There are so many fantastic things happening in NYC this weekend, and I wish I could attend them all. But since I'm unable, I shall list them here for you, in hopes that you will go to the ones I can't and gush all about them, so I can live vicariously:
First, there is MoCCA Arts Festival, arguably my favorite art fest of the year (or at least tied with the Outsider Art Fair.) This celebrates indie comics and small illustrated presses, and is chock full of goodies to buy direct from artists as well as some great programming. Longtimers, do note that it's at a different location this year:
April 11, 2015 - April 12, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Admission to the 2015 MoCCA Arts Festival is $5 per day. Tickets are available to purchase online or at the door. Cash and credit cards accepted.
Do The Spirits Return?: From Dark Arts to Sleight of Hand in Early 20th Century Stage Magic - Opening Reception
Date: Saturday, April 11th
Admission $25 non-members / $15 members ( Tickets Here )
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, Brooklyn 11215
*** Complementary light snacks and cocktail will be served during this event
Please join us tonight as we celebrate the opening of our third exhibition “Do Spirit Returns? From Dark Art to Sleight of Hand in Early 20th Century Stage Magic.” This exhibition explores the surprising intersections between spiritualism, torture theatre, the dark arts and early 20th century stage magic century stage magic as seen in the work of Howard Thurston (1869 1936). The exhibition will feature stunning and rarely exhibited original stage props, posters, photographs, artworks, letters, books, and even the fabled “Luxor Mummy,” all drawn from the collection of Brooklyn native Rory Feldman.
This special opening night event will feature tour of the new exhibition with co-curators Joanna Ebenstein and Shannon Taggart, magic entertainment by Prakash Puru, a “magic videorama” curated by magician Acep Hale, largely unseen archival footage of Howard Thurston’s stage shows, delicious cocktails, and exotically thematic tunes by our DJ in Residence Friese Undine. Collector Rory Feldman will also be on hand to answer your questions. You can find out more here.
Though I'll most likely miss the reception for this one, I look forward to catching the show while it's up.
Lastly is this enchanting-sounding fougere workshop on Sunday by one of my favorite perfumers, Juliette Zaleta of Alchemologie, taking place at her Park Slope atelier:
with Julianne Zaleta
Fougere is a fragrance family that came into fashion towards the end of the 19th C. The word means fern, which makes it a fantasy category seeing how ferns don't really have a fragrance. Fougere's are meant to smell like the forrest floor and, to my understanding, must have three ingredients: lavender, oakmoss and a coumarin note (found in tonka bean, hay, sweet clover, etc.). Often herbs like geranium, linalool rich rosewood and more assertive notes like patchouli are added but it's the careful consideration of the other ingredients that makes the fougere your own.
Herbal Alchemy Apothecary
Sunday, April 12th, 1-4pm