Two of tonight's four art events promise to keep your brain working overtime. At Americas Society (680 Park Ave) artists Mauricio Dias and Walter Riedweg chat with Federal University of Rio de Janeiro professor Beatriz Jaguaribe, Smithsonian curator John Hanhardt, Americas Society curator Gabriela Rangel and indie filmmaker Heike Arzápalo in the un-intimidating panel Optical Drama and Residual Modernities (free at 6:30pm, reservations recommened).
Meanwhile, in the Financial District, Joanna Merwood-Salisbury discusses her new book Chicago 1890: The Skyscraper and the Modern City at the Skyscraper Museum (39 Battery Pl, free at 6:30pm, reservations recommended).
On the lighter side of things, tonight is the opening of a four-day run of Husbands at the School of Visual Arts, which is a multimedia performance art piece adapted by Dangerous Ground Productions from John Cassavetes' 1970 film Husbands about three men dealing with midlife crises (today through Friday at 7:30pm, $10/$5 for students and seniors, click here for details).
Finally, arts collective/community ISSUE Project Room celebrates its sixth anniversary tonight at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo (7:30pm, $30 general admission, click here for details). The party supposedly takes its inspiration from Alejandro Jodorowsky's 1973 film The Holy Mountain (pictured at right), so that's promising.