Charles L. Mee creates romance for all stages
Imagine that you and your partner go for a romantic weekend getaway to a barrier island—only to discover that once you’re on shore, there are about 758 others just like you who are making, breaking, and rediscovering love—all in 3-D. Charles L. Mee’s Fire Island presents you with just that situation. Staged at 3-Legged Dog Art & Technology Center, this multimedia HD panoramic extravaganza transforms the art space into a tropical paradise and spices it up with some very colorful inhabitants. One hundred and eight artists play lovers of all persuasions: freakish-looking clowns, drag queens, Asian-bondage deviants, really tall small girls (whatever that means), and, of course, some good ol’ old-fashioned old folks. Tuvan throat singer Albert Kuvezin performs some of his popular covers. At 8, 3LD Art & Technology Center, 80 Greenwich Street, 212-352-3101, 3ldnyc.org, $15–$30 EUDIE PAK
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Choreographer creates a hot new spectacle
We dare you to look behind the curtain, because Miss Azure Barton has a few tricks she’d like to share. They’re more than tricks, actually—they’re dance phenomenons that can only be seen in her latest work, A Traveling Show. It’s a sexy, fantastical extravaganza born from a mastermind who’s worked with everyone from Mikhail Baryshnikov to the Juilliard School and the Martha Graham Dance Company, and has garnered plenty of accolades around the world for her—ahem—revealing dances. Tonight, Barton lures you into another one of her cheeky spectacles, set at the intimate Duo Theatre. Take your seats and get comfortable: It’s going to be a hell of a ride. At 8, through Saturday, Duo Theatre, 62 East 4th Street, 212-868-4444, $20 KEISHA FRANKLIN
Paul Chan’s work doesn’t merely hang on a wall—it also exists on the floors and ceilings. In reflected light and shadow, the elements of city life emerge, evoking politics, poetry, war, death, and desire. The 7 Lights, Chan’s first major exhibition in the U.S., takes as its underlying theme the seven days of creation, but makes it seem like a hallucination. And some of Chan’s work may already feel eerily familiar: His posters are displayed throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Through June 29, New Museum, 235 Bowery, 212-219-1222, $6–$12 ARACELI CRUZ