New York City is gearing up for Super Bowl weekend, and festivities are underway this week to celebrate the big game. Parts of Time Square will be closed off to traffic to make way for Super Bowl celebrations, plus Latino pop star and Bronx native Prince Royce performs a free concert in Bryant Park. If you’re not into Super Bowl fun, we’ve got plenty of other things to keep you busy. How about a round of Never Have I Ever? Come on, don’t be shy.
[Art] Taymour Grahne Gallery presents “‘Kesh Angels,” the first U.S. solo exhibition by Moroccan-born, U.K.-based artist Hassan Hajjaj. “‘Kesh Angels” presents a unique take on the vibrant street culture of Morocco and pays tribute to the biker culture of the young women of Marrakesh in a series of photographs, limited edition objects, video, and an installation.
At 6 p.m., Taymour Grahne Gallery, free.
[Lit] Tonight, arts and entertainment scribes Alan Light (The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah”), Glenn Kenny (rogerebert.com, Anatomy of an Actor: Robert De Niro, out in May), and Rob Sheffield (Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke) discuss Pop Culture Phenomena and what it takes to turn a song into a hit, a musician into an icon, and movie into a classic, among other things. And they should know, they’re experts!
At 7 p.m., WORD, Brooklyn, free.
[Dance] Tonight’s dance performance takes a look back at some of the important and compelling pieces that display Rennie Harris Puremovement‘s well-earned reputation for capturing the fierce urban spirit of hip-hop. The program highlights are an excerpt from the multi-award-winning Rome and Jewels and P-Funk, which begins with four dancers b-boying, locking, and popping.
At 7:30 p.m., Joyce Theater, tickets start at $10.
[Comedy] Bobby Phobia (sideshow performer and pro wrestling manager), comedian Dan Soder, and Mike Edison (High Times), and “Top Shelf” Troy Nelson (independent professional wrestler) gather to discuss all things wrestling at tonight’s new monthly series: Wrestling Mania: The Best of the Worst of Pro Wrestling.
At 7:30 p.m., Union Hall, Brooklyn, $6.
[Super Bowl] As hosts of this year’s Super Bowl New York City is going all out. For four days, Times Square will be Super Bowl central with a festival spanning 13 blocks. Regardless if you’re rooting for the Denver Broncos or the Seattle Seahawks, you can partake in a toboggan run, a field experience at the NFL Play 60 tent, the Xbox One Tailgaming Zone, and much more. Musical guests include performances by the Bacon Brothers, Broadway star Michael Cavanaugh, the New Jersey Youth Choir, and Blondie. NFL greats in attendance include DeSean Jackson, Matt Forte, and Antonio Cromartie.
At noon, Times Square, free.
[Lit] Playing a round of Never Have I Ever will definitely reveal your most outrages secrets, and probably get you drunk. We’re not sure how tonight’s Never Have I Ever: Stories of Dating Droughts, Disasters, and More will turn out, but it will undoubtedly be lots of fun. Featuring stories on the total agony and creeping insanity of dating with Meredith Haggerty (How About We), Rebecca Harrington (Penelope), Tim Manley (Alice in Tumblr-land), Paul Laudiero (Shit Rough Drafts), Jenna Wortham (the New York Times), Katie Heaney (Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date), and MC Chiara Atik (Modern Dating: A Field Guide).
At 7, Housing Works, free.
[Art] “SPACE | DIVIDED” is an exhibition of conscious and unconscious separations featuring work by four local artists and photographers: “Artists draw lines in the sand as they explore the aesthetic and psychological power of split space.”
At 8 p.m., Con Artist Gallery, free.
[Art] Exit Room is organizing a series of short exhibitions to run in tandem with their regular exhibition program. The series is called “Exit Room Tracks,” and each show consists of an exhibition lasting between 12 and 15 days. Track 1, which opens tonight, features 17 artists as well as a live musical performance by Mike Larry Draw and 86 SUPREME.
At 6 p.m., Exit Room, Brooklyn, free.
[Super Bowl/ Music] Bachata and Latin pop superstar Prince Royce plays a special free concert tonight at Bryant Park. The performance by the Bronx native happens in conjunction with the Super Bowl. Tickets will be available online on a first-come, first-serve basis.
At 7:30 p.m., Bryant Park, free.
[Film] Although The Perfect Week, a short film starring Rodney McMahon and Stephen Whalen, hasn’t officially premiered, tonight you’re invited to a special screening of the movie along with other short films. The Perfect Week, which has “good plots about breakfast specials and drinking chemicals in a tone so dry you’ll want a Gatorade afterward” also features John Wyatt Haskell (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), Arthur Meyer (Late Night With Jimmy Fallon), Henry Zebrowski (Wolf of Wall Street), and more. Free chips and dip!
At 8 p.m., Littlefield, Brooklyn, $5.