Slope Weekend Events Spotlight: September 16-18

Slope Weekend Events Spotlight: September 16-18
Art Slope
Art Slope begins its 9-day festival with an opening night at ShapeShifter Lab at 8:30pm on Friday. (Work by Girl on Girl Collective, Courtesy of Art Slope)

Could there actually be too much to do? Check out art everywhere, mixed-up trucks, Gypsy, and more.

Roots Poetry Series
When: Friday, September 16, 8pm
Where: Roots Cafe, 639 5th Avenue at 20th Street
What: Come out to Roots Cafe to hear some words and have a cold one! The reading is, as always, free, with delicious Roots comestibles on sale and beer and wine abundantly available for your cash donations!
How much: Free.

Gypsy, A Musical
When: Saturday, September 17 through October 9, schedule varies
Where: The Gallery Players, 199 14th Street, between 4th and 5th Avenues)
What: Gypsy is the ultimate story about an aggressive stage mother. Join Rose, June and Louise in their trip across the United States during the 1920’s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born. Jule Styne’s music and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics include Let Me Entertain You, Some People, You’ll Never Get Away from Me, If Momma Was Married, All I Need Is the Girl, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, You Gotta Get A Gimmick and Together Wherever We Go. This is a gripping story of one of the most frightening aspects of show business.
How much: $25, $20 for children and seniors. Purchase tickets here.

Gail Flannery: Tumbled Sky
When: Through October 16. 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 presents Tumbled Sky by Gail Flanery, an exhibition of mixed-media prints. Flanery’s signature imagery draws from nature; much of it is suggestive of landscape but the geography is rarely specific. The landscapes are invented, inverted or re-imagined and animated by lush color and an expansive sense of space. In this exhibition, Flanery channels nature’s turbulence as her gaze shifts upward, to the sky. Flanery is a graduate of Cooper Union where she was influenced by the painter and colorist Wolf Kahn. She has worked with a number of master printers and presently works at the shop of Master Printer Kathy Caraccio. Flanery’s work is in dozens of private and corporate collections and in the permanent collection of the Jane Vorhees Zimmerli Art Museum. Flanery has exhibited extensively with several published reviews to her credit, including in The New York Times.
How much: Free.

Exhibition Opening of Ride by Debra Pearlman
When: Exhibit through October 2. 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: A photo is like a souvenir—a memory, a memento of a brief moment in time. There’s an opportunity to present many responses to this initial photograph: an informal setting and selection of work offers the viewer the chance to experience and reflect on this process. Titled RIDE, this installation evokes movement or the implied motion of play, and the objects that support these many activities, all presented here together. Painting, photographs, works on paper, some with text, swings, and a bungee jump caught mid-air in all of these media, invite one to think about play, joy, fear, and anxiety of momentarily casting gravity aside.
How much: Free, art available for purchase.

Arts Slope Festival
When: Friday, September 16 (Opening night — Sunday, September 25)
Where: View the map here, as the event is happening … well … just about everywhere.
What: Our article will tell you everything you need to know about this 9-day festival.
How much: Free.

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival
When: Saturday, September 17, 2 shows: 4:30pm and 7pm
Where: The Bell House, 149 7th Street (at 2nd Avenue)
What: Comedians include Aparna Nancherla, Josh Gondelman, Jo Firestone, Ophira Eisenberg, Hari Kondabolu, Eugene Mirman, and more!
How much: $15-20, purchase advance tickets online for the 4:30pm show and the 7pm show.

10th Anniversary Reeve Place Block Party
When: Saturday, September 17 beginning at 10:30am
Where: Reeve Place between Prospect Park Southwest and Prospect Avenue.
What: The annual Reeve Place Block Party has always had something special — a 16-piece big band set up in the street playing classic jazz arrangements from the 40s through the 60s. See our preview article to learn about the event.

Storytime with Stephen Savage: The Mixed-Up Truck
When: Sunday, September 18, 10:30am
Where: Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab, 458 Bergen Street (between 5th and Flatbush Avenues)
What: Join beloved Brooklyn author and illustrator Stephen Savage for a storytime with his new book The Mixed-up Truck!
How much: Free

Up From Under: Video Art by Madeleine Altmann
When: Friday, September 9 – Friday, October 7. Thursdays-Sundays, 1pm-6pm and by appointment.
Where: Site:Brooklyn, 165 7th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
What: Madeleine Altmann’s work interrogates the intersection of nature, technological change, and visual representation. Her video installations, created with reclaimed analog video monitors, re-appropriate seemingly obsolete objects, using them to explore the question of value in modern society. Often, Altmann inserts herself into the frame, disrupting the all too easy notion of a separation between nature and humanity.
How Much: Free

Dimensions Variable: Multidisciplinary
When:  Through September 24, Thursdays-Saturdays, 2:00pm-6:00pm
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

Taxidermy: Art, Science & Immortality featuring Walter Potter’s Kittens’ Wedding
When:  Through 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.

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

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.

Bluegrass Book Club
When: Sunday, September 18, 2pm-5pm
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.

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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