Ai Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds
Where: Mary Boone Gallery, 541 West 24 Street; (212) 752-2929
When: Saturday-February 4
Ai Weiwei brings his renowned installation "Sunflower Seeds" to the Mary Boone Gallery for its New York debut on Saturday. The installation features five tons of hand-painted, porcelain sunflower seeds painted by artists in the historic Chinese city of Jingdezhen. The work is a commentary on various political and economic issues in current Chinese society. Check out the video below for a more in depth look at the remarkable installation.
Charles Bukowski Poetry Reading
Where: Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street; (212) 989-9319
When: Friday, 6PM
Price: $7 (includes drink)
Stop by the Cornelia Street Cafe in the West Village for their annual Charles Bukowski poetry tribute hosted by Kat Georges. The open mic series is sure to attract plenty of the legendary writer's fans so arrive at 6PM sharp to sign up.
No Pants Subway Ride 2012
Where: 6 meeting points found here
When: Sunday, 3PM
It's been 11 years since the first No Pants Subway escapade and the party is showing no signs of slowing down. Join your fellow exhibitionists at various meeting points around the city for a subway ride that'll be sure to get you some laughter, peppered with confusion from other straphangers.
Errol Morris Interview
Where: The TimesCenter, 242 West 41st Street; (212) 556-4300
When: Friday, 8PM
The Academy Award-winning director of Fog of War and Umbrella Man stops by the New York Times: Arts and Leisure weekend to discuss his new book "Believing Is Seeing."
Chase Away The Winter Blues Guided Tour
Where: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 900 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn; (718) 623-7200
When: Sunday, 1PM
Price: Free with garden admission
Coming down from the holiday season hasn't been easy and visiting a psychiatrist to fix those melancholy woes can run a hefty bill. The folks at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden are here to save the day with a guided tour led by licensed psychotherapist and veteran guide Lynne Spevack for an hour long, narrated tour chock full of tips on how to maintain an optimistic perspective throughout the dreary season.
NY Guitar Festival Celebrates Brian Eno's Tribute To NASA
Where: World Financial Center Winter Garden, bordered by West Street and the Hudson River, (212) 945-2600
When: Friday, 8PM
This year marks the 12th anniversary of Brian Eno's Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks, a tribute to NASA's milestones when they landed on the moon. The New York Guitar Festival invites you to gather at the World Financial Center for a special live performance of Eno's music, with featured scenes from the documentary "Man In The Right Seat."