At Ideasmyth, we’re always on the look-out for New York’s under-known treasures of culture, events and other unexpected treats. This week we’ve got book launches and panel discussions and a special storytelling weekend getaway in Vermont! Happy adventuring! 

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Wednesday November 12th: The Lowline
Wednesday November 12th: Turning the Tables on the Lo-Down
Thursday November 13th: Evening for Educators-Exploring Artistic Process
Friday November 14th: Laurel and Hardy-Sons of the Desert
Saturday November 15thh:The Monthly Nut with James Braly
Saturday November 15th: Brooklyn Crush Wine+Artisanal Food Festival
Sunday November 16th: Semiotext[e] presents The Return of Schizo Culture
Monday November 17th: The Salon: Art+Design
Tuesday November 18th: Gallery Lecture: “Never Can Say Goodbye”-Sari Botton
Tuesday November 18th: Sean Wilsey “More Curious”
Wednesday November 19th: On Penelope Fitzgerald-Round-Table with Hermione Lee


Wednesday, November 12th

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The Lowline
6:30PM, FREE
Tenement Museum
The world’s first underground park!

When the Highline was first proposed as an elevated park on defunct railroad tracks, people thought it was nuts, but now 10 years old and it’s one of NYC’s most beloved destinations and an inspirational model for creative repurposing of outdoor space all over the world. NYC is poised to make urban planning waves again with the world’s first underground park — The Lowline. The Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side is hosting a panel discussion for project leaders to discuss their vision for this already-controversial subterranean park. 

Wednesday November 12th

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Turning the Tables on the Lo-Down
6PM, $10
Manny Cantor Center
Find the voice of the Lower East Side! 

The Lo-Down NY is a magazine/website dedicated to celebrating what makes the Lower East Side unique in terms of its cultural mash-up of art, culture, real estate, food and entertainment. This month’s Manny Cantor Center’s penthouse happy hour will be co-hosted with the Lo-Down’s founding editors, Ed Litvak and Traven Rice, and all are invited to pitching your own story ideas.

Thursday, November 13th

Evening_for_Educators_20140424_EDU_07_Cassandra_Giraldo_photo_335WEvening for Educators: Exploring Artistic Process
The Brooklyn Museum
How did they make that?

The Brooklyn Museum hosts a gallery lecture with curators discussing exhibition logistics and artistic processes as well as how to make your artwork/art classes more engaging to your audience. Fuel up on wine and snacks as you hobnob with fellow creatives and educators, and experiment with some art-making of your own. All educators can take home free teaching supplies and receive 10% off at the bookstore!

Friday, November 14th

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The Players Club (Gramercy Park)
Let your laughter explore silence!

Vaudeville cinema’s most beloved physical comedy duo–Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy–have been captivating audiences since 1926, and now their films have taken over the ever-historic comedian’s swank hideout–The Players Club–for all of November. Enjoy some of Laurel and Hardy’s most iconic silent film showcases like “Putting Pants on Philip” and “Do Detectives Think?”–festive period attire encouraged!

Saturday, November 15th

MonthlyNut-450x300The Monthly Nut with James Braly
7:30PM, $20
The Wilburton Inn, Vermont
Find the perfect weekend getaway and a quick psycho-analysis!

James Braly, the first two-time winner of The Moth GrandSlam, 14-city national tour Off-Broadway performer and contributor to This American Life will be performing his new (darkly) comic monologue that asks: Can you love your lifestyle–without hating your life? As James seeks answers, he encounters a boss who worships Hitler, a closeted secret admirer/kidnapper, a movie star and a ghost. The event will be hosted at Vermont’s grand historic estate, The Wilburton Inn, crowning a thirty-acre hillside while privy to dramatic mountain vistas, and features a fascinating collection of global contemporary art.

Saturday, November 15th

Brooklyn Crush Wine& Artisan Food Festival
3-6PM, $85
233 37th Street, Brooklyn
The trees are not the only things turning red this Fall!

Taste over 250 wines from all over the US and abroad, hand-picked by the experts at Vintry Fine Wines–Manhattan’s own rising connoisseur of the drink of the Gods, located in Battery Park. Attendees can also fashion their tastes to Brooklyn’s own burgeoning food community featuring Carcosa Caramelier, Sottocasa Pizzeria, Sucre Bleu, Magpies etc. Enjoy the company of fellow hedonists in a quaint factory space that’s been turned around just for the occasion.

Sunday, November 16th

SS_2014_SchizocultureSemiotext[e] presents The Return of Schizo-Culture
12-6PM, $15
Learn how many parts truly make a whole (culture)!

 On the 40th anniversary of the influential independent press Semiotext[e], comes a series of performances, readings, and film screenings that re-examine the ideas unveiled at the 1975 Schizo-Culture conference that brought radical French philosophy to the American avant-garde.

Monday, November 17th

The Salon: Art + Design
11-7PM, FREE
Park Avenue Armory
See the leading exhibitors from 1890 to the present!

As the sister fair to the Paris Biennale, The Salon NY is one of New York’s most highly anticipated art shows for decorative design and the 2014 iteration of the fair will be closing its doors today. The curative genius of 50+ art galleries is sure to be dazzling hailing from over 9 different countries as they enliven the part-castle part-industrial space with a their great finds of 20th century and contemporary art and design.

Tuesday, November 18th

SariBotton_NikolaiNesterokeNever Can Say Goodbye: Sari Botton and Contributors on their Unshakeable Love for NYC
Housing Works Bookstore
Discover the special relationship between writers and New York!

After the stupendous success of Sari Botton’s first anthology: Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, comes the next logical iteration, Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers On Their Unshakable Love For New York, an anthology of  writers confessing to their enduring addiction to NYC–and why it will always be home no matter where they live.  

Tuesday, November 18th

Sean Wilsey: “More Curious”
The National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South)
Meet David Foster Wallace’s one-time neighbor!

Best-selling memoirist of Oh The Glory of it All on his love of skateboarding, Sean Wilsey is now releasing a collection of personal essays titled More Curious, which forays into subjects that have touched his life in all sorts of ways. Of his latest work, The New York Times says, “as a writer he can be as nimble — and as inventive — as a gifted skateboarder.” Join host and vice-chair of the literary committee of the National Arts Club, Rose Kernochan, for an evening of live reading and a craft-specific interview.

Wednesday, November 19th

Penelope_Fitzgerald_A_LifeOn Penelope Fitzgerald: Round-Table with Hermione Lee
6:15-8:15PM, FREE
Davis Auditorium, Columbia University
Meet a professor we’d all dream of being taught by!

Hermione Lee has masterfully penned the life and work of one of the “50 greatest writers since 1945,” Penelope Fitzgerald, and now she takes the stage, along with award-winning novelists Ellis AveryAlexander Chee, and Margot Livesey, to celebrate Fitzgerald’s short but prolific career and read excerpts from some of her best work. Lee is also the author of best-selling biographies of Virginia Woolf and Edith Wharton, and her own formative years at Oxford definitely make her a must-see expert on the subject of female literary visionaries.


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~~~Dipti Anand is an Editorial and Social Media Intern at Ideasmyth. Enrolled in the circus of life, she juggles an Interdisciplinary Master’s of Arts in Humanities and Social Thought at NYU, along with her passion for writing short fiction and poetry. When she’s not thinking, writing, or thinking about writing, Dipti likes to make long-distance phone calls and also eats one truffle a day.


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