This week, high fashion comes to Brooklyn, MoMA comes to Red Hook and we go to Mars and Mercury. Here are our must-do and must-see events for the week:
This Saturday, families are welcome to spend a cozy hour in the Brooklyn Public Library's Dweck Center (10 Grand Army Plaza at Eastern Pkwy.) for a special reading of Dr. Seuss protégée P.D. Eastman's most beloved book, Are You My Mother? The story follows a recently-hatched baby bird on his journey to find his mother and, of course, has a very happy ending.
If you're looking for an entire day of activities for the kids, head to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (1000 Washington Ave. at Montgomery St.) for the first weekend of the garden's Illuminated midwinter pop-up festival. Saturday's theme is "Winter Lodge" and will include a pretend petting zoo for toddlers, storytelling and a lite-brite lounge to be followed by the First Annual Junior Masked Ball and Kid Cotillion. Sunday is dedicated to elders and their little ones: Grandparents and grandchildren are invited to go birdwatching, participate in vintage street games like box ball and enjoy short films from the mid-20th Century. Mark Russ Federman, of the Russ & Daughters clan, will drop by to talk about his new book Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built and sign a few copies. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
For one of our non-Brooklyn-based events, we're going to MoMA PS1 (22-25 Jackson Ave. at 46th Ave., Queens) for their big Mike Kelley bash. The after hours party will celebrate the final month of the late artist's highly celebrated exhibit before it closes on February 2. Some big names will be hosting including Chloë Sevigny, Kim Gordon, Larry Gagosian and Spike Jonze, but that's where the details end. Still, the whole affair sounds like a good time. Tickets can be purchased online.
If you've never been one to let a little frigid weather deter you from enjoying BBQ and discounted goods, then bundle up and head to the new Greenpoint location of the Triskelion Art Center (106 Calyer St. nr. Banker St.) for a Saturday afternoon full of both those things. As we mentioned on bkmag.com, "There’s going to be tons of stuff to peruse—from clothes to household goods—and plenty of good eats, including ribs, mac & cheese, and salad from The Meatball Shop, all with low, suggested donation prices." Need we say more?
The Museum of Modern Art is crossing the East River to discuss their collection of African-American art at the Red Hook Recreation Center (155 Bay St. at. Clinton St.). MoMA educator, Kristin Broussard, will lean an interactive talk on contemporary and modern African-American artists including Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence and Kara Walker (who is currently preping for a massive show at the Domino Sugar Refinery). Seating is limited so would-be attendees are encouraged to RSVP by emailing email@example.com or calling 718-965-8968.
Sometimes it's nice to go out and fully realize how physically inept you are compared to Chinese performers. The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts (2900 Campus Rd. at Hillel Pl.) has you covered. This Sunday, the Center's Walt Whitman Theatre will host choreographer Nai-Ni Chen and her award-winning company of dancers for a show celebrating China's rich cultural history and the Lunar New Year, which officially begins on Friday, January 31. Tickets can be purchased online, or at the box office (718-951-4500) Tuesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
This Monday, artist Dan Walsh will head to the Higgins Hall Auditorium (61 St. James Pl. at Lafayette Ave.) at Pratt to discuss his eye-catching body of work for the institute's Visiting Artist Lecture series. The Philadelphia-born painter effortlessly combines the art of illusion and patternmaking with the cutting exactness of geometry. Walsh's minimalist work has been displayed at MoMA PS1 and the New Museum as well as galleries in France, Germany and Spain. The event is open to the public.
Get To Know Mars and Mercury ($12-$15) - January 28, 6:30 p.m.
As part of their ongoing mission to blow our minds the Museum of Natural History will show stunning new images of Mars and Mercury in the Hayden Planetarium (81 Central Park West nr. 81 St.) this Tuesday evening. The high resolution photos, taken by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Mercury MESSENGER, will give attendees the most detailed views of the planets currently available and the museum's Director of Astrovisualization, Carter Emmart, will lead the charge. Seems best to get a good look at Mars before we consider moving there, no? Tickets can be purchased online.
The New York Transit Museum (Boerum Pl. and Schermerhorn St.) will host an evening of trivia and beer this Wednesday night. Teams of two to six people (all age 21+) are welcome to participate and answer questions about "transit-related movies, music, history and culture." During intermission, attendees will be allowed to explore the museum after hours and winning teams will earn as-yet-announced prizes. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for the general public and can be purchased online.
There's no doubt that the Jean-Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Ave.) is one of the museum's best. And now with Fashion Week fast approaching (February 6-13), the museum is bringing in the big gun(n)s. Sorry for that. This Thursday, Tim Gunn, he of Project Runway fame, and Valerie Steele, the Director of the Museum at FIT, will swing by Brooklyn to discuss the ins-and-outs of the fashion world. In all, it's another fashion-related coup for the borough. Tickets can be purchased online and include admission to the Gaultier exhibit.