort Greene
What: Through the works of Doreen Garner and Keisha Scarville, Surrogate Skin: The Biology of Objects is an exposition on the consciousness of materials and how they bear the memory of lived experience. Recalling the medical exploitation of black women’s bodies through grotesque arrangements of silicone, pearls, hair weave, and surgical instruments, Doreen Garner simultaneously refuses and seduces the viewer’s curiosity, effectively returning their encroaching gaze. As a siren for perspectives of black women that have been historically excluded from a more celebratory narrative on scientific achievement, such as Henrietta Lacks, and Anarcha, Betsy, and Lucy, three of the only known slave women subject to unanesthetized surgeries performed by Dr. J. Marion Sims, Garner makes explicit the relationship between medical abuse and the socialization of black women.
How much: Adults – $8, Seniors (65+) – $4, Students (with valid ID) – $4, Children (under 12 ) – Free
The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni
When: Through, Sunday, December 4; varing times.
Where: Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place (at Lafayette Avenue)
What: The Servant of Two Masters is a timeless 18th century Italian comic masterpiece by Carlo Goldoni about a servant so hungry he takes on two jobs to survive. In this contemporary American adaptation, no two performances are the same. The actors improvise along with the written text in the style of commedia dell’arte. Masks, playful costumes, and original music by Aaron Halva and Christopher Curtis create a fresh, bold, surprising event.
How much: Prices vary. Tickets available here.
Akim Funk Buddha Hip Hop Holiday: Gold School/Urban Orchestra
When: Friday, November 25 – Saturday, November 26, 9pm
Where: BAMcafé at Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue
What: Dancer, beatboxer, and all-around hip-hop visionary Akim Funk Buddha returns to BAMcafé for two genre-busting, cross-cultural evenings of music and dance. Having toured with legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones’ dance company, Akim draws on everything from martial arts and circus acrobatics to Mongolian throat singing and Balinese monkey chanting to completely reinvent hip-hop.
How much: Free
Benefit for Standing Rock Water Protectors
When: Friday, November 25, 8:00pm
Where: Jalopy, 315 Columbia Street (Between Hamilton and Woodhull), Carroll Gardens
What: Featuring: Kandia Crazy Horse and Cactus Rose, Jefferson Hamer, Hilary Hawke, Maeve Gilchrist, Freddie Stevenson, Jesse Lenat, Stephanie Layton, Matthew O’Neill, Pete Lanctot and Ginger Dolden, Paranoid Larry, and Jan Bell.
How much: $10, suggested donation
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony — Small Business Saturday
When: Saturday, November 26, 6:30pm
Where: 5th Avenue at 4th Street, Park Slope
What: Small Business Saturday is taking place on November 26. Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID will be hosting their annual tree lighting event at the corner of 5th venue and 4th Street at 6:30 pm. Live music, puppets, Santa Claus, free activities and treats. Don’t miss NYC’s first tree lighting of the holiday season!
Winter Flea Holiday Market
When: Saturday and Sundays through March 2017, 10am-6pm
Where: One Hanson Place, Fort Greene
What: Brooklyn Flea moves indoors for the Winter Flea + Holiday Market with 75 vintage/antique/other vendors plus 25 Smorgasburg vendors selling food every Saturday + Sunday, 10am-6pm. The 2016/2017 market is open at Skylight One Hanson in Fort Greene. $1 admission, children under 16 get in free.
When: Saturday, November 26, 9pm
Where: The Way Station, 683 Washington Avenue (Between Prospect Place and St. Marks Avenue)
What: Trumpet, low sultry female vocals and keys combined into songwriting that includes hints of pop, rock, classical and soul music. Songs vary in style, some play around with the time signature and sound while others are straight forward pop music. In addition to trumpet, the vocals offer a unique element as they are deep and smoky compared to the average female singer.
How much: Free
Another Space: Permanent Construction
When: Through Thursday, December 1. Regular hours: Thursdays-Saturdays, 2:00pm-6:00pm.
Where: Open Source Gallery, (306 17th Street at 6th Avenue)
What: After encountering a community of people on the Mediterranean coast who were living in scaffolded structures to avoid housing taxes, the French artist Pierre Huyghe began to develop his own concept for an “unfinished” architecture. It was not only the aesthetics of the half-done houses that had appealed to him, but the form of sociality he believed they prompted: “there is not a fixed moment of completion, you live in a work in progress, life unfolds in a transitory state, permanently under construction.” In a world where precarity reigns and nothing seems exempt from further development, Permanent Construction looks at the complicity of architectural, aesthetic, social, and artistic modes of being under permanent construction.
How Much: Free
Katarina Jerinic: Cloud Shadows and Drifting Vapors
When: Runs through November 27. Thursday and Fridays, 3pm-7pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-7pm
Where: Gowanus Souvenir Shop, 567 Union Street between Nevins Street and 3rd Avenue (note new location)
What: Join us for the exhibition opening of Cloud shadows and drifting vapors, an exhibition about the surface of the Gowanus Canal, replete with its floating debris, mucky formations and reflections of Brooklyn skies, signs and structures. As rendered in Katarina Jerinic’s upside down cyanotype photographs, a dingy urban landscape is transformed into images of sublimely cloudy skies. The show’s title is taken from one of Asher B. Durand’s Letters on Landscape Painting, a sort of art and nature manifesto for the Hudson River School artists who lamented growing industrialization around the same time that the Gowanus Canal was taking shape.
How much: Free, art available for purchase.
Victoria Behm, 1000 Drawings of NYC
When: Through November 27. Thursdays and Fridays, 4:00-7:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00am-7:00pm.
Where: 440 Gallery, 440 6th Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets
What: 440 Gallery is pleased to present 1,000 Drawings of NYC – a solo exhibition by Victoria Behm. Consisting of 1,000 5” x 5” black-ink drawings and collages on hand-made paper, Behm’s presentation captures fragments of daily life, past and present, in unexpected, idiosyncratic ways. Beam’s wanderings in the five boroughs of her city are the inspiration for this new body of work.
How much: Free.
Taxidermy: Art, Science & Immortality featuring Walter Potter’s Kittens’ Wedding
When: Through, December 6, 12pm-6pm everyday. Closed Tuesdays,
Where: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 3rd Avenue at 7th Street
What: This exhibition seeks to illuminate the strange and profound human connection to preserved animals through the exhibition of seldom-seen taxidermied treasures from private collections. The centerpiece of the exhibition will be The Kittens’ Wedding, the final and perhaps most unforgettable of all of the works of Walter Potter, completed in the 1890s. Equal parts perverse and adorable, and utterly spellbinding, The Kittens’ Wedding transcends kitsch through its tenderness and sensitive attention to detail. The Kittens’ Wedding was created by Walter Potter, a self-trained British Victorian country taxidermist best remembered for a series of anthropomorphic tableaux in which he posed stuffed animals such as kittens, rabbits and squirrels as if engaging in human activities. These works were exhibited for nearly 150 years until the museum he founded was divided at auction in 2003. The pieces then moved the homes of private collectors around the world, most of them never shown since.
How much: Admission to the exhibition & library is $12. Seniors and students are $8, and children 12 and under are free.
The Old Stone House: Witness to War – An Exhibit Exploring the Battle of Brooklyn and the Occupation, 1776-1783
When: Permanent Exhibition
Where: Old Stone House & Washington Park, 336 3rd Street (between 4th and 5th Avenues)
What: View the new permanent exhibit at the Old Stone House exploring the Battle of Brooklyn,
as well as family life in Brooklyn during the Revolution and Occupation. View our exhibition review.
More information: 718-455-5300