The time has come. Welcome to the debut of On the Towns, our humble events calendar. We have received numerous requests over the last few years to publish such a chronicle. It makes sense. There are many festivals, concerts and other entertainments and gatherings that we wish to bring to your attention. Heretofore, it has not been possible, owing to limitations of space and staff. On the Towns, which will appear the first week of each month and will be updated throughout each month, is one small way that we can meet this challenge. We hope that you will find some things each month to engage you.
APRIL 2016A list of goings-on around the world, from Snowbombing in Austria, to both the Great American Hat Show. and LOOT at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York. And Free Cone Day at Ben&Jerry’s Scoop Shops in various countries, including Brazil and Singapore.
1-7 AprilMUSIC. 1-4 April. Desert Hearts. Cutting-edge house and techno music festival. Los Coyotes Indian Reservation. Warner Springs, Calif. http://www.deserthearts.us/
FILM. 1-5 April. Focus on French Cinema Festival. Festival is dedicated to showcasing the best French-language films from around the world . French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF). 55 East 59th St. New York. http://www.focusonfrenchcinema.com/
FILM. 7 p.m. 4 April. Kino & Vino Series. Monthly industry screening party sponsored by the Chelsea Film Festival and Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea. Screening of “Semper Fidel.” Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea. 260 W. 23rd St., New York. http://www.chelseafilm.org/semper-fidel/
MUSIC. 4-8 April. Snowbombing. The world’s No. 1 music festival on snow. Mayrhofen ski area. Mayrhofen, Austria. http://www.snowbombing.com/
MUSIC. 7 p.m. 5 April. Nashville Pussy. The hard rock band in concert. Magasin 4. Avenue du port 51 B, Brussels, Belgium. http://www.bit.ly/1UFKxU1
MUSIC. 6 p.m. 6 April. RED HOT GALA. Benefits the Glimmerglass Festival’s Young Artists and Summer Internship Programs. The Metropolitan Club. 1 East 60th Street, New York. https://www.glimmerglass.org/support/gala/
MEETING. 7-9 April. Black Girl Movement Conference. Organized by Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University (IRAAS). Issues related to cis, queer and transgender Black girls (18 and under) in the United States. Columbia University. New York. http://www.bit.ly/1TJl36a
The Black Girl Movement Conference aims to empower select groups black females 18 and younger. Photo from IRAAS Web site.
FILM. 7-15 April. 17th Havana Film Festival New York. Celebrates Latin American cinema. Various locations. New York. http://www.hffny.com/2016/
ART. Through 14 April. Anima. Installation explores the concept of soul and the divide between man and animal. Combines art, magic and anthropology. The Invisible Dog Art Center. 51 Bergen St., Brooklyn. http://www.theinvisibledog.org/
8-14 AprilAttendees to The Great American Hat Show can leave with their very own fascinator. Photo from Harriet Rosebud Hats Website.
FASHION. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 9 April. Great American Hat Show Skincare and makeup master classes. Also “The Fabulous Fascinators” master class: students take home their own fascinator. Dance performance. Fashion show. Shopping. The Harlem Commonwealth. 361 W. 125th St. New York. http://www.harrietrosebudhats.com/
Free ice cream cones on Free Cone Day at Ben&Jerry's Scoop Shops. Photo from Ben&Jerry's Website.
FASHION. 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. 11 April. LOOT 2016 Opening Benefit. Patrons of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) meet LOOT 2016 jewelry artists and can purchase their designs before the show opens to the general public. Cocktail hour. Reception. Also a dinner honoring LOOT 2016 Award recipients Joan Hornig and Kay Unger. LOOT opens to the general public 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on 12-16 April. MAD. 2 Columbus Circle. New York. http://www.MadMuseum.org/
A necklace from LOOT 2016 artist Pawel Kaczyński. Some of his pieces are refined until they resemble things found in nature such as flowers. Photo from MAD Website.
FOOD. 12 April. Free Cone Day. Ben&Jerry’s shows its appreciation to customers by offering an ice cream cone at its scoop shops around the world. Ben&Jerry’s Scoop Shop. Various countries. http://www.benjerrys.co/1RyuvEp
FILM. 13-24 April. 15th Tribeca Film Festival. Films from 32 countries and more than 70 world premieres. Various locations. New York. http://www.tribecafilm.com/
Hannah Overton in "Until Proven Innocent," which makes its world premiere at the Tenth Annual Dallas International Film Festival. Photo from DIFF Website.
FILM. 14-24 April. Tenth Annual Dallas International Film Festival. More than 160 films, panels and events. Various locations. Dallas. http://www.bit.ly/1PGkvrt
15-21 AprilPieJu Chien-Pott in Martha Graham's "Lamentation." Photo by Christopher Jones.
ART. 15-24 April. Open Plan: Cecil Taylor. Fifth of six in Whitney’s series of exhibitions in its open-plan fifth floor. The Taylor retrospective is to feature recorded and live performances, including a sold-out concert by the iconic musician on 14 April. Also video and audio installations, photos, poetry and recollections by various artists who have been inspired by the man. Whitney Museum of American Art. 99 Gansevoort St. New York. http://www.whitney.org/Exhibitions/OpenPlanCecilTaylor
Wendell Pierce and Kerry Washington in "Confirmation." Photo from HBO Website.
FILM. 8 p.m. (EDT). 16 April. Confirmation. Starring Kerry Washington as Anita Hill and Wendell Pierce as Clarence Thomas. The film is based on the latter’s 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearings. HBO. http://www.hbo.com/movies/confirmation
ART. 17 April-26 June. Intrude. Four-city tour of public art installation by Amanda Parer of Australia. Presented by Arts Brookfield, “Intrude” depicts white nylon-inflated rabbits illuminated from within. New York, 17-30 April; Houston, 9 May-14 May; Los Angeles, 5 June-11 June; Denver, 17-19 June, 24-26 June. Brookfield properties. Free. New York. Houston. Los Angeles. Denver. http://www.brookfieldplaceny.com/events/intrude/
Cecil Taylor, rehearsing at the Whitney Museum of American Art, will perform a soldout concert the day before his retrospective, "Open Plan: Cecil Taylor," opens at the museum. Photo from Whitney Website.
DANCE. 7 p.m. 18 April. Martha Graham Dance Company 90th Anniversary Gala. A special program to celebrate the 90th year of the venerable dance company includes performances of classic pieces. Dinner. Dancing. The gala culminates the season, which opens on 14 April. New York City Center and The University Club of New York. New York. http://www.marthagraham.org/tickets-events/
22-28 AprilCourant Splash brings together math-minded high schoolers.
DANCE. Noon. 23 April. Inter-species Encounters. A performance of humans and horses will be the featured showcase at the Dressage Nationals. Centenary Equestrian Center, Centenary College. Long Valley, New Jersey. http://www.equus-onsite.org/#!news/c1wnl
MEETING. Noon. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 23 April. Courant Splash. Annual one-day lecture series at the Courant Institute of New York University for mathematically gifted high school students in the New York metropolitan area. Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. 251 Mercer St. New York. http://www.csplash.org/
DANCE. 27-29 April. YAGP Finals Week and YAGP 2016 Gala Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow. Final rounds performances and gala of YAGP, the world’s largest student ballet scholarship audition. BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) Howard Gilman Opera House. Brooklyn. http://www.yagp.org/
Humans and horses will dance together during the Dressage Nationals at the Centenary Equestrian Center. Photo from The Equus Project Website.
ART. 27 April-12 Feb. 2017. Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection. Exploration of the changing face of portraiture from 1900 to 2016. Whitney Museum of American Art. 99 Gansevoort St. New York. http://www.whitney.org/Exhibitions/HumanInterest