Oct. 3: Sara Velas on The Velaslavasay Panorama

"Facade of the Velaslavasay Panorama," Photo credit: Forest Casey

“Facade of the Velaslavasay Panorama,” Photo credit: Forest Casey

Sara Velas on The Velaslavasay Panorama
Tuesday, October 3 at 7 PM

Sara Velas, founder of The Velaslavasay Panorama, will present an illustrated lecture on creating and sustaining a small institution in a big city and the projects and programming activities at the Velaslavasay.

Admission: $7 gen.; $5 City Reliquary members & students/faculty w/ID.
Includes one free drink
All proceeds benefit The Velaslavasay Panorama and The City Reliquary.

The Velaslavasay Panorama is an exhibition hall, theatre, and garden housed in the Union Theatre (1910), one of the earliest purpose-built cinemas in the city of Los Angeles. Drawing on the illustrious history of the great panorama paintings of the 18th and 19th centuries, it is dedicated to the production and presentation of unusual multi-sensory, immersive experiences with a focus on early cinematic phenomena. The Velaslavasay Panorama presents an ongoing series of illustrated lectures, traditional & experimental music and theatrical presentations that defy categorization.

"Effulgence of the North" Photo credit: Velaslavasay Panorama

“Effulgence of the North” Photo credit: Velaslavasay Panorama

Since its founding in the year 2000, the Velaslavasay has housed the only 360-degree panorama viewing hall in the West. In September of 2017, the Velaslavasay Panorama retired its Effulgence of the North panorama (on view for 10 years) in preparation for their next panoramic installation and held “The Last Arctic Show” in celebration – the first and last ever variety show dedicated to the retirement of an arctic panorama.

About Sara Velas:
Sara Velas is an artist, graphic designer, gardener, curator and native Los Angeleno. Velas has traveled around the world to investigate the panoramic art form with a special focus on the contemporary creation of panoramas in Asia. In 2014 she was elected President of the International Panorama Council, which meets annually to discuss the panoramic medium both historically and in a contemporary context. Her work with the Velaslavasay Panorama has been supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the United States National Endowment for the Arts, California Community Foundation, and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, among others. While her work is primarily focused on site at the Velaslavasay Panorama, related projects have been exhibited internationally at venues including the Songwon Art Center in Seoul, Korea and NGBK in Berlin, Germany.

Velas has participated in residency programs at locations around the world including the Cite des Arts in Paris, France and the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts in Indonesia. An avid architectural preservationist, she co-wrote the nomination which gave the USA’s first instance of cultural historic protection to a trailer park – the Monterey Trailer Park of Highland Park. In 1999, Velas received her BFA with a major in Painting from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  She was born in Panorama City, California and resides in Los Angeles.

Introducing the 2017 Miss Subways Contestants!

We put out the call, and a fabulous group of civic New Yorkers responded. Here are the contestants who will compete for the title of Miss Subways 2017 on September 28. Each brings something special, but only one will take home the transit tiara.

Tickets on sale now! All proceeds benefit Riders Alliance and The City Reliquary! More event details here.

Let’s meet the contenders…

Don’t miss out on this weird, wonderful, and very New York event in support of the subway system! Get those tickets!
Event details here.

Sept. 14: Blanc et Noir: A Flavorful Evening of French Film, Wine & Pizza

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Join us in the garden on Thursday, September 14th for an evening of iconic black-and-white French film. Blanc et Noir presents A Day in the Country (1936; runtime 40 min.), Jean Renoir’s humanist vignette based on the short story by Guy de Maupassant; and Jean Vigo’s story of youthful rebellion, Zero for Conduct (1933; runtime 44 min.).

The monochromatic theme extends to a menu of hand-picked pizza and wine pairings courtesy of David Bowler of David Bowler Wine and Phil Hartman of Two Boots Pizza. White wines will be served with pizza topped with boudin blanc, red with pizza topped with boudin noir. Veggie and vegan options also available.

Tickets on sale now! $20 in advance/$25 at the door. Discounted admission of $17 online/$20 at door for Reliquary members. Admission includes films and 2 slices of pizza & 2 glasses of wine per person. All proceeds benefit The City Reliquary.

Doors at 7 PM. Screenings begin at dusk.

Program and menu curated by hosts David Bowler of David Bowler Wine and Phil Hartman of Two Boots Pizza.
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Aug. 31: Healix Collective presents “Miss Representation”


Healix Collective takes over our backyard for the third installment in their film series! Join us for a screening of Miss Representation. This 2011 documentary “explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media’s limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.” Run time: 1 hr, 29 min.

With guest speaker Cady Drell, Sex and Relationships Editor at Glamour Magazine!

Doors @  7, film starts at sundown
Admission: $10 | Beverages available by suggested donation, with beer from Brooklyn Brewery. All proceeds support The City Reliquary.

Sept. 28: The 2017 Miss Subways Extravaganza


Deadline extended to Sept. 14!!

We’re seeking Miss Subways 2017!

On Thursday, September 28 at 7 PM, The City Reliquary Museum will host The 2017 Miss Subways Extravaganza. You might remember that the Reliquary celebrated NYC’s most maligned line with its 2009 “Miss G Train” competition. How things have changed! The G is now one of the most reliable lines in the system. Clearly, something must be done.

With a wink and a nod to the Miss Subways pageants held in NYC between 1941 and 1976, this event is a call to arms for advocates and lovers of the NYC underground. In a night of performances spanning the classy, the trashy, the weird, and the whimsical, contestants will demonstrate their love for their subway line of choice to a panel of local celebrity judges.

The Museum of Interesting Things will join us with a table display of subway ephemera!

Tickets are on sale for $20-$60 ($17 for Reliquary members). Beverages available by suggested donation, with beer courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery.
All proceeds benefit The City Reliquary and the Riders Alliance.

Are YOU this year’s Miss Subways?

Can your talents inspire Governor Cuomo to action? We’re looking for contestants who believe they should be the ambassador for the subway in its time of crisis. Despite the potentially “miss”-leading title, we welcome contestants of all gender identities. The deadline to enter is Thursday, September 14th at 11:59 PM. 

TO ENTER: Send the following to
1) a short essay telling us why you want to be Miss Subways 2017, what your favorite subway line is, and why it inspires/enrages/enchants you;
2) a detailed description of your proposed performance.Show your love for our subterranean system through song, dance, poetry, or any other talent: Rubik’s cube solving, hula hooping, speed knitting, playing the sousaphone…surprise us!;
3) a photo. Feel free to send additional things, such as a song you’ve written, or a story of a memorable subway ride.

Our judges panel features CELEBRITIES & CIVIC HEROES! Including:


Actress, comedian, and progressive activist Janeane Garofalo! Rising to fame in the ’90s with iconic appearances on The Ben Stiller Show and Reality Bites, she recently starred in the 90s throwback comedy, Wet Hot American Summer!



RJDowntown NYC art star and icon, Reverend Jen Miller! The Rev Jen was an early participating artist at Collective: Unconscious in the Lower East Side in the 1990s, where she began the Anti-Slam & Art Star movement. She’s been a muse for internationally renowned comedians and authors (the TV show “Bored to Death” featured a character based on her Elf Girl persona). She is the founder of the Mr. Lower East Side Pageant and of the Troll Museum, which tragically closed in 2016.
Roger-Clark 640x360NY1 reporter Roger Clark! As an intrepid NY1 morning reporter, Roger has surfed Rockaway Beach, learned the trapeze, kayaked the Hudson, and canoed the Gowanus Canal. He regularly covers community issues and highlights non-profits that help make NYC great. And he’s in a punk band! Roger’s band Perp Walk has played venues such as Bowery Electric, Hank’s Saloon, and The City Reliquary.

21994065_10213279746564399_7587461439172856378_oBaratunde R. Thurston, star of stage (acclaimed comedian, highly sought-after keynote speaker) and screens (producer, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah; fellow, MIT Media Lab, digital editor, The Onion, unusually astute talking head on political talk shows; prolific tweeter). He’s also the author of the New York Times bestseller, How to Be Black.

Sept. 1: “Poetic Justice” with FilmIndie Cinema Club


Join FilmIndie Cinema Club and The Melanin Mixer on September 1 at 7 PM for a backyard kickback in celebration of the first annual Brooklyn Music Week! We’re screening the 1993 cult classic, Poetic Justice, which follows the budding romance of a grieving hairdresser and an ambitious postman, played by music legends Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur.

The grill will be going, the Spades and dominoes tables will be out, and the playlist will be on point! Screening starts at sundown (around 8:30).

Limited tickets are available, so don’t wait to get yours! $15 admission includes the screening, light bites and movie snacks. Beer by suggested donation, courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery. All proceeds will support The City Reliquary!

Aug. 26: King Pizza’s Psychic Luau 2: Electric Boogaloo


On Saturday, August 26, from 2-10 PM, Brooklyn’s own King Pizza Records will throw the end-of-summer bash to end ALL summer bashes in the Reliquary’s own backyard! Groove to a lineup of local bands and gorge on BBQ from grillmaster Stefan Mersch as we say so long to summer 2017. Hosted by Casey Regan.

Hang in our backyard all day and swoon to the sounds of:

| The Nuclears
|| The Savage Blush (CO)
||| The Fucktons
|||| Heavy Flow (NJ)
||||| Coach N’ Commando
|||||| Scout Harris

Admission: $10

Aug. 2: Opening Reception for Off-Site Exhibition at Ace Hotel

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Through the month of August, Ace Hotel will display key objects from our permanent collection in their Gallery Annex. See relics of New York, including terracotta fragments of landmark skyscrapers, geological specimens from the 2nd Avenue Subway, an artifact from one of the last surviving coal-fired pizza ovens in NYC, and cultural ephemera spanning from Coney Island to the Bronx.

Join us for complimentary wine and a live DJ set at 7 PM tomorrow, August 2 as we kick off this exciting new off-site exhibition! RSVP with Ace is suggested but not required.

Ace Hotel is located at 20 W29th St. in Manhattan.

Aug. 4: “New York City Sketchbook” and Slapstick Short Films


On Friday, August 4 at 8 PM, three figures of New York City’s offbeat film history, exhibition, and animation circles converge in our beautiful backyard for a unique screening of archival and contemporary short films that are not to be missed!

Brooklyn-based animator Willy Hartland begins our program with a screening of his award-winning animated short, New York City Sketchbook. Hartland says he seeks to “explore the urban experience unfiltered, with all its beauty and its blemishes. Working from my sketchbooks, in a form of visual journalism, the film attempts to document the challenges that New Yorkers face with their hopes and desires as they negotiate the urban matrix of the city itself.”

The second part of the program focuses on live-action archival silent film. That Slapstick Show, curated by Nelson Hughes, delivers The Race to Save Laughter, a selection of silent comedies that were once considered lost for decades, then subsequently found and recently preserved by major film archives.

The evening concludes with rare shorts from Tommy José Stathes’ long-running Cartoon Carnival series. This special installment features historic 1910s-1930s animated cartoons produced in New York City, and projected on ‘reel’ 16mm film. Be sure to catch this one-night-only event before these films go back in the vault!

Willy Hartland:
Tommy José Stathes:
Nelson Hughes’ Slapstick Comedies Fan Page:

Admission: $10 at the door.
Beverages available by suggested donation, with beer from Brooklyn Brewery.

July 28-30: “’That’s What.’ She Said, A Megaphone for Female Voices”

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“That’s What.” She Said, A Megaphone for Female Voices, marks the first collaboration between Duende Theatre Group and Playful Substance. Performances will be held in the backyard of The City Reliquary on July 28, 29, and 30.

Playwrights Kimberly Alu, Dipti Bramhandkar, Molly Horan, Bree O’Connor, and Lauren White deliver an eclectic assembly of five short plays exploring insecurity, biological imperatives, love, recreation, and the shifting landscape of American morals. It is playwrighting without prompts, nets, or constraints–just women having fun saying what is on their minds.

Featuring the acting talents of Daniel Kemper, Weronika Wozniak, Kate Falk, and Vanesa Rendon; and the directing talents of Vanesa Rendon, Bree O’Connor and Matthew Ip Shaw.

Following the July 28th performance, the directors and playwrights will hold a panel discussion exploring the state of women’s representation in the arts. A special guest will moderate.

Suggested donation of $10. Email to reserve tickets.
Beverages available by suggested donation, with beer from Brooklyn Brewery.
All proceeds will support The City Reliquary and the artists.