Critical 5 things to do in NYC: jungle to jungle, July 20-22
Its a jungle out there. Here are the five things you need to bookmark if want to feel like a New Yorker this weekend.
This New Museum survey of the century-long back flip we've performed to adapt to the machine just opened, but go anyway. Its smart, riveting, humane and chilling. In its own quiet way, it explains the entire 20th Century.
The Material World, at Dixon Place
In Dan Fishback's world, the Kabbalah, Facebook, the pogroms, Karl Marx, Madonna and Britney Spears are all interconnected. Oh wait, they actually are. In his musical about the complexities of genetic socialism, there are scenes in Yiddish, fights about socialism and just enough Gypsy to keep the hardcore humming.
Its the third and final group show organized for the Martos Gallery by Vice columnist Bob Nickas, the brains behind last year's fictional Bridgehampton Biennial. This installment is themed around Jack Smith's The Secret of Rented Island, a messy adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts. It features forty artists, including Lisa Beck, Anne Collier, Matthew Higgs, Ray Johnson, Bill Komoski, David Malek and Servane Mary. It might even be worth the helicopter ride.
If you love jangling guitars, the Shangri-Las, and hipster women in bangs, Dum Dum Girls is at the House of Vans Classic Summer Party on Saturday. Widowspeak is also there, if Frugging isn't your thing, along with video and a DJ set by Finger On the Pulse.
Its last licks at Glasslands in Brooklyn for Soul Clap this weekend. Jonathan Toubin says this will be the last dance line for the popular soul party at the Brooklyn gallery. Better get yer groove on.