Much like swiping profiles on Tinder, when it comes to making nighttime plans in NYC, it's easy to get paralyzed by choice. There's always too many shows, too many movies, too many parties and too many openings to choose from and often we wish there was some sort of cool person genie to tell us exactly where we should go up on a Tuesday. The Mirror Cube, a new culture events website that launched last night with a packed party at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right, is that confident, decisive person we've all been looking for.
Founded by writer and director Jess Manafort, The Mirror Cube gathers event suggestions in NYC and LA from a pool of creative contributors, letting you follow what films, art, music and events folks like actress Jena Malone, jewelry designer Waris Ahluwalia, and singer Kilo Kish recommend checking out. Recent picks have included a Sufjan Stevens concert at BAM chosen by actor Brady Corbet, a Dustin Yellin collaborative performance selected by Ahluwalia and a Patti Smith concert at Ace Hotel LA picked by musician/writer Ilirjana Alushaj. “There’s an element of trust,” says Manafort about the growing list of contributors (the site's team also curates a number of suggestions themselves). “The artists who support The Mirror Cube have no agenda. They legitimately want to support the arts and events they think are great.”
Many of these contributors gathered last night to celebrate the website’s official launch, partying alongside people like former Girls actor Chris Abbott, model Hari Nef, and artists Adam Green and Chloe Wise. Mirror Cube contributors Sage Vaughn and Jena Malone spiced up the venue with their artwork while the crowd danced to performances by Bear in Heaven and Walking Shapes and DJ sets by Soko and Alexander Dexter-Jones.
“They aren’t influenced by the mainstream,” says Manafort of the curators she has worked with so far. “I wanted to create a site that extends their taste-making to the public, and helps to sift through a lot of the noise.”