Free This Week
by Christina Parrella , 04/23/2014
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Wednesday, April 23
Brooklyn in Film: The Squid and the Whale
Where: Brooklyn's Central Library, Dweck Center
Writer and director Noah Baumbach's semiautobiographical film The Squid and the Whale is a poignant coming-of-age tale loosely based on the breakup of his parents' marriage. Set mainly in Brooklyn's Park Slope in the mid-1980s, the film follows the Berkman family's two adolescent boys, Walt and Frank, who each act out their conflicts about the separation in ways that are by turns disturbing and hilarious. Baumbach will speak at this event, which is hosted by film critic Glenn Kenny.
Thursday, April 24
Artists, Poets, and Writers Lecture Series: "Jeff Koons on Sculpture"
Where: The Frick Collection
Last year Jeff Koons' Balloon Dog (Orange), a 10-foot-tall stainless-steel balloon sculpture, sold for a whopping $58.4 million, making it the most expensive work by a living artist ever to be peddled at auction. The artist, known for his candy-colored sculptures of commonplace objects, will discuss the three-dimensional media form, specifically focusing on the significance of small-scale bronzes from the museum's Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Hill Collection exhibition. Seating is on a first-come first-served basis, so it's best to arrive early.
Friday, April 25
Smile! A Photo Anthology by VII
Where: Arts Brookfield Place
If ever there were an exhibition perfect for using Pharrell’s "Happy" as a soundtrack, it's this one, featuring buoyant candid shots from photography agency VII. While photojournalism typically takes a more po-faced approach in its depiction of everyday life, this grouping captures a range of beaming expressions of individuals from all walks of life—residents of war-torn countries, fans at a Justin Beiber concert and more than 80 other examples. Guests can add their own smile to the exhibit by uploading photos via Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #sharemysmile. Selected images will be added to the show on a rolling basis.
Saturday, April 26
Family Art Project: Buds, Buds, Buds
Where: Wave Hill
When: 10am–1pm (grounds admission free until noon)
Wave Hill welcomes the blooming flowers of spring with this Saturday morning family event. Spend some time wandering the Bronx garden's picturesque grounds, keeping an eye on the blossoming trees and flora. Afterward, children can head inside to build and decorate their own trees and flowers using a variety of materials. This event also celebrates Arbor Day.
Sunday, April 27
Ulysses S. Grant's Birthday Anniversary
Where: Grant's Tomb
Celebrate the 192nd birthday of our nation's 18th president, Ulysses S. Grant. The Civil War general is entombed alongside his wife, Julia, in a mausoleum located in Riverside Park (so now you know the trick answer to that age-old question: no one is literally "buried" there). Visitors will be treated to a presentation of the colors, a wreath-laying ceremony and a rifle salute by the United States Military Academy cadets. There will also be various commemorative speeches given, including one by a member of the Grant family. At the conclusion, guests can take a tour of the memorial and admire the mosaic murals depicting scenes from Grant's life (Grant and General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox, and the battles of Vicksburg and Chattanooga).
Monday, April 28
How the Other Half Lives
Where: Lower East Side Tenement Museum
In 1890 newspaper reporter Jacob Riis shocked the world when he documented the unsanitary slum conditions of the Lower East Side in his book, How the Other Half Lives. This prose and photography exposé not only made Riis a famous muckraker, but also helped spur reform among New York City's political machine, even inciting change from police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt. This panel discussion touches upon poverty past and present, and ways in which the nation as a whole has responded to it. Journalists Sasha Abramsky and Ted Gup and historian Ethan Sribnick take part in the conversation.
Tuesday, April 29
Diane Keaton, Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty
Where: Barnes & Noble, Union Square
Academy Award–winning actor Diane Keaton has spent the past 40 years of her life in appearance-obsessed Hollywood trying to champion an alternative notion of beauty. The Annie Hall actress, who’s more likely to wear a feminine suit than a dress, documents this period of her life and her views on beauty, aging and living in her latest book, Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty. Keaton will be at Barnes & Noble to read from and sign copies of this candid chronicle.