For our (unconscionably high) rent money, the best thing about living in New York City is its endless supply of fun, odd, and inspired cultural events. But with so many options, it can be hard to know where to even begin planning your week. To help you make sense of it all, Flavorpill has launched a new social discovery engine where users can create and share events with friends, as well as follow Flavorpill editors’ and plugged-in local curators’ picks. Below, you’ll find the very best of what’s on offer this week, recommended by Flavorpill NYC’s very own Managing Editor, Leah Taylor. It’s just a taste of what you can find on the new Flavorpill, so if you like what you see, be sure to sign up.
Monday, January 28
Tuesday, January 29
Wednesday, January 30
Thursday, January 31
ART: Outsider Art Fair 2013: The Outsider Art Fair, a place to discover the Henry Dargers of the world, returns with its 21st edition. Now under the management of Wide Open Arts, a company formed by gallerist and art brut artist champion Andrew Edlin, this year’s fair takes place at the old Dia space in Chelsea and promises the same dynamic atmosphere of fairs past. Stop in to peruse art by both legendary and newly discovered self-taught artists or perhaps take in a talk or panel discussion. Also slated, is a special exhibit highlighting Renaldo Kuhler’s Rocaterrania. A preview gala kicks things off on Thursday night and the fair runs through Sunday. — Mindy Bond
Friday, February 1
FILM: Bruce Conner Preserved!
Saturday, February 2
Sunday, February 3
SPORTS: Roberta’s Super Bowl Party: Since every one of your friends is going to be throwing a party to watch the 49ers take on the Ravens, why not make the easy decision and forgo all of their house parties to go eat wings, drink beer, and get really rowdy with the crew from Roberta’s? This is really the only choice (other than who you’re rooting for) that you’re going to have to make on the day of the biggest game of the year. — Jason Diamond
THEATER: Not By Bread Alone: If you’re questioning whether you should clap during a play, you know you’re watching something unusual. In the case of Not By Bread Alone, your hesitation isn’t because you aren’t inspired, but rather because the cast are deaf-blind actors. A production of the Nalaga’at Center in Israel, the home of the only professional deaf-blind acting company, Not By Bread Alone is set against a backdrop of bread making and is made up of vignettes that provide insight into how the actor’s experience the world. Most of the company suffers from Usher Syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes acute deafness at birth, followed by gradual loss of vision. Communicating mostly through touch, sign language, or mime, they reveal their dreams, memories, and ambitions. Along with the play, Nalaga’at transported two other key elements of the center; their sign language-only Café Kapish, where patrons can pick up light fare, and their BlackOut Restaurant. Highly recommended, the BlackOut Restaurant offers a pre-show meal in total darkness served by blind waiters. It’s an adventure that activates your senses and enhances your intake of the performance. As for acknowledging your enjoyment of this humbling evening, the actors invite you to break bread with them after the show. And just FYI: clapping is encouraged; it’s translated through touch. — Mindy Bond