10 Ideas Under $10 for Your Week: Love Hurts, The Night We Called It a Day, and Repulsion
Valentine's Day is on Friday. But before you get all squirmy and pissed off about love, or the concept of celebrating love on one particular day, this week's best round-up of events isn't about that. Not really. Yes, V-Day events are already underway, but don't fret, we only honor the idea of being bitter about love. The Moth at Housing Works Bookstore is titled "Love Hurts" this week, and will include ten stories all about love's pain (!). Also, at Con Artist Gallery, its V-Day show "Beyond The Pale" features artwork not about love, but about infatuation and lust. This, plus much more non-V-Day-related events, you cynic.
Con Artist Collective
[Fashion] Are you feeling left out of New York Fashion Week? Tonight at the Gap Garden Party get a true sense of Fashion Week with a preview of the Gap's Spring 2014 collection. The party will include complimentary bites, music by DJ May Kwok, and custom floral accessories and build-your-own terrariums by Flour LA. At 6 p.m., Gap, Flatiron, free.
[Valentine's Day] Fact: Love is the most incredible feeling in the world, but tonight is not about that, it's love's brutal pain. Tonight's Moth Story SLAM: Love Hurts will be intense, no doubt, and will feature ten stories, three teams of judges, and one winner. Oh, the pressure! At 7 p.m., Housing Works Cafe, SoHo, free
[Art] Sometimes, love is masked by feelings of infatuation and the desire of lust. Tonight's group art show "Beyond the Pale," a Valentine's Day exhibition, celebrates love in its most intense manifestations. The artists aim to showcase the taboo side of infatuation. "They explore the twisted connections between affection and violence, the narrative of two young lovers in a struggle against the world, the fervent agony of unrequited devotion, and the awkward ignorance of the martyred saint who gave Western culture its cheesiest holiday." Gallery opens at 11 a.m., opening reception will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, Con Artist Gallery, Lower East Side, free.
[Lit] David Byrne, Ed Park, Rivka Galchen, Zadie Smith, Lynne Tillman, and Colm Tóibín -- it would be a treat to see just one of these writers (or, in Byrne's case, make that writer-musician-producer-artist-activist) in-person. But Bookforum is doing much better than that. The venerable publication has managed to bring all of them together for a night of readings at the New Museum titled The Night We Called It a Day. And it's completely free. File this one under: only in New York. At 6:30 p.m., New Museum of Contemporary Art, SoHo, free. -AA
[Lit] Are we ready to have the Clintons in the White House again? According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, Democrats certainly are. The poll showed Hillary Clinton currently holds a six-to-one lead over anyone else in her party. HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, the new biography by Jonathan Allen (the White House bureau chief for Politico) and Amie Parnes (White House correspondent for Washington paper The Hill), explore whether she can go all the way this time, taking readers from her devastating defeat in 2008 through her transformative period as Secretary of State. Bring your most burning questions about the Clintons for what should be an insightful conversation. At 7 p.m., PowerHouse Arena, DUMBO, free. -AA