|photography ‣ Opening April 6th at Steven Kasher Gallery, 521 W. 23rd [10th/11th] 212.966.3978, Charles Moore: Civil Rights and Beyond, an exhibition of the late photographer's images of the civil rights struggle. These images, many of which appeared originally in Life magazine, depict the often unconscionable—occasionally beautiful—ways human beings treat each other. They remain deeply moving.
theater ‣ There's room for debating most things, but not, in our view, that King Lear is the greatest play ever written. It is such a towering achievement, and the title role so challenging, that it isn't performed frequently and less frequently well. (To bring the role down to performable size, English actor Donald Wolfit famously advised, "Get a light Cordelia and keep an eye on the Fool.") A rare chance, then, to watch a great actor, Derek Jacobi, in a production with a great director, Michael Grandage, presented by the Donmar Warehouse and BAM. It runs from April 28th-June 5th.
book ‣ German photographer Andreas Gefeller signs his new book, The Japan Series, on Saturday, 2:30-5pm, at Hasted Kraeutler, 537 W. 24th [10th/11th] 212.627.0006. Gefeller's images, shot last year in the Tottori Prefecture, take unexpected perspectives on things as diverse as power cables and cherry blossoms. All profits from a special edition of Untitled (Cherry Blossoms) go to American Red Cross Japan and Pacific Tsunami Relief Efforts. An exhibition of these works opens tonight at the gallery, 6-8pm.
indie rock ‣ Friday: Punk poppers Tijuana Panthers play Pianos. Saturday: Gold Panda brings a dance party to Glasslands. Just Announced… 6/2: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti. 6/9 & 6/10: The Dodos.
movies ‣ Jim Jarmusch, John Waters, Debbie Harry, and Steve Buscemi, are some of the people giving context to Céline Danhier's documentary Blank City about No Wave Cinema, the underground movement of the late 70s and 80s, and the NYC of the time that allowed it to thrive. Opens April 6th at IFC.
‣ It's all about the guitar at the Collect-I-Bowl 1st Annual Brooklyn Springtime Guitar Show this Sunday at Brooklyn Bowl, where you can buy, sale, or trade.
‣ Indian food is showcased at the Varli Food Festival, April 7th, 6-10pm, at the Altman Building. We just wish the price were a little gentler than $100 for a ticket.
‣ Another food event, Tasting Brooklyn, celebrates Brooklyn restaurants and food purveyors. It takes place at the DUMBO loft on April 5th, Admission is $45.
‣ For the New School's Noir Arts Festival, April 1-8, they've got some interesting people in the lineup, including Todd Haynes, Frances McDormand, Guy Maddin, Luc Sante, and Ben Katchor.
‣ Maira's World of Storybooks at the Jewish Museum
[A Child Grows in Brooklyn]
‣ A Quickie with Karen Abbott
‣ Duane Reade Gets Hit with Violations for New Sign
[My Upper West]
‣ Looking Through The Sixth Avenue Peepholes
[Scouting New York]
‣ A Conversation with Jonathan Pfeffer of Capillary Action
[WFMU's Beware of the Blog]