Friday

[CONVENTION]

CARTOON CENTRAL

So many comic books, only three days

Sweet Havana: Celebrate Cuba at Azucar! at the Bronx Museum
The Havana Film Festival of New York
Sweet Havana: Celebrate Cuba at Azucar! at the Bronx Museum

In a recent article on the comic-book witch hunts of the 1950s, The New Yorker's Louis Menand labeled the classic 1950s comic book The Vault of Horror "just dumb." If the Pulitzer Prize winner dares to show his mug at the New York Comic Con this weekend, he can match wits with guest of honor Grant Morrison, whose sprawling oeuvre includes deeply moving tales of animal exploitation (WE3, Animal Man) and entertaining mindfucks (Seaguy, The Invisibles) that stretch the boundaries of characterization and narrative in ways even the most erudite essayist might appreciate. Comic books are still under siege from the puritans, so Neil Gaiman (of Sandman fame) will do a benefit reading for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (which is currently representing a Georgia retailer who inadvertently provided minors with a history comic containing nude images of Picasso). And with hundreds of exhibitors offering pop-cult wares, there will be plenty of those "dumb" comics available, too. Starts today, through Sunday, the Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street, nycomiccon.com, $40–$65 R.C. BAKER

[PUBLIC SPECTACLE]

MASS MOVEMENT

No rants—just rave

Are you a flashmobber? One of those people who meets up in a location to do some strange action simultaneously with hundreds of other anonymous folks—and then leaves the scene as if nothing happened? Well, if you've missed out, no worries: Union Square is the next meet-up for Silent Rave New York. Wear your iPods and freak out the tourists by dancing to music only you can hear until your feet can't take it anymore. London had a huge blowout in various parts of the city last year, so it's our turn to wind it up. With hundreds—if not thousands—of fellow ravers moving next to you, it's the one time you can feel good about following the crowd. At 6, Union Square, 14th Street and Broadway, free EUDIE PAK

[PARTY]

BROWN SUGAR

Celebrate Cuba's sweeter side

Fidel's bro, President Raúl Castro, has taken over and promises the future to be sweeter for his countrymen. We'll see about that. In the meantime, it's always a good time to celebrate Cuban culture. As the Havana Film Festival of New York comes to an end, the Bronx Museum is celebrating the art and sounds of Cuba with an all-out Cuban party, Azúcar! DJ Cato a/k/a Congrí will be spinning some Afro-Latin soul, and Grupo Habana Tres will have you salsa-ing to their Afro-Cuban beats. Plus, making its U.S. premiere is Havana Kidz II, directed by Alberto Gonzalez, which documents a teenage band revisiting Cuba and their passion to keep the music alive. At 6, Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, bronxmuseum.org, free ARACELI CRUZ

 
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