California Dreaming

Monstrinho returns home

Growing up in Queens, Michael Amorillo was influenced early by the graffiti he saw all over the highways and billboards on drives into the city. After more than a decade of living in SoCal and shifting his work from the street to canvas, Monstrinho (a nickname given to him meaning "little monster" in Portuguese) is back in the city that first sparked his interest in art. A show of new works, "68 Inches Above Sea Level" is Amorillo's first exhibition in New York City. Inspired by artists such as Keith Haring, Dr. Seuss, and Os Gêmeos, he creates sweet-faced monsters in a range of vibrant colors and styles that he says are full of "free child energy." DJ Goldie Was Here supplies the beats. At 8:30, through January 31, Wooster Street Social Club, 43 Wooster Street, 646-545-3300, woostersocial.com, free

 
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