MONDAY FUNDAY: Tonight’s Top NYC Events

So it’s the first day of the work week and there are four more days to go. We get it. But why ruminate when you can start to make Mondays the best night of the week? This weekly column is devoted to finding the best events across NYC hosted by individuals and places that are doing amazing, crazy, wild, sexy things on Monday nights. And we’re here to honor them. Here are tonight’s top events.

Eat something fried & delicious:
Celebrate the third night of Hanukkah by honoring that beautiful fried potato pancake at the Fourth Annual Latke Festival at BAM. Chefs from favorite Brooklyn and New York restaurants – like Blue Ribbon, The Vanderbilt, Balaboosta, Veselka, and A Voce – will fry up and compete for the coveted top latke award. For a $55 ticket, you get to eat the winning latkes and jelly doughnuts from Dough, and drink beer, wine, coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Company, and kombucha from Kombucha Brooklyn.  It’s Brooklyn, b%#%@. 6:30pm, $55 at BAM. For tickets, call BAM at 718-636-4100.

Hear something deep & brooding:
Get existential and transported to communist Russia at East Village red-swathed literary den KGB, where their longtime poetry night debuts aspiring and surprisingly prolific and lauded authors. Tonight marks the season finale of readings by Mark Strand, former Poet Laureate of the US, and published author Malachi Black. Damn. Grab one of KGB’s famous $7, big bottles of Baltika beer – that beloved Eastern European brand that’s hard to find anywhere but in this second-floor, Russian dive – and get ready for some brooding and wordy seduction. Poetry night starts at 7pm, every Monday. All the details here.

Watch something disturbing and sexual:
We all love a good confession, especially when it involves a half-naked, excessively good-looking human being confessing from the get-go that he’s, since the age of six, “enjoyed a rather delightful sexual relationship” with his father. Which brings us to tonight’s event: an autobiographical play by Cuban writer-director-producer Michelangelo Alasa called Confessions of a Cuban Sex Addict. But since tickets are free – and this show is riddled with actors, smoke, smoking-hot actors, and incest – reservations are highly required and tickets are scarce. Show runs tonight and next Monday, 8pm, at the Duo Multicultural Arts Center. All the details here.

Be on the radio & meet sexpert Dr. Ruth:
NPR’S most puzzling show Ask Me Another” comes to Brooklyn’s beloved and intimate events space The Bell House, where the show will be live-taped – and you can be too. Get quizzed by the trivia-and-brainteasers-centric show’s host Ophira Eisenberg, meet tonight’s special guest & sexpert Dr. Ruth , and maybe even end up in the contestant’s chair, facing trivia games customized specifically for you. This show is so intimate, it’ll trick you into thinking you’re at a game night in your friend’s cramped and messy living room – until your buddy tells you the next day, “Hey! I heard you mess up on the radio!” Show starts at 7:30pm, $10, at The Bell House. All the details here.

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Søren Dahlgaard’s ‘Dough Portrait’ Series Brings New Meaning to ‘Pizza Face’

Last week, we showed you the work of the team at Behance, whose "Water Wigs," trippy photos of water exploding on dudes to make mohawks and other funky hairstyles, captivated us. This week, we stumbled on Danish artist Søren Dahlgaard, who is using a far stickier medium in his latest photography series. The multi-media artist has used dough in a series of sculptures and other installations, and over the past several years, has taken photos around the world, including his hometown of Copenhagen and the Maldives, of people with big, massive wads of bread dough on their faces. The photo subjects were able to sculpt their yeasty masks before the photos were taken, although they all just kind of end up looking like wads of dough to us. 

As Dahlgaard explains: “Dough and bread are universal. They are things we can all relate to. We know how it is made, how it feels to touch it, but when it appears in art, it can be difficult to place. It wakes people’s curiosity.” The series has been seen at a number of art events and exhibitions around the world over the past several years, and will reach new audiences this fall with shows at the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, the Digital Art Center Israel and KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland. Check out the whole "Dough Portraits" collection on his website

Dough isn’t the only kind of foodstuff Dahlgaard uses in his work. In a rather interesting 2007 piece called "Digesting the News," he took stories from daily newspapers with opposing editorial leanings and views, mixed them with fat for a rather appetizing mixture, and ground it into intestinal casing to make sausages. He definitely made his point, but it’s enough to make your stomach turn at the mere thought of a dirty-water hot dog.