Slope Weekend Events Spotlight: September 1-5

Slope Weekend Events Spotlight: September 1-5
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Walter Potter’s Kittens’ Wedding is featured in the new Morbid Anatomy Museum exhibition, opening September 1. (Courtesy of Morbid Anatomy Museum)

Events for the long weekend include classical music, kittens’ wedding, a BBQ (of course), and more. It’s the holiday, but we couldn’t leave you hanging!

Taxidermy: Art, Science & Immortality featuring Walter Potter’s Kittens’ Wedding
When:  Thursday, September 1 – Sunday, November 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.

Dimensions Variable: Multidisciplinary
When: Opening Reception: Thursday, September 1, 7pm-9pm.
Where: Open Source Gallery, (306 17th Street at 6th Avenue)
What: Multidisciplinary was conceived as a response to the Open Source 2016 program which invited international artist-run projects to curate its entire season. With this concept in mind, Dimensions Variable amplified the idea and invited a select group of artist-run spaces in South Florida. The idea is not to invite them to curate special projects, but rather to include the work of the artists who run these projects as a way to honor their work and what they bring to the community. The diverse works in the exhibition reflect the practices and interests of all these “multidisciplinary” artists. They engage the community within and beyond their studio practice contributing vital programming to the contemporary art landscape in South Florida. Dimensions Variable (DV) is an exhibition space committed to the presentation and support of contemporary art. Through a collaborative exchange with artists and institutions, DV develops an exhibition program that engages the community and promotes new and experimental ideas. DV was founded in 2009 by artists Frances Trombly and Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, who currently serve as directors. Artists in the exhibition include: Naomi Fisher (BFI); Kristen Thiele, Robert Thiele, Francesco Casale (Bridge Red Studios); Frances Trombly, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova (Dimensions Variable); Francie Bishop Good, Michelle Weinberg, Sarah Michelle Rupert (Girls’ Club); Domingo Castillo, Loriel Beltran (Noguchi Breton)
How Much: Free

Literati: A Comedy about the Greatest American Novels Never Written
When: Saturday, September 3, Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8:00pm
Where: Union Hall, 702 Union Street (near 5th Avenue)
What: Literati is a night of comedians in character performing hilarious readings. Sophisticated, satirical, and sometimes wigs. Do you ever leave a comedy show saying “Hmm that was pretty funny but not enough reading..” Well then this is the show for you!
How much: $6, purchase advance tickets online. $8 at the door.

Old Stone House: Appropriating Revolution
When: Fridays 3pm-7pm; or by appointment. Through October 8.
Where: Old Stone House & Washington Park, 336 3rd Street (between 4th and 5th Avenues)
What: A contemporary art exhibition at the Old Stone House & Washington Park, curated by Katherine Gressel.
Cost: Free

εὖτόπος, (Eutopia), a site-responsive installation by the Vanderbilt Republic
When: Through Sunday, September 11. Wednesdays-Sundays, 10am-5pm.
Where: Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island.
What: This large-scale, site-responsive exhibition connects artwork and installations by Sabrina Barrios, Sarah E. Brook, Charles Heppner, Carlton Scott Sturgill,TAXIPLASM, TJ Volonis, and Dale Williams to the storied past and bucolic present of Staten Island’s historic Snug Harbor — creating a space to present the energy and form of dreams made real. Curation, lighting & technical design by George Del Barrio. From Gowanus-based Vanderbilt Republic. Check out our review and why you should plan a day trip to see this exhibition.
How much: $5 Adults, $4 Seniors/Students and free for kids 12 and under. On Sundays, September 11, join artists for a special free tour. Register here.

PS 321 Flea Market
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 9am-5pm
Where: 180 7th Avenue between 1st and 2nd Streets – in front of PS 321
What: This market is considered a Park Slope institution by many, and plans to be open year round. The flea is under new management this year.

Concerts on the Slope Presents: Ian Rosenbaum and Friends
When: Sunday, September 4, 3pm
Where: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place at 7th Avenue
What: Ian Rosenbaum, percussion, Espeth Davis, mezzo-soprano, Ava Nazar, piano
Gabe Cabezas, cello performing music by Ke-Chia Chen (our 2016-2017 Composer-in-Residence), Caroline Shaw, and more.
How much: Free

Bluegrass Book Club
When: Sunday, September 4, 4pm-7pm
Where: Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues.
What: Bluegrass Book Club is a rotating cast of NYC’s finest bluegrass musicians playing standards, country classics, and originals hosted by Larry Legend.
How much: Free

Smorgasburg at Prospect Park
When: Sundays, 11am-6pm
Where: Prospect Park, Breeze Hill (Located near Lakeside and the Lincoln Road entrance)
What: Smorgasburg begins its warm weather months in our beautiful backyard. Find 100 vendors and food from all over the world every Sunday at Breeze Hill, located near Lakeside and the park’s Lincoln Road entrance.  Find the market on Google Maps here. Presented in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance. Dog friendly.

Freddy’s Labor Day BBQ
When: Monday, September 5, 3:00pm
Where: Freddy’s, 627 5th Avenue, between 17th and 18th Streets
What: Free burgers & dogs, or you bring it and they will grill it!

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.
Cost: Free
More information: 718-455-5300

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