Vision/Action: Designers of the Next Generation is an exhibit on view through 22 September at Hebrew Union College. It includes many objects sure to intrigue readers of vilaine fille: a series of posters by Tamar Dekel illustrating Serge Gainsbourg songs (I want them all!); a lovely puppet theatre by Nirit Arbeli of Tristan und Isolde; images based on the play The Magic Flute of Baghdad, riffing on Mozart and the Gulf War (my Hebrew isn’t good enough to tell you more); and several stunning photographs by Michal Chelbin, whose work you see at left, and whose sources range from Caravaggio and Velázquez to Diane Arbus.
HUC is located at One West Fourth Street (across from Dojo); info at 212-824-2205.
The Bang on a Can Marathon takes place on Sunday, 4 June, from 11h30 to 22h00 at World Financial Center. Admission is free; performers include the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Maya Beiser, Alarm Will Sound, and Glenn Kotche; composers include vilaine fille favorite Annie Gosfield.
Starting on 2 June, The Rubin Museum of Art, conveniently located on West 17th Street, presents “The Icarus Syndrome,” a series of films touching on themes raised in the exhibit “Take to the Sky: Flying Mystics in Himalayan Art.” Favorites include Dr. Strangelove, Der Himmel über Berlin, and the 1924 Peter Pan. Admission is free with a $7.00 bar minimum; most films start at 21h30 (yay). Info at 212-620-5000.
For now, one final item for your summer calendar: On 2 August, Central Park SummerStage presents a dramatic reading of excerpts from An Iliad, a retelling by Alessandro Baricco of the Homeric poem, translated by Ann Goldstein. (Baricco, like vilaine fille, is piemontese and very cute. That said, I have no idea whether Don Lisander himself will be in attendance.) I never really “got” Homeric poetry before seeing and hearing Iliad I performed by the Aquila Theatre Company several years ago. (Aquila used Stanley Lombardo’s translation, which I commend to you all.)