10 Things to Do for Less Than $10 in NYC This Week
Candy wrapper specially designed by Oscar Murillo
Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London
Happy Earth Day! We've got plenty of ways to say thank you, planet by not taking so much from it. This afternoon, enjoy free yoga in Union Square (mats provided), with festivities happening all day. Later this week, artist Oscar Murillo transforms David Zwirner gallery into a chocolate factory. That means free chocolate for us! Life is so sweet.
Tuesday, April 22
[Recreation] Veria Living and Earth Day NY present the first "yoga in the park" of the season to the North Plaza at Union Square. Veria Living provides the mats, a bag of goodies, and a chance to be on the Veria Living channel. (Look nice!) In addition to the classes, events take place throughout the day including an after-work concert, activities for kids, a green vehicle runway show, environmental exhibits, green product samples, and a used clothing and electronics drop-off. At 1 p.m., Union Square Park, free.
[Lit] Some astrologers said the month of April would turn out to be a real bitch. All the planets have gone haywire, not to mention last week's intense blood moon. What does this all mean, and how can we get through all of it? Perhaps celebrity astrologers the Astro Twins can offer some advice. Tonight, the duo sign their new book, Momstrology, at their premiere party. Guests can enjoy light refreshments and 20 percent off all full-priced purchases when they buy Momstrology (excluding cosmetics). At 6 p.m., Henry Bendel, free.
[Lit] Graduation season is approaching, that time of year when the air is thick with limitless possibility. And whether you're looking to celebrate the occasion or inoculate yourself against it, you'll find no better tonic than the book launch of George Saunders's Congratulations, By the Way, at PowerHouse Arena. The book is an illustrated transcript of his speech at the 2013 Syracuse commencement ceremony. Rather than a paean to the dynamism of youth, it's a refreshing tribute to growing older, growing kinder, and replacing ourselves with love. --Aaron Garretson. At 7 p.m., PowerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, free.
[Comedy] Wrestling Mania: The Best of the Worst of Pro Wrestling is a new monthly series that brings together a mix of amateur, semi-pro, and pro wrestlers to the stage alongside comedians and commentators to watch and lampoon the best of the worst of '80s and '90s pro wrestling. Tonight's guests include Bobby Phobia, Dan Barry, Logan Black, and Stephanie Sottile. At 7:30 p.m., Union Hall, $6.
Wednesday, April 23
[Art] No less a talent than the late master fantasy artist Frank Frazetta called Jeffrey Catherine Jones "our greatest living painter." As part of the '70s art collective known as The Studio, Jones brought lush romanticism to the comics page; her paintings haunt the covers of countless fantasy paperbacks. Documentarian Maria Paz Cabardo explores Jones's art and enigmatic life -- marked by gender transition and the tension between commercial art and personal expression -- in Better Things: The Life and Choices of Jeffrey Catherine Jones, screening tonight at the Society of Illustrators and followed by the opening for the exhibition of Jones's work that runs through May 3. --Rob Staeger. At 10 a.m., Society of Illustrators, $10.
[Comedy] Want to try out new comedy material? Or simply yearn the feeling of bombing onstage in front of strangers, and get completely loaded after? Perfect! Tonight's Happy Hour Open Mic gives you the chance to do all of that. Drinks are half-price, and there's no charge to perform or attend. What's your excuse not to go? At 6 p.m., Laughing Devil Comedy Club, Queens, free.
[Talk] The Spring 2014 Public Art Fund Talks series brings together a diverse group of artists to share the inspirations and practicalities involved in their varied approaches to the places and communities that become sites for public art. Tonight's talk features L.A.-based artist Sam Durant. Long interested in public art, Durant's major outdoor installation, Scaffold, was commissioned for the Documenta (13) exhibition in Kassel, Germany, in 2012. From 2012 to 2013, Durant was an artist in residence at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, where he collaborated with the education department on a social media project called What #isamuseum? At 6:30 p.m., New School, free.
Thursday, April 24
Oscar Murillo's mother (center) working at Colombina, La Paila, Colombia, 1988
Collection of Oscar Murillo
[Art] Ever wonder what it would be like to visit Willy Wonka's chocolate factory? Get a taste of it tonight, when Oscar Murillo re-create a candy-making factory inside a New York art gallery. A Mercantile Novel is in collaboration with Colombina, one of the premier food companies in Colombia. Yummy! At 6 p.m., David Zwirner, free.
[Film] The Tribeca Film Festival presents Tsai Ming-liang's immersive, meditative Journey to the West as an installation in the VW Dome. The film, played on loop, is loosely based on the classical Chinese story by Wu Cheng'en. This new interpretation brings the legendary pilgrimage of a Buddhist monk into the present tense. At 6 p.m., MOMA PS1, Queens, $10 suggested donation.
[Dance] Fionn Meade guest-curates two evenings of Laure Prouvost's From the Sky, a performance mixing video, music, and live narrative, marking the French-born, U.K.-based artist's first evening-length performance. At 8 p.m., St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, free.
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