MONDAY, AUGUST 21
Event: East Village Queer Film Festival at Wild Project
This inaugural festival of feature films, shorts, and music videos celebrates queer culture in all its myriad forms. The weeklong festival include a number of horror, sci-fi, and exploitation B-movies grouped under the category of “Future Cult Classics.”
The Wild Project, 195 East 3rd Street, 7 p.m. Tickets $11
TUESDAY, AUGUST 22
Screening: Antonioni x 6 at Metrograph
Michelangelo Antonioni’s films immerse viewers in worlds removed from the restraints of conventional narrative tropes. The Italian filmmaker cemented this style with his 1960 classic L’Avventura, a brooding drama about the disappearance of a young woman. If you have never seen it, now is the perfect chance, as Metrograph will be screening the film in all its 35mm glory. Five other fine examples of Antonioni’s storytelling guile follow later in the week week.
Metrograph Cinema, 13 Ludlow Street. Tickets $15
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23
Screening: Groundhog Day at Museum of Modern Art
As part of the series “Future Imperfect: The Uncanny in Science Fiction,” MoMA presents this Bill Murray winter classic during the dog days of August. Although the MoMA program’s namesake comes from an episode of Star Trek, “Future Imperfect” focuses on forms of science fiction divorced from more fantastical versions of the faraway future. Groundhog Day certainly fits this bill, and feels pleasantly quaint in the context of our dystopian year.
Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, 7 p.m. Tickets $8/$10/$12
Screening: Raging Bull at Anthology Film Archives
As the summer comes to a close, why not leave work early and cool down in the late afternoon with this eternal Scorsese flick? It’s being shown at Anthology as part of the theater’s August program “Boxing on Film: Part 1,” which also includes Frederick Wiseman’s Boxing Gym (2010) and Robert Wise’s The Set-Up (1949), just in case you feel like brushing up on your fighting techniques in time for fall.
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, 3:45 p.m. Tickets $7/$9/$11
THURSDAY, AUGUST 24
Event: Filmmakers Coop Benefit Auction
Created in 1962 by director Jonas Mekas alongside many others, the Filmmakers Coop has remained a sturdy resource for avant-garde cinema in New York City. This benefit auction, hosted at the new Lower East Side gallery Next to Nothing, features a stacked list of contributors, including Walter Robinson, Kiki Smith, Jim Jarmusch, and many, many more.
Next To Nothing, 181 Orchard Street, 6 p.m. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Talk: Mierle Laderman Ukeles at Whitney Museum
Back in 1976, as the unpaid artist-in-residence with the New York City Department of Sanitation, Mierle Laderman Ukeles visited 55 Water Street to photograph sanitation workers and talk to them about their work as art. The resulting photographs and statements from the workers were combined in I Make Maintenance Art One Hour Every Day (1976), which is now a part of “An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940–2017.” In conjunction with the exhibition, Mierle Laderman Ukeles discusses the work and her time spent working with the Department of Sanitation
Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street, 3 p.m.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25
Party: Uptown Fridays! at the Studio Museum in Harlem
Dance to music by Manchildblack at the Studio Museum’s Uptown Fridays! (The title includes the explanation mark, though we are also excited about this.) The latest iteration of the summer series welcomes guests to dance, enjoy cocktails, and take free guided tours of the museum’s current exhibitions, like “Their Own Harlems,” which looks at the influence urban landscapes on artists such as Jacob Lawrence.
Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street, 7–10 p.m.
Concert: Pablo Cafici Trio at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
It is hard to resist classical music framed by the scenic views of the Met’s Balcony Bar, particilarly on a Friday evening. This is what’s on offer every week as part of the music series “ETHEL and Friends.” For this week’s event, the Pablo Cafici Trio will play works by Piazzolla, Ginastera, Salgan, and Gismonti.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, 5–8 p.m.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 27
Talk: Decarcerated Podcast at Brooklyn Museum
As part of the exhibition “The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America,” the Brooklyn Museum will host Marlon Peterson of Decarcerated Podcast. Peterson, who spent ten years in prison, uses the podcast to discuss the success stories of people who have spent time in the criminal justice system. Peterson will be joined by Piper Anderson, Khalil A. Cumberbatch, Donna Hylton, and Johnny Perez as they discuss racism in the United States.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, 2 p.m.