NYCitty Things to Wing This Week: May 11 - 17

The Gold Standard: Rules to Rule By

Maybe you recognize Ari Gold from HBO’s Entourage. He has a new advice book, The Gold Standard: Rules to Rule By, which he will be promoting on Tuesday, May 12, at the Barnes and Noble bookstore at Union Square. In his book, he offers tips on being successful in work, whether that means running a business, pursuing a career as an actor, or relating to others in the work environment. It is fair to say that Gold reliably keeps it real. 

Aiko Hachisuka

Wouldn’t it be cool to see abstract, cylindrical, columnar soft sculptures made of founded clothes, silkscreening and vivid colors? Wednesday May 13-17, it may be worthwhile to check out LA based artist Aiko Hachisuka’s second solo exhibit at Eleven Rivington in the Lower East Side. Hours are from 12 noon to 6pm, and entry is free.

Frieze Art Fair

Over 190 internationally renowned exhibiting galleries and over 1,000 leading artist come together May 14-17 in Randall’s Island Park to sell and showcase art, and facilitate talks and educational activities. Frieze even offers a frequent 10 minute shuttle from the Upper East Side for the event. There will be food and drinks provided by some of NYC’s best bistros. Ticket prices vary.

Dance Parade

Dance is a form of self-expression that speaks languages of culture, diversity, community, and history. On Saturday, May 16, join over 10,000 dancers in their expression of over 75 dance forms at the 9th Annual Dance Parade and Festival, “the world’s largest display of cultural diversity.” This year’s celebration honors “the 25th anniversary of the monumental civil rights legislation embodied in the Americans with Disabilities Act.” The parade starts at 1pm on 21st Street, between Park and Fifth Avenue, then heads south, ending with DanceFest on five stages in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village.

Texas Chili Cookoff

We are not in Texas, but our buildings are bigger. However, is the chili better? There’s only one way to find out -- Saturday, May 16 at the cookoff. “Chili will be made by 20+ amateur teams and a variety of restaurant teams including a number of Texan favorites: Duke's Original Roadhouse, El Original Tex Mex, Javelina Tex Mex, Mable's Smokehouse, Monument Lane and Tres Carnes.” Proceeds from the event go toward scholarships for the University of Texas’ students from the greater New York area. The event takes place at Pier 84 at Hudson River Park from 12-5pm and doors open a little before noon. Minors under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets prices vary.

National Stationery Show

Join over 800 designers and manufacturers in celebrating the 69th annual National Stationery Show, “the most comprehensive marketplace for greeting cards, stationery and synergistic lifestyle and crafting products.” It’s going on May 17-20 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Midtown. The show is open only to members of the trade, so check the qualifications. There is a first-time attendee fee of $60. The entrance fee for industry suppliers and non-exhibiting manufacturers is $595, and $495 if purchased before May 16 (waived registration fee). 

ASID at ICFF 2015

Are you a design student or industry professional looking for educational insight on “design markets . . . business practices, design’s impact on human health and wellness, housing trends, and materials”? The American Society of Interior Designers will be at the Javits Center May 16-19, providing a wealth of information, including networking opportunities with leading experts of established architecture and design firms. Tickets for a pre-registered single session are $50 ($40 for ASID members); on site: $60 (members, $50). Day pass tickets are $120 (ASID members pay $90); on site: $150 (members, $120). Individual educational sessions qualifies for 0.1 CEU credit.