5 things to do in ny this week: from juliana huxtable to patti smith

Here are our top five picks of what you need to see, hear and do in NYC this week.

by Courtney Iseman
05 October 2015, 5:20pm

Patti Smith Book Signing
If you read Patti Smith's cult memoir Just Kids, you know her new autobiographical offering, M Train, will be bursting with incredible writing and poignant stories. The book's release comes just ahead of the 40th anniversary of Smith's seminal album Horses and is being marked with a series of appearances by the the Godmother of Punk herself. Catch her reading extracts about rock and roll, poetry, her late husband and more, and don't forget to pick up a signed copy.

Wednesday, October 7 at 7PM, at Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 East 17th Street.

Miranda July's New Society
Miranda July has treated us to many different expressions of her unique vision, from movies like The Future to her debut novel, The First Bad Man, and tons of art, recordings and writings in between. Now she comes to the stage with New Society, a work that's part play, part performance piece. The exciting thing is that July has purposely kept a lot information about the piece secret, so the night will come filled with surprises. What we do know is that she will break the fourth wall as she explores ideas of utopia and collaboration.

Wednesday, October 7 at 7:30PM, at BAM Fisher Fishman Space, 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn.

Juliana Huxtable and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
On Thursday, Juliana Huxtable and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs will participate in an ongoing series at Artists Space exploring the effects of sound, body, technology, theatre and comedy on poetry. Fittingly, they will work with the effects of audio distortion and sampling. Huxtable is already known for incorporating her poetry into her mixes as a DJ, and the artist, model, advocate and party hostess never fails to bring a powerful perspective. Diggs is a perfect partner for Huxtable, boasting her own resume of thought-provoking poetry and interdisciplinary art.

Thursday, October 8 at 7PM, at Artists Space, 55 Walker Street.

Clueless 20th Anniversary Panel
Cosplay enthusiasts and fantasy fans are taking over this week at Comic Con, but you don't have to be up on your Marvel characters to enjoy the many offerings at the mega convention. Perfect example? The Clueless 20th anniversary panel. The movie's creator Amy Heckerling will be joined by surprise cast members (fingers crossed for Travis Birkenstock--okay, Breckin Meyer). Wear your best Alaïa.

Saturday, October 10 at 1:45PM, at Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street.

Greater New York Opening
Back in 2000, MoMA and what was then the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center collabed on an exhibit that brought together the most promising, exciting artists living and working in the metropolitan area. The series is back, starting this Sunday, for only the fourth time since then, and it's considered one of the best ways to plug into the city's wealth of emerging talent. No word yet on the lineup, but PS1 has explained that some more established artists will also be showcased this year to create more of a mix.

Sunday, October 11 to March 7, 2016, at MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens.


Text Courtney Iseman
Photography Eric Chakeen

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