Monday, May 1, 2017

ON THE TOWNS: Harlem Is the Place. Among the Attractions: Women's Festival, Film Festival, Barrio Museum ... Publicolor and Developing Designing Young Minds ...

Luptia Nyong'o and Gabby Douglas will participate in the Women of the World Festival (4-7 May) at the Apollo Theater. Photos from Facebook.

MAY 2017

WOW! Turn your attention to Harlem, particularly over the next couple of weeks.

Literally, there is the  Women of the World  (WOW) Festival at the Apollo Theater, attracting Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gabby Douglas, Abbey Lincoln and Luptia Nyong'o, among others.

Nine blocks to the south Mist Harlem is the venue for the 12th Annual Harlem International Film Festival and its webisode competition.

Stay to a southerly course for 11 or 12 blocks but veer east to Fifth Avenue and drop in on El Museo del Barrio to see the good works therein. Then, next week travel farther south on Fifth for its annual fundraiser. Among this year's honorees is Carmen Herrera.

1-7 May

CULTURE. 4-7 May. Women of the World (WOW) Festival. For the second year, the Apollo Theater hosts this gathering of women. The four days feature talks, workshops and performances. Among those participating are Luptia Nyong'o, Gabby Douglas, Women's March organizers Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez, as well as Dee Dee Bridgewater and Dianne Reeves. Abbey Lincoln will receive a special tribute. Founded in London in 2010, WOW celebrates the achievements of women and girls around the world and addresses the obstacles that impede their progress. The Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St. New York.

FILM. 4-7 May. The 12th Annual Harlem International Film Festival. The world premiere of Daniel Peddle’s "Garden of the Peaceful Dragon" is on a bill with the showcase, "Afro-Punk Sci-Fi Cinema." One of the festival spotlights is a webisode competition featuring work by and/or about women:  "Women Dominate 2016 Webisode Competition." The closing film is Angela Robinson Witherspoon’s documentary "Curtsy, Mister." MIST Harlem, 46 W. 116th St. New York.

FILM. Through 7 May. The 17th Annual New York Indian Film Festival. The closing night film is "You Are My Sunday."Various locations. New York.

8-15 May

Carmen Herrera will receive a special honor at the El Museo Gala 2017 (11 May). Photo by Jason Schmidt/ Courtesy of Lisson Gallery.

ART. FASHION. 11 May. El Museo Gala 2017. The museum's annual fundraiser is billed as an evening of glamour and elegance. The theme this year is "Women in the Arts." Among the honorees are Carmen Herrera and Nancy Gonzalez. The Plaza Hotel, 768 5th Av. New York.

16-22 May

ART. Through 21 May. Far From the Road. A group exhibition of abstract, contemporary, photographic, post impressionistic and urban works that are literal and metaphorical expressions of what it means to be out of town and off the grid. Exhibit No.9, 550-102 Cookman Ave. Asbury Park, NJ.

ART, CULTURE, EDUCATION. From 6 p.m. 22 May. Publicolor's Stir, Splatter + Roll 2017. Painting alongside some of New York City's leading architects, artists and designers is the highlight of the nonprofit's annual fundraiser. A live auction is also planned. Honors will go to Jeffrey J. Osborne, Monika and Deven Parekh, Barbara and Donald Tober, as well as Diller Scofidio and Renfro of the Catalysts for Change Award. Publicolor is dedicated to fighting poverty among young people 12 to 24 through an intensive learning approach using design and design thinking. Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W.18th St. New York.

23 May and beyond

ART. MUSIC. LIFESTYLE. 6 p.m. 25 May. Cool Culture presents The UnGala. It’s more than a gala, it’s a bazaar! This year, the National Double Dutch League will get heart rates up with its energetic jumprope feats (and feet) of fancy. Expect a spirited set from recording duo Lion Babe, as well as pianist Harold O’Neal. In the disc jockey booth is DJ Rich Medina. If a live interactive mural is your thing, Brian Paupaw may be just the thing. Honorees are Teresita Fernandez and Reggie Van Lee. Cool Culture’s ongoing mission is to strengthen communities as well as increase literacy, learning and family engagement. To help fulfill this mission, it partners with 90 New York City museums and hundreds of preschools to provide free and unlimited access to arts and culture to more than 50,000 New York families with preschool-age children. Cocktails, dinner and silent auction. IAC HQ, 555 W.18th St. New York.

ART. 7:30 p.m. 31 May. SOAPBOX 2017. The annual fundraiser of The Laundromat Project promises exclusive special edition print art and other fun art experiences, including a silent auction. The organization brings art, artists and arts programming into laundromats and other everyday spaces to amplify the creativity that already exists within communities. Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place. New York.

ART. Through 11 June. 2017 Whitney Biennial. The 78th edition of the exhibition is the largest in terms of square footage and the first at the new downtown location of the Whitney Museum of American Art ... Sixty-three artists. From emerging to well-established individuals and collectives. Painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, film and video, photography, activism, performance, music and video game design. Whitney Museum of American, 99 Gansevoort St. New York.

From "The World of Emotions:: Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD" exhibit. Photo courtesy of the Onassis Cultural Center of New York.

ART. Through 24 June. A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece 700 BC – 200 AD. Considering how in modern-day Western society we express ourselves and interpret the meaning of others by observing more than 130 "priceless" works of art from ancient Greece. Pieces are on loan from some of the world's most renown museums, including the Acropolis Museum and the British Museum. Onassis Cultural Center, 645 Fifth Avenue. New York.

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