Some of the best cultural happenings this month.

Hotel Chelsea/Eric Medsker


Lobby Bar
At Hotel Chelsea

Hotel Chelsea occupies a special place in the lexicon of New York City landmarks. There are more than a few famous artists, musicians and designers who once called the Manhattan hotel home, and its recent (extensive) renovation and reopening has leaned into the nostalgia factor. Less talked about, however, is the new watering hole within appropriately dubbed Lobby Bar. Done in collaboration with Sunday Hospitality (the same group behind eatery Sunday in Brooklyn), the ground-level space is designed to resemble the grandest living room with numerous spots to tuck yourself away with a classic cocktail. And if you happen to be a bit peckish, Lobby also has you covered with dishes such as caviar with potato chips and uni toast with hazelnut toffee and black truffle.

Public Theater


Streisand at the Bon Soir–Divas Edition
Joe's Pub

Before she was a household name and EGOT-winning entertainment legend, Barbra Streisand was making a reputation as a talented (and here comes the era-specific vernacular) kook singing for her supper at downtown Manhattan clubs. One performance given by the then 19-year-old at the iconic jazz club Bon Soir in 1960 was preserved on record. As a tribute, comic Matteo Lane is recreating that very same set list at Joe's Pub with a few other musical numbers sprinkled throughout. Lane (who also trained as a singer and artist before getting into stand-up) has employed noted music director Henry Koperski to bring the singular evening to life.

Bitter Lemon Press


Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight
By Riku Onda

How well do we ever really know the people we're in relationships with? It's a simple question that has been fodder for no shortage of mystery thrillers, but Riku Onda's Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight (newly translated from the original Japanese) has an especially compelling take on the concept. Taking place over the course of a single Tokyo night, the novel follows protagonists Aki and Hiro as they spend a final evening together in their shared apartment before parting ways. So, why are they breaking up? Everything came to a head after a mountaineering expedition where their guide died inexplicably. And now both parties believe the other to be a murderer.



3,000 Years of Longing
Directed by George Miller

Movies can be at their most frustrating when characters seem oblivious to even basic plot tropes (ie the scream queen who always decides to investigate the door that's ominously ajar). Thankfully, director George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) sidesteps that conundrum in his latest feature, 3,000 Years of Longing. The film follows Dr. Alithea Binnie (played by Tilda Swinton) who encounters a djinn (played by Idris Elba) while on a trip to Istanbul. The djinn–who's been trapped for the film's titular 3,000 years–offers Binnie three wishes in exchange for his freedom. But Binnie is a scholar of story and myth, and she knows all too well how these things usually end. After regaling her with tales from the ancient past in an effort to persuade her, Binnie does make a wish–that surprises them both.

François Ghebaly


Four Ways Through a Cave
François Ghebaly

Storytelling is central to artist Tammy Nguyen's multi-disciplinary practice. Her new show at François Ghebaly gallery, Four Ways Through a Cave, consists of five new miniature paintings on paper stretched over wood panels and four new leather-bound artists’ books. Together, they weave together a complex tale about a country in the wake of war, the human search for truth, nature’s hunger, and the colonial legacy of Christianity.