NOTE FOR NOTE: If you think straight improv is hard to pull off, try musical improv. At the 2nd Annual New York Musical Improv Festival, the name of the game is music made up and performed on the spot. Broadway warblers and others will pull off this musical high-wire act all weekend long at various separate Fest events—may we suggest Saturday night’s Reset List, a completely improvised rock concert based on audience suggestions? All events at the Magnet Theater, Saturday and Sunday, see full schedule.
TAGGED: Tamra Davis’ documentary Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child not only brings together never-before-seen footage of the iconic graffiti artist (a personal friend of Davis’) and new insights from everyone who was anyone in the 1980s NYC art scene, it drops you into that time and place without any of the usual muddy-eyed nostalgia—but with a resulting (exhilarating) vertigo at how the city has changed. Maysles Cinema, through Sunday, 7:30PM.
WORKING: There’s something just so zen about Tim Gunn: The 25-year fashion world veteran and Project Runway anchor must know the secret of life. Here’s hoping he reveals it as he discusses his multi-faceted career at the 92nd Street Y Sunday at 7:30PM.
OLD IS NEW AGAIN: And finally, this weekend marks the return of the massive Pier Antiques Show. Serious shopping aside, this is a rare opportunity to browse some notable antiquarians best stuff’ but the best part of this year’s two-day bonanza may be the special steampunk exhibit. Saturday and Sunday, 10AM-6PM.