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Thank God it’s First Fridays! The Noguchi Museum offers extended evening hours on the first Friday of every month during the summer — and as a special treat — on December 6th. The event generally features extended hours from 5 pm to 8 pm, pay-what-you-want admission, a guided discussion on art and a cash beer-and-wine bar. This Friday, Noguchi will screen two episodes of the 12-part documentary Routes: The Spiritual Odyssey of Chinese American Artists. These segments focus on Shen Ruijin and Zheng Lianjie, taking the audience through each China-born artist’s working process. A former Camargo Foundation Fellow, Ruijin is known for creating 3D painting-animations featuring images that move a little bit, thus promoting the ancient Chinese belief that change is constant. Lianjie, who lives in Beijing and New York City, came of age during the Cultural Revolution in the 1980s and transformed his work to art installations and performance-based pieces from traditional painting.

Details: Routes: The Spiritual Odyssey of Chinese American Artists, Noguchi Museum, 09-01 33rd Road, Long Island City, December 6th, 5 pm, pay-what-you-wish.

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As its name suggests, the Noguchi Museum displays sculpture, furniture, ceramics and other pieces by Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi. But this weekend, the Long Island City venue dabbles into everything from architecture to film to live music. On September 6th, Noguchi extends evening hours as it always does on the first Friday of each month and offers a pay-what-you-wish admission policy. At 6 pm, the museum facilitates a conversation around a single work of art, followed by a screening of 16 Acres, which explores the Ground Zero rebuilding effort. Presented with the Architecture and Design Film Festival, the movie tells the behind-the-scenes story through a series of first-person narratives, but without any narration. On September 8th, Noguchi hosts the summer’s final Music in the Garden event with Mantra Percussion (above) performing Michael Gordon’s Timber, a full-length concert composed for six percussionists playing on amplified two-by-fours using mallets and fingertips. The concert is offered in collaboration with Bang on a Can/Cantaloupe Music, one of the world’s best recognized ambassador’s of contemporary music.

Details: First Fridays, Noguchi, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City, September 6th, 5 pm to 8 pm, pay what you wish.
Bonus details: Music in the Garden, Noguchi, 9-01 33rd Road, LIC, September 8th, 3 pm, free with admission.