A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: the launch of n+1's new issue, devoted to New Age topics; a screening of Todd Solondz's Welcome to the Dollhouse and a Q&A with the director; a hybrid poetic opera by Felix Bernstein at the Whitney; a new work choreographed by Michael Kliën and Steve Valk performed by Martha Graham dancers; and a ping-pong tournament at the Queens Museum in conjunction with the Zhang Hongtu exhibition.
Wednesday, January 13, 7 p.m.
In conjunction with the launch of n+1's 24th issue, devoted to the New Age revival, astrology, clairvoyance and other tools for self-knowledge, the magazine presents an evenings of live readings. Participating writers include Tony Tulathimutte, David Samuels, Sophie Pinkham and n+1 editor Dayna Tortorici.
Liberty Hall at the Ace Hotel, 20 West 29th Street
Thursday, January 14, 8:45 p.m.
As part of the New York Jewish Film Festival (Jan. 13-26), the Lincoln Center Film Society presents a screening of American director Todd Solondz's 1995 classic black comedy Welcome to the Dollhouse. A Q&A with Solondz will follow the screening. The director has also selected a companion film: French auteur Alain Resnais's 1955 documentary about Auschwitz concentration camp, Night and Fog, which influenced Solondz as a young man.
Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center, 165 West 65th Street
Friday, January 15, 8 p.m.
Artist, poet and writer Felix Bernstein combines poetry, opera and drag cabaret in a musical performance that explores queerness, failure, the digital performance of self and Justin Bieber. The piece will also feature a youth choir led by artist Shelley Hirsch and a theater entryway adorned with Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt's kitschy artworks. There will be a second performance on Saturday at 8 p.m.
Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street
Saturday, January 16, 3 p.m.
Austrian choreographer and artist Michael Kliën has organized, in collaboration with dramaturge Steve Valk, a one-time performance with current and former members of the Martha Graham Dance Company. The two eschewed choreographing the work according to traditional company structures, using Valk's practice of social choreography, which encourages a more participatory process. The piece aims to excavate the dancers' relationships to Graham and to one another. The audience is invited to move freely between the dance performance and the simultaneous discursive component Valk has organized in adjacent spaces. The performance is co-presented by the New Museum, the Martha Graham Dance Company and PS122, as part of the COIL Festival.
Martha Graham Studio Theater, 55 Bethune Street, Floor 11
Sunday, January 17, 12 p.m.
In conjunction with the survey of Chinese-born Queens-based artist Zhang Hongtu's work on view through Feb. 28, the Queens Museum presents an amateur ping-pong tournament. The games will be played on Hongtu's installation Ping-Pong Mao (1995), a table tennis table featuring Mao's image. To register to play send your name, contact info, age and number of years playing ping-pong to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-592-9700, ext. 222.
Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens