some gallery shows that look interesting…

**revised 2/18/12**

Doug Wheeler @ David Zwirner
519 West 19th Street
thru February 25
One of Wheeler’s “infinity environments” – he plays with light and space so you lose all reference points, I got a bit of vertigo the first time I walked into one. There was a crazy long line when we went so I never got to try this show.

Zimoun @ Bitforms
529 West 20th Street
thru March 10
I usually stop at Bitforms every time I’m in Chelsea just to see what they’ve got going on. This time it looks like some sort of whirring motor installation. Fun!

Erik and Martin Demaine: Curved Crease Sculpture @ Guided by Invoices
558 West 21st Street
Thru March 3
Origami sculptures by father-and-son collaborators Martin and Erik Demaine. You might have seen them in the origami documentary Between the Folds.

Thomas Heatherwick @ Haunch of Venison
550 West 21st Street
Thru March 3
Designer/architect Thomas Heatherwick shows off some furniture extruded from single pieces of metal and a chair where you can literally sit and spin.

Weegee / Vivian Meier @ Steven Kasher
521 West 23rd Street
thru February 25

Ai Weiwei @ Mary Boone
541 West 24th Street
thru February 4
Ai Weiwei’s hand-painted porcelain sunflower seeds on view in NYC. Unfortunately, we can’t walk through them as the initial viewers at the Tate did due to toxic ceramic dust.

Tom Friedman: New Work @ Luhring Augustine
531 West 24th Street
thru March 17
Tom Friedman is a very meticulous man.

Paula Scheer @ Bryce Wolkowitz
505 West 24th Street
Thru February 18

James Nares @ Paul Kasmin
515 West 27th Street
thru February 11
I like the look of the black and white chronophotographs of a pendulum’s swing.

– – – outside of Chelsea – – –

Weegee “Murder is my Business” @ International Center for Photography
1133 Avenue of the Americas (at 43rd Street)
thru September 2

Sarah Sze @ Asia Society
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street)
thru March 25

Lee Bontecou @ Freedman Art
25 East 73rd Street
thru February 11

When did Fast Company start kicking so much ass? FastCoDesign is my favorite newsletter of the moment, but here’s an article over at sibling site FastCoExist – Work Your Proper Hours: A Campaign Against Unpaid Overtime.

Just started watching Misfits, a UK series about a bunch of teenagers who meet while doing young offenders community service. A freak lightning storm leaves them all imbued with superpowers tied to their heart’s desire. Hints of X-men, The Gift of the Magi, and Attack the Block.

Also on Hulu– my favorite TV show ever, Spaced.

I AM A BANANA. Don Hertzfeldt will appear in person to present his newest film and a selection of his award-winning earlier shorts Monday, March 26, 2012 and Tuesday, March 27 at the IFC Center. Hertzfeldt’s new film, It’s Such a Beautiful Day, is the third and final chapter in a trilogy about a mysterious man named Bill. The entire trilogy will be screened together for the first time on new 35mm prints, followed by a live Q&A with Hertzfeldt.

Tickets are $17.50.

For a taste of Hertfeldt, check out the brilliant, Rejected, below.

The Tobolowsky Files is my favorite storytelling podcast ever (Yes, better than This American Life and The Moth). I recommend starting with Season 1, Episode 1, as each story builds upon previous stories.

Stephen Tobolowsky will be performing a live version of The Tobolowsky Files at the Bell House in Brooklyn on Tuesday, February 28. Tickets are $25.

Is there such a thing as insanity among penguins? The best part of Encounters at the End of the World. Except for maybe the painting of the chimp riding a donkey, which I can’t find.

From March until May 2012, the Museum of Arts and Design is running Argento: il cinema nel sangue (Argento: Cinema in the Blood) a three-month retrospective on the Argento film family.

I’m excited to see giallo master, Dario Argento’s Suspiria in 35mm.

Sarah Sze: Infinite Line at the Asia Society
in NYC through March 25

Theater! Thanks to Lilian and Mungo of SELF, I was tipped off to catch The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church, by Daniel Kitson last year. A charming story that turned in on itself, it reminded me of lovely storytelling in The Tobolowsky Files.

His new play, It’s Always Right Now, Until it’s Later is a show about everything and nothing. It’s playing at St. Ann’s Warehouse through January 29. Tickets are $25.

Kitson will also be doing a couple night shows at Upright Citizens Brigade on Thursday, Jan. 19 and Thursday, Jan. 26. Tickets are $5.

Jenny Brial creates artwork with pins and maps.
Found over at the excellent blog, Colossal.