Did we say it's our annual double issue disappear-into-festival-land last week? Because it's really this week. Next list email won't be until Sep 8.
Some really unfortunate news first: we are heartbroken to tell you that our Gilded Age Garden Party has been canceled due to a disagreement between our venue and the town of Nyack.
We are refunding all sales, and instead reviving last year's hit Victorian Banquet and Ball at the historical Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden on Sat, Oct 7. We'll bring in as much of our original Garden Party plan as we can, including the food and the orchestra. Original ticket holders should check their email for a $10 off discount code, too. We're so sorry we can't do our original event, but we hope you can join us for a candlelit banquet in a secret ballroom in midtown. Full invite follows.
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
Game of Thrones
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$10 sugg donation, cash bar
Gemini and Scorpio
cordially invite you to
The Grand Victorian Banquet and Ball
Saturday, Oct 7, Banquet: 7-9pm; Ball 9pm-1am
Admission: $95 for both; $45 ball only
at the historical Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 E 61st St
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Join us as we travel back in time to the turn of the century, to an elegant country resort a short carriage ride away from the hustle and bustle of the city (which at that time extended only as far north as 14th Street).
We will begin the night with an informal reception, where banquet guests can enjoy delightful spiced punch and a guided tour through the garden and beautifully preserved mansion. At 8pm, we open the doors to the secret candlelit ballroom and invite you to a lavish and historically accurate banquet, featuring multiple courses and wine. The meal will be accompanied by a short lecture on Victorian dining and the featured dishes from our chef and historical cooking expert Rebecca Leigh Silverman.
Ball-only guests can arrive at 9pm for their own reception, house and grounds tours. At 10pm, Retro Remix Orchestra kicks off the ball, and we all twirl in candlelight until 2am.
Entertainment and activities:
- Retro Remix Orchestra - classic songs and current pop hits performed in orchestral, hot jazz and swing arrangements - At 8:30 and 9:30pm: Edwardian fashion presentations with historical costumer John W. Richardson of As They Sew in France. Topics: Morning to evening in Edwardian dress / The rise & fall of the bustle - Hand-drawn fashion illustrations of guests by Anastasios Taso Megaris - Victorian parlor and card games played with authentic decks from mid-1800s through early 1900s - DIY amusements from turn-of-century books
1800s through 1919 ballroom, formal or military (for men)--or as close as you can get with modern formal. Men: tuxes or tails. Ladies: corsets and long gowns. Costume inspiration Pinterest board (not ours): http://bit.ly/1WvlVyB - and ours for banquet/ball/tea research: http://bit.ly/29n5fZm
About our chef:
Culinary historian Rebecca Leigh Silverman has over 20 years experience working in living history museums as an historic culinary expert. She specializes in period hearthside cooking and libations. When not cooking in the past, she's a Brooklyn based bartender, trying odd old recipes out on her modern day customers and talking about the perfect sazerac.
About our venue:
Constructed in 1799 as a carriage house for a 23-acre estate, and converted into the Mount Vernon Hotel in 1826, this stone building sits on land originally owned by Colonel William Stephens Smith, and his wife Abigail Adams Smith, daughter of John Adams. The hotel operated until 1833, at which point the house became the home for three generations of a New York City family.
WEEKEND + WEEK 8/25 - 8/31
FEST: Brooklyn Comedy Festival
The Festival was created to celebrate the scene and to give every level of performer a chance to shine on Brooklyns many stages. Each year, the festival showcases both established and up-and-coming performers from every realm of comedy, including sketch, standup, improv, podcasts, and film. In addition to shows, there are panel discussions and after parties throughout Brooklyn hosted by local and national sponsors. (Fri-Sun, multiple locations, BK, see site for details, $10-$30)
FEST: AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2017
Enjoy food and drink, art, the Spinthrift Market, the Battle for the Streets Skate Competition, and lineup of incredible music. Lineup includes a specially curated Saint Heron stage featuring Sampha, Thundercat, Sinkane and KING, plus a stage curated by Kaytranada featuring Kaytranada, NAO, Sango, and J Rocc & Karriem Riggins. Also, do not miss Gary Clark Jr, Michael Kiwanuka, SZA, Willow Smith, Macy Gray, Dizzee Rascal!, Soul II Soul, Little Simz, Protoje, Princess Nokia, Kevin Abstract, The Cool Kids, Sam Dew, Son Little, serpentwithfeet, Leikeli47, BLITZ the AMBASSADOR, Shabaka & The Ancestors, Junior Astronomers, The Skins & Pure Disgust. (Sat/Sun, Commodore Barry Park, 175 Divison, BK, see site for details, $55-$250)
FILM: The Dark Crystal
http://www.movingimage.us/visit/calendar/2017/08/26/detail/the-dark-crystal-in-70mm Dirs. Jim Henson, Frank Oz. 1982, 93 mins. 70mm. On a remote planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, to restore order to his world. Using a mix of puppetry, animatronics, modern special effects, and more, The Dark Crystal creates a sense of visual astonishment rarely equaled in fantasy filmmaking. (Sat/Sun, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, QNS, 1pm, $15)
THEATER: Tiny Hornets, or, It Didnt Have To Come To This
A musical folkloric spectacle by The Drunkard's Wife. You are invited to experience the folk ways, mores, and lores of the village of It Didnt Have To Come To This, a timeless place that will manifest in a secret garden for a few weeks at the end of this summer. You will witness the folk at work and at play, dancing their authentic dances, and singing their traditional songs. You will get a chance to fondle their handicrafts, sample their foodstuffs and cordials, and participate in their celebrations. Guided by an intrepid Ethnographer, you will meet many fascinating village types, including Essie, a young girl who longs for a taste of something more... flesh. (Sat/Sun/Thu, this week and next, 389 Melrose St, BK, 7:30pm, $12)
THEATER: Sword of the Unicorn
http://www.dreamupfestival.org/SHOW1718-Sword.html The critically acclaimed, Philadephia Fringe show is coming to NYC. Come and see the adventure of a life time. Claim the sword and slay the dragon. Dinosaurs, aliens, and bears oh my! The dark dragon rules over the cosmos. Travel through space, fight mythical beasts, and claim the weapon of ultimate power. This scifi fantasy epic will compel you in ways you never felt possible. Will Sebastian be able to come out to his father? Can he overcome toxic masculinity in this corrupt world? Only one way to find out. (Sun/Wed/Thu, this week and next, Theater for the New City, 155 1st Ave, see site for details, $18)
BURLESQUE: The Schlep Sisters' Bat Mitzvah Party http://www.coneyisland.com/event/batb82517 The Schlep Sisters have been schlepping around the globe for 13 years and have reached Burlesque Adulthood! Join them as they transition into Full Grown Blooming Beauties and are celebrated with a glorious cast of international entertainment. Starring The Schlep Sisters - Minnie Tonka & Darlinda Just Darlinda. Their Rabbi: Fancy Feast. Entertainment:, Legs Malone, GiGi La Femme, 2 To Fly, Joshua Dean, Benjamin Franklin, Calamity Chang, Kismet Katie. (Coney Island, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 10pm, $15)
FEST: Indonesian Street Festival 2017
https://www.facebook.com/events/1983429375220605 Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the largest archipelago on earth. "The Spice Islands" will be this year theme, in conjunction with 350 Years of Breda Treaty between England and Netherland that concluded "The Publication of the Peace between England and the United Netherland". Eat, play and love in this festival as our food vendors will bring authentic Indonesian cuisines from across the archipelago, various workshops and entertainment as well as door prizes all afternoon for everyone enjoyment. (KJRI New York, 5 East 68th St, 12pm-5pm, FREE)
PARTICIPATORY: Prospect Park Picnic Burn 2017 https://www.facebook.com/events/1895888973964749 You don't have to fly across the country and plan for 3 months to be with people you enjoy. Bring food and gifts to share. Do not bring marked bottles. If anybody would like to perform something, teach a class or workshop, have a "theme" blanket, message the host. There Blankets: Pura Vida - day time tunes all day, Birthday Blanket - bring all your gifts. Participate in the sound sanctuary workshop, an exercise involving pranic breathing and yogic movements infused with the vocal tones from the human body , followed by Pura Vida - DIY non appropriative feather hair accessory class. Enjoy Sunset Yoga and the Temple of Change (if the park rangers don't tell us to take it down). (Peninsula in Prospect Park, BK, 2pm-9pm, FREE)
BURLESQUE: Notice Me Senpai! A Burlesque Tribute to Anime https://www.facebook.com/events/810096929153280 Hosted by Iris Explosion the show will include performances by Sugar Mamasota, Esmerelda May, Mx Macabre, Cherry E. Valentine, Ms. Mitsuki E., and making his D20 Burlesque debut, J.J. Sparks. With go-go by Kaoru Matsuoka and DJ Lee VaLone Drag keeping our toes tapping throughout the show. (The Parkside Lounge, 317 E Houston St, 7pm-9:15pm, $15-$100, 21+)
VARIETY: Filthy Pony
A night to indulge in the weird and wild. Come experience the darker side of high flying aerial acrobatics, grotesque burlesque, creepy contortion and some of the sexiest pole dancers NYC has to offer. Featuring: Blaine Petrovia Ariel Iasevoli, Pixel Chick, Fibi eyewalker, Mariana J. Plick, Susana Botero Marin, Madea, Tehera Nesfield. (Secret Loft, address with tix purchase, 8pm doors/8:30pm show, $15-$25)
EVENT: SalON!: RIP (for now)
https://www.facebook.com/events/165873740626198 It's Title:Point's monthly array of sights and delights, but celebrating the 3 yr anniversary and the final SalON!. This is an economy of magic, folks -- good fortune and good fun await. We are here to fill the pockets of your mind with wealths of theater, story, image, information, knowledge, sound and nightmare. Featuring: Title:Point, Peter Mills Weiss, Walter Wlodarczyk, Blake Bolan, Boom Bat Gesture, Harold Lehmann, G.J. Dowding, Emilyn Kowaleski, Julia Mounsey, Wendy Carlos Williams, Emily Calderalo, Dan Howell, David Pym, Mia Schachter, Nick Walther, Laura Ornella, Adam Endres, Sophie Weisskoff, Cameron Kelly, Jaime Wright, and more. Hosted by CATFOX . Curated by Theresa Buchheister, Catrin Lloyd-Bollard, and Peter Mills Weiss. (Vital Joint, 109 Meserole St, BK, 8pm-11:55pm, $7-$10 sliding scale)
FILM/MUSIC: Metropolis with live score by Reel Orchestrette https://www.filmnoircinema.com/program/2017/8/26/metropolis-with-live-music-by-reel-orchestrette This influential German science-fiction film presents a highly stylized futuristic city where a beautiful and cultured utopia exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers. When the privileged youth Freder (Gustav Fröhlich) discovers the grim scene under the city, he becomes intent on helping the workers. He befriends the rebellious teacher Maria (Brigitte Helm), but this puts him at odds with his authoritative father, leading to greater conflict. With Geoff Gersh - Guitar, and Bradford Reed - Pencilina->modular synthesizer, playing a live score to Fritz Lang's 1927 Classic with an extra 25 mins of lost footage. (Film Noir Cinema, 122 Meserole Ave, BK, 9pm, $20)
FEST: Battle of Brooklyn: Commemoration http://www.green-wood.com/event/battle-of-brooklyn-commemoration-2017/ The Battle of Brooklyn, fought in 1776 on land that is now a part of Green-Wood, was the first battle of the American Revolution to be waged after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Green-Wood hosts a morning of commemoration to honor all those who served to defend the young Republic. See parades, cannon fire, horses, and re-enactments. (Greenwood Cemetery, 5th Ave & 25th St, BK, 11am-3pm, FREE)
FEST: The Kawaii Society's Mermaid Summer Send-Off https://www.facebook.com/events/292964631175501 The end of summer is nearing and what better way to party mermaid style. Mermaid attire is not required, but we will be creating a mermaid atmosphere. In celebration of Japanese pop culture enjoy live music, a maid cafe, vendors and more. All ages are welcome. Visit the lounge area to meet local talented artists who create exclusive kawaii merch. Our main stage area will be home to Candyholic Café, The Kawaii Society's original maid cafe. Enjoy being served adorable food and drinks as from our lovely maids who are so excited to meet you. We have our own kawaii cocktail menu as well as a too cute to eat dessert menu. Order food and drinks individually or experience extra moe girl goodness with our 3 tier dessert package or bottle service. (Lovecraft Bar NYC, 50 Ave B, 3pm-9pm, $10 plus 2 drink or 1 food min)
BURLESQUE: Wheels on Fire take Bushwick! https://www.facebook.com/events/344579845996774 The Wheels on Fire tour is thrilled to join fellow NOLA-based producers and performers Tsarina Hellfire and Jobydiah Hudson III for THE OLIO. The Olio features burlesque and variety performances to the live ragtime-style band The Slick Skillet Serenaders in this unique vaudeville-esque show. Burlesque by Tsarina Hellfire, Honey Tangerine, & Lefty Lucy, plus Darlinda Just Darlinda. Stick around after the show for a vintage dance party as the band plays on so you can shimmy the night away. (BIZARRE Bushwick, 12 Jefferson St, BK, 9pm-2am, $10 sugg don)
VARIETY: It's 2 Damn Hot! The two year Beef Show Anniversary Party https://www.facebook.com/events/258486241323552 Come celebrate the two year anniversary with your host and producer- The Reverend Mr. Lee VaLone Velour. Featuring: Celia Foxglove (her birthday show), Clarence, Danny Brave, Dave, Devante Moore, DJ Cheesecake, Doll Body, Fox Squire, Freddie Love, JJ Sparks, Naz D. Diablo, Noctuas, Ragamuffin, Ray Valenz , Sugar Mamasota, Tommy Venus, Velvet Kensington, Vic Sin, Wang Newton, Worms, and more. (BIZARRE Bushwick, 12 Jefferson St, BK, 9:30pm door/10:15pm show, $10)
MUSIC: Speakeasy Streets Debut Show with Tipsy Oxcart and Mad Meg Speakeasy Streets is an eclectic mix of the old and new sounds. The band brings Swing and Gypsy Jazz from the Prohibition era, and infuses this with Hip Hop (and a punky edge). They appropriately bring the term, Gyp-Hop to the table. Tipsy Oxcart plays electric, sweaty, bumpin' Balkan music, channeling the spirit of 36 hour weddings to keep the crowds dancing until the sun comes up. Serving up originals and fresh, upbeat arrangements of urban dance tunes, the band deviously infuses the sounds of South-Eastern Europe with elements of jazz, funk, and more. Plus Mad Meg, master of Russian Urban Folk and Rock, and DJ Cristo and Friends. (The Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery, 8pm-12am, $10)
WEEKEND + WEEK 9/1 - 9/7
THEATER: Tiny Hornets, or, It Didnt Have To Come To This
A musical folkloric spectacle by The Drunkard's Wife. You are invited to experience the folk ways, mores, and lores of the village of It Didnt Have To Come To This, a timeless place that will manifest in a secret garden for a few weeks at the end of this summer. You will witness the folk at work and at play, dancing their authentic dances, and singing their traditional songs. You will get a chance to fondle their handicrafts, sample their foodstuffs and cordials, and participate in their celebrations. Guided by an intrepid Ethnographer, you will meet many fascinating village types, including Essie, a young girl who longs for a taste of something more... flesh. (Fri/Thu, this week and next, 389 Melrose St, BK, 7:30pm, $12)
THEATER: Sword of the Unicorn
http://www.dreamupfestival.org/SHOW1718-Sword.html The critically acclaimed, Philadephia Fringe show is coming to NYC. Come and see the adventure of a life time. Claim the sword and slay the dragon. Dinosaurs, aliens, and bears oh my! The dark dragon rules over the cosmos. Travel through space, fight mythical beasts, and claim the weapon of ultimate power. This scifi fantasy epic will compel you in ways you never felt possible. Will Sebastian be able to come out to his father? Can he overcome toxic masculinity in this corrupt world? Only one way to find out. (Fri-Sun, Theater for the New City, 155 1st Ave, see site for details, $18)
ART: Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
The event showcases fine artists and craft artisans from around the New York metropolitan area, the nation and the world. Attendees come from all over and are a cosmopolitan mix, including art lovers, tourists, faculty and students from the area's many schools and professionals such as interior designers. (Sat-Mon, this week and next, University Place, E 13th St, from Washington Square Park to NYU's Schwartz Plaza, 12pm-6pm, FREE)
BURLESQUE: Nasty Canasta presents: Unstripped Mysteries
Each year hundreds of men and women claim to have been abducted from their beds by UFOS. Were the abductees wearing pajamas, or something less? For decades the people of Scotland have reported sightings of a creature lurking deep below the murky waters of Loch Ness. What do these Scottish people have on beneath their kilts? In 1984, daring robbers cause over a quarter of a million pants to go missing. Where are those pants now? The Yeti fact or fiction, and does it wear boxers or briefs? Nasty Canasta leads a lineup stacked with talent on an investigative striptease journey of these and other mysteries. Join them and perhaps you may be able to help strip a mystery! (Littlefield, 635 Sackett St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $15 adv/$20 door/$25 VIP)
MUSIC: Scarlet Sails & Birdeatsbaby http://tickets.thecuttingroomnyc.com/event/1508296 What happens when a young musical rebel from a strict Russian background runs away to the Big Apple and meets the quintessential American drummer? Scarlet Sails - An emotion-infused sound that spans continents and cultures. Brian Viglione, who previously lent his drumming talents to The Dresden Dolls, Nine Inch Nails, and Violent Femmes, has found the perfect partner, musically and romantically, in his wife Olya when they met in 2013 at Bowery Electric in NYC. Combine Olya's passion and strong songwriting, with Brians avant-garde background and new additions of Mark Christopher Kohut (Michael T. & The Vanities, The Killing Floor) on guitar and Jesse Krakow (Shudder to Think, Nona & Hendryx) on bass, and the result is an evocative, all-out musical romp through raw grooves, rock attitude, and savvy, personal storytelling. (The Cutting Room 44 E 32nd St, 7pm doors/8pm-11pm show, $15 adv/$20 door plus $20 food & drink min, 21+)
VARIETY: Blunderland Variety Show: Cosmopolitan https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blunderland-variety-show-cosmopolitan-tickets-36746629157 Leave all expectations at the door and come be dazzled. This is not a show for the meek and they serve nothing mild on the stage. Come prepared for anything. With performances by: Julie Atlas Muz, Lady Rizo, Aurelia Thierree, The Evil Hate Monkey, Mouse, Olivia Porter, Fibi eyewalker and Jellyboy the Clown. (House of Yes, 2 Wycoff Ave, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $15-$20, 21+)
DJ: Work It To The Bone
https://www.facebook.com/events/157586758110283 The backroom is back. You are invited to jam the rhythm box: House, Bass, Jack, Acid, Groove. With DJ Dirtyfinger (Black Label, Gold Whistle) & Porkchop SSPS (Black Label, Excepter). (Mad Tropical, 236 Troutman St, BK, 10pm-4am, $TBD)
PARTICIPATORY: The 10th Annual Coney Island Beard And Moustache Competition http://www.coneyisland.com/event/beardmoustache9217 The strangest and most extravagant beards and moustaches descend upon Coney Island to see whose facial hair reigns supreme in the ONLY New York City competition. Join Adam RealMan and a panel of hirsute celebrity judges as they weed out the best whiskers in New York City and beyond. Winners will take home the much coveted Coney Island Fez and other great prizes. (Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, BK, 6pm regirstration/8pm competition, $20)
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PUPPETS: St. Ann's Warehouse Seeking Artists for 2018 Puppet Lab - Deadline 9/15 http://stannswarehouse.org/about-st-anns-warehouse/puppet-lab-2 The St. Ann's Warehouse Puppet Lab is a developmental laboratory for artists working within the medium of puppetry. Prior puppetry experience is not a requirement but proposals that seek to explore and push the boundaries of puppet theater are what the Lab is about. Collaborations between artists working in different fields are encouraged. The Lab culminates in Labapolooza!, a public presentation of the selected artists' works-in-progress, at St. Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
EXHIBIT: The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s https://www.cooperhewitt.org/channel/the-jazz-age The first major museum exhibition to focus on American taste during the creative explosion of the 1920s, The Jazz Age is a multi-media experience of more than 400 examples of interior design, industrial design, decorative art, jewelry, fashion, and architecture, as well as related music and film. Giving full expression to the decades diversity and dynamism, The Jazz Age defines the American spirit of the period. (thru 8/20, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 E 91st St, 10am-6pm, $16/FREE members)
FEST: Broadway Bound Festival
Affordable theatre is alive, well and living in NYCs eclectic and electric East Village. Productions run the gamut; delving deep LGBTQA relationships, living with cancer, surviving a hate crime and a dysfunctional past, becoming a parent, PTSD and suicide, a modern twist on a fairy tale, dealing with closeted skeletons and ghosts from the past, illegal immigration, Texas high school football, the Cuban fight for freedom and everything in between. A launching pad for regional, Off-Broadway and Broadway transfers, this fest is your chance to catch 20 curated new works as they make their world premieres. (thru 8/20, The Theatre at the 14th Street Y, 344 E 14th St, see site for details, $25 adv/$30 door)
ART: The Art Of Spider-Man
https://www.societyillustrators.org/exhibits/art-spider-man The first ever exhibition of original Spider-Man artwork by John Romita and other significant artists including Steve Ditko, Todd McFarlane, John Buscema, Ross Andru, Gil Kane, Ron Frenz, Keith Pollard, John Romita Jr. and others. (thru 8/26, The Museum of Illustration, 128 E 63rd St, see site for details, $15)
PUPPETS: A Real Boy
http://www.59e59.org/moreinfo.php?showid=293 The story of two puppets who adopt a human child. When the young boy starts growing strings, his kindergarten teacher takes it upon herself to save him. This satiric play explores life for those on the fringe of society and the tensions that arise when others try to fix their "problems." [G&S Note: use code Puppet59 for $20 tix] (thru 8/27, Tue-Sat 7:30pm/Sat 2:30pm/Sun 3:30pm, 59E59 Theaters, 59 E 59 St, $25)
SHOP: FAD Market Summer
Discover new creative makers and handcrafted goods at this roving fashion, art and design pop-up marketplace that moves seasonally to unique venues in the vibrant borough of Brooklyn. Over six weekends from June to August, more than 50 makers will showcase handcrafted art, jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, tableware and home furnishings. Rotating vendors and special activities. (thru 8/27, Sat/Sun, The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen St, BK, 11am-6pm, FREE)
FILM: See it Big series
http://www.movingimage.us/programs/2017/07/19/detail/see-it-big-70mm With its bright, vividly detailed images and its rich sound, a 70mm film print offers a great theatrical experience. This series includes a special preview screening of Christopher Nolans eagerly anticipated new movie, Dunkirk, in 70mm. The series also includes Stanley Kubricks 2001: A Space Odyssey, a brand new 70mm print of Lawrence of Arabia, and a variety of cinematic treats including Nolans astonishing and provocative Interstellar (which offers a timely reflection on climate change), Patton, The Dark Crystal, Pink Floyd: The Wall, and two exciting rarities, the Soviet films The Story of the Flaming Years and The Enchanted Desna, directed by Yulia Solntseva, an unsung heroine of Soviet cinema who was also the first woman to win Best Director at Cannes (for The Story of the Flaming Years). (thru 8/27, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, QNS, see site for details, $15)
FEST: Free Met Opera HD Festival: Il Barbiere di Siviglia http://www.metopera.org/user-information/summer-hd-festival The ninth Summer HD Festival features nine thrilling performances from the Mets Live in HD series of cinema transmissions. The festival offers more than 3,000 seats set up in front of the opera house each night. Baritone Peter Mattei stars as Figaro, the title barber of Seville, in Bartlett Shers uproarious production. Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez complete the star-studded bel canto cast. Seating is first come, first served. (thru 9/4, The Metropolitan Opera, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, 7:45pm-10:30pm, FREE)
FILM: Films on the Green 10th Anniversary http://frenchculture.org/film-tv-and-new-media/festivals/films-green-2017 In its landmark 10th year, the fest will present French cinema through the eyes of 10 guest curators and some of the most creative and compelling filmmakers, actors, and artists of our time: Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, James Ivory, Saul Williams, Isabella Rossellini, Wanda Sykes, Laurie Anderson, Matthew Weiner, Matías Piñeiro, and Amy Hargreaves. (thru 9/7, NYC parks, see site for details, FREE)
THEATER: Master and Margarita
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mikhail-bulgakovs-master-and-margarita-or-the-devil-comes-to-moscow-tickets-35681113170 This summer, acclaimed Russian director Aleksey Burago and The Russian Arts Theater and Studio proudly presents Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, adapted for the stage by Jean-Claude Van Itallie. Written in secrecy during the darkest period of Stalin's reign, this cult masterpiece is part love story, part phantasmagoria, and part biting satire. On a hot spring day, the Devil pays a visit to Moscow. His retinue includes a naked witch, a fanged assassin, a vodka swigging black cat, and a slew of other dazzling characters who soon wreak havoc among the cultural elite. But the Devil's mission quickly becomes entangled with the fate of the Master - a tortured writer who has turned his back on his former life and taken refuge inside a lunatic asylum - and his lover, Margarita, who decides to sell her soul to save him. (thru 9/9, Church of St Paul and St Andrew, 263 W 86th St, see site for details, $25)
FEST: The 8th Annual Dream Up Festival
Musical, comedy, drama, experimental, international, and more. With this festival, Theater for the New City (TNC), which customarily presents new work by local artists, opens itself up to theater from the country at large and to artists from overseas. TNC will present a lineup of wide-ranging and original theatrical visions embracing drama, poetry, music, and dance. (thru 9/17, Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave, see site for details, $12-$20)
PUPPETS: Flatrion Hex
A solo puppet performance that tells the story of Wylie Walker, a contract shaman who works for NYORG, a city in the middle of a swamp. Wylie uses his unusual talents to solve problems and do routine maintenance on the city's interweb biotechnology. Due to the haunted land and sentient mainframes, Wylie faces many occult adversaries. Storms constantly threaten to destroy NYORG, but a secret feature of the Flatiron building keeps the storms at bay, that is as long as the cloud-code is cracked and the correct?ritual procedure is followed. (thru 9/30, Tue-Sat 7pm/Fri 10:30pm, HERE, 145 Sixth Ave, $20)
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