5 things to do this weekend


An artist who turned cans of soup into Pop Art icons would probably be amused to see one of his other works reimagined in thousands of stalks of corn.

You can see the results this weekend at the Queens County Farm Museum, which will unveil its latest Amazing Maize Maze, a three-acre maze carved out of a cornfield. This year’s version, inspired by Andy Warhol’s 1966 serigraph “Cow”, is a highlight of the Queens County Fair, an old-fashioned festival that takes place on Fridays from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays. from 11 a.m. at 18 o’clock

Tickets, which must be purchased online, cost $ 14 on Fridays; $ 20 for adults and teens and $ 15 for ages 3 to 12 on weekend days; and $ 45 and $ 35 for a three-day pass. They include the maze, live music, crafts for children, a scavenger hunt, opportunities to feed animals – among them, alpacas, sheep and goats – and, on Saturdays and Sundays, bag races, pie and shelling contests and a family. entertainment tent. (There is a charge for rides, intermediate games, and some attractions.)

Can’t make it to the fair? The maze remains open Friday through Sunday (and Columbus Day) until October 30. And if you visit the museum, you can even see real oxen.

Summer may be coming to an end, but Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival – the rural oasis of dance in Becket, Mass. – has more to offer, at least online. The festival has met the challenges of the pandemic with digital programming that has opened up its remote and idyllic grounds to a wider audience. While in-person programming has ended for the time being, the full end-of-season productions, filmed on the Henry J. Lier Outdoor Stage, are still streaming free on jacobspillow.org.

In the verdant setting of the Berkshire Hills, the intrepid dancer-athletes of STREB Extreme Action Company test the limits of the human body in “STREB: From Ringside to Extreme Action”, a retrospective of Elizabeth Streb’s daredevil work, available until to September 16. And in “Ballet Coast to Coast” (airing until September 23), dancers from the Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet reunite in a program featuring works by Ulysses Dove, Justin Peck, Stanton Welch, Helen Pickett and Alejandro Cerrudo.

More clips from the festival are available indefinitely on youtube.com/jacobspillow and in the “PillowVoices: Dance Through Time” podcast at pillowvoices.org.

After settling for a patchwork ceremony, partially pre-recorded last year in the throes of the pandemic, the MTV Video Music Awards will get back into shape on Sunday with a live broadcast – public and all – at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Doja Cat is sure to be the main lady of the evening, not because she’s up for the most awards – that honor belongs to Justin Bieber, with seven nominations – but because she duplicates herself as animator and interpreter. With “Kiss Me More”, her collaboration with SZA, Doja will also compete with Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Nas X and The Weeknd for Video of the Year, the signing honor of the ceremony.

Other performers include Camila Cabello, Kacey Musgraves, Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo, and Shawn Mendes. Streaming begins Sundays at 8 p.m. EST (pre-show begins at 6:30 a.m.) and can be watched on MTV and other Viacom channels, or on Paramount +.

Classical music

Composer and multi-instrumentalist George Lewis was in New York City late last month to attend the local premiere of a piece by Tyshawn Sorey named in his honor. But the veteran doesn’t just collect hosannas, as a recent concert demonstrates. “Minds in Flux” – Lewis’s latest orchestral work to be defended by conductor Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – also premiered at the Royal Albert Hall at the end of August.

Audio of the performance is being streamed for free on the BBC Sounds site until early October. Entitled “George Lewis and Beethoven”, the show is well worth a dedicated two-hour listening session. On the first half, Lewis’ half-hour opus mixes virtuoso orchestral playing with real-time electronic refractions (courtesy of software written by Damon Holzborn). Equally engaging is a post-premiere interview with Lewis. And after the break, Volkov and his musicians bring their ready-to-do balance to two works by Beethoven (the concert aria “Ah! Perfido” and the Second Symphony).

Since 2016, OnlyFans has become the platform of choice for adult artists and sex workers to take full ownership of their work. But why not make it a digital stage as well, given the uncertain future of the theater as the pandemic persists?

This is exactly what playwright Gage Tarlton did with his intimate “xXPonyBoyDerekXx: an onlyfans experience”, a multimedia work that centers on the complex nature of desire versus privacy.

On August 31, the main character, a chiseled performer played by an anonymous actor, began posting a series of posts and videos to his OnlyFans page. Through this content, which will be available until September 19 and can be viewed by paying $ 8 on the platform, this voluntarily anonymous entity reveals more than its toned physique, inviting the public to do the same.

Part of Misfits Theater Co.’s “Break the Ritual I” series, experience suggests that few events can be as dangerously erotic as the public creation of oneself.


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