It’s a week of hellos & goodbyes.  Many of our beloved outdoor summer series come to a close, as well as Saturday’s final block-party farewell to the landmark Monster Island.  But on the hello side of things, our art galleries & performance spaces are back in business & all geared up for the big fall season, meaning openings, openings & more openings.  Let that cool air motivate you out the door & have a great week!

Tonight

The Bushwick Starr has a new one for us, a “part lecture, part travelogue, part explorer’s log, part cartographic mission, and part lonely letter home — a hopeful treatise on newness, in all its thrilling and occasionally disheartening truth(s).”  thisisitisthisis (Shit Shit Shit): A Map of the Known World opens tonight with performances through Monday, all beginning at 8pm, with tickets for just $12.  

There’s a big bday bash goin’ down at Lone Wolf.  Abby Rock, the Broadway Baloney Slims & Pet Fire are all slated to perform, with a DJ’d dance party to follow around 11pm.  

And Bushwick folk duo Tygerport play the NEK Den.

Friday

Microscope Gallery kicks off their second year with a 12 artist group show titled Independence Returns.  Best known for their work with the moving image, this show promises even more: drawings, paintings, collage, photographs, installation, live performances, and of course, experimental films.

Over at the cozy Cafe Orwell, it’s a Super Duper Coda night.  Grab a hot chocolate (so delicious), a comfy seat, and settle in for some beautiful string finger action.

Also back from a summer hiatus is Interstate Projects, bringing us not one but two site specific kinetic installations: Séance & Random Whip by Ali Miharbi.  And for opening night only, a special Cheon Lee outdoor installation will be on view (meaning: look out a window).

It’s the final WE ARE: event at NURTUREart, this week starring Ryan Kitson, and word on the street is you best be ready to party.

The Acheron hosts Hardcore Gig Volume 171, starring Give, Devotion and Too Many Voices.

Full Service once again takes over Tandem.

And with DJ Scot Bowman providing the sounds, and lovely Phoebe the drinks, it’s gonna be a great night at Bodega.

Saturday

English Kills is back!  And with a salacious vengeance.  On view until 10/16 is the latest from Jim Herbert, featuring large scale representational paintings derived from explicitly pornographic photos sourced from internet searches on the artist’s Blackberry (wow). The focus is figuration, abstracted backgrounds, and that’s right, sex.  Saturday nights are meant to be hot.

That rescheduled Bike-In Movie screening, featuring “The Point”, is on at the Onderdonk House (rain, rain, go away!).

Gregory Green: Through the Night Softly, the latest offering from Regina Rex, opens from 7 to 10pm.

Local punk duo Japanther, along with Night Toilet, Nonhorse, and Sun Color, an experimental noise-improv band from Barcelona, all play Shea Stadium.  Doors open at 9pm & the show starts at 10pm (keep in mind this venue isn’t exactly known for its punctuality).  

It’s the final Rooftop Dance of the season.  Exact location to be given upon ticket purchase.

Plus Goodbye Blue Monday has a big Live Hip Hop and Rock all night long show for you.

Sunday

Moviehouse is taking it back indoors.  Head over to 3rd Ward around 7pm to catch Between Chaos and Calm, a double screening of Blue Muse Dance‘s “The Other Side” and Nathan Punwar‘s “Prologue to a Cyclops.”  Both artists will be on hand for an after-screening Q&A.

The House of Yes family has put together a new show, the Phantasmagoria Circus Side Show: A Dark Journey Into The Realm of The Unknown, which promises “a stellar exhibition of fire fiends, clowns, burlesque and belly dancers, sideshow vaudevillians and aerial acrobats.”  Doors are at 7pm & the show starts at 8pm, & for your viewing pleasure, I’d get there on the early side.

Tuesday

The Queens Council on the Arts hosts a free art application workshop at The Woods Cooperative. There is no RSVP required but they do ask that you arrive by 6pm.

Also Grace Exhibition Space kicks off a new weekly series that stars a different visiting artist attempting to answer the eternal question, “What is Performance Art and How Can I Make It?”  

Wednesday

It’s Wednesday & that means another opportunity to win your bar tab at Pine Box Rock Shop’s Trivia Night, where they’ve been “asking questions and handing out free alcohol since 2010.”  Get on it.