City as Canvas: an Exhibition at City Museum

(Photo by Lee Quiñones, from the Museum of the City of New York) Graffiti took hold in New York in the early 1970s, starting in Washington Heights and the Bronx before spreading throughout the city. Artist Martin Wong moved to New York in 1978, and he saw the seeds of a major art movement popping up on the streets around him. In the 1970s and 1980s, Wong collected about 300 pieces from graffiti artists around New York, and now about half of the collection is on display at the City Museum in an exhibition called City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection.

Graffiti is a democratic form of art that has given artistic and cultural legitimacy to artists such as Basquiat, Keith Haring, Fab 5 Freddy, and Lee Quiñones, in addition to providing an outlet for young artists around the world. Although it is a contentious form of art, graffiti continues to thrill and impassion people today (see: Banksy's residency in New York and the erasure of 5 Pointz).

City as Canvas features Wong's collection, which includes paintings and sketchbook drawings by graffiti artists, as well as photographs from notables such as Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, and a short documentary entitled Graf Obssession made by Charlie Ahearn (director of the seminal film Wild Style)The exhibtion encapsulates a period of early hip hop culture that has since become integrated into the spirit of the city, and highlights the graffiti movement's cultural importance and its place in New York City history.

The exhibition opens Tuesday, February 4, and runs through Sunday, August 24.

Weekend Warrior: Free Music, Movies, and a Lot of Ice Cream

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Restaurant Week continues! Get special dinner menus for $38 and lunch for $25 in restaurants all over the city.

Yes, I'll take a pop-up artisanal food market open Friday through Sunday! Check it out: the Super(Duper)Market hosted by Paper Mag.

Last year's Super Duper Market at Chelsea Market. This year's will be held on Mulberry and Prince.

Friday, 8/2

Don't have HBO? Free Fridays at the Film Society of Lincoln Center will show HBO films (including Behind the Candelabra, Too Big to Fail, and Game Change). And again, for free!

The 35th annual Celebrate Brooklyn! Performance Series at Prospect Park's Bandshell features Jamie Lidell, Dan Deacon and The Stepkids today.

Outdoor movies: Conte D'ÉtéHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneMadagascar 3: Europe's Most WantedNorth of South, West of East, and Young Frankenstein

Saturday, 8/3

It's an Ice Cream Bonanza at The Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg this weekend! Don't miss it before it melts.

From noon to four, check out Village Pourhouse's Beertopia. Admission includes beer samples, a pint of beer, and appetizers.

In its first installment, Summer Streets will close down seven miles of New York's normally-traffic-heavy terrain, and transform it into a pedestrian-friendly zoo of food, activities, and art.

Outdoor movies: The Muppets

Sunday, 8/4

The Studio Museum Harlem offers Target Free Sundays this month with family-friendly programming.

At 3pm, Fulton Stall Market brings in local indie bands to perform in their Sound Bites series.

Starting this sunday, the third annual Art of Brooklyn Film Festival will feature Brooklyn-centric indie films.

Outdoor movies: Pretty in Pink, and The Warriors

Happy weekend!

Weekend Warrior: Block Parties and Art

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Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival kicks off this weekend. Check out the schedule online.

On Saturday and Sunday, New York gets a lot more articulate with the New York City Poetry Festival.

Escaping to the Hamptons this weekend? Check out Turtle Shell Health's Masters of Health and Wellness conference.

It'll be a lively time at BAM's Animation Block Party, with animated films playing all weekend (with some family-friendly ones too).

Friday

Photographer Michael July's book Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair will launch with a photo exhibition, free wine and beer, music, and a signing at the Powerhouse Arena this weekend.

Outdoor movies: Iron Man 2, Star Trek, U, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

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Saturday

From 10 to 7, check out local food and beer from more than 20 microbreweries in Williamsburg at the New York State Food and Beer Expo.

Celebrate hipster-life at the Bushwick Block Party this Saturday with Roberta's, beer, and denim cutoffs.

Tasting Table's Sous Chef Series reprises this weekend at Williams-Sonoma with Chef Anup Joshi of Tertulia. Learn how to make his slow-roasted tomatoes at 11a.m. in the Columbus Circle store.

Outdoor movies: Brave and Working Girl

Sunday

This Sunday is the first day of Harlem Week (not to mention the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation), with 'A Great Day in Harlem' lasting from noon to 8:30p.m.

It's the last day of the Rain Room at MoMA! (And it's staying open late so you won't miss out!)

Outdoor movies: American Pie and See No Evil, Hear No Evil

Happy weekend!

Weekend Warrior: Shakespeare and a Sunset

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TGIF, and now what? Here’s a look at events around New York City that are worth checking out.

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The 9th Harlem Summer Shakespeare brings the wit and humor of The Taming of the Shrew to Riverbank Park beginning this week. Catch it any day this weekend, or Wednesday through Sundays until August 4th.

For the month of July, the Lincoln Center hosts a festival of culture-packed performances. Check out what's on the stage for this weekend.

The New York Philharmonic will give free concerts every day this weekend in all five boroughs.

Friday, July 12th

Don't miss the 125th Street Farmers' Market on Fridays! In addition to fresh produce, find music and dancing from 3p.m. to 8p.m.

For the last time this year, the sun will align evenly with the city grid for dramatic sunsets. Take your pics of 'Manhattanhenge' from the very eastern ends of major streets (think 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, and 57th).

Outdoor movies: Marius et Jeannette, The Breakfast Club, and The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Saturday, July 13th

Local seafood matters, a lot. Learn more about why at this Iron Chef-style cooking competition at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket.

Rockaway still needs a lot of cleaning up, and they're enlisting volunteers. Sign up before you go, and feel good about helping out.

Thinking about gluten-free living? Learn more about what that entails at a celiac awareness event from 10a.m. to 1p.m.

Outdoor movies: Brassland, Dracula, Heaven Can Wait, Pitch Perfect, and From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A South Bronx Tale

Sunday, July 14th

If nothing else, celebrate Bastille Day with an iconic French crêpe or croissant. But if the francophile in you wants something a little more exciting for France's independence day, check out the 60th Street festival.

Outdoor movies: Mean Girls and School Daze

Happy Weekend!

Weekend Warrior: Sunny Skies & Free Ice Cream

Photo: YBIA TGIF, and now what? Here's a look at events around New York City that are worth checking out.

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Free ice cream sandwiches from the Coolhaus truck all weekend long. Yep. Get the 'Killer Combo' (a promotion for the upcoming season premier of Dexter), which entails one double chocolate cookie, one snickerdoodle cookie, and a filling of Tahitian vanilla bean and cherry swirl ice cream. (Click the link for the truck's changing locations.)

Eat Drink Local Week kicked off on Thursday, with a week of food and drinks deals at restaurants all over New York to follow. For a schedule of events and guide to the offers, check Edible Manhattan's website.

The People's Theatre Project hosts 'Inspired by... a festival of new plays out of Washington Heights,' with plays all weekend.

Friday:

Celebrate the longest day of the year at the Swedish Midsummer Festival in Battery Park from 5pm to 8pm. (And enjoy the 'Swedish picnic-style delicacies' including tastes from Red Rooster)

Over 1,000 free concerts in New York City, all in one day. Schedule here.

"Homegoings," a documentary film by Christine Turner, will be shown (for free) at the Apollo Theater at 7pm with a live performance by composer and violinist Daniel Roumain, accompanied by the Harlem Chamber Players. RSVP is recommended.

Take your pick of Friday's free outdoor movies: National Treasure and French Cancan.

It's not Coolhaus' Killer Combo, but we'll take it. Photo: Ralph Dailey

Saturday:

If you're an early riser, listen in as the Harlem Green Economy Forum discusses the challenges and opportunities to joining the green economy.

Looking for another outdoor movie? Check out Mahalia Jackson: the Power and the Glory and the TropFest short film festival in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.

Sunday:

It's sold out, but if you can get tickets, this seems like it will be worth it. Bacon Bash II: a Celebration of All Things Bacon.

Or if you're looking to relax after a busy weekend, may we suggest packing a picnic for the beach?

Happy Weekend!