5 things to do in ny this week: from elliphant to broad city
Here are our top five picks of what you need to see, hear and do in NYC this week.
Photography Columbine Goldsmith
Sage Sohier's At Home with Themselves
Foley Gallery's showing of Sage Sohier's work is perfectly timed with the upcoming Supreme Court decision regarding the constitutional rights of same-sex marriage. Sohier started photographing couples in their homes 30 years ago, at a time that the artist notes was much less welcoming to gay and lesbian relationships. Her photos portray a contrast she was taken by: same-sex couples in their daily routines were still a relatively new sight, and yet they were so utterly normal. Sohier's portraits are a useful and moving marker for how far we've come and how far we've got left to go in 2015.
Wednesday, June 17 to Sunday, July 26 at Foley Gallery, 59 Orchard Street.
Driven by her fiery spirit more than any one genre, the Scandinavian-born, L.A.-based singer and rapper Elliphant has grabbed attention in pop, dance, hip-hop and beyond. She's worked with the likes of Diplo and Skrillex, and has kept fans on their toes with frequent releases that continue to redefine her sound. Her seriously dance-able songs that rocket from one influence to another without losing her signature blend of smoothness and edge are sure to create a rollercoaster of an experience when she performs live.
Thursday, June 18 at 9PM, at Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette Street.
The Mermaid Parade
Summer's freakier side officially kicks off every year with Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, a flamboyant and sparkly celebration of the boardwalk's mix of decadent seediness and ocean air. Revelers come dressed up as mermaids and other assorted sea creatures, usually with a burlesque slant. There's still time to register, until Wednesday, if you're secretly jonesing to strap on a fin, dip yourself in glitter and march. Otherwise, join the spectators for a wild party and the year's best people-watching.
Saturday, June 20th at 1PM, on Surf Avenue and the boardwalk at Coney Island, Brooklyn.
Sunrise with Yoko Ono and Blood Orange
Step into Yoko Ono's mystical world by celebrating sunrise with her and some music that'll wake you right up. First performed in Tokyo in 1964 and then New York in 1965, Ono's Morning Peace is a gathering where she sells typed times and dates on paper, glass and other materials with the idea that people can buy a future sunrise. At this 50th-anniversary performance, the introspective, genre-transcending Dev Hynes will perform as Blood Orange and Virgil Abloh will DJ as Flat White.
Sunday, June 21 at 4:30AM, at MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street.
Broad City's Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer
If you haven't drowned your broke-in-the-city sorrows in the all-too-real ridiculousness of Broad City, you're doing it wrong. The show's creators and stars, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, have been hailed as comedic geniuses and all-around badass girls for their brutal and hilarious honesty. Amy Ryan's live discussion with the duo about their success and behind-the-scenes stories promises to be full of both fresh insight and side-splitters.
Sunday, June 21 at 7:30PM, at 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue.
Text Courtney Iseman
Photography Columbine Goldsmith