If you’re not listening to some world class jazz at the Vision Festival XV or catching some of our weekend music picks, here are a few more ways to stay cool this weekend. If you have an event you would like us to know about, please email us.
The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center will host an opening reception and comic book premier for “Fwacata!” tonight (Friday, June 25) at 7:00pm. The group show addresses Caribean history through sequential art and is part of the Collective Hands: Dominican Village festival. Dominican art, food, music, dance and film will be held on Saturday. // FREE // 107 Suffolk Street.
The “third chapter” in the Lush Life exhibit we mentioned earlier opens tonight at Invisible Exports. The all-encompasing group show, curated by Franklin Evans & Omar Lopez-Chahoud, involves 9 galleries on the L.E.S., each one taking a chapter heading from the 2008 Richard Price novel. FREE // 14 A Orchard Street.
The Hot! Festival kicks off six a week celebration of Queer culture with a party at Dixon Place tomorrow night, hosted by Anti-Diva’s Liz Liguori and Jessie Mann. Dubbed “The Best Gay Theater Festival in New York” by The Village Voice, the schedule packs in 60 Shows over 6 weeks, with over 150 LGBTQ artists presenting theatre, dance, music, literature, and performance art. Saturday, June 26 // FREE // 6:30p // 161 Chrystie St.
Rooftop Films will be back at the Open Road Rooftop this weekend with a NY premier of The Happy Poet, by Paul Gordon, tonight. Billed as “an organic, mostly vegetarian comedy” about shy slacker Bill (Gordon, who also wrote the screenplay) vainly attempting to turn his vegetarian food shack into a success.
Tomorrow night, Rooftop Films will feature a very special screening of Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, by the charming and delightful experimental filmmaker, Brent Green. The film combines live action, stop motion and animation and is based on a true story about a man who thought he could build his house into a healing machine after his wife was diagnosed with cancer. Green will be performing the soundtrack to the film, LIVE, with members of the band Fugazi. Watch the trailer here. Read the NY Times review here. $10 // Saturday, June 26 // 8pm // 350 Grand Street.
Everybody’s favorite interactive party/performers/hosts Fritz Donnelly and Christina Ewald (above) of HiChristina are throwing a Desguise Ball Gala Fundraiser at Dixon Place on Sunday. Hosts and performers include: ‘The Amazing’ Sxip Shirey, ‘Nonsense NYC’ Jeff Stark, ‘Bowieball’ Deryck Todd, ‘The Mangina’ Patrick Bucklew, ‘Darling Musical Maestro’ Alexa Wilding, ‘Trash Worships’ Roland Politi, ‘Sexperiment’ Gerry Visco, ‘Music Man’ Eyal Marcovici, ‘Acting!’ Kadin Daniel, ‘The Vegan Roast’ Shan Roufi, and many more. Come as you are or dress in your fanciest or strangest ballroom and disguise attire!! $20 online or $25 at the door. // Sunday, June 27 // 7pm // 161 Chrystie St.
Our Lady Of Perpetual PMS is back in Tompkins Square Park on Sunday with her fabulous punk and variety show, ALPHA WOMEN ATTACK THE L.E.S. The show “celebrates the vitality and creativity of the counter cultural scene that has survived on the LES, despite the rampant gentrification, soaring rents and lost venues that have contributed to the cultural genocide sweeping New York City.” Her group of lady A-list performers includes: ULIET JESKE, JERIN ALAM, SARAH B., CHLOE MATHEOU and JESSICA DELFINO. RSVP on Facebook here. FREE // Sunday, June 27 // 2:00pm // 7th St. & Ave. A