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For some people, this is one of the most stressful weeks of the year, but if you’re staying in town it can be quite lovely. The streets are empty, restaurants are never crowded and bars are full of sad, lonely people looking for any kind of warmth they can find. So, when you wake up somewhere strange, take our advice and bring your new pal to enjoy one of these fantastic activities.

 

Gifted: A Holiday Market

Through Dec. 23, 1 Hanson Pl. (at Flatbush Ave.), Brooklyn, www.brooklynflea.com; 7, Free. You haven’t started shopping yet, and the clock is seriously ticking. You need a place to go to get something for everyone—ideally something that looks really thoughtful and suggests infinite amounts of time spent tracking it down. The Brooklyn Flea has got your back this December with the delightful Gifted Holiday Market. Bottom Line: Go for the 100-odd vendors over three floors, stay for the free apple cider and pastries.

 

 

Jolly Bowl

Dec. 25, Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave. (betw. N. 11th & N. 12th Sts.) Brooklyn, 718-963-3369; 6:30, $10. The presents have all been opened, the stocking candy consumed and the wrappings litter the floor like fallen Christmas angels. But you’re not Christian, so you missed out on all the fun. Clearly it’s time to stop soaking your sorrows in Manischewitz and haul your tuchas to a party. The Jolly Bowl will brighten up your Christmas Day with a Jew-pride tribal music festival featuring Days Like Months, Pey Dalid and J. Viewz. Bottom Line: Celebrate the birthday of one famous Jew with the rest of the chosen.

 

Ice Skating at The Standard

The Standard Hotel, 848 Washington St. (betw. Little W. 12th & W. 13th Sts.), 212-645-4646; $12.

Sure, we have mixed feelings about the Meatpacking District, but the folks at the notoriously smutty Standard have put one more item in the pros column: A new, 3,000-square-foot outdoor ice rink opened just last week in the hotel’s front plaza. And it’s open from noon to 6 on Christmas Day. An added bonus: For just $4, The Standard will “spike anything” on their chocolate- and cheese-heavy Après Skate menu.

Bottom Line: A classy new way to combine two of your passions— alcohol and sharp things!

 

Wu-Tang Clan

Dec. 29, Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway (at W. 44th St.), 212-930-1950; 9, $55 and up. Nine of the only good things to ever come from Staten Island, Wu- Tang will be stopping in our fair borough for one of the last nights of a 2010 tour. Bottom Line: Bring your Shoalin friends, if you have any; they’ll be touched by your appreciation of their local heritage.

 

 

Somewhere

Opening Dec. 22, Angelika Film Center, 18 W. Houston St. (at Mercer St.), 212- 995-2570; $13. Take time on this slow week to check out Sofia Coppola’s latest film, about a pillpopping, pole-dancer-ogling movie star (a gloriously shirtless Stephen Dorff) who reconnects with his young daughter (the other Fanning sister), and promises all the glossy cinematography of Lost in Translation with even less dialogue. Check out Armond White’s review on page 16. Bottom Line: What better way to celebrate Christmas alone than by witnessing this heartwarming tale of family bonding?

 

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Now that all of your holiday shopping is done—it is done, isn’t it?—you can give gifts to the most important person in your life: you. So whether it’s the gift of learning about gangsters, seeing your favorite local rockers try something new, buying art or taking in some dumplings while vintage drag queens cavort, give yourself the gift of a good time this week.

The Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular

Opens Dec. 17, Ars Nova, 511 W. 54th St. (betw. 10th & 11th Aves), 212-489-9800; $20. You may have to hit Craigslist or bribe your way in the door to this wildly popular Christmas-fest, which boasts “musical theater punks” and a drunken Claus clan. Bottom Line: A Christmas musical you’ll actually enjoy. Wait, what?

 

New Prints 2009/10

Through Dec. 18, 508 W. 26th St., #5A (betw. 10th & 11th Aves.), 212-989-5090; 11-6, Free. New Yorkers represent about half of the diverse talent showcased at this benefit exhibition and silent auction featuring work by Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Terry Winters and Philip Pearlstein, and prices from the low hundreds on up. Bottom Line: Bring some yuletide joy to a great organization, and get some cool art in the process. The family is coming, and you wouldn’t want your walls to be barren…

 

Lost Boys of the Bronx

Dec. 16, Museum of the American Gangster, 80 St. Marks Pl. (at 1st Ave.), www.moagnyc.org; 6, $15. Author James Hannon reads from his recent book Lost Boys of the Bronx: The Oral History of the Ducky Boys Gang, which delves into the history of the notorious gang. The reading will be followed by a tour of the museum, and both are included in the admission price. Bottom Line: Up your gangster cred with this badass history lesson.

 

Rock Lottery

Dec. 18, The Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Ave. (at Havemeyer St.), Brooklyn, 347-529- 6696; 9, $10. This morning, 25 musicians, including members of Suckers, Golden Triangle and Bear in Heaven, will be sorted into new bands and given Hesta Prynn. just a few hours to write three to five songs. Tonight, the newly formed bands will perform the songs to the best of their ability for a crowd of friends, fans and drunken revelers. Bottom Line: See some of New York’s finest try their hands at something new and give some money to charity (the proceeds all go to do-gooders). This is a must see.

 

 

Bar d’O Reunion

Dec. 19, Indochine, 430 Lafayette St. (betw. E. 4th St. & Astor Pl.), 212-505- 5111; 10, $20. Everyone loves a good drag show, so haul your ass to Indochine for the sixth annual reunion of this cross-dressing cabaret featuring Joey Arias, Sherry Vine and Sade Pendavis. Call ahead to reserve a table or secure your standing room spot—this baby sells out every year, and it’d be a real drag to miss it. Bottom Line: After all the wholesome holiday fun, you’re going to need this breath of fresh air, or whatever that smell is.

 

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This week is all about vision. Whether it’s what New York looks like to an Ohioan, what words look like jumping off of skin or how we view Basquiat 22 years after his death, you’ll need your eyes and wits about you to take this week in properly.

 

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

Opens Dec. 15, Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St. (betw. 6th Ave. & Varick St.), 212-727-8110; $12. Tamra Davis’ 2010 film chronicling the career of Jean- Michel Basquiat re-opens Dec. 15. Over 20 years ago, Davis—a brilliant music-video director, host of an Internet cooking show and a friend of the artist—interviewed him on camera. That conversation forms the centerpiece of the film. Bottom Line: You can’t get much cooler than being a brilliant artist who dated Madonna and was best buds with Andy Warhol, but you can live vicariously through this film.

 

 

Jawbreaker: The Musical

Dec. 12, Canal Room, 285 West Broadway (at Canal Street), 212-941-8100; 9, $20. Yep, this is really exactly what you think it is. It is really a musical based on the 1999 film starring Rose McGowan, in which the popular bitch pays dearly for sucking on something not found in the boys locker room. The nowdead bitch’s clique Cinderella-fies the class nerd so she’ll keep the whole thing a secret, and—for one night only— everyone sings and dances. Bottom Line: We’re still waiting for musical remakes to stop being the latest “it” thing. Meanwhile, we’ll be watching this to pass the time.

 

 

Nathan Harger

Opens Dec. 9, Hasted Kraeutler, 537 W. 24th St. (betw. 10th & 11th Aves.), 212-627-0006; Free. Harger’s super-high-contrast blackand-white photographs depict the glory of American engineering in a manner simultaneously eerie and cartoonish. This latest exhibition highlights power lines, cranes, factory apparatuses and other staples of industry in the outer boroughs, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Bottom Line: Leave it to a Cleveland “Untitled (Overpass).” native to see beauty in places like these.

 

Now you can witness it too, minus the sketch factor of finding it on your own.

 

American Hardcore

Dec. 15, The Strand, 828 Broadway (at E. 12th St.), 212-473-1452; 7, Free. Punk rock chronicler Steven Blush, who founded Seconds magazine, speaks on a panel—with guests including Dag Nasty’s Dave Smalley and Laura Albert of JT Leroy fame—about the past, future and current state of hardcore. Bottom Line: Not only is Blush’s book perhaps the best Christmas gift we could get, but this panel is a can’t-miss collection of people we very much want to hear spouting off about floor punching and things of that ilk.

 

A bad-ass literary tattoo.

 

Franklin Park Reading Series

Dec. 13, Franklin Park, 618 St. John’s Place (betw. Classon & Franklin Aves.) Brooklyn, 718-975-0196; 8, Free. The idea may have come to The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos From Bookworms Worldwide authors Justin Taylor and Eva Talmadge over a plate of cheap tacos, but the result has given voice to a movement. Discover the lofty tattoos of literary lovers over a plate of sausage bread at this month’s installment of the Franklin Park Reading Series. Bottom Line: Words on skin are infinitely sexier than words on paper. And these are words on skin on glossy, heavy stock.

Mmmmmm.

 

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You’ve got to fight the holiday-time urge to stay inside and drink—it’s much merrier to drink with other people at new and exciting places, don’t you think? This week, try your hand at celebrating the season in a museum in Chelsea, a Williamsburg waterfront warehouse, a park uptown and a few other spaces guaranteed to make you feel warm inside. Unless that’s just the whiskey.

Mickey and Mallory forever.

Natural Born Killers
Dec. 3, Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 212-620-5000; 9:30, Free with $7 bar minimum. Choreographer Sarah Michelson introduces Oliver Stone’s 1994 film, starring Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis (with a story by Quentin Tarantino and cameos from everyone ever) as Mickey and Mallory Knox, the road-tripping, serial-killing couple you wish you could drink with every day and sleep with every night. Bottom Line: The oddly formal venue choice may compromise some cult credibility, but we’d never miss a screening of this baby, and neither should you.

Strangers and Other Angels
Dec. 4, Sakura Park, enter park at W. 122nd St. and Riverside Dr., 877-672-4954; 3:30, Free. Bring a flashlight (we’re not sure why) to Compagnia de’ Colombari Theater Company’s traveling, semi-interactive staging of the medieval mystery Second Shepherd’s Play. The production will weave in and out of doors throughout Morningside Heights, and end with singing, dancing and, most importantly, free food for everyone. Bottom Line: Going literally all over the map, this experience packs in something for everyone, including a plausible excuse to search the Columbia campus for impressionable co-eds.

Rumble Ghost
Opens Dec. 8, P.S. 122, 150 1st Ave. (betw. E. 9th & E. 10th Sts.), 212-352-3101; 8, $20. Classic 1982 horror flick Poltergeist gets an indie makeover in Jack Ferver’s production of Rumble Ghost. In a group therapy session, seven performers regress to their childhood selves, but cannot blame this transformation on benevolent, television-speaking ghosts, so are forced to face their own dark and terrible psychoses. Bottom Line: Nothing is scarier than children.

The New Pornographers
Dec. 6, Terminal 5, 610 W. 56th St. (at 11th Ave.), 212-260-4700; 8, $35. It would be worth the haul to the far west side for the lineup, featuring The New Pornographers and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, as is. But toss in the fact that Pornographer Neko Case, who rarely performs live with the band, will be on stage and it’s practically a three-weeks-before-Christmas miracle. Right? Bottom Line: Pornographers and Pharmacists are some of the best people to spend your time with. Believe us.

Diamond Rings

Dec. 4, Glasslands, 289 Kent Ave. (betw. S. 1st & S. 2nd Sts.), Brooklyn, 718-599- 1450; 8:30, $10. There is possibly no place more enjoyable to watch a show in town than from the balcony at Glasslands. Between the tables at which to rest our weary legs and the killer view of the cloud-covered stage (seriously), it’s hard to hate a show here. Luckily, tonight’s line-up, featuring electro pop Canadian heartthrob Diamond Rings as well as ArpLine and Body Language, will be instantly lovable and won’t leave anyone sitting down. Bottom Line: We want to dismiss Diamond Rings’ single “All Yr Songs” as sappy playlist fodder for people in summer scarves, but we really can’t help but love it. Check out a Q&A with him at NYPress.com.

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Whether it’s the tryptophan or the mindnumbing conversations with members of your extended family, you’ll have to fight the urge to stuff yourself and nap—there’s just too much to do. Sure, it might freak your relatives out to see Harmony Korine’s artwork or a faction of ladyboys performing in Boylesque, but if it saves you from another conversation about what, exactly, it is you’re doing with your life, isn’t it all worthwhile?

Boylesque
Nov. 26, Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W. 42nd St (at 9th Ave.), 212-695-6909; 10, $18-$20.

Premiering before Burlesque even opens, this parody— written and directed by Zack Carey and starring lots of drag queens— takes a Cher movie and somehow makes it even gayer.

Bottom Line: It’s possible that some of the cross-dressing performers have just as many natural female parts as the stars of Burlesque, and likely that they’ll Boylesque. be way more entertaining.

Shadow Fux
Opens Nov. 24, Swiss Institute, 495 Broadway (betw. Broome & Spring Sts.), 212-925- 2035; 6, Free. Taking their cue from his 2009 film Trash Humpers, which follows sociopath seniors in Nashville, Korine and Ackermann showcase large-scale mixed media paintings, drawings and films that delve into a lunatic’s psyche. Bottom Line: In their first collaboration, Korine and Ackermann paint over stills from his films and generally create the kind of artsy havoc that will cure you of whatever wholesomeness the holiday season might try to infect you with.

Festival of Strikes
Nov. 30, Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue (betw. N. 12 & N. 13 Sts.), Brooklyn, 718-93-3369; 6, $15. Funny man Eugene Mirman hosts a night-before-Hanukkah benefit night of bowling and musical performances from The Sway Machinery, DeLeon and Soulico. Bottom Line: You don’t have to be Jewish to go, but we’ll know if you aren’t. Be one of the first 150 people in the door and get a free drink.

Nutcracker in the Lower
Opens Nov. 27, Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St. (at Pitt St.), 212-598-0400; 3 & 7:30, $20. Sugar Plum Fairy season is upon us, but who said the whole production had to be a stiff, tutu- and pointe-shoe-clad affair? Urban Ballet Theater twirls, flips and pops the holiday classic with an infusion of salsa, hip-hop and flamenco under the direction of Daniel Catanach. Bottom Line: Classics do go stale. So skip the boring ballet and envision a Nutcracker with more flair.

Tennis
Dec. 1, Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (betw. Essex & Ludlow Sts.), 212-260-4700; 7:30, $10. Denver’s Tennis hits town tonight to build up some buzz for its sailing-obsessed fulllength Cape Dory, out in January. Catch the married twosome’s take on surfy fuzzcore tonight at cozy Mercury instead of tomorrow when the band opens for The Walkmen at too-massive Terminal 5. Bottom Line: This isn’t more nautical posturing with Sperry shoes and anchor tattoos; Tennis’ members actually lived on a boat for eight months while writing this record.

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This week is all about what goes into making you a well rounded person. Whether it’s checking out a photo exhibit at MoMA while one of the most kickass bands we can think of plays, being part of the recording of a brand new symphony or learning how to express to your playmates that your sling seems to be coming loose, what you’ll take away from this week will change your life forever. Right?

Porn Star Sex Life

Nov. 20, Velour Lounge, 297 10th Ave. (at W. 27th St.), 212-279-9707; 3, $150 and up. If you ever wondered how to pick up strippers, or wanted to learn the ins and outs of threesome etiquette, no one else could better answer your questions than porn star Ryan Keely (left). Though geared towards men, the all-day sex seminar welcomes women, couples and “everyone who wants to know how men think.” Bottom Line: Imagine the Tom Cruise parts of Magnolia except with someone you would actually trust to advise you on seduction.

An Evening With The Raincoats
Nov. 20, MoMA, 11 W. 53rd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 212-708- 9400; 8:30, $25. Not only will tonight’s PopRally party feature a set from The Raincoats, the legendary British band formed in 1977 that we learned about from Nirvana liner notes but never thought we would get to see live, but also a DJ set from Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna, making it a must-see for punk aficionados. Bottom Line: Come for the sure-to-be-amazing music, stay for the open bar and exclusive viewing of Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography.

Sound of Art Release Party
Nov. 18, Santos Party House, 100 Lafayette St. (betw. White & Walker Sts.), 212-584-5492; 7, $15. Tonight, Art Fag City honcho and New York Press contributor Paddy Johnson releases Sound of Art, her LP made up entirely of sounds recorded in New York galleries, museums and art spaces, with a party featuring DJs, comedian Julian Stockdale and live music (see page 24 for more on Behavior, one of the bands).

Bottom Line: Whether you’re a fan of smart concepts and contemporary art or just long to own a recording of ballet flats on polished marble floors, tonight’s your night.

Visual Vaudeville
Opens Nov. 17, 368 Broadway (betw. Franklin & White Sts.), www.toastartwalk.com; Free.

Tribeca Open Artist Studio Tour (TOAST) hosts this visual artists’ reimagining of the vaudeville genre, with works in a tremendous variety of mediums, including everything from drawings and paintings to jewelry and accessories. TOAST’s largest exhibition yet boasts a fusion of Warholworthy pretension and Barnum-esque tackiness, but we really, truly mean that in a good way.

Bottom Line: An ADD-sufferer’s wet dream, Visual Vaudeville will be shiny and sure to please.

Glenn Branca’s Symphony No. 15
Nov. 20 & 21, (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St. (betw. Thompson & Sullivan Sts.), 212-228-4854; $22 and up. Musically, it’s fair to call Branca a minimalist, but there’s nothing understated about the title of his latest work—“Running Through The World Like An Open Razor (Music for Strange Orchestra)”—or about getting a dozen musicians to juggle over a hundred instruments. If enough people sign up, an extra $35 will buy you a vinyl press of the symphony, recorded while you’re there. Bottom Line: Pay, go and try not to yap loud enough to be immortalized on record.

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Whether you’re looking for a dead man, a musical genius or just a guy who’ll get naked and dance for you, this is the week when you’ll find him. Between a commemoration of celebrity corpse Roberto Bolaño and a night of boylesque on the Bowery, there’s no way you’ll make it through this week without catching something gnarly.

Shocks & Cocks All Nude, All Dude Revue
Nov. 14, Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery (betw. Bleecker & E. Houston Sts.), 866- 811-4111; 11, $12. Forget about waiting for Burlesque—Jonny Porkpie’s Bad Ideas is back and 100-percent beefcake. Enjoy the lengthy talents of boylesque sensations Go-Go Harder and Tigger! as they entice you with the tri-tassel twirl. Show up early for a complete night of full frontal sausage love with Sweet & Nasty at 10.

Bottom Line: Cheaper than a strip club and still kind of “arsty,” this is your chance to publicly ogle dong without feeling like a complete creep.

Zero Film Fest Opens Nov. 13, for information, visit www.zerofilmfest.com. Say goodbye to Sundance and send your cred through the roof with a festival so indie, it doesn’t even screen “indie” films. Since you’ve probably never heard of it, Zero Film Fest is for selffinanced, “authentically independent” films only. It’s a sad state of affairs when a serious (and seriously good) film festival has to go out of its way to qualify itself like this. Thanks a lot, Juno. Bottom Line: Despite the PBR sponsorship, these films and filmmakers keep it real.

James Chance and The Contortions Nov. 13, (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St. (betw. Thompson & Sullivan Sts.), 212-228-4854; 7, $17.

Sure, you’ve worn out your copy of No New York, but you’ve probably never seen James Chance play with the original Contortions line-up… unless you’re old, in which case you probably don’t really remember it anyway. Tonight, enjoy “Contort Yourself” the way it was meant to be enjoyed. Bottom Line: Not only is this important, but it’s early… see the music that made the shit you listen to today possible and still make it to The Woods in time for tequila and tacos with your musically illiterate friends.

Roberto Bolaño and the Writers He Admired Nov. 10, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (at W. 95th St.), 212-864- 5400; 7, $27.

Get inside a dead guy’s head with this night of stories by a critically acclaimed Chilean novelist and poet. Trace the tenuous connection between his work and that of his many varied muses, including Cortazar, Borges and some New Yorker pieces. Bottom Line: Get even more edgy than your sexy Chilean miner Halloween costume with this literary-inspiration game of connect-the-dots.

UglyRhino: A Micro-Season

Through Nov. 21, Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Ave. (at President St.), Brooklyn, 718-857- 4816; $5-18. If indecisiveness is your forte, head to the Brooklyn Lyceum to get your fix. This nearly two-week long extravaganza of music, theater and visual art (centered around two absurdist plays, Harold Pinter’s Celebration and Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros) offers loads of choices every night, so you can check your fear of commitment at the door. Bottom Line: Tickets drop down to $5 when you go a second time, in case you’re having second thoughts about which night to go, or just want to up your chances of receiving the free food available on select nights.

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No matter how you like to expand your mind—art, reading, hallucinogenic drugs—there is something for you to enjoy this week. Take in the offbeat offerings of the NY Art Book Fair, learn about local comics, check out the soothing sounds of Black Angels or watch a freaky giant chicken make besties with a little gay boy. Sure it’s a few weeks early, but this is the stuff that we’re really thankful for.

Black Angels

Nov. 4, Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N. 6th St. (betw. Kent & Wythe Aves.), Brooklyn, 718-486- 5400; 8, $20. Tonight, our favorite psych-rock band from Texas, Black Angels, will play in Brooklyn in support of its new record, Phosphene Dream. The last time we caught the band, we were smiling for days after, and it was only partly because our ears were ringing so loudly that we couldn’t help but grin. Bottom Line: This band is what autumn 2010 sounds like, so catch it live or forever feel like a loser.

NY Art Book Fair
Opens Nov. 5, MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave. (at 46th Ave.), Queens, 718-433-4807; Free. Head over to Long Island City for the fifth annual NY Art Book Fair, a three-day showcase of art books from over 200 international presses and 20 different countries. The free, open-tothe-public event will include special project rooms, book signings and performances. At this year’s show, expect to see everything from rare conceptual and avant-garde art to a highlight on Dutch art publishing and queer zines. Bottom Line: One of our favorite events of the year, this fair allows a number of our favorite things—art, books, cute nerds and the cafeteria at PS1—to work together for optimal fun.

King Con II
Opens Nov. 4, Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Ave. (at President St.), Brooklyn, 718-857- 4816; $3-10. This marathon weekend, throw on your running shoes and drag your sweaty, Spandex-ed self over to the Brooklyn Lyceum for the second edition of this indie comics and animation convention. This year’s con promises some thoughtprovoking discussion panels, including one on the state of art in Brooklyn. Bottom Line: Your lazy ass is never going to beat that Kenyan guy anyway. Might as well stop by and catch your breath with some excellent graphic art.

Interpreting the Scrunchie
Nov. 11, New Museum, 235 Bowery (at Prince St.), 212-219-1222; 7, $8. David Riley’s lecture on the history of this muchmaligned fashion accessory might just coax you into scrapping your ’tude and sporting a side ponytail—at least for a couple of days.

Bottom Line: Use your hard-earned cash to pad something other than your shoulders, like the arts, for instance.

MilkMilkLemonade
Through Nov. 13, Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St. (betw. 30th Dr. & 30th Rd.), Queens, 866-811- 4111; $18. After performances in California, Texas and Florida, MilkMilkLemonade returns to New York, with a three-week limited showing at the Astoria Performing Arts Center. The story of two young boys and one fantastic chicken, MilkMilkLemonade explores the complexities of growing up gay in Middle America. Bottom Line: The show we voted Best Off-Off Broadway Play in 2009 is back for a victory run. Go see it while you can.

‘Milk’: still good!

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If you’re not too busy figuring out how to dress up as a sexy Chilean
miner this week, there are puppets to leer at, art to go broke on and
bands from the early part of the century proving that there’s still a
reason to listen up. And when it’s all said and done, the half-price
candy will still be at Duane Reade, so there’s no reason not to indulge.

BAND
Opens
Nov. 3, The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th St. (betw. 10th & 11th Aves.),
212-255-5793; Free. A re-working of Jean Luc Godard’s 1968 film Sympathy for the Devil, Adam
Pendleton’s new video installation follows Deerhoof instead of the
Rolling Stones, through the composition and recording of the song “I Did
Crimes for You,” instead of, well, you know. Like the original film,
BAND also dabbles in history and radicalism. Bottom Line: Could be
brilliant, could be an offensive disaster. Either way, Satomi
Matsuzaki’s cuteness usually saves the day.

Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe
Opens
Oct. 29, The New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St. (at 7th Ave.),
646-223-3010; $9 and up. A theatrical exploration of the
life—particularly the childhood—of Edgar Allen Poe, Nevermore is
dark, surreal and still somehow kidfriendly. We can’t usually tolerate
any venue that markets itself as a place for children and families, but
if you can, more power to you. Bottom Line: Let’s hope the Tim
Burton-esque promotional artwork is more telling than misleading.
Nevermore.

The Three Grace(s) Triptych
Oct.
28, Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Ave. (at E. 2nd St.), 212-
505-5181; 9, $10. A collection of three back-to-back short
films—Decampment, Traditions and Posession(s)—that were
all written, scored, filmed and directed by ADULT.’s Nicola Kuperus and
Adam Lee Miller. Bottom Line: It’s great to see ADULT. still doing smart
and interesting projects, and hell, maybe they’ll play “Hand To Phone.”

Editions|Artist’s Book Fair

Opens
Nov. 4, 548 W. 22nd St. (betw. 10th & 11th Aves.), 212-925-4338;
11-7, Free. If you proudly display several (largely untouched but
class-affirming) coffee table art books in your apartment, this is the
book fair for you. Hobnob with contemporary publishers and dealers while
ogling the outrageous prices of the latest and greatest in prints,
multiples and artist’s books. Bottom Line: The cheapest item on offer
may just be the Barbara Kruger special edition— it’s $200, or free on
the cover of the catalog.

The Fortune Teller

Opens
Oct. 28, HERE, 145 6th Ave. (at Dominick St.), 212-352-3101; $25. With
anatomically accurate marionettes, mad scientists, talking skeletons,
dancing deadchicken parts and a creepy-ass soundtrack by Erik Sanko and
Danny friggin’ Elfman, Sanko and Jessica Grindstaff’s puppet-play is
pretty much guaranteed to be so BLANKly good we couldn’t find a fitting
adjective. Outrageously, ridiculously and mindblowingly were all in the running.

Bottom Line: Watch the trailer on HERE’s website, then see if you can still think of a good reason not to go. Unlikely.

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Fall has arrived and it’s making us a bit nostalgic. This week, we’re drinking like it’s the 1800s, being scared like it’s the turn of last century, watching weird gay dance like it’s the 1980s and listening to music like it’s the ’90s. Won’t you come along for the ride?

Corin Tucker.

Corin Tucker Band
Oct. 26, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (betw. Bowery & Chrystie St.), 212-533-2111; 8, $16. Tonight, former Heavens To Betsy, Sleater-Kinney and Heartless Martin mastermind Corin Tucker lands on Delancey Street with her eponymous band, playing songs from the recently released album 1,000 Years and dusting off her famous vibrato. Bottom Line: Check out our interview with Tucker at nypress.com. She says that the band won’t play any old songs, but we’ve got our fingers crossed for “Axemen” anyway.

What Dickens Drank
Oct. 20, apexart, 291 Church St. (betw. White & Walker Sts.), 212-431-5270; 6-8, Free. Join host Sarah Lohman in mixing the cocktails Charles Dickens drank during his 1842 visit to America, like Mint Juleps and Timberdoodles. You’ll learn a little something about history and literature, then wash it down with free booze. Bottom Line: Forget everything you know about Dickens. Literally. Charles Dickens

The Horror Show
Oct. 21-29, Dansbro Brewery, 260 Meserole St. (betw. Bushwick Ave. & Waterbury St.), Brooklyn, 585-507-1770; 8, $20-$35. A mish-mosh of ballet, ill-advised acrobatics and near-pornography set to the sounds of the Stumblebum Brass Band, The Horror Show tells the story of a 1900s New Orleans love triangle, inside an actual 1900s New York Brewery. Bottom Line: What could be better than a bunch of drunk ballerinas swinging from the rafters?

Strange Powers
Opens Oct. 27 at Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St. (betw. 6th Ave. & Varick), 212-727-8110; $12. Magnetic Fields honcho Stephin Merritt is famous for his attitude. So it’ll be interesting to see how much of his life is exposed in the documentary Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields, opening today at Film Forum. Bottom Line: The documentary will look at “the famously grumpy Merritt… It paints a portrait of an artist whose music brilliantly holds up a mirror to the fears, joys, and insecurities of his time.” And hopefully a meltdown or two.

THEM
Opens Oct. 21, P.S. 122, 150 1st Ave. (at E. 9th St.), 212-477-5829; 8, $20. When Them premiered in 1986 at the same venue, this inflammatory avant-garde dance and performance art piece—with text by Dennis Cooper—about men, other men and AIDS almost forced P.S.122 to close its doors. Now it’s back, thanks to a partnership with the New Museum. Bottom Line: In the original version, one of the cast members was an actual goat carcass. You have been adequately warned.

Them.

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From Sylvia Plath to Debbie Harry and ACT UP to Blast Off!!!, this week will span decades and boroughs in terms of all the good shit there is to take in. Stay hydrated and keep your head out of the oven.

Downtown Calling

Oct. 13, Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Ave. (at Havemeyer St.), Brooklyn, 347-529-6696; 7, $8. Directed by Shan Nicholson and narrated by Deborah Harry, Downtown Calling is an engaging, high-energy look at late-’70s and early-’80s New York. Featuring appearances by Mos Def, Ed Koch, Chris Franz, Jazzy Jay and many others, the film waxes sentimental for this important period in New York subculture. Bottom Line: An official selection of several 2010 film festivals, and cheaper than a regular old trip to the movies. Go before it sells out, in any sense of the term.

Dueling Harps

Opens Oct. 14, Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St. (at Pitt St.), 212-598-0400; 8, $20. Mom and dad always said to use words, not fists, to get over a disagreement. Performance artist Ann Magnuson will prove the fighting power of her words in Dueling Harps. Magnuson (on stage in New York for the first time in nine years) and Adam Dugas will meet onstage to settle a disagreement, but they’ll have to battle it out using just their voices and two harps as weapons in a “twisted match of musical one-upmanship.” Bottom Line: Sure, it’s harps, but as Magnuson herself wrote about the show, “There will be blood. And puppets too.”

CMJ Music Marathon

Begins Oct. 19, various locations. For information, visit www.cmj2010.com. People like to say that over the years, CMJ, the annual music festival that is spilling across Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn this week, has lost its charm. We loudly disagree, citing thrilling shows this week from bands hailing from across the city, country and world— Unicycle Loves You. not to mention the inevitable arrival of amoral musical tourists. Bottom Line: There are a pile of shows to attend and a ton of stuff to hear. Why not just come to our showcase Oct. 20, with Hooray For Earth, Milagres, Unicycle Loves You and more at Spike Hill?

ACT UP New York

Through Oct. 23, White Columns, 320 W. 13th St., (betw. W. 4th & Hudson Sts.), 212-924-4212; Free. This exhibition, originally presented at Harvard in 2009, explores the history of HIV/AIDS activism through the work of some of the artists behind the movement. The collection now incorporates two new additions: a collection of filmed interviews with surviving ACT UP Members, and a new installation by fierce pussy. Bottom Line: With art-collective names like fierce pussy and Silence = Death Project, this can’t be as dry as it sounds.

Wish I Had A Sylvia Plath

Through Oct. 31, 59E59 Theaters, 59 E. 59th St. (betw. Park & Madison Aves.), 212-279-4200; $25. This solo performance, conceived by Edward Anthony and directed by Daniel S. Zimbler, stars Elisabeth Gray as Esther Greenwood of Plath’s The Bell Jar, conversing with a series of black-andwhite silent films, and a mysterious character called Olson the Magic Oven. Bottom Line: A highbrow setting for your weekly allotment of “WTF?” moments. Sylvia Plath.

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Something old (sorry, Tom Tom Club), someone new, people blown and Teutonic brews. Also, a bunch of nerds descending upon Radio City, making the only thing more exciting than the event there watching people stream into the event there. Yay for this week.

João Pedro Rodrigues.

The Next Director: João Pedro Rodrigues
Oct. 8, BAM, 30 Lafayette Ave. (at Ashland Pl.), Brooklyn, 718-636-4100; 4 & 7, $12. Rodrigues’s new film To Die Like A Man promises the big three: transsexuals, musical numbers and Catholicism. Fresh from the New York Film Festival and Cannes, catch a Q&A with Portugal’s newest auteur after the late showing. Bottom Line: Brush off your glasses and read yourself a foreign film. It might do your brain some good.

The Deep Throat Sex Scandal

Opens Oct. 10, 45 Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker St. (betw. Mulberry & Mott Sts.), 212-260-8250; $25 and up. You’ve seen the movie, you’ve asked for the technique, now find out how the whole craze began with The Deep Throat Sex Scandal, a new play that reveals how a hairdresser from the Bronx changed the face of oral sex forever. Bottom Line: Go because you’re a disgusting pervert, stay because the show sounds promising. Or vice versa, really.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Oct. 8 & 9, Radio City Musical Hall, 1260 6th Ave. (betw. W. 50th & W. 51st Sts.), 212-307-7171; 7:30, $59 and up. Take your inner nerd out on the town with this screening of the second installment of the LOTR series, presented with a live orchestral soundtrack by the 21st Century Orchestra and award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Bottom Line: Costumes encouraged; Rocky Horror-style shout-backs not so much.

Oktoberfest
Oct. 9, Colonels Row on Governors Island; noon, Free. October means plenty of German cuisine and lederhosen-clad Americans getting absolutely sloshed on Bavarian brews. Today at Governors Island, live bands and DJs will provide the soundtrack to your drinking experience, so ditch the kiddies in the Root Beer Garden and enjoy some Oettinger. Bottom Line: Board the free ferry to beer island and live a boozy fairytale life for a day. It’s better than the hours-long wait at Zum Schneider.

Tom Tom Club

Oct. 14, Santos Party House, 100 Lafayette St. (betw. Walker & White Sts.), 212-584- 5492; 7, $25. This glorious band, comprised of Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz from Talking Heads, stops by Santos Party House as part of its “Genius of Live” tour. The band may have canceled several Midwest performance dates last month, but it’s not as if those “cities” actually matter. Bottom Line: Fun, nasty fun.

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Looking to find someone to settle down with for winter? This is the week for you. Between the free vodka, the spicy food, a play about matchmakers, the sexiest asses in New York City and the most beautiful voice in recent memory, there’s nothing about this week that doesn’t make us want to… well, if not fall in love than at least go out a few times, make some mistakes and then avoid you at a party.

Classics Party Presents… A Celebration of Aquemini
Sept. 30, No Malice Palace, 197 E. 3rd St. (betw. Aves. A & B); 8-11, Free with RSVP to classicsparty@gmail.com. Outkast’s Aquemini album will be honored in the first event from Classics Party, a series that celebrates classic albums through different live formats. DJ Ayres will be spinning a set featuring all the songs from Aquemini, as well as artists who influenced or were influenced by the seminal ’90’s album. Complimentary vodka drinks and PBR abound for the first hour of the event. Bottom Line: Loving an album without making the band reunite to perform it at inflated ticket prices? Sign us up.
Chili Pepper Fiesta
Oct. 2, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave. (at Crown St.), 718-623- 7200; noon to 6, $15. Come celebrate your other favorite plant by sampling some of its many varieties to a live soundtrack from a few of the regions where people cook it best. The Chili Pepper Fiesta features chef demos, fittingly fire-themed circus acts and chocolate—itself often reason enough to show up for anything. Bottom Line: Clear your calendar and prepare to clear your sinuses.
Matchmaker, Matchmaker: I’m Willing to Settle
Oct. 2 & 3, Nov. 1, The Duplex, 61 Christopher St. (at 7th Ave.), 212-255-5438; 4:30, $10. Nikki MacCallum whines, sings, struts and boasts about her Internet dating escapades in this musical guide to online romance. Songs by Elmer Bernstein, Carolyn Leigh, Trisha Yearwood, Ann Hampton Callaway, Amanda McBroom and Stephen Sondheim are sure to delve into humor’s darkest places. Bottom Line: Belting about a passion for Boston Market might not make this show right for Broadway, but it sounds about right for us.

Sharon Van Etten
Oct. 8, The Rock Shop, 249 4th Ave. (at President St.), Brooklyn, 718-230-5740; 8, $12. We’ve had Sharon Van Etten’s Because I Was In Love in heavy rotation since it was released last year, and tonight the singer is playing a show to celebrate the release of her also-incredible sophomore album, Epic. Bottom Line: Epic is going to be exactly what winter 2010 sounds like, so get on board now.

The Music of Fela Kuti
Oct. 4, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1, enter park at Old Fulton St. & Furman St., Brooklyn; 6:30, Free. This Monday evening concert in Brooklyn Bridge Park, presented by St Ann’s Warehouse, is devoted to the songs of musician and main Afrobeat creator Fela Kuti, as performed by Fela! star Sahr Ngaujah and the band from the Broadway show. Songs for the concert were picked from Kuti’s expansive catalog with the help of Fela!’s singers and musicians. Bottom Line: Get the experience of seeing Fela! without leaving Brooklyn or buying tickets.

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We’re in the sweet spot here, people. You can spend time outside without sweating through your clothes or freezing your ass off, but there’s also plenty of indoor action going on. So whether you decide to haul yourself to the far reaches of Queens, outer Greenpoint or Gowanus, or to stay in the safe confines of Downtown Brooklyn or the Lower East Side, luck—and crisp weather— should be on your side.

Crocodiles
Sept. 22, Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (betw. Essex & Ludlow Sts.), 212-260- 4700; 7:30, $15. Touring for the excellent new album Sleep Forever, Crocodiles is playing a number of shows in town this week, but tonight’s, with openers The Girls At Dawn and Reading Rainbow, is our pick as the best of the bunch. Crocodiles. Bottom Line: A fine mix of local and visiting talent to keep your ears buzzing. To find out more, check out www.nypress.com, where we chat with Crocodiles.

Radical Spirit
Opens Sept. 28, Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 129 Russell St. (betw. Nassau & Driggs Aves.), Brooklyn; Free. When was the last time you went to church? (The Limelight doesn’t count, pre- or post- Marketplace.) James Case-Leal wants you to go, so you can see his massive TV broadcasting sculpture and trippy ceiling video projections, while he hangs out in the bell-tower constructing and occasionally distributing scrolls made from old magazines. Local non-believers can watch in sweatpants on analog channel 17. Bottom Line: No matter how you achieved your last spiritual awakening, this should be a more culturally enlightening religious experience.

Atlantic Antic
Sept. 26, Atlantic Ave. betw. Hicks St. & 4th Ave., Brooklyn; 10 a.m. to 6, Free. Join eager throngs of spectators and families this Sunday for the 36th Annual Atlantic Antic Street Festival along Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue, where you can load up on favorite street fair foods like roasted corn and funnel cake, tempt your wallet with selections from 600 different vendors and frighten children with your passionate participation in inflatable rides and face painting. Bottom Line: Usually street fairs are completely bogus, but this is the exception to the rule. Also, fried Oreos.

The Propensity of Sound
Sept. 24 through 28, ISSUE Project Room, 232 3rd St. (betw. 3rd & 4th Aves.), Brooklyn, 718-330-0313; 6 and 8, $10 and up. British magazine The Wire teams up with ISSUE Project Room to present this series of concerts by legendary composers Pauline Oliveros, Eliane Radigue and Laurie Spiegel, all lauded as pioneers in electronic music. Bottom Line: Five evenings of talks, performances and premieres in which each composer further stretches listeners’ perceptions of music, musicians and the performer-audience relationship. Did you get that at the Pavement shows?

The World Maker Faire
Sept. 25 & 26, New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 47-01 111th St. (near 48th Ave.), Queens; 10-7 & 10-6, $25. Geeks, gadgets and techies collide with bad-ass knitting fiends, artisans and oddballs this weekend at a DIY playground featuring over 100 crafty vendors, food and music. Bottom Line: Suck it up and take the 7 train to see what the world’s geeks and crafters have been up to.

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No sooner is there a slight chill in the air than we’re ready to bury ourselves in comfort. This week we’ll be eating everything below 14th Street (except cupcakes), spending our allowance on records and thinking about Pavement. Summer’s gone, so if you’re also feeling delicate, do come along with us.

Pavement
Sept. 19 through 24, various locations. Oh, happy day(s)! The shows that people were buying tickets for a year ago have finally arrived! Sprawling from Central Park to Williamsburg, indie rock’s biggest boy band will play five shows this week, leaving most of the people we know with a gaping hole on their bucket lists. Bottom Line: Even if you didn’t wear out your tape of Slanted and Enchanted in the ’90s, there’s no sense in fighting it: You should really go to see Pavement.

Unison Fetish
Sept. 18, 19, 25 & 26, Bleecker & W. 11th Sts.; 3 and 5, Free. Fed up with the lines of tourists waiting for Magnolia cupcakes, choreographer Sue Hogan has organized Unison Fetish, a buttercream frostingfocused performance that, according to Hogan, is “a response to the conversion of Bleecker Street into a luxury shopping mall,” complete with pink-clad dancers enthralling and teasing the fanny-pack set.

Bottom Line: Letting people know that their 45-minute wait for a $4 gut bomb is silly is just fine with us… just don’t start blocking Sugar Sweet Sunshine when we’re craving banana pudding, Hogan.

Taste of the Village
Sept. 15, Washington Square Park; 6-8, $40. We’ve all got our usual spots to snack, but if you want to sample some of the best that Greenwich Village has to offer and maybe discover a new favorite, hit the 8th annual Taste of the Village and sample the grub from dozens of the neighborhood’s best eateries. Bottom Line: Gusto, Rabbit In the Moon, Otto, The Lion… We could drop $40 in a blink at any one of these places, so why not try them all (and more)?

Superstar DJ Record Fair
Sept. 19, The Vault at Skylight One Hanson, 1 Hanson Pl. (at Ashland Pl.), Brooklyn; 10 a.m.-5, Free. Consolidate your Sunday afternoon record shopping and stop into this fair, where more than 30 vendors, including shops like Halcyon and Other Music, will be selling vinyl, CDs, collectibles and more to nerds from the five boroughs and beyond. Bottom Line: Turn your normal habit of wasting money on wax relics into a shopping adventure in a place that also serves incredible roast pork sandwiches.

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival
Sept. 16 through 19, various locations. For information, visit www.eugenemirmancomedyfestival.com. Hopping from The Bell House to The Rock Shop and Union Hall, the third year of this annual comedy festival is made up of events like “An Evening of Comedy From 1986” and “A Night of Gay or Foreign Comedy,”and features the chuckleinducing talent of John Mulaney, Max Silvestri and Kristen Schaal.

Bottom Line: Three days of laughs the likes of which haven’t been seen since that Columbus Day weekend you learned This dog likes Eugene Mirman. about pot butter.

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It’s like American Idol this week, except with people we actually idolize, not weird Midwesterners who can sort of sing OK. We’ve got a bit of the Beats, a slew of amazing authors, a punk rock dream come true, crushworthy public art and more. Call to lock in your votes now.

Barbara Kruger
Sept. 10 through Oct. 17, 820 Washington St. (at Gansevoort St.), www.whitney.org. It’ll be a while before The Whitney opens its Downtown branch, but at least you can enjoy art while you wait. Kicking off today, work by Barbara Kruger featuring statements that address the changing Meatpacking District will be wrapped around the site, visible from the street and The High Line. Bottom Line: Kruger’s classic “Don’t Be A Jerk” might be an appropriate message to the folks who loiter near the corner of Washington and Gansevoort streets, but the brand-new work is worth checking out anyway.

Apostles of Park Slope
Sept. 15, Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Ave. (at E. 2nd St.), 212-505-5181; 8:15, $9. Director Jason Cusato’s story is about a Sloper who loses his mother but comes to understand the meaning of friendship during a long night at a Park Slope restaurant. Fingers crossed that friendship doesn’t mean strong-arming an eatery into featuring a kids menu by spending your day posting nasty things on a mommy message board. Bottom Line: Released by Park Slope Films, this movie promises to be a super-local take on life in F-train Brooklyn… even if it is screening in Manhattan.

Forgetters
Sept. 10, Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 212-253-0036; 8, $8. Forgetters, the band made up of Blake Schwarzenbach, Caroline Paquita and Kevin Mahon, won’t release its hotly anticipated (at least by us) debut double 7-inch until later this month, but plays tonight at Cake Shop with Pregnant and Bells. Bottom Line: Diehard Jawbreaker and Jawbox fans will probably pack this show, since two of the bands feature ex members of, but even if you’re not obsessive like that, all of the acts are totally worth checking out.

Howl! Festival
Sept. 10 through
12, Tompkins Square Park, enter park at E. 8th St. & Ave. A. Kicking
off Friday night at 5 with a reading of its namesake poem, the 7th
annual festival celebrating the weird shit that still clings to the East
Village no matter how many nasty high-rises go up will feature poetry,
theater, music, yoga, art and more. Bottom Line: Before you shell out
$12 to see James Franco channel Allen Ginsberg, check out another homage
to the patron saint of Downtown freaks.

Brooklyn Book Festival
Sept. 12, various locations. For information, visit www.brooklynbookfestival.org.
Whether you’re interested in hearing Paul Krugman talk about the
economic crisis, watching Jancee Dunn grill Rosanne Cash or listening to
a conversation between Kings County food writers, today’s free festival
has pretty much everything you could want if you like Brooklyn, books
or brainy types with artsinstitution tote bags.

Bottom
Line: There’s tons you should do Sunday (hello, Kristin Hersh), but
don’t skip the weekend’s other events, like the literary trivia night at
St. Ann’s Warehouse and the John Waters party at Word, both Friday
night.

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It’s hard to believe, but September is just around the corner. Nobody’s done any of the things that they said they would this summer, and everyone’s empty bottles are piling up like so many regrets. Or is that just us? Anyway, this week offers the chance to see great films, experience new art, support independent theater and, most likely, see a live sex show. What more could you really want to do?

Kayvon Zand
Aug. 13, The Studio At Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. (betw. 3rd & 4th Aves.), 212-353-1600; 11, $10. This self-described lovechild of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Manson will be putting on a special performance for TRASH!’s Friday the 13th party, which is pretty much guaranteed to be full of grotesque and macabre acts and stage antics that could make a porn star blush. After some impromptu pyrotechnics and live sex got him banned from the Highline Ballroom last month, Kayvon will surely have something interesting up his tight leather sleeve. Bottom Line: Someone is probably either going to get lit on fire or have sex on stage, maybe both. It could even be you!

100 Records
Aug. 12, Cinders Gallery, 103 Havemeyer St. (betw. Metropolitan Ave. & Hope St.), Brooklyn, 718-388-2311; 7, Free. Singer-songwriter Sonny Smith has recently completed his prodigious 100 Records project, which is being unveiled at Cinders Gallery tonight. Smith began the project, which consists of—surprise—100 records of about two songs each by 100 fictional bands featuring cover art from 100 different artists, over a year ago. Bottom Line: Everybody in Williamsburg has made a record, but who’s made 100? OK, other than the guys from They Might Be Giants?

Baristas
Opens Aug. 15, The Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th St. (betw. 2nd Ave & Bowery), 212-777-6088; 2, $15 and up. There are almost two hundred shows happening as part of the New York International Fringe Festival, a fact that either overwhelms or terrifies most people. But if you’re willing to dip your toe into the warm pool of experimental theater, try Baristas, a show about a romance between two serial-killer-obsessed espresso experts. Bottom Line: It’s gonna be like Natural Born Killers with an extra shot of Singles. No whip.

New York Underground Comedy Festival
Begins Aug. 16, various locations, for information visit www.nyucf.com.

There’s nothing we’re more skeptical about than people who think they’re funny. But then the 8th annual New York Underground Comedy Festival comes to town, with a week’s worth of promising improv and stand-up as well as local comic Stacy Mayer’s buzzed-about show The Funeral Crasher. Bottom Line: It’s a chance to get more laughs than you would out of a night watching reruns, two- Stacy Mayer. drink minimum be damned.

William Lustig Presents
Begins Aug. 12, Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Ave. (at E. 2nd St.), 212-505-5181; $9. Head to Anthology Film Archives starting today for the second year of the William Lustig Presents series. This year, we’re looking forward to gritty ’70s movies featuring, among others, hotties Jan-Michael Vincent and Jean-Paul Belmondo. If that doesn’t sway you, the air-conditioning and cheap ticket prices will. Bottom Line: Any film series that includes European crime thrillers and films by Jack Cardiff sounds good to us.

Jan-Michael Vincent in White Line Fever.

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