This Sunday, June 2nd, transport yourself from the hustle and bustle of Chelsea to the beautiful rivieras of Southern France. This exclusive al fresco meal at the idyllic Hotel Americano is the perfect opening celebrationg of the Sud de France Festival, a celebration of the tastes, sights, sounds, and culture of the region. This exclusive three-course meal by acclaimed Chef Joseph Buenoconsejo will include traditional dishes such as Langoustine & Ris de Veau paired with local wines hand-selected by sommelier Theirry Chouquet.

Buy Tickets here.

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05:38PM on 05/29/2013

This weekend, Visual AIDS is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the Postcards from the Edge benefit sale. Over 1300 postcard-sized works of art by renowned and up-and-coming artists will be on display for you to buy for just $85. The catch: you don't get to find out the artist's name until after you pay up.

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10:55AM on 01/24/2013

The Rubin Museum of Art is hosting a Happy Talk series through the fall where special guests will discuss the meaning and pursuit of happiness. On Saturday, November 17th, join writer A.M. Homes and Buddhist psychiatrist Mark Epstein as they discuss the meaning and pursuit of happiness. Hurry! Tickets ($25) are selling out fast. 6pm [tix]

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10:00AM on 11/01/2012

Artists in Gowanus have a habit of inviting the public into their studios to see art in action: for the 16th year, artists participating in Gowanus Open Studios open their doors so that art-lovers can step inside.  Studios will be open this weekend, October 13-14, noon -6pm.

Don't miss artist Thya Merz, who created the gorgeous Prairie Fire above, at Second Avenue Studios, 112 Second Avenue between 9th & 10th Sts in Brooklyn.

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01:56PM on 10/12/2012

The Rubin Museum of Art is exploring happiness through a series of conversations that match famous creative personalities with philosophers, psychotherapists, and scientists. Julianne Moore, Michael C. Hall and Neil LaBute (among others) converse with happiness experts throughout the fall.

Performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson talks to Harvard psychologist and TED star Daniel Gilbert  this Saturday, September 29 at 6pm ($35, tickets here). Gilbert's bestselling 2006 book, Stumbling on Happiness, advised us to add a dose of realism to our visions of happiness.

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11:00AM on 09/27/2012


Is a gallery or two in your weekend plan? Stephen Powers’ new show is a collision of verbal and visual puns, with a debt owed to the modern rebus. But the puns could ring hollow without some quirky delivery, and Powers’ retro style, reminiscent of 1960s outdoor signage and indoor board games, sets the mood.

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04:36PM on 09/14/2012

1,700 artists will open their studio doors this weekend in Brooklyn, and here's hoping lots of art lovers come flooding in.

No matter how large your art appetite, you cannot see them all, so create your target list by neighborhood, medium or other categories with this helpful tool on the Go Brooklyn Art website. And you can use the organization's app to vote for your favorite artists; winners are featured at an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum.  Saturday & Sunday, 11a to 7p.

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11:55AM on 09/07/2012

This is the blockbuster retrospective in the biggest blue chip gallery on the block. Jean-Michel Basquiat was 28 when he died but he produced a massive body of work. Did it live up to the hype over the last 30 years? The answer is a resounding YES, as this show demonstrates. The colors, the primitive use of graffiti, the images that reference Charlie Parker, Cassius Clay, Sugar Ray Robinson, all look just as fresh as they did when they first started making waves, and seeing this many pieces in one show is a real treat. The work is acerbic, witty, angry and ultimately beautiful. Warning: Thursday nights are packed. Last week the line snaked half way up the block.

Through April 6

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04:23PM on 02/18/2013

Typically a term for art by self-trained artists, outsider art has gained in credibility (and, in some cases, price) over the last decade..

The Fair, which was recently acquired by a company founded by dealer Andrew Edlin, moves from its former home in the Puck Building in Soho to Chelsea, in the old Dia space. The Fair begins Thursday, January 31, and tickets to the opening are $50. Daily admission is $20, and tickets are available here.

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12:23PM on 01/21/2013

The Rubin Museum of Art is hosting a Happy Talk series through the fall where special guests will discuss the meaning and pursuit of happiness. On October 28th, join actor Liev Schreiber and philosophy professor Jesse Prinz as they discuss happiness. Hurry! Tickets ($30) are selling out fast. [tix]

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01:00PM on 10/17/2012

Jazz up your Sundays with brunch at this chic Chelsea hotel. Dig into dishes like eggs benny ($14) and chilaquiles (chicken, queso, queso fresco, salsa verde, tortillas, $10) while listening to sultry jazz tunes. For reservations, click here.11am-4pm

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01:30PM on 10/12/2012

Spend $7 at the Serai Bar this evening and watch NYC classic Annie Hall for free.  Woody Allen, Diane Keaton (who won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance).

9:30pm, with an introduction by screenwriter and Columbia faculty member Dan Kleinman

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10:36AM on 09/21/2012

Decorator Alert!  Mondo Cane has some amazing new pieces in store. Furniture by Ward Bennett, Carl Auböck, Milo Baughman, Gino Sarfatti, and Marcel Breuer ease you back into the city and maybe add a little zzzzzuuussssshhhhh to a room.

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10:00AM on 09/14/2012

A thousand pictures, if you are artist Stephen Powers. Powers returns to New York after seven years with a new show, A Word Is Worth a Thousand Pictures, at Joshua Liner Gallery. We love the Holzer-esque quips and retro design united within Powers' work. It all seems right on schedule for 2012. 9/6-9/18

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01:00PM on 09/04/2012

Hotel Americano celebrates their new rooftop Winter Lounge with a Valentine's Day candle-lit dinner. The view of the city lights and sheepskin-clad seats is the NYC-chic equivalent of a romantic cabin in the sky. The ambiance is only augmented by the highly-lauded food. The prix-fixe menu ($65) features dishes such as Rabbit Ballotine with baby fennel, cara cara orange and, of course, chocolate for dessert, with chocolate terrine, Mexican hot chocolate, and chocolate truffles. Keep the romance flowing with cocktails at an after party in The Americano main dining room. Hurry and make your reservations--there are only a few seats left!

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10:20AM on 02/09/2013

Paint Nite offers art classes taught at various locations bars throughout the city. In each class, students drink up and learn to paint the same picture. Sign up and paint this stunning sunset number TONIGHT at Sarabeth's in Tribeca at 7pm. And if you can't make tonight's class, visit their schedule for upcoming events

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11:00AM on 10/17/2012

The Rubin Museum of Art in Chelsea is adding an event to their Happy Talk series. Join Paralympian and artist Aimee Mullins and author Sheila Heti tomorrow (10/10) as they discuss the meaning of happiness. Buy your tickets ($20, $18 for members) here! 7pm

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11:29AM on 10/09/2012

The Rubin Museum of Art is exploring happiness through a series of conversations that match famous creative personalities with philosophers, psychotherapists, and scientists. Julianne Moore, Michael C. Hall and Neil LaBute (among others) converse with happiness experts throughout the fall.

Broadway star Elaine Stritch headlines the second event with Duke University brain scientist Murali Doraiswamy on Sunday, September 23 at 6pm ($25, tickets here). As for the topic, Ms. Stritch puts it best: "Beckett tells me in Endgame that unhappiness is the funniest thing in the world. I knew that...from the very first time you see a comic fall on a banana peel." 


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08:26AM on 09/15/2012

If you like your art a bit meaty, don't miss All Write You Scumbags at Klughaus on the Lower East Side. The show, which opens this Friday evening, features Victor Reyes, whose paintings are sort of like extended Rohrschach tests, and Steel, who paints cheeseburgers.

We heard that there might be real live cheeseburgers at the opening. Click here for more info.

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12:26PM on 09/11/2012

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