SUNDAY | 5.18



Tale of Tears

Native American filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin is one of the most decorated documentarians in Canada, having made more than 30 films about Native Americans there. MOMA honors her in a two-week series that features many of her notable efforts, starting from her first, Christmas at Moose Factory (1971), to her most recent works. Today’s feature, Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993), is a riveting firsthand look at the 78-day armed standoff between the Mohawks and Canadian authorities over a sacred burial ground that developers wanted to transform into a golf course. At 4:30, check for full schedule, MOMA, 11 West 53rd Street,, $10




A lustful uppercut to the chin from the distant past

To whet your appetite for this year’s Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, the Shalimar is putting on an award-winner from last year’s festival: La Femme Est Morte, or Why I Should Not F!%# My Son. The loose Phaedra adaptation has Seneca’s ancient tale about a woman lusting after her own stepson mashed up with all sorts of modern craziness, including a boxing match, paparazzi, speeches (General Patton, Churchill), and further help from the lips of Britney, Angelina, and Gwyneth. The result was a crowd-pleaser in Scotland and should knock out New York audiences as well. At 8, also May 24, P.S.122, 150 First Avenue, 212-477-5288, $10–$15




Meatpacking district gets repackaged

With New York Design Week underway, including the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, the meatpacking district is waving folks over to its part of town for its own design event. With more than 40 international designers, including some from Design Forum Finland, the 3rd Annual Meatpacking District Design will feature panel discussions, exhibitions, and (most importantly) cocktail parties. The ever-changing district is also celebrating the opening of the Gansevoort Plaza public space with an art installation by the Finnish design company Artek. At noon, Hardcore Café, 413-415 West 14th Street, 212-924-0510, free