arts 05.5.11

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China's great artist Ai Weiwei, detained by the Chinese government since April 3rd, can speak publicly right now only through his art. The exhibition Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, Ai Weiwei's interpretation of the Chinese zodiac, is installed at the Pulitzer Fountain near the Plaza Hotel. Sign a petition calling for the artist's release here.

Louise Lawler's photographs taken inside museums, galleries, and elsewhere are stretched and resized to fit the dimensions of Metro Pictures, 519 W. 24th [10th/11th] 212.206.7100, in a show called Fitting at Metro Pictures, opening Friday.

The World Without Fish: How Kids Can Help Save the Oceans, the new book by Mark Kurlansky, teaches the essential lesson of its subtitle. Mr. Kurlansky will be at Barnes & Noble, Bway and 82nd, on May 12th 6pm.

Last chance to see When World Collide, Wang Qingsong's large-scale photo compositions, at ICP. It closes Sunday.


indie rock Friday: Go to NYU's free outdoor Strawberry Fest with Lightning Bolt! Friday: The Pains + Twin Shadow play Webster Hall. Love this. Just Announced… 6/16: Atlas Sound. 7/13: Ratatat. 8/8: The Kills. [Photo: Pavla Kopecna]



movies Opening May 13th at IFC, L'Amour Fou, a documentary about Yves Saint Laurent and his longtime partner Pierre Bergé. After Saint Laurent's death, Bergé put the extraordinary art collection they had amassed over many decades up for auction. That's the framework which director Pierre Thoretton uses to explore the work of YSL and the life that the two men built together.


food Yes, Salt and Fat, 41-16 Queens Blvd [41st St/42nd St] 718.433.3702, has the world's-best name for a restaurant but, no, not everything on the menu is salty or fatty. In fact, salt and fat play about the same role at this newly-opened, small plate eatery as they do anywhere else. Well, there are pork belly tacos and 'crack and cheese': fried gnocchi with Béchamel sauce and bacon. Still, chef Daniel Yi's plates are far more balanced than the cowboy name. A boon for Sunnyside.





sculpture If you're not acquainted with the sculptures of John Storrs (1885-1956), Machine-Age Modernist at NYU's Grey Art Gallery, 100 Wash Sq. E. [Waverly Pl/Wash Pl] 212.998.6780, is the ideal time to rectify that. There are dozen of works by the artist, who is best known for his New York skyscraper abstractions.







out of town When a time machine is invented, musical theater buffs are likely to set the dial for 1971, so they can head to the Winter Garden and see Sondheim's Follies, which ran about 500 performances—but was considered a flop at the time. Still, it's got, by any measure, one of the best scores ever written. A new production in D.C., which begins previews at the Kennedy Center on Saturday, has an amazing cast that includes Bernadette Peters, Elaine Paige, Jan Maxwell, Linda Lavin and Susan Watson, whose career stretches back to the original Bye Bye Birdie.



transportation The City has made its choice of the Taxi of Tomorrow and the winner is the Nissan, which you can expect to see late in 2013 for a ten-year run. A small test of all-electric taxis begins this year—if successful, Nissan could produce them in five years. A 90-second video of the new taxi is here [download].











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