Just Do Art! Week of Jan. 31, 2013

Why wait until Sunday morning? See Nancy Giles on Friday and Saturday nights, through Feb. 23.Photo by Jim Moore

Why wait until Sunday morning? See Nancy Giles on Friday and Saturday nights, through Feb. 23.Photo by Jim Moore

NANCY GILES: THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE ACCIDENTAL PUNDETTE  Nancy Giles is plenty funny on Twitter — where, out of necessity, she boils her essence down to “afro and attitude” while marketing her abilities as a “funny keynote speaker.” But the sly humorist is best appreciated in a medium that gives free reign to her stealthy circular logic (which takes some time to gel, but is well worth the wait). Tart without lapsing into cynicism, the always cerebral and occasionally silly “black gal on CBS News Sunday Morning” is perfectly suited to that format’s grand tradition of essayists who speak softly and carry a big satirical stick. So it’ll be interesting to see what trouble Giles manages to stir up with an evening’s worth of stage time. A long form version of her well-received contribution to Dixon Place’s 2012 Summer Shorts Festival, “The Further Adventures of the Accidental Pundette” includes new material and “technical values.” We’re not quite sure what that means — but so long as it results in more room for Giles’ wit than allowed by a Twitter posting, we’re all for it.

At 7:30pm on Feb.1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23. At Dixon Place (161A Chrystie St., btw. Rivington & Delancey Sts.). For tickets ($15 advance online, $18 at the door, $12 for students/seniors), visit dixonplace.org or call 212-219-0736.

The people that he meets when he’s biking through the streets: See Ken Brown’s “NYC Street Pop” exhibition can be seen at Chelsea’s Tekserve, through Feb. 24.  Photo courtesy of the artist

The people that he meets when he’s biking through the streets: See Ken Brown’s “NYC Street Pop” exhibition can be seen at Chelsea’s Tekserve, through Feb. 24. Photo courtesy of the artist

ART@TEKSERVE: NYC STREET POP  One good character, chronicling countless others: For over 30 years, Ken Brown has been biking around town, making short films and taking photos featuring “only in New York” moments of the city’s colorful citizens as they interact with ads plastered on walls, store window displays and the subway system. The end result? Brown’s wry, often comedic juxtaposition of famous things and fabulous beings produces a combined image that’s every bit as iconic as the famous landmarks (such as Coney Island) he holds so dear. Now, in celebration of their 25th anniversary on 23rd Street, Apple reseller and service provider Tekserve is presenting a collection of Brown’s films photos “and other fun stuff” as part of their ongoing Art@ Tekserve series. The “NYC Street Pop” exhibition will be shown throughout the store — and a Tekserve-produced 2013 calendar featuring Ken Brown’s photographs will be available, free with any purchase, while supplies last.

Free. Through Feb. 24, at Tekserve (119 W. 23rd St., btw. Sixth & Seventh Aves.). Hours:  Mon.-Fri., 9am-8pm, Sat., 11am-7pm & Sun., 11am-7pm.  

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