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5/23/11 Top Picks – Week of May 23, 2011

Patrick Dougherty: Natural History
Brooklyn Botanic Garden

By weaving, snagging and flexing sticks into playful, nestlike architectural forms, Dougherty evokes themes of shelter, habitat and sustainability with his environmental art installations. When asked what he wanted to build at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Dougherty smiled and said, “lairs; a place for feral children and wayward adults.” The installation Natural History complements the beauty of the garden through the seasons and is on view through August.

Master Class
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Starts Tues, May 24

Terrence McNally’s play about Maria Callas (played by Tyne Daly) takes us to one of her famous master classes, where, late in her career, she dares the next generation to make the same sacrifices and rise to the same heights that made her the most celebrated, reviled and controversial singer of her time. Presented by Manhattan Theatre Club.

Cover of the exhibition catalogue for German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse, published by the Museum of Modern Art. Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.

German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Starts Fri, May 27
From E. L. Kirchner to Max Beckmann, artists associated with German Expressionism in the early decades of the 20th century took up printmaking with a collective dedication and fervor virtually unparalleled in the history of art. This exhibition features approximately 250 works by some 30 artists.

Fleet Week
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
Wed, May 25–Mon, May 30

Hey sailor, the World War II aircraft carrier is open for special hours for Fleet Week, starting with the parade of ships on Wednesday and including events throughout the weekend such as free Broadway showcases on Pier 86, military ship tours, and a special Memorial Day ceremony.

Governors Island
Opens Fri, May 27
This 172-acre island in New York Harbor was a quiet military installation under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Army from 1794 to 1966 and of the Coast Guard until 1996. It now hosts free art exhibitions, festivals and ticketed concerts and is accessible by a free ferry. It opens for the summer starting this Friday. Visit the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s exhibitions in Building 110, the Figment festival’s mingolf course and sculpture garden, the Big Apple Circus, Mark di Suvero installations and other arts events.

Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982) directed by Alan Parker

Rock N Roll Summer. The Pink Floyd: Wall
Coney Island
Sat, May 28
All summer long, Coney Island is screening rock and roll movies. This week is the film inspired by Pink Floyd’s album of the same name. Director Alan Parker’s revolutionary rock opera traces the troubled past of Pink (Bob Geldof), a depressed rock star at the end of his rope. Pink Floyd: The Wall’s stylized blend of drama, music and Gerald Scarfe’s brilliant animation earned the film instant cult status

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