Theaster Gates and The Black Monks Cover Image: Photo: Veikko Somerpuro

Some events that caught our eye this week:

  • The comedy show “Next Slide Please” returns to Caveat on Wednesday, February 1 at 7pm. Comedians are invited to prepare and present PowerPoints about whatever they want. That could mean a “data-driven ranking of the best Manhattan street corners for first date make-outs, pitches for start-up investment opportunities that are probably not scams, or a passionate defense of the 2003 Jessica Alba vehicle “Honey” (21% on Rotten Tomatoes).”
  • In celebration of the final weekend of “Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces” at the New Museum, the artist and his musical collaborators, The Black Monks, will perform a series of “activations” incorporating A Heavenly Chord (2022). Gates and the The Black Monks work is rooted in Black music of the South, with links to Eastern monastic ascetic traditions. “Through their gospel soul chant reverberation, Gates and The Black Monks will activate the Hammond B3 organ and seven Leslie speakers on the Fourth Floor intermittently throughout the day from February 3 to 5, 2023.” Free with Museum admission.
  • The NYC premiere of Identity Pitches: Stine Janvin and Cory Arcangel with String Noice arrives at the Flamboyán Theater at The Clemente on Saturday, February 4 at 8pm. The artists will debut performances of scores and an audiovisual performance based on the knitting patterns for traditional Norwegian sweaters known as Lusekofte. The performance serves as a live manifestation of the book of the same name, recently published by Primary Information.

Check out our Lower East Side Events Calendar for more neighborhood activities and add yours HERE.