Weekend Warrior: Block Parties and Art

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

All weekend

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).


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?



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


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!

Thelma Golden In Conversation with Glenn Lowry


Guests of Rooster know Thelma as our dear friend and our patron of the arts, and we're so excited for her conversation with MoMA director Glenn D. Lowry on February 7th.

Topics discussed will include their take on how our galleries and institutions capture artistic communities and history, held in conjunction with MoMA PS1's exhibition Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980, which will be on display through March 11.

If you haven't gotten a chance to see the exhibit yet, it's worth checking out to see this examination of a pioneering group of African-American artists whose individual as well as collaborative talent with other artists helped shape a large part of Southern California's art scene today. As well as viewing at least 140 works by over 30 artists, this exhibit also examines the increasing political, social and economic power of African Americans throughout the U.S.

For more information and tickets, click here.

MOMA Gets Back to Basics with Common Senses

An innovative exhibit from the MOMA (now concluded) offered an interestingly pre-modern sense of art, communal play and sustainability, making it hard to tell if you were in Midtown Manhattan or a trendy Brooklyn basement art gallery. But what "Common Senses" strove for, and overwhelmingly succeeded in, was a reinvigoration of our senses through purely naturalistic ways. It was a call to simplify and retreat to the essentials of family, community and sustainable consumption. What’s more, they let people actually touch the stuff on display.


But food lovers particularly were in for a special treat of community sharing and encouraged to take part in a sustainable feeding project. On top of a beautiful vibrant circle rug by Fritz Haeg, jars holding preserved jams, pickled vegetables and plates of herbs were on display. Each jar was tagged with the contents, the maker’s name and where they came from, many of which were from the MOMA’s Domestic Integrity Garden, personal gardens and rooftop farms in Brooklyn. The exhibit’s closing event on November 19th offered a potluck where the public was allowed to enjoy the handcrafted preservatives. Descriptions of this exhibit’s calming simplicity cannot do it justice--a picture is surely worth a thousand words here.

Photos: Diana Tsuchida

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