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Sept. 28: The 2017 Miss Subways Extravaganza

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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 miss-subways@cityreliquary.org:
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:

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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.

Closet Archaeology in the New York Post

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The August 13, 2017 issue of the New York Post has a great piece on Closet Archaeology! See this show until October 15.

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

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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!

Closet Archaeology extended through October 15, 2017!

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Due to popular demand, Closet Archaeology: An Accidental Time Capsule will run through October 15. This show presents 20th-century ephemera discovered under the floorboards of the Children’s Workshop School/P.S. 61 by a class of fourth-grade students led by their teacher, Miriam Sicherman. The students have compiled an archive of everyday artifacts ranging from ca. 1915 to ca. 1991. In addition to uncovering objects of the quotidian past, the students have also reached out and connected with some of the former students, now adults of advanced age, who lost items under the floorboards many years ago.

The Reliquary exhibition has received coverage in Atlas Obscura and Bedford + Bowery. Miriam Sicherman has discussed the project in Social Studies and the Young Learner (Nov/Dec 2015). The project has also been covered by The New York Times.

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

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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

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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!

Contributors:
Willy Hartland: http://www.willyhartland.com/
Tommy José Stathes: http://tommyjose.com/
Nelson Hughes’ Slapstick Comedies Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/149005355292858/

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 mailto:DuendeTheatreGroup@gmail.com to reserve tickets.
Beverages available by suggested donation, with beer from Brooklyn Brewery.
All proceeds will support The City Reliquary and the artists.

Be a part of the our exhibition, “NYC Trash!: Past, Present, & Future”!

Jacob A. Riis, "Italian Home Under a Dump," ca. 1890. Museum of the City of New York (90.13.1.208)

Jacob A. Riis, “Italian Home Under a Dump,” ca. 1890. Museum of the City of New York (90.13.1.208)

CALL FOR EXHIBITORS:
NYC Trash! Past, Present, & Future

The City Reliquary invites proposals for its upcoming exhibition, NYC Trash! Past, Present, & Future, which will open in October 2017 and run through April 2018. From Jacob A. Riis’s images of 19th-century squalor to plans for waste management in the 21st century and beyond, this show will explore the diverse ways that New Yorkers relate to and deal with their trash.

Waste management experts, collectors of NYC Department of Sanitation ephemera, enthusiasts of reuse/recycling, and anyone invested in the past, present, or future of trash in New York City are encouraged to submit their ideas. Contact info@cityreliquary.org with your name, phone number, and a brief description of your exhibit idea including any AV and/or size & space requirements.

The curators are particularly interested in contributions that address projects related to reuse and recycling and how the city must deal with its waste in the future, but all proposals will be considered. The deadline for submissions is August 14, 2017.

July 27: Healix Collective presents “Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth”

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Healix Collective returns to our backyard on Thursday, July 27th for ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH, the second installment in their summer screening series. There will be a special reading by NYC poet Camonghne Felix before the film.

Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth is a feature documentary film which tells the compelling story of an extraordinary woman’s journey from her birth in a paper-thin shack in cotton fields of Putnam County, Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the 20th Century.

Alice Walker made history as the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her groundbreaking novel, The Color Purple, which has been transformed from a novel, to a Hollywood movie and latterly to a successful Broadway musical. This universal story of triumph against all odds is not that different from Walker’s own story.

Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth offers audiences a penetrating look at the life and art of an artist, a self-confessed renegade and human rights activist. In 2010, Yoko Ono honored Walker with the LennonOno Peace Award, for her ongoing humanitarian work.

Doors @  7, film starts at sundown
$5 – $10 suggested donation | All proceeds support The City Reliquary
Beverages available by suggested donation, with beer from Brooklyn Brewery. 

Visit www.healixcollective.com for more!