THIS MONTH: APRIL 2022
THIS MONTH: APRIL 2022
Some of the best cultural happenings this month.
You Won't Be Alone
Directed by Goran Stolevski
The thing about great horror movies is that they just might tell us more about ourselves than any other genre of film. What we fear is equal parts primal and socially encoded, and the best horror taps into both ends of that spectrum while offering up fresh insight. Such is the case with Goran Stolevski's directorial debut You Won't Be Alone. Set in the mountains of 19th-century Macedonia, the film tells the tale of an ancient spirit who kidnaps a young girl and transforms her into a witch. When she accidentally kills another young girl from a nearby village, she uses her new powers to assume the shape of her victim in the hopes of learning what it means to be human. The movie, just like the centuries-old folktales that inspired it, is really a search for identity shrouded in the garb of things that go bump in the night.
If You Gotta Hurt Somebody, Please Hurt Me
Fragment Gallery and Rubber Factory
The conversation around queer representation has intensified in recent years. When it comes to gay men, in particular, the often toxic and overwhelmingly white objects of sexual desire most frequently propagated throughout culture have come under serious examination. A joint presentation between Fragment Gallery and Rubber Factory, If You Gotta Hurt Somebody, Please Hurt Me, of work by artist Pacifico Silano does precisely that. Silano's photography reappropriates archival imagery to contextualize queer history from the 1970s and 1980s, imagery that reveals tremendous psychological violence and pain when seen through a contemporary lens.
Sea of Tranquility
Written by Emily St. John Mandel
With bestsellers like The Glass Hotel and Station Eleven under her belt, Emily St. John Mandel has built a reputation as a reliable writer of must-read fiction. Her latest work, Sea of Tranquility, is told from the perspective of three different protagonists, all separated by space and time, whose lives intersect thanks to the power of time travel and metaphysics.
The Bowery Ballroom
They say that anything is possible in New York, and the band Geese is proof. What started as an assemblage of high school friends who intended to part ways when they graduated in 2020 has turned into a professional rock group signed to a real deal record label. No longer practicing in a Fort Greene basement belonging to one of their parents, Geese will take to the stage at Bowery Ballroom to showcase their New York-inflected sound.
By Chef Eunji Lee
Something as great as dessert deserves its own outlet. To that end, Chef Eunji Lee (an alum of fine dining spot Jungsik) is opening a high-end dessert shop in Manhattan's Flatiron neighborhood called Lysée. According to Lee, the name is a combination of her last name and the French word for museum (musée) to signal that the new eatery will be a museum of signature confections.