These are our top picks for the weekend of December 7th–December 9th. For more event listings and reviews, check out Goings On About Town.
Photograph Courtesy Helena Anrather
If the ten artists in “Furies,” at Anrather gallery on the Lower East Side, had a book club, they’d be reading “Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger” by Rebecca Traister. The exhibited works wisely privilege the allusive over the literal. Kristin Walsh’s ingeniously dystopic clock—it runs counterclockwise—ticks off minutes with lifelike prosthetic teeth in lieu of hands. The gifted and ever-weird mid-career sculptor Michelle Segre encases a sliced loaf of bread, blooming with mold, in a glass aquarium lined with blood-red pebbles—an absurdist paean to festering rage, and a feminist twist on the “technological reliquaries” of the great New York sculptor Paul Thek. (For another perspective on similar furies, visit “My Silences Had Not Protected Me,” at Fort Gansevoort, in the Meatpacking District.)—Andrea K. Scott
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The Canadian-born, Berlin-based producer and d.j. Richie Hawtin—one of the richest men in techno, thanks to some smart business deals and constant road work—has never stinted on audiovisual fanfare in his performances. But rather than trussing himself into a giant piece of interactive, lit-up gear, the way he has onstage in the past, Hawtin’s new Close presentation—its only U.S. appearance this calendar year is at Avant Gardner on Saturday—is enticingly lean, focussing on two small racks of equipment, center stage.—Michaelangelo Matos
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Photograph by Zachary Zavislak for The New Yorker
In New York, Taiwanese food has long been a limited commodity, and we’ve been missing out on a lot: the small island has an incredibly rich food culture, which overlaps with cuisines from some regions of mainland China and is also influenced by Japan, which colonized the country for fifty years, and by aboriginal tradition. In the past few years, a growing group of young Taiwanese-Americans have been doing an excellent job of showing how much more there is to explore, and of fulfilling the cravings of diners already in the know. The most fun of the bunch is 886, named for Taiwan’s international calling code.—Hannah Goldfield
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Illustration by Aude Van Ryn
The British theatre company Good Chance, in a co-production with the National Theatre and Young Vic, zooms in for a closeup on migration with “The Jungle,” written by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson. It’s set in the Jungle, an encampment that sprang up in Calais and housed thousands of refugees before the French government evacuated and demolished it, in late 2016. An international cast plays a web of residents and volunteers, from an Afghan teen-ager desperate to get to England to an Eritrean Christian who runs a chapel. Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin’s immersive production (in previews at St. Ann’s Warehouse, opening on Sunday) places the audience in a makeshift Afghan restaurant that was known, during its brief existence, for its acclaimed chicken-liver dish.—Michael Schulman
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Courtesy Amazing Grace Film, LLC
The two nights of concerts in a Watts church that gave rise to Aretha Franklin’s classic 1972 two-LP set “Amazing Grace” were filmed (with plans for an album tie-in), but technical problems prevented the movie from being completed at the time. Franklin’s ecstatic performances are at the very summit of her artistry, and the film, directed by Sydney Pollack, is raptly attentive to her outpouring of musical and spiritual passion. It plays Dec. 7-13 at Film Forum.—Richard Brody
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Photograph Courtesy David First
David First—a protean composer and performer whose artistry encompasses orchestral jazz, opera, bar-band rock, and electro-acoustic drone—hosts his second “Dave’s Waves” series at the Sunview Luncheonette this weekend. First’s imaginative offerings include a variety of audio, video, and gastronomic treats. Each evening features a different group performing new music based on Schumann resonances: global vibrations caused by lightning, believed by New Agers to have metaphysical properties.—Steve Smith
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Photograph Courtesy Dorrance Dance / BAM
The choreographer and tap dancer Michelle Dorrance, in collaboration with Nicholas Van Young, continues to push at the edges of rhythmic dance. In their new show for Dorrance Dance, “Elemental,” at BAM Fisher this weekend, the sound of feet beating against the floor is only the beginning. Through the canny use of microphones, they turn the stage into a reverberant instrument, full of sonic possibilities. The sound design includes live music performed by a jazz ensemble, which employs whimsical handmade percussive devices invented by the musician and sculptor Adam Morford.—Marina Harss
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