10 Ideas Under $10 for Your Week: Destroy Crappy Art in a Gallery and Join the Crazy Legs Skate Club
Detail from "We Never Looked Back"
You think you have what it takes to roller-skate with the best of them? Test out your dance moves on wheels, donate a couple of bucks at the Bayanihan Spirit party to benefit typhoon victims, and take your frustrations out on some really hideous art, all before the end of the week.
[Lit] With the World Cup right around the corner, join authors Jonathan Wilson (Kick and Run), Rosie Schaap (Drinking with Men), and Peter Zilahy (The Last Window Giraffe) for Soccerpalooza: Writers on the Beautiful Game as they take on the soccer frenzy.
At 7 p.m., Housing Works Cafe, free.
[Film] To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Bread and Puppet Theater, which back in the '60s was housed in what is now Anthology Film Archives, enjoy an array of events tonight highlighted by a series of experimental films. The evening also includes live performances from the theater company, a Q&A with the founder of this influential theater, director Peter Schumann, and much more.
At 7:30 p.m., Anthology Film Archives, $10.
[Comedy] Every Tuesday the Irish Exit hosts a free comedy show featuring top comics previously seen on VH1, Comedy Central, Conan, and more. Past comedians include Aziz Ansari and Judah Friedlander.
At 8 p.m., The Irish Exit, free.Wednesday
[Art] Rafael Schacter's The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti is a thorough guide into street art that includes more than 750 color photographs, and dives into the history of graffiti, as well as 12 city maps created by street artists from those cities. Tonight's talk will include appearances by Ron English, David "Chino" Villorente, and Katsu (via Skype). Perhaps these renowned artists will give their two cents on the destruction of 5 Pointz.
At 7 p.m., powerHouse Arena, RSVP@powerHouseArena.com, free.
[Art] "Legends," curated by photographer Gerard H. Gaskin, celebrates two decades of the New York's underground community known as the House Ballroom scene, where gay and transgender men and women come together in high-spirited pageants. The installation will also include a rare look into the story and the scene through personal accounts.
At 7 p.m., W Hotel, RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org, free.
[Comedy] Megawatt is like a recap show in which you get the very best of what you're missing out on. Enjoy an entire night of improv from Magnet's own resident Super Groups. The forms are constantly evolving, and no two shows are the same. Come see what your favorites are up to this week.
At 7 p.m., Magnet Theater, $7.
[Recreation] We tried to keep the Crazy Legs Skate Club a secret for a very long time. This party (that includes a different DJ every week) got a shout-out by The Carrie Diaries star AnnaSophia Robb months ago and it still went under the radar. But then the New York Times let the cat out of the bag. So now we're inviting you. Sorry for holding out, but one night at this roller-skating dance party and you'll see why we wanted to keep this incredible outing all to ourselves.
At 8 p.m., Salvation Army Building, Bed-Stuy, $10 (skates not included), bring one new guest and you get in for $5, bring two new guests and you get in free!
[Art] Who are you kidding? Your artwork sucks and everybody knows it. All right, we're being a bit harsh, but it's time to get rid of some of your art and evolve to new heights. Bring that crappy piece of art that is hiding in your closet that no one will ever buy and make something useful out of it: trash! What Was I Thinking? invites artists to destroy their work in this very public art gallery however they please. And it will all be documented, of course. It'll be therapeutic.
At 6 p.m., AC Institute, free.
[Benefit] HOT 97's Miss Info hosts tonight's Bayanihan Spirit party to benefit Typhoon Haiyan victims presented by the Filipino American Museum. The evening includes readings, live musical performances, Filipino food, and much more. All money raised will go to the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, a grassroots organization whose Taskforce Haiyan is being coordinated by Filipinos based in the U.S. and locals on the ground in devastated areas.
At 8 p.m., Galapagos Art Space, $10.
[Art] 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, Wooster Street Social Club, free.
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