This week, meet Haiti’s first homegrown superhero, delve into a different kind of body utopia, celebrate Halloween with talks on Spiritualist photography and paranormal phenomena, and more.
Haiti’s First Comic Book Superhero
When: Tuesday, October 27, 6pm
Where: Center for Latin American and Carribean Studies (NYU, 53 Washington Square, Greenwich Village, Manhattan)
The NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is holding a conversation with multimedia artist Anthony Louis-Jeane, the creator of the first superhero to come from Haiti’s burgeoning comics scene. His name is Alfred Apollon, and his secret identity is Djatawo. With incredible strength, teleportation skills, and heightened senses, Djatawo protects Haiti from the forces of evil. The conversation will be in both English and Creole, and there will be live drawing! —GSV
When: Thursday, October 29, 7:30pm (free with admission; RSVP)
Where: MoCADA (80 Hanson Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn)
The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts hosts a performance in conjunction with its new exhibition, Dis place, and it shouldn’t be overlooked amid the ruckus of Halloween. An exploration of uprootedness, these performances by Aisha Tandiwe Bell and Sable Elyse Smith with Simone Tyson will act out the experience of identity formation in a postcolonial world. The exhibition as a whole is an attempt to map the physical and emotional effects of displacement on individuals in diaspora. —VR
Last Chance: Body Utopia
When: Ends Friday, October 30
Where: Trestle Gallery (168 7th Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn)
This small exhibition presents a different kind of bodily utopia than the one we’re used to seeing on billboards, subway ads, and TV. Instead of thin, white, perfectly toned bodies, the six artists here celebrate bodily difference in both overt and more conceptual ways. Standouts include a gorgeously textural painting from Clarity Haynes’s Breast Portrait Project, Constantina Zavitsanos’s evocative understated self-portrait impression of one year’s sleep on memory foam, and Riva Lehrer’s loving but ghostly drawing of disability rights activist Nadina LaSpina.
The Equity Series
When: Friday, October 30, 6:30pm
Where: Museum of Modern Art (11 W 53rd Street, Midtown, Manhattan)
In the first event of MoMA’s new Equity Series, Bryan Stevenson will speak with Khalil G. Muhammed, the director of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, about the relationship between contemporary social justice and the fraught history of racism in the US. Stevenson is the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), which provides legal representation for defendants and prisoners who have been wrongfully arrested or incarcerated. Stevenson and Muhammed will discuss the work of EJI and how cultural institutions can help rewrite the history of the marginalized. —GSV
Staten Island Ghost Stories
When: Friday, October 30, 8–10pm ($10, $8 members)
Where: Alice Austen House Museum (2 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island)
If you’re looking for the perfect Halloween-eve activity, the Alice Austen House Museum and the Morbid Anatomy Museum will deliver, of course. They’re teaming up to host an evening of talks regarding paranormal phenomena at the allegedly haunted Alice Austen House; an angsty American Revolution–era British soldier hanged himself from the eaves and supposedly wanders the halls from time to time. Featuring an array of specialists discussing occult photography, paranormal investigation, and the Ouija Board, it should sufficiently creep you out. —VR
Videology Becomes the Winchester
When: Saturday, October 31, 12pm–2am
Where: Videology (308 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
For one day only, local Brooklyn movie bar Videology will be transformed into the Winchester Tavern — the (fictional) North London pub where Shaun of Shaun of the Dead (2004) holes up with his friends during the zombie apocalypse. Drink specials, prizes, and back-to-back screenings of the film are assured. What are you waiting for? Grab a pint, get your “pig snacks,” and “wait for this all to blow over.” It’s not like it’s the end of the world. —TM
Readings by Omi Residents
When: Sunday, November 1, 7–9pm
Where: KGB Bar (85 East 4th Street, East Village, Manhattan)
As anyone who’s emailed her lately knows, our associate editor, Elisa Wouk Almino, has been away this month on a residency at Omi International Arts Center. While there she’s been working on translating the poetry of Brazilian writer and critic Paulo Leminski, who’s best known for his concrete poems and was also himself a translator. You can hear snippets of what she’s done at NYC’s favorite Soviet-themed lit bar on Sunday night, along with work by some of the other fall 2015 Omi residents.
Non-Fiction from Miss Manhattan
When: Monday, November 2, 7:45–9:30pm (Free)
Where: Niagara Bar (112 Avenue A, East Village, Manhattan)
It’s a good week for Hyperallergic editors to give readings! I’ll be joining an amazing lineup at the Miss Manhattan reading series on Monday to hold forth on the subject of cat videos. Expect 10–12 minutes of absurdity, hilarity, and way too much cultural theory.
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With contributions by Tiernan Morgan, Victoria Reis, and Gabriella Santiago-Vancak
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