Last Tuesday, the Museum Mile Festival offered free admission to seven institutions along Fifth Ave. between 82nd and 105th Sts. This Tuesday, June 20, fifteen downtown organizations will open their doors for free. As part of the River to River Festival, which includes experimental dance, theater, music, and more through June 25, people are invited inside to see exhibitions and special programs as well as join walking tours. The participating organizations (with current exhibitions and special events) are the African Burial Ground National Monument (ranger presentations and screening of Our Time at Last), Federal Hall National Memorial (ranger tours, George Washington, Early American Music by Linda Russell), Fraunces Tavern Museum (“Dunsmore: Illustrating the American Revolutionary War,” “Lafayette,” live music by Rose Tree), the Museum of American Finance (“For the Love of Money: Blacks on US Currency,” hourly tours), the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust (“My Name Is…The Lost Children of Kloster Indersdorf,” “Eyewitness: Photographs by B. A. Van Sise,” 6:30 talk on Jewish communities in China), the China Institute (“Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou,” live music), the National Archives at New York City, the National Museum of the American Indian (“Akunnittinni: A Kinngait Family Portrait,” “Circle of Dance,” live performances by Martha Redbone), the National September 11 Memorial Museum, the NYC Municipal Archives (building tours with MA photographer Matthew Minor and MA commissioner), the 9/11 Tribute Center, Poets House (“Poetry Since 1912: Books, Issues, & Ephemera from the Poetry Foundation,” literary scavenger hunt), the Skyscraper Museum (“Ten and Taller, 1874-1900,” tour with founding director Carol Willis), and the South Street Seaport Museum (“Street of Ships: The Port and Its People,” Waterfront History Walking Tour, Bowne C. Stationers and Printers live demonstration).
3 West 57th St. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.
June 16-18, free, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Following in the exalted footsteps of New Jersey’s Jon Stewart, South African comedian Trevor Noah has continued the political humor that has made The Daily Show must-see TV for two decades. Noah is not exactly a fan of Donald Trump’s, bringing a serious edge to his nightly jokes about what is going on in Washington and around the world. This weekend Comedy Central and The Daily Show is presenting “The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library,” an installation on East Fifty-Seventh St. that celebrates the president’s obsession with tweeting his thoughts on social media without a filter, often in the wee hours of the morning, when few people are doing their best thinking. President Trump is expert at getting himself into deeper hot water time and time again in 140 characters or less, impacting court cases, federal investigations, and public policy with his often bizarre diatribes. The display features a silhouette of the commander-in-tweet’s head filled with many of his favorite words and hashtags, a look at how Trumpstradamus has done as a prognosticator, a list of the “most attacked,” caricatures of some of his more famous twitter victims, a photo op at a replica of the president’s desk in the oval office, and tweets organized into such themes as “Always the Best,” “Holiday Cheer,” and “Concern for the Integrity of the American Presidency.” You can also generate your own Trump nickname. The free exhibition, which gets right down to the nitty-gritty of the art of the tweet, considers these “unpresidented” messages important historical documents, and you’ll be able to revel in their bigly-ness through June 18; expect plenty of covfefe.
Who: Raoul Peck, Kevin Young, Paul Holdengräber
What: Conversation and pop-up exhibition
Where: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd.
When: Thursday, June 8, $10, 7:00
Why: In conjunction with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s acquisition in April of the personal archives of James Baldwin, including published and unpublished letters, manuscripts, drafts, galleys, screenplays, notes, and photographs, the institution will be hosting award-winning Haitian filmmaker and former minister of culture Raoul Peck in a special conversation on June 10. Peck has written and directed such sociopolitical features and documentaries as Lumumba, Moloch Tropical, and Fatal Assistance; his latest is the Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro, about the Harlem-born Baldwin. Peck will be joined by Schomburg Center director Kevin Young and LIVE from the NYPL director Paul Holdengräber; the main focus is Peck’s career, but there should be plenty about Baldwin as well. In addition, the pop-up exhibition “Evidence of Things Seen” will display select items from the Baldwin acquisition.
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th St. (11th Ave. between 34th & 39th Sts.)
Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4, $10 (children ages six to twelve) - $45 (adults)
The annual trade show BookExpoAmerica at the Javits Center will once again be followed by BookCon, a two-day fair that is open to the public this weekend, celebrating all things literary, from picture books and comics to YA and adult fiction and nonfiction. There will be panel discussions, meet-and-greets, autograph sessions, Q&As, screenings, and much more. The lineup of guests is impressive, including Bill Nye, Charlamagne tha God, Chelsea Clinton, Cory Doctorow, Heather Graham, Jeff Kinney, Jeffrey Tambor, Kevin Hart, Leomony Snicket, Margaret Atwood, Marc Maron, Mayim Bialik, Veronica Roth, and many others. (Scott Kelly and Dan Brown had to cancel.) Below are only some of the myriad special events, some of which require advance registration and ticketing.
Saturday, June 3
Chad Michael Murray — an American Drifter, with Chad Michael Murray and Heather Graham, Room 1E10, 11:15
Carrying On with Rainbow Rowell, with Rainbow Rowell and Emma Straub, Room 1E14, 12:15
Ten-Year Anniversary of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, with Jeff Kinney and Kevin Maher, Main Stage, 12:45
WTF?: Marc Maron and Brendan McDonald, Room 1E14, 1:30
Do You Ship This?, with Danielle Paige, Victoria Aveyard, and Veronica Roth, moderated by Claire Fallon, Main Stage, 2:30
Girling Up: Mayim Bialik Spotlight, with Mayim Bialik, Room 1E16, 5:15
Sunday, June 4
A Picture Tells 1,000 Words: Graphic Novels, with Svetlana Chmakova, Samwise Didier, Matt Phelan, Thi Bui, and Scott Westerfeld, moderated by Abe Riesman, Room 1E16, 11:00 am
Write Here, Write Now, with E. Lockhart, Adam Silvera, Leigh Bardugo, and Jennifer E. Smith, moderated by Andrew Harwell, Room 1E10, 12:30
Kids Book Blockbusters, with Jeff Kinney, Mary Pope Osborne, Kwame Alexander, and Lemony Snicket, moderated by Roger Sutton, Main Stage, 12:45
Life Lessons from the Stage: Tim Federle in Conversation with Ruby Karp, Downtown Stage, 1:00
Sixteen-Year-Old Me, with Lauren Oliver, Kendare Blake, Soman Chainani, and Jeff Giles, moderated by Alessandra Balzer, Room 1E10, 1:45
Kevin Hart Live Q&A, with Kevin Hart and Charlamagne tha God, Main Stage, 4:00
200 Eastern Parkway at Washington St.
Saturday, June 3, free, 5:00 - 11:00
The Brooklyn Museum honors LGBTQ Pride Month for the June edition of its free First Saturday program, which continues its 2017 theme, “A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism.” There will be live music from the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, SassyBlack, and Tamar-kali; a curator tour of “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85” led by Rujeko Hockley; teen apprentice pop-up gallery talks on works by LGBTQ artists; the New York City Legacy Ball, featuring Icons, Legends, Statements, and Stars of the ballroom community, hosted by father Sydney UltraOmni; a Community Resource Fair with the Gender Empowerment Movement Program, Health and Education Alternatives for Teens, Brooklyn Zen Center, Diaspora Community Services, Percent for Green, Well Read Black Girl, Brooklyn Pride, and the Audre Lorde Project; Pop-Up Poetry with Saretta Morgan and Alysia Harris paying tribute to artists in “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85”; a preview performance by Taja Lindley from The Bag Lady Manifesta, which comes to Dixon Place in the fall; a crown-making workshop; the Brooklyn premiere of Mike Mosallam’s Breaking Fast, part of “DisOrient: Queer Arab Film and Discussion,” hosted by Tarab NYC; and the kickoff of the museum’s Black Queer Brooklyn on Film series, with D’hana Perry performing selections from her immersive, multimedia documentary Loose and new works by Frances Bodomo, Dyani Douze, Ja’Tovia Gary, and Chanelle Aponte Pearson of the New Negress Film Society, joined by artists Lindsay Catherine Harris and Isabella Reyes and actor Ash Tai, followed by a Q&A. In addition, you can check out such exhibits as “Iggy Pop Life Class by Jeremy Deller,” “Infinite Blue,” “A Woman’s Afterlife: Gender Transformation in Ancient Egypt,” “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85,” and, at a discounted admission price of $12, “Georgia O’Keefe: Living Modern.”
Who: Douglas Brunt, Jay McInerney
What: Reading and discussion about Trophy Son (St. Martin’s, May 30, $25.99)
Where: Bryant Park, Fortieth to Forty-Second Sts. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.
When: Wednesday, May 31, free, 12:30
Why: “In the end, man shapes the world, but the world gets the first crack at us. We’re not much more than a puddle before we’re two years old, and then more years to develop so we can survive on our own. Until then we take in more impressions than we give.” So begins Philadelphia native Douglas Brunt’s third novel, Trophy Son, about a tennis prodigy. Brunt (Ghosts of Manhattan, The Means) is on a high-powered book tour that will bring him to the Bryant Park Reading Room on May 31 at 12:30 for a reading and discussion with Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City; The Good Life; and Bright, Precious Days, among others. Brunt will also be at the Barnes & Noble at Eighty-Second & Broadway with Harlan Coben on May 30 at 7:00, at Powerhouse in Brooklyn with Amor Towles on June 2 at 7:00, and at Book Revue in Huntington on June 3 at 7:00 with Nelson DeMille (followed by events in DC and Philly with his wife, Megyn Kelly). The free summer reading series in Bryant Park continues on Wednesday afternoons with Robin Kall on June 7, Susan Rieger on June 14, Don Winslow on June 21, and Anthony M. DeStefano on June 28.