- Bethlehem, you've been Banksy'd. (Flickr/St. Dekker)
In divided nations, large murals and graffiti art are often a reminder of the oppression, violence and suffering the people have endured. In the West Bank barrier, for instance, Banksy depicted a girl frisking an Israeli soldier and a flak-jacketed dove in the crosshairs. William Parry documents such art, and his conversations with Palestinians, in a new book titled Against the Wall: The Art of Resistance in Palestine, which he'll be discussing tonight at Busboys and Poets at (5th & K). Friday. 6 p.m. Free.
The rest of this weekend's events, after the jump.
BOOKS, FILMS & LECTURES
Midnight at E Street Cinema: Lloyd Dobler and his boombox in Cameron Crowe's Say Anything. Friday & Saturday.
In the days of Mozart and Beethoven, coffee houses in Vienna, Prague and Budapest were filled with intellectuals, artists and musicians. Yvonne Caruthers examines the environment that made opera brilliant in her lecture, Budapest, Prague and Vienna: Where the Coffee House influenced the Opera House at the Kennedy Center. Saturday. 2 p.m. $15.
Sticky Fingers Bakery owner Doron Petersan discusses sweets and vegan eating — the subject of her book, Sticky Fingers' Sweets: 100 Super-Secret Vegan Recipes — at Busboys and Poets (14th & V). Monday. 6:30 p.m. Free.
Ñew York opens at the Art Museum of the Americas. An ode to mobility, migration, and cultural exchange, the exhibit features new works by young and talented Latin American and Spanish artists living in New York City. The curated exhibit strives to address how the "barriers between the global and the local are broken down." Tue. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Over-sized things alert! Jacqueline Levine's The Temptation opens at Flashpoint Gallery. The site-specific installation is influenced by Dutch paintings and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. An opening reception will be held on Friday.
Grammy-award nominated Yasiin Bey, better known as Mos Def, performs at the 9:30 Club. Monday. 7 p.m.