Spend the upcoming weekend with a loved one or friend either celebrating your love or hate for this upcoming Valentine’s Day! Both Bookforum and Anthology Film Archives have anti-romantic events that poke fun at the holiday. If not, explore the new exhibitions popping up at the New Museum, MoMA and International Center of Photography.
Freestyle and Old School Extravaganza
February 10, 8 p.m.
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Avenue
Enjoy a night filled with the greatest freestylers of their time. The lineup includes Stevie B, Lisa Lisa, TKA, Jungle Brothers, George Lamond and many more. Tickets are $71-$131 and selling out fast! For more information visit here.
Bookforum Presents: False Starts
February 10, 6 p.m.
New Musuem of Contemporary Art, 235 Bowery
Kick off Valentine’s Day weekend at Bookforum’s annual Valentine’s Day reading. Listen as esteemed writers William Finnegan, Marlon James, Lynne Tillman and Joy Williams share their experiences with the unlucky side of love. For more information visit here.
Oyster and Beer Festival
February 11, 12-4 p.m.
The Tunnel/La.Venue, 608 West 28th Street
“Shuck. Slupt. Repeat.” Whether you prefer over 20,000 grilled, roasted or raw oysters, this festival is a hit. There will be alcohol, a Southern-style seafood bake, New England clambake and live music. Tickets are $129. For more information visit here.
Central Park Conservancy Ice Festival
February 11, 3-7 p.m.
Namburg Bandshell, Central Park (from 66th to 72nd Streets)
Make the most of the winter season this weekend. Witness talented ice-carving artists from Okamoto Studio as they transform 6,000 pounds of ice into a replica of one of the park’s statues. Afterwards celebrate with the Central Park Conservancy at a silent disco. For more information visit here.
Through February 11
MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street
Manfred Kirchheimer, the unique indie New York filmmaker will fill MoMA’s Roy and Niuta Titus Theater for the weekend. Experience Kirchheimer’s talented camera work for a limited time. For more information visit here.
Through February 12
New York City Center, 131 West 55th Street
An original retelling of the Mark Twain’s classic Huckleberry Finn is hitting the stage this weekend. The cast includes Nicholas Barasch and Stephen Lee Anderson. The show is a part of the 2017 Encores! season including The New Yorkers and The Golden Apple. For more information visit here.
Valentine’s Day Massacre 2017
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue
Celebrate Valentine’s Day differently this year with a series of bitter anti-romantic films. Some feature films include The Heartbreak Kid about a man who dumps his new bride to run after a teenager and Modern Romance following a film editor who’s eagerly trying to win back a woman he left. Tickets are $11. For the film schedule and more information visit here.
Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work
Through April 9
New Museum, 235 Bowery
American artist Raymond Pittibon is best known for his work in the 1980s on zines, record covers and ads. His new exhibition at the New Museum consists of over 600 of his drawings throughout his lifetime. With pieces from his childhood to present day, the exhibition is a must see. For more information visit here.
Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change
Through May 7
International Center of Photography, 250 Bowery
The latest ICP exhibition explores the strong relation between images and recent political and social events. It deeply examines #BlackLivesMatter, gender fluidity, terrorist propaganda, the refugee crisis, climate change and the right wing fringe in relation to visual culture. For more information visit here.
Man From Nebraska
Through March 12
Second Stage Theater, 305 West 43rd Street
David Cromer directs this captivating exploration that follows a man who loses his faith and the people he meets along his adventure to find it. Written by Pulitzer-winning playwright Tracy Letts and starring Tony-winner Reed Birney and Annette O’Toole, the show will not disappoint. Tickets are $82. For more information visit here.