WOTBA New York Cultural Events Calendar: Monday, March 23 - Sunday, March 29, 2009

A chilly start to this week, but looks like it will gradually warm up by the end. I'm ready for Springtime. What follows is a handful of literary, musical, and artistic events for this lovely Spring week in New York.

• LITERARY TRIVIA. Monday, March 23. A Literary Showdown: Jonathan Lethem, Chip Kidd, A.J. Jacobs, Darin Strauss, Susan Jane Gilman 6:30pm. Three teams of five authors, five editors and five agents in literary trivia game. Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie St, between Delancey and Rivington Sts.

• THOUGHTFUL DRAWING. Tuesday, March 24. The Drawing Center. Information Architectures Series, described as "a series of talks and discussions in which leading philosophers, architects, designers, editors, and artists consider how information is diagrammed, modeled, structured and otherwise disseminated in the expanded field of drawing." March 24, 25, and 26. 6:30 pm. 35 Wooster St.

• ENSEMBLE MUSIC. Tuesday, March 24. New chamber group, Philos Ensemble, in a program of C.P.E. Bach, Max Reger, Beethoven, and Joan Tower. 7:30 p.m. Synagogue of the Arts in TriBeCa. 49 White St (between Church St. and Broadway). Free, donations suggested.

• ARTISTS WITHOUT BOUNDARIES. (inset) Last week to see "The Artist as Troublemaker" at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E. 52nd St.

• SYMPHONIC MUSIC. Thursday, March 26. New York Philharmonic Open Rehearsal: McGegan, Schäfer and Handel. 9:45 a.m. $16. Splendid opportunity to watch the renowned Philharmonic try to get it perfect. Also good for morning people. See website here for details.

• GENRE-BENDING MUSIC. Thursday, March 26. The Rafiq Bhatia Collective. Word comes from my alma mater that a Boston-based music group of Oberlin students and alumni will play two sets downstairs at Cornelia Street Cafe at 8:30 & 10 p.m. Jazz with multi-ethnic infusions.

• MOVIES ABOUT DATING SOMEONE MORE FAMOUS THAN YOU. Friday, March 27. Guest of Cindy Sherman, in theatrical release at Cinema Village. 22 E. 12th St. One of my favorites from the Tribeca Film Festival 2008, the movie follows Gallery Beat guy and surfer dude, Paul H-O, as he rides out the waves dating one of the most successful artists of our time. It's the best documentary I've seen using a lot of access TV footage. Cinema Village page here for more info, showtimes and tickets.

• ART-LOVING FLANEURS. Gustave Caillebotte: Impressionist Paintings from Paris to the Sea opens at the Brooklyn Museum, Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 5th Floor. Through July 5, 2009. Flâneur alert! One of our most favorite guys about town. Streets of Paris, a little rain, and strolling people on the boulevards.

• VERTICAL NATURE ART. Saturday, March 28.Vertical Gardens. Exit Underground, beneath the main gallery. Exit Art 475 Tenth Ave. Opening: Saturday March 28, 6-8pm. A project of SEA (Social Environmental Aesthetics), Vertical Gardens is an exhibition of architectural models, renderings, drawings, photographs and ephemera that depict or imagine a vertical farm, urban garden or green roof. Through May 3, 2009.

• NEW YORK WALKING AROUND BOOKS and WALKING TOUR. Sunday, March 29. 4 p.m. Flatiron Walking Tour, signing and reception for "Inside the Apple," by Michelle and James Nevius. $25 per person, which includes the walking tour, a copy of the book, and a reception at Idlewild Books, 12 West 19th Street (near Fifth Avenue). Advance reservations and payment are required. 212-414-8888, or email events@idlewildbooks.com

Image: The Austrian Cultural Forum is near many of the sites that I described in last week's posts.


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