A mass of freakazoids are taking over the streets of New York for the 10th anniversary of the Idiotarod race, and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it so you might as well join in on the fun. Also, the American Folk Art Museum opens “Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art,” their first fashion exhibition. Plus, there’s a ton more stuff going on this weekend — all for under 10 bucks.
[Lit] For the next three days Triple Canopy will host its third annual marathon reading of Gertrude Stein’s enormously long and allegedly unreadable novel The Making of Americans: Being a History of a Family’s Progress. New York-based artists, writers, publishers, scholars, and other collaborators will gather to perform the entirety of Stein’s text in a continuous read-in. There will be coffee and donuts during the dawn, and snacks from The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook reimagined by artists and writers, as well as a musical intermission by Bill Orcutt.
At 5 p.m., Triple Canopy, 155 Freeman Street, Greenpoint, free.
[Music/Art] The Cinesthesia Soundpainting Orchestra is a 7-piece ensemble working in a form of live-composing/conducted improv called “soundpainting”. It’s a great mixture of visuals and live music interacting with each other.
At 8 p.m., LaunchPad Art Space, Brooklyn, $5.
[Party] Tonight’s first Vs. themed party of 2014 brings together the music of Justin Timberlake and The Dream. Join hosts Judnikki and Kalani along with Four Color Zack and special guest DJ Treats upstairs at Santos Party House.
At 10 p.m., Santos Party House, TriBeCa, $10.
[Art] Luhring Augustine is hosting Visual AIDS “Postcards From the Edge“, a benefit that provides an opportunity for the public to purchase original pieces of postcard-sized artwork by both established and emerging artists for only $85 each. Each fall Visual AIDS calls on artists from around the world to donate a 4 x 6 inch piece of original artwork. Some of the artists participating this year includes Catherine Opie, Fred Wilson, Penelope Umbrico, Lawrence Weiner, among others. Admission to the Benefit Sale is first-come, first-served with the suggested donation of $5 on Saturday and Sunday.
At 10 a.m., Luhring Augustine, Chelsea, $5.
[Festival] The Brooklyn Botanic Garden winter pop-up festival, Illuminated, returns again this year with four days of fun for all ages. Some highlights include Urban Adventures: Storytelling with Javaka Steptoe and Scrap Sculpture with Artist Javaka Steptoe on Saturday, a light bright lounge, old-school New York films on Sunday, a glow-in-the-dark dance party, on Feb. 1, and yoga and a screening of cult classic The Little Fugitive (1953), on Feb. 2.
At 11 a.m., Brooklyn Botanical Garden, $10.
[Spectator] If you happen to see a swarm of goofy people dressed in weird outfits running for their lives with shopping carts please be aware that this is not the apocalypse, but rather the annual New York City Idiotarod. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event which brings teams of costume-clad participants with themed shopping carts together to race through the streets of our city. Although you’re too late to join in the actual race, you can, however, watch the madness from the sidelines, which is a complete riot. The location will be announced tonight, and we’ll update this post when the information is released.
At noon, Location: TBA, free.
[Art] Fashion has always found inspiration in unpredictable sources: art, life, history–there are no boundaries. In this spirit, the American Folk Art Museum explores the relationship between inspiration and creation with the exhibition “Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art.” Thirteen established and emerging designers have created original ensembles inspired by artwork in the museum’s collection. Some of the designers featured in this incredible exhibition include Pattern Chadwick Bell, Fabio Costa, Catherine Malandrino, threeASFOUR, Creatures of the Wind, and Bibhu Mohapatra.
At noon, American Folk Art Museum, Upper West Side, free.
[Lit] Author Ransom Riggs releases Hollow City, the sequel to the bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Complete with entirely new vintage photographs Hollow City opens with Jacob trying to reach London before it’s too late, and the children hope to find a cure for their beloved Miss Peregrine, who is still trapped in bird form.
At 5 p.m., Powerhouse Arena, DUMBO, free.
[Comedy] Happy Karaoke Fun Time! is a musically improvised show where Improv and Karaoke come together (obviously) to create a world in which scenes explode into popular songs you’ll recognize (but lyrics you won’t)…made up entirely on the spot. Instead of a band to accompany the improvisers, there’ll be a DJ spinning karaoke tracks.
At 8 p.m., The People’s Improv Theater, $8.