THIS MONTH: FEBRUARY 2022
THIS MONTH: FEBRUARY 2022
Some of the best cultural happenings this month.
The Books of Jacob
Written by Olga Tokarczuk
If you want the next book you pick to have some serious credentials behind it, look no further. Considered one of Poland's greatest living authors, Olga Tokarczuk is a Nobel Prize-winning novelist whose 2014 novel, The Books of Jacob, is finally being released in English. Tokarczuk's ninth book, which took her seven years to research and write, is a fictionalized account of the life of Jacob Frank, the 18th-century religious leader and mystic who gained a serious following throughout Europe and the Ottoman Empire.
FEBRUARY 2–MARCH 6
Written by Hansol Jung; Dir. by Dustin Wills
Put on by one of downtown New York's most reliably innovative theater companies, Soho Rep, this new play from Hansol Jung explores the family you choose (or un-choose) through the lens of queer parenting and adoption. The experimental production involves a young boy (who is actually a puppet) who believes he's a wolf as the adults in his life in turn fight for his adoption and actively try to give him away. Some brilliant stagecraft and a script that's as realistically messy as it is fantastical make it a great start to the new (and tenuous) theater season.
The Worst Person in the World
Dir. by Joachim Trier
For a certain kind of film buff, a new movie produced or distributed by Neon gets an instant stamp of approval – or at least sparks some very real curiosity. Such is the case with Joachim Trier's latest film. The last in Trier's Oslo-based trilogy, The Worst Person in the World chronicles four years in the life of Julie (played by Renate Reinsve), a young woman whose love and career struggles lead to profound reflection.
NOW SHOWING–MARCH 12
Duets by Elizabeth Atterbury
Elizabeth Atterbury's third solo exhibit with Mrs. is all about prints. More specifically, the Portland, Maine-based artist created several monotypes using a novel variation on the intaglio technique. Situated away from the primary gallery hub in New York and located in Queens, Mrs. Gallery is producing some of the city's most exciting new art shows, and Atterbury's most definitely ticks that box.
Chef Justin Bazdarich
Much of the Northeast in the US is, erm, lacking in good Mexican food. But Chef Justin Bazdarich began to change that with his Michelin-starred Brooklyn restaurant Oxomoco in 2018. To continue building on that momentum, Bazdarich is set to open Bar Tulix in Soho with a menu focused on coastal Mexican cuisine – think dishes like seafood tostadas and whole fish coated in masa batter.