Voice film critics ask: “Do the Oscars really even matter, guys?“, to which we say: a million times, yes! Well, they do to those of us tuning in on Sunday night. We’ve listed a couple of free Oscar night viewing parties, including at the Maysles Cinema, in Harlem, and at Videology, in Williamsburg. But before that catch Sarah Jessica Parker selling shoes at a Nordstrom pop-up shop on West Broadway, and an opening reception for fine art photographer Matthew Morrocco at TEMP Art Space in TriBeCa.
Friday, February 28
[Shopping] You don’t need to be a fan of Sex and the City to appreciate Sarah Jessica Parker‘s incredible sense of fashion…although it sure doesn’t hurt. Today the stylish actress launches her shoe collection, with Nordstrom, and if Carrie Bradshaw, err…Parker, taught us anything is that men she “may not know. But shoes — shoes!” she knows. The lovely thespian/fashion icon will be on hand today, through the weekend, at the pop-up shop so be aware that this event will be an utter clusterfuck, but very worthwhile if you’re a shoe enthusiast. Opens at 10 a.m., through Sunday, Nordstrom Pop-Up Shop, TriBeCa, free (to attend, not the actual shoes!).
[Art] Jason Andrew and Norte Maar bring back the late-night art walk in Bushwick with the tenth issue of Beat Nite featuring 10 art spaces selected by guest curator Austin Thomas, owner of Pocket Utopia. Click here to download the Beat Night map. Stick around for the after-party. At 6 p.m., Norte Maar (host space), Bushwick, free.
[Talk] Inspired by Wendy Perron’s new book Through the Eyes of a Dancer, tonight’s A Discussion About Dancers Who Write dives into dance and how that writing is influenced by being a dancer. Perron is joined on the panel by Siobhan Burke, dance critic for The New York Times, choreographer/writer Mark Dendy, and Sascha Radetsky, writer and soloist with ABT. At 8 p.m., Steps on Broadway, Upper West Side, $10.
Saturday’s on the next page!
Saturday, March 1
[Art] “Out to See” is a weekend-long art walk where visitors will be treated to a diverse array of work from local artists, which will be shown at 17 venues across the South Street Seaport. Participating venues include stores and restaurants like Fresh Salt, Pasanella & Son, Nelson Blue, Keg 229, Barbalu and more. Featured artists include sculptor Jonathan Durham, Mark Gagnon, and more. Entertainment will also be provided, with music from Django Voris and others. At 11 a.m., Saturday-Sunday, South Street Seaport, free.
[Art] “The Portrait Series” consists of photographs by artist Matthew Morrocco, who is currently pursuing an MFA at Columbia University. His work examines the tension between sexuality and intimacy, and his subjects are not models. “I meet them in the grocery store, on the subway, out on the street. I photograph mostly in their homes. This setting lends itself to an important intimacy and personal experience that I capture in my photographs. I meet, spend time with, photograph, and enjoy the company of strangers all in the hopes of elucidating the unique characteristics of homosexual intimacy,” Morrocco states. Opening reception at 7 p.m., TEMP Art Space, TriBeCa, free.
[Party] DJ D’marquesina and Rico Suave (Marcelo C), masters of mixing tropical, pop, and rock, are battling it out once again, but who will come out on top? There’s only one way to find out…and that’s on the dance floor. Fontana’s will be serving free vodka from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., so come early. At 10 p.m., Fontana’s Basement, Lower East Side, $5 before 12am, $10 after.
Here’s a sample of what you can expect:
Sunday, March 2
[Trivia] The fourth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones doesn’t premiere until April 6, but those familiar with the lands and legends of Westeros and Essos have already found their way to Over the Eight in Williamsburg. Every second Sunday since January, Thrones aficionados have gathered for a trivia tournament as epic as George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series. The competition is organized by Thrones ultra-nerds Upjumped Sellswords, and features five-person teams with cheeky names like Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things vying for bar discounts and a mystery grand prize by answering obscure questions about Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books. TV-only fans should be wary of spoilers, and though the live event lacks the show’s signature mix of gratuitous nudity and violence, the atmosphere is reportedly lively, with craft beer and cocktails offered at happy hour prices throughout the night. -KH. At 6 p.m., Over the Eight, Brooklyn, free.
[Oscars] Videology is rolling out the red carpet for their 86th Academy Awards Viewing Party, serving special Oscar themed drinks, and passing out Oscar ballots for awesome prizes. They advice to have your acceptance speech ready in advance just in case you go home with the top prize. Avoid getting stuck sitting on the steps, as these events do tend to get very crowded, so reserve your seat in advance, which gets you a complimentary glass of champagne, for only ten bucks! At 6 p.m., Videology, Williamsburg, free/$10.
[Oscars] Maysles Cinema is hosting a Viewing Party for the 86th Academy Awards in their main screening room as well as their downstairs lounge. Also, as always, Maysles Cinema will be providing unlimited refills of organic popcorn. At 7 p.m., Maysles Cinema, Harlem, free.