Things to Do This Week on the Lower East Side
–The Metrograph independent cinema has teamed up with film critic Molly Haskell for an all-35mm series of Steven Spielberg’s films. They include: Empire of the Sun, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can and The Lost World: Jurassic Park. This coming Saturday at 2:30 p.m., Haskell will introduce Empire of the Sun and sign copies of her new book, Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2:30 p.m., Metrograph, 7 Ludlow St.. $15, website. Reserve your tickets and pick your seat in advance!
–The boundary-pushing American Realness Festival ends its week-long run at the Abrons Arts Center tomorrow (Tuesday) night. Among the closing performances: Mx. Oops /Wendell Cooper, a multimedia ritual using sound, meditation, urban dance, video projection and rap. Tuesday, Jan. 10, 8:30 p.m.. 460 Grand St., $20, website.
–This is your last week to catch Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest at the New Museum. The exhibition from the Swiss artist and pioneer in multimedia installations is a dreamlike voyage spread across three floors of the museum. The show closes on Sunday. The New Museum is open Tuesday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 235 Bowery, $18, website.
–The Lonely Heartstring Band, an up-and-coming bluegrass group, mixes original songs with classics by Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Pete Seeger and The Beatles. The band will be at Rockwood Music Hall Fri., Jan. 13, at 8:30 p.m.; 196 Allen St., $10, website.
–In observation of Martin Luther King Day a week from today, the Museum at Eldridge Street will be hosting a special family program. There will be a reading of Kobi Yamada’s book, What Do You Do With An Idea?. Visitors will also be able to make art and listen to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech, “I Have a Dream.” Monday, Jan. 16, 1-2:30 p.m., 12 Eldridge St., free, reservations required, website.