Perform Sketch Comedy, Salute The Little Prince and Visit Your Library

By Daniel Jumpertz on January 27, 2014 7:32am 

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Monday, Jan. 27

Grammy Award-winning musician Angélique Kidjo is "Africa's premier diva," according to TIME magazine, and a Brooklyn resident to boot. Kidjo will celebrate the release of her memoir, "Spirit Rising," with an intimate discussion at BAM Fisher, at 321 Ashland Place. Tickets cost $20 each.

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Just opened at The Morgan Library & Museum is "The Little Prince: A New York Story." The exhibition looks at the New York roots of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's timeless children's book, which was written and published in the city where the writer spent two years at the height of World War II. 

The exhibition features 25 manuscript pages full of crossed-out words, cigarette burns and coffee stains, plus all 43 of the earliest versions of drawings for the book. The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave. at 36th Street, Midtown

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Fashion designer Behnaz Sarafpour is known for her elegant, contemporary aesthetic and for integrating innovative textiles into her work. At 6:30 p.m. she will speak about her process and inspirations with Cara McCarty of the National Design Museum and Marc Karimzadeh of Women’s Wear Daily. The event is part of Design Talks, presented by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. At The Greene Space at New York Public Radio, 44 Charlton St. at Varick Street in Tribeca

Thursday, Jan. 30

More than 20 social innovation-themed works by graduate students at The School Of Visual Arts will be on display in the exhibition “Putting it All on the Table.” The show features 25 artists from 12 countries, with each artist given a table as a platform on which to present unique cultural perspectives on the global issue of food. According to MFA Design for Social Innovation Chair Cheryl Heller, "‘putting it all on the table’ is an expression that means to be completely transparent and forthright. In terms of communication, it means not holding back on the real issues.” Gramercy Gallery, 209 East 23rd St., Midtown

Friday, Jan. 31

Ever wanted to learn "How To Make A Million Dollars Doing Sketch Comedy"? That's the name of an intensive two-day comedy boot camp starting at 7 p.m. at The Pit, an innovative theatre school that focuses on the craft of improvisation and writing. The Pit presents original comedic shows seven nights a week at their Gramercy headquarters.

Participants in the boot camp will come armed with five to 10 ideas and then work with acclaimed sketch comedy group Murderfist to create an hour long show. They will then perform the show at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Participants need to have some writing or performance background, and tuition costs $300. Simple Studios, 134 W. 29th St., Midtown.

Saturday, Feb. 1

Argentine folk singer Mercedes Sosa is the subject of a new film opening this weekend. "Mercedes Sosa: The Voice Of Latin America" examines the life of the performer known as the "voice of the voiceless ones." A fearless performer involved with the rise of nueva canción — folk-inspired music that played a role in social upheavals in Portugal, Spain and Latin America in the 1970s and 1980s — Sosa began her career as a teenager after winning a singing competition at a local radio station. Arrested onstage in 1979 and subsequently banned in Argentina, she lived as an exile in Europe before returning home in 1982 on the eve of the collapse of military rule. Sosa died in 2009.

"The best part of the film, inevitably, is Sosa’s singing. Her voice is enormous and breathtakingly pure, even in a late clip when, old and ill, she sings from a seat in the audience at a concert performance," Noah Berlatsky wrote in The Dissolve film blog. Now showing at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th St., Union Square

Take Your Child to the Library Week is happening this week, and today is the official Take Your Child to the Library Day. For Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island library locations look here and click these links for Queens and Brooklyn.

Sunday, Feb. 2

Closing today is "American Modern," the Museum of Modern Art's attempt to shed new light on its collection of American art made between 1915 and 1950. 11 West 53rd St., Midtown

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