Location: Long Island City, NYC
Art: Chim↑Pom: KI-A1 100
Show time: See website for schedule; Through April 23
Venue: MoMa P.S.1
Drink: Saints and Sinners
Following the March 11, 2011 earthquake, the artist collective Chim↑Pom traveled to Soma City, Fukushima where they made friends with local youths—many of whom had lost their homes and loved ones, and were living among the destruction and radiation that accompanied the earthquake and subsequent destabilization of the nearby nuclear reactor. In response to the disaster they conducted a sequence of one hundred KI-AI. KI-AI is martial arts term describing a way to collect and direct one’s inner energy through exhalation or vocalization before attacking. Chim↑Pom plays on the idea by focusing the group’s energy through collective action which was video recorded. MoMA PS1 presents the resulting two-channel work KI-AI 100 (100 Cheers). Being that you’re in Queens anyways, you HAVE to take the 7 train to Sripraphai, one of New York’s top Thai restaurants. What makes it better than most is the fact that the ingredients are fresh, and instead of choosing your entree with a choice of meat, they offer a novel sized menu with pics of every dish, most under $10. Once a heavily Irish neighborhood, Saints and Sinners is one of the best looking Irish bars left. Grab a Guinness at the bar or traditional Irish food. If you can, head over to Baruirs in Sunnyside for one of the best cups of coffee in Queens.