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New York, April 28–May 4: CommuniTea, Food Book Fair & Mind Over Melee

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CommuniTea Time, a part of Reflections in Tea, at the Bronx Museum of Arts. 

Photo by Kareem Gonsalves

CommuniTea Time, a part of Reflections in Tea, at the Bronx Museum of Arts. 

What to do in and around New York this week.

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This week get your dose of offbeat culture in New York. Interact with artists and their multifaceted art at the Vanishing Oceans Project and CommuniTea Time. Celebrate culinary media in all its gluttonous glory at the Food Book Fair. Or laugh it out with the hilariously frank stylings of comedian Liz Miele. Then, discover a secret island in the Hudson River with an abandoned castle.

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April 28 | Art installation
Vanishing Oceans Project  
A collaboration between artists Linda Byrne and Maggie Dubris, this multimedia art installation is on display from the street (through the windows) through April 30, but this Thursday is the last time you can get an up-close look during the exhibit’s open hours. A statement about the environmental destruction of our oceans, the installation pairs Byrne’s sculptures (made primarily from plastic six-pack rings) and Dubris’ haunting soundscape (melding natural sounds of the ocean with the destructive sounds of engines and the like).
3–7 p.m. | Chashama, 266 West 37th St., New York | Free | website

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April 30–May 1 | Escape the city
Beacon, New York
Sitting in the Hudson River just across from Beacon, NY is Bannerman Island, marked by its gorgeous, eerie, partially collapsed castle that was built in the early twentieth century. Starting each spring, the Bannerman Castle Trust opens up the island to the public for walking and kayak tours, and the first of the season is April 30. Hop on board a boat for a 2.5-hour tour, which includes a bit of rough terrain and a 72-step climb (so dress accordingly). Of course there’s lots to see and do in and around Beacon as well, including cutting edge art at DIA Beacon and a meal at the Culinary Institute of America in nearby New Hyde Park.

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May 1–2 | Food festival
Food Book Fair
An annual staple of the Brooklyn food scene since 2012, the Food Book Fair is part food festival and part conference, a celebration of culinary media in all its forms. The fun two-day program includes a pop-up bookstore, conceptual dinners, film screenings, panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, and more. On Sunday catch panel discussions like “Food as Fashion, Fashion as Food” along with their signature “foodieodical” food magazine festival, and even kids’ programming. Monday offers intimate workshops and classes as well as a discussion on fair food and labor.
Times vary | Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn | From $35 | website

Tickets are on sale for the 2016 Food Book Fair!
May 3 | Comedy
Liz Miele’s Mind Over Melee
Liz Miele, a comedian best known for her viral clip "feminist sex positions," will be gracing the Cutting Room stage for an hour-long comedy show that is a preview of her performance at the upcoming Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A typically outspoken, anxiety-riddled New Yorker, Miele tackles such sensitive subjects as mental illness in her family with humor, and shares other stories and struggles everyone can relate to on topics from traveling abroad to navigating adulthood. Comedians Omar Shaukat and Lauren Hope Krass will be performing as well.
7:30 p.m. | Cutting Room, 44 E. 32nd St., New York | (212) 691-1900 | From $15 | website

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May 4 | Teatime
CommuniTea Time
As part of her exhibition Reflections in Tea (on view at the Bronx Museum of the Arts through May 29), artist Michele Brody is hosting CommuniTea, a performance series also held at the museum. During the communal tea service, participants and the artist will share stories, memories, reflections, and poems, which will be written onto tea-stained paper filters. These will then be incorporated into the exhibit, which includes a large-scale quilt made from repurposed filters. This is the final CommuniTea Time of the exhibit, so don’t miss the chance to interact with this Bronx-based artist and the opportunity to have your thoughts on display in a museum.
4–7 p.m. | The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx | (718) 681-6000 | Free | website

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