Today is a special day. Cuatro de Mayo: the day before Cinco de Mayo. We celebrate Cinco de Mayo because on that day in 1862 the Mexican army (against all odds) reigned victorious over French forces at the Battle of Puebla. Bit of trivia for you: Since that battle, no sovereign nation in the Americas has been invaded by an army from another continent. Bet you didn’t know that one! Check out these three strange and unusual events today and tomorrow.
This Brooklyn-based monthly lecture series is devoted to making useless knowledge somewhat less useless. Each month is devoted to a given theme, and four speakers will address some aspect of that theme using visual aids.
This month’s show â€œSuccess Storiesâ€ includes: Andrew Feldman, Evolution of Tennis Costumes: From Bill Tilden to Serena Williams; Jonah Peretti, Mullets, Mormons, and Maniacs; Dan Rollman, These Ain’t Yo’ Mama’s Records; Jill Stoddard, Feeling Successful. With your host, Charles Star.
Adult Education â€œSuccess Storiesâ€
Tuesday, May 4
702 Union Street (at 5th Avenue) [Park Slope]
8pm; $5 cover
CINCO DE MAYO WRESTLING PARTY
Check out Secret Project Robot’s Cinco De Mayo Wrestling Party. With a Guacamole contest and a Margarita and Presidente festival!
Secret Project Robot: Art Experiment is a not for profit dedicated to the documentation and proliferation of contemporary art and current cultural trends in music, performance, dance, the party and social theory.
The party is FREE.
Cinco de Mayo Wrestling Party
Wednesday, May 5
Secret Project Robot
210 Kent Street (between Manhattan Ave and McGuinness Blvd.) [Greenpoint]
A PEACE-THEMED PERFORMANCE ART HAPPENING
In remembrance of Cinco de Mayo’s original battle (and the many wars since), activist artists and performers at the Emily Harvey Gallery invite you to make art, not war. Join in with collaborative video, music, and beat poetry directed by Clark Clark and produced by Larry Litt. Bring a musical instrument, a camera, a yoga mat, a sketchbook, or anything else that brings you peace.
Cinco de Mayo Peace-Themed Performance Art Happening
Wednesday, May 5
Emily Harvey Gallery
537 Broadway (between Prince and Spring St.) [Manhattan]