Now that Mercury in retrograde is completely out of our system, we can go back to fulfilling our life goals without thinking twice. What goals do we speak of? Oh, you know, go ice-skating in Williamsburg, hit the slots in Manhattan, and become America’s next reality train wreck all in one weekend. Totally doable.
[Recreation] Our “hipster playground” just keeps getting cooler, literally. Starting today, through January, the McCarren Park Pool will be open for ice-skating, and we’re really excited about it. Although we’re no Johnny Weir, we’re really looking forward to watching Brooklynites fall right on their skinny-jean bums. And please, people, no fighting or pooping on the ice!
Opens at 11 a.m., McCarren Park Pool, Williamsburg, $8.
[Poetry] Since 50 Shades of Grey isn’t being released in theaters until 2015 we’re going to have to settle for the next hot thing: Titillating Tongues — NYC Erotica in Poetry & Prose. Poet Aimee Herman hosts 20 rounds of steamy, uninterpreted sexy talk, and you can get in on the fun. Sign up for one of the open mic slots and release all your inhibitions for six minutes. Don’t forget the “names have been changed to protect identity” disclaimer.
At 7 p.m., (Le) Poisson Rouge, West Village, $10.
[Lit] Thar She Blows: Whale Tales, Sea Shanties, and More Melvillainy condenses all things nautical into one comprehensive variety show celebrating the anniversary of Moby-Dick‘s publication in 1851. Amy Virginia Buchanan performs classic and contemporary songs of the sailor, Brigid Harmon discusses her three-week experiment living the whaler’s life in Nantucket, and Nick Douglas presents a special preview of “Moby-Dick: The Sitcom,” among other readings and presentations. There will also be games, trivia, and much cavorting over New England clam chowder by Littleneck Brooklyn and hearty ale by Harpoon Brewery. – HB
At 7 p.m., WORD, Greenpoint, free.
[Comedy] This is the true story…when people stop being polite…and start getting jacked-up. At the Friday Night Sh*w audience members have the chance to vent, anonymously, as they write down their confessions on pieces of paper for the performers to act out through improv. Comedy gold!
At 8:30 p.m., Magnet Theatre, Flatiron, $10.
[Film] Director Richard Linklater has basically filmed our entire lives, from high school in the ’70s, a Euro trip in the ’90s, and adulthood in the now. Relive the hazing, awkwardness, and first loves all day long when Videology screens a Richard Linklater movie marathon.
Opens at noon, Videology, Williamsburg, free.
[Performance art] One moment you see her, and the next…POOF! She’s gone. Is it an illusion? What is going on? It’s a new dance movement! Sara Wookey, choreographer and creative consultant, will perform Disappearing Acts & Resurfacing Subjects: Concerns of (a) Dance Artist(s) tonight in conjunction with “Performance Archiving Performance,” a presentation of works that engage archive as medium. This new solo work considers dance as a disappearing act and “questions recurring subjects floating in the public sphere.” Trippy!
At 5 p.m., New Museum, East Village, $6.
[Games] For three days only gambling is legal in New York City! Alright, not really, but you can still play roulette and black jack for free and win some cool prices. W Hotel presents Casino Diabolique, a black magic-themed playground designed by creative director Desi Santiago, who’s work includes the Met’s Alexander McQueen show and Madonna’s MDNA Tour. Enjoy a tarot card reading, a game of pendulum, and much more in this maze-like spooky space.
At 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday, W Hotel, on Lexington Ave., free.
[Arts] Ever been told you’re a really good singer, dancer, magician, dog trainer, head-spinner, or comedian? No? Who cares! You can still try your luck at being on national TV this weekend when America’s Got Talent holds auditions. You don’t really need a talent, just go for fun. Live a little.
At 8 a.m., Saturday-Sunday, Former Mercedes Benz of Manhattan, free.
[Film] Mario Montez (né René Rivera) took his screen name from Maria Montez, the B-movie siren who starred in numerous 1940s adventure fantasias, including Cobra Woman and White Savage, Technicolor extravaganzas that inspired budding filmmaker Jack Smith. In 1962, when Smith shot his underground classic Flaming Creatures, he cast Montez (using the nom de drag Dolores Flores) as a flamenco dancer with jet-black hair and eyes, gyrating veils, and a de rigueur rose clamped between teeth. Today and next Sunday see Montez (1935-2013) in Smith’s masterpiece, as well as in Andy Warhol’s Hedy and four other films by various directors, including Conrad Ventur, who was working on new projects with Montez when he passed away on September 26. – RB
At 7 p.m., Participant Inc., Lower East Side, free.
[Comedy] Josh Sharp (UCB) and Jo Firestone (Punderdome 3000, The NYC Inner Beauty Pageant) present the Artist is Watching, a new series in which audience participation is required. “The first show of this series is an audience-cast Beyonce jukebox musical written by a yet-to-be-revealed playwright. The musical is called Pussy to the Sky.” Hopefully Beyonce won’t be watching.
At 7:30 p.m., Glasslands, Williamsburg, $10.