10 Ideas Under $10 for Your Week: "Save the Village" and William S. Burroughs Marathon Reading
Lots to get to this week. For starters Steven Kasher Gallery exhibits an incredible display of images by former Village Voice photographer Fred W. McDarrah titled "Save the Village." Also, Munch Gallery hosts a 24-hour nonstop solo recital mash-up of William S. Burroughs's infamous Nova Trilogy to celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday. This plus much more.
Fred W. McDarrah Allen Ginsberg in Front of Judson Memorial Church, March 29, 1964
[Art] Whether photographing Robert Rauschenberg amid the street detritus he transformed into his "Combine" paintings; Norman Mailer grimacing pugnaciously in Village Voice editor Dan Wolf's office; or Senator Bobby Kennedy touring a slum apartment a year before his murder, head bowed as he passes a portrait of Jesus crowned with thorns, Fred W. McDarrah (1926-2007) documented New York's cultural and political heavyweights with wide-open eyes. "Don't ever turn down an assignment," the ex-Army paratrooper once told an art director at the Voice, where he worked for five decades. "If you don't want to do it, tell 'em it'll cost $10,000." In grainy black-and-white, McDarrah combined noir contrast with zesty compositions -- check out a declaiming Jack Kerouac, seemingly crucified in plaid -- to go beyond photojournalism and discover a postwar New York that still inspires. --RB
Gallery opens at 11 a.m., Steven Kasher Gallery, free.
[Lit] There's no shame in wanting to be with someone special on Valentine's Day; after all, you're not a robot. Perhaps author Christina B. Bryza can help. Her book Are You My Boyfriend? is a fully illustrated picture book for grown-ups that follows one woman's journey from lonely to soulmate. Tonight's talk includes dating stories by Katie Heaney (Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date), Chiara Atik (Modern Dating: A Field Guide), Elna Baker (The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance: A Memoir), Erin Barker (contributor to The Moth), and Caitlin Brodnick (contributor to Glamour).
At 7 p.m., Housing Works Bookstore, free.
[Lit] Author Armistead Maupin discuss The Days of Anna Madrigal, his latest and final installment to the Tales of the City series, featuring the legendary transgender landlady Anna Madrigal. The first three books were made into television miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney.
At 7 p.m., PowerHouse Arena, free.