Critical 5 art events this week in NYC: sex sells, September 12-15
Don’t put your summer fling to bed just yet. Art this week gets hot and heavy.
BAM and IFC have teamed up for the “Get It Out There” comedy showcase. Free to the public and meant to let comedians experiment new material, “Get It Out There” occurs on select Wednesday nights. Tonight, Sarah Silverman, along with Brent Sullivan, The Lucas Brothers, Katina Corrao, and the evening’s host, Nick Turner, kick off the Fall season. Silverman is sure to bring her raunchy sense of humor to the event, so don’t feel too bad when you laugh at something dirty.
Feel more like embracing your inner indie child? reRun Gastropub Theater is screening the independent film Green by Sophia Takal. A “sexual thriller,” Green is about a young couple, Genevieve and Sebastian, who move to a rural area only to have the town harlot stir the pot of jealousy and paranoia. Takal co-stars as said harlot while her real life boyfriend plays Sebastian. Sweet. In a homewrecking kind of way.
Nothing says art better than beer and dancing. Okay, maybe a lot of things do, but the chance to say bottoms up while still being remotely cultured is definitely the best of both worlds. Hosted by The Love Show dancers, the night will entail sampling of five of the brewery’s beer and a dance number to go along with each. Apparently the beers and the dances will be equally paced, so maybe a Guinness with a robust fan kick?
The Sex Lives of Animals features Rune Olsen’s life-sized animal sculptures. Meant to blur the lines between animalistic instinct and human desires, this exhibit is really just proposing the idea that hey, animals can have sex for pleasure too. Well then, you get frisky Mr. Feline, we guess.
Challenging the idea of sex and gender, Sara Swaty and her photographs profile the faces of individuals who were born into a gender they do not identify with or individuals who have physically transitioned and changed their bodies. In-Between & Outside may not show animals going at it but it does question cultural ideas about masculinity and femininity. Kudos.