“East Side Stories”
Metropolitan Playhouse’s series “East Side Stories,” now in its 11th year, brings the real tales of the East Village to the stage. This year’s run of 12 new plays includes “Tompkins 88,” about the attempts made by disparate groups to stop the Tompkins Square Riots, and “Real Estate of Emergence,” about a multigenerational family facing eviction from its longtime residence.
Now through May 3
220 E. 4th St., between Avenues A and B
Assorted show times
To purchase tickets, visit www.metropolitanplayhouse.org or call 800-838-3006
Nelson Saiers’ “The Second Part of 1”
Artist Nelson Saiers’ unlikely journey into art galleries informs his geometric and minimalist aesthetic. Raised in Ethiopia and Afghanistan, the artist and math prodigy earned his PhD in mathematics at 23, and then managed his own hedge fund, Saiers Capital. Last year he left Wall Street, and his second show at Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery explores geometry, still life and the advancements of women in math.
Now through April 19
527 West 23rd St., near Tenth Avenue
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
For more information, visit http://www.hoerle-guggenheim.com/ or call 212-366-4490
“Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck”
Get an advanced viewing of the much anticipated, authorized documentary of Nirvana front man and rock legend Kurt Cobain before it airs on HBO on May 4. Comprised of little-seen home videos, Cobain’s music and art, and interviews with family and close friends, the film is the first fully-authorized documentary of the ‘90s icon. A Q&A with director Brett Morgen follows.
Monday, April 20
Film Society of Lincoln Center
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
W. 65th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues
To purchase tickets, visit filmlinc.com or call 212-875-5601
“Performing, Re-enacting and Reacting”
Artist and gallery director Martha Wilson discusses the complexities involved when artists and institutions reproduce established works. Wilson, who founded avant-garde arts organization Franklin Furnace in 1976, joins artists Robert Longo and Nicolás Dumit Estévez, and cultural critic Tavia Nyong’o in the panel.
Wednesday, April 22
Pratt Manhattan Gallery
144 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues
For more information, visit http://curatorsintl.org/events/performing-re-enacting-and-reacting
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
The Tempest Ladies, an all-female Shakespeare troupe formed in 2008 by six students at the Globe Theatre in London, puts a twist on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The actors play Edwardian women who steal off to the forest at nightfall, free themselves of their restrictive period garments and perform as faeries, legendary lovers and other characters from Shakespeare’s comedy.
314 West 54th St., between Eighth and Ninth Avenues
To purchase tickets, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1382019 or call 212-581-3044