The acrobatic all female dance trroup, LAVA, is at Dixon Place with a retrospective of sorts: LAVA – Loving & Daring 2000-2010. Directed by Sarah East Johnson, the show is a celebration of a decade of performances. They write, “LAVA Loving & Daring is an explosive choreographic re-mix, re-vival, and mash-up of highlights from LAVA’s past productions—resulting in a totally original work. The evening will burst with hoop-diving her-oes, glistening pink double trapeze, rainbow handstands, the breathing of ocean sounds in the dark… partnerships that ooze and flow, swing dancing that devolves into wrestling and science experiments masquerading as vaudevillian magic tricks. The three-week run will feature special guests and lots of surprises.”
They celebrate tonight with a special Gala Benefit and a Reception. // Gala – $75, $20 regularly // Wednesdays – Sundays, June 3-20 at 7:30p. Sat./Sun. at 3pm. // 161 Chrystie Street.
The Ultimate Latina Theater Festival is happening now through June 14th at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, offering a wide range of performances and theater groups that “celebrate the Latina artist as it (she) relates to the performing arts.” Tonight’s show is Waiting for the D, written by Lina Sarello and directed by Lina Sarello and Jorge Castilla. Tomorrow night will feature Chick Flix: An actor’s showcase transforming film to stage, conceived and directed by Jenny Saldana. Watch a video about the festival on vimeo here. // $15 // 7p // 236 E. 3rd St.
Rooftop Films continue their always alternative, always entertaining, series of films on the roof at the New Design High School on Grand Street. Friday night will feature a collection of “Dangerous Docs,” and Saturday they will present a collection of short films about “Fears and Fantasies.” $10 // 8pm // 350 Grand St. // Live music precedes each event and FREE drinks at Fontana’s are always included in their after parties.
The New Museum’s “First Saturdays for Families” will offer it’s third family program dedicated to the exhibition Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection. This time the theme will be “Selectons from the Dakis Joannou Collection 201-3010: Fiction or Future.” Listen to stories from Ray Bradbury’s book The Cat’s Pajamas, and, using collage techniques, create a fantastic or futuristic work of art. // FREE // Saturday, June 5th // 10am // 235 Bowery.
The Midnight Movie at the Sunshine Cinema is a New York City Premiere of Gone With the Pope, a Grindhouse release of a ’70s-era low-budget exploitation flick about a crew of bumbling Italian gangsters who come up with an ingenious plot to kidnap the pontiff, demanding a ransom of 50 cents from every Catholic around the globe. Read Karina Longworth’s review in the Village Voice here. // $9.99 // Midnight // 143 E. Houston St.