This whole blood moon brouhaha is throwing our mental state for a loop, so we’re planning on taking it easy this week with some light social activities. You still with us? All right then! HousingWorks Bookstore celebrates first-time published female authors (including Voice alum Jen Doll) with a panel tonight and a poetry reading on Thursday. Tomorrow, Videology pays homage to Freaks and Geeks by screening two episodes and hosting a trivia night. You best start cramming now. This plus much more (nothing super intense, we promise).
Tuesday, April 15
[Film] This Is Not a Dream is a documentary about artists’ D.I.Y. approach to moving image technology. Telling the story of playful and political uses of the camera — from early portable video recorders to contemporary camera phones — the film is accompanied by specially commissioned video works by acclaimed London drag star Dickie Beau. At 6 p.m., Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, free.
[Lit] Housing Works Bookstore celebrates six female writers who have all published their first book. The Debutantes: Six Women Writers Discuss First-Time Publishing welcomes former Voice writer Jen Doll (Save the Date), Kathleen Hale (No One Else Can Have You), Ariel Lawhon (The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress), Lindsey J. Palmer (Pretty in Ink), Susan Rieger (The Divorce Papers), and Helen Wan (The Partner Track). Liz Egan, Books Editor at Glamour, moderates. At 7, HousingWorks Bookstore, free.
[Talk] The Stoop Series program features discussions with three of Brooklyn’s leading figures in hip-hop: Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival producer Wes Jackson, solo artist and Black Star co-founder Talib Kweli, and author and filmmaker Nelson George. The trio discuss how the scene has developed and where it’s headed. Immediately following, there will be a meet-and-greet with the panelists and a signing of George’s The Hippest Trip in America, an authoritative history of the groundbreaking syndicated television show Soul Train. At 7 p.m., BRIC Arts Media House, Brooklyn, free.
[Comedy] Jo Firestone hosts Bullsh*t History, a game show where you make up lies about little-known historical events, and audience members get to vote on whose lies they believe, even slightly. We can spot a good bullshitter miles away … well, maybe. We’ll find out tonight. At 9 p.m., Freddy’s Bar & Backroom, Brooklyn, free.
Wednesday, April 16
[Art] Artist Dan Witz has painted mosh pits for more than a decade, and his latest work opened on April 5 at a solo exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in Chelsea. “NY Hardcore,” which runs through May 3, is a testament to the enduring popularity of the genre. The music dates back to the late ’70s and ’80s, but can still be heard today at clubs like Revolution on Long Island and Saint Vitus and The Acheron in Brooklyn. Read more here: “Mosh Pit Paintings Capture the ‘Barbaric Yawp” of New York Hardcore.” –Keegan Hamilton. At 11 a.m., Jonathan LeVine Gallery, free.
[Trivia] We shudder to think how much less joyful our days would be if Seth Rogen and James Franco never met. Thankfully, one incredible season of Freaks and Geeks brought them together. And tonight, Videology pays respect to this cult-classic of a teen sitcom with Freaks and Geeks Bingo, which includes screening two of the last episodes, while players put a chip down whenever a character makes a Star Wars reference or ditches school, among other events. Treats of the kind you might find in the school cafeteria are promised. At 8:30 p.m., Videology, Brooklyn, free.
[Talk] Lost And Found Show host Daniel Guzman gathers authors, bloggers, comedians, and performers to share fiction and nonfiction tales. Expect hard-hitting exposés about film school, New York accents, strange journeys, public streaking, and evil llamas, plus trivia and free movie passes courtesy of Angelika Film Center. Tonight features Michael Sutton, Heather Quinlan, Nicole Dellert, Carly Ann Filbin, and Larry Desgaines. At 7 p.m., (Le) Poisson Rouge, free.
Thursday, April 17
[Art] Robert Rauschenberg: Hoarfrost Editions 1974 features a survey of Robert Rauschenberg’s “Hoarfrost Editions” prints and collages on gossamer silk satin and chiffon. These eight multiples were published in 1974 by Gemini G.E.L. in the Los Angeles-based artists’ workshop. This is the first time all eight have been exhibited together. At 10 a.m., Gemini at Joni Moisant Weyl, free.
[Performance Art] Y Gallery presents a series of performances by Noritoshi Hirakawa, Juan Betancurth, Shay Arick, Larry Littany Litt, Kyle Haddad Welch, and Jano Cortijo, which “focus on investigating how human activity forms the culture in which we live.” The opening reception is on Tuesday at 7 p.m., and each performance this week begins begins at 7 p.m., except Sunday’s, which begins at 6 p.m. Y Gallery, free.
[Poetry] Tonight is the first-ever Saltonstall reading in New York City. Poets featured tonight include alums Judith Baumel, Jaime Shearn Coan, Jay Deshpande, Robin Beth Schaer, and Ocean Vuong. The Saltonstall Arts Colony serves literary and visual artists of New York state with juried summer residencies and subsidized retreat space in two contemporary buildings near Ithaca. At 7 p.m., HousingWorks Bookstore, free.