Shady Ladies of the Metropolitan Museum
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan
August 19; 2:15-4:15 p.m.
The canon of historical art is brimming with depictions of female figures. While some (mostly male) artists trained their brushes on Greek goddesses or women of royalty, others found inspiration in the women who were a bit more scandalous: courtesans, mistresses and “ambitious” high-society wives. The history of these so-called “Shady Ladies” is the focus of a guided tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The format is designed by former Harvard professor and historian Andrew Lear and run by a group of tour guides known as — you guessed it— the Shady Ladies.
The Small Press Flea 2018
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch, Brooklyn
August 18; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Have some tote bags that need filling? The Small Press Flea, co-presented by BOMB Magazine and the Brooklyn Public Library, brings together local publishers and magazines for an afternoon packed with content from independent presses, such as Archipelago Books, Melville House Publishing, n+1 / Paper Monument, New Directions, Printed Matter, Inc., Verso Books and more. This year’s summer market marks the fifth edition of the fair.
Union Pool, Brooklyn
August 18; 2 p.m.
For those unacquainted with Brooklyn’s Union Pool, the venue’s free “Summer Thunder” series may just be the perfect entry point. A. Savage, co-frontman for Parquet Courts, headlines this weekend’s musical event, with opening sets from Chicago guitarists Ryley Walker and Bill Mackay and tunes from the Guinean Afro-jazz band Mandingo Ambassadors.
North Coast Hip-Hop Improv
The Underground, Manhattan
August 18; 9 p.m.
Combining elements of hip-hop and stand-up, North Coast improv nights have been a hit since the festival debuted in 2009. Each event is built around a single suggestion that comes from an audience member. From there, that suggestion is molded and transformed into hip-hop songs. By the end of the evening, humorous — and sometimes catchy — rhymes are created in a collaborative, lively process.
Friday Night Poetry Slam Featuring Shane Romero
Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Manhattan
Aug 17; 10 p.m.
In one of the most popular weekly events hosted by Nuyorican Poets Cafe, professional rhymers take to the stage to compete in a round of slam poetry. The five judges are chosen at random from the audience.
Top Image: Detail of John Singer Sargent's "Madame X" (1884), a portrait of Madame Pierre Gautreau on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.