Friday, Feb. 6
As we approach the final weekend for MoMA’s blockbuster exhibition, “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs,” the museum has decided to open all day and all night this weekend to cope with demand for tickets. MoMA members and accompanied guests can enter the exhibition by showing a valid membership card or guest ticket. Timed tickets are not required for MoMA members and their guests. For the general public, timed tickets must be purchased online. For this weekend, there are tickets available for very early morning slots, but more reasonable days slots are available for the exhibition's final day, Tuesday Feb. 10. $25. 11 West 53rd St., Midtown.
The Athena Film Festival, now in its fifth year, is a cinematic festival celebrating women. Highlights include Friday night's presentation of "Althea," the story of Althea Gibson, the first African-American to play and win at Wimbledon. The festival’s closing film is “Difret” an Ethiopian film that chronicles a legal precedent-setting court case that outlawed the kidnapping of child brides in Ethiopia. The film had its premiere at last year’s Sundance Film Festival where it won the World Cinematic Dramatic Audience Award. Various venues, Barnard College, Broadway between 116th Street and 120th Street, Upper West Side. An all-access pass is $80, individual film prices $12.
Saturday, Feb. 7
Josef Koudelka is a Czech photographer best known for his pictures of the resistance to the 1968 Soviet invasion of Prague. In “Josef Koudelka - Twelve Panoramas, 1987-2012” get up close to some of these famous shots and immerse yourself in a dozen 8-foot-long photographic panoramas that “hit an emotional pitch that’s almost operatic” according to the New Yorker. Today from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., at Pace, 508 W. 25th St., Chelsea.
Grammy-nominated composer and vocalist Theo Bleckmann presents “Songs in the Key of D “ an evening of songs about dying, death, mourning and transcendence, inspired by "Death Becomes Her," the Met’s autumn Costume Institute exhibition, which recently closed. A Grammy-nominated artist, Bleckmann’s range and wit engages a serious topic with a rare combination of intellect and heart. Gallery 548 (The Carroll and Milton Petrie European Sculpture Court), 1000 Fifth Ave. at East 82nd Street, Upper East Side. Free with museum admission ($25).
Sunday, Feb. 8
In honor of Black History Month, every Sunday in February, Brooklyn Historical Society is screening "Brooklyn Boheme" the feature length film narrated and written by Fort Greene resident Nelson George, celebrating the vibrant African-American artistic community that thrived in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill during the 1980s and 90s, which included Chris Rock and Spike Lee. 3 p.m. Free with Museum Admission of $10. 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn. Check out more Black History Month events here and here.
Although smallpox is the only human disease to have been eradicated, what about Guinea worm, polio, malaria and other diseases? The American Museum of Natural History’s "Countdown to Zero," presented in collaboration with the Carter Center, examines international efforts to control and wipe out diseases. $22. Central Park West at West 79th Street, Upper West Side.