This weekend is all about testing your boundaries and seeing what you’re truly made of. Experience what it’s really like to push yourself to the limit at an experimental art show, watch a bad actress make a deal with the devil, plus much more. Don’t be scared! Well, maybe a little.
[Art] This art show is about having the courage, nerve, and audacity to push yourself and your artwork to the next level. “Guts,” featuring work by Amanda Alfieri, Brent Birnbaum, Alberto Borea, Abigail Deville, George Ferrandi, Nate Hill, Irvin Morazan, William Powhida, and Letha Wilson, involves “loud, provocative action, handling of materials, or engagement with [the artists’] environments.” For example Ferrandi took her art to the subway and slept on strangers as way to “resculpt” the space between her body and someone else’s. Tonight’s opening includes new performances from Alfieri, Birnbaum, and Hill. Each performer will push the boundaries of their bodily presence — both virtual and literal — into potentially unacceptable social realms while at the same time challenging their historic predecessors.
At 6 p.m., Abrons Arts Center, free.
[Party] Each year since 2001, political activist, poet, writer, and original Real World cast member Kevin Powell hosts a Holiday Party and Clothing Drive for the Homeless. Tonight’s party features music by Berry & Company, DJ Herbert Holler, and Sophia Domeville, and is hosted by comedian Alex Carabano.
At 7 p.m., (Le) Poisson Rouge, free with the donation of clean, new or used coat, scarf, or gloves for homeless youth.
[Party] Mono No Aware VII is annual affair that unites film, dance, music, and art. The festival features the work of 25 international artists, all of whom will be in attendance. The party tonight includes a water/light installation and features performance art, guided meditation, and a video camera reading. Sounds intriguing.
At 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Light Space Studios, Brooklyn, free.
[Talk/Performance art] Tonight’s event at 3rd Space includes artist and writer Judith Sloan, along with writer and designer Warren Lehrer performing their work in progress YOMISS! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide. The performance fuses the art of theater, radio, and poetry. A Q&A with the artists follows.
At 7 p.m., Queens Council on the Arts, Queens, free.
[Shopping] This weekend, the Long Island City Flea and Food, which opened this summer, premieres its Holiday Market. The open air market, which runs through December 22, features more than 60 vendors per day, along with a visit from Santa, and, on Sundays, music by jazz group Dandy Wellington and His Band.
At 11 a.m., Saturday and Sunday, LIC Flea and Food, Queens, free.
[Dance] “Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1,” an exhibition that began in October and ends December 15, commemorates the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy through the arts. Tonight’s free performance is presented by Danspace Projects performing Precarious, Part Two: Day into Night, curated by Judy Hussie-Taylor with performances choreographed by Michelle Boule, Rebecca Brooks, Rebecca Davis, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Joanna Kotze, Cori Olinghouse, and Will Rawls. Day into Night is a series of simultaneous dances or “poems in space” responding to Sandy, to each other, to the vast architecture of the industrial space, and to the fading light at the end of day.
At 3 p.m., Industry City, Brooklyn, suggested $10 donation benefits The Rockaway Youth Task Force and The Artist Volunteer Center.
[Comedy] Tonight some of the funniest improvisers will be performing in The Curfew: Not From Around Here, in which the cast interviews an audience member about their hometown. Then they turn that town’s tourist attractions, landmarks, hangouts, local celebrities, urban legends, and more into a hilarious, fully improvised show. Let’s test their knowledge.
At 7:30 p.m., Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Chelsea, $10.
[Theater] “Acting is the life of the human soul receiving its birth through art,” declares the teacher in Richard Boleslavsky’s 1933 handbook, Acting: The First Six Lessons. Katherine Brook / Tele-Violet’s production (She Is King, Lady Han, American Realism), stages this important and controversial text as a fable about a bad actress’s deal with the devil, and the disturbing transformation that results.
At 2 p.m., NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing, Second Floor, free.
[Lit] Join n+1 and Paper Monument editors and contributors for an open house at BookCourt. The new winter issue, Good News; brand new small book No Regrets; and the long-awaited fourth issue of Paper Monument are all available for purchase.
At 2 p.m., BookCourt, Brooklyn, free.
[Games] What was the name of John Lennon’s first son, and what song was written about him? Lennon enthusiasts should fair pretty well at A Night of Beatles Trivia in Honor of John Lennon. Tonight, on the anniversary of Lennon’s death, reflect and honor his legacy through rounds of broad-themed questions about the ’60s and ’70s, Great Britain, pop music, and more. Naturally, there will be prizes.
At 8 p.m., The Bell House, Brooklyn, free.