curated by Sara Maher
Spring has sprung! Take that, you grumbly groundhog. Start bringing yourself out of hibernation with art, outer space, and some good old-fashioned Internet activism.
Know Your News
Fake news, real news – it all ends up on the Internet, for better or for worse. Take back some control of online media at the Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: Art + Feminism event. Spend the day attending conversations and discussions with social media professionals, and correcting and updating existing Wikipedia entries related to arts and feminism. Or you can spend that time writing new entries on subjects that are underrepresented. People of all gender identities are welcome! Bring your own laptop.
Space Is the Place
Given the recent announcement that up to eight newly discovered planets may be hospitable to life (and the implications of the movie Arrival), maybe it’s time we all brush up on our space facts. After Dark Nights, Bright Lights - Exploring Jupiter, you will never again be duped by Jup! A former NASA intern will take you through the largest and most geographically diverse planet in our solar system. The lecture will be followed by guided stargazing, so dig out your binoculars or telescope to take in the sights.
• F downtown to W 4 St and walk southwest to Tony Dapolito Recreation Center (1 Clarkson St). Tue Mar 14, 8-9:30pm. Free, but RSVP required. Info and RSVP: tinyurl.com/hbafpp8.
A Whole New World
The Oscars have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean great new films have gone with it. Now in its 46th year, the New Directors/New Films festival “introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world” and takes initiative to find daring new voices in film (past entries included works by then-unknown Christopher Nolan and Spike Lee).
Films being shown at the F-accessible Museum of Modern Art include 4 Days in France, “an erotic road movie” about a man driving across the country with his destination determined only by connections made through a hookup app; The Future Perfect, winner of Best First Feature at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival; Quest, a documentary following an African-American family living in Philadelphia; Sexy Durga, winner of this year’s International Rotterdam Film Festival; and two shorts programs.
• F downtown to 57 St and walk southeast to the Museum of Modern Art (11 W 53rd St). Mar 15-26, various times. Tickets: $12-20 members, students, seniors; $16-25 general public. Info and tickets: newdirectors.org.
March of the Shamrocks
No, I didn’t forget about St. Patrick’s Day. Where there’s a will, there’s a parade, and this one’s a doozy. Though we Americans generally consider this day a celebration of our right to public drunkenness, the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade was actually started by homesick Irish soldiers long before the United States was even an independent country. (It should also be noted that the consumption of alcohol is not permitted at the parade.) This year’s Grand Marshal is Limerick native Michael J. Dowling, President and CEO of Northwell Health.
• F downtown to Lex Av-63 St, 57 St, 47-50 St-Rockefeller Center, or 42 St-Bryant Park and find a spot along Fifth Ave (parade runs on Fifth Ave between 44th and 79th Streets). Fri Mar 17, 11am-5pm. nycstpatricksparade.org.
This year’s transition from winter to spring has been an interesting one. The Zane York: Nature Morte Exhibit offers both an artistic vision of unusual transitions and a place to spend one of the dismally cold days that continue to plague us. York describes his work as “transmographic” (from transmogrify: to “transform, especially in a surprising or magical manner”). His still-lifes, done in the traditional style of Dutch masters, take on a darker tone as the subjects morph into unexpected forms (for example, clusters of insects become a floral arrangement).
• F downtown to 63 St/Lexington Av and walk northwest to the Arsenal (830 Fifth Ave, third floor). Thru Thu Apr 27, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Free. tinyurl.com/ZaneYork.