Over eight consecutive nights, MoMA presents a chronological exploration of the sonic and visual experiments of Kraftwerk with a live presentation of their complete repertoire in the Museum’s Marron Atrium. Each evening consists of a live performance and 3-D visualization of one of Kraftwerk’s studio albums
Tuesday, April 10, 8:30 p.m. 1 – Autobahn (1974)
Wednesday, April 11, 8:30 p.m. 2 – Radio-Activity (1975)
Thursday, April 12, 8:30 p.m. 3 – Trans Europe Express (1977)
Friday, April 13, 10:00 p.m. 4 – The Man-Machine (1978)
Saturday April 14, 8:30 p.m. 5 – Computer World (1981)
Sunday, April 15, 8:30 p.m. 6 – Techno Pop (1986)
Monday, April 16, 8:30 p.m. 7 – The Mix (1991)
Tuesday, April 17, 10:00 p.m. 8 – Tour de France (2003)
Doug Wheeler @ David Zwirner
519 West 19th Street
thru February 25
One of Wheeler’s “infinity environments” – he plays with light and space so you lose all reference points, I got a bit of vertigo the first time I walked into one. There was a crazy long line when we went so I never got to try this show.
Zimoun @ Bitforms
529 West 20th Street
thru March 10
I usually stop at Bitforms every time I’m in Chelsea just to see what they’ve got going on. This time it looks like some sort of whirring motor installation. Fun!
Thomas Heatherwick @ Haunch of Venison
550 West 21st Street
Thru March 3
Designer/architect Thomas Heatherwick shows off some furniture extruded from single pieces of metal and a chair where you can literally sit and spin.
Ai Weiwei @ Mary Boone
541 West 24th Street
thru February 4
Ai Weiwei’s hand-painted porcelain sunflower seeds on view in NYC. Unfortunately, we can’t walk through them as the initial viewers at the Tate did due to toxic ceramic dust.
I AM A BANANA. Don Hertzfeldt will appear in person to present his newest film and a selection of his award-winning earlier shorts Monday, March 26, 2012 and Tuesday, March 27 at the IFC Center. Hertzfeldt’s new film, It’s Such a Beautiful Day, is the third and final chapter in a trilogy about a mysterious man named Bill. The entire trilogy will be screened together for the first time on new 35mm prints, followed by a live Q&A with Hertzfeldt.
The Tobolowsky Files is my favorite storytelling podcast ever (Yes, better than This American Life and The Moth). I recommend starting with Season 1, Episode 1, as each story builds upon previous stories.
Theater! Thanks to Lilian and Mungo of SELF, I was tipped off to catch The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church, by Daniel Kitson last year. A charming story that turned in on itself, it reminded me of lovely storytelling in The Tobolowsky Files.
His new play, It’s Always Right Now, Until it’s Later is a show about everything and nothing. It’s playing at St. Ann’s Warehouse through January 29. Tickets are $25.
Kitson will also be doing a couple night shows at Upright Citizens Brigade on Thursday, Jan. 19 and Thursday, Jan. 26. Tickets are $5.
One of my favorite foods in Vancouver is opening up shop in NYC! Japadog (questionable name, delicious food) is opening at 30 St. Marks between 2nd Ave. and 3rd Ave. They’ll be selling the Terimayo, the Croquette (fried potato patty in a hot dog!), the Tonkatsu, and … an ice cream option?!? Japadog Menu
IFC Center and GKIDS present a Studio Ghibli retrospective. Spirited Away, My Neighbors The Yamadas, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and many other Ghibli films making their US premieres… all in 35mm. Yes, please. The films are being shown in both subtitled and dubbed format, so double-check which is screening when you get your tix.
The American Museum of the Moving Image will by screening David Cronenberg’s films from January 21–February 12, 2012. See Crash, The Fly, Videodrome, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises and many others on a big screen!
No trip home to San Ramon is complete without visiting Bay Books and Dublin’s Half Price Books. Spring cleaning at my parent’s house resulted in four boxes filled with John Grisham, Michael Crichton, Jean Auel, …
These ladies are hilarious. The conversation also nicely touches on aspects of being a woman and building a creative career, while avoiding the forced “what challenges do you face as a woman doing X” question.