Born in Mexico, the artist Felipe Galindo (professionally known as Feggo) moved to New York in 1983. At that time there wasn’t a strong Mexican presence in the city, so, using his imagination, he created the community he desired: In his ongoing project “Manhatitlan,” which comprises drawings, animated shorts and a book, he incorporates imagery from his homeland into Manhattan landscapes.
Feggo is particularly inspired by the intermingling of different cultures, often finding subjects for his drawings during jaunts outside his Washington Heights studio. His latest exhibition, “Portraits of My Community” at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, features a selection of such pieces. Repurposing discarded items, like a paper coffee cup, he has made mixed-media works that depict the diversity of Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood.
Presented as a part of “Surroundings: A Pop-Up Exhibition Series,” which spotlights the work of artists residing in northern Manhattan, Feggo’s show will be on view from Thursday to Sunday through Jan. 2. For free tickets, go to morrisjumel.org/current-exhibition.
Generations of intrepid female vocalists lead the way at NJPAC’s 10th annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival, which got underway in Newark last weekend and will continue through Nov. 21.
On Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Chase Room, the stage actor and singer Lillias White will pay tribute to Sarah Vaughan, a daughter of Newark. The multiple-Grammy-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves will perform on Saturday with the backing of a skillful four-piece band; she’ll split the bill with Artemis, a group that features the prominent saxophonist Anat Cohen, the trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and the pianist Renee Rosnes. The concert starts at 8 at Prudential Hall.
Then on Sunday at 3 at the Victoria Theater, the 2021 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition will convene rising talents to compete for a $5,000 cash prize — and one of the more prestigious awards available to a young jazz singer.
Other performers at the festival include the bassist Christian McBride, who will present “The Movement Revisited,” his suite inspired by the civil rights movement, on Thursday; the trumpeter Chris Botti on Friday; the pianist Cyrus Chestnut on Sunday; and the Maria Schneider Orchestra on the festival’s closing night.
Bass, Beats and Books
Playing second fiddle to Beyoncé isn’t a bad gig, even when the actual instrument is bass guitar. But Divinity Roxx is more than a backup performer. Having toured as Beyoncé’s bassist and assistant musical director, she also has her own career as a soloist and songwriter, not to mention a new, much younger audience.
Divinity Roxx will play and sing for those listeners on Saturday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where she will celebrate her first children’s album, “Ready Set Go!” Part of the series BAMkids, her hourlong concerts at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. — ticket buyers can choose to pay $8, $10 or $12 — will introduce high-energy songs for music lovers 8 and younger.
The album, which was released by her new production company, Divi Roxx Kids, combines infectious rhythms and driving beats with themes of self-confidence and individuality. It also embraces a variety of musical styles like rap (“Feeling Good”) and jazzy pop (“Love Love Love”).
Scholastic will soon publish the lyrics to two of the album’s songs, “Happy & Healthy” and “Me + U,” as picture books, making their creator a potential star in libraries as well as onstage.
Reality Wins at DOC NYC
If there’s a free screen, there’s room for another movie at DOC NYC, which calls itself America’s largest documentary festival. With more than 120 features — showing at IFC Center, the School of Visual Arts Theater and Cinépolis Chelsea, as well as online through docnyc.net — this year’s edition is typically daunting.
The lineup mixes new films and encores: There’s another opportunity to see Theo Anthony’s “All Light, Everywhere,” a disquieting experimental essay-doc on the biases of surveillance (at IFC on Thursday; online from Friday to Nov. 28). The officers and would-be robbers involved in a 1973 standoff in Brooklyn look back on the event from different perspectives in Stefan Forbes’s “Hold Your Fire” (at S.V.A. on Saturday; online Sunday and Monday), a critics’ favorite at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Citizen Ashe” (at S.V.A. on Saturday; online from Sunday to Nov. 28), about the tennis star Arthur Ashe, is one of two centerpieces. “United States vs. Reality Winner” (at IFC on Saturday; online from Sunday to Nov. 28), directed by Sonia Kennebeck (“Enemies of the State”), makes the case for Winner, the former National Security Agency contractor whom many consider a whistle-blower.
Lots of Laughs
After last year’s hiatus, the New York Comedy Festival has returned and wraps up its 17th edition on Sunday.
Here are my picks for what’s left:
Meg Stalter, fresh from her scene-stealing role as an agent’s assistant on HBO Max’s “Hacks,” has the stage all to herself on Friday at 7 p.m. at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. At the same time, the documentary “Too Soon: Comedy After 9/11” will screen at Stonestreet Studios at N.Y.U. Tisch School of the Arts.
On Saturday at 4 p.m., find out who wins this year’s New York’s Funniest Stand-Up competition finals at Carolines on Broadway (past winners include Michael Che and Dan Soder). Then watch two of New York’s current funniest people: Gary Gulman at Carnegie Hall at 8 and Michelle Buteau at Town Hall at 9:45.
Tickets for each event, which are priced from $10 to $93, are available through nycomedyfestival.com. But it’ll be free to see Jenny Zigrino film her first hourlong special at Littlefield on Sunday at 9 p.m. And if you can’t squeeze in a show this weekend, Colin Quinn’s latest one-hander, “The Last Best Hope,” at Lucille Lortel Theater, runs through Nov. 20.
SEAN L. McCARTHY