New York City: Your Weekly Agenda Five Things To Do Now

by Joann Jovinelly

Looking for something unique to do in New York City this week?  How about five things?  Take some time to enjoy the finest art and cultural events New York has to offer with this Bloginity weekly agenda for New York City.

1. See Lee Friedlander: America by Car at the Whitney Museum. While it’s certainly not the only photography show to see this season, it’s definitely the one that everyone will be talking about. See the 192 shots (taken from the inside of various rental cars) as a companion to last year’s Robert Frank: Americans show at the MET for another take on road kitsch, unusual tourist spots, and the most amazing compositions. You’ll be asking yourself repeatedly, ‘Just how did he get that shot?’ Now on view until 11/28; see for viewing times. Photo credit: Lee Friedlander

2. Experience P.S. 122’s Hotel Savoy at the Goethe-Institut. Singular theatrical performances are about to hit their peak with the staging of this dramatic play by Dominic Huber that is partly an interpretation of Joseph Roth’s 1924 novel of the same name and the unseen spaces of the Goethe-Institut. Each performance takes individuals through a maze of interesting spaces where they will be introduced to a variety of characters as a “guest” of the hotel. Tickets for the 9/30-10/31 performances are selling out quickly. See for details.

3. Attend the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Avant-garde Performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson heads of this year’s BAM Next Wave Festival with a performance of Delusion, beginning on 9/21 and running through 10/3, but the festivities continue through December with more than 30 musical, theatrical, and artist discussion events on tap. See for specific show times.

4. Survey Japanese Fashion at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology). Style definitely takes a turn toward interesting at Japan Fashion Now, an exhibit of Japanese fashion trends and street styles happening now through January 2011. Biggies like Yohji Yamamoto and Comme des Garçons are represented in along with several rising stars, including Hirooka Naoto. Free. See for viewing schedule. Photo credit: © Hangry & Angry, 2009, Courtesy of S-inc.

5. Drop by DUMBO Arts Festival. Take in the fun as more than 500 artists, dancers, and performers take over Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood for a three-day celebration of all things artistic. Between September 24 and 26, passersby can look forward to plenty of outdoor installations, participatory actions, ad-hoc performances, and more. For details on festival events, see