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Jillian Steinhauer reading at last year’s Hyperallergic IRL event (photo by Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)

This week, visit a resurrection of the beloved Troll Museum, see contemporary dance on the beach, or learn about the tradition of double dutch. And don’t forget to join us tomorrow night at Housing Works for our second time bringing Hyperallergic off the screen and onto the stage.

 Hyperallergic IRL 2

When: Tuesday, August 16, 7pm (free, but feel free to RSVP)
Where: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (126 Crosby Street, Soho, Manhattan)

It’s back! Hyperallergic IRL returns to Housing Works Bookstore Cafe for another round of readings, art trivia, comment dramatizations, and our first ever live version of Beer with a Painter, in which writer Jennifer Samet will interview artist Philip Pearlstein. Come for the thoughtful and witty commentary, stay for the art book giveaways.

 The Troll Museum, Resurrected

When: Opens Tuesday, August 16, 7–10pm
Where: Chinatown Soup (16B Orchard Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

A couple of months ago, Reverend Jen Miller, owner of the famed Troll Museum, received notice that she was being evicted from her doll-filled home. That pretty much signaled the end of the one-of-a-kind, 16-year-old Lower East Side establishment, but you now have one final chance to check out the colorful collection at a two-week-long pop-up show hosted by Chinatown Soup. The dolls themselves are worth seeing, but head open to the opening if possible: it promises everything from a troll hair-dressing station to “weird” performances and plays. —CV

Touring the Troll Museum with its founder and curator Rev. Jen.

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 A Show of Nothing

When: Opens Wednesday, August 17, 6–9pm
Where: Fresh Window Gallery (56 Bogart Street, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Zurich’s No Show Museum is dedicated to the poetic and surprisingly vast theme of “nothing” and its expression in art history, broken down into subcategories like “nothing as annihilation,” “nothing as invisibility,” and “nothing as reduction.” The museum is going on tour in the US from August through October of this year, and in New York, Fresh Window gallery will present nothing by artist Robert Irwin, who on the No Show Museum’s website falls under “nothing as emptiness.”

 Privacy on Film

When: Begins Friday, August 19 (tickets start at $7)
Where: Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Avenue, East Village, Manhattan)

Anthology Film Archives’ latest screenings are inspired by the International Center of Photography’s first exhibition in its new space, Public Private, Secret, whose works “sharpen and heighten attention towards the social implications of our image-centric world.” The accompanying film series includes classic features such as Blow-Up (1966), The Conversation (1974), and Blow Out (1981), as well as a selection of documentaries, experimental films, and video art. My personal favorite is Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up, in which a photographer named Thomas (played by David Hemmings) suspects that he may have unwittingly documented a murder. —TM

 Party on Purves

When: Saturday, August 20, 12–5pm
Where: SculptureCenter (Purves Street between Jackson and 43rd Avenues, Long Island City, Queens)

SculptureCenter’s annual block party has all the trappings of a conventional street fair (food vendors, live music, kids’ activities) and some trademark attractions that set it high above the rest, including an indoor market — where local artists, designers, and artisans sell their affordable wares — and booths where artists will lead visitors in art-making activities, from building cardboard structures inspired by Le Corbusier with Sam Stewart to cooking up snacks for insects with Sydney Shen. —BS

 Museum Workers Speak

When: Saturday, August 20, 1–2pm
Where: Denny Gallery Pop-up (150 East Broadway, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Much as we might love and revere them, art museums are, by and large, white spaces in desperate need of diversification. How can we change that, and what role can museum workers themselves play in that process? These are some of the questions driving Saturday’s conversation, organized by the platform #MuseumWorkersSpeak as part of Denny Gallery’s pop-up show Present Futures — which, by the way, has a fantastic artist lineup, so budget some time to see their work too.

Laurie Berg, Jodi Bender, Bessie McDonough-Thayer, and Jillian Sweeney will perform at Beach Sessions. (photo by David Brandon Geeting for Beach Sessions Dance)

 Dance at Rockaway Beach

When: Saturday, August 20 & Saturday, August 27 6:30–7:30pm (Free)
Where: Beach at 86th Street (Rockaway Beach, Queens)

Have you been avoiding the beach due to the blazing sun and heavy humidity? Perhaps now’s the time to take the A train out to Rockaway Beach and punctuate your Saturday on the sands with dance. Beach Sessions launches its two-weekend series with Laurie Berg’s The Mineralogy of Objects, inspired by a Joseph Cornell shadow box, and BOOMERANG’s Repercussion, which merges Lewis Hyde’s writing with sounds from Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier. And maybe plan a return visit for the following Saturday, when former Cunningham dancers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener, as well as Guggenheim and NYFA fellow Netta Yerushalmy, take the stage. —AM

 Delving into Double Dutch

When: Saturday, August 20, 7pm ($10)
Where: Knockdown Center (52–19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens)

Bring together two multimedia artists (Dyani Douze, Salome Asega) and a double dutch team (Floyd Little), and what do you get? I don’t know, but I really want to find out. As part of MAMI, a stellar-sounding exhibition paying tribute to Mami Wata, this event will explore a topic that hasn’t been explored enough:the matrilineal structure of the double dutch tradition in America.”

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With contributions by Elisa Wouk Almino, Allison Meier, Tiernan Morgan, Benjamin Sutton, and Claire Voon

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