THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21
Performance: Sibyl Kempson at Whitney Museum
The American playwright, director, and performer Sibyl Kempson designed the performance 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens to happen on the occasion of each solstice and equinox between March 2016 and December 2018. The pieces are carried out by Kempson’s theater company 7 Daughters of Eve Thur. & Perf. Co. and steeped in the histories of art, ritual, and mythology. For this performance, the eighth in the cycle, a winter-bell ringing ceremony will take place at the exact moment of the solstice—11:28 a.m.—and again at 4:32 p.m., with the piece running until 6.
Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street, 10:30 a.m.
Concert: Phill Niblock at Roulette
For his seventh annual Winter Solstice presentation titled “6 Hours of Music and Films,” the musician and artist Phill Niblock will hold court at Roulette’s Atlantic Avenue theater space in downtown Brooklyn for six hours straight. Expect guests and collaborations at this multimedia concert, which will feature acoustic and electronic drones of Niblock’s own making alongside projections of footage that he shot of people working around the world. The music, loud and enveloping, matches the meditational aspect of the films—making for an immersive experience fit for the spirit of winter.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, 6 p.m. Tickets $15/$20
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22
Screening: On the Beach at Night Alone at Museum of Modern Art
The prolific South Korean director Hong Sang-soo has made a reputation for making achingly personal films about his own career and love life, but few have felt so honest as On the Beach Alone at Night, which stars Kim Min-hee as Young-hee, an actress who has moved to Germany after a torrid relationship with a director. (You may have guessed it by now: Kim and Hong had an affair themselves.) As Young-hee re-situates herself in a new country, she takes long walks with friends, drinks too much soju (a staple in Hong’s films), and even is stalked by a nameless man clad only in black. One of Hong’s finest works about loneliness and the thin line between art and life, the film screens this week as part of a series of 2017’s best films.
Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $8/$10/$12