National Poetry Month wraps up this week and it would be a travesty to not attend our “Free Verse” poetry night event tonight at KGB’s Red Room in the East Village. Also this week, Rome-based artist Gonzalo Orquin re-creates a show that was intended to be exhibited at a private gallery in Rome but was never seen because authorities at the Vatican threatened legal action against him due to the content of the images. This plus much more.
Tuesday, April 29
[Film] Genius, addict, confirmed bachelor: Sherlock Holmes can be an enigma. Fortunately, Sherlock Holmes Debunked, tonight’s double feature at the Film Society, promises a deeper look into the hero’s psyche — quite literally, in the case of Herbert Ross’s The Seven Per-Cent Solution, in which Holmes (Nicol Williamson) joins forces with proto-profiler Sigmund Freud (Alan Arkin). Next, Billy Wilder’s The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes finds the aloof detective (Robert Stephens) on the trail of an amnesiac woman’s missing husband, but has he overlooked something important? The Loch Ness Monster co-stars. —Richard Gehr. At 6:30 p.m., Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, $9-$13.
[Poetry] In honor of National Poetry Month, the Voice asked none other than former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins to gather a few of his favorite New York poets to submit previously unpublished work to our poetry issue. Today, many of them gather for a veritable all-star poetry night at the Red Room at KGB. On the program are David Lehman, Joshua Mehigan, Suzanne Cleary, Donna Masini, Edward Hirsch, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Tom Sleigh, and John Allman. Get a taste of what’s in store this evening by calling our Dial-A-Poem service at 347-618-6376. —Angela Ashman. At 7 p.m., KGB Bar’s Red Room, free.
Wednesday, April 30
[Art] A site-specific installation by Rome-based artist Gonzalo Orquin. This installation re-creates the artist’s exhibit that was intended for a private gallery in Rome in late 2013. However, “Sí, quiero” was never seen: Authorities at the Vatican objected to the original photographs and threatened legal action against the gallery. The Vatican claimed the images showed “expressions of affection that do not belong in a place of worship.” The Leslie-Lohman Museum installation will be on visible from the street in the Wooster Street Window Gallery 24 hours a day. Museum opens at noon, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, free.
[Art] She may be 78, but Ultra Violet, an heiress from France who became Salvador Dalí’s muse and a Warhol Superstar, hasn’t dimmed a bit. Just in time for the Factory’s 50th anniversary, “Ultra Violet: The Studio Recreated” brings together the contents of her Chelsea studio, including paintings, prints, sculptures, neon works, and photos of her with her many famous friends. You’ll also find books, tape recordings, and films, including her early film Last Supper, which screened at the Kitchen in 1972, and her more recent Self Portraits (2004). —Angela Ashman. Gallery opens at 10 a.m., Dillon Gallery, free.
[Comedy] Grounds for Divorce, featuring James Coker, Jerry Miller, Julie Sharbutt, Langston Belton, Michael Greene, Shaina Stigler, and Tim Racine, specializes in material that tests the bonds of marriage. At 7:30 p.m., The Peoples Improv Theater, free.
Thursday, May 1
[Art] The International Weird Collage Show is a traveling exhibition featuring 32 artists from 10 countries that brings its eighth edition and U.S. debut to Brooklyn’s The Invisible Dog Art Center. This show, which started in Madrid in 2011, re-examines this often misunderstood medium with an interactive exhibition of stunning experimental collage works, inspirational artist talks and a live collage round table featuring many of today’s most influential artist that specialize in this form of art. Gallery opens at 1 p.m., Invisible Dog Gallery, Brooklyn, free.
[Dance] Topologie, the opening salvo in DANSE, an 18-day, multi-venue celebration of “French-American performance and ideas,” is both free and peripatetic. Les gens d’Uterpan, Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet, provoke “the conditions for a new reflection on the different methods of representation, production and interpretation of dance,” not to mention the relation of performers to spectators. Five local dancers follow five distinct itineraries through the streets of Long Island City, analyzing the identity, characteristics, and construction of their individual territories, accompanied by a sound score played over streaming radio and at the Chocolate Factory, where you can pick up a map of the itineraries they’re charting. On closing day from 5 to 6, discuss the whole project with Vigier, Apertet, sound designer Nicolas Martz, and the CF’s Sheila Lewandowski at Brooklyn’s Invisible Dog Art Center. —Elizabeth Zimmer. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Chocolate Factory Theater, Queens, free.
[Fashion] Join Only Hearts and designer Helena Stuart to celebrate the launch of their new ready-to-wear collection, Piece of My Heart, which coincides with the brand’s 35th anniversary. As with the Only Hearts brand, the new line will be ethically made, produced and distributed in New York City’s Garment District. The fashion show will also include champagne and treats from Vosges Chocolates. At 6:30 p.m., Only Hearts, free.
[Lit] In Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest, writer (and Voice alum) Jen Doll wittily recalls the onslaught of emotions — and drunken incidents — that come with attending a wedding. Tonight, as we celebrate the launch of her new memoir, her writer pals including Rembert Browne (Grantland), Katie Heaney (Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date), Maris Kreizman (Slaughterhouse 90210), Maureen O’Connor (New York magazine), and former Voice writers Camille Dodero (Spin) and Nick Greene (Mental Floss) also recount their own horrid (or happy) tales as wedding guests. Of course, every wedding event involves a DJ, so Jason Diamond provides the tunes. At 7 p.m., Housing Works Bookstore, free.
[Talk] Tonight’s panel The Art of Feeling: Contemporary Arts Writing and the Internet looks at how rapid changes in technology have helped to increase and nurture arts writing that is personal, political, and accessible. Hosted by the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, the panel examines how feminism and feelings intersect with Internet-based writing about the arts. Writer Alexis Clements moderates a discussion among writers Gabby Bess, Kareem Estefan, Mira Schor, and An Xiao. At 7 p.m., Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, free.