Monday, May 19
Challenge Accepted! is a weekly creative prompt from the organizers of the innovative Sketchbook Project. Once you sign up, you will be issued with a simple creative task. This week’s is to draw a portrait of your city's mayor. Previous weeks have challenged participants to snap a photo of something they found "along the way,” "write a drama in 12 words" and "create a collage in five minutes with found materials." Once you’ve created your piece, share your submission to their Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook. This week’s challenge expires on Friday. Participation is free.
Tuesday, May 20
Curated by one of the world’s most influential film journals, Cahiers du Cinéma, CinéSalon celebrates French cinema's “Secret Trove” — rarely shown films featuring some of the best examples of overlooked, poetic cinema classics in French film history. Each 7:30 p.m. session is preceded by an introduction by an arts luminary and paired with a free post-screening wine reception. Films are shown in French with English subtitles. Today’s films are “Rue de l’Estrapade” at 4 p.m. and “Flammes” at 7:30 p.m. FIAF, Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th St., Midtown. Tickets are $16.35 and $9.95 for students.
Wednesday, May 21
How would the humble MetroCard celebrate its 20th birthday? It would return to its creators for a healthy reappraisal. With “The MetroCard: An Iconic Design Turns Twenty," members from the card’s original design team up with contemporary artists and the MTA to consider questions of the MetroCard’s aesthetics, function, inspiration and ownership. From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the New York Transit Museum, at the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street. Free entry, but pre-registration required.
Thursday, May 22
New York City is blessed with a fine network of public tennis courts. With tennis season well underway (beginning April 5), you’ll need a permit (full season or single play) to utilize courts located in NYC Parks. You can apply online for a permit or pay and pick up one at a variety of citywide locations, including Paragon Sporting Goods at 867 Broadway and 18th Street, Union Square. While you’re there you can buy or re-string a racquet and stock up on balls. You’ll also receive 10 percent off tennis clothing, footwear and equipment purchases by presenting your current tennis season permit. Tennis season ends on the Sunday before Thanksgiving (Nov. 23, 2014).