10 Things to Do for Less Than $10 in NYC This Week
Thursday, May 1
[Art] The International Weird Collage Show is a traveling exhibition featuring 32 artists from 10 countries that brings its eighth edition and U.S. debut to Brooklyn's The Invisible Dog Art Center. This show, which started in Madrid in 2011, re-examines this often misunderstood medium with an interactive exhibition of stunning experimental collage works, inspirational artist talks and a live collage round table featuring many of today's most influential artist that specialize in this form of art. Gallery opens at 1 p.m., Invisible Dog Gallery, Brooklyn, free.
[Dance] Topologie, the opening salvo in DANSE, an 18-day, multi-venue celebration of "French-American performance and ideas," is both free and peripatetic. Les gens d'Uterpan, Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet, provoke "the conditions for a new reflection on the different methods of representation, production and interpretation of dance," not to mention the relation of performers to spectators. Five local dancers follow five distinct itineraries through the streets of Long Island City, analyzing the identity, characteristics, and construction of their individual territories, accompanied by a sound score played over streaming radio and at the Chocolate Factory, where you can pick up a map of the itineraries they're charting. On closing day from 5 to 6, discuss the whole project with Vigier, Apertet, sound designer Nicolas Martz, and the CF's Sheila Lewandowski at Brooklyn's Invisible Dog Art Center. --Elizabeth Zimmer. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Chocolate Factory Theater, Queens, free.
[Fashion] Join Only Hearts and designer Helena Stuart to celebrate the launch of their new ready-to-wear collection, Piece of My Heart, which coincides with the brand's 35th anniversary. As with the Only Hearts brand, the new line will be ethically made, produced and distributed in New York City's Garment District. The fashion show will also include champagne and treats from Vosges Chocolates. At 6:30 p.m., Only Hearts, free.
[Lit] In Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest, writer (and Voice alum) Jen Doll wittily recalls the onslaught of emotions -- and drunken incidents -- that come with attending a wedding. Tonight, as we celebrate the launch of her new memoir, her writer pals including Rembert Browne (Grantland), Katie Heaney (Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date), Maris Kreizman (Slaughterhouse 90210), Maureen O'Connor (New York magazine), and former Voice writers Camille Dodero (Spin) and Nick Greene (Mental Floss) also recount their own horrid (or happy) tales as wedding guests. Of course, every wedding event involves a DJ, so Jason Diamond provides the tunes. At 7 p.m., Housing Works Bookstore, free.
[Talk] Tonight's panel The Art of Feeling: Contemporary Arts Writing and the Internet looks at how rapid changes in technology have helped to increase and nurture arts writing that is personal, political, and accessible. Hosted by the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, the panel examines how feminism and feelings intersect with Internet-based writing about the arts. Writer Alexis Clements moderates a discussion among writers Gabby Bess, Kareem Estefan, Mira Schor, and An Xiao. At 7 p.m., Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, free.