#62, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn
Open House New York weekend is an architecture and design event that specializes in blowing my skull apart every year. If you live in the area and you've never checked out Open House New York, don't miss it this year. There are walking tours, art exhibitions, and architects showing you behind-the-scenes glimpses of buildings usually closed to the public. And for the last five years, Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery has hosted an event called Angels and Accordions, a site-specific walking tour/performance where the graveyard acts as a natural stage for music and movement both strange and beautiful.
As a Brooklyn-dwelling, accordion-playing, ex-Performance Studies major, ex-Goth who loves long autumn walks in historic graveyards, I couldn't imagine what I would ever want to be doing at an event called Angels and Accordions at Green-Wood Cemetery. Nevertheless, I suspended my doubts and went. Imagine my surprise when I found myself walking around in a euphoria-induced trance that lasted the whole October afternoon. Several times, as when trailing, pied-piper-like, behind Guy Klucevsek, I had to blink like crazy to make sure I wasn't in a lucid dream.
Angels . . .
. . . and Accordions